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✨✧ Arpeggio Jazz EnsembleLe Le ... LP
AJE/Jazz Room (UK), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very cool Philly work from the 80s – played by a group who've got the same spiritual vibe as underground artists from the decade before! The combo features the requisite saxes and percussion – but they also have this really wonderful use of vibes, played by Bill Lewis – who handles the instrument in rhythmic, chromatic ways that remind us a bit of the work of Paris Smith on his fantastic records from Chicago! Tracks are all nice and long, and built with a wonderful vibe – served up by a lineup that includes Lamont King and Steve Murphy on saxes, Warren Oree on bass, Greg Jones on drums, and Ed Watkins on percussion – plus a bit of vocals from Sherry Butler. Titles include "Strauss", "You Left Me Your Smile", "Wet Walnuts & Whipped Cream", "One More Vodka", and "The Infidels". LP, Vinyl record album

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Michel MagneLe Monocle Rit Jaune EP ... 7-inch
Jazz Room (UK), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
The title cut here is fantastic – one of the coolest tunes we've ever heard from French soundtrack maestro Michel Magne – a track that begins with a vamping modal groove, then opens into a flute solo of the sort you might be likely to hear from Yusef Lateef! The flipside features some more standard soundtrack material in the familiar Magne mode – including nice use of theremin on "Le Monocle D'Sattendrit" – plus the cuts "Monocle Story" and "Le Monocle Sourtit". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Shamek FarrahLa Dee La La ... LP
Ra/Jazz Room (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost soul jazz treasure – the legendary 3rd album from saxophonist Shamek Farrah, recorded after his first 2 sides for Strata East! The approach here is slightly different than that of the Strata sides – a bit more joyous and lyrical, with tunes that open up in waves of sound, color, and life – brightly pointing the way towards a new jazz vision that's really tremendous! Farrah's working here with an assortment of players from the east coast underground of the time – as well as Chicago stalwart Malachi Thompson on trumpet, the great Sonelius Smith on piano, and vocalist Ghanniya green, who does some great Africanist scatting on the title track. The whole thing's incredible – an exuberant set of longer tracks that easily matches the best classics on Strata East from the 70s, and the kind of album that we've treasured for years! Titles include "And Along Came Ron Rahsaan", "The White Lady", "Waiting For Marvin", and "La Dee La La Song". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tata VasquezEcstasy ... LP
La China/Jazz Room (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare salsa session, originally issued on a very small label – and one of the few albums we've ever seen under the leadership of Tata Vasquez! The set's got a fantastic sound throughout – very soulful lead vocals from Felix Santini, on tracks that also open up with a richly rhythmic vibe – and a fair bit of jazzy solos on flute and tenor from the legendary Mauricio Smith, a player we've loved since the 60s! Side two is especially great, with the long "Suite Guaracho" and "Orgullo Y Vanidad" – but the whole record's wonderful, and other titles include "Cool Breeze", "La Barberia", "El Loco", and "Maltido Vicio". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Khan JamalInfinity ... LP
Jam'brio/Jazz Room (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really fantastic record from vibist Khan Jamal – a musician who sometimes plays in a more intimate setting, but who here rises with a great sense of righteous power, in just the sort of group that can help him find new energy and soul in his music! The lineup is wonderful – with both alto and flute from Byard Lancaster, percussion from Omar Hill, piano from Bernard Sammul, bass from Reggie Curry, and drums from Dwight James – plus a bit of work from Sunny Murray on drums and Clifton Burton on harmonica on one track – all players who really hit that perfect Philly mix of spiritual jazz and soul, avant freedom and greater group focus! Jamal plays a bit of marimba next to his vibes – and all titles are nice and long originals, done for the date – including "The Known Unknown", "The Angry Young Men", "Nubian Queen", "Infinity", and "Lovely Afternoon". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Mario Bauza & FriendsAfro-Cuban Jazz ... LP
Caiman, 1987. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
One of the first records to return Mario Bauza to the glory of his initial years in Latin jazz – a set that's a real back-to-basics outing – with Bauza's alto at the head of a super-sharp group! The production style is a bit more modern than on the cubop sides of the late 40s, but the performance is otherwise very much in that spirit – save for the fact that some of the tracks are longer, with more room for solos – which is a-OK with us! Jorge Dalto produced the set, and plays piano in the group – and other musicians include Paquito D'Rivera on alto and soprano sax, Ron Grunhont on tenor, Victor Paz on trumpet, Conrad Herwig on trombone, and Patato, Ignacio Berroa, and Daniel Ponce on percussion. Graciela sings a bit, but most of the set is instrumental – and the great Jose Fajardo provides flute solos on two tracks too. Titles include "Mambo Inn", "Cubanola", "Quedate", "Deja Que Diga La Gente", "Imitations", and "El Mareito". LP, Vinyl record album
(White vinyl pressing!)

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Don ByasJazz Free & Easy (Regent) ... LP
Regent, Early 50s. Very Good ... $24.99
Nice album that features some great swinging sides by tenorist Byas – a true giant in his own right, but a player who wasn't that often recorded in small group sides like these. The tracks have that nicely rough Savoy feel, with good room for Byas to solo, and a focus on strong straight playing. Titles include "Free & Easy", "Byas A Drink", "Donby", "Candy", and "I Don't Know Why". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label Regent pressing with deep groove. Cover has one bumped corner, but is nice overall.)

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Ray CharlesGenius + Soul = Jazz ... LP
Impulse, 1960. Very Good- Gatefold ... $11.99
A wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles – and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you can't contest the fact that this one's a classic treat, and a legendary attempt to class up Ray's bluesy style for the masses. Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns handled the arrangements, and given that the record was issued by ABC a few years before they brought Ray into a country mode, it's interesting to think what might have happened had his career continued this way. There's only a small number of vocal tracks on the record, and most of the rest feature Ray at the organ, grooving away very nicely! Titles include "One Mint Julep", "Moanin", "I've Got News For You", "Mister C", and "Stompin Room Only". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange & black label pressing with RVG stamp.)
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Genius + Soul = Jazz (SACD) ... CD 34.99
Genius + Soul = Jazz (180 gram pressing) ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Ray CharlesGenius + Soul = Jazz (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1960. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
A wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles – and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you can't contest the fact that this one's a classic treat, and a legendary attempt to class up Ray's bluesy style for the masses. Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns handled the arrangements, and given that the record was issued by ABC a few years before they brought Ray into a country mode, it's interesting to think what might have happened had his career continued this way. There's only a small number of vocal tracks on the record, and most of the rest feature Ray at the organ, grooving away very nicely! Titles include "One Mint Julep", "Moanin", "I've Got News For You", "Mister C", and "Stompin Room Only". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Verve/Acoustic Sounds series – heavy vinyl and cover!)
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Genius + Soul = Jazz ... LP 11.99
Genius + Soul = Jazz (SACD) ... CD 34.99

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Ray CharlesGenius + Soul = Jazz (SACD) ... CD
Impulse/Analogue Productions, 1960. Used ... $34.99
A wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles – and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you can't contest the fact that this one's a classic treat, and a legendary attempt to class up Ray's bluesy style for the masses. Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns handled the arrangements, and given that the record was issued by ABC a few years before they brought Ray into a country mode, it's interesting to think what might have happened had his career continued this way. There's only a small number of vocal tracks on the record, and most of the rest feature Ray at the organ, grooving away very nicely! Titles include "One Mint Julep", "Moanin", "I've Got News For You", "Mister C", and "Stompin Room Only". CD
(SACD pressing.)
Also available
Genius + Soul = Jazz ... LP 11.99
Genius + Soul = Jazz (180 gram pressing) ... LP 28.99

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Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan & OthersJazz Giants '58 ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 24, 2021 (delayed)
An all-star session put together by Verve in 1958 – one that features a septet of some of the label's biggest giants in jazz at the time! The format here is a bit open-ended – almost like some of the earlier JATP sessions on Verve – with lots of room for personal interaction between the soloists, especially the horn players in the lead! These include Stan Getz on tenor, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, and Harry Edison on trumpet – working alongside Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums. Titles include a beautiful extended "Ballad Medley" – really a great illustration of the freedoms that Verve brought to jazz recording in the 50s – plus the titles"Chocolate Sundae", "When Your Lover Has Gone", and "Candy". CD

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Milt JacksonJazz Skyline ... CD
Savoy, Mid 50s. Used ... $9.99
A great little set from Milt Jackson – not just for his work on vibes, but also for some great tenor from Lucky Thompson! Thompson's raspy edge brings a nice degree of soulfulness to the set – a sound that adds depth to the sometimes mellower moments set down by Jackson and the rhythm section of Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall, and Kenny Clarke! The small group setting and the longer tracks make the record a good showcase for Thompson's talents at the time – and his way of building a solo gets plenty of room to do its thing here – on tracks that include "Lover", "Angel Face", "Can't Help Lovin That Man", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and "What's New". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bud PowellStrictly Confidential/Essen Jazz Festival All Stars (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Black Lion/Muzak (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ... $24.99
A pair of rare late albums from Bud Powell – back to back in a single set! Strictly Confidential is a really unusual set of recordings from pianist Bud Powell – tracks recorded in his overseas home, solo – a setting that puts the keyboard magic of Powell in a similar sound to that of Art Tatum, who'd recorded in such a way the decade before! At some level, these might be the most compelling recordings that Bud made at the time – as there's an intimacy that's wonderful, and an inherent swing that makes you realize how much Powell was always driving the group – even when he was working with top-shelf drummers and bassists. Plus, the solo mode maybe also opens up a current of humanity past the Bud's skills on the keys – which makes the whole record all that much more powerful. Titles include "Deep Night", "Strictly Confidental", "Wahoo", "Deep Inside", "My Devotion", "Conception", and "Ruby My Dear". Essen Jazz Festival All Stars is a great recording from the 1960 Essen Jazz Festival in Germany – one that has bassist Oscar Pettiford playing with Bud Powell and drummer Kenny Clarke (all of whom were living abroad at the time), and being joined by Coleman Hawkins on a few tracks. On the trio sides, although Powell's strong piano is out front, Pettiford still gets a lot of room to solo in warm round swells. The Hawk sides are our favorites, though, because we love the great tenor player at this point in his career, when he was playing in a way that was deceptively easy, but which was filled with all of these incredible surprises. The tracks on this LP are no exception, and the Hawk flies high high high on "All The Things You Are", "Yesterdays", and "Stuffy". CD
(Part of the Black Lion Records Master Collection!)

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Masayuki JoJo Takayanagi/Nobuyoshi Ino/Masabumi Puu KikuchiLive At Jazz Inn Lovely 1990 ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1990. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
It's almost impossible to describe the vibe of this one in words – as the set's got this style of improvisation that's very unique – angular and modern, but also warmly melodic in its own sort of way! The group features Masayuki Jojo Takayanagi on guitar, Nobuyoshi Ino on bass, and Masabumi Puu Kikuchi on piano – the latter of whom sits out on two tracks, leaving room for plenty of interplay between the bass and guitar! Yet even when Kikuchi is in the group, his piano seems to have this way of punctuating the action between the other two – as as Takayangi builds up notes that are very raspy from the textures of the strings, but which have a really inherent sense of order in the way they follow each other over the bass of Ino. The record is at once a set of chromatic complexity, yet also has a very organic vibe – and the set features three trio improvisations, and two more duo tracks. CD

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VariousKloud 9 Presents The Vibe Room ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2006. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Hats off to Kloud 9 for this excellent set of music – new tracks from the current soul underground, all produced and supported by the mighty talents of the Kloud 9 duo! There's a much more unified feel here than other collections of this type – thanks to a set of original tunes penned by the pair, and solidly soulful backings that mix in bits of jazz, gentle beats, and mellow electric touches that always put the singers here in the best possible light. The groove is mostly at a midetmpo mode – stepping along smoothly, but not in a commercial way – and titles include "I Can" by Althea Rene, "Sunny Day" by Men-nefer, "You Got Me" by Leza, "Get Away" by 2-Way, "Chill Funk" by Michael Fair, "Feel Love" by Tia Smedley, "Didn't Think" by Kloud 9, "Everything You Need" by 2-Way, "Ooh Baby I" by Tim Dillinger, "Runnin" by Maysa, and "Treasure" by Leza. CD

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✨✧ Ray CharlesGenius + Soul = Jazz ... CD
Impulse/Sandstone, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles – and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you can't contest the fact that this one's a classic treat, and a legendary attempt to class up Ray's bluesy style for the masses. Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns handled the arrangements, and given that the record was issued by ABC a few years before they brought Ray into a country mode, it's interesting to think what might have happened had his career continued this way. There's only a small number of vocal tracks on the record, and most of the rest feature Ray at the organ, grooving away very nicely! Titles include "One Mint Julep", "Moanin", "I've Got News For You", "Mister C", and "Stompin Room Only". CD
Also available
Genius + Soul = Jazz ... LP 11.99
Genius + Soul = Jazz (SACD) ... CD 34.99
Genius + Soul = Jazz (180 gram pressing) ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ George LewisJazz At Preservation Hall 4 ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great recording of this legendary clarinetist from the New Orleans scene – caught here after his big return to fame in the late 40s and 50s – but still sounding great! George Lewis' clarinet is very firmly in the lead, and gets plenty of room to solo – especially on the album's quartet numbers. A few tracks feature a larger lineup with more nice horn work – from Kid Howard on trumpet and Jim Robinson on trombone – and the rhythms have a great punctuated quality throughout – very well-recorded, with a nice kick that really inspires the solos. Titles include "Salty Dog", "Pork Chops", "Linger Awhile", and "Indian Sagua". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and blue label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusScenes In The City (aka Modern Jazz Symposium Of Music & Poetry) ... LP
Bethlehem/Affinity (UK), 1957. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album – one of our favorite-ever records from Charles Mingus! The album was recorded in the same breath as his legendary works Tijuana Moods, The Clown, and Pithecanthropus Erectus – and it features the same sort of fire and emotion that made those classics so great. The group alone is amazing – with Horace Parlan on piano, Shafi Hadi on alto and tenor, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, and the amazing Clarence (aka Gene) Shaw on trumpet – all getting plenty of room to open up on the album's longer tracks! The work bristles with a sense of imagination and dark energy that Mingus hardly had in his music in later years – and each new tune brings a fresh sense of vision that never fails to astound us! In keeping with the "poetry" title, the album begins with an incredible 12 minute track "Scenes in the City" – which features a long spoken bit written by Langston Hughes about one man's love of jazz and the way that it affects his life in the city – all supported with excellent instrumentation from the group. Other titles are instrumental, and include "Nouroog", "New York Sketchbook", "Slippers", and "Duke's Choice". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing. Cover has some wear at the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ George WallingtonJazz For The Carriage Trade ... LP
Prestige, 1956. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime work from pianist George Wallington – and one of his best albums ever! The set's also one of the few he ever recorded as a leader outside the trio format, and has him working with a very hip quintet that features Phil Woods, Donald Byrd, Teddy Kotick, and Art Taylor – all players that help push the record with a tremendous amount of hardbop and modern jazz energy! Byrd and Woods are at their best youthful prime on the set – and the longish tracks really give both artists room to stretch out and show off their talents! Titles include "Foster Dulles", "Together We Wail", "Our Delight", and "But George". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing, with insert – SMJ 6517 M. Back cover has some light aging near the bottom, but front is great.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyJazz Messengers (Columbia – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A killer early album by Art Blakey and his first incarnation of The Messengers – recorded before Horace Silver left the group, and a rare non-Blue Note outing done for Columbia Records! The ensemble here features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor, and Doug Watkins on bass – alongside Silver's piano and Blakey's thundering work on drums – and the album is virtually a blueprint for the sound of hardbop in years to come – focused and intense, but still with plenty of room for individual solo expression! Tracks include a classic reading of "Nica's Dream", plus Horace Silver's great "Ecaroh", and Mobley's own "Infra-Rae" and "Hank's Symphony" – plus five bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersJazz Messengers (Jazz Odyssey) ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A killer early album by Art Blakey and his first incarnation of The Messengers – recorded before Horace Silver left the group, and a rare non-Blue Note outing done for Columbia Records! The ensemble here features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor, and Doug Watkins on bass – alongside Silver's piano and Blakey's thundering work on drums – and the album is virtually a blueprint for the sound of hardbop in years to come – focused and intense, but still with plenty of room for individual solo expression! Tracks include a classic reading of "Nica's Dream", plus Horace Silver's great "Ecaroh", and Mobley's own "Infra-Rae" and "Hank's Symphony". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Frank Wess, Milt Jackson , Hank Jones & OthersOpus De Jazz For Flute, Vibes, Piano, Bass, Drums ... LP
Savoy, Late 50s. Good ... Out Of Stock
This is the kind of classic jam session material that became Savoy's main focus after the moved from making bop 78's to making longer LP sessions. The formula is simple, but effective: take a number of crack bop-era players, and let them run loose on long tracks that give them lots of room to solo. Players include Frank Wess on flute, Milt Jackson on vibes, and Hank Jones on piano. The 4 titles are "Opus De Funk", "Opus Pocus", "You Leave Me Breathless", and "Opus & Interlude". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has a split spine and mostly split top seam.)

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✨✧ Rupa BiswasDisco Jazz ... LP
Numero, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s – as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on the instrumental tip, and which allow for plenty of room in the tracks to let the players stretch out and solo – in a blend of keyboards and guitar with more traditional sarod and tablas! Rhythms are mostly upbeat, but in ways that are more interesting than the "disco" title implies – especially in 1982 – and the whole thing's maybe first a funky fusion record, which then borrows a bit from Indian percussion, then adds in Rupa's vocals in the lead. Titles include "Aaj Shanibar", "Moja Bhari Moja", "East West Shuffle", and the side-long jam "Ayee Morshume/Be Reham Duniya". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby Bradford with John Stevens & The SpontaneousBobby Bradford With John Stevens & The Spontaneous Music Ensemble – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Nessa, 1971/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 25.99
An unlikely, but amazing meeting of the avant jazz minds – a classic set that has LA trumpeter Bobby Bradford coming into play with the UK Spontaneous Music Ensemble, led by drummer John Stevens! The material was recorded, almost spontaneously, on a holiday trip Bradford made to London in 1971 – but the record's become an enduring classic, thanks to the creative energy of the players involved, and the dynamic quality of the improvisations in the studio! Bradford's trumpet sounds quite different here than in his better-known work of the time with reedman John Carter – much more outside and forceful, really set loose in the company of Stevens' group – which, in this incarnation, includes Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Bob Norden on trombone, Ron Herman on bass, and Julie Tippetts on guitar and a bit of voice. This well-done 2CD package brings together all the material from the original sessions – 8 long titles that include "His Majesty Louis", "Bridget's Mother", "Norway", "Rhythm Piece", "Fragment", "Trane Ride/Ornette-ment/Doo Dee", and "Room 408". CD

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Ray BryantSolo Flight ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1977. Used ... $6.99
A great mix of bluesy rhythms and sensitive sounds from Ray Bryant – a later solo set that really shows the full range of his skills on the piano! The album's nicely unfettered – opened up in that pure Pablo way – and although Ray plays passages that hint at his soul jazz roots, there's also some moments of lyricism that really show his development as a player by the time of the mid 70s! Titles include "Moanin", "Take The A Train", "In De Back Room", "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life", "Blues In De Big Brass Bed", and "Monkey Business". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Donald Byrd & 125th StreetLove Has Come Around – The Elektra Anthology 1978 to 1982 ... CD
Elektra/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A great chapter in the career of trumpeter Donald Byrd – his post-Blue Note work with the group 125th Street NYC – which is kind of a second chapter to the jazzy fusion style he developed at the start of the 70s! This time around, there's an equal emphasis on soul and jazz – often with some strong vocals in the lead, but also plenty of room for Donald to stretch out and serve up the kind of perfect solos he worked out with the Mizell Brothers in the years before – modes that are continued here with some great guest help from singers and musicians who include Syreeta, Isaac Hayes, Jim Gilstrap, Wah Wah Watson, and Greg Phillinganes! If you like Donald Byrd albums like Places & Spaces or Stepping Into Tomorrow, you'll find that the sound here is a continuation of that mode – taken into the leaner funk territory that would come to play in the 80s. 2CD set features almost all the best tracks from those years, including some single mixes too – and titles include "Thank You For Funking Up My Life (12" disco version)", "Marilyn", "Butterfly", "Gold The Moon White The Sun", "Sexy Dancer", "Love Has Come Around", "Loving You", "Love For Sale", "Star Trippin", "I Love You", "Midnight", "Your Love Is My Ecstasy", "Have You Heard The News", "People Suppose To Be Free", "Morning", "I'm Coming Home", "Sunning In Your Love Shine", "Everyday", "Falling", "So Much In Love", and "Forbidden Love". CD

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CandidoCandido In Indigo ... LP
ABC, Late 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
Candido cut sooo many great Latin records over the years, spanning a wide range of styles, we have a hard time deciding which we love the best. We like to think this may be his best album from the early part of his career, specifically because it features the master conga player amidst a tight jazz lineup, who leave him plenty of room to solo and just plain get down doing his thing. Dick Hyman's on organ, Joe Puma's on guitar, and Ernie Royal's on trumpet, with George Duvivier and Charlie Persip in the rhythm section. 8 tracks in all, including "Afro Blue", "Caravan", "Softly But Blue", "Blue Lou", "Blue Prelude", "Bongo Baby", "Blue Dirge" and "Candido Cocktail". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear, a small split on the bottom seam, and a small strip of adhesive residue.)

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Benny Carter with Oscar PetersonBenny Carter Meets Oscar Peterson ... LP
Pablo, 1986. Very Good ... $9.99
Benny Carter meets Oscar Peterson – two older giants from the Verve jazz scene of the 50s, recording here in loose quintet format three decades later! The album's got a format that's similar to some of the easy-flowing Verve dates from years back – no surprise, given that Norman Granz produced the set – and there's plenty of room for Carter's amazing tone on the alto to stretch out over mellow rhythms from Joe Pass on guitar, Dave Young on bass, and Martin Drew on drums. Titles include "Sweet Lorraine", "Just Friends", "Whispering", "Some Kind Of Blues", and "Baubles Bangles & Beads". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a name in marker.)

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Richie ColeAlto Madness/Hollywood Madness ... CD
Muse/32 Jazz, 1977/1979. Used 2 CDs ... $28.99
Nothing too mad here, Alto Madness is a wonderful record that really shows the genius of Richie Cole in the 70s! Cole on Muse is a wonderful combination – sharp-edged alto sax, rooted in tradition – but let loose on some freer soul jazz modes as well, really showing the strong jazz underground that was bubbling strongly at the time. Cole's alto is set up beautifully with rhythm from Harold Mabern on piano, Rick Laird or Steve Gilmore on bass, and Eddie Gladden on drums – and the record also features percussion from Ray Mantill and guitar from Vic Juris – both players who shape the sound of the record differently than you might expect. As on other Cole records of the time, Eddie Jefferson makes a great guest appearance – singing wonderfully on "Moody's Mood 78" and "The Common Touch" – the latter of which is a great lost bit of Jefferson from the 70s. Other cuts include "Cole's Nocturne", "The Price Is Right", "Remember Your Day Off", and "Last Tango In Paris". Hollywood Madness, a great example of the Muse Records charm of altoist Richie Cole – bop-fired creativity at its peak, mixed with some added contemporary elements to keep things fresh! In this case, Richie's horn takes on some key bop classics, but also opens up a bit with vocalsits too – Eddie Jefferson on versions of "Hi Fly", "Relaxin At Camarillo", and "Waiting For Waits" – the latter of which also features Tom Waits as well! The Manhattan Transfer make some subtle guest appearances too – but in ways that are much more restrained than their own albums, really leaving most room for Richie's horn. Bruce Forman plays guitar and Dick Hindman piano – and titles include "Hi Fly", "Relaxin At Camarillo", "Hooray For Hollywood", "I Love Lucy", "Malibu Breeze", "Waiting For Waits", and "Tokyo Rose Sings The Hollywood Blues". CD
(Out of print. Includes slipcase!)

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Ornette ColemanEmpty Foxhole ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... $16.99
One of our favorite Ornette Coleman albums of the post-Atlantic 60s years – a set that still hangs onto some of the bold rhythmic conception of his previous records, but also points the way towards his freer jazz modes to come! The group's a trio – with really tremendous work from Charlie Haden on bass, able to match Coleman's energy with effortless ease, and really getting a lot of room to leave his mark on the music – plus the very young (10!) Denardo Coleman, who plays drums here with this stark, simple style that's not only completely unique, but which also leaves a lot of open room left for Haden and Ornette to really stretch out. Ornette plays his usual alto, plus trumpet and violin – and titles include "Good Old Days", "The Empty Foxhole", "Zig Zag", and "Freeway Express". CD
(Out of print. Disc has initials in marker.)

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Chick CoreaSong Of Singing ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99
A key album in Chick Corea's shift from Latin jazz to arch-modern – recorded with Circle bandmates Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on drums, and done with a free sound that's quite unusual for Blue Note at the time! Chick's out on this one – way out – in that free mode of his first great rise to fame, without any of the silly Scientology of later years – and Holland and Altschul are in some of their greatest form ever, working with Chick to craft a starkly compelling album of tunes that showed that jazz piano still had a lot of room to grow at the start of the 70s! Titles include "Toy Room", "Ballad I", "Flesh", "Rhymes", and "Nefertitti". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the "Forever Chick Corea" collection!)

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El Michels AffairSounding Out The City ... LP
Truth & Soul/Big Crown, 2005. New Copy ... $18.99 20.98
Easily one of the greatest new funk records of the 21st Century – and a set that goes way beyond some of the cliches that are currently gripping others in the deep funk underground! El Michels Affair have a cool, easygoing style to their music – one that's as much 70s jazz as it is 60s funk – and which makes for tunes that have a looser structure overall, which allows much more room for instrumental interplay, and the kind of sweet surprises that make the album so great! These guys have a real penchant for an unusual rhythm and interesting instrumental flair – and they borrow as much from 70s soundtracks and Latin albums as they do from the funky 45 era that clearly gave them their start. Totally fresh all the way through, and a record that delights us a lot more than we might have expected! Titles include "Detroit Twice", "El Pueblo Unido", "Behind The Blue Curtains", "Ocho Rios", "Hung Up On My Baby", "This Song's For You", and "Slide Show". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Art FarmerSomething You Got ... LP
CTI, 1977. Sealed Gatefold ... $18.99
A sweet funky album from Art Farmer– an artist we don't normally associate with 70s funk, but who does a really great job on this CTI session! Art's working here in the frontline with Yusef Lateef on reeds – another unlikely candidate for a record like this – and the pair get some strong backing from the band of Dave Matthews, who manages to provide just the right blend of tight arrangements and jazz funk, so that each player gets plenty of room to soar, but the whole album sticks in a nice smooth groove on the rhythms! Includes a soaring version of Chick Corea's "Spain", a slow funk take on Chris Kenner's "Something You Got", and the cuts "Flute Song", "Hombre Del Sol", "Sauhade", and "Sandu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing.)

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Red GarlandGroovy ... LP
Prestige, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
Long tracks and plenty of room to move around – a perfect setting for the classic sound of the Red Garland Trio on Prestige! Despite the title, the album's not so much groovy as it is lyrically beautiful and filled with sensitivity – a key bridge between piano players of the mainstream in the years before Garland, and some of the bigger, bolder names that would rise up during the 60s soul jazz years. Rhythm is by Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and the longer tracks give Chambers plenty of room to express his unique talents on the bass. Titles include "Gone Again", "Hey Now", "Will You Still Be Mine", "What Can I Say Dear", and "C-Jam Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stan GetzAward Winner ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... About November 24, 2021 (delayed)
A great little follow-up to the classic West Coast Jazz album recorded by Stan Getz – and like that one, a set to feature some great rhythm accompaniment from the trio of Lou Levy on piano, Stan Levey on drums, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass! The tracks are nice and open – with plenty of room for Stan to roam around – and although you might expect a tightly-arranged kind of sound from the west coast setting, the album's actually surprisingly more relaxed – a fair bit like some of the more open-ended jazz that Shelly Manne started to record on his own at the start of the 60s. Titles include "Where Or When", "Smiles", "This Can't Be Love", and "Woody 'n You". CD

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Johnny GriffinBig Soul (Big Soul Band & White Gardenia) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1960. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
One of those ubiquitous Milestone 70s two-fers combining two nice sides from the little giant. The first set is Big Soul Band, a sweet little album from Johnny – quite different than most of his other sessions at the time, as this one features a big band, as the title says – filled with some strong Chicago and soul jazz players, and featuring killer arrangements by the great Norman Simmons! Simmons' was just bubbling up at the time – and he had a sock soul jazz sound that was part of his time on the Chicago scene, and which, unfortunately, rarely achieved as strong of recorded expression as it did on this album. Griffin's a heck of a great player, even at this age, and the strength of his horn sits nicely in the front of a great ensemble that also includes Pat Patrick, Matthew Gee, Julian Priester, Frank Strozier, Bobby Timmons, Harold Mabern, Vic Sproles, and Charlie Persip. Titles include a number of Simmons originals – like "Meditation", "Panic Room Blues", and "Holla" – plus a great reading of Timmons' "So Tired"! The second LP is Johnny's tribute to Billie Holiday – with Johnny's tenor fronting some larger backing on strings and brass – but hipper than most efforts of this type, thanks to some great arrangements by Melba Liston and Norman Simmons! The record's a nice change from some of Johnny's more full-on bop sessions from the same time – and it's nice to hear that his tenor works equally well on mellow tracks and ballads like "God Bless The Child", "Gloomy Sunday", "Travelin' Light", "Left Alone", and "Detour Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, lightly shopworn, with a Sound Purchase sticker obscuring a promo imprint under the shrink.)

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Johnny GriffinWade In The Water (aka Big Soul Band) ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good ... $7.99
A sweet little album from Johnny – quite different than most of his other sessions at the time, as this one features a big band – a "Big Soul Band", as the title says – filled with some strong Chicago and soul jazz players, and featuring killer arrangements by the great Norman Simmons! Simmons' was just bubbling up at the time – and he had a sock soul jazz sound that was part of his time on the Chicago scene, and which, unfortunately, rarely achieved as strong of recorded expression as it did on this album. Griffin's a heck of a great player, even at this age, and the strength of his horn sits nicely in the front of a great ensemble that also includes Pat Patrick, Matthew Gee, Julian Priester, Frank Strozier, Bobby Timmons, Harold Mabern, Vic Sproles, and Charlie Persip. Titles include a number of Simmons originals – like "Meditation", "Panic Room Blues" and "Holla" – plus a great reading of Timmons' "So Tired", and traditionals like "Deep River", "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" and "Wade In The Water" and Junior Mance's "Jubilation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Teal label stereo Orpheum pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear, and a squiggle of marker at the top right corner.)

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Hank JonesTalented Touch ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... About November 25, 2021 (delayed)
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's an early showcase for the piano of Hank Jones – a talented touch that's already able to rise above most of his contemporaries! The date's a trio outing, and Jones is allowed a bit more freedom than the usual jazz musician on Capitol at the time – with backing from Milt Hinton on bass and Osie Johnson on drums – both players who really match Hank's mixture of lyricism and soul! There's a really careful balance on the record that already hints at Jones' long years in jazz to come – and titles include "The Blue Room", "If I Love Again", "Let Me Know", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "It's Easy To Remember". CD

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Thad Jones & Mel LewisConsummation ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
One of the greatest records ever cut by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – way way more than a big band jazz session, and a fantastically hip batch of grooves that encompasses a wealth of styles! The Jones/Lewis group could sometimes sound a bit clunky and overhashed – but on this set, they've got a surprisingly lyrical approach – free-thinking and easily grooving, but with room for complicated solos and complex rhythms. All tracks are originals by Thad Jones – and players include Roland Hanna on electric piano, David Spinozza on guitar, and a host of great talents on reeds and brass. Titles include the sweetly funky cuts "Us" and "Ahunk Ahunk", plus the tracks "Dedication", "Consummation", "Tiptoe", and "Fingers". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s white b label pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Quin KirchnerShadows & The Light ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2020. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 18.99
A double-length set that showcases the ever-growing, ever-evolving talents of drummer Quin Kirchner – working here in a variety of settings with help from some other great talents on the Chicago scene! Most of these tunes have a core sense of structure – and even when Quin is improvising more freely, he still finds a way to swing – working here on conventional drums, other percussion instruments, and even a bit of kalimba too – alongside a mix of players that includes Nick Broste on trombone, Nate Lepine on tenor and flute, Nick Mazzarella on alto, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Greg Ward on alto, Rob Clearfield on piano, and Matt Ulery on bass. Many numbers have a spacious, ambitious vibe – almost spiritual jazz, of a quality that really has us respecting Kirchner more than ever – and the double space of the album is really needed to allow this majestic message the room to unfold properly. Titles include "Ecliptics", "King Korn", "Jupiter Moon", "Horizons", "At This Point In Time", "Bata Chop", "Pathways", "Star Cluster", and "Moon Vision". CD
Also available Shadows & The Light ... LP 29.99

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Quin KirchnerShadows & The Light ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2020. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
A double-length set that showcases the ever-growing, ever-evolving talents of drummer Quin Kirchner – working here in a variety of settings with help from some other great talents on the Chicago scene! Most of these tunes have a core sense of structure – and even when Quin is improvising more freely, he still finds a way to swing – working here on conventional drums, other percussion instruments, and even a bit of kalimba too – alongside a mix of players that includes Nick Broste on trombone, Nate Lepine on tenor and flute, Nick Mazzarella on alto, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Greg Ward on alto, Rob Clearfield on piano, and Matt Ulery on bass. Many numbers have a spacious, ambitious vibe – almost spiritual jazz, of a quality that really has us respecting Kirchner more than ever – and the double space of the album is really needed to allow this majestic message the room to unfold properly. Titles include "Ecliptics", "King Korn", "Jupiter Moon", "Horizons", "At This Point In Time", "Bata Chop", "Pathways", "Star Cluster", and "Moon Vision". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Shadows & The Light ... CD 13.99

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Delvon Lamarr Organ TrioLive At KEXP ... CD
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $10.99 13.98
A great combo, in a really great setting – the trio of organist Delvon Lamarr, captured in a sweet live radio performance! The tunes are long and open – very much in the group's killer blend of soul jazz and deep funk – with plenty of room for Delvon to soar out on the keys of the Hammond, and remind us again what a massive younger talent he is on the instrument! If you like the group's funky 45s, you'll find yourself really loving this live set – and the whole thing's only got us eager to keep on following the great growth of this group. Titles include a sweet remake of the Curtis Mayfield tune "Move On Up" – plus "Concussion", "I Don't Want To Play That", "Tacoma Block Party", "South Leo St Stomp", and "Memphis". CD

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O'Donel LevyBlack Velvet ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A stone laidback set from O'Donel Levy – one of the greatest soul jazz guitarists of the 70s, and a player who sounds fresher and fresher to us over the years! This album's a bit more laidback than some of Levy's other sets for Groove Merchant – with larger arrangements that feature Charles Covington on electric piano and organ, Fats Theus on tenor and flute, and Billy Skinner on trumpet – but the approach actually works well, as the slow-moving tracks trip out over a lot of space, giving O'Donel plenty of room to craft his uniquely spacious and chromatic solos. Titles include versions of "Watch What Happens", "Love Story", "Call Me", "You've Made Me So Very Happy", and "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time", plus the originals "Granny" and "Nature's Child", both of which have a nice little groove! CD

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Liquid SoulLost Soul Vol 1 ... CD
Soul What, Late 90s. New Copy ... $12.99 15.00
Rare work from this hip Chicago collective of the 90s – an ever-shifting lineup of players who got together to mix together jazz, funk, and soul styles together in a regular weekly live gig! The one constant here is saxophonist Mars Williams – who you might also know from his free improv work – and Mars pulled these tracks from taped sessions of live freestyles by the group, in the Chicago clubs Elbo Room and Double Door – where they were quietly crafting cuts that would link the sounds of the 70s with the Chicago scene to come in the 21st century. There's a very large array of players on the set – and some tracks feature trumpet from Ron Haynes, drums from Dan Leali, and turntables from Jesse De La Pena – on cuts tha tinclude "Double D", "Soulsonic Vibration", "Twice As Nice", "Watermelon Man", "Lonely Bull", "PMI", and "Double Pump". CD

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MaduraMadura ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Man, why don't they make records like this anymore? The album's a double-length set that shows all the best freedoms that small groups like this had when working for the majors – a rich blend of jazz rock, soul, and some jamming bits that really go to town over the length of the full 2LP set. And yes, some of the bits get a bit hippy dippy, but that's what all the extra room is for, and it's out of that hippy magic that some of the best moments emerge! Titles include "I Think I'm Dreaming", "Talking To Myself", "Man's Rebirth Through Childbirth (parts 1 & 2)", "Dreams", "Hawk Piano", "Drinking No Wine", and "Free From The Devil". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has ring and edge wear, a cut corner, splitting on the top seam, and aging.)

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✨✧ Mallory-Hall Band (Sanifu Al Hall & Charley Mallory)Song Of Soweto ... LP
IRC/Outernational (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A song of Soweto, but served up here by a really unique South African group that also features key work by a number of American players too! The sound is mix of the loping rhythms of SA jazz and some of the bolder elements you'd hear in American funk of the period – but all mixed together with a sense of warmth that's really wonderful, and which opens up greatly on the long tracks, with plenty of room for solos by Marshall Royal on alto, Herman Riley on tenor, Rudolph Johnson on soprano, and Billy Brooks on trumpet! You'll recognize Johnson from his albums on the Black Jazz label, and Brooks from his classic Windows Of The Mind jazz funk record – and they play here alongside keyboard work from Kirk Lightsey, under the leadership of guitarist Charles Mallory and trombonist Al Hall. Titles include "The African Night", "Song Of Soweto", "Hamba Samba", and "Moroka Rock". LP, Vinyl record album

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Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 4 (with bonus track) ... CD
Contemporary, 1960. Used ... $9.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this fourth volume include "Cabu", "Just Squeeze Me", and "Nightingale". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 5 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $8.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this fifth volume include "Pullin Strings", "Eclipse Of Spain", "Wonder Why", "This Is Always", and "How Deep Are The Roots". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jun MiyakeGlam Exotica ... CD
Beams (Japan), 2003. Used ... $11.99
Nothing glam about this set – as the work here is as sensitive and evocative as previous efforts from Jun Miyake – and like those, it's a unique Japanese take on bossa, jazz, and other more evocative styles – all served up with a really fresh sound overall! Instrumentation is a bit larger here than some of Miyake's other work – but always handled with a great sense of space – so that the piano, percussion, vibes, and light strings hang in air with plenty of room to sparkle and shine – not in a polished way, but in a simple, elegant one that really lets the best elements of the music resonate strongly. The album's got more of an exotica feel than some of Miyake's more bossa-directed sets, and there's a slight bit of vocals on the record – used as "voice", and more like an instrument than straight singing. Titles include "Rain Forest", "River Of Gold", "Brazil", "Stones Bearing Flowers", "Pico Birds", "Lokasa", "Raft Of Love", and "Lotus Isle". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Gerry Mulligan & Paul DesmondGerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond Quartet (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $3.99
A great pairing of two of the coolest jazz talents of the 50s – icy-cool altoist Paul Desmond and warm-toned baritonist Gerry Mulligan! The group here continues the pianoless tradition of some of Mulligan's work of the decade – leaving plenty of room for amazing interplay between the horns, and a rare chance to hear Desmond away from the instrument – especially considering his work with Brubeck – blowing here in an airy, willowy tone that's totally great. Other players include Joe Benjamin on bass and Dave Bailey on drums – and titles include "Blues In Time", "Standstill", "Line For Lyons", and "Fall Out". CD includes bonus tracks – "Tea For Two", "Wintersong", and "Lover". CD

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Teruo NakamuraRising Sun ... LP
Polydor, 1977. Very Good- ... $19.99
Massive music from bassist Teruo Nakamura – a set that brings a Japanese take to the US fusion scene of the mid 70s – blending Teruo's warm, soulful vision with some great work from players who include Steve Grossman and Carter Jefferson on reeds, Lonnie Smith on keyboards, and Harry Whitaker on electric piano! The tracks are tight, but never slick – driven strongly forward by Nakamura's killer basslines, but always in a relaxed, open way that gives the players plenty of room to solo freely – almost with the energy of some of the more electric spiritual jazz sets of the 70s, but a bit tighter overall. The album's a killer all the way through – a surprising, but excellent choice for wider issue in the US at the time – and titles include "Red Shoes", "Precious One", "The Cat", "Steppin with Lord", and "Sweet Pea & Collard Greens". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Jair OliveiraOutro ... CD
Trama (Brazil), 2002. Used ... $6.99
A wonderful release on the Trama label – very much in the tradition of Trama's blending of new and old Brazilian styles! Jair is a wonderful singer – with a warm soulful voice that's instantly captivating, and which sounds even better set in the album's well-crafted arrangements. There's bits of jazz and electronics flowing through the mix, but the overall presentation leaves Jair plenty of room to take the lead, interacting magically with guitar and keyboards, and sounding better and better with each new song! Titles include "Bom Dia Anjo", "Dor De Ressaca", "Frio Pra Bem Longe", "Uma Outra Beleza", "Ficar No Escuro", "Local Proibido", "Falso Amor", and "Sou Teu Nego". CD
(Out of print.)

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OregonOregon (1983) ... LP
ECM, 1983. Near Mint- ... $6.99
The Oregon sound, still alive and well into the 80s – perhaps given even more room to express itself in an ECM setting like this! The album's a mix of angular notes and warmer tones – very much the experimentalism that the group prided itself on at the time – and which really set the tune for a whole generation of imitations, some of which were already showing in the rest of the jazz world by the time of this release. Yet Oregon proves by the set that they're still the leading lights of the this side of the jazz spectrum – keeping things fresh with an ever-changing array of instrumentation from Ralph Towner, Colin Walcott, Paul McCandless, and Glen Moore. Titles include "Skyline", "Impending Bloom", "Beacon", "Rapids", "Taos", and "Beside A Brook". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a bit of marker on front and small tape remnants at the opening.)

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Sonny RollinsRollins In Holland – 1967 Studio & Live Recordings (3LP 180 gram pressing) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Resonance, 1967. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $64.99
Stunning rare material from Sonny Rollins – from a period when he wasn't doing that much work in the studio! The double-length package features Sonny blowing with a great sense of majesty and freedom – working in trio format that recalls his classic Vanguard recordings for Blue Note – but with Ruud Jacobs on bass and Han Bennink on drums – both great players who really help Rollins keep his modern edge! This isn't just a pickup overseas rhythm section – as Bennink is fantastic, at a point right before he was moving into free jazz – and Jacobs is a hell of a bassist who always makes a group sound great. The set features four studio tracks – "Blue Room", "Four", "Tune Up", and "Love Walked In" – plus more live material from the same month – long tracks "Love Walked In", "Four", "On Green Dolphin Street/There Will Never Be Another You", "Sonnymoon For Two", and "Three Little Words". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – pressed on heavyweight vinyl at RTI!)

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✨✧ Diana RossEvening With Diana Ross ... LP
Motown, 1977. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A smoking live performance from Diana Ross – a double-length set that offers up the lady in all full aspects of her glory! Ross sings not just in the clubby soul mode that made her a huge act at the time, but also brings in echoes of older Motown moments, plus a fair bit of jazz inspiration as well – a nod to her role in the film Lady Sings The Blues, but with a wider range too – a really great illustration of aspects of Diana's strengths that didn't always get their full due on record. Plus, the live backing brings a nice sort of spontaneity to the whole thing – lots of room for Diana's personality to shine through – on tracks that include "Love Hangover", "Girls", "Touch Me In The Morning", "Here I Am/I Wouldn't Change A Thing", and long medleys titled "The Point", "The Working Girls", "The Motown Story", and "One Giant Step". LP, Vinyl record album

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Don SebeskyGiant Box ... LP
CTI, 1973. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set ... $11.99
One of the most ambitious albums on CTI – a very large project in which Don Sebesky seems to work with just about everyone else who recorded for the label! The Giant Box title is apt – as the record originally came packaged in a cardboard box – room enough to hold the 2 records that comprised it, all the long tunes on the set, and the huge array of cast who helped out on the project. Players include Sebesky on organ, piano, and electric piano – plus Baws, Joe Farrell, Paul Desmond, and many others. There's some sweet vocal backgrounds on the set – by Jackie & Roy, Lani Groves, and Tasha Thomas – and titles include "Vocalise", "Semi Tough", "Firebird/Birds Of Fire", "Free As A Bird", and "Song To A Seagul". Great stuff – with bits of funk, jazz, and ambitious arrangements – all filtered into the cool CTI sound! LP, Vinyl record album
(Box has some discoloration from age.)

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Carl Smith & The Natural Gas CompanyBurnin ... CD
Match Box/BBE (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $36.99 38.99
That's a very homey looking cover on the record, and the album's got a nicely down to earth vibe too – a mix of funky jazz and soul from a little known group from the Oregon scene! Carl's group here mixes acoustic horns with electric elements in the rhythms – and opens up plenty to make room for two female singers – both of whom have a nicely soulful vibe, and slide in strongly with the funky ensemble modes! The approach is like some of the European funky big band records of the earlier part of the 70s – or maybe even a bit like the Daly Wilson Band when they worked with female singers – and Carl himself plays tenor and flute, and leads the group. Titles include "Gotta Be Willin To Lose", "Azz A Rite", "Get It Right", "Livin A Dream", "Stuff Like That", "You Take The Time", "Love Won't Let Me Go", and "Dig A Little Deeper". CD

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Jimmy SmithAt Club Baby Grand Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Jimmy Smith heard in the kind of setting that spawned him – playing live at Delaware's Club Baby Grand – just the sort of smoky little jazz room that initially fostered his talents! The liveness of the set brings a really nice edge to the album – a sound that's grittier than some of Jimmy Smith's studio work of the early Blue Note years – and which features him really stretching out on the Hammond, taking close to 10 minutes to run through each tune – and that's saying a lot, given that there's hardly any other soloists! The rest of the group features Thornel Schwartz on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums – and tracks on this first volume include "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Where Or When", "Rosetta", and "The Preacher". CD

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Jimmy SmithAt Club Baby Grand Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Jimmy Smith heard in the kind of setting that spawned him – playing live at Delaware's Club Baby Grand – just the sort of smoky little jazz room that initially fostered his talents! The liveness of the set brings a really nice edge to the album – a sound that's grittier than some of Jimmy Smith's studio work of the early Blue Note years – and which features him really stretching out on the Hammond, taking close to 10 minutes to run through each tune – and that's saying a lot, given that there's hardly any other soloists! The rest of the group features Thornel Schwartz on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums – and tracks on this second volume include "Caravan", "Get Happy", "It's All Right With Me", and "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing". CD

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Paul SmithLiquid Sounds ... LP
Capitol, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
Wonderful small combo grooving from pianist Paul Smith – an unsung hero of the west coast scene, with a talent that balanced easily between jazz and cocktail – with the best styles of both firmly intact! This album's one of his best – as mellow and drifting as the title might imply, recorded with backing that includes flute, alto, clarinet, and guitar – on dreamy little original tunes like "Low Bridge", "Gary Boo", "Hookup", "The Blue Room", "Thou Swell", and "Spring Is Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono turquoise label pressing. Cover has light wear, half split top seam, and an ink stamp in back.)

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Spirit12 Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus ... LP
Epic, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
The crowning achievement of Spirit – and a record that you probably could have found in any college dorm room in the early 70s! The record's really a cut above for their generation – an expansive effort that hangs together with a bit of a concept, and which interweaves strands of rock, folk, and a bit of jazz – yet also a record that has a lot more polish than other efforts of its type, and which trades a bit of psychedelic indulgence for a tighter focus that really lets the best tunes sparkle wonderfully! Production is great – clear, but trippy at the same time – and Randy California's guitar work has never sounded better. Titles include "Nature's Way", "Animal Zoo", "Love Has Found A Way", "Mr Skin", "Soldier", "Street Worm", and "Space Child". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has surface wear, a small sticker and a bit of pen.)

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Joe ThomasGet In The Wind ... LP
LRC, 1978. Sealed ... $6.99
Reedman Joe Thomas is wrapped up here in some very warm grooves – a mix of electric jazz and clubby modes – all of which takes Thomas' usual sound right to the discos! Most cuts have a backup vocal group – with contributions from Gwen Guthrie and Jocelyn Brown – but these vocals soon step aside to make room for Joe's solos on both tenor and flute – every bit as soulful as before, maybe a bit like Stanley Turrentine or John Handy in such a setting! The album's also got some great keyboards from Pat Rebillot – and titles include "Plato's Retreat", "Mr Mumbles", "Get In The Wind", "Two Doors Down", and "Low Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hype sticker and a trace of a price sticker.)

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✨✧ Henry ThreadgillSubject to Change ... LP
About Time, 1985. New Copy ... $9.99 11.99
Compelling compositions from the great Henry Threadgill – recorded here with a really like-minded batch of players who perfectly help him realize his musical vision! There's a nicely snakey feel to some of the tunes here – almost a journey in jazz expression from the left side of the spectrum – lead with a bit more strength than some of Threadgill's other contemporaries, but still allowing plenty of room for solo expression! Two percussionists drive the ensemble – Pheeroan Aklaff and John Betsch – and other players include Ray Anderson on trombone, Rasul Siddik on trumpet, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Deidre Murray on cello – as well as Threadgill himself on flute, alto, tenor, and clarinet. Amina Claudine Myers contributes vocals on one number – "A Piece Of Software", which features lyrics by Cassandra Wilson – and other titles include "Just Trinity The Man", "Homeostasis", "Higher Places", "Subject To Change", and "This". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Please Note – these are in the original shrink wrap which has aged some and may be split, but are still unplayed.)

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Yosuke YamashitaClay (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $49.99
Mindblowing trio work from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – in a group that's equally noteworthy for its incredible reed performances from the mighty Akira Sakata! The pairing of Sakata and Yamashita was one of the greatest things in Japanese jazz in the 70s, and certainly one of that scene's strongest avant impulses – and the trio's completed by the thoughtfully spacious drum work of Takeo Moriyama, who really knows how to read the room, then run when the time is right. Sakata manages to get some of the most searing sounds from the clarinet we've ever heard, and a hell of a lot of force from the alto too – and the set features a long reading of the trio's classic "Mina's Second Theme" – plus the tune "Clay", dedicated to Muhammad Ali. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Fred AndersonMissing Link (with bonus track) ... CD
Nessa, 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A well-titled set, given that Fred Anderson's been a missing link in Chicago jazz for many years – a bold tenorist with qualities that reach back to the heavy sax generation of the 50s, and a creative improvisor who's kept the AACM ideals alive and well in the Windy City for years! The session captures Fred in the late 70s, a really under-recorded point in his career (especially in comparison to his big revival of the past decade or so) – and Anderson's working with Larry Hayrod on bass, Hamid Drake on drums, and Adam Rudolph on percussion – in relatively freewheeling space that gives Fred plenty of room to solo! Titles include "Twilight", "Ballad For Rita", and "The Bull". CD features the bonus previously-unreleased track "Tabla Peace" – a cool number penned by Drake, with lots of nice percussion. CD

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✨✧ Chet BakerDeep In A Dream – The Ultimate Chet Baker Collection ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes the songs "My Funny Valentine","Aren't You Glad You're You?", "This Time The Dream's On Me", "The Thrill Is Gone", "Blue Room", "Spring Is Here", "The Wind", "Let's Get Lost", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "Summer Sketch", "Halema", and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Richie Beirach & Dave LiebmanQuest For Freedom ... CD
Sunnyside, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The core Quest sound, in a whole new setting – one that features the piano of Richie Beirach and reeds of Dave Liebman, cast out over some larger jazz arrangements from the Frankfurt Radio Big Band! All the sense of space and tension in the original Quest sound is still very firmly in place – and in fact, our hat's off to arranger Jim McNeely, for handling the large group so well, as to give Beirach and Liebman the sort of room to shape the record with their own moody touches. Liebman plays both soprano sax and wooden flute – and titles include "Vendetta", "Jung", "Pendulum", "The Sky Is the Limit", "Enfin", and "Port Ligat". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Bobby Bradford/John Carter QuintetComin On ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant reinvention of the Bobby Bradford/John Carter partnership – a key force on the LA avant scene of the late 60s and early 70s – still filled with fire in this later recording! Bradford's cornet has lost none of its force – and the real shift here is Carter, who works only on clarinet – yet uses the instrument with incredible energy, with bold, stretching lines that move far past some of the more fragile aspects of the instrument – and which seem to get pushed even farther here by Bradford than on some of Carter's own albums as a leader during the 80s. The rest of the group features Don Preston on piano and keyboards, Richard Davis on bass, and the mighty Andrew Cyrille on drums – whose playing here really propels the whole set strongly – on titles that include "Comin On", "Sunday Afternoon Jazz Society Blues", "Room 408", and "Encounter". CD
(Out of print early pressing.)

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✨✧ Donald Byrd & 125th StreetLove Has Come Around – The Elektra Anthology 1978 to 1982 ... CD
Elektra/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great chapter in the career of trumpeter Donald Byrd – his post-Blue Note work with the group 125th Street NYC – which is kind of a second chapter to the jazzy fusion style he developed at the start of the 70s! This time around, there's an equal emphasis on soul and jazz – often with some strong vocals in the lead, but also plenty of room for Donald to stretch out and serve up the kind of perfect solos he worked out with the Mizell Brothers in the years before – modes that are continued here with some great guest help from singers and musicians who include Syreeta, Isaac Hayes, Jim Gilstrap, Wah Wah Watson, and Greg Phillinganes! If you like Donald Byrd albums like Places & Spaces or Stepping Into Tomorrow, you'll find that the sound here is a continuation of that mode – taken into the leaner funk territory that would come to play in the 80s. 2CD set features almost all the best tracks from those years, including some single mixes too – and titles include "Thank You For Funking Up My Life (12" disco version)", "Marilyn", "Butterfly", "Gold The Moon White The Sun", "Sexy Dancer", "Love Has Come Around", "Loving You", "Love For Sale", "Star Trippin", "I Love You", "Midnight", "Your Love Is My Ecstasy", "Have You Heard The News", "People Suppose To Be Free", "Morning", "I'm Coming Home", "Sunning In Your Love Shine", "Everyday", "Falling", "So Much In Love", and "Forbidden Love". CD
Also available Love Has Come Around – The Elektra Anthology 1978 to 1982 ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Don CherryComplete Communion & Symphony For Improvisers Revisited ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of Don Cherry classics from the mid 60s – back to back on a single CD! First up is Complete Communion – arguably the best of Cherry's albums for Blue Note – and a real masterpiece of soulful avant playing! The group features Cherry on cornet, Gato Barbieri on tenor (and he's incredible, by the way!), Henry Grimes on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums. Grimes and Blackwell are more than just timekeepers – and deliver a lot of the melody of the session, yet still never lose their sense of swing. Barbieri's fragile raw tone proves to be a good one to work with Cherry, even if there are a few touches of Ornette in his playing. The album's divided up into 2 long suites – "Complete Communion" and "Elephantasy" – both of which are excellent. A real treat – with no sloppiness, lots of fresh ideas, and a good sense of both freedom and control! Next is Symphony For Improvisers – one of the first truly important records from Don Cherry as a leader – and an amazingly well-crafted session that brings together ideas from his early years with Ornette, and expands them with some of the freedoms he was learning from the European scene! The record boasts a format and lineup that's quite unusual for Blue Note at the time – 2 side-long "suite" tracks, performed by a group that features Cherry on cornet, Pharoah Sanders on tenor and piccolo, Karl Berger on vibes and piano, Gato Barbieri on tenor, Ed Blackwell on drums, and both Jean-Francois Jenny- Clark and Henry Grimes on bass! There's a fair bit of room for creative improvising on the session, but the overall album's a bit more structured than contemporary free jazz outings – and clearly shows the mark of Cherry's interpolation of styles at the time. Two long suites are entitled "Symphony For Improvisers" and "Manhattan Cry" – with shorter passages that include "Nu Creative Love", "Infant Happiness", "Manhattan Cry", and "Lunatic". CD

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✨✧ Matt DennisMatt Dennis Plays & Sings (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Kapp/Universal (Japan), 1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few albums ever recorded by Matt Dennis – a cool-voice vocalist who was equally known as a songwriter! Matt's style here is nicely laidback – supper-club jazz, but with a nice hip twist – the kind of singer who could be playing a room with a gently swinging ease, but also scanning the crowd for the easy mark, the offhand glance, or the kind of sign that would make him change the nature of his set. Two tracks on the set have him joined by sweet-voiced Virginia Maxey – and titles include "Angel Eyes", "Compared To You", "Let's Get Away From It All", and "When You Love A Fella". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hank JonesTalented Touch ... LP
Capitol, 1958. Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's an early showcase for the piano of Hank Jones – a talented touch that's already able to rise above most of his contemporaries! The date's a trio outing, and Jones is allowed a bit more freedom than the usual jazz musician on Capitol at the time – with backing from Milt Hinton on bass and Osie Johnson on drums – both players who really match Hank's mixture of lyricism and soul! There's a really careful balance on the record that already hints at Jones' long years in jazz to come – and titles include "The Blue Room", "If I Love Again", "Let Me Know", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "It's Easy To Remember". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy mono rainbow label pressing. Vinyl plays with some surface noise and crackles. Cover has split seams and spine held just at the top center, with tape remnants at the bottom, bent corners, and discoloration from age.)

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✨✧ Delvon Lamarr Organ TrioLive At KEXP (with bonus download) ... LP
Colemine, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great combo, in a really great setting – the trio of organist Delvon Lamarr, captured in a sweet live radio performance! The tunes are long and open – very much in the group's killer blend of soul jazz and deep funk – with plenty of room for Delvon to soar out on the keys of the Hammond, and remind us again what a massive younger talent he is on the instrument! If you like the group's funky 45s, you'll find yourself really loving this live set – and the whole thing's only got us eager to keep on following the great growth of this group. Titles include a sweet remake of the Curtis Mayfield tune "Move On Up" – plus "Concussion", "I Don't Want To Play That", "Tacoma Block Party", "South Leo St Stomp", and "Memphis". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Live At KEXP ... CD 10.99

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✨✧ Julie LondonJulie Is Her Name ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album in 50s vocal jazz – spare, moody, and evocative tunes from Julie London – sung in a stripped-down setting that few other singers would dare at the time! The sound of the set is as sexy as the cover – intimate, personal, and breathily sung in a mode that comes across with a brashly adult presentation of the material. Backing only features Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass – leaving Julie plenty of room to take over the record with her vocals – a real masterpiece of understatement, given the setting! Titles include her famous version of "Cry Me A River" – virtually THE version of the tune – plus "I Should Care", "Say It Isn't So", "Gone With The Wind", "Laura", and "Can't Help Loving That Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 60s black with colorband label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and aging, and mostly split top and bottom seams. Vinyl has two small marks that click during "Can't Help Lovin That Man" and "Laura" but plays fine otherwise.)

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✨✧ Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 1 ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this first volume include "Summertime", "Our Delight", "Poinciana", "Blue Daniel", and "Theme From A Gem From Tiffany". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams held with old tape, a name in marker, and surface wear.)

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✨✧ Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 2 ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this second volume include "Step Lightly", "Vamp's Blues", and "What's New". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label stereo pressing. Cover has a lightly bent corner and some fading along the opening.)

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✨✧ Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 3 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this third volume include "I Am In Love", "Whisper Not", and "Black Hawk Blues". CD

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✨✧ Hank MobleyTurnaround! (non-RVG pressing) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best-ever Hank Mobley albums on Blue Note – and a killer batch of soulful hardbop that was cut right around the same time as the classic No Room For Squares LP. In fact, the album contains work from 2 different sessions that filtered over to the Squares album – one that featured Mobley with Freddie Hubbard, Barry Harris, Paul Chambers, and Billy Higgins; and another that included Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd, Butch Warren, and Philly Joe Jones. The work is incredibly sharp – with that wonderful mix of soul jazz, hardbop, and nascent spiritualism that Mobley brought to his best work of the 60s. Titles include "My Sin", "Straight Ahead", "The Turnaround", and "Pat N Chat". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jack MontroseJack Montrose Sextet ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful example of why the west coast scene was great when it was working at its finest – that perfect blend of group formation and individual identity that could make a record like this so great! Tenor player Jack Montrose cut a rare few albums in the 50s, but this one's a gem – done with help from frequent partner Bob Gordon on baritone sax, and with other players that include Conte Candoli on trumpet, Paul Moer on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – a well-matched group that definitely knows how to follow the course, and break off in individual directions when needed. The style is tightly arranged, but not too tightly that the band doesn't have room to swing – and the mix of Montrose's tenor and Gordon's baritone is sublime together! Titles include "Listen Hear", "Some Good Fun Blues", "Fools Rush In", "Speakeasy", "Pretty", "Credo", and "That Old Feeling". CD

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✨✧ Oscar Peterson, Roy Eldridge, Sonny Stitt & OthersOscar Peterson Trio At Newport ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Oscar Peterson trio of the 50s – both by itself, and augmented by some great horn work too – all recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! Side one of the album features the group alone – Oscar on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, and Ray Brown on bass – all in that perfectly fluid drumless groove the group handled so greatly at the time – leaping and soaring, always with a rhythmic pulse that was all their own. Side two features the group expanded to a sextet – drummer Jo Jones added in for rhythm, plus Roy Eldridge on trumpet and Sonny Stitt on both alto and tenor sax. These tracks have a slightly looser feel – more in some of the Verve studio jam modes, with some nice room for solos from the horn players! Titles include "Will You Still be Mine", "Joy Spring", "Gal In Calico", "52nd Street Theme", "Monitor Blues", "Willow Weep For Me", "Autumn In New York", and "Roy's Son". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing. Still sealed.)

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✨✧ Rufus featuring Chaka KhanRags To Rufus ... LP
ABC, 1974. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of those records that everyone seemed to own, back in the day – and for good reason, too – as Rufus and Chaka have a way of opening ears of folks who dig so many different styles – from soul to rock to funk and jazz – but all with a groove that's totally their own! The record's one that definitely broke the group big out of their Chicago roots – thanks to the incredible "Tell Me Something Good" – an amazing workout that's the perfect mainstream showcase for Chaka's great voice, made even better by the use of one of those cool Peter Frampton-vocoder thingies! The album also features some other excellent material that's a bit more restrained, and more in the band's usual jazz funk mode – like "Ain't Nothing But A Maybe", "You Got The Love", "Smokin Room", and "Sideways". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Pete RugoloJack The Ripper ... LP
RCA, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Over the years, how many films have been made about this guy anyway? We've never seen the movie, but the record's a gem – some very edgy scoring by Pete Rugolo, the ex-Kenton arranger who went on to do some great crime jazz work for a number of labels. This work isn't exactly in that style, but does have some traces of the genre – plus some very weird instrumental approaches that have a nice horror-ish tone! Liner notes, oddly, are by Gypsy Rose Lee – and titles include "Kitty", "Killed In The Elevator", "Love Theme", "Ripper Kills Gateman", "The Operating Room", and "Chase The Hunchback". LP, Vinyl record album
(Living Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some surface wear, aging, small split in the top seam, and a name in pencil in back.)

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✨✧ VariousUltra Lounge Vol 7 – The Crime Scene ... CD
Capitol, Late 50s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An ultra-cool set that focuses on one of our favorite easy genres ever – crime jazz! Crime jazz first came to light at the end of the 50s, as Mancini, Morrow, and others penned some incredible music for TV detective shows – tight, jazz-based tunes that really moved past the flowery style of orchestrations that had often been used in the movies and on other crime programs. The crime jazz mode was an instant hit with listeners, and many tunes climbed up the charts – and spawned countless albums of music in the mode. This set brings together 18 tracks from the 50s and 60s – including titles from a wide variety of sources inspired by the crime jazz sound, including a few more famous artists doing their take on the style! Titles include "The Untouchables" by Nelson Riddle, "Dragnet/Room 43" by Ray Anthony, "Thinking Of Baby" by Elmer Bernstein, "I Spy" by Earl Hagen, "Walk On The Wild Side" by Si Zentner, "The Silencers" by Vikki Carr, "Music To Be Murdered By" by Jeff Alexander with Alfred Hitchcock, "Harlem Nocturne" by Spike Jones, and "Mission Impossible" by Billy May. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Mose AllisonMose Allison Sings ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A hipster vocal jazz classic – a full length Prestige album that brings together all of Mose Allison's vocal numbers from his initial run a the label! Mose started out as a pianist, but quickly won even greater attention with his down home, New Orleans-influenced way of singing – a mode that would be copped by many other singers in both rock and soul for years to come – but which still sounds best, here at the source! The recordings feature Mose on piano alongside his vocals – with only bass and drum accompaniment on all numbers – and titles include the mod classics "Parchman Farm" and "Seventh Son", plus "I've Got A Right To Cry", "Young Man's Blues", "Eyesight To The Blind", "If You Live", "One Room Country Shack", and "That's Alright". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue trident label pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)

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✨✧ ColosseumColosseum Live (red & yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Tiger Bay (UK), 1971. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Maybe the best album ever from this seminal British jazz rock combo – a record that really has the group stretching out in the expanded space of a concert setting! Colosseum were already one of the best groups to mix jazzy currents and heavy rock modes – but they really set a fire with this brilliant live album – which really gave the group plenty of room to show off their instrumental chops! Immediate Records star Chris Farlowe is on vocals – but the real charm of their sound comes from the tenor and soprano sax work of Dick Heckstall Smith, the Hammond and vibes of Dave Greenslade, and the heavy drums of Jon Hiseman – who really keeps things in the pockage, and provided more than a few funky passages on the album. Titles include "Lost Angeles", "Rope Ladder to The Moon", "Walking In The Park", and a version of Michael Gibbs' "Tanglewood 63". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Julie LondonJulie Is Her Name (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album in 50s vocal jazz – spare, moody, and evocative tunes from Julie London – sung in a stripped-down setting that few other singers would dare at the time! The sound of the set is as sexy as the cover – intimate, personal, and breathily sung in a mode that comes across with a brashly adult presentation of the material. Backing only features Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass – leaving Julie plenty of room to take over the record with her vocals – a real masterpiece of understatement, given the setting! Titles include her famous version of "Cry Me A River" – virtually THE version of the tune – plus "I Should Care", "Say It Isn't So", "Gone With The Wind", "Laura", and "Can't Help Loving That Man". CD

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✨✧ Houston PersonHouston Express ... LP
Prestige, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Houston Person's the main soloist in front of bigger backings – heard here in a style that's a bit like some of the changes in funky jazz that were going on over at Kudu Records during the same time – a filling up of the background rhythms, but still with hip players overall – and plenty of room for the main soloist to do his thing! Horace Ott conducts the backings, and brings in a soulful undercurrent that almost gives a few of the sharper numbers a soundtrack feel. Titles include "The Houston Express", "Young Gifted & Black", "Give More Power To The People", "Chains of Love", and "Enjoy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some surface wear.)

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✨✧ Steve ReidRhythmatism ... CD
Mustevic/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic mid 70s set led by drummer Steve Reid – fronting a group of players who groove tightly, but with a really sinister sound! Reid is an absolute steamroller on this set – laying down a fast-paced, super tight funky backdrop for the rest of the players to groove fluidly over the top. Three of the five tracks run well north of the 10 minute mark – and those pieces are strong as can be, providing just enough room for the players to lay out a groove that lies beautifully between the mid 60s avant garde of Ornette Coleman and the spiritual soul jazz of the mid 70s. The core group includes pianist Les Walker (who penned most of the material here), plus David Wertman on a wonderfully rubbery bass, Michael Keith on trombone and Arthur Blythe on alto sax – with guests Chris Capers (trumpet), Melvin Smith (guitar) and Charles Tyler (baritone sax) on "Center Of The Earth". Great stuff, with a really dark edge! Other tracks include "Kai", "Rocks (For Cannonball)", "C You Around", and "One Minute Please". CD

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✨✧ Carl Smith & The Natural Gas CompanyBurnin ... LP
Match Box/BBE (UK), 1980. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
That's a very homey looking cover on the record, and the album's got a nicely down to earth vibe too – a mix of funky jazz and soul from a little known group from the Oregon scene! Carl's group here mixes acoustic horns with electric elements in the rhythms – and opens up plenty to make room for two female singers – both of whom have a nicely soulful vibe, and slide in strongly with the funky ensemble modes! The approach is like some of the European funky big band records of the earlier part of the 70s – or maybe even a bit like the Daly Wilson Band when they worked with female singers – and Carl himself plays tenor and flute, and leads the group. Titles include "Gotta Be Willin To Lose", "Azz A Rite", "Get It Right", "Livin A Dream", "Stuff Like That", "You Take The Time", "Love Won't Let Me Go", and "Dig A Little Deeper". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Burnin ... CD 36.99

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithAt Club Baby Grand Vol 1 (70s pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1956. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Jimmy Smith heard in the kind of setting that spawned him – playing live at Delaware's Club Baby Grand – just the sort of smoky little jazz room that initially fostered his talents! The liveness of the set brings a really nice edge to the album – a sound that's grittier than some of Jimmy Smith's studio work of the early Blue Note years – and which features him really stretching out on the Hammond, taking close to 10 minutes to run through each tune – and that's saying a lot, given that there's hardly any other soloists! The rest of the group features Thornel Schwartz on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums – and tracks on this first volume include "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Where Or When", "Rosetta", and "The Preacher". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has some spine and surface wear.)

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✨✧ Nate SmithKinfolk 2 – See The Birds ... CD
Edition, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great album from drummer/keyboardist Nate Smith – and that's really saying a lot, because we loved his last one quite a bit! As before, Nate is in wonderfully collaborative territory here that moves way beyond familiar jazz – with plenty of soulful elements in the mix, and help from a great array of collaborators – a shifting lineup that includes Brad Allen Williams on guitar, Jon Cowherd on Fender Rhodes and Hammond, Jaleel Shaw on tenor, and Joel Ross on vibes – plus vocals from Brittany Howard, Kokayi, Michael Mayo, and Amma Whatt – who each get at least a track on the set to show off their talents! There's a fantastic contemporary vibe going on here – a sound that's even stronger than Nate's album for Ropeadope – and titles include "Band Room", "Square Wheel", "Fly", "See The Birds", "Altitude", and "Burn For You". CD

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✨✧ Edward Vesala, Antero Honkanen, & OthersOde To Marilyn ... CD
Svart (Finland), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tribute to Marilyn Monroe, but one that's way different than you might expect – as the music here is highly electronic, and often quite dark – served up in a mix of experimental and jazz-based modes by a very unusual Finnish group from the early 70s! The quintet features drummer Edward Vesala on percussion – with Antero Honkanen on electronics and more percussion, Teppo Hauta-aho on bass, Mikael Helasvuo on flute, and Jarmo Sermila on trumpet and organ – all instruments used in very unconventional ways, on songs that might well have sent the original Marilyn screaming from the room! Things are outside, but also quite thoughtful too – a nice mix of electric and acoustic elements used to evoke very moody, modern moments – on titles that include "Painajaisia/Nightmares", "Nuku Itku/A Doll's Cry", "Heraaminen/Awakening", "Lohdutus/Consolation", "Keskiyo/Midnight", and "Myytti Itkee Jalleen/The Myth Is Weeping Again". CD

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✨✧ Charles WilliamsLove Is A Very Special Thing ... LP
EMI (Finland), 1975. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Finnish soul, by an American singer – not the same Charles Williams that you might know from 70s jazz funk albums – but an even earlier talent, really shining brightly here in a soulful Scandinavian setting! The album's a really lost rare groove treasure – a record that almost has the same sort of depth as American soul albums of the time – thanks in large part to Williams' great arrangements on the set, which are a mix of funky club and jazz, with room enough for some nice instrumental passages next to the vocals. The mellower cuts showcase Williams' deeper soul styles, and the more upbeat ones have this sweet lead gliding beautifully over tight instrumentation – never too polished or commercial. Titles include the wicked funk classic "Change It", plus "Standing", "Your Life", "Love Is A Very Special Thing", "Helen", "Standing In The Way", and "Theme From Long Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(2019 Japanese RSD issue, with obi and insert!)

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✨✧ VariousAfter The Playboy Mansion – A Selection Mixed By Dimitri From Paris ... CD
Astralwerks, 2002. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
2CDs, and a heck of a lot of great tunes selected and mixed by Dimitri From Paris! The album has Dimitri following up the first Playboy Mansion compilation with a sublime blend of older club classics and some newer underground numbers – all infused with the soulful house spirit of the crackling Parisian scene! Disc 1 is a "laidback selection" – featuring numbers from the 70s, 80s, and more recent years – titles that include "Seasons Of Love (Blaze club mix)" by Blaze, "Feel Up (Danny Tenaglia rmx)" by Grace Jones, "Lust" by Rinder & Lewis, "Can't Give You Up" by Deep Sensation, "Makeda (DJ Spinna & Ticklah mix)" by Les Nubians, "Get It Up For Love (Dim's re-edit)" by Tata Vega, "Ibo Lele (Ginen tet red mix)" by Jephte Guillaume, "Twilight" by Maze, and "So Good So Right (Dim's re-edit)" by Imagination. Disc 2 is more uptempo and modern – with titles that include "Don't Leave Me This Way (Dim's re-edit)" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, "Bienvenida" by AlexKid, "Changin (Blaze Shelter mix)" by Linda Clifford, "So Good To Know" by Best Friends Around, "All Good (Can 7 Supermarket mix)" by De La Soul with Chaka Khan, "Candidate For Love" by TS Monk, "Fran Mig Till Dig (Marcus Enochson rmx)" by Emma Nilsdotter, "The Body Theme" by Evidence, and "Jazz Room" by Paul Murphy & Marc Woolford Project. 25 tracks in all – and Hugh Hefner never had it so good! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousTokyo Dreaming ... LP
We Want Sounds (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A great dip into the wide world of Japanese pop in the early 80s – a set that does a nice job of bringing in some elements from the world of jazz, and showing just how much a range of electric modes flowed together in Tokyo at the time! Some of these artists were doing more offbeat work, others straighter jazz – but the tunes here are all catchy and have a nice current of soul – but without some of the more polished commercial modes of the city pop era too! The balance is a special one – with a quality that really makes this collection a great one – put together with a thoughtful ear that really takes you on a long journey through the catalog of Sony/Columbia Japan, and the related Better Days label. Titles include "Soul Life" by Haruo Chikada & Vibratones, "Chinatown Rose" by Kazue Itoh, "Shinzo No Tobira" by Mariah, "Watashi No Bus" by Yumi Murata, "Treasure Hunter" by Jun Fukamachi, "Self Control" by Chika Asamoto, "Tokyo" by Kyoko Furuya, "Room" by Akira Sakata, "The Word II" by Shigeo Sekito, and "Tokyo Joe" by Kazumi Watanabe. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bobby Bradford with John Stevens & The SpontaneousBobby Bradford With John Stevens & The Spontaneous Music Ensemble – Vol 1 ... LP
Nessa, 1971/1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An unlikely, but amazing meeting of the avant jazz minds – a classic set that has LA trumpeter Bobby Bradford coming into play with the UK Spontaneous Music Ensemble, led by drummer John Stevens! The material was recorded, almost spontaneously, on a holiday trip Bradford made to London in 1971 – but the record's become an enduring classic, thanks to the creative energy of the players involved, and the dynamic quality of the improvisations in the studio! Bradford's trumpet sounds quite different here than in his better-known work of the time with reedman John Carter – much more outside and forceful, really set loose in the company of Stevens' group – which, in this incarnation, includes Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Bob Norden on trombone, Ron Herman on bass, and Julie Tippetts on guitar and a bit of voice. Titles include "His Majesty Louis", "Bridget's Mother", and "Room 408". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bobby Bradford With John Stevens & The Spontaneous Music Ensemble – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Quin KirchnerShadows & The Light ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A double-length set that showcases the ever-growing, ever-evolving talents of drummer Quin Kirchner – working here in a variety of settings with help from some other great talents on the Chicago scene! Most of these tunes have a core sense of structure – and even when Quin is improvising more freely, he still finds a way to swing – working here on conventional drums, other percussion instruments, and even a bit of kalimba too – alongside a mix of players that includes Nick Broste on trombone, Nate Lepine on tenor and flute, Nick Mazzarella on alto, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Greg Ward on alto, Rob Clearfield on piano, and Matt Ulery on bass. Many numbers have a spacious, ambitious vibe – almost spiritual jazz, of a quality that really has us respecting Kirchner more than ever – and the double space of the album is really needed to allow this majestic message the room to unfold properly. Titles include "Ecliptics", "King Korn", "Jupiter Moon", "Horizons", "At This Point In Time", "Bata Chop", "Pathways", "Star Cluster", and "Moon Vision". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Roscoe Mitchell Art EnsembleCongliptious (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Nessa, 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We're not sure what "congliptious" means – but to us, it's always been the title of this excellent early session from reedman Roscoe Mitchell! The sessions here were recorded in 1968, at the Ter-Mar (Chess) Studios in Chicago – and they document a key coming-together of Chicago avant jazz talents – one that captures Mitchell with Lester Bowie and Malachi Favors in the years before better-known dates by the Art Ensemble of Chicago! The style here is somewhat similar to some of the best Delmark AACM sessions of the time – in that there's a hell of a lot of room for each player to open up individually – almost a recording style that takes off even more strongly from the individualist mode of the New York "new thing" generation – showing that Chicago could go one better by allowing each player completely unbridled space to express themselves. Malachi Favors solos on "Tutankhamen", Mitchell does an alto solo on "Thke", and Bowie plays alone on "Jazz Death" – while the trio of players comes together with percussionist Robert Crowder on the long number "Congliptious/Old" – a cool cut that almost links a Sun Ra aesthetic to the AACM. CD also features 4 bonus tracks – 3 takes of "Carefree", plus "Tatas-Matoes" – all cuts that originally appeared on the Art Ensemble 1967/1968 box set. CD

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsRollins In Holland – 1967 Studio & Live Recordings ... CD
Resonance, 1967. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Stunning rare material from Sonny Rollins – from a period when he wasn't doing that much work in the studio! The double-length package features Sonny blowing with a great sense of majesty and freedom – working in trio format that recalls his classic Vanguard recordings for Blue Note – but with Ruud Jacobs on bass and Han Bennink on drums – both great players who really help Rollins keep his modern edge! This isn't just a pickup overseas rhythm section – as Bennink is fantastic, at a point right before he was moving into free jazz – and Jacobs is a hell of a bassist who always makes a group sound great. The set features four studio tracks – "Blue Room", "Four", "Tune Up", and "Love Walked In" – plus more live material from the same month – long tracks "Love Walked In", "Four", "On Green Dolphin Street/There Will Never Be Another You", "Sonnymoon For Two", "They Can't Take That Away From Me/Sonnymoon For Two", and "Three Little Words". Also features a 100 page booklet – with rare photos, essays, and even an interview with Sonny! CD
Also available Rollins In Holland – 1967 Studio & Live Recordings (3LP 180 gram pressing) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP 64.99

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✨✧ Yosuke YamashitaClay ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Mindblowing trio work from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – in a group that's equally noteworthy for its incredible reed performances from the mighty Akira Sakata! The pairing of Sakata and Yamashita was one of the greatest things in Japanese jazz in the 70s, and certainly one of that scene's strongest avant impulses – and the trio's completed by the thoughtfully spacious drum work of Takeo Moriyama, who really knows how to read the room, then run when the time is right. Sakata manages to get some of the most searing sounds from the clarinet we've ever heard, and a hell of a lot of force from the alto too – and the set features a long reading of the trio's classic "Mina's Second Theme" – plus the tune "Clay", dedicated to Muhammad Ali. CD
(Part of the1 Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)
Also available Clay (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 49.99
 
 
 



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