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✨✧ Donald Byrd & Gigi GryceJazz Lab (Jazzland) ... LP
Jazzland, 1957. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of a number of recordings headed up by Donald Byrd and Gigi Gryce under the Jazz Lab name, and probably the hardest to find. Like the Columbia andJubilee sets, this one's a cooking hard bop side, with inventive solos and nice arranging by Byrd and Gryce, who are joined by Wade Legge on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass and Art Taylor on drums. The tracks include Legge's "Geraldine" and Gryce's "Minority" plus "Love For Sale", "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart", "Straight Ahead", and "Wake Up!". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam held with some clear tape, a small center split in the spine, and a bit of pen on back.)

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✨✧ Johnny LytleHappy Ground! (Jazzland LP – 1961) ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer set of grooves from vibes legend Johnny Lytle – one of the first and one of the few to ever combine vibes with Hammond organ – in this case, the work of Milt Harris on the keys! The group is a very rhythmic trio, thanks to Harris on the bass pedals, and Penny Hinant on the drums – and titles include the great "Lela", a jazz dance classic if there ever was one – and a precursor to some of Lytle's work to come on the Tuba label. Other tracks include "Secret Love", "Happy Ground", "It's All Right With Me", and "Tag Along". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has a tiny bit of splitting on the spine, but is nice overall.)
 
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Chris AndersonInverted Image ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Near Mint- ... $14.99
An obscure trio side from under-recorded Chicago pianist Chris Anderson – who plays here with Bill Lee and either Walter Perkins or Philly Joe Jones on drums, in a trio that made the core of the rhythm section on Frank Strozier's excellent Jazzland date, Long Night. The group is in fine form here, running through both standards and originals, and though Anderson's name isn't as well known as many other pianists, it ought to be, and he was no stranger to other Windy City jazz greats such as Johnny Griffin. Imagine a cross between Bill Evans and Elmo Hope, and you might get a picture of where he's coming from, though Anderson's voice is all his own, weaving some nice sinuous lines on a set that leans heavily on ballads here, including "You'd Be Nice To Come Home To", "My Funny Valentine" and the originals "See You Saturday" – and "Inverted Image", the title track. LP, Vinyl record album
(Special reissue pressing, done only for the Japanese market in the 90s.)

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Beady BelleDedication ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Beady Belle never lets us down – and even though the lady's been making music for well over a decade, she still turns out some of the most consistently thoughtful soul we can think of! Forget the fact that the singer's on a Norwegian label, as the lyrics here are all in English, backed by warmly jazzy instrumentation that's always made Beady's music hugely popular with our customers for American neo-soul – and which puts her in the same territory as other classic "in the know" artists, such as Monday Michiru or Incognito! The keyboards are especially nice this time around – as thoughtful as the lyrics and the vocals – and titles include "I Run You Ragged", "Hold Your Breath", "Traces", "Dedication", "Waste Of Grace", "Last Drop Of Blood", "Can You Smile", and "Out Of Orbit". LP, Vinyl record album

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Beady BelleAt Welding Bridge ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2010. Used ... $4.99
A beautiful album from Beady Belle – the group and wonderful vessel for the seductive, entrancing voice and songs of Beate S. Lech – possibly their best yet! Beady Belle have made deeply engaging blend of modern jazzy soul and beautiful mood music for most of the outs, taking a step back just a bit from the slightly more crossover ready songs of Belvedere album into more intimate, yet just was inviting material on At Welding Bridge. Beate's vocals are as sultry and hypnotic as ever, singing with warmth and genuine emotion in elegant, but not overly precious way – and the instrumentation suits her perfectly. Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer or other keys, some truly excellent guitar, clarinet, flute, electric bass and percussion frame the vocals on most tracks, and some of the tracks were cut at home, which we believe, given the warmth and intimacy. Titles include "Diamond In The Rough", "Come Home", "The Storm", "Runaway Mind", "Bird's-Eye View", "Turn Back Time", "Press Of Canvas", "Leeway", "Ambush" and "Walk On Air". CD

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Junior CookJunior's Cookin' ... CD
Jazzland/OJC, 1961. Used ... $7.99
Junior's definitely cooking on this session – working with trumpeter Blue Mitchell at a time when both players were members of the Horace Silver Quintet – but in a groove that's somewhat different than the Silver sound overall! Junior Cook's tenor really is tremendous on the record – played with a sharp, raspy tone that's almost deeper than his work with Horace Silver – a cutting quality that almost reminds us of Clifford Jordan at his best. Mitchell's great too – really spurred on by this sound, and finding some new notes in the setting – and other players on the date include Gene Taylor on bass and Roy Brooks on drums, both from the Silver group – plus piano from either Ronnie Matthews or Dolo Coker, each of whom handle half of the set. Matthews is especially great – a real treat at this early point in his career – and titles on the set include the sublime "Mzar", plus "Blue Farouq", "Sweet Cakes", "Turbo Village", "Field Day", and "Pleasure Bent". CD

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Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny GriffinGriff & Lock ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Very Good ... $16.99
Classic tenors head-to-head – as Griff & Lock lay out one of their excellent 2 tenor classics from the early 60s! The rhythm section's deeply soulful – with Junior Mance on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – and the album grooves through some long blowers, a mellow number, and a few choppy modern ones. Titles include "Last Train From Overbrook", "Second Balcony Jump", "Midnight At Mintons", "Hey Lock", and "Good Bait". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some edge wear.)

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Harold LandEastward Ho! – Harold Land In New York ... LP
Jazzland, 1960. Very Good ... $29.99
A great record – and easily one of Harold Land's best! The session brings Land in from the west coast, and records him in New York with his regular rhythm combo that included the great Amos Trice on piano, Clarence Jones on bass, and Joe Peters on drums. But, added to that quartet is the wonderful Kenny Dorham on trumpet – blowing with a sweetly soulful sound that really opens up the groove – and which sounds wonderful next to Land's raspy edge on the tenor! The tracks are all quite long, and the overall approach is nice and hard, with some mighty fierce solos by Land and Dorham. Titles include "Okay Blues", "So In Love", "Slowly", and "Triple Trouble". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with deep groove. Co;ver has a large light stain at the bottom right corner, some seam splitting, and a name written twice in pen on back.)

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Johnny LytleNice & Easy ... LP
Jazzland, 1962. Very Good ... $11.99
An unusual record for vibist Johnny Lytle – one that has him breaking from his usual trio formation, to work in a super-tight lineup that includes some soul jazz heavyweights! The sound's quite different than Lytle's usual mix of organ and vibes, but still pretty darn great – thanks to a group that includes Bobby Timmons on piano, Johnny Griffin on tenor, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Johnny's vibes are out front in the mix – leaping around some really inventive grooves that have a rollicking early 60s soul jazz approach – and titles include "Soul Time", "322-Wow!", "Coroner's Blues", and "That's All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has a center split in the bottom seam.)

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Junior ManceSoul Of Hollywood ... LP
Jazzland, 1962. Very Good ... $2.99
One of the best Junior Mance albums from the time – mostly because it's got Melba Liston arranging a larger group to back up Junior on the set! As on most albums of this type, Junior's almost better when he doesn't have to lead a trio – because he can concentrate on bouncing around solo-wise, hitting some strident soulful grooves, while not having to worry about leading the bass and drums along. Tracks include "Invitation", "Spellbound", "Never On Sunday", "Tara's Theme", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "One Eyed Jacks". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear and aging.)

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Matona's Afdhal GroupMatona's Afdhal Group ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy ... $12.99
A beautifully dynamic set from Mohamed Issa Haji – aka Matona – a musician from Zanzibar with a specialty in Taarab, which is an unusual hybrid of African, Arabic, and Indian musical styles! The group here features Matona on oud, vocals, and percussion – illuminated by very colorful elements from guitar, tenor, bass, drums, violin, and percussion – plus vocals from the rest of the group as well – and Gora Mohamed Gora plays the rich-voiced qanun on three of the album's ten tracks, which adds this depth to the record that's amazing! Instrumental passages dominate more than the vocals – and there's some really fantastic interplay between some of the Norwegian musicians in the group too – on titles that include "Aziza", "Sikitiko", "Alaminadura", "Zena", "Ashairejea", and "Ashiki Baya". CD

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MetronomesSomething Big ... LP
Jazzland, Early 60s. Very Good ... $14.99
An incredible album of vocal harmony soul – with arrangements by the great Melba Liston! The album is one of a few cut by The Metronomes – a group who took the male vocal quartet harmony style of vocals, and pushed it into a more soulful realm than had been used by some of the more popular groups of the time. Liston's work on the set ensures that it's one of the group's hippest outing – and a strong choice of interesting material helps really emphasize that fact. Backing is by a small group that includes Junior Mance, Henry Grimes, Les Spann, and Grady Tate – and titles include "On Green Dolphin Street", "Round Midnight", "Night In Tunisia", "Blue", "Monk's Mood", and "I Remember Clifford". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black and silver label Jazzland pressing. Cover has a split spine and a mark from an old sticker, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk With John Coltrane ... CD
Jazzland/Hallmark (UK), 1957/Early 60s. Used ... $1.99
An interesting little LP that compiles alternate takes from Monk's classic album for Riverside – Monk's Music – the session that featured the unique twin tenor lineup of John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins. The album features 4 different alternates of tunes from that set – "Nutty", "Epistrophy", "Functional", and "Off Minor" – plus 2 other tunes played by a quartet that features Monk, Coltrane, Wilbur Ware, and Shadow Wilson – on the tunes "Ruby My Dear" and "Trinkle Trinkle". A real odd one in the catalog, but with some great music! CD
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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk With John Coltrane ... CD
Jazzland/OJC, 1957/Early 60s. Used ... $1.99
An interesting little LP that compiles alternate takes from Monk's classic album for Riverside – Monk's Music – the session that featured the unique twin tenor lineup of John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins. The album features 4 different alternates of tunes from that set – "Nutty", "Epistrophy", "Functional", and "Off Minor" – plus 2 other tunes played by a quartet that features Monk, Coltrane, Wilbur Ware, and Shadow Wilson – on the tunes "Ruby My Dear" and "Trinkle Trinkle". A real odd one in the catalog, but with some great music! CD
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Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 14.99
Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane ... CD 1.99

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk With John Coltrane (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Jazzland (Japan), 1957/Early 60s. Used ... $14.99
An interesting little LP that compiles alternate takes from Monk's classic album for Riverside – Monk's Music – the session that featured the unique twin tenor lineup of John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins. The album features 4 different alternates of tunes from that set – "Nutty", "Epistrophy", "Functional", and "Off Minor" – plus 2 other tunes played by a quartet that features Monk, Coltrane, Wilbur Ware, and Shadow Wilson – on the tunes "Ruby My Dear" and "Trinkle Trinkle". A real odd one in the catalog, but with some great music! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi – and still sealed!)
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Oscar PettifordClassics Of Modern Jazz Vol 2 – Last Recordings By The Late Great Bassist ... LP
Jazzland, 1960. Very Good+ ... $16.99
Excellent work from Oscar Pettiford – his last sessions, in case you couldn't tell by the title, recorded in Copenhagen in 1959 and 1960, with players that include Allan Botchinsky on trumpet, Jan Johansson on piano, Erik Nordstrom on tenor, and Luis Hjulmand on vibes. Despite the introduction of European ringers to the set, and despite the posthumous collection of sessions, the album's actually one of Pettiford's strongest, and certainly one of the best to show his ever-growing commitment as a modernist during the 50s. The album includes loads of original tunes – including "Blue Brothers", "Two Little Pearls", "Laverne Walk", "Why Not? That's What!", and "My Little Cello". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some edge wear, with a bit of pen and a DJ Copy stamp on back.)

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Les SpannGemini ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Sealed ... $39.99
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by Les Spann – an extremely talented jazz player who worked a lot with Dizzy Gillespie in the 50s, and Quincy Jones in the 60s! Les plays both guitar and flute on the set – grooving soulfully in a mode that recalls the stylings of Frank Wess or Kenny Burrell (depending on the instrument), but which is handled here in an easily soulful mode that recalls the sound of Les Jazz Modes at times. Players include Julius Watkins, Tommy Flanagan, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing, still sealed, with some sticker remnants on the shrink and some aging of the cover.)

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Randy Weston with Art BlakeyZulu ... LP
Jazzland, Late 50s. Very Good ... $24.99
The title certainly gets it right – as the album features some of the first unique modern work by Randy Weston on wax – important trio material that was as important as key 50s sides by Thelonious Monk or Herbie Nichols! The session has Randy working with Sam Gill on bass and Art Blakey on drums – but the showcase here is really on Weston's work on the keys, which are poised somewhere between the more contemporary mainstream scene of New York at the time, and the angular modernists that this album made Weston a key part of. Titles include the original compositions "Zulu", "Pam's Waltz", and "Solemn Meditation" – the last of which is by Gill – plus "Again" and "If You Could See Me Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Jazzland pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some light wear and a small bit of seam splitting.)

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamKenny Dorham & Friends ... LP
Jazzland, Late 50s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kenny Dorham plays sweet hardbop trumpet on the two different sessions that make up this LP. One session's got Cannonball Adderley on alto and Cedar Walton on piano, with sort of a sweet laidback sound, as with some of Dorham's other sessions from the time. Track on this one include "Blue Spring", "Spring Cannon", and "Passion". The other session's got Dorham in a harder quintet, with Sonny Rollins on tenor and Max Roach on drums. This session's got 2 long tracks – bop versions of "I'll Remember April" and "Falling In Love with Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Bill Grauer productions pressing. Cover has some wear with tape along the seams. Label has some pen.)

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✨✧ Johnny Griffin & Eddie Lockjaw DavisLookin' At Monk! ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The great team of Griffin and Davis turn their tough tenor talents towards a sharp set of angular compositions by Monk, including "Epistrophy", "Stickball", "In Walked Bud", "Well, You Needn't", and "Rhythm-a-ning". The added modernism of the Monk compositions gives the set a different feel than their usual work together, with more urgen solos, and more complex lines on the ensemble playing. Nice stuff, and a nice original pressing. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Jazzland pressing, with deep groove! Cover has light wear in one corner, and a small bit of fading in the middle, but is nice overall – no splits.)

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✨✧ Zoot Sims & Al Cohn & Tony ScottEast Coast Sounds ... CD
Jazzland/OJC, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A swinging east coast set featuring the reeds of Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and Tony Scott. Trigger Alpert is actually the leader on these sides, in spite of the way the album is billed, and he plays bass in a piano-less rhythm section alongside Ed Shaughnessy on drums. The front line also includes Joe Wilder and Urbie Green, making for an horn heavy ensemble that blows nicely over Dick Hyman, Tony Scott and Marty Paich arrangements of standards and a handful of originals that include "Looking At You", "I Don't Want To Be Alone Again", "Trigger Happy", "Tranquilizer", "Where's That Rainbow?", "Treat Me Rough", "Triger Fantasy" and "Love Me Tomorrow". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Frank StrozierLong Night ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible album, and one of Strozier's best! The record is an excellent example of the maturity and modernism that was coming out of the Chicago jazz scene as it hit the early 60s – and it features Strozier's soulful alto in the company of some of the city's best players, like pianist Chris Anderson, drummer Walter Perkins, bassist Bill Lee, and baritonist Pat Patrick, playing here away from Sun Ra's group! The title track alone is an incredibly fantastic composition, full of moodiness and incredible reed work – but the rest of the record's great, too, and features excellent originals like "The Need For Love", "The Crystal Ball", and "Pacemaker". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Paul GonsalvesGettin' Together ... CD
Jazzland/OJC, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
Hard edged jazz stuff, featuring the great tenorist in a spare (and rare) setting away from Duke Ellington's band. Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Nat Adderley, and Sam Jones lay down a nice soulful groove with a deep bottom, and Gonsalves plays with warmth and imagination throughout. The set includes two of Babs Gonzales' great compositions: "Low Gravy" and "Gettin' Together". CD

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✨✧ Wild Bill MonroeBottom Groove/Wild Bill's Beat ... CD
Jazzland/Milestone, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
2 lost sessions from early 60s tenor titan Wild Bill Moore – an R&B inflected player who only cut a few sides on his own, all of them a unique mix of jazz with some of the more screaming R&B saxophone tendencies! This set brings together two albums that feature Bill rocking with a Latinized rhythm section – Ben Riley on drums, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Ray Barretto on conga, kicking things up from the bottom. One album features Johnny Hammond Smith on organ, the other Junior Mance on piano – and both sets groove nicely with a wealth of original tracks! Titles include "Heavy Soul", "A Good Un", "Tearin Out", "Wild Bill's Beat", "Sister Caroline", "Bottom Groove", "Bubbles", "My Little Girl", and "Down With It". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sal NisticoHeavyweights/Comin On Up ... CD
Jazzland/OJC, 1961. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 early 60s sessions by tenorist Sal Nistico – a great player who spent most of his life in bigger bands, but who also knew how to shine on small group settings like these! They sure got the title right on the CD, as Sal's playing tenor in groups that feature many heavyweights, and soul jazz heavyweights too, we might add! Players on the albums include Nat Adderley, Barry Harris, Sam Jones, Bob Cranshaw, and Walter Perkins – all of whom make Sal cook a lot more than usual, and who give the set an early 60s soul jazz groove that was typical of the best work coming out on the Jazzland label at the time. The set features 13 tracks from both albums – with titles that include "Shoutin", "Mamblue", "Seconds Anyone", "Cheryl", "Ariescene", "Comin On Up", "Down", and "Samicotico". CD omits the track "Just Friends", due to space limitations. CD

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✨✧ Chuck MangioneRecuerdo ... LP
Jazzland, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Chuck Mangione – but a hip Mangione! This is an early session by Chuck – cut when he was a young hopeful from nowhere on the trumpet, featuring him and tenor player Joe Romano with a soulful rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes. With players like those, it's hard not to groove – and Chuck does alright, even though he's blowing the trumpet a bit too "bright" on a few of the tracks. Titles include "Recuerdo", "Blues For Sandaar", and "The Little Prince". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo. Cover has light wear and a small sticker on back.)

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✨✧ Tortusa & Inge BreisteinMind Vessel ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2018. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the deeper, darker sets we've heard from the Jazzland label in recent years – a set that blends the saxophone of Inge Weatherhead Breistein with lots of layered electronics – at a level that takes us back to our favorite records from the early days of the label! Things here are relatively abstract, with the core elements moved into darkly melodic territory that almost feels like a later more mature answer to sonic territory explored by ECM and 4AD in decades past – delivered here also as a statement to the studio talents of Tortusa, who produced the whole record. Titles include "Snow Mold", "Hopes", "Mind Vessel", "Keep Coming Back", "Corrosion Is A Natural Process", and "Ceiling Filled With Water". CD

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✨✧ Ben Webster & Joe ZawinulSoulmates ... LP
Jazzland, 1963. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
An unusual early album by Joe Zawinul – one cut at the start of his early fame with Cannonball Adderley (and years before his success in Weather Report) – but in an easygoing way that's a perfect setting for the aging Ben Webster! Joe's not funking things up the way he did with Cannon, and instead he's gentle and soulful – often hitting more sensitive moments that match the emotive blowing of Webster nicely. The recording quality is great – and captures Ben especially well on the ballads – and other players include Sam Jones or Richard Davis on bass, Philly Joe Jones on drums, plus Thad Jones on cornet on a few tracks. Titles include "Frog Legs", "Evol Deklaw Ni", "The Governor", and "Soulmates". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing – with obi!)
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Johnny GriffinLittle Giant ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of Johnny Griffin's hard blowing LPs as a leader for Jazzland – recorded with a crack lineup that includes Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Albert Heath on drums! This is the kind of work that the term "hard bop" was coined for – sharp-edged jazz at its best – informed strongly by earlier bop and modern modes, but also played with a deeper dose of soul overall. The six players come together perfectly throughout – working with a tightness that matches most Blue Note work of the time – and titles are a great set of tracks that includes 3 by Chicago pianist Norman Simmons, and 1 by the great Babs Gonzales. Tunes include "Olive Refractions", "The Message", "Lonely One", "Playmates", and "63rd Street Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Johnny Griffin & Eddie Lockjaw DavisToughest Tenors ... LP
Milestone, Early 60s/1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
70's 2LP set that reissues some of the classic tenor material from Griff and Lockjaw recorded for the Jazzland label in the early 60's. The set's got some great gutsy hardbop material, plus a number of excellent Monk interpretations. Titles include "Epistrophy", "Camp Meeting", "Tin Tin Deo", "Walkin", and "Good Bait". Nice set of notes on the duo, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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JJ JohnsonProof Positive ... LP
Impulse, 1964. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Positive proof that JJ Johnson's one of the greatest trombone players ever – a sublime quartet session for Impulse Records, and one that features some of his most striking, stripped-down work of the 60s! The focus here is really on Johnson's amazing tone and timing – but the record also benefits greatly by a soulful rhythm trio that includes the mighty Harold Mabern on piano, Arthur Harper on bass, and Frank Gant on drums – all free-thinking cats who are never too stiff with their swing, and really match JJ's fluid sense of energy on the record. The whole thing's brilliant – filled with well-chosen tunes and some sublime performances by all players – and cuts include a 10 minute version of Miles Davis' "Neo", plus "Minor Blues", "Stella By Starlight", "Lullaby Of Jazzland", and "Blues Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)

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Sam JonesSoul Society ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... $36.99
A fantastic lost soul jazz groover! The record is clearly one of the best ever cut by this fantastically overlooked bass player – and it's filled with a great set of players that includes Bobby Timmons, Nat Adderley, Charles Davis, and Jimmy Heath. The whole thing leaps along with that tight mix of hardbop, soul jazz, and spiritual modernism that would occasionally show up on the best Riverside/Jazzland session – and the level of writing and playing is superb throughout! Jones plays both bass and cello, and he kicks the group into Jazz Messengers-like precision for the duration of the session. Titles include "Home", "Some Kinda Mean", "The Old Country", and a great bass-heavy version of Timmons' "So Tired". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Blue MitchellBlue Mitchell Big 6 ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $6.99
Blue in the main style of his early years at Riverside – working in an all-star group (the "Big 6" in the title), with players that include Johnny Griffin, Curtis Fuller, Wynton Kelly, Wilbur Ware, and Philly Joe Jones. Blue's leadership isn't that strong – but fortunately, the others (particularly Griffin, Ware, and Jones) gel together strongly with or without him, making the set crackle with the soulful energy of some of the best Jazzland/Riverside hardbop sides from the time. Tracks include "Sir John", "Blues March", "Big Six", and "Jamph". CD

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Julian Priester/Walter BentonOut Of This World – Spiritville/Out Of This World ... CD
Milestone, 1960. Used ... $11.99
2 incredible hardbop sets, back to back on one CD! Julian Priester's Spiritsville album is touched by some of the modernist sensibilities that Priester forged while working in his Chicago underground years that included brief stints with Sun Ra. The set's one of the best hard bop sides to be cut for the Jazzland label – and it's got a relaxed soulful feel that puts it among some of the great lost jazz albums from the early 60s. Priester leads the group with a great deal of tightness, and players include a young McCoy Tyner, the soulful Charles Davis, the excellent tenor player Walter Benton, and the always wonderful rhythm team of Sam Jones and Art Taylor. Tracks include "Blue Stride", "Excursion", "Chi Chi", and "Spiritsville". Walter Benton's Out Of This World album is one of the few rare sets by this obscure tenorist – and it's an equally tasty gem that works very well next to Priester's album. Titles on that set include "Night Movements", "A Blues Mood", "Azil", and "Walter's Altar". (Please note that one title was omitted from the Benton album, due to space restrictions. CD
(Out of print, spine has a small cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Sonny RedRed, Blue, & Green – The Mode/Images ... CD
Milestone/Prestige, 1961. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Two stormers from one of the greatest alto talents of the 60s! The album The Mode is quite possibly Sonny Red's best non-Blue Note session – and a real winner with a group that includes Grant Green on guitar, and either Barry Harris or Cedar Walton on piano. Red's tone is one of our favorites from the time, and his alto has a nice bite and a soulful raspy quality that's just great. The album includes the long groover titled "The Mode", plus the cuts "Super 20", "Ko-Kee", and "I Like The Likes Of You". Images is another gem from Sonny – one of his few sessions as a leader from the 60s – and it's got a nice soul jazz groove, with accompaniment by Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, and Barry Harris, and a lot of nice laidback tracks in the Jazzland style. Tracks include "Blue Sonny", "Images", "Dodge City", and "The Rhythm Thing". 13 tracks in all, and great stuff! CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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