Scripting is disabled or not working. requires JavaScript to function correctly.
Style sheets are disabled or not working. requires style sheets to function correctly.

All Categories



Junior Mance Edit search Phrase match

Sort by
Exact matches: 5
Exact matches1
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Buddy Guy, Junior Mance, & Junior WellsBuddy & The Juniors ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1969. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A strangely rootsy set from Buddy and Junior Wells, with the surprise addition of Junior Mance on piano – all recorded with a "live in studio" feel that's even sparer than some of the pair's other studio work! The tracks are done in very much the down-home electric mode that was still burning in the southside clubs of Chicago a few years before – and although the set was clearly recorded for the college crowd, it's a lot freer from hoke than you might expect! Titles include "Five Long Years", "Riffin", "Talkin Bout Women Obviously", and "Ain't No Need". LP, Vinyl record album
(Marble vinyl pressing! Cover has light wear and a small cutout hole.)

Exact matches2
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Junior ManceSoftly As In A Morning Sunrise ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $16.99
Softly, but pretty darn swinging too – thanks to an excellent trio on the session, which includes the great Jimmy Woode on bass! Jimmy's got a sound that we've loved for decades – and even at this later point in his career, he's got a way of warming things up and getting them going, right from the very first note! Woode's bass brings out a new richness in Junior's piano – and along with drummer Bob Durham, the group really opens up on a set of nice longish tracks – perfect for that open-ended, easy-fingered Mance style that's held up beautifully over the years. One of the best Mance recordings from the time – with cuts that include "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Lady Bird", "Wee", "Sunday Go To Meetin", "Inside Out", "Deli Blues For Blakey", "Broadway", and "The Man From Potters Crossing". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

Exact matches3
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Junior Mance TrioMilestones ... CD
Sackville (Canada), 1997. Used ... $11.99
Recorded live at the Montreal Bistro in Toronto on September 25 & 26 1997. CD
(Small tear on the booklet, appears to be signed by the artist.)

Exact matches4
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Junior Mance TrioThat's Where It Is ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Straight live funky piano by Mance, recorded here with bassist George Tucker and drummer Bobby Thomas in a live "after hours" setting. Tracks include "In The Dark", "The Host", "Caribe Blues", and "That's Where It Is!". CD
(Out of print, 1998 pressing. Obi is attached to spine with double stick tape and has some wear.)

Exact matches5
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Junior ManceBig Chief! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Jazzland (Japan), 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
Junior's the Big Chief on this one – coming down hard and soulfully on the keys, in a style that's sprightly, yet which also matches the more soul-drenched styles of some of his early 60s contemporaries! The backing is surprisingly sensitive at times – with contemplative bass from Jimmy Rowser, and soft-then-hard drums from Paul Gusman – a great player who really makes this set sparkle nicely. And Junior's work on the keys is pretty darn great too – freed from some of the cliches that might creep into a session like this, and really matching the sensitivity of the rhythm on the best numbers. Titles include "Swish", "Filet Of Soul", "The Seasons", "Big Chief", "Summertime", and "Little Miss Gail". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Possible matches: 16
Possible matches6
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Hank Crawford/Leo WrightSoul Clinic/Blues Shout ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1960/1961. Used ... $6.99
2 lost soul jazz classic from the Atlantic catalog! Hank Crawford's Soul Clinic is one of the few albums we really like by him, and it features the soulful altoist playing in a group with David Fathead Newman and some other lesser-known players who are nice and soulful. The set's got some warm mellow instrumental versions of blues classics, plus a few originals like "Lorelei's Lament", "Blue Stone", and "Playmates". Even better is Blues Shout, one of the rare few albums cut by the amazing alto and flute player Leo Wright. The record's got a beautiful mix of soul jazz and slightly modern lyricism, and Wright's tone and projection are impeccable throughout. Titles on the record include "Sigi", "Blues Shout", "Indian Summer", "The Wind", and "Two Moods" – and players include Junior Mance, Richard Williams, and Charlie Persip. CD
(Out of print.)

Possible matches7
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Ray CrawfordSmooth Groove ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961/1988. New Copy ... About March 15, 2021
One of the only albums ever cut as a leader by soul jazz guitarist Ray Crawford – a contemporary of Grant Green and Wes Montgomery, but a player who's hardly ever gotten his due! This rare date was originally recorded for the short-lived Candid label back in 1961, but was only issued two decades later as part of the Candid revival – a fact that makes the album even more noteworthy! The set's got a really solid groove that reminds us a fair bit of Grant Green's best early 60s work for Blue Note – as Ray's playing in a tight, single-line format on most numbers – working with a very hip group that includes Johnny Coles on trumpet, Cecil Payne on baritone sax, Junior Mance on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums. Tracks are all nice and long – very open, with plenty of solo space – and are all originals by Crawford as well. Titles include "Smooth Groove", "I Knew Prez", "Impossible", "Miss April", and "The Compendium Suite". Shoulda been a 60s classic – but at least we've finally gotten it released! CD

Possible matches8
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday with Carmen McRaeElla Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday At Newport (plus Carmen McRae too!) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $4.99
Two of the biggest singers who ever worked for Verve Records – captured perfectly at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! Ella Fitzgerald steps out with a strong, lively groove on the first half of the set – swinging things with a looser, more upbeat quality than on some of her mellower Verve studio sets of the late 50s – really grooving it up with small combo backing from the trio of pianist Don Abney! Billie Holiday also gets some small combo backing too – a hip trio with Mal Waldron on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Jo Jones on drums – often a bit more laidback than the group on Ella's sides, but in a great way that helps Holiday hit a very intimate sound, even before this large audience. Ella sings "This Can't Be Love", "Body & Soul", "April In Paris", "I Got A Crush On You", and "Airmail Special" – and Billie sings "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "My Man", "Willow Weep For Me", and "Lady Sings The Blues". CD also features 3 more unissued bonus tracks by Ella – "Too Close For Comfort", "Lullaby Of Birdland", and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself A Letter". And, added to all of this are 7 more tracks recorded by Carmen McRae at Newport, not issued by Verve in the 50s because Carmen was working for Decca! These sides feature trio backing too – from groups featuring Ray Bryant and Junior Mance on piano – on titles that include "Body & Soul", "Skyliner", "I'll Remember April", "Perdido", and "Love Is Here To Stay". CD
(Cutout mark through digipack barcode.)

Possible matches9
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Ramsey LewisThem Changes ... CD
Cadet/Elemental (France), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
One of the hardest-hitting electric sets ever cut by Ramsey Lewis – a live performance from the start of the 70s, done with a really gritty groove! Ramsey's on both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – the former of which is played with even more forces than on his Cadet studio recordings – heard here in small group formation, without any added studio backings – just the guitar of Phil Upchurch, the bass of Cleveland Eaton, and the drums of Morris Jennings. The tracks are a bit longer than usual for Ramsey on Cadet too – and often hit these down-n-dirty modes that are similar to turn of the 70s work by Les McCann or Junior Mance. Tracks include "Do Whatever Sets You Free", "Them Changes", "Unsilent Majority", "Something", and "See The End From the Beginning". CD
(Limited edition!)

Possible matches10
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Dinah WashingtonDinah Jams ... LP
EmArcy, 1955. Very Good- ... $19.99
One of the best jazz-based sessions recorded by Dinah Washington in the 50s – appropriately titled Dinah Jams, which is a pretty good reference to the feeling of the set! The sessions were recorded in a relatively relaxed, intimate feel – not necessarily as unbridled as a true jam session might be, but with a lot more interplay between the instrumentalists in the group than you might get on a typical 50s jazz session. And with horn players that include Cliford Brown, Harold Land, and Herb Geller – alongside rhythm by Junior Mance, Richie Powell, and Max Roach – you'd have to expect that there'd be some good interplay on the set! Titles include "I've Got You Under My Skin", "No More", "Darn That Dream", "You Go To My Head", and a nice open-ended version of "I'll Remember April"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with deep groove, in a cover with green text. Cover has a split bottom seam, a half split top seam, and light aging.)

Possible matches11
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Dinah WashingtonIn The Land Of Hi Fi ... LP
EmArcy, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The Hi Fi in the title might imply that there's a bit more going on here arrangement-wise than on some of Dinah's other albums – but the scoring by Hal Mooney is still pretty straight, in a sophisticated jazzy mode that works best with the vocals, and which never overwhelms the singing for sake of some silly instrumental flourishes. Junior Mance plays piano with the group, and titles include "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "My Ideal", "Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You", "If I Were A Bell", "Say It Isn't So", and "What'll I Tell My Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Polydor pressing in a barcode cover.)

Possible matches12
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Ben WebsterLive At Pio's ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1964. New Copy ... $16.99
A great small club date from Ben Webster – different than some of his European concerts of his final years, in that this one was done at a lounge in Rhode Island, and maybe has a bit more bite and focus overall! The tracks are short, and Webster gets superb rhythm accompaniment from the trio of Junior Mance on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – who really come out swinging, and push Ben to take some of his boldest solos of the period – plenty of bite throughout, and a fire that you don't always hear on his other 60s recordings. Titles include "Cookin For T", "Sunday", "Pennies From Heaven", "How Long Has This Been Going On", and "Gone With The Wind". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

Possible matches13
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Mary Lou WilliamsZoning (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mary/Folkways, 1974. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
An excellent album by Mary Lou Williams – a set recorded during the 70s period when she was mixing in a bit of funk with her jazz! The sound here is wonderful – quite different than other work you might know from Williams, and much more in the sort of groove you'd expect from Junior Mance, Ray Bryant, Ramsey Lewis, or other soul jazz-oriented pianists! Williams plays acoustic piano in a very hip trio with Mickey Roker on drums and Bob Cranshaw on electric bass – the latter of whom brings in this well-rounded, soul-drenched tone that's a lot like the bass work on some of Monty Alexander's own best albums from the 70s. And Williams herself is totally great too – playing with some slightly exotic tones at points, and with a really in-the-pocket groove at others. Funky tracks include "Intermission" and "Rosa Mae" – and other titles include "Ghost Of Love", "Medi II", "Zoning Fungus", and a great version of Dizzy Gillespie's "Olinga". CD also features 2 previously unreleased tracks – "Syl-O-Gism" and an alternate of "Gloria". CD

Possible matches14
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Lester YoungBlue Lester ... CD
Savoy, Mid 40s. Used ... $3.99
A great little 12 track LP that compiles some of Lester Young's small combo work for Savoy – featuring backing by players that include Count Basie, Freddie Green, Shadow Wilson, Cozy Cole, Roy Haynes, and Junior Mance. Titles include "June Bug", "Blue Lester", "Blues N Bells", "Basie English", "Jump Lester Jump", and "Ding Dong" – and the album comes with a great cover image! CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

Possible matches15
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny GriffinMidnight Show – Live! At Minton's Playhouse ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer set of hard-blowing tenor duets from Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Johnny Griffin – recorded at Minton's Playhouse in Harlem, with a very lively audience, and a twin tenor frontline that really set a new standard for material like this! The vibe is great – very different than tenor battles of the postwar years, as the players clearly understand each other, and encourage themselves a lot – working through material that's a nice mix of soul jazz and modern jazz inspirations – with help from Junior Mance on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley on drums. Titles include versions of Monk's "In Walked Bud" and Tadd Dameron's "Our Delight", as well as Davis' hard-grooving, darkly-tinged original "Beano", and a take on "Land Of Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue trident label stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Back cover has some light wear, but front looks nice.)

Possible matches16
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Johnny GriffinWade In The Water (aka Big Soul Band) ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Turquoise label Orpheum Productions pressing. Vinyl has a short click on one track, and cover has a small bit of marker in an upper corner.)

Possible matches17
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Irene KralBetter Than Anything ... CD
AVA/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great work by a great singer – the far under-recorded Irene Kral, a lovely lady who really bridges a number of different camps in the vocal jazz world! At one level, Irene's got the coolness of a Christy or Connor, but at another, she's got a more open, swinging, and soulful style – one that comes off with none of the hoke of Anita O'Day, and which is a perfect balance between class, cool, and easy going honesty. The trio of Junior Mance provides the backings, and titles include "Better Than Anything", "The Meaning Of The Blues", "Passing By", "No More", "Nobody Else But Me", "This Is Always", and "It's A Wonderful World". CD
(Out of print.)

Possible matches18
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Ramsey LewisThem Changes ... LP
Cadet, 1970. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the hardest-hitting electric sets ever cut by Ramsey Lewis – a live performance from the start of the 70s, done with a really gritty groove! Ramsey's on both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – the former of which is played with even more forces than on his Cadet studio recordings – heard here in small group formation, without any added studio backings – just the guitar of Phil Upchurch, the bass of Cleveland Eaton, and the drums of Morris Jennings. The tracks are a bit longer than usual for Ramsey on Cadet too – and often hit these down-n-dirty modes that are similar to turn of the 70s work by Les McCann or Junior Mance. Tracks include "Do Whatever Sets You Free", "Them Changes", "Unsilent Majority", "Something", and "See The End From the Beginning". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Mexican pressing on Gamma. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Them Changes ... CD 12.99

Possible matches19
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Howard McGheeShades Of Blue ... LP
Black Lion, 1961. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure Howard McGhee session, but a great one! The 1961 session was recorded during Maggie's great comeback years – at a time when he was doing some great work for labels that included Bethlehem, Contemporary, and United Artists. The spirit of this set is similar to those – sort of an easy-going blend of light bop with some of the gentler swinging tones that McGhee was putting into his horn at the time. The quintet on the set features George Coleman on tenor, Junior Mance on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – and the whole thing's got an easygoing mellow feel that we really like a lot. Titles include "The Sharp Edge", "Cool", "Shades Of Blue", "Arabee", and "My Delight". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s US pressing. Cover has a trace of a price sticker, some edge wear, and light surface wear.)

Possible matches20
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Jimmy ScottSource ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A unique moment from the legendary Jimmy Scott – a one-off album cut for Atlantic Records – recorded after his initial 50s fame, and decades before he'd finally get his due, much later in his life! The album's got a style that's a bit more mature than Scott's initial sides – a bit more grown up in approach, even though Jimmy's still got that really unique light tone to his vocals – and arranged by Arif Mardin and William Fischer in a hip blend of jazz and strings – with a slow-moving vibe that's completely mesmerizing. The core instrumentation is by a group that includes Junior Mance on piano, Billy Butler on guitar, and Ron Carter on bass – and titles include "Our Day Will Come", "I Wish I Knew", "This Love Of Mine", and a very moody version of "Exodus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing. Back cover has some light wear, but front is nice!)

Possible matches21
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Clifford Brown, Harold Land, Herb Geller, et alJam Session ... CD
EmArcy, 1954. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic Emarcy album that has a good portion of the label's jazz stars – including Clark Terry, Max Roach, Junior Mance, Dinah Washington, and Maynard Ferguson – all playing live in the studio, in a freer, Verve-ish kind of jam session that was not typical of the label's usual work. Tracks include "Darn That Dream", "Move", "My Funny Valentine", and "Bess, You Is My Woman Now". CD
(Out of print.)
Partial matches: 2
Partial matches22
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Governor's State University Jazz BandGovernor's State University Jazz Band Live (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Governor's State University/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
A really wonderful album of obscure jazz recordings from the Chicago scene of the 70s – way more than just the usual school band record, as the tracks here are mostly originals, and performed by a very inventive group of musicians! Governor's State University was a very hip place at the time – a public college at the end of the main train line running through the south side of Chicago – which made the school a place of great opportunity and expression for the city's African-American community. Rather than a junior college, GSU had higher levels of learning – and had an especially strong jazz program, as you'll hear in this set – which features both sextet performances and work by a larger ensemble – both imbued with some of the best creative legacy of the Chicago scene. Things never go far outside, but there's definitely a deeper understanding of musical reaches taking place here – and the core quartet features Walter Henderson on cornet, John Pate on piano, Eugene Vineyard on tenor, Ronald Askew on guitar, Jeff Simon on bass, and Curtis Prince on drums. These players are in the larger group – which also features William Howell and Gerald Myrow on trombones, Vincent Carter and Steele Seales on saxes, and Kenneth Brass and Melvin Williams on trumpets. Titles include "Crabmeat", "Song For Suzanne", "Keishaz", "Give It One", "Listen Here", and "Spanish Samba". CD

Partial matches23
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Horace SilverLive In Paris 1959 ... LP
Fremeaux & Associates/Return To Analog (Canada), 1959. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful late 50s live recording from the Horace Silver Quintet – one that features some very long performances of key songs from the group's book, with some very extended solos, and a much different vibe than some of the studio versions! As with the Jazz Messengers during this time, the Silver group just couldn't miss – and they really brought something special to live performances, which could often give Horace space to be expressive in completely different ways, and the horn players a chance to state their genius even more than ever! In this case, the genius talents are Junior Cook on tenor and Blue Mitchell on trumpet – in the group with Gene Taylor on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. Titles include an 18 minute take on "Doodlin", a 12 minute take on "Senor Blues", and a long version of "Sweet Stuff". LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition of 500!)

⇑ Top