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LAXLAX (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Prelude/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
As you might guess from their name, LAX hail from the west coast – one of the few groups from that part of the country to record for Prelude, and every bit as great as the club acts from the east! Ralph Benatar handles arrangements and songwriting here – and lead vocals are by Laura Lucero and Roy Galloway – trading off a bit between the tunes, but also singing together in sweet duet formation at times too! The quality of the set is higher than you'd expect from the cheesy cover – almost equal parts soul and disco – with tracks that include "Woman Ad Lib", "I Don't Wanna Be Under Cover", "Don't Stop", "Saturday Night Something Special", "Slow Disco Dancing", and "Dancin At The Disco". CD features bonus tracks – "Dancin At The Disco (7" mix)", "Dancin At The Disco (7" inst)", and "Dancin At The Disco (12" inst)". CD
 
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✨✧ West Coast RevivalWest Coast Revival ... LP
Lax/Survival Research, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really unusual record from this obscure west coast harmony trio – a set that was issued during the height of the disco years, but which has this warm group soul vibe that's much more like east coast material from the earlier part of the decade! The harmonies are great – really great interplay between all three singers, given these well-crafted backings by Joe Falsia and Jerry Goldstein – both arrangers who bring in enough Cali soul touches to hold to the group's name, even if their vocals represent a much earlier, more stripped-down approach to harmony soul! The bend is wonderful, and very unique – and the album's a lost gem that we'd put up there right next to RCA work by Choice Four or Main Ingredient. Titles include "So Far Away", "It's Gonna Be Hard", "Familiar Places", "My Mind Is At Ease", "The Family Was Right", and "Talkin Bout Love". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Galaxy-Tu OrchestraAlways And Forever (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Moonglow, 1976. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Kenny Burrell & Coleman HawkinsMoonglow (Hawk Relaxes/Bluesy Burrell/Kenny Burrell & Ray Bryant) ... LP
Prestige, 1958/1962. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
The first LP features the full album The Hawk Relaxes – a great illustration of the gentle genius that made so many later Coleman Hawkins records so great! The relaxed setting for this record is a perfect setting for Hawkins to open up and stretch out – working his tenor with a sound that has surprising modern edges, and unusual twists and turns, yet still all the careful economy of his better-known classic sides. There's a command of the instrument here that few other aging players ever seemed to muster – always a sense of new discovery and invention that marks the work strongly, even at a time when Hawkins could have been sitting on his laurels, playing the same old tune! Titles are all standards, but don't let that fool you – because there's plenty of magic in Coleman's versions of "Moonglow", "Just A Gigolo", "Speak Low", "When Day Is Done", and "I'll Never Be The Same". Oh, and we almost forgot – just because we're so focused on Hawkins – the other players include Ronnell Bright on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums – making a surprising early appearance here! Side 3 features material from the album Bluesy Burrell, also with Hawkins – and side 4 features material from Kenny Burrell & Ray Bryant. LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s issue. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Joe HendersonRelaxin' At Camarillo ... LP
Contemporary, 1979. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
We love Joe Henderson's 70s sides, and though this is reaching the end of the decade, it still smokes. Joe sounds great, with his raw edge still intact, playing nice far reaching solos that never leave the pocket. The set opens with "Y Todavia La Quiero", a nice groover with a feel like an uptempo "Love Supreme" set to cook rather than open you up spiritually. Chick Corea, Tony Dumas and Peter Erskine are the band, though Richard Davis and Tony Williams guest on two cuts. The set also includes one of our favorite Corea compositions, 'Yes, My Dear", plus the title track, "Crimson Lake" and "My One And Only Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Willie JonesRight Now (tangerine & aqua galaxy vinyl pressing) ... LP
Penthouse/Empire, 2021. New Copy ... $9.99 21.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition on tangerine & aqua opaque galaxy vinyl!)

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Minoru Miki/Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic/Michael UdowDreams Of The Spirit – Music For Marimba And Percussion Trio – Linda Maxey/Galaxy Percussion ... CD
Equilibrium, 2006. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Art PepperComplete Galaxy Recordings (16CD Set) ... CD
Galaxy (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 16 CDs ... $219.99
This set includes 137 tracks spread over 16 CDs – 53 of them previously unissued – a wonderful demonstration of the return to greatness that Art Pepper hit in the mid 70s! The set features both live and studio material – with many very long tracks that really let Pepper stretch out on imaginative solos. CD
(Out of print, slipcover has some edgewear - nothing major.)

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Laxmikant PyarelalRoti Kapada Aur Makaan ... LP
EMI (India), 1974. Near Mint- ... $29.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear and gold Odeon stickers. Labels have Odeon stickers.)

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Kaidi TathamGalaxy ... 12-inch
2000 Black (UK), New Copy ... About June 17, 2022 (delayed)
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Laurence Vanay (Jacqueline Thibault)Galaxies (180 2LP gram pressing) (with bonus tracks) ... LP
SFP/Lion, 1974. Near Mint- 2LP ... $14.99
Totally wonderful sounds from Laurance Vanay (aka Jacqueline Thibault) – an album that's heavy on keyboard sounds throughout – including these really moody Hammond organ lines that are handled in a style that's a lot closer to work on Fender Rhodes! The album's neither jazz nor prog – but has this really special sort of feel that's completely unique – very personal and poetic, while still having the power of some of the best rock instrumental sets of the time! Jacqueline sings a bit on the record – often in these soft, gentle spots – but overall the main focus is on the instrumentation, with some added drums, guitars, and a bit of flute and percussion. Titles include "Le Loup Qui Pleure", "La Grand Voile", "Soleil Rouge", "Le Coeur Lourd", and "Galaxies". Include a bonus LP, too –with extra material that includes include "L'Ete En Cage", "Glaciers Interdits" (a whole side of alternate versions), "4 Nuages", "Chris Chant", and "Catalepsie" (as Nanajo). LP, Vinyl record album
(A beautiful copy – with insert.)

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✨✧ WarGood Good Feelin/Galaxy ... 12-inch
MCA, 1979. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A surprising killer by War! "Good Good Feelin" is from the group's later years, but the track's got a snapping hard percussive edge that they hardly even had in their earlier recordings! There's a wonderful disco breaking bass and drum bit on the intro – really going to town before the vocals come in. "Galaxy" is a later funky classic by the group – strutting out with some sweet funky riffing, ensemble vocals, and a powerful groove that's always been a dancefloor pleaser! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have some marker.)

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VariousGalaxy – Music From 16 Great Artists ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $2.99
With selections by Brook Benton, Xavier Cugat, The Platters, David Carroll, Damita Jo, Clebanoff Singers, Dinah Washington, Quincy Jones, Billy Eckstine, Jose Melis, Eddy Howard, Jan August, George Jones, Griff Williams, Eddie Heywood, and Dick Contino. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisRelaxin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... LP
Prestige, 1956. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the classic early Miles Davis & John Coltrane sessions for Prestige – a well-crafted quintet album that shows Miles finding a stronger voice than ever, and Coltrane beginning to emerge as a key force on his own! Backing is subtle and soulful – handled by the trio of Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – and although the tracks are mostly ballads and standards, they're all nicely given the Davis treatment on the set, turned into beautiful new vehicles for jazz imagination and improvisation! Titles include "If I Were A Bell", "I Could Write A Book", "Oleo", and "Woody'n You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label trident pressing with RVG stamp. A beautiful copy!)

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✨✧ Griot GalaxyKins ... LP
Black & White/Third Man, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from the Detroit scene of the early 80s – played by a group who came after the generation of Tribe and Strata Records, but who went on to have some really slow-burning influence in their own sort of way! The music definitely has echoes of the loft and spiritual jazz scenes of the 70s – but the quintet also really open things up with some of the more flexible rhythms that were coming out of New York during the same period, and working with a slight touch of more ambitious structures – of the sort you might have heard on overseas labels recording American jazz musicians during the 80s. Reeds are at the core of the set – playec by the trio of Faruq Z Bey on tenor and alto, Anthony Holland on alto and soprano, and David McMurray on tenor, alto, soprano, and flute – given very creative energy by Tani Tabbal on drums, and Jaribu Shahid on both acoustic and electric bass. Titles include "Xy-Moch", "Zycron", "Zenelog Aintro", "Androgeny", "Kins", and "Xy Moch". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hampshire & FoatGalaxies Like Grains Of Sand ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Spacey sounds from the dream team of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat – a set that feels a bit like music that Foat previously recorded under his own name, but which also has a more spiritual sound overall! Hampshire plays guitar and auto harp, and Foat plays Fender Rhodes, vibes, and other keyboards – but those instruments are just part of the sound here – as there's also some added strings, tenor, and other elements from time to time – inflecting the music with a visionary quality that reminds us of some of the more freethinking records coming out in the early 70s – especially the kind of small label sets that were years ahead of their time, and only finally getting their due all these many years later. The presentation of the package echoes the style of older Michael Garrick material on the UK Argo Records – and there's definitely a depth here to live up to that spirit, but also a warmer vibe overall. Titles include "How The Nights Can Fly", "Lullaby", "The Solar Winds", "A Long Way Home", and "All Washed Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bingo Miki & The Inner Galaxy OrchestraMontreux Cyclone ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The groovy 70's big band of Japanese arranger Bingo Miki hits the Montreux festival in 1979, and they're joined by a host of guest players that include Richard Davis, Jon Faddis, and Joe Beck. If you don't know Miki's work, the 70's stuff (like this album) has a cool electric orchestral sound that feels like it was lifted from a cop show, or a crime film. Most of the instrumentation is acoustic, with a large sax section in front, but there's also some guitar and electric bass that work well with the kicking rhythm section. This album was originally issued as a double, but this cool XRCD gatefold package fits all the material on one CD – and titles include "Zylvia", "Pitter Pat", "Sibelius' Testament", and "Alcazar". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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✨✧ Hazel ScottHazel Scott – Relaxed Piano Moods ... LP
Debut, 1955. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Easily the hippest album ever made by pianist Hazel Scott – a rare Debut session cut with Charles Mingus on bass and Max Roach on drums! The notes go out of their way to declare that the Hazel heard here is slightly different than the one better known to crowds from her more popular work on the coast – and the quality of the work more than backs up that fact, presenting Scott in a tinkling ivory mode that's still got some cocktail qualities, but which also has Roach and Mingus pushing her towards more adventurous tones. Titles include "Jeep", "Foggy Day", "Git Up From There", and "Lament". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s limited edition OJC pressing.)

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✨✧ Gerald WigginsRelax & Enjoy It – Jazz Piano Moods By Gerry Wiggins ... LP
Contemporary, 1962. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Relax, but not in a sleepy sort of way – because Gerald Wiggins really hits a great little groove on this record – one that bounces along with a soulful undercurrent that keeps things fresh, and still lets him soar on the keys when he wants to! Rhythm is by the team of Joe Comfort on bass and Jackie Mills on drums – but both players really take a back seat to Wig, who's in fine fine form here, and really at home in the comfortable Contemporary Records setting. Titles include "Narcissus", "Just Squeeze Me/Satin Doll", "Serenade In Blue", "Blue Wig", and "The Lady Is A Tramp". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s OJC pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Galaxie 500On Fire ... LP
20/20/20, 1989. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The second of 3 great albums by in the short but massively influential career of Galaxie 500 – the members of whom would go on the pretty successful careers in other groups, but it's hard to imagine how those records can be better remembered than gems like On Fire! Dean Wareham had really become a master of hypnotic, just spacey enough guitar sounds by the time this record hit, with Dean & Naomi's plaintive vocals ekeing raw emotions out of the songs like no other group working at the time. Titles include "Blue Thunder", "Tell Me", "Snowstorm", "Strange", "When Will You Come Home", "Decomposing Trees", ""Leave The Planet", "Plastic Bird" and "Isn't It A Pity" – plus the bonus tracks "Victory Garden", "Ceremony" and "Cold Night". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Miles DavisRelaxin' With The Miles Davis Quintet (RVG remaster series) ... CD
Prestige, 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the classic early Miles Davis & John Coltrane sessions for Prestige – a well-crafted quintet album that shows Miles finding a stronger voice than ever, and Coltrane beginning to emerge as a key force on his own! Backing is subtle and soulful – handled by the trio of Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – and although the tracks are mostly ballads and standards, they're all nicely given the Davis treatment on the set, turned into beautiful new vehicles for jazz imagination and improvisation! Titles include "If I Were A Bell", "I Could Write A Book", "Oleo", and "Woody'n You". CD

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✨✧ Uriah HeepMagician's Birthday (galaxy swirl vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mercury/Sanctuary, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Swirl colored vinyl – and with new artwork by Roger Dean!)

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✨✧ Villa Lobos/BachCello Galaxy – Bachianas Brasileiras Nos 1 & 5/Prelude & Fugue No 8 – Marni Nixon/Felix Slatkin/Concert Arts Cello Ensemble ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing with FDS logo on the left.)

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✨✧ Steve WilsonSit Back, Relax, & Unwind ... LP
Brown Brothers/JMI, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the most beautiful records we've heard from Steve Wilson in years – a set that's got an easygoing, open flow – in a way that really lives up to its title! Wilson is wonderful on alto and soprano sax – blowing in his most soulful style, but also pushing himself a bit too – really hitting these spiritual currents we don't always hear, in a way that has us re-evaulating his music all over again! Equally great on the record is keyboardist Ray Angry – who plays some sublime Fender Rhodes, as well as Yamaha C7 and Hammond B3 – in ways that are never too smooth, and often a bit edgey – making a perfect match for Wilson's horns. The rest of the quartet is great, too – rhythm that's rock-solid, but also nicely loose – with Ben Williams on bass and Willie Jones III on drums. Titles include "Jake's Place", "Rest Of Our Times", "Sit Back Relax & Unwind", "6/74", and a very cool instrumental reworking of David Bowie's "Space Oddity", with just Wilson's soprano and Angry's piano. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Album LeafPast & Future Tense (180 gram galaxy colored vinyl pressing) (2022 Record Store Day Drop) ... LP
Nettwerk, New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John Carpenter & Alan HowarthThey Live (black & white galaxy vinyl pressing) ... LP
Death Waltz, 1988. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Amazing work from John Carpenter – still a dedicated soundtrack composer long into his film career – and always a master of spare, spooky electronics! The instrumentation here is a bit evolved from some of his earliest classics – different keyboards and electronics developed during the 80s – but the overall approach is still very similar, and co-performed with Allan Howarth, who always gives Carpenter's music the right sort of careful balance! Carpenter does a lot with just a little – never making things overblown, especially in the way that some of his contemporaries might do – and titles include "Transient Hotel", "Wake Up", "Underground", "A Message", "Return To Church", and "The Siege Of Justiceville". LP, Vinyl record album
(RSD Essentials pressing. Quantities pressed on demand and strictly limited!)

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✨✧ JackaTear Gas (black & white galaxy vinyl pressing) (2022 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Empire, 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
("Tear Gas Smoke" colored vinyl!)

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American-Dutch All StarsFor All We Know ... CD
Blue Jack Jazz/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2003. New Copy ... $9.99
A tight, old school set of jazz from the Dutch American All Stars – a group that features trumpeter John Marshall, pianist Hod O'Brien, bassist Jacques Schols, and drummer Peter Ypma – all playing here in very relaxed, familiar company! There's nothing too fancy or overdone with these tunes – and they spin out with that easygoing feel we love in any album that has O'Brien on piano – a mature mode of jazz that never tries too hard to overstate its case, but gets plenty of greatness done along the way. Marshall's horn has all the sparkling tones we love in other Blue Jack Jazz recordings, and the basswork from Schols really adds a nice undercurrent of soul to the set. Titles include "Joop's Lope", "Forecast", "Quasimodo", "Frisky", "Milestones", and "Zanzibar". CD
(Part of the "Jazz Premium Seats – Rare Jazz – Live & Sessions" series!)

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Gene AmmonsBig Sound ... LP
Prestige, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $24.99
The album's definitely got a big sound – thanks to superb tenor from the great Gene Ammons, who stretches out on some nice long tracks that also feature solo work from Jerome Richardson on flute, Paul Quinichette on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, and a young John Coltrane on alto – billed here as his first-ever recording on the instrument! The rest of the group is equally great – Mal Waldron on piano, George Joyner on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – stretching forth in a nicely relaxed, open way on the album's four long tracks – "Blue Hymn", "The Real McCoy", "Cheek To Cheek", and "That's All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue trident label pressing with RVG stamp. Cover has some surface and edge wear, a name in marker, a split top seam and clear tape down the spine. Label has a sticker spot.)

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Chet BakerAlbert's House ... CD
Beverly Hills/Liberation Hall, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
A lost little gem from Chet Baker – recorded with a gentle, homey feel that we really like! The album's not one of the standouts in Chet's catalog, but it's got a personal, almost intimate quality that we find really compelling – almost a broken soul sense of playing, with Chet stumbling a bit amidst relaxed backings by a small combo that includes Barney Kessel on guitar, and Paul Smith on piano and organ. The tunes are nothing fancy, but often quite nice – and the set includes a number of original tunes written by Steve Allen that get past the obvious Baker numbers. Titles include "Albert's House", "Farewell San Francisco", "Time", "How Dare You Sir", "End Of The Line", "Life", and "Sunday In Town". CD

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Chet BakerStraight From The Heart – The Last Great Concert Vol 2 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $9.99
Material from the last concert Chet Baker ever recorded – a surprisingly tight session that has the trumpeter blowing solos in front of the NDR Big Band. The setting is relatively relaxed – not a blasting big band session, but one that colors in the space between Baker's notes with gentle shades of sound – really respecting his role as a soloist, and providing just the right amount of gentle accompaniment to flesh out the sound of the set. Chet sings on 2 numbers – "My Funny Valentine" and "I Get Along Without You Very Well" – and other tracks include "Sippin At Bells", "Conception", "Look For The Silver Lining", and "Tenderly". Herb Geller also solos on 2 numbers too! CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Louie BellsonSkin Deep ... CD
Verve, Early 50s. Used ... $11.99
Louis grooves it nice and hard in this excellent session from his early 50s Verve years – a mixed set of small group and large group numbers, all of them pretty darn tasty! The record kicks off with the tremendous "Skin Deep" title cut – a large group number that features Louis really going to town in an extended drum solo that must be one of the longest ever recorded during the period – maybe even the "Moby Dick" of its time! Other titles include "Loris", "Copasetic", "Claxton Hall Swing", and "Phalanges" – and players include Don Elliott, Ralph Martin, and Joe Puma in the small group – plus a host of Verve regulars in the large one! CD
(Out of print, Verve Elite Edition.)

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Louis BellsonDriving Louis Bellson ... LP
Norgran, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $19.99
Driving Louis Bellson indeed – as Louie's drums set the tone for this session, and let Charlie Shavers and Seldon Powell echo out with some really great horn work! Tunes all have a nicely open-ended feeling that gets the players out of the context of their larger group histories and perfectly showcases the relaxed Verve style in the studio. Titles include "The Hawk Talks" and "Mambo a La Louis Bellson". The cast includes Sabu, Seldon Powell, and Nate Brown, and the cover's by David Stone Martin. LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Norgran pressing with trumpeter logo and a deep groove. Cover has some wear and split top and bottom seams with a bit of tape residue. Vinyl has light oxidation that plays with a bit of surface noise.)

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Louis BellsonSkin Deep ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Louis grooves it nice and hard in this excellent session from his early 50s Verve years – a mixed set of small group and large group numbers, all of them pretty darn tasty! The record kicks off with the tremendous "Skin Deep" title cut – a large group number that features Louis really going to town in an extended drum solo that must be one of the longest ever recorded during the period – maybe even the "Moby Dick" of its time! Other titles include "Loris", "Copasetic", "Claxton Hall Swing", and "Phalanges" – and players include Don Elliott, Ralph Martin, and Joe Puma in the small group – plus a host of Verve regulars in the large one! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label Verve pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove! Cover has light wear and a mostly split top seam.)

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Walter Bishop JrPiano Solo ... CD
Interplay (Japan), 1976. Used ... $12.99
Solo piano from Walter Bishop Jr – an overlooked 70s session that captures Bish in some very up-close and personal territory! The format is very relaxed here – no pressure at all, so that Walter's free to explore these tunes with his own approach – stepping into most numbers with a tentative quality at first, then taking off a bit as he warms up to the tunes – all with a style that's quite different than his full group work of the 70s, showing a sensitive side we might not have expected. Bishop takes up electric piano on one number – a killer version of his own "Valley Land News", which echoes out beautifully – and other acoustic titles include "I Can't Get Started", "I Got Rhythm", "Up Jumped Spring", and "All The Things You Are". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Dee Dee BridgewaterLive At Yoshi's ... CD
EmArcy/Decca, 1998. Used ... $3.99
Warm, wonderful work from Dee Dee Bridgewater – a relatively straight jazz album, and a hell of a swinger, too! The set's a live date, and has a relaxed, easygoing quality we really love – that soulful, personal feel that Dee Dee picked up strongly in her later years – quite a change from the mode she used on her soul recordings of the 70s. There's definitely a nod here towards older modes of jazz singing too – given that Bridgewater scats a bit at points, almost Ella-esque – but even amidst some familiar tunes, there's a decidedly Dee Dee feel to the whole record, that distinct touch that always makes her records stand out. Instrumentation includes piano and organ from Thierry Eliez, bass from Thomas Bramerie, and drums from Ali Jackson – and titles include "Love For Sale", "Undecided", "Stairway To The Stars", "Sex Machine", "Midnight Sun", and "Cherokee". CD

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Dave BrubeckJazz At The College Of The Pacific ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1953. Used ... $3.99
Classic early live material from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – already humming along nicely with some great alto sax from Paul Desmond! The group's in fine form here – a bit more relaxed and open than on their Columbia recordings – with plenty of creative piano lines from Dave, showing just a slight dose of modernism, and lots more of that cool, icy alto sax work that made Desmond a standout right from the start. Rhythm is by Ron Crotty on bass and Joe Dodge on drums – and titles include "Laura", "Lullaby In Rhythm", "For All We Know", "All The Things You Are", and "I'll Never Smile Again". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Buena Vista Social ClubBuena Vista Social Club (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
World Circuit, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $30.99 31.98
A contemporary legend in Latin music – one that was done in collaboration with the film of the same name – organized by Ry Cooder, directed by Wim Wenders, and put forth as a reminder to America that Cuban culture was still going strong, even decades after we turned our backs on the nation! The "social club" in the title is well-put – as there's a relaxed, easygoing approach to the music here – warmly collaborative efforts from some of the greats of the scene in Havana – many of whom were able to enjoy renewed global attention, thanks to the efforts of the record and film. The lineup features Ruben Gonzalez on piano, Eliades Ochoa on guitar, Cachaito on bass, and Guajiro on trumpet – plus famous vocal contributions from Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, and Omara Portuondo. Titles include "Chan Chan", "Dos Gardenias", "El Carretero", "Candela", "Viente Anos", "El Cuarto De Tula", "De Camino A La Vereda", "Murmullo", and "Orgullecida". 2LP version features rare bonus tracks – including a trio take of "Orgullecida", plus "Vicenta", "As Tus Pies", and "La Cleptomana". Also comes with a big booklet of notes and images too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Buena Vista Social ClubBuena Vista Social Club (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
World Circuit, 1997. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A contemporary legend in Latin music – one that was done in collaboration with the film of the same name – organized by Ry Cooder, directed by Wim Wenders, and put forth as a reminder to America that Cuban culture was still going strong, even decades after we turned our backs on the nation! The "social club" in the title is well-put – as there's a relaxed, easygoing approach to the music here – warmly collaborative efforts from some of the greats of the scene in Havana – many of whom were able to enjoy renewed global attention, thanks to the efforts of the record and film. The lineup features Ruben Gonzalez on piano, Eliades Ochoa on guitar, Cachaito on bass, and Guajiro on trumpet – plus famous vocal contributions from Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, and Omara Portuondo. Titles include "Chan Chan", "Dos Gardenias", "El Carretero", "Candela", "Viente Anos", "El Cuarto De Tula", "De Camino A La Vereda", "Murmullo", and "Orgullecida". 2CD version features a bonus disc with 19 previously unissued rare tracks – titles that include "Vicenta", "La Pluma", "Descarga Ruben", "La Cleptomana", "Ensayo", "Mandinga", "Siboney", and alternate takes of titles on the record too! Also comes with a big booklet of notes and images too! CD
Also available Buena Vista Social Club (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP 30.99

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✨✧ Eddie Guitar BurnsLonesome Feeling (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Eddie Burns more than earns his "Guitar" nickname here – with some deft electric lines that are matched by some equally nice work on vocals! The set has some of the qualities that you might hear on an American blues session of the time – but the overall approach is leaner, and maybe a bit more relaxed – at a level that really lets Burns feel the right mood in the music, and bring just the right sort of inflection to each tune! Other players include Billy Branch on harmonica and Melvin Taylor on second guitar – and Burns plays a bit of harp too – on titles that include "In The State Highway", "I Dig You Baby", "Lonesome Feeling", "This Old House", and "You Got To Love Me With A Feeling". CD features bonus tracks – "How Could You Leave Me", "That's My Woman", "What Do You Want To Do", "Just A Little Bit", and "Woke Up This Morning". CD

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✨✧ Kenny Burrell, Thad Jones & OthersAfter Hours ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
After Hours jamming the way it should be – recorded in a very relaxed, open-ended setting! The album's a classic Prestige Records jam session from the late 50s – one that features Kenny Burrell on guitar, Thad Jones on trumpet, Frank Wess on tenor and flute, Mal Waldron on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – all players who've got a great ear for material for this, and who really make the session their own when they get a chance! Though Burrell's name got top billing on subsequent issues of this album, and his playing is wonderful, Waldron's the great unsung hero of these sessions, as his playing's consistently remarkable, providing great accompaniment for the horn players. Four numbers: "Steamin", "Count One", "Empty Street", and "Blue Jelly". CD

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Stelvio CiprianiSono Stato Un Agente CIA (Covert Action) ... LP
Musica Per Immagini (Italy), 1978. New Copy ... About June 17, 2022 (delayed)
It's quite possible that nobody else does a 70s soundtrack better than Stelvio Cipriani – and with a set like this, you'll certainly hear why! While other Italian composers were schooled in the 60s, and came of age in the 70s – often adopting their modes with new instrumentation and arrangements – Cipriani's really one of the few who emerged fully-formed in the decade – with a sound and style that's perfectly suited to the blend of electric instrumentation used in 70s film scores, and some of the best traces of light eroticism that was such a big part of Italian cinema at the time! There's a really nice range of tunes here – not just variations on a main theme, but enough separate instrumentals to almost make the record feel like some lost sound library gem – funky one minute, mood-setting the next, and with great shifts in instrumentation that really keep things interesting throughout. Stelvio mixes up a sweet blend of cop show grooves and lighter sexy numbers – and the package features 18 tracks that include "The Old Spy", "Lester's Book", "Love & Peace", "Agent Tale", "CIA Agent", "Relax", "Investigation Rhythm", and "Sad Death". LP, Vinyl record album

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Buck Clayton & Buddy TateBuck & Buddy ... CD
Swingville/OJC, 1960. Used ... $4.99
Beautiful blowing from Buck Clayton and Buddy Tate – captured here in the relaxed, easy-going setting of the Swingville label! The album's got a lot more charm than some of Clayton's sides for Columbia – a bit more mellow, with the kind of after hours feel that lets players like these show their strongest suits on their instruments. Clayton plays trumpet, Tate tenor – and rhythm is from the trio of Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Gene Ramey on bass, and Mousie Alexander on drums. Titles include "High Life", "Birdland Betty", "Can't We Be Friends", and "Kansas City Nights". CD
(Out of print.)

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Buck Clayton, Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Russel, et alNewport Jazz Festival All Stars ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Near Mint- ... $19.99
The trad side of the Newport Jazz Festival – a wonderfully open little set with a lineup that includes trumpeter Buck Clayton, tenorist Bud Freeman, trombonist Vick Dickenson, clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, and pianist George Wein! Clayton, Freeman, Russell, Dickenson, and Wein are joined by a few other trad players in this classic session cut for Atlantic after the band opened at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival. As with a lot of the Atlantic trad sessions from this time, the recording quality is excellent, and the relaxed format offers the older players a chance to open up with solo space not afforded to them on earlier recordings. Tracks include "Rose Room", "You Took Advantage Of Me", "Royal Garden Blues", and "Pee Wee Russell's Unique Sound". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono UK London pressing with deep groove in a flip-back cover. Cover has light wear and some discoloration from age.)

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Al Cohn & Zoot SimsYou N Me ... LP
Mercury, 1960. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the best albums that Al Cohn and Zoot Sims ever cut together – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of their collaborations during the 50s and 60s! The set's got a nice small group feeling, and is a bit more open and relaxed than some of their RCA material – still in the sharp, thoughtful mode that marked both Cohn and Sims' sessions – but also a bit more earthy, too – possibly because they've got Mose Allison in the combo on piano. The album includes the incredible spare sax-only track "Improvisation For Unaccompanied Saxophones", which is an extremely haunting track that sounds unlike anything the pair had ever done together – and other titles have the full quintet playing, tunes that include "The Opener", "The Note" and "You N Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese stereo pressing, EXPR-1001.)

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Alexis ColeDazzling Blue – Music Of Paul Simon ... CD
Chesky, 2016. Used ... $4.99
A collection of lesser known gems from the Paul Simon songbook – tracks include "Song About The Moon", "Long, Long Day", "Quiet", "St. Judy's Comet", "Another Galaxy", and "That's Where I Belong". CD
(Still sealed.)

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Richie Cole with Eddie JeffersonHollywood Madness ... LP
Muse, 1980. Very Good+ ... $5.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneColtrane Live At Birdland ... LP
Impulse, 1963. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $69.99
Soaring and soulful work from the legendary John Coltrane – a tremendous live set that's one of his best early 60s albums! The groove is open and free – filled with pulsating modal rhythms, and handled with a slightly more relaxed feeling than some of Trane's studio work from the same time. The quartet features McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and Coltrane himself plays both tenor and soprano sax, the latter with an especially beautiful sound. The set kicks off with a beautifully firey reading of "Afro-Blue" – one that really opens up, and remakes the tune into one of Coltrane's most legendary recordings – and other titles include a classic reading of "Alabama", plus the titles "Your Lady" and "The Promise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo Capitol Record Club pressing with IAM stamp. Cover has red tape with printed title and revised catalog number on the spine.)

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Larry CoryellComin Home ... CD
Muse, 1984. Used ... $9.99
The title's an apt one, as the set's a great batch of back-to-basics work from Larry Coryell – a player who first started out bold and strong in the 60s, and never really had a time to lay back in a more relaxed set like this! There's still a spacious approach that really marks the Coryell approach to guitar – but Larry's never too dramatic, nor too noodly here – and instead often hits a nicely soulful mode that's right at home in the Muse Records setting. Other players include Albert Dailey on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – and Julie Coryell sings vocals on one track, a version of "It Never Entered My Mind". Other titles include "Glorielle", "Good Citizen Swallow", "Twelve & Twelve", and "No More Booze Minor Blues". CD
(Out of print. Booklet has some age spots.)

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Randy CrawfordThrough The Eyes Of Love ... CD
Warner, 1992. Used ... $4.99
Sweet grooves from Randy Crawford, and a set that does a really nice job of bringing back some of the jazzier elements from her roots – some warm Crusaders-like inflections that bring Crawford right back to her best sort of style! Instrumentation is nicely laidback at points – still smooth, but maybe a bit more relaxed than some of Randy's late 80s efforts – showing that return to classic elements that was coming into a lot of mainstream soul at the time. The approach works better here with Crawford than it does with most of her contemporaries – some of whom were caught out in the open without any studio tricks to help them out. Titles include "It's Raining", "Who's Crying Now", "When Love Is New", "Diamonte", "Just A Touch", "Like The Sun Out of Nowhere", and "Hold On Be Strong". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sonny CrissSonny Criss Quartet Featuring Wynton Kelly (aka Sonny Criss At The Crossroads) ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1959. Used ... $14.99
A new reissue of this obscure 1959 session recorded by Sonny Criss, one of our favorite alto players of all time! Criss recorded this album in Chicago, as Sonny Criss At The Crossroads, and it's one of the only jazz records ever on the Peacock label, which put out mostly gospel and blues – but it's issued here under a different title and on a different label. The style of the record is more relaxed than his mid 50's bop recordings, which tend to be a bit frenetic sometimes, and Criss solos with a maturity that approaches his classic Prestige recordings of the late 60's. He's joined by Wynton Kelly on piano (originally listed under the fake name of Joe Scott), and the Chicago rhythm section of Bob Cranshaw and Walter Perkins, both fresh from the MJT+3 – and the album's got a great tone, warm solos, and a nice vibe throughout. Tracks include "You Don't Know", "Butts Delight", "Softly", and "Sylvia". CD

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Curren$y & Harry FraudRegatta ... LP
SRFSCHL, 2022. New Copy ... $19.99
Curren$y and Harry Fraud have elevated to the yacht club here – trading their outrunner for a place in the regatta, as proof that their partnership has yielded plenty in recent years! Harry handled all the production, and the set's got that laidback vibe that the pair do so well – relaxed, almost conversational at times – and peppered with guest work from Jay Worthy, Styles P, 2 Chainz, and Larry June! The set's just an EP, but the eight tracks within deliver the satisfaction of many longer full length albums – on titles that include "Key West Classic", "Car Lot", "The Venture Cup", "Seventy Five Tons", "Purchasing Power", "Super Series", "Willy & Sal", and "Selling Cereal". LP, Vinyl record album

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Da QweenRenaissance Bitch (purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
Crane City, 2021. New Copy ... $11.99 28.99
Seattle rapper Da Qween looks relaxed and regal on the cover – but the sound of the set has a taught intensity that comes through right away – fast rhymes, crispy beats, and a sense of urgency that holds on all the way through! There's a few sung vocal moments that get nice and mellow – and these are a great contrast to the rapped lyrical lines – served up with a strong production tip that keeps things sharp, on titles that include "Heartbreak/Heartbrake", "When Worst Comes To Worst", "When The Rain Comes", "Reefer Madness", "Worthy", "Hearda You", and "STFU". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)

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Dark Matter Halo with Bill LaswellCaravan To The Stars ... CD
MOD Reloaded, 2020. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
Plenty of dark matter here – as we might guess on a record that's mixed by Bill Laswell, and which also features the sonic pioneer on bass – joining the trio of Monte Cimino on sound effects, Chris Sneeringer on analog electronics, and Chris Whitley on violin! The whole album feels like a universe of sound, as hinted at by the cover – some dark galaxy where familiar elements come together in new sonic laws of being – handled superbly by Laswell, but with a fresh approach that makes the whole thing a bit different than some of his other projects too. The album features three long tracks – "Black Aether Transmission", "Caravan To The Stars", and "Waiting In The Void". CD

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Miles DavisLegendary Prestige Quintet Sessions (4CD boxset) ... CD
Prestige, Late 50s. Used 4 CDs ... $34.99
A beautiful overview of some of the most legendary material in the catalog of both Miles Davis and John Coltrane – quintet collaborations for Prestige Records from the late 50s, presented here with all master and alternate takes, plus a full bonus CD of unreleased material! The original tracks were issued on a groundbreaking run of albums that include the classics Cookin, Relaxin, Steamin, and Workin With The Miles Davis Quintet – all with Davis on trumpet, Coltrane on tenor, and rhythm from the trio of Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. But in addition to the 32 tracks of studio material from the group – presented on the first 3 CDs in the set – the package also features 8 more live numbers, recorded for the Tonight Show in 1955, and live at the Blue Note in Philly in 1956 and at Cafe Bohemia in 1958! Original studio tunes include "Stablemates", "The Theme", "How Am I To Know", "Four", "Salt Peanuts", "Woody'n You", "Ahmad's Blues", "Well You Needn't", "Half Nelson", "Oleo", "Tune Up", and "Blues By Five". Unreleased live tunes include "Tune Up", "Walkin", "Max Is Making Wax", "Four", "Bye Bye Blackbird", and "Two Bass Hit". Added bonuses include 5 solo transcriptions, a 40 page booklet, and original cover art by Miles! CD
(Out of print and in great shape! Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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Miles Davis All StarsWalkin' ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1954. Used ... $3.99
As classic an early album by Miles Davis as you can find – truly filled with the "all star" players billed in the title, and a session that has the sharpness of Davis' bop work for Blue Note, yet also lets him stretch out in a slightly more relaxed format! The album features Miles trumpet with 2 different groups – one a sextet with Horace Silver, JJ Johnson, and Lucky Thompson; the other a quintet with Silver and the obscure altoist Davey Schildkraut! Tracks are long, with lots of solo room – and titles include his classic takes on "Walkin", "Blue N Boogie", and "Solar" – plus versions of "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Love Me Or Leave Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jamael DeanPrimordial Waters ... LP
Stones Throw, 2022. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99 29.99
A sublime blend of jazz and Yoruba influences – served up here by keyboardist Jamael Dean with a sound and style that's all his own! Most of the tracks feature vocals from Sharada Shashidhar, but used in a wordless style that blends in beautifully with the instrumentation on the record – music from players who include Aaron Shaw on saxes, Zekkereya El Maghharbel on trombone, and Carlos Nino on piano – all working in a west coast spiritual style that certainly lives up to Nino's roots on the scene, and Dean's own legacy working with Kamasi Washington. There's some great other elements along the way – harp, bassoon, oboe, and other surprise – all used with a subtle sense of majesty that really elevates the whole sound – on titles that include "Galaxy In Leimert", "Osun", "Overstood", "Sango", "Ifa", "Akoda", "Odo To Da Iwa", and "Ori Apere". LP, Vinyl record album

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Matt DennisDennis Anyone? ... LP
RCA, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Matt Dennis is best-known to most as the composer of the classic evergreen "Angel Eyes" – but he's also a pretty great singer and piano player, with an easy and hip style that's a lot like Bobby Troup. This album's one of the few he ever cut in this mode – and is a great small group session with backing from guitar, bass, and drums. Matt's the main star, though – and the set list is filled with great original compositions all handled beautifully. Titles include "Bless You Little Sleepyhead", "That's How Close I Want To Be To You", "Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World", "Devil Talk", "Old Uncle Fud", "The Land Of Danger", and "Relax". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has seam splits with tape, light surface wear, sticker remnant with marker, aging.)

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireElectric Universe ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $8.99
The title's no joke, as Earth Wind & Fire are definitely part of the electric universe of early 80s Columbia Records – the galaxy that also includes Herbie Hancock during his electro years! As a result, there's a lot more keyboards and electric rhythms in the set than before – a new setting for the still-positive expressions of the group – one that works especially well on the mellower cuts! These really have the group opening up their best ballad modes – stretching out to crossover nicely, yet still with a quality level that's head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries. Of course, the sweet vocals of Philip Bailey really help put over some of the best cuts too! Titles include "Moonwalk", "Touch", "Could It Be Right", "Sweet Sassy Lady", "Spirit Of A New World", and "We're Living In Our Own Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ Harry Edison & His OrchestraSweets ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Easy-going Verve swing at its best – the kind of small group session that let a player like Harry "Sweets" Edison shine in a way that he didn't always get to do in a larger group! For this set, Edison's joined by Ben Webster on tenor sax, Barney Kessel on guitar, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Alvin Stoller on drums and Joe Mondragon on bass – in a format that features tunes that are a bit shorter than on some of the other Verve swing sides of the time, but still very much with a relaxed and open-ended feel. Titles include several Edison originals – including "Hollering At The Watkins", "Used To Be Basie", "Studio Call", "Opus 711", "K.M. Blues", and "Walkin With Sweets". CD

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Roy EldridgeLittle Jazz (Jazz Legacy) ... LP
Inner City, 1950. Near Mint- ... $4.99
There's nothing little about the talents of Roy Eldridge on the trumpet – as you'll hear in this hip set of tracks from the start of the 50s – material recorded in Paris with help from some great American sidemen! Half the tracks feature Roy's trumpet in a quintet with Zoot Sims on tenor, Dick Hyman on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Ed Shaughnessy on drums – grooving in the relaxed, swing-based style that you'd expect from Eldridge's 50s work on Verve. Roy sings just a bit on the set – scatting alongside the lead vocals from Anita Love on a version of "It Don't Mean A Thing" – and singing a duet with Anita on the R&B-ish "Ain't No Flies On Me". Other tracks include "King David", "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", and "The Man I Love". Remaining tracks are also from Paris in June of 1950 – and feature Gerry Wiggins on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – on instrumental tunes that include "Wild Driver", "Easter Parade", "If I Had You", "Nuts", and "Goliath Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 70s issue. Cover has a cut corner and is bent a bit at the spine.)

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Duke EllingtonUnknown Session ... LP
Columbia, 1960. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Hard to believe that given Duke Ellington's presence at the start of the 60s, there would be an unknown session from the time – but the discovery of this material in the 70s made for another great chapter in the Duke's career during the classic Columbia years! The material here is played by a sweet small group that includes Ray Nance on coronet, Lawrence Brown on Trombone, Johnny Hodges on alto sax, Harry Carney on baritone, Aaron Bell on bass, and Sam Woodward on drums – all working in a format that almost feels a bit more relaxed and intimate than other Columbia sessions – although not with the rough edges you might expect from a lost date. Tracks include "Everything But You", "Black Beauty", "Something To Live For" "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing", "Mighty Like The Blues", and "Dual Highway". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker.)

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Robin EubanksKarma ... CD
JMT/Polydor, 1991. Used ... Just Sold Out!
With Dave Holland on acoustic bass, Greg Osby on alto saxophone, Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums, Lonnie Plaxico on electric bass, Kevin Eubanks on guitar, Kenny Werner & Renee Rosnes on keyboards & Mino Cinelu on percussion. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode and some light age spots on the booklet.)

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Bill EvansLoose Blues ... CD
Milestone, 1962. Used ... $9.99
Loose blues from Bill Evans – an unreleased session that features some great tenor sax from Zoot Sims! Bill mostly recorded with a trio, so a date like this is always a treat – especially given that the setting is so relaxed, and open – which makes for some especially inventive modes, in ways that almost recall the variety of unusual sessions that Evans played on as a sideman during the late 50s! Jim Hall is also in the group on guitar – hitting sharp tones with that great sense of timing he brought to his work at this point – and other players include Ron Carter on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums, both of whom help things swing in a nicely offbeat way. Titles include "Funkallero", "There Came You", "Loose Bloose", "Fun Ride", and "Fudgesickle Built For Four". CD

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Ella FitzgeraldElla In London ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1974. Used ... $6.99
Something groovy always happens to Ella Fitzgerald in London – and in the 60s and 70s, the city became home to some of her best post-Verve recordings! This date's a compelling live performance recorded at Ronnie Scotts in 1974 – with backing by a quartet that includes Tommy Flanagan on piano and Joe Pass on guitar – gently grooving behind Ella in a setting that's one of the most relaxed live dates we've ever heard her do. Some of the tunes feature a bit of patter on the introductions – showing the Fitzgerald charm that extended way beyond singing – and titles include "The Man I Love", "Everytime We Say Goodbye", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "You've Got A Friend", "Happy Blues", and "Lemon Drop". CD
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Tommy FlanaganEclypso ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1977. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A sweetly swinging seventies set from pianist Tommy Flanagan – one of those records that's a perfect balance between the bop-inspired dexterity of his work on the keyboard, and that undeniable warmth he always brought to his best recordings! Tommy's got maybe a bit more bite on the keys, especially when moving at a quicker pace – and backing is by George Mraz on bass, whose round tones emphasize the warmer elements, and Elvin Jones on drums – who may well be part of the reason for the bite! The set features a number of bop classic tunes – like "Oleo", "Confirmation", and "Relaxin At Camarillo" – plus the great title cut "Eclypso", and a moody reading of Tom McIntosh's excellent "The Cup Bearers". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has some ring and edge wear and some notes in pencil.)

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Serge GainsbourgAux Armes Et Caetera ... CD
Philips (France), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A great little album from Serge – possibly his last truly genius record, and one with a very unusual twist! The album was recorded in Jamaica with production from Sly & Robbie – very much in the late 70s, big-business reggae mode – but done with Serge's usual flair for the lyric. The album's not really a reggae album – more a set of dubby tracks that have a similar feel to some of Serge's other backings during the 70s, with whispered sexy lyrics over the top. The record shouldn't work, but it does – and picks up a sound that's similar to Serge's work on the excellent album L'Homme A Tete Chou! Titles include "Relax Baby Be Cool", "Daisy Temple", "Javanaise Remake", "Pas Long Feu", and "Marilou Reggae Dub". CD

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Red GarlandRed Alert ... LP
Galaxy, 1978. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A later non-trio session with horns – featuring nice work from Harold Land and Ira Sullivan on tenor, and cornet from Nat Adderley! Titles include "Stella By Starlight", "It's Impossible", "Theme For A Tarzan Movie", and "Red Alert". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner and a bit of pen in front.)

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✨✧ Erroll GarnerGarnering ... LP
Mercury, 1954. Very Good+ ... $4.99
This set's definitely full of Garnering – that lopingly rhythmic approach to the keys that set Erroll apart from all the rest back in the day – in a mode that almost sounds like he's making things up as he goes along, deciding which course to take at the very last moment. The album's essentially a solo set – recorded with an almost Tatum-like level of production – and titles include "Relaxin At Sugar Ray's", "Cologne", "Lazy River", "Minor With The Trio", and "No Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Cover has a partial top seam split, light surface wear.)

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Stan GetzAward Winner ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Dizzy Gillespie & Stan GetzDiz & Getz (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve/American Jazz Classics, Early 50s. Used ... $9.99
Nicely grooving material – with tracks that are a bit shorter than the usual Verve "celebrity meets celebrity" set, but which are no less well-played. Dizzy is always fantastic in this sort of loosely-crafted setting – and Getz's playing here is nicely relaxed, with more open-ended blowing than you might hear in some of his own sets as a leader. The pair play with backing by the Oscar Peterson trio – on titles that include "Siboney", "Impromptu", "Girl Of My Dreams", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". This CD also comes with 6 bonus tracks recorded live in Seattle in 1956 with Sonny Stitt on alto, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums. The bonus set includes "Groovin' High" "The Nearness Of You", "'Round Midnight", "We'll Be Together Again", and "Shaw 'Nuff". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter GordonBethlehem Years (aka Daddy Plays The Horn) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of Dexter Gordon's proudest moments of the 50s – a rock-solid session for Bethlehem – easily one of the best-remembered hardbop sides from the label's California years! The album's got a relaxed, free-blown sound that's quite nice – with Dex in the lead on tenor, supported by the trio of Kenny Drew on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Lawrence Marable on drums. Gordon's perhaps not as fully imaginative as he would become in the 60s, but his sound and control is still great throughout – and the rhythm section really helps knock this one out of the park. Titles include versions of "Darn That Dream", "Autumn In New York", "You Can Depend On Me", and "Confirmation", plus two originals "Number Four" and "Daddy Plays The Horn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 70s issue. Cover appears to have been signed by the artist in back, but is unfortunately stained with some peeled spots and stuck-on paper.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonGO ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $5.99
A seminal set of work from the Blue Note scene of the 60s – a record that's not just noteworthy for its role in helping return tenorist Dexter Gordon to the spotlight, but also for the fantastic work of pianist Sonny Clark in the quartet! Sonny's in wonderful form throughout – and seems to be even more relaxed and inventive than in the company of some of the other horn players he'd work with on Blue Note – and that's saying a lot, given the company he would keep! Gordon's solos are confident and mature, but deeply personal too – and the rest of the group features Butch Warren on bass and the great Billy Higgins on drums – a percussionist whose sense of looseness and imagination really matches that of Dex. Titles include "Where Are You", "Three O'Clock In The Morning", "Cheese Cake", "Second Balcony Jump", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available GO (RVG remaster edition) ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Dexter GordonGO (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $7.99
A seminal set of work from the Blue Note scene of the 60s – a record that's not just noteworthy for its role in helping return tenorist Dexter Gordon to the spotlight, but also for the fantastic work of pianist Sonny Clark in the quartet! Sonny's in wonderful form throughout – and seems to be even more relaxed and inventive than in the company of some of the other horn players he'd work with on Blue Note – and that's saying a lot, given the company he would keep! Gordon's solos are confident and mature, but deeply personal too – and the rest of the group features Butch Warren on bass and the great Billy Higgins on drums – a percussionist whose sense of looseness and imagination really matches that of Dex. Titles include "Where Are You", "Three O'Clock In The Morning", "Cheese Cake", "Second Balcony Jump", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Out of print. Includes slipcover.)
Also available GO ... CD 5.99

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Dexter GordonWillisau 1978 – Swiss Radio Days 45 ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Dexter Gordon stretches out here with a really great group – not a European trio, of the sort that might normally back him on an overseas live date like this – but a really well-matched quartet that features George Cables on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Eddie Gladden on drums! Cables is at his 70s height here, and his solos are every bit worth the price of admission as the long tenor lines from Dexter – blown maybe with a bit more sharpness here than in the relaxed small club setting of some of his other European live sets. All tracks are nice and long, and the titles include a great roster of well-chosen numbers – "Strollin", "Hi Fly", "On Green Dolphin Street", "The Jumpin Blues", and "Old Folks". CD

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Johnny GriffinReturn Of The Griffin ... LP
Galaxy, 1979. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Tremendous work from Johnny Griffin – one of those players whose talents never dimmed at all – and who's blowing here with all the same sharp intensity he first brought to his initial work in the 50s! The date's a tight acoustic session – with Johnny's bold tenor firmly in the lead, let loose on these amazing solo lines that never seem to dim in terms of soul and introspection – backed with just the right amount of rhythm and care by the trio of Ronnie Mathews on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Keith Copeland on drums. Griff's the clear star of the session, but Mathews is mighty nice too – and titles include "A Monk's Dream", "The Way It Is", "Fifty Six", "I Should Care", and "When We Were One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Charlie Haden, Jan Garbarek, & Egberto GismontiMagico ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1980. Used ... $9.99
Moody atmospherics from the second wave of ECM – a spacious trio outing that features Charlie Haden on bass, Jan Garbarek on saxophones, and Egberto Gismonti on guitars and piano. With any other group of players, the setting might be a bit too spare and relaxed for our ears, but Gismonti really manages to work in some beautiful notes in the added room of the set – and Haden's basswork is exceptionally recorded, and tuned with that deepening sense of soul he brought to his later years so well. Garbarek's solos punctuate the quieter moments nicely – and titles include "Bailarina", "Magico", "Silence", "Spor", and "Palhaco". CD

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Barry HarrisBreakin' It Up (plus Burnin') ... CD
Argo/Jazz Beat (Spain), 1958. Used ... $19.99
Two albums in one package – one a trio date, the other a quartet session with Sonny Stitt! First up is Breakin It Up – a hard to find early album by the great Detroit pianist Barry Harris! Barry's playing here in a trio with William Austin on bass and Frank Gant on drums, and the tracks have a definite boppish quality to them – more straight ahead than some of the flowing lines he brought to later work in the 70s and 80s – but still uniquely soulful, with a really strong sound for such a young player. Titles include bop standards like "Ornithology", "Passport", and "Allen's Alley" – plus Harris originals like "SRO" and "Bluesy" – and the album's got a nice, tight, soul jazz feel overall! Next up is Burnin, a great lost gem from Sonny Stitt – one of his most obscure sides for Argo, recorded with a no-nonsense quartet that included Barry Harris on piano, William Austin on bass, and Frank Gant on drums – all on the day after the trio worked together on Harris' Breakin It Up session for the label! There's a soulful quality to the rhythm section that takes Stitt way past bop – a relaxed groove from Harris that flows nicely into that confident, exploratory territory that we love so much on Stitt's Verve and Roost albums from the time. Sonny blows strongly on both alto and tenor sax – and titles include "It's Hipper Than That", "I'll Tell You Later", "Lover Man", and "A Minor Sax". CD
(Out of print digipack pressing. Please note that there is a 2 inch tear on the corner of the digipack cover and is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Barry HarrisMagnificent! ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1969. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Subtle genius from pianist Barry Harris – an overlooked 60s set that showcases both Barry's tighter bop leanings and his even more wonderful lyrical side! The session's recorded with a relaxed energy that points the way towards freer Harris sides in years to come – but also still has the focus of his other best trio work from the early years – and rhythm support here is by Ron Carter on bass and Leroy Williams on drums. Titles include "Ah Leu Cha", "Bean & The Boys", "Dexterity", "Sun Dance", and "Rouge". CD
(Out of print. Still sealed!)

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✨✧ Roy HaynesThank You Thank You ... LP
Galaxy, 1977. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
An overlooked gem from the great Roy Haynes – a set that has a cover that looks a bit unassuming, but a vibe that's mighty nice – thanks to both the hipness of the leader, and work on the record from Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Cecil McBee on bass, and both Stanley Cowell and George Cables on both electric and acoustic piano! Titles include "Bullfight", "Quiet Fire", "Sweet Song", and "Processional", which is a spare percussion/drum duet. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has surface wear, aging, and a best buy sticker.)

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✨✧ Billie HolidayLady Sings the Blues ... CD
Verve, 1956. Used ... $3.99
Possibly one of the most essential Billie Holiday albums for Verve – a set that carries the same title as her famous autobiography, and which also features many key numbers from her songbook at the time! The feel here is quite easygoing and relaxed – with small group backing behind Billie's vocals, which themselves are recorded cleanly and clearly throughout. One side features backing by a combo that includes Wynton Kelly on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Charlie Shavers on trumpet, and Paul Quinichette on tenor – and the other features a group that includes Bobby Tucker on piano, Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Barney Kessel on guitar, and the great Willie Smith on alto sax. Titles include plenty of classics – including "God Bless The Child", "Strange Fruit", "Lady Sings The Blues", "No Good Man", "Good Morning Heartache", "I Must Have That Man", and "Trav'lin' Light". CD
(Out of print, cutout hole through barcode.)

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Masaru ImadaGreen Caterpillar ... LP
Three Blind Mice/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99 About July 15, 2022
A great little record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a set that not only shows the great blend of acoustic and electric styles that was happening at the time, but which also really illustrates the inventive approach of the Three Blind Mice label at their best! The vibe here is very different than the usual Japanese fusion album of the time – a bit more relaxed and open-ended, and really free to play around with different rhythms and tonal changes – yet all while still moving forward, and avoiding some of the proggy, jamming modes of the European scene. Tracks all push past the ten minute mark – and in addition to both piano and electric piano from Masaru Imada, the set also features guitar from Kazumi Watanabi, bass from Osoo Fukui, drums from Tetsujiro Obara, and percussion from Yuji Imamura. Titles include "A Green Caterpillar", "Straight Flash", "Blue Impulse", and "Spanish Flower". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jackie & RoyJackie & Roy (plus Sing Baby Sing) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1955. Used 2CD Gatefold ... $14.99
Two rare Storyville albums from the tremendous vocal team of Jackie & Roy – back to back in a single set! First up is the self titled Jackie & Roy – one of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a relaxed, open-ended approach to jazz vocals that already carries all the hallmarks of the Jackie & Roy style – wordless scatting on some tunes, playful lyrical interplay on others, and a focus on Jackie's ballad talents on some of the gentler numbers – all wrapped up in small combo backing that's sensitive, creative, and modern – yet never in a way that overwhelms the vocals. It's hard to match the poise, class, and cleverness of this one – and the album easily set a new standard for vocal jazz in the 50s! Titles include a few great early tunes by Tommy Wolf – the songwriter who would become so important for the pair – and backing is by Roy on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Titles include "Let's Take A Walk Around The Block", "You Smell So Good", "Listen Little Girl", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", "Bill's Bit", "Dahuud", "I Wish I Were In Love Again", and "Lover". Sing Baby Sing is sublime work from the duo of Jackie & Roy – a guy/gal vocal team, but one with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! Both Jackie Cain and Roy Kral sing – and Roy also plays a mean piano, and writes a fair bit of the tunes too – really lively numbers that show off the bop-styled techniques they developed while working with Charlie Ventura – but with hipper, groovier lyrics – of the sort that are a key precursor to folks like Bob Dorough or Dave Frishberg! Instrumentation on the set is great, too – a small combo with guitar from either Joe Rumero or Barry Galbraith – served up in a really great mix of tunes that includes "Season In The Sun", "Slowly", "Cheerful Little Earful", "Why Not Admit It", "You Are The One", and "Hook Line And Snare". CD
(Includes obi.)
Also available Jackie & Roy (Storyville) ... CD 11.99

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Jackie & RoyJackie & Roy (Storyville) ... CD
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1955. Used ... $11.99
One of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a relaxed, open-ended approach to jazz vocals that already carries all the hallmarks of the Jackie & Roy style – wordless scatting on some tunes, playful lyrical interplay on others, and a focus on Jackie's ballad talents on some of the gentler numbers – all wrapped up in small combo backing that's sensitive, creative, and modern – yet never in a way that overwhelms the vocals. It's hard to match the poise, class, and cleverness of this one – and the album easily set a new standard for vocal jazz in the 50s! Titles include a few great early tunes by Tommy Wolf – the songwriter who would become so important for the pair – and backing is by Roy on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Titles include "Let's Take A Walk Around The Block", "You Smell So Good", "Listen Little Girl", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", "Bill's Bit", "Dahuud", "I Wish I Were In Love Again", and "Lover". CD
(Out of print, 2007 Japanese pressing.)
Also available Jackie & Roy (plus Sing Baby Sing) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 14.99

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Lil Son JacksonLil Son Jackson (with download) ... LP
Arhoolie, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
A rare one from TX blues great Melvin "Lil Son" Jackson – massively influential, though! Lil Son has a kind of relaxed vocal style, not as gritty as some of the other southern acoustic blues figures of the period, be they fellow Texans or from elsewhere – but that voice carries his blues beautifully well, and we hear traces of his style in countless younger artists to come! His guitar playing is just as great, too! Includes "Blues Come To Texas", "Cairo Blues", "Ticket Agent", "Santa Fey Blues", "Groundhog Blues", "Gambler Blues", "Rollin' Mill Went Down", "Robert Blues" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for download.)

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Milt JacksonOpus De Jazz ... LP
Savoy, 1955. Very Good ... $14.99
One of the best-known 50s jazz sessions from the Savoy label – a laidback classic that's a great illustration of the label's shift in modes after the early bop years! The setting here is relatively informal – with Milt Jackson as the ersatz leader, working almost in blowing session mode with hip players who include Frank Wess on flute and tenor, Hank Jones on piano, Eddie Jones on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums – all players who relax into a groove wonderfully, and really open up on the album's four long tracks. Titles include the classic reading of "Opus De Funk", plus "Opus Pocus", "You Leave Me Breathless", and "Opus & Interlude". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with RVG etch. Cover has surface wear and a small split in the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Rick JamesGarden Of Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gordy/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An overlooked gem from Rick James' classic early run for Motown – a set that maybe didn't chart as big as some of his other records for the label, but which stands strongly today as a well-crafted batch of mellow funky soul! James has a bit less of the bass-heavy riffs here than you'd expect – and instead, the record has kind of a laidback, almost dreamy feel at times – still upbeat, but with the kind of relaxed, glowing vibe you'd be more likely to find from Teena Marie around this point – a really nice contrast with the more familiar hit sounds you'd know from Rick! We actually really like these mellower groovers – which are almost like some of Johnny Watson's Caribbean-tinged grooves – and the production augments the tunes with a bit of sound effects, which really furthers the paradise garden feel of the tunes. Titles include "Mary Go Round", "Summer Love", "Big Time", "Don't Give Up On Love", "Getting It On In The Sunshine", and "Island Lady". CD features a previously unreleased demo of "Gypsy Girl", and a previously unreleased extended version of "Big Time". CD

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✨✧ Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison SextetIllumination! ... CD
Impulse, 1963. Used ... $8.99
An amazingly unique little group – one that kind of stepped in the Impulse Records back door from the Coltrane galaxy, but which features some very unique aspects overall! As the cover states, the ensemble's led by bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones – and also features McCoy Tyner from Coltrane's quartet – yet the real charm of the record comes from the reed men, who include Prince Lasha on flute and clarinet, Sonny Simmons on alto and English horn, and Charles Davis on baritone sax! All players are free-thinking modernists, with ties to some of the farther reaches of 60s jazz – yet they work here in a beautifully inside mode, similar to Lasha's excellent Insight album on CBS UK – a vibe that takes all the most wonderful aspects of the Coltrane generation, but pushes them even further with some deeply personal expressions. Tracks include the seminal "Half & Half" – plus "Aborigine Dance In Scotland", "Oriental Flower", and "Nuttin Out Jones", and "Gettin On Way". CD
(Out of print. Digipak has some wear.)

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✨✧ Hank JonesJust For Fun ... CD
Galaxy/OJC, 1977. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Thad JonesMotor City Scene ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
A rare treasure from Thad Jones – a unique one-off session for United Artists, cut right around the same time as his classic 50s dates for Blue Note! The format is very laidback and open-ended – not really a blowing session, but kind of a relaxed studio outing – one that has Jones working with some players from his Detroit hometown, laying solos in the cut over some warmly soulful rhythms! Tracks are all nice and long, which gives plenty of room for solos – and in addition to Jones on cornet and flugelhorn, the set also features trombone from Al Grey, tenor from Billy Mitchell, piano from Tommy Flanagan, bass from Paul Chambers, and drums from Elvin Jones. Mitchell is always amazing in a set like this – and the album's one of his few small group sets of the time – worth it alone for his excellent playing. Titles include "Like Old Times", "Minor On Top", "Let's Play One", and "No Refill". CD

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JoyceRevendo Amigos ... CD
EMI (Brazil), 1993. Used ... $11.99
An overlooked gem from Joyce – an album that features a fair bit of help from famous friends! The set was recorded at a time when her star had faded a bit on the Brazilian market, but before she was yet to be rediscovered and re-recorded by labels in England and Japan – and despite the presence of some celebrity guest stars, the approach is often a bit mellow, in a way that makes for a very personal sort of sound. Roberto Menescal co-produced the set, and he brings a warm, acoustic feel to most numbers – kind of a gentle setting that lets Joyce relax into duets with artists who include Gal Costa, Emilio Santiago, Sandra Sa, Fatima Guedes, Ney Matogrosso, Clara Moreno, and Gilberto Gil. The sound is never too smooth or commercial – as in some other Joyce sets from the period – and titles include "Outras Mulheres", "Aleida De Ogum", "Misterios", "Da Cor Brasileira", "Stone Washed", "Essa Mulher", and "Minha Gata Rita Lee". CD
(Out of print. Booklet has light wear.)
Also available Revendo Amigos ... LP 14.99

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JoyceRevendo Amigos ... LP
EMI (Brazil), 1993. Very Good+ ... $14.99
An overlooked gem from Joyce – an album that features a fair bit of help from famous friends! The set was recorded at a time when her star had faded a bit on the Brazilian market, but before she was yet to be rediscovered and re-recorded by labels in England and Japan – and despite the presence of some celebrity guest stars, the approach is often a bit mellow, in a way that makes for a very personal sort of sound. Roberto Menescal co-produced the set, and he brings a warm, acoustic feel to most numbers – kind of a gentle setting that lets Joyce relax into duets with artists who include Gal Costa, Emilio Santiago, Sandra Sa, Fatima Guedes, Ney Matogrosso, Clara Moreno, and Gilberto Gil. The sound is never too smooth or commercial – as in some other Joyce sets from the period – and titles include "Outras Mulheres", "Aleida De Ogum", "Misterios", "Da Cor Brasileira", "Stone Washed", "Essa Mulher", and "Minha Gata Rita Lee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has a small sticker in one corner, and one slightly bumped corner – but is nice overall.)
Also available Revendo Amigos ... CD 11.99

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KemAlbum II ... CD
Motown, 2005. Used ... $2.99
The second album from Kem – in case you couldn't guess from the title – and even deeper than the first! As before, Kem keeps the whole thing true to himself – by writing and producing every track on the record, and working in a spare and soulful groove that draws a clear lineage back to the older soul artists who've inspired his music. There's a simplicity here that's really refreshing, and a male vocal mode that's warmly relaxed, yet never in a cliched "sexy" sort of way. No surprise that Kem's burning things up these days – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Find Your Way", "Into You", "Without You", "Set You Free", "I'm In Love", and "You Might Win". CD

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Beverly KenneyBeverly Kenny Sings With Jimmy Jones & The Basie-ites (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Roost/EMI (Japan), 1957. Used ... $24.99
Bev Kenny sounds surprisingly great in this Basie-styled setting – one that has Jimmy Jones handling the keys instead of the Count – with added support from players who include Joe Newman on trumpet, Frank Wess on tenor and flute, and Freddie Green on guitar! Like most of Kenny's sessions of the 50s, there's a quality here that really goes beyond standard vocal jazz – a real feel for the material, and a relaxed command of the small combo setting that must have made Beverly a hell of an act to catch in the clubs. Her natural sweetness is a nice contrast to the deeper tones of the Basie players – and titles include "I Never Has Seen Snow", "The More I See You", "The Charm Of You", "My Kind Of Love", "Who Cares What People Say", and "Can't Get Out Of This Mood". CD
(Out of print, 2012 pressing.)

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KokomoTo Be Cool – The Rehearsal Sessions ... CD
Another Planet (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CDs ... $18.99 22.99
Pre-Columbia work from Kokomo – a set of material recorded live in the studio before their great run of funky soul albums in the 70s! The group's a bit looser here than on their famous albums – but in a way that's arguably even more funky overall – as they seem to hit a jamming mode, and relax nicely into the tunes before the vocals come into the mix. There's plenty of great guitar and keyboard work to set most titles up – and on some of the longer tracks, there's plenty of solo space too. Mel Collins plays sax and flute on the set, and titles include a cover of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon", plus "Angel", "I Can Understand It", "Yes We Can Can", "New Morning", "Mother's Prayer", "Freedom For The Stallion", and "Friend Of Mine". CD

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Gene Krupa & Buddy RichDrum Battle – Jazz At The Philharmonic ... LP
Verve, 1952. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A pretty darn great album – with a wonderful mix of JATP swing and strong-handed drumming by the leaders. The material was mostly recorded at a Jazz At The Philharmonic show at Carnegie Hall in 1952, and although the main focus appears to be Krupa and Rich's drum work, there's actually some fantastic sax playing on the album – from both the alto of Willie Smith and the tenor of Flip Phillips, both of whom are at the height of their powers in this relaxed setting, working amazingly well around the bombastic drum pounding of Krupa and Rich. Tracks are long, and titles include "Flying Home", "Drum Boogie", "Drum Battle", and "Perdido" – plus a version of "Cottontail". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s pressing. Cover is lightly bent along the opening.)

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Gene Krupa & Buddy RichDrum Battle At JATP ... CD
Verve, 1952. Used ... $2.99
A pretty darn great album – with a wonderful mix of JATP swing and strong-handed drumming by the leaders. The material was recorded at a Jazz At The Philharmonic show at Carnegie Hall in 1952, and although the main focus appears to be Krupa and Rich's drum work, there's actually some fantastic sax playing on the album – from both the alto of Willie Smith and the tenor of Flip Phillips, both of whom are at the height of their powers in this relaxed setting, working amazingly well around the bombastic drum pounding of Krupa and Rich. Tracks are long, and titles include "Idaho", "Flying Home", "Drum Boogie", "Drum Battle", and "Perdido". CD
(Out of print.)

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Brian LandrusTraverse ... CD
Blueland, 2010. Used ... $6.99
Brian Landrus on baritone sax and bass clarinet – with Michael Cain on piano, Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. CD
(Out of print original digipak pressing – still sealed.)

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✨✧ John LewisWonderful World Of Jazz (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic, 1960. Used ... $6.99
One of the best early albums cut by John Lewis as a leader – a set that's a fair bit different than John's work with the Modern Jazz Quartet – thanks to strong guest appearances from players who include Paul Gonsalves and Benny Golson on tenor sax, Eric Dolphy on alto, Jim Hall on guitar, and Herb Pomeroy on trumpet. Most of the tracks are a great mix of the mellow, introspective Lewis approach with some of the freer, more relaxed styles of the soloists – an approach that's slightly third stream, but which also has some of the great sounds and tones that Lewis forged on his Afternoon In Paris album with Sacha Distel. Titles include great versions of "Body & Soul" and "Afternoon In Paris", plus Lewis' classic "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West", as well as "I Should Care" and "I Remember Clifford". CD
(Out of print.)

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Abbey LincolnAbbey Sings Billie ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1987. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Abbey Lincoln takes on the legacy of Billie Holiday – in a strong live set recorded with a small group at the end of the 80s! The setting's a bit more relaxed here than on some of Abbey's other albums of the period – a bit looser and sometimes more languid, but only in the best sort of ways to get at the moodiness of Billie Holiday's approach to the tunes. A few numbers seem to bristle with a bit more of that Abbey Lincoln sense of pride – that righteous legacy that runs straight from Billie's classic "Strange Fruit" – but overall, the spirit of Holiday's more traditional approach definitely guides the performance. The group's a quartet – with Harold Vick on tenor – and titles on this second volume include "For All We Know", "No More", "Gimme A Pigfoot", "God Bless The Child", "For Heaven's Sake", and "Don't Explain". CD
 
 
 



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