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Little Joe BlueVery Best Of Little Joe Blue ... CD
Ronn/Fuel 2000, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $6.99
Great early work from Little Joe Blue – a wonderful set that shows all the strong promise and soulful power he had at the start! The package brings together formative sides cut by Blue for the Jewel/Paula label – tracks done after his initial Chess recordings, and which show this amazing vocal power all the way through – a way of reaching out and working the twists and turns of a lyric that few of his contemporaries could match! Production is nice and basic – the best you could hope for from the label at the time – and titles include "Peaceful Man", "Standing On The Threshold", "Don't Stop Loving Me", "Shakin Hands With The Judge", "Gonna Walk On", "Sometime Tomorrow", and "Little Joe Blue". CD
(Still sealed. Small cutout hole through case and traycard.)

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✨✧ Little Joe BlueDirty Work Going On (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Little Joe Blue really sounds great here – opening up with an approach to the guitar that almost seems laidback, as he makes it sound so effortless – cutting these great lines over lean backings by a combo that features Billy Branch on harmonica and Melvin Taylor on second guitar! The set was recorded in the Netherlands, but it's got that warmly respectful vibe that overseas labels could give a session like this in the 80s – which seems to encourage Joe to sound even more soulful than usual on his vocals – on titles that include "You're Breaking My Heart", "Dirty Work Going On", "Big Leg Woman", "She Did It Again", and "You Can Help Me If You Want To". CD features bonus tracks "Devil In The Sky", "The Thrill Is Gone", "I Want To Make Love To You", and "How Could You Do It To Me". CD
 
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Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hucherson, Freddie HubbardTown Hall Concert ... CD
Blue Note, 1985. Used ... $5.99 14.99
Ron Carter on bass, Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, James Newton on flute, and Tony Williams on drums. Tracks include "Hat And Beard", "Cantaloupe Island", "Recorda Me", and "Little B's Poem". CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a promo sticker on the cover, disc has a promo stamp, barcode has a cutout mark.)

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Martin L Dumas Jr/Joe StopkaAttitude, Belief, & Determination/Nonstop To The Top ... 12-inch
Taurean Connection, Late 70s. Sealed (pic cover)... $16.99
An incredible record from the Chicago scene – issued on a tiny little label from deep on the south side – and done with a much richer vibe than you might expect! "Attitude Belief & Determination" is a track that's almost got a righteous, spiritual sort of flavor – but a vibe that's funkier overall – somewhere in that classic James Mason mix of message and groove, with wonderful paired vocals in the lead, and a stepping bassline under Fender Rhodes, which really sends the whole thing home! The track is nice and long, and backed by by "Nonstop To The Top" – a tune with a bit more boogie in the bassline, but still this spacious sort of groove overall. Both cuts were recorded at Curtom – with production that's definitely a cut above the usual indie 12" single! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Recent BBE reissue on blue vinyl.)

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Killer JoeKiller Joe's International Discotheque ... LP
Atlantic, 1965. Near Mint- ... $11.99 16.99
An odd little record – but a nice set of soulful groover! The album was recorded by Killer Joe Piro – the self-proclaimed King Of The Discotheques, at a time when "discotheque" was a new word to most, and referred to the kind of place where you'd probably have go-go girls dancing in cages! The overall feel of this set, though, is sock-hard Atlantic soul – with Joe singing in a raspy and soulful style that's somewhere in the range of Atlantic's hard-voiced hit acts, but a bit rougher. Tracks are based around the dance beats of the time, presented as such to make dances like the Monkey, Watusi, Swimn, and Hully Gully easier to do – but over and above that, the record's a great batch of upbeat soul tunes, sequed together as if you were actually in a club! Titles include "La Bostella", "Killer Joe", "The Monkey Time", "C'Mon & Swim", "Discotheque Softly", "The Girl From Ipanema", "La Negra Del Solar", "My Girl Sloopy", and "The Jerk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and blue label stereo pressing. Cover has a bit of marker at the top left corner.)

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Joe LovanoOn This Day At The Vanguard ... CD
Blue Note, 2003. Used ... $6.99
A strong outing from the Joe Lovano nonet – recorded live at the Village Vanguard, with the feel of other classic work recorded in the legendary club! The album's stepped in traditions of large group work of the 50s and 60s – albums by artists like Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – with Lovano on tenor, working as a key part of 8 other musicians that include Steve Slagle on alto, Larry Farrell on trombone, and John Hicks on piano. Orchestrations are by Lovano, Slagle, and Willie Smith – and titles include "After The Rain", "Good Bait", "Laura", "On This Day", "At The Vanguard", and "My Little Brown Book". CD
(Mark through barcode, promo stamp on disc.)

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✨✧ Hank MobleyHank Mobley (Blue Note 1568) ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
We put the catalog number in the title of this one because it seemed that Blue Note was putting out too many title-less Hank Mobley albums during the late 50s. Who cares, though? This album's a great batch of hardbop tracks that show Mobley at his finest, and which hardly need a title to hang them together. The group's a sextet, with little-known reed player Curtis Porter on alto and tenor, plus Sonny Clark on piano and Bill Hardman on trumpet. Titles include "Mighty Moe & Joe" and "News" (both written by Porter), plus Mobley's "Double Exposure". Prime hardbop material, and with a great cover that has Mobley looking like an alien behind a microphone! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese EMI pressing, with obi – BN 1568 – a great copy!)

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Nat AdderleyAutobiography ... LP
Atlantic, 1965. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A gem of a record from Nat Adderley – filled with short soulful groovers, and done with an upbeat vibe that rivals some of Cannonball's best of the 60s! Joe Zawinul handled the arrangements, so there's definitely a strong influence here from the Cannon group – and although the players shift a bit throughout the course of the set, there's a really unified feel – thanks to a top-shelf lineup that includes Seldon Powell on tenor and flute, Ernie Royal on trumpet, Benny Powell on bass trombone, and Willie Bobo on percussion! The set features all original material by Nat – with older gems and new favorites that include "Little Boy With The Sad Eyes", "Never Say Yes, "Jive Samba", "Stony Island", "Junkanoo", and "Work Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo green and blue label pressing with AT etch. Labels have a line in marker. Cover has a patch of marker on the back, light staining on one corner, light tape remnants on the front, and a bit of gloss peel.)

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Donald ByrdCat Walk (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... $9.99
Classic soul jazz material from trumpeter Donald Byrd – one of his most sinister (and most rare) albums for Blue Note! The group's a quintet, with frequent bandmate Pepper Adams on baritone, Duke Pearson on piano, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – all grooving with some of the tightness heard on other Adams/Byrd dates, but also a warmer, more open-ended approach to the music, especially on the solos! The tracks slink along with a dark little groove – and although Pearson's piano is often sweetly lyrical, it also has a nice hard sound that works well with the sharp-edged horn lines of Byrd and Adams. The album's very much in the vein of the pair's work on the Warwick label during the same time – and with excellent compositions that include "Say You're Mine", "Duke's Mixture", "The Cat Walk", and "Hello Bright Sunflower". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing. Back cover of booklet has a very light crease.)

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Eureka Brass Band Of New OrleansJazz At Preservation Hall 1 ... LP
Atlantic, 1963. Very Good+ ... $9.99 11.99
The sound of Preservation Hall, mixed with the sound of the streets of New Orleans too – a classic recording of the Eureka Brass Band, put together in the 60s by Atlantic Records! The album's got a freewheeling feel that mixes older street band modes with some of the trad styles of the Preservation Hall scene – in ways that make the record a fair bit more jazz-oriented than other brass band albums of this type. Percy Humphrey leads the group on trumpet – in a lineup that features two more trumpets, two trombones, clarinet, tenor, and sousaphone – plus both snare and bass drum too. Titles include "Joe Avery's Blues", "Panama", "Whoopin Blues", and "Just A Little While To Stay Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo green & blue label pressing. Cover has a partial bottom split and light surface wear.)

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Erroll GarnerDreamstreet/One World Concert ... CD
Octave/Telarc, 1961. Used ... $4.99
A great Erroll Garner double-header – two 60s albums back to back on a single CD! First up is Dreamstreet – a record in which Garner grooves nicely, finding an almost renewed energy for the 60s, but still hitting all those highly-rhythmic modes we love so much in his early work! The recording quality is great – lots of bold echo from the piano, and even a bit of Erroll's grunting vocalizations somewhere in the mix – kind of an extra added emphasis that sounds great next to the bass of Eddie Calhoun and drums of Kelly Martin. Titles include "Just One Of Those Things", "Blue Lou", "The Lady Is A Tramp", "Dreamstreet", and the groovy "Mambo Gotham" – an especially jaunty little number! One World Concert is a set with an ambitious title, but a nicely earthy feel – a live recording that features Erroll Garner's trio with Eddie Calhoun on bass and Kelly Martin on drums – stretching out strongly in front of a live audience. Titles include "Mack The Knife", "Misty", "Dancing Tambourine", "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe", and "Sweet & Lovely". CD

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Paul HumphreyAmerica, Wake Up ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1973. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A great album of funky instrumentals from legendary drummer Paul Humphrey – a set that's got a wonderfully quirky feel, and rhythms that change up the groove a lot more than usual! Paul's not content to stick in a simple backbeat mode here – and he really opens up in his approach to the kit on the set – bringing in lots of freer jazzy inflections yet still keeping the tracks short, focused, and nicely to the point. A key example of this groove is the legendary cut "Uncle Willie's Dream" – a quirky little number that dances around tremendously, and which was sampled by Tribe Called Quest for their second album! Instrumentation is mostly in a small combo mode, and players include Phil Upchurch on bass, Joe Sample on keyboards, Charles Owens on reeds, and Arthur Adams on guitar. Titles include "America Wake Up", "Uncle Willie's Dream", "I'd Walk A Mile For A Smile", "Chin Music", "Cochise", "What's That Noise, PK?", "Butterball", and "That's Deep". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Elvin JonesPoly-Currents ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $19.99
The title's a great one for this post-Coltrane cooker from Elvin Jones – as the set really has Elvin exploring some really fresh currents in jazz, with a range of complicated rhythms that really pull the whole session along strongly! Rhythm is really set free on the record – as Elvin works to unlock some tremendous new possibilities in jazz, but all at a level that's quite different than his previous work with his famous leader – a rich tapestry of new spiritual expression that's carried off wonderfully by Joe Farrell on flute, tenor, and English horn – plus George Coleman on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, and a bit more flute from Fred Tompkins. There's no piano on the album at all – and Wilbur Little plays some tremendous bass, with some occasional conga work from Candido as well. Titles are all originals by group members – or Mrs Jones – and titles include "Whew", "Agenda", "Agappe Love", "Mr Jones", and "Yes". CD
(Out of print, 1988 Blue Note pressing.)

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Elvin JonesPuttin' It Together ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. Very Good+ ... $59.99 69.99
Proof that Elvin Jones wasn't just riding on the laurels of the Great One during his years with John Coltrane – as the album's a breakout date that has Jones firmly establishing his own voice in jazz! There's an explosive power here that makes us think that Elvin must have really just been biding his time with Coltrane – waiting for the chance to try out his own new ideas in music, and finding the perfect accompanists here in a trio that includes Jimmy Garrison on bass and a young Joe Farrell on tenor, soprano sax, and flute! The lack of a piano in the group really makes for a sense of new freedom that's totally great – not dreamy, melodic piano-less work, as in some of the LA groups of earlier years – but a searing, soaring intensity that Farrell was a perfect choice to head up. And while the format might serve to be an excuse for Coltrane-styled blowing, the approach here is decidedly not – a more focused, energy driven approach that really makes strong use of Jones' work on the drum kit, throbs with soulful undercurrents from Garrison's bass, and is topped off by angular, effortlessly-blown lines from Farrell – clearly pointing the way towards a generation of players that would emerge in his wake during the 70s. Tracks include "Village Greene", "Reza", "Kei Ko's Birthday March", and "Sweet Little Mama". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty pressing, with Van Gelder stamp! Cover has a small name in one corner – but overall, this is a great copy!)

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Thad Jones & Mel LewisThad Jones & Mel Lewis Live At The Village Vanguard (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solid State/Blue Note, 1967. Used ... $9.99
One of the first albums in a long line of successes from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – recorded live in their home turf at the Village Vanguard! The group at this point was a freshly-created outfit filled with some of the best large group jazz soloists of the time – players that included Jerome Richardson, Joe Farrell, Eddie Daniels, Pepper Adams, Richard Williams, and Bob Brookmeyer – not to mention Jones and Lewis themselves! The style here is very much in the mode that the Clarke Boland Band was crafting in Europe during the same period – a redefinition of the larger jazz group, in a way that allowed it to swing with the dynamic energy and soul of some of the smaller combos of the 60s. And while the Jones/Lewis group had many years over which to hone their craft, they've never sounded better than on these initial recordings – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Samba Con Getchu", "A That's Freedom", "Bachafillen", and "Little Pixie". CD features 3 bonus tracks too – "Lover Man", "The Second Race", and "Quietude". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Live At The Village Vanguard ... LP 6.99

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John PattonGot A Good Thing Goin' ... LP
Blue Note, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $149.99
A classic by Big John Patton! The master organ player is joined by Grant Green on guitar, and the much-overlooked drummer Hugh Walker – a fantastic player on the kit, little known, but who played with this incredible "skipping" groove – one that sounds that reminds us a lot of some of the work that Joe Dukes did with Jack McDuff in the 60s! There's no bass on the set at all – and Walker's drums combine with added conga from Richard Landrum – giving the songs an extra roll, and a modal approach that expands Patton's sound past his usual gutbuckety soul jazz! Includes loads of great tracks – especially the jazz dance classic "The Yodel", as well as on Sam Cooke's "The Shake", Duke Pearson's "Amanda", and the great "Soul Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(New York stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp! Vinyl is great – cover has a small stain in a bottom corner, and a bit of splitting on the top seam.)

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Duke PearsonWahoo! ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
Wahoo is right – as Duke Pearson sets up one of his hippest sessions of the 60s, a lyrical batch of soul jazz tracks, with that slight edge of darkness that he was putting into his best work as the decade progressed! Players include James Spaulding on alto and flute, Joe Henderson on tenor, and Donald Byrd on trumpet – and the overall feel is perhaps a bit like some of those Byrd sessions that were heavily influenced by Pearson, but also with a bit of the later expansive style of writing for horns that you'd find on albums like Pearson's Prarie Dog or Bobby Hutcherson's The Phantom. Titles include "ESP", "Fly Little Bird Fly", "Farewell Machelle", "Bedouin", and "Amanda". CD

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Bud PowellTime Waits – The Amazing Bud Powell Vol 4 ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $6.99 9.99
A great little record, and one that shows just why Blue Note chose to put "amazing" in the title of every Bud Powell album they released! The set's a live one, done at Birdland – and Bud's working here with a trio that features the young Sam Jones on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums – both musicians you might be more likely to hear over at Riverside Records, and who help give Powell a mighty solid formation here! There's a strong sense of cohesiveness to the trio, and we're always in love with Jones on bass – but it's also clear that Bud's the shining star of the date, as he amazes the world once again with his restless sense of imagination and creativity on the keys of the piano! Titles include "Marmalade", "Monopoly", "John's Abbey", "Dry Soul", "Time Waits", "Buster Rides Again", and two takes of "Sub City". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Time Waits – The Amazing Bud Powell Vol 4 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Bud PowellTime Waits – The Amazing Bud Powell Vol 4 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 25.99
A great little record, and one that shows just why Blue Note chose to put "amazing" in the title of every Bud Powell album they released! The set's a live one, done at Birdland – and Bud's working here with a trio that features the young Sam Jones on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums – both musicians you might be more likely to hear over at Riverside Records, and who help give Powell a mighty solid formation here! There's a strong sense of cohesiveness to the trio, and we're always in love with Jones on bass – but it's also clear that Bud's the shining star of the date, as he amazes the world once again with his restless sense of imagination and creativity on the keys of the piano! Titles include "Marmalade", "Monopoly", "John's Abbey", "Dry Soul", "Time Waits", "Buster Rides Again", and two takes of "Sub City". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series!)
Also available Time Waits – The Amazing Bud Powell Vol 4 ... CD 6.99

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Sonny RollinsGreen Dolphin Street ... LP
Quintessence Jazz/Pickwick, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Tremendous work from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA, with a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality than some of Sonny's earlier records, and one that brings out some sharper tones in his horn, even on the mellower numbers. The rhythm support is loose, but somewhat soulful and spontaneous – and features Ray Bryant on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – an unusual pairing for Sonny, but that's what makes them so great. In a way, the album's almost Rollins' equivalent of John Coltrane's earlier Ballads album for Impulse – in that it includes familiar tunes, but remade into completely new numbers by the sound of the leader. Titles include "Green Dolphin Street", "Three Little Words", "Hold Em Joe", "The Blue Room", plus "Alfie's Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s issue. Cover has light wear.)

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VariousCaribbean In America – 1915 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 10s/1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99 29.99
Caribbean styles hit the American scene – then get transformed into something completely different in this huge collection of recordings that span styles that include jazz, Latin, R&B, soul, and blues! In some cases, the Caribbean element comes through in the song structure – which might be lifted directly, then reworked for an American audience. But at other times, the influence is more in the rhythms or instrumentation – used as inspiration to then create something new – a bit in the way that American soul would provide the inspiration for reggae in the 60s. The package has the usual fantastic Fremeaux presentation – with a big booklet of historical notes, in both French and English, to support 66 titles that include "Jamaica Farewell" by Sam Cooke, "Salty Fish Aki Rice" by Ruth Wallis, "Bajan Girl" by Lionel Belasco, "Sly Mongoose" by Sam Manning, "El Gallero" by Dioris Valladares & Angel Viloria, "El Mambo Diablo" by Tito Puente, "Hey Little Girl" by Professor Longhair, "Un Poco Loco" by Bud Powell, "Chee Koo Baby" by Lloyd Price, "Shrinking Up Fast" by Camille Howard, "Ojai" by Joe Lutcher, "Salee Dame" by Albert Nicholas & Baby Dodds, "Inside" by Hector The Ram, "Run Come See Jerusalem"b y Stan Wilson, "I Learn A Merengue" by Robert Mitchum, "Afro Blue" by Cal Tjader, "La Maricutana" by Damiron & Chapuseaux, "Magical Joe" by Herb Jeffries, "Begin The Beguine" by Charlie Parker, "Make It Do" by Slim Gaillard, "Guitarambo" by Mickey Baker, and "Don't Touch Me Nylon" by The Charmer (aka Louis Farrakhan). CD

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckDave Brubeck Quartet At Carnegie Hall (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1963. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little live set – nicely extended, with the kind of surprises that Brubeck could bring to his concert appearances! The group's his classic quartet – with Paul Desmond on alto, Eugene Wright on bass, and Joe Morello on drums. Tracks include "Eleven Four", "St. Louis Blues", "For All We Know", "Castillian Drums", and "Blue Rondo a la Turk". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckJazz – Red Hot & Cool (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet live set from Dave Brubeck's early years on Columbia Records – recorded in New York, but with all the calculated cool and modern tones Brubeck first forged in the San Francisco scene of the 50s! Paul Desmond's on board on alto sax – really getting a lot of space to stretch out on the album's extended performances, with a haunting, floating tone that really sends us. Remaining members include Bob Bates on bass, and Joe Dodge on drums – and tracks include "Lover", "Love Walked In", "The Duke", "Little Girl Blue", and "Fare Thee Well Annabelle". CD features 2 bonus tracks, previously unissued – "Taking A Chance On Love" and "Closing Time Blues". CD

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckMy Favorite Things ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
There's plenty of favorite things going on here – the alto of Paul Desmond, piano of Dave Brubeck, bass of Gene Wright, and drums of Joe Morello – that perfect Dave Brubeck Quartet, captured here at the height of their powers! The set's got no gimmicks, no special settings, but the group manage to make things every bit as impressive as on all their high concept records of the period – really finding a way to open up older songs with completely fresh energy, and really make them their own! Dave has an especially great tone to his piano – maybe a bit more human and personal than on some other records – and titles include "My Favorite Things", "Why Can't I", "Little Girl Blue", "This Can't Be Love", "The Circus On Parade", and "Over & Over Again". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonComponents ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An essential Blue Note album by the great vibist Bobby Hutcherson, and a record that's split into 2 different sides, each of which display different aspects of Hutcherson's talents. The first four tracks are mellow and lyrical, with the kind of lovely melodic writing that is best illustrated by the cut "Little B's Poem" – included here, and still one of Hutcherson's most enduring works. The next four tracks show Hutcherson more as the accomplished modernist, working with edgey talents like James Spaulding on alto and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and the great Joe Chambers on drums – who also wrote all 4 of the tracks in this segment. The work is a key example of Hutcherson's devotion to the Blue Note "new thing" sound, and titles include "Air", "Juba Dance", and "Pastoral". CD
(Out of print, 1994 Connoisseur pressing.)

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✨✧ Hugh MasekelaI Am Not Afraid ... LP
Blue Thumb/Chisa, 1974. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent little record from Hugh Masekela – cut right during that perfect time when he was mixing soul, funk, and just the right amount of jazz to keep things real! The record features some nice electric piano from Joe Sample, and the best cuts have a choppy funky groove. Some cuts have vocals, but the best moments are instrumental – like the riffs on "Jungle Jim", "Night In Tunisia", and "In The Marketplace". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee MorganCooker ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very appropriate title for a very cooking little album – one of Lee Morgan's first efforts as a leader, cut back during his first years of late 50s fame! The style here is a bit less Morgan-esque than some of Lee's later 60s classics – but the record is rock-solid throughout, and proof that Morgan was every bit as great a leader in a hardbop session as Hank Mobley or some of the other emerging heavyweights at Blue Note! The strength of the group really helps keep the fire stoked on the set – and Bobby Timmons turns in some amazing piano work alongside a lineup that includes Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The Adams presence gives the record a bit of the feel of some of Pepper's sessions with Donald Byrd – but the sparkling, soaring sound of Morgan makes the record way more than just a copycat set. Titles include "New-Ma", "Night In Tunisia", "Lover Man", "Just One Of Those Things", and "Heavy Dipper". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing on King, with obi – GXK 8132. In superb shape!)

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✨✧ Duke PearsonPrairie Dog ... CD
Koch/Atlantic, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dark genius from Duke Pearson – quite possibly one of his hippest records ever, and an album that's filled with surprising twists and turns! At one level, the set seems to be a simple batch of soul jazz tunes – in the mode of Pearson's mid-60s classics on Blue Note – but at another, it opens up into unusual phrasings, timings, shades, and tones – all of which are years ahead of their time, and serve to keep the album full of complexity throughout! Many tracks groove here – but in a very subtle way that often moves a bit towards modal jazz. And the players on the set shade things in unconventionally – sometimes using understatement and space as their strongest tools – clearly directed by Pearson's budding talents as an arranger. Players include James Spaulding on flute and alto sax, Harold Vick on soprano sax, Johnny Coles on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor, and Gene Bertoncini on guitar – and Pearson himself plays a bit of celeste in addition to his regular piano. Titles include a great version of Joe Henderson's "Soulin", plus Ron Carter's "Little Waltz", and Pearson's own "The Fakir", one of the best tracks he ever wrote! Other titles include "Hush A Bye", "Prairie Dog", and "Angel Eyes". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Duke PearsonWahoo! ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wahoo is right – as Duke Pearson sets up one of his hippest sessions of the 60s, a lyrical batch of soul jazz tracks, with that slight edge of darkness that he was putting into his best work as the decade progressed! Players include James Spaulding on alto and flute, Joe Henderson on tenor, and Donald Byrd on trumpet – and the overall feel is perhaps a bit like some of those Byrd sessions that were heavily influenced by Pearson, but also with a bit of the later expansive style of writing for horns that you'd find on albums like Pearson's Prarie Dog or Bobby Hutcherson's The Phantom. Titles include "ESP", "Fly Little Bird Fly", "Farewell Machelle", "Bedouin", and "Amanda". CD
(Out of print original pressing with a small cutout through the spine.)
Also available Wahoo! ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ VariousRoots Of Rock II ... CD
Time Life, Late 40s-Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five, Amos Milburn & His Aladdin Chickenshackers, Billy Ward & His Dominoes, The 5 Royales, Percy Mayfield, Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, The Midnighters, Fats Domino, Shirley & Lee, Johnny Ace with the Beale Streeters, Gene & Eunice, Nappy Brown, Jimmy Forrest, Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers, Joe Turner & His Blues Kings, The Nutmegs, The Five Keys, Little Walter & His Jukes, Little Junior's Blue Flames, Ruth Brown, The Clovers, and The Cardinals. CD

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✨✧ Eric AlexanderGentle Ballads 3 ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2008. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sublime ballad work from contemporary tenor giant Eric Alexander – just the sort of set that shows he can easily go head to head with saxophone legends from a few decades back! Most of the tunes are familiar, but Alexander breathes incredible new life to them – spinning out soulful, well-crafted solos with effortless ease as he explores these classics in a strongly-blown mode. The group's a quartet with Mike LeDonne on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – all great players, but Eric's easily the star here – blowing as beautifully here as on the previous Gentle Ballads sessions – and showing us once again, that nearly every record he touches is golden, and well worth tracking down, even at a more expensive import price. Titles include "You'll Be Mine Tonight", "Little Girl Blue", "Don't Explain", "All The Way", "Summertime", and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes". CD
(Obi has four small pieces of tape on the back.)

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✨✧ Gary BurtonSomething's Coming/Groovy Sound Of Music/Time Machine ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1964/1965/1966. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of excellent Gary Burton albums from the 60s – collected together in a single set! Something's Coming is the launch of vibist Gary Burton as a leader – a force in jazz that would continue strongly for decades to come! At the time of the record, Burton had already been making waves as a session player on the Nashville scene – where RCA had some especially strong ears – but he's launched here in a mode that's quite far from those roots, and already filled with those modern, chromatic modes that would have Burton pushing the sound of the vibes forward strongly throughout his career – even on an early record like this! The group is very like-minded, and well-chosen – players who are spacious and modern, but never too much so – a quartet with Jim Hall on guitar, Chuck Israels on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Melanie", "Careful", "Six Improvisatory Sketches", "Something's Coming", and "Little Girl Blue". Next up is a very cool take on the music of Sound Of Music – handled with some help from arranger Gary McFarland, in a way that really unlocks the modal potentials of the tunes! As you might expect from the revolutionary vibist Gary Burton, the approach here is quite different than the usual jazz album of Broadway material – and instead, both Burton and McFarland do a heck of a lot to open up the coolest potential of the songs – as they bring in other hip players who include Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Phil Woods on alto, Joe Puma on guitar, and Steve Swallow on bass. Titles include "An Ordinary Couple", "Sixteen Going On Seventeen", "Do Re Mi", "Edelweiss", and a great take on "My Favorite Things". Time Machine is filled with beautiful sounds from Gary Burton – a seminal 60s session that really has the vibist coming into his own, and finding that new path towards musical expression that would flower even more strongly in the 70s! The album has Burton really strengthening up his sense of chrome – matching the boldness of other important 60s vibes players on the rise – like Karel Velebny or Bobby Hutcherson – but also working this really special magic in the way he lets each note resonate in the air – often with a much longer decay on the sound than the actual moment of its creation! Burton also plays a bit of piano on the record, overdubbed with his vibes – but in a way that's quite different than the vibes/piano combo of earlier acts – like the MJQ, or George Shearing Quintet – thanks to work from Steve Swallow on bass and Larry Bunker on percussion. Tracks include "Six Nix Quix Flix", "The Sunset Bell", "Deluge", "Chega De Saudade", and "Falling Grace". CD

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✨✧ Randy CrawfordNow We May Begin ... LP
Warner, 1980. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A great little album cut by Randy during the height of her career! She'd just broken big with her vocals on "Street Life" by the Crusaders – and although that track's not on here, the Crusaders team of Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper, and Joe Sample produced the album, and have given it a very similar sound to that track. There's a few weak moments where Randy's singing in a mellower style that lets her voice wobble a bit too much – but the stronger tracks have a good jazz funk groove, and these include "Blue Flame", "Last Night At Danceland", and "My Heart Is Not As Young As It Used To Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Chico HamiltonPeregrinations ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One more amazing chapter in the mighty development of drummer Chico Hamilton – a killer 70s session for Blue Note – and a record that goes way beyond his earlier experiments of the 50s, modal grooves of the 60s, and funk work for the Flying Dutchman label! The style here is fusion, but way fresher than the usual type – neither jamming rock-styled, nor mellow and smooth – and instead always tickled by Hamilton's sense of a unique rhythm, and his continued great ear for inventive use of reeds – in this case handled by Arthur Blythe on alto and Arnie Lawrence on soprano and tenor sax. The set's also got Steve Turre on bass and trombone, and both Barry Finnerty and Joe Beck on electric guitars – but the real genius is Chico himself, who handled arrangements and wrote most of the album's great tracks. Titles include the exotic number "Abdullah & Abraham" – plus "Andy's Walk", "Peregrinations", "It's About That Time", "Sweet Dreams", "On & Off", "Little Lisa", and "Space For Stacy". CD

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckMy Favorite Things ... LP
Columbia, 1962. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
There's plenty of favorite things going on here – the alto of Paul Desmond, piano of Dave Brubeck, bass of Gene Wright, and drums of Joe Morello – that perfect Dave Brubeck Quartet, captured here at the height of their powers! The set's got no gimmicks, no special settings, but the group manage to make things every bit as impressive as on all their high concept records of the period – really finding a way to open up older songs with completely fresh energy, and really make them their own! Dave has an especially great tone to his piano – maybe a bit more human and personal than on some other records – and titles include "My Favorite Things", "Why Can't I", "Little Girl Blue", "This Can't Be Love", "The Circus On Parade", and "Over & Over Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 360 Sound pressing. Cover has light wear and aging, with some heavy wear at the spine.)
 
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Willie MabonWillie Mabon Sings – I Don't Know & Other Chicago Blues Hits (aka Willie Mabon Is Back Funky) ... LP
Antilles, 1976. Near Mint- ... $6.99
One of a number of sessions cut by Chicago bluesman Willie Mabon in the 70s – done in at a time when his talents were being re-discovered by a host of younger listeners. The overall style is in the older mode of Willie's classic years – relatively spare, with backing by a Chicago group that includes Little Mack Simmons on harmonica and Mighty Joe Young on guitar. Willie's on piano and vocals, and titles include "Trouble Blues", "I Wonder", "Worry Blues", "Hey Gal", "Thinkin About You", "Going To Get You", and "Hang Loose Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has one slightly bumped corner, but is nice overall.)

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Joe PassVirtuoso #2 ... CD
Pablo, 1976. Used ... $7.99
Solo guitar by Joe Pass – a beautiful little album that's a perfect showcase for the new sensitivity in his music during his years at Pablo records! The Joe Pass heard here is light years away from the guitar player who made a few gimmicky records a decade before – and this album has Joe coming across with a gentle, but sophisticated approach to his instrument that we never would have expected in the past! Titles include "Blues For Basie", "Blues For OP", "Misty", "Grooveyard", "Giant Steps", "Five Hundred Miles High", and "Limehouse Blues". CD

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Joe PassVirtuoso #3 ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1978. Used ... $9.99
Solo guitar by Joe Pass – a beautiful little album that's a perfect showcase for the new sensitivity in his music during his years at Pablo records! The Joe Pass heard here is light years away from the guitar player who made a few gimmicky records a decade before – and this album has Joe coming across with a gentle, but sophisticated approach to his instrument that we never would have expected in the past! Titles include "Off Beat", "Sultry", "Trinidad", "Ninths", "Minor Detail", and "Nina's Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Louis ArmstrongHello Dolly! ... CD
MCA, 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A key album in the career of Louis Armstrong – one that helped him forge the fourth or fifth great comeback in his career! As you'd guess by the title, the album's built around Louis' hit version of "Hello Dolly" – sung in a mode that at one level stretches back to his roots in trad jazz, but at another kind of peps the whole thing up with a mod 60s/20s retro sort of swing – more syncopated than before, with a choppy little groove that pushed Louis right back onto the charts. Backing is by a small group that includes Billy Kyle on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass, and Joe Darensbourg on clarinet – and the album's filled with other great numbers that include "A Kiss To Build A Dream On", "Moon River", "You Are Woman I Am Man", "Blueberry Hill", and "Be My Life's Companion". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole, case has a clear promo sticker.)

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Count BasieBasie In London ... CD
Verve, 1956. Used ... $4.99 6.99
Basie was getting all over the place during the 50s – and this set's a great little concert recorded in London! The album's classic Basie for Verve – with Joe Williams on vocals on 3 tracks, and a tight group that includes Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Benny Powell, Matthew Gee, and Frank Foster. Titles include "Flute Juice", "Nails", "Blues Backstage", "Corner Pocket", "Roll Em Pete", and "Well All Right Okay You Win". CD
Also available Basie In London ... LP 8.99

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Count BasieBasie In London ... LP
Verve, 1956. Very Good ... $8.99
Basie was getting all over the place during the 50s – and this set's a great little concert recorded in London! The album's classic Basie for Verve – with Joe Williams on vocals on 3 tracks, and a tight group that includes Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Benny Powell, Matthew Gee, and Frank Foster. Titles include "Flute Juice", "Nails", "Blues Backstage", "Corner Pocket", "Roll Em Pete", and "Well All Right Okay You Win". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Verve Records Inc pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has some splitting on both seams, tiny peel spots, small sticker. Sticker on label too.)
Also available Basie In London ... CD 4.99

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Buster BentonFirst Time In Europe ... CD
Blue Phoenix/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A set that might have been recorded during Buster Benton's first time in Europe – but with a quality that makes him feel right at home – stretching out with some soulful vocals that are even better than his excellent guitar! There's an easygoing quality to the record – not lazy or sleepy – but a way of sliding into a tune that has Benton really sounding like a hell of a singer – almost sinister at times, with these great inflections that are matched in ways by a very different "voice" from his guitar – as Buster works in a small combo with Lafayette Leake on piano, and either John Littlejohn or Joe Beard on second guitar, depending on the track. Titles include "Honey Bee", "Best Piece Of Chicken I Have Had I Stole It", "Lean On Me", "Cold Man", "I Must Have A Hole In My Head", and "Something About The Blues". CD

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Ella FitzgeraldTwelve Nights In Hollywood – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Verve, 1961/1962. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
Massive music from Ella Fitzgerald – 2CDs worth of sublime small group recordings – all of them live, and all of them previously unissued before the Hip-O/Verve Select box set! The set follows the same format of the Verve Ella In Hollywood album – recorded in a small club setting, with combo backing that really lets Fitzgerald open up and swing – inflecting the tunes with the kind of warmth and spontaneity that she brought to her famous live performances of the time – which were almost always more compelling than her studio sides, no matter how great those were too! Vols 1 & 2s feature material from two weeks' worth of recording in May of 1961 – with backing from Jim Hall on guitar, Lou Levy on piano, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums. A brief intro rolls into beautiful material on 2CDs – 37 tracks in all: "Lover Come Back To Me", "Too Close For Comfort", "Little White Lies", "I Found A New Baby", "Perdido", "'Round Midnight", "Take The 'A' Train", "Mr Paganini", "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "I Can't Get It Started", "Give Me The Simple Life", "Lorelei", "Witchcraft", "That Old Black Magic", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "Imagination", "Joe Williams' Blues" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Branford Marsalis with Kurt EllingUpward Spiral ... CD
Okeh, 2016. Used ... $7.99
A stunning little record – maybe the best album in years for both Branford Marsalis and singer Kurt Elling! On Elling's part, the record's a real back-to-basics affair – as he sings just with the Marsalis Quartet, at a level that really takes us back to the brilliance of his first few records – with lots of space for the vocals to open up in an amazing way, with that genius for mixing creative wordplay and effortless expression in his vocal inflections! And for Marsalis, there's more of an edge than usual – maybe as the group's driving themselves to give Elling the best format for his performance – especially strong soprano sax lines from Branford, plus piano from Joey Calderazzo, bass from Eric Revis, and drums from Justin Faulkner. Titles include "Blue Gardenia", "West Virginia Rose", "Momma Said", "Cassandra Song", "The Return", "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Practical Arrangement", and "So Tinha De Ser Com Voce". CD

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Jack McDuffLive!/Live! At The Jazz Workshop ... CD
Prestige, 1963/1965. Used ... $8.99
Slammin live work from the legendary Brother Jack McDuff – a player who was almost better on the bandstand than he was in the studio! First up is the album Live – a killer, and one of three live sides McDuff cut for Prestige during the 60s – a monster session of stretched-out jazzy grooves, with many fine little dancers, and a raw soulful feel throughout! The group's one of Jack's best – as Red Holloway's tenor blows and hollers over the fingerpoppin' grooves delivered by a young George Benson on his first major guitar gig – and the soulful drums of Joe Dukes scatter across the place, taking the whole band into some incredible rhythms! Titles include cookin' live versions of "Rock Candy", "Sanctified Samba", "Undecided", and "A Real Goodun'". Live At The Jazz Workshop features a group that's one of Jack's best ever – a lineup that includes the twin tenors of Red Holloway and Harold Vick, plus incredibly sharp guitar from a young George Benson, and some of the most unique soul jazz drum work you'll ever hear – courtesy of the amazing Joe Dukes. Despite their individual strengths, which might make this whole thing an ego-fest – all players fit perfectly into place on the album's hard wailing batch of groovers, and groove together with a sympathetic energy that's simply amazing! Titles include a great remake of "Jive Samba", plus "Dink's Blues", "Grease Monkey", "Passing Through", and "Vas Dis". This is the kind of thing live recording equipment was made for! CD

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Clark TerryMumbles ... LP
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A surprisingly great little record from Clark Terry – filled with warmth, humor, and some really great grooves! The core of the album is the track "Mumbles", one that's based around Terry kind of slurring a scat vocal to a jazzy 60s groove. The track was a minor hit at the time, and Mainstream recorded a whole album around it – using the arranging talents of Joe Cain, who runs through a lot of elements that really make the set cook – from Latin percussion, to Hammond organ grooving, electric guitar, and an overall sound that's got a hip Verve Records feel. Players include Vinnie Bell on guitar, Willie Bobo on percussion, Grady Tate on drums, and Jerome Richardson on reeds – and Cain really makes the record groove in ways that we've never heard on another Terry session. Titles include "Mumbles", "Rum & Mumbles", "Big Spender", "The Mumbler Strikes Again", "El Blues Latino", and "The Cat From Cadiz". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousStop The War – Vietnam Through The Eyes Of Black America 1965 to 1974 ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 19.99
The Vietnam war was tough on most folks in the US – but it's no secret that it was especially tough on black Americans – who were often given little choice and little chance to get out of the callup to the military action – which left a huge impression on their community for years to come! This package documents the affect of Vietnam in soul music – in ways that are both direct and more subtle, as the package blends together a number of tracks that you likely don't know at all, and others that you might have missed as being critical of the war – as there's more subtle messaging going on, a lesson that was learned during the Civil Rights era, when a mellower lyric might get more mainstream circulation – as a call to action that a change was going to come. The quality of cuts here is wonderful – as well-selected as some of the Ace/Kent collections of rare soul music on small labels – and there's definitely a few here that we're hearing for the first time, alongside other numbers that really sound great in the setting. Titles include "Fighting For My Baby" by Donald Jenkins, "Lonely Soldier" by William Bell, "Letter To A Buddie" by Joe Medwick, "I Want To Come Home For Christmas" by Marvin Gaye, "My Ship Is Coming In Tomorrow" by The Pace Setters, "Johnny" by King Hannibal, "Going On Strike" by The Emotions, "Uncle Sam" by Jimmy Hughes, "My Soldier Boy Is Coming Home" by The Shirelles, "Glad To Be Home" by Charles Smith & Jeff Cooper, "The War Is Over My Brother" by The Sensational Saints, "Home To Stay" by RB Greaves, "Stop The War" by The Impressions, "Wish You Were Here With Me" by The Fawns, "VC Blues" by Allen Orange, "Promise That You'll Wait" by Michael Lizzmore, "Men Are Getting Scarce" by Chairmen Of The Board, and "Leave Him Alone" by Stu Gardner. CD

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieWorld Statesman ... LP
Verve, 1956. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real gem from the height of Dizzy's big band years at Verve – a stunning little set that features a hip larger group that includes Joe Gordon, Melba Liston, Rod Leavitt, Phil Woods, Ernie Wilkins, and Billy Mitchell. The groove here is well-orchestrated, well-placed soul – with less of the playful bop touches of earlier sides, and more of a hiply modern style that shows Dizzy stretching out in larger shades of color and tone. And while the "World Statesmen" cover and image might make you wary of some gimmick on the set, the album's key Gillespie through and through – a deft turn away from the styles of the bop years, into a world of sound that would support his career strongly for years to come! Titles include "Tour De Force", "Doodlin", "Night In Tunisia", "The Champ", "My Reverie", and "Dizzy's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi – MV 2590.)

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✨✧ Chick CoreaSecret Agent ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet little set from Chick Corea – one that's got a bit of a Return To Forever vibe at times, but maybe taken down into tighter territory overall – which makes for pure jazz funk greatness throughout! Some tunes have a nice sense of groove – the choppy fusion of RTF, but more focused, and providing a great bump at the bottom for Chick to solo over the top – on Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and piano – with help from Joe Farrell on a variety of reeds, Bunny Brunel on bass, and Airto on percussion! There's a small bit of vocals on the set, but Chick's keys are the main star – and titles include "Slinky", "Drifting", "Glebe St Blues", "Fickle Funk", "Bagatelle 4", and "Hot News Blues". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the "Forever Chick Corea" collection!)

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✨✧ Benny Bailey/Sal Nistico/Dusko GoykovichEgo Recordings Vol 1 (Just For Fun/East Of Isar/Serenade To A Planet/After A Long Time) (4CD set) ... CD
Ego/Organic (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
An essential batch of music – four overlooked gems from the German Ego label of the late 70s – one of which is a stone classic that we've treasured for decades! All albums here are incredible – but our absolute favorite is Benny Bailey's Serenade To A Planet – a set that we think is one of the greatest jazz records ever! By the time of this 1976 release, trumpeter Benny Bailey had already had quite a history – working with Quincy Jones in his early years, and recording for MPS with the likes of Nathan Davis and the Clark Boland Big Band, as well as some of the best other players in Europe. This set's Benny's masterpiece – a soulful batch of tunes that feels like it was lifted from the catalog of Strata East, but which is played by a quintet that features Europeans Ferdinand Povel on tenor, Joe Haider on piano, and Isla Eckinger on bass – as well as American Kenny Clarke on drums. The vibe is perfect – and the group's harmoniously searching with a strong modal groove on nearly every track. Titles include "Aquarian Moods", "Neptunis", "Little B", and "The Kicker". East Of Isar is something of a follow-up to that date – done by Bailey with tenorist Sal Nistico – in a wonderful group that also includes Joe Haider on piano, Isla Eckinger on bass, and Billie Brooks on drums! The Haider/Eckinger team are known from other Bailey sessions in Europe – all of which are fantastic – and they perform extremely well here, too. Tracks are long, with a wonderfully searching quality – and titles include "Blues For Trane", "Joyful Sadness", and "East Of Isar". Then, the set steps into Just For Fun – another great album with a very similar groove – thanks to rhythm from Joe Haider on piano, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Joe Nay on drums. The group's backing up tenorist Sal Nistico – usually a sleepy talent, but a sparkling one on this session, thanks to a lively lyrical rhythm section, and some great compositions by Joe Haider. The whole thing sparkles with the kind of imagination and energy that keeps you tracking down sessions on MPS and other European labels – and with tracks like "Beautiful Black Casanova", "Do Not Make Circles", and "7787", you won't be disappointed in this one! And last by not least is After A Long Time – from trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – a rare gem that's in a similar format to Benny Bailey's classic Serenade To A Planet! Dusko stretches out beautifully on the record – in a group that features Joe Haider on piano, Roman Schwaller on tenor, Isla Eckinger on bass, and Alvin Queen on drums. Titles include "Emotionally", "After A Long Time", "Summit", "Mountain Witch", and "The Hunt Is On". CD

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✨✧ Terry CallierOccasional Rain ... CD
Cadet, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Terry Callier's first album for Cadet – and the kickoff of one of the greatest three album runs that any soul artist ever recorded! This one's got a different feel than the later two, as it takes songs by Terry, and structures them with these little musical "seque" tracks in between every song, done in a sparer folksy style that recalls Terry's roots in the Old Town scene in Chicago. At the time, Terry was making the transition from folk artist to soul singer – and he'd been picked up by Jerry Butler and The Dells as a promising young songwriter, one of the best talents of the second generation of Chicago soul stars. The record's a stripped-down affair that features a small group with Charles Stepney on harpsichord and organ, Callier on guitar, and backing vocals by Minnie Riperton, Shirley Wahls, and Kitty Haywood. The album kicks off with Terry's great little pop ditty "Ordinary Joe" – probably the catchiest song he ever wrote – then rolls into more somber titles like "Occasional Rain", "Do You Finally Need A Friend", "Golden Circle", and "Blues For Marcus". A totally unique album – and a prime example of the genius that was coming out of Chicago at the time! CD

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✨✧ VariousIt's A Good Good Feeling – The Latin Soul Of Fania Records (4CDs with bonus 7 inch single) ... CD
Fania/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 4CD & 7 inch ... Out Of Stock
A mighty nice little package – one that's overflowing with the special sort of Latin and soul music hybrids that rose up from the Spanish Harlem scene in the late 60s – the kind of cuts that helped establish Fania Records as one of the most important Latin labels around – and one of the grooviest too! These aren't the 70s salsa tracks that Fania spread across the globe – but the more New York-styled numbers that often had English language lyrics in the lead, sung by a soulful vocalist – and set to small combo rhythms that were overflowing with energy, and plenty of touches of jazz, soul, and funk! These are all the mixes from the rare 45rpm singles issued by Fania back in the day – and although the songs are wonderful, the collection together is even cooler as a whole – dozens of tracks, including some really rare ones – all bound up in a 7" book-styled cover, with 60 pages of notes, and a bonus funky 45! Titles include "Silent Heart" by 125th Street Candy Store, "Micro Mini" and "Make Out" by Harvey Averne, "Too Much Lovin" and "So Fine" by Joe Bataan, "Willie Baby" by Willie Colon, "Soul Drummers" and "Mercy Mercy Baby" by Ray Barretto, "Geronimo" and "Funky Big Feet" by Bobby Valentin, "Mercie" by Ralph Robles, "Camel Walk" by The Latinaires, "Batola Boogaloo" by Bobby Quesada, "Grazin In The Grass" by Orchestra Harlow, "Spinning Wheel" by El Apollo Sound, "Hey Sister" by Monguito Santamaria, "Who Is The Girl For Me" and "Look At Her" by Ralfi Pagan, "New York Soul" by Ray Barretto, "Some Lonely Heart" by ronnie Marks, "Let's Get It Together This Christmas" by Harvey Averne, "Shaft" and "If I Were A King" by Joe Bataan, "Johnny's No Good" and "Blonde Latin Blues" by WRLC, and "Today" and "Try Just a Little Harder" by Butter Scotch. Lots more too – and the bonus 7" single features two promo tracks recorded for DJ Symphony Sid – one by Joe Bataan, the other by Bobby Valentin! CD

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Count Basie & Joe WilliamsMemories Ad Lib ... LP
Roulette, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99 9.99
A great little record from this legendary pair – a late nite, bluesy sort of record that's a nice change from some of the Joe Williams/Count Basie material on Verve! Basie plays Hammond on part of the record – and the organ makes a wonderful accompaniment to Joe's vocals – played with this open tone that kind of flows up from the bottom and around the edges, while the rest of the Basie group provide slightly gentler backigns – still that syncopated swing we love from the Count, but more laidback too – in a way that fits the material and the vocals perfectly! Titles include "Sweet Sue", "Dinah", "Memories Of You", "Baby Won't You Please Come Home", and "Call Me Darling. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono color bar label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a partial top & spine splitting, small peel from an old sticker.)

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VariousAtlantic Blues – Piano ... CD
Atlantic, 1950s. Used ... $6.99
23 songs from Jimmy Yancey, Little Brother Montgomery, Jack Dupree, Professor Longhair, Vann "Piano Man" Walls, Joe Turner, Jay McShann, Meade Lux Lewis, Ray Charles, Floyd Dixon, Texas Johnny Brown, Doctor John & Willie Mabon. CD
(Columbia House pressing.)

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VariousBlues Masters Vol 5 – Jump Blues Classics ... CD
Rhino, Late 40s/1950s. Used ... $3.99 5.99
Features music by Red Prysock, Joe Turner, Louis Prima, Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown, Little Johnny Jones, Tiny Bradshaw, Rudy Greene, Jackie Brenston, Jimmy Liggins, Ann Cole, Roy Milton, Big Jay McNeely, Clarence Brown, Willie Mae Thornton, Wynona Carr, Bullmoose Jackson, and Ruth Brown. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousClassic Rhythm & Blues Collection – 1955 to 1959 ... CD
Time Life, Late 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $4.99
Music from Jackie Wilson, the Drifters, the Five Satins, Lloyd Price, the Coasters, Tommy Edwards, Wilbert Harrison, the Platters, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, the Penguins, Little Richard, the Flamingos, Little Walter, Brook Benton, Shirley And Lee, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Willie John, Johnny Ace, Ray Charles, Thurston Harris, Ivory Joe Hunter, the Silhouettes, Clyde McPhatter, James Brown And The Famous Flames, Fats Domino, Bill Doggett, and Chuck Willis. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousDo The Blues 45s Vol 2 –The Ultimate Blues 45 Collection ... CD
Think (Japan), 1960s. New Copy ... $24.99 29.99
Blues 45s – but material that's also pretty close to the funky 45 spirit of the 60s too – given that most of these cuts have a pretty raw groove! The blues element usually comes from a guitar or harmonica element, or a way of vocal phrasing – but much of the background instrumentation hits a gritty soul groove that's pretty darn funky overall – a great fusion of modes that must have sounded pretty darn great coming from a jukebox in the back room of some south side nightclub! This second volume is every bit as great as the first – and titles include "Love Is A Serious Thing" by Otis Reed, "Stretchin Out" by Little Sonny, "Lonesome" by Memphis Slim, "Don't Change Your Mind" by TB Fisher, "You Won't Treat Me Right" by TV Slim & His Bluesmen, "Fatten Pin" by Clyde Hopkins, "Dark River" by Freddy Young, "I'm Leaving You" by Bob Reed & His Band, "I Tried" by Larry Davis, "Pickin Heavy" by Joe Scott, "Roll On Train" by Elton Anderson, and "I'm So Tired" by Eddie Bo. CD

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VariousOkeh Rhythm & Blues ... LP
Okeh/Epic, Mid 50s/1982. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Essential 2LP set of rare R&B material from the legendary Okeh label – known to many as one of the 50's best labels for the genre! Sure, you'll find a few hits on here – like Screamin Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On Your" – but the real nice bits are the obscurer tracks, like "Please Say You Want Me" by The Schoolboys, "Dumplins" by Doc Bagby, "Peanuts" by Little Joe, "Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song)" by The Treneirs, and "Baby You're My Only Love", a real early one from Billy Stewart. Great stuff throughout, and a nice set of notes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stuck gatefold but looks great otherwise.)

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VariousRhythm & Bluesin By The Bayou – Livin, Lovin, & Lyin ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.98
A massive amount of musical discoveries from the Louisiana scene – a set that features a huge amount of unissued tracks from back in the day – but all with the kind of vibe that matches some of the best early soul and R&B on labels like Specialty, Minit, and Imperial! The wealth of sounds from the swamp state are mindblowing – because even though Louisiana gave us plenty of hits in the 50s and 60s, there was so much more talent bubbling just underneath – thanks not just to some top-shelf artists who never fully got their due – but also a great network of studios and labels too. Only a few of these tracks ever came out as singles around the time they were recorded – more were issued later on reissues in the 80s, and a lot more appear here for the first time ever – in a package that might well be the best so far in this excellent series. Titles include "Don't Know Why" by Little Nolton, "Give It Up" by Lonesome Sundown", "I Keep Crying" by Cookie & The Cupcakes, "Crying Crying" by Sticks Herman, "Baby If You Want To Play"b y James Freeman, "But You Thrill Me" by King Charles, "I Got It Made" by Guitar Jr, "Boogie With Calypso" by Joe August, "Don't Say" by Tabby Thomas, "Baby's Got Bad Feet" by Eddie Williams, "I Know" by Elizabeth, "I Would Be A Sinner" by Charles Sheffield, "Baby Baby Come To Papa" by King Carl, and "Mama's Little Girl" by Van Preston. CD

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✨✧ Montego JoeArriba Con Montego Joe (Arriba Con Montego Joe/Wild & Warm) ... CD
Prestige, 1964/1965. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 rare Latin albums from the Prestige/Fantasy vaults – both of them great! The set compiles the records Wild & Warm and Arriba! Con Montego Joe – by congolero Montego Joe, a key figure in the underground New York scene of the 60s. Both albums have a good hard Latin jazz feel, with a little bit of Latin soul thrown in – in the same kind of mix of jazz and Latin that you'd find on the Pucho albums for Prestige at the same time. The bands on both sets include a number of great players, like Leonard Goines on trumpet, Al Gibbons on tenor, Eddie Gomez on bass – and the surprising addition of Milford Graves on percussion and Chick Corea on piano (although any fan of Chick's knows he got his start with Latin bands.) Lots of tasty Latin groovers, including "Fatman", "The Jinx", "Ewe", "Ouch", "Bata Blues", "Haitian Lady", and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ VariousAce Records Sampler Vol 1 – Blues & R&B ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of 50s blues and R&B – all great tracks that go way beyond the ordinary, and which are packaged here at a very nice little price! The set provides a great look at the kind of high-quality reissue work Ace has been doing in the realm of R&B – a genre that the company probably handles better than anyone else! CD features 20 tracks in all – with titles that include "Hey Dr Kinsey" by Big Duke Henderson, "Hand In Hand" by Elmore James, "Going Mad" by Sanders King, "Root Beer Sizzle Sazzle Sizzle" by Three Bits Of Rhythm, "Boogie In The Park"b y Joe Hill Louis, "You're An Old Lady" by Drifting Slim, "Twistin The Strings" by Ike Turner, and "Central Rocks" by The Great Gates. CD

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✨✧ VariousAtlantic Rhythm & Blues Vol 6 – 1966 to 1969 ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Culled from the rich history of the Atlantic records label, and lovingly put together with great notes and everything! 28 tracks in all, including "Knock On Wood" by Eddie Floyd, "Try A Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding, "Mustang Sally" and"Funky Broadway" by Wilson Pickett, "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" and "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave, "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley, "I've Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You", "Do Right Woman – Do Right Man",'Respect", "Baby I Love You", "Natural Woman" and "Think" by Aretha Franklin, "Show Me" and "Skinny Legs & All" by Joe Tex, "Tramp" by Otis & Carla, "Soul Finger" by the Bar Kays, "Memphis Soul Stew" by King Curtis and "Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & The Drells. LP, Vinyl record album
(RCA record club pressing. The back cover has a name in marker.)

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✨✧ VariousBloodstains On The Wall – Country Blues From Specialty ... CD
Specialty, 1952/1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes tracks by Honeyboy, Pine Bluff Pete, Clarence London, Big Joe Williams, Country Jim Bledsoe, Little Temple, and Pete McKinley. CD

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✨✧ VariousBorn With The Blues ... CD
Pulse (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from Buddy Guy, Billy Boy Arnold & Tony McPhee, Muddy Waters, Buster Benton & Carey Bell, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Billy Boy Arnold & Tony McPhee, Bo Diddley, Magic Slim, Earl Hooker, Mighty Joe Young, John Littlejohn, Koko Taylor, Sunnyland Slim, Muddy Waters, Fenton Robinson, Willie Williams, Jody Williams, Byther Smith, Brewer Phillips, and Earl Hooker CD
(Out of print.)

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Count Basie & Billy EckstineBasie/Eckstine Incorporated ... LP
Roulette, 1959. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Billy Eckstine gets a new lease on life – working here with great backings from the Count Basie band, in a mode that's a bit like some of Billy's own large ensemble recordings of the mid 40s! The sound is a bit more Basie-inflected than before, but that also unlocks some great swinging, soulful currents in Eckstine's vocals – modes that maybe weren't coming through as strongly in some of his pop material of the time, but which are right at home in the company of the Count! The material's great, too – darker, more brooding tunes – of the sort that Joe Williams might sing with the group – and the balance of presentation often gives equal time to vocals and instrumental passages in the spotlight. Titles include "Blues The Mother Of Sin", "Lonesome Lover Blues", "Drifting", "I Want A Little Girl", and "Song Of The Wanderer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has light surface wear, bent corner, ink stamp on back.)

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Karen Dalton1966 ... CD
Delmore, 1966. Used ... $11.99
The third in a series of unearthed archival release of treasures by 60s folk singer, guitarist and banjo player Karen Dalton from Delmore Recordings – and it's also the third completely beautiful and revelatory Karen Dalton release from Delmore Recordings! For years, Dalton was best known by her peers in the early 60s folk community, particularly the Greenwich Village scene, where she was beloved by Dylan and other soon-to-be giants. Thanks in no small part to the great stuff brought to light by Delmore and the stellar Light In The Attic reissues, she's finally getting an audience beyond pivotal fellow musicians, which is truly thrilling. 1966 features songs recorded that year in her cabin in Summerville, Colorado – between the Green Rocky Road recordings of a few years earlier and the recordings that would make up her first official album, which wouldn't be released until '69. She's sometimes accompanied by Richard Tucker on guitar and vocal duets. Karen was infamously self-conscious on stage and in the studio, so these informal home recordings find her at her intimate, soulful best. Includes one the best versions of Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe" we've ever heard, plus "Katie Cruel", "Cotton Eyed Joe", "Green Rocky Road", "God Bless The Childen", "Other Side To This Life", "Don't Make Promises", "Mole In The Ground", "Misery Blues", "Little Bit Of Rain" and more. Also includes excellent notes by Ben Edmonds. CD

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Jackie Wilson with Count BasieManufacturers Of Soul ... LP
Brunswick, 1968. Sealed ... $14.99
A really wonderful collaboration between two very unlikely partners – and a great album that really stands out as some of the best work from both artists in the 60s! Count Basie's group gets hard and soulful on the record – and even a little funky on the best cuts – and Jackie Wilson is in a raw bluesy vocal style that recalls the best moments of his earlier Brunswick singles – a great edge that makes the whole Basie groove sound even more hard-hitting than ever. Benny Carter arranged, but the groove is more a hard-edged Count Basie mode mixed with Brunswick soul styles – and Jackie blows it out over the top on great versions of "Funky Broadway", "Ode To Billie Joe", "I Was Made To Love Her", "Even When You Cry", and "Respect". Also features a version of "For Your Precious Love" that was a bit of a hit for the pair! LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent UK reissue on Demon.)

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✨✧ Various50 Years MPS ... CD
MPS (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A nicely-priced introduction to the very cool MPS record label – easily one of the hippest jazz imprints going in the 60s and 70s – and one of the few that was able to reach around the planet, and unite styles from all over the globe! This set brings together key cuts that made MPS so great – some spiritual jazz, funky electric work, Brazilian cuts, funky jazz, and more – including a small number of tracks from the revived version of the label that's been putting out some new releases in recent years. Titles include "Suspicious Child Growing Up" by Volker Kriegel, "Blues For Liebestraum" by Joe Henderson, "Au Right" by George Duke, "Little Lady" by Elvin Jones, "O Astronauta" by Baden Powell, "Afro Black" by Nicola Conte, "Blues For Duane" by Freddie Hubbard, "Ode To Billy Joe" by Joe Pass, "Sconsolato" by Mark Murphy, "Body & Soul" by Rolf Kuhn, "Brown Skin Girl" by Monty Alexander, "The Devil Made Me Write This Piece" by Don Ellis, "I Love You" by Oscar Peterson, "Running" by China Moses, and "Unfolding" by Malia. CD
(Small sticker on spine.)

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VariousComplete Goldwax Singles Vol 2 – 1966/1967 ... CD
Goldwax/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 22.99
Legendary work from Goldwax Records – pulled from a stretch when the Memphis imprint was really going strong! By the time of these tracks, Goldwax was really coming into their own – picking up some of the best soul currents of the Memphis scene – and rivaling the Stax/Volt powerhouse in terms of quality – especially on the deep soul tracks that Goldwax seemed to do better than anyone else! This 2CD package is a wonderful overview of these golden years for the label – and it features every single single, both a and b-sides intact – presented with detailed notes on each release. Some of the work is the stuff of Memphis soul legend – mixed in with some more unusual, lesser-known bits from the scene – including a few rock, blues, and country numbers as well. 54 tracks in all – with titles that include "Anything You Do Is Alright" by Spencer Wiggins, "Don't You Believe Him" by Ivory Joe Hunter, "Cry Me A Hand Full" by The Terrys, "Say You Need It" by Barbara Perry, "Lovable Girl" by James Carr, "When You Look In The Mirror" by Eddie Jefferson, "What Time Ye Got" by Gene Bowlegs Miller, "Little Things" by Jeannie Newman, "Forgetting You" by James Carr, "Hello Daughter" by Leroy Daniel, "I Can't Forget You" by The Yo Yos, "Good Times" by George & Greer, "Walking Out On You" by Spencer Wiggins, "Qualifications" by The Ovations, "Liquid Mood" by Timmy Thomas, "Call On Me" by Percy Milem, "Me & My Imagination" by The Ovations, and "The Wife Of The Life Of The Party" by Kathy Davis. CD

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✨✧ VariousLondon American Label Year By Year – 1966 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1966. Used ... $8.99
Music from the Vogues, Bobby Fuller Four, Shelby Flint, Darrell Banks, Butterfield Blues Band, Jeannie Seely, Link Cromwell, Darrow Fletcher, Judy Collins, Sir Douglas Quintet, the American Poets, Little Hank, Gene Vincent, Joe Simon, the Strangeloves, the Righteous Brothers, the Association, Barbara Lynn, the Intruders, Shirley Ellis, Ray Stevens, the Ronettes, We the People, the Critters, Love, Leroy Pullins, Roy Head, and Ike & Tina Turner, CD
(Still sealed.)

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldTwelve Nights In Hollywood (4CD set) ... CD
Verve/Hip-O Select, 1961/1962. Used 4 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive music from Ella Fitzgerald – 4CDs worth of sublime small group recordings – all of them live, and all of them previously unissued! The set follows the same format of the Verve Ella In Hollywood album – recorded in a small club setting, with combo backing that really lets Fitzgerald open up and swing – inflecting the tunes with the kind of warmth and spontaneity that she brought to her famous live performances of the time – which were almost always more compelling than her studio sides, no matter how great those were too! The first 3CDs feature material from two weeks' worth of recording in May of 1961 – with backing from Jim Hall on guitar, Lou Levy on piano, Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums – and CD four features Ella returning to Hollywood for two more nights in 1962, with trio backing from Paul Smith on piano, Middlebrooks on bass, and Stan Levey on drums. There's a massive 77 tracks in all – handsomely package in a hardcover 7" square book – which also features beautiful color pages inside, lots of notes on the music, and design that's every bit as groovy as the old albums on Verve. Titles include "Joe Williams' Blues", "It's De-Lovely", "Lorelei", "I Can't Get Started", "Round Midnight", "Perdido", "Little White Lies", "Lover Come Back To Me", "Across The Alley From The Alamo", "Love For Sale", "Exactly Like You", "Mack The Knife", "Teach Me Tonight", "My Kind Of Boy", "It Had To Be You", "Hard Hearted Hannah", "All Of Me", and "Too Darn Hot/Ella's Twist". And, in case you're wondering, there's almost no repetition in the set at all – all discreet, unique tunes – not just the sort of rehash you might get in other concert box sets of this nature! CD
(Out of print. Please note the slipover is not included.)

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✨✧ Jackie Wilson with Count BasieManufacturers Of Soul ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really wonderful collaboration between two very unlikely partners – and a great album that really stands out as some of the best work from both artists in the 60s! Count Basie's group gets hard and soulful on the record – and even a little funky on the best cuts – and Jackie Wilson is in a raw bluesy vocal style that recalls the best moments of his earlier Brunswick singles – a great edge that makes the whole Basie groove sound even more hard-hitting than ever. Benny Carter arranged, but the groove is more a hard-edged Count Basie mode mixed with Brunswick soul styles – and Jackie blows it out over the top on great versions of "Funky Broadway", "Ode To Billie Joe", "I Was Made To Love Her", "Even When You Cry", and "Respect". Also features a version of "For Your Precious Love" that was a bit of a hit for the pair! CD

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✨✧ CanDelay 1968 (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mute, 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Heady, hypnotic, ominous, and hard-grooving early Can – a lost set that was recorded in the late 60s, but not actually released until the early 80s – and some of the earliest, brawniest Can jams from the Malcolm Mooney years! The record may not have the name-checking power as the other early Can albums, but it's still completely revelatory – and virtually the blueprint for the prog rock generation to come! Rhythms are driving and hypnotic (thanks, Jaki Liebezeit!) – and titles include "Butterfly", "PNOOM", "Nineteen Century Man", "Thief", "Man Named Joe", "Uphill" and "Little Star Of Bethlehem". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pink vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Slim GaillardGroove Juice – The Norman Granz Recordings & More ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic material from the great Slim Gaillard – one of the most unique singers of all time, and a key link between jazz and the growing wave of R&B in the postwar years! Long before singers like Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris, Joe Turner, and others started making offbeat, uptempo material for indie labels like King and Atlantic – the great Slim Gaillard was cooking up his own unique brew on the LA scene – a small combo approach, which allowed for lots of flexibility – both in the stripped-down style of rhythm, and Slim's completely amazing vocal technique – which was often filled with slang, jive, and lots of sly jokes too! Gaillard started out years before Norman Granz came into his own as a record producer – but, like so many of his generation that Granz worked with, Gaillard really hit a new level on the material you'll hear here – a good deal of which we'd not heard on other collections. The set begins with a fantastic 12 minute "Opera In Vout (Groove Juice Symphony)" – from a Jazz At The Philharmonic performance – then rolls into 16 more rare singles recorded for MGM – including "Boip Boip", "Money Money Money", "The Hogan Song", "Down By The Station", "Mom's In The Kitchen But We've Got Pop On Ice", "Organ Oreenne", "Little Red Riding Woods", "Bongo Cito", and "When Banana Skins Are Falling". Next are 28 more tracks that were issued on Mercury, Clef, and Verve Records – loads of Slim Gaillard classics, including "Taxpayer's Blues", "Yo Yo Yo", "Chicken Rhythm", "Potatoe Chips", "I Know What To Do", "You Goofed", "Oh Lady Be Good", "Genius", "Babalu Oreeney", "Sabroso", "Laughing In Rhythm", "Gomen Nasai", and "Go Man Go". 2CD set also features 9 more bonus alternate takes – and some great notes too! CD

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✨✧ Benny GolsonBenny Golson In Paris – Recorded In Paris & New York 1958 ... LP
Swing, 1958. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A killer set of hardbop tracks that shows what a great tenorist Benny Golson was during the late 50s! This set collects sides from 2 very rare albums – Benny Golson & The Philadelphians (issued on United Artists originally), plus an obscure French session cut in 1958 under the name of trumpeter Roger Guerin – and both records show Golson at his lyrical best. The Philadelphians session features other Philly-mates, like Lee Morgan, Ray Bryant, Percy Heath, and Philly Joe Jones – and the set's got all the tightness of a late 50's Jazz Messengers set. Golson contributed 3 tracks to the set – his classic "Stablemates", plus "Blues On My Mind" and "Thursday's Theme". The French session's a little bit weaker – but not much, and the looseness of the Parisian rhythm section is more than compensated for by the presence of a young firey Bobby Timmons on piano. Titles on that one include Golson's "I Remember Clifford", "Blues March", and a version of Timmons' classic "Moanin". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has a bumped corner, but looks great overall.)

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✨✧ VariousMood Mosaic Vol 15 – Super Cool (includes CD) ... LP
Partners In Crime (Italy), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A super cool set in the Mood Mosaic series – and plentifully funky, soulful and jazzy, too! Like our other favorite volumes, this one covers a lot of stylistic territory, but it ultimately feels a little more coherent from track-to-track than the last couple sets, and does so without sacrificing the far-reaching sense of adventure, or ever settling into a predictable mode. Great stuff from start to finish, with breezy, funk-steeped jazz rock, straighter jazz funk instrumentals, Late 60s Brit mod soul, late 70s US jazzy soul and lots more! Includes "Mr. Man" by Air, "The Bird & The Squirrel" by War, "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" by The Peddlers, "Holiday Time" by Hildegard Knef, "Playmate" by Rolf Kuhn, "The Snake" by Harvey Mandel, "Brother Where Are You" by Freddie Cole, "Beggar For The Blues" by Patti Drew, "Supercool" by Carrie Riley & The Fascinations, "Why Don't You Play The Organ, Man" by Memphis Black, "Every Brother Ain't A Brother" by Joe Thomas & more. Comes with the CD version, too, with the extra track "Black Out" by Wess & The Airedales. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – with CD and a poster! Please Note – The cover has a slightly dinged corner from shipping.)

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✨✧ Thad Jones & Mel LewisPresenting Thad Jones & Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra/Live At The Village Vanguard/Big Band Sound Featuring Miss Ruth Brown ... CD
Solid State/BGO (UK), 1966/1967. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of classics from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra! First up is the initial Presenting album – great music by one of the hippest large American ensembles of the late 60s – almost a US equivalent to the groovy sound of the Clark Boland Big Band over in Europe! Trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis had already made some great music together on their own – but once they came together in a record like this, they really found a great new direction for their energy – a bold musical force that's strong enough to also encompass the rich talents of players who include Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Joe Farrell on tenor, Jerome Richardson on soprano sax, Richard Williams on trumpet, Bob Brookmeyer and Tom McIntosh on trombones, Hank Jones on piano, and Richard Davis on bass! The sound is full, but never overwhelming – and like the Clark Boland group, this one has a great way of breaking open to allow key soloists to have some great space on their own – a modern approach, and one that still never has the band losing its groove. Titles include "ABC Blues", "Mean What You Say", "Three & One", and "Once Around". The next album was recorded live in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis home turf at the Village Vanguard! The group at this point was a freshly-created outfit filled with some of the best large group jazz soloists of the time – players that included Jerome Richardson, Joe Farrell, Eddie Daniels, Pepper Adams, Richard Williams, and Bob Brookmeyer – not to mention Jones and Lewis themselves! The style here is very much in the mode that the Clarke Boland Band was crafting in Europe during the same period – a redefinition of the larger jazz group, in a way that allowed it to swing with the dynamic energy and soul of some of the smaller combos of the 60s. And while the Jones/Lewis group had many years over which to hone their craft, they've never sounded better than on these initial recordings – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Samba Con Getchu", "A That's Freedom", "Bachafillen", and "Little Pixie". On the last album in the set, Ruth Brown joins the big band of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis – in a set that's a real standout in the career of all three artists! Thad and Mel already have a pretty great groove going at this point – a large ensemble approach to jazz, yet one that's swingingly soulful – very much on a par with some of Gerald Wilson's hip work of the same time at time. And adding in Ruth Brown's vocals is a great choice – as she not only needs a great showcase like this for her amazing voice, but also because she really helps unlock a soulful sort of energy that the group always had in their instrumental music. The approach is a bit like some of Etta Jones' best 60s recordings – a nice shift for Brown – and titles include "Black Coffee", "Fine Brown Frame", "You Won't Let Go", "Trouble In Mind", and "Be Anything (But Be Mine)". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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✨✧ VariousRip It Up – The Best Of Specialty Records ... LP
Specialty/Craft, Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A hard-hitting collection of gems from the legendary Specialty Records – that west coast powerhouse of R&B that helped take the music into the rock and roll generation too! Specialty was key at opening the door for new sounds in the 50s – and although a relatively small imprint, the company gave the world some key crossover cuts in the pre-soul years, both from LA and New Orleans – a good number of which you'll hear on this set! The package features new liner notes from Billy Vera – who wrote a book on the label with the same title – and tracks include "Ain't It A Shame" and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price, "RM Blues" and "Information Blues" by Roy Milton, "Rip It Up" and "Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard, "I'll Come Running Back To You" by Sam Cooke, "Please Send Me Someone To Love" and "Lost Love" by Percy Mayfield, "Bony Moronie" and "Short Fat Fannie" by Larry Williams, "Dream Girl" by Jesse & Marvin, "Pink Champagne" by Joe Liggins, and "Drunk" by Jimmy Liggins. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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