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✨✧ B Sharp Jazz QuartetB Sharp Jazz Quartet ... CD
Mama Foundation, 1994. Used ... Just Sold Out!
B Sharp Jazz Quartet is Herb Graham Jr on drums, Randall Willis on reeds, Eliot Douglass on piano, and Reggie Carson on bass. CD

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John Blake Jr QuartetMotherless Child ... CD
ARC, 2010. Used ... $4.99
John Blake Jr on violin, Sumi Tonooka on piano, Boris Kozlov on bass, and Jonathan Blake on drums. CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad QuartetSilver Cornet ... CD
Nessa, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
The great Bobby Bradford recorded famously for the Nessa label back in the 70s – but here he's heard in the company of some younger players on a contemporary recording – one that shows that his fire hasn't dimmed at all! The group's a quartet – with Frode Gjerstad on alto and clarinet, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Frank Rosaly on drums – and the three tracks are all relatively long and quite free – but have this organic sense of building that really matches some of Bradford's energy from the early days – a style that's not as rhythmic or modal as before, but partly because Rosaly and Flaten are such amazingly complex musicians! Titles include "The Silver Cornet Tells", "A Story About You", and "And Me Me & You". CD

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Dave Brubeck QuartetDave Digs Disney (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1957. Used ... $11.99
Dave Digs Disney – and hence, so do we! The album's one of the first to ever pay tribute to the great compositions heard in Disney films – and it features the magical sound of the Brubeck Quartet, turned upon a host of familiar numbers, and transforming them into longer vehicles for jazz improvisation. Given Dave's great sense of play with rhythm and timings, the tunes really get changed up in these versions – in a way that takes best advantage of the modal rhythms and jazz waltz styles that many of them share. Paul Desmond's alto work is as impeccably-handled as ever, and Joe Morello's sprightly drums seem perfectly at home with the tunes – as does Dave's warmly lyrical work on piano. Titles include "Alice In Wonderland", "Give A Little Whistle", "One Song", "Someday My Prince Will Come", and "Very Good Advice". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dave Brubeck QuartetGreat Concerts – Amsterdam, Carnegie, & Copenhagen ... CD
Columbia, 1957/1963. Used ... $2.99
Highlights from three concerts by the Dave Brubeck quartet featuring Paul Desmond, Gene Wright, and Joe Morello. Tracks include "Pennies From Heaven", "Take Five", "For All We Know", "Blue Rondo A La Turk", "Real Ambassador", and "Tangerine". CD
(Out of print, Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing.)

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Dave Brubeck QuartetMy Heart Stood Still/Trolley Song ... 7-inch
Fantasy, 1954. Very Good+ ... $14.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue vinyl pressing.)

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Kenny Burrell with the Jack McDuff QuartetCrash! ... CD
Prestige, 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Kenny Burrell joins the quartet of Hammond hero Brother Jack McDuff – in a session that's not only a classic Prestige cooker from the 60s, but also one of Kenny's most hard grooving albums of the decade! Jack's tight group really seem to push Burrell into some great new territory – a different groove than his Blue Note or Verve sides, with a bit more grit overall – although still plenty of those perfectly-chosen notes on his solos. Harold Vick's tenor sax is the main reed element here, although Eric Dixon also plays flute on one track – and remaining players include Joe Dukes on drums and Ray Barreto on congas, a player who didn't often work with Jack, but who's very welcome here. Tracks are longish, with an open-ended soul jazz feel – not really blowing session numbers, given McDuff's tight sense of rhythm, but a nice change from the usual. Titles include "Grease Monkey", "Nica's Dream", "Love Walked In", and "We'll Be Together Again". CD
(Out of print, CRC pressing.)

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Gary Burton QuartetCountry Roads & Other Places ... LP
RCA, 1969. Sealed ... $24.99
Hardly the kind of country roads you'd find traveled by other musicians – as Gary Burton's sound here is incredibly fresh – still as groundbreaking now as it was back in the 60s! The title might be a reference to Burton's Nashville roots, and the music does have a slightly pastoral vibe – but the overall execution is extremely modern, and filled with the kind of bold tones and sharp turns that always made Burton so wonderful at the start! The group includes Jerry Hahn on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – all very freewheeling, open players – with an equal balance between rhythm and melody. Burton, Swallow, and Hahn composed a good many of the tracks – and titles include "A Singing Song", "Wichita Breakdown", "Country Roads", "The Green Mountains", "True Or False", and "Gone But Forgotten". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing, still sealed! Shrinkwrap is cracked a bit at the opening but still intact.)

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Jaki Byard QuartetLast From Lennie's ... CD
Prestige, 1965. Used ... $11.99
A treasure trove of lost material from Jaki Byard – recorded during a time when he was at the height of his powers! The 7 tunes on this set were originally cut for the 2 volume series of live recordings Byard did for Prestige in the mid 60s – and of those 7, only 1 was ever issued, and even then, never on CD. The work is quite striking – with Byard on piano, leading a quartet that features a very young Joe Farrell on tenor, soprano, and flute, with crack rhythm by the team of George Tucker on bass and Alan Dawson on drums. All the tracks were recorded during one set at Lennie's in Massachusetts in 1965, and overall, the performances have a longer, more unbridled feel than most of Byard's studio work of the time. The range of his work on piano is incredible – modern one moment, soulful another, and trad the next – and Farrell's playing is surprisingly strong for such an early point, especially on the longer tunes on the set, which really let him open up in exploratory solos. Titles include "Dolphy #1", "King David", "Twelve (alt)", "St Mark's Place Among The Sewers", and "Jaki Byard's Ballad Medley". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole, disc has a promo stamp.)

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James Carter QuartetJC On The Set ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1993. Used ... $9.99
James Carter's first album as a leader – and a set that helped mark a place for him as one of the strongest saxophone voices of the 90s! The album has Carter's work on alto, tenor, and baritone saxes set center stage – alongside backing by a trio that features pianist Craig Taborn, but which allows plenty of space for Carter to dominate the sound with his deeply soulful tone and often-pyrotechnic approach to his solos. There's some occasional moments that go a bit over the top, in a "hey look at me" sort of mode – but they're nicely offset by a deeper spirit that appreciates the traditions that inform Carter's sound, and which made the record a real standout in the early 90s. Titles include "Lunatic", "Hour Of Parting", "Caravan", "Blues For A Nomadic Princess", "Worried & Blue", and "Baby Girl Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ James Carter QuartetJurassic Classics ... CD
DIW/Columbia, 1994. Used ... $2.99
There's nothing prehistoric about this set – as saxophonist James Carter's working here in an angular mode that's strikingly modern, despite the "classics" in the title! The tunes are all familiar ones, but they're recast by Carter with a deep tone on tenor, alto, and soprano sax – one that recalls the freshness of Sonny Rollins during his most creative period, but which also is recorded here with a bit more looseness and sense of freedom. The group are all players from Carter's Detroit scene – Craig Taborn on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass, and Tani Tabaal on drums – and titles include "Oleo", "Out Of Nowhere", "Take The A Train", "Ask Me Now", "Sandu", and "Equinox". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Jurassic Classics ... CD 6.99

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James Carter QuartetJurassic Classics ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1994. Used ... $6.99
There's nothing prehistoric about this set – as saxophonist James Carter's working here in an angular mode that's strikingly modern, despite the "classics" in the title! The tunes are all familiar ones, but they're recast by Carter with a deep tone on tenor, alto, and soprano sax – one that recalls the freshness of Sonny Rollins during his most creative period, but which also is recorded here with a bit more looseness and sense of freedom. The group are all players from Carter's Detroit scene – Craig Taborn on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass, and Tani Tabaal on drums – and titles include "Oleo", "Out Of Nowhere", "Take The A Train", "Ask Me Now", "Sandu", and "Equinox". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Jurassic Classics ... CD 2.99

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Big Sid Catlett QuartetSleep/Linger Awhile ... 78 RPM
Commodore, 1945. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Chicago Underground QuartetGood Days ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2020. New Copy ... $8.99
A fantastic step in the continuing evolution of the "Chicago Underground" project of trumpeter Rob Mazurek and drummer Chad Taylor – soaring out here in a set that's full of spiritual energy and a level of imagination that even surpasses their classic recordings from years ago! Mazurek blows piccolo trumpet, but also adds in some electronics – and Taylor is mindblowing on drums, playing with a style that's open, but always gently swinging – and matched with some synth bass from Josh Johnson, who also plays organ and piano on the set. The mighty guitarist Jeff Parker is the last member of the group – and like Mazurek, he's really come a long way in the past decade, and the quartet work together here at a level that has us falling in love with the Chicago Underground all over again. Moody at times, but never too loose – and titles include "Orgasm", "Good Days", "Batida", "All The Bells", "Unique Spiral", "Lome", "Westview", and "Strange Wing". CD

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✨✧ Maureen Choi QuartetIda Y Vuelta ... CD
BarCo, 2015. Used ... $8.99
Maureen Choi on violin, Daniel Garcia Diego on piano, Mario Carrillo on double bass, and Michael Olivera on drums featuring Pepe Rivero on piano and Javier Colina on double bass. CD

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Vincent Courtois QuartetWhat Do You Mean By Silence? ... CD
Triton (France), 2006. Used ... $6.99
Vincent Courtois on cello and electronics, Marc Baron on alto saxophone, Francois Merville on drums and electronics, and Jeanne Added on cello and vocals. CD

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Elton Dean Quartet/EDQThey All Be On This Old Road (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Maybe the most striking work we've heard from all the players in the group – and that's really saying a lot, given how many stunning records they gave us back in the 70s! The music here is wonderfully free and improvised, but also has a way of focusing on a specific element too – sometimes the piano pulsations of Keith Tippett, sometimes the very organic bass work of Chris Laurence, or the soulful alto sax work of Elton Dean, or intuitive percussion of Louis Moholo! The qualities are a bit hard to describe in words, but there's a vibe to the set that really shows why key players of the British 70s scene were often so different than their European counterparts – this mix of humanism and instrumental progressivism, sometimes a bit warmer than at other points – but balanced with freer flights of creativity. Titles include "Naima", "Dede Bup Bup", "Overdoing It", "Not Too Much", and "Nancy". CD features in four unissued bonus tracks, the most striking of the bunch – "Edeeupub", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Attic", and "Echoes". CD

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✨✧ Rein De Graaff/Dick Vennick QuartetCloud People ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic work from a group led by two giants of the Dutch jazz scene – both musicians who never got as much exposure on our side of the Atlantic, but who could really make magic on a record like this! The group is co-led by pianist Rein De Graaf and tenorist Dick Vennick – and there's this open, laidback approach to the whole proceedings – master soloists who know how to balance the group's energy with their own inspirations – at a level that really keeps things interesting, even on familiar tunes. Vennik plays flute on one track, beautifully – and the group also features Eric Ineke on drums and Koos Serierse – on titles that include "All Blues", "Lothlorien", "You've Changed", "Cloud People", and "Portrait Of Jennie". CD

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Even Horizon Jazz QuartetEvent Horizon ... CD
GRB, 2019. Used ... $2.99
Tracks include "Guess Not", "Escher Drive", "Dark Waltz – When Sadness Comes", "Last Blue Jay", and "Strut". CD

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Colin Fisher QuartetLiving Midnight ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99 12.99
This might be the only we've seen with saxophonist Colin Fisher as a leader – but the set's got a quality that will certainly have us looking out for more! The group features Brandon Lopez on bass and Marc Edwards on drums – with both Fisher and Daniel Carter on reeds – the former on tenor and alto, the latter on tenor, alto, soprano, clarinet, and flute (although we'd swear that we hear a trumpet in there somewhere as well!) The open space of the record allows the horns to work together in a loose formation that almost recalls the spirit of the loft jazz scene in the 70s – as does the work of Lopez and Edwards too – long, improvised performances that have a very organic feel – with titles that include "Crescent Moon Furnace", "Valley Spirit", and "Embryonic Breath". CD

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Fourth World Quartet1975 ... CD
Cuneiform, 1975. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Amazing early work from the Fourth World Quartet – an obscure new music ensemble from early 70s Michigan – but one whose members would go on to form Mission Of Burma and Destroy All Monsters! Here, the sound is completely different than those later groups – a mix of compositional structure and free improvisation – served up by Roger Miller on piano, Benjamin Miller on guitar and alto, Laurence Miller on bass clarinet, and Jack Waterston on alto – a reed-heavy lineup who make some wonderful soundshapes next to Roger's more dynamic piano! Some moments echo some of Miller's later, post-Burma work – but the sound here is also very much its own – very hard to peg, with titles that include "Glanmane", "Alone In Allendale", "The Transformation Of Oz", "Ambrosia Triangle", "Bubble On A Stem", and "Winter's Dream". CD

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Frame Quartet (Vandermark/McBride/Daisy/Lonberg-Holm)35mm ... CD
Okka Disk, 2009. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
An overlooked group from the Chicago scene of the early century – a group made up of very familiar names from the world of free improvisation in the city, but coming together here with a slightly different vibe! The real difference is the use of electric elements at times – both electronics from Fred Lonberg-Holm and Nate McBride, plus acoustic bass from McBride, who switches between that instrument and acoustic! The electronics are sometimes used in an abstract way to fill in space, and not dominate the sound – which then lets the tenor and clarinet work of Ken Vandermark snake out in some really cool ways, while Tim Daisy is also sometimes a bit more rhythmic than usual on drums. Titles include "Multi Chrome", "MES", "Straw", "Theater Piece", and "Lens". CD

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Fred Frith & Rova Saxophone QuartetFreedom In Fragments ... CD
Tzadik, 2002. Used ... $11.99
The Rova Saxophone Quartet performs the music of Fred Frith! CD

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✨✧ Generations QuartetFlow ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2016. Used Gatefold ... $11.99
Oliver Lake on saxophone, Joe Fonda on bass, Michael Jefry Stevens on piano, and Emil Gross on drums. CD

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Charlie Haden Quartet WestHaunted Heart ... CD
Verve/Gitanes, 1991. Used ... $3.99
Features Charlie Haden on bass, Ernie Watts on tenor, Alan Broadbent on piano, and Lawrence Marable on drums! CD
(Out of print.)

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Harrelleers/Dave Remington QuartetCome On Ye Cubs/Mr Citizens March ... 7-inch
Vincent, 1960s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a small sticker.)

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Gene Harris QuartetIt's The Real Soul ... CD
Concord, 1995. Used ... $5.99
Gene Harris on piano, Ron Eschete on guitar, Luther Hughes on bass, and Paul Humphrey on drums. CD
(Booklet has a slight cut corner.)

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Roy Haynes QuartetOut Of The Afternoon (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... On January 28, 2022
Drummer Roy Haynes always brings something great to the table for any album he does as a leader – and this record is no exception! Here, the "added something" is the presence of Roland Kirk on reeds – offered a key early chance to express his most modern ideas in the freedom of Haynes' group – working alongside Tommy Flanagan on piano and Henry Grimes on bass, in what was easily one of the hippest groups to record for Impulse in the early 60s! The record's filled with wonderful material – and a mix of originals and standards done with a very twisted edge – all with great interplay between Kirk's quirky sax work and Roy Haynes' amazing drumming – often changing up timings and rhythms with ease, and really matching Kirk's quirky energy for the set. Titles include "Moon Ray", "Raoul", "Snap Crackle", and "Long Wharf". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Acoustic Sounds series!)

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Earl Hines QuartetEarl Hines Quartet ... LP
Chiaroscuro, 1977. Near Mint- ... $4.99
With Hank Young on bass, Tiny Grimes on guitar, and Bert Darhlander on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner.)

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Jubileum Quartet (Leandre/Parker/Fernandez/Kaucic)A Uis ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Bassist Joelle Leandre always seems to bring out something special in a session – and that's definitely the case here, as her warm spirit of creative creation seems to really shape the contributions of Agusti Fernandez on piano and Evan Parker on tenor sax! Make no mistake, Parker also brings out a lot in players too – and his ability to adapt, especially in mature years, continues to blow us away – especially on a record like this, as his tenor wraps around the bass in all sorts of wonderful ways, sprinkled with notes from Fernandez, and dotted by the drums and objects used by Zlatko Kaucic – who we may be hearing here for the first time. The set features one long performance – recorded at the Cerkno festival in 2018, dedicated to Kaucic's 40 years as a musician! CD

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✨✧ Lee Konitz & The Axis String QuartetPlay French Impressionist Music From The 20th Century ... CD
Palmetto, 2000. Used ... $8.99
Lee Konitz on alto saxophone, Catherine Bent on cello, Judith Insell on viola, and Meg Okura and Rob Thomas on violin. CD
(Mark through barcode.)

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Lee Konitz QuartetCool Man (Cool Combos) ... CD
Black Bird/Barna Record Lab (Switzerland), 1949/1953. Used ... $9.99
With Warne Marsh, Sal Mosca, Billy Bauer, and Henri Renaud. CD
(Out of print.)

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Kronos QuartetReleased 1985 to 1995 ... CD
Nonesuch, Mid 80s-Mid 90s. Used 2 CDs ... $3.99
Includes works by Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Arvo Part, Philip Glass, Raymond Scott, and George Crumb. CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny Lewis QuartetShuckin' & Jivin' (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Ubiquity/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. Used ... $19.99
The hot and funky Johnny Lewis Quartet recorded this massive slab of jazz in the early 70's, when the group's lineup consisted of organ, tenor, guitar, and very very hot drums. The LP contains some excellent covers of "Cissy Strut", "Blue Funk", and "Chitlins Con Carne" – plus a great original called "Shuckin N Jivin". This reissue also includes a cover of "Them Changes" that wasn't on the original release, which is a very cool bonus, and which sounds very hard and funky! The LP's filled with hard drum breaks, great jazzy solos, and lots of very cool funky grooves. Even if you think you've already got too many obscure jazz funk albums, don't pass this one up! It's a totally great addition to any collection, and even though we didn't know it until we got this reissue, we've been playing it non-stop since we got it! CD
(Out of print P-Vine pressing – includes obi!)

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Charles Lloyd QuartetFish Out Of Water ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1989. Used ... $11.99
Charles Lloyd on tenor saxophone and flute, Bobo Stetson on piano, Palle Danielsson on bass, and Jon Christensen on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Mike Mainieri QuartetInsight ... CD
Solid State/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 25, 2021 (delayed)
Sublime vibes from a young Mike Mainieri – still working here mostly in a jazz mode, but also stretching out towards some of his experiments to come in the 70s! There's a dark sort of sound to the record – definitely an echo of the MJQ generation, but taken further too – and swing with a bit more of a relaxed style that shows Mike's youthful approach! The vibes have these amazing tones at times – really rich, chromatic elements that almost feel like a Fender Rhodes – and the group also sports great guitar from Joe Beck – plus bass from Lyn Christie, and drums from Don McDonald. Titles include "Rain Child", "Instant Garlic", "Minnesota Thins", and "La Plus Que Lente". CD

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✨✧ Mike Mainieri QuartetInsight ... LP
Solid State, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $39.99
Sublime vibes from a young Mike Mainieri – still working here mostly in a jazz mode, but also stretching out towards some of his experiments to come in the 70s! There's a dark sort of sound to the record – definitely an echo of the MJQ generation, but taken further too – and swing with a bit more of a relaxed style that shows Mike's youthful approach! The vibes have these amazing tones at times – really rich, chromatic elements that almost feel like a Fender Rhodes – and the group also sports great guitar from Joe Beck – plus bass from Lyn Christie, and drums from Don McDonald. Titles include "Rain Child", "Instant Garlic", "Minnesota Thins", and "La Plus Que Lente". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gatefold cover has surface, spine, and edge wear. Inner gatefold has a small spot of staining at bottom.)

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Mankunku QuartetYakhal Inkomo ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 1968. New Copy ... About January 7, 2022
A real treasure from the South African scene of the 60s – and the kind of record that we thought wasn't being made until the following decade! Tenorist Winston Mankunku Ngozi rivals the genius of Coltrane and Wayne Shorter here – both artists to whom he dedicates a key track on the album – and the record's hardly just a South African jazz effort, as it's got this long-flowing spiritual energy that rivals some of the best American work on Impulse or Blue Note at the time – but, like the best of those records, never does so in any sort of slavish way at all! Instead, Ngozi really finds his own voice here – blowing tenor with a great amount of depth, in a quartet that often hits these modal currents that work great with his horn – a lineup that features Lionel Pillay on piano, Agrippa Magwaza on bass, and Early Mabuza on drums. Incredibly hip and soulful, no matter what the origin – and titles include "Yakhal Inkomo", "Dedication", "Doodlin", and "Bessie's Blues". CD

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Mankunku QuartetYakhal Inkomo ... LP
Mr Bongo (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... About January 7, 2022
A real treasure from the South African scene of the 60s – and the kind of record that we thought wasn't being made until the following decade! Tenorist Winston Mankunku Ngozi rivals the genius of Coltrane and Wayne Shorter here – both artists to whom he dedicates a key track on the album – and the record's hardly just a South African jazz effort, as it's got this long-flowing spiritual energy that rivals some of the best American work on Impulse or Blue Note at the time – but, like the best of those records, never does so in any sort of slavish way at all! Instead, Ngozi really finds his own voice here – blowing tenor with a great amount of depth, in a quartet that often hits these modal currents that work great with his horn – a lineup that features Lionel Pillay on piano, Agrippa Magwaza on bass, and Early Mabuza on drums. Incredibly hip and soulful, no matter what the origin – and titles include "Yakhal Inkomo", "Dedication", "Doodlin", and "Bessie's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Clint Mansell & Kronos QuartetRequiem For A Dream ... LP
Nonesuch, 2000. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl.)

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Lawrence Marable Quartet feat James ClayTenorman ... CD
Jazz West/Universal (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 25, 2021 (delayed)
A sublime jazz gem! The tracks were recorded by an LA-based group that included 4 expats from other parts of the country – drummer Lawrence Marable, bassist Jimmy Bond, pianist Sonny Clark, and Texas tenorman James Clay, whose rich tone and soulful inventiveness dominate the session. The whole thing's got a wonderfully laidback groove – like some of the best Sonny Criss work on Imperial – and apart from a brief CD reissue in the 80s, the material's always been quite tough to find. Titles include "Airtight", "Easy Living", "Minor Meeting", "Marbles", and "Three Fingers North". CD

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Branford Marsalis QuartetMo' Better Blues ... CD
Columbia, 1990. Used ... $3.99
Includes the wonderful "Harlem Blues" with vocals by Cynda Williams – plus "Jazz Thing" by Gang Starr. CD
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy McGriff/Hank Crawford QuartetRight Turn On Blue ... CD
Telarc, 1994. Used ... $6.99
Jimmy McGriff on Hammond B3 organ, Hank Crawford on alto saxophone, Rodney Jones on guitar, and Jesse Hameen on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Midnight String QuartetChristmas Rhapsodies For Young Lovers ... LP
Viva/Phoenix10/Holiday, 1980. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Viva pressing.)

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Lloyd Miller/Press Keys QuartetOriental Jazz ... LP
East West/Now Again, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 25.98
Possibly the greatest album ever from the enigmatic Lloyd Miller – his legendary Oriental Jazz album from the late 60s, and a really wonderful blend of musical modes! Some of the tracks here really stretch out in the Eastern promise of the title – mixing jazz rhythms with santur, oud, zarb, and other unusual instrumentation – all in ways that are modal one minute, meditative the next, and which even echo gamelan styles on one tune! Other tracks are a bit straighter in the instrumentation, but still sparkle with a globe's worth of influence – Lloyd on piano, carving out sounds in a very unusual way! Some tracks are by Miller's trio, other by a quartet that features him, but which is led by pianist/trombonist Press Keys. Titles include "Hue Wail", "Pentalogic", "Tanya", "Natanie", "Guzel Gozler", "Prelude In The Iranian Mode Shur", "Impression Of Bhairava Raga", and "Njonja Mirah & Yona". Some of these tracks have appeared on Millers Oriental Jazz CD compilation – but others haven't – and this is his reissue of the full original album! LP, Vinyl record album

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Modern Jazz QuartetArt Of The Modern Jazz Quartet – The Atlantic Years ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 18.98
A double-length set of work from The Modern Jazz Quartet – a collection of material from their first decade or so on Atlantic Records! The package captures the group when they were really rising to international fame – recorded here both in the US, and in front of their growing audience overseas – mostly with the core quartet of Milt Jackson on vibes, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – but also featuring occasional work from guests who include Sonny Rollins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on clarinet, and an orchestra conducted by Gunther Schuller. Titles include "The Golden Striker", "Cortege", "England's Carol", "Today (Home)", "Lonely Woman", "Django", "Bluesology", "Sketch (For Double Quartet)", "Fun", "Summertime", "Concorde", and "Ralph's New Blues". CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetArtistry Of The Modern Jazz Quartet ... CD
Prestige, Early 50s. Used ... $6.99
Early 50's magic from the Modern Jazz Quartet – John Lewis on piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke and Connie Kay on drums. Tracks include "Queen's Fancy", "Milano", "Concorde", "One Bass Hit", and "The Stopper" with tenor Sonny Rollins. CD
(Out of print.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetBlues On Bach ... CD
Atlantic, 1974. Used ... $1.99
Titles include "Regret", "Precious Joy", "Blues In H", "Blues In C Minor", "Rise Up In The Morning", and "Blues In B Flat". CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetDedicated To Connie ... CD
Atlantic, 1960. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
A previously unreleased live set from the glory days of the Modern Jazz Quartet – a double-length concert recorded in Slovenia in 1960! CD
(Out of print.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetDjango ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Mid 50s. Used ... $1.99
A stone classic from the Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded back when the group still featured Kenny Clarke in its membership, but already with some of the more serious, somber tones that would mark the combo's more famous years! Tracks here are from a variety of sessions in 1953, 1954, and 1955 – and trace an evolution of the MJQ style from initial more composed renditions of bop and modern jazz, to some of the more ambitious colors and tones of the Lewis-penned songbook. Titles include longish readings of "Django" and "La Ronde Suite", plus "Milano", "But Not For Me", "The Queen's Fancy", and "Delaunay's Dilemma". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Django (RVG remaster series) ... CD 2.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetDjango (RVG remaster series) ... CD
Prestige, Mid 50s. Used ... $2.99
A stone classic from the Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded back when the group still featured Kenny Clarke in its membership, but already with some of the more serious, somber tones that would mark the combo's more famous years! Tracks here are from a variety of sessions in 1953, 1954, and 1955 – and trace an evolution of the MJQ style from initial more composed renditions of bop and modern jazz, to some of the more ambitious colors and tones of the Lewis-penned songbook. Titles include longish readings of "Django" and "La Ronde Suite", plus "Milano", "But Not For Me", "The Queen's Fancy", and "Delaunay's Dilemma". CD
Also available Django ... CD 1.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetEchoes – Together Again ... LP
Pablo, 1984. Near Mint- ... $4.99
With Connie Kay on drums, Milt Jackson on vibes, Percy Heath on bass, and John Lewis on piano. LP, Vinyl record album

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Modern Jazz QuartetFor Ellington ... LP
East West, 1988. Near Mint- ... $9.99
For Ellington is, obviously, a tribute to the Duke – but it's done in a really creative way that gets past any simple rehashed versions of his tunes! The MJQ's approach here is totally great – very different rhythmically than classical Ellington – in a way that pulls apart familiar tunes, and uses them as completely fresh vehicles for a new sort of improvisation. Milt Jackson's vibes are especially wonderful – full of color, and quite dramatic at times – and titles include the original numbers "Maestro EKE" and "For Ellington" – plus "Jack The Bear", "Sepia Panorama", "Rockin In Rhythm", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has minimal wear.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetLast Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
Not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match. Milt Jackson's vibes are chromatically aligned in this amazing way with the piano of John Lewis – and somehow the live recording seems to bring out even more tones in the bass of Percy Heath, who feels an even stronger presence here than usual. Connie Kay's work on drums are a masterpiece of percussive understatement – and titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Summertime", "The Cylinder", "Blues In A Minor", and "One Never Knows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small sticker spot.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetLegendary Profile ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
A cool 70s album from the Modern Jazz Quartet – and one that has John Lewis playing a bit of electric piano, in addition to his usual acoustic keys! At some level, it almost feels like the group's working off the lessons learned during their Apple Records years – and are also picking up some elements of Milt Jackson's work on other projects in the late 60s – as the record has a soulful groove you might not normally expect from the MJQ, and less of the more academic tones that had marked some of their earlier 60s recordings for Atlantic. Tunes are really nicely focused, but still have that strong sense of space and sound that's the Lewis' hallmark – and Jackson's nicely-pointed vibes sound really great next to Lewis' keys, whether acoustic or electric. Titles include "The Legendary Profile", "Valeria", "Misty Roses", "The Martyr", and "What Now My Love". CD

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Modern Jazz QuartetLive At The Lighthouse ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good+ ... $11.99
An overlooked later gem from the Modern Jazz Quartet on Atlantic – a live set recorded at the Lighthouse, and one with a funkier tone than some of the group's earlier work for the label! Milt Jackson seems to be a bit more in charge of the sound on this set – as the tracks have that earthy quality he was bringing to his own solo albums of the time – yet still ring out with the sense of sound and space that's clearly directed by the John Lewis influence. The whole thing's wonderfully spare – with a sense of timing and grace that's impeccable, yet which also never fails to swing – and titles include "The Spiritual", "Baseball", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Intima", "Novamo", "For Someone I Love" and "What's New". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and purple label pressing.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Atlantic) ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of the first MJQ albums on Atlantic – and a bit fresher than some of their later outings, when it seemed like they were churning records out at the drop of a hat! Titles include an extended medley of standards, all given the MJQ touch – plus the drum-heavy "La Ronde", and the tracks "Baden Baden", "Bag's Groove", and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label Long Playing Unbreakable pressing with deep groove. Cover has a water stain and some flaking in a botom corner, but is nice overall.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetMore From The Last Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Near Mint- ... $9.99
More material from the famous Last Concert record from the MJQ – not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match. Milt Jackson's vibes are chromatically aligned in this amazing way with the piano of John Lewis – and somehow the live recording seems to bring out even more tones in the bass of Percy Heath, who feels an even stronger presence here than usual. Connie Kay's work on drums are a masterpiece of percussive understatement – and titles include "The Jasmine Tree", "Tears From The Children", "England's Carol", "Blues In H (b)", and "Really True Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Modern Jazz QuartetMusic From Odds Against Tomorrow ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 25, 2021 (delayed)
A brilliant album through and through – not just a standout from the late 50s years of the Modern Jazz Quartet, but also a compelling soundtrack composed entirely by pianist John Lewis! Lewis' writing was always a key part of the group's sound, but here it really comes into its own – shaping out these dark, moody little scenes for the movies – which work equally well as little sound pieces on their own – still jazz, yet often moving towards something deeper and more evocative too! The vibes of Milt Jackson are a masterpiece in economy – ringing out gently and filling up the space with each movement they make – and titles include "Skating In Central Park", "A Social Call", "A Cold Wind Is Blowing", and "Cue #9". CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetPatterns ... LP
United Artists, 1960. Very Good- ... $3.99
Nice moody stuff from the MJQ – featuring a number of longish tracks with kind of a haunting soundtrack quality to them. In fact, most of these cuts (we think) appeared on the soundtrack to the film Odds Against Tomorrow, but are redone here by the band in new versions. Titles include "Skating In Central Park", "A Social Call", "Cold Wind Is Blowing", and "Cue #9". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and aging, with a very small tear in back at the opening.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetPyramid ... CD
Atlantic, 1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Features a long reading of "Pyramid" – plus "Django", "Romaine", "Vendome", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". CD
(Out of print.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny RollinsModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Sonny Rollins ... CD
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... $5.99
The Modern Jazz Quartet with a very noteworthy addition – the great Sonny Rollins, whose work on this record really makes it a cut above the usual MJQ outing for Atlantic! As on the quartet's previous Music Inn album with Jimmy Giuffre, the addition of a reed player really inflects their trademark sound with a new range of sounds and feelings – and Rollins himself cuts back on the hardbop influences, and shows some great restraint in matching some of the group's more modern modes. Sonny only plays on 2 of the album's 6 tracks – but that's enough to open it up nicely – and on other numbers, the MJQ begin in their usual mellower mode, but then seem to step things up with more boppish inflections, almost anticipating Rollins' arrival on the last 2 numbers. Sonny plays on the tunes "Bag's Groove" and "Night In Tunisia" – and other titles include "Midsommer", "Festival Sketch", "Yardbird Suite", and an opening medley. CD
(Out of print.)

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Modern Sound QuartetFloreama ... LP
Fonovideo/Holy Basil (Italy), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 31.99
A keyboard-heavy set from the 70s, and one that's on the funkier side of the sound library spectrum – thanks to an array of grooves that move with the speed of some of the best cop or crime soundtracks of the time! The main maestro here is Oscar Rocchi – an older Italian jazz player you might know from jazz, but who does a great job here on a variety of electric keys – serving up solos that have a meaningful vibe, next to some of the riffing guitar, snapping drums, and heavier basslines in the groove! Tracks are short, but way more than just fill-in music – and titles include "Narciso", "Myosotis", "Fiordalisi", "Peonia", "Ninfee", "Gladioli", "Rododendri", and "Campanule". LP, Vinyl record album

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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John ColtraneThelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $2.99
A rare gem of a session – live material recorded by the Voice Of America in 1957, and featuring a unique Thelonious Monk quartet with John Coltrane on tenor! The performance is contemporaneous with Coltrane's appearance on the legendary Monk's Music album for Riverside – and the overall feel here is a bit similar to that classic. Yet the live setting also allows Coltrane to open up and improvise a lot more – stretching out in fluid lines that are often a strong contrast to the more angular notes coming out of Monk's piano. Rhythm is by the team of Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass and Shadow Wilson on drums – and titles are broken up into an "early show" and "late show" – 9 numbers in all that include "Bye-ya", "Epistrophy", "Nutty", "Crepuscule With Nellie", "Monk's Mood", and "Evidence". CD

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Gerry Mulligan Quartet/Chubby Jackson Big BandGerry Mulligan Quartet/Chubby Jackson Big Band ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1950/1952/1953. Used ... $5.99
Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, Chet Baker on trumpet, Carson Smith on bass, and Chico Hamilton on drums. Chubby Jackson Big Band with Chubby Jackson on bass, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, Howard McGhee, Al Porcino and Don Ferrara on trumpets, JJ Johnson and Kai Winding on trombones, Zoot Sims and Georgie Auld on tenor saxes, Charlie Kennedy on alto sax, Tony Aless on piano, and Don Lamond on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Charlie Munro QuartetEastern Horizons ... LP
Philips/Be! (Germany), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A totally cool little record – and one that more than lives up to the Eastern promise of its cover! The album's a real stunner from Australian reedman Charlie Munro – a beautiful mix of jazz and exotic elements, at a level that puts it up there with a rare few records that work this well – like the Indo-Jazz experiments of Joe Harriott, the earlier recordings of Ahmed Abdul Malik, and maybe the legendary Jazz Meets World series on MPS! Munro's range of influences is nicely varied here – with some elements of Indian music, others borrowed from Japan, and even some from points that are a bit more Mid-East – mostly delivered on familiar jazz instrumentation, but with very dramatic results. Charlie plays tenor, alto, soprano sax, and bass clarinet – plus a bit of flute and cello too – and the rest of the group includes Mark Bowden on drums and vibes, Neville Whitehead on bass, and Bob McIvor on trombone – an instrument that's often used in these dark, bassy tones with the rhythms. Titles include "Islamic Suite", "Arch's Groove", "Malahari Raga", "David", "Japanese Love Song", "Minimum", "When I Look At You", and "Raised Eyebrows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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New York Jazz QuartetBlues For Sarka ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A surprisingly wonderful album – even if these guys break our cardinal rule of jazz combos, which is never to put the name of your home city in place of the players in the group! The group's a quartet with Frank Wess on flute and tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Grady Tate on drums – and the set was recorded live in Munich before a very enthusiastic crowd. The sum total of the players is way more than the parts – as all of them manage to really stretch out on the set, working through some long tunes that have a soulfulness and inspiration that's rare for Wess and Hanna especially. Includes the long funky groover "Smelly Jelly Belly" (hate that title!) – plus the cuts "Rodney Round Robin", "Blues For Sarka", and "All Blues". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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William Parker QuartetPetit Oiseau ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2008. Used ... $9.99
Really classic sounding work – from a quartet that features William Parker on bass, Rob Brown on alto saxophone, Hamid Drake on drums, and Lewis Barnes on trumpet. Brown plays some b-flat clarinet on one track, and Parker plays cedar flute on the same track too! CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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✨✧ Placebo/Sadi Quartet/Rene ThomasLive In Bruxelles – Jazz In Belgium – Three Days In April (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $24.99
Rare work from the legendary funky group Placebo – recorded live here in a set that also features contributions from two other great Belgian acts too! Placebo dominate the first half of the record – and turn in a hard-driving performance that's heavy on Fender Rhodes from the legendary Marc Moulin – who has this way of playing that makes his keyboard lines all nice and chunky, and a perfect fit for the funky drums and tight horns on the tunes! The group's a septet, with two trumpets, two saxes, bass, and drums – all kicking out a great groove for the Rhodes, on tunes that include "Showbiz Suite", "Only Nineteen", and "Planes". Next up is strongly soulful work from vibist Fats Sadi – a player you might know from his 60s work on MPS and in the Clarke Boland Big Band – sounding great here in a quartet mode, with piano, bass and drums – ringing out out strongly on tunes that include "Burgos", "Gigi's Pad", and "Gospel Time". Last up is guitarist Rene Thomas – a player whose best-known work is from the 50s Parisian scene. Rene still sounds great here – and actually plays with a harder tone and more freewheeling vibe – in a trio with bass and drums, on the titles "Blue Tempo", "My Wife Maria", and "Chega Da Saudade". CD

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Portico QuartetIsla ... CD
Real World (UK), 2009. Used Gatefold ... $5.99
Jack Wyllie on saxophone and electronics, Milo Fitzpatrick on double bass, Duncan Bellamy on drums, piano and mariamba, Nick Mulvey on percussion and idiophone. CD

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Ferdinand Povel QuartetSome Other Blues ... CD
Blue Jack Jazz/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $16.99
Great work as a leader from reedman Ferdinand Povel – a player who's sparked up some great moments on albums by other players over the years, but who hardly ever records as a boss on his own! This set's a "forgotten tape" – recorded in the late 80s, but only issued recently – and it features Povel both on tenor and soprano sax, playing with an angularly expressive tone that even makes familiar standards sound fresh – working with players who include Wim Overgaauw on guitar, Rob Langereis on bass, and John Engels on drums. The mix of guitar and saxophone is pretty lively on the upbeat numbers – especially in the way that Wim uses these sustained notes that almost ring out like an organ – and titles on the set include "Workout", "Some Other blues", "Mr Syms", "Old Folks", "UMMG", and "Waltz New". CD
(Part of the "Jazz Premium Seats – Rare Jazz – Live & Sessions" series!)

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✨✧ Prism QuartetColor Theory ... CD
Xas, 2017. Used ... $8.99
Timothy McAllister on soprano saxophone, Zachary Sheman on alto saxophone, Matthew Levy on tenor saxophone, and Taimur Sullivan on baritone saxophone – plus So Percussion and special guests Partch and guitarist Derek Johnson. CD

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Prism Quartet with Ravi Coltrane, Joe Lovano, & Chris Potter)Heritage/Evolution Vol 2 ... CD
Xas, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Some great guests work here with the Prism Quartet – in a style that mixes together compositional structures with jazz-based improvisation – at a level that features plenty of key contributions from the guests! The core quartet features Zachary Shemon, Timothy McAllister, Timur Sullivan, and Matthew Levy on a variety of saxes – but coming together in a style that's quite different than the sax quartet modes of a few decades back – as there's often no need to have the horns take over rhythmic functions or sit in for other instruments. Instead, there's plenty of sublime woodwind interplay here – on long selections that include the tenor of Joe Lovano on "Forbidding Drive", the tenors of Chris Potter and Ravi Coltrane on "Improvisations", Potter on bass clarinet and Coltrane on sopranino on "Tones For M", and Lovano on a variety of saxes on "Super Sonix". CD

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Prism Saxophone QuartetReal Standard Time ... CD
Innova, 2000. Used ... $4.99
Tim Ries on soprano saxophone Michael Whitcombe on alto saxophone, Matthew Levy on tenor saxophone, Taimur Sullivan on baritone saxophone, with Ben Monder and Bob Ward on guitar, Larry Goldings on organ, Franck Amsallem on piano, Johannes Weidenmueller and Tony Scherr on bass, and Eric Halverson, John Riley, and Matt Wilson on drums. CD

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Joshua Redman QuartetSpirit Of The Moment – Live At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Warner, 1995. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
Features Joshua Redman on saxophones, Peter Martin on piano, Christopher Thomas on bass, and Brian Blade on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Rova Saxophone QuartetCircumference of Reason ... CD
ESP, 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
Beautiful sounds from Rova Sax Quartet – a group who virtually invented their format in the 70s, and are still very much masters of the game! The thing about Rova, is that they're never using an all-sax lineup as a gimmick – and although some horns occasionally served more rhythmic ends, the sound is often more concerned with the interplay of tones and textures – delivered by the superb lineup of Bruce Ackley on soprano and tenor, Steve Adams on alto and sopranino, Larry Ochs on tenor, and Jon Raskin on baritone. Titles include "NC 17", "The Enumeration", "Extrapolation Of The Inevitable", and "The Circumference Of Reason". CD

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Pee Wee Russell QuartetAsk Me Now! ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1965. Used ... $11.99
A record that will blow your mind – way different than you might expect from the cover! Sure, Pee Wee was a bit of a traditionalist on his instrument – the clarinet – but he's working here in a starkly modern way that almost recalls some of the best 50s work of Jimmy Guiffre, or some of the earlier sides by Steve Lacy. There's still a swing-based approach to the tunes, but they're handled in a spare style that features equal interplay between Russell, trombonist Marshall Brown, bassist Russell George, and drummer Ronnie Bedford – a great player who really makes the album sparkle! The tracks include a couple of Thelonious Monk titles – "Ask Me Now!" and "Hackensack" as well as a couple of Marshall Brown originals – "Licorice Stick" and "Calypso Walk". Other titles are Ornette Coleman's "Turnaround", Coltrane's "Some Other Blues" and Ellington's "Prelude To A Kiss". CD
(Out of print.)

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Aaron Stroessner QuartetHaymarket Station ... CD
Aaron Stroessner, 2020. Used ... $2.99
Aaron Stroessner on guitar, Kevin Lloyd on Hammond B3 organ, Mitchell Benson on bass, and Andrew Wray on drums. CD

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Trio Da Kali & Kronos QuartetLadilikan ... CD
World Circuit, 2017. Used ... $6.99
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Buster Williams QuartetJoined At The Hip ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1998. Used ... $6.99
Buster Williams on bass, Steve Wilson on alto saxophone, Carlos McKinney on piano, and Ali Muhammad Jackson Jr on drums. CD

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Jimmy Witherspoon with The Dick Morrissey QuartetLive In London 1966 ... CD
R&B Records (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $14.99
Singer Jimmy Witherspoon recorded some great music over here in the US, but this set from London might well be one of his best of the 60s – and features Jimmy working with superb backing from a hell of a quartet! The group's led by tenorist Dick Morrissey, who gets in plenty of great solos himself – and the others include Harry South on piano, Phil Bates on bass, and the legendary Phil Seamen on drums – all working with a tightness that feels as if they've been working with Witherspoon for years. Saxophonist Peter King also appears on a few tracks, and one more features Alexis Korner on guitar and Ray Warleigh on alto – and throughout, Jimmy is fantastic – singing in that unique blend of jazz and blues that made his music of the postwar years so great, and such a great pairing for the mod sound of 60s London. Titles include "Sweet Lotus Blossom", "If There Wasn't Any You", "Send Me Someone To Love", "Big Fine Girl", "New Down Home Blues", "Kansas City", "In Walked Bud", "When Will I Be Called A Man", and "Times Getting Tougher Than Tough". CD

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World Saxophone QuartetDances & Ballads ... CD
Nonesuch, 1987. Used ... $7.99
One of the best albums ever recorded by the WSQ – a sensitive mix of rhythmic tunes and mellow ballads, played by the group with less agression than on previous releases, but in a way that shows that they're really fitting into the style of the ensemble well. Titles include "Cool Red", "Full Deep & Mellow", "Dance Until Dawn", "Fast Life", "Hattie Wall", and "Sweet D". CD
(Out of print.)

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World Saxophone QuartetSteppin With The World Saxophone Quartet ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1979. Very Good+ ... $9.99
With Hamiet Bluiett, Julius Hemphill, David Murray, and Oliver Lake – each playing a few different saxes. Titles include "R&B", "Hearts", "PO In Cairo", "Steppin", and "Ra Ta Ta". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and unglued seams held with old tape.)

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World Saxophone QuartetWSQ ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1981. Used ... $9.99
Really groundbreaking work from the World Sax Quartet – one of the first, and best, all-horn ensembles! The strength of the album definitely hangs on the backgrounds of the players – Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, and David Murray – all already key reedmen in left field jazz, with a sense of sound and identity that makes each part of the group as strong as its whole – a great trading of musical minds, spirits, and sounds. Instrumentation includes alto, tenor, baritone, clarinet, soprano sax, and bass clarinet – and titles include "Sundance", "Pillars Latino", "Suite Music", "Sound Light", "Connections", and "Fast Life". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ray Wray QuartetYes Indeed ... LP
Pharaoh, Early 60s. Very Good ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and aging, with a partially removed address sticker on front, and some pen on both sides.)

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Patrick Zimmerli QuartetClockworks ... CD
Songlines (Canada), 2018. Used ... $7.99
Patrick Zimmerli on tenor saxophone, Ethan Iverson on piano, Christopher Tordini on bass, and John Hollenbeck on drums. CD

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✨✧ Billy Bang QuartetSpirits Gathering ... CD
Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Billy Bang on violin, Brett Allen on guitar, Akira Ando on bass, and Denis Charles on drums. CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a very slight cut corner and a punch through the barcode.)

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✨✧ Charles Bell & The Contemporary Jazz QuartetAnother Dimension ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful set by the enigmatic Charles Bell – a 60s modernist, but one with a great sense of soul! The album definitely lives up to its title, and has a fresh approach to the medium – a style that has some of the Modern Jazz Quartet influence in its structure, yet which also shares some more complex rhythmic ideas from the Ornette Coleman camp – mixed with a straighter hardbop vibe as well! The blend is quite compelling – and in addition to Bell's work on piano, the set also features Bill Smith on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Allan Blairman on drums. Titles include "Satan Said", "Django", "Portrait Of Aunt Mary", "Theme", and "Bass Line". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue and green label pressing – a nice copy!)

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✨✧ David Berkman QuartetStart Here, Finish There ... CD
Palmetto, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
David Berkman on piano, Dick Oatts on saxophone, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Anthony Braxton QuartetSanta Cruz 1993 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1997. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Anthony Braxton on reeds, Marilyn Crispell on piano, Mark Dresser on bass, and Gerry Hemingway on percussion and marimba. CD
(Out of print original 2 CD pressing – limited to 2000 copies)

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✨✧ Rosario Giuliani QuartetLuggage ... CD
Dreyfus, 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rosario Giuliani on alto saxophone, Pietro Lussu on piano, Pietro Ciancaglini on bass, and Lorenzo Tucci on drums. CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode.)

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✨✧ Mark Guiliana Jazz QuartetJersey ... CD
Motema, 2017. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
That's the state of New Jersey on the cover – represented with an image that's as beautiful as the music on the set – a nicely bold statement from drummer Mark Guiliana, who works here with a mighty strong quartet! The group features some especially great tenor from Jason Rigby – a player who can soar forward on waves of sound one minute, then bring things back to carefully creative sonic territory – all in a way that's beautifully illustrative, with almost a painterly quality to his performance – but never in a way that feels forced or overly intellectual – given the organic quality of his horn. Pianist Fabian Almazan's great too – able to burst out these beautiful tones that really set the whole picture on fire – and bassist Chris Morrissey gets some great time in the spotlight, sometimes even to set the tunes up from the start – which he does wonderfully, then rolls them along as strongly as Guiliana's drums. Titles include "Our Lady", "Where Are We Now", "Big Rig Jones", "BP", "Rate", and "September". CD

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✨✧ Eddie Henderson QuartetFlight Of Mind ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Larry Williams on piano, Ed Howard on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums! CD

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✨✧ Kronos QuartetMugam Sayagi – Music Of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh ... CD
Nonesuch, 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetBlues On Bach ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Regret", "Precious Joy", "Blues In H", "Blues In C Minor", "Rise Up In The Morning", and "Blues In B Flat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light surface wear.)
Also available Blues On Bach ... CD 1.99

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetFontessa ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic set of high-class jazz from the MJQ – one that shows John Lewis' growing compositional skills, and the band's always tight ability to work in a compressed chamber format. Features the extended "Fontessa" suite, plus the tracks "Versailles", "Angel Eyes", "Bluesology", and "Woodyn You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red & purple label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetI Giganti Del Jazz 5 ... LP
Armando Curcio (Italy), 1958. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Animal Dance", "Django", "Milano", "Bluesology", "Odds Against Tomorrow", "Sketch 3", "Ambiguite", and "Bags Groove". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s issue, still sealed, with an old shop sticker on front.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetLegendary Profile ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A cool 70s album from the Modern Jazz Quartet – and one that has John Lewis playing a bit of electric piano, in addition to his usual acoustic keys! At some level, it almost feels like the group's working off the lessons learned during their Apple Records years – and are also picking up some elements of Milt Jackson's work on other projects in the late 60s – as the record has a soulful groove you might not normally expect from the MJQ, and less of the more academic tones that had marked some of their earlier 60s recordings for Atlantic. Tunes are really nicely focused, but still have that strong sense of space and sound that's the Lewis' hallmark – and Jackson's nicely-pointed vibes sound really great next to Lewis' keys, whether acoustic or electric. Titles include "The Legendary Profile", "Valeria", "Misty Roses", "The Martyr", and "What Now My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and red Rockefeller label pressing. Cover has minimal wear and a cutout notch.)
Also available Legendary Profile ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetPyramid ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features a long reading of "Pyramid" – plus "Django", "Romaine", "Vendome", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original green stereo label pressing with a Long Playing Unbreakable logo & deep groove. Cover has light wear, some aging around the edges and an ink stamp.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetUnder The Jasmine Tree ... LP
Apple, 1968. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice one! The MJQ record for the Beatles' label, and the record's one of their most interesting in years! The production's pretty straight, but the group's playing in a cool open-ended style that still has elements of their earlier work, but which really makes things a lot more interesting than some of the Atlantic recordings. Milt Jackson's vibes have a bit more of a bell-like quality on some parts, and the rhythm team of Percy Heath and Connie Kay kick it with a soul jazz vibe on a few numbers – a nice change from the sleepier rhythms of earlier albums. Titles include "The Blue Necklace", "Exposure", "Jasmine Tree", and "Three Little Feelings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Apple stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, aging and a sticker remnant.)
 
 
 



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