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George Adams/Don Pullen QuartetEarth Beams ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A firey session from the quartet of George Adams and Don Pullen – a set that has the group stretching out in some of their most spiritual modes, yet still finding plenty of time to swing as well! Adams is tremendous on tenor – a very fresh voice in the post-Coltrane world, with phrasing that is all his own – even more amplified when he switches to flute – and Pullen's got this ability to go outside, and show his knowledge of the darker corners of the keyboard – yet never let that side of his playing overwhelm things, possibly because the rhythmic accompaniment from Cameron Brown on bass and Dannie Richmond on drums is so strong. Tracks are all long, and very individual – with the group in high spirits on the titles "Earth Beams", "Magnetic Love Field", "Saturday Nite In The Cosmos", "More Flowers", and "Dionysus". CD

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George Adams/Don Pullen QuartetLife Line ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
A strong outing from this key post-Mingus collaboration – and a record that really shows both Don Pullen and George Adams really coming into their own! Pullen's piano can have plenty of edges, as can Adams' tenor – but there's also some warmer, lyrical moments that really round things out – kind of a balance between righteous energy and deeper quietude that the musicians might have learned during their time with Charles Mingus – taken to a logical small group extension here. Adams also plays a bit of flute, which is especially nice – and the group also includes Cameron Brown on bass and Dannie Richmond on drums. Titles include "The Great Escape Or Run John Henry Run", "Seriously Speaking", "Soft Seas", and "Protection". CD

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Flavio Ambrosetti/Krzysztof Komeda/Polish Jazz Quartet/Zbigniew NamyslowskiJazz Jamboree 64 Vol 3 – Polish Radio Jazz Archives ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), 1964. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Great work from the 1964 edition of Poland's Jazz Jamboree – always a great showcase for hip talents from the European scene, and some of the coolest jazz going on in Poland at the time! The set begins with a sublime batch of tracks from the Flavio Ambrosetti All Stars – a trans-European group that features Flavio on tenor, Franco Ambrosetti on trumpet, George Gruntz on piano, Tadeusz Wojcik on bass, and Pierre Favre on drums – swinging hard, but also with these great modern currents around the edges – as you might expect from such a lineup! The group perform a fair bit of original material – long titles that include "That For Me", "Spanish Castle", "Tribute To Someone", "James Bond", and "Anthropology" – the last of which is an original Ambrosetti tune, not the bop standard. Next is a range of great Polish material – the Komeda song "Sophia's Tune", performed by Komeda's Group with Michal Urbaniak on tenor and Tomasz Stanko on trumpet; "Variee" and "Intima" by a quartet with Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski on tenor and Wojciech Karolak on piano; and "Despair" and "The Caretaker Rules" by the quartet of alto genius Zbigniew Namyslowski. CD

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Barbara Balzan QuartetTender Awakening ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 2003. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Albert Beger QuartetGate ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
A beautiful performance by a group led by saxophonist Albert Berger – one who play with spiritual, almost cyclical energy that creates a great setting for the solos of Berger on tenor and shakuhachi! There's an organic flow to most numbers – as the other three musicians hit modes that aren't exactly straight, but which have a nice sense of internal logic – pulsating out on most numbers, getting just a bit free on others – with work from Milton Michaeli on piano, Shay Hazan on bass, and Ofer Bymel on drums. The set was recorded in Israel, and titles include "The Gate", "Zen", "Shakuhachi Impro", "Silence", and "Birds & Trees". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chris Biscoe Profiles QuartetLive At Campus West ... CD
Trio (UK), 2012. Used ... $8.99
... CD

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Rob Brown QuartetJumping Off The Page ... CD
No More Records, 2000. New Copy ... $6.99
The title's a very apt one – because reedman Rob Brown really jumps off the page here – or out of the speaker – coming on strong with some mighty fierce work on alto at the beginning of the record, then also adding in a bit of flute as well. The quartet features superb work from trumpeter Roy Campbell – who's at his boldest when tied to Rob on some of the leads – but also really knocks it out of the park with his solos too – and the rest of the group features Chris Lightcap on bass, and Jackson Krall on drums. The selections have a nice dance between structure and freedom – almost hinting at a direction the Chicago scene would take a few years later – and titles include "Sonic Drawl", "Twinkle", "Flat Out", "Charcoal Glow", "Step With Care", and "Open Channel". CD

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Dave Brubeck QuartetDave Brubeck Quartet (Fantasy 3-7) (10 inch LP) ... LP
Fantasy, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $9.99
An early version of the famous Brubeck sound of the 50s – with Paul Desmond on alto, plus Bull Ruther on bass and Lloyd Davis on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has some wear and aging, half split top seam, and split bottom seam.)

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Dave Brubeck QuartetTheir Last Time Out – The Unreleased Live Concert – December 26, 1967 Pittsburgh, PA ... CD
Columbia, 1967. Used 2 CDs ... $8.99
The last-ever live performance of the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond – recorded in 1967, but issued here for the first time ever! The group was the stuff of legend in the 50s and 60s – Dave's incredible approach to piano and time signatures, supported by amazing rhythm progressions from bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello – topped by some completely sublime work on alto sax by the mighty Paul Desmond! Throughout the 60s, the group really expanded their sound wonderfully – through a set of richly exploratory albums for Columbia Records, taking their core approach into a wide range of new styles and formats that really made for some beautiful music. Here, they deliver a stellar swan song – working in a live performance that brings back a few classics, and also shows some of the new territory they'd taken too – all recorded beautifully, at a level that makes the record a perfect pairing with their studio albums for Columbia – almost as if the label had been holding back a gem after all these years. Titles include "For Drummers Only", "La Paloma Azul", "Three To Get Ready", "Someday My Prince Will Come", "I'm In A Dancing Mood", "Set My People Free", "Take Five", and "You Go To My Head". CD

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Tommy Chase QuartetHard! ... LP
Boplicity (UK), 1983. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A well-titled album from drummer Tommy Chase – and an overlooked bit of hardbop from the 80s scene in the UK! Although recorded just a few years before the Acid Jazz boom in London, the record's got a much more old school feel overall – one that recalls the sound of Blue Note or Prestige at the end of the 50s – with Chase kicking it hard in a quartet that features piano from Nick Weldon, bass from Andrew Cleyndert, and some great work on tenor and alto sax from Alan Barnes – who really gets plenty of space to shine in the spotlight. The feel's a bit like some of Johnny Griffin's earliest albums – with the sax really driving the rest of the quartet – and titles include versions of Duke Jordan's "No Problem", Gigi Gryce's "Minorty", Sonny Criss' "Blue Sunset", and Tadd Dameron's "Ladybird". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some peeling, a bit of pen, and a small sticker on back.)

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Tony Coe QuartetRuby ... CD
Zah Zah/Guild (UK), 1998. Used ... $7.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Anthony Davis/Jim Newton QuartetHidden Voices ... LP
India Navigation, 1979. Near Mint- ... $29.99
With Anthony Davis on piano, James Newton on flute, Rick Rozie on bass, George Lewis on trombone, and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Dale Fielder QuartetRomance Serenade ... CD
Blueport, 2002. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Mitch Frohman Latin Jazz QuartetFrom Daddy With Love ... CD
Truth Revolution, 2013. Used 2CD ... $4.99
... CD

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Chris Greene QuartetPlayspace ... CD
Single Malt, 2019. New Copy ... $5.99 15.00
Saxophonist Chris Greene has been running one of the sharpest shows around town in the Chicago jazz scene – always tight, always together, and always moving forward with his music – to the point where we're surprised (and pleased) that he hasn't left our city for the coast! Greene returns here with another rock-solid set of his own – blowing a tenor sound that just seems to mature more with each new record, and adding in some soprano too – and working through some fresh originals written by himself and his bandmates – who include Damian Espinosa on piano and keyboards, Marc Piane on bass, and Steve Colrey on drums. The unit is very cohesive, but Greene also gets plenty of space to really open up and run – on titles that include "Three & Six", "Thunder Snow", "Blues For Dr Fear", "Clean & Clear", and "The Crossover Appeal/Uno Mas" – plus a nice take on Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil". CD

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Mark Guiliana Jazz QuartetJersey ... CD
Motema, 2017. Used ... $1.99
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
(Penmark through barcode.)

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Charlie Haden Quartet WestHaunted Heart ... CD
Verve/Gitanes, 1991. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Gene Harris QuartetIt's The Real Soul ... CD
Concord, 1995. Used ... $7.99
... CD

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Roy Haynes QuartetOut Of The Afternoon ... LP
Impulse, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... On August 23, 2019
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

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Motohiko Hino Quartet + 1Ryuhyo – Sailing Ice ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... About September 4, 2019
A record with a really beautiful title – and a sound that definitely lives up to the "Sailing Ice" on the cover! The music is very much in the best post-Coltrane mode – played by a group led by the great Japanese drummer Motohiko Hino, and featuring Mabumi Yamaguchi on tenor and Yasuaki Shimizu on soprano and tenor – two reed players who really express themselves with a great sense of spirituality, and lots of searching energy throughout. The tracks are mostly originals (save for a version of "Soultrane") – served up in freewheeling modal grooves, and peppered with sharp, soulful solos that search out bold new territory, but which never get too free and sloppy. The set was recorded live, but the recording quality is excellent – and titles include "Rio Rome", "Sailing Ice", "Milky Shade", and "New Moon". CD

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Dave Holland QuartetDream Of The Elders ... CD
ECM, 1996. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Hollywood Saxophone QuartetJazz In Hollywood ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Long before the advent of groups like Rova or the World Sax Quartet, the idea of a 4-horn group meant a recreation (or approximation) of Woody Herman's famous "4 Brothers" style. In this case, the west coast group features a stranger take on the style – in that it includes alto, soprano, tenor, and baritone saxes – yet still retains the basic tight ensemble reed style. Players include Russ Cheever, Jack Dumont, Morrie Crawford, and Bill Ulyate – and they are backed by bass and drums, but no piano. Kind of in a Mulliganish vein, with arrangements by Marty Paich, Lennie Niehaus, Jack Montrose, and Russ Garcia. Titles include "Nightcap", "New York City Ghost", "Mixed Commotions", "Make The Most of It", and "Ghost Of A Chance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some old tape on the spine and bottom seam, light staining, and some aging on the back.)

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Ilmiliekki QuartetLand Of Real Men ... CD
WeJazz (Finland), 2019. New Copy ... $12.99
The long-overdue return of a combo that had a huge impact on the sound of jazz on the Scandinavian scene over the past decade or two – given that its members have been involved in such important projects as Five Corners Quintet, Tuomo, Oddarang, and the Timo Lassy combo! Yet at the core, these four musicians are all very individual, and very different than some of that work – much more jazz-based, with a creative interplay between rhythm, tone, and texture – the last of which comes through especially strong in the trumpet work of Verneri Pohjola, which is completely sublime – almost with the power of a tenorist in some ways, but very tied to the structure of his instrument. Tuomo Prattala provides some really amazing textures on piano, alongside the bass of Antti Lotjonen and drums of Olavi Louhivuori – in modes that really keep things interesting throughout. The group begins with a great instrumental reading of Laurie Anderson's classic "O Superman", and other tracks include "Ravelogue", "Land Of Real Men", "Twisted Thistle", "Afterimage", and "Lonely Lonely". CD
Also available Land Of Real Men (with bonus download) ... LP 26.99

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Ilmiliekki QuartetLand Of Real Men (with bonus download) ... LP
WeJazz (Finland), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
The long-overdue return of a combo that had a huge impact on the sound of jazz on the Scandinavian scene over the past decade or two – given that its members have been involved in such important projects as Five Corners Quintet, Tuomo, Oddarang, and the Timo Lassy combo! Yet at the core, these four musicians are all very individual, and very different than some of that work – much more jazz-based, with a creative interplay between rhythm, tone, and texture – the last of which comes through especially strong in the trumpet work of Verneri Pohjola, which is completely sublime – almost with the power of a tenorist in some ways, but very tied to the structure of his instrument. Tuomo Prattala provides some really amazing textures on piano, alongside the bass of Antti Lotjonen and drums of Olavi Louhivuori – in modes that really keep things interesting throughout. The group begins with a great instrumental reading of Laurie Anderson's classic "O Superman", and other tracks include "Ravelogue", "Land Of Real Men", "Twisted Thistle", "Afterimage", and "Lonely Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Land Of Real Men ... CD 12.99

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Martin Jacobsen QuartetLive In Tokyo – The NHK Fureai Hall Concert ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2013. Used ... $9.99
... CD

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Budd Johnson QuartetIn Memory Of A Very Dear Friend ... LP
Dragon (Sweden), 1985. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Swedish recording that pairs the great tenor player with a tight local group, and has them laying down a number of standard jazz tracks like "Lester Leaps In", "Now's The Time", and "Body & Soul" in nice long relaxed versions. Budd also reprises his older "Ya Ya Blues", and does a tiny bit of vocalizing on the track. LP, Vinyl record album

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Peter King QuartetFocus – KPM 1307 ... LP
KPM (UK), 1983. Near Mint- ... $11.99
More of a straight jazz album than usual for the KPM sound library – an excellent set featuring British alto player Peter King – with John Horler on piano, Dave Green on bass, and Spike Wells on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kronos QuartetKronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass ... CD
Nonesuch, 1995. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Kronos QuartetPieces Of Africa ... CD
Elektra/Nonesuch, Late 80s/Early 90s. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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John La Porta QuartetMost Minor ... LP
Everest, 1958. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Great work by a player we've always loved – but who rarely gets his due! John LaPorta had one of the sharpest altos of the 50's, but for some reason, his talents were not nearly as recognized as those of similar players like Lee Konitz and Charlie Mariano. His earlier work with Mingus has been reissued over the years, but this obscure 1958 session, cut for the Everest label, has always been darn tough to find. The session's a great introduction to LaPorta's work, and it's also one of his liveliest, in that it has less of the overly-academic tone that sometimes mars his recordings. On this one, he swoops around in sharp brilliant alto lines that are all his own – and which owe nothing to other 50's players, like Bird or Konitz. Great stuff throughout, and with the tracks "Diction", "Buzzin", "Searchin", "Decided", and "Make Mine Rare". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Sami Linna QuartetMode For Tomorrow/Umoya ... 7-inch
Timmion, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99
A gem of a record from Finnish guitarist Sami Linna – just a 45, but one that feels like it's got the depth of a full album! "Mode For Tomorrow" is this beautifully building tune with a mix of modal and spiritual energy – infused with organ by Mikko Heleva, and given this tremendous tenor solo by Jussi Kannaste! Drummer Dana Hall wrote "Umoya" – and his snapping rhythms really keep things moving – as the organ, guitar, and tenor soar to the skies – almost with the energy of an old Larry Young tune! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Frank Lowe/Billy Bang QuartetOne For Jazz ... CD
No More Records, 2001. New Copy ... $12.99
A really great pairing of musical elements – the bold, raspy tenor of Frank Lowe – and the completely amazing violin work of Billy Bang – which is always almost impossible to describe in words! We love Bang here at a level that matches his work on Soul Note/Black Saint in the early 80s – a fantastic group player, really bouncing off Lowe's sound and finding his own space – with an earthy mix of soul and spirit that Billy didn't always have in some of his larger concept albums from around the same time. The group is loose, but never sloppy – and also includes Ed Schuller on bass and Abbey Raider on drums and percussion – on titles that include "Smoke & Mirrors", "Echoes", "Times Squared", "Slamma Jamma", "Show Real", and "I Promise You The Moon". CD

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Modern Jazz QuartetBest Of The Modern Jazz Quartet (Pablo) ... CD
Pablo, 1988. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Tracks include "Nature Boy", "Valeria", "Le Cannet", and "Connie's Blues". CD

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Modern Jazz QuartetBlues At Carnegie Hall ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $7.99
One of the later albums in the group's classic run for Atlantic Records – with titles that include "Bag's Groove", "Blues Milanese", "Pyramid", "The Cylinder", "Really True Blues", "Ralph's New Blues", "Monterey Mist", and "Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green label Rockefeller pressing.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetComedy ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
A great early 60s set from Modern Jazz Quartet! This one marked the then growing sophistication in the sound of the Modern Jazz Quartet – a concept album based on themes and characters from the Italian tradition of commedia dell'arte. The music is served up in gentle sound poems that have a haunting, timeless sort of feel – very spare and melancholy – with lots of tragic overtones, and hardly the comedic sound you'd expect from the title! Diahann Carroll sings on the track "La Cantatrice" – and other numbers include "Spanish Steps", "Columbine", "Piazza Navona", and "Harlequin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and blue label pressing. Cover has a stereo stamp.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetDjango ... LP
Prestige, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $28.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NYC pressing with RVG/AB etch. Back cover has some ringwear and aging.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetEchoes – Together Again ... CD
Pablo (Germany), 1984. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Echoes – Together Again ... LP 2.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetEchoes – Together Again ... LP
Pablo, 1984. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Echoes – Together Again ... CD 9.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetEuropean Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
A double-length live set from the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded in Scandinavia in 1960, almost as a summation of the group's growing genius in the 50s! The tunes are a mix of John Lewis and Milt Jackson originals, plus other songs all given the wonderful MJQ twist – distilled into a sublime blend of piano, vibes, bass, and drums – all delivered with a sense of class, but never too much polish. The album is live, but still has that sophisticated composure that made the group so unique at the time – and the whole thing's a perfect complement to their famous studio albums on Atlantic! Set features 15 tracks in all – including "Django", "Bluesology", "La Ronde", "Festival Sketch", "Vendome", "Odds Against Tomorrow", "Skating In Central Park", "The Cylinder", "Bags' Groove", "I Should Care", "Round Midnight", and "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetEuropean Concert Vol 2 ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Volume 2 of a double-length live set from the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded in Scandinavia in 1960, almost as a summation of the group's growing genius in the 50s! The tunes are a mix of John Lewis and Milt Jackson originals, plus other songs all given the wonderful MJQ twist – distilled into a sublime blend of piano, vibes, bass, and drums – all delivered with a sense of class, but never too much polish. Titles include "Pyramid", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "The Cylinder", "Round Midnight", "Bag's Groove", and "Skating In Central Park". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetEuropean Concert Vols 1 & 2 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1960. Used ... $18.99
A double-length live set from the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded in Scandinavia in 1960, almost as a summation of the group's growing genius in the 50s! The tunes are a mix of John Lewis and Milt Jackson originals, plus other songs all given the wonderful MJQ twist – distilled into a sublime blend of piano, vibes, bass, and drums – all delivered with a sense of class, but never too much polish. The album is live, but still has that sophisticated composure that made the group so unique at the time – and the whole thing's a perfect complement to their famous studio albums on Atlantic! This edition collects both of the original LP's in their entirety – titles include "Django", "Bluesology", "La Ronde", "Festival Sketch", "Vendome", "Odds Against Tomorrow", "I Should Care", "I Remember Clifford", "Pyramid", "Cylinder", and "Bags' Groove". CD
(Out of print 2005 pressing with 24bit mastering, includes obi!)

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Modern Jazz QuartetFontessa ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good ... $6.99
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
(Black label Long Playing Unbreakable pressing with deep groove and AT etch. Cover has light wear.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetFor Ellington ... LP
East West, 1988. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $1.99
An expanded setting for the Modern Jazz Quartet – and a very compelling little record that has the core combo augmented by larger orchestrations from Gunther Schuller – who has a very sympathetic ear for their sound! Schuller's charts are never overwhelming – and instead shade things in with subtle strings and cascading colors that work perfectly with the piano of John Lewis and vibes of Milt Jackson – modes that echo their more modern elements, yet still retain the sense of warmth that always kept the MJQ from ever sounding too academic. In a way, the larger backdrops almost give the music a jazz soundtrack feel – maybe more so than some of the group's smaller lineup outings for film. Titles include "England's Carol", "Around The Blues", "Divertimento", and "Concertino For Jazz Quartet & Orchestra". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing with deep groove.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Atlantic) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1957. Used ... $16.99
One of the first Modern Jazz Quartet albums on Atlantic – a 1957 set that finds the crew in one of their freshest periods – laying down their soon-to-be trademark style in a fashion that warrants the self-titled tag! The set kicks off with a stellar medley of standards, all given the tight MJQ touch! The crew strolls through "They Say It's Wonderful", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Body And Soul" and more in that 10 minute stretch. Other album highlights include the drum-heavy "La Ronde", a sweet reading of "Night In Tunisia", "Baden Baden", "Bag's Groove" and "Yesterdays". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Concorde/Django/MJQ) ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A 2LP set that brings together most of the material from the first three full-length albums by the Modern Jazz Quartet – all recorded at a time when the combo were first forging their famous sound! Most of the sides here are in contrast to the group's better-known Atlantic work, because the group at this point still featured Kenny Clarke on drums – and although a few tracks here include Connie Kay, the bulk of the recordings are touched by Clarke's tighter, sometimes more aggressive work on percussion – making for a less-than-trademark sound that we really like. As usual, the rest of the group features Milt Jackson on vibes, John Lewis on piano, and Percy Heath on bass – and the 2LP set features 18 tracks that include "Concorde", "Vendome", "Milano", "La Ronde", "Django", "All The Things You Are", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Delauney's Dilemma", "La Ronde Suite", "All Of You", and "Ralph's New Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Savoy) ... LP
Savoy, 1951/1952. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Some of the earliest material ever recorded by the Modern Jazz Quartet – early 50s sides that were originally issued as 78rpm singles, then brought together in this self-titled LP! Some of the material was first released under the name of the Milt Jackson Quartet – but featured the lineup of Jackson on vibes, John Lewis piano, Percy Heath bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. Yet other tracks on the set have bassist Ray Brown in for Heath and drummer Al Jones in for Clarke – both players who make for a slightly different groove in the company of Jackson and Lewis. Tunes are short, but already show that Lewis love of chromatic tones – and titles include "Yesterdays", "Love Me Pretty Baby", "Milt Meets Sid", "Moving Nicely", "D&E", "True Blues", and "Autumn Breeze". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label deep groove pressing! Cover has a small bit of tape in two corners, and a small bit of splitting in the middle of the bottom seam, and a light stamp on the back – but overall, this is a beautiful copy!)

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Modern Jazz QuartetMore From The Last Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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
(Cover has light wear.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetPyramid ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Features a long reading of "Pyramid" – plus "Django", "Romaine", "Vendome", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Rockefeller pressing.)
Also available Pyramid (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetPyramid (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1960. Used ... $16.99
Features a long reading of "Pyramid" – plus "Django", "Romaine", "Vendome", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available Pyramid ... LP 5.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetPyramid (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1960. Used ... $18.99
Features a long reading of "Pyramid" – plus "Django", "Romaine", "Vendome", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available Pyramid ... LP 5.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetThird Stream Music ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A seminal album that defined the fresh sound of a whole new generation in jazz – that "third stream" movement that was different from the cool jazz of the west coast, and the fire of New York! The style here follows that same mix of jazz and higher-concept elements you'd hear on other Modern Jazz Quartet albums for Atlantic – but the music is expanded here with some great help from outside parties too. The Jimmy Giuffre trio join the quartet on most of side one – adding in Jimmy's snakey clarinet and Jim Hall's fluid guitar lines for a really fresh take on the MJQ groove. The remainder of the album brings in the Beaux Arts String Quartet – who shade in the mix of vibes and piano with these dark strains that are really beautiful – and bring even more drama than usual to the music. Titles include "Da Capo", "Fine", "Exposure", "Sketch", and "Conversation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet & Laurindo AlmeidaCollaboration ... LP
Atlantic, 1964. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Moody vibes and light guitar – a wonderful meeting of two unique talents – the third stream jazz of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and the introspective guitar of Laurindo Almeida! The session blends together a host of different influences – from classical guitar to bossa nova to modern jazz – all with the light and spacious touches of the MJQ at their best, recorded with some really warm brilliance that makes the whole set sparkle! Titles include "Foi A Saudade", "One Note Samba", "Fugue In A Minor", "Silver", "Trieste", and "Concierto De Arajunez". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and blue label pressing.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny RollinsModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Sonny Rollins ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Rockefeller pressing.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet/Oscar Peterson TrioModern Jazz Quartet & The Oscar Peterson Trio At The Opera House ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1957. Used ... $14.99
The Modern Jazz Quartet make a rare appearance on Verve Records in the 50s – splitting half the album here with the classic Oscar Peterson Trio! The live performance was recorded in Chicago, and definitely has the MJQ working in a looser vibe than on some of their late 50s recordings for Atlantic – a bit more open and swinging, in a Verve mode – with some of the bop inspiration that first showed up on their early Prestige recordings – as you'll hear on the cuts "Now's The Time", "Round Midnight", and "D&E Blues". The second half of the record features live material from Oscar Peterson's hip group with Herb Ellis on guitar and Ray Brown on bass – that great drum-less lineup that really lets Oscar take off on piano – on tunes that include "Big Fat Mama", "Should I Love You", "Indiana", and "Elevation". CD
(Out of print.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet/Oscar Peterson TrioModern Jazz Quartet & The Oscar Peterson Trio At The Opera House (Jazz Wax) ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Sealed ... $19.99
The Modern Jazz Quartet make a rare appearance on Verve Records in the 50s – splitting half the album here with the classic Oscar Peterson Trio! The live performance was recorded in Chicago, and definitely has the MJQ working in a looser vibe than on some of their late 50s recordings for Atlantic – a bit more open and swinging, in a Verve mode – with some of the bop inspiration that first showed up on their early Prestige recordings – as you'll hear on the cuts "Now's The Time", "Round Midnight", and "D&E Blues". The second half of the record features live material from Oscar Peterson's hip group with Herb Ellis on guitar and Ray Brown on bass – that great drum-less lineup that really lets Oscar take off on piano – on tunes that include "Big Fat Mama", "Should I Love You", "Indiana", and "Elevation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram pressing on Jazz Wax.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet/Quartetto Di Milano/HungarianQuartet Is A Quartet Is A Quartet ... LP
Atlantic, 1964. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The title's a bit misleading, because while the 3 groups on the session are all quartets, they're hardly similar in the associative way the record assumes! Side one features 4 tracks by the Modern Jazz Quartet – re-recordings of a few classics, plus one new one for the set – titles that include "Reunion Blues", "Winter Tale", "Concorde", and "Yesterdays". But side two actually features a string quartetQuartetto Di Milano – playing the atonal "Funf Satze" by Anton Webern – plus the Hungarian Gypsy Quartet, doing a concert medley of traditional tunes in a violin-based way. So while the album may be some sort of attempt by the MJQ to further tie themselves to Europe – it's also kind of an unusual mix of jazz, avant classical, and folkloric styles! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet/Milt Jackson QuintetMJQ (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1952/1954. Used ... $28.99
Nice stuff from the early days of the MJQ – recorded back when Kenny Clarke was still playing drums with the group, and giving them a bit more of a bottom! One side of the record features material recorded from one of the quartet's first sessions – in late 1952, with the tracks "La Ronde", "Vendome", and "Rose Of The Rio Grande". The rest of the record features material by Jackson's group with Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums, and the obscure Henry Boozier on trumpet. That material's a bit more bop-oriented, and titles include "Opus De Funk", "Buhania", and "Soma". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John ColtraneThelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $4.99
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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Moutin Reunion QuartetSharp Turns (CD/DVD dual disc) ... CD
Blujazz, 2007. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ David Murray Quartet + 1Fast Life ... CD
DIW/Columbia, 1991. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ New York Jazz QuartetOasis ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1981. Sealed ... $6.99
An unusual album from an unusual group – one that has reedman Frank Wess sounding far more introspective and personal than on some of his other material from the 70s and 80s – thanks to work from a group that also includes Roland Hanna on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Ben Riley on drums! We're tempted to say that Hanna's voice is what really shapes the record – that thoughtful mix of sophistication and lyricism that always comes across sounding surprisingly natural – but Wess also wrote some of the album's most compelling songs, alongside a few other great numbers by Roland. Mraz brings some extra-special energy to his phrasing on bass, Wess also blows a bit of flute alongside his tenor – and titles include "The Patient Prince", "Cram It Damn It", "Funk House", "Don't Come Don't Call", "It's Just A Social Gathering", and "Oasis". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has a small cutout mark.)

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Nolan-Buddle QuartetNolan-Buddle Quartet ... LP
M7 (Australia), 1976. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Quartet album featuring Australian jazz legends Col Nolan and Errol Buddle, plus the drumming of Warren Daly, from the Daly-Wilson Big Band. The group was one of the most popular of the Aussie jazz funk combos of the 70's, and the record has lots of nice mellow groovy moments. The best cuts are some nice sweet fusion grooves, sort of in the vein of some of the cuts on the London Jazz Dance Classic series. Titles include "El Henna", "My Machine", "The Odd Couple", and "Feel Like Making Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Charles Owens QuartetEternal Balance ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1999. Used ... $8.99
This isn't the same Charles Owens who graced the late 60s LA jazz scene, but a younger contemporary player who plays in a similar range as the older soul jazz great. This Charles Owens is a young but imaginative tenorist, and he's got a rich soulful style that recalls early Wayne Shorter moments, and some of the mid 60s Blue Note work by Hank Mobley. The set was recorded in New York with a group of younger unknown players, but the overall quality is very high – and the care of the Fresh Sounds recording team brings a lot of soul and sparkle to the album. Titles include "No Resolution", "Yesterdays", "Virginia's Song", and "Eternal Balance". CD

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Charles Owens QuartetLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A wonderfully collaborative session from saxophonist Charles Owens – who leaves equal space here in the spotlight for tenorist Joel Frahm – as both of them work together with just piano and bass, on these long tracks that really has us opening up to their talents even more than before! The quartet features Alex Claffy on bass and Arie Hoenig on drums – both of whom are great, but still maybe pale in comparison to the amazing interplay between the two tenorists – criss-crossing majestically as they flow into each track, then soaring out boldly on these amazing solos on their own. We've always said that the Live At Smalls series seems to bring out the best in its musicians – and that's definitely the case here, maybe even more so than usual – on titles that include "15 Step", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Cheryl", "Interlude 1", "Round Midnight", and "You & The Night & The Music". CD

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Art Pepper QuartetArt Pepper Quartet (10-inch) ... LP
London (UK), 1957. Very Good ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese King pressing with deep groove in a flip-back cover, with discoloration from age.)

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✨✧ Art Pepper QuartetMaiden Voyage Sessions Vol 3 ... LP
Galaxy, 1981. Sealed ... $14.99
Late recordings from the great Art Pepper Quartet – Art on alto, George Cables on piano, David Williams on bass, and Carl Burnett on drums! Titles include long takes of "Landscape", "Valse Triste", "Mambo Koyama", and "What's New". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark. Shrinkwrap is slightly open on one edge.)

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✨✧ Miles Perkin QuartetPoint In Question ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), New Copy ... About August 1, 2019
... CD

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✨✧ Miles Perkin QuartetPoint In Question ... LP
Clean Feed (Portugal), New Copy ... About August 1, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Olivier Peters Quartet featuring Joan JohnsonWings Of Spring ... LP
Village (Germany), 1980. Very Good ... $14.99
A sweet little album of breezy jazz – with vocals by Joan Johnson on a number of tracks, and that modally grooving post-MPS sound that still resonated strongly on a few German labels at the end of the 70s! The real star here is Peters, whose work on saxes is great – kind of pinched in tone, in a snaking way that bubbles soulfully out of the album's best tracks. Johnson's vocals are nice, too – but they come to their strongest point when really challenged by Peters reed work, and by the driving piano of Walter Norris, who's also in the group. Titles include "Kekay", "Mr Steve", "Wings Of Steve", "Morning Mist", and "Happy Endings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing!)

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Dewey Redman QuartetLiving On The Edge ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1989. Very Good+ ... $13.99
The album's got a bit of an odd title – as we hardly think that Redman was living on the edge at the time – but it's also a great little set, no matter what the name! Dewey's playing in a soulful and inside mode on most tracks – working in a style that recalls some of Archie Shepp's work of the late 70s – in a group with Geri Allen on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, and Eddie Moore on drums. The set list features Redman originals – including "Boo Boodoop", "Mirror Windows", "Blues for J.A.M.", and "As One" – plus versions of "If I Should Lose You" and Coltrane's "Lazy Bird". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rempis Percussion QuartetCochonnerie ... CD
Aerophonic, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99
The quartet's not all percussion – just drummers Tim Daisy and Frank Rosaly, but both turning out work on the kit that could rival an army of percussionists – working alongside sublime bass plotting from Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, and a range of sharp-edged sounds from leader Dave Rempis – who blows alto, tenor, and baritone equally well! The album's far more than the usual improv outing – possibly because the drums do hold onto a core of the sound – while still allowing Rempis those fantastically-shaped lines that we've come to admire more and more over the years, played with increasing sonic sensitivity that almost puts him in the territory of Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson. Flaten's always a welcome talent – and his contributions here are more subtle than the drums, but crucial to the soul of the record – which contains three long tracks, titled "Straggler", "Green & Black", and "Enzymes". CD

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Bob Rockwell QuartetIt's All Right With Me ... CD
Marshmallow/Century (Japan), 1990. Used ... Just Sold Out!
With Duke Jordan on piano, Jesper Lundgaard on bass, and Aage Tanggaard drums. CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Rova Sax QuartetAs Was ... LP
Metalanguage, 1981. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
An early 80s effort from this far reaching saxophone quartet. 5 pieces, each with a different structural emphasis and conceptual bent, all showcasing the incredible technique and refined interplay of these four great reedsmen. From the energy music disguised as modern standard of "Escape From Zero Village" to "Paint Another Take Of The Shootpop" which attempts to reconcile the similarities between Messiaen and Otis Redding, this LP offers 5 heady takes on contemporary improvised music. LP, Vinyl record album

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Rova Saxophone QuartetJuke Box Suite ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2007. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
... CD

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Shungo Sawada QuartetFormation ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
Searingly soulful work from the group of guitarist Shungo Sawada – a player we mostly know from his groovy instrumental sides of the 60s, but who sounds plenty darn hip in this setting! The record has a nice sort of soul jazz groove on most numbers – one that takes Shungo's warmer hollow-body guitar sound and wraps it around some sharper lines on alto sax and piano – plus a bit of flute on some numbers – all in ways that extrapolate nicely from mid 60s Blue Note and Prestige modes, and take off in unusual timings and rhythms. Titles and players are all in Japanese, but the music here speaks volumes on its own! CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Archie Shepp QuartetParisian Concert Volume 1 ... LP
Impro/Sun Records (France), 1977. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Bold, raw live work from Archie Shepp – mostly inside, but played with a heck of a lot of soul and feeling throughout! The set features Archie's quartet with Siegfried Kessler on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Clifford Jarvis on drums – a really no-nonsense group that's perfect for Shepp's exploration of the straighter side of jazz at this point in his career, but one who's also able to dip back to some sharper, more modern tones as well. The first side of the album features Mal Waldron's "Hoo Ray For Herbie" – played in an extended 24 minute version that really lets Archie stretch out on tenor –and side two contains one of Shepp's originals "Baimbu", plus Charlie Parker's "Confirmation" and two Grachan Moncur compositions "Blues Free" and "Sonny's Back". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a razor mark down the front.)

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Nicolas Simion QuartetCrazy World ... CD
7 Dreams (Romania), 2014. Used ... $13.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Nicolas Simion QuartetTribute To Jancy – Nicolas Simion Quartet Plays The Music Of Jancy Korossy ... CD
7 Dreams (Romania), 2014. Used ... $11.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Sonny Clark Memorial QuartetVoodoo ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1986. Used ... $11.99
A seminal album from the 80s New York scene – not only because it brought some long-overdue attention to Sonny Clark (whose records were mostly out of print at the time), but also because it reminded the world that John Zorn could blow hardbop! The album features a set of classic Clark originals from the glory days of his Blue Note years – recast here by Zorn on alto sax, and a quartet that also features Wayne Horvitz on keyboards, Ray Drummond on bass, and Bobby Previte on drums. The energy's different than an older Sonny Clark record, but the sound is still plenty darn great – and titles include "Sonia", "Voodoo", "Sonny's Crib", "Nicely", "Minor Meeting", and "Cool Struttin". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sophisticated Lady Jazz QuartetVolume 1 ... LP
Yarlung (Germany), 2015. Near Mint- ... $24.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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String QuartetString Quartet Tribute To Santana ... CD
Vitamin, 2004. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Carol Sudhalter QuartetLive At Saint Peter's Church ... CD
Alfa (Italy), 2019. Used ... $4.99
... CD

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Isao Suzuki Quartet + 2Orang-utan ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... About August 7, 2019
A very compelling set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – one that draws on the electric traditions being forged at the time by artists like Miles and Joe Henderson – but which is also graced by the warm lyricism that was running through other Japanese jazz sessions of the 70s! Suzuki plays a surprising range of instruments – electric piano, cello, and bass – and his group displays an amazing ability to move into freely flowing numbers, then shift abruptly into sparer, subtler territory. The vibe of the record is quite unique – and group members include Kenji Mori on alto and flute, Kazumi Watanabe on guitar, Samu Kawakami on bass, and Shinji Mori on drums – and one title features vocals from Mari Nakamoto. The tracks are on the longish side – and the titles include "Blue Road", "Where Are You Going?", "My One And Only Love" and "Orang-Utan". Great cover, too! CD

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Swingle Singers with Modern Jazz QuartetPlace Vendome ... CD
Philips/Universal (France), 1966. Used ... $9.99
An excellent set that has the vocal talents of the Swingle Singers backed by the sweet and mellow instrumentation of the Modern Jazz Quartet! Given that John Lewis & Co were essentially local residents in Paris for so many years, it's amazing it took them until 1966 to hook up with Ward Swingle's hip vocal group – but the album's more than worth the wait, as the MJQ really help open things up, and take the Swingles into more complicated territory than before. Milt Jackson's vibes are especially great alongside the groovy vocals – and titles include "Little David's Fugue", "Vendome", "When I Am Laid In Earth", "Air For G String", and "Three Windows". CD
(Out of print.)

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James Taylor QuartetBlow Up! – A JTQ Collection ... CD
Acid Jazz/Music Club (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. Used ... $2.99
Excellent soulful grooves from one of the best acid jazz combos to come out of the UK! Organist James Taylor began his career as a mod-influenced jazzer, then shifted through a wide range of styles – from spacey funk to smooth soul – handling all of them extremely well. His work for the Acid Jazz label was some of the best to come out of the UK in the past 10 years – and this set does a good job of documenting some of his excellent work. Titles include the stellar soul tunes "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Stepping Into My Life"; the funky soundtrack themes "Mission Impossible", "Dirty Harry", and "Blow Up"; and lots of other nice moments like "Martian Earthwatch", "Creation", "It's Your World", "One Way Street", and "In The Hand Of The Inevitable". Great stuff – and very nicely packaged! CD
(Out of print.)

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James Taylor QuartetGet Organized (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Urban/Polydor (Japan), 1989. Used ... $19.99
Wonderful early work from the great James Taylor Quartet – a killer UK group that emerged out of the London mod and acid jazz scenes of the 80s, then went onto become a monstrously talented funk group in their own right! Taylor's smoking Hammond leads the session, stepping out in some strong funked up grooves that have a classic late 60s soul jazz sound – a bit more Jimmy McGriff than the Johnny Hammond vibe of James' later work – but still plenty great with us, and recorded with a surprisingly faithful ear for the original sound. (Keep in mind that back at the highly-electric time of this set, few records were cut with the warmth of records from the 60s and 70s.) The excellent jazz dance number "It Doesn't Matter" features stellar scat vocals by Cleveland Watkiss – and other tracks include "Brothers Batucada", "Bossa Pilante", "Riding High", "Electric Boogaloo", "The Stretch", and "Grooving Home". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ricardo Toscano QuartetRicardo Toscano Quartet ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
... CD

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Alexander Von Schlippenbach QuartetThree Nails Left ... LP
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... About June 21, 2019 (delayed)
Live recording of sets recorded about a year apart from Schlippenbach's Quartet that included Evan Parker, Peter Kowald, and Paul Lovens. The group has a great sense of dynamics, and the set ebbs between some great textural passages, full on energy and trading staccato statements. Three pieces "Range", "Black Holes" and "Three Nails Left". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sokratis Votskos QuartetAlmopian Etude/Sevenates ... 7-inch
Jazzman (UK), 2019. New Copy (pic cover)... $12.99
There's a strongly descending piano line in "Almpoian Etude" – one that gives the whole tune a moody, modal vibe before leader Sokratis Votskos really stretches out on soprano sax – taking the whole thing into nicely spiritual territory! "Sevenates" is a bit more upbeat, and has a style that mixes older Greek rhythms with a more contemporary jazz approach – one that has the soprano leaping nicely alongside the piano, bass, and drums! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Sokratis Votskos QuartetSketching The Unknown ... CD
Jazzman (UK), New Copy (pic cover)... About September 15, 2019
... CD

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Sokratis Votskos QuartetSketching The Unknown ... LP
Jazzman (UK), New Copy (pic cover)... About September 15, 2019
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Ernie Watts QuartetHome Light ... CD
Flying Dolphin, 2018. Used ... $9.99
... CD

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✨✧ Buster Williams QuartetLost In A Memory ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1998. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Phil Woods QuartetPhil Talks With Quill (Jazz Odyssey pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1957. Very Good+ ... $0.99
An incredible meeting of two vastly underrated alto talents! Phil Woods got plenty of opportunities to record as a leader in the 50s, but altoist Gene Quill was often buried in bigger groups – a fact that makes this album one of the few chances to really hear him shine! Woods and Quill work together beautifully throughout – playing boppishly, but also in a more relaxed groove – one that's a bit like Phil's excellent Warm Woods session for Epic from the same stretch, but perhaps a bit more upbeat overall. The twin-alto sound is really great – especially on the tunes that have them soaring together on the heads, then splitting off on solos with amazing dexterity and real dynamic range. Other players include Bob Corwin on piano, Sonny Dallas on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – and although the pair recorded an earlier session for RCA a few years before, this one's far superior! Titles include "Doxy", "Scrapple From the Apple", "Hymn For Kim", and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Jazz Odyssey pressing from 1980.)

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World Saxophone QuartetLive In Zurich ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1981. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Tremendous interplay on saxes from this ultra-hip combo – a legendary lineup that features David Murray, Oliver Lake, Hamiet Bluiett, and Julius Hemphill – all blowing hard on a variety of saxes! The sound here is possibly a bit more free at times than some of the quartet's other 80s albums – less trying to come up with a straighter jazz groove from a batch of horns, and instead more willing to let all the players soar out and express themselves freely. Many tracks definitely still have a sense of structure, but there's also a bit of a different feel here that we really like. Titles include "Steppin", "Bordertown", "Funny Paper", "Stick", "Hattie Wall", "My First Winter", and "Touchic". LP, Vinyl record album

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World Saxophone Quartet with Fontella BassBreath Of Life ... CD
Elektra/Nonesuch, 1992. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print.)

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Eliot Zigmund QuartetLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Eliot Zigmund has been having a bit of a revival in recent years, and this tight little live set is a illustration of the drummer at his best – as Zigmund can play with a sharp crackle when needed, but also lay back and let the space fill with his bandmates at other moments! That latter quality is one that Eliot had strongly when working with Bill Evans – but he's maybe a lot more mature and dynamic here – really working warmly alongside the piano of Allen Farnham, bass of David Kingsnorth, and some especially nice soprano sax from Matt Garrison – whose arcingly soulful lines are a real highlight of the set! As with other Smalls Live dates, the presentation is wonderful – the group comes through in very sharp focus, but without any sense of effort at all in the production process. Titles include "The Glide", "9 Doyers Street", "You'll Know When You See Her", "Remediation", "Re Person I Knew", and "Time Remembered". CD

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✨✧ Thomas Fryland QuartetIf ... CD
Stunt (Denmark), 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Tommy Gryce QuartetOur Day Will Come ... CD
Blue Lady, 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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