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Chet Baker QuartetJazz At Ann Arbor ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Very Good ... $49.99
An excellent early album from Chet Baker – recorded with his classic quartet lineup that included Russ Freeman on piano – and done in conjunction with a concert recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan – oddly promoted by Ollie McLaughlin, a legendary figure on the Detroit soul scene in the 60s! The album's a bit of a change from the usual Baker Pacific Jazz set – in that tracks are often slightly longer than usual – not all-out jams, but in the five minute range, with slightly extended soloing. Other members of the group include Carson Smith on bass and Bob Neel on drums – and titles include "Line For Lyons", "Lover Man", "Maid In Mexico", "Headline", and "Russ Job". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove and Demonstration stamp. Cover has surface wear, light aging, a large Demonstration stamp on front, small seam splits, and some transferred ink and a small stamp on back.)

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Spencer Barefield QuartetLive Detroit ... CD
CAC, 1998. Used ... $8.99
Spencer Barefield on guitar, Henry Gibson on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass, and Tani Tabbal on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Charles Bell Contemporary Jazz QuartetCharles Bell Contemporary Jazz Quartet ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A great little record made by this obscure modernist group! The quartet seems to begin with an MJQ inspired kind of groove – but they're much more soulful than that, and the tracks have a nice jagged sound that well earns them their "contemporary" tag. The lineup is guitar/piano/bass/drums, and the tracks are spare and moody, but swing nicely! Titles include "Happy Funky", "Latin Festival", "Counterpoint Study 2", and "Variation 3". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye stereo pressing. Cover has some light wear, but vinyl is nice and clean.)

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Ernst Bier/Mack Goldsbury QuartetA-Live At The A-Trane ... CD
Konnex (Germany), 2003. Used ... $11.99
Ernst Bier on drums, Mack Goldsbury on saxophone and piccolo flute, Herb Robertson on trumpet, and Matthias Batzel on hammond organ. CD

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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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Diego Carraresi QuartetAttrezzo ... LP
Splasch (Italy), 1987. Near Mint- ... $11.99
With Diego Carraresi on soprano, Alessandro Di Puccio on vibes, Franco Nesti on bass, and Alessandro Fabbri on drums. LP, Vinyl record album

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Big Sid Catlett QuartetSleep/Linger Awhile ... 78 RPM
Commodore, 1945. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Tommy Chase QuartetHard! ... CD
BGP (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
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". CD
(Comes in a great little cardboard slipcase – replicating the old LP sleeve!)

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Coleman Brothers/Silver Echo Quartet/Hightower Brothers/Afro QuintetteNewark Gospel Quartets ... LP
Gospel Heritage (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Rare work from the Newark scene – a strong precursor to group soul modes to come! Features work by The Coleman Brothers, Silver Echo Quartet, Hightower Brothers, and Afro Quintette! LP, Vinyl record album

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Contemporary Jazz QuartetAction ... LP
Debut/Got It (Italy), 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 About June 18, 2021
Groundbreaking work from a nearly overlooked group of the 60s – Sweden's Contemporary Jazz Quartet, a group built on the principles of Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and the ESP sound! This first session, from 1964, features Sunny Murray working with the group on drums – in a lineup that also includes Hugh Steinmetz on trumpet, Franz Beckerlee on alto, and Steffen Andersen on bass – all working in a powerful mode that recalls some of Murray's early American recordings. Titles include "Refraction", "Action", "Cataclysm", "In The Name Of Beauty", and "Pre-Determination". LP, Vinyl record album
This title is scheduled for release about Friday, June 18.

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Marc Copeland QuartetSecond Look ... CD
Savoy, 1996. Used ... $11.99
Marc Copeland on piano with Drew Gress on bass, Billy Hart on drums & John Abercrombie on guitar. CD
(Out of print.)

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Art Farmer QuartetWork Of Art ... CD
Concord, 1982. Used ... $16.99
With Art Farmer on flugelhorn, Fred Hersch on piano, Bob Bodley on bass and Billy Hart on drums. CD
(Out of print, booklet has a slight cut corner.)

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Joe Farrell & Louis Hayes QuartetVim & Vigor ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $13.99
An album with a terrible cover – but a wonderful sound! Underneath this ridiculous bikini-clad cover lies some of the best work that Louis Hayes and Joe Farrell cut during the 80s – a freewheeling and open session that's steep on soul, and filled with the best energy both players could muster! The group's a quartet, with Farrell on tenor, soprano, and flute, Hayes on drums, Rob Van Den Broeck on piano, and Harry Emmery on bass. Farrell's inventiveness, as always, is incredible – restrained from some of his over-the-top work in the 70s – but in a good way, one that has him really focusing on the construction of his solos, and coming up with some wonderfully soulful notes that hold the lively rhythms of the tunes together. All tracks are long, and titles include "Miles Mode", "Vim N Vigor", "Arab Arab", and "Besame Mucho". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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Fourth World Quartet1975 ... CD
Cuneiform, New Copy ... $15.99 16.99 About June 25, 2021
... CD
This title is scheduled for release about Friday, June 25.

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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 Guitar QuartetUpbeat ... CD
Dame (Canada), 1998. Used ... $8.99
Mark Stewart, Nick Didkovsky, Rene Lussier, and Fred Frith on guitar. CD
(Out of print.)

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George Grawe QuartetMelodie Und Rhythmus ... CD
Okka Disk, 1998. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Chicago attracted many great European improvisers to its scene in the 90s – and one of them was pianist Georg Grawe, who moved to the city to take advantage of its thriving jazz and free music scene! Here, Grawe demonstrates his rapport with the city – working with a great group that features Kent Kessler on bass, Hamid Drake on drums, and Frank Gratkowski on reeds – in modes that are quite different than some of George's other recordings of the period! A wild mix of jazz harmonies, intricate polyrhythms, free blowing, and tight bits of straight jazz – on titles that include "Multiversum", "Trajectory", "Nodality", "Pressing Scopes", "Fringe Factor", and "Memory Of Wings II". CD

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Guarnieri Quartet (Leo Guarnieri/Don Byas/JC Heard/Johnny Guarnieri)I'd Do Anything For You/Armand The Groove ... 78 RPM
H&N Society, Mid 40s. Very Good ... $1.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Johnny Guarnieri QuartetSophisticated Lady/Dot's My Baby ... 78 RPM
H&N Society, Mid 40s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Record has a slight dish warp.)

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Charlie Haden Quartet WestNow Is The Hour ... CD
Verve, 1995. Used ... $4.99
With Ernie Watts on tenor, Alan Broadbent on piano, and Lawrence Marable on drums – plus a string orchestra conducted by Broadbent on most tracks! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gene Harris QuartetFunky Gene's ... CD
Concord, 1994. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A quartet date – with Harris on piano, Ron Eschete on guitar, Luther Hughes on bass, and Paul Humphrey on drums! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gene Harris QuartetIt's The Real Soul ... CD
Concord, 1995. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Gene Harris on piano, Ron Eschete on guitar, Luther Hughes on bass, and Paul Humphrey on drums. CD

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Roy Haynes QuartetOut Of The Afternoon (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Impulse, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... On November 19, 2021
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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Yuri Honing Acoustic QuartetDesire ... CD
Challenger (Netherlands), 2015. Used ... $6.99
Yuri Honing on tenor saxophone, Wolfert Brederode on piano, Joost Lijbaart on drums, and Gulli Gudmundsson on bass. CD

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Julia Hulsmann QuartetNot Far From Here ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2019. Used ... $6.99
Julia Hulsmann on piano, Marc Muellbauer on double bass, Heinrich Kobberling on drums & Uli Kempendorff. CD

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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!)

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Chuck Jackson/Lee Lovett QuartetGreat Chuck Jackson ... LP
Strand, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $13.99
An obscure set from the great singer Chuck Jackson – and a record that also features some instrumental tracks from the Lee Lovett Quartet! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl and cover are nice!)

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Frank Kimbrough QuartetQuartet ... CD
Palmetto, 2014. Used ... $11.99
Frank Kimbrough on piano, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano saxophones, Jay Anderson on drums. CD

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Kronos QuartetIn Formation ... CD
Reference Recordings, 1982. Used ... $8.99
... CD

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✨✧ Johnny Lewis QuartetShuckin' & Jivin' ... CD
Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity, 1972. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Luv N Haight has done it again! This totally cool reissue of a very very lost funky LP is a real monster, and another reissue feather in the cap of the great Luv N Haight catalog. 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 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.)

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Eric Lohrer QuartetSelene Song ... CD
Subsequence (France), 2008. Used ... $8.99
Eric Lohrer on guitar, Eric Surmenian on double bass and sarangi, Patrick Goraguer on drums, Jean-Charles Richard on soprano saxophone and shenai. CD

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London Experimental Jazz QuartetInvisible Roots ... LP
Scratch/Roundtable (Australia), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
That's London, Ontario – not London, England – which means that the group have an even more far-flung sound than you might expect! The album's a brilliant and overlooked gem from the Canadian scene of the 70s – really mindblowing music by a group who are equally great at grooving, and at taking things very far outside – mixing together modes that are sometimes highly rhythmic, other times very loose and freewheeling! We're really not familiar with any of the players from later projects at all – but they're clearly a very hip batch of younger musicians who come together and sparkle brilliantly for this rare set – with a mix of soprano and alto sax, wood flute, cello, piano, bass, funky drums, vibes, and even some other cool effects that really make the record a treat throughout! Titles include the funky gem "Destroy The Nihilist Picnic", plus much more outside material that includes "Time Is Of The Essence", "Edible Wallpaper", "Ron Martin Special With Mustard", "Spain Is For Old Ladies", and "Jazz Widow Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lawrence Marable Quartet feat James ClayTenorman ... LP
Jazz West, 1956. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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, who's 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese EMI pressing, with obi – TOJJ 5818. In great shape!)

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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. Back cover of booklet has a couple of small tears from the plastic tabs.)

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Middle Jazz QuartetMiddle Jazz Quartet ... LP
Editions Pluriel (France), 1980. Near Mint- ... $14.99
With Jean Lorieau on tenor, Philippe Duchemin on piano, Tony Ballester on bass, and Alain Chaudron on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear, heavily bent corners, a peeled spot from sticker removal on front, and an old price sticker on back.)

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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 QuartetCompact Jazz – The Modern Jazz Quartet Plus ... CD
Verve, Late 50s. Used ... $3.99
Featuring John Lewis, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, Connie Kay, Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetConcorde ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1955. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Even at this early point in their career, the Modern Jazz Quartet were plenty proud of their relation to and reception in Paris – almost rubbing their international fame in the faces of other American combos with the title and cover of this record! The set's still got the quartet at their crisp early best – before any of the sometimes too academic or too serious tones of later sides – and tracks are mostly shortish, ringing out with especially nice vibes from Milt Jackson. Titles include an early reading of the title cut "Concorde", plus an extended "Gershwin Medley", and the tracks "All Of You", "I'll Remember April", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", and "Ralph's New Blues". CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetDjango ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 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
(Out of print.)
Also available Django (20 bit remaster) ... CD 4.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetDjango (20 bit remaster) ... CD
Prestige, Mid 50s. Used ... $4.99
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, BMG music club pressing.)
Also available Django ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetEuropean Concert Vol 2 ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Green and blue label stereo pressing. Includes the Atlantic inner sleeve. Cover has some surface wear, aging, and some masking tape holding the seams.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetFontessa ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good ... $9.99
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
(Green label stereo Long Playing Unbreakable pressing with deep groove. Cover is lightly stained and separated at the bottom left corner, with a 3 inch split in the seam.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetIn A Crowd ... CD
Knit Classics, 1963. Used ... $6.99
A live recording from the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival. Tracks include "Pyramid", "In A Crowd", "Bags' Groove", "I Should Care", and "Sheriff". CD
(Out of print.)

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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 QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Atlantic) ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good ... $14.99
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 QuartetOne Never Knows – Original Film Score For No Sun In Venice By John Lewis ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good+ ... $7.99
The MJQ always manage to sound especially great when working on music for film – and this album's a great illustration of that fact! The work here is written by John Lewis, for a movie that never lasted the test of time as much as the record – and it's some of John's most evocative writing of the time – almost imagistic enough without the film – filled with tones and colors that are quite visual, especially in the hands of this great group! Selections are played by the core quartet of Milt Jackson on vibes, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – and titles include "The Golden Striker", "One Never Knows", "The Rose Truc", "Venice", "Cortege", and "Three Windows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Long Playing Unbreakable pressing with deep groove. Cover has light aging.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetSheriff ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1963. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
A moody early 60s set by the great MJQ for Atlantic – for the first time on CD! Overall the group rolls and swings in a bit rougher mode than they do on their brighter efforts, but they still hit the sweet spot and swing when the mood fits! The record works best when Milt Jackson's vibes are let loose, as on the playful reading of "Mean To Me", and John Lewis's piano sets the mood as in "Carnival" (the Luiz Bonfa tune). Other tracks include Lewis's "The Sheriff", "In A Crowd", "Donnie's Theme" and "Natural Affection", plus "Bachianas Brasileiras". CD

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Modern Jazz QuartetTogether Again! Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival '82 ... LP
Pablo, 1982. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Early 80s reunion after their breakup in 1974, with Milt Jackson on vibes, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet & The All-Star Jazz BandJazz Dialogue ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Larger group meditations by the Modern Jazz Quartet – working here in an expanded lineup that includes work from Phil Woods, Charlie Mariano, Seldon Powell, Richie Kamuca, Clark Terry, and Jimmy Cleveland! The album takes a core MJQ groove, and only seems to lay out out over the larger arrangements as backing – almost as if the set were recorded in two parts, and stitched together – but in a way that works with a brilliant sense of counterpart, one that brings a lot more soul and color to the group's work than usual. Titles include versions of the John Lewis numbers "One Never Knows", "Animal Dance", "The Golden Striker", "Django", and "Home" – plus Milt Jackson's "Ralph's New Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red and purple label pressing.)

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✨✧ Thelonious Monk Quartet with John ColtraneThelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $3.99
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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Pat Moran QuartetWhile At Birdland ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good+ ... $39.99
One of two albums cut for Bethlehem by the Pat Moran Quartet – a groovy little combo that harmonized vocally while they were grooving on their instruments! The group's led by Pat on piano and lead vocals – and singer Bev Kelly is also with the group – and this album features additional backings by Nat Pierce, with players that include Anthony Ortega and Sam Most on reeds – fleshing the sound out nicely from some of the group's other work. The four part harmony mode is in the Hi-Los mode, but the twist is that it's half-male, half-female – making for a lighter sound. Tracks include "I'll Be Around", "Jordu", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", and "Mother Macree". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has sa light stain on the bottom few inches – worse on the back than the front, save for a small bit of light wrinkling in one corner.)

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Kenji Mori QuartetFire Bird ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
Kenji Mori may be the firebird on tenor and flute for the date – but the album also features some mighty bold lines on guitar from the young Kazumi Watanabe! Kazumi's got a dynamic sense of energy that really shapes the record from the start – these long, twangy electric passages that find a way to be fierce one minute, gentle the next – almost phrased at points as if he was holding a reed instrument instead of a stringed one! Mori's lines on flute are an especially great counterpart to the guitar – shapes in sound that really have an organic quality as they spin out. The group also features Nobuyoshi Ino on bass and Steve Jackson on drums – and titles include the long tunes "Firebird (parts 1 & 2)", "K&J", and "A Time For Us". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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Carl M Neumann/Christian Reim QuartetLive At Molde International Jazz Festival 1976 ... LP
Jazzaggression (Finland), 1976. New Copy ... $24.99 27.99
Beautiful live work from alto saxophonist Carl Magnus Neumann – a Norwegian player with a richly expressive tone and a very fresh groove – working here in a group that's co-led with pianist Christian Reim! Neumann's a player we won't hear often – and he shines wonderfully on this date – stretching out in long, creative lines that are totally great – often slightly poetic and filled with feeling, in rhythms that are quite unusual for the time. The group's a quartet, with Christian Reim on piano, Bjorn Kjellemyr on bass, and Ole Jacob Hansen on drums – and although all players are clearly acquainted with some of the newer ideas in jazz at the time, they also nicely keep things inside on most tracks – with a subtle swing that really suits Neumann's tone. Titles include "Hippie", "Den Fandenivoldske", "Goodbye", "The Man I Love", "Goodbye II", and "Diplomatologi". LP, Vinyl record album

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New York Jazz QuartetOasis ... CD
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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✨✧ New York Jazz QuartetSurge ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A stunning 70s set by the New York Jazz Quartet – a group you might not recognize immediately by name, but which features some key all-star players – a lineup that includes Frank Wess on flutes and saxes, Roland Hanna on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Richard Pratt on drums! Wess is especially amazing – very different than his reedman styles of earlier decades – both in small combos and larger ensembles, with an especially strong sensitivity on the flute – an instrument he always played famously, but which he really seems to feel here – with energy that really augments the sorts of warmth and lyricism that Hanna can bring to the piano when he's at his best. Plus, there's this deeper core of rhythm at some points, which really seems to give both Roland and Frank a vibe that really does them better than usual – on titles that include "Tee Piece", "Surge", "Placitude", "87th Street", and "Big Bad Henry". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Larry Ochs & Aram Shelton QuartetContinental Drift ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2020. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful wrapping of reeds – the alto of Aram Shelton and tenor and sopranino saxes of Larry Ochs – set up here as a unified spirit in the lead of the group, but always ready to break out with these bold individual moments too! The record's got a mixture of rasp and tunefulness that speaks to the strong legacy of both players – sometimes swinging, sometimes a bit more free – with work from Kjell Nordeson on bass, and either Mark Dresser or Scott Walton on bass, depending on the tracks. Titles include "Continental Drift", "Slat", "Switch", "Another Night", "The Others Dream", and "Test Shots". CD

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Tbone Paxton & The RJ Spangler QuartetBack In Your Own Backyard ... CD
Detroit Music Factory, 2020. Used ... $2.99
Tracks include "Gypsy", "Careless Love", "Petite Fleur", "C'est Si Bon", "Back In Your Own Backyard", and "Room With A View". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Porter Praskin QuartetSonnet For Sal ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $16.99
The group's an unusual one, but they've got some great components all the way through – including the presence of tenorist Sal Nistico – who really rounds out the record in a great way! But first, the leaders – pianist Larry Porter and alto saxophonist Allan Praskin – the latter of whom we know from a few great records, including an excellent set for the Three Blind Mice label in the 70s – both working here with a great sense of sound, and one that reigns in some of the freedom of Praskin's earlier material, but without losing its edge. And although Nistico can famously work as a lead soloist in a bigger band, when he hits a hipper European setting like this, he can really amaze our ears – as the record recalls some of his excellent work for the Ego label a few years before. Other players include Marc Abrams on bass and Paolo Pellegatti on drums – and titles include "We'll Never Manage This Way", "Elusive", "Miracle", "Sonnet For Sal", and "Touch Light Samba". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Don Pullen/George Adams QuartetBreakthrough ... LP
Blue Note, 1986. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
Great work from the Don Pullen-George Adams Quartet – a great post-Mingus group that features Adams on tenor and Pullen on piano – along with Dannie Richmond on drums and Cameron Brown on bass! The sound of these sides is really wonderful – as inventive and exploratory as some of Pullen's earlier work, yet carved out with a sense of rhythm and soulfulness that all players had clearly learned from Mingus – a focus that's really wonderful, and which takes this Blue Note gem far past some of the other Pullen/Adams collaborations in other settings. Titles include "A Time For Sobriety", "Mr Smoothie", "Just Foolin Around", and "We've Been Here All The Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed in the perforated outer sleeve with Blue Note DMM sticker. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Rempis Percussion Quartet (Dave Rempis/Ingebrigt Haker Flaten/Tim Daisy/Frank Rosaly)Sud Des Alpes ... CD
Aerophonic, 2021. New Copy ... $12.99
A really great setting for the sublime reed talents of Dave Rempis – a special quartet that features two drummers, Tim Daisy and Frank Rosaly, plus bass from Ingebrigt Haker Flaten! Despite the name of the group, the sound here isn't an all-out percussion bombast – and instead, the players really let the fantastic soundshapes of Rempis guide their way – as Dave plays both alto and tenor saxes, and opens the door to much larger sonic exploration on the album's three long tracks. The group take on a great moment from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – borrowing a bit of "Theme De Yoyo", which they fold into their own "Evacuation" – next to other tracks titled "There's A Jam On The Line" and "Late Arrival". CD

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St Louis Jazz QuartetSt Louis Jazz Quartet ... LP
El, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $43.99
Featuring vocalist Jeanne Trevor on all titles, with Terrence Kippenberger on bass, David Schirage on piano, and Charles Payne on percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover appears to have been signed by all members of the group on front, and has some yellowed tape remnants at the opening and on back.)

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James Taylor QuartetTaste Of Cherry ... CD
Real Self (UK), 2006. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the best new records we've heard from the James Taylor Quartet in years – a soaringly soulful set that recalls some of Taylor's sweetest soul moments from the early 90s! The sound here is much warmer and tighter than some of James' recent deep funk outings – a groove that's similar to his sublime records with Noel McCoy, but served up here in a groove that's more instrumental overall. Taylor plays his usual Hammond, plus plenty of Fender Rhodes, moog, and a bit of vibes – and Snowboy's in the backing group on production, which is joined on a few numbers by vocalist Yvonne Yanney. The whole sound here is right on the money – tight, but never slick – that perfect classic approach to jazz funk that's always made the JTQ one of the best groups around when they manage to do things right – and this time around, they've done it plenty right! Titles include "Joe's Diversions", "Taste Of Cherry", "Your Kind Of Loving", "Dreaming Of You", "The In-Between", "Dr Grits", and "It's All Over". CD
(Out of print.)

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Alexander Von Schlippenbach QuartetThree Nails Left ... CD
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1975. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 15.00
Amazing work from this seminal group on the FMP scene – a quartet led by pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, but equally balanced between the saxes of Evan Parker, bass of Peter Kowald, and percussion of Paul Lovens! We're not sure how much to take the "nails" in the title seriously, but it does sound as if Schlippenbach is playing prepared piano at times – or perhaps his command of the keyboard is just so strong, he can make other-worldly elements come from the instrument whenever he wants! Much of the music has a full-on FMP intensity – that non-stop, sonically adventurous quality inherited from Machine Gun – spun out over three great live improvisations, titled "Range", "Black Holes", and "Three Nails Left". CD
(Remastered from the original tapes – and first time on CD!)

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Sokratis Votskos QuartetSketching The Unknown (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 2019. New Copy (pic cover)... $24.99
A great global bit of spiritual jazz from reedman Sokratis Votskos – who works here in a style that not only follows some great European traditions of modal jazz, but which also resonates with some of the deeper roots of Greek music too! Sokratis plays soprano sax and bass clarinet – and the piano, bass, and drums weave these really magical rhythms that seem to set the leader free – often with echoes of a longer cultural tradition, but delivered with really personal intensity in the solos – in a way that makes us sure that Votskos is going to be a name to follow for years to come! A great new session that's very much in the tradition of some of the Spiritual Jazz compilations on the Jazzman label – with titles that include "Quadrum Waltz", "Syncopatient", "Sketching The Unknown", "Sevenates", and "Almopian Etude". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavyweight vinyl pressing with download!)

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Jack Wilson Quartet with Roy AyersCall Me – Jazz From The Penthouse ... CD
Century 67, 1966. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
Fantastic work from one of our favorite jazz duos of all time – pianist Jack Wilson and the young vibes genius Roy Ayers – working here back before his soul/funk fame of the 70s, in a completely different style! Ayers and Wilson only made a handful of records together back in the day – including important dates for Atlantic and Blue Note – and this set of unreleased live material from 1966 provides a much-needed addition to their short catalog of sides together – sublime modal jazz that we'd put right up there with anything else they ever did! Wilson is already a hell of a pianist on his own – one of the unsung greats of his generation, with a fantastic sense of flow and this mixture of lyricism and soulfulness that leads to all these very vivid moments and tonal explosions. Add Ayers to the mix, and you've really got something special – a vibes/piano pairing that sounds like nobody else – and which shows that even back before he worked with Herbie Mann, Roy was a tremendously unique player, destined for greatness. The group has a rock-solid rhythm duo – Buddy Woodson on bass and Von Barlow on drums – and titles include "Serenata", "Harbor Freeway 5pm", "Here's That Rainy Day", "CFD", "Pensativa", "Stolen Moments", "Nirvana", and "Call Me". 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 About June 11, 2021
... CD
This title is scheduled for release about Friday, June 11.

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World Sax QuartetComplete World Sax Quartet On Black Saint & Soul Note (Steppin With/WSQ/Revue/Live Zurich/Live Brooklyn Academy/Moving Right Along) (6CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), Early 80s. New Copy 6CD ... $32.99 42.99
Genius work from the World Sax Quartet – a really unique ensemble who not only set the tone for a generation of jazz musicians to come, but also gave focus to some richly expressive talents from the 70s underground! The quartet is something of a supergroup right from the start – graced with tremendous reed work by David Murray, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, and Hamiet Bluiett – all key American players who really helped transform the sound of jazz in the 70s – coming together here in a whole new way on seminal sides for the Black Saint/Soul Note label! The format – which inspired many others – is really compelling – as the group's sounds come only from saxes, no other instrumentation at all – with the four wind players handling all rhythm and melody, and making some really amazing music in the process. Horn interplay had never been heard so clearly before – especially as here, the stars put aside their egos, and never try to overblow each other – and instead have this brilliant way of working together to craft a new sort of groove. The box set features the albums Steppin With, WSQ, Revue, Live In Zurich, and Live At The Brooklyn Academy Of Music – all with the classic lineup – plus Moving Right Along, which actually features a quintet with Bluiett, Murray, and Lake – joined by James Spaulding and Eric Person. CD
(All albums come in paper sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)

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World Saxophone QuartetPlays Duke Ellington ... LP
Nonesuch, 1986. Near Mint- ... $6.99
One of their best ones, and a tight set of Ellington tracks that works perfectly with their multi-horn style. Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Bamiet Bluiett, and David Murray split up the arrangements, and the tracks include "Lush Life", "Come Sunday", "Prelude To A Kiss", and 2 different versions of "Take The A Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Rez Abbasi Acoutic QuartetNatural Selection ... CD
Sunnyside, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rez Abbasi on acoustic guitar, Stephan Crump on acoustic bass, Eric McPherson on drums, and Bill Ware on vibraphone. CD

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✨✧ George Adams/Don Pullen QuartetDecisions ... CD
Timeless (Holland), 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of those key records that has George Adams and Don Pullen reinventing expectations of jazz for the 80s – both musicians with plenty of ear for the outside, but also coming back home with a well-rounded, deeply-rooted approach that's crucial in taking the American jazz legacy another step forward! Like some of their similar contemporaries, who could also be avant at times, and straight at others – Adams and Pullen have no concern with setting themselves in one camp or another – and not only flesh out the spirit of the record with both of those aspects of their playing, but also have some surprisingly bluesy undercurrents at times. The group features George Adams on tenor, Don Pullen on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums – and titles include "Decisions", "Triple Over Time", "I Could Really For You", "Message Urgent", and "Trees & Grass & Things". CD

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✨✧ George Adams/Don Pullen QuartetEarth Beams ... CD
Timeless (Holland), 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print, 2003 Timeless pressing.)

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✨✧ George Adams/Don Pullen QuartetLive At Montmartre ... CD
Timeless (Netherlands), 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Solidly soaring work from tenorist George Adams – recording live here with pianist Don Pullen, one of his best musical partners during the 80s! The album's got a bit more of a bite than some of the pair's studio sessions – a bit straighter overall, but recorded with a nice degree of energy, and some long tracks that really let both players open up nicely – in a combo that also features John Scofield on guitar, Cameron Brown on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums. The inclusion of Scofield's guitar changes up the group's sound in a nice way – adding in some more chromatic elements that really stand out – and titles include "IJ", "Flame Games", "Song Everlasting", and "Forever Lovers". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Fred Anderson QuartetBirdhouse ... CD
Okka Disk, 1996. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first new studio recording by tenorist Fred Anderson since 1980 – and a set that shows just how much he'd grown in the intervening years! Here, Fred's newly alive with a younger Chicago group – a great quartet with Jim Baker on piano, Harrison Baker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums – all players openly fluid to move with Anderson from swinging passages to freer ones – a beautiful balance of soul and experimentation, captured in a way that maybe links Fred more closely to Von Freeman than any other record in his career – yet which still captures all the AACM vitality in his music too. Titles include "Birdhouse", "Bernice", "Like Sonny", and "Waiting For Me". CD

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✨✧ Billy Bang QuartetValve No 10 ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Billy Bang on violin & voice, Sirone on bass, Dennis Charles on percussion, and Frank Lowe on tenor saxophone. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dave Brubeck QuartetGreat Concerts – Amsterdam, Carnegie, & Copenhagen ... CD
Columbia, 1957/1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Chicago Underground QuartetGood Days ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Anthony Davis/Jim Newton QuartetHidden Voices ... CD
India Navigation, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Anthony Davis on piano, James Newton on flute, Rick Rozie on bass, George Lewis on trombone, and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Paolo Di Sabatino QuartetIntroducing ... CD
Hallway, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Paolo Di Sabatino on piano, Fabrizio Bosso on trumpet and flugelhorn, Pietro Ciancaglini on bass, and Massimo Manzi on drums. CD

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✨✧ Die Like A Dog QuartetAoyama Crows ... CD
FMP (Germany), 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy sounds from this mighty quartet – a lineup that features Peter Brotzmann on tenor, alto clarinet, and tarogato – plus Toshinori Kondo on trumpet and electronics, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums! The album spins out in relatively free space – with Drake's drums and Parker's bass propelling the music for most of the moments – and lots of compressed notes from Kondo's trumpet, which also then seem to be processed by his electronics – creating a mix between electric Miles Davis and a Varitone! The set includes the three-part suite "Aoyama Crows" – composed by Brotzmann, but feeling like some moody Japanese mix of fusion and avant from the early 70s. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Empty Cage QuartetHello The Damage! ... CD
pfMentum, 2005. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Jason Mears on alto and wood flutes – with Kris Tiner on trumpet, Ivan Johnson on bass, and Paul Kikuchi on drums and percussion. CD

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✨✧ Colin Fisher QuartetLiving Midnight ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Charles McPherson QuartetLove Walked In ... CD
Quadrant, 2015. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Charles McPherson on alto saxophone, Jeremy Brown on bass, Stephen Keogh on drums, and Bruce Barth on piano. CD

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✨✧ Mike Melito/Dino Losito QuartetYou're The It! ... CD
Cellar Live (Canada), 2020. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mike Melito on drums, Dino Losito on piano, Larry McKenna on tenor saxophone, and Neal Miner on bass. CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetBlues On Bach ... CD
Atlantic, 1974. Used ... 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". CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetLonely Woman ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Truly one of the Modern Jazz Quartet's greatest albums – and a set that has an edge and a darkness that's missing from some of their other Atlantic records! Part of the reason for this may be the group's fantastic reading of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" – a killer moody track that sounds great in the group's vibes/piano style – and which leads off the album with a chilling tone that's really unbelievable! The rest of the album's pretty great too – and there's a brooding intensity we don't normally hear in the piano of John Lewis and vibes of Milt Jackson. Other tracks include Gary McFarland's "Why Are You Blue" – plus John Lewis' "Belkis", "Animal Dance", "New York 19", and "Trieste". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple mono pressing. Cover has surface wear and some splitting on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ David Murray QuartetBallads For Bass Clarinet ... LP
DIW/Koko (UK), 1991. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest jazz voices on the bass clarinet – save perhaps for the late Eric Dolphy – working here in a wonderful batch of ballads and gentle groovers! The set's quite different from the usual jazz date to bear "ballads" in the title – as David Murray's not ruminating over standards with too much strings – and instead still works in a hip small combo mode that's filled with swing and soul. In fact, most tunes are hardly ballads in the traditional style – and just showcase a slightly gentler, more personal side of Murray's music – but one that still has plenty of darkness around the edges. The group's a quartet – with John Hicks on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Idris Muhammad on drums – and tunes include "Portrait Of A Black Woman", "Waltz To Heaven", "Elegy For Fannie Lou", "Lyons Street", "Chazz", and "New Life". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Sonny Clark Memorial QuartetVoodoo ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Soweto String QuartetZebra Crossing ... CD
BMG (South Africa), 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Stellari String Quartet (Wachsmann/Hug/Mattos/Edwards)Vulcan ... CD
Emanem (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A string quartet, but one with a real difference – as all the members here are long-skilled improvisers, which makes the performance very different than usual for such a group! And instead, the record should be thought of more as a set of free jazz by a group with stringed instruments – Philipp Wachsmann on violin, Charlotte Hug on viola, Marcio Mattos on cello, and John Edwards on double bass – all coming together with the sorts of revolutionary sounds that were first unlocked during a generation of 70s string improvisation, taken here to fantastic new directions! Some moments are very sonically subtle, others are more dynamic – and titles include "Tujle", "Pulvermaar", "Dallol", "Ambrym", "Batu Tara", and "Mauna Kea". CD

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✨✧ Gebhard Ullmann - Steve Swell QuartetLive In Montreal ... CD
Creative Improvised Music Projects, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gebhard Ullmann on bass clarinet and tenor saxophone, Steve Swell on trombone, Hilliard Greene on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums. CD

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✨✧ Alexander Von Schlippenbach QuartetHunting The Snake ... CD
Unheard Music Series/Atavistic, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure mid 70s session that features some stunning work by Schlippenbach's Quartet that included Evan Parker, Peter Kowald, and Paul Lovens. The material was recorded in the studios of Radio Bremen in Germany, and we have a feeling that this may be the first time the material was ever issued. The group plays with a ferocity that's hard to believe – as Schlippenbach moves like a demon up and down the keys, perpetually attacked by the soprano and tenor of Parker, amidst a rhythmic tumult laid down by Kowald's bass and the percussion and cymbals of Lovens. The work is pure and powerful – and completely free of any improvised music cliches. Titles include "Moonbeef", "Hunting The Snake", and "Glen Feshie". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ David S Ware QuartetRenunciation ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2007. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
David S. Ware on saxophone, William Parker on bass, Guillermo E Brown on drums, and Matthew Shipp on piano. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jack Wilson Quartet with Roy AyersCall Me – Jazz From The Penthouse (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Century 67, 1966. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from one of our favorite jazz duos of all time – pianist Jack Wilson and the young vibes genius Roy Ayers – working here back before his soul/funk fame of the 70s, in a completely different style! Ayers and Wilson only made a handful of records together back in the day – including important dates for Atlantic and Blue Note – and this set of unreleased live material from 1966 provides a much-needed addition to their short catalog of sides together – sublime modal jazz that we'd put right up there with anything else they ever did! Wilson is already a hell of a pianist on his own – one of the unsung greats of his generation, with a fantastic sense of flow and this mixture of lyricism and soulfulness that leads to all these very vivid moments and tonal explosions. Add Ayers to the mix, and you've really got something special – a vibes/piano pairing that sounds like nobody else – and which shows that even back before he worked with Herbie Mann, Roy was a tremendously unique player, destined for greatness. The group has a rock-solid rhythm duo – Buddy Woodson on bass and Von Barlow on drums – and titles include "Serenata", "Harbor Freeway 5pm", "Here's That Rainy Day", "CFD", "Pensativa", "Stolen Moments", "Nirvana", and "Call Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing – limited to 1000 copies!)
Also available Call Me – Jazz From The Penthouse ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Jeb Bishop Trio/QuartetAfternoons ... CD
Okka Disk, 2001. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the boldest statements on record from trombonist Jeb Bishop – and a really great reminder of his key contributions to the Chicago avant scene at the start of the century! Jeb's a master of subtle shape and sound on his instrument, but he can also play with a fiercer frenzy – which is definitely the case here, and he moves between a trio and quartet lineup – alongside Kent Kessler on bass, Tim Mulvenna on drums, and Jeff Parker on guitar! The match of Parker and Bishop happens on four of the album's seven tracks, and has an especially strong resonance – tuneful at times, fuzzier at others – although the trio tracks are pretty darn incredible, and have us really remembering the greatness of Kessler and Mulvenna too. Titles include "Mirror Image", "The Umbrella", "Piggly Wiggly", "Pond", and "Flex Time". CD

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✨✧ Dave Brubeck QuartetDave Digs Disney ... LP
Columbia/Analog Spark, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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", and "Someday My Prince Will Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(A great pressing – heavy tip-on cover!)

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✨✧ Sonny Clark & Buddy De Franco QuartetComplete Sessions ... CD
Definitive/Verve (Spain), 1954. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Great lost work by Buddy DeFranco – rare Verve sides recorded with Sonny Clark that show a whole new side of the clarinetist! Forget what you might think about his playing – because these tracks have a tight swinging boppish groove, and Clark's piano work makes the whole thing move nicely, without some of the hoke of other DeFranco sessions. The package features 27 titles in all – with some great originals by Clark – and titles include "Cable Car", "Monogram", "Mine", "Titoro", "Sonny's Idea", "Jack The Fieldstalker", and "Minor Incident". Great stuff! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Delta Saxophone QuartetDedicated To You, But You Weren't Listening – The Music Of Soft Machine ... CD
Moonjune (UK), 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
Graeme Blevins on soprano saxophone, Chris Caldwell on baritone saxophone, Tom Holmes on tenor saxophone, and Pete Whyman on alto saxophone. CD

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✨✧ Charlie Haden Quartet WestAlways Say Goodbye ... CD
Gitanes/Verve, 1993. Used ... Out Of Stock
Quartet West is Charlie Haden on bass, Ernie Watts on tenor, Alan Broadbent on piano, and Larance Marable on drums . Features guest violin by Stephane Grapelli. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie Henderson QuartetFlight Of Mind ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1991. Used ... 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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