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Leroy KirklandI'll Be Rockin – Arranger, Writer, & Session Musician – The Rhythm & Blues Producers ... CD
Jasmine (UK), New Copy ... $15.99 16.99 About January 28, 2022
... CD

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VariousAtlantic Rhythm & Blues – Vol 3 – 1955 to 1957 ... CD
Atlantic, 1974. Used ... $2.99
Culled from the rich history of the Atlantic records label, and lovingly put together with great notes and everything! 28 tracks in all, including "Ruby Baby" and "Fools Fall In Love" by the Drifters,"In paradise" by the Cookies, "The Chicken & The Hawk" by Joe Turner, "Devil Or Angel" by the Clovers, "Drown In My Own Tears" and "Lonely Avenue" by Ray Charles, "Jim Dandy" by LaVern Baker, 'Down In Mexico", "Searchin'" and "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters, "Treasure Of Love" by Clyde McPhatter, "Since I Met You Baby" by Ivory Joe Hunter, "Lucky Lips" by Ruth Brown, "Midnight Special Train" by Joe Turner, "Cc Rider" and "Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes" by Chuck Willis and "Mr Lee" by the Bobbettes. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousHistory Of Rhythm & Blues Part 1 – 1925 to 1942 (4CD set) ... CD
Rhythm & Blues (UK), Late 20s/1930s/Early 40s. New Copy 4CD ... About November 12, 2021 (delayed)
... CD

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VariousModernity – 24 Super-Sharp Slices Of Rhythm & Blues, Soul, & Other Grooves ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
A set with "modernity" as the title, but a batch of tracks that sound plenty old all the way through – mostly the kind of upbeat soul tracks that played big with the 60s mod scene in London! Yet this isn't the usual collection of mod classics – as the work here is very obscure, and served up in the mix of rare singles and unreleased material that we totally love on other Ace/Kent Records collections – presented with great sound, and very detailed notes that are as fun to read as the songs are to hear! All the artists are American, and look very different than the dapper British gents on the cover – soaring out in a set list that includes "Deuces Wild" by Gary & Gary, "Just Can't Help Myself" by Birdlegs & Pauline, "Oh Lady Be Good" by Charles Hodges, "The Hawg (part 2)" by Eddie Kirk, "See See Rider" by Byrdie Green, "Walk Home With Me" by Ike & Tina Turner, "Sundown" by The Merced Blue Notes, "Go Away With Me" by Hollis Dixon & The Keynotes, "I Found A Little Girl" by Eddie Bo, "The Bounce" by Jackie Lee, "Earthquake" by The Fashionettes, "Air Travel" by Ray & Bob, "That's All I Want" by King Carl, "The Warm Up (part 1)" by Clifton White & His Royal Knights, "Soul Grabber" by Willis Jackson, and "Who Knows" by Willie Tee. CD

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VariousR&B Singles Collection Vol 4 – Outta Sight Red Hot Rhythm & Blues ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
The fourth smoking volume in this wonderful series – filled with excellent pre-soul grooves all the way through! The Outta Sight label is one that we normally know for Northern Soul reissues, but in recent years they've also been handling a lot of R&B – but all with an ear towards the sounds that also appeal to fans of later soul too – which makes for a very fresh approach to material from the 50s and early 60s – and often discovery of tracks that haven't gotten any notice for years! The package collects material from their 7" single reissue series – the a and b-sides of 15 different 45s – with titles that include "Image (part 1)" by Hank Levine, "I Want To Know" by Gay Poppers, "Tie Me Tight" by Bob Kayli, "Catch That Teardrop" by The 5 Royales, "Strange Exotic Melody" by Ruth Christie, "Do You Think That's Right" by Judy Clay, "If You Wanna" by Baby Jean, "Have Your Way" by Lightnin Slim, "Cherry Wine" by Little Esther, "Wild Child" by Donnie Elbert, "I'm Cuttin Out" by Ivory Joe Hunter, "Wow" by David Michael, and "What A Mess" by Bobby Adams. CD

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VariousRhythm, Blues And Boogie Woogie ... LP
Decca, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Featuring Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Louis Jordan, Billie Holiday, Sister Rosetta Sharpe, Lucky Millinder, Buddy Johnson, and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label with colorband pressing. Cover has partial top seam splitting and aging, but looks nice on the front.)

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✨✧ Barons, Dominoes, Queenettes, & OthersRoots – Rhythm & Blues ... LP
Folkways, 1966. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A weird little album from the Folkways label – one that features a bunch of 50s-sounding R&B tracks, but packaged almost in an ethnographic style – as if commercial American music was being examined from an outside scientific source! Given that the date of the album is 1966, and most of the work has a sound from a decade before, the approach can be somewhat excused – but honestly, much of the material here would have done great on a commercial label as well – especially some of the more soul-based material. There's a great array of stuff here – and titles include 3 tracks by The Barons – "There's A Dream For You", "Until The End", and "I Can Jerk All Night" – plus "Don't Mistreat Me" by The Queenettes, "Baby Fat" by The Dominoes, "There Is Something About My Girl That Is Mighty Sweet" by Dave Bonds, "The Eel" by Johnny Larand & The Internes, and "A Fool In Love" by Naomi Bradley. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet. Cover has light wear. Label has an ink stamp.)

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✨✧ VariousGolden Age Of Rhythm & Blues (80s pressing) ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Very Good+ 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes selections by The Miracles, Coronets, Flamingos, Moonglows, Bluejays, Re-Vels, Monotones, Tornadoes, Lee Andrews & The Hearts, Moonlighters, Orchids, LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small rip on one corner, but looks nice overall.)

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✨✧ VariousKing New Breed Rhythm & Blues Vol 2 – Irrestible R&B Dance Tracks From One Of The Biggest & Baddest Indie Labels Of Them All ... CD
King/Kent (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A long-awaited follow-up to one of our favorite compilations of King Records soul music – a set that does a perfect job of showing the label's strong roots in R&B, and it's important force in 60s soul! The package offers up tracks with a really great sound – definitely the grittier edge than you'd expect from the R&B in the title, yet lots of "new breed" styles as well – a more mature, more soul-based approach to the grooves that offers up a great way to harness the raw energy at the core! The set's filled with rare gems from old King, Federal, and DeLuxe label singles – including some overlooked work by bigger name singers – and titles include "Two Hearts" by The King Pins, "I'm Tore Down" by Freddie King, "Send Me A Picture Baby" by Mel Williams, "Love Man" by Hal Hardy, "Geneva" by Eugene Church, "Wild Child" by Donnie Elbert, "Your Letter" by Willie Wright & His Sparklers, "Say Hey Pretty Baby" by Lula Reed, "Let Me Walk With You" by Eddie Kirk, "Stop Talking To Your Child" by James Duncan, "It Hurts Inside" by The 5 Royales, "Let's Have A Good Time" by The Hi Tones, and "When You Move You Lose" by Lee Shot Williams. CD

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✨✧ VariousNew York Rhythm N Blues ... LP
Flyright (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not just R&B, but a bit of soul and blues too – all obscure cuts, pulled together here – with work from Billy Hoke, Little Red Walter, Buster Brown, Lee Roy Little, The Wheels, Charles Walker, June Bateman, and Danny Brown! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover seams are partly unglued, but the cover is otherwise great – and record is in beautiful shape.)

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✨✧ VariousRhythm & Blues Christmas ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's plenty of R&B Christmas collections on the market, but this is one of the best – a really well-done collection that goes way past the over-played hits, and features some really rare treasures in the genre! Although a holiday set, this one's put together with the same depth and care of Ace Records' usual rare soul collections – and features a well-chosen batch of obscure singles, mostly from the west coast and Memphis scenes of the 50s – all supported by great notes, top-shelf packaging, and a really overstuffed set list! CD features 20 tracks in all – including "White Christmas" by Hadda Brooks, "Christmas Celebration" by BB King, "Christmas Time" by The Debonaires, "I Wanna Spend Christmas With You (parts 1 & 2)" by Lowell Fulsom, "My Christmas Baby" by Smokey Hogg, "White/Hot Christmas" by The Elves, "Santa Claus Boogie" by The Voices, "I Want You With Me Xmas" by Jesse Belvin, "God Gave Us Christmas" by Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers, and "Christmas Bells" by Bobby Nunn. CD

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✨✧ VariousHistory Of Rhythm & Blues Vol 2 – 1942 to 1952 (4CD set) ... CD
Rhythm & Blues (UK), 1940s/Early 50s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
Not your standard history of R&B – as this set goes back a bit further than most, and stops well before the early years of soul music – to focus especially strongly on the criss-crossing of genres that took place during the key indie label years of the postwar recording boom! The artists are a mix of familiar names and lesser-known talents – in modes that mix up jump blues, vocal swing, group harmonies, bluesy jazz, and even some rootsier modes – presented over the course of 101 titles in all, with work from Rosco Gordon, Nellie Lutcher, Red Allen, Babs Gonzales, Lucky Millinder, Rubberlegs Williams, Five Red Caps, Cecil Gant, Wynonie Harris, Lost John Hunter, Lloyd Glenn, Billy Wright, The Royales, Mary Deloatch, The Clovers, Edgar Hayes, Bullmoose Jackson, The Treniers, and many many others. CD

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✨✧ VariousR&B In DC 1940 to 1960 – Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop, Rockin Rhythm, & More (16CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1940s/1950s. New Copy 16CD ... Out Of Stock
A long-overdue look at a music scene that's been overlooked for years – the rich legacy of soul, jazz, blues, and R&B music that came from Washington, DC at midcentury – a city that's not nearly as well-known a source for sounds as Chicago, Detroit, and New York – but which gave the world an incredible legacy of wonderful records over the years! As now, back then DC had a substantial African-American population – and as with other urban black centers of music production, the city had clubs, labels, and radio stations that were able to promote and record some of the new styles that were brewing up at the time – music by a surprisingly rich legacy of talents that includes big names like Lloyd Price, The Clovers, Don Covay, and Billy Eckstine – plus dozens of much more obscure artists, all featured here in a massive 16 CD set! The package is as much a musical archive as it is a listening paradise – and comes with a 352 hardcover booklet that's overflowing with notes, rare photos, and other musical images of the city – all to support an insane amount of music – 472 tracks in all! CD
(Limited, numbered edition of 1500 copies.)

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✨✧ VariousHistory Of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Vol 3 – 1962 to 1970 ... LP
Rhino, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
14 tracks in all, including "Get Out Of My Life Woman", "Working In The Coal Mine" and "Ride Your Pony" by Lee Dorsey, "Time Is On My Side" by Irma Thomas, "Release Me" and "I Won't Cry" by Johnny Adams, "You'll Lose A Good Thing" by Barbara Lynn, "Barefootin'" by Robert Parker, "Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Neville and "Something You Got" by Alvin Robinson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, with a number in marker and small initials in pen on front. Labels have some marker.)

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✨✧ VariousTrip To The Moon – 13 Super Groovy Soul, Rhythm N Blues, & Funk Songs About the Moon ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Turns out, folks were going to the moon long before Neil Armstrong took his giant step for mankind – spinning out into space with rare singles like these – all great moon-themed numbers that rocket into space with solid fuel of their own! The set's got this fantastic mix of styles – deep soul, heavy funk, raw garage rock, and stomping R&B – plus a few other numbers that almost defy description, but which share plenty with the rest in terms of their space-age themes and cool approach to instrumentation and production! There's plenty of playful moments throughout – and the whole thing is a groovy collection of tracks that we mostly wouldn't have heard otherwise. Titles include "Walking On The Moon" by Rev Jamel & Bob Johnson, "Sputnik" by Sidney Owens & North South Connection, "Moon Man Is Back" by La La Wilson, "Crazy Stockings On The Moon" by The Swinging Astronauts, "Moon Child" by Ernest & DL Rocco, "Mars In 75 (part 1)" by Sunny Man Kado, "Mondgesicht" by Orchester Ambros Seelos, "Moon Child" by Scott Cunningham Band, and "Voyage To The Moon" by Black Fox. CD
 
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Deluxe All Star Band/Four BluesI Got A Date With Rhythm/I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray ... 78 RPM
DeLuxe, 1945. Very Good ... $11.99
Featuring Billy Eckstein. 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Labels have some glue residue and stickers.)

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VariousKatanga/Ahbe Casabe – Mo Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica, & Tittyshakers (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Captain High (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
The "exotic" in the title is certainly well-placed – as many of these tracks take a familiar instrument, and use it in a slightly unusual way – a saxophone, piano, electric guitar, or something else – often set to grooves that start out in an R&B, early rock, or jazz-based style, but move into much groovier territory too! Some of these numbers have the spirit of the cuts we love in the Jukebox Mambo series – and others draw in elements of postwar Latin or exotica styles – while still keeping things pretty soulful overall! CD brings together material from the long-deleted Katanga and Ahbe Casabe 10" vinyl releases – with tracks that include "Nene Aman" by Artie Barsamian, "Green Onions" by Claus Ogerman, "Classie's Whip"b y Classie Ballou, "Cleopatra Kick" by Jack LaForge, "Lucky Is My Name" by Bruce Cloud, "They Took John Away" by Steve Arlen, "Shadow Street" by Kip Tyler, "Cleopatra" by Jamie Coe, "Katanga" by Ike Turner, "Lucky Me" by Chance Hallyday, "Ahbe Casabe" by Marti Barris, and "Thirteen Women & One Man" by Dickie Thompson – plus two bonus tracks "Riddle Of The Papawhos" by Danny Staton and "Pu Chun Ga (Sweet One)" by Elena Madera. CD

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Michael GarrickNew Serious Music ... CD
Rhythm & Blues (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Two slices of rare work from the legendary British pianist Michael Garrick – one of the key forces driving the sound of jazz forward in the 60s, as you'll hear on this set! First up is a 1967 performance for the BBC Jazz Club – with a sextet that features wonderful work on cornet from Henry Lowther, tenor and flute from both Jim Philip and Art Themen, bass from Coleridge Goode, and drums from Trevor Tompkins. The set's got a great feature in that it also features some spoken bits on the start of a few tunes – showing the deeper wit that's behind Garrick's wonderful compositions – on titles that include "Rustat's Gravesong", "Good Times", "Rest", "Beautiful Thing", and "Anthem". Next up is a set of tracks from two years later, with a nicely different vibe in the music – as the group features Ian Carr on trumpet and flugelhorn, in for Lowther – and Don Rendell blowing tenor, soprano, and flute instead of Philip – as the rest of the group continues with Themen, Goode, and Tomkins. The lovely Norma Winstone joins the lineup on a bit of voice at times – really at the peak of her new sense of invention – and titles include "Cascade", "Face In A Crowd", "You Are Winter", "Children's Chorus", and "Thanksgiving Dance". CD

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VariousBirth Of Funk 1949 to 1962 ... CD
Rhythm & Blues (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A set that looks at the early years of funk music – at a time when blues, R&B, and jazz were all bubbling together in the first few years of soul – before heavier sounds of later years came in and almost made funk into a genre of its own! The date range in the title is large, but most of the cuts here are from the late 50s and early 60s – brought together in a mix of vocal and instrumental modes that really preface some of the ways that funk would be laid out in the second half of the 60s. The package features 49 tracks in all – and titles include "Say Yeah Yeah" by Yvonne Fair, "Big Nick" by James Booker, "Tell Me The Truth" by Turquinettes, "Keep On Lovin You" by Jimmy Jules, "Stop My Heart From Crying" by Jimmy Pace, "Say Yeah" by Porky & The Polka Dots, "Come On (parts 1 & 2)" by Earl King, "Mambo Gunch" by Chris Powell, "I'm Leaving You Today" by Al Robinson, "Honky Tonk Woman" by Fabulous Playboys – and lots lots more! CD

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VariousInstrumentals Soul Style Vol 3 – 1965/1966 ... CD
Rhythm & Blues (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A heady serving of instrumental soul tunes from the center of the 60s – work that really takes off from jazz and R&B modes from a few years before, and serves up music that reminds us that great soul sounds don't always need some lyrics in the lead! There's a nicely gritty vibe on most of these numbers – these cuts are from a time when the funky 45 was really coming into its own – and the double-length collection features a massive 60 cuts in all, from a wide variety of labels – titles that include "Never Make Your Baby Cry" by Johnny Talbot, "Slapstick" by Dino & The Dell Tones, "Good Grease" by Mark III Trio, "Ain't That Hateful" by Monk Higgins, "The Mustang" by Rudy Robinson, "Soul Roach" by Merle Saunders, "Soul Sister" by Four Gents, "Call Me" by Eddie Bishop, "Big Limas" by Cobra Kings, "Marr's Groove" by Hank Marr, "Right On" by Joe S Maxey, "Boss Bag" by Sammie John, "Haulin" by Shy Guy Douglas – and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ Georgie FameGeorgie Fame & The Blue Flames – The Complete Live Broadcasts – BBC Radio Sessions 1964 to 1967 ... CD
Rhythm & Blues (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Rare live work from one of our favorite British talents of the 60s – singer/organist Georgie Fame, a musician who was strongly inspired by American jazz and soul, but quickly took things into a territory that was all his own! Georgie barely cracked our shores during the 60s, but over in the UK, he was a whirlwind of energy – moving from an initial mix of soul and jazz covers to some wonderful songs of his own – all done here with plenty of his own great instrumentation on the Hammond, in a combo that also features Peter Coe on tenor, Colin Green on guitar, and Speedy Acquaye on congas! The work is very well-recorded – originally broadcast by the BBC, and kept safely on tape for years – and this 2CD version features 64 tracks in all, including some interview bits between the songs. Titles include "Preach & Teach", "Boot Leg", "My Girl", "The World Is Round", "Ride Your Pony", "Monkeying Around", "Something", "Like We Used To Be", "No No", "Point Of No Return", "Telegram", "In The Meantime", "Let The Sunshine In", and "Tell All The World About You". CD

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✨✧ Spontaneous Music EnsembleQuestion & Answer 1966 ... CD
Rhythm & Blues (UK), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing early work from the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – the legendary British improvising group who sound every bit as groundbreaking here as they did on their albums to come a few years later! The music is from a key moment in the group's history – as drummer John Stevens was gathering together players who would help carve out some of the most important jazz on the UK scene in years to come – working here in a long live set with Trevor Watts on alto, Paul Rutherford on trombone, and Bruce Cale on bass – then on a few tracks done in the studio with just Watts and Cale, on which Stevens plays glockenspiel too. Titles include "Judy's Smile", "Give Me That Old Time Perversion", "You Can Be Happy", "Themeless Improvisation", "Day Of Reckoning", "Little Red Head", and an "Unknown Title". CD
 
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✨✧ Charles BrackeenRhythm X – The Music Of Charles Brackeen (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 44.99
The only album ever cut as a leader by tenor saxophonist Charles Brackeen during his early years – and a real standout in the catalog of the legendary Strata East label! The set's got an unusual history – in that it's part of the Dolphy Series, recorded before the label started by Clifford Jordan – as a way of giving a strong showcase to so many new ideas that were bursting in jazz during the late 60s! Here, Brackeen's tenor is set up with a trio of musicians most familiarly associated with Ornette Coleman – Don Cherry on trumpet, Charlie Haden on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums – a unit that's completely on fire, and freer than before – yet each graced with such strong individuality, every aspect of the record is a complete delight. Brackeen is amazing (why the hell didn't he record more like this at the time?) – but the bass, trumpet, and drums are all very distinct too – the perfect power of free improvisation when it's done right. Titles include "Rhythm X", "Hour Glass", "CB Blues", and "Charles Concept". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Al Cohn, Joe Newman, & Freddie GreenNatural Rhythm ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1955. Used ... $9.99
Two closely related sessions with Joe Newman and Al Cohn in the front line – plus guitarist Freddie Green, pianist Nat Pierce, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Tracks include "Up In The Blues", "Free & Easy", "Something's Gotta Give", "Doggin' Around" and "9:20 Special". CD
(Out of print.)

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John ColtraneColtrane Plays The Blues (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic, 1960. Used ... $3.99
Coltrane plays the blues, but in a way like nobody else – stepping off of the deeply soulful sound of his late Prestige years, and moving into even more open and exploratory space for Atlantic! The setting is bare bones and simple – and many of these numbers begin with the sort of simple vamp that might characterize a blowing session for other labels, but which still has a strong degree of focus for this date. Rhythm is from McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and there's some great sharp edges from Coltrane here, especially on the numbers that feature tenor sax in the lead. Side one of the album features more standard bluesy vamps, but side two really opens up into some tremendous numbers that show the first great hint of modal energy – rollingly enchanting titles that still leave us breathless after all these years! Tracks include "Blues To Elvin", "Blues To Bechet", "Mr Syms", "Mr Day", and "Mr Knight". Also features the bonus track "Untitled Original". CD

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Buddy DeFrancoCooking The Blues ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
A great one from Buddy DeFranco – exactly the kind of record that will make you understand why jazz collectors have always prized his Verve Records work so much! Although Buddy's given instrument, the clarinet, was one that was handled by so many others at the time in kind of an outmoded way – DeFranco always managed to keep things fresh and modern, drawing heavily on bop inspiration for a record like this, yet also remaining true to his roots too. Part of the strength of the record is the group, too – given that Sonny Clark is on piano, bringing in a mighty soulful undercurrent to the rhythm section, and even playing a bit of organ too! Tal Farlow brings in some nice guitar – and the group's completed by Gene Wright on bass and Bobby White on drums – on titles that include "Indian Summer", "Cooking The Blues", "Stardust", and "How About You". CD

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Dusko GoykovichAfter Hours (aka Ten To Two Blues) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
A rare Spanish session from trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – and easily one of the most soulful albums he ever recorded! The set's got a warm, laidback vibe – very much in keeping with the title and cover image – as Dusko blows some great open-ended solos with rhythm from the trio of pianist Tete Montoliu – working here as a great accompanist to the leader, with flowing lines that perfectly match Dusko's energy! Tracks are longish, with a very relaxed vibe – and the rest of the group features Robert Langereis on bass and Joe Nay on drums – helping Gokovich hit a very different sound than on some of his more exotic albums of the time. Titles include "Blues To Line", "I Remember OP", "Old Fisherman's Daughter", and "The Child Is Born". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Dusko GoykovichIt's About Blues Time ... CD
Ensayo/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99 About January 26, 2022
One of the legendary albums cut by hip European trumpeter Dusko Goykovich! The album was recorded in 1971 in Barcelona, and it's a very soulful quintet session that features fantastic performances from two of our favorite European players – trumpet player Dusko Goykovich and tenor player Ferdinand Povel, along with Spanish pianist Tete Montouliu, and his regular rhythm backing of Joe Nay and Robert Langereis. Goykovich and Povel groove hard in the frontline, bringing a hard edge to the session that you don't always hear on some of Montouliu's sessions from the time. The set grooves like a classic Blue Note, or some of the best straight ahead jazz on MPS – with lines that have their roots in soul jazz, but also show a real preference for modal grooving and lyrical soloing. Goykovich's tone is wonderful, and is a real mix of jazz and non-jazz European influences. Tracks include "Bosnia Calling", "Nameless Tune", and "The End Of Love". CD

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King Curtis & Champion Jack DupreeBlues At Montreux ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of the last albums that King Curtis ever recorded – and an unusual session of mostly blues-based material, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Fest with Champion Jack Dupree! In a way, the setting really unlocks some of Dupree's more jazz-oriented modes – in a group that features Curtis on tenor and alto, Jack on piano and vocals, and rhythm from Cornell Dupree on guitar, Jerry Jemmott on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums! Things start out rootsy, but really take off as the record moves on – and the setting actually gives Curtis a chance to stretch out a lot more than most of his previous recordings for Atlantic. Titles include "Get With It", "Sneaky Pete", "Junker's Blues", "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", and "I'm Having Fun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has surface and edge wear, a peel from an old sticker, remnants of another sticker, a cut-out notch and the top seam has been taped.)

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Gene Krupa & Buddy RichRazor Sharp Rhythm – Krupa & Rich/Burnin' Beat ... CD
Not Now (UK), 1962/1965. Used 2 CDs ... $8.99
Features two classic albums on 2 CDs – Krupa & Rich is a wonderful meeting of two of the biggest 50s talents on the drums – and a session that's great not only for the expected firey percussion, but also for the horn work by other members on the set! Given the "drum battle" style of the record, the tracks are long and very open – done in a studio mode that recalls some of the Krupa/Rich meetings at JATP, and like the JATP sides, featuring plenty of space for players to take longer solos. Dizzy Gillespie, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, and Roy Eldridge get in some nice licks on the set – and other players include Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, and Ray Brown. Titles include "Gene's Blues", "Bernie's Tune", "Buddy's Blues", and "I Never Knew". Burnin' Beat is a drum-heavy spectacular that returns Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich to their big band roots – thanks to some hard-swinging arrangements from George Williams! The tracks are a bit shorter and done with a larger group than on some of the other Rich or Krupa sides for Verve – but there actually seems to be even more drum pyrotechnics here, possibly because the players' efforts are compressed into such a tight space! Production is a bit odd – with the drums so high in the mix that they sometimes come across with more treble than bass – but that really highlights some of the most inventive moments on the top of the kit as well. Titles include "Duet", "Perdido", "Evolution", "Night Train", and "Hawaiian War Chant". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art PepperArt Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... $6.99
One of Art Pepper's classic recordings, in which he plays with a spare quartet backing by Miles Davis' rhythm section at the time – Paul Chambers, Red Garland, and Philly Joe Jones. An essential East meets West jazz recording, with Art at the top of his game, playing in a unique setting for the first and only time (it's said that Art didn't even know of the date until the morning of the session). Pepper is one of the few alto players to really establish his own voice on the horn, without aping Bird, and his emotive playing really shines here. A definitive version of "Straight Life" is on this album, along with "Waltz Me Blues", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", and "Star Eyes". CD
(CRC pressing.)
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Art PepperArt Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1957. Used ... $11.99
One of Art Pepper's classic recordings, in which he plays with a spare quartet backing by Miles Davis' rhythm section at the time – Paul Chambers, Red Garland, and Philly Joe Jones. An essential "east meets west" jazz recording, with Art at the top of his game, playing in a unique setting for the first and only time (it's said that Art didn't even know of the date until the morning of the session). Pepper is one of the few alto players to really establish his own voice on the horn, without aping Bird, and his emotive playing really shines here. A definitive version of "Straight Life" is on this album, along with "Waltz Me Blues", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To". and "Star Eyes". CD
(Out of print.)
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Art PepperTaste Of Pepper – Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section/Mucho Calor ... CD
Not Now (UK), 1957. Used 2CD ... $14.99
Two classic albums – Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section has a spare quartet backing by Miles Davis' rhythm section at the time – Paul Chambers, Red Garland, and Philly Joe Jones. An essential East meets West jazz recording, with Art at the top of his game, playing in a unique setting for the first and only time (it's said that Art didn't even know of the date until the morning of the session). Pepper is one of the few alto players to really establish his own voice on the horn, without aping Bird, and his emotive playing really shines here. A definitive version of "Straight Life" is on this album, along with "Waltz Me Blues", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", and "Star Eyes". The second album here, Mucho Calor, is an amazing little set – one that's got a sound we could hardly expect! The album's a unique Latin jazz session that brings together some of the best talents of the west coast scene of the late 50s – one that features arrangements from Bill Holman, Benny Carter, and Art Pepper – making an unusual but remarkable appearance here in a Latin mode! The group's nicely stripped down with bongos by both Jack Costanzo and Mike Pacheco – plus drums by Chuck Flores, bass by Ben Tucker, and piano from Russ Freeman. But the real strength of the set is the horn players – including not just Pepper on alto, but also Conte Candoli on trumpet, and Bill Perkins on tenor – all coming together in tightly crafted head arrangements that swing around the rhythm wonderfully – then breaking out in short but sharp solos that really knock the socks off the session! The whole thing's totally great – and proof that the LA scene could cook with the best of them, given the right sort of setting. Titles include "Mucho Calor", "Vaya Hombre Vaya", "Pernod", "I Love You", and "Mambo De La Pinta". CD
(Includes slipcase.)

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Oscar PetersonOscar's Blues ... CD
Past Perfect (Germany), 1950/1951. Used ... $1.99
Tracks include "Pennies From Heaven", "Whispering", "I've Got Rhythm", "Rose Room", "To A Wild Rose", "Gypsy In My Soul", and "The Man I Love". CD

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Horace SilverCape Verdean Blues (Jazz Heritage pressing) ... CD
Blue Note/Jazz Heritage, 1965. Used ... $4.99
A classic set from Horace Silver – one in which his quintet is expanded by some great guest work from trombonist JJ Johnson! Johnson's at the height of his 60s powers here – blowing with that lean, soulful style that always made any record sparkle – and although he's only on half of the tracks on the date, his presence is more than worth the heavy billing he gets on the cover! Other great members of the group include Woody Shaw on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor, and rhythm from Bob Cranshaw on bass and Roger Humphries on drums – all coming together with that wonderful 60s Silver groove. The set's filled with sweetly grooving originals by Horace – a blueprint for the exotic style of soul jazz he helped to forge at the time – great writing all around, on titles that include "Mo Joe", "Nutville", "Bonita", "The African Queen", and "Pretty Eyes". CD

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Teddy WilsonI Got Rhythm ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Teddy Wilson's got plenty of rhythm here, thanks to support from bassist Gene Ramey and drummer Jo Jones – both players who help the album swing a bit more than some of Wilson's mellower sets of the 50s! As usual, Teddy's got a completely unique touch on the keys of the piano – fluid and warm, yet never in a sleepy sort of way – always creatively picking out just the right path through a melody, one that hangs onto the tune, yet still lets Wilson leave plenty of his own mark on the songs as well. Titles include "Smile", "I Got Rhythm", "Stars Fell On Alabama", "Savoy", "Say It Isn't So", "All Of Me", "Blues For Daryl", and "You're Driving Me Crazy". CD

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✨✧ John ColtraneColtrane Plays The Blues (2CD expanded edition) ... CD
Atlantic/Poll Winners Records (Spain), 1960. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Coltrane plays the blues, but in a way like nobody else – stepping off of the deeply soulful sound of his late Prestige years, and moving into even more open and exploratory space for Atlantic! The setting is bare bones and simple – and many of these numbers begin with the sort of simple vamp that might characterize a blowing session for other labels, but which still has a strong degree of focus for this date. Rhythm is from McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and there's some great sharp edges from Coltrane here, especially on the numbers that feature tenor sax in the lead. Side one of the album features more standard bluesy vamps, but side two really opens up into some tremendous numbers that show the first great hint of modal energy – rollingly enchanting titles that still leave us breathless after all these years! Tracks include "Blues To Elvin", "Blues To Bechet", "Mr Syms", "Mr Day", and "Mr Knight". With 13 bonus tracks. CD

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✨✧ Horace SilverCape Verdean Blues ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic set from Horace Silver – one in which his quintet is expanded by some great guest work from trombonist JJ Johnson! Johnson's at the height of his 60s powers here – blowing with that lean, soulful style that always made any record sparkle – and although he's only on half of the tracks on the date, his presence is more than worth the heavy billing he gets on the cover! Other great members of the group include Woody Shaw on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor, and rhythm from Bob Cranshaw on bass and Roger Humphries on drums – all coming together with that wonderful 60s Silver groove. The set's filled with sweetly grooving originals by Horace – a blueprint for the exotic style of soul jazz he helped to forge at the time – great writing all around, on titles that include "Mo Joe", "Nutville", "Bonita", "The African Queen", and "Pretty Eyes". CD
(Out of print first CD pressing.)

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✨✧ Paul Butterfield Blues BandPaul Butterfield Blues Band ... LP
Elektra, 1965. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
An archetypal album from the legendary Paul Butterfield – and a set that would shape the sound of countless blues rock records to come! Despite what you might think of the genre or its many later incarnations, there's a raw power here that's really amazing – the young Butterfield and his Chicago comperes, hanging out at clubs on the south side, drinking in the relatively new electric sound of the city, and turning out a groove that's a lot more hard-edged than some of the overseas imitators at the time! Paul's pretty darn great on vocals and harmonica – but the group has some even more powerful sounds in the twin guitar talents of Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop – the former on slide, the latter on rhythm – along with Jerome Arnold on bass, Sam Lay on drums, and Mark Naftalin on some Hammond too. Titles include "Blues With A Feeling", "Born In Chicago", "Shake Your Money Maker", "Mystery Train", "Screamin", "Last Night", and "Look Over Yonders Wall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label "big E" stereo pressing. Cover looks great overall, with just a few small tape remnants and some light wear.)

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✨✧ Buck Clayton & Buddy TateKansas City Nights (Buck & Buddy/Buck & Buddy Blow The Blues) ... LP
Prestige/Swingville, 1960/1961. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A 2-fer set from the 70s – with 2 great older albums from Buck & Buddy! First up is the self-titled Buck & Buddy – beautiful blowing from Buck Clayton and Buddy Tate – captured here in the relaxed, easy-going setting of the Swingville label! The album's got a lot more charm than some of Clayton's sides for Columbia – a bit more mellow, with the kind of after hours feel that lets players like these show their strongest suits on their instruments. Clayton plays trumpet, Tate tenor – and rhythm is from the trio of Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Gene Ramey on bass, and Mousie Alexander on drums. Titles include "High Life", "Birdland Betty", "Can't We Be Friends", and "Kansas City Nights". Next Is Buck & Buddy Blow The Blues – a romping little session from Buck Clayton and Buddy Tate – served up in a looser, more relaxed setting than the former's albums for Columbia, and a slightly more swing-based mode than the latter's dates for Chess! Both horn players get plenty of room to solo in the open-ended Swingville mode – Buck on trumpet and Buddy on both tenor and clarinet – and the group's a nice one too, since Sir Charles Thompson's playing piano, Gene Ramey's on bass, and Gus Johnson's on drums. Titles include "Blue Creek", "Blue Breeze", "Blue Ebony", "Rompin At Red Bank", and "Dallas Delight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear, masking tape remnants at the seams, some seam splitting, and a name in marker in back.)

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✨✧ Davy GrahamFolk Blues & Beyond ... CD
Decca/East Central One (UK), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A hell of a record, and one that definitely lives up to its promise of folk, blues, and beyond – as Davy Graham here is as comfortable with influences from Jack Elliott and Leadbelly as he is with Chico Hamilton, Bobby Timmons, and Charles Mingus! The album's a very early instance of a British folk artist bringing lots of jazz changes into his music – maybe a bit less than on some of Davy Graham's records to follow, but still very much there in the way he approaches rhythm, and some of the phrasing on his acoustic guitar – heard most particularly on the album's versions of "Better Git In Your Soul" and "Moanin" – but also on some other tracks that maybe even hit some of the territory that Gabor Szabo was bringing to his work of the period. Other tracks include "Cocaine", "Leavin Blues", "Skillet", "Maajun", "Don't Think Twice It's All Right", "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", and "Sally Free & Easy". CD

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AffinityAffinity (4CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Paramount/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy 4CD ... $36.99 51.99
A massive set of work from Affinity – a group who only gave the world one classic album, but have a heck of a lot more to offer too! The set begins with the self-titled album from Affinity – a British rock combo, but one with a distinctly jazzy feel – one that's often quite funky at times too! The core instrumentation is heavy on keyboards and guitar, set over some tightly rhythm bass and drums – often moving with some hip jazzy changes in the mix, and a nice sense of space between the notes that really helps things groove. Vocals are by Linda Hoyle, who again has a bit of a jazz-based approach – almost like Norma Winstone or Julie Driscoll at times in the way she soars out majestically over the rhythms, but somewhat more lyrically oriented overall. Titles include "I Am & So Are You", "Night Flight", "Three Sisters", "Mr Joy", and "I Wonder If I Care As Much". CD2 continues the jazzy spirit, with a whole host of instrumentals showing some soul jazz roots of the group – as they take on "Jive Samba", "All Blues", "Fever", "Out Of The Storm", "Comin Home Baby", and "Mercy Mercy Mercy". CD3 features origins of the group, with 17 more tracks from 1965 to 1967 – including more jazz work too – and CD4 features 9 more tracks recorded after the classic album – including "Rio", "Sunshower", "Grey Skies", "Mora's Hand", "Sarah's Wardrobe", and "Highgate". CD

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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 1 ... LP
Coral, 1957. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A great large group project from arranger Manny Albam – one that teams him up with "jazz greats" of the east coast scene, in a really hard-swinging set of tracks that showcase some wonderful solo work! Manny's working here with a set of players who are well-chosen for their ability to work strongly in an ensemble, yet also break out with strong solo work when the moment comes – and the lineup includes Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and Art Farmer – with rhythm by the trio of Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. The tracks are long, with more room for soloing than usual on this sort of album – and nearly all of them are originals by Manny. Titles include "Minor Matters", "Blues From Neither Coast", and "Latined Fracture". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging, with some splitting in the top seam.)

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Oscar AlemanGuitar Of Oscar Aleman Volume Two ... LP
Old Masters, Mid 30s/1940s/Early 50s. Very Good ... $14.99
Features the tracks "Begin The Beguine" "Bye Bye Blues" "Besame Mucho" "Malaguena" "Limehouse Blues" and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light staining and a sticker spot. Vinyl has a mark that clicks during "Crazy Rhythm.")

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Monty AlexanderMontreux Alexander – Live! At The Montreux Festival ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1976. Used ... $8.99
A stone classic from pianist Monty Alexander – a live date recorded for MPS in the mid 70s, and a set with even more fire than his studio sides for the label! The sound here is quite freewheeling at times – not funky, but in a very romping, gutbuckety mode that marks Alexander as a clear heir to Oscar Peterson in such a setting – but one who's also possibly bringing a bit more groove to the table! Rhythm is from John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums – who are perfect accompanists for Monty's nicely rolling style on the keys! Titles include "Drown In My Own Tears", "Feelings", "Work Song", "Nite Mist Blues", and "Satin Doll". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittBoss Tenors ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt go head to head in this classic album of tracks that perfectly captures the joy and fury of their live performances from years before! The record was cut in Chicago with a very hard rhythm section that includes John Houston on piano, Charles Williams on bass, and George Brown on drums – and it's way heavier than the usual Verve "meeting of the masters" session, and feels more like a record that should have been issued on Prestige or Argo. Both players are impeccable, and the solos stretch out for a long long very live time. Titles include "Blues Up & Down", "The One Before This", and "Counter Clockwise" – but these guys even groove amazingly on standards like "Autumn Leaves" and "No Greater Love". CD

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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittBoss Tenors In Orbit/Boss Tenors ... CD
Verve (Germany), 1962. Used ... $12.99
A pair of hard-wailing tenor albums on Verve – both of them great! Boss Tenors In Orbit is a studio album, but one that really has Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt recreating some of the bold energy of their live shows – coming across with a vibe that's much more Prestige Records than Verve, thanks to the presence of the Don Patterson trio on the set! Backing is by Don on Hammond, Paul Weeden on guitar, and Billy James on drums – a nicely loose combo that really lets the tenorists stretch out and show their stuff. The cuts are mostly standard material – "John Brown's Body", "Walkin", "Long Ago And Far Away" – but the twin-tenor sound is great, and Patterson's free organ lines riff away nicely! On Boss Tenors, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt go head to head in this classic album of tracks that perfectly captures the joy and fury of their live performances from years before! The record was cut in Chicago with a very hard rhythm section that includes John Houston on piano, Charles Williams on bass, and George Brown on drums – and it's way heavier than the usual Verve "meeting of the masters" session, and feels more like a record that should have been issued on Prestige or Argo. Both players are impeccable, and the solos stretch out for a long long very live time. Titles include "Blues Up & Down", "The One Before This", and "Counter Clockwise" – but these guys even groove amazingly on standards like "Autumn Leaves" and "No Greater Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jaime Delgado AparicioEl Embajador Y Yo (plus Jaime Delgado Aparicio Y Su Trio) ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1964/1966. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
An amazing little soundtrack – written in mid 60s Peru by jazz pianist Jaime Delgado Aparicio, but easily on a par with some of the best American or Italian scores from the time! The music's got a really wonderful feel throughout – jazz at the core, but with touches of spy soundtrack scoring and some of the lighter, more comedic modes of the Italian scene. Delgado uses a core combo with heavy piano, percussion, and some great trumpet and tenor – almost with the tightness of the Basso-Valdambrini group – but he also expands the sound with bits of strings and some fuller orchestrations, used to shade in some amazing colors that roll, dip, and turn with the beautiful grooves penned for the set. The whole thing's tremendous, with equally great production that creates some odd twists and turns that further keep things interesting as the album rolls on. Titles include "Elm Embajador Y Yo", "Sexy Surf", "Llegando A La Capital", "Isometria", "Todo El Mundo Me Persigue", "Lucha En El Mar", and "La Arana". Added to the soundtrack is Jamie's 1964 album – Jaime Delgado Aparicio Y Su Trio – a crackling bit of piano jazz from the Peruvian scene of the 60s – and a record that's somewhere between the best of Horace Silver on Blue Note, and some of the Brazilian bossa trios of the time! There's a strong sense of rhythm throughout – round, rolling basslines punctuated by great work on the drum kit – all topped by beautifully lyrical lines from Delgado Aparicio on piano – filled with color, light, and life throughout – and soloing with a depth that's rare for such a young player! Titles include a great version of Horace Silver's "Sayonara Blues", plus "The Climate", "Autumn Leaves", "Walkin", and "Blue Daniel". CD

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BandMoondog Matinee (wrap-around cover) ... LP
Capitol, 1973. Near Mint- ... $49.99
The Band's surprising step back to their roadhouse roots – paying homage to early rock and rhythm & blues the grew up on, and honed their chops on when in their years as The Hawks! Moondog Matinee features a few great covers that split the difference between the raucous energy of their inspirations, from Chuck Berry to Clarence Frogman Henry to Fats Domino to Junior Parker – and the well-oiled, multi-voice Band groove at near-peak form. Titles include "I Ain't Got No Home", "Holy Cow", "Share Your Thoughts", "Mystery Train", "Third Man Theme", "Promised Land", "The Great Pretender", "I'm Ready", "Saved" and "A Change Is Gonna Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the wrap-around cover – in great shape! Vinyl has a few small press flaw bumps.)

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Count BasieBasie's Beat ... LP
Verve, 1965. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A really wonderful back to basics session for Basie – featuring arrangements by longtime band members Frank Foster, Erick Dixon, Bobby Plater, and Thad Jones! The set also features vocals on 2 tracks by bluesy vocalist Richard Boone – a singer with a really great scatting approach – but overall, the real strength is the horn section, particularly Al Aarons, Dixon, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis – who all get in some very nice solo work. Tracks are mostly older numbers, Basie-ized – and played with a laidback tone that's a real contrast from the higher energy early 60s recordings. Titles include "Squeeze Me", "Frankie & Johnny", "Boone's Blues", "I Got Rhythm", and "Hey Jim". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and some aging.)

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BeatlesBeatles Live At The BBC ... CD
Apple, Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $5.99
The Beatles live at the BBC – heard here in a host of rare recordings that were done between March 1962 and June 1965 – pulled from the vaults of the legendary radio station, and with a few cool dialogue bits too! The versions here were all played live on the air, and make for some much-needed alternate takes on the big hits by the Fab Four – and a few American numbers that really show the influence of other styles on their early sound. And since the recordings were done in a top-shelf studio, they're not muddy concert recordings – but actually feel more like some lost EMI studio material from the same period. 71 titles in all – including "Nothin Shakin", "The Hippy Hippy Shake", "Glad All Over", "Rock & Roll Music", "Ticket To Ride", "Ooh My Soul", "Don't Ever Change", "Slow Down", "Matchbox", "I Forgot To Remember To Forget", "The Honeymoon Song", "Lucille", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Taste Of Honey", "From Us To You", "I Got A Woman", "I'll Be On My Way", "Shot Of Rhythm & Blues", "Some Other Guy", "Soldier Of Love", and "Clarabella". CD
(Mono recordings.)

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Big FourOriginal Big Four ... LP
King (Japan), 1959. Near Mint- ... $39.99
Great work from a group who definitely earn their name – as the quartet was one of the biggest and best groups in the Japanese jazz scene at the time! The lineup features brilliant tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto – a player who's young here, starting a decades-long run in jazz, but already one of the best reed voices of his scene – wonderfully sharp, with this crisp tone that embraces modern elements of the American alto scene, yet which also comes across with a deep sense of soul as well! The gorup also features tight drums from George Kawaguchi, whose punch really makes things swing – as well as piano from Hachidai Nakamura and bass from Goh Ueda – both nicely swinging rhythm players too. Titles include "Lullaby Of Birdland", "Yesterdays", "Blues In The Closet", "The Carioca", and "Just One Of Those Things". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing, with a white border around the cover. Includes insert.)

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckWe're All Together Again For The First Time ... CD
Atlantic, 1973. Used ... $8.99
Kind of a meeting of two different generations of Dave Brubeck – as the group here features Paul Desmond's alto sax, a key force in Dave's early recordings – and the baritone sax of Gerry Mulligan, a player who'd worked often with Brubeck in the late 60s and early 70s! The blend of horns is really amazing, and the live recording really moves past other obvious Brubeck modes – showing Dave's whole new conception after the breakup of the original quartet – and his willingness to open into new rhythms, and even freer modes of expression. Mulligan's baritone is wonderfully powerful – coming across here with a depth that we'd hardly have expected a few years before – and rhythm is from Jack Six on bass and Alan Dawson on drums, both players who also add to the transformation of the Brubeck groove. Titles include "Koto Song", "Unfinished Woman", "Truth", "Take Five", and "Rotterdam Blues". CD
Also available We're All Together Again For The First Time ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Dave Brubeck/Gerry Mulligan/Paul DesmondWe're All Together Again For The First Time ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Kind of a meeting of two different generations of Dave Brubeck – as the group here features Paul Desmond's alto sax, a key force in Dave's early recordings – and the baritone sax of Gerry Mulligan, a player who'd worked often with Brubeck in the late 60s and early 70s! The blend of horns is really amazing, and the live recording really moves past other obvious Brubeck modes – showing Dave's whole new conception after the breakup of the original quartet – and his willingness to open into new rhythms, and even freer modes of expression. Mulligan's baritone is wonderfully powerful – coming across here with a depth that we'd hardly have expected a few years before – and rhythm is from Jack Six on bass and Alan Dawson on drums, both players who also add to the transformation of the Brubeck groove. Titles include "Koto Song", "Unfinished Woman", "Truth", "Take Five", and "Rotterdam Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and red Broadway label pressing.)
Also available We're All Together Again For The First Time ... CD 8.99

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Gary Burton TrioNew Vibe Man In Town ... LP
RCA, 1961. Near Mint- ... $29.99
The first-ever album from vibist Gary Burton – a very young player at the time of recording, but one who's definitely worth the "new vibe man" promised in the title! The style here is maybe a bit more conventionally swinging than some of Burton's records from later years – a trio setting with Gene Cherico on bass and the great Joe Morello on drums – but both rhythm players are already pretty hip with their timings, and really push Burton into spacious, chromatic territory that's completely sublime – a sound that already marks the musician as really bringing something fresh to his instrument. Titles include "Joy Spring", "Over The Rainbow", "Like Someone In Love", "Minor Blues", "Out Waltz", "So Many Things", "Sir John", and "You Stepped Out Of A Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a promo ink stamp in back.)

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Serge ChaloffBlue Serge ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... About November 25, 2021 (delayed)
A real classic in the canon of American postwar jazz – one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by Boston baritone player Serge Chaloff – one of a handful of musicians who really helped move the instrument forward in jazz, and help it take a rightful place next to the expressiveness of the tenor and alto sax! Even though he hardly got a chance to record, Serge was a hell of a player, and one who has both the rich tone of the instrument completely in hand, while also able to move with the fluidity of a much leaner horn – a quality that's augmented here by the fantastic rhythm work from Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The set's a treasure through and through – from the cool cover image, to the great music within – served up on tunes that include "How About You", "Handful Of Stars", "The Goof & I", "Susie's Blues", and "All The Things You Are". CD

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Serge ChaloffBlue Serge (Capitol Jazz Classics) ... LP
Capitol, 1956. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A real classic in the canon of American postwar jazz – one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by Boston baritone player Serge Chaloff – one of a handful of musicians who really helped move the instrument forward in jazz, and help it take a rightful place next to the expressiveness of the tenor and alto sax! Even though he hardly got a chance to record, Serge was a hell of a player, and one who has both the rich tone of the instrument completely in hand, while also able to move with the fluidity of a much leaner horn – a quality that's augmented here by the fantastic rhythm work from Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The set's a treasure through and through – from the cool cover image, to the great music within – served up on tunes that include "How About You", "Handful Of Stars", "The Goof & I", "Susie's Blues", and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s red label pressing. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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Clarke Boland Big BandComplete Live Recordings At Ronnie Scott's – Volcano/Rue Chaptal ... CD
MPS/Rearward (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99 24.98
A large group in a small club – the legendary Clarke Boland Big Band, playing at the home turf of one of their key members – tenorist Ronnie Scott! The set features a very legendary performance by the ensemble – a crack lineup that's easily one of the best ever sported by the CBBB – perfectly mixing American rhythms, and a trans-Atlantic lineup of soloists – all tied together with just the sort of rich arrangements that make the group so great! Things groove right from the get-go – thanks to a rhythm lineup that features Kenny Clarke on drums, and Francy Boland on piano – plus bassist Ron Matthewson, sitting in for the usual Jimmy Woode. The horn players really send things off, though – tight trumpets from Benny Bailey, Idrees Sulieman, and Dusko Goykovich; bold trombones from Ake Persson and Nat Peck; and some searing reed lines from Johnny Griffin and Ronnie Scott on tenor, Derek Humble on alto, Sahib Shihab on baritone, and Tony Coe on both tenor and clarinet. This CD features both the first and second sets at Scotts by the group – albums titled Volcano and Rue Chaptal – with titles that include "Volcano", "Griff's Groove", "Now Hear My Meanin", "Box 703 Washington DC", "Thence We Issued Out Again to See the Stars", "Rue Chaptal", "I Don't Want Nothin From Nobody & I Ain't Giving Nothin Away", "Sax No End", "Minor Blues", and "The Girl & The Turk". CD

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✨✧ Arnett CobbParty Time ... LP
Prestige, 1959. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A mighty big party from tenor giant Arnett Cobb – a player who always blew strongly in other settings, but really hit his height on these albums for Prestige! The record is a perfect mix of Cobb's bluesy roots and a more sophisticated modern jazz setting – with support from a crack rhythm combo of Ray Bryant on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – plus the special addition of Ray Barretto on congas, who brings in this rolling kick that definitely opens things up to the party atmosphere in the title – even when things are mellow! Most numbers have a open, soulfully blowing feel – and titles include "Slow Poke", "Lonesome Road", "Party Time", and "Blues In the Closet". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear and a name in marker in back.)

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Ornette ColemanNew York Is Now & Love Call Revisited ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A pair of late 60s classics for Blue Note – back to back on a single CD! First up is New York Is Now – a pretty bold statement from saxophonist Ornette Coleman, but one that definitely shows his shift in role – from a major force on the LA underground of the early 60s, to an artist who was helping pave the way for a huge wave of growth on the New York downtown scene in years to come! Ornette's at his most late 60s unbridled here – freer than before, and working with a lineup that includes Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – still no piano at all – plus great work from Dewey Redman on tenor, who really burst into new prominence with this album. Ornette plays a bit of violin alongside alto sax – and tracks include "Toy Dance", "Round Trip", "Broad Way Blues", and "We Now Interrupt For A Commercial". Next is Love Call – a really great late 60s session from Ornette Coleman – one that shows is increasing expansion in sounds and styles, and which also offers a bridge between avant jazz generations too! That bridge comes in the presence of Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – a surprising Coltrane rhythm duo, working here with Ornette's mindblowing work on alto sax, and tenor from a young Dewey Redman – already a crucially intense player here next to Coleman, as both are set free in a group without any piano – that Ornette melding of rhythm and melody, but with a very different vibe than the Atlantic years! Coleman blows trumpet on one tune – and titles include "Love Call", "Airborne", "Check Out Time", and "Open To The Public". CD

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✨✧ Creedence Clearwater RevivalBayou Country ... LP
Fantasy, 1969. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Creedence Clearwater Revival may not have actually been born on the bayou – they were long-timers in the San Francisco scene of the 60s – but they do a hell of a job of reinventing swamp rock on this second stunning album! The quartet are a masterpiece of spare, unbridled power – the tremendous guitar and vocals of John Fogerty, strong rhythm guitar support of brother Tom, driving drums of Doug Clifford, and rolling bass of Stu Cook – all forged into a sound that's maybe more perfectly a summation of the blend of blues, funk, rock, and soul than some of the groups of the south were turning out at the time. Tracks include the huge hits "Born On The Bayou" and "Proud Mary" – sitting nicely alongside even more compelling numbers like "Bootleg", "Graveyard Train", "Penthouse Pauper", and "Keep On Chooglin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Full Radial Stereo pressing. Cover has a small sticker on one corner.)

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✨✧ Cleveland Crochet & The Sugar BeesHillbilly Ramblers & Sugar Bees ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The complete history of an overlooked hero of cajun music – and a musician who's also quite a rocker as well – fiddler Cleveland Crochet, who cut some fantastic work for a handful of small Louisiana labels in the late 50s and early 60s – often with a great swampy blend of cajun fiddle and more rocking elements in the rhythm! Cleveland had one minor hit – the "Sugar Bee" mentioned in the title – but all the work here is equally great, pulled from a variety of small label recordings for companies that include Folk-Star, Khoury's, Goldband, Lyric and Swallow. In addition to tracks made under Cleveland's name, there's also work cut with Vorris "Shorty" LeBlanc and Jay Stutes – a total of 38 tracks in all, with titles that include "Sugar Bee", "Waltz Of A Broken Heart", "Rambler's Lonely Dream", "Good Morning Blues", "Telephone Port Arthur", "Sweet Thing", "Hound Dog Baby", "Drunkard's Dream", "Sha Meon Waltz", "Hey Boss Man", "Sweet Lick", and "My Little Cabbage". CD

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Ronnie Cuber & Gary SmulyanTough Baritones ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Two of the greatest contemporary baritone saxophonists – going head to head on a date that would have made older giants like Pepper Adams or Serge Chaloff very proud! There's a no-nonsense boppish vibe to the date – and although both players get lots of room to solo, the tracks aren't handled in some extended "battle" mode – and are instead nicely compact, usually around the 6 minute mark – with romping rhythm from Gary Versace on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums! Titles include four Horace Silver tunes, plus more from Red Prysock, Freddie Hubbard, and Cuber himself – cuts that include "Nica's Dream", "Little Sunflower", "Intervals", "Split Kick", "Lover", "Damn Right Blues", and "That's The Groovy Thing". CD

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Miles DavisComplete Concert 1964 – My Funny Valentine/Four & More ... CD
Columbia, 1964. Used 2 CDs ... $5.99
One of those key cases where Miles Davis took a familiar song and made it his own! The set's a live one, and features a famous 15 minute version of "My Funny Valentine" – played by Davis in a spacious, open sort of way – and one that has key hints of the modernism to come in his music, yet still rings out with some of his more easygoing late 50s appeal. The group here features George Coleman on tenor alongside the rhythm section of Herbie Hancock piano, Ron Carter bass, and Tony Williams on drums – all three of whom help Davis edge into darker territory, even when things are ostensibly sweet! Apart from the version of "My Funny Valentine", other titles include "All Blues", "All Of You", "I Thought About You", and "Stella By Starlight". Four & More is breakneck live work from Miles Davis – and proof that his famous 60s quintet wasn't only just about mellow and spacious sounds! The set was recorded at the same concert as the album My Funny Valentine – and while that one's mostly ballads, this one's mostly high tempo numbers that skip along with incredible ease – crackling with modern touches on the rhythm from Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – and featuring some really excellent work by George Coleman on tenor sax! Titles include "Four", "So What", "Joshua", and "Seven Steps To Heaven". CD
(Out of print.)

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Miles DavisKind Of Blue (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... $2.99
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, and all those playings, the record manages to still sound fantastic – a truly inspirational piece of music that's long deserved all the attention it gets! The legendary group on the album includes John Coltrane on tenor, Cannonball Adderley on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass – working with Miles in a relatively modal style, with brilliant rhythm changes and a wonderful sense of space. The whole thing's sublime – and titles include "Blue In Green", "All Blues", "So What", and "Freddie Freeloader". CD

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Miles DavisKind Of Blue – 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition (2CDs + LP + DVD box set) ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used Box Set ... $69.99 109.98
A massive package that's a stunning tribute to Kind Of Blue – served up in one of the most comprehensive album reissues we've ever seen! The core record is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, and all those playings, the record manages to still sound fantastic – a truly inspirational piece of music that's long deserved all the attention it gets! The legendary group on the album includes John Coltrane on tenor, Cannonball Adderley on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass – working with Miles in a relatively modal style, with brilliant rhythm changes and a wonderful sense of space. The whole thing's sublime – and titles include "Blue In Green", "All Blues", "So What", and "Freddie Freeloader". Yet the reissue package takes things even further – with a high-quality vinyl version of the album, and 2CDs worth of music, with 21 tracks in all – including some alternate takes and rare studio bits too! The whole thing comes with a beautiful booklet, filled with photos and other inserts – and there's also a DVD too – one that features the 81 minute film "Celebrating A Masterpiece – Kind Of Blue". CD
(Includes all extras except the poster. Vinyl is VG+ condition. Box has light wear.)

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Lizzy Mercier DesclouxOne For The Soul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ze/Light In The Attic, 1985. New Copy ... $5.99 15.98
The amazing Lizzy Mercier Descloux adds one more global feather to her cap with this sweet little album – a set recorded in Rio, with help from a host of Brazilian musicians – and some special guest work from legendary trumpeter Chet Baker too! The record warms up the sound a bit from some of Lizzy's earlier records – still quite creative in both the songwriting and overall approach, but almost given a warmer spin alongside instrumentation that includes accordion from Sivuca, cavaquinho from Alceu Maia, acoustic guitar from Neco, and percussion from Djalma Correa! Other instrumentation still includes some of the keyboards and rhythm lines you'd know from Lizzy's other Ze Record releases – and titles include "Simply Beautiful", "Fog Horn Blues", "My Funny Valentine", "One For The Soul", "A World Is A Wah", and "Scala Saga Samba". CD features the bonus tracks "Bravado" and "Let's Get It On". CD

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Lou DonaldsonTime Is Right ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
A beautiful album of mellow-grooving tracks from Lou Donaldson – recorded during his rich post-bop late 50s years, and done with a wonderfully warm sound! The group features Horace Parlan on piano, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Laymon Jackson on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums – plus Ray Baretto added in on conga, giving the whole session a little bit of a kick with a light Latinish groove on the best numbers! The rhythm's nice and skittish – lightly leaping around on even the quieter numbers, and letting Lou blow his alto in the strongly rhythmic mode that was starting to appear in his recordings of the time. Titles include "Crosstown Shuffle", "Mack The Knife", "Be My Love", and "Lou's Blues". CD

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Nilo Espinosa/Bossa 70/Los HiltonsShaken, Not Stirred ... CD
Mag/Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Some of the finest Peruvian grooves of the 60s and 70s – served up by three different groups headed by reedman Nilo Espinosa, plus a few other combos as well! Nilo's got a way with a groove that's totally unique – a bit soul jazz a times, influenced by bossa at others, and sometimes even moving into sweet electric fusion – always with a very pronounced sense of rhythm that makes nearly all of his numbers into the kind of groovers that can easily traverse the globe far from their roots in the Peruvian scene! The package features work from the mid 60s Los Hilton's, the early 70s Bossa 70, and the mid 70s Nil's Jazz Ensemble – the last of whom have been favorites for years with crate-diggers, due to their use of electric keyboards and very tasty drums! Titles include "Here Come The Hilton's" and "Sherezade" by Los Hilton's; "El Gato", "Think", "Get Out Of My Way", and "Las Mariopsas" by Bossa 70; "Reflexiones", "Summer Love", "Hard Work", "Looking For A Blues", and "Somos Nada" by Nil's Jazz Ensemble; "El Bueno El Feo Y El Malo" by Nilo Espinosa Con Los 007; "Light My Fire" by Charlie Guerrero; "Gotas De Miel" by Nilo Espinosa Y Orquesta; and "People Got To Be Free" by Charlie & Many. CD

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Flamin GrooviesBucket Of Brains (10 inch LP) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Parlophone, 1972. New Copy ... $18.99
Rare material from the Flamin Groovies – tracks recorded in England in 1972, originally intended as an album to be issued by United Artists – but most of which never saw the light of day, as the label issued a few singles, saw poor sales, then cut the Flamin Groovies loose! Yet the work is a key chapter of their career – well-produced by Dave Edmunds, and featuring titles that include "Married Woman", "Get A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues", "Little Queenie", "Tallahassie Lassie", "You Tore Me Down", "Slow Death", and two versions of "Shake Some Action" – one of which has a corrected mixdown speed! LP, Vinyl record album

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Red GarlandGroovy ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956. Used ... $6.99
Long tracks and plenty of room to move around – a perfect setting for the classic sound of the Red Garland Trio on Prestige! Despite the title, the album's not so much groovy as it is lyrically beautiful and filled with sensitivity – a key bridge between piano players of the mainstream in the years before Garland, and some of the bigger, bolder names that would rise up during the 60s soul jazz years. Rhythm is by Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and the longer tracks give Chambers plenty of room to express his unique talents on the bass. Titles include "Gone Again", "Hey Now", "Will You Still Be Mine", "What Can I Say Dear", and "C-Jam Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Marvin GayeWhat's Going On (50th anniversary 2LP pressing) ... LP
Tamla, 1971. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $39.99 41.99 On February 18, 2022
One of the few cases in the history of pop music where the record is worth all the hype! Marvin blew everyone's mind when he unleashed this amazing suite of political soul tunes – not only just because he'd moved past the simple love songs of earlier years, but also because he was working with an amazingly complicated approach to soul music, one that would touch the work of others for years to come. David Van DePitte arranged and conducted the whole album – with soaring orchestrations mixed with smooth modern soul, in a style that reminds us a lot of the work of Charles Stepney at Cadet, who'd been doing this sort of thing for years but with less success. In the hands of Marvin Gaye, though, the material has an amazing quality – and all the disparate elements of the album are fused together in one powerful message by Marvin's incredible voice. One that we never tire of, and a record to be listened to all the way through every time. Titles include "What's Goin On", "Save The Children", "Flyin High (In The Friendly Sky)", "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)", and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". This fantastic 50th Anniversary version features new mastering by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, an essay by Hanif Abdurraqib, and a full record of bonus material that includes "What's Going On (stripped)", "What's Going On (rhythm & strings)", "What's Going On (mix 1 with no strings or horns)", "Symphony (demo version)", and original mono single mixes of "What's Going On", "God Is Love", "Mercy Mercy Me", "Sad Tomorrows", "Inner City Blues", and "Wholy Holy". LP, Vinyl record album
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Stan Getz & JJ JohnsonGetz & JJ Live At The Opera House ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $4.99
Getz and Johnson are backed by Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar, and Connie Kay on drums – and the tracks are longish, with plenty of solo room in the open jam session mode of the recording. Titles include "Billie's Bounce", "My Funny Valentine", "Crazy Rhythm", and "Blues In The Closet". CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan Getz & JJ JohnsonStan Getz & Jay Jay Johnson (aka Stan Getz & JJ Johnson At The Opera House) ... LP
Fabbri Editori (Italy), 1957. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
A strange pairing – but that's sometimes what makes these Verve "pro meets pro" sets from the 50s so great. Getz and Johnson are backed by Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, and Connie Kay – and the tracks are longish, with plenty of solo room in the open jam session mode of the recording. Titles include "Billie's Bounce", "My Funny Valentine", "Crazy Rhythm", and "Blues In The Closet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s issue, with booklet inside the gatefold. Cover has ring and edge wear, lightly bent corners, and some smudges in back.)

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✨✧ Johnny GriffinCatharsis ... CD
Storyville/Solid (Japan), 1989. Used ... $16.99
A later entry in the run of Johnny Griffin albums recorded overseas – and one that's very much in the openly-blown style of his classics from the 60s and 70s! As with some of those, the great Kenny Drew works alongside Griffin on piano – and the pair really step out on familiar tunes taken at very extended stretches – so that the long solo passages almost make for mini-songs themselves within the familiar melodies! The rest of the group features Jens Melgaard on bass and Ole Streenberg on drums – and titles include "Isfahan", "Rhythm A Ning", "Just Friends", "If I Should Lose You", and "Slukefter Blues". CD
(Out of print, 2015 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)

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Coleman HawkinsPassin' It Around – A Jazz Hour With Coleman Hawkins ... CD
Jazz Hour (Belgium), 1940/1944. Used ... $6.99
Includes the songs "The Sheik Of Araby", "It's A Wonderful World", "Sweet Adeline", "Passin' It Around", "Forgive A Fool", "Chicago", "I Can't Love You Anymore Than I Do", "The Breeze And I", " When A Congressman Meets A Senator Down South", "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me", " Esquire Blues", "I Got Rhythm", "Basin Street Blues", "Esquire Bounce", "My Ideal", " Stompin' At The Savoy", "For Bass Faces Only", and "Muskrat Ramble". CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny HodgesJohnny Hodges Live In Paris – 18 Mars 1961 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A really great live set from alto genius Johnny Hodges – a set that's right up there with some of his best studio albums on Verve at the time! As with those records, Johnny's taking a slight sidestep from the world of Duke Ellington here – working with similar material and familiar players, but also really stretching out on these beautiful solos that focus on his warm, raspy charm on the alto – that quality that made Hodges as important to the sound of mid 50s jazz as Ben Webster or Lester Young on the tenor! The group's a septet, and other players include Lawrence Brown on trombone, Harry Carney on baritone, Al Williams on piano, and Ray Nance on cornet – on titles that include "All Of Me", "Blues For Madeline", "Solitude", "Mood Indigo", "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me", "Jeep's Blues", "Rockin In Rhythm, and a nice long take on "Perdido". CD

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Ferg Ireland TrioFerg Ireland Trio Vol 2 ... LP
Monde Green (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99
A really freewheeling trio from the UK – not Ireland, as you might expect from the leader's name – the great bassist Ferg Ireland, who works real magic here at the head of a group that also features Nathaniel Facey on alto and James Madden on drums! At first glance, you might think of the set as being in the territory of the Sonny Rollins trio experiments at the end of the 50s – but the group here often puts rhythm first, with Ferg very much in the lead on bass at many points – on these tracks that have all these angular qualities, but always in a forward-moving way – one that unlocks even more great angles and edges in the alto sax lines. Titles include "Lips", "When You Know", "Mel's Mood", and "Ludwick Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ferg Ireland TrioFerg Ireland Trio Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Monde Green (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $14.99
A really freewheeling trio from the UK – not Ireland, as you might expect from the leader's name – the great bassist Ferg Ireland, who works real magic here at the head of a group that also features Nathaniel Facey on alto and James Madden on drums! At first glance, you might think of the set as being in the territory of the Sonny Rollins trio experiments at the end of the 50s – but the group here often puts rhythm first, with Ferg very much in the lead on bass at many points – on these tracks that have all these angular qualities, but always in a forward-moving way – one that unlocks even more great angles and edges in the alto sax lines. Titles include "Lips", "When You Know", "Mel's Mood", "Ludwick Blues", "Confession", "Stay Broke", and "Fruit Fly". CD
Also available Ferg Ireland Trio Vol 1 ... LP 16.99

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Milt JacksonMilt Jackson Live At The Village Gate ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1963. Used ... $14.99
A great little set from that time when Milt Jackson was fronting a group that also included Jimmy Heath on tenor – a wonderful pairing of talents that made for some of Milt's most soulful sides of the 60s! Heath's sharp-edged tone is a great contrast to Jackson's smoother touch on the vibes – and the pair are supported here by rhythm from Hank Jones on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all great players who bring plenty of personal inflection to their work on this live date. Titles include a great version of Heath's "Gemini" – plus Jackson's "Bags Of Blue", "Gerri's Blues", and "Ignunut Oil" – plus takes on "Little Girl Blue" and "Time After Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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John JenkinsJohn Jenkins With Kenny Burrell (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $18.99
The great John Jenkins was one of the lesser-known sax stars to come out of the Chicago scene of the late 50s – but he was also one of the best! Jenkins played alto impeccably – with boppish agility, and a deep sense of soul that worked great on this one and only Blue Note session as a leader. The group features Kenny Burrell playing some of his best work on record – and the rhythm section features Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums – playing in a rare non-Mingus appearance! Tracks include "Motif", "Sharon", "Blues For Two", and "Chalumeau" – and the session is a wonderful bit of lost Blue Note – great sharp edges from Jenkins' alto, and some warmer, rounder tones from Burrell on guitar. CD also features 2 bonus alternate takes. CD
(Out of print, Connoisseur pressing. Tray card has a cutout notch on the spine.)

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JJ JohnsonProof Positive ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
Positive proof that JJ Johnson's one of the greatest trombone players ever – a sublime quartet session for Impulse Records, and one that features some of his most striking, stripped-down work of the 60s! The focus here is really on Johnson's amazing tone and timing – but the record also benefits greatly by a soulful rhythm trio that includes the mighty Harold Mabern on piano, Arthur Harper on bass, and Frank Gant on drums – all free-thinking cats who are never too stiff with their swing, and really match JJ's fluid sense of energy on the record. The whole thing's brilliant – filled with well-chosen tunes and some sublime performances by all players – and cuts include a 10 minute version of Miles Davis' "Neo", plus "Minor Blues", "Stella By Starlight", "Lullaby Of Jazzland", and "Blues Waltz". CD

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Bernie McGann1966 – Archive Series Vol 1 ... LP
Sarang Bang (New Zealand), 1966. New Copy ... $24.99 29.99
A beautiful set from the Australian jazz underground of the 60s – two never-heard live recordings by the group of altoist Bernie McGann – a player who was one of the strongest modernists working down under at the time! Bernie's got this open, soaring tone on his horn that's really wonderful – as sharp-edged as Ornette Coleman or Joe Harriott, but much more spiritual overall – set here to mostly modal rhythms, and served up with stunning trumpet work from Kim Paterson – another overlooked player from the time! Side one features a live recording from Sydney in 1966 – all original tracks, all long and very open – titled "Lazy Days", "Chuggin", and "Sky". And side two features another 1966 performance, but without piano, in a way that's even more open and freewheeling – with the trumpet and alto really taking off on a 13 minute version of Ornette Coleman's "When Will The Blues Leave" and a 9 minute take on "Rhythm A Ning". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – heavy vinyl and cover, and with a bonus insert of notes too!)

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Jimmy McGriffFlyin' Time (Fly Dude/Let's Stay Together) ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1971/1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Double-length work from Jimmy McGriff – 2 albums in 1 from the Groove Merchant label! The first half of the set features the album Fly Dude – some great down-home work from Jimmy McGriff, and a session that's a bit less funk-based than some of his others for the Groove Merchant label, but still plenty darn great! The set's kind of a nice link between the straighter soul jazz of McGriff's 60s years, and his return to the format at the end of the 70s – and the group's a quintet, with Ronald Arnold on tenor, George Freeman on guitar, John Thomas on rhythm guitar, and Marion Booker on drums. There's some slight funky undercurrents – especially from Freeman's guitar lines, which have a nice degree of grit – which Jimmy seems to match nicely. Titles include "The Groove Fly", "It's You I Adore", "Jumping The Blues", and "Healin' Feeling". Next is the album Let's Stay Together – an early 70s gem from Jimmy McGriff! Jimmy's grooving with a larger group here – but in a funky 70s mode that makes for a great update of the rawer sound he laid out on some of his Sue sides in the 60s. The best tracks are the covers of 70s soul material – like "Shaft", "What's Going On", and "Let's Stay Together" – hewn in the organ funk mode that Jimmy pioneered and honed with his trademark expertise. Another highlight of the record is an original called "Tiki", that has a slight exotica feel to it, coming off very nice with Jimmy's organ work! Other tracks include "Georgia On My Mind" and "April In Paris". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, ring and edge wear, and split top seams.)

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Blind Willie McTellComplete Recorded Works In Chronological Order – Volume 3 ... LP
Document/Third Man, 1933. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Just a few day's worth of music, but a crucial set of tracks from Blind Willie McTell – all material that was done in New York on a few days in September of 1933 – some of it released on important Vocalion label 78s, presented here with some other previously unissued alternate takes! Willie's vocals and guitar work are wonderful, and get only a bit of spare backing on additional guitar, mostly from Curley Weaver – in ways that really just support McTell's lead with a bit of rhythm. Recording quality is excellent, and tracks include "Broke Down Engine", "B & O Blues", "Weary Hearted Blues", "Lord Send Me An Angel", "Death Cell Blues", "Savannah Mama", "You was Born To Die", and "Dirty Mistreater". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mistura PuraBlue Bus ... LP
Ubiquity, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99 24.98
Mistura Pura, aka Federica Grappasonni, is as much of a vinyl collector as a producer and musician – and that depth of musical interest really comes through in this double length set! The tracks have lots of elements that draw on styles from the 60s and 70s – but the beats are often quicker, and the overall sound a bit clubbier – yet still has a vibe that's very original overall, and which hardly sounds like easy remix remakes of tracks from back in the day! There's lots of live instrumentation throughout – Fender Rhodes, Hammond, acoustic bass, flute, tenor, and plenty of percussion – all reworked by Federica, who adds in more percussion and keyboards too. Titles include "Midnight For Tommy", "Artistry In Rhythm (Mistura Pura rework)", "Stop Into The Bossa", "Summer Breeze", "Puerto Rican Blues (Mistura Pura rework)", "Street Beat", "African Circles", and "A Prayer For Odara". LP, Vinyl record album

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Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... $4.99
They're not kidding with the title of this one – because although the record was only Wes Montgomery's second album as a leader, he was already making plenty of waves with the sound of his guitar! The session lines Wes up with the very tight rhythm team of Tommy Flanagan on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all of whom lay back and mostly let Wes take center stage – sparkling on a number of original tunes that include "West Coast Blues", "Mister Walker", and "D Natural Blues". Other tracks include a great fast take on Sonny Rollins' "Airegin", plus "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". CD
(Out of print.)

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James MoodyJames Moody's Moods (black cover) ... LP
Prestige, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
James Moody really blows us away with this mid 50s set – already stepping past the straighter bop of early years, and finding a way to extend his sounds and moods through some tremendous solos and mighty fresh arrangements! The album's exactly the kind that makes Moody unlike anyone else – a deeply personal voice on both the alto and tenor, and a player who's got a way of constructing these dark lines with the rest of the group – sounds that undeniably pave the way for the younger generation to come. James gets great help from a lineup that includes Dave Burns on trumpet, William Shepherd on trombone, and Pee Wee Moore on baritone – and rhythm is from the trio of Jimmy Boyd on piano, John Latham on bass, and Clarence Johnston on drums. Eddie Jefferson sings on the classic "I Got The Blues" – and other tracks include "Faster James", "Blue Walk", "The Strut", and "Jammin With James". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear and clear tape at the corners, with a name in marker and some notes in pen in back.)

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Charlie ParkerEssential Charlie Parker ... CD
Verve, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $2.99
Includes the tracks "Now's The Time", "If I Should Lose You", "Mango Mangue", "Bloomdido", "Star Eyes", "Confirmation (Master Take)", "My Little Suede Shoes", "Just Friends", "Lover Man", "I Got Rhythm", "Repetition", "K.C. Blues", "Relaxing With Lee (Master Take)", "April In Paris", "Okiedoke", and "The Song Is You". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Horace ParlanHappy Frame Of Mind ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
Wicked work by pianist Horace Parlan – and one of his most stunning Blue Note sessions ever! The album was first recorded in 1963, but then kept on the shelf for years – seeing only brief release as part of a Booker Ervin package in the late 70s, and finally coming out with the proper cover and lineup at some point in the 80s! Why Blue Note waited so long is a mystery, because the album's a gem throughout – almost more important, and more starkly modern than any of Parlan's other work for the label. Booker Ervin leads the frontline on tenor, alongside Johnny Coles on trumpet, Grant Green on guitar, and the rhythm section of Butch Warren and Billy Higgins. Parlan's choice of material is fantastic – with a number of Africanist tracks that feature unique rhythmic patterns that really push the soloists! Titles include "A Tune For Richard", "Dexi", "Home Is Africa", "Kucheza Blues", and "Back From The Gig". CD

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PattoGive It All Away – The Albums 1970 to 1973 (Patto/Hold Your Fire/Roll Em Smoke Em/Monkey's Bum) (4CD set) ... CD
Vertigo/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $36.99 50.99
Four full albums from Patto – presented here in a complete box set! First up is the self-titled Patto – the debut album from a group who were never huge at the time, but who've gone onto become one of the best-remembered acts from the Vertigo Records scene – thanks to the sound of this amazing debut! The record is extremely hard to peg – it's definitely got some jazz inspiration in the way the songs are put together – especially since group member Ollie Halsall uses some great vibes – but the whole thing's hardly a jazz rock set at all – as the tunes are maybe more open at times, or a bit gritty at others – always topped by the unique vocals of Mike Patto. The record is both freewheeling and down to earth at the same time – a hard thing to pull off – and titles include "The Man", "Hold Me Back", "Time To Die", "Red Glow", and "Government Man". Hold Your Fire is a really great second set from Patto – a record that maybe tips the balance more strongly towards guitar sounds than the previous, but one that still preserves all their really unique sense of arrangements and songwriting! Vocalist Mike Patto is kind of a lost legend from early 70s rock – a singer who might have given some of the bigger Brit names a run for their money, had he ever gotten a chance to really shine in the spotlight. But it's also that suppressed fame that makes his presence on this record so great – a completely unselfconscious approach that fits in both with the grittier numbers and some of the more open, chromatic tunes. Titles include "Hold Your Fire", "Give It All Away", "See You At The Dance Tonight", and "How's Your Father". Next is Roll Em Smoke Em – maybe the funkiest record ever cut by Mike Patto and crew – a set that's got a nicely loose, unbridled feel – and plenty of funky drums and percussion from John Halsey! The group have really hit their prime here – so much so, they almost don't need any larger concepts or ideas to guide them – and are just comfortable to get together and work out some nicely rough-edged ideas – with Patto himself sounding maybe a bit more blue-eyed soulful/rocker, and Ollie Halsell kicking up his guitar with a lot more fuzz. Titles include "Flat Footed Woman", "Singing The Blues On Reds", "Loud Green Song", "Turn Turtle", and "Peter Abraham". Last up is Monkey's Bum – material that was intended to become the fourth album from Patto – an excellent UK group who never fully got their due! Patto have a great sound that's kind of like higher progressive rock ideas taken down into bluesier territory – with an earthiness that maybe a few key contemporaries got right – maybe Traffic or Procol Harum – and, like both of those groups, one that was capable of really hitting things right on the nose with a special sound that was all their own. Mike Patto only got better as a singer as the years went on, bringing more soulful phrasing into his lyrics – which is also echoed by some of the keyboard and rhythm work here, but never in a way that's too slavishly blues-rock or white boy soul, and certainly with the right sort of complexity to warrant the group's attention by Island in the early 70s. Titles include "Hedyob", "My Days Are Numbered", "Sugar Cube 1967", "I Need You", "Good Friend", and "Get Up & Dig It" – plus a great cover of "Last Night I Had A Dream". CD set features the bonus tracks "Beat The Drum", "Bad News", and "Hanging Rope". CD

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Art PepperPromise Kept – The Complete Artist House Albums (So In Love/Artworks/Stardust/New York Album) (4LP set) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Artists House/Omnivore, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4LP ... $86.99
Four tremendous albums from saxophone genius Art Pepper – presented here in a single box set! First up is So In Love – beautiful late work from Art Pepper – one of his albums recorded for the well-done Artist House label, and a set that's maybe got a different vibe than some of his Galaxy recordings of the time! There's a rock-solid sense of soul to the record – one that comes from the work of two different rhythm trios – one that features George Cables on piano, Charlie Haden on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – a rhythm trio who keep things swinging, but never in a way that's too straight – pushing Art a bit around the edges, but letting him come right down the middle with some fantastic solos on alto – the other with Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums. Tunes are a bit shorter than on some other albums of the period, but in a great way that really lets you focus in on Pepper's amazing sound –and titles include "Diane", "Stardust", "Blues For Blanche", and "Straight No Chaser". Artworks is a nicely focused set from the great Art Pepper – a record that features a number of familiar bop and jazz themes, but set to a more open, relaxed, and very soulful style that wonderfully reflects all the greatness of Pepper in his final years! The group on the record is nicely understated, but still very hip – George Cables on piano, Charlie Haden on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and Art gets plenty of space to step out front and really blow these amazing solos, including one number that features just bass and drums, while Pepper blows a bit of clarinet – which we always love. All other titles feature alto sax – and titles include "Donna Lee", "Anthropology", "You Go To My Head", "Body & Soul", and "Desafinado". Next is a New York Album, but one that was oddly recorded in Burbank – and which has Art Pepper sounding very much at the top of his game! The format here is a bit like the other Artist House Pepper sessions, and those he did for the Japanese Atlas label – tight, focused, often tunes that are older jazz or bop standards – but swing with a great rhythm section, and topped with completely sublime alto solos from the leader! The quartet features Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – but one number is a duo between Carter and Pepper, and another features just piano and alto. Titles include "Night In Tunisia", "Lover Man", "Duo Blues", "My Friend John", and "Straight No Chaser". Stardust is a great little record from Art Pepper – four long tracks that really have him stretching out on alto – but in a way that's maybe a bit different than some of his more burning albums on the Galaxy label at the time! The group here follows from some of the previous Artist House recordings – George Cables on piano, Charlie Haden on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – a rhythm combo that's mighty nice – and which benefits from some great straight basswork from Haden, and Higgins' always compelling sense of rhythm! Titles include "My Friend John", "Stardust", and "Tin Tin Deo" – plus a reading of "In A Mellotone" that has Art on clarinet. LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful package – liner notes and photos from Laurie Pepper, and remastered from the original tapes!)

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Bill Perkins & Richie KamucaTenors Head On ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
A killer date from two of the hippest tenors of the west coast scene in the 50s – Bill Perkins and Richie Kamuca – both musicians who worked in the cool school, but could also come across with plenty of soul! The album's got both tenors working head on – hitting counterpoint modes at times, but also opening up more freely at others – showing the balance between composition, arrangement, and improvisation that made the scene so great at the time – yet executed with a bit more depth of feeling, as we'd expect from Perkins and Kaumca. Rhythm is from the trio of Pete Jolly on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Stan Levey on drums – and titles include "Spain", "Pick A Dilly", "Oh Look At Me Now", "Don't Be That Way", and "Blues For Two". CD

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Oscar PetersonAnother Day ... LP
MPS, 1970. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Hard-stepping work by Oscar Peterson – a record that's got a bit more of a forceful groove than some of his others from the time, thanks in part to the rhythm section of George Mraz on bass and Ray Price on drums! Peterson's really romping around the keys on some of the tunes – hitting hard with the left hand in a nicely bluesy mode on some numbers, then rolling back to his more lyrically introspective style on others. The whole thing's got a great MPS approach to production that makes the notes ring forth with amazing clarity – and titles include "Blues For Martha", "Greensleeves", "All The Things You Are", "I'm Old Fashioned", "The JAMFs Are Coming", and "Carolina Shout". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Oscar Peterson with Clark TerryOscar Peterson Trio + One ... CD
EmArcy/Polygram, 1964. Used ... $4.99
Oscar Peterson's trio is augmented here by a famous guest – trumpeter Clark Terry, whose horn adds a nice bit of punctuation to the set, and makes the record a strong standout in the 60s catalogs of both players! The addition of Terry to the record is a great one – as Clark's rising fame at the time merges nicely with the popularity of the Peterson group – and since both players share a talent for mixing earthy moments with tighter playing, the whole thing comes off pretty darn nicely! Peterson's piano is supported by rhythm work from Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – and Terry not only plays trumpet and flugelhorn, but also vocalizes a slight bit too – sometimes at the same point he's playing his horn! Titles include "Mumbles", "Mack The Knife", "Jim", "Blues For Smedley", "Brotherhood Of Man", and "Incoherent Blues". CD
(CRC pressing.)

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Sonny RedOut Of The Blue (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $36.99 38.99 On March 4, 2022
An amazing set from altoist Sonny Red – a player who hardly ever got to make any albums as a leader, and who really burns brightly on this Blue Note classic! Red's got a tone on alto that's as deep and sharp as most tenorists of his generation – extremely soulful, but with a really raspy edge that's almost modern at times – a combination that's quite unique, and which makes his playing on a few key albums well worth tracking down. This album's one of the best of Sonny's few dates on record – and it features the saxophonist working with two different groups – both headed by Wynton Kelly on piano, and with either Sam Jones or Paul Chambers on bass, and either Roy Brooks or Jimmy Cobb on drums – a hell of a great rhythm lineup, no matter how you slice it! Both groups are right on the money, and the whole album swings very nicely – and titles include "Alone Too Long", "The Lope", "Nadia", "Bluesville", and "Blues In the Pocket". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Blue Note Tone Poet series – heavy vinyl and cover!) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, March 4.

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✨✧ Django ReinhardtJazz In Paris – Swing 48 ... CD
Universal (France), 1947. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Some of the last great recordings by Django Reinhardt – a series of 78 rpm recordings for the Blue Star label in Paris, done in a variety of settings, both large and small! About half the tracks on the CD feature Django with the Hot Club lineup that included Hubert Rostaing on clarinet and Joseph Reinhardt on rhythm guitar – and other titles include 2 recorded with the quintet of trumpeter Rex Stewart, 1 with the Orchestre Du Boeuf Sur Le Toit, and 1 with a quintet that includes Michel De Villers on alto sax. The CD features 12 titles in all, all remastered from the original 78s – and titles include "Vette", "Swing 48", "Minor Blues", "Peche A La Mouche", "Danse Norvegienne", and "Blues For Barclay", done in 2 takes. CD
(Out of print.)

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Freddy RobinsonBluesology ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Wild funk from guitarist Freddy Robinson – hardly the "bluesology" you'd guess from the title! Sure, Freddie started his career as a blues guitarist on early Chess sessions – but during the early 70s, he cut some monster funky recordings for Stax, recordings that had a bluesy guitar in the middle, but some nice funky rhythm backing him up! The great Monk Higgins had a hand in most of the recordings – which is why they sounded so nice, and which is why they deserve a lot more credit than the sleepy "bluesology" title would imply. There's a nice batch of previously unissued material on here – plus tracks from Robinson's LPs Off The Cuff and At The Drive In. Titles include "Off The Cuff", "The Creeper", "Sister Hot Pants", "Black Fox", "Good Feeling", "I Remember", "House Hunting", "Here Comes Your Good Thang", "Changing Dreams", and a very dope version of "River's Invitation". CD

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Gene ShawBreak Through ... CD
Argo/Dusty Groove, 1962. Used ... $14.99
An amazing record – bold, proud, and soulful – a set that we'd easily rank with any classic early 60s session on Blue Note – and for good reason too! This rare date is the debut as a leader for trumpeter Gene Shaw – also known as Clarence Shaw in an earlier history of work with Charles Mingus – and it's an incredible blend of hardbop grooving with sharper-edged modern jazz ideals – an incredible blend that comes off beautifully on every track in the set! Shaw's probably best known for his late 50s work on the Charles Mingus albums Tijuana Moods, East Coasting, and Modern Jazz Symposium Of Music & Poetry – but after a famous fight with Mingus, Clarence "hid out" in Chicago and worked under the name of Gene – but soon made big waves on his own with tremendous work like this. (In the liner notes to the 1963 release of Tijuana Moods, in which Mingus says that he loved Shaw, but can't get in touch with him anymore!) Every aspect of the record is superb – from the writing, to the rhythm section, to the incredibly well blown solos from trumpeter Shaw and tenorist Sherman Morrison – who himself is another vastly-overlooked talent in jazz. The rest of the group features James Taylor on piano, Sidney Robinson on bass, and Bernard Martin on drums – a totally crackling rhythm section who give most tunes a snapping sort of groove! Most tracks are originals, and titles include "Autum Walk", "Six Bits", "The Thing", "It's A Long Way", "AD's Blues", "Marj", and "Our Tune". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sahib ShihabCompanionship – Jazz Joint Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vogue/Rearward (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.98
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba sounds of the time – all produced to perfection with a really sharp edge, and a cutting approach to jazz that's gone onto inspired countless others in the current scene – including artists on Schema and Ricky-Tick Records, as well as most Japanese club jazz combos! But long before any of those cats started copping his groove, Sahib Shihab had it all totally together – a great ear for his own amazing solos on baritone and flute, and a way of hooking up with players like Francy Boland on piano, Fats Sadi on vibes, Benny Bailey on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. All players here were Shihab's partners in the Clarke Boland Big Band, and they use these small combo sessions to explore some great new ideas – stripped-down groovers that are heavy on rhythm, and really allow full expression from all the players involved. Titles include "Companionship", "Om Mani Padme Hum", "Bohemia After Dark", "Serenata", "Yah Yah Blues", "Balafon", "Talk Some Yak-ee Dak", "The Turk's Bolero", "CT + CB", "Jay Jay", "Stoned Ghosts", "Just Give Me Time", and "Dijdar". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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