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✨✧ Bobby JasparBobby Jaspar (Riverside) (aka Tenor & Flute) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the few US releases by 50s Belgian reedman Bobby Jaspar – a talent who graced countless European sessions at the time, but who's working here in a rare date with an American group! As on other albums from the period, Jaspar plays both tenor and flute – alternating between instruments on different tracks, in the manner of sessions by Frank Wess or Jerome Richardson from the time. The rest of the group really gives the album a nice punch – with George Wallinton on piano, Wilbur Little on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – plus Idrees Sulieman on trumpet on about half the tracks on the set! The songs are mainly original compositions by the band members and they include Jaspar's "Seven Up", Sulieman's "Doublemint", Wallington's "Before Dawn" and "Sweet Blanche". CD also features the bonus track "The Fuzz". CD
(Out of print.)

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Wes MontgomeryComplete Riverside Recordings (12 CD boxset) ... CD
Riverside, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 12 CDs ... $149.99
A wealth of great music – including some unusual sessions and bonus material too! CD
(Out of print. Great version – with the fold-over magnetic flip lid! Black border around the main image, and better than the first version.)

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Thelonious MonkComplete Riverside Recordings (15CD set) ... CD
Riverside, 1950s/Early 60s. Used 15CDs ... $99.99
Amazing music from one of our favorite periods of Thelonious Monk – a time of new discoveries, new strengths, and some great work with tenor sax! CD
(Includes book.)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkMisterioso (Riverside) ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key classic from Thelonious Monk's years at Riverside – and an album that's as compelling as its haunting title! The session features Thelonious working with a great quartet that includes Johnny Griffin on tenor, playing these wonderfully angular lines; Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass, working in well-rounded tones that add a lot of depth to the work; and Roy Haynes on drums, bringing in a playfully rhythmic spirit that really matches the tone of Monk's compositions – a wonderful quartet to interpret the thoughtful, angular, inventive numbers on the set – not just Monk's own tunes, but some killer arrangements of a few classics too. Tracks are all longish, and the album features key readings of "In Walked Bud", "Misterioso", "Nutty", and "Let's Cool One". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram EU pressing on DOL.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsFreelance Years – Complete Riverside & Contemporary Recordings (5 CD set) ... CD
Riverside/Contemporary/Fantasy, Mid/Late 50s. Used 5 CDs ... Out Of Stock
5 CDs – all wonderful! The set brings together 8 of Sonny Rollins' classic albums from the late 50s – Brilliant Corners, Way Out West, Jazz Contrasts, The Sound Of Sonny, That's Him!, Sonny Rollins Plays, Freedom Suite and Sonny Rollins & The Contemporary Leaders. CD
(Booklet is wrinkled from some waterdamage & there is a marker over slipcover barcode.)

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✨✧ VariousRiverside – The Soul Of Jazz - 1961 ... LP
Riverside, 1960s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A loss leader type showcase compilation for Riverside, collecting a number of nice sides. 10 numbers in all: "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" by Thelonious Monk off the Thelonious Monk At The Blackhawk LP, "Mister Walker" by Wes Montgomery off The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery LP, "Wade In The Water" by Johnny Griffin's Big Soul Band off The Big Soul Band LP, "Pretty Memory" by Nat Adderley off the Work Song LP, "Stella B" by Bobby Timmons off the Soul Time LP, 'Del Sasser" by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet off the Them Dirty Blues LP, "Peri's Scope" by the bill Evans Trio off the Portrait In Jazz LP, "Blue SOul" by Blue Mitchell off the Blue Soul Lp, "Newkeep" by Jimmy Heath off The Thumper LP and "Something Different" by the Mangione Brothers Sextet off The Jazz Brothers LP. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has some corner wear.)
 
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Cannonball AdderleyAlabama/Africa (Alabama Concerto/African Waltz) ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
2 fantastic albums, not really in the same bag, but combined for reissue that still works nicely as a set. The first LP, John Benson Brooks' Alabama Concerto was groundbreaking work – not only for Cannonball, but for the jazz concerto format, used to strong effect here in this extended modernist composition. The album's based on a number of historical and mythical southern themes – which keeps it from swinging hard all the way through, the work of Adderley and Art Farmer on the solo sections really opens up the piece and gives it a deep sense of soul. Other players include Barry Galbraith on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Brooks on drums – and themes include "The Loop", "Trampin", "Little John Shoes", "Milord's Calling", and "Rufus Playboy". African Waltz changes up the format entirely, with Adderley's alto fronting a large group conducted by Ernie Wilkins, and featuring a host of hip players like Melba Liston, Oliver Nelson, Jerome Richardson, Ray Barretto, Sam Jones, and Wynton Kelly. The title track is a beautiful reading of Galt MacDermott's "African Waltz" – and other tracks include "Blue Brass Groove", "Something Different", "The Uptown", and "Letter From Home". Wilkins outdoes himself on this one, really providing some strong swinging arrangements that work well with the complicated groove of the project – and in a way, the record feels more like Randy Weston or Melba Liston's at the helm. LP, Vinyl record album

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Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley & The Poll Winners (Landmark) ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Sealed ... $6.99
Cannon's left his usual soul jazz combo for this album – and he's recording on the west coast with an all-star group that includes Wes Montgomery on guitar, Victor Feldman on vibes and piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. The sound's a bit different than usual – with a strong focus on the solos of the big stars, and less on the tight grooving of the group – but that doesn't stop it from being a great set, and Cannon blows in a way that reminds us of his classic Mercury sides. Titles include "The Chant", "Azule Serape", "Never Will I Marry", and "Au Prive". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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Cannonball AdderleyPortrait Of Cannonball ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Very Good- ... $9.99
A jazzy portrait of Cannonball Adderley in his early soul jazz prime – oddly one that doesn't feature his regular quintet lineup, but which more than makes up for that lack with a batch of players that includes Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Bill Evans on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums! Given the personnel, the record's almost kind of a transition from Cannon's brief time with Miles Davis into his tighter more soul-inflected group to come – and Evans' piano provides an especially spacious sensibility here, one that marks the time spent with Miles nicely. Titles include "Nardis", "A Little Taste", "Minority", and "Blue Funk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, with microphone logo. NOTE – Cover is stained and flaky on the bottom half, with a split seam.)

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Cannonball AdderleyThem Dirty Blues ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good- ... $9.99
One of the all-time great ones by Cannonball! This record captures him in the prime of his early soul jazz fame – working with an unbelievably heavy quintet that featured Bobby Timmons on piano (with Barry Harris sitting in on a few tracks), Sam Jones on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The quintet forged a sound that made them an immediate hit – and which had their tight, jagged, soul-drenched sound getting copied by everyone. The record features some amazing soul jazz standards – like Nat's original version of "Work Song", the first-ever record of Timmons' amazing "Dat Dere", Cannon's slinky "Them Dirty Blues", and the jaunty groover "Jeannine", a wonderful cut by Duke Pearson that never sounded better! The CD features alternates of "Work Song" and "Dat Dere" – for a total of 9 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear and a split top seam.)

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Cannonball AdderleyThem Dirty Blues (Landmark) ... LP
Riverside/Landmark, 1960. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of the all-time great ones by Cannonball! This record captures him in the prime of his early soul jazz fame – working with an unbelievably heavy quintet that featured Bobby Timmons on piano (with Barry Harris sitting in on a few tracks), Sam Jones on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The quintet forged a sound that made them an immediate hit – and which had their tight, jagged, soul-drenched sound getting copied by everyone. The record features some amazing soul jazz standards – like Nat's original version of "Work Song", the first-ever record of Timmons' amazing "Dat Dere", Cannon's slinky "Them Dirty Blues", and the jaunty groover "Jeannine", a wonderful cut by Duke Pearson that never sounded better! The CD features alternates of "Work Song" and "Dat Dere" – for a total of 9 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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Cannonball AdderleyThings Are Getting Better ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $3.99
An album that definitely lives up to its title – given the great change and evolution in the style of Cannonball Adderley's music – definitely pointed towards the soul jazz fame to come in the 60s! The group here has Adderley's alto in the company of some all-stars who may not be his regular group, but who definitely help keep the whole thing at a top-shelf level throughout – a quintet that features Milt Jackson on vibes, Wynton Kelly on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. There's still a few echoes of Cannon's earlier bop recordings, but the sound is also moving towards the new modes to come – especially on the classic title cut "Things Are Getting Better". Other cuts include "Just One Of Those Things", "Sounds For Sid", "Groovin High", "Serves Me Right", and "Blues Oriental". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Cannonball Adderley QuintetCannonbal Adderley Quintet Plus ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good+ ... $16.99
An all-star set from Cannonball Adderley – a hip standout in his pre-Capitol years for Riverside! The "plus" in the title is pianist Wynton Kelly – who works with the group wonderfully on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – bringing in a slightly different feel on the keys than you might get from some of Cannon's other albums – slightly lyrical at points, in a really great way. Rhythm is from the rock-solid team of Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums – and of course Nat Adderley's also in the group on cornet, and Victor Feldman rounds out the ensemble on vibes, but also plays piano on the tracks that don't feature Kelly. There's a strong undercurrent of Adderley's Riverside soul jazz vibe on the set – and titles include "Arriving Soon", "New Delhi", "Winetone", "Well You Needn't", "Star Eyes", and "Lisa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo. Cover has a split spine and some light wear.)

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Nat AdderleyWork Songs (Work Song/That's Right) ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Milestone 2-fer combining two of our favorite late 60s soul jazz LPs, that practically defined the genre – Work Song and That's Right! "Work Song" was a whopping hit for Nat, plus Cannonball's killer "Sack O Woe", played here by a firey group that includes the great Bobby Timmons on piano, and Wes Montgomery on guitar, making a rare non-leader group appearance. On the second set Nat's trumpet is backed up by a "big sax section" – a trio of reed players that includes Yusef Lateef, Jimmy Heath, and Charlie Rouse, plus some additional baritone work by Tate Houston. The groove's pretty swinging – kind of in the mode of early work with Cannonball Adderley in that it's not as "in the pocket" soul jazz wise, but still quite strong overall. Heath and Jimmy Jones did the arrangements, and the rhythm section features Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Jimmy Cobb. 17 tracks in all, including "Tadd", "The Old Country", "Chordnation", "ESP", "Scrambled Eggs", "Pretty Memory", and "Fallout". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on Milestone.)

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Harry ArnoldDancing On Broadway – The Music Of Richard Rodgers ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Swedish leader Harry Arnold tackles the music of Richard Rodgers – taking the tunes into some sweet jazzy big band directions, without as many of the showy flourishes you might expect from the "Broadway" title! Of course, many of the tunes here are older Rodgers material – making them already familiar jazz standards even before Arnold gets his hands on them – but the approach here is nice and lively, with some of the soaring tou ches of Arnold's other work. Players aren't listed, unfortunately – and titles include "This Can't Be Love", "Blue Moon", "Where Or When", "Falling In Love With Love", and "Have You Met Miss Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing.)

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✨✧ Chet BakerChet Baker In New York ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $4.99
Quite a great session for Chet Baker – one that has him recording in New York, with a hip lineup that includes some incredibly soulful players! The tunes on the set feature Chet in either quartet or quintet formation – working with Johnny Griffin on tenor, Al Haig on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Tracks are longish, and the sound is much more in the mode of Riverside at the time, than the sound of Chet's earlier Pacific Jazz records – and Chet holds his own nicely in this company, giving a hint of the style to come in a few more years. Titles include "Fair Weather", "Hotel 49", "When Lights Are Low", "Solar", and "Blue Thoughts". CD features the bonus track "Soft Winds". CD

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Chet BakerPlays The Best Of Lerner & Loewe (20 bit remaster) ... CD
Riverside, 1959. Used ... Just Sold Out!
With Herbie Mann on flute and tenor, Zoot Sims on alto and tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, and even some piano from Bill Evans! CD
(Out of print.)

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Sascha Burland & Mason AdamsIn Our Own Image – The Idiots & Company ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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(Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Charlie ByrdOnce More – Charlie Byrd's Bossa Nova ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A lovely little record from the man who helped Stan Getz find his bossa – and a set that's done with just a bit more backing than usual from Byrd for the time! The album makes nice use of additional percussion, vibes, cello, and a bit of flugelhorn to back up Byrd's work on acoustic guitar – never in a way that dominates too strongly, with just enough added sound to color in the grooves with a slightly deeper tone. Titles include "Presente De Natal", "Three Note Samba", "Limehouse Blues", "Cancao De Nimar Para Carol", "Chega De Saudade", and "Anna". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, RM 454, with microphone logo & deep groove.)

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Paul ClaytonBloody Ballads ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Very Good ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has some ring & edge wear and a split top seam.)

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Bob CorwinBob Corwin Quartet Featuring The Trumpet Of Don Elliott ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Very Good ... $24.99
An early session from trumpeter Don Elliott – one that already has him working as the standout star in the quartet of pianist Bob Corwin! Elliott only plays on 8 of the album's 10 tracks, but his well-crafted trumpet lines really make the album sparkle – almost a Clifford Brown sort of sweetness and fluidity, with a sound that's quite different from some of more gimmicky sessions. Corwin's piano is pretty strong too, but it's clear from the way the session was recorded that the main spotlight's on Don Elliott – and for good reason too! Titles include "My Shining Hour", "Rico Jico Joe", "I Remember You", "Gone With The Wind", "Pony Tail", and "I'll Remember April". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, RLP 12-220, with microphone logo & deep groove. Vinyl has small press flaw bumps. Cover has some wear, aging, and small seam splits.)

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Lou CourtneySkate Now/I Can Always Tell ... 7-inch
Riverside, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A very nice single by the great Lou Courtney, cut during the days when he was recording for Riverside as one of their only soul artists. "Skate Now" is a northern classic, and has a nice tight snapping groove. Our fave, though, is "I Can Always Tell", which has a sinister hard downbeat, in the style of The Coasters' "Down Home Girl". Both tracks are very nice! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Tadd DameronMagic Touch ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good+ ... $8.99
One of Tadd Dameron's last true jazz sides – featuring the bop maestro composing, arranging, and conducting for a large group that includes Bill Evans, Johnny Griffin, Joe Wilder, Clark Terry, and Philly Joe Jones. There's a bit of Ellington in the album – with somber washes of mood and color, in a manner that was always one of Dameron's strongest suits – and the quality of the players, especially Evans, really adds a lot to the album. Titles include "On A Misty Night", "Just Plain Talkin", "You're A Joy", "Swift As The Wind", and "Dial B For Beauty". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Kenny DorhamJazz Contrasts ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Early work by Kenny Dorham as a leader – a Riverside session recorded in two "contrasting" moods that both perfectly show his young talents on the trumpet! Side one is a bit more in a hardbop mode – with two long lyrical tracks ("Falling In Love With Love" and "I'll Remember April") – recorded with a quintet that features Sonny Rollins on tenor, Hank Jones on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Max Roach on drums – with plenty of space for all players to solo nicely! Side two features the same group, but also adds in some work on harp by Betty Glamman – an unusual player, but one who works well in the setting – and really helps to emphasize the sweeter sounds in Kenny's horn! Titles on that side include "La Villa", "Larue", and "My Old Flame". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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Kenny DorhamThis Is The Moment – Kenny Dorham Sings & Plays ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $14.99
An unusual little session for Kenny Dorham – one in which he sings as well as plays trumpet – perhaps taking a page out of Chet Baker's book, but with a completely different approach! The group features Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, and Charlie Persip on drums – who is replaced by GT Hogan on a couple of numbers. The set's all standards, and Kenny's style is nicely raspy – not the best technically, but with some surprisingly gentle feeling that's a nice complement to his work on trumpet. Includes "Autumn Leaves", "Since I Fell For You", "From This Moment On", "This Is The Moment", "Angel Eyes", and "Golden Earrings". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny DrewThis Is New ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Near Mint- ... $19.99
The "new" thing here is that Kenny's playing with horns – always a refreshing change from his trio sides, and a setting that really brings out an edgier side to his playing. About half the record features a quintet with Donald Byrd and Hank Mobley, plus Wilbur Ware on bass and GT Hogan on drums – and the other half of the set features the same group without Mobley. Titles include "Carol", "Little T", "Paul's Pal", and "This Is New". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Bill EvansEverybody Digs Bill Evans (with bonus track) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $4.99
Everybody Digs Bill Evans – or at least it certainly seems that way from the cover endorsements by Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, and Ahmad Jamal – but the real proof is in the record, and the set is a great one from Bill's classic years on Riverside! Evans is at the peak of his early powers here – working with a straightforward rhythm combo that features Sam Jones on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums – but still hitting those beautifully fluid, beautifully spacious lines that set his playing apart from most who'd come before him. Tracks include 3 solo numbers – "Lucky To Be Me", "Peace Piece", and the very short "Epilogue" – plus trio tracks "Night & Day", "Minority", "Tenderly", and "Oleo". Includes the bonus track "Some Other Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bill EvansInterplay ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $5.99
A real standout in the Bill Evans catalog for Riverside – and that's saying a lot, given how important all of his Riverside albums are! The session's a rare quintet outing for Evans – one that breaks the mode of the usual trio format by adding in Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Jim Hall on guitar – alongside rhythm players Percy Heath on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums – already a unique enough match for Evans' talents. In a way, the record's one of those sessions that Riverside would sometimes do – pairing a key new voice as a leader with others in an all-star group – but in another way, it's also a return to the sound that first brought Evans' to a wider audience in the 1957 and 1958 years – when he was working in non-trio groups with more famous players – adding his unique piano stylings to their (then) better-known solo modes. The pairing of Evans and Hall has been beautifully documented on other records – and sounds equally great here – but the real treat is Freddie Hubbard's horn, which often lays back on most of the tracks, then bursts in with a brashness that really ignites some of the tunes! He's playing a bit muted here, trying to go for that Miles/Evans combination from the late 50s – but that's plenty ok with us, as we love those records a lot. Titles include "When You Wish Upon A Star", "You & The Night & The Music", "I'll Never Smile again", "You Go To My Head" and the Evans original, "Interplay". CD also features a bonus alternate of "I'll Never Smile Again". CD
Also available Interplay ... CD 6.99

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Bill EvansInterplay ... CD
Riverside/Victor (Japan), 1962. Used ... $6.99
A real standout in the Bill Evans catalog for Riverside – and that's saying a lot, given how important all of his Riverside albums are! The session's a rare quintet outing for Evans – one that breaks the mode of the usual trio format by adding in Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Jim Hall on guitar – alongside rhythm players Percy Heath on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums – already a unique enough match for Evans' talents. In a way, the record's one of those sessions that Riverside would sometimes do – pairing a key new voice as a leader with others in an all-star group – but in another way, it's also a return to the sound that first brought Evans' to a wider audience in the 1957 and 1958 years – when he was working in non-trio groups with more famous players – adding his unique piano stylings to their (then) better-known solo modes. The pairing of Evans and Hall has been beautifully documented on other records – and sounds equally great here – but the real treat is Freddie Hubbard's horn, which often lays back on most of the tracks, then bursts in with a brashness that really ignites some of the tunes! He's playing a bit muted here, trying to go for that Miles/Evans combination from the late 50s – but that's plenty ok with us, as we love those records a lot. Titles include "When You Wish Upon A Star", "You & The Night & The Music", "I'll Never Smile again", "You Go To My Head" and the Evans original, "Interplay". CD also features a bonus alternate of "I'll Never Smile Again". CD
(Out of print, former owner's stamp on booklet cover.)
Also available Interplay ... CD 5.99

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Bill EvansInterplay Sessions ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1962/1982. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
A real standout in the Bill Evans catalog for Riverside – and that's saying a lot, given how important all of his Riverside albums are! The core session's a rare quintet outing for Evans – one that breaks the mode of the usual trio format by adding in Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Jim Hall on guitar – alongside rhythm players Percy Heath on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums – already a unique enough match for Evans' talents. In a way, the record's one of those sessions that Riverside would sometimes do – pairing a key new voice as a leader with others in an all-star group – but in another way, it's also a return to the sound that first brought Evans' to a wider audience in the 1957 and 1958 years – when he was working in non-trio groups with more famous players – adding his unique piano stylings to their (then) better-known solo modes. The pairing of Evans and Hall has been beautifully documented on other records – and sounds equally great here – but the real treat is Freddie Hubbard's horn, which often lays back on most of the tracks, then bursts in with a brashness that really ignites some of the tunes! He's playing a bit muted here, trying to go for that Miles/Evans combination from the late 50s – but that's plenty ok with us, as we love those records a lot. Titles include "When You Wish Upon A Star", "You & The Night & The Music", "I'll Never Smile again", "You Go To My Head" and the Evans original, "Interplay". This double-length set also expands the original Interplay album with even more material from another group session in 1962 – a set recorded also with Philly Joe Jones on drums and Jim Hall on guitar – plus Ron Carter on bass and Zoot Sims on tenor. Titles include "Time Remembered", "Loose Bloose", "Fun Ride", "There Came You", "Fudgesickle Built For Four", and "My Bells". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bill EvansMoonbeams ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $5.99
A very hip set from Bill Evans' second trio – the legendary lineup that featured Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Both players bring Evans' sound to an even greater level of spaciousness – allowing for lyrical interplay that's completely amazing, and even furthers the promise of genius made by Bill on his first few albums – a bold step forward that really makes this album one of Evans' standout sets of the early 60s! Titles include an early reading of Evans' wonderful tune "Re: Person I Knew", plus "Very Early", "In Love In Vain", "Stairway To The Stars", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "If You Could See Me Now", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". CD

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Bill EvansPortrait In Jazz (20 bit remaster – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A classic set to feature the Bill Evans Trio with the great Scott Lafaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Listening to the set we're reminded of what always brings us back to Evans' playing – a quality that's often described as moody, but which is really is quite spry and lively throughout this set, without ever giving up it's lyrical approach. Titles are mostly standards – but really transformed by the touch of the trio – and tunes include "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Autumn Leaves", "Witchcraft", "When I Fall In Love", "Peri's Scope", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Spring Is Here", "Some Day My Prince Will Come", and "Blue In Green". CD features 1 bonus track! CD
(Still sealed, includes slipcase)

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Bill EvansSunday At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $5.99
One of Bill Evans' landmark sessions with the young bassist Scott LaFaro – a player who made key contributions on every record he touched, then left this earth far too soon in his career! The live session's a perfect demonstration of the way that the Evans trio format not only re-worked the use of the piano in jazz, but also the bass and drums as well – as LaFaro's deeply evocative playing is paired with the equally fresh drum work of Paul Motian – heard here at his youthful early best, before some of his contributions to jazz had become cliche in the hands of other players. The session was caught live at the Village Vanguard on the night of June 25, 1961 – and titles include longish takes on "Solar", "Jade Visions", "Gloria's Step", and "Alice In Wonderland". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bill EvansWaltz For Debby (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $3.99
An incredible album from Bill Evans – and maybe THE record you need in your collection if you're trying to understand his contribution to jazz! The album's one of Evan's first sides from the Village Vanguard – and features the legendary trio that included Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums – both players who could shake free from conventional rhythmic roles in a piano trio, yet who also support Evans' lyrically modal playing here beautifully! The tracks are a bit longer than Bill's studio sides from the time, allowing for even more magical interplay on the keys – and titles include "My Foolish Heart", "Waltz For Debby", "Detour Ahead", "My Romance", "Some Other Time", and "Milestones". Features bonus tracks – "Porgy", plus alternates of "Waltz For Debby", "My Romance", and "Detour Ahead". CD

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Bob GibsonI Come For To Sing ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Very Good ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with microphone logo. Cover has light wear and some splitting in the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Johnny GriffinBig Soul (Big Soul Band & White Gardenia) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1960. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
One of those ubiquitous Milestone 70s two-fers combining two nice sides from the little giant. The first set is Big Soul Band, a sweet little album from Johnny – quite different than most of his other sessions at the time, as this one features a big band, as the title says – filled with some strong Chicago and soul jazz players, and featuring killer arrangements by the great Norman Simmons! Simmons' was just bubbling up at the time – and he had a sock soul jazz sound that was part of his time on the Chicago scene, and which, unfortunately, rarely achieved as strong of recorded expression as it did on this album. Griffin's a heck of a great player, even at this age, and the strength of his horn sits nicely in the front of a great ensemble that also includes Pat Patrick, Matthew Gee, Julian Priester, Frank Strozier, Bobby Timmons, Harold Mabern, Vic Sproles, and Charlie Persip. Titles include a number of Simmons originals – like "Meditation", "Panic Room Blues", and "Holla" – plus a great reading of Timmons' "So Tired"! The second LP is Johnny's tribute to Billie Holiday – with Johnny's tenor fronting some larger backing on strings and brass – but hipper than most efforts of this type, thanks to some great arrangements by Melba Liston and Norman Simmons! The record's a nice change from some of Johnny's more full-on bop sessions from the same time – and it's nice to hear that his tenor works equally well on mellow tracks and ballads like "God Bless The Child", "Gloomy Sunday", "Travelin' Light", "Left Alone", and "Detour Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny GriffinWade In The Water (aka Big Soul Band) ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A sweet little album from Johnny – quite different than most of his other sessions at the time, as this one features a big band – a "Big Soul Band", as the title says – filled with some strong Chicago and soul jazz players, and featuring killer arrangements by the great Norman Simmons! Simmons' was just bubbling up at the time – and he had a sock soul jazz sound that was part of his time on the Chicago scene, and which, unfortunately, rarely achieved as strong of recorded expression as it did on this album. Griffin's a heck of a great player, even at this age, and the strength of his horn sits nicely in the front of a great ensemble that also includes Pat Patrick, Matthew Gee, Julian Priester, Frank Strozier, Bobby Timmons, Harold Mabern, Vic Sproles, and Charlie Persip. Titles include a number of Simmons originals – like "Meditation", "Panic Room Blues" and "Holla" – plus a great reading of Timmons' "So Tired", and traditionals like "Deep River", "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" and "Wade In The Water" and Junior Mance's "Jubilation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum Productions pressing. Cover has one slightly bumped corner, but is great overall.)

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Johnny GriffinWhite Gardenia ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $11.99
A tribute to Billie Holiday – with Johnny Griffin's tenor fronting some larger backing on strings and brass – but hipper than most efforts of this type, thanks to some great arrangements by Melba Liston and Norman Simmons! The record's a good change from some of Johnny's more full-on bop sessions from the same time – and it's nice to hear that his tenor works equally well on mellow tracks and ballads, stretching out with a deep edge and a wonderful tone. Other players include Clark Terry on trumpet, Barry Galbraith on guitar, and Ron Carter on bass – and titles include "God Bless The Child", "Gloomy Sunday", "Travelin' Light", "Left Alone", and "Detour Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, RLP 387, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has ring & edge wear, small split in the bottom seam, and a lightly bent corner.)

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Marty Grosz & His Honoris Causa Jazz BandHooray For Bix! ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove & microphone logo. Cover has heavy wear, with stains and peeling along the back.)

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✨✧ Gigi Gryce & The Jazz Lab QuintetGigi Gryce & The Jazz Lab Quintet ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... $9.99
Hard to find Riverside LP of this group led by Gigi Gryce running down nice hard bop numbers. There's no dry academic performances here, not that you'd guess that from the line-up, but the title kind of leads you in that direction. Donald Byrd and Gryce are playing nice and hard up front, with Wade Legge on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass and Art Taylor on drums cooking nicely in the rhythm section. The tracks include Legge's "Geraldine" and Gryce's "Minority" plus "Love For Sale", "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart", "Straight Ahead", and "Wake Up!". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tommy Gwaltney's Kansas City Nine with Buck ClaytoGoin To Kansas City ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good+ ... $13.99
Trad revival material by this group that featured Buck Claton on trumpet, Dickie Wells on trombone, Tommy Newson on tenor, Charlie Byrd on guitar, and Gwaltney on alto, clarinet, and vibes. Tracks are short and include some originals, written in a classic 30s KC mode – plus a few older tunes. Titles include "Midnight Mama", "Hello Babe", "Kansas City Ballad", "The Jumping Blues", "Walter Page", and "The New Tulsa Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original pressing – blue label, silver text, microphone logo, and deep groove!)

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Carl Halen's Gin Bottle SevenGin Bottle Jazz ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Very Good- ... $9.99
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(Original white & blue label pressing with deep groove.)

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Carl Halen's Gin Bottle SevenWhoopee Makers' Jazz ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Very Good ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light stains and stuck-on paper.)

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsHawk Flies High ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Very Good+ ... $79.99
A key album in the reintroduction of Coleman Hawkins in the late 50s – recorded in a style that still bears a lot of traces of earlier years, but at a time when Hawk was being claimed as a key influence by a variety of younger modernists! The set's got a sense of freedom that's really surprising – especially on the longer numbers, which unfold with some playful instrumental twists that seem to come especially from trumpeter Idrees Sulieman and trombonist JJ Johnson – both of whom are great on the record. Other players include Hank Jones on piano, Barry Galbraith on guitar, and Oscar Pettiford on bass – and titles include "Juicy Fruit", "Think Deep", "Blue Lights", "Sanctity", and "Chant". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, RLP 12-233, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam, light surface wear, and a lightly bent corner.)
Also available Hawk Flies High (Keepnews collection) ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsHawk Flies High (Keepnews collection) ... CD
Riverside, 1957. Used ... $3.99
A key album in the reintroduction of Coleman Hawkins in the late 50s – recorded in a style that still bears a lot of traces of earlier years, but at a time when Hawk was being claimed as a key influence by a variety of younger modernists! The set's got a sense of freedom that's really surprising – especially on the longer numbers, which unfold with some playful instrumental twists that seem to come especially from trumpeter Idrees Sulieman and trombonist JJ Johnson – both of whom are great on the record. Other players include Hank Jones on piano, Barry Galbraith on guitar, and Oscar Pettiford on bass – and titles include "Juicy Fruit", "Think Deep", "Blue Lights", "Sanctity", and "Chant". CD
Also available Hawk Flies High ... LP 79.99

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✨✧ Elmo HopeAll Star Sessions (Informal Jazz/Homecoming) ... CD
Prestige/Riverside/Milestone, 1956/1961. Used ... $8.99
2 of the few sessions that pianist Elmo Hope cut as a leader in groups with horn players – back to back on one CD, with great notes! First up is Informal Jazz – a 1956 blowing session with Hope on the keys, and a great group that includes Donald Byrd, John Coltrane, and Hank Mobley – plus Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The 4 tracks from that session are all nice and long, with plenty of solo space – and titles include "Weeja", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", "On It", and "Avalon". Next is material from the album Homecoming – a great little album that Hope made upon his return to the east coast in the early 60s, not too long before he passed away. Half the tunes are cut with a sextet that features Blue Mitchell, Frank Foster, and Jimmy Heath – and the other are cut with a trio that features Hope, Percy Heath, and Philly Joe Jones, who provide the rhythm for the sextet tunes. The mix of settings is about half and half – and titles include "Moe Jr", "La Berthe", "Eyes So Beautiful", and "One Mo Blues". It's great to hear Hope back with horns, after cutting so many trio sides during this point in his life – and his unique style on the keys is still matched nicely with the larger group of players. CD

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Milt JacksonBig Band Bags (Big Bags/For Someone I Love – Milt Jackson & Big Brass) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1962. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
Two excellent early 60s sides from Bags, both casting him in a larger setting than the smaller, tighter ensembles he typically worked in. On Big Bags Jackson takes on a set of 10 standards (mostly) with some help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements! Milt's the primary soloist, buoyed by an orchestra built around a rhythm section of Hank Jones, Ron Carter and either Connie Cay or Philly Joe on drums, plus loads of great horn players like Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, Melba Liston, James Moody and Jimmy Heath among others. Includes renditions of "Old Devil Moon", "'Round Midnight", "The Dream Is You", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Echoes", "If You Could See Me Now", "Star Eyes", "Namesake", "If I Should Lose You", and "Later Than You Think". The second album of this set is also a surprisingly nice pairing – the vibes of Milt Jackson and some larger horn backings that fall heavy on the trumpet and trombone side of the spectrum! The sound's not nearly as heavy or hokey as you'd expect – thanks to arrangements by Melba Liston – and the horns do a nice job of setting a scene that lets Milt's vibes sneak in and out with effortless ease – coloring things with a great one, and a very rhythmic feel. The album's worth it for one track alone – the really great "Bossa Bags", which grooves with a sound that's everything you'd expect from the title! Other tracks include "Extraordinary Blues", "Save Your Love For Me", "For Someone I Love", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "Just Waiting". LP, Vinyl record album

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Milt Jackson & Wes MontgomeryBags Meets Wes! ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Near Mint- ... $13.99
A beautiful combination we'd like to hear more of – one that comes from the meeting of Milt Jackson's vibes and the guitar of Wes Montgomery – both recorded here in easygoing brilliance! The session's a nice break from the usual sound of both players at the time – and although Wes played a bit with vibes when working in The Montgomery Brothers, the Jackson approach here is a bit different – more soulful, and a bit more driven on by the rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones. Titles include the originals "SKJ", "Blue Roz", "Jingles", and "Sam Sack" – plus versions of "Stairway To The Stars" and "Delilah". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)
Also available Bags Meets Wes! (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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Milt Jackson & Wes MontgomeryBags Meets Wes! (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1961. Used ... $11.99
A beautiful combination we'd like to hear more of – one that comes from the meeting of Milt Jackson's vibes and the guitar of Wes Montgomery – both recorded here in easygoing brilliance! The session's a nice break from the usual sound of both players at the time – and although Wes played a bit with vibes when working in The Montgomery Brothers, the Jackson approach here is a bit different – more soulful, and a bit more driven on by the rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones. Titles include the originals "SKJ", "Blue Roz", "Jingles", and "Sam Sack" – plus versions of "Stairway To The Stars" and "Delilah". CD
(Out of print 2006 pressing with 3 bonus tracks – includes obi!)
Also available Bags Meets Wes! ... LP 13.99

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Jazz Brothers (Mangione Brothers)Spring Fever ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... $8.99
These guys are the Mangione Brothers – but don't hold that against them! This album's a great one – with a young Gap and Chuck, joined by Sal Nistico on tenor – all of them playing in an edgey, almost modern mode that's very different than any of their later work. The set opens with a great modal groover called "First Waltz" that's worth the price of the album alone – and other tracks include "Brooks' Brothers", "Not Too Serious", and "Spring Fever". Really great stuff – the kind of record you put on, then run back to the turntable a few minutes later, saying "What is THIS?" LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label Bill Grauer Productions pressing with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear and some aging.)

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King OliverBack O Town ... LP
Riverside, Late 20s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Seminal work from the legendary cornet player – featuring a few tracks with Jelly Roll Morton on piano, and a number of others with the group of pianist Clarence Williams. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Bill Grauer pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has a split top seam and some light wear.)

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✨✧ Yusef LateefCentaur & The Phoenix ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
An ambitious larger group album from Yusef Lateef – and one that's carried off with all the genius of his smaller group sessions from the time! Yusef himself is working with a variety of reed instruments – including tenor sax, oboe, flute, and argol – amongst a larger horn section that also features Josea Taylor on bassoon, Tate Houston on baritone sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Clark Terry and Richard Williams on trumpet. Rhythm is by the trio of Joe Zawinul piano, Ben Tucker bass, and Lex Humphries drums – and although the horn arrangements are complicated, they're always soulfully swinging – never too academic, and really done on a way that just expands the mixture of exoticism and hardbop expressed on other Lateef albums! Titles include "Iqbal", "Apathy", "Summer Song", "Revelation", and "The Centaur & The Phoenix". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Yusef LateefMany Faces Of Yusef Lateef (The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef/The Centaur & The Phoenix) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1960. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
A 70s Milestone 2-fer reissue collecting two great 60s sides from Yusef Lateef. The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef is a sublime piece of work, proof that he could be exotic and swinging at the same time. The three "faces" of the set are Lateef's work on tenor, flute, and oboe – each of which get a few tracks to themselves – as Lateef works with a core Detroit group of Hugh Lawson on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and Lex Humphries on drums – to further refine the already great sound of his earlier albums for Savoy! Tunes are set up in such a way as to vary the instrumentation without varying the mood too much – making for a record with many voices, but a really unified sound overall – and one that's incredibly soulful on the best numbers. Ron Carter joins the group on cello on a few tracks, and Lawson even plays a bit of celeste on the set as well. Titles include "Lateef Minor 7th", "Salt Water Blues", "Adoration", and "Quarantine". The second LP, The Centaur & The Phoenix is an ambitious larger group album, one that's carried off with all the genius of his smaller group sessions from the time. Yusef is working again with a variety of reed instruments – including tenor sax, oboe, flute, and argol – amongst a larger horn section that also features Josea Taylor on bassoon, Tate Houston on baritone sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Clark Terry and Richard Williams on trumpet. Rhythm is by the trio of Joe Zawinul piano, Ben Tucker bass, and Lex Humphries drums – and although the horn arrangements are complicated, they're always soulfully swinging – never too academic, and really done on a way that just expands the mixture of exoticism and hardbop expressed on other Lateef albums! Titles include "Iqbal", "Apathy", "Summer Song", "Revelation", and "The Centaur & The Phoenix". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear.)

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Meade Lux LewisBlues Piano Artistry Of Meade Lux Lewis ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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(Black label Bill Grauer pressing, with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Abbey LincolnAbbey Is Blue ... CD
Riverside, 1959. Used ... $3.99
Key early work by Abbey – no so much the "blue" album you'd guess from the title, but a session that's filled with the kind of anger and emotion that makes us love her so much when she's this good! The group here is very hip – an ensemble brought to the date by her then-partner Max Roach – with Max on drums, Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, and Julian Preister on trombone – all working with Abbey in a mode that's quite similar to her best appearances on Roach records from the same stretch! Titles include her amazing early version of "Afro Blue", plus "Lonely House", "Come Sunday", "Let Up", and a great version of Oscar Brown, Jr's "Brother Where Are You?" CD

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Abbey LincolnThat's Him! ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... $4.99
One of Abbey Lincoln's earliest albums – an all star session recorded with backing by Kenny Dorham, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Max Roach! Abbey's still pretty straight at this point – singing a variety of wispy love songs and emotional tunes – but she's also bringing a bit more feeling to the material than most singers of her generation – hinting at the sharper tones that would come just a few years later in her work! And given the strength of the sidemen alone, the album's already a cut above most jazz vocal records from the time – but really takes on a strong voice when Abbey opens up on some of the best numbers on the set. Titles include "Strong Man", "My Man", "That's Him", "Don't Explain", "I Must Have That Man", and "When A Woman Loves A Man". CD
Also available That's Him! ... LP 18.99

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Abbey LincolnThat's Him! ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Sealed ... $18.99
One of Abbey Lincoln's earliest albums – an all star session recorded with backing by Kenny Dorham, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Max Roach! Abbey's still pretty straight at this point – singing a variety of wispy love songs and emotional tunes – but she's also bringing a bit more feeling to the material than most singers of her generation – hinting at the sharper tones that would come just a few years later in her work! And given the strength of the sidemen alone, the album's already a cut above most jazz vocal records from the time – but really takes on a strong voice when Abbey opens up on some of the best numbers on the set. Titles include "Strong Man", "My Man", "That's Him", "Don't Explain", "I Must Have That Man", and "When A Woman Loves A Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed OJC pressing – with obi!)
Also available That's Him! ... CD 4.99

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Mundell LoweTacet For Neurotics – The Music Of Alec Wilder ... LP
Riverside/Offbeat, 1956. Very Good ... $14.99
Less of a jazz effort than some of Lowe's other albums of the time – with a focus on the compositional work of Alec Wilder, featuring 12 new tunes written specially for the album, jazzy, but also with some more expansive soundtrack touches. Players include Lowe, Joe Wilder, Don Hammond, Milt Hinton, and Trigger Alpert – and titles include "Pop What's A Passacaglia", "Let's Get Together & Cry", "She Never Wore Makeup", "Suggestion For Bored Dancers", and "No Plans". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Lenny McBrowne & The Four SoulsEastern Lights ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A really compelling little album – the only one as a leader we've seen from Lenny McBrowne, a drummer who worked with Roland Kirk and some other left of center players in the 60s! The album's got a nice blend of modern and soul jazz themes – and was one of those excellent "Cannonball Adderley presents" albums that graced Riverside briefly in the early 60s. Like others in that series (Clifford Jordan, JFK Quintet), the album's got an undeniable energy that really sets it apart from other albums of the time. The group includes Don Sleet on trumpet, Daniel Jackson on tenor, Terry Trotter on piano, and Jimmy Bond on bass – and titles include "Saudi", "Chicago Preferred", "Eastern Lights", "Even Dozen", and "Tryin & Cryin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing!)

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Henry MillerHenry Miller Recalls & Reflects ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Near Mint- 2LP ... $38.99
Henry Miller talks on many topics – in coversation with Ben Grauer. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing! Cover has a split top seam on the back of the gatefold, but is nice overall.)

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Blue MitchellBlue's Moods ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Near Mint- ... $24.99
An early session as a leader from trumpeter Blue Mitchell – recorded during his glory years with Horace Silver! Unlike his other records, which usually have him in the company of another horn player, this set's got him carrying the full horn solo load by himself – working in a quartet, and playing in a vein that reminds us of similar Art Farmer quartet sessions from the time. Wynton Kelly's backing him up on piano – in a group that also includes Sam Jones on bass and Roy Brooks on drums. Some of the titles are quite unique too – and include "Avars", "Kinda Vague", "Sir John", and "Sweet Pumpkin". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Thelonious MonkAlone In San Francisco ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... $6.99
A classic solo piano album from Thelonious Monk – recorded live in San Francisco, and maybe one of his best albums ever in the format! There's a special sort of quality that makes Monk's solo work so different from his trio, quartet, and larger group music – this real understanding of the piano, and a personal sense of sonic shading, even when covering some of his familiar compositions – maybe a bit like the way that Sun Ra's solo piano is also so distinct. Most of the tunes here are Monk originals or standards that Thelonious has played before at least a few times on record – but the solo setting almost has him pulling the tunes apart slowly – contemplating their components, then stepping through them with new inspiration as he puts them back together. Titles include "Blue Monk", "Pannonica", "Remember", "Reflections", "Bluehawk", "Everything Happens To Me", and "Round Lights". CD
Also available Alone In San Francisco (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 19.99

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Thelonious MonkAlone In San Francisco (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1959. Used ... $19.99
A classic solo piano album from Thelonious Monk – recorded live in San Francisco, and maybe one of his best albums ever in the format! There's a special sort of quality that makes Monk's solo work so different from his trio, quartet, and larger group music – this real understanding of the piano, and a personal sense of sonic shading, even when covering some of his familiar compositions – maybe a bit like the way that Sun Ra's solo piano is also so distinct. Most of the tunes here are Monk originals or standards that Thelonious has played before at least a few times on record – but the solo setting almost has him pulling the tunes apart slowly – contemplating their components, then stepping through them with new inspiration as he puts them back together. Titles include "Blue Monk", "Pannonica", "Remember", "Reflections", "Bluehawk", "Everything Happens To Me", and "Round Lights". CD features 1 bonus track. CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available Alone In San Francisco ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkBrilliant Corners ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1956. Used ... $3.99
A brilliant title for this brilliant album from Thelonious Monk – a set that really has him coming back strongly in the second half of the 50s – with a new talent for arrangements that really goes past his previous work! Monk's piano and compositions are every bit as great as before – but what really makes the album amazing is his ear for horn lines – particularly the alto of Ernie Henry and tenor of Sonny Rollins, both of whom add in an additional angular quality to Monk's groove. Clark Terry replaces Henry on a few numbers – and the rhythm is from the wonderful team of Oscar Pettiford and Max Roach – on classic long takes of "Brilliant Corners", "Ba-Lue Bolivar Blues Are", "Pannonica", and "Bemsha Swing". CD
Also available Brilliant Corners (24 bit mastering Keepnews pressing) ... CD 5.99

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Thelonious MonkBrilliant Corners (24 bit mastering Keepnews pressing) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1956. Used ... $5.99
A brilliant title for this brilliant album from Thelonious Monk – a set that really has him coming back strongly in the second half of the 50s – with a new talent for arrangements that really goes past his previous work! Monk's piano and compositions are every bit as great as before – but what really makes the album amazing is his ear for horn lines – particularly the alto of Ernie Henry and tenor of Sonny Rollins, both of whom add in an additional angular quality to Monk's groove. Clark Terry replaces Henry on a few numbers – and the rhythm is from the wonderful team of Oscar Pettiford and Max Roach – on classic long takes of "Brilliant Corners", "Ba-Lue Bolivar Blues Are", "Pannonica", and "Bemsha Swing". CD
Also available Brilliant Corners ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkMonk's Music ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A landmark in jazz – easily one of Thelonious Monk's greatest albums ever, and a magical crossroads of talents that brings together a variety of jazz traditions! The work is performed by an ambitious Monk septet that includes both Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane on tenor – and if you've ever doubted the brilliance of Hawk, this is the record to change your mind. The rest of the group is equally great – with Ray Copeland on trumpet, Gigi Gryce on alto, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – all coming together with Monk to craft a perfect set of tunes that are virtually the definition of "modern jazz". Titles include "Abide With Me", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule With Nellie", and "Epistrophy". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Also available Monk's Music (with bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99

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Thelonious MonkMonk's Music (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... $4.99
A landmark in jazz – easily one of Thelonious Monk's greatest albums ever, and a magical crossroads of talents that brings together a variety of jazz traditions! The work is performed by an ambitious Monk septet that includes both Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane on tenor – and if you've ever doubted the brilliance of Hawk, this is the record to change your mind. The rest of the group is equally great – with Ray Copeland on trumpet, Gigi Gryce on alto, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – all coming together with Monk to craft a perfect set of tunes that are virtually the definition of "modern jazz". Titles include "Abide With Me", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule With Nellie", and "Epistrophy". CD features 2 bonus tracks – alternates of "Off Minor" and "Crepuscule With Nellie". CD

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkThelonious Himself ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... $3.99
A classic outing of solo piano by Thelonious Monk – a format that wasn't used often, but which always made for some really compelling work! Monk in this mode is often different than the bolder leader of a trio or larger group – and there's a more introspective quality to the record that we really like – a sound that's sometimes tentative, then sometimes pushing forward with strength – almost more human than on some of his other efforts of the late 50s. John Coltrane makes a surprising appearance on the last track – "Monk's Mood" – and other titles include "April In Paris", "Ghost Of A Chance", "Functional", "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", "I Should Care", "'Round Midnight", and "All Alone". CD

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Very Good ... $14.99
A unique large group effort from Thelonious Monk – but one that bristles with all the angular energy of his other great work for Riverside! The group here is a tentet – filled with excellent players who include Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Eddie Bert, Robert Northern, and Charlie Rouse – all supported by rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums, possibly one of the key factors for the success of the record! The album's comprised of Monk classics like "Little Rootie Tootie", "Thelonious", "Friday The 13th", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – all arranged by Hall Overton, a little-remembered modernist from the 50s, but one with a keen dedication towards pushing new sounds from old formats! Overton really keeps the spirit of Monk's music intact here – penning charts that allow for plenty of solo space and the kind of cross-trading lines you'd hear in some of Monk's best multi-horn small group sides for Riverside! LP, Vinyl record album
(Standard sized black label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, 1128, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has split seams.)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two at the Blackhawk ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good ... $9.99
A stunning pre-Columbia session from Thelonious Monk – a really great live date that has Monk's familiar quartet augmented by west coast players Joe Gordon on trumpet and Harold Land on tenor! Given that Charlie Rouse is already in the group on tenor, the addition of Land's horn makes for a very soulful set – and Gordon's one of those players we love whenever we get a chance to hear him on record, which isn't that often, given how few sessions he cut! Other players include John Ore on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – and titles include "Four In One", "Let's Call This", and "Worry Later". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Vinyl has marks that click on side one. Cover has some adhesive remnants.)

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Thelonious Monk & Gerry MulliganMulligan Meets Monk ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Very Good- ... $39.99
An unlikely pair, but a great one here – and the record's one of those few magical moments where bringing together unusual partners actually works! Mulligan's cool hardly seems a match for Monk's angular modernism, but together the players seem to strike a middle ground that resonates with the strength of both – a sound that cuts a bit more edge on Gerry's normally smooth baritone, and which still lets Monk's keys flow into wonderful twists and turns. Rhythm is by the great bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Shadow Wilson – and titles include the Monk classics "Straight No Chaser", "Rhythm A Ning", "Round Midnight", and "I Mean You" – plus a version of Mulligan's "Decidedly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, RLP 12-247, with microphone logo and deep groove, patent stamp, in a Contemporary Series cover. Cover has some surface wear and masking tape on the top seam.)
Also available Mulligan Meets Monk (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 23.99

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Thelonious Monk & Gerry MulliganMulligan Meets Monk (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1957. Used ... $23.99
An unlikely pair, but a great one here – and the record's one of those few magical moments where bringing together unusual partners actually works! Mulligan's cool hardly seems a match for Monk's angular modernism, but together the players seem to strike a middle ground that resonates with the strength of both – a sound that cuts a bit more edge on Gerry's normally smooth baritone, and which still lets Monk's keys flow into wonderful twists and turns. Rhythm is by the great bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Shadow Wilson – and titles include the Monk classics "Straight No Chaser", "Rhythm A Ning", "Round Midnight", and "I Mean You" – plus a version of Mulligan's "Decidedly". CD features 4 bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi – and still sealed!)
Also available Mulligan Meets Monk ... LP 39.99

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Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (20 bit remaster) ... CD
Riverside, 1960. Used ... $6.99
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.)
Also available
Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD 6.99
Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD 9.99

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Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1960. Used ... $6.99
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
(80s Japanese pressing.)
Also available
Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (20 bit remaster) ... CD 6.99
Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD 9.99

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Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Riverside/Victor (Japan), 1960. Used ... $9.99
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
Also available
Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD 6.99
Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (20 bit remaster) ... CD 6.99

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Wes MontgomerySo Much Guitar! ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $5.99
So much guitar – but never too much, given that Wes was the real master of sound and space, even at this early point in his career! The album's one that tries to break Montgomery from some of his smaller combo albums for Riverside, and pair him with a few bigger names – Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Lex Humphries on drums, and Ray Barretto on congas – who gives the album that bottom "kick" sort of groove that was used often on soul jazz sessions from the time. The tune's lope around leanly and cleanly, giving plenty of focus on Wes' work on guitar – and titles include "Twisted Blues", "Repetition", "Somethin' Like Bags", and "While We're Young", which is a solo track by Wes. CD
(Out of print.)

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Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery Trio (aka A Dynamic New Jazz Sound) ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Sealed ... $19.99
Wes Montgomery's first album as a leader – a relatively obscure set that has him playing in a trio with Indianapolis bandmates Mel Rhyne on organ and Paul Parker on drums – a mode that strongly recalls Montgomery's roots in the Indy scene at the time! If you only know the later, famous Wes Montgomery with bigger charts, you'll be surprised to hear him here in a cooking little combo – the kind of group that made Mel Rhyne a local Hammond hero in Indy, although it seemed to take decades for him to get any sort of larger recognition. The groove is straight and simple, but the real charm is Wes' chromatic lines on guitar – already quite distinctive among his contemporaries, and allowed ample room to express their voice in this setting. Titles include "Ecorah", "Missile Blues", "Too Late Now", "Jingles", and "Whisper Not". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing, with obi!)
Also available Wes Montgomery Trio (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 9.99

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Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery Trio (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1959. Used ... $9.99
Wes Montgomery's first album as a leader – a relatively obscure set that has him playing in a trio with Indianapolis bandmates Mel Rhyne on organ and Paul Parker on drums – a mode that strongly recalls Montgomery's roots in the Indy scene at the time! If you only know the later, famous Wes Montgomery with bigger charts, you'll be surprised to hear him here in a cooking little combo – the kind of group that made Mel Rhyne a local Hammond hero in Indy, although it seemed to take decades for him to get any sort of larger recognition. The groove is straight and simple, but the real charm is Wes' chromatic lines on guitar – already quite distinctive among his contemporaries, and allowed ample room to express their voice in this setting. Titles include "Ecorah", "Missile Blues", "Too Late Now", "Jingles", and "Whisper Not". CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Also available Wes Montgomery Trio (aka A Dynamic New Jazz Sound) ... LP 19.99

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Mark MurphyRah ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Great early work by Mark Murphy – a set that's different than the cool breeziness of his 70s work, and done with an approach that's a lot hipper than most of his 60s contemporaries! Ernie Wilkins handles the arrangements, and there's a rollicking soul jazz groove here that's a bit unusual for Murphy – but which makes for a nice change from his earlier work for Decca or Capitol. As with most of Mark's records, the tunes are very well-chosen, and go way past the obvious – a set list that includes Fran Landesman's great "Stoppin The Clock", Jon Hendricks' lyrics to Horace Silver's "Doodlin", Annie Ross' famous vocalese version of "Twisted", and hip takes on jazz standards "Green Dolphin Street", "Milestones", and "Out Of This World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue label pressing with silver text, microphone logo, and deep groove. Back cover has a small note in pencil in one corner, but is great overall.)

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Mark MurphyThat's How I Love The Blues ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $4.99
Given what a freewheeling, open-minded, and lyrical jazz singer Mark Murphy is, it's hard to imagine him really loving "the blues" – and fortunately, most of that love is extended in the title, because the album itself is less of the blues effort that you might think. True, the tracks are numbers that often have "blues" in the title – but the arrangements are by Al Cohn, and have a swinging approach that's in keeping with Murphy's other early 50s work. Titles include "Blues You're The Mother Of Sin", "Blues In My Heart", "Fiesta In Blue", "That's How I Love The Blues", "Blues In The Night", and a reading of "Senor Blues" that's worth the price of the record alone! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available That's How I Love The Blues ... LP 11.99

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Mark MurphyThat's How I Love The Blues ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Given what a freewheeling, open-minded, and lyrical jazz singer Mark Murphy is, it's hard to imagine him really loving "the blues" – and fortunately, most of that love is extended in the title, because the album itself is less of the blues effort that you might think. True, the tracks are numbers that often have "blues" in the title – but the arrangements are by Al Cohn, and have a swinging approach that's in keeping with Murphy's other early 50s work. Titles include "Blues You're The Mother Of Sin", "Blues In My Heart", "Fiesta In Blue", "That's How I Love The Blues", "Blues In The Night", and a reading of "Senor Blues" that's worth the price of the record alone! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label, silver text, and microphone logo! Cover has very light wear near the bottom, but is nice overall.)
Also available That's How I Love The Blues ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Fats NavarroGood Bait ... LP
Riverside, Early 50s. Very Good ... $1.99
Late 60s issue of some material that was recorded early in the producing career of Orrin Keepnews – and which features Navarro in the company of a hip group of boppers like Allan Eager, Curly Russell, Kenny Clarke, and Tadd Dameron. Dameron wrote a good portion of tracks on the set – like "Tadd Walk", "Good Bait", "The Squirrel", and "Our Delight". LP, Vinyl record album

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OdettaOdetta & The Blues ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Early early work from Odetta – still done in the folksy mode you'd expect from other records of the 60s, but also with a slight flavor of trad jazz too – thanks to the presence of some great musicians on the date! The group features some standout horn work from Buck Clayton on trumpet, Vic Dickenson on trombone, and Herb Hall on clarinet – all of whom bring in a New Orleans flavor to the music that's quite surprising – almost a back door link of Odetta's groove to older African-American traditions, but not in the ways that are usually foregrounded in her work. Other players include Dick Wellstood on piano, Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass, and Shep Shepherd on drums – and titles include "Hard Oh Lord", "Oh My Babe", "Yonder Come The Blues", "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor", "Hogan's Alley", and "Leavin This Mornin". LP, Vinyl record album
(OBC pressing. Cover has very light stains on one corner.)

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Billie & De De PierceBlues & Tonks From The Delta ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... $14.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with microphone logo. Cover has some splitting in the spine, and some pen and marker on back.)

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Dave PikeIt's Time For Dave Pike ... CD
Riverside, 1961. Used ... $14.99
Early work by Dave Pike – one of his first albums ever, recorded with an all-star lineup that includes Barry Harris on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Pike's got less of the groovy and fuzzed-out sound of his later work – but even at this young age, he's a heck of a vibes player, and working here with such a great group, he can't help but sparkle. Tracks include "Cheryl", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Forward", "Tendin To Business", "Solar", and "Hot House". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jean RitchieSaturday Night & Sunday Too ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Very Good ... $16.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(White label Bill Grauer Productions pressing with deep groove. Cover has a vintage price sticker and a small split in the bottom seam.)

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Max RoachDeeds Not Words (second cover) ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Near Mint- ... $13.99
A seminal set from Max Roach – the start of his more righteous stretch in jazz, as you might guess from the title of the album! At some level, the record's got a bit of the feel of the post-Clifford Brown Mercury years from Roach – but at another, it's stretching out towards the directions Max would explore fully on the Candid, Impulse, and Fantasy labels in the 60s – an approach to hardbop that often really pushes its limits – not content to simply set up solos for the players, and instead moving with a much more forceful energy overall! Group members include Booker Little on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor, Ray Draper on tuba, and Art Davis on bass – and the lack of a piano makes for a very exciting sound! The album's got 2 great originals by Bill Lee – "Jodie's Cha Cha" and "Deeds Not Words" – plus Draper's classic "Filide", and the groundbreaking "Conversation" – a very cool solo by Roach on the drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(60s ABC/Riverside stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a sticker spot.)

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Sonny RollinsLast Time I Saw Paris/Just In Time ... 7-inch
Riverside, 1962. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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George RussellStratus Seekers ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $9.99
Key work from the guy who put the "modern" in modern jazz – the great George Russell, heard here in the company of some younger players who definitely help him seek out some new territory in music! The record's got a wonderful balance between sharp edges and swing – a sound that few others could handle so well as Russell – and which bears some links to George's bigger concept albums in the 50s, but comes across with a sound that's much leaner, and which easily makes this record one of the most striking modern sides on the Riverside label at the time! Players are all great – and include Don Ellis on trumpet, Paul Plummer on tenor, John Pierce on alto, and Steve Swallow on bass – plus Russell on piano and Joe Hunt on drums. Titles include "Stereophrenic", "Pan Daddy", "Kige's Tune", and "Blues In Orbit". CD
(Out of print, artwork is wrinkled from some light water damage.)

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Johnny Hammond SmithMr Wonderful ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Very Good ... $23.99
A record that definitely lives up to its title – reminding us not only that Johnny Hammond Smith is one hell of an organist, but also a great leader with a really unique feel for a groove! The set's noteworthy not just for Johnny's own work on Hammond, but also for the presence of a young Houston Person – blowing tenor here in a way that's breathtaking right from the start – a bold, soulful tone that's a perfect fit for the group – which also includes trumpet from Johnny Williams and guitar from Eddie McFadden. The set includes a lot of tasty originals by Johnny – like "Cyra", "Lambert's Lounge", "Departure", and "Opus 2" – and already shows the way that Hammond was complicating his groove from that of other players of the time! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with microphone logo & deep groove. Vinyl is really great overall, but has two small pressing flaws that cause a click or thud for a few spins, but rest is very nice. Cover is great.)

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Billy TaylorUptown ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good ... $14.99
A pretty great trio date from Billy Taylor – and somewhat overlooked, too! The group features Henry Grimes on bass and Ray Mosca on drums – and the set captures Billy in a perfect spot between his early work for Prestige, and some of his 60s mainstream material – heard here in a mode that's still got some nice soul jazz grit in the grooves. Titles include "Soul Sister", "Biddy's Beat", "La Petite Mambo", "Cu Blu", and "Warm Blue Stream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, RLP 12-319, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has clear tape on the top seam, light aging, and small split in the bottom seam.)

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Jack Teagarden/Pee Wee RussellJack Teagarden's Big Eight/Pee Wee Russell's Rhythm Makers ... LP
Riverside, 1938/1940. Very Good+ ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Clark TerryTop & Bottom Brass ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good+ ... $28.99
Clark Terry's breezy trumpet is paired with Don Butterfield's tuba for a real "top and bottom" session of brassy jazz. The two of them are backed by a sharp rhythm section that includes Jimmy Jones on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The set's got a lot of nice originals, and despite what you might think, this is actually one of Terry's harder sessions. Cuts include "Top N Bottom", "Mardi Gras Waltz", "Blues For Etta", and "Mili-Terry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has a light stain on back, in nice shape otherwise.)

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Sonny TerryTalkin' 'Bout The Blues (jukebox EP) ... 7-inch
Riverside, 1962. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes jukebox strips. Cover is in great shape.)

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Teri ThorntonDevil May Care ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of the best albums from singer Teri Thornton – a jazz vocalist who was really starting to come into her own at the beginning of the 60s, and shines here in a way that's different from some of her bigger label sets! Backings are by Norman Simmons – a pianist we love on his own, and for his work in small groups with other singers – but a real surprise here for his work on the album's dark-tinged charts, which have a similar undercurrent of modernism to some of the work at the time by Abbey Lincoln. The group's relatively small – and features work by Seldon Powell on tenor, Clark Terry on trumpet, Earl Warren on alto, Freddie Green on guitar, and Wynton Kelly on piano – and titles include a version of Bob Dorough's "Devil May Care", plus dark takes on "My Old Flame", "Dancing In The Dark", "Left Alone", "What's New", and "Lullaby Of The Leaves". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Bobby TimmonsBobby Timmons Trio In Person ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... $33.99
Bobby Timmons at the height of his powers – recorded live at the Village Vanguard, with a trio that includes Ron Carter on bass and Albert Heath on drums! The tracks are a bit longer than on some of Bobby's trio studio sides for Riverside – nicely swinging, with some killer piano work that reminds us, once again, that Timmons' young genius was far greater than the talent that most other players could hope for after the age of 30! Titles include "So Tired", "Goodbye", "Popsy", and "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with microphone logo. Cover has light ringwear and some heavy wear on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Wilbur WareChicago Sound ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
A stone cold smoker from the Chicago scene of the 50s – the kind of record we're proud to say came from our hometown! The album brings together the best of some of the under-recognized players in the Windy City at the time – including bassist Wilbur Ware, alto saxophonist John Jenkins, pianist Junior Mance, and a young Johnny Griffin – really tearing up the set on tenor! There's a groove here that's modern, yet soulful – fresh, clear, and very concisely blown – with a number of different musical strands all tied together tightly, and handled by the players with a sharpness that few groups today could hope to match. Titles include the legendary "Mama Daddy", plus "Desert Sands", "Be-Ware", "31st & State", and "Latin Quarters". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed OJC pressing – with sticker.)

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Ed WynnGrandpa Magic's Sports Car Race ... LP
Riverside, 1950s. Very Good ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with microphone logo and deep groove.)

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VariousCompositions Of Charlie Parker ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with microphone logo and deep groove.)

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley Quintet In San Francisco (with bonus track) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Cannonball Adderley albums from the Riverside years – a completely smoking live date recorded in San Francisco, often with long tracks that really let the group open up and do their thing! The lineup here is that classic one that first grabbed attention – the group with brother Nat on cornet, Sam Jones on bass, Louis Hayes on drums – and a young Bobby Timmons on piano, really cooking things up with tremendous drive, energy, and a sense of the groove! Titles include a great workout on Timmons' classic "This Here", plus originals "You Got It" and Spontaneous Combustion", and a great version of "Hi Fly". Soul jazz at its best, by one of the groups who gave the genre its name in the first place! CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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