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Wes MontgomeryBest Of Wes Montgomery (Riverside) ... LP
Riverside, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good ... $3.99
A collection of sides cut in the early 60s by Wes for Riverside, collected later when the label was owned by ABC. There's a couple of cuts in a nice organ trio feature the great Mel Rhyne "Round Midnight" and "Yesterdays", plus several that feature his brothers Buddy and Monk or Johnny Griffin, Wynton Kelly and Paul Chambers. There's a total of 9 tracks, including "Love Walked In", "Darn That Dream", "The Lamp Is Low" and "One For My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album

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George RussellEzz-Thetics (Riverside) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $6.99
Angular modernism from George Russell – a record that's still strongly preoccupied with his interest in modes and tones, but which also manages to swing nicely as well! The group here is a sextet – with Eric Dolphy making a great appearance on alto and bass clarinet – alongside Dave Baker on trombone, Don Ellis on trumpet, Steve Swallow on bass, and Joe Hunt on drums. Although the leader, Russell never lets his piano dominate, but instead mostly punctuates – pointing the way forward to the horn players, who group together in tremendous formation – the slide off into separate space for their solos! Titles include Russell standards "Ezz-Thetic" and "Lydiot", plus great readings of "Nardis" and "Round Midnight". CD
(Out of print.)

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George RussellEzz-Thetics (Riverside) ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Angular modernism from George Russell – a record that's still strongly preoccupied with his interest in modes and tones, but which also manages to swing nicely as well! The group here is a sextet – with Eric Dolphy making a great appearance on alto and bass clarinet – alongside Dave Baker on trombone, Don Ellis on trumpet, Steve Swallow on bass, and Joe Hunt on drums. Although the leader, Russell never lets his piano dominate, but instead mostly punctuates – pointing the way forward to the horn players, who group together in tremendous formation – the slide off into separate space for their solos! Titles include Russell standards "Ezz-Thetic" and "Lydiot", plus great readings of "Nardis" and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing on Victor, SMJ-6112, including the insert. Cover has some edge wear and small initials in pen on back.)

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Zoot SimsZoot! (Riverside) ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Sealed ... $16.99
Simple and elegant genius from Zoot Sims – an overlooked quartet session recorded with George Handy on piano, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Handy was the famous arranger for the Boyd Rayburn group in the 40s, and here he arranges the whole set – and also contributes a number of original tunes – making for a very fresh session that gets Zoot far past the usual bag of well-worn standards. And with Ware on bass, there's an extra depth to the set in the rhythm department that opens things up nicely – not dramatically, but enough to allow for some more emphatic playing on the part of Sims! Titles include "Osmosis", "Here & Now", "Swim Jim", "Why Cry", and "Echoes Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing – still sealed, with review sticker!)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkComplete Riverside Recordings (15CD set) ... CD
Riverside, 1950s/Early 60s. Used 15CDs ... Out Of Stock
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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Cannonball AdderleyJazz Workshop Revisited ... CD
Riverside/Capitol, 1962. Used ... $5.99
A great live classic from the Cannonball Adderley Sextet of the early 60s – that famous group that included Nat Adderley on cornet, Yusef Lateef on tenor and flute, Joe Zawinul on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums! Tracks are long, and these guys are really on fire in a live setting – and titles include a stellar 11 minute version of "The Jive Samba", one of Cannonball's greatest track – plus "Primitivo", "Lillie", and "Mellow Buno". CD includes the bonus track "Unit 7"! CD
(Out of print.)

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Cannonball AdderleyKnow What I Mean? (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $6.99
Beautiful early work from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that's quite different than most of his better known sets from the time! The album's more spare and stripped-down than usual – with Cannon's alto in a quartet alongside Bill Evans on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums. The style is almost more that of Evans than it is Cannonball – lightly lyrical, with a good sense of space – in a way that has Adderley playing out front very strongly, cutting some beautiful lines with his solos, in a really unfettered way! Titles include versions of two of Evans' tracks – "Waltz For Debby" and "Know What I Mean?" – plus nice moody takes on other material, like John Lewis' "Venice", Clifford Jordan's "Toy", and Gordon Jenkins' "Goodbye". Remastered edition with 2 bonus tracks: "Who Cares (Take 4)" and "Know What I Mean? (Take 12)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Cannonball AdderleyPortrait Of Cannonball ... CD
Riverside/OJC (Germany), 1958. Used ... $6.99
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". CD features 3 bonus tracks! CD
(German pressing on ZYX.)

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Cannonball AdderleyThings Are Getting Better ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $4.99
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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Joe Albany with Warne MarshRight Combination ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... $16.99
A teaming of two modern jazz talents from differing generations – one, pianist Joe Albany, rediscovered and re-recorded here after a number of years of obscurity during the 50s – the other, Warne Marsh, an emerging genius with one of the best tenor tones of his generation. The pair play together in an unusually spare setting – with no drums, and only bass work by Bob Whitlock for extra accompaniment. A real standout in the Riverside catalog – and recorded in LA, which makes one more distinction from the label's mostly New York output. Titles include "Daahoud", "Body & Soul", "I Love You", and "It's You Or No One" – and the record's a great one to hear Marsh in an unbridled setting. CD
(Out of print.)

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Harry ArnoldDancing On Broadway – The Music Of Richard Rodgers ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Near Mint- ... $3.99
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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James Clay & David Fathead NewmanSound Of The Wide Open Spaces ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good ... $24.99
Texas tenors locked in hard formation! The set's a wonderfully stripped-down set that has James Clay and David Fathead Newman playing head-to-head in a rootsy Texas tenor style jazz session – one that's a bit more open-ended and earthy than some of the faker tones on Newman's early work for Atlantic! The setting is nicely relaxed – New York blowing session, taken down south – and rhythm is from a trio that includes Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, with lots of focus on the solos – and the set includes two hip compositions by Babs Gonzales – "Wide Open Spaces" and "Figger-ation" – plus the titles "Some Kinda Mean", "What's New", and "They Can't Take That Away From Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing. Cover has a center split in the top seam.)

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Paul ClaytonBloody Ballads ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Very Good ... $9.99
... 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 ... $14.99
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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Tadd DameronMagic Touch ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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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Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny GriffinBlues Up & Down ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $19.99
Lockjaw and Johnny Griffin cut a pile of excellent albums together during the early 60s, but this one's one of our favorites! The record's a bit tighter than most – with the twin-tenor lineup grooving together on some short hard vamping numbers that have a very in-the-pocket groove. The rhythm's by Lloyd Mayers on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – and the whole thing grooves away like a house on fire. Titles include "Layin On Mellow", "Oh Gee", "Camp Meeting", and "Nice & Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with deep groove.)

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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
(OJC pressing, with obi.)

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Kenny DrewThis Is New ... CD
Riverside, 1957. Used ... $14.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available This Is New ... LP 14.99

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Kenny DrewThis Is New ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Near Mint- ... $14.99
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.)
Also available This Is New ... CD 14.99

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Bill EvansEverybody Digs Bill Evans ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Very Good ... $99.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small black label stereo Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has some wear, aging, and a name in pen on back.)
Also available Everybody Digs Bill Evans (with bonus track) ... CD 4.99

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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. Booklet has a creased corner.)
Also available Everybody Digs Bill Evans ... LP 99.99

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Bill EvansNew Jazz Conceptions ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Bill Evans' first album as a leader – and a well-titled set that went onto transform the sound of the piano in jazz! The session isn't as lyrically free as some of Evans' later classics, but already has an undeniably fresh approach to the keys – one that's modern, yet never academic – fluid, but never flowery – pure genius of economy and understatement, while also at the same time opening bold new worlds in sound. The trio features drummer Paul Motian and bassist Teddy Kotick, and titles include the classics "Five" and "Waltz For Debby", the latter of which is performed solo by Evans – plus tracks that include "Displacement", "I Love You", "My Romance", "No Cover, No Minimum", and "Our Delight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing on Gamma. Vinyl is in great shape, but cover has some waviness and light stains.)

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Bill EvansSunday At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $4.99
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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Benny GolsonOther Side Of Benny Golson ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $8.99
A smokin' hard bop side from a sort of amalgamation of players who played in and out of the Jazz Messengers around this time, but Philly Joe's sittin' in the drummers seat, so though the rhythms cook hard, that not quite as bombastic as Bu's. We've always loved Benny Golson, and though his playing was at it's most sublime in the Jazztet, he got to stretch out just a bit more and played with just a touch more fire in other contexts, like this session. Barry Harris is on piano, with Jymie Merritt and Philly Joe rounding out the rhythm section and Curtis Fuller joins Golson in the front line for a spry quintet setting. Six tracks: "Strut time", "Jubilation", "Symptoms", "Are You Real?", "Cry A Blue Tear" and "This Night". CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny GriffinJohnny Griffin Sextet ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $7.99
Few people could make a session cook like Johnny Griffin in his early years – and this late 50s sextet date is great proof of that fact! The album's a relaxed, open, almost unstructured set that might be dubbed a "blowing session", were it not for the tightness of the players and the relatively unified feel of the date. Griffin's tenor is very firmly in the lead, and he's very clearly the leader here – helping shape the sound of the group that includes Donald Byrd on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone, Kenny Drew on piano, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. There's some really hard-wailing extended numbers that come across as full-on hardbop workouts – really driving things along as you might guess with a rhythm section like that in action – but other tunes show some more fully-fleshed sounds from the group – that slight undercurrent of modern expression that was always present in Griff's music. Titles include "Johnny GG", "Catharsis", "Stix Trix", and "What's New" – plus a take on "Woody N You" that just has Griffin wailing along with the rhythm section! CD

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Johnny GriffinLittle Giant ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of Johnny Griffin's hard blowing LPs as a leader for Jazzland – recorded with a crack lineup that includes Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Albert Heath on drums! This is the kind of work that the term "hard bop" was coined for – sharp-edged jazz at its best – informed strongly by earlier bop and modern modes, but also played with a deeper dose of soul overall. The six players come together perfectly throughout – working with a tightness that matches most Blue Note work of the time – and titles are a great set of tracks that includes 3 by Chicago pianist Norman Simmons, and 1 by the great Babs Gonzales. Tunes include "Olive Refractions", "The Message", "Lonely One", "Playmates", and "63rd Street Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Johnny GriffinStudio Jazz Party ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... $19.99
Stellar early Riverside session put together by Johnny Griffin's friend (and impresario) Babs Gonzales. Babs decided that the session would be real swingin', real groovy, if they had sort of a "party" in the studio, so he opened up the session, invited a lot of guests, got a lot of food (and booze), and let the festivities begin. The result is one of Johnny Griffin's best recordings, special not only because it's got the vibe that we're describing, but also because it features great performances by underrecorded talents like trumpeter Dave Burns and pianist Norman Simmons. Great stuff! Titles include "Party Time", "Low Gravy", "You've Changed", and "Toe Tappin". CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny GriffinWade In The Water (aka Big Soul Band) ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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 ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $18.99
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". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)
Also available White Gardenia ... LP 6.99

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Johnny GriffinWhite Gardenia ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $6.99
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.)
Also available White Gardenia ... CD 18.99

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Tommy Gwaltney's Kansas City Nine with Buck ClaytoGoin To Kansas City ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good+ ... $11.99
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- ... $6.99
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(Original white & blue label pressing with deep groove.)

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Barry HarrisChasin The Bird ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $10.99
One of Barry Harris' rarest albums – an early trio date with Bob Cranshaw on bass and Clifford Jarvis on drums! Includes the original compositions "Around The Corner", "Stay Right With It", and "Bish Bash Bosh". CD

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Barry HarrisNewer Than New ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $24.99
An excellent early session from Barry Harris – one of his rarest, and a group side that features playing by two young bright stars, fellow Detroiter Charles McPherson on alto, and the talented Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet! The session's got a lot of lyrical flourishes, but the horn players also give it a sharper bop edge at the best moments – and as Harris says in the notes, the album's designed largely as a showcase for them, so each player is given plenty of room to solo! There's a freshness here that more than meets the promise of the title – and tracks include the original tunes "Mucho Dinero", "Burgundy", "The Last One", and "Make Haste". CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)
Also available Newer Than New ... LP 39.99

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Barry HarrisNewer Than New ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $39.99
An excellent early session from Barry Harris – one of his rarest, and a group side that features playing by two young bright stars, fellow Detroiter Charles McPherson on alto, and the talented Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet! The session's got a lot of lyrical flourishes, but the horn players also give it a sharper bop edge at the best moments – and as Harris says in the notes, the album's designed largely as a showcase for them, so each player is given plenty of room to solo! There's a freshness here that more than meets the promise of the title – and tracks include the original tunes "Mucho Dinero", "Burgundy", "The Last One", and "Make Haste". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing, with silver text, microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear and some aging.)
Also available Newer Than New ... CD 24.99

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Barry HarrisPreminado ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $18.99
An album that's as evocative as its title – one that features a young Barry Harris stepping out with the kind of sound that first got him noticed right away! There's a bit of a bop influence in the way he hits the keys on the set, but the overall approach is often more lyrically soulful – round and warm, but never too sleepy – and always ready to stop a minute for thought, then leap forward strongly after a bit of brief consideration. The trio here features Joe Benjamin on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – and titles include the originals "Preminado", "Play Carol Play", and "One Down" – plus versions of "Talk Of The Town" and "My Heart Stood Still". CD
(Out of print.)

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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 is beautiful!)

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Lenny HermanDance Party! ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(White & blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing with deep groove. Cover has some pen on back.)

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John Lee HookerThat's My Story – John Lee Hooker Sings The Blues ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Great rootsy blues from John Lee Hooker – and an unusual session that has him getting backup help from jazz players Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums! Jones and Hayes only play on a handful of tracks, and most of the focus is on Hooker's damn-great vocals, and acoustic guitar – spun out nicely over a set of tracks that includes "I Need Some Money", a controversial clash with early Motown – plus "One Of These Days", "Gonna Use My Rod", "I Want To Talk About You", "Democrat Man", and "I'm Wanderin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram WaxTime pressing.)

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Elmo HopeHope-Full ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $17.99
One of the clearest portraits of the genius of Elmo Hope on record – a rare later album of mostly solo piano work, plus a few tunes that feature Elmo duetting with wife Bertha! There's no other backing on the set – just Elmo on piano, playing in an angular mode that's some of his most modern on record – and which is matched nicely by Bertha Hope as well, making us wish she'd got the chance to record a bit more! Titles include the originals "Underneath", "Most Beautiful", "Blues Left & Right", and "Moonbeams" – plus versions of "My Heart Stood Still" and "Yesterdays". CD
(Out of print.)

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Alberta Hunter & Lovie AustinChicago – The Living Legends – Alberta Hunter With Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Sealed ... $12.99
Two great female blues talents, recorded at a time when they were still alive and well in Chicago – Alberta Hunter on vocals, and Lovie Austin on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed OBC pressing, with review sticker. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Milt JacksonWay It Was! (Original Master Recording) ... CD
Riverside, 1962. Used Gatefold ... $24.99
A very nice little Mlt Jackson album – cut in the mode of some of his excellent soul jazz group sides from the mid 60s. This set pushes Milt past the format of much of his other work – especially that of the MJQ – as it features him in a very soulful sextet, working with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Jimmy Heath on tenor, Ron Carter on bass, and Connie Kay on drums. The presence of Dorham and Heath give the album a light lyrical swing that really opens things up – and there's a fair bit of modally-oriented tunes on the set that hint at the more soulful playing of most of the players in the 70s. Tracks include a great version of "Invitation", plus "The Sealer", "Poom A Loom", "Ruby", and "None Shall Wander". CD
(Out of print, sticker remnant on cover.)

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Budd JohnsonBudd Johnson & The Four Brass Giants ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... $11.99
Budd Johnson was one of those players from the old days who was continually drawing praise from younger and hipper musicians – crediting Budd with a tone and talent that was forever an inspiration to them. Case in point is this 1960 session, issued as part of the hip Cannonball Adderley Presents series on Riverside – one in which Budd is given free reign to arrange the albums tracks, coming up with a nice batch of originals and interesting tunes that show him to be a much more complex player than might be expected. The players include a four piece trumpet section with Nat Adderley, Clark Terry, Harry Edison, and Ray Nance – and rhythm is by Tommy Flanagan, Joe Benjamin, and Herb Lovelle. Tracks include "Blues For Lester", "All My Love", "Trinity River Bottom", and "Driftwood". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sam JonesChant ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $22.99
Early genius from Sam Jones – the kind of record that showed the world that he was way more than just a bass player – even though he was pretty darn great at that! At the time of the set, Sam was already raising plenty of ears with his work in the Cannonball Adderley group, an outfit that helped Jones find a whole new role for the bass in jazz. But here, he's working with a much larger group – a tentet that's filled with all star players that include Melba Liston, Cannonball Adderley, Blue Mitchell, Jimmy Heath, Victor Feldman, Tate Houston, and Les Spann – soaring through lively arrangements by Heath and Feldman that sit in a space between small combo soul jazz and larger group swing – a bit in the mode of some of Quincy Jones' best early 60s work on Mercury! Despite the large group, Sam's bass gets plenty of room to roam in the album – and titles include "The Chant", "Blues On Down", "In Walked Ray", "Blue Bird", "Four", and "Off Color". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sam JonesSoul Society ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... $36.99
A fantastic lost soul jazz groover! The record is clearly one of the best ever cut by this fantastically overlooked bass player – and it's filled with a great set of players that includes Bobby Timmons, Nat Adderley, Charles Davis, and Jimmy Heath. The whole thing leaps along with that tight mix of hardbop, soul jazz, and spiritual modernism that would occasionally show up on the best Riverside/Jazzland session – and the level of writing and playing is superb throughout! Jones plays both bass and cello, and he kicks the group into Jazz Messengers-like precision for the duration of the session. Titles include "Home", "Some Kinda Mean", "The Old Country", and a great bass-heavy version of Timmons' "So Tired". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bev KellyBev Kelly In Person ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good+ ... $19.99
We're always big fans of Bev Kelly's work, but this album is way hipper than the usual vocal album of its type from the time – thanks to a sweet little lineup that features Pony Poindexter on alto sax and Flip Nunez on piano! The presence of Poindexter's horn is always a treat, on the handful of smaller group sides he cut from this time – and Nunez's piano lines have an inherently rhythmic groove that comes out even on the mellower numbers – which often are somewhat spacious, but stepping along with a gentle groove underneath Kelly's fantastic vocals. Part of the credit for this groove goes to Johnny Allen, whose work on bass is great – and the group's completed by the drums of Tony Johnson, who's a bit more down in the mix. Titles include "Long Ago & Far Away", "My Foolish Heart", "Night & Day", "Just Friends", "Love Letters", "This Is Always", and "My Funny Valentine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, RLP 345, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has some edge wear, small seam splits, and some splitting in the spine.)

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King OliverBack O Town ... LP
Riverside, Late 20s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
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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Meade Lux LewisBlues Piano Artistry Of Meade Lux Lewis ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $4.99
... 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! ... CD 18.99

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Abbey LincolnThat's Him! ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1957. Used ... $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". CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD
(Includes 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 ... $11.99
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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Junior ManceJunior's Blues ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1963. Used ... $7.99
Trio side with Bob Cranshaw and Mickey Roker. Soul jazz piano stuff, with a few nice originals like "Cracklin" and "Down the Line". CD

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Lenny McBrowne & The Four SoulsEastern Lights ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Near Mint- ... $19.99
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 ... $33.99
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 Mitchell Big 6 ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $6.99
Blue in the main style of his early years at Riverside – working in an all-star group (the "Big 6" in the title), with players that include Johnny Griffin, Curtis Fuller, Wynton Kelly, Wilbur Ware, and Philly Joe Jones. Blue's leadership isn't that strong – but fortunately, the others (particularly Griffin, Ware, and Jones) gel together strongly with or without him, making the set crackle with the soulful energy of some of the best Jazzland/Riverside hardbop sides from the time. Tracks include "Sir John", "Blues March", "Big Six", and "Jamph". CD

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✨✧ Blue MitchellBlue Time/Nearness Of You ... 7-inch
Riverside, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
An obscure 45rpm release of two tracks from the Smooth As The Wind album! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Blue MitchellBlue's Moods ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Near Mint- ... $19.99
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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Blue MitchellSure Thing ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $17.99
A hip session from Blue – one that points the way towards some of his later work on Blue Note, and which features a larger than usual group arranged by Jimmy Heath. As on some of Heath's other projects from the time, the groove is tight and soulful, but never so dominant as to overwhelm the soloists. Mitchell's the main player, of course – but the rest of the group features work by Heath, Pat Patrick, Jerome Richardson, and Wynton Kelly. Tracks include "A Sure Thing", "West Coast Blues", "Hootie Blues", and "Hip To It". CD
(Out of print.)

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Thelonious MonkAlone In San Francisco ... LP
Riverside/OJC, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Alone In San Francisco (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 14.99

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Thelonious MonkAlone In San Francisco (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1959. Used ... $14.99
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 ... LP 18.99

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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 (20 bit mastering) ... CD 3.99
Brilliant Corners (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99

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Thelonious MonkBrilliant Corners (20 bit mastering) ... 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
(Out of print.)
Also available
Brilliant Corners ... CD 3.99
Brilliant Corners (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99

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Thelonious MonkBrilliant Corners (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1956. Used ... $24.99
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
(Out of print – and includes obi!)
Also available
Brilliant Corners (20 bit mastering) ... CD 3.99
Brilliant Corners ... CD 3.99

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... $5.99
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! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available
Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... CD 5.99
Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 23.99

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... CD
Riverside/Concord, 1959. Used ... $5.99
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! CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD
Also available
Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... CD 5.99
Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 23.99

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1959. Used ... $23.99
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! CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available
Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... CD 5.99
Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... CD 5.99

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Thelonious Monk & Gerry MulliganMulligan Meets Monk ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Very Good- ... $33.99
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 19.99

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Thelonious Monk & Gerry MulliganMulligan Meets Monk (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1957. Used ... $19.99
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 33.99

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Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... $2.99
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. Please note the tray card is missing one spine and has some clear tape on the other.)
Also available Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (20 bit remaster) ... CD 4.99

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Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (20 bit remaster) ... CD
Riverside, 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.)
Also available Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery Trio (aka A Dynamic New Jazz Sound) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... $4.99
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
Also available Wes Montgomery Trio (aka A Dynamic New Jazz Sound) ... LP 14.99

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Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery Trio (aka A Dynamic New Jazz Sound) ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Sealed ... $14.99
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 (aka A Dynamic New Jazz Sound) ... CD 4.99

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Bill PerkinsQuietly There ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1966. Used ... $16.99
Amazing work from west coast saxophonist Bill Perkins – playing here in a mode that's quite different than his more famous 50s recordings! The style here is almost one you'd hear on late 60s A&M Records – definitely "quietly there", with a blend of Perkins' reeds and light organ, piano, guitar, and percussion. The style is very subtle, and often very spare – mixed differently on each number, and shaded nicely with an equal focus on sound shapes as on jazz. There's a bit of a late 60s Paul Desmond feel here, but even more restrained – and other players include Victor Feldman on piano and organ, John Pisano on guitars, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Emily", "Quietly There", "Time For Love", "Just A Child", and "Shining Sea". The CD reissue includes the bonus track "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dave PikeIt's Time For Dave Pike ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $24.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, RLP 9360, with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Julian PriesterKeep Swingin' ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... $11.99
Fantastic early work as a leader from trombonist Julian Priester – a musician who'd later be known for his performances with Sun Ra, and his fusion material in the 70s – but who here works at the head of a tight hardbop combo in the best Riverside mode! The album's got Julian in both a quartet and quintet – with Jimmy Heath on tenor on some tracks, and a core trio that features Tommy Flanagan on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Priester wails on the trombone as if he's playing a trumpet, and also contributed some great original tunes to the set too. Titles include "The End", "24 Hour Leave", "Julian's Tune", "Bob T's Blues", and "Under The Surface". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsFreedom Suite (ABC) ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A crucially important record in Sonny Rollins' career – one that had him breaking out of the straight bop sound, and emerging as a major power on the tenor sax – one with limitless creative power! The set features Rollins working with only drum and bass accompaniment – played by Max Roach and Oscar Pettiford, respectively – and the lack of piano or other horns gives Rollins a free space in which to work his magic, doing so incredibly on the album's "Freedom Suite", an extended piece that runs for nearly 20 minutes, and which pushes all conceptions of the tenor's ability to solo freely on record. The other side of the record features shorter tracks – "Shadow Waltz", "Someday I'll Find You", and "Will You Still Be Mine?" – blown with no less creativity. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear.)

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Sonny RollinsSound Of Sonny ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A landmark album from Sonny Rollins – a record that really lives up to its title, as it shows the maturing tenorist really finding his own voice in jazz – a sound that's unlike any other! Rollins' Riverside work sometimes seems to get overlooked sometimes in light of his freer late 50s playing on other labels – but this album's a real standout that shows that even with familiar material, Sonny can make magic happen in the way he phrases a tune and places a solo. Sonny's working here with a group that includes some hard-edged piano from Sonny Clark and some wonderfully inventive rhythm from Roy Haynes on drums – but Rollins is the real star in this quartet setting – shining throughout, in a mode that's incredibly economical, yet which speaks volumes with every note! Titles include "Mangoes", "Cutie", "Just In Time", and "Every Time We Say Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album
(70 Japanese Victor pressing, SMJ-6139(M), including the insert. Cover has some splitting in the seams.)

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✨✧ Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, and othersBlues For Tomorrow ... LP
Riverside, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Kind of a hodge-podge from different sessions – but a nice little record, and one that's come to stand on its own over the years, thanks to the strength of the work! The album's a set of previously unissued tunes from Riverside sessions of the late 50s - material from classic dates that didn't make it onto the albums, but which is every bit as good! Titles include many classics – like Sonny Rollins and Sonny Clark playing "Funky Hotel Blues", plus "Blues For Tomorrow" by a septet that included Coleman Hawkins, Coltrane, Gigi Gryce, and Ray Copeland, which was lifted from a Monk session (without Monk!) Also includes "A Sad Thing" by Herbie Mann's Californians and "Let's Blow Some Blues" by Mundell Lowe Quintet. LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing with obi.)

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Mongo SantamariaMongo Introduces La Lupe ... CD
Riverside/Milestone, 1962/1963. Used ... $12.99
Mongo teams up the great Latin diva La Lupe in the early 60s for a tasty set of Latin Jazz and Descargas. The band includes the great set of players Mongo was using at this time – including Marty Sheller, Pat Patrick and Bobby Capers, plus Kako sits in on percussion, though La Lupe sings on only about half of the tracks. 9 numbers in all, including "Besito Pa Ti", "Canta Bajo", "Montuneando", "Oye Este Guaganco", "Esta Mambo", "Quiet Stroll", "Que Linda Son", and "Kiniqua". CD

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Johnny Hammond SmithMr Wonderful ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
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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Johnny Hammond SmithOpen House ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A strong early one from Johnny Hammond – one that features him working in a groovy group that includes Thad Jones on trumpet, Seldon Powell on tenor and flute, and Eddie McFadden on guitar. The addition of horns gives the set a bit more punch than some of Johnny's other sides from the time – and Ray Barretto's conga dances along nicely on most tracks. Titles include "Cleopatra", "Cyra", "Open House", and "Blues For DeDe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label stereo Orpheum Productions pressing.)

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Billy TaylorUptown ... CD
Riverside, 1960. Used ... $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". CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)

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Clark TerryIn Orbit ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $5.99
A surprisingly nice set that brings together Clark Terry and Thelonious Monk! Given Terry's bright approach to jazz, it's a bit hard to imagine him and Monk working well together – but at the time of this session, Clark still had a fair bit of an edge – with roots in a number of modern styles of the 50s, and a flair for crafting a compelling line on his horn. The set's got a number of nice originals – and titles include "In Orbit", "Pea Eye", "Argentina", "One Foot In The Gutter", and "Buck's Business". CD

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Jean Thielemans (Toots Thielemans)Man Bites Harmonica ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... $7.99
One of the first American albums from Belgian guitarist and harmonica player Toots Thielemans – a sharp-edged session that brings a new level of jazz into his work! The title's hokey, but the sound is totally great – with Toots on both harmonica and guitar, usually more of the former – alongside a batch of players that includes Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Kenny Drew on piano, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Given these players, there's a nice sense of late 50s tightness to the record – although all players seem to really defer to Toots' intentions, and shape the sound with a flair that's not unlike some of his few great European moments from the decade. Titles include "Fundamental Frequency", "Soul Station", "Struttin With Some Barbeque", and "East of The Sun". CD

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✨✧ Jean Thielemans (Toots Thielemans)Man Bites Harmonica ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
One of the first American albums from Belgian guitarist and harmonica player Toots Thielemans – a sharp-edged session that brings a new level of jazz into his work! The title's hokey, but the sound is totally great – with Toots on both harmonica and guitar, usually more of the former – alongside a batch of players that includes Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Kenny Drew on piano, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Given these players, there's a nice sense of late 50s tightness to the record – although all players seem to really defer to Toots' intentions, and shape the sound with a flair that's not unlike some of his few great European moments from the decade. Titles include "Fundamental Frequency", "Soul Station", "Struttin With Some Barbeque", and "East of The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)
Also available Man Bites Harmonica ... CD 7.99

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Bobby TimmonsBobby Timmons Trio In Person ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... $28.99
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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Bobby TimmonsEasy Does It ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $11.99
Is Bobby Timmons our all time favorite pianist? Well, if he's not, he's pretty darn near the top of the list! This sweet early side for Riverside finds him in his usual trio format, backed up by an agile rhythm section, Sam Jones and Jimmy Cobb, and serving up the hard swinging, soulful bop we love him for. Eight numbers in all, including three of his own, "Easy Does It", " A Little Busy" and "I Thought About You", a few standards and some modern numbers like "If You Could See Me Now", and "Groovin High". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bobby TimmonsSweet & Soulful Sounds ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $7.99
A wonderful mellow trio session from Bobby Timmons – done with a spare, relaxed approach that's a nice contrast to the recordings he was making for Prestige around the same time – but which still has the same deep, soulful approach to the piano that makes those records so great! Half a dozen trio numbers with Sam Jones and Roy McCurdy are rounded out with two piano solos, "God Bless The Child" and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" – both of which present Bobby in an especially introspective mode, one you don't hear that often on record! Remaining trio tunes include "The Sweetest Sounds", "Turn Left", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Another Live One", "Alone Together" and "Why Was I Born". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ben Webster & Joe ZawinulSoulmates ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1963. Used ... $8.99
An unusual early album by Joe Zawinul – one cut at the start of his early fame with Cannonball Adderley (and years before his success in Weather Report) – but in an easygoing way that's a perfect setting for the aging Ben Webster! Joe's not funking things up the way he did with Cannon, and instead he's gentle and soulful – often hitting more sensitive moments that match the emotive blowing of Webster nicely. The recording quality is great – and captures Ben especially well on the ballads – and other players include Sam Jones or Richard Davis on bass, Philly Joe Jones on drums, plus Thad Jones on cornet on a few tracks. Titles include "Frog Legs", "Evol Deklaw Ni", "The Governor", and "Soulmates". CD

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Randy WestonGet Happy With The Randy Weston Trio ... LP
Riverside, 1955. Very Good ... $38.99
An early full length album by Randy Weston – one that mostly features tunes by other composers, all given a slightly modern twist at the piano! The style here isn't as arch-modern or African-inspired as some of Weston's other 50s work – but it's still plenty darn great, and very much in the free-thinking approach to the piano that made him as important a 50s keyboardist as Herbie Nichols or Thelonious Monk! The trio here is tight and comfortable with each other – Sam Gill on bass and Wilbert Hogan on drums – all providing rhythmic accompaniment in subtly changing ways to match Weston's lead on the keys. Titles include "Fire Down There", "Where Are You", "Bass Knows", "Dark Eyes", "A Ballad", "Summertime", and "Under Blunder". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label/silver text pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear, a bit of seam splitting, and some tape on the top seam.)

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Ed WynnGrandpa Magic's Sports Car Race ... LP
Riverside, 1950s. Very Good ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with microphone logo and deep groove.)

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyAfrican Waltz (plus bonus track) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty darn hip stuff – and with some great soloing by Cannonball! The record features 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. CD also features the bonus track "This Here". CD

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyAlabama/Africa (Alabama Concerto/African Waltz) ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 Quintet In San Francisco ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Near Mint- ... 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! LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover is a bit wavy along the opening from moisture.)

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✨✧ Cannonball Adderley with Bossa Rio SextetCannonball's Bossa Nova ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bossa madness – and a really hard to find pressing of this album! Cannonball Adderley recorded this nice little groover in 1962, when American musicans were just getting on the bossa tip, and still keeping things pretty authentic. The record was cut in New York with Sergio Mendes' early Bossa Rio group – the legendary Brazilian jazz ensemble that featured Paulo Moura, Dom Um Romao, and Durval Ferreira. The mixture of tight bossa rhythms and Cannon's soulful sax is totally great – and it's only because the Riverside label was folding at the time that the record never got bigger fame. Includes the cuts "Joyce's Samba", "Clouds", "Minha Saudade", "Corcovado", "Batida Diferentes", and "Sambops". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove on one side. Cover has some aging and a name in pen on back.)

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✨✧ Nat AdderleyFoo-Foo/Half-Time ... 7-inch
Riverside, 1963. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Chet BakerIt Could Happen To You – Chet Baker Sings ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic album from Chet – and one that's got a perfect mix of vocal and instrumental moments, of the sort you don't find easily on other albums! Chet plays trumpet and sings, and is backed by Kenny Drew, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones – a different style of group from his west coast years, but one that helps give the record a fresher sound too! Tracks are still shortish, with those breathy Baker vocals we love so much – and titles include "It Could Happen To You", "Do It The Hard Way", "Old Devil Moon", "Dancing On The Ceiling", and "The More I See You". Nice cover, too – with Chet sitting on the moon! CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoLatino! ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful early work from Ray Barretto – proof that he was one heck of a hip cat, even at the start! The album's got an approach to Latin jazz that's certainly informed by the charanga sound of the New York scene in the early 60s – but one that's also opened up a bit more to new ideas – bits of bossa nova, heavy percussion, and some odd instrumental twists that really make the album sparkle! There's some haunting violin work on one track, a bit of odd organ on another, and a very playful mix of flute, piano, and percussion throughout. The great Jose Combo Silva plays tenor on the date – and other players include Jose Canoura on flute, Alfredito Valdez on piano, and El Negro Vivar on trumpet. Ray's on congas, bongos, and timbales – and titles include "Sugar's Delight", "Carnaval", "Descarga La Moderna", "El Negro Y Ray", and "Cocinando Suave". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing, with silver text and microphone logo!)

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoPachanga With Barretto ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very offbeat little set from Ray Barretto – a record that takes the standard pachanga groove of the time, and nicely turns it on its ear with a host of jazzy touches! Hector Rivera wrote all the tracks, and also did most of the arrangements – and the record's got a really playful feel that's far more than just straight Latin for the crowds at the club. Flute and violin are often used in slightly unusual ways – and they're mixed with harder lines on tenor from Frank Mercado and trumpet from El Negro Vivar. Other players include Ray Mantilla on timbales, Jose Canoura on flute, and Willie Rodriguez on percussion – and titles include "Oye Heck", "Pachanga Suavecito", "Pachanga Para Bailar", "Barretto En La Tumbadora", "Pachanga Oriental", and "Ponte Dura". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with silver text, microphone, logo and deep groove. Nice and clean!)
 
 
 



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