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✨✧ Sonny RedSonny Red ... LP
Mainstream, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album as a leader from Sonny Red – a saxophonist who never got much chance to record under his own name, but always gave us something special when he did! Sonny recorded famously with Donald Byrd and Curtis Fuller in the 60s – but here, he's in an even hipper 70s mode of his own – a bit modal, a bit spiritual – in ways that make the whole album feel like some of the best 70s efforts on the Black Jazz label, with a righteous quality we might never have expected in Red a decade before! Sonny blows tenor, alto, and flute – all of them with a sharp, soulful edge – and he works here in a fantastic quartet that includes Cedar Walton on piano, whose own shadings give the record a lot of depth – plus the great Billy Higgins on drums, and Herbie Lewis on bass. Titles include a great remake of "Mustang", which Red recorded with Donald Byrd – plus "And Then Again", "Love Song", "Tears", and "Rodan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner and light surface wear.)
 
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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittWe'll Be Together Again ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1961/1968. Used ... $7.99
Nothing fancy – but some great straight-ahead blowing from Stitt and Jug! The album's a quintet session, with John Houston piano, Buster Williams bass, and George Brown drums providing all the rhythm. But the real focus is on the twin-sax frontline – with Sitt taking up the alto on a few numbers, but mostly blowing tenor head to head with Jug. The album was supposedly recorded in 1961, but not issued until later in the 60s by Prestige – and it's right up there with the excellent work that the team were cutting at the time for Verve and Argo. Titles include "A Mess", "Water Jug", "New Blues Up & Down", "Red Sails In The Sunset", and "A Pair Of Red Pants". CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt, Fats Navarro, and othersOpus De Bop ... LP
Savoy, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A classic Savoy side that brings together bop sessions recorded earlier in the label's life – done by different groupings that feature some of the best players of the early bebop years. Sonny Stitt, Kenny Dorham, and Bud Powell are part of a group that play "Ray's Idea", "Fool's Fancy", "Bebop In Pastel", and "Bombay". Fats Navarro, Leo Parker, Tadd Dameron, and others perform "Eb Pob", "Goin To Minton's", "Fat Girl", and "Ice Freezes Red". Stan Getz, Max Roach, and Hank Jones play "Opus De Bop", "Running Water", and 2 other tunes. All tracks are short and straight bop! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bumped corner, with some small stains and a small tear at the back paste-on.)

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Sonny JamesNeed You ... LP
Capitol, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $3.99
Classic Sonny James on Capitol – with titles that include "Red Mud", "Tree Of Birds", "How Many Times Can You Be A Fool", "Love Is A Light", "Need You", "Timberline", and "I Let Her Down Somewhere". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed!)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny RollinsModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Sonny Rollins ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
The Modern Jazz Quartet with a very noteworthy addition – the great Sonny Rollins, whose work on this record really makes it a cut above the usual MJQ outing for Atlantic! As on the quartet's previous Music Inn album with Jimmy Giuffre, the addition of a reed player really inflects their trademark sound with a new range of sounds and feelings – and Rollins himself cuts back on the hardbop influences, and shows some great restraint in matching some of the group's more modern modes. Sonny only plays on 2 of the album's 6 tracks – but that's enough to open it up nicely – and on other numbers, the MJQ begin in their usual mellower mode, but then seem to step things up with more boppish inflections, almost anticipating Rollins' arrival on the last 2 numbers. Sonny plays on the tunes "Bag's Groove" and "Night In Tunisia" – and other titles include "Midsommer", "Festival Sketch", "Yardbird Suite", and an opening medley. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Rockefeller pressing. Cover has split top and bottom seams held with spots of tape.)

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✨✧ Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt, Fats Navarro, and othersOpus De Bop ... CD
Savoy, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic Savoy side that brings together bop sessions recorded earlier in the label's life – done by different groupings that feature some of the best players of the early bebop years. Sonny Stitt, Kenny Dorham, and Bud Powell are part of a group that play "Ray's Idea", "Fool's Fancy", "Bebop In Pastel", and "Bombay". Fats Navarro, Leo Parker, Tadd Dameron, and others perform "Eb Pob", "Goin To Minton's", "Fat Girl", and "Ice Freezes Red". Stan Getz, Max Roach, and Hank Jones play "Opus De Bop", "Running Water", and 2 other tunes. All tracks are short and straight bop! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sonny & CherAll I Ever Need Is You ... LP
Kapp, 1972. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing.)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdSlow Drag (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1968. New Copy ... $8.99 11.98
Beautiful stuff – and one of the best Donald Byrd albums of the 60s! The album is a killer all the way through – recorded with a group that Byrd maintained for 2 years, one that featured Sonny Red on alto sax, Cedar Walton on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all of whom come together magnificently in a razor-sharp formation, mixing hardbop and soul jazz with an edge that you'll hardly find on any of Byrd's other albums from the time. A lot of the credit is due to Sonny Red – who plays with a raspy tone that's odd for the alto, and which really draws out Byrd's solo skills. Walton's got a heavy left-handed approach that really hits some great grooves – and the team of Booker and Higgins leap lyrically, yet also throw just the right amount of funk into the rhythms. Includes the Blue Break classic "Jelly Roll", the amazing jazz dancer "Book's Bossa", and the sublime "Slow Drag", one of the strangest groovers you'll ever hear! CD
(24 bit remastering by Rudy Van Gelder!)

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Modern Jazz Quartet With Jimmy GiuffreModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Jimmy Giuffre ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good- ... $4.99
A great addition to the Modern Jazz Quartet – as the clarinet of Jimmy Giuffre brings a sharp modern edge to the record! The album's similar to the other MJQ Music Inn date with Sonny Rollins – and shows how the addition of a reed player can really unlock new colors, tones, and possibilities in the sounds of the group. And in this case, given the Giuffre's at the height of his early powers – coming off some sublime trio dates for Atlantic – the pairing of players is completely sublime! Titles include "A Fugue At Music Inn", "Serenade", and "Fun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing with AT etch. Cover has a worn top seam.)

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Johnny Rae's Afro Jazz SeptetHerbie Mann's African Suite ... LP
United Artists, 1962. Very Good ... $24.99
A confusing title, but a wonderful little record! The album's as much a Herbie Mann Latin session as it is a record by Johnny Rae – which is probably why the album's titled as such – and the group on the set features Rae on vibes, Herbie on flute, Jack Six on bass, Philly Joe Jones on drums, Bobby Corwin on piano, and Jose Mangual, Patato Valdes, and Victor Pantoja on an assortment of Latin and African percussion. The groove is tremendous – Latinized jazz, but with a real tension between the heavy percussion on the bottom and the ligher flute and vibes on the top – especially on the album's more tribal, African-styled numbers. The "suite" features 7 tracks in all – 5 composed by Herbie ("Sorimao", "Beouin", "Sudan", "Ekunda", "Guinean"), plus a version of Sonny Rollins' "St Thomas", and the track "Jungle Fantasy" by Noro Morales. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label deep groove pressing. Cover is nice.)

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Billy Lee RileyBilly Lee Riley Rocks ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 24.99
Maybe one of the most hard-hitting in this great "rocks" series from Bear Family Records – and maybe one that features one of the artists most deserving the title, too – as the legendary Billy Lee Riley steps out here on a host of classic singles for Sun Records, unissued material, and other gems recorded for Brunswick, Philips, Rita, Jaro, and Home Of The Blues! Riley had a short but great career on the Memphis scene – where he was one of the rawest, most hard-ripping talents to cut up the underground in the days of the bigger early rock giants – a hell of a singer with a very raw sound, and a guitar player too – although these tracks also feature great work from Sonny Burgess and Roland Janes as well. CD features 35 tracks in all – including "Barefootin (alt)", "Red Hot", "Rock With Me Baby", "Is That All To The Ball", "Your Cash Ain't Nothin But Trash", "Thunderbird", "Arkansas Traveler", "Pearly Lee", "College Man", "Open The Door Richard", "Got The Water Boiling", "Nightmare Mash", "Searchin", "Speed Lovers", "The Little Green Men", and "Catfish". CD

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✨✧ Various32 Live ... CD
32 Jazz, 1970s/1980s/1990s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Includes 10 tracks by Sonny Stitt, Charlie Rouse, Woody Shaw, Horace Silver, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Kenny Burrell, Roy Brooks, and Red Rodney. CD

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VariousBlues From The Windy City – Chicago In Transition 1946 to 1952 ... LP
Flyright (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Rare material from the postwar blues years in Chicago – tracks by Walter Davis, Washboard Sam, Willie Longtime Smith, Tampa Red, Memphis Minnie, Eddie Boyd, Jazz Gillum, Sonny Boy Williamson, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – This copy no longer has the cover, and comes in a plain sleeve.)

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VariousCapitol Christmas Vol 2 ... LP
Capitol, Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Classic Christmas sounds from the mighty Capitol Records – served up here in a package that has a very strong focus on the first two decades of the label! There's certainly some classics here, but there's also some overlooked gems – and most numbers are vocal tunes that reflect the excellent array of singers that Capitol was using at the time. Titles include "Silver Bells" by Al Martino, "Away In A Manger" by Louvin Brothers, "Jingle Bell Rock" by Wayne Newton, "Christmas Waltz" by Nancy Wilson, "Christmas All Alone" by The Lettermen, "Jingle Bells" by Dinah Shore, "Marshmallow World" by Ray Anthony, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Molly Bee, "What Are You Doing New Years Eve" by Lena Horne, "Do You Hear What I Hear" by Sonny James, "Love Turns Winter To Spring" by Four Freshmen, "Count Your Blessings" by Gordon MacRae, "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" by Wayne Newton, "Winter Wonderland" by Johnny Mercer, "Old Toy Trains" by Glen Campbell, and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" by The Starlighters. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousChicago Blues 1935 to 1942 ... LP
RCA/Bluebird (France), Mid 30s-Early 40s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
With selections from Jazz Gillum, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Bill Broonzy, Tampa Red & The Chicago Five, Washboard Sam & His Washboard Band, Big Joe & His Rhythm, and Johnny Temple. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDevil's Music – From The BBC TV Series ... LP
Red Lightnin (UK), 1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $33.99
Don't let the BBC put you off – as this is a killer collection of underground blues recorded in the 70s – in Chicago, Mississippi, and Memphis – with work by The Aces, Billy Boy Arnold, Fenton Robinson, Good Rockin Charles, Joe Carter, Little Brother Montgomery, Mose Vinson, Sonny Blake, Joe Willie Wilkins, Houston Stackhouse, Laura Dukes, Booker White, Sam Chatmon, and others! Material is all exclusive to this set – all recorded in 1976. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the textured cover.)

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VariousGreat Jazz Artists Play – Compositions Of Irving Berlin ... LP
Riverside, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
Features work by Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Billy Taylor, Charlie Byrd, Wes Montgomery, and Clifford Jordan with Sonny Red. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing.)

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamKD Is Here – New York City 1962 & 1966 ... CD
Uptown, 1962/1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastically hip performance from trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a never-heard live set, recorded for radio at a time when he was really stretching out! The group is as compelling as the performance – and features the excellent Sonny Red on alto, hitting some of those incredibly edgey notes he'd play with Donald Byrd – plus a young Cedar Walton on piano, John Ore on bass, and Hugh Walker on drums – the latter an overlooked genius on the kit, who gave us some great work with John Patton and Harold Mabern! This group is featured in a 1966 performance that takes up most of the CD – with long performances of the titles "Jung Fu", "Spring Is Here", "Somewhere In The Night", "Straight Ahead", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile" – with a few interview snippets by announcer Alan Grant. Grant also presents the remaining three tracks on the set – material from a 1962 date that is equally great, but also shows just how much Dorham had evolved in the four years that led up to the later recording. Kenny blows trumpet with Joe Farrell on tenor, Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Stu Martin on drums – on "Woody N You", "If I Should Lose You", and an incomplete performance of "Au Privave". CD

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✨✧ William ParkerFor Those Who Are – Still (3CD set) ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2015. Used 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful box of work from bassist William Parker – and a set that actually features three very different projects, all brought together in a single set! First up is a CD that features a long piece commissioned by The Kitchen – "For Fannie Lou Hamer" – with music by Parker in an ensemble that includes JD Parran on reeds, Ravi Best on trumpet, Masahiko Kono on trombone, and a bit of vocals from Leena Conquest. That same CD features shorter pieces grouped under the title Vermeer – dedicated to the painter, and featuring some beautiful, soulful work from Parker on bass, Darryl Foster on soprano sax, Eri Yamamoto on piano, and Leena Conquest on voice. CD two features Red Giraffe With Dreadlocks – a lot better than it sounds from the title, and spiritual sounds from an ensemble that mixes core jazz elements with some wider global musical ideas – featuring Parker on bass, Hamid Drake on drums, Rob Brown on alto, Bill Cole on double reed instruments, Klaas Heckman on flute, Molla Sylla on mbira and ngoni, and Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay on electronic shruti box. Both Sylla and Bandyopadhyay vocalize a bit – and titles include "The Giraffe Cances", "Where Do You Send The Poem", "Tour Of The Flying Poem", and "Souls Have Fallen Like Rain". Last is Ceremonies For Those Who Are Still – which features a core trio with Parker on bass and flutes, Charles Gayle on piano and saxes, and Mike Reed on drums – augmented by the NFM Orchestra, who shade in the jazz performances with some subtle colors and tones – quite an unusual match between these talents. The CD also features a long improvisation – "Escapade For Sonny" – running over 25 minutes, and just featuring the core trio of Parker, Gayle, and Reed. Packaged in a very nice box, with a booklet of notes! CD
(Still sealed!)

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✨✧ VariousBluebird Blues ... LP
Bluebird/RCA, 1930s/Early 40s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare work from the 78rpm era – tracks by Blind Willie McTell, Sonny Boy Williamson, Sleepy John Estes, Lonnie Johnson, Arthur Crudup, and Tampa Red! LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousJazz Giants Play Irving Berlin – Soft Lights & Sweet Music ... CD
Prestige, 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Zoot Sims, Art Tatum, Joe Pass, Sonny Rollins, Gil Evans, Billy Taylor, Elmo Hope, Hank Crawford, Red Garland, Blue Mitchell, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, and Dizzy Gillespie. CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ VariousReturn Of Jazz Funk – Killer Jazz Funk From Mainstream Vault Vol 2 ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massively funky work from the Mainstream Records catalog of the early 70s – some of the grittiest, most hard-hitting tracks recorded by the label at the time! Most of the tracks here are short, but pack plenty of punch – that rock-solid approach to jazz funk that Mainstream was putting down heavier than most other labels at the time – thanks to a top-shelf array of leaders, studio players, and arrangers in the mix! There's a number of tracks here that haven't been reissued as part of P-Vine's single album program on the label – making the compilation even more essential – and the 19 track album features over 75 minutes of music, more than enough to warrant the higher Japanese price. Titles include "Sweet Emma" by Don Burrows, "Mustang" by Sonny Red, "Red Clay" by Jack Wilkins, "Witch Doctor Bump" and "Boogie The Devil In" by The Chubukos, "Spinning Wheel" by Phoenix Authority, "Fire & Water" by Charles Kynard, "Family Affair" by Dave Hubbard, "Signifyin Gemini" by Lamont Johnson, "Freedom Jazz Dance" by Night Blooming Jazzmen, "Mother McCree" by Reggie Moore, "Let's Take The Long Way Home" by Arbee Stidham, and "Never Can Say Goodbye" by Johnny Coles. CD

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✨✧ Buddy RichSwinging Buddy Rich ... LP
Norgran, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Buddy's got plenty of help to swing with here – on a set that features work by Benny Carter, Sonny Criss, or Willie Smith on alto, George Auld on tenor, Harry Edison on trumpet, and Gerald Wiggins on piano. The alto work of Smith and Criss is especially great – raspy, edgy, and with a tone that offsets the sweetness of some of the other players nicely. Titles include "Me & My Jaguar", "Strike It Rich", "Just Blues", and "Sonny & Sweets". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Records Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove, in a red cover, with light surface wear and clear tape on the top seam.)
 
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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittGod Bless Jug & Sonny ... CD
Prestige, 1973. Used ... $7.99
Great late work by Jug and Sonny – recorded as one of those excellent concerts thrown by Baltimore's famous Left Bank Jazz Society. The format is simple – with both soloists up front, and a crack rhythm section that includes Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, and Billy Higgins – and the players blow for long unfettered solos, much freer than they'd be on a regular Prestige session. Titles include "Blue N Boogie", "Stringin The Jug", "Ugetsu", "Bye Bye Blackbird", and "God Bless The Child". Previously unissued, too! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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✨✧ Sonny CrissCrisscraft (32 Jazz pressing) ... CD
Muse/32 Jazz, 1975. Used ... $4.99
We never tire of the saxophone work of Sonny Criss – and this mid 70s gem is a perfect example of his brilliance! Sonny's sound on alto here is completely his own – raspily, soulful style that's really unique – and which draws strongly from Criss' rich life experience, including his years away from music (he'd been retired for most of the 70s before the time of this album.) The group's laidback and open – with Dolo Coker on piano, Ray Crawford on guitar, Larry Gales on bass, and Jimmy Smith on drums – a group that's all well with Criss on his journey – but also lets him sparkle brightly in the lead. Titles include the extended track "Isle Of Celia", plus "This Is For Benny", "Blues In My Heart", and "Crisscraft". CD

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Dizzy GillespieSonny Rollins/Sonny Stitt Sessions ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
Of the classic "big names get together for a session" albums on Verve, the best ones always seem to be the ones with one of the "Sonnys" in the list of leaders. This one compiles titles from the Sonny Side Up album – which featured Stitt and Rollins, plus others from 1957 sessions in which Diz played with one or the other player. The set's a beautiful batch of long tracks with lots of blowing room, and a deep soulful hardbop groove that you don't always hear on Verve. The rhythm section for all groups is comprised of Ray Bryant, Tommy Bryant, and Charlie Persip – who are part of the reason for the magnanimous groove of the set – and titles include "After Hours", "Con Alma", "Haute Mon", "Sumphin", "Weatleigh Hall", "I Know That You Know", and "The Eternal Triangle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and staining along the bottom.)

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Stan Hunter & Sonny FortuneTrip On The Strip ... CD
Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ... $6.99 12.98
A rare gem on 60s Prestige Records – and one of the earliest records to feature the incredible talents of reedman Sonny Fortune! Sonny burst into fame in the 70s as a spiritual player with a really freewheeling groove – but this late 60s date has Fortune in the company of Hammond player Stan Hunter – a very hip musician with a fluid feel that's really wonderful – and which already unlocks some amazing sounds in Sonny's alto and tenor sax! The vibe has this open sort of groove – a style that's somewhere between Don Patterson trio sides and work by Larry Young – with a freshness that really stands out from some of the more common organ/tenor modes of the time – proof that Fortune was already a hell of an innovator even at this early point. The rest of the group features Sherman Suber on guitar and John Royal on drums – and titles include a killer modal take on "Invitation", plus "Trip On The Strip", "HFR", "Sonny's Mood", "Corn Flakes", and "Yesterday". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Art PepperArt Pepper With The Sonny Clark Trio – Holiday Flight, Lighthouse 1958 ... CD
Art Union (Japan), 1953. Used 2CD ... $33.99
A wonderful lost treasure – material recorded live at the Lighthouse in 1953, by a quartet that featured Art Pepper on alto and Sonny Clark on piano! The recording quality is a bit rough, as might be expected – but the set really cooks nicely, with a hard edge from Clark's piano that makes the whole thing have a bit more bite than some of Pepper's studio work from the time. Tracks have a nice open feel, and Art's laying back more than we'd expect – almost blowing a bit like Stitt. 2CD set features 11 numbers pulled from previous vinyl versions of the set – with titles that include "Night & Day", "Tenderly", "Brown Gold", "Tickle Toe", "Deep Purple", "Blue Bird", "S'Wonderful", "Pennies From Heaven", "Holiday Flight", and "Strike Up The Band". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sonny RollinsBridge (2nd pressing) ... LP
RCA, 1962. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A landmark album from Sonny Rollins – one that marked his comeback in the early 60s, after a brief period of retirement, and which also initiated a string of incredible recordings with guitarist Jim Hall. Given Hall's gentleness and spare modernity on the guitar, a fan of Rollins' hard-blowing late 50s sessions might not expect the album to work – but instead, it sets up his playing in a whole new mode that brings out a leaner, more confident, more sophisticated solo mode that shows that his time woodshedding in retirement was well spent. Rollins playing is impeccable, with a maturity not heard in his late 50's work, and the whole album is a beautiful study in measured, thoughtful soloing. Tracks include "John S.", "The Bridge", and "God Bless the Child". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing. Cover has some wear and a promo stamp in the top right.)

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Sonny RollinsEast Broadway Run Down ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1966. Used ... $13.99
One of the most free-wheeling Sonny Rollins albums of the 60s – an album that features some very long, extended tracks that really break out from some of the straighter moments of Sonny's mid-60s recordings! The title track is an incredible 20 minute workout – one that almost feels improvised, but which is never too free – always pulsating with a killer groove from the drums of Elvin Jones and bass of Jimmy Garrison – and featuring the trumpet of Freddie Hubbard in the frontline with Rollins' tenor – blowing with quite an edge throughout! Side two features "Blessing In Disguise" – which is equally adventurous – plus a surprisingly moody take on "We Kiss in a Shadow". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Sonny StittAutumn In New York (24 bit remaster) ... CD
1201 Music, 1962/1967. Used ... $6.99
Beautiful lost 60s material from Stitt – recorded without any tricks or gimmicks, in a solidly-blown mode that rivals his best work for Roost and Argo! The first 4 tracks of the set were recorded in New York in 1962 – with an unnamed group that lets Sonny really take the lead on sax, blowing in an easy-going and open style that's every bit the best mode he used on his live work of the time. The next 4 tracks were recorded in Zurich in 1967 – by a group that featured Sonny with Walter Bishop, Tommy Potter, and Kenny Clarke – plus trumpeter Howard McGhee on a few numbers. These tunes are equally great in their understated brilliance, and have perhaps a slight bit more punch, thanks to the expanded lineup. A few numbers run quite long, with very open solo space, and titles include "The Gypsy", "Night Work", "Matter Horns", "Hello", and "Loverman". CD

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✨✧ VariousShattered Dreams – Funky Blues 1967 to 1978 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Funky blues treasures from the late 60s & early 70s – a once-scoffed at movement from a period when aging blues stars and purist blues fans alike were hesitant to accept their beloved style modernized in a funky fashion – but the best of it stands up today as some of the coolest and most unique funk, blues and soul of the era! BGP does a terrific job here of digging a bit deeper then some the more famous blues funk fusions, with numbers by Slim Green, Al King, Icewater Slim, Little Milton, The Johnny Otis Show, Al King, Big Daddy Rucker, Buddy Guy and more. 21 tracks in all: "Shake 'Em Up" by Slim Green, "It Took A Long Time" by Finis Tasby, "I'm Not The Best" by Buddy Guy, "Tough Competition" by Ray Agee, "Eli's Pork Chop" by Little Sonny, "Playing On Me" by Albert King, "Good Feeling" by Freddy Robinson, "Welcome Home" by Lowell Fulson, "Comin' At Ya Baby" by The Johnny Otis Show, "That's What Love Will Make You Do" by Little Milton and more. CD

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✨✧ John ColtraneLike Sonny (Best Of Birdland/Ray Draper) ... CD
Roulette, 1958/1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great CD set that features incredible material from John Coltrane – a rare session for Roulette as a split LP with Lee Morgan! The CD features the side of Coltrane's work – which features him playing with an unusual quartet that includes McCoy Tyner, plus bassist Steven Davis and drummer Billy Higgins. Higgins' gives Coltrane a modal groove that's incredible, and Trane hits these riffs that are almost Nathan Davis-ish on tracks like "Exotica", presented in 2 versions, plus "Like Sonny" and "One & Four". The CD also features 5 bonus tracks from another rare Coltrane session from 1958 – one of the only albums ever cut as a leader by Ray Draper, a jazz tuba player, with an approach to the instrument that's a lot better than you might think! Draper plays the tuba like the best baritone saxophonists – using the lower registers of the instrument to groove around in tight step with the basslines, but always still managing to swing – a remarkable feat, given the heaviness of the instrument! Draper's talents were quite respected at the time – both by Jackie McLean, who used him on a record, and by John Coltrane, who makes a rare appearance here as a sideman on the set! The mixture of Coltrane's angularity and Draper's bassiness is sublime – and the album's filled with great tracks that have a fresh late 50s modernist hardbop approach. Titles include "Essii"s Dance", "Yesterdays", "Oleo", and "Doxy". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsBridge (SACD pressing) ... CD
RCA/ORG, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album from Sonny Rollins – one that marked his comeback in the early 60s, after a brief period of retirement, and which also initiated a string of incredible recordings with guitarist Jim Hall. Given Hall's gentleness and spare modernity on the guitar, a fan of Rollins' hard-blowing late 50s sessions might not expect the album to work – but instead, it sets up his playing in a whole new mode that brings out a leaner, more confident, more sophisticated solo mode that shows that his time woodshedding in retirement was well spent. Rollins playing is impeccable, with a maturity not heard in his late 50's work, and the whole album is a beautiful study in measured, thoughtful soloing. Tracks include "John S.", "The Bridge", and "God Bless the Child". CD
(Out of print, 2013 hybrid SACD pressing. Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSound Of Sonny ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". CD features one bonus track. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sonsee (Sonny Seeza)Fire (clean, dirty)/Where You At (clean, dirty) ... 12-inch
Jaiscot, Early 2000s. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSound Of Sonny (Gateway) ... LP
Riverside/Gateway, 1957. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
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
(70s pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsEast Broadway Run Down ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most free-wheeling Sonny Rollins albums of the 60s – an album that features some very long, extended tracks that really break out from some of the straighter moments of Sonny's mid-60s recordings! The title track is an incredible 20 minute workout – one that almost feels improvised, but which is never too free – always pulsating with a killer groove from the drums of Elvin Jones and bass of Jimmy Garrison – and featuring the trumpet of Freddie Hubbard in the frontline with Rollins' tenor – blowing with quite an edge throughout! Side two features "Blessing In Disguise" – which is equally adventurous – plus a surprisingly moody take on "We Kiss in a Shadow". CD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)
Also available East Broadway Run Down ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Sonny Sharrock/Freedom Sounds w/ Wayne HendersonBlack Woman/People Get Ready ... CD
Vortex/Atlantic/Collectables, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
An odd combination – but two very nice albums! Black Woman is one of the best-ever (or perhaps the best) Sonny Sharrock albums, and probably the toughest to find. Recorded in New York, with Dave Burrell on piano, Milford Graves on drums, and wife Linda on voice. The tracks are nice and moody, without the craziness that sometimes bogs down his later work. Linda doesn't get in the way too much, either, and her voice is a perfect accompaniment to the dark sound of the session. Side one features the tracks "Black Woman" and "Peanut", and side two has the band joined by Teddy Daniel on trumpet, and playing the tracks "Bialero", "Blind Willy", and "Portrait Of Linda In Three Colors, All Black". The Freedom Sounds were a side-project of funky trombonist Wayne Henderson – who was in the Jazz Crusaders at the time – and their LP is a nice, bouncy assortment of funky covers of sixties soul material, plus a few strong Henderson originals, wrapped up with the same rolling groove you might expect from the Jazz Crusaders. Really strident, with Henderson's trombone way in front and goofing around, almost like Fred Wesley. With the tracks "Cucamonga", "Orbital Velocity", and "Cathy The Cooker". CD
(Out of print.)

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Count BasieCount Basie Big Band – Live Montreux 77 ... LP
Pablo, 1977. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The 70s Count Basie Band in all their glory – recorded live in extremely tight formation at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival! Despite the live setting, the recording quality here is impeccable – easily on a par with most of the group's studio dates from the decade, especially in the way that Basie's piano thunders out in front of the rest of the group! Players include Sonny Cohn, Bobby Mitchell, Al Grey, Jimmy Forrest, Eric Dixon, and Freddie Green – and although tracks are short, they're still filled with a good sense of surprise – that Basie dynamics that really started kicking in during the 50s, and which held on strong on records like this! Titles include "The More I See You", "Night In Tunisia", "The Heat's On", "Freckle Face", "Splanky", "I Needs To Be Bee'd With", "Lil Darlin", and "Bag Of Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Clifford Brown & Max RoachAt Basin Street ... LP
EmArcy, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
About as classic as you can get for the Brown/Roach group – recorded at Basin Street with a group that includes Richie Powell on piano, Sonny Rollins on tenor, and George Morrow on bass. Tracks are tight and in that firey hardbop mode the pair pioneered – and titles include "Gertrude's Bounce", "Powell's Prances", "Time", "The Scene Is Clean", and "I'll Remember April". Most notable is the work by Powell on the record – as Bud's brother really shines here, turning out some great original compositions, and arranging the group with tight precision. LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese Phonogram pressing, EXPR-1031. Cover has some wear.)
Also available At Basin Street (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Clifford Brown & Max RoachAt Basin Street (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
EmArcy (Japan), Mid 50s. Used ... $13.99
About as classic as you can get for the Brown/Roach group – recorded at Basin Street with a group that includes Richie Powell on piano, Sonny Rollins on tenor, and George Morrow on bass. Tracks are tight and in that firey hardbop mode the pair pioneered – and titles include "Gertrude's Bounce", "Powell's Prances", "Time", "The Scene Is Clean", and "I'll Remember April". Most notable is the work by Powell on the record – as Bud's brother really shines here, turning out some great original compositions, and arranging the group with tight precision. Features 8 bonus tracks too! CD
(Out of print 24-bit remaster – includes obi!)
Also available At Basin Street ... LP 11.99

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✨✧ Teddy EdwardsInimitable Teddy Edwards ... CD
Xanadu, 1976. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
70s brilliance from tenorist Teddy Edwards – a really overlooked album, and one that marks a great step forward from some of Edwards' better-known material of the 60s! That impeccable tone is still very strongly in place – that Edwards way of blowing smooth, but with a subtle bite, too – and Teddy's also developed this sense of flow that's really special – a difference than the way he played fifteen or twenty years before – with almost a Sonny Criss-like approach that really holds us rapt, even in more subtle moments. The album's beautifully recorded – in that stunning Xanadu label way – and the group's a quartet, with Duke Jordan on piano, Larry Ridley on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums. Edwards is clearly the start of the show, though – and really shines on titles that include "Sunset Eyes", "Imagination", "One By One", and "Stella By Starlight". CD

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Tubby HayesGrits, Beans, & Greens – The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 ... CD
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99 21.99
A long-lost album from one of our favorite jazz talents of all time – British tenor legend Tubby Hayes, a player we'd easily place on a short list with giants like Dexter Gordon or Sonny Rollins! Like both of those players, Hayes has an incredible talent for longform solos that never lose their fire, direction, or imagination – a quality that emerges here maybe even more strongly than on some of the records that preceded it – as Hayes works with just a quartet, on long tracks that are really dominated by both his great sound, and the strong contributions of pianist Mike Pyne – an equal star on the set! At a time when British jazz was going for a lot of new recording modes, crossover styles, and other gimmicks, the whole thing is a back to basics record for Tubby – but also one that shows just how much he's grown as a soloist in just a few short years – really on fire, as the tenor is driven strongly by the efforts of Ron Mathewson on bass and Spike Wells on drums, completing a great quartet who really get the energy of their leader. Titles include a great version of the Duke Pearson tune "You Know I Care", a lovely take on "Where Am I Going", and the Hayes originals "For Members Only", "Rumpus", and "Grits Beans & Greens". Fantastic stuff – long overdue, and instantly a key addition to the Tubby Hayes Fontana catalog of the 60s! CD
Also available Grits, Beans, & Greens – The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 (2CD version) ... CD 16.99

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Tubby HayesGrits, Beans, & Greens – The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 (2CD version) ... CD
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 29.99
A long-lost album from one of our favorite jazz talents of all time – British tenor legend Tubby Hayes, a player we'd easily place on a short list with giants like Dexter Gordon or Sonny Rollins! Like both of those players, Hayes has an incredible talent for longform solos that never lose their fire, direction, or imagination – a quality that emerges here maybe even more strongly than on some of the records that preceded it – as Hayes works with just a quartet, on long tracks that are really dominated by both his great sound, and the strong contributions of pianist Mike Pyne – an equal star on the set! At a time when British jazz was going for a lot of new recording modes, crossover styles, and other gimmicks, the whole thing is a back to basics record for Tubby – but also one that shows just how much he's grown as a soloist in just a few short years – really on fire, as the tenor is driven strongly by the efforts of Ron Mathewson on bass and Spike Wells on drums, completing a great quartet who really get the energy of their leader. Titles include a great version of the Duke Pearson tune "You Know I Care", a lovely take on "Where Am I Going", and the Hayes originals "For Members Only", "Rumpus", and "Grits Beans & Greens". Fantastic stuff – long overdue, and instantly a key addition to the Tubby Hayes Fontana catalog of the 60s! This great 2CD version features the full versions of all the sessions, with a number of takes on some of the tunes – including an unusual version of "Where Am I Going" with the guitar of Louis Stewart instead of the piano of Mike Pyne. Also has a hardcover package, and a nice booklet of notes! CD
Also available Grits, Beans, & Greens – The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Joe HendersonState Of The Tenor – Live At The Village Vanguard Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note, 1985. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section – this is a unique date for Joe, and he sounds brilliant throughout! Ron Carter and Al Foster provide a crisp but elastic foundation for Henderson's burnished melodies and solos in a very spacious setting – and this first volume features the tracks "Beatrice", "Friday The Thirteenth", "Happy Reunion", "Loose Change", "Ask Me Now", and "Isotope". CD
(NOTE: this copy is missing the rear tray card and is priced accordingly.)

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Willis Jackson with Pat MartinoWillis With Pat ... CD
32 Jazz, 1977/1978. Used ... $6.99
Willis Jackson & Pat Martino with Yusef Ali, Buddy Caldwell, Bob Cranshaw, Ralph Dorsey, Charlie Earland, Richard Landrum, Jimmy Lewis, Sonny Morgan, Idris Muhammad, Mickey Tucker, Freddie Waits & Carl Wilson. CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode.)

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Elvin JonesIn Europe ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. Used ... $14.99
An impressively spiritual set from Elvin Jones – recorded in Europe with some great accompaniment from reedmen Sonny Fortune and Ravil Coltrane! Both Fortune and Coltrane play in a mode that's clearly inspired by the latter's father – freely opening up with the angular and searching tones that show up on the best Jones albums of the early 70s – when the horn chairs were usually filled by Frank Foster, Dave Liebman, and other well-suited players. The difference here is that both Fortune and Coltrane really keep things swinging and soulful – never going too over the top or blowing just for the sake of space – but instead continuing to create in a manner keeping with the beautiful rhythms laid down by Jones, bassist Chip Jackson, and pianist Willie Pickens. The album features 3 long tracks – "Ray", "Doll Of The Bride", and "Island Birdie". CD
(Out of print, 2015 pressing – includes obi.)

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Oliver LakeHolding Together ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1976. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A sonically sensitive session from Oliver Lake – recorded in the mid 70s, in very relaxed quartet formation! Lake plays a range of reeds here – alto, soprano sax, and flute – and the group features lots of musings on guitar from Michael G Jackson, a player we don't know at all, but one who seems to have a harmelodic bent at some points, and a much more mellow one at others. Jackson's presence on the record really has a big impact on the sound – putting it somewhere in a space between James Blood Ulmer and Sonny Greenwich – and remaining rhythms are handled by Fred Hopkins on bass and Paul Maddox on drums and percussion. Titles include "Trailway Shake/Sad Lo-uis", "Usta B", "Ballad", "Machine Wing", and "Holding Together". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Esther PhillipsBurnin/Confessin The Blues ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Early 70s. Used ... $6.99
2 albums recorded by Esther in the years before she broke into big fame on the Kudu label. Burnin is a stunning live set that marked Esther's move from being a loud young R&B singer into an older, more mature interpreter of material in a more jazzy style. She's backed here by a good group that includes Jack Wilson on piano, Richard Tee on organ, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Cornell Dupree on guitar – and she moves through a heartbreaking set of material that heralds her later 70's recordings for Kudu. Tracks include "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream", "And I Love Him", "Shangri-La", and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". Confessin points back at Esther's earlier career in R&B, but has a nice jazzy finish – thanks to players like Sonny Criss, Teddy Edwards, and Herb Ellis – and the record also features a few more sides from the Burnin sessions at Freddie Jett's Nightclub in LA. Titles include "Romance In The Dark", "I Wonder", "I'm Getting Long Alright", "In The Evenin", and "I Love Paris". Due to time limit restrictions, the CD excludes the cuts "I'm Getting Long Alright" and "It Could Happen To You" from the LPs. CD
(Out of print.)

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Jackie WilsonWhispers ... CD
Brunswick, Mid 60s. Used ... $5.99
Wonderful Chicago soul from Jackie Wilson – one of the classic Brunswick albums he recorded in the Windy City – with stunning production by Carl Davis and arrangements by Sonny Sanders! The album's a perfect showcase for Wilson's incredible vocals – soaring out to new heights in this setting – which marks a real change from his Brunswick style of the early 60s. A key part of the record is the choice of songs – including the classic title cut – written by Barbara Acklin, with a haunting quality that really lets Jackie reach a new high on vocals again. In addition to "Whispers (Getting Louder)", other tracks include "I've Gotta Talk to You", "Tears Will Tell It All", "I Don't Want to Lose You", and "(Too Much) Sweet Lovin". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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VariousAtlantic Jazz – Post Bop ... CD
Atlantic, 1950s. Used ... $2.99
Music from the Teddy Charles Tentet, Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh, Sonny Rollins & the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Jazz Modes, John Coltrane, the Slide Hampton Octet, Von Freeman, Freddie Hubbard & Gil Evans. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousNigeria Soul Power 70 – Afro Funk, Afro Rock, Afro Disco ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A fantastic collection of lesser-known gems from the 70s scene in Nigeria – music that's a great counterpart to better-remembered Afro Funk and soul from international giants like Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade! This set digs deep, and is a nicelly expanded version of a set that Soul Jazz issued years back as a limited edition 7" single box for Record Store Day – presented here with more music, and a detailed set of notes – really getting at the special scene that was taking place in Nigeria at the time, as the nation was rising to the top of the African scene with a fantastic criss-crossing of musical modes! There's definitely plenty of the funk promised in the title, and the "rock" is usually of the funky kind with great guitar work – and a few later cuts even pick up the pace with a bit of disco, but more in the fast-funk mode, and hardly the slick stuff of the American scene. Titles include "Africans Must Unite" and "Shake Hands" by Geraldo Pino, "We'll Get Home" by The Wings, "E Ye Ika Se" by Alhagi Prof Kollington Ayinala, "Kassa Kpa Sama Kpa" by Colomach, "Beware" by MFB, "You Are The One" by Tony Grey & The Ozimba Messengers, "Single Boy" by The Wings, "Sugar Baby" by Don Bruce & The Angels", "Power To The People" by Geraldo Pino, "Igba Alusi" by Original Wings, "Dance Of The Elephants" by Sonny Okosunds Ozziddi, and "Oba Erediauwa I" by Sonny Okosuns. CD

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✨✧ Count BasieBest Of The Roulette Years ... CD
Roulette, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Count Basie with Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Wendell Culley, Eugene Snooky Young, Sonny Cohn, Al Aaron & Jimmy Nottingham on trumpets, Benny Powell, Henry Coker, Al Grey, Quentin Jackson & Seldon Powell on trombones, Norman Bates, Marshall Royal, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell, Benny Carter, Budd Johnson, Eddie Lockjaw' Davis & Charlie Fowlkes on saxes, frank Wess on flute, Freddie Green & Sam Herman on guitars, Eddie Jones on bass & Sonny Payne on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington At Fargo, 1940 – Live (3LP Box Set) ... LP
Book Of The Month, 1940. Near Mint- 3LP Box Set ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great documentation of this rare live set from 1940 – one of the best slices of Ellington from the time! Johnny Hodges on alto sax, Duke Ellington on piano, Harry Carney on baritone sax & clarinet, Jimmy Blanton on bass, Otto Hardwick on alto sax & clarinet, Barney Bigard on tenor sax & clarinet, Sonny Greer on drums, Freddy Guy on guitar & whistle, Ben Webster on tenor sax, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown & Tricky Sam Nanton on trombones, Rex Stewart & Wallace Jones on trumpets, Ray Nance on trumpet, vibes & vocals & Herb Jeffries & Ivie Anderson on vocals. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet. Box has a bit of marker on front.)

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✨✧ Joe HendersonState Of The Tenor – Live At The Village Vanguard Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1985. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section – this is a unique date for Joe, and he sounds brilliant throughout! Ron Carter and Al Foster provide a crisp but elastic foundation for Henderson's burnished melodies and solos in a very spacious setting – and this first volume features the tracks "Beatrice", "Friday The Thirteenth", "Happy Reunion", "Loose Change", "Ask Me Now", and "Isotope". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet series!)

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✨✧ Ike QuebecBallads ... CD
Blue Note, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Joined by Sonny Clark, Milt Hinton, Art Blakey, Grant Green, Sonny Clark, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes, Freddie Roach, Al Harewood, Charles Thompson, JC Heard, Earl Van Dyke, Willie Jones & Wilbert Hogan. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Albert AylerWitches & Devils ... CD
Arista Freedom/1201 Music, 1964/1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic early material by Albert Ayler, recorded in New York in 1964, but originally issued only in Europe! The session features Ayler with the obscure trumpeter Norman Howard, plus Henry Grimes on bass and Sonny Murray on drums – and has all the crackle and imagination of Ayler's ESP recordings. In fact, the album stands as a key record that's as essential as Spiritual Unity or Spirits Rejoice – and has a very similar feel to both of those sets. Titles include "Spirits", "Witches & Devils", "Holy, Holy", and "Saints". CD
(24 Bit remastered edition.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisDig ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1951. Used ... Out Of Stock
A key early appearance on record by Sonny Rollins – recorded here with Miles Davis and Jackie McLean in the landmark Dig session! The album's the stuff that 50s bop dreams are made of – a session that has up-and-coming modernists working in the new freedom of the long playing record, in a way that allows them to break past the shorter, more urgent sound of the 78rpm single! Rollins is young, but a surprisingly strong voice on the set – and Jackie McLean's alto is incredibly sharp at this point, with strong hints of the genius to come later in the decade. The rest of the lineup includes Walter Bishop on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – and tracks include Miles' classic version of "It's Only A Paper Moon", plus "Denial", "Out Of The Blue", "Dig", and "Bluing". CD

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✨✧ Milton DeluggMusic For Monsters, Munsters, Mummies, & Other TV Fiends (green vinyl pressing – 45rpm) ... LP
Epic/Real Gone, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A gem of a record from the glory days of the American horror scene – particularly that point when the b-movie world got so camp, folks were able to have a bit of a laugh at its expense! Milton Delugg crafted this cool little set at a time when the airwaves were brimming over with The Munsters, Adams Family, and late night monster flicks – and the sound is kind of an extension of the musical modes of both shows, taken through straighter instrumental arrangements! Sonny Lester produced the set, and allows for a good number of jazzy elements – particularly on organ, which is used a fair bit throughout – probably played by a great musician whose name never got to appear on the credits. There's also electric guitar and lots of very dynamic horn parts – on titles that include "Bewitched", "Theme For Frankenstein", "Ghost Meets Ghoul", "Theme For Dracula", "The Outer Limits", "Adams Family", "Munsters Theme", and "Theme For The Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 900 – on "Ghoulish" green vinyl! Plays at 45rpm for added fidelity.)

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✨✧ Bunky GreenPlayin For Keeps/Testifyin Time ... CD
Cadet/Lonehill (Spain), 1965/1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
Tremendous work from an alto player with a very unique conception – a player who was unlike Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, or some of his precursors on the instrument – and instead really took off in bold new directions, like Lou Donaldson or fellow Chicagoan Sonny Cox in the mid 60s! On the album Playin For Keeps, Bunky's got a very sharp edge on his horn – one that's deft and skillful, but never too boppish. Instead, he really uses space and timing to carve out a new sort of groove – one that's punctuated slightly by the rhythms of the combo, but which also firmly takes its cue from Bunky's own forcefully blown horn. Players here include Cleveland Eaton on bass, Willie Pickins on piano, and Harold Jones on drums – and titles include "Playin For Keeps", "Mi Compasion", "Brazilano", "Mama Looka Boo Boo", and "What Can I Do". Testifyin Time is a really great little record – and one that goes way past the hokey soul jazz reference you might guess from the title! Bunky Green's definitely "testifyin" on the set – but he's really moving past 60s soul jazz cliches, and never falling into some of the too-gospelly notes of some of his contemporaries. Instead, he finds a great space between hardbop, modern jazz, and more soulful moments – all delivered with a hip freshness that's right up there with some of his best contemporaries on the Argo/Cadet label at the time. Thank Chicago for that quality – and the combo on the record, which includes Marshall Thompson on drums, Cleveland Eaton on bass, James Meyer on tenor, and Walter Strickland on trumpet. Titles include "Tamra", "Orbit Six", "My Ship", and "Tweedlee Dee". CD features 17 tracks in all – including one bonus track, "Step High", recorded in 1960 with Wynton Kelly. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Joe HendersonState Of The Tenor – Live At The Village Vanguard Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section – this is a unique date for Joe, and he sounds brilliant throughout! Ron Carter and Al Foster provide a crisp but elastic foundation for Henderson's burnished melodies and solos in a very spacious setting – and this second volume features the tracks "Boo Boo's Birthday", "Cheryl", "Y Ya La Quiero", "Soulville", and "The Bead Game". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Billy RobinsonEvolution's Blend ... LP
Radio Canada/Return To Analog (Canada), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from overlooked Candian tenorist Billy Robinson – a hell of a player, and one who might have been huge if this album were issued on a regular label in the US – instead of as a project by Radio Canada up north! Robinson has a wonderful vision here – gently spiritual, but in a more straight ahead way – working in this relaxed soulful combo that really sparkles with piano from Pierre Leduc and guitar from Peter Leitch – the latter of whom is a chromatic genius, in the Sonny Greenwich school – and really finds a great way to illuminate the tunes! Robinson's tone dominates, but the album's also got rock-solid rhythms from Erroll Waters on bass and Jim Norman on drums – on original tunes that include "Quebec On My Mind", "Evolution's Blend", "The Family", "It's Raining Ashes", and "Homing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered pressing of 500 copies.)

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✨✧ VariousNigeria Soul Power 70 – Afro Funk, Afro Rock, Afro Disco ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of lesser-known gems from the 70s scene in Nigeria – music that's a great counterpart to better-remembered Afro Funk and soul from international giants like Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade! This set digs deep, and is a nicelly expanded version of a set that Soul Jazz issued years back as a limited edition 7" single box for Record Store Day – presented here with more music, and a detailed set of notes – really getting at the special scene that was taking place in Nigeria at the time, as the nation was rising to the top of the African scene with a fantastic criss-crossing of musical modes! There's definitely plenty of the funk promised in the title, and the "rock" is usually of the funky kind with great guitar work – and a few later cuts even pick up the pace with a bit of disco, but more in the fast-funk mode, and hardly the slick stuff of the American scene. Titles include "Africans Must Unite" and "Shake Hands" by Geraldo Pino, "We'll Get Home" by The Wings, "E Ye Ika Se" by Alhagi Prof Kollington Ayinala, "Kassa Kpa Sama Kpa" by Colomach, "Beware" by MFB, "You Are The One" by Tony Grey & The Ozimba Messengers, "Single Boy" by The Wings, "Sugar Baby" by Don Bruce & The Angels", "Power To The People" by Geraldo Pino, "Igba Alusi" by Original Wings, "Dance Of The Elephants" by Sonny Okosunds Ozziddi, and "Oba Erediauwa I" by Sonny Okosuns. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousShadow Knows More – 35 Scary Tales From The Vaults Of Horror ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Totally great sounds for the Halloween season – a mad mix of instrumentals, vocals, and offbeat singles from the late 50s and early 60s – exactly the kind of music that keeps things weird and wild on the last day of October! Some of these gems are in the best novelty mode of the time, while others have more of a horror rock sort of vibe – and together, the package is a wonderful tribute to a near-lost genre – one that maybe got a bit wrecked when groups like The Cramps or Misfits tried to celebrate the sound all year long! 35 tracks in all – including "Tickler" by The Sherwoods, "Beware" by Bill Buchanan, "The Gorilla" by Bert Convy, "The Creep" by Ted Heath, "Voodoo Walk" by Sonny Richards Panics, "Something's Going On In My Room" by Daddy Cleanhead, "Hell's Bells" by David Carroll, "Devil's Den" by Duante Turley, "The Raven" by Freddie Countryman, "The Ghost Song" by Salty Holmes, "When All The Streets Are Dark" by Somethin Smith & The Redheads, "Dear Jeepers" by Bob Guy, and "Ghost Guitars" by Baron Daemon & The Vampires. CD

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

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
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
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Laurel Aitken & OthersSkinhead Train – Complete Singles Collection 1969/1970 (5CD set) ... CD
Pressure Drop (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 5CD set ... $32.99
An insanely huge amount of work from British rocksteady legend Laurel Aitken – especially when you consider that this set of 138 tracks was issued in the short space of just two years! In truth, Laurel's not the lead artist on all the cuts, but he had something to do with all of them – either as a singer, songwriter, producer, or other creative force – all bringing to a variety of UK labels the experience he'd build up as a formative member on the growing scene in Kingston! The work throughout is marked with the wit that always made Aitken such a standout, and which also links his contributions to Jamaican music with larger Caribbean culture – but never in the watered-down style of his later revival work. The scope of music is amazing, and in addition to dozens of tracks recorded under his own name, the package features cuts by The Gruvy Beats, The Classics, Inner Mind, Winston Groovy, Sonny Binns & The Rudies, Tiger, King Horror, Pama Dice, The Cimarons, Trevor Lloyd, Dice & Cummie, Dice The Boss, and others. CD

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✨✧ Eric AlexanderSummit Meeting ... CD
Milestone, 2002. Used ... Just Sold Out!
This tenor giant gets better and better with each new album! Eric Alexander is one of our favorite new jazz artists of the past decade – still a relatively young player, but with a sound that's incredible, steeped in years of tradition, yet freely creative in his own unique way. His tenor solos on this set stand up to some of our favorite older work by players like Clifford Jordan or Sonny Rollins, and if anything, the backing may be some of the best he's ever received on record. Alexander's playing here with longtime friend and musical partner Harold Mabern – who's as sympathetic to Alexander's sound as he once was to that of Frank Strozier – and the other players in the group include trumpeter Nicholas Payton, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth. Titles include "Andre's Turn", "After The Rain", "This Girl's In Love With You", "A House Is Not A Home", and "Summit Meeting". CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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Count BasieApril In Paris (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1955. Used ... $2.99
One of Basie's biggest albums – but still a work of pure genius! "April In Paris" is one of the darkest jazz standards ever written, and it never sounded better than in this original version, which features that great ending in which Basie and the band stop, then start, then stop – leaving you completely unresolved at the finish. The group's a strong one – with Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Freddie Green, Sonny Payne, Marshall Royal, Henry Coker, Joe Newman, and Thad Jones – and tracks include "Shiny Stockings", "Midgets", "Mambo Inn", "Sweety Cakes", and "Corner Pocket". Features 6 bonus tracks too! CD
(Verve Master Edition. Please note the digipack case is clean overall but has heavy abrasions on both spines.)

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Beach BoysSurfer Girl/Shut Down Vol 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, Early 60s. Used ... $3.99
2 early ones from The Beach Boys – records that show them growing a lot, musically and emotionally, and also showing a bit of the strain to fill so many albums with quality material. This 27 track set features some real gems – like the original and German versions of "In My Room", the obscure "Surfer Moon", and the incredibly haunting "Warmth Of The Sun", one of the first real moments of genius from Brian Wilson. Other titles include a few oddball numbers – like "Denny's Drums" and "Cassius Love vs Sonny Wilson" – plus classics like "Fun Fun Fun", "Don't Worry Baby", "Keep An Eye On Summer", "Our Car Club", "Little Deuce Coup", and "Surfer Girl". CD
(Mark through barcode.)

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Leon BryantFinders Keepers/Mighty Body (Hotsy Totsy) ... CD
De-Lite/Deep Beats (UK), 1981/1984. Used ... $14.99
A pair of great records from Leon Bryant – both from the late De-Lite Records years, and offered up here back to back! First up is Mighty Body – a set also known as the self-titled Leon Bryant album – overlooked genius from Leon – a singer with a hell of a voice, and a range that can go from very low to super-soaring at the drop of a hat! And fortunately, that style works great here for the later De-Lite Records approach – funky club at its best, with grooves that are already great before Bryant steps into the mix – then find a special sort of magic, thanks to Leon's voice! There's also a good mix of balance, here – as the upbeat groovers are blended with some nice midtempo cuts, and one great stepper too. Titles include "Something More", "Come & Get It", "Just The Way You Like It", and "You Can Depend On Me". Next up is Finders Keepers, a record that would have been huge, had it gotten the kind of mainstream placement it deserved – which would have let the world hear what a great singer Leon Bryant could be! The set's got some top-shelf arrangements from Jimmy Mack and Sonny Sanders – both of whom are sliding perfectly into an 80s soul groove here, but still with all the hipper indie touches of the early years – which means that the whole thing perfectly avoids cliche or commercialism, while also giving Bryant the right sort of sophisticated vibe that works well with the depth of his voice. The range is almost one that we'd rank right up there with DJ Rogers – although with less of the spiritual vibe – and titles include "Are You Ready", "Honey", "Finders Keepers", "Your Kind Of Lovin", and "I Can See Me Loving You". CD
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Leon BryantMighty Body (Hotsy Totsy)/Finders Keepers (with bonus track) ... CD
De-Lite/Solid (Japan), 1981/1984. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of great records from Leon Bryant – both from the late De-Lite Records years, and offered up here back to back! First up is Mighty Body – a set also known as the self-titled Leon Bryant album – overlooked genius from Leon – a singer with a hell of a voice, and a range that can go from very low to super-soaring at the drop of a hat! And fortunately, that style works great here for the later De-Lite Records approach – funky club at its best, with grooves that are already great before Bryant steps into the mix – then find a special sort of magic, thanks to Leon's voice! There's also a good mix of balance, here – as the upbeat groovers are blended with some nice midtempo cuts, and one great stepper too. Titles include "Something More", "Come & Get It", "Just The Way You Like It", and "You Can Depend On Me". Next up is Finders Keepers, a record that would have been huge, had it gotten the kind of mainstream placement it deserved – which would have let the world hear what a great singer Leon Bryant could be! The set's got some top-shelf arrangements from Jimmy Mack and Sonny Sanders – both of whom are sliding perfectly into an 80s soul groove here, but still with all the hipper indie touches of the early years – which means that the whole thing perfectly avoids cliche or commercialism, while also giving Bryant the right sort of sophisticated vibe that works well with the depth of his voice. The range is almost one that we'd rank right up there with DJ Rogers – although with less of the spiritual vibe – and titles include "Are You Ready", "Honey", "Finders Keepers", "Your Kind Of Lovin", and "I Can See Me Loving You". CD also features the bonus track "Mighty Body (original 12" version)". CD

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Burnt Sugar ArkestraTwentieth Anniversary Mixtapes – Groiddest Shizznits Vol 3 ... CD
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s. Used ... $11.99
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone else we can think of – maybe a jazz ensemble at the core, but one that's keenly aware of soul, funk, and hip hop – and not afraid to allow any of those elements equal play in their music – almost as if Duke Ellington grew up in the 90s, listening to electric Miles Davis, Tribe Called Quest, and Curtis Mayfield – then found a way to expand larger musical ideas based on influences that diverse. Greg Tate founded the group, and directs with bassist Jared Michael Nickerson – and this series of three CDs is dedicated to bringing back some of the group's best work, much of which has gone out of print in recent years. Guests on this third volume include Vijay Iyer, Matana Roberts, Anti-Pop Consortium, Jeremiah Abia, and others – and titles include "God Is Black", "Black Fros Black Gold", "Young Frankenstank", "Sleep Is The Cousin Of Def", "Mack Jarrett", "Chains & Water", "The Name Is Blunt Sonny Blount", "Spartacus Free The Slaves", and "A Blood Sample From Erroll Garner". CD
(Packaged in a slim sleeve.)

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Rufus HarleyPied Piper Of Jazz ... CD
Atlantic/Label M, Late 60s. Used ... $7.99
Fantastic work from one of the most unique talents in jazz! Rufus Harley plays bagpipes – yes, that's right, bagpipes – in a modal Coltrane-esque way that's simply got to be heard to be believed. He uses the drone capability of the instrument to explore reed patterns in the same way that Coltrane did, inspired a bit by Eastern sounds, especially Indian music, but also working in an Afro-centric mode that reclaims the bagpipes as an instrument rooted in the middle east (where it was first picked up by soldiers during the crusades, and brought north to Scotland.) The whole thing might sound incredibly silly, but when you hear the music, you'll be convinced – and this CD is set up to do just that. The collection takes 9 tracks from Rufus glory days at Atlantic Records during the late 60s – and features Harley not only on bagpipes, but on tenor, soprano, and flute – playing in groups that feature players like Roy Ayers, Herbie Mann, Sonny Stitt, James Glenn, and Don Patterson. Titles include "Feelin Good", "Flute Bag", "Taurus The 20th", "More", "Sufur", and "Pipin The Blues". CD
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Boogaloo Joe JonesWhat It Is ... LP
Prestige, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Killer funkiness from Boogaloo Joe Jones! Grover Washington Jr makes an incredible appearance here – sounding much harder and heavier than on some of his Kudu recordings – more of a gritty soul jazz player, working beautifully alongside the sharp guitar of Boogaloo Joe Jones, and the sweet organ of Sonny Phillips! The groove is lean, clean, and a bit laidback – not as frenetic as some of Jones' other jams, but in a great way that shows a new sense of space and timing in his groove! Other players include Bernard Purdie on drums and Jimmy Lewis on Fender bass – and titles include "Inside Job", "Fadin", "What It Is", and a nice cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". Amazing guitar work throughout – and a very tight batch of funky jazz! LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony ScottComplete Tony Scott ... LP
RCA, 1957. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A real standout set from Tony Scott's 50s catalog – an album that features his sweetly fluid clarinet lines backed by a larger orchestra that includes Gigi Gryce, Sahib Shihab, Zoot Sims, Frank Wess, Thad Jones, and Frank Foster! The format's less bop-oriented than some of Tony's other records from the time, but the expansive sound of the larger group is really great – and brings a sense of drama to the record that seems to push Tony a bit more than usual. Some tracks feature incredible solo work that has Scott really stretching the instrument, almost in a way that foreshadows stronger 60s use of soprano saxophone – and arrangements from Bill Evans, John Carisi, Nat Pierce, and Sonny Truitt help to keep the overall sound of the album fresh throughout. Titles include "The Lady Is A Tramp", "Skylark", "I'll Remember April", "Walkin", "Under A Blanket Of Blue", and 2 very nice extended numbers – "Finger Poppin Blues" and "Time To Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has yellowing from age on back.)

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✨✧ WilcoWilco (The Album) ... LP
Nonesuch, 2009. Sealed Gatefold ... $24.99
Wilco continuing the looser, less self-consciously experimental, more straightforward songcraft road they'd been traveling on since Sky Blue Sky, after the art rock leaning previous few LPs – including the classic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – but Wilco being Wilco, their version of straight forward songcraft has more depth and diverse instrumentation than just about any other contemporary rock peers! And after some years of feeling underserved by the "alt country" tag and steering clear of anything too twangy, it's kinda nice to hear the more lap steal and Byrds-y harmonies back in the fold without discarding the art rock textures. Good stuff from a great band in it for the long haul! Includes "Wilco (The Song)", "Deeper Down", "One Wing", "Bull Black Nova", "You And I", "You Never Know", "Country Disappeared", "Solitaire", "I'll Fight", "Sonny Feeling" and "Everlasting Everything". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a mark through the barcode.)

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✨✧ Leo Wright, Baby Douglas, Candy Green, etcEchoes From The Prague Jazz Festival 1964 ... LP
Supraphon (Czech Republic), 1964. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Rare work from Leo Wright – who plays alto sax on two cuts. Two more cuts feature vocals from Baby Douglas, one more features singing from Candy Green, and Douglas also leads the Black Jazz In Europe band on other cuts – which also features Kenny Drew on piano, Lou Bennet on organ, Roland Haynes on bass, and Fred Braceful on drums. Titles include "Dobbin The Red Fox", "Yesterdays", "My Blues", "Blues For Festival", and "Sonnymoon For Two". LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape, save for some light laminate peeling in one bottom corner.)

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VariousFrom Spirituals To Swing – Carnegie Hall Concerts 1938/1939 ... CD
Vanguard, 1938/1939. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
A legendary set of concerts – put together by this famous producer who discovered Billie Holiday and so many other great jazz talents! Features work by Joe Turner, Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Sonny Terry, Pete Johnson, and Count Basie! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousStax Of Funk – The Funky Truth ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 22.99
Funky genius from the legendary Stax studios! During the 60s, Stax was well known for their work in the soul music field – turning out hit singles by the likes of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and others – but after 1968, when the label finished their deal with Atlantic, they really started getting down and dirty, and hitting on all burners in the funk department. This tasty set features 21 tracks from those exiting years –many of them only ever issued on singles, and a few of them by some of the label's more famous LP artists – but all of them with a nice Memphis funky groove! Titles include "Turn Your Damper Down" by Rufus Thomas, "Broadway Freeze" by Harvey Scales, "Life Is Funky" by Round Robin Monopoly, "The Dryer" by Roy Lee Johnson, "She's My Old Lady Too" by Lee Sain, "Slipped & Tripped" by The Sweet Inspirations, "Brothers & Sisters" by Kim Weston, "Movin Dancer" by Bobby Holley, "Eli's Pork Chop" by Little Sonny, "A Man Never Knows" by Chris & Shack, "Grab A Handful" by Art Jerry Miller, "I'll Kill A Brick (About My Man)" by Hot Sauce, "Watch The Dog That Brings The Bone" by Inez Foxx, "Sock Soul" by The Bar Kays, and "Getting Funky Round Here" by Black Nasty! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSuper Hits Vol 2 ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good ... $6.99
While this is the sort of collection labels churn out as a loss leader, to spark interest in their artists, this set actually shows off the depth of talent in the Atlantic catalog throughout the 60s. Mostly soul and R&B, but with a few pop numbers too, the twelve song set plays great as sampler of some of the top sounds of the late 60s: Wilson Pickett "Funky Broadway", Aretha Franklin "Baby I Love You", The Rascals "Groovin", Sam & Dave "Soul Man", Te Bar-Kays "Soul Finger", Joe Tex "Skinny Legs And All", Aretha Franklin "Chain Of Fools", Otis Redding "Dock Of The Bay", Sonny & Cher "The Beat Goes On", The Bee Gees "To Love Somebody", Buffalo Springfield "For What It's Worth" and The Fireballs featuring Jimmy Gilmer "Bottle Of Wine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has a peeled spot on the back.)

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✨✧ Lou Bennett QuartetEnfin! ... CD
BMG (France), 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A heck of a Hammond set – and from Europe, no less! Lou Bennett was a visionary player from the US who recorded some of his best work in the French scene of the 60s – grooving in a mode that was clearly inspired by Jimmy Smith, but which also showed some of the talent for pushing the Hammond past its boundaries – as would show up more heavily in the work of Larry Young. Like Young, Bennett displays an early affinity for the work of Coltrane – apparent here from the album's leadoff take on Trane's jaunty "Moment's Notice". Other tracks on the set are equally striking – and include versions of Ornette Coleman's "Jane" and JJ Johnson's "JJ" – as well as 2 great originals by Rene Thomas, who plays guitar in the quartet – "I Remember Sonny" and "Indicatif" – plus Bennett's own "Enfin". CD
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✨✧ Tubby HayesDown In The Village ... CD
Fontana/Redial (UK), 1962/1998. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Long overdue reissue of one of the totally rare sessions that Tubby Hayes cut for British Fontana in the early 60s. Hayes was one of the best British jazz talents ever, and his raw tenor sound is right up there with Sonny Rollins and Hank Mobley for sheer power and inventiveness. This laidback session features Hayes at the prime of his power, playing in a very tight live quintet with Jimmy Deuchar on trumpet, Gordon Beck on piano, and Allan Ganley on drums. The group grooves in an extremely tight way, and the tracks are long long long, with beautiful solos that never let up for a minute. Highlights include the originals "Down In the Village" and "In The Night", plus the tracks "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" and "First Eleven". The whole record is great, and its re-release opens a key chapter in the career of one of the greatest jazz players to ever spring up on the east side of the Atlantic! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Theo Loevendie ThreeStairs ... LP
Artone (Holland), 1967. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groundbreaking work from the Dutch scene of the 60s – an early trio album from Theo Loevendie, featuring bass work by Maarten Altena, and drums from John Engels. Loevendie plays both soprano sax and bass clarinet – in a style that's clearly inspired by Dolphy, but which also has some of the more lyrical touches of the Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons union. Altena's bass work is extremely strong, giving the tunes a rhythmic pulse that, if anything, allows Loevendie to take off in even greater flights on his solos – while still returning to the drive of the tune. A key example of why the Dutch scene was one of the hippest in 60s European jazz – with tracks that include "Esma", "Stairs", "Midas", and "Lady Penelope". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam and unglued spine – and a few small pen notes on the back.)

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✨✧ Mongo SantamariaMongo '70/Mongo At Montreux ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1970/1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
During the early 70s, Mongo Santamaria moved to Atlantic records – which was a perfect place for him to expand his groove past the hard Latin soul of his Columbia years, into an excellent sound that mixed funk and Latin and soul and jazz! On these two albums, Mongo is still working with his classic arranger – trumpeter Marty Sheller, the man who knew how to pack an incredible amount of power in one tiny groove! Neal Creque joined Mongo on loan from Pucho's group – and he also contributed a lot of nice tracks to the first album, like his classic "Windjammer", plus "Look Away", "The Whistler", and "Mo' Do". Other players are equally nice – and include Roger Glenn, Armando Peraza, Angel Allende, and Sonny Henry. Other tracks include "Grass Roots", "Conversation In Drums", "Marty's Tune", "Disappear", "Come Candela", "Climax", "Night Crawler", and "March Of The Panther". CD

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✨✧ VariousGroove Jumping – 14 Classic Rockin R&B Tracks From RCA's Groove Label ... LP
RCA/Detour (UK), Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groove jumping galore – a host of killer R&B numbers from RCA's legendary offshoot in the 50s – home to a great range of singles at the time! Groove was as important as Chess or Atlantic for a few short years – and during that time, they cut some great groups, amazing singers, and some super-tight instrumentalists – many of whom are featured in this well-done set! In the best Bear Family tradition, the set features notes on all the sessions, plus Bez Turner liners from the original British collection that first brought these tracks together – details on titles that include "Dead Broke" and "Speed King" by The Du Droppers, "Radar" and "How Come" by Mr Bear, "Ride & Roll" by Sonny Terry, "Lawdy Miss Mary" by The Five Keys, "Worried Bout You Baby" and "Dat Dat De Dum Dum" by Roy Mr Guitar Gaines, "Bottle It Up & Go" by Big John Greer, "Strange Kind Of Feeling" by Tiny Kennedy, and "No Good Lover" by Mickey & Sylvia. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Stanley ClarkeStanley Clarke Band ... CD
Telarc, 2010. Used ... Out Of Stock
Stanley Clarke certainly knows how to keep things fresh after all these years – coming across here with a nicely lean quality that really offers up a strong focus on his well-crafted work on electric bass – still with some of the fusion-leaning sounds of his classic years, but also hitting a slightly different flavor, too! The work's not nearly as smooth as you might expect – and in a way, the record would be perfect for the sort of headphone-jamming listening that Clarke inspired back in the 70s – even though there's a really different quality to the record overall, almost a 21st Century twist on the classic Stanley sound. The core group is nice and small – just Ronald Bruner on drums and Ruslan on keyboards, plus some guest piano from Hiromi – and other guest work from vocalist Cheryl Bentyne, saxlphonist Bob Sheppard, and guitarist Charles Altura. Titles include "Fulani", "Soldier", "How Is The Weather Up There", "No Mystery", "Labyrinth", and "Sonny Rollins". CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul On The Real Side #11 ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from this excellent series – one of our most trusted sources for sweet soul and modern soul over the past decade or so! The groove is great – kind of the underground of 70s mellow – artists that might hit the territory of the Isleys or Marvin Gaye, but who are much more obscure – hand-selected by the folks at this UK collective, who really know what they're doing when it comes to vintage soul! All the cuts are great, and some rare groove classics are mixed with newly-discovered gems – in a great package of 20 tracks that includes "My Precious Love" by Gloria Walker, "The Fish Song" by New Creation, "Falling In Love" by Derek Martin, "I'll Be True" by Cookie Woodson, "It's All In The Back Of Me Now" by Linda Perry, "My Eyes" by Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities, "I'm Never Gonna Hurt You Again" by Sonny Munro, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" by The Escorts, "Just To Satisfy My Baby" by Peggy Gaines, and "Honey Baby" by Innervision. CD

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✨✧ Don CherryCherry Jam (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Gearbox, 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Never-issued work from Don Cherry – and a really key piece of the puzzle in the career of this legendary trumpeter! The recordings were done for Swedish Radio, with great fidelity – more than just live tracks captured in a club, and instead some really thoughtful material that marks an early pairing of Cherry's talents with the Swedish scene that he would soon call home! Don plays cornet, and the music is maybe a bit inside compared to some of his later Swedish experiments – but still pretty amazing, and a great bridge from his work with Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins. Players include Mogens Bollerup on tenor, Atli Bjorn on piano, Benny Nielsen on bass, and Simon Koppel on drums – and titles include the Cherry originals "Priceless", "Nigeria", and "The Ambassador From Greenland" – plus a reading of "You Took Advantage Of Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing – plays at 45rpm for extra sonic power!)

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✨✧ Don CherryEternal Rhythm ... LP
MPS, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of Don Cherry's most hypnotic albums ever – a full album-length performance that features one of his first experiments with mixing jazz and global elements! The set was captured at the 1968 Berlin Jazz Festival – and mixes Cherry's amazing work on cornet, flute, and a myriad of world instruments with key contributions from European improvisers who include Eje Thelin on trombone, Bernt Rosengren on tenor and oboe, Karl Berger on vibes, Joachim Kuhn on piano and prepared piano, and Albert Mangelsdorf on trombone! There's even a bit of gamelon elements in some of the music, and Sonny Sharrock plays guitar too – and although free at times, the music comes together with an amazing sense of cohesion by the end – a vision that would inspire others to move into new territory in the decade to come. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ WilcoWilco (The Album) ... CD
Nonesuch, 2009. Used ... Out Of Stock
Wilco continuing the looser, less self-consciously experimental, more straightforward songcraft road they'd been traveling on since Sky Blue Sky, after the art rock leaning previous few LPs – including the classic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – but Wilco being Wilco, their version of straight forward songcraft has more depth and diverse instrumentation than just about any other contemporary rock peers! And after some years of feeling underserved by the "alt country" tag and steering clear of anything too twangy, it's kinda nice to hear the more lap steal and Byrds-y harmonies back in the fold without discarding the art rock textures. Good stuff from a great band in it for the long haul! Includes "Wilco (The Song)", "Deeper Down", "One Wing", "Bull Black Nova", "You And I", "You Never Know", "Country Disappeared", "Solitaire", "I'll Fight", "Sonny Feeling" and "Everlasting Everything". CD
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✨✧ Phil Woods QuartetPhil Talks With Quill ... LP
Epic, 1957. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Rare as hens' teeth – and an incredible meeting of two vastly underrated alto talents! Phil Woods got plenty of opportunities to record as a leader in the 50s, but altoist Gene Quill was often buried in bigger groups – a fact that makes this album one of the few chances to really hear him shine! Woods and Quill work together beautifully throughout – playing boppishly, but also in a more relaxed groove – one that's a bit like Phil's excellent Warm Woods session for Epic from the same stretch, but perhaps a bit more upbeat overall. The twin-alto sound is really great – especially on the tunes that have them soaring together on the heads, then splitting off on solos with amazing dexterity and real dynamic range. Other players include Bob Corwin on piano, Sonny Dallas on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – and although the pair recorded an earlier session for RCA a few years before, this one's far superior! Titles include "Doxy", "Scrapple From the Apple", "Hymn For Kim", and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 70s Japanese pressing, ECPZ 1, with top obi and insert.)
 
 
 



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