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✨✧ Dizzy Gillespie with Sonny Rollins & Sonny StittDuets ... CD
Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest jam session albums on Verve! Although some of the label's "big horn talent" albums tended to be a bit snoozy, this one crackles with energy, and features three different classes of boppers working together perfectly on long, lively tracks with Ray Bryant on piano, Tommy Bryant on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums. In fact, it's probably the soulful rhythm section that makes the whole thing so darn good – as they really chop up some nice rhythms on cuts like "Wheatleigh Hall", "Haute Mon", and the album's classic version of "Con Alma", plus an alternate take of "Con Alma" and the previously unreleased "Anythin'". Great stuff, and essential for fans of Diz and Rollins especially! CD
(Out of print.)

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Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Sonny RollinsSonny Side Up (Verve Master Edition) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $3.99
A great little blowing session for Verve – one that has Dizzy Gillespie working here with two different "Sonnys" – Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins, both of whom play tenor on the set! The tracks here are all quite long and open – more loose vehicles for extended soloing than the usual sort of Verve tracks – almost a mini-jam session with the three horn giants in the lead. Rhythm is from the trio of Ray Bryant on piano, Tommy Bryant on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums – but the real stars are the horn players – not just Diz, who cuts some of his hippest lines of the late 50s here, but also Rollins and Stitt, who seem to get a bit more care in recording than they did over at Prestige earlier in the decade. Album features 4 long tracks – "On The Sunny Side Of The Street", "After Hours", "I Know That You Know", and "The Eternal Triangle". CD
(Out of print.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny RollinsModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Sonny Rollins ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good+ ... $7.99
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 & purple label pressing with deep groove and AT etch. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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Sonny RollinsBlue Note Years (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), Late 50s. Used ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Sonny RollinsComplete Sonny Rollins In Japan ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1973. New Copy 2CD ... $36.99
One of Sonny Rollins' best albums of the 70s – a Japanese-only live date that features some excellent work on both tenor and soprano sax! The group has a really great feel – thanks to congas by Mtume and guitar from Yoshiaki Masuo – both of whom bring some new elements to Rollins' groove, alongside electric bass from Bob Cranshaw and drums from David Lee. Sonny's solos are all well-blown and quite extended – put together with a strong sense of fire, and a bit less of the hoke that could sometimes show up on other US domestic albums. Tracks are all long, and titles include "Powaii", "Moritat", "Alfie", and "St Thomas". This 2CD version features a full bonus disc of previously unreleased work from the concert – 3 titles that include "Hold Em Joe", "Sais", and "God Bless The Child". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Sonny RollinsCutting Edge ... LP
Milestone, 1974. Near Mint- ... $14.99
An underrated 70s effort from Sonny Rollins, featuring him fronting a dynamite group with Stanley Cowell and Mtume at the height of their Afro-centric electric jazz period. Longtime sideman Bob Cranshaw plus David Lee round out the rhythm section, and this is one of Rollins' LPs featuring the excellent Japanese guitarist Masuo, plus Rufus Harley guests on one number, so you can guess this is one righteous affair. Rollins sounds awesome, laying extended solos over some tremendous funky vamps by the group on numbers like "The Cutting Edge" and "First Moves", and working in a more contemplative vein on "To A Wild Rose" and "A House Is Not A Home". Also includes a lengthy take on "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny RollinsFalling In Love With Jazz ... CD
Milestone, 1989. Used ... $3.99
With Branford Marsalis on tenor, Mark Soskin or Tommy Flangan on piano, Jerome Harris on guitar, and Clifton Anderson on trombone. Titles include "Sister", "Little Girl Blue", "For All We Know",a nd "I Should Care". CD
(Out of print.)

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

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Sonny RollinsNight At the Village Vanguard Complete ... CD
Blue Note/Jazz Heritage, 1957. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop perspective. Blue Note recorded Sonny at 2 sessions at the Village Vanguard on November 3, 1957 – and both sessions are offered here in their complete form! Donald Bailey and Pete LaRoca are the rhythm section for the early set – and Wilbur Ware and Elvin Jones are the backing for the later set. Both groups are amazing, and this is simply one of the best live sets ever captured by the label – and the kind of work that Rollins' had yet to reach in the studio. Titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Four", "Old Devil Moon", "Night In Tunisia", and "I've Got You Under My Skin". But forget the titles, because it's the playing that makes this one so wonderful! CD

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsNight At the Village Vanguard Vol 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop perspective – stretching out in free, piano-less space – really cutting some amazing edges, and blown in tones we might never have expected from Rollins a few years before. The group is beautifully open ended – with Wilbur Ware on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, and both of them in their best mode of the late 50s. This package features a reworked lineup of tracks from the LP – showing the true first volume of material – and adding in Donald Bailey on bass and Pete LaRoca on drums for a few tracks. Titles include "What Is This Thing Called Love", "I Can't Get Started", "Get Happy", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Sonnymoon For Two", "Strivers Row", and "I'll Remember April". CD
(Out of print early pressing. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Sonny RollinsNow's The Time! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1964. Used ... $38.99
A killer album from Sonny Rollins' prime 60s years at RCA – almost a return to basics, but always with that edge that makes Rollins stand out way more than most of his contemporaries – a subtle balance between straight and modern that really makes the album crackle! The album features Sonny working with Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter or Bob Cranshaw on bass, Roy McCurdy on drums – and a bit of welcome additional cornet from Thad Jones – sounding great here in a small group setting. Tracks are mostly jazz standards, but done with an incredible poise on the solos – completely transforming the tunes with Rollins' rich imagination! Titles include "52nd St Theme", "Round Midnight", "Four", "Afternoon In Paris", "St Thomas", and "I Remember Clifford". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi – and still sealed!)

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Sonny RollinsSaxophone Colossus & More ... LP
Prestige, 1956. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
Prestige reissued this record in 1975 and it includes the whole of Saxophone Colossus as well as parts of Sonny Boy, Sonny Rollins Plays For Bird and Sonny Rollins Plus Four all from 1956. Rollins plays tenor sax and is joined by a stellar bunch of musicians such as Doug Watkins on bass, Max Roach on drums, Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Clifford Brown on trumpet, Richie Powell on piano and others. Tracks include "The House I Live In", "Pent Up House", "Kiss & Run", "Kids Know", "Strode Rode", and "Star Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge and surface wear.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSolo Album ... CD
Milestone/OJC, 1985. Used ... $2.99
... CD

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Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins & The Big Brass (plus Sonny Rollins At Music Inn) ... CD
Verve, 1958. Used ... $8.99
A strange one, and from this perspective, it seems like a crazy decision to pair modernist tenorist Sonny Rollins with a set of large brassy arrangements. Oddly, though, the idea works, and works nicely – as Rollins' edgey solos cut through the heavy arrangements with ease, creating some angular counterpoint and a tight little space to make his own sound. The group was conducted by Ernie Wilkins, and the flipside of the album features Rollins playing in a small trio with the great Henry Grimes on bass (who also played with Rollins on some of his best sessions from the time!) Titles include "Manhattan", "If You Were The Only Girl In the World", "Who Cares?", and "Far Out East". Plus, this CD also includes material from Sonny Rollins At Music Inn – a record that was split with Teddy Edwards (only the Rollins tracks are included here). Like some of his other sides from the time, the LP features Sonny with only bass and drums backing him up – blowing free, but quite tightly, with no sloppiness at all. Tracks include "Limehouse Blues" and "You Are Too Beautiful" – crafted with that searching angular style that made these moments in Rollins' career so great. CD also features bonus alternate endings of the track "Grand Street" – making for a total of 14 tracks in all, in a cool package, with great notes! CD
(Out of print, Verve Master Edition pressing.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins & The Contemporary Leaders ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... $4.99
One of Sonny's brilliant west coast sessions for Contemporary – records that shouldn't sparkle as much as they do, but which actually stand with his best work of the 50s! Sonny's blowing in front of a session of "leaders" that includes Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, Shelly Manne, and Victor Feldman, who plays vibes on one track. Sonny's the real leader here, though – as his bold, proud tenor tone really takes front seat, carving lines that never get tired, bringing a sparkle into tunes like "You", "How High The Moon", "I've Found A New Baby", "The Song Is You", and "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star". Heck, even with songs like those, the album should be weak – but there's an undeniable magic that really makes it great! CD

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins On Impulse! ... CD
Impulse, 1965. Used ... $2.99
A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality than some of Sonny's earlier records, and one that brings out some sharper tones in his horn, even on the mellower numbers. The rhythm support is loose, but somewhat soulful and spontaneous – and features Ray Bryant on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – an unusual pairing for Sonny, but that's what makes them so great. In a way, the album's almost Rollins' equivalent of John Coltrane's earlier Ballads album for Impulse – in that it includes familiar tunes, but remade into completely new numbers by the sound of the leader. Titles include "Green Dolphin Street", "Everything Happens To Me", "Three Little Words", and "Hold Em Joe". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins On Impulse! ... LP
Impulse, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... On August 23, 2019
A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality than some of Sonny's earlier records, and one that brings out some sharper tones in his horn, even on the mellower numbers. The rhythm support is loose, but somewhat soulful and spontaneous – and features Ray Bryant on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – an unusual pairing for Sonny, but that's what makes them so great. In a way, the album's almost Rollins' equivalent of John Coltrane's earlier Ballads album for Impulse – in that it includes familiar tunes, but remade into completely new numbers by the sound of the leader. Titles include "Green Dolphin Street", "Everything Happens To Me", "Three Little Words", and "Hold Em Joe". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sonny Rollins On Impulse! ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins Vol 2 ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. Near Mint- ... $29.99
As classic as it comes for late 50s Blue Note – and a key meeting between Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk! The group on the set features Rollins and Monk with JJ Johnson, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey – all of whom push things more in the direction of Blue Note's sound of the time, then Monk's own recordings of the period for Riverside. But the contrast of modes makes for a really startling sound – one that has Monk "monking" it up next to the straighter rhythm section, and bringing out some more modern tones in Rollins' tenor work. Horace Silver plays piano on part of the set as well – but still keeps things strong – and titles include "Why Don't I", "Wail March", "Misterioso", and "Reflections". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s "black b" pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Sonny RollinsSound Of Sonny ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Very Good- ... $19.99
A landmark album from Sonny Rollins – a record that really lives up to its title, as it shows the maturing tenorist really finding his own voice in jazz – a sound that's unlike any other! Rollins' Riverside work sometimes seems to get overlooked sometimes in light of his freer late 50s playing on other labels – but this album's a real standout that shows that even with familiar material, Sonny can make magic happen in the way he phrases a tune and places a solo. Sonny's working here with a group that includes some hard-edged piano from Sonny Clark and some wonderfully inventive rhythm from Roy Haynes on drums – but Rollins is the real star in this quartet setting – shining throughout, in a mode that's incredibly economical, yet which speaks volumes with every note! Titles include "Mangoes", "Cutie", "Just In Time", and "Every Time We Say Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, missing obi.)

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Sonny RollinsThree Giants! (Prestige Historical Series) ... LP
Prestige, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Nice album that contains a mid-50s session recorded by Rollins for Prestige – with a quintet that includes the Clifford Brown-Max Roach ensemble, with Rollins filling in the tenor spot. Richie Powell's on piano, and the whole group has a very tight "roots of hardbop" sort of sound. Includes a classic reading of "Pent-up House", plus "Valse Hot", "Kiss & Run", and "Count Your Blessings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Sonny RollinsTour De Force ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956. Used ... $6.99
Wonderful Rollins work from the bop years – served up cracklin' hot, in a group with Kenny Drew on piano and Max Roach on drums. The obscure vocalist Earl Coleman checks in on two numbers – "Two Different Worlds" and "My Ideal" – giving a nice glimpse of a time in the bop era when players were much more likely to let a vocalist sit in on a set. However, the instrumental tunes – "Ee-Ah", "B Quick", and "B Swift" – are still the best ones. Also included is "Sonny Boy". CD

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsWorktime (second cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1955. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
If worktime was like this for us, you'd catch us showing up on the job early every day – but sadly, nothing at our office can match the brilliance of early Sonny Rollins here – a sharp-edged genius that perfectly illustrates why he was one of the greatest players on his horn for many decades running! There's a depth of tone on the record that rivals Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young – but a quickness of pace and imagination that shows a clear influence from Charlie Parker, and a deftness that few were bringing to the tenor at the time. The rhythm section here is super tight – and features Ray Bryant on piano, George Morrow on bass, and Max Roach on drums – all supporting Rollins' bold lead with lines that bristle with electricity, but still often fall back to let the sound of the tenor envelop the whole group. Tracks are longish, and titles include "Raincheck", "There Are Such Things", "Paradox", and "It's All Right With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue trident label pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)

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Sonny Rollins TrioSt Thomas – Sonny Rollins Trio In Stockholm 1959 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1959. Used ... $8.99
An amazing live performance from Sonny Rollins – one we'd rank right up there with his legendary Village Vanguard recordings on Blue Note – thanks to its stripped-down trio presentation, and its ability to let Rollins open up in some wonderfully modern tones! As with the Vanguard sides, these tracks feature a superb trio – Henry Grimes on bass and Pete LaRoca on drums – both wonderfully loose players, at the start of a budding legacy of creativity – and well-matched with Rollins, whose really changing his sound and style, and using the open space of the performance to move in directions that nobody would have expected at the start of the decade. Most tracks are standards, but really transformed – and titles include "Paul's Pal", "St Thomas", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Stay As Sweet As You Are", "How High The Moon", "Oleo", and "I've Told Every Little Star". Also features some bonus tracks – a brief interview with Sonny – plus drummer Joe Harris instead of LaRoca – on the titles "Paul's Pal", "It Don't Mean A Thing", and "Love Letters". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dizzy Gillespie with Sonny Rollins & Sonny StittDizzy, Rollins, & Stitt (aka Duets) ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest jam session records on Verve! Although some of the label's "big horn talent" albums tended to be a bit snoozy, this one crackles with energy, and features three different classes of boppers working together perfectly on long, lively tracks with Ray Bryant on piano, Tommy Bryant on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums. In fact, it's probably the soulful rhythm section that makes the whole thing so darn good – as they really chop up some nice rhythms on cuts like "Wheatleigh Hall", "Haute Mon", and the album's classic version of "Con Alma". Great stuff, and essential for fans of Diz and Rollins especially! This is the 2nd pressing of the material – from the 60s, with a different cover and title than the original session, titled Duets. LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing with deep groove. Cover has an index label on one corner and some discoloration from age.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsComplete Prestige Recordings (7CD box set) ... CD
Prestige, Late 40s/1950s. Used 7 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With 90 tracks! CD
(Out of print, outer box has some significant wear & is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsNight At the Village Vanguard (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop perspective – stretching out in free, piano-less space – really cutting some amazing edges, and blown in tones we might never have expected from Rollins a few years before. The group is beautifully open ended – with Wilbur Ware on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, and both of them in their best mode of the late 50s. Titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunset", "Sonny Moon For Two", and "Striver's Row". Great stuff, and one of the best sides that Blue Note ever cut! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsNight At the Village Vanguard (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note/Poll Winners Records, 1957/Late 50s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop perspective – stretching out in free, piano-less space – really cutting some amazing edges, and blown in tones we might never have expected from Rollins a few years before. The group is beautifully open ended – with Wilbur Ware on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, and both of them in their best mode of the late 50s. Titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunset", "Sonny Moon For Two", and "Striver's Row". Great stuff, and one of the best sides that Blue Note ever cut! CD

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsNight At the Village Vanguard Vol 2 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop perspective – stretching out in free, piano-less space – really cutting some amazing edges, and blown in tones we might never have expected from Rollins a few years before. The group is beautifully open ended – with Wilbur Ware on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, and both of them in their best mode of the late 50s. This package features a reworked lineup of tracks from the LP – showing the true first volume of material – and adding in Donald Bailey on bass and Pete LaRoca on drums for one track. Titles include "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", and "I've Got You Under My Skin". CD
(Out of print, mid-90's BN Works pressing.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins Vol 1 (Blue Note 1542) ... LP
Blue Note, 1956. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing early work from Sonny Rollins – the first of his tremendous Blue Note albums – and a record that really shows him taking off at the time! The record captures Rollins at a key turning point – emerging from his firey bop years, moving into a much more complicated, introspective tenor style that was a perfect showcase for his developing genius for improvisation – not as far out as in a few years to come, but already awash in imagination and creativity. The group here includes Donald Byrd on trumpet, Wynton Kelly on piano, Gene Ramey on bass, and Max Roach on drums – but as with all Rollins Blue Note sessions, his tenor is the dominant force. Titles include "Bluesnote", "Plain Jane", "Sonnysphere", and "Decision". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd Street pressing with deep groove, RVG etch, and ear. Label has an X in marker on Side 1. Cover has split seams and spine held with pieces of clear tape, some wear and aging, and small stains at the bottom on back.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins Vol 2 (24 Bit RVG Remaster) ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
As classic as it comes for late 50s Blue Note – and a key meeting between Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk! The group on the set features Rollins and Monk with JJ Johnson, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey – all of whom push things more in the direction of Blue Note's sound of the time, then Monk's own recordings of the period for Riverside. But the contrast of modes makes for a really startling sound – one that has Monk "monking" it up next to the straighter rhythm section, and bringing out some more modern tones in Rollins' tenor work. Horace Silver plays piano on part of the set as well – but still keeps things strong – and titles include "Why Don't I", "Wail March", "Misterioso", and "Reflections". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Sonny Rollins Vol 2 ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsWhat's New? ... LP
RCA, 1962. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very unique album from Sonny Rollins – one that features him blowing tenor over some Latin-based rhythms that have a tight uptempo feel. The core group on the album features Jim Hall on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – but they're augmented by larger arrangements that mix together bossa nova and calypso rhythms, which forge a surprisingly great background for Rollins' gutsy tenor. Although it's easy to dismiss the record as a throwaway cash-in affair on the Latin boom of the early 60s – Rollins actually handles himself wonderfully, and the longer-than-usual tracks on the album show a whole new side of his talents that were later reprised on Latin sessions during the 70s. Titles include "Bluesongo", "Jungoso", "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", and "Brownskin Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams held with clear tape, some marker, light wear, and a price sticker remnant.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsComplete 1949-1951 Prestige Studio Sessions ... CD
Definitive (Spain), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Great early work by Sonny Rollins – a total of 24 tracks that are some of his best early bop sides! 4 tracks from 1949 feature Sonny with Kenny Dorham, JJ Johnson, and John Lewis on titles that include "Elysee" and "Opus V". The next 5 are with a Miles Davis group that also includes Bennie Green, John Lewis, and Roy Haynes – on tracks that include "Morpheus", "Down", and "I Know". The next batch are by another Davis group – with Jackie McLean on alto, Walter Bishop on piano, and Art Blakey on drums – on titles that include "Denial", "Out Of The Blue", "Bluing", and "Dig". Last up are some excellent quartet numbers from 1951 – with a group that includes Kenny Drew, Percy Heath, and Art Blakey – on titles that include "Shadrack", "Mambo Bounce", "Newk's Fadeaway", "Scoops", and "With A Song In My Heart". CD

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsEast Broadway Run Down ... CD
Impulse, 1966. Used ... 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
(Out of print, mark through barcode.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsNow's The Time! ... CD
RCA (France), 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
A killer album from Sonny Rollins' prime 60s years at RCA – almost a return to basics, but always with that edge that makes Rollins stand out way more than most of his contemporaries – a subtle balance between straight and modern that really makes the album crackle! The album features Sonny working with Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter or Bob Cranshaw on bass, Roy McCurdy on drums – and a bit of welcome additional cornet from Thad Jones – sounding great here in a small group setting. Tracks are mostly jazz standards, but done with an incredible poise on the solos – completely transforming the tunes with Rollins' rich imagination! Titles include "52nd St Theme", "Round Midnight", "Four", "Afternoon In Paris", "St Thomas", and "I Remember Clifford". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Now's The Time! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 38.99

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsRollins Plays For Bird (XRCD pressing) ... CD
Prestige/JVC, 1956. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The tenor of Sonny Rollins pays tribute to the alto of Charlie Parker – in a landmark set that's one of Sonny's real standout 50s sessions for Prestige! Sonny's tone on the tenor is proud and bold throughout – able to shift and turn in the spirit of Bird, but also very much in Rollins' own highly inventive mode as well. The group features Max Roach on drums – who cut a contemporary Bird tribute of his own on Mercury – plus Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Wade Legge on piano, and George Morrow on bass. Titles include a "Bird Medley" that takes up all of side one – featuring "Old Folks", "Star Eyes", "Just Friends", and "My Little Suede Shoes", all given the Parker twist – and side 2 features a great long cut called "Kids Know", plus a shorter take on "I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face". CD features 1 bonus track. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsShadow Waltz ... LP
Jazzland, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Early 60's album that repackages Rollins' classic Freedom Suite recording for Riverside. The record is exactly the same – and features Rollins on tenor, in a spare stripped-down trio that include Oscar Pettiford and Max Roach. His playing is amazing – especially on the extended "Freedom Suite", which shows just how much Rollins could push his solos, even back in the early days. Amazing stuff, and as free as you can get without being free! LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label Orpheum pressing. Cover has light wear and a wrinkle down the front paste-on.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSound Of Sonny ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... 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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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins On Impulse! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1965. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality than some of Sonny's earlier records, and one that brings out some sharper tones in his horn, even on the mellower numbers. The rhythm support is loose, but somewhat soulful and spontaneous – and features Ray Bryant on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – an unusual pairing for Sonny, but that's what makes them so great. In a way, the album's almost Rollins' equivalent of John Coltrane's earlier Ballads album for Impulse – in that it includes familiar tunes, but remade into completely new numbers by the sound of the leader. Titles include "Green Dolphin Street", "Everything Happens To Me", "Three Little Words", and "Hold Em Joe". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi! Great gatefold cover too!)
Also available Sonny Rollins On Impulse! ... CD 2.99

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Dizzy GillespieSonny Rollins/Sonny Stitt Sessions ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
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

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✨✧ Keystone TrioNewklear Music – The Songs Of Sonny Rollins ... CD
Milestone, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Eric AlexanderSummit Meeting ... CD
Milestone, 2002. Used ... $4.99
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
(Punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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JD AllenBarracoon ... CD
Savant, 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
One of the boldest records we've ever heard from tenorist JD Allen – a set that has him playing in trio formation, with just bass and drums – borrowing a page from the modernist years of Sonny Rollins, but pushing even more forward with his sound and style! The tracks aren't totally free, but are very open – and in addition to the drums of Nic Cacioppo, the group shifts between electric and acoustic bass work from Ian Kenselaar, who uses the electric on about a third of the record – making for a really nice contrast with the all-acoustic moments. There's a rumbling intensity to the whole record – which crackles with energy throughout – and titles include "Eye Scream", "Barracoon", "G Sus", "The Goldilocks Zone", "13", and "Communion". CD

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✨✧ Clifford Brown & Max RoachAt Basin Street ... LP
EmArcy, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $29.99
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
(Blue label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and discoloration from age.)

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Clifford Brown & Max RoachMore Study In Brown ... LP
EmArcy (Japan), 1955. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great follow up to the legendary Study In Brown album – featuring work recorded by Clifford Brown in the 50s, but not issued until nearly 30 years later, in this Japanese-collected batch of rare material! As with the original album, the core group on the record features Clifford Brown on trumpet, Max Roach on drums, Richie Powell on piano, and George Morrow on bass – plus Harold Land on most of the tenor tracks, replaced by Sonny Rollins on a few more – showing a shift that would occur in the group shortly after Brown's death. The focus is a bit more strongly on Clifford Brown's trumpet work than some of the other Brown/Roach albums – but is still a great group effort overall – and tracks are shortish and very tight, with titles that include "The Blues Walk", "Jordu", "Mildama", "Land's End", and "Junior's Arrival". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert.)

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Clifford Brown & Max RoachMore Study In Brown (Japanese paper sleeve edition – older edition) ... CD
EmArcy (Japan), 1955. Used ... $6.99
A great follow up to the legendary Study In Brown album – featuring work recorded by Clifford Brown in the 50s, but not issued until nearly 30 years later, in this Japanese-collected batch of rare material! As with the original album, the core group on the record features Clifford Brown on trumpet, Max Roach on drums, Richie Powell on piano, and George Morrow on bass – plus Harold Land on most of the tenor tracks, replaced by Sonny Rollins on a few more – showing a shift that would occur in the group shortly after Brown's death. The focus is a bit more strongly on Clifford Brown's trumpet work than some of the other Brown/Roach albums – but is still a great group effort overall – and tracks are shortish and very tight, with titles that include "The Blues Walk", "Jordu", "Mildama", "Land's End", and "Junior's Arrival". CD
(Out of print.)

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Miles DavisBags Groove ... LP
Prestige, 1954. Very Good ... $49.99
Classic Miles Davis from that pivotal year of 1954 – featuring work from 2 different sessions, both of them great! The title track on the album is a key reading of "Bag's Groove", presented here in two versions, both recorded by a quintet that includes Milt "Bags" Jackson on vibes, Thelonious Monk on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – carving out the tune in a nicely modern idiom. The rest of the set features work by Miles in a quintet with Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver – again with support from Heath and Clarke – on tunes that include 2 versions of "But Not For Me", plus early recordings of Sonny Rollins' standards "Oleo", "Airegin", and "Doxy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove and RVG/AB etches. Cover has some aging and a mostly split spine.)
Also available Bags Groove (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 19.99

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Miles DavisBags Groove (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1954. Used ... $19.99
Classic Miles Davis from that pivotal year of 1954 – featuring work from 2 different sessions, both of them great! The title track on the album is a key reading of "Bag's Groove", presented here in two versions, both recorded by a quintet that includes Milt "Bags" Jackson on vibes, Thelonious Monk on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – carving out the tune in a nicely modern idiom. The rest of the set features work by Miles in a quintet with Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver – again with support from Heath and Clarke – on tunes that include 2 versions of "But Not For Me", plus early recordings of Sonny Rollins' standards "Oleo", "Airegin", and "Doxy". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available Bags Groove ... LP 49.99

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Miles DavisDig ... LP
Prestige, 1951. Good ... $18.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label 50th St NYC pressing, with deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has lots of water damage on right side – which has stuck paper, some peeling, and other water staining.)

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Miles DavisDig (Conception/Early Miles) ... LP
Prestige, 1951/1953. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
A 70s 2LP set that brings together some key material from Miles first few years at Prestige – tunes that were mostly issued on the albums Early Miles and Conception. The work is about as classic as you can get from Miles' early years – with players that include Sonny Rollins on tenor, Bennie Green on trombone, Jackie McLean on alto, John Lewis or Walter Bishop on piano, and Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, or Kenny Clarke on drums. Some tracks get quite long for the time, and the set includes the classic "Dig", a great reading of "It's Only A Paper Moon", and the tracks "Denial", "Down", "Morpheus", "Bluing", "Conception", "Willie The Wailer", "Tasty Pudding", "For Adults Only", and "Out Of The Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has stuck on paper and some waviness along the bottom few inches.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisTune Up ... LP
Prestige, 1953/1954. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
Excellent 2 LP compilation, put together and remastered in the late 70s, of sides cut by Miles for the Prestige label. There's some remarkable performances from some of his greatest LPs from that early period, like Bags' Groove, when Miles was still playing smoldering bop and his sidemen include Max Roach, Lucky Thompson, Sonny Rollins, Monk and Kenny Clarke. 13 tracks in all: "Tune Up", "Solar", "Walkin", "Blue N Boogie", "Bag's Groove", "When Lights Are Low", "Four", "Old Devil Moon", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "Love Me Or Leave Me", "I'll Remember April", "But Not For Me" and "The Man I Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dave DouglasBrazen Heart – Live At Jazz Standard (8CD set) ... CD
Greenleaf, 2018. New Copy 8 CDs ... $46.99 49.99
A tremendous tribute to the ever-evolving genius of jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas – and a super-expanded live set that puts Dave in the company of classic players like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, or Dexter Gordon – whose extended live expressions never fail to hold our imagination! The 8CDs of material here were recorded over four nights in 2015 – with Dave's trumpet in the same company as his excellent group on the Brazen Heart album – Jon Irabgon on tenor, Linda Oh on bass, Rudy Royston on drums, and Matt Mitchell on piano – a superb lineup that balances individual expressions with a really coherent sense of soul in the group. Many tunes repeat from night to night, but the solos and conception changes nicely – as you'd find in a box of this nature by John Coltrane – and the whole thing offers up a heck of a bang for your record-buying buck! CD

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✨✧ Teddy EdwardsGood Gravy (Contemporary) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1961. Used ... $7.99
Teddy Edwards at his best – set up in a simple group that lets the album focus on his tremendous tone and well-chosen solo formations! The album's got a subtle brilliance that's evident from the very first note – a way of putting Teddy over that's never forced, but which also has a lot more tightness than some of his other records. Players include either Danny Horton or Phineas Newborn on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Milt Turner on drums – and titles include the Edwards originals "Good Gravy", "Could You Forget", "Yes I'll Be Ready", and "Not So Strange" – plus "A Little Later" and "On Green Dolphin Street". And heck, if all his records were this great, Edwards would easily have stood on a par with Sonny Rollins at the time! CD
(Out of print.)

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Tubby HayesGrits, Beans, & Greens – The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 ... CD
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $19.99 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 24.99

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✨✧ Tubby HayesGrits, Beans, & Greens – The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 (2CD version) ... CD
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1969. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 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 19.99

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Tubby HayesTubby Hayes & The Jazz Couriers Featuring Ronnie Scott (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Tempo/Sawano (Japan), 1957. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Hard wailing hardbop from one of the greatest players of the postwar European scene – the mighty tenor talent Tubby Hayes, heard hear in the company of his frequent late 50s partner Ronnie Scott! The album's one of the best the pair ever cut together – twin tenors on most tracks, but also a bit of vibes from Hayes as well – used sparingly, but at just the right points to color in some deeper sounds on the set. The rhythm section is great – with Terry Shannon on piano, Phil Bates on bass, Bill Eyden on drums – and trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar joins the quintet on 2 of the album's 8 tracks, making for a somewhat fuller sound at points. Hayes' solos alone are worth the price of admission – as perfectly-crafted as Sonny Rollins at this point in his career – and titles include "Plebus", "On A Misty Night", "Reunion", "Through The Night Roard The Overland Express", "Oh My", "Royal Ascot", and "A Foggy Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful – and includes insert too!)

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Joe HendersonState Of The Tenor – Live At The Village Vanguard Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1985. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 34.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue Note Tone Poet Series – 2019 remaster on 180 gram vinyl!)

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JJ JohnsonJJ Johnson's Jazz Quintets ... LP
Savoy, Late 40s. Near Mint- ... $39.99
A great 50s album that features material JJ Johnson did for Savoy in the late 40s – singles recorded in 1946, 1947, and 1949 – and they already mark Johnson as one of the most inventive trombonists of his generation – a player working with none of the hoke of earlier eras, and with a clean, modern sound that's almost like that of a bop trumpet at times. Players on these dates include Leo Parker on baritone sax, Bud Powell or Hank Jones on piano, Sonny Rollins on tenor, and Max Roach on drums – and titles include "Coppin The Bop", "Jay Jay", "Mad Bebop", "Jay Bird", "Boneology", "Down Vernon's Alley", "Riffette", "Yesterdays", "Audobon", "Don't Blame Me", and "Goof Square". LP, Vinyl record album
(Dark red label pressing with RVG stamp. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetArt Of The Modern Jazz Quartet – The Atlantic Years ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s/Early 60s. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
A double-length set of work from The Modern Jazz Quartet – a collection of material from their first decade or so on Atlantic Records! The package captures the group when they were really rising to international fame – recorded here both in the US, and in front of their growing audience overseas – mostly with the core quartet of Milt Jackson on vibes, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – but also featuring occasional work from guests who include Sonny Rollins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on clarinet, and an orchestra conducted by Gunther Schuller. Titles include "The Golden Striker", "Cortege", "England's Carol", "Today (Home)", "Lonely Woman", "Django", "Bluesology", "Sketch (For Double Quartet)", "Fun", "Summertime", "Concorde", and "Ralph's New Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Modern Jazz Quartet With Jimmy GiuffreModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Jimmy Giuffre ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good- ... $2.99
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
(Black label "Long Playing Unbreakable" pressing. Cover has light wear and some smudging.)

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Thelonious MonkBrilliant Corners ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Very Good+ ... $99.99
A brilliant title for this brilliant album from Thelonious Monk – a set that really has him coming back strongly in the second half of the 50s – with a new talent for arrangements that really goes past his previous work! Monk's piano and compositions are every bit as great as before – but what really makes the album amazing is his ear for horn lines – particularly the alto of Ernie Henry and tenor of Sonny Rollins, both of whom add in an additional angular quality to Monk's groove. Clark Terry replaces Henry on a few numbers – and the rhythm is from the wonderful team of Oscar Pettiford and Max Roach – on classic long takes of "Brilliant Corners", "Ba-Lue Bolivar Blues Are", "Pannonica", and "Bemsha Swing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue Bill Grauer Productions pressing with microphone logo & deep groove. Vinyl is nice but with 2 press flaw bumps that thump during the bass solo on "Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are". Cover has light wear, half split seams, and some pen on back.)

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JR MonteroseWelcome Back JR ... LP
Progressive (Japan), 1979. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A great return to form for tenorist JR Monterose – a player who always sounds amazing on record, even though he only made a handful of albums over a 30 or 40 year period of performance! Most folks know JR's classic 50s album for Blue Note, but later dates like this are well worth seeking out – and this set may be one of the purest later demonstrations of Monterose's genius – as the tenorist has the sort of effortlessly creative solo ability you'd find in a rare few – able to spin things out with the imagination of a Sonny Rollins or Von Freeman, while still managing to hold tight with the rest of the group – who are equally great, and include the wonderful Hod O'Brien on piano, plus Teddy Kotick on bass and Jimmy Wormworth on drums. Titles include sublime readings of "Giant Steps", "My Old Flame", and "Lush Life" – plus the great originals "Marty's Place", "Evelyn's Delight", and "Luan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi, too!)

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Art PepperArt Pepper + Eleven ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Very Good ... $49.99
A unique large group session from Art Pepper – one of his few this way as a leader, despite constant 50s presence as a sideman in big ensembles! Arrangements are by Marty Paich, who more than makes things swing – and there's a nice rhythm section dancing underneath a larger group – with Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. Players in the fuller lineup include Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone and tenor – and titles are mostly modern numbers written by other jazzmen like Horace Silver, Denzil Best, Jimmy Giuffre, and Sonny Rollins. Titles include "Groovin High", "Move", "Four Brothers", "Anthropology", and "Airegin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split spine.)

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Bud PowellComplete Blue Note & Roost Recordings (4CD box set) ... CD
Blue Note, Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. Used 4 CDs ... $28.99
A wealth of classic work from Bud Powell – his complete recordings for both the Blue Note and Roost label – served up in a mighty 4CD set! The package begins with early 78rpm sides from the late 40s, then moves into material from full albums in the 50s – and ends with one track from 1963. As with most Powell recordings from the time, much of the material is recorded with a trio – players like Paul Chambers, Sam Jones, or Curley Russell on bass – and drummers who include Art Taylor, Max Roach, and Roy Haynes. A few sides feature added horns from Fats Navarro on trumpet and Sonny Rollins on tenor – and the set features a total of 75 tracks in all, plus a 40 page booklet of notes. CD
(Out of print.)

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Dave Rempis/Brandon Lopez/Ryan PackardEarly Bird Gets ... CD
Aerophonic, 2019. New Copy ... $7.99
Saxophonist Dave Rempis is definitely an early bird on the Chicago scene – as his energy and non-stop effort has always gotten him a lot of attention – especially when he continues to channel it into strong collaborations like this! Rempis is great in most settings, but he seems especially suited to the format of a trio – opening up on his instruments in a way that begins with the Sonny Rollins trio mode of the late 50s, then soars through decades of free jazz expression to find him a spot that's completely his own – something that's immediately apparent in the shifting flavors of each track on this set! Drummer Ryan Packard has more than enough energy to keep up with Dave's imagination – and also adds in some great electronics too – and the trio is nicely balanced by the basswork of Brandon Lopez. Titles include "Neo Aves", "Confucius Ornis", "Archae Opteryx", "Crypto Vo Lans", and "Raho Navis". CD

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Max RoachJazz In 3/4 Time ... LP
EmArcy, 1957. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A great little album from Max Roach – one that has him finding a whole new voice in jazz! The set was recorded on the heels of Max's time with Clifford Brown – and it's a great little album that has him bouncing back nicely from the loss by moving into a new realm that shows off his more lyrical side! The group on the album features Kenny Dorham, Sonny Rollins, Billy Wallace, and George Morrow – and as you'd guess by the title, most tunes are in a jazz waltz mode, which gives them a nicely dancing quality, soft and a bit exotic – almost modal at times – and a nice change from Roach's more full-on hardbop style of the Clifford Brown years. Titles include "Little Folks", "Lover", "The Most Beautiful Girl In the World", and "Blues Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Max RoachMax Roach + 4 ... LP
EmArcy, 1956. Very Good ... $24.99
An excellent album from Roach – who's rising here from the ashes after the death of Clifford Brown, to work with a crack new group that would drive him onto a whole new range of styles. The quintet features an all-star lineup: Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Sonny Rollins on tenor, Ray Bryant on piano, George Morrow on bass, and Roach on drums – and the tunes are a mixture of the hardbop that Roach forged with Brown, plus a growing sense of the spiritual, slyly sneaking in, and workin an agenda that was at once subtle and powerful. Titles include "Dr Freezee", "Mr X", "Woodyn You", and "Body & Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, discoloration from age, and a stained corner.)

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Pharoah SandersPharoah's First (German pressing) ... CD
ESP/ZYX (Germany), 1964. Used ... $4.99
Early work from Pharoah Sanders – an important debut as a leader, cut before he rose to greater fame in the group of John Coltrane! If you think that Pharaoh Sanders' genius as a leader first blossomed during his post-Coltrane years on Impulse, you owe it to yourself to check out this early album for ESP – a startlingly great session that offers a whole new side of his talents! The album features 2 side-long tracks – each of them great in their own ways, both in ways that are far different from the later Sanders sound on Impulse! Pharoah's tone here isn't nearly as raspy as on his more famous sides – it's more straightforward, almost Coltrane-esque – and as the long tracks unfold, there's almost a Sonny Rollins-like sense of spontaneous invention, especially on "Bethera", which takes up all of side two. And while we love the spiritual sensibilities of Sanders' classic albums, we also really like the pointedness of this one – not just because it shows a young Pharoah already possessed of greatness not infused by Coltrane, but also because the album's a mostly-inside session that's a real standout in the ESP catalog! The group's unusual too – and features Stan Foster on trumpet, Jane Getz on piano, William Bennett on bass, and Marvin Patillo on percussion. Tracks include "Bethera" and "Seven by Seven". CD
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ UncutIssue 268 – September 2019 (with bonus CD) ... Magazine
Uncut (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $11.99
The Who gets the cover story – including new interviews with Daltrey & Townshend for both a look at what they're up to now, and a pretty deep dive at the band's incredible history – plus a ranking of Blue Note's most essential albums (as chosen by Kamasi Washington, Sonny Rollins, Robert Wyatt and others), and pieces on Dr John, Nick Cave, Quentin Tarantino, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Brian Jones, Lucinda Williams and more. Also includes a free CD: Amazing Journey – 15 Tracks Of The Month's Best New Music – with Sleater Kinney, Ezra Furman, Ride, Joan Shelley, Violent Femmes, Rodney Crowell and lots more. Magazine

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VariousAtlantic Jazz – Post Bop ... CD
Atlantic, 1950s. Used ... $3.99
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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✨✧ Albert AylerSpiritual Unity ... CD
ESP, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, tenor against bass and drums, working freely with less rhythmic constraints than before, searching for new sounds and new modes of expression, working through changes in a style first proposed by Sonny Rollins, but taken to new intensity by the New York underground of the 60s. That sound is summed up here perfectly by Ayler, Gary Peacock, and Sunny Murray – working together with an edgey brilliance, on classic tracks that include "Ghosts: First Variation", "Ghosts: Second Variation", "The Wizard", and "Spirits". CD

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✨✧ Miles DavisCollectors Items (Double LP – Collectors Items/Conception/Blue Moods) ... LP
Prestige, Mid 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Collection of earlier Miles recordings for Prestige, put together under as a 2LP 70s set, with good notes, and a lot of great material from the days when he was getting longer time for tracks in the studio, and developing a lot more as a player from his earlier sides with Bird and for Blue Note. Players include Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Tommy Flanagan, Walter Bishop, and Paul Chambers – and titles include "Vierd Blues", "Easy Living", "My Old Flame", "Conception", "No Line", "Serpent's Tooth", and "Compulsion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Eric DolphyMusical Prophet – The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Iron Man/Conversations/unissued tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Resonance, Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic package that finally gives these recordings their proper due – one that takes the cuts that were issued on the albums Iron Man and Conversations (plus a million cheapo packages over the years) – and restores them to their original mono, right from the tapes – then adds in 85 more minutes of never issued material! The tracks here are a perfect balance of Dolphy in his final year – with some spiritual jazz currents, but still a strong sense of swing – with a fantastic lineup that includes Prince Lasha on flute, Sonny Simmons on alto, Clifford Jordan on soprano, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Richard Davis on bass, and both JC Moses and Charles Moffett on drums – almost a who's-who of people who would go onto shape the face of jazz in years to come. Titles include "A Personal Statement", "Ode To Charlie Parker", "Iron Man", "Come Sunday", "Burning Spear", "Muses For Richard Davis", "Alone Together", "Love Me", and "Jitterbug Waltz" – plus a number of other different versions of tunes. 3CD set comes with a 100 page booklet – featuring photos, essays, and interviews with Sonny Simmons, Sonny Rollins, Nicole Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, and David Murray. CD

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✨✧ Tubby HayesGrits, Beans, & Greens – The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 ... LP
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Grits, Beans, & Greens – The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969 (2CD version) ... CD 24.99

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✨✧ Joe Henderson5 Original Albums (Our Thing/In N Out/Inner Urge/State Of The Tenor 1 & 2) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Mid 60s/Mid 80s. Used 5CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The start of a great run of genius from Joe Henderson – plus a seminal 80s return to form – served up here on five different albums recorded for Blue Note! First up is Our Thing – a classic straight session by Joe Henderson – cut during his early years, when he was breaking out of the box with a heck of a lot of fire! Kenny Dorham's subdued lyricism complements Joe's impassioned playing over the angular, yet still-swinging rythm section of Andrew Hill, Eddie Kahn and Pete La Roca. The track "Pedro's Time" reflects Joe's fascination with Latin-flavored pieces (as evidenced by Joe's previous effort Page One, and his work on Dorham's Una Mas), while pieces like "Teeter Totter", "Our Thing" and "Back Road" play with time and structure in subtle ways. In N Out is a stone killer from the early Blue Note years of tenorist Joe Henderson – a key example of why the label had so much faith in him right from the start, and why Henderson's horn was quite different than so many other players of the 60s! Echoes of "new thing" modes lie in the background of the record, but upfront things have a sharp 60s Blue Note punch – thanks in part to a great lineup that also includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Henderson's tone is rough and young – but in a great way, one that's perfect for the exploratory nature of his original tunes on the set, and which matches the mood of Dorham's compositions as well. Tracks include "In N Out", "Short Story", "Brown's Town", and "Punjab". Inner Urge is a fantastic session of 60s "new thing" jazz – and one of our favorite early records by Joe Henderson! The album features some incredibly hard playing from Joe – with a very dark edge to his solos that's nicely offset by McCoy Tyner's lyrical piano, and the supple rhythms of Bob Cranshaw and Elvin Jones. It's hard to look at the lineup and not feel this group is approaching the tunes in a very post-Coltrane mode, but Henderson's voice on the tenor is completely singular, and puts that short-sighted theory to rest with his first bold note of the session. The album features 5 numbers in all – 3 originals showcasing Henderson's strong songwriting "Inner Urge", "Isotope" and "El Barrio" – plus the great Duke Pearson ballad "You Know I Care" and the standard "Night & Day". Last up are the two live Village Vanguard albums State Of The Tenor Vols 1 & 2 – 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. Titles include"The Bead Game", "Soulville", "Portrait", "Beatrice", "Friday The Thirteenth", "Happy Reunion", "Loose Change", "Ask Me Now" and "Isotope". CD

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✨✧ Joe HendersonState Of The Tenor – Live At The Village Vanguard Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note, 1985. Used ... 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". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... Temporarily 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
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperArt Pepper + Eleven (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Contemporary/Victor (Japan), 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A unique large group session from Art Pepper – one of his few this way as a leader, despite constant 50s presence as a sideman in big ensembles! Arrangements are by Marty Paich, who more than makes things swing – and there's a nice rhythm section dancing underneath a larger group – with Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. Players in the fuller lineup include Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone and tenor – and titles are mostly modern numbers written by other jazzmen like Horace Silver, Denzil Best, Jimmy Giuffre, and Sonny Rollins. Titles include "Groovin High", "Move", "Four Brothers", "Anthropology", and "Airegin". CD
Also available Art Pepper + Eleven ... LP 49.99

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✨✧ Bud PowellAlternate Takes ... LP
Blue Note, 1985. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A collection of different odds and ends from a pretty broad swath of Powell's career, one of the sort of reissues Michael Cuscuna was producing in the mid 80s where he'd dig up some nice lost gems. The set starts with some radio transcriptions from 1949 featuring a great line up of young bop stars with Fats Navarro, Sonny Rollins, Tommy Potter and Roy Haynes running through 2 takes of "Bouncing With Bud", plus "Wail" and "Dance Of The Infidels". For most of the rest of the album the format's Bud's favored trio setting in 1953, 1957, 1958 and 1963, recorded with George Duvivier, Paul Chambers, Sam Jones or Pierre Michelot on bass, and Art Taylor, Philly Joe Jones or Kenny Clarke on drums, and featuring Dexter Gordon sitting in on one number, "Our Love Is Here To Stay". 11 tracks in all, also includes "Collard Greens And Black Eyed Peas", "Blue Pearl", "John's Abbey" and "Like Someone In Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBlue Giant Vs Blue Note ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1950s/1960s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A cool Japanese-only collection of tracks from the classic hardbop years of Blue Note Records – one that features 2CDs' worth of well-chosen material, plus a mini manga-styled set of notes in the booklet! The music alone is worth the price of admission – key classics that helped really push Blue Note forward as the premiere jazz label at the end of the 50s, with a great run into the 60s as well – almost all small combo material with some of the best players on the label! Titles include "The Way You Look Tonight" by Johnny Griffin, "Sister Sadie" by Horace Silver, "We Six" by Paul Chambers, "Night In Tunisia" by Bud Powell, "S'Wonderful" by Jutta Hipp, "With A Song In My Heart" by Sonny Clark, "Lover Come Back To Me" by Donald Byrd, "Come Rain Or Come Shine" by Art Blakey, "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" by Sonny Rollins, "Bag's Groove" by Milt Jackson, "Midnight Blue" by Kenny Burrell, "The Sidewinder" by Lee Morgan, "Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock, "Cheese Cake" by Dexter Gordon, "Blues On The Corner" by McCoy Tyner, "Love For Sale" by Cannonball Adderley, and "Cherokee" by Clifford Brown. CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Miles DavisDig (plus bonus tracks) ... 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 also features 2 bonus tracks – "Conception" and "My Old Flame". CD
Also available Dig ... LP 18.99

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

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✨✧ David Murray3D Family ... LP
Hat Hut, 1978. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A key recording from the early years of David Murray – a sharp-edged trio recording that instantly placed him in a strong lineage of tenor improvisers that includes Sonny Rollins and Albert Ayler! The record's a live date – recorded at the Wilisau Jazz Festival in 1978 with a trio that features Johnny Dyani on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums – both well-chosen players to assist Murray on his long, exploratory tracks for the record – tunes that somewhat break open his loft jazz styles of the period, and push things slightly more into a European improvisatory mode. Titles include "3D Family", "Patricia", "In Memory Of Yomo Kenyatta", and "Shout Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear at the top of the spine, in great shape otherwise.)

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✨✧ Ricky FordTenor Madness Too! ... CD
Muse, 1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ricky Ford's always a favorite of ours – and on this cooking little set, he matches horns wonderfully with tenorist Antoine Roney! Put aside any worries you might have about the Sonny Rollins-like title – or of the album being one of those twin-tenor albums that always ends up half the sum of its parts – because Ford's leadership and Roney's sensitivity really set the album on the right track, and both horn players have a magical interplay that shifts beautifully to new sounds with each fresh track. The album's edgey one minute, soulful the next – and it sports a rock-solid rhythm section in the piano of Donald Brown, bass of Peter Washington, and drums of Louis Hayes. Titles include "Up A Step", "Summer Summit", "Ballad De Jour", "Blues Abstractions", "Nigeria Blues", and "Rollin & Strollin". CD

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✨✧ Clifford BrownRemember Clifford ... LP
Mercury, 1955/1963. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A lasting tribute to Brownie! The album was released some years after Brown died, and is comprised of songs from his 1955 album Clifford Brown With Strings, plus a few tracks from other recording sessions from that year before his death. The players include Richie Powell (Bud Powell's brother who also died in the crash with Brown),piano; Max Roach on drums and Harold Land and Sonny Rollins on tenor sax. Brown's original composition "Sandu" and Richie Powell's own "Time" are included as well as "Yesterdays," "Cherokee (Indian Love Song)," "Willow Weep for Me" and an unusual version of "Take the A Train." LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisGreatest Hits (Prestige) ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Lots of classic early material – including "If I Were A Bell" recorded with John Coltrane on tenor and Red Garland on piano, "Conception" with Sonny Rollins on tenor and Jackie McLean on alto, "Bag's Groove" with Milt Jackson on vibes, "Solar" with Horace Silver on piano, and "Walkin" with JJ Johnson on trombone, Horace Silver on piano, and Lucky Thompson on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has moderate wear.)

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✨✧ Tubby HayesDown In The Village ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Genius work by one of our favorite tenor players ever – the amazing Tubby Hayes! 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". CD

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✨✧ Jim MarshallJazz Festival – Jim Marshall's Defining Photographs Of The 1960s Jazz Scene (hardcover) ... Book
Reel Art, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning selection of rare jazz photographs, most of which have never been seen before – all shot at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals during the 1960s, with a span across the decade that really shows a shift in sound and style! The book has way more than just shots of big name players on stage – although there are plenty of those, too – as it also includes great images of the crowd, the towns in which the festivals were held, and lots of other amazing bits that really sets the scene for the main photographs. Artists captured include Charles Mingus, Mary Lou Williams, Ben Webster, Muddy Waters, Charles McPherson, Jackie McLean, Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Dave Pike, Don Cherry, Gerry Mulligan, Scott LaFaro, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, and dozens of others – and the book is very heavy and oversized – 336 pages, hardcover, in vivid black and white. Book

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 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
(80s Japanese pressing.)

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✨✧ Piirpauke/Tapio Tuominen TrioJazz Liisa 15 ... LP
Svart (Finland), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two different performances from the Finnish scene of the 70s – really showing the vibrant energy of that corner of the jazz world at the time, even if the rest of the world wasn't paying attention! First up is Piirpauke – a group that effortlessly rolls between electric and acoustic elements, balancing the soulful expressions of reedman Sakari Kukko with the keyboards of Otto Romanowski and guitar of Hasse Walli. Most of the group members play percussion at points – which seems to give them an organic sensibility that comes through in the performance – as tunes build without ever jamming too much, even when things get slightly offbeat. Titles include "Kuunnousu", "Nonevitsan Kirkonkellot", and "Sven Ali". Next are three tracks by the Tapio Tuominen Trio – a group that really has the lead tenorist Tapio soaring out with quickly-creative solos – borrowing a bit of a page from the Sonny Rollins book, as he works here with bassist Jorma Koivulehto and drummer Jukka Wasama – but also getting more expressive with elements borrowed from the influence of Albert Ayler. Titles include "Traps In The South Bronx", "Untitled Original 1", and "Untitled Original 2". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Simon SpillettLong Shadow Of The Little Giant – The Life, Work, & Legacy Of Tubby Hayes ... Book
Equinox (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Tubby Hayes was one of the greatest tenor saxophonists in jazz during the 50s and 60s – even though his music only touched our American scene a bit, and mostly had its biggest impact on the London scene that Tubby called home! Yet that doesn't change things a bit – as to our ears, Hayes is every bit as wonderful as Sonny Rollins or Dexter Gordon in their prime, or maybe Coltrane in his hardbop years – able to spin out these fantastically imaginative solos, filled with life and creativity that have lived on for decades after Tubby's early passing. The richness of his music and complications of his too-short life are all captured here – in a large second edition of Simon Spillett's great book – which provides plenty of illumination to the corners of Tubby's life that are hardly touched upon by his records. The book goes into a great amount of detail over a very short period in British jazz – almost 400 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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✨✧ Kuba WiecekAnother Raindrop ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic debut album from saxophonist Kuba Wiecek – a musician who may well be ready to carry forward the strong legacy of Polish modern jazz from the 60s and 70s! Wiecek works here in a trio setting, with bass and drums – in the mode begun by Sonny Rollins in the late 50s, but handled here in a completely different way – maybe because Kuba's got this very rhythmic quality to his solos – phrasing things alongside the bass of Michal Baranski and drums of Lukasz Zyta, instead of away from them – so that the tunes have these qualities that are both angular and soulful at the same time – sharp and fresh, but never too overstated. There's a very unique voice taking place here – especially given that Wiecek's blowing alto sax, but with phrasing we're not sure we've ever heard – on titles that include "Pirate's Routine", "Dream About That Green Hill", "Rhythm Of Life", "The Wheels You Can't Stop", "Forest Creatures' Night Ritual", and "Naked Hymn For Equality". CD

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✨✧ Kuba WiecekAnother Raindrop ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic debut album from saxophonist Kuba Wiecek – a musician who may well be ready to carry forward the strong legacy of Polish modern jazz from the 60s and 70s! Wiecek works here in a trio setting, with bass and drums – in the mode begun by Sonny Rollins in the late 50s, but handled here in a completely different way – maybe because Kuba's got this very rhythmic quality to his solos – phrasing things alongside the bass of Michal Baranski and drums of Lukasz Zyta, instead of away from them – so that the tunes have these qualities that are both angular and soulful at the same time – sharp and fresh, but never too overstated. There's a very unique voice taking place here – especially given that Wiecek's blowing alto sax, but with phrasing we're not sure we've ever heard – on titles that include "Pirate's Routine", "Dream About That Green Hill", "Rhythm Of Life", "The Wheels You Can't Stop", "Forest Creatures' Night Ritual", and "Naked Hymn For Equality". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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