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VariousSpiritual Jazz Vol 11 – Esoteric, Modal, & Progressive Jazz From The SteepleChase Label 1974 to 1984 ... CD
Steeplechase/Jazzman (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
A massive collection of music from the Steeplechase label – spiritual sounds from back in the day, and a side of the label's legacy that's only gotten the right sort of appreciation in more recent years! Steeplechase was a European company, and their biggest claim to fame was recordings of American musicians overseas – especially Dexter Gordon – but the label also had a fantastic ear for more soulful currents on the American underground, and not only managed to capture some less-recorded artists, but also give some bigger names a freer space to express the more spiritual side of their styles! The set is a sublime set of work from the post-Coltrane years – tunes that are modal, soulful, and occasionally slightly funky – served up in a set of completely uplifting music, all supported by the usual excellent Jazzman attention to detail and thorough liner notes. Titles include "The Time Of This World Is At Hand" by Billy Gault, "Tipe Tizwe" by Jim McNeely, "Aida" by Rene McLean, "Dark Warrior" by Khan Jamal, "Naima" by Michael Carvin, "Magwaza" by Johnny Dyani with John Tchicai & Dudu Pukwana, "Ode To St Cecile" by Mary Lou Williams, "Jean Marie" by Sam Jones, "Miss Priss" by Ken McIntyre, and "De I Comahlee Ah" by Jackie McLean & Michael Carvin. CD
 
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Federico BonifaziLast Minute ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
We really love the writing of Federico Bonifazi – as he often has a way of making a tune sound a lot richer than the sum of its parts – which is definitely the case here in a quartet lineup that includes Bonifazi on piano, Tolga Bilgin on trumpet, Furio DiCastri on bass, and Roberto Batto on drums! Federico plays in that richness of sound that first seemed to flow from the Italian scene as the 70s moved into the 80s – a mode that learned all the lessons of modern jazz, but used them to increase a sense of humanity and color in the music – which is definitely the case here – as each tune seems to bubble over with new energy and life. Titles include "Monkeys", "Song For A Brother", "Night Of Peace", "Soul Music", and "Introverted Paranoid". CD

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Chris ByarsOn The Shoulders Of Giants ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Saxophonist Chris Byars always has a great way of putting together a set of horn players – and here, his tenor is matched with alto from Zaid Nasser, bass clarinet from Stefano Doglioni, and trombone from John Mosca – all given piano-less accompaniment from the duo of Ari Roland on bass and Phil Stewart on drums! At some level, the music maybe echoes specific 50s modern modes – some west coast, some Gerry Mulligan styles – but there's also a much more contemporary vibe to the recording, one that comes partly from the mostly original material by the leader. The tunes bristle with a nice assortment of colors, and never overstate their inventiveness – and titles include "Nashville", "Arizona", "Keeper", "Moscow", "Third Culture Kid", and "Philadelphia". CD

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✨✧ Stanley CowellSienna ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1989. Used ... Just Sold Out!
With Cowell on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Keith Copeland on drums. Lots of Cowell originals – includign "Celia", "Dis Place", "Sienna", and "Cal Massey". CD

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Ronnie CuberFour ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2019. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Ronnie Cuber's always a hell of a swinger, but he sounds especially nice here – really letting his baritone hit some bold, soulful sounds in the company of Hammond organist Brian Charette, guitarist Ed Cherry, and drummer Adam Nussbaum! The record's got this soul jazz vibe that's a bit different than some of Cuber's other records – and features a number of tunes penned by older heroes of the genre – like Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Stanley Turrentine, and others – which makes for a set of songs that has Ronnie sounding completely wonderful all the way through. There's few cats who could ever make a baritone sax sound this wonderful – and we think you'll agree after hearing tracks that include "Four", "Battery Blues", "Bluesette", "Coming Home Baby", "Sugar", and "Motivation". CD

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✨✧ Kenny DrewEverything I Love (US pressing) ... LP
Steeplechase, 1973. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Beautiful solo piano album from Kenny Drew! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Michael FeinbergFrom Where We Came ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. Used ... $9.99
Bassist Michael Feinberg has a round, rich tone on this record, right from the start – a great way of setting up a superb lineup that features Dave Liebman on soprano sax, Noah Preminger on tenor, Gary Versace on piano, and Ian Froman on drums! Liebman's sharpness is balanced wonderfully by the depth of Preminger – a twin-reed pairing that really makes the album sound like something special, and different – very much living up to the spirit of the strong original material by Feinberg, which comprises the entire set. The quality of the record is a bit hard to describe in words, but if you know the players, the meeting is even better on record than it is on paper – on titles that include "Louisville", "Cairo", "Nogales", "Tokyo", "East St Louis", and "Pontiac". CD
(CD case has a cutout mark.)
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Michael FeinbergFrom Where We Came ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
Bassist Michael Feinberg has a round, rich tone on this record, right from the start – a great way of setting up a superb lineup that features Dave Liebman on soprano sax, Noah Preminger on tenor, Gary Versace on piano, and Ian Froman on drums! Liebman's sharpness is balanced wonderfully by the depth of Preminger – a twin-reed pairing that really makes the album sound like something special, and different – very much living up to the spirit of the strong original material by Feinberg, which comprises the entire set. The quality of the record is a bit hard to describe in words, but if you know the players, the meeting is even better on record than it is on paper – on titles that include "Louisville", "Cairo", "Nogales", "Tokyo", "East St Louis", and "Pontiac". CD
Also available From Where We Came ... CD 9.99

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Von FreemanDedicated To You ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. Used ... $16.99
Von Freeman blows it bold and beautifully here – with just the right sort of sound we first fell in love with when seeing him in small club gigs in Chicago! There's an easygoing soulfulness to Freeman that grabs us right away – but there's also an edge, too – a quality that marks his lineage on a tenor scene that goes back to Johnny Griffin and John Gilmore – and the days when you could play things straight, but still always be inventing as well – never needing to go to the farther reaches, just always working out new feelings, new emotions on the familiar canvas of tunes that gave you plenty of solo space. Of Freeman's few studio recordings, this is one that really gets the sound of his soul just right – that tender feeling and slightly offbeat edge that always made us sit up and take notice. Rhythm is from the comfortable trio of Jodie Christian on piano, Eddie DeHaas on bass, and Wilbur Campbell on drums – and titles include "Four", "There Goes My Heart", "Song For My Father", "There Is No Greater Love", "Dedicated To You", and "My Foolish Heart". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Von FreemanNever Let Me Go ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1992. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Von Freeman on tenor sax, Eddie De Haas on bass, Wilbur Campbell on drums & Jodie Christian on piano. CD

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Andy FuscoRemembrance ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
The first session from Andy Fusco after a stretch that nearly took him out of the game – and a record that shows that he's very much back in top formation! Fusco's got this way of blowing the alto that's nice and raspy, almost with the depth of a tenor – working here alongside some bold yet bright trumpet work from Joe Magnarelli – who seems to do a nice job of amplifying Fusco's ideas along the way – in a group that also includes Peter Zak on piano, David Wong on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums! There's nothing too fancy going on here, but the record's the rock-solid sort that Andy Fusco's been giving us for many years – with titles that include "Remembrance", "Conception", "Navan's Apple", "All American", and "Blues For Baileys". CD

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✨✧ Stan GetzLive At Montmartre Vol 2 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1977. Used ... $14.99
Fantastic work from Stan Getz! The sound here is wonderful – moody late 70s Getz, with some especially soulful moments on the mellow tracks too – that kind of spun-out blowing that we first started finding in Stan's career right around the Sweet Rain album, and which continued to show up beautifully on 70s albums like this! Joanne Brackeen plays some great piano in the quartet – including some electric keys too – and other players include Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass and Billy Hart on drums. CD

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Dexter GordonMore Than You Know ... LP
Steeplechase, 1975. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A very unusual set that has Dexter Gordon blowing with larger backings from Palle Mikkelborg! Titles include "Naima", "Tivoli", "Ernie's Tune", and "The Girl With The Purple Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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John HartAct Three ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Guitarist John Hart has a slightly frowny face on the cover, but that hardly comes through in the music – which is full of bright tones and light little colors – all spun from his fingers alongside Hammond B3 from Gary Versace and drums from Andy Watson! The album's got a different vibe than old school Hammond/guitar sessions – as Hart's got an unusual touch on the strings, one that sometimes seems to echo some of his previous notes, with a wider tone that's really compelling. There's a very special flavor to the set – one that comes not just from the original tunes by Hart, but also from the way the guitar and organ interact – on titles that include "Act Three", "Bad Penny", "Low Point Avenue", "Like My Attitude", "Out Of Somewhere", and "Heretics". CD

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✨✧ Steven HerringIntroducing Steven Herring ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2019. Used ... $9.99
Steven Herring steps out for a set of standards with a great group that includes Stephen Riley on tenor, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Russ Lossing on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Billy Drummond on drums. CD
(Still sealed. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Buck HillEasy To Love ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1981. Used ... $14.99
Some of the greatest work ever recorded by tenorist Buck Hill – a local player on the DC scene, and one who hardly ever got his due on record! We'd rank Buck right up there with Von Freeman – another local player who spent years honing his tenor sound in a local setting, yet who never got the right sort of fame because he kept away from the New York or LA scenes. And here, Hill's got an incredibly timeless sound in his horn – really deep, beautiful, and undeniably soulful – a sense of raspy tone that goes back to Lester Young or Ben Webster, but a freer, more open sense of swing too – brought out nicely by rhythm work from Reuben Brown on piano, Wilbur Little on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. This set features the first half of a great live European performance from 1981 – with titles that include "Easy To Love", "Mr Barrow", "Little Face", and "Spaces". CD

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Duke JordanFlight To Norway ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. Used ... $19.99
A late 70's trio date featuring Duke Jordan on piano, Wilbur Little on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums. The set list features plenty of Jordan originals including "The Bullet", "Undecided Lady", and "Dancer's Call" – plus the standards "A Night In Tunisia", "Ornithology", and "I Should Care". CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke JordanGreat Session ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1981. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A trio date – with David Friesen on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums! Titles include "All The Things You Are", "Moonglow", "Night In Tunisia", and "Blues In The Closet". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Label has library stickers. Cover has light wear, a trace of a price sticker, and an index sticker.)

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Vic JurisLet's Cool One ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Guitarist Vic Juris has always been a master of tone – a player who takes the chromatic modes of the postwar jazz years on the instrument forward to newer generations – always leaving his own touch on the strings with a deeply personal approach! This set's a nice balance of two different modes – as there's some very mellow moments that feel more acoustic than electric – balanced with those that have that richer tone that we always love from Juris – set up nicely in a group that also features Gary Versace on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and John Riley on drums. Juris contributed a few originals to the set – "Long Story", "Lost Keys", and "Robin's Hood" – and other titles include "Avenue", "The Glide", "Moon & Sand", and "Everything I Love". CD

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Kirk Knuffke & Jesse StackenOrange Was The Color ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2010. Used ... $12.99
Cornet and piano duets from the Mingus songbook. Kirk Knuffke on cornet & Jesse Stacken on piano. CD

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✨✧ Kirk Knuffke with Steven HerringWitness ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. Used ... $9.99
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from cornet player Kirk Knuffke – and that's saying a lot, as all of his albums are always pretty darn unique! The set has Knuffke working with singer Steven Herring – whose rich baritone vocals are very much out front in the arrangements – which are very loose and open, and just feature Kirk on cornet, Russ Lossing on piano, and Ben Goldberg on clarinet and contralto clarinet! The setting is very moody throughout – full of darkness and unusual tones – and as with some of Knuffke's other records, the approach to song format is always very striking – even when the tunes are familiar. The set features an original number based on a Carl Sandburg poem, titled "Subway" – plus a great take on Sun Ra's "Satellites Are Spinning", and other titles that include "The Voice", "Iago's Credo", "Lush Life", "Ride On King Jesus", "Storm", "Charade", and "Aria Mustafa". CD
(Still sealed. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Lee Konitz & Gary VersaceOrganic Lee ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2006. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Lee Konitz on alto saxophone and Gary Versace on Hammond organ. CD

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Steve LaSpinaChange In The Weather ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
The bass of Steve LaSpina is in great company here – wrapped up all around these warm piano lines from Luis Perdomo, punctuated in the right way by the drums of Eric McPherson, and given all these sharper edges from the tenor and soprano sax of Joe Frahm! All tunes are LaSpina originals, and are a great showcase for his ear for music – that sometimes-special way that a bassist can have for composing for a group – something that's very clear from Steve's role here in shaping the sound of most tunes from the very first note. A nice little record that reminds us that bristles with a nice spirit of surprise – on titles that include "Serenity", "So Dance", "When It's Time Again", "A Change In The Weather", "The Road Ahead", and "Life In The Cove". CD

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Andy LaVerneRhapsody ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A nicely different setting for pianist Andy LaVerne – a quartet date, but handled in a "with strings" mode that lives up to the rhapsody in the title! Zach Brock handles violin, and bassist Mike Richmond also brings in a bit of cello – both instruments that really amplify the lyrical modes in LaVerne's piano, while also almost always allowing things to swing too! There's a bit of overdubbing at times, which makes the group feel larger than it might – but things are mostly in a core quartet mode. Jason Tiemann handles the drums – and titles include the LaVerne originals "Rhapsody", "Lunar", "Vignette", and "Retroactive" – plus a very nice take on "Waltz For Debby". CD

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Ron McClureLucky Sunday ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2019. Used ... $11.99
Bassist Ron McClure's a might generous leader – as he sets the sound up with a really rich vibe right from the start, but also lets his other quartet members really get some time to shine in the spotlight! The album's awash in great tones from Anthony Ferrara on tenor, and Rob Block on piano and guitar – the latter of whom shifts instruments on different tracks, which adds a further level of color palette to the album! Ferrara's especially great – bold, thoughtful, and very creative when he's in the lead – and the group's completed by work from Pete Zimmer on drums. Block, McClure, and Ferrara all contributed a fair bit of original material to the set – and titles include "Deep Sea Urban Planning", "Lucky Sunday", "What's Due", "To Begin", "Mending Ties", "Quiet Life", and "You & The Salt". CD
(Cutout hole through case.)

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Phineas NewbornStockholm Jam Session Vol 1 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1958. Used ... $7.99
With Benny Bailey on trumpet, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Rune Carlsson on drums. CD

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✨✧ Adam NiewoodBlue As A Whistle ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. Used ... $12.99
A set that's mostly a trio date from reedman Adam Niewood – who blows both soprano and tenor on the set – the latter with a wonderfully rich tone! The core group features Tony Marino on bass and Ian Froman on drums – and both musicians keep things open and spacious, so that Niewood is able to express himself in a mode that's complex, yet swinging – bursting with energy in all the right ways! Guitarist Gene Segal joins the group on three tracks – adding in some nice waves of sound and color – and titles include "Grace", "Pisces", "Wonder Wheel", "Shoulda Coulda Woulda", "Blue As A Whistle", and "The Healer". CD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)

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NorgardWorks For Solo Piano –Sonata No 2/Grooving/Turn/Achilles & The Tortoise – Per Salo ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. Used ... $8.99
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Dick OattsSimone's Dance ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1999. Used ... $11.99
Dick Oatts on alto sax, Bruce Barth on piano, Dave Santoro on bass, and drums. CD

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Jonathan OrlandSomething Joyful ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
There's definitely something joyful going on here – a rich fountain of expression from alto saxophonist Jonathan Orland – a player who can have modern edges one moment, and more soulful currents the next! Jonathan's horn is often sharp at times, especially in the way he changes with the rhythms – almost as if he's borrowed inspiration from Ornette Coleman, but managed to make things swing in a more conventional mode – which is easy to do with the great piano work of Olivier Hutman on the date, a player who seems to match Orland's energy with every note. The rest of the group features Yoni Zelnik on bass and Ariel Tessier on drums – and titles include "Night In Zhuhai", "Oops", "Buduh", "Petit Ballon", "Something Joyful", and "Owls". CD

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Stephen RileyHold Em Joe ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
No need to hold 'em here – as tenorist Stephen Riley is warmly fluid, right out of the gate – working in a loose trio formation that gives him a huge amount of space to express himself! Riley's got this crispy tone, but one that's also down to earth – able to hit modern moments, yet never too in love with itself to forget to swing – which Stephen does nicely in the company of Jay Anderson on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums! There's a depth of tenor feeling that goes back to the early modern innovators – but the setting is also hipper than a straighter swing date, too – and without the piano, Riley really opens up tunes that include "Woody N You", "Hold Em Joe", "I Never Knew", "The Song Is You", "You've Changed", and "Three Little Words". CD

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Larry SchneiderJust Cole Porter ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1991. Used ... $9.99
Features Larry Schneider on tenor, Andy LaVerne on piano, Mike Richmond on bass, and Keith Copeland on drums. CD

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Dave ScottAmbiguity ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. Used ... $11.99
Trumpeter Dave Scott has a sense of urgency here that we may never have heard before – a real edge in his horn, with a quality that comes through right from the very first note – and which continues to grow and shift in a set of all original compositions that definitely has us listening to Scott with a new sense of attention! The group is very well-suited to his shifting musical moods here – sometimes swinging, but sometimes more tentative and moody – served well by the quintet lineup of Rich Perry on tenor, Gary Versace on piano, John Hebert on bass, and Billy Mintz on drums. Titles include "Special Sauce", "Song For Janie", "Ambiguity", "Diligence", and "Obscurity". CD
(Tray card has a cutout notch.)
Also available Ambiguity ... CD 16.99

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Dave ScottAmbiguity ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Trumpeter Dave Scott has a sense of urgency here that we may never have heard before – a real edge in his horn, with a quality that comes through right from the very first note – and which continues to grow and shift in a set of all original compositions that definitely has us listening to Scott with a new sense of attention! The group is very well-suited to his shifting musical moods here – sometimes swinging, but sometimes more tentative and moody – served well by the quintet lineup of Rich Perry on tenor, Gary Versace on piano, John Hebert on bass, and Billy Mintz on drums. Titles include "Special Sauce", "Song For Janie", "Ambiguity", "Diligence", and "Obscurity". CD
Also available Ambiguity ... CD 11.99

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Gary SmulyanAlternative Contrafacts ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. Used ... $11.99
Fantastic work from Gary Smulyan – a baritone saxophonist who may well be one of the few really standout players on his instrument these days – working in a legacy that puts his mighty talents right up there with Pepper Adams, Serge Chaloff, and a rare few others who could really make the baritone swing! Smulyan plays here in just a trio – David Wong on bass and Rodney Green on drums – and the tracks are long, flowing, and open – really illustrating Gary's strength as a soloist, and his deft imagination on an instrument that doesn't easily give itself to some players. The song list is great, too – titles by Ted Curson, Al Cohn, Mal Waldron, and Jimmy Giuffre – plus one tune by Gary too. Titles include "Ahma See Ya", "Vodka", "Deep People", "Cohn Pone", "Tale Of The Fingers", and "Hanid". CD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)

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Mark SoskinEverything Old Is New Again ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A beautiful set of mostly original music from pianist Mark Soskin, and a set that draws equal strengths from the soprano sax and bass clarinet of Billy Drewes – who plays with a great style that mixes lyrical modes with more of an edge – a mode that's a really wonderful complement to Soskin's piano! There's a slow-building sense of growth to most tunes – tracks that have a nice way of building up, finding their sound, then really flowering once the time is right – as the Soskin/Drewes pairing is given just the right sort of rhythmic pulse from Jay Anderson on bass and Matt Wilson on drums. Titles include the originals "Chutes & Ladders", "Tribute", "Once More", "Elvin's Tune", "Stretching", and "Hymn For Her" – plus versions of "Pretending To Care", "Happy House", and "Guinnevere". CD

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Frank StrozierRemember Me ... LP
Steeplechase/Inner City, 1977. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A gem of a record – the kind of overlooked 70s session we really treasure! Reed player Frank Strozier was one of the all-time under-discovered greats – and this set reunites him with his old Memphis partner/MJT+3 bandmate, Harold Mabern – a perfect pairing for Strozier's warm and fluid style on alto sax and flute! The pair always worked perfectly together, and on this session of laidback modern soul jazz material, they hit a very nice groove, and play off the best of each other's warm lyrical tendencies. Other players include Danny Moore, Lisle Atkinson, and Michael Carvin – and the set's filled with great original tutnes that include "Kram Samba", "Neicy", "Sidestreet", "Hit It", and "For Our Elders". LP, Vinyl record album
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Monnette SudlerBrighter Days For You (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 29.98
One of the few albums cut by guitarist Monnette Sudler – a quick-paced single-note player with a really soulful feel! The album's got a much more righteous sound than you'd expect from the usual Steeplechase outing of the time – and Monnette's working here with a group that includes Khan Jamal on marimba, Newman Baker on drums, Oliver Collins on piano, and William Duke Wilson on percussion. The tunes have a fresh rhythmic approach that pushes past jazz guitar standards of the time – frenetic at times, but never out of control – and Monnette also sings on the one of the album's gentler moments, a nice tune entitled "Moments Of Love". Other tracks include "Family", "Brighter Days For You", "Natural Accurrance", and "Congo". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gregory TardyChasing After The Wind ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. Used ... $14.99
Gregory Tardy's turned into a reedman with a great ability for complex soundshapes – these beautiful phrasings and passages from his tenor sax – yet always delivered in a way that never fails to swing with soul! On this excellent set, Tardy and his musical associates paint these lovely pictures in sound – but also find a way to groove in the process – stepping off especially well on Gregory's own original compositions, which are taken in very long, vivid performances! The whole lineup is great – and includes Alex Norris on trumpet and Sam Sadigursky on flute – both players whose lines with Tardy really give the album a lot of color and life – plus Bruce Barth on piano, Sean Conly on bass, and Jaimeo Brown on drums. As always with the Steeplechase label these days, there's a real "something extra" to the record – a special quality to the whole thing that continues to make the label one of the most important indies in jazz. Titles include "Gabriel's Groove", "Chasing After The Wind", "The Evidence Of Things Not Seen", "Companion Of My First Heartbeat", "Dance For Marie Do", and "Ashes". CD
(Still sealed. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Jack WalrathForsooth! ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2011. Used ... $16.99
Jack Walrath on trumpet, Abraham Burton on tenor saxophone, George Burton on piano, Boris Kozlov on bass, and Donald Edwar CD

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✨✧ George CablesCables' Fables ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet trio session featuring Peter Washington on bass, Kenny Washington on drums, and George Cables on piano. Tracks include "In Walked Bud", "Just Friends", "Waltz For Debby", "Con Alma", and the Cables originals "Lullaby", "Helen's Song", and "Sweet Rita Suite". CD

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✨✧ George CablesI Mean You ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
George Cables on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums. CD

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✨✧ Pierre Dorge & New Jungle OrchestraJohnny Lives ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1987. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great tribute to the late bassist Johnny Dyani – by a group that features Pierre Dorge on guitar, Harry Beckett on trumpet, John Tchicai on tenor and bass clarinet, Hamid Drake on drums, and both Thomas Dyani and Marilyn Mazur on percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Cover has a cutout hole in the corner.)

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✨✧ Pierre Dorge & New Jungle OrchestraSketches Of India ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pierre Dorge on guitar, Gunnar Halle on trumpet, Morten Carlsen on taragot & tenor saxophone, Jakob Mygind on tenor & soprano saxophones, Anders Banke on tenor saophone, clarinet & bass clarinet, Kenneth Agerholm on trombone, Irene Becker on piano & synthesizer, Thommy Andersson on bass, Martin Andersen on drums & cajon & Ayi Solomon on congas & percussion. CD

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✨✧ Kenny DrewRuby My Dear ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great trio – with the mighty David Friesen on bass and Clifford Jarvis on drums – on the long titles "Sunspots", "Ending", "Gentle Rain", and "Bassment". CD

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✨✧ Johnny Dyani With John Tchicai & Dudu PukwanaWitchdoctor's Son ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A late 70s classic from South African bassist Johnny Dyani – and an album that reunites him with Dudu Pukwana, the saxophonist in their original group The Blue Notes! The album also features John Tchicai on both alto and soprano sax, as well as added guitar from Afredo Do Nascimento, plus some added percussion. Tunes have a nice rhythmic feel, but the solos are also quite raw and searing – really blowing open the whole thing, in the manner of some of the post-Blue Notes early 70s work by Pukwana, Dyanai, and sadly departed bandmate Mongezi Feza. Titles include "Heart With Minor's Face", "Magwaza", "Eyomzi", "Mbiza", and "Radebe". CD also features 4 bonus alternate takes! CD

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✨✧ Von FreemanLester Leaps In ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fitting title, as there's plenty of Lester Young nestled down there deeply in the horn of Von Freeman – yet given that the album was recorded during Von's 70th year on this planet, there's also a hell of a lot of his own sound there too! Freeman's one of those talents that we're especially happy to have grown up with – a musician who taught us plenty on the inside that we thought could only happen on the outside – subtle sounds, twists, and turns in his music that always kept us listening, even when the setting might seem familiar. And here, the tunes are all ones you've heard, but Freeman delivers them in a deeply personal way – blowing tenor with a gutbuckety depth, yet none of the gutbuckety cliches that always make us hate the word "gutbuckety" so much. No too-hard Texas tenor, no bop retro rehash, just clear Chicago soul – handled by Von in ways that nobody else can touch. Players include Jodie Christian on piano, Eddie DeHaas on bass, and Wilbur Campbell on drums – and titles include "All About Ronnie", "I Love You", "A Nightingale Sang In Berkely Square", "Lester Leaps In", and "Scrapple From The Apple". CD

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✨✧ Dexter GordonHeartaches – Live At Montmartre Jazzhus 1965 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Important early European work by Dexter Gordon – recorded during his successful 60s run at the legendary Cafe Montmartre, where using the new freedoms of that scene, he re-invented himself as a player, and gave a much needed boost to European-American jazz relations! The tracks on the set are all very much in the best spirit of Gordon's Montmartre years – long and open-ended, with a real focus on the tenor solo work, but also some excellent support by a rhythm trio that includes Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Alex Riel. Titles include "So What", "You've Changed", "Heartaches", and "Devilette". CD

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✨✧ Shirley HornLazy Afternoon ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice album recorded during a time when Shirley Horn's talents were lesser-known to the world than in her current revival. The set's got Shirley playing piano and singing in a very sweet trio with Buster Williams and Billy Hart. The material's mostly standards, but as usual, Shirley manages to get a whole new level of emotion and feeling out of them! Titles include "Lazy Afternoon", "Gentle Rain", "New York's My Home", and "Why Did I Choose You". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram audiophile edition.)

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✨✧ Khan Jamal QuartetDark Warrior ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1984. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet little set – and a strong international meeting of talents, of the sort European labels were fond of putting together at the time! The group has a cohesive sound, as all have experience in both out and more swinging styles – and the great, and under-recorded, Charles Tyler plays alto & bari, and the mighty Johnny Dyani is on bass – with drummer Leroy Lowe finishing up the group. Jamal's vibes provide a dark, rich backdrop for Tyler's expressive blowing over the elastic rhythms played by Dyani and drummer Leroy Lowe. The set features 6 Jamal originals, and titles include "Dark Warrior", "Johnny's In Malmo", "Just Us", "Principal", "Whisper Sweet", and "Hucksterman". LP, Vinyl record album
(A great copy!)

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✨✧ Kirk Knuffke & Jesse StackenLike A Tree ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2012. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Jesse Stacken on piano and Kenny Wollensen on drums. CD

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanGhetto Lullaby ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Jackie McLean's beautiful recordings for Steeplechase from the early 70's – a real return to basics that helped form the groundwork for his soulful playing of later years! This set features two long compositions by Billy Gault, the magical young pianist who graced some of McLean's best work – and although Billy's not actually playing on this session, his presence is more than felt on the excellent tunes "Mode For Jay Mac" and "Ghetto Lullaby". The set was recorded live, with backing by a European group that includes (then expat) Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums – and other tracks include "Callin", "Jack's Tune", and "Where Is Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Danish pressing! Top cover seam is unglued, but cover is nice otherwise, save for one light mark near the bottom.)

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✨✧ Adam NiewoodBlue As A Whistle ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set that's mostly a trio date from reedman Adam Niewood – who blows both soprano and tenor on the set – the latter with a wonderfully rich tone! The core group features Tony Marino on bass and Ian Froman on drums – and both musicians keep things open and spacious, so that Niewood is able to express himself in a mode that's complex, yet swinging – bursting with energy in all the right ways! Guitarist Gene Segal joins the group on three tracks – adding in some nice waves of sound and color – and titles include "Grace", "Pisces", "Wonder Wheel", "Shoulda Coulda Woulda", "Blue As A Whistle", and "The Healer". CD
Also available Blue As A Whistle ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Jason PalmerJason Palmer At Wally's Vol 1 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Trumpeter Jason Palmer has given us some great creative projects in recent years – but this time around, he's in a wonderfully back-to-basics mode – working with an excellent combo in a small club in Boston – on long tracks that really stretch out and let us hear his imaginative skill on solos! The core group is a quintet – with the excellent Noah Preminger on tenor, and Max Light ringing out nicely on guitar – driven by rhythms from Simon Willson on bass and Lee Fish on drums – players who keep a nice sense of structure in the tunes, even while things are open enough to really let the solos expand! Chris McCarthy plays Fender Rhodes on one track on each volume – and all titles are great originals by Palmer – really showing his dynamic vision as a leader. Titles on this first volume include "Gabby", "Kemerovo", "Preservation Of The Lower 9th Ward", "Be Aware", and "Stop Drop & Roll". CD

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✨✧ Louis Smith & Jodie ChristianVery Thought Of You ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Louis Smith on trumpet and Jodie Christian on piano. CD

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✨✧ Richard Wyands TrioGet Out Of Town ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Richard Wyands on piano, Peter washington on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums. CD

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✨✧ Stanley CowellLive At Keystone Korner Baltimore ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A real standout set from pianist Stanley Cowell – one of his few dates in recent years to feature more than a trio lineup – and recorded in a live setting that really seems to ignite some old school fires in Stanley's music! Make no mistake – Cowell is always wonderful – but there's a nice edge to his compositions here, as Stanley hits a bit harder, and drives things along to match the energy from the trumpet of Freddie Hendrix and alto of Bruce Williams – who play in a lineup that also features Tom DiCarlo on bass and Vince Ector on drums. Sunny Cowell performs a beautiful vocal version of the classic "Equipoise" – maybe worth the price of the album alone – and other tracks include "Cal Massey", "Montage For Toledo", "This Life", "Banana Pudding", "No Illusions", and a take on the Max Roach tune "It's Time". CD

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✨✧ Steve LaSpinaChange In The Weather ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. Used ... Out Of Stock
The bass of Steve LaSpina is in great company here – wrapped up all around these warm piano lines from Luis Perdomo, punctuated in the right way by the drums of Eric McPherson, and given all these sharper edges from the tenor and soprano sax of Joe Frahm! All tunes are LaSpina originals, and are a great showcase for his ear for music – that sometimes-special way that a bassist can have for composing for a group – something that's very clear from Steve's role here in shaping the sound of most tunes from the very first note. A nice little record that reminds us that bristles with a nice spirit of surprise – on titles that include "Serenity", "So Dance", "When It's Time Again", "A Change In The Weather", "The Road Ahead", and "Life In The Cove". CD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)
Also available Change In The Weather ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanLive At Montmartre (Inner City) ... LP
Steeplechase/Inner City, 1972. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Jackie McLean opens it up at Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen – blowing in the long, open-ended style usually associated with live dates from the club! The format here is similar to the better-known Montmartre recordings by Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin – strong rhythms from a trio that features Kenny Drew on piano, Bo Stief on bass, and Alex Riel on drums – topped with dominant solos from Jackie, who's blowing here in a boppish style that's a bit different from some of his more spiritual sessions of the 70s. Titles include "Das Dat", "Smile", and "Parker's Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some surface wear.)

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✨✧ Noah PremingerContemptment ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's an intensity here that we're not sure we've heard on other records from tenorist Noah Preminger as a leader – a sense of burn that comes up from the bottom, and which comes through even on some of the mellower tracks on the set – hard to peg in words, but definitely there from the very first note! Most tracks are originals, and very well-penned – so that they allow for a lot of creative interplay between Preminger's tenor, the guitar of Max Light, bass of Kim Cass, and drums of Dan Weiss – who often has this way of bringing a bit of bristle to the sound! Titles include "Hygge", "The Late 90s", "Contemptment", "Hey J", and "Kamaguchi" – plus a version of "Promises Kept". CD

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

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✨✧ Pierre Dorge & New Jungle Orchestra with Stephen RileyBluu Afroo ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's a really great pairing going on here – the always-amazing sound of Pierre Dorge's New Jungle Orchestra, and the tenor of Stephen Riley – a guest who's brought into the fold after a successful European tour with the group, and a perfect match for their ever-inventive sound! Dorge's guitar sets the scene and colors the music right from the start – with plenty of the blue elements you might expect in the title – and Riley seems as if he's challenging all the other group members to do their best with the strength of his own tenor – a lineup that includes Tobias Wiklund on trumpet, Kennet Agerlhom on trombone, Jakob Mygind on tenor and soprano, Anders Banke on tenor and bass clarinet, and Irene Becker on piano and keyboards. The tracks are mostly originals by Dorge, plus a few by Becker – and they've got that angular, shape-heavy vibe that marks the work of the NJO – on titles that include "Dancing In The Jungle", "Aburu Kuwa", "Mingus' Birthday Party", "Witchdoctor In The Burial Mound", "Fulani", and "Blue Afriki". CD
 
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Johnny Dyani & Okay TemizWitchdoctor's Son ... LP
Yonca/Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99
One of the hippest albums we've ever heard from bassist Johnny Dyani – and that's saying a lot, given his tremendous records of the 70s! The album's different than the album that Johnny recorded with fellow Blue Notes members on the Steeplechase label – and instead, the group here is led by percussionist Okay Temiz, and mixes Johnny's round, bold lines on acoustic bass with additional electric bass, plus clarinet and saxes too! The tunes are heavily rhythmic – still jazz, but with very strong global currents too – an even rootsier vibe than most jazz of the South African scene from whence Dyani came – in a mode that really seems to set him free. Johnny also plays a bit of piano, too – and the tracks are a mix of Dyani originals, plus Temiz arrangements of traditional Turkish tunes. Titles include "Gece", "Yesl Fener", "Ben Muslumanim", "Moriva", "Hepimiz Icin", "Elhamdulillah Marimba", and "Doktur". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hampton HawesThis Is Hampton Hawes – Vol 2 The Trio ... CD
Contemporary, 1956. Used ... $6.99
The darkly brooding image of Hampton Hawes on the front cover of this one is a real standout in the mostly-sweet cover lineup of the Contemporary label – but it's also a great indication of the sound of the record, which is something different than most of its contemporaries! Hawes is working here at his top-shelf early best – stepping around the keys of the piano with a sense of grace and spaciousness – but also a hard-hitting, highly rhythmic mode on the left – a bit soul jazz at times, mixing earthy elements with the sweeter, lyrical moments in his solos. Rhythm is by the team of Red Mitchell and Chuck Thompson – and titles include "Yesterdays", "Blues For Jacque", Stella By Starlight", "Steeplechase", "Round Midnight", "Autumn In New York" and "Section Blues". CD

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerBird – Savoy Recordings Master Takes ... LP
Savoy, Mid 40s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
A nicely distilled collection pulled together for issue in the mid 70s, of Charlie Parker's work for Savoy Records – done between the years 1944-1948, with some of the best talents in the bop business! Some of the other Savoy Parker sets have been a bit too overstuffed with alternate takes – and this one nicely changes that by focusing only on the material that made it out to the public as 78rpm recordings at the time. The double LP set features a total of 30 tracks – with titles that include "Tiny's Tempo", "Barbados", "Constellation", "Marmaduke", "Steeplechase", "Chasin The Bird", "Billie's Bounce", "Romance Without Finance", "Perhaps", and "Parker's Mood". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hampton HawesThis Is Hampton Hawes – Vol 2 The Trio ... CD
Contemporary/Victor (Japan), 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
The darkly brooding image of Hampton Hawes on the front cover of this one is a real standout in the mostly-sweet cover lineup of the Contemporary label – but it's also a great indication of the sound of the record, which is something different than most of its contemporaries! Hawes is working here at his top-shelf early best – stepping around the keys of the piano with a sense of grace and spaciousness – but also a hard-hitting, highly rhythmic mode on the left – a bit soul jazz at times, mixing earthy elements with the sweeter, lyrical moments in his solos. Rhythm is by the team of Red Mitchell and Chuck Thompson – and titles include "Yesterdays", "Blues For Jacque", Stella By Starlight", "Steeplechase", "Round Midnight", "Autumn In New York" and "Section Blues". CD
(Out of print, 80's Japanese pressing.)
Also available This Is Hampton Hawes – Vol 2 The Trio ... CD 6.99
 
 
 



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