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Tommy FlanaganBallads & Blues ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1979. Used ... $8.99
A key 70s session from Tommy Flanagan – a record that showed that he was still one of the most fluid and soulful players of his generation! The album has Flanagan working only with the bass of George Mraz – in a drum-less format with even less structure than usual, a perfect setting for Tommy to stretch out, open up, and do his thing on the keys of the piano. There's still always a gentle swing and good focus to most tracks here – and Flanagan never gets too indulgent with the setting, even on the longer numbers. Titles include "Blue Twenty", "With Malice Towards None", "Blues For Sarka", "Star Eyes", and "They Say It's Spring". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tommy FlanaganEclypso ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
A sweetly swinging seventies set from pianist Tommy Flanagan – one of those records that's a perfect balance between the bop-inspired dexterity of his work on the keyboard, and that undeniable warmth he always brought to his best recordings! Tommy's got maybe a bit more bite on the keys, especially when moving at a quicker pace – and backing is by George Mraz on bass, whose round tones emphasize the warmer elements, and Elvin Jones on drums – who may well be part of the reason for the bite! The set features a number of bop classic tunes – like "Oleo", "Confirmation", and "Relaxin At Camarillo" – plus the great title cut "Eclypso", and a moody reading of Tom McIntosh's excellent "The Cup Bearers". CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Tommy FlanaganGiant Steps – In Memory Of John Coltrane ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1982. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A wonderful little tribute to the late, great John Coltrane – served up as a piano trio session led by Tommy Flanagan, but done with a sense of power and imagination that rivals the strength of Trane's classics! All tracks here are originals by Coltrane, performed by Flanagan with a forceful approach to the piano that shows a bit more McCoy Tyner than usual – and which is propelled strongly on most numbers by bold rhythm work from the team of George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums. Foster's work on the kit is especially nice – quite bold, and really soaring forward with a sense of righteous energy – inspiring Flanagan to heights we've never heard before on a session like this. Titles include "Naima", "Giant Steps", "Syeeda's Song Flute", "Central Park West", "Mr PC", and "Cousin Mary". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing.)

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Tommy FlanaganJazz Poet ... CD
Alfa/Compose, 1989. Used ... $6.99
A great title for this one – given the extremely poetic sound of Tommy Flanagan on the piano! For years, Tommy's had a great talent for being as bopper, yet as sensitive as a mellower, more lyrical player too – a brilliant combination that shows up instantly in the first few notes of this set – a late 80s recording that's filled with warmth and subtle imagination. The trio features George Mraz on bass and Kenny Washington on drums – the latter of whom really gets things swinging in some great gentle ways – and titles include "Raincheck", "Lament", "Caravan", "Voce Abuso", "Mean Streets", and "That Tired Routine Called Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tommy FlanaganNights At The Vanguard ... LP
Uptown, 1986. Near Mint- ... $8.99
Well-recorded live material – featuring George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums! Titles include "A Biddy Ditty", "San Francisco Holiday", "Goodbye Mr Evans", and "Out Of The Past". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Tommy FlanaganThelonica ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1982. Near Mint- ... $19.99
There's a definite Monkish bent to this one, in case you couldn't guess from the title – but Tommy Flanagan doesn't simply copy Monk's compositions, but also throws in a few great touches of his own! The session's got a depth and complexity that goes beyond other standard tributes to Thelonious Monk – partly due to Tommy's lyrical approach to the keys, which warms some of the tunes nicely, and shades in colors that Monk never seemed to touch. Trio members here include George Mraz on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and titles include "Thelonica", "Off Minor", "Ugly Beauty", "Reflections", "Thelonius", and "North Of The Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing.)

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Tommy FlanaganTokyo Recital ... LP
Pablo, 1975. Near Mint- ... $5.99
The title says "recital", but the album's no stiff, starched concert affair – as Tommy Flanagan is right at home on the piano, playing with a fluid grace that makes the record one of his best from the 70s! There's a simple, unadorned quality to the album – one that really lets Tommy sparkle with a quality that was always present in his work, but sometimes slightly dimmed in the studio – especially in large group records. And it's almost as if Pablo records has taken a cue from advances in Japanese piano trio recordings of the decade to bring a new sort of life to Flanagan's career – one that Tommy would later go onto explore heavily in later Japanese-only sides. Rhythm is by Keter Betts on bass and Bobby Durham on drums – and tracks include "The Intimacy Of The Blues", "Ummg", "Something To Live For", "All Day Long", "Mainstem", and "Daydream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Tommy Flanagan & Kenny BarronTogether ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1978. Used ... $13.99
Twin piano magic from Kenny Barron and Tommy Flanagan – two players working here without any other accompaniment at all, sounding really great in the process! The set has Barron and Flanagan coming together beautifully with just the right sense of space – handling both rhythm and melody as they trade lines back and forth, wrapped up in their own inherent sense of warmth – and showing that there'd hardly be two other players as well suited to a session like this. The amazing thing is the fluid groove that's maintained throughout the set – neither player gets in the way of the other, and things always manage to swing, even without any bass or drums. Titles include "Dig", "Stella By Starlight", "Darn That Dream", "The Way You Look Tonight", and "I Can't Get Started". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tommy Flanagan/Red Mitchell/Elvin JonesSuper Session ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1980. New Copy ... About April 22, 2020
A well-titled super session from pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Elvin Jones – and one with a bit more sense of surprise than similar all-star trio outings from the 80s! There's a looseness here that's a good antidote to some of the more tightly-produced Japanese trio sessions – by the Great Jazz Trio, Super Jazz Trio, and other groupings of American players – and Flanagan's touch on the keys is especially nice here, almost a bit more "human" than on other records – with an odd sense of tone and phrasing that keeps our interest throughout. Titles include "Too Late Now", "Minor Perhaps", "Rachel's Rondo", "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", and "Django". CD

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Phil Woods/Tommy Flanagan/Red MitchellThree For All ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
A really great record – one we're surprised that we like so much! On the surface, the album appears to be an inconsequential 80s session by three older giants of their instrument – Woods on alto, Flanagan on piano, and Mitchell on bass. But Woods' tone here, although played straightly, is fantastic – with an edge that grabs you immediately, holding your ears throughout the session with a bright yet sad approach that matches the sound he gets on a rare few albums when he's really doing things right. Tracks are open, soulful, and really incredibly played – and although this might not be the most groundbreaking jazz album you'll buy this year, it's a heck of a great little album, with a sound that will keep you going back more than you think! Titles include "Goodbye Mr Evans", "Talking", "It's Time To Emulate The Japanese", "Reets Neet", and "You're Me". CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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✨✧ Tommy FlanaganBest Of Tommy Flanagan ... LP
Pablo, 1980. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Tommy FlanaganSomething Borrowed, Something Blue ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With some unusual electric piano from Tommy Flanagan – plus the usual acoustic – in a group that also includes Keter Betts on bass and Jimmie Smith on drums. CD

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✨✧ Tommy FlanaganSunset & The Mockingbird – Birthday Concert ... CD
Blue Note, 1998. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tommy FlanaganFlanagan's Shenanigans ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1993. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title's a bit of a rough pun, but don't hold that against it – as the album's got pianist Tommy Flanagan nicely stretching out – expanding past his familiar trio mode on a few great tracks on the set! Make no mistake, the core trio is great – with help from Jasper Lundgaard on bass and Lewis Nash on drums – but the first three tracks on the set also feature the Jazzpar Windtet – a group of added reeds who bring a nice layer of color to the set, almost making us wish that Flanagan had recorded more in such a mode! Tenorist Jasper Thilo joins the group on one other number – leaving the rest as trio tracks – and titles include "Minor Mishap", "For Lena & Lennie", "Let's", "Tin Tin Deo", "The Balanced Scales", "Eclypso", and "Beyond The Bluebird". CD

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✨✧ Tommy Flanagan, John Coltrane, & OthersCats ... LP
New Jazz, 1957. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
The Cats here are all quite hip ones – and the album's one of the best Prestige Records blowing sessions from the late 50s – an all-star sextet effort that features Tommy Flanagan on piano, John Coltrane on tenor, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Doug Watkins on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Tracks are long, and open – and although each player is really at their best on their solos, there's still a sense of group unity that makes the record stand out from other efforts of its type – enough so that it's often cited as a key early entry in the Coltrane catalog. Titles include "Eclypso", "Solacium", "Tommy's Tune", and "Minor Mishap". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing – with RVG stamp! Side two has light oxidation, which causes some light crackles at points – but side one is great. Cover is beautiful!)

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John ColtranePianist's Touch – John Coltrane Plays The Compositions Of Tommy Flanagan & Tadd Dameron (Mating Call/Cats) ... CD
Prestige/Phoenix (Spain), 1956/1957. Used ... $9.99
John Coltrane works here with two strong pianists – both on different sessions from his early years at Prestige! Mating Call is first up – a sublime early set from Coltrane, and one of Tadd Dameron's greatest moments on record ever! The session's a laidback quartet one – with John Simmons on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums, completing the group with Dameron on piano and Trane on tenor – all coming together in a style that's loose, but still quite sharp overall – especially given Coltrane's tremendous tone, which really helps take the record to the next level from the very first moment it comes into the mix! Dameron's piano is strong, but subtle – and his compositions are what really make the record great – tunes that include "Soultrane", "Mating Call", "Romas", "Super Jet", and "On A Misty Night". Cats is a record issued under the name of pianist Tommy Flanagan – one of the best Prestige Records blowing sessions from the late 50s – an all-star sextet effort that features Flanagan on piano, John Coltrane on tenor, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Doug Watkins on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Tracks are long, and open – and although each player is really at their best on their solos, there's still a sense of group unity that makes the record stand out from other efforts of its type – enough so that it's often cited as a key early entry in the Coltrane catalog. Titles include "Eclypso", "Solacium", "Tommy's Tune", and "Minor Mishap". CD also features the track "How Long Has This Been Going On", which only features the rhythm section, without Coltrane or Sulieman. CD
 
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Pepper AdamsEncounter! ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1968. Used ... $8.99
Late 60s greatness from Pepper Adams – an overlooked session that's easily one of his most standout sides of the decade! There's an easygoing swing to the record that's simply wonderful – a well-blown sound that's never too overthought or academic – just pure proof of the sort of inroads that Pepper Adams made with the baritone sax back in the 50s, as he liberated the instrument from its work in the chorus to a fully-voiced solo instrument of its own! The other players certainly help contribute to the magic of the date – and in addition to a rhythm section that includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums, the set also features Zoot Sims on tenor, blowing with a tone that's almost as deep as Adams! Titles include "Cindy's Tune", "I've Just Seen Her", "Serenity", "Inanout", "Punjab", "Elusive", and "Verdandi". CD

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Gene AmmonsBoss Tenor ... LP
Prestige, 1960. Very Good- ... $14.99
A soul jazz classic from Gene Ammons – the kind of session that easy made him "boss" on tenor – with a tone and conception that few other players could touch! The set is done in a style that's laidback, but never too loose – bouncing along in that "with conga" style of rhythm that was used strongly at the start of the 60s – with Ray Barretto on percussion, alongside Tommy Flanagan on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The style is nice and echoey – a mode that works well not only here, but on most of the 22 other albums that Ammons went onto record during the next 2 years! Titles include "Close Your Eyes", "Canadian Sunset", "Hittin' The Jug", "Confirmation", and "Blue Ammons". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove, RVG stamp, AB etch.)

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Kenny BurrellIntroducing Kenny Burrell (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956. Used ... $13.99
Arguably one of the greatest Kenny Burrell albums ever! Unlike some of Kenny's other sessions, which hide his guitar in arrangements that are a bit too complicated – this one's a nicely stripped-down album that sets his hollow electric in a group with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums, and Candido on conga. The tracks are nicely laidback, and Kenny hits some nice deep grooves on cuts like "Fugue N Blues", "Takeela", and "Delilah". Plus, the album also includes a totally cool percussion-only track – "Rhythmorama", which is a duet between Kenny Clarke and Candido! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Donald Byrd & John JenkinsStar Eyes (aka Jazz Eyes) ... LP
Savoy, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A great little session – an oft-overlooked gem from Savoy's legendary hard bop years of the 50s – reissued many years later with an added bonus track! Altoist John Jenkins leads the session – which also features Donald Byrd – who gets co-billed as leader on this reissue, plus Curtis Fuller, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, and Art Taylor – and with a lineup like that, you can hardly miss! The set grooves like one of the best edgy Prestige blowing sessions from the time – long tracks, lots of room for solos, and a surprising coherency that really drives the whole thing. Features the 4 longish tracks from the original LP – "Orpheus", "Honeylike", "Rockaway", and "Star Eyes", plus a take of "Darn That Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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John ColtraneColtrane 58 – Prestige Recordings (5CD set) ... CD
Prestige/Craft, 1958. New Copy 5CD ... $66.99 74.99
A fantastic document of this breakout moment for the legendary John Coltrane – every single Prestige Records recording from the important year of 1958, a time when the tenorist really emerged as a leader, while still also sharing his talents in collaborative sessions too! This isn't the Coltrane of Love Supreme, but there's already a majestically soulful, deeply personal conception taking place here – one that makes Coltrane's sound instantly compelling, with long solos throughout that really show the spark of his young imagination at work! Much of this material was recorded during the year, then released later in many cut-up packages – so the set marks the first time that these tracks have all been put together properly, along with some of the "blowing session" or co-leader dates for Prestige from the time – and while many feature the core trio of pianist Red Garland on rhythm, other musicians include Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd on trumpet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb and Art Taylor on drums. The set features 37 tracks in all, wrapped up in a really beautiful package with a huge book that collects rare photos and other ephemera, and very extensive liner notes from Ashley Khan – who's written extensively on Coltrane. Titles include "Lush Life", "Nakatini Serenade", "Theme For Ernie", "I Never Knew", "Big Paul", "Freight Trane", "Invitation", "Love Thy Neighbor", "Bahia", "Goldsboro Express", "Lyresto", "You Say You Care", "Russian Lullaby", "The Believer", "I See Your Face Before Me", and "Little Melonae". CD

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John ColtraneGiant Steps (2CD 60th Anniversary Edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic, 1959. New Copy ... On May 8, 2020
A true giant step for John Coltrane – and one of the first albums to really showcase his talent as a writer – and his amazing ability for penning some of the most soulful, spiritual themes in jazz! Apart from the well-known title cut, the record's filled with other Coltrane classics – key early readings of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute" – all showing a new sense of timing, phrasing, and pacing in jazz – one that would go on to have a huge impact on players in the 70s generation! The group here is relatively straight – Tommy Flanagan or Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but the players have never sounded better, and really match Coltrane's sense of power and imagination on these legendary tracks! CD

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John ColtraneGiant Steps (2LP 60th Anniversary Edition – 180 gram pressing with bonus tracks) ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. New Copy ... On May 8, 2020
A true giant step for John Coltrane – and one of the first albums to really showcase his talent as a writer – and his amazing ability for penning some of the most soulful, spiritual themes in jazz! Apart from the well-known title cut, the record's filled with other Coltrane classics – key early readings of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute" – all showing a new sense of timing, phrasing, and pacing in jazz – one that would go on to have a huge impact on players in the 70s generation! The group here is relatively straight – Tommy Flanagan or Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but the players have never sounded better, and really match Coltrane's sense of power and imagination on these legendary tracks! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kenny DorhamTrompeta Toccata ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... On May 8, 2020
A wonderfully free-thinking set by Kenny Dorham – and a record that really breaks from his earlier work! The album's not exactly experimental, but it features longer tracks with a looser approach than some of Dorham's sweeter shorter work – more in a rhythmically progressive mode that lets the soloists carve out their own space in the set. Joe Henderson joins Kenny on the frontline, and the rest of the group includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Albert Heath on drums. All titles are originals, with some great modernist inflections, especially in the changes – and titles include "The Fox", "Mamacita", "Tropeta Toccata", and "Night Watch". LP, Vinyl record album

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Booker ErvinBook Cooks ... CD
Bethlehem, 1960. Used ... $8.99
One of the greatest albums on the Bethlehem label – and one of the first albums as a leader by the legendary Booker Ervin! At the time of the set, Ervin had come off a great stint with the Charles Mingus group – one that inflected his rootsy Texas tenor tones with a sharper modern edge – heard to perfection on this great little session, which is equal parts hard swinging soul jazz and dark-tinged early 60s modern! Zoot Sims joins Booker in the front line, and the two of them trade tenor solos throughout on the album's long compositions – grooving with a great sextet that includes Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Mingus' drummer Dannie Richmond on the kit! Cuts include "Largo", "The Book Cooks", "The Blue Book", and "Git It". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Also available Book Cooks ... LP 14.99

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Booker ErvinBook Cooks ... LP
Bethlehem, 1960. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the greatest albums on the Bethlehem label – and one of the first albums as a leader by the legendary Booker Ervin! At the time of the set, Ervin had come off a great stint with the Charles Mingus group – one that inflected his rootsy Texas tenor tones with a sharper modern edge – heard to perfection on this great little session, which is equal parts hard swinging soul jazz and dark-tinged early 60s modern! Zoot Sims joins Booker in the front line, and the two of them trade tenor solos throughout on the album's long compositions – grooving with a great sextet that includes Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Mingus' drummer Dannie Richmond on the kit! Cuts include "Largo", "The Book Cooks", "The Blue Book", and "Git It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Spanish reissue on Fresh Sound.)
Also available Book Cooks ... CD 8.99

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Ella FitzgeraldElla At Juan-Les-Pins (Deluxe Edition) ... CD
Verve, 1964. Used 2 CDs ... $24.99
A hugely expanded version of the classic double live album by Ella Fitzgerald – featuring a total of 48 tracks in all, recorded over 2 nights at a French jazz festival in 1964, with backing by a group that includes Roy Eldridge and Tommy Flanagan. More than half of the set appears to be previously unissued – and the whole thing's packaged in a wonderful wraparound cover, with great art and notes, and new remastering on the CD. Titles include "Day In Day Out", "Just A Sittin & A Rockin", "People", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Boy From Ipanema", "The Cricket Song", "Perdido", "Summertime", "The Lady Is A Tramp", "I Love Being Here With You", "Goody Goody", "Cutie Pants", and "Mack The Knife". Some of the cuts repeat over the course of the performance, but they're done in slightly different versions. CD
(Out of print, Verve Master Edition – in great shape!)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla In London (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Pablo (Japan), 1974. Used ... $19.99
Something groovy always happens to Ella Fitzgerald in London – and in the 60s and 70s, the city became home to some of her best post-Verve recordings! This date's a compelling live performance recorded at Ronnie Scotts in 1974 – with backing by a quartet that includes Tommy Flanagan on piano and Joe Pass on guitar – gently grooving behind Ella in a setting that's one of the most relaxed live dates we've ever heard her do. Some of the tunes feature a bit of patter on the introductions – showing the Fitzgerald charm that extended way beyond singing – and titles include "The Man I Love", "Everytime We Say Goodbye", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "You've Got A Friend", "Happy Blues", and "Lemon Drop". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi – and still sealed!)

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy – The Dizzy Gillespie Big 7 Live At Montreux 1975 ... LP
Pablo, 1975. Very Good ... $2.99
With Milt Jackson on vibes, Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Johnny Griffin on tenors, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Mickey Roker on drums – on titles that include "Lover Come Back To Me", "What's New", and "Cherokee". LP, Vinyl record album

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Benny GolsonTurning Point/Free ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Germany), 1962. Used ... $6.99
Two albums that really show why we love Benny Golson so much! Turning Point is an incredible, and oft-overlooked album from the great Benny Golson – and one of the few early albums that really point the way to his huge run of work for decades to come! The style here is a bit looser, and more open than some of Golson's previous albums – less of a focus on arrangements, and more on the spontaneous interplay between his tenor and the crack rhythm section – which features Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – a dream lineup who really make the record sparkle. But the real star of the show is Golson – who's hitting this raspy, soulful tone he never had before – much freer of soul jazz formalities, and with a modern edge that's wonderful – as you'll hear on titles that include "Alone Together", "Turning Point", "Stella By Starlight", and "Dear Kathy". On Free, things aren't as tightly structured as on some of Benny's more arranged albums of the period – and he opens up wonderfully in a small group setting – playing in a beautifully confident tone, but with a slightly raspy edge – cutting, changing, and swinging perfectly in lines that are masterfully crafted, yet full of raw emotion. The group's a thoughtful quartet, and includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – and tracks that inlcude "Sock Cha", "Shades Of Stein", "Just By Myself", and "Just In Time". CD
(On Demand professional CDr pressing.)

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Al Haig, Duke Jordan, John Lewis, Barry Harris, etI Remember Bebop ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
Not the compilation you might expect – but material from a special live performance dedicated to bop greats – featuring work from pianists Walter Bishop Jr, Al Haig, Duke Jordan, Sadik Hakim, John Lewis, Barry Harris, and Tommy Flanagan. LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has a gold promo stamp on the back.)

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✨✧ Jimmy HamiltonCan't Help Swinging ... CD
Prestige, 1961. Used ... $18.99
A great small group set from Ellington's legendary reedman – caught here in a nicely different setting than the larger ensemble in which he earned his fame! Jimmy Plays both tenor and clarinet on this swing-oriented session – with a quartet that includes Tommy Flanagan, Wendell Harrison, and Earl Williams. The tracks are short, with an emphasis on Hamilton's solos – and titles include "Route 9W", "Pan Fried", and "Town Tavern Rag". CD
(Out of print.)

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Coleman HawkinsAt Ease With Coleman Hawkins ... CD
Prestige/Moodsville/OJC, 1960. Used ... $7.99
Wonderful late work by Coleman Hawkins – a player who was very much "at ease" with himself at the time, and opened up tremendously on albums like this. The format is beautiful – simple small group backings by Tommy Flanagan, Wendell Marshall, and Osie Johnson – with Coleman out front, blowing these deep and mellow tenor lines that could stop a locomotive in its tracks! Titles include "At Dawning", "I'll Get By", "For You For Me For Evermore", and "Mighty Lak A Rose". CD
(Out of print.)

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Coleman HawkinsColeman Hawkins All Stars ... LP
Prestige/Swingville, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $14.99
Not the sprawling session you'd usually get from a record with "all stars" in the title, and instead a tight small group record that features Coleman Hawkins at his later best! The setting is an outwardly trad one – recorded for the Swingville label with Joe Thomas on trumpet and Vic Dickenson on trombone – but there's a decidedly modern feel to the way that Hawk opens up the tunes – that undercurrent of darkness in his best later work, accented nicely by a hip rhythm trio that features Tommy Flanagan on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Titles include "Cool Blue", "Some Stretching", "You Blew Out The Flame In My Heart", and "More Bounce To The Vonce". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Swingville pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has clear tape holding the top seam, some wear and aging, and a light stain on back.)

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Coleman Hawkins & Clark TerryBack In Bean's Bag ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $18.99
A way different album than usual for both tenor giant Coleman Hawkins, and up-and-coming trumpet talent Clark Terry – a very soulful set that falls much more into the spirit of the few soul jazz gems on early 60s Epic/Columbia Records! This could be because Dave Bailey's holding down the drum chores, and the record sounds a bit like his great recordings from the early 60 – a tight, soulful groove that's also got support from Tommy Flanagan on piano and Major Holley on bass! All tracks are nice and long, with strong solos from Hawkins and Terry – and there's a fantastic cut called "Tune For The Tutor", which was written by Pat Patrick, and which really grooves! Other nice ones include "Feedin' The Bean" and "Squeeze Me" – plus "Don't Worry Bout Me", and "Michelle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 2 eye mono pressing!)

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Roy Haynes QuartetOut Of The Afternoon ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Very Good+ ... $16.99
Drummer Roy Haynes always brings something great to the table for any album he does as a leader – and this record is no exception! Here, the "added something" is the presence of Roland Kirk on reeds – offered a key early chance to express his most modern ideas in the freedom of Haynes' group – working alongside Tommy Flanagan on piano and Henry Grimes on bass, in what was easily one of the hippest groups to record for Impulse in the early 60s! The record's filled with wonderful material – and a mix of originals and standards done with a very twisted edge – all with great interplay between Kirk's quirky sax work and Roy Haynes' amazing drumming – often changing up timings and rhythms with ease, and really matching Kirk's quirky energy for the set. Titles include "Moon Ray", "Raoul", "Snap Crackle", and "Long Wharf". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent EU reissue.)
Also available Out Of The Afternoon ... LP 22.99

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Roy Haynes QuartetOut Of The Afternoon ... LP
Impulse (Czech Republic), 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Drummer Roy Haynes always brings something great to the table for any album he does as a leader – and this record is no exception! Here, the "added something" is the presence of Roland Kirk on reeds – offered a key early chance to express his most modern ideas in the freedom of Haynes' group – working alongside Tommy Flanagan on piano and Henry Grimes on bass, in what was easily one of the hippest groups to record for Impulse in the early 60s! The record's filled with wonderful material – and a mix of originals and standards done with a very twisted edge – all with great interplay between Kirk's quirky sax work and Roy Haynes' amazing drumming – often changing up timings and rhythms with ease, and really matching Kirk's quirky energy for the set. Titles include "Moon Ray", "Raoul", "Snap Crackle", and "Long Wharf". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Out Of The Afternoon ... LP 16.99

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Milt JacksonJazz N Samba ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... About May 20, 2020
This may not be Milt Jackson's purest album – but oh how we love it! Milt's working here more in a Verve pop jazz mode than a highbrow third stream one – with bossa backings on about half the album, and good small combo work on the rest. The first half features Jimmy Heath on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – all grooving nicely next to Milt's vibes on tracks like "Blues For Juanita", "Gingerbread Boy", and "Big George". The real charmer, though, is the second half – which has Milt playing with the same group, minus Flanagan, plus 2 guitarists for that bossa sound. Lillian Clark sings vocals on 2 cuts – "Jazz N Samba" and "Kiss & Run" – and the side also features the great groover "Jazz Bossa Nova", and the incredible "The Oo-Oo Bossa Nova", which features Joe E Ross from Car 54 going "Oo Oo!" on the breakdowns! CD

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

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Bobby JasparBobby Jaspar – The Barclay & Columbia Years (3LP/7" single set) ... LP
Barclay/Fresh Sound (Spain), Mid 50s. Near Mint- 3LP/7" ... $99.99
Although Belgian in origin, tenorist Bobby Jaspar was a key part of the French jazz scene of the postwar years – and his playing on records like these also made him one of the standout jazz talents in Europe in the 50s! This package brings together three rare albums from Japar, plus an even more obscure 7" EP – all in a really wonderful box! First up is Jazz At St Germain – cut for Barclay Records in 1955, and featuring a quintet with Rene Utreger on piano and Sacha Distel on guitar. Distel is especially wonderful, and even though he later went on to become a teen heartthrob pop singer in France, he's an excellent guitarist with an edgey string-heavy tone that really makes the recording stand out from some of Jaspar's other sides. That, and the fact that Jaspar's playing tenor on all tracks but one (he often plays mostly flute on some albums), makes the record one of his best from the time – and titles include "Minor Drops", "Bag's Groove", "Memory Of Dick", "Night In Tunisia", and "I'll Remember April". The Columbia album is rare American work from reedman Bobby Jaspar – a player best known for his contributions to French jazz in the postwar years, but working here with a set of American players! The album was recorded in New York for French branch of Columbia Records – done in November of 1956, and pitting Jaspar with some very well-matched musicians! The date features Jaspar on tenor, flute, and clarinet – with a tightly swinging trio that includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Knobby Totah on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – a slightly modern combo whose work sounds especially great when Jaspar hits some hauntingly lyrical notes on flute. Titles include "Clarinescapade", "Tutti Flutti", "What's New", "Spring Is Here", "Wee Dot", and "I Won't Dance". The set also features the rare self-titled Bobby Jaspar album on Barclay – a rare late 50s album that features some of his best work of the decade on flute! The session's got Bobby playing with great backings on vibes by Fats Sadi and Michel Hausser – plus stellar drum work by Kenny Clarke, who's working the kit in really magical ways, augmented by some additional percussion by Umberto Canto. And sure, Jaspar's made some sleepy records in this format, but this set's not one of them – and bounces nicely with good energy and a really unique sound. Titles include "Le JAMF", "Speak Low", "Doxology", "Jeux De Quartes", "Chasing The Bird", and "Misterioso". Last up is a beautiful 7" EP also recorded for Columbia – featuring Eddie Costa on piano and Barry Galbraith on guitar – on "Barry's Tune" and "Minor Drop". LP, Vinyl record album
(A fantastic copy – with booklet, 7" single, and all replica inner sleeves in great shape!)

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

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JJ Johnson QuintetJJ – In Person ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Hard-grooving stuff from JJ – played with a lot more bite than usual, and recorded live with a group that features Nat Adderley on cornet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums! Tracks include "Now's The Time", "Misterioso", "Walkin", and "Tune Up" – jazz standards, mostly, but done very tightly by the group! LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye stereo pressing with 1A/1B matrix. Cover has a sticker spot.)

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JJ Johnson QuintetJJ – In Person (10 inch Japanese pressing) ... LP
Columbia (Japan), Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $23.99
Hard-grooving stuff from JJ – played with a lot more bite than usual, and recorded live with a group that features Nat Adderley on cornet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums! Tracks include "Now's The Time", "Misterioso", "Walkin", and "Tune Up" – jazz standards, mostly, but done very tightly by the group! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage Japanese pressing, in flipback cover.)

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Thad JonesMagnificent Thad Jones Vol 3 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. Used ... $39.99
The hardest to find of the great Thad Jones albums for Blue Note! Thad plays in a harder groove than usual, but still with all of his beautiful fragile lyricism – and the album's a masterpiece of control while still opening up in the bold Blue Note mode of the time! The unusual combo here features Benny Powell on trombone, Gigi Gryce on alto, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums – a good mix of modernists and straight ahead players who help color the album strongly with their efforts. Excellent stuff, and although the material is largely hardbop, it opens up with a range of colors and emotions that you don't always get from Blue Note. Titles include "Let's", "Thadrack", and "Slipped Again". CD
(Out of print, and includes obi!)

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✨✧ Booker LittleBooker Little ... CD
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. Used ... $14.99
A killer from trumpeter Booker Little – one of the last few records that Book cut before his early death, and one of his only ones as a leader! The album features an excellent soulbop quintet with Wynton Kelly and Tommy Flanagan on piano, Scott LaFaro on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – working with that dark, sharp edge that always seemed to characterize Little's sessions – kind of an added fire he always brought to the studio when working as a leader. Little's trumpet has some of those great modern tones he blew with Max Roach – and the album's got some great little tracks like "Bee Tees Minor Plea", "Opening Statement", "Minor Sweet", and "The Grand Valse". Excellent stuff all around – and a record that would have been bigger, had it been issued on a larger label! CD
(Includes obi.)

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Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... $2.99
They're not kidding with the title of this one – because although the record was only Wes Montgomery's second album as a leader, he was already making plenty of waves with the sound of his guitar! The session lines Wes up with the very tight rhythm team of Tommy Flanagan on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all of whom lay back and mostly let Wes take center stage – sparkling on a number of original tunes that include "West Coast Blues", "Mister Walker", and "D Natural Blues". Other tracks include a great fast take on Sonny Rollins' "Airegin", plus "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". CD
(Out of print. Please note the tray card is missing one spine and has some clear tape on the other.)

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Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (20 bit remaster) ... CD
Riverside, 1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
They're not kidding with the title of this one – because although the record was only Wes Montgomery's second album as a leader, he was already making plenty of waves with the sound of his guitar! The session lines Wes up with the very tight rhythm team of Tommy Flanagan on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all of whom lay back and mostly let Wes take center stage – sparkling on a number of original tunes that include "West Coast Blues", "Mister Walker", and "D Natural Blues". Other tracks include a great fast take on Sonny Rollins' "Airegin", plus "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery ... CD 2.99

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

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Jimmy RaneyWisteria ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 1986. Used ... $14.99
With Tommy Flanagan & George Mraz. CD
(Out of print.)

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Sonny RollinsSaxophone Colossus ... LP
Prestige, 1956. Good+ ... $249.99
Quite possibly THE greatest Sonny Rollins album of the early years – or at least the one that has received the most accolades over the years! The record is a brilliant batch of quartet tracks that reinvents bop through Sonny's complicated, yet seemingly automatic solos – an excellent showcase for his razor-sharp talents for improvisation and invention, played with effortless ease, yet still one of the great bar-setting performances of 50s jazz. The group features Tommy Flanagan, Max Roach, and Doug Watkins – and tunes include an original reading of the perennial Rollins' standard "St. Thomas", plus a great version of "Moritat (Mack The Knife)", and the cuts "Strode Rode" and "Blue 7". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label 50th Street NYC pressing, with deep groove and RVG/AB etch. Cover has some surface wear, discoloration from age, heavy edge wear, split top seam, center split in the bottom seam, and splitting in the spine.)

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Les SpannGemini ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Sealed ... $39.99
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by Les Spann – an extremely talented jazz player who worked a lot with Dizzy Gillespie in the 50s, and Quincy Jones in the 60s! Les plays both guitar and flute on the set – grooving soulfully in a mode that recalls the stylings of Frank Wess or Kenny Burrell (depending on the instrument), but which is handled here in an easily soulful mode that recalls the sound of Les Jazz Modes at times. Players include Julius Watkins, Tommy Flanagan, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing, still sealed, with some sticker remnants on the shrink and some aging of the cover.)

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Hiromasa SuzukiPrimrose ... LP
Union/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Warm and wonderful work from pianist Hiromasa Suzuki – a real leading light in the Japanese trio scene of the 70s! The album's got a really wonderful vibe throughout – modes initially informed by a bit of Bill Evans, and maybe some Tommy Flanagan too – recorded with warm tones and a nice sort of sparkle – yet never in a commercial way, just with that clear, clean sound that makes so many Japanese trio dates from this time so great. Suzuki takes off nicely on some tunes, but never goes too far outside – and a few others have a slightly straighter feel – showing his balanced emotion on the keys, as well as his strong compositional abilities, as all tunes here appear to be originals. The trio features Nobuyoshi Ino on bass and Steve Jackson on drums – the latter of whom is especially nice – and titles include "Hornet", "Primrose", "Dis-Charge", "Pincer Attack", "Early Summer", and "Knick Knacks". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lucky ThompsonHappy Days Are Here Again ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Very Good+ ... $14.99
An overlooked gem from Lucky Thompson's mid 60s years – that wonderful time when he'd returned to the fold even stronger than ever – filled with hip new musical ideas, and a great command for the soprano sax! This set's got Lucky working on both soprano and tenor, both of which are handled with these angular, soulful tones that are totally great – right at home in a group that features Tommy Flanagan on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Walter Perkins on drums – all marvelously sensitive rhythm accompanists. Jack Melady adds harp on 2 tracks on the set – a very nice touch – and titles include "Safari", "Cry Me A River", "People", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "As Time Goes By". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue trident label pressing. Cover has a name in marker, a promo stamp, and some aging.)

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✨✧ Aurex Jazz Festival All StarsAurex Jazz Festival 82 – All Star Jam ... LP
East World (Japan), 1982. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Definitely an all-star jam – as the group features Dexter Gordon on tenor, JJ Johnson and Kai Winding on trombones, Clark Terry on trumpet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Richard Davis on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Benny BaileyBig Brass ... CD
Candid (Germany), 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few early albums as a leader cut by trumpeter Benny Bailey – a tremendous talent, finally getting his due! Bailey is one of the great unsung talents of jazz, and he's always made top-shelf work – from his early days with Quincy Jones, to his later years as an American expatriot, recording for European labels like Ego and MPS. This rare early session is one of the few recorded for the super-hip Candid label – and it features Bailey's trumpet at the head of a tight combo that includes Phil Woods on alto sax and bass clarinet, Julius Watkins on French Horn, Les Spann on flute and guitar, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and rhythm from Buddy Catlett on bass and Art Taylor on drums. Despite the "big brass" title, there's no horn section here – and instead, most of the numbers have that sharp-edged modern sound we associate with Candid – with Watkins horn being the only other brass instrument, alongside the lighter lines of Woods and Spann. Titles include "Hard Sock Dance", "Tipsy", "Please Say Yes", and "Maud's Mood". CD
(Out of print, please note that there is two pieces of clear tape over a few small tears on the booklet cover.)

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✨✧ Kenny BurrellAll Day Long (photo cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best blowing sessions on Prestige – and proof that Kenny Burrell could hit a nice groove when he wanted to! The record is a very open-ended set, and players include Burrell, Donald Byrd, Frank Foster, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, and Art Taylor. Side one features a great long track called "All Day Long", with loads of space and plenty of great soloing – a cut that is quite possibly THE blowing session tune from Prestige – as it's a perfect example of the label's work in that style, and one of the longest ever recorded in that format. Side two features shorter cuts "Slim Jim", "Say Listen", and "AT" – all a bit tighter, and still very nice! LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NY 50th street deep pressing, with RVG/AB etch. Cover has light splitting on the spine, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Kenny BurrellIntroducing Kenny Burrell (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1956. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Arguably one of the greatest Kenny Burrell albums ever! Unlike some of Kenny's other sessions, which hide his guitar in arrangements that are a bit too complicated – this one's a nicely stripped-down album that sets his hollow electric in a group with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums, and Candido on conga. The tracks are nicely laidback, and Kenny hits some nice deep grooves on cuts like "Fugue N Blues", "Takeela", and "Delilah". Plus, the album also includes a totally cool percussion-only track – "Rhythmorama", which is a duet between Kenny Clarke and Candido! LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet series – pressed at RTI, with heavy vinyl and cover!)

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✨✧ John ColtraneGiant Steps ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A true giant step for John Coltrane – and one of the first albums to really showcase his talent as a writer – and his amazing ability for penning some of the most soulful, spiritual themes in jazz! Apart from the well-known title cut, the record's filled with other Coltrane classics – key early readings of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute" – all showing a new sense of timing, phrasing, and pacing in jazz – one that would go on to have a huge impact on players in the 70s generation! The group here is relatively straight – Tommy Flanagan or Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but the players have never sounded better, and really match Coltrane's sense of power and imagination on these legendary tracks! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John ColtraneGiant Steps (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A true giant step for John Coltrane – and one of the first albums to really showcase his talent as a writer – and his amazing ability for penning some of the most soulful, spiritual themes in jazz! Apart from the well-known title cut, the record's filled with other Coltrane classics – key early readings of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute" – all showing a new sense of timing, phrasing, and pacing in jazz – one that would go on to have a huge impact on players in the 70s generation! The group here is relatively straight – Tommy Flanagan or Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but the players have never sounded better, and really match Coltrane's sense of power and imagination on these legendary tracks! CD features a wealth of bonus tracks – 5 more additional alternate takes! CD

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✨✧ John Coltrane & Wilbur HardenMainstream 1958 – The East Coast Jazz Scene ... LP
Savoy, 1958. Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible chapter of John Coltrane's early career – one of a pair of albums he cut with trumpeter Wilbur Harden for Savoy records! The title's a bit misleading, as the sound here really isn't "mainstream" at all – but more in the longer modal mode that would emerge more strongly in Coltrane's later recordings. The album is really significant – in that it almost marks the first time that Trane got to express his voice freely, and work through a more visionary sound – but big credit also goes to Wilbur Harden, who wrote all the longer tracks on the set, and who is coming at the record from kind of a Yusef Lateef exotic perspective. Other players include Tommy Flanagan and Lateef-bandmates Doug Watkins on bass and Louis Hayes on drums – and titles include "West 42nd Street", "EFFPH", "Snuffy", and "Rhodomagnetics". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has a light stain in a bottom corner.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisCollectors Items (Double LP – Collectors Items/Conception/Blue Moods) ... LP
Prestige, Mid 50s. Very Good+ 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 ring and edge wear with a sticker in the top right.)

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamKenny Dorham 1959 (aka Quiet Kenny) ... LP
Prestige, 1959. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kenny may be quiet, but he's never muted – and the record is far from the sleepy session you might guess from the title! The album's a real standout in the Dorham catalog – a set that let's Kenny's trumpet sparkle beautifully in a quartet that includes piano from Tommy Flanagan, bass from Paul Chambers, and drums from Art Taylor – all bringing their own spirit to the record, but really hanging back in the space to let Dorham's sound dominate the record. Kenny's notes are beautifully shaped throughout – in a mode that has echoes of Clifford Brown's sweetness, but which also speaks with a raspier, earthier tone overall! Titles include 2 key Dorham classics – "Lotus Blossom" and "Blue Spring" – plus "Mack The Knife", "My Ideal", "Blue Friday", and "Old Folks". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Art FarmerArt ... LP
Argo, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful album of understated brilliance – one of Art Farmer's early shifts into the sublime, and an easily-blown batch of trumpet tracks that always takes our breath away! There's a sense of relaxed freedom here that's really tremendous – a difference from some of Farmer's more arranged, or more hard-blown moments of the 50s – and a real move into notes that are airier and more open – almost effortless at times, and played like nobody else! The group's a quartet – with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Tommy Williams on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – and the tracks are all in the four to five minute range, with Art crafting lyrically soulful lines over the top. Titles include "Who Cares", "Out Of The Past", "Younger Than Springtime", "That Ole Devil Called Love", and "Goodbye Old Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing, in great shape! Cover has a tiny bit of tape in two corners, and some very light wear on the back – but this is a great copy overall.)

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsMake Someone Happy ... LP
Moodsville/Prestige, 1962. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible late work from Coleman Hawkins – an album of amazing soul, depth, and tone – of the sort that makes you almost want to forget everything else he ever did, and concentrate on his excellent records of the early 60s! The album's deceptively simple – played by a quartet that includes Tommy Flanagan, Major Holley, and Eddie Locke – and featuring tunes from a number of Broadway shows. But as always, it's not the songs, it's the singer – and the style in which Hawkins interprets the tunes is what really makes the whole thing cook. There's a sly, stepping sort of approach in the rhythms – one that allows for plenty of space for Hawkins' tenor to blow these well-crafted and dark-edge solos – hitting notes and tones that beat the best work of Gene Ammons and Willis Jackson at the time. Titles include "Cry Like The Wind", "Wouldn't It Be Loverly", "Climb Every Mountain", "I Believe In You", and "Out Of My Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label Moodsville pressing with deep groove in the textured cover, in great shape!)

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✨✧ Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, & Johnny HodgesAlive At The Village Gate ... LP
Verve, 1962. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Something wonderful happened to Coleman Hawkins at the end of his career – record companies started letting him record in really long formats, stretching out creatively on extended solos that continued to push the boundaries of his talents! This set is a prime example of that shift – as it features Hawkins alongside Roy Eldridge and Johnny Hodges – all working with trio backing by Tommy Flanagan, Major Holley, and Eddie Locke in a live setting at the Village Gate. Tracks are all well over ten minutes long – 2 at eleven minutes, and 1 at sixteen – and they allow the three lead soloists to really stretch out in a warmly improvisatory manner that surpasses even the easygoing Verve studio sessions of the 50s. Titles include "Satin Doll", "Perdido", and "The Rabbit In Jazz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original MGM/Verve pressing. Cover has light fading, and a light mark from an old sticker.)

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✨✧ Milt JacksonStatements/Jazz N Samba ... CD
Impulse, 1962/1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of Milt Jackson albums on Impulse – together in a single set! Statements is a great statement from the vibist – one of his key solo sessions in a great 60s run of recordings away from the Modern Jazz Quartet! Like the classics that followed this one, the vibe is much more soulful than any of Milt's records with the MJQ – kind of an extension of the groove he hit on 50s dates for Savoy and Prestige, swung with an even tighter feel here in the Impulse Records setting! The backing's from a trio that includes Hank Jones on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – and the tracks are short, but have some nice haunting themes that work well with the sensitive vibes of Jackson and piano of Jones. Titles include "Put Off", "Statement", "Slowly", "Sonnymoon For Two", and "Thrill From The Blues". Jazz N Samba may not be Milt's purest album – but oh how we love it! Milt's working here more in a Verve pop jazz mode than a highbrow third stream one – with bossa backings on about half the album, and good small combo work on the rest. Side one features Jimmy Heath on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – all grooving nicely next to Milt's vibes on tracks like "Blues For Juanita", "Gingerbread Boy", and "Big George". The real charmer, though, is side two – which has Milt playing with the same group, minus Flanagan, plus 2 guitarists for that bossa sound. Lillian Clark sings vocals on 2 cuts – "Jazz N Samba" and "Kiss & Run" – and the side also features the great groover "Jazz Bossa Nova", and the incredible "The Oo-Oo Bossa Nova", which features Joe E Ross from Car 54 going "Oo Oo!" on the breakdowns! CD

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✨✧ JR MonteroseStraight Ahead (aka The Message) ... LP
Xanadu, 1959. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful session cut by the obscure tenor player J.R. Monterose – a musician who never made it big by jazz standards, but who was always one of the most respected players amongst his jazz contemporaries. This rare session was originally cut for the short lived Jaro label, and on vinyl, it sells for well over $100 (if we ever see it!) The session's got Monterose's unique tenor in a setting with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums – and as you might expect from that cast, the set's a great mix of hardbop and modernism. Titles include "Straight Ahead", "Short Bridge", "Green Street Scene", and "Chafic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Oscar PettifordOscar Pettiford Orchestra In Hi Fi ... LP
ABC, 1956. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Despite the fact that bassist Pettiford is much more of a small group player than a large band one, ABC cut him on a very tasty batch of "orchestra" sides during the mid 50s – pretty hard swinging little numbers that feature players like Tommy Flanagan, Gigi Gryce, Art Farmer, Jerome Richardson, and Lucky Thompson, all of whom have a similar talent to Pettiford for standing out well amidst a larger group of jazz players. And despite the size of the groups (about 10 to 15 players), Pettiford's bass really is in the lead – recorded nice and high in the mix, setting the pace with a strong groove, and breaking out for some solos that are kind of rare in a session like this. The tracks are all pretty darn hip, too – many with arrangements by Gryce – and titles include "Two French Fries", "The Pendulum At Falcon's Lair", "Not So Sleepy", "Smoke Signal", and "Speculation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is nice.)

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✨✧ Sonny Rollins/Thad JonesSonny Rollins Plays/Thad Jones & His Ensemble ... CD
Fresh Sound, 1957/1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A legendary split album from the hardbop underground of the 50s – two different sides by two different artists – both of them great! Side one features stunning work from Sonny Rollins – blowing at a level that matches his early gems for Blue Note, with that razor-sharp tone and sense of timing – and a style that's already beginning to move away from some of the more familiar conventions of bop. Sonny's tracks only include three numbers – but all are worth the price of admission – and feature Rollins on tenor with Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, Gil Coggins on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Kenny Dennis on drums – on the titles "Like Someone In Love", "Sonnymoon For Two", and "Theme From Pathetique Symphony". Thad Jones really shines on side two – an early demonstration of his conception for a larger group, but done at a level that's looser than some of his big band recordings with Mel Lewis. The group features tremendous tenor from Frank Foster on two tracks that also have piano by Jimmy Jones – and one longer number features Frank Wess instead on tenor, with Henry Coker on trombone and Tommy Flanagan on piano. This lineup performs a longer "Ballad Medley" – while Foster blows on "Lust For Life" and "I Got It Thad & That Ain't Bad". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie Lockjaw DavisStraight Ahead ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great quartet date – no-nonsense, and a perfect setting for Davis to hit some very classic modes! Eddie plays tenor with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Keter Betts on bass, and Bobby Durham on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamTrompeta Toccata ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A wonderfully free-thinking set by Kenny Dorham – and a record that really breaks from his earlier work! The album's not exactly experimental, but it features longer tracks with a looser approach than some of Dorham's sweeter shorter work – more in a rhythmically progressive mode that lets the soloists carve out their own space in the set. Joe Henderson joins Kenny on the frontline, and the rest of the group includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Albert Heath on drums. All titles are originals, with some great modernist inflections, especially in the changes – and titles include "The Fox", "Mamacita", "Tropeta Toccata", and "Night Watch". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldComplete Piano Duets ... CD
Verve, 1950s/1976. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful way to hear the genius of Ella Fitzgerald at its best – as the set features all tracks that just have the first lady of jazz singing alongside a piano – spare, open, and in a way that really lets you get all all the care and nuance that Ella can bring to a tune! Most of the recordings here are from the 50s – quite unusual for the time – and they're matched with one more set of duets that Ella Recorded for Pablo Records in the 70s, at a time when she was exploring more intimate modes in a really great way. There's a host of great surprises along the way – and the set begins with 8 tracks from the album Ella Sings Gershwin, with Ellis Larkins on piano – then moves to another Decca duet with Larkins on the album Songs In A Mellow Mood. The set follows with two spare numbers from the Songbook recordings for Verve – one with Oscar Peterson on piano, one with Paul Smith. Then, Smith returns on another set of 13 tracks taken from the rare Let No Man Write My Epitaph album for Verve – then adds in a spare duet with Tommy Flanagan from the 1964 A Juan Les Pins album – before ending with the full set list from the wonderful Ella & Oscar album from 1976 – 7 more duets with Oscar Peterson on piano. CD

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✨✧ Curtis FullerBlues-Ette ... CD
Savoy, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A seminal session from Curtis Fuller – one of a handful he cut for Savoy, recorded during that late 50s/early 60s period when he seemed poised to become one of the biggest trombonists in jazz! (Whatever happened? How did he cut so many records as a leader so fast, then slide back into being a sideman for most of the rest of his career?) The set's cut in that laidback blowing session mode of the Savoy hardbop years – with tremendous work from Benny Golson on tenor, plus Tommy Flanagan on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Al Harewood on drums – all working through easily-handled tunes that include "Minor Vamp", "Love Your Spell Is Everywhere", "Five Spot After Dark", and "Twelve Inch". Think soul jazz with a slight touch of mysticism! CD also features 3 bonus alternate takes of tunes on the album. CD
(Out of print, BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ Benny GolsonGettin' With It ... LP
New Jazz/Prestige, Early 60s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Soul jazz Benny – and very nice! Unlike some of Golson's other, more arranged sessions from the time, this one is a laidback quintet set, with strong emphasis on blowing, which you'll hear plenty of in the album's long open-ended tracks! Golson's tone is always great, but here he hits a deep groove on tenor that will really blow your mind – much more in a Gene Ammons way, but still with touches of the impeccability that makes all his work so great. The rest of the group includes Curtis Fuller, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, and Art Taylor – and tracks include "Tippin On Thru", "Bob Hurd's Blues", "Blue Streak", and "Baubles Bangles & Beads". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing, with RVG stamp and deep groove – nice and clean. Note: vinyl has a very slight warp, but plays fine. Cover has a split on the top seam, but is great overall.)

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsToday & Now (SACD) ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful record – but that's no surprise, since most of the later work of Coleman Hawkins tends to be great! The setting is quite laidback – and Hawkins' time-weathered tenor is placed in a perfect setting with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Major Holley on bass, and Eddie Locke on drums. The set list is spare, with simple quartet arrangements – but Hawk's solos are mindblowingly perfect, and with a great edge that you won't find in his earlier recordings. It's hard to describe what we're talking about –but the more and more we listen to his later records, the more we realize what a genius he was! Includes the tracks "Don't' Love Me", "Quintessence", "Go Lil Liza", and "Swingin' Scotch". CD
(SACD hybrid version – plays on regular players too.)

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✨✧ Booker LittleBooker Little (Time) ... LP
Time, 1960. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A killer from trumpeter Booker Little – one of the last few records that Book cut before his early death, and one of his only ones as a leader! The album features an excellent soulbop quintet with Wynton Kelly and Tommy Flanagan on piano, Scott LaFaro on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – working with that dark, sharp edge that always seemed to characterize Little's sessions – kind of an added fire he always brought to the studio when working as a leader. Little's trumpet has some of those great modern tones he blew with Max Roach – and the album's got some great little tracks like "Bee Tees Minor Plea", "Opening Statement", "Minor Sweet", and "The Grand Valse". Excellent stuff all around – and a record that would have been bigger, had it been issued on a larger label! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging, and some seam splitting held with clear tape.)
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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
They're not kidding with the title of this one – because although the record was only Wes Montgomery's second album as a leader, he was already making plenty of waves with the sound of his guitar! The session lines Wes up with the very tight rhythm team of Tommy Flanagan on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all of whom lay back and mostly let Wes take center stage – sparkling on a number of original tunes that include "West Coast Blues", "Mister Walker", and "D Natural Blues". Other tracks include a great fast take on Sonny Rollins' "Airegin", plus "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
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✨✧ Art PepperStraight Life ... CD
Galaxy/OJC, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Art Pepper on alto, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – on titles that include "Surf Ride", "Make A List", "Nature Boy", "Straight Life", and "September Song". CD

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsSaxophone Colossus (brown cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1956. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly THE greatest Sonny Rollins album of the early years – or at least the one that has received the most accolades over the years! The record is a brilliant batch of quartet tracks that reinvents bop through Sonny's complicated, yet seemingly automatic solos – an excellent showcase for his razor-sharp talents for improvisation and invention, played with effortless ease, yet still one of the great bar-setting performances of 50s jazz. The group features Tommy Flanagan, Max Roach, and Doug Watkins – and tunes include an original reading of the perennial Rollins' standard "St. Thomas", plus a great version of "Moritat (Mack The Knife)", and the cuts "Strode Rode" and "Blue 7". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing.)

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✨✧ Kenny ClarkeKenny Clarke Meets The Detroit Jazzmen ... LP
Savoy, 1956. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of the first albums from guitarist Kenny Burrell as a leader – a date that has him working with players from his hometown scene in Detroit – in case you couldn't guess from the title! Kenny's style here is a bit different than on the Blue Note dates of the time – almost a bit more personal, and leaner – which is a surprise, given the usual heavier feel of a Savoy session. Other players include Pepper Adams on baritone, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – and before you complain, we know that not all of these guys are from Detroit – but that's the way they titled the thing, so you'll have to write to the label! Adams is a bit down in the mix, so he never over-dominates Burrell's tone – but he still gets plenty of space to sparkle on his solos, working with those sharp edges that make his Savoy appearances so great. Titles include "Your Host", "Afternoon In Paris", "Apothegh", "Cottontail", and "Tom's Thumb". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut cover, including the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsReal Thing (Soul/Red Garland Trio/At Ease With) ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great collection – one that features a side of material from the album Soul, with piano by Ray Bryant; and another side of a set recorded with the Red Garland Trio. Also features the full album At Ease – wonderful late work by Coleman Hawkins – a player who was very much "at ease" with himself at the time, and opened up tremendously on albums like this. The format is beautiful – simple small group backings by Tommy Flanagan, Wendell Marshall, and Osie Johnson – with Coleman out front, blowing these deep and mellow tenor lines that could stop a locomotive in its tracks! Titles include "At Dawning", "I'll Get By", "For You For Me For Evermore", and "Mighty Lak A Rose". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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✨✧ Herbie Mann & Bobby JasparFlute Souffle ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly great album – one that features Herbie and Bobby trading flutes and tenor, blowing long solos in a set that gives them plenty of room to work! The album only features four long tracks – "Let's March", "Tel Aviv", "Somewhere Else", and "Chasing The Bird" – blown in the open-ended mode that made some of the best Prestiges sides from the time so great. Joe Puma plays guitar, Tommy Flanagan is on piano, and rhythm is by Wendell Marshall and Bobby Donaldson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with RVG stamp/AB etch. Cover has a light stain on the bottom left corner.)

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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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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Riverside/Victor (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
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