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Verve Jazz EnsemblePerimeter ... CD
Verve Jazz Ensemble, 2016. Used ... $1.99
... CD

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✨✧ Verve Jazz EnsembleEast End Sojourn ... CD
Verve Jazz Ensemble, 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD

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Benny Carter3, 4, 5 – The Verve Small Group Sessions ... CD
Verve, Early 50s. Used ... $3.99
Includes some rare bonus tracks too! CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongVerve Jazz Masters 24 ... CD
Verve, 1956/1957. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan Getz & Joao GilbertoGetz/Gilberto (Verve master edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1964. Used ... $3.99
A landmark record – both in 60s jazz and bossa nova – and a set that not only bridged worlds of music, but set the tone for so many other albums to come! By the time of this 1964 set, Stan Getz had already issued a few bossa nova experiments on Verve – but this pairing with guitarist Joao Gilberto really pushed the format over the top – thanks in part to the vocals of Gilberto's lovely wife Astrud, who'd never sung in the studio before this famous recording! The record created a sound that was copied endlessly, and which catapulted Astrud to unbelievable fame worldwide – even though she was only included in the session at the last minute, because Joao couldn't sing in English – and the mix of Stan's tenor and Joao's guitar is wonderful – and backed throughout by this light, lilting bossa nova rhythms. Titles include the classic recording of "Girl From Ipanema", plus loads of other bossa classics like "Desafinado", "Cocovado", "O Grande Amor", and "Vivo Sonhando". Plus, this CD reissue package includes 2 bonus cuts – and a very cool tri-fold cover! CD
(Verve Master Edition in the the tri-fold digipack.)
Also available Getz/Gilberto ... LP 24.99

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

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Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, & Sonny StittFor Musicians Only (Spanish Verve Collection pressing) ... CD
Verve (Spain), 1958. Used ... $4.99
A tremendous little record – one that's greater even than the sum of its three mighty parts! Although we've always felt that some of the "all star" sets on Verve could sometimes be a bit too "easy", we're always very big fans of the few that feature strong performances from Dizzy Gillespie – as they have a tight bop groove that lets all the musicians find their right place, and solo in wonderful interplay with each other! Here, Dizz and Sonny Stitt provide the core of a group that also includes Stan Getz on tenor – and the three of them are given four nice long tracks to work through in a relaxed seamless fashion – moving openly and wonderfully over tunes that include "Dark Eyes", "We", and "Be Bop". CD also includes an alternate take of "Dark Eyes"! CD
(Please note: This is a special edition of the album produced by Verve in Spain. The music is the same, but the cover art is different.)

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Billie HolidayComplete Billie Holiday On Verve – 1945 to 1959 (10 CD set) ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/1950s. Used 10 CDs ... $49.99
Amazing stuff – a really incredible dip into the life, mind, and music of Billie Holiday – with some rare studio banter that's almost as compelling as her famous recordings for Verve! Amazing package, too – a real standard-setter for CDs when it came out! CD
(Out of print original numbered, limited edition pressing.)

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Billie HolidayLady In Autumn – The Best Of The Verve Years (2CD set) ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/1950s. Used 2 CDs ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Billie HolidayVerve Silver Collection ... CD
Verve (Germany), 1957. Used ... $0.99
Over an hour of music – and tracks that include "I Wished On The Moon", "Comes Love", "Darn That Dream", "Body & Soul", "Embraceable You", "We'll Be Together Again", and "All Or Nothing At All". CD
(Out of print. Tray card has some highlighter.)

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Langston Hughes with Charles MingusWeary Blues (Verve pressing) ... LP
VSP/Verve, 1958. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A landmark meeting of two talents! This rare session has the poet Langston Hughes reading his own jazz-based work, set to arrangements by Charles Mingus, with additional work by Horace Parlan. Hughes' voice is incredible – a bit frail, with a wispy integrity that really opens up his own writings. Hughes was always a big jazz listener, and his work in this respect is a perfect consummation of ideas that he'd always said were present in his work. Titles include "Could Be", "Testament", "Commercial Theater", "Consider Me", "Jump Monk", and "Weird Nightmare". LP, Vinyl record album
(VSP pressing with deep groove. Cover has some corner wear.)

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Charlie ParkerVerve Return Engagement ... LP
Verve, Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
Classic Charlie Parker for Verve – small group sides, some "with strings" dates, and even some with Dizzy Gillespie! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)

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Charlie Parker & Dizzy GillespieBird & Diz (Verve master edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, Early 50s. Used ... $3.99
A classic meeting of two giants from the early years of bop – altoist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie – brought together here in a session that Norman Granz would later list as one of the truest realizations of his vision for recording jazz music! Parker's sharp lines are a great contrast to the robust horn work of Diz – and the players work here with a rhythm section that features Thelonious Monk on piano, Curley Russell on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums. Titles include "Relaxin With Lee", "Leap Frog", "Oscar For Treadwell", and "Mohawk". The LP also includes a number of alternate takes, and has a nice photo of the 2 jazz giants on the cover. This CD version includes all the takes from the sessions, including chatter between takes, 20 b9it restoration, new liner notes, photographs and cover art. CD

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✨✧ Charlie Parker & Dizzy GillespieBird & Diz (Verve) ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Very Good ... $34.99
A classic meeting of two giants from the early years of bop – altoist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie – brought together here in a session that Norman Granz would later list as one of the truest realizations of his vision for recording jazz music! Parker's sharp lines are a great contrast to the robust horn work of Diz – and the players work here with a rhythm section that features Thelonious Monk on piano, Curley Russell on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums. Titles include "Relaxin With Lee", "Leap Frog", "Oscar For Treadwell", and "Mohawk". The LP also includes a number of alternate takes, and has a nice photo of the 2 jazz giants on the cover. LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove and trumpeter logo. Cover has some peeled spots filled in with pen along the top seam, clear tape on the corners, and light aging.)

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Oscar PetersonWest Side Story (Verve master edition) ... CD
Verve, 1962. Used ... $4.99
The West Side Story score – but handled here by the great Oscar Peterson Trio – in ways that really push the tunes past their Broadway roots! The approach is tight, soulful, and filled with strong lines from Peterson on piano – plus bass by Ray Brown and drums from Ed Thigpen – that classic trio from the early 60s that came together in different ways than Oscar's group of the 50s. The set features an especially nice long take on "Jet Song" – plus versions of "Something's Coming", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "Maria", and "I Feel Pretty". CD
(Out of print.)

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Flip PhillipsSwinging With Flip (Verve) ... LP
Clef, 1952. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A cool cooker from Flip Phillips – some early work for Verve! All numbers have Flip's rapsy tenor sax right up front in the mix – and titles include "Cottontail", "Blues For The Midgets", "If I Had You", and "What Is This Thing Called Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has small pieces of clear tape on the top seam and spine, with a small sticker on front, and a sticker spot on back.)

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Bud PowellComplete Bud Powell On Verve (5CD box set) ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. Used 5CD & Book ... $54.99
... CD
(Out of print. Please note the cover has some wear and the outer edges of the book have a light stain – interior is nice and clean.)

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Nina SimoneVerve Jazz Masters 17 ... CD
Verve, 1960s. Used ... $0.99
... CD

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Jimmy SmithVerve Jazz Masters 29 ... CD
Verve, 1960s. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Grover Washington JrAll The King's Horses (Verve originals pressing) ... CD
Kudu/Verve, 1972. Used ... $9.99
One of Grover Washington's first albums as a leader – cut hot on the heels of some great work as a sideman, including some key funky dates with Charles Earland on Prestige! The sound here is a bit looser than some of Groover's smoother sides to come – a nice blend of his earthy jazz funk roots with the warmer sounds of the CTI/Kudu world – arranged and produced beautifully by keyboardist Bob James, who also plays both electric piano and harpsichord on the album! The cuts are a bit shorter than later on, but still totally tremendous – a sly, subtle approach to jazz funk that really took the keyboard/tenor mode into bold new territory for the 70s – a real genre-starting record that still sounds sublime all these many years later. Grover plays tenor and alto – no soprano sax yet – and other players include Richard Tee on organ, Billy Cobham or Bernard Purdie on drums, and Eric Gale or Cornell Dupree on guitar. Titles include "All The King's Horses", "Body & Soul", "Lean On Me", "Lover Man", "Love Song 1700", and "No Tears In The End". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lester YoungComplete Lester Young Studio Sessions On Verve (8CD set) ... CD
Verve/Polygram, 1950s. Used 8 CDs ... $49.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerBird – The Complete Charlie Parker On Verve (10 CD set) ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 10 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A jazz treasure chest – an extraordinary bounty of Bird on Verve! You get absolutely everything here, master takes, alternate takes, loads of previously unissued material, rehearsals, incomplete takes, you get it all! Sidemen include Benny Carter, Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, Gil Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, John Lewis, Machito, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Ben Webster and Lester Young. There's 177 (!!) tracks in all, so we can't list all the titles here, but some of them include "Blues For Norman", "The Bird", "Repetition", "No Noise", "Okiedoke", "The Opener", "Lester Leaps In", "Flyin' Home", "Perdido", "Everything Happens To Me", "April In Paris", "Summertime", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Bloomdido", "Mohawk", "My Melancholy Baby", "Leapfrog", "East Of The Sun", "I'll Remember April", "Au Privave", "KC Blues", "Swedish Schnapps", "Estrellita", "Funky Blues", "Jam Blues", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Out of print. In great shape!)

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryBest Of Wes Montgomery Vol 2 (Verve) ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Classic mid 60s Verve material from the great Wes Montgomery – with arrangements from Oliver Nelson, Claus Ogerman, and Don Sebesky – and titles that incude "The Big Hurt", "California Dreamin", "O Morro", "What The World Needs Now", and "Bumpin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Flip PhillipsFlip Wails – The Best Of The Verve Years ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/1950s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic work by one of the biggest players of the early Verve years – the incredible Flip Phillips, a very swinging tenor player! The album's got Flip working with small and medium sized bandst, with players that include Bill Harris, Billy Bauer, Harry Edison, and Hank Jones. Tracks are short, hopping, and Flip's tenor solos get plenty of space to "wail" – as the title implies! Tunes include "Flippin The Blues", "Funky Blues", "Singin The Blues", "Lover Come Back To Me", "Topsy", and "The Blue Room". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Chet BakerBaby Breeze ... CD
Verve, 1964. Used ... $4.99
It's the mid 60s, and although Chet's lost the classic sound of his early recordings, he does a pretty nice job in this small group session that has him playing fluegelhorn in place of a recently-stolen trumpet. The sound is nice and compressed, with a tightly restrained feel that works well with his voice on the album's vocal tracks. The group includes Bob James, Frank Strozier, and Hal Galper – and titles include "Baby Breeze", "This Is The Thing", "I Wish You Love", "Pamela's Passion", and "Comin Down". Plus, the CD includes 5 bonus cuts, two previously unissued! CD

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Kenny BarronOther Places ... CD
Verve, 1993. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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Kenny BarronThings Unseen ... CD
Verve, 1997. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print, booklet has some wear.)

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Count BasieBasie Rides Again ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $14.99
A smoking stormer from Basie's Verve years – filled with tight-grooving shorter tunes, played in a style that's a great update of the original approach of the group! Eddie Lockjaw Davis is actually working with the group on this set, making for some searing tenor moments that really stand out – and Al Hibbler makes a gues appearance on vocals on two numbers as well. Other players include Ernie Wilkins, Paul Quinichette, Freddie Green, and Charlie Shavers – and titles include "Tippin On The QT", "Blee Blop Blues", "Jive At Five", "Be My Guest", "No Name", "Blues For The Count & Oscar", and "Redhead". Great cover, too – with Basie on a scooter! LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Clef Series pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has a partially split top seam.)

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✨✧ Count BasieCount Basie At Newport (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $4.99
Basie and Basie-ites – recorded at Newport in 1957, in a number of varying groupings with players that include Lester Young, Thad Jones, Frank Wess, Joe Newman, and Frank Foster. Jimmy Rushing sings vocals on the track "Sent For You Yesterday & Here You Come Today" – and other tracks include "Lester Leaps In", "Swingin At Newport", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", and "Evenin". Contains 5 bonus tracks: "All Right, Okay, You Win", "The Comeback", "Roll 'Em Pete", "Smack Dab In The Middle" & "One O' Clock In The Morning". CD
(Out of print Verve Master Edition in the tri-fold digipack.)

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✨✧ Count BasieCount Basie At Newport (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $5.99
The 50s Basie band, loud and proud – recorded beautifully by Verve on the stage of the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957 – a great year, both for the group and the fest! The lineup here features Count Basie firmly at the helm on piano – with players who include Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, and Frank Foster on tenor – plus Thad Jones and Joe Newman on trumpets – all tightly grooving on arrangements by Ernie Wilkins, AK Salim, and others – filled with plenty of Basie jumps, leaps, and vamps! Jimmy Rushing sings vocals on the track "Sent For You Yesterday & Here You Come Today" – and other tracks include "Lester Leaps In", "Swingin At Newport", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", and "Evenin". CD also contains 5 more bonus tracks from another Verve album – Count Basie & Joe Williams at Newport, most with Williams on vocals – including "All Right Okay You Win", "The Comeback", "Roll 'Em Pete", "Smack Dab In The Middle", and "One O' Clock In The Morning". CD
(Out of print – and still sealed with hype sticker.)

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Count BasieKing Of Swing (LP style sleeve edition) ... CD
Clef/Verve, 1953. Used ... $2.99
A repackaged version of material from Count Basie's excellent Dance Session albums for Verve – no-nonsense albums that really get at the high-grooving side of the group, and which feature the kind of compelling and catchy tunes that always made them a favorite on the dancefloor! The Count manages to play a bit of organ on the session, in the tone that we really like at the time – and arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, Neal Hefti, Johnny Mandel, and Frank Wess – on tracks that include "Straight Life", "Soft Drink", "Cherry Point, "Plymouth Rock", "Slow But Sure", "Two For The Blues", and "Bubbles". CD
(Out of print.)

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Count BasieMore Hits Of The 50s & 60s ... LP
Verve, 1963. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Basie hits the hits of the 50s and early 60s – working here with some tight Billy Byers arrangements that really help transform the tunes! The groove is upbeat, bright, and brilliantly soulful – that punctuated Basie groove first formed when Neal Hefti was with the group, still carried off here wonderfully by a lineup that includes Frank Wess and Frank Foster on saxes, Snooky Young and Al Aarons on trumpets, Benny Powell and Henry Coker on trombones, and Freddie Green on guitar. Titles include "The Second Time Around", "Hey Jealous Lover", "All Of Me", "This Love Of Mine", "Saturday Night", "Come Fly With Me", and "South Of The Border" – almost a Sinatra album in spirit, given the choice of tunes like these! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Count BasieSixteen Men Swinging (Dance Session Vol 1 & 2) ... LP
Verve, 1953/1954. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
Two wonderful early 50s albums recorded by Count Basie for Verve – both sessions aimed at the dancefloor, and served up with an undeniably soulful groove! The style here is hard and swinging – the older Basie mode refined for the 50s – thanks to arrangements by Ernie Wilkins, Frank Foster, Neal Hefti, Manny Albam, and others! Groups on the set are often a bit small – and feature reeds by Frank Foster, Frank Wess, and Paul Quinichette; trumpets by Thad Jones, Joe Wilder, and Joe Newman; trombone from Henry Coker and Benny Powell; guitar by Freddie Green; and both piano and organ from Count Basie – the latter of which is a surprising and wonderful addition to this set! Features 24 tracks in all – with titles that include "Cherry Point", "Bubbles", "Straight Life", "Basie Goes Wess", "Mambo Mist", "Stereophonic", "Plymouth Rock", "Sixteen Men Swinging", "You For Me", "Soft Drink", "Slow But Sure", and "She's Just My Size". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a lightly bent corner.)

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Count BasieSwinging Count ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
An interesting little album by Basie – most notable in that it features him playing a bit of organ, which is always a treat! Basie's not the greatest talent on the organ, but he is one of the first jazz players to use the instrument in a wider context, and hearing the album's a good way to check out the organ jazz scene and sound before Jimmy Smith got his hands atop the Hammond and shook the whole thing up! Players on the set include Freddie Green, Paul Quinichette, Joe Newman, Buddy Rich, Henry Coker, and Ernie Wilkins – and titles include "Stan Shorthair", "Count's Organ Blues", "KC Organ Blues", "Royal Garden Blues", "Basie Beat", and "Extended Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clef Series pressing with trumpter logo and deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, some wear, and aging.)

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Count Basie & His OrchestraBasie's Beatle Bag ... CD
Verve, 1966. Used ... $8.99
An amazing little record – with results that are even greater than the sum of its parts! As you'd guess from the title, Count Basie takes on the 60s sounds of The Beatles – but he's doing so with arrangements from the great Chico O'Farrill – who really keeps things interesting throughout – throwing in those hip rhythms and odd twists and turns he first forged with his Latin recordings – in ways that definitely live up to the groovy pedigree of the tunes. And the Basie group's got a groovier sound than usual – probably due to the arrangements – and Basie plays some nice organ riffs on a number of the album's tracks – one of the Count's rare outings on the instrument, always a treat. Titles include "Help!", "Can't Buy Me Love", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "All My Loving", and "And I Love Her". Proof that The Beatles' influence was way farther reaching than you'd ever expect! CD
(Out of print. Digipack has a hype sticker on the front.)

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Jon BatisteHollywood Africans ... CD
Verve, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Think what you want about Jon Batiste on TV – the man's out to show you here that he's one hell of a pianist – and a jazz musician with a lot more depth than just his mainstream appearances! The set is mostly solo, and surprisingly beautiful – as Batiste is able to both serve up some New Orleans roots, and also hit some even more striking moments that have a much more modern appeal – this range of emotion we never would have expected, and which is mostly pretty surprising – apart from a few titles that Jon must have thrown in to keep some of the "visitors" on track. The solo piano numbers are fantastic – a real revelation – and titles include "Green Hill Zone", "Mr Buddy", "Kenner Boogie", "Chopinesque", "Nocturne No 1 In D Minor", "Is It Over", and "Don't Stop". CD

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Louis BellsonLet's Call It Swing ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Features arrangements by Don Redman, Ernie Wilkins, and Louis Bellson himself – with players who include Wilkins on reeds, Sonny Russo on trombone, Irving Joseph on piano, and a very young Doc Severinson on trumpet! LP, Vinyl record album
(Trumpeter logo pressing, with deep groove – in nice shape! Cover has some light tape in a few spots – but is nice overall.)

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Louis BellsonLouis Bellson At The Flamingo ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
You know, there's almost a rule for Verve sessions led by drummers – and that's that they're as good for the horn players as they are for the drummers! This album's a great illustration of that fact – as Bellson's working here in a stripped-down quartet that gives ample space to Harry Edison – who solos beautifully throughout, really making the most of the longer tracks on the record, and shining with a brilliance that almost outdoes even his other albums as a leader from the time. The rest of the group features Don Abney on piano and Truck Parham on bass – but in a way the album's mostly an outing that features Bellson's drums and Edison's trumpet – sparkling and dancing together on tunes that include "Flamingo Blues", "Driftwood", "Seven Eleven", and "Broadway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Verve Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has a sticker spot, some light surface wear, and a small split on the top seam held with clear tape.)

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Louis BellsonLouis Bellson Swings Jule Styne ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
The fantastic drummer swings the music of composer Jule Styne – on songs that were mostly co-written with the great Sammy Cahn! Players aren't listed, but the set's got that usual tight Bellson groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape on a top corner, but is great overall!)

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Jorge BenJorge Ben (1969) ... LP
Philips/Verve, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
A samba soul masterpiece from Jorge Ben – one of the most brilliant records to come out the fertile late 60s Brazilian scene – and an incredible album that works with the psychedelic flourishes of Ben's contemporaries and a deeper undercurrent of soul & funk! This is one of the most amazing early Jorge Ben LPs, recorded at the end of the 60s, when Jorge was singing with a stone-cold soul sound. The sharp, tight arrangements by Rogerio Duprat & Jose Briamonte made tracks like "Pais Tropical", "Take It Easy My Brother Charles", and "Que Pena" immediate classics – while the percussion and rhythms of Trio Mocoto provide a good part of the unique backdrop. The album is a mix of funky samba, soaring Brazilian soul, and sweeping orchestrations that give the whole thing a jazzy finish – and it's some of the best work that Jorge Ben ever recorded! Other tracks include "Criola", Cade Tereza", "Domingas", "Barbarella", "Quem Foi Que Roubou A Sopeira" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Jorge Ben (1969) ... CD 15.99

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Tony Bennett & Diana KrallFascinating Rhythm (10 inch single) ... 12-inch
Verve, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
A very cool little 10" single – one that features a recent duet on "Fascinating Rhythm" by Tony Bennett with Diana Krall, all with backing from the trio of pianist Bill Charlap! The flipside's maybe even cooler, though – as it features a very early Bennett recording of the tune – done in 1949 with orchestrations by Marty Manning, and originally issued unear the name of Joe Bari! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Released for Small Business Saturday 2018. Indie store exclusive.)

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George BensonBlue Benson ... LP
Verve/Polydor, 1968/1976. Very Good ... $2.99
A sweet 70s collection of late 60s work from George Benson – tracks recorded in 1968 for Verve, originally from the albums Giblet Gravy and Goodies! The set list here really does a great job of picking out the best numbers – the kind of clean, lean tunes that were pushing Benson from his soul jazz roots towards a much bigger audience – yet still without any of the commerciality of later years to come. Players on the tracks include Herbie Hancock on piano, Billy Cobham on drums, Ron Carter on bass, and Johnny Pacheco on percussion – and arrangements are by Horace Ott and Tom McIntosh. Titles include "Billie's Bounce", "Low Down & Dirty", "Thunder Walk", "Doobie Doobie Blues", "What's New", and "I Remember Wes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ George BensonGiblet Gravy ... LP
Verve, 1967. Very Good ... $9.99
Very groovy work from guitarist George Benson – and a set that really helped him make the transition from small group soul jazz to some of his more ambitious work to come! The album's still quite soulful and a bit funky at times – but it also features larger arrangements from the great Tom McIntosh – cast in a blend of modern rhythms, shades, and colors that really help open up Benson's sound. The approach is similar to that McIntosh was using with Bobby Timmons and Jack McDuff at the same time – tight backings, but still with plenty of room for the lead soloist – and Benson's got a great affinity for this sort of album. The tracks are a nice mix of originals and pop items – with cuts like "Sunny", "Thunder Walk", "Walk On By", "Giblet Gravy", and "Sack Of Woe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bit of aging on the back, and a name in pen.)

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Elmer Bernstein/Chico HamiltonSweet Smell Of Success (with bonus track) ... CD
Decca/Verve, 1957. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A jazz soundtrack double-header – one that features both the small combo and larger band version of the soundtrack to The Sweet Smell Of Success! Part of the CD features the Chico Hamilton Quintet's album of music – a wonderful bit of cinematic jazz from the 50s. The combo was a key part of the LA scene at the time, but are oddly featured as a regular club act in the movie's New York setting – but we'll gladly forgive that geographic error, given that the music on the set is so great. The quality's a bit like some of the Hamilton Quintet work on World Pacific – but there's a slightly freer, more urgent feel here too – work that's sometimes somewhat driving, and beautifully blended from the guitar of John Pisano, clarinet of Paul Horn, cello of Fred Katz, piano of Carson Smith, and drums from Chico. Side one features a lot of short incidental cuts – like "Susan", "Cheek To Chico", "Jam", and "Night Beat" – and side 2 is an extended "Concerto Of Jazz Themes From The Soundtrack Of Sweet Smell Of Success". The second half of the CD features the full orchestral version of the Sweet Smell Of Success soundtrack – but done in a style that's almost as jazzy and swinging as the small combo one! Elmer Bernstein's at the helm here – and the music's a wonderful pastiche of modes that's right up there with his sublime score for The Man With The Golden Arm – done in a similar blend of driving jazz, somber moments, and some slightly more raucous touches! As with that album, the players are all great – and soloists on the album include Pete Candoli, Ted Nash, and Shelly Manne – west coast players despite the New York setting of the film, and playing here with a fair bit of grit in their groove. Titles include "The Street", "Hot Dogs & Juice", "Toots Shor's Blues", "Nite Spot Rock", "Love Scene", and "Out Of Darkness". CD

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Brian Blade & The Fellowship BandSeason Of Changes ... CD
Verve, 2008. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Art BlakeyS Make It ... CD
Limelight/Verve (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
A lost classic from Art Blakey – quite different from some of his Blue Note work! The album's a very swinging mid 60s session, noteworthy for the presence of John Gilmore, recording here in one of his few appearances away from Sun Ra. Gilmore wails on tenor, and he sounds great next to Lee Morgan, who had, at this point, briefly returned to play with Blakey, and fit in with the group beautifully. John Hicks is on piano, and contributes a few nice tracks – and Curtis Fuller rounds out the sextet nicely, hitting some of those great gutbuckety notes that he only ever seemed to manage when he worked with Blakey! The whole album's great – and tracks include "Little Hughie", "Olympia", "One For Gamal", and "Faith". CD

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Art BlakeySoul Finger ... CD
Limelight/Verve (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most obscure mid 60s sides by Blakey – but a great one! The record features a strangely-chosen lineup of the Jazz Messengers that includes Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Lucky Thompson, and John Hicks. Thompson's in his very soulful "just returned from Europe" phase, and his playing is excellent, especially on soprano, which he was reaching for again and again at this point in his career. Hicks shows some nice early soul jazz stylings on piano, and the two-trumpet frontline of Hubbard and Morgan distinguish themselves nicely from each other. The writing's quite nice, too – from the James Bond-esque "Soul Finger" to Morgan's lively "Buh's Bossa". Great stuff! Other titles include "Spot Session", "Freedom Monday", "A Quiet Thing (From Flora The Red Menace)" and "The Hub". CD

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✨✧ Willie BoboBobo Motion ... LP
Verve, 1967. Very Good ... $11.99
Bobo Motion is groovy motion – heard here on one of Willie's best albums for Verve from the late 60s – a really unique blend of jazz, Latin, and soul-based rhythms! The set's even tighter than some of Willie's other Verve records – and like the classic Uno Dos Tres, it's got some nicely greasy numbers that slide around wonderfully in the groove – next to others that are cleaner, leaner, and plenty darn jazzy! Willie sings a bit on the record, but not much – and the real highlight is the heavy timbales on most of the rhythms, and the crack small combo Latin sound throughout. All tracks are great – and even familiar numbers sound fresh under the Bobo touch! Titles include "Ain't That Right", "Cute", "Evil Ways", "Show Me", "Black Coffee", "Night Walk", and "La Bamba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some aging along the opening, and light wear.)

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Willie BoboJuicy ... LP
Verve, 1967. Very Good- ... $7.99
Hard soulful Latin from the great Willie Bobo! The record's an extremely tasty blend of cuts that mix hard Latin grooving with a swinging 60s pop feel – all filtered through the crossover genius of late 60s Verve. There's lots of great boogaloo groovers, shing-a-ling rhythms, and a tight no-nonsense approach to percussion – classic all the way! Titles include "Shing-a-Ling Baby", "Felicidad","Mating Call", "Roots", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy","La Descarga Del Bobo", "Juicy", "Roots", and "Music To Watch Girls By". CD includes 4 bonus alternate takes of album tracks, including of the title cut, "Music To Watch Girls By", "Dis-Advantages" and "Shing-A-Ling Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has half split seams and some flaking at the spine.)

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✨✧ Willie BoboUno Dos Tres ... LP
Verve, 1966. Very Good ... $16.99
Killer material, and one of Willie's best-ever albums for Verve! The album's filled with groovy numbers that hit the good mix of soul and Latin that was coming out of the New York scene at the time – and Willie delivers all of it with a tight jazzy sound that works great with the titles. Highlights include the amazing "Fried Neckbones & Some Home Fries" (one of our all-time faves!), plus "Boogaloo In Room 802", "1-2-3", "I Remember Clifford", and "Night Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole. Vinyl has a short click on the first track of side 1.)

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Luiz BonfaBrazilian Scene ... CD
Philips/Verve (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $9.99
A great little session from Luiz Bonfa – one that features a hip core combo mixed with slightly larger backings – all in a groove that really stands out from other mainstream bossa albums of the 60s! Bonfa's acoustic guitar is set up here with Jerome Richardson on flute, Don Payne on bass, and Helcio Milito on drums – all working in a sound that's lightly touched with occasional bits of strings or woodwinds from Hal Mooney – never too much to over-sweeten the music, and often in ways that underscore the bluer, sadder tones in the music. Bonfa contributed to me great original tunes to the record that really stand out – numbers that include "Avocado", "Moonlight In Rio", "Embolada", "Her Face", "Dream Girl", "Sambalero", and "Zomba" – all of which make the record stand out from other familiar bossa tunes of the time. CD
(Part of the Bossa Nova 60th Celebration series!)

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Luiz BonfaLuiz Bonfa – Composer Of Black Orpheus Plays & Sings Bossa Nova ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the earliest of the classic Verve bossa nova sessions of the 60s – and a wonderful showcase for the talents of guitarist Luiz Bonfa! Most of Bonfa's previous recordings were done in a very spare or solo mode – and this set makes a nice change by adding in some larger orchestrations – yet still handled with great bossa sensitivity by Oscar Castro Neves and Lalo Schifrin – themselves very big up-and-coming talents at the time! The sound is bright and breezy, as you'd expect from Verve at this time – and Bonfa's a lot livelier than usual, and even sings on a number of cuts – with a charming quality that's a bit like Joao Gilberto. Titles include "Bossa Nova Cha Cha", "Sambalamento", "Vem So", "Samba De Duas Notas", "Domingo A Noite", "Quebra Mar", and "Adeus". CD
(Part of the Bossa Nova 60th Celebration series!)

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Bob Booker, George Foster & Jack LeonardScream On Someone You love Today – Or How To Become A Better Berson By Opening Your Mouth & Telling The Whole World Where To Get Off ... CD
Verve/Collectables, Late 60s. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Small cutout hole through booklet and rear tray card.)

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Michael BreckerTime Is Of The Essence ... CD
Verve, 1999. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Big Bill BroonzyLast Session Part 3 ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good+ ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing in the textured cover, with light wear and a cutout hole.)

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Big Bill Broonzy & Pete SeegerBig Bill Broonzy & Pete Seeger In Concert ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $16.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has one cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Clifford Brown & Max RoachClifford Brown & Max Roach (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EmArcy/Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... $3.99
Brilliant work by the team of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – a seminal hardbop album that was one of the few to bridge the east and west coast scenes! The set was recorded in LA under the joint leadership of Brown and Roach – and features the classic quintet lineup that included Harold Land on tenor, Richie Powell (Bud's brother!) on piano, and George Morrow on bass. The mix of Roach's heavy full-on drumming and Brown's lyrical beauty is beyond compare – and Land's angular and sensitive tenor lines provide a perfect link between the two. Titles include classics like "Parisian Thoroughfare", "The Blues Walk", "Daahoud", "Jordu", and "Joy Spring". CD
(Out of print Verve Master Edition pressing.)

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Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond1975 – The Duets (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
A&M/Verve, 1975. Used Gatefold ... $2.99
Excellent mid 70s duet jazz from pianist Dave Brubeck & alto Paul Desmond! Duets 1975 is a nicely laidback work from the duo – playing here with no other accompaniment, in a spare set of material that's incredibly fragile and intimate – and all the better for that. The move is a real change from the pair's more famous sides of the late 50s and early 60s – and with no drums and bass to get in the way, they drift around warmly, working together and apart as old friends with a great deal of sympathy for each other. Titles include "Koto Song", "Blue Dove", "Stardust", "Alice In Wonderland", and "Summer Song". CD
(Out of print LP sleeve edition.)
Also available 1975 – The Duets ... LP 5.99

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Terry CallierWhat Color Is Love ... LP
Cadet/Verve, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Possibly the greatest album ever by the legendary Chicago soul singer Terry Callier! Terry's rich mellow voice is mixed with superb arrangements from the Cadet studio team, with Charles Stepney at the head, and the result is completely sublime. The songs are longer than on earlier albums – and spun out with a complex groove that mixes equal parts of jazz, folk, and soul with the soaring spiritual vibe that was running through the Chicago scene at the time. The first side alone is the stuff that legends are made of – with classic tracks like "Dancing Girl", "What Color is Love", and "You Goin' Miss Your Candyman" all in a row, sewn together in a wash of love, soul, and emotion that you'd be hard pressed to find on any other album from the time. Other tracks include "I'd Rather Be With You", "Just As Long As We're In Love", and "You Don't Care" – and the whole album's a masterpiece beyond compare! LP, Vinyl record album

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Ruth CameronRoadhouse ... CD
Verve, 2000. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through case.)

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✨✧ Don CherryDon Cherry (aka Brown Rice) ... LP
A&M/Verve, 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Mindblowing music from the great Don Cherry – quite a statement, given how much fantastic sounds Cherry had already given us by this point in his career! In the years before this set, Don had worked in some very free, avant modes – and also explored a fair bit of global styles too – yet this set has this great electric vibe – one that mixes the freedom of Cherry's trumpet with spacey instrumentation and really great production – almost even funky at points! Players include Ricky Cherry on electric and acoustic piano, Charlie Haden on bass, Billy Higgins on drums, and Frank Lowe on tenor – and one cut has Bunchie Fox on electric bongos and Verna Gillis on voice. All tracks are nice and long – and titles include "Degi Degi", "Brown Rice", "Malkauns", and "Chenrezig". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy ClevelandIntroducing Jimmy Cleveland & His All Stars ... CD
Verve, 1955. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
An early leader session for Jimmy Cleveland – one that pulls him out of the Lionel Hampton group, and puts him in the company of a number of different all-stars – top level players that Mercury brought together in three different sessions for the album. Players include Lucky Thompson, Cecil Payne, Barry Galbraith, Wade Legge, Paul Chambers, and Jerome Richardson – and it's the quality of the ensemble grooving that really makes the album swing, a lot more than Cleveland's solos on his own. Titles include "Vixen", "Hear Ye Hear Ye", "See Minor", "Bone Brother", "Count 'Em", and "Little Beaver". CD
(Out of print Verve Elite edition.)

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Nat King ColeNat Cole At JATP 2 – Nat Cole At Jazz At The Philharmonic ... LP
Verve, 1944/1945. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Early all-jazz work from Nat King Cole – beautiful piano work, in groups with Jack McVea or Lester Young on tenor, JJ Johnson on trombone, and Johnny Miller on bass and Lee Young on drums. LP, Vinyl record album

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Colwell Winfield Blues BandCold Wind Blues ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(White label stereo promo, still in the shrink. Labels have sticker spots over the promo notice.)

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Chick Corea & Return To ForeverLight As A Feather ... CD
Verve, 1972. Used ... $4.99
A classic bit of jazzy fusion from Chick Corea and the legendary Return To Forever group that included Flora Purim and Airto! The sound of the album influenced a generation, and although the album was overlooked by groovers for years, partly due to its success, it still sounds surprisingly fresh – skipping along with an amazing mix of fusion, Brazilian rhythms, and free-thinking solos! The album's overflowing with great-grooving goodies – and titles include the great original version of "Captain Marvel", plus "Light As A Feather", "Spain", and "500 Miles High". CD
(Out of print.)

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Don CostaModern Delights ... LP
Verve, 1960s. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
Light mellow Verve-y instrumental orchestral stuff, featuring Don Costa's versions of contemporary pop stuff, like "Heroes & Villains", "All You Need Is Love", "Ode To Billie Jo". and "Valley of the Dolls". Not totally jazzy, but a nice package of soft groovy grooves, in a cool gatefold cover (with notes), and a great subdued easy feel throughout. LP, Vinyl record album

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Sammy Davis Jr & Count BasieOur Shining Hour ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A brilliant album that follows on the trend that was begun by Sinatra and Tony Bennett – one that takes strong jazz backings from Count Basie to push a singer past the usual pop format! Sammy didn't always get backing this strong – and the album's got Quincy Jones handling the arrangements for Basie in the same mode the he used on the Sinatra/Basie sides for Reprise. Titles include "The Girl From Ipanema", "She's A Woman", "New York City Blues", "Work Song", and "Blues For Mr Charlie" – and the album even features Sammy doing a bit of tap dancing! LP, Vinyl record album

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Paco De LuciaZyryab ... CD
Verve, 1990. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print, CRC pressing.)

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Buddy DeFrancoBuddy DeFranco & The Oscar Peterson Quartet ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $9.99
The lovely clarinet of Buddy DeFranco is backed by Oscar Peterson's quartet that included Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, and Louis Bellson. The tracks are open-ended, in that swinging Verve style used on the best mid 50s LPs – and while the Peterson group lacks the soul of some of DeFranco's recordings with Sonny Clark, they also provide a light touch the helps DeFranco take some chances on his solos. Titles include "Sweet & Lovely", "Love For Sale", and "Easy To Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has wear and splitting in the seams.)

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Buddy DeFranco & Oscar PetersonGeorge Gershwin Songbook ... LP
Verve, 1954. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Classic mid 50s jazz takes on Gershwin! As the title indicates, the session features Buddy DeFranco and Oscar Peterson – but the real guy we wanna thank here is arranger Russ Garcia! Unlike some of the other Verve "soloist with the Peterson Trio" albums of the 50s, this one is more of a shared effort that has Buddy and Oscar both acting as soloists over larger backings directed by Garcia. Russ takes a lot of cues from Ralph Burns on the session – and like Burns on earlier Verve recordings, he sets things up so that the orchestrations never overwhelm the players – and instead simply augment their moods and shade in the colors of the tunes. We especially like Peterson in this format – as he was so often recorded heavily in trio format – but DeFranco is great too, snaking out over the top of the strings with a lean and angular tone on clarinet. Players include Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Bobby White, augmented by wind & strings. Titles include "S Wonderful", "Strike Up The Band", "I Wants To Stay Here", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "I Was Doing All Right", "I Got Rhythm", "The Man I Love", and "It Ain't Necessarily So". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has tape residue along the top seam.)

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Phyllis DillerPhyllis Diller Laughs ... LP
Verve, 1961. Very Good ... $5.99
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Billy EckstineEverything I Have Is Yours – The Best Of The MGM Years ... LP
Verve, Late 40s/1950s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Roy EldridgeSwing Goes Dixie ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of the more obscure Roy Eldridge sessions for Verve! Titles include "Tin Roof Blues", "Jada", "Bugle Call Rag", "Black & Blue", and "That's A Plenty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Silver label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some light tape on the seams, but is nice overall.)

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Roy EldridgeSwingin On The Town ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Short tracks with a spare swinging groove – featuring the trumpet of Eldridge, with backing by Ronnie Ball on piano, Benny Moten on bass, and Edward Locke on drums. The focus is on Eldridge's lightly playful trumpet style – and tracks include "Song Of the Islands", "Bossa Nova", "The Way You Look Tonight", "I've Got A Crush On You", "Misty", and "Easy Living". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereophonic pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and a peeled spot from sticker removal.)

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Roy Eldridge & Dizzy GillespieRoy & Diz ... CD
Verve, 1954. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Roy Eldridge & Dizzy GillespieTrumpet Kings ... LP
Verve, 1954. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Diz and Roy come together in a nice blend of two traditions – blowing in a relaxed mode that's less of the "battle" you might expect from the title – and more of a friendly exchange of solos, recorded in the open and laidback style of Verve at the time. The group features Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums – and Dizzy himself even vocalizes a bit on the set! Tracks are mostly longish, with plenty of solo space, and the the album features 5 tracks that include "Blue Moon", "Limehouse Blues", "Trumpet Blues", "Algo Bueno", and "Pretty Eyed Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Records Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove in a Clef cover. Cover is lightly aged and worn, with pieces of clear tape on the seams.)

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Roy Eldridge, Flip Phillips, & OthersNorman Granz' Jam Session #9 ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Classic Norman Granz' Verve session. Take a host of players (Diz, Flip Phillips, Roy Eldridge, Louis Bellson, and others), put them in the studio, and let them play long jam session versions of jazz and swing classics. This one's got 2 long tracks that each take up a side – "Funky Blues" and "Lullaby In Rhythm". The groove is very laidback, with the usual Verve 50's sound. LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has clear tape along the top seam and some aging on the back.)

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✨✧ Duke Ellington & Johnny HodgesBack To Back ... CD
Verve, 1959. Used ... $3.99
Duke Ellington makes a rare Verve appearance on this classic album – and works strongly in the mode of earlier sides recorded for the label by Johnny Hodges! There's a relaxed, small group feel going on here – one that's a bit different than some of the tighter Ellington work on Columbia during the 50s, and which almost paves the way for some of the more intimate piano sides that Duke would record during the 60s. In a way, Hodges is almost at the lead – given how comfortable he is here in a Verve setting – and other players include Harry Edison on trumpet, Les Spann on guitar, Sam Jones on bass, and Jo Jones on drums. The real charm, as always, is Hodges' solos, lean, mean, raspy, and soulful – and titles include "Weary Blues", "Royal Garden Blues", "Loveless Love", "St Louis Blues", and "Wabash Blues". CD
(Out of print Verve Master Edition pressing.)
Also available Back To Back ... LP 11.99

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Duke Ellington & Johnny HodgesBack To Back ... LP
Verve, 1959. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Duke Ellington makes a rare Verve appearance on this classic album – and works strongly in the mode of earlier sides recorded for the label by Johnny Hodges! There's a relaxed, small group feel going on here – one that's a bit different than some of the tighter Ellington work on Columbia during the 50s, and which almost paves the way for some of the more intimate piano sides that Duke would record during the 60s. In a way, Hodges is almost at the lead – given how comfortable he is here in a Verve setting – and other players include Harry Edison on trumpet, Les Spann on guitar, Sam Jones on bass, and Jo Jones on drums. The real charm, as always, is Hodges' solos, lean, mean, raspy, and soulful – and titles include "Weary Blues", "Royal Garden Blues", "Loveless Love", "St Louis Blues", and "Wabash Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(French pressing in a flip back cover.)
Also available Back To Back ... CD 3.99

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Duke Ellington & Johnny HodgesSide By Side ... CD
Verve, 1959. Used ... $2.99
A great little session that builds on the strength of Johnny Hodges' small group 50s sessions for Verve – and which lets Duke Ellington in on some of the action! The format is nicely stripped-down throughout – featuring Hodges in sextet and septet formation with players that include Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Les Spann, Lawrence Brown, and Jo Jones. And while Duke's actually only on piano on 3 tracks on the album (Billy Strayhorn handles keys on the other 6), the session's still a great example of small combo Ellingtonia at its best! Titles include "Ruint", "Stompy Jones", "Big Shoe", "Going Up", "Just A Memory", and "You Need to Rock". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Side By Side ... LP 19.99

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Duke Ellington & Johnny HodgesSide By Side ... LP
Verve, 1959. Very Good ... $19.99
A great little session that builds on the strength of Johnny Hodges' small group 50s sessions for Verve – and which lets Duke Ellington in on some of the action! The format is nicely stripped-down throughout – featuring Hodges in sextet and septet formation with players that include Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Les Spann, Lawrence Brown, and Jo Jones. And while Duke's actually only on piano on 3 tracks on the album (Billy Strayhorn handles keys on the other 6), the session's still a great example of small combo Ellingtonia at its best! Titles include "Ruint", "Stompy Jones", "Big Shoe", "Going Up", "Just A Memory", and "You Need to Rock". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereophonic pressing with deep groove.)
Also available Side By Side ... CD 2.99

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Herb EllisNothing But The Blues ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
The title's a bit of a shocker – in that that we don't normally think of Herb as a bluesy player – but it's pretty darn honest, given the great sound of this set! Herb's playing in a really mellow and laidback style for this session – working with Roy Eldridge, Stan Getz, Ray Brown, and Stan Levey on a set of bluesy tunes that feature his guitar in the lead, working through some magical solos that are far more expressive than on some of his work on other albums from the time. The record's a genuine surprise, and a real lost Verve treasure – as Ellis steps out with a great tone and some nice rootsy solos on tracks that include "Patti Cake", "Blues For Junior", "Blues For Janet", "Pap's Blues", and "Tin Roof Blues". CD

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Bill EvansBill Evans Trio Live ... LP
Verve, 1964. Very Good- ... $9.99
Warmly wonderful live work from Bill Evans' mid 60s run for Verve – a record that was originally recorded in 1964, but sat in the can until the early 70s – then just quietly issued on the market with a bit less fanfare! That somewhat subtle history shouldn't mark the album, though – as it's a wonderful demonstration of Evans at his lyrical best – working perfectly in a trio with Chuck Israels on bass and Larry Bunker on drums – both players who really share Bill's sense of sound on the set. Titles include "Stella By Starlight", "What Kind Of Fool Am I?", "Round Midnight", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Nardis", "Someday My Prince Will Come", "How My Heart Sings", and "The Boy Next Door". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bill Evans & Jim HallIntermodulation ... CD
Verve, 1966. Used ... $6.99
A magnificent follow up to the Undercurrent album from the team of Bill Evans and Jim Hall – and like that one, a set that features amazing interplay between piano and guitar! Hall's guitar has never sounded better – and in the airy company of Evans, it takes on many of the same qualities as on his famous late 50s recordings in the Jimmy Guiffre trio. Bill's work is great too – almost more tonally focused than before, with perfectly chosen notes that resonate beautifully in this very spare space. Titles include "Jazz Samba", "All Across The City", "Angel Face", and "Turn Out The Stars". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bill Evans & Shelly ManneEmpathy/Simple Matter Of Conviction ... CD
Verve, 1962/1966. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD

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Bill Evans TrioBill Evans At Town Hall Volume One ... CD
Verve, 1966. Used ... $4.99
An open-ended live date from Bill Evans – recorded at the auspicious venue of Town Hall, but recorded with a warmth that matches Evans' smaller club sessions of the 60s! The sound here is possibly a bit more focused and direct than some of the moodier, mellower Evans live records – well pointed at the start, but then moving into some gentler chromatic modes as the set moves on – all with gentle accompaniment from Chuck Israels on bass and Arnold Wise on drums. Titles include trio versions of "I Should Care", "Spring Is Here", 'Who Can I Turn To" and "Make Someone Happy" – then Evans takes a 13 minute solo turn, dedicating a suite to the memory of his father! CD
(Out of print.)

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Bill Evans TrioTrio/Duo ... LP
Verve, 1963/1966. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Nice two-fer that brings together 2 spare, open sets from Bill Evans, in a nice trio with Gary Peacock & Paul Motian on the first and paired with guitarist Jim Hall on the second. All his partners compliment his style nicely, and there's a beautiful moody quality that makes these sides seem as if they were recorded much closer than 2 and a half years that seperated them. The first Lp in the set is a reissue of the excellent Trio '64 and the second is a reissue of the second meeting of Evans & Hall, Intermodulation. The trio side includes "Dancing In The Dark", "Always", "Little Lulu", and "For Heaven's Sake", and the duets include "Jazz Samba", "All Across The City", "Angel Face", and "Turn Out The Stars". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gil EvansIndividualism of Gil Evans ... LP
Verve, 1964. Very Good Gatefold ... $24.99
Although Gil Evans is probably best remembered for his work behind Miles Davis, the albums he cut on his own are actually even more interesting, and feature a far-reaching conception of modern jazz, executed by Evans, and some of the top players of his day. This great album from 1964 features a host of wonderful musicians – including Steve Lacy, Eric Dolphy, Johnny Coles, and Wayne Shorter. The set includes mostly original compositions by Evans, like "Las Vegas Tango", "El Toreador", "Flute Song", and "Hotel Me" – all of them a shimmering blend of free solos and tightly composed orchestral passages, filled with rich colors and shades of warm imagination! LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light wear.)

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Tal FarlowInterpretations Of Tal Farlow (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1955. Used ... $19.99
One of the rarest albums by the guitar jazz great Tal Farlow! The set's one of Tal's best for Verve (although they're all pretty darn good), and it features his edgey guitar in a west coast rhythm trio with Claude Williamson on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Stan Levey on drums. The titles are mostly standards, but they're played with a nice moody groove that opens them up nicely, despite the short takes on the tracks – that great sense of economy that always makes Farlow work from this period so great. Titles include "Manhattan", "I Remember You", "There Will Never Be Another You", and a solo version of "Autumn Leaves". Packaged in a nifty little cover, with the original David Stone Martin design! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla At Duke's Place ... LP
Verve, 1965. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $16.99
A beautiful classic from mid 60s Verve – and the kind of a session that we wouldn't have expected to come off so well! In a style they were using with older artists at the time, Verve brought Ella and Duke into the studio together – with Duke's band and compositions providing the structure of the set, and Ella handling vocals. The tunes are mostly Ellington classics, but they provide a nice change of pace for the Fitzgerald of the 60s – taking Ella into more sophisticated territory on some darker themes that really surprised us. Players are all of the Ellington stalwarts of the time – and titles include "Imagine My Frustration", "Duke's Place", "What Am I Here For", "Azure", "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing", "Passion Flower", and "Something To Live For". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese Polydor pressing, UMJ 3286. Cover is lightly stained and bent at the bottom.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla At The Shrine (yellow colored vinyl pressing) (2018 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Verve, 1956. New Copy ... $24.99
A newly-discovered live set from Ella Fitzgerald – recorded at the Shrine Auditorium in LA, a week before the famous Ella At Zardi's set! Producer Norman Granz was already great at capturing an intimate artist in a live setting – as evidenced by his famous Jazz At The Philharmonic Recordings – and he does a great job here with Ella, too – who steps out swinging, with some nice small combo backings. Granz speaks at the end of the set – and titles include "Joe Williams' Blues", "And The Angels Sing", "Air Mail Special", "Cry Me A River", "Glad To Be Unhappy", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – on translucent yellow colored 45rpm vinyl!)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook – Vol 1 ... LP
Verve, 1959. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Sweet arrangements by Nelson Riddle! LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Records Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some edge wear, aging, a half split top seam with some tape remnants, and a small split in the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook – Vol 5 ... LP
Verve, 1959. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $5.99
Sweet arrangements by Nelson Riddle! LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Songbooks (5LP set) ... LP
Verve, 1958/1959. Very Good 5LPs ... $49.99
Sweet arrangements by Nelson Riddle – on a whopping 5LPs' worth of tunes by George & Ira Gershwin! LP, Vinyl record album
(First edition, includes the bonus 7" single and book, but missing the prints. Box top has split corners and seams, some held with tape, with moderate aging.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers & Hart Song Book Vol 1 ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good ... $5.99
A classic vocal set from Ella – filled with standards from the Rodgers & Hart songbook! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Verve Inc pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla In Berlin – Mack The Knife ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $5.99
Quite a popular live album from Ella – recorded in Berlin at the height of the cold war years – featuring a famous recording of "Mack The Knife" that almost blew away Bobby Darin's hit with the cut! The album's nicely free of some of the stodginess of some of Ella's Songbook albums from the same time – with light and jazzy backing by a group that includes Jim Hall, Paul Smith, Wilfred Middlebrooks, and Gus Johnson. Titles include "Mack The Knife", "How High The Moon", "Too Darn Hot", "Gone With The Wind", "Misty", and "Summertime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Verve Inc pressing with deep groove.)

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Ella FitzgeraldLike Someone In Love EP – Part 2 ... 7-inch
Verve, 1957. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $11.99
Titles include "Close Your Eyes", "We'll Be Together Again", "Then I'll Be Tired Of You", and "Like Someone In Love". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has light surface wear and half split seams.)

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Ella FitzgeraldLike Someone In Love EP – Part 3 ... 7-inch
Verve, 1957. Very Good (pic cover)... $6.99
Titles include "Midnight Sun", "You're Blase", "I Thought About You", and "Night Wind". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has some wear, aging, and half split seams.)

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Ella FitzgeraldRhythm Is My Business ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
They're not lying with the title on this one, as Ella's singing to backings from the great Bill Doggett – who cooks up some of the liveliest rhythms Ella ever received from Verve! The style is still similar to other Verve records of the time – with that magnificent Fitzgerald vocal style transforming familiar tunes and standards – but the groove is much more upbeat, and Ella swings it hard in a style that really takes us back to her earlier years. Titles include "Runnin Wild", "No Moon At All", "Laughin On The Outside", "I Can't Face The Music", and "Rough Ridin". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldSings The Songs From The Film – Let No Man Write My Epitaph ... LP
Verve, 1960. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Titles include "Misty", "Black Coffee", "Angel Eyes", "I Cried For You", and "Reach For Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(90s 180 gram vinyl on Classic.)
 
 
 



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