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Stan GetzArtistry Of Stan Getz – The Best Of The Verve Years Vol 2 ... CD
Verve, 1950s/1960s. Used 2 CDs ... $4.99
Includes 22 tracks and features work with Laurindo Almeida, Bob Brookmeyer, Gary Burton, Don Byas, Conte Candoli, Chick Corea, Roy Eldridge, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, Antonio Carlos Jobim, JJ Johnson, Gary McFarland, and Sonny Stitt. 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 a nice tri-fold digipack. Still sealed!)
Also available Getz/Gilberto ... LP 39.99

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Astrud GilbertoVerve Jazz Masters 9 ... CD
Verve, Mid 60s. Used ... $1.99
15 tracks of breathy bossa brilliance! CD

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Dizzy GillespieBirk's Works – Verve Big Band Sessions ... CD
Verve, 1956/1957. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
Seminal work from Dizzy – showing that he was a genius in any form of jazz! In the mid 50s, Diz had one of the hippest big bands going – filled with great young players that included Lee Morgan, Joe Gordon, Melba Liston, Benny Golson, Billy Mitchell, and Walter Davis Jr. The work he crafted here was partly an extension of his earlier bop sides, but also a demonstration of his desire to express himself in more expansive forms – kind of a hint of the direction he'd take in the 60s, with his work in Latin, soundtrack, and funk styles. The set combines tracks from 3 different Verve albums – and it also packages the material with a number of previously unissued tracks, and some great liner notes that do a wonderful job of summing up the spirit of the work. Arrangements are by AK Salim, Quincy Jones, Tadd Dameron, and Dizzy himself – and tracks include "Jordu", "Tin Tin Deo", "Groovin For Nat", "Dizzy's Business", "Jessica's Day", "Doodlin", "Yo No Quiero Bailar", "Birk's Works", "Tangorine", "Umbrella Man", and "Mayflower Rock". 42 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Sonny RollinsSonny Side Up (Verve Master Edition) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $6.99
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 Verve Master Edition.)

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Lionel Hampton & Stan GetzHamp & Getz (Verve Select) ... LP
Verve (UK), Early 50s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A great little album that's one of Getz's strongest from the period! The format for the album is in the mode of Hampton's early 50s Verve sides – long tracks, very open-ended, cut in a small group format that shows a different side than his more popular big band grooving. There's only 5 tracks on the album – and the focus is on solo work by Hamp and Getz, with rhythm by Lou Levy, Leroy Vinnegar, and Shelly Manne. Titles include "Louise", "Jumpin At The Woodside", "Gladys", and a long ballad medley. LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Verve Select series pressing.)

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Billie HolidayFirst Verve Sessions ... LP
Verve, 1952/1953/1954. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
24 great numbers from Billie's first couple of years recording for Verve, capturing her at her prime with a number of great little groups. Includes "How Deep Is The Ocean (How high Is The Moon)", "He's Funny That Way", "Love For Sale", "You Go To My Head", "East Of The Sun (West OF The Moon)", "These Foolish Tings", "Solitude", "Love For Sale", "My Man", "Love Come Back", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "Stormy Weather" and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some minor stained spots in back.)

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Billie HolidayLady In Autumn – The Best Of The Verve Years (2CD set) ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/1950s. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
Accompanied by Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Benny Carter, Mal Waldron, and others! CD
(Out of print, BMG Direct pressing.)

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Billie HolidayVerve Silver Collection ... CD
Verve (Germany), 1957. Used ... $2.99
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.)

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✨✧ Phil MooreFantasy For Girl & Orchestra (Verve) ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
One of the strangest records ever on Verve! The album's a dreamy batch of easy tunes – composed by Phil Moore, and played by a group that includes Lucky Thompson, Marshall Royal, Snooky Young, Gerald Wilson, Calvin Jackson, and Harry Klee, plus added strings. The overall feel is similar to some of the mellower "with strings" albums on Verve – with a lead soloist stepping out on each track on the set. However, the real stunner is the extended "Fantasy For Girl & Orchestra", which features the voice of Annette Warren having an internal monologue to deal with her sadness. Crazy stuff! Other tracks include "Misty Moon Blues", "Cornucopia", "Fugue For Barroom Piano", and "125th Street Prophet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some discoloration from age, a split spine with yellowed tape remnants, and a small sticker spot and surface wear in back.)

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Charlie ParkerConfirmation – Best Of The Verve Years ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $2.99
Classic Verve Records material from Charlie Parker – 34 tracks in all, including some great JATP performances! CD
(Out of print.)

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Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson Plays The Duke Ellington Songbook (Verve Select) ... LP
Clef, 1959. Near Mint- ... $9.99
The classic tunes of Duke Ellington are turned towards the soulful style of the Oscar Peterson Trio – in a setting that makes these familiar numbers come alive again with a whole new quality! The Peterson touch is quite different than the Ellington one – a bit less modern, especially in a small group setting – and filled with little flourishes that would never come out of the piano on one of Duke's recordings, but which flow freely here in the hands of Oscar. Rhythm is by the classic Peterson trio team of Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – and Ed's drumming is especially nice here, and helps to open up the easygoing feel of the set. Titles include "Sitting & Rocking", "John Hardy's Wife", "In A Mellow Tone", "Sophisticated Lady", "Take The A Train", "Rockin In Rhythm", and "Prelude To A Kiss". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later UK Verve Select pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)

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Oscar Peterson & Milt JacksonVerve Jazz No 17 (aka Very Tall) ... LP
Metro/Verve, 1961. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Milt Jackson joins the Oscar Peterson Trio – helping the group to hit some great new space with his magical work on vibes! Jackson's got an open, airy feel – an approach that almost lets Peterson punctuate the tunes a bit more with his piano – while the pair get strong rhythmic support from the bass of Ray Brown and lyrical drums of Ed Thigpen. Tunes are open and relaxed, letting Milt hit some great mellow tones – and titles include "Green Dolphin Street", "Heartstrings", "The Work Song", "John Brown's Body", "A Wonderful Guy" and "Reunion Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Jamaican pressing in a stickered Verve Jazz cover, with light wear and unglued seams.)

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Nina SimoneVerve Jazz Masters 58 – Nina Simone Sings Nina ... CD
Verve, Mid 60s/1987. Used ... $4.99
With 14 tracks including "Sugar In My Bowl", "Four Women", "Images", "Take Me To The Water", "Fodder On My Wings", and "Mississippi Goddam". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Jimmy SmithVerve Jazz Masters 29 ... CD
Verve, 1960s. Used ... $2.99
Jimmy Smith joined by Kenney Burrell, Grady Tate, Blue Mitchell, Ray Barretto, Donald Bailey, Phil Woods & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Sonny StittCompact Jazz – The Verve Years ... CD
Verve, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $2.99
Includes 14 tracks and features Oscar Peterson, Roy Eldridge, Bobby Timmons, and others. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousComplete Jazz At The Philharmonic On Verve 1944 to 1949 (10CD box set) (NO BOX?BOOK) ... CD
Verve, Late 40s. Used 10 CDs ... $36.99
A fantastic package – 10CDs worth of all the great material recorded at the early Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts – headed by Verve's Norman Granz, and presented in an all-star mix of bebop, swing, and hip jazz vocals! Lots of long tracks, with extended solos, and unique meetings of different jazz talents. CD
(Out of print. Please note – The box is missing and book are missing, all ten CDs are included.)

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VariousSounds From The Verve Hi Fi – Compiled By Thievery Corporation ... CD
Verve, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $6.99
An extremely groovy batch of tunes – compiled from the catalog of Verve (and related labels), selected to perfection by Thievery Corporation! These guys have a great reputation for crafting new grooves with a classic sound – and they've no doubt arrived at that talent after a long study of older tracks. Thus, it's no surprise that they've been turned loose on the Verve catalog to pick out some of their favorites – tunes that the stodgy ol' reissue producers would have passed up, were it not for them! Titles include "Escapade" by Wynton Kelly, "The Fakir" by Cal Tjader, "Something Else Again" by Richie Havens, "Chove Chuva" by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, "Lisa" by Willie Bobo, "For Mods Only" by Chico Hamilton, "Batucada" by Walter Wanderley, "Light My Fire" by Astrud Gilberto, "Samba Triste" by Jackie & Roy, and "Do It The Hard Way" by The Jazz Renegades. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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VariousVerve Remixed 4 ... CD
Verve, 2008. Used ... $7.99
The Verve vaults are open again – and as with other Remixed sets, they've let in a host of hip talents to change up their classics! This time around, the results seem even better than before – thanks partly to a very strong array of mixers, including some of our own personal funky favorites – but also thanks to a change in remixing styles for this sort of work – an added complexity, and respect for the originals – so that the tunes aren't just simple smatterings of old vocals over contemporary beats! Titles include "Cry Me A River" by Dinah Washington remixed by Truth & Soul, "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" by Roy Ayers remixed by 9th Wonder, "Gimme Some" by Nina Simone remixed by Mike Mangini, "There Was A Time" by James Brown remixed by Kenny Dope, "California Soul" by Marlena Shaw remixed by Diplo, "Take Care Of Business" by Nina Simone remixed by Pilooski, "Bim Bom" by Astrud Gilberto remixed by Psapp, "Dilo Como Yo" by Patato & Totico remixed by Antibalas, "Evil Ways" by Willie Bobo remixed by Karriem Riggins, "I Get A Kick Out Of You" by Ella Fitzgerald remixed by Cinematic Orchestra, and "Tea For Two" by Sarah Vaughan remixed by Chris Shaw. CD
(Mark through digipack barcode.)

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✨✧ Benny Carter3, 4, 5 – The Verve Small Group Sessions ... CD
Verve, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes some rare bonus tracks too! Benny Carter on alto saxophone, George Duvivier and Ray brown on bass, Bobby White, Jo Jones, and Louis Bellson on drums, Herb Ellis on guitar, Don Abney, Oscar Peterson, and Teddy Wilson on piano. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldVerve Jazz Masters 6 ... CD
Verve, 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features work with Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Nelson Riddle, Oscar Peterson, and Marty Paich on 16 tracks including "I Hear Music", "Just You, Just Me", "Heat Wave", "How High The Moon", and "These Foolish Things". CD

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker With Strings – Bird On Verve Vol 3 ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The genius of Bird and strings is hard to describe – an edgey approach that really goes far past most other "jazz with strings" projects, not a ballad-driven one, but a tensely strained one that brings out some of Parker's best soloing, almost in a moody soundtrack-type way. The tracks are a lot freer and less bop-driven than some of Bird's normal work, and it's incredible to hear him soloing with such complexity – even more proof of the genius he clearly exhibited in relation to his contemporaries. This mid 80s collection features some of Bird's best work in the strings format – arranged by Joe Lipman, and featuring the tunes "Dancing In The Dark", "Laura", "East Of The Sun", "I'll Remember April", and "Easy To Love". The album also features two takes of "Relaxin With Lee", cut with a group that includes Dizzy, Monk, and Buddy Rich. LP, Vinyl record album
(French 80s pressing – in great shape!)

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✨✧ Joe WilliamsEvery Day – The Best Of The Verve Years ... CD
Verve, Mid 50s/Late 80s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With 31 tracks including "The Comeback", "Stop, Pretty Baby", "Who She Do", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Too Good To Be True", and "Sometimes I'm Happy". CD
(Out of print, BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ Lester YoungPres (Verve) ... LP
Verve, 1950/1951. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
As beautiful an illustration of the genius of Lester Young as you could ever hope to find – tight, short small group numbers recorded with a keen focus on Young's amazing tone – all served up with beautiful sound throughout! The cover bills the set as being by Young and his orchestra, but the material's presented in a variety of different small group settings – with Verve regulars who include Ray Brown on bass, Hank Jones or John Lewis on piano, and Buddy Rich or Joe Jones on drums. There's no other horns on the date, so Lester's tenor is right out front on all numbers – and titles include "Little Pee Blues", "Neenah", "Thou Swell", "Up N Adam", "Encore", and "Frenesi". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s mono Japanese pressing, UMV 2672, with obi.)

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✨✧ VariousBig City Soul Vol 2 (Verve titles) ... CD
Goldmine (UK), Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Goldmine's collection of rare soul tracks from the Verve label, a label that, although known for jazz, also turned their excellent production skills to turning out some fantastic soul – most of which never really got anywhere when it was released. 28 solid tracks of rare juicy soul by folks like The Ambers, The Triumphs, The High Keys, The Poindexter Brothers, Prince Harold, Howard Tate, Louise Murray, and many more. Nice notes, and great arrangements by people like Horace Ott and Jerry Ragovoy. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art FarmerListen To Art Farmer & The Orchestra (Verve Elite pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Verve, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful set of tracks that features Art Farmer soloing on flugelhorn over larger arrangements by Oliver Nelson. Farmer's work on the instrument was just taking shape at this point in his career, and the soulful backings of Nelson are a really great match for his lyrical tone, and widening sense of expression. Tracks are longer and more complicated than you'd expect – and the set's got some great numbers, like "Naima", "Rue Prevail", "Rain Check", and "Ruby". CD
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerVerve Years 1950 to 1951 ... LP
Verve, 1950/1951. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Some of the best recordings that Charlie Parker ever cut – including recordings with strings, quintet material with Miles davis, and another group with Coleman Hawkins! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s issue. Cover has light ring and edge wear, with a small stain at the bottom right corner.)

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✨✧ VariousTalkin Verve With A Twist ... CD
Verve, 1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The Verve sound gets extra groovy – in this cool collection of 16 tracks that runs that gamut from crime jazz to jazzy vocals to easy groovers – all pulled from the catalogs of Verve, Philips, Fontana, Mercury, and other great labels of the 1960s! The album does a good job of including little gems that were nestled on long-forgotten albums, and going for a fresh approach to familiar tunes that makes the set much more appealing than the usual kitschy set of easy oldies. Titles include "The Girl From Ipanema" by Sammy Davis Jr with Count Basie, "Peter Gunn" by Art Heatlie & The Electric Saxophone, "Tequila" by Bill McElhiney, "Charade" by Quincy Jones, "Cool" by David Carroll, "Blossom's Blues" by Blossom Dearie, "Walk On The Wild Side" by Little Richie Varola, and "What's New Pussycat" by Quincy Jones. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lester YoungPres (Verve) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1950/1951. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
As beautiful an illustration of the genius of Lester Young as you could ever hope to find – tight, short small group numbers recorded with a keen focus on Young's amazing tone – all served up with beautiful sound throughout! The cover bills the set as being by Young and his orchestra, but the material's presented in a variety of different small group settings – with Verve regulars who include Ray Brown on bass, Hank Jones or John Lewis on piano, and Buddy Rich or Joe Jones on drums. There's no other horns on the date, so Lester's tenor is right out front on all numbers – and titles include "Little Pee Blues", "Neenah", "Thou Swell", "Up N Adam", "Encore", and "Frenesi". CD
 
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AkikoCollage ... CD
Verve (Japan), Early 2000s. Used ... $14.99
A great little collection of work from Japanese jazz singer Akiko – pulled from her first few Verve albums, and packaged into one really beautiful set! Unlike other contemporaries on the Japanese scene, who tend to be a bit more soul-based, Akiko goes for a style that's often more classically jazz-based – a mode the echoes back to sounds of the 50s and 60s, yet which is also served up with hipper production and instrumental touches from younger collaborators – especially Sunaga T, who had a hand in some of the best numbers here! Titles include "Funky Monkey Boy (English version)", "Good Morning Heartache", "Skindo Le Le", "You've Changed (funk version)", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Do You Know", "Far Beyond", "So Tired", and a few cool interludes and intros! CD
(2016 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)

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Louis ArmstrongEssential Louis Armstrong ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $16.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Louis ArmstrongSatchmo At Symphony Hall – The Complete Performances ... CD
Decca/Verve, 1947. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
A classic live date from Satchmo – and expanded to include the complete performances on that legendary night at Boston's Symphony Hall – for the first time ever! Recorded in November of 1947 and originally released in '51, it's never before been issued with both the first and second sets that night. There's also a number of great tunes here that were released before in edited versions, but fully presented here. It's such wonderful stuff – both as a top-shelf document of this period of American jazz – and as a brilliant example of Satcho's charming stage presence. His trumpet and solo vocals are well captured, and you can here up humming along on the instrumentals, too. The players at this point who are All Stars, indeed, include Jack Teagarden on vocals and trombone, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Dick Cary on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass, and Sid Catlett on drums – plus some great vocals by Velma Middleton. 29 songs on 2CDs – in a hardback package with a great booklet – and featuring "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", "Stars Fell On Alabama", "Body And Soul", "Steak Face", "Back O'Town Blues", "St James Infirmary", "Mop Mop", "Jack Armstrong Blues", "That's My Desire", "C Jam Blues", "Baby Won't You Please Come Home", "Mahogany Hall Stomp" and more – many previously unreleased! CD
(Out of print.)

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Louis Armstrong/Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong AllstarsGift To Pops ... CD
Verve, 2021. Used ... $8.99
Includes the songs "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", "The Peanut Vendor", "Struttin' With Some Barbeque", "Up A Lazy River", "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead", "Rockin' Chair", "St. Louis Blues", "A Kiss To Build A Dream On", "Swing That Music", "Black And Blue", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "What A Wonderful World", and "Philosophy Of Life". CD

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Louis Armstrong/Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong AllstarsOriginal Grooves – Gift To Pops ... 12-inch
Verve, 2021. New Copy (pic cover)... $16.99
A very cool set in the "original grooves" series – that Verve Records creation that has a single side of a record offer up two tracks in the same space – playing a different one at random, depending on where the needle drops! The record first features the original Louis Armstrong recordings of "What A Wonderful World" and "Swing That Music, each on one side – then the same songs are presented on the same sides by the Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong Allstars – with vocals from Niki Harris on "What A Wonderful World", and trumpet from Nicholas Payton and vocals from Wycliffe Gordon on "Swing That Music". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Peter BardensAnswer ... LP
Verve/Long Hair (France), 1970. New Copy ... $29.99 34.99
Fantastic solo work from Peter Bardens – an artist who'd later gain fame as the lead singer of Camel, but who's even more fantastic here on his own – working in a trippy blend of modes that's equally balanced between prog and psych! Bardens plays organ on most of the tracks, but he uses the instrument in ways that are very different from the more R&B-inspired Hammond lines of the mod generation – often tightly fused with the sublime guitar of Andy Gee, a player who's got this sharp sound that's full of chromatic hues that really resonate with the keys of the organ – as the pair take off in this soaring groove that's occasionally a bit funky, always a bit trippy, and which gets a great kick from bass, drums, and percussion – plus support vocals from Linda Lewis and Steve Ellis. The album's really something special – great all the way through – and titles include "The Answer", "Homage To The God Of Light", "I Don't Want To Go Home", "I Can't Remember", "Let's Get It On", and "Don't Goof With A Spook". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Count BasieApril In Paris ... CD
Verve/Polygram, 1955. Used ... $4.99
One of Basie's biggest albums – but still a work of pure genius! "April In Paris" is one of the darkest jazz standards ever written, and it never sounded better than in this original version, which features that great ending in which Basie and the band stop, then start, then stop – leaving you completely unresolved at the finish. The group's a strong one – with Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Freddie Green, Sonny Payne, Marshall Royal, Henry Coker, Joe Newman, and Thad Jones – and tracks include "Shiny Stockings", "Midgets", "Mambo Inn", "Sweety Cakes", and "Corner Pocket". CD
(Out of print.)

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

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Count BasieBasie In London ... LP
Verve, 1956. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Basie was getting all over the place during the 50s – and this set's a great little concert recorded in London! The album's classic Basie for Verve – with Joe Williams on vocals on 3 tracks, and a tight group that includes Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Benny Powell, Matthew Gee, and Frank Foster. Titles include "Flute Juice", "Nails", "Blues Backstage", "Corner Pocket", "Roll Em Pete", and "Well All Right Okay You Win". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert – SE 8111.)

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Count BasieBasie Land ... LP
Verve, 1963. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Basieland in the 60s – a very nice place to be! This excellent Verve session features the highly pyrotechnic Basie 60s ensemble really letting loose – complete with great horn work by Frank Foster, Frank Wess, and Eric Dixon on reeds – all of whom bring a very soulful edge to the proceedings, and blow these strong sharp lines over the album's great arrangements from Billy Byers. Byers also wrote all the tunes too – making the set one of those great Basie albums that overflows with fresh new songs that continually redefine the Count's groove. Tracks are short and tight, but have some wonderful horn charts that really explode with magical energy – and titles include "Sassy", "Wanderlust", "Instant Blues", "Basie Land", "Big Brother", and "Yuriko". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing.)

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Count BasieBasie's Beat ... LP
Verve, 1965. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A really wonderful back to basics session for Basie – featuring arrangements by longtime band members Frank Foster, Erick Dixon, Bobby Plater, and Thad Jones! The set also features vocals on 2 tracks by bluesy vocalist Richard Boone – a singer with a really great scatting approach – but overall, the real strength is the horn section, particularly Al Aarons, Dixon, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis – who all get in some very nice solo work. Tracks are mostly older numbers, Basie-ized – and played with a laidback tone that's a real contrast from the higher energy early 60s recordings. Titles include "Squeeze Me", "Frankie & Johnny", "Boone's Blues", "I Got Rhythm", and "Hey Jim". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and some aging.)

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Count BasieCount! ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
A great little gem from the Count Basie years on Verve – a tight little record that has Basie really reinventing his sound for the 50s – an album that's filled with short, uncomplicated tracks that have a surprisingly easy-going groove! The arrangements are swinging and tight, with that Hefti-styled focus on a core element that really moves the tunes along – delivered by some great solo work from players that include Joe Newman on trumpet, Henry Coker on trombone, and Marshall Royal on alto. Basie has plenty of space to tinkle the ivories in mellow soul lines, too – and tracks include "Sure Thing", "Why Not", "Fawncy Meeting You", "Bootsie", "Bunny", "Cash Box", and "Basie Talks". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing – with trumpeter logo and deep groove! Cover has a small split on the top seam and light surface wear.)

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Count BasieDance Session Vol 2 ... LP
Verve, 1954. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Classic Verve work by The Count, and a session in which the Basie group plays for dancers – in a style that continued to make them one of the most popular bigger bands of the 50s! Tracks are short, tight, and highly rhythmic – played by a group that features Ernie Wilkins, Marshall Royal, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, and Thad Jones. Titles include "Stereophonic", "Mambo Mist", "She's Just My Size", "You For Me", "Soft Drink", and "Two For The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi – MV 2609)

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Count BasieKing Of Swing (LP style sleeve edition) ... CD
Clef/Verve, 1953. Used ... $1.99
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 BasieLil Ol Groovemaker Basie! ... LP
Verve, 1963. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Count Basie and Quincy Jones were always a mighty mighty combination – and there's no finer proof of that fact than this sweet little set! Quincy had a way of swinging Basie's group even more than Neal Hefti did – really letting the piano step out front, and swinging the larger horn parts in this mode that was extremely soulful, yet never with the hoke that could sometimes mar a Basie set – a style that was very 60s groovy, and which really helped breathe new life into the Count's ensemble! The album's a killer all the way through – and the tunes are all originals – written by Quincy, and arranged especially for the set – great little numbers that include "Nasty Magus", "Dum Dum", "Boody Rumble", "Count Em", "Belly Roll", and "Lil Ol Groovemaker Basie"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing.)

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✨✧ Count BasieOn My Way & Shoutin Again – Count Basie Plays Music By Neal Hefti/Not Now I'll Tell You When ... CD
Verve/Roulette/American Jazz Classics (Spain), 1962. Used ... $9.99
On My Way & Shoutin Again is a wonderful album of 60s Basie – one that focuses on the writing and arranging talents of the great Neal Hefti! Hefti's one of our favorite soundtrack composers of the decade, but in the years before his film fame, he was a frequent partner of Basie – and this album marks one of their greatest collaborations together. The tunes are very much in the "loud, then soft, then loud" mode that Hefti pioneered with Basie's angular group of the 50s – but they've also got some of the warmer, more whimsical touches that Neal would explore more fully in his later soundtrack work too. The result is a classic Basie session, but with plenty of surprises – featuring a fresh batch of tunes that includes "Jump For Johnny", "Ducky Bumps", "Rose Bud", "Shanghaied", "Together Again", and "Eee Dee". Not Now I'll Tell You When is a great title for this classic Count Basie album – as it really gets at the tight, focused direction that makes Basie so great at this point in his career – his way of singling out each and every instrumentalist, and perfectly timing their performances! The sense of rhythm is what makes the Basie group so different from so many other large ensembles – not big band swing, not tonal modern, but this rootsy, soulful style at the bottom – even when the instrumentation is impeccable – that undeniable groove that makes a record like this swing from the start, then keep on going strongly, even when lots of colors and tones come into the mix. The whole lineup's great – and players include Frank Wess on flute, Frank Foster on tenor, Thad Jones on trumpet, and Freddie Green on guitar – and the album features a lot of sweet originals that really keep things interesting – including "The Daly Jump", "Not Now I'll Tell You When", "Rare Butterfly", "Back To The Apple", "Blue On Blue", and "Swingin At The Waldorf". CD

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Count BasieSixteen Men Swinging (Dance Session Vol 1 & 2) ... LP
Verve, 1953/1954. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
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
(A great copy!)

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Jon BatisteHollywood Africans ... LP
Verve, 2018. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 29.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jon BatisteWe Are ... LP
Verve, 2021. New Copy Gatefold ... $21.99 24.99
Jon Batiste is looking mighty righteous on the cover, and he's sounding mighty righteous within – imbued with a new spirit of consciousness from the events of 2020, which brings a whole new sort of focus to his music – and makes for an album that's every bit a soul set as it is a jazz record! Jon sings on every track, with this raspy power that pushes the rest of the music forward very strongly – igniting the proceedings with the kind of fire you'd hope for, given the album's dedication to "the dreamers, seers, griots, and truth tellers who refuse to let us fully descend into madness". Batiste can definitely add himself to that list – as can guests who include Zadie Smith, Hot 8 Brass Band, PJ Morton, and Trombone Shorty – on titles that include "Cry", "Boy Hood", "Movement 11", "Show Me The Way", "We Are", "Tell The Truth", "Sing", "Until", "Mavis", and "Whatchutalkinbout". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Louie BellsonSkin Deep ... CD
Verve, Early 50s. Used ... $11.99
Louis grooves it nice and hard in this excellent session from his early 50s Verve years – a mixed set of small group and large group numbers, all of them pretty darn tasty! The record kicks off with the tremendous "Skin Deep" title cut – a large group number that features Louis really going to town in an extended drum solo that must be one of the longest ever recorded during the period – maybe even the "Moby Dick" of its time! Other titles include "Loris", "Copasetic", "Claxton Hall Swing", and "Phalanges" – and players include Don Elliott, Ralph Martin, and Joe Puma in the small group – plus a host of Verve regulars in the large one! CD
(Out of print, Verve Elite Edition.)

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Louis BellsonBrilliant Bellson Sound ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Drummer Louis Bellson definitely sounds brilliant here – kicking his large group into full gear with the same sort of energy he brought to dates with famous leaders in the postwar years! All tunes are short, and pretty upbeat – driven strongly by the drums, and featuring arrangements by Bellson, Ernie Wilkins, Bob Florence, and Aaron Sachs. Solos are by Herb Geller on alto, Jack Arnold on boo bam, Aaron Sachs on tenor, and Guido Basso on trumpet – and titles include "Drum Foolery", "Speak Low", "So Long Blues", "The Hawk Talks", "Summer Night", and "Blast Off". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing, nice and clean. Cover has a 1" orange price sticker, which is partly peeled – otherwise very nice.)

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Louis BellsonDrumorama ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of the most dynamic Louis Bellson albums on Verve – lots of room for pyrotechnic work on the drums – including one track that's a complete drum solo! LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove! Cover has light wear, and a small bit of pen on the back – but this is a nice copy overall.)

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Louis BellsonLet's Call It Swing ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
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
(Mono Verve Records Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging, small splits in the spine, and split seams held with clear tape.)

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Louis BellsonSkin Deep ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Louis grooves it nice and hard in this excellent session from his early 50s Verve years – a mixed set of small group and large group numbers, all of them pretty darn tasty! The record kicks off with the tremendous "Skin Deep" title cut – a large group number that features Louis really going to town in an extended drum solo that must be one of the longest ever recorded during the period – maybe even the "Moby Dick" of its time! Other titles include "Loris", "Copasetic", "Claxton Hall Swing", and "Phalanges" – and players include Don Elliott, Ralph Martin, and Joe Puma in the small group – plus a host of Verve regulars in the large one! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label Verve pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove! Cover has light wear and a mostly split top seam.)

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George BensonBlue Benson ... LP
Verve/Polydor, 1968/1976. Very Good+ ... $5.99
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
(Back cover has initials in pen.)

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John Berberian & The Middle Eastern EnsembleMiddle Eastern Rock (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Verve/Modern Harmonic, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Don't think "rock", think "groove" – because oud player John Berberian takes his instrument into some very groovy territory here – mixing its Mid-East roots with a sweet array of modal rhythms and psychedelic elements – all of which make for an album that's even trippier than you'd guess from its cover! The album's one of the few "jazz meets world" sets that really gets things right – bringing together different global elements to come up with a sound that's wonderfully new and fresh – and which moves the whole thing way past its roots in Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and North African styles! Joe Beck plays some great electric guitar on the record – but the main string focus is on the oud, which Berberian uses with this exotic tinge that rivals the instrument in the hands of Ahmed Abdul-Malik on his own albums like this. The lineup also includes tenor and other reeds from Souren Baronian, plus other percussion, and nice use of electric bass to hold the whole groove together – and titles include "The Oud & The Fuzz", "Tranquility", "Chem-oo-Chem", "Iron Maiden", "Flying Hye", "3/8=5/8=8/8", and "The Magic Ground". LP, Vinyl record album

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Art BlakeyS Make It ... CD
Limelight/Verve, 1964. Used ... $14.99
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
(Out of print and still sealed with domestic obi!)

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Blues ProjectPlanned Obsolescence ... LP
Verve, 1968. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Features John Gregory on guitar and vocals – on titles that include "If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody Calypso", "Nairt Aes Hornpipe", "The Endless Sleep", "Dakota Recollection", and "Frank & Curt Incense". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Blues ProjectBlues Project Live At Town Hall ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Some nice groovy moments here that really define the group – including the extended "Electric Flute Thing" and a nice take on "I Can't Keep From Crying". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Verve Forecast MGM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, light surface wear, aging.)

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Blues ProjectLive At The Cafe Au Go Go ... LP
Verve, 1966. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono gold label pressing. Cover has a label maker sticker, 'X' crimp on corner.)

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Luiz BonfaLuiz Bonfa – Composer Of Black Orpheus Plays & Sings Bossa Nova (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1962. Used Gatefold ... $19.99
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
(Out of print SHMCD pressing. Packaged in a limited edition 5" gatefold cardboard sleeve!)

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Brecker BrothersReturn Of The Brecker Brothers ... CD
GRP/Verve, 1992. Used ... $4.99
The Brecker Brothers return – and update their jazz funk groove for the 90s! The sound here is a bit more contemporary than the duo's classics of the 70s – more programmed beats and heavy keyboards – but there's still plenty of warmer jazz elements too, not just in the tenor from Michael and trumpet from Randy, but also in the guitar lines of Mike Stern and percussion fills of Don Alias! The groove's almost an updated take on the 70s Kudu style, or some of the early 80s fusion on Elektra Records – and although one track has vocals from Randy, most of the record is instrumental. Titles include "On The Backside", "Spherical", "Good Gracious", "Roppongi", "Song For Barry", and "King Of The Lobby". CD
(Verve Originals, BMG Direct pressing.)

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Dee Dee BridgewaterDear Ella ... CD
Verve, 1997. Used ... $3.99
A surprising sort of set, one in which Dee Dee Bridgewater pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald – a link we might never have expected in her style! Dee Dee's not totally copping Ella here, though – although she does sing a good number of tunes from the Fitzgerald songbook – and as usual for Bridgewater, there's a pretty unique flavor to most of the material, something that comes through strongly with help from arrangers Lou Levy, Slide Hampton, and Cecil Bridgewater! The band's upbeat and groovy on most numbers – and titles include the Kenny Burrell-penned "Dear Ella", done as a duet, plus "How High The Moon", "Mack The Knife", "A Tisket A Tasket", "Midnight Sun", "Undecided", "Oh Lady Be Good", and "If You Can't Sing It You'll Have To Swing It (aka Mr Paganini)". CD

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Dee Dee BridgewaterJ'Ai Deux Amours ... CD
Verve/DBB Recrods, 2005. Used ... $5.99
A beautiful love letter from Dee Dee Bridgewater to her adopted home of Paris – sung in French, and with a feel that's quite different than much of her recent work! The style here wonderfully mixes together bits of jazz and more traditional chanson – in a style that recalls some of the recent work by Claude Nougaro, but which also has traces of some of Dee Dee's more intimate work as well. Marc Berthoumieux plays accordion on a number of tunes on the set, and Ira Coleman contributes some warmly soulful basslines that give the session a nice bottom grounding – especially on the mellower tunes. Titles include "Mon Homme", "Et Maintenant", "La Belle Vie", "Dansez Sur Moi", "Avec Le Temps", "Les Feuilles Mortes", and "Ne Me Quitte Pas". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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Dee Dee BridgewaterLive In Paris ... CD
Impulse/Verve, 1986. Used ... $7.99
One of Dee Dee Bridgewater's greatest jazz albums, and a very important record in her career – as it marked a shift back to straight jazz vocals, after years of working in a more R&B inflected mode. The album's recorded in Paris, where Dee Dee's spent an awful lot of time over the years, and you can feel that familiarity in the way she presents the material – easily slipping back into a jazz vocal mode, working before an appreciative audience without any thoughts of crossover popularity, hitting that proud, strong, and free style that's been carrying her well for a number of years now. Includes a great version of "All Blues", plus the tracks "On A Clear Day", "Here's That Rainy Day", "There Is No Greater Love", and "Misty". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Live In Paris ... CD 7.99

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Dee Dee BridgewaterLive In Paris ... CD
Impulse/Verve, 1986. Used ... $7.99
One of Dee Dee Bridgewater's greatest jazz albums, and a very important record in her career – as it marked a shift back to straight jazz vocals, after years of working in a more R&B inflected mode. The album's recorded in Paris, where Dee Dee's spent an awful lot of time over the years, and you can feel that familiarity in the way she presents the material – easily slipping back into a jazz vocal mode, working before an appreciative audience without any thoughts of crossover popularity, hitting that proud, strong, and free style that's been carrying her well for a number of years now. Includes a great version of "All Blues", plus the tracks "On A Clear Day", "Here's That Rainy Day", "There Is No Greater Love", and "Misty". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Live In Paris ... CD 7.99

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Clifford Brown & Max RoachAt Basin Street (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EmArcy/Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... $7.99
About as classic as you can get for the Brown/Roach group – recorded at Basin Street with a group that includes Richie Powell on piano, Sonny Rollins on tenor, and George Morrow on bass. Tracks are tight and in that firey hardbop mode the pair pioneered – and titles include "Gertrude's Bounce", "Powell's Prances", "Time", "The Scene Is Clean", and "I'll Remember April". Most notable is the work by Powell on the record – as Bud's brother really shines here, turning out some great original compositions, and arranging the group with tight precision! Plus, the CD reissue features 4 bonus tracks – including alternates of some tunes on the record, and a few breakdowns. CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny BurrellAsphalt Canyon Suite ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99
A stunner from Kenny Burrell – one of his most sophisticated and soulful sessions of the 60s! Kenny's working here with the ultra-cool arranger Johnny Pate – best known for his work with Curtis Mayfield, and his 70s soundtrack fame – but a heck of a creative talent when it comes to a jazz session like this! For the record, Pate's created these spare little backdrops – not nearly as full as those penned by Don Sebesky or Claus Ogerman – and with a gentle sort of grooving quality that really pushes Kenny along nicely. Burrell's guitar is very strongly upfront in the mix – working chromatic magic at a level hardly ever matched again on record! Side one features the extended "Asphalt Canyon Suite" – a magnificent tune that's simply sublime – and side two features 5 shorter tracks, "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", "Put A Little Love In Your Heart", "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "Going To Jim & Andy's", and "Sugar Hill". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the Kenny Burrell 90th Anniversary Collection!)

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Kenny Burrell & Jimmy SmithBlue Bash ... CD
Verve, 1963. Used ... $6.99
A surprisingly great meeting between Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Smith – and a set that's one of Jimmy's standout small combo sessions for Verve! The feel here is much more Jimmy Smith at Blue Note than some of the bigger group Verve dates of the 60s – and Kenny Burrell's sensitive guitar lines provide wonderful company for Smith on the date – shading in his Hammond lines with a nice sense of color, in ways that really fit the late nite setting of the record. Other players on the date include either Bill English or Mel Lewis on drums, George Duvivier or Milt Hinton on bass, Vince Gambella on guitar, and Art Marotti on percussion – and titles include "Kenny's Sound", "Blues For Del", "Blue Bash", "Travelin", and "Soft Winds". CD
(Out of print Verve Masters edition with a former owner's sticker on the back of the case.)
Also available Blue Bash (with bonus tracks) ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Kenny Burrell & Jimmy SmithBlue Bash ... LP
Verve, 1963. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A surprisingly great meeting between Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Smith – and a set that's one of Jimmy's standout small combo sessions for Verve! The feel here is much more Jimmy Smith at Blue Note than some of the bigger group Verve dates of the 60s – and Kenny Burrell's sensitive guitar lines provide wonderful company for Smith on the date – shading in his Hammond lines with a nice sense of color, in ways that really fit the late nite setting of the record. Other players on the date include either Bill English or Mel Lewis on drums, George Duvivier or Milt Hinton on bass, Vince Gambella on guitar, and Art Marotti on percussion – and titles include "Kenny's Sound", "Blues For Del", "Blue Bash", "Travelin", and "Soft Winds". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo MGM pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Also available
Blue Bash ... CD 6.99
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Kenny Burrell & Jimmy SmithBlue Bash (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $18.99
A surprisingly great meeting between Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Smith – and a set that's one of Jimmy's standout small combo sessions for Verve! The feel here is much more Jimmy Smith at Blue Note than some of the bigger group Verve dates of the 60s – and Kenny Burrell's sensitive guitar lines provide wonderful company for Smith on the date – shading in his Hammond lines with a nice sense of color, in ways that really fit the late nite setting of the record. Other players on the date include either Bill English or Mel Lewis on drums, George Duvivier or Milt Hinton on bass, Vince Gambella on guitar, and Art Marotti on percussion – and titles include "Kenny's Sound", "Blues For Del", "Blue Bash", "Travelin", and "Soft Winds". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the Kenny Burrell 90th Anniversary Collection!)
Also available Blue Bash ... CD 6.99

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Terry CallierWhat Color Is Love ... CD
Cadet/Verve, 1973. Used ... $6.99
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! CD
(Verve Originals digipack pressing.)

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Benny CarterNew Jazz Sounds – The Urbane Sessions ... CD
Norgran/Verve, Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
Kind of a loosely thrown together session that has Carter at the core, Harris joining in on a number of numbers, and Gillespie taking up his horn for the last 2. The record's got a good relaxed Verve feel – and although the style is more jam session in operation, the tracks are short and tight. Titles include "Angel Eyes", "The Song Is You", "Frenesi", and "That Old Black Magic" – and the record's got a wonderfully cool cover. CD includes 42 tracks nicely divided up into "strings" and "small group" sessions. CD
(Out of print.)

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Betty CarterAt The Village Vanguard ... CD
Verve, 1970. Used ... $8.99
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(On Demand CDr pressing.)

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Betty CarterFeed The Fire ... CD
Verve, 1994. Used ... $3.99
Backed by Geri Allen on piano, Dave Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! CD
(Out of print, BMG Direct pressing.)

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Betty CarterI'm Yours, You're Mine ... CD
Verve, 1996. Used ... $2.99
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(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Betty CarterIt's Not About The Melody ... CD
Verve, 1992. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Regina CarterPaganini – After A Dream ... CD
Verve, 2003. Used ... $3.99
Include the songs "Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte", "Black Orpheus", "Pavane", "Oblivion", "Reverie", "Healing In Foreign Lands", "Apres Un Reve", "Excerpt From Alexandra", and "Cinema Paradiso". CD
(Out of print.)

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Melanie CharlesY'All Don't Really Care About Black Women ... CD
Verve, 2021. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A pretty striking album from vocalist Melanie Charles – a set that's even more musically dynamic than you might guess from its title! Charles is a singer who can take things straight, but also change them up with some really inventive arrangements – which you'll hear on a few of the album's "reimagined" cuts – which begin with a classic jazz vocal cut at the core, then layered over with new music from Charles, who then takes over the lead from the older singer – stealing the spotlight from Marlena Shaw, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington – a pretty brassy move! The arrangements are a strong mix of jazz and contemporary soul – and titles include "All Africa", "Woman Of The Ghetto", "The Music Is The Magic", "Jazz Ain't Nothing But Soul", "God Bless The Child", "What A Difference", and "Beginning To See The Light". CD
Also available Y'All Don't Really Care About Black Women ... LP 22.99

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Melanie CharlesY'All Don't Really Care About Black Women ... LP
Verve, 2021. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99 24.99
A pretty striking album from vocalist Melanie Charles – a set that's even more musically dynamic than you might guess from its title! Charles is a singer who can take things straight, but also change them up with some really inventive arrangements – which you'll hear on a few of the album's "reimagined" cuts – which begin with a classic jazz vocal cut at the core, then layered over with new music from Charles, who then takes over the lead from the older singer – stealing the spotlight from Marlena Shaw, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington – a pretty brassy move! The arrangements are a strong mix of jazz and contemporary soul – and titles include "All Africa", "Woman Of The Ghetto", "The Music Is The Magic", "Jazz Ain't Nothing But Soul", "God Bless The Child", "What A Difference", and "Beginning To See The Light". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Y'All Don't Really Care About Black Women ... CD 9.99

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Doc Cheatham & Nicholas PaytonDoc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton ... CD
Verve, 1996. Used ... $2.99
Features Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Lucien Barbarin and Tom Ebbert on trombone, Jack Maheu on clarinet, Les Muscutt on guitar, Butch Thompson on piano, Bill Huntington on bass, and Ernie Elly on drums. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole, booklet has a gold promo stamp.)

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Nat King ColeNat Cole At JATP – Nat Cole At Jazz At The Philharmonic ... LP
Verve, 1944. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Early all-jazz work from Nat King Cole – beautiful piano work, in a group with JJ Johnson on trombone, Jack McVea and Illinois Jacquet on tenor, Shorter Sherock on trumpet, and Les Paul on guitar! Tracks are long, and include "Tea For Two", "Bugle Call Rag", "Blues", and "Rosetta". LP, Vinyl record album
(VSP pressing. Cover has name in marker, aging, upper spine wear.)

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✨✧ Ornette ColemanSound Museum – Hidden Man ... CD
Harmolodic/Verve, 1996. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Ornette Coleman on saxophone, violin, and trumpet – with Geri Allen on piano, and Charnett Moffett on bass, and Denardo Coleman on drums! CD
(Out of print.)

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Buddy DeFrancoBuddy DeFranco Plays Benny Goodman ... LP
Verve, 1957. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Not just a Benny Goodman tribute record – but instead a sweet west coast jazz reworking of older themes – with Don Fagerquist on trumpet, Barney Kessel on guitar, Larry Bunker and Victor Feldman on vibes, George Auld on tenor, and Carl Perkins on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 70s Japanese pressing. Includes the insert.)

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Buddy DeFrancoSweet & Lovely ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1954/1955. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet and lovely – but plenty darn soulful too – and one of the excellent early 50s Verve dates that features the piano of Sonny Clark with the clarinet of Buddy DeFranco! The album's got an even more unusual twist in that it features a bit of organ from Clark too – one of his only recordings on the instrument – as well as guitar from Tal Farlow on a number of tracks – another leading light of the fresh Verve sound of the 50s, really working some great music next to Buddy's horn. The stripped down sound is very nice – equal parts bop and swing, in that unique mode that made DeFranco one of the hippest players on his instrument at the time! Titles include "Getting A Balance", "Old Black Magic", "Moe", and "What Can I Say". CD

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Barbara DennerleinOuthipped ... CD
Verve (Germany), 1990. Used ... $6.99
Features Barbara Dennerlein on Hammond and synth – plus Ray Anderson on trombone and tuba, Antonio Hart and Craig Handy on saxophones, Steve Nelson on marimba and vibes, Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums, and Don Alias on percussion. CD
(Out of print.)

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Paul DesmondPaul Desmond Quartet Live ... CD
Verve, 1975. Used ... $9.99
One of our favorite Paul Desmond records of all time – a set of understated brilliance that really lets him display his genius! Desmond at this time had been lost in some other sets that respected his talents, but didn't offer the greatest proof that he'd been growing as an artist – and this live album presents his magical alto work in a totally unfettered setting, with just guitar, bass, and drums backing him up. The spare sound is simply sublime – as Desmond's alto floats in air, magically picking notes out of nowhere, and illuminating the empty space with notes that seem to fall from the heavens. Titles include "Manha De Carnaval", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Wave", "Wendy", and "Take Five" – all done in nice long takes! CD

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Billy EckstineBilly's Best (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Verve, Late 50s. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Billy EckstineEverything I Have Is Yours – The Best Of The MGM Years ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/1950s. Used 2 CDs ... $4.99
A great collection – 42 tracks in all, with a really great range of material! Includes work with Woody herman, George Shearing, and Sarah Vaughan. CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing. Sticker on booklet cover.)

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Roy Eldridge & Dizzy GillespieRoy & Diz ... CD
Verve, 1954. Used ... $2.99
A classic meeting between Roy and Diz – backed up by Herb Ellis on guitar, Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums. The album's got some sweet stretched out tracks that feature the two trumpet giants working around each other's epic styles. Plus the cover's got a wonderful David Stone Martin illustration featuring the two of them passing on the streets in sunglasses and heavy overcoats. CD
(Out of print. CRC pressing.)

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Duke EllingtonJazz Masters 4 ... CD
Verve, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $1.99
Includes the songs "Take The "A" Train", "La Plus Belle Africaine", "Flirtibird", "Diminuendo In Blue And Blow By Blow", "Loveless Love", "Going Up", "St. Louis Blues", "Stompy Jones", "Caravan", "Total Jazz (From "Portrait Of Ella Fiztgerald")", "Perdido", "Jam With Sam", and "Rockin' In Rhythm". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Herb EllisEllis In Wonderland ... CD
Norgran/Verve, 1956. Used ... $12.99
Herb Ellis gets a hearty helping of horns on this set – working with key performances from Jimmy Giuffre, Charlie Mariano, and Harry Edison – all of whom really round out the sound of the record! Herb's guitar is certainly at the forefront of the record, but it's sitting nicely in a lineup that features Harry Edison on trumpet and Jimmy Giuffre on tenor sax, baritone, and clarinet – plus the alto of Charlie Mariano for all of side two of the record – and rhythm by Oscar Peterson on piano and Ray Brown on bass (with whom Ellis was then working in the Peterson Trio), plus Alvin Soller on drums. Ellis' solos dominate most of the record, but they're often set in some slightly tight, freshly modern, and unfortunately uncredited arrangements that have lots of Giuffre touches – warmed up considerably by Edison's trumpet. Titles include "Pogo", "Detour Ahead", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "A Simple Tune", "It Could Happen To You", and "Ellis In Wonderland". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bill EvansConversations With Myself ... CD
Verve, 1963. Used ... $4.99
Bill Evans meets Bill Evans – in a uniquely-styled session that features overdubbed solo lines from Bill, creating a multi-piano sound that's really great! The approach sounds gimmicky, but it's not – and Evans carries all the sensitivity you might expect from the title and image on the cover – a personal, up-close style that's nicely free from piano solo cliches, given the extra work of the overdubs. There's a nicely rhythmic feel to most numbers, and the piano lines often work in chromatic counterpoint to create a warmly sparkling quality to the set. Titles include "Round About Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Theme From Spartacus", "Stella By Starlight", and "NYC's No Lark". CD
(Out of print Verve Master edition.)

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Bill EvansUltimate Bill Evans ... CD
Verve, 1960s. Used ... $4.99
Tracks include "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Funkallero", "Angel Face", "Jazz Samba", "Time For Love", and "Round Midnight" – 13 tracks total. CD
(Out of print.)

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Bill Evans TrioBill Evans At Town Hall Volume One (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
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 features bonus tracks – "Beautiful Love", "My Foolish Heart", and "One For Helen". CD

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Gil EvansJazz Masters 23 ... CD
Verve, Mid 60s. Used ... $2.99
Features Kenny Burrell on guitar, Thad Jones on trumpet, Paul Chambers on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, Astrud Gilberto on vocals, and others. CD
(Out of print.)

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Tal FarlowGuitar Artistry Of Tal Farlow ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
A crucially overlooked album from 50s guitar giant Tal Farlow – one that's a bit different than you might expect from the "artistry" in the title, as it's actually one of his grittier albums for Verve – and a real delight throughout! The set features Tal in the company of a few different groups – an unusual assortment that includes Bobby Jaspar on flute and tenor, Frank Wess on flute, tenor, and alto – and Dick Hyman on piano – all in small combo format, grooving around Tal's lean lines on electric guitar. The session's got a light and jazzy swing that's really wonderful, and which goes a bit deeper than usual on some of the best longer tracks. Titles include "Blue Funk", "Wess Side", "Telefunky", and "Saratoga". CD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the "Tal Farlow 100th Anniversary Collection" series!)

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Tal FarlowTal ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Tal Farlow was one of the all-time greats of jazz guitar during the 50s, and an album like this captures him at his finest! The set's a no-nonsense batch of tracks that features Tal with a trio that includes Eddie Costa on piano and Vinnie Burke on bass – a wonderfully understated lineup that lets Farlow's guitar take plenty of lead space! Tunes are mostly familiar, but it's Tal's tone that rocks the record – as he's both once raw with the strings, and lightly melodic with his playing. Great stuff, and with the tracks "Yesterdays", "Chuckles", "Anything Goes", "Isn't It Romantic", and "How About You". CD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the "Tal Farlow 100th Anniversary Collection" series!)

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Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now (Folio) ... CD
Mercury/Verve/Folio (Italy), Early 60s. Used ... $7.99
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is on trombone – adding his hip horn to the wonderful frontline of Benny Golson on tenor and Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn. And given that the rhythm group also features Harold Mabern on piano, you can bet there's a freshness here that can't be beat – a sound and energy that's kept this one at the top of our stack for many many years. Mabern and Moncur contribute two of the best tracks – "Richie's Dilemma" and "Sonny's Back" – and other titles include "Whisper Not", "Tonk", "Rue Prevail", and "Ruby My Dear". CD

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Frances FayeSwinging All The Way ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Very Good ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing. Cover has light wear, half split top and bottom seams and an ink stamp.)

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Maynard FergusonJazz Masters 52 ... CD
Verve, 1950s. Used ... $3.99
Includes the songs "King's Riff", "Maiden Voyage", "Willie Nillie", "Hymn To Her", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Can't We Talk It Over?", "Egad, Martha", "Dancing Nitely", "The Lamp Is Low ", "Dream Boat", "Pork Pie", "Never You Mind", "Love Me Or Leave Me", "Moonlight In Vermont", "Easy To Love", and "Wildman". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)
 
 
 



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