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  • Peckin' Time Peckin' Time Quick View

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    Peckin' Time

    This hard-swinging February 9, 1958 date with Lee Morgan, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Charlie Persip was the last in a run of outstanding albums that Mobley and Morgan made for Blue Note in the two years prior.


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    Hank Mobley
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    Miles In The Sky

    Numbered, Limited Edition


    1968 Record Marks First Time Davis Uses Electric Piano, Bass, and Guitar: Second Half is Acoustic


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Seminal Proto-Fusion Effort Explodes With Color and Vibrancy


    Final Effort With Davis' Classic Second Quintet Finds the Leader Looking to the Past and the Future


    Miles in the Sky reflects the intriguing curiosities and rainbow possibilities suggested by the album cover. Miles Davis' fifth and final album with his classic second quintet is kaleidoscopic in sound, forward-looking in structure, and contextually grounded in approach. As the legendary leader's first venture into what would become fusion, it's historical for containing the premier appearances of electric piano, bass, and guitar on a Davis effort. Laden with rich textures and style-bridging elements, Mobile Fidelity's 45RPM pressing brings the aural magic into focus.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, this collectable audiophile version of Miles in the Sky joins the ranks of eleven other essential Davis sets given supreme sonic and packaging treatment by Mobile Fidelity. Afforded the benefits provided by the record's wider grooves, Davis' burnished trumpet resounds with utmost clarity, and the soundstage seems to extend for days. Reference-caliber separation and imaging give each musician their own space, allowing every passage to come across without any sonic limitations.


    The album's wide-open soundscapes soar. As do the fluid contributions of Davis' mates. Tony Williams' percussion, central to every composition here, transpires before your eyes. Herbie Hancock's piano hovers and fades with sublime purity. And George Benson, who sits on Paraphernalia, blows the equivalent of smoke rings with his bluesy guitar, which here takes on brilliant tonality and definition. The acoustic material that occupies the second half of the record is equally transparent and full-bodied.


    Granted enhanced production and a greater field of audible information, Miles in the Sky can finally be perceived as belonging to the same upper echelon as Davis' ubiquitously acclaimed Nefertiti and Filles de Kilimanjaro--the albums that precede and follow, respectively, this watershed title. Commonly branded a transitional work, Miles in the Sky showcases Davis already at ease with electric instruments and eager to venture into uncharted territories. Doubling as organized jams and bridges between jazz and rock, both the rhythmically challenging Stuff and frisky Paraphernalia glancing toward the future while keeping solid footing in the past.


    Similarly, so do Country Boy and Black Comedy. In his original review for jazz authority DownBeat, Larry Kart observes: Davis takes material from his earlier days and darkens its emotional tone. His opening phrase on 'Country Boy' recalls a fragment from his Summertime solo on the Porgy and Bess album, but here it is delivered with a vehemence that rejects the poignancy of the earlier performance. Even on 'Black Comedy,' his most straight ahead solo here, the orderly pattern of the past is displaced and fragmented.


    Flavored with humor, bossa nova, country, and even ballroom phrases, the compositions on Miles in the Sky explodes with creativity, purpose, and color.


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    1. Stuff
    2. Paraphernalia
    3. Black Comedy
    4. Country Son
    Miles Davis
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  • The Time Is Right The Time Is Right Quick View

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    The Time Is Right

    A soul survivor in every sense of the term, this alto saxophonist is one of the few remaining jazz artists who made a major impact on the jazz community via an extensive run with producer Alfred Lion and the Blue Note label (Horace Silver being another Blue Note legend that comes to mind). From his first recordings for the label with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, it was clear that Lou Donaldson put melody and sound at a premium, coming up with an amalgam that combined the creamy smoothness of Johnny Hodges with the quicksilver bop inflections of Charlie Parker. All About Jazz


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    1. The Nearness Of You
    2. Mack the Knife
    3. Lou's Blues
    4. Be My Love
    5. Tangerine
    6. Crosstown Shuffle
    7. Idaho
    Lou Donaldson
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  • Chet is Back! (45RPM) Chet is Back! (45RPM) Quick View

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    Chet is Back! (45RPM)

    Mastered from the Original Tapes and Stunning Audiophile-Grade Sonics: You Will Not Hear a Better Pressing!


    Chet is back! And how. In a career filled with ups and downs, Chet Baker sounds divine on this 1962 set of bop-driven tunes and elegant standards cut in Italy after the trumpeter's two-year hiatus from recording. Reason for its superiority owes to a sextet anchored by burgeoning, young European musicians such as saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, pianist Amedeo Tommasi, guitarist Rene Thomas, and bassist Benoit Quersin.


    Compositionally, ballads (including These Foolish Things and the only new composition, Ballata In Forma Di Blues) are tucked in between a surfeit of engaging, uptempo pieces. Yet the most staggering revelation here, aside from the fact that, no exaggeration, Chet Is Back! might contain the cool musician's most gorgeous playing, is the version of Over the Rainbow, given a reading that encapsulates the classic songs longing, hope, and beauty. Noteworthy, too, are Jaspar's statement-making performances.


    Now, an even 50 years after its original release, Chet Is Back! benefits from the audiophile-quality sound it's always deserved courtesy of ORG Music and being mastered from the original master tapes. Few, if any, audiophile pressings of Baker's music match the tones and timbres present on this astoundingly transparent reissue. It's what jazz is all about.


    Musicians:

    Chet Baker, trumpet, vocals

    Bobby Jaspar, flute, tenor sax

    Rene Thomas, guitar

    Daniel Humair, drums

    Benoit Quersin, bass

    Amadeo Tommasi, piano

    1. Well, You Needn't
    2. These Foolish Things
    3. Barbados
    4. Star Eyes
    5. Over The Rainbow
    6. Pent Up House
    7. Ballata In Forma Di Blues
    8. Blues In The Closet
    Chet Baker
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  • Movin' and Groovin' (45RPM) Movin' and Groovin' (45RPM) Quick View

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    Movin' and Groovin' (45RPM)

    This 1960 trio date was pianist Parlan's first of many great releases for Blue Note. The Pittsburgh native, who overcame polio as a child that left his right hand crippled, had gained some serious props with his contributions on two of Charles Mingus' best albums the year prior (Mingus Ah Um, Blues And Roots), and was now ready to step out on his own. Choosing to tackle mostly standards, Parlan channels his idol Bud Powell's classic trio dates with the able assistance of Blue Note regulars Sam Jones, bass and drummer Al Harewood. The result is an eclectic mix, interpreting the works of Tadd Dameron, Duke Ellington, Milt Jackson and Burke-Van Heussen plus a Parlan original, Up In Cynthia's Room, which became one of his signature pieces.


    Horace Parlan, piano
    Al Harewood, drums
    Sam Jones, bass


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    1. C Jam Blues
    2. On Green Dolphin Street
    3. Up in Cynthia's Room
    4. Lady Bird
    5. Bags' Groove
    6. Stella By Starlight
    7. There is No Greater Love
    8. It Could Happen to You
    Horace Parlan
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  • Blowin' The Blues Away (45RPM) Blowin' The Blues Away (45RPM) Quick View

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    Blowin' The Blues Away (45RPM)

    Everyone's favorite Horace Silver record featured the classic quintet with Blue Mitchell and Junior Cook. The title tune, the beautiful ballad Peace and the soulful Sister Sadie are now standards in the jazz canon. Even given Silver's astonishing track record, this one stands out.


    Horace Silver, piano
    Junior Cook, tenor saxophone
    Louis Hayes, drums
    Billy Mitchell tenor saxophone
    Blue Mitchell, trumpet
    Gene Taylor, bass


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    1. Blowin' The Blues Away
    2. The St. Vitus Dance
    3. Break City
    4. Peace
    5. Sister Sadie
    6. The Baghdad Blues
    7. Melancholy Mood
    Horace Silver
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  • Ole Coltrane Ole Coltrane Quick View

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    Ole Coltrane


    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes By Bernie Grundman


    Pressed At Pallas In Germany


    Packaged In Old-school Case-wrapped Gatefold Jacket


    John Coltrane's final album for Atlantic bookends the exploratory motifs he explores on his Impulse! debut, Africa/Brass, recorded concurrently, with each involving knotty rhythmic shifts and Spanish-derived textures. Bonding with an amazing band that includes pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones, and an uncredited Eric Dolphy (due to contractual reasons), Coltrane welcomes improvisations and ranging outside conventional parameters, all the while retaining melodic beauty.


    Yet the biggest attraction on the 1961 effort comes via the double-bass interplay between Art Davis and Reggie Workman, whose back-and-forth exchanges produce heat and cause the leader to up his own game.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, this dead-quiet 180g 45RPM 2LP set presents each pluck of the acoustic basses with tremendous body and decay. Long overdue for audiophile treatment, OlÉ Coltrane is ready for its closeup, and how.

    1. OlÉ
    2. Dahomey Dance
    3. Aisha
    4. To Her Ladyship Her Ladyship
    John Coltrane
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    Hub Cap

    Freddie Hubbard arrived in New York in 1960 and set the jazz scene on its ear with a gorgeous tone, perfect technique and great ideas. This was his third album in less than a year and it yielded several masterpieces including the title tune and a powerful reading of Randy Weston's Cry Me Not.


    Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
    Julian Priester, trombone
    Jimmy Heath, tenor saxophone
    Cedar Walton, piano
    Larry Ridley, bass
    Philly Joe Jones, drums


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    1. Hub Cap
    2. Cry Me Not
    3. Luana
    4. Osie Mae
    5. Plexus
    6. Eearmon Jr.
    Freddie Hubbard
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  • Hub-Tones Hub-Tones Quick View

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    Hub-Tones

    Already the most formidable new trumpeter in jazz in 1962, Freddie Hubbard came into his own as a composer with this album with great originals that range from the complex, ferocious swinger Hub-Tones to his poignant Lament For Booker, written for the later Booker Little. James Spaulding, Herbie Hancock, Reggie Workman and Clifford Jarvis are all at their peak, bringing the brilliant music to life with artistry and feeling.


    Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
    Herbie Hancock, piano
    Clifford Jarvis, drums
    James Spaulding, flute, alto saxophone
    Reggie Workman, bass


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    1. You're My Everything
    2. You're My Everything (alternate take)
    3. Prophet Jennings
    4. Hub-Tones
    5. Hub-Tones (alternate take)
    6. Lament for Booker
    7. For Spee's Sake
    8. For Spee's Sake (alternate take)
    Freddie Hubbard
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  • Coleman Hawkins And Confreres Coleman Hawkins And Confreres Quick View

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    Coleman Hawkins And Confreres

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    Ben Webster had long before passed through the ranks of imitator, then pupil and finally master. His college attendance, as one might put it, in the Duke Ellington Orchestra gave him a sureness of expression in his great showpieces and he also learned to hold his own against such musical giants as Paul Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton. Hawk was able to thoroughly enjoy his fame in numerous Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts given all over the world, where, of course, he had to assert himself against many other saxophone players. Two such JATP ensembles are to be found on the Confrères LP. The relaxed atmosphere is particularly noticeable in the title Sunday in which Roy Eldridge comes into the limelight with a brilliant solo. And just listen to George Buvivier's marvelous bass playing (in Nabab!) where he certainly has no reason to hide in the shadow thrown by Ray Brown. Coleman Hawkins' voluminous, supple sound which had a great influence on the styles of musicians ranging from Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins up to Joe Lovano, is best heard after Roy's solo in Honey Flower.


    Originally released in 1958.


    Musicians:


    Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone

    Ray Brown, bass

    George Duvivier, bass

    Roy Eldridge, trumpet

    Herb Ellis, guitar

    Hank Jones, piano

    Oscar Peterson, piano

    Mickey Sheen, drums

    Alvin Stoller, drums

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone


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    1. Maria
    2. Sunday
    3. Hanid
    4. Honey Flower
    5. Nabob
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • Soundin' Off Soundin' Off Quick View

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    Soundin' Off

    Maybe not exactly the first Dizzy that comes to mind when discussing jazz, this Jamaican-born, British-raised trumpeter overcame whatever burdens that nickname may have wrought to become a highly respected player in the New York scene. He enhanced that rep by recording some truly excellent albums for the Savoy, Blue Note and Prestige labels among others. His robust and passionate playing styles always seemed to inspire other musicians in his company. The contributions of the esteemed trio invited; pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Art Taylor unilaterally match the front man's fire and bold approach to each tune.


    Dizzy Reece, trumpet
    Walter Bishop, Jr., piano
    Art Taylor, drums
    Doug Watkins, bass


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    1. A Ghost of a Chance
    2. Once in a While
    3. EB Pob
    4. Yesterdays
    5. Our Love is Here to Stay
    6. Blue Streak
    Dizzy Reece
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  • Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! Quick View

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    Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound!


    Fourteen numbers from the heyday of swing, composed sometime between 1930 and 1945 - played and sung time and time again in ballrooms, or on the radio to advertise biscuits or war bonds, were recorded by Ella in completely new and personal interpretations in 1961. No one should be put off by the rather unfortunate cover. Clap Hands... is absolutely top notch as regards musicality, perfect recording quality, superb accompaniment by a small ensemble, with room for improvisations; it offers a wonderful opportunity to discover something new in these evergreens, despite the occasionally banal lyrics. The songs of this recording conjure up bygone days, with listeners in the 21st century being offered a highly personal homage to one of the most successful periods in the 100-year history of jazz.


    Originally released in 1962.


    Musicians:


    Ella Fitzgerald, vocals

    Herb Ellis, guitar

    Gus Johnson, drums

    Stan Levey, drums

    Lou Levy, piano

    Wilfred Middlebrooks, bass

    Joe Mondragon, bass


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    1. Night In Tunisia
    2. You're My Thrill
    3. My Reverie
    4. Stella My Starlight
    5. 'Round Midnite
    6. Jersey Bounce
    7. Signing Off
    8. Cry Me A River
    9. This Year's Kisses
    10. Good Morning Heartache
    11. (I Was) Born To Be Blue
    12. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
    13. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
    14. Music Goes 'Round And 'Round
    Ella Fitzgerald
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  • 2, 3, 4 2, 3, 4 Quick View

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    2, 3, 4

    This unique session contains five selections from a date featuring the great tenor Coleman Hawkins, pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Shelly Manne. Both Take the 'A' Train and Cherokee find the group at times playing two tempos at once and showing that they had heard some of the avant-garde players. The most swinging piece, Avalon, was previously available only on a sampler while Me and Some Drums features Hawkins and Manne in a very effective duet with the veteran tenor making his only recorded appearance on piano during the first half. The set is rounded out by a pair of trio features for Eddie Costa (with Duvivier and Manne); one song apiece on vibes and drums. A very interesting set with more than its share of surprises.


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    1. Take the A Train
    2. The Sicks of Us
    3. Slowly
    4. Lean on Me
    5. Cherokee
    6. Me and Some Drums
    Shelly Manne
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  • Blowing in From Chicago Blowing in From Chicago Quick View

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    Blowing in From Chicago

    Jordan and Gilmore were big guns in Chicago and unknown elsewhere when they made this album with the dream team of Horace Silver, Curly Russell and Art Blakey. Jordan would become a kingpin of the New York hard bop scene and Gilmore would immerse himself in the world of Sun Ra, but these tenor masters were completely in sync for this great Blue Note session.


    Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone
    John Gilmore, tenor saxophone
    Horace Silver, piano
    Curly Russell, bass
    Art Blakey, drums


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    1. Staus Quo
    2. Bo-Till
    3. Blue Lights
    4. Billie's Bounce
    5. Evil Eye
    6. Everywhere
    Clifford Jordan
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  • Introducing The 3 Sounds Introducing The 3 Sounds Quick View

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    Introducing The 3 Sounds

    What's remarkable about Introducing The 3 Sounds is how the trio's lightly swinging sound arrived fully intact. From the basis of this album, it sounds as if pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andrew Simpkins and drummer William Dowdy have been playing together for years. There's empathetic, nearly intuitive interplay between the three musicians and Harris' deft style already sounds mature and entirely distinctive.


    Bill Dowdy, drums
    Gene Harris, piano, celeste
    Andrew Simpkins, bass


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    1. Tenderly
    2. Willow Weep for Me
    3. Both Sides
    4. It's Nice
    5. O Sole Mio
    6. Blue Bells
    7. Goin' Home
    8. Woody 'N You
    The 3 Sounds
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    New Soil

    New Soil wasn't the first session Jackie McLean recorded for Blue Note, but it was the first one released, and as the title suggests, the first glimpses of McLean's desire to push beyond the limits of bop are already apparent. They're subtle, of course, and nowhere near as pronounced, as they would be in just a few years' time, but as with the 1959 material later issued on Jackie's Bag hints of Ornette Coleman's stream-of-consciousness melodic freedom are beginning to find their way into McLean's improvisations. His playing is just a touch more angular than the ear expects, especially given the very bluesy nature of pieces like McLean's 11-minute vamp, Hip Strut, and pianist Walter Davis Jr.'s infectious boogie-woogie Greasy. Coleman's influence is most apparent on McLean's Minor Apprehension, where the freewheeling, Coleman-esque main theme is paralleled by trumpeter Donald Byrd in a definite nod to Don Cherry.


    Jackie McLean, alto sax
    Donald Byrd, trumpet
    Paul Chambers, bass
    Walter Davis Jr., piano
    Pete LaRoca, drums


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    1. Hip Strut
    2. Minor Apprehension
    3. Greasy
    4. Sweet Cakes
    5. Davis Cup
    Jackie McLean
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    Davis Cup

    Although a Blue Note regular at the time on sessions by Donald Byrd, Art Blakey and others, Walter Davis made only one album for the label. With Byrd, Jackie McLean, Sam Jones and Art Taylor, he explores six of his finest compositions. Davis possessed the ability to write music that was funky and catchy, but still progressive, which explains why he was one of Art Blakey's favorite pianists and composers. Minor Mind, Make It and Millie's Delight are among the album's highlights.


    Walter Davis Jr., piano
    Donald Byrd, trumpet
    Sam Jones, bass
    Jackie McLean, alto saxophone
    Art Taylor, drums


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    1. 'Smake It
    2. Loodle-Lot
    3. Sweetness
    4. Rhumba Nhumba
    5. Minor Mind
    6. Millie's Delight
    Walter Davis Jr.
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    Sunny Side Up

    In the late fifties and early sixties, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded primarily with his own quartet with pianist Herman Foster or with organ trios. Occasionally, he'd break the mold as he did on this February, 1960 session that was strictly a hard bop affair which includes trumpeter Bill Hardman and pianist Horace Parlan. There's still plenty of funk in evidence as Goose Grease bears out, but Hardman's Politely, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise and The Man I Love find Lou digging deep into his bop roots.


    Lou Donaldson, trumpet, alto sax
    Bill Hardman, trumpet
    Al Harewood, drums
    Laymon Jackson, bass
    Sam Jones, bass
    Horace Parlan, piano


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    1. Blues for J.P.
    2. The Man I Love
    3. Polietly
    4. It's You or No One
    5. The Truth
    6. Goose Grease
    7. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
    Lou Donaldson
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  • Up at Minton's Volume 1 Up at Minton's Volume 1 Quick View

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    Up at Minton's Volume 1

    This is a perfectly solid record featuring tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, guitarist Grant Green, pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Tucker and drummer Al Harewood during a frequently exciting live set. Although recorded early in the careers of Turrentine and Green, both lead voices are easily recognizable with Green actually taking solo honors on several of the tracks. Standards and a couple of blues make up the repertoire, giving listeners a definitive look at the soulful Mr. T. near the beginning of his productive musical career.



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    1. Come Rain or Come Shine
    2. Love for Sale
    3. Summertime
    Stanley Turrentine
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    Midnight Special

    Jimmy Smith's April 25, 1960 session with the perfect cast of Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Burrell and Donald Bailey produced this classic album that is the pinnacle of the organ-tenor style. A perfect selection of material played at the perfect tempo by great musicians who connect on the deepest, most soulful level.


    Jimmy Smith, organ
    Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
    Kenny Burrell, guitar
    Donald Bailey, drums


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    Jimmy Smith
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    Grantstand

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    Yusef Lateef and Brother Jack McDuff, then Green's employer, make a rare Blue Note appearance on this soulful Grant Green classic, which includes the magnificent slow blues Blues In Maude's Flat.
    Grant Green
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    Blue & Sentimental

    Ike Quebec's timeless, big-toned tenor was a frequent visitor to Rudy Van Gelder's studio in the early sixties. But this album from December 1961 with spare, soulful backing from Grant Green, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones is his masterpiece. The leaner setting works perfectly, evoking an aura of relaxation and monumentality, with the deepest blue of accents.


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    Ike Quebec
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    Back at the Chicken Shack

    Jimmy Smith's April 25, 1960 session with the perfect cast of Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Burrell and Donald Bailey produced these two classic albums that are the pinnacle of the organ-tenor style. A perfect selection of material played at the perfect tempo by great musicians who connect on the deepest, most soulful level. Not a bad day's work.


    Jimmy Smith, organ
    Stanley Turrentine, tenor saxophone
    Kenny Burrell, guitar
    Donald Bailey, drums


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    1. Back At The Chicken Shack

    2. When I Grow Too Old To Dream

    3. Minor Chant

    4. Messy Bessie

    5. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

    Jimmy Smith
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    E.S.P.

    Numbered, Limited Edition


    Pressed At RTI


    A landmark recording and masterful symphony of performance, composition, and execution, Miles Davis' E.S.P. established the template jazz would follow for the following decade. The 1965 record splits the gap between accessible hard-bop and the cutting-edge approach Davis increasingly pursued into the 1970s. Adventurous, sophisticated, and yet altogether cohesive, E.S.P. stands out not only due to its elastic compositions but via its chemistry, interplay, and feeling attained by the instrumentalists. The first album Davis' classic second quintet made together, it's also very arguably the group's best. Never before has the effort been experienced in such transformational sound.


    Pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set of E.S.P. treats each phrase and every note as sacred communication. This meticulously restored audiophile version renders the music's dynamics, pitch, colors, and textures with lifelike realism and proper scale. Reference-caliber separation, wall-to-wall soundstages, and distinct images magnify the intensity and beauty of Davis and Co.'s creations. Whether it's the distinctive snap of Tony Williams' drum sticks against the snare head, air moving through Davis' trumpet, acoustic thrum of Ron Carter's bass, or upper register of Herbie Hancock's piano, the sound is better than you'd even hear in the most intimate jazz clubs. Prepare to be swayed on every level.


    For many, E.S.P. looms among the decade's best albums if only because of the significance of Davis' lineup. While Hancock, Williams, and Carter are holdovers that began playing with one another on 1963's Seven Steps to Heaven, Wayne Shorter functions as the secret weapon and key addition responsible for this ensemble hitting a new peak. Indeed, the saxophonist helped pen two of the seven compositions here - notably, E.S.P. is entirely comprised originals and clocked in as one of the longest-running jazz LPs issued at the time - and, more importantly, grants Davis the confidence and leeway necessary for the eruption of enigma, steadiness, and tension.


    As he did with John Coltrane year earlier, Davis hangs back and picks his moments to solo, with Shorter stepping up to supply the churn. Their bandmates respond in kind, itching to take off into new stratospheres all the while keeping their improvisations grounded and connected to the piece at hand. Guided by Davis' visions and inspired by current boundary-pushing works by the likes of Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, and Coltrane, the magnificent results spark with variation, harmony, emotion, energy, and brilliant movement.


    Interlocking lines drive Little One, alternating rhythms pulse through the funky Eighty-One, melodies soar on the balladic Iris, the aptly titled Mood broods over minor-key structures, and Agitation - goosed by a two-minute percussive introduction by Williams - delivers on its promise. No record - and no group of musicians - have ever balanced coherent themes and exploratory playing in better fashion than Davis' quintet on E.S.P. It's the avant-garde record even jazz traditionalists love, and essential on every level.


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    1. E.S.P.
    2. Eighty-One
    3. Little One
    4. R.J.
    5. Agitation
    6. Iris
    7. Mood
    Miles Davis
    $49.99
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