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Johnny Griffin - Bush Dance (2004) {Galaxy GCD-95004-2 rec 1978-83}

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Johnny Griffin - Bush Dance (2004) {Galaxy GCD-95004-2 rec 1978-83}

Johnny Griffin - Bush Dance (2004) {Galaxy GCD-95004-2 rec 1978-83}
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© 1978-83, 2004 Galaxy / Fantasy | GCD-95004-2
Jazz / Bop / Mainstream Jazz / Post Bop / Saxophone

Johnny Griffin has (at least since the mid-'50s) been one of the masters of the tenor sax although consistently underrated. This studio session is one of his great achievements, particularly a fascinating (and cleverly constructed) 17-minute version of "A Night in Tunisia." Whether it be his own "The Jams Are Coming" or a lyrical version of the veteran ballad "Since I Fell for You," Griffin (joined here by guitarist George Freeman, bassist Sam Jones, drummer Albert Heath and percussionist Kenneth Nash) is inspired and quite creative throughout this highly recommended gem.

The Modern Jazz Quartet - European Concert (1960) {2CD Atlantic Japan Mini LP AMCY-1186~7 rel 1998}

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The Modern Jazz Quartet - European Concert (1960) {2CD Atlantic Japan Mini LP AMCY-1186~7 rel 1998}

The Modern Jazz Quartet - European Concert (1960) {2CD Atlantic Japan Mini LP AMCY-1186~7 rel 1998}
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© 1960, 1998 Atlantic / East West Japan | AMCY-1186~7
Jazz / Bop / Cool / Third Stream

A double-length live set from the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded in Scandinavia in 1960, almost as a summation of the group's growing genius in the 50s! The tunes are a mix of John Lewis and Milt Jackson originals, plus other songs all given the wonderful MJQ twist – distilled into a sublime blend of piano, vibes, bass, and drums – all delivered with a sense of class, but never too much polish. The album is live, but still has that sophisticated composure that made the group so unique at the time – and the whole thing's a perfect complement to their famous studio albums on Atlantic!

Elliot Galvin Trio - Punch (2016) {Edition Records EDN1076}

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Elliot Galvin Trio - Punch (2016) {Edition Records EDN1076}

Elliot Galvin Trio - Punch (2016) {Edition Records EDN1076}
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© 2016 Edition Records | EDN1076
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Piano

Punch is the follow-up to British pianist Elliot Galvin's debut album Dreamland, released in 2014 and his first for Edition Records. The title track opens with an ancient recording of a Punch and Judy show which forms a recurring leitmotif within the number and at a few other points throughout the album. The ensuing trio's performance contains all the vituperative attack of Mr Punch, replete with fascinating staccato interludes of interspersed and alternating bouts of silence, the Punch recording and the trio.

Chet Baker - The Complete Pacific Jazz Studio Recordings of the Chet Baker Quartet with Russ Freeman (1953-56) {Mosaic MD3-122}

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Chet Baker - The Complete Pacific Jazz Studio Recordings of the Chet Baker Quartet with Russ Freeman (1953-56) {Mosaic MD3-122}

Chet Baker - The Complete Pacific Jazz Studio Recordings of the Chet Baker Quartet with Russ Freeman (1953-56) {3CD Set Mosaic MD3-122 rel 1989}
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© 1953-56, 1989 Pacific Jazz / Mosaic Records | MD3-122
Jazz / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Trumpet / Piano

This essential four-LP box set features trumpeter Chet Baker leading his own group during the 1953-1956 period (shortly after the breakup of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet) with pianist Russ Freeman, either Bob Whitlock, Carson Smith, Joe Mondragon, Jimmy Bond, or Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Bobby White, Larry Bunker, Shelly Manne, Bob Neel, Peter Littman, or Lawrence Marable on drums. Baker is heard at his coolest (mostly before he became influenced by Miles Davis); some of the later selections also feature his first recorded vocals. Because the Mosaic box sets are limited editions, they should be acquired as soon as possible.

Mel Henke - Shock Treatment (1954-55) {2CD Fresh Sound FSR-CD 529 rel 2008}

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Mel Henke - Shock Treatment (1954-55) {2CD Fresh Sound FSR-CD 529 rel 2008}

Mel Henke - Shock Treatment (1954-55) {2CD Fresh Sound FSR-CD 529 rel 2008}
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© 1954-55, 2008 Contemporary / Fresh Sound Records | FSR-CD 529
Jazz / Mainstream Jazz / Piano

About the things I play: Id say my treatment of tunes should be classed as repertoire rather than a particular jazz style. This is probably due to the fact that years ago when I first started to play jazz, I would imitate various jazz greats such as Earl Hines, Tatum, and Cleo Brown. (She was the first musician Id ever heard who played eight-beat piano.) With imitation we can come close but we never really achieve what we try to achieve by imitation, at least I didnt. So I started to develop each tune as an individual composition rather than trying to play every tune in the same style. I had the best luck with this kind of approach, and now I have a repertoire built up over twenty years Incidentally, I usually write the piano parts out note for note even though when I play I never work from the music. This is a kick I got on years ago. I think we get the sound we do because a lot of our stuff is worked out carefully. It isnt what youd call free improvisation.

Tito Puente - Top Percussion / Dance Mania (1957) {RCA-Bear Family BCD 15687 rel 1993}

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Tito Puente - Top Percussion / Dance Mania (1957) {RCA-Bear Family BCD 15687 rel 1993}

Tito Puente - Top Percussion / Dance Mania (1957) {RCA-Bear Family BCD 15687 rel 1993}
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© 1957, 1993 RCA Victor / Bear Family Records | BCD 15687
Jazz / International Jazz / Latin Jazz/ Cuban Traditions / Mambo / Afro-Cuban Jazz

The mambo has become fashionable again lately, but for Tito Puente it has never gone out of fashion. In 1957 he cut two stellar albums for RCA, but just how good they were didn't become obvious until the advent of the CD. The full, rich sound on these LPs is nothing short of astonishing. This is mambo at its most ecstatic: blasting brass, sensual saxes, and that irresistible Afro-Cuban rhythm section led by Tito, Ray Baretto and Mongo Santamaria. This set contains 23 titles, including 3-D Mambo, Mambo Gozon, Conga Alegre, Hot Timbales…. etc.. Ay! Ay! Ay!

Joe Roland - Joltin' Joe Roland (1954) {Savoy Jazz Japan SV-0215 rel 1993}

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Joe Roland - Joltin' Joe Roland (1954) {Savoy Jazz Japan SV-0215 rel 1993}

Joe Roland - Joltin' Joe Roland (1954) {Savoy Jazz Japan SV-0215 rel 1993}
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© 1954, 1993 Savoy Jazz / Nippon Columbia | SV-0215
Jazz / Bop / Vibes

Other than a Bethlehem album in 1955 and a few obscure titles, all of vibraphonist Joe Roland's recordings as a leader are on this enjoyable CD reissue. Roland, best-known for an early '50s stint with George Shearing's Quintet, was a excellent vibist whose style fell somewhere between Terry Gibbs and Milt Jackson. He is paired in two 1954 quintets with either Freddie Redd (who plays conventional bop) and Wade Legge (sounding at his most eccentric) on piano. However the most memorable set is from 1950 for Roland is joined by guitar (Joe Puma), bass, drums and a string quartet. The writing for the strings (which is uncredited) is quite inventive and, although the strings do not solo, they sound very much like a jazz ensemble. It is particularly interesting to hear this instrumentation playing "Half Nelson," "Dee Dee's Dance" and Roland's original "Sally Is Gone"; guest singer Paula Castle does a fine job on the haunting "Love Is Just a Plaything." Recommended.

Sonny Rollins - The Complete Sonny Rollins RCA Victor Recordings (1997) {6CD RCA-BMG Music 09026-68675-2 rec 1962-1964}

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Sonny Rollins - The Complete Sonny Rollins RCA Victor Recordings (1997) {6CD RCA-BMG Music 09026-68675-2 rec 1962-1964}

Sonny Rollins - The Complete Sonny Rollins RCA Victor Recordings (1997) {6CD RCA-BMG Music 09026-68675-2 rec 1962-1964}
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© 1962-64, 1997 RCA / Victor / BMG Music | 09026-68675-2
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Saxophone

This six-CD set has all of tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins' recordings for RCA, including the complete contents of The Bridge, What's New, Our Man In Jazz, Sonny Meets Hawk, Now's the Time, and The Standard Sonny Rollins, the three selections originally included in the sampler Three in Jazz, and 11 alternate takes only previously released on the French album Alternates. Less well-known than Rollins' earlier Prestige and Riverside records and slightly later Impulse albums, his output for RCA was recorded right after the great tenor came back from an extended sabbatical.

Mongo Santamaria - Mongo Returns (1995) {Milestone MCD-9245-2}

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Mongo Santamaria - Mongo Returns (1995) {Milestone MCD-9245-2}

Mongo Santamaria - Mongo Returns (1995) {Milestone MCD-9245-2}
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© 1995 Milestone Records / Fantasy | MCD-9245-2
Jazz / Latin Jazz / Soul Jazz / Afro-Cuban Jazz / Boogaloo / Bongos / Congas

Mongo returns – to the Fantasy label group, not the scene, from which he had never been missing in action. Yet in another sense, it is a return to the basic Mongo Santamaria Afro-Cuban-rooted sound and concept – with a few contemporary elements – that the ageless leader had been employing ever since he stopped trying to chase after hits. Marty Sheller continues to turn out the charts; in addition to three of his own tunes, he gratefully revives two unusual overlooked '70s gems, Stevie Wonder's "You've Got It Bad, Girl" and Marvin Gaye's "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You" in his old boogaloo manner.

Calvin Keys - Electric Keys (2013) {Wide Hive WH-0313}

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Calvin Keys - Electric Keys (2013) {Wide Hive WH-0313}

Calvin Keys - Electric Keys (2013) {Wide Hive WH-0313}
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© 2013 Wide Hive Records | WH-0313
Jazz / Soul Jazz / Post Bop / Jazz Blues / Jazz Funk / Guitar

Calvin, best known for his work with Ray Charles and Aahmad Jamal, returns with his first solo album in seven years. On 'Electric Keys' Calvin adeptly navigates straight ahead, Funk, and Blues, all the while maintaining the quintessential Calvin touch for which he is well-respected. Soul jazz is alive and well. With a sound that updates Wes Montgomery‘s fluid lines and combines that style with a head-nodding groove that will be familiar to fans of boogaloo revivalists such as The New Mastersounds and Soulive, Keys is in fact the real deal. Having cut his teeth as an able sideman to the likes of Ahmad Jamal and Jimmy Smith, Keys’ career releasing albums under his own name only began in earnest relatively recently; though 1997’s Standard Keys was his fifth album, the previous four were released across a span of some sixteen years.

Tito Puente - Night Beat / Mucho Puente, Plus (1957) {RCA-Bear Family BCD 15686 rel 1993}

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Tito Puente - Night Beat / Mucho Puente, Plus (1957) {RCA-Bear Family BCD 15686 rel 1993}

Tito Puente - Night Beat / Mucho Puente, Plus (1957) {RCA-Bear Family BCD 15686 rel 1993}
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© 1957, 1964, 1993 RCA Victor / Bear Family Records | BCD 15686
Jazz / International Jazz / Latin Jazz/ Cuban Traditions / Mambo / Afro-Cuban Jazz

In 1993, Bear Family released Night Beat/Mucho Puente, Plus, which contained two complete albums – Night Beat (1957) and Mucho Puente (1964), both originally released on RCA – by Latin jazz giant Tito Puente on one compact disc.

George Russell - The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note (2010) {9CD CAM Jazz BXS 1005}

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George Russell - The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note (2010) {9CD CAM Jazz BXS 1005}

George Russell - The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note (2010) {9CD CAM Jazz BXS 1005}
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© 2010 CAM Jazz / Black Saint / Soul Note | BXS 1005
Jazz / Post Bop / Avant-Garde Jazz / Experimental / Piano

THE COMPLETE REMASTERED RECORDINGS ON BLACK SAINT & SOUL NOTE is a monographic box-set collection aimed at recounting the most beautiful chapters that revolutionised the history of jazz. This new series was launched in March 2010 with the simultaneous release of four box-sets, including albums by some of the artists who participated in the success of the outstanding labels. A philological work, beginning with the original recordings on multi-track master tapes, patiently integrally remastered paying strict attention to the sound quality.

Don Ewell - Free 'n Easy! (1957) {Good Time Jazz GTJCD-10046-2 rel 2000}

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Don Ewell - Free 'n Easy! (1957) {Good Time Jazz GTJCD-10046-2 rel 2000}

Don Ewell - Free 'n Easy! (1957) {Good Time Jazz GTJCD-10046-2 rel 2000}
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© 1957, 2000 Good Time Jazz / Fantasy | GTJCD-10046-2
Jazz / Stride / Classic Jazz / Piano

This album, recorded the same two days as Man Here Plays Fine Piano, is the equal of its companion. Five pieces are taken as piano solos by Don Ewell (including Jelly Roll Morton's "Chicago Breakdown" and "Just You, Just Me"), "Blue Turning Grey over You" has Ewell joined by drummer Minor Hall and the remaining five numbers are quartet explorations by Ewell, Hall, bassist Pops Foster and the fine New Orleans-style clarinetist Darnell Howard; of the latter tunes "Wolverine Blues" and "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me" are most memorable.

Terry Gibbs - Hootenanny My Way (1963) {Time Records Japan CDSOL-45383 rel 2017}

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Terry Gibbs - Hootenanny My Way (1963) {Time Records Japan CDSOL-45383 rel 2017}

Terry Gibbs - Hootenanny My Way (1963) {Time Records Japan CDSOL-45383 rel 2017}
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© 1963, 2017 Time Records / Solid Records | CDSOL-45383
Jazz / Bop / West Coast Jazz / Vibes

A hip hootenanny from vibist Terry Gibbs – hardly the folksy set you might guess from the title, and instead a lively batch of small combo tunes that grooves better than most of Gibbs' work from the 60s! Most tracks are of traditional origin – folk tunes, if you will – but the jazz inflections of the group quickly takes them bast their roots, using the core melodies mostly as a framework for improvisation – featuring great vibes from Gibbs, plus tenor and flute from Al Epstein, guitar from Jimmy Raney, and piano from Alicir McLeod. Terry's vibes are nice and bold, and titles include "Michael", "Joshua", "John Henry", "Greensleeves", "Tom Dooley", and "Sam Hall".

Dick Morrissey - Here And Now And Sounding Good! (1966) {Mercury-Norma Japan NOCD5611}

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Dick Morrissey - Here And Now And Sounding Good! (1966) {Mercury-Norma Japan NOCD5611}

Dick Morrissey - Here And Now And Sounding Good! (1966) {Mercury-Norma Japan NOCD5611}
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© 1966, 1995 Norma / Mercury Records | NOCD5611
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Saxophone

Here's my third and final upload by this much underated tenor player. It's from 1966 and was reissued in Japan some years ago. Good Stuff! Saxophonist Dick Morrissey towered among the finest and most innovative British jazz musicians of his generation when he teamed with guitarist Jim Mullen to spearhead the UK fusion movement of the 1970s. Born May 9, 1940 in Horley, England, Morrissey taught himself the clarinet at age 16, later mastering all of the saxophones and the flute. In his late teens, while apprenticing as a jeweler, he played with the Original Climax Jazz Band, followed by a stint in trumpeter Gus Galbraith's septet, where alto saxophonist Pete King introduced Morrissey to his chief inspiration, Charlie Parker.