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Billy Taylor Trio with Candido (CD: Prestige)Billy Taylor Trio with Candido (CD: Prestige)
Taylor was quite conversant with Afro-Cuban rhythms, having worked with Machito’s orchestra in the mid-Forties. He had recorded with his unit in that idiom for Roost and then, on Prestige--with Machito’s rhythm section--in a mambo session. Candido, after arriving in New York from his native Havana in the early Fifties, almost immediately became part of the jazz scene. He and the Taylor trio were well-suited to one another and as Taylor says, he is another solo voice as well as an extension of the rhythm section. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Billy Taylor Trio: Custom Taylored (CD: Fresh Sound)
'Originally done for a radio transcription service, and curtailed in running time, the crispness and snap of these blues and riff pieces comes fizzing through. Lightweight, maybe, but one of Billy's most enjoyable sessions'. (The Penguin Guide To Jazz)  


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Billy Taylor Trio: Custom Taylored (CD: Fresh Sound)


Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims (CD: Blue Note RVG)Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Bobby Timmons Trio: This Here Is Bobby Timmons + Easy Does It (CD: Fresh Sound)
Bobby Timmons was one of the leading exponents of the funky school of jazz piano, who also contributed heavily to the so-called ‘soul’ movement with his three hit compositions: ‘Moanin’, ‘This Here’, and ‘Dat Dere’, which are all on the first of the 2 albums on this CD : “This Here Is Bobby Timmons’ (1960)

But he was much more than that. As his second album, here, ‘Easy Does It’ (1961) shows : , he was an imaginative, creative bop pianist with a richly varied repertoire. Both albums are models of unaffected, driving trio jazz.

Bassist Sam Jones and drummer Jimmy Cobb provide sterling rhythm support, plus a bonus live track from 1956, with Jimmy Bond (b), Peter Littman (d). (Discovery Records) 


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Bobby Timmons Trio: This Here Is Bobby Timmons + Easy Does It (CD: Fresh Sound)


Freddie Redd Quartet with Jackie McLean: Music From The Connection (CD: Blue Note)Freddie Redd Quartet with Jackie McLean: Music From The Connection (CD: Blue Note)
 


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Freddie Redd: Shades Of Red (CD: Blue Note RVG)
Freddie Redd’s follow-up to his successful Music from the Connection features a unique alto and tenor sax front line and seven outstanding melodic creations. The distinctive blend of Jackie McLean’s alto and Tina Brooks’s tenor coupled with Redd’s composing skills give this album its own outstanding personality. All three solo magnificently with superb support from Paul Chambers and Louis Hayes. (Blue Note Records) 


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Freddie Redd: Shades Of Red (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Freddie Redd: Redd's Blues (CD: Blue Note Connoisseur)Freddie Redd: Redd's Blues (CD: Blue Note Connoisseur)
 


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Freddie Redd: Music For You (CD: Steeplechase)
One of the last of the classic bop generation, pianist and composer Freddie Redd at the age of 86, fragile yet debonair, still performs with lyrical clarity and sensitivity on this superb trio recording. He is joined by bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Billy Drummond on a programme of jazz and popular standards.

Due to his sporadic career Freddie Redd has kept a low profile for the last several decades. His name, however, stayed in people's memory as the composer for the haunting music that accompanied The Connection (1959), a controversial play written by Jack Gelber, which was released on LP by Blue Note records. (Proper Note) 


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Freddie Redd: Music For You (CD: Steeplechase)


Freddie Redd: With Due Respect (CD: Steeplechase)Freddie Redd: With Due Respect (CD: Steeplechase)
On 'With Due Respect' Freddie Redd presides over a sextet of much younger generations as performer and composer of old and new compositions embodied here to render a remarkable reminder of jazz's longevity. Featuring saxophonist Chris Byars, trombonist John Mosca, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Billy Drummond. (Proper Music) 


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Ray Bryant Trio (CD: Prestige- US Import)
'This session with Carmen McRae's rhythm-section provides several examples of Bryant's happy-sounding approach on such tunes as Clifford Brown's "Daahoud". (The Rough Guide To Jazz) 


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Ray Bryant Trio (CD: Prestige- US Import)


Ray Bryant: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Ray Bryant: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release by Ray Bryant, complete with original artwork and liner notes. "Ray Bryant Trio 1956"; "Alone With The Blues"; "Little Susie" and "Hollywood Jazz Beat". (AVID Entertainment)

 


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Ray Bryant Trio: Plays (CD: Phoenix Jazz)
Recorded in 1959. The first twelve tracks on this CD were originally issued on an LP titled Ray Bryant Plays, in which he interpreted tunes by other jazz artists. The last two tracks are two versions of a Ray Bryant composition dedicated to his daughter Susie. (Discovery Records) 


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Ray Bryant Trio: Plays (CD: Phoenix Jazz)


Lennie Tristano: Supersonic (CD: Definitive)Lennie Tristano: Supersonic (CD: Definitive)
Portrait of a genius. Outstanding recordings made by the legendary pianist Lennie Tristano with his trions and his small groups featuring Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh in 1946-49, plus two Metronome All Star titles. (Definitive Records) 


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Lennie Tristano: Tristano (CD: Atlantic)
 


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Lennie Tristano: Tristano (CD: Atlantic)


Lennie Tristano: The New Tristano (CD: Atlantic)Lennie Tristano: The New Tristano (CD: Atlantic)
 


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Lennie Tristano & Warne Marsh: Intuition (CD: Capitol- US Import)
 


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Lennie Tristano & Warne Marsh: Intuition (CD: Capitol- US Import)


Lennie Tristano: Intuition (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)Lennie Tristano: Intuition (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
Blind since childhood, pianist Lennie Tristano nevertheless went on to create a whole school of jazz composition and playing. His playing was spare and his harmonies inspired by contemporary classical music, forming an antidote to the bebop styles prevalent at the time. This 4CD set is a comprehensive collection of his early work and includes performances from musicians such as Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh as well as Lennie's solo and trio work. (Proper Records) 


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Bobby Timmons with Sonny Red: Live At The Connecticut Jazz Party (CD: Early Bird- US Import)
The late great Timmons' soulful, swingin' piano along with the soaring sound of Sonny Redd, the steady heart-beat of Sam Jones and the driving power of Mickey Roker, makes for a very special collectors item. (Early Bird Records) 


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Bobby Timmons with Sonny Red: Live At The Connecticut Jazz Party (CD: Early Bird- US Import)


Barry Harris Trio: Chasin' The Bird (CD: Riverside- US Import)Barry Harris Trio: Chasin' The Bird (CD: Riverside- US Import)
Long before leaving his native Detroit, Barry Harris knew the musical path he intended to pursue--that of his idols Charlie Parker and Bud Powell. At the time of his early Sixties Riverside recordings, of which Chasin' the Bird is a stellar example, this reverence for the masters of bebop placed him slightly out of step with other, more radical stylists who were also making their mark on the New York scene; yet few demonstrated the depth of concept that the pianist already commanded, and Harris quickly established the position of model modernist that he holds to this day. Everything was in place on this trio date, including the relaxed and infectious flow of Harris's improvisations (which suggest Bud Powell with a less extreme metabolism), the pithy eloquence of his three originals (especially the unusual 12-bar opus "Around the Corner"), and his ability to lock into a groove with a most sympathetic rhythm section. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Barry Harris Quintet: Newer Than New (CD: Riverside- US Import)
After displaying his prowess as a trio and solo pianist on earlier Riverside albums, Barry Harris assembled a quintet for this 1961 session. The music serves as something of a manifesto, in which Harris announces an intention to serve as a primary keeper of the bebop flame, a mantle that he continues to wear four decades later. The quintet delivers its own personal slant, fueled by the energy of drummer Clifford Jarvis and the fluid inventions of trumpeter Lonnie Hillyer and alto saxophonist Charles McPherson. The hornmen were two of the many young Detroit modernists who were Harris protŽgŽs, and their playing reflects an uncommon command of both the hard-swinging and lyrical elements of the bop revolution. Both horn men and the pianist continued to work together, as on the 1966 McPherson recording Live at the Five Spot. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Barry Harris Quintet: Newer Than New (CD: Riverside- US Import)


Barry Harris Trio: Magnificent! (CD: Prestige- US Import)Barry Harris Trio: Magnificent! (CD: Prestige- US Import)
 


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Barry Harris Trio: Complete Live in Tokyo 1976 (CD: JazzLips)
Contains pianist Barry Harris' complete trio sessions commemorating the works of celebrated composers Tadd Dameron & Thelonious Monk - the first session with Gene Taylor, bass & Leroy Williams, drums in 1975; the Monk session with Bill Lee, bass & Leroy Williams, drums in 1977. There are two bonus tracks : a rare piano solo recording of Monk's "Pannonica" from 1984; and a track featuring Barry Harris' trio live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in 1978. (Discovery Records) 


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Barry Harris Trio: Complete Live in Tokyo 1976 (CD: JazzLips)


Elmo Hope Trio: Complete Studio Recordings (CD: Gambit, 4 CDs)Elmo Hope Trio: Complete Studio Recordings (CD: Gambit, 4 CDs)
This 4-CD Set brings together the integral trio work of one of the best and more under-rated bebop pianists, including most of his original compositions. (Absolute Distribution) 


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Elmo Hope Sextet: Homecoming! (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)

Limited edition 180 g vinyl stereo LP re-issue with original cover and liner notes. 


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Elmo Hope Sextet: Homecoming! (Vinyl LP: Jazz Workshop)


Elmo Hope Trio: Plays His Own Compositions (CD: Fresh Sound)Elmo Hope Trio: Plays His Own Compositions (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


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Junior Mance: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents three classic Junior Mance albums including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. "Junior"; "The Soulful Piano Of Junior Mance"; "At The Village Vanguard" and7 of 9 tracks from "Big Chief".

Welcome to the natural unforced piano stylings of Junior Mance. Recorded in New York in 1959 "Junior" finds Mance in the company of Lex Humphries on drums and the inimitable Ray Brown on bass. Junior has a new trio for the 1960 date "The Soulful Piano Of Junior Mance". Joining him are Ben Tucker on bass and Bobby Thomas on drums who form a tightly knit trio as evidenced in the mere 2 ½ hours it took them to record the album! February 1961 saw the club debut of a new Junior Mance Trio at the Village Vanguard. Alongside Junior was bassist Larry Gibbs and drummer Ben Riley both on "loan" from the bands of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin. The Mance Trio, having played with all the above musicians as a quintet was able to create its own strong impression, as noted in the original liner notes "he may not have a big band but he does have a very big trio". "Big Chief" recorded in New York in 1961 finds Mance in another trio with Jimmy Rowse on bass and Paul Gusman on drums. On this set the trio play the music of WC Handy and Thelonious Monk. All four albums have been digitally re-mastered. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Junior Mance: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Junior Mance: Sweet & Lovely (CD: Milestone- US Import)Junior Mance: Sweet & Lovely (CD: Milestone- US Import)
 


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The Three Sounds & Gene Harris: Groovin' Hard - Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968 (CD: Resonance)
Groovin' Hard is a collection of previously unreleased live recordings of the legendary jazz trio, The Three Sounds, led by groove-master Gene Harris. Captured live at Seattle's Penthouse Jazz Club from 1964-1968, featuring bassist Andrew Simpkins and drummers Bill Dowdy, Kalil Madi and Carl Burnett, this set contains soulful originals like "Blue Genes" and standards like "The Shadow Of Your Smile," which was never released on any other Three Sounds' albums.

The group's song "Put On Train" was prominently sampled in the Beastie Boys song "What Comes Around" on the album Paul's Boutique. Deluxe package features rare photos and memorabilia - including the classic image on the cover of the trio performing at the club taken by photographer Egill Gustafson - plus essays by journalist Ted Panken, producer Zev Feldman, Seattle Jazz DJ Jim Wilke and others. The Three Sounds were one of the most popular artists on the iconic Blue Note label during the late 50s and early 60s, and you can hear why on these infectiously swinging recordings from The Penthouse. (Proper Music) 


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The Three Sounds & Gene Harris: Groovin' Hard - Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968 (CD: Resonance)


George Wallington: Complete 1956-57 Quintet Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)George Wallington: Complete 1956-57 Quintet Sessions (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
The pianist George Wallington led quintets on the four LPs included here, recorded in 1956/57.The first three are shining examples of mainstream modern “hard bop”, with distinctive solos from Wallington, Phil Woods (alto sax) and Donald Byrd (trumpet). The music on the fourth album, recorded in stereo, evokes the atmosphere of a typical set at one of the old 52nd Street clubs. (Discovery Records) 


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Mose Allison: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz presents four classic Mose Allison albums plus, including original liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD."Transfiguration Of Hiram Brown"; "Creek Bank"; "I Love The Life I Live"; "Sings And Plays V-8 Ford Blues" plus 8 mono tracks from"Young Man Mose". 


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Mose Allison: Four Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Mose Allison: <P>Complete 1957-62 Vocal Sides (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)Mose Allison:

Complete 1957-62 Vocal Sides (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
 


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Mose Allison: Back Country Suite (CD: Prestige- US Import)
This was Allison's introductory album, serving notice that here was a unique man of many talents: an earthy intellectual of Faulknerian bent who had imbibed the blues directly from the rural still, and the jazz message from the likes of Armstrong, Basie, and Nat Cole, for openers.

At this point in his history, Mose sang on only two selections in the entire album. His performing emphasis was to shift more and more toward the vocal side over the years. Back Country Suite features his piano playing in a trio format, focusing on the ten selections that make up the suite (which could be suitably subtitled "Impressions of the Delta"), but he reveals, in the other selections, his abilities with a diversified range of material.

Back Country Suite, the album, marked the beginning of a singular career in which Mose has captured the ears of lay listeners and musicians of many stylistic persuasions. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Mose Allison: Back Country Suite (CD: Prestige- US Import)


Mose Allison: Sings (CD: Prestige RVG)Mose Allison: Sings (CD: Prestige RVG)
 


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Mose Allison: The Best Of (CD: Atlantic- US Import)
 


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Mose Allison: The Best Of (CD: Atlantic- US Import)


Herbie Nicholls: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Herbie Nicholls: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release of Four Classic Albums by Herbie Nichols, complete with original artwork and liner notes.

"Prophetic Vol. One"; "Trio"; "Prophetic Vol. Two"; and "Love, Gloom, Cash, Love"

When it comes to jazz pianists the name Herbie Nichols may not immediately spring to mind! You may have noted his name on the writing credits for the classic Billie Holiday number "Lady Sings The Blues" but probably nowhere else. Starting out learning piano at age nine, Herbie would serve in World War Two before going on to play with a number of groups where to pay the bills he would play in the Dixieland style. He was however good enough to be present at the beginning of the bebop movement. His Monk-ish style and unorthodox structures were too much for the jazz public at the time and he struggled to make his break-through. Eventually Herbie was signed to Blue Note and would produce the three fine Trio albums featured on our 2CD set as well as the classic "Love, Gloom, Cash, Love" for the Bethlehem label, also featured here. Commercial success eluded him however and he began to slip back into obscurity until avant garde musicians began to pick up on his genius. Unfortunately it all came too late for Herbie who sadly died from Leukemia in 1963 at age 44. So here is your chance to judge for yourselves, the genius of Herbie Nichols, we think you will be impressed. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Tommy Flanagan: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents four classic and some hard to find or expensive Tommy Flanagan albums including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.

"Jazz……It’s Magic", "The King And I", Trio Overseas" and "The Cats".

Never the most high profile or highly regarded jazz pianist, possibly because of his undynamic approach, self effacement and modesty, Tommy Flanagan is however highly regarded amongst his fellow musicians. He has been the pianist of choice for many classic jazz albums including Coltranes "Giant Steps" and Sonny Rollins’ "Saxophone Colossus".

"For Jazz…..It’s Magic", recorded in 1957 when Tommy was just 27 years old he is joined by a fine group of up and coming musicians. Curtis Fuller on trombone, Sonny Redd on alto, George Tucker on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. This is a hard to find or expensive early classic which is even difficult to find as the re-issue bearing Tommy Flanagan’s name as the leader! "The King And I" was originally released under trumpeter Wilbur Harden’s name in 1958 and is now also very difficult to find. The re-issue under Tommy Flanagan’s name and titled "Plays the Music Of Rodgers & Hammerstein is again, also hard to find or expensive! The quartet which includes Tommy on piano, Wilbur Harden on trumpet, George Duvivier on bass and G.T.Hogan on drums take on the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "The King And I" and brings to the classic tunes a jazz edge all the while leaving the fine melodies in tact and recognisable! "Trio Overseas" recorded in Stockholm in 1957, is often best remembered for its clever cover artwork (check it out and work it out, on our cover)! However the music is of course paramount and here we have another classic Flanagan outing. The trio comprises Tommy on piano, Wilbur Little on bass and the legendary Elvin Jones on drums, all from the J.J.Johnson band who had been touring Europe when Tommy started to garner rave revues and had decided to go out on his own after Johnson had disbanded the group back in the States. "The Cats" recorded in April 1957 and aptly named as it features one of the greatest jazz cats who ever played the tenor…………Mr..John Coltrane. Fellow cats include Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Kenny Burrell on guitar. Doug Watkins on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. All four albums have been digitally re-mastered. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Tommy Flanagan: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Tommy Flanagan: Plays The Music Of Harold Arlen (CD: Inner City)Tommy Flanagan: Plays The Music Of Harold Arlen (CD: Inner City)
Whether it is "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea," a medium-tempo version of "Ill Wind" (which is usually taken as a ballad), "Get Happy" or "Over The Rainbow," this is a highly enjoyable outing that features Tommy Flanagan and Harold Arlen's music at its best. Tommy Flanagan was known as an accompanist par excellence in the jazz world, playing with Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, and many others. Flanagan's brilliant yet subdued playing lent a distinct sound to those recordings, but this album is perhaps the clearest example of his fine musicianship. In this intimate trio setting, he is harmonically complex, melodically intricate, and musically sensitive. (Discovery Records) 


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The Bebop Shop : A Swingin' Affair: Blue Notes & Hard Bop Classics : Billy Taylor & Other Unsung Keyboard Masters
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