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Gene Ammons: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Gene Ammons: Three Classic Albums Plus (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents three classic albums plus by Gene Ammons, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.

Son of legendary Boogie Woogie/Stride pianist Albert Ammons we feature son Gene on "Groove Blues", "Boss Tenor", "Blue Gene" and three tracks from "The Happy Blues" (currently only available as an expensive import).

"Groove Blues", driven by Billie Holidays’ pianist Mal Waldron who wrote three of the four featured tracks also features one of the rare occasions when legendary Tenor sax giant John Coltrane is featured on alto sax. As described in Joe Goldberg’s liner notes " These solos are, I think, some of his very best on any horn!" Gene Ammons breaks out of his unfair label as a rhythm and blues player rather than a jazz player with a classic line up of solid jazz musicians including Coltrane, Waldron, Art Taylor, Pepper Adams and Paul Quinchette. 1960’s "Boss Tenor" finds Ammons with perhaps one of his finest rhythm sections including Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, Art Taylor and Ray Barreto who between them had played with the likes of JJ Johnson, Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Thelonius Monk. "Blue Gene" from 1958 again finds pianist Mal Waldron writing all four of the featured tracks accompanied by Idrees Suliman on trumpet and again the rhythm section from "Boss Tenor". Finally "Happy Blues" features a superb line up including Art Farmer, Jackie Mclean, Duke Jordan, Addison Farmer and Art Taylor. "It’s a happy session, a blowing session, featuring a blues, a standard and an old but not so standard!"

All three albums plus have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest ever sound quality! (AVID Entertainment) 


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Gene Ammons All Stars: The Big Sound (CD: Prestige- US Import)
A blowing session typical of Prestige, this colourful octet, featuring Paul Quinichette and Pepper Adams, certainly creates a 'big sound'. It also offers us an almost unique opportunity at this time (1958) to hear John Coltrane playing alto on one track ('The Real McCoy'). It is only a brief novelty however, in contrast to Ammons' lengthy excursions on 'Cheek To Cheek' and 'Blue Hymn'.  


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Gene Ammons All Stars: The Big Sound (CD: Prestige- US Import)


Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt: Boss Tenors + Dig Him (CD: Fresh Sound)Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt: Boss Tenors + Dig Him (CD: Fresh Sound)
Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt were co-leaders of their own group in the early ‘50s, but though it took them almost ten years to get back together again, they were as incendiary a pair as ever. On this single CD are two studio albums they cut in 1961 : ‘Boss Tenors’ (originally on Verve) and ‘Dig Him!’ (originally on Argo), with John Houston (piano); Charles Williams (bass); and George Brown (drums). 24-bit digitally remastered.

Stitt’s legendary quickness of thought and execution were, as always, outstanding, but Ammons’ passion and adroit, canny way of developing his solos made him an ideal partner for these two tenor jousts. The timeless groove puts the music beyond analysis - just enjoy ! (Discovery Records) 


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Johnny Griffin: The Congregation (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Johnny Griffin: The Congregation (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Johnny Grifffin: Introducing (CD: Blue Note RVG)

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Johnny Griffin: A Blowin' Session (CD: Blue Note RVG)Johnny Griffin: A Blowin' Session (CD: Blue Note RVG)
 


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Johnny Griffin: Live In London (CD: Harkit)
Known as "The Little Giant", Johnny Griffin offers up over an hour of fine playing on these performances captured at Ronnie Scott's Club in London in December, 1963. A bonus is an excerpt from an interview with Johnny. (Harkit Records)

Previously unissued performances, at Ronnie Scott's club, 1963, with "tough tenor" saxist Johnny Griffin, supported by house rhythm team---pianist Stan Tracey, bassist Malcolm Cecil, drummer Jackie Dougan. This Harkit archive series of American musicians making first U.K. appearances offers the authentic feel of live sessions. Griffin's fast-fingered, fluent tenor and exuberant attack gives extended work-outs to blues ("Wee Dot," "Straight, No Chaser") and standards (try "All the Things You Are" and "Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day"), with admirably sympathetic support from Tracey's trio. Jazz journalist Les Tomkins, who taped these Scott sessions, writes full liner notes and provides excerpts from a Griffin interview. A collector's edition, and more to come. Very welcome. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.) 


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Johnny Griffin: Live In London (CD: Harkit)


Johnny Griffin Quartet: Way Out! (CD: Riverside- US Import)Johnny Griffin Quartet: Way Out! (CD: Riverside- US Import)
Although Way Out! was recorded in New York, the album's accent is on tenor titan Johnny Griffin's native Chicago. Windy City bassist Wilbur Ware plays, in the words of Down Beat reviewer Richard Hadlock, "uncommonly creative solos," and five of the six selections are from the pens of Chicagoans. Griffin, producer Orrin Keepnews notes, "puts across the full impact of his intricacy and dexterity of ideas and of fingering here without having to resort to blazing tempos. But just to show what he can do way up there, he takes on that durable old warhorse, 'Cherokee,' for a fresh and dazzling display of fireworks." (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Johnny Griffin Sextet (CD: Riverside- US Import)
with Donald Byrd, Pepper Adams, Kenny Drew, Wilbur Ware & Philly Joe Jones. 


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Johnny Griffin Sextet (CD: Riverside- US Import)


Johnny Griffin & Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: Tough Tenors (CD: Jazzland- US Import)Johnny Griffin & Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: Tough Tenors (CD: Jazzland- US Import)
 


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Johnny Griffin: The Best Of (CD: Riverside)
 


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Johnny Griffin: The Best Of (CD: Riverside)


Johnny Griffin: Live At Ronnie Scott's (CD: In + Out)Johnny Griffin: Live At Ronnie Scott's (CD: In + Out)
In May 2008 tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin played a couple of nights at Ronnie Scott's in a belated celebration of his 80th birthday. He was accompanied by trumpeter Roy Hargrove, James Pearson or David Newton on piano, bassist Reggie Johnson and drummer Billy Cobham. Sadly he died just two months later. In + Out Records had the good fortune to record those sessions and the resulting album captures the veteran saxophonist in top form ably supported by the all-star lineup. (New Note) 


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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Big Band: Trane Whistle (CD: Prestige- US Import)
Although Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis played with Count Basie’s band for two stretches in the 1950s, his own recordings in that decade were exclusively with his organ trios. But the passion of Davis’s tenor saxophone took on even more authority and swagger in a big band setting, so in 1960 producer Esmond Edwards hired a bandful of New York’s best players and engaged the practically unknown arranger Oliver Nelson to craft charts for Davis. The result was this powerful album. Among Nelson’s three blues compositions is “The Stolen Moment,” which later, with a slight title change, became his best-known piece, “Stolen Moments.” In addition to some of Jaws’s best playing and Nelson’s rich arrangements, there is the excitement of all-out trumpet competition between Clark Terry and Richard Williams on “Whole Nelson” and “Jaws.” (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Big Band: Trane Whistle (CD: Prestige- US Import)


Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin: Battle Stations (CD: Prestige- US Import)Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin: Battle Stations (CD: Prestige- US Import)
One of the soul-satisfying joys of the second half-century of jazz was the tenor saxophone partnership of Lockjaw Davis and Johnny Griffin. Regardless who was in their rhythm section, creative sparks flew when Jaws and Griff locked horns. In this case, driven by Norman Simmons, Victor Sproles, and Ben Riley, the tenor terrors were, if anything, hotter than usual. There were other wonderful two-tenor teams in the post-bop era--Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, Frank Foster and Frank Wess; in one unforgettable encounter Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane faced off. But Davis and Griffin had something special and it was honed in appearance after appearance and record date after record date. The album title, Battle Stations, may overstate their contention. They were not at war, but they did compete, and when they did, everybody won. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: Cookbook Vol.1 (CD: Prestige RVG)
 


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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: Cookbook Vol.1 (CD: Prestige RVG)


Illinois Jacquet: The Illinois Jacquet Story (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)Illinois Jacquet: The Illinois Jacquet Story (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
Illinois Jacquet was the tenor saxophonist who informed the world that something new in tenor saxophone stylings had been forged with his famous solo on Lionel Hampton's "Flying Home" in 1942. The master of the Texas tenor style proves hisversatility and command of the horn in this 4CD set that ranges from stomping swingers to romantic ballads and down-home blues performances. Among the supporting cast on this essential 79 track set are: Charles Mingus, Sir Charles Thompson, Johnny Otis, Shadow Wilson, Bill Doggett and Art Blakey. (Proper Records) 


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Illinois Jacquet: Five Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents five classic Illinois Jacquet albums including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. "The Kid And The Brute", "The Swing’s The Thing", "Illinois Jacquet Flies Again", "Illinois Jacquet Collates" and "Groovin’ With Jacquet"

We have to thank The Duke for the title of our first selection in this tribute to the great tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet. The Kid and The Brute are the nicknames given to two fine jazz men by their then leader, the one and only Duke Ellington, The Kid being Illinois Jacquet and The Brute being tenor legend Ben Webster. The Brute appears on two tracks after he had wandered into the studio during recording and he and The Kid had decided to lay some solid music down on tape. A fine line up greets our second selection "The Swing’s The Thing" from 1957. Check these guys out, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Jimmy Jones on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar and Jo Jones on drums. The result is jazz of a high order! We get the big band experience for our next selection from 1959, "Illinois Jacquet Flies Again" a "high flying tribute to some of the great moments in jazz and the career of Illinois Jacquet"…… and the "recreation of many of the exciting jazz masterpieces that will forever be associated with his distinctive tenor styling". On this album you will hear Illinois Jacquet not only do what he does best to "blow jazz with a clear cut force……………..and soar with a house rockin’ driving pitch" but also play with a " grounded light and melodic slow tempo mood". 1951’s "Illinois Jacquet Collates" finds The Kid joined by Carl Perkins on piano, Oscar Moore on guitar, Red Callender on bass and J.C. Heard on drums. "He swings like mad and that is one of the most important basics in jazz". "Groovin’ With Jacquet" contains many of the same musicians heard on the "Illinois Jacquet Collates" set. According to the original liner notes, the definition of Groovin reads as follows…………"it is a comfortable swinging pace with the beat always in sturdy prominence". Ably accompanied by Art Blakey, Hank Jones, John Collins and Gene Ramey, "Groovin" , as they say does exactly what it says on the label!

All five albums have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest ever sound quality. (AVID Entertainment) 


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Illinois Jacquet: Five Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Illinois Jacquet: Jumpin' At The Apollo (CD: Delmark)Illinois Jacquet: Jumpin' At The Apollo (CD: Delmark)
 


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Illinois Jacquet with Kenny Burrell: The Message (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)
 


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Illinois Jacquet with Kenny Burrell: The Message (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)


Illinois Jacquet with Kenny Burrell: Desert Winds (CD: Argo/ Verve)Illinois Jacquet with Kenny Burrell: Desert Winds (CD: Argo/ Verve)
 


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John Hardee: Hardee's Party (CD: Ocium)
 


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John Hardee: Hardee's Party (CD: Ocium)


Jimmy Forrest: Black Forrest (CD: Delmark)Jimmy Forrest: Black Forrest (CD: Delmark)
 


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Clifford Jordan & John Gilmore: Blowin' In From Chicago (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)
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 complete in sync for this great Blue Note session. (Blue Note Records) 


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Clifford Jordan & John Gilmore: Blowin' In From Chicago (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)


James Clay: The Kid From Dallas - Tenorman (CD: Fresh Sound)James Clay: The Kid From Dallas - Tenorman (CD: Fresh Sound)
In the summer of 1956 James Clay was a 20-year-old tenor saxophonist from Dallas, who had been living and playing in Los Angeles since mid-1955. At that time his colleagues were all young and independent experimentalists, completely outside of the flourishing West Coast jazz movement—players like trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Billy Higgins, and altoist Ornette Coleman—and though he said he was not an outside player, he worked easily within the unconventional settings of Coleman’s compositions. Paradoxically, however, his only recordings were straight ahead, not at all in line with Ornette’s controversial music. On them his ideas flow melodically, especially in ballads and mid-tempos. On faster tunes, his blowing statements come from the strong swinging style and hot tone that characterized other Texas tenors such as Illinois Jacquet and Arnett Cobb, with a hard-bop approach clearly influenced by his idol Sonny Rollins.

This CD contains all James Clay studio performances on tenor sax while the young kid from Dallas was living in Los Angeles in the mid Fifties. (Fresh Sound Records) 


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David 'Fathead' Newman: Song For The New Man (CD: HighNote)
 


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David 'Fathead' Newman: Song For The New Man (CD: HighNote)


Houston Person & Ron Carter: Chemistry (CD: HighNote)Houston Person & Ron Carter: Chemistry (CD: HighNote)
Jazz's premier tenor saxophone-bass duo is back! 'Chemistry' is certainly an apt title for this Houston Person-Ron Carter duo album. Every tune is imbued with a rare sense of intimacy and almost telepathic sense of communication.

Totally in their niche, the two men have selected a set list of favourite standards with which they are both amply familiar. But a good tune in the hands of artists such as Carter and Person is always a unique and special occasion. Person, in the glow of his artistic maturity, sounds completely relaxed with his burnished tone superbly caught by engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Ron Carter, carrying the responsibilities of time-keeper, harmonist and unaccompanied soloist relishes his role and responds with an easy virtuosity that only a master musician can supply. This is music-making of the highest order. (Proper Music) 


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George Coleman: A Master Speaks (CD: Smoke Sessions)
Like the pronouncements of a sage, legendary tenor saxophonist George Coleman's new recording A Master Speaks communicates both wisdom and wonder that bespeaks Coleman's half century in music. At 80-years-old, Coleman sounds, as ever, both vital and timeless. He's obviously invigorated by the deep sense of swing and classic hard-bop feel of the quartet he's assembled. A Master Speaks is Coleman's first release as a leader in nearly 20 years and first recording since the 2002 all-star live tribute album Four Generations of Miles. The rarity of the session is remarkable in itself; even more special is the fact that it grew out of a desire shared by Coleman and his son, drummer George Coleman Jr., to finally record together. They're joined by a stellar band featuring pianist Mike LeDonne and bassist Bob Cranshaw, with guitarist Peter Bernstein making a special guest appearance. A man of few words, Coleman nonetheless conveys his thoughts with unparalleled eloquence when he speaks through his instrument, as profoundly evidenced by the nine tracks on A Master Speaks, his long overdue return to the studio. (Smoke Sessions) 


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George Coleman: A Master Speaks (CD: Smoke Sessions)


Arnett Cobb: Blows For 1300 (CD: Delmark)Arnett Cobb: Blows For 1300 (CD: Delmark)
Arnett Cobb is a powerful Texas tenor soloist and bandleader. His years with Lionel Hampton in the 40s prior to these sessions allowed Cobb to grow in strength and versatility, He's just as capable of knocking 'em dead at Birdland or at a more intimate setting. Who or what the 1300 Arnett blows for on this CD is unclear but one thing is certain: he'll definitely blow you away. (Delmark Records) 


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Booker Ervin: The Book Cooks + Cookin' + That's It (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)
 


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Booker Ervin: The Book Cooks + Cookin' + That's It (CD: Fresh Sound, 2 CDs)


Booker Ervin: Lament For Booker Ervin (CD: Enja)Booker Ervin: Lament For Booker Ervin (CD: Enja)
Reissue of an album originally released in 1975 and featuring Booker Evin alongside an all-star group, including pianist Kenny Drew , bassist Nils Henning Orsted Pedesen and Alan Dawson on drums.

The album concists of a 1965 concert held in Berlin, the musicians were supposed to only play for 15 minutes. Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin protested against the restrictive situation by performing the intense and stirring "Blues for You" for 27-and-a-half minutes, tearing down the house. A decade later (after Ervin's 1970 death) the performance was released for the first time and its passion was worth waiting for. Also on this historic album is pianist Horace Parlan's somber solo tribute to Ervin ("Lament for Booker") which was recorded in 1975.

Personnel: Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone), Kenny Drew (piano), Nils Henning Orsted Pedesen (bass), Alan Dawson (drums), Horace Parlan (piano). (Proper Music) 


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