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For a few dollars more


I picked this up at the WFMU Record Fair last weekend – for only $4,000!   “Jazz Music for People Who Don’t Care About Money”  A wealth of great jazz by Bethlehem Records artists (who probably made pennies for all of their genius), Charlie Mingus, Howard McGhee, Conte Condoli, Sal Salvador, etc.

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Joe Newman  “I Feel Like a Newman”  Storyville Records (1956)  Featuring Joe Newman (trumpet, leader) with two jazz combos (octet on side one / quintet on side two). Among accompanying musicians a few jazz greats, as follows: John Lewis, Gene Quill, Freddie Green, Milt Hinton.

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Blues in the night (RIP)

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Clark Terry in the P.M.  EmArcy Records EP  with the songs “Double Play”, “Chuckles”, and “Slow Boat”  Taken from Clark Terry’s first sessions as a leader in 1955 withClark Terry (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Cecil Payne (bs), Horace Silver (p), Oscar Pettiford (b, cello), Wendel Marshall (b), Art Blakey (ds).

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Mad men of jazz



Compendium of Jazz #1  Verve Records  (1957)  A compilation of Verve jazz artists including Count Basie, Stan Getz, Charlie Parker and others.  (This guy is Freddy Morgan!)

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Happy New Year 2015!


“I Love Listening to Buddy Bregman”   (1957)  RCA Records (UK)  Verve Series (issued in the States as “Swinging Kicks”) Music composed by Bregman for the “B” movie “Wild Party,”  (Anthony Quinn as an over-the-hill football star that holds a thrill-seeking couple captive in a sleazy nightspot for a night of terror ),  A great example of West Coast Cool Jazz with an all-star session featuring the Buddy Bregman All-Star Big Band: Buddy Bregman (conductor, arranger); Herb Geller, Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Georgie Auld, Bob Cooper, Stan Getz, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Giuffre (baritone saxophone); Conte Candoli, Pete Candoli, Maynard Ferguson, Conrad Gozzo, Ray Linn (trumpet); Milt Berhnart, Frank Rosolino, George Roberts, Lloyd Ulyate (trombone); Andre Previn, Paul Smith (piano); Al Hendrickson (guitar); Joe Mondragon (bass); Stan Levey, Alvin Stoller (drums).

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Fur square


“Kool for Katz”  Dick Katz, Piano  PYE Records (UK)  Love the jazz cover art from across the pond.   This could also be a Squeeze picture sleeve!

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Herb Pomeroy  “Jazz in a Stable Sounds From the Boston Scene”  Esquire (UK)  (1955)  Originally released in the U.S. on Transition Records.

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Hip replacement


Woody Herman “Songs for Hip Lovers”  RCA (UK)  Check out the US release and see how the English recreated one of the great bachelor pad covers for their own version.  Can you spot the differences?

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Pixie cuts


The Chet Baker Sextet  Music Records (Italy)  A Pacific Jazz Session from 1954 featuring Chet Baker (trumpet), Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone), Bud Shank (baritone saxophone), Russ Freeman (piano), Carson Smith (bass), Shelly Manne (drums).  Stella by Starlight, I’m Glad There is You, Tommyhawk and Dot’s Groovy.   I’m a fan of this EP cover design by Gian G. Greguoli.    Nicely captures the reflective, romantic mood of the music.

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Keeping Hope alive

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The Elmo Hope Trio with Frank Butler and Jimmy Bond on HIFI Records (1960)  Here’s Barfly.

Pianist and composer Elmo Hope’s music might best be compared with that of Herbie Nichols. Both men shared some of Bud Powell’s intensity, Thelonious Monk’s inventive whimsy and, at times, hints of young Cecil Taylor’s realistic approach to the impossible. Over the years, both Nichols and Hope have achieved posthumous respect from an international jazz community which is itself marginalized. While Herbie Nichols could be said to have been ignored to death, Elmo Hope’s life and work were grievously complicated and ultimately extinguished (in 1967 at the age of 44) by the same narcotic plague that afflicted so many of his contemporaries.

Born in 1923, St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was the son of West Indian immigrants who settled in New York. He grew up with Bud Powell, studying J.S. Bach and dreaming of new concepts in modern music. Hope’s first recordings were with trumpeter Joe Morris, whose little R&B band boasted such innovative young minds as Johnny Griffin, Percy Heath and Philly Joe Jones. When in 1953 Alfred Lion gave Hope his first opportunity to record as a leader, he chose Heath and Jones to catalyze the eight tracks issued on New Faces, New Sounds.

Even as some of his music rippled with the restless energy of Herbie Nichols, Hope also made a point of composing and performing ritualistic reveries of profound and breathtaking slowness, sometimes drifting into a trance-like space where the listener may follow in order to contemplate the mysteries of life and death, of creativity and collective improvisation. Like Herbie Nichols, Elmo Hope imprinted everything he wrote and played with an indelibly personalized, harmonically advanced language.   (AllMusic)

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