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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - At The Café Bohemia Vol. 2 (1956) [RVG Edition 2001]

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - At The Café Bohemia Vol. 2 (1956) [RVG Edition 2001]

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - At The Cafe Bohemia Vol. 2 (1956) [RVG Edition 2001]
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Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 5 32149 2 0)

Volume deux of the 1955 Cafe Bohemia sessions from Art Blakey's second edition Jazz Messengers is better than the first. The music is more energetic, cohesive, and pushes the hard bop farther. Where the first volume featured compositions of newly recruited trumpeter Kenny Dorham, it is tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley asserting himself on the bandstand with his set pieces that formed the foundation of the first studio edition of the quintet that included Donald Byrd. Here, Mobley does not defer to Dorham, pushing his sound forward without compromising his vision. "Sportin' Crowd" is definitely an ear opener, a straight-ahead, hard bop gem based on the changes of the Sonny Rollins' classic "Tenor Madness"…

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - At The Café Bohemia Vol. 1 (1956) [RVG Edition 2001]

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - At The Café Bohemia Vol. 1 (1956) [RVG Edition 2001]

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - At The Cafe Bohemia Vol. 1 (1956) [RVG Edition 2001]
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Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 5 32148 2 1)

This is Art Blakey's early period Jazz Messengers featuring trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Hank Mobley, bassist Doug Watkins, and pianist Horace Silver. This first volume of live performance from the Cafe Bohemia in New York City circa late 1955 is a rousing set of hard bop by the masters who signified its sound, and expanded on the language of modern jazz. There are three bonus CD tracks not on the original LP that further emphasize not only the inherent power of Blakey's band and drumming, but demarcate the simplicity of melodic statements that were a springboard for the fantastic soloing by these individuals who would follow those tuneful lines…

Various Artists - Shreveport High Steppers: RAM Rockabilly & Hillbilly (2001) {Ace Records CDCHD818 rec 1957-1974}

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Various Artists - Shreveport High Steppers: RAM Rockabilly & Hillbilly (2001) {Ace Records CDCHD818 rec 1957-1974}

Various Artists - Shreveport High Steppers: RAM Rockabilly & Hillbilly (2001) {Ace Records CDCHD818 rec 1957-1974}
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© 1957-74, 2001 Ram Records / Ace Records | CDCHD 818
Rockabilly / Country / Hillbilly

The Shreveport, LA-based Ram label put out a cartload of rock, blues, and country records in the 1950s without ever establishing itself as a major indie. This 26-track compilation of, as the title promises, rockabilly and hillbilly sides from the decade is definitely for the "let's clean out the vault 'cause it's there'" kind of enthusiasts. That's not to say that it's terrible, just that it's a pretty unremarkable collection of minor leaguers, the biggest name – and she's hardly a big one – being Margaret Lewis. A couple of guys not primarily known for work under their own name make early appearances.

Fats Navarro - Memorial (1947) {Savoy Jazz Japan SV-0181 rel 1992}

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Fats Navarro - Memorial (1947) {Savoy Jazz Japan SV-0181 rel 1992}

Fats Navarro - Memorial (1947) {Savoy Jazz Japan SV-0181 rel 1992}
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© 1946-47, 1992 Savoy Jazz / Nippon Columbia Japan | SV-0181
Jazz / Bop / Bebop / Trumpet

Along with other bebop sides Navarro did for Capitol and Blue Note, these Savoy cuts are part of the trumpeter's essential recordings. And being mindful of his early demise in 1950, it's amazing to realize that the Memorial album is one of several incredible sessions Navarro was able to produce in just over a two-year period during the late '40s. Teaming up with frequent musical partner Tadd Dameron, Navarro reels off fluid solos on both the outstanding Dameron original "The Tadd Walk" and a second impressive swinger "Be Bop Carroll."

Various Artists - Shreveport Stomp (1994) {Ace Records CDCHD495 rec 1957-1962}

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Various Artists - Shreveport Stomp (1994) {Ace Records CDCHD495 rec 1957-1962}

Various Artists - Shreveport Stomp (1994) {Ace Records CDCHD495 rec 1957-1962}
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© 1957-62, 1994 Ram Records / Ace Records | CDCHD 495
Rhythm & Blues / Blues / Rockabilly / Swamp Pop

Ram Records was the creation of the late Mira Smith. A multi-talented musician, studio engineer and songwriter, Mira made many fine recordings both of blues and hillbilly artists. Most of them came from her home town of Shreveport, Louisiana but, occasionally, she would record musicians and singers from places further afield. Many of the performances she recorded have remained unissued until today, not because of any deficiency in the recordings or performances, many of which are very fine indeed, simply because Mira worked on an indie label shoestring and had insufficient capital to promote more than a handful of singles a year. An awful lot of good music just stayed in the vaults.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Originally (1956) {Columbia ‎COL4718722 rel 1990}

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Originally (1956) {Columbia ‎COL4718722 rel 1990}

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Originally (1956) {Columbia ‎COL4718722 rel 1990}
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© 1956, 1990 Columbia / Sony Music | COL 471872 2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Drums

This LP contains valuable performances by the early Jazz Messengers that sat unissued until decades later. Four selections feature the band when drummer Art Blakey and pianist Horace Silver were co-leaders; trumpeter Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley on tenor and bassist Doug Watkins were also in that quintet. Two numbers from June 1956 find Blakey as sole leader of The Messengers for the first time, heading an otherwise unrecorded unit with Byrd and multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan.

Cal Tjader - Jazz At The Blackhawk (1957) {Fantasy OJCCD-436-2 rel 1990}

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Cal Tjader - Jazz At The Blackhawk (1957) {Fantasy OJCCD-436-2 rel 1990}

Cal Tjader - Jazz At The Blackhawk (1957) {Fantasy OJCCD-436-2 rel 1990}
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© 1957, 1990 Fantasy Records | OJCCD-436-2
Jazz / Cool / Bop / Vibes

Latin jazz collectors note: the title emphatically is Jazz at the Blackhawk, and even the most determined listener will not find an iota of Cal Tjader's explorations of Latin rhythms here. In its place, we get a sturdy set of bop-flavored workouts by Tjader's expert quartet, recorded live in San Francisco's famous long-defunct nightspot. Tjader himself often sounds like Milt Jackson as he handles the mallets fluidly through a set of standards, a pair of originals by himself and his wife, and – appropriately enough – a witty Baroque-like tune by his pianist Vince Guaraldi called "Thinking of You, MJQ." Eugene "The Senator" Wright (bass) and Al Torre (piano) make up the bop rhythm section, and as long as you know what you're getting, a good time can be had.

Francis Poulenc - Poulenc d'après Poulenc (1988) {Pearl GEMM CD 9311}

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Francis Poulenc - Poulenc d'après Poulenc (1988) {Pearl GEMM CD 9311}

Francis Poulenc - Poulenc d'après Poulenc (1988) {Pearl GEMM CD 9311}
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© 1988 Pearl | GEMM CD 9311
Classical / 20th Century / Chamber Music / Neo-Romantic / Piano / Historical

Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963) was a French composer almost as famous for his personal life as his music, including his Gloria and piano works. Born in Paris in 1899, Poulenc's mother was an amateur pianist who taught him to play. As a young composer, he was influenced by musicians like Debussy, Satie, and Stravinsky - he caught the latter's attention with his first surviving composition, Rapsodie Nègre, written in 1917.

Charlie Parker Records: The Complete Collection, Vol. 23 - Charlie Parker - Birdology (2012 CP Records 233193/23 rec 1949}

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Charlie Parker Records: The Complete Collection, Vol. 23 - Charlie Parker - Birdology (2012 CP Records 233193/23 rec 1949}

Charlie Parker Records: The Complete Collection, Vol. 23 - Charlie Parker - Birdology (2012 CP Records 233193/23 rec 1949}
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© 1949, 2012 Charlie Parker Records / Membran Media / Documents | 233193 / 23
Jazz / Bop / Saxophone

Exhaustive 30 CD collection from the Jazz legend's short-lived label. Contains 44 original albums (421 tracks) plus booklet. Every record-collector has run across an album with the little sax-playing bird in it's label-logo, right next to the brand name Charlie Parker Records or CP Parker Records. Turning the sleeve over, especially if it was one of the non-Parker releases, and seeing a '60s release date under the header Stereo-pact! Was as exciting an experience as it was confusing. Was the claim Bird Lives meant more literally than previously thought?

Art Pepper and Shorty Rogers - Popo (1951) {Xanadu Records ‎XCD1223 rel 1994}

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Art Pepper and Shorty Rogers - Popo (1951) {Xanadu Records ‎XCD1223 rel 1994}

Art Pepper and Shorty Rogers - Popo (1951) {Xanadu Records ‎XCD1223 rel 1994}
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© 1951, 1994 Xanadu Records ‎| XCD 1223
Jazz / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Trumpet / Saxophone

The recording quality is not the greatest on this LP but the very early session by the Lighthouse All-Stars is both historic and quite listenable. Trumpeter Shorty Rogers teams up with altoist Art Pepper, pianist Frank Patchen, bassist Howard Rumsey, and drummer Shelly Manne for his own "Popo" (a blues that was Shorty's theme song) plus nine jazz standards including "Lullaby in Rhythm," "Robbins Nest," "Scrapple from the Apple," and "Cherokee." This is one of Pepper's best early showcases and it is for his playing that the album is most highly recommended.

Lee Morgan - Lee Morgan Indeed! (1956) {Blue Note Japan, The Finest 1100 Series UCCQ-9131 rel 2015}

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Lee Morgan - Lee Morgan Indeed! (1956) {Blue Note Japan, The Finest 1100 Series UCCQ-9131 rel 2015}

Lee Morgan - Lee Morgan Indeed! (1956) {Blue Note Japan, The Finest 1100 Series UCCQ-9131 rel 2015}
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© 1956, 2015 Blue Note / Universal Japan | UCCQ-9131
Jazz / Hard Bop / Trumpet

A gem of an early album from Lee Morgan – quite different than his work as a leader for the Savoy label during the same period! Although Morgan's only a wee lad at the time, the album's got an incredible sense of warmth and imagination – one that's steeped in lessons learned from Horace Silver and Art Blakey, and played with a style that's as richly expressive as it is soulful – a no-nonsense, no-tricks approach to the trumpet that gave Morgan a voice that was clearly different from predecessors like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Fats Navarro! The album's got a stellar lineup that includes Horace Silver, Wilbur Ware, and Philly Joe Jones – plus the virtually unknown Clarence Sharpe, who makes a rare appearance on alto on this session! The whole thing's great, and filled with unique titles that include "Reggie Of Chester", "Little T", "Gaza Strip", and "Roccus".

Various Artists - R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4: Bossa Nova And Grits (2015) {Vampi Soul VAMPI CD164 rec 1953-1967}

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Various Artists - R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4: Bossa Nova And Grits (2015) {Vampi Soul VAMPI CD164 rec 1953-1967}

Various Artists - R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4: Bossa Nova And Grits (2015) {Vampi Soul VAMPI CD164 rec 1953-1967}
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© 1953-67, 2015 King / Federal / Vampi Soul Records | VAMPI CD 164
Rhythm & Blues / Early Soul / Jump Blues / Rock 'n' Roll

This is the fourth volume of Vampi Soul's "R&B Hipshakers" series, featuring 20 terrific dance cuts selected by genre expert Mr Fine Wine, from WFMU's Downtown Soulville. Hold it, hold it - this ain't over yet! I know: The passage of three long years since we last met may have led you to worry I'd abandoned my noble endeavor to unearth all of the mind-bending rhythm and blues in the nearly bottomless King and Federal vaults. But fear not. To paraphrase the immortal words of Titus Turner in 'Hold Your Loving', I'm gonna keep at it till the meatballs bounce!

Stan Getz - The Complete Recordings of the Stan Getz Quintet with Jimmy Raney (1951-53) {3CD Set Mosaic Records rel 1990}

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Stan Getz - The Complete Recordings of the Stan Getz Quintet with Jimmy Raney (1951-53) {3CD Set Mosaic Records rel 1990}

Stan Getz - The Complete Recordings of the Stan Getz Quintet with Jimmy Raney (1951-53) {3CD Set Mosaic Records rel 1990}
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© 1951-53, 1990 Mosaic Records | MD3-131
Jazz / Cool / Bop / Saxophone / Guitar

This limited-edition three-CD set will be hard to acquire but it is a gem. Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Jimmy Raney had very complementary cool-toned but hard-swinging styles. Their gig at Storyville in Boston resulted in some classic music that, along with five studio sessions, is included in this box. The supporting cast includes pianists Al Haig, Horace Silver, Duke Jordan, and Hall Overton; the music was originally recorded for Roost, Clef, Norgran, and Prestige. This essential set is filled with exciting performances from Stan Getz when he was first becoming a highly influential force in jazz.

Stephane Grappelli - A Froggy plays In London Town (2003) {Saga 066452-2 rec 1939-1946}

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Stephane Grappelli - A Froggy plays In London Town (2003) {Saga 066452-2 rec 1939-1946}

Stephane Grappelli - A Froggy plays In London Town (2003) {Saga 066452-2 rec 1939-1946}
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© 1939-46, 2003 Saga | 066 452-2
Jazz / Continental Jazz / Swing / Violin

24-bit remastered French exclusive compilation, is packaged in a well designed digipak with informative booklet, features 24 tracks. This is another great SAGA JAZZ release. I am not sure if this material is available elsewhere, but it is a nice package. It is both very interesting, and very entertaining. It highlights Mr. Grappelli's evolving style. Excellent liner notes. If you like Hot club music, you should enjoy this.

Al Cohn, Joe Newman & Freddie Green - Mosaic Select (2007) {3CD Set, Mosaic Records MS-027 rec 1955}

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Al Cohn, Joe Newman & Freddie Green - Mosaic Select (2007) {3CD Set, Mosaic Records MS-027 rec 1955}

Al Cohn, Joe Newman & Freddie Green - Mosaic Select (2007) {3CD Set, Mosaic Records MS-027 rec 1955}
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© 1955, 2007 RCA Victor / Mosaic / BMG Music | MS-027
Jazz / Bop / Mainstream Jazz / Trumpet / Sax / Guitar

This Mosaic compilation draws from material that comprised five separate RCA Victor LPs of the 1950: Al Cohn's The Natural Seven and The Jazz Workshop: Four Brass, One Tenor, Freddie Green's Mr. Rhythm, plus two Joe Newman records, All I Wanna Do Is Swing and I'm Still Swinging. Cohn, Green, and Newman are the common element to all of the recording sessions, leading bands ranging from septets to nonets.The Natural Seven was inspired by the Kansas City Seven drawn from the Count Basie band of the 1930s, and while the arrangements by Cohn and Manny Albam swing lightly in the style of Basie's septet, the focus is more on originals written for the session rather than simply recreating earlier recordings.