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The Oscar Peterson Trio, In a Mellow Mood, 1973 on MPS-BASF

This 2xLP set is actually a reissue of The Way I Really Play and Mellow Mood, which were volumes III and V of the Exclusively For My Friends…

Weather Report, I Sing The Body Electric, 1972 on Columbia

Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Miroslav Vitous, Eric Gravatt, and guests, in a foundational fusion album from the early 70s. This was their second album after a self-titled debut….

Jelly Roll Morton, Mr. Jelly Lord, RCA Victor, 1967

My copy is a slightly later pressing – 1973 – but this compilation first came out in 1967 as part of the RCA Victor Vintage Series. These tracks…

Stephane Grappelli, Just One of Those Things: Recorded Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, 1973 on Black Lion Records

Recorded July 4th, 1973, this is Grappelli with Jack Sewing, Daniel Humair, and Marc Hemmeier. My copy via Mystery Train records in Gloucester MA. Black Lion was a…

The New Stan Getz Quartet Featuring Astrud Gilberto, Getz Au Go Go, 1964 on Verve

Sadly, Gilberto died this summer (June 5, 2023) – I tend to buy any albums I run across from the Getz / Gilberto collaborations or that feature her….

James Blood Ulmer, Free Lancing, 1981 on Columbia.

A happy and accidental find at Academy Records in New York. Ulmer had played on several Ornette Coleman releases before going out on his own – this was…

Clark Terry, It’s What’s Happenin’: The Varitone Sound of Clark Terry, 1967 on Impulse

Clark Terry with George Duvivier, Dave Bailey, and Don Friedman. Liner notes by Nat Hentoff, produced by Bob Thiele. Impulse was an imprint of ABC Records: “The New…

Johnny Hodges and Earl “Fatha” Hines, Stride Right, 1966 on Verve.

Produced by Creed Taylor, and recorded January 14th, 1966 at Rudy Van Gelder’s in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Hodges (alto sax) and Hines (piano & organ) are joined…

Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Paris Concert, 1955 on World Pacific Records

Great find via Mel’s Record Shop in Amesbury MA. Recorded live at the Pleyel Hall┬áJune 1st, 1954, with the valve trombone of Bob Brookmeyer replacing Chet Baker’s trumpet,…

Thelonious Monk, Paris 1969, 2023 on Blue Note.

This was first released as In Paris on Laserdisc in 1991 (Japan) / 1992 (US), then as Paris 1969 on Blue Note in 2013 (with a CD/DVD as…

Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker, Groovin’ High, 1974 on EMUS

EMUS was a label that bought rights from bankrupt (or nearly so) labels and reissued them. These recordings were made in 1947 in NYC. Personnel here also includes…

Lilli Lewis, The Henderson Sessions, 2018 on Louisiana Red Hot Records

I got this copy signed by Lilli herself at a performance at Fruitlands in Harvard MA, but you can find it on bandcamp as well. A couple traditional…

Thelonious Monk Septet, Monk’s Music, 1957 on Riverside

What a great set of players on this. In addition to Monk you’ve got Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Gigi Gryce, Wilbur Ware, and Ray Copeland. Recorded…

Nat Adderley, Autobiography, 1965 on Atlantic

Original 60s pressing in mono via Island Music in Vineyard Haven. This is Adderley doing all his own compositions, with support from Sam Jones, Bruno Carr, Grady Tate,…

Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra, Afro, 1954 on Norgran Records

While this came out in 1954 on Norman Granz’s Norgran Records, my copy is a Vinyl Me, Please reissue from 2022, via UMG Recordings/Verve. When Granz formed Verve…

Session at Riverside, 1957 on Capitol

Follow up (of sorts) to 1956’s “Session at Midnight” recorded in Hollywood – this one recorded at the Riverside Plaza ballroom in New York. A dozen top jazzmen…

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Ella and Louis, 1956 on Verve

As though Ella and Louis weren’t enough, the backing band is Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown – (aka the Oscar Peterson Trio) – and Buddy Rich. There’s…

Blossom Dearie, Blossom Dearie. 1957 on Verve.

The inimitable Blossom Dearie’s debut album. My copy is the 2022 reissue from Vinyl Me, Please, which includes listening notes by Natalie Weiner. Ray Brown, Jo Jones, and…

Ornette Coleman, The Shape Of Jazz To Come, 1959 on Atlantic.

Ornette Coleman, The Shape Of Jazz To Come, 1959 on Atlantic. Coleman’s debut on Atlantic and his third LP. With Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins. My…

Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Paul Quinichette, & Wardelll Grey, Tenors Anyone?, 1958 on Dawn.

Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Paul Quinichette, & Wardelll Grey, Tenors Anyone?, 1958 on Dawn. My copy is a 1980 reissue on Biograph Great compilation