Herbie Hancock - Hear, O Israel: A Prayer Ceremony In Jazz (1968) {Jonny Records JBH025CD rel 2008}

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Herbie Hancock - Hear, O Israel: A Prayer Ceremony In Jazz (1968) {Jonny Records JBH025CD rel 2008}

Herbie Hancock - Hear, O Israel: A Prayer Ceremony In Jazz (1968) {Jonny Records JBH025CD rel 2008}
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© 1968, 2008 Jonny Records / Trunk | JBH025CD
Jazz / Post Bop / Modal Music / Soul Jazz / Modern Creative

In 1965, encouraged by his rabbi, the 17-year-old Jonathan Klein wrote a selection of jazz themes for a Jewish Sabbath concert. Originally recorded in 1968 by an all-star cast of musicians that included Herbie Hancock, Thad Jones, and Ron Carter, the collection is a unique, free-flowing series of pieces that perfectly complement the accompanying Jewish Sabbath prayers, and provides a rare opportunity to hear these talented musicians performing in a unique setting that's at once creative and intensely devotional.

Dave Brubeck - Brubeck A La Mode (1960) {Fantasy OJCCD-200-2 rel 1990}

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Dave Brubeck - Brubeck A La Mode (1960) {Fantasy OJCCD-200-2 rel 1990}

Dave Brubeck - Brubeck A La Mode (1960) {Fantasy OJCCD-200-2 rel 1990}
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© 1960, 1990 Fantasy Records | OJCCD-200-2
Jazz / Cool / Modal Music / West Coast Jazz / Piano / Clarinet

These ten compositions by Bill Smith explore modal music in a different manner from Miles Davis, who had recorded Kind of Blue a year earlier in 1959. Smith, a longtime colleague of Brubeck's, plays on nine of them, "Soliloquy" being an excursion for Dave, accompanied only by bassist Gene Wright. Smith reveals a personal style that, however, sometimes sounds like Paul Desmond, if the latter had played the clarinet, and, at other points, conjures up of Jimmy Giuffre. Perhaps if the clarinet had been in jazz vogue at the time, Smith would have received his deserved recognition.

Miles Davis - Miles In Tokyo (1964) {Columbia Japan, Mini LP, Sony Master Sound SRCS 9112 rel 1997}

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Miles Davis - Miles In Tokyo (1964) {Columbia Japan, Mini LP, Sony Master Sound SRCS 9112 rel 1997}

Miles Davis - Miles In Tokyo (1964) {Columbia Japan, Mini LP, Sony Master Sound SRCS 9112 rel 1997}
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© 1964, 1997 Columbia / Sony Japan | SRCS 9112 | Master Sound | SBM
Jazz / Modal Music / Hard Bop / Trumpet

After George Coleman left the Miles Davis Quintet, tenor-saxophonist Sam Rivers took his place for a short period including a tour of Japan. Davis did not care for Rivers's avant-garde style (they failed to develop any chemistry) and soon replaced him, but this live LP (originally only issued in Japan) survived to document this brief association. The music (five lengthy versions of standards) is actually of high quality with both Davis and Rivers in fine form and the young rhythm section (pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams) pushing the trumpeter/leader to open up his style.

Miles Davis - Live In Vienna 1973 (2009) {Gambit Records 69329}

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Miles Davis - Live In Vienna 1973 (2009) {Gambit Records 69329}

Miles Davis - Live In Vienna 1973 (2009) {Gambit Records 69329}
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© 1973, 2009 Gambit Records | 69329
Jazz / Fusion / Jazz Funk / Trumpet

This concert was recorded in 1973 with a very similar line-up to the later releases Dark Magus, Agharta, and Pangaea, featuring Al Foster on drums, Michael Henderson on bass, Mtume on percussion, Dave Liebman on sax, and most importantly Reggie Lucas and Pete Cosey on guitar. It contains some material from the previously listed albums, and plenty that is not, at least in any recognizable form. Miles was recovering from a car accident, but refused to quit playing.

Charles Tolliver - Live In Tokyo (1973) {Strata-East 660-51-016 rec 1992}

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Charles Tolliver - Live In Tokyo (1973) {Strata-East 660-51-016 rec 1992}

Charles Tolliver - Live In Tokyo (1973) {Strata-East 660-51-016 rec 1992}
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© 1973, 1992 Bellaphon ‎/ Strata-East | 660-51-016 / SECD 9015
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Trumpet

CDs led by the great and vastly underrated trumpeter Charles Tolliver are few and far between. This live set (originally released by the Japanese Trio label) finds Tolliver leading his Music Inc. group, a quartet with pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Clint Houston and drummer Clifford Barbaro. Unfortunately the live set does have a bit of distortion in spots (particularly on some of the trumpet notes); otherwise this strong postbop set would have received a higher rating. Tolliver plays quite well, stretching out on three of his originals and Cowell's "Effi," plus an adventurous rendition of "'Round Midnight."

Jane Ira Bloom - Slalom (1988) {Koch Jazz KOC 3-7827-2 rel 1996}

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Jane Ira Bloom - Slalom (1988) {Koch Jazz KOC 3-7827-2 rel 1996}

Jane Ira Bloom - Slalom (1988) {Koch Jazz KOC 3-7827-2 rel 1996}
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© 1988, 1996 Koch Jazz / Sony Music | KOC 3-7827-2
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Post Bop / Saxophone

Jane Ira Bloom is teamed with pianist Fred Hersch in a quartet that explores a variety of melodic material in unexpected ways. Bloom, one of the top soprano saxophonists around and a creative user of electronics, has a fairly original tone and her improvisations are consistently full of surprises. Check out her transformations of "I Loves You Porgy" and "If I Should Lose You" on this Columbia LP.

Miles Davis - Live At The 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival (2007) {Concord MJFR-30310}

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Miles Davis - Live At The 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival (2007) {Concord MJFR-30310}

Miles Davis - Live At The 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival (2007) {Concord MJFR-30310}
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© 1963, 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival Records / Concord Music | MJFR-30310
Jazz / Hard Bop / Modal Music / Trumpet Jazz

This previously unreleased live album features Miles Davis on trumpet, George Coleman playing the tenor saxophone, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter playing bass and Tony Williams on drums. Produced by Jimmy Lyons, this album was recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 22, 1963. All proceeds from this recording go to Monterey Jazz Festival-supported jazz education programs.

Andrew Hill - Live At Montreux (1975) {Freedom FCD41023 rel 1988}

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Andrew Hill - Live At Montreux (1975) {Freedom FCD41023 rel 1988}

Andrew Hill - Live At Montreux (1975) {Freedom FCD41023 rel 1988}
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© 1975, 1988 Freedom | FCD 41023
Jazz / Post Bop / Piano Solo

Andrew Hill hadn't been recording much for a few years by the time of this 1975 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and one wonders why while listening to this very entertaining solo performance. His jagged, jaunty, and often humorous "Snake Hip Waltz" proves to be a captivating opener, never losing steam during its 11-plus minutes. On the other hand, "Nefertsis" is almost dirge-like by comparison, though just as intriguing.

Not Missing Drums Project - Offline Adventures (1999) {Leo Lab CD 057}

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Not Missing Drums Project - Offline Adventures (1999) {Leo Lab CD 057}

Not Missing Drums Project - Offline Adventures (1999) {Leo Lab CD 057}
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© 1999 Leo Records | Leo Lab CD 057
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Modern Creative

It may not be completely unusual to record an ensemble without any drums, but what makes this live German project so interesting is its concept. Directed by cellist Thomas Böhm-Christl and saxophonist Joachim Gies, twenty musicians participated in three separate concerts of nine musicians each: four vocalists, seven wind players, seven string players, and two pianists. The emphasis is on variety, with some of twenty-three recorded pieces composed, others improvised, and the remainder somewhere in between. The size of the groups ranges from the duo to the nonet, with genres melding and melting. Some of the best solo work is from Gies, but there is plenty of competition, mostly from musicians not well known in the States. While some of the tracks seem like fragments, others are developed, but the excitement never wanes.

Archie Shepp - Phat Jam In Milano (2009) {Dawn of Freedom DOF0901 rec 2007}

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Archie Shepp - Phat Jam In Milano (2009) {Dawn of Freedom DOF0901 rec 2007}

Archie Shepp - Phat Jam In Milano (2009) {Dawn of Freedom DOF0901 rec 2007}
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© 2009 Dawn of Freedom | DOF0901
Jazz / Hard Bop / Avant-Garde Jazz / Hip-Hop / Saxophone

After his rap-jazz collaboration with Public Enemy's Chuck D, saxophone icon Archie Shepp evidently felt the need to continue in the contemporary hip-hop mode. Hence the live PHAT JAM IN MILANO from 2009, featuring yet another rapper, Napoleon Maddox, who muses on life in Amerika under George W. Bush on "Ill Biz." (There is even a radio-edit of this cut provided at the end of the album). Luckily–and apart from the obvious fact that this live set was recorded prior to the election of Barack Obama–the jazz side of the equation isn't neglected here.

The Ventures - History Box, Vol. 5 (1992) {4CD Set, Liberty ‎Japan TOCP-7141~44 rec 1970-1972}

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The Ventures - History Box, Vol. 5 (1992) {4CD Set, Liberty ‎Japan TOCP-7141~44 rec 1970-1972}

The Ventures - History Box, Vol. 5 (1992) {4CD Set, Liberty ‎Japan TOCP-7141~44 rec 1970-1972}
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© 1970-72, 1992 Liberty ‎/ Toshiba-EMI Japan | TOCP-7141~44
Rock / Pop / Rock & Roll / Surf Rock

Box set containing 4 jewel case CDs (TOCP-7141, TOCP-7142, TOCP-7143, TOCP-7144) and two booklets. The Ventures are an American instrumental rock band, formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington, by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle. The band, a quartet for most of its existence, helped to popularize the electric guitar in the United States and across the world during the 1960s. While their popularity in the United States waned in the 1970s, the group remains especially revered in Japan, where they tour regularly to this day. The classic lineup of the band consisted of Wilson (rhythm guitar), Bogle (initially lead guitar, switched to bass), Nokie Edwards (initially bass, switched to lead guitar), and Mel Taylor (drums).

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 10 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1292-2}

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Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 10 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1292-2}

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 10 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1292-2}
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© 2008 MDG | MDG 316 1292-2
Classical / 20th Century / Organ

We present volume 10 of this excellent series of organ music by Marcel Dupré (1886-1971). Ben van Oosten plays The William Hill organ in Birmingham’s neoclassical city hall built in 1834.

Art Farmer - A Work of Art (1982) {Concord Jazz CCD-4179 rel 1996}

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Art Farmer - A Work of Art (1982) {Concord Jazz CCD-4179 rel 1996}

Art Farmer - A Work of Art (1982) {Concord Jazz CCD-4179 rel 1996}
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© 1982, 1996 Concord Jazz | CCD-4179
Jazz / Bop / Cool / Flugelhorn

Flugelhornist Art Farmer is in top form on this quartet set with pianist Fred Hersch, bassist Bob Bodley and drummer Billy Hart. Farmer had, if anything, grown through the years and although he had lived in Europe for 13 years at the time of this album, he was still getting better. Farmer is heard in peak form on such numbers as Charlie Parker's "Red Cross," "She's Funny That Way," "Change Partners" and "Love Walked In." A fine example of his artistry.

Billy Taylor - Where've You Been (1981) {Concord Jazz CCD-4145 rel 1996}

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Billy Taylor - Where've You Been (1981) {Concord Jazz CCD-4145 rel 1996}

Billy Taylor - Where've You Been (1981) {Concord Jazz CCD-4145 rel 1996}
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© 1981, 1996 Concord Jazz | CCD-4145
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Piano

This Concord release is most notable for featuring the obscure but talented violinist Joe Kennedy, who spent the bulk of his career teaching music in the Richmond, VA area. Teamed with pianist Billy Taylor, bassist Victor Gaskin and drummer Keith Copeland, Kennedy is the lead voice on many of the eight straightahead Taylor originals and he plays at the peak of his powers; it is a real pity that he did not record more during his career.

Charlie Parker Records: The Complete Collection, Vol.27 - Charlie Parker, Historical Masterpieces 1 (2012 CP Records 233193/27}

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Charlie Parker Records: The Complete Collection, Vol.27 - Charlie Parker, Historical Masterpieces 1 (2012 CP Records 233193/27}

Charlie Parker Records: The Complete Collection, Vol.27 - Charlie Parker, Historical Masterpieces 1 (2012 CP Records 233193/27}
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© 1948-50, 2012 Charlie Parker Records / Membran Media / Documents | 233193 / 27
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?