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LOREZ ALEXANDRIA King 657 The Band Swings - Lorez Sings ● CD $9.98
CD issue of King 657 from 1959. 11 swingin' standards from this Chicago thrush, with a big band backing. Musicians are unidentified but fine - My Baby Just Cares For Me/ You're My Thrill/ Dancing On The Ceiling/ Don't Blame Me

 
LOREZ ALEXANDRIA King 676 Songs Everyone Knows ● CD $9.98
CD issue of King 676 from 1959. The LP's full title is self explanatory - "The Sensational Voice Of Lorez Alexandria Singing Songs Everyone Knows - Standards With A Slight Touch Of Jazz". Ms Alexandria is a fine and underrated jazz vocalist, kinda like Ella without the scat. A dozen excellent standards recorded in Chicago in '59 on this her 3rd King LP, with unknown backing group -Beginning To See The Light/ Angel Eyes/ Lush Life (GM)

 
HENRY "RED" ALLEN & COLEMAN HAWKINS Hep 1028 Henry Allen/ Coleman Hawkins - 1933 ● CD $12.98
The young John Hammond was responsible for these recordings by Henry "Red" Allen and Coleman Hawkins. They went into the studio 5 times in 1933 with 5 slightly different lineups providing us with the 19 tunes heard here. The earliest lineup, from March, includes Dicky Wells(tmb) and Russell Procope(clt,alt sax.) They do a couple of instrumentals with all the horns taking a solo on Sister Kate . There are various comings and goings on the next 3 sessions but the music maintains a high degree of excellence on swinging tunes like Jamaica Shout or beautiful slower numbers like The Day You Came Along and Heartbreak Blues . Red's vocals are fine, if you don't mind a blatant Armstrong imitation too much. Hush My Mouth (If I Ain't Goin' South) is wonderful all the same. The last 6 numbers were done as Horace Henderson & His Orchestra and features a big powerful sound but still light on it's feet. The musicians are the same but Horace leads his arrangements from the piano bench - Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day/ Happy Feet/ I'm Rhythm Crazy Now , etc. (AE)

 
HARRY ALLEN/KEITH INGHAM QUINTET Audiophile 261 Are You Having Any Fun?-a Celebration Of ● CD $15.95

 
MOSE ALLISON Atlantic 1542 The Best Of Mose Allison ● CD $11.98
Too bluesy to be a jazz vocalist, too jazzy to be a blues pianist, and too hip to be a lounge act - that's Mose Allison's unique predicament. I've always had a soft spot for his agile renditions of blues material like If You're Goin' To The City/ I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues/ New Parchman Farm/ Seventh Son/ That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch/ I Love The Life I Live, and the clever gems Your Mind Is On Vacation/ Your Molecular Structure), all included here. 20 songs total from his most fertile Atlantic period. (MB)

 
MOSE ALLISON Original Jazz Classics 075 Back Country Suite ● CD $12.98

 
MOSE ALLISON Original Jazz Classics 457 Local Color ● CD $12.98

 
MOSE ALLISON Original Jazz Classics 6004 Greatest Hits - The Prestige Collection ● CD $12.98
Collection of Mose's pre-Atlantic sides of the late 50's. Blues tunes like The Seventh Son/ Eyesight To The Blind/ Parchman Farm/ One Room Country Shack/ Young Man's Blues/ That's All Right/ Trouble In Mind are featured here 

 
MOSE ALLISON Prestige 24055 Creek Bank ● CD $16.98
Reissue of 2 lps - Young Man Mose, originally Prestige 7137, recorded on Jan. 24, 1958 with a trio featuring Addison Farmer(b) & Nick Stabulas(d) - 10 tunes including Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand/ I Told Ya I Loved Ya, Now Get Out, and Mose plays trumpet on Stroll! "Creek Bank", originally Prestige 7152, recorded on Aug. 15, 1958 with Ronnie Free replacing Stabulas. Early versions of Allison classics - Seventh Son & If You Live. + Yardbird Suite/ If I Didn't Care/ Cabin In The Sky, etc.

 
MOSE ALLISON Rhino 71417 I Don't Worry About A Thing ● CD $11.98
10 tracks, 34 min., recommended Originally released as Atlantic LP 1389 in June 1962, this is a neat little disc by pianist/singer Mose Allison, who successfully melds blues, jazz, wry humor and a wonderful ability to turn a phrase. If you never caught Allison's live act or listened to his records, the eclecticism displayed here will amaze you. An excellent player and singer grounded in the smoky, late-night lounge blues, Allison assays country blues, cool jazz, r&b and hep vocals with equal aplomb. The five instrumental cuts display his earthy yet precise piano touch. Some great compositions, mostly Allison's. Check out the title tune and Your Mind Is On Vacation. Though the sound is somewhat muffled, this one is very entertaining. (PL)

 
MOSE ALLISON Rhino 71689 Allison Wonderland : The Mos Allison Anthology ● CD $29.98
Two CD set tracing the career of this unique and influential jazz and blues singer from his first recordings in 1957 through 1990 drawn from six different record labels.

 
DAVID ALLYN Audiophile 155 Soft As Spring ● CD $15.98
Balladeer with Loonis McGlohon group, 10 original tunes from LP, 5 unissued tracks & 3 new tracks 

 
AMBROSE ASV CDAJA 5066 Ambrose ● CD $11.98
65 minutes of big band sounds from 1937-38

 
THE AMBROSIA BRASS BAND GHB 228 Walking Through The Streets Of The City ● CD $15.98

 
GENE AMMONS Original Jazz Classics 129 Jammin' In Hi-fi With Gene Amm ● CD $12.98

 
GENE AMMONS Original Jazz Classics 192 Blue Gene ● CD $12.98

 
GENE AMMONS Original Jazz Classics 395 Live! In Chicago ● CD $12.98

 
GENE AMMONS Original Jazz Classics 792 Preachin' ● CD $12.98

 
GENE AMMONS Original Jazz Classics 6005 Greatest Hits - Vol 1: The Sixties ● CD $12.98

 
GENE AMMONS Original Jazz Classics 6013 Greatest Hits : The 50s ● CD $12.98
Recommended. These 8 great sides start out with 3 singles hits - Blues Up & Down with Sonny Stitt on 2nd tenor & Walkin', this time with Stitt on baritone, both from '50 (though in '54 Miles would make Walkin' his own) & Sock from '55. From hereon, it's all-star blowing sessions, with the 9 to 14 minute tracks giving everyone room to stretch out! Sidemen include such greats as Art & Addison Farmer, Jackie McLean, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Pepper Adams & Mal Waldron on Happy Blues/ Jammin' With Gene/, Funky/ The Twister/ Blue Greens & Beans (GM)

 
GENE AMMONS Prestige 24058 The Gene Ammons Story: The 78 Era ● CD $18.98
27 tracks, 78 min., recommended. Originally issued as a double LP (with 3 more cuts), this max-length disc is a delightful chronology of Gene "Jug" Ammons' best 78 rpms from 1950-55. Jug was a top-notch player all around, and a popular artist from the 40's to the 70's. He filled his horn with feeling at every breath, excelling at the instrumental jazz/ R&B jukebox jumpers contained within (Bye Bye/ Walkin'/ Seven Eleven/ Sweet Jennie Lou/ Hot Stuff/ Sock) as well emotive ballads. Along the way he did bop, blues, vocal numbers, and rock'n'roll too, utilizing many veteran bandmates. The only fault is the sound quality, particularly on the first half, where all the discs sound like they were left in the jukebox too long. Still, I couldn't live without this one. (MB)

 
GENE AMMONS & HIS ALL-STARS Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 723 Groove Blues ● CD $12.98
4 tracks, 45 min., recommended. Truly an all-star session of Prestige Records talent from 1958 - saxophonists Paul Quinichette, Pepper Adams, John Coltrane (on alto!) and Ammons, plus pianist Mal Waldron and rhythm section. "Jam session" can be a caveat, but this is no slapdash affair, nor is it an egotistic blowout. Carefully orchestrated heads introduce rounds of serious soloing on Ammon Joy/ Groove Blues, with flautist Jerome Richardson joining Jug on Jug Handle, and Coltrane on the ballad It Might As Well Be Spring. On that cut Ammons finally gets to stretch out, his big-boned tone balancing 'Trane's rare alto flights. (MB)

 
GENE AMMONS & SONNY STITT Original Jazz Classics 708 We'll Be Together Again ● CD $12.98

 
GENE AMMONS ALL STARS Original Jazz Classics 651 Big Sound ● CD $12.98

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