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JAZZ, DANCE BANDS, VOCALISTS
Art Blakey -> Randy Brooks

ART BLAKEY
PAUL BLEY
PETER BOCAGE
CONNEE BOSWELL
THE BOSWELL SISTERS
AL BOWLLY
CARMEN BRADFORD
RUBY BRAFF
ANTHONY BRAXTON
JOYCE BREACH
LENNY BREAU
BOB BROOKMEYER
RANDY BROOKS

  

ART BLAKEY Blue Note 46519-2 A Night At Birdland With The Art Blakey Quintet, Vol. 1 ● CD $12.98
The prototype of the Jazz Messengers, the only group not bearing the Messengers name. This album, one of 2 originally released in 1954, was recorded on Feb. 21, 1954 with the 1st of Art's endless incredible lineups - Clifford Brown(t), Lou Donaldson(ts) Horace Silver(p), Curley Russell(b) & Blakey(d). This set inc. the beautiful Once In A While featuring Brown & Split Kick/ Quicksilver/ A Night In Tunisia/ The Way You Look Tonight/ Mayreh.

 
ART BLAKEY Blue Note 46520 A Night At Birdland With The Art Blakey Qunintet Vol. 2 ● CD $12.98
More from the same concert with an alternate take of Quicksilver & Wee Dot/ If I Had You/ Now's The Time/ Confirmation/

 
ART BLAKEY Blue Note 46521-2 The Jazz Messengers At The Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 1 ● CD $12.98
The 1st group to carry the name Jazz Messengers - Kenny Dorham (t), Hank Mobley (ts), Horace Silver (p), Doug Watkins (b) & Blakey. This 1st of 2 lps was recorded on Nov. 11, 1955 and inc. The Theme/ Soft Winds/ Minor's Holiday/ Alone Together & Prince Albert.

 
ART BLAKEY Blue Note 46522-2 The Jazz Messengers At The Cafe Bohemia Vol. 2 ● CD $12.98
This 2nd lp comes from a Nov. 23, 1955 performance. Kenny Dorham shines on Yesterdays and everybody plays percussion on Avila & Tequila. Also Sportin' Crowd/ Like Someone In Love/ I Waited For You.

 
ART BLAKEY Blue Note 84104-2 Buhaina's Delight ● CD $12.98
10 tracks, 63 min., good. No doubt this era of the Messengers (Hubbard, Shorter, Fuller, Walton, Merritt) could blow, but the energy is noticeably low in much of the playing on this session: it feels slow. No fault in the writing: Bu's Delight/ Shaky Jake allow for some nice solos, and Mancini's Moon River is rearranged by Wayne Shorter to really move. Curtis Fuller's playing stands out best on this disc. This reissue also includes four alternate takes (Backstage Sally/ Moon River/ Reincarnation Blues/ Bu's Delight), mostly for the collector. (GR)

 
ART BLAKEY RCA 61097 Paris 1958 ● CD $11.98
Superb live set recorded in Paris, late 1958. This edition of the greatest hard bop group ever included talented tenorist/ composer (and the band's straw boss) Benny Golson, trumpeter Lee Morgan, then 20 years old, pianist Bobby Timmons and bassist Jymie Merritt. The group works out on 5 extended classics. Blues March/ Moanin'/ Whisper Not/ Now's the Time/ Evidence. CD has 11-minute bonus track Out of the Past. (RS)

 
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS Blue Note 46516-2 Moanin' ● CD $12.98
Blakey's definitive 1958 session, with Lee Morgan, Benny Golson and Bobby Timmons on the frontline. Includes alternate take of the title track.

 
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS Blue Note 84049-2 A Night In Tunisia ● CD $12.98
The '65 Jazz Messengers were a showcase for the playing of Lee Morgan (trumpet) and Wayne Shorter (sax) backed by a rhythm section of Blakey, Jymie Merritt and Bobby Timmons. Highlight here is an extended version of A Night In Tunisa, where Morgan and Shorter shine and Blakey's rolls and cymbal work keep things on a boil. Yana, a bluesy Morgan composition, is my second favorite, initiated by some soulful Timmons piano and featuring some lyrical trumpet and beautifully restrained, distant sax solo. This CD release has two extra tracks - an alternate take of Sincerely Diana and When Your Lover Has Gone. (WSG)

 
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS Blue Note 84170-2 Free For All ● CD $12.98
The fabulous 1964 Messengers with Shorter, Hubbard, and Fuller on Free For All, Hammer Head, The Core, and Pensativa .

 
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS Blue Note 84451-2 Three Blind Mice Vol. 1 ● CD $12.98

 
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS Blue Note 84452-2 Three Blind Mice Vol. 2 ● CD $12.98
2 volume set of live recordings, featuring one of the most vital of Blakey's myriad Messengers ensembles - Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Cedar Walton (piano), Jymie Merritt (bass) and of course the explosive leader on drums. Volume 1 was recorded in Hollywood in 1962, and issues 8 cuts, mostly penned and arranged by the stellar band members, including two bonus tracks. The second volume provides 3 long workouts from the original LP, also recorded in 1962, plus 2 extra selections from a 1961 concert at the Village Gate. This is an all-star aggregation if there ever was one - highly recommended. (MB)

 
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS Columbia CK 47118 The Jazz Messenger ● CD $12.98

 
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS Original Jazz Classics 038 Caravan ● CD $12.98

 
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS Original Jazz Classics 090 Ugetsu ● CD $12.98
Reissue of Riverside 9464 from 1963. Blakey leads Hubbard, Shorter, Fuller, Walton & Workman on a set recorded live at Birdland on June 16, 1963 & doesn't take a single solo! Includes I Didn't Know What Time It Was + 5 band originals - Walton's title tune, Fuller's Time Off & 3 by Shorter - One By One/ Ping-Pong / On The Ginza.

 
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS Original Jazz Classics 145 Kyoto ● CD $12.98

 
PAUL BLEY Original Jazz Classics 201 Introducing Paul Bley ● CD $12.98
Reissue of Debut 7, only issued as a 10" in 1954. These are Paul's 1st recordings, done as a trio with a rhythm section of Charles Mingus & Art Blakey. Inc. all 6 tunes from the original lp, recorded on Nov. 30, 1953, plus a version of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town from the same session that had only appeared on a sampler lp - also Opus 1/ Teapot/ Like Someone In Love/ Spontaneous Combustion/ Split Kick/ I Can't Get Started.

 
PETER BOCAGE Original Jazz Classics 1835 New Orleans: Living Legends ● CD $16.98

 
CONNEE BOSWELL ASV CDAJA 5221 25 Hits Recorded 1932-1942 ● CD $11.98
The most talented of the Boswell Sisters with 25 performances including duets with Bing Crosby from 1937.

 
CONNEE BOSWELL Harlequin HQ CD 80 Deep In A Dream ● CD $16.98

 
THE BOSWELL SISTERS ASV CDAJA 5014 It's The Girls ● CD $11.98
Mostly 30s material. 22 tunes inc. Shout, Sister, Shout/ Heebie Jeebies/ It's The Girl/ Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries/ Concentratin' On You , etc.

 
THE BOSWELL SISTERS Retrieval 79009 Airshots & Rarities, 1930-35 ● CD $15.98
20 tracks - Here Comes The Sun/ Down The River Of Golden Dreams/ There's A Wah Wah Girl In Agua Caliente/ My Mad Moment/ I'm In Training For You/ Does My Baby Love?/ Liza Lee/ At The Darktown Strutters Ball/ Heebie Jeebies, etc.

 
AL BOWLLY ASV CDAJA 5064 Proud Of You ● CD $11.98
20 tracks by vocalist with various groups, 1934-1938

 
AL BOWLLY Empress RAJCD 837 The Very Though Of You ● CD $13.98
23 tracks from this popular vocalist including Whispering/ A Faded Summer Love/My Sweet Virginia and others.

 
AL BOWLLY Pearl Flapper 7003 Just A Bowl Of Cherries - Complete Flexadisc Recordings ● CD $20.98

 
CARMEN BRADFORD Evidence 22115 With Respect ● CD $14.98
11 tracks, 53 min., recommended A cool offering from a former Basie Band singer. Bradford swings mightily, while fronting a stable of stellar sidemen, including pianist Cedar Walton. And she does it all, scatting, shouting the blues and styling, with consummate ease. Bradford beautiful take on Red Mitchell's Finally reveals an incredible soul and depth as a singer. An excellent jazz voice. Check this one out! (PL)

 
RUBY BRAFF Black Lion 760 908 Hustlin and Bustlin ● CD $13.98
There is no one who has better captured, in a personal and creative way, the spirit of Louis Armstrong than cornetist Ruby Braff. He has drawn his own ideas from Louis' sound, and incorporated them in wonderfully inventive ways. On Hustlin and Bustlin he's captured in a variety of groups from the 1950s, with sidemen like Edmond Hall, Joe Jones and the much underrated pianist Ken Kersey. Several of these cuts are live-shots from Boston, including several from the old Storyville club that feature some surprisingly fine piano playing from George Wein. (AL)

 
ANTHONY BRAXTON Delmark 415 3 Compositions Of New Jazz ● CD $14.98
 

 
JOYCE BREACH Audiophile 269 Confessions ● CD $15.98
 

 
JOYCE BREACH & RICHARD BENNETT Audiophile 282 Lovers After All ● CD $15.98
Critically acclaimed pianist and vocalist render intimate duo versions of great standards

 
LENNY BREAU Art Of Life 1007 The Hallmark Sessions ● CD $15.98
First ever release of 1961 session recorded in Toronto, Canada in 1961 when Breau was 20 years old - his first professionally recorded session. Tunes include jazz standards, flamenco, country and four original compositions. Seven tracks are a trio with Rick Danko/ bass and Levon Helm/ drums. There are six bonus tracks featuring stereo mixes of some of the trio tracks.

 
LENNY BREAU Genes 5006/12 Five O'Clock Bells/Mo'Breau ● CD $14.98
Two complete albums (Adelphi 5006 & 5012) on one CD.

 
LENNY BREAU Genes 5024 Last Sessions ● CD $14.98
 

 
BOB BROOKMEYER Original Jazz Classics 1729 Duel Role Of Bob Brookmeyer ● CD $15.98
Excellent set of mellow post-bop featuring material from 2 sessions. First we have 4 '55 tracks by the Brookmeyer Quartet with bassist Teddy Kotick, drummer Mel Lewis and the great guitarist Jimmy Raney. Two additional tracks from '54 are included by vibist Teddy Charles' quartet featuring Brookmeyer, Kotick, and drummer Ed Shaughnessy. "Dual Role" refers to Bob's penchant for and skill at the piano, which he indulges to fine effect on much of the LP in addition to the trombone which he's better known for. His piano playing is as musical, unique and interesting as his trombonery; he could as easily have made his mark on the keys and we'd have been none the wiser. Particularly nice piano on Loop Garou and They Say It's Wonderful. (RS)

 
RANDY BROOKS Circle 152 More 1945-57 ● CD $15.98
Metronome mag. voted this the best big band of 1947

 

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