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CLIFFORD BROWN Blue Note 46850-2 Jazz Immortal ● CD $12.98
CD issue of Pacific Jazz PJ3 from 1960, originally issued in 1956 as the 10" PJ 1214. Brownie plays on the West Coast with a septet having very rich harmonies, with Stu Williamson (Valve-tb), Sims (ts), Bob Gordon (bari), Russ Freeman (p), Joe Mondragon or Carson Smith (b), & Shelly Manne (d). Recorded July 12 & Aug 13 '54, this CD leaves off Bones For Zoot which doesn't have Brownie &, it turns out, is actually from a Sims-Annie Ross session, & replaces it with an alt take of my favorite tune from the set, Tiny Capers. Includes an unusual arrangement of Blueberry Hill, + Daahoud/ Gone With The Wind/ Bones For Jones, 8 tracks in all ( GMD)

CLIFFORD BROWN Original Jazz Classics 017 Clifford Brown Memorial ● CD $12.98
Reissue of Prestige 7055 from 1956. 


CLIFFORD BROWN & MAX ROACH Emarcy 814 644-2 Brown And Roach, Inc. ● CD $10.98
Japanese-produced reissue from 1954, Brown's most prolific year. Clifford and Max are joined by Harold Land, George Morrow and Richie Powell on 7 numbers, including the standards I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You, Stompin' At The Savoy, Darn That Dream. (MB)


LES BROWN Circle 90 1944 & 1946 ● CD $13.98

LES BROWN Columbia CK 45344 Best Of The Big Bands - 16 Most Requested Songs ● CD $9.98
Includes such favorites as Leap Frog/ You Won't Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart/ I've Got The Sun In The Morning/ Bizet Has His Day/ I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm/ On The beach At Waikiki and others.

RAY BROWN Original Jazz Classics 412 Something For Lester ● CD $12.98

THE BROWN DOTS Flyright 66 For Sentimental Reasons - The Brown Dots Collection ● CD $16.98
Rare sides from the 40s by group formed as an offshoot of The Inkspots featuring tenor Deek Wilson

DAVE BRUBECK Columbia CK 40585 Time Out ● CD $12.98
The cool jazz classic, featuring the 5/4 time hit Take Five and the equally popular Blue Rondo A La Turk. I heard some of this on the radio the other day, and it actually sounded surprisingly modern, owing to the group's exploration of unusual rhythms and the fresh stylings of pianist Brubeck, alto sax legend Paul Desmond and drummer Joe Morello. 7 longish cuts. (MB)

DAVE BRUBECK Columbia CK 40627 Gone With The Wind ● CD $12.98
Songs with a southern theme by the classic Brubeck quartet - granted the idea of Dixie done cool jazz style is a little far fetched, but when the magnolias are in bloom what would be better than a collection of tunes like Swanee River/ Georgia On My Mind/ Camptown Races/ Short'nin Bread/ Ol' Man River? (MB)

DAVE BRUBECK Columbia CK 47032 Interchanges '54 ● CD $12.98
12 cuts drawn from the "Brubeck Time" and "Jazz: Red Hot And Cool" LP's. Brubeck was pretty much a full-blown star by this point, and we might assume that he was stubbornly following his muse (rather than record company dictates) by waxing cool versions of the old chestnuts Jeepers Creepers/ Pennies From Heaven/ Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now/ Brother Can You Spare A Dime?/ Indiana and more with his pre-Time Out quartet featuring altoist Paul Desmond. (MB)

DAVE BRUBECK Original Jazz Classics 046 Jazz At Oberlin ● CD $12.98

DAVE BRUBECK Original Jazz Classics  716 Plays And Plays And Plays ● CD $12.98
Plays finds the classically trained Mr. Brubeck at home, literally, in Oakland in 1957, alone with his piano as he mostly improvises his way through a set of mostly standards, including Jerome Kern's I'm Old Fashioned, Cole Porter's You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To and Irving Berlin's They Say It's Wonderful. As D.B. explains in the original liner notes, the "goofs" have been left in "for honesty's sake". The two Brubeck originals are Sweet Cleo Brown/ In Search Of A Theme. The CD also offers a bonus track in the beautiful and previously unreleased Two Sleepy People. A rare opportunity to hear Time magazine's Nov. '54 cover boy all by himself. (JC)

DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET Columbia CK 44215 The Great Concerts ● CD $12.98

DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET Columbia CK 48531 Jazz Impressions Of Eurasia ● CD $12.98
6 tracks, 40 min., recommended. Back in the Eisenhower years, State Dept.-sponsored musical tours were all the rage, and Brubeck returned from such a tour with a head full of exotic ideas. He didn't attempt to copy regional styles, but let them seep into his craft, giving Nomad/ The Golden Horn a vaguely Arabic tinge, and recalling Poland in Dziekuje. Calcutta Blues is the deeply moving conclusion. Altoist Paul Desmond deserves a lot of credit for his versatile treatment of these demanding, intriguing compositions. (MB)

RAY BURKE American Music 47 Ray Burke's Speakeasy Boys ● CD $15.98
incl. never before issued titles "sister kate" & "shake it & break it", 1937-1949, 22 tracks

KENNY BURRELL Fantasy 79005 Ellington Is Forever ● CD $16.98

KENNY BURRELL Original Jazz Classics 019 Kenny Burrell ● CD $12.98
5 tracks, 37 min., recommended. A relatively early all-star date for this young guitar whiz who bridged the gap between bop and blues. The fare is typical of 1957, although the guitar and Cecil Payne's baritone sax melody lines are unusual and distinctive. Burrell's playing is fresh and full of unpredictable flurries - sometimes he over-reaches and gets sloppy, but I love hearing him striving (and usually attaining) total spontaneity. Great backing by Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins and Elvin Jones. (MB)

KENNY BURRELL Prestige 60-028 And The Jazz Giants ● CD $15.98
Essential Wonderful overview of the best of this guitar giant, joined by a variety of all-stars, from "Pivot" from 3/57 with Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Mal Waldron & 2nd guitarist Jimmy Raney, through to 1991's "Autumn Leaves" (mistakenly listed as '71) with Cedar Walton & Ray Mantilla. There's all types of settings, from "Lyresto", Burrell playing with the Davis-less Miles Quintet (John Coltrane, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers & Jommy Cobb from '58), an organ quartet withBrother Jack McDuff, to a trio with Chambers & Wynton Kelly, to a couple gorgeous solo Ellington numbers (Jump For Joy/ Azure). Other Giants heard here include Coleman Hawkins, Art Farmer, Gene Ammons, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine. (GM)

KENNY BURRELL & JOHN COLTRANE Original Jazz Classics 300 Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane ● CD $12.98
Reissue of New Jazz 8276 from 1958. This March 7, 1958 session has been reissued a few times under Trane's name, but this is the original packaging showing guitar great Burrell as leader with a rhythm section of past and future Miles Davis sidemen, Tommy Flanagan(p), Paul Chambers(b) & Jimmy Cobb(d). 2 standards including a brief Burrell/ Trane duet of Why Was I Born? and 3 originals by Burrell & Flanagan. Brief Downbeat review on cover is by Harvey Pekar, now "superstar" comic book hero - Big Paul/ Freight Trane/ Lyresto/ I Never Knew. (GM)

KENNY BURRELL/ JIMMY RANEY Original Jazz Classics 216 Two Guitars ● CD $12.98
This 1957 recording has a loose jam session feel to it, with the two guitar stars keeping a surprisingly low profile. But aside from the lack of fiery fretwork, there are no disappointments here, and gems are plentiful. Pianist Mal Waldron's Blue Duke is a finger-snapper that's too cool for words; Mal and trumpeter Donald Byrd shine like a new dime. Close Your Eyes is another cool swinger featuring Burrell. Little Melonae is a quirky creation from alto saxman Jackie McLean, who takes the first solo, opening the door for a nice two guitar conversation. Bassist Doug Watkins' This Way is an uptempo bopper with a smokin' solo by Burrell. Art Taylor excites the skins on this 7 cut disc. You don't have to love guitar to love this rare combination of progressive writing and spirited blowing. Buy! (MB)

JAKI BYARD Original Jazz Classics 1842 Out Front ● CD $16.98

DON BYAS Highnote 7044 Midnight At Mintons ● CD $14.98

CHARLIE BYRD Original Jazz Classics 107 Bossa Nova Pelos Passaros ● CD $12.98

CHARLIE BYRD Original Jazz Classics 262 Byrd At The Gate ● CD $12.98

CHARLIE BYRD Original Jazz Classics 669 At The Village Vanguard ● CD $12.98

DONALD BYRD/KENNY BURRELL Original Jazz Classics 427 All Night Long ● CD $12.98
One spin of this disc established that there are no Donald Byrd fans in the house, but there are plenty of other plusses to this 1956 reissue. The rest of the all-star cast, including guitarist Burrell, pianist Mal Waldron, and tenor sax giant Hank Mobley more than compensate for Byrd's brash blowing. The opening number, a 17 minute blues, gives everyone ample soloing room, and lets you know who the real talent is, with Burrell's wicked picking and Mobley's warm, lyrical tone stealing the show. 6 cuts total - 55 minutes. (MB)


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