Bright Pieces: Elvin Jones - "Merry Go Round"

Bright Pieces: Elvin Jones - "Merry Go Round"

On Merry Go Round the great Elvin Jones leads a large group of musicians including David Liebman, Steve Grossman and Gene Perla (all members of his touring group at this time), as well as his early-Blue Note partner Joe Farrell who was always at the top of his game playing alongside Jones. The resulting LP is a strong early seventies post bop record with some funky soul jazz thrown in for good measure.

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Let's Get Together: Various Artists (Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Harold Land, et al) - "Jam Session"

Let's Get Together: Various Artists (Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Harold Land, et al) - "Jam Session"

An impromptu live set resulted in an excellent and exciting early hard bop session that featured some of the finest jazz musicians of the day, including the members of the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet along with Harold Land, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson and Dinah Washington,

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Get Your Groove On: Milt Jackson (with the Ray Brown Big Band) - "Memphis Jackson"

Get Your Groove On: Milt Jackson (with the Ray Brown Big Band) - "Memphis Jackson"

Milt Jackson teams up with Ray Brown once again in the late-1960s, this time in a big band setting led by Brown to create an underrated album of funky and soulful jazz that will appeal to both fans of modern jazz and rare groove collectors alike. 

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Giants of Cool: Shorty Rogers - "Martians Come Back!"

Giants of Cool: Shorty Rogers - "Martians Come Back!"

A wacky space-age cover hides a fantastic album of cool jazz within, with Rogers leading a group of talented and legendary players from the 1950s through an array of settings and sounds that results in an extremely satisfying LP that rewards repeated listening. 

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