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  • Hard Bop Hard Bop Quick View

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    Hard Bop

    Cut from the Original Analog Mono Master Tapes by Kevin Gray and Robert Pincus & Pressed at RTI

    Numbered Limited Edition of Only 2500 Copies

    Some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time have passed through Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham, Wayne Shorter and Donald Byrd, among many others. However brief their stay, working with the demanding and full-throttle drummer not only increased their visibility, but also their chops and interpretive capacity. Blakey's ability to drum up the best players in the game may have even eclipsed his superhuman ability to play drums.

    Altoist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Bill Hardman, bassist Spanky deBrest, and pianist Sam Dockery join the fold here to along with Blakey deliver whole-bop goodness on five propulsive, fiery tracks. True to its title, this LP bops hard, with a ferocious swing, boundless energy and telepathic communication between players - especially Blakey and Hardman. Considering the rhythmic demands of Blakey's locomotive playing style, this was an incredible achievement.

    Impex Records has cut this gorgeous, limited edition (2,500 pressings) 180-gram LP with the original analog mono master tapes and without computer processing of any kind. You hear all the vivacious interplay that occurred on that weekend in 1957 when Blakey and crew forged a bold new vision of muscular, funky jazz. This is music that still resonates over 50 years later. Not to be missed!

    1. Cranky Spanky
    2. Stella By Starlight
    3. My Heart Stood Still
    4. Little Melonae
    5. Stanley's Stiff Chickens
    Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Hard Drive (Pre-Order) Hard Drive (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Hard Drive (Pre-Order)


    Hard Drive is an album by drummer Art Blakey with The Jazz Messengers recorded in late 1957 and originally released on the Bethlehem label. AllMusic awarded the album 3 stars stating "The music on this album is typical hard bop of the period, well played and full of enthusiasm and fire". All tracks were remastered in 2012. This vinyl is made with the original artwork.

    1. For Minors Only
    2. Right Down Front

    3. Deo-X

    4. Sweet Sakeena
    5. For Miles And Miles

    6. Krafty

    7. Late Spring
    Art Blakey
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Elmo Hope Volume 2 Elmo Hope Volume 2 Quick View

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    Elmo Hope Volume 2

    Volume 2 features Elmo Hope on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Volume 2 is comprised of six, hard bop tracks.
    1. Crazy
    2. Abdullah
    3. Chips
    4. Later For You
    5. Low Tide
    6. Maybe So
    Elmo Hope
    10 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Lights Out (Mono) Lights Out (Mono) Quick View

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    Lights Out (Mono)

    1957's Lights Out finds an up and coming Jackie McLean in his second session as a leader with fine accompaniment from Donald Byrd (trumpet), Arthur Taylor (drums) and Doug (Watkins). Primarily hard bop in nature, the 6-song set also features blues undertones and the occasional shared improvisation by McLean and Byrd.
    1. Lights Out
    2. Up
    3. Lorraine
    4. A Foggy Day
    5. Kerplunk
    6. Inding
    Jackie McLean
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Young Bloods (Mono) The Young Bloods (Mono) Quick View

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    The Young Bloods (Mono)

    This 1956 hard bop Prestige release features Phil Woods and Donald Byrd co-leading a quintet rounded out by Al Haig (piano), Teddy Kotick (bass) and Charlie Persip (drums). The 6-song set is dominated by four strong originals from the prolific Woods including House of Chan and In Walked George which also see the alto saxophonist taking solo honors in style.
    1. Dewey Square
    2. Dupeltook
    3. Once More
    4. House of Chan
    5. In Walked George
    6. Lover Man
    Phil Woods & Donald Byrd
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Mono Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Components Components Quick View

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    Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign

    Components is an album by jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. The first side of the LP features compositions by Hutcherson, in a hard bop style, whilst the second side features Joe Chambers' compositions, more in the avant-garde style.

    1. Components
    2. Tranquility
    3. Little B's Poem
    4. West 22nd Street Theme
    5. Movement
    6. Juba Dance
    7. Air
    8. Pastoral
    Bobby Hutcherson
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  • Blowing in From Chicago Blowing in From Chicago Quick View

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    Blowing in From Chicago

    Jordan and Gilmore were big guns in Chicago and unknown elsewhere when they made this album with the dream team of Horace Silver, Curly Russell and Art Blakey. Jordan would become a kingpin of the New York hard bop scene and Gilmore would immerse himself in the world of Sun Ra, but these tenor masters were completely in sync for this great Blue Note session.

    Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone
    John Gilmore, tenor saxophone
    Horace Silver, piano
    Curly Russell, bass
    Art Blakey, drums

    1. Staus Quo
    2. Bo-Till
    3. Blue Lights
    4. Billie's Bounce
    5. Evil Eye
    6. Everywhere
    Clifford Jordan
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Creeper The Creeper Quick View

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    The Creeper

    Recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in 1967, but not released by Blue Note until 1981, the aptly titled, The Creeper finds Donald Byrd in an acoustic sextet with Sonny Red (alto), Pepper Adams (baritone), Chick Corea (piano), Miroslav Vitous (bass) and Mickey Roker (drums). The solid set also stands as the jazz trumpeter's last in the hard bop style and in a way the end of an era.

    1. Samba Yanta

    2. I Will Wait For You
    3. Blues Medium Rare
    4. The Creeper
    5. Chico-San
    6. Early Sunday Morning
    7. Blues Well Done
    Donald Byrd
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  • At Basin Street (Bonus Track) At Basin Street (Bonus Track) Quick View

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    At Basin Street (Bonus Track)

    The last official album by the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet is the only one that featured the great Sonny Rollins on tenor. With pianist Richie Powell and bassist George Morrow completing the group, this date is a hard bop classic. Brownie and Rollins fit together perfectly on memorable versions of What Is This Thing Called Love, I'll Remember April, and a witty arrangement of Love Is a Many Splendored Thing. Highly recommended.

    -All Music Guide
    1. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    2. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
    3. I'll Remember April
    4. Step Lightly (Junior's Arrival)
    5. Powell's Prances
    6. Time
    7. The Scene Is Clean
    8. Gertrude's Bounce
    9. Flossie Lou*

    *Bonus Track

    Clifford Brown & Max Roach
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  • Cornbread Cornbread Quick View

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    Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign

    Recorded in 1965, Cornbread by Lee Morgan features Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, Larry Ridley and Billy Higgins. Morgan was one of
    hard bop's greatest trumpeters who also performed with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Cornbread will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note
    75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Cornbread
    2. Our Man Higgins
    3. Ceora
    4. Ill Wind
    5. Most Like Lee
    Lee Morgan
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  • Caravan Caravan Quick View

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    Caravan is the legendary jazz album originally released by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in February 1963. It was Blakey's first album for Riverside
    Records and was produced by Orrin Keepnews. The album is described as a slick, fluid, professional set of hard bop at its finest." (BBC)

    The album has been newly reissued on vinyl for all classic jazz and vinyl collectors alike.

    1. Caravan
    2. Sweet N Sour
    3. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
    4. This Is For Albert
    5. Skylark
    6. Thermo
    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
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  • Search For The New Land Search For The New Land Quick View

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    Search For The New Land

    Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign

    Search for the New Land is an album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan. A hard bop set with a group of well-known jazz musicians, Search for the New Land was recorded before The Sidewinder was released and is considered more abstract than its popular predecessor. It is described by jazz commentator Scott Yanow as one of the finest Lee Morgan records.

    1. Search For The New Land
    2. The Joker
    3. Mr. Kenyatta
    4. Melancholee
    5. Morgan The Pirate
    Lee Morgan
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  • Dig Dig Quick View

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    These 1951 performances provided the foundation for an evolution in both musical style and documentation. They are among the first examples of the percussive, melodically compact, and blues-based extension of jazz modernism that came to be known as hard bop, and share similar pride of place as examples of the extended performances made possible by the long-playing microgroove record.
    1. Dig
    2. It's Only A Paper Moon
    3. Denial
    4. Bluing
    5. Out of the Blue
    Miles Davis & Sonny Rollins
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  • Sunny Side Up Sunny Side Up Quick View

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    Sunny Side Up

    In the late fifties and early sixties, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded primarily with his own quartet with pianist Herman Foster or with organ trios. Occasionally, he'd break the mold as he did on this February, 1960 session that was strictly a hard bop affair which includes trumpeter Bill Hardman and pianist Horace Parlan. There's still plenty of funk in evidence as Goose Grease bears out, but Hardman's Politely, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise and The Man I Love find Lou digging deep into his bop roots.

    Lou Donaldson, trumpet, alto sax
    Bill Hardman, trumpet
    Al Harewood, drums
    Laymon Jackson, bass
    Sam Jones, bass
    Horace Parlan, piano

    1. Blues for J.P.
    2. The Man I Love
    3. Polietly
    4. It's You or No One
    5. The Truth
    6. Goose Grease
    7. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
    Lou Donaldson
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • E.S.P. (Awaiting Repress) E.S.P. (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    E.S.P. (Awaiting Repress)

    Available For The First Time On 180 Gram Vinyl

    All-Tube/All-Analog Mastering By Chris Bellman At Bernie Grundman Mastering

    Faithfully Reproduced Jacket And Labels

    Individually Numbered And Strictly Limited To 3,000

    ESP marks the beginning of a revitalization for Miles Davis, as his second classic quintet -- saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams -- gels, establishing what would become their signature adventurous hard bop. Miles had been moving toward this direction in the two years preceding the release of ESP and he had recorded with everyone outside of Shorter prior to this record, but his addition galvanizes the group, pushing them toward music that was recognizably bop but as adventurous as jazz's avant-garde. Outwardly, this music doesn't take as many risks as Coltrane or Ornette Coleman's recordings of the mid-'60s, but by borrowing some of the same theories -- a de-emphasis of composition in favor of sheer improvisation, elastic definitions of tonality -- they created a unique sound that came to define the very sound of modern jazz. Certainly, many musicians have returned to this group for inspiration, but their recordings remain fresh, because they exist at this fine dividing line between standard bop and avant. On ESP, they tilt a bit toward conventional hard bop (something that's apparent toward the end of the record), largely because this is their first effort, but the fact is, this difference between this album and hard bop from the early '60s is remarkable. This is exploratory music, whether it's rushing by in a flurry of notes or elegantly reclining in Hancock's calm yet complex chords. The compositions are brilliantly structured as well, encouraging such free-form exploration with their elliptical yet memorable themes. This quintet may have cut more adventurous records, but ESP remains one of their very best albums.

    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

    1. E.S.P.
    2. Eighty-One
    3. Little One
    4. R.J.
    5. Agitation
    6. Iris
    7. Mood
    Miles Davis
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Hootin' 'N Tootin' (Awaiting Repress) Hootin' 'N Tootin' (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Hootin' 'N Tootin' (Awaiting Repress)



    Hootin' 'N Tootin', is a thoroughly enjoyable set of funky soul-jazz with hard bop overtones. It is true that Jackson doesn't try anything new on the set, but he proves to be a capable leader, coaxing hot, infectious performances out of guitarist Willie Jones, organist Earl Vandyke and drummer Wilbert Hogan, all of whom were collegues of Jackson in the Lloyd Price band. All of the songs on the album are Jackson originals, and while there are no substantial, memorable melodies, they provide an excellent foundation for the group's smoking interplay.

    Fred Jackson
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  • Vertigo Vertigo Quick View

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    A 1959 session and five numbers from a 1963 McLean set. While Formidable has a strong quintet (with altoist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Walter Davis, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Pete La Roca), the 1963 session has the recording debut of drummer Tony Williams along with strong contributions from Byrd, pianist Herbie Hancock (then also near the beginning of his career), and bassist Butch Warren. The latter unit sticks to group originals by Byrd, Hancock, and McLean, and the music ranges from catchy funk and hard bop to strong hints of the avant-garde.
    1. Marnie
    2. Dusty Foot
    3. Vertigo
    4. Cheers
    5. Yams
    Jackie Mclean
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  • Flight to Jordan (Limited Edition) Flight to Jordan (Limited Edition) Quick View

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    Flight to Jordan (Limited Edition)

    This album is not eligible for any discounts.

    Duke Jordan established his credentials as a pianist during 1947-48 when he was Charlie Parkers pianist. His composing skills did not emerge until the arrival of hard bop in the mid fifties. His 1960 release Flight To Jordan was his first full album as a leader and features the distinctive front line of Stanley Turrentine and Dizzy Reece. Added to the albums six great Jordan compositions are another original and a trio version of I Should Care.

    1. Flight To Jordan
    2. Star Bright
    3. Squawkin'
    4. Deacon Joe
    5. Split Quick
    6. Si-Joya
    7. Diamond Stud
    8. I Should Care
    Duke Jordan
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Limited Edition LP JAPANESE IMPORT RELEASE DATE JUNE 2008 - Sealed Buy Now
  • Taru Taru Quick View

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    Lee Morgan, trumpet

    Bennie Maupin, tenor saxophone

    George Benson, guitar

    John Hicks, piano

    Reggie Workamn, bass

    Billy Higgins, drums

    Trumpeter Lee Morgan performs two funky boogaloos, a ballad, and three complex group originals on this album whose music was first released in 1980. This is a transitional date with the hard bop stylist leaning in the direction of modal music and even anticipating aspects of fusion. His sextet (which includes Bennie Maupin on tenor, guitarist George Benson, pianist John Hicks, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Billy Higgins) is quite advanced for the period and inspires Morgan to some fiery and explorative playing.


    Avotcja One
    Dee Lawd
    Get Yourself Together
    Taru, What's Wrong With You
    Lee Morgan
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  • Informal Jazz (Mono) Informal Jazz (Mono) Quick View

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    Informal Jazz (Mono)

    Pianist/composer Elmo Hope is joined on 1956's Informal Jazz by a literal dream team of jazz giants including John Coltrane (tenor sax), Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Paul Chambers (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums). The 4-song hard bop set is anchored by the two Hope originals Weeja and On It which are featured here alongside the Jimmy Van Heusen penned Polka Dots and Moonbeams and the popular jazz standard Avalon. With a line-up like this, the title may be the only thing informal about it!
    1. Weeja
    2. Polka Dot and Moonbeams
    3. On It
    4. Avalon
    Elmo Hope
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Inta Somethin' Inta Somethin' Quick View

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    Inta Somethin'

    Originally released in 1962 on the Pacific Jazz label, Inta Somethin' is a wonderful live session from the legendary trumpeter Kenny Dorham & alto sax great Jackie McLean, recorded live at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco in the Winter of 1961. Featuring 4 standards bookended by two Dorham originals, the album also includes contributions from dynamic bassist Leroy Vinnegar amongst others. Inta Somethin' is a classic hard bop live session that includes a version of Dorham's great "Uno Mas" a year before the Blue Note album of the same name. Includes original liner notes.
    1. Una Mas
    2. It Could Happen To You
    3. Let's Face The Music
    4. No Two People
    5. Lover Man
    6. San Francisco Beat
    Kenny Dorham & Jackie McLean
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Misterioso Misterioso Quick View

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    Originally released in 1965 and produced by Jazz great Teo Macero, this Hard Bop album by Thelonious Monk is an essential part of Monk fans, and rightfully belongs in any Jazz collection for that matter.

    Misterioso (Recorded On Tour) contains 8 powerful live performances at venues such as Brandeis University, Lincoln Center and The Village Gate in New York and the Newport Jazz Festival during the early Sixties, when Jazz was pushed into further directions.

    This album features Thelonious Monk on piano, Larry Gales and Butch Warren on double bass, Ben Riley and Frankie Dunlop on drums and longtime Monk band member Charlie Rouse on tenor sax.

    1. Well, You Needn't
    2. Misterioso
    3. Light Blue
    4. I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You
    5. All The Things You Are
    6. Honeysuckle Rose
    7. Bemsha Swing
    8. Evidence
    Thelonious Monk
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Ready For Freddie Ready For Freddie Quick View

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    Ready For Freddie

    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign

    Ready For Freddie by jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard features Grammy®-winner Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Art Davis on bass,
    Elvin Jones on drums and Bernard McKinney on euphonium. Released in 1961, Ready For Freddie, Hubbard's fourth album includes his most well-known
    compositions, "Birdlike" and "Crisis." This hard bop essential will be re-released as part of the overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
    spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Arietis
    2. Weaver Of Dreams
    3. Marie Antoinette
    4. Birdlike
    5. Crisis
    Freddie Hubbard
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    Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers

    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign

    Originally released in 1955, Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers was a seminal album in the launch of hard bop jazz. Pianist, Horace Silver joined
    forces with drummer, Art Blakey, and the Jazz Messengers to create this new sound. This was the first album by the Jazz Messengers and it features two
    jazz classics: "The Preacher" and "Doodlin'." Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers will be released as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary
    vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Room 608
    2. Creepin' In
    3. Stop Time
    4. To Whom It May Concern
    5. Hippy
    6. The Preacher
    7. Hankerin'
    8. Doodlin'
    Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers
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