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  • Saxophone Colossus (Pre-Order) (On Sale) Saxophone Colossus (Pre-Order) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Saxophone Colossus (Pre-Order) (On Sale)

    Saxophone Colossus is a studio album by American jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. It was recorded on June 22, 1956, with producers Bob Weinstock and Rudy Van Gelder at the latter's studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. Rollins led a quartet on the album that included pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Max Roach. Saxophone Colossus was released later that year by Prestige Records to critical success and helped establish Rollins as a prominent jazz artist.

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    1. Saint Thomas
    2. You Don´t Know What Love Is
    3. Strode Rode
    4. Moritat
    5. Blue 7
    Sonny Rollins
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    Saxophone Colossus

    Strode Rode
    Blue 7
    Moritat
    St. Thomas
    You Don't Know What Love Is
    Sonny Rollins
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    Vol. 2 (Mono)

    Blue Note Reissue


    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    J.J. Johnson shared the front line with his tenor master for an exceptional session that features a unique reworking of Poor Butterfly and a great original Why Don't I. Horace Silver is the pianist, but Thelonious Monk replaces him on Reflections and both pianists alternate throughout a stunning version of Misterioso.


    Why Don't I
    Wail March
    Misterioso
    Reflections
    You Stepped Out of a Dream
    Poor Butterfly
    Sonny Rollins
    $49.99
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    Saxophone Colossus

    Sonny Rollins presents Saxophone Colossus. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. St. Thomas
    2. You Don't Know What Love Is
    3. Strode Rode
    4. Moritat
    5. Blue Seven
    Sonny Rollins
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  • What's New? (Pure Pleasure) What's New? (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    What's New? (Pure Pleasure)

    Sonny Rollins' mid-sixties experiment with bossa nova was completely different than was Stan Getz "Jazz Samba". Rollins stayed true to his bop and avant garde roots, using bossa nova as a surgeon uses a scalpel, to dissect and deconstruct familiar melodies and turn them into something new. This hip reinterpretation of standards is Sonny's trademark, and in this album it's uncompromising. The whole album is interesting and highly original, but I will only comment on one cut, Rollins' deconstruction of a sentimental broadway ballad from Camelot. He takes the kitsch out of this tune and turns it into a fierce meditation on the origins of jazz, the mystery of rhythm, and the fundamental particles of melody. Rollins' version of If Ever I Would Leave You is nothing less than this: one of the greatest tenor solos in the history of jazz.



    Musicians:



    • Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)

    • Bob Cranshaw (bass)

    • Ben Riley (drums)

    • Candido Camero (conga)

    • Dennis Charles, Frank Charles, Willie Rodriguez (percussion)




    Recording: April & May 1962 in RCA Victor's Studio B, New York City, by Ray Hall

    Production: George Avakian & Bob Prince



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. If Ever I Would Leave You
    2. Jungoso Side
    3. Bluesongo
    4. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
    5. Brownskin Girl
    Sonny Rollins
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    Saxophone Colossus

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Direct Metal Mastering


    Sonny Rollins' 1956 masterpiece Saxophone Colossus was the tenor saxophonist's career defining release, officially elevating his status to that of the jazz elite. The iconic 5-song set finds Rollins in a quartet setting with Tommy Flanagan (piano), Doug Watkins (bass) and Max Roach (drums) performing a trio of essential originals and two equally as impressive standards. Hands down one of the greatest albums ever issued on the Prestige label!

    1. Saint Thomas
    2. You Don´t Know What Love Is
    3. Strode Rode
    4. Moritat
    5. Blue 7
    Sonny Rollins
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    The Bridge

    180 Gram LP Mastered from the Original Master Tapes


    This 1962 Record Marks Rollins' Return After Taking a Voluntary Break to Refine His Playing


    How badly did Sonny Rollins want to refine his playing? The saxophonist shocked the world in 1959 and took a break, returning in 1962 with this splendiferous set, named after the Williamsburg Bridge, where he practiced by himself. He's paired here with guitarist Jim Hall, whose communicative lines, along with Rollins' esteemed solos and melancholy patterns, gives The Bridge lofty status. The quartet tackles both originals and standards such as Billie Holiday's God Bless the Child and Cole Porter's You Do Something to Me, turning up aces every time.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, ORG Music's 180 gram LP presents this Bluebird/RCA classic in the finest analog sound it's ever known. Everything from each of Rollins' dip-and-dive patterns to the patter of Ben Riley's drums is heard with extreme detail and range.

    1. Without a Song
    2. Where Are You?
    3. John S.
    4. The Bridge
    5. God Bless the Child
    6. You Do Something to Me
    Sonny Rollins
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    Plus Four

    A 150 gram vinyl reissue of the famed jazz album by Sonny Rollins, released in 1956 on Prestige Records. On this album Rollins plays with the Clifford
    Brown/Max Roach Quintet, of which he was a member at the time. The album was the last full recording including pianist Richie Powell and trumpeter
    Clifford Brown, as both died in a car accident three months later.


    Featuring:

    -Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone

    -Clifford Brown - trumpet

    -Max Roach - drums

    -Richie Powell - piano

    -George Morrow - bass

    1. Valse Hot
    2. Kiss and Run
    3. I Feel a Song Coming On
    4. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
    5. Pent-Up House
    Sonny Rollins
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  • Tenor Madness (Mono) Tenor Madness (Mono) Quick View

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    Tenor Madness (Mono)

    1956's Tenor Madness was officially the recording that established Sonny Rollins as one of jazz's elite tenor saxophonists and it stands alongside Saxophone Collossus as one of his masterworks. The fact that he enlists the talents of Miles Davis' then rhythm section of Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Philly Joe Jones for the date certainly doesn't hurt matters either. John Coltrane, who was also in Davis' group at the time, is notably featured here on the legendary title track, his only recording with Rollins.
    1. My Reverie
    2. Paul's Pal
    3. The Most Beautiful Girl In the World
    4. When Your Lover Has Gone
    5. Tenor Madness
    Sonny Rollins
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  • The Bridge The Bridge Quick View

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    The Bridge

    The music on this 1962 LP has been reissued many times, including in the Bluebird series. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins' first recording after ending a surprising three-year retirement found the great saxophonist sounding very similar to how he had played in 1959, although he would soon start investigating freer forms. In a pianoless quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Ben Riley, Rollins explores four standards (including Without a Song and God Bless the Child) plus two fiery originals (highlighted by the title cut). The interplay between Rollins and Hall is consistently impressive, making this LP a near-classic and a very successful comeback.

    - All Music Guide
    1. Without a Song
    2. Where Are You?
    3. John S.
    4. The Bridge
    5. God Bless the Child
    6. You Do Something to Me
    Sonny Rollins
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  • Rollins Plays For Bird (Mono) Rollins Plays For Bird (Mono) Quick View

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    Rollins Plays For Bird (Mono)

    1956's Rollins Plays For Bird was recorded within a year of Charlie Parker's death and features a 7-song, 27-minute medley of material associated with the jazz legend along with the independent numbers I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face and Kids Know. Accompanying Rollins on the session are Wade Legge (piano), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums) and Kenny Dorham (trumpet).
    1. Medley: I Remember You/My Melancholy Baby/Old Folks/They Can't Take That Away From Me/Just Friends/My Little Suede Shoes/Star Eyes
    2. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
    3. Kids Know
    Sonny Rollins
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  • A Night at the Village Vanguard A Night at the Village Vanguard Quick View

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    A Night at the Village Vanguard


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


    A Night At The Village Vangaurd was recorded in 1957 by jazz great Sonny Rollins. The album features Rollins on tenor sax, Wilbur Ware on bass, Elvin
    Jones on drums, Donald Bailey on bass and Pete La Roca on drums. Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering this album will be
    reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don
    Was.

    1. Old Devil Moon
    2. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
    3. Striver's Row
    4. Sonnymoon For Two
    5. A Night In Tunisia
    6. I Can't Get Started
    Sonny Rollins
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  • Way Out West Way Out West Quick View

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    Way Out West

    Import
    1. I'm An Old Cowhand
    2. Solitude
    3. Come, Gone
    4. Wagon Wheels
    5. There Is No Greater Love
    6. Way Out West
    Sonny Rollins
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Newk's Time Newk's Time Quick View

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    Newk's Time

    Newk's Time is an album by Sonny Rollins. It was his third album for Blue Note Records, recorded in 1957 and released in 1958. The title of the album is a reference to Rollins' nickname Newk, which is apparently based on his resemblance to Donald Newcombe, a Major League Baseball pitcher who shared the same nickname.
    1. Tune Up

    2. Asiatic Raes

    3. Wonderful! Wonderful!

    4. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
    5. Blues For Philly Joe
    Sonny Rollins
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  • Sonny Meets Hawk! (Pure Pleasure) Sonny Meets Hawk! (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Sonny Meets Hawk! (Pure Pleasure)

    This is a memorable meeting of a pair of genial giants - Sonny Rollins, who has been called again and again the boss of the modern tenor sax, and Coleman Hawkins, who is the father of jazz saxophone playing.



    Each has made enormous contributions to jazz improvisation, beyond the limits of his instrument. The sum total of their work forms the impressive foundation for this once-in-a-lifetime album.



    This recording is extraordinary in every sense, and not merely in that it marks the first time (except for a brief on-stage appearance at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival, which inspired this studio recording) that these great musicians have played together. Each has blended his own strong personality with the other's, yet neither has lost his individuality. Where one reaches into the other's 'bag', it is done with musical logic and respect; always, the goal of a cohesive duet relationship is uppermost in each of their minds. And perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of this album is that neither musician plays safe; each exercises his powerful imagination throughout, running all the risks entailed in daring improvisation - but gaining also the satisfactions inherent in such an approach.



    Musicians:



    • Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)

    • Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone)

    • Paul Bley (piano)

    • Henry Grimes (bass)

    • Bob Cranshaw (bass)

    • Roy McCurdy (drums)




    Recording: July 1963 in New York City by Mickey Crofford and Paul Goodman

    Production: George Avakian



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Yesterdays
    2. All the Things You Are
    3. Summertime
    4. Just Friends
    5. Lover Man
    6. At McKie's
    Sonny Rollins
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Volume 1 Volume 1 Quick View

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    Volume 1


    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Sonny Rollins, Volume 1 is a jazz album by Sonny Rollins, his first effort for the Blue Note label.

    1. Decision
    2. Bluesnote
    3. How Are Things In Glocca Morra?
    4. Plain Jane
    5. Sonnysphere
    Sonny Rollins
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • Freedom Suite Freedom Suite Quick View

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    Freedom Suite

    A successful combination of swinging boogaloo rhythms and sincere, soulful soloing, Soul Message is an enduring good-time record and a true gem in
    organist Richard "Groove" Holmes' illustrious career. Recorded in 1965 at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, this set more than lives up to
    "Groove's" middle name as the combo of Holmes, guitarist Gene Edwards, and drummer Jimmie Smith swing with carefree ease through two originals
    and four jazz standbys, including a smash hit version of "Misty." Jazz fans in search of some seriously swinging organ jazz need look no further than Soul
    Message - now available on vinyl.


    With 15 albums under his belt, Sonny Rollins was poised to make a bold statement with 1958's Freedom Suite. Sporting a Mohawk haircut on the inside
    cover, Rollins was driven by the political climate at the time, acknowledging and questioning his place in society as an African American in the midst of the
    Civil Rights Movement. In the nearly 20-minute long title track, comprised of five movements, Rollins and his longtime collaborators - drummer Max
    Roach and bassist Oscar Pettiford - were able to dig deep and explore the melodic structure. Side B is comprised of four Broadway showtunes and
    standards, which Rollins, Roach and Pettiford make their own. An inspired and vibrant boundary-pushing album.

    1. The Freedom Suite
    2. Someday I'll Find You
    3. Will You Still Be Mine?
    4. Till There Was You (Take 4)
    5. Shadow Waltz
    Sonny Rollins
    $21.99
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    Dig

    Dig
    It's Only A Paper Moon
    Denial
    Bluing
    Out Of The Blue
    Miles Davis f. Sonny Rollins
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • What's New? What's New? Quick View

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    What's New?

    Side One


    1. If Ever I Would Leave You
    2. Jungoso


    Side Two


    3. Bluesongo
    4. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
    5. Brownskin Girl

    Sonny Rollins
    $13.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • Settin' The Pace Settin' The Pace Quick View

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    Settin' The Pace

    This is John Coltrane from the period when he was a member of Miles Davis' legendary 1950s quintet, accompanied by fellow quintet members Red Garland and Paul Chambers. This is Coltrane in a relaxed bop mode, making some swinging, relaxed jazz in the vein of Sonny Rollins and Stan Getz (the latter in his more boppish mode). This is not the fire-breathing saxophonist of the mid-'60s, but a player who was beginning to push against the boundaries, all the while playing with thoughtful, imaginative lyricism. It's a set of little-known pop tunes of the era, with the exception of Jackie McLean's Little Melonae. Anyone who likes the mainstream jazz of the '50s, or Miles' music of that time, or Coltrane fans who want to hear their idol in an easygoing context, should pick this up.


    - Rovi Staff (All Music Guide)

    1. I See Your Face Before Me
    2. If There is Someone Lovelier Than You
    3. Little Melonae
    4. Rise 'N' Shine
    John Coltrane
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  • Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders Quick View

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    Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders

    What Would You Do?
    Fast Livin' Blues
    Saturday Night Fish Fry
    Do You Call That A Buddy
    I'll Die Happy
    Another Get Together
    Contemporary Blues
    Stop and Go Blues
    I Never Get Enough Of You
    Sonny Rollins
    $21.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • Collectors' Items Collectors' Items Quick View

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    Collectors' Items


    Special Vinyl Reissue In A Series Of Special 2014 Releases Commemorating The 65th Anniversary Of Prestige Records And The 90th Birthday Of Legendary
    Recording Engineer Rudy Van Gelder


    Originally released in 1956, Collectors' Items consists of two studio sessions recorded over roughly three years, with a menagerie of musicians taking
    part. Because of the amount of time between each session (1953 and 1956), fans will get an intimate peek into the artistic maturation of the esteemed
    artists who took part in the recordings. Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker (who recorded under the name "Charlie Chan" to avoid contractual issues while
    under a rival label), Paul Chambers, Art Taylor and Tommy Flanagan were just some of the names who joined Davis in the studio. Collectors' Items opens
    the studio doors to listeners, allowing them to take part in a moment-Charlie Parker trying out a new King tenor sax; Miles Davis informally improvising;
    the band recording "Round About Midnight" at six PM, due to the studio closing down for the night. Ira Gitler's liner notes recall details like this-adding
    dimension and a context to the album's tracks. This is most definitely a Collectors' Item for any jazz fan.

    1. The Serpent's Tooth [Take 1]
    2. The Serpent's Tooth [Take 2]
    3. 'Round Midnight
    4. Compulsion
    5. No Line
    6. Vierd Blues
    7. In Your Own Sweet Way
    Miles Davis
    $21.99
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    East Broadway Rundown

    Import


    1. East Broadway Run Down
    2. Blessing In Disguise
    3. We Kiss In A Shadow
    Sonny Rollins
    $14.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    The Amazing Bud Powell


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


    Originally released in 1951, The Amazing Bud Powell is considered one of pianist, Bud Powell's most important recordings. Featuring the likes of Fats Navarro,
    Sonny Rollins and Max Roach, The Amazing Bud Powell will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
    spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was. Includes the composition "Un Poco Loco" ("A Little Crazy").

    1. Un Poco Loco
    2. Over The Rainbow
    3. Ornithology
    4. Wail
    5. A Night In Tunisia
    6. It Could Happen To You [Remastered]
    7. You Go To My Head
    8. Bouncin' With Bud [Rudy Van Gelder Edition/1998 Digital Remaster]
    Bud Powell
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