LPs by Related Artists (MF Does NOT Play on These LPs)
STAN KENTON, STAN KENTON CONDUCTS THE LOS ANGELES NEOPHONIC ORCHESTRA -- Capitol SMAS-2424
Back in 1965, Stan assembled a great orchestra, very similar to the Innovations Orchestra from 15 years earlier, to play progressive, symphonic jazz. They used to play at the then-new Los Angeles Music Center in those days. This LP was recorded by that orchestra, and it's really interesting. Trumpeters included Dalton Smith (Lead), Gary Barone (Jazz Chair), Ron Ossa, Frank Huggins, and Ollie Mitchell. Even though MF wasn't in the band, this is a must for serious Kenton collectors. Tracks include Fanfare, Prelude and Fugue, Passacaglia and Fugue, Music for an Unwritten Play, and Adventure in Emotion. Gary Barone solos nicely on a couple of tracks; Bud Shank solos on various tracks, as well.
COPY #1. The cover on this one would be NMINT to NMINT+ except for a small abrasion on the upper seam. So let's call it NMINT- to NMINT, instead. The vinyl is a pristine NMINT to NMINT+. Overall, this copy is NMINT. I got it quite inexpensively, so it's yours for just $4.00.
STAN KENTON, STAN KENTON CONDUCTS THE COMPOSITIONS OF DEE BARTON -- Capitol ST-2932
Back in 1968, Stan Kenton collaborated with Dee Barton to come up with this absolute MASTERPIECE on an LP! Shortly after the album was released, the Kenton band played a concert at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California featuring the tracks from this LP. It was a mind blowing experience for me to attend that night, as I was still a mere high school first trumpet player at the time. I was blown away. Before playing the track "The Singing Oyster," Kenton commented that they had done ONE TAKE on this track and that's what's on the LP. It was absolutely perfect the first time through. It's a swinging jazz waltz, and remains my favorite cut from this LP even now. You'll love this one -- guaranteed!
COPY #1. This copy is MINT, FACTORY SEALED!!!! It's $8.00.
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS (SELF-TITLED) -- Columbia CS 9720
Back in about 1968, just after MF left the U.S. music scene, the first of the great jazz-rock bands (the other being Chicago) released their first LP: Blood, Sweat & Tears. I was in High School at the time, and I was BLOWN AWAY by this LP. I guarantee you, I listened to it 300 times or more. I have no idea what happened to my original copy, but I'm sure it was worn completely out! Drawing on classical influences, jazz influences, and contemporary rock, BS&T found an immediate following with jazz musicians as well as the mainstream rock and roll crowd. Former MF band member (and trumpeter) Lew Soloff takes the lead on a number of these tracks, and his high range is superb! Now, I'm speculating here, but I'm about 99% certain that BS&T influenced Maynard, too, because two years later when he re-entered the scene with MF Horn, it was full of similar jazz-rock influence. An indispensible LP in every serious jazz and rock collection.
COPY #1. This cover on this copy is clean and nice with just a bit of record ring wear visible, front and back. It's NMINT-. The vinyl is a pristine NMINT to NMINT+!!! Just a super copy, it's yours for just $5.00.
THE DON ELLIS ORCHESTRA, 'LIVE' AT MONTEREY! -- Pacific Jazz ST-20112
Here's what I believe was trumpeter Don Ellis' final album on Pacific Jazz, recorded in 1967. This is a classic recording, coveted by jazz fans. This was the concert that really put Ellis on the map. Time signatures include 33 222 1 222, 5/4, and 9/4 (subdivided variously as 2223, 2232, 2322, 3222, and 333)!!!!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable stuff. And yet, it's still easy to listen to, and there are some fantastic passages not only by Ellis, but also the other band members. I cut me teeth on this album as a young trumpeter!
COPY #1. This gatefold cover on this LP is pretty nice, but there are some abrasions along the top spines and a bit of record ring wear on the front and back covers. It's EX-. The vinyl is nicer, EX+. Overall, this is a solid, EX copy. Just $4.00.
THE DON ELLIS ORCHESTRA, ELECTRIC BATH -- Columbia CS-9585
Trumpeter Don Ellis and his great Big Band recorded this fantastic LP in 1968. To my mind, it's his greatest work! This is an absolutely SENSATIONAL LP. Ellis plays an electric trumpet, capable of playing quarter tones, and he uses it to its fullest extent on this album. Time signatures of 5/4, and 7/4, an even 17/4 are present, and you can't really tell unless you count them out. The music is still stunning, lyrical, absolutely beautiful! You'll LOVE this record!
COPY #1. This cover on this copy (which is black) has quite a bit of the typical record ring wear (very common on this LP). There's on tiny "x" written on the back cover next to one track listing. Otherwise, it's a clean, serviceable copy -- EX. The vinyl is super -- NMINT! Overall, this one is EX++. $4.00.
COPY #2. I saw this one at a record show, and it's so nice I just couldn't pass it by. The cover is an ultra-clean NMINT to NMINT+! The vinyl is NMINT+!! Just a super copy, it's yours for $6.00.
VARIOUS ARTISTS, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF QUADRAPHONIC SOUND -- Columbia SQ QX 31403
Now here's a rare an interesting LP! It's a quadraphonic compilation LP, with artists such as Barbra Streisand, Santana, Paul Simon, Miles Davis, Andy Williams, and also BILL CHASE!!!!! It includes an excerpt from Chase's "Open Up Wide". A lot of people have Chase LPs and CDs, but for the die-hard collector, this is a rare an interesting gem. I'm betting it's in few or NO Chase collections.
COPY #1. This copy is MINT, FACTORY SEALED!!! Just couldn't resist buying it for one of you lucky collectors when I saw it at a record show the other day. It's $3.00.
JON FADDIS, INTO THE FADDISPHERE -- Epic OE 45266
Here's the great Jon Faddis on his 1989 LP. Tracks include Into the Faddisphere, Sambahia, At Long Last, The Early Bird Gets the Short End of the Stick, Many Paths (To the Top of the Mountain), Retro Blue, Ciribiribin, and War & Peace. I've never heard this LP, so can't tell you anything about it. But I know a lot of you are nuts about JF, so picked up a copy when I saw it. Based on the title, I assume there's some screaming present!!!
COPY #1. This copy is MINT, FACTORY SEALED. It's in perfect condition. $7.00.
QUINCY JONES: WALKING IN SPACE -- A&M RECORDS SP 3023
Have you ever heard this great LP? I can't find a date on it, but to the best of my memory, it came out about 1970. This was WAY before Quincy hooked up with Michael Jackson for the Thriller LP, and it's straight ahead, big band jazz. What's really interesting about it is that Quincy used some interesting editing and electronic techniques that just BLEW ME AWAY when I first heard it years ago. You won't BELIEVE the sound quality he got from that band. There's plenty of all you'd expect, including some great trumpet section and solo work by the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Lloyd Michels, Marvin Stamm, Snooky Young, etc. The track Walking in Space is worth the price admission, all by itself. It comes in a nice gatefold cover with full band credits, etc. A Creed Taylor production.
COPY #1. The cover on this copy is pretty nice, with just a litle surface and spine wear. It's still NMINT-. The vinyl has a lot of very light surface scratching, which causes a little background noise on playback. Let's call it EX-. Overall, this copy is in the EX to EX+ range. Just $4.00.
MUSIC MINUS ONE, VOLUME 1 -- MMO 1
Here's one of the classic "Music Minus One" LPs that were so popular in the '60s and '70s! You just can't find these anymore. The LP has guitar, piano, bass, and drum accompaniment, and YOU play the lead track. It includes jazz scores for C, B-flat, and E-flat instruments. Since trumpets are B-blat instruments, you trumpet players are set to go. I played along with this one quite a bit, and I really had a blast. Tracks include I Only Have Eyes for You, Body and Soul, I Got Rhythm, April in Paris, and four others. This is how I learned to improvise, and it's a great teaching tool, as well as a cool way to learn jazz licks!
COPY #1. The gatefold cover on this LP is in super condition, as are the musical scores. It's NMINT! The vinyl is NMINT, as well. A super nice, clean, NMINT copy. Almost impossible to find, it's only $9.00.
MUSIC MINUS ONE TRUMPET, VOLUME 2 -- MMO J17
Here's one of the classic "Music Minus One" LPs that were so popular in the '60s and '70s! You just can't find these anymore. And this one was specificially designed for trumpet! Don Abney (piano), Jimmy Raney (guitar), Oscar Pettiford (bass), and Kenny Clarke (drums) lay down the rhythm section track beautifully on Oh, Lady Be Good, Poor Butterfly, Embraceable You, Three Little Words, I May Be Wrong, Too Marvelous for Words, I Cover the Waterfront, and Fine and Dandy. The back of the cover includes the B-flat trumpet parts. A very hard to find LP!!! Burn your own CD for your friends and family.
COPY #1. The cover on this LP is in super condition. It's NMINT! The vinyl is NMINT on one side, and has a few light scratches on the other side, which is at least EX. Overall, this copy rates a NMINT-. Hard to find, but yours for just $7.00.
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