Ain’t nothing but a jazz thing here at eil.com this week with a vast array of top jazz rare vinyl and CDs coming through the doors, here’s a few to whet your jazz whistle, see them all in our Jazz collectors store.
Jack Hammer – Brave New World: Super Rare Mod/Beat 1966 UK 12-track mono LP, the one & only pressing of this album by the American, Earl Solomon Burroughs. Earl was one-time room-mate to Jimi Hendrix when they shared a flat in London & is perhaps better known for co-writing “Great Balls Of Fire” (he also penned the belting Mod/Beat single ‘Swim’). Brave New World tackles all kinds of subjects ranging from the Ku Klux Klan, religion, teenage crime (even lesbianism from a male perspective!) & was recorded with a crack team of British jazzers including Kenny Wheeler. In amongst all this are two brilliant Northern Soul style tunes, Switch Blade Operator & the wonderful Down In The Subway, later covered by Soft Cell. The front laminated picture sleeve is Excellent with some light age discolouring to the back panel, no tears or writing & just a minor edge crease. The vinyl is Excellent & super clean with just faint evidence of play £125
Miles Davis & Horns: Rare 1958 US second issue of the 1956 8-track mono LP, on a black & yellow deep groove ‘fireworks’ label with Bergenfield N.J.’ address both sides & ‘RVG’ etched in the run-outs. Features historic sessions recorded on January 17th 1951 & February 19th 1953 with Sonny Rollins, Bennie Green, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Sonny Truitt & more. The pasted picture sleeve has been reinforced in the past with heavy duty tape around the closed edges, standard procedure for fifties US sleeve jackets to avoid nasty seam splits. This has been done very tastefully & in matching red, not obscuring the fantastic David Stone Martin artwork & with all text clearly legible including along the spine. The panels are nice & clean with no writing & there is a small ‘FS’ stamp to a back corner, possibly for review purposes. The vinyl has been professionally cleaned & grades Excellent with just light evidence of play. A beaut! £195
Sidney Bechet – The Complete Blue Note Recordings: Limited Edition 1985 US mail order only Mosaic SIX LP box set, gathering all of Bechet’s recordings for the label including three songs with the Port of Harlem Seven, two blues with guitarist Josh White, & Bechet’s sessions from 1940, ’44-46, ’49, ’50-51 & ’53 in which he shared the frontline with such trumpeters as Sidney DeParis, Max Kaminsky, Bunk Johnson, Wild Bill Davison & Jonah Jones. Comes housed in a beautifully presented monochrome 12″ box with individually numbered LP sized booklet, featuring stunning black & white session photographs & extensive liner notes. The lift-off lid packaging was only ever held together via a pasted paper spine, which has split from top to bottom. Otherwise the box is Excellent with few signs of its age & the vinyl discs appear near mint £125