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 Box Set Selections, 20% off 3 Essential Album Collections

essential_albumsl We are delighted to offer 20% discount on this delicious range of three CD sets from the Blue Note, Verve, Impulse!, Riverside, A&M, GRP and Prestige stables. Each set compiles three classic albums, and ranges from swing, bop, latin, soul jazz to and modern. I have been picking through these recently and here’s my personal picks (at least for the moment)…

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Three of pianist Sonny Clark’s most definitive albums – the iconic Cool Struttin’ (1958)… can you get any more Blue Note than this cover?; The Sonny Clark Trio (1957) and Leapin’ And Lopin’ (1962) featuring Billy Higgins and Ike Quebec. Prime hard-bop throughout.

Available Format: 3 CDs

Aside from the career defining The Sidewinder (1963), which virtually kickstarted soul-jazz as a genre, you can go deeper into Morgan’s catalogue here with City Light (1957) featuring stellar turns from trombonist Curtis Fuller and George Coleman on tenor, plus the later Charisma, a prime example of hard-bop in the sixties, with Jackie McLean joining in the fun.

Available Format: 3 CDs

Two of the pianists’ definitive albums Portrait in Jazz (1960) and Sunday at the Village Vanguard (1961) with the inimitable Scott LaFaro (whose career was tragically cut short just days later). Also a fine late album The Solo Sessions, Vol.1(1989).

Available Format: 3 CDs

Sonny Rollins – explore two from the master’s Impulse! period, with On Impulse! (1965) and the essential swingin’ sixties soundtrack to the film Alfie (1966) plus an earlier Verve set for large ensemble Big Brass (1957). Rollins’ sixties output sometimes gets overlooked in favour of the golden mid-fifties albums, so this is an ideal opportunity to reassess

Available Format: 3 CDs

A great opportunity to sink into Shirley Horn’s later recordings, including the lush You’re My Thrill from 2001 and the intimate live set I Love You Paris from 1992. Breaks the ice at parties.

Available Format: 3 CDs

It’s easy to forget how great a jazz guitarist Benson was and is, before he got smoothed out (musically too). Shape of Things to Come (1968) was Benson’s debut for A&M/CTI and documents some awe-inspring fretwork, and includes Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter amongst the guests. Tell It Like It Is was a Latino rhythmic mash-up that many of the critics didn’t get at the time but stands up as hugely entertaining.

Available Format: 3 CDs

Keith Jarrett in earlier, more unruly form with his American (and best IMO) band made up of Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian - a gutsy contrast to his ECM style. The three albums included here are Fort Yawuh (1973), recorded live at New York’s Village Vanguard with Redman in fine form, Treasure Island (1974) and Death And The Flower (1975). Mercifully light on the muppet scatting too!

Available Format: 3 CDs