PARKER, Charlie. REISNER, Robert George "Bob". Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker.
New York : 1962First edition, this copy warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To that marvellous, erudite, eminently self-cultivated guy Jan Kindler who always comes up with some new shit that gasses me, Bob Reisner". The recipient is name-checked in the acknowledgements to Robert S. Gold's Jazz Lexicon as "writer-jazz devotee", and contributed to such early... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 148331
ROLLINS, Sonny. Saxophone Colossus.
New York : c.1975Signed boldly in full by the great tenorist in fine-nibbed black marker pen across the front cover; if Rollins's autograph were desired on any one album it would be this one, his "undisputed masterpiece", according to The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, and one of the greatest of jazz albums.
Saxophone Colossus is accorded the maximum four-star... Learn More£685.00
Stock Code: 144638
LARKIN, Philip. All What Jazz.
London : 1970First edition, first impression, of this collection of 94 jazz reviews that Larkin wrote for The Daily Telegraph during the 1960s. This copy is from the library of publisher John K. Martin (b. 1930), founder of the Black Sparrow Press, with his book label on the rear pastedown. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 146757
JAZZ. The Newest Pocket Jazz.
Japan : 1938Presumed first edition, rare, with no other copy traced among institutional libraries. A fascinating little publication, an eclectic mix of popular songs from around the world, with scores and lyrics in both Japanese and English; jazz was no doubt used in the present context as a signifier of modernism and excitement, rather than in terms of the musical... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 135719
MUHAMMAD ALI - GREGORY, Dick. "My Brother's Keeper".
Pittsburgh : 1964First pressing, with a fine provenance: signed in full on the back cover in blue ball-point pen by Muhammad Ali, a close friend of Gregory - who was also nutritional adviser and jogging partner to Ali - who described the comedian as "one of the greatest Americans of modern times" (cited in an Independent profile of 19 December 2004).
Additionally... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144644
WESTON, Randy. Get Happy with the Randy Weston Trio.
Japan : 1974Signed flamboyantly by Weston in red marker pen on the back cover, "To Eugene, Randy Weston"; the recipient adding his name and spiral motif in green marker pen at the foot, "Timiraos". Albums autographed by Weston are certainly not common.
An appealing provenance: born in Havana, Eugene Timiraos (1955-2018) was a graduate of the UCLA Film School... Learn More£185.00
Stock Code: 144665
RIVERS, Sam, & Dave Holland. Paragon.
France : 1977First pressing of the first album issued by the short-lived Fluid label, signed boldly in full in black marker pen on the front cover by Sam Rivers and Dave Holland; the pairing of these autographs is highly uncommon.
The French avant-garde label Fluid released just four albums but in doing so managed to record Archie Shepp (A Touch of the Blues... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 144634
JORDAN, Duke. Flight to Denmark.
Copenhagen and Tokyo : 1980Signed by Jordan in black marker pen on the front cover, "Thank you - Duke Jordan". The pianist, whose work is "enlivened by a delightfully crisp touch and unexpected turns of phrase" (Brian Priestley in Jazz: The Rough Guide) had been away from the studio for many years before returning and recording initially for the Danish SteepleChase label.
Here... Learn More£235.00
Stock Code: 144625
SZABO, Gabor. Jazz Raga.
New York : 1967Attractively inscribed by Szabor in blue ball-point pen on the inside cover, "To Jo Rae The swingingest lady on air (or is it in the air ?), Sincerely Gabor Szabo"; the recipient may be Jo Rae Di Menno, a major figure on the Texas music scene, at one time a DJ at Cardi's, a popular Houston club.
First pressing of this cult album, enhanced enormously... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 144619
JORDAN, Duke. Blue Duke.
Japan : 1983First pressing, signed by Jordan in full in black marker pen on the front cover. "This trio set by pianist Duke Jordan (with bassist Harry Memmery and drummer James Martin) differs from his usual recordings in putting an emphasis on blues, although not exclusively. Jordan performs six of his originals (including "No Problem," "Ben Sugar Blues," "Jordu"... Learn More£195.00
Stock Code: 144623
HUTCHERSON, Bobby. Farewell Keystone.
California : 1988Original pressing of this excellent live album, signed in full by the great vibraphonist on the back cover in fine-nibbed black marker pen; additionally signed generously (twice!) by bassist Buster Williams across his portraits on the back in silver marker and black ball-point pens.
Farewell Keystone is awarded four (out of five) stars by AllMusic,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144588
MULLIGAN, Gerry, & Bob Brookmeyer. The Fabulous Gerry Mulligan Quartet.
France : 1971A fine pairing of autographs: signed by both Mulligan and Brookmeyer in black and blue marker pen respectively across the inside of gatefold. This is the 1971 reissue of the June 1954 Salle Pleyel gig, originally released in 1955 on Pacific Jazz as Paris Concert. AllMusic describes it as "cool jazz at its best, played with plenty of wit and creativity".... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 144579
MELLE, Gil. Gil's Guests.
New York : 1990Lengthy presentation inscription by Melle in blue ball-point pen on front cover, "July '93 - To my friend Dan Thomas Have a wonderful, and by all means, a productive life! It is a great pleasure to know you God bless your ears! Gil Melle"; the recipient is almost certainly saxophonist Dan Thomas, who moved to the States from his native Canada in 1993,... Learn More£385.00
Stock Code: 144581
WALDRON, Mal. Black Glory.
Munich : c.2000Attractively signed by Waldron in blue ball-point pen on the front cover, "To Corvanvelsen, Thanks a lot for listening Mal Waldron"; the recipient is almost certainly the Dutch illustrator and graphic designer Cor van Velsen (1921-2010), who executed some stylish covers for Philips, including that for an eye-catching jazz compilation of 1959.
This... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144549
WALDRON, Mal. The Call.
Japan : 1971Rare Japanese sample pressing signed cleanly by Waldron in full in blue ball-point pen on the front cover. The Call features Waldron on electric piano, accompanied by Jimmy Jackson on electric organ, Eberhard Weber on bass and Fred Braceful on drums. Photos and stylish album design are by the great Japanese jazz photographer Katsuji Abe.
This... Learn More£285.00
Stock Code: 144559
SANDERS, Pharoah. Black Unity.
New York : 1972Signed and dated in full by Sanders in black marker pen on the inside front cover, "Pharoah Sanders, 2000". First pressing, dated 1971 on the label, of one of the highpoints in the Pharoah catalogue, "skimpy as to length, but packed with interest" (Penguin Guide); the great African-American photographer Chuck Stewart provided the striking portraits... Learn More£295.00
Stock Code: 144520
ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO. Bap-Tizum.
New York : 1973First pressing, signed in black marker pen on the front cover by Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, and Corey Wilkes (who has adorned his autograph with a thumbnail sketch of a trumpet and a cluster of notes). Recorded live at the 1972 Ann Arbor Festival, Bap-Tizum "was the Art Ensemble's breakthrough - however short-lived - onto a major US label" (AllMusic).... Learn More£385.00
Stock Code: 144530
TYNER, McCoy. Sahara.
New York : 1972Signed boldly by Tyner on the front cover in black marker pen, "To Ed, McCoy Tyner". This is the first pressing of the great pianist's first album for Milestone, voted Record of the Year by the Down Beat critics, "a deservedly successful release, which transformed his career" (Ian Carr in Jazz: The Rough Guide).
The quartet comprises Sonny Fortune... Learn More£295.00
Stock Code: 144535
LATEEF, Yusef. Morning. The Savoy Sessions.
New York : 1976Signed attractively on the front cover by Lateef in black marker pen, "Dear Sister Sylvia, in Peace, Bro. Yusef Lateef"; it is tempting to speculate that this may be Sylvia Shemwell (1941-2010), singer with The Sweet Inspirations the vocal group who most famously backed Elvis - but who also appeared on the multi-instrumentalist's 1968 Atlantic album... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144538
LACY, Steve. Reflections: Steve Lacy plays Thelonious Monk.
Los Angeles : 1983Lacy's first all-Monk album and the first album made up entirely of Monk compositions recorded by another artist, signed boldly in full in black marker pen on the front cover. Lacy's is an uncommon autograph and the context here is highly appealing, as the soprano master devoted much thought to exploring Monk's work.
This is a reissue of the... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144542
GRIFFIN, Johnny. Blues for Harvey.
Copenhagen : 1973Signed flamboyantly by the Little Giant in blue ball-point pen at the top left corner of the back cover, "The Best, Johnny Griffin". This is the first pressing of the original Danish release and, according to The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, "provides some characteristically vivid tenor playing". The cover portrait captures the Zapata-moustachioed... Learn More£385.00
Stock Code: 144500
GILLESPIE, Dizzy. Paris Concert.
Los Angeles : 1972Signed cleanly by Diz in full in blue ball-point pen on the back cover. This is a US reissue of Gillespie's 9 February 1953 Salle Pleyel concert, originally released on Disques Vogue in 1962; there were many reissues, testimony to the sheer excitement of this gig.
Diz was travelling with Bill Graham (alto and baritone), and regular fixtures... Learn More£295.00
Stock Code: 144504
SHEPP, Archie. Archie Shepp & Philly Joe Jones.
France : 1970Signed cleanly by Shepp in blue ball-point pen on a light area of the front cover, incorporating the Swahili word for freedom: "Uhuru! Archie Shepp, 23/2/00".
An interesting and approachable teaming of Shepp, who also features on piano, with Philly Joe Jones, remembered, of course, for his association with Miles's first great quintet, and a... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144515
GOLSON, Benny. Gone with Golson.
New Jersey : 1960Signed by Golson in black marker pen at top left corner of front cover, "Benny Golson, Feb. 9, 2000". Original pressing of one of Golson's best albums from this period; the quirky pea-green cover photo showing Benny holding aloft an umbrella seems to imply that with one gust of wind he may well be "gone". Golson's is an uncommon autograph.
The... Learn More£775.00
Stock Code: 144480
GORDON, Dexter. The Apartment.
Copenhagen : 1975Signed boldly in full by Gordon in black marker pen on left side of front cover. This is the first Japanese pressing of Dexter's first album as leader for the Danish SteepleChase label. Here he is teamed with Kenny Drew (piano), the ever-reliable Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (Bass) and Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums).
Gordon had settled in a... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 144482
GILLESPIE, Dizzy. Bahiana.
Los Angeles : 1976Signed cleanly in full by the great trumpeter in ball-point pen on the front cover in the year of the album's release: "To Roffe, Dizzy Gillespie, '76"; the recipient may be Swedish jazz accordionist Roffe Söderberg. This is the first pressing of "one of Dizzy Gillespie's finest albums of the decade" (AllMusic).
The Penguin Guide remarks that... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 144487
GREEN, Freddie. Mr. Rhythm.
New York : 1956Signed by Freddie Green and pianist Nat Pierce in black ball-point pen on the front cover; the guitarist's signature a little stuttery due to an obdurate nib. An attractive and uncommon pair of signatures. This is the first pressing of Green's first 12-inch LP outing as leader - for nigh-on fifty years he was a rock in the Basie rhythm section.
Not... Learn More£385.00
Stock Code: 144498
HAMPTON, Lionel. Lionel Hampton 6: "Extra Takes" (1941-1949).
France : 1975Signed across the back cover by Hamp and a constellation of stars from his orchestra: trumpeter Joe Newman, altoist Marshall Royal, and a trio of standout tenorists, Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, and Arnett Cobb (who obligingly dates his signature to "7/11/78"). Opportunities to obtain a smattering of signatures by Hampton alumni "gathered under... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 144454
BURRELL, Kenny. Freedom.
New York : 1980Inscribed by Burrell on the back cover in blue ball-point pen, "To Don, Best wishes! Kenny Burrell". Brian Priestley writes of Burrell that he manages to be "both boppy and bluesy without being boring, he has furthered the Charlie Christian style better than almost anyone else" (Jazz: The Rough Guide, 1995). Burrell's is not a common autograph.
Freedom... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144414
BLAKEY, Art. A Jazz Message: Art Blakey Quartet featuring McCoy Tyner, Sonny Stitt, Art Davies.
New York : 1972Signed flamboyantly by McCoy Tyner and Art Blakey on inside cover.
Originally recorded in the summer of 1963 and released in February of the following year, The Jazz Message garners an affectionate review from The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, "A paradox: Blakey-led, but not a Messengers date; taped at Van Gelder's, but not for Blue Note.... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 144405
FLANAGAN, Tommy. Montreux '77.
Beverly Hills : 1977Signed cleanly by Flanagan in full, in ball-point pen on the front cover; a surprisingly uncommon signature. Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the "Detroit master" is supported here by Keter Betts and Bobby Durham (Penguin Guide).
Thomas Lee "Tommy" Flanagan (1930-2001) was a Detroit-born pianist probably best known for his over two... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 144409
DREW, Kenny. Your Soft Eyes.
Tribiano, Italy : 1982Signed cleanly by Drew in full, in ball-point pen on a light area of the front cover. This studio album was recorded at Milan in November 1981, the pianist accompanied by Mads Vinding on bass and Ed Thigpen, "a master of crisp, swinging drumming" (Penguin Guide).
Kenny Drew (1928-1993) began recording in 1949 with Howard McGhee's orchestra.... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144411
TAYLOR, Cecil. Cecil Taylor.
Japan : 1973Signed cleanly by the great avant-garde pianist in blue ball-point pen on the front cover. This is the first pressing of one of Taylor's standout releases from this period, recorded in Paris on 30 November 1966, and subsequently released as The Great Paris Concert on both the Freedom and Black Lion labels.
"By the time of his Paris concert,... Learn More£385.00
Stock Code: 144517
BERNHARD, Edmond & Jacques de Vergnies. Apologie du Jazz.
Brussels : 1945 [printed September, 1944]First edition. Attractive and uncommon. Paean to jazz with prefaces by the Belgian jazz pianist John Ouwerx, and the composer and journalist Jacques Stehman. Edmond Bernhard became a well-known film-maker and lecturer on cinema. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 143451
CHILTON, John. Who's who of jazz. Storyville to Swing Street.
Philadelphia, New York, London : 1972First US edition. Chilton is probably best known for his work accompanying George Melly, but as a writer he was one of the few Europeans to win a Grammy - for his liner notes for Bunny Berigan (1983) - and the present work was considered by Phillip Larkin to be "one of the essential jazz books." Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 143459
FERNETT, Gene. Swing out. Great Negro Dance Bands.
Midland, Michigan : 1970First edition, first printing, and uncommon thus. This is an excellent study giving brief historical accounts of the greats, accompanied by a wonderful collection of photographs, many of them previously unpublished. Under the heading "Other Voices", Fernett finds a place for some of the more obscure swing organisations, including the all-girl Sweethearts... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 143025
ABE, Katsuji. My People in Jazz.
Tokyo : 1975First edition, issued only in Japan. This scarce and fragile photobook comprises a personal selection from the career of the great Japanese jazz photographer/designer, with some stunning in-performance images of Monk, Miles, Trane, Duke, Diz, Getz, and many more. Katsuji Abe (1929-2008) remains the only Japanese to have received the prestigious Milt... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 143042
LEONARD, Herman. The Eye of Jazz.
London : 1989First edition in English, first impression, originally published in French four years previously. This is an excellent collection of the work of one of the greats of jazz photography. As Francis Paudras writes in his introduction, "Herman Leonard's work comes close to pure art: in the beauty of the image, for the emotion and feeling that it radiates".
Apprenticed... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 143044
CHILTON, John. Who's who of jazz. Storyville to Swing Street.
Philadelphia, New York, London : 1972First US edition, first printing. Chilton is probably best known for his work accompanying George Melly, but as a writer he was one of the few Europeans to win a Grammy - for his liner notes for Bunny Berigan (1983) - and the present work was considered by Phillip Larkin to be "one of the essential jazz books." Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 143021
DEXTER, Jr., Dave. Playback.
New York : 1976First edition, first printing. Fascinating memoir of four decades in the music business by one of the major players, the panoply of stars illustrated on the jacket reading like a roster of 20th century popular music: Sinatra, The Beatles, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Nat King Cole,... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 143002
MILLER, Paul Eduard, ed. Esquire's 1946 Jazz Book.
New York : 1946First edition, first printing, of this excellent overview of the jazz scene as the bop revolution was gathering pace; Bird is pictured ("Parker features a fast, driving style") and Esquire's "New Stars Band" features Bird as their alto pick and Erroll Garner for piano. The attractive dust jacket is by Esquire art director Tony Palazzo. Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 143012
McRAE, Carmen - SHAPIRO, Nat, & Nat HENTOFF, eds. Hear me talkin' to ya.
New York : 1955First edition, first printing, presentation copy from jazz singer Carmen McRae, inscribed boldly across the front free endpaper, "To Dan A Wonderful Friend My best wishes to you always. As ever Carmen". It is tempting to speculate that the recipient may be the distinguished jazz writer Dan Morgenstern (b. 1929). McRae's several contributions here... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 142976
PANASSIÉ, Hugues. Histoire des Disques Swing.
Geneva : 1944First edition. History of the label founded by Charles Delaunay and Panassié in 1937 to provide for the needs of the burgeoning French jazz market, here with a superb inscription from Panassié to the half-title; "To Paul and Gloria, faithful friends and unfaithful correspondents! Know that I often regret not having heard these discs without having... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 91511
COLEMAN, Ornette. Harmolodics - an autograph musical manuscript.
New York : c.1980A remarkable piece, we can trace no other Ornette Coleman musical manuscript ever having appeared on the market. Written in brown felt-tip, the sheet is inscribed lower right in black ink: "To Anthony / Thanks For Everything / Ornette Coleman." Harmolodics was the name that Coleman gave to his unique musical philosophy and compositional/improvisational... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 103666
GERSHWIN, George. Warm one-page typed letter signed to noted publisher and editor Donald S. Friede.
New York : 1927An appealing, highly characteristic letter evoking Gershwin's easy-going sociability. Writing to the publisher Friede, Gershwin regrets having been unable to read Philip Barry's new play, but gives permission for his name to be appended to any suitable words of praise the publishers care to use, "as I shall no doubt make the comment you use after reading... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 130229
BEIDERBECKE, Bix (subject); SUDHALTER, Richard M., & Philip R. Evans, with William Dean-Myatt. Bix. Man & Legend.
New Rochelle, NY : 1974First edition, first printing, of this uncommon and important biography. In his obituary of Sudhalter in the Washington Post, Terry Teachout described this as the "first jazz biography written to the standards of a serious study of a classical composer or other major historical figure." Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 81501
MILLER, Paul Eduard. Down Beat's Yearbook of Swing.
Chicago : 1939First edition. Uncommon. This copy marked "Personal Property, Al Jarvis, Sep. 20. 1939" on the front pastedown. Jarvis is recognised as the first radio DJ, the originator of the show Make Believe Ballroom, also a songwriter with collaborations with Johnny Mercer to his credit. Includes a potted history of jazz, Milestones; a listing for a Representative... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 71061
BEIDERBECKE, Bix.) BERTON, Ralph. Remembering Bix.
New York : 1974First edition. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "For my dear old friends Jerry & Claire may you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it! Ralph Berton." Berton knew Beiderbecke, and idolized him, as a child, and the book is very much a personal memoir of the era, as well as a personal view of the man and his music. And none the worse... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 48935