Collect jazz LPs on a budget, Part I

Is your last name Gates, Vanderbilt, or Rockefeller? If so, stop reading right now. You can afford to pay big bucks for Blue Notes and top dollar for the rarest of Riversides and the most out-of-the-ordinary Argos.

But, if you are like most of us, you don’t have an unlimited supply of the green stuff, and you try to find the best pieces you can at the lowest price.

I love finding those classic jazz LPs by “Jug” Ammons, Dexter Gordon and the Modern Jazz Quartet on major jazz labels like Prestige, Blue Note and Atlantic. But, I get a special kick out of finding a record that is both enjoyable and more or less unknown.

JazzLPAlBrunoFrontc2p0.jpgIntrigue With Soul

Perry & the Harmonics
Mercury 21037

Personnel:Clarence Perry — tenor sax, Richard McCrea — organ, Paul Pratt — guitar, Maurice Wells — drums, Ed Townsend – piano.

The theme is James Bond music, played in a jazz/soul fusion style that evokes imagery of Ramsey Lewis accompanied by organ, sax and guitar.

The “Goldfinger” theme is a familiar one — I found their treatment of it to be quite refreshing. “007,” from the movie “From Russia With Love,” features solos from Perry and Pratt, and “James Goes to Soulville” is a catchy theme nicely developed by Perry, Pratt and organist Richard McCrea. Is this Ed Townsend the same guy who a few years earlier crooned the beautiful “For Your Love?”

More importantly, what happened to this group? None of the five names show up in my jazz price guide that covers recordings released through 1990. These unanswered questions make Intrigue With Soul more intriguing today than it was in the late ’60s when it was released.

Thoughts of a Gentleman
Dave Bendigkeit Quartet
Quartet 1002
Personnel: Dave Bendigkeit — trumpet and flugelhorn, Smith Dobson — piano, Larry Grenadier — bass, Vince Lateano — drums.

OK, repeat after me, “I don’t like the Dave Bendigkeit Quartet.” Keep telling yourself this over and over, and don’t ever listen to this recording, because if you ever hear it, you are going to like it.

Bendigkeit’s sound is crisp and clear. You hear a player who is sure of himself, and you hear a supporting cast

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