The last studio session ever from Japanese reed genius Kaoru Abe – a relatively short album, but a pretty mindblowing one as well! The core of the set features an alto sax improvisation that's a wonderful illustration of Abe's sense of sharpness and space – that way he has of cutting a ... read moreCD
With Jan Hammer on organ and keyboards and Jack DeJohnette on drums! CD
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John Abercrombie & John Scofield —
Solar ... CD Quicksilver, 1984. Used ...
John Abercrombie/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnette —
Gateway ... CD ECM, 1975. Used ...
A whole new kind of trio session for the 70s – one that has the airy, open lines of guitarist John Abercrombie stretching out nicely in the company of drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Dave Holland! The music is archetypal ECM work of the time – a complete contrast to a guitar trio ... read moreCD
A tremendous step forward for the young Muhal Richard Abrams – a set that still shows his early roots in the AACM, but which also blossoms with some of his more serious compositional efforts to come! There's a sensitivity here that really stands out – even among Abrams' contemporaries ... read moreCD
Muhal Richard Abrams/George Lewis/Roscoe Mitchell —
Streaming ... CD PI Recordings, 2006. Used ...
A trashy cover, but a great little record – one that's filled with wonderfully sensitive sounds from the team of George Adams and Don Pullen – working here in some really relaxed, soulful territory! The album's got a laidback feel that's a nice change from some of the more cerebral ... read moreCD
Very early work from Cannonball Adderley – recorded way before the funky years, when he was a hard-wailing soulful soloist with a lot of bop in his style! Cannon's paired here with brother Nat, a good companion even at this early stage – and the two of them solo in front of a large ... read moreCD
If the 60's ever had a "hit" jazz record, it was probably this one! The album's a sparkling live session featuring the trademark soul jazz sounds of the Cannonball Adderley group with Joe Zawinul on acoustic and electric piano, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The tracks have a long ... read moreCD
Tracks recorded back in 1955. Adderley and his alto sax are joined by Donald Byrd on trumpet, Nat Adderley on cornet, Jerome Richardson on tenor sax and flute, Horace Silver on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. The tracks include "Bohemia After Dark", "Chasm&quo ... read moreCD
An excellent batch of soulful bop tracks – recorded as Nat's first – and featuring a group that includes brother Cannonball, plus Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, and Paul Chambers. The set's got a lot more fire than some of Nat's recordings from a few years later, probably because of the ... read moreCD
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Nat Adderley —
That's Nat ... CD Savoy/Columbia (Japan), 1955. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A real smoker from a young Nat Adderley – a session that has the leader on cornet, working in a tight hardbop combo with Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, Hank Jones on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! The tracks are all nicely sharp-edge – that soulful ... read moreCD
A great live document of one of the greatest groups to emerge from the Chicago AACM and reach a larger audience during the 70s – the mighty trio of Fred Hopkins on bass, Steve McCall on percussion, and Henry Threadgill on reeds! The album's got a soulful and inventive approach that merges ... read moreCD
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention ... read moreCD
A sublime set from this hip Polish ensemble – a group who got their start in funky fusion, but who really stretch out here in a more sophisticated space too – mixing some of their electric elements with these really beautiful horn passages – arranged at a level that's full of ... read moreCD
A cooker of a live set from Eric Alexander – a performance recorded down in North Carolina, but every bit as great as his New York work! The group here is a quartet of very familiar players – David Hazeltine on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – all working ... read moreCD
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Intimate piano work from Geri Allen – a set of solo performances, inspired by the music of Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, and Herbie Hancock! There's definitely strong traces of Tyner and Hancock – given Allen's usually soulful undercurrent – but there's also a heavy dose of Taylor, ... read moreCD
Way way more than you might guess from an album with Motown in the title – and instead, a set that may well be one of the best we've heard from Geri Allen in years! Yes, the tracks are mostly numbers from the classic years of the famous soul label – but the presentation is quite ... read moreCD
A soul jazz classic from Gene Ammons – the kind of session that easy made him "boss" on tenor – with a tone and conception that few other players could touch! The set is done in a style that's laidback, but never too loose – bouncing along in that "with conga" ... read moreCD
One of the tasty blowing session albums that Jug cut for Prestige – remarkable in the quality of the players (Coltrane, Mal Waldron, Pepper Adams, and others), and in the relaxed easy groove of the solid soulful tracks. There's 4 long cuts, and they all swing nicely nicely nicely! Titles ... read moreCD
Arild Andersen/Paolo Vinaccia/Tommy Smith —
Mira ... CD ECM (Germany), 2013. Used ...
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Arild Andersen/Vassilis Tsabropoulos/John Marshall —
Triangle ... CD ECM (Japan), 2003. Used ...
Fred's not on the run, he's right at home – working at his own Velvet Lounge in Chicago, and blowing with the relaxed, open vibe that has made his performances at the club the stuff of legend! There's a great linkage here of styles from a few Chicago generations – the proud-toned ... read moreCD
A fresh album from one of the stronger partnerships in avant garde jazz – sax titan Fred Anderson and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake – joined by some of the finest Chicago based players for set of slowbuilding, generously spacious material that might be even better their previous ... read moreCD
Ray Anderson, Han Bennink & Christy Doran —
Azurety ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1994. Used ...
Billed as "some of the most important jazz recordings ever made" – and for good reason, too! The set brings together all the crucial early Louis Armstrong recordings from the 78rpm era – late 20s/early 30s sides for Okey, Parlophone, RCA, and Odeon – all presented with ... read moreCD
Mid 50s, and Louis is going back to his roots – playing a set of compositions by WC Handy – working with a small combo that includes Barrett Deems on drums, Arvell Shaw on bass, Trummy Young on trombone, and Barney Bigard on clarinet. Vocals are by Louis and Velma Middleton – and ... read moreCD
Art Ensemble Of Chicago —
Nice Guys ... CD ECM (Germany), 1979. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A key later session from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – a record that gained them global exposure through the ECM label, and which has them working in a beautifully subtle sense of sound, space, and tone! The work is less all-out challenging than some of the group's earliest recordings – ... read moreCD
A surprisingly great little album – recorded on the occasion of the Ensemble's third decade in music, and a record that sounds a lot better than we remember! At the time of release, we kind of "pooh poohed" this one because of its divergence from some of the group's other styles ... read moreCD
A great look at the genius of David Axelrod – the groundbreaking producer who recorded some incredibly hip albums at Captiol during the late 60s, but who's now only finally getting his due! Axelrod brought a whole new sensibility to the studio in his day – an approach that really ... read moreCD
Essential stuff! This 2 CD set includes the entirety of Albert Ayler's Live In Greenwich Village album – plus a huge amount of previously unreleased live material, played by the Ayler group in New York, during 1966 and 1967. Ayler's brother Don is on trumpet, and other players include Joel ... read moreCD
Brilliant late work from Ayler – 2 albums in a single set! The Love Cry session has none of the jazz-meets-other music feel of some of the other Impulse albums – and is more in the straight expressive style of the ESP recordings. Tracks are more reined in here – with some short ... read moreCD
A Silent Dance, and a heck of a moody improv jazz duo set – featuring Derek Bailey on electric guitar and Agusti Fernandez on piano – a concert recording captured in Barcelona in 2005! This is actually billed as Bailey's last public performance, as he was dealing with the effects of ... read moreCD
It's the mid 60s, and although Chet's lost the classic sound of his early recordings, he does a pretty nice job in this small group session that has him playing fluegelhorn in place of a recently-stolen trumpet. The sound is nice and compressed, with a tightly restrained feel that works well with ... read moreCD
One of a handful of late 50s albums that Chet Baker recorded for Riverside – all of which are some of his last great 50s work in the studio, before a shift in the 60s to a wider-ranging approach to his music! The style here is definitely in the "classic" Baker mode set down for ... read moreCD
Great 50s work from British trumpeter Kenny Baker – plus some other surprises too! The first album on the set – Operation Jam Session – has Baker working with his Jazz Today Unit, a group that features work from Joe Harriott and Bertie King on alto saxes, Harry Klein on baritone, ... read moreCD
Gato Barbieri —
Bolivia ... CD Flying Dutchman/RCA (Spain), 1973. Used ...
One of Gato Barbieri's better albums from the early 70s – and like his other Latin-themed sessions, a swirling mix of soulful soloing, modal grooves, and unbridled emotion! Lonnie Liston Smith is playing piano on most cuts, and he's a perfect blend for Barbieri's horn – giving it the ... read moreCD
Chapter Two of Gato's Latin American trilogy – and like the first, a incredible set of tracks that features Gato's firey sax work engaging a complex series of Latin rhythms – recorded in LA, Rio and Buenos Aires! Some of the tracks on the record feature Brazilian influences – ... read moreCD
Gato Barbieri —
El Pampero ... CD Flying Dutchman/BMG (France), 1972. Used ...
A real killer from Gato Barbieri – part of an excellent run of early 70s sessions for the Flying Dutchman label! The album was recorded live, and it's one of those real cookers that have him sounding a heck of a lot like Pharoah Sanders – blowing with these sharp, soulful tones – ... read moreCD
Later work from swing sax giant Charlie Barnet – but every bit as tight as his classics! Don't be put off by the silly cover image of Charlie in an Indian head dress – as the costume's only a reference to Barnet's big hit "Cherokee", and doesn't imply any sort of cheesy ... read moreCD