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Jimmy SmithRespect ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
Mad respect for Jimmy Smith – a cool small group record that's different than some of his bigger-concept, larger arrangement records for Verve! The groove here is tight and right on the money – and the tracks are a bit longer than other Verve sessions too – as the master really ... read more CD

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Lonnie Liston SmithAstral Traveling (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $11.99
One of Lonnie Liston Smith's most spiritual sessions, and the record that most clearly shows his roots with Pharoah Sanders! The vibe here is much more jazz-based than on some of Lonnie's other records for Flying Dutchman – with Smith playing as much acoustic piano as he does electric, using ... read more CD
Also available Astral Traveling (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic EchoesExpansions (UK pressing) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $11.99
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for ... read more CD
(Newly remastered from the original tapes!)
Also available Expansions ... LP 8.99

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Lonnie SmithFunk Reaction ... CD
LC/P-Vine (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $28.99
A sweet 70s groover from the great Lonnie Smith – a soulful little session that has the keyboardist really stretching out in some great ways! At the time, Smith fares a lot better than some of his late 60s jazz organ contemporaries – as he's got a great lean style, perfect for the ... read more CD

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Neal Smith QuintetLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2009. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
Drummer Neal Smith has a hell of a group here – Eric Alexander on tenor, Steve Wilson on alto, Mark Whitfield on guitar, and Mulgrew Miller on piano – a lineup that he more than lives up to with his tight leadership, and great choice of material for the date! The tunes include two ... read more CD

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Paris Smith/New Composers Ensemble53rd St Ghost ... CD
Oracle, 1996. New Copy ... $6.99
A killer batch of modern spiritual soul jazz – with a classic sound that reminds us a lot of the 70s work on labels like Tribe or Strata East! The New Composers Ensemble is led by vibist Paris Smith, an underground Chicago jazz artist who cut a few very enigmatic albums on his own – ... read more CD

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Frank SocolowSounds By Socolow ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
A real lost gem on Bethlehem Records – and one of the few albums to feature this tremendous saxophonist in the lead! Frank Socolow was one of the great unsung reed players of the 50s – and although he lay hidden in some of the larger combos of the early part of the decade, he ... read more CD

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Gunter Baby SommerDedications – Hormusik IV ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
One of the best examples of the drum skills of Gunter Sommer we've heard in a long long time – and a great return to his Hormusik format from many years back! The album's all solo – and has Sommer working in a haunting blend of percussion and drums – but with sounds that are ... read more CD

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Alan SondheimCutting Board ... CD
ESP, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 12.99
A great return to form for Alan Sondheim – returning to the ESP label, where he'd cut some famous material in the 60s – seeming here as if he hasn't lost any of his creative fire or imagination at all! The album's a trio set – with Sondheim playing an insane range of instruments ... read more CD

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James SpauldingSongs Of Courage ... CD
Muse, 1991. New Copy ... $4.99
Great work from James Spaulding – one of the few players of his generation who actually got better with age! As he was in his classic 60s Blue Note recording sessions with other leaders, Spaulding is a hell of a group player – extremely sensitive to the other members of his groups ... read more CD

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Leon SpencerBad Walking Woman ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Supremely heavy work from organist Leon Spencer – one of his classic jazz funk sessions for Prestige Records, and a record that shows him opening up his sound a bit more than before! The album has Spencer working in a few different lineups – some with small groups that feature Melvin ... read more CD

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Spirit FreeSpirit Free Plays Starship (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vega/Numero, 1971. New Copy ... $10.99 15.98
A trippy little combo with a distinct post-Coltrane feel – stretching out here wonderfully, on a hip little session on a homegrown label! The group hail from the unlikely spot of Las Vegas – but they've got a deeply spiritual sound that rivals the best work on the coasts in the early ... read more CD

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Jeremy SteigWayfaring Stranger ... CD
Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1970. New Copy ... $10.99 12.99
A mindblower from flute man Jeremy Steig – his only album ever for Blue Note – and quite possibly his best! There's a stripped-down feel here that beats even the rich soul of Steig's sets for Solid State – a brilliant pairing of Jeremy's choppy lines on flute with the soulful ... read more CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Steps AheadModern Times ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
A classic set from this fusion supergroup – a great quintet that features keyboards from Warren Bernhardt, vibes from Mike Mainieri, tenor and soprano from Michael Brecker, bass from Eddie Gomez, and drums from Peter Erskine. As with other Steps Ahead records, the vibes really balance out ... read more CD

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Grant StewartLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 14.99
A great tenorist, heard here in a wonderfully rich setting – a set of long, open tracks that really let Grant Stewart solo strongly – all with the special sort of energy that seems to take place in these Smalls Live recordings! Most numbers push up towards the 10 minute mark, leaving ... read more CD

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Sonny StittLegends Of Acid Jazz – Turn It On/Black Vibrations ... CD
Prestige, 1971. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
2 classic Stitt albums back to back – Turn It On and Black Vibrations, both recorded during his early 70s funk years at Prestige! Turn It On is very firmly the funky Prestige sound of the early 70s – complete with Idris Muhammad on drums, organ by Leon Spencer, guitar by Melvin Sparks, ... read more CD

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New Stone AllianceStone Alliance (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
PM/Shout (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An amazing little group – and one of the real standouts in indie jazz during the 70s! Stone Alliance are a killer power trio made up of players who'd previously worked for Elvin Jones – and all three of them have inherited a frenzied sense of rhythm from Jones – and that great ... read more CD
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series!)

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Kunihiko SuganoDate In Date (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trio/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $28.99
Exactly the kind of Japanese piano trio we love from the scene in the 70s – warm, open, and really flowing – with long tracks that let the leader really stretch out in very imaginative ways, while never ever getting too overindulgent! The set's a live one – recorded at the Date ... read more CD

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Kunihiko SuganoSolo (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trio/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $28.99
Sensitive solo material from pianist Kunihiko Sugano – a set that features shorter tracks than some of his trio albums of the time, but done with an equal amount of feeling! Sugano's got this gentle, spacious touch on the piano – a bit like Bill Evans, but also with phrasing that might ... read more CD

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Kiyoshi SugimotoCountry Dream ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $21.99
Nothing "country" about this record – as Japanese guitarist Kiyoshi Sugimoto keeps things very hip and contemporary – working in a freely fluid style that also has a few funky touches as well! The group on the set is a quartet – with Kiyoshi's guitar amidst piano, bass, ... read more CD

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Ira SullivanCircumstantial (plus bonus track) ... CD
Nessa, 1977. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
An overlooked later gem from Chicago trumpeter Ira Sullivan – maybe some of the greatest music he ever recorded, thanks to the freewheeling vibe and strong artist respect of the Nessa label! Sullivan's working here on a variety of horns – trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, and soprano sax ... read more CD

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John SurmanRainbow Band Sessions ... CD
Losen (Norway), 2011. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
Some of the most upbeat, tuneful music we've ever heard from reedman John Surman – a set that has the longtime great working with an ensemble of Norwegian players, in this wonderfully vivid, colorful mode! Surman's still got plenty of edge on his baritone and soprano sax solos – but he' ... read more CD

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Gabor Szabo & Bobby WomackHigh Contrast ... CD
Verve/Higher Plane, 1970. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
Excellent early 70s work from jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo – a super-dope album that's one of the best he ever recorded! Part of the success of the record has to do with the presence of Bobby Womack – normally a soul singer, but also a heck of a guitarist, playing here alongside Szabo in ... read more CD
Also available High Contrast ... LP 9.99

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New Aki Takase/Alexander Von SchlippenbachSo Long Eric – Homage To Eric Dolphy ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Twin pianos come together wonderfully here in a tribute to the late Eric Dolphy – as Alexander Von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase play together on the instrument, and lead a larger ensemble that includes Karl Berger on vibes, Axel Dorner on trumpet, Nils Wogram on trombone, Tobias Delius on ... read more CD

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Tom TallistchRide ... CD
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
The album's a heck of a great ride with tenorist Tom Tallitsch – a player who's stepped in traditional tones and phrasing, but who can also push things forward with his own personal agenda as well! Tallitsch has a really old school depth to his instrument – a quality that reminds us a ... read more CD

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New Horace TapscottDark Tree Vol 1 & 2 ... CD
Hat Art/Hatology (Switzerland), 1989. New Copy 2CDs ... Just Sold Out!
Pure genius from Horace Tapscott – a record that really lights a new fire under his talents – and takes us back to some of the most expressive, most righteous jazz from the LA scene of the 70s! The quartet here features key LA player John Carter on clarinet – an instrument that ... read more CD

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Horace TapscottLighthouse 79 – Vol 1 ... CD
Nimbus, 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
A lost treasure from pianist Horace Tapscott – material recorded live at the legendary Lighthouse club, done with a very hip group of players from the Nimbus Records scene! The tracks are quite long throughout – and often start with Tapscott musing into the groove with solo piano, soon ... read more CD
(Comes in a slim cardboard sleeve.)

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Horace TapscottLighthouse 79 – Vol 2 ... CD
Nimbus, 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
A second unearthed gem from pianist Horace Tapscott at the Lighthouse club in 1979 – very sharp stuff featuring a solid group of Nimbus players! Volume 2 was recorded on October 11, appropriately the night after the set featured on Lighthouse 79 Vol 1, with Tapscott leading the way, and ... read more CD
(Comes in a slim cardboard sleeve.)

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Horace TapscottTapscott Sessions Vol 8 ... CD
Nimbus, Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
Beautiful solo piano work from Horace Tapscott – a real contrast to his larger group recordings from the LA scene! The session features Horace playing in a contemplative and moody style – working through deeply personal readings of Mal Waldron's "Fire Waltz", Randy Weston's ... read more CD

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Buddy TateTexas Tenor ... CD
Sackville, 1978. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Texas tenor from the great Buddy Tate – heard here in a lesser-known session from the 70s – originally done for the indie Sackville label, and easily one of Tate's best recordings from the decade! Buddy's in a nice, loose, open sort of setting – a bit like that on his classic ... read more CD

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Billy TaylorSleeping Bee ... CD
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... $14.99
Great sounds from Billy Taylor – a player who was definitely big in the mainstream at the time of this late 60s date, but who really finds a way to return strongly to his roots! Taylor's playing here with that nicely punctuated style that made him one of the biggest groovers in the early 50s ... read more CD

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New Cecil TaylorIndent ... CD
Freedom (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
A beautiful solo piano set by Cecil Taylor – recorded live in Ohio in 1973, and originally released on his own small Unit Core label. The work is a perfect example of how Cecil was stretching himself at the time – working in a mode that was part free jazz, part 70s spiritualism, ... read more CD

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Jack TeagardenJack Teagarden – Jazz Great ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $9.99
The album definitely lives up to the title, and features the mighty Jack Teagarden in a number of small group settings – all with a straight ahead punch that gets away from some of the gimmicks of his other 50s sessions! Teagarden's trombone is still one of the sharpest instruments of his ... read more CD
Also available Jack Teagarden – Jazz Great ... LP 14.99

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Clark TerryEverything's Mellow/Plays The Jazz Version Of All American ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Germany), 1961/1962. New Copy ... $9.99
A pair of overlooked gems from trumpeter Clark Terry – back to back on a single CD! On Everything's Mellow, things are mellow indeed – and that fact makes the record one of Terry's greatest from the 60s! The obscure session features Clark blowing in the laidback style of Prestige's ... read more CD

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Gosta TheseliusSwedish Jazz (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Bally/Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $24.99
Really wonderful work from the postwar side of the Swedish scene – modern jazz from leader Gosta Theselius, recording here with one hell of a great group! Theselius may not be that well known on these shores, but the record features key work from players who are – including Bengt Arne ... read more CD
Also available Swedish Jazz ... LP 11.99

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Thing (Gustafsson/Flaten/Nilssen-Love)Boot ... CD
Thing (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
Brilliant work from the Thing – the first album on their own label, and maybe the most powerful set we've heard from them to date! The trio is an outlet for some of the fiercest sounds from this all-star lineup – a group that features Mats Gustafsson on tenor, soprano, baritone, and ... read more CD

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Third EyeConnexion ... CD
Ring/Sonorama (Germany), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
Wonderfully wild funky jazz from the 70s – played by an obscure group in Germany, and originally only issued as a small-pressing sound library set! The music's way more than you might expect – a tremendous mix of electric and acoustic reeds with some sweet Fender Rhodes lines – ... read more CD
Also available Connexion ... LP 24.99

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Joe ThomasFeelin's From Within ... CD
Groove Merchant/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $23.99
The Ebony Godfather is grooving here with a set of fuller backings – sweet clubby funk, arranged and conducted by Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame) – all as a showcase for Joe's sweet work on flute and tenor sax! There's a fair bit of keyboards on the tunes – played ... read more CD

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Keith TippettFrom Granite To Wind ... CD
Ogun (UK), 2011. New Copy ... $9.99
A blistering recent set from Brit jazz legend Keith Tippett – proof that his powers are still strong after all these years! The cover and title look a bit new-agey, but the album's got a very avant sound – a free improvisation that runs for almost 50 minutes – featuring a large ... read more CD

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Ralph Towner/John AbercrombieFive Years Later ... CD
ECM (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $19.99
Two players with a very spacious sense of sound – coming together here in an all-guitar album that mixes both electric and acoustic tones! The pairing is perfectly captured by the ECM production style – an approach that lets each note ring out with a great sense of presence, and blend ... read more CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Trio 3 (Lake/Workman/Cyrille) & Vijay IyerWiring ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
Pianist Vijay Iyer with a tremendous trio of talents – the Trio 3 group of Oliver Lake on alto, Reggie Workman on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums – all avant jazz heavyweights who really help Iyer hit some new territory! Vijay's been making spectacular sounds under his own direction ... read more CD

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New Stanley TurrentineAlways Something There ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $19.99
Groovy Stanley Turrentine – blowing soulfully over larger arrangements by Thad Jones – swinging and lively, with a mod 60s pop feel that makes the album quite different than most of Turrentine's other work for Blue Note! The approach is one that we should hate, given how much we love ... read more CD
(SHMCD.)

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Stanley TurrentineCherry ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the best CTI albums from the early 70s – and one of Stanley Turrentine's funkiest records as well! The album's got a sharper edge than most other Turrentine albums of the time – a quality that goes beyond Stan's already soulful approach to the tenor, and which brings in some ... read more CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Stanley TurrentineComin' Your Way (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $18.99
One of our favorite-ever albums from the great Stanley Turrentine – a really hard-burning session from his earliest days as a leader – and one of the key dates he cut with his brother Tommy Turrentine on trumpet! Both players are wonderful – a sharply soulful team coming off of ... read more CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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McCoy TynerBon Voyage ... CD
Timeless (Denmark), 1991. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
An overlooked trio date from McCoy Tyner – and a record that's just the sort of musical journey you might guess from the title! Tyner's piano is as full of fire and flight as always – and the group has some especially great work from bassist Avery Sharpe, who changes his approach from ... read more CD

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James Blood UlmerAre You Glad To Be In America? ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $16.99 24.99
A classic bit of Black Rock from James Blood Ulmer – and a record that was issued by Rough Trade in the UK, giving it a surprising influence on the post-punk scene of the time! In a way, Ulmer's groove here has a lot of punky-funk in the mix – thanks to some heavy electric bass from ... read more CD

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Louis Van DykeLouis Van Dyke Plays Lennon & McCartney ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredibly groovy session of Beatles tunes – one played by Dutch pianist Louis Van Dyke on a church organ, with no other instrumentation for accompaniment! Louis wisely chooses tracks from the later years of the Fab Four's career – some of the more introspective ones that have ... read more CD

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New Louis Van DykeLouis Van Dyke Trio/Quartet ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The earliest album we've ever seen from pianist Louis Van Dyke – a bit more swinging than some of his later work, but a set that's already got his great sense of space very firmly in place! Half the record features really wonderful vibes from Carl Schulze – stepping out on some numbers ... read more CD

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New George Van EpsOnce In Awhile ... CD
Jump, 1946/1949. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Great jazz guitar work from George Van Eps – a player who could nicely sit on the fence between two different generations – bringing in some modern elements, while also retaining a bit of the rhythmic pulse of older swing! The sessions have a nicely intimate feel, and the CD features a ... read more CD

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Fred Van Hove & Shih-Yang LeeGalactic Alignment – Piano Duo Improvisation Live in Taipei 2012 (CD/DVD set) ... CD
Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 2012. New Copy CD & DVD ... $31.99
Heavy sounds from two mighty talents on the piano – overlooked Taiwanese pianist Shih Yang Lee, and the legendary Fred Van Hove – noted for his famous work on FMP! The package is great – as it features a CD and DVD in a hardcover with a great book in the middle – notes in ... read more CD
(DVD is NTSC coded.)

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Ken Vandermark & Mats GustafssonVerses ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Bold, beautiful work from the team of Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson – two of the most inventive reed players of the past few decades – working together here in free, unfettered formation! The set was actually recorded right above Dusty Groove – in a very open, woody loft ... read more CD

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New Luzia Von Wyl EnsembleFrost ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ... $19.99
Music in a special space from pianist Luiza Von Wyl – sounds that sometimes feel like composed avant chamber pieces, but which also have more of the personal, spontaneous feel of jazz improvisation as well – especially in the way the instruments shift and interact! Luiza's piano gets ... read more CD

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VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al)Five Stars ... CD
Sony/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
One of the rarest albums ever by this legendary jazz supergroup – a Japanese-only set that we'd rank right up there with some of Herbie Hancock's Japanese albums from the same time! The group features Herbie on piano, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, ... read more CD

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VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al)Tempest In The Colosseum ... CD
Sony/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A defnite tempest from the start to the finish – and a brilliant live demonstration of the mighty powers of the VSOP group! The ensemble features soaring acoustic sounds from the quintet lineup of Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano sax, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Herbie Hancock on piano, ... read more CD

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Sunao WadaCoco's Blues (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $28.99
A cooking little record from Japanese guitarist Sunao Wada – one with plenty of offbeat touches! Like many of the albums on the Three Blind Mice label from the time, this one's a bit hard to peg – because the moods and styles shift a bit from track to track, and there's an openly ... read more CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Mal WaldronImpressions ... CD
New Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $22.99
Incredible early work from Mal Waldron – a trio session, but one with a lot of dark edges! The group features Addison Farmer on bass and Al Heath on drums – and the tracks are played with lots of shades of blue – and a nicely restrained modern edge that still has plenty of the ... read more CD
(SHMCD.)

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New Mal WaldronLeft Alone ... CD
Bethlehem, 1959. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
A beautiful album by Mal Waldron – recorded in 1960, after the passing of Billie Holiday, and a very loving tribute by Waldron, who was her accompanist for a number of years. The set moves way past the usual "Holiday songbook" mode, and features instead a dark batch of tracks, two ... read more CD
Also available
Left Alone (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99
Left Alone (with bonus tracks) ... CD 8.99

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Mal WaldronLeft Alone (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
A beautiful album by Mal Waldron – recorded in 1960, after the passing of Billie Holiday, and a very loving tribute by Waldron, who was her accompanist for a number of years. The set moves way past the usual "Holiday songbook" mode, and features instead a dark batch of tracks, two ... read more CD
Also available
Left Alone ... CD 8.99
Left Alone (with bonus tracks) ... CD 8.99

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Mal WaldronMal 3 – Sounds ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $15.99
A really wonderful album from Mal Waldron – quite different than most of his other records from the 50s, and done with a righteous undercurrent that almost points the way towards the Strata East generation of the 70s! The set's one of Mal's few 50s albums as a leader to feature horns ... read more CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Mal WaldronMal Waldron Trio ... CD
Karim/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1966. New Copy ... $26.99
One of the rarest Mal Waldron albums of the 60s – and one of the best, as well – an obscure trio date recorded in Italy, filled with original compositions, and a great link between Mal's hardbop work of the 50s and his freer sounds to come! There's a nice sense of darkness throughout ... read more CD

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Cedar Walton with Freddie HubbardReliving The Moment – Live At The Keystone Korner ... CD
High Note, 1977/1978. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Cedar Walton and Freddie Hubbard – doing their thing in an incredible residency at San Francisco's Keystone Corner club, from December 29, 1977 to New Years Day, 1978 – as part of the Rahsaan Roland Kirk Memorial Jazz Festival! Walton is leading, and his piano is inspired and energetic ... read more CD

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Grover Washington JrAll My Tomorrows/Soulful Strut/Breath Of Heaven ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1994/1996/1997. New Copy 3CDs ... $12.99
A trio of 90s albums from Grover Washington! All My Tomorrows is an overlooked gem from reedman Grover – recorded in his later years, but a set that's actually got more of an acoustic style overall – one that goes back to the roots farther than any of Grover's fusion records! ... read more CD

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Grover Washington JrInside Moves ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
If there's anyone we trust with a fusion groove, it's the great Grover Washington – as Washington's 70s albums for Kudu are still the blueprint for mixing saxophone solos with electric jazzy backing – a rich legacy he continued strongly into later years! This early 80s set has ... read more CD

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Grover Washington JrMister Magic ... CD
Motown, 1974. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
Pure dark magic from Grover Washington – a record that was a megahit back in the 70s, but which still sounds amazing many decades later! There's a sound here that's completely sublime – and the album is to Grover's career what the first 2 CTI sets by Bob James were to his – a ... read more CD

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Grover Washington JrSkylarkin' ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet Motown grooving from Grover Washington – a set that has him working with slightly larger backings than his Kudu years, but in a way that still lets his soulful horn stand strongly out front! As always, Washington is a killer talent on the soprano sax – able to inflect the ... read more CD

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Grover Washington JrStrawberry Moon/Then & Now/Time Out Of Mind ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1987/1988/1989. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99
Grover Washington Jr's first few albums for Columbia – Strawberry Moon, Then & Now and Time Out Of Mind – together in a 2CD set! Strawberry Moon has a number of laidback groovers, with some solid Washington originals such as the title track and some sweet covers. BB King plays and ... read more CD

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New Sadao WatanabePastoral ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
A record as evocative as its title – part of a great flowering of talent from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe at the end of the 60s! Sadao started his career out as a hell of a bopper, then moved into some sweet Brazilian modes in the 60s – but by the time of this record, he was really ... read more CD
Also available Pastoral ... LP 28.99

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Sadao WatanabeSong Book ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
A really beautiful chapter in the career of reedman Sadao Watanabe – a batch of mostly original compositions, as you might guess from the title – and a double-length record that really showed an evolution of his talents! The sound is often highly lyrical – with Watanabe blowing ... read more CD

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Bobby WatsonAdvance ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
An unusual early set as a leader from Bobby Watson – recorded during his initial batch of work with Curtis Lundy, but in a much freer style! The session's a live one – and has Bobby as the main soloist in a quartet that includes Jim McNeeley on piano, Todd Coolman on bass, and Adam ... read more CD

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Ernie WattsMusican ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet 80s fusion from saxophonist Ernie Watts – one of his key albums as a leader in that decade, after countless years as a session player on other folks' records! The album's mostly jazz, but there's also a soul component as well – thanks to vocals from Phil Perry on some of the ... read more CD

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Weather ReportLive In Offenbach 1978 ... CD
Made In Germany (Germany), 1978. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99 17.95
A really sweet side of Weather Report – a rare live performance from 1978, featuring a tight quartet version of the group! Peter Erskine's drums do a great job of propelling the music from Joe Zawinul's keyboards, Jaco Pastorius' bass, and Wayne Shorter's tenor and soprano sax – and ... read more CD

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Weather ReportWeather Report Live In Tokyo ... CD
CBS/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 18.98
A Japanese-only album from Weather Report – recorded early in the group's career, and with some of the same sort of freedoms that Miles Davis was getting on his own double-length dates from Japan! The tracks here are quite stretched out, and often adventurous – showing a marked ability ... read more CD
Also available Weather Report Live In Tokyo (Japanese pressing) ... CD 11.99

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Doug WebbAnother Scene ... CD
Posi tone, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
A really well-done quartet set from tenorist Doug Webb – a really strong player on his own, and a great writer too – but one who seems to sound especially nice in the context of this particular album! The group features excellent piano from Peter Zak, who rounds things out with a ... read more CD

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George Wein & The Storyville SextetMetronome Presents Jazz At The Modern ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
Trad jazz at the Museum Of Modern Art – recorded by a small combo that includes George Wein on piano, Shorty Baker on trumpet, Tyree Glenn on trombone, and Pee Wee Russell on clarinet. All players are hip enough to swing with some of the right edges for the modern audience – still in a ... read more CD

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Paul WeinerSpirale (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Electrecord/Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
A very obscure player from the Romanian scene of the 70s – an acoustic pianist, but one who plays with the flow of a electric keyboardist – really opening up on the longer tracks on this rare album, with an especially great sense of his overall sound! Most numbers have just a core trio ... read more CD

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Walt WeiskopfOverdrive ... CD
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Bold, soulful sounds from tenorist Walt Weiskopf – a player who not only really knows his place as a soloist, but who also comes across as a great leader on a date like this! The whole group's got a focus that comes through right away – Walt's bold horn in the lead, but fused with ... read more CD

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New David WeissWhen Words Fail ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
David Weiss is one of the hippest leaders around these days – a great player and a hell of a writer, but most importantly an artist who really knows how to choose the right musicians for his group! Weiss has often evoked the best modern moments of the 60s with previous projects – and ... read more CD

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David Weiss & Point Of DepartureVenture Inward ... CD
Posi tone, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
A bold musical statement from the great Point Of Departure group – a combo with continuing dedication to re-exploring some of the freshest jazz sounds of the 60s – especially music by the "new thing" generation of Blue Note players like Andrew Hill or Tony Williams! Our hat's ... read more CD

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New Frank WessLong Road – Southern Comfort/Yo Ho! Poor You, Little Me ... CD
Prestige, 1962/1963. New Copy ... $5.99 13.98
Two great early 60s albums by one of the most unique reed talents ever! Although he also played tenor with the best of his contemporaries, Frank Wess had a firm attachment to the flute, and was one of the first really soulful players on the instrument – setting the stage for later giants of ... read more CD

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Frank WessMagic 201 ... CD
IPO Recordings, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
Definite magic from the mighty Frank Wess – an even-better follow-up to his previous album of a similar title – and really proof that in these later years, Frank is something very special indeed! We've always loved Wess' work on tenor and flute – a legacy that stretches back to ... read more CD

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Mike WestbrookLove Songs ... CD
Deram (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic stuff! This groovy groovy record stands as one of the finest recordings ever made by 60s Brit jazz legend Mike Westbrook – a lively and rhythmic meeting of some of the best young talents on the London scene of the time, topped off with incredible vocals from the lovely Norma ... read more CD

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New Randy WestonBlue Moses (remastered edition) ... CD
CTI, 1972. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99 11.98
Beautiful work from Randy Weston – and a unique electric session from the 70s! The feel is very different here than the angular modernism of Randy's roots – a warmer, more flowing sound – as you'd expect from the CTI label, and from Randy's use of electric piano as well as ... read more CD
(Remastered CTI 40th Anniversary edition.)

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Randy WestonNuit Africaine (aka African Nite) ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1977. New Copy ... $8.99 11.99
Sublime solo piano from Randy Weston – just the sort of record to remind us why his skills in such a setting can always be so great! The tunes are filled with energy and rhythm right from the start – spun out in those long African-inspired lines that Randy first forged in the 50s, but ... read more CD

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Randy Weston & Billy HarperRoots Of The Blues ... CD
Sunnyside, 2013. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
A really wonderful collaboration between pianist Randy Weston and tenorist Billy Harper – two players who haven't worked together in years, but who find a really great space together in this album of spare duets! Randy spins out the kind of longform piano lines he's always done so well ... read more CD

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Dick WetmoreDick Wetmore ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite albums of violin jazz from the 50s – and one of the only sets we've seen from the obscure Dick Wetmore! Wetmore's got a tone that's a lot more sharp and a lot less sweet than some of his contemporaries – this kind of dark edge that's really unsettling at times, ... read more CD

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Michael WhiteSpirit Dance ... CD
Impulse/Soul Jazz (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the killer albums that Michael White cut for Impulse Records in the early 70 – a sweet set of spiritual jazz that took his instrument to a whole new level! Normally, the violin isn't an instrument we love in jazz, but White really transforms it here – playing it with a stretched- ... read more CD

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Wide Hive PlayersTurnstyle ... CD
Wide Hive, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
Maybe the best music so far from the Wide Hive Players – a group who draw keen inspiration from a 70s jazz generation, but make things fresh with their own sense of timing and rhythm – a kind of fluid yet laidback approach to soul jazz and funk! The legendary Calvin Keys is on guitar, ... read more CD
Also available Turnstyle ... LP 9.99

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Wildare ExpressWalk On By ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $21.99
The one and only album by this very groovy group – an instrumental combo that's heavy on Hammond and tenor sax – served up in a mode that's somewhere between jazz and soul! A young Reuben Wilson is in the group – laying down some mighty mean work on keyboards, but in a way that's ... read more CD

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Barney WilenBarney (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most classic albums ever from tenorist Barney Wilen – recorded at a time when he was making big waves on both sides of the Atlantic! The tracks are longer than on some of Wilen's more tightly-arranged albums – which really gives Barney a chance to show off his tremendous ... read more CD

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Barney WilenMore From Barney At The Club Saint-Germain ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
A great little set – never issued before, but recorded at the same time as Wilen's classic 1959 album Barney, caught live at the Club St-Germain with a group that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Duke Jordan on piano, Paul Rovere on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. Like the Barney album, ... read more CD

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Barney WilenMoshi Too – Unreleased Tapes Recorded In Africa 1969 to 1970 ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
Amazing music from the legendary Barney Wilen – previously unreleased African recordings, done around the same time as his classic Moshi album! Although Wilen was best known as a hardbop giant in both his later and early years, the late 60s also marked a period of really rich experimentation ... read more CD

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Claude WilliamsonClaude Williamson Trio ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Surprisingly firey work from pianist Claude Williamson – arguably the better of his albums for Bethlehem, and a real cooker that shows a tremendous command of the keys! Claude's working here with a tight trio that includes Don Prell on bass and Chuck Flores on drums – often leading out ... read more CD

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Stu WilliamsonStu Williamson ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
A really sparkling session from trumpeter Stu Williamson – one of a few great records he cut for the Bethlehem label in the 50s, and a set that's one of the cookingest from the company at the time! Stu's trumpet lines are already mighty nice – tight, and often a bit bolder than others ... read more CD

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Larry WillisNew Kind Of Soul ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $16.99
A really killer set from pianist Larry Willis – way different than any of his later albums as a leader, and from his early work with Jackie McLean in the 60s! Larry's playing here with a sound that's as righteous as his image on the cover, but which is also pretty funky at points too – ... read more CD

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Spike WilnerLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2010. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A great solo set from pianist Spike Wilner – the driving force behind the whole Smalls Live series as a producer, but a hell of a musician as well! Wilner's got a great style that draws strongly from jazz piano tradition, but really makes things his own – using strands of 20th century ... read more CD

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Reuben WilsonGroovy Situation ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $15.99
Reuben Wilson changes up the groove from his previous Blue Note sets – and the result is one of his greatest albums to date! This smoking little set has an edge that you really wouldn't expect – rhythms that move past the simple Blue Funk mode – into a more complicated style of ... read more CD
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Reuben Wilson & The Cost Of LivingGot To Get Your Own ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $22.99
Monster funk from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – an album of hard-burning, bad-walking tunes that are a fair bit different than most of his other work! Although Wilson recorded some pretty traditional organ jazz for the Blue Note and Groove Merchant labels, this album has him working with his ... read more CD

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Kai WindingSoul Surfin/Mondo Cane 2 ... CD
Verve (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Some of the coolest work Kai Winding ever recorded – two very odd albums, back to back on a single CD! Soul Surfin is hardly the trombone jazz outing you might have guessed from Kai's famous work with JJ Johnson – and instead, an electrified set that's got plenty of cool 60s touches! ... read more CD

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WinnersPori Jazz Festival Composition Contest ... CD
Rocket (Finland), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
Groundbreaking jazz from the Finnish scene at the start of the 70s – and a key illustration of the way that Finland really few the flag of fusion high at the time! The music is a wonderful criss-crossing of acoustic and electric elements – never too jamming, and definitely with the ... read more CD

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Lyman Woodard OrganizationSaturday Night Special ... CD
Strata/BBQ (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $32.99
Hypnotic organ funk from Lyman Woodard – an old bandmate of Dennis Coffey, and one of the shining lights of the 70s Detroit scene! This is amazing, amazing stuff – Woodard's electric piano, organ and occasional mellotron and Norma Bell's alto saxophone lend a cosmic funk aspect ... read more CD
 
 



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