Art Blakey —
Mosaic ... LP Blue Note, 1961. Very Good- ...
An explosive session from an expanded edition of the Jazz Messengers – recorded at a key point when Art Blakey moved the group up to six members instead of five! Although bigger than the group on most Jazz Messenger Blue Notes, the sextet have an energy that's almost tighter – a sense ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a tiny split on the bottom seam, a couple of small rips at the opening, and some light stains on the back.)
One of our favorite albums ever from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – but a set that was unreleased by Blue Note for quite a few years! The set's one of two gems the group recorded in 1961, but which were held back until the end of the 60s – and it features a stellar version of the ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Buhaina ... LP Prestige (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
An amazing album that has Art Blakey completely reinventing himself for the 70s! Blakey shifts from straight hardbop to kind of a modal soul jazz groove, touched with some of the electric playing of the younger jazz generation, but not enough to qualify as fusion or funk. Instead, he's working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album – one of Art Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides, and a blinding set of hard-driving jazz that well earns its title! The group is one of Blakey's pre-Timmons/Morgan/Shorter ones – with Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Sam Dockery ... read moreCD
Art Blakey's soundtrack to this fantastic French film is one of his best non-Blue Note albums ever – and it's got the additional bonus of featuring performances by the great French tenor star Barney Wilen! The tunes here are way more than just short scene-setting soundtrack numbers – ... read moreCD
This session shouldn't work, but it does – and beautifully! By all means, an album that includes Diz, Art Blakey, Monk, and Sonny Stitt playing together should be a first-rate snoozer, with hackneyed performances of common-denominator material that they can all get their hooks around – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and remnants of a price sticker.)
Terence Blanchard —
Bounce ... CD Blue Note, 2003. Used ...
Warmth and magic from Terence Blanchard – an album of simple beauty and timeless soul that's one of the best we've heard from him to date! The set features a group that includes tenor, guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes, and organ – and overall, it's got a soulful depth that reminds us of ... read moreCD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)
Terence Blanchard —
Flow ... CD Blue Note, 2005. Used ...
A real standout from trumpeter Terence Blanchard – and a record that arguably helped set the tone for lots of Blue Note albums in years to come by a variety of younger artists! The album's produced by Herbie Hancock – who still really lets Blanchard's horn and musical vision take the ... read moreCD
A real standout from trumpeter Terence Blanchard – and a record that arguably helped set the tone for lots of Blue Note albums in years to come by a variety of younger artists! The album's produced by Herbie Hancock – who still really lets Blanchard's horn and musical vision take the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Includes his "Concerto For Jazz Orchestra", "Fur Graz", and "Study For Quarter Tone Trumpet" – with Karel Krautgartner on alto and clarinet, Jaromir Honzak on soprano sax, and Jaromir Hnilicka on trumpet! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light pen near the bottom on the back, and some light wear.)
Blazing Redheads —
Crazed Women ... LP Reference Recordings, 1998. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow —
Trios ... CD ECM (Germany), 2013. Used ...
Sublime trio recordings from Carla Bley on piano, Steve Swallow on bass, and Andy Sheppard on tenor and soprano sax – musicians who've been working together in different ways for many years, and who really come together here in a very special way! Although all three players were once known ... read moreCD
Beautiful solo piano work from Paul Bley – spare, stark, and almost lovely – and a real contrast to some of his more aggressive experiments of the late 60s. The Bley here has almost a hint of sadness and longing, especially on the numbers that have him revisiting tunes he'd done on ... read moreCD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)
Paul Bley & Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen —
Paul Bley/NHOP ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. Used ...
Latin Bird, but way more Latin than Bird ever was – if that makes any sense! In other words, TK Blue really steps out nicely with this album – doing way more than just a Charlie Parker tribute, and certainly not rehashing the cubop elements of Bird's early 50s sides – and instead ... read moreCD
A lost treasure – never-issued material from the legendary Blue Notes combo – and a set that really helps fill some space in their all-too-small recorded catalog! The set captures the group at the end of the 70s, working in their most openly-creative mode – a style that partly ... read moreCD
A long-overdue look at one of the most important groups to grace the British jazz scene of the 60s and 70s – the legendary Blue Notes, a group of South African expatriates with an undeniably huge influence on the music of their new homeland! The ensemble featured key players who went onto do ... read moreCD
One of the few small group recordings ever cut by pianist Francy Boland – and a set that cooks every bit as much as his work with the larger Clarke Boland Big Band on MPS! The reason for the cooking is clear – Francy's got key rhythmic help from group members Jimmy Woode on bass and ... read moreCD
The "joy" in the title is certainly well-placed – as the music here has a buoyant, ebullient quality that's unlike most we're used to hearing from the artists on the record – and from ECM in recent years! The group's led by pianist Stefano Bollini, whose light tones ring out ... read moreCD
Features Howard McGhee on trumpet, Trummy Young on trombone, Sonny Criss on alto, and Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon on tenor. CD
Thomas Borgmann/Wilber Morris/Reggie Nicholson —
Nasty & Sweet ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 1999. New Copy 2LP ...
Reedman Thomas Borgman's in some really great company here – bassist Wilber Morris and drummer Reggie Nicholson – both of whom really open up on the album's very long tracks! The set was recorded live at the end of the 90s, but may not have been issued until now – and it features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 400 copies.)
Fabrizio Bosso —
Purple ... CD Verve (Italy), 2013. New Copy ...
A really unusual project for this great Italian trumpeter – a set that has Fabrizio Bosso working with his Spiritual Trio – a group that features lots of Hammond organ, and plenty of tight drums! The "spiritual" in their name is a reference to an American gospel and soul ... read moreCD
Fabrizio Bosso & Marco Moreggia —
Magic Susi ... CD Verve (Italy), 2014. New Copy ...
One of the more electronic projects we've heard from trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso – a set of work done with electronic musician Marco Moreggia, who creates a very different sound for Fabrizio's horn! The music is a blend of sound sources, keyboards, and other elements – sometimes augmented ... read moreCD
Four friends in Bari, making really beautiful music together – a lineup that features sparkling trumpet from the great Fabrizio Bosso, plus guitar from Guido Di Leone, bass from Giuseppi Bassi, and drums from Mimmo Capanale! The set's got all the subtle charm of Bosso's best work in recent ... read moreCD
A really rockin little set – and one that shows that saxophonist Earl Bostic was way more than just a jazz musician! The package has a strong focus on Earl's more R&B-influenced sides for King Records in the early 50s – work that resonates strongly with the King sides by Wynonie ... read moreCD
Tenorist Ralph Bowen blows some strong magic here – the kind of tone and timing that really transforms the more familiar numbers chosen for the set – so that older standards are turned inside out and opened up as new vehicles for expression – yet all while still managing to swing! ... read moreCD
Two great settings for this Art Ensemble trumpeter – The One & Only is a solo set, and All The Magic features bowie with Ari Brown on tenor and soprano sax, Art Matthews on piano, Fred Williams on bass, Phil Wilson on drums, and both Fontella Bass and David Peaston on vocals! LP, Vinyl record album
A cooker of a record from Lester Bowie – one that takes the earlier sound of the Brass Fantasy ensemble, and focuses it into a mode that shows his growing love of soul and funk! The set was issued on the the short-lived Venture imprint of Virgin – a surprisingly strong outlook for ... read moreCD
The only full album ever issued by tenor player Rocky Boyd – but a set so great, it's definitely made a name for him over the years! Boyd's got a wonderful tone on the set – sharp and soulful, with an approach to the tenor that almost reminds us of early 60s Jackie McLean – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real departure for saxophonist David Boykin – an album of solo material, performed on soprano sax and Bb Clarinet – in a style that recalls the most experimental work of Roscoe Mitchell, and which also has ties to the solo recordings of Evan Parker and Steve Lacy! Boykin's really ... read moreCD
Spare improvisations from Chicago saxophonist David Boykin – recorded as a duet with butoh artist Nicole Legette, who also seems to be vocalizing a bit on the record! The album's easily one of the most challenging that Boykin's ever given us – quite open, and very expressive – ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums so far from mighty Chicago reedman David Boykin – and easily a set that lives up to the rich legacy of avant jazz in the Windy City! There's a depth to the record that comes through right from the very first note – a sense of history and feeling that shows ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most spiritual albums we've ever heard from reedman David Boykin – a beautiful batch of long, flowing tunes that have tremendous modal energy and a very cohesive feel! We've always loved Boykin, right from the start – but here he's showing an even deeper sense of ... read moreCD
One of the most ambitious recordings to date from Chicago improviser David Boykin – a large group performance done in the freely collaborative spirit of older AACM recordings! There's a relaxed, spontaneous vibe here that we really love – as Boykin and other Chicago players work ... read moreCD
A raw, live set from Chicago saxophonist David Boykin – but a great little record that really reminds us of a classic 60s session on ESP! Boykin's reeds are wonderful throughout – filled with the depth of soul we might expect from Kalaparusha or Albert Ayler – and set up here in ... read moreCD
A great lost performance from David Boykin's Expanse group – one of the boldest forces in Chicago underground jazz a few years back! The lineup here is great – with Boykin on tenor, Nicole Mitchell on flute, Josh Abrams on bass, James Baker on piano, and Myron Cherry on drums – ... read moreCD
"Expanse" is a mighty big name for the group that David Boykin uses on this record – especially given that the combo's only a quintet – but that's ok with us, because the sound here is more than large enough to warrant the name! Boykin's working with a great batch of players ... read moreCD
Joanne Brackeen —
Keyed In ... LP CBS/Tappan Zee, 1979. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
With Eddie Gomez & Jack DeJohnette. LP, Vinyl record album
Joanne Brackeen's at the top of her game here – working in a unique set of duets with bassist Eddie Gomez – at a level that matches the fire and fury of any of her work with a larger group! Brackeen's got this tremendous command of the keyboard right from the start – a wide sweep ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Joanne Brackeen —
Snooze ... LP Choice, 1975. Very Good ...
Dreamy open-ended tracks from pianist Joanne Brackeen – with a spiritual sound that almost reminds us of Alice Coltrane's best work on Impulse. That's no surprise, as the rhythm's by Cecil McBee and Billy Hart, who work behind Brackeen to drive her solos into a searching post-Coltrane kind ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sounds from cornet player Bobby Bradford – a date recorded in the UK in the early 70s, but with all the free-thinking and imaginative energy as his best sessions in LA! The group pits Bobby's horn against three young modernists – Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Kent ... read moreCD
Ruby Braff has a ball on this rare date for Bethlehem Records – a set that's got a live, loose feel that's quite different than some of Ruby's other records! The date was recorded on New Years Eve, at the end of 1954 – and it features Braff stepping out with these surprisingly human, ... read moreCD
Anouar Brahem —
Thimar ... CD ECM (Germany), 1998. Used ...
(BMG music club pressing.)
George Braith —
Musart ... CD Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ...
One of our favorite-ever albums on Prestige Records from the 60s – and a set that's a fair bit different than most of the other work on the label! The set's an unusual outing for saxophonist George Braith – cut after his famous albums for Blue Note, and in a mode that's quite different ... read moreCD
A lovely set of spare solo tracks from Dollar Brand – recorded in Japan in 1974, featuring only piano and bamboo flute. The album's divided into 2 long suites – "Africa" and "Reflection" – with shorter passages that move through the warm range of moods you'd ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great LP that features two side-long tracks – "Cape Town Fringe" and "The Pilgrim" – played by Dollar Brand and a quintet that includes Basil Coetzee on tenor and Robbie Jansen on alto and flute. "Cape Town Fringe" has a beautiful rolling sound, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from one of Brazil's most soulful saxophone players! Victor Assis Brasil is perhaps best remembered for his early work on the Quartin label, but even as his style got straighter in later years, he still kept a great tone, and had a real talent for crafting extended captivating solos on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Even at an early age, Anthony Braxton was already experimenting with new forms of jazz composition – and this 1968 debut as a leader is filled with the imaginative approaches to music that would make him a key shaper of jazz in the next decade! The tracks here are all quite long, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first solo saxophone recordings of the 60s – recorded as one of the first few sessions by a young Anthony Braxton! As the title implies, the whole album features alto sax – played freely by Braxton with a depth of creativity and sense of humanity to rival any of the previous ... read moreCD
Anthony Braxton —
This Time ... CD BYG/Sunspots (Italy), 1970. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
An excellent session for BYG! Anthony Braxton is recorded here with a number of other Chicago AACM players, including Steve McCall, Leroy Jenkins, and Leo Smith. The instrumentation includes an amazing range of oddball sound sources, including Hohner Organ, sirens, logs, mouth organ, sound ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Comes in a cool 5" gatefold reissue package just like the original LP.)
Randy Brecker —
Score ... LP Solid State, Late 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A very cool early Randy Brecker album – recorded years before he was working in tighter, R&B-inflected styles – and was instead an up-and-coming player with a surprisingly sharp edge! The set's produced by Duke Pearson, and has a groovy sound that's similar to Blue Note dates of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from The Brecker Brothers – working here at a new level for 70s jazz fusion! Sure, it's as slick as it can be – with touches of club and disco grooves to give an even smoother edge to the jazz funk of the Brecker Brothers – but thanks to some solid soloing that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bassist Peter Brendler is at the helm of the set, but we're especially enamored of the trumpet work here – played by Peter Evans on both standard and piccolo trumpet – the latter of which has this wonderfully personal sound! Almost all tunes are originals from Brendler, who turns out ... read moreCD
A little funky, a little jazzy, and a great little record from saxophonist Hugh Brodie – playing here with his excellent Real Thing combo! The record's got a looser feel than other soul jazz sessions of the time – and a style that's straighter jazz one minute, and a bit more soul the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the jazz mass you might expect – and instead a hip album of early modern work from Gustav Brom – with vibes by Jerzy Milian and Alfa Smid, baritone from Josef Audes, tenor from Zdenek Novak, and trumpet from Jaromir Hnilicka! LP, Vinyl record album