Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost Sun Ra classic – from the early days of the Arkestra! This 1966 release on Saturn features music that was recorded by The Arkestra in Chicago in 1957 and 1958. Some of the tracks are from the same session as the Sound Of Joy LP, and a few others were from sessions later in the year. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album of tracks recorded during some of the Arkestra's last days in Chicago! The record features some great work by Ra on Electronic Piano and Cosmic Tone Organ – and there's a full complement of horn players on the set, including Pat Patrick, John Gilmore, and Marshall Allen. 2 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An adventurous side from Sun Ra – recorded in 1962, when the Arkestra had recently moved to New York City – with Ra playing a bit of percussion and electric celeste on one track, and an overall freer approach by the rest of the group! Players include the classic lineup with Pat Patrick ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Red Trio —
Rebento ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ....
Free, fragmented work from the Red Trio of Rodrigo Pinheiro on piano, Hernani Faustino on bass, and Gabriel Ferrandini on drums and percussion – a combo who really find a great way to work in a subtle sonic space that unlocks new properties of their instruments! The piano is perhaps the most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This was Redd's second album after the breakup of the Young-Holt team – and it's also the tightest. The best cuts have this hard funk sound that features tightly stepping drums by Redd, and a classic choppy groove that's best summed up in the cut "Do It Baby", a favorite with hip ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few American releases cut by the legendary British trumpeter Dizzy Reece – and a great one! The album was strange for Blue Note, in that it was a joint US/UK session – featuring American players Donald Byrd and Art Taylor, along with great Brit players Reece, Tubby Hayes, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The greatest of Dizzy Reece's 3 LPs for Blue Note – and it's also the hardest to find! The British trumpeter is playing here with a group that is totally classic hardbop Blue Note – and which includes Hank Mobley on tenor, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest modern moments on Blue Note – ever! From the cover, to the compositions, to the playing on the set – the whole album crackles with an unbelievable fire that was hardly ever matched again. A young Sam Rivers leads a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Ron ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Freddie Roach always makes a good move on his Blue Note sessions – going for a lean and tight style on the organ that never fails to please! On this set, he's working with a mixed group of hardbop and soul jazz players that include Blue Mitchell, Hank Mobley, Eddie Wright, and Clarence ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure set from Max Roach – but right up there with his best work of the late 50s on Mercury and other labels! The album features the "award winning" drummer in a quintet with Booker Little on trumpet, Ray Draper on tuba, George Coleman on tenor, and Art Davis on bass – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unique album from Sonny Rollins – one that features him blowing tenor over some Latin-based rhythms that have a tight uptempo feel. The core group on the album features Jim Hall on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – but they're augmented by larger ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Adam Rudolph & Go Organic Orchestra —
Sonic Mandala ... LP Meta, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ....
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from percussionist Adam Rudolph, and one of the most spiritual too – an extended set that draws on some really rich global elements, yet brings them all together with the focus of a more ambitious jazz composition! Rudolph uses the Sonica Mandala ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jorge Lopez Ruiz 5 —
De Prepo ... LP Whatmusic (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)....
Heavy fusion from Argentina – an experimental album from the early 70s, played by a very hip group! The quintet features a lineup that includes some great Fender Rhodes by Fernando Gelbard, plus bass, drums, and soprano sax – all coming together in a style that's partially influenced ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mario Rusca —
Reaction ... LP Dynia World/Sonorama (Germany), 1974. New Copy ....
One of the greatest records we've ever heard from pianist Mario Rusca – a really open, fluid sort of set – and one that features electric bass in the trio, which really gives things a different sort of vibe! Mario plays acoustic piano throughout, but the use of electric bass (played by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Patrice Rushen's second album – and a very sweet batch of keyboard funk! The record has Patrice working in a groove that's almost like that of Herbie Hancock at the time – using lots of electric piano, clavinet, and synth to craft some mighty fine jazz funk grooves. The group's a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible! This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic 80s work from Pharoah Sanders – with a vibe that's a perfect extension of his classic work for the Impulse label! The album has Pharoah working with an amazing group – Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, John Hicks and Joe Bonner on piano, Art Davis on bass, and either Elvin Jones or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the earliest albums on the Free Jazz Productions label – a large group session led by trumpeter Manfred Schoof, and featuring a wealth of great talents from the European avant garde of the 60s – including Peter Brotzmann on tenor, Enrico Rava on trumpet, Irene Schweizer and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of British tenor giants – heard here in a previously unissued live performance – the legendary Ronnie Scott and the up-and-coming Alan Skidmore – both playing together here in a well-recorded set for the BBC! Scott's soulful lead really helps shape the energy of the tunes, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great BBC Jazz Club 45 session from legendary British jazz quintets led by tenor Ronnie Scott & drummer Phil Seamen! As program, it's fun stuff – with both groups assembled for a live broadcast and introduced by an announcer – and the music itself is terrific. Scott's group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very freewheeling set of music here – so free that neither the cover nor the labels list any titles or instruments at all! From what we can tell, the live performance features piano from Milo Fine, drums from Davu Seru, banjo from Paul Metzger, and cello from Didier Petit – but there ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great batch of jazzy cuts from the soundtrack to the legendary acid western El Topo – performed here by a very groovy San Francisco combo that includes Hadley Caliman, Luis Gasca, and Mel Martin! Although the original film's a western, the performance here of the music is much more in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A late date for Woody Shaw, but a great one too – a bit more straightforward than some of his more righteous albums of the 70s, but still proof that Shaw is easily one of the greatest trumpeters of his generation! The album's got a laidback sort of feel, and features a fair bit of familiar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic of spiritual, soulful jazz – and one of Archie Shepp's greatest albums! The set was recorded in New York after a few free and festive years in Paris, and it's an amazing about-face that has Archie stepping into a world of righteous, full-on, political, and funky themes – the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The set's billed as a "tribute to Charlie Parker", but it's got a heck of a lot more to offer than that – as the album's one of the best of Archie Shepp's late 70s efforts, and has a gentle soulfulness that goes way beyond just duplicating Bird! The tunes are all numbers associated ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great counterpart to some of Archie Shepp's studio albums for Impulse – a live date recorded in San Francisco, with a slightly freer, sharper edge! The sound is almost free at times, but always with that strong sense of focus that Archie brought to his brilliant work of the time – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully balanced 60s work from Archie Shepp – a record that mixes newer freedoms with sharper vision – all wrapped up with some wonderfully intense solo work! As with some of Shepp's other great dates for Impulse at the time, the group's a largeish one – a nonet of players ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Archie Shepp at his spiritual best – recording in Paris in 1969, and absorbing a heck of a lot of pan-African influences! The centerpiece of the album is the amazing "Yasmina" – a long track that builds with passion and fire, pulsing with an intensity that you'd expect more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very nice session by baritonist Sahib Shihab – and one of the most far-reaching works he cut in this country before disappearing to Europe for the better part of the 60s! The album's broken into two different groups – both have Sahib playing with Phil Woods on alto and Benny Golson ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary album from saxophonist Sahib Shihab – a record that's gone onto become the birth of all things modal and club jazz in the current scene! Shihab always sounded great, no matter what the setting, but there was definitely something magical going on with this session – a one-of- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful – simply beautiful – one of the greatest Wayne Shorter albums for Blue Note, and one of our favorite jazz albums ever! The record is a masterpiece of lyrical delight – soul jazz mixed with slight touches of experimentalism – but still warm, swinging, and personal ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Silva leads his Celestrial Communication Orchestra, one of the best of the loose collectives playing around the Paris scene of the 1969/1970 era – and a group that includes Grachan Moncur III, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Malachi Favors, Dave Burrell, and Bernard Vitet. The group was one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Horace Silver at his most righteous – stepping out here in the amazing Phase 2 of his United States Of The Mind series – with some heavy vocals from the great Andy Bey! The grooves are more complicated than Silver was laying down a few years before – yet still equally soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real high point in Jimmy Smith's famous 60s run at Verve Records – a key collaboration with arranger Lalo Schfrin, who brings a great blend of jazz and soundtrack styles to Jimmy's famous groove on the Hammond! Lalo's backings are totally great – with touches of Latin and Brazilian ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky funky funky! Lonnie plays live with a tight group that includes tenor, guitar, and some very heavy drumming – really wailing at a level that was surprising for funky organists of the time, and which really set the pace for a whole new generation! The players are more obscure than on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of hard instrumental Latin soul tracks – one of the few albums ever done by funky reed player Mauricio Smith! On the set, Smith plays flute, alto, and soprano sax – and the record's filled with short little groovers that have a nice choppy sound, and lots of heavy conga ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A compelling collaboration from a very unlikely duo – "minister of audiology" Lary 7, working here with Jimi Tenor and Mia Theodoratus! The sound is definitely informed by Lary's long experience with acoustic instruments – and builds beautifully out of a range of harps, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Solar – Source Of Live Arkestra Revelation —
Faith For My Mind ... LP Solar/Superfly (France), 1983. New Copy (reissue)....
A beautiful, beautiful little record – as righteous and soulful as some of the best spiritual jazz classics of the 70s – and arguably even rarer, as it was only issued on a tiny label from Atlanta! Solar have a sound that uses 3 female lead vocalists in chorus formation – one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark work from the St Louis scene – a pivotal album by Solidarity Unit – an offshoot of that city's groundbreaking Black Artists Group! The style here is very much in the mode of AACM work coming out of Chicago at the time – freely creative, and very exploratory – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing of 600 copies – done with very heavy, high quality vinyl, in a very heavy cover!)
Solis Lacus —
Solis Lacus ... LP EMI/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1975. New Copy ....
A Fender Rhodes treasure – the one and only album from Solis Lacus – a hip 70s Belgian group who were contemporaries of Placebo – and work here in very similar modes! The album's resplendent in Rhodes lines from Michel Herr – a great keyboardist with an excellent ear for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that's gotta be one of the most righteous school band records ever – way more than just a bunch of students doing big band numbers, and instead a killer batch of spiritual jazz numbers, directed by the legendary Alvin Batiste! The record's one of a rare few 70s sets of this nature ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Badass organ funk from the mighty Leon Spencer – a set that's got a bit of a fuller feel than some of his previous albums for Prestige – but a groove that's also equally great! The style here is somewhere between blacksploitation funk and some of the grooves from the CTI/Kudu camp ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from The Stark Reality – an obscure group from the early 70s, but one who've really risen to fame over the years – thanks to their groundbreaking ear for new music, and their freewheeling way with a funky groove! This package brings together all the incredible work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download.)
Gloria Steward —
Jazz For Dancing ... LP Elite Special/Sonorama (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)....
A rare set from Gloria Steward – a singer who seems to be American, but who's recording here in a rare Swiss session from the 60s – with backing from a very groovy small combo! The lineup features some great vibes from Manfred Burzlaff, whose ringing tones make for a slightly different ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really bumping brass work from the streets of Nola – served up by the youthful Stooges Brass Band, a group who are as tough in their grooves as they look on the cover! There's no old school hoke going on here – as the rhythms and horns are both mighty tight, and go for a style that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dexter Story —
Seasons ... LP Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2012. New Copy ....
A beautiful project from the contemporary underground scene in LA – a record that shares lots of energy and musicians with recordings by Build An Ark and Life Force Trio! Dexter Story's the main force behind the record, but the set's a strongly collaborative effort – and features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful little record – and one that definitely earns the "suite" distinction in the title – given the thoughtful longform approach of the set! The album's got a more composed feel than other spiritual jazz sessions of the time – not in a stiff way, but in a style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The return of the great ones – and quite possibly the funkiest album ever from The Sugarman Three – a crowning achievement for this funky combo that we've loved for years! The core trio is still in place – soaring Hammond, tight tenor, and heavy drums – but they've also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice session by one of the most unique guitarists in jazz – all done up in a CTI style, with production and arrangements by Bob James that give the record a nice little electric finish! We always loved Gabor's guitar on his 60s recordings, and this set is one of the first to really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent jazzy combo from the UK – and one who work here with just the right studio touches from Benedic (Nostalgia 77) Lamdin! Teotima have this really warm approach that blends together spiritual jazz impulses with some straighter jazz elements – all at a level that reminds us of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Third Eye —
Connexion ... LP Ring/Sonorama (Germany), 1977. New Copy (reissue)....
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The greatest album ever recorded by Joe Thomas – and a hip batch of funky flute tracks that ranks with the best work of Jeremy Steig or SOUL! Joe's blowing here with arrangements by Chico O'Farrill – strangely off-beat backings that add in more than a touch of Latin to the funk, making ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sublime early album from singer Bobby Troup – one that has a slightly different approach than you might guess from the title! Troup pays tribute to another fairly hip LA songwriter – the great Johnny Mercer, the man who helped to build Capitol Records in the late 40s! Mercer's tunes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed up in the same format as the original vinyl – a 10" LP!)
An incredible album from one of the greatest talents on the Chicago soul scene of the late 60s – guitarist Phil Upchurch, a player with an amazing sound! Phil could work in worlds that were equal parts soul and psychedelia – making his guitar a perfect accompaniment for the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fierce funky instrumentals from Motown keyboardist Earl Van Dyke – a set that's overflowing with great original tracks, plus some sweet funky covers too! The style here is quite different than Earl's previous work – and quite different from most of Motown too – with a hard-edged ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dexter Wansel —
Life On Mars ... LP Philadelphia International, 1976. New Copy (reissue)....
A fantastic bit of space age funk – and maybe one of the greatest moments ever from Philly Soul maestro Dexter Wansel! The album goes way beyond any of Wansel's other work – and blends his warm soulful styles with some of the more keyboard-oriented funk that was coming out of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tyrone Washington —
Roots ... LP Perception, 1973. New Copy (reissue)....
A wonderful bit of spiritual soul jazz! This sweet little record was recorded out of the same energy that produced Larry Young's Lawrence of Newark LP for Perception Records, and it's a strange session by Tyrone Washington – a young player from the Newark scene who'd previously cut a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great set from reedman Charles Waters – and one that returns to one of our favorite jazz sub-styles of the postwar years – the "city portrait", a musical picture of New York – served up here in a batch of music that's as vivid as the city itself! The title's a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download with bonus digital track.)
Webster Wraight Ensemble —
No Lucky Days ... LP Miso/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2013. New Copy ....
A really stunning collaboration between Charles Webster and Peter Wraight – the former mostly known for his house music, the latter an arranger for the Herbert big band sessions – coming together here in a lush new sound that's totally their own! There's an expansive feel to the record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful contemporary project from these two British jazz legends – one that definitely lives up to all their genius from earlier years – while finding a whole new level of expression! The album was done in collaboration with the London Vocal Project – a large group who are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Free and soulful work from saxophonist Andrew White – working here in a live setting with help from Blackbyrds members Kevin Toney on piano and Keith Kilgo on drums! The rhythm players are excellent – especially since they get help from the mighty Steve Novosel on bass – but the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Special pressing – 2LPs that play at 45rpm for amazing sound!)
Genius early work from a young Barney Wilen – an album issued in the US during a brief time when the French tenor star was turning a lot of heads on the American scene! The date's a great illustration of Wilen's amazingly deft talents on the tenor right from the start – a keen ear for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy vinyl pressing – with a great tip-on cover too!)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis – a super-hip keyboard player who's best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album's a gem all the way through – with a free-thinking soulful sound that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever from vocalist Norma Winstone – a set that really helps bring her talents into sharp focus! Like Karin Krog, Annette Peacock, Sheila Jordan, and other female jazz singers of her generation, Winstone was always pushing the boundaries of her craft – taking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bernard Wright —
Nard ... LP Arista, 1981. New Copy (reissue)....
A masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist Bernard Wright! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible stuff from the jazz underground of Newark! This is one of the rarest albums ever recorded by jazz organist Larry Young – cut for the tiny Perception label during the early 70s, and featuring some of the cream of the New Jersey jazz underground. The album's got playing that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larry Young —
Unity ... LP Blue Note, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)....
A brilliant album that would forever change the way the organ was used in jazz! The set's the greatest contribution ever from organist Larry Young – a lean and modal session recorded with help from a young quartet that includes Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, and Elvin Jones – all leaping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic self-released album by the enigmatic Roland Young – an unusual blend of organic sounds and slight electronics – all put together with the careful creativity of older albums by members of the AACM! Roland plays all the instruments here himself – in a set of tracks that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazzy 45s galore – and a huge dip into the vaults of Prestige Records! This tasty set brings together 18 classics recorded in the heyday of the jazz funk years at Prestige – the late 60s and early 70s, a time when the soul jazz sounds of previous years were being forged into a leaner, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest, deepest collections of European jazz we've ever heard – a really wonderful set that opens up a whole new side of the French scene of the 60s, 70s, and 80s – filled with music that we've never heard before! Unlike other sets of this nature, which focus on American ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
15 jazzy groovers, with a sound and a feel that you haven't really heard in other comps before (except for the now hard-to-find Priceless classic.) Tight hard modal tracks, with lots of strident rolling piano lines, cool flute and sax solos, and free-wheeling rhythm sections. Cuts include "Th ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sounds from the Parisian jazz community of the early 70s – a scene that had as much late 60s revolutionary energy as the American one – and which steps forth here in a beautiful blend of righteous themes and really far-reaching styles! The politics of the set are obvious from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A crucially important slice of work – and maybe one of the most striking sets in this all-great Spiritual Jazz series! The focus here is on some of the great American players working in Europe during the late 60s and early 70s – often in collaboration with equally forward-thinking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – with a cool tri-fold cover, and a bonus download too!)