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Jacques Schwarz-BartJazz Racine Haiti ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
A compelling combination of Haitian Racine music with jazz instrumentation – served up here in an album with a richly expressive feel all the way through! Jacques Schwarz-Bart takes melodies first forged in the hills of Haiti, often with roots in voodoo – and blends them with ... read more CD

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Irene Schweizer & Pierre FavreLive In Zurich ... CD
Intakt (Germany), 2013. New Copy ... $12.99 19.99
Wonderful work from two very like-minded players – pianist Irene Schweizer and percussionist Pierre Favre – both musicians who've got years of improvisation under their belt, and a very well-matched, non-liner style! Schweizer's piano has always had this way of cascading forward in ... read more CD

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Irene Schweizer/Gunter SommerIrene Schweizer/Gunter Sommer ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 1987. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Beautiful duets between pianist Irene Schweizer and percussionist Gunter "Baby" Sommer – both really creative, inventive musicians who seem perfectly suited to work together on an album like this! The setting is relatively open and free, but never in a way that's overly-indulgent, ... read more CD

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Irene Schweizer/Louis MoholoIrene Schweizer/Louis Moholo ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 1987. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
A tremendous pairing of talents – the piano of Irene Schweizer and drums of Louis Moholo – set loose here in a style that's free, but never too far to swing – so that there's a sense of focus and energy that really brings out the best in both musicians! Schweizer has a very ... read more CD

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John ScofieldBlue Matter ... CD
Gramavision/Warner (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99
Warmly chromatic work from guitarist John Scofield – full of tones and textures that shift and shimmer about a soulful center – always as chromatic as you might guess from the album's cover and title! There's certain 80s elements in the instrumentation – especially the use of ... read more CD

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John ScofieldElectric Outlet ... CD
Gramavision/Warner (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
Guitarist John Scofield is a player who always needs an electric outlet for his instrument – but this time around, he seems to have an even sharper fusion groove than ever – a rhythmic pulse to his instrument that really seems to move along with the keyboards from Peter Levin and drums ... read more CD

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John ScofieldStill Warm ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
John Scofield's still plenty warm on the tones of his guitar – even though the record's got some sharp electric action in an 80s fusion mode – thanks to both acoustic drums and beats from Omar Hakim! The lineup has John's guitar dancing nicely with that airy sense of space he first ... read more CD

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Bobby ScottCompositions Of Bobby Scott ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
Really wonderful work from pianist Bobby Scott – a perfect showcase not just for his young talents as a composer and arranger, but also for a host of key solo performers as well! This full album brings together two previous 10" LP sessions – both of them brilliant, and graced by ... read more CD

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New Shirley ScottSuperstition ... CD
Cadet/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from Hammond giant Shirley Scott – a set that's got a fair bit of funk in the mix, and a really rich array of inventive lines on the keyboards too! The tracks are longer than usual, and really step past the more familiar Shirley Scott modes of the ... read more CD

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Tom ScottBlow It Out/Intimate Strangers/Street Beat ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1977/1978/1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A trio of classics from reedman Tom Scott – all packaged together in a single set! Blow It Out has Tom Scott really hitting the right sort of smooth jazzy vibe to make the album one of his classics from the 70s! As on all Tom's work, the reed sound is still nice and sharp – that edge ... read more CD

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Adele SebastianDesert Fairy Princess ... CD
Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
A beautiful set of 70s soul jazz flute tracks – featuring work by flautist Adele Sebastian, with backing by a hip group that includes Billy Higgins, Ricky Kelly, and Roberto Miranda. The tracks have a nice mellow Strata East/Black Jazz kind of sound to them – and the production is ... read more CD

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SectionSection ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
A famous session group, sounding great hear on their own – in a tight blend of fusion styles that run the gamut from rockish jamming to tight and funky! The quartet features Danny Kortchmar on guitar, Russ Kunkel on drums, Craig Doerge on keys and Leland Sklar on bass – players who'd ... read more CD

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Charlie ShaversComplete Charlie Shavers With Maxine Sullivan ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $9.99
An unusual slice of work by trumpeter Charlie Shavers – proof of his vitality and the range of his powers during the 50s! The first 4 tracks feature Shavers in a sextet with Hank D'Amico, Bennie Morton, Ken Kersey, Aaron Bell and Panama Francis, and some narration by Al Jazzbo Collins! ... read more CD
Also available Complete Charlie Shavers With Maxine Sullivan ... CD 7.99

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Charlie ShaversMost Intimate – Mood Interpretations By Charlie Shavers ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $9.99
Wonderfully sweet work from trumpeter Charlie Shavers – a set that has Shavers blowing on ballads over larger orchestrations – in a style that's really our favorite side of his music! Charlie's horn already has a long legacy by the time of this record – a slightly mature style ... read more CD

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Woody ShawNight Music ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $13.99
A real standout set from the 80s years of trumpeter Woody Shaw – a solidly burning live set that blows away most of his studio work from the time! The album's noteworthy first of all for the presence of Bobby Hutcherson on vibes – whose soulful spiritual approach of the period ... read more CD

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New Sahib Shihab/Art Farmer/Clifford JordanSwiss Radio Days Vol 32 – Sahib Shihab, Art Farmer, & Clifford Jordan ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1970/1971/1977. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Vintage 70s Swiss radio recordings by American jazz legends Sahib Shihab, Art Farmer and Clifford Jordan – each performing a few numbers with the excellent, ever-adaptable Jazz Live Trio! The set kicks off with a 1970 performance featuring Sahib Shihab out front. First is a laidback, moody ... read more CD

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Wayne ShorterMoto Grosso Feio ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
A perfect illustration of the rich new directions Wayne Shorter was taking at the start of the 70s – an amazing flurry of sounds and styles that's light years ahead of where he began in the 60s! Shorter's one of those players who was already great at the start – an amazing tenorist, ... read more CD

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Wayne ShorterOdyssey Of Iska ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $19.99
A very unusual album for Wayne Shorter – recorded right around that 1970 point when Duke Pearson was exploring formats for Blue Note artists that included larger, often electric arrangements, pointing the way towards some of the later 70s soul jazz work on labels like Kudu or CTI! This set, ... read more CD
(SHMCD.)

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Show BandPunkt Styku – Lost Gem Of Polish Funk ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A killer trio from 70s Poland – one who are very heavy on Hammond, and play with a sweet funky feel! The group mostly played live – both in Poland and Sweden – and also did some soundtrack work as well – but this is really the first-ever commercial release of their music as ... read more CD

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New Ricardo Silveira Organ TrioRicardo Silveira Organ Trio ... CD
Adventure Music, 2014. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99 19.99
A whole new side of the talents of guitarist Ricardo Silveira, and a great one too – a Hammond-oriented trio outing that's quite different than any of his previous projects to date! We've grown to love Silveira for his sensitive shadings in Brazilian or acoustic projects – but he's a ... read more CD

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Horace SilverSilver N Strings Play The Music Of The Spheres ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
Horace Silver's last record for Blue Note – and an amazing end to his decades of work for the legendary label! The set's a perfect summation of all the new directions that Horace took in the 70s – new territory that's deeply spiritual, and undeniably righteous – yet which also ... read more CD

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SixSix ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
A mainstream jazz combo, but one with plenty of modern edges too – thanks to the skills of the players in the sextet! The musicians here are equally comfortable skirting a number of different styles, which they do very well in the set – especially the horn section, which features Bob ... read more CD

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Six (Bob Wilber)View From Jazzbo's Head ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
A tightly swinging set of tracks dedicated to Al Jazzbo Collins – the famous jazz DJ of the 50s! Collins has little to do with the set – save for his image on the front cover – and the group's mostly a swing-based ensemble, grooving in a style that's similar to other mid 50s ... read more CD

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Alan Skidmore/Mike Osborne/John SurmanSOS ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $10.99
One of our favorite sides of the British avant scene in the 70s – a body of work that's out, but never too out – soaring on spiritual wings one moment, and working in playful blocks of sound the next! All three artists play saxes on the album, and Skidmore throws in a bit of drums and ... read more CD

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New 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

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Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic EchoesCosmic Funk ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $11.99
A real gem from Lonnie Liston Smith's early years in the studio – and a record that's perhaps a bit more "cosmic" than it is "funk" – but that's why we like it so much! The session has Lonnie stretching out a bit more than usual – borrowing some of the ... read more CD

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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 (UK pressing) ... CD 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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New Lonnie SmithIn The Beginning Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Pilgrimage, 2013. New Copy 2 CDs Gatefold ... $18.99 19.98
Lonnie Smith revisits some of the key songs of his early years – but does them here in the company of a cool octet – so that the results often come out sounding a heck of a lot different than the originals! Lonnie was a hell of a player right at the start, but in recent years he's ... 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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New 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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New Wadada Leo Smith/George Lewis/John ZornSonic Rivers ... CD
Tzadik, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An excellent session from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, with trombone and electronics by George Lewis, and alto sax by John Zorn! It's got the jagged, freely experimental vibe you'd expect from such a trio, but it moves with a deliberate sonic flow, hence the title, albeit with some sharp edges. ... read more CD

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Smith-Glamann QuartetPoinciana ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most unusual groups to ever record for Bethlehem Records in the 50s – a special combo that's led by Betty Glamann on harp and Rufus Smith on bass – and who work here with an airy sound that's pretty darn nice! Glamann beats Dorothy Ashby on the jazz harp by a few years, and ... read more CD

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Solar – Source Of Live Arkestra RevelationFaith For My Mind ... CD
Solar/P-Vine (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $23.99
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 more CD
Also available Faith For My Mind ... LP 29.99

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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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James SpauldingBrilliant Corners ... CD
Muse, 1989. New Copy ... $4.99
A great take on the music of Thelonious Monk – recorded with special sensitivity by reedman James Spaulding, who ensures that the sound goes way past the usual Monk-styled outing! Things start out in relatively familiar territory, but as the record progresses it really opens up – as ... 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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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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Stahls Trio (Mattias Stahl)Jag Skulle Bara Ga Ut ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Amazing vibes from Mattias Stahl and his trio – easily one of the most inventive players on his instrument in recent years – ringing out here with a sense of tone and timing that's simply superb! There's a modern edge to all these tracks that takes us back to Teddy Charles' vibes ... read more CD
Also available Jag Skulle Bara Ga Ut (2 x 10" LP) ... LP 24.99

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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
Also available Live At Smalls ... CD 9.99

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Sonny StittLegends Of Acid Jazz – Turn It On/Black Vibrations ... CD
Prestige, 1971. New Copy ... $3.99 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
Also available Legends Of Acid Jazz – Turn It On/Black Vibrations ... CD 2.99

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Sonny StittSaxophone Supremacy ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $9.99
Classic Sonny Stitt for Verve – one of those masterful albums he cut for the label in the 50s – all in a format that's misleadingly simple on paper, but surprisingly complex in execution! Stitt's backed by a trio that includes Lou Levy on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Mel Lewis on ... read more CD

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New John StubblefieldPrelude ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Hardly a prelude – as the album's a fully-formed, fully-stated set right from the start – easily one of the best moments ever for reedman John Stubblefield – and an overlooked spiritual classic from the 70s! There's a vibe here that rivals the Strata East scene at their best ... 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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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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Hiroshi SuzukiCat ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $21.99
A great bit of electric jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – an album that easily rivals the best CTI work in the US at the time! Trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki heads up a quintet here – one that's heavy on electric piano and keyboards, played in a stretched-out sort of groove that ... read more CD

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Isao SuzukiBlow Up (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $28.99
A really great little set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – a rare player who goes way way past traditional modes of his chosen instrument, into richly creative territory that rivals the 70s experiments of Ron Carter! Like Carter, Suzuki's never content to just let the bass be a source in ... read more CD
(Blu Spec 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

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Masayuki TakayanagiLonely Woman (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $28.99
A pretty darn beautiful album of solo guitar tracks – recorded in 1982 by Japanese musician Masayuki Takayanagi, and featuring only electric guitar, played with a spare raspy edge – recorded in a rough style that's quite unusual for a Japanese jazz session of the time! However, it's ... read more CD
(Blu Spec 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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Horace TapscottDial B For Barbra ... CD
Nimbus, 1983. New Copy ... $9.99
A great group recording from pianist Horace Tapscott – recorded in LA in the early 80s, but done with all the righteousness and spirituality of his earlier albums! Tracks are long and exploratory, but also relatively lyrical too – stretching out with a style that's never too "outsi ... 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 TapscottTapscott Sessions Volume 10 ... CD
Nimbus, Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
This installment in the Tapscott Sessions series features nearly all original work by Horace – hauntingly introspective compositions performed on solo piano, with a sense of creative exploration that's incredibly powerful, despite the lack of other instrumentation on the set. Horace is in an ... read more CD

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Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples ArkestraCall ... CD
Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
Large-group genius from the legendary Horace Tapscott – one of the few recordings of his groundbreaking Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! The music here is totally righteous right from the start – even more searching and soaring than Tapscott's trio or solo work – thanks to help from ... read more CD

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Horace Tapscott w/ Pan Afrikan People's ArkestraLive At IUCC (2CD set) ... CD
Nimbus, 1979. New Copy 2CDs ... $15.99 24.99
An excellent double-length set from Horace Tapscott's Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – an extremely righteous ensemble that was one of the hippest things going on the LA jazz scene of the 70s! The vibe is free and spiritual, but it also has a wonderful groove pulsating underneath many of the ... read more CD

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Buddy TateTexas Tenor – Quartet & Quintet/All Star Jive At Five ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1975. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99 19.99
Two 70s sessions from Texas tenor Buddy Tate – both recorded overseas, and packaged here together as a single set! First up is Quartet & Quintet – a date that has Buddy working with a strong rhythm section that includes Tete Montoliu on piano, Bo Steif on bass, and Sven Erik ... 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
Also available Indent ... CD 5.99

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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 18.99

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Tee & CompanyDragon Garden (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $28.99
Sounds beyond compare – one of those really special 70s sessions from the Japanese Three Blind Mice label – put together in a way that almost seems to be a genre unto itself! The group here have a keen understanding of advances in free jazz and fusion, but work with a deeper spiritual ... read more CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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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
Also available Everything's Mellow ... LP 19.99

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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 13.99

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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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Henry ThreadgillJust The Facts & Pass The Bucket ... CD
About Time, 1983. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Overlooked genius from Henry Threadgill – one of his under-exposed 80s sessions for the About Time label, and work that's every bit as great as his better-known sides for Delmark or Black Saint! The group here has a nice sense of freedom and interplay – almost a quality that hearkens ... 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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Cal TjaderAgua Dulce ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $11.99
One of our favorite Cal Tjader albums ever – and one of the first to have his vibes working alongside Fender Rhodes! The record's a surprising little set from the start of the 70s – one that almost has Cal picking up some of the New York sounds of a few years before, then mixing them ... read more CD

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Cal TjaderFried Bananas – Gorgeous Bossanova & Latin Rhythms Of The Brilliant Vibist ... CD
Skye/El (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $4.99
A beautiful little overview of the work that Cal Tjader recorded for the Skye Records label at the end of the 60s – some of his grooviest work ever, and all done with a unique blend of styles that Cal barely ever captured again! The rhythms are often inspired by bossa nova, but usually end ... 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
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Trombone ShortySay That To Say This ... CD
Verve, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
This is the sound we've been waiting to hear from Trombone Shorty all these years – a really tight blend of funk, soul, and jazz – served up here with way more punch than we've ever heard before! Raphael Saadiq is at the helm – co-producing the record with Shorty – and the ... read more CD

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New Mark TurnerLathe Of Heaven ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
Majestic music from tenorist Mark Turner – a set that has him soaring gently with trumpeter Avishai Cohen, a partner who really seems to make the record sparkle! The group's a quartet, with no piano – just Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums – and the tenor and trumpet ... read more CD

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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
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Stanley TurrentineAnother Story ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the last great acoustic sessions before Stanley Turrentine's big electric run of the 70s – a laidback, open-ended session that really paves the way for the energy of his records on CTI – even though none of the players is plugging in at all! The tracks are all nice and long, ... read more CD
(SHMCD.)
Also available Another Story ... LP 13.99

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New 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
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Stanley TurrentineJubilee Shout!!! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $19.99
One of Stanley Turrentine's best albums ever – but a record that was recorded in 1962, yet only released by Blue Note 20 years later! The set's a great example of the sheer raw power that Stan had in his tone before it got watered down by his pop-jazz recordings of the later 60s – a ... read more CD
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Stanley TurrentineLook Of Love ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99
Stanley Turrentine's a hell of a soloist in a large ensemble setting – and there's possibly no better place to hear that talent at work than on this classic 60s date for Blue Note! The format's a bit different than other Turrentine records of the time – no small group romping, nor ... read more CD
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New 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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Matt UleryWake An Echo ... CD
Greenleaf, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99 14.98
Really great stuff from bassist Matt Ulery – a player with an imagination as rich as his sound, and an artist who's really becoming a force on the scene here in Chicago! Matt works here in that mix of arrangements and freedom used by some of his contemporaries on the left side of the scene ... 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 DykeNightwings ... CD
CBS/Sony (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A really wonderful pianist with an incredible sense of lyricism and timing – yet one who's often sadly overlooked on our side of the Atlantic! This album's a great place to start with Louis Van Dyke – a way to hear his simple, elegant way with a tune – always informed with a ... read more CD

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Louis Van DykeWhen A Man Loves A Woman ... CD
CBS/Sony (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $9.99
Dutch pianist Louis Van Dyke has an amazing touch on the keys of the piano – one that's often very slow, and very spacious – so that each new note feels like a greatly-considered moment, even while the whole tune itself has a really strong sense of flow! Van Dyke pushes even farther ... 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
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Ken Vandermark/David GrubbsParallax Sounds – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... CD
Cineparallax, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
A really unusual set of music from an equally unusual film project – special sounds recorded for the film Parallax Sounds, a look at the very unique music climate in Chicago during the past decade or two! The work here is composed by key figures in the film – both David Grubbs and Ken ... read more CD

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Elio Villafranca & The Jass SyncopatorsCaribbean Tinge – Live From Dizzy's Club Coca Cola ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Heavy Latin grooves from pianist Elio Villafranca – working here with a great large lineup that's filled to the brim with heavyweight players! The session's the kind that you'll find at the best Club Coca Cola presentations – one of those rare moments where big money allows a special ... 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
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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
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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

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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

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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
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David T WalkerAhimsa ... CD
Half Moon/Warner (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
Great 80s work from guitarist David T Walker – the kind of set that's really a cut above most other mainstream electric jazz of this type from the time – thanks to excellent solos from Walker, and contributions by a host of well-known guest stars! Walker's got that great bluesy quality ... read more CD

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Cedar WaltonAnimation/Soundscapes ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy ... $16.99
A long-overdue reissue – both of Cedar Walton's fusion albums for Columbia – back to back on a single CD! Animation is one of Cedar Walton's mid 70s funky jazz efforts – acoustic keys often traded for electric piano, grooving with a funky bigger band, almost in a Ramsey Lewis ... 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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New 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
Also available Mister Magic ... LP 2.99

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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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Sadao WatanabeOutra Vez ... CD
Victor/Red River, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
One of our favorite sides of music from Sadao Watanabe – his ongoing love of Brazilian jazz and the bossa nova format – served up here in a sweet small group set that's got all the sparkle and charm of his vintage bossa albums of the 60s! Watanabe's alto has this wonderfully feeling ... read more CD

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Sadao WatanabeSwiss Air ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A hard-burning live set from the great Sadao Watanabe – still very much in his bolder, more spiritual style of the early 70s – despite a more fusion-styled look on the cover! The tracks are long, and Watanabe's work on reeds is really brilliant – informed and opened up by the ... read more CD
 
 



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