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
Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet —
Voodoo ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1986. Near Mint- ....
A seminal album from the 80s New York scene – not only because it brought some long-overdue attention to Sonny Clark (whose records were mostly out of print at the time), but also because it reminded the world that John Zorn could blow hardbop! The album features a set of classic Clark ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible sounds from this important Brit trio of the 70s – a wonderful combination of the reeds of Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore, and John Surman! There's some wonderful use of electronics by Surman, who mixes sounds in sparingly, in a way that sounds beautiful with the saxes of Skidmore and ... read moreCD
One of the last of the funky sessions recorded for Prestige in the 70's, and a good batch of smooth fusion grooves recorded by keyboardist Mark Soskin, with Bennie Maupin on reeds, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, and Harvey Mason on drums. The album's got a smooth west coast fusion feel to it – ... 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
Sublime work from a truly amazing artist – one who both sings and plays acoustic bass – all in a captivating blend of jazz, soul, and Brazilian styles! Esperanza Spalding has a fresh, unique feel that's all her own – the warmth of a jazz singer like Carmen Lundy, the sharper ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 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
Sweet fusion with a definite Brazilian vibe – and a record that also has this Japanese group joined by guest work from Egberto Gismonto on piano and guitar, and Maria Vanderlei on vocals as well! Most tunes are instrumentals, but Maria's presence definitely gives the record a sunny feel at ... read moreCD
A cool Japanese jazz combo from the 70s – one who work here in a sound that's heavy on Brazilian influences – not just the sharp fusion styles that came from Rio during the decade, but also some rootsier moments on batucada percussion as well! The group's super-tight at times – ... read moreCD
A classic statement from the Spontaneous Music duo of John Stevens on percussion and cornet and Trevor Watts on soprano sax – music that definitely lives up to the "spontaneous" name, and which is clearly improvised throughout! The material was all recorded live, but with a ... read moreCD
A really unique version of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – one that features a trio headed by John Stevens on percussion, cornet, and mini-trumpet – plus guitar from Roger Smith and violin from Nigel Coombes! This new issue of the material is from archival tapes that are far better ... read moreCD
Soaring spiritual jazz from Larry Stabbins – a reedman you might know from his recent Stonephace project for Tru Thoughts, or for his seminal work in the groups Weekend and Working Week! Yet the sound here is something else entirely – a righteous side of Larry's music we never would ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Beautiful vocals from the great Mary Stallings – a singer who languished in relative obscurity on the west coast for decades, then finally sprang into wider view in more recent years! The set's got Mary working again with pianist and arranger Eric Reed – who brings a sharp sensibility ... read moreCD
Tomasz Stanko —
AiJ ... LP Polonia Records/Pronit (Poland), 1982. Near Mint- ....
4 long tracks recorded in a fairly straight manner by this incredible Polish trumpeter. The style's a lot less atmospheric than some of Stanko's other albums – but he still gets in a fair amount of off-kilter playing on the session, especially on 2 of the album's tracks that have sort of a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing set of funky moog from Robert Mason – a record that takes the instrument far away from silly pop song covers, and into the range of cosmic 70s fusion! The album's got a really powerful sound that even blows away the earlier Stardrive album on Elektra – and mostly features ... 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
Some of the funkiest work ever from flute player Jeremy Steig – cuts recorded at the same massive session, but originally issued on the albums Legwork and Wayfaring Stranger! In addition to Steig's fluid work on flute, the cuts also boast some amazing basslines from Eddie Gomez – ... read moreCD
Jeremy Steig —
Legwork ... LP Solid State, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ....
Funky flute work from the great Jeremy Steig! The album's one of his best-ever – and it features the growling "Howling For Judy", a non-stop modal flute number that's been sampled to great fame by the Beastie Boys, and which you'll recognize immediately from the breathy rumbling ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jeremy Steig —
Monium ... LP Columbia, 1974. Very Good- ....
Funky fusion from Jeremy Steig – still sounding pretty darn great here, although a bit freer than on some of his earlier albums. The great Eddie Gomez is still working with Jeremy here – which is one of the reasons the record sounds so great, as Eddie's bass work is deep and soulful, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreCD
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant work from Jason Stein – a Chicago player who's been making some mighty waves on the avant scene of late, and who really comes into his own with this album! Stein's part of the new generation of avant Chicagoans – players who have a strong knowledge of free jazz, but also opt ... read moreCD
Moodier music than you might guess from the lush image on the cover – a really evocative mix of acoustic and electronic elements – filtered together in ways that lie somewhere between the world/jazz experiments of 70s Sweden, and some of the more creative moments at ECM! The music's ... read moreCD
Moodier music than you might guess from the lush image on the cover – a really evocative mix of acoustic and electronic elements – filtered together in ways that lie somewhere between the world/jazz experiments of 70s Sweden, and some of the more creative moments at ECM! The music's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic bit of early 80s fusion – from this supergroup that included Michael Brecker on tenor, Eliane Elias on piano, Peter Erskine on drums, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Mike Maineri on vibes! The sound's a lot more acoustic than you'd expect from the time and the setting, but the overall ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
One of the few albums issued under the name of bassist Slam Stewart – and a great testament to the genius of the player on his instrument in the days after his work with Slim Gaillard! The style here is much straighter jazz than Slam's work with Slim – and the numbers are mostly in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent bop side that finds Stitt and his sidemen still at the top of their game, despite the fact that the date was rather late in many of their careers. While others were exploring electric jazz, Stitt, Joe Newman, Duke Jordan, Sam Jones and Roy Brooks, lay out six sides of crisp hard bop: ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sonny Stitt's going down slow here – hitting a groove that's a bit more laidback than some of his funkier albums for Prestige, but one that's still pretty darn great overall! The sound is almost in a Stanley Turrentine mode at CTI – with fuller arrangements behind his saxophone solos, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great late and obscure session from Sonny Stitt – one that has the giant playing alto in a session that also has Art Pepper on alto and Lou Levy on piano! Japanese only – and very nice! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stitt remembers Bird? How could he ever forget him? Seriously, though, this is a nice set of boppish material that moves past the usual "Bird" tribute. In fact, none of the stuff's by Bird, and most of the track list is a fairly non-traditional list of tracks. However, Stitt is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Plenty of style here – a great later date from Sonny Stitt – one of those near-perfect gems from the years when he had fallen far from the mainstream of jazz, but could still blow with some of the best! There's a simple, almost understated quality to the date that's really wonderful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of Varitone sax numbers from Sonny Stitt – recorded for Prestige with a bit more bite than some of his albums of the type for Roulette! The album's got a tight tenor/organ vibe throughout – thanks to work on Hammond from Gene Ludwig, working under the "nom de date" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful late 50s work from Stitt – filled with subtle complex solos, and a rich confident tone that was missing from earlier records! As with some of his other Verve sessions from the time, the track list is mostly standards – but unlike some Verve sessions, Stitt never gets lost in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pow is right – as Stitt grooves with a tight combo that features Benny Green on trombone, Kirk Lightsey on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums. The album's one of a few sides produced in the mid 60s by Richard Carpenter, a jazz manager/impresario who cut Chet Baker on some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Magical Stitt work on Roost – an album of marked understatement, from the simple title, standard cover, and lack of session details on the back – all of which might make you think "oh yeah, heard this one before." But one drop of the needle opens the album up immediately ... read moreCD
A record with a simple, elegant title – and a similar cover image too – but if you know Sonny Stitt, you know there's often plenty beneath the surface, and this classic Chess Records has plenty to offer, once you start listening! The album's right up there with Sonny's work for Roost ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heck of a great little record – one that shouldn't work so well, but it does! For the set, Sonny Stitt's blowing in front of a larger brass section – and while the prospect of a Sonny Stitt big band record might not sound that great at first, this one really kicks, largely because of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stitt's Verve recordings were some of his best, and they show the genius of his playing in a relaxed easy setting that lets him get the most out of his solos. Although this album, like most of the ones in this Verve series, offers little info on the dates and players, the material seems to be from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great later date from the legendary Sonny Stitt – and one recorded with the same soulful depth and laidback feel as his best 50s sessions for Roost or Verve! Sonny blows both alto and tenor sax here – and works in the warm company of Sadik Hakim, whose sharp tones on piano bring in a ... read moreCD
Sonny Stitt plus the early genius of Quincy Jones – a really great combination that makes for a standout session on Roost! As you might guess with Quincy handling the arrangements, the gorup here is bigger than usual for Stitt – especially given that the bulk of his Roost sessions were ... read moreCD
An oft-overlooked, but very nice record from Sonny Stitt – recorded in Chicago in the early 70s, and with two different types of groups that show off both sides of the city's jazz scene at the time! On the first 4 numbers, the group is a bit on the larger side – giving the material a ... read moreCD
A pretty hip set of tracks from Sonny – one that features him blowing on Varitone sax, with a largeish group that includes Ernie Hayes on organ, Mike Mainieri on vibes, Les Spann on guitar, and Walter Perkins on drums. Most of the tracks are familiar numbers, but they're produced here by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sonny Stitt goes Latin – and the results are tremendous! The set's still got all the soulful feel of the best Stitt sessions for Roost, but it brings in some nice Latin rhythms too – inflecting things with that blend of soul jazz and congas you might find over at Prestige or Blue Note, ... read moreCD
Sonny Stitt —
Tornado ... LP Jazz Masters, Mid 70s. Very Good+ ....
An incredible blend of Fender Rhodes and soulful saxophone – a late record from saxophonist Sonny Stitt, but one that also features the young Eddie Russ on keyboards! The record's got a laidback and funky sound that goes deeper than any of Stitt's earlier sides of the 70s – and it ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lost late Stitt – and a much more compelling album than you might think. The album's got a nice underground feel, despite the fact that it's a tribute to Ellington – with a core combo that features Stitt on alto and tenor, Gildo Mahones on piano, Allen Jackson on bass, and Clarence ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
By this point in his career, Sonny hardly needed a tune up in his style – but the album's a great one from his post-Prestige years, and a real back-to-basics effort that recalls the genius of his work on Roost! The format is straight and simple – Stitt's tenor and alto fronting a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stitt hits the Varitone for Roulette, and while his work isn't as funky as that of Eddie Harris or Lou Donaldson, the instrument lets him get in a nice raw tone, with a good honest edge that comes through despite backing by a largeish group. Other players include Ernie Hayes on organ, Walter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A twin-alto session that matches the sax of Sonny Stitt with that of Bunky Green – both set up in a tight little combo that includes some smoking work on Hammond by organist Odell Brown! Brown's fierce approach to the keys creates a really gutbuckety sound on the set – making the album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strange one for Sonny Stitt – but also a real gem! The album has Sonny, who'd been working for the Roost/Roulette label, coming together with other jazz players in the same boat, plus Latin musicians who were recording for the related Tico label. Moishe Levy never made such a good talent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Head to head blowing from Sonny Sitt and Paul Gonsalves – just the kind of twin-horn performance that Stitt was famous for in his live battle days, and one that also reminds us that Gonsalves can be a very loose swinger when he wants to be! The tracks are all long, and played with the sort ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great session of 70s bop revival from the team of Sonny Stitt and Red Holloway – working here in the warm and sunny style of the great Catalyst label! The album Forecast has the two hornmen blowing to acoustic accompaniment from a trio that includes Art Hillary on piano, Larry Gales on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 2LP set that features the core album Interaction by Stitt & Sims – plus a lot of additional material from other albums. The core set was recorded in Chicago after the two had played together at the Plugged Nickel in the Windy City! Backing is by the trio of John Young – who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jiri Stivin & Rudolf Dasek —
Tandem ... LP Supraphon (Czechoslovakia), 1975. Very Good+ ....
Cool duets between Czech reedman Jiri Stivin and guitarist Rudolf Dasek – a set with a lot fuller feel than you might expect! The work is straight, and never too outside – and although there's no drums or bass in the performance, there's an inherently rhythmic sensibility to most ... 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 ... CD 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 moreCD
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
"Total improvisation on sonic canvas" from the team of pianist Nobu Stowe and sound designer Lee Pembleton – joined on the set by Perry Robinson on clarinet and micro ocarina, Blaise Siwula on tenor and alto clarinet, John McLellan on drums, and Ross Bonadonna on bass clarinet, alto ... read moreCD
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
A hip Swedish jazz set from the early 70s – a set of warmly soulful numbers from the quintet of trombonist Bertil Strandberg – a player with some strong modal sensibilities! The group here features tenor, piano, bass, and drums – in addition to Bertil's trombone – and the ... read moreCD
Strange Pursuit —
Zone ... CD Red Hook, 1993. Used ....
A rare set of Billy Strayhorn tracks recorded in Paris by Alan Douglas. The tracks are incredibly haunting, and mostly feature Strayhorn's solo piano with spare backing by Parisian bassist Michel Goudret. There are a a few short moments on the record that add backing voices or strings – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The third LP by this obscure fusion combo from Chicago – still grooving strong at the end of the 80s, with a choppy chunky approach that recalls the style of European combos of the 70s. The record's got some more spacious tracks than on earlier records – as the band nicely gives each ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal early recording from one of our favorite reed players ever! In the late 1950s, the young Frank Strozier came up to Chicago from Memphis, along with his longtime friend, pianist Harold Mabern. The two of them both settled nicely in the city's MJT+3 combo, where they proceeded to recorde ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dave Stryker/Steve Slagle Band —
Scene ... CD Zoho, 2008. Used ....
A full-on jazz rock spectacular – done with a style that's a lot like some of the best British projects of this type from the time, but recorded in Las Vegas, with a lineup of American players that includes guitarist Dean Parks, trumpeter Bobby Shew, and tenorist Don Menza! The album's got a ... 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
Two American trumpeters – both of whom hit some of their best work ever in European recordings like this! The album's a perfect showcase for both Benny Bailey and Idrees Sulieman – and really rivals any of their American sessions for range of imagination, depth of soul, and unbridled ... read moreCD
Ira Sullivan —
Horizons ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1967. New Copy ....
One of the hippest albums ever from Chicago reedman/trumpeter Ira Sullivan – a set that takes on a really different feel than his previous bop-styled records – and which shows a whole new side of the musician! Ira's clearly inspired here by the changes in jazz in the 60s – ... read moreCD
A fantastic bit of Chicago hardbop – recorded for the Delmar label in the 60s, now known as Delmark! The set features the best of Chicago's underground – with a group that features Johnny Griffin on tenor, Jodie Christian on piano, Victor Sproles on bass, and Wilbur Campbell on drums, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Masterful funky soul jazz from the mid 70s – and one of the best solo albums recorded by Headhunter Bill Summers – a sunny batch of Bay Area funk that really grooves with the best of Fantasy Records from the time! The set was produced by Skip Scarborough, and has that great bubbling, ... read moreCD
The Supersax ensemble takes on the classic concept of Charlie Parker with strings – really sticking true to the groundbreaking spirit of the original experiments, while also bringing things forward a bit with their wonderful multi-horn approach! The group features lead alto from Med Flory, ... read moreCD
A stone classic from Supersax – a record with plenty of classic bop elements, despite a very 70s-styled group name and cover! The combo's a large one, and features tight horn formation deftly cutting through a host of bop classics – lots of ensemble passages at the start, then breakout ... read moreCD
Snapping rhythms with plenty of jazz – a great collaboration between musicians who've worked together with Gregory Porter, Jose James, and Ty – stepping out here on a unique project of their own! The core energy of the set comes from the live drums of Richard Spaven and keyboards of ... read moreCD
A near-perfect album from the great John Surman – recorded at the crossroads of the British jazz scene as it stepped into the 70s, and done with a fullness and focus that Surman hardly matched again! As with some of the other Deram sessions of the time, the album's overflowing with great ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Hiroshi Suzuki/Masahiko Togashi Quintet —
Variation ... CD Takt/Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy ....
An excellent early album from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi, featuring a group that he co-led with trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki! The quintet's got a sound that's kind of a messed-up take on the Blue Note groove of the 60s – particularly the Lee Morgan rolling funky soul jazz sound of the ... read moreCD
One of the wonderfully creative 70s sets from Japanese stringman Isao Suzuki – an artist who also plays bass, but who works here on jazz cello – for a very unusual approach! The set has Suzuki's work on the light strings matched in a combo with lead guitar from Kazumi Watanabe – ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A wonderful little set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – one that has him playing both acoustic bass and cello, mixing up the instrumentation in a really cool way! Suzuki was really one of the most inventive bassists of his generation of Japanese jazz – able to shift styles and ... read moreCD
A nice little 70s session from Swedish trumpeter Lalle Svensson – almost in a funky big band mode, but with a bit more emphasis on straight swing. Players include Bernt Rosengren, Lennard Jansson, Bjorn Alke, and Bo Skoglund – and tracks include the originals "Cockroach Road" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album