Ricky Ford proves once again that he's one of the best under-discovered tenor talents of his time – with a range of power that stretches back to the end of the 70s soul jazz years, moving forward with the confidence of the young lions of the early 90s! This set's a tremendous batch of tunes ... read moreCD
Great material from the sessions for Jimmy Forrest's album All The Gin Is Gone – recorded by Delmark back in their early days, and done with an underground groove that Jimmy didn't always get on record! The core group on the album features players Jimmy was working with under the leadership ... read moreCD
A real early moment of genius from reedman Sonny Fortune – a classic set cut for the Strata East label, and one that's got a lot more depth and edge than some of Fortune's later records! Don't get us wrong, we always love Sonny to death – but there's really something special going on ... read moreCD
We love Sonny Fortune – because he always plays so great! Sonny started as more of an acoustic soul jazz player – but by the time of this session, he's working with a lot of electric backing, in a fusiony mode that should dampen his enthusiasm, but which only seems to spur him onto new ... read moreCD
Very different work than usual from Frank Foster – and pretty darn great! The album was put together by arranger Billy Mitchell – with a warm and sunny take on soul jazz that's every bit the best side of the Catalyst Records sound – kind of a sweeter, slightly electric take on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from this legendary tenorist! Although Foster's often lumped into the cliche camp for his long years with Basie, he shines like a rough diamond on sessions like these, proving that he's got a tone and a style that he keeps tightly reserved for small group sessions. On this rare Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most amazing albums ever from Frank Foster – a totally righteous set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with the Basie Band! The format here is right up there with the best on Strata East at the time – a large-group session that's filled with some of the hippest ... read moreCD
Lean, righteous blowing from the legendary Frank Foster – one of a handful of extremely hip sessions he cut in the 60s under his own name! The album's the only record Foster ever did for Blue Note – and we dare say it's even better than his previous 60s work on Prestige and Impulse ... read moreCD
A wonderful reunion of the team of Frank Foster and Frank Wess – caught here in an easy-going and laidback style that's miles away from their work with Count Basie! The youthful rhythm section of Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, and Marvin Smitty Smith really adds a lot to the set – giving ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wicked late 70s work from Ronnie Foster – a rare Columbia outing that's arguably better than his earlier sides for Blue Note! There's more of a soul vibe than before in the music – but in a way that's really foregrounded, and without some of the back/forth wavering that Foster had in ... read moreCD
The second album by The Freedom Sounds – a very cool west coast soul jazz collective, headed by Wayne Henderson, and featuring a great mix of jazz, soul, and Latin rhythms! This set's a little more ambitious than the group's first album – with a number of tracks that groove in a very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and some edge wear.)
One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from reedman Chico Freeman – a session that's still mostly jazz, but which also brings in a host of other styles as well! The "project" in the title is well placed – as Chico's getting help from a lot of other guests on the ... read moreCD
A legendary bit of funk – and a killer record from one of the most unique guitarists ever! George Freeman's got a sound and a style unlike any other player we can think of – an approach to funky guitar that's often got a really hard touch on the strings, and which gets nice and noisy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic "discovery" of tenor saxophonist Von Freeman – one that was already relatively late in his career, but a key appearance on Atlantic under the auspices of Roland Kirk! The setting here is as loose and laidback as Von needs to really do his thing – backing by a trio ... read moreCD
A wealth of rare funky jazz dance tunes! This brilliant album collects obscure work recorded in Chicago by the combo of guitarist Johnny Frigo – tunes that were originally cut for instructional records by choreographer Gus Giordano, a groundbreaking talent whose work rivaled that of greats ... read moreCD
Long-spun sounds from this Japanese avant collective – a group that's got the lineup of a jazz orchestra, but which often comes off with a smaller, more intimate feel! The recordings here are mostly live – and feature the group's reed-heavy lineup moving in very compelling ways – ... read moreCD
An excellent set from reedman Jack Fulks – a player who's hardly ever recorded as a leader, but who we remember well from his spiritual jazz work in LA's Creative Arts Ensemble! This gem of a set has Jack playing in territory that's right back with his older roots – often stretching ... read moreCD
A rare spiritual jazz session from the Full Moon Ensemble – a very groovy French group headed up by drummer Claude Delcloo – who was better known for his avant jazz work on sides for the BYG/Actuel series of albums! This time around, Delcloo is working in much trippier territory – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy cover and vinyl, and an insert too!)
A seminal session from Curtis Fuller – one of a handful he cut for Savoy, recorded during that late 50s/early 60s period when he seemed poised to become one of the biggest trombonists in jazz! (Whatever happened? How did he cut so many records as a leader so fast, then slide back into being ... read moreCD
Curtis Fuller —
Crankin' ... LP Mainstream, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
One of the best 70s albums by Curtis Fuller – and one that has him moving way past his hardbop roots into an unexpected 70s soul jazz mode. In a way, the record is less Curtis' than it is the whole group's – as the open-ended structure of the record has the players jamming together in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner.)
Curtis Fuller —
Smokin ... LP Mainstream, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
A surprisingly nice album for Mainstream – and one that features this legendary hard bop trombonist playing with a slightly-funky electric combo that includes Cedar Walton, Earl Dunbar, Mickey Bass, Jimmy Heath, and Billy Higgins. The tracks are long and open-ended, with a good rolling ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not Curtis Fuller in South America, but a record that picks up a very slight Latin vibe in the rhythm – which makes for a nice change from Fuller's sessions for Blue Note! The date was recorded during that great short run of soul jazz cookers on early 60s Epic Records – and is a ... read moreCD
Curtis Fuller —
Two Bones ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1958. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the hippest Curtis Fuller albums for Blue Note – and one of the rarest too – a set that was recorded in 1958, but only ever issued on vinyl in this rare Japanese pressing from the 80s! The date's quite unique – as it features "two bones", that is, two trombonists ... read moreCD
A record that's got a lot more to offer than just the "fun" promised in the title – and a set with a much deeper feel than you might guess from its wrapping paper cover! The quartet is definitely heavy on horns – soprano and alto sax from Volker Schlott, tenor and flute from ... read moreCD
Tight funky fusion from a masterful collective – a great supergroup from the late electric years of the CTI label! The combo features Joe Farrell on tenor, Ronnie Foster and Don Grusin on keyboards, John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell on guitars, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Lenny White, Tony ... read moreCD
Top Soul indeed, as Fusion is a hip Chilean funk band from the early 70s – one who take plenty of influence from American grooves, but also bring in their own soulful elements as well! The sound here is somewhere between Kool & The Gang and Banda Black Rio – with quite a bit of the ... read moreCD
Patrice Galas/Marc Fosset/Franco Manzecchi —
Organ ... LP Open (France), 1978. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A cool set of Hammond jazz from 70s France – with Patrice Galas on the keys, Marc Fosset on guitar, and Franco Manzecchi on drums! Most tracks are originals, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of light tape on the top seam, but is nice overall.)
One of our favorite all-time records, and a real lost album on Blue Note! Eddie Gale leads this group of righteous singers and musicians through five fantastic tracks of soulful chanting and hard jazz playing that never goes too far out, but always threatens to break free of its own chains – ... read moreCD
Smooth fusion from guitarist Eric Gale – Blue Horizon is a focused record with a style that's still relatively smooth, yet a bit more in the mode that we like on Gale's 70s work. The core group features some nice keyboards from Peter Schott and drums from Freddie Waits – and Hugh ... read moreCD
One of the most successful albums ever from guitarist Eric Gale – a laidback understated player whose mellow sound had a tremendous influence on mainstream jazz funk in the 70s! The album takes off from the late 60s CTI and Verve sessions by Wes Montgomery – and features Gale riffing ... read moreCD
One of the few 70s sessions that features Hal Galper working with horns – in this case the Brecker Brothers, who really add a nice degree of fire to the set! Rhythm is by Wayne Dockery on bass and Billy Hart on drums – and Hal's playing acoustic piano, giving the album lots of warm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite an obscure little session – especially for the Pacific Jazz label, who mostly worked with some of the bigger names on the west coast scene! Pianist Freddie Gambrell is a player we only know from this one rare album – but it's quite a gem, and is cut in an unusual format that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label World Pacific pressing with deep groove. Cover has black tape on the seams, some wear, some stains, and some waviness.)
Warm and wonderful sounds from saxophonist Jan Garbarek – and a record that brings together so many strands at once! There's of course the obvious atmospherics you might expect from a 70s set on ECM – but there's also some sharply modern moments too – that harder sound that the ... read moreCD
Groundbreaking sounds from the Norwegian scene of the late 60s – an album that's got George Russell's name on the cover, but which actually features brilliant performances from a quartet who'd go onto become huge names in the ECM scene of the 70s! Yet the sound here is quite different than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Jan Garbarek/Miroslav Vitous/Peter Erskine —
Star ... CD ECM, 1991. Used ...
Subtle sounds, in a beautiful space – the well-matched soprano and tenor sax of Jan Garbarek and bass of Miroslav Vitous – given a slight extra punch from the drums of Peter Erskine! Garbarek and Vitous always sound great together – and the record gives them plenty of room to ... read moreCD
Great work from the godlike hands of Russ Garcia – one of the most underrated arrangers of the 50s, and a talent who really helped make the sound of Bethlehem Records great at the time! Garcia's leading a four-trombone frontline that includes Frank Rosolino, Herbie Harper, Tommy Pederson, ... read moreCD
One of the more loosely-constructed sides on the Bethlehem label – an imprint that's normally known for keeping the reigns in pretty tightly! The album features 3 longish tracks played by 3 different groups: "I'm Glad There Is You", played by a group led by Russ Garcia, and ... read moreCD
An amazing document of this groundbreaking bassist – a musician who handles his instrument like nobody else we've ever heard before – with so many different strands running through his technique! Renaud is able to pluck the bass with the speed and dexterity of a flamenco guitarist, yet ... read moreCD
(Please note that the Region/Code on the DVD is not listed so you may need a multi region player to view it.)
PC here refers to Paul Chambers – who's touted in the liner notes as if he was the leader of the set, although it's just a regular Red Garland trio set from the late 50s! Chambers had died the year before, so it made sense that the session was packaged as sort of a tribute to him for this ... read moreCD
Red Garland's sound was already often mellow and laidback in the late 50s, but it takes on a whole new sense of that style here in a rare session for Prestige's Moodsville label! As with others on the imprint, the focus here is on the gentler sounds of the late nite scene – more ballads and ... read moreCD
Red Garland's piano was certainly humming strong at the time of this session – as Red's trio were one of the key rhythm components of many Prestige albums of the late 50s, but also a real starring act on their own! The album's got a laidback, almost mellow feel that's a bit different from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool collection of bluesy work from Red Garland – material pulled from the pianist's famous late 50s years on Prestige Records, including a number of cuts that weren't issued at the time of release! Some of the tracks here feature Garland working with a trio, while others have a horn ... read moreCD
Gentle genius from Red Garland – working here in classic trio formation with Sam Jones and Art Taylor – on a mellow set of late nite numbers and subtle ballads, all carried off in the best tradition of the Moodsville label! Eddie Lockjaw Davis joins the group on 3 tracks on the set ... read moreCD
Red Garland with Ray Barretto —
Rojo ... CD Prestige (Japan), 1958. New Copy ...
Red Garland's really cooking on this late 50s set – thanks to some added conga work from Ray Barretto on most of the album's tracks – and that great little groove that Barretto's percussion brought to some other soul jazz cookers like this from the time! Garland still gets plenty of ... read moreCD
One of Erroll Garner's best-selling albums ever – a famous live date recorded in the mid 50s – and a record that's as important to his catalog as the classic Misty! Garner's playing before an apparently large audience, but the recording quality is still nice and clear – a strong ... read moreCD
A great LP of Latin-y piano tracks with Candido sitting on on congas – an element that makes the album groove nicely, with a harder Latin sound than you'd ever expect! Great stuff all around – and we wish he'd recorded more like this! Titles include "Mambo Nights", "Old ... read moreCD
A 70s soul jazz classic – one of those albums we go back to again and again over the years for inspiration! The album was one of the first from young reed player Carlos Garnett – and it's virtually a super-session for the time – with a sublime lineup that perfectly blends ... read moreCD
A stone 70s classic from reedman Carlos Garnett – and a set that's every bit as righteous as you'd guess from the cover and the title! Garnett really soars to the heavens here – blowing a mixture of different instruments in a setting that takes off from his classic Black Love album, ... read moreCD
Soaring soul from Carlos Garnett – one of the reedman's key 70s sides for the Muse Records label – work we'd rank right up there with the spiritual best of Gary Bartz or Norman Connors at the time! Like both of those contemporaries, Garnett's really reaching for something new in the ... read moreCD
Soaring soul from Carlos Garnett – one of the reedman's key 70s sides for the Muse Records label – work we'd rank right up there with the spiritual best of Gary Bartz or Norman Connors at the time! Like both of those contemporaries, Garnett's really reaching for something new in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most soulful sets we've heard from Kenny Garrett in years – thanks partly to the presence of Pharoah Sanders in his group! The tracks are all long and open, and really let both Garrett and Sanders get in plenty of solo space – often in ways that are a nice change from ... read moreCD
Michael Garson —
Serendipity ... LP Reference Recordings, 1986. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
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Quintonic ... CD Stunt (Denmark), 2014. New Copy ...
Twin tenors ring out strongly here – those of George Garzone and Jerry Bergonzi, who sometimes sound sharper than we remember on any other recent records! The group seems to be the brainchild of pianist Carl Winther – who wrote most of the tracks on the set (save two penned by ... read moreCD