A side of Bob James that we maybe never knew existed – a solo piano mode, but spun out here with all the fluid sensibility we love from Bob's Fender Rhodes days! The acoustic keys are filled with warmth and tone – and the playing here definitely shares James' traditional love of space ... read moreCD
Early 80s Bob James back to back – two very big albums on a single CD! H has a cover that might be a bit gimmicky – with a giant image of a hot dog – but the album's actually one of the more sensitive outings from keyboardist Bob James at the time – a really refreshing ... read moreCD
Bob James —
One ... CD CTI/Tappan Zee/Columbia, 1974. Used ...
A landmark album – not only for Bob James, but for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the modern hip hop ... read moreCD
A landmark record – not only for Bob James, but a seminal release for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from a player who's maybe one of the best cats ever to handle a Fender Rhodes – and certainly one of the few who really helped push it strongly in jazz during the 70s! The package is a wonderful look at all that's great about Bob James – and brings together all the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small bend on one corner.)
Bob James —
Three ... CD Tappan Zee/Red River, 1976. New Copy ...
Dark genius from keyboardist Bob James – one of his seminal 70s classics for CTI! The album follows strongly in the spirit of the records One and Two – using James' spacious approach to Fender Rhodes alongside some backings that are electric, yet have an earthily funky quality that ... read moreCD
Bob James —
Two ... LP CTI, 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
A monster – and quite possibly one of the greatest Fender Rhodes albums of all time! Bob James is really at the height of his powers here – stepping out with a sound that's a lot smoother than some of his earlier work, yet in a groove that's never too slick or too overproduced – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of grand pianos, played in a beautifully open space during a live performance by Jan Jarczyk and John Stetch – both players who can really balance their energies between melody and much freer expression! The set's not nearly as outside as you might guess from the format – and ... read moreCD
In the tradition of the AACM, this set finds the Art Ensemble co founder performing solo, not just on reeds, but vibes, cymbals & bells as well. As you might expect the improvisations havce a searchng spritual quality, and a beautiful open-ness and sense of space afforded by the solo format. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Art Ensemble team of Jarman and Moye join with South African bass legend Johnny Dyani in this fantastic set of tracks that's easily some of the best work any of the players recorded during the 70s! The album's got all the free interplay of the classic Art Ensemble work, with some of the edge ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really wonderful early work from Keith Jarrett – a spiritually-driven session that's free from the cliches of his later work! The album's a spectacular group effort – one that has Jarrett playing piano, percussion, and sax – in an ensemble that also includes Dewey Redman, Charlie ... read moreCD
2 obscure early sessions by Keith Jarrett – back to back on one CD! El Juicio is wild and wonderful work by Keith – light years away from his records on ECM! The album features a quartet that includes Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – but ... read moreCD
Keith Jarrett —
No End ... CD ECM (Germany), 1986. New Copy 2 CDs ...
One of the coolest, most exotic albums ever cut by Keith Jarrett – a set of previously-unreleased material from the mid 80s – but with the feel of some more tripped-out jazz experiments from the late 60s! Keith plays piano, but also mixes it in with lots of work on electric guitar, ... read moreCD
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden —
Last Dance ... CD ECM (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden have been playing together for many decades – growing together in each other's musical lives, and continuing to find rich new ways of expression – even on more subtle sessions like this! The duo take on some of the standards territory that Keith's ... read moreCD
Keith Jarrett with Charlie Haden & Jan Garbarek —
Arbour Zena ... LP ECM, 1976. Very Good+ ...
A beautiful large-concept album from Keith Jarrett – one that features his piano, the bass of Charlie Haden, and the tenor and soprano sax of Jan Garbarek as the main solo instruments over larger string orchestrations! There's a sense of excitement to the record right from the start – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has wide clear tape on the seams, a streak of marker on front, and some marker on back.)
The best Keith Jarrett spirit of the 70s – those long, exploratory lines he virtually invented on solo piano – performed here by pianist Dennis Russell Davies! The set's one of the warmest we've ever heard from Davies – as he spins out on two side-long interpretations of this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette —
Whisper Not ... CD ECM, 1999. Used 2 CDs ...
(Out of print. Tray card has some stains and small rips from water damage.)
JATP (Jazz At The Philharmonic) All Stars —
Perdido ... LP Verve, 1947. Near Mint- ...
An early Jazz At The Philharmonic Recording – two side-long tracks, "Perdido" and "Mordido" – played by Flip Phillips and Illinois Jacquet on tenor, Howard McGhee on trumpet, and Hank Jones on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
Features work by Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Bobby McFerrin, Terence Blanchard, and others! CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)
Jazz A La Mode Trio —
Less Is More ... CD Cinedelic (Italy), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ...
A sweet Italian combo, and one who's got a very classic soul jazz sort of feel – a 60s-styled blend of Hammond and tenor that's mighty nice, and very much in the spirit of the vintage look of the cover! The record's got a great no-nonsense feel – just the right production to fit the ... read moreCD
One of the first, and most famous, of Norman Granz's landmark JATP sessions – featuring an extended reading of "How High The Moon" that was a bit of jazz history itself! The session was recorded at Syria Mosque Auditorium in Pittsburgh – and featured players that include Buck ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
To our knowledge, this is the only 2LP set issued under the JATP series – and it's a nicely laid out batch of tracks that actually also features some discreet work by smaller combos, in addition to the usual jam session format. Disc one features "The Blues" – played by a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Clef pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove – nice and clean overall, and cover is great, save for one small rip.)
A hard-wailing jam session from the original JATP series – a blistering recording of the 1947 Midnight Concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring players that include Howard McGhee, Illinois Jacquet, Bill Harris, Flip Philips, Hank Jones, and Ray Brown. The LP includes one long jam on "Perdido& ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mercury pressing. Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall.)
A Pablo Records release, but one that features material originally done during the classic Verve Records years of Norman Granz – a previously unreleased live performance by the Jazz At The Philharmonic crew! This time around, the combo's a small one – a really all-star lineup with ... read moreCD
Jazz Band De Free —
Ego ... LP Whatmusic (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
A groundbreaking session from the Argentine scene of the early 70s – a record that blends together electric, free, and Latin jazz into some very extended groovers! The "free" in the group's name shouldn't be taken to mean that they've got the same free jazz sound as European avant ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual record, but a great one too – a set that mixes the offbeat reed work of Roland Kirk with some inventive ideas from a group of young west coast players! Some of the group members are names you'll recognize on their own from genre-crossing sessions for other labels – like ... read moreCD
Sublime early soul jazz from the Jazz Crusaders – a seminal set that really has the group taking off right away! The use of "freedom" in the title is well placed – as the set definitely shows the players stretching out a bit on their solos – hinting at the magic that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has split seams with clear tape holding the top.)
Wickedly funky work from the Jazz Crusaders – a pivotal set that has them electrifying their groove a bit more from the 60s, yet still not hitting the smother sound of later years! The core soul jazz mode of the group's start is still nicely in place – hard-hitting grooves from Wayne ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early Crusaders stuff,and like many of their 60s sides, filled with memorable soul jazz that would become the template for a sound that would become the face of popular jazz for decades. The songs are almost all short, hard-cracking originals, and they've all got that tight LA groove that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing. Cover has some wear, discoloration from age, and some pen on back.)
The trumpet of Jeremy Pelt really makes this album sparkle – blown with a mixture of lyrical tones and sharper edges, and getting great support from a lineup that features Anthony Wonsey on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums! The solo horn in the lead also gives the ... read moreCD
Jazz Members Big Band —
May Day ... LP Sea Breeze, 1984. Near Mint- ...
A cool little set from bassist Harry Babasin – a 50s album from his Jazz Pickers combo, a group who mostly handles stringed instruments picked, or plucked, in a very groovy way! The approach has distinct west coast 50s elements – and given that Red Norvo's working with them here on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The "pickers" in the group's name refers to the way they play – tight and plucked, in the manner of some of the work of the Chico Hamilton quintet of the late 50s. No surprise, the group features Chico's reedman Buddy Collette on flute, and cellist Harry Babasin on cello (natch!) ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with drummer logo and deep groove. Cover has a split top seam.)
Cool batch of jazz/rock fusion tracks from Czechoslovakia from the mid 70's – featuring 3 different groups: Jazz Q, Impuls, and Energit. The tracks have a lot of cool keyboards, plus some wailing electric guitar, and a bit of jamming in the European fusion style of the 70's. The tracks are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Free-flowing and angular reed work from Francois Jeanneau – a fair bit more soulful than you might guess from the "techniques" in the title! The setting is relaxed and almost informal, but moves along with that subtle sense of groove that often marked the best Owl Records sessions ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Inner City pressing. Cover has a small split on the bottom seam, some light wear, and some marker on the back.)
A groovy glide from the mighty Bill Jennings – making a key transition here from earlier R&B into hipper soul jazz – thanks to the help of organist Jack McDuff! Bill was Jack's guitarist on a few of his key early Prestige dates, but the roles are reversed here – with Jennings ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kim Johannesen & Svein Magnus Furu —
Theecologic ... CD Creative Sources (Portugal), 2009. Used ...
Jan Johansson —
300,000 ... LP Megafon/Heptagon (Sweden), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Some of the coolest work we've ever heard from legendary pianist Jan Johansson – material that really has him moving past some of his more familiar modes – into a range of styles that open up in directions that are both striking and sentimental! Some tracks are straight trio numbers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real classic from Swedish pianist Jan Johansson – and a key effort to link the modernism of his nation's postwar years with their rich centuries of cultural traditions! The tunes here are mostly from folk sources, but they're recast by Johansson in a moody modern jazz mode – often ... read moreCD
Jan Johansson/Bengt Arne Wallin —
Barnkammarmusik ... LP Megafon/Heptagon (Sweden), 1965. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from Swedish pianist Jan Johansson – a set that's somewhere between his previous jazz work and the style of a sound library session! The tracks are short, and relatively composed – and feature Jan's piano with different larger ensembles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alonzo 'Pookie' Johnson —
Legacy ... CD Forum, 1996. Used ...
Groovy little record that has this funky tenor giant playing a bunch of tracks with a Frenchy feel to them. Budd's joined by Hank Jones on piano, plus Kenny Burrell on guitar, and a nice Latin rhythm section that includes Joe Venuto on vibes and marimba and Willie Rodriguez on percussion. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover & labels have a drillhole. Cover has some light wear.)
Let's Swing – and swing Budd does, in that wonderfully easy-going manner of his – a style that seems almost effortless at times, but which always comes across with plenty of soul! Johnson's tenor is a great fit for the style of Prestige's Swingville label – as he has plenty of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label Swingville pressing with deep groove. Cover has tape residue on the seams, light wear, some aging, and pen on the back. Labels have some marker.)
One of the few rare albums cut by this great LA-based soul jazz pianist! Harold's first two featured his highly percussive sextet, but this one's got Harold solo as the leader, with backing by a group that includes Woody "Fats" Theus on conga, and Daniel Ramos on guitar. Johnson's piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, notches, and some wear.)
A killer album! The Harold Johnson Sextet were an incredible little LA soul jazz combo during the late 60s. Johnson was a very soulful pianist, and he had a heavy soul style that was similar to Ramsey Lewis' Cadet work – but which was also tinged with the lyricism of Horace Silver, and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Side 2 has a mark that clicks a bit on track five.)
A great small group session from trombonist JJ Johnson – a record that sets him up with a crack rhythm section, then really lets him open up on his solos! The approach is a great change from some of the more tightly arranged Johnson albums for Columbia – and is a great reminder of the ... read moreCD
One of JJ's best from the late 50s – a tightly crackling hardbop set, recorded very much in the manner of his classic JJ Inc album! The sound here is a bit more compact overall – with some shorter tracks that really allow Johnson to display his keen sense of economy on his horn, while ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing, with deep groove. Cover has wear, seam splitting, a few stains, and some pen on the back.)
One of the lesser-known JJ Johnson albums of the mid 60s – and nice little session that's done with a fresh sort of style! The album's got JJ playing mostly with larger arrangements – penned by Dick Hyman, Slide Hampton, and Billy Byaers – in modes that range from upbeat, mod, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although this looks like it should be a hard bop version of tracks from the hit musical, it's actually just a swinging set of jazz featuring JJ Johnson on trombone, Howard McGhee on trumpet, and Rudy Williams on tenor. Short tracks with tight solos, and mostly swing standards as the song list, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original green label pressing, with deep groove. Vinyl has a couple of marks that click. Cover has a split bottom seam, a small split on the top seam, and some wear and pen on the back.)
JJ Johnson's greatest album – without a doubt! This gem of a session was recorded in 1960 in New York, with an incredibly hip sextet that includes Cedar Walton, Clifford Jordan, and Freddie Hubbard. The tracks are all long, hip, and very much in a Blue Note soul jazz mode – very ... read moreCD
JJ Johnson —
JJ! ... CD RCA/BMG (Germany), 1965. Used ...
A beautiful example of the mid-60s power of JJ Johnson – a big band session that features arrangements by JJ, Gary McFarland, and Oliver Nelson – all a very cooking mix of modernism, soul, and swing! The groups are large on all numbers, but there's plenty of room for Johnson to solo ... read moreCD
JJ's Broadway is a-ok with us – a hip mix of small group tunes, played with the great Walter Perkins on drums, and handled with a much more complicated approach than most other "jazz meets Broadway" type albums! About half the tracks feature a quartet with Perkins on drums, plus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent early recordings from the team of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding – the kind of sides that always remind us how great their twin trombone work could be! The album's lacking the cliches of later albums, and presents both players at their best – soulful and stripped down, grooving ... read moreCD
A great pairing of sides by two of the fifties greatest trombone acts! JJ Johnson and Kai Winding are on one side, with a boppish set of tunes, and Bennie Green's on the other, with a tight string ensemble. The music holds little surprises, but there's some nice takes on standards and of course, ... read moreCD
A classic early album on Prestige – and one that features some heavy bop sessions cut for early 78s, all nicely packaged in a great cover by the famous Mad Magazine cartoonist Don Martin! The record features 3 sets of different tracks led by three of bop's greatest trombonists – JJ ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Osie Johnson looks a bit blurry on the cover, but the music on the record is razor-sharp – a great demonstration not only of Johnson's skill on the drums, but also his rare talents as a leader! Osie graced countless top-shelf sessions in the 50s, but only got a rare few chances to work up ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Rudolph Johnson – a hell of a saxophonist, and one with a great ability to combine the spiritual with the searing – a bit like Joe Farrell at his CTI best, but not as freewheeling – nicely focused, and a little bit funky in all the right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has thick tape on all seams, an index label on front, and several ink stamps.)
Great groovy work from pianist Pete Jolly – recorded live at the swingin Donte's in Hollywood, with a bit of horns added to his combo! There's a moody version of "The Look of Love", plus a nice groovy track called "Give A Damn". LP, Vinyl record album