A great little album from Max Roach – one that has him finding a whole new voice in jazz! The set was recorded on the heels of Max's time with Clifford Brown – and it's a great little album that has him bouncing back nicely from the loss by moving into a new realm that shows off his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with a deep groove. Cover has some seam splitting.)
A beautiful blend of jazz, voices, and soul – a landmark record in Max Roach's vocal experimental tradition, and a fitting companion piece to Billy Harper's classic Capra Black album – an equally soulful blend of styles! Like Capra Black, this set features Harper's sharp and soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has promo stickers and some wear.)
Max Roach —
Loadstar ... LP Horo/Klimt (Italy), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
An amazing album – one of our favorite records ever from drummer Max Roach, and a set that also features some of the best 70s work by tenorist Billy Harper too! The session's a unique date done for the Horo label – and soars even farther than other Horo classics from the time – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Max Roach —
Max ... CD Argo/MCA (Japan), 1958. Used ...
Killer set of bop tracks recorded by Max and other NY bop heavy hitters – like Hank Mobley and Kenny Dorham – plus a guest appearance by Ramsey Lewis on piano, in one of his few non-Chicago, non-trio sides! The record's got that great kind of energy that Roach could hit when he really ... read moreCD
Max Roach's masterpiece! This record is one of his most perfectly realized visions – and it's a marvelous album that combines politics and modern jazz, yet still manages to swing! The players are some of the hippest that Roach ever worked with – and include Eric Dolphy, Booker Little, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bold work from Max Roach – great material from the piano-less quartet that features Odean Pope on tenor and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet! The style here follows strongly from Roach's Horo and Japanese recordings of the late 70s – as the album features one long track, with plenty of ... read moreCD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)
One of the most righteous albums that Max Roach ever cut – and a monumental jazz release from the heart of the Civil Rights era! As you can guess from the cover and title, there's a very political bent to the record – served up in righteous lyrics penned by Oscar Brand Jr, and sung by ... read moreCD
A wonderful step forward for drummer Max Roach – working here in very creative company with saxophonist Anthony Braxton! Although Roach could have easily rested on his laurels as a famous bop drummer – and have spent endless years touring on highly-paid revival/reunion tours – he ... read moreCD
Historic Concerts indeed – as the meeting of Max and Cecil Taylor must have been quite an event! As he did on other late 70s sessions – particularly those with Archie Shepp and Anthony Braxton – Max proves that he's quite willing to experiment, and works beautifully in the spare, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Max Roach & Clifford Brown —
Daahoud ... LP Mainstream, 1956. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Previously unreleased work from the legendary group of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – recorded back in the 50s, when Mainstream producer Bob Shad was working on the Brown/Roach dates for Mercury – but not issued until this set in the 70s, when Shad had his own label! The music here is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Qui est Babs Robert? Turns out he's a hell of a saxophonist from the Belgian scene at the start of the 70s – an amazingly soulful player who's got just the right sort of spiritual vibe to live up to the image on the cover! Babs plays alto, tenor, and even a bit of electric tenor too – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye promo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a spot of tape with a rip on the spine, some splitting on the bottom seam, and a name in marker on the front, with some marker, pen, a piece of masking tape, and a promo stamp on the back.)
Very groovy! The record's a hip batch of jazzy tracks played by the great Howard Roberts, caught here at the height of his 60s groovy bossa style, and playing with his regular combo plus backing by a larger group of horns. Jack Marshall and Shorty Rogers helped Howard with the arrangements, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original rainbow label pressing. Cover has a mostly split bottom seam.)
Powerful sounds from reed player Matana Roberts – the second chapter in her ambitious Coin Coin project, and one that's even more moving than the first! Mantana's got strong ties to the avant scenes in Chicago and New York – but works here in this very unusual style that also embraces ... read moreCD
Powerful sounds from reed player Matana Roberts – the second chapter in her ambitious Coin Coin project, and one that's even more moving than the first! Mantana's got strong ties to the avant scenes in Chicago and New York – but works here in this very unusual style that also embraces ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Saxophonist Justin Robinson serves up a tribute to bassist Dwayne Burno – in a set that wasn't originally intended that way, but which turned out to be Burno's last time in the studio! Dwayne passed away from kidney disease after the album was recorded – and hearing his wonderful work ... read moreCD
A wonderful little set from clarinetist Perry Robinson – the greatest modern player on his instrument since Jimmy Giuffre! Robinson first caught attention for his groundbreaking 60s avant work on Savoy and ESP, but was hardly heard from much in following decades, save for a few sporadic ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Spike Robinson with Elaine Delmar —
In Town ... CD Hep, 1987. Used ...
Maybe the greatest work we've heard so far from Chicago bassist Jason Roebke – a key player on so many sessions for other jazzmen in recent years, but a hell of a visionary leader on his own! Roebke composed all new material for the record – and the set's performed by an octet that's ... read moreCD
A wonderful album of Latin grooves from Shorty! The record is one of his best, and features a whopping array of percussionists – including Carlos Vidal, Modesto Duran, and Mike Pacheco all coming into play with Shorty's west coast style of arrangements, tweaked greatly here to pick up an ... read moreCD
A really unique little chapter in the career of Shorty Rogers – and a near-lost record that's one of his best from the 60s! As you might guess from the title, the set was recorded as a sort of "stereo dynamics" album – post-bachelor pad, but in a mode that was very concerned ... read moreCD
These two records for Atlantic represent some of the best Shorty Rogers work of the 50s! Unlike his RCA sessions, which could get a bit too formulaic, both of these are a bit more open-ended, with slightly longer tracks than usual, and with different groupings of west coast players (Jimmy Giuffre, ... read moreCD
Shorty Rogers & His Giants —
Re-Entry ... LP Atlas (Japan), 1983. Very Good ...
Early 80's Japanese-only session featuring a reunion of some of Rogers' old bandmates in his legendary Giants ensemble. Rogers heads up the group on flugelhorn, and other players include Bob Cooper, Bill Perkins, Pete Jolly, Bud Shank, and Shelly Manne. The set's got a nice straight ahead sound, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little session with great mellow sound – and one of the few records ever cut by vibist Joe Roland! Once upon a time, we might have said Joe Roland a bit too soft for us – but this 1956 Bethlehem session has him playing in the company of a hip group that includes Freddie Redd on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove original pressing – in nice shape. Cover has one slightly bumped corner and some very light wear, but is still pretty great too.)
A crucially important record in Sonny Rollins' career – one that had him breaking out of the straight bop sound, and emerging as a major power on the tenor sax – one with limitless creative power! The set features Rollins working with only drum and bass accompaniment – played by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese Victor pressing, including the obi and insert. Cover has a half-split top seam, a small split on the bottom seam, and some discoloration along the opening.)
A tremendous tribute to the tenor talents of Sonny Rollins – live material from two different decades, all of it illustrating his continuing commitment to creative improvisation in a performance setting! Sonny's one of those guys you've always got to catch when he comes to town – a ... read moreCD
A great set of Sonny Rollins Road Show material – recorded in Japan and NYC in the fall of 2010 – the latter from the Sonny Rollins @80 Concert at The Beacon Theatre! The set is bookended by the Japanese recordings – a nearly 15 minute "They Say It's Wonderful" live in ... read moreCD
The continuing exploration of the greatness of Sonny Rollins in a live setting – a format that's really made these Road Shows records more interesting than most of his studio work in recent years! The set features key live performances by Rollins from the past decade or so – all long ... read moreCD
Quite possibly THE greatest Sonny Rollins album of the early years – or at least the one that has received the most accolades over the years! The record is a brilliant batch of quartet tracks that reinvents bop through Sonny's complicated, yet seemingly automatic solos – an excellent ... read moreCD
A crackling bit of hardbop from Sonny Rollins – and a session that has Sonny playing with the Max Roach/Clifford Brown group that included Bud Powell's brother Richie on piano! Sonny had already made a strong name for himself on albums issued under the Roach/Brown tag at the time, and here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice album that contains a mid-50s session recorded by Rollins for Prestige – with a quintet that includes the Clifford Brown-Max Roach ensemble, with Rollins filling in the tenor spot. Richie Powell's on piano, and the whole group has a very tight "roots of hardbop" sort of sound. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing in a maroon cover. Cover has a cutout & light wear.)
A very unique album from Sonny Rollins – one that features him blowing tenor over some Latin-based rhythms that have a tight uptempo feel. The core group on the album features Jim Hall on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – but they're augmented by larger ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam and mostly split bottom seam which are held with some clear tape, an address sticker and a name in pen.)
A startling meeting of two generations of tenor sax – recorded during one of Sonny Rollins' best periods on record, but featuring some even more amazing work from Coleman Hawkins! The album's proof that in his later years, Hawkins was a modernist who could match wits with the best players of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has a ding on the spine.)
A strangely split LP, but important for the way that it captures Rollins during that pivotal year of 1958. Like some of his other sides from the time, this LP features Sonny with only bass and drums behind him – blowing free, but quite tightly, with no sloppiness at all. Tracks include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Metro Jazz pressing. Cover has a half split top seam.)
Aldo Romano & Paolo Fresu —
Canzoni ... CD Enja (Germany), 1992. New Copy ...
A warm little set from drummer Aldo Romano and trumpeter Paolo Fresu – working here in spare, spacious ways that groove along gently! The group here's a quartet – with piano from Franco D'Andrea and bass from Furio Di Castri – and the session features a fair bit of Italian ... read moreCD
A great late 80s session by trumpeter Wallace Roney – bold, and strongly-blown – proof that he was clearly one of the most striking young trumpet talents of his generation! The album is nicely open-ended, and freely crafted with a strong group that includes Kenny Garrett on alto, Gary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early moment for pianist Renee Rosnes – and a set that has her really bursting out with help from a top-shelf lineup of musicians! The core trio features Ron Carter on bass and Lewis Nash on drums – although Renee also plays without them on two numbers – and the tunes ... read moreCD
One of the best albums ever cut by trombonist Frank Rosolino – an open-ended quartet session that really lets him do his thing! The tracks are long, with plenty of room for solo space, and Frank's working with a really great quartet that includes the legendary Sonny Clark on piano – a ... read moreCD
A fantastic group of well-matched players – one we've heard together often on albums for other labels, but who really find a new sort of energy here in the Smalls Live series! Trumpeter Jim Rotondi's joined here by equal frontmen Eric Alexander on tenor, David Hazeltine on piano and Fender ... read moreCD
Soulful bossa from Blue Note – and a real lost treasure! Tenor giant Charlie Rouse makes a rare appearance as a leader here – working with a percussion-heavy group that includes Willie Bobo, Potato Valdez, and Garvin Masseaux – and hitting a sax-meets-bossa groove that's simply ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charlie Rouse —
Yeah! ... CD Epic (Japan), 1960. New Copy ...
Thelonious Monk's legendary tenorist steps out on his own in this fantastic (and rare) hardbop session from the early 60s! The album's quite different than some of the work Charlie Rouse cut with Monk's classic quartet at the time – more in a hardbop mode that takes us back to his late 50s ... read moreCD
A really great little album – featuring some of the best small combo work by tenorists Charlie Rouse and Seldon Powell! The album is split into two parts – one part featuring work by Rouse with a trio that features Gildo Mahones on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. ... read moreCD
Jimmy Rowles has always been one hell of a musician, but he really seemed to hit a special stretch in his work during the 70s – a time when he was able to balance his traditional roots with plenty of fresh ideas – all expressed perfectly here in a trio with Buster Williams on bass and ... read moreCD
Gonzalo Rubalcaba —
Blessing ... CD Blue Note/Somethin Else, 1991. Used ...
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio —
Diz ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1993. New Copy ...
A wonderful tribute to Dizzy Gillespie – featuring songs penned by Diz, or played by him famously – presented by the fluid fingers of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, who takes Gillespie's inspiration into a whole new realm with his trio! Rubalcaba's got lots of sharp notes on hand – able to ... read moreCD
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from percussionist Adam Rudolph, and one of the most spiritual too – an extended set that draws on some really rich global elements, yet brings them all together with the focus of a more ambitious jazz composition! Rudolph uses the Sonica Mandala ... read moreCD
Adam Rudolph & Go Organic Orchestra —
Sonic Mandala ... LP Meta, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ...
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from percussionist Adam Rudolph, and one of the most spiritual too – an extended set that draws on some really rich global elements, yet brings them all together with the focus of a more ambitious jazz composition! Rudolph uses the Sonica Mandala ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A percussion-heavy batch of tracks that has Pete Rugolo starting from a mode explored heavily in the hi-fi years, but taking the genre into much jazzier territory! With the help of a large group of west coast players – including Don Fagerquist, Larry Bunker, Herbie Harper, Frank Rosolini, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light wear.)
Lots of musicians were included in Rugolo's All Star line up and they included such familiar names as Shelley Manne on drums, Russ Freeman on piano, Larry Bunker on vibes, Barney Kessel on guitar plus a bunch of others like Bud Shank, Maynard Ferguson and Pete Condoli. Most of the tracks on this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with a deep groove. Cover has discoloration from aging, some light wear, and splitting on the top and bottom seams.)
One of Pete Rugolo's greatest albums – and some of his most groundbreaking work away from Stan Kenton! The album features Rugolo arranging for a tight group of west coast reed players – including Bud Shank, Dave Pell, and Bob Cooper – and the tracks are angular, complicated, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Side 2 has a mark that clicks a bit on track one. Cover has some aging, a small split on the bottom seam, a spot of sticker residue on the back, and a drill hole through the center that also goes through the label.)
A nice record from Ruiz and one that really combines jazz elements with a Latin sound. Ruiz composed and arranged the songs on the record and plays piano as well. His ensemble consists of such players as Lew Soloff on trumpet, Steve Turre on trombone & seashells, Sam Rivers on flute and tenor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing on RCA. Cover has a cutout notch.)
An expansive set of post-Coltrane jazz from bassist Jorge Lopez Ruiz and a large ensemble of Argentinian players that includes Fernando Gelbard on piano and flute, Chivo Borrarro on tenor, and Santiago Giacobbe on organ. The style of the album shifts from track to track – and over the course ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Jorge Lopez Ruiz —
Cuarteto ... CD Acoua (Argentina), 2011. New Copy ...
Beautiful recent work from this legendary Argentine bassist – heard here in the company of a quartet of young players who really know how to follow his lead! Half the tracks are originals, and half are jazz standards – but all are given a very fresh spin by the bass of Lopez – ... read moreCD
Another standout set from Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars – the kind of group who should have been a gimmicky way to promote his nightclub, but who actually managed to cut some of the best LA records of the time! The lineup here features Rumsey on bass, Bud Shank on alto, Bob Cooper on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Contemporary/Lighthouse pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a very small center split on the spine, and a couple of light stains on the back.)
One of the earliest sets issued under the name of the Lighthouse All-Stars – that hip assemblage of west coast players headed by bassist Howard Rumsey – hardly a household name on his own, but well-remembered for all the great work done at this famous club! The lineup is a who's who of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual albums from the west coast scene of the 50s – recorded under the name of the Lighthouse All Stars, but featuring arrangements and compositions by Bob Cooper – who was the real driving force behind the set. Conte Candoli's in the group on trumpet – and other players ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mario Rusca —
Joyette ... LP Dire (Italy), Mid 70s. Near Mint- ...
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Mario Rusca —
Reaction ... CD Dynia World/Sonorama (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
One of the greatest records we've ever heard from pianist Mario Rusca – a really open, fluid sort of set – and one that features electric bass in the trio, which really gives things a different sort of vibe! Mario plays acoustic piano throughout, but the use of electric bass (played by ... read moreCD
Mario Rusca —
Reaction ... LP Dynia World/Sonorama (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
One of the greatest records we've ever heard from pianist Mario Rusca – a really open, fluid sort of set – and one that features electric bass in the trio, which really gives things a different sort of vibe! Mario plays acoustic piano throughout, but the use of electric bass (played by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set from Patrice Rushen – very different than her later R&B work from the 80s! The record's her first, and at the time, Patrice was much more of a jazz artist – working here with a cool west coast set of players (Joe Henderson on tenor, Hadley Caliman on alto and soprano, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal record for Patrice Rushen – a set that has her really tightening things up from her previous Prestige albums – heading much more towards the focused soul-drenched grooves of her Elektra Records years! The set's a stunner – still very much with the hip, west coast funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear, a split top seam, and a partially split bottom seam.)
A pivotal record for Patrice Rushen – a set that has her really tightening up the groove from previous albums on Prestige – heading much more towards the focused soul-drenched grooves of her Elektra Records years! The set's a stunner – still very much with the hip, west coast ... read moreCD
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano ... read moreCD
Two beautiful albums of spacey jazz funk! Eddie Russ was a 70s keyboard genius – right up there with Lonnie Liston Smith and Herbie Hancock in our book, although he never reached the fame of either of those players. See The Light is one of Eddie's best albums – and it's got a smoothly ... read moreCD
Sweet funky jazz from pianist Gene Russell – one of the hippest albums he ever recorded! Russell's a pianist with a wonderfully fluid touch – used here to near perfection in a small combo date that really stands out from most of his other albums – just the kind of effort we'd ... read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)
Long before he became the empresario behind the legendary Black Jazz label in the 70s, Gene cut this album of mellow soul jazz piano tracks, live at Memory Lane Supper Club in LA. The set's not as hard-hitting or funky as some of his 70s work – and has a feel that's more typical of 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the hippest sounds we've ever heard from pianist Gene Russell – an album that features heavy use of Fender Rhodes – and a soulful, solid, rhythmic core that comes from the basslines of Henry Franklin, guitar of Calvin Keys, and drums of Ndugu Chancler! The set's one of the ... read moreCD
A 70s issue of 2 seminal sides from George Russell, originally recorded in the 50s. The first, New York New York is a wonderful album from George Russell – and a refreshing change from his overly-academic modernist work! The session's an unusual one – a musical portrait of New York ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from the key years of British guitarist Ray Russell – a previously-unissued tape, but one that stands right up there with his best albums of the time! The style here is quite free at times – Russell's guitar working in a quintet with Harry Beckett on trumpet and flugelhorn, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Russian Jazz Quartet —
Happiness ... LP Impulse, 1964. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
The one and only album recorded by the Russian Jazz Quartet – a one-off group that featured saxophonist Boris Midney and bassist Igor Berukshtis, both of whom defected from the Soviet Union – plus Roger Kellaway on piano and Grady Tate on drums. (Guess they couldn't call this the " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two previously-unissued performance from this seminal trio of British improvisers – Paul Rutherford on trombone, Barry Guy on bass, and Philipp Wachsmann on violin – working here on sessions that also feature a bit of electronics from both Guy and Wachsmann as well! All material is ... read moreCD
Aaron Sachs is best known as a clarinet player, but he also serves up some mighty mean tenor sax on this rare date for Bethlehem – work on the horn that really makes the record a standout! Sachs plays tenor on about half the tracks, and uses the instrument in these cool clipped phrases that ... read moreCD