A wonderful album from Gabor Szabo – one with the same freely grooving, slightly-psychedelic sound that he was using on his best records for the Impulse label! Two guitars head up the quintet – those of Gabor and Jim Stewart – and they trade breezy lines throughout, grooving over ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice session by one of the most unique guitarists in jazz – all done up in a CTI style, with production and arrangements by Bob James that give the record a nice little electric finish! We always loved Gabor's guitar on his 60s recordings, and this set is one of the first to really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Breezy brilliance from the legendary Gabor Szabo – and one of the grooviest albums the Hungarian guitarist recorded during the 60s! The set's almost a tightening up of the style that Szabo first brought to prominence in his work with Chico Hamilton – a sound that's got roots in gypsy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Aki Takase —
ABC ... CD East Wind, 1982. Used ....
With Cecil McBee on bass, Bob Moses on drums, and Sheila Jordan on vocals. ... read moreCD
Furuya Takashi & The Freshmen —
Fanky Drivin' ... CD Think (Japan), 1960/1961. New Copy ....
We're not sure what "Fanky Drivin" is – but given the strength of the music here we can hardly complain! The CD brings together 2 early 60s classics in Japanese jazz – both albums from alto saxophonist Furuya Takashi and his combo The Freshmen – a quintet that features ... read moreCD
Rare early 60s recordings from the Japanese scene – issued here in a 70s album on Three Blind Mice, and with a depth and complexity that's a fair bit like some of the more modern work on that label! The tracks here are all quite long – and feature interplay between the bass and drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guitarist Masayuki "Jojo" Takayanagi takes things back to basics with his Second Concept here – playing in a style that's straighter and more swinging than some of his avant work of the 70s – yet at a level that's equally compelling too! Given that he went outside a heck of a ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
One of the best trio sessions we've ever heard from Horace Tapscott – warmer and a bit more soulful than some of his other sides of this nature, and played with a well-rounded style that really hits home! The group features great drum work from Ben Riley, and bass by Fred Hopkins – and ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A second unearthed gem from pianist Horace Tapscott at the Lighthouse club in 1979 – very sharp stuff featuring a solid group of Nimbus players! Volume 2 was recorded on October 11, appropriately the night after the set featured on Lighthouse 79 Vol 1, with Tapscott leading the way, and ... read moreCD
A surprisingly strong trio session from Horace Tapscott – recorded in Santa Barbara in 1981, with a group that features Sonship on percussion and the great Roberto Miranda on bass! Miranda's tone is round and warm, and brings out some of the most soulful sides of Tapscott's playing – ... read moreCD
Beautiful solo piano work from Horace Tapscott – a real contrast to his larger group recordings from the LA scene! The session features Horace playing in a contemplative and moody style – working through deeply personal readings of Mal Waldron's "Fire Waltz", Randy Weston's ... read moreCD
Moody genius from the great Horace Tapscott – a solo piano session from 1983, but one that's played with all the pride and power of his larger group recordings! The tunes are a mixture of familiar jazz standards and Tapscott originals – taken in readings that are spare and thoughtful, ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Beautiful solo work from Horace Tapscott – a record that's a bit gentler than some of his other sessions for Nimbus – very stretched out and moody, and with a wonderfully contemplative feel overall! There's a bit of echo in the recording quality here – so that even when Tapscott's ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Horace Tapscott/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Flight 17 ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ....
One of the best Horace Tapscott albums on Nimbus – and one that features him playing with the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra, who give the session a much fuller feel than some of Horace's other sparer sets. The group's made up of some strong hip players from the LA underground – and in a ... read moreCD
A nice bit of an American comeback set for Buddy Tate – although he'd never really "gone away", thanks to a good crop of European recordings in the earlier part of the 70s! The set's got Buddy leading a group of "buddies" that includes Roy Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Mary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very nicely grooving set from Buddy Tate – recorded in a mellow laidback way that has him soloing with room and a down-home spirit that you don't always find on some of his other albums from the time. Tate plays tenor and clarinet – and the interesting quintet includes Ronnell Bright ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great hard-swinging work from tenorist Buddy Tate – one of the rare Felsted jazz sessions, recorded with players who include Buck Clayton on trumpet, Ben Richardson on alto, Skip Hall on piano, and Everett Barksdale on guitar. Titles include "Bottle It", "Walk That Walk", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Legendary recordings from the mighty Art Tatum – captured here in some late night studio sessions from early 50s LA – produced with just the right sort of laidback vibe by a young Norman Granz! Tatum could really shine the most in a setting like this – open, yet still very ... read moreCD
A classic album of material cut by Art and his trio with Slam Stewart and Tiny Grimes. The LP brings together an assortment of 40s sides by the group – with magical titles that include "Topsy", "Soft Winds", and "If I Had You" – all played with the amazing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful Verve issue of some of Tatum's wonderfully complex solo sides from the 50s. The titles are mostly standards – "Mean To Me", "Moon Song", "Crazy Rhythm", "Sweet Lorraine", etc – but Tatum's interpretation of the material opens it up ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that's maybe a bit more subtle than you'd expect from the "vortex" in the title – but one that definitely has a compelling quality that really draws us in! The set features piano from Benjamin Taubkin and gentle percussion from Adriano Adewale – spun out over these long ... read moreCD
A real stormer! This was one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by the great hardbop drummer Art Taylor – and it's one of the best from the Blue Note catalog at the time! The band is a heavily smoking one – with Dave Burns on trumpet, Stan Turrentine on tenor, and Wynton Kelly on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Art Taylor's a drummer, but he gladly gives center stage here to the tenors – a great pairing of Frank Foster and Charlie Rouse, both of whom hit some of their hardest notes of the 50s on this date! The album's got a tighter quality than some of the more open-ended blowing session dates of ... read moreCD
Mellow and wonderful work from Billy Taylor – caught here in a setting that feels much more relaxed and unrestrained than some of his other 50s outings! The group's his classic trio with Percy Brice on drums and Earl May on bass – and Billy's incredibly inventive on the keys, working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A flurry of fantastic recordings from the legendary Billy Taylor – material the pianist recorded for Prestige Records in the early 50s – at a time when he was really helping to transform the sound of the piano in jazz! These sides have Taylor showing that a small combo piano date can ... read moreCD
A key album in the sound of piano jazz in the 50s – featuring Billy Taylor, and his trio that included Earl May on bass and Charlie Smith on drums. The album's nothing fancy, but has a nicely soulful undercurrent – and titles include "Man With A Horn", "Hey Lock", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
As big of a hit as Billy ever got – an album based around the title tune "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" – a tune that Billy wrote in the 60s, and which went onto become an oft-recorded jazz standard at the time. The session's a bit looser and more hiply-swinging ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A touch of Billy Taylor, but that's more than enough – as his trio here can pack plenty into just a very short space! The set's an early classic that features Billy with his legendary trio with bassist Earl May and drummer Percy Brice – a group who really transformed the sound of the ... read moreCD
One of Cecil's 2 Blue Note recordings, and a large group session that includes Eddie Gale, Jimmy Lyons, Ken McIntyre, Henry Grimes, and Andrew Cyrille. The record's probably one of the most out recordings ever on the label, and tracks are based on a system of energy and impulses described by ... read moreCD
A two LP set from the 70s collecting some excellent new thing moments from the Impulse vaults – including unreleased tracks from Charles Tolliver and Grachan Moncur! The first side features the Cecil Taylor Unit performing three numbers that were released on Gil Evans' Into The Hot LP, " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sides from the legendary Jack Teagarden – recorded during his prime years, with less of the broken-down feel of his later dates (not that we mind that, as it's one of the things that make those records so endearing!) Titles include "My Kinda Love", "Never Had A Reason ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful collection of early important work from Jack Teagarden – and one of the best vinyl portrayals of his genius from these key years! Teagarden's trombone work is amazing – the sort that set the tone for countless players to come – and there's also a lot of warmth and wit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jack Teagarden sings and swings on trombone – that unique groove that was a key updating of his trad style in these later years! As you might guess from the title, the album's made mostly of tunes from spiritual sources – swung in tighter jazzy styles by arranger Van Alexander, who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bouncing batch of contemporary dub from drummer Ted Sirota and his heavyweight combo – mixed and mastered by dub legend Scientist! Sirota is one of the most talented and most creatively boundless players to come out of the Chicago jazz scene of the past decade or so, and this reggae ... read moreCD
A pair of gems from keyboardist Richard Tee – back to back on a single CD! Strokin is filled with sweet electric keys from the great Richard Tee – and was originally issued on Bob James' classic Tappan Zee imprint! Tee was one of the 70s best studio keyboard players – and his ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
The "Tee" here is Takashi Fujii – who doesn't play on the record, but instead arranged with the group – and produced the record with the really deep, complex sound we've come to love on 70s releases from the Three Blind Mice label! The group has a relatively spiritual ... read moreCD
An excellent jazzy combo from the UK – and one who work here with just the right studio touches from Benedic (Nostalgia 77) Lamdin! Teotima have this really warm approach that blends together spiritual jazz impulses with some straighter jazz elements – all at a level that reminds us of ... read moreCD
An excellent jazzy combo from the UK – and one who work here with just the right studio touches from Benedic (Nostalgia 77) Lamdin! Teotima have this really warm approach that blends together spiritual jazz impulses with some straighter jazz elements – all at a level that reminds us of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cool lost album by tenorist Buddy Terry, who plays Varitone on a number of tracks (hence the title of the LP). Jimmy Owens is on trumpet, Harold Mabern's on electric piano, and the set has a nice electric groove that's unusual for Prestige sessions at the time – and which points the way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent little album that's also one of Clark Terry's hippest! The set was recorded as part of the monumental Candid catalog in the early 60s – and it's got an edgey quality that we don't normally hear in Terry's work. At some level, he's working in a mode picked up from his time with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice set that brings together Clark Terry and Thelonious Monk! Given Terry's bright approach to jazz, it's a bit hard to imagine him and Monk working well together – but at the time of this session, Clark still had a fair bit of an edge – with roots in a number of modern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great little album – one that really gets at the bright, joyous feel that Clark Terry brings to his music! Despite the "happy" in the title – which might make you think this one would be a bit silly – the album's a pretty great record! Terry plays both trumpet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real swinger from Clark Terry – the kind of a record you might be tempted to pass up – but don't! The set's got the same soul jazz fire as some of the work that Clark played on for Epic in the early 60s – no surprise, as the group features Epic label partner Dave Bailey on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice little set from Clark Terry – featuring arrangements by Oliver Nelson, and a pretty nice little group that includes Budd Johnson on tenor and Eddie Costa on vibes and piano. The material appears to be lifted from the musical All American – by the team of Charles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clark Terry & Chico O'Farrill —
Spanish Rice ... LP Impulse, 1966. Very Good Gatefold ....
Sweet Latin licks from Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill – cut in a mode that's very similar to O'Farrill's best Verve work of the 60s! The vibe is kind of a mod take on Afro Cuban sounds – not really Latin soul, but with a playful vibe that mixes together jazz and Latin with equal parts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent grooviness – and typical of the mad instrumental LPs that showed up on Impulse when they weren't cutting high-minded jazz! The record has a nice mix of easy funky jazz and pop psychedelia – performed by a range of groovy players conducted by Bob Thiele, and featuring Tom ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wild little record – one that was issued under the name of Flying Dutchman label headman Bob Thiele – but which actually features work from some of the grooviest artists on the label at the time – including Tom Scott, Ornette Coleman, Jon Appleton, John Carter, Horace Tapscott, ... read moreCD
A great later jazz set from Toots Thielemans – recorded half in New York and half in LA – as you might guess from the title! The sound is still very much Toots' own, though – no easy nods to styles from either city in earlier years – and despite the fact that the record is ... read moreCD
One of the strongest jazz albums we've ever heard from Toots Thielemans – and one of the straightest, too! The session has a no-gimmicks, straight-ahead approach that features Toots grooving on guitar and harmonica in small combo format – working with the Ray Bryant trio, and coming up ... read moreCD
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thing (Gustafsson/Flaten/Nilssen-Love) —
Boot ... CD Thing (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ....
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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 moreCD
Third Eye —
Connexion ... CD Ring/Sonorama (Germany), 1977. New Copy ....
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 moreCD
Third Eye —
Connexion ... LP Ring/Sonorama (Germany), 1977. New Copy (reissue)....
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the strangest covers we've seen in years – and a perfect fit for this obscure session of unusual grooves! Drummer Bubbha Thomas is working here in a mode that's kind of an electrified 70s take on the Texas showband style of earlier years – a mode that has the core funky combo ... read moreCD
The greatest album ever recorded by Joe Thomas – and a hip batch of funky flute tracks that ranks with the best work of Jeremy Steig or SOUL! Joe's blowing here with arrangements by Chico O'Farrill – strangely off-beat backings that add in more than a touch of Latin to the funk, making ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A long-overdue compilation dedicated to the work of the great soul jazz vocalist Leon Thomas. If you don't know Thomas' own work, you might recognize him as the vocalist on some of Pharoah Sanders' great recordings, like "The Creator Has A Master Plan" and "Hum Allah Hum Allah". ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from Leon Thomas – easily one of his greatest albums ever, and a set that was recorded at the same time he was working with Pharoah Sanders! Thomas really rose to fame on Sanders' classic "The Creator Has A Master Plan" – and this set really takes off from that ... read moreCD
Chester Thompson —
Powerhouse ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ....
One of the few solo albums ever cut by organist Chester Thompson – a player who's known to most as the keyboardist in Tower Of Power, but one who's also remembered by a select funky few for this killer record for the Black Jazz label! The album's a stripped-down quartet session – with ... read moreCD
A wonderful little record – and one with a sound that's as evocative and lyrical as its title and cover image! Don Thompson's a player we mostly know for piano work on the Canadian scene – but here, he also handles vibes in a really wonderful way – often moving forward with this ... read moreCD
Two early 70s albums by Lucky Thompson – back to back in a single set! First up is Goodbye Yesterday – an album that has Lucky Thompson working in a mode that's quite different than his early years – working in a cool group that includes Cedar Walton on electric piano and celeste ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of Lucky Thompson's rarest work from the 50s – and some of his best! The American tenorist is working here in two different French groups – one a quintet with Henri Renaud on piano, the other a tentet with the core quartet of Renaud, plus some additional local horn players. ... read moreCD
One of the gems that Lucky Thompson cut on his return to the US in the mid 60s – and one of the few albums from that time that got wide release! The album's a laidback quartet session that has Lucky blowing both tenor and his new love, soprano sax, with a group that includes Hank Jones on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Lucky Thompson's best American albums of the 50s – a killer set that features him and Oscar Pettiford working in both quintet and trio formats! The quintet sides add in Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, Don Abney on piano, and Osie Johnson on bass – all grooving in a tight sort of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lucky Thompson featuring Tete Montoliu —
Body & Soul ... LP Ensayo/Nessa, 1970. Very Good+ ....
Lucky Thompson blows with the Tete Montoliu trio, in this warmly soulful set of tracks recorded in Spain in 1970. The set features a number of short straight ahead numbers that are different from some of Thompson's work in the US during the time – much more in the mode of his earlier work, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mayo Thompson & The Sven Ake-Johansson Quintet —
Shotgun Wedding ... CD Enja (Germany), 2003. New Copy ....
Mayo Thompson's one of those cats with a might wide pedigree – roots in the Texas psyche scene, later years in Brit post-punk, years in Germany, and even a close collaboration with the Chicago jazz and rock crowds of the 90s! This set provides yet another great slice of Thompson's talents ... read moreCD