A pivotal album in the development of the use of the Hammond organ in jazz – and Charles Earland's first exposure to a large audience! Durign the 60s, Charles was bumping around the Philly scene quite a bit – and recorded some small group indie sides that first gave a glimpse of his ... read moreCD
Magnificent! Charles Earland may well be our favorite-ever jazz organist – and after you hear this set, he'll probably be yours too! Charles really didn't emerge as a name until the beginning of the 70s – and although that decade did some nasty stuff to some of the 60s best organ ... read moreCD
One of the most spiritual, soulful albums ever from the great Charles Earland – a set that's almost his answer to the keyboard styles of Lonnie Liston Smith in the 70s – and done with a very spiritual vibe! We love Earland on Hammond – but here he also plays Fender Rhodes, ... read moreCD
A well-titled Jazz Organ Summit – given that the players here include Lonnie Smith, Johnny Hammond Smith, Charles Earland, and Jimmy McGriff! Most of the players work solo – each getting a track or two on their own, before coming together for a great jam session at the end – and ... read moreCD
One of the most electric albums on the legendary Black Jazz label – a hip set of funky fusion tracks from bassist Cleveland Eaton, with a vibe that's similar to his album for the Gamble label, and his funky 45 work with The Kats! The record's a good extension of Eaton's roots in the Cadet ... read moreCD
Great stuff – and one of the groovier Teddy Edwards sessions from the 60s! The group's a sextet – with Walter Davis piano, Paul Chambers bass, Billy Higgins drums, Phil Orlando guitar, and Montego Joe on congas and bongos. The band grooves in a soul jazz vamping mode – darkly ... read moreCD
Two tenor greats pay tribute to a host of other tenor greats – but with results that are quite different than you might expect! The album's hardly the type that just revisits familiar cliches from tenor giants of years past – and instead, the team of Houston Person and Teddy Edwards ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from the Swedish scene of the 60s – a record that's archly modern, yet soaringly soulful too – a really wonderful combination of modes in the hands of pianist Berndt Egerbladh! The title's a bit strange – as Berndt's hardly the kind of guy that would make us laugh, ... read moreCD
Mathias Eick —
Door ... CD ECM (Germany), 2008. Used ...
(Includes original slipcase.)
Mathias Eick —
Skala ... CD ECM (Germany), 2011. Used ...
One of the freshest albums in years from Chicago percussion legend Kahil El'Zabar – the recording debut of a great little combo he's been heading for the past few years – and a group who would have been right at home during the more progressive 60s years at Blue Note! The sound here is ... read moreCD
One of the best albums in years from percussionist Kahil El'Zabar – a really wonderful set that features lots of great guest vocals from soulful singer Dwight Trible! Kahil's sung himself on other records – and does so on two tracks – but Dwight's presence here is really amazing, ... read moreCD
Elastic Jargon —
Slang ... CD Data (Holland), 2010. Used ...
Eleventh House with Larry Coryell —
Aspects ... CD Arista/Wounded Bird, 1976. New Copy ...
Funky fusion with some really hard-ripping guitar from Larry Coryell – a mainstream masterpiece from the Eleventh House ensemble! The set's got a tight sound that puts Coryell's guitar in the forefront, but which also respects contributions from members that include Gerry Brown on drums, ... read moreCD
Lovely work from Eliane Elias – and exactly the set you should turn to if you ever doubted her chops on the piano! Elias starts with a quick rendition of Bud Powell's "Hallucinations", played with a deftness that Toshiko Akiyoshi would appreciate – and the set then runs into ... read moreCD
An excellent and oft-overlooked 50s session from Duke – recorded in Chicago as a one-off for the Bethlehem label, and done with a lush, rich sound that's really tremendous! The group's nicely restrained and very moody – playing here in a mellow late nite mode that offers a good focus ... read moreCD
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but ... read moreCD
The album's a bit less "historical" than you might guess from the title – at least at the time it was issued in the mid 50s! The material is from Chicago sessions recorded in 1956 – unusual non-Columbia material for the period, featuring the Ellington group working in a ... read moreCD
Duke Ellington —
My People ... CD Contact/Boplicity (UK), 1963. New Copy ...
A great high-concept composition from Duke Ellington – one that rivals the earlier brilliance of his Liberian Suite! Like that one, vocals are a key part of this long-form work – a special performance done for the Century Of Negro Progress Exposition in Chicago in 1963 – with an ... read moreCD
One of the Duke's greatest jazz recordings – and an album that features some incredible solo work on piano – at a level with other modernist small group sessions in the Ellington catalog, like Money Jungle or Live at the Whitney! As the title says, Duke's piano is very much in the ... read moreCD
Hard to believe it took a few decades in the careers of both players for them to record together – but that's exactly what you've got here – a landmark meeting of Count Basie and Duke Ellington from the early 60s, near the tail end of Duke's classic stretch on Columbia! Teo Macero ... read moreCD
(Columbia Jazz Masterpiece pressing.)
Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach —
Money Jungle ... CD United Artists, 1962. Used ...
Rarely are such "meeting of the minds" sessions worth any fuss at all – but in this case, the masterful talents of the players turn what should be a snoozy "common denominator" session into a modernist classic that still crackles with excitement after all these years! The ... read moreCD
They're not lying with the title of this great little set – as Don Elliott blows his unique horn with a very mellow tone! The instrument is kind of a bigger version of a flugelhorn – and is used by Don in a laidback combo that also features trombone from Billy Byers, trumpet from Howie ... read moreCD
A pretty tasty little album from Don Ellis – his first funky outing for Columbia Records, and a groundbreaking batch of big band funk tracks! The set's quite different from some of Don's earlier recordings – in that it's a bit less academic, and has a focus more on a strong and ... read moreCD
Fresh and modern big band work – with a nice dash of soul, and some of the early traces of funk that would later show up heavily in Ellis' 70s work! Tracks are long, and in compelling time structures – as indicated by the titles – and groove with an MPS-like approach to the work ... read moreCD
Pivotal electric work from Don Ellis – a pair of albums back to back! The New Don Ellis Band Goes Underground is a monumental jazz rock crossover album from Ellis – soaring along on a fuzzed-out big band groove! The set's got most of the elements of Ellis' other electric sets for ... read moreCD
The Concord label gave guitarist Herb Ellis some of his greatest moments of the 70s – like this early cooker with guitarist Joe Pass – recorded live at the Concord Jazz Festival that gave the label its name! The 1973 performance has both players really opening up – never ... read moreCD
John Ellis & Andy Bragen —
Mobro ... CD Parade Light, 2011. Used ...
Lisle Ellis/Lawrence Ochs/Donald Robinson —
What We Live ... CD DIW (Japan), 1995. Used Gatefold ...
Avant jazz, but with a touch of the exotic – thanks to the complicated colors and tones that come from the horns of Hafez Modirzadeh and Amir Elsaffar! Hafez plays tenor and Amir plays trumpet – and the album's got these beautifully elliptical tracks – kind of slow-building ... read moreCD
A new ensemble, but one with a strong influence from older Brazilian modes – especially the best bossa jazz styles of the 60s! The group's got a sweet approach that mixes vibes in with bossa grooves – a really nice change from the usual, and backed up by more classic elements on ... read moreCD
Christoph Erb/Keefe Jackson/Fred Lonberg-Holm —
Duope ... CD Veto (Switzerland), 2013. New Copy ...
A completely cool blend of bass clarinet and cello – served up in a range of sounds that go way beyond the usual stuff from both instruments! Yet given the lineup of talent, the sounds are no surprise – as the record features both Keefe Jackson and Christoph Erb on bass clarinets, and ... read moreCD
Searing reed work from Christoph Erb and Keefe Jackson – one player in each channel of the record, with cellist Tomeka Reid in the middle – coming together here in a deep sound that's full of tones and textures! Both artists play tenor and bass clarinet, and the stereo separation ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums on the Bethlehem label – and one of the first albums as a leader by the legendary Booker Ervin! At the time of the set, Ervin had come off a great stint with the Charles Mingus group – one that inflected his rootsy Texas tenor tones with a sharper modern edge ... read moreCD
With Andrea Parkins, Erik Friedlander, Joe Daley and Jim Black. 7 tracks in all, including "Penalty Phase", "Ramifications", "Museum Piece", "Resident Alien", "Title Piece", "Contact" and "Transistor". CD
(Out of print. In a nice gatefold cardboard sleeve.)
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 moreCD
The 40th Anniversary of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – but celebrated by a wonderfully fresh version of the group! The lineup here features the solid, soulful percussion of Kahil El Zabar – who also wrote and arranged all the music too – plus the great Ernest Dawkins on reeds and ... read moreCD
It's hard to believe the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is 35 years old – especially when Kahil El'Zabar looks so young on the cover, and when the group's sound is fresher than ever! The album's got a really beautiful, timeless sort of feel – spiritual jazz that few groups can play this well ... read moreCD
Features Eubanks on tormbone and keyboards – with additional trombone from Slide Hampton and Clifton Anderson – plus alto from Steve Coleman, flugelhorn from Michael Mossmann, guitar from Kevin Eubanks, and percussion from Jerry Gonzales. CD
An incredible document of the growth of the European jazz scene in the postwar years – a set recorded in Berlin, but featuring a host of the best players from all over the continent! The mix of musicians here is wonderful – similar to some of the great boder-crossing experiments from ... read moreCD
Solo work by Bill Evans – recorded in 1968, at a time when he was increasingly exploring gentleness in his work! The album's quite haunting – done with no other musicians, no overdubs (as in other solo 60s albums) – just Evans alone at the keys, expressing himself with a somber ... read moreCD
Magical music from the very first note – the kind of record you need to hear if you've ever doubted the genius of Bill Evans! The sound here is subtle, and supple – but still often more revolutionary than that of the countless albums it inspired in years to come – and Evans is ... read moreCD
A very hip set from Bill Evans' second trio – the legendary lineup that featured Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Both players bring Evans' sound to an even greater level of spaciousness – allowing for lyrical interplay that's completely amazing, and even furthers the ... read moreCD
One of the best Bill Evans trio sessions on Verve – recorded with a group that features Chuck Israels on bass and Larry Bunker on drums, both perfect accompanists for Evans in his exploration of unusual rhythms and lyrical tones on the keys! Both players have a dancing quality that goes far ... read moreCD
Wonderful late work by Evans – recorded in 1977, but not issued until after his death in 1980. The session benefits from the bass work of Eddie Gomez – rich, round, and warm – a perfect accompaniment for Evans' sometimes faltering piano work at the time – and a player that ... read moreCD
A magnificent follow up to the Undercurrent album from the team of Bill Evans and Jim Hall – and like that one, a set that features amazing interplay between piano and guitar! Hall's guitar has never sounded better – and in the airy company of Evans, it takes on many of the same ... read moreCD
Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans —
Affinity ... CD Warner, 1978. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A beautiful pairing – the keyboards of Bill Evans and harmonica of Toots Thielemans – presented here in a space that marks the record as one of the best from both players in the 70s! Some tunes are sad and blue, and very spare – others a bit more upbeat and lyrical, almost taking ... read moreCD
Bill Evans with Eddie Gomez —
Eloquence ... CD Fantasy (Japan), 1982. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Bill Evans with Jeremy Steig —
What's New ... CD Verve (Japan), 1969. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of Bill Evans' most beautiful albums from the time – and one that features the fantastic team of Jeremy Steig and Eddie Gomez, who were cutting some beautiful records for other labels at the time. Steig's flute later got very silly, but at this point, he's got a raw stripped-down sound ... read moreCD
A pivotal session for Gil Evans – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he ... read moreCD
A wonderful session from pianist Orrin Evans – one of the most richly talented players of his generation – always great, no matter what the setting! We've recently dug Evans in trio and larger group formats – but this set's got him cooking strongly with a quintet – a tight ... read moreCD
The most amazing record to date from Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – just the kind of cosmic, spiritual session you'd expect from the group's name – perfectly placed in a Chicago lineage that includes Sun Ra's Arkestra and the best years of the AACM! The group's got all the ... read moreCD
A rare gem from percussionist JF Fabiano – a really unique little set of jazzy grooves that was recorded in Martinique, and features musicians both from the European and American scenes of the 70s! There's some mighty great horn work on the set – thanks to work from guests Clifford ... read moreCD
Tal Farlow was one of the all-time greats of jazz guitar during the 50s, and an album like this captures him at his finest! The set's a no-nonsense batch of tracks that features Tal with a trio that includes Eddie Costa on piano and Vinnie Burke on bass – a wonderfully understated lineup ... read moreCD
Art Farmer —
Modern Art ... CD United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy ...
A seminal session as a leader by the young Art Farmer – recorded for United Artists, and a great set of tight lyrical tunes, played by Farmer in his sparkling style – in a group along with Benny Golson on tenor and Bill Evans on piano. Evans is a special treat here, as the 1958 session ... read moreCD