One of the most roosty albums on Blue Note – and a fairly straight session of African percussion tracks by Solomon Ilori and his Afro Drum Ensemble! Unlike similar albums by Art Blakey, this one lacks any strong sort of jazz component – and really just features fairly straight African ... read moreCD
A great little record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a set that not only shows the great blend of acoustic and electric styles that was happening at the time, but which also really illustrates the inventive approach of the Three Blind Mice label at their best! The vibe here is very ... read moreCD
Really lovely piano work from Masaru Imada – a player who's a bit gentler than some of his Japanese contemporaries of the early 70s, but who also works with this wonderfully lyrical tone! Imada does a great job of balancing a sense of flow with a punctuated approach to the keys – never ... read moreCD
In The Tradition —
Sirius ... CD AFJ, 2012. New Copy 2CD ....
Incredible work from one of the hippest groups in the contemporary underground – Detroit's In The Tradition, a combo with a righteous sound that takes us back to the 70s days of Strata East and Tribe Records! This double-length set is a bold step forward for the group – as some tracks ... read moreCD
Jiro Inagaki's definitely in the groove here – hitting hard with a sweet electric vibe, on a set that's easily one of his funkiest albums ever! The set's got a wicked mix of jazz and funk that's right up there with the best on 70s CTI or Kudu – but maybe even leaner overall, given the ... read moreCD
Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media feat Sammy —
Wandering Birds ... CD Columbia/Think (Japan), 1971. New Copy ....
Heavy funk from Japan's Soul Media combo – and one of the group's great 70s outings with the engimatic Sammy on vocals! Sammy's got this raw, raspy style that might owe a bit to Janis Joplin at times – but also nods strongly to the work of the American underground at others – ... read moreCD
Indigo Trio (Nicole Mitchell) —
Anaya ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2009. New Copy ....
Some of the coolest work we've ever heard from Chicago flautist Nicole Mitchell – a really wonderful record that shows the full spectrum of her talents! The set's recorded with a trio that includes Hamid Drake on percussion and Harrison Bankhead on bass and cello – both players who can ... read moreCD
The Indigo Trio – flautist Nicole Mitchell, double bassist and pianist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Hamid Drake – accompanied by fellow flautist Michel Edelin on this Rogue Art set! Ethiopian Princess Meets The Tantric Priest may be at its core a prime pairing of 2 of the most creative ... read moreCD
A killer funky group from early 70s Japan – a slightly large ensemble, but one with some really heavy drums at the bottom – plus some great use of organ and electric guitar! There's a tight brace of horns at the top – flute, tenor, trumpets, and trombone – but the rhythms ... read moreCD
Max Ionata Organ 3 with Fabrizio Bosso —
Coffee Time ... CD Albore Jazz (Japan), 2010. New Copy ....
A burning little set – and one that really gets at the best vibe of organ/tenor sessions of the 60s – like some of the hipper work on Prestige, or even some of Larry Young's classics for Blue Note! The group's led by tenorist Max Ionata, but features some amazing keyboards from Luca ... read moreCD
Max Ionata Quartet with Fabrizio Bosso —
Inspiration ... CD Albore Jazz (Japan), 2009. New Copy ....
An already-great quartet – augmented by some wicked trumpet work by Fabrizio Bosso! The group perfectly sums up everything that's great about the contemporary Italian jazz scene – a sound that has its roots in classic hardbop of the 50s and 60s, but a youthful energy that instantly ... read moreCD
Nothin like the blues at all – and instead one of the most freeform, outside recordings we've ever heard from tenor player Jon Irabagon – working here in a mighty fierce trio with Mick Barr on guitar and Mike Pride on drums and nose whistle! The album is one long blast of noise – ... read moreCD
Jon Irabagon's Outright —
Unhinged ... CD Irabbagast, 2012. New Copy ....
A great little album from talented tenorist Jon Irabagon – served up with a cover that's sort of a parody of a hip hop record – but delivered with a bold musical sound that's right up there with Jon's work in Mostly Other People Do The Killing! The tenor's really out front in most ... read moreCD
Killer 70s work from this legendary Cuban group! The record's better than most of their output outside of Cuba, and it features a stunning mix of Latin grooves and electric funky elements, in a manner that's very similar to some of the NuYorican groups in America during the time. The great Chucho ... read moreCD
Rare work from Weldon Irvine – a selection of tracks recorded as private studio outings, reissued briefly by Luv N Haight in the early 90s, and then only on vinyl! The style here is much more jazz-based than some of Irvine's soul recordings – a mode that's often all instrumental, and ... read moreCD
One of the greatest jazz experiments in 60s Spain – classic material that features the group of saxophonist Pedro Iturralde working with electric guitar played in a fluid flamenco style – mixed up here in a mode that really creates a whole new genre unto itself! The guitarist here is ... read moreCD
Jacaranda Muse —
September Sun ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2012. New Copy Gatefold ....
A pretty compelling little quartet – a jazz combo from Zimbabwe, and one who play with a lot of spiritual jazz overtones – yet also throw in some occasional vocals in English! Instrumentation is pretty unique – like some of the hipper experiments on Strata East in the 70s – ... read moreCD
Seminal early work from Willis Jackson – two classics back to back on a single CD! Blue Gator is a massive early Prestige set from tenorist Willis – and just the kind of record that set him firmly in the soul jazz camp for the 60s! By the time of the set, Jackson had already won ... read moreCD
Never-heard work from tenorist Bent Jaedig – easily one of the most important figures on the Danish jazz scene in the 60s! Bent's working here in a loose, open style that's quite different from some of his more tightly arranged albums of the decade – a mode that's still got lots of ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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
Great Impulse Records material from Keith Jarrett – almost overlooked, as it's from a time when most folks concentrate on his recordings for ECM! Mysteries is dark and moody work from Keith Jarrett – a record that builds strongly off his ensemble feeling of the Impulse years, but which ... read moreCD
Very nice early work by Keith Jarrett – and very different than his later albums for ECM! This set is pretty loose and spiritual at times – and has Keith playing a variety of instruments, from piano, to guitar, to soprano sax, organ, and percussion – as well as singing, which he ... read moreCD
The landmark first album to feature the Jazz Crusaders playing live at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach – the start of a great run of albums that would go onto help redefine the sound of soul jazz in the 60s! Although the group was already plenty darn great on their studio sides, working at ... read moreCD
Jazz Crusaders —
Uh Huh ... CD Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1967. New Copy ....
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Killer Jazz Crusaders material – exactly the kind of record that really had the group coming into their own in the second half of the 60s – finding a rich new groove that few other combos could match! The record captures the group at a perfect time – a point when they were ... read moreCD
Genius live work from Jazz Q – one of the most important groups on the Eastern European scene of the 70s – heard here in a previously unissued performance! The music here is even more electrifying than that on any of the full albums issued by Jazz Q – as it's got a more ... read moreCD
A big, bold ensemble from the more remote years of the East German jazz scene – a group led by pianist Ulrich Gumpert, but which features some especially strong interplay from a large array of reeds and brass! The sound is experimental, but never too outside – and unlike other jazz ... read moreCD
Not the kind of blues that's blue – to borrow a phrase – but a cool change in style for violinist Leroy Jenkins, and a session that has him working in a weird new groove! The lineup here includes two violins, two guitars, bass, and drums – all coming together in a rompingly ... read moreCD
A really wonderful trio with a very fluid feel – headed up by pianist Ernesto Jodos, but a group that's definitely very well balanced between the bass work of Jeronimo Carmona and drums of Pepi Taveira! The bass is especially nice – subtle and soulful, but always there to really help ... read moreCD
A very unusual slice of the Chicago jazz scene – and maybe the only album ever recorded by Grady Johnson – an altoist who's worked in the city for decades – an early disciple of Walter Dyett, and a student of his many years before Johnny Griffin and John Gilmore! The set's from ... read moreCD
Henry Johnson with Nancy Wilson —
Organic ... CD A440 Music Group, 1994. Used ....
First volume of the two LP set that compiled JJ's bop trombone sides for Blue Note. Great stuff, and arguably among some of his best work! The arrangements are tight, and JJ's in the company of players like Kenny Clarke, Clifford Brown, and Jimmy Heath – who push him with a dark edge that ... 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 moreCD
A brilliant album from the overlooked reedman Rudolph Johnson – his second session for the Black Jazz label, and even better than the first! There's a soaring, searching quality to the record that Johnson never had before – a way of handling his tenor with a tone that Coltrane would ... read moreCD
Steve Jolliffe —
Space ... CD Horizon (UK), 2002. Used ....
One of the greatest records ever cut by pianist Pete Jolly! Little Bird is a sweet set of instrumentals featuring a trio of Chuck Berghofer on bass and Larry Bunker on drums, plus Howard Roberts on guitar and Kenny Hume on added percussion. The centerpiece here is Jolly's groovy hit version of ... read moreCD
Remarkable Carmell Jones, indeed – and one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by this up-and-coming force on the LA scene at the start of the 60s! Jones was a player who really showcased something new on the west at the time – a move away from cool jazz, and the start of a deeper, ... read moreCD
A great 2-in-1 CD that combines the last two albums that Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones cut for Prestige! Unlike some of the other players on Prestige during the early 70s – who often got a bit weaker as the decade moved on, thanks to the departure of some of the better forces arranging and ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Jonah Jones swings nicely with a Broadway theme – yet still manages to keep things in his charming blend of trad, swing, and some groovier elements too! The set's mostly instrumental, although Jonah sings on a few numbers with that warmly raspy voice of his – and as with most ... read moreCD
A stunner! Philly Joe's Beat is a beautiful bit of modernist hardbop by the drummer. Philly Joe pounds away with his usual clarity and groove, but the real treat is an unexpected appearance by the great Bill Barron, who plays tenor on the session. Barron's tenor is amazingly precise, and filled ... read moreCD
A stunner of an album – and one that definitely draws plenty power from the double drummers in the lead! The set's way different than most of Elvin Jones' other work of the time – and is even more hard-hitting than some of the Philly Joe Jones sessions too – and, unusual for ... read moreCD
Rare live work from Quincy Jones – recorded in Sweden at the start of the 60s, with an ultra-hip lineup that really helps Q hit some wonderful lines throughout! The players are a mixed assemblage of American and European musicians – the kind of groups that Jones had been putting ... read moreCD
One of the first albums in a long line of successes from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – recorded live in their home turf at the Village Vanguard! The group at this point was a freshly-created outfit filled with some of the best large group jazz soloists of the time – players that ... read moreCD
Drummer Willie Jones takes on the music of Max Roach – and not just songs composed by Max, but his whole overall aesthetic too – served up here in a smoking sextet that's especially strong on the righteous elements of Roach's late 50s Mercury years, and his important groups of the 60s ... read moreCD
One of the most ambitious albums ever recorded from Clifford Jordan – a totally righteous little effort that was the first installment in the legendary Dolphy Series on the Strata East label! The set has Jordan working with a larger group than usual – an all-star array of players that ... read moreCD
A really amazing set of work from tenorist Clifford Jordan – a player who first rose to fame in the hardbop scene of the late 50s, but who moved into tremendous new territory with these Strata East recordings of the late 60s and early 70s! Jordan was a Chicago contemporary of players like ... read moreCD
Sweet sound library funk from Joy Unlimited – an early 70s German combo heard here on their rarest record ever! As with the group's commercial releases, there's a wicked blend of funky jazz and hard-riffing instrumentation – and unlike other records, this one's got an even leaner, ... read moreCD
A gem of a record from the early 60s – a freewheeling set of bossa jazz, played by the combo of tenor saxophonist Juarez! There's a fluid, open groove to the record that's mighty nice – really romping rhythms that set fire to the tenor of Juarez right from the start – as he moves ... read moreCD
Killer bossa jazz from tenor saxophonist Juarez – billed as a New York record on the cover, but a real Brazilian cooker all the way through! The only "New York" aspect of the set seems to be the American tunes chosen for the date – which are then recast with some sweet bossa ... read moreCD
Not an orchestra, but the work of a single individual – yet served up with a sound that's more blistering than most large ensemble! Michel Coffi conceives the record as a "new challenge for the music of the future" – an "interactive collaboration" that heavily mixes ... read moreCD
Improvisational musings around the spirit of John Coltrane – anchored by an emphatic reading by poet Frank Medioni – and played with a genuine depth by players including clarinetist Sylvain Kassap, drummer Ramon Lopez and double bassist Claude Tchamitchian. There's an ascendant mood, ... read moreCD
Japan's legendary drummer steps out here with a killer combo – definitely a "big 4", given that the group features excellent tenor work from Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto, plus Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano from Hideo Ichikawa! Kawaguchi's famous sense of swing really ... read moreCD
An unusual little record – a set that's a bit "fake" in its pedigree, but which still comes across with some wonderfully vivid results! Fred Kaz is a Chicago pianist, but he works here on a set of original compositions based on his readings on Near Eastern cultures – dubbed ... read moreCD
Great early work from Johnny Keating – 2 albums back to back on a single CD! British Jazz is some of the earliest work as a leader from the swinging Keating – one of England's finest jazz arrangers of the 50s, working here in a looser style than on his classic Keating Sound albums from ... read moreCD
Forgive Roger Kellaway for all the other snoozy work he's ever done – because this album's a treasure! Kellaway's working with a jazz trio that includes drummer Dave Bailey – and the set's a hip one with a mix of straight soul jazz grooving and some more experimental twists that ... read moreCD
A tight little groover from Wynton Kelly – one of a few mid 60s gems done for Verve in a style that's harder-hitting and more focused than some of Kelly's other work! The record's got an approach that's a bit pop, but plenty darn soulful too – a style that focuses the already-great ... read moreCD
Sweet and mellow vocal work from Bev Kenny – a sophisticated jazz singer who sadly only cut a few albums back in the 50s and 60s! The set's a strong one – and has Bev singing easily with the Johnny Smith group – nothing fancy, but quite nice, and with a warm and intimate feel ... read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Until ... CD Vortex (Japan), 1968. New Copy ....
One of the earliest albums as a leader from reedman Robin Kenyatta – and a set that's also one of his most compelling too! There's a definitely freer sound here than on some of Robin's smoother sets from the 70s – a vibe that's somewhere near the space of Impulse Records in the post-Col ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest albums ever recorded by guitarist Barney Kessel – a sweet reworking of Henry Mancini's fabulous music for Breakfast At Tiffanys! The set's got a warm feel and more than a bit of bossa nova inspiration – similar to some of the other Kessel and Shorty Rogers projects ... read moreCD
A sweet sweet groover from Barney Kessel – his own hip take on the soundtrack for Hair – all those wonderful songs originally penned by the great Galt MacDermot! Barney's got an extra-trippy feel on some of the best cuts – a wider sound on his guitar, which rings out nicely ... read moreCD
A wonderful wonderful set from Barney Kessel – bossa-inflected jazz, and a wonderful setting for Barney to hit some very groovy lines on electric guitar! The group on the date is part of the strength of the record – with Conte Candoli on trumpet, Emil Richards on vibes, Paul Horn on ... read moreCD
Keyboard Circle (Rob Franken & Jan Huydts) —
Keyboard Circle ... CD 678 Records (Netherlands), 1976. New Copy ....
A wicked collaboration between Dutch keyboardists Rob Franken and Jan Huydts – a set that has the pair of them really stretching out on Fender Rhodes, Arp, clavinet, and other keyboards – with only a bit of drums to back them up! Yet although the set's got a really freewheeling sort of ... read moreCD
A lovely little set from Calvin Keys – quite different from his other work, and an amazing tribute to his talents on the guitar! The album was recorded in the Maybeck Recital Hall in Berkley – in a spare format that's quite similar to the piano-based albums recorded in the same ... read moreCD
No need to be cautious here – as the album's the sort you can jump into right away – thanks to some wicked grooves from legendary guitarist Calvin Keys! Calvin's had a great revival in recent years, but this album's the stuff that first put him on the map – a brilliant early date ... read moreCD
Calvin Keys —
Shawn-Neeq ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ....
A stone classic on the Black Jazz label – and one of the most unique guitar albums ever! We're not sure what the title meant originally – but over the past few decades, it's come to stand for some heavy heavy guitar work from the legendary Calvin Keys – a record that's really ... read moreCD
Masabumi Kikuchi —
Susto ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1981. New Copy ....
A great album of funky Japanese fusion – one that features a variety of keyboards from Masabumi Kikuchi, plus work by Terumasa Hino on trumpet, Steve Grossman and Dave Liebman on saxes, and James Mason on guitar! The best cuts have a funky feel that's in the CTI/Kudu mode – perhaps ... read moreCD
Smoking tenor from one of the greatest reedmen of all time – and one of the few who could easily bridge the worlds of jazz, soul, and R&B! The set's one of King's earliest albums – recorded back in 1959, and really given a tight Atlantic Records focus that takes the music way past ... read moreCD
A great little live set from King Curtis – cut in his local turf of Harlem, with a very loose sort of feel and nice gritty groove – which lets both King and his combo get even freer and funkier than usual! There's an edge here you don't usually get on the studio work from Curtis – ... read moreCD
A classic bit of vocalese, featuring a split LP of tracks by the great King Pleasure, plus some early stuff by Annie Ross (of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross fame). The tracks on the LP include Ross' early interpretations of Wardell Gray's classics "Twisted" and "Farmer's Market" ... read moreCD
Rahsaan Roland Kirk —
Blacknuss ... CD Atlantic/Collectables, 1972. Used ....
Roland plays moody jazz versions of some of the biggest soul hits of the early 70's – including tracks like "What's Going On", "Mercy Mercy Me", and "Ain't No Sunshine" – plus some other nice originals which sum up his take on "blacknuss". Titles ... read moreCD
A pair of corkers from Roland Kirk – back to back on a single CD! Domino is a key early album from reedman Roland Kirk – at set that really has him strongly finding his voice in jazz, and transforming most of modern music in the process! The set's a perfect illustration of the way ... read moreCD
John Klemmer —
Finesse ... CD Elektra (Japan), 1983. New Copy ....
A smooth set from reedman John Klemmer, but a pretty darn soulful one too – and a great illustration of the way that Klemmer could still hold onto his roots a lot more strongly than some of his contemporaries! The backings are gentle and fusiony – often with some great keyboard work ... read moreCD
John Klemmer —
Hush ... CD Elektra (Japan), 1981. New Copy ....
Sly and subtle soul from saxophonist John Klemmer – a set that's somewhat smooth, but still filled with a great deal of feeling – and just the right blend of Klemmer's earlier searching style with some of the more soul-inspired modes of his later years. Klemmer plays tenor, soprano sax ... read moreCD
Great work from one of the most compelling trombonists of the 50s! Jimmy Knepper is probably best known for his excellent work on some of Charles Mingus' best records – but this set from 1957 shows that Knepper was also an extremely capable (if under-recorded) leader in his own right! The ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling tributes to Duke Ellington we've ever heard – a performance of his music that really deviates from the sound of the original, yet which also keeps all the complicated spirit of Duke intact! Trumpeter Franz Koglmann is really at the helm of the core groups on the ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever from pianist Ronnie Kole – a hip cat who played heavily on the New Orleans scene of the 60s and 70s – but who also had a soulful sound that was much more in keeping with piano work from the Windy City! This set has a nice crackle from the start – ... read moreCD