Drummer Neal Smith has a hell of a group here – Eric Alexander on tenor, Steve Wilson on alto, Mark Whitfield on guitar, and Mulgrew Miller on piano – a lineup that he more than lives up to with his tight leadership, and great choice of material for the date! The tunes include two ... read moreCD
A killer batch of modern spiritual soul jazz – with a classic sound that reminds us a lot of the 70s work on labels like Tribe or Strata East! The New Composers Ensemble is led by vibist Paris Smith, an underground Chicago jazz artist who cut a few very enigmatic albums on his own – ... read moreCD
Wadada Leo Smith/George Lewis/John Zorn —
Sonic Rivers ... CD Tzadik, 2014. New Copy ...
An excellent session from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, with trombone and electronics by George Lewis, and alto sax by John Zorn! It's got the jagged, freely experimental vibe you'd expect from such a trio, but it moves with a deliberate sonic flow, hence the title, albeit with some sharp edges. ... read moreCD
One of the best examples of the drum skills of Gunter Sommer we've heard in a long long time – and a great return to his Hormusik format from many years back! The album's all solo – and has Sommer working in a haunting blend of percussion and drums – but with sounds that are ... read moreCD
Great work from James Spaulding – one of the few players of his generation who actually got better with age! As he was in his classic 60s Blue Note recording sessions with other leaders, Spaulding is a hell of a group player – extremely sensitive to the other members of his groups ... read moreCD
Supremely heavy work from organist Leon Spencer – one of his classic jazz funk sessions for Prestige Records, and a record that shows him opening up his sound a bit more than before! The album has Spencer working in a few different lineups – some with small groups that feature Melvin ... read moreCD
Sublime Hammond from the amazing Leon Spencer – heard here at the height of his younger years, when he was cooking up as much magic in the studio as Johnny Hammond or Charles Earland – and really stretching things out, in ways that take the jazz organ format much farther than the giants ... read moreCD
A trippy little combo with a distinct post-Coltrane feel – stretching out here wonderfully, on a hip little session on a homegrown label! The group hail from the unlikely spot of Las Vegas – but they've got a deeply spiritual sound that rivals the best work on the coasts in the early ... read moreCD
Fantastic early work from flautist Jeremy Steig – a 60s quartet session for Columbia that came several years before the funky style of some of his later work – and a damn great record, with lots of soulful touches! Part of this has to do with the rhythm section of Ben Tucker on bass ... read moreCD
(Great LP-styled gatefold cover – really beautifully done by International Phonograph!)
A mindblower from flute man Jeremy Steig – his only album ever for Blue Note – and quite possibly his best! There's a stripped-down feel here that beats even the rich soul of Steig's sets for Solid State – a brilliant pairing of Jeremy's choppy lines on flute with the soulful ... read moreCD
A classic set from this fusion supergroup – a great quintet that features keyboards from Warren Bernhardt, vibes from Mike Mainieri, tenor and soprano from Michael Brecker, bass from Eddie Gomez, and drums from Peter Erskine. As with other Steps Ahead records, the vibes really balance out ... read moreCD
A great tenorist, heard here in a wonderfully rich setting – a set of long, open tracks that really let Grant Stewart solo strongly – all with the special sort of energy that seems to take place in these Smalls Live recordings! Most numbers push up towards the 10 minute mark, leaving ... read moreCD
An amazing little group – and one of the real standouts in indie jazz during the 70s! Stone Alliance are a killer power trio made up of players who'd previously worked for Elvin Jones – and all three of them have inherited a frenzied sense of rhythm from Jones – and that great ... read moreCD
Nothing "country" about this record – as Japanese guitarist Kiyoshi Sugimoto keeps things very hip and contemporary – working in a freely fluid style that also has a few funky touches as well! The group on the set is a quartet – with Kiyoshi's guitar amidst piano, bass, ... read moreCD
Some of the most upbeat, tuneful music we've ever heard from reedman John Surman – a set that has the longtime great working with an ensemble of Norwegian players, in this wonderfully vivid, colorful mode! Surman's still got plenty of edge on his baritone and soprano sax solos – but he' ... read moreCD
Hiroshi Suzuki —
Cat ... CD Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A great bit of electric jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – an album that easily rivals the best CTI work in the US at the time! Trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki heads up a quintet here – one that's heavy on electric piano and keyboards, played in a stretched-out sort of groove that ... read moreCD
Groovy electric work – in a style that's both funky and swinging, with many different strands and styles running through at once! Isao Suzuki plays electric piano, Hammond organ, vibes, and cello – a great mix of instruments that come off surprisingly well in his hands – ... read moreCD
A really great little set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – a rare player who goes way way past traditional modes of his chosen instrument, into richly creative territory that rivals the 70s experiments of Ron Carter! Like Carter, Suzuki's never content to just let the bass be a source in ... read moreCD
(Blu Spec CD.)
Gabor Szabo & Bobby Womack —
High Contrast ... CD Verve/Higher Plane, 1970. New Copy ...
Excellent early 70s work from jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo – a super-dope album that's one of the best he ever recorded! Part of the success of the record has to do with the presence of Bobby Womack – normally a soul singer, but also a heck of a guitarist, playing here alongside Szabo in ... read moreCD
Tom Tallistch —
Ride ... CD Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ...
The album's a heck of a great ride with tenorist Tom Tallitsch – a player who's stepped in traditional tones and phrasing, but who can also push things forward with his own personal agenda as well! Tallitsch has a really old school depth to his instrument – a quality that reminds us 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
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
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
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
Texas tenor from the great Buddy Tate – heard here in a lesser-known session from the 70s – originally done for the indie Sackville label, and easily one of Tate's best recordings from the decade! Buddy's in a nice, loose, open sort of setting – a bit like that on his classic ... read moreCD
Great sounds from Billy Taylor – a player who was definitely big in the mainstream at the time of this late 60s date, but who really finds a way to return strongly to his roots! Taylor's playing here with that nicely punctuated style that made him one of the biggest groovers in the early 50s ... read moreCD
Pianist Billy Taylor, working here in a really unique setting – a broadcast performance that has guitarist Wes Montgomery joining the trio for the whole session – plus vocals from Joe Williams on the second half! The core groove is great enough – given that Ben Tucker is on bass ... read moreCD
Cecil Taylor —
Indent ... CD Freedom (Germany), 1973. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A beautiful solo piano set by Cecil Taylor – recorded live in Ohio in 1973, and originally released on his own small Unit Core label. The work is a perfect example of how Cecil was stretching himself at the time – working in a mode that was part free jazz, part 70s spiritualism, ... read moreCD
The album definitely lives up to the title, and features the mighty Jack Teagarden in a number of small group settings – all with a straight ahead punch that gets away from some of the gimmicks of his other 50s sessions! Teagarden's trombone is still one of the sharpest instruments of his ... read moreCD
A pair of overlooked gems from trumpeter Clark Terry – back to back on a single CD! On Everything's Mellow, things are mellow indeed – and that fact makes the record one of Terry's greatest from the 60s! The obscure session features Clark blowing in the laidback style of Prestige's ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from the postwar side of the Swedish scene – modern jazz from leader Gosta Theselius, recording here with one hell of a great group! Theselius may not be that well known on these shores, but the record features key work from players who are – including Bengt Arne ... read moreCD
Thing (Gustafsson/Flaten/Nilssen-Love) —
Boot ... CD Thing (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ...
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
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
The Ebony Godfather is grooving here with a set of fuller backings – sweet clubby funk, arranged and conducted by Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame) – all as a showcase for Joe's sweet work on flute and tenor sax! There's a fair bit of keyboards on the tunes – played ... read moreCD
Overlooked genius from Henry Threadgill – one of his under-exposed 80s sessions for the About Time label, and work that's every bit as great as his better-known sides for Delmark or Black Saint! The group here has a nice sense of freedom and interplay – almost a quality that hearkens ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful, lyrical albums we've ever heard from Henry Threadgill – a set that still has all the sharp edges you might know from his other work, but which also comes across with a slightly more sensitive sound as well! The compositions are beautiful – really well-written ... read moreCD
A blistering recent set from Brit jazz legend Keith Tippett – proof that his powers are still strong after all these years! The cover and title look a bit new-agey, but the album's got a very avant sound – a free improvisation that runs for almost 50 minutes – featuring a large ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Cal Tjader albums ever – and one of the first to have his vibes working alongside Fender Rhodes! The record's a surprising little set from the start of the 70s – one that almost has Cal picking up some of the New York sounds of a few years before, then mixing them ... read moreCD
Two players with a very spacious sense of sound – coming together here in an all-guitar album that mixes both electric and acoustic tones! The pairing is perfectly captured by the ECM production style – an approach that lets each note ring out with a great sense of presence, and blend ... read moreCD
Majestic music from tenorist Mark Turner – a set that has him soaring gently with trumpeter Avishai Cohen, a partner who really seems to make the record sparkle! The group's a quartet, with no piano – just Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums – and the tenor and trumpet ... read moreCD
Groovy Stanley Turrentine – blowing soulfully over larger arrangements by Thad Jones – swinging and lively, with a mod 60s pop feel that makes the album quite different than most of Turrentine's other work for Blue Note! The approach is one that we should hate, given how much we love ... read moreCD
Stanley Turrentine —
Cherry ... CD CTI/King (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
One of the best CTI albums from the early 70s – and one of Stanley Turrentine's funkiest records as well! The album's got a sharper edge than most other Turrentine albums of the time – a quality that goes beyond Stan's already soulful approach to the tenor, and which brings in some ... read moreCD
One of Stanley Turrentine's best albums ever – but a record that was recorded in 1962, yet only released by Blue Note 20 years later! The set's a great example of the sheer raw power that Stan had in his tone before it got watered down by his pop-jazz recordings of the later 60s – a ... read moreCD
Stanley Turrentine's a hell of a soloist in a large ensemble setting – and there's possibly no better place to hear that talent at work than on this classic 60s date for Blue Note! The format's a bit different than other Turrentine records of the time – no small group romping, nor ... read moreCD
Stanley Turrentine —
ZT's Blues ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1961/1985. New Copy ...
A great lost session by Stan The Man – recorded in the early 60s when he was doing some of his best work, but not issued by Blue Note until the mid 80s! The album stands right up there with other Blue Note gems of the time – especially albums like Comin Your Way and Jubilee Shout, both ... read moreCD
An overlooked trio date from McCoy Tyner – and a record that's just the sort of musical journey you might guess from the title! Tyner's piano is as full of fire and flight as always – and the group has some especially great work from bassist Avery Sharpe, who changes his approach from ... read moreCD
Really great stuff from bassist Matt Ulery – a player with an imagination as rich as his sound, and an artist who's really becoming a force on the scene here in Chicago! Matt works here in that mix of arrangements and freedom used by some of his contemporaries on the left side of the scene ... read moreCD
A classic bit of Black Rock from James Blood Ulmer – and a record that was issued by Rough Trade in the UK, giving it a surprising influence on the post-punk scene of the time! In a way, Ulmer's groove here has a lot of punky-funk in the mix – thanks to some heavy electric bass from ... read moreCD
One of the first great moments from Italian composer Piero Umiliani – an artist who later did a huge amount of soundtracks in the 60s, but really got his start in jazz! Umiliani's wonderful here right from the start – laying out a set of all original tracks that mix tight arrangements ... read moreCD
An incredibly groovy session of Beatles tunes – one played by Dutch pianist Louis Van Dyke on a church organ, with no other instrumentation for accompaniment! Louis wisely chooses tracks from the later years of the Fab Four's career – some of the more introspective ones that have ... read moreCD
The earliest album we've ever seen from pianist Louis Van Dyke – a bit more swinging than some of his later work, but a set that's already got his great sense of space very firmly in place! Half the record features really wonderful vibes from Carl Schulze – stepping out on some numbers ... read moreCD
Louis Van Dyke —
Pavane ... CD Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
One of the mellowest pianists in the world – heard here on an album that may well be his best! Louis Van Dyke has a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a way of advancing notes on the piano with a subtle sound that's clearly part of the Bill Evans generation, but which ... read moreCD
Heavy sounds from two mighty talents on the piano – overlooked Taiwanese pianist Shih Yang Lee, and the legendary Fred Van Hove – noted for his famous work on FMP! The package is great – as it features a CD and DVD in a hardcover with a great book in the middle – notes in ... read moreCD
(DVD is NTSC coded.)
Ken Vandermark & Mats Gustafsson —
Verses ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013. New Copy ...
Bold, beautiful work from the team of Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson – two of the most inventive reed players of the past few decades – working together here in free, unfettered formation! The set was actually recorded right above Dusty Groove – in a very open, woody loft ... read moreCD
A really unusual set of music from an equally unusual film project – special sounds recorded for the film Parallax Sounds, a look at the very unique music climate in Chicago during the past decade or two! The work here is composed by key figures in the film – both David Grubbs and Ken ... read moreCD
A cooking little record from Japanese guitarist Sunao Wada – one with plenty of offbeat touches! Like many of the albums on the Three Blind Mice label from the time, this one's a bit hard to peg – because the moods and styles shift a bit from track to track, and there's an openly ... read moreCD
A beautiful album by Mal Waldron – recorded in 1960, after the passing of Billie Holiday, and a very loving tribute by Waldron, who was her accompanist for a number of years. The set moves way past the usual "Holiday songbook" mode, and features instead a dark batch of tracks, two ... read moreCD
A really wonderful album from Mal Waldron – quite different than most of his other records from the 50s, and done with a righteous undercurrent that almost points the way towards the Strata East generation of the 70s! The set's one of Mal's few 50s albums as a leader to feature horns ... read moreCD
David T Walker —
Ahimsa ... CD Half Moon/Warner (Japan), 1988. New Copy ...
Great 80s work from guitarist David T Walker – the kind of set that's really a cut above most other mainstream electric jazz of this type from the time – thanks to excellent solos from Walker, and contributions by a host of well-known guest stars! Walker's got that great bluesy quality ... read moreCD
Cedar Walton & David Williams —
Duo ... CD Red (Italy), 1990. New Copy ...
Cedar Walton in one of his most intimate settings ever – an album that has the pianist working with bassist David Williams, in a style that's even more open and flowing than some of his trio material! Williams has this round, warm tone that steps along at a sweet sort of pace – ... read moreCD
A trio of 90s albums from Grover Washington! All My Tomorrows is an overlooked gem from reedman Grover – recorded in his later years, but a set that's actually got more of an acoustic style overall – one that goes back to the roots farther than any of Grover's fusion records! ... read moreCD
If there's anyone we trust with a fusion groove, it's the great Grover Washington – as Washington's 70s albums for Kudu are still the blueprint for mixing saxophone solos with electric jazzy backing – a rich legacy he continued strongly into later years! This early 80s set has ... read moreCD
Pure dark magic from Grover Washington – a record that was a megahit back in the 70s, but which still sounds amazing many decades later! There's a sound here that's completely sublime – and the album is to Grover's career what the first 2 CTI sets by Bob James were to his – a ... read moreCD
Sweet Motown grooving from Grover Washington – a set that has him working with slightly larger backings than his Kudu years, but in a way that still lets his soulful horn stand strongly out front! As always, Washington is a killer talent on the soprano sax – able to inflect the ... read moreCD
Grover Washington Jr's first few albums for Columbia – Strawberry Moon, Then & Now and Time Out Of Mind – together in a 2CD set! Strawberry Moon has a number of laidback groovers, with some solid Washington originals such as the title track and some sweet covers. BB King plays and ... read moreCD
Sadao Watanabe —
Outra Vez ... CD Victor/Red River, 2013. New Copy ...
One of our favorite sides of music from Sadao Watanabe – his ongoing love of Brazilian jazz and the bossa nova format – served up here in a sweet small group set that's got all the sparkle and charm of his vintage bossa albums of the 60s! Watanabe's alto has this wonderfully feeling ... read moreCD
A record as evocative as its title – part of a great flowering of talent from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe at the end of the 60s! Sadao started his career out as a hell of a bopper, then moved into some sweet Brazilian modes in the 60s – but by the time of this record, he was really ... read moreCD
A pivotal record in the career of this brilliant Japanese saxophonist – a set recorded in New York with a trio players from the American scene – done in a style that's even more freewheeling than most of Sadao Watanabe's previous work! Watanabe had always worked with unusual tones and ... read moreCD
A really beautiful chapter in the career of reedman Sadao Watanabe – a batch of mostly original compositions, as you might guess from the title – and a double-length record that really showed an evolution of his talents! The sound is often highly lyrical – with Watanabe blowing ... read moreCD
Ernie Watts —
Musican ... CD Warner (Japan), 1985. New Copy ...
Sweet 80s fusion from saxophonist Ernie Watts – one of his key albums as a leader in that decade, after countless years as a session player on other folks' records! The album's mostly jazz, but there's also a soul component as well – thanks to vocals from Phil Perry on some of the ... read moreCD
A Japanese-only album from Weather Report – recorded early in the group's career, and with some of the same sort of freedoms that Miles Davis was getting on his own double-length dates from Japan! The tracks here are quite stretched out, and often adventurous – showing a marked ability ... read moreCD
A really well-done quartet set from tenorist Doug Webb – a really strong player on his own, and a great writer too – but one who seems to sound especially nice in the context of this particular album! The group features excellent piano from Peter Zak, who rounds things out with a ... read moreCD
Trad jazz at the Museum Of Modern Art – recorded by a small combo that includes George Wein on piano, Shorty Baker on trumpet, Tyree Glenn on trombone, and Pee Wee Russell on clarinet. All players are hip enough to swing with some of the right edges for the modern audience – still in a ... read moreCD
A very obscure player from the Romanian scene of the 70s – an acoustic pianist, but one who plays with the flow of a electric keyboardist – really opening up on the longer tracks on this rare album, with an especially great sense of his overall sound! Most numbers have just a core trio ... read moreCD
Bold, soulful sounds from tenorist Walt Weiskopf – a player who not only really knows his place as a soloist, but who also comes across as a great leader on a date like this! The whole group's got a focus that comes through right away – Walt's bold horn in the lead, but fused with ... read moreCD
David Weiss is one of the hippest leaders around these days – a great player and a hell of a writer, but most importantly an artist who really knows how to choose the right musicians for his group! Weiss has often evoked the best modern moments of the 60s with previous projects – and ... read moreCD
A bold musical statement from the great Point Of Departure group – a combo with continuing dedication to re-exploring some of the freshest jazz sounds of the 60s – especially music by the "new thing" generation of Blue Note players like Andrew Hill or Tony Williams! Our hat's ... read moreCD
Two great early 60s albums by one of the most unique reed talents ever! Although he also played tenor with the best of his contemporaries, Frank Wess had a firm attachment to the flute, and was one of the first really soulful players on the instrument – setting the stage for later giants of ... read moreCD
Definite magic from the mighty Frank Wess – an even-better follow-up to his previous album of a similar title – and really proof that in these later years, Frank is something very special indeed! We've always loved Wess' work on tenor and flute – a legacy that stretches back to ... read moreCD
Fantastic stuff! This groovy groovy record stands as one of the finest recordings ever made by 60s Brit jazz legend Mike Westbrook – a lively and rhythmic meeting of some of the best young talents on the London scene of the time, topped off with incredible vocals from the lovely Norma ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Randy Weston – and a unique electric session from the 70s! The feel is very different here than the angular modernism of Randy's roots – a warmer, more flowing sound – as you'd expect from the CTI label, and from Randy's use of electric piano as well as ... read moreCD
Sublime solo piano from Randy Weston – just the sort of record to remind us why his skills in such a setting can always be so great! The tunes are filled with energy and rhythm right from the start – spun out in those long African-inspired lines that Randy first forged in the 50s, but ... read moreCD
A really wonderful collaboration between pianist Randy Weston and tenorist Billy Harper – two players who haven't worked together in years, but who find a really great space together in this album of spare duets! Randy spins out the kind of longform piano lines he's always done so well ... read moreCD
One of the killer albums that Michael White cut for Impulse Records in the early 70 – a sweet set of spiritual jazz that took his instrument to a whole new level! Normally, the violin isn't an instrument we love in jazz, but White really transforms it here – playing it with a stretched- ... read moreCD
One of the most classic albums ever from tenorist Barney Wilen – recorded at a time when he was making big waves on both sides of the Atlantic! The tracks are longer than on some of Wilen's more tightly-arranged albums – which really gives Barney a chance to show off his tremendous ... read moreCD
A great little set – never issued before, but recorded at the same time as Wilen's classic 1959 album Barney, caught live at the Club St-Germain with a group that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Duke Jordan on piano, Paul Rovere on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. Like the Barney album, ... read moreCD
Amazing music from the legendary Barney Wilen – previously unreleased African recordings, done around the same time as his classic Moshi album! Although Wilen was best known as a hardbop giant in both his later and early years, the late 60s also marked a period of really rich experimentation ... read moreCD
Important early work from one of the greatest European saxophonists of the 50s – a seminal batch of music recorded for the Vogue label in the 50s! Wilen also recorded famously with American musicians during the 50s – including Miles Davis and Art Blakey – but this set features ... read moreCD
Pat Wilson definitely shines here – stepping off a great 70s run of work for film and TV soundtracks – then using a similar style here in the studio! The album's a jazz set, but tracks are relatively short – and focus more on ensemble passages at points, but still allow for key ... read moreCD
A really killer set from pianist Larry Willis – way different than any of his later albums as a leader, and from his early work with Jackie McLean in the 60s! Larry's playing here with a sound that's as righteous as his image on the cover, but which is also pretty funky at points too – ... read moreCD
A great solo set from pianist Spike Wilner – the driving force behind the whole Smalls Live series as a producer, but a hell of a musician as well! Wilner's got a great style that draws strongly from jazz piano tradition, but really makes things his own – using strands of 20th century ... read moreCD
Reuben Wilson —
Cisco Kid ... CD Groove Merchant/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
One of the best 70s albums by this funky organ player – quite different than his work for Blue Note, with a messier funkier edge that's very nice! Reuben Wilson's working with an all-hip lineup, with players who include Melvin Sparks on guitar, Garnett Brown on trombone, Bob Cranshaw on bass ... read moreCD
Reuben Wilson changes up the groove from his previous Blue Note sets – and the result is one of his greatest albums to date! This smoking little set has an edge that you really wouldn't expect – rhythms that move past the simple Blue Funk mode – into a more complicated style of ... read moreCD
Reuben Wilson —
Sweet Life ... CD Groove Merchant/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
A great groover by Reuben Wilson – and one of his best albums ever! The funky organist really takes off from the sound of his earlier Blue Note albums here – hitting a vibe that's sharper, darker, and plenty darn righteous – still small combo jazz funk, but with a depth that we ... read moreCD
Monster funk from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – an album of hard-burning, bad-walking tunes that are a fair bit different than most of his other work! Although Wilson recorded some pretty traditional organ jazz for the Blue Note and Groove Merchant labels, this album has him working with his ... read moreCD
Some of the coolest work Kai Winding ever recorded – two very odd albums, back to back on a single CD! Soul Surfin is hardly the trombone jazz outing you might have guessed from Kai's famous work with JJ Johnson – and instead, an electrified set that's got plenty of cool 60s touches! ... read moreCD
Groundbreaking jazz from the Finnish scene at the start of the 70s – and a key illustration of the way that Finland really few the flag of fusion high at the time! The music is a wonderful criss-crossing of acoustic and electric elements – never too jamming, and definitely with the ... read moreCD
Mad funky vibes from The Wooden Glass – a group led by vibist Billy Wooten – an obscure player in the history books, but one who has had a huge influence on 21st Century groove! Billy's got a hard style on the vibes that's like Bobby Hutcherson and Roy Ayers at their soulful best ... read moreCD
A stunner of a set from reedman Phil Woods – just the kind of record to remind us how great he is all over again – even though we've loved so much of his music for years! Phil's working here in that brilliant 80s quintet that includes Tom Harrell on trumpet and Hal Galper on piano ... read moreCD