A near-perfect album from the great John Surman – recorded at the crossroads of the British jazz scene as it stepped into the 70s, and done with a fullness and focus that Surman hardly matched again! As with some of the other Deram sessions of the time, the album's overflowing with great ... 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/Masahiko Togashi Quintet —
Variation ... CD Takt/Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy ....
An excellent early album from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi, featuring a group that he co-led with trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki! The quintet's got a sound that's kind of a messed-up take on the Blue Note groove of the 60s – particularly the Lee Morgan rolling funky soul jazz sound of the ... read moreCD
One of the wonderfully creative 70s sets from Japanese stringman Isao Suzuki – an artist who also plays bass, but who works here on jazz cello – for a very unusual approach! The set has Suzuki's work on the light strings matched in a combo with lead guitar from Kazumi Watanabe – ... 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
A wonderful little set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – one that has him playing both acoustic bass and cello, mixing up the instrumentation in a really cool way! Suzuki was really one of the most inventive bassists of his generation of Japanese jazz – able to shift styles and ... read moreCD
A sound library jazz set – but one that stands right up there with any of the commercially-released European jazz of the 70s! This hip Italian combo is totally great – essentially a piano trio, but with electric keys as much as acoustic – and often augmented by a bit of ... read moreCD
Swingle Singers with Modern Jazz Quartet —
Place Vendome ... CD Philips/Universal (France), 1966. New Copy ....
An excellent set that has the vocal talents of the Swingle Singers backed by the sweet and mellow instrumentation of the Modern Jazz Quartet! Given that John Lewis & Co were essentially local residents in Paris for so many years, it's amazing it took them until 1966 to hook up with Ward ... read moreCD
Symbiosis Trio is a nice name for this cool combo – as sometimes the piano's in the lead, sometimes the bass, and sometimes the drums – a really careful balance of musicianship that makes the whole thing sparkle right from the start! Our favorite corner of the group's triangle is ... read moreCD
Sweet funky fusion from France – a classic set played by an all-star group of players! The groove here is a blend of choppy euro fusion, funky big band grooving, and some soulful touches that remind us of some of the funky jazz coming out of the west coast during the 70s. A few cuts have ... read moreCD
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
Horace Tapscott/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Flight 17 ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ....
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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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
360 Degree Music Experience —
In: Sanity ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1975. New Copy ....
A double-length set from the 360 Degree Music Experience – and one of their greatest recordings as well! The group's co-led by drummer Beaver Harris and keyboardist Dave Burrell – who here plays organ and celeste, in addition to his usual piano. And other players are a range of 70s ... read moreCD
Pure piano magic from Bobby Timmons – a pair of great albums from his years at Riverside Records! First up is Sweet & Soulful Sounds – a wonderful mellow trio session from Bobby – done with a spare, relaxed approach that's a nice contrast to the recordings he was making for ... 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
A beautiful little overview of the work that Cal Tjader recorded for the Skye Records label at the end of the 60s – some of his grooviest work ever, and all done with a unique blend of styles that Cal barely ever captured again! The rhythms are often inspired by bossa nova, but usually end ... read moreCD
2 totally great Cal Tjader electric albums – both recorded originally for the Skye label, and back to back on one CD! Cal Tjader Plugs In is a beautifully plugged-in, turned-on session from Cal Tjader – one that features the funky vibist alongside some sweet Fender Rhodes! The session ... read moreCD
Deeply personal work from Japanese saxophonist Hidefumi Toki – a player who manages accomplish a great deal in a fairly stripped down setting – filling spare space with gentle notes on alto and soprano sax, often delivered with a nicely raspy tone! The group here is a quartet – ... read moreCD
Don't confuse this one with Charles Tolliver's album on Strata East of the same name – because this session's a completely different one for Enja, but equally great! The group here is a quartet – not Tolliver's usual Music Inc lineup, but a combo that features Alvin Queen on drums, Ron ... read moreCD
Made In Italy, despite what the title claims – but that's OK with us, as the album's a sweet lost groover from the best years of the Italian scene! Keyboardist Amadeo Tommasi delivers some wonderfully jazzy numbers here – played on both electric and acoustic keys, and often with this ... read moreCD
The first album from The Kevin Toney 3 – headed by the piano player and one-time leader of the legendary Blackbyrds – and it's a nicely melodic set of soulful trio jazz! There's a warm, affectionate vibe throughout, and it's played by skillful veterans with genuine passion. Toney ... read moreCD
This is the sound we've been waiting to hear from Trombone Shorty all these years – a really tight blend of funk, soul, and jazz – served up here with way more punch than we've ever heard before! Raphael Saadiq is at the helm – co-producing the record with Shorty – and the ... read moreCD
A really unique little concept for a record – and a set that does a great job of showing the state of the jazz trombone at the end of the 50s! The album's divided up into two different sides, with two different groups – and side one features an east coast lineup with arrangements by JJ ... read moreCD
Trumpets & Drums (Nate Wooley, Paul Lytton, etc) —
Live In Ljublana ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ....
They're not lying with the name of this one – as the group features work from two trumpeters and two drummers – all of whom add a little bit extra to their game! The set's filled with the sorts of sonic possibilities you'd guess from the lineup – and especially recalls some of ... read moreCD
One of the hardest-hitting albums we've ever heard from Italian drummer Lorenzo Tucci – a set that's got some especially smoking tenor from Daniele Scannapieco of the High Five Quintet! Daniele's sound is proud and bold right from the start – working with a soulful, 60s sort of energy ... read moreCD
Lorenzo Tucci —
Tranety ... CD Albore Jazz (Japan), 2011. New Copy ....
A tribute to 'Trane, served up trio-style by a sweet modal combo headed by drummer Lorenzo Tucci! You might know Tucci from his previous set for Schema Records, and this time around the setting is slightly different, but every bit as groovy – warmly recorded with a great emphasis on the ... read moreCD
Lorenzo Tucci & Luca Mannutza —
Lunar ... CD Schema (Italy), 2012. New Copy ....
Pretty great work from the team of Lorenzo Tucci and Lucxa Mannutza – two artists we normally associate with much straighter jazz material, but who really take off here together! The format is still definitely jazz, but the energy is quite free a times – just drums and effects from ... read moreCD
A really wonderful sound from trombonist Steve Turre – a set that unleashes a very hip three-trombone style in the lead, served up by a host of players who previously worked with Art Blakey! The set's way more than the usual Blakey tribute album – not just because the tunes are all ... read moreCD
One of the big stars of Blue Note Records in the 60s, still sounding great here on the revived version of the label in the 80s! Stan's look on the cover may be a bit Cosby Show, but his sound on the tenor is mighty classic throughout – backed by Hammond from Jimmy Smith on most cuts, and ... read moreCD
An incredible album by avant saxophonist Charles Tyler – and one of his most unique albums ever! Tyler's playing here in a wild setting – alto sax mixed with three stringed instruments, one cello and two basses – which makes for a very unusual sound. The album's got a deep, dark ... read moreCD
An overlooked later album from McCoy Tyner – and a set that not only has frequent partner Gary Bartz on alto sax, but also features some excellent violin from the enigmatic John Blake! The album's a quintet date – with John Lee on bass and Willy Fletcher on drums – and the mix of ... read moreCD
Brilliant work as a leader from McCoy Tyner – and easily one of his most righteous albums ever – a true batch of spiritual gems that really takes the John Coltrane legacy one step further! Most numbers build with a modal vibe that's more Impulse Records than Blue Note – and ... read moreCD
Takao Uematsu —
Debut ... CD Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1971. New Copy ....
A great debut from Japanese tenorist Takao Uematsu – a player who blows here with a wonderful sense of tone right from the start – almost an inherent sense of spiritualism that he still manages bring to tunes with a straight ahead swing! The approach is a bit like Archie Shepp in that ... 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 sweetest fusion sets ever recorded from guitarist Phil Upchurch – a set that's less trippy than his earlier albums, but one that more than makes up for that with a tightly soulful groove! Production is by John Tropea and George Benson – and you can definitely hear their ... read moreCD
A Parisian player gives a strong tip of the hat to the great Bud Powell – the American bop genius whose work and presence were an undeniable force on the French jazz scene of the 50s and 60s! Rene Urtreger does a wonderful job of catching some of Bud's fire here – working through a ... read moreCD
Ken Vandermark works here in musical modes first proposed by Joe McPhee – his famous concept of Po Music – performed here by a group that also features Joe, and a whole host of great players from the Chicago scene! Vandermark and McPhee have influenced each other a lot in the past few ... read moreCD
One of the best albums we've heard from percussionist Nana Vasconcelos in years – and a set that really gets back to the organic complexity of his best music of the 70s! The sound here is rooted in Nana's percussion, but often flowers open with added elements on cello, violin, cavaquinho, ... read moreCD
Some of the most important recordings in the career of Sarah Vaughan – rich package of albums that really helped her refine her style strongly, and unlock an approach to jazz that nobody else could touch! Vaughan had always been a great singer, no matter what the setting – but here, ... read moreCD
A beautiful collection of the late Duke Ellington work that Sarah Vaughan recorded for the Pablo label – packaged here with new extensive liner notes, and a 6 previously unreleased tracks! The approach is lush, with full backings – in a way that takes the music back to the best style ... read moreCD
Karel Velebny —
SHQ ... CD ESP, 1968. New Copy ....
One of the only American releases from Eastern European jazzman Karel Valebny – the force behind some great albums on MPS and other overseas labels, sounding equally great here on a late 60s set for ESP! The music is as bizarre as the cover – modern jazz overall, but done with a great ... read moreCD
A sweet soulful groover from the great Harold Vick – quite a different record than some of his other 70s sessions, but a nice one too! The sound here is very mellow – and very much in the "After The Dance" mode that the album references from the Marvin Gaye tune – ... read moreCD
A great showcase for the mighty talents of alto saxophonist Will Vinson – who blows these beautiful long solos here in a sharp live setting! The album's got a great sense of personality – individual musicians who each have a strong voice of their own, coming together under Vinson's ... read moreCD
A lost bit of funky fusion from the 70s – very much in keeping with some of Herbie Hancock's best work from the time! No surprise, since Miroslav is working with Herbie and a set of like-minded players – all recorded in San Francisco in the mid 70s, with a very cosmic fusion groove! ... read moreCD
Sublime work from saxophonist Eraldo Volonte – a rare mid 60s session recorded in Italy, and totally hip work all the way through! Volonte's got a tone here that's really tremendous – clearly Coltrane-influenced, especially on the tenor selections – but also stretching out with ... read moreCD
Mal Waldron's working here with some tremendous help on horns – Sonny Fortune on alto sax and Ricky Ford on tenor – both players who really bring a lot to the album! The set features two long tracks – each taking up a side of the record – and both numbers have a rhythmic ... 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
Mal Waldron —
Mal 4 ... CD New Jazz/Prestige (Japan), 1958. New Copy ....
The most obscure of the "Mal" series albums for Prestige by Mal Waldron during the late 50s – the 4th in the series, as you'd guess from the title, and a really dark trio session that features Addison Farmer on bass and Kenny Dennis on drums! As with Waldron's other work as a ... read moreCD
George Wallington's New York Scene is a very sharp one – touched by the fire of George's earliest bop influences, but expanded out here with a nice degree of late 50s modernism! The group has a drum-tight performance throughout – with Phil Woods on alto and Donald Byrd on trumpet ... read moreCD
Some of the most compelling music we've heard in years from trumpeter Jack Walrath – and a stunning set of original compositions dedicated to the music and people of Greece! The style's not exactly the Hellenic outing you might guess from the title – as the music is definitely American ... read moreCD
There's a gospel tinge to the title here, but the album's easily one of the funkiest we've ever heard from keyboardist Robert Walter and his 20th Congress band – a tight little outing that has the group hitting with a tightness that pushes them even closer to the deep funk underground than in ... read moreCD
A long-overdue reissue – both of Cedar Walton's fusion albums for Columbia – back to back on a single CD! Animation is one of Cedar Walton's mid 70s funky jazz efforts – acoustic keys often traded for electric piano, grooving with a funky bigger band, almost in a Ramsey Lewis ... read moreCD
Grover Washington blows over some great arrangements from William Eaton – full, but lean too – and with the same sort of slinky groove that always worked best for Grover back at Kudu Records! The sound is tight, but never too slick – that magically soulful approach that always ... 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
Excellent small group work from Sadao Watanabe – easily one of the best Japanese reed players of the past 50 years – still sounding great here on a recent acoustic session! Watanabe plays alto throughout – a definite preferred horn of late – and stretches out in these ... read moreCD
Sadao Watanabe hits a sweet fusiony groove – riding the Orange Express to LA, and picking up some great Dave Grusin arrangements on the way! The album's got the sweetly soulful finish of others from the classic years of Japanese fusion – a style that's as much influenced by mainstream ... read moreCD
A massively comprehensive look at the earliest years of Ella Fitzgerald on record – the legendary recordings she made with the Chick Webb orchestra at the end of the 30s and start of the 40s! Ella was way more than just another singer with a band – as her presence in the Webb group ... read moreCD
Webster Wraight Ensemble —
No Lucky Days ... CD Miso/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2013. New Copy ....
A really stunning collaboration between Charles Webster and Peter Wraight – the former mostly known for his house music, the latter an arranger for the Herbert big band sessions – coming together here in a lush new sound that's totally their own! There's an expansive feel to the record ... read moreCD
Cory Weeds/Bill Coon Quartet —
With Benefits ... CD Cellar Live, 2012. New Copy Gatefold ....
A solid swinger from tenorist Cory Weeds – and a record that features beautiful interplay between his horn and the guitar of Bill Coon – both trading lines back and forth, in ways that unlock a rich array of tones and colors! The chromatic palette of the record is mighty wide – ... read moreCD
A killer album of African-tinged jazz – recorded privately by Randy Weston in the mid 60s, and not issued formally until 1972 by Atlantic Records! The session shows Weston at the height of his modernist experiments – and at a time when his work was going largely undocumented, probably ... 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
Two 70s jazz giants, three different recordings, all of them wonderful! The set's a perfect showcase for both the trumpet of Kenny Wheeler and tenor of Alan Skidmore – as the recordings, done with the Jazz Live Trio of pianist Klaus Koenig, offer plenty of space for each soloist to stretch ... read moreCD
There's a very cool trio in the wheelhouse for this sweet little set – a combo that features alto and baritone sax from Dave Rempis, bass from Nate McBride, and vibes from the always-incredible Jason Adasiewicz! The players come together with a sound that's completely sublime – almost ... 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
Ragan Whiteside —
Evolve ... CD Randis Music, 2012. New Copy ....
Sweet jazzy flute and lots of warm vocals from Ragan Whiteside – a real up-and-comer from the soulful underground, and an artist who's almost a 21st Century answer to Bobbi Humphrey! This album may well be Ragan's best so far – and it features some rock-solid keyboards from Bob Baldwin ... 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
It's no secret that some of the greatest jazz soundtracks ever were recorded in Paris – and this CD contains 2 of them! First up is the landmark Un Temoin Dans La Ville – recorded under the leadership of tenor sax player Barney Wilen, who had made such a huge contribution to Miles ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Corey Wilkes and a great group pay homage to Miles Davis at Chicago's legendary Velvet Lounge in May of 2010! Miles' spirit and soul are in each note here, but the group doesn't set out to simply cover the material – these are fresh, yet deeply influenced perspectives. It kicks ... read moreCD
A gem of a record from the Cali scene of the 70s – a set that brings together all the best soulful elements of the LA indie scene of the time – but with an edge that's a lot more forceful than any bigger label jazz of the time! There's a solid punch to the record right from the start ... read moreCD
Finnish soul, by an American singer – not the same Charles Williams that you might know from 70s jazz funk albums – but an even earlier talent, really shining brightly here in a soulful Scandinavian setting! The album's a really lost rare groove treasure – a record that almost ... read moreCD