Eddie Henderson —
Echoes ... CD Marge (France), 2004. New Copy ....
Eddie Henderson really lets his spirit flow here – working on some great long tracks in a sweet live setting – caught at a small club in Paris with backing from the trio of pianist Laurent DeWilde! Laurent really seems to get Henderson's groove here – and lays back with Eddie to ... read moreCD
An excellent document of how the rawer soul jazz spiritualism of the early 70s smoothed out to become the spacey mellow fusion of the late 70s. The players all have their jazz funk chops – and include Paul Humphrey, Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin, and Bill Summers – and they've taken ... read moreCD
A great set from tenorist Ian Hendrickson Smith – a player you might know from his work with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings! Smith was in the Dap-Kings for a good part of the oughties, but has really opened up as a jazz musician too – and here, he really cooks in the wonderful ... read moreCD
A wonderful comeback from the great Andrew Hill – a sweet return to the Blue Note label, after dropping off the recording scene a bit at the end of the 70s! Hill first rose to greatness on the label, and returns to the same here too – in a mode that echoes the edges of his "new ... read moreCD
A real stroke of genius from pianist Andrew Hill – and a surprising one too! After an initial legacy of groundbreaking experimental sides for Blue Note, Hill returns to his "grass roots" on this excellent session of straight ahead, fairly funky, soul jazz piano tunes! In the notes ... read moreCD
The great Earl Hines, heard here in a really fresh setting for the 60s – a "new" trio that features Ahmed Abdul Malik on bass and Oliver Jackson on drums – both players whose modern energy really adds a lot to Hines' legendary work on piano! The meeting of generations is ... read moreCD
One of the boldest and most powerful 70s albums we've heard from trumpeter Terumasa Hino – a live date that rivals the sharp edges and strong lines of his similar album for Enja at the time! The tracks here are all quite long, and mostly show a freely exploratory Hino – one who's far ... read moreCD
Terumasa Hino's looking a bit cheesy on the cover of this one – but the record's hardly the slick 80s affair you might expect – and instead is a great session of ballads and more gentle numbers, recorded in the US with full string backings and a warmly sensitive approach to the music! ... read moreCD
Terumasa Hino & His Group —
Feelin' Good ... CD Takt/Columbia (Japan), 1968. New Copy ....
An early hardbop gem from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – quite different than you might think from his more famous work of the 70s – with a rolling, soulful groove that would almost be at home on 60s Blue Note! Given Hino's chosen instrument, we'd probably link this one best to ... read moreCD
Terumasa Hino/Masabumi Kikuchi Quintet —
Acoustic Boogie ... CD Somethin Else/Blue Note (Japan), 1995. New Copy ....
A pair of Japanese jazz giants – sounding really wonderful here in a mid 90s session for the Somethin Else/Blue Note label! The set definitely lives up to its title – as both Hino and Kikuchi had played often in electric modes, but are heard here in a tight quintet that's very back to ... read moreCD
Rare work from female pianist Jutta Hipp – an artist who's probably known to most for her Blue Note sessions of the 50s, but who's heard here on some German recordings from younger years! Most of the material is live, but well-recorded – and even at this point, Hipp's touch on the ... read moreCD
You know, we've never been sure what they mean by "collates" in the title of this one – but we're guessing the title was chosen because of the way Johnny blows sheets and sheets of sweet sound together on alto sax! The recordings are in an Ellington mode, but taken to a small group ... read moreCD
The second 10" LP in Johnny's classic "collates" series for Verve – a hard-hitting batch of tracks that blows away any work he recorded with Ellington in earlier years! Johnny's at the head of the group – and the set offers an amazing focus on his alto sax lines – ... read moreCD
Johnny Hodges & Earl Fatha Hines —
Stride Right ... CD Verve (Japan), 1966. New Copy ....
A great little trad session – one that features laidback and soulful work from the great Johnny Hodges – working here in a quintet that includes Earl "Fatha" Hines on piano and organ, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Richard Davis on bass, and Joe Marshall on drums. The style is ... read moreCD
Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Barney Bigard —
Duke's Men ... CD Epic (Japan), Late 30s/1955. New Copy ....
An excellent album that features late 30s recordings by some of Duke Ellington's most famous sidemen! The groups on most of these are fairly similar – mostly small group sessions from the larger Ellington outfit – pulled out in ways that give a strong focus on the solo talents of the ... read moreCD
Nice double-length CD that brings together tuff soul jazz tenor tracks culled from some mid 60s sessions that Red Holloway cut with Brother Jack McDuff. Some of the tracks appeared on the albums Cookin' Together and The Dynamic Jack McDuff, and the material is a mix of quartet sides and larger ... read moreCD
Funky funky Groove Holmes – one of his tightest albums ever! The set's a monumental batch of organ jazz groovers – recorded with some larger backings from Manny Albam, and a super-dope, super-funk sort of 70s feel that's really outta site! The tracks are lean and very rhythmically ... read moreCD
A brilliant meeting of Swedish jazz generations – the older tenor modernist Gilbert Holmstrom, working here with a crack quartet of the best players on the mighty Moserobie label! Holmstrom's sound and style are vastly overlooked, but they burst forth freshly here with a really rich quality ... read moreCD
Early soul jazz piano work from Takehiro Honda – recorded in a style that's quite different than most of his later albums! The sound here is full and rich – with Honda's work on the keys augmented by fuller backings arranged by Teddy Adams – all recorded in the US (we think), ... read moreCD
Quite possibly the most "all star" session ever cut by pianist Elmo Hope – and one of his few dates to feature horns as well! The album's one of a few cut for Prestige by the modern piano giant – and it's done in an open-ended, long song format that was very much in keeping ... read moreCD
Late 50s jazzy recordings from Kenyon Hopkins – best known as a soundtrack composer, working some magic on the Rooms and Sound Of New York LPs – on a single CD! Rooms is one of those groovy late 50s pre-concept albums, with 10 pieces put together to portray moods via jazzy backing of ... read moreCD
Noah Howard —
Black Ark ... CD Freedom/Bo Weavil (UK), 1969. New Copy Gatefold ....
Quite possibly the strongest moment of genius ever from saxophonist Noah Howard – a legendary album that captures the altoist at the height of his powers! The 1969 session was recorded at a time when Howard's contemporaries were making big noise overseas – but the date finds Noah at ... read moreCD
A triple-header from Freddie Hubbard – three late 70s albums together in a single set! Bundle Of Joy is a bundle of soul from Freddie Hubbard – one that has him blowing beautifully over full arrangements from Bert DeCoteux – the 70s super-soul maestro who really brings a new ... read moreCD
Sweet early CTI work from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard – the kind of groundbreaking electric jazz that really helped him find a new space in the 70s! The album follows strongly from Freddie's classic Red Clay set for CTI – and like that one, it features extended tracks that build ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from Freddie Hubbard – a late fusion outing, done for the Japanese market at a time when most of his American work was returning to more acoustic modes! Freddie's trumpet sparkles brilliantly in the lead – hitting the same sort of soulful, stretching vibe as his best ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard & Woody Shaw —
Double Take ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1985. New Copy ....
Tremendous trumpets from Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw – a real standout from the mid 80s revival years of Blue Note – and a perfect setting for both players! The tracks are long, but tight too – with just the right balance of solo voices from Hubbard and Shaw – and ... read moreCD
The title's a great way to sum up the unique mood of this session from drummer Daniel Humair – a really wonderful blend of his own percussion with saxes, accordion, and bass – a mix of sounds that's definitely got plenty of French jazz touches! The sweet moments are those warm passages ... read moreCD
Bobbi Humphrey —
Dig This! ... CD Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1972. New Copy ....
A stone killer from funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey – one of her early albums for Blue Note Records, and a set that's a perfect summation of the best sides of her talents! The album's got a slightly different feel than Bobbi's work with Larry Mizell – yet still sports a similar ... read moreCD
Bobbi Humphrey —
Flute-In ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ....
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Early Blue Note work from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey – a session cut before she hooked up with producer Larry Mizell, but one that's still got a righteously soulful vibe! The arrangements here are by Wade Marcus, but he still has the great idea of giving Bobbi a bit more expanded sound in ... read moreCD
Some of Bobbi Humphrey's greatest work of the post-Blue Note years – an album that's filled with soulful fusion tunes throughout, all with a great focus on her funky flute! Bobbi also sings a bit on the set, but in a way that's pretty darn great – wonderfully sweet at times, with a bit ... read moreCD
A rare gem on 60s Prestige Records – and one of the earliest records to feature the incredible talents of reedman Sonny Fortune! Sonny burst into fame in the 70s as a spiritual player with a really freewheeling groove – but this late 60s date has Fortune in the company of Hammond ... read moreCD
Robert Hurst is way more than just a bassist – and over the years, he's developed into a hell of a leader who's got an ear for really reworking sounds way past the obvious! This set takes off strongly even from Robert's previous albums – and has a compelling mix of modes that sometimes ... read moreCD
An incredible collection of work from vibist Bobby Hutcherson – some of his most righteous recordings ever, spread out over the span of 5 albums recorded for Blue Note in the mid 70s – one of which was only ever issued in Japan! The work here has Bobby taking off nicely from his years ... read moreCD
Genius, pure genius! This album's possibly the most perfectly realized set from the team of Bobby Hutcherson on vibes and Harold Land on reeds – a pair who work here with an electric bass player and a bit of electric piano (the latter from Joe Sample) – hitting territory that's ... read moreCD
A real charmer from Bobby Hutcherson – and a set that features his vibes in a quartet with great Hammond from Joey DeFrancesco! We haven't heard Hutcherson with organ in many years – and the pairing is a wonderful treat, and really takes us back to some of his Blue Note moments of the ... read moreCD
Sweet 70s grooves from Bobby Hutcherson – an overlooked mid 70s gem for Blue Note – done in a style that's a bit more laidback than some of his other work for the label! The group here is similar to that used on the Waiting album – and Emmanuel Boyd turns in some great tenor and ... read moreCD
An oft-overlooked gem from 70s Blue Note – and a great little record that's especially nice for the Bobby Hutcherson material! As you'd guess from the title, there's a larger orchestra working with the artists here – and in Hutcherson's case, this creates the same sort of soulful, ... read moreCD
A soaring set of solo piano from Weber Iago – music that bubbles and flows with a beautifully spontaneous quality – almost in the mode of a lost ECM session from the 70, but with all the warmth we've come to love from the Adventure Music label! The set may well be the best so far in ... read moreCD
Abdullah Ibrahim Trio —
Yarona ... CD Enja (Germany), 1995. New Copy ....
A beautifully sensitive set from Abdullah Ibrahim – recorded live at the Village Vanguard, and with an open, lyrical sound that almost seems to recall some of Bill Evans' magical moments in the venue! Ibrahim's quite a different player, of course – but there's an open, exploratory ... 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
A killer collection of work from one of the funkiest Japanese groups of the early 70s – billed as jazz rock in the title, but with a much deeper sound overall! Reedman Jiro Inagaki definitely comes from jazz roots, but has also picked up plenty of trippy touches from the late 60s too – ... 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
Weldon Irvine meets Strata East – and the result is one of the keyboardist's funkiest albums ever! The set's more jazz-based than the soul/funk outings Weldon cut for RCA and his own label – with great focus on Weldon's lines on clavinet and Fender Rhodes – supported by sweet ... read moreCD
Ethan Iverson, Albert Tootie Heath, & Ben Street —
Live At Smalls ... CD Smalls Live, 2009. New Copy ....
An amazing little record from a trio that features pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Ben Street, and drummer Albert Tootie Heath – way more than you'd expect from the outside, and proof again that these Live At Smalls albums are some incredible gems! Iverson's a player with a great sense of ... 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
Keefe Jackson's Likely So —
Round Goal ... CD Delmark, 2013. New Copy ....
Keefe Jackson's an artist who seems to change the name of his group with each new recording – and for good reason too, given that every album has a very unique, personal feel! This date's a live recording done at the Jazzwerkstatt Festival – and it features Keefe working with a few key ... read moreCD
A sweet larger group session from vibist Milt Jackson – proof that he was really trying to stretch his wings, and get into new things during the 60s! The set's got Milt working with some great help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements – nicely swinging ... read moreCD
A rare Italian session from vibes genius Milt Jackson – and a set that features Milt on vocals instead of his usual instrument! The format here is really wonderful – and quite a change from what you might expect – as Milt's got this warm, raspy style of singing that's completely ... read moreCD
A rare performance from two 40s giants of the saxophone – tenorist Illinois Jacquet and baritonist Leo Parker – coming together here in a live setting, with tracks that run a lot longer than most studio work from either player at the time! Given that Jacquet's horn is played at a ... 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
A great little record – exactly the kind of set that always has us looking out for rare European jazz sessions! As you'd guess from the title, the material was recorded in 1967 – and represents a strong advancement in the sound of Danish jazz – a move forward even more strongly ... read moreCD
One of Ahmad Jamal's best early albums for Argo – a brilliant set of live recordings, done at the Spotlite Club in Washington DC in 1958 – and with a fluid vibe that's simply incredible – one of the best true statements of Jamal's genius from the early years! The trio is ... read moreCD
A side of Bob James that we maybe never knew existed – a solo piano mode, but spun out here with all the fluid sensibility we love from Bob's Fender Rhodes days! The acoustic keys are filled with warmth and tone – and the playing here definitely shares James' traditional love of space ... 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
Bob James —
Two ... CD CTI/Red River, 1975. New Copy ....
A monster – and quite possibly one of the greatest Fender Rhodes albums of all time! Bob James is really at the height of his powers here – stepping out with a sound that's a lot smoother than some of his earlier work, yet in a groove that's never too slick or too overproduced – ... 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
Keith Jarrett —
No End ... CD ECM (Germany), 1986. New Copy 2 CDs ....
One of the coolest, most exotic albums ever cut by Keith Jarrett – a set of previously-unreleased material from the mid 80s – but with the feel of some more tripped-out jazz experiments from the late 60s! Keith plays piano, but also mixes it in with lots of work on electric guitar, ... 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
Keith Jarrett with Charlie Haden & Jan Garbarek —
Arbour Zena ... CD ECM (Germany), 1976. New Copy ....
A beautiful large-concept album from Keith Jarrett – one that features his piano, the bass of Charlie Haden, and the tenor and soprano sax of Jan Garbarek as the main solo instruments over larger string orchestrations! There's a sense of excitement to the record right from the start – ... read moreCD
The Jazz Crusaders at the start of the 70s – taking on a bit of The Beatles and some great grooves of their own – and picking up a fair bit of funk in the process! The album still has the group working in the best modes of their late 60s Liberty years – more jazz than fusion, ... read moreCD
Jazz Crusaders —
Uh Huh ... CD Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1967. New Copy ....
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
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
About as hip as you can get for a hardbop session – a real cooker from the left end of the spectrum, filled with great work from all three players in the title! The pairing of Clifford Jordan's tenor and John Jenkins' alto is especially nice – as Jordan seems to bring out a bit of a ... 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
A great small group session from trombonist JJ Johnson – a record that sets him up with a crack rhythm section, then really lets him open up on his solos! The approach is a great change from some of the more tightly arranged Johnson albums for Columbia – and is a great reminder of the ... read moreCD
JJ Johnson's greatest album – without a doubt! This gem of a session was recorded in 1960 in New York, with an incredibly hip sextet that includes Cedar Walton, Clifford Jordan, and Freddie Hubbard. The tracks are all long, hip, and very much in a Blue Note soul jazz mode – very ... 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
Rudolph Johnson —
Spring Rain ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ....
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Rudolph Johnson – a hell of a saxophonist, and one with a great ability to combine the spiritual with the searing – a bit like Joe Farrell at his CTI best, but not as freewheeling – nicely focused, and a little bit funky in all the right ... read moreCD
A stunning early set as a leader from Elvin Jones – both a tremendous demonstration of the free energy he let loose after the passing of John Coltrane, and a set that's also still got some key Coltrane-esque elements! As with other Jones albums to follow, Elvin's got some key reedmen on hand ... read moreCD
Elvin Jones —
Genesis ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ....
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Elvin Jones rose to fame in the company of one of the greatest saxophone players ever – the mighty John Coltrane – and his post-Coltrane work like this really continues a keen respect for the role of the reeds in jazz – and really does a lot to push it forward as well! There's a ... read moreCD
The title's a great one for this post-Coltrane cooker from Elvin Jones – as the set really has Elvin exploring some really fresh currents in jazz, with a range of complicated rhythms that really pull the whole session along strongly! Rhythm is really set free on the record – as Elvin ... read moreCD
An incredible trio album – not just for the powerful drums of the great Elvin Jones, but also for amazing work on reeds by a young Joe Farrell! Farrell's in his pre-CTI years here, and really lets loose in the space of the album's open setting – a trio that just features Jones on drums ... 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
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
An unusual package of Quincy Jones albums – featuring variations on two American records, presented here in offbeat German versions of the 60s! First up is Songs For Pussycats, kind of a mix of Quincy Jones' Pussycat album for Mercury with some tracks from other records too – all done ... 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
We love the piano work of Tizian Jost – a player with a really special way of ringing out his tone on the keys, often with this sort of joyful flow that comes across right away! A few notches either way, and Jost might be too sentimental or too smooth – but instead, he's got this ... read moreCD
A really lovely bit of jazz from Argentine pianist Manolo Juarez – and a set that's completely different both from the usual jazz piano trio album, and from other South American jazz of the time! There's a sense of lyricism that seems inherited from the bossa nova generation in Brazil – ... 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
Boldly visionary work from bassist Hideto Kanai – a session of unusual numbers that often have a deeply poetic feel! Kanai's bass is clearly at the helm of the record – stepping out sparely at the start of some numbers – then punctuating the proceedings with a strong voice that ... 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
A real cooker of a set – and one that features Wynton's piano over some great larger backings from Claus Ogerman! The style of the set is really wonderful – as Wynton plays with a core smaller group that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, plus regulars Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy ... read moreCD
A sweetly soulful set that proves that Wynton Kelly working for Verve was a heck of a great idea! There's a cohesion and direction to the session that's missing from some of Kelly's other work of the 60s – even though the format is mostly the same, with trio backing that includes Paul ... read moreCD
Proof that the Kenton sound could work in just about any format – as Stan transforms a host of older tunes from his book into a bossa nova groove! The approach is simple, but great – as the rich Kenton tones and colors are infused with some added rhythms laid down by Milt Holland, ... 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 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
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
One of the most unusual Roland Kirk albums of the 60s – his only session for Verve, and a record cut with a slightly different feel than some of his work for Mercury or Atlantic! The core group's an unusual one – a quartet that features a young Lonnie Smith on piano, plus Ronnie ... read moreCD
Tarasarus ... CD Plastic Strip Press (Norway), 2007. New Copy ....
Heady work from Kiruna – a contemporary combo, but one with a feel that's like some of the darkest fusion of the 70s! The group's a trio – with a lineup that includes Fender Rhodes and organ, bass, and drums – but all used in really weird, wonderful ways that often abstract the ... 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
A trio of albums from guitarist Earl Klugh – presented here in a single set! First up is Late Night Guitar – a beautiful set that really lives up to its title – a record that matches Earl's wonderful work on guitar with some sublime orchestral charts from Dave Matthews! The ... read moreCD