One of the greatest gifts of the Soul Note label was the way that it could take sessions with avant-oriented players, and make them turn out straighter jazz material – but with a really nice edge! This session's a perfect example of that legacy – as it features David Murray at the head ... read moreCD
David Murray & Pierre Dorge's New Jungle Orchestra —
Jazzpar Prize ... CD Enja (Germany), 1991. Used ....
David Murray Octet —
Home ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1982. Used ....
A great leap forward for David Murray – an album recorded at the start of the 80s, and one that showed he really had some great new directions going on in his music! The album's got all the warm tones and complicated sentiments you might expect from a title like "Home" – ... read moreCD
Oliver Nelson With Lem Winchester —
Nocturne ... CD Prestige/OJC, Early 60s. Used ....
$7.99Just Sold Out!
Really beautiful work from Oliver Nelson – an album that has him blowing an alto sax with an incredible tone – one that almost feels like a soprano sax, and which really gets at Nelson's soulful side as a soloist. A few other tracks include tenor work, and the album features a core ... read moreCD
After Hal Russell passed away, his group the NRG ensemble decided to soldier on, and recorded this disc for Delmark. The group maintains the same frenetic energy and Hal's well known sense of humor, with Ken Vandermark joining on reeds in Russell's place. Includes "Hyperspce", "Whir ... read moreCD
One of the better of the many posthumous albums that Savoy issued after Bird's death. The set combines master takes and alternates of classic Parker material for the label, and includes pivotal bop tracks like "Parker's Mood", "Constellation", "Ah-Leu-Cha", "Perha ... read moreCD
A fantastic 4CD set – featuring all of the historic Charlie Parker recordings for the legendary Dial label! The sessions were recorded in the years 1946 and 1947, and they comprise some of Bird's best work – as they include original recordings of classics like "Ornithology", ... read moreCD
A legendary concert – recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto, with a previously-unmatched quintet of superstar bop players: Charlie Parker on alto, Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Bud Powell on piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Max Roach on drums. This reissue set also includes the Bud Powell trio ... read moreCD
A wealth of work by one of the greatest organists ever – John Patton, aka Big John Patton, a key link between soul jazz and modal approaches to the Hammond! The set brings together some of the best albums Patton recorded for Blue Note – Along Came John, The Way I Feel, Oh Baby, That ... read moreCD
Piano, guitar, and bass – all moving along at an almost effortless pace – and a perfect model of the fluid Oscar Peterson sound of the mid 50s! There's a lightly grooving, almost-singing quality to most of the tunes on the set – that ringing Peterson piano sound meeting up with ... read moreCD
One of a number of very successful "song book" sessions – in which the classic Peterson trio takes on the work of some of the best composers of the early 20th Century! This set, as you'd guess from the title, features a batch of classic Richard Rogers tunes – many of them ... read moreCD
A wonderful set of laidback tracks from Peterson – featuring a good mix of tunes from Brazilian sources, soundtracks, and a few nice 60s pop numbers! The group here features Sam Jones on bass and Bob Durham on drums – and while the album might have sparkled a bit more with some added ... read moreCD
Mike Phillips —
MP3 ... CD Hidden Beach, 2010. Used ....
Soulful sax lines from Mike Phillips – put together with that "something extra" that always makes Hidden Beach records sound so great – in a way that nicely pushes Mike's sound past the smooth jazz mainstream! The set features guest work on nearly every cut – from ... read moreCD
Quite an interesting session from Bud Powell – a tribute to Thelonious Monk, recorded in Paris in 1961, but not issued until 1965, shortly before his death. Cannonball Adderley was the producer on the session, and it's got the same sort of groundbreaking approach as some of the other ... read moreCD
Bud Powell's 5th album for Blue Note – and a nicely kicking trio session, recorded with Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums. Bud's playing in a very minor groove here, with a lot of nice dark moments amidst his firey piano solos – and the team of Chambers and Taylor really ... read moreCD
Early work by Billy Preston – 26 tracks originally recorded for Vee Jay Records, way back in the days when he was a budding young organist, and years and years before his superstardom! The style here is raw R&B-influenced organ – touches of gospel, in a style that's much earthier ... read moreCD
Incredible music from The Pyramids – an obscure Midwestern combo who made some pretty amazing records in the early 70s! There's a heavy dose of spirituality in the mix here – a vibe that rivals some of the best albums of the time on Strata East, but with a freer sound overall – ... read moreCD
A classic early Arkestra session, and one that features Ra on a variety of instruments – from piano to clavioline to bass marimba, Sun Harp, dragon drum, and electronic celeste – all of which make for a session that's one of the wilder ones from the time! Major soloists on the album ... read moreCD
One of the best non-Saturn Sun Ra albums of the 60s – material recorded live on a tour of New York colleges in 1966, and very much in a spirit that captures the Arkestra at their best! Longer tracks are juxtaposed nicely with shorter ones – in a way that has the group running very ... read moreCD
Kennard Ramsey —
Somos ... CD Roxboro Entertainment, 2010. Used ....
A classic French session from one of the greatest American jazz guitarists of the 50s – the legendary Jimmy Raney, a player who mixed his hard-edge tone with a magically fluid groove! Jimmy's playing here on some great single-note lines – alongside a set of players that include Bobby ... read moreCD
An excellent "comeback" LP for Ernest Ranglin, though astute observers realize he never really went away in the first place! Ranglin was always able to move back and forth easily between the worlds of groovy jazz, playing alongside Monty Alexander on some of his finest 70s sides, and ... read moreCD
A mix of jazzy modes and rootsy percussion – put together on the Paris scene of the 90s, at a time when genres were really getting a lot of chance to cross over in styles! Some tunes are more electric than others, but the instrumentation changes throughout – and makes for a nice set of ... read moreCD
Beautiful! London-based, West Indies-born trumpeter Dizzy Reece was one of the most fantastic trumpet talents of the late 50s and early 60s – as you'll clearly hear on this previously unreleased session recorded by Blue Note in 1960. Reece had an incredible tone that managed to be very ... read moreCD
A beautiful soundtrack to the dark British comedy of the same name – starring a young Michael Caine! You might expect it to be a bit schmaltzy, but it's pure jazz all the way through, and features strong inside playing by Rollins over lively orchestrations by Oliver Nelson – filled ... read moreCD
A landmark album from Sonny Rollins – one that marked his comeback in the early 60s, after a brief period of retirement, and which also initiated a string of incredible recordings with guitarist Jim Hall. Given Hall's gentleness and spare modernity on the guitar, a fan of Rollins' hard-blowin ... read moreCD
A crucially important record in Sonny Rollins' career – one that had him breaking out of the straight bop sound, and emerging as a major power on the tenor sax – one with limitless creative power! The set features Rollins working with only drum and bass accompaniment – played by ... read moreCD
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop ... read moreCD
Quite possibly THE greatest Sonny Rollins album of the early years – or at least the one that has received the most accolades over the years! The record is a brilliant batch of quartet tracks that reinvents bop through Sonny's complicated, yet seemingly automatic solos – an excellent ... read moreCD
A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality ... read moreCD
A classic set that brings the east coast tenor of Sonny Rollins into contact with a west coast rhythm section of Ray Brown and Shelly Manne! Despite Rollins' silly look on the cover, and the album's overall "western" theme, the session's a brilliant one – right up there with Sonny's ... read moreCD