An expanded setting for the Modern Jazz Quartet – and a very compelling little record that has the core combo augmented by larger orchestrations from Gunther Schuller – who has a very sympathetic ear for their sound! Schuller's charts are never overwhelming – and instead shade ... read moreCD
The MJQ always manage to sound especially great when working on music for film – and this album's a great illustration of that fact! The work here is written by John Lewis, for a movie that never lasted the test of time as much as the record – and it's some of John's most evocative ... read moreCD
A nice one! The MJQ record for the Beatles' famous Apple label, and the album's one of their most interesting of the 60s! The production's pretty straight, but the group's playing in a cool open-ended style that still has elements of their earlier work, but which really makes things a lot more ... read moreCD
A beautiful double-length package of work from drummer Louis Moholo – a 2CD set that features one record from recent years, and a key classic from the 70s! Spirits Rejoice is one of the strongest 70s statements from ex-Blue Notes drummer Moholo – recorded in the company of fellow ... read moreCD
Louis Moholo Moholo's Viva La Black —
Exile ... CD Ogun (UK), 1990/1991. New Copy Gatefold ....
Brilliant recordings from drummer Louis Moholo – done at a time when he was one of the few surviving members of the legendary Blue Notes – working here with his Viva La Black combo, in a sound that has a similar mix of South African roots and European avant modes! The material's from ... read moreCD
A landmark in jazz – easily one of Thelonious Monk's greatest albums ever, and a magical crossroads of talents that brings together a variety of jazz traditions! The work is performed by an ambitious Monk septet that includes both Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane on tenor – and if you' ... read moreCD
Thelonious Monk —
Paris 1969 ... CD Blue Note, 1969. New Copy ....
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A lost treasure from the legendary Thelonious Monk – a live date recorded in Paris at the end of the 60s – late in Monk's life, and every bit as wonderful as his famous 60s studio work with his quartet! Of that group, only Charlie Rouse remains on tenor sax – but Rouse is more ... read moreCD
A full length set that compiles earlier sessions cut under either the name of Thelonious Monk or Sonny Rollins – most of them together in the same group! At the time of recording, Monk was an established figure on the bop scene, but Rollins was still a fresh voiced up-and-comer – yet ... read moreCD
A classic outing of solo piano by Thelonious Monk – a format that wasn't used often, but which always made for some really compelling work! Monk in this mode is often different than the bolder leader of a trio or larger group – and there's a more introspective quality to the record ... read moreCD
An unlikely pair, but a great one here – and the record's one of those few magical moments where bringing together unusual partners actually works! Mulligan's cool hardly seems a match for Monk's angular modernism, but together the players seem to strike a middle ground that resonates with ... read moreCD
An incredible record – one of the best sides of Latin jazz you could ever hope to find! West coast vibist Bobby Montez had a fantastic sound during the 50s – one that mixed together Latin rhythms in a way that few other players were using. He kind of fixed on a changing modal groove, ... read moreCD
Blues, but with an undercurrent of New Orleans jazz – no surprise, given the Louisiana roots of Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery! The album's a classic set recorded in Chicago in the early 60s – featuring both Montgomery in a spare solo setting, and with help from a small ... read moreCD
A really sweet set from bassist Monk Montgomery – the Indy jazz legend who first made big waves with his brothers Wes and Buddy in the 50s – still sounding great here on a funky album for Philly International! The album's mostly instrumental, but done in the same great groove as the ... read moreCD
Wes Montgomery —
Far Wes ... CD Pacific Jazz, Late 50s. Used ....
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So much guitar – but never too much, given that Wes was the real master of sound and space, even at this early point in his career! The album's one that tries to break Montgomery from some of his smaller combo albums for Riverside, and pair him with a few bigger names – Hank Jones on ... read moreCD
Ah for the genius of the Montgomery Brothers – a sweet combo from the Indy scene that featured Wes Montgomery alongside brothers Monk and Buddy! Wes is on guitar, natch, Buddy plays piano, Monk bass, and Bobby Thomas joins the group on drums – all grooving in a style that's a bit like ... read moreCD
Montgomery Brothers —
Montgomeryland ... CD Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1958. New Copy ....
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One of the best records we've ever heard by The Montgomery Brothers – an album that's combined from 2 different sessions, but which has quite a unified feel! Monk Montgomery plays Fender bass – and both groups feature work by Buddy and Wes Montgomery – Buddy on piano and Wes on ... read moreCD
God, we love James Moody! He's a total genius, waiting to be fully rediscovered – and this album is a perfect place to start! The record features James playing soprano and flute over some incredible arrangements by Tom McIntosh, the hip 60s composer/arranger who worked on some of Moody's ... read moreCD
Genius work from Moody – and a larger session than usual – one that shows his strong talents with an expanded lineup! Moody's working here with players that have a definite Dizzy Gillespie Big Band bent – including trumpeter Dave Burns, trombonist William Shepherd, baritonist Pee ... read moreCD
Last Train From Overbrook, a wonderful album from Moody – one of his "comeback" albums for Chess/Argo, recorded after his release from the Overbrook institution, hence the title. By this point, Moody was writing and playing with much more of an edge than during his bebop days ... read moreCD
Wail Moody, indeed – a killer set from the 50s that really shows the strong development of James Moody after the initial bebop years – already growing into one of the most forward-thinking jazzman of his generation! The group here is a bit larger than before – a septet, put ... read moreCD
Moon Pool —
Eclipse ... CD Distinction, 2010. Used (pic cover)....
One of our favorite Jemeel Moodoc recordings of recent years – a sublime set of duets with bassist William Parker, and a record that's got a vibe that's even more spiritual than usual from both players! There's a sense of timelessness to the music we really love – a sense of ... read moreCD
Jemeel Moondoc/Denis Charles —
We Don't ... CD Eremite, 1981. New Copy ....
Bold and brilliant duets from altoist Jemeel Moondoc and drummer Dennis Charles – the latter of whom is in tremendous form in this very free setting! There's a sense of soul and spirit that grabs us right from the start – these surprisingly deep notes from Moondoc, making us keep ... read moreCD
A beautiful collection of work from the legendary Moondog – most of which has never been issued here in the US! The 2CD set features one disc of material from Moondog's German albums over a 20 year span – plus an additional disc that presents his final concert, presented here for the ... read moreCD
A key recording from one of our favorite tenor talents of the 80s – the amazing Ralph Moore, a player who really carries on a strong legacy from the 60s work of Hank Mobley! Like Mobley, Moore's got a very rich-voiced sound that's steeped in tradition, but which is also never afraid to take ... read moreCD
Another wonderful conceptual effort from pianist Jason Moran – perhaps the most exciting young musician recording for new millenium Blue Note! Artist In Residence features compositions that Moran and collaborators have done for exhibitions at New York's Dia:Beacon museum, Minneapolis's ... read moreCD
One of two albums cut for Bethlehem by the Pat Moran Quartet – a groovy little combo that harmonized vocally while they were grooving on their instruments! The group's led by Pat on piano and lead vocals – and singer Bev Kelly is also with the group – and this album features ... read moreCD
One of Lee Morgan's most sparkling sessions from the early years – a record that already shows a sense of depth and imagination that would take Lee way beyond simple hardbop solo work! There's a sensitivity here that owes something of a debt to Clifford Brown, yet which is much more ... read moreCD
A very appropriate title for a very cooking little album – one of Lee Morgan's first efforts as a leader, cut back during his first years of late 50s fame! The style here is a bit less Morgan-esque than some of Lee's later 60s classics – but the record is rock-solid throughout, and ... read moreCD
A sock-solid sextet session from the mighty Lee Morgan – recorded for Blue Note at the height of his mid 60s powers, and carried off in a beautiful blend of soul jazz and some slight modern touches! The group here is top-shelf all the way through – Jackie McLean on alto, Hank Mobley on ... read moreCD
A unique session by Lee Morgan that not only has him playing with a strong quintet that includes Joe Henderson and McCoy Tyner – but which also features two tracks by a larger band conducted by Oliver Nelson, swinging hard in a really soulful style! Nelson's arrangements on these two tracks ... read moreCD
Tremendous work by Lee Morgan – easily one of his greatest albums, and a soaring session of modal energy that easily rivals the best work of the Impulse era! The album's got a slightly different feel than usual for Blue Note – a sense of freedom, joy, and soaring energy that's totally ... read moreCD
An amazing set by Lee Morgan – and one that was recorded in the 60s, but not issued until many years later! The album has this really weird sound, which is a combination of Morgan's trumpet, Wayne Shorter's tenor, Herbie Hancock's piano, and Bobby Hutcherson's vibes – the last of which ... read moreCD
Beautiful late work from Lee Morgan! The last five years of Lee's life saw him really stretching out to do some fantastic writing, playing, and leading – and this record stands today as one of the best examples of that period – a pure act of genius, with a sound that really takes off ... read moreCD
Lee Morgan —
Taru ... CD Blue Note, 1968. Used ....
Unreleased genius from Lee Morgan – a key session from the later years of his too-short life, but one that wasn't issued until nearly a decade after his death! The sound here is completely sublime – a mix of the best later Morgan modes – soulful, lyrical, and modal – played ... read moreCD
A lost spiritual soul jazz classic – recorded in the early 80s, but with the feel of 70s independent work on labels like Strata East or Black Jazz! Pianist Nate Morgan's got a widely expansive vision – working here in a style that incorporates lots of blocky chords and modal grooves, ... read moreCD
A great set from LA pianist Nate Morgan – one of the leading underground talents in the west coast soul jazz scene of the late 70s and early 80s! The album's a trio set, performed in an blocky, exploratory style that recalls McCoy Tyner's best early work – but which also has a free and ... read moreCD
Great soul jazz from the LA underground! Pianist Nate Morgan plays in the tradition of McCoy Tyner and Stanley Cowell, with a swirling spiritual feel that's deeply rooted in a Love Supreme tradition. On this LP, he leads a quintet with Jesse Sharps on reeds and Danny Cortez on trumpet – and ... read moreCD
Great vocals from Japanese singer Koji Moriyama – an artist with a really unique approach to his music – quite unlike any other American jazz vocalists we can think of! Koji's got a style that's slightly raspy at points – not off key, but very personal – and sung in this ... read moreCD
A real swinger of a record – one that features vocals and conga work by Koji Moriyama, with backing by the piano trio of Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! Given that Yamamoto's style is usually a bit more spare and laidback, it's nice to hear him grooving in a setting like this – as Moriyama's a ... read moreCD
Takeo Moriyama —
Smile ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1981. New Copy ....
An album with a sweet title, but a very hard groove – a stone stormer from Japanese drummer Takeo Moriyama – put together with these soaring reed lines that almost make the whole thing feel like an early 70s album from Elvin Jones! There's a very spiritual feel to the music at times ... read moreCD
A heavy heavy set from the legendary Alphonse Mouzon – one of his drum-heavy funk records for Blue Note! Alphonse has a style that's a bit different than some of his other work here – very direct, with plenty of soul undercurrents – although definitely some of the rockish ... read moreCD
Drummer Alphonse Mouzon cut some of the hardest, heaviest fusion albums ever to hit the Blue Note label in the 70s – including this legendary powerhouse of a record! The set features Mouzon with one of his longtime partners – guitarist Tommy Bolin – hitting a hard-rocking, heavy ... read moreCD
A funky fusion classic from superdrummer Alphonse Mouzon – a rare date as a leader for MPS, and a set that rivals his best 70s grooves on Blue Note! The album's got a slightly more electric feel than some of Mouzon's previous work, but it's still far from the smoother soul of the 80s – ... read moreCD
A really special double-disc package from saxophonist Bob Mover – one that doesn't just offer up a DVD presentation of the music on the CD – but a whole other batch of tunes itself! The set's almost like getting two different albums in one – and on the CD, Mover blows in a mellow ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from Bay Area reedman Dawan Muhammad – an overlooked spiritual jazz player who really sparkles strongly on this set! The album from the early 90s, but has a vibe that feels like material from the glory days of the 70s indie scene – especially the hip sound of the Oakland ... read moreCD
A beautiful pairing of the baritone of Gerry Mulligan and the trumpet of Art Farmer – brought together wonderfully in this piano-less session that has both players effortlessly carving lines in the open space of the studio. Rhythm is by the team of Bill Crow on bass and Dave Bailey on drums ... read moreCD
Very groovy sounds from the 60s – a hip blend of jazz and traditional Japanese instrumentation – lightly grooving rhythms at the bottom, topped with some totally sweet koto and shakuhachi! The light reedwork is perfect for the bossa style of the tunes – and there's definitely a ... read moreCD
Funky, fuzzy, and outta site – a really wonderful set of extended psychedelic jazz numbers from twin tenorists Takeru Muraoka and Takao Uematsu! The set's billed as a live tenor "battle" on the cover – but it's hardly the sort of record that you'd hear from American players ... read moreCD
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 —
New Life ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1987. New Copy ....
A new life for the ideas of saxophonist David Murray – worked out here in an octet of top-shelf players! The sound is avant one minute, swinging the next – and carried off with a rich sense of jazz tradition that really marks the growing appreciation of roots in the 80s generation of ... read moreCD
David Murray in some really wonderful company here – playing both tenor and bass clarinet on a highly percussive date that features work from Sunny Murray and Kahil El'Zabar! Murray handles straight drums, and Kahil works with a host of percussion – very much in the same soulful spirit ... 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
Magical work on drums from Sunny Murray – a later recording done with reedman Sabir Mateen – plus a few surprise guests on some of the tracks in the set! Murray's drums have all the power and presence we remember from years back – dimmed slightly with age, but given a lot more ... read moreCD
A great follow-up to the first Perles Noires album – and like that one, a set that starts with some great duet energy between reedman Sabir Mateen and drummer Sunny Murray! Sunny's playing the drum kit wonderfully here – almost melodically, with his approach to different touches and ... read moreCD
Sunny Murray/John Edwards/Tony Bevan —
Boom Boom Cat ... CD Foghorn (UK), 2009. Used ....
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You're definitely not at the opera with a set like this – a batch of well-crafted improvisations between drummer Sunny Murray and reedman Sabir Mateen – who plays alto, tenor sax, and flute throughout the course of the record! Like most of the best Eremite releases, this one is a live ... read moreCD
A brilliant portrait of the mid 70s NYC improvisation scene by the Music Ensemble – a collective featuring Billy Bang on violin, William Parker on bass, Roger Baird on drums, percussion and flute, Malik Baraka on trumpet and Daniel Carter tenor, alto, flute and percussion! The pieces ... read moreCD
A very cool setting for Japanese vocalist Mari Nakamoto – a unique trio outing that features guitar from Kazumi Watanabe and bass from Isao Suzuki – both really creative players who push the album way past the usual! The mix of guitar and bass is wonderful – gentle, but still ... read moreCD
A landmark album from the Japanese fusion scene of the 70s – a killer set of tracks recorded by bassist Teruo Nakamura, with help from a host of American soul jazz luminaries! The album's easily one of Nakamura's most sought-after sets – and for good reason too, as the cuts are long ... read moreCD
A completely fresh take on tunes from the show Flower Drum Song – done here all as trio numbers by pianist Morris Nanton, who handles the music with a lot more sensitive spin than the lyrical versions! Nanton's got this full, rich tone at this point in his career – a well-punctuated ... read moreCD
Narassa/Tommasi Orchestra —
Camera Car ... CD Rotary/Arision (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ....
Sound Library grooves, but with a real soundtrack-styled feel – not the usual batch of funk you might expect, and instead some wonderfully sensitive numbers that still has a subtle sense of groove! The music reminds us a lot of better-known Italian soundtracks from the time – such as ... read moreCD
Beautiful solo piano from Jovino Santos Neto – an artist we've loved on other releases from Adventure music, but one who really shines here in the spare space of their Piano Masters series! The isolation of Neto's instrument allows for even greater fascination with his subtle tones and ... read moreCD
Scott Neumann Neu3 Trio —
Blessed ... CD Origin, 2013. Used ....
The group here definitely earns the "new direction" in their name – as they work at a level that's quite compelling – kind of their own variant of free jazz, but with a spaciousness that's definitely spiritual – and which also seems to reflect some elements of more ... read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – and a key session in the best "new thing" mode of the 60s! The New York Art Quartet were a short live collaboration between trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Lewis Worrell, and percussionist ... read moreCD
The first album from Phineas Newborn in a number of years – and a set with a strong enough sound to warrant the "Phineas Is Back" in the title! Newborn's sound here has hardly dimmed at all – and he's still got that great blend of complicated flourishes and bluesier ... read moreCD
One of David Newman's grooviest albums of the 60s – a stripped-down set that features a quartet with Hammond and guitar – all in a vibe that's a bit more relaxed than some of Newman's other sessions for Atlantic! There's a gritty edge to the record – with organ by the obscure ... read moreCD
David Newman —
Weapon ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1973. New Copy ....
One of the sweetest, funkiest 70s sets from reedman David Fathead Newman – an album that has the saxophonist blowing over some great arrangements from William Eaton – who brings in a full sound that almost gives the album a soundtrack sort of vibe! Newman's tenor, alto, and flute get ... read moreCD
Joe blows it strong and mellow – in this spare swinging group that includes Frank Wess on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Eddie Jones on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums. Tracks are warm and unpressured, more in a Verve mode than a Prestige one – and titles include "Wednesday's ... read moreCD
Great recent work from the legendary Janko Nilovic – an artist that most folks know best for his sound library sessions of the 70s, still sounding great here in a jazz trio mode! Nilovic plays Yamaha keyboards, in a trio that features both acoustic and electric bass, and percussion as well ... read moreCD
A lost session of spiritual jazz – recorded in LA in the latter half of the 80s, but with a soaring, righteous vibe that's right up there with the 70s scene! The group here is incredible – an all-star array of the best talents working for Nimbus Records – Nate Morgan on piano, ... read moreCD
Nineteenth Whole —
Smilin' ... CD Eastbound/Westbound (UK), 1972. New Copy ....
One of the sweetest little jazz funk albums of the early 70s – and a masterful blend of vibes, guitar, and organ from this legendary Indianapolis combo! The group are probably best known for their backing work behind Grant Green on some of his funky Blue Note sides – or for vibes ... read moreCD
2 early 60s sessions by tenorist Sal Nistico – a great player who spent most of his life in bigger bands, but who also knew how to shine on small group settings like these! They sure got the title right on the CD, as Sal's playing tenor in groups that feature many heavyweights, and soul jazz ... read moreCD