Jimmy Smith —
Sermon! ... LP Blue Note, Early 60s. Very Good+ ....
Just Sold Out!
One of the Jimmy Smith "jam session" Blue Notes, with a large group that includes Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, George Coleman, Tina Brooks, and Art Blakey – nearly all of whom take long solos and dig deep to compete with each other. 3 long tracks, "The Sermon", "JOS&quo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest records we've ever heard from guitarist Johnny Smith – a sweet batch of mellow tunes, played with some warm chromatic touches! Smith still has that wonderful tone here that he first exhibited on his 50s recordings, but he also works in a style that's a bit more fluid ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lonnie Liston Smith is really tightening up his groove on this one – bringing a bit more funk into the mix, and creating that amazingly sweet glide in his keyboard sound! The record's still steeped in the righteous influences of years past, but it brings the message out to a bigger audience ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Michael J Smith/Michael Shrieve/Jonas Hellborg —
All Our Steps... ... LP Day Eight (Germany), 1983. Near Mint- ....
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(Cover has waviness, some wear, and some stuck-on paper on the back.)
Paul Smith leads his quartet on piano and is joined by Tony Rizzi on electric guitar, Alvin Stoller on drums and Norm Seelig on bass. The tracks include "Wandering", "Out Of Nowhere", "Great Lie", "Cupid Took Me For A Ride", and "By The Fireside". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the few full albums issued under the name of alto saxophonist Willie Smith – easily one of our favorite players on the alto of his generation! Willie's got a warmly raspy tone that rarely gets presented this well – in an easygoing, laidback setting with plenty of space – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jeremy Steig —
Legwork ... LP Solid State, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ....
Funky flute work from the great Jeremy Steig! The album's one of his best-ever – and it features the growling "Howling For Judy", a non-stop modal flute number that's been sampled to great fame by the Beastie Boys, and which you'll recognize immediately from the breathy rumbling ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A little bit later than his classic funky stuff, but still a very nice batch of grooves with Jeremy's hard flute sound out front, and good backing by a small group that includes Alphonze Mouzon on drums and Richie Beirach on electric piano. Cuts have a good electric funk feel to them, and include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a cut corner, tracklist sticker, and appears to have been signed by Alphonse Mouzon on back.)
A mindblower from flute man Jeremy Steig – his only album ever for Blue Note – and quite possibly his best! There's a stripped-down feel here that beats even the rich soul of Steig's sets for Solid State – a brilliant pairing of Jeremy's choppy lines on flute with the soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, with minor splitting. Vinyl plays with a few light clicks.)
Sonny Stitt —
Champ ... LP Muse, 1974. Very Good ....
Just Sold Out!
An excellent bop side that finds Stitt and his sidemen still at the top of their game, despite the fact that the date was rather late in many of their careers. While others were exploring electric jazz, Stitt, Joe Newman, Duke Jordan, Sam Jones and Roy Brooks, lay out six sides of crisp hard bop: ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a short click on one track. Cover has some light wear.)
Sonny Stitt's work for Verve was some of his best on record – and this album is a perfect illustration of that bold claim! Sonny's blowing here in a wonderful style – a bit more restrained than on his early bop sides, more complicated than on his later soul jazz sessions, and all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, some light wear, and clear tape along the spine & seams.)
A great set of Varitone sax numbers from Sonny Stitt – recorded for Prestige with a bit more bite than some of his albums of the type for Roulette! The album's got a tight tenor/organ vibe throughout – thanks to work on Hammond from Gene Ludwig, working under the "nom de date" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear a few spots of clear tape, and a name in marker on both sides.)
Jiri Stivin & Rudolf Dasek —
Tandem ... LP Supraphon (Czechoslovakia), 1975. Very Good+ ....
Cool duets between Czech reedman Jiri Stivin and guitarist Rudolf Dasek – a set with a lot fuller feel than you might expect! The work is straight, and never too outside – and although there's no drums or bass in the performance, there's an inherently rhythmic sensibility to most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stone Alliance plays with an expanded lineup on this LP, perhaps to account for the missing Steve Grossman, who's no longer with the group at this point. Don Alias and Gene Perla are joined by Dave Liebman, Alex Acuna, Michael Brecker, and Kenny Kirkland, and the track list includes "Trampolin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing including the insert. Cover has a cut corner.)
A nice little 70s session from Swedish trumpeter Lalle Svensson – almost in a funky big band mode, but with a bit more emphasis on straight swing. Players include Bernt Rosengren, Lennard Jansson, Bjorn Alke, and Bo Skoglund – and tracks include the originals "Cockroach Road" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful album from Gabor Szabo – one with the same freely grooving, slightly-psychedelic sound that he was using on his best records for the Impulse label! Two guitars head up the quintet – those of Gabor and Jim Stewart – and they trade breezy lines throughout, grooving over ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little record by Gabor – one that reproduces the kind of groove he was hitting on his classic Impulse albums, a mix of tripped-out modal jazz with exotic influences, and more than a bit of soul. Gabor's reunited here with his old bandmate Charles Lloyd from Chico Hamilton years – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great hard-swinging work from tenorist Buddy Tate – one of the rare Felsted jazz sessions, recorded with players who include Buck Clayton on trumpet, Ben Richardson on alto, Skip Hall on piano, and Everett Barksdale on guitar. Titles include "Bottle It", "Walk That Walk", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing. Cover has a bit of seam splitting, but is nice overall.)
Art plays 6 solo numbers – all with that Tatum Touch! Titles include "Humoresque", "Tatum Pole Boogie", "How High The Moon", and "I Know That You Know". Weird little cover – with a photo of Tatum pasted behind a bunch of white folks in a pile ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent 50s work from pianist Billy Taylor – a record that has him stepping out with even more command of the keys than his earlier sides for Prestige and Roost! The format here is simple, but also simply amazing – as Billy works through familiar tunes with a highly rhythmic agenda ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is nice.)
Cecil Taylor —
In Transition ... LP Blue Note, 1955/1959/1975. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ....
Just Sold Out!
This is the great Blue Note two-fer from the 70's that combines two rare Cecil Taylor albums from the 50's – one recorded for the Transition label, one for United Artists. The playing's in a modernist mode that's not as free as Taylor's later work – but which has these magically sharp ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Part 1 of a classic live set that has Cecil playing with Sam Rivers, Jimmy Lyons, and Andrew Cyrille. The group perform "The Second Act Of A" (part 1), and the piece takes up both sides of the record, with a quick fadeout at the end of side 1. Rivers alternates between tenor and soprano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A two LP set from the 70s collecting some excellent new thing moments from the Impulse vaults – including unreleased tracks from Charles Tolliver and Grachan Moncur! The first side features the Cecil Taylor Unit performing three numbers that were released on Gil Evans' Into The Hot LP, " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful collection of early important work from Jack Teagarden – and one of the best vinyl portrayals of his genius from these key years! Teagarden's trombone work is amazing – the sort that set the tone for countless players to come – and there's also a lot of warmth and wit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing, with book! Box has a very light stain inside in one corner, but is nice overall.)
Later work by Jack, but an album recorded with a fair amount of care, and one that captures his classic vocals and trombone in just the right setting. The group's a sextet – with Don Goldie on trumpet, Don Ewell on piano, and Barrett Deems on drums. Shay Torrent plays organ on the track ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent little album that's also one of Clark Terry's hippest! The set was recorded as part of the monumental Candid catalog in the early 60s – and it's got an edgey quality that we don't normally hear in Terry's work. At some level, he's working in a mode picked up from his time with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Italian pressing on Candid, from the 80s. Cover has a few spots of clear tape & some light wear.)
Clark Terry, Paul Gonsalves, Joe Gordon, & Art Mad —
Jazz School ... LP Mercury/EmArcy, 1956. Very Good- ....
A compilation of Joe Gordon, Art Mardigan, Paul Gonsalves and Clark Terry each leading their own bands on a couple of tracks. All of the players and songs are too numerous to mention here but, for instance, the record features Art Mardigan on drums and he is joined by such performers as Milt Gold ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury/EmArcy pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some splotches from the removal of the gloss finish on the front, a split top seam, some splitting on the bottom seam, two small pieces of tape, some aging, and a stain in one corner.)
Joe Thomas —
Masada ... LP Groove Merchant, 1975. Near Mint- Gatefold ....
The cover's a bit righteous, but the grooves are wonderfully smooth – that shift towards warmer, club-based styles that Joe Thomas took in the 70s – an approach that comes off surprisingly well! Brad Baker's handling most of the arrangements here – with a fusion of jazz, funk, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked gem from Lucky Thompson's mid 60s years – that wonderful time when he'd returned to the fold even stronger than ever – filled with hip new musical ideas, and a great command for the soprano sax! This set's got Lucky working on both soprano and tenor, both of which are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, with some light edge stains on the back.)
Three Sounds —
Moods ... LP Blue Note, 1960. Good ....
"Moods" is right – as the album's got a wonderfully dark undercurrent, one that makes it one of the most captivating early Three Sounds albums for Blue Note! Pianist Gene Harris leads a trio that includes Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums – and even though the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing, with RVG stamp and ear. Vinyl has some marks, and plays with some crackles – but nice and loud overall. Cover is nice)
Mellow trio material by Bobby, recorded in the final moments of the Riverside label in its first incarnation, but not issued until 1970, when ABC took over the label's holdings. The set's notable in that Bobby plays vibes on 2 tracks, and also performs an unaccompanied piano solo on another. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet bit of 70s electric funky jazz – a bit cheesy, perhaps, but very much in keeping with the best funk on the Project 3 label! The group appears to be a studio collective – featuring players like Phil Kraus on percussion, Tony Mottola on guitar, Eddie Daniels and Phil Bodner on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Fuego Vivo is a live septet set with the latin vibes master out front of Mark Levine on keys, the great percussionist Panco Sanchez on congas, and Gary Foster on alto and flute. It's a pretty atypically frenetic set for such a late date – with wonderfully tight, yet still quite jamming ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the fantastic electric Cal Tjader sessions from the 70s – with that mixture of vibes and electric piano that made his work of the time take on an even funkier sound than before! Lonnie Hewitt's at the keyboards here – and he's got a sly, slinky groove that's totally great – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, ring & edge wear, and some splittng on the spine and top seam.)
Well, in our opinion, Cal went Latin right from the start, practically. Still, this "Goes Latin" LP is one of his best of the genre from the old days, and features a host of great players like Lonnie Hewitt, Chombo Silva, Mongo Santamaria, Paul Horn, and Willie Bobo. The album includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has some small stains, light wear, a mostly split spine, and some splitting on the other seams)
A very nice set of mellow west coast Latin vibes from Cal – sort of an updating of his classic 50s San Francisco groove on Fantasy, done with a host of California players that includes Roger Glenn, Poncho Sanchez, and Gary Foster. The record features a remake of Cal's big hit from the 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last albums that Cal ever cut for Verve – and one of the best! The great Joao Donato's sitting in on piano, and the set has a beautiful mix of Brazilian and Latin grooves, with added Verve groovy touches thrown in for good measure! Don Sebesky did the arrangements, and the album's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cut corner, and a bit of seam splitting.)
Stellar live recording featuring the funky vibesman in a nice long electric set with a totally solid feel throughout. The LP includes an amazing 13 minute take on his cut "Manuel Deeghit", plus a 7 minute version of "The Prophet", and a 6 minute version of Joao Donato's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Cal Tjader —
Tjader ... LP Fantasy, Late 60s. Very Good- ....
An excellent album from legendary vibist Cal Tjader – and one of his truly electric albums! A key factor to the greatness of this one is keyboardist Al Zulaica – who plays some amazing Fender Rhodes on the album, really unlocking a whole new sound of Cal's vibes in the process! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great reading of the West Side Story score – one that's better than most of the other ones floating around from the time! Of course, part of the reason for that is because the session's got some super-hip scoring from the great Clare Fischer – just starting out here, but doing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic collaboration between vibist Cal Tjader and Latin pianist Eddie Palmieri – a really wonderful album that bridges two different worlds of music in the 60s! Cal had always had something of a Latin bent to his music, even working for Fantasy in San Francisco a decade before – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Japanse-only album that brings together rare early material from Lennie Tristano – a player who was years ahead of his time in these 40s recordings, working in a trio with the great Billy Bauer on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
A silly title but a great record – a rare Japanese-only album from pianist Mickey Tucker, and a session that's better than even most of his American work from the time! Tucker's working here with a larger group than usual – in a soaring, spiritual, soul jazz sort of way – one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing witth insert. Cover has a 4 inch split on the top seam.)
A smooth groover from Stanley Turrentine's early 80s years – and like a lot of electric jazz sessions from the time, a record that's got more than a few R&B touches! The Turrentine sound on the tenor is still very firmly in place – stepping out amidst the backings with that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Back cover has a few small peeled spots.)
An excellent early live set that has Stanley playing with a raw tone that you'd hardly recognize if you only know his later, sweeter records. The group's a lively soul jazz quintet, with Grant Green on guitar, playing the kind of hard single note solos that made his early recordings so great, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA stereo pressing with RVG stamp. Cover has light wear and a small name in pen on the back.)
A great early 80s document of free alto great Charles Tyler in a small group with frequent collaborator Earl Cross on trumpet, who though not so well known, played in many important groups both in San Francisco and the early 70s loft scene in NY. Steve Reid, whose name you might recognize from Sun ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp & some light wear.)
McCoy Tyner (with Phyllis Hyman) —
Looking Out ... LP Columbia, 1982. Very Good ....
An 80s album by McCoy Tyner, but easily one of his most soulful sessions ever – thanks to help from Phyllis Hyman and a host of great guest stars! The sound's a bit more tightly arranged than some of Tyner's 70s sessions, but there's still plenty of fire here too – a bit of a Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrink has a few holes & a factory sticker. Cover is a bit shopworn.)
A wonderful combination of players – really stretching out here in a hip double-length set! The live performance features three key musicians all recording for Milestone Records in the 70s – Sonny Rollins on tenor and soprano sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Ron Carter on bass – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Perhaps the most perfectly realized MPS session by jazz accordionist Art Van Damme! Van Damme's lovely melodic sound is set up nicely with a small combo that includes Fred Rundquist on guitar, Heribert Thusek on vibes, and the great MPS rhythm team of Peter Witte bass and Charly Antolini drums. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Saba pressing. Cover has masking tape on the top & bottom seams, and some clear tape on the spine.)
A wickedly soulful session from bassist Leroy Vinnegar – one that carries the same "walker" theme used in the titles of his Contemporary albums, but one that comes across with an even groovier feel overall! Vinnegar's definitely walking some great lines on his bass – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a small spot of sticker residue & some light wear.)
Although it's easy to get mixed up with all the Leroy Vinnegar albums that have "walk" in the title, this one's a great soul jazz session from the early 60s – one that nicely draws upon an LA scene that includes Roy Ayers, Freddie Hill, Teddy Edwards, Mike Melvoin, and Ron Jefferson ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pre-OJC pressing. Cover has a bit of light wear.)
The session's one of the best-ever by bop piano legend George Wallington, and has a largeish group that includes Dave Burns on trumpet, Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, and Danny Bank on baritone. Titles on include "Baby Grand", "Festival", "Bumpins", and a nice take on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rarest albums ever from George Wallington – and that's saying a lot, given the obscurity of some of his sessions! This unusual set has George mostly working in a drum-less group with cool use of strings – just a bit of violin, viola, and cello – but in ways that color ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Norgran pressing. Vinyl is nice and clean, with some light marks – but has a very light, subtle warp. Played fine for us, and the whole thing is nice and heavy – but the price reflects that warp. Cover has light wear and a small sticker.)
A fantastic bit of space age funk – and maybe one of the greatest moments ever from Philly Soul maestro Dexter Wansel! The album goes way beyond any of Wansel's other work – and blends his warm soulful styles with some of the more keyboard-oriented funk that was coming out of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent 2LP set that compiles Grover's killer funky cuts for Kudu – packaged here in an expanded best-of set that Motown issued when they took over the Kudu distribution. We hardly need to tell you how great these cuts are – as the set includes classics like "Mister ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible batch of electric funk from Grover Washington Jr – easily one of his best albums ever! The record really picks up from the sweet CTI sound of the 70s – taking Bob James arrangements with a lot of space and electric keyboards, and letting Groover blow some wonderfully ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover & labels have initials in marker. Back cover paste-on is becoming unglued.)
Grover Washington Jr —
Paradise ... LP Elektra, 1979. Very Good+ ....
One of those records you see so much it's easy to forget how great it is! Grover's a real genius with the sax on this record – taking a "less is more" cue from Stanley Turrentine's 70s work, and toning down his playing to an even tighter style than on the Kudu albums of earlier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
A Charlie Parker tribute, but with a real difference – and that difference is flutes! Although the title claims to be in the "spirit of Charlie Parker", the album does offer tunes by Bird – but recast in a looser, more open-ended jam session mode – very much like some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy gold label pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam.)