The title sort of gives the whole thing away – so we'll just tell you that Glenn's playing versions of "Tuxedo Junction", "St Louis Blues", "In The Mood", "String Of Pearls", "Little Brown Jug", and "American Patrol". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split bottom seam.)
A fantastic album – one of our favorite-ever records from Charles Mingus! The album was recorded in the same breath as his legendary works Tijuana Moods, The Clown, and Pithecanthropus Erectus – and it features the same sort of fire and emotion that made those classics so great. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing, with deep groove. Cover is worn, with split top and bottom seams, some splitting on the spine, and some stains.)
One of the great Mingus albums for Atlantic – and a record that brings together material from 2 different sessions: one from 1957, with Shafi Hadi on alto; and another from 1961, with Roland Kirk and Booker Ervin on saxes. The '57 session has a raw quintet sound, and features some haunting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has water damage from the opening to about four to five inches inward, with some staining, wrinkling, heavy peeling on the back, some stuck-on paper, and a partially split bottom seam.)
Features Takashi Mizuhasi on bass, with Hideo Ichikawa on piano and George Otsuka on drums. Titles include "Lady T", "But Not For Me", "Only Trust Your Heart", and "Black Orpheus". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Windy City classic – from Vee Jay Records! The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass! Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a stereo sticker in one corner.)
A rare non-Blue Note late 50s session that features Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan – and a stone cooker that feels like some of the best Jazz Messengers dates of the time! There's a chance that the session was possibly cut "under duress", like a number of other jazz albums on Roulette ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear with clear tape over alll seams.)
One of Hank Mobley's greatest sides from the hardbop years of the late 50s – a searing sextet session with a 3-horn frontline! The group features Mobley on tenor, John Jenkins on alto, and Donald Byrd on trumpet – plus a crackling rhythm group with Bobby Timmons, Wilbur Ware, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has tape on the spine and light wear, with a couple of stickers and some pen on the back.)
Modern Jazz Quartet —
Pyramid ... LP Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good+ ....
Features a long reading of "Pyramid" – plus "Django", "Romaine", "Vendome", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has light wear & a stereo stamp.)
Modern Jazz Quartet/Milt Jackson Quintet —
MJQ ... LP Prestige, 1952/1954. Very Good- ....
Nice stuff from the early days of the MJQ – recorded back when Kenny Clarke was still playing drums with the group, and giving them a bit more of a bottom! One side of the record features material recorded from one of the quartet's first sessions – in late 1952, with the tracks "La ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label pressing, with a NJ address, RVG etching, and deep groove. Cover has some wear, a split top seam, some splitting on the spine, and some pencil and light stains on the back.)
All key late 50s recordings of these gems! Titles include "Brilliant Corners", "Jackie-ing", "Ruby My Dear", "Off Minor", and "Little Rootie Tootie". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo. Cover has split bottom seam, some splitting on the other seams, light wear, some staining along the bottom, and a peeled off corner on the back.)
2 great trio sides by Thelonious, collected for reissue by Milestone. The Unique Thelonious Monk's billed as "very personal treatments of great standards" – and it's a great twist on familiar material, all given the Thelonius touch! There's less of Monk's creative composition and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monk plays solo piano and is joined on some of the tracks by Art Blakey on drums and Al McKibbon on bass. The songs are all originals except for "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and they include "Blue Sphere", "Hackensack", "Criss Cross", "Something In ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some light stains, a bit of pen, an ink stamp, and a bit of seam splitting.)
Probably the best of Buddy's solo albums, with a tight little group that features Mel Rhyne, Jodie Christian, and his brother Monk – all coming together in a messed up style of funky jazz! Buddy plays piano and vibes on a number of tracks that sound similar to the Cliff Coulter stuff on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of sides cut in the mid 60s by Wes during his association with Verve. Culled from the albums Movin' Wes, Bumpin', Goin' Out Of My Head and Tequila, these numbers all feature the larger arrangements that gave those albums a richer sound than his small group recordings, though Wes' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What better way to describe Wes' playing than an easy groove! Also released under the Montgomery Brothers name, this side has a nice breezy quality to it, with backing by his brothers Buddy & Monk on piano & bass, plus Harold Land on tenor. The sides were recorded a few years earlier, in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Wes Montgomery's grooviest albums on Verve – a set that features his smooth chromatic work on guitar set to lively arrangements from Oliver Nelson! Nelson gives the set more of a "punch" than some of Montgomery's other Verve records – and the style uses a tight brace ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late work from Wes – recorded in the sublime CTI format that was really breaking down boundaries at the end of his career! Don Sebesky scored these great backings for the set – jazzy and easily swinging, featuring players like Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones, Grady Tate, Ray Barretto, Stan ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The genius of Moody! It's an album like this that you need to prove to your friends that Moody was way way more than a simple bopper. The set was recorded live in San Francisco in 1961, and it's got a hip mix of soul jazz, filtered through some modernist ideals, all played by a great little group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label Argo pressing. Cover has some wear, a name in marker on the front, some tape on the corners and pen marks on the back.)
One of James Moody's first albums for Argo – and an album that features him shifting from tenor sax over to flute – and playing in a slyly seductive way that would have great implications for generations of soul jazz musicians for years to come! The sound here is never sleepy – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing. Cover has wear, seam splitting and masking tape along the top and bottom seams. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 1, track 1.)
A magnificent little album – one of James Moody's first collaborations with arranger Tom McIntosh – one of the most sensitive jazz voices of his time. McIntosh works in a world of many tones and colors – and he really pushes Moody past straighter solo approaches, into a mode ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from Moody's "second phase" – the post-Overbrook time in which he picks up the flute, drops a bit of the bop style, and starts working in a much more complicated style that showed that he had a hell of a lot of room to grow as an artist! This album's Moody's second for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Some of the best work we've ever heard from Jemeel Moondoc – an early session as a leader, and one that's done with a sense of spiritual focus we don't always hear in his later recordings! The music's a beautiful bridge between early 70s spiritual elements and some of the looser styles of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ralph Moore —
Images ... LP Landmark, 1989. Very Good+ ....
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, a mark from sticker removal, and a small peeled spot on back.)
Incredible work from tenor player Ralph Moore – an under-discovered classic from the 80s that we enjoy listening to as much as most of our favorite albums from the 60s! Moore's a wonderful player in direct lineage with Hank Mobley – and the tracks on this set are warmly grooving, very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare indie set of work by two artists who were playing the Worlds Fair jazz pavillion in 1964 – singer Barbara Russell, and the organ trio of Al Morell. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear near the bottom.)
Lee Morgan —
Charisma ... LP Blue Note, 1966. Very Good+ Gatefold ....
One of our favorite albums from Lee Morgan – a soaringly soulful session that was recorded in the mid 60s, and finally issued by Blue Note at the end of the decade! The vibe here really follows from the lyrically inventive, post-Sidewinder mid 60s Morgan years – with a spirit that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Lee Morgan —
Cooker ... LP Blue Note, 1957. Very Good ....
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Vinyl has cosmetic sleeve marks. Cover has a cut corner, some light wear, a small split on the bottom seam, and a bit of aging on the back.)
A later Vee Jay album that appears to pull tracks from Morgan's first 2 records on the label – both of which were totally tight hardbop sessions, performed by top-line players like Art Blakey, Paul Chambers, Clifford Jordan, and Wynton Kelly. 6 tracks in all, very tight and energetic – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A jazz classic if there ever was one – and the best-selling album ever by Lee Morgan, thanks to the use of the title track in a car commercial! Sure, you've probably heard "The Sidewinder" enough that you think you know the album already – but the rest of the tunes really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing. Cover has moderate aging, wear and marker on both sides.)
One of a set of legendary recordings done by Ind in the 50s – back at a time when he was the bass player in Lee Konitz group, but also a budding young sound engineer, with a good ear for a jazz session! The tunes feature Mosca and Ind in piano/bass duets – recorded live in New York ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With a great lineup that includes David Friedman on vibes, Bill Frissel on guitar, Terumasa Hino on cornet, Jim Pepper on tenor, and guest vocals from Toni Wilson, Jeanne Lee, and Sheila Jordan. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strong bit of British postwar jazz – as the group that Moule "arranges for . . ." includes Don Rendell on tenor, Ronnie Ross on baritone, Alan Ganley on drums, Dougie Robinson on alto, and Moule himself on piano. The approach isn't necessarily bop, but it's definitely in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label UK pressing, with deep groove. Side 1 has a mark that clicks on track one. Cover has minor seam splitting, with some wear and light staining across the front and back.)
A full-on electric jammer from Alphonse Mouzon – cut in the frenetic style of his Blue Note sides, but given an extra electric MPS twist! The lineup includes a host of strong European fusion players – including Miroslav Vitous on bass, Philip Catherine on guitars, and Joachim Kuhn on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has a bit of light wear and unglued seams.)
Sweet, smooth, and soulful – drummer Alphonse Mouzon at the height of his 80s fusion years – working in a self-produced setting that includes a host of great studio players! The sound here isn't the cacophonous jazz rock of Al's earlier years – but in a way, it's almost equally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A monstrous bit of jazz funk from drummer Alphonse Mouzon – spacey tracks in a choppy style that reminds us a bit of some of the best European fusion albums from the period, but with a harder groove overall! Mini Moog and ARP trip out the sound throughout, but the underlying rhythms are nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine, some wear, and a cut corner.)
Quite different than Idris' funky drumming on early 70s jazz records – but not a bad little album on its own terms. As you'd guess by the title, the album's more of a disco/club effort than before, but thanks to some good arrangements by Dave Matthews – who'd worked some good magic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record from funky drummer Idris Muhammad! Idris is probably known for his funky break work on Blue Note and Prestige records sessions of the late 60s and early 70s – but by the time of this 1974 album, he was really expanding his style, hitting a laidback groove that went way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very different than Idris' earlier work as a heavy backbeat thumper with Lou Donaldson – but great stuff nonetheless! David Matthews arranged the tracks, and he's given them a slick but soulful sound, with lots of spacey fusion elements, and a nice funky soul vibe that's a bit similar to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sure, it's not the heavy funk of Idris' Lou Donaldson or Prestige years – but the album's got a nice rolling approach to funky jazz – one that takes it to the dancefloor, and expands Muhammad's sound with a sweet little Fantasy groove! William Fischer produced, and the overall sound is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jim Mullen & Dick Morrissey —
Up ... LP Embryo, 1977. Very Good+ ....
A rare early Fantasy LP, one that features Gerry Mulligan working with a strong early group – Chet Baker on trumpet, Chico Hamilton on drums, and Carson Smith on bass – on 4 tracks recorded in San Francisco, and 4 others recorded slightly later in LA. The tunes are short, piano-less, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an autograph from Gerry, plus some old tape on two seams.)
As close as Gerry Mulligan ever came to cutting an album of funky jazz – an electric-tinged set recorded with arrangements by Dave Grusin, who also plays electric piano on the set, which makes for an odd, but surprisingly pleasing contrast with Gerry's baritone. Tracks are long with smooth ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Side one of this album features the Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Mulligan on baritone sax, Chet Baker on trumpet, Carson Smith on bass and Larry Bunker playing drums. Tracks include "Varsity Drag", "Speak Low", "Half Nelson", "Lady Bird", "Love Me Or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice raw material from Murray's shaggy early days. The set's a batch of quartet tracks – with Lester Bowie, Fred Hopkins, and Phil Wilson joining Murray's tenor and soprano lead. Recorded at the Lower Manhattan Ocean Club, and packaged with some nice notes on the scene by Stanley Crouch. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Murray —
Lovers ... LP DIW (Japan), 1988. Near Mint- ....
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Beautiful ballad material – with Dave Burrell on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Ralph Peterson on drums. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best-ever BYG/Actuel sessions, and one that has the unlikely pairing of east coast avant players Sonny Murray and Byard Lancaster with Art Ensemble bassist Malachi Favors. Murray plays drums, and reads a bit of poetry, while the band wails behind him in powerful turgid lines of hard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some light stains, an unglued top seam, a partially unglued bottom seam, and some tape residue along the opening.)
A later side for Sunny, but still a nice one. He's joined here by David Murray and Malachi Favors, and though the group is listed as a trio, conga player Cheikh Tidiane Fall joins in the fray too. There's 4 lengthyMurray compositions, and though the group is one who may not have recorded or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight hard tenor work by the great Vido Musso – featuring a set of tracks that skirts between bop and R&B tenor tunes, with backing by a little combo that includes Chico Alvaraz and Maynard Ferguson on trumpets. Vido's got a tone that's just great – raw, with the reed almost blown ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Modern label pressing – very nice!)
Amina Claudine Myers —
Amina ... LP Novus/BMG, 1988. Very Good+ ....
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A pretty interesting change for this lovely lady of the AACM – as Amina Claudine Myers makes a shift towards more R&B-inflected jazz, working in equal parts vocals and piano with more electric instrumentation than you'd hear on some of her earlier albums. Although the move was kind of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trio date – with Cecil McBee on bass and Jimmy Lovelace on drums and bells. Amina sings, plays piano and organ, and sounds way different than Bessie Smith. Titles include the great "African Blues". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Leo pressing. Cover has a small bit of tape in one corner.)
Amina Claudine Myers Sextet —
Country Girl ... LP Minor Music (Germany), 1986. Near Mint- ....
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With Carlos Ward on alto and flute, Ricky Ford on tenor, Reggie Nicholson on drums and percussion, and Amina herself on piano, harmonica, and vibes. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Gina", "That's The Way Of The World", "Personality", "Day By Day", "So Hard To Let Go", "He's Armed & Dangerous", "Najee's Nasty Groove", and "Tonight I'm Yours". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Ted Nash on a variety of saxes, and Dick on trombone – plus a group with Tony Rizzi on guitar, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Harry Babasin on bass, and Roy Harte on drums. Tracks are mostly familiar numbers, but inventively arranged by Frank Comstock and others – and Ted really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Oliver Nelson/King Curtis/Jimmy Forrest —
Soul Battle ... LP Prestige, 1960. Very Good ....
This is the kind of battle we like to see! Three heavy tenors – Nelson, King, and Jimmy Forrest – come head to head in a relaxed set of tunes cut in that Prestige blowing session mode, but tweaked with a bit more tightness, in the style of some of the label's emerging soul jazz sides ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has some light wear, and pen on the back.)
A 70s 2-fer that combines 2 albums recorded for Cadet in the mid 60s – one issued under Nelson's name, the other under Lou Donaldson's, but both featuring arrangements by Nelson. The Nelson LP is a pretty darn nice session in which Nelson is the lead soloist with a large group that includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark.)
Steve Nelson & Bobby Watson —
Live Session 1 ... LP Red (Italy), 1989. Near Mint- ....
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A really great group – with Bobby Watson on alto, Donald Brown on piano, Curtis Lundy on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums – plus Steve Nelson on vibes. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Henry Threadgill on alto, flute, and baritone sax; Fred Hopkins on bass; and Pheeroan Aklaff on percussion – on titles that include "Difda Dance", "Tragedy On A Thursday Afternoon", "No 1", and "Sir Simpleton". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A spare set from this trio that featured Leo Smith on trumpets and flutes, Anthony Davis on piano, and Wes Brown on bass and Ghanian flute. The tracks are fragmented with many sparse instrumental moments – in that AACM mode that was used heavily after the initial sparkle had worn off. Smith ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light aging – but this is a great copy!)
A surprisingly wonderful album – even if these guys break our cardinal rule of jazz combos, which is never to put the name of your home city in place of the players in the group! The group's a quartet with Frank Wess on flute and tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Grady ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderfully romping work from Phineas Newborn – and a great showcase for the harder side of his sound on the piano, something that didn't always show up on his RCA albums of the 50s! The style here has plenty of bluesy overtones – not in a cliched soul jazz way, but in an earthy mode ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a stain on the bottom inch, with some flaking on the seam.)
Maybe not a "world" of piano, but a real classic from Phineas Newborn – a record that marks a harder, more soulful sound than some of his 50s work – shaking free from some of his flowery touches on the keys, and digging much deeper into the groove of his Memphis roots! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent batch of straight ahead funk from David Fathead Newman! The record's a return to basics after a few more overly-produced sessions – and it features a stripped down quintet with Bernard Purdie on durms, Erick Gale on guitars, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Steve Novosel on bass. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A much more straightforward album than some of David Newman's previous records – a stripped-down, small combo acoustic jazz album – one that's quite different from the funkier and more electric work that Newman recorded back in the 70s. The style is one that almost takes Newman back to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A genius album from David Newman – and a record that follows strongly in the mode of the excellent Bigger & Better set! Newman's playing here with a really far-reaching groove that's miles ahead of his initial work for Atlantic – really stretching out at the end of the 60s, in an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer piano jazz, and some of the greatest modernist work ever recorded by Blue Note! Herbie Nichols deserves every bit of the rare fame he ever got – and it's only the paucity of his recordings that has kept him from achieving the status of Monk or Cecil Taylor as an avant garde forefather. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album