Revolutionary work from one of the most important talents you never heard of – 2 jazz/world classics from the amazing Ahmed Abdul-Malik! The CD begins with The Music Of Ahmed Abdul Malik from 1961 – a record that has the bassist working in a very sophisticated cross-cultural mode ... read moreCD
Ahmed Abdul-Malik —
Spellbound ... CD Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1964. New Copy ....
Sublime sounds from the always-amazing Ahmed Abdul-Malik – a jazz bassist at heart, but also a musician with a great ear for Eastern instrumentation as well! Ahmed cut a few key records at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – and this spellbinding set may well be one of his ... read moreCD
The last studio session ever from Japanese reed genius Kaoru Abe – a relatively short album, but a pretty mindblowing one as well! The core of the set features an alto sax improvisation that's a wonderful illustration of Abe's sense of sharpness and space – that way he has of cutting a ... read moreCD
Muhal Richard Abrams —
Spihumonesty ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1980. New Copy ....
One of the earliest Muhal Richard Abrams sessions for the Black Saint label – and a set that's filled with unusual musical moments! The tracks here are somewhat freer than some of Abrams' work to come – almost in the looser creative improvised mode of the first generation AACM – ... read moreCD
Fantastic early stuff from Muhal – and one of his most beautiful albums! Side one of the LP, and first up on the CD is an extended performance of Sinatra's big hit "Young At Heart" – but the track's played solo by Abrams, and it's completely transformed into a long ... read moreCD
Muhal Richard Abrams featuring Malachi Favors —
Sightsong ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1976. New Copy ....
A fantastic record – and one of the warmest, most soulful sets we've ever heard from Muhal Richard Abrams! The album features Muhal's piano alongside the bass of Malachi Favors – a really unique duo outing that unlocks a whole new side of both players, especially Favors, who really ... read moreCD
George Adams —
America ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1989. New Copy ....
A surprising project from tenorist George Adams – one that seems to take its cover and title quite seriously – yet also find a way to have some real fun with the concept too! The album's definitely an Americanist one – as the tunes are all older standards from our nation's ... read moreCD
An obscure late 50s gem from Pepper – a stripped-down quartet session that has him blowing in a very open-ended mode – quite a difference from some of his more tightly arranged sets! The feel's a bit like Pepper's work with Donald Byrd, but even more openly swinging – played by a ... read moreCD
Jason Adasiewicz —
Spacer ... CD Delmark, 2011. New Copy ....
One of the most amazing players to ever pick up the vibes – an artist with the sort of boundless creativity that Walt Dickerson and Bobby Hutcherson brought to the instrument in the 60s! Jason Adasiewicz has an amazing ear for both sound and music – and manages to balance the two ... read moreCD
Jason Adasiewicz —
Sunrooms ... CD Delmark, 2010. New Copy ....
Quite possibly the freshest vibist we've heard in years – a player whose records are always exploding with amazing sounds on his instrument – and the kind of intensity we'd reserve for a rare few on the vibes – maybe Bobby Hutcherson, Walt Dickerson, or Steve Nelson! Jason ... read moreCD
Cannonball Adderley —
Phenix ... CD Fantasy, 1975. New Copy ....
Sweet funky 70s work from Cannonball Adderley – a record that has him revisiting older tunes from his early soul jazz years – but in ways that give them a whole new electric vibe overall! The album's actually Cannonball's last full studio set, but it's also one of his greatest too ... read moreCD
An album that definitely lives up to its title – given the great change and evolution in the style of Cannonball Adderley's music – definitely pointed towards the soul jazz fame to come in the 60s! The group here has Adderley's alto in the company of some all-stars who may not be his ... read moreCD
A really unique little album from Cannonball's all-great late years at Capitol – a session that features some strong influences from Brazilian music – "The Happy People" – and production from the legendary David Axelrod! The mix makes for a really unique little record ... read moreCD
Nat Adderley's not actually busking in the subway – but instead playing a smoking little set at the Subway Nightclub in Cologne – working with an excellent group that includes Vincent Herring on alto sax, and some excellent rhythm work from the trio of Rob Bargad on piano, Walter Booker ... read moreCD
Mario Adnet —
Amazonia ... CD Adventure Music, 2013. New Copy ....
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from Mario Adnet – a set done with some great expanded orchestrations – and key help from guests who include Roberta Sa, Monica Salmaso, and Lenine! The tunes have this spacious, expansive feel that really lives up to the Amazon promise ... read moreCD
Jazz versions of classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim – all done by a group arranged and directed by guitarist Mario Adnet, and featuring guest work from Joyce, Helio Delmiro, Romero Lumbambo, and others! The sound here is really fresh – not merely just a reworking of Jobim's original ... read moreCD
Rob Agerbeek —
Home Run ... CD Blue Jack Jazz (Netherlands), 1971. New Copy ....
A definite home run from Dutch pianist Rob Agerbeek – a hip set recorded in 1971, and one that's done with a very soulful groove! The group's a quintet, and Rob really sparkles in this setting – pushing the players with a subtle skill that recalls Horace Silver at his Blue Note best ... read moreCD
Singer Cyrille Aimee gets help from some great "friends" here – a tight quintet with Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Joel Frahm on tenor, and Spike Wilner on piano – really helping set up her vocals with a solid instrumental footing! Aimee's got a slight Billie Holiday quality to ... read moreCD
Not the Chicago group of AACM fame, but a completely different Japanese combo from the 70s – a very cool outfit who are equally avant in their approach – and work together in a very spiritual blend of acoustic and electric sounds! The album features one long track, improvised in a very ... read moreCD
One of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of ... read moreCD
One of Airto's most polished records, and an album that we've really grown to love over the years! There's a pretty strong modern soul/R&B component to the album – but at the core, there's still a strong feeling for Brazilian rhythms, and the record's got a wonderfully warm Brazilian ... read moreCD
A really well-titled little record – as the sound here is quite unique, and often has the musicians creating these little bridges between each other's space! David Ake wrote all the tunes, and put them together with this angular, blocky sort of feel – lots of sound shapes at the core, ... read moreCD
Tremendous early work from Japanese pianist Toshiko Akioshi – recorded during her initial years in the US, and with a bop-heavy style that makes Toshiko one of the hardest-hitting female players of her generation! The Bud Powell influence is very strong here, but Akioshi's also showing a ... read moreCD
Lots of complicated lines and rhythms going on here – a session recorded under the leadership of trombonist Jeff Albert, but which features equal energy coming from all members of the quartet – Kidd Jordan on tenor, Josh Abrams on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums! Abrams and Drake offer ... read moreCD
Double jazz guitars from these two contemporary players – one recorded in the left channel, one in the right – for a very cool approach that really expands past the usual sound of a trio set! The album's got bass and drums in the group, too – but it's honestly the guitars that ... read moreCD
Harold Alexander —
Raw Root ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ....
A blend of jazz funk and rawer informed grooves from Harold Alexander – and actually a step into more polished vibes thanks to some Arif Mardin arrangements and a new home at Atlantic Records! Although some of the earlier records cut by reed player Harold Alexander may have been more ... read moreCD
Excellent later work from drummer Rashied Ali – a bit more straightforward than some of his vintage work on the Survival label, but still every bit as righteous! The group here is super-tight – a lineup that features soaring tenor from Lawrence Clark, bold piano from Greg Murphy, and ... read moreCD
Way way more than you might guess from an album with Motown in the title – and instead, a set that may well be one of the best we've heard from Geri Allen in years! Yes, the tracks are mostly numbers from the classic years of the famous soul label – but the presentation is quite ... read moreCD
JD Allen —
Grace ... CD Savant, 2013. New Copy ....
Sharp tenor from the great JD Allen – a very striking set that's filled with all original compositions – work that really shows the way that Allen's grown strongly as both a writer and player in recent years! There's a sense of darkness to the record right from the start – a ... read moreCD
An all-instrumental set from Mose Allison – one that drops out his familiar jazz vocals, and really brings a nice focus to his energy on the keys of the piano! Given that Mose really got his start as a sideman in other combos during the 50s, the selection's no surprise – and if you've ... read moreCD
Mose Allison creates a very swinging machine for this classic Atlantic Records set – by adding in a few horns to his usual trio, and making for a groove that's even jazzier overall! Mose's vocals are wonderful, as always – extremely witty, with that great balance of New Orleans roots ... read moreCD
Great 60s work from Mose Allison – a key record cut at that time when his influence was being felt strongly on the other side of the Atlantic – by younger London singers like Georgie Fame and Zoot Money! Mose is almost answering back with this great little record – hitting things ... read moreCD
A very groovy album by Laurindo Almeida – one of his best bossa cookers in a swinging 60s mode! The album features lots of great acoustic guitar from Laurindo, but spun over fuller arrangements by Lex De Azvedo, Clare Fischer, and Dick Grove – all of whom get that right sort of jaunty, ... read moreCD
Herb Alpert —
Fandango ... CD A&M/Shout Factory, 1982. New Copy ....
A sweet Latin-styled set from trumpeter Herb Alpert – but one that's got a very different vibe than his faux Latin grooves of the 60s! The set here is done with key contributions from both Juan Carlos Calderon as a songwriter, and Jose Quintana as a producer – both talents who really ... read moreCD
Blistering work from drummer Barry Altschul – working here in the company of bold young tenorist Jon Irabgon, and matching his youthful energy at every step! The set's easily one of the most driven we've heard from Altschul in many years – a trio date that also features the bass of Joe ... read moreCD
Barry Altschul —
Brahma ... CD Sackville (Canada), 1980. New Copy ....
A really sweet trio set from Barry Altschul – and one that lets him stretch out beautifully on a wide range of percussion! In addition to traditional drums, Altschul handles quica, bowed cymbals, waterphone, shakers, bells, cymbals, wood block, and lots more on the record – also ... read moreCD
Gene Ammons in a mighty nice setting – working here in an open-ended jam session style that brings all his best live energy into play at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder! The set's got a crackle that really goes beyond the earlier, shorter bop recordings from Ammons – and a bit more ... read moreCD
Classic mellow Jug – from a time when Prestige discovered that Gene Ammons would sell equally well to the mellow jazz crowd as to the jukebox jumpers! This set brings together tracks from 3 Gene Ammons 60s albums – 2 of which were best sellers, Velvet Soul and Sock, the last of which, ... read moreCD
Arakawa Band —
Lena ... CD Sony (Japan), 1980. New Copy ....
Sweet fusion all the way through – a beautifully breezy blend of reeds, keyboards, and guitars – all served up in a way that's wonderfully tight, and which has all elements coming together right on the groove! The set's not exactly funky, but has a slinky groove that's mighty nice ... read moreCD
Arcana (Derek Bailey/Bill Laswell/Tony Williams) —
Last Wave ... CD DIW (Japan), 1996. New Copy ....
Heady sounds from the trio of Derek Bailey on guitar, Bill Laswell on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – a group of players we thought we'd never see together on record, but who join up surprisingly well on this sharp-edged set recorded during some of Laswell's most experimental years! Bill's ... read moreCD
One of the most creative albums ever from UK composer Neil Ardley – and that's saying a lot, given the complexity of his other work! The set's got a wonderful blend of jazz arrangements and some freer passages – scored by Ardley with some of his most sensitive, most beautiful music ... read moreCD
Billed as "some of the most important jazz recordings ever made" – and for good reason, too! The set brings together all the crucial early Louis Armstrong recordings from the 78rpm era – late 20s/early 30s sides for Okey, Parlophone, RCA, and Odeon – all presented with ... read moreCD
A rare treasure from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – recorded as a supposed third album for Atlantic records in 1974, but unissued for years until the group released it on their own! The session is a live one, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival – and features the unique addition of ... read moreCD
A fantastic early album from jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby! Ashby's a unique talent like no other – and despite the fact that she plays a rather sleepy instrument, the harp, she swings with an other-wordly quality that's simply amazing, quite exotic, and very much in the camp of players like ... read moreCD
A great follow-up to the previous collaboration between pianist Ehud Asherie and tenorist Harry Allen – this time titled after a darker corner of downtown New York! As with the other date, this one features no other instrumentation at all – just warmly expressive duets on piano and ... read moreCD
The earliest side of Brian Auger's mighty talents – tracks he recorded in the mid and late 60s with vocalist Julie Driscoll and his hard-burning Trinity trio – all a beautiful blend of jazz, soul, and R&B! The work was really revolutionary for the time – a British reworking ... read moreCD
A pair of albums from Brian Auger – back to back in a single set! Here & Now in obscure 80s groover from keyboardist Auger – one that continues the journey into soulful sounds from his earlier years, but with a feel that's a bit more modern R&B overall! Brian does most of the ... read moreCD
An excellent funky fusion group from Chicago – and one of the best ensembles to record for the Black Jazz label! The group's made up of hip Chicago underground players – and includes Ken Chaney on electric piano, Ari Brown on saxes, and Frank Gordon on trumpet – a lineup that ... read moreCD
Mirage ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy ....
No Mirage here – as the album's got a presence that's impossible to deny – a solid, soulful uttering from this key Chicago combo of the 70s! The group's led by reedman Ari Brown – better known for his later avant work – and they've got a wicked blend of keyboards and horns ... read moreCD
It's great to see that David Axelrod's finally getting his due – and this reissue of material from Fantasy is one of the first reissues of his work in the US! Most cuts here are much more jazz-based than Axelrod's higher-concept material under his own name for Capitol in the late 60s – ... read moreCD
A cool collection of work from one of our favorite artists ever – literally one of the guys whose music was so great, it inspired us to start Dusty Groove! The package brings together a really hip assortment of Roy Ayers' best work for Polydor in the 70s – really incredible tracks that ... read moreCD
Seminal ESP work from Albert Ayler – a unique session done as a soundtrack to a short (and weird!) film from experimental director Michael Snow! The lineup is a bit different than some of Ayler's other ESP albums – and features Don Cherry on trumpet and cornet, John Tchicai on alto, ... read moreCD
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, ... read moreCD
Pure genius from the B Baker Chocolate Company – a set that's equal parts fusion and soul, held together by these rich arrangements that really send the whole thing home! The album's never too slick, yet has a sense of perfection that matches some of the best soulful fusion dates at Blue ... read moreCD
A lost album of raw twangy guitar from Mickey Baker – best known as the noisier half of the Mickey & Sylvia team – and even more let loose here on his own! The record is pretty rocking all around – with lots of loud, complex guitar soloing from Mickey – in a manner that ... read moreCD
The coolest album so far from this compelling Norwegian combo – a set that's got a much more hypnotic feel than any of their other records – spinning out in a weird way that's kind of a combination of ECM jazz and Terry Riley! The tunes all have this slow pulsing sort of quality – ... read moreCD
A real cooker in the Atlantic Records' 60s series from Preservation Hall – a record that definitely keeps up the groove throughout! Side one features work by the combo of drummer Paul Barbarin – a lively player with a romping approach to rhythm – one that perfectly suits the trad ... read moreCD
Gato Barbieri —
Fenix ... CD Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy ....
One of Gato's best! The record's neither too out, nor too poppy – and it has Barbieri playing with that incredible raspy tone – and working over modal grooves laid down by a hip group that includes Lonnie Liston Smith on acoustic and electric pianos, Ron Carter on bass, Lennie White on ... read moreCD
One of the first albums ever cut as a leader by reedman Gato Barbieri – and a very sharp-edged session that's quite different than his better-known work in the 70s! Barbieri's tenor here has an incredible tone – as deeply soulful as Pharoah Sanders or late John Coltrane, and blown with ... read moreCD
Kenny Barron's a man with many modes to love – but he sounds especially great here in a Brazilian jazz setting – thanks to help from his Brazilian Knights combo! The album's got plenty of warm piano lines from Barron – stepping out with a fluid, gentle sort of feel – and a ... read moreCD
One of the last Gary Bartz albums for Prestige – and a really unique session with a different feel than some of his earlier work! Gary's still got plenty of angular funk in his sound here – thanks to some edgey keyboards from Hubert Eaves – but he's also tightened things up a bit ... read moreCD
A landmark set of recordings – both of Gary Bartz's Harlem Bush Music albums, back to back on one CD! After a few years as a modern-tinged soul jazz saxophonist, Bartz broke strongly into the 70s with this pair of sessions – working in a mode that brought together rhythmic percussion, ... read moreCD
An excellent gimmick – and yet another way that United Artists was trying to push its "Bond" catalog in the 60s! Count Basie brings a soulful swing to the work of John Barry – hitting hard on the tracks with his own smoking piano, and an orchestra filled with some of his best ... read moreCD
Jon Batiste & Stay Human —
Social Music ... CD Razor & Tie, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ....
A really unique album from pianist Jon Batiste – a set that's straight jazz at some points, a bit Crescent City at others, but always with a feel that's very individual – and one of the freshest new styles we've heard in years! Jon's instrumental tracks are wonderful – full of ... read moreCD
Pure tromboneliness from Conrad Bauer – a really compelling solo set that's recorded live, but which also seems to have his horn folding back upon itself at times too! There doesn't seem to be any overdubbing at play (although we can't be sure, because our German's not good enough to read ... read moreCD
One of the coolest albums ever from vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin – and a set that really shows her strong ties to the South African jazz scene of the 70s! The album was done in close collaboration with husband Dollar Brand – who turns in some sublime arrangements for the record, which ... read moreCD
Bassist Max Bennett displays a wonderful ear for unique phrasing and compelling small combo leadership on this set – working with a group that includes Carl Fontana on trombone, Charlie Mariano on alto, Nick Travis on trumpet, and Mel Lewis on drums! The style is a bit in the east coast ... read moreCD
An expanded edition of an earlier 10" LP – featuring a group led by bassist Max Bennett, one that includes Charlie Mariano on alto, Stan Levy on drums, Claude Williamson on piano, and Frank Rosolino on trombone! Helen Carr makes a vocal appearance on a track or two, and the album's got ... read moreCD
A super huge hit for George – the record that took him from being a funky jazz guitarist into an R&B superstar! The album features George playing and singing over arrangements by Claus Ogerman – some of Ogerman's best of the 70s, ones that mix together his trademark pillow of sound ... read moreCD
Tim Berne's Snakeoil —
Shadow Man ... CD ECM (Germany), 2013. New Copy ....
A great mix of shadow and noise from Tim Berne's Snakeoil group – one of the best projects he's created in recent years, and a group who really set a new sort of fire to Berne's imagination! There's a wonderful blend of texture, tension, and individual expression going on here – modes ... read moreCD
The world of Andy Bey is a great place to be – a special strain of jazz vocals that are unlike anything any other singer has ever given us – and which continue to be a delight, even in Andy's later years! This beautiful set has a deeply personal feel – just piano and vocals from ... read moreCD
Fleet lines on alto sax from David Binney – a player who's paired here with pianist Craig Taborn, a perfect partner for his sound! The set often has Binney and Taborn stepping around together – piano and alto in this dance that's rich and compelling – with more than enough ... read moreCD
The most fully-formed album from Nat Birchall so far – and one that has him definitely going into another dimension in jazz, thanks to a slightly expanded lineup! The shift here is almost that betweeen the 60s spiritual sounds on Impulse Records, and the label's groundbreaking material in ... read moreCD
The earliest work we've ever heard from tenorist Nat Birchall – a player who's really blown our minds with his recent albums from the UK! This set's from the late 90s, and already has Birchall really finding his voice – a freewheeling approach to tenor that's unlike most of his ... read moreCD
The deepest album to date from saxophonist Nat Birchall – a set that's steeped in all the spiritual elements of his previous records, yet also stretches forth into rich new dimensions as well! Birchall's reeds have this complexity we've never heard before – soaring, searching in these ... read moreCD
Sultry vocals from Sallie Blair – one of the hipper singers of her generation, and an artist with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! Blair's a bit bluesy, a bit soulful, but ultimately a jazz singer at heart – and her already-cool style gets some sweet extra help on ... read moreCD
A wonderful pairing of talents – the moody, enigmatic piano of Ran Blake – and the sharp-toned alto of Anthony Braxton! The set's a sublime piano/sax duet to match similar experiments by Mal Waldron and Marion Brown, or Archie Shepp and Dollar Brand – and it's an added plus for ... read moreCD
A killer pounding session from Blakey! The record was recorded during Blakey's bright flash of genius in 1964, when the Jazz Messengers were briefly revisited by Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter, with the added horn of Curtis Fuller to add new colors to the group. Cedar Walton's on piano, and his ... read moreCD
An excellent live set by the Jazz Messengers – recorded in Paris in 1958, but with a hard heavy groove that's right up there with their best Blue Note work from the US! The group at th is time plays hard, heavy, and straight ahead – no surprise, given that the lineup is killer – ... read moreCD
A fantastic live set from Art Blakey – recorded in Paris in 1960, with a version of the Jazz Messengers that includes Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Walter Davis Jr on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass! Best of all, though, is that the group is joined by two Paris jazz giants ... read moreCD
A drum-heavy spectacular – featuring four of the top hardbop drummers of the late 50s, all recorded live at Birdland, soloing back and forth in larger groups that really make the whole thing cook! Although the cover and title might make you think the record's a novelty, it's way more than ... read moreCD
Three great French jazz soundtracks on one CD! The bulk of the set is taken up with Art Blakey's wornderful score to the film Des Femmes Disparaissent – which features work by Jazz Messengers Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, and Benny Golson, recorded in Paris in 1958, with a hip swinging hardbop ... read moreCD
Terence Blanchard —
Magnetic ... CD Blue Note, 2013. New Copy ....
The continuing evolution of Terence Blanchard – a trumpeter who's had a great sense of restraint in recent recordings – which makes each new musical moment a very nice surprise! This is the first small group set we've heard from Terence in a number of years – and it's got a fresh ... read moreCD
Quite possibly the greatest album ever from California congolero Johnny Blas – a set that also has him returning to saxophone in addition to percussion, and which comes off with some of his sharpest grooves ever! There's a definite lean towards the jazzier side of the spectrum here – ... read moreCD
Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow —
Trios ... CD ECM (Germany), 2013. New Copy ....
Sublime trio recordings from Carla Bley on piano, Steve Swallow on bass, and Andy Sheppard on tenor and soprano sax – musicians who've been working together in different ways for many years, and who really come together here in a very special way! Although all three players were once known ... read moreCD
Possibly the first true moment of genius from Paul Bley – a key indie standout after a few years working for bigger American labels! By the time of this early ESP album, Paul Bley was no stranger to the American scene – having recorded a few records for different labels in the 50s, and ... read moreCD
Rene Bloch is probably best known for his work in a straighter Latin vein, but this excellent set from the late 50s has him "rocking" it up a bit with some really heavy sax! The approach is totally great – one that uses heavy Latin percussion on the bottom (played by Mongo ... read moreCD
Hamiet Bluiett —
Nali Kola ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1989. New Copy ....
A real standout session from reedman Hamiet Bluiett – a record that's heavy on Afro-centric influences, with lots of heavy percussion at the bottom, and a rare jazz combo appearance for the time by trumpeter Hugh Masekela! There's kind of an earthy loft jazz sort of feel to the date – ... read moreCD
Hamiet Bluiett —
Resolution ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1977. New Copy ....
Searingly soulful work from Hamiet Bluiett – easily one of his greatest sessions of the late 70s, and a record that has a sense of focus that's sometimes missing from his other work! The group on the set includes Don Pullen, Fred Hopkins, Billy Hart, and Don Moye – coming together with ... read moreCD
One of the few small group recordings ever cut by pianist Francy Boland – and a set that cooks every bit as much as his work with the larger Clarke Boland Big Band on MPS! The reason for the cooking is clear – Francy's got key rhythmic help from group members Jimmy Woode on bass and ... read moreCD
Stefano Bollini & Hamilton De Holanda —
O Que Sera ... CD ECM (Germany), 2013. New Copy ....
Beautiful sounds from the duo of Stefano Bollani on piano and Hamilton De Holanda on bandolim – a set thats heavy on styles borrowed from the Brazilian tradition, but which also features some other elements as well – all wrapped up in a blend thats warmly lyrical one moment, ... read moreCD
A real departure for saxophonist David Boykin – an album of solo material, performed on soprano sax and Bb Clarinet – in a style that recalls the most experimental work of Roscoe Mitchell, and which also has ties to the solo recordings of Evan Parker and Steve Lacy! Boykin's really ... read moreCD
Spare improvisations from Chicago saxophonist David Boykin – recorded as a duet with butoh artist Nicole Legette, who also seems to be vocalizing a bit on the record! The album's easily one of the most challenging that Boykin's ever given us – quite open, and very expressive – ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums so far from mighty Chicago reedman David Boykin – and easily a set that lives up to the rich legacy of avant jazz in the Windy City! There's a depth to the record that comes through right from the very first note – a sense of history and feeling that shows ... read moreCD
One of the most ambitious recordings to date from Chicago improviser David Boykin – a large group performance done in the freely collaborative spirit of older AACM recordings! There's a relaxed, spontaneous vibe here that we really love – as Boykin and other Chicago players work ... read moreCD
One of the strongest recorded performances we've heard to date from saxophonist David Boykin – a leading light in the current underground scene of Chicago, and a player who recalls the promise of the early days of the AACM, particularly the spiritualist work of Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre. ... read moreCD
A raw, live set from Chicago saxophonist David Boykin – but a great little record that really reminds us of a classic 60s session on ESP! Boykin's reeds are wonderful throughout – filled with the depth of soul we might expect from Kalaparusha or Albert Ayler – and set up here in ... read moreCD
Excellent work from Chicago reed player David Boykin – a much more straight ahead album than some of his earlier work, but done with an edge that keeps it in the ranks of the AACM tradition that has informed much of Boykin's music from the start. Boykin is on sax and clarinet – and the ... read moreCD
A great lost performance from David Boykin's Expanse group – one of the boldest forces in Chicago underground jazz a few years back! The lineup here is great – with Boykin on tenor, Nicole Mitchell on flute, Josh Abrams on bass, James Baker on piano, and Myron Cherry on drums – ... read moreCD
"Expanse" is a mighty big name for the group that David Boykin uses on this record – especially given that the combo's only a quintet – but that's ok with us, because the sound here is more than large enough to warrant the name! Boykin's working with a great batch of players ... read moreCD