One of the most sophisticated albums that Bobby Hutcherson recorded with reedman Harold Land – a very hip session that features the arrangements of piano player Todd Cochran – also known as Bayete for a pair of early 70s albums on Prestige! The sound here is more farther-reaching than ... read moreCD
One of Bobby Hutcherson's greatest records ever – and a session that never got released at the time! The album's an excellent quartet session, one that's very much in the best spirit of Bobby's great Happenings album on Blue Note – and it features a similar group that includes ... read moreCD
A really heady set of tracks from vibist Bobby Hutcherson – a record that has him stepping away from the harder sounds of his early modern years – and moving into the sublime mix of soulful and modal styles that would really grow strongly by the end of the 60s! The album's a treasure ... read moreCD
The Indigo Trio – flautist Nicole Mitchell, double bassist and pianist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Hamid Drake – accompanied by fellow flautist Michel Edelin on this Rogue Art set! Ethiopian Princess Meets The Tantric Priest may be at its core a prime pairing of 2 of the most creative ... read moreCD
Whatever you may think of Milt Jackson's later work, this stuff from the early 50s, recorded in his pre-MJQ years, shows the vibist as a lively talent, playing head to head with boppers that he'd never dare face in later years. Players include Lou Donaldson, John Lewis, Thelonious Monk, and Shadow ... read moreCD
Jazz Corps with Roland Kirk —
Jazz Corps ... CD Pacific Jazz, 1966. Used ....
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An unusual record, but a great one too – a set that mixes the offbeat reed work of Roland Kirk with some inventive ideas from a group of young west coast players! Some of the group members are names you'll recognize on their own from genre-crossing sessions for other labels – like ... read moreCD
First volume of the two LP set that compiled JJ's bop trombone sides for Blue Note. Great stuff, and arguably among some of his best work! The arrangements are tight, and JJ's in the company of players like Kenny Clarke, Clifford Brown, and Jimmy Heath – who push him with a dark edge that ... read moreCD
Steve Jolliffe —
Space ... CD Horizon (UK), 2002. Used ....
One of the first albums in a long line of successes from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – recorded live in their home turf at the Village Vanguard! The group at this point was a freshly-created outfit filled with some of the best large group jazz soloists of the time – players that ... read moreCD
Improvisational musings around the spirit of John Coltrane – anchored by an emphatic reading by poet Frank Medioni – and played with a genuine depth by players including clarinetist Sylvain Kassap, drummer Ramon Lopez and double bassist Claude Tchamitchian. There's an ascendant mood, ... read moreCD
A tight little groover from Wynton Kelly – one of a few mid 60s gems done for Verve in a style that's harder-hitting and more focused than some of Kelly's other work! The record's got an approach that's a bit pop, but plenty darn soulful too – a style that focuses the already-great ... read moreCD
Sweet and mellow vocal work from Bev Kenny – a sophisticated jazz singer who sadly only cut a few albums back in the 50s and 60s! The set's a strong one – and has Bev singing easily with the Johnny Smith group – nothing fancy, but quite nice, and with a warm and intimate feel ... read moreCD
A classic bit of vocalese, featuring a split LP of tracks by the great King Pleasure, plus some early stuff by Annie Ross (of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross fame). The tracks on the LP include Ross' early interpretations of Wardell Gray's classics "Twisted" and "Farmer's Market" ... read moreCD
Rahsaan Roland Kirk —
Blacknuss ... CD Atlantic/Collectables, 1972. Used ....
Roland plays moody jazz versions of some of the biggest soul hits of the early 70's – including tracks like "What's Going On", "Mercy Mercy Me", and "Ain't No Sunshine" – plus some other nice originals which sum up his take on "blacknuss". Titles ... read moreCD
2 excellent early albums from overlooked saxophone genius Eric Kloss! Grits & Gravy is a really incredible little set – with a varied approach that we love! About half the record has Kloss blowing with a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Alan Dawson ... read moreCD
Great work from one of the most compelling trombonists of the 50s! Jimmy Knepper is probably best known for his excellent work on some of Charles Mingus' best records – but this set from 1957 shows that Knepper was also an extremely capable (if under-recorded) leader in his own right! The ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling tributes to Duke Ellington we've ever heard – a performance of his music that really deviates from the sound of the original, yet which also keeps all the complicated spirit of Duke intact! Trumpeter Franz Koglmann is really at the helm of the core groups on the ... read moreCD
A great straight set from the later years of Lee Konitz – one that has the altoist swinging wonderfully in the company of pianist Kenny Barron! There's a soulful undercurrent to the record that really shows Barron's hand in the sound of the session – that mature groove that Kenny ... read moreCD
Lee Konitz & Peggy Stern —
Lunasea ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1992. Used ....
A sweet CD of sax titan Lee Konitz's work for the Italian Soul Note label from the early 90s – with pianist Peggy Stern sharing the marquee. ... read moreCD
One of the trippiest records ever led by a clarinetist – a hip funky fusion outing that's right up there with better-known MPS dates of the time! Rolf Kuhn's in the lead on clarinet, but it's the rest of the group who really get things going here – a powerful Euro fusion lineup that ... read moreCD
If that's the dead princess on the cover, we sure hope they put some clothes on her before the funeral! Jokes about the cover aside, though, the album's a sublime outing from pianist Steve Kuhn – a very unusual showcase for his talents, in that it features mostly tunes pulled from classical ... read moreCD
A beautifully-balanced trio – the perfect piano of Steve Kuhn, warm basslines of Buster Williams, and soulful swing of Billy Drummond's drums – all wrapped up wonderfully in a set that's a great illustration of the Venus Records genius for turning out a session like this! Kuhn's all ... read moreCD
Finally! Yusef Lateef's live set at Pep's in 1964 is the stuff of legend. Not only is it one of his best-ever recordings, but it also yielded a huge amount of material that was not issued at the time, and which only ever came out on later, badly-annotated issues. Now, the proper "part ... read moreCD
A wicked set from reedman Azar Lawrence – one of the few albums issued under his own name, and a great example of the waves he was making on the 70s west coast scene! There's a depth here that goes beyond most of the other Fantasy Records sessions of the time – a sound that would be ... read moreCD
A landmark record – the first album that flutist Hubert Laws cut for CTI, and the beginning of a very important partnership with the label! The record is a sublime exploration of sound and space – very different than Laws' 60s Latin sides for Atlantic, and handled in a baroque mode ... read moreCD
String-heavy early genius from a young Michel Legrand – tracks from some of his best travelogue albums for Columbia from the 50s! The first half of the set is Legrand's original I Love Paris album – a sparkling postwar musical fantasy of Paris, made up of a host of famous themes from ... read moreCD
We would gladly trade every other John Lewis album for a copy of this album – because the album's a treasure all the way through – and a really unique set, with a really unique feel! The session features Lewis' piano in the company of a hip French group that includes Sasha Distel on ... read moreCD
A classic – and probably one of the best-selling Christmas jazz albums of all time! Ramsey and his classic trio with Redd Holt and Eldee Young serve up a tight set of grooves based around Holiday favorites like "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", "Winter Wonderland", "He ... read moreCD
A nice quartet date – with Santi Debriano on bass, Eddie Gladden on drums, and Jerry Gonzalez adding extra piano to the trio! Titles include "Habiba", "For Albert", "One Finger Snap", "Blues On The Corner", and "Eighty One". ... read moreCD
The legendary trumpeter Booker Little – paired here with drummer Max Roach, who was frequently Book's leader at the time! The set's got a sharp-edged and modern mix of hardbop and fresh ideas – very similar to the best Roach albums of the time – and with a similar sort of group ... read moreCD
Charles Lloyd —
Mirror ... CD ECM (Germany), 2010. Used ....
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Beautiful work from Charles Lloyd – a set of compelling originals mixed with standards, both old and new, performed in a laidback style that really makes the most of his wonderful tone! Lloyd was a player who was great from the start – but in recent years, he seems to have even ... read moreCD
An amazing organist – probably the best in Europe! Eddy Louiss is a genius – a massive player who should have been huge, but who's barely been recognized over on this side of the Atlantic, save for a bit of recording with Stan Getz. This 1972 session is a gem – one of his best ... read moreCD
One of the few albums cut as a leader by trumpeter Henry Lowther – a great player on the British scene of the end of the 60s, but one who mostly labored in the service of other groups at the time! Lowther emerges here as an extremely visionary leader – one with a scope of expression ... read moreCD
There's a pretty big space between Nothingness & Eternity – but Mahavishnu Orchestra manage to fill most of it up with their hard-jamming approach! The style here is a bit different than the group's initial albums – as the record's a live one, and features some very long tracks ... read moreCD
A great second album from Mahavishnu Orchestra – one that has them still very might in the same tight formation as the first! As before, there's a heck of a lot of power here – monstrous work on drums from Billy Cobham, sharp-edged guitar from John McLaughlin, and a range of great ... read moreCD
A massive set of fusion from Mahavishnu Orchestra – a group that features some incredible guitar work from John McLaughlin, who sounds even more focused and driven here than on his own records! As with Return To Forever or Weather Report, the combo's a supergroup of sorts – with Billy ... read moreCD
Forget the Wynton Marsalis on the cover, because the set is really a recording of the Jazz Messengers when Wynton was playing trumpet in the group – a great lineup that also features Bobby Watson on alto, Billy Pierce on tenor, and James Williams on piano! The set features some great ... read moreCD