Cecil Taylor Unit —
Eighth ... CD Hatology (Switzerland), 1981. Used ....
A very moody performance from Cecil Taylor – one long reading of the piece "Calling It The 8th", originally presented as 2LP set, but finally getting its due here as a single CD that presents the whole thing from start to finish with no interruption! Although as free as some of ... read moreCD
Test is Tom Bruno, Daniel Carter, Matthew Heyner and Sabir Marteen. CD
(Out of print.)
Thing with Neneh Cherry —
Cherry Thing ... CD Smalltown Supersound (Sweden), 2012. Used ....
A mindblowing collaboration – one that brings the soulful vocals of Nenah Cherry into play with the avant jazz sounds of The Thing – but all in a mode that's unlike anything either artist has recorded before! The mix of talents is no surprise – given that Nenah's dad is Don ... read moreCD
A heady power trio – stepping out here with a tight blend of tenor, drums, and bass – definitely jazz in formation, but with some funky and fuzzy touches as well! The bass often really informs the overall sound of the set – and bold basslines often drive the tunes with a punkish ... read moreCD
A wonderful mellow trio session from Bobby Timmons – done with a spare, relaxed approach that's a nice contrast to the recordings he was making for Prestige around the same time – but which still has the same deep, soulful approach to the piano that makes those records so great! Half a ... read moreCD
A record with a sound as poetic as its title – played by a trio that features Martin Kuchen on alto and baritone saxes, Per Zanussi on bass, and Raymond Strid on percussion. Kuchen's clearly the driving force of the group, yet the songs seem to begin more with energy from the bass and ... read moreCD
This is the sound we've been waiting to hear from Trombone Shorty all these years – a really tight blend of funk, soul, and jazz – served up here with way more punch than we've ever heard before! Raphael Saadiq is at the helm – co-producing the record with Shorty – and the ... read moreCD
A bit hit for Stanley Turrentine – and a pretty darn nice record of extended groovers, with a harder sound than you might expect from the tongue-licking cover, and a title of Sugar! The record's only got three cuts – one of them Stanley's famous version of "Sugar", the other ... read moreCD
Brilliant work as a leader from McCoy Tyner – and easily one of his most righteous albums ever – a true batch of spiritual gems that really takes the John Coltrane legacy one step further! Most numbers build with a modal vibe that's more Impulse Records than Blue Note – and ... read moreCD
The United Jazz & Rock Ensemble present two tribute albums – both dedicated to players who really helped forge the sounds of jazz and rock together in the 70s! Plays Wolfgang Dauner is a record based around cuts composed by the legendary German keyboardist – some during his years ... read moreCD
Adam Unsworth/Byron Olson/John Vanore —
Balance ... CD Acoustical Concepts, 2014. Used ....
Bassist Miroslav Vitous was a key member of the legendary combo Weather Report, so he's obviously a great choice to head a record like this – but the sound of the album's quite different than any easy fusion expectations you might have, put together in ways that definitely showcase the ECM ... read moreCD
VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al) —
Quintet ... CD Columbia, 1977. Used ....
A classic album of soulful hardbop from the mid 70s – one that features the classic VSOP group with Herbie Hancock on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – all nicely returned to the acoustic splendor of their early ... read moreCD
Kazumi Watanabe & Jimmy Hopps —
Mudari ... CD Sony (Japan), 1977. Used ....
A really unique session for guitarist Kazumi Watanabe – one that's co-led with American vocalist Jimmy Hopps! Hopps' work on the record is really wonderful – poetic and soulful, with a deep-voiced quality that sets the mood of the album from the very first tune. Vocal and instrumental ... read moreCD
6 classics from Weather Report – presented in cool tiny LP-sleeve covers! First up is the original Weather Report album from 1971 – a massive session that took fusion to a whole new level for the 70s! Most of the players here had been associated with Miles Davis at some point in the ... read moreCD
One of the biggest hits ever for Weather Report – thanks to Joe Zawinul's leadoff track "Birdland" – one of those tunes that entered the canon immediately, and saw countless covers pop up over the years – kind of a rare thing for a jazz tune at this point in time! The ... read moreCD
A great late 70s set from Weather Report – a record that's certainly got more polish than the early years, but which still sounds plenty darn great to our ears – thanks to a really free-flowing sense of imagination! The tunes here have a wonderfully chunky sort of approach to the ... read moreCD
Classic late Webster material, recorded in a laidback setting for Verve, with associates that include Coleman Hawkins, Budd Johnson, Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Jones, and Les Spann. Side one is a very long version of "In A Mellow Tone", with a blowing session solo approach – and side two ... read moreCD
A great little album from Ben Webster – perhaps not his most sophisticated, jazz-wise, but done up in a cool cover that has him standing in front of the steel globe at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. The music on the disc has a similar optimistic approach – as Ben solos lightly over ... read moreCD
Beautifully laidback blowing from the great Ben Webster – captured here in perfect late 50s formation, with wonderful rhythm support from the Oscar Peterson Trio! The tunes aren't super-long, but still have a relatively open feel – possibly improvised in the studio, with a mellow but ... read moreCD
(Verve Master Edition pressing.)
Walt Weiskopf —
Siren ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 1999. Used ....
Just Sold Out!
(Booklet has a cut corner and is stuck together and stained from moisture. Disc also has some paper on it from the booklet.)
Seminal comeback work from Randy Weston – a really beautiful album that features trio playing backed by larger string arrangements! The trio features Christian McBride on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – and Melba Liston handled the strings, in beautiful sad and soulful tones that ... read moreCD
Randy plays beautifully on a set of blues-inspired tracks arranged by Melba Liston – working with horn players that include Teddy Edwards, Benny Powell, Wallace Roney, and Hamiet Bluiett to come up with some really striking tunes that differ greatly from a lot of his other classic work! ... read moreCD
A great little set from Barney Wilen's late revival period – strong, solid blowing all the way through – with a depth that almost matches his classics from the early days! The group here is a quintet – with Enrico Rava on trumpet in the frontline alongside Wilen's tenor and ... read moreCD
Stu's usually just an ok trumpet player in our book – but these are some of his best sessions, thanks to the presence of a young Charlie Mariano, who really sparkles on both sessions! Charlie's alto sax seems to give Williamson's trumpet an edge that we usually don't hear on his sides from ... read moreCD
Teddy Wilson's got plenty of rhythm here, thanks to support from bassist Gene Ramey and drummer Jo Jones – both players who help the album swing a bit more than some of Wilson's mellower sets of the 50s! As usual, Teddy's got a completely unique touch on the keys of the piano – fluid ... read moreCD
Rare material from Indianapolis vibesman Billy Wooten – previously unreleased tracks that start with his years in The Wooden Glass, then stretch out into even more obscure territory! The first 3 tracks on the set are all live jams with plenty of heavy vibes from Billy – tracks that ... read moreCD
A lost chapter of genius from vibes player Billy Wooten – and a great one too! The set's a rare outing with Hammond giant Groove Holmes – laid out nicely here in a quartet setting that offers up plenty of Billy's great vibes mixed with the organ – in a mode that's very different ... read moreCD
A blistering live performance from the legendary Frank Wright – issued here for the first time ever, and easily one of his most intense recordings of the 70s! The material was recorded at the Moers Festival in 1974 – and it features Wright's tenor alongside the bass of Alan Silva, ... read moreCD
A freewheeling workout in the classic ESP mode – tenor saxophonist Frank Wright's first album as a leader, and a majestic little session that easily stands alongside the best from Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp at the time! The format here is a bit like that of Ayler's ESP work – as ... read moreCD
Yosuke Yamashita —
Sakura ... CD Antilles, 1990. Used ....
Just Sold Out!
A beautiful fusion of Joe Zawinul's roots in the groups of Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley – a set with some of the far-reaching jazz ideas of the former, and much of the soulful subtleties of the latter! The album features Joe on electric piano throughout, playing alongside Herbie ... read moreCD
One of the only albums we've ever seen from drummer James Zitro – a player who'd worked as a percussionist for one of the Sonny Simmons' albums on ESP Records, then was invited to cut his own date for the label! There's a really groundbreaking sound here – an approach to percussion ... read moreCD
A little bit jazz, a little bit R&B – and a great assortment of hard-wailing numbers from the catalog of Atlas Records! Most of the work here is from the early 50s – recorded in New York, with a bit more from LA – and often done in a style that leans heavy on the tenor sax, ... read moreCD
An incredible document of a key genre in 50s jazz on record – the jam session tradition, recorded beautifully for Verve records by the legendary Norman Granz! The idea of a jam session was nothing new at the time, of course, but it was mostly a live phenomenon – known to players from ... read moreCD