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
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
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
Very cool box set of 3 CDs' worth of material recorded by Peter Brotzmann and his amazing group of players on 2 trips to Chicago in the late 90s! The set – which is limited and numbered – features both live and studio performances by the Chicago Octet and Tentet, two provisional ... read moreCD
Bucher, Sommer, Friedli, Aeby —
Where Is Now ... CD Double Moon (Germany), 2013. Used ....
Tommaso Cappellato & Astral Travel —
Cosmethic ... CD Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2013. New Copy ....
A totally sweet set from drummer Tommaso Cappellato – a player who was mentored by legendary spiritual jazz maestro Harry Whitaker, and who works here in a groove that really recalls Whitaker's best music of the 70s! The album features a small group that's heavy on Fender Rhodes and moog ... read moreCD
Righteous early jazz work from Norman Connors – a pair of albums back to back on a single CD! Dance Of Magic is a landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his ... read moreCD
A pair of early gems from Norman Connors – back to back on a single CD! Love From The Sun is a spiritual jazz masterpiece from drummer Norman Connors – one of those unique albums he cut before moving into soul music – done at a level that rivals the early 70s genius on labels ... read moreCD
Sublime sounds from the mighty Norman Connors – two classics on a single CD! You Are My Starship is a masterpiece of mellow soul and jazzy grooves from the groundbreaking Connors – an album that sails to the stars on a sweet blend of mellow moments and more upbeat tracks too! The ... read moreCD
Amazing lost sounds from Detroit – a previously unissued album from pianist Kenny Cox – best known for his late 60s albums on Blue Note, but working here in a really righteous style, and using a fair bit of Fender Rhodes as well! The album's a lost gem from the Strata label – ... read moreCD
A strong pairing of the voice of Steve Dalachinsky and bass of Joelle Leandre – laid out here in a spare setting that may well make the album one of Steve's best so far! Dalachinsky is way more than just your regular jazz singer – more of a writer and a speaker, yet still with a sense ... read moreCD
Some of the best work that Stan Getz ever recorded – a fantastic collaboration with French soundtrack maestro Michel Legrand! The album features larger orchestrations by Legrand, often touched with voices – swirling, swaying, and swinging in a style that's as hip, modern, and fresh as ... read moreCD
A masterpiece of moody keyboards – two killer 70s scores from the great Dave Grusin! First up is The Friends of Eddie Coyle – wonderful music for a superb late Robert Mitchum film – never available on record, at least that we know of – and filled with the kind of groovy, ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard & Woody Shaw —
Double Take ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1985. Used ....
Tremendous trumpets from Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw – a real standout from the mid 80s revival years of Blue Note – and a perfect setting for both players! The tracks are long, but tight too – with just the right balance of solo voices from Hubbard and Shaw – and ... read moreCD
One of the hippest sets we've ever heard from bassist Robert Hurst – and that's saying a lot in comparison with some of his other work! The lineup here is totally great – with Robert Glasper on Fender Rhodes and piano, Branford Marsalis on tenor and soprano sax, Marculs Belgrave on ... read moreCD
Great work from a player who's maybe one of the best cats ever to handle a Fender Rhodes – and certainly one of the few who really helped push it strongly in jazz during the 70s! The package is a wonderful look at all that's great about Bob James – and brings together all the best ... read moreCD
Pedro Martins is really soaring high here – working in these fluid waves of sound that have his guitar joining beautifully with tenor, bass, piano, and drums! The set's got a curved feel that's much warmer than the angular twists it initially presents – a way of arcing Martins' tonal ... read moreCD
Bill O'Connell & The Latin Jazz All-Stars —
Zocalo ... CD Savant, 2013. Used ....
A great mix of Latin rhythms and well-crafted jazz performance – brought together in a fluid vibe that's mighty nice all the way through! Pianist Bill O'Connell's got a really great vision for this record – one that moves past obvious Latin jazz modes, and cares less about traditional ... read moreCD
We're not entirely sure about the "incident" mentioned in the title – clearly front page news back in the day – but we can say that the album's a sweet little groover with a nice mod bounce – a set that features lots of great organ and piano from the mighty Marty Paich, ... read moreCD
Nice and easy – and plenty soulful and swinging too – a great little set from tenor giant Houston Person, played with a quintet that features some excellent vibes from Chuck Redd too! The use of vibes is a nice mix with Person's bold horn – and Redd rings out in a way that ... read moreCD
Mike Phillips —
MP3 ... CD Hidden Beach, 2010. Used ....
Soulful sax lines from Mike Phillips – put together with that "something extra" that always makes Hidden Beach records sound so great – in a way that nicely pushes Mike's sound past the smooth jazz mainstream! The set features guest work on nearly every cut – from ... read moreCD
Easily one of the coolest, hippest, and most soulful records that Billy Preston ever cut – very different both from his famous work on A&M, and his early sides for Apple and Vee Jay – and done with a raw groove that makes each cut feel like some rare funky 45! The style here is a ... read moreCD
Mike Reed's been an important figure on the Chicago scene for many years now – but he's a musician who's also got some ties to Amsterdam, which has served as a second city in his life – hence the title of the set! The album pays tribute to some of the avant and improvising greats of ... read moreCD
Eve Risser, Benjamin Duboc, & Edward Perraud —
En Corps ... CD Dark Tree (France), 2012. Used ....
Very heady sounds from this hip French trio – one who go further than even the usual avant piano combo, by using a prepared version of the instrument for part of the set! Eve Risser handles the keys – and the piano is both standard, although played with very unusual inflections, and ... read moreCD
The drums are certainly unlimited here – and the album's a really unique one, in that it shows Max Roach in 2 different settings – one with a group, and one that's simply solo! One batch of tracks has Max in the company of a tight group of soul jazz players like Freddie Hubbard, Roland ... read moreCD
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from percussionist Adam Rudolph, and one of the most spiritual too – an extended set that draws on some really rich global elements, yet brings them all together with the focus of a more ambitious jazz composition! Rudolph uses the Sonica Mandala ... read moreCD
Three wonderful albums – all wrapped up in a sweet single packag! First up is the self-titled Patrice album – a sweeeeeet groover by Patrice Rushen – her first album for Elektra, and a stunning blend of funky jazz and soul! The record really has Patrice stepping out from her ... read moreCD
An ultra-hip set of soul jazz from 70s Detroit – recorded back in the day by saxophonist Sam Sanders, but never issued at the time! The album's got this wonderfully warm, open sort of vibe – a quality that's kind of like an indie take on the CTI mode of the time, but much more relaxed ... read moreCD
A crazy album of funky tracks from Lalo Schifrin – very different than most of his other jazz and bossa work! This set's got some very tripped out styles that mix together funky backings, jazzy riffing, and even some nice electronics – a sweet little groove that's even more wild and ... read moreCD
Ricardo Silveira & Roberto Taufic —
Atlanticos ... CD Adventure Music, 2013. Used ....
Beautiful interplay between the guitars of Ricardo Silveira and Roberto Taufic – a set that draws on countless strands of acoustic instrumentation from decades past, yet finds a way to wrap the whole thing together with a freshness that comes through right from the very first note! Both ... read moreCD
A killer batch of modern spiritual soul jazz – with a classic sound that reminds us a lot of the 70s work on labels like Tribe or Strata East! The New Composers Ensemble is led by vibist Paris Smith, an underground Chicago jazz artist who cut a few very enigmatic albums on his own – ... read moreCD
Really great stuff from bassist Matt Ulery – a player with an imagination as rich as his sound, and an artist who's really becoming a force on the scene here in Chicago! Matt works here in that mix of arrangements and freedom used by some of his contemporaries on the left side of the scene ... read moreCD
A really surprising change from keyboardist Bernie Worrell – not the funky electric work he cut with George Clinton, nor the darker sounds he did with Bill Laswell – but a sublime album of solo piano that shows a whole new side of Bernie's talents! The album is produced by Laswell, but ... read moreCD
Craig Yaremko Organ Trio —
CY03 ... CD OA2, 2013. Used ....
Seminal sounds from the Parisian jazz community of the early 70s – a scene that had as much late 60s revolutionary energy as the American one – and which steps forth here in a beautiful blend of righteous themes and really far-reaching styles! The politics of the set are obvious from ... read moreCD
A very fresh look at the music of Verve Records – that legendary jazz imprint that's made wonderful sounds from the late 40s onwards! Verve is well-known as a label for classic jazz albums – work by Stan Getz, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, and many others – but during the company' ... read moreCD