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One In Two/Two In One
Hatology (Switzerland), 1979. New Copy
A genius collaboration between Max Roach and Anthony Braxton – a single performance that spans the entire record, and which showcases some of the best work by both players at the time! Roach is a real revelation here – coming off of an already experimental side of 70s sessions, but ... CD
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Ne Plus Ultra
Hatology/Revelation (Switzerland), 1969. New Copy Gatefold
A masterpiece by Warne Marsh – and proof that there was always a committed modernist lurking behind some of his more straightforward playing! The session has sort of a post-Tristano underground west coast feel (if we can make up such a heavy handed term!), and it features a piano-less ... CD
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Dark Tree Vol 1 & 2
Hat Art/Hatology (Switzerland), 1989. New Copy 2CDs
Pure genius from Horace Tapscott – a record that really lights a new fire under his talents – and takes us back to some of the most expressive, most righteous jazz from the LA scene of the 70s! The quartet here features key LA player John Carter on clarinet – an instrument that ... CD
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Live At The Someday Vol 1
Mugen/Think (Japan), 1987. New Copy
A great live date from tenor genius Steve Grossman – done at a time when he'd fallen a bit out of the limelight of jazz, but when he was also recording some of his best work in years! Grossman's really full of fire and energy here – spinning out long lines, and blowing with the kind of ... CD
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Hat Art (Switzerland), 1996. New Copy
Excellent solo work from the great Joe McPhee – heard here at a time when he was really reigniting the creative fire in his music! The album is all solo McPhee – and Joe plays various reeds, pocket cornet, piano, and even a bit of electronics – shifting modes and moods with the ... CD
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Duet In Detroit
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983/1984/1987/1989. New Copy
Seminal work from the Detroit underground of the 80s – 4 sets of duets recorded by drummer Roy Brooks, each with a different hip player! The material was recorded over the course of 4 different performances in 4 different years – but the album has a really unified feel in the way that ... CD
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Spontaneous
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Definite spontaneous sounds from the great Albert Mangelsdorff – a set that has the trombonist working alongside the up-and-coming Japanese pianist Masahiko Sato, who also plays some ring modulator on the album! Sato's almost the driving force here – although that role might also go to ... CD
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Morning Joy – Paris Live
Hatology (Switzerland), 1986. New Copy
One of the best Steve Lacy albums from the 80s – a really strong live performance with a definite Monkish approach, served up in a really no-nonsense way! The group's just a quartet – with Lacy on soprano sax, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass, and Oliver ... CD
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Full House/Think (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy
A really lovely album from pianist Masaru Imada – a set that has some elements of the great Japanese fusion scene of the time, but a record that also has some warmer more acoustic moments too! Imada does a great job of balancing between upbeat groovers and some more personal, lyrical songs ... CD
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Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A record that's noteworthy not just as one of the rare few moments as a leader for drummer Makaya Ntshoko – but also for the great contributions of the members of the group – especially saxophonist Heinz Sauer, who really hits his stride here! Sauer's one of those oft-overlooked ... CD
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Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy
A hell of a trumpeter, with a hell of a group – heard here live at the Blue Note in New York, with a very open, freewheeling vibe! Franco Ambrosetti is a player who can sometimes be very much involved with the concept of a project – so much so that we sometimes forget that at the core, ... CD
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Heart Bop
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy
That's "heart bop", not "hardbop" – a title that really gets at the warm feeling and sense of soul on this overlooked date! The album's an early 80s gem from Enja – cut at a time when the label was really finding its own, and doing an especially great job of giving ... CD
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Countin' On The Blues
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy
Reedman John Stubblefield made some of his best records as a leader for Enja – and this is definitely one of them! The set has Stubblefield coming across with maturity and focus that you might not have found a few years before – that kind of ebullient, soulful style that some of his ... CD
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River Is Deep
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy
The river is deep and the sound is wide – as the set features wonderful work from the Fort Apache Band of trumpeter/percussionist Jerry Gonzalez – recorded at a point when the group was really starting to cook! The music has its roots in Afro-Cuban styles, but stretches out with plenty ... CD
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Storyville (Denmark), 1963. New Copy 2CD
A rare performance from the Duke Ellington ensemble, and a long one too – given that the set takes up more than 2 hours over the space of 2CDs! The material is performed at the Dance Inn in Stockholm – and the group focuses mostly on shorter tunes that hit a classic Ellington mode from ... CD
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Full House/Think (Japan), 1981. New Copy
One of the more swinging albums we've ever heard from Kunihiko Sugano – a set that's got an especially strong contribution from the rhythm duo of Satoshi Kosugi on bass and Jo Jones on drums! Sugano really lets Jones help shape most of the songs – with that snapping style that's made ... CD
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Trio/Think (Japan), 1981. New Copy
Japanese pianist Kunihiko Sugano works here with the legendary American drummer Jo Jones – a player who helps make for a nicely traditional feel to this trio set from the early 80s! Sugano plays acoustic throughout, and the record's filled with easygoing tracks that move along with lots of ... CD
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Trio/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Exactly the kind of Japanese piano trio we love from the scene in the 70s – warm, open, and really flowing – with long tracks that let the leader really stretch out in very imaginative ways, while never ever getting too overindulgent! The set's a live one – recorded at the Date ... CD
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Trio/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy
A great early album from pianist Kunhiko Sugano – a set that has the leader working in a relaxed live setting, in a small Japanese club that also features a conga added to his usual trio! Most numbers begin with an introspective introduction from Sugano – those lyrical lines he does so ... CD
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Trio/Think (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A really groovy album from pianist Kunihiko Sugano – a set that has the leader working on Fender Rhodes, but often with a touch that has the sharpness of an acoustic piano – which is then underscored by some strong use of acoustic percussion as well! The album's definitely got the ... CD
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Trio/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Sensitive solo material from pianist Kunihiko Sugano – a set that features shorter tracks than some of his trio albums of the time, but done with an equal amount of feeling! Sugano's got this gentle, spacious touch on the piano – a bit like Bill Evans, but also with phrasing that might ... CD
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Quickstep
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy
One of those great Kenny Barron records from a time when it seemed like the pianist could do no wrong – effortlessly turning out great sessions like this, with such prolific energy that it's sometimes hard to remember them all! Yet even so, Quickstep is a real standout – a record that ... CD
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Dreamsville
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy
If you don't think Hal Galper's a hell of a pianist, this may be the record to change your mind – as Hal's in top form throughout – really focused and full of power in his approach to the piano, but never in a way that's flashy or overdone! Instead, there's this organic sensibility to ... CD
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Futures Passed
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy
One of the coolest, grooviest albums we've ever heard from vibist Dave Friedman – a set that really lives up to the promise we sometimes expect from other records of his, but never find this clearly! Friedman plays both marimba and vibes – the latter with this bold, chromatic quality ... CD
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Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy
Beautiful solo piano from Mike Nock – and a record that grabs us a lot more than we would have expected! Nock's a player who's had so many different great moments, in so many different settings, it's almost easy to overlook a more subtle record like this – yet the album's got a sense ... CD
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Conjunction
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Four solo improvisations by Attilla Zoller – all done in that airy style that made Zoller one of the most distinctive guitarists of his generation! The work here isn't as outside as might be expected for the format – mostly tuneful and structured, with almost an ECM solo spirit to the ... CD
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When I Was At Aso Mountain
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990. New Copy
Elvin Jones introduces Japanese pianist Takehisa Tanaka to a larger audience – giving him a perfect setting with a quartet format that also includes Cecil McBee on bass Sonny Fortune on flute and tenor sax! Tanaka's style is a bit laidback – spacious, but sometimes a bit wispy, even ... CD
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Cherry Bat
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy
Heinz Sauer's tone hits us with the force of a bat from the very first note of the set – even though the leadoff track on the record is a ballad! Sauer's a real overlooked genius – a player who has a way of putting soul and life into every note he blows, even when mellow – this ... CD
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Fonit H602/603
Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold
Wonderful work from one of the greatest Italian jazz groups of the 60s – heard here in two of their rarest recordings! The set brings together material from two sessions that were only issued on the Fonit sound library label – but both are every bit as sharp and soulful as the best ... CD
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Fonit H602/603 (with bonus CD)
Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Wonderful work from one of the greatest Italian jazz groups of the 60s – heard here in two of their rarest recordings! The set brings together material from two sessions that were only issued on the Fonit sound library label – but both are every bit as sharp and soulful as the best ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Dark To Themselves
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy
One of Cecil Taylor's most spiritual sessions of the 70s – a live set recorded in Yugoslavia in 1976, and done with this really open sound, but one that comes as much from the horns as it does from Cecil's piano! In fact, we might well say that the horns are the best attraction here – ... CD
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Advance
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy
An unusual early set as a leader from Bobby Watson – recorded during his initial batch of work with Curtis Lundy, but in a much freer style! The session's a live one – and has Bobby as the main soloist in a quartet that includes Jim McNeeley on piano, Todd Coolman on bass, and Adam ... CD
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Helium Tears
West Wind (Germany), 1988. New Copy
A lost late 80s recording from Charlie Haden – one that has the bassist working in territory that echoes some of his ECM moments of previous years – but which also bursts forth with some fresh colors and ideas as well! The tunes have a nice sense of movement throughout – and ... CD
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Lorrach/Paris 1966
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1966. New Copy
A crucial European performance by Albert Ayler in the mid 60s – one that wasn't issued until many years after the recording, but which has become one of the sharpest pictures of his genius at the time! The vibe here is different than the Ayler albums for ESP – still very much in the ... CD
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Stockholm/Berlin 1966
Hatology (Switzerland), 1966. New Copy
Stunning live recordings from Albert Ayler's European tour of late 1966 – during a peak creative period for Ayler – while working with an incredible group! This excellent CD captures them in Stockholm for Swedish radio on November 10, 1966 – followed by an equally well ... CD
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Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1989. Used
One of those great records that really reminds us that Anthony Braxton's roots in jazz run plenty plenty deep – despite his longstanding reputation as an individual! This set of Lennie Tristano compositions offers up some great old school blowing from Braxton – alto that's as sharp and ... CD
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Comin On
Hatology (Switzerland), 1988. New Copy
A brilliant reinvention of the Bobby Bradford/John Carter partnership – a key force on the LA avant scene of the late 60s and early 70s – still filled with fire in this later recording! Bradford's cornet has lost none of its force – and the real shift here is Carter, who works ... CD
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Eighth
Hatology (Switzerland), 1981. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Positive Intensity
CBS (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A unique Japanese-only session from pianist Tommy Flanagan – hardly a one-off, though – as the whole thing's put together with a real sense of care by legendary Columbia jazz producer Teo Macero! Although unissued in the US, the set gives Flanagan one of his greatest showcases of the ... CD
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Two Headed Freap
Blue Note (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Amazing stuff by Ronnie Foster – a sweet little album of slow funky keyboard tones, much more loosely arranged than his later work, with a dope groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop – and although ... CD
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Hollywood
MoWest/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
A great record from The Crusaders – and an album that's really the start of the group's strong run of smooth funky jazz for the 70s – a very vibrant little set, even though the black and white cover makes the whole thing look a bit understated! The album's got the group dropping the ... CD
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RCA (Japan), 1962. New Copy
A really landmark album in European jazz – one of those records that always tops the lists of collectors, and for good reason too! The sextet of trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini and tenorist Gianni Basso was easily one of the greatest things going in jazz on that side of the Atlantic in the early ... CD
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Headin' South
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from the legendary pianist Horace Parlan – a sweet little Latin-inflected set that's unlike any of his other records for Blue Note! All of Parlan's work for the label is great, but this album's something even more special – thanks to the ... CD
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Putting It Together
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Proof that Elvin Jones wasn't just riding on the laurels of the Great One during his years with John Coltrane – as the album's a breakout date that has Jones firmly establishing his own voice in jazz! There's an explosive power here that makes us think that Elvin must have really just been ... CD
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Blues Roots
Columbia (Japan), 1968. New Copy
An overlooked Dave Brubeck from the 60s – and one of his most striking sessions at the time! The album steps a bit into the Blues Roots promised in the title – but overall, it's more of a unique meeting between Brubeck's piano and the baritone sax of Gerry Mulligan – coming ... CD
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It's About Time
RCA (Japan), 1961. New Copy
Of course it's about time for Joe Morello – because as Dave Brubeck's drummer, he was constantly caught in recording sessions that were all about unusual rhythms and timings in jazz! Yet this set really helps Joe break free from the Brubeck mode – and also shine strongly as a leader, ... CD
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Fuego
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy
One of Donald Byrd's first albums on Blue Note – tight, soulful, and a firm statement of hardbop truth – a record that showed that Byrd was firmly on the map! The ensemble features Jackie McLean on alto, and the rhythm section includes Duke Pearson, Doug Watkins, and Lex Humphries ... CD
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Charisma
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy
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 ... CD
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My Heroes
Venus (Japan), 2014. New Copy
Drummer Joe Farnsworth pays tribute to the greats of the 50s and 60s – Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Max Roach, and others – in a smoking set that features his longtime musical companions Eric Alexander on tenor, Harold Mabern on piano, and Nat Reeves on bass! There's a vibe ... CD
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Jazz At The Plaza Vol 2
Columbia (Japan), 1958. New Copy
An intimate live session from Duke Ellington and his great late 50s orchestra – presented here at a private party hosted by Columbia Records at the Plaza Hotel in New York – at a time when Ellington was making some of his best music for the label! The tracks here are every bit on a par ... CD
 
Updated October 30, 2014


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