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An excellent collection of early work recorded under Johnny Hodges' name in the early years – sessions from 1938 and 1939, issued here on LP format in the mid 50s under LP format, with a nice cover by William Steig! The tracks are a great assortment of small group numbers that focus on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Excellent early work from pianist Mike Wofford – a player who'd show up more strongly in the 70s, but who's already in great form here in this early 60s session! The album's quite unique – not the mainstream piano trio material that you'd expect from a major label at the time, and more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ray's first full LP, recorded shortly after his initial session with Betty Carter, which was also issued by Epic. The album's got Ray grooving in a hard early soul jazz mode – working in a trio with either Kenny Clarke or Osie Johnson on drums, and Wyatt Reuther on bass. Candido joins in on ... LP, Vinyl record album
30s tenor sides from Chu Berry – packaged here in a nice LP that mostly features work done with the Stompy Stevedores combo, but also includes sessions Chu cut with the bands of Cab Calloway and Teddy Wilson! The Berry style at this point is warm, but soulful – arcing out with some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
A sweet soulful set from drummer Grasella Oliphant – one of two legendary albums cut for Atlantic Records in the 60s – and the one with a very heavy-hitting lineup! The vibe here is somewhere between Blue Note Hammond dates and soul jazz on Prestige Records in the mid 60s – as ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great Horace Silver album – and one of the rarest! The record features some top-line material that virtually defines Silver's post-Jazz Messengers sound – tracks that come out with a hard and heavy groove, yet which also have a lightness in the mix too – a sense of play and ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic early Arkestra session, and one that features Ra on a variety of instruments – from piano to clavioline to bass marimba, Sun Harp, dragon drum, and electronic celeste – all of which make for a session that's one of the wilder ones from the time! Major soloists on the album ... LP, Vinyl record album