Gigi Gryce & Donald Byrd/Cecil Taylor —
At Newport ... CD Verve (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
One of the hippest records to ever come out of the Newport series of recordings! Side one of the set features some groundbreaking early work from Cecil Taylor – in a quartet that includes Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Buell Neidlinger on bass, and Dennis Charles on drums – one of the most ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The coolest grooves we've ever heard from percussionist Henri Guedon – a really wonderful blend of Latin, Caribbean, and jazz-based influences – all filtered into a very special sound! There's plenty of percussion at the core, but there's also some sweet keyboards too – used ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A really warm, well-crafted set from Italian trumpeter Massimo Guerra – just the kind of record we've come to expect from other jazz labels from his scene, but quite a surprise from the mostly-soul Irma label! The set's totally straight – and done in a way that really lets Guerra show ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Greg Guidry must be such a busy guy, they couldn't get him off the telephone for the cover shoot on this album – but don't worry, because he definitely doesn't phone in his performance on the set! Instead, Greg really grabs us right from the start – with a nice blue-eyed soul delivery ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Jean Luc Guionnet & Toshimaru Nakamura —
Map ... CD Potlatch (France), 2008. Used ...
Sublime sounds from the great Bonnie Guitar – a really unique artist who was part jazz singer, part California country – and very much at home on these rare early singles! Most of the music was recorded in 50s Los Angeles – and has a way of mixing country twang with hipper, more ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A genius album from Swedish baritone giant Lars Gullin – and a set that's from a period that was much less documented on our side of the Atlantic! Gullin was one of the undisputed masters of the instrument, and his American recordings on Mercury and Prestige stand as proof to his talent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gunwale (Dave Rempis/Albert Wildeman/Ryan Packard) —
Polynya ... CD Aerophonic, 2016. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Ryan Packard adds some mighty nice electronics to the trio here – subtle elements that are offset by his more dynamic work on drums, but which seem to have an equally strong impact on the sound of the record! Reedman Dave Rempis is really on fire on his longer solos here – blowing alto ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The mighty Mats Gustafsson turns 50 – and to celebrate, he throws himself a 3 day festival of music, along with some of his best contemporaries in the global underground! Given Mats' fire and non-stop energy, the festival must have been amazing – and a good deal of it is documented ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best accomplishments of the brilliant young Okka Disk label has been to record and document the monsterous talents of the brilliant young Swedish reed player Mats Gustafsson. Gustafsson's poised to become one of the next century's most important reed players, and his style is a near-inde ... (Jazz) read moreCD
At some point in the early 90s, Swedish improviser Mats Gustafsson made the acquaintance of American jazz critic/sound artist John Corbett – and a friendship developed that spanned many US tours by Gustafsson, and many other recording projects done with other musicians for other labels. The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Barry Guy's almost returning to the style of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra here – working with a strong set of avant improvisers on an extended performance that gives most of the individuals plenty of time in the spotlight, while still working together as a whole! Guy plays bass, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Buddy Guy reached much bigger fame on later labels, but he sounds pretty darn great here in a set of early recordings done for Chess – all sides recorded in the first half of the 60s, when Buddy represented one of the best talents in a new generation of bluesmen rising up in Chicago! The ... (Blues) read moreCD
We love our Buddy Guy here in Chicago – and this set cut for Vanguard, one of his first full solo albums with his own band will always be a favorite! Buddy's late 60s sound was as charismatic as he'd always be, but there's an understated approach to his lead that's really wonderful, and hits ... (Blues) read moreCD
We're not normally ones to rave about electric blues albums, but this one's a lot nicer than you might think – recorded with plenty of deep soul touches, and even a dose of funk in the right places! We hate to admit it, but a big part of the credit here goes to Eric Clapton – who ... (Blues) read moreCD
A strangely rootsy set from Buddy and Junior Wells, with the surprise addition of Junior Mance on piano – all recorded with a "live in studio" feel that's even sparer than some of the pair's other studio work! The tracks are done in very much the down-home electric mode that was ... (Blues) read moreCD
One of the first albums ever made by Bruce Haack – the mad musician who's best known for his electronic work, but who also left behind a huge legacy of self-produced work for children! This album was done in collaboration with Miss Nelson – Esther Nelson, a dance instructor who worked ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
A real old school set from saxophonist Arno Haas – recorded with a vibe that recalls that special moment when jazz could be smooth, but still funky too – never too over-polished, or sanded down for the mainstream! Haas blows in modes that bring to mind the sharpness of Grover ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Two ... CD Hat Art (Switzerland), 1990. Used ...
Features Hans Kennel on trumpet, Roland Dahinden on trombone, Thomas Eckert on clarinet and bass clarinet, and Hans Hassler on accordion and clarinet. (Jazz) CD
Charlie Haden, Jan Garbarek, & Egberto Gismonti —
Magico ... CD ECM (Germany), 1980. Used ...
Moody atmospherics from the second wave of ECM – a spacious trio outing that features Charlie Haden on bass, Jan Garbarek on saxophones, and Egberto Gismonti on guitars and piano. With any other group of players, the setting might be a bit too spare and relaxed for our ears, but Gismonti ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A cool set by an artist who's clearly influenced by all the older trippy styles issued by the Pharaway Sounds label – especially that imprint's strong focus on fuzzy psych from the Mid-East! In fact, the overall sound of this set's so cool, you could easily pass it off as some lost Turkish ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Somewhat overlooked in the early Merle Haggard catalog (with the exception of the huge title track), this is nevertheless an essential gem and one of the most influential of his career. If you don't know the music of Merle Haggard & The Strangers this record can serve as a great introduction. ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Heavy funk from the Haggis Horns – a group with a gimmicky name, but a rock-solid sound that's made them one of the best contemporary funk combos working in the British Isles these days! The horns are only part of the groove – as the drums and other funky elements really ground the ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A near-lost session from pianist Al Haig – playing in an unusual (for him) format that features piano, guitar, bass, and drums! Haig's piano is recorded with a style that makes it a bit echoey – using the space of the studio in a way that seems to hang the notes in air a bit more, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A heck of a charmer from Haircut 100 – one of a handful of great UK albums from the early 80s that mixed post-punk energy with warmer touches from jazz and Latin – all in a blend that's completely wonderful overall! Haircut 100 were never trying to change the world – and they ... (Rock) read moreCD
Well-blown clarinet solos from Herb Hall – a player who's more than trad enough here to live up to the album's title, and who works with a quartet that includes Claude Hopkins on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass, and Buzzy Drootin on drums! Hopkins is great, too – easily the co-star of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Jim Hall's most compelling albums from the 70s – a mix of lightly swinging tunes and more complicated numbers, recorded with some of his best partners from earlier years! Chet Baker is on trumpet, Paul Desmond is on alto sax – and the rest of the group includes Ron Carter bass, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful album from guitarist Jim Hall – different than some of his other work, and with a slightly harder edge! The unique session has him playing in an MPS 60s mode – more straight-on than some of his more airy moments – with a sound and tone that still recalls his work with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare early trio set from Jim Hall – especially noteworthy because Jim rarely worked in the format as a leader! The album's got Hall working with Carl Perkins on piano and Red Mitchell on bass – in a mode that slightly recalls some of Barney Kessel's mid 50s recordings over at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's an apt one, as the session features spare, unaccompanied duets between guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Ron Carter – done at a time when both players were stepping into some of their warmest, most sensitive years. Hall's especially great here – and even though he had already ... (Jazz) read moreCD
John Hall —
Action ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
A great early solo effort from John Hall – an artist with roots in the New York folk scene, and later fame as a member of Orleans – but very much his own person on this early 70s set! The group on the record features some harmonica from John Sebastian – and in a way, the album's ... (Rock) read moreCD
Hard-rocking work from the earliest years of Johnny Hallyday – material pulled from early French singles that still show Johnny as the true European descendent of the sound of Johnny Burnette and Eddie Cochran! The tracks are mostly very upbeat and driving – a groove that's maybe more ... (French) read moreCD
Maybe the best work so far from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – and a wonderful continuation of the spiritual vibe he's been giving us for the past few years! Halsall's a real up-and-comer – a trumpeter with a spiritual sensibility that rivals the best players on 70s Impulse or Strata East ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The best music from Anthony Hamilton in years – one of the brightest beacons of the modern soul scene standing out as brilliantly as ever on Back To Love! You get the feeling that the plan was to go all out with this album, not the Hamilton didn't put his all into past few records. That ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A rare date done for the smaller Sesac label, and one that features some especially freewheeling sounds! Dolphy's totally great on alto sax – very hard-burning and edgey, and captured with some of the darker tones that you'd hear on his Prestige albums, although a bit more in a Hamilton-rhyth ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from a key period in the career of drummer Chico Hamilton – a time when he really went back to his roots after cutting some more mainstream albums in the late 70s – and started to experiment strongly with both his rhythmic approach, and a creative sense of instrumentation! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A totally excellent bit of funk from Chico Hamilton – working with a great group that more than helps their leader live up to the album's title! The record's a real lost gem – and it's got Chico working in much funkier territory than before, grooving with complicated rhythms, and a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of great musicians, coming together here in a really special sort of session – a laidback, open-ended record that gives both Scott Hamilton and Dusko Goykovich plenty of room to open up in warmly expressive solos! The vibe's maybe a bit more like some of Hamilton's classics than Dusko' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two incredible soundtracks from early Woody Allen films – but as comically charming as the movies themselves! Marvin Hamlisch really outdid himself for the score to Bananas – working at a level that's much more whimsical, and much less staid than some of his better-known Hollywood ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Out of print, sticker over barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
John Hammond —
Mirrors ... CD Vanguard/Real Gone, 1967. New Copy ...
Great lost John Hammond material for Vanguard Records – tracks recorded from some of his earlier sessions for the label, but issued here as a great batch of material on their own! The strength of these tracks is undeniable – further proof that Hammond was really at home in the freedom ... (Rock) read moreCD
Johnny Hammond —
Breakout ... CD CTI/King (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
A massive groover from the great Johnny Hammond – the famous 60s organist from the soul jazz scene, getting a whole new sound for the 70s here on the CTI label! Johnny was always one of those players who was ready to try something new – and the open, extended format of the label really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, he'd teamed up ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing stuff! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of Gears, he'd teamed up with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic 70s southern soul from Roy C – a brilliant follow-up to his excellent Sex & Soul album, but a great little record that more than stands on its own! Although Roy's roots are in New York City, his sound here is one that echoes strongly with the changes going on down in the Memphis, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sex, soul, and lots more too – a sublime solo set from the great Roy C Hammond – recorded after his initial work with The Honeydrippers! The approach here is much more deep soul than his work with that group – very much in the best sort of Fame or Hi Records vibe – with a ... (Soul) read moreCD