Leo Smith —
Rastafari ... CD Sackville/Boxholder, 1983. New Copy ...
Hardly the reggae album you might guess from the title – and instead a captivating set that follows strongly in the best sonic legacy of Wadada Leo Smith's other records from the time! The album has Smith fronting the quartet of reedman Bill Smith – who plays soprano, sopranino, and ... read moreCD
One of Lonnie Liston Smith's most spiritual sessions, and the record that most clearly shows his roots with Pharoah Sanders! The vibe here is much more jazz-based than on some of Lonnie's other records for Flying Dutchman – with Smith playing as much acoustic piano as he does electric, using ... read moreCD
Lonnie Liston Smith —
Live! ... CD RCA (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
The mighty Lonnie Liston Smith live – sounding every bit as great as he did on his famous studio sessions from the 70s – and maybe even more freewheeling too! The feel of the record is really tremendous – extremely soulful, with Lonnie jamming away on keyboards as the band ... read moreCD
Lonnie Liston Smith —
Loveland ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A beautiful album of smooth mellow jazzy grooves – and one that proves that Lonnie was still always great, even when he was getting the more mainstream production treatment. The record is similar to ones cut by other older jazz funk keyboardists at the time – like Ramsey Lewis or ... read moreCD
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for ... read moreCD
Lonnie Liston Smith is really tightening up his groove on this one – bringing a bit more funk into the mix, and creating that amazingly sweet glide in his keyboard sound! The record's still steeped in the righteous influences of years past, but it brings the message out to a bigger audience ... read moreCD
A great lost chapter in the career of organist Lonnie Smith – a session recorded in the 80s, but done with the simple straightforward soul jazz groove of earlier sides on Muse and Prestige! Lonnie's working here in a loose and free trio format – with Melvin Sparks on guitar and the ... read moreCD
One of the most sharp-edged sessions we've ever heard from jazz violinist Stuff Smith – thanks to a live setting in the famous Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen, and packing by a great combo with Kenny Drew on piano! Drew sets up the groove strongly – with Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on ... read moreCD
An incredibly ambitious work from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – an extended piece that's dedicated to the national park system in America, but which is also almost a musical "conversation" with that system too – one that seeks to expand and transform the landscape through a ... read moreCD
An unreleased set of solo performances from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – one that we'd rank right up there with his most adventurous work of the 70s! Smith comes across wonderfully on the record – full of soul and imagination, and easily as impressive on his solo instruments as ... read moreCD
A revised version of the album Reflectativity – originally released in the mid 70s by Wadada Leo Smith, under the group name of New Dalta Ahkri – but presented here in a very different style! Smith is on trumpet and flugelhorn, and the trio also features pianist Anthony Davis – ... read moreCD
Jim Snidero —
MD66 ... CD Savant, 2016. New Copy ...
Fantastic work from reedman Jim Snidero – wrapped up tight here in the frontline with trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, a pair who come off with a hell of a lot of focus and power right from the very first note! Sipiagin's horn provides this farther reach for Snidero's ideas – really pushing ... read moreCD
A great collection of jazz-based soundtrack work from French modernist Martial Solal – served up here in a nicely expanded CD set! First up is Solal's score for A Bout De Souffle – a film best known as Breathless around the world, and an early movie by Jean Luc Godard that perhaps gave ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
A hell of a great little package – an overstuffed CD that not only features the first two 10" albums by groundbreaking pianist Martial Solal – but also features some bonus titles from a 7" EP too! By the end of the 60s, Solal had emerged as one of the more avant pianists on ... read moreCD
A suite for trio, and a sweet one too – a record that's maybe a bit less arch modern than some of Martial Solal's other sessions from the 70s – but no less creative overall! Solal's got all these angles and edges on his piano notes, but also really manages to keep things swinging ... read moreCD
Great small group work from singer Jeri Southern – a group so small, the set also features the vocalist on piano! If you only know some of Jeri's more fully-produced albums of the 50s and 60s, you'll really be surprised here – as the singer works in a great small club setting with this ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Great work from James Spaulding – one of the few players of his generation who actually got better with age! As he was in his classic 60s Blue Note recording sessions with other leaders, Spaulding is a hell of a group player – extremely sensitive to the other members of his groups ... read moreCD
Spike Orchestra —
Ghetto ... CD Spike (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
A beautiful album from this hip, young, UK jazz ensemble – a set inspired by the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, and delivered in this sublime range of sounds and styles! The lineup shifts a bit from track to track – from the duo of leaders Sam Eastmond on trumpet and Nikki Franklin on voice ... read moreCD
A sweet keyboard trio, and one who work with surprising instrumentation from gospel music – yet make their tunes come across with a very different vibe overall! The group features lots of Hammond and other keyboards from David Wallumrod, and the record features tunes penned by James ... read moreCD
Amazing free jazz from the British scene of the mid 60s – some of the earliest rumblings of genius from the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – already working here at a level that matches the avant energy happening both in the US and on the larger European scene! Core interplay here comes ... read moreCD
Maybe one of the smallest label dates from trumpeter Terrell Stafford, but also maybe one of his greatest as a leader, too – as the record's got a richly personal feel that grabs us right away! The set was done in collaboration with Herb Harris – who wrote and produced all the tracks, ... read moreCD
A jazz message from Poland, and one that's served up loud and proud, too – thanks to tremendous work from trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and a very sharp-edged group! The music here has that open flow that some of the more fusion-based players were exploring in Poland at the time – but the ... read moreCD
A fantastic electric session from the 70s Polish scene – a record that not only features freewheeling trumpet from Tomasz Stanko, and sweet Fender Rhodes from Adam Mackowicz, but also includes some very inventive work on drums and percussion from the great Czelaw Bartkowski! All three ... read moreCD
An amazing set of funky moog from Robert Mason – a record that takes the instrument far away from silly pop song covers, and into the range of cosmic 70s fusion! The album's got a really powerful sound that even blows away the earlier Stardrive album on Elektra – and mostly features ... read moreCD
Starlite Motel (Alberts/Saft/Flaten/Nilssen) —
Awosting Falls ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy ...
A group who've got a pretty heavy sound for such a poetic name – hardly the lightness you'd expect from the stars – and instead a full-on wave of improvised sound from a mixed electric and acoustic lineup! The group features Kristoffer Berre Alberts on alto and tenor, Jamie Saft on ... read moreCD
Jeremy Steig —
Firefly ... CD CTI/King (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
A rare CTI entry from funky flute master Jeremy Steig – a musician whose style is a great fit for the label! There's more of an electric vibe here than on Steig's earlier records – but that creates a nice current of soul that really helps things take off in a nicely different way. The ... read moreCD
Rare work from the east coast scene of the mid 50s – a sweet little quintet session from saxophonist Hal Stein and trumpeter Warren Fitzgerald! Both players were slightly lesser stars in the jazz world of the time, but come across here with a clarity of vision and tightness of execution that ... read moreCD
A unique little record – with some surprisingly nice touches! At some level, the record's got the feel of some of the east coast chamber jazz sets of the time – particularly those on Bethelehm and RCA – but at another level, there's a much more playful feel here, one that breaks ... read moreCD
A trio of albums from John Stevens' Away – all packaged together in a single CD set! First up is the initial outing from the group – a surprising little set from drummer John Stevens – quite different work than his more outside, freewheeling material in the Spontaneous Music ... read moreCD
Slam Stewart may well be one of the coolest bassists in jazz – one of the first players to really get the instrument to have as much melodic force as it did in rhythm – a quality that he really emphasizes here by singing along with his basslines! Slam's sung before on record, but never ... read moreCD
Robert Stillman sits amidst a host of different instruments on the photo with the album – Fender Rhodes, Tenor, soprano sax, and drums – all of which, and more, he plays with a wonderful sense of expression on this overdubbed set – almost with the personal feel of some obscure ... read moreCD
Stirrup (Lonberg-Holm/Macri/Rumback) —
Cut ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy Gatefold ...
Strings and percussion – a beautiful balance here between the cello and guitar of Fred Lonberg-Holm, the bass of Nick Macri, and drums of Charles Rumback! The music has maybe a bit more pulse than some of Fred's other projects – rhythmic energy that lets his work on the guitar resonate ... read moreCD
A late life session from Sonny Stitt – and a great one, too – as the set's got the saxophone giant really opening up in the relaxed, easygoing space of the Black & Blue label studio – which allows Sonny to hit the soulful vibe of his classic recordings on Roost and Verve! The ... read moreCD
A little bit of Stitt is always a great thing – especially when Sonny's playing this well! The album's a killer from Stitt's Roost years – a time when the player was really stepping ahead of the pack – moving past anyone's easy categorizations of his playing – and into ... read moreCD
Sonny Stitt's work for Verve was some of his best on record – and this album is a perfect illustration of that bold claim! Sonny's blowing here in a wonderful style – a bit more restrained than on his early bop sides, more complicated than on his later soul jazz sessions, and all ... read moreCD
Magical Stitt work on Roost – an album of marked understatement, from the simple title, standard cover, and lack of session details on the back – all of which might make you think "oh yeah, heard this one before." But one drop of the needle opens the album up immediately ... read moreCD
Sublime work from Stitt! The record has a subtle genius that's impossible to describe with words – as Stitt's tone and economy on the album's solos are the pure stuff that you only find after panning through an endless stream of post-bop LPs by players of his generation. The album's ... read moreCD
One of Sonny Stitt's amazing albums for Roost – a record with a beautifully mature conception of bop soloing, and a totally confident tone throughout! There's an understated brilliance here that's nearly impossible to describe in words – a sense of placement, timing, and phrasing that's ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Irvin Stokes spent most of his career working in bigger groups with more famous leaders – but he really shines on the spotlight on this mid 80s album from France – a session with a really timeless vibe! Stokes has a mode that's rooted in swing, but which has the kind of ... read moreCD
A really obscure group from the Detroit scene of the late 70s and early 80s – but one who live on strongly in this double-length set – thanks to the recording efforts of drummer Leonard King! The group were kind of a follow-up to King's previous Soul Messengers group – and to his ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Billy Strayhorn —
Live! ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from the Duke Ellington catalog – an unusual live session led by his longtime arranger Billy Strayhorn – with a vibe that's right up there with all the hippest of Duke's own albums from the time! The set's presented in true Roulette Records fashion – without ... read moreCD
One of the best records ever from reedman John Stubblefield – a set that balances his spiritual roots with a more wide-reaching sense of soul! The tunes here are some of the best that Stubblefield ever penned – proud, righteous numbers that have this great sense of energy – ... read moreCD
Kazuhiro Sunaga —
Mirror ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
A debut solo set from Kazuhiro Sunaga – an artist you might know better as the bassist in Japan's mighty Quasimode – but one who really stretches into new styles here on his own! The music still has that core sense of groove we love from Quasimode, but the performance is in a range of ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
A group who really live up to their name – and sparkle with some key talents from Japanese fusion giants Toshiyuki Honda on reeds and Kazumi Watanabe on guitar! The Sunburst sound is right at that perfect level of Japanese fusion from the classic years – spacious, open, and very ... read moreCD
A fantastic shift in the sound of the Supersax ensemble – one that has the group's jazzy instrumentation mixed with a vocal chorus – in a way that's a bit similar to some of the best Singers Unlimited albums for MPS in the 70s! The title, cover, and group's name might make you think ... read moreCD
A real standout in the mid 70s Japanese jazz scene – one of a few excellent albums by Isao Suzuki, a jazz cello player who could work well in a variety of settings! This album's got Isao grooving with some slight electric touches – working with Japanese players that include Kazumi ... read moreCD
A killer fusion combo from the Polish scene of the 70s – one who seem to take strong inspiration from Weather Report in their sound, and who also feature a very strong bassist in the lead! Wojciech Bruslik is at the helm here on electric bass – often more structured than Jaco Pastorius ... read moreCD
Two very groovy records – back to back on a single CD! Gypsy 66 is one of Gabor Szabo's best records – a hip small combo session, featuring backup by Gary McFarland, Sadao Watanabe, Richard Davis, and Willie Rodriguez – an odd kind of lineup, but one that goes well with the ... read moreCD
Gabor Szabo & Bobby Womack —
High Contrast ... CD Verve/Higher Plane, 1970. New Copy ...
Excellent early 70s work from jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo – a super-dope album that's one of the best he ever recorded! Part of the success of the record has to do with the presence of Bobby Womack – normally a soul singer, but also a heck of a guitarist, playing here alongside Szabo in ... read moreCD
Searing sounds from the Japanese scene at the start of the 70s – music that's equal parts noise and equal parts free jazz – served up on some freaky, fuzzy guitar from Masayuki Takayanagi – and a mix of alto sax, harmonica and bass clarinet from Karou Abe! Abe's a lot noisier ... read moreCD
Tenorist Tom Tallitsch has gotten plenty of love from our ears in recent years – and with a record as great as this, he's bound to get plenty more! Tom comes on strong with a really deep tenor sound – a mode that we might put in a range between Hank Mobley and Eric Alexander – ... read moreCD
Lots of sharp changes here – deft tenor work from Tom Tallitsch, really cooking strongly alongside the Hammond of Jared Gold! Gold's fast becoming one of our favorite contemporary players on his instrument – and for this sweet little set, he brings out a lot of Larry Young-like lines ... read moreCD
One of the best trio sessions we've ever heard from Horace Tapscott – warmer and a bit more soulful than some of his other sides of this nature, and played with a well-rounded style that really hits home! The group features great drum work from Ben Riley, and bass by Fred Hopkins – and ... read moreCD
A surprisingly strong trio session from Horace Tapscott – recorded in Santa Barbara in 1981, with a group that features Sonship on percussion and the great Roberto Miranda on bass! Miranda's tone is round and warm, and brings out some of the most soulful sides of Tapscott's playing – ... read moreCD
Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Call ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
Large-group genius from the legendary Horace Tapscott – one of the few recordings of his groundbreaking Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! The music here is totally righteous right from the start – even more searching and soaring than Tapscott's trio or solo work – thanks to help from ... read moreCD
Horace Tapscott/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Flight 17 ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
One of the best Horace Tapscott albums on Nimbus – and one that features him playing with the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra, who give the session a much fuller feel than some of Horace's other sparer sets. The group's made up of some strong hip players from the LA underground – and in a ... read moreCD
Incredibly strong work from the Tarbaby trio – a group that features Orrin Evans on piano, but which gets really equal strength from the bass of Eric Revis and drums of Nasheet Waits! In fact, those two latter players often take center stage instead of the piano – each with ... read moreCD
Gregory Tardy's turned into a reedman with a great ability for complex soundshapes – these beautiful phrasings and passages from his tenor sax – yet always delivered in a way that never fails to swing with soul! On this excellent set, Tardy and his musical associates paint these lovely ... read moreCD
Buddy Tate on the relatively trad side of the spectrum – but still blowing here with that wonderfully deep tone that we love on his famous tenor! The set features a group named as The Buddy Tate All Starts – a combo that also features Doc Cheatham on trumpet, Vic Dickenson on trombone, ... read moreCD
Nine different Brazilian pianists, each performing a solo selection of their own – in a concert setting that has each musician really rising to the occasion in the others' company! The difference in modes and manners here is strong, but much of the material follows the warmly melodic style ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A vintage set from the great Ebo Talyor – an artist who's been recording new music in recent years, but who sounds even better here on one of his classics! Ebo's got a fair bit of jazz mixed in with his sound – a layering of flute, trombone, tenor, guitar, and keyboard parts with a ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Jimi Tenor looks shrunken in size on the cover, but that certainly hasn't happened to his music – which just seems bigger and more expansive on this wonderful release! The set's still very much in the spiritual jazz mode that Tenor's been touching for the past decade or so – but it ... read moreCD
A sweet set of spiritual jazz funk – recorded by this obscure group who were part of the same DC scene as Oneness Of Juju in the mid 70s! The ensemble's led by singer/pianist Clarence Young – and has a very message-oriented approach – sort of a blend of Roy Ayers-styled jazzy ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A killer little record that's way more than just a set of obscure Afro-styled grooves – given that the whole thing was produced by funky soul genius Oliver Sain – and features work from avant jazz musicians who include Oliver Lake on alto and flute, Lester Bowie on trumpet, and Charles ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
The last album in Leon Thomas' classic run of albums for the Flying Dutchman label – and one of the most unique as well! There's a tighter feel here than some of Thomas' more free-flowing spiritual jazz sessions – but the sound is hardly commercial at all, either – and still has ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A wicked little set from British pianist Eddie Thompson – a player who always wasn't as well noticed on this side of the Atlantic, but who will forever be remembered for this classic date for MPS! The set's got a great criss-crossing of styles – a punctuated way of playing the keys ... read moreCD
Bop, ballads, and lots more too – played by reedman Lucky Thompson at a time when he was really picking up some new ideas on the European scene! As with contemporaries like Sonny Criss or Benny Bailey, Thompson was great before he hit the continent – but then came back from Europe a ... read moreCD
A great recasting of the older four brothers jazz modes – that four horn chorus and solo format first created by Woody Herman with Stan Getz – given a much more modern twist here by a top-shelf lineup of players! The group has the American genius Lucky Thompson on soprano and tenor ... read moreCD
Overlooked genius from Henry Threadgill – one of his under-exposed 80s sessions for the About Time label, and work that's every bit as great as his better-known sides for Delmark or Black Saint! The group here has a nice sense of freedom and interplay – almost a quality that hearkens ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful, lyrical albums we've ever heard from Henry Threadgill – a set that still has all the sharp edges you might know from his other work, but which also comes across with a slightly more sensitive sound as well! The compositions are beautiful – really well-written ... read moreCD
Three (Joe Sample, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne) —
Three ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Quite possibly one of the most successful Japanese piano trio recordings of the 70s – a super-session performed by a group that includes Joe Sample on acoustic piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums! Given that Sample's best known during the era for his electric keys with the ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Cal Tjader albums ever – and one of the first to have his vibes working alongside Fender Rhodes! The record's a surprising little set from the start of the 70s – one that almost has Cal picking up some of the New York sounds of a few years before, then mixing them ... read moreCD
Masahiko Togashi —
Rings ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Spare solo percussion work from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi – a double-length set of tracks that runs through 12 "rings" – all different shorter passages that are part of a longer composition – played by Togashi on drums, percussion, vibes, marimba, celesta, and ... read moreCD
The intimate nature of the title is very apt on this one – as the album features spare duets between drummer Masahiko Togashi and other Japanese musicians – including the great Sadao Watanabe on flute, and either Masahiko Satoh and Masabumi Kikuchi on piano! The sound is open, and ... read moreCD
A mid 70s live recording by Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi – performed with help from a larger group that includes Sadao Watanabe on reeds, Masahiko Satoh on percussion, Shigeo Suzuki on reeds, and extra added percussion. Tracks are long and exploratory – usually beginning ... read moreCD
LA after dark, but never too sleepy – thanks to the sweetly swinging sound of this set from pianist Ross Tompkins! The record's a bit less known than Ross' material for Concord, but has a very similar vibe – kind of a classic balance between his piano and the guitar of Herb Ellis ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling groups we've heard from Norway's Jazzland label in recent years – an octet with a singer in the mix, but which uses her voice in a way that's just like another instrument! The core sounds of the group come from their slow-building, somewhat rhythmic way of layering ... read moreCD
Latin jazz and a whole lot more – served up in this excellent soundtrack that takes us back to the glory days of the cubop sound of the late 40s, but also adds in a lot of contemporary styles too! The music is played by a few different groups, all recording for the film, but the whole thing ... read moreCD
A killer combo from the Japanese jazz scene – one who work with the rhythmic core of the club jazz groups from years back, but who also take off with a lot more fire on their instrumentation! The tunes here often have a romping sort of rhythm – with lots of heavy acoustic bass and ... read moreCD
Dwight Trible —
Horace ... CD Fremeaux & Associates/Elephant (France), 2001. New Copy ...
One of the first great collaborations between spiritual jazz vocalist Dwight Trible and producer Carlos Nino – a set that's got all the righteous power of some of our favorite jazz vocal sets from the early 70s! Trible's a singer with a sound that's amazing – partly linked to the modes ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
The great Armando Trovajoli composed some of the grooviest soundtracks of the late 60s – but at the start of the decade, he was also shining strongly on the jazz front as well – turning out amazing work on albums like this, which we'd love to death, even if we didn't know him from his ... read moreCD
Lorenzo Tucci —
Sparkle ... CD Via Veneto (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
The very first notes state the power of this record – a brilliant flowering of sound from the hands of drummer Lorenzo Tucci – joined here by equally great pianist Luca Mannutza and bassist Luca Fattorni – a trio who roll together with effortless ease, in a style that's as richly ... read moreCD
A great little small group session from trombonist Steve Turre – one that has the leader working with a quartet on the core numbers, then getting some great guest help from tenorist Javon Jackson on some other titles too! The quartet numbers alone are wonderful – laidback, soulful, and ... read moreCD
Stanley Turrentine —
Salt Song ... CD CTI/King (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
An amazing album from Stanley Turrentine – quite different than most of his other sessions for CTI, but in a really great way! Stan's playing here with arrangements from Deodato – in a swirling, Brazilian jazz influenced mode that's similar to their work together with Astrud Gilberto ... read moreCD
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Stanley Turrentine —
Sugar Man ... CD CTI/King (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ...
A classic set from Stanley "Sugar Man" Turrentine – a nickname the reedman had at the time, given the success of his famous CTI Records version of "Sugar"! This set follows in that same great mode – jazzy, but a bit funky too – although couched with this ... read moreCD
The grooves here go way past the surface level – mighty deep overall, and served up in that fantastic mix of jazzy fusion and club that we love so much from U-Nam! The guitarist just seems to get better and better with each new recording – mixing a 70s style of George Benson soloing ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
An album recorded in celebration of a church – but don't hold that against it, because the set may well be the best record so far from reedman Hans Ulrik! The set's got this warm, but angular style right from the start – that way of combining modern edges with soulful flow that some of ... read moreCD
The title of this album from Stein & Mari is somewhat bleak, but the overall sound is anything but – a surprisingly warm, almost redemptive blend of their vocals and a very cool range of instrumentation! The pair don't really sing as a "duo" – and instead kind of lay ... read moreCD
Pianist Hein Van Der Gaag definitely gets right to the point here – starting off the album with a great version of Horace Silver's "Ecaroh" that's filled with these descending note clusters that really open up the tune – setting up this bold, dark mood which is then balanced ... read moreCD
Jasper Van't Hof —
Eye Ball ... CD Keytone/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
A really nice mix of modes from keyboardist Jasper Van'T Hof – as some cuts feature the heavy electric modes we know from his MPS recordings of the 70s – but others feature a much more personal approach on acoustic piano! As with other records from the time, Jasper plays a range of ... read moreCD
A tremendous contemporary album from European keyboardist Jasper Van'T Hof – a player you might know from more electric modes during the 70s MPS years, but who steps out here on acoustic piano – in a groove that's completely wonderful! The album's a stripped-down quartet setting – ... read moreCD
The title's no lie – as the album has Sarah Vaughan exploding out right from the very first note – really swinging with Benny Carter arrangements that are filled with playful colors and grooves! The style's different than some of the moodier, mellow albums that Vaughan cut at the time ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Harry Verbeke/Rob Agerbeek Quartet —
Seven Steps ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
Tenorist Harry Verbeke's a hell of a reedman – a Dutch player who's never gotten the notice he should on our side of the Atlantic, but definitely one of the shining stars of the scene in Netherlands over the past 50 years! Harry blows with a sense of soul and bite right from the very first ... read moreCD
The music of Weather Report, served up by that group's legendary bassist Miroslav Vitous – but at a level that's quite different than the original! There's definitely lots of Weather Report-like elements at play here – not just Miroslav's bass and keyboards, but also the kind of wide-ed ... read moreCD
Sublime work from saxophonist Eraldo Volonte – a rare mid 60s session recorded in Italy, and totally hip work all the way through! Volonte's got a tone here that's really tremendous – clearly Coltrane-influenced, especially on the tenor selections – but also stretching out with ... read moreCD
Maybe the only album we've ever seen from Henny Vonk – a jazz singer with a Dutch name, but a style here that's right up there with some of the hipper American singers of the period – especially those who know how to move on the hipper currents of the spectrum! At some level, Henny's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al) —
Five Stars ... CD Sony/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy ...
One of the rarest albums ever by this legendary jazz supergroup – a Japanese-only set that we'd rank right up there with some of Herbie Hancock's Japanese albums from the same time! The group features Herbie on piano, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, ... read moreCD
A long-overdue reissue – both of Cedar Walton's fusion albums for Columbia – back to back on a single CD! Animation is one of Cedar Walton's mid 70s funky jazz efforts – acoustic keys often traded for electric piano, grooving with a funky bigger band, almost in a Ramsey Lewis ... read moreCD
A wonderful album from the great Cedar Walton trio that featured Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – a really beautiful group of musicians who completely transformed the sound of the piano trio in the 70s! The group played together often in the 70s, and they've never sounded ... read moreCD
Two killers from Cedar Walton – back to back on a single CD! First up is Mobius – a real revelation from pianist Cedar Walton – an unusual electric album from the 70s – quite a surprise, given the mostly-acoustic sound of most of Cedar's other records! The album's a killer ... read moreCD