Jazz guitarist David Gilmore has added his voice to countless unusual projects over the years – but we always like him best when he works as a leader – because that's the time his musical vision seems boldest of all! This album definitely lives up to that expectation – as Gilmore' ... read moreCD
One of the most sublime Jimmy Giuffre albums of all time – and a perfect realization of his piano-less/bass-less trio style! The approach here is really revolutionary, especially for the time – as the group simply features Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Jim Hall on guitar, and Giuffre on ... read moreCD
A host of Italian film themes, served up by a really wonderful group – one that features Rosario Giuliani on alto and soprano sax, Luciano Biondini on accordion, Enzo Pietropaoli on bass, on Michele Rabbia on drums, percussion, and a bit of electronics! The set's not Giuliani's first in this ... read moreCD
Robert Glasper Experiment —
ArtScience ... CD Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ...
Tremendous material from Robert Glasper – a set that takes us back to the brilliance of his first few releases for Blue Note – while also encompassing all the changes he's gone through in recent years too! There's definitely some vocals on the record – but this time around, ... read moreCD
A playfully swinging set from trombonist Tyree Glenn – working here in a nicely offbeat style that also includes a bit of vocals as well! Glenn's got a great way with the muted trombone – working the end with a wah wah approach that's certainly got its roots in trad jazz, but which ... read moreCD
A very hip sextet, and a cool trans-Pacific partnership, too – a group led by drummer Yoichi Kobayashi, but which also features strong work from American jazz giants Eric Alexander on tenor, Vincent Herring on alto, and Anthony Wonsey on piano! The format is relatively straightforward, but ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from a key comeback moment from Dexter Gordon – that time when he'd returned to the American scene, was gigging actively, and about to spring to greater fame for his work in film! This set's a nice counterpart to some of the Dexter Gordon material for Columbia in the late 70s ... read moreCD
Fantastic unreleased work from one of the greatest trumpeters on the European scene from the late 50s onward – and one of the few players who could match the depth and soul of American jazzmen on the instrument! Dusko Goykovich has given us so much great music over the years – in small ... read moreCD
Not the usual sort of reggae or rocksteady you might expect from the Jamaican scene in the 60s – but instead a brilliant set of jazz work that shows the roots of so many styles to come! The work here isn't straight jazz – as in an American mode – but the group does have a sextet ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreCD
Tom Grant with Joe Henderson —
Mystified ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Nothing mystifying here – as the album grabs us right from the get-go – with wonderful Fender Rhodes lines from leader Tom Grant, and plenty of soulful tenor from the great Joe Henderson! The album's an overlooked gem from Joe's late 70s years – and the the player is right at ... read moreCD
A fantastic debut as a leader from pianist Cameron Graves – an artist you might know from Kamasi Washington's album The Epic – and an even more tremendous talent when he gets his own chance to shine in the spotlight! Graves has a very bold, righteous vision here – a mode that's ... read moreCD
Great Jazz Trio —
Chapter II ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
The second part of a great Japanese-only session recorded in 1980 – one that features a later edition of the Great Jazz Trio – with Eddie Gomez on bass and Al Foster on drums, next to piano by usual group member Hank Jones! The set's got a hipper feel than usual for the group – ... read moreCD
The title's a wonderful one – given the warmth and great spirit of this legendary trio – a near-perfect assemblage of the talents of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums! Both Carter and Williams help Hank to hit the hipper side of his talents for the 70s ... read moreCD
Great Jazz Trio —
Milestones ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
One of a number of late 70s milestones from the Great Jazz Trio – that sublime grouping of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums! Like the rest of their gems from the time, the album's got this simple, subtle brilliance – a way of approaching piano trio ... read moreCD
Quite an unusual album from Grant Green – a record that's quite different than his earlier records for Blue Note, but still pretty darn great overall! Grant's working here in a large group – Kudu style – with arrangements by David Matthews, but a sound that's still pretty lean ... read moreCD
A rare 70s funk outing for trombonist Urbie Green – a player who first made his name on cool jazz sessions of the 50s, but who really breaks out here with a whole new vibe! Green never stopped playing over the years – honing his craft on countless sessions for dozens of artists in the ... read moreCD
Quite a groovy little record from writer Eloise Greenfield – done in a unique style that has the poet interacting with a set of children throughout – who sing and recite both lyrics and poetry, with this honest approach that almost recalls some of the hipper jazz/poetry projects on ... read moreCD
Lost European jazz recordings from the vaults of producer Gigi Campi – and a stellar batch of non-US material with Johnny Griffin at the lead – working in the company of Clarke/Boland compatriots who include Benny Bailey, Sahib Shihab, Jimmy Woode, Idrees Sulieman, and Milt Jackson! ... read moreCD
Johnny Griffin —
Night Lady ... CD Philips/Universal (Germany), 1964. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A rare European gem from Johnny Griffin – recorded in quartet formation with backing from the rhythm trio of the Clarke Boland Big Band! Johnny was working with the trio in the bigger group at the time, but he gets plenty of space to state his case here – stretching out on hard-bitten, ... read moreCD
A tenor and organ session – but unlike anything you'd remember from the old days! Instead, saxophonist Alexandra Grimal goes for a complete reinvention of the genre – working with a trio that uses the organ to texture these deep, rich keyboard sounds that are almost like waves of ... read moreCD
Steve Grossman joins the Cedar Walton Trio – on a sweet little set that makes for one of Grossman's deepest records of the 80s! Although Steve can really blow with a lot of power when he wants to, he hits a much more lyrical mode here – one that's clearly in line with the warm tones of ... read moreCD
It's been many years since we heard from Grupo Um – that especially inventive Brazilian combo who gave us some really great records at the start of the 80s! Yet the passage of years hasn't dimmed them at all – and this recent performance almost feels as if it could have been recorded ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A very hip early album from the young Dave Grusin – quite different than both his later soundtrack and fusion fame, and a really tight record with a sharp hardbop vibe! The group here is excellent – with strong tenor from Frank Foster, and cornet from Thad Jones – and super-sharp ... read moreCD
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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, Jazz)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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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! ... 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 ... 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' ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... read moreCD
The early genius of Herbie Hancock – perfectly summed up here in five classic albums for Blue Note – each presented in a tiny LP-styled sleeve! Takin Off has Herbie Hancock stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his ... read moreCD
The future is now! Or at least it seemed to be back in 1983 when Herbie teamed up with Bill Laswell to record this classic album of computer-driven keyboard grooves! Whatever you might think of the music, the record was a genius move for Herbie – who was kind of flopping around in a number ... read moreCD
A great little soul album from Herbie Hancock – but one that's often lost in the valleys between his bigger hits of the time! The record was cut in the space right before Herbie's big "Rockit" success – and it's a sweet bit of funky fusion that has a good dose of R&B in ... read moreCD
Two late 70s albums from Herbie Hancock – with bonus tracks too! First up is Sunlight – an overlooked little gem in Herbie Hancock's 70s catalog – and a sweet set of funky tunes that adds an R&B edge to the Headhunters sound! Herbie's playing a heck of a lot of keys on the ... read moreCD
A trio of heavy-hitting albums from Herbie Hancock – served up together in one collection, with bonus tracks too! First up is Thrust – killer electric work from Herbie Hancock – right on par with his groundbreaking Headhunters set, but a bit spacier too! The album features a ... read moreCD
Early genius from the great saxophonist John Handy – working here at a time when he was fresh from some key experience with Charles Mingus, and ready to try out some of his own great ideas as a leader on his own! The album's a stunner right from the start – a record of subtle power and ... read moreCD
A stunner of an early album from reedman John Handy – completely different from both his experimental music of the mid 60s, and from his funkier sides of the 70s! Instead, John comes across here with a simple, unadorned brilliance – a bold statement of modernism mixed with soul, and ... read moreCD
Roland Hanna's certainly easy to love here – working in a free-flowing trio mode, with a fair bit more soul jazz touches than on some of his later work! Rhythm here is from Ben Tucker on bass and Roy Barnes on drums – both of whom bring in a gentle little groove that augments the more ... read moreCD
"Dancers" is a word that we don't usually associate with pianist Roland Hanna – given that most of his music has a warmly lyrical groove, and an introspective spirit that might not be right for the dancefloor! Yet there's definitely a bit more bounce here than usual – a ... read moreCD
Hard-hitting tenor work from the great John Hardee – a player we know best from his early Blue Note singles of the late 40s, but who's still going strong on this mid 70s recording! Hardee's got a strong-voiced tone that's an important (but often overlooked) force in the tenor transition from ... read moreCD
One of the most inventive albums we've ever heard from trombonist Herbie Harper – and that's saying a lot, given some of his other records! The group's an unusual one – with some key members that are likely – Jimmy Giuffre on tenor and baritone, Charlie Mariano on alto, and Jimmy ... read moreCD
Joe Harriott —
Jump For Me ... CD Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1954. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Early work by Jamaican modernist Joe Harriott – already making quite a splash here in his early years on the London scene! Joe's blowing alto here in front of the trio of Tony Kinsey – a tight rhythmic ensemble with Bill Le Sage on vibes and piano, grooving in a hardbop style that's ... read moreCD
Overlooked gems from this key reedman on the Brit modern scene of the 60s – two rare albums in a single package! First up is Movement – one of the most obscure albums recorded by Joe Harriott – leading light of the British avant scene in the 60s – and one of the best, too! ... read moreCD
Joe Harriott/Amancio D'Silva Quartet —
Hum Dono ... CD EMI/Vocalion (UK), 1969. New Copy ...
One of the most compelling albums ever recorded by British alto genius Joe Harriott – a very unusual record that has him working with guitarist Amanico D'Silva, in a style that's got some wonderful modal undertones! The feel here is a bit like Harriott's work with Michael Garrick – ... read moreCD
Beautiful solo material from guitarist Bill Harris – a player who's best remembered for his work with the 50s R&B group The Clovers, but who also cut some great jazz albums over the years! This set may well be one of Bill's best – and certainly one of the most unique – as it ... read moreCD
An obscure early trio session cut by pianist Gene Harris – one of his first ever sessions! The session's got a surprisingly soulful groove – as this Gene also has a strong left hand, even this early in the game – which is augmented by the presence of bassist Ben Tucker in the ... read moreCD
One of the few rare early albums by Gene Harris – cut before his more legendary work as leader of the Three Sounds, andlater Concord Records fame – and he really serves up a soulful swing on the keys! Gene really knows his way around the keyboard, even this early in his career, with a ... read moreCD
Jackson Harrison Trio —
Sintering ... CD Hat Art (Switzerland), 2013. New Copy ...
A hell of a record from pianist Jackson Harrison – an artist we don't know well at all, but who's really blowing our mind with the sounds on this trio date! Harrison's got a way of blocking out sound that flows back to the years of Bill Evans – but he's also got a way of making things ... read moreCD
Billy Hart/Walter Bishop/George Mraz —
Trio ... CD Progressive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A group with an equally balanced name on the front of the album – and an equally balanced sound within! The set's not just another trio outing from pianist Walter Bishop Jr – and instead gives really equal space to the role of drummer Billy Hart and bassist George Mraz – who come ... read moreCD
Beautifully-recorded live material from tenor giant Tubby Hayes – a series of performances done for the BBC in 1965, and presented here with superb sound that really gets at the amazing power of Tubby's solos! The album's a bit different than some other 60s live work by Hayes – in that ... read moreCD
One of the last performances ever from the legendary Tubby Hayes – a small club concert, done with a hardbop vibe that rivals some of his important albums of the late 50s! Tracks are nice and long, and Tubby's wonderfully imaginative with his solos – mostly tenor, but a bit of flute ... read moreCD
Pianist David Hazeltine always sounds great in a trio, but we love him even more with a horn player – as on this session with Seamus Blake on tenor! The pairing of players seems to give Blake the sort of sharp, soulful focus we love best for his instrument – a rock-solid, soulfully-groo ... read moreCD
Heads Of State (Bartz/Willis/Williams/Foster) —
Search For Peace ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
The Heads Of State are a very heady quartet – an all-star group that features Gary Bartz on alto, Larry Willis on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Al Foster on drums – about as great of a lineup as we might hope for! The setting is one that seems to have Bartz very strongly out in ... read moreCD
Anke Helfrich Trio with Tim Hagans —
Dedication ... CD Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Anke Helfrich handles a trio of great keyboards here – Fender Rhodes, piano, and harmonium – sometimes strongly tuneful, other times more as engines of sound – which are balanced nicely with the strong work of Tim Hagans on both trumpet and flugelhorn! The record's far more than ... read moreCD
The start of a great run of genius from Joe Henderson – plus a seminal 80s return to form – served up here on five different albums recorded for Blue Note! First up is Our Thing – a classic straight session by Joe Henderson – cut during his early years, when he was breaking ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is one mighty hip cat – a player who's got a bold, soulful sound right from the start – working here in a combo that also features drummer Cecil Brooks III, who produced the record with that tight, sharp sound that we love on the records he's handled for labels ... read moreCD
A killer collection of work from one of the funkiest European talents of the 70s – bandleader Peter Herbholzheimer, working here at the head of his Rhythm & Brass group, and his Certain Lions & Tigers ensemble! Although Herbolzheimer's got a clunky name, his sound is incredibly fluid ... read moreCD
A groundbreaking set of R&B from the LA scene of the early 50s – a stone classic from tenor sax heavyweight Chuck Higgins – and a set that's as musically groovy as the image on the cover! The tunes here are all quite sharp-edged – rough rhythms on the bottom, often with some ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
(Comes in a great little cardboard slipcase – replicating the old LP sleeve!)
Perhaps the best to date from trumpeter Marquis Hill – still a young player, but he plays with a depth of Chicago soul jazz history in his musical DNA, even as he brings in profoundly modern touches! Marquis was splitting his time between Chicago and NYC by the time The Way We Play was ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from trumpeter Terumasa Hino – an early 80s date that was issued in the US, but one that's got as much bold power and freewheeling soul as his Japanese releases from a decade before! The album's surprisingly open for the time – not in the slicker mode that Columbia was ... read moreCD
An incredible tribute to German pianist Jutta Hipp – one of the few female players in the postwar European jazz scene, and one of the few who managed to make a splash on this side of the Atlantic too! Jutta's best known to American audiences for a handful of records she cut for Blue Note ... read moreCD
Two sweet sets from Hiroshima – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled first album from Hiroshima – a group who took the 70s experiments in Japanese fusion right into the American mainstream – with a wonderful blend of jazz and soul, and a production style that ... read moreCD
Major Holley's a hell of a bassist – one who's soulful sound is probably best-remembered behind organist Shirley Scott in the early 60s, and a player who really does a great job of bringing older modes forward with fresh twists in later generations too! This mid 70s session is an overlooked ... read moreCD
Groove Holmes is definitely dancing in the sun here – working with full arrangements from Mario Sprouse, in a sweetly soulful style that's not unlike Johnny Hammond at the time! Groove still plays Hammond on most numbers – but also a bit of mini Korg too – and although the ... read moreCD
Toshiyuka Honda with Akira Wada —
BW4 ... CD Pit Inn (Japan), 2012. New Copy ...
Beautiful live material from Japanese saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda – heard here in a setting that revives some of his electric modes of years back, but in a much more relaxed, organic kind of setting! The performance was captured live, at the famous Pit Inn club in Tokyo – with long ... read moreCD
Stan Hope —
Stan Hope ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
The only album we've ever seen from pianist Stan Hope – an obscure east coast player who also spent a good portion of his career touring overseas. Hope's working here in a blues-drenched soul jazz piano mode – a bit like the Les McCann LTD albums of the 60s, with a similarly-solid ... read moreCD
Unissued live work from the great Shirley Horn – recorded in Las Vegas right before her big comeback recordings of the 90s – at a time when Shirley was hardly getting a chance to make an album! That lack of attention hardly matters to Horn, though – as she faces this performance ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of our favorite records ever from Toninho Horta – a set that's got an airy brilliance that goes beyond most of his other albums! The sound here is amazing – kind of a jazzy extension of territory explored by Milton Nascimento a few years before – served up with a warmly ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Killer work from the great Joe Houston – one of our favorite R&B tenor saxophonists of the 50s, and one of the most hard-blowing too! Joe's got roots in Texas, but cut plenty of great work on the LA scene of the decade – really pushing his roots into hard-swinging, fast-romping ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard —
Backlash ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1966. New Copy ...
One of Freddie Hubbard's greatest records – a soaring bit of soulful modernism that's almost a precursor to 70s sounds on record labels like Black Jazz or Strata East! Freddie's at his early best here – stepping aside from some of the more serious Blue Note modes, and definitely ... read moreCD
Baddest Hubbard or goodest Hubbard – whatever you prefer, the set's a great sampling of Freddie's incredible work for the CTI label during the early 70s! The album only features 4 tracks, but for CTI, Freddie was cutting them so long, that's the only way you could go – as his ... read moreCD
A classic European date from Freddie Hubbard – recorded right around the vintage of his Red Clay years, but with a sound that hearkens back more towards his Blue Note sessions of the mid 60s! There's a nicely angular feel to this set – that bold, modern quality that really set Hubbard ... read moreCD
(Great LP sleeve edition – new remastering, new notes, and even a picture of the original master tape!)
Freddie Hubbard at the peak of his 70s powers – and one of his finest albums of the decade! The record follows strongly in the tone that Freddie set at CTI on his mighty Red Clay and Sky Dive sets – long, drawn out tracks – done with lots of electricity in the rhythms, and a very ... read moreCD
(Blu-Spec CD pressing!)
Freddie Hubbard —
Polar AC ... CD CTI/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Warm and wonderful work from Freddie Hubbard – a killer of an album recorded for CTI, and one of his most soulful efforts for the label! The album's got a bit more of a human heart than some of the more cosmic sessions Freddie cut at the time – a bit more contemplative and ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard —
Sky Dive ... CD CTI/King (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
A killer set from Freddie Hubbard's legendary years on CTI! Like the classic Red Clay album, there's 4 tunes here, all longer cuts – where everyone gets a chance to stretch out a bit, over smooth (but not too smooth!) electric grooves, supported by great orchestrations from Don Sebesky! Ron ... read moreCD
A rare gem on 60s Prestige Records – and one of the earliest records to feature the incredible talents of reedman Sonny Fortune! Sonny burst into fame in the 70s as a spiritual player with a really freewheeling groove – but this late 60s date has Fortune in the company of Hammond ... read moreCD
Think the French new wave had a lock on jazz soundtracks? Think again, because the Japanese scene of the 60s was full of them – including this sublime set from 1963! Most numbers here are jazz tracks played by a great small combo – one that's got tremendous energy all the way through! ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Hideo Ichikawa may have been one of the most inventive pianists to record for the Three Blind Mice label in the 70s – an artist whose talents are expansive both on the acoustic and electric versions of the instrument he uses here – and which also extend to a few contributions on ... read moreCD
The album's dedicated to Duke Ellington, and it features Duke Ellington tunes – but overall the set is a very personal moment from pianist Masaru Imada – maybe one of his strongest dates of the 70s! The music opens up with that beautifully creative Japanese piano trio approach of the ... read moreCD
Not European rock, but funky jazz instead – served up by a very cool Japanese group with a lot of funky undercurrents! The approach here is similar to some of the other Sound Ltd albums from Takeshi Inomata – a reworking of an older big band mode, with more electric and groovy elements ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series, too.)
The group's name is a bit of wordplay, and might make you think they're presenting themselves in a flip sort of way – but their music is rock-solid, and has this well-crafted, rock-solid approach that's mighty nice! Intrioduction have that open, flowing sensibility that the better European ... read moreCD
Intrioduction, recorded live at the North Sea Festival – on a set that features sparkling interplay between Harry Happel on piano, Koos Wiltenburg on bass, and Fred Krens on drums – a lineup that has a great balance between the strength of Happel's piano lines, and some of the more ... read moreCD
Max Ionata —
Rewind ... CD Via Veneto (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
A wonderful setting for reedman Max Ionata – an album that has him working alongside some Hammond organ from Alberto Gurrisi, who really brings a soulful vibe to the album! Max is always great on other albums – and often plays with this rich tenor sound that takes us back to our ... read moreCD
An already-great quartet – augmented by some wicked trumpet work by Fabrizio Bosso! The group perfectly sums up everything that's great about the contemporary Italian jazz scene – a sound that has its roots in classic hardbop of the 50s and 60s, but a youthful energy that instantly ... read moreCD
A landmark album from this powerhouse Cuban group of the 70s – their first record issued formally to an American market, and quite possibly their greatest effort of the decade! The sound here is a lot more focused than on the group's Cuban sessions from previous years – not commercial ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Akira Ishikawa always gives us very groovy music – either with his Count Buffalos, or without – and this album is a key part of his 70s legacy of mixing up so many different styles at once! The album's definitely got all the elements promised in the title, but all inflected with a ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Another gem in the Deep Jazz Reality series!)
A stunner of a trio set – led by pianist Ethan Iverson, working with one of his heroes and a bonafide legend in bass player Ron Carter, and the always compelling Nasheet Waits on the drums! The group dynamic is solid, but there are some really nice moments with just Iverson's piano, too, ... read moreCD
A really fantastic group from the Japanese scene – a quintet that features trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, who you'll know from his American releases – but a combo that's equally great all around! At some level, these guys are in an older school soulbop mode – but they've also clearly ... read moreCD
Jackie & Roy are definitely getting bit wilder here – hitting an electric early 70s CTI mode, and really growing a lot in the process! The session has the vocal pair working with CD players who include Hubert Laws on flute, Joe Farrell on saxes, Roy Pennington on vibes, and Steve Gadd on ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Blu Spec CD.)
Keefe Jackson & Jason Adasiewicz —
Rows & Rows ... CD Delmark, 2016. New Copy ...
Mindblowing sounds from two of the most creative musicians on the contemporary Chicago scene – coming together in a setting that really brings out the best of both of them! Keefe Jackson's a reedman who can blow with a strong sense of freedom, but never lose his way – and, like session ... read moreCD