A great Tokyo meeting from this wonderful trio – and a great little record that even stands out from most of their others from the time! The set's got a surprising amount of original material by the members of the group – as each player contributes at least one title – and these ... 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
A bit of a change for The Great Jazz Trio, but a great one too – given that Buster Williams is on bass here, instead of the usual Ron Carter – working with drummer Tony Williams and pianist Hank Jones to really make things sparkle! Buster's bass is always a treat, and this album's no ... 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
A bit of a variation on Hank Jones' Great Jazz Trio – at least in comparison to the group's better-known records from the Japanese scene in the late 70s and early 80s – but a variation that brings along some mighty nice changes, too! The rhythm section duo here is especially vibrant ... read moreCD
Although Grant Green has been getting a lot of attention lately for his heavy-duty funk work of the late 60s, it's the subtly beautiful work of the early 60's that first caught our attention years ago. From the start of his young career, Green was an amazing player who had developed a unique ... 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
A long-overdue project from trombonist Dick Griffin – a musician who first got his start in Sun Ra's band during the 60s, and who makes his long-overdue nod to his leader here with a really wonderful all-star group! The set's neither a Ra-styled outing, nor a set of Ra covers – and ... read moreCD
A really beautiful album from trombonist Dick Griffin – recorded recently, but every bit as great as his 70s work on the Strata East label! The set has Griffin working with a quintet of key older players – James Spaulding on alto and flute, George Cables on bass, Cecil McBee on bass, ... read moreCD
Johnny Griffin —
Night Lady ... CD Philips/Universal (Germany), 1964. New Copy ...
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
Tenor legend Johnny Griffin steps in as one of the key soloists here – working within the larger Big Band Lausanne, at a level that takes us back to his classic 60s European performances in the Clark Boland Big Band! This group isn't as groove-heavy as that one, but still has an equally nice ... 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
Danny Grissett —
In Between ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2015. New Copy ...
Pianist Danny Grissett has really grown into a master of tone in recent years – a player who seems to find just the right way to make all his notes resonate strongly with this incredible sense of harmony and presence – so full of color and life, a record like this makes us feel like we'r ... read moreCD
Steve Grossman's doing way more than just holding the line here – as the album has him moving forward strongly with a firmly classic sound on his tenor! While the record's got less of the angular, dynamic energy of some of Grossman's classics from the 70s, it still shows him to be a ... read moreCD
Steve Grossman —
Katonah ... CD DIW (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
A bold little set from Steve Grossman – a record that's nicely poised between his frenetic work of the 70s and mellower moments of later years – done in quartet formation, but with plenty of focus on Steve's wonderful tenor, especially on the longer tracks! There's a very nice "bit ... read moreCD
Beautifully choppy jazz from Steve Grossman and his legendary 70s comrades Gene Perla and Don Alias – one of the heaviest hitting American combos of the time! The trio have a tight fusion sound that's as full-on as it is funky – and Grossman blows some amazing work on tenor and soprano ... read moreCD
Tenorist Steve Grossman's a hell of a player in so many different settings – but we're especially fond of the mid 80s stretch in which he made this record – a time when Steve had learned from all of his bolder, more dynamic moments of the 70s – and was able to fold them back into ... read moreCD
Beautiful spiritual post-Coltrane jazz, played by an excellent but oft-overlooked duo from the early 70s! The Grubbs brothers are fantastic reed players, with a soaring sense of soulfulness that keeps things lively throughout – a style that inflects their horns together nicely to shade in ... 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
An amazing record – one with a depth that goes way beyond its simple roots, and which has gone on to become one of the true Christmas classics of the 20th Century! Although a Christmas soundtrack, the album's more of a tapestry of sadness, longing, and loss – the best qualities that ... (Holiday Music, Jazz)read moreCD
(A great package for the price – nicely oversized, too!)
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
Swedish saxophonist Lars Gullin made some amazing records in the 50s and 60s, but most folks have never heard these tracks before – as they represent some lost tapes that are surprisingly great, and which will be a key addition to his catalog! Gullin's baritone is wonderful here – ... 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 ...
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
One of the more complicated works we've ever heard from bassist Barry Guy – a longer piece composed for three different voices and strings as well – but which also still features a fair bit of improvisation throughout! Anja Poche and Matthew Brook sing in straighter (although still ... 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
Four ultra-rare records – all brought together in one incredible CD set – the third collection to document the brilliant sounds of Germany's Ego Recordings label from the 70s! First up is the album Reconciliation from Joe Haider – one of the 70s gems on the mighty German Ego ... 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
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
A gem of an album from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – his third on the Gondawa label, and like all the others, a set that we'd easily rank right up there with the best 70s spiritual jazz on labels like Strata East or Black Jazz! The set's got a fluid sound that's extremely compelling – ... read moreCD
An excellent album of tunes with a cool Konitz-like sound – featuring the vastly under-discovered reed work of Lenny Hambro, with piano by Eddie Costa, and guitar by either Sal Salvador or Barry Galbraith. The tracks are short and angular – but have a particularly soulful groove in the ... read moreCD
Massive work from Johnny Hammond – stretching out here in some totally jamming grooves that really transform his style for the 70s! The sound here is a lot hipper and tighter than some of Hammond's more rough-edged soul jazz of the 60s – a groove that's a great precursor to his more ... read moreCD
A real treat – one of the few small group sessions ever recorded by Slide Hampton during the 60s! The session was cut in Paris, where Hampton had taken up residence at the end of the decade – and was done with an all-star group that features Joachim Kuhn on piano, Niels-Henning Orsted-P ... 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
Herbie Hancock —
Directstep ... CD CBS/Sony/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ...
A rare Japanese-only session from Herbie Hancock – very electric, and nicely funky in all the right parts! The set was recorded at the end of the 70s with amazing fidelity – and features a unique lineup that includes Webster Lewis on additional keyboards and Alphonse Mouzon on drums ... 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 rare one from Herbie Hancock – with a very unique sound for the time! The set was recorded in Tokyo, and only issued for the Japanese market – and it features Herbie playing solo acoustic piano, working in a very warm intimate setting that's quite different from his more electric ... read moreCD
Herbie Hancock —
Secrets ... CD Columbia, 1976. New Copy ...
Soulful 70s work from Herbie Hancock – a record that tightens things up from the Headhunters and Sextant sessions, but which still retains a lot of their depth and charm! Players here including some previous partners – like Bennie Maupin on reeds and Paul Jackson on bass – plus ... 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
"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
One of the only recorded documents of the talents of Swedish guitarist Staffan Harde – a player who departed from the scene after the lack of critical response to this tremendous album! We're not sure why the record failed to make waves at the time – but it could well be because the ... read moreCD
One of the first-ever albums to feature the tenor talents of Billy Harper as a leader – recorded at a time when the world was really awakening to his talents – thanks to work with Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Lee Morgan! The album features one of Harper's classic groups – with ... read moreCD
A recent recording by tenorist Billy Harper – but one that follows strongly in the tradition of his 70s classics recorded in Japan! Like those records, this one was done for the Japanese label DIW – and features Harper in a free sort of setting that really lets him unfold with ... read moreCD
Toni Harper —
Toni ... CD Verve (Japan), 1955. New Copy ...
One of the first "adult" albums by a young Toni Harper – first known as a child sensation in the 40s, but stepping out nicely as a torchy vocalist in the 50s! The album's got a really great, really mellow Verve approach – laidback, late nite jazz instrumentation – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A great live set from pianist Barry Harris – material recorded on the same date that gave us the excellent Live In Tokyo album from reedman Charles McPherson – but done in a very different way that shows that Barry's clearly the leader on these tracks! The rhythm duo is wonderful ... 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
A pair of killers from keyboardist Gene Harris – both recorded for Blue Note, and back to back on a single CD! First up is Gene Harris/The 3 Sounds – the last Three Sounds album for Blue Note – and the funkiest too – thanks to lots more electrification than usual, and some ... read moreCD
One of the rare early albums on the Detroit based Tribe label, now made legendary by the compilations on Soul Jazz and P-Vine. Tenor player Wendell Harrison leads a group that includes Marcus Belgrave, Charles Eubanks, and Phil Ranelin, and which features occasional poetry by the "Black ... 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
Some of the most beautiful work we've heard from Evan Parker in a long time – sublime duets on tenor with pianist Alexander Hawkins – on long, improvised tracks that build up with a really sort of special energy between the players! Parker's got a way of being every bit as sharp and ... 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
Drummer Roy Haynes works here with an ensemble that's definitely as hip as the title promises – a really righteous group that makes the album one of Roy's most spiritual records ever! Haynes was always a drummer who was really a cut above, even back at the start – but here, he really ... read moreCD
Excellent early work by Leon Haywood – recorded way back in the mid 60s, when he was knocking around the LA indie scene with a very soulful groove! Back in those years, Leon wasn't singing as much, just playing piano and organ in a mixture of soul and jazz instrumental modes – all hard- ... (Soul, Jazz)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
A brilliant mid 70s album from Jimmy Heath – recorded at a time when he was making some of his greatest strides on record! The album's got a spare, simple quartet format – but Jimmy's working here in a really expansively soulful sound – one that matches that of Clifford Jordan at ... 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
Eddie Henderson —
Mahal ... CD Capitol (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A stone classic from trumpeter Eddie Henderson – and a record that illustrates why he was such a key part of helping the spiritual jazz underground of the 70s find a wider audience at the time! The album's balanced between the freer styles of Eddie's roots and the tighter, soulful modes of ... 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
One of the best records yet from alto sax player Vincent Herring! There's a strong, energetic style on his Smoke Sessions recordings that we really love – but that urgency never even comes close to inhibiting the soulful hard bop inspired rhythmic integrity. He's working with a great group ... read moreCD
Sweet jazzy instrumentals from Jamaica – mellow, moonlight numbers by vibes player Lennie Hibbert and an amazing group of Carribbean players – coming together beautifully on one of his earliest records as a leader! Coming in the early 60s, there's a wonderful Afro-Carribbean jazzy soul ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the hippest saxophonists of the west coast R&B scene of the 50s – served up here in a host of classic singles for the Combo label! Back in the day, Chuck had a groove that could equally skirt jazz, R&B, and early rock and roll – a hard-blown tenor quality that was raspy, ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary Nimbus label – and the only set we've ever seen from pianist Linda Hill as a leader! The set's got the same open-ended, spiritually-expressive sound as Adele Sebastian's record for the label – and Sebastian's also a key part of the group ... read moreCD
A real lost treasure from trumpeter Terumasa Hino – a warm and wonderful live set, and one that's neither too free, nor too smooth – just perfectly set up right down the middle to open up on these beautiful long performances! The lineup is all Japanese – a great array of players ... read moreCD
Terumasa Hino —
Pyramid ... CD Sony/Epic (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
Full-on funky fusion from Terumasa Hino – one of his later sets recorded in the US, and done with a sparkling R&B-influenced approach! Terumasa's horn is still wonderfully soulful, even in the tighter arrangements – and in a way, the set proves that the initial changes being made ... read moreCD
A classic set from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – and a record that's filled with long, open-ended tracks that rank with his best work of the time! Hino's got all the boldness of his best early years here – none of the smoother sounds that marked some of his albums in the US, and a ... read moreCD
A searing live performance from this brilliant Japanese trumpeter – working here at the height of his stretched-out, open-ended powers – but with a style that's a bit more inside than some of his work from the start of the 70s! Hino really shows himself to be a great leader here – ... read moreCD
A searing live performance from this brilliant Japanese trumpeter – working here at the height of his stretched-out, open-ended powers – but with a style that's a bit more inside than some of his work from the start of the 70s! Hino really shows himself to be a great leader here – ... read moreCD
Derrick Hodge —
Second ... CD Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ...
Derrick Hodge blows our mind yet again – and reminds us with this set that he's way more than just a bassist who's known for his earlier work with Robert Glasper! Instead, Hodge takes on a whole host of different instruments – and often provides most of the music on most of the tracks, ... read moreCD
5 late albums from Billie Holiday – all collected in one sweet set, in tiny LP-styled sleeves, too! First up is Lady Sings The Blues – possibly one of the most essential Billie Holiday albums for Verve – a set that carries the same title as her famous autobiography, and which ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Wonderful live work from the second chapter of Billie Holiday's career – that stretch when she was barred from performing in most New York clubs, due to the loss of her cabaret card – which actually seemed to lead to a wider range of exposure in venues across the country! The ... (Vocalists, Jazz)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
Brilliant work from one of our favorite Japanese jazz artists of the 70s – and a warmly soulful batch of acoustic tunes from pianist Takehiro Honda! The sound here is much more far-reaching and exploratory than most of Honda's other work – a bit in a McCoy Tyner, post-Coltrane mode ... read moreCD
Some of the best Paul Horn recordings of the 70s – tracks that were recorded amidst the Brazilian fusion explosion of the 70s, and which really push Horn's sound to the limit! The album features work that Horn cut with the funky fusion group Nexus – very electrified tracks driven on by ... 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
Classic 50s tenor work from the mighty Joe Houston – west coast tenor star galore, and one of the strongest players to cross the line between jazz and R&B! The set features Joe blowing in a relatively uncomplicated mode overall – hitting some nice upbeat groovers, but also chilling ... 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
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
A monster – and one of our jazz funk favorites of all-time! This is the best record ever cut by the great flute player Bobbi Humphrey – and the record features some stellar production work by the great Larry Mizell, very much in the same vein as that which he used on classic sessions ... read moreCD
Bobbi Humphrey —
Dig This! ... CD Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1972. New Copy ...
A stone killer from funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey – one of her early albums for Blue Note Records, and a set that's a perfect summation of the best sides of her talents! The album's got a slightly different feel than Bobbi's work with Larry Mizell – yet still sports a similar ... 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
Beautifully spiritual work from this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s – an AACM ensemble, and quite possibly one of the most soulful we've ever heard! There's a really spare, earthy approach to the work here – one that uses percussion, piano, and saxes from Light Henry Huff ... read moreCD
Finnish reedman Mikko Innanen works here with American jazz giants William Parker on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums – but in setting that definitely has Mikko holding his own! Innanen plays alto, baritone, and other reed instruments – often with a style that's surprisingly soulful, ... read moreCD
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 hell of a combo from the contemporary Scandinavian scene, and one who just seem to sound better and better with each new record! This American release is a complete gem – maybe even greater than some of IPA's previous import titles – with a mindblowing vision of jazz that seems to ... 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 & Count Buffalos —
African Rock ... CD Dan/Clinck (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Don't think "African rock", think spiritual jazz – as the set's a brilliant blend of the funky styles of Akira Ishikawa and his Count Buffalos combo with some deeper percussive elements that bring a whole new global sound to his music! Ishikawa was already a tremendous talent ... read moreCD
A great little record with an angular, soulful flow – and a sense of direction that's way more confident than you'd guess from the mixed-up look on Shun Ishikawa's face on the cover! Shun's a drummer, and he leads a group here that's full of dynamic energy – excellent work on tenor and ... read moreCD
Open, expressive sounds from the team of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and Vijay Iyer on piano, Fender Rhodes, and electronics – all served up in a mode that's quite different from recent records by either musician! The "rhythm" in the title here might be a bit misplaced – as ... read moreCD
One of the most obscure albums ever from the groovy vocal team of Jackie Cain and Roy Kral – and one of the most compelling, too! The duo take on songs from two older musicals for the set – but completely transform them with their playful, inventive approach to arrangements – a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)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
Keefe Jackson/Josh Berman/Jon Rune Strom/Tollef Os —
Southern Sun ... CD Stone Floor (Norway), 2015. New Copy ...
A killer quartet session that matches a pair of the finest, most adventurous players from the post-millennium Chicago jazz scene with equally excellent counterparts from Norway! The players are Keefe Jackson on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Josh Berman on coronet, Jon Rune Strom on double bass and ... read moreCD