Ray Turner's not a name you see that often on record – but the tenorist definitely makes us want to look into his legend a bit more, given the strength of his performance on this set! The record's a no-nonsense album with a classically-swinging rhythm trio headed by pianist Hank Jones, and ... read moreCD
60s genius from the mighty Stanley Turrentine – an under-reissued album, coupled here with a huge amount of bonus tracks! The first part of the CD features material that was recorded in 1967, but not issued until the 70s – partly on the self-titled Stanley Turrentine album, and partly ... read moreCD
Stanley Turrentine's no spoiler here – as his tenor sax soars out over the top of some sweet larger group arrangements from Duke Pearson – all awash in a great sense of soul, joy, and life! The album's got a much brighter feel than you might guess from the cover – a vibe that's a ... read moreCD
Twenty One 4tet (Vicente/Dikeman/De Joode/Goevaert) —
Live At Zaal 100 ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy ...
A very open live performance from this quartet – a group that features Luis Vicente on trumpet, John Dikeman on tenor, Wilbert De Joode on bass, and Onno Goveart on drums – all working together with very evenly-balanced energy, in a spacious range of sounds throughout! Some tracks have ... read moreCD
Mc Coy plays Duke, with surprisingly great results – thanks to an expanded trio format that features lots of additional percussion! McCoy's on piano, working alongside Coltrane bandmates Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – but the real charm of the record comes from ... read moreCD
As pure a distillation of McCoy Tyner's lyrical vision as one could ever hope for – a brilliant early standout session for the pianist as a leader! McCoy is backed up here by the energetic drumming of Elvin Jones – with whom he shares a natural empathy from their many years together ... read moreCD
An incredibly strong set by McCoy Tyner – one of his best late 60s sides for Blue Note! The album features McCoy working with a larger group that includes Lee Morgan, Julian Priester, James Spaulding, and Bennie Maupin – using the spiritual ensemble mode that would become his greatest ... read moreCD
A great album from McCoy Tyner – a set that's steeped in the modal soulfulness of his years with John Coltrane, but also handled in a way that really has him breaking away from the pack a bit! Half the album's played with a trio that features Jimmy Garrison on bass – but the strongest ... read moreCD
Really great stuff from bassist Matt Ulery – a player with an imagination as rich as his sound, and an artist who's really becoming a force on the scene here in Chicago! Matt works here in that mix of arrangements and freedom used by some of his contemporaries on the left side of the scene ... read moreCD
Birgit Ulher & Ernst Thoma —
Slants ... CD Unit (Switzerland), 2003. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Gebhard Ullmann/Andreas Willers/Phil Haynes —
Trad Corrosion ... CD Nabel (Germany), 1995. Used ...
Gebhard Ullmann/Chris Dahlgren/Jay Rosen —
Cut It Out ... CD Leo, 2006. Used ...
Gebhard Ullmann/Chris Dahlgren/Peter Herbert —
Bass X3 ... CD Drimala, 2004. Used ...
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
Unity 6 —
Rot ... CD Jazzwerkstatt (Germany), 2013. Used ...
Guitarist Phil Upchurch is in great company here – a cool, back-to-basics sort of group that almost gives Phil a hardbop heritage he didn't have in his youth! The lineup features excellent work on a variety of reeds from Brandon Fields – alto, tenor, soprano sax, and flute – each ... 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
A beautiful tribute to the legendary pianist Horace Parlan – served up here by a Danish quartet! The Scandinavian nature of the set is no surprise – given that Horace spent most of his later years on the Copenhagen scene, where he continued to grow and develop as a musician long after ... read moreCD
Chuchito Valdes definitely earns his royal title here – by working in a hip small combo mode that's got a lineage that stretches back to the Cuban Jam Session styles of the late 50s, but which also features all the modern inflections that came to the music through the efforts of Eddie ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Two very groovy little jazzers from Art Van Damme! Both records were cut during the early 60s – when Art was recording for Columbia with his swinging quintet, in a cool breezy style that surpassed his mellower mood music of earlier years. The album Accordion A La Mode features Art grooving ... read moreCD
Two more groovy albums from Art Van Damme and his other-worldly accordion! Both records feature Van Damme's trademark jazzy style, with haunting breathy instrumentation, and a sound that's incredibly eerie. The album Once Over Lightly features guest vocals by Jo Stafford, who keeps things nice ... (Now Sound, Jazz)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
Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love —
Dual Pleasure 2 ... CD Smalltown Supersound (Norway), 2004. Used 2CD ...
A well-titled set – given that it features a duo, and also runs for the length of two CDs! The pairing of Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love always produces some tremendous music, and this CD is no exception – as the duo improvise wonderfully with a raw, earnest sort of sound that ... read moreCD
One of the earthiest recordings ever done for the Saravah label – and one of the best sides ever to bear the name of Nana Vasconcelos as a leader! The set features Nana on berimbau, percussion, and a bit of vocals – working alongside Nelson Angelo on guitar, piano, and organ – ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A stunning live recording from Sarah Vaughan – recorded in the late 70s, when she was at a whole new height in her talents – and at a level that's far more dynamic and striking than some of her other records from the time! The double-length set presents the first-ever commercial ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of Sarah Vaughan's first albums of Latin-tinged tracks – showing the roots of her interest in Brazilian music that would develop even more fully into the 70s. The record features a large group arranged and conducted by Frank Foster – with a host of jazz soloists, plus Latin ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print. Verve Master edition. Barcode has a cutout mark.)
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
A real classic from bassist Miroslav Vitous – and a record that sets up his sound with a great combination of warm tones and sharp edges! Vitous plays a deep-voiced acoustic bass all the way through – and gets some excellent accompaniment from pianist Kenny Kirkland, who adds in some ... read moreCD
Bassist Miroslav Vitous was a key member of the legendary combo Weather Report, so he's obviously a great choice to head a record like this – but the sound of the album's quite different than any easy fusion expectations you might have, put together in ways that definitely showcase the ECM ... 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
Alexander Von Schlippenbach/Globe Unity Orchestra —
Globe Unity 67 & 70 ... CD Unheard Music Series/Atavistic, 1967/1970. Used ...
Rare material from one of the greatest avant garde ensembles ever! The CD features two long tracks – one recorded in 1967, one recorded in 1970 – both from the tapes of Sudwestfunk Baden-Baden, and never issued until now. The material features the collective at its finest – 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 beautiful set of world jazz atmospherics from Collin Walcott – a set that features his work on sitar and tabla upfront, plus some other great ECM touches from John Abercrombie on guitar, Dave Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The album works a lot better than other sessions of ... read moreCD
A hell of a great set from Mal Waldron – quite spiritual, thanks to a great group and a really open-ended format! Waldon's playing here with Woody Shaw on trumpet, Charlie Rouse on tenor and flute, Reggie Workman on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums – all players who need no introduction ... read moreCD
Mal Waldron —
Opening ... CD Futura (France), 1970. New Copy ...
A gem of a record from a time when pianist Mal Waldron was really making some strong strides forward in his music – working on Japanese and European sessions like this, which were completely different from his American recordings of a decade before! The album's a solo session, with lots of ... read moreCD
An early 80s set from pianist Mal Waldron – and one that's maybe a bit more back to basics than some of his other more experimental records of the time – yet a set that's still got plenty of an edge at all the right moments! Waldron works here on a batch of mostly jazz standards, but ... read moreCD
A new recording for the legendary ESP label – and one that definitely continues in the best tradition of their avant jazz sides from the 60s and 70s! The music here features the lineup of reedman Mat Walerian, pianist Matthew Shipp, and drummer Hamid Drake – coming together in space ... read moreCD
Guitarist David T Walker may be best known for his famous solo albums and landmark session work of the 70s – but the musician was still going strong well into later years, as you'll hear on a record like this! The set's got an almost-classic vibe that's hinted at by the black and white cover ... read moreCD
A pair of burning 21st Century recordings by Per Henrik Wallin – easily one of the greatest free jazz pianists working the European scene for the past few decades – as you'll certainly hear on this set! CD 1 features duets between Wallin and drummer Sven Akie Johansson – recorded ... read moreCD
There's a gospel tinge to the title here, but the album's easily one of the funkiest we've ever heard from keyboardist Robert Walter and his 20th Congress band – a tight little outing that has the group hitting with a tightness that pushes them even closer to the deep funk underground than in ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)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
A seminal work in the development of the career of Cedar Walton – the formation of his excellent Eastern Rebellion ensemble, a group that became a platform for soul jazz expression for the next two decades! The group on this set features George Coleman on tenor, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy ... read moreCD
The second trip into the studio for Cedar Walton's mighty Eastern Rebellion ensemble – and every bit as great as the first! This time around, the lineup's a bit different – with Bob Berg in on tenor, and Curtis Fuller expanding the group on trombone – but the groove is still the ... 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
Cedar Walton & David Williams —
Duo ... CD Red (Italy), 1990. New Copy ...
Cedar Walton in one of his most intimate settings ever – an album that has the pianist working with bassist David Williams, in a style that's even more open and flowing than some of his trio material! Williams has this round, warm tone that steps along at a sweet sort of pace – ... read moreCD
Cedar Walton with Abbey Lincoln —
Maestro ... CD 32 Jazz, 1980/1990. Used ...
Early brilliance from tenor genius David S Ware – one of the first records issued under his own name as a leader, and maybe still one of the greatest too! The album has Ware working with the Apogee trio of Cooper Moore on piano and Marc Edwards on drums – in these long-blown lines that ... read moreCD
A powerful set from tenor sax great David S Ware – his Oncept album – recorded live at Brooklyn's Systems Two Studio! These are intense pieces, but never overbearing. . He's backed by William Parker on bowed and thumping bass, and Warren Smith on drums, tympani and percussion – ... read moreCD
James Jabbo Ware & The Me We & Them Orchestra —
Heritage Is ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1994. Used ...