A great lost session by Stan The Man – recorded in the early 60s when he was doing some of his best work, but not issued by Blue Note until the mid 80s! The album stands right up there with other Blue Note gems of the time – especially albums like Comin Your Way and Jubilee Shout, both ... read moreCD
An incredible album by avant saxophonist Charles Tyler – and one of his most unique albums ever! Tyler's playing here in a wild setting – alto sax mixed with three stringed instruments, one cello and two basses – which makes for a very unusual sound. The album's got a deep, dark ... read moreCD
One of the best ESP sessions from the mid 60s – and a startling album of avant tracks from Charles Tyler and his group that included Henry Grimes, Charles Moffet, Joe Friedman, and a young Ronald Jackson. Moffet plays vibes on the session, and combined with Friedman's cello and Grimes' bass, ... read moreCD
A pretty great little live set – recorded at the Montreux Jazz fest in 1973, and featuring one of the better McCoy Tyner groups of the time! The album's a key set in McCoy's stretching out after the passing of Coltrane – a record that draws strongly from his 60s spiritual heritage, but ... read moreCD
A very early date as a leader by McCoy Tyner – cut at a time when he was making big waves in the John Coltrane Quartet, but also sounding plenty darn great on his own! The group here's a trio – with Coltrane associates Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – and the warm ... 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
McCoy Tyner certainly should have no trouble remembering John – given that Coltrane was once his old boss – but apart from that easy reference in the title, the set has plenty more to offer – and is easily one of the most dynamic Tyner trio sessions from the later years of his ... read moreCD
McCoy Tyner —
Sahara ... CD Milestone/OJC, 1972. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Pretty darn nice stuff from McCoy Tyner, from a period when he was opening up to the soul jazz spiritualism that was around him – a movement that was clearly directly inspired by his work with Coltrane, but which also helped to shape his playing, and return the favor of influence. The group ... read moreCD
Quite hip stuff from McTyner – really righteous sounds from his 70s run for Milestone Records, recorded with a great lineup that includes Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Gary Bartz on alto, Azar Lawrence on soprano and tenor sax, Bulster Williams on bass, Billy Hart on drums, and Mtume on ... read moreCD
Soaring brilliance from McCoy Tyner – one of his first large group outings, and an effort undertaken with key help from William Fischer! There's a sense of soaring freedom here that's very much like Tyner's smaller group albums of the time – but Fischer tunes it with a broader sense of ... read moreCD
Brilliant work by McCoy Tyner – an album that has him firmly stepping out of the shadow of Coltrane with a sound influenced by the rising Afro-centric style of soul jazz to emerge in the 70s! The group on the set is a quartet with Bobby Hutcherson on vibes – and the mixture of ... 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
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
The title sort of gives this one away – as Ulmer's less out, and less rocking – and more playing in a gentler bluesy mode. He's on vocals, guitar, and flute – joined by Ronald Drayton on a second guitar, Mark Peterson on bass, and Aubrey Dayle on drums. Titles include "Jazz ... read moreCD
A major label set, but one that stays very true to the new ideals that James Blood Ulmer was trying to bring to jazz guitar at the time – a really revolutionary style that moves beyond simple genre conventions, and embraces a whole world of new ideas that would inspire others in the decade to ... 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
Plenty of darkness here from Phil Upchurch – those great tones and notes he worked so well back in the 70s – all with that near-perfect quality that made him one of the most in-demand players of his day! The style here is a bit different than some of Phil's previous work in Chicago ... (Soul, Jazz)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
"New" is a relatively redundant word to use for an artist like Chucho Valdes – who's been breaking down boundaries since his earliest recordings – but it's also the quickest and least complicated way to address the manner in which he works. The set's like other American sides ... (Latin, 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
Fred Van Hove —
Flux ... CD Potlatch (France), 1998. Used 2 CDs ...
(Out of print.)
Peter Van Huffel & Sophie Tassignon —
Hufflignon ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2008. Used Gatefold ...
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Jesse Van Ruller —
Circles ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 2002. Used ...
Jesse Van Ruller —
Views ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 2005. Used ...
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
One of the most striking albums we've heard in years from Ken Vandermark – an album of solo tracks, recorded in the living room of his home, with a wonderfully introspective and exploratory quality! The album instantly achieves a place in a legacy of solo reed work that includes seminal ... read moreCD
Brilliant new work by the Vandermark 5 – Chicago's groundbreaking avant jazz ensemble headed by Ken Vandermark, and featuring Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kent Kessler on bass, Tim Mulvenna on drums, and Dave Rempis on alto and tenor. The group's got a poise and a brilliance that recalls the best ... read moreCD
Another wonderful CD from Chicago's premier purveyors of creative improvised music. Ken Vandermark and crew cover a lot of ground here, from his angular compositions, to more pastoral pieces and full frontal aural assault. Kent Kessler's muscular bass playing and Tim Daisy's elastic rhythms ... read moreCD
A great double-length set by the Vandermark 5 – and a prime example of the ever-growing strength of the ensemble in recent years! Although headed by saxophonist Ken Vandermark, the ensemble's a very equally-matched batch of players – and really works as a unit on the session, crafting ... read moreCD
Another bold stroke of genius from Ken Vandermark – one of the greatest living jazz musicians around, and a talent we're always proud to have living in our city! The Vandermark 5 somehow sound even more dynamic than before – working with a Mingus-like intensity, and hitting a sonic ... read moreCD
Ken Vandermark's a hell of a genius on his own – but he's also pretty darn generous as well! Vandermark is easily one of the greatest living saxophonists working today, yet he's never one to toot his own horn (no pun intended) – and instead goes out of his way to credit the artists who' ... read moreCD
An oblique title, but aptly fitting for the enigmatic work of this great Chicago avant combo. Ken Vandermark leads the ensemble which features Kent Kessler, Jeb Bishop, Tim Mulvenna, and Mars Williams – and even though this CD was the group's first on Atavistic, they already play with an ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
John Vanore & Abstract Truth —
Curiosity ... CD Accoustical Concepts/John Vanore, 2009. Used ...
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
Seminal work from these two key saxophonists who helped bridge the gap between swing and bop – a flurry of rare material that only appeared on Verve albums of the 50s (most not reissued), plus obscure 7" EP and 10" album releases! A tremendous amount of music – and the first ... read moreCD
(Numbered limited edition – out of print. Includes original box, book & CD cases – all in good shape!)
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
A monster! This is one of the rare few albums that tenorist Harold Vick ever cut as a leader – and it's pretty darn great all the way through! Vick is probably best known as the sax player with Jack McDuff during his mid 60s glory years – and this album captures him a similar mode, ... 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
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
Vinz Vonlanthen —
Oeil ... CD Leo (UK), 2004. Used ...