2 lost Atlantic recordings by Cannonball Adderley's trumpeter brother, back to back on one CD at a nice low price! The records aren't that easy to come by in the original, and they're both nice 60's soul jazz sessions that take Nat's earlier trumpet sound, forged with his brother's classic late 50' ... read moreCD
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention ... read moreCD
Toshiko Akiyoshi —
Kogun ... CD RCA (Japan), 1974. Used ...
Brilliantly bold work from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – an artist who's really coming into her own for the 70s – stepping out in a big band format that would win her a wide new audience on both sides of the Pacific! The album's one of the first to feature the ensemble co-led with husband ... read moreCD
An early masterpiece from the team of Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin – big band tracks written and arranged by Toshiko, and played to perfection by a group that includes Bobby Shew, Don Rader, Mike Price, Dick Spencer, and the great Gary Foster. Titles include "Since Perry", ... read moreCD
There's a rich array of great solo work on this album by the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin big band – performances by Gary Foster, Bill Reichenbach, Tom Peterson, Emil Richards, Steven Huffstetter, and Tabackin and Akiyoshi themselves. The album's a set of original tracks by Toshiko, and ... read moreCD
Double jazz guitars from these two contemporary players – one recorded in the left channel, one in the right – for a very cool approach that really expands past the usual sound of a trio set! The album's got bass and drums in the group, too – but it's honestly the guitars that ... read moreCD
A hokey kind of cover, but a great little album – another easy winner from the team of Eric Alexander and Harold Mabern, easily one of the greatest pairs working together in jazz for the past decade or so! Alexander's got a tremendous tone on the tenor – finely-honed with the maturity ... read moreCD
A very cool set from pianist Geri Allen – one of the most forceful, rhythmic albums we've heard from her in years – thanks to some very tight bass and drum work, and a bit of tap percussion too! The core trio grooving is already great – bass from Kenny Davis and drums from Kassa ... read moreCD
Marshall Allen/William Parker/Drake/Jordan/Silva —
All Star Game ... CD Eremite, 2000. Used ...
The title definitely gets it right – as the quintet's an all-star lineup that features Marshall Allen on alto sax, Kidd Jordan on tenor, Hamid Drake on drums, and both Alan Silva and William Parker on bass! The twin basses are really wonderful – and have this deep texture that really ... read moreCD
A rare early Mose Allison album – a mostly-instrumental outing that focuses on Allison's wonderful talents on the piano – already honed by this time through participation in a number of key sessions with other leaders! Side one of the album features the beautiful "Back Country ... read moreCD
(SHMCD pressing. Includes obi.)
Laurindo Almeida/Charlie Byrd —
Tango ... CD Concord, 1985. Used ...
Gene Ammons & Dodo Marmarosa —
Jug & Dodo ... CD Prestige, 1962/Early 70s. Used ...
The first-ever issue of material recorded in Chicago in 1962 – a rare session by pianist Dodo Marmarosa, one that was to be his last on earth! Dodo's working with a trio that includes Sam Jones on bass and Marshall Thompson on drums – in a sad, almost bluesy style that's a wonderful ... read moreCD
Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt go head to head in this classic album of tracks that perfectly captures the joy and fury of their live performances from years before! The record was cut in Chicago with a very hard rhythm section that includes John Houston on piano, Charles Williams on bass, and George ... read moreCD
Fred Anderson in very comfortable territory – working at his own Velvet Lounge, in the company of some great younger Chicago players who represent the scene-crossing energy of Anderson's music in recent years! The group's a quintet – with Anderson on tenor, Maurice Brown on trumpet, ... read moreCD
For years, AACM tenorist Fred Anderson labored in obscurity – playing the better part of the 70s and 80s with little or no recognition of his strong inventive talent, and of his never-ending committment to expanding his horizons as a musician. Fortunately, Anderson's been greatly ... read moreCD
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Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, & William Parker —
Blue Winter ... CD Eremite, 2005. Used 2CD ...
A beautiful tribute to the strengths of these players working together in a trio – the sense of respect and patience they each have for each other – letting the sound come at just the right moment in just the right way, as things build together in this amazing way – then leap ... read moreCD
Some consider this the worst point in Louis' career – when he was singing odd pop material for Decca, and had really left his jazz roots behind. We don't think it's that bad, though – and the album's got a wonderfully playful style that shows what a great entertainer Louis could be ... read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a key French session that captures the group at the height of their powers! The centerpiece of the album is the extended track "Certain Blacks (Do What They Wanna)" – done in a beautiful mix of politics and free ... read moreCD
One of the best post-Paris live dates by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – recorded right on their southside home turf in Chicago, as something of a homecoming after their years abroad! The performance is really one continuous piece, divided up into chapters – and it starts off with an ... read moreCD
One of our favorite recordings of the Art Ensemble from the end of the 70s – a beautiful live set recorded in Berlin from 1979, one that captures the group in an extremely lyrical mode! Tracks build slowly, with instrumentation added in bit by bit – stretching out the tunes in a style ... read moreCD
They got the title right on this incendiary release, yet another transatlantic love affair between a nice patch of forward thinking Nordic improvisers and some of our own homegrown talent. The School Days quartet is a group that grew out of connections built up through the extended ... read moreCD
Genius work from one of the greatest arranger/producers ever! David Axelrod isn't what you'd exactly call a household name, but over the past 40 years, he's had an undeniable influence on modern music! This set documents some of Axelrod's greatest work – his time at Capitol records during ... read moreCD
Pre-ESP Records work from the legendary Albert Ayler – and a really special set that definitely shows his strong ties to a previous legacy of African-American music! Ayler always clamed blues and other roots in his sound, but didn't always show them as clearly – given his free-thinking ... read moreCD
(Out of print 90s pressing. Booklet has a cut corner.)
A beautifully packaged reissue of this rare set from 1964 – an early example of the genius of Albert Ayler, recorded in The Netherlands for a small audience in a Dutch radio studio! The setting is a wonderful one – a mix of the live freedoms that would really let Ayler stretch out ... read moreCD
Brilliant late work from Ayler – one of his last truly great albums! The session has none of the jazz-meets-other music feel of some of the other Impulse albums – and is more in the straight expressive style of the ESP recordings. Tracks are more reined in here – with some short ... read moreCD
Seminal ESP work from Albert Ayler – a unique session done as a soundtrack to a short (and weird!) film from experimental director Michael Snow! The lineup is a bit different than some of Ayler's other ESP albums – and features Don Cherry on trumpet and cornet, John Tchicai on alto, ... read moreCD
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, ... read moreCD
Classic early material by Albert Ayler, recorded in New York in 1964, but originally issued only in Europe! The session features Ayler with the obscure trumpeter Norman Howard, plus Henry Grimes on bass and Sonny Murray on drums – and has all the crackle and imagination of Ayler's ESP ... read moreCD
Mid 70s revivalist swing by Parisian tenorist Gerard Badini – recorded in a loose and free format that almost recalls the glory days of Verve's 50s recordings of the style. Badini's blowing here with a quartet that includes Raymond Fol on piano and celeste, Michel Gaudry on bass, and Sam ... read moreCD
6 studio improvisations of guitar duets between Bailey & Akchote, recorded in London, autumn of '96. CD
(Out of print.)
Derek Bailey, Jamaaladeen Tacuma & Calvin Weston —
Mirakle ... CD Tzadik, 2000. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Derek Bailey/George Lewis/John Zorn —
Yankees ... CD Celluloid, 1983. Used ...
Spare improvisations from this transatlantic trio of avant jazzers – Derek Bailey on guitar, George Lewis on trombone, and John Zorn on alto, soprano sax, and clarinets! Despite the avant-rock stylings of other work on Celluloid at the time, this one's got a spare, free sound that's very ... read moreCD
A great no-nonsense session from Chet – blowing here with Russ Freeman on piano, blocking out backgrounds that work perfectly with the fragile tone of Chet's horn. The rest of the group features Carson Smith on bass and Larry Bunker on drums – and titles include "Bea's Flat", ... read moreCD
A previously-unissued treasure from the Chet Baker tour of Europe in 1955 – a rare live performance that features some of the last recorded work by pianist Dick Twardzik! The concert is presented here in its near-entirety – complete with an announcement from promoter Gigi Campi, and a ... read moreCD
Chet Baker —
Peace ... CD Enja/Rhino, 1982. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A pretty nice later Chet Baker album – thanks to vibes by David Friedman, who really seems to be the driving force of the set! The album was cut during the same time that Friedman himself was a leader on Enja – and it's got a very similar feel to much of Dave's work – with vibes ... read moreCD
A great return to form for Chet Baker – his first record in a number of years away from the studio, and proof that his genius could adapt to just about any setting! The album's got a tight focus that's probably one of the keys to its success – a set of arrangements by Don Sebesky that ... read moreCD
The trumpet of Chet Baker was hard pressed to find a better accompanist than the piano of Russ Freeman – and the pair made some incredible recordings during Baker's early years at Pacific Jazz. This lovely set by Mosaic brings together all of the recordings cut during the time, and although ... read moreCD
Shorty Baker & Doc Cheatham —
Shorty & Doc ... CD Prestige/Swingville/OJC, 1961. Used ...
With Baker and Cheatham on trumpets – plus Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and JC Heard on drums. Titles include "Good Queen Bess", "Night Train", "Baker's Dozen", and "Chitlins". CD