Juhani Aaltonen —
Etiquette ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Freely creative work from Finnish saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen – easily one of the most "out" sessions we've heard on the Love label, but also a record that has some of the strongly soulful undercurrents as other Love sessions. Juhani's working here with a shifting array of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Juhani Aaltonen & Otto Donner —
Strings ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
A wonderful "with strings" session from 70s Finland – one that features the tenor and flute of Juhani Aaltonen alongside larger backings from Otto Donner! Altonen's got a really powerful approach to his instruments that works beautifully with the set – a voice that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A weird and wonderful little record – created in 1970 by a Yemenite singer who'd spent the late 60s on the LA scene – then worked in Tel Aviv with a hip Israeli combo for the album! The music is this very unique blend of spiritual jazz and Tsvia's amazing voice – which often ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Josh Abrams just keeps on getting better and better as the years go on – to the point where he's a leader who's emerging with one of the proudest, most righteous visions in jazz! Abrams has played for years in the company of others – and his contributions have always impressed us ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Legendary reedman Idris Ackamoor is strongly back in action – working here with a new version of his classic Pyramids group from the 70s – with a groove that's every bit as righteous as their classic albums from back in the day! In truth, Ackamoor has been going strongly over the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD.)
Alessandro Alessandroni, Marco Di Marco, Franco Ta —
La Natura E L'Uomo ... LP Nereide/Intervallo (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
A beautiful little record, and one that's got way more heart and soul to offer than you might expect from the rather understated packaging – which hides an album that's full of sparkling 70s keyboard magic! The music here is by a mix of Italian soundtrack and jazz talents – the latter ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Harold Alexander —
Sunshine Man ... LP Flying Dutchman/Tidal Waves, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A wicked bit of funky jazz from reedman Harold Alexander – and a set that's much sharper and harder-edged than some of his later work! There's maybe a bit of freedom in the mix, here too – some post-Coltrane spiritualism that mixes with some of the more funk-based currents – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from pianist Monty Alexander – and a record that really has him finding his own groove! Monty had recorded often in the 60s, and usually mixed his Caribbean roots with a bit of American soul jazz – but it really took the MPS label to help him find a spot to set himself ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tenorist Harry Allen serves up a great French lullaby of his own – crafted together from the work of famous Parisian songwriters like Michel Legrand, Charles Trenet, and others – and delivered here in a small combo instrumental mode! The setting is great – as Allen's deep tenor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Allen —
Source ... LP Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
One of the coolest records in years from the legendary Tony Allen – and that's saying a lot, given that his legacy includes famous work as a drummer with Fela Kuti, and a much more recent run of very experimental recordings! This set has Tony soaring out on Blue Note – and working with ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the first you've heard of saxophonist James Allsopp – but given the quality of the album, we're betting it won't be the last! James is a very old school player, but in the best way possible – able to take a familiar tune and really turn it on its ear as he opens things up with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best records ever recorded by the Ambiance II Fusion Ensemble – a group led by sax player Daoud Abubakar Balewa – and grooving here in a mix of soul jazz and electric fusion that sounds pretty darn sweet overall! Daoud's got a pinched style to his reed work, creating a tone ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the sweetest sets we've ever heard from the Chilean scene of the 70s – great work by a group who are heavy on electric piano and vibes, and who also have a hell of an alto saxophonist in the mix too! The music is funky jazz, but with some deeper spiritual currents too – never ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In a die-cut sleeve – with cut corners to emphasize the cube-like graphics!)
One of the grooviest Dorothy Ashby albums of the 60s – a set that has her already-great jazz work on harp backed by Chicago soul arrangements from Richard Evans – all in a blend that's somewhere in the territory of the Soulful Strings, but even groovier! And as an added bonus, Odell ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 750 – on 180 gram blue vinyl!)
2 of Dorothy Ashby's classic Prestige sessions – back to back on one 2LP set! First up is material from Hip Harp – great stuff by the grooviest artist ever to play a harp! Dorothy Ashby had a unique soul jazz harp sound, and although the instrument she used is probably more thought of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition – on audiophile quality clear vinyl!)
A seminal live set by a young Albert Ayler – an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that hardly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work by Albert Ayler, recorded live in 1964 at the Cellar Cafe in New York, but not issued by ESP until years later, after his untimely early death. The performance is a trio outing – with Ayler's tenor alongside the bass of Gary Peacock and drums of Sunny Murray – all freely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fenix ... LP Far Out (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
The legendary Azymuth rises from the ashes – on this, their first record after the passing of keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami – with a sound that takes us back to the amazing cosmic funk of their first few albums in the 70s! The new keyboardist, Kiko Continentino, has a sound that's ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wicked early work from Azymuth – one of the albums that the group recorded when they were really starting to take off on the global scene – burning strong with a soulful fusion vibe, lots of Brazilian rhythm currents, and always hitting all the right notes in their music! The sound ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprising new project from the same Cali underground scene that gave us some of the Heru Avenger records from years back – done in a style that's even more jazz-based and spiritual than before! All tracks are long and spiraling – with heavy bass at the bottom from Heru Avenger, plus ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal record in the world of free jazz – a set that not only helped document the incredible talents of guitarist Derek Bailey, but also proclaimed a whole new role for his instrument as well! The music here is completely different than any jazz guitar in previous years – and even ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal work from Derek Bailey – solo guitar sounds that influenced an entire generation! The music here captures Bailey at a key early shift – a really bold move into territory that nobody had ever explored before – on both electric and acoustic guitar, and playing the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary meeting of free jazz talents – and one of those records that completely changed the game during the 70s! Both guitarist Derek Bailey and drummer Han Bennink work here at a level that seems completely divorced from American roots in jazz – about as strongly in the post-68 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Czeslaw Bartkowski —
Drums Dream ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
A drum-heavy set from Polish percussionist Czeslaw Bartkowski – mostly solo on most tracks, but with occasional accompaniment on trumpet, electric piano, and soprano sax on a few of the fuller numbers – plus some great funky big band arrangements at the end! The sound is often spare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An essential record from Gary Bartz – one of two albums he cut with Andy Bey, and the killer group he was calling his NTU Troup! Andy's vocals are incredible – light years ahead of anything he did with his sisters, and similar to those he laid down on his own solo album for Atlantic, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – a rare set from a Soweto group, and one that's got a heavy dose of spiritual jazz in the mix! The album almost feels more like the kind of set you'd hear by a Paris group, extrapolating African sounds in the ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ewa Bem —
Be a Man ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
Straight ahead and swinging jazz vocals from Ewa Bem – a session that's sung both in English and her native Polish, and which features backings by the lively Swing Session combo, led by trumpeter Henryk Majewski! Tracks are mostly short and upbeat, and although the standards here are ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty fierce, full-on performance from this trio – improvised freely, and with a lot of intensity – in a way that you might expect from drummer Steve Noble and reedman Martin Kuchen, more than you'd guess from bassist Johan Berthling! Yet together, the three are a fantastic trio ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual slice of work from pianist Elsie Bianchi – not just because the tracks here have never been heard before, but also because they feature Elsie playing some Hammond, in addition to her usual piano – and the recording was also made in Atlanta, and not some of the European ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare early session from the lovely Elsie Bianchi – best known for her classic 60s sides on Saba/MPS, heard here in a very similar format! The set features Elsie working with her combo from the Swiss Atlantis nightclub in the early 60s – and was originally issued as a limited-number ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The language of saxophonist Nat Birchall has always been pretty cosmic – but this time around, he seems to be reaching out even more – working on these long-spun tracks with a really unique quartet! The group features sublime work on harmonium from Adam Fairhall – an instrument ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the headiest Peter Brotzmann albums we've heard in years, thanks to the sound of the Black Bombaim group from Portugal – who play with a guitar-heavy drive that almost takes us back to Brotzmann's Last Exit recordings of the 80s! The group play with a forward energy that takes off ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't think "disco", think "funky jazz" – because this sweet South African group from the 70s is filled with lots of groovy twists and turns – all in a mode that's quite different than any of the American or European jazz albums we know from the time! The lineup ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A spiritual jazz classic – one of the rarest albums of its type from the 70s! This legendary session was recorded by Roy Ayers' keyboardist Harry Whitaker – working here as the leader of the Black Renaissance group, a one-shot ensemble that featured Woody Shaw on trumpet, Azar Lawrence ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Art Blakey's first true moments of genius! This transitional version of the Jazz Messengers included two parts – Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons – of the holy Morgan/Shorter/Timmons trilogy, and it's also got the added bonus of Benny Golson on tenor, who was at the height of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Buhaina ... LP Prestige (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
An amazing album that has Art Blakey completely reinventing himself for the 70s! Blakey shifts from straight hardbop to kind of a modal soul jazz groove, touched with some of the electric playing of the younger jazz generation, but not enough to qualify as fusion or funk. Instead, he's working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Samuel Blaser/Gerry Hemmingway —
Oostum ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2018. New Copy ...
A really great setting for drummer Gerry Hemmingway – an album that has him improvising live with trombonist Samuel Blaser – a fantastic musician who's one of the freshest trombone talents we've heard in years! In previous comments, we've liked Blaser to a modern day heir to the genius ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from Paul Bley – and a record that captures him in his excellent electric period, working in a different setting than we've heard him elsewhere! The group on the set is a trio – one that matches Bley's work on electric piano and synthesizer with percussion from Han ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note All Stars (Akinmusire/Glasper/Hodge/Loue —
Our Point Of View ... LP Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A brilliant update of the older Blue Note All-Stars concept – a set that features a tremendous lineup of the contemporary talents who've helped shape the new sound of the label in recent years – including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, keyboardist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Plenty of bone-shaking going on here – thanks to work by this heavy power trio, recording in Chicago with all the harder-burning energy of the scene! Visitor Paal Nilssen-Love is on drums and percussion – playing with all the incredible twists and turns that always make his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Juini Booth, Philipp Quehenberger, Didi Kern —
Who Dat?/Yo ... LP Rock Is Hell (Austria), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)...
A nicely messed-up little record – more of an EP, given the length, but featuring plenty of amazing sounds throughout – all coming from the improvisations of Didi Kern on drums, alongside Juini Booth and Philipp Quehenberger on synthesizers! Kern's drums set the pace nicely, but then ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 305 – in screenprinted sleeves with varied colors – on clear vinyl!)
One of the hippest records ever to come out of Chicago – the sole recording by Boscoe, a group who was even more obscure and experimental than contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Artistic Heritage Ensemble! Like those groups, Boscoe has a very unique, very visionary approach – one that' ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums so far from mighty Chicago reedman David Boykin – and easily a set that lives up to the rich legacy of avant jazz in the Windy City! There's a depth to the record that comes through right from the very first note – a sense of history and feeling that shows ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Of all the R&B bandleaders of the 50s, Tiny Bradshaw was one of the wildest! He had a tight rolling groove that managed to infuse his whole band with a lively sense of rhythm that was often unmatched by some of the other sleepier groups of the time – and he also managed to hire some of ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that was issued in the US, but which actually features excellent work that Abdullah Ibrahim/Dollar Brand recorded for the Gallo label in South Africa – the kind of edgier work that we often prefer next to some of his solo and trio material! The key force here is the horns – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album of jazz tracks by one of Brazil's greatest reed players of the 70s – the mighty Victor Assis Brasil – a free-thinking spirit who really took Brazilian jazz in bold new directions at the time! The record shows Victor absorbing a lot of post-Coltrane influences, and ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic album from this legendary Brazilian saxophonist – and one that's way different than the usual instrumental reading of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim! The setting is less of a bossa-inspired one than a post-Coltrane mode – as Victor Assis Brasil blows alto sax, and a bit ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky little record from a groovy German trio – one who recorded this gem at the start of the 70s, with a vibe that's very similar to some of the best MPS material at the time! The group features Joe Nay on drums, Pawel Jarzebski on bass, and Kristian Schultze on keyboards – the last ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set from that great record moment when Latin styles were coming into play with the hipper sounds of the bachelor pad world! Jack "Bongo" Burger was a west coast percussionist with a very similar style to Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – and in fact, since they're both ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic set of Fender Rhodes from the Italian scene of the 70s – not a record that got the kind of mainstream play as American classics by Bob James and Ramsey Lewis – but a set that definitely shares their spirit! Cabildos Three were a studio group as much as a jazz combo – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Andy Tolman Cartel —
Cipher ... LP Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic album of funky soundtrack grooves – one that was recently recorded by guitarist Andy Tolman, but which instantly takes us back to the best 70s film scores by artists like Quincy Jones, Johnny Pate, or Lalo Schfrin! Like both of those giants at their best, Andy works here in a ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The rare second set from the Catch Up combo of the 70s – a cool German group with a very MPS-like groove – a nicely messed-up mix of funk and jazz elements, sorted out into a great new groove! The group's headed by bassist Milan Pilar – whose electric instrument really has a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – heavy vinyl and cover, with obi!)
Philip Catherine with Marc Moulin —
Stream ... LP Warner/KTI (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
One of the coolest records ever from guitarist Philip Catherine, and one of the funkiest too – thanks to a really sharp edge that you won't find on some of his other albums, and lots of Fender Rhodes from the legendary Marc Moulin too! Some of Catherine's other records of the 70s were a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that makes us feel as if no time has passed at all since the early records of Eugene Chadbourne and this more recent session – filled with sounds that have Chadbourne sounding as madly creative as ever – working alongside clarinet, alto, and guitar from Alex Ward – plus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trio treasure from the incredible Sonny Clark – a rare non-Blue Note date from the late 50s, and a wonderful illustration of his powers on the piano! The setting is spare, but the sound is never sleepy – as Sonny's working here with Max Roach on drums and George Duvivier on bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hard slammer from the Clarke-Boland Big Band – recorded when the band was burning up the road in Europe, taking great players and audiences in one fell swoop, coming up with some of the strongest straight jazz of their generation! The album features stunning solos all around by an all-star ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clarke Boland Big Band —
Off Limits ... LP Rearward (Italy), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
Easily the hippest of the Clarke-Boland Big Band Records from the classic years – a set of hard grooving tracks that really pushes the envelope of their style! There's a few elements here that are different than usual – such as the presence of electric piano on a few tracks, which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(It's hard to tell from the image, but Rearward packaged it all in a really nice sleeve with a glossy silver metalic finish!)
A fantastic record from an all-star group – modern musicians you probably know more from CD releases under their own name, but working here on a much more underground project that really shows some new sides of their talents! The group features Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Derrick Hodge on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Latin monster – and one of our favorite albums from the New York scene! The record is the only one we've ever seen from pianist Earl Coleman – and it's a groove-happy fiesta that's every bit Spanish Harlem at its best. Earl's piano is flowing and free, and the band grooves through ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from Colosseum – a record that really stands out as one of those completely unique hybrids from the British jazz rock years! Although Colosseum are probably best known as a progressive band, they certainly had plenty of jazz touches – and this album spawned the great ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alice Coltrane —
Monastic Trio ... LP Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Early work by Alice Coltrane – somewhat under the shadow of her late husband, as you'd guess from the use of his name on the front cover – but really stepping out here with a voice of her own! The Monastic Trio of the set features Alice on harp and piano – alongside bass from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Alice Coltrane's most adventurous albums – a beautiful blend of organ, harp, percussion, and strings – much of which are transcribed for the album by Ornette Coleman! The most haunting aspect of the album is Alice's work on organ – spare, jagged, with a nascent soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Alice Coltrane's most ambitious albums of the early years – recorded with a full set of heavenly orchestrations! The core group features Alice on piano, organ, and harp – alongside Frank Lowe on saxes, Reggie Workman on bass, Leroy Jenkins on violin, and Ben Riley on drums. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible side of the talents of the legendary Alice Coltrane – obscure 80s material that was recorded in the years after her famous records on Impulse and Warner Brothers – only ever issued on cassette at the time! The tracks have Alice still very much in the same spiritual ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Coltrane's classic – and only – recording as a leader for Blue Note! The album's no throwaway date, though – as it stands strongly with both Coltrane's other label work of the time, and with the best of the late 50s Blue Note scene – a time when the label was really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of work by John Coltrane – pulled together in support of the Chasing Trane documentary! The music here spans the gamut of Coltrane's years as a leader – as the set includes material from his years recording for Prestige, Atlantic, and Impulse Records – showing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Coltrane —
Cosmic Music ... LP Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A set that really earns its title – as it's easily some of the most cosmic music John Coltrane ever recorded – and also kind of a way of saying goodbye to the planet, to leave his music in the hands of a next generation of creators! The album features material recorded by a Coltrane ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Issued here with the great original cover art from the indie Coltrane Music release!)
Maybe one of the greatest jazz albums of all time – a real breakthrough moment for the legendary John Coltrane, and the blueprint for generations of jazz records to come! Trane was already breaking down plenty of boundaries before Love Supreme – but he knocked it out of the park for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful meeting of two major talents from the left end of jazz – recorded in the early 60's when both were working for Atlantic! Despite the "avant garde" title, this set is straighter than you'd expect – very much in the spirit of Coltrane's work for the label, but with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his smoother soul recordings at this point, and coming out of a righteous jazz background that included work with Marion Brown ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from Nicola Conte – Schema records maestro making his Blue Note debut with this set – and giving the label one of their best new albums of the 21st Century! The record's quite different than Nicola's programmed dancefloor work for Schema – and is much more of an ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very unique package, too – like getting 2 classic Blue Note albums together at once!)
A really rich combination of sounds – one of those rare moments when the end result of a session comes out sounding way more than the instruments that comprise it! The group's led by Jerome Cooper on drums, balaphone, and other percussion – and features Joseph Jarman on tenor and flute ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great solo performance from Jerome Cooper – not just drums and percussion, but work on flute, balaphone, and other instruments too! Cooper really brings all of his most thoughtful elements into play here – working slowly, and covering space with ideas that really take some time to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title might be a bit goofy, but it's actually a pretty great way to sum up the spirit of this group – as the contemporary Cortex come from avant roots, but also have a vibrancy that makes their music sound more celebratory than confrontational! The quartet features endlessly creative ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest records ever recorded by pianist Stanley Cowell – a leading light on the legendary Strata East label! The album's one of Cowell's most searching, spiritual sets ever – and one of his few to feature a larger ensemble, working with all the righteous currents of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A revolutionary groove from the John Danser Octet – a cool funky jazz combo with a really unique sort of feel! The set's got a tightly-arranged feel, but is still nice and rough around the edges – hardly the slick jazz you might expect from the date, thanks to an acoustic lineup, and a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Danser's Inferno (John Danser) —
Creation One ... LP Lirs/Everland (Austria), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
That's "Danser", not "dancer" – as in John Danser, who's also best known for a groovy jazz album under his own name! This sweet little set from the early 70s may well be John's best album ever – a wonderful blend of funky grooves and these wonderful raspy vocals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite-ever Miles Davis albums – and a stunning soundtrack that began a rich legacy of jazz scores in France! Miles recorded this material during late-night post-gig sessions with a great group that includes French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, plus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant early work by Miles Davis – some of his first truly important sessions to appear under his own name, and material that's awash with new ideas and bold inspirations! The Miles heard here is a bit more straight bop than Davis a few years later on Prestige – but that's not a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those key cases where Miles Davis took a familiar song and made it his own! The set's a live one, and features a famous 15 minute version of "My Funny Valentine" – played by Davis in a spacious, open sort of way – and one that has key hints of the modernism to come in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joey DeFrancesco's been giving us albums for many years now, and he never fails to deliver something that's right on the money – as is the case with this tight quartet session with his People combo! Joey's touch on the keys of the Hammond is amazing – and there are all these unusual ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album of funky drumbreaks – cut by a drummer who's a legend among funk fans, but who hardly ever gets mentioned in history books of jazz. Les was a little known LA player, but he had a monster approach to the kit – and most of the few albums he cut are very in demand for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dharma are taking on a different approach here – dropping the Quintet from their name, even though they're still a five piece – and working on a number of shorter tracks that are in contrast to the longer improvisations on previous albums! Yet despite the change, there's still a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful reissue – heavy vinyl, with booklet of notes!)
Dharma Quintet —
End Starting ... LP Souffle Continu (France), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Very free work from the Dharma Quintet – a group who've shifted a bit since their debut, by trading a guitarist for one saxophonist, and using electric piano throughout the set – often with a nicely fuzzy tone! The sense of understanding between the group members is great – they'r ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful reissue – heavy vinyl, with booklet of notes!)
A cool cooker from the great Lou Donaldson – and a record that's ever bit as tasty as its cover! Lou's really hitting his soul jazz stride here – stepping off his 50s bop years, and moving into a more gutbuckety groove that's delivered with wonderful accompaniment from a quartet that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Kenny Dorham's best records ever – and one of his rarest too! The set was cut for the short-lived Jaro label, home to a few great jazz sides during its short-lived American tenure – and the set features Kenny grooving at a level that's extremely tight, very much in the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bassist Dezron Douglas is always a name we look for on a record – and although this set is one of the few he's ever given us as a leader, his playing and approach never let us down! For the set, Douglas revisits a number of older soul tracks, but in a way that's completely instrumental ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dennis Dreith Band —
Reunion ... LP Everland (Austria), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
A contemporary album, but one that's got the feel of a funky big band session from years back – no surprise, as Dennis Dreith and many of these players brought plenty of that magic to the LA scene back in the day! The style here hearkens towards some of the MPS or US albums of the style from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful combination of talents – the compositional work of Harris Eisenstadt, and the dynamic performance range of the Mivos Quartet – who bring life to Eisenstadt's music in a way that you'd never hear on his own records! The combination of a jazz talent and a string quartet is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic small group material from pianists Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn – playing together here on material that was originally issued in the US by Mercer Records, but presented here in the original Vogue Records album that came out overseas! The setting is quite different than the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – with original cover art, mottled color vinyl, and liner notes too!)
A well-titled album from trumpeter Don Ellis – as the set soars to the skies from the very first note! The album's got a dynamic energy that almost beats Don's American work of the time – lots of funky rhythms, and a cool MPS groove that shows the label's strong 70s legacy of larger ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great west coast live date from Bill Evans – one that showed that his magic on the keys was equally at home in LA as it was in New York! The session's especially noteworthy for the presence of drummer Larry Bunker – a great player who worked on countless recordings, both jazz and non- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The most amazing records to date from Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – just the kind of cosmic, spiritual session you'd expect from the group's name – perfectly placed in a Chicago lineage that includes Sun Ra's Arkestra and the best years of the AACM! The group's got all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Extra Ball —
Birthday ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Spacious fusion from Extra Ball – one of Poland's best electric jazz ensembles of the late 70s, working here in a style that's dynamic, yet not as overly jamming as some of the group's rock-influenced contemporaries on the European scene! Leader of the group Jaroslaw Smietana plays guitar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fire may well be on fire more than ever before here – which is saying a lot, given the trio's previous run of really amazing records! The set features lots of bold work on electric bass from Johan Berthling – who almost seems out to transform the avant jazz combo into some sort of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked moment on the French free jazz scene at the start of the 70s – and a completely homegrown effort throughout! Unlike the famous albums in the initial wave of BYG and America label releases, which often featured American musicians joining overseas players – this set is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent Japanese combo from the early 70s – one who mix spiritual jazz with a bit of funk, and throw in some free-thinking elements as well! The tunes here are really wonderful – quite possibly the group at their best – and echo some of the hippest developments in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary bit of funk – and a killer record from one of the most unique guitarists ever! George Freeman's got a sound and a style unlike any other player we can think of – an approach to funky guitar that's often got a really hard touch on the strings, and which gets nice and noisy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Friends & Neighbors come on even stronger here than on their previous record – with a blistering array of sharp-edged notes that really live up to the Ornette Coleman legacy that inspired their name! The group's incredibly deft – free, but never unstructured – able to turn on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the weirdest tributes to Sgt Pepper's that you'll ever hear – so strange that the Beatles have turned their back on the whole proceedings on the front cover! Jun Fukamachi serves the whole thing up as an album of solo keyboards, both acoustic and electric – with choices of key ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album