Features Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano, and Geri Wilson on piano! CD
(Out of print.)
Didier Petit —
D'Accord ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2018. New Copy ...
Beautiful sounds from an improvising musician who's always followed his own special path – able to effortlessly mix darkness and light, richness and lyricism, almost always without any sort of input from other musicians at all! This sublime set was recorded in China – and although the ... read moreCD
A book, a CD, and a richly collaborative project – one that brings together the writings of Alexandre Pierrepont and the improvisational work of Didier Petit – with help from a huge host of other musicians as well! The music's the main attraction to our ears – as the set ... read moreCD
Michel Petrucciani —
Pianism ... LP Blue Note, 1986. Near Mint- ...
A sweet mix of electric and acoustic modes – and a set that still has Michel Petrucciani spinning out those long, warm piano lines that brought him to global attention in the 80s! Adam Holzman adds some electric keys alongside Michel's work on Steinway – which rings out with a rich ... read moreCD
A key moment in the career of pianist Michel Petrucciani – and a set that features an amazing collaboration with guitarist Jim Hall, and a fair bit of great tenor and soprano sax from Wayne Shorter too! Hall's guitar is heard on every track on the set – ringing out in those wonderfully ... read moreCD
A key moment in the career of pianist Michel Petrucciani – and a set that features an amazing collaboration with guitarist Jim Hall, and a fair bit of great tenor and soprano sax from Wayne Shorter too! Hall's guitar is heard on every track on the set – ringing out in those wonderfully ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although bassist Oscar Pettiford left a huge influence on jazz before his untimely death, there's not actually that many fantastic records in which he's featured as a leader. Fortunately, this is one of the few, and it's a sparkling set of modernist inflected bop tunes played by a group that ... read moreCD
An insane amount of rare material from legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – not only one of the most forward-thinking musicians on his instrument during the postwar years, but also an extremely inventive leader, who found ways of merging bop modernism with a large group format! The recordings ... read moreCD
Never-heard work from the legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded at a time when he was making some very big waves on the European scene! During the 50s, Pettiford not only helped revolutionize the role of the bass in jazz, but also helped bring that instrument to new possibilities in ... read moreCD
Never-heard work from the legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded at a time when he was making some very big waves on the European scene! During the 50s, Pettiford not only helped revolutionize the role of the bass in jazz, but also helped bring that instrument to new possibilities in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary album from Chicago – recorded by a group with ties to Sun Ra, Phil Cohran, and Earth Wind & Fire! The set's got a sound that more than lives up to all those references – a vibe that's jazzy and soulful, yet often quite righteous too – imbued with the sort of ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the few post-Verve albums ever recorded by tenorist Flip Phillips – and also one of his most unique as well! The early 60s date has a very unusual format – just Flip on tenor and a bit of bass clarinet, blowing beautifully alongside the guitar of Dell Staton, who also plays a ... read moreCD
Flip Phillips had plenty of great moments on Verve – but some of his best seemed to come when he was working with Buddy Rich, who always seem to spur him on to even greater heights! This set may be one of their best moments together – a wonderfully spare date that just features Buddy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove, trumpeter logo Clef pressing. Vinyl is nice – but cover has light wear, tape on two seams, and a few light pen notes on the back.)
A stunning jazz soundtrack from Piero Piccioni – much more like some of the classic French new wave jazz scores of the late 50s than some of his groovy, mod sounds to come later in the 60s! The instrumentation here is a beautiful mix of piano, bass, vibes, and some occasional stronger horns ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Picnic ... CD Data/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1985. New Copy Gatefold ...
Free jazz, and lots lots more – a lost nugget from an especially creative period in the Dutch scene, headed up by cellist Tristan Honsinger! At some level, the music echoes other improvised work by Honsinger – but at others, it also reflects the criss-crossing of genres and scenes that ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
Bassist Mads Vinding really seems to bring out something special in the musicians he works with – and here, his sense of balance and tone is a beautiful accompaniment to the piano of Enrico Pieranunzi – who seems both to have that fantastic flow of his other records, but maybe a bit ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums in years from reedman Courtney Pine – a set that firmly reminds us just what an important part of the British scene he was many years back! In the years after the experimental waves of British jazz rock and avant jazz, Pine was a surprisingly strong voice in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two giants of the British underground scene – working here together perfectly! "Butterfly" is a fantastic take on the Herbie Hancock tune of the same name – set to some beats that are slightly broken, and graced with these sublime soul lyrics from Omar – followed by a ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Pinski Zoo —
Speak ... LP Dug Out (UK), 1984. Near Mint- ...
Sweet electric fusion from The Players – a Japanese combo led by keyboardist Hiromasa Suzuki, who also wrote and arranged all the tunes on the set! The style here is kind of a cross between CTI modes and some of the more dynamic fusion of the European scene – funky at points, but also ... read moreCD
Bu Pleasant —
Ms Bu ... LP Muse, 1973. Near Mint- ...
This is the only album we've ever seen by this obscure east coast female organist, and it's somewhere between work by Trudy Pitts and Shirley Scott, with a little bit of the hip twist that was going down in New Jersey at the time of the recording. Bu sings a bit, but it's mostly organ grooves, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Noel Pointer —
Calling ... LP United Artists, 1980. Very Good+ ...
Sublime work from Noel Pointer – a set that sparkles equally from both his soul and jazz talents! The record's a perfect example of the way that key artists like Pointer were blending R&B and fusion at the end of the 70s – really perfecting earlier experiments of cats like Norman ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice stuff from Poland! Although the session seems to have a stock "after hours" feel, it's actually a pretty far-reaching batch of tracks that show all players coming together wonderfully to move way past the usual jam session feel! Just about the only player we recognize here is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost chapter in 60s modern European jazz – recordings made by a very hip quartet, working amidst a larger setting created by Polish Radio! The core group features two key names – pianist Wojciech Karolak and saxophonist Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – both of whom recorded some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic project from keyboardist Terrace Martin – very much in the same spirit as his excellent Velvet Portraits record, but even more collaborative overall – and, given the title, a wonderful expression of the new wave of soul that's been brewing up on the west coast! Martin's ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Surprisingly sweet grooves from guitarist Jimmy Ponder – one of the few from the jazz funk generation who kept on going strong into the 80s! Jimmy's sound here is nicely laidback – a nice change from his smoother albums of a few years before, and set up in an almost-classic sort of ... read moreCD
A nice little record – way different than Ponty's overblown sides from the 70s, and cut at a time when he was hanging out with George Duke and Frank Zappa! The record is a live session recorded at the hip Donte's nightclub in Hollywood at the end of the 60s – but not issued until this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Jean Luc Ponty album – quite possibly his best, with a hip approach that's more MPS than World Pacific! The record has Ponty working under the supervision of George Gruntz, with an incredibly hip group that includes Carmell Jones on trumpet, Leo Wright on alto and flute, Daniel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
More unusual than you'd expect – thanks to some electric piano from Maurice Vander and guitar from Philippe Catherine! Titles include "Valerie", "Golden Green", "Bowing Bowing", and "Memorial Jam For Stuff Smith". LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful collection of unreleased jazz recordings from the overseas scene – the kind of open-ended, freewheeling work that brings together American and European musicians in a style that's similar to some of the best albums on the MPS/Saba label! The first CD in the collection is ... read moreCD
One of the most fully-formed records we've heard from Odean Pope in years – a beautiful set that's filled with really bold, soulful horn charts – really deepening the sound, and helping Odean soar even more than usual! There's an upbeat, positive feel to the record – as Pope's ... read moreCD
Spiritual space explorations by the Portico Quartet – a group who are really a duo instead of a four-piece – and who use a lot more electronics than some of their contemporaries on the Gondwana label! In a way, the music almost has the same post-jazz vibe as some of the work on the Tru ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Potter & Tillman with Carmen Lundy —
Space Rapture ... LP High Jazz (Switzerland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
A wonderful bit of spacey fusion from the team of David Tillman and Andrew Potter – the kind of record we'd rank up there with classic work by Bobby Lyle or Lonnie Liston Smith! The set was recorded in the early 80s, and issued in a very small pressing at the time – but it's got a full- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bud's second LP for Blue Note – a firey batch of trio tracks that feature George Duvivier on bass and Art Taylor on drums. The package features 15 tracks – expanded from the original LP with the addition of some previously unissued alternate tracks – and it also features new ... read moreCD
A set of live recordings by Bud Powell – recorded in that magical year of 1953, on location at the Birdland nightclub! The recording quality of the tracks is surprisingly good, and on the sessions, Bud plays with a range of bassists that include Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, and Franklin ... read moreCD
The title gets it right – as the album's definitely one of the most bluesy ever cut by Bud Powell for Verve – a sweet little set with a sound that's slightly gentler than usual, but still filled with plenty of dark corners and modern tones! The trio here features Ray Brown on bass and ... read moreCD
Classic Bud Powell trio work for Verve – recorded with Max Roach on drums, adding a nice edge to the session! The record features some of Powell's classics – like "Tempus Fugit", "Strictly Confidential", and "Celia" – plus other haunting renditions ... read moreCD
The first-ever issue of some rare Bud Powell material from the early 50s – pulled from some radio broadcasts by NBC! The names of Bud Powell and Birdland have appeared together on plenty of CDs over the years – and often with the year of 1953 – but this material is not the same ... read moreCD
A surprising Bud Powell album for Reprise Records – and one of the label's hippest jazz titles ever! When Frank Sinatra first started up the Reprise imprint, he let Duke Ellington do a bit of A&R for the jazz division – and one of the first things Ellington did was capture the ... read moreCD
The moods of Bud Powell are some plenty darn ones – corners of sound that few other players had explored at this point in time – served up here especially well in the album's gentler numbers, which almost seem like evil doppelgangers to some of the more rote cocktail piano of the 50s! ... read moreCD
A series of different recordings from Bud's years in Paris – recorded in the years 1957 to 1964, with a variety of American and French players! The material isn't some of Bud's strongest overall, but it does shed a new light on his years in Paris – and features him in the company of ... read moreCD
One of the only albums that sax genius Seldon Powell ever cut as a leader – and a tight smooth set of 70s funk tracks with a stone cold CTI or Kudu Records sound! The set was produced by Bernard Purdie –and features Purdie on drums, plus keyboards by Paul Griffin, trumpet by Jimmy ... read moreCD
(Out of print Japanese pressing.)
Specs Powell —
Movin In ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
Hard-swinging jazz featuring drummer Specs Powell – and a tight batch of Basie-esque players, grooving along on a number of short lively tracks that are almost in the Count Basie style of the Roulette years! The lineup features alto and baritone sax from Sahib Shihab, tenor and clarinet from ... read moreCD
Powerhouse Sound —
Overlap ... LP Laurence Family (Poland), 2010. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A great slice of Chicago – with Ken Vandermark on tenor, Jeff Parker on guitar, John Herndon on drums, and Nate McBride on bass! LP, Vinyl record album
One of the rarest free jazz albums of the European 60s scene – a set that was originally intended for release by Sonet Records, pressed up in test records for the musicians, then denied release because they felt that they'd already moved past the performance! Yet in the space of over 50 ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
A really dreamy little record from the Polish scene of the early 70s – a record that mixes jazzy solos, light strings, and almost a soundtrack-style of arrangements – all to make music with the kind of glow that would be right at home on late 60s A&M Records, or maybe like the ... read moreCD
Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing their distinctive think live at their legendary home base in the French Corner! The show was a private gig for attendees representing US independent record stores, and recorded for this release released first to, you guessed it, indie record stores! Titles include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very soulful work from tenorist Joel Press – blowing here as a real old school swinger, with an especially strong emphasis on ballads! Most tunes are standards, and given this gentle groove that really fits Joel's rich sound – a style that's easygoing, and never forced – with ... read moreCD
Andre Previn's second take on the score to My Fair Lady – and a set that's not nearly as well known as his Contemporary Records version of the music with Shelly Manne! This date's a quartet session – featuring Herb Ellis on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Frank Capp on drums – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly nice stuff – especially considering that the album was one in a string of Previn piano sessions for Contemporary – all based around Broadway themes as part of the success of his My Fair Lady date with Shelly Manne! This set still features Manne on drums – and Red ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweeter and lighter than Duke might have wanted it, but not bad, either. Andre pays tribute to the classier side of Ellington – with strong piano solos over some larger orchestral arrangements of Ellington material that includes one "debut" track – "Le Sucrier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some seam splitting.)
Andre Previn & His Pals —
Gigi ... LP Contemporary, 1958. Very Good+ ...
Andre Previn's got some very hip pals here – drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Red Mitchell – both frequent partners during the late 50s, especially on this classic run of jazz-Broadway records for Contemporary! The spirit here is very much like that of the famous My Fair Lady date made ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
2 incredible hardbop sets, back to back on one CD! Julian Priester's Spiritsville album is touched by some of the modernist sensibilities that Priester forged while working in his Chicago underground years that included brief stints with Sun Ra. The set's one of the best hard bop sides to be cut ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons —
Cry! ... LP Contemporary, 1963. New Copy (reissue)...
A classic of spiritual jazz! The album is one of the few rare pairings of Sonny Simmons and Prince Lasha from the 60s – and it's arguably the greatest album they ever cut! The set was recorded for the Contemporary label in LA, but it's far far different than the cool jazz that was the label' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful trumpet lines from Marcus Printup – a player whose subtle sensitivity never fails to astound us! The record definitely lives up to the "ballads" promised in the title – but unlike other standard-heavy sessions that usually come under the ballad heading, there's a ... read moreCD
A very cool album of groovy funky fusion recorded for the rare Encounter label! The sound is spacey and mellow – with a style that's somewhere in between CTI/Kudu jazz, and harder Prestige funkiness. The roster includes Butchman Bateman and the inimitable Bernard Pretty Purdie on drums ... read moreCD
A mix of acoustic jazz, bluegrass, and folk styles – performed by the Psychograss ensemble of Darol Anger on violin, Mike Marshall on mandolin, David Grier on guitar, Todd Phillips on acoustic bass, and Tony Trischka on banjo. There's a simple, straightforward sound here that takes us back ... read moreCD
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Jungle Fire! ... LP Prestige/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the greatest albums by this funky Latin combo! The record differs from some of their earlier Prestige albums in that the tracks are longer, more instrumental, and have a hard fuzzy electric groove. The band jams hard in a way that's more like some of the funk combos of the early 70s, than ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first albums from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – a wonderful little record that evenly blends together jazz, Latin, and soul music! There's a stronger soul jazz vibe here than on some later Pucho sets – partly due to the strong use of jazz in the rhythms ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some wear with a cutout hole.)