Some killer soul jazz numbers from tenor giant Willis Jackson – including some tasty tracks from hard to find 60s LPs like Shuckin, Swivel Hips, Neapolitan Nights, In My Solitude, and Really Groovin. There's a total of 15 tracks in all – and most of the numbers have Willis playing in a ... read moreCD
The title's a bit hokey – an obvious play on the Star Wars film that was running in theaters at the time of the record – but the sound is classic Willis Jackson at his finest, recorded in a style that's right up there with his best 60s work for Prestige! The group here is a quintet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willis Jackson and Jack McDuff were one of the greatest tenor and organ duos of the 60s – and this 6 track set pulls together some of their best sides together for Prestige Records, pulled from titles issued under either player's name, but which featured both of them with differing groups. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive early Prestige set from tenorist Willis Jackson – and just the kind of record that set him firmly in the soul jazz camp for the 60s! By the time of the set, Jackson had already won plenty of fame for his R&B-tinged work – but here, he stretches out a bit more, and really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has moderate surface wear, with some stains on the back.)
Smoking tenor work from the legendary Willis Jackson – and a key record in Jackson's transition from 50s R&B to 60s soul jazz! Willis gets some great help on the session from Jack McDuff on organ and Wild Bill Jennings on guitar – both of whom craft some rootsy grooves that further ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has two cutout holes and some surface wear.)
Great work from our favorite period in Willis Jackson's career – really hard-burning material that helped set a new standard for the organ/tenor sound in soul jazz! The combo here is one of Jackson's best – with Carl Wilson on organ and Pat Martino (billed as Azzara) on guitar, really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black label NJ pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some edge wear.)
Excellent Willis Jackson session from the early 70's that was produced by Paul Winley, and which has the same groovy funky jazz feel as some of Winley's other work from the time – like Harlem Underground. The record includes Willis' funky version of "Ain't No Sunshine" that was on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard grooving with Willis – recorded during his incredible mid 60s years, when he had a great tone, a crack band, and an approach to the grooves that blew away most of his other work! Willis at this point is like Jack McDuff with his classic quartet – totally capable, working with all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some edge wear and a small cutout notch.)
The soulful sax of Willis Jackson meets the Philly Soul mecca of Sigma Sound – and the result is a surprisingly wonderful album! Willis blows in the lead on all tracks, supported by legendary Sigma players – and the sound is a lush and sweetly soulful one, almost an instrumental ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Back to basics work from Willis Jackson – a live date recorded in France at the start of the 80s, but one that's done with a soul jazz vibe that recalls his 60s concert sets for Prestige! The group here is a quartet, with Richard Groove Holmes on Hammond – and the tracks are long and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gator Tail and Brother Jack crack it long and lean, with lots of hard soul jazz tracks that have the both of them wailing on their respective instruments. There's some nice originals here, including "Gil's Pills", "Snake Crawl", and "Backtrack". The set also includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, splitting on the spine, and minor staining on the back.)
A Texas tenor takes on one of Chicago's mightiest reedmen! Worth it for the presence of Freeman alone (only a handful of recordings exist of the man), this live date from '78 features Gator and Von fronting a heavy, heavy band with Carl Wilson, Yusef Ali, and Joe(as in "Boogaloo") Jones. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A late 60s set, but one that recalls the sweet swinging style of Prestige Records' Swingville sessions from the early part of the decade! Illinois Jacquet sounds wonderful here on tenor (and a bit of bassoon on one track!) – blowing with plenty of open space amidst a lineup that includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album that appears to compile sides that Jacquet cut for the Aladdin label earlier in the 50s (or 40s?), issued here by Imperial during the late 50s as a full LP. The tracks are a great mix of jazz and R&B, with that heavy pyrotechnic style that Jacquet used often with Hampton, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent late work by Illinois Jacquet – right on a par with his best recordings for Verve, and a great example of the strength of his tenor playing, which didn't always surface as well in large group recordings. The record features Jacquet in the company of a number of smaller groups ... read moreCD
An excellent LP collection of Jacquet's early work for the Aladdin label – hard-grooving numbers cut on the heels of his fame with the Lionel Hampton group, a mixture of swing, bop, and a bit of R&B. Titles include "Sahara Heat", "Illinois Blows The Blues", "Goofi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Illinois Jacquet is one of those old school tenorists who never let his talents falter, even when he was far from the limelight – as you'll hear here on a great set of performances recorded live in France in the late 70s! The tracks are long, open, and relaxed – and really seem to ... read moreCD
One of Illinois Jacquet's all-time classics – and a great little album that features Count Basie grooving away on organ! The session was cut during the early 50s, and it features small groups of hard swinging players that include Cecil Payne, Matthew Gee, Ray Brown, and Hank Jones, who also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with a trumpeter logo and deep groove! Cover has a split top seam & spine.)
The title's a bit misleading – as a number of the tracks on here were recorded by Jacquet, and Webster only sat in on two longer jamming numbers – "I Wrote This For The Kid" and "The Kid & The Brute". Not that that's a problem – as those long numbers take ... read moreCD
Never-heard work from tenorist Bent Jaedig – easily one of the most important figures on the Danish jazz scene in the 60s! Bent's working here in a loose, open style that's quite different from some of his more tightly arranged albums of the decade – a mode that's still got lots of ... read moreCD
An album that's every bit as cool as you might expect – a set that's very much in the same Indo-jazz experiments as saxophonist Joe Harriott, but with a slightly different approach overall! Although sitar is part of the instrumentation, there's also a fair bit of conventional jazz phrasing ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jamal's recorded here live at the Blackhawk in San Francisco – a club that always gave a warm welcome to pianists of any nature. The trio features Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – and tracks include Jamal's own "Night Mist Blues", plus "The Best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has moderate wear.)
A mindblowing album from Ahmad Jamal – a fantastic start to the 70s, and a set of music that shows just how far the pianist had come in just a few short years! The album's all acoustic, but has some of that spacious flow that Jamal would bring to his work on Fender Rhodes – with an ... read moreCD
Ahmad Jamal —
Awakening ... LP Impulse/Be With (UK), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A mindblowing album from Ahmad Jamal – a fantastic start to the 70s, and a set of music that shows just how far the pianist had come in just a few short years! The album's all acoustic, but has some of that spacious flow that Jamal would bring to his work on Fender Rhodes – with an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groundbreaking work from the legendary Ahmad Jamal – not just in his own career, but in live jazz in general! The album's a classic recording of Jamal's trio with Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – captured at the Pershing Lounge on the south side of Chicago, where ... read moreCD
One of Ahmad Jamal's great mid 80s sets for Atlantic Records – recorded in a spacious acoustic mode that has Jamal crafting beautiful tones on the Steinway, yet never falling into overindulgence! The record's got a surprisingly rhythmic quality – as the drums of Herlin Riley and bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small center split in the spine. Vinyl has some cosmetic sleeve marks.)
Khan Jamal Quartet —
Dark Warrior ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1984. New Copy ...
A sweet little set – and a strong international meeting of talents, of the sort European labels were fond of putting together at the time! The group has a cohesive sound, as all have experience in both out and more swinging styles – and the great, and under-recorded, Charles Tyler ... read moreCD
Bob James —
BJ4 ... CD Tappan Zee/Warner, 1976. Used ...
The 4th in Bob James legendary run of Fender Rhodes classics for CTI – and a record that still has him working with the dark edges that made the first few so great! As usual with these sets, there's a way of putting over the groove that's really unique – not really funky, but spacious ... read moreCD
Bob James —
One ... LP CTI, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A landmark album – not only for Bob James, but for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the modern hip hop ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has rounded corners.)
Bob James —
Three ... LP CTI, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ...
Dark genius from keyboardist Bob James – one of his seminal 70s classics for CTI! The album follows strongly in the spirit of the records One and Two – using James' spacious approach to Fender Rhodes alongside some backings that are electric, yet have an earthily funky quality that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mellow mainstream fusion classic from the 70s – one that paired the gentle guitar of Earl Klugh with the sweet keyboards of Bob James – in a set that's filled with plenty of warm and laidback touches! The mode here takes off some of the darker edges from James' earlier sound, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic Delmark material from one of the core members of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Jarman leads a group that includes other AACM players like Fred Anderson, Thurman Barker, and Muhal Richard Abrams. Sherri Scott sings a bit, and the whole record has the spare feeling of some of the Art ... read moreCD
In the tradition of the AACM, this set finds the Art Ensemble co founder performing solo, not just on reeds, but vibes, cymbals & bells as well. As you might expect the improvisations havce a searchng spritual quality, and a beautiful open-ness and sense of space afforded by the solo format. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joseph Jarman/Don Pullen/Don Moye —
Magic Triangle ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1979. Near Mint- ...
A well-titled set of tunes – as the trio of Joseph Jarman, Don Moye, and Don Pullen really do come together as a magic triangle of sorts! The strengths of the Jarman and Moye team is well-known from their work with the Art Ensemble, and on a few solo recordings – and the addition of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes newspaper clippings. Cover has light wear.)
Keith Jarrett —
Byablue ... LP Impulse, 1976. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
There's a nicely warming vibe on this album from Keith Jarrett – a sound that's sometimes a bit more laidback and personal, but which is still carried off with familiar associates Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums! Most of the tunes are shorter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little trio session from Keith Jarrett – still in the mode of some of his other ECM work, but almost a bit more back to basics as well! The group here features Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both working beautifully with Keith in a flurry of colors, tones, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really wonderful early work from Keith Jarrett – a spiritually-driven session that's free from the cliches of his later work! The album's a spectacular group effort – one that has Jarrett playing piano, percussion, and sax – in an ensemble that also includes Dewey Redman, Charlie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 obscure early sessions by Keith Jarrett – back to back on one CD! El Juicio is wild and wonderful work by Keith – light years away from his records on ECM! The album features a quartet that includes Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – but ... read moreCD
Great Impulse work from Keith Jarrett – recorded at a time when he had a lot sharper edge than later years, and was really matching the spirit of some of the post-Coltrane generation players on the label! The date's a live one, and features some relatively extended tracks – tunes that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great Impulse work from Keith Jarrett – recorded at a time when he had a lot sharper edge than later years, and was really matching the spirit of some of the post-Coltrane generation players on the label! The date's a live one, and features some relatively extended tracks – tunes that ... read moreCD
Beautifully complex work from Keith Jarrett – and one of the 70s albums that really shows his blossoming past jazz into a whole realm of new styles! The album features some works for instrumental ensembles – including a String Quartet and a Brass Quartet – plus a large orchestral ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A genre-defining moment from pianist Keith Jarrett – a record that really set the world on fire, and which continues to charm all these many decades later! Although Jarrett had already made some amazing music in a trio setting during the 60s, and in his more freewheeling groups with Dewey ... read moreCD
Dark and moody work from Keith Jarrett – a record that builds strongly off his ensemble feeling of the Impulse years, but which also seems to carry a bit more of the introspective vibe he was building up in some of his more stripped down solo recordings! The group's still a great one here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful illustration of the inherent sense of beauty in Keith Jarrett's early work – an approach to piano that was simple, straightforward, and marked by a ringing sense of tone that's evident in the very first note of the set! Jarrett here isn't trying to break any rules in jazz piano, ... read moreCD
Keith Jarrett —
Staircase ... LP ECM, 1977. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
4 beautiful side-long solo piano pieces from Keith Jarrett – "Staircase", "Hourglass", "Sundial", and "Sand". LP, Vinyl record album
After the success of Jarrett's Standards Trio recording, he revisits the format with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette – the first ever live recordings of this incredible trio in action! Like the studio recordings, this set features roomy, lyrical readings of standards, in a way, ... read moreCD
After a long period exploring other approaches to recording, principally solo work and groups featuring horns, Jarrett returned to the trio format with longtime sympathetic sidemen Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette. Here, they interpret a set of jazz standards, with Jarrett's lyrical and spacious ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ultra-hip work from pianist Keith Jarrett – a session that's filled with joy and life, and which has a lot more energy than some of his albums for ECM! The work here is kind of a refinement of the freer styles that Jarrett had laid down on previous albums – performed with a strongly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s audiophile pressing. Cover has a promo stamp and factory stickers.)
The Keith Jarrett trio can take just about any tune and make it their own – as you'll hear in this wonderful set that has the group still going strong, well into the 21st Century! As with some of their previous outings, the tunes here are mostly familiar standards, but played with a fluid, ... read moreCD
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden —
Jasmine ... CD ECM, 2010. Used ...
Pretty trippy stuff – duets between Jarrett and DeJohnette, in a variety of modes that run from out and improvised, to mellower and modal. Jarrett plays piano, electric piano, organ, and flute – and DeJohnette plays a variety of percussion. Titles include "Ruta & Daitya" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Keith Jarrett Trio —
Somewhere ... CD ECM (Germany), 2013. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Exactly the sort of recording to remind us why the Keith Jarrett Trio has been such an important force in jazz during the past few decades – a popular group, yet one that still retains all its heart and edge as well! The lineup is way more than the piano of the leader – as bassist Gary ... read moreCD
Keith Jarrett/Dennis Russell Davies —
Ritual ... LP ECM, 1977. Near Mint- ...
The best Keith Jarrett spirit of the 70s – those long, exploratory lines he virtually invented on solo piano – performed here by pianist Dennis Russell Davies! The set's one of the warmest we've ever heard from Davies – as he spins out on two side-long interpretations of this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fond farewell to Miles Davis – played here by a hip trio that features Keith Jarrett on piano, Gary Pecock on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! A few of the numbers are ones that Davis recorded famously in years past, and a few others are originals – played by the trio in ways that ... read moreCD
(Out of print. BMG Direct edition.)
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette —
Cure ... CD ECM, 1990. Used ...
A great little live set – ostensibly a Dizzy Gillespie performance, but with some very strong guest stars! The core of the group is Diz's great one from the early 60s – with Lalo Schifrin on piano and Leo Wright on alto and flute, and they're joined by Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ostensibly, this is material recorded at the first JATP concert given by Norman Granz in 1944 – with players that include Illinois Jacquet, JJ Johnson, Nat King Cole, Shorty Sherock, Lee Young, Jack McVea, and Les Paul. The odd lineup makes for a nice change from the usual heavy saxes in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Clef label pressing, with deep groove! Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall – no splits.)
A hard-wailing jam session from the original JATP series – a blistering recording of the 1947 Midnight Concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring players that include Howard McGhee, Illinois Jacquet, Bill Harris, Flip Philips, Hank Jones, Ray Brown and Jo Jones. 2 tracks, each a side long: "I ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mercury label pressing, with trumpeter and deep groove. Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
The classic meeting of the brain trust of the avant garde jazz scene, recorded for the young JCOA label, and put forth as one of their early attempts to prove that musicians could be in charge of the means of production. This double LP set features a set of compositions by Michael Mantler (who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet. Box has light surface wear.)
Roswell Rudd leads the Jazz Composers Orchestra, which includes (on this session) Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Enrico Rava, Sheila Jordan, Beaver Harris, and Sirone. Some of the material's a bit loose for our taste, but there's some nice tracks like the excellent "Circulation", which has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Corps with Roland Kirk —
Jazz Corps ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1966. Near Mint- ...
An unusual record, but a great one too – a set that mixes the offbeat reed work of Roland Kirk with some inventive ideas from a group of young west coast players! Some of the group members are names you'll recognize on their own from genre-crossing sessions for other labels – like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing fancy – but some great short little soul jazz numbers that show The Jazz Crusaders grooving at their early best! The tenor of Wilton Felder, trombone of Wayne Henderson, and piano of Joe Sample really carry the set – and the album's got some great originals that include "Pu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of their many fantastic live sets from The Lighthouse – just about all of which are excellent. This one's one of their best, and features a few beautiful longer tracks that have a spiritual soulful vibe that you don't always get from the group. These tracks include "Native ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wickedly funky work from the Jazz Crusaders – a pivotal set that has them electrifying their groove a bit more from the 60s, yet still not hitting the smother sound of later years! The core soul jazz mode of the group's start is still nicely in place – hard-hitting grooves from Wayne ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Crusaders —
Uh Huh ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Killer Jazz Crusaders material – exactly the kind of record that really had the group coming into their own in the second half of the 60s – finding a rich new groove that few other combos could match! The record captures the group at a perfect time – a point when they were ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album