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Lee RitenourBanded Together ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
Lee Ritenour's banded together here with a few different vocalists – most notably Eric Tagg and John Massaro – both of whom serve up lyrics over Lee's work on electric guitar! The approach is one that's obviously trying for a crossover hit – and the record shakes off some of the ... read more CD

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Lee RitenourCaptain's Journey ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
A masterful fusion set from guitarist Lee Ritenour – one that expands his sound a bit more than usual by adding in vocals on a number of tracks – but in a way that really gets at the mainstream soul influences that bubble through his jazz work! The set features key vocal appearances ... read more CD

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Lee RitenourRit ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
Few people did soulful fusion better than Lee Ritenour back in the early 80s – and the guitarist always seemed to find a way to really link together all the different sounds of the electric genre – from heavy jamming to soulful grooving to a rock-like appreciation for a good hook! ... read more CD

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Lee RitenourRit/2 ... CD
Discovery/Warner (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
A nice mix of 80s groove and jazzy fusion – served up by one of the few players who could make such a set come off so well! Lee Ritenour's fusion work of the 70s always had a fair dose of R&B in the mix – but by the time of this set, he had moved even more strongly into a modern ... read more CD

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Sam RiversCelebration ... CD
Posi tone, 2003. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A freewheeling trio set from reedman Sam Rivers – the kind of hard-burning, open-ended record he does so well! Rivers' energy here is amazing – a fire that hasn't dimmed since the start of the 70s, when he first started letting loose like this – and throughout the course of the ... read more CD
Also available Celebration ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Sam RiversContours (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $16.99
A brilliant statement of modernist jazz from Sam Rivers – one of his groundbreaking early albums for Blue Note, and one of the most challenging sessions issued by the label during the 60s! The record's a real departure from Rivers' already-great Fuscia Swing Song – with tunes that go ... read more CD
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Sam RiversCrosscurrent – Live At Jazz Unite ... CD
Blue Marge (France), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Really great work from Sam Rivers – an album that's a bit more inside than some of his other European recordings of the period, but in a really great way that makes it a decided standout in Sam's career! Rivers is playing a bevy of heavy horns here – flute, tenor, soprano sax, and even ... read more CD

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Freddie RoachAll That's Good ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $18.99
All that's good, and plenty more – as the set's one of the most unusual records ever from free-thinking Hammond player Freddie Roach! Roach was always one of the more righteous talents of his generation – but here, he takes things even further, but playing in a "with voices" ... read more CD
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✨✧ Freddie RoachBrown Sugar ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $18.99
Smoking work on Hammond from Freddie Roach – a key player in the Blue Note lineup of the 60s, and a strong link between the label's soul jazz and modern sides! The sound here is a really beautiful one – partly in the organ/tenor mode forged by Baby Face Willette and John Patton in ... read more CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Max RoachDrums Unlimited ... CD
Atlantic, 1966. New Copy ... $9.99
The drums are certainly unlimited here – and the album's a really unique one, in that it shows Max Roach in 2 different settings – one with a group, and one that's simply solo! One batch of tracks has Max in the company of a tight group of soul jazz players like Freddie Hubbard, Roland ... read more CD

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Max RoachSwiss Radio Days Vol 35 – Recorded Live In Lausanne Part 1 – 1960 ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Previously-unissued work by one of our favorite groups ever from drummer Max Roach – a mighty lineup that included Turrentine brothers Stanley on tenor and Tommy on trumpet, plus the great Julius Priester on trombone! The horns are amazing – balanced between the modern impulses of ... read more CD

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Max Roach & Anthony BraxtonOne In Two/Two In One ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1979. New Copy ... $19.99
A genius collaboration between Max Roach and Anthony Braxton – a single performance that spans the entire record, and which showcases some of the best work by both players at the time! Roach is a real revelation here – coming off of an already experimental side of 70s sessions, but ... read more CD

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Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter One – Gens De Couleur Libre (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Constellation (Canada), 2011. New Copy Gatefold ... $13.99 15.98
Powerful, fiercely creative material from alto sax and clarinet player Matana Roberts and her excellent group – the first chapter of what's purportedly to be 12-part project – and given the strength of this first set, we have no doubt that such a long journey will be worth every step! ... read more CD
Also available Coin Coin Chapter One – Gens De Couleur Libre (2 x 10" LPs – with bonus CD) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Three – River Run Thee ... CD
Constellation (Canada), 2015. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
Maybe the most dense, most complex work we've heard from Matana Roberts to date – a unusual effort that blends together her own instrumental passages with sound samples recorded during a wintertime ramble through the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana! Roberts moves away from ... read more CD
Also available Coin Coin Chapter Three – River Run Thee (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP 18.99

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Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Two – Mississippi Moonchild ... CD
Constellation (Canada), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 15.98
Powerful sounds from reed player Matana Roberts – the second chapter in her ambitious Coin Coin project, and one that's even more moving than the first! Mantana's got strong ties to the avant scenes in Chicago and New York – but works here in this very unusual style that also embraces ... read more CD

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Jason RoebkeHigh Red Center ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Maybe the greatest work we've heard so far from Chicago bassist Jason Roebke – a key player on so many sessions for other jazzmen in recent years, but a hell of a visionary leader on his own! Roebke composed all new material for the record – and the set's performed by an octet that's ... read more CD
Also available High Red Center ... CD 5.99

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Shorty RogersShorty Rogers Courts The Count ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $9.99
Shorty Rogers courts Count Basie – but he does so in a way that's definitely all his own! The material may have Basie roots, but the overall execution is Shorty at his early 50s best – in a way that makes the album one of his strongest for RCA at the time – and that's saying a ... read more CD

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Joe RolandJoe Roland ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $9.99
A sweet little session with great mellow sound – and one of the few records ever cut by vibist Joe Roland! Once upon a time, we might have said Joe Roland a bit too soft for us – but this 1956 Bethlehem session has him playing in the company of a hip group that includes Freddie Redd on ... read more CD

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Sonny Rollins/Thad JonesSonny Rollins Plays/Thad Jones & His Ensemble (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Period/SSJ (Japan), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $21.99
A legendary split album from the hardbop underground of the 50s – two different sides by two different artists – both of them great! Side one features stunning work from Sonny Rollins – blowing at a level that matches his early gems for Blue Note, with that razor-sharp tone and ... read more CD

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Antoine RoneyWhirling ... CD
Muse, 1995. New Copy ... $4.99
A really well-crafted set from saxophonist Antoine Roney – quite possibly our favorite member of his jazzy family, thanks to wonderful work like this! Roney's got a great approach to the tenor here – a style that has some of the searching, searing tones of the post-Coltrane generation ... read more CD
 
 



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