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
A crowning moment of achievement for trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah – a record that draws on his rich experience working with Sun Ra, but focuses the energy into a warmer, more spiritual jazz setting overall! The album's a lost treasure from the US scene of the late 70s – a perfect melding ... 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
A landmark album – even if it was the only session that Cannonball Adderley ever cut for Blue Note! The album was recorded at a time when Adderley was working with Miles Davis – and as such, the session features a group that includes Miles, blowing in a cool tone that's a perfect ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Aqueduct Ensemble is more of a duo than the large group you'd expect from their name – but they manage to serve up some very spacious sounds over the course of these improvised tracks! The core of the group features Stu on piano and Kit on woodwinds and electronics – acoustic elements ... 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 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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!)
One of the sweetest electric records to come from 70s Brazil – the fabulous first effort from the Azymuth trio, and work that's hardly been matched again! Although the group here have plenty of the warm keyboard touches of their more famous later work, they're also moving in territory that's ... (Brazil, Jazz)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
Hardbop albums don't get any better than this – and although drummer Dave Bailey only recorded for a brief stretch as a leader, this session's one that shows that he was a heck of a force to contend with! The record's got an intensity that easily rivals the best by Art Blakey over at Blue ... 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
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
A brilliant slice of early work from guitarist Duck Baker – an artist who's blossomed strongly in the jazz world in recent decades, but who here is maybe closer to the roots of earlier music – and works with this fantastic interweaving of blues, folk, swing, and early jazz modes! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition vinyl version is a Record Store Day 2018 exclusive!)
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
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
(Part of the Jazz Dispensary Top Shelf Series Astral Travelin – on 180 gram vinyl!)
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
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
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
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
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
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!)
Jaimie Branch —
Fly Or Die ... LP International Anthem, 2017. New Copy ...
An incredible debut from trumpeter Jaimie Branch – an artist who seems ready to be one of the boldest new voices in jazz on the Chicago scene! Branch works here at a level that both lives up to an AACM legacy of experimentation, and the rich exploration in new jazz forms that we love from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The baritone sax of German musician Helmut Brandt is at the helm– but the album's equally noteworthy for its strong use of American players Benny Bailey on trumpet, Nat Peck on trombone, and Herb Geller on alto! The concert is one of those wonderful meetings of American and European 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
Tony Burkill might be making a goofy face on the cover, but the album's a dead-serious effort from a saxophonist we hope to hear more from in years to come! The style here is a solid, soulful mode that really hearkens back to the best modal moments of the late 60s and early 70s – rhythms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary set of firey jazz tracks recorded by trumpeter Dave Burns! This is one of Burns' few recordings as a leader, and it's a shame he didn't make more, because this one is stellar. The group features Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Harold Mabern on piano, and the great Billy Mitchell on tenor. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great great stuff – and for some folks, THE album by Kenny Burrell! This classic set features the guitarist in a quintet with Stanley Turrentine on tenor, Major Holly on bass, Bill English on drums, and the great Ray Barretto on conga – a really great lineup that sparkles with soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool jazz tracks from the Berlin scene of the 60s – not just because the music was used for films, but also because leader Manfred Burzlaff was a vibes player as well! The music here is pretty darn obscure – not the jazz soundtracks of famous French or Italian films of the time, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully sensitive album from Donald Byrd – quite a change from his better-known jazz funk work of the 70s and early 80s – and part of a back-to-basics move he made in part of that latter decade! The album's very much in the best straight mode of the Landmark Records label scene ... 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
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most legendary albums on Blue Note – or maybe THE most legendary albums on Blue Note – a stunning session that shows what the label was capable of when it was really hitting on all burners – from the lineup to the music to the production – and even the classic ... 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!)
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
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 groundbreaking Polish combo from the 70s – one with a name that makes them sound more like a revolutionary organization than a musical group – quite fitting, given the revolutionary style of their music! These guys use some elements from fusion – including guitar and Fender ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A spiritual jazz masterpiece from drummer Norman Connors – one of those unique albums he cut before moving into soul music – done at a level that rivals the early 70s genius on labels like Strata East or Impulse Records! Connors worked with many contemporaries on those labels, and gets ... 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
Stanley Cowell —
Musa ... LP Srata East/Everland (Austria), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A solo piano set from Strata East mainman Stanley Cowell – but a record that's got enough soul and spirituality to rival a full group recording! Although working alone here, Cowell's touch on the keys is astounding – often flowing and highly rhythmic, with a pulsating sense of energy ... 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
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
Miles Smiles, but his grin is a wry one – given the angular energy of the set! The album's a landmark effort from the mid 60s quintet that includes Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – all of whom work without fail to capture Davis' newly emerging approach to ... 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
Henryk Debich —
String Beat ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
A funky gem from 70s Poland – heavy grooves from maestro Henryk Debich, served up in a range of soulful styles! The tunes here are all instrumental – and range from Barry White-styled tracks, to big band funk, to other more complicated numbers with a soundtrack vibe – all laid ... 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
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
Legendary South African bassist Johnny Mbizo Dyani, in a setting that's completely different than some of his other recordings – a sublime solo performance from the late 70s, and one that features Dyani sounding even more spiritual than ever! Johnny's music is always fantastic – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Plays at 45rpm – for really great fidelity!)
Max Eastley/Steve Beresford/David Toop/Paul Burwel —
Whirled Music ... LP Quartz/Black Truffle (Austria), 1980. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
The title's not a take on the format of world music – and instead, the sounds here are literally "whirled" – mostly created by performers using instruments that are spinning in the air – often with sonic results that are pretty incredible! These aren't the echoey tubes ... (Out Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
A fantastic live album from the legendary jazz Chicago guitarist George Freeman – working here in co-leadership with younger guitar talent Mike Allemana, who was in the combo of George's late brother, saxophonist Von Freeman! The twin-guitar set has a searing old school vibe – like ... 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
A killer instrumental album of hard organ grooves and funky basslines! This was the album that broke Funk Inc out of their Indianapolis scene, and made them a force to be forever reckoned with in the history of funky jazz. The album grooves hard in the same sound as some of the classic work by ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Funk Inc's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more together soul-oriented one, heard to best effect on the ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the real highlights of the Argentine jazz scene of the 60s – a seminal album from pianist Ruben "Baby" Lopez – easily one of that country's greatest jazz musicians in the decade! Ruben's got a sound that opens up with the lyrical sense of space and tone first ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few sides ever cut as a leader by guitarist Dick Garcia – and a record that's maybe as noteworthy for the work of its leader as it is for the presence of some very hip sidemen! The album's one of those late 50s outings that features Bill Evans on piano, from a time when he wasn't ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 70s soul jazz classic – one of those albums we go back to again and again over the years for inspiration! The album was one of the first from young reed player Carlos Garnett – and it's virtually a super-session for the time – with a sublime lineup that perfectly blends ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unusual "best of" collections you'll ever own – given that it features material pulled together from seven different albums by Ben LaMar Gay – none of which were ever released! The package is more of a debut than anything else – and a hell of a musical ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album