An amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from Archie Shepp – a record that's filled with meaning and power, and which really stands out as a freer expression of his ideals while working on the European scene! The players here are an array of other BYG/Actuel luminaries – including Burton Green on piano, Grachan ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from one of the greatest groups of the New York avant scene of the 60s – the legendary New York Contemporary Five, a combo that features Archie Shepp on tenor, John Tchicai on alto, Don Cherry on cornet, Don Moore on bass, and JC Moses on drums! This 1963 recording, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wayne Shorter —
Soothsayer ... LP Blue Note, 1965/1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A great Wayne Shorter session from the mid 60s – recorded then, but not issued until 1979, for some incredibly unexplained reason – especially given the strength of the set! The group is distinctly modern, and features Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, James Spaulding on alto, and McCoy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alan Silva & Celestrial Communication Orchestra —
Luna Surface ... LP BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
Silva leads his Celestrial Communication Orchestra, one of the best of the loose collectives playing around the Paris scene of the 1969/1970 era – and a group that includes Grachan Moncur III, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Malachi Favors, Dave Burrell, and Bernard Vitet. The group was one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with Horace Silver on the cover, but a set that's really more of a Jazz Messengers date overall – as it features a smoking quintet that not only includes Art Blakey on drums and Doug Watkins on bass – but which also has some great frontline work from Hank Mobley on tenor and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blinding early Horace Silver recordings for Blue Note – work that's really more a Jazz Messengers date than anything else – given that Art Blakey is here on drums, and the rest of the group features Hank Mobley on tenor, Kenny Dorham on trumpet, and Doug Watkins on bass! Tracks are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A perennial favorite in the Jimmy Smith catalog for Blue Note – and a smoking little set that has Jimmy's Hammond grooving nicely alongside tenor from Stanley Turrentine and guitar from Kenny Burrell! Only Donald Bailey's drums remain from Jimmy's regular trio, but that shift is fine, given ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lost funky work from Jimmy Smith – issued on his own small Mojo Records label, which he formed after leaving Verve in the early 70s. The album features 4 long tracks – played by by Jimmy in a hip small combo with Larry Gales on bass, Ray Crawford on guitar, Donald Dean on drums, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lonnie Smith —
Think! ... LP Blue Note, 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
Easily Lonnie Smith's biggest hit for Blue Note – a key record in defining the sound of late 60s soul jazz! Lonnie's working here with an all-star group that includes Melvin Sparks, Lee Morgan, and David Fathead Newman – and the core combo is expanded by some additional Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great later work from Lonnie Smith – a set that's quite different than his initial Hammond material for Blue Note – but equally excellent in its own sort of way! The album has Lonnie playing both Fender Rhodes and organ – the former with this sweet, tight groove that's mighty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of hard instrumental Latin soul tracks – one of the few albums ever done by funky reed player Mauricio Smith! On the set, Smith plays flute, alto, and soprano sax – and the record's filled with short little groovers that have a nice choppy sound, and lots of heavy conga ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very beautiful, very off-kilter record from Chicago vibesman Paris Smith – with a groove that's unlike anything else we can think of! The record's one of a few issued on Smith's own label – and it's a haunting set of original compositions that merge modal and soul jazz conceptions, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally wonderful quartet from the contemporary Swedish scene – a group that echoes some of the best modern modes we love in work from the Moserobie label – no surprise, as a few of the group members also play on those releases as well! The combo features Kristoffer Kompen on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful material from this legendary Bay Area soul jazz combo! The Sons & Daughters of Lite have an incredibly spiritual sound – one that sounds sort of like the best groups on the Strata East label, with touches of Roy Ayers or James Mason-esque soulfulness, but with a little less ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited yellow colored vinyl pressing – includes download!)
A tremendous bit of South African jazz – recorded in the years after bigger names like Hugh Masekela and The Blue Notes had left for greener pastures, but when there were still plenty of great artists back at home! The Soul Jazzmen have this laidback, souful sound that's very much in keeping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Badass organ funk from the mighty Leon Spencer – a set that's got a bit of a fuller feel than some of his previous albums for Prestige – but a groove that's also equally great! The style here is somewhere between blacksploitation funk and some of the grooves from the CTI/Kudu camp ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heady brew of fuzz from guitarist Stephen O'Malley – best known for his work in Sun O))) – but recording here in a free jazz setting with drummer Steve Noble – whose percussive contributions are wonderfully scattered around the edges of O'Malley's sonic drone! The album only ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble —
Fractions ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy ...
Free work from a real power trio – one driven by the drums of Steve Noble, who also plays a lot of percussion, and the bass of Dominic Lash – while Stefan Keune lays out some very bold work on tenor and sopranino sax over the top! The trio have a great way of mixing intense passages ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 copies.)
Walter Strerath Trio —
Fly To Brazil ... LP Be! (Germany), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A rare bossa jazz session from 70s Germany – recorded with a very fluid groove! We'll be honest in saying that we only know pianist Walter Strerath from this one album – but he's a heck of a great talent on the keys, with a style that's at once highly rhythmic and warmly lyrical – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hiroshi Suzuki —
Cat ... LP Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
A great bit of electric jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – an album that easily rivals the best CTI work in the US at the time! Trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki heads up a quintet here – one that's heavy on electric piano and keyboards, played in a stretched-out sort of groove that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series! Fantastic Japanese pressing – heavy vinyl and cover!)
Svenska Kaputt (Kullhammar/Fiske/Zetterberg/Holme —
Suomi ... LP Moserobie (Sweden), 2015. New Copy ...
A brilliant musical project from the Moserobie jazz underground of Sweden – one that brings together four completely wonderful players, but in ways that are very different than most of their work in other settings! The sound here is very open and spacious – not in a mellow way, or an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hammond legend James Taylor takes the stage at the legendary Ronnie Scott's Club in London – a place he could have hardly imagined gracing back in his early 80s years on the mod scene! Yet Ronnie's come a hell of a long way since those days – and has emerged as one of the best ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most free jazz-oriented material we've ever heard from Okay Temiz – a record that features two different trio performances, one live and one in the studio – both with a very freewheeling vibe! The balance between all players is very equal – and Temiz plays drums, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime early work from the great Eje Thelin – a Swedish trombonist who made some excellent music in the 60s and 70s, but who hardly ever got his due on this side of the Atlantic! That's a crime, too – as Thelin's a musician with an amazing command of tones and styles – at this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eje Thelin —
So Far ... LP Columbia/Be! (Germany), 1963. New Copy (reissue)...
A landmark set from the Swedish scene of the early 60s – one that shows just how far that nation's jazzmen had grown during the postwar years! Trombonist Eje Thelin's always one of those talents worth checking out, but we especially like him in these early years – as he's overflowing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's hardly spaced out at all – and which instead is a really righteous blend of funk, jazz, and a bit of soul – all served up here by an obscure Maryland band at the end of the 70s! There's a wonderful confluence of energy going on here – some spiritual jazz in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's nothing shaky here at all – as the Thing trio is as tight as ever, and comes on with a rock-solid, hard-burning approach right from the start! The drums of Paal Nilssen-Love ground the group firmly, and ignite a real fire in the tenor and baritone of Mats Gustafsson, who also plays a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early gem from the great Clifford Thornton – maybe his best-known album over the years, thanks to its placement on the post-68 series of French free jazz releases on the BYG/Actuel label – but a set that's got a much more New York vibe overall, and stands as a key precursor to so ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three Out (Mike Nock) —
Move ... LP Columbia/Be! (Germany), 1960. New Copy (reissue)...
Totally great work from a young Mike Nock – a pianist that most folks know for his electric and experimental sounds of the 70s, but who's appearing here on record for the first time ever – at the head of a totally cooking soul jazz combo! Nock's command of the piano is tremendous right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three Out (Mike Nock) —
Sittin In ... LP Columbia/Be! (Germany), 1961. New Copy (reissue)...
A wonderful set from this cool Australian combo – and one that offers up the group in two nicely different modes! Side one has The Three Out sounding wonderful as a trio – with sublime soul-styled piano from a very young Mike Nock, and exceptional work on bass from Freddy Logan – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Klaus Treuheit Trio —
Nardis ... LP Sonorama (Germany), 1986. New Copy (reissue)...
A sweet little trio set – one that's virtually unknown, given the limited pressing run of the original album – but which stands as one of the best recorded in Germany at the time! The group here have a cohesive focus that's mighty nice – an ability to let loose with open, flowing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really haunting work from this highly percussive trio – a group that features Magnus Olsen Majmon on drums, and both Jon Draeby Neilsen and Nikolai Brix Vartenberg on a number of different reed instruments! The approach might be somewhere in the territory of free jazz, but the sound is a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most fantastic hardbop albums of all time! Tommy Turrentine was the less-famous trumpet-playing brother of Stanley Turrentine – but he was a hell of a player in his early days, and he cut some amazing records with his brother during the younger years of his career. This is the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Piero Umiliani with Gato Barbieri —
Una Bella Grinta ... LP CAM/Cinedelic (Italy), 1965. New Copy (reissue)...
An amazing set of modern jazz – penned by Italian film composer Piero Umiliani, but also played by a very hip group headed by a young Gato Barbieri! Although Gato's probably best known for his late 60s appearances on the American scene, and his 70s dates for Impulse and Flying Dutchman ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully jazzy soundtrack from the great Piero Umiliani – one that features solo work by some of the key members of the Basso Valdambrini sextet! The style here is very much in the mode of the best jazz soundtracks used during the French new wave years – simple themes that burst ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition!)
Uni Trio (Robinson/Izenzon/Kaye) —
Uni Trio ... LP Sagittarius (Italy), 1968. New Copy ...
Rare recordings from a very cool group – a late 60s New York trio that features tremendous work on clarinet from Perry Robinson – one of the few players who can blow the instrument with the same fire and fully creative energy as the avant saxophonists of the time! Perry's in wonderful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title of this album from Stein & Mari is somewhat bleak, but the overall sound is anything but – a surprisingly warm, almost redemptive blend of their vocals and a very cool range of instrumentation! The pair don't really sing as a "duo" – and instead kind of lay ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fierce funky instrumentals from Motown keyboardist Earl Van Dyke – a set that's overflowing with great original tracks, plus some sweet funky covers too! The style here is quite different than Earl's previous work – and quite different from most of Motown too – with a hard-edged ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ken Vandermark & Fred Lonberg Holm —
Resistance ... LP Bocian (Poland), 2015. New Copy ...
The Chicago sound in all of its power and glory – as these two frequent musical partners find a way to set fire one minute, then move into careful sonic textures the next – all while improvising freely at breakneck creative speed! Ken Vandermark plays a range of reeds, and Fred Lonberg ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from Weather Report – recorded here in a small club in Ohio, with a sound that's even more intense than their early 70s studio albums! There's some surprisingly noisy currents at times – almost the vibe that some of the group members might have picked up from working with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bugge Wessltoft returns to a style that made us first fall in love with him many years back – a hip blend of jazzy instrumentation and more cosmic 21st Century touches – all wrapped up in that sweet style that first put Norway's Jazzland label on the map! Bugge's at the helm on Fender ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mike Westbrook —
Love Songs ... LP Deram/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
Fantastic stuff! This groovy groovy record stands as one of the finest recordings ever made by 60s Brit jazz legend Mike Westbrook – a lively and rhythmic meeting of some of the best young talents on the London scene of the time, topped off with incredible vocals from the lovely Norma ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
A beautiful contemporary project from these two British jazz legends – one that definitely lives up to all their genius from earlier years – while finding a whole new level of expression! The album was done in collaboration with the London Vocal Project – a large group who are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set recorded as part of Andrew White's One Step series – but one that also has a different feel than some of the others – as it features some shorter tunes that have a bit more straightforward approach than some of his other work! The group on the album features Blackbyrds Keith ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest French jazz soundtracks ever – a haunting score composed and performed by sax legend Barney Wilen! Barney's work is possibly best known to American audiences for his solos on the Miles Davis soundtrack Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud, recorded a year earlier – and this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums ever from French saxophonist Barney Wilen – a set that's legendary not only for its famous cover image, but for all the wonderful music underneath! The record's maybe the strongest to deliver on the modern promise that Wilen exhibited in his music during the 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic hard-hitting organ jazz session by this great Chicago keyboard player, better known to the world for his two Blue Note LPs, but playing here in a style that's much more creative, and much more open-ended than on those LPs. He's got a tight trio here, with Ben White on guitar and Jerry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bassist Ben Williams definitely comes of age here – serving up a set that's warmly balanced between acoustic and electric modes from the leader, and from the other musicians in the group! The album's got an open, soulful vibe that's not unlike some of the best contemporary projects on Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really killer set from pianist Larry Willis – way different than any of his later albums as a leader, and from his early work with Jackie McLean in the 60s! Larry's playing here with a sound that's as righteous as his image on the cover, but which is also pretty funky at points too – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual all-jazz album from Gary Wilson – the same Gary Wilson who later issued the offbeat underground rock classic You Think You Really Know Me! But here, Gary's working in an avant jazz mode – playing piano and bass, plus a bit of tape, in a setting that's relatively free, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy funk from the mighty Reuben Wilson – one of his first few albums for Blue Note, and a solid soulful groover that's right up there with Lou Donaldson's work for the label at the time! Tracks are nice and long, and pretty open – often with that kicking drum sound at the bottom that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monster funk from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – an album of hard-burning, bad-walking tunes that are a fair bit different than most of his other work! Although Wilson recorded some pretty traditional organ jazz for the Blue Note and Groove Merchant labels, this album has him working with his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bernard Wright —
Nard ... LP Arista, 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist Bernard Wright! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album from the man that changed the way the world hears the Hammond! This album was Larry Young's first for Blue Note – and it's a mindblowing batch of tunes that push the organ into realms that had never been heard of in jazz. Young's got a real penchant for a modal groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really really wonderful work from legendary organist Larry Young – a set of rare recordings that we'd easily rank right next to our favorite Blue Note albums that Young cut as a leader! The sides here were done for French radio in the mid 60s, but they're hardly throwaway quickie tracks or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the greatest Larry Young album of the post-Blue Note years – and a massive bit of funk that totally redefines his sound! Larry's working here with his hip group Fuel – an ensemble that features Laura Logan on lead vocals, giving the tunes a real focus through her lyrics ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible stuff from the jazz underground of Newark! This is one of the rarest albums ever recorded by jazz organist Larry Young – cut for the tiny Perception label during the early 70s, and featuring some of the cream of the New Jersey jazz underground. The album's got playing that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larry Young —
Unity ... LP Blue Note, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A brilliant album that would forever change the way the organ was used in jazz! The set's the greatest contribution ever from organist Larry Young – a lean and modal session recorded with help from a young quartet that includes Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, and Elvin Jones – all leaping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little 12 track LP that compiles some of Lester Young's small combo work for Savoy – featuring backing by players that include Count Basie, Freddie Green, Shadow Wilson, Cozy Cole, Roy Haynes, and Junior Mance. Titles include "June Bug", "Blue Lester", "Blues ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic! Young and Holt lay down a monster set of grooves from Curtis Mayfield's Superfly soundtrack (all the good ones – like "Freddie's Dead", "Give Me Your Love", "Pusher Man", and "Superfly"), and they also get into some funky tracks of their own ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazzy 45s galore – and a huge dip into the vaults of Prestige Records! This tasty set brings together 18 classics recorded in the heyday of the jazz funk years at Prestige – the late 60s and early 70s, a time when the soul jazz sounds of previous years were being forged into a leaner, ... (Funky Compilations, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way more than just a random jazz compilation – and instead a set that comes with a hefty book about the Boston jazz underground in the 70s – almost 80 pages in length, complete with images of records, vintage photos, and lots of notes on this under-documented scene! And while Boston's ... (Funky Compilations, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The magic sunshine here is all from the legendary catalog of MPS Records – unusually groovy jazz tracks from the 60s and 70s, all hand-picked by the equally legendary DJ Gilles Peterson! Peterson first turned many ears onto MPS back a few decades ago – with his excellent Talkin Jazz ... (Funky Compilations, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Psychedelic, funky, cosmic soul jazz from the deep archives of the late 60s and 1970s-era Fantasy family of labels – a 4LP Cosmic Stash by a who's who of favorites – with Bernard Purdie, Eddie Jefferson, Ronnie Foster, Isaac Hayes, Blackbyrds, Johnny Hammond Smith, Paulinho Da Costa, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of tracks pulled from the podcasts of 78rpm collector John Heneghan – featuring music from his own legendary collection of rare shellac, as well as discs from the collection of Robert Crumb – who also makes an appearance on the program too! The tracks are interspersed with ... (Blues, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kev Beadle dips into his private collection, and comes up with a stunning batch of jazzy tracks in the process! The grooves here aren't as locked up as the cover might imply – because some of these cuts are ones the global scene has dug for years – but they're definitely the kind of ... (Funky Compilations, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overdue look at the great range of sounds that came from Inner City Records at the end of the 70s – a hip American indie with a strong specialty in soulful fusion, hip vocalists, and a range of other great styles too – all brought together here by London DJ Kev Beadle! Inner City's ... (Funky Compilations, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mod Jazz ... LP Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
One of our favorite compilations of all time – a smoking batch of soulful jazz from the 60s, with a slight bit of funk and blues thrown in as well! The set's exactly what's promised in the title – jazz cuts, but with an ultra-cool mod vibe – the kind of soulful sounds that played ... (Funky Compilations, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible, simply incredible – way more than just a collection of jazz, and instead a huge document of the postwar scene in Germany during the 50s! The package is a stunning recreation of the Mod Records label – an early project of Gigi Campi, who'd gain greater fame in the 60s for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible meeting of talents – both American and European jazz musicians coming together at a festival that must have been one hell of a event – certainly more exciting than just about any jazz festival we've ever attended in our lifetime! Unlike other festival recordings, this isn' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A huge legacy of lost jazz from the British scene – underground work from small labels, local combos, and even a few school bands – all brought together here in a collection that has a very similar vibe to some of the Spiritual Jazz compilations on the Jazzman label! These aren't half-b ... (Funky Compilations, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant collection of soulful jazz – one that has way more to offer than you might guess from its unassuming title and cover! The whole thing looks a bit oblique, but inside the music is full of deep color and life – a treasure trove of more spiritual sounds from the jazz scenes of ... (Funky Compilations, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album