All of the best CTI/Kudu Records grooves from funky drummer Idris Muhammad – all gathered together in one sweet collection! Muhammad's a player who's been great right from the start – from his initial funky drumming with Lou Donaldson, right up to recent jazz work that has him still as ... read moreCD
An incredible record from funky drummer Idris Muhammad! Idris is probably known for his funky break work on Blue Note and Prestige records sessions of the late 60s and early 70s – but by the time of this 1974 album, he was really expanding his style, hitting a laidback groove that went way ... read moreCD
Seminal recordings from Jemeel Moondoc's important Muntu ensemble – a group who worked with amazing energy in the avant scene of the late 70s – easily offering up some of the greatest performances from the members involved! There's a mixture of structure and freedom to these tracks ... read moreCD
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 1000 copies.)
Murder Inc (Irving Joseph) —
Murder Inc ... CD Time/GAD (Poland), 1960. New Copy ...
A very cool little record – one that imagines itself as a crime jazz soundtrack for a movie that doesn't exist – yet manages to come across with all the best styles of the time, with a quality to rival the best from Henry Mancini, Pete Rugolo, and Elmer Bernstein! Like famous scores by ... read moreCD
A tremendous early recording from David Murray – recorded in London (as you'd guess by the title), but with all the best spirit of his early loft jazz sides! There's a tightness here that's missing from some of Murray's other albums of the period – a sense of soulful, spiritual swing ... read moreCD
David Murray/Geri Allen/Terri Lyne Carrington —
Perfection ... CD Motema, 2016. New Copy ...
Wow, the title definitely gets it right here – as the set's verging on perfection, and is maybe one of the best records we've heard from David Murray in years! The reedman is fantastic throughout – and the album really hits the sort of deeper soul of some of his DIW or Black Saint ... read moreCD
A late 70s Parisian performance from the great Sunny Murray – and one that rivals any of the drummer's other French records from the decade – thanks in part to a lineup that also includes Bobby Few on piano and Alan Silva on bass! The group here have the open, expressive style that was ... read moreCD
Hard-wailing tenor work from the great Vido Musso – a player who first got his start with Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton in the 40s, but who really broke out on his own in the 50s! The tracks on the set are from a variety of singles and album tracks that Vido cut for the Crown/Modern R&B ... read moreCD
Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser —
Projections ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ...
The first-ever duo recording from pianist Simon Nabatov and bassist Mark Dresser – a set that has both players standing in very strong individual space, while still making great sounds together! Nabatov's piano has plenty of bold, angular flourishes – sometimes which seem to come from ... read moreCD
Nacka Forum (Kajfes/Kullhammar/Berthling/Osgood) —
We Are The World ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2016. New Copy ...
A record that's got a lot more going on than you'd expect from the cat video innocence of its cover – hardly the kind of throwaway content you'd find online, and instead a rock-solid session of free jazz from this heavyweight Swedish group! The quartet boasts some of the fiercest trumpet we'v ... read moreCD
Pianist Najponk is a player with a pretty striking name – and a musician whose style really lives up to the short, sharp sound of that moniker too! The album's a tight trio session with a very old school vibe – recorded in Prague, where Najponk currently works – with backing ... read moreCD
The famous standard used for the title here might give some indication of the feel of the record – as it does feature some mellower, more laidback moments – but in true Roy Nathanson fashion, the initial performance of that song is followed by tracks titled "The Nearness Of ... read moreCD
Sweet Japanese fusion grooving from Native Son – a group who were really at the forefront of the mainstream fusion sound flowing from the east at the end of the 70s! The group's headed by Takehiro Honda, who plays some excellent funky solos on Fender Rhodes and other electric keyboards ... read moreCD
The title's a bit obscure, but the album's a great American outing from the combo of Japanese pianist Takehiro Honda – one that has his Fender Rhodes and clavinet grooving nicely on a number of longish tracks! There's a great funky fusion flavor to the entire album – one that's tight, ... read moreCD
One of the last sessions Oliver Nelson ever recorded – a genius batch of work recorded for the Japanese East Wind label, and maybe one of his greatest albums ever! The set's a wonderful link between the sophisticated large group sounds that Nelson did for Impulse Records in the 60s, and some ... read moreCD
A compelling little record from pianist Phineas Newborn – and we don't just mean that because of it's bizarre image of "instrument love" on the cover! Newborn's got a touch on the piano that's unlike anyone else – kind of a key link between a number of different 50s modes ... read moreCD
Evocative piano portraits from Phineas Newborn – played in an illustrative style that's mighty nice! Newborn's got a touch on the keys that's like few other players we can think of – rich and full, yet without being too flowery or sentimental – a really nice balance that stands ... read moreCD
A pretty sweet set from reedman David Newman – a record that has him working with larger instrumental backdrops, in a mode that's almost like the sound going on with Stanley Turrentine over at CTI! William S. Fischer handled all the arrangements – so although things are tight, there's ... read moreCD
We're not sure we've ever heard trumpeter Joe Newman and tenorist Zoot Sims work together on a record – and certainly never as striking a setting as this – a record that really gives both musicians a chance to open up and blow! Despite the title, the players are less "locking ... read moreCD
A trio of early 70s LPs from Klaus Weiss & Niagara – in a 3CD set! First up is the 1971 self-titled debut – a pretty astonishing set of heavy, hypnotic drums and percussion. It features just 2 long jams, "Sangandongo" and "Malanga" and it's pretty much an all ... read moreCD
A trio of rare records from Janko Nilovic – all packaged together in one box set! First up is Pop Impressions – hardly pop at all – save, perhaps, for the fact that it's been sampled by a number of hip hoppers over the years – because the set's one of the greatest ever from ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreCD
A lost session of spiritual jazz – recorded in LA in the latter half of the 80s, but with a soaring, righteous vibe that's right up there with the 70s scene! The group here is incredible – an all-star array of the best talents working for Nimbus Records – Nate Morgan on piano, ... read moreCD
Nineteenth Whole —
Smilin' ... CD Eastbound/Westbound (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
One of the sweetest little jazz funk albums of the early 70s – and a masterful blend of vibes, guitar, and organ from this legendary Indianapolis combo! The group are probably best known for their backing work behind Grant Green on some of his funky Blue Note sides – or for vibes ... read moreCD
(Comes in a great little cardboard LP-styled sleeve!)
Trumpeter Adam O'Farrill's debut as a leader, and it's a strong one! Adam is the son of Cuban jazz piano great Arturo O'Farrill, but on Stranger Days, he's pretty firmly establishing his own identity in contemporary post-bop – keeping up the family tradition as a top notch player, rather than ... read moreCD
A brilliant meeting of modes from the mighty Arturo O'Farrill – a set that combines a rich tapestry of Cuban styles with American jazz elements from the cubop years and beyond – all into a spacious double-length set of performances that brings together musicians from around the globe, ... read moreCD
An aggressive bit of funky fusion – a set that matches the talents of Japanese trumpeter Shunzoh Ohno with some hip American grooves from Reggie Lucas on guitar, Cedric Lawson on keyboards, Don Pate on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums! The sound is very full-on – in a mid 70s Miles Davis ... read moreCD
Sweet funky sounds from Japanese keyboardist/arranger Yuji Ohno – one of his lesser-known film scores from the 70s, but also one of his best! The record's got a bit of a cop/crime vibe overall – with lots of warm electric touches, of the sort you might find on an American thriller of ... read moreCD
Rock-solid work from One For All – a group whose individual players are already at the top of their scene, and perform together here at a level that's even greater than the sum of their parts! These guys have been working together for over 20 years – hence the album's title – yet ... read moreCD
A fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms, but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, filled with life, ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Anthony Ortega —
On Evidence ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1992. New Copy ...
A wonderful later set from reedman Anthony Ortega – and a record that really returns him to the brilliance of his first modern moments in the 50s! Ortega plays both alto and soprano sax here – in these long, flowing, open lines that are completely seductive – performed with a ... read moreCD
A trio of amazing records from the UK jazz scene at the start of the 70s – all seminal sides from the legendary avant Turtle Records label! First up is Outback,early genius from British saxophonist Mike Osborne – his first session as a leader, recorded in the company of some of the ... read moreCD
A hip quartet of jazz performances – all recorded for Finnish radio in the 70s – presented here with beautiful sound as a stunning look at the under-tapped talent in that scene at the time! First up is a 19 minute track titled "Lydian Feeling" – performed by a quartet ... read moreCD
A supremely excellent lost bit of mellow funk, and one of the few rare releases on the Encounter label – which was sort of a doper, more soulful version of CTI! Frank Owens plays organ and keyboards, and the group includes Bernard Purdie lending his trademark soul jazz drums (a very welcome ... read moreCD
P Trio —
Embalo ... CD Paladium/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ...
A beautiful bit of lost bossa jazz from 60s Brazil – the only album we've ever seen by the P Trio, an enigmatic group recording in Belo Horizonte – hardly the same center of bossa nova as the beaches in Rio! The session's got a spare and lively feel – similar to work at the time ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for ... read moreCD
Sparkling work from arranger Marty Paich – one of our favorite large group talents of the 50s! The album definitely gets a boot out of us – not just for its sexy, shower-situated cover on the front – but also for its great approach to the music, penned here by Paich in ways that ... read moreCD
Sante Palumbo —
Sway ... CD CPT/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy ...
An amazing set from the Italian scene of the early 70s – a jazz album with a fair bit of electric instrumentation, but one that comes across in a very different way than American or other European fusion of the time! Instead, there's kind of this core acoustic energy to the record – ... read moreCD
Unheard sounds from the legendary Charlie Parker – a set that features 58 previously-unknown alternate takes of classic recordings from Parker's years with Verve producer Norman Granz – all presented here with a huge amount of detail in the notes! The set is incredible – and has ... read moreCD
The record we've been waiting years for Jeff Parker to make – a fantastic funky set that shows off a whole new side of his talents! Parker's guitar has been on plenty of great albums over the past decade or two, but this set may well be one of his greatest moments so far – a really ... read moreCD
A really unusual project from bassist William Parker – a great tribute to the legendary Godard film Alphaville, done with music that's a surprisingly great fit! There's almost a jazz soundtrack feel to the record at points – a bit straighter than usual for Parker, but still with plenty ... read moreCD
Party Knullers (Fred Lonberg-Holm & Stale Solberg) —
Gold ... CD Hispid (Norway), 2014. New Copy ...
Fred Lonberg Holm and Stale Liavik Solberg put a new twist on the meaning of "party" here – as they work in an especially dark side of the sonic spectrum than you might expect at a more festive celebration! Fred's using a fair bit of electronics on the record, but the set's also ... read moreCD
Baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne never got much of a chance to record as a leader – but every time he did, he came up with gold – as on this smoking 70s session with pianist Duke Jordan! At the time of the set, both musicians are working past the period of their initial fame – ... read moreCD
Florian Pellissier Quintet —
Biches Bleues ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy ...
The title might sound like a Miles Davis homage, but the record is something else entirely – a really warm, wonderful set of spiritually-tinged jazz tracks – served up with a very classic vibe! The group's led by pianist Florian Pellissier, who also wrote most of the tracks on the set ... read moreCD
We totally loved the first album from the Florian Pellissier Quintet, and this set blows us away even more – as the group's slightly expanded, and stretches out even more strongly in a mix of modal and spiritual grooves! The vibe here is like some of the best Strata East sessions from the ... read moreCD
Pentagon (Cedar Walton, Clifford Jordan, etc) —
Pentagon ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A really wonderful album that's sometimes overlooked because of it's relatively oblique cover and name – which both hide the wonderful talents within! In truth, the set might be billed as a Cedar Walton session – or maybe almost an Eastern Rebellion one – as the vibe here is very ... read moreCD
Gilson Peranzzetta & Amoy Ribas —
Repercutindo ... CD Fina Flor (Brazil), 2015. New Copy ...
A hell of a wonderful record from legendary Brazilian pianist Gilson Peranzzetta – an artist we've loved since his crucial 70s MPB arrangements – working here with younger percussionist Amoy Ribas, who turns in some especially great work on vibes! The music just comes from the pair ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Maybe some of the most compelling music we've ever heard from pianist Luis Perdomo – a set that begins with his own extended suite of righteous material, then moves into some beautiful tunes by Clifford Jordan and Hermeto Pascoal! Perdomo's always had a depth to his music, but this record ... read moreCD
Bill Perkins —
Other Bill ... CD Progressive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
The title's an apt one – as this Bill Perkins isn't the famous reedman from the LA scene of the 50s and the Stan Kenton band – but instead a San Francisco tenorist who's equally well-deserving of recognition! This date's one of the only sets we've seen from SF Bill Perkins – ... read moreCD
Houston Person & Ron Carter —
Chemistry ... CD High Note, 2016. New Copy ...
A brilliant late-life session from these two jazz giants – and maybe the most striking record we've heard from either player in years! The album features just the bass of Ron Carter and tenor of Houston Person – in a wonderfully stripped-down setting that really gets right to the heart ... read moreCD
A small group session from guitarist Carlo Pes – originally recorded for the Cometa sound library series, but actually more of a straight jazz record overall! Carlo plays here with a quartet – just piano, bass, and drum behind his instrument in the lead – and the guitar often has ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the most ambitious works ever by Marvin Hannibal Peterson – a larger work dedicated to the 20 African-American children murdered by a serial killer in Atlanta, performed here with a mix of choral voices and jazz instrumentation! The piece follows strongly in a legacy of that format ... read moreCD
An overlooked side of the Oscar Peterson genius of the 50s – an album of laidback vocal tracks that are a great change from his better-known instrumental work! Peterson's not the sort of singer to belt out a tune at the top of his lungs – nor cast it in shimmering gossamer like some of ... read moreCD
An album with a groove as fluid as you might guess from the title – and from the nicely stretched image of Oscar Peterson on the cover! The album's one of the best-remembered from Oscar's years at MPS – a session that's got almost as much soul jazz at the bottom as it does the fluid ... read moreCD
(Great LP sleeve edition – new remastering, new notes, and even a picture of the original master tape!)
Bosko Petrovic may not be a big name in jazz here in the US, but he's easily one of the greatest musicians in Eastern Europe of the past few decades – a Croatian vibist with a really rich, chromatic sound! Bosko got a bit of circulation in the 60s and 70s, on projects for MPS and other ... read moreCD
A really sweet set that has the vibes of Bosko Petrovic coming into play with larger arrangements from the RTV Big Band – all with a soulful, sensuous sound that's a lot like records that have Milt Jackson working with a larger group! Petrovic's got a similar sense of color and tone, but is ... read moreCD
A trio of albums from this famous Eastern European vibist – with additional bonus tracks too! First up is Blue Sunset – a set that still follows strongly with Bosko Petrovic's best projects from the early years, including his work with the Zagreb Jazz Quartet! This album's a wicked ... 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
Bassist Oscar Pettiford found a great home in the European scene in the later years of his life – and he made some especially wonderful recordings in Denmark – a good deal of which are collected on this set! The album features Petttiford throughout – playing bass with a vibrant ... read moreCD
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
Piero Piccioni —
Le Altre ... CD Beat (Italy), 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ...
Cool organ lines, wonderful keyboards, and lots of other great bits – all stepping out in a double-length set that's completely sublime – and maybe some of the best work we've ever heard from the mighty Piero Piccioni! The score is as sexy as you'd guess from the cover – and ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
(Limited to 500 copies.)
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!)
Never-heard music from one of the coolest combos on the German scene at the start of the 70s – the amazing "set" headed by American vibist Dave Pike – and featuring some killer guitar by the ultra-trippy and equally funky Volker Kriegel! These live-in-studio recordings are a ... read moreCD
The second amazing album from Placebo – a wicked mix of funky fusion styles, and a real standout on the European scene of the early 70s! The group's the brainchild of Marc Moulin – who wrote all tracks, and plays a wealth of great keyboards, in ways that almost make him the European ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by the mighty Pony Poindexter – a great reedman who made great waves on both sides of the Atlantic in the 50s and 60s! Pony first rose to fame in the band of Count Basie, but he's also got a pedigree that includes work in both New Orleans and San ... read moreCD
Incredibly hip big band work from trumpeter Herb Pomeroy – proof that the Boston influence in the 50s was a very good force in modern jazz! The group here is large, but the sound is often quite lean – done with an open focus on the strongest soloists in the group – players who ... read moreCD
Ferdinand Povel, Wim Overgaauw, Ruud Pronk, etc —
Beboppin ... CD Limetree/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
Ferdinand Povel's one of those players we never seem to get enough of – a tenorist who may not be one of the bigger stars on the European scene, but one who always finds a way to serve up something special! Povel's got a nice edge in his horn at times – a mode that's always inside, but ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the great Bud Powell – recorded right at an early moment when the pianist was bursting into Birdland fame – working here with a key trio that features Curley Russell on bass and a young Max Roach on drums! Bud seems to have a bit more color in his keys here than in ... 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
Great work from one of our favorite reedmen of the 50s! Seldon Powell is one of the all-time tenor greats, but on most of the recordings he made, he's always buried in the mix, or hidden in the credits behind the name of a famous bandleader. However, on this album, one of the few made under his ... read moreCD
An excellent sextet session by the great Seldon Powell – one of the late 20th century's best reed talents, but a player who's so often lost in larger bands – which is why it's especially nice to hear him grooving in a small combo set like this! The sound is incredibly soulful, at a ... read moreCD
Power Quintet (Jeremy Pelt/Steve Nelson) —
High Art ... CD Half Note, 2016. New Copy ...
The cover might look a bit old fashioned, but the groove here is very contemporary – served up by an excellent combo of very important players from the east coast scene – trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, vibist Steve Nelson, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Bill ... read moreCD
Pianist Debbie Poryes works here with a Dutch trio formed right after her arrival on that scene – a nicely-balanced group that really respects Debbie's sensitive touch on the keys, and seems to make her subtle sounds come out even more than they might in the setting! Poryes has an approach ... read moreCD
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
Lloyd Price steps off to the side a bit, and allows his great backing band to really get some time in the spotlight – on this smoking set that was issued on LLoyd's own LL label! The group have this wicked mix of jazz, R&B, and mod soul – and often use sweet Hammond in the lead, in ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Primitive Art Orchestra —
Helix ... CD Playwright (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
Great sounds from a group who work here with just piano, bass, and drums – yet manage to create music in a range of styles you might not normally expect! The core approach of the group is definitely jazz, but they also weave their three instruments together in this forward-moving mode that ... read moreCD
A really lovely little record from Primitive Art Orchestra – one of a number of contemporary Japanese jazz groups who are really rewriting the rules! The members here come from a club jazz background in other groups – including work from Takao Ito on drums in Tri4th, a favorite of ... read moreCD
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Mucho Pucho ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1997. New Copy ...
A great revival set for Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – recorded at a time when the group was firmly coming back into the limelight, thanks to discovery and new appreciation by a generation of younger listeners! Pucho's still very much at the top of his game here – and brings in ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
A completely unique slide of work from Dudu Pukwana – a side of the reedman you may never have heard before! Dudu's best known for his work in the Blue Notes – that legendary avant assemblage of South African players – and although he's also recorded in other creative settings, ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from Don Pullen – solo material, and some of his most soulful sides of the 70s – done in this long-flowing style that's completely sublime! Pullen's really at his best in this format – working in a way that's very free, but never overindulgent or ... read moreCD
2 funky classics from the legendary Pretty Purdie! Purdie Good is Bernard Purdie's first album as a leader for Prestige – cut right after he'd hipped up plenty of other sessions for the label with his famous funky drums! The groove here is very much in the best Prestige jazz funk mode of ... read moreCD
Massive work from one of the funkiest drummers of all time – the legendary Bernard Pretty Purdie, stepping out here in a batch of instrumentals that may well be his greatest album ever! Bernard's drums are right up front in the mix – leading off all tunes with a full, funky, echoey ... read moreCD
(Please not that there is a small cutout hole through the case.)
A wild one! After the straight hard funk of some of his earlier recordings as a leader, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie breaks out here in a compelling album of soul jazz tracks done in a number of styles. The approach is sort of big studio funk – with some cuts that have a harder sound, ... read moreCD
A very cool Brazilian combo – one who offer up some wonderfully fresh interpretations of work by the great Moacir Santos! Santos is one of our favorite Brazilian talents from the 60s and 70s – an artist who really broke free of basic bossa conventions, and instead created complicated ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Quartetto Moderno —
Ecco! ... CD Schema (Italy), 1999. New Copy ...
One of the most beautiful jazz recordings we've heard in a long time! Italy's Quartetto Moderno is a vibes-led combo with a classic modal feel – similar to Bobby Hutcherson's pre-new thing years on Blue Note, or some of the early Roy Ayers & Jack Wilson recordings from LA. The sound is ... read moreCD
The first far-reaching collection of vocal tracks recorded by Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years – perfectly put together, and featuring a number of previously-unissued tracks as well! The Space Age Is Here To Stay covers a wide range of the cosmic jazz styles Ra traveled (and pretty much ... read moreCD
A really beautiful collection of rare tracks from Sun Ra – put together by the mighty Gilles Peterson, who we've trusted for years to give us some of the most soulful, cosmic music on this planet! Gilles has a wonderful ear for a certain strand of sounds from Ra and the Arkestra – ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from Sun Ra – a host of recordings cut at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Fest in the early 70s – always a very welcoming audience for the Arkestra at the time! We're not sure what was in the water, but it always seems like the group really hit their stride at the ... read moreCD
A legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer John Cage and jazz visionary Sun Ra – both performing together at a special one-night event that took place at Coney Island in 1987! The set doesn't really feature Ra jamming with Cage (as if ... read moreCD
A hell of a great jazz guitarist – working here in a really wonderful setting – a live date that both lets Jimmy Raney hit some beautifully intimate moments out front, but also lets him swing a bit too – thanks to help from Sam Jones on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! Raney ... read moreCD
Henry Mancini's best remembered as one of the most important instrumental film composers of the 60s and 70s – but the man also gave us a fair bit of vocal gems, too – great cuts that were co-composed with lyricists who include Johnny Mercer, Leslie Bricusse, Jay Livinston, and the team ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Sue Raney's a singer that most folks know from some famous Capitol Records albums at the end of the 50s – yet she's also a hell of a vocalist who really knows how to keep on keeping on – as she does strongly on this album from the start of the 90s! Sue's got a modern look on the cover, ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of those key 60s records that reminds us why Ernest Ranglin's always been one of the most unique talents on the electric guitar – partly a jazzman, and partly a formative force in the early sound of rocksteady and reggae on the Jamaican scene – as you'll hear on this sweet ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreCD
Sweet guitar instrumentals from the great Ernest Ranglin – heard here at an early point in his career, when he was very much a jazz player overall – but also picking up a few elements from the changing styles of Jamaican music at the time! Bobby plays with lots of warm, open chords ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreCD
Enrico Rava & Gianluca Petrella —
Wild Dance ... CD ECM (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Nothing too wild here, as the album's got the full, spacious sort of sound that we've come to expect from Enrico Rava on ECM – that way of capturing his trumpet lines to that they hang easily in space, and really get the chance to open up – especially here in the company of guest ... read moreCD
Sharp sounds from the French scene at the start of the 70s – played by a group that mixes some of the free energy of the BYG/Actuel crowd with the more playful styles of the other side of the post-68 underground! The group's a quartet – with Partrick Vian on guitar, Jean Claude Cenci ... read moreCD
One of the boldest albums ever recorded by trumpeter Dizzy Reece – a session recorded in Paris in 1970, with some amazing tenor sax from the great John Gilmore! The pairing of Reece and Gilmore is a bit of a surprise – a strikingly avant choice for the former, and a rare date away from ... read moreCD
Groovewise, the record's a great one – one of the strongest in years from pianist Eric Reed – who works here in an open-ended live setting with Seamus Blake on tenor! The album's a great example of the way these Smoke Sessions records can really open up the right sort of artist – ... read moreCD
A really cool concept record from Della Reese – and an early album that shows just how deeply she approached her role as a jazz singer! The set's the "story of the blues" promised in the title – as Della both sings songs with older roots, and presents overarching narration ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Reflexionen (Leimgruber/Friedman/Burri/Allouche) —
Reflexionen ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
One of the more freewheeling groups we've ever heard recording for the Timeless label – especially during the 80s stretch in which this set was recorded – a free-thinking quartet that features Urs Leimgruber on soprano, tenor, and bass saxophone – plus Don Friedman on piano, Bobby ... read moreCD
Man, these guys are totally great – one of the few contemporary combos who can so perfectly get the sound of the most soulful fusion of the 70s – instantly taking us back to the generation of The Crusaders with their wonderful music on the set! We loved Resolution 88 the last time ... read moreCD