Maybe the boldest of Arthur Blythe's albums for Columbia Records – as the set bristles with newly creative energy right from the start, and provides a great showcase for some of the criss-crossings of styles and rhythms that were taking place on the New York scene at the time! The lineup ... read moreCD
A stunning Columbia Records debut from Arthur Blythe – recorded at a time when the label was really sinking its teeth back into quality jazz, and helping artists like Arthur get some great new exposure! At the time of the date, Blythe had already spent years working in the jazz undergrounds ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure album by Willie Bobo – and a great one too! The session predates Willie's more famous work on Verve, and it catches the percussionist as he's coming off of some very successful years in the Cal Tjader band – a place where he really picked up a flair for jazzy and lyrical ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Federico Bonifazi with Eric Alexander —
You'll See ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. New Copy ...
A fantastic record from Italian pianist Federico Bonifazi – one that comes out of time recently spent in New York city, where he developed a fast friendship with bassist John Webber – whose work on the set really sounds tremendous! At some level, the record might be thought of as one ... read moreCD
Joe Bonner Trio —
Parade ... LP Steeplechase (Denmark), 1979. Near Mint- ...
A fantastic trio, in a wonderful setting – the great (and overlooked!) Joe Bonner on piano – working here with incredible bass from Johnny Dyani, and always-wonderful drums from Billy Higgins! Four of the six tracks are Bonner originals – and include "Change It", "H ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest records ever to come out of Chicago – the sole recording by Boscoe, a group who was even more obscure and experimental than contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Artistic Heritage Ensemble! Like those groups, Boscoe has a very unique, very visionary approach – one that' ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groovy little kid – and he plays a mean guitar! Boulou's the kind of artist you think you should hate when you see his smirking face on the cover, but he's actually pretty darn great – and the album's got a surprising amount of charm! A real part of the album's strength is the way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two different slices of Lester Bowie – both of them great, and very unique in their own way! CD1 features a live performance from 1982 – done around the same time as Bowie's sublime Great Pretender album, and with a similar large group that has a nice mix of avant, spiritual, and older ... read moreCD
Great work from the Bowman Trio – a group named not for any of the musicians who perform , but for the writer J Bowman – whose words inspired each of the songs on the set! The trio features Tomi Nikku on trumpet, Joonas Tuuri on bass, and Sami Nummela on drums – all Finnish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – and a coupon for a free cup of coffee, if you can make it to a coffee shop in Helsinki!)
A raw, live set from Chicago saxophonist David Boykin – but a great little record that really reminds us of a classic 60s session on ESP! Boykin's reeds are wonderful throughout – filled with the depth of soul we might expect from Kalaparusha or Albert Ayler – and set up here in ... read moreCD
Saxophonist David Boykin never fails to blow us away – but this time around, his music seems even deeper and more ambitious than ever – as he works with his Expanse group on three long tracks that have a very spiritual mix of ensemble moments and improvised individual actions! The ... read moreCD
Bobby Bradford/John Carter Quintet —
Comin On ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1988. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A brilliant reinvention of the Bobby Bradford/John Carter partnership – a key force on the LA avant scene of the late 60s and early 70s – still filled with fire in this later recording! Bradford's cornet has lost none of its force – and the real shift here is Carter, who works ... read moreCD
A lost album of funky jazz that features work by the great Nathan Davis! The combo's a hip rock-influenced one – mixing together acoustic funky jazz with a slight touch of electric bass, in a manner that's in keeping with some of the hipper jazz rock groups that were coming out of England ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of work from Ruby Braff's 50s recordings for Vanguard – some of the best sides the trumpeter ever recorded, and material that captures him in wonderfully relaxed company, blowing with some of the best of his contemporaries! There's an easygoing swing to the material – ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever recorded by trumpeter Ruby Braff – a set that's hipper than some of his other 50s sessions, thanks to some wonderful sidemen! The sound here is still somewhat traditional, but there's also an undercurrent of 50s modern swing too – thanks to work by Jim ... read moreCD
A unique collection of laidback jazz recordings – recorded in a very spare setting that has trumpeter Ruby Braff playing with pianist Ellis Larkins, and no other accompaniment! The setting's quite unusual for the time, and it makes for a relaxed intimate meeting between two strong talents ... read moreCD
A pretty great album of mellow jazz tracks – recorded in a very spare setting that has trumpeter Ruby Braff playing with pianist Ellis Larkins, and no other accompaniment! The setting's quite unusual for the time, and it makes for a relaxed intimate meeting between two strong talents that ... read moreCD
A Japanese-only album – one that brings together two rare 10" jazz sessions for the Storyville label in Boston! First up is Jazz At The Boston Arts Festival – a great set of trad jazz grooves from the Boston scene of the 50s – recorded with an easygoing groove that's totally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Braith —
Musart ... CD Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ...
One of our favorite-ever albums on Prestige Records from the 60s – and a set that's a fair bit different than most of the other work on the label! The set's an unusual outing for saxophonist George Braith – cut after his famous albums for Blue Note, and in a mode that's quite different ... read moreCD
Spare, solo, and incredibly haunting work from Dollar Brand – recorded in Switzerland in the early 70s, and featuring Brand on both flute and piano, playing a set of 14 original compositions designed to provide small sketches of his African homeland. The mood of the work is less sprightly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some fraying on the edges near the bottom, with a small split on the bottom seam.)
One of the most righteous 70s sessions to come from the hands of Dollar Brand – a New York recording that's filled with work by a host of players from the spiritual jazz underground – all of whom soar strongly on the album's long tracks, and give the set a fire and righteous energy you'r ... read moreCD
Beautiful early work from Dollar Brand – recorded live at the Club Montmartre in Copenhagen in 1965. The group is a trio that features Johnny Gertze on bass and Makaya Ntshoko on drums – and the tracks are long spiraling originals, showing Brand's fragmented approach to rhythm, laid ... read moreCD
Sweet slices of work from a hell of a jazz festival – the 1963 Antibes performances, served up here in some incredibly hip material! The set begins with early work from pianist Dollar Brand – whose trio sounds moody and amazing on "Antibes Jam", then gets joined the great ... read moreCD
A surprisingly charming little set, from a unique Chicago jazz talent! Joel Brandon's pictured on the cover playing a flute, but he's also a vocalist – and even more surprising, a whistler! He's got a style of jazz-based whistling that's really weird – and almost has a Roland Kirk-like ... read moreCD
A beautiful album from guitarist Craig Brann – and maybe the first to really display all the richness of his talents! Most tunes here are originals by Brann, penned with an ear towards open flow that really lets the guitarist take off – and use styles of phrasing that clearly draw on ... read moreCD
Victor Assis Brasil —
Desenhos ... LP Forma/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
Genius work from Victor Assis Brasil – one of the greatest Brazilian saxophonists ever, heard here in a sublime recording from the bossa nova era! The set's got a wicked feel right from the start – killer rhythms from the trio of Tenorio Jr on piano, Edison Lobo on bass, and Chico ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Victor Assis Brasil —
Trajeto ... CD Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
A wonderful early album from Victor Assis Brasil – one of Brazil's greatest saxophone players of the 60s and 70s, and an artist with a keen post-Coltrane approach to his work! The album's awash in modally grooving numbers that would have made Coltrane proud – soulfully swinging tunes ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Belgian Hammond hero Andre Brasseur – a musician who clearly cut a heck of a lot of records back in the 70s, as evidenced by the huge range of record covers and 45 sleeves inside! Yet Brasseur's also one of those guys who never fully got his due – a keyboard ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool record from reedman Anthony Braxton – one that's got a trio of horns coming into play with a guitar – all at a level that creates beautiful interplay between the sharp edges of the former, and ringing tones of the latter! The quartet features Braxton on alto, soprano, and ... read moreCD
Yet another Braxton albums entitled Four Compositions! This time out the quartet features Marilyn Crispell on piano, John Lindberg on bass and Gery Hemingway on drums, making for a very cerebral outing indeed. And despite the album's title, the set actually features 6 tracks in all, each with an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Misprint version – titled six compositions on the label.)
Braxton recorded in a number of different settings, all of which are incredibly fruitful. Some tracks feature Braxton with Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, and Jerome Cooper; another has him with the core of the pre-WSQ, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, and Hamiet Bluiett; and one has him playing those ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has split seams, marker on all sides, and a peeled spot on one corner. Labels have marker.)
A very dynamic performance from a very dynamic group – a hipper than usual ensemble for Anthony Braxton, given that just about everyone here is a heavy hitter! The four long tracks are all Braxton compositions – in that special formula that encourages group sonic activity, while ... read moreCD
Beautiful solo work from Anthony Braxton – recorded live in Paris at the start of the 70s, and a fair bit more sensitive than some of his earlier work on that scene! Side one features a beautiful take on Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday" – one that runs for 25 minutes, and which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two of the most important talents to emerge in avant jazz in the 70s – working here together in a really groundbreaking performance! Both saxophonist Anthony Braxton and guitarist Derek Bailey were already making some huge waves in their respective scenes of Chicago and London – but in ... read moreCD
Anthony Braxton & Gyorgy Szabados —
Szabraxtondos ... LP Krem (Hungary), 1985. Very Good+ ...
A rather obscure side featuring Braxton collaborating in duets with Hungarian pianist and composer Gyorgy Szabados, performing Szabados' compositions "Dance Of Reanimaton", "Commendation To Our Women", "Lament" and "Szabraxtondos II". LP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Braxton & Miya Masaoka —
Duo (DCWM) 2013 ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2013. New Copy 2CD ...
One of the most beautiful duo albums we've heard from Anthony Braxton in a long time – a set of three long improvisations with koto player Miya Masaoka – who plays a 21-string version of the instrument that really sounds beautiful next to Braxton's reeds! Braxton blows sopranino, ... read moreCD
Anthony Braxton's reeds meet the piano and accordion of Ted Reichman – a player we don't really know at all, but who manages to craft some creative moments in the company of Braxton! There's moments at which it really seems like Anthony's reeds are taking center stage – but Reichman ... read moreCD
A live trio date from guitarist Lenny Breau – and a set that's maybe got a bit more of an edge than some of his studio albums of the time! Lenny introduces the set, which helps enforce the concert feel of the proceedings – then works through a set of nicely varied material that really ... read moreCD
The idiom here is a pretty bold one – hard-swinging jazz, of the sort that was sure to remind folks in the mid 80s that Randy Brecker was a much of a straight, soulful player as he was a groover in the group with his brother! This album's a hard-hitting, back-to-basics set that has Randy's ... read moreCD
Wonderful live work from the legendary Brecker Brothers – cut at a time when the duo were still totally hard and funky – maybe even more so here than on their studio albums of the time! The live setting really brings out a crackle in the group – lots of funky rhythms at the ... read moreCD
Bassist Peter Brendler is at the helm of the set, but we're especially enamored of the trumpet work here – played by Peter Evans on both standard and piccolo trumpet – the latter of which has this wonderfully personal sound! Almost all tunes are originals from Brendler, who turns out ... read moreCD
American greatness from this seminal Dutch ensemble – a set recorded in the US when the group were really hitting on all burners – linking together rich strains of modern jazz in the course of a single performance! There's a great blend of tight concepts and freer solos going on here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Matt Brewer —
Unspoken ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2016. New Copy ...
A beautiful album from bassist Matt Brewer – a set that's got a very rich sense of tonal color and melody, but served up in some slightly unusual ways! Matt's bass is a key part of the record, as is his great songwriting – but the overall sound draws plenty from the balance between the ... read moreCD
A really beautiful project from the great Dee Dee Bridgewater – a set that has the singer paying tribute to the city and culture of New Orleans, but in a way that's free of the hoke you'd find in other projects of this nature! Dee Dee approaches the music – as with all of her albums ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Baritone madness, and a lot more too – a set that's full of surprises, and which may well be one of the most striking records on the Beehive label from Chicago! The date not only features twin terrors on baritone sax – Nick Brignola and Pepper Adams, both blowing at the height of their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album