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
One of the most compelling albums ever recorded by Ahmed Abdul-Malik – and that's saying a lot, since all of his albums are pretty darn great! The set's got a style that's very strongly in keeping with the "eastern moods" of the title – with less of a jazz sound than some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition – on clear heavy weight vinyl!)
A series of amazing recordings from one of Japan's most important avant jazz musicians of the 70s – reedman Kaoru Abe, who was able to go head to head with some of the most inventive, creative free jazz artists of the European scene – but all with a style that's uniquely his own! In a ... read moreCD
John Abercombie/Dan Wall/Adam Nussbaum —
Tactics ... CD ECM, 1997. Used ...
A masterpiece of chromes and tones from the legendary John Abercrombie – an album that's a beautiful summation of all the special style he's brought to his guitar work over the years! That subtle shading that John had back at the start is still very firmly in place, but he group's also ... read moreCD
A masterpiece of chromes and tones from the legendary John Abercrombie – an album that's a beautiful summation of all the special style he's brought to his guitar work over the years! That subtle shading that John had back at the start is still very firmly in place, but he group's also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic acoustic set on ECM – a pairing of guitarists John Abercrombie and Ralph Towner, working here together in a beautifully spare sound! The album predates the bigger wave of work like this that would soon become cliched by the start of the 80s – and both players stretch out with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive set of Monk interpretations – easily one of the greatest tributes to Thelonius we've ever seen, and a package that features more than just piano parts too! The performance is divided into four different sets – each one featuring a different pianist – either Muhal ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Muhal Richard Abrams —
Afrisong ... LP Why Not (Japan), 1975. Near Mint- ...
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by this legendary AACM pianist! The album was a rare Japanese-only session from 1975, but recorded in Chicago – and it features Muhal playing solo – in beautifully warm spiritual tones that are very different from his playing on many other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Music from one of the greatest periods ever for AACM legend Muhal Richard Abrams – a time when the pianist was opening up in so many different creative directions! The first volume of this Black Saint/Soul Note series was great, but we almost like this one even better – as it features ... read moreCD
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the ... read moreCD
Short bursts and more textured bits of dissonant jazz from Tom Abbs & Frequency Response – balancing jarring, blunt force dynamics with more haunting, measured moments! Abbs plays bass, cello, tuba and handled the compositions with Brian Settles on sax & flute, Jean Cook on violin ... read moreCD
(Small cutout hole through digipack case.)
Paolo Achenza Trio —
Do It ... CD Right Tempo (Italy), 1994. Used ...
Great album of jazzy electric piano. One of the first releases on Right Tempo, and still one of the best. Very warm electric sound, great rhythm section, plus a guest appearance by Greg Osby. Funky, swinging, and very bossa. Nice stripped down grooves, with a very genuine feel, and some of the ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
Spare, soulful work from reedman Idris Ackamoor – recording here in a set of duets with pianist Hakeem Muhammad – in a manner that's a bit more free than some of Idris' other records, but no less spiritual! Muhammad's command on the keys is bold and spirited – at some points ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bruce Ackley Trio —
Hearing ... CD Avant (Japan), 1997. Used ...
Open, swinging live work from the George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet – and a set that shows both the group's sense of jazz tradition, and their willingness to play with it on their own terms! The tracks here are all quite long, jamming numbers – built on lively rhythms from the bass of ... read moreCD
A real lost treasure from Pacific Jazz – a rare late 50s west coast session from Pepper Adams, featuring the amazing baritonist in a group with Lee Katzman on trumpet, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums! The sound is incredible – on a par with that rare ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Pepper Adams —
Pepper ... CD Enja (Germany), 1986. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Jason Adasiewicz —
Spacer ... CD Delmark, 2011. New Copy ...
One of the most amazing players to ever pick up the vibes – an artist with the sort of boundless creativity that Walt Dickerson and Bobby Hutcherson brought to the instrument in the 60s! Jason Adasiewicz has an amazing ear for both sound and music – and manages to balance the two ... read moreCD
Wickedly hip work from Cannonball Adderley – and one of his real standout sessions for Capitol Records in the 60s! The set lives up to its "Africa" promise right from the very first note – and features a set of loud, proud tunes that really bring out the righteous sounds of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty darn hip stuff – and with some great soloing by Cannonball! The record features Adderley's alto fronting a large group conducted by Ernie Wilkins, and featuring a host of hip players like Melba Liston, Oliver Nelson, Jerome Richardson, Ray Barretto, Sam Jones, and Wynton Kelly. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer productions pressing with deep groove and microphone logo. Cover has a split top seam and spine.)
Cannon's left his usual soul jazz combo for this album – and he's recording on the west coast with an all-star group that includes Wes Montgomery on guitar, Victor Feldman on vibes and piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. The sound's a bit different than usual – with a ... read moreCD
Cannon's left his usual soul jazz combo for this album – and he's recording on the west coast with an all-star group that includes Wes Montgomery on guitar, Victor Feldman on vibes and piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. The sound's a bit different than usual – with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing (without deep groove or microphone logo). Cover has light wear.)
Cannonball Adderley with David Axelrod production – a combination that couldn't miss back in the 60s! In keeping with the success of the Mercy Mercy Mercy album done with Axelrod, Capitol did everything they could to catch Cannonball in a live setting – a great move, given the open, ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of their greatest performances from the seminal early 60s years! The band at this time includes Cannon on alto, Nat on cornet, Victor Feldman on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – and although Feldman's not as ... read moreCD
One of the greatest Cannonball Adderley albums from the Riverside years – a completely smoking live date recorded in San Francisco, often with long tracks that really let the group open up and do their thing! The lineup here is that classic one that first grabbed attention – the group ... read moreCD
Rock-solid live material from the classic Cannonball Adderley Sextet – a combo who could usually groove even better on a concert date then they could in the studio! The album's one of a number of key live sides from Cannon in the 60s – and although it pre-dates his work on Capitol, it's ... read moreCD
A masterpiece through and through from arranger Gil Evans – a record of swinging modern backdrops, used to showcase both the solo talents of a young Cannonball Adderley, and the dynamic energy of Evans himself! Cannon's sharp-edged early tone is a really great sound for the record – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove, labeled "New Bottle Old Wine". Cover has splitting on the top seam & some aging.)
A hardbop classic from Cannonball Adderley – and one of his harder to find albums from the Riverside days! The set has Cannon playing without his usual group, in the context of an all-star batch of players that includes Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb – who he worked with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with deep groove & microphone logo. Cover has split seams held with thick masking tape.)
Very early work from Cannonball Adderley – recorded way before the funky years, when he was a hard-wailing soulful soloist with a lot of bop in his style! Cannon's paired here with brother Nat, a good companion even at this early stage – and the two of them solo in front of a large ... read moreCD
An interesting early side by Cannonball that captures him before he'd really found his voice – and when the folks at Mercury still didn't really know what to do with him. The record's a tightly arranged set of tracks from Duke Ellington's musical "Jump For Joy" – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bit of marker on back.)
Beautiful early work from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that's quite different than most of his better known sets from the time! The album's more spare and stripped-down than usual – with Cannon's alto in a quartet alongside Bill Evans on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay ... read moreCD
Killer work from the same sessions that gave the world Cannonball Adderley's classic Black Messiah album – live material from an extended stretch as the Troubadour club in LA – featuring a very righteous, freewheeling version of Cannonball's group! The lineup features some wonderful ... read moreCD
Can't get enough Cannonball Adderley during this magical point in his career – the time when things were really coming together for his uniquely soulful sound, as you'll hear in this set! The live date's got all the crackle and fire of famous Adderley albums for Riverside – and it ... read moreCD
A jazzy portrait of Cannonball Adderley in his early soul jazz prime – oddly one that doesn't feature his regular quintet lineup, but which more than makes up for that lack with a batch of players that includes Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Bill Evans on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Philly Joe ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from the massive electric years of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of the group's last records to feature the keyboards of Joe Zawinul – and also one of the heaviest from the time! The set's a double-length gem that presents the group in an open live setting – ... read moreCD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Cannonball Adderley —
Pyramid ... CD Fantasy/OJC, 1974. Used ...
One of Cannonball Adderley's excellent moody electric albums from the early 70s – with a stripped down vibe that's really nice, made even better by sweeeet production by David Axelrod! The set's got great keyboard work by George Duke and Hal Galper – both working in a spare, subtle ... read moreCD
One of the coolest, baddest, funkiest albums Cannonball Adderley ever recorded – a massive suite of tunes based on the signs of the Zodiac, produced to perfection by David Axelrod, and featuring some hip recitations from the mighty Rick Holmes! The double-length set is completely compelling ... read moreCD
One of the all-time great ones by Cannonball! This record captures him in the prime of his early soul jazz fame – working with an unbelievably heavy quintet that featured Bobby Timmons on piano (with Barry Harris sitting in on a few tracks), Sam Jones on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and ... read moreCD
An all-star set from Cannonball Adderley – a hip standout in his pre-Capitol years for Riverside! The "plus" in the title is pianist Wynton Kelly – who works with the group wonderfully on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – bringing in a slightly different feel on the keys than ... read moreCD
A gem of a record from Nat Adderley – filled with short soulful groovers, and done with an upbeat vibe that rivals some of Cannonball's best of the 60s! Joe Zawinul handled the arrangements, so there's definitely a strong influence here from the Cannon group – and although the players ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Nat plays with a group that's a bit more far-reaching than the classic Cannonball funk ensembles he cut his teeth on. Players include Ken McIntyre, Onaje Allen Gumbs, and John Stubblefield, and the tracks have a bit more of a spiritual quality to them, although they are not without some of the ... read moreCD
Nat plays with a group that's a bit more far-reaching than the classic Cannonball funk ensembles he cut his teeth on. Players include Ken McIntyre, Onaje Allen Gumbs, and John Stubblefield, and the tracks have a bit more of a spiritual quality to them, although they are not without some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nat Adderley —
Hummin' ... CD Little David/Collectables, 1976. Used ...
A really brilliant little record from Nat Adderley – one that shows him shaking off the groove gotten from brother Cannonball, and finding some great space all on his own! The setting here is tight and funky – at a level that's a bit more arranged than a small combo soul jazz session, ... read moreCD
An excellent batch of soulful bop tracks – recorded as Nat's first – and featuring a group that includes brother Cannonball, plus Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, and Paul Chambers. The set's got a lot more fire than some of Nat's recordings from a few years later, probably because of the ... read moreCD
A strong showcase for young Nat Adderley's talents on cornet – and an album that's got a different feel that his work with his more famous brother's combo at the same time! The style here is simple – Nat blowing with 2 different quartets – one with Joe Zawinul on piano, Sam Jones ... read moreCD
A stone killer from Cannonball Adderley's funky brother – one of the best soul jazz sets ever cut by Nat Adderley, and one done with a smoking 60s Atlantic Records groove! Nat's blowing trumpet throughout – and working in 2 different groups – one a larger ensemble with a tight ... read moreCD
2 lost Atlantic recordings by Cannonball Adderley's trumpeter brother, back to back on one CD at a nice low price! The records aren't that easy to come by in the original, and they're both nice 60's soul jazz sessions that take Nat's earlier trumpet sound, forged with his brother's classic late 50' ... read moreCD
Nat Adderley's not actually busking in the subway – but instead playing a smoking little set at the Subway Nightclub in Cologne – working with an excellent group that includes Vincent Herring on alto sax, and some excellent rhythm work from the trio of Rob Bargad on piano, Walter Booker ... read moreCD
Smoking grooves from an incredible group – the amazing Afro Blues Quintet, a combo with a sound like no other! These guys were never one for stardom, but during the mid and late 60s, they burned up the west coast scene with an incredible blend of vibes, piano, and reeds – often kicked ... read moreCD
A wonderfully-done session of Latin jazz – played by a combo formed to pay tribute to the music of Cuban composer Emiliano Salvador! The group on the set is totally great – and features piano by Chuco Valdes, trombone by Juan Pablo Torres, tenor and flute from Juan Manuel, and congas ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Olli Ahvenlahti —
Bandstand ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Sweet keys from 70s Finland – a great little set that's filled with jazzy work on electric piano and clavinet! Keyboardist Olli Ahvenlahti has a touch that's as warm and soulful as some of his counterparts on the American fusion scene – an approach that's not nearly as jamming or rock-i ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent session of breezy jazz from Finland – and one of the most obscure albums from fusion legend Olli Ahvenlahti! Olli's playing acoustic piano here, and the vibe is more acoustic than some of his work from the 70s – but in a really great way, as Juhani Aaltonen serves up lots ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Olli Ahvenlahti —
Poet ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Olli Ahvenlahti's a poet on the keys – one of the most soulful players in the 70s Finland scene, heard here on one of his greatest albums ever! The record's got a glowing grace that's really wonderful – part CTI-inspired electric fusion, without as much jamming as other European work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best albums ever by this legendary Chicago trio – a great example of the way that records on the Nessa label can really get to the heart of artists' intentions! The trio of Henry Threadgill on reeds, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Steve McCall on percussion have never sounded better ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest, grooviest albums you'll ever hear from the legendary percussionist Airto – a set that mixes his own Brazilian roots with the electric genius of 70s CTI – all with stunning results! Airto's in the lead – and blows some beautiful wood flute lines alongside ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little fusion set from Airto – recorded in a mode that's a great bridge between his acoustic roots and some of his smoother albums in years to come! The sound has some key electric elements here – bits of bass, guitar, and keyboards – but there's still a strongly acoustic ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
The music here is as evocative as the title – almost a mix of contemporary Blue Note modes with older ECM styles – all served up as a perfect showcase for the ever-growing talents of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire! We've really dug the last two records from Ambrose, and this one seems to ... read moreCD
A lovely title, and a lovely little record too – every bit as poetic as its promise – with haunting trumpet lines by Ambrose Akimusire, nestled nicely in an acoustic quintet that also features Gerald Clayton on piano and Walter Smith III on tenor! There's an understated quality to the ... read moreCD
Don't let the title fool you, because although the cover of the record says "Many Sides Of Toshiko", the album only features one – her great approach to bop-inflected trio material – recorded here in a classic Verve session with a distinct Bud Powell influence! Not that we're ... read moreCD
One of the first American albums to ever feature the piano of Toshiko Akioshi – and a set that's oddly split with work from jazz accordionist Leon Sash – who also appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival at the same time! Toshiko is on side one – in a trio with Gene Cherico on bass ... read moreCD
Compelling work from this European guitar talent – two albums on a single CD! On Tabernakel, guitarist Jan Akkerman bridges many worlds – deftly stepping between spare acoustic guitar modes and some much more dynamic electric ones – but all with a sense of care and vision that ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by pianist Tony Aless – an unsung hero of the big band years, especially in the Woody Herman group – and a great arranger too! This set's an all-original outing – a suite of tracks dedicated to Long Island, and played by a very hip group ... read moreCD
Alessandro Alessandroni, Marco Di Marco, Franco Ta —
La Natura E L'Uomo ... LP Nereide/Intervallo (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
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