A key recording in the 50s career of modernist Hal McKusick – a spare and breezy session that really lets him display his unique approach to the alto sax! Hal's playing here in a very spare quartet – with only the guitar of Barry Galbraith, bass of Osie Johnson, and drums of Milt ... read moreCD
Hal McKusick is one of the most frequently overlooked reed players of the 50's – and until this great reissue of his rare Decca recordings came out a few years ago, his work was mostly only known to collectors of rare stuff who had the money to check him out. Now, though, this great 15 track ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole. Booklet has a promo sticker.)
An overstuffed collection of work from this legendary guitarist – a set that features the great John McLaughlin in so many of his best modes from the 70s! John's got a very spiritual current in his music, no matter what the setting – and the collection features McLaughlin working with ... read moreCD
A key change for John McLaughlin – post-Mahavishnu, post-Shakti, and very much the electric guitarist promised in the title! The album's one of McLaughlin's more professional fusion outings of the 70s, but still has some of the earthiness of his roots – and despite a rather large ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two sides of McLaughlin, both showcasing his spiritual exploratory inclination. The first side of this album features McLaughlin in a group with Billy Cobham, Airto, Charlie Haden, Dave Liebman and Jerry Goodman plus nice Indian touches from Mahalakshmi on sitar and Badal Roy on tabla. They ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare early album by jazz/rock saxophone genius John Surman! The album features Surman playing with John McLaughlin, Stu Martin, and other British players on a set that's pretty out, with a groovy progressive approach. Titles include "Glancing Backwards", "Earth Bound Hearts", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual title, but one that refers to Jackie McLean in quartet, quintet, and sextet formation – a growing lineup that develops along the course of the record, as new players are added into the mix with a casual, almost blowing session approach! The set begins with Jackie's alto set out in ... read moreCD
A tremendous set from Jackie McLean – perfectly poised between his hardbop and modern years, with a set of compositions that are as great as the performances! The lineup on this one's a bit unusual – with Walter Bishop on piano, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing. Cover has some ringwear.)
A great slice from Jackie McLean's rare unissued 60s sessions for Blue Note – a rollingly soulful session that stands in stark contrast to some of his more modern sides of the time! The set's got Jackie working with a group that includes Lee Morgan on trumpet and Harold Mabern on piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unique little session from Jackie McLean – and one of the few 50s jazz albums to feature the talents of tuba player Ray Draper, a vastly under-rated artist who recorded briefly with McLean and Coltrane at the time! Although the tuba might seem like a heavy instrument to bring into ... read moreCD
A real classic by Jackie McLean – a record that's pulled from 2 different sessions, but which stands out with a strikingly unified feel! The album was cut during the height of Jackie's bop years for Blue Note – with one 1959 session that featured Donald Byrd and Sonny Clark, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, some edge wear, and a name written on back.)
A young Jackie McLean at the height of his powers – really stretching out here, but never going too far out – a perfect balance between his modern bop of previous records, and his groundbreaking "new thing" jazz to come! The group is a relatively straight ahead one – ... read moreCD
A very nice recent album by Jackie, featuring a stripped-down lineup that includes Cedar Walton on piano and Billy Higgins on drums, joining Jackie in a haunting set of mellow ballads. After years of playing, Jackie's tone is impeccable, and it's great to hear him work through a set of standards ... read moreCD
An amazing album – simply groundbreaking, and a key turn for Jackie McLean! The record features a group of hip young players – including a very young Tony Williams, plus Grachan Moncur III, Bobby Hutcherson, and Eddie Kahn – all playing in a spare contemplative modernist mode ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice hard-blowing material from the Prestige scene of the late 50s – and more a set of group jam sessions, than an album that's led by Jackie. Still, the bop alto master's in great form here – and he shines nicely in the company of Mal Waldron, Webster Young, and Art Taylor – who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jackie McLean & Dexter Gordon —
Meeting Vol 1 ... LP Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Very Good ...
A great meeting of two generations of jazz – and one that really blows the top off some of Dexter Gordon's other European sessions of the time! The setting here is definitely one that's more a Gordon-based date – long tracks with rhythm backing from a trio with Kenny Drew on piano, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Danish pressing. Cover has some wear and tape along the bottom seam.)
A very apt title – as Jackie McLean sits in for a soulful session with the Great Jazz Trio of Hank Jones, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – all "old bottles" at this point in their career, but working together beautifully to brew some very mellow "new wine"! The album' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strong batch of tracks from Jackie McLean's soulful son – recorded in a style that's similar to the one that Jackie was using during the early 70s – often aided on record by Rene's youthful playing! There's a bit of modal soul jazz on the set, plus some freer searching – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really burning live set from tenor giant Big Jay McNeely – a rare chance to hear this 50s jukebox legend doing his thing in a spontaneous setting! The set features Jay's tight combo working before a very appreciative crowd – clearly a bunch of youngsters there to let loose and do ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rarest and most sublime records from the legendary Lloyd McNeill – a performance commissioned by the Smithsonian in 1969, and featuring just McNeill and flute alongside the bass of Marshall Hawkins! The spare approach is different than some of Lloyd's other releases on his tiny ... read moreCD
A stunning exploration of the "solo ensemble" concept from the legendary Joe McPhee – a mode that might seem like an oxymoron in its name, but which actually features McPhee working with overdub techniques to play alongside himself on a range of different brass and reed instruments! ... read moreCD
A previously-unissued performance from Joe McPhee – recorded in the early 80s, and a searing ensemble take on Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman"! The arrangements are beautiful – as the track retains some of the haunting melody of the original composition, yet has a loose, ... read moreCD
A tremendous look at the early years of the legendary Joe McPhee – a set that's based around his classic Nation Time album, and which features other live material from the same time – including a Hat Hut album, and two CDs' worth of previously unissued work! The core album is legendary ... read moreCD
Joe McPhee —
Trinity ... CD Unheard Music Series/Atavistic, 1971. Used ...
One of Joe McPhee's strongest early albums – and a real breakthrough from his sound on Nation Time (also issued as part of the Unheard Music Series.) The group here is a trio – with Mike Kull on electric and acoustic piano, and Harold E Smith on percussion – and the lack of a ... read moreCD
Seminal solo work from the great Joe McPhee – and a crucial album in linking the American and European undergrounds of the 70s! Joe's working alone here – on soprano sax and tenor – and getting some amazing sounds out of both horns – the kind of post-musical, highly-textural ... read moreCD
Never-heard music from the mighty Joe McPhee – an extended tenor solo, recorded in Zurich in 1979 – issued here for the first time ever! The music is mezmerising – that incredible approach to solo performance that McPhee was bringing to his Hat Hut records in the late 70s, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered edition of 250 copies – and includes download!)
A really compelling collaboration between Joe McPhee and Michael Zerang – both players who've worked together often in the past, but who seem to find a fresh new voice on this album! Things are very loose and free – and the pair perform live, improvising some amazing sounds between ... read moreCD
Searing early work from Joe McPhee – quite possibly his hardest-hitting recording of the 70s, even if the material wasn't properly issued until 25 years later! The performance was done for radio station WBAI in New York – and it features McPhee, Clifford Thornton, and Byron Morris ... read moreCD
Some of the hippest jazz ever played at Vassar College – and previously-unreleased work from avant legend Joe McPhee, recorded right around the same time as his classic Nation Time record! One CD features a smoking performance by McPhee on tenor – working with a group that also ... read moreCD
Jay McShann & Charlie Parker —
Early Bird ... LP Spotlight (UK), Early 40s. Near Mint- ...
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Jack McVea & His All Stars —
New Deal ... LP Jukebox Lil (Sweden), Mid 40s. Sealed ...
Brilliant tenor work from the mighty Jack McVea – a key figure in the shift from jazz to R&B in the late 40s! Jack blows nice and soulfully – and some trcks feature vocals by either Rabon Tarrant, Sammy Yates, Gene Phillips, or Arthur Duncan. LP, Vinyl record album
Quite an unusual concept – a pair of pianos at the same time, played by John Mehegan and the late Eddie Costa – with just a bit of bass from Vinnie Burke! Titles include "Laura", "Blues For A Set", "Cheek To Cheek", "Mambo Inn", and "Intermis ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp! Vinyl and cover are nice.)
Seminal work from the legendary Gil Melle – one of his early 10" sessions for Blue Note, prime 50s modern jazz from the original Melle cover right down to the music in the grooves! The session features 2 different groups, and has Melle's haunting tenor (not baritone) playing amidst ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure 80s appearance from bassist Jaco Pastorius – a musician whose style is right at home on this electric set from drummer Brian Melvin! Melvin himself plays acoustic drums and percussion – but there's also a fair bit of keyboard work on the record too – 80-styled elements ... read moreCD
Misha Mengelberg & ICP Orchestra —
Japan Japon ... CD DIW (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A stunning early 80s performance from pianist Misha Mengelberg – working here with the ICP Orchestra, and at a level that's completely fresh and very striking – at a mode when the Dutch jazz approach was something very new indeed, and handled here with a wonderful balance between ... read moreCD
Misha Mengelberg Trio —
No Idea ... CD DIW (Japan), 1996. Used ...
One of our favorite Misha Mengelberg albums of recent years – done as part of a number of excellent John Zorn-produced sessions for DIW! There's a lightness here that's a bit different than the sound of Misha on FMP – one that's a bit less brooding, and which allows space for the older ... read moreCD
We always relish a chance to hear tenorist Don Menza in a stripped-down setting – a place where he can really open up and do his thing, and remind us that although he's equally great in a bigger ensemble, he can really cook in a small combo too! This album's just that sort of setting – ... read moreCD
Pat Metheny —
80/81 ... LP ECM, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
One of the most striking Pat Metheny albums of the period – as the set features the guitarist working with an all-star group that actually features 2 horn players! The group's a quintet, with Dewey Redman and Michael Brecker on tenor sax – blowing in open and spacious modes that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliantly evocative album from Pat Metheny – one that's got a quietly epic feel, as Pat and group soar out across the American landscape in a set of tunes that subtly explore space and sound while still remaining wonderfully fluid. There's nothing forced here, and nothing too slick ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite Metheny moments ever – and one of the few albums of his that we can go back to, and still enjoy heartily! The album's wonderfully stripped down – and features only guitar by Metheny, keyboards by Lyle Mays, and percussion and vocals by Nana Vasconcelos, all blended ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A near-legendary album from Pat Metheny – the real birth of the "Metheny sound" on record, and a perfect example of the magically fluid groove that he crafted with keyboardist Lyle Mays! The sound here is hard to describe – and even harder when you try to pick out the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has some bubbling in the gloss. Vinyl has a short click on side two, track 1.)
Pat Metheny —
Travels ... LP ECM, 1982. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A live album, but every bit as seminal as the studio sides that Pat Metheny cut for ECM at the time – and proof that the Metheny magic was clearly his own, and not just a product of studio tricks by Manfred Eicher! The set reprises tunes and themes from a variety of Metheny's earlier ECM ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mighty tribute to bassist Eberhard Weber – done by a host of his ECM contemporaries from the 70s and 80s, in a mode that's similar to their great recordings too! The performance is a live one, which gives the spacious sounds a bit more edge than the usual ECM studio session – and the ... read moreCD
Pat Metheny/Charlie Haden/Billy Higgins —
Rejoicing ... LP ECM, 1984. Near Mint- ...
A sweet trio session with Charlie Haden on bass and Bill Higgins on drums. Titles include "The Calling", "Tears Inside", "Lonely Woman", and "Rejoicing". LP, Vinyl record album
Features Ella Fitzgerald on vocal performances of "April In Paris", "Party Blues", and "Every Day I Have The Blues" – with Count Basie backing. Also features a jam session version of "Billie's Bounce" – with Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Tal Farlow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Clef pressing, with trumpeter logo & deep groove.)
Szilard Mezei Quintet —
Cerkno ... CD Leo (UK), 2007. Used ...
Barry Miles —
Sky Train ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ...
Barry Miles is riding the Sky Train – and at a pretty fast clip too, given the jamming energy of this record! The album's one of Miles' most full-on fusion sets – but it's also one of his most soulful as well, thanks to strong use of horns on most numbers – with players like ... read moreCD
One of the coolest Polish jazz musicians ever – the great vibist Jerzy Milian – honored here in a beautiful tribute to his 80 years on this planet! As the title implies, the music is from a large span of Milian's career – but most cuts are from his crucial stretch from the late ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from one of the hippest vibists of the 60s – the great Jerzy Milian, who was easily Europe's answer to Bobby Hutcherson at the time! The material here comes from a few key performances by the Milian trio at the Jazz Jamboree festival in Poland – sort of the Eastern ... read moreCD
Excellent work from Marcus Miller – the kind of soul-drenched, bass-led set that's made him a favorite for years! There's a tightness here that almost takes us back to the feel of a Stanley Clarke set from the 70s – a right on the money groove you'll hear right from the start – ... read moreCD
A strong statement from pianist Mulgrew Miller – very much at the top of his form here, and playing with a power and sense of imagination that recalls the older trio work of McCoy Tyner! The trio features Richie Goods on bass and Tony Reedus on drums – both backing Miller with a warm, ... read moreCD
Early work from this tremendous Japanese saxophonist – working here on both alto and soprano sax, in styles that are sharply angular, but also quite warm and soulful! Kosuke Mine's got a quality that's a bit like Joe Henderson at the same time – obviously informed by earlier hardbop, ... read moreCD
One of Mingus' classic sessions from the middle period – a legendary blending of jazz with bluesy gospel touches, in a mode that seemed to move away from the politics of some of the late 50s years, and open up his work to a whole new audience! The band is an all-star ensemble all the way ... read moreCD
The title's an apt one, because after frustrations experienced working for Columbia and other labels, Mingus is finally allowed the freedom here to present his own ideas in all their unfettered glory – working with a bracingly tight quartet that features Eric Dolphy on alto and bass clarinet ... read moreCD
The title's an apt one, because after frustrations experienced working for Columbia and other labels, Mingus is finally allowed the freedom here to present his own ideas in all their unfettered glory – working with a bracingly tight quartet that features Eric Dolphy on alto and bass clarinet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album in the career of Charles Mingus – one that really has him honing his sound, and reaching for that trademark mix of modernism and raw emotion that set a whole generation on fire! The album's a lot more freewheeling than other Mingus material from the time – although ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2013 remaster. NOTE – This is a test pressing in a plain red sleeve, with just the artist name/title written on the label.)
A classic session of modernist jazz – and some of Mingus most groundbreaking early work! The album was recorded for Savoy with 2 different groups – one's got Mingus leading John LaPorta on alto, Teo Macero on tenor, and Mal Waldron on piano, and the other group's a quartet with Macero, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Promo pressing, in the die-cut cover and heavy inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)