A bold and original statement from trumpeter Jon Faddis – a player who worked on countless large group and studio sessions over the years, but who rarely got to record as a leader! This set may well be one of Faddis' most jazz-based outings – as it features a stripped-down quartet with ... read moreCD
A great 70s soul jazz session that ranks up there with some of the best of Billy Harper's work from the decade! The session was recorded in the same style as Harper's excellent Japanese sessions for Denon, and it features a very soulful frontline of Faddis' trumpet, Harper's tenor, and the piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best Tal Farlow albums from the 50s – and very different than any of his other sides from the time! The album was issued in 1975, and features the release of an obscure after-hours set that guitarist Farlow recorded in 1956 with Eddie Costa on piano and Vinnie Burke on bass. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second batch of tracks to be issued from a rare after-hours session that Farlow cut in 1956 with Eddie Costa on piano and Vinnie Burke on bass. Like the first volume, this one's got a wonderfully easy feel – and even though the material wasn't issued until the 70s, it's a key part of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest Art Farmer recordings of the 70s – an especially sharp-edged performance, thanks to the presence of Clifford Jordan in the group! The album was recorded live at Boomer's nightclub in New York – and all tracks have a long-flowing, open ended quality – a bit ... read moreCD
Overlooked 70s brilliance from trumpeter Art Farmer – a set that has him blowing flugelhorn solos over larger orchestrations – all with a wonderfully soulful vibe! The record's got some large group backing recorded in Austria – and the overall feel is similar to some of the " ... read moreCD
One of Art Farmer's hippest albums of the 70s – thanks to some incredible work from the rhythm section! The tracks here are all quite skittish and grooving – not really funky, but flowing with a wonderful sort of energy – and bouncing along on the bottom with more drive than you ... read moreCD
A beautiful set of tracks that features Art Farmer soloing on flugelhorn over larger arrangements by Oliver Nelson. Farmer's work on the instrument was just taking shape at this point in his career, and the soulful backings of Nelson are a really great match for his lyrical tone, and widening ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from the legendary Art Farmer – sounds from a time when the trumpeter was really coming into his own, and finding a way to carve out a special space for himself in modern jazz! The sounds here are fresh, but never overstated – blown with that compact mode that makes ... read moreCD
A real lost treasure from Art Farmer – a tremendous album that hardly ever shows up in the history books, and which, to our knowledge, has never properly been reissued! The set's a rare jazz side for the mostly-pop Scepter label – featuring Farmer at the head of a small group working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gently graceful work from Art Farmer – and a wonderful example of the way he was expanding his talents in the 70s! The set's got a slow burning sensuality that seems to bring even more soul out of Farmer's work on flugelhorn than before – especially on the mellower cuts, which seem ... read moreCD
(Out of print)
Art Farmer & Benny Golson Jazztet —
Here & Now (Folio) ... CD Mercury/Verve/Folio (Italy), Early 60s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is ... read moreCD
Art Farmer & Benny Golson Jazztet —
Real Time ... CD Contemporary, 1988. Used ...
We'll be the first to admit that the piano and compositions of John Lewis can sometimes be a bit stiff and academic – but that's definitely not the case on this great little record! The album features interpretations of Lewis' work by the great Farmer/Golson Jazztet – and is a pretty ... read moreCD
An well done collection of work from the late 50s – one that shows Art Farmer to be one of the budding modernist voices in jazz at the time! The first 8 tracks on the set are from the United Artists album Modern Art – a great set of tight lyrical tunes, played by Farmer in his ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Art Farmer with Clifford Jordan —
Mirage ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1982. Near Mint- ...
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Art Farmer with Joe Henderson —
Yama ... CD CTI/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
An obscure late 70s set from CTI – and a near-lost chapter in the career of both artists in the title! Mike Mainieri arranged and produced the set – and the album's got a sweet, warm fusion approach that's very much like his own work – using a larger group of keyboards, vibes, ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
Landmark work by one of the greatest jazz outfits of the early 60s! Art Farmer and Benny Golson were both known as well-composed players during the 50s – strongly soulful, but often with a fine sense of arrangement that usually tended towards the lyrical side of things. With this group, ... read moreCD
Sweet and subtle genius from two of the most understated players in jazz – a really great little record that makes the best of the CTI sound without tricking up the players too much! Art Farmer and Jim Hall play in a quintet with vibes by Mike Mainieri – in a style that eschews the ... read moreCD
Farout are one of those groups that remind us that although Finland may be known for its long, long winters – its scene can often produce some really hard-burning sounds! Farout follow strongly in the vein of some of the razor-sharp fusion acts from Finland's Love Records scene – able ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best records ever cut by funky sax man Joe Farrell! The album's got a stripped down, choppy groove – virtually the blueprint for later 70s funk of this type, and played perfectly by Farrell and a very hip quartet lineup! Players include Joe on soprano and tenor sax, Herbie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive music from funky reedman Joe Farrell – quite possibly our favorite of his legendary 70s run for CTI – and that's saying a lot, given how great those records are! There's a lean, edgey groove to the set that's totally great – a lot more bite than usual for CTI, thanks to ... read moreCD
The second Jazzland album from Farvel – a group who definitely work in the deeper, darker reaches of the label's style – particularly that place where standard genres break down in search of new modes of expression! There's a subtle, beautiful magic going on here – as trumpet and ... read moreCD
A pretty weird little record from Swedish jazzman Jonas Kullhammar – as you might guess from the image! The set featuers duets with Daniel Bingert – who we know from recent work on bass, but who, along with Jonas, seems to handle drums, keyboards, guitar, and other instruments too ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Feldman plays piano and Fender Rhodes – with Hubert Laws on flute, Lee Ritenour on guitar, Harvey Mason on drums, and Alex Acuna and Milt Holland on percussion. Titles include "Chasin The Sunrise", "Let Me Count The Ways", "Down In Cancun", "Valentino" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although Victor Feldman's work in the US was usually pretty snoozy, his career in his native London found him to be one of the cornerstone's of the city's emerging bop scene – as you'll hear on this 1956 session, cut in the company of players like Jimmy Deuchar, Derek Humble, Tubby Hayes, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Russian tunes, but played by a very hip group – with Feldman on piano and vibes, Carmell Jones on trumpet, Nat Adderley on cornet, Harold Land on tenor, and Herb Ellis on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
No sleepy ballads here – thanks to hip backings from British arranger Keith Mansfield – who also worked with Maynard Ferguson on some of his MF Horn sessions! As with other work of the time, Mansfield manages to keep things moving along nicely, even when mellow – and he mixes his ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Maynard Ferguson —
Blues Roar ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1964. New Copy ...
Maynard Ferguson cut an undue number of excellent records in his early years – and this smoking set is definitely part of that group! At the time, Maynard was one of the few cats trying to find a way to move the larger band forward in jazz – finding ways to groove like Basie, but also ... read moreCD
Think what you might about Maynard Ferguson, but lots of his early albums are filled with great players – like this "jam session" record that includes Herb Geller, Bob Cooper, Bob Gordon, and Max Roach. Each side contains one long track – "Air Conditioned" and " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with a deep groove. Cover has a split bottom seam.)
A US first issue of the album that was originally recorded for MPS, under the name Trumpet Rhapsody. The hard wailing trumpet of Maynard Ferguson gets a perfect showcase on this obscure MPS session from the late 60s! Maynard's playing in front of a larger European orchestra conducted by Rolf Hans ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet double-length set from Maynard – one that's live and totally cooking, and proof that Ferguson's funky big band style could work equally well in a concert setting! As on other Ferguson classics from the time, the instrumentation includes a good deal of Fender bass and electric piano ... read moreCD
Two great albums from a time when Maynard Ferguson was really hitting his stride – back to back on one CD! New Sounds is a really nice set, and very much in the best spirit of the excellent early 60s albums that Maynard cut for Roulette! As with those, there's some great players working in ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest records ever from Maynard Ferguson – the climax of a great run of bigger group grooves in the 70s! The record's a tight batch of groovers, with production and keyboards by Bob James – and the whole thing's a mixture of big band funk and electronics that's simply out ... read moreCD
Hard jamming European prog fusion – almost in the mode of Focus, but without any vocals or yodelling! The record has less of the choppy riffing that might make it funky – and it's more over the top virtuoso type stuff, in the mode of early Genesis, Yes, or ELP. Titles include "Pis ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has a promo sticker, with a cutout notch. Label has an ink stamp.)
(NOTE – This copy comes in a plain sleeve with info written in marker.)
Clare Fischer —
Duality ... LP Discovery, 1969/1980. Very Good ...
A great little album that was recorded in 1969 but not issued until 1980 – and which features material that's very much in the same spirit (the same sessions?) as Fischer's excellent Thesaurus album! The feel here is really magical – with Clare's piano floating gently over the top in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early moment of genius from the young Clare Fischer – one of his first sets for a larger ensemble, and the start of years of great work to come! Previous Pacific Jazz sessions featured Fischer in a piano trio – but this album lets Clare loose on a host of his own inventive ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual album from the groovy keyboardist Clare Fischer – a rare session issued on the mostly-Christian Light label, but all instrumental, and with lots of weird off-kilter tunes – almost in a Galt MacDermot sort of mode! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover and label have some radio station stamps and a bit of pen.)
Early trio work from pianist Clare Fischer – definitely surging ahead at this point in his career! The set's got a bit more of a freewheeling sound than some of Fischer's later, more arranged material – lots of tight piano from Clare in the lead, swung with a good blend of soul jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice electric Latin jazz session from this legendary LA piano player, recorded with his groovy Salsa Picante group that includes Pancho Sanchez, Gary Foster, and Alex Acuna. Clare plays organ and electric piano, and is backed by an all-instrumental group of percussion and rhythm, plus nice ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clare Fischer with 2+2 Plus —
Free Fall ... LP Discovery, 1986. Near Mint- ...
Very groovy work from keyboardist Clare Fischer – a musician we first fell in love with from Cal Tjader albums in the 60s, and continued to love for his MPS Records material in the 70s! Here, Clare's working with the 2+2 vocal ensemble – a gently swinging male/female harmony group that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rare few albums from this overlooked singer and pianist! The group also features some excellent tenor from Sam Taylor – really shining here in a quartet setting – plus bass from Al Hall and drums from Clifford Leeman. (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with drummer logo and deep groove. Vinyl has light oxidation, plays with faint surface noise.)
A previously-unreleased live performance by the legendary Ella Fitzgerald – recorded in a small club in Los Angeles during her first few months with the Verve label – but never issued at the time! The quality here is great, and the set captures Ella at a pivotal moment – stepping ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Titles include "Midnight Sun", "You're Blase", "Night Wind", "Hurry Home", "What's New", "Close Your Eyes", "More Than You Know", "There's A Lull In My Life", and "How Long Has This Been Going On". (Vocalists, Jazz)CD
A record that might have made Ella Fitzgerald turn over in her grave if it was handled the wrong way – but fortunately one that comes as a real surprise, with an organic quality that we never would have expected when we first heard about the project! The album features Ella's older vocals ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
We're not sure if the match is perfect, but it's still pretty darn nice – a live performance that has Ella Fitzgerald singing in front of the Count Basie Band – all recorded before a very enthusiastic audience at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1979! The set's a nice capper to one of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A superstar performance from the Antibes jazz festival at Cote D'Azur – one that features Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington sharing the stage, in a concert that was also recorded for a film! Most numbers here feature the full Ellington orchestra backing Ella up – but a few other ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Classic duets between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – done in a sweet mode that only could have been handled by Verve in the 50s! Backings are in a nice small combo mode – with Armstrong on both trumpet and vocals – and Ella and Louis carry most of the set with their great ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A wonderful little tribute to the late, great John Coltrane – served up as a piano trio session led by Tommy Flanagan, but done with a sense of power and imagination that rivals the strength of Trane's classics! All tracks here are originals by Coltrane, performed by Flanagan with a forceful ... read moreCD
A sweet Tommy Flanagan trio date – recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977, but with a warmth and intimacy that's like catchy Tommy at a small club date! Trio members include Keter Betts on bass and Bobby Durham on drums – but the focus is very strongly on Flanagan's piano ... read moreCD
The title says "recital", but the album's no stiff, starched concert affair – as Tommy Flanagan is right at home on the piano, playing with a fluid grace that makes the record one of his best from the 70s! There's a simple, unadorned quality to the album – one that really ... read moreCD
Twin pianos from Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones – with no other instrumentation – played in some great ways that provide an equal balance of rhythmic pulse and lyrical melody! The set's got a sweet stereo split – so that Tommy's in the right channel, and Hank is in the left – ... read moreCD
Tommy Flanagan/Red Mitchell —
You're Me ... LP Phontastic (Sweden), 1980. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Excellent overlooked soul jazz session from the mid 70's, put out by the tiny Dobre label, who put out so many other great overlooked albums. Drummer Chuck Flores leads a tight LA quintet that includes Bobby Shew on trumpet and Bob Hardaway on tenor and flute. The group has a slightly Latin sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare French funky set from the 70s – recorded in Paris, but apparently put together by Brazilian groovemeister Waltel Branco! The style is heavy on percussion – very funky, with plenty of jazz undercurrents too – in the best rare Brazil mode of the time – but given a ... read moreCD
Roberto Fonseca —
ABUC ... CD Impulse, 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from pianist Roberto Fonseca – a set that deeply digs back into an older Afro-Cuban sound – as you might guess from the title's backward-spelling of Cuba! The music here is surprisingly rich and full – not just Cuban flavoring ... read moreCD
Ricky Ford in very tight formation – blowing hard with the kind of tone and timing that first caught our ears back in the 70s, still going strong here as part of a great run of sides for Muse Records in the following decade! The album's got Ford's mighty tenor in a group with James Spaulding ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great material from the sessions for Jimmy Forrest's album All The Gin Is Gone – recorded by Delmark back in their early days, and done with an underground groove that Jimmy didn't always get on record! The core group on the album features players Jimmy was working with under the leadership ... read moreCD
Great material with Forrest on tenor, Bart Dabney on trombone, Chauncey Locke on trumpet, and either Bunky Parker or Charles Fox on piano. Titles include "Night Train", "Mister Goodbeat", "Bolo Blues", "Hey Mrs Jones", and "Coach 13". LP, Vinyl record album
Great work from one of the most under-rated tenor players of the 60s! Jimmy Forrest was an excellent player who made only a handful of recordings at the time – but he blows with a deep confidence that should have made him one of the biggest new stars on the scene. This set's one of Jimmy's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sonny Fortune —
Awakening ... LP A&M/Horizon, 1975. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Great stuff from Sonny Fortune – emerging here as a strong leader with a spiritual soulful style that was steeped in traditions from labels like Strata East and Muse, but which also worked quite well in the slightly-expanded setting of A&M's Horizon projects. The group here is a well-sele ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Jerry Gonzalez, Robin Eubanks, Kenny Barron, Wayne Dockery, Ronnie Burrage, Billy Hart and Steve Berrios. 9 numbers in all, including "Mind Games", "Laying It Down", "Awakening", "A Swing Touch", "Never Again Is Such A Long Time", "It Ain' ... read moreCD