An excellent collection of Hubbard's work for the Impulse label, mostly from Hubbard's two excellent albums: Body & Soul and The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard. Body & Soul features large group arrangements by Wayne Shorter that are completely sublime, and some of the most compelling large ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo sticker, moderate wear, and DJ notes.)
A wonderful session of hip soul jazz tracks from Freddie Hubbard – mostly short tight and groovy, but played with a sophisticated style that points the way towards the soul jazz sound of the 70s. Soul Experiment is a fitting title – as Freddie works hard with hip players like Billy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Labels have some pen.)
A sweet late 70s set from Freddie Hubbard – a slight move away from some of his highly-electric sides of the CTI years, yet one that still has some of the most soulful qualities of that work! Freddie's trumpet has a nicely spacious quality throughout – one that's flowing, and almost ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Previously-unheard material from Freddie Hubbard – great live sides recorded in Europe during 1969, all with a stretched-out sound that really points the way to some of Freddie's growth in the 70s! The feel here is a bit like Hubbard's excellent Hub Of Hubbard album recorded for MPS around ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard's very much in a back-to-basics mode at this point in his career – and what better place to go back to basics than at the Pablo label, where Freddie's working in an acoustic mode with the Oscar Peterson combo! The style is a far cry from Hubbard's electric records of the 70s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small center split on the bottom seam.)
Tremendous trumpets from Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw – a real standout from the mid 80s revival years of Blue Note – and a perfect setting for both players! The tracks are long, but tight too – with just the right balance of solo voices from Hubbard and Shaw – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson & Bobby Hutcherson —
Keystone Bop ... LP Fantasy, 1981. Very Good+ ...
Keystone bop indeed – a smoking little set from Freddie Hubbard, recorded during his great back-to-basics years of the early 80s! The tracks here are all quite long, and informed by a strong sense of hard bop – but they also open up with some sharper, more modern moments at times ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those great sessions that was originally issued on the Warwick label during the early 60s, and repackaged with less notes during the early 70s. As with most of the Warwick jazz sessions, this one's excellent – and features a mixture of hardbop and soul jazz modernism that's totally in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Hoib ... CD Matchless (UK), 2004. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Charlotte Hug & gal*in_dog —
Lift ... CD Edgetone, 2009. Used ...
The title's a great way to sum up the unique mood of this session from drummer Daniel Humair – a really wonderful blend of his own percussion with saxes, accordion, and bass – a mix of sounds that's definitely got plenty of French jazz touches! The sweet moments are those warm passages ... read moreCD
A live recording of Charles Bobo Shaw's AACM inspired Human Arts Ensemble, then a quintet, breaking down into trios, with Shaw joined by Joseph Bowie on trombone and James Emery on electric guitar for this side. As with other recordings by the Human Arts, they explore free modes of playing over ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early album by this oft-overlooked spiritual avant group that included Lester Bowie, Oliver Lake, JD Parran, and Charles Bobo Shaw. Side one features the extended "Lover's Desire", a nice slightly-funky number that has a groove that's sort of modal. Side two of the album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bobbi Humphrey —
Dig This! ... CD Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1972. New Copy ...
A stone killer from funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey – one of her early albums for Blue Note Records, and a set that's a perfect summation of the best sides of her talents! The album's got a slightly different feel than Bobbi's work with Larry Mizell – yet still sports a similar ... read moreCD
Very different work than usual for superdrummer Paul Humphrey – a warm, acoustic set of soul jazz – with a very different approach than his 70s albums! Humphrey's really stepping out here as a strong straight jazz leader – working with a group that includes west coast hornmen ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jamming work from Charlie Hunter – a record that's almost a return to his roots, but still shares some of the slightly more experimental touches of later albums – especially Hunter's love of sound textures! The trio here features Charlie on his usual 8 string guitar, plus Derrek ... read moreCD
A killer lost groover! Frank Hunter & The Huntsmen were an obscure little combo who were probably just a loose collective of studio musicians – but man, do they know how to rock! The group's got a hard wailing tenor sound, mixed with some very heavy rhythm playing – and the result ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare gem on 60s Prestige Records – and one of the earliest records to feature the incredible talents of reedman Sonny Fortune! Sonny burst into fame in the 70s as a spiritual player with a really freewheeling groove – but this late 60s date has Fortune in the company of Hammond ... read moreCD
The title definitely gets it right, as the set's filled with some wonderfully spontaneous music from a group that features Robert Hurst on bass and the mighty Robert Glasper on piano! Glasper sounds different here than on some of his Blue Note albums of similar vintage – a lot more open and ... read moreCD
(Barcode has some marker.)
Bobby Hutcherson —
Medina ... LP Blue Note, 1969/1980. Near Mint- ...
A lost set of work from the team of Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land – recorded right around the same time as their famous San Francisco album! The album's overflowing with the soulful, righteous tones the pair could create together – sublime vibes from Hutcherson, both tenor and flute ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vibes and orchestrations – a combination that makes for one of the coolest Bobby Hutcherson albums of the 70s – a really magical set that expands the sound of Bobby's work in ways we wouldn't have expected! The style is similar to that used with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original UA pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Bobby Hutcherson —
Now! ... LP Blue Note, 1969. Very Good ...
Incredibly righteous work from Bobby Hutcherson – a rare Blue Note session that features vocals by Eugene McDaniels! The set was recorded right before McDaniels' groundbreaking Headless Heroes album, but it's got a similar sort of vibe – breaking down genres and musical expectations ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam, partially split spine, a promo sticker and some wear.)
One of Bobby Hutcherson's greatest records ever – and a session that never got released at the time! The album's an excellent quartet session, one that's very much in the best spirit of Bobby's great Happenings album on Blue Note – and it features a similar group that includes ... read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing, booklet has a slight cut corner.)
A brilliant collaboration between vibist Bobby Hutcherson and reedman Harold Land – the first Blue Note album to feature the talents of the pair together, and a stone classic from the very first note! Hutcherson had already been making big waves for the label with his earlier sides – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 of the nicer Bobby Hutcherson albums of the past 20 years, put together back to back on another one of those nifty 32 Jazz CD packages dedicated to helping jazz fans today rediscover lost gems of the past. Both records have a nice spare straight-ahead jazz sound, which is a refreshing change ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bobby Hutcherson —
Waiting ... LP Blue Note, 1976. Very Good ...
Soaring, spiritual jazz from Bobby Hutcherson – one of his soulful, modal killers for Blue Note in the 70s – and a record that's done in a style that's very similar to Bobby's work with Harold Land! This time around, Emanuel Boyd is on deck on tenor, flute, and soprano sax – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a very earthy, organic finish to the alto saxophone shown in the hands of Kang Tae Hwan on the cover – and that appearance is a great illustration of the sound on the record, too – one that builds very slowly, with almost a meditative quality – as the tones are created ... read moreCD
Lovely solo work from Abdullah Ibrahim – a set recorded live, as a musical autobiography – and as such, filled with a much bigger range of styles than some of his other albums of the time! Ibrahim brings in older South African melodies, some American standards, modern jazz compositions ... read moreCD
Sublime solo piano from Abdullah Ibrahim – and a set that also features a bit of solo saxophone as well! The performance was recorded in an Italian concert hall with a wonderfully resonant sound – and the material is half compositions by Ibrahim, and half improvisations that have a ... read moreCD
An extremely beautiful set of tracks, and one of our favorite Dollar Brand albums from the time. Dyani is caught in a very spare setting, with a rare opportunity to hear him moving slowly and subtly down the bass – a perfect pairing for Brand's haunting piano lines. The best cut is the side- ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Icaris (Curphy/Wastell/Jackson/Taylor) —
Icarus ... CD FMR (UK), 1995. Used ...
A pretty heady performance from the trio of trumpeter Nate Wooley, drummer Chris Corsano, and bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten – all of whom seem to set a special sort of fire between each other on the set! Wooley is especially strong – bolder than we remember, with these powerful lines ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the headier projects we've heard from the Chicago scene in recent years – a set that mixes recitations by Mike Ladd with guitar from Jeff Parker, keyboards from Hprizm/High Priest, and a mix of drums, trombone, and Fender Rhodes from Tyshawn Sorey! The approach begins in some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most roosty albums on Blue Note – and a fairly straight session of African percussion tracks by Solomon Ilori and his Afro Drum Ensemble! Unlike similar albums by Art Blakey, this one lacks any strong sort of jazz component – and really just features fairly straight African ... read moreCD
(Japanese pressing from 1994.)
Alfredo Impullitti —
Namu ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 2002. Used ...
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)
Finnish reedman Mikko Innanen works here with American jazz giants William Parker on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums – but in setting that definitely has Mikko holding his own! Innanen plays alto, baritone, and other reed instruments – often with a style that's surprisingly soulful, ... read moreCD
Nothing innocent about this record – because the groove is hard and heavy, wild and trippy – a really heady brew of funky jazz and more psychedelic influences – all recorded with some weird sounds in the background too! The album's a great one from Japanese groove pioneer Takeshi ... read moreCD
Intercontinental Express —
London ... LP Compendium Records (UK), 1976. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A brilliant bubble of sounds from IPA – much more searing than you'd guess from the album's title – served up here in a sharp brace of trumpet, tenor, and vibes! The group's overflowing with that modernist Moserobie label energy we love so much – tight in construction, but still ... read moreCD
A landmark album from this powerhouse Cuban group of the 70s – their first record issued formally to an American market, and quite possibly their greatest effort of the decade! The sound here is a lot more focused than on the group's Cuban sessions from previous years – not commercial ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Tremendous blowing from tenorman Sherman Irby – an alto player who can swing soulfully one minute, then hit these great modern lines the next – a wonderful blend that comes through beautifully in this sweet session for Blue Note! The album's got a title that makes you think it might be ... read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout mark. CD has a promo stamp.)
A genius bit of work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – a mightily righteous effort that more than lives up to its heady title and cover! After turning out 2 great albums on his own indie Nodlew label, Weldon really steps into greatness with this set – using the bigger budget of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weldon Irvine's last album for a major label – and a key set that marks the debut of the legendary Don Blackman! Irvine's still very much in charge of the session, but Blackman's emerging here with the strength that would show up on his later soul sessions – singing lead vocals on some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffalos —
African Rock ... CD Dan/Clinck (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Don't think "African rock", think spiritual jazz – as the set's a brilliant blend of the funky styles of Akira Ishikawa and his Count Buffalos combo with some deeper percussive elements that bring a whole new global sound to his music! Ishikawa was already a tremendous talent ... read moreCD
A great little record with an angular, soulful flow – and a sense of direction that's way more confident than you'd guess from the mixed-up look on Shun Ishikawa's face on the cover! Shun's a drummer, and he leads a group here that's full of dynamic energy – excellent work on tenor and ... read moreCD
A much-needed look at the amazing underground jazz scene in LA – the richly creative spiritual and avant underground that flourished strongly in the 60s, 70s, and 80s! Although the city's best known for its cool jazz of the 50s, there's an even greater amount of left-field jazz that's come ... (Books, Jazz)read moreBook
Pedro Iturralde with Paco DeLucia —
Flamenco Jazz ... CD MPS/Edel (Germany), 1967. New Copy ...
Really wonderful stuff – and a record that may well be even better than the previous flamenco jazz albums cut by Paco DeLucia and Petro Iturralde in Spain! This set is part of a key late 60s moment when the MPS label was experimenting with a blend of jazz and sounds from around the globe ... read moreCD
Beautiful trio work from pianist Vijay Iyer – a record that's filled with the sorts of chunky rhythmic lines we love so much in his playing! The album's got Iyer working much more at a familiar level than his more electronic album for ECM – with that sort of warmth and joy that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Open, expressive sounds from the team of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and Vijay Iyer on piano, Fender Rhodes, and electronics – all served up in a mode that's quite different from recent records by either musician! The "rhythm" in the title here might be a bit misplaced – as ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest records ever by the wonderful vocal team of Jackie & Roy – a sweetly swinging 50s session, with great LA jazz backings from the orchestra of Bill Holman! There's a breezy vibe to the whole thing that's years ahead of its time – not pop harmony vocals, but an ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Excellent original pressing. Cover has a bit of tape in the corner.)
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Jackie & Roy – cut when the fab vocal duo was still in the company of Charlie Ventura, forging a bop harmony sound that was as groundbreaking as the early vocalese work of Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert, or Annie Ross! The pair had a hip swinging ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever cut by Jackie and Roy! This one captures them in the early days – right after they'd left Charlie Ventura, and were beginning to sing and pen some fantastic little jazz ditties on their own. The album features the recorded debut of Tommy Wolf, who would ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear, splitting and stains.)
Ali Jackson/Aaron Goldberg/Omer Avital —
Yes! ... CD Sunnyside, 2011. Used ...
A classic! This is one of the rarest of the rare of all Blue Note albums – and it's the only-ever session cut as a leader by the great tenor player Fred Jackson! The album's a really heavy burner – an all-out organ/tenor assault with the kind of gutbuckety soul groove that only peaked ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some wear and a bit of pen on back.)
Keefe Jackson & Jason Adasiewicz —
Rows & Rows ... CD Delmark, 2016. New Copy ...
Mindblowing sounds from two of the most creative musicians on the contemporary Chicago scene – coming together in a setting that really brings out the best of both of them! Keefe Jackson's a reedman who can blow with a strong sense of freedom, but never lose his way – and, like session ... read moreCD
Keefe Jackson/Josh Berman/Jon Rune Strom/Tollef Ostvang —
Southern Sun ... CD Stone Floor (Norway), 2015. New Copy ...
A killer quartet session that matches a pair of the finest, most adventurous players from the post-millennium Chicago jazz scene with equally excellent counterparts from Norway! The players are Keefe Jackson on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Josh Berman on coronet, Jon Rune Strom on double bass and ... read moreCD
Michael Gregory Jackson —
Clarity ... LP Bija, 1976. Near Mint- ...
An overlooked early session from multi-instrumentalist Michael Gregory Jackson, recording here with a trio of great horn players in a wonderfully sensitive sound! The record's approach is a perfect illustration of the maturity on the New York avant scene in the late 70s – a real change from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's a bit self-pitying, but the music certainly isn't – and even at this late point in his career, the sound of Milt Jackson is coming across loud and clear – possibly more so, because Milt's firmly shaken off the mellower modes of his years with the MJQ! The record has Jackson ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent late 50s work by Milt Jackson for Atlantic! Bags & Flutes is very much in the style of Milt's classic Savoy sides from the preceding couple of years – mixing together his jazzy vibes with light lilting solos on flute, either by Bobby Jaspar or Frank Wess, Milt's old compatriot ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing, with deep groove.)
A slightly different take on the Modern Jazz Quartet sound of the early years – as the album features Milt Jackson's vibes in the company of MJQ bandmates Percy Heath and Connie Kay, but also includes Horace Silver on piano – in the spot normally reserved for John Lewis! The presence ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Jazz Classics Series pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
A sweetly spare little set from Milt Jackson – recorded in the loose mode of the other great sets in the Live At EJ's series! The album's a nice change from the tighter styles of Jackson's Pablo recordings – and there's a good sense of flow that's clearly helped by the basslines of ... read moreCD
A great little set from Milt Jackson – not just for his work on vibes, but also for some great tenor from Lucky Thompson! Thompson's raspy edge brings a nice degree of soulfulness to the set – a sound that adds depth to the sometimes mellower moments set down by Jackson and the rhythm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wicked early work from Milt Jackson – a record that's got a lot more of an edge than some of his later work with the Modern Jazz Quartet – a near-perfect modernist bop sound that's every bit the best side of Blue Note in the early 50s! The package brings together material from a few ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing, with RVG stamp and ear! Cover is great, save for one slightly bumped bottom corner.)
One of the hippest Milt Jackson albums of the 60s – a set that definitely lives up to its Museum Of Modern Art setting! The performance is one of the most famous from that museum's well-remembered series of 60s jazz concerts – and it features Milt Jackson's quintet really stretching ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the extravagant gatefold cover, with some edge wear.)