One of the rarest Roland Kirk albums – and a great one! The record features Kirk in his prime early years – before he got totally nutty, and when he would still play straight soul jazz/hard bop, but with kind of a mad twist, and with strange instrumentation. Horace Parlan's on piano, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Roland Kirk's moodiest albums – and a record that really helped him find a big new audience in the 60s! The approach here is a bit different than some of Kirk's more bombastic jazz albums from previous years – gentle, and almost spiritual at times – thanks to heavy use of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album from Roland Kirk – one of his key 60s sides for Atlantic records, and an amazing blend of soul jazz, hardbop, and freer thinking styles! Roland's playing an insane assortment of horns on the set – often at the same time, if you know his 3-way style of blowing – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockerfeller pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and a small split on the bottom seam.)
A beautiful box set, and one that's filled with amazing material by one of our favorite players of all time! Roland Kirk's work for Mercury has always been darn tough to come by on wax, and even though a number of titles have been reissued individually over the years, this box set is still the ... read moreCD
(Out of print. In great condition with the original slipcase and book!)
A 2 CD set that features two of the more enigmatic Atlantic Records jazz sides from the 70s! Case Of The 3 Sided Dream is a great 70s album by Roland Kirk – one that features him working on a lot of short tracks, in a pretty crazy style! A number of the tracks feature Kirk's uniquely quirky ... read moreCD
Fairly free-blowing set of tracks by the young Klemmer, with lots of pyrotechnics on the reeds, and even a bit of playing on the "echo-plex", which is a cool electronic processing thingy that makes Klemmer's already-great reed style sound even more spacious! He's joined here by a firey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cadet Concept pressing. Cover & label has a drillhole.)
An ABC classic from reedman John Klemmer – a set that was quite successful at the time of its release, but still held onto the deeper soul of Klemmer's earlier work! John's got a way of blowing his horn that always sounds great, even when the backings are a bit full and polished, as they are ... read moreCD
An early 80s set from John Klemmer – an album that's indeed mostly solo saxophone genius – and it's pretty wondeful! The record does have some additional instrumentation and vocalese from Klemmer, and a vocal tune with Clint Holmes, but it's the sparest stuff here that's really the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful classic from John Klemmer – one of those artists we've under-appreciated for years, but grow to love more and more as time goes by! The set's an incredibly soulful set of explorations played by Klemmer (on tenor, soprano, and Echoplex) with a group that includes Mike Nock on ... read moreCD
Eric Kloss' sessions for Prestige somehow always get overlooked – but do yourself a favor and don't pass this one by! The record's a crackling bit of modernist free play, with a very soulful edge – and the group includes Booker Ervin, Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, and Alan Dawson all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set from guitarist Earl Klugh – and one that really lives up to its title – a record that matches Earl's wonderful work on guitar with some sublime orchestral charts from Dave Matthews! The approach is definitely different than some of Klugh's previous work, and makes the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic pairing of the guitar of Earl Klugh and the keyboards of Bob James – and a set that really makes some great steps forward out of a blend of the acoustic and electric sounds from each player! Earl's strings sound especially nice over James' Fender Rhodes – but even cuts with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has very light ringwear and a bit of pen on one corner.)
A unique later session from trombonist Jimmy Knepper – produced as a Japanese-only release in the 70s by saxophonist Lew Tabackin – who's also a key member of the group! Given that Knepper's best known for his sharp-toned sounds with Charles Mingus in previous decades, this later set ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous recent work from tenorist Eero Koivistoinen – a player who gave us some very wild records in the 70s, but who's equally wonderful here as a more straight-ahead musician! The group's a quartet, and the tunes have this fantastically poetic feel – richly soulful, with drawn-out ... read moreCD
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from Finnish reed legend Eero Koivistoinen – a set of music composed for children – but with a wild sound that must have sent more than a few kids running from the room back in the 70s! Koivistoisen's reeds are only part of the sound here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eero Koivistoinen —
Valtakunta ... LP Otava/Svart (Finland), 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
The first-ever jazz album from Finnish reedman Eero Koivistoinen – but a set that, like so much of his early work, is way more than jazz overall! The set was done out of inspiration from a variety of contemporary poets – and some of the songs feature spoken or sung passages, mixed with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eero Koivistoinen & UMO Jazz Orchestra —
Arctic Blues ... CD Svart (Finland), 2017. New Copy 2CD ...
Just Sold Out!
Beautiful work from Finnish saxophone genius Eero Koivistoinen – a player who blew our minds with his experimental records at the start of the 70s, and continued to amaze us as the years go on! This set has Eero at the head of the larger UMO jazz orchestra – directing the group, but ... read moreCD
They're not kidding about the big sound here – as tenorist Hans Koller was easily one of the deepest, most soulful talents on his instrument in the European scene of the start of the 60s – as you'll instantly hear on this fantastic live performance! In later years, Koller got a bit ... read moreCD
A seminal early recording by European tenor player Hans Koller – one of the leading lights in jazz on the postwar continent, and a transatlantic heir to the sound of Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh! The album features Koller's quintet with Roland Kovac on piano – and features additional ... read moreCD
Rare material from the great Krzyzstof Komeda – tracks from his score to the film Knife In Water, plus other jazz material too! Knife In The Water is a wonderful score that echoes with the modern tones and phrasing first explored in French cinema during the new wave – Komeda plays ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Krzysztof Komeda with Bernt Rosengren —
Knife In Water ... 7-inch Polskie Nagrania/Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy (pic cover)...
A seminal moment in Polish jazz – and in the soundtrack career of Krzystof Komeda, too! The rare EP features reedman Bernt Rosengren working with Komeda's trio – laying down amazing music from the film Knife In Water – but in a live performance from the the 1961 Jazz Jamboree ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... read moreCD
Wonderful stuff – way more than just an easy instrumental album, and a great batch of exotic tunes with lots of jazzy touches! There's enough of the Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman influence here – but Rex and group take the sound a lot further, by playing like a true small combo, and ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those really unique records that trumpeter Toshinori Kondo gave us in the 80s – not really fusion, but not avant either all – yet a very unusual criss-crossing of electric and acoustic impulses, with a vibe that's all its own! Kondo's clearly drawing a bit of inspiration from ... read moreCD
Toshinori Kondo Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band —
Khchyu Fuyuu ... CD Art Union/Solid (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
Trumpeter Toshinori Kondo may have cut some avant-oriented material over the years – but this set is a different sort of record – one that's cut with his Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band, in a playful mix of rhythms, tones, and jazz! The approach is maybe post-fusion, inflected with a bit ... read moreCD
A gem by Lee Konitz – one of his near-perfect 50s sessions for Atlantic! Lee's tone here is crisp, clear, and hauntingly fresh – modern, yet never academically so – and played with a dexterity that's incredible, but never too in love with itself to go too far. Key players on the ... read moreCD
Tight early work from Lee Konitz – recorded on location at the very hospitable Storyville nightclub in Boston – a sweet setting for his angular tones on the alto! The style here is great – cutting lines that are incredibly precise, yet crafted with enough soul to keep them from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
4 Lps on 2CDs: Lee Konitz With Strings: An Image, Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre, Piece For Clarinet & Struing Orchestra/Mobiles by Jimmy Giuffre and Free Forms by Ralph Burns. CD
(Out of print.)
Lee Konitz —
Motion ... LP Verve, Early 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ...
A pivotal album in the career of Lee Konitz – and one that shows him really stretching out, past his tightly arranged style of the 50s! Lee's working here in a fairly free trio setting – backed by only Sonny Dallas on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Jones plays loosely and openly on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album in the career of Lee Konitz – and one that shows him really stretching out, past his tightly arranged style of the 50s! Lee's working here in a fairly free trio setting – backed by only Sonny Dallas on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Jones plays loosely and openly on ... read moreCD
The title definitely gets it right – as this is the real sound of Lee Konitz – the kind of extra-special approach to alto sax that made Lee one of the true modern giants of the 50s, with an approach that nobody had ever heard before! The album captures Konitz at the height of his ... read moreCD
Konitz plays alto, and Mitchell plays bass and a bit of piano – on titles that include "I Love You", "Night & Day", "I Love Paris", "Love For Sale", and "It's All Right With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
Tenoris Seamus Blake makes a great appearance on this quartet session from drummer Vladimir Kostandinovic – able to soar with the urgency that Vladimir can bring to his more uptempo numbers, then cool things down with long, drawn-out soulful solos at the mellower moments – creating a ... read moreCD
Peter Kowald & Barry Guy —
Paintings ... LP FMP (Germany), 1984. Very Good+ ...
Duets between these two important European avant bassists – featuring tracks dedicated to the paintings of Rene Magritte, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and Joseph Beuys. Titles include "La Robe De L'Avonture", "Paintings", "Das Schweigen Von Marcel Duchamp Wird ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very light surface marks from heavy inner sleeve – but a barely-played copy!)
Bassist Boris Kozlov works here wonderfully alongside the guitar of David Gilmore – in a trio setting that has both of the string players trading lines over deft work on drums from Rudy Royston! Royston's nicely laidback and open – and really lets both musicians handle melody and ... read moreCD
An excellent session of vocals cut by the lovely Irene Kral, with backing by Al Cohn, who leads a small group that includes Zoot Sims, Jimmy Raney, Hank Jones, and Charlie Persip. The "Steve" in the title is Steve Allen, who wrote a number of tracks on the session, and who also appears ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover image here recalls a classic 60s album by Coleman Hawkins on Impulse Records – and the album's sound recalls the same set too – as reedman Thilo Krietmeier serves up a wonderful combination of tenor jazz and bossa grooves! The setting is spare and stripped-down – just a ... read moreCD
One of the best lost MPS albums from the classic years – and a very tasty batch of jazzy Brazilian grooves! Guitarist Ira Kris leads a groovy little combo that includes 2 guitars, flute, bass, and drums – and the group runs through a tight set of bossa groovers with a breezy jazzy ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ernie Krivda —
Sarah's Theme ... CD Cadence/Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1995. Used ...
The music may be Gershwin, but Karin Krog gives it a twist that's all her own – working here with wonderful small combo backing, and putting the tunes over in a style that's spare and personal – yet never sleepy or cloying! The approach is really fresh, yet never also overly modern or ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite singers and one of our favorite composers – brought together in a dream of a vocal jazz album! We've always loved the tunes that Michel Legrand penned for films of the 60s and 70s – as they've got a depth, sincerity, and jazziness that goes beyond most of his ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The icy voice of Norwegian singer Karin Krog is a perfect match for Dexter's deep soulful saxophone, and the two of them perform wonderfully together in this rare set of tracks recorded in 1970 with Kenny Drew on piano and Niel Henning Orsted-Peterson on bass. Krog has always been tremendously ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Vocalist Karin Krog and reedman John Surman have been making music together for many years – using her unique phrasing and John's sense of tone and texture in beautiful ways – often mixed with a bit of electronics, too! And despite an already-great legacy of other albums, the duo may ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the most swinging albums we've heard from vocalist Karin Krog in years – thanks to tight backing from a combo that also includes the great Scott Hamilton on tenor! The album's got the classic, easygoing flow of most of Scott's best work – a simple, no-nonsense style that's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Reedman Martin Kuchen is a player who's been grabbing our ears more and more in recent years – a very creative, deeply soulful musician who really gets his chance to do his thing on this album-length performance! Kuchen blows tenor, alto, and some especially nice flute – in the very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bold music, indeed – a tremendous blend of avant garde jazz and groovier moments from pianist Joachim Kuhn! The style is a great illustration of the two key poles of the MPS label at the end of the 60s – the company's willingness to take a chance on freer jazz artists, but also its ... read moreCD
A mixture of funky big band tunes and hard-hitting groovers – played by a large group directed by Paul Kuhn, and featuring a mix of electric rhythms and acoustic solos! There's a very groovy sound here that's along the lines of some of the tighter MPS big band albums from the late 60s – ... read moreCD
Two albums by the Paul Kuhn SFB Big Band – back to back on a single CD! First up is Big Hits Of The Big Bands – a set that steps back to pick up classic large ensemble numbers from the 30s and 40s, but deliver them with a reworked 70s approach to a big band – from the way the ... read moreCD
One of the most expressive albums ever from German jazzmen Rolf and Joachim Kuhn – an obscure American date cut for Impulse Records in the late 60s! This session pairs the Kuhn brothers – on clarinet and piano, respectively – with John Coltrane's bassist Jimmy Garrison and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange & black label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and a few small gloss bubbles.)
A heck of a great record from Steve Kuhn – a rare trio session from the mid 60s, and as clear an expression of his modernist genius as you're ever likely to hear! The session's got a great rhythm section – Steve Swallow on bass and Pete LaRoca on drums – and Kuhn's in perfect ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(A beautiful Japanese pressing – with heavy gatefold cover! Hard to find in any format.)
A bold brilliant statement from pianist Steve Kuhn – his next great record after the seminal Three Waves, and a record that pushes the envelope even further! From the title, you might think that Kuhn's playing some familiar 60s standards for MPS – but he's really working strongly in ... read moreCD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering pressing!)
Almut Kuhne/Gebhard Ullmann/Achim Kaufmann —
Marbrakeys ... CD Leo (UK), 2016. Used ...
The title's a bit of a joke, but it's only Jonas Kullhamar's way of letting us know that he's working here with three very new and exciting players on the Swedish scene! The set has Kullhammar blowing both tenor and the Braithophone of George Braith – with a trio that has boundless energy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amplified saxophone genius from Kullrusk – a tremendous record that draws on a jazz legacy stretching back to Eddie Harris, John Klemmer, and Gil Melle, but one with a bold voice all its own! Reed leaders Jonas Kullhammar and Per Rusktrask Johansson play amplified alto, tenor, and clarinets ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We're not sure we hear any failings at all here – as the music is completely compelling, right from the start – and one of the most sonically-intense records we've heard from reedman Mats Gustafsson in years! The album's a bit of an electro-acoustic outing – in that Mats plays ... read moreCD
Ola Kvernberg works here in a nicely layered way – often mixing lines on violin and viola in the same track, then adding in cello, autoharp, Hammond, and other instrumentation as well! The approach is somewhat in the jazz violin tradition of the European scene, but the record also has larger ... read moreCD
Rare session by the LA organ player Charles Kynard! Kynard's one of our favorite talents on the keys, and the set's made even better by the presence of tenorist Clifford Scott, who's cutting one of his few jazz sessions here away from the Bill Doggett group. The rest of the group features Howard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky organ and plenty of vamping – a really tight little set from the mighty Charles Kynard – who's working here with a really wide-ranging command of the keyboard! As with some of the other Mainstream Records sessions of the time, the backings here are somewhat full – arranged ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John La Barbera Big Band —
Fantazm ... CD Jazz Compass, 2005. Used ...
Pretty amazing work from one of the greatest under-rated talents of 50s modern jazz! John LaPorta was a brilliant multi-instrumentalist who's probably best known for his work with Mingus in the mid 50s Jazz Workshop years, and for his earlier sides with Woody Herman – but it's on records ... read moreCD
Despite the stupid name (or perhaps because of it), this is one of the great lost sessions of the 60s! Drummer Pete LaRoca originally cut this set for the tiny Douglas label, and the session's an amazing bit of modernist jazz that features a rare non-Sun Ra appearance by tenorist John Gilmore. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Benny Lackner Trio —
Siskiyou ... CD Unit (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ...
Pianist Benny Lackner hits a groove here that's really unique – funky, but not jazz funk at all – and instead kind of a spacious, flowing sound on his keyboard that carves out its own special feel through careful timing and well-defined sense of attack! The drums and bass in the group ... read moreCD
Sublime solo work from Steve Lacy – a perfect demonstration of the great leap forward he took on the soprano sax in the early 70s – documented beautifully on overseas recordings like this! The core of the set features material recorded in Avignon in 1972 – with Lacy using his ... read moreCD
Never-issued material from the great Steve Lacy – a set of tracks that includes some unheard moments from his classic 1972 Avignon performance, plus a host of other wonderful soprano sax numbers as well! The first three cuts are the Avignon recordings – and feature Lacy doing these ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Ballets ... LP Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Near Mint- 2LP ...
One album of solo soprano sax – another with a group that features Bobby Few on piano and Fender Rhodes, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Irene Aebi on cello and violin, Jean Jacques Avenel on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums and percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
A very unique chapter of the career of Steve Lacy – and a key bridge between his early work in trad jazz groups, and his more famous late 50s modern sides! Both of the albums on the set were recorded for ABC in 1956 – under the leadership of bassist Whitey Mitchell and tenor horn ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Cry ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1988. Used 2 CDs ...
One of Steve Lacy's more complicated albums of the 80s – material recorded as part of a stage performance in Geneva, complete with costumes, scenery, and lighting effects! The spoken parts of Irene Aebi figure strongly on some of the tracks – but others are more wrapped around reed ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy's legendary Argentinean recording – one of his boldest moments of the early years, and the start of a long history of superb work away from the American scene! The group here is quite unusual – as players include Enrico Rava on trumpet, Johnny Dyani on bass, and Louis Moholo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Lacy —
Rent ... CD Cavity Search, 1997. Used 2 CDs ...
(Out of print.)
Steve Lacy —
Solo ... LP Enanem (UK), 1972. Near Mint- ...
This record is pulled from 2 concerts by Lacy at the "disaffected church" belonging to the Chene Noir Theatre Group in Avignon in 1972. Both shows consisted of Lacy playing solo on his soprano saxophone. Songs named after or dedicated to Charlie Parker, Franz Kafka, Elias Canetti, Gil ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful blend of free jazz & atmospheric electronic experimentation led by soprano mainstay Steve Lacy – a truly inviting blend of open-ended sounds that manages to all come together in a very natural way! Sadly, this set captured here at the NEWJazz meeting of 2002 at Baden-Baden, ... read moreCD