One of Jimmy's funkiest albums ever – a sweeeeet batch of short, hard, and funky cuts – and a record that ranks right up there with the mighty Soul Sugar for sheer funkiness! Jimmy takes an upbeat and easygoing approach to the late 60s funk sound, with a nice, rubbery bass and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unusual album for Jimmy – but a great one too! The set breaks the mode of Jimmy's small combo Sue work and features his organ amidst some larger arrangements from Fred Norman – a blend of skipping strings and jazzy rhythms that really lets Jimmy open up and groove around the top ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear & some pen.)
Bill McHenry —
Rest Stop ... CD Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 1997. Used ...
A beautiful later Delmark album from Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre – one that has all the vivid creative energy of his classic sessions for the label from the 60s! The setting continues McIntyre's work with The Light – a duo of tuba and drums, which makes for some mighty unusual sounds ... read moreCD
One of the most spiritual albums to come from the young AACM movement in Chicago – a session that's somewhat equal in expression to some of the best post-Coltrane work on Impulse Records! Maurice McIntyre plays here with a sound that's already fully formed – an approach to the tenor ... read moreCD
John McLaughlin —
Devotion ... LP Douglas, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
An intensely jamming album from guitarist John McLaughlin – and a record that set a whole new tone for electric jazz in the 70s! The album was recorded shortly after McLaughlin's work with Miles Davis on Bitches Brew and Tony Williams on the first Emergency album – and in a way, it's a ... 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 moreCD
A great little session by Jackie McLean – recorded in 1962 by Blue Note, but not issued until years later, only initially in Japan! The album's one of Jackie's last pure hardbop sides – recorded in the pivotal year of 1962, when he was just beginning to dip his toe into modernist ideas ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jackie McLean opens it up at Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen – blowing in the long, open-ended style usually associated with live dates from the club! The format here is similar to the better-known Montmartre recordings by Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin – strong rhythms from a trio ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, a Best Entertainment Value sticker, some wear, and a center split on the bottom seam.)
McLean's Scene is a strong one – as the young Jackie is really coming into his own at the time of the session, blowing and growing with a soulful command of the alto sax that would emerge even more strongly in the 60s. The album's got McLean working in a slightly open-ended way – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing with RVG stamp. Cover has a chewed corner, some splitting on the top seam, and some light stains on back.)
A funky album by Jackie McLean! Jackie leaves his hard bop and experimental roots behind, and tries for a R&B fusion sound here that hits a nice groove on the best tracks. While it's not his classic sound, there's a couple of great tracks like "On the Slick Side" and "Long Time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has initials in red marker on front, and torn corners on the spine.)
Second pressing of an album also issued under the name of Jackie's Pal in the late 50s – when it was originally recorded. Tight hardbop from Jackie McLean, played with a lot more gutsy fire than some of his Blue Note material – very open and jamming, with a rough edge we really like! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing, with RVG etching. Cover has a light tape on the seams, and one small name stamp.)
A sweet little quartet from Jackie McLean – a later entry into his bop-level sets for Blue Note, recorded right before his "new thing" years! The album never got a proper release back in the 60s, and only first saw the light of day two decades later – but it's a real cooker ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Excellent solo work from the great Joe McPhee – heard here at a time when he was really reigniting the creative fire in his music! The album is all solo McPhee – and Joe plays various reeds, pocket cornet, piano, and even a bit of electronics – shifting modes and moods with the ... read moreCD
Wild early work from avant jazz genius Joe McPhee – and a set that's actually pretty darn funky too! This rare indie release features 3 long tracks – two of which were recorded live, with a tight combo that includes a very funky drummer! The album kicks off with the hard wailing " ... read moreCD
The title really gets things right here – as Joe McPhee is in some of his most sonic territory – really working sometimes at a level that's way beyond music, yet still managing to bring a strong sense of soul to the set too! The album begins with "Episode One", dedicated to ... read moreCD
A mindblowingly beautiful set of solo tenor tracks by Joe McPhee – a record that's almost as important to that instrument as Anthony Braxton's For Alto set was for the alto sax! The record features just Joe blowing, and nothing else – stretching out in open space, and slowly exploring ... read moreCD
Amazing work from Joe McPhee – heard here in an unbridled setting that features only the drums of Chris Corsano for accompaniment! The set was recorded in the tiny Sugar Maple club in Milwaukee – and has Joe and Chris paying tribute to some of their big inspirations, both musically and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unusual little album – even for a musician as experimental as Joe McPhee! This rare 1974 session has McPhee in a series of acoustic/electric duets with John Snyder – improvised numbers that feature Joe on trumpet, saxes, and a range of percussion instruments – plus Synder ... read moreCD
Charles McPherson plays with a large ensemble in this tribute to Billie Holiday – in a core group with piano by Barry Harris, guitar by Earl Dunbar, bass by Sam Jones, and drums by Leroy Williams – plus larger backing by a string section. Tracks are mostly Billie Holiday standards, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, staining and some wrinkled paper.)
A sweet soul jazz session from the Virginia underground of the 70s – nice and laidback, and way different than the usual supper club recording! Instead, the whole thing's got a very fresh vibe – long original tunes, and a hip lineup throughout. George plays keyboards and piano – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pat Metheny —
80/81 ... LP ECM, 1980. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
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
Arguably the last great album to come from the classic Pat Metheny collaboration with Lyle Mays – a record that's tightened up considerably from some of the group's earlier efforts, but which gives as its reward some wonderfully compelling tunes! Pat's still very much influenced here by a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A completely solo album from Pat Metheny – but one that still sparkles with the same sort of energy as his fuller group sessions for ECM! At a point when Pat could be content to simply scrawl a few simple lines on the strings of his guitar, he instead does a great job of complicating things ... 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
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 a deep groove. Cover has a partially split top seam and a number in marker on the back.)
A great debut from an ultra-jazzy combo from the Finnish scene – one with the same sort of fire and crackle as the best groups on the Ricky Tick label! The tracks have a blend of 60s hardbop with some later soulful elements – and leader Kari Setala's got a mighty great touch on both ... read moreCD
Dave Mihaly & The Shimmering Leaves Ensemble —
Rivers ... CD Dave Mihaly, 2013. Used ...
Unusual sounds from drummer Dave Mihaly – a player who's well-schooled in jazz tradition, but also really opens himself up to more genre-crossing sounds on this set – a mode that partly echoes his participation in the group Mushroom, but which also shows a much more sensitive side too! ... 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
Sublime sounds from the late Harry Miller – material never issued during the course of his too-short life, but a great illustration of his really unique contribution to British jazz at the time! Miller's work on bass is wonderful throughout – very rich in feeling, and with a grounded ... read moreCD
Big ol' bass from Marcus Miller – but also some sweet keyboards and great vocals too – all wrapped up in a set that's really got Miller at the height of his powers! Marcus wonderfully skirts the worlds of soul and fusion for the record – and mostly creates a tight groove on his ... read moreCD
Mulgrew Miller's one of those pianists who can always make a simple session sparkle with magic – and this early 90s album is no exception! The vibe here is laidback and open – done in that ever-searching style that makes Miller such a rich talent on the keyboard – never content ... read moreCD
Milosc & Lester Bowie —
Not Two ... CD Gowi (Poland), 1994. Used ...
A rare post-Cold War meeting of two talents – legendary Art Ensemble Of Chicago trumpeter Lester Bowie, and the experimental Polish jazz group Milosc – coming together here in a wonderful live performance that offers a side of Bowie we don't often hear! Milosc were initially inspired ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Mark Minchello/Bob Hanlon/Colby Inzer —
Trinomial ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. Used ...
Lots of funky keys and choppy sax passages – on this sweet Japanese fusion session headed up by reedman Kohsuke Mine! Mine plays both soprano and tenor on the record, and it's got a feel that's halfway between some of the harder jamming European fusion sides of the 70s – like mid 70s ... read moreCD
A great album from one of the greatest Japanese reedmen of the 70s – a player who's not that well known on our shores, but who served up a run of great little records like this at the time! Kosuke Mine has this sound that's sharp, but extremely fluid too – a way of running fast with ... read moreCD
Kosuke Mine —
Solid ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Solid is right – as the album's one of the best-ever from Japanese saxophonist Kosuke Mine – a really far-reaching quartet session with a wonderfully vibrant feel! One of the real strengths of the session is its keyboard work by Mikio Masuda – warm and soulful, a perfect platform ... 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
One of the most enigmatic albums that Charles Mingus ever recorded – especially in his later years! The set features two very long tracks done by Mingus for use in a film about cocaine traffic between New York and Columbia – but considering the nature of the music, and the freely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal early work from Charles Mingus – a session that really shows him beginning to work in tightly arranged, deeply resonant styles – pushing much more deeply towards the brilliance of the late 50s! The set's recorded with a great lineup that includes Mal Waldron, Max Roach, and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert and great vinyl! Cover has light wear, and a very slight rip in one corner.)
Brilliant work by Mingus – recorded right around the same time as his legendary Mingus Ah Um album for Columbia! The group features some of Mingus' best sidemen – like Booker Ervin, Jimmy Knepper, John Handy, and Roland Hanna – and the tracks have that wild mix of emotion, tight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cove rhas some wear and seam splitting, with a couple of small stains on the back.)
A classic trio session from Charles Mingus – one of the few he ever recorded! The set's got Mingus on bass, working with regular drummer Danny Richmond and pianist Hampton Hawes – an unusual choice for the record, but a player whose sense of freedom and intensity at this point really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing. Vinyl has some marks that click. Cover has clear tape on the seams, and a peeled strip along the spine on back from tape removal.)
An insane overview of the early work of Charles Mingus – featuring 4 CDs worth of material, and a total of 88 tracks in all! The set starts with some of Mingus' first early recordings, often set inside larger groups for bigger names, but also getting a chance to work as a leader on his own ... read moreCD
A bold statement from former members of the Charles Mingus group – working here together as a unit after the passing of Mingus, in a set that has some of the best fire and energy of Charles' later years! The tracks here are all Mingus compositions – performed in longish takes that ... read moreCD
One of the most poetic albums we've ever heard from pianist Giovanni Mirabassi – a set dedicated to Nausicaa and other works by director Hayao Miyazaki – served up with that brilliantly flowing style we love on Mirabassi's other albums! Make no mistake, this isn't a set of jazzy ... read moreCD
Marc Miralta —
Dreams ... CD Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2008. Used ...