A constellation of spacey sounds from Klaus Doldinger – who's working here without his famous Passport group, in a solo set of all-electronic music! The approach is a bit like that of Jean-Michel Jarre at the time – a refinement of earlier electronic modes from the 70s, pushing things ... read moreCD
Klaus Doldinger & Passport —
Lifelike ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1980. Used 2CD ...
A double-length live album from Klaus Doldinger and his Passport group – a set that captures them jamming nicely in a concert setting, where it always seemed they did their best work! The fusion group still have plenty of sharp edges at this point – and a lot less polish than you might ... read moreCD
Searing live work from Eric Dolphy – part of a series of recordings that set a whole new standard for live jazz recording! The record features Dolphy going even farther out than on his studio sides from the time – as the record features very long tracks performed by a crack group that ... read moreCD
A fitting title for a great album – Eric Dolphy's last live recording, performed on June 2, 1964, with a trio of youngsters that included two of the greatest names in European avant garde jazz – Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink! The sound is jagged and a bit free – showing the ... read moreCD
Eric Dolphy's first meeting in the studio with trumpeter Booker Little – a brilliant batch of modernism that's easily one of the hippest records Little ever worked on! The Dolphy heard here is Eric at his most inventive – sharp-edged and angular one minute, then spiritually lyrical the ... read moreCD
A cool cooker from the great Lou Donaldson – and a record that's ever bit as tasty as its cover! Lou's really hitting his soul jazz stride here – stepping off his 50s bop years, and moving into a more gutbuckety groove that's delivered with wonderful accompaniment from a quartet that ... read moreCD
Lou Donaldson —
Hot Dog ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
From the title, to the cover, to the gritty grooves way down in the wax – this has got to be one of the funkiest Blue Note albums ever – a real landmark from the legendary Lou Donaldson! The set kicks off with a hard and heavy groove from the very first note – thanks to some ... read moreCD
Mighty nice later work from alto genius Lou Donaldson – set up here in a quartet that reunites him with the great pianist Herman Foster – who you may well remember from Lou's pre-funk years on Blue Note in the 60s! The pair are very perfectly matched – as Foster's got the right ... read moreCD
Funky genius from Lou Donaldson – one of his first funky albums for Blue Note, and a real killer all the way through! The album has a great young group working with Lou – players that include Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Lonnie Smith on organ, Leo Morris (aka Idris Muhammed) on drums, ... read moreCD
A massive classic from Lou Donaldson's funky years with Idris Muhammad on drums – an album that's filled with lots of bottom-heavy grooves, plus some great work on alto, guitar, and organ! Muhammad's drums are in fine fine form here – right up there with his other LD Blue Note work, if ... read moreCD
A completely unique little session – and a record that's every bit as musically striking as you might guess from its title and cover! The date's a rare Latin-tinged one for trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a record that takes his usually smooth sound and sets it up against octet backings with ... read moreCD
Kenny may be quiet, but he's never muted – and the record is far from the sleepy session you might guess from the title! The album's a real standout in the Dorham catalog – a set that let's Kenny's trumpet sparkle beautifully in a quartet that includes piano from Tommy Flanagan, bass ... read moreCD
A wonderfully free-thinking set by Kenny Dorham – and a record that really breaks from his earlier work! The album's not exactly experimental, but it features longer tracks with a looser approach than some of Dorham's sweeter shorter work – more in a rhythmically progressive mode that ... read moreCD
(BMG Direct pressing.)
Axel Dorner & Fred Lonberg Holm —
Object 1 ... CD Locust, 2003. Used ...
Mellow smooth jazz and modern soul from trumpeter Leslie Drayton – working here with his group Fun, which features vocals by Barbara Morrison, alto sax by Curtis Peagler, and keyboards by Billy Childs. Most of the tracks are a bit too tinny to come off well – but there's a few nice ... read moreCD
Kenny Drew caught live in the UK in the early 90s – playing with a wonderfully fluid tone, and a bit more sensitivity than in earlier years! The tracks are all quite long, with very drawn-out solos – similar to Drew's best live dates of the 70s – and the trio here features ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever by pianist Kenny Drew – a record that's as noteworthy for the contributions of the sidemen as it is for the efforts of the leader! Drew's a player who often worked mostly in trio formats – but here, he's hitting hard with a righteous Blue Note power ... read moreCD
George Duke —
Duke ... CD BPM/Dome (UK), 2005. Used ...
A recent album from the legendary George Duke, and a great one too – put together with a sense of soul and sound that really recalls some of Duke's best work of the late 70s! The album's got a wonderful balance between electric and acoustic elements – especially at points when George ... read moreCD
One of George Duke's best albums for the MPS label – and a set that has a sound that's a little bit more soul than before! The album uses a fair bit of vocals alongside Duke's funky keyboards – but in a way that's not nearly as smooth as some of his albums for Epic, and which still ... read moreCD
The first album as a leader by guitarist Cornell Dupree – but one that was recorded after years of jazz, soul, and rock session and sideman work during the 60s and 70s! It's great to finally hear Cornell get out in front of the mix – hitting those lean, stretched-out lines that always ... read moreCD
A pivotal album in the development of the use of the Hammond organ in jazz – and Charles Earland's first exposure to a large audience! Durign the 60s, Charles was bumping around the Philly scene quite a bit – and recorded some small group indie sides that first gave a glimpse of his ... read moreCD
Magnificent! Charles Earland may well be our favorite-ever jazz organist – and after you hear this set, he'll probably be yours too! Charles really didn't emerge as a name until the beginning of the 70s – and although that decade did some nasty stuff to some of the 60s best organ ... read moreCD
Charles Earland – really stretching things out, and sounding great in the process! The album's an important one, as it shows that Earland wasn't just a funky Hammond player leading a small group – but a visionary player who could put together a session with a larger, cosmic concept. ... read moreCD
An extremely righteous bit of soul jazz – originally issued in a very small pressing by Folkway Records, at a time when the label was doing some great underground recordings! The sound is loose and free – spiritually building in a manner that recalls the work of Ahmed Abdul Malik, Phil ... read moreCD
A great live set from Cedar Walton's Eastern Rebellion group – still held down by the core team of Walton and drummer Billy Higgins, and featuring some great tenor work from Ralph Moore, plus bass by David Williams. Moore's presence is always a welcome thing on any session – and the ... read moreCD
Really wonderful early work from pianist Berndt Egerbladh – a player who's gotten a lot more global attention in recent years, but who sounds especially great on this rare date from the 60s! The album's a masterful showcase for Berndt's warm, fluid approach on the keys of the piano – a ... read moreCD
Andreas Eklof —
NOR ... CD Compunctio (Sweden), 2008. Used ...
Beautifully minimal work from Andreas Eklof – a Swedish composer with a great ear for the more sensitive sides of the sonic spectrum! Much of the work here is keyboard-based and the album begins with some especially striking compositions for three pianos – two different numbers that ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package, too – kind of a matchbook-styled cover, with inserts!)
One of the freshest albums in years from Chicago percussion legend Kahil El'Zabar – the recording debut of a great little combo he's been heading for the past few years – and a group who would have been right at home during the more progressive 60s years at Blue Note! The sound here is ... read moreCD
Kahil El'Zabar with Nona Hendryx —
It's Time ... CD Katalyst, 2011. Used ...
One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from the legendary Kahil El'Zabar – and that's saying a lot, given all of his experiments to mix jazz and club music over the years! This set's his first outing with his Ethnics group – a wonderful combo that's a lot more jazz-based ... read moreCD
Percussionist Kahil El'Zabar leads the Ritual Trio, and the group's one of the truest extensions of the AACM spirit to still exist in Chicago. No wonder, though, as it's got Malachi Favors of the Art Ensemble on bass, as well as multi-faceted reedman Ari Brown on saxes. El'Zabar's the real core ... read moreCD
The Ritual Trio gets some mighty hip company here – the legendary Pharoah Sanders, who really fleshes out the group's sound with his tremendous work on tenor sax! Core members Ari Brown and Malachi Favors work as a well-tooled unit under the leadership of Kahil El Zabar – no surprise, ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing.)
Eleventh House with Larry Coryell —
Aspects ... CD Arista/Wounded Bird, 1976. New Copy ...
Funky fusion with some really hard-ripping guitar from Larry Coryell – a mainstream masterpiece from the Eleventh House ensemble! The set's got a tight sound that puts Coryell's guitar in the forefront, but which also respects contributions from members that include Gerry Brown on drums, ... read moreCD
One of Duke's last albums – and a great one! The session is right up there with some of Ellington's best late "suites" – an extended work that features writing around exotic themes, played by stalwarts like Paul Gonsalves, Harold Ashby, Rufus Jones, Cootie Williams, and Harry ... read moreCD
An important larger work from Duke Ellington – a suite of tracks that encompasses a range of styles and emotions in African-American expression! The work features some key guest work from Mahalia Jackson – singing here in a way that's different than other vocalists who worked with Duke ... read moreCD
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Really unusual, obscure music from Duke Ellington – and pretty darn great as well! The set features never-heard tracks that Ellington recorded in Germany with producer Conny Plank – that studio genius whose work is best known from a landmark series of prog recordings in the 70s – ... read moreCD