One of the few albums we've ever seen by keyboardist Hubert Eaves – a great player whose work crops up on some of our favorite 70s soul jazz and jazz funk sides, but who rarely got a chance to lead his own group! Fortunately, he did get the chance to cut this one – as the session's a ... read moreCD
Two tenor greats pay tribute to a host of other tenor greats – but with results that are quite different than you might expect! The album's hardly the type that just revisits familiar cliches from tenor giants of years past – and instead, the team of Houston Person and Teddy Edwards ... read moreCD
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
One of the best albums in years from percussionist Kahil El'Zabar – a really wonderful set that features lots of great guest vocals from soulful singer Dwight Trible! Kahil's sung himself on other records – and does so on two tracks – but Dwight's presence here is really amazing, ... read moreCD
Elastic Jargon —
Slang ... CD Data (Holland), 2010. Used ...
There's nothing little about the talents of Roy Eldridge on the trumpet – as you'll hear in this hip set of tracks from the start of the 50s – material recorded in Paris with help from some great American sidemen! Half the tracks feature Roy's trumpet in a quintet with Zoot Sims on ... read moreCD
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
Eleventh House with Larry Coryell —
Level One ... CD Arista/Wounded Bird, 1975. Used ...
A really heavily-jamming album from Larry Coryell's Eleventh House group – certainly to be expected, given that the lineup includes John Lee on bass, Mike Mandel on keyboards, and Alphonse Mouzon on drums! The sound has plenty of rock-fusion touches – and Coryell's guitar is searing, ... read moreCD
An early demonstration of Eliane Elias' love of Brazilian music – a wonderful set that's filled with famous tunes penned by Antonio Carlos Jobim – mostly played by Eliane on piano, but also sung in a few spots as well! The group features solid jazz grounding from Eddie Gomez on bass ... read moreCD
A 2CD collection that offers a wealth of rare material – 26 tracks that comprise the complete 1967 performance of the Duke Ellington Orchestra at the Teatro Sistina in Rome! The Ellington group of the time is full of surprises – even at the straighter moments, which often lead into ... read moreCD
A beautiful jazzy score by Duke Ellington – and a fitting companion to this classic Otto Preminger film! The record captures Ellington at a perfect moment – right during his Indigos period of increased sophistication, when his band was at an all-time level of perfection – and ... read moreCD
2 great albums from '62 by Duke Ellington in a single package! Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins is, you guessed it, the meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album ... read moreCD
An excellent and oft-overlooked 50s session from Duke – recorded in Chicago as a one-off for the Bethlehem label, and done with a lush, rich sound that's really tremendous! The group's nicely restrained and very moody – playing here in a mellow late nite mode that offers a good focus ... read moreCD
Two previously-unreissued Duke Ellington titles from the 50s – back to back on one CD! Duke's Mixture is more of a collection – or "mixture" – of other work than anything else – an assortment of tunes recorded in the 30s, 40s, and early 50s – all brought ... read moreCD
A great little follow-up to Ellington's 65 album – done in a similar style that has the Duke and orchestra performing a variety of hits from the day – but carried off with a depth that really transforms some of the numbers, and brings them into really unfamiliar territory! We're not ... read moreCD
Duke Ellington in fine fine form – working here in a selection of tunes played at jazz festivals in 1959 – a very good year for the Ellington Orchestra! The styles here are a mix of older Duke modes and some of the more sophisticated modernism of his late 50s years – and ... read moreCD
The album's a bit less "historical" than you might guess from the title – at least at the time it was issued in the mid 50s! The material is from Chicago sessions recorded in 1956 – unusual non-Columbia material for the period, featuring the Ellington group working in a ... read moreCD
Duke Ellington —
My People ... CD Contact/Boplicity (UK), 1963. New Copy ...
A great high-concept composition from Duke Ellington – one that rivals the earlier brilliance of his Liberian Suite! Like that one, vocals are a key part of this long-form work – a special performance done for the Century Of Negro Progress Exposition in Chicago in 1963 – with an ... read moreCD
Don't let the title put you off, because this certainly isn't a session of background music – and the name simply refers to the fact that the arrangements on the set really showcase the strong horn work of the Ellington orchestra! Duke's still on piano for the session, but the real strength ... read moreCD
Mid 60s recordings by Duke – new versions of some of his most classic tunes, done in a way that matches his sweetly swinging groove of the 60s! Titles include "Black & Tan Fantasy", "The Twitch", "Perdido", "Solitude", "The Mooche", " ... read moreCD
A wonderful stripped-down set of piano work from Duke Ellington – presented here in an obscure set of duets recorded with Billy Strayhorn in 1950, finally issued as a full package by Riverside in the mid 60s – at a time when more folks seemed to be paying attention to Duke's stylings on ... read moreCD
Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach —
Money Jungle ... CD United Artists, 1962. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Rarely are such "meeting of the minds" sessions worth any fuss at all – but in this case, the masterful talents of the players turn what should be a snoozy "common denominator" session into a modernist classic that still crackles with excitement after all these years! The ... read moreCD
World premiere recordings of songs written for a Broadway show "Saturday Laughter" that were never produced and interpreted here by Arturo O'Farrill, Joe Beck, James Pearson, Ian Shaw, Freddy Cole, Eric Alexander, Joe Lovano, Joe Locke, George Mraz and many more. CD
They're not lying with the title of this great little set – as Don Elliott blows his unique horn with a very mellow tone! The instrument is kind of a bigger version of a flugelhorn – and is used by Don in a laidback combo that also features trombone from Billy Byers, trumpet from Howie ... read moreCD
A pretty tasty little album from Don Ellis – his first funky outing for Columbia Records, and a groundbreaking batch of big band funk tracks! The set's quite different from some of Don's earlier recordings – in that it's a bit less academic, and has a focus more on a strong and ... read moreCD
Pivotal electric work from Don Ellis – a pair of albums back to back! The New Don Ellis Band Goes Underground is a monumental jazz rock crossover album from Ellis – soaring along on a fuzzed-out big band groove! The set's got most of the elements of Ellis' other electric sets for ... read moreCD
The Concord label gave guitarist Herb Ellis some of his greatest moments of the 70s – like this early cooker with guitarist Joe Pass – recorded live at the Concord Jazz Festival that gave the label its name! The 1973 performance has both players really opening up – never ... read moreCD
A new ensemble, but one with a strong influence from older Brazilian modes – especially the best bossa jazz styles of the 60s! The group's got a sweet approach that mixes vibes in with bossa grooves – a really nice change from the usual, and backed up by more classic elements on ... read moreCD
Searing reed work from Christoph Erb and Keefe Jackson – one player in each channel of the record, with cellist Tomeka Reid in the middle – coming together here in a deep sound that's full of tones and textures! Both artists play tenor and bass clarinet, and the stereo separation ... read moreCD
With Andrea Parkins, Erik Friedlander, Joe Daley and Jim Black. 7 tracks in all, including "Penalty Phase", "Ramifications", "Museum Piece", "Resident Alien", "Title Piece", "Contact" and "Transistor". CD
(Out of print. In a nice gatefold cardboard sleeve.)
Groundbreaking sounds from the Norwegian scene of the late 60s – an album that's got George Russell's name on the cover, but which actually features brilliant performances from a quartet who'd go onto become huge names in the ECM scene of the 70s! Yet the sound here is quite different than ... read moreCD