A moody session led by vibist Teddy Charles – in an amazing style that mixes up some of the hardbop styles of the Prestige blowing sessions with Charles' own modernist love of tone and color! The album's got a dark sensibility that really sets it apart from a lot of other Prestige albums of ... read moreCD
A full 12" LP that combines two earlier sessions by Teddy Charles – some of his best early 50s modernist work, proof that he was one of the standout talents of the postwar years on vibes! The first session features two long tracks – "Evolution" and "Free" ... read moreCD
An excellent session from vibist Teddy Charles – cut here under the name of the Prestige Jazz Quartet, an ensemble that featured Mal Waldron on piano, Addison Farmer on bass, and Jerry Segal on drums. Like most of Charles' important modernist work from the mid and late 50s, this set's got a ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Teddy Charles/Oscar Pettiford/Hall Overton —
Three For Duke ... CD Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
As hip of a trio as you could hope for at the time – taking on the music of Duke Ellington, but turning it into something entirely different in the end! The sound is incredible – clear, clean, modern vibes from the great Teddy Charles – inventive work on bass from Oscar Pettiford ... read moreCD
Stunning Hammond work from Brian Charette – a player who's fast becoming one of our favorite contemporary organists in jazz – given his way of both acting completely fluid on the keys, while still able to lay down a chunky rhythm at the bottom! The mix is one that few folks could ever ... read moreCD
Easily one of the most powerful albums ever cut by Don Cherry – a searing set of tracks done for Blue Note in the late 60s – and featuring some tremendous tenor work by Pharoah Sanders! There's a tightness and level of energy here that surpasses even Cherry's other excellent Blue Note ... read moreCD
(Out of print Connoisseur CD series.)
Don Cherry, John Tchicai, & Irene Schweizer —
Musical Monsters ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 1980. New Copy ...
An unheard Don Cherry performance from the start of the 80s – and easily one of his most powerful recordings from the time! The vibe here is very free, open, and bold – with Don blowing much sharper notes on trumpet than some of his airier recordings of the 70s – urged on by the ... read moreCD
Don Cherry/Nana Vasconcelos/Collin Walcott —
Codona 3 ... CD ECM, 1980. Used ...
The third meeting of this world jazz ensemble, with Colin Walcott of Oregon on sitar, tabla and hammered dulcimer, Don Cherry on trumpet, organ and doussn'gouni and Nana Vasconcelos on berimbau and percussion. All three players have always had a very wide reaching approach to playing, even ... read moreCD
A killer guitar and Hammond session with a really sublime sort of sound – a groove that's wonderfully free of cliche – and which has an open, spacious quality that few artists can match! Given the instrumentation, the album's steeped in tradition, but never tries to just rehash an ... read moreCD
A great indie label set from Cyrus Chestnut – one that really helps him get back to basics, in a cooking quartet that seems to push him even further than usual! The group features excellent tenor and soprano sax from Stacy Dillard – a younger player who's really got a strong voice on ... read moreCD
Cyrus Chestnut's got that wonderfully full, rich sound we always love in his piano – and he's working here with a group who really brings out the best in his style – bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White! Williams is always a treat on any sort of trio date – and this ... read moreCD
Chicago Plan (Swell/Ullmann/Lonberg-Holm/Zerang) —
Chicago Plan ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy ...
Loose, open, longform sounds from this really great quartet – a well-matched lineup that features Steve Swell on trombone, Gebhard Ullmann on tenor and bass clarinet, Michael Zerang on drums, and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics! The music has some of that spacious feel of some of ... read moreCD
The ensemble members include Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, Jason Roebke, Kevin Davis, Todd Carter, Brian Labycz, Boris Hauf, Michael Hartman, Todd Carter, Dudley Bayne, Jen Clare Paulson, and are conducted by Don Malone. (Out Sound, Jazz)CD
David Chiesa/Jean Luc Guionnet/Lionel Marchetti/Je —
Sion ... CD wmo/r (Spain), 2005. Used ...
From its booze-soaked title cut, to its haunting selection of lonely ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Stranger Called The Blues", this is one of the most fantastic vocal jazz albums of all time – and a record that we'd recommend instantly to anyone! June Christy has an ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the greatest jazz-meets-classical albums from pianist Eugen Cicero – thanks to a good amount of Rokoko in the grooves! The more flowery, flourishing style of the Rokoko era proves to be a perfect foil for Cicero's incredible approach to the keys – one that lets him bring even ... read moreCD
Sarah Jane Cion —
Moon Song ... CD Naxos (Canada), 1999. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Albert Cirera/Hernani Faustino/Gabriel Ferrandini/ —
Before The Silence ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2016. New Copy ...
A set of improvisations that definitely take the "silence" in the title seriously – because although the group's a quartet, they've got a very spacious way of playing – a mode that's always stepping in and out of silence, and using the space between their sounds every bit as ... read moreCD
A great straight set of jazz from Headhunter drummer Mike Clark– a record that's quite different than some of his famous funky work, but still filled with soul and spirit throughout! The album's got a hard-driving soul jazz approach – one that's informed by the hippest 70s styles of ... read moreCD
Could there be a more classic Blue Note session? From the cover, to the title, to the hardbopping grooves of the set, this Sonny Clark late 50s smoker is one of the label's best! Clark's working here at the height of his powers – leading an all-star group that includes Art Farmer on trumpet ... read moreCD
One of the first albums from guitarist Kenny Burrell as a leader – a date that has him working with players from his hometown scene in Detroit – in case you couldn't guess from the title! Kenny's style here is a bit different than on the Blue Note dates of the time – almost a bit ... read moreCD
One of the greatest American albums to be issued under Kenny Clarke's name – a smoking set of boppish tracks that groove in a very early 50s Blue Note sort of way! And in fact, the tracks are a bit longer than the usual Blue Note bop sides, which makes them open up with some even longer ... read moreCD
A massive hit for Stanley Clarke – a record that has him reigning in some of his wilder elements a bit, and going for a groove that's right in the pocket! There's a definite soul fusion influence going on here – Clarke trying to hit the same groove as some of his contemporaries, and ... read moreCD
Stanley Clarke certainly knows how to keep things fresh after all these years – coming across here with a nicely lean quality that really offers up a strong focus on his well-crafted work on electric bass – still with some of the fusion-leaning sounds of his classic years, but also ... read moreCD
Rare tracks by the Clarke-Boland Sextet – a small group offshoot of the funky Big Band that was led by Kenny Clarke and Francy Boland – and which featured some of the key soloists in the group! The lineup here includes Sahib Shihab on flute, Fats Sadi on vibes and bongos, Joe Harris on ... read moreCD
Great work by this legendary hard swinging band – an early 60s American album issued on Atlantic Records, in the years before the Clark Boland Band's legendary run on MPS! Despite the early date, the album's got all the core elements of the band's sound in place – soaring rhythms, ... read moreCD
A heavy classic from trumpeter Buck – two side-long tracks, which was relatively groundbreaking at the time, especially for a studio date! Other players include Joe Newman on trumpet, Urbie Green and Henderson Chambers on trombones, Lem Davis on alto, Julian Dash on tenor, Charlie Fowlkes on ... read moreCD
More groundbreaking work, for the time, especially for a studio date! Players include Joe Newman on trumpet, Urbie Green and Henderson Chambers on trombones, Lem Davis on alto, Julian Dash on tenor, Charlie Fowlkes on baritone, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, and Freddie Green on guitar! Additional ... read moreCD
That's a great picture of Charles Mingus on the cover, and the music on the album paints a similarly vivid portrait of the late jazz genius – all original tracks composed by Adriano Clemente, and handled with that mix of strong arrangements and bold solo voices that we love so much from the ... read moreCD
Fantastic stuff, and proof that Rosemary Clooney was always one heck of a great singer – with strengths in jazz that you didn't always hear in her pop work! As you'd guess from the cover, Duke Ellington's leading the group on the album – and most of the tracks here are older Ellington ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Dan Clucas/Immediately —
Exile ... CD pfMentum, 2005. Used ...
Drummer Jimmy Cobb works here with his Original Mob – a quartet that's been together for over 20 years, and which features a well-matched lineup of Peter Bernstein on guitar, Brad Mehldau on piano, and John Webber on bass! Bernstein's sharp, tight guitar lines are really appreciated in a ... read moreCD
A fantastic set from British reedman Tony Coe – a record that not only stands as one of his best (and few) straight swingers from the time – but one that also features great work from American musicians Benny Bailey on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Idris ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Avishai Cohen works here with his Triveni trio – a hip little combo with Omer Avital on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums – all sounding pretty darn great without any other instrumentation! The lack of piano makes for a really hip sound – the sort we're usually used to ... read moreCD
Amazing work from trumpeter Avishai Cohen – working here with his Triveni trio, and sounding even more powerful than on the first release from that group! The combo features incredible bass from Omer Avital – a player we've really come to love in recent years – and rocketing ... read moreCD
A rare 1954 date from saxophonist Al Cohn – not issued to the public until this 1970 LP, but easily one of Al's best from the early days! The approach is straight and simple, something Al didn't always get – and the group's a quintet with Hal Stein on alto and Harvey Leonard on piano. ... read moreCD
Some of the most cooking work of the 70s from Dexter Gordon – and that's saying a lot, given all his overseas sessions and late-life work for Columbia Records! The format here is different than both of those, though – in that it's both a sharp hardbop set, with a real back-to-basics ... read moreCD
A hell of a record – and one that's not just noteworthy for being one of the rare few sessions as a leader from pianist Dolo Coker – but also for the sideman work by Art Pepper and Blue Mitchell! The pairing of Mitchell and Pepper is an unusual one, but it works wonderfully here – ... read moreCD
A pair of sweet funky fusion gems from Mark Colby – back to back on a single CD! Serpentine Fire is an overlooked gem from Bob James' Tappan Zee empire of the 70s – that label that provided the perfect platform for artists to grow a bit more after the CTI years! Reedman Mark Colby is ... read moreCD
A late 80s tribute to the James Brown groove – done at a time when few others were respecting the JB sound instrumentally, although many had already started to sample the classics! The group here is headed up by trombonist Craig Harris, who also does a bit of singing on the set – and ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Freddy Cole serves up a tribute to his famous brother Nat – in a small combo set that also features some nice tenor work from Houston Person and Harry Allen too! Cole's a singer who's ultimately had a lot more of a career than Nat – and we're not entirely sure why he's so often lumped ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A nice little session that's one of Nat's last great vocal albums – thanks to some solid jazz backing by George Shearing. Shearing's group here is a super-hip west coast Latin one, with Emil Richards on vibes, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Al McKibbon on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Most ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A great slice of work from trumpeter Bill Coleman – an American player by birth, but one who became a key part of the French jazz scene in the postwar years – thanks to a big move overseas! Yet the sides here show Bill in an even fresher setting – not just a UK venue, but also ... read moreCD
(Out of print limited edition. Includes obi!)
Cy Coleman —
Jamaica ... CD Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
Cy Coleman takes on the music of Jamaica – a Broadway show that he didn't write, but which he really makes his own here through a mix of lively piano lines and vocals! Cy's better known as an instrumentalist, but his few spots of singing here are quite nice – raspy and understated, and ... read moreCD