One of the few albums ever cut by Les DeMerle, one of the hippest drummers of his time – made legendary thanks to legions of samplers and beatheads in the 90s! This is certainly one of Les' best ever efforts – a tight batch of funky big band tracks, with lots of nice grooves, and a ... read moreCD
Funky keyboards galore – and one of the greatest records ever from this legendary Brazilian jazz talent! The album follows nicely off Deodato's Prelude classic for CTI – and like that one, this set's built on long-flowing tunes that rise and fall with a wonderful sense of rhythm – ... read moreCD
One of the earliest recordings of the avant group Detail – heard here without the bassist Johnny Dyani, who was such a part of their later albums! The absence of bass makes for a beautifully free sound – the drums of John Stevens, piano of Eivin One Pedersen, and reeds of Frode ... read moreCD
Jimmy Deuchar was one of Britian's greatest jazz talents of the 50s – a fierce blowing trumpeter with a sound that impressed listeners strongly on both sides of the Atlantic. Deuchar had a penchant for leading largish groups (septets, octets, etc) with all the ferocity of a small combo ... read moreCD
Classic work from one of the greatest British trumpeters ever – pulled from three sessions recorded for the Tempo label in 1956 and 1957. The 11 tracks on the set have Deuchar grooving in a tightly arranged bop-influenced mode – working with Brit jazz heavies like Derek Humble, Stan ... read moreCD
Bill Dickens —
Truth ... CD Ropeadope, 2014. New Copy ...
The first ever solo album from funky 7-string bass veteran Bill "The Buddha" Dickens – who has played with a who's who of legend over the years, including Chaka Kahn, Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder, Pat Metheny, Ramsey Lewis and many more – finally stepping out on his own! He ... read moreCD
Long overdue – and totally great! This beautiful 2CD set brings together all the early jazz recordings of Sacha Distel – an artist who went onto become a pop vocalist in 60s France, but who was a great jazz guitarist in his early days! Distel was a key part of the transition in French ... read moreCD
A tribute band which includes veterans from Dizzy's Big Band like John Lee, Slide Hampton, James Moody, and Jimmy Heath as well as younger players such as Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash, and others. CD
DKV Trio —
Baraka ... CD Okka Disk, 1997. Used Gatefold ...
When tenor player Ken Vandermark moved to Chicago in the early 90s, his presence began a set of ripples that ran through the city's jazz scene, and left traces that continue to transform the city to this day. One of those ripples became the DKV trio, a brilliant ensemble featuring Vandermark, ... read moreCD
Amazing lost work from Warren "Baby" Dodds (and others) – a pioneering jazz drummer born and bred in New Orleans before moving to Chicago and influencing countless trap clappers! Talking And Drum Solos was originally released as a 10-inch on Folkways, and as the title suggests it's ... read moreCD
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
Pianist Sophia Domanchic gets some wonderfully freewheeling company here – the bass of Mark Helias and drums of Andrew Cyrille – both perfect accompaniment for her long, lively lines on piano! The tunes are all quite long – most stretch past the 10 minute mark – and have a ... read moreCD
Sophia Domancich/William Parker/Hamid Drake —
Washed Away ... CD Marge (France), 2008. New Copy ...
Extremely beautiful work from this trans-Atlantic trio – a group that mixes the lyrical piano talents of Sophia Domancich with the rock-solid rhythms of Hamid Drake and William Parker! Sophia's touch on the keys is really beautiful – improvised at points, but with a lot of warmth ... 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
One of the greatest Blue Note funky jazz sets of the late 60s – an all-out soul fest headed up by funky Lou Donaldson, and featuring some incredible work on drums from Idris Muhammad – who was still calling himself Leo Morris at this point! Muhammad's work on the drums is fantastic ... 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
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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
The "new" thing here is that Kenny's playing with horns – always a refreshing change from his trio sides, and a setting that really brings out an edgier side to his playing. About half the record features a quintet with Donald Byrd and Hank Mobley, plus Wilbur Ware on bass and GT ... 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
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
A wonderfully grooving late 80s set from Earland, with a great cast of supporting players, though their names may not be as well known as some of the heavies on his other records, the group has a wonderful vibe throughout the side. Ignore the couple of tracks that this record (and all of his ... 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
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East West Collective —
Humeurs ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2013. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An open-ended mix of improvisation and more spiritual jazz impulses – served up by this east-west quintet of Didier Petit on cello and voice, Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino sax, Miya Masaoka on koto, Sylvain Kassap on clarinets, and Xu Fengxia on guzheng and voice! The eastern instruments ... 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