A dream of a set – at least to our Brazilian-loving ears – a special package that brings together all the best Brazilian-flavored cuts from George Duke's late 70s run on Epic Records! The package is filled with wonderfully sunny grooves throughout – tunes that sparkle and soar ... read moreCD
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
George Duke —
Feel ... CD MPS/Verve, 1974. Used ...
Sweet keyboards and lots of funky grooves – one of the best of George Duke's seminal albums for MPS – and a record that captures him at a key middle point in his growth! The sound here is tighter than the trippier records of before, but also never too smooth or commercial – 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
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 ...
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
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
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Teddy Edwards, Von Freeman, & Buck Hill —
Tenor Conclave ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ...
A trio of wonderful tenorists – each of them important players on their respective local scenes – coming together tremendously here in an all-star set! Tracks are often long, and really allow each individual plenty of personal expression on their solos – and although Edwards was ... read moreCD
A really great little record, and one that's far less gimmicky than you might expect! Yes, the tunes here are all from classic videogames – and yes, there's a bit of electricity in the instrumentation – but most of the sounds come from a core quartet with piano, bass, drums, and guitar ... 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's Ritual Trio with Pharoah Sanders —
Ooh Live ... CD Katalyst, 2000. Used ...
A great live date from Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio – one that features some excellent guest tenor work from the legendary Pharoah Sanders! All tunes are taken in very long live takes, with plenty of room for Sanders to stretch out on his solos – and although reedman Ari Brown is a ... read moreCD
2 great albums from Duke Ellington – both recorded for Frank Sinatra's Reprise label in the 60s, with an approach that's different than most of Duke's other work! Afro Bossa is the real winner here – a very groovy album that's certainly Ellington's best for Reprise from the 60s, and a ... 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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A rare slice of Duke Ellington at Newport in the 50s – recorded live at the festival in 1959, but unlike other sessions of the time, never issued on record! The set remained unissued until Duke's 90th birthday, and it's a great discovery that easily matches the strength of Ellington's larger ... read moreCD
Very nice work from one of Ellington's revival periods – when he was signed to Columbia in the late 50s, and recording some of the best work of his career. This set moves past the modernism of some of Duke's other sessions at the time, and offers a more straight-ahead set in true "jazz ... read moreCD
A killer album – one of Duke Ellington's best from the later years! The record features excellent writing from Duke – in a Latin mode, obviously, but touched with these incredible orchestrations that bring all sorts of weird twists and turns to the grooves, yet still manage to keep ... read moreCD
Includes material from the albums Afro-Bossa, Symphonic Ellington, Ellington 65, Mary Poppins, Ellington 66, Will The Big Bands Ever Come Back, Concert In The Virgin Islands, Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits, Recollections Of The Big Band Era, and Duke Ellington's Violin Session. CD