One of the best-known 50s jazz sessions from the Savoy label – a laidback classic that's a great illustration of the label's shift in modes after the early bop years! The setting here is relatively informal – with Milt Jackson as the ersatz leader, working almost in blowing session ... read moreCD
Savoy Bop side featuring the amazing Lucky Thompson on tenor(on three cuts), and a larger lineup on the rest of the album, with Milt featured on piano as well as vibraphone, in a group led by the rhythmic pioneer Kenny Clarke. Classic bop side cut early in the history of the genre, as played by the ... read moreCD
Milt Jackson & Coleman Hawkins —
Bean Bags ... CD Atlantic/Koch, 1958. Used ...
A wonderful little record – a real standout in both the careers of Milt Jackson and Coleman Hawkins! The album captures Hawk during his great later years – that time when his sound was even more soulful and inventive than ever – with lots of odd modern undercurrents that really ... read moreCD
Don't be put off by the title of the set – because it's not some snoozy "after hours" album of ballads! Instead, it's a great pairing of two rare cookers from the great Willis Jackson – both of them hard-wailing sets that cook in a classic 60s organ/tenor mode! Loose is from ... read moreCD
Heavy tenor from Willis Jackson – two early 60s killers for Prestige, back to back on a single CD! First up is Keep On A Blowin – an album that has hard wailin' soul jazz solos by Brother Jack McDuff on organ and Wild Bill Jennings on guitar! Those two, plus Gator, make up the core of ... read moreCD
Excellent late work by Illinois Jacquet – right on a par with his best recordings for Verve, and a great example of the strength of his tenor playing, which didn't always surface as well in large group recordings. The record features Jacquet in the company of a number of smaller groups ... read moreCD
2 slices of work by Illinois Jacquet – one album for Epic and one for Roulette, back to back on a single CD! First up is material from the 1962 album Illinois Jacquet – excellent later work that's right on a par with his best recordings for Verve, and a great example of the strength of ... read moreCD
A sweet soul explosion from Illinois Jacquet – a record that's quite different than his previous work for Verve, Chess, and Roulette – and one that has him fronting a very hip larger group! The "soul" in the title is well-placed – as there's a strong influence here from ... read moreCD
A rare early session from vibist Khan Jamal – recorded with his Philly-based Creative Arts Ensemble collective! The group follows strongly in the spirit of similar combos from Chicago and St Louis – particularly the latter – and Jamal's group is working here in a mode that's ... read moreCD
Khan Jamal & Dylan Taylor —
Fire & Water ... CD Creative Improvised Music Projects, 2007. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A side of Bob James that we maybe never knew existed – a solo piano mode, but spun out here with all the fluid sensibility we love from Bob's Fender Rhodes days! The acoustic keys are filled with warmth and tone – and the playing here definitely shares James' traditional love of space ... read moreCD
Bob James is picking up some extra keyboards here – mixing his usual Fender Rhodes with a bit of Oberheim Polyphonic – but the overall sound of the record is still pretty great, and filled with those warm, spacious tones that make Bob's albums so great! Things are slightly smooth, but ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bob James —
One ... CD CTI/Red River, 1974. New Copy ...
A landmark record – not only for Bob James, but a seminal release for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the ... read moreCD
Soulful 80s work from Bob James – a record that features him working a bit with Rod Temperton of Heatwave, in a style that's got a few more soul-based modes than before! Temperton wrote half of the tracks on the record – the tighter, catchier ones that often use a bit of backing vocals ... read moreCD
Bob James —
Swan ... CD Koch/Tappan Zee, 1983. Used ...
Mellow grooving with Bob James – not as darkly-tinged as some of his 70s fusion classics, but that's probably because he was making so much money by this point! The record's still pretty decent overall – a lot better than some of the fusion imitators that showed up in Bob's wake – ... read moreCD
A smooth set of Fender Rhodes instrumentals built around Bob James' famous theme to the TV show Taxi – also known as "Angela", and probably the way that most mainstream folks know Bob's work! And although that track was plenty famous, it's still a really great number that echoes ... read moreCD
Classic Delmark material from one of the core members of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Jarman leads a group that includes other AACM players like Fred Anderson, Thurman Barker, and Muhal Richard Abrams. Sherri Scott sings a bit, and the whole record has the spare feeling of some of the Art ... read moreCD
A heady double-length set from Keith Jarrett – some of his more sharper-edged work of the time, even though the session follows the free-flowing solo aproach of his other ECM recordings! The first half of the set features the extended "Invocations" suite – a work that has ... read moreCD
After the success of Jarrett's Standards Trio recording, he revisits the format with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette – the first ever live recordings of this incredible trio in action! Like the studio recordings, this set features roomy, lyrical readings of standards, in a way, ... read moreCD
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden —
Last Dance ... CD ECM (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden have been playing together for many decades – growing together in each other's musical lives, and continuing to find rich new ways of expression – even on more subtle sessions like this! The duo take on some of the standards territory that Keith's ... read moreCD
Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian —
Hamburg 72 ... CD ECM (Germany), 1972. New Copy ...
Never-heard music from the great Keith Jarrett – a beautifully-recorded concert performance from 1972, and one that draws together so many wonderful strands of his music at the time! The date's a trio one, but has a feel that's quite different than some of the more famous trio dates that ... read moreCD
A fond farewell to Miles Davis – played here by a hip trio that features Keith Jarrett on piano, Gary Pecock on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! A few of the numbers are ones that Davis recorded famously in years past, and a few others are originals – played by the trio in ways that ... read moreCD
A sweet Italian combo, and one who's got a very classic soul jazz sort of feel – a 60s-styled blend of Hammond and tenor that's mighty nice, and very much in the spirit of the vintage look of the cover! The record's got a great no-nonsense feel – just the right production to fit the ... read moreCD
Hard swingin' British jazz – a tightly grooving set that's played in the post-war British bop mode of work by Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, and others who were contemporaries of the group. The set was originally issued on Tempo Records in 1960 – and is the kind of rare Brit jazz gem we ... read moreCD
One of the rarest albums by this fantastic combo from the late 50s! The band features the very strange mix of French horn, tenor, and soulful piano – played by Julius Watkins, Charlie Rouse, and Gildo Mahones, respectively. The sound shouldn't work, but it does, and beautifully – ... read moreCD
Genius live work from Jazz Q – one of the most important groups on the Eastern European scene of the 70s – heard here in a previously unissued performance! The music here is even more electrifying than that on any of the full albums issued by Jazz Q – as it's got a more ... read moreCD
A sweet little tribute to the legendary CTI Records – done here by drummer Akira Jimbo, with a trio style that's even leaner than the label's classic albums from the 70s! The tracks are all older gems you'll know from the rich legacy of CTI jazz, funk, and soul – and Jimbo works with ... read moreCD
Nils Olav Johansen —
My Deal ... CD Jazzaway (Norway), 2007. Used ...
An insanely big amount of music from these two key Swedish jazz talents of the 60s – a 2CD package that features loads of trio material from pianist Jan Johansson, plus sides done in collaboration with guitarist Rune Gustafsson, and a few more tracks by Rune on his own! CD1 is overflowing ... read moreCD
Budd Johnson was one of those players from the old days who was continually drawing praise from younger and hipper musicians – crediting Budd with a tone and talent that was forever an inspiration to them. Case in point is this 1960 session, issued as part of the hip Cannonball Adderley ... read moreCD
Incredible material – great albums, with lots of unissued tracks – and titles that appeared on the records J Is For Jazz, Jay & Kai, First Place, Dial JJ5, JJ In Person, Blues Trombone, Really Livin, JJ Inc, and Touch Of Satin – plus anthology tracks too! CD
One of the key efforts from JJ Johnson's comeback years of the early 90s – a session recorded with some excellent tenor work from Ralph Moore and Jimmy Heath – both of whom cut a groove nicely next to JJ's trombone! The style here is almost an extension of the best Johnson work as a ... read moreCD
A great pairing of sides by two of the fifties greatest trombone acts! JJ Johnson and Kai Winding are on one side, with a boppish set of tunes, and Bennie Green's on the other, with a tight string ensemble. The music holds little surprises, but there's some nice takes on standards and of course, ... read moreCD
One of JJ's best from the late 50s – a tightly crackling hardbop set, recorded very much in the manner of his classic JJ Inc album! The sound here is a bit more compact overall – with some shorter tracks that really allow Johnson to display his keen sense of economy on his horn, while ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card has a small cutout hole.)
A classic early album on Prestige – and one that features some heavy bop sessions cut for early 78s, all nicely packaged in a great cover by the famous Mad Magazine cartoonist Don Martin! The record features 3 sets of different tracks led by three of bop's greatest trombonists – JJ ... read moreCD
Rare work as a leader from drummer Osie Johnson – two sessions recorded during the heyday of his career, when he was appearing as a sideman on countless other albums! The style here is similar to some of Johnson's other session work – particularly his contributions to the labels RCA ... read moreCD
The Steeplechase debut of pianist Richard Doron Johnson – a wonderfully tight player, with a groove that hearkens back to some of our favorite soul jazz keyboardists of years past! Johnson's got a nicely heavy left hand – a vamping quality that reminds us a bit of Gene Harris or Ray ... read moreCD
One of the greatest records ever cut by pianist Pete Jolly! Little Bird is a sweet set of instrumentals featuring a trio of Chuck Berghofer on bass and Larry Bunker on drums, plus Howard Roberts on guitar and Kenny Hume on added percussion. The centerpiece here is Jolly's groovy hit version of ... read moreCD
Great work from one of the grooviest pianists of the 60s – a player who could always keep things lively and swinging, even in a small combo session! The album's one of Pete Jolly's gems for the Ava label – a follow-up to his semi-hit Little Bird, and like that one, a record done with ... read moreCD
2 of Boogaloo Joe's best and rarest albums on one CD – guitar jazz funk at its best! First up is Boogaloo Joe – a killer session of funky guitar jazz, and the record that gave Ivan "Boogaloo" Joe Jones his nickname! The set's a full-on wailer that really blows away Joe's ... read moreCD
Darius Jones & The Elizabeth Caroline Unit —
Oversoul Manual ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2014. New Copy ...
One of the most unusual projects we've ever heard from Darius Jones – so much so that the record doesn't feature the instrumentalist at all – just his own ideas and compositions performed by a very unique vocal quartet! The album is dedicated to all the singers who've influenced Jones ... read moreCD
Soaring, righteous sounds from Elvin Jones – an early 80s session, but one that cooks as strongly as his most soulful albums from the 70s! In fact, there's almost a focus or tightness here that could sometimes be missing from other Jones albums – a really bold, sharp use of the group's ... read moreCD
A stunning early set as a leader from Elvin Jones – both a tremendous demonstration of the free energy he let loose after the passing of John Coltrane, and a set that's also still got some key Coltrane-esque elements! As with other Jones albums to follow, Elvin's got some key reedmen on hand ... read moreCD
Elvin Jones —
Genesis ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Elvin Jones rose to fame in the company of one of the greatest saxophone players ever – the mighty John Coltrane – and his post-Coltrane work like this really continues a keen respect for the role of the reeds in jazz – and really does a lot to push it forward as well! There's a ... read moreCD
Proof that Elvin Jones wasn't just riding on the laurels of the Great One during his years with John Coltrane – as the album's a breakout date that has Jones firmly establishing his own voice in jazz! There's an explosive power here that makes us think that Elvin must have really just been ... read moreCD
Elvin Jones introduces Japanese pianist Takehisa Tanaka to a larger audience – giving him a perfect setting with a quartet format that also includes Cecil McBee on bass Sonny Fortune on flute and tenor sax! Tanaka's style is a bit laidback – spacious, but sometimes a bit wispy, even ... read moreCD
A beautiful bit of understated 70s brilliance from Hank Jones – working here in a no-nonsense format that rivals the greatness of his earlier years! At one level, the album's recorded with some of the touches of some of the Japanese trio sides of the 70s – yet the tunes here are ... read moreCD
Hank Jones at the height of his powers – working in an unusual trio with the great Isla Eckinger on bass – a well-rounded, soulfully-toned player who really helps make some magic on the set! Hank's talents are well-known, and very much in their best form here – but the slightly ... read moreCD
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's an early showcase for the piano of Hank Jones – a talented touch that's already able to rise above most of his contemporaries! The date's a trio outing, and Jones is allowed a bit more freedom than the usual jazz musician on Capitol at ... read moreCD
A great 2-in-1 CD that combines the last two albums that Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones cut for Prestige! Unlike some of the other players on Prestige during the early 70s – who often got a bit weaker as the decade moved on, thanks to the departure of some of the better forces arranging and ... read moreCD
One of the few albums as a leader from pianist Jimmy Jones – a musician who was best known for his backing work for a few famous singers – but a player who really shines on this rare French session from the 50s! Jimmy's got a really great command of the keys – still that rhythmic ... read moreCD
The complete Everest recordings of drummer Jo Jones – served up on one double-length CD! The first 12 tracks on the set are from 1958's Jo Jones Trio – a real classic from the legendary drummer, and the kind of a spare session that really lets his work on drums come to the forefront! ... read moreCD
A real classic from drummer Jo Jones – and the kind of a spare session that really lets his work on drums come to the forefront! Jo's working here with Ray Bryant on piano and brother Tommy Bryant on bass – in a mode that's got some of the soulful undercurrents of the Bryant recordings ... read moreCD
A real classic from the legendary drummer Joe Jones – heard here in sextet formation with Harry Edison on trumpet, Bennie Green on trombone, Jimmy Forrest on tenor, and Tommy Flanagan on piano. There's a lively swinging feel to the set – one that's somewhere between the Verve sound of ... read moreCD
Three slices of work by Jonah Jones from 1954 – all of them pretty swinging! First up are 6 tracks that feature Jones' trumpet with the sextet of Alix Combelle – material recorded in Paris, and originally issued on the Swing label with a group that features Combelle on tenor sax, Jean ... read moreCD