Lost Latin sides by Victor Feldman – a killer bit of west coast jazz, cooked up with percussion until it's smokin red hot! The tracks on the set represent a host of sessions cut in the years 1958 and 1959 – featuring Feldman on vibes and piano – working with a great array of ... read moreCD
Victor Feldman —
Young Vic ... CD Esquire/Solid (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ...
Victor Feldman's a musician who rose to later fame (and a fair bit of studio work) on the American scene – but here, he's heard back in his native England – on a set of early recordings that showcase his talents on piano, vibes, and drums! The first five tracks are with John Dankworth ... read moreCD
A killer album of soul jazz piano instrumentals – produced by James Brown! The Dee Felice Trio were a groovy combo from Cincinnati, and James Brown took a shine to them at some point in the late 60s. They backed James on one record, but their big moment was this album – which had ... read moreCD
A dream band indeed – as the set features Maynard working with some excellent players who manage to come together tightly as a unit, then break out in really strong and hard-blown solos! Even in these early recordings, the style of the Ferguson group is firmly in place – incredible ... read moreCD
A double-length set that features from both original albums recorded in the 50s by Maynard Ferguson's Birdland Dream Band – a dream band indeed, as the set features Maynard working with some excellent players who manage to come together tightly as a unit, then break out in really strong and ... read moreCD
A tight little set that's never too wild – given the sharpness that trumpeter Maynard Ferguson can bring to the way he arranges a group! The album's one from a lost point between the two bigger recording moments of Ferguson's career, and has a sound that steps off nicely from his Roulette ... read moreCD
Maynard come back! All is forgiven! We take back all the things we've ever said about you after hearing this album! The record's a jazz funk masterpiece, and it's proof that you've always had a good head on your shoulders, and were waiting for a record like this to really come into your own! ... read moreCD
Maynard Ferguson's blowing full steam ahead here – working with an octet that's heavy on horn parts, but in a richly creative way! Ferguson nicely shows off some of his best influences from the 50s large group scene in LA – and gets some key help on the record from Bill Holman, who ... read moreCD
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Put aside your reservations about Maynard Ferguson, because this is a very hip little record – one of Maynard's excellent early sessions for Roulette Records, and like the rest, done with a group that's overflowing with top-shelf players! Ferguson's definitely got a great ear for putting ... read moreCD
Maynard Ferguson's got a message from Newport – and that message is loud, proud, and pretty darn compelling – one that states a whole new level of genius for Maynard in years to come! Ferguson had previously already been a strong soloist and a good arranger – but here, he really ... read moreCD
Three albums that form the start of a bold new start for trumpeter Maynard Ferguson – and records that opened up a whole new groove for big band in the 70s! MF Horn is a brilliant album that owes a heck of a lot to Brit easy maestro Keith Mansfield! Mansfield produced the whole thing, and ... read moreCD
Two great albums from a time when Maynard Ferguson was really hitting his stride – back to back on one CD! New Sounds is a really nice set, and very much in the best spirit of the excellent early 60s albums that Maynard cut for Roulette! As with those, there's some great players working in ... read moreCD
A trio of heavy-hitters from hornman Maynard Ferguson – all served up in one sweet set! Primal Scream is one of the funkiest records ever from Ferguson – the climax of a great run of bigger group grooves in the 70s! The record's a tight batch of groovers, with production and keyboards ... read moreCD
Lightly grooving tunes from Brazilian pianist Manfredo Fest – a mixture of bossa and breezy jazz styles, played by a core quartet with guitar, bass, and drums – plus guest work on saxes, vibes, and harmonica. Includes a mellow version of Joao Donato's "Amazonas", plus the ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson) —
Ritual ... CD Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Maybe the fullest, most ambitious project so far from the Fire Orchestra of reedman Mats Gustafsson – one that continues his strong legacy in avant jazz, but also reflects his deep understanding of other styles too – as the record weaves together vocal passages, noise, electronics, and ... read moreCD
Early trio work from pianist Clare Fischer – definitely surging ahead at this point in his career! The set's got a bit more of a freewheeling sound than some of Fischer's later, more arranged material – lots of tight piano from Clare in the lead, swung with a good blend of soul jazz ... read moreCD
Ella's performing songs written by or associated with Duke–what could be better? Titles include "Rockin' In Rhythm", "Caravan", "Take The A Train", "Clementine", and "Perdido", all performed with the with the big band. (Vocalists, Jazz)CD
A sweet Tommy Flanagan trio date – recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977, but with a warmth and intimacy that's like catchy Tommy at a small club date! Trio members include Keter Betts on bass and Bobby Durham on drums – but the focus is very strongly on Flanagan's piano ... read moreCD
Tommy Flanagan, John Coltrane, & Others —
Cats ... CD Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ...
The Cats here are all quite hip ones – and the album's one of the best Prestige Records blowing sessions from the late 50s – an all-star sextet effort that features Tommy Flanagan on piano, John Coltrane on tenor, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Doug Watkins on bass ... read moreCD
Tommy Flanagan/Ron Carter/Tony Williams —
Master Trio ... CD Fourstar (Korea), 1983. Used ...
The Master Trio of the early 80s – a group that featured Tommy Flanagan on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – and which was recorded in a spirit that was very similar to the Great Jazz Trio and Super Trio – not surprising, as all members here played in one of ... read moreCD
A big, bold jazz wave from Med Flory – a leader/arranger from the west coast scene, and one who takes the power of some cool jazz legends, and puts them in a setting where they can really pack a punch! The group features Bill Holman on tenor, Al Porcino on trumpet, and Bob Enevoldsen on ... read moreCD
Sigurdur Flosason & Joel Palsson —
Stikur ... CD Smekkleysa (Iceland), 2003. Used ...
The first-ever album from organist Chris Foreman as a leader – a Hammond hero who's been making great music for a number of years, and really steps out strongly here on his debut! The album's got a fresh approach from the usual organ jazz outing – in that Foreman plays solo on a number ... read moreCD
Quite possibly the most compelling of Jimmy Forrest's early 60s albums for Prestige Records – thanks to some really full backdrops from the mighty Oliver Nelson! Although a few of the tracks on the album have the same small combo soul jazz mode as Forrest's other Prestige sides, a number of ... read moreCD
Anat Fort Trio with Gianluigi Trovesi —
Birdwatching ... CD ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
The piano of Anat Fort gets some great accompaniment here – the alto clarinet of Gianluigi Trovesi, a player with some very sharp edges at times – and an approach to his instrument that seems to lock some of the moodier corners of Fort's music! The tracks seem to build in almost a ... read moreCD
With Jerry Gonzalez, Robin Eubanks, Kenny Barron, Wayne Dockery, Ronnie Burrage, Billy Hart and Steve Berrios. 9 numbers in all, including "Mind Games", "Laying It Down", "Awakening", "A Swing Touch", "Never Again Is Such A Long Time", "It Ain' ... read moreCD
A wonderfully obscure set of jazzy soul from keyboardist Billy Foster – a musician who's been making waves on the scene in Gary, Indiana for many decades – but has never fully gotten his due! This project captures a younger Billy – working in a soul-based mode that blends vocals ... read moreCD
An overlooked set from the Gary scene – one of a handful of albums by pianist Billy Foster – a musician, radio host, and educator – with a legacy that almost makes him the Ramsey Lewis of his hometown! Billy cut some more keyboard-heavy albums in the 80s, but this record's a ... read moreCD
One of the most amazing albums ever from Frank Foster – a totally righteous set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with the Basie Band! The format here is right up there with the best on Strata East at the time – a large-group session that's filled with some of the hippest ... read moreCD
Lean, righteous blowing from the legendary Frank Foster – one of a handful of extremely hip sessions he cut in the 60s under his own name! The album's the only record Foster ever did for Blue Note – and we dare say it's even better than his previous 60s work on Prestige and Impulse ... read moreCD
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Frank Foster & The Loud Minority Band —
Well Water ... CD Piadrum, 1977. Used ...
2 rare 10" jazz albums from the early days of Blue Note – issued here on one great CD that has all the original cover art, great sound, and even a few bonus cuts! Tenorist Frank Foster is at the core of both of these sessions – as he leads the group on his own album, and he's the ... read moreCD
2 rare albums by pianist Herman Foster – best known to most for his excellent work with Lou Donaldson in the early 60s! Here, Herman's working in trio format with Earl May on bass and either Grassella Oliphant or Frankie Dunlap on drums – grooving in a mode that's got touches of other ... read moreCD
Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the ... read moreCD
Rodney Franklin's learning to love – and he's learning to groove, too – by adding in just a bit more vocals to his music than before, but still holding onto all the best keyboard strengths of the past! Franklin was really one of the leading lights of the Columbia Records jazz scene of ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from Rodney Franklin – one of our favorite soulful fusion players of the era – and 2 albums back-to-back! The Rodney Franklin album is a keyboard delight through and through – and Rodney plays both acoustic and electric piano, often on the same track – which ... read moreCD
2 killers from organist Caesar Frazier – back to back on one CD! Hail Ceasar is a monster bit of funky jazz – filled with long tracks that all jam mightily, all at a level that matches or tops the best work coming out of Prestige or Blue Note Records at the time! The set is one of the ... read moreCD
A very interesting date as a leader from tenorist Bud Freeman – partly because it's a rare date for the Bethlehem label, and partly because it's got Freeman stretching out in a different vibe than usual! The sound isn't nearly as trad as you might expect – and instead, the record's got ... read moreCD
Bud Freeman & Keith Ingham —
Superbud ... CD Jazzology, 1974. Used ...
Chico Freeman —
Tangents ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ...
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz ... read moreCD
One of a few albums from the late 80s that features underground saxophonist Chico Freeman playing in the company of his father, Chicago tenor giant Von Freeman. This set was recorded live in New York, and it's a bit more straight ahead than the pair's earlier Lord Riff & Me set for the Why Not ... read moreCD
A cooking little album from guitarist George Freeman – his first album as a leader, recorded during a brief initial period of fame at the start of the 70s! The album's got a stripped-down, very groovy feel – one that takes off from some of Freeman's 60s work with Groove Holmes – ... read moreCD