Paul Jeffrey —
Watershed ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
An unusual sort of setting for tenor saxophonist Paul Jeffrey – an overlooked player from the east coast scene of the early 70s, and one who only cut a handful of records at the time! The date features Jack Wilkins on guitar, playing with these bright chromatic hues next to Jeffrey's sharper ... read moreCD
One of the best-ever recordings by Herb Jeffries – a smooth-toned jazz singer from the 50s, with a style that's very much in the mode of contemporaries like Al Hibbler or Billy Eckstine, with a nice cheesecake cover too! The backings are what make this set great – as Russ Garcia has ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A great run of records from Alphonso Johnson – the best of his career, wrapped up here in one sweet set! First up is Moonshadows – one of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best ... read moreCD
An incredible journey in music – one that documents the importance of pianist James P Johnson in a variety of different settings – from the earliest years of jazz, right on up through the boogie woogie and swing generations as well! The set is exactly the sort that Mosaic Records can ... read moreCD
One of the hippest, hardest albums that trombonist JJ Johnson ever cut for Columbia – a session we'd rank right up there with his amazing JJ Inc record, and like that one a really cooking hardbop record that maybe even rivals the best on Blue Note and Prestige at the time! As with that gem, ... read moreCD
Elvin Jones towers above his bandmates on the cover of this 70s classic – and really leads them onward to some great sounds within! The record has a bit more focus and soul than some of Jones' other albums of the period – still quite powerful and dynamic, but with a good adherence to ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from jazz singer Etta Jones – an effort cut around the same time as her better-known records for Prestige, but one that's maybe done with an even hipper sound overall! Etta's nicely laidback, and hits that soulful, singing mood that makes her so great right from the start ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
An unreleased live performance from the Quincy Jones all-star group of 1961 – heard here on a famous European tour that also had the individual members really having a great influence on the scene overseas! The lineup here is something of a dream band – as the record features solos ... read moreCD
Quincy Jones may be best remembered for his funky soundtrack work of the 70s – but the man can also hit a deeper, more serious vein when he wants – as he does on this ambitious album-length project inspired by the landmark Roots mini-series! The music isn't a straight soundtrack from ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
A brilliant 70s album from bassist Sam Jones – a player who rose to fame with Cannonball Adderley at the start of the 60s, and worked on his own as a leader too – but who really seemed to take off during the time of this recording! Sam's sense of groove and arranging is very strongly ... read moreCD
Amazing bossa jazz from Brazilian tenor saxophonist Juarez – a record that moves and grooves with an even harder edge than any American session of the type from the time – with lots of raw percussion that sounds really great next to the soulful tenor! The album's quite early in the ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Terri Kapsalis & John Corbett —
Dead Level ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ...
An extended "radio noir" by the team of John Corbett and Terri Kapsalis – one that pays tribute to the glory days of the hardboiled detective through an array of music, sounds, and readings! The duo draw on a wealth of film noir influences, plus the hard-boiled fiction of writers ... read moreCD
One of the most spiritual albums we've heard in years from pianist Fumio Karashima – a set that has the Japanese jazz legend working with a host of different guests, including some horn players who really give his music some depth! The choice of material is great – and Karashima ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Japanese pianists of the 70s, working here with two younger players who really help preserve the mix of lyricism and groove that made his earlier records so great! Fumio Karashima plays both acoustic piano and keyboards here – the latter in the range of a Fender Rhodes, ... read moreCD
Soulful live work from the legendary Kashmere Stage Band – a small-time Texas ensemble from the 70s, but one who managed to record a heck of a lot of great records in a few short years! This concert record has the band sounding every bit as wonderful as in the studio – stepping forth ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
An all-original set from the Kashmere Stage Band – one of the funkiest combos going in early 70s Texas! The album features a range of tunes written by bandleader Conrad Johnson – all hard-hitting numbers that take off from the group's roots as a funkier high school band, and which show ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Early work by singer Beverly Kenny – a great 50s jazz vocalist who never got her due, but who managed to make some pretty fine records at the time! This album's one of them, and features backings from Ralph Burns – not as dark and moody as some of his other work of the 50s, and in a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Post-Atlantic work from Robin Kenyatta – but an album that follows in a very similar mode! This date was done for the Wolf subsidiary of TK Records, but it's got a very hip New York groove – one that's almost even more righteous than some of Robin's earlier work, with some excellent ... read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Gypsy Man ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ...
Sweet electric funk from Robin Kenyatta – but a set with some slightly complicated moments too! The album's a bit like some of Yusef Lateef's more electric moments on Atlantic, although probably not as cerebral overall – and Robin plays a range of reeds, including alto, flute, and ... read moreCD
A great blend of older jazz styles and the sweet 70s funk of Robin Kenyatta – served up with a hip sort of sparkle overall! There's a few familiar jazz modes in here that definitely live up to the spirit of the title – but most of the record is more open, laidback, and somewhat ... read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Terra Nova ... CD Altantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ...
A cool bit of funk from reedman Robin Kenyatta – slightly electric, and often with a bit of an angular groove – almost a South African influence at times, although warmed up with a good dose of American soul as well! Most numbers here have some sort of keyboards – either from Pat ... read moreCD
A fantastic addition to the Barney Kessel catalog of the 50s – a never-heard live set that has the guitarist in form that's every bit as strong as his famous albums for Contemporary Records! In fact, the strength of the recording may well capture Kessel at a level that beats those sessions ... read moreCD
Beautiful fusion from guitarist Steve Khan – one of those great 70s players who could play things tight, yet still keep an edge! The album's got a well-produced groove – the same sort of soulful undercurrent you'd get in other Columbia fusion sets of the period – yet Khan's ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a brilliant quintet outing that features some really great work on tenor and soprano sax! Kikuchi's piano is usually enough to grab our attention, but the album's got a great added bonus in the ... read moreCD
A gem of a record from Japanese keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi – one of those massive Japanese fusion classics that was partly recorded overseas, partly here in the US – with a sound that brings together all the best soulful aspects of both scenes! Kikuchi can create some really weird, ... read moreCD
Very cool work from Leonard King & The Soul Messengers – a Detroit combo who really kick things up here with some great work from the clubs and a few rare studio recordings as well! King's a drummer, and gives the group a mighty solid sound from the start – and the whole group are ... read moreCD
A fantastic step forward for singer Morgana King – just the kind of record that really let the vocalist unlock all the sort of special power that would set her apart from the rest for decades to come! Morgana's got this completely distinct approach to jazz singing – a mode that's short ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A beautiful late chapter in the jazz journey of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – and an album of subtle genius that's really opened up to us over the years! The setting here isn't as "hit you over the head" as on some of Kirk's Atlantic Records – because at one level, the tunes are ... read moreCD
Tremendous recent work from tenorist Eero Koivistoinen – a player who gave us some very wild records in the 70s, but who's equally wonderful here as a more straight-ahead musician! The group's a quartet, and the tunes have this fantastically poetic feel – richly soulful, with drawn-out ... read moreCD
Eero Koivistoinen & UMO Jazz Orchestra —
Arctic Blues ... CD Svart (Finland), 2017. New Copy 2CD ...
Beautiful work from Finnish saxophone genius Eero Koivistoinen – a player who blew our minds with his experimental records at the start of the 70s, and continued to amaze us as the years go on! This set has Eero at the head of the larger UMO jazz orchestra – directing the group, but ... read moreCD
They're not kidding about the big sound here – as tenorist Hans Koller was easily one of the deepest, most soulful talents on his instrument in the European scene of the start of the 60s – as you'll instantly hear on this fantastic live performance! In later years, Koller got a bit ... read moreCD
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... read moreCD
A gem by Lee Konitz – one of his near-perfect 50s sessions for Atlantic! Lee's tone here is crisp, clear, and hauntingly fresh – modern, yet never academically so – and played with a dexterity that's incredible, but never too in love with itself to go too far. Key players on the ... read moreCD
The title definitely gets it right – as this is the real sound of Lee Konitz – the kind of extra-special approach to alto sax that made Lee one of the true modern giants of the 50s, with an approach that nobody had ever heard before! The album captures Konitz at the height of his ... read moreCD
Tenoris Seamus Blake makes a great appearance on this quartet session from drummer Vladimir Kostandinovic – able to soar with the urgency that Vladimir can bring to his more uptempo numbers, then cool things down with long, drawn-out soulful solos at the mellower moments – creating a ... read moreCD
Bassist Boris Kozlov works here wonderfully alongside the guitar of David Gilmore – in a trio setting that has both of the string players trading lines over deft work on drums from Rudy Royston! Royston's nicely laidback and open – and really lets both musicians handle melody and ... read moreCD
The cover image here recalls a classic 60s album by Coleman Hawkins on Impulse Records – and the album's sound recalls the same set too – as reedman Thilo Krietmeier serves up a wonderful combination of tenor jazz and bossa grooves! The setting is spare and stripped-down – just a ... read moreCD
The icy voice of Norwegian singer Karin Krog is a perfect match for Dexter's deep soulful saxophone, and the two of them perform wonderfully together in this rare set of tracks recorded in 1970 with Kenny Drew on piano and Niel Henning Orsted-Peterson on bass. Krog has always been tremendously ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Vocalist Karin Krog and reedman John Surman have been making music together for many years – using her unique phrasing and John's sense of tone and texture in beautiful ways – often mixed with a bit of electronics, too! And despite an already-great legacy of other albums, the duo may ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the most swinging albums we've heard from vocalist Karin Krog in years – thanks to tight backing from a combo that also includes the great Scott Hamilton on tenor! The album's got the classic, easygoing flow of most of Scott's best work – a simple, no-nonsense style that's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Bold music, indeed – a tremendous blend of avant garde jazz and groovier moments from pianist Joachim Kuhn! The style is a great illustration of the two key poles of the MPS label at the end of the 60s – the company's willingness to take a chance on freer jazz artists, but also its ... read moreCD
A mixture of funky big band tunes and hard-hitting groovers – played by a large group directed by Paul Kuhn, and featuring a mix of electric rhythms and acoustic solos! There's a very groovy sound here that's along the lines of some of the tighter MPS big band albums from the late 60s – ... read moreCD
Two albums by the Paul Kuhn SFB Big Band – back to back on a single CD! First up is Big Hits Of The Big Bands – a set that steps back to pick up classic large ensemble numbers from the 30s and 40s, but deliver them with a reworked 70s approach to a big band – from the way the ... read moreCD
A bold brilliant statement from pianist Steve Kuhn – his next great record after the seminal Three Waves, and a record that pushes the envelope even further! From the title, you might think that Kuhn's playing some familiar 60s standards for MPS – but he's really working strongly in ... read moreCD
We're not sure we hear any failings at all here – as the music is completely compelling, right from the start – and one of the most sonically-intense records we've heard from reedman Mats Gustafsson in years! The album's a bit of an electro-acoustic outing – in that Mats plays ... read moreCD
Charles Kynard —
Woga ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Sweet organ lines, heavy drums, and a great little groove throughout – a tight batch of groovers from the mighty Charles Kynard! The keyboardist is in fine 70s form here – stepping away from the sparer sound of his albums for Prestige with a fuller style for Mainstream Records – ... read moreCD
Benny Lackner Trio —
Siskiyou ... CD Unit (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ...
Pianist Benny Lackner hits a groove here that's really unique – funky, but not jazz funk at all – and instead kind of a spacious, flowing sound on his keyboard that carves out its own special feel through careful timing and well-defined sense of attack! The drums and bass in the group ... read moreCD
Sublime solo work from Steve Lacy – a perfect demonstration of the great leap forward he took on the soprano sax in the early 70s – documented beautifully on overseas recordings like this! The core of the set features material recorded in Avignon in 1972 – with Lacy using his ... read moreCD
Never-issued material from the great Steve Lacy – a set of tracks that includes some unheard moments from his classic 1972 Avignon performance, plus a host of other wonderful soprano sax numbers as well! The first three cuts are the Avignon recordings – and feature Lacy doing these ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy —
Sun ... CD Emanem (UK), 1967/1968/1973. New Copy ...
A huge amount of music – in a set that features a wealth of vintage work from Steve Lacy – some of it issued here for the first time ever! Lacy plays soprano sax on all tracks in the set – and the package has him working with some key European players – including an early ... read moreCD
Cleo Laine with the John Dankworth Seven —
Lover & His Lass ... CD Esquire/Solid (Japan), Early 50s. New Copy ...
Wonderful early work from Cleo Laine – already one of the hippest singers on the British scene in the postwar years, with a way of phrasing and handling the material that's completely unique! Cleo's got this deep tone that's almost a vocal equivalent of a trombone soloist at times – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
An overlooked chapter in the Harold Land/Bobby Hutcherson partnership that recorded more famously for Blue Note – a date that's issued here under the tenorist's own name, but which also features equal contributions from Hutcherson on vibes! Tracks have that long, modal quality that has the ... read moreCD
The title and cover really get to the heart of the matter here – as the album's definitely from the piano, but not just the keys – as pianist Mathias Landeaus has a way of playing that can really open up the whole instrument! Some numbers are beautifully lyrical and poetic, but others ... read moreCD
Prince Lasha Ensemble —
Insight ... CD Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ...
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the ... read moreCD
A sweetly soulful set from trumpeter Philip Lassiter – a jazz musician at heart, but one who's blowing here with a strong range of contemporary R&B elements! Phil's trumpet is often processed a bit – with a cool, compressed sound that fits right in with the well-produced mellow ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
An obscure one for Yusef Lateef – and proof that the reedman was always open to new ideas at every single point in his career! Lateef had already recorded for the CTI label on a few great previous albums – but this album is quite late in his run for the label, and has a slightly ... read moreCD
You might know Bill Laurance as the keyboardist with Snarky Puppy – but here, he's something else entirely – a hell of a jazz musician with a mighty rich vision – one that's got just the right sort of heavenly vibe to be recorded in a church! There's nothing churchy about the ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
ric rocMaybe the first album we've ever seen from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – and a set that will definitely have us looking out for more! Lawrence composed almost every tune on the set, and works with a sense of color that really lives up to the title – on lines that are sometimes ... read moreCD
Mike LeDonne & The Groover Quartet —
That Feelin ... CD High Note, 2016. New Copy ...
There's a real sense of collaborative joy in the image on the cover here – and that vibe really comes through in the energy of the Groover Quartet of organist Mike LeDonne – a fantastic combo that brings together the tenor of Eric Alexander, guitar of Peter Bernstein, and drums of Joe ... read moreCD
Dreamy sounds from the legendary Michel Legrand – working here in a mode that's maybe a bit more lush and romantic than some of his later soundtrack work – yet at a level that's still head and shoulders above most of his 50s instrumental contemporaries! The set's got a melancholy vibe ... read moreCD
A masterpiece from trumpeter Josef Leimberg – a set that features guest appearances by Kamasi Washington, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – yet a record that has an amazing sound that's all its own! Washington's working in a blend of spiritual and electric jazz ... read moreCD
Tom Lellis —
Flow ... CD Beamtide, 2016. New Copy ...
An excellent set from Tom Lellis – a jazz vocalist we've been digging since the 70s – as part of an elite group of really special singers that might include Mark Murphy or Kurt Elling – able to work in a jazzy style that's far more than just delivery of a lyric, with a sense of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Not the kind of Vikings you'd find in medieval Scandinavia – and instead a landmark combo from Guadeloupe – one who were key in developing the sound of zouk in the late 70s, and who can also work with a fair bit of spiritual jazz touches in their music! This excellent collection shines ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
The first album ever from drummer Stan Levey, but a set that already shows his mighty talents as a leader! Stan wisely chose some great songs to work with here – penned by west coast highlights Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, and Bill Holman – and taken into a small combo mode that really ... read moreCD
A nice little bit of bop from LA – a tightly-crafted mid 50s date for the Bethlehem label – featuring drummer Stan Levey at the head of a great group of horn players! The album features some standout work from Dexter Gordon on tenor – making a rare appearance here as a sideman ... read moreCD
Think of this quartet as a string trio, plus vibes – and you'll definitely get the idea of the wonderful sound of this set! The group's led by Daniel Levin on cello, and also features Mat Maneri on viola and Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass – plus great vibes from Matt Moran, who's ... read moreCD
Given that a busty babe is leaning into the left side of the piano keyboard on the cover, we'd almost expect Lou Levy to focus mostly on the lighter notes on the right – but instead, he really opens up with some great deep notes on the cover, and takes the album far past anything you might ... read moreCD
Quite an obscure later session from Sonny Stitt – one recorded for the tiny Finite label, which we mostly know from more "out" recordings! The set features Sonny blowing straight and inside – but always with that clean, confident tone that followed nicely in the Roost years ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Ramsey Lewis – killer work from a time when the legendary pianist was electrifying his sound – and transforming the worlds of jazz, funk, and soul in the process! By the time of these sides, Ramsey already had more than a decade of incredible Chess Records ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums of all time – an incredible reworking of tunes by The Beatles, done in collaboration with Cadet Records studio maestro Charles Stepney – who brings in some amazing arrangements and production styles to the record! The tunes are familiar, but the ... read moreCD
A double-dose of live material from Ramsey Lewis – tracks from 2 60s classic live albums for Cadet! First up is material from the classic Hang On Ramsey – easily one of Ramsey Lewis' most successful records – featuring the hit soul jazz style that he forged with the Young/Holt ... read moreCD
Ramsey Lewis —
Salongo ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A tremendous little record, and one of the funky 70s sets that Ramsey Lewis recorded with Earth Wind & Fire! Well, not Earth Wind & Fire entirely – but the Kalimba Productions team of Maurice White and Charles Stepney that gave the group its sound – plus a nice sprinkling of ... read moreCD
Ramsey Lewis —
Them Changes ... CD Cadet/Elemental (France), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ...
One of the hardest-hitting electric sets ever cut by Ramsey Lewis – a live performance from the start of the 70s, done with a really gritty groove! Ramsey's on both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – the former of which is played with even more forces than on his Cadet studio ... read moreCD
An incredible record from the great Sven Libaek – a soundtrack for a land-based TV adventure that's every bit as great as his underwater music from the 70s! The style is very jazzy, and heavy on vibes and woodwinds – sounds that really showcase the best sound of the growing Australian ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Unheard sounds from the great Abbey Lincoln – a live performance recorded in 1980, at a time when the singer was really hitting a new sort of life in her music! Abbey's always been way more than just another jazz vocalist – and, like Nina Simone, often works in a territory that's a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Didier Lockwood —
Apesantar ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most experimental albums we've ever heard from Didier Lockwood – a set that goes far beyond his more familiar jazz violin, to a heady, spacious style that really fits the image on the cover! There's certainly a bit of Didier's main instrument on the record, but he also plays ... read moreCD
Mike Longo —
Matrix ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
A killer set from pianist Mike Longo – one of those albums that always make us think that the 70s may well be Longo's best decade on record! Mike plays all acoustic piano here, but with a style that also shows a strong knowledge of Fender Rhodes – an instrument he used a lot at the ... read moreCD
One of the few albums cut as a leader by trumpeter Henry Lowther – a great player on the British scene of the end of the 60s, but one who mostly labored in the service of other groups at the time! Lowther emerges here as an extremely visionary leader – one with a scope of expression ... read moreCD
A very nice set of Japanese fusion tracks cut by guitarist Reggie Lucas, with nice electric backing by Hubert Eaves on keyboard, Michael Henderson on bass, and other acoustic players like Mtume, John Stubblefield, and Clifford Adams. The set was recorded by East Wind in Japan, and the best cuts on ... read moreCD
A quirky little record from Italian pianist Lelio Luttazzi – a jazz artist at the core, but really stretching out here for this rare sound library session from 1971! The set's got Luttazzi painting in many modes of sound – sometimes upbeat and mod, sometimes a bit spare and ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreCD
A stone classic from Bobby Lyle – and a record that really has him stepping out strongly, both as a keyboardist and a singer! Bobby's strength at this point is undeniable – and he's got a perfect sense of balance that rivals contemporaries like Roy Ayers or Webster Lewis – both ... read moreCD
Killer set that combines both of Johnny's rare albums cut for the tiny Tuba label in the mid 60s! The records both have a great funky vibes sound, with lots of tight drumming, and soulful bubbling organ grooves. These are very sought after in their original pressings, and both LPs usually fetch ... read moreCD
Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt Elling —
Afro Blue ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
The great Harold Mabern kicks it hard with a key core group – then finds a way to open up with some surprise guest artists as well – including singers Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, and Norah Jones! The core of the album features Mabern's piano rocketing out with rhythm ... read moreCD
Ralph MacDonald —
Path ... CD Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
One of percussionist Ralph MacDonald's best albums of the late 70s – and one of the few on his own, given how many other records he played on! The set's a complicated mix of jazz, soul, and a variety of rootsier elements – and MacDonald shows a lot of sides of his personality here ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A crucial album from percussionist Ralph MacDonald – a set that not only catapulted him into the limelight, after strong work on countless records for other artists – but a record that also gave Ralph some long-standing fame, thanks to some key groovers on the set! The album's got a ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the best albums we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Norio Maeda – a trio date that really lets him open up – and cook with a lot more fire than on some of his larger-concept albums! The album's got an explosive feel on many numbers – a limber quality that isn't showy at ... read moreCD
There's nothing liminal about the sound of the Joe Baer Magnant Group – as these guys have found a very special space of their own – which they occupy beautifully in a haunting blend of guitar and Fender Rhodes! The two instruments are used spatially, and chromatically – in ways ... read moreCD
Maybe one of the best 70s albums from these two great musicians – a spare set of duos performances recorded live at Montreux – away from any of the studio trappings that both players often found themselves involved with! There's almost an ECM vibe to the record – as the vibes of ... read moreCD
Harvey Mandel —
Snake Pit ... CD Tompkins Square, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ...
The cover makes the record look like one of Harvey Mandel's classic albums from the early 70s – and the sound within is very much in the same spirit too – a noisy, gritty set that really returns the guitar legend to the brilliance of his younger career! The set's awash in the kind of ... read moreCD
One of the best-remembered MPS sessions from avant trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – a smoking live set, done in bold trio formation! Mangelsdorff gets some famous help on the date from Jaco Pastorius on bass and Alphonse Mouzon on drums – both players who push Albert past his usual ... read moreCD
A gem of a record from a time when flute Mann Herbie was really taking off – a set that shows his growing love of Latin rhythms, which are used to wonderful effect throughout! Mann had been recording straighter chamber jazz a few short years before, but there's a nicely unbridled feel to ... read moreCD
Never-heard music from one of the hippest groups ever led by flute man Herbie Mann – a killer lineup that includes Roy Ayers on vibes, Sonny Sharrock on guitar, and Steve Marcus on tenor! The tracks here are all previously unreleased – pulled from the same recordings that gave the ... read moreCD
Herbie Mann & The Bill Evans Trio —
Nirvana ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1961. New Copy ...
A sweet set of tracks that goes way beyond the usual Herbie Mann album! Herbie's playing with Bill Evans' trio that included Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums – and the group's got a nice groove that, while not exactly modal, still hits a nice open-ended stretch that works well ... read moreCD
Insanely wonderful early work from Charlie Mariano – some of the freshest, cleanest alto sax work of its time – blown with a tone and sense of soul that goes way beyond some of Mariano's contemporaries at the time! The album was recorded for Bethlehem Records, and is relatively ... read moreCD
Brilliant early work from Charlie Mariano – key proof of his genius, and one of the main albums we'd recommend by him! The album has Charlie coming of his years in the Boston scene – boppish at some level, but blowing with a raspy soulfulness that really opens up his horn into new ... read moreCD
Andre Marques/John Patitucci/Brian Blade —
Viva Hermeto ... CD Boranda, 2015. New Copy ...
The music of Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal, turned into a sweet set of jazzy trio numbers from Andrew Marques on piano, John Patitucci on bass, and Brian Blade on drums! The group really hit the right sort of essence for Hermeto's tunes – that open, fluid, yet highly rhythmic vibe that's ... read moreCD
A stunning little record – maybe the best album in years for both Branford Marsalis and singer Kurt Elling! On Elling's part, the record's a real back-to-basics affair – as he sings just with the Marsalis Quartet, at a level that really takes us back to the brilliance of his first few ... read moreCD
Milton Marsh —
Monism ... CD Strata East/Manufactured, 1975. New Copy ...
Rare spiritual jazz by reed player Milton Marsh – one of the harder-to-find albums on Strata East – and one of just a couple incredible records to Marsh's name! Obscurity aside, this is prime Strata East – with some sprawling moments in a larger band formation that go just far ... read moreCD
A collection of recordings by Milton Marsh – a hell of a visionary jazz composer and arranger, and one of the few talents of the underground to be able to blend strings and spiritual currents with effortless ease! Marsh's music here is very pure and organic – inspired by ambitious ... read moreCD
Genius, pure genius – and one of the few key sides by Warne Marsh as a leader! The album follows on Marsh's appearance with Lee Konitz on an earlier Atlantic album, but it really breaks free from the Konitz mode – and has an open, laidback sound that is instantly captivating – ... read moreCD