Marian McPartland in one of her grooviest settings – a very soulful trio with Ben Tucker on bass and Jake Hanna on drums – in an outing that really transforms the sound of the tunes from West Side Story and other Leonard Bernstein compositions! The whole thing actually feels more like ... read moreCD
A wonderful set by Carmen McRae – captured at San Francisco's Sugar Hill in 1962 – backed by a tight trio! Carmen is in sweet form here, very loose and and wise, and the group knows just how to fill out the sound. She scats loosely on the opening "Sunday", nearly hits a weep ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
About as strong an example of the genius of Carmen McRae as you could ever hope to find – a live album that displays Carmen's impeccable phrasing in a very stripped-down setting – and one that also swings with a fair degree of sophisticated soul as well! Back in the 50s, Carmen paved ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of Carmen McRae's best records of the 60s – an album done with beautiful arrangements from Peter Matz, who's probably best known for his work with Barbara Streisand at the time – and who really helps McRae take her music to the next level! Carmen was already one of the most ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A rock-solid swinger from the great Carmen McRae – working here in a live setting with a very cool combo! The group's more than just a trio – although it is grounded by excellent piano work from Norman Simmons – and the record features nice use of flute from Ray Bernstein, guitar ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Megalodon Collective —
Animals ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2017. New Copy Gatefold ...
A really fantastic group, and one who've got a very unique way of forging together their bold work on reeds! The tracks are short, and have an arranged, angular vibe – but also plenty of free action in the individual voices of the musicians – who include Martin Myhre Olsen on alto and ... read moreCD
A fantastically sharp group from the Japanese scene – one who do a perfect job of balancing electric and acoustic impulses, and yet another project from trumpeter Takuya Kuroda – who seems to be one of the hardest working players in recent years! Part of the album has the kind of hard ... read moreCD
Beautifully joyous work from Myra Melford – a set recorded early in the career of the pianist, with her first trio – and abristle with sound that really grabs us right from the start! Melford here seems to be working in a level that's maybe as post-Tyner as some of the post-Coltrane ... read moreCD
Meridian Trio (Nick Mazzarella/Matt Ulery/Jeremy C —
Triangulum ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ...
Triangulum – a great title for the wonderful energy of this group – which swings perfectly between the three sharp points of Nick Mazzarella on alto, Matt Ulery on bass, and Jeremy Cunningham on drums! These guys are freewheeling, but always soulful – not just because of Nick's ... read moreCD
A really fantastic album from singer Helen Merrill – and quite an obscure one as well! The set was recorded after Helen's initial burst to fame on the Mercury label in the 50s – and has her taking on a more laidback, more open-minded approach here in a very hip setting that includes a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A beautifully exploratory set of work from bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa – and one that draws inspiration from a legacy of 19th century female explorers too! The album's a project that was years in the making – music created alongside video contributions by four different artists, ... read moreCD
Barry Miles —
Scatbird ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Killer keyboards from the amazing Barry Miles – one of the lesser-known talents of the 70s jazz funk generation, but a heck of a great little player – especially on this album! The set has Barry playing both acoustic and electric keys – sometimes in a soaring, full-on mode that ... read moreCD
Barry Miles —
Sky Train ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ...
Barry Miles is riding the Sky Train – and at a pretty fast clip too, given the jamming energy of this record! The album's one of Miles' most full-on fusion sets – but it's also one of his most soulful as well, thanks to strong use of horns on most numbers – with players like ... read moreCD
Three different slices of music from Polish vibes legend Jerzy Milian – all performances that show the musician at the farthest reaches of his style! The first three tracks are all pretty out-there – recorded in Budapest with a very hip group that features Rudolf Tomsits on trumpet and ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest albums ever on Blue Note – a set that mixes the trumpet talents of Blue Mitchell with some killer backings from Monk Higgins – all in a groove that more gritty edges than the best funky soundtracks of the time! Higgins keeps the backings full, but always quite lean ... read moreCD
A key 70s album from Blue Mitchell – and a set that's perfectly balanced between the lyricism of his mid 60s sides for Blue Note, and the electric funk of later years! The tracks are long, and have a really great vibe – plenty of room for Mitchell's sweet trumpet in the lead, with ... read moreCD
Blue Mitchell —
Vital Blue ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
One of the more obscure Blue Mitchell albums of the 70s – and one of the most far-reaching too! The set's still got an electric current, like his other work on the Mainstream label at the time – but there's also less funk at the core, and more of a spiritual jazz vibe – a quality ... read moreCD
One of the deepest records we've ever heard from Nicole Mitchell – and that's saying a lot, given all her other fantastic albums! This richly-textured piece was first commissioned in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the AACM – that legendary jazz organization of which Mitchell is a ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful records that either Roscoe Mitchell or Anthony Braxton recorded in the second half of the 70s – an amazing set of duets that seems to instantly take both musicians back to their AACM roots! Mitchell had recorded in this style a few times around the date of the ... read moreCD
Roscoe Mitchell with Yuganaut —
Four Ways ... CD Nessa, 2009. New Copy ...
The first new Roscoe Mitchell album on Nessa Records in years – and a set that really lives up to his best experiments on the label back in the 70s! Mitchell's working here on flute, soprano, and alto sax – with the Yuganaut trio that includes Stephen Rush on a range of keyboards, ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from Thelonious Monk – a superbly-recorded live set from early 60s Paris – done with his legendary quartet with Charlie Rouse on tenor! The music here is wonderful – tracks that are often quite long, and stretched out nicely from the Columbia Records material by ... read moreCD
A rare meeting of guitarist Wes Montgomery and the trio of pianist Wynton Kelly – heard here on unissued material that stands strongly next to their classic Smoking At The Half Note album on Verve! About half the tracks here just feature Kelly's trio – but that's A-Ok with us, as the ... read moreCD
A key recording from one of our favorite tenor talents of the 80s – the amazing Ralph Moore, a player who really carries on a strong legacy from the 60s work of Hank Mobley! Like Mobley, Moore's got a very rich-voiced sound that's steeped in tradition, but which is also never afraid to take ... read moreCD
Reggie Moore —
Wishbone ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
An overlooked trio date from an equally overlooked player – the understated Reggie Moore, an artist who strongly carries a 60s soul jazz vibe into the 70s idiom of Mainstream Records! Moore's got a very strong left hand, and a quality that would have been right at home next to the early ... read moreCD
One of the most soul-based albums in years from drummer Stanton Moore – a set based around the classic songs of Allen Toussaint, and which features help from a whole host of Nola guest stars too! Tunes are tight, funky, and are a mix of vocal and instrumental numbers – with help from ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
A lost spiritual jazz classic from pianist Nate Morgan – maybe the musician's best-remembered moment, and for good reason too! The set's got this soaring, spiritual vibe that's much more early 70s than you'd guess from the date of recording – a post-Coltrane spirit with lots of modal ... read moreCD
A great set from LA pianist Nate Morgan – one of the leading underground talents in the west coast soul jazz scene of the late 70s and early 80s! The album's a trio set, performed in an blocky, exploratory style that recalls McCoy Tyner's best early work – but which also has a free and ... read moreCD
Great soul jazz from the LA underground! Pianist Nate Morgan plays in the tradition of McCoy Tyner and Stanley Cowell, with a swirling spiritual feel that's deeply rooted in a Love Supreme tradition. On this LP, he leads a quintet with Jesse Sharps on reeds and Danny Cortez on trumpet – and ... read moreCD
The album's maybe more than just "kind of Bill" – Bill Evans, that is – as pianist Dado Moroni plays here with old Evans trio members Eddie Gomez on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums! Both Gomez and LaBarbera alone would be a delight – and neither have lost the genius of ... read moreCD
A great pairing of the voice of Barbara Morrison and tenor of Houston Person – brought together here in a way that's similar to many of the excellent sessions that Person cut with Etta Jones over the years! Morrison's a different sort of singer, though – which makes for a nice sort of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
An intense album of spiritual jazz tracks – played by Lon Moshe and the Southern Freedom Arkestra! The album was recorded in 1976, during the height of the Black Fire DC underground scene – and Moshe's playing vibes at the head of a large group that's perhaps the most spiritual ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from a group who never fail to blow our minds – and who also seem to try out something different with each new record, yet never falter at all in their progress forward! Mostly Other People Do The Killing may have one of the longest names in jazz, but they've also got a brash ... read moreCD
Mostly Other People Do The Killing —
Shamokin ... CD Hot Cup, 2007. New Copy ...
A killer second album from Mostly Other People Do The Killing – drawing from an even deeper well of both jazz traditions and ragged, anything goes charm than on their excellent debut – an enthralling blend of credible chops with unpredictable playfulness! Never shy about soloing, ... read moreCD
A really exciting avant jazz set from Mostly Other People Do The Killing – a killer quartet who manage to roll through a wide variety of styles that show a true depth of understanding of some of the greatest jazz of the past half century – and have a heck of great time playing it! ... read moreCD
A full-on electric jammer from Alphonse Mouzon – cut in the frenetic style of his Blue Note sides, but given an extra electric MPS twist! The lineup includes a host of strong European fusion players – including Miroslav Vitous on bass, Philip Catherine on guitars, and Joachim Kuhn on ... read moreCD
2 classics from the legendary Idris Muhammad! Black Rhythm Revolution is one of the first records ever as a leader from funky drummer Idris Muhammad – a set that was cut right at the same time Idris was burning up the kit on his classic jazz funk sessions with other Prestige label players! ... read moreCD
A great late 70s chapter in the career of funky drummer Idris Muhammad – moving into very different territory here than his early soul jazz with Lou Donaldson, and even his earliest solo material too! David Matthews arranged the tracks, and he's given them a slick but soulful sound, with lots ... read moreCD
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
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Tremendous work from the great Mark Murphy – a great reminder that he's still one of the greatest jazz vocalists to come our way in the past 50 years! The short set's a loving tribute to the late Shirley Horn – delivered by Mark in some of his most personal, poetic modes in years ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A killer collection of work from one of the hippest jazz singers of all time – captured here at a point when he was really opening up into some fresh, unique territory of his own! Mark Murphy first began recording in the mid 50s for Decca, and had a run of other records in the 60s for ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Mark Murphy left the planet a few years ago – leaving us all a bit more empty in the process – but fortunately, there have been some never-issued recordings that have kept his legacy burning strong – including this wonderful live performance from the Keystone Korner! The set was ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastic lost set from the Detroit jazz scene of the 60s – by a group who was years ahead of their time, and who bridged a number of different parts of the city's scene! The group's listed here under the name of drummer Bert Myrick, but was actually co-led by George Bohanon on trombone ... read moreCD
Morris Nanton —
Roberta ... CD Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ...
Lost lyrical sounds from Morris Nanton – a player who only recorded a handful of albums, all of them great! Nanton's an unusual player – in that at one level, he's got this heavy left-hand style that's almost in a soul jazz mode – but also still manages some of the lighter, more ... read moreCD
Zaid Nasser —
Stroller ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
You might recognize the last name of alto saxophonist Zaid Nasser, as his father was Jamil Nasser – the wonderful bassist who made some incredible music with Ahmad Jamal in the 60s and 70s! And while Zaid certainly lives up to the family legacy, his sound here is very nicely different – ... read moreCD
Brilliant work from pianist Michael Naura – one of our favorite players on the German scene at the start of the 60s – and one of the few who was really picking up the best sorts of soulful currents from the American scene! Most of the work here features Naura's excellent combo with ... read moreCD
Steve Nelson's been one of the hippest talents on vibes for many years now – and an album like this is a great reminder of why we love his music so much! Nelson's never content to just echo the sound of previous masters of his instrument – and instead, like a rare few, he finds a way ... read moreCD
A gorgeous tribute to the music of Hermeto Pascoal – performed here by the twin pianists Jovino Santos Neto and Andre Mehmari, with some additional guest help from Hermeto himself! The album's way more than just a set of piano work, though – as the music really lives up to the larger ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A tight little combo, and one that's got a pedigree that reaches over two continents – given that it features players from both the American and Japanese scene! Drummer Ulysses Owens is great at the core – really giving the tunes a tight crackle, while never overwhelming the sound ... read moreCD
Strong work from a group with a shifting lineup, but a really unified sound – postwar German modern jazz, served up by a number of musicians who really do a great job to earn the name of their combo! The music is equal parts bop and cool jazz – with some especially strong arrangements ... read moreCD
This might be the first date as a leader we've ever seen from trumpeter Farnell Newton – but it's already one that will have us looking out for more! Newton's got a tight, soulful sound on his horn – deft at times, but often more concerned with a longer, wider flow – which is ... read moreCD
A trio of early 70s LPs from Klaus Weiss & Niagara – in a 3CD set! First up is the 1971 self-titled debut – a pretty astonishing set of heavy, hypnotic drums and percussion. It features just 2 long jams, "Sangandongo" and "Malanga" and it's pretty much an all ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest records ever cut under the direction of Leonard Feather – a sweetly grooving little set that's filled with tight changes and lots of soulful riffing! Feather wrote and arranged the date, but the real strength here is the players – Mainstream Records hipsters who ... read moreCD
A lost session of spiritual jazz – recorded in LA in the latter half of the 80s, but with a soaring, righteous vibe that's right up there with the 70s scene! The group here is incredible – an all-star array of the best talents working for Nimbus Records – Nate Morgan on piano, ... read moreCD
Definitely a special space from Carlos Nino – a record that seems to even deepen the sound of some of his recent cosmic explorations – to take Nino into territory that's far beyond jazz or much of his other modes too! The set features a bit of guest work from Iasos – an artist ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
The title might be a little cutesy, but the album's a rock-solid effort from pianist Naoki Nishi – an artist who's maybe not as well-known on these shores as some of his Japanese contemporaries, but who delivers a wonderful performance throughout! The album's a trio date – all acoustic ... read moreCD
A fantastic double-length set from a tenorist that everyone should be hearing these days – as Fredrik Nordstrom is easily one of the best talents on his instrument on the European scene – and a player who can really reach across the aisle and bridge both sides of the jazz congress! ... read moreCD
Genius work from the always-compelling Walter Norris – a pianist with a sense of complexity that's always mesmerizing, but one who can also find a way to effortlessly swing at the same time – which he does beautifully on this overlooked set from the early 80s! Most tracks are long, and ... read moreCD
A rare bit of fusion from European reedman Ralf Nowy – a player who didn't cross over to the US as much as some of his other overseas contemporaries, but who's equally great! This album's got kind of a flowery cover, but a sound that's surprisingly soulful – a fusion groove that's ... read moreCD
One of the most striking, most unusual settings for the voice of Leon Thomas we've ever heard – a rare 1970 performance with the Brit group Nucleus – done right at the same time that Thomas was recording his classics with Pharoah Sanders! The initial approach is similar, and the songs ... read moreCD
Warmly lyrical solo work from pianist Bill O'Connell – a set that's got a much mellower feel than you might guess from the Thelonious Monk reference in the title! Bill's definitely got some modern chops, and his command of the piano is breathtaking – but he also rounds things out, ... read moreCD
You might recognize pianist Bill O'Connell from some of his bigger label recordings in recent years – but this set's a very special one, recorded for the excellent Albore label, and done in Italy – with a vibe that's maybe more lyrically flowing than we're used to hearing from Bill! ... read moreCD
A rare live performance from the great Anita O'Day – only recently discovered, and different from the more widely-circulated album of her Tokyo date in 1963! This time around, Anita's got a mature vibe that really moves past the Verve years – and starts to hint at the direction she'd ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Dick Oatts has a wonderful group here – a well-chosen quintet of musicians who really seem to open up the possibilities in each others' sound, especially when it comes to tone, texture, and color! Oatts is always great – his raspy alto is deft, but always very personal too – and ... read moreCD
Mighty wild sounds from reedman Larry Ochs – who plays some of his boldest sounds in years on both tenor and sopranino saxophones – really driven onwards by the burning energy of the group! The combo features this fierce mix of percussion and electronics, plus trumpet from Natsuki ... read moreCD
Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae —
Kami Fusen ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1996. New Copy ...
Sometimes it feels like there's no sense of time at all when it comes to free jazz – as a recording like this, made over 20 years ago, can feel as fresh as anything happening at the moment – due to the free-thinking nature of the performance! The group's less familiar than some we've ... read moreCD
Jowee Omicil —
Let's Bash ... CD Jazz Village (France), 2017. New Copy ...
Sweet reeds and plenty of Fender Rhodes – a set that has Jowee Omicil blowing soprano sax, alto, flute, and clarinet – over a set of tunes that move along with a gentle sort of groove! The album's got a nice polish, but is also hipper than smooth jazz too – with some rootsier ... read moreCD
Johnny O'Neal is a hell of a pianist, but here it's especially nice to hear him working with some horns – the trumpet of Roy Hargrove and tenor of Grant Stewart – who each get a chance to appear on a number of the album's tracks! At the heart of the record is the usual Johnny O'Neal ... read moreCD
Organ Explosion —
Level 2 ... CD Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
The organ exploding here isn't just the familiar Hammond B-3 you'll hear on other records – and instead is a range of variations on the instrument – as the keyboards run from many different variations from Hammond, Wurlitzer, Korg, Roland, Hohner, and even Fender Rhodes – driven ... read moreCD
A cool 70s set from Japanese drummer George Otsuka – much more fusion-based than his work of the 60s, with some great help from an assortment of American and Japanese players! Many tunes have an angular, searching sort of feel – but there's also a nice dose of funk too, choppier ... read moreCD
Charles Owens —
As One ... CD Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
The first Charles Owens album to have an electric component in the instrumentation – but at a level that's still got the same great sense of understatement that made us like the tenorist's previous records so much! The set features Charles blowing alongside electric bass, Wurlitzer piano, ... read moreCD
The genius of Eddie Palmieri never seems to dim at all as the years go on – and, if anything, the genius only seems to flower even more – finding new ways of expression that maybe even blow away some of Eddie's classic work from the 60s and 70s! This set is amazing – a ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Sante Palumbo —
Sway ... CD CPT/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy ...
An amazing set from the Italian scene of the early 70s – a jazz album with a fair bit of electric instrumentation, but one that comes across in a very different way than American or other European fusion of the time! Instead, there's kind of this core acoustic energy to the record – ... read moreCD
The Papanosh name may be a bit obscure, and the album's cover art doesn't help much in the way of understanding the sound – but we can easily say that these guys are a sharp-edged quintet with a great array of modern influences at their command – yet served up to create something very ... read moreCD
Great stuff from Jackie Paris – one of the hipper male vocalists of the 50s, a singer that we'd rank in an elite small group with Mark Murphy or Matt Dennis for cool small combo singing! The album's one of Jackie's best – based around Gershwin tunes, but done with a hip jazzy feel ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Evan Parker/Mark Nauseef/Toma Gouband —
As The Wind ... CD PSI (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Evan Parker – and one that, in the notes, he also refers to as one of his best! The group features a striking lineup – Parker on soprano sax, Mark Nauseef on percussion, and Toma Gouband on lithophones – which are ... read moreCD
Great early post-millennium outing from Tortoise's Jeff Parker! This set for Thrill Jockey sounds great with the addition of Sam Barsheshet to the group on Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Drummer/percussionist Chad Taylor and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Lopes fill out the group. Parker's style is ... read moreCD
An excellent live set led by bassist William Parker – done in the same high quality modes as the other Fabrica dates from Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell! This set's got Parker working with a quartet – one that features some really tremendous alto from Rob Brown, who blows with ... read moreCD
A totally cool combination of musical elements – baritone sax and analog electronics – both played here by Jonah Parzen-Johnson with a style that's unlike anything else we can think of! Sure, saxes and electronics have come together before – ever since Richard Tietelbaum and ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest records we've ever heard from guitarist Joe Pass – a sweet European session for MPS, and one with a very different feel than some of his US recordings! The setting's a trio, with a feel that's more open than some of Joe's pop-jazz sets from the 60s – and the ... read moreCD
A long-overdue return to form from Pau Brasil – a Brazilian fusion combo that we've loved since their late 70s releases – stepping out strongly here in a setting that adds some deeper colors to their sound! The core group features Nelson Ayres on piano, Teco Cardoso on saxes and flute, ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from bassist Gary Peacock – an artist whose genius has never dimmed in all the many years he's been recording for the ECM label! This album recalls the special sort of approach that Gary first brought to a small group setting back in the 70s – a way of putting the bass ... read moreCD
A joyous noise from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt – a player who just seems to get deeper and deeper as the years go on, and who's in very spiritual territory here – as he stretches out with a quintet on a host of beautiful original compositions! The lineup is heavy on the darker textures of ... read moreCD
Incredible work from alto genius Art Pepper – one of our favorite albums ever by the saxophonist – and a set that we actually love even more than his classic albums for the Contemporary label! Art's in a setting here that really lets him put a lot of edginess on his horn – ... read moreCD
The cover says Art Pepper, but the record's one of our favorite albums ever cut under the leadership of trombonist Bill Watrous – a set that was part of a Japanese-only series that brought together some of the best players on the west coast scene at the end of the 70s! Watrous is maybe not ... read moreCD
An album originally issued under the name of its leader, trumpeter Jack Sheldon – but a set that also features some great music by alto genius Art Pepper too! By the time of this album, Jack Sheldon had moved from the west coast jazz scene to a much bigger range of fame on the TV screen ... read moreCD
A mighty meeting of two modern alto giants – a set cut under the leadership of Lee Konitz, but which also features some great work from Art Pepper too! Both Pepper and Konitz were two of the most distinctive players to emerge in the 50s – both in the generation after Charlie Parker ... read moreCD
An overlooked showcase for the late alto genius of Art Pepper – who was the supposed leader of this date issued under the name of pianist Pete Jolly! Jolly's great, too – very much in the sharpest form of his earliest sides from the 50s and 60s – and the pair work here in a tight ... read moreCD
A swinging small group date led by drummer Shelly Manne – with a wonderful update of the older west coast jazz sound – one that maybe has a bit more bite than back in the 50s! The set's one of the excellent dates done by the Japanese Atlas label – and features Shelly at the head ... read moreCD
Jukka Perko Tritone —
Dizzy ... CD WeJazz (Finland), 2017. New Copy ...
Nothing dizzy at all here – as the record's got a confident, forward-moving direction right from the start – a hard-burning saxophone trio, in a manner that you'd usually be used to hearing from a tenor – but featuring the bold alto of Jukka Perko on the lead! Perko works with ... read moreCD
A wealth of rare live material from legendary pianist Oscar Peterson – all recorded in Paris during a time when his star was really rising on the global scene! All material was recorded for French radio, at the Olympia Theater in the city – and the package mostly features the famous ... read moreCD
Never-heard work from the legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded at a time when he was making some very big waves on the European scene! During the 50s, Pettiford not only helped revolutionize the role of the bass in jazz, but also helped bring that instrument to new possibilities in ... read moreCD
One of the few post-Verve albums ever recorded by tenorist Flip Phillips – and also one of his most unique as well! The early 60s date has a very unusual format – just Flip on tenor and a bit of bass clarinet, blowing beautifully alongside the guitar of Dell Staton, who also plays a ... read moreCD
Bassist Mads Vinding really seems to bring out something special in the musicians he works with – and here, his sense of balance and tone is a beautiful accompaniment to the piano of Enrico Pieranunzi – who seems both to have that fantastic flow of his other records, but maybe a bit ... read moreCD
John Pizzarelli on bossa jazz guitar and surprisingly sublime vocals – especially when dueting with Daniel Jobim – on a sweet little ode to the classic pairing of Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim a half century earlier! One of the most charming aspects of the Sinatra/Jobim work ... read moreCD
Specs Powell —
Movin In ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
Hard-swinging jazz featuring drummer Specs Powell – and a tight batch of Basie-esque players, grooving along on a number of short lively tracks that are almost in the Count Basie style of the Roulette years! The lineup features alto and baritone sax from Sahib Shihab, tenor and clarinet from ... read moreCD
A really dreamy little record from the Polish scene of the early 70s – a record that mixes jazzy solos, light strings, and almost a soundtrack-style of arrangements – all to make music with the kind of glow that would be right at home on late 60s A&M Records, or maybe like the ... read moreCD
Easily one of the coolest, hippest, and most soulful records that Billy Preston ever cut – very different both from his famous work on A&M, and his early sides for Apple and Vee Jay – and done with a raw groove that makes each cut feel like some rare funky 45! The style here is a ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Very cool work from Psi – a hip 70s German group who were partly fusion, partly prog – in that special sort of blend shared by a rare few contemporaries – such as Embryo, Perigeo, or Zzebra! As with all three of those groups, the musicians here are clearly schooled in jazz, but ... read moreCD
A really wonderfully-done collection of work from the legendary Sun Ra – put together by longtime musical partner Marshall Allen, and way way different than the typical mish-mash of tracks you'd find on some of the budget or public domain titles on the market! First off, the track selection ... read moreCD
One of the most important Sun Ra albums from the early years of Saturn Records – a set that got a bit more circulation than some of his other records, and which shows the group really expanding their sonic range in a wonderful way! The title track takes up all of side one – and is this ... read moreCD