A fantastic fusion classic from guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – and a set that shows his perfect balance between American and Japanese jazz modes in the 70s! The album's got a bit more of a soulful focus than some of Kawasaki's previous work, but loses none of the depth of his feeling – as ... read moreCD
A fantastic set from jazz violinist Joe Kennedy – a lesser-known talent on the instrument, but an artist who really shines here in the relaxed, open style of this French session for the Black & Blue label! Maybe it's because the French have always had more of a respect for jazz violin ... read moreCD
Great work from Beverly Kenney – two rare broadcast performances that add plenty to her too-small catalog of recordings! The lady's a hell of a singer from the postwar years in which artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O'Day were issuing countless albums, year after year – one whose ... (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
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
George Khan —
Ah ... CD Emanem (UK), 1968/1975/1980/2005. New Copy 2CD ...
A mysterious collection of free improvisations from the UK scene – all featuring saxophonist George Khan, and all presented here with "circa" or "possibly" next to the dates – which further underscores the obscurity of the recordings! Don't let that lack of detail ... read moreCD
Steve Khan —
Arrows ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
The last in a classic trilogy of late 70s fusion albums that Steve Khan cut for Columbia records – and a set that really has him bringing his sound together in a wonderful way! Khan was working with Steely Dan on the Gaucho album at the time of the recordings – testified by Donald ... read moreCD
A trio of early 80s albums from fusion giant Steve Khan – all lined up in a single collection! First up is Eyewitness – an early 80s effort from guitarist Steve Khan – a set recorded after some big records for Columbia, and one that follows very strongly in their legacy! Khan's ... read moreCD
David Kikoski —
Kayemode ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist David Kikoski has added his talents to many great groups over the years – but the man himself always seems completely on fire when he's out front on his own – as on this wonderful trio set with Joe Martin on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums! Kikoski still has that way of ... read moreCD
Lots of long tracks played with plenty of fire – just the kind of record to remind us again that David Kikoski's a hell of a pianist, especially in a setting like this! The album follows the format of the other excellent live dates on the Smalls label – lots of room for the artist to ... read moreCD
A very cool album from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – one that might look at bit slick on the cover, but which actually has maybe more of an edge than some of his previous work! The set up here is a bit unusual – in that Kikuchi plays piano and percussion – with a very hip ... read moreCD
Morgana King in one of her most classic settings – working here with arranger Torrie Zito, whose sophisticated talents are a great match for her unique voice! Zito blends light strings and warm jazz touches in this perfect pillowy style – couching King's voice without ever smothering ... (Vocalists, Jazz)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
Kirk Knuffke —
Cherryco ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
A beautifully unique take on the music of Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman – served up here by a trio that features Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums! The tunes are all classic Cherry or Coleman compositions – but the performance here is very ... read moreCD
Eero Koivistoinen —
Illusion ... CD Svart (Finland), 2017. New Copy ...
The continued rebirth of Finnish saxophone genius Eero Koivistoinen – a player who cut some legendary records in the 70s, and still sounds wonderful here in a more contemporary setting! Eero's maybe not as way-out as back in the day, but he's balanced that out with an even more emotive sound ... 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
Dark and spooky jazz from the godlike hands of Kryzstof Komeda! Komeda's best known in the US for his soundtrack work for the film Rosemary's Baby, but this set features music scored for 2 earlier Roman Polanski movies – Cul De Sac and Knife In The Water! The music for Cul De Sac is a ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Vampire hunting never sounded so groovy – thanks to a sublime soundtrack by the legendary Krzysztof Komeda! The feel here is a bit like Komeda's better-known score for Rosemary's Baby – a blend of darker themes and lighter 60s styles – handled in a way that brings together ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Really obscure soundtrack work from the legendary Krzysztof Komeda – the Polish jazz musician who was best known for his film scores with Roman Polanski, but heard here on early music for director Leonard Buczkowski! The set features short instrumental tracks from three different films ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
An amazing little soundtrack – one that's as spooky and eerie as the film for which it was written, and which was also one of the few American recordings issued by Polish jazz great Krzysztof Komeda! The core of the album is an especially haunting theme – one hummed as a lullaby by Mia ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)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
(Comes in a slim sleeve.)
Toshinori Kondo Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band —
Khchyu Fuyuu ... CD Art Union/Solid (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
Trumpeter Toshinori Kondo may have cut some avant-oriented material over the years – but this set is a different sort of record – one that's cut with his Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band, in a playful mix of rhythms, tones, and jazz! The approach is maybe post-fusion, inflected with a bit ... read moreCD
A subtle 70s gem from the great Lee Konitz – a record that almost returns to the spare, simple, sublime sound of his best 50s recordings – but with a few more modern edges too! Lee's alto is superb throughout – every bit as sharp as when we love it the best – and the tenor ... 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
One of the most beautiful records we've ever heard from saxophonist Hakon Kornstad – a special project that features his smaller group with backing from the larger KORK ensemble – a Norwegian radio orchestra who bring a really special flavor to the record! But the presence of the ... read moreCD
Wonderfully fluid work from Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Kosz – an artist who's clearly trained with the proficiency of a classical musician, but who's playing here with an open, swinging, jazz-based mode! There's a feel here that reminds us a bit of some of the French trio work of the time ... 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
Volker Kriegel —
Spectrum ... CD MPS (Germany), 1971. New Copy ...
The funky fusion classic from guitarist Volker Krieger – finally issued in a great CD edition! Easily one of Krieger's best albums, Spectrum was remarkably cut in just two days at MPS Studios in 1971 – with a group that includes Peter Baumeister on drums, Cees See on bongos and ... read moreCD
A fantastic tribute to the legendary Karin Krog – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time – and maybe one of the most creative talents to emerge from the European jazz scene in the past 50 years! Karin's not just a regular singer – she's a hell of a collaborator, and a great ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A beautiful reunion between singer Karin Krog and pianist Steve Kuhn – heard here in a mode that's quite different than their classic efforts on the album We Could Be Flying! The style here is much more laidback and intimate – and instead of Steve's tunes, Karin is mostly singing jazz ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A great document of an early all-star jazz concert – recorded at Town Hall by a young Bob Shad – who's clearly working here in the same live territory as producer Norman Granz! There's a great sense of variety going on here – and the record's maybe worth it alone for an excellent ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
A great document of an early all-star jazz concert – recorded at Town Hall by a young Bob Shad – who's clearly working here in the same live territory as producer Norman Granz! There's a great sense of variety going on here – and the record features two great tracks by a trio ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
We fell in love with the music of Takuya Kuroda on his debut record as a leader for Blue Note – but the trumpeter really blows our mind here on this second set – which really explodes with new musical possibilities from the very first note! Kuroda's crisp, compressed trumpet is very ... read moreCD
Andrzej Kurylewicz Quintet —
Go Right ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1963. New Copy ...
A beautiful bit of jazz from early 60s Poland – by one of the country's freshest modern jazz groups at the time! The record has a bold sound that's right in keeping with its title – strongly stepping off with a style that blends the soulful and the modern – in a mode that's a bit ... 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
A great album from organist Charles Kynard – one of his best that wasn't issued on Prestige! This is one of the funky jazz LPs on Mainstream that really hits a nice groove, with Bob Shad's crisp production dovetailing with Kynard's jazz funk sensibilities just right – not too slick or ... read moreCD
Funky organ and plenty of vamping – a really tight little set from the mighty Charles Kynard – who's working here with a really wide-ranging command of the keyboard! As with some of the other Mainstream Records sessions of the time, the backings here are somewhat full – arranged ... read moreCD
Kyoto Jazz Sextet —
Unity ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2017. New Copy ...
The Kyoto Jazz sound just keeps on getting better and better – from the time 20 years back, when it was a visionary club movement spearheaded by Shuya Okino – to the point now where it's focused into a core jazz combo that brings beautiful new life to Okino's music! The group are a ... read moreCD
An incredible package – one that brings together two very important albums from reedman Steve Lacy – plus unreleased material from the same time too! First up is the record Disposability – presented here with the first-ever correction to the cymbal sound – a key session in ... read moreCD
One of the hippest albums ever from the team of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson – and a set that's even more open than some of their other records on Blue Note or Chess! This set's a bit more electric than some of the other records from the pair – with these drawn-out Fender Rhodes ... read moreCD
Langston Hughes Project (Eric Mingus/David Amram/L —
Dream Keeper ... CD Avant/Mode, 2017. New Copy ...
A beautiful reworking of modes that were explored by Charles Mingus and Langston Hughes in the late 50s – the combination of Hughes urban poetic genius and the bold music of Charles Mingus! This time around, the Mingus is Eric Mingus – who brings wonderful life to the words of Langston ... 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 strange bit of funk from Yusef Lateef – a bit of a change from his other 70s records, but pretty nice too! The record was recorded late in the CTI electric years – and it's got Yusef fronting a funky jazz group on five long tracks that have a decidedly R&B-ish current – ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
An incredibly righteous album from the Detroit scene of the early 70s – nothing like anything you'd expect with "Bagdad" in the name – even more obscure than some of the city's spiritual jazz treasures on the Tribe and Strata labels from the time – and done for a very ... read moreCD
Saxophonist Azar Lawrence has been having a hell of a renaissance in recent years – and a record like this only helps move that process forward – providing a mighty large feather in Azar's ever-growing cap! The album's a great one from start to finish – a evolution of the ... read moreCD
The title definitely sums up the vibe of the record – because although Trevor Lawrence is the drummer at the core, he's also clearly a hell of a warm personality, too – with a very welcoming vibe that makes the album's array of musicians and guest artists feel right at home! The set's ... read moreCD
An amazing album – and the cornerstone of the CTI sound! The record's an incredibly baroque set of tracks from funky flautist Hubert Laws – featuring arrangements from Don Sebesky that mix complicated lines on flute with electric piano from Bob James, into a swirling mass of sound that' ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
Forget the Shakespearean reference in the title – which might make you think the whole album's got a Renaissance bent – because the album's a nice bit of funky flute jazz from Hubert Laws, done with the same groovy vibe as some of his earlier albums for the CTI label! The set was ... read moreCD
Sweet reeds from Mike Lebrun – a musician who's way more than just another funky saxophone player! Mike's got a great ear for the overall sound of his music – so that he often layers together his instruments, in ways that make us feel like two horns are following the same path at once ... 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 great singer in a great group – a vocalist who's really coming into her own, and turning out to be a heck of a writer – as you'll hear on this album that features both original music, and lyrics set to tunes by jazz musicians who include Duke Jordan and Dexter Gordon! Allegra Levy's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Sweet electric magic from Ramsey Lewis – four 70s albums in a single collection! First up is Don't It Feel Good – massive keyboard work from the great Ramsey Lewis – easily one of his best records ever, thanks to some spaciously funky production by Charles Stepney! Stepney plays ... read moreCD
A great little album of mid 70s funk from Ramsey Lewis – very much in the mode of his Earth, Wind, & Fire related work – no surprise, since the album's dedicated to Charles Stepney, whose influence was such a key part of the sound of the group, and of some of Ramsey's other Kalimba-p ... read moreCD
Sweet electric Ramsey Lewis – an overlooked gem from the Columbia Records years, filled with loads of great grooves, and some pretty mighty keyboards! Part of the record has Ramsey working with Larry Dunn of Kalimba Productions – getting plenty of the Earth Wind & Fire groove that ... read moreCD
Two saxophone giants who emerged in the post-Coltrane generation – both taking on the music of the master himself! The set features Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano going head to head in a wonderful way – playing for a BBC Jazz program, and really stretching out – not just on twin ... 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
Bassist John Lindberg is the leader here – but the record starts with a beautiful solo clarinet piece by reedman Wendell Harrison – who we've loved ever since his Tribe Records work of the 70s! Harrison has played in many formats over the years – some more straight or polished ... read moreCD
Two killer albums from Swedish pianist/arranger/composer Nils Lindberg – back to back on a single CD! The first set is the legendary Sax Appeal record – a fantastic set of Swedish modern jazz from the start of the 60s – a group organized by pianist Nils Lindberg, who also did the ... read moreCD
An incredible album from Charles Lloyd – one that seems to return him to his spiritual flowering of the 60s – maybe just because the set begins with a searing long take of his classic "Dream Weaver"! But there's also a richness here that we don't always hear from Lloyd – ... read moreCD
That's London, Ontario – not London, England – which means that the group have an even more far-flung sound than you might expect! The album's a brilliant and overlooked gem from the Canadian scene of the 70s – really mindblowing music by a group who are equally great at grooving ... read moreCD
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series!)
Mike Longo —
Awakening ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Killer electric piano work from the mighty Mike Longo – recorded at a time when he was definitely at the height of his powers! The album sports a rare Mainstream Records appearance from James Moody – who was a frequent partner of Longos on sessions at the time – particularly on ... read moreCD
Jaska Lukkarinen Trio —
Origami ... CD WeJazz (Finland), 2017. New Copy ...
The trio's led by drummer Jaska Lukkarinen, but the player here who really grabs us is tenorist Jussi Kannaste – whose rich, soulful style really makes the record shine! In truth, the whole combo is great – bassist Antti Lotjonen has these round, bold lines that always hint at funk, ... 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
Jimmy Lyons —
Push Pull ... CD Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ...
Alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons had a legendary run of performances on record with Cecil Taylor – but he sounds equally amazing here as a leader – given the space to really stretch out in a 3LP set that brings together a landmark live performance from 1978! Lyons works here with some ... read moreCD
Beautifully modern work from the Swedish scene of the 60s – and proof that Scandinavian jazz was some of the freshest in Europe at the time! The album features incredibly evocative work from the sextet of trombonist Lars Lystedt – a player who's clearly picked up a sense of shape and ... read moreCD
Warmly wonderful work from the great Harold Mabern – a pianist who's given us so much great music over the past fifty years – from his famous early work with Frank Strozier, to his Blue Note material with Horace Silver, and his fantastic run of recent recordings with tenorist Eric ... read moreCD
Composer Galt MacDermot is best known to the world for his famous work on stage and in films – but the pianist was also a jazz musician at his start, and has continued performing for decades – as you'll hear on this relatively recent set! The group here is a well-oiled unit that Galt ... read moreCD
One of the coolest records ever issued on Galt MacDermot's legendary Kilmarnock label – a selection of songs and poems by Harlem school children, set to music by Galt, and sung by vocalist Angela Ortega! Given that Galt's handling the music, you can bet that there's plenty of nicely funky ... read moreCD
Solo genius is right – as saxophonist Seldon Powell was a key member of so many different groups, always doing a great job in the ensemble – but when he got a chance to solo, he'd really take off and give us something special! This set focuses on all the great moments when Powell was ... 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
One of Brazil's best jazz sessions of the 60s – and one of those records that shows that although Verve and other US labels could record their own version of bossa nova, the style still always sounded best when coming from Brazil! Drummer Edison Machado really nocks it out of the park here ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the mighty Machito – all recorded during those key years when he was having a huge impact on both the jazz and Latin scenes in New York! Much of the work here features that blend of Havana roots and bebop performance that Machito and Mario Bauza pioneered during the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Made To Break (Ken Vandermark) —
Trebuchet ... CD Trost (Austria), 2017. New Copy ...
Heavy sounds from an improvising group with a difference – one that features some familiar players, but in a very unusual setting! Reedman Ken Vandermark and drummer Tim Daisy work here with bold electric bass from Jasper Stadhouders, who has this driving quality on the album's opening ... read moreCD
Sprightly piano work from Adam Makowicz – an overlooked date from the early 80s, but one that's every bit as great as some of his albums that got much wider release! The set's got an unusual trio – George Mraz on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – the latter of whom is a bit of ... read moreCD
Solo piano work from Adam Makowicz – easily one of the greatest players on the European scene of the 70s, but a player who didn't always get his due – thanks to cooled east-west relations at the time! The record's got a fluid grace that easily puts Makowicz in the company of ... read moreCD
Jazz guitar isn't normally a mode you'd expect to be linked with dancers – but this great album from Russell Malone has a very rhythmic core that makes things pretty darn groovy overall! Drummer Willie Jones III is part of the group – and we always love his work – and bassist ... read moreCD
Pianist Junior Mance has a mighty cool trio here – an unusual group with Martin Rivera on bass and the great Alvin Queen on drums! Queen's a great force here – and his amazingly open sense of rhythm really brings a lot to the record – this fantastic flow that almost reminds us of ... read moreCD
Junior Mance works in a great trio here – one that really helps capture the deeper side of his talents on the piano – thanks to strong contributions from Paul West on bass and Idris Muhammad on drums! There's a fair bit of blues-tinged tunes in the mix, but the set also includes some ... read moreCD
Junior Mance has a "plus one" on the cover of the record – tenorist Eric Alexander, who really makes the album sparkle on a few appearances! The numbers with Alexander really take a different shape than the remaining trio numbers – maybe more tentative at the start, with ... read moreCD
Never-heard music from legendary trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – easily one of the hippest talents on his instrument at the time of these recordings – a musician we'd easily rank right up there with American giants like Bob Brookmeyer or JJ Johnson! Albert's got the modern tones and ... read moreCD
Five full albums from a time when jazzman Chuck Mangione was at the height of his powers – all served up here in one package, with tiny LP-styled covers for each CD! Most of these records were instant hits for Mangione, and for good reason too – as Chuck's got a way of balancing the ... read moreCD
A totally great little album from Gap Mangione – the lesser-known brother of Chuck! The difference between Gap and Chuck was that Gap was always hipper, cooler, and a bit funkier – as you'll hear in this excellent debut LP from 1968! Gap's working here in some amazing territory – ... read moreCD
A record that definitely delivers the very best of Herbie Mann – especially if, like us, you think that one of his greatest contributions to music was finding a way to make the flute sound surprisingly soulful in the 60s! Herbie wasn't the first to pick up the instrument and use it for ... read moreCD
Shelly Manne —
Mannekind ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
An incredible album – unlike anything else that Shelly Manne recorded! The record features Shelly getting all dope and mellow, sliding around on the kit in a kickback set of complex drum fills and percussion effects – with lots of unusual rhythms you never would have heard on his ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
Great work from a jazz quintet who really knows how to make things soar – a group that's led by pianist Luca Mannutza, who we've really loved on previous records – and who seems to hit new heights with this album! The group have a very round, rolling sound – one that fuses ... read moreCD
Warmly flowing sounds from bassist Michael Manring – one of the lesser-known talents of the Windham Hill scene of the 80s, but a great one too! Manring's got a way of letting his instrument flow out in these round, warm lines – a mode that seems to be a bit of an heir to a Gary Peacock ... read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
For decades now, Ray Mantilla's been one of the few cats who can effortlessly fuse together Latin rhythms and jazz – creating the kind of music that's completely satisfying to fans of both styles, but all without ever resorting to any sort of easy cliches or overdone modes! Mantilla's the ... read moreCD
A really sharp-edged set from reedman Steve Marcus – a player who'd already had some pretty tight fusion records under his belt before this overlooked gem! Marcus was a saxophonist who was always experimenting with new ideas at this time – part of a generation raised on rock as much as ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Mike Marshall & Darol Anger —
Chiaroscuro ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1985. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from that moment when the acoustic underground of the 70s was sometimes getting lost amidst the new age deluge of the 80s – even though all of the best musicians still their best talents intact! Mike Marshall is one of those musicians – working here on mandolin and ... read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
A jaw-dropper from Terrace Martin – the kind of record that sneaks on the market under everyone's ears, but will no doubt be one of those sets we'll all go back to again and again over the years! Martin's got a beautifully fresh take on funky jazz – steeped somewhat in the classic ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A very different take on the oft-recorded jazz standard mode – as this time around, the standards are all Italian – which makes most of them pretty unfamiliar to our ears! But even the few that we know take on a new sort of life in the hands of pianist Luigi Martindale – a player ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from guitarist Pat Martino – a player who never seems to have lost his groove, and who might well be sounding even better in the past decade than a few years before! This album's got Pat in core trio formation – working with the organ of Pat Bianchi, whose sound ... read moreCD
One of the best albums ever from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a set that continues his development as a wonderfully expressive player on his instrument, but one that also opens up with a bit more bite at times, too – thanks to the presence of some sharp-edged contemporaries! The ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the excellent Deep Jazz Reality series!)
2 killer jazz funk albums – both rare, and both on one CD! The records were cut for the short-lived Eastbound side of the soul/funk Westbound label, both under the supervision of Bob Porter, who handled some of the best early 70s jazz funk work for Prestige! Both albums also feature ... read moreCD
Easily the greatest album ever by funky drummer Harvey Mason – and quite possibly the only one to live up to the rhythmic complexity that Mason brought to countless other fusion sessions for other groups in the 70s! The tracks are all spacious and snapping with brilliantly funky touches ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's ... read moreCD
One of the slickest of Dave Matthews' funk records from the 70s – but still pretty darn nice! Matthews was the mainman behind the legendary funk group The Grodeck Whipperjenny, and a key arranger in James Brown's sound of the Polydor years – but by this time, he moved into smoother ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
One of the trippiest Rob Mazurek albums in years, and one of the most mindblowing too – and that's before you even put on 3D classes to look at the album's cover art! The set was recorded at the experimental studios in the Marfa art colony in Texas – and Rob plays solo throughout, in ... read moreCD
Rob Mazurek —
Rome ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ...
An incredible solo record from Rob Mazurek – a wonderful change from some of his larger group and collaborative projects – even though we love those a heck of a lot too! This set's a great reminder of the core improvisational genius that Rob's always had, but which sometimes is ... read moreCD