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
A stone classic from Roland Kirk – and a record that beautifully balances his modern ideas and playful energy – as you might guess from the title! While posing as the "whistleman", Roland's also pushing the boundaries of jazz a few steps forward too – not just in modern ... 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
No sonic labyrinth here – just a great set of hard-blown grooves from saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen! The session's a well-focused effort that has Eero working in quartet formation with acoustic piano, bass, and drums – blowing beautiful tones and colors with a slightly angular approach ... 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
Hans Koller Free Sound —
Nome ... CD Be! (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
Fantastic work from avant saxophonist Hans Koller – rare material that stands with the best Free Sound albums he released for MPS in the 70s! By this point in his career, Koller was really exploding with talent – a sax player who first begun in the postwar years with modes that were ... 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
One of those really unique records that trumpeter Toshinori Kondo gave us in the 80s – not really fusion, but not avant either all – yet a very unusual criss-crossing of electric and acoustic impulses, with a vibe that's all its own! Kondo's clearly drawing a bit of inspiration from ... read moreCD
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
One of the more obscure 60s albums cut by jazz vocalist Irene Kral – and a great little record that shows her to be more of a singer than we expected! Some of the tunes on the set have the straight vocals with band feel of Irene's other albums, but a few more go for a groovier sort of 60s ... (Vocalists, Jazz)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
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
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
An incredible early album from pianist Steve Kuhn – one of his first, but already as clear an expression of his modernist genius as you're ever likely to hear! Right from the very first note, the record announces itself as something new – with a freshness that's still as crisp all ... read moreCD
Scandinavian jazz, recorded in Bali – in a great shift from previous volumes in this series – as all musicians play a bit of gamelan as well! Make no mistake, the format is definitely freely improvised music with a strong jazz current – with the mighty Jonas Kullhammar on tenor ... read moreCD
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
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
A pair of jazz funk classics from this group who got their start with reedman Tom Scott! First up is the self-titled LA Express – funky fusion with a bit of a studio feel – played by the LA Express, a combo best known for their work with Tom Scott – stepping out here strongly on ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums we've ever heard from trombonist Frank Lacy – an artist who hardly ever takes the spotlight as a leader, but who really shines at the helm of this amazing set! The group has a depth of feeling that takes us back to some of Lacy's more spiritual projects of previous ... 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
A huge amount of unreleased tracks from the Finnish scene of the 70s! Jazz Liisa 11 features some of the deepest work so far on this excellent series of Finnish jazz from the 70s – a set that begins with some strong work from saxophonist Pentti Lahti – who works here with a cool combo ... 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
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 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
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!)
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
Andy Laverne —
Faith ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist Andy Laverne is really showing us all sides of his talents here – not just his wonderful skills on the keys of the piano, but also his strong ear for fresh compositions as well! All the tracks here are originals by Andy, and they're beautiful tracks that sparkle nicely with dark ... read moreCD
Azar Lawrence & Al McLean —
Frontiers ... CD Cellar Live, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ...
A great collaboration between spiritual jazz legend Azar Lawrence and overlooked Montreal reedman Al McLean – two very well-matched players who really seem to soar in each other's company! The tracks here are nice and long, and really share some of the strongly soulful currents of Azar's ... 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!)
Moody work from one of the most groundbreaking flute players of the 70s – and a real standout in the legendary catalot of CTI Records! Hubert Laws was not only richly talented, but he was also capable of a large number of styles – and this double-length set for CTI has him moving past ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
One of the most sublime Hubert Laws albums for CTI – a set that features his incredibly soulful flute work floating over these beautiful large arrangements by Don Sebesky – all ticked by some sweet electric piano from Bob James! The sound is perfect – that balance of soul and ... 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
It's easy to forget to breathe with music this intense – a full-on frenzy from a quartet that features Paal Nilssen-Love on drums, Ken Vandermark on saxes, and both Terrie Ex and Andy Moore on guitars! The guitars are spaced out – one in each channel – which only makes the sonic ... read moreCD
A haunting set from French soundtrack maestro Michel Legrand – an obscure album of orchestral tunes from the mid 70s, handled with a lot more strings than you'd usually hear in his work, but in a way that comes off sounding delightful! Legrand has a talent for making any kind of setting ... read moreCD
A sweet American set from French maestro Michel Legrand – a record that mixes a bit of his soundtrack styles with the mellow jazz and funk groove of the 70s! Some of the tracks almost feel as if they could have been lifted from the Kudu Records catalog of the time – full charts, but ... 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
John Lewis takes on the music of Gary McFarland – working here in a very cool set of McFarland compositions and arrangements – often with a lot more tone, color, and feeling than usual for a Lewis album! John often punctuates his piano notes, almost as if he's using vibes – and ... 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
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
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the ... 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
One of the most hard-edged albums we've ever heard from pianist Kirk Lightsey – thanks to the presence of Jerry Gonzalez on congas, which really adds a nice extra bite to the record! The whole lineup is great – and includes Santi Debriano on bass and Eddie Gladden on drums – but ... read moreCD
A fantastic little record that's well worth all the orgasmic power promised in the title – as the set offers up a very different take on the Hammond style of years back – but still has lots of 60s qualities in the overall sound! Some of the tunes here are from unusual sources – ... 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
A killer from trumpeter Booker Little – one of the last few records that Book cut before his early death, and one of his only ones as a leader! The album features an excellent soulbop quintet with Wynton Kelly and Tommy Flanagan on piano, Scott LaFaro on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – ... 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
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
Groundbreaking work from pianist Jacques Loussier – a hip mix of jazz music and classical themes that set a whole new standard for the 60s! Loussier's a very dynamic pianist who's clearly got classical roots – but he also manages to make these older tunes swing with a good degree of ... read moreCD
Great music from jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe – a set that was originally written as the soundtrack for an early 60s sexploitation film, Satin In High Heels – but which works equally well as a jazz album on its own! Lowe's in a slightly different setting than on some of his earlier ... read moreCD
A sweet Hammond groover from the 60s – and one that's been sadly overlooked as the years go on! Don't pass this one by, though, as the young Gene Ludwig is a hell of a talent – a cooker on the keys, with a strong sound that was brewed up in the clubs of Pittsburgh and Ohio – ... 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
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
Sweet funky instrumentals from Galt MacDermot – the man known for his contributions to jazz, his legendary score for Hair, and a fair bit of classic hip hop samples over the years! The set's one of Galt's greatest small combo moments – recorded in the funky 70s with a sweet group that ... 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
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
Not just flute to boot – but a heck of a lot more jazz, too – thanks to a lineup that features Johnny Griffin on tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Herbie Mann on flute! The presence of the three players really make this set a cooker – quite possibly Machito's best Latin jazz ... (Latin, Jazz)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
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
German trombonist Albert Manglesdorff goes toe-to-toe with an amazing line-up of avant garde mainstays in duet settings for this MPS classic – including Don Cherry, Elvin Jones, Karl Berger, Attila Zoller, Lee Konitz, and Wolfgang Dauner! The format is simple; each of the seven tracks was ... 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 real treasure from the South African scene of the 60s – and the kind of record that we thought wasn't being made until the following decade! Tenorist Winston Mankunku Ngozi rivals the genius of Coltrane and Wayne Shorter here – both artists to whom he dedicates a key track on 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
A really great little album on the short-lived, Bob Thiele-run Contact label – an early 60s set that collects rare early work by Shelly Manne from 1944! The set features a series of New York recordings with Shelly – 4 tracks with the Barney Bigard Trio with Eddie Heywood on piano; 4 ... read moreCD
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
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 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
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
Sho nuff grooves from the great Harvey Mason – a jazz drummer at heart, but one whose talents also exploded into the realm of funk and soul in the second half of the 70s! Mason was part of a big generation of jazzmen who moved into soul – drummers like Billy Cobham and Norman Connors, ... (Soul, Jazz)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
Nick Mazzarella & Tomeka Reid —
Signaling ... CD Nessa, 2017. New Copy ...
Completely sublime duets between alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and cellist Tomeka Reid – working here together at a level that seems to both bring a whole new sense of energy to duo improvisation, and also put the record at the level of some of the most exciting work of the 70s! The ... read moreCD
Christian McBride Big Band —
Bringin' It ... CD Mack Avenue, 2017. New Copy ...
Excellent large group material from Christian McBride – an artist who may well be one of the most hard-working men in jazz these days! McBride's big band is always a treat – as the group soars with a soulful energy that matches Christian's smaller group material, but really expands on ... read moreCD
A really great live set from the legendary Les McCann – recorded in Paris at the start of the 60s, and with a much grittier feel than some of his studio records of the time! The tracks are often long, and quite freewheeling – and you really get a sense of what a charismatic presence ... read moreCD
Reedman Donny McCaslin's been making records for many years now – but he also seems to have gotten a new sort of inspiration from his work with David Bowie on his final recording – at a level that really seems to influence his sound here! The record's still very much a jazz session ... read moreCD
Two classic greasy grooves – hot off the grill from chef Jack McDuff! Hot Barbeque is one of our favorite all-time Jack McDuff albums, and one that features his classic quartet in totally amazing form. George Benson's wailing on guitar, and proving that he was a genius, even at this tender ... read moreCD
A dream of a record from Gary McFarland – lightly jazzy instrumentals with a warm bossa nova undercurrent! The style is incredible – a sweet blend of vibes, guitar, and even some light whistling – often also featuring wordless jazz vocals – scatting along with the groove in ... read moreCD
We've loved drummer Noel McGhie in many modes over the years – including free jazz and funky fusion – and here, he's working in a very cool hybrid of jazz and Caribbean styles – with some island-styled rhythms inflected by solo work on trumpet, guitar, and alto sax! The sound is ... read moreCD