A great post-CTI session from Freddie Hubbard – one that has him blowing over sweet arrangements from Bob James, who manages to keep things full, yet soulful throughout! There's a lot of instrumentation backing Freddie up for the date – full horns, strings, and even a bit of chorus ... read moreCD
Bobbi Humphrey —
Dig This! ... CD Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1972. New Copy ...
A stone killer from funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey – one of her early albums for Blue Note Records, and a set that's a perfect summation of the best sides of her talents! The album's got a slightly different feel than Bobbi's work with Larry Mizell – yet still sports a similar ... read moreCD
A rare gem on 60s Prestige Records – and one of the earliest records to feature the incredible talents of reedman Sonny Fortune! Sonny burst into fame in the 70s as a spiritual player with a really freewheeling groove – but this late 60s date has Fortune in the company of Hammond ... read moreCD
Lovely solo work from Abdullah Ibrahim – a set recorded live, as a musical autobiography – and as such, filled with a much bigger range of styles than some of his other albums of the time! Ibrahim brings in older South African melodies, some American standards, modern jazz compositions ... read moreCD
Sublime solo piano from Abdullah Ibrahim – and a set that also features a bit of solo saxophone as well! The performance was recorded in an Italian concert hall with a wonderfully resonant sound – and the material is half compositions by Ibrahim, and half improvisations that have a ... read moreCD
Finnish reedman Mikko Innanen works here with American jazz giants William Parker on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums – but in setting that definitely has Mikko holding his own! Innanen plays alto, baritone, and other reed instruments – often with a style that's surprisingly soulful, ... read moreCD
Nothing innocent about this record – because the groove is hard and heavy, wild and trippy – a really heady brew of funky jazz and more psychedelic influences – all recorded with some weird sounds in the background too! The album's a great one from Japanese groove pioneer Takeshi ... read moreCD
The group's name is a bit of wordplay, and might make you think they're presenting themselves in a flip sort of way – but their music is rock-solid, and has this well-crafted, rock-solid approach that's mighty nice! Intrioduction have that open, flowing sensibility that the better European ... read moreCD
Intrioduction, recorded live at the North Sea Festival – on a set that features sparkling interplay between Harry Happel on piano, Koos Wiltenburg on bass, and Fred Krens on drums – a lineup that has a great balance between the strength of Happel's piano lines, and some of the more ... read moreCD
Max Ionata —
Rewind ... CD Via Veneto (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
A wonderful setting for reedman Max Ionata – an album that has him working alongside some Hammond organ from Alberto Gurrisi, who really brings a soulful vibe to the album! Max is always great on other albums – and often plays with this rich tenor sound that takes us back to our ... read moreCD
A hell of a combo from the contemporary Scandinavian scene, and one who just seem to sound better and better with each new record! This American release is a complete gem – maybe even greater than some of IPA's previous import titles – with a mindblowing vision of jazz that seems to ... read moreCD
A landmark album from this powerhouse Cuban group of the 70s – their first record issued formally to an American market, and quite possibly their greatest effort of the decade! The sound here is a lot more focused than on the group's Cuban sessions from previous years – not commercial ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffalos —
African Rock ... CD Dan/Clinck (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Don't think "African rock", think spiritual jazz – as the set's a brilliant blend of the funky styles of Akira Ishikawa and his Count Buffalos combo with some deeper percussive elements that bring a whole new global sound to his music! Ishikawa was already a tremendous talent ... read moreCD
A great little record with an angular, soulful flow – and a sense of direction that's way more confident than you'd guess from the mixed-up look on Shun Ishikawa's face on the cover! Shun's a drummer, and he leads a group here that's full of dynamic energy – excellent work on tenor and ... read moreCD
Pedro Iturralde with Paco DeLucia —
Flamenco Jazz ... CD MPS/Edel (Germany), 1967. New Copy ...
Really wonderful stuff – and a record that may well be even better than the previous flamenco jazz albums cut by Paco DeLucia and Petro Iturralde in Spain! This set is part of a key late 60s moment when the MPS label was experimenting with a blend of jazz and sounds from around the globe ... read moreCD
Open, expressive sounds from the team of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and Vijay Iyer on piano, Fender Rhodes, and electronics – all served up in a mode that's quite different from recent records by either musician! The "rhythm" in the title here might be a bit misplaced – as ... read moreCD
One of the most obscure albums ever from the groovy vocal team of Jackie Cain and Roy Kral – and one of the most compelling, too! The duo take on songs from two older musicals for the set – but completely transform them with their playful, inventive approach to arrangements – a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Keefe Jackson & Jason Adasiewicz —
Rows & Rows ... CD Delmark, 2016. New Copy ...
Mindblowing sounds from two of the most creative musicians on the contemporary Chicago scene – coming together in a setting that really brings out the best of both of them! Keefe Jackson's a reedman who can blow with a strong sense of freedom, but never lose his way – and, like session ... read moreCD
Keefe Jackson/Josh Berman/Jon Rune Strom/Tollef Ostvang —
Southern Sun ... CD Stone Floor (Norway), 2015. New Copy ...
A killer quartet session that matches a pair of the finest, most adventurous players from the post-millennium Chicago jazz scene with equally excellent counterparts from Norway! The players are Keefe Jackson on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Josh Berman on coronet, Jon Rune Strom on double bass and ... read moreCD
Drummer Oliver Jackson had a hell of a lot of experience in his few decades in jazz – big band work with Lionel Hampton and Buck Clayton, cooler combo work with Yusef Lateef, and his own great group with tenorist Budd Johnson – all pages of his past that he seems to bring to this ... read moreCD
Illinois Jacquet was one of those players who never stopped going as the decades moved on – a tenorist who started in the bigger jumping bands of the swing generation, but one who was able to grow and shift over the years, and continue to hone his craft! This late date from Switzerland shows ... read moreCD
A pair of Impulse albums from Keith Jarrett – back to back on a single CD! First up is Death & The Flower – really wonderful early work from Keith Jarrett – a spiritually-driven session that's free from the cliches of his later work! The album's a spectacular group effort ... read moreCD
Rare American work from reedman Bobby Jaspar – a player best known for his contributions to French jazz in the postwar years, but working here with a set of American players! The album was recorded in New York for French branch of Columbia Records – done in November of 1956, and ... read moreCD
A funky electric jazz jam that's been lost for years – very heavy on the keyboards and filled with choppy sax riffs! The sound here is kind of a combination of the Groove Merchant style of the early 70s and some of the tighter intensity of Stone Alliance – as the group (like Stone ... read moreCD
A really unique little record – a set of jazz reinterpretations of the style of biguine – that highly rhythmic mode from the French West Indies, which itself received a strong influx of jazz in the post-war years! Alain Jean-Marie has roots in Guadeloupe, but plays with the open flow ... read moreCD
JJ Band (El Chicles & Chakachas) —
JJ Band ... CD Polydor/Sonorama (Germany), 1970. New Copy ...
Incredible funk, soul, jazz, post psychedelia and funk rock from the JJ Band – recorded in Brussels and featuring core players who were also integral members of Chakachas & El Chicles! The JJ Band find a hard grooving style steeped in horns, with heavy drums, bass and percussion, fuzzy ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best Herbie Hancock moments of the early 70s, plus some of the side projects of the Headhunters. Warmly funky, but with a nice edge – with a ... read moreCD
A great run of records from Alphonso Johnson – the best of his career, wrapped up here in one sweet set! First up is Moonshadows – one of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best ... read moreCD
Some of the best work ever from the legendary Buddy Johnson – brought together in the best package we've ever seen to showcase his music! Johnson was a crucial figure in the postwar years – and an artist who helped music make a shift from the bigger bands of the swing years to the ... read moreCD
Nicely sharp sounds from the great JJ Johnson – a set that has the trombonist really honing his edge on a host of tight, short tracks – with a vibe that almost recalls his initial bop recordings on Blue Note and Prestige! The style here is a bit more sophisticated – definitely ... read moreCD
That's quite an image on the cover – and quite a record as well – as the set's one of the best chances you'll get to hear tenor giant Plas Johnson blowing loose and free in the 50s! Plas did countless studio sessions with other artists, and recorded some mellower sides for Capitol ... read moreCD
A pair of soul jazz guitar gems from the legendary Boogaloo Joe Jones – back to back on a single CD! First up is the first-ever album from one of our favorite jazz guitarists ever – the mighty Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones – the man who helped funky guitar find a whole new place in ... read moreCD
Prime post-Coltrane material from Elvin Jones – featuring his "power trio" style of operation, with one great sax player out front, and Jones kicking it in the back with the bass player! In this case, the sax player is George Coleman – who's really finding a voice of his own ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from jazz singer Etta Jones – an effort cut around the same time as her better-known records for Prestige, but one that's maybe done with an even hipper sound overall! Etta's nicely laidback, and hits that soulful, singing mood that makes her so great right from the start ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A beautiful bit of understated 70s brilliance from Hank Jones – working here in a no-nonsense format that rivals the greatness of his earlier years! At one level, the album's recorded with some of the touches of some of the Japanese trio sides of the 70s – yet the tunes here are ... read moreCD
Hank Jones at the height of his powers – working in an unusual trio with the great Isla Eckinger on bass – a well-rounded, soulfully-toned player who really helps make some magic on the set! Hank's talents are well-known, and very much in their best form here – but the slightly ... read moreCD
A great 2-in-1 CD that combines the last two albums that Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones cut for Prestige! Black Whip is amazing stuff from Boogaloo Joe – who unlike some of the other players on Prestige during the early 70s – who often got a bit weaker as the decade moved on, thanks to the ... read moreCD
Drummer Jo Jones is at the helm of a sweet trio here – one that features Gerry Wiggins on piano and Major Holley on bass – both players who have the well-rounded sense of jazz history that Jones brings to his music! The record's got the snap of some of Jones' best from the 50s – ... read moreCD
Quincy Jones may be best remembered for his funky soundtrack work of the 70s – but the man can also hit a deeper, more serious vein when he wants – as he does on this ambitious album-length project inspired by the landmark Roots mini-series! The music isn't a straight soundtrack from ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
An overlooked spiritual jazz gem from the 70s – recorded for the Dutch Timeless label, but done in a mode that sparkles with the energy of Strata East at the time! Guitarist Rodney Jones is in some wonderfully hip company for the set – a lineup that includes Kenny Kirkland on piano, ... read moreCD
A brilliant 70s album from bassist Sam Jones – a player who rose to fame with Cannonball Adderley at the start of the 60s, and worked on his own as a leader too – but who really seemed to take off during the time of this recording! Sam's sense of groove and arranging is very strongly ... read moreCD
A strong 70s recording by a group that was mostly known as the Cedar Walton trio – the group of Sam Jones on bass, Walton on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums – recorded only for the Japanese market, and a heck of a record! The set's got one standout feature that sets it apart from ... read moreCD
The birth of a legend – documented here in a really wonderful package – a brilliant 2CD set that brings forth the first-ever recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – heard here on the debut nights of their very long run of Monday night performances at the Village ... read moreCD
Pianist Duke Jordan takes on the groovy score to the French film Les Liasions Dangereuses – material best known via Art Blakey's original recording with tenorist Barney Wilen – but equally great here in Jordan's lesser-known version! The group here is excellent – with some of ... read moreCD
One of the hippest 70s albums you could hope to find by Sheila Jordan – originally recorded for the East West label in Japan,! The set features Sheila singing with a small group that includes Norman Marnell on tenor, Alan Pasqua on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Amazing bossa jazz from Brazilian tenor saxophonist Juarez – a record that moves and grooves with an even harder edge than any American session of the type from the time – with lots of raw percussion that sounds really great next to the soulful tenor! The album's quite early in the ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A stunner of a record from trumpeter Goran Kajfes – an artist we've loved for years, but who really blows us away even more with this set! The first album with his Subtropic Arkestra was a real revelation – a bold step into funkier, more globally-conscious territory – but this ... read moreCD
Ryo Kawasaki —
Prism ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Excellent early work from guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – a set that's got a leaner, meaner feel than some of his more polished later work – at a level that really lets Kawasaki shine throughout! The vibe is maybe a bit like CTI, but looser and more free – with wonderful colors and ... read moreCD
A hell of a record from Japanese reedman Tetsuro Kawasahima – a player who's got more than a few albums under his belt, but who we've only discovered with this excellent release! The album's got all the classic feel and sense of soul you'd expect from the cover – and features almost ... read moreCD
A great group with a really unique vibe – a sound that's much warmer and more captivating than you'd guess from the "catharsis" in their name – as trombonist Ryan Keberle blends together elements of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian music, with some especially haunting wordless ... read moreCD
Early work by singer Beverly Kenny – a great 50s jazz vocalist who never got her due, but who managed to make some pretty fine records at the time! This album's one of them, and features backings from Ralph Burns – not as dark and moody as some of his other work of the 50s, and in a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Gypsy Man ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ...
Sweet electric funk from Robin Kenyatta – but a set with some slightly complicated moments too! The album's a bit like some of Yusef Lateef's more electric moments on Atlantic, although probably not as cerebral overall – and Robin plays a range of reeds, including alto, flute, and ... read moreCD
A great blend of older jazz styles and the sweet 70s funk of Robin Kenyatta – served up with a hip sort of sparkle overall! There's a few familiar jazz modes in here that definitely live up to the spirit of the title – but most of the record is more open, laidback, and somewhat ... read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Terra Nova ... CD Altantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ...
A cool bit of funk from reedman Robin Kenyatta – slightly electric, and often with a bit of an angular groove – almost a South African influence at times, although warmed up with a good dose of American soul as well! Most numbers here have some sort of keyboards – either from Pat ... read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Until ... CD Vortex/Wounded Bird, 1968. New Copy ...
One of the earliest albums as a leader from reedman Robin Kenyatta – and a set that's also one of his most compelling too! There's a definitely freer sound here than on some of Robin's smoother sets from the 70s – a vibe that's somewhere near the space of Impulse Records in the post-Col ... read moreCD
Calvin Keys —
Shawn-Neeq ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
A stone classic on the Black Jazz label – and one of the most unique guitar albums ever! We're not sure what the title meant originally – but over the past few decades, it's come to stand for some heavy heavy guitar work from the legendary Calvin Keys – a record that's really ... read moreCD
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Steve Khan —
Blue Man ... CD Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A blue man, without his group – and a sweet 70s fusion set from guitarist Steve Khan! The set's got that best Columbia Records groove from the time – a sound that could easily cross over to fusion fans on both sides of the tracks – those who dig soulful undercurrents, thanks to ... 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
Beautiful fusion from guitarist Steve Khan – one of those great 70s players who could play things tight, yet still keep an edge! The album's got a well-produced groove – the same sort of soulful undercurrent you'd get in other Columbia fusion sets of the period – yet Khan's ... read moreCD
Shamisen never sounded so groovy before – thanks to excellent work from Akira Ishikawa & His Count Buffalos – who are working here at their funky 70s best! The album mixes great sounds from Count Buffalos with the solo talents of Rinsoye Kida on shamisen – the traditional ... read moreCD
A beautiful final performance from pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – one that features a long-drawn, spun-out solo that stands as a wonderful testament to his many years of wonderful records – and which has this sense of completeness and complexity that makes it a haunting last message from ... read moreCD
Masabumi Kikuchi —
East Wind ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
A brilliant set from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – two long, leaping, loping tracks that almost feel like some of McCoy Tyner's best work! Kikuchi plays acoustic piano, and the group's a quartet with Terumasu Hino on trumpet, Koshuke Mine on tenor, Eric Gravatt on drums, and Juni Booth ... read moreCD
Masabumi Kikuchi —
In Concert ... CD Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
Heavy electric piano from Masabumi Kikuchi – played here on two side-long tracks that really stretch out! The album's a live one, and features Kikuchi working with a sextet – a great lineup that features soprano sax, bass, and drums – plus some added organ and keyboards next to ... read moreCD
An excellent mid 70s Japanese fusion set, led by the Gil Evans protege Masabumi Kikuchi – with a very similar group to the one on his awesome Susto LP! The vibe isn't quite as funky on this outing – in fact it's a bit more reminiscent of Miles' spacey electric explorations – ... read moreCD
A gem of a record from Japanese keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi – one of those massive Japanese fusion classics that was partly recorded overseas, partly here in the US – with a sound that brings together all the best soulful aspects of both scenes! Kikuchi can create some really weird, ... read moreCD
A great album of funky Japanese fusion – one of the few sets from the Japanese scene of the late 70s that got any sort of wider release in the US – and a treasure that we've loved for years! The set's got a really great sound – soulful and funky, but sharp too – in a lineup ... read moreCD
Masabumi Kikuchi/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian —
Tethered Moon ... CD King (Japan), 1991. New Copy ...
A great later date from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a player we love for his groundbreaking work in the 70s, and who still sounds equally great here in the company of bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian! Kikuchi's got a sharp tone that really grabs our ears right away – ... read moreCD
A stunning follow-up to the first Tethered Moon album from the trio of Masabumu Kikuchi on piano, Gary Peacock on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – material recorded at the same time as the first record, but with a vibe that's sometimes slightly different! As before, the acoustic tones of ... read moreCD
A set that definitely lives up to the poetry promised in its title – with none of the too-clean sounds you might guess from its hand-washing reference either! The album's one of the freest, most organic sessions we've heard from pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – almost improvised at points, ... read moreCD
2 rare pre-Atlantic albums from the legendary King Curtis – back to back on one CD! Old Gold is a sweet early cooker from King – recorded with a raw sound and a sense of fire that most of his other albums from this time didn't have! Part of the difference here is the setting – ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Julie Kjaer/John Edwards/Steve Noble —
Dobbeltgaeenger ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy ...
Quite a powerful trio here – one that rumbles with the brilliant bass of John Edwards and skittish drums of Steve Noble – and which provides a perfect introduction to the striking alto sax talents of Julie Kjaer! Julie might have been on record before, but this set's the first time we'r ... read moreCD
An early 80s set from John Klemmer – an album that's indeed mostly solo saxophone genius – and it's pretty wondeful! The record does have some additional instrumentation and vocalese from Klemmer, and a vocal tune with Clint Holmes, but it's the sparest stuff here that's really the ... read moreCD
Three albums from the late 80s – all of which show Earl Klugh still going strong, and very much at the top of his game! Soda Fountain Shuffle is a set that's got plenty of electric elements in the rhythms, mixed with lots of acoustic interplay from Earl over the top! Klugh's touch on the ... read moreCD
A very cool trio set – one that has leader Kirk Knuffke on cornet, alongside Hammond from Jamie Saft and some excellent drums from Hamid Drake! The setting is maybe straighter than usual for Drake, but he really brings something special to the record – opening up with this looseness ... read moreCD
Don't be put off by the title, because this is hardly the sort of ballet you might see at the opera house – and instead features some of the best early modern jazz work from the great Krzysztof Komeda. The title track is the ultimate recording of one of the most ambitious works ever composed ... read moreCD
Komeda soundtrack work from the early 60s – his legendary score for Roman Polanski's Knife In Water – plus a bit of his work from the earlier Innocent Sorcerers and other jazzy material from the period! Knife In The Water Is a wonderful score that echoes with the modern tones and ... (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
Lee Konitz —
Leewise ... CD Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ...
A beautiful setting for the alto sax of Lee Konitz – the Jazzpar All Star Nonet, a group directed by reedman Jens Sondergaard, who bring a crisp, modern swing to the set! The ensemble are awash in great colors and tone – from Sondergaard's soprano, alto, and baritone sax – as ... read moreCD
The title definitely gets it right – as this is the real sound of Lee Konitz – the kind of extra-special approach to alto sax that made Lee one of the true modern giants of the 50s, with an approach that nobody had ever heard before! The album captures Konitz at the height of his ... read moreCD
Standards live, but swung the Lee Konitz way – which means that the tunes are always filled with nice little twists and turns – and some of those plenty sharp edges we've always loved in Lee's alto! Konitz is really a rare breed – a player who's made amazing music for over 50 ... read moreCD
One of our favorite-ever Lee Konitz albums – a really unique session with a wonderful kind of sound! The record is one that might not please all Konitz purists – as Lee plays a bit of Varitone sax and flute in addition to his usual acoustic alto. However, the set's got an amazing edge ... read moreCD
The title might be a bit misleading, as "humorous" isn't a word that's normally associated with the music of alto sax legend Lee Konitz – given his focus on serious styles and modern moments in his earlier years. Yet the player also developed quite a sense of humanity in his later ... read moreCD
Tenoris Seamus Blake makes a great appearance on this quartet session from drummer Vladimir Kostandinovic – able to soar with the urgency that Vladimir can bring to his more uptempo numbers, then cool things down with long, drawn-out soulful solos at the mellower moments – creating a ... read moreCD
Bassist Boris Kozlov works here wonderfully alongside the guitar of David Gilmore – in a trio setting that has both of the string players trading lines over deft work on drums from Rudy Royston! Royston's nicely laidback and open – and really lets both musicians handle melody and ... read moreCD
An unusual blend of jazz, fusion, and gwo ka rhythms from Guadelopue – served up here in a classic album from trumpeter Edmony Krater! Krater blows some beautiful solos on the record – a bit like Don Cherry in some of his more globally-oriented projects – but the overall approach ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Vocalist Karin Krog and reedman John Surman have been making music together for many years – using her unique phrasing and John's sense of tone and texture in beautiful ways – often mixed with a bit of electronics, too! And despite an already-great legacy of other albums, the duo may ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
The already-great team of singer Karin Krog and pianist Steve Kuhn gets some extra special help here – thanks to the appearance of Eric Alexander on tenor and Lew Soloff on trumpet – each of whom guest on three different tracks apiece! The core of the record has Krog's dark, moody ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Bold music, indeed – a tremendous blend of avant garde jazz and groovier moments from pianist Joachim Kuhn! The style is a great illustration of the two key poles of the MPS label at the end of the 60s – the company's willingness to take a chance on freer jazz artists, but also its ... read moreCD
It seems like it's been many years since we last heard from reedman Peter Kuhn – but the sharpness of this set hardly marks the passage of time, as Kuhn's every bit as vibrant as he was a force on the avant scene of the late 70s and early 80s! As before, Kuhn handles a lot of b-flat and bass ... read moreCD
Rolf Kuhn —
Stereo ... CD MPS (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Really great work from Rolf Kuhn – the German reedman who began making modern music during that nation's postwar scene – and who's continued to remain on the forefront of innovation as the decades have moved on! This set is a great illustration of Kuhn's commitment to new sounds and ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from jazz piano great Steve Kuhn! This set came to fruition after an extended engagement with his trio at NYC's Birdland, which makes a lot sense – as the interplay is so finely-honed that it feels like it must've been live-tested – in a way that's still urgent and ... read moreCD
A pretty great little set from drummer Janne Kullhammar – father of tenor genius Jonas Kullhammar, and a heck of a great leader in his own right! The style here is old school soul jazz, with maybe a slight contemporary vibe – played by a combo that features Claes Asekelof on guitar, ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from this really unique west coast combo of the 70s – a quartet that draws plenty from key contributions of each of its members – but which also has a very special sound in the acoustic guitar of Laurindo Almeida! Almeida's a player who'd already been working in LA for ... read moreCD
A beautiful group, and one with a very unique sound – a style that draws from the early 50s experiments in Brazilian jazz by Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida – but which also moves the approach into even more sophisticated 70s territory! The quartet features Almeida on acoustic guitar ... read moreCD
Benny Lackner Trio —
Siskiyou ... CD Unit (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ...
Pianist Benny Lackner hits a groove here that's really unique – funky, but not jazz funk at all – and instead kind of a spacious, flowing sound on his keyboard that carves out its own special feel through careful timing and well-defined sense of attack! The drums and bass in the group ... read moreCD
A fantastic performance from the final tour of the late Steve Lacy – one that features the reedman working with some of his best associates, and in a set that's a summation of everything great that he'd been doing in the previous few decades! Steve not only plays soprano sax, but also brings ... read moreCD
If we had to pick three men to spend time on a boat with, we'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better trio – the soulful sax of Guy Lafitte, the burning Hammond of Wild Bill Davis, and the jet-propelled drums of Alvin Queen! Davis is working here late in his career, but still sounding ... 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
The title and cover really get to the heart of the matter here – as the album's definitely from the piano, but not just the keys – as pianist Mathias Landeaus has a way of playing that can really open up the whole instrument! Some numbers are beautifully lyrical and poetic, but others ... read moreCD
Great work from Neil Larsen – a keyboardist who doesn't always get his due in the hipper sides of the jazz spectrum, but who sounds mighty nice on this solo album for A&M! The set's got Neil's keyboards very firmly in the lead, and also features lots of fuzzy guitar from Buzz Feiten ... read moreCD