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Elvin Jones/Takehisa TanakaWhen I Was At Aso Mountain ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... $13.99
Elvin Jones introduces Japanese pianist Takehisa Tanaka to a larger audience – giving him a perfect setting with a quartet format that also includes Cecil McBee on bass Sonny Fortune on flute and tenor sax! Tanaka's style is a bit laidback – spacious, but sometimes a bit wispy, even ... read more CD

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Hank JonesHanky Panky ... CD
East Wind (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
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 more CD

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Hank JonesHave You Met This Jones? ... CD
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
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 more CD

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Jimmy JonesJimmy Jones Trio ... CD
Vogue/Sony (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the few albums as a leader from pianist Jimmy Jones – a musician who was best known for his backing work for a few famous singers – but a player who really shines on this rare French session from the 50s! Jimmy's got a really great command of the keys – still that rhythmic ... read more CD

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Jonah JonesJonah Jones Sextet ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $9.99
Not the Jonah Jones of Capitol Records crossover fame – but a different version of the player who's even leaner and meaner overall – set up here in a cool combo for this rare 50s date for Bethlehem Records! Jonah's still got some bright tones in his trumpet, but the whole group really ... read more CD

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Jonah Jones/Ivy Pete & His LimbomaniacsJonah Jones/Ivy Pete & His Limbomaniacs ... CD
Alma, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
An unusual combination of records – both pretty darn great! First up is Jazz Tropical from Jonah Jones – one of the coolest albums ever from this legendary trumpeter – a set that's got a strongly Latin flavor, and which provides a very unique setting for Jonah's horn! The ... read more CD

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Duke JordanDuke Jordan Trio (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Vogue/Sony (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $13.99
A gem of a record from the young Duke Jordan – a set recorded in France, as part of a big postwar effort by the Vogue label – but one that also really captures the fresh, boppish energy that Jordan brought to his work on the US scene at the time! Duke's razor-sharp here – a deft ... read more CD

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Kidd Jordan/Hamid DrakeNight In November – Live In New Orleans ... CD
Valid, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99
Deeply soulful work from legendary reedman Kidd Jordan – an important figure on the New Orleans scene for many years, but one who's only finally getting his full exposure on recent records of this nature! The set features Jordan in duets with drummer Hamid Drake – as well as a solo ... read more CD

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Kidd Jordan/Peter Kowald/Alvin FielderTrio & Duo In New Orleans ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $24.99
A wonderful showcase for the soulful tenor talents of Kidd Jordan – a player with a style that takes us back to some of the richest, most expressive musicians of the loft jazz scene of the 70s! Jordan's got a way of spinning out a long, personal statement on his horn – one that's ... read more CD

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Manolo JuarezDe Aqui En Mas (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trova/Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
Really sublime, really unique piano trio work from Manolo Juarez – an obscure 70s session that has a feel that's unlike anything else we can think of! The set was done for the Trova label in Argentina, but it's got echoes of other South American modes throughout – maybe a bit of bossa ... read more CD

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Manolo JuarezTiempo Reflejado (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
A rare and beautiful album from pianist Manolo Juarez – who came from the same Argentine scene as Gato Barbieri and Astor Piazzolla – and a musician with a similar sense of moving older modes forward very strongly! The music here is jazz at the outset, but filled with lots of ... read more CD

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Manolo JuarezTrio Juarez (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
A really lovely bit of jazz from Argentine pianist Manolo Juarez – and a set that's completely different both from the usual jazz piano trio album, and from other South American jazz of the time! There's a sense of lyricism that seems inherited from the bossa nova generation in Brazil – ... read more CD

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Manolo JuarezTrio Juarez + 2 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
Really wonderful music from Argentine pianist Manolo Juarez – a set hat doesn't just have his trio augmented by the two elements promised in the title – but by a shifting array of sounds from guitar, vibes, quena, and even a bit of voice as well! The music is jazz, but with lots of ... read more CD
Also available Trio Juarez + 2 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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Henry Kaiser & Ray RussellCelestial Squid ... CD
Cuneiform, 2015. New Copy ... $15.99 17.98
Two avant guitar giants – coming together here in an album that's got a decidedly progressive feel overall! The record's quite forward-moving and focused – with almost a rockish energy at the bottom – no surprise, given that both Henry Kaiser and Ray Russell have plenty of ties ... read more CD

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Fumio KarashimaGathering (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $21.99
A great pianist in a really great trio – on a record that's wonderful not just for the piano lines of Fumio Karashima, but also for the bass of Isao Suzuki and drums of George Otsuka! All three players were really reinventing the sound of jazz on the Japanese scene of the 70s – and all ... read more CD
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George Kawaguchi's Big 4Big 4 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $28.99
Japan's legendary drummer steps out here with a killer combo – definitely a "big 4", given that the group features excellent tenor work from Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto, plus Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano from Hideo Ichikawa! Kawaguchi's famous sense of swing really ... read more CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Ryo KawasakiEight Mile Road ... CD
East Wind (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A real classic from Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – a sweet batch of Japanese fusion tracks, with lots of nice work on guitar, keyboards, and reeds! Like a lot of Ryo's other albums from the time, the record blends together jazzy riffing with some smoother R&B touches – but still ... read more CD

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Wynton KellyIt's All Right! (plus bonus track) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
A tight little groover from Wynton Kelly – one of a few mid 60s gems done for Verve in a style that's harder-hitting and more focused than some of Kelly's other work! The record's got an approach that's a bit pop, but plenty darn soulful too – a style that focuses the already-great ... read more CD

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Calvin KeysClose Enough For Love ... CD
Life Force Jazz, 2015. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Never-heard music from guitarist Calvin Keys – recorded in a number of different settings over the past decade or two, and issued here together to make for one of his most satisfying records in years! While we've liked the Wide Hive material Keys has recorded during his comeback, we're even ... read more CD

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Calvin KeysProceed With Caution! ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
No need to be cautious here – as the album's the sort you can jump into right away – thanks to some wicked grooves from legendary guitarist Calvin Keys! Calvin's had a great revival in recent years, but this album's the stuff that first put him on the map – a brilliant early date ... read more CD
 
 



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