One of the only albums we've ever seen from Japanese guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo – and an unusual record that features very small, spare groupings – either solo, or with some slight accompaniment from a set of musicians that includes Bob Mover on alto, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and David Lee ... read moreCD
A nice little wake up call from Yoshiyaki Masuo – a set that has his guitar working in close collaboration with extra guitar from Motoaki Masuo – for a two-stringed approach that's a bit different than some of Yoshiyaki's other records! The music is laidback, but never sleepy – ... read moreCD
Yoshiyaki Masuo —
Masuo Live ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
A mixture of tight fusion and sweet mellower moments from Japanese guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo – a smoking live session that features loads of work on Yamaha electric piano and organ as well! The group's got a style that's sometimes in the fast, sharp rock fusion mode that was big in the US ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful albums we've ever heard from Yoshiyaki Masuo – a record that features some great contributions from Victor Bruce Godsey on keyboards – whose tight lines really help shape the grooves, and even pave the way for some of his vocals too! The record has Masuo working ... read moreCD
Ronnie Mathews is a pianist we always love, no matter what the context – but here he's in this extra-great trio with bassist Stafford James, who almost seems to take center stage at times! James' deep, round tone is a perfect match for Mathews' approach to piano – and while Ronnie ... read moreCD
One of the greatest sessions ever recorded by Ronnie Mathews – an excellent soul jazz pianist who's working here in a mode that's similar to that of Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, or other 70s lyrical giants! Mathews' touch on the keys is incredible – at one moment extremely sensitive and ... read moreCD
2 lost sides of soul jazz – both of them rare gems on vinyl, and back-to-back here in one nicely priced CD package! Doin The Thang is an excellent bit of lost soul jazz piano work – featuring the highly underrated Ronnie Mathews, with a quartet that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet ... read moreCD
Sweet smooth fusion from the great David Matthews – that legendary talent that started out working with James Brown, then moved to CTI Records in the 70s, then kept going strong with fusion efforts like this one in the 80s! The style is a bit more polished than some of Matthews' earlier work ... read moreCD
A lesser-known bit of funky fusion from David Matthews – a set that steps off his CTI/Kudu work of the 70s, with an update of that older jazz funk vibe! The group shows Matthews' continuing connection to the best players of this mode at the time – and features keyboards from Richard ... read moreCD
David Matthews & Electric Birds —
Digital Love ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Fast and funky fusion from David Matthews – building off the sound of his later Kudu recordings with a sweet electric groove! The album's got a pretty full approach overall – with Matthews on electric piano, and directing a large group of players that includes Mike Maineri, Michael ... read moreCD
Marcio Mattos —
SOL(os) ... CD Emanem (UK), Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy ...
The title's a bit of a pun – as the album features solo work on bass and cello from Marcio Mattos, but most of the performances also draw inspiration from solar phenomenon, which are named in the individual tracks! Despite that gag, though, the album's a relatively serious, compelling ... read moreCD
A really great solo set from the great Bennie Maupin – part of an excellent run of records as a leader, cut during the stretch when he was riding to great fame with The Headhunters! The vibe here is deeper and more spiritual than his work with that group – still somewhat influenced by ... read moreCD
Rob Mazurek has always been more of a multi-instrumentalist instead of just a cornet player – but on this amazing solo set, he really pushes the boundaries even further – by taking up a huge host of different elements and different sounds! That soaring, spacious horn is still in the ... read moreCD
The most cosmically expansive and exciting work yet from composer/coronet player Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – dedicated to Amiri Baraka, and infused with the righteous, poetic spirit of Baraka's work with Sun Ra! The Exploding Star players include some Chicago underground heroes ... read moreCD
A killer little set from Les McCann – one of his greatest records of the 60s, thanks to a fair bit of Latin Soul influences! The album's got a groove that's much grittier than Les' other work – a solid, soulful emphasis on bottom rhythms – which are mostly in a boogaloo and shing- ... read moreCD
Wild electric work from Les McCann – an album of free, open sounds that's quite a change from his styles of the 60s – and from most of his other work of the 70s too! Side one features an extended 26 minute track titled "The Lovers" – a slow-building number that has Les ... read moreCD
An incredible record – the kind of album that no fan of funky jazz should be without! This album is far and away one of the greatest ever cut by Brother Jack McDuff – and it's a baroquely complicated batch of funky jazz cuts that's still light years ahead of any other record! The ... read moreCD
Mindblowingly baroque funk from Brother Jack McDuff – an album that takes the initial Blue Note tripped-out groove of Moon Rappin, and pushes it to a whole new level! Jack's working here with arranger Ray Draper to come up with some tunes that are miles away from the earlier McDuff albums on ... read moreCD
A great record – and one that's filled with so many wonderful little moments! The whole thing's a very cool, very off-beat set of jazz tracks recorded by vibist Gary McFarland, with a group that includes Jimmy Raney on guitar, Richie Kamuca on tenor, and Steve Swallow on bass – a ... 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
A lost treasure from the great Gary McFarland – a never-heard live recording, matched here with a beautiful documentary on his too-short life! The live performance is wonderful – a small combo date in a Seattle nightclub in the mid 60s – with a very groovy group that features ... read moreCD
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Gary McFarland —
Today ... CD Skye/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
Wild stuff – and very different than Gary McFarland's earlier albums! Today was recorded late in Gary's career, and is has him moving a bit away from jazz – into a more sunshine pop feel – one that still retains plenty of the bossa and breezy elements of his Verve work, but which ... read moreCD
Very cool stuff – and a very strange record for Gary McFarland! The album features tracks that are a lot more vocal-oriented than his earlier work – but the same great sense of wild arrangements and strange subtle genius is still firmly in place. McFarland, as much as any ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from one of the most important early bop trumpeters – the mighty Howard McGhee, heard here in a set of rare material that includes obscure studio sessions and some surprisingly great live performances too! McGhee was one of the first and the best to turn the trumpet towards ... read moreCD
Amazing music from Chris McGregor and his legendary Brotherhood Of Breath ensemble – easily one of the most exciting forces in British jazz in the 70s, and one fo the few who was still sounding their best in the latter half of the decade! McGregor's got as much bite and burn here as with his ... read moreCD
Stunning! This is one of Jackie McLean's best-ever albums, and it's a haunting mix of hard bop and some of the more modernist tendencies that would inform his "new thing" period. Butch Warren plays bass, and he drives the set with an intensity that reminds us of Mingus – and which ... read moreCD
A real classic by Jackie McLean – a record that's pulled from 2 different sessions, but which stands out with a strikingly unified feel! The album was cut during the height of Jackie's bop years for Blue Note – with one 1959 session that featured Donald Byrd and Sonny Clark, and ... read moreCD
Jackie McLean —
New Soil ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
If you ever needed a record to re-remind you of the genius of Jackie McLean, this Blue Note classic may well be it! At first glance, the session appears to be the usual sort of date – a quintet outing, with help from Donald Byrd on trumpet, Walter Davis on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and ... read moreCD
One of the rarest and most sublime records from the legendary Lloyd McNeill – a performance commissioned by the Smithsonian in 1969, and featuring just McNeill and flute alongside the bass of Marshall Hawkins! The spare approach is different than some of Lloyd's other releases on his tiny ... read moreCD
Some of the hippest jazz ever played at Vassar College – and previously-unreleased work from avant legend Joe McPhee, recorded right around the same time as his classic Nation Time record! One CD features a smoking performance by McPhee on tenor – working with a group that also ... read moreCD
An incredible record from the Danish scene of the late 60s – beautifully spiritiual, and a set that we might well place next to our classics from John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders! The album grabs us right away – not just because leader Carsten Meinert begins the record with aversion ... read moreCD
Melodic Artet (Brackeen/Abdullah/Parker/Blank/Wate —
Melodic Artet ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1974. New Copy ...
A genius group from the glory days of the New York avant scene of the 70s – yet one who haven't been nearly as well-documented as some of their contemporaries! The lineup here is legendary – a quintet with Charles Brackeen on tenor, flute, and soprano sax, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, ... read moreCD
A very cool combo – one that features the trombone of Massimo Morganti, tenor of Barend Middlehof, and piano of Nico Menci – all working together without any other instrumentation at all! The style means that the piano handles as much of the rhythm as it does the melody – making ... read moreCD
A great debut from an ultra-jazzy combo from the Finnish scene – one with the same sort of fire and crackle as the best groups on the Ricky Tick label! The tracks have a blend of 60s hardbop with some later soulful elements – and leader Kari Setala's got a mighty great touch on both ... read moreCD
Ron Miles/Bill Frisell/Brian Blade —
Circuit Rider ... CD Yellow Bird (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
One of the coolest Polish jazz musicians ever – the great vibist Jerzy Milian – honored here in a beautiful tribute to his 80 years on this planet! As the title implies, the music is from a large span of Milian's career – but most cuts are from his crucial stretch from the late ... read moreCD
A great combination of Eastern European jazz talents of the 60s – the vibes of Jerzy Milian and the bigger band of Gustav Brom – both coming together here in a very unique recording! Milian's vibes are not only some of the best of his scene at the time – but some of the best of ... read moreCD
Bassist Marcus Miller updates his groove nicely for this standout Blue Note release – working in styles that evoke a fair bit of global rhythms, while still also retaining his wonderfully warm approach to fusion! Miller plays a variety of basses on the set – and the core group includes ... read moreCD
Mulgrew Miller's one of those pianists who can always make a simple session sparkle with magic – and this early 90s album is no exception! The vibe here is laidback and open – done in that ever-searching style that makes Miller such a rich talent on the keyboard – never content ... read moreCD
Great work from this lesser-known Japanese tenor player – an underrated genius with a style that's at once free-searching and introspective! Even though he plays tenor, Kosuke Mine's tone reminds us a lot of Jackie McLean on some of his best Blue Note sides – kind of leaning into ... read moreCD
Kosuke Mine —
Solid ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Solid is right – as the album's one of the best-ever from Japanese saxophonist Kosuke Mine – a really far-reaching quartet session with a wonderfully vibrant feel! One of the real strengths of the session is its keyboard work by Mikio Masuda – warm and soulful, a perfect platform ... read moreCD
One of the most poetic albums we've ever heard from pianist Giovanni Mirabassi – a set dedicated to Nausicaa and other works by director Hayao Miyazaki – served up with that brilliantly flowing style we love on Mirabassi's other albums! Make no mistake, this isn't a set of jazzy ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest albums ever on Blue Note – a set that mixes the trumpet talents of Blue Mitchell with some killer backings from Monk Higgins – all in a groove that more gritty edges than the best funky soundtracks of the time! Higgins keeps the backings full, but always quite lean ... read moreCD
A later set from Blue Mitchell – but a great one too, and done in a fully-arranged soul fusion style that seems to bring out the best in his playing! The album's got a smoother sound than some of Blue's work for Blue Note or Mainstream – but the groove comes out surprisingly well, ... read moreCD
Nicole Mitchell & Joelle Leandre —
Sisters Where ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2014. New Copy ...
A beautiful combination of flute and bass – the former from Nicole Mitchell, the latter from Joelle Leandre – both players who really open up in the space of a spare record like this! Leandre's got a very lyrical, spiritual tone to her instrument – but also lots of sharp edges ... read moreCD
Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystal —
Aquarius ... CD Delmark, 2013. New Copy ...
An amazing new setting for the flute of Nicole Mitchell – the ultra-cool Ice Crystal quartet, which features sublime interplay between Mitchell and vibist Jason Adasiewicz! The blend of vibes and flute is mindblowing – and used here with the sense of space, soul, and sound that you'd ... read moreCD
Nicole Mitchell's Sonic Projections —
Emerald Hills ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2010. New Copy ...
One of the sharpest sessions we've heard from Nicole Mitchell in years – a record that still holds onto the spiritual depth she's developed strongly over the past decade, yet one that also returns to some of the bolder avant modes of her roots! The group here is nice and lean – ... read moreCD
A loving tribute to the late Fred Anderson – delivered by the great Nicole Mitchell – a wonderful player whose music and style was shaped by Anderson's longstanding role as a teacher on the Chicago jazz scene! The set's one of the most expressive, and possibly one of the most personal ... read moreCD
Roscoe Mitchell returns to a mode that he explored freely back in the 70s – loose, improvised collaborations with other musicians – done at a level that offers up a richly organic blend of sonic elements and musical moments! Some of Mitchell's later work has been more structured, but ... read moreCD
Very spare sounds from Roscoe Mitchell and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, but still very sharp-edged too – and in a way, a mix of deeper thoughts and spontaneous energy that reminds us a lot of some of the more "out there" moments of the Art Ensemble back in the 70s! Roscoe's reeds have ... read moreCD
Roscoe Mitchell Trio —
Angel City ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2015. New Copy ...
Roscoe Mitchell is in some great territory here – almost returning to the most sensitive sonic moments of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – that very different side of the group that often used silence as much as it did sound! The album features one long performance that runs for almost an ... read moreCD
A mighty soulful set from the group of bassist Takahashi Mizuhashi – served up in a really strong range of sounds that are spun out over the album's very long tracks! The set begins with a soulful rendition of "When A Man Loves A Woman", but then soars into freer jazz territory at ... read moreCD
A rare second chapter to Mobley's famous Workout album – recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until the mid 80s – and even then, only momentarily on vinyl! The session's a great one – a quartet outing with a structure that's similar to Hank's classic Soul Station record, but ... read moreCD
A real treasure from the great tenorist Hank Mobley – and a record that shows him really opening up his sound in his later years at Blue Note! The album's got some key rhythmic elements that come both from the drumming of Billy Higgins and piano of Cedar Walton – both players who bring ... read moreCD
One of Hank Mobley's greatest sides from the hardbop years of the late 50s – a searing sextet session with a 3-horn frontline! The group features Mobley on tenor, John Jenkins on alto, and Donald Byrd on trumpet – plus a crackling rhythm group with Bobby Timmons, Wilbur Ware, and ... read moreCD
A very unique album from Hank Mobley – one that has him working alongside Milt Jackson, in an unusual format that mixes the soulful Mobley tenor with some well-crafted work on vibes! The "all star" title is certainly appropriate here – as Mobley and Jackson are joined in a ... read moreCD
We put the catalog number in the title of this one because it seemed that Blue Note was putting out too many title-less Hank Mobley albums during the late 50s. Who cares, though? This album's a great batch of hardbop tracks that show Mobley at his finest, and which hardly need a title to hang ... read moreCD
An obscure late 50s set from the mighty Hank Mobley – and like all of the tenorist's sides for Blue Note, an essential gem that tops most work by the rest of his contemporaries! The setting here is a really warm and lyrical one – as Mobley's playing with Horace Silver on piano, Doug ... read moreCD
Don't let the cover fool you – because the album's not the Hank Mobley album with John Jenkins on alto, nor the Blue Note 1550 quintet session – but instead some unreleased material with the great Sonny Clark on piano! The group's a five piece, with Kenny Dorham on trumpet – but ... read moreCD
A real hardbop treasure from Hank Mobley – one of the hardest to find albums from the legendary Blue Note 1500 series, and a title that's hardly ever been reissued over the yers! The session is a monstrous meeting of Mobley with two of the great young trumpet talents of the late 50's – ... read moreCD
Simply astounding! Soul Station is a deceptively simple album that has tenor giant Hank Mobley playing standards and originals in a quartet with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Blakey on drums– a spare and simple group, but one with a direct energy that's really amazing ... read moreCD
Hank Mobley was a genius – as you'll hear on this incredible hardbop session from the 60s! He never made a bad album, and even when playing straight, he had a sheer raw power that made every moment rich with excitement! This session's got a great lineup that features Grant Green on guitar, ... read moreCD
A treasure! The set features rare live work from three key members of The Blue Notes, working here alongside tenorist Frank Wright in a late 70s performance from the Netherlands – issued here for the first time, and with really brilliant sound overall! The lineup features Dudu Pukwana on ... read moreCD
The genius of modern music – expanded – in a set that features all the original recordings done by Thelonious Monk for Blue Note, in the order of their original release as 78rpm singles – in a great package that also features alternate takes and other variations! The core of the ... read moreCD
An incredible look at the very young Wes Montgomery – rare early recordings done before his breakthrough material for the Riverside label in the late 50s – but already showing Wes as one of the freshest talents of his generation on guitar! The bulk of the material features Montgomery ... read moreCD
That's yellow dolphin street, not "Green Dolphin Street" – a very special place where Tete Montoliu unfurls a beautiful selection of solo piano numbers! Tete's really at the height of his powers here – and spins out wonderfully without any bass or drums, yet with all the ... read moreCD
Mopti get some extra electrification here from Bendik Baksaas – whose synth, laptop, and turntables inflect their music with a nice range of sounds and styles! There's almost an 80s experimental sound to the record – especially the use of turntables, which introduce found sounds from ... read moreCD
A stunner of a set from Jason Moran – hardly the easy Fats Waller tribute you might guess from the title, and instead a sweet electric session that's filled with soul, and a quality that's a real change from some of Moran's other music! The record was co-produced by Meshelle Ndegeocello, who ... read moreCD
Brilliantly burning live material from the great trumpeter Lee Morgan – a San Francisco performance done slightly before Lee's famous extended 1970 set at the Lighthouse, and with a very similar vibe! The tracks here are nice and long, and filled with that searching energy that Morgan ... read moreCD
One of Lee Morgan's most sparkling sessions from the early years – a record that already shows a sense of depth and imagination that would take Lee way beyond simple hardbop solo work! There's a sensitivity here that owes something of a debt to Clifford Brown, yet which is much more ... read moreCD
A very appropriate title for a very cooking little album – one of Lee Morgan's first efforts as a leader, cut back during his first years of late 50s fame! The style here is a bit less Morgan-esque than some of Lee's later 60s classics – but the record is rock-solid throughout, and ... read moreCD
A sock-solid sextet session from the mighty Lee Morgan – recorded for Blue Note at the height of his mid 60s powers, and carried off in a beautiful blend of soul jazz and some slight modern touches! The group here is top-shelf all the way through – Jackie McLean on alto, Hank Mobley on ... read moreCD
Tremendous work by Lee Morgan – easily one of his greatest albums, and a soaring session of modal energy that easily rivals the best work of the Impulse era! The album's got a slightly different feel than usual for Blue Note – a sense of freedom, joy, and soaring energy that's totally ... read moreCD
A brilliant album that proves that even at the height of his success, Lee Morgan was one of the freest thinkers on Blue Note – always coming up with fresh ideas that continued to grow his talents! The first cut on the album is keep roof of that fact – the title track "Search For ... read moreCD
Kenji Mori may be the firebird on tenor and flute for the date – but the album also features some mighty bold lines on guitar from the young Kazumi Watanabe! Kazumi's got a dynamic sense of energy that really shapes the record from the start – these long, twangy electric passages that ... read moreCD
Katsutoshi Morizono —
Bad Anima ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
No bad anima here, as the album's a tight, warm set from guitarist Katsutoshi Morizono – arranged by the leader himself, and featuring a few tracks that also include vocals – which add this surprisingly human quality to an otherwise polished fusion album! Morizono's got a great lineup ... read moreCD
Katsutoshi Morizono —
Cool Alley ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Japanese fusion from the late 70s, but with some great American assist – given that the set was recorded in sunny Southern California, and features work from Larry Knechtel on piano, George Bohannon on trombone, and Ollie Mitchell on trumpet! Like some of the best albums of this type from ... read moreCD
One of the rarest albums on the Groove Merchant label – and one of the best! Ramon Morris has a sweet tone on the tenor that works very well with the electric piano in his tight little combo – grooving with a style that's like the best Black Jazz funk records of the time – mixing ... read moreCD
The album's got a really classic-styled cover, and a classic-styled sound to match – a great Hammond/tenor vibe that's wonderfully old-school all the way through! The album was recorded live in a small Chicago club, and has the feel of a vintage Prestige records live date – with heavy ... read moreCD
Sam Morrison —
Dune ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
A pretty great little fusion set from saxophonist Sam Morrison – as slinky, sloping, and seductive as the title – and a record that might have been right at home on CTI! The album features all original tunes by Morrison – played with a very cool group that includes Al Foster on ... read moreCD
Damn great work from one of the greatest British tenorists of the 60s – reedman Dick Morrissey, an artist who never cracked our shores as strongly as Tubby Hayes or Ronnie Scott – but whose work is equally wonderful! Like both Hayes and Scott, Morrissey's got a way of mixing solid ... read moreCD
Some of the smokingest material ever recorded by British tenor player Dick Morrissey – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the strength of his other albums! The date's got the same Storm Warning in the title as one of Dick's studio classics – but the record's something else ... read moreCD
Never-issued material from the legendary Dick Morrissey – recorded for England's 77 Records at a time when Morrissey was at the height of his powers on the tenor! All tracks here are nice and long – really stretching out with an inventiveness that blows away even the level heard on ... read moreCD
An intense album of spiritual jazz tracks – played by Lon Moshe and the Southern Freedom Arkestra! The album was recorded in 1976, during the height of the Black Fire DC underground scene – and Moshe's playing vibes at the head of a large group that's perhaps the most spiritual ... read moreCD
Mostly Other People Do The Killing —
Hannover ... CD Jazzwerkstatt (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
We love these guys to death – even if we always get out of breath saying their name in a hurry – and they really shine strongly here, on a long live album that perfectly captures their non-stop sense of imagination and restless creativity! Unlike some of their other recent projects, ... read moreCD
A monstrous bit of jazz funk from drummer Alphonse Mouzon – spacey tracks in a choppy style that reminds us a bit of some of the best European fusion albums from the period, but with a harder groove overall! Mini Moog and ARP trip out the sound throughout, but the underlying rhythms are nice ... read moreCD
All of the best CTI/Kudu Records grooves from funky drummer Idris Muhammad – all gathered together in one sweet collection! Muhammad's a player who's been great right from the start – from his initial funky drumming with Lou Donaldson, right up to recent jazz work that has him still as ... read moreCD
A great late 70s chapter in the career of funky drummer Idris Muhammad – moving into very different territory here than his early soul jazz with Lou Donaldson, and even his earliest solo material too! David Matthews arranged the tracks, and he's given them a slick but soulful sound, with lots ... read moreCD
All keyboards from Minoru Mukaiya – a set that features lots of different Yamaha, Korg, and Roland keys – all working together to provide rhythm and melody on some sweet little 80s instrumentals! The style here is probably most in the fusion mode, but given that it's a one man show, ... read moreCD
Sonically-rich, trippy guitar lines from Tisziji Munoz – spun out on these long, meditative tracks that are sometimes outside, sometimes filled with a very organic pulse – and supported with lots of great piano work from John Medeski! The album's definitely in the more cosmic side of ... read moreCD
A really different album from pianist Greg Murphy – an artist we know mostly for his work with Rashied Ali during his later years! This set's not what you might expect from the Blues For Miles title – hardly a recap of Davis' music, or his ideas at all – and instead comes across ... read moreCD
A brilliant portrait of the mid 70s NYC improvisation scene by the Music Ensemble – a collective featuring Billy Bang on violin, William Parker on bass, Roger Baird on drums, percussion and flute, Malik Baraka on trumpet and Daniel Carter tenor, alto, flute and percussion! The pieces ... read moreCD
His father was a dictator, but we can hardly hold that against him – because with records like this, Romano Mussolini's made his family name stand as much for jazz as it has for European conquest! The set's a killer from some of Romano's greatest years – a trio set at the core, handled ... read moreCD
Some of the earliest work from legendary Estonian pianist Tonu Naissoo – an artist who's only gotten his due on the global scene in the past decade or two, but who was a hell of a visionary right from the start! Tonu's got this way of balancing lyrical elements and darker corners – ... read moreCD
German modern galore – in this sweet set of tracks recorded for the Jazz Workshop series in the early 60s! The lineup here is heavy on creative horn players – and includes Conny Jackel on trumpet, Christian Kellens on trombone, Rolf Kuhn on clarinet, Bernd Rabe on alto and baritone, ... read moreCD
One of the most wide-ranging of the Jazz Workshop series in the early 60s – done with a lineup that includes American, English, Dutch, and German players – all coming together with the same fire and individual expression that you'd get in later years from the Clarke Boland Big Band! ... read moreCD
Pianist Alon Nechustan has a really deft tone on this set – a record that's filled with vibrant rhythms, exotic elements, and some strong tenor lines that are almost as great as the work from the leader! All the tunes are originals, with a really personal, poetic feel – yet they also ... read moreCD
Oliver Nelson's follow-up to his classic Blues & The Abstract Truth session for Impulse – and like that one, a tremendous little album – filled with deep tones and wonderful colors in sound! The group here's a bit larger than before – an ensemble that includes Phil Woods on ... read moreCD
A killer set of searing soulful spiritual material from Oliver Nelson – and one of his best albums of the 70s! There's hardly anything "Swiss" in the music – save for the fact that it was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Fest – as the large ensemble recording has Nelson at ... read moreCD
New York Liner (David Matthews) —
New York Liner ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
A great post-CTI project from arranger David Matthews – working here with a group that includes lots of tight fusion guitar lines from Eric Gale, John Tropea, and David Spinozza! All three players get plenty of time in the spotlight – and seem to trade rhythm and solo efforts ... read moreCD