Reggie Moore —
Wishbone ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
An overlooked trio date from an equally overlooked player – the understated Reggie Moore, an artist who strongly carries a 60s soul jazz vibe into the 70s idiom of Mainstream Records! Moore's got a very strong left hand, and a quality that would have been right at home next to the early ... read moreCD
A lost spiritual jazz classic from pianist Nate Morgan – maybe the musician's best-remembered moment, and for good reason too! The set's got this soaring, spiritual vibe that's much more early 70s than you'd guess from the date of recording – a post-Coltrane spirit with lots of modal ... read moreCD
A great set from LA pianist Nate Morgan – one of the leading underground talents in the west coast soul jazz scene of the late 70s and early 80s! The album's a trio set, performed in an blocky, exploratory style that recalls McCoy Tyner's best early work – but which also has a free and ... read moreCD
A great pairing of the voice of Barbara Morrison and tenor of Houston Person – brought together here in a way that's similar to many of the excellent sessions that Person cut with Etta Jones over the years! Morrison's a different sort of singer, though – which makes for a nice sort of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)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 —
Blue ... CD Hot Cup, 2014. New Copy ...
One of the greatest records we've heard so far from this ultra-hip ensemble – the group's own version of the classic Miles Davis album Kind Of Blue – played in track by track sequence, but with a lot of the group's own flavors on the solos, even though they follow the originals very ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from a group who never fail to blow our minds – and who also seem to try out something different with each new record, yet never falter at all in their progress forward! Mostly Other People Do The Killing may have one of the longest names in jazz, but they've also got a brash ... read moreCD
Mostly Other People Do The Killing —
Shamokin ... CD Hot Cup, 2007. New Copy ...
A killer second album from Mostly Other People Do The Killing – drawing from an even deeper well of both jazz traditions and ragged, anything goes charm than on their excellent debut – an enthralling blend of credible chops with unpredictable playfulness! Never shy about soloing, ... read moreCD
A really exciting avant jazz set from Mostly Other People Do The Killing – a killer quartet who manage to roll through a wide variety of styles that show a true depth of understanding of some of the greatest jazz of the past half century – and have a heck of great time playing it! ... read moreCD
An incredible record from funky drummer Idris Muhammad! Idris is probably known for his funky break work on Blue Note and Prestige records sessions of the late 60s and early 70s – but by the time of this 1974 album, he was really expanding his style, hitting a laidback groove that went way ... read moreCD
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
(CD features the full album in both stereo and mono versions!)
Tremendous work from the great Mark Murphy – a great reminder that he's still one of the greatest jazz vocalists to come our way in the past 50 years! The short set's a loving tribute to the late Shirley Horn – delivered by Mark in some of his most personal, poetic modes in years ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A killer collection of work from one of the hippest jazz singers of all time – captured here at a point when he was really opening up into some fresh, unique territory of his own! Mark Murphy first began recording in the mid 50s for Decca, and had a run of other records in the 60s for ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Mark Murphy left the planet a few years ago – leaving us all a bit more empty in the process – but fortunately, there have been some never-issued recordings that have kept his legacy burning strong – including this wonderful live performance from the Keystone Korner! The set was ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the grooviest takes on The Beatles we've ever heard – served up by a hip group of LA players led by pianist Don Randi! The style here is very hard and percussive – more soulful and swinging than the original tunes on the Rubber Soul album, and often done with a tightly vamping ... read moreCD
A fantastic lost set from the Detroit jazz scene of the 60s – by a group who was years ahead of their time, and who bridged a number of different parts of the city's scene! The group's listed here under the name of drummer Bert Myrick, but was actually co-led by George Bohanon on trombone ... read moreCD
Nacka Forum (Kajfes/Kullhammar/Berthling/Osgood) —
We Are The World ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2016. New Copy ...
A record that's got a lot more going on than you'd expect from the cat video innocence of its cover – hardly the kind of throwaway content you'd find online, and instead a rock-solid session of free jazz from this heavyweight Swedish group! The quartet boasts some of the fiercest trumpet we'v ... read moreCD
Morris Nanton —
Roberta ... CD Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ...
Lost lyrical sounds from Morris Nanton – a player who only recorded a handful of albums, all of them great! Nanton's an unusual player – in that at one level, he's got this heavy left-hand style that's almost in a soul jazz mode – but also still manages some of the lighter, more ... read moreCD
Brilliant work from pianist Michael Naura – one of our favorite players on the German scene at the start of the 60s – and one of the few who was really picking up the best sorts of soulful currents from the American scene! Most of the work here features Naura's excellent combo with ... read moreCD
Steve Nelson's been one of the hippest talents on vibes for many years now – and an album like this is a great reminder of why we love his music so much! Nelson's never content to just echo the sound of previous masters of his instrument – and instead, like a rare few, he finds a way ... read moreCD
A gorgeous tribute to the music of Hermeto Pascoal – performed here by the twin pianists Jovino Santos Neto and Andre Mehmari, with some additional guest help from Hermeto himself! The album's way more than just a set of piano work, though – as the music really lives up to the larger ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Strong work from a group with a shifting lineup, but a really unified sound – postwar German modern jazz, served up by a number of musicians who really do a great job to earn the name of their combo! The music is equal parts bop and cool jazz – with some especially strong arrangements ... read moreCD
This might be the first date as a leader we've ever seen from trumpeter Farnell Newton – but it's already one that will have us looking out for more! Newton's got a tight, soulful sound on his horn – deft at times, but often more concerned with a longer, wider flow – which is ... read moreCD
A trio of early 70s LPs from Klaus Weiss & Niagara – in a 3CD set! First up is the 1971 self-titled debut – a pretty astonishing set of heavy, hypnotic drums and percussion. It features just 2 long jams, "Sangandongo" and "Malanga" and it's pretty much an all ... read moreCD
That's Night Blooming Jazzmen, not "Jasmine" – the name of one of the coolest projects to ever come from the hands of Leonard Feather! Sure, Feather presented some stiffer acts in his earlier years, but this group definitely isn't one of them – as they're an all-star, all-soul ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest records ever cut under the direction of Leonard Feather – a sweetly grooving little set that's filled with tight changes and lots of soulful riffing! Feather wrote and arranged the date, but the real strength here is the players – Mainstream Records hipsters who ... read moreCD
A lost session of spiritual jazz – recorded in LA in the latter half of the 80s, but with a soaring, righteous vibe that's right up there with the 70s scene! The group here is incredible – an all-star array of the best talents working for Nimbus Records – Nate Morgan on piano, ... read moreCD
Definitely a special space from Carlos Nino – a record that seems to even deepen the sound of some of his recent cosmic explorations – to take Nino into territory that's far beyond jazz or much of his other modes too! The set features a bit of guest work from Iasos – an artist ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
The title might be a little cutesy, but the album's a rock-solid effort from pianist Naoki Nishi – an artist who's maybe not as well-known on these shores as some of his Japanese contemporaries, but who delivers a wonderful performance throughout! The album's a trio date – all acoustic ... read moreCD
A fantastic double-length set from a tenorist that everyone should be hearing these days – as Fredrik Nordstrom is easily one of the best talents on his instrument on the European scene – and a player who can really reach across the aisle and bridge both sides of the jazz congress! ... read moreCD
Genius work from the always-compelling Walter Norris – a pianist with a sense of complexity that's always mesmerizing, but one who can also find a way to effortlessly swing at the same time – which he does beautifully on this overlooked set from the early 80s! Most tracks are long, and ... read moreCD
One of the earliest records by the legendary Novi Singers – and a rare MPS set that exposed the group to a larger European audience! Novi hail from Poland, but have a name that's an condensation of the English phrase "new original vocal instruments" – a great summation of the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A rare bit of fusion from European reedman Ralf Nowy – a player who didn't cross over to the US as much as some of his other overseas contemporaries, but who's equally great! This album's got kind of a flowery cover, but a sound that's surprisingly soulful – a fusion groove that's ... read moreCD
Warmly lyrical solo work from pianist Bill O'Connell – a set that's got a much mellower feel than you might guess from the Thelonious Monk reference in the title! Bill's definitely got some modern chops, and his command of the piano is breathtaking – but he also rounds things out, ... read moreCD
Mighty wild sounds from reedman Larry Ochs – who plays some of his boldest sounds in years on both tenor and sopranino saxophones – really driven onwards by the burning energy of the group! The combo features this fierce mix of percussion and electronics, plus trumpet from Natsuki ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from the Three Blind Mice catalog of the 70s – a date that's led by pianist Kunio Ohta, but which features some excellent reed work from Masamiki Takano too! The record's got that open, creative spirit that we love from the label's best work in the decade – almost as ... read moreCD
(Blu-spec CD pressing!)
Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae —
Kami Fusen ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1996. New Copy ...
Sometimes it feels like there's no sense of time at all when it comes to free jazz – as a recording like this, made over 20 years ago, can feel as fresh as anything happening at the moment – due to the free-thinking nature of the performance! The group's less familiar than some we've ... read moreCD
Euphoria ... CD Yellow Bird (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
Drummer Oli Steidle leads the trio, but the sound here comes equally from the contributions of Frank Gratkowski on alto and Kalle Kalima on guitar – both musicians whose sonic range really seems pushed to explode at the same frequency as the leader! Kalima's often got a fair bit of fuzz on ... read moreCD
Jowee Omicil —
Let's Bash ... CD Jazz Village (France), 2017. New Copy ...
Sweet reeds and plenty of Fender Rhodes – a set that has Jowee Omicil blowing soprano sax, alto, flute, and clarinet – over a set of tunes that move along with a gentle sort of groove! The album's got a nice polish, but is also hipper than smooth jazz too – with some rootsier ... read moreCD
An album that's every bit as cool and classic as its cover – a really kicking organ/tenor set, and one with a voice that's all its own! Drummer Shunsuke Umino heads up the group, and also wrote a number of the tracks – and he's got an approach that's not content to simply rehash old ... read moreCD
Orchestra USA/John Lewis —
Debut ... CD Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ...
The first recordings ever from Orchestra USA – the landmark third stream jazz group co-led by John Lewis and Gunther Schuller! The group sprang out of Schuller and Lewis' preoccupations with bringing jazz to a more serious environment – merging traits of 20th century classical with ... read moreCD
Organ Explosion —
Level 2 ... CD Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
The organ exploding here isn't just the familiar Hammond B-3 you'll hear on other records – and instead is a range of variations on the instrument – as the keyboards run from many different variations from Hammond, Wurlitzer, Korg, Roland, Hohner, and even Fender Rhodes – driven ... read moreCD
Maybe the best album ever from the Frankie Ortega Trio – a cool club combo who were probably best known for their work on 77 Sunset Strip – but who were clearly a crowd-pleasing act wherever they went! At a time when groups like the Ramsey Lewis or Oscar Peterson Trios were just ... read moreCD
One of the coolest records ever from pianist Frankie Ortega – a set that has his usual trio backed by a much bigger group – which makes the music pack a lot more punch than usual! Sy Oliver put the band together, and handles the arrangements – which leaves Frankie's piano out ... read moreCD
A cool 70s set from Japanese drummer George Otsuka – much more fusion-based than his work of the 60s, with some great help from an assortment of American and Japanese players! Many tunes have an angular, searching sort of feel – but there's also a nice dose of funk too, choppier ... read moreCD
Charles Owens —
As One ... CD Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
The first Charles Owens album to have an electric component in the instrumentation – but at a level that's still got the same great sense of understatement that made us like the tenorist's previous records so much! The set features Charles blowing alongside electric bass, Wurlitzer piano, ... read moreCD
We're not entirely sure about the "incident" mentioned in the title – clearly front page news back in the day – but we can say that the album's a sweet little groover with a nice mod bounce – a set that features lots of great organ and piano from the mighty Marty Paich, ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreCD
Jason Palmer's given us some great concept projects in recent years – including albums based around the music of Minnie Riperton and Janelle Monae – but this time around, the concept is all Palmer's own – and a great one too! As the title might imply, the music here is based ... read moreCD
Sante Palumbo —
Sway ... CD CPT/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy ...
An amazing set from the Italian scene of the early 70s – a jazz album with a fair bit of electric instrumentation, but one that comes across in a very different way than American or other European fusion of the time! Instead, there's kind of this core acoustic energy to the record – ... read moreCD
The Papanosh name may be a bit obscure, and the album's cover art doesn't help much in the way of understanding the sound – but we can easily say that these guys are a sharp-edged quintet with a great array of modern influences at their command – yet served up to create something very ... read moreCD
Great stuff from Jackie Paris – one of the hipper male vocalists of the 50s, a singer that we'd rank in an elite small group with Mark Murphy or Matt Dennis for cool small combo singing! The album's one of Jackie's best – based around Gershwin tunes, but done with a hip jazzy feel ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A landmark album in the British avant garde – the first set ever issued on Incus Records, and a monumental set of improvisations between Evan Parker on saxes, Hank Bennink on percussion, and Derek Bailey on guitar! The album followed from some great energy on the British scene of the ... read moreCD
Great early post-millennium outing from Tortoise's Jeff Parker! This set for Thrill Jockey sounds great with the addition of Sam Barsheshet to the group on Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Drummer/percussionist Chad Taylor and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Lopes fill out the group. Parker's style is ... read moreCD
William Parker & Stefano Scodanibbio —
Bass Duo ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2017. New Copy ...
Fantastic free jazz improvisations on bass – performed here in a live setting by the mighty William Parker alongside Stefano Scodanibbio – in a wonderful array of tones, shapes, and structures! The music has that really special quality that's made Parker one of the most soulful ... read moreCD
A totally cool combination of musical elements – baritone sax and analog electronics – both played here by Jonah Parzen-Johnson with a style that's unlike anything else we can think of! Sure, saxes and electronics have come together before – ever since Richard Tietelbaum and ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest records we've ever heard from guitarist Joe Pass – a sweet European session for MPS, and one with a very different feel than some of his US recordings! The setting's a trio, with a feel that's more open than some of Joe's pop-jazz sets from the 60s – and the ... read moreCD
A famous broadcast performance by this legendary bassist – but one that's presented here in a version that features 40 minutes of music that never aired on the original program! This well-recorded set captures Jaco Pastorius at his height – after a huge step forward in sound and style ... read moreCD
A long-overdue return to form from Pau Brasil – a Brazilian fusion combo that we've loved since their late 70s releases – stepping out strongly here in a setting that adds some deeper colors to their sound! The core group features Nelson Ayres on piano, Teco Cardoso on saxes and flute, ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
One of Gary Peacock's rare Japanese-only albums for Columbia – really dynamic trio work that's a lot more powerful than the bassist's later sides for ECM! Gary's working here with Masabumi Kikuchi on piano and Hiroshi Murakami on drums – in a mode that's got the open-ended, long ... read moreCD
Duke Pearson —
Profile ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
Early early work by Duke Pearson – and one of his few trio sessions ever! The album's a great way to hear Pearson's lyrical soulful style at work, as he's playing in an unfettered setting with Gene Taylor on bass and Lex Humphries on drums – really stretching out on piano, in a way ... read moreCD
One of the most obscure sessions by Duke Pearson, and one of his first for Blue Note too! The album features Duke hitting a laidback and lyrical groove – working in a trio with Gene Taylor on bass and Lex Humphries on drums – overall pretty much in a soul jazz mode, but with more of ... read moreCD
A joyous noise from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt – a player who just seems to get deeper and deeper as the years go on, and who's in very spiritual territory here – as he stretches out with a quintet on a host of beautiful original compositions! The lineup is heavy on the darker textures of ... read moreCD
Incredible work from alto genius Art Pepper – one of our favorite albums ever by the saxophonist – and a set that we actually love even more than his classic albums for the Contemporary label! Art's in a setting here that really lets him put a lot of edginess on his horn – ... read moreCD
The cover says Art Pepper, but the record's one of our favorite albums ever cut under the leadership of trombonist Bill Watrous – a set that was part of a Japanese-only series that brought together some of the best players on the west coast scene at the end of the 70s! Watrous is maybe not ... read moreCD
A mighty meeting of two modern alto giants – a set cut under the leadership of Lee Konitz, but which also features some great work from Art Pepper too! Both Pepper and Konitz were two of the most distinctive players to emerge in the 50s – both in the generation after Charlie Parker ... read moreCD
Jukka Perko Tritone —
Dizzy ... CD WeJazz (Finland), 2017. New Copy ...
Nothing dizzy at all here – as the record's got a confident, forward-moving direction right from the start – a hard-burning saxophone trio, in a manner that you'd usually be used to hearing from a tenor – but featuring the bold alto of Jukka Perko on the lead! Perko works with ... read moreCD
Mellow magic from Oscar Peterson – recorded for MPS during the mid 60s, but "secret sessions" that didn't get issued until later! The album features Oscar working some incredible wonders on the piano – working with either Sam Jones or Ray Brown on bass and Bob Durham or Louis ... read moreCD
A wealth of rare live material from legendary pianist Oscar Peterson – all recorded in Paris during a time when his star was really rising on the global scene! All material was recorded for French radio, at the Olympia Theater in the city – and the package mostly features the famous ... read moreCD
A wonderful set of laidback tracks from Peterson – featuring a good mix of tunes from Brazilian sources, soundtracks, and a few nice 60s pop numbers! The group here features Sam Jones on bass and Bob Durham on drums – and while the album might have sparkled a bit more with some added ... read moreCD
An insane amount of rare material from legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – not only one of the most forward-thinking musicians on his instrument during the postwar years, but also an extremely inventive leader, who found ways of merging bop modernism with a large group format! The recordings ... read moreCD
Picnic ... CD Data/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1985. New Copy Gatefold ...
Free jazz, and lots lots more – a lost nugget from an especially creative period in the Dutch scene, headed up by cellist Tristan Honsinger! At some level, the music echoes other improvised work by Honsinger – but at others, it also reflects the criss-crossing of genres and scenes that ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
Bassist Mads Vinding really seems to bring out something special in the musicians he works with – and here, his sense of balance and tone is a beautiful accompaniment to the piano of Enrico Pieranunzi – who seems both to have that fantastic flow of his other records, but maybe a bit ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from ace reeds player Alberto Pinton – and one of the best on Moserobie in years – which is saying something, because the label has been on a pretty long creative win streak! Pinton has been a vital player in the Swedish jazz scene for years, but hasn't released a ton of ... read moreCD
A lost chapter in 60s modern European jazz – recordings made by a very hip quartet, working amidst a larger setting created by Polish Radio! The core group features two key names – pianist Wojciech Karolak and saxophonist Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – both of whom recorded some ... read moreCD
Michel Portal —
Alors!! ... CD Futura (France), 1970. New Copy ...
A landmark French avant session from the start of the 70s – and one of the most bracingly brilliant albums ever recorded by saxophonist Michel Portal! Portal's paired here with British reedman John Surman – and the duo play some amazingly complex lines on the date – very ... read moreCD
A record with an evocative title, and one that seems to bring out an even more evocative sound than usual from reedman Chris Potter – who not only blows tenor and soprano sax, but also bass clarinet, ilimba, and flute, as well as adding in some electronics too! Yet these other elements are ... read moreCD
A great little jazz version of the score to the musical Bye Bye Birdie – one that we love for its original tunes, and which really lends itself to jazzy interpretation! Arranger Bill Potts really gets at the spirit of the original score, but also opens things up nicely as a jazz solo vehicle ... read moreCD
The greatest work so far from Philippe Baden Powell – the pianist son of the famous guitarist, and a musician we've been watching for years – maybe hitting his best promise here on a forward-thinking album for the Far Out label! Baden's rich piano lines and strong sense of arrangement ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Specs Powell —
Movin In ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
Hard-swinging jazz featuring drummer Specs Powell – and a tight batch of Basie-esque players, grooving along on a number of short lively tracks that are almost in the Count Basie style of the Roulette years! The lineup features alto and baritone sax from Sahib Shihab, tenor and clarinet from ... read moreCD
One of the most unusual albums in the Three Blind Mice jazz catalog of the 70s – a set recorded by overlooked American reedman Allan Praskin, who really opens up in the Japanese setting of the record! Praskin is a player who worked strongly on the European scene for decades – mostly in ... read moreCD
One of the rarest free jazz albums of the European 60s scene – a set that was originally intended for release by Sonet Records, pressed up in test records for the musicians, then denied release because they felt that they'd already moved past the performance! Yet in the space of over 50 ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
A really dreamy little record from the Polish scene of the early 70s – a record that mixes jazzy solos, light strings, and almost a soundtrack-style of arrangements – all to make music with the kind of glow that would be right at home on late 60s A&M Records, or maybe like the ... read moreCD
A very cool album of groovy funky fusion recorded for the rare Encounter label! The sound is spacey and mellow – with a style that's somewhere in between CTI/Kudu jazz, and harder Prestige funkiness. The roster includes Butchman Bateman and the inimitable Bernard Pretty Purdie on drums ... read moreCD
Very cool work from Psi – a hip 70s German group who were partly fusion, partly prog – in that special sort of blend shared by a rare few contemporaries – such as Embryo, Perigeo, or Zzebra! As with all three of those groups, the musicians here are clearly schooled in jazz, but ... read moreCD
Mellow modernism from Joe Puma – one of those guitarists who appeared on countless 50s sessions, then really seemed to disappear from records as the 60s wore on. This album's one of Puma's best – an easily swinging session that flows with warm group interplay, and which never seems to ... read moreCD
Very cool work from this overlooked German combo – a group who were part fusion, part progressive, and who had a quality level to match bigger-name contemporaries like Embryo or Wolfgang Dauner's Et Cetera! The lineup here is completely free of vocals, which might almost make the record a ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreCD
Massive work from one of the funkiest drummers of all time – the legendary Bernard Pretty Purdie, stepping out here in a batch of instrumentals that may well be his greatest album ever! Bernard's drums are right up front in the mix – leading off all tunes with a full, funky, echoey ... read moreCD
(Please not that there is a small cutout hole through the case.)
One of the few albums ever recorded as a leader by alto saxophonist Gene Quill – and a "with trombones" session, as you might guess from the title! Quill's tone is really wonderful overall – crisp, yet soulful – and with an amazingly fluid feel that reminds us of the ... read moreCD
A stone classic – and one of the wilder, more electronic albums from Sun Ra – a set that has him playing on "two moog synthesizers" – which both sound as if they're going at the same time! The rest of the group is quite small – with only John Gilmore, Marshall ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from Sun Ra – a host of recordings cut at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Fest in the early 70s – always a very welcoming audience for the Arkestra at the time! We're not sure what was in the water, but it always seems like the group really hit their stride at the ... read moreCD
A set of varied moods and settings – yet one that really does a wonderful job of fleshing out the Sun Ra aesthetic during these crucial years when Ra dubbed himself the "King Of The Sub Underground"! That humorous title is a reference to the fact that Ra and the Arkestra were still ... read moreCD
Chico's our kinda singer – a small combo jazz pianist who also vocalizes while playing – in a style that reminds us a bit of Matt Dennis at the time! Chico's got a warm, honest voice – no Sinatra on the pipes, but an easygoing style that we really love – especially as it ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastic album from trombonist Phil Ranelin – best known for his groundbreaking work in the 70s Detroit Tribe Records scene, but sounding pretty darn great here too! The album's got a style that really recalls the genius of the Detroit scene back in the day – and features long soul ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from guitarist Jimmy Raney – easily one of his standout sets of the 60s, and a record that features some great second guitar from Jim Hall! The pairing of guitars makes for a really unique sort of sound – one that's more languidly flowing than some of Raney's previous ... read moreCD
Two great later albums from guitarist Ernest Ranglin – back to back in a single package! Below The Bassline is an excellent "comeback" LP for Ernest Ranglin, though astute observers realize he never really went away in the first place! Ranglin was always able to move back and ... read moreCD
Softly with Ranglin, but soulfully too – a special set that really shows the Jamaican guitarist's strong roots in jazz – on a set of laidback instrumentals that also feature some nice Hammond in the background! Ernest is extremely expressive in this setting – playing with that ... read moreCD
Roger Raspail —
Dalva ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2017. New Copy ...
Great work from Guadeloupean percussionist Roger Raspail – a set that offers up an unusual blend of jazz and island modes, but in a way that's very rich and organic – without any sort of self-conscious attitude about its presentation! Raspail's worked for years on the Paris scene ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Sonny Red —
Sonny Red ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
A fantastic album as a leader from Sonny Red – a saxophonist who never got much chance to record under his own name, but always gave us something special when he did! Sonny recorded famously with Donald Byrd and Curtis Fuller in the 60s – but here, he's in an even hipper 70s mode of ... read moreCD
Della Reese definitely takes the "melancholy" in the title seriously here – and turns the set into one of her most blue-tinged records from the early days! The backings are full, but never too lush – handled perfectly by Sid Bass, who shades in the corners with some sad ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
An essential bit of piano jazz from MPS – and one of the rarest sides on their Saba label from the 60s! German keyboardist Dieter Reith plays with a cracklin' trio that includes Peter Witte on bass, and powerhouse Charly Antolini on drums. The tracks are a mix of originals and jazz ... read moreCD