The sign on the door at Village Vanguard reads "sold out", but this sweet CD grants you special admission to a wonderful live date from the trio of Christian McBride – full of warmth and imagination, and some excellent work on piano from Christian Sands! The record's a nice back to ... read moreCD
A totally unique record from drummer Makaya McCraven – and a great one too! The set's built around improvised performances recorded over the period of a year – with some of Chicago's best underground jazz talents, including Matt Ulery on bass, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Jeff Parker on ... 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
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
One of the best of the early 60s comeback albums by the legendary bop trumpeter Howard McGhee – and a record that really has the player finding a whole new groove in his music! At this point, Maggie's got a fantastic tone that was missing from his earlier records, filled with pain and raw ... read moreCD
A surprisingly tasty 70s session from Howard McGhee – quite different than some of his other records, thanks to a soulful rhythm section who really bring a nice groove! The album features really great work from Lisley Atkinson on bass, whose warm tone really shapes the sound – ... read moreCD
Howard McGhee & Benny Bailey —
Home Run ... CD Jazzcraft/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Two tremendous trumpeters, working here with a hell of a great lineup too – on a late 70s set that matches the talents of Benny Bailey and Howard McGhee, in a combo that also features piano from Barry Harris, tenor from Sonny Red, and rhythms from the team of Lisle Atkinson on bass and Bobby ... read moreCD
Howard McGhee & Teddy Edwards —
Wise In Time ... CD Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Great late life work from these two important figures on the LA jazz scene of the postwar years – trumpeter Howard McGhee and tenorist Teddy Edwards – both sounding wonderful here in a very relaxed, open setting! The record's got an approach that's especially marked by the deeper, ... read moreCD
A rare spiritual set from the great reedman Kalaparusha – originally issued as a Japanese-only record, but done in upstate New York as part of the Creative Music Foundation in Woodstock! The tracks have a loose, open feel – almost loft jazz at some level, but with an even greater sense ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series.)
A great old school jazz vocal set from Sarah McKenzie – a singer who not only knows how to swing, but can also write her own songs and arrangements too! Sarah's a surprisingly well-rounded talent – not one of these pretty singers trying to just reach for torch cliches – and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
An overstuffed collection of work from this legendary guitarist – a set that features the great John McLaughlin in so many of his best modes from the 70s! John's got a very spiritual current in his music, no matter what the setting – and the collection features McLaughlin working with ... read moreCD
A rare electric outing from legendary altoist Jackie McLean – and one that comes off surprisingly well, given that the move was quite a shift for the reedman! The album's got a spiritual current that McLean developed in some of his earlier 70s material – like his gems for the ... 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
A stunning exploration of the "solo ensemble" concept from the legendary Joe McPhee – a mode that might seem like an oxymoron in its name, but which actually features McPhee working with overdub techniques to play alongside himself on a range of different brass and reed instruments! ... read moreCD
A previously-unissued performance from Joe McPhee – recorded in the early 80s, and a searing ensemble take on Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman"! The arrangements are beautiful – as the track retains some of the haunting melody of the original composition, yet has a loose, ... read moreCD
A tremendous look at the early years of the legendary Joe McPhee – a set that's based around his classic Nation Time album, and which features other live material from the same time – including a Hat Hut album, and two CDs' worth of previously unissued work! The core album is legendary ... read moreCD
An overlooked moment from the mighty Joe McPhee – a set recorded after his initial run of brilliance on the Hat Art label, with backing from a Canadian combo led by pianist Bill Smith! Smith works on soprano, alto, and sopranino saxophone – and McPhee plays soprano too, as well as ... 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
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
An obscure 80s appearance from bassist Jaco Pastorius – a musician whose style is right at home on this electric set from drummer Brian Melvin! Melvin himself plays acoustic drums and percussion – but there's also a fair bit of keyboard work on the record too – 80-styled elements ... read moreCD
We always relish a chance to hear tenorist Don Menza in a stripped-down setting – a place where he can really open up and do his thing, and remind us that although he's equally great in a bigger ensemble, he can really cook in a small combo too! This album's just that sort of setting – ... read moreCD
A strange and obscure session that has the cool jazz vocals of American singer Helen Merrill backed by a small Italian combo led by soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a wonderful mix that really makes the album an unusual one for Helen! The music was originally recorded for a TV program in ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A mighty tribute to bassist Eberhard Weber – done by a host of his ECM contemporaries from the 70s and 80s, in a mode that's similar to their great recordings too! The performance is a live one, which gives the spacious sounds a bit more edge than the usual ECM studio session – and the ... read moreCD
The other side of Monday Michiru – or, more appropriately, the early side of the great soul singer – given that her roots in jazz go very far back, to the time when she was the child of two very famous jazz musicians! This set has Monday reunited with her mother – the legendary ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Barry Miles —
Sky Train ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ...
Barry Miles is riding the Sky Train – and at a pretty fast clip too, given the jamming energy of this record! The album's one of Miles' most full-on fusion sets – but it's also one of his most soulful as well, thanks to strong use of horns on most numbers – with players like ... read moreCD
Ron Miles/Bill Frisell/Brian Blade —
Circuit Rider ... CD Yellow Bird (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
Airy work from this well-crafted trio – the cornet of Ron Miles mixing with guitar from Bill Frisell and drums from Brian Blade – two bigger-name players who both work at the more subtle side of their spectrum, which allows Miles to really shine in the spotlight! The approach seems a ... read moreCD
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
Some of the most complicated sounds we've ever heard from Polish jazz legend Jerzy Milian – and that's saying a lot, given his important modern jazz recordings of the 60s! The work here is all from very special projects – dubbed as "ballet music" in the title, but really far ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from one of the hippest vibists of the 60s – the great Jerzy Milian, who was easily Europe's answer to Bobby Hutcherson at the time! The material here comes from a few key performances by the Milian trio at the Jazz Jamboree festival in Poland – sort of the Eastern ... read moreCD
Great work from Lucky Millinder – one of the few swing-era artists who made a strong transition to R&B, heard here on a huge batch of classic singles for the King label! At some level, there's a jazz-based sound here that stretches back to the Kansas City groove of the 30s – but at ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A great album from one of the greatest Japanese reedmen of the 70s – a player who's not that well known on our shores, but who served up a run of great little records like this at the time! Kosuke Mine has this sound that's sharp, but extremely fluid too – a way of running fast with ... read moreCD
Key moments in the career of Charles Mingus – all recorded during the crucial years of 1964 and 1965, and featuring the first-time release of a fair bit of live material too! The set represents the first full presentation of recordings that have appeared piecemeal on a handful of obscure ... read moreCD
Oh how we love this album – and we think it may well be the best album ever from Charles Mingus! The set was recorded in that magical Mingus year of 1957, but oddly not released until 1962 – missing some of the initial frenzy of his discovery during the Atlantic and Columbia years. ... read moreCD
A great document of the continuing influence of Charles Mingus in the immediate years after his passing – served up here in a set of Mingus-related groups recording for the Black Saint/Soul Note label! First up is Reincarnation – a very special Mingus Dynasty recording, with a lineup ... read moreCD
Charles Mingus tunes, played by some of the great one's key collaborators from back in the day – a quintet that includes Randy Brecker on trumpet, George Adams on tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums! The format is a bit different than usual for ... read moreCD
A key 70s album from Blue Mitchell – and a set that's perfectly balanced between the lyricism of his mid 60s sides for Blue Note, and the electric funk of later years! The tracks are long, and have a really great vibe – plenty of room for Mitchell's sweet trumpet in the lead, with ... 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
Killer work from a very unique little group – the short-lived union of bassist Red Mitchell and saxophonist Harold Land – heard here in one of the hippest dates from the LA scene of the early 60s! Mitchell's a well-known name from more straight ahead sides of the 50s, but working here ... read moreCD
One of the boldest performances we've heard from Roscoe Mitchell in years – a beautiful live set performed in dedication to the late Fred Anderson – at Chicago's Constellation performance space, a music club that's picked up the torch from Anderson's legendary Velvet Lounge! The sound ... read moreCD
Tremendous live work from Roscoe Mitchell – a set of solo performances recorded in concert in Brazil – played with an intensity that we haven't heard in years! It's true that sometimes Mitchell can sometimes be very concerned with space and sonic textures – but here, he's got ... read moreCD
A beautiful record that takes us back to some of our favorite small group recordings by Roscoe Mitchell in the 70s – and even some of his especially nice solo records, too! The format here is perfect for allowing Mitchell to open up in his more personal, more intimately improvisational mode ... 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
MMM Quartet (Leandre/Frith/Curran/Leimgruber) —
Oakland/Lisboa ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2015. New Copy ...
Powerful sounds here from MMM – the Mills Music Mafia – a quartet of heavyweight improvising musicians with a legacy that goes way past avant jazz! The group features Fred Frith on guitar, Joelle Leandre on bass, Alvin Curran on piano and electronics, and Urs Liemgruber on tenor and ... read moreCD
A wonderful collection of work from this overlooked modern jazz combo from the 50s German scene – a group whose material was originally issued on a handful of 45rpm EP titles by a Christian music company – finally brought together in this excellent full length collection! The Modern ... read moreCD
The title's a bit misleading, because while the 3 groups on the session are all quartets, they're hardly similar in the associative way the record assumes! Side one features 4 tracks by the Modern Jazz Quartet – re-recordings of a few classics, plus one new one for the set – titles ... read moreCD
Not the same Moksha that you might know from the Swedish jazz scene of a decade ago – but instead a very cool Norwegian trio who blend together a range of different colors from guitar, voice, and some very cool global elements – including tablas, djembe, dhol, and darbuka! The approach ... read moreCD
A rare non-Columbia Records 60s session by the Thelonious Monk Quartet – that magical group that featured the modern piano giant in the lead, with tremendous tenor from Charlie Rouse, as well as bass from John Ore and drums from Frankie Dunlop! Consider the outfit to be the modern jazz ... read moreCD
Guitarist Max Monno pays tribute to the Sergio Mendes sound of the 60s – in case you couldn't guess from the title and cover! Yet the music here isn't just a rehash of Brasil 66 – and instead showcases on all the great styles that Mendes allowed with his experiments at the time – ... read moreCD
A really sweet set from bassist Monk Montgomery – the Indy jazz legend who first made big waves with his brothers Wes and Buddy in the 50s – still sounding great here on a funky album for Philly International! The album's mostly instrumental, but done in the same great groove as the ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A night in Indy – the hometown of guitarist Wes Montgomery – but featuring work by two key Chicago players from the late 50s – pianist Eddie Higgins and drummer Walter Perkins, both of whom make a very fresh match for the guitar talents of the great one! The album's never been ... read moreCD
A set of folk songs, but handled in a way that isn't folksy at all – thanks to the lyrical genius of Spanish pianist Tete Montoliu! The music here has sources in older tunes from Catalonia – as you'd guess from the title – but Tete's handling of the material is all jazz, all the ... read moreCD
A sweet set from one of the more enigmatic acts to record for the Windham Hill label in the 80s – and one that really moves forward all the sorts of special sounds the label was able to facilitate! Montreux work here in a mix of electric and acoustic modes – with a style that's often a ... read moreCD
Noise guitar legend Thurston Moore meets free jazz drummer Frank Rosaly – in a performance that really seems to open up new paths for both musicians! Moore's got a lot of texture in his work here – and a lot of space at times, too – an ear for notes and sounds that almost ... 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 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
A pair of albums from one of the greatest sax talents in 60s England – in a 2CD set! Here And Now And Sounding Good was recorded in '66 and it's one of his best albums! Tenorist Morrissey had a talent level that put him right up there with giants Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott – and ... 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
A tremendous album from flute man Sam Most – a record that really shines strongly amidst the rest of his catalog – and one that has us completely reevaluating our understanding of his sound! By the time of this set, Sam had been blowing for a few decades – most famously on ... 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
Motherhood (Paul Nero) —
Feel So Free ... CD United Artists/Zeitgeist (UK), 1969. New Copy ...
A record that looks like a psychedelic rock set from the cover, but which comes across as a groovy bit of jazz – all with lots of sweet saxophone lines from a young Klaus Doldinger! The album credits all the original tracks to Paul Nero – and the set's got the same mix of funk and soul ... read moreCD
Bassist George Mraz worked on many great albums in the 70s, but this set may well be one of the moments in which his talents shine the strongest – both in the plucking and bowing modes promised in the title! Like some of the best albums by Ron Carter, Mraz really finds a way to foreground ... read moreCD
A sweet little record from west coast reedman Dawan Muhammad – one of the under-acknowledged talents of his generation, and an artist who's really keeping the indie underground strong with records like this! The album features Dawan in some really great company – a shifting lineup that ... read moreCD
2 classics from the legendary Idris Muhammad! Black Rhythm Revolution is one of the first records ever as a leader from funky drummer Idris Muhammad – a set that was cut right at the same time Idris was burning up the kit on his classic jazz funk sessions with other Prestige label players! ... 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
Two great examples of Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band – back to back on a single CD! First up is Concert Jazz Band 63 – the sound of Gerry Mulligan in the early 60s – and one of the best records by his larger than usual Concert Jazz Band! Given Gerry's piano-less experiments ... 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
David Murray & Milford Graves —
Real Deal ... CD DIW (Japan), 1991. New Copy ...
Freewheeling duets between David Murray and Milford Graves – the former on tenor and bass clarinet, the latter on a nice range of percussion! There's an open, flowing feel to the record that really takes us back to Murray's initial moments of the 70s – an almost loft jazz looseness to ... read moreCD
A late 70s Parisian performance from the great Sunny Murray – and one that rivals any of the drummer's other French records from the decade – thanks in part to a lineup that also includes Bobby Few on piano and Alan Silva on bass! The group here have the open, expressive style that was ... 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
Hard-wailing tenor work from the great Vido Musso – a player who first got his start with Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton in the 40s, but who really broke out on his own in the 50s! The tracks on the set are from a variety of singles and album tracks that Vido cut for the Crown/Modern R&B ... read moreCD
Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser —
Projections ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ...
The first-ever duo recording from pianist Simon Nabatov and bassist Mark Dresser – a set that has both players standing in very strong individual space, while still making great sounds together! Nabatov's piano has plenty of bold, angular flourishes – sometimes which seem to come from ... read moreCD
Pianist Najponk is a player with a pretty striking name – and a musician whose style really lives up to the short, sharp sound of that moniker too! The album's a tight trio session with a very old school vibe – recorded in Prague, where Najponk currently works – with backing ... read moreCD
The famous standard used for the title here might give some indication of the feel of the record – as it does feature some mellower, more laidback moments – but in true Roy Nathanson fashion, the initial performance of that song is followed by tracks titled "The Nearness Of ... read moreCD
A really great installment in this legendary series of jazz projects from the European scene of the 60s – one that features a core group of Scandinavian players, mixed with added strings at a few moments! The group features postwar modern giants who include Bengt Arne Wallin on trumpet, ... 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
Phineas Newborn is certainly fabulous here – thanks in part to some great guitar work from his brother Calvin! The session's got a little extra "kick" than some of Phineas' other records from the time – a slightly rougher edge that comes from Calvin's raspy guitar work on ... 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
One of the greatest studio talents of Europe in the 70s! Janko Nilovic may not be a household name, but he was a seminal force in the Parisian studio scene during the 60s and 70s – cutting jazz, funk, pop, and Latin sides with a nutty genius that we'd be hard pressed to beat on this side of ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreCD
Nineteenth Whole —
Smilin' ... CD Eastbound/Westbound (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
One of the sweetest little jazz funk albums of the early 70s – and a masterful blend of vibes, guitar, and organ from this legendary Indianapolis combo! The group are probably best known for their backing work behind Grant Green on some of his funky Blue Note sides – or for vibes ... read moreCD
(Comes in a great little cardboard LP-styled sleeve!)
Moody brilliance from pianist Mike Nock – a solid quartet date that features plenty of edgey tenor from Michael Brecker, who's in really great form throughout! The rhythm section has a nicely snakey vibe too – with George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums – and both players can ... read moreCD
The first album in many years from pianist Larry Novak – a Chicago pianist who worked with giants like Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan many decades back, and who's remained a committed stylist after all these years! In fact, the set's got a depth of feeling and sensitivity that might be more ... read moreCD
Bill O'Connell & The Latin Jazz All Stars —
Heart Beat ... CD Savant, 2016. New Copy ...
You can hear the heart beat from the very first note of this set from pianist Bill O'Connell – a warm pulse that stakes out the action, and calls the rhythms into play – which in this case include the strong array of percussionists you'd expect from the Latin All-Stars tag! Bill ... read moreCD
A brilliant meeting of modes from the mighty Arturo O'Farrill – a set that combines a rich tapestry of Cuban styles with American jazz elements from the cubop years and beyond – all into a spacious double-length set of performances that brings together musicians from around the globe, ... read moreCD
A mighty large overview of the career of Swedish pianist Rune Ofwerman – a set that doesn't just feature work recorded under his own name, but key performances with other artists in the 50s and 60s too! Rune was definitely one of the hipper European pianists of the postwar years – and ... read moreCD
Some of the most soulful soundtrack work we've ever heard from Japanese keyboardist Yuji Ohno – maybe even more so than his better-known music for Lupin The 3rd! The set's got a mix of soundtrack funky jazz and warmer, soulful currents – maybe a touch of what you'd expect from the ... read moreCD
Sweet funky sounds from Japanese keyboardist/arranger Yuji Ohno – one of his lesser-known film scores from the 70s, but also one of his best! The record's got a bit of a cop/crime vibe overall – with lots of warm electric touches, of the sort you might find on an American thriller of ... read moreCD
A wicked 70s set from Japanese keyboardist Yuji Ohno – one that has him taking on some sweet funky tracks, and also showing off his chops as a straighter jazz musician too! Some of the cuts here feature a full group with loads of electric touches alongside Ohno's work on keyboards – in ... read moreCD
A huge collection of work from Japanese keyboardist Yuji Ohno – a musician who's known both for his work in jazz, and his funky soundtracks of the 70s! Ohno's probably best remembered for his jazzy grooves on the Lupin The 3rd series of animated features – some of the greatest Japanese ... read moreCD
Yuji Ohno's been making music based around the Japanese animated feature Lupin The 3rd for quite some time – so much so that he's changed the name of his group to the Lupintic Five over the years – as a way of continuing the excellent groove he first brought to the cartoon soundtracks ... read moreCD
A hip Finnish take on soul jazz – headed up by drummer Matti Oiling! The groove here is tight and very straightforward – almost an amped-up European groove based on American soul jazz of the 60s – similar to some of Charly Antolini's excellent work for Saba/MPS! Instrumentation ... read moreCD
Opus 5 —
Tickle ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2015. New Copy ...
These guys just keep getting better and better with each new release – really finding a way to draw on all the individual growth of their all-star members, while also finding this fresh way to keep moving forward! There's a joyous, soaring sort of vibe to the music that we sometimes don't ... read moreCD
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the group's got a nicely explosive sound on Hammond – a groove that's rooted in old school soul jazz, but which takes on all these funky twists and turns as well! Yet Organ Explosion are definitely more jazz than funk – and really ... read moreCD
Anthony Ortega —
On Evidence ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1992. New Copy ...
A wonderful later set from reedman Anthony Ortega – and a record that really returns him to the brilliance of his first modern moments in the 50s! Ortega plays both alto and soprano sax here – in these long, flowing, open lines that are completely seductive – performed with a ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever from the great Mary Osborne – an early female star on the electric jazz guitar, and one who learned her talents direct from Charlie Christian! Mary plays a lean hollow-body here with a nice sort of rasp on the tone – almost a bit bluesy at times, but never ... read moreCD
The start of a great run from the trio of Japanese drummer George Otsuka – a player who really brings an imaginative style to the piano trio mode! Otsuka's got a way of stretching out while also swinging – a bit more conventional here than on later records, but still already quite ... read moreCD
Freewheeling work from Japanese drummer George Otsuka – leading a trio here with pianist Hideo Ichikawa, a really great player who works with some of the soul jazz touches of American players of the 60s, but who also opens up with a more loosely expressive mode that points the way towards ... read moreCD
Page three in the early chapter of drummer George Otsuka – and a record that has him stretching out even more than before! Back in the 60s, Otsuka was easily one of the most expressive leaders in Japan – an artist who held all the tightness that the scene had embraced earlier in the ... read moreCD
Part of a great move forward for Japanese drummer George Otsuka in the 70s – a player who'd really made some great waves with his trio material at the end of the 60s, but who found a way deepen his groove with a larger group on records like this – really standing out as one of the most ... read moreCD
Beautiful Brazilian jazz from the European scene – done in a warm blend of acoustic modes that's totally great! The set's got a bit less fusion focus than some of its contemporaries – as Palmeira's instrumentation is heavy on percussion and acoustic guitar – all tied together ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
The music of Janelle Monae gets some really wonderful treatment here – served up in an instrumental mode by trumpeter Jason Palmer – with a similar spirit to his previous project based around the music of Minnie Riperton! The approach is definitely jazz, but it's wonderful to hear ... read moreCD