Sweet electric 70s funk from Blue Mitchell – blowing here in some of the hippest arrangements of his career! Blue's trumpet alone is always pretty darn great, but for this album he's working with arranger Dave Matthews – who gives the tunes fierce groove that mixes vamping guitars with ... 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
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 killer set of hardbop from the legendary Hank Mobley – recorded during the initial Mobley run at Blue Note, and a keen document of his amazing power on the tenor sax! The album's got a tightness that's almost impossible to believe – a summation of all the best bop trends of the 50s, ... read moreCD
One of the best-ever Hank Mobley albums on Blue Note – and a killer batch of soulful hardbop that was cut right around the same time as the classic No Room For Squares LP. In fact, the album contains work from 2 different sessions that filtered over to the Squares album – one that ... read moreCD
Searing live work from the great Thelonious Monk – heard here on two different European performances from 1966 – both done with his classic Columbia Records quartet that featured Charlie Rouse on tenor, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley on drums! The group had already made some ... 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
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
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
One of Lee Morgan's beautiful early sets for Blue Note – and proof that he was emerging as a youthful lyricist even in his hardbop days! The group on the session is a sextet – with rock-solid Hank Mobley on tenor, Horace Silver on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Charlie Persip on drums ... 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
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
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
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
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
Tremendous material from the great pianist Sal Mosca – over two hours of continuous performance, recorded in the later years of his career, and issued here for the first time ever! If you loved Mosca during the Tristano-school years of the 50s, you'll be really stunned at his performance ... 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
A full-on electric jammer from Alphonse Mouzon – cut in the frenetic style of his Blue Note sides, but given an extra electric MPS twist! The lineup includes a host of strong European fusion players – including Miroslav Vitous on bass, Philip Catherine on guitars, and Joachim Kuhn on ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
Michael Naura —
Call ... CD MPS/Edel (Germany), 1970. New Copy ...
A stunner of a Fender Rhodes album – one of a few rare sides cut by pianist Michael Naura – and a lost MPS session that's one of the label's best from the 70s! The group's a quartet, with a very open, fluid sound – and it mixes Naura's Rhodes with the vibes of Wolfgang Schluter ... 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
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
One of the most impressive albums ever from arranger Oliver Nelson – a set that really shows the full depth of his mighty talents! Side one features Nelson working with a larger orchestra – similar to the kind of ensemble he arranged for other artists in the 60s, but handled here with ... 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
A great take on the classic European mode of presenting an American tenorist with local trio backing – a date that has pianist Rein De Graaff providing rhythm for the duo of David Newman and Marchel Ivery! Newman's tenor opens up with a freer, more spontaneous vibe than on some of his more ... read moreCD
Sweet electric grooving from David Newman – a great little album cut with Roy Ayers on vibes and Pat Rebillot on electric piano – both of whom bring a very different feel to the set than Newman's work of the 60s! The style is warm and tight, but never too smooth – as there's ... 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
Drummer Paal Nilssen-Love is a musician we're used to hearing in smaller groups, and duo and solo sessions – but this time around, he provides a stunning debut of his Large Unit – an 11 piece ensemble that really brings out a whole new sound in Paal's music! Much of the record is ... read moreCD
2 early 60s sessions by tenorist Sal Nistico – a great player who spent most of his life in bigger bands, but who also knew how to shine on small group settings like these! They sure got the title right on the CD, as Sal's playing tenor in groups that feature many heavyweights, and soul jazz ... read moreCD
Teus Nobel —
Legacy ... CD Flyin High (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy ...
The cover's got a very moody look, but the record opens up nicely with a warmer vibe than you might expect – an airy blend of the trumpet of Teus Nobel, who's got a way of phrasing that can sometimes bite hard, sometimes lay back with a much more fluid approach! There's a slight ECM style to ... read moreCD
A fresh reworking of Don Cherry's legendary Complete Communion album for Blue Note – played here by a trio of Norwegian players who are clearly inspired by the original! The lineup here is a bit different than the classic version – with Atle Nymo on tenor, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on ... read moreCD
Blue sounds recorded in Manhattan, but played by Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno – who returns to the tight fusion styles of his records from a decade before! The album has Ohno as the lead soloist in a hip group that includes Mike Stern on guitar, and keyboards from Gil Goldstein, Kenny ... 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
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
Mike Osborne —
Dawn ... CD Cuneiform, 1966/1970. New Copy ...
Genius work from British altoist Mike Osborne – a set of lost vault recordings that we might well rank right up there with Mike's classic albums for the Ogun label! The first two thirds of the set has Osborne blowing wonderfully in this open-ended trio with Harry Miller on bass and Louis ... read moreCD
A trio of amazing records from the UK jazz scene at the start of the 70s – all seminal sides from the legendary avant Turtle Records label! First up is Outback,early genius from British saxophonist Mike Osborne – his first session as a leader, recorded in the company of some of the ... 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
A smoking set of all-star performances – recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1954, and with a sense of tremendous talent that may well blow away some of the Jazz At The Philharmonic sets of the time! The material here is heavy on Count Basie performances – excellent material from that period ... read moreCD
Evan Parker/Joe Morris/Nate Wooley —
Ninth Square ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ...
Really amazing sounds from this heady trio of improvisers – the legendary Evan Parker on tenor and soprano sax, plus Joe Morris on guitar and Nate Wooley on trumpet! Parker is in some of his most sonically sensitive modes here – not exactly post-musical, but extremely inventive in the ... read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from the legendary pianist Horace Parlan – a sweet little Latin-inflected set that's unlike any of his other records for Blue Note! All of Parlan's work for the label is great, but this album's something even more special – thanks to the ... read moreCD
The "Joe" here is Dutch tenorist Joe Van Enkhuizen, who's a great fit with a trio that features Horace Parlan on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Al Harewood on drums! The album's got that subtle approach that marks Parlan's later years – a less all-out style than his start on Blue ... read moreCD
A killer set of tracks by one of the best piano players that Blue Note ever recorded – and a great trio outing that sparkles with soulful intensity! Even in this more traditional format, Horace Parlan's still one of the most inventive players of his generation – working with a sense of ... 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
One of the rarest albums ever issued by Sun Ra's Saturn Records label – and one of the few dates to ever feature baritone saxophonist Pat Patrick as a leader – Sun Ra's longtime partner in the Arkestra, and a hell of a player on his own! The record is a heavy baritone date – with ... read moreCD
(Limited to 1000 copies. Great gatefold sleeve edition!)
Rare work by Hammond organ giant Big John Patton – recorded in 1968, but never issued until 1995, and even then, only briefly! The record features Patton at his finest – stretching out from his basic soul jazz roots, into a more searching use of the organ that's undoubtedly influenced ... read moreCD
A great lost album by John Patton – recorded in 1970, but not ever issued until 1995! The record was most likely held back because it's one of the funky organist's most far-reaching – a stunning batch of modal tracks that moves way past the usual organ sound, and much more into Larry ... read moreCD
Nothing too blue here, although Mario Pavone's group certainly manages to hit some of the more indigo sides of the spectrum – but they also have this brighter sort of angularity, too – one that really comes from the piano work of Matt Mitchell! Mitchell's lines are angular – ... read moreCD
Gary Peacock —
Now This ... CD ECM (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Gary Peacock's bass has always had a wonderful home on the ECM label – one of the few places its deepest, most powerful tones can really come to light – as they do strongly on this well-balanced trio recording with Marc Copland on piano and Joey Baron on drums! All three players are ... read moreCD
Another bold step forward in the too-short career of Duke Pearson – and one of the last few records before his untimely death! The session departs from previous Pearson work by using vocals on most tracks – sometimes a solo singer, either Andy Bey or Flora Purim, and sometimes a larger ... read moreCD
Incredible work from pianist Duke Pearson – a darkly-tinged album of grooves that surpasses all his other gems for Blue Note! The record showcases some great work from Bobby Hutcherson – slid into the mix in a really sly way, so that his jazzy vibes color all the tunes with an edgey ... read moreCD
Dark genius from Duke Pearson – quite possibly one of his hippest records ever, and an album that's filled with surprising twists and turns! At one level, the set seems to be a simple batch of soul jazz tunes – in the mode of Pearson's mid-60s classics on Blue Note – but at ... 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
Florian Pellissier Quintet —
Biches Bleues ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy ...
The title might sound like a Miles Davis homage, but the record is something else entirely – a really warm, wonderful set of spiritually-tinged jazz tracks – served up with a very classic vibe! The group's led by pianist Florian Pellissier, who also wrote most of the tracks on the set ... read moreCD
Jeremy Pelt —
Musings ... CD High Note, 2015. New Copy ...
Sophisticated sounds from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt – a player who seems to find more and more of his own space with each new recording! This time around, Pelt plays with a mostly-compressed vibe that's both very focused in its phrasing, yet also open to new explorations as well – a sense ... read moreCD
A very cool late live set from Art Pepper – working in a killer quartet setting! Neon Art Vol 1 features two side-long pieces, recorded in January of '81, at Parnell's in Seattle – part of an excellent archive series of Art Pepper's work, done by his widow. Side one features a really ... read moreCD
Rare work from Art Pepper – and some of his best material from later years, too – all packaged in a really unique little set! The brings together unreleased live gems from Pepper – all done with a great later group that features George Cables on piano, David Williams on bass, and ... read moreCD
Amazing Art Pepper – work from a 1981 tour of Japan, all of it unreleased – and presented here in a package that sparkles alongside some of his best later albums! Side one is mindblowing – an album-side track that has Art stretching out in so many different ways – voicing ... read moreCD
A really great run of music from one of our favorite Italian groups of the 70s – a combo who might be called prog rock, but who also have a very fusion-heavy vibe as well! Perigeo seem to come more from the jazz world than some of their Italian prog contemporaries – as they've got ... read moreCD
A pair of overlooked albums from saxophonist Houston Person – both recorded for Detroit's Westbound label, and presented back to back on a single CD! First up is Houston Person 75 – sweet sweet grooves from the legendary Houston Person – a set that blends his soulful tenor with ... read moreCD
One of the most ambitious works ever by Marvin Hannibal Peterson – a larger work dedicated to the 20 African-American children murdered by a serial killer in Atlanta, performed here with a mix of choral voices and jazz instrumentation! The piece follows strongly in a legacy of that format ... read moreCD
About as close as you'll get to soul jazz with Oscar Peterson – and a very groovy set recorded with some good Latiny influences in the playing, and kind of a pop soul style in the arrangements! The core trio of Peterson on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums (a very soulful ... read moreCD
One of the rare key albums cut by bassist Oscar Pettiford as a leader – an excellent 10" session for the Bethlehem label from the 50s! Although best known as a bassist, Pettiford was also a heck of a great player on the cello – which he uses here alongside bass! Pettiford's ... read moreCD
Never-heard work from the legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded at a time when he was making some very big waves on the European scene! During the 50s, Pettiford not only helped revolutionize the role of the bass in jazz, but also helped bring that instrument to new possibilities in ... read moreCD
Much more of a soul-based effort than usual from Pieces Of A Dream – a tight set of hook-heavy grooves with a sharp late 80s vibe! There's still some of the jazz of the group's roots in place – often heard on the keyboards – but the focus has shifted most strongly to vocals, and ... read moreCD
Pipeline ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ...
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over ... read moreCD
A very cool little album from Placebo – arguably the group's most soulful session ever, and one that draws heavily from American funky jazz at the start of the 70s! The grooves are nice and tight, and keyboards are focused on the most soulful sort of riffs – not nearly as tripped out ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from Placebo – one of the hippest electric groups going on the European scene of the early 70s, thanks to some great keyboards and electronics from the legendary Marc Moulin! Placebo's sound here is a unique approach to funky jazz – one that certainly draws from the ... read moreCD
The second amazing album from Placebo – a wicked mix of funky fusion styles, and a real standout on the European scene of the early 70s! The group's the brainchild of Marc Moulin – who wrote all tracks, and plays a wealth of great keyboards, in ways that almost make him the European ... read moreCD
A stone classic from New Orleans reedman Pony Poindexter – a set that's steeped in tradition, but also has a groovy feel too – and a date that features Pony on both alto and soprano sax! The latter instrument is especially nice, played with echoes of earlier Crescent City modes, but ... read moreCD
Very soulful work from tenorist Joel Press – blowing here as a real old school swinger, with an especially strong emphasis on ballads! Most tunes are standards, and given this gentle groove that really fits Joel's rich sound – a style that's easygoing, and never forced – with ... read moreCD
One of the jazziest albums that Andre Previn cut during his early 60s years at Columbia Records – a set that has Previn's piano alongside bigger backings from Johnny Williams – who's at his most sprightly soundtrack best for the record! Things are a lot more upbeat and swinging than ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from Don Pullen – solo material, and some of his most soulful sides of the 70s – done in this long-flowing style that's completely sublime! Pullen's really at his best in this format – working in a way that's very free, but never overindulgent or ... read moreCD
A killer set of work from this tremendous tenorist – rare sides, but titles that stand with his best classics from the time! Lost material that Ike Quebec recorded for Blue Note in the early 60s, but which wasn't issued until the 80s. A few of the tracks on the album were issued on the rare ... read moreCD
Quintonal ... CD Jazzaggression (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A sweet funky combo from the Montreal scene of the 70s – working here in a killer set of never-issued material! Quintonal have an approach that's tight and right on the money – electric, but never in a too-fusiony style – and instead kind of a step forward for 60s soul jazz or ... read moreCD
If this is disco, point us in the direction of Studio 54! The album's one of Ra's greatest from the 70s – recorded in Italy in 1978, and featuring some incredibly otherworldly keyboards that are some of his most enigmatic on record! Original tracks from the album include "Disco ... read moreCD
Incredible work from one of Sun Ra's most enigmatic periods! The album was recorded in Italy in 1978, right around the same time as "Disco 2000" (and not too far off from Languidity) – and it features Ra playing around with lots of cool spacey keyboards, in a spare cosmic style ... read moreCD
Never-heard music from the legendary Sun Ra Arkesta – and a set that's every bit as great as Ra's self-released albums on Saturn Records in the 70s! The performance is a well-recorded date from France in the early 70s – and the Arkestra are at their richest, most expressive – ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful Sun Ra albums ever – very much on the Lanquidity tip, and done with a great mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation! The vibe here is really mellow, spiritual, and warm – and the album actually feels a lot more like a session recorded for the Strata East ... read moreCD
The rare Space Probe sent out to the cosmos by Sun Ra in the mid 70s – with material recorded from the early 60s onward – the heart of it being Sun Ra's first ever recordings on a moog synthesizer in 1969, and it's one heck of a trip! This excellent edition on Art Yard includes 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
Funky instrumentals from bassist Chuck Rainey – a player who was well known for his work on countless sessions as a sideman, but who rarely got a chance to cut a record like this! The album's got a style that's smooth and soulful, yet also a bit down n dirty – almost like some of the ... read moreCD
Enrico Rava & Gianluca Petrella —
Wild Dance ... CD ECM (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Nothing too wild here, as the album's got the full, spacious sort of sound that we've come to expect from Enrico Rava on ECM – that way of capturing his trumpet lines to that they hang easily in space, and really get the chance to open up – especially here in the company of guest ... read moreCD
A great set from this under-recorded piano legend – a relaxed, easygoing session that has Freddie Redd set up in trio formation with Jay Anderson on bass and Billy Drummond on drums! All tracks are nice and long, and played with this open, flowing touch by Freddie – really stretching ... read moreCD