Excellent jazz from trumpet player Maurice Brown – a native of the Chi southside suburb of Harvey, IL – who plays with some of leaders of the contemporary jazz scene when he's not cutting stellar work of his own! Brown's working in a sharp, but roomy quintet setting here, taking cues ... read moreCD
Alto sax leader Rob Brown in a strong trio setting – backed by Craig Taborn on piano and the always exciting Nasheet Waits on drums – recorded on a single date in January, 2010 at Saint-Mande, France! The set was part of the Sons d'Hiver Festival, and it's riveting stuff. The trio ... read moreCD
14 of Tom's best tracks from the Arista years – seminal jazz funk tracks that redesigned the face of funky fusion for the 80s, and which feature some very nice tasty moments! The title cut – "Funkin For Jamaica" – is one of those old school jams we never tire of, with ... read moreCD
One of the best Dave Brubeck albums from later years – and one of the hippest! The record is noteworthy for its pairing of Anthony Braxton and Lee Konitz – the former a rising star at the time, influenced strongly by the latter in his roots – showcased here in some rare moments ... read moreCD
Dave and the quartet pay tribute to the songwriting genius of Cole Porter – working with familiar older tunes, but nicely unlocking them with a strong sense of Brubeck modernism! Things start out slow, but get extremely playful as the set goes on – with fresh timings and phrasings that ... read moreCD
One of the most obscure of Brubeck's Columbia modern sessions – and one of the best! Side one features more "time" oriented tunes played with the Quartet that included Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright, and Joe Morello – but side two features the extended "Elementals" ... read moreCD
Kind of a meeting of two different generations of Dave Brubeck – as the group here features Paul Desmond's alto sax, a key force in Dave's early recordings – and the baritone sax of Gerry Mulligan, a player who'd worked often with Brubeck in the late 60s and early 70s! The blend of ... read moreCD
A rare meeting of 2 modern talents from the 50s – joined together in one unique performance from the Newport Jazz Festival in 1971! The baritone sax of Gerry Mulligan's a nice contrast to the usual Brubeck alto of Paul Desmond – long-departed from Dave's combo by this time, but ... read moreCD
Solo Ray Bryant – recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1972, and featuring versions of a number of his classics, plus a few other odd numbers. Ray's no stranger to the solo piano format – having first recorded this way in the early 60s – and his work in the style is ... read moreCD
2 of Ray's early albums for Columbia – back to back on one CD! Ray Bryant Trio is Ray's first full LP, recorded shortly after his initial session with Betty Carter, which was also issued by Epic. The album's got Ray grooving in a hard early soul jazz mode – working in a trio with ... read moreCD
Kenny Burrell sounding of himself, that is indispensably wonderful – in a sweet quartet setting at Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, NYC, in the fall of 2008! The bop innovator is working in a fairly easygoing, yet expressive mode here on a number of great tunes. The players include Tiivon ... read moreCD
One of the first albums from guitarist Kenny Burrell as a leader – a date that has him working with players from his hometown scene in Detroit – in case you couldn't guess from the title! Kenny's style here is a bit different than on the Blue Note dates of the time – almost a bit ... read moreCD
Billed as "A Dark Opera Without Words", A Genuine Tong Funeral is an extended piece written by Carla Bley, and performed by the Burton quartet with help from a larger group that includes Steve Lacy, Gato Barbieri, Michael Mantler, and Bley herself. As such, the album's probably the most ... read moreCD
The underrated Brit red player John Butcher duets here with the live electronics of Phil Durrant – in a 1997 concert recorded at the Ton Art Kunstmuseum in Bern. At some moments, Durrant manipulates Butcher's sax in strangely wonderful ways – and at others, Butcher improvises next to ... read moreCD
One of the hippest records that Henry Butler has cut in a long long time – and a set that really takes us back to the most inventive sounds he gave us during his first few years of recording! The album's a collaboration with trumpeter Steven Bernstein – who brings a lot of modern ... read moreCD
Classic soul jazz material from trumpeter Donald Byrd – one of his most sinister (and most rare) albums for Blue Note! The group's a quintet, with frequent bandmate Pepper Adams on baritone, Duke Pearson on piano, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – all grooving with some of the tightness ... read moreCD
The second volume of work that Donald Byrd recorded live at the Olympia in Paris in 1958 – even harder-hitting in tone than the first! The set features Byrd playing some tight hardbop lines – working in a cool group that also features Bobby Jaspar on tenor, Walter Davis Jr on piano, ... read moreCD
Incredible work from the team of Donald Byrd and Gigi Gryce – crisp modern jazz, filled with soul, and never failing to swing! During the time of these recordings, Gryce was one hell of an arranger – with a tight ensemble approach that worked magic in a small combo setting. He was ... read moreCD
Some of the best recordings that Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams ever did together! The material here was originally recorded for the short-lived Warwick label in the early 60s – and although it's been bumping around in various poorly-done reissues over the years, this is the first time it's ... read moreCD
Uri Caine Trio —
Siren ... CD Winter & Winter (Germany), 2011. Used ...
Exactly the kind of set that shows why Uri Caine is one of the most influential pianists in jazz – a player who's really set the scene on fire with records like this, thanks to a freely-flowing, highly-rhythmic approach to his music! The set bristles with energy right from the start – ... read moreCD
(In one of those totally great Winter & Winter hardcover packages, too!)
Larry Carlton looks a little cheesy on the cover of this one, but the album's a classic set of mainstream fusion from the start of the 80s – exactly the kind of record that made Carlton one of the standouts of the time! Larry actually sings a bit on the set, but the main focus is on his ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Jean Jacques Avene —
Within ... CD Leo (UK), 2007. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Francois Carrier/Paul Bley/Michel Lambert/Gary Pea —
Travelling Lights ... CD Justin Time (Canada), 2004. Used ...
A real corker from Benny Carter's revival period at the end of the 50s – a large group session recorded with a very strong horn section, arranged and produced by Benny himself! The album's got a "calendar" gimmick – in that each of the 12 songs feature a month in the name ... read moreCD
A key later album from alto saxophonist Benny Carter – one that has him at the helm of a largeish group, but playing with a nicely focused sort of groove! In addition to Benny's alto, the record also features tenor sax from Charlie Rouse and Coleman Hawkins, plus one more alto from Phil ... read moreCD
A bracingly simple album from Benny Carter – one recorded with small group west coast backing, in a style that really lets us focus on his wonderful tone! The set's one of Carter's most obscure from later years – a 1960 session recorded with Jimmy Rowles on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on ... read moreCD
One of the most ambitious records we've ever heard from saxophonist James Carter – and one of the most dramatic, too! The set features Carter's tenor and soprano sax as the lead solo instrument in a few different orchestral settings – quite a change from some of his other records, but ... read moreCD
A helluva set from saxophonist James Carter – smoking numbers recorded live in Detroit at Baker's – featuring some of the hottest soloing we've heard on a recently recorded set! It's an all around great showcase for Carter and guests like David Murray and Johnny Griffin (who both blow ... read moreCD
One of Ron Carter's best from the 70s – a hip and subtle effort recorded for CTI, with a small group that includes Joe Henderson on tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, and Billy Cobham on drums! Henderson's tenor work dominates the album, and the long tracks really let him snake around mightily ... read moreCD
Guitarist Jim Hall is a player who's always realized he sounds best in a small, intimate setting – whether in his 50s trio recordings with Jimmy Giuffre, or his 60s classics with Bill Hall, or his 70s experiments with bassist Ron Carter – and this live date for Concord really revives ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ron Carter w/Herbie Hancock & Tony Williams —
Third Plane ... CD Milestone/OJC, 1978. Used ...
Nice trio side from the rhythm section that fueled Miles' classic quintet. Ron, Herbie & Tony developed an advanced interplay backing Miles, almost telepathic, with just the right amount of space & a great harmonic underpinning, and this is one of the few trio sides they cut. Most of the ... read moreCD