Donald Byrd's last Blue Note album with fusion genius Larry Mizell – and a doozy! The record builds off the style of previous Byrd/Mizell outings – like Places & Spaces, Street Lady, and Black Byrd – mixing together a similar blend of heavy rhythms, keyboards, and sweet funky ... read moreCD
One of Donald Byrd's most fantastic records for Blue Note – and one of three gems that he recorded with the great Sonny Red on alto sax! Byrd and Red work magnificently together – and the two of them play with a tightness and funkiness that's missing from a lot of their other records ... read moreCD
A classic album that mixes trumpet and voices in a swirling soulful sound that worked very well for Byrd's career! Byrd's sparkling trumpet fronts a tight septet that includes Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, and Kenny Burrell – and which is backed by arrangements by Coleridge Perkinson and Duke ... read moreCD
3 rare hardbop sides – issued together as one great 2 CD set! The album features work from 3 records first issued by the short-lived Transition label from Boston – Byrd's Eye View and Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill, both by Donald Byrd (in case you couldn't guess!), and Watkins At Large, ... read moreCD
Pretty wild work from keyboardist Uri Caine – working here in a trio format, mostly, with occasional additional vocals and turntable work. Caine plays both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes on the set – and it's his work on the latter that really makes the record great. He's got sort ... read moreCD
Uri Caine —
Rio ... CD Winter & Winter (Germany), 2001. Used ...
Pianist Uri Caine in a set of Brazilian jazz tunes – playing acoustic piano and Teclado Fender Rhodes – recorded in Brazil, with backing on guitar, bass, and lots of percussion. A number of the tracks have vocals in Portuguese – and the style of the music mixes the smoother sound ... read moreCD
Featuring Campbell's Pyramid Trio group, with Wuilliam Parker and Hamid Drake. 7 numbers in all, including "Tazz's Dilema", 'Malcolm, Martin & Mandela", "Imhotep", 'Impressions Of Yokahama", "Ethnic Stew & Brew", "Heavenly Ascending" and ... read moreCD
One of the best 50s albums from trumpeter Conte Candoli – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how often Conte recorded during the decade! The set's got an edge you don't always find on other Candoli sessions – especially some of the large group material – and the group's ... read moreCD
A lost west coast gem from the 50s – a unique quintet session for Atlantic Records, cut by a group co-led by trumpeter Conte Candoli and pianist Lou Levy! There's a bit more fire here than in some of the other sides from the time by the players – especially Levy – and in a way, ... read moreCD
Cappelletti/Ottaviano Quartet —
Samadhi ... CD Splasch (Italy), 1986. Used ...
Kind of a loosely thrown together session that has Carter at the core, Harris joining in on a number of numbers, and Gillespie taking up his horn for the last 2. The record's got a good relaxed Verve feel – and although the style is more jam session in operation, the tracks are short and ... 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
There's nothing prehistoric about this set – as saxophonist James Carter's working here in an angular mode that's strikingly modern, despite the "classics" in the title! The tunes are all familiar ones, but they're recast by Carter with a deep tone on tenor, alto, and soprano sax ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
John Carter —
Dauwhe ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1982. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Richly complicated work from reedman John Carter – working here at a level that's a great change from his smaller combo work of the early years! Carter plays clarinet throughout – at the head of an octet with a very cerebral feel – a group who almost bring more of a serious music ... read moreCD
A sweet trio set from bassist Ron Carter – done with great piano from Kenny Barron and guitar from Herb Ellis – a really sensitive pair who make things swing gently with Carter throughout! Ron's warm basslines really direct the set strongly – and the lean recording style gives ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Barcode has a mark. CD has a promo stamp.)
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 Sextet —
Orfeu ... CD Blue Note, 1999. Used ...
(Original pressing, not a CDr.)
Ron Carter with Eric Dolphy & Mal Waldron —
Where? ... CD New Jazz/OJC, 1961. Used ...
A haunting and unusual batch of tracks from bassist Ron Carter – working here with a group that includes spiritual modernists Eric Dolphy on reeds and Mal Waldron on piano – both players who really add a lot to the set! In a way, the album's more like Dolphy's own work as a leader from ... read moreCD
A great mix of Steve Lacy's angular soprano sax lines and the inventive percussion of Andrea Centazzo – recorded here in a live setting that keeps things pretty spare and playful throughout! Lacy also plays a few birdcalls, and a pocket synthesizer too – and titles include "Dome&qu ... read moreCD
Brilliant work from Joe Chambers – one of those jazz players who never seems to get the full credit he's due, but who keeps on making amazing music nonetheless! Joe first caught our ears with his famous Blue Note work with Bobby Hutcherson – and we've dug his sound on some key sides ... read moreCD
(Promotional CDr copy with full artwork & punch through barcode.)
A rare non-Blue Note date as a leader from bassist Paul Chambers – and one of his hardest cooking dates in the studio! The session breaks out a bit from some of Chambers' more concept-based work of the time – and has him opening up strongly with an all-star group that includes ... read moreCD
Some of the best work ever recorded by bassist Paul Chambers – one of the greatest bass players in jazz! This excellent 3CD box set features the bulk of albums that Paul Chambers recorded for Blue Note as a leader, plus an earlier gem recorded for the Imperial label, and another session for ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Numbered, limited edition of 5000! Still sealed with original book and slipcase!)
Way more than just another Hammond combo record – as Brian Charette uses the B3 in these really fresh, really unique ways – working here with an especially compelling mix of reed players too! In addition to Charette's organ and the drums of Jochen Rueckert, the group features four ... read moreCD
A full 12" LP that combines two earlier sessions by Teddy Charles – some of his best early 50s modernist work, proof that he was one of the standout talents of the postwar years on vibes! The first session features two long tracks – "Evolution" and "Free" ... read moreCD
Fantastic material from one of the few through-and-through modernists in bebop! Teddy Charles always marched to a completely different drummer – even in these early 10" recordings, 3 of which are compiled on this long-overdue disc! We'd put him in a bop-era experimentalist camp, along ... read moreCD
A salute to Lionel Hampton, but one that goes way past the usual – thanks to a very hip group led by vibist Teddy Charles! Teddy made lots of great records in the 50s, and this is definitely one of them – a batch of tunes associated with Hamp, but played here by a modernist hardbop ... read moreCD
A richly complex album from vibist Teddy Charles – easily one of his greatest albums ever, and certainly one with the boldest sound! The groups here are filled with hip players – all working under Charles' direction in a set of tracks that shimmers with dark sounds and moody colors ... read moreCD
Great vibes from the legendary Teddy Charles – a set that brings together some of his best early moments for Prestige Records! This full set combines two earlier 10" sessions recorded by Charles – both done in LA in 1953, in small group formations with Shorty Rogers on trumpet, ... read moreCD
A late, straight side from Cherry, and a nice one at that! Cherry's joined by West Coast jazz men from his past James Clay, Charlie Haden And Billy Higgins, for a nice set with standards intermingled with the group's own tunes and a couple of Ornette numbers, too. The readings are crisp yet ... read moreCD
Incredible work from Don Cherry – a previously unreleased live date from the 60s, but every bit as great as any of his better-known records from the decade! The sound here is really amazing – a hip blend of Cherry's trumpet with tenor from Gato Barbieri and vibes from Karl Berger ... read moreCD
A sweet little record that stands as some of the best improvisational work that Cherry and Blackwell cut in the 80s! The pair are playing here in a manner that's far from their roots with Ornette, but still infused with a deeply rhythmic approach to improvisation – at a level that makes the ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Don Cherry/Krzysztof Penderecki —
Actions ... CD Actions, 1971. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the most successful "jazz meets modern classical" recordings we've ever heard – thanks largely to the supreme talents of Don Cherry! Cherry leads the large New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra – which includes Peter Brotzmann, Tomasz Stanko, Manfred Schoof, Kenny Wheeler, ... read moreCD
Very nice stuff from the duo of Chad Taylor and Rob Mazurek, two players who are currently among some of the best in Chicago's hot jazz/rock crossover scene. Taylor plays percussion and vibes, Mazurek plays cornet, piano, and flute – and the pair are joined by guitarist Jeff Parker on a ... read moreCD