A great group set with Bobby Watson on alto, Bill Pierce on tenor, and James Williams on piano! Tracks are long – and titles include "Gypsy Folk Tales", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Webb City", and "Skylark". CD
Late Art Blakey – but great Blakey too, as Art never faltered a minute in the later years of his life, and continued to work with some of the best younger players he could find! Here, Art's leading a lineup that includes Brian Lynch on trumpet, Frank Lacy and Steve Davis on trombone, Javon ... read moreCD
A rare live set from a great late 70s lineup of the Jazz Messengers – the group that featured Bobby Watson on alto sax, David Schnitter on tenor, and Valery Ponomarev on trumpet – a very cooking combo that was one of Art Blakey's best since the Blue Note years! The tunes here are ... read moreCD
Art Blakey, without any Jazz Messengers – but still coming through loud and clear, thanks to help from a unique group that features Sonny Stitt on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Art Davis on bass! The album's still got all the hardbop charm of Blakey's best Blue Note dates, but also feels ... read moreCD
Long, lean live energy from Art Blakey and a well-remembered version of The Jazz Messengers – a group that includes both Branford Marsalis on alto and Wynton Marsalis on trumpet – plus great tenor from Bill Pierce as well! The vibe is nicely different than the 60s years of the group ... read moreCD
One of Art Blakey's first true moments of genius! This transitional version of the Jazz Messengers included two parts – Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons – of the holy Morgan/Shorter/Timmons trilogy, and it's also got the added bonus of Benny Golson on tenor, who was at the height of his ... read moreCD
Killer work by Art Blakey from the last years of his life – and proof that the drummer still had an amazing ear for the best young talent in jazz! The session's got Art working with (then) up-and-comers Steve Davis on trombone, Brian Lynch on trumpet, Geoff Keezer on piano, and Javon Jackson ... read moreCD
A lost classic from Art Blakey – quite different from some of his Blue Note work! The album's a very swinging mid 60s session, noteworthy for the presence of John Gilmore, recording here in one of his few appearances away from Sun Ra. Gilmore wails on tenor, and he sounds great next to Lee ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Great cover – with a replica of the original tiny booklet!)
One of the most obscure mid 60s sides by Blakey – and a great one! The record features a strangely-chosen lineup of the Jazz Messengers that includes Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Lucky Thompson, and John Hicks. Thompson's in his very soulful "just returned from Europe" phase, and ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Has the same cool cover style as the original LP!)
Phenomenal live material from the sextet-era version of the Jazz Messengers! This 2-volume CD series takes a small amount of live material that was originally issued under the 3 Blind Mice title, and adds a huge amount of previously unreleased tracks to expand both CDs into a whopping batch of ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard is reunited with drummer Art Blakey – in a sweet little set that recalls the power of the Jazz Messengers during the stretch when Hubbard was with the group! Both players are in fine form – with Hubbard blowing shimmering trumpet lines over Blakey's full-on style of ... read moreCD
Seminal work from Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers – recorded at a time when that group was really coming together! After a slightly wayward year of 1957, when the Messengers had a different lineup away from Blue Note, Art re-forged the group for the end of the 50s with a rock-solid array ... read moreCD
A killer album – one of Art Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides, and a blinding set of hard-driving jazz that well earns its title! The group is one of Blakey's pre-Timmons/Morgan/Shorter ones – with Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Sam Dockery ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Terence Blanchard —
Bounce ... CD Blue Note, 2003. Used ...
Warmth and magic from Terence Blanchard – an album of simple beauty and timeless soul that's one of the best we've heard from him to date! The set features a group that includes tenor, guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes, and organ – and overall, it's got a soulful depth that reminds us of ... read moreCD
Terence Blanchard Group —
Choices ... CD Concord, 2009. Used ...
Core grooves from trumpeter Terence Blanchard and combo – but mixed with some compelling words from Cornel West and Bilal! The record's a jazz album at its core, but the presence of West and Bilal makes for a bit of a change, too – kind of an added level of consciousness on top of ... read moreCD
Classic piano tracks by one of the most agressive modernists of the keyboard. Bley plays in a razor sharp trio with Steve Swallow on bass and Pete La Roca on drums. The cuts are either originals by him, or his (then) wife Carla, plus one Ornette Coleman composition. Titles include "Vashkar&q ... read moreCD
Extremely spare work from Jaap Blonk, Mats Gustafsson, and Michael Zerang – and a record that really gets at the subtlest talents of all three artists! Blonk's vocals are much more restrained than on some of his other albums from the period, and Gustafsson's work on reeds is varied, but ... read moreCD
Latin Bird, but way more Latin than Bird ever was – if that makes any sense! In other words, TK Blue really steps out nicely with this album – doing way more than just a Charlie Parker tribute, and certainly not rehashing the cubop elements of Bird's early 50s sides – and instead ... read moreCD
An early batch of tracks from French arranger Claude Bolling – probably best known for his later "jazz meets classical" work, but heard here in a great straight set from the 50s! The album features Bolling at the head of a largeish group that features Parisian players Roger Guerin, ... read moreCD
(Out of print,)
Thomas Borgmann/Peter Brotzmann/William Parker/Ras —
Cooler Suite ... CD Grob, 2003. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
(Out of print.)
Allan Botschinsky —
Bench ... CD Storyville (Denmark), 1996. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
With Malachi Thompson, Steve Turre, Stanton Davis, and Frank Lacy. This album features covers of pop hits, such as "Saving All My Love For You", "Oh, What A Night", "Crazy", & "Blueberry Hill", as well as compositions by Steve Turre and Lester Bowie, ... read moreCD
A cooker of a record from Lester Bowie – one that takes the earlier sound of the Brass Fantasy ensemble, and focuses it into a mode that shows his growing love of soul and funk! The set was issued on the the short-lived Venture imprint of Virgin – a surprisingly strong outlook for ... read moreCD
A great little album from Ruby Braff – simply blown in a small combo setting, with a strong focus on Braff's sparkling tone on the trumpet! The groups vary throughout the course of the set, but all players are pretty darn great – and tunes include guitar from Steve Jordan, vibes by Don ... read moreCD
Laidback and lovely trumpet work from the legendary Ruby Braff – heard here in the company of pianist Hank Jones, and recorded in a very intimate small group setting! The bulk of the CD features material from Ruby's excellent Ruby Braff Goes Girl Crazy album for Warner Brothers – a ... read moreCD
A pretty great album of mellow jazz tracks – recorded in a very spare setting that has trumpeter Ruby Braff playing with pianist Ellis Larkins, and no other accompaniment! The setting's quite unusual for the time, and it makes for a relaxed intimate meeting between two strong talents that ... read moreCD
South African pianist Dollar Brand was still going strong into the 80s – as this excellent quartet session will attest! The record features a group with Carolos Ward on alto sax and flute, playing next to Brand's own piano and occasional soprano sax, backed by the bass of Essiet Okun Essiet ... read moreCD
Pretty heady stuff, and a range of 3 different compositional modes from Anthony Braxton – solo piano, electronics, and his inventive tri-centric ensemble concept – a new way of breaking out the energy of a performance ensemble by using three different conductors! All work here was ... read moreCD
An incredible legacy of brilliant Black Saint jazz from sax, clarinet and flute player Anthony Braxton – 8 great albums released from the late 70s to mid 90s – in a nice box set! The Complete Anthony Braxton On Black Saint & Soul Note includes each original album in a cardboard ... read moreCD
(All albums come in cardboard sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)
One of the most beautiful duo albums we've heard from Anthony Braxton in a long time – a set of three long improvisations with koto player Miya Masaoka – who plays a 21-string version of the instrument that really sounds beautiful next to Braxton's reeds! Braxton blows sopranino, ... read moreCD