George Duke —
Duke ... CD BPM/Dome (UK), 2005. Used ...
A recent album from the legendary George Duke, and a great one too – put together with a sense of soul and sound that really recalls some of Duke's best work of the late 70s! The album's got a wonderful balance between electric and acoustic elements – especially at points when George ... read moreCD
One of George Duke's best albums for the MPS label – and a set that has a sound that's a little bit more soul than before! The album uses a fair bit of vocals alongside Duke's funky keyboards – but in a way that's not nearly as smooth as some of his albums for Epic, and which still ... read moreCD
The first album as a leader by guitarist Cornell Dupree – but one that was recorded after years of jazz, soul, and rock session and sideman work during the 60s and 70s! It's great to finally hear Cornell get out in front of the mix – hitting those lean, stretched-out lines that always ... read moreCD
A well-titled Jazz Organ Summit – given that the players here include Lonnie Smith, Johnny Hammond Smith, Charles Earland, and Jimmy McGriff! Most of the players work solo – each getting a track or two on their own, before coming together for a great jam session at the end – and ... read moreCD
An extremely righteous bit of soul jazz – originally issued in a very small pressing by Folkway Records, at a time when the label was doing some great underground recordings! The sound is loose and free – spiritually building in a manner that recalls the work of Ahmed Abdul Malik, Phil ... read moreCD
A great live set from Cedar Walton's Eastern Rebellion group – still held down by the core team of Walton and drummer Billy Higgins, and featuring some great tenor work from Ralph Moore, plus bass by David Williams. Moore's presence is always a welcome thing on any session – and the ... read moreCD
Andreas Eklof —
NOR ... CD Compunctio (Sweden), 2008. Used ...
Beautifully minimal work from Andreas Eklof – a Swedish composer with a great ear for the more sensitive sides of the sonic spectrum! Much of the work here is keyboard-based and the album begins with some especially striking compositions for three pianos – two different numbers that ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package, too – kind of a matchbook-styled cover, with inserts!)
One of the freshest albums in years from Chicago percussion legend Kahil El'Zabar – the recording debut of a great little combo he's been heading for the past few years – and a group who would have been right at home during the more progressive 60s years at Blue Note! The sound here is ... read moreCD
Kahil El'Zabar with Nona Hendryx —
It's Time ... CD Katalyst, 2011. Used ...
One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from the legendary Kahil El'Zabar – and that's saying a lot, given all of his experiments to mix jazz and club music over the years! This set's his first outing with his Ethnics group – a wonderful combo that's a lot more jazz-based ... read moreCD
Percussionist Kahil El'Zabar leads the Ritual Trio, and the group's one of the truest extensions of the AACM spirit to still exist in Chicago. No wonder, though, as it's got Malachi Favors of the Art Ensemble on bass, as well as multi-faceted reedman Ari Brown on saxes. El'Zabar's the real core ... read moreCD
The Ritual Trio gets some mighty hip company here – the legendary Pharoah Sanders, who really fleshes out the group's sound with his tremendous work on tenor sax! Core members Ari Brown and Malachi Favors work as a well-tooled unit under the leadership of Kahil El Zabar – no surprise, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Kahil El' Zabar & David Murray —
Golden Sea ... CD Sound Aspects (Germany), 1989. Used ...
Beautiful set of duets between Chicago percussionist Kahil El'Zabar and tenor giant David Murray. Murray's in top form here, and he plays with warmth an imagination throughout, driven to new heights by Kahil's soulful playing. Very rhythmic set, with percussive underpinnings, and driving choppy ... read moreCD
An important larger work from Duke Ellington – a suite of tracks that encompasses a range of styles and emotions in African-American expression! The work features some key guest work from Mahalia Jackson – singing here in a way that's different than other vocalists who worked with Duke ... read moreCD
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A hokey cover and title, but a hip little record from Duke Ellington – kind of a story of percussion and jazz, all wrapped together with some great vocals and narration! The format is kind of far-reaching, but never too stuffy – and in a way, the album offers a great opportunity to ... read moreCD
One of the first albums to ever issue recordings made at the Newport Jazz Festival – quite a big hit, and the beginning of a real trend in jazz! The set's also some great work by Duke – free to perform in a setting that's not bound by some of the time restrictions of earlier years, ... read moreCD
Very nice work from one of Ellington's revival periods – when he was signed to Columbia in the late 50s, and recording some of the best work of his career. This set moves past the modernism of some of Duke's other sessions at the time, and offers a more straight-ahead set in true "jazz ... read moreCD
Rare live material from Duke Ellington – first issued back in the 70s, but undoubtedly recorded decades before! The set's got a nicely gritty feel – that Ellington orchestra approach before they'd gotten too sure of themselves, and had lots of sharp edges – as you'll hear in the ... read moreCD