Bobbi Humphrey —
Dig This! ... CD Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1972. New Copy ...
A stone killer from funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey – one of her early albums for Blue Note Records, and a set that's a perfect summation of the best sides of her talents! The album's got a slightly different feel than Bobbi's work with Larry Mizell – yet still sports a similar ... read moreCD
Hunter's getting a lot more sophisticated in his style, and is moving past the heavy funky sound of early days – to a mix of soulful styles that opens him up a lot more. This sextet session features drummer Leon Parker, who always works well with Hunter – plus tenorist Peter Apfelbaum, ... read moreCD
Jamming work from Charlie Hunter – a record that's almost a return to his roots, but still shares some of the slightly more experimental touches of later albums – especially Hunter's love of sound textures! The trio here features Charlie on his usual 8 string guitar, plus Derrek ... read moreCD
A rare gem on 60s Prestige Records – and one of the earliest records to feature the incredible talents of reedman Sonny Fortune! Sonny burst into fame in the 70s as a spiritual player with a really freewheeling groove – but this late 60s date has Fortune in the company of Hammond ... read moreCD
One of the greatest Bobby Hutcherson albums for Blue Note – a classic session recorded in quartet form, with a style that seems to set a whole new standard for the vibes in modern jazz! The group here is sublime – Herbie Hancock on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums ... read moreCD
A subtle gem from Bobby Hutcherson's wonderful years on Landmark Records – a point when he was really getting back to basics, and cutting some great straight work that almost hearkened back to his 60s gems on Blue Note! The set's recorded live at the Village Vanguard – and Bobby swings ... read moreCD
One of Bobby Hutcherson's greatest records ever – and a session that never got released at the time! The album's an excellent quartet session, one that's very much in the best spirit of Bobby's great Happenings album on Blue Note – and it features a similar group that includes ... read moreCD
There's a very earthy, organic finish to the alto saxophone shown in the hands of Kang Tae Hwan on the cover – and that appearance is a great illustration of the sound on the record, too – one that builds very slowly, with almost a meditative quality – as the tones are created ... read moreCD
Lovely solo work from Abdullah Ibrahim – a set recorded live, as a musical autobiography – and as such, filled with a much bigger range of styles than some of his other albums of the time! Ibrahim brings in older South African melodies, some American standards, modern jazz compositions ... read moreCD
Sublime solo piano from Abdullah Ibrahim – and a set that also features a bit of solo saxophone as well! The performance was recorded in an Italian concert hall with a wonderfully resonant sound – and the material is half compositions by Ibrahim, and half improvisations that have a ... read moreCD
An extremely beautiful set of tracks, and one of our favorite Dollar Brand albums from the time. Dyani is caught in a very spare setting, with a rare opportunity to hear him moving slowly and subtly down the bass – a perfect pairing for Brand's haunting piano lines. The best cut is the side- ... read moreCD
One of the most roosty albums on Blue Note – and a fairly straight session of African percussion tracks by Solomon Ilori and his Afro Drum Ensemble! Unlike similar albums by Art Blakey, this one lacks any strong sort of jazz component – and really just features fairly straight African ... read moreCD
(Japanese pressing from 1994.)
Indigo Jam Unit —
Lights ... CD Basis (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
Indigo Jam Unit are really on fire here – working in a monstrous blend of funky drums, acoustic piano, and some of the warmest, roundest basslines you'll ever hope to hear! Imagine a jazz trio with an ear for small combo funk, and you'll get part of the picture of these guys – but they' ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
Nothing innocent about this record – because the groove is hard and heavy, wild and trippy – a really heady brew of funky jazz and more psychedelic influences – all recorded with some weird sounds in the background too! The album's a great one from Japanese groove pioneer Takeshi ... read moreCD
A brilliant bubble of sounds from IPA – much more searing than you'd guess from the album's title – served up here in a sharp brace of trumpet, tenor, and vibes! The group's overflowing with that modernist Moserobie label energy we love so much – tight in construction, but still ... read moreCD
A landmark album from this powerhouse Cuban group of the 70s – their first record issued formally to an American market, and quite possibly their greatest effort of the decade! The sound here is a lot more focused than on the group's Cuban sessions from previous years – not commercial ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
A great little record with an angular, soulful flow – and a sense of direction that's way more confident than you'd guess from the mixed-up look on Shun Ishikawa's face on the cover! Shun's a drummer, and he leads a group here that's full of dynamic energy – excellent work on tenor and ... read moreCD
Pedro Iturralde with Paco DeLucia —
Flamenco Jazz ... CD MPS/Edel (Germany), 1967. New Copy ...
Really wonderful stuff – and a record that may well be even better than the previous flamenco jazz albums cut by Paco DeLucia and Petro Iturralde in Spain! This set is part of a key late 60s moment when the MPS label was experimenting with a blend of jazz and sounds from around the globe ... read moreCD
Marchel Ivery —
3 ... CD Leaning House, 1999. Used ...
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Jackie & Roy – cut when the fab vocal duo was still in the company of Charlie Ventura, forging a bop harmony sound that was as groundbreaking as the early vocalese work of Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert, or Annie Ross! The pair had a hip swinging ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ali Jackson/Aaron Goldberg/Omer Avital —
Yes! ... CD Sunnyside, 2011. Used ...
Keefe Jackson & Jason Adasiewicz —
Rows & Rows ... CD Delmark, 2016. New Copy ...
Mindblowing sounds from two of the most creative musicians on the contemporary Chicago scene – coming together in a setting that really brings out the best of both of them! Keefe Jackson's a reedman who can blow with a strong sense of freedom, but never lose his way – and, like session ... read moreCD
Keefe Jackson/Josh Berman/Jon Rune Strom/Tollef Ostvang —
Southern Sun ... CD Stone Floor (Norway), 2015. New Copy ...
A killer quartet session that matches a pair of the finest, most adventurous players from the post-millennium Chicago jazz scene with equally excellent counterparts from Norway! The players are Keefe Jackson on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Josh Berman on coronet, Jon Rune Strom on double bass and ... read moreCD
A beautiful combination we'd like to hear more of – one that comes from the meeting of Milt Jackson's vibes and the guitar of Wes Montgomery – both recorded here in easygoing brilliance! The session's a nice break from the usual sound of both players at the time – and although ... read moreCD
An easily-grooving set that features Illinois Jacquet blowing over small combo arrangements with Tommy Flanagan on piano and Kenny Burrell on guitar – plus some added Latin percussion from Willie Rodriguez! The presence of the Latin percussion really adds a nice element to the album – ... read moreCD
Illinois Jacquet was one of those players who never stopped going as the decades moved on – a tenorist who started in the bigger jumping bands of the swing generation, but one who was able to grow and shift over the years, and continue to hone his craft! This late date from Switzerland shows ... read moreCD
Two overlooked gems from pianist Ahmad Jamal – back to back on a single CD! Tranquility is a really wonderful post-Chess album from pianist Ahmad Jamal – a set that's maybe got a bit more bite than some of his earlier work, and which features a bold groove that really points the way ... read moreCD
Bob James —
Genie ... CD CTI/Tappan Zee, 1983. Used ...
A smooth set of keyboard instrumentals built around Bob James' famous theme to the TV show Taxi – also known as "Angela", and probably the way that most mainstream folks know Bob's work! And although that track was plenty famous, it's still a really great number that echoes out ... read moreCD
A well-titled set of tunes – as the trio of Joseph Jarman, Don Moye, and Don Pullen really do come together as a magic triangle of sorts! The strengths of the Jarman and Moye team is well-known from their work with the Art Ensemble, and on a few solo recordings – and the addition of ... read moreCD
A pair of Impulse albums from Keith Jarrett – back to back on a single CD! First up is Death & The Flower – really wonderful early work from Keith Jarrett – a spiritually-driven session that's free from the cliches of his later work! The album's a spectacular group effort ... read moreCD
Two key 70s albums from Keith Jarrett – back to back in a single package! First up is Fort Yawuh – great Impulse work from Keith Jarrett – recorded at a time when he had a lot sharper edge than later years, and was really matching the spirit of some of the post-Coltrane ... read moreCD
Think you know the work of Keith Jarrett? If you haven't heard his sides for Impulse Records from the 70s, you've really gotta check them out – because the Jarrett heard here is looser, groovier, and often a lot more righteous than on any of his more famous recordings for ECM – thanks ... read moreCD
After a long period exploring other approaches to recording, principally solo work and groups featuring horns, Jarrett returned to the trio format with longtime sympathetic sidemen Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette. Here, they interpret a set of jazz standards, with Jarrett's lyrical and spacious ... read moreCD
Recorded in the 40s, and issued only much later by Pablo Records – but a set that's very much in the best spirit of the classic Jazz At The Philharmonic performances that were issued famously by Verve! The set features two key groups – one with Charlie Parker and Sonny Criss on alto ... read moreCD
The groovy combo The Jazz Modes were one of the 50's strangest groups – but their work is always entertaining, and a lot more filled with soul than you'd expect! The band is fronted by French horn player Julius Watkins and saxophonist Charlie Rouse – and Rouse's pre-Monk tenor is nice ... read moreCD
An incredibly soulful set from the Israeli scene of the early 70s – a record that's quite spiritual overall, with a vibe that's almost Strata East in its approach! The group is less of a workshop than a tight quartet led by saxophonist Albert Piamenta, and featuring piano, bass, and drums ... read moreCD
A funky electric jazz jam that's been lost for years – very heavy on the keyboards and filled with choppy sax riffs! The sound here is kind of a combination of the Groove Merchant style of the early 70s and some of the tighter intensity of Stone Alliance – as the group (like Stone ... read moreCD
A really unique little record – a set of jazz reinterpretations of the style of biguine – that highly rhythmic mode from the French West Indies, which itself received a strong influx of jazz in the post-war years! Alain Jean-Marie has roots in Guadeloupe, but plays with the open flow ... read moreCD
A bold statement by one of the best underground jazz players of the 70s! Carter Jefferson cut his chops with Art Blakey in the years after Blakey had Billy Harper in the group – and seemed to follow Harper into some of the same highly spiritual, soulful territory at the time! Jefferson's a ... read moreCD
About as hip as you can get for a hardbop session – a real cooker from the left end of the spectrum, filled with great work from all three players in the title! The pairing of Clifford Jordan's tenor and John Jenkins' alto is especially nice – as Jordan seems to bring out a bit of a ... read moreCD
Hilmar Jensson —
Tyft ... CD Songlines (Canada), 2002. Used ...
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JJ Band (El Chicles & Chakachas) —
JJ Band ... CD Polydor/Sonorama (Germany), 1970. New Copy ...
Incredible funk, soul, jazz, post psychedelia and funk rock from the JJ Band – recorded in Brussels and featuring core players who were also integral members of Chakachas & El Chicles! The JJ Band find a hard grooving style steeped in horns, with heavy drums, bass and percussion, fuzzy ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
The first album we've ever heard from reedman Per Texas Johansson as a leader – and a wonderful set that draws on all of his great work with other groups over the years! Johansson's a real visionary here – working in a style that resonates both with the careful sounds he can bring from ... read moreCD
One of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best Herbie Hancock moments of the early 70s, plus some of the side projects of the Headhunters. Warmly funky, but with a nice edge – with a ... read moreCD
A great run of records from Alphonso Johnson – the best of his career, wrapped up here in one sweet set! First up is Moonshadows – one of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best ... read moreCD
Some of the best work ever from the legendary Buddy Johnson – brought together in the best package we've ever seen to showcase his music! Johnson was a crucial figure in the postwar years – and an artist who helped music make a shift from the bigger bands of the swing years to the ... read moreCD
JJ Johnson's always a cooker, but during the late 50s he cut some incredible records for the Columbia label – tight bop sessions that still stand as some of his best work! This album's one of them – a real smoker of a set that features Johnson's trombone as the only lead horn in a cool ... read moreCD
Nicely sharp sounds from the great JJ Johnson – a set that has the trombonist really honing his edge on a host of tight, short tracks – with a vibe that almost recalls his initial bop recordings on Blue Note and Prestige! The style here is a bit more sophisticated – definitely ... read moreCD
JJ Johnson —
Vivian ... CD Concord, 1992. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
JJ Johnson & His Big Bands —
Say When ... CD RCA/Bluebird, 1964/1966. Used ...
One of JJ's best from the late 50s – a tightly crackling hardbop set, recorded very much in the manner of his classic JJ Inc album! The sound here is a bit more compact overall – with some shorter tracks that really allow Johnson to display his keen sense of economy on his horn, while ... read moreCD
Rudolph Johnson —
Second Coming ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A brilliant album from the overlooked reedman Rudolph Johnson – his second session for the Black Jazz label, and even better than the first! There's a soaring, searching quality to the record that Johnson never had before – a way of handling his tenor with a tone that Coltrane would ... read moreCD
Rudolph Johnson —
Spring Rain ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Rudolph Johnson – a hell of a saxophonist, and one with a great ability to combine the spiritual with the searing – a bit like Joe Farrell at his CTI best, but not as freewheeling – nicely focused, and a little bit funky in all the right ... read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)