A stunner of an early album from reedman John Handy – completely different from both his experimental music of the mid 60s, and from his funkier sides of the 70s! Instead, John comes across here with a simple, unadorned brilliance – a bold statement of modernism mixed with soul, and ... read moreCD
Roland Hanna's certainly easy to love here – working in a free-flowing trio mode, with a fair bit more soul jazz touches than on some of his later work! Rhythm here is from Ben Tucker on bass and Roy Barnes on drums – both of whom bring in a gentle little groove that augments the more ... read moreCD
"Dancers" is a word that we don't usually associate with pianist Roland Hanna – given that most of his music has a warmly lyrical groove, and an introspective spirit that might not be right for the dancefloor! Yet there's definitely a bit more bounce here than usual – a ... read moreCD
One of the only recorded documents of the talents of Swedish guitarist Staffan Harde – a player who departed from the scene after the lack of critical response to this tremendous album! We're not sure why the record failed to make waves at the time – but it could well be because the ... read moreCD
Hard-hitting tenor work from the great John Hardee – a player we know best from his early Blue Note singles of the late 40s, but who's still going strong on this mid 70s recording! Hardee's got a strong-voiced tone that's an important (but often overlooked) force in the tenor transition from ... read moreCD
Beautifully understated work from trumpeter Roy Hargrove – an open, laidback session that's easily one of the best he's done in years! Gone are the urban sounds of his RH Factor records, and the more cerebral modes of some of his other jazz sets – and instead, this time around Roy's ... read moreCD
A stunning big band session from trumpeter Roy Hargrove – one that marks his emergence to a whole new level of jazz! The album comes as a real surprise to us – quite different than both Roy's small combo work, and some of his more groove-based records – and although you can hear ... read moreCD
Nothing serious maybe, but a great set of straight jazz work from Roy Hargrove – released alongside the trumpeter's Distractions album by his RH Factor group – almost as a reminder that Roy's equally great at acoustic jazz! The album really benefits from some strong piano work from ... read moreCD
A recent recording by tenorist Billy Harper – but one that follows strongly in the tradition of his 70s classics recorded in Japan! Like those records, this one was done for the Japanese label DIW – and features Harper in a free sort of setting that really lets him unfold with ... read moreCD
Toni Harper —
Toni ... CD Verve (Japan), 1955. New Copy ...
One of the first "adult" albums by a young Toni Harper – first known as a child sensation in the 40s, but stepping out nicely as a torchy vocalist in the 50s! The album's got a really great, really mellow Verve approach – laidback, late nite jazz instrumentation – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Trumpeter Tom Harrell has always been a chromatic player – but this time around, there seems to be even more chromes in his music than usual – a wonderful array of colors and tones that grab our ears right from the very first note! Perhaps it's the title – which is certainly ... read moreCD
Overlooked gems from this key reedman on the Brit modern scene of the 60s – two rare albums in a single package! First up is Movement – one of the most obscure albums recorded by Joe Harriott – leading light of the British avant scene in the 60s – and one of the best, too! ... read moreCD
A great live set from pianist Barry Harris – material recorded on the same date that gave us the excellent Live In Tokyo album from reedman Charles McPherson – but done in a very different way that shows that Barry's clearly the leader on these tracks! The rhythm duo is wonderful ... read moreCD
Beautiful solo material from guitarist Bill Harris – a player who's best remembered for his work with the 50s R&B group The Clovers, but who also cut some great jazz albums over the years! This set may well be one of Bill's best – and certainly one of the most unique – as it ... read moreCD
A spiritual jazz classic from the hip LA scene of the late 70s – led by saxophonist Billie Harris, and featuring a group that includes Horace Tapscott on piano! We don't know much about Harris, but he's got a freewheeling spiritual sound that's very much in the Coltrane-inspired mode, yet ... read moreCD
A great later date from Eddie Harris – only a trio set, but one that often has all the full, soulful currents of some of the reedman's 70s material for Atlantic Records! Eddie plays piano and trumpet in addition to his usual tenor – and often does so at the same time, thanks to the ... read moreCD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through booklet & traycard artwork.)
2 great albums of soul jazz from Atlantic! Eddie Harris' I Need Some Money is a great little funk album that shouldn't work so well, but does nicely, thanks to a unique approach to the groove. The album kicks off with the catchy vocal number "I Need Some Money", which features a ... read moreCD
This is the kind of reissue we like to see! Funky pianist Gene Harris had spent most of the 60s playing in a standard trio format with his group The Three Sounds – but by the time of this live set, the group was evolving into a monster jazz funk combo, and Harris was getting beautifully ... read moreCD
An incredible album by vibist Stefon Harris – one of his greatest ever! The album's got a really ambitious sound – with Harris leading a larger group of players, in a style that recalls some of the more expansive mid 70s recordings by Bobby Hutcherson. Larger orchestrations swell and ... read moreCD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Stefon Harris & Blackout —
Urbanus ... CD Concord, 2009. Used ...
Don't let the cover put you off – as the album's got all the deep soul and subtle touches we've come to love in the music of Stefon Harris over the years! There's just a slight urban undercurrent to the record, and if anything, the inventive rhythms and shifting instrumentation reminds us a ... read moreCD
Stefon Harris & Jacky Terrasson —
Kindred ... CD Blue Note, 2001. Used ...
Jackson Harrison Trio —
Sintering ... CD Hat Art (Switzerland), 2013. New Copy ...
A hell of a record from pianist Jackson Harrison – an artist we don't know well at all, but who's really blowing our mind with the sounds on this trio date! Harrison's got a way of blocking out sound that flows back to the years of Bill Evans – but he's also got a way of making things ... read moreCD
One of the rare early albums on the Detroit based Tribe label, now made legendary by the compilations on Soul Jazz and P-Vine. Tenor player Wendell Harrison leads a group that includes Marcus Belgrave, Charles Eubanks, and Phil Ranelin, and which features occasional poetry by the "Black ... read moreCD
One of the most inventive Wendell Harrison records in years – a beautifully-crafted session that features his larger clarinet ensemble, recorded with a sound that goes way beyond any of our expectations! Harrison uses the clarinets in a wonderful way – opening up a world of color and ... read moreCD
The talents of Wendell Harrison never cease to amaze us – and this big band live recording represents yet another chapter in his long and richly varied career! The set features Harrison leading an 18 piece group, plus a smaller clarinet ensemble – all recorded live at the Detroit ... read moreCD
A legendary meeting of two famous tenor talents – the mighty Eddie Harris, and Detroit legend Wendell Harrison – recorded live together at the Montreux Detroit Festival in 1994. The pair play together in a variety of modes – from twin tenor solo battle styles, to mellower, more ... read moreCD
Steven Hashimoto's Mothra —
Giri ... CD Asian Improv, 2000. Used ...
Greg Hatza Organization —
Organ ... CD Palmetto, 1995. Used ...
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Hampton Hawes —
Seance ... CD Contemporary/OJC, 1966. Used ...
A nice title for this mid 60s set from Hampton Hawes – given that by this time in his career, Hawes often hits these spun-out lines that are completely entrancing – almost enough to spirit us away to the underworld! The album's a live one, but done with an intimate feel – and ... read moreCD
The complete sessions by the best-known early version of The Hampton Hawes Trio – one that featured Red Mitchell on bass and Chuck Thompson on drums, heard here on the group's first three albums for the Contemporary label! The Hawes approach to the keys was a very popular one at the time ... read moreCD
Some of the most beautiful work we've heard from Evan Parker in a long time – sublime duets on tenor with pianist Alexander Hawkins – on long, improvised tracks that build up with a really sort of special energy between the players! Parker's got a way of being every bit as sharp and ... read moreCD
A great assortment of material from Coleman Hawkins – sides that nicely span the mid 40s and late 50s, showing some great growth in his technique! The first four tracks are from a record by the Walter Foots All Stars – a group led by Foots on tenor, but also featuring Hawk – also ... read moreCD
Not a best-of, as you might guess from the title – but a really special set of late work from Hawkins – shorter numbers, but played with plenty of flair with a small combo that also includes Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar, and Alvin Stoller on drums! CD
Massive later music from Coleman Hawkins – a date that might be easy to overlook, given the unassuming package – but one that really features that newfound mix of modernism and soul that graced the later years of Hawk! The setting is a bit unusual, but that's part of the charm – ... read moreCD
Rare live work from Tubby Hayes – recorded for Swedish Radio in one of the last years of his life, and a really rock-solid set! Given the professional recording of the performance, the set's quite different than some of the more dodgy Hayes live dates – and given Tubby's disappearance ... read moreCD
Beautifully-recorded live material from tenor giant Tubby Hayes – a series of performances done for the BBC in 1965, and presented here with superb sound that really gets at the amazing power of Tubby's solos! The album's a bit different than some other 60s live work by Hayes – in that ... read moreCD
An amazing record by one of England's greatest jazz talents ever! This very rare album was recorded in the US, under the supervision of Roland Kirk – who also plays on the record, along with Walter Bishop Jr, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes. Tubby's tone is fantastic – with all the raw ... read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print. Gold disc.)
A cracker of an album – as fresh today as it was when it was first released in 1963! Roy Haynes is probably best known to the world for his bop work, but in the early 60s, he was a budding modernist with a real sense for lyrical improvisation. As part of a generation that was working on ... read moreCD
Drummer Roy Haynes always brings something great to the table for any album he does as a leader – and this record is no exception! Here, the "added something" is the presence of Roland Kirk on reeds – offered a key early chance to express his most modern ideas in the freedom ... read moreCD
Pianist David Hazeltine always sounds great in a trio, but we love him even more with a horn player – as on this session with Seamus Blake on tenor! The pairing of players seems to give Blake the sort of sharp, soulful focus we love best for his instrument – a rock-solid, soulfully-groo ... read moreCD
Heads Of State (Bartz/Willis/Williams/Foster) —
Search For Peace ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
The Heads Of State are a very heady quartet – an all-star group that features Gary Bartz on alto, Larry Willis on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Al Foster on drums – about as great of a lineup as we might hope for! The setting is one that seems to have Bartz very strongly out in ... read moreCD
A compelling mid 80s set from Jimmy Heath – playing here on both tenor and soprano saxes, in a group that features piano, guitar, bass, and drums. The mix of guitar and Jimmy's soprano sax is especially striking – angular and edgey, handled in a way that brings an added dimension to ... read moreCD
A nice little collection of some classic hard bop from Jimmy Heath, with a few of the sides of some the stuff he recorded with larger ensembles thrown in for good measure, pulled together in the 80s, once the OJC family of labels came under the Fantasy umbrella. Heath's Riverside recordings of the ... read moreCD
The title's a bit obtuse, but the music is warm and soulful throughout – a really tremendous session that carries on the strong legacy of solo work that Jimmy Heath was doing in the 70s! The feel here is a lot like some of Heath's dates for the Muse or Xanadu labels – and Jimmy's ... read moreCD
A brilliant mid 70s album from Jimmy Heath – recorded at a time when he was making some of his greatest strides on record! The album's got a spare, simple quartet format – but Jimmy's working here in a really expansively soulful sound – one that matches that of Clifford Jordan at ... read moreCD
A fantastic session by Jimmy Heath – cut right at the time of his best 70s soul jazz work! This obscure set was recorded in New York in 1974, but not issued in this form until the mid 90s – and it features Heath with a stellar group that includes Curtis Fuller, Stanley Cowell, Mtume, ... read moreCD
A great later set from The Heath Brothers – proof that the family stayed plenty darn hip into their older years! Although issued by Concord, there's a nicely soulful bent to the record – some slightly angular modern moments, inflected with a lot of warmth on the solos – not just ... read moreCD
Anke Helfrich Trio with Tim Hagans —
Dedication ... CD Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Anke Helfrich handles a trio of great keyboards here – Fender Rhodes, piano, and harmonium – sometimes strongly tuneful, other times more as engines of sound – which are balanced nicely with the strong work of Tim Hagans on both trumpet and flugelhorn! The record's far more than ... read moreCD
2 different sessions by Julius Hemphill – one from 1975, with Arthur Blythe, Hamiet Bluiett, and Abdul Wadud; the other from 1972, with Bluiett, Wadud, and Baikida Carroll. The 1972 session's a bit more interesting, and was recorded in St. Louis by Oliver Sain (of all people!). It's one ... read moreCD
The first compilation to really do justice to jazz funk legend Eddie Henderson – and a great one, too! Henderson's spacey trumpet style graced some of the best Blue Note and Capitol jazz sides to come out during the 70s – and his open-ended snakey way of playing was very different than ... read moreCD
Eddie Henderson —
Mahal ... CD Capitol (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A stone classic from trumpeter Eddie Henderson – and a record that illustrates why he was such a key part of helping the spiritual jazz underground of the 70s find a wider audience at the time! The album's balanced between the freer styles of Eddie's roots and the tighter, soulful modes of ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from Joe Henderson's later years – a completely sublime take on the music of Billy Strayhorn, and a wonderful demonstration of Henderson's mature talents on the tenor! There's a fantastic balance here between darkness and light, grit and clarity, heard in Joe's very first ... read moreCD
Classic early work by Joe Henderson – very well titled with the use of "mode", given the new sound and new direction Henderson was taking his tenor in the 60s! The album's got Joe working at the head of an all-great lineup that includes Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, and ... read moreCD
A classic straight session by Joe Henderson – cut during his early years, when he was breaking out of the box with a heck of a lot of fire! Kenny Dorham's subdued lyricism complements Joe's impassioned playing over the angular, yet still-swinging rythm section of Andrew Hill, Eddie Kahn and ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is one mighty hip cat – a player who's got a bold, soulful sound right from the start – working here in a combo that also features drummer Cecil Brooks III, who produced the record with that tight, sharp sound that we love on the records he's handled for labels ... read moreCD
A killer collection of work from one of the funkiest European talents of the 70s – bandleader Peter Herbholzheimer, working here at the head of his Rhythm & Brass group, and his Certain Lions & Tigers ensemble! Although Herbolzheimer's got a clunky name, his sound is incredibly fluid ... read moreCD