The title definitely gets it right, as the set's filled with some wonderfully spontaneous music from a group that features Robert Hurst on bass and the mighty Robert Glasper on piano! Glasper sounds different here than on some of his Blue Note albums of similar vintage – a lot more open and ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Bobby Hutcherson albums ever – and a magical session filled with electric Latin vibes! The album's quite a different one for Bobby at the time – as it has him working with some larger arrangements, in a soulful west coast groove that's almost got the feel of a hip ... read moreCD
(Out of print!)
Jason Kao Hwang —
Edge ... CD Asian Improv, 2005. Used ...
Think the French new wave had a lock on jazz soundtracks? Think again, because the Japanese scene of the 60s was full of them – including this sublime set from 1963! Most numbers here are jazz tracks played by a great small combo – one that's got tremendous energy all the way through! ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)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
Hideo Ichikawa may have been one of the most inventive pianists to record for the Three Blind Mice label in the 70s – an artist whose talents are expansive both on the acoustic and electric versions of the instrument he uses here – and which also extend to a few contributions on ... read moreCD
Not European rock, but funky jazz instead – served up by a very cool Japanese group with a lot of funky undercurrents! The approach here is similar to some of the other Sound Ltd albums from Takeshi Inomata – a reworking of an older big band mode, with more electric and groovy elements ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series, too.)
The group's name is a bit of wordplay, and might make you think they're presenting themselves in a flip sort of way – but their music is rock-solid, and has this well-crafted, rock-solid approach that's mighty nice! Intrioduction have that open, flowing sensibility that the better European ... read moreCD
Intrioduction, recorded live at the North Sea Festival – on a set that features sparkling interplay between Harry Happel on piano, Koos Wiltenburg on bass, and Fred Krens on drums – a lineup that has a great balance between the strength of Happel's piano lines, and some of the more ... read moreCD
Max Ionata —
Rewind ... CD Via Veneto (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
A wonderful setting for reedman Max Ionata – an album that has him working alongside some Hammond organ from Alberto Gurrisi, who really brings a soulful vibe to the album! Max is always great on other albums – and often plays with this rich tenor sound that takes us back to our ... read moreCD
An already-great quartet – augmented by some wicked trumpet work by Fabrizio Bosso! The group perfectly sums up everything that's great about the contemporary Italian jazz scene – a sound that has its roots in classic hardbop of the 50s and 60s, but a youthful energy that instantly ... read moreCD
Jon Irabagon, John Hegre, & Niles Are Dronen —
Axis ... CD Rune Grammafon (Norway), 2017. New Copy ...
You might know the sax work of Jon Irabagon in the group Mostly Other People Do The Killing – but here, he's set up in a completely different format – one that shows the growing role of Irabagon on the global jazz underground! The music here is freely improvised with a trio that ... 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
The legendary Cuban jazz group, caught live before a very enthusiastic audience at London's Ronnie Scott's Club. Pianist Chucho Valdes is in great form, and he arranged and composed all the tracks on the set, including "Mr. Bruce", "Neurosis", and "Flute Notes". All ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
We last heard altoist Sherman Irby on a hip tribute to Cannonball Adderley – and here, in a recent live set, he blows with an equally soulful vibe! The tunes are all quite long, and played by a quartet – which leaves plenty of room for Irby to take the lead on his solos – ... read moreCD
Akira Ishikawa always gives us very groovy music – either with his Count Buffalos, or without – and this album is a key part of his 70s legacy of mixing up so many different styles at once! The album's definitely got all the elements promised in the title, but all inflected with a ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Another gem in the Deep Jazz Reality series!)
Another superb blend of spacey jazz and progressive instrumental musings, touched with a bit of 70s Miles, and served up with excellent production and the usual high level of standards you'd expect from Jeff Parker, Rob Mazurek, Dan Bitney, John Herndon, and Matt Lux. Proof that Chicago is still ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Yoron Israel & Organic —
Chicago ... CD Double Time, 1998. Used ...
A stunner of a trio set – led by pianist Ethan Iverson, working with one of his heroes and a bonafide legend in bass player Ron Carter, and the always compelling Nasheet Waits on the drums! The group dynamic is solid, but there are some really nice moments with just Iverson's piano, too, ... read moreCD
J-Squad ... CD Universal (Japan), 2016. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A really fantastic group from the Japanese scene – a quintet that features trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, who you'll know from his American releases – but a combo that's equally great all around! At some level, these guys are in an older school soulbop mode – but they've also clearly ... read moreCD
Wonderfully groovy work from the team of Jackie Cain & Roy Kral – a set that has the pair moving into much hipper modes for the 60s, and really taking off from the greatness of earlier records! Backing is still by Roy's core trio, with acoustic piano at the lead – but the addition ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Jackie & Roy are definitely getting bit wilder here – hitting an electric early 70s CTI mode, and really growing a lot in the process! The session has the vocal pair working with CD players who include Hubert Laws on flute, Joe Farrell on saxes, Roy Pennington on vibes, and Steve Gadd on ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Chubby Jackson, Bill Harris, et al —
Small Herds ... CD Mercury (Japan), Mid 40s. Used ...
Rare material from Keystone Records – originally issued as 78rpm discs, but cleaned up nicely and with some unreleased tracks! CD
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
One of our favorite albums of all times – and a legendary testament to the greatness of the Chicago music scene in the late 60s! Melvin Jackson was the bassist in Eddie Harris' very successful group of the time – and his playing on Eddie's trippy and funky records for Atlantic is one ... read moreCD
A great little set from Milt Jackson – not just for his work on vibes, but also for some great tenor from Lucky Thompson! Thompson's raspy edge brings a nice degree of soulfulness to the set – a sound that adds depth to the sometimes mellower moments set down by Jackson and the rhythm ... read moreCD
Two CTI label gems from vibist Milt Jackson – back to back on a single CD! Sunflower is proof that Milt Jackson was easily the hippest member of the Modern Jazz Quartet – and one of the few who could really open up into different sounds away from that combo! This sweet 70s set for CTI ... read moreCD
The title's a bit self-pitying, but the music certainly isn't – and even at this late point in his career, the sound of Milt Jackson is coming across loud and clear – possibly more so, because Milt's firmly shaken off the mellower modes of his years with the MJQ! The record has Jackson ... read moreCD
A bit of a mystery session – clearly recorded in the late 40s, but without as many session details as we might like! Still, the work's great – early Milt Jackson with a nice boppish edge, recording here with Sonny Stitt on alto, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, and Russell Jacquet on ... read moreCD
A late 60s set, but one that recalls the sweet swinging style of Prestige Records' Swingville sessions from the early part of the decade! Illinois Jacquet sounds wonderful here on tenor (and a bit of bassoon on one track!) – blowing with plenty of open space amidst a lineup that includes ... read moreCD
Nice mixture of boppish and swing-based material, and an excellent soulful session that has Illinois Jacquet playing in a stripped-down setting with Ben Tucker on bass, Alan Dawson on drums, and Barry Harris on piano, who adds a nice warm dimension to the set. Jacquet's tone is fantastic as always ... read moreCD
The title's a bit misleading – as a number of the tracks on here were recorded by Jacquet, and Webster only sat in on two longer jamming numbers – "I Wrote This For The Kid" and "The Kid & The Brute". Not that that's a problem – as those long numbers take ... read moreCD
Wonderfully smooth work from Boney James – one of the few players of this nature who can always hold our attention! The album's a contemporary one, but it draws strongly from the best smooth jazz funk of the 70s – a rich mix of modes that's heavy on influences from the Kudu Records ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Instrumental magic from pianist Horst Jankowski – two 60s classics back to back! Baby But Grand features the grand piano in the hands of the maestro – the great Horst Jankowski, an artist who took the instrument from the concert hall to the AM radio in the 60s! The album's got ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreCD
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 – one that has Jarrett playing piano, percussion, and sax – in an ensemble that also includes Dewey Redman, Charlie ... read moreCD
A totally wonderful album from the young Keith Jarrett – and a set that's different than most of the pianist's other well-known modes – not his solo improvisations, not his successful trio material, and not even his more outside quartet modes of the 70s – but instead this ... read moreCD
Ultra-hip work from pianist Keith Jarrett – a session that's filled with joy and life, and which has a lot more energy than some of his albums for ECM! The work here is kind of a refinement of the freer styles that Jarrett had laid down on previous albums – performed with a strongly ... read moreCD
One of the few US releases by 50s Belgian reedman Bobby Jaspar – a talent who graced countless European sessions at the time, but who's working here in a rare date with an American group! As on other albums from the period, Jaspar plays both tenor and flute – alternating between ... read moreCD
Primo work by one of the greatest Brit jazz groups of the 50s – the legendary Jazz Couriers, and their smoking frontline of Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott on tenor sax! The pair have a way of coming together that's simply beautiful – not the kind of "battle" you might have ... read moreCD
A landmark bit of fusion from the Eastern European scene of the 70s – a set that was so strong on the musical tip, it was one of the few jazz records to break the Iron Curtain and get larger global circulation at the time! The group have a wonderfully choppy vibe – almost funky, but ... read moreCD
A much-needed addition to the too-small catalog of work by this groundbreaking group from the European scene of the 60s – a quintet of Danish modernists who have a sound that's still wonderfully bright and brilliant after all these years! The album comes from tapes that were recorded in the ... 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
Paul Jeffrey —
Watershed ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
An unusual sort of setting for tenor saxophonist Paul Jeffrey – an overlooked player from the east coast scene of the early 70s, and one who only cut a handful of records at the time! The date features Jack Wilkins on guitar, playing with these bright chromatic hues next to Jeffrey's sharper ... read moreCD
One of the best-ever recordings by Herb Jeffries – a smooth-toned jazz singer from the 50s, with a style that's very much in the mode of contemporaries like Al Hibbler or Billy Eckstine, with a nice cheesecake cover too! The backings are what make this set great – as Russ Garcia has ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Hard-jamming Cuban jazz from the group of trombonist Generoso Jimenez – two rare 60s albums back to back on one CD! First up is the 1965 session Trombon Majadero – a set that's got a nicely lean approach to Latin jazz, and one that reminds us a bit of some of the refinements to the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
One of Antonio Carlos Jobim's greatest records – and a perfect blend of his subtle bossa genius with the moody electric sound of CTI! Jobim plays electric and acoustic piano, guitar, and sings a bit – and Deodato handled the arrangements with a breezy brilliance that matches all the ... (Brazil, Jazz)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
JJ Johnson's greatest album – without a doubt! This gem of a session was recorded in 1960 in New York, with an incredibly hip sextet that includes Cedar Walton, Clifford Jordan, and Freddie Hubbard. The tracks are all long, hip, and very much in a Blue Note soul jazz mode – very ... read moreCD
One of the hippest, hardest albums that trombonist JJ Johnson ever cut for Columbia – a session we'd rank right up there with his amazing JJ Inc record, and like that one a really cooking hardbop record that maybe even rivals the best on Blue Note and Prestige at the time! As with that gem, ... read moreCD
JJ Johnson & His Big Bands —
Say When ... CD RCA/Bluebird, 1964/1966. Used ...
Trumpeter Russ Johnson revisits the classic Out To Lunch album by Eric Dolphy – adding in a few other songs as well, and giving the whole thing a flavor that's all his own! Even after the passage of five decades, Out To Lunch is still one of the most powerful statements in jazz we can think ... read moreCD
Elvin Jones towers above his bandmates on the cover of this 70s classic – and really leads them onward to some great sounds within! The record has a bit more focus and soul than some of Jones' other albums of the period – still quite powerful and dynamic, but with a good adherence to ... read moreCD
An amazingly unique little group – one that kind of stepped in the Impulse Records back door from the Coltrane galaxy, but which features some very unique aspects overall! As the cover states, the ensemble's led by bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones – and also features ... read moreCD
(Out of print, and includes obi. Back cover has a small promo sticker.)
An overlooked gem from jazz singer Etta Jones – an effort cut around the same time as her better-known records for Prestige, but one that's maybe done with an even hipper sound overall! Etta's nicely laidback, and hits that soulful, singing mood that makes her so great right from the start ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A beautiful album of heartfelt vocal tracks by a young Etta Jones – featuring arrangements by Oliver Nelson that rank among the best sort that he was penning for vocalists of this sort during the 60s. Etta's got a nice mix of material here, and although some of the tracks are a bit well-known ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD