Juhani Aaltonen & Otto Donner —
Strings ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
A wonderful "with strings" session from 70s Finland – one that features the tenor and flute of Juhani Aaltonen alongside larger backings from Otto Donner! Altonen's got a really powerful approach to his instruments that works beautifully with the set – a voice that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant mix of jazz and world music! Abdul-Malik was the legendary bass player from the fifties who mixed straight jazz playing with traditional Middle Eastern rhythms – and although he most famously recorded albums with Monk as a regular bassist, his albums on his own are amazing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing stuff from Ahmed Abdul-Malik – one of the early 60s most enigmatic jazz talents! Malik was Thelonious Monk's bassist for a few years, but by the time of this record, he was working in a very sophisticated cross-cultural mode – pulling together many different strands of jazz and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare album by Ahmed Abdul-Malik – the bass player best known for his work with Monk, and for some of his groundbreaking experimental sessions that mixed together jazz music and Eastern influences! This album is one of Malik's greatest – a combination of both his modern and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spare, soulful work from reedman Idris Ackamoor – recording here in a set of duets with pianist Hakeem Muhammad – in a manner that's a bit more free than some of Idris' other records, but no less spiritual! Muhammad's command on the keys is bold and spirited – at some points ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We know reedman Idris Ackamoor best for his initial work in the Pyramids, and his later spiritual jazz sessions on the San Francisco scene – but here, he works in a mode that's much more free jazz – blowing alto sax with his Paris Quartet – in a live performance recorded in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing.)
Free ... LP CTI, 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
One of the coolest, grooviest albums you'll ever hear from the legendary percussionist Airto – a set that mixes his own Brazilian roots with the electric genius of 70s CTI – all with stunning results! Airto's in the lead – and blows some beautiful wood flute lines alongside ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut by this incredible tenor sax player – a wonderful talent that we only know from a handful of records – all of which we love! This date's got a bold sound that very much lives up to its cover, and Alexander's placement on Prestige's New Jazz label – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best records ever recorded by the Ambiance II Fusion Ensemble – a group led by sax player Daoud Abubakar Balewa – and grooving here in a mix of soul jazz and electric fusion that sounds pretty darn sweet overall! Daoud's got a pinched style to his reed work, creating a tone ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Petrol ... LP Friends Of Friends, 2016. New Copy ...
The cover's got a fuzzy picture of a tenor on the front, and the sound here has some nicely fuzzy currents to match – a compelling blend of jazz music with almost a larger sense of sonic space – a bit like a small combo trying to perform their version of Disintegration Loops! The core ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight funky jazz from the Italian sound library scene of the early 70s – a great reminder of the kind of record that first got us into the scene so many years ago! The album's a small combo jazz outing – with Antonini on piano, organ, and electric harpsichord – and a group that ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from the Art Ensemble – and one of their undisputed classics! The record features some of the most perfectly realized moments the band ever cut to wax, with a blend of whimsical multi-instrumental improvisation, and a strong sense of the spiritual tradition in jazz. The album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most stripped-down albums from legendary jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby – and one of her earliest records too! The set's got Dorothy right out front in a trio setting – working with bassist Herman Wright and drummer John Tooley – in a wonderfully jazzy take on the sound of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"Fantastic" is right – because Dorothy Ashby is one of the coolest, grooviest people to ever lay her fingers on a harp – and just about one of the few who've ever found a way to use the instrument in a jazz-based setting! This mid 60s date is a pivotal one for Ashby – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally wonderful collection – even better than the first volume, and filled with rare and unusual work from this legendary British keyboardist! The set features loads of gems from Brian's early years – some mod piano rompers and heavy Hammond groovers – showing a very strong ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual group, with a sound that's certainly the sum of its wonderful parts – but also different in ways you might not expect! The lineup is excellent – the legendary Dave Holland on bass, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Chris Potter on tenor and soprano sax, and Eric Harland on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure trio from the early 60s, but one who play with plenty of soul jazz in their sound – thanks to some mighty heavy work on the key of the piano from leader Red Bahnik! Red's got this sharp attack and inherently rhythmic sound that would have been right at home on early 60s Prestige ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hardbop albums don't get any better than this – and although drummer Dave Bailey only recorded for a brief stretch as a leader, this session's one that shows that he was a heck of a force to contend with! The record's got an intensity that easily rivals the best by Art Blakey over at Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set by Chet Baker and a great group – featuirn Phil Markowitz on piano, Rorger Roseberg on sax, Jon Burr on bass and Jeff Brillinger on drums – live in Montreal in early 1978! Inlcudes a nice long version of the Miles Davis's "Milestones", and equally lengthy and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last performances of the mighty trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr – working here in the excellent Nu Band, which hosted some of the best moments of his late musical life! The group's got a spirited sense of energy that comes both from the drums of co-creator Lou Grassi, and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice jammer from the "second wind" period of CTI – and a strong return to Latin jazz for Ray! The set's a great mixture of smooth CTI electric funk and Latin-oriented grooves – and it features work by Ray on congas and percussion, plus a list of players that includes Tito ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An essential record from Gary Bartz – one of two albums he cut with Andy Bey, and the killer group he was calling his NTU Troup! Andy's vocals are incredible – light years ahead of anything he did with his sisters, and similar to those he laid down on his own solo album for Atlantic, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing work from a tenorist we only just discovered with this amazing debut album – a deeply spiritual player who comes off beautifully on this set of original compositions! Nat Birchall blows with a range of feeling that takes us back to the 70s best of Pharoah Sanders, Billy Harper, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from the brilliant tenorist Nat Birchall – one of our favorite players of the past decade or so! This album's even more spiritual, more far-reaching than the first – an amazing batch of tracks that would be right at home during the glory days of the post-Coltrane ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First-ever appearance on vinyl!)
Black Fire —
Cream ... LP Cinedelic (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
Groovy greatness from the Italian sound library scene of the 70s – played by a cool little combo who seem to carry on the best styles from late 60s material by composers like Ennio Morricone or Armando Trovajoli! These guys mix together jazz, bossa, and some mod moments too – all with ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very limited pressing – in a nice heavy cover too!)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Buhaina ... LP Prestige (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
An amazing album that has Art Blakey completely reinventing himself for the 70s! Blakey shifts from straight hardbop to kind of a modal soul jazz groove, touched with some of the electric playing of the younger jazz generation, but not enough to qualify as fusion or funk. Instead, he's working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful trio session from Carla Bley – with longtime partners Andy Sheppard on tenor and soprano saxes and Steve Swallow on bass – whose work together has only gotten more lyrical, poetic, and sublime over the years! The 3-part "Andando El Tiempo" builds beautifully in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thomas Borgmann/Max Johnson/Willi Kellers —
One For Cisco ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2016. New Copy ...
One long piece, recorded live at the New York Tenor Sax Festival in 2015 – which must have been a very good place to display the bold talents of Thomas Borgmann! Yet in addition to some strong tenor work at the front of the improvisation, the record also features Thomas on a bit of soprano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest records ever to come out of Chicago – the sole recording by Boscoe, a group who was even more obscure and experimental than contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Artistic Heritage Ensemble! Like those groups, Boscoe has a very unique, very visionary approach – one that' ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from the Bowman Trio – a group named not for any of the musicians who perform , but for the writer J Bowman – whose words inspired each of the songs on the set! The trio features Tomi Nikku on trumpet, Joonas Tuuri on bass, and Sami Nummela on drums – all Finnish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – and a coupon for a free cup of coffee, if you can make it to a coffee shop in Helsinki!)
One of the greatest albums so far from mighty Chicago reedman David Boykin – and easily a set that lives up to the rich legacy of avant jazz in the Windy City! There's a depth to the record that comes through right from the very first note – a sense of history and feeling that shows ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)
Victor Assis Brasil —
Desenhos ... LP Forma/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
Genius work from Victor Assis Brasil – one of the greatest Brazilian saxophonists ever, heard here in a sublime recording from the bossa nova era! The set's got a wicked feel right from the start – killer rhythms from the trio of Tenorio Jr on piano, Edison Lobo on bass, and Chico ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from Belgian Hammond hero Andre Brasseur – a musician who clearly cut a heck of a lot of records back in the 70s, as evidenced by the huge range of record covers and 45 sleeves inside! Yet Brasseur's also one of those guys who never fully got his due – a keyboard ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare gem from the legendary Gustav Brom – the Czech bandleader you might know for his famous records in the 60s, or his moon-trip set for MPS – sounding equally groovy here on this Supraphon album from 1976! There's a slight touch of electricity in the mix – some specially nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more soulful, spiritual records to ever come from the horn of Peter Brotzmann – thanks to tremendous work from both Rashied Ali on drums and Fred Hopkins on bass – a duo who give the record a very different flavor than some of Brotzmann's other albums for FMP! The record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If there's one thing we can expect from this trio of players, it's that they're never going to be too sentimental – as a group like this is always moving forward into the future, opening up new ideas with every moment of their music, and continuing to blow us away after all their many years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(CD and vinyl version have unique track listings – we recommend buying both!)
Weird instrumental grooves from composer Sandro Brugnolini – played by a small combo that almost has a sound library feel! We know Brugnolini most from his soundtrack work, and this set's got a similar flair for odd sounds and weird rhythms – played here by a group that features organ, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Collector's edition imited to 300 numbered copies on multicolor vinyl with download card.)
The one and only album by this righteous funky combo from Ohio! Although Brute Force were an American group of the late 60s, they've got a sound that brings in traces of the African rhythms that were bubbling under at the time – similar to some of the best London groups of the post-colonial ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real smoker of a session – Rusty Bryant's first comeback album of the jazz funk years, done in a mode that virtually set the tone for other Prestige sessions of the time! Rusty's working here on alto sax, in a mode that's clearly inspired by the Lou Donaldson sessions of the time on Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gary Burton hits a sweet electric funky sound here – a great groove that really makes the album stand out from most of his other work! The support Burton gets is a big reason for the greatness of the date – as he's working in a group that includes Eric Gale on guitar, Richard Tee on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record that was one of the highest points of Donald Byrd's career! The album's the third one he cut with producer/arranger Larry Mizell – and of all Byrd's work with Mizell, this one's the funkiest, the tightest, the most soulful, and the most perfectly realized vision of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
The last album in a legendary run of music from keyboardist Doug Carn – his final album for the Black Jazz label, and a set that pushes even farther than his previous efforts! Jean Carn isn't in the group this time around, but the set does feature a totally great twin-vocal approach – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Note: this album is oddly mastered from CD, which becomes apparent at one or two points in the playback. Nothing major, but we thought we'd let you know!)
Massimo Catalano & Remigio Ducros —
La Fatica ... LP Flipper/Intervallo (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
A great sound library set, and one with a very unusual vibe – music that comes mostly from the trumpet of Massimo Catalano and the piano and keyboards of Remigio Ducros – the latter of whom is avant sometimes, and more jazzy at other moments! Catalano's trumpet does a lot to warm ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure reissues to come out on the great Rearward imprint – but an excellent lost session of piano jazz, recorded in Milan in 1969! Pianist Oscar Rocchi has a sweet soulful approach to the piano, with a tone that's almost slightly funky at times – partly in reflection ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A spacey album of keyboard duets between Joe Chambers and the great Larry Young! The album was recorded shortly before Larry passed away, and it features him and Chambers on a number of different keyboards – electric, acoustic, and organ – plus additional drums by Chambers on a few ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arguably the best of Cherry's albums for Blue Note – and a real masterpiece of soulful avant playing! The group features Cherry on cornet, Gato Barbieri on tenor (and he's incredible, by the way!), Henry Grimes on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums. Grimes and Blackwell are more than just ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare performance from trumpeter Don Cherry – caught here at a key experimental moment in the 60s, when he was working with his Complete Communion lineup! The group are a trans-Atlantic quintet – with a young Gato Barbieri on tenor sax, Karl Berger on piano and vibes, Bo Stief on bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trio treasure from the incredible Sonny Clark – a rare non-Blue Note date from the late 50s, and a wonderful illustration of his powers on the piano! The setting is spare, but the sound is never sleepy – as Sonny's working here with Max Roach on drums and George Duvivier on bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Blue Note debut of Wilco guitarist Nels Cline – a player who's quite a talent in his own right, and who seems to reach a new sort of height on this album! The record's an ambitious one – and features sublime larger arrangements by Michael Leonhart – who provides a very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The best sort of Hammond Explosion you could hope for – a blast of rare funky 45s from Spanish organ maestro Jou Cogra – a player who's got the soul of American organists of the 60s, but who also easily grabs some of the wilder sounds used by British players during the psychedelic years! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Latin monster – and one of our favorite albums from the New York scene! The record is the only one we've ever seen from pianist Earl Coleman – and it's a groove-happy fiesta that's every bit Spanish Harlem at its best. Earl's piano is flowing and free, and the band grooves through ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"New York is now" – a pretty bold statement from saxophonist Ornette Coleman, but one that definitely shows his shift in role – from a major force on the LA underground of the early 60s, to an artist who was helping pave the way for a huge wave of growth on the New York ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Ornette Coleman's best recordings from the 70s – and like his other album for Columbia, quite a change from the freewheeling sounds he was blowing over at Blue Note! The style here is a bit more high concept, but in a good way – with all the edges that Coleman had developed from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare work from sessions that Ornette Coleman cut for Atlantic Records at the start of the 60s – selections that feature his classic quartet with Charlie Haden on bass, Don Cherry on trumpet, and Ed Blackwell on drums! The tracks here have that riveting, romping blend of rhythm and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Colson & The Unity Troup —
Triumph ... LP Silver Sphinx/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
A killer set from Adegoke Steve Colson – easily some of the most spiritual music he ever recorded, and a standout gem in the second wave of Chicago's AACM! Colson's the pianist in the group, leading an ensemble in sounds that stretch from the open spirituality of the Strata East scene from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies!)
Alice Coltrane —
Monastic Trio ... LP Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Early work by Alice Coltrane – somewhat under the shadow of her late husband, as you'd guess from the use of his name on the front cover – but really stepping out here with a voice of her own! The Monastic Trio of the set features Alice on harp and piano – alongside bass from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Alice Coltrane's most adventurous albums – a beautiful blend of organ, harp, percussion, and strings – much of which are transcribed for the album by Ornette Coleman! The most haunting aspect of the album is Alice's work on organ – spare, jagged, with a nascent soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Alice Coltrane's most ambitious albums of the early years – recorded with a full set of heavenly orchestrations! The core group features Alice on piano, organ, and harp – alongside Frank Lowe on saxes, Reggie Workman on bass, Leroy Jenkins on violin, and Ben Riley on drums. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of our favorite material by John Coltrane – a handful of sides recorded for Roulette Records at the start of the 60s – only issued as part of a split LP that was shared with Lee Morgan! This limited 10" LP pressing features the album's side of Coltrane's work – which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring work from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – a session that was incredibly far-reaching for the time, and which originally was unissued until after the time of Coltrane's death! The record's got the group really pushing forward strongly – hitting a Love Supreme mode, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180-gram reissue version, with a sweet gatefold cover that replicates the original!)
A totally wonderful project from the mad musical world of Brazilian genius Kassin – a set of all-instrumental tracks by the group Cometa – a combo who seem equally at home in the worlds of jazz and funk, as they do in a much wider territory of music, too! The record bristles with so ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his smoother soul recordings at this point, and coming out of a righteous jazz background that included work with Marion Brown ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early genius from drummer Norman Connors – a sensational bit of righteous soul jazz – right up there with the best work on Strata East and Black Jazz from the time! The sound here is full, soulful, and spiritual – as Connors heads up a large ensemble that includes luminaries like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from Nicola Conte – Schema records maestro making his Blue Note debut with this set – and giving the label one of their best new albums of the 21st Century! The record's quite different than Nicola's programmed dancefloor work for Schema – and is much more of an ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very unique package, too – like getting 2 classic Blue Note albums together at once!)
Convergence Quartet (Bynum/Lash/Eisenstadt/Hawkins —
Owl Jacket ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy ...
A really great group, and one who may well have chosen their name because of the way all their individual sounds come together so well! There's a sense of structure here that each musician seems to participate in equally – Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, Harris Eisenstadt on drums, Alexander ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful group with a really bold feel – not the famous electric Cortez of the 70s – but a contemporary Norwegian ensemble with a wonderful sense of interplay! The quartet features Thomas Johansson on cornet, Kristoffer Alberts on reeds, Ola Hoyer on bass, and Gard Nilssen on drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary bit of funky fusion from the French scene of the 70s – the standout set from Cortex, a combo who's very heavy on the keyboards! The tunes have a feel that's quite different than American electric work of the time – funky, but also a bit breezy too – with a strong ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jack Costanzo —
Mr Bongo ... LP Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A killer collection of work from percussionist Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – a cat who's way cooler than you might guess from his gimmicky nickname – not only one of the most powerful forces on the west coast Latin scene in the 50s, but also one of the jazziest too! Jack's ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a very cool "How To Play Bongos" instructional booklet – replicating one that was included in one of Jack's classic albums!)
One of the coolest combos of the UK 60s scene – and one of the most obscure as well – a very hip instrumental group that was equal parts jazz and soul, with a vibe that was somewhere between Stax Records and mod London at the time! Hammond figures strongly into lots of these songs ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500! Includes a bonus insert, and cover has the cool 60s UK style of spine!)
A new sort of a shift for Dalindeo – as you might guess from the title – as the group adds in a bit of slavic roots to their usual jazzy groove! The core instrumentation is still live jazz, but the group also touch on some older Finnish tango modes with the rhythms, and work with the ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wolfgang Dauner Trio —
Dream Talk ... LP CBS/Be! (Germany), 1964. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
An early session from German pianist Wolfgang Dauner – one with a sound that's every bit as great as you'd expect from the title! The "dream talk" component here is one that comes from Dauner's gentle, yet modern approach to the keys – one that's clearly learning lessons from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Super-great pressing – with the same tri-fold cover design as the original record! Limited to 500 copies, too!)
A series of different solo piano recordings from the vaults of The Western Front – a long-running venue for experimental sounds on the Vancouver scene! Anthony Davis begins the set with the amazing "Behind The Rock" – a performance that has him resonating the piano with these ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An odd little session for Miles Davis – playing here with a great group, but one that's made up of musicians who are all uncommon sidemen for him, even at this early point in his career! Britt Woodman (a nom-du-date?) is on trombone, and Charles Mingus and Elvin Jones are in the rhythm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally beautiful box set – one that puts together the complete collection of early-to-mid 50s Prestige 10" LPs by Miles Davis – a formative period of work by a true creative genius! The groups here represent Davis really finding his own strengths as a leader – working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mad electric Miles – a really freaky electric jam, recorded right around the same time as his super-noisy albums from Japan – with equally stunning results! The album features a well-recorded live concert from Boston – originally done for Radio – and the group are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Robert Glasper takes on the music of Miles Davis – in a set that's way more of Glasper's own than you might guess from the presentation! True, the tracks are all based around Miles Davis material from the Columbia Records vaults – but Robert really opens things up right away with his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from the same famous European tour that gave us the Copenhagen material from the team of Miles Davis and John Coltrane! As with that performance, the material here really shows the two players stretching out – taking off with inventive solos on material that's certainly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool record that's way more than just a set of songs strung together for a film – and instead a well-done album that mixes older Miles Davis material, both classic and rare, with new tracks handled by the mighty Robert Glasper – and a few bits of dialogue from the film, spoken by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stanton Davis' Ghetto Mysticism —
Isis Voyage ... LP Outrageous/Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ...
A great counterpart to the rare Stanton Davis Ghetto Mysticism album – and a set that was recorded right around the same time, with a number of previously unreleased tracks! The spiritual energy of that group has been well-loved by collectors for years – and enjoyed by others thanks to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album of funky drumbreaks – cut by a drummer who's a legend among funk fans, but who hardly ever gets mentioned in history books of jazz. Les was a little known LA player, but he had a monster approach to the kit – and most of the few albums he cut are very in demand for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Dikeman/Luis Vicente/Hugo Antunes/Gabriel Fer —
Salao Brasil ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2016. New Copy ...
A quartet that really knows how to build their energy wonderfully, especially over the two side-long performances that make up the album – working together in these interlocking waves of sound than can come on strong, then pause for a moment, then keep on flowing forward! The approach is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic compilation with the best tracks from the couple of rare, synth steeped experimental jazz records by Bruce Ditmas in 1977! Ditmas delivers a slew of spacey sounds on Moog, ARP, and both electronic and organic percussion here, giving it a really futuristic vibe. Composition wise, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Kenny Dorham's best records ever – and one of his rarest too! The set was cut for the short-lived Jaro label, home to a few great jazz sides during its short-lived American tenure – and the set features Kenny grooving at a level that's extremely tight, very much in the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning bit of spiritual jazz from the Finnish scene – a record that's produced by Teddy Rok, who's also part of the trio as well! Rok (aka Teppo Makyen) plays drums – and his sound here is a huge evolution from the music that first grabbed us by the Teddy Rok Seven about 15 years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare Detroit work from guitarist Ron English – a key player with ties to both the Lyman Woodard Organization and the Strata Records scene! This collection features Ron hitting both modes nicely – some of the heavy funk that he brewed up with Lyman, on a few tracks that feature Woodard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Only a 10" album, but one that packs plenty of punch – thanks to the soulful sounds of trumpeter Jukka Eskola and his trio! The group here is actually a sextet – as the core combo gets guest help from Timo Lassy on saxes, Magnus Lindgren on flute, and Ville Herrala on bass – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hell of a great little trio – one that features the fantastic Jukka Eskola in the lead on trumpet – who you'll know from a range of other funky jazz and hardbop albums over the past decade or so! But Jukka's not the core element here, as the trio's a very equally balanced one – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful blend of Italian jazz and Brazilian inspiration – served up by percussionist Toni Esposito with a warmly electric vibe! The album's an Italian one, but it's got a groove that reminds us of our favorite Brazilian fusion from the period – a criss-crossing of cultural modes ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 300 copies – on clear vinyl!)
The Eternals have turned into some very deep cats over the years – and this album is a great culmination of all those changes – thanks to contributions from some key members of the Chicago jazz avant garde! The core energy of the group is still in place – boldly poetic lyrics ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fail Better —
Owt ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2016. New Copy ...
Enigmatic sounds from an unusual lineup – Marcelo Dos Reis on guitar, Luis Vicente on trumpet, Joao Guimaraes on alto, Jose Miguel Pereira on bass, and Joao Pais Filipe on drums! The drums and guitar have this unusual way of resonating together – almost testing tones for each other, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 copies.)
Further Out ... LP Kompass/Svart (Finland), 1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Farout are one of those groups that remind us that although Finland may be known for its long, long winters – its scene can often produce some really hard-burning sounds! Farout follow strongly in the vein of some of the razor-sharp fusion acts from Finland's Love Records scene – able ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dee Felice Trio —
In Heat ... LP King/Bethlehem, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A killer album of soul jazz piano instrumentals – produced by James Brown! The Dee Felice Trio were a groovy combo from Cincinnati, and James Brown took a shine to them at some point in the late 60s. They backed James on one record, but their big moment was this album – which had ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most far-out French groups we've ever heard – a freely jamming group who are in their very own space away from the typical prog or psych of the time! At some level, these guys are almost like an avant jazz group – given that there's no vocals at all on the record, and these ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Madly tripped out guitar funk – and a real turning point in the career of guitarist Eddie Fisher! Eddie began his career as a straighter guitarist on the St Louis scene – and although his first album for Cadet was a relatively traditional soul-jazz outing, this one's a wild batch of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing album by the great guitarist Eddie Fisher – and completely unlike his later funk records! Eddie plays stripped down jazz with a small combo that includes organ by Robert Selby, bass by Paul Jackson, and some rhythm guitar by Phil Westmoreland – and the twin-guitar approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most amazing albums ever from Frank Foster – a totally righteous set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with the Basie Band! The format here is right up there with the best on Strata East at the time – a large-group session that's filled with some of the hippest ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title definitely gets things right – as the sound here is plenty darn explosive – a nicely gritty groove that's even more soulful than some of Herman Foster's early 60s work with Lou Donaldson! The group's a trio – with Earl May on bass and Grassella Oliphant on drums – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wicked keyboards from Ronnie Foster – and a set that really steps forward from his previous two Blue Note albums! The record really has Ronnie moving into a more rounded soul space – singing along with his keyboards, in ways that may well be aimed at making Foster the next Stevie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album