Jean Luc Ponty —
Aurora ... LP Atlantic, 1976. Near Mint- ...
One of the hippest of Jean Luc Ponty's mainstream efforts from the 70s – a tightly jamming album that's made even better by plenty of keyboards from Patrice Rushen! Rushen's sound really brings a warmer, more soulful groove to the record – stretching out with flowing solos that remind ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bud's second LP for Blue Note – a firey batch of trio tracks that feature George Duvivier on bass and Art Taylor on drums – some of Powell's best work from the time, and a nearly all-classic set of bop piano tracks! The album's nothing fancy on the outset, but Powell and the trio ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprising Bud Powell album for Reprise Records – and one of the label's hippest jazz titles ever! When Frank Sinatra first started up the Reprise imprint, he let Duke Ellington do a bit of A&R for the jazz division – and one of the first things Ellington did was capture the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color stereo pressing. Cover wear, aging, marker and clear tape along all seams.)
An early packaging of material recorded at the legendary Jazz At Massey Hall concert in 1953 – featuring the non-Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie sides, recorded by a trio that featured Powell on piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Max Roach on drums. The album was one of the first on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strictly Bud Powell, in the best sense of the word – as the album's a sharp batch of trio tracks recorded for RCA in the 50s, and a great showcase for Bud's firey talents on the piano! The rhythm combo features bold work on drums from Art Taylor, alongside the bass of George Duvivier – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some masking tape on the top & bottom seam, wear and peeling in one corner.)
Rare work from obscure Chicago tenor player Vito Price – recorded back in the days when there actually used to be a jazz scene in the city's center – also known as The Loop! Price was a New Yorker by birth, but worked in Chicago clubs, TV, and radio in the 50s – and was most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing. Cover has masking tape on the seams and a good amount of pen and marker on back.)
Poundin' slammin' hardbop – and one of the few records as a leader by the trombonist who's known for his 50's work with Sun Ra, and his funky work in the 70's. This set's got Priester swingin hard and heavy, with a group that includes Jimmy Heath, Tommy Flanagan, and excellent rhythm by Sam ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy tenor from one of the 50s greats – not really rock and roll, so much as it is some tenor-heavy R&B, with plenty of jazz too! Titles include "That's The Groovy Thing", "Jump Red Jump", "Blow Your Horn", "Little Jamie", "Hand Clappin" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some gloss peeling and pen on back.)
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Jungle Fire! ... LP Prestige/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the greatest albums by this funky Latin combo! The record differs from some of their earlier Prestige albums in that the tracks are longer, more instrumental, and have a hard fuzzy electric groove. The band jams hard in a way that's more like some of the funk combos of the early 70s, than ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Tough! ... LP Prestige, 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
Killer Latin soul from Pucho and crew – and an album that's one of their greatest! The record is also one of the earliest by the group, and it features a different lineup than later ones – with William Bivens on vibes, Claude Bartee on tenor, and Vince McEwan on trumpet. There's a bit ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Puma may not exactly be a Wild Kitten on the guitar, but his 50s recordings are completely sublime – played with a tone and a poise that's never out of place! This excellent Puma set is a wonderfully recorded session for the Dawn label – played with a small combo that includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Vinyl appears foggy and plays with some surface noise.)
Bernard Purdie —
Shaft ... LP Prestige/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
A full funky session from master drummer Bernard Purdie – a set that expands out his previous Prestige vibe, and almost goes for a soundtrack scope to match the record's Shaft title! The set leads off with a great take on the Isaac Hayes hit – one that follows in the same fully-flowing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive work from one of the funkiest drummers of all time – the legendary Bernard Pretty Purdie, stepping out here in a batch of instrumentals that may well be his greatest album ever! Bernard's drums are right up front in the mix – leading off all tunes with a full, funky, echoey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quantic Presents The Western Transient —
New Constellation ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2015. New Copy Gatefold ...
A tremendous new project from Quantic – a set that has him moving into spiritual jazz territory, with all the depth and care he brought to previous funk and Latin projects! The music here is a mix of electric and acoustic modes – played by Will Holland on guitar with a group that also ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful vinyl pressing – limited, and in a heavy book-style cover!)
A soul jazz gem from drummer Alvin Queen – one of the overlooked treasures on his own Nilva Records label from the 80s! The set's a monster all the way through – a cut above so many other sides like this from the time, and put together with a sock-solid energy that almost recalls ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Quinichette —
Moods ... LP EmArcy, 1955. Very Good+ ...
Perhaps the best-known (and arguably the best) record by Paul Quinchette, and an album that brings his rich tenor solo style into contact with a very tight, very swinging batch of arrangments by a young Quincy Jones. Quincy's got an all-star batch of players backing up Q, including Sam Most, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Cover has a crease on one corner.)
Sun Ra —
On Jupiter ... LP Saturn/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Righteous Ra from the end of the 70s – one of the most soulful albums ever by the Sun Ra Arkestra, and a lost treasure that's got some nice funky moments! The vibe here is very much in the Lanquidity/Disco 3000 mode – an extrapolation of styles best known from the Space Is The Place ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic Sun Ra set from the late 60s – recorded in New York in 1968, and featuring a lineup that includes Kwami Hadi on trumpet, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and drums, and Pat Patrick on baritone and flute – all classic players who are the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first far-reaching collection of vocal tracks recorded by Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years – perfectly put together, and featuring a number of previously-unissued tracks as well! The Space Age Is Here To Stay covers a wide range of the cosmic jazz styles Ra traveled (and pretty much ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2LP colored vinyl pressing – and limited to just 750 copies!)
One of the weirdest records Sun Ra ever made – music to accompany the strange film Space Is The Place – which itself was an odd mixture of science fiction and blacksploitation-type action! The sounds here are sometimes in the usual Arkestra mode – wonderfully exotic rhythms mixed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic late live material by Sun Ra and the Arkestra – presented here properly for the first time ever – with fantastic sound, and the full contents of two different sets – which really lets you get to hear the Arkestra at their best! Each concert is a wonderful progression of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Never-heard music from the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra – pulled from four different sessions recorded at the group's Philadelphia home in 1969 – and every bit as impressive as the Saturn Records material from the time! The recording quality is great – these aren't random snippets ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic material from Sun Ra – a never-heard 1972 performance at Slugs, and one that captures the group at their most spiritual point! The core of the set is the track "I Roam The Cosmos" – one of the more obscure Ra compositions, and a title that appears here for the first ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer John Cage and jazz visionary Sun Ra – both performing together at a special one-night event that took place at Coney Island in 1987! The set doesn't really feature Ra jamming with Cage (as if ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Special vinyl mastering – includes rare artwork, notes, and information on all the titles!)
Not an actual meeting of Sun Ra and Merzbow – although given the jazzman's rise to fame in his late life, that's not actually impossible – and instead, the record features a very unique concept – the music of Ra's "Strange Strings" and "The Magic City" – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing grooves like you've never heard before – the seminal sides by Salah Ragab and his Cairo Jazz Band! As you can probably guess from their name, the ensemble was an Egyptian one – working at the end of the 60s in an incredible blend of jazz and more traditional Egyptian-styled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from Rakka – a group who make familiar instruments sound very unusual – and who weave together this magical blend of spiritual jazz, global elements, and lots of other very offbeat touches! The sound is always soulful, and never gimmicky at all – and these guys ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest albums ever cut by Don Randi – a hip LA keyboardist who's played on countless funky sessions! The album's got Don in a sextet with flute, guitar, bass, and percussion – and although most tracks feature Don on acoustic piano, there's a distincly electric vibe running ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet guitar instrumentals from the great Ernest Ranglin – heard here at an early point in his career, when he was very much a jazz player overall – but also picking up a few elements from the changing styles of Jamaican music at the time! Bobby plays with lots of warm, open chords ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Softly with Ranglin, but soulfully too – a special set that really shows the Jamaican guitarist's strong roots in jazz – on a set of laidback instrumentals that also feature some nice Hammond in the background! Ernest is extremely expressive in this setting – playing with that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever issued by female alto player Vi Redd – a really unique artist, and a greatly overlooked talent from the time! Vi's got a wonderfully warm approach – and she often sings in addition to playing alto sax – with this vocal style that's really great, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dewey's struggle is our success – as the album's one of the strongest from the ECM catalog at the time, and a simple, clean statement of the Redman talent at its best! The setting is a quartet one – in a group that includes Charles Eubanks on piano, Mark Helias on bass, and Ed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent later work from trumpeter Dizzy Reece – best known for his classic late 50s sides on Blue Note and New Jazz, but heard here as part of a great flurry of 70s revival sessions! The work's got an arch modern tone that's really surprising – almost a bit like Ted Curson at times, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Bob Reid on bass, plus Oliver Lake on soprano and alto sax, Gustavo Kerestezachi on piano, and Louis Armfield and Makan Milola on percussion – as well as vocals from two singers, and a reciation from Freddy Roach! LP, Vinyl record album
A collection of classic work by Django Reinhardt – recorded in the post war years, by Django and the Hot Club Of France quintet, which at that point had replaced Stephane Grappelli with Hubert Rostaing. Titles include "Topsy", "September Song", "Swing 49", " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool set of tracks from keyboardist Art Resnick – an album that's done in an open-ended spiritual mode, making it sound a lot more like an indie soul jazz session than you might expect! Resnick seems to be playing mostly acoustic and electric piano on the album – save for one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Return To Forever Live – a vastly-extended exploration of this legendary 70s group at their best! The triple-length package offers the ensemble plenty of room to open things up – long tracks that stretch out with the boundless energy that Chick Corea first brought to the group, yet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Set of free "out" tracks by this classic 70's loft avant group. Leroy Jenkins, Sirone, and Jerome Cooper mesh together brilliantly, and have honed their style sharply by the time of this A&M release. Gatefold cover, with the tracks "Trio for Trio", "Chinese Rock" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't let the title here put you off – because the LP has a lot more to offer than just familiar readings of West Side Story! True, there are a few Leonard Bernstein-penned cuts on here, but there's also a fair bit more groovy work too – and side A features material from Buddy Rich's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some stains, half split bottom seam, and a strip of stuck-on paper at the bottom.)
Howard Riley —
10.11.12 ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2015. Near Mint- ...
Brilliant work from pianist Howard Riley – the British modernist who's been making amazing music for decades, but often through very obscure records like this! Riley's got this sense of balance, tone, and timing that sits justly in a legacy that starts with Herbie Nichols and runs up through ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sam Rivers —
Colours ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1983. Near Mint- ...
Colours is right – as the sound here is rich in complicated tones, the sort you might not be likely to hear on other albums by Sam Rivers – played by a very unique all-horn lineup! Although Sam got increasingly free in his smaller group recordings of the late 70s, this early 80s date ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Sam Rivers' most striking albums for Impulse, a record that has him leading a fairly large group – working in an "orchestral context", as the notes on the cover say, but not really a jazz orchestra – more of a freewheeling avant ensemble, in the tradition of work by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the freest, most far-reaching work that Sam Rivers ever cut for Blue Note – a set recorded in 1967, but not issued until nearly a decade later by the label! The album's a great precursor of some of the work that Sam would do later in the 70s – still somewhat in a "new ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest modern moments on Blue Note – ever! From the cover, to the compositions, to the playing on the set – the whole album crackles with an unbelievable fire that was hardly ever matched again. A young Sam Rivers leads a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Ron ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sam Rivers —
Streams ... LP Impulse, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Classic live set for Impulse that marked Rivers' shift from a player who kept slightly inside in a modernist vein, to one who burst out in a very free style. Rivers plays long flowing lines on both flute and tenor, and he's backed by Cecil Mc Bee on bass and Norman Connors on drums. The whole LP ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Side one, a side-long piece called "Ripples" is a duet with Rivers on flute and Holland on bass. Side two is another long duet, "Deluge", featuring Rivers on piano with Holland on bass again. Both pieces are a bit over 23 minutes apiece. LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure set from Max Roach – but right up there with his best work of the late 50s on Mercury and other labels! The album features the "award winning" drummer in a quintet with Booker Little on trumpet, Ray Draper on tuba, George Coleman on tenor, and Art Davis on bass – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most righteous albums that Max Roach ever cut – and a monumental jazz release from the heart of the Civil Rights era! As you can guess from the cover and title, there's a very political bent to the record – served up in righteous lyrics penned by Oscar Brand Jr, and sung by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has half split seams and discoloration from age.)
Max Roach & Clifford Brown —
Daahoud ... LP Mainstream, 1956. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Previously unreleased work from the legendary group of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – recorded back in the 50s, when Mainstream producer Bob Shad was working on the Brown/Roach dates for Mercury – but not issued until this set in the 70s, when Shad had his own label! The music here is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful gem from the great Howard Roberts! This mid 60s Capitol album features the guitarist working with organist Henry Cain – an underdiscovered west coast talent, and a player who's got a nicely stripped-down sound, very much in the vein of Walter Wanderley. Given that Roberts' style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We love this record – and for the keyboards as much as for the guitar! Although Howard Roberts has always been known around here as a great funky guitarist who's made some pretty sweet records, this record is totally unlike anything else he did in the early days, and it will blow your mind! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has waviness from moisture & a cut corner.)
Howard Roberts —
Guilty!! ... LP Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Fantastic album of funky guitar tracks by this underrated player. Despite a cheesy Capitol cover, the groove on here is nice and hard, and Roberts guitar is backed by some great organ lines played by a young Dave Grusin. An unexpected place to dig up some nice breaks, like on the version of " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice one in the Verve jazz/easy tradition of the 60s – with Roberts' guitar right out front, and lots of light, lilting strings and woodwinds behind him. There's more "velvet" than "groove" on the record, but the whole thing does have a gentle easy swing to it. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet album of funky guitar tracks, with Freddy Robinson out front over a bunch of tight LA Monk Higgins arrangements. Kind of a sleeper that hasn't really gotten as many props in the groove scene as it ought to, with a great sunny west coast 60s soul jazz vibe running throughout. Joe Sample ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a large name in marker on the front.)
Robert Rockwell III —
Androids ... LP Celebration, Late 70s. Very Good- ...
Obscure album of spacey fusion grooves, played by a group that includes Robert Rockwell on reeds, plus the great Bobby Lyle on piano and electric piano. Lyle's presence on the album is really what makes it strong, and his electric piano work in particular gives the album a nice groove at times. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has masking tape on all seams, some adhesive residue on front, and notes on back. Labels have marker.)
A sound library album from the end of the 70s, but one that's got a fair bit of funky jazz in the mix, too – thanks to a lifetime dedication to the music by Amleto "Puccio" Roelens! Roelens was a musician with a long lineage on the Italian scene in the postwar years – and ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Much cooler than the usual percussion album of this type – thanks to bongos from Jack Berger, vibes from Ralph Hansell, organ from Don Ferris, drums from Roy Harte, and piano and percussion from Milt Rogers himself! (Now Sound, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
A real standout from the great Shorty Rogers – and a smoking set that has him turning his many talents towards the world of bossa nova! By the time of this set, Shorty was as great an arranger as he was a trumpeter – really one of the go-to guys around LA for hipper soundtracks and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color mono pressing. Cover has clear tape on the top seam, a punched hole in one corner, and some splitting on the bottom seam.)
Quite possibly our favorite Shorty Rogers album ever – an incredible soundtrack that's unlike most of his other work of the time! The record features Shorty's score for the film Tarzan The Ape Man (and a cover that has Shorty being carried in the arms of same!) – and as you might guess ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a piece of clear tape on the bottom seam.)
A standout set from Shorty – tightly arranged numbers performed by a quartet that includes Jimmy Giuffre, Pete Jolly, Curtis Counce, and Shelly Manne – all working with Shorty in perfect west coast form! Despite the length of the tunes, the overall feel is similar to Rogers' excellent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album from Sonny Rollins' prime 60s years at RCA – almost a return to basics, but always with that edge that makes Rollins stand out way more than most of his contemporaries – a subtle balance between straight and modern that really makes the album crackle! The album features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Dynagroove pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small stain on one corner held down with clear tape.)
A double album collecting Newk's excellent quartet recordings with Jim Hall for RCA. As such it contains work from The Bridge and What's New?, plus a few numbers that got tacked onto the Standard Sonny Rollins. Given Hall's gentleness and spare modernity on the guitar, a fan of Rollins' hard-blowi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Sonny's brilliant west coast sessions for Contemporary – records that shouldn't sparkle as much as they do, but which actually stand with his best work of the 50s! Sonny's blowing in front of a session of "leaders" that includes Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a large name in marker on front, a mostly split bottom seam, and some notes on back.)
Quite an unusual record for Sonny Rollins – but a great one too! At first glance the concept is a strange one – almost a crazy decision to pair modernist tenorist Sonny Rollins with a set of large brassy arrangements – but oddly, the idea works, and works nicely – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't know Johnny Rondo? Don't worry – he doesn't exist – as the name is used to refer to a wonderful pairing of soprano saxophonist Lol Coxhill and pianist David Holland (not the bassist.) Mike Cooper joins the duo here on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual album from soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – sounds originally composed for the film Blue Nude in 1977, but only later issued on vinyl as a sound library session under Umiliani's alias of Rovi! The soundtrack is surprisingly jazzy for the time – especially giving ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pete Rugolo first came into prominence with Stan Kenton's group of the late 40s/early 50s – and he had a penchant for creating arrangements that dipped heavily into modernism, but never forgot to swing. He went on to do some fantastic arranging works for the likes of June Christy and The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal Swedish recordings from George Russell – mid 60s material that's quite different than his American albums of a few years before – and proof that his time overseas really helped to unlock his creativity! The centerpiece of the album is an early version of "Electronic Sonata ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Russell's stepping quite far out from his earlier work here – recording in Scandinavia in the late 60s, with some very trippy effects! The album is dominated by the two-part "Othello Ballet Suite" – recorded in Stockholm in 1967 with a group that includes Rolf ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wrinkles in the gloss.)
George Russell & The Living Time Orchestra —
So What ... LP Blue Note, 1983. Near Mint- ...
A great return to form for George Russell – given lots of creative freedom by the revived Blue Note label of the 80s! Titles include "Time Spiral", "So What", "Rhymes", and "War Gewesen". LP, Vinyl record album