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Caribbean Jazz ProjectCaribbean Jazz Project ... CD
Heads Up, 1995. Used ... $5.99
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Julian Hartwell ProjectJulian Hartwell Project ... CD
Julian Hartwell Project, 2015. Used ... $4.99
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Herbie Nichols ProjectStrange City ... CD
Palmetto, 2001. Used ... $7.99
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Langston Hughes Project (Eric Mingus/David Amram/LDream Keeper ... CD
Avant/Mode, 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 18.98
A beautiful reworking of modes that were explored by Charles Mingus and Langston Hughes in the late 50s – the combination of Hughes urban poetic genius and the bold music of Charles Mingus! This time around, the Mingus is Eric Mingus – who brings wonderful life to the words of Langston through his thoughtful performance – almost more expressive acted than the usual poetic recitation – which really fits the spirit of the instrumental backing, arranged and directed by guitarist Larry Simon, with great piano from David Amram, plus reeds from Don Davis, drums from Mike Barron, and Hammond from Scip Gallant. The set's not just a rehash of late 50s jazz/poetry experiments – as it's got a very contemporary, very individual feel – thanks to both the talents of Simon and Mingus, who maybe make the whole thing work at the high creative power of some of the best American Clave projects of this nature. Titles include "The Dream Keeper", "Neighbor", "Daybreak In America", "Reverie On The Harlem River", "Sylvester's Dying Bed", "Democracy", "Railroad Avenue", and "Life Is Fine". CD

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Miyumi Project Big BandRooted – Origins Of Now ... CD
Jazz Institute Chicago, 2001. Used ... $1.99
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Negative Press ProjectEternal Life – Jeff Buckley Songs & Sounds ... CD
Ridgeway, 2017. Used ... $4.99
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Spellbinder ProjectSpellcheck EP ... LP
Big Shanty (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $12.99
A great little record that's not quite jazz, not quite funk, but something really special in between – a short EP that only features four tracks, but one that manages to pack a heck of a punch overall! Malcolm Catto produced the first side of the record, and he really gets the sound of the drums and guitar just right – and manages to even make the bass and keyboards sound a bit fuzzy – and the second half of the record maybe brings the guitar up a bit more, going for this weird trippy psych take on the instrumental modes! There's a bit of vocals in the blend – mostly on the final track – and the record also features some tenor, clarinet, and moog too. Titles include "Dark Is The Light", "Jaywalk", "Switchblade", and "Lu 13". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Reunion ProjectVaranda ... CD
Tapestry, 2017. Used ... Out Of Stock
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Joey DeFrancescoProject Freedom (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mack Avenue, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 34.98
Joey DeFrancesco's been giving us albums for many years now, and he never fails to deliver something that's right on the money – as is the case with this tight quartet session with his People combo! Joey's touch on the keys of the Hammond is amazing – and there are all these unusual inflections and shadings throughout – of the sort that few players can do while still keeping their groove – and as always, Joey's sense of space and timing is what really makes the album sparkle, and set him apart from so many of his contemporaries. At a spot or two, DeFrancesco also picks up the trumpet, which he blows overdubbed over his keys – and the rest of the group features warmly understated work from Troy Roberts on tenor and soprano sax, plus Dan Wilson on guitar and Jason Brown on drums – on titles that include "So Near So Far", "Peace Bridge", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Stand Up", "Project Freedom", and "The Unifier". LP, Vinyl record album

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Louis Hayes, Vincent Herring, Jeremy Pelt, Rick GeDon't Play With Love – The John L Nelson Project ... CD
Maken It, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
A tribute to John L Nelson – a jazz musician that most folks know as the father of Prince – but a set that's equally smoking in its own sort of way, thanks to a wickedly sharp combo! The core quintet features Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Vincent Herring on alto, Rick Germanson on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – all working their own special, soulful magic with the tunes – mostly swinging numbers that really help the players step out strongly right away, save for one ballad that also features an additional string group. The cover and title might make you miss this one, but the set's every bit as strong as recent albums recorded under the name of the group members – and titles include "Runnin Through My Mind", "Darkness", "Lonely", "Heart Of Mine", "Step Back", and "Lucky Am I". CD

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Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill DavisJohnny Hodges/Wild Bill Davis Project Vol 1 – Con Soul & Jazz/Wild Bill Is The Boss! ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1963/1965/1966. Used 2CD ... $17.99
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(Out of print.)

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Bireli LagreneGypsy Project & Friends ... CD
Dreyfus, 2002. Used ... $6.99
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Noel McGhieNoel McGhie Afro-Carribean Project – Re-Masters ... CD
Marge (France), 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
We've loved drummer Noel McGhie in many modes over the years – including free jazz and funky fusion – and here, he's working in a very cool hybrid of jazz and Caribbean styles – with some island-styled rhythms inflected by solo work on trumpet, guitar, and alto sax! The sound is much brighter than some of Noel's early work – that might also have to do with the production – and his work on drums is almost funky at times, but with a bit more complication in the rhythms overall. Players include Patrick Sedoc on guitar, Daniele Vigilucci on alto, and Rasul Siddik on trumpet – and one track features a vocal appearance from Awa Timbo. Titles include "The Jump", "Footprints", "Mademoiselle Tulloch", "Rockin In Rhythm", and "My Little Suede Shoes". CD

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✨✧ Adam NussbaumLeadbelly Project ... CD
Sunnyside, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Hardly the sort of record you'd guess from the cover – because although the set's a Leadbelly Project, it's a lot more contemporary and jazz based than the music of that 20th Century blues legend! And yet the songs are all originals by Huddie Ledbetter, too – pulled from his rich Folkways catalog, and completely reworked into these new vehicles for chromatic improvisation – served up by drummer Adam Nussbaum, with work from saxophonist Ohad Talmor and guitarists Nate Radley and Steve Cardenas! Even though there's two guitarists on the set, both players avoid any easy bluesy modes – and instead work in these very fresh ways that are filled with unusual chromes and different timings – snaked through by the very evocative reed work of Talmor, and then punctuated by Nussbaum's drums. Titles include "Old Riley", "Green Corn", "Black Girl", "Grey Goose", "Black Betty", "Sure Would Baby", "Insight Enlight", and "Bring Me A Little Water Sylvie". CD

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✨✧ Gebhard UllmannBig Band Project ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 2004. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dizzy ReeceManhattan Project ... LP
Beehive, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
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, which is no surprise, since he and Reece were playing together a bit in the late 70s. Tracks have a nice "statement" quality – played by a bold group that includes Clifford Jordan, Charles Davis, Albert Dailey, and Roy Haynes – tight in formation on the themes, but breaking loose with some great work on the solos. Titles include "Con Man", "Manhattan Walk", "Yule On The Hudson", and "One For Trane". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Tip Of The IcebergTip Of The Iceberg ... LP
Project 3, 1975. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A sweet bit of 70s electric funky jazz – a bit cheesy, perhaps, but very much in keeping with the best funk on the Project 3 label! The group appears to be a studio collective – featuring players like Phil Kraus on percussion, Tony Mottola on guitar, Eddie Daniels and Phil Bodner on reeds, and John Faddis on trumpet. Jeff Hest did the arrangements and wrote most of the tracks – which groove on nicely in an easy going Kudu Records sort of style. Titles include "La Guija", "Squawk Talk", "Tip Of The Iceberg", and "Got A Hold On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Ken Vandermark & Tim DaisyConversation ... CD
Multikulti Project (Poland), 2010. Used Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 2 ... LP
Coral, 1957. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Following up the strength of the first Jazz Greats set, Manny returns with a west coast version of the project – one that features players that include Richie Kamuca, Conte Candoli, Jack Sheldon, Bill Holman, Lou Levy, Charlie Mariano, and Shelly Manne – all dependable stalwarts of the west coast scene, as reliable as they were "great"! The album also features a mysterious "Trumpeter X", who may well be Harry Edison from the notes on the album's hints at his identity – and proceedings overall are very much in Albam's best "tight arrangements with room for jazz solo space" style of the 50s. Tracks include "Interwoven", "Afterthoughts", "Sweet's Bread", and "Thunder Burt". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove, in the textured cover, with some aging, half split spine, and sticker remnants on back.)

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Franco AmbrosettiLive At The Blue Note ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1993. Used ... $11.99
A hell of a trumpeter, with a hell of a group – heard here live at the Blue Note in New York, with a very open, freewheeling vibe! Franco Ambrosetti is a player who can sometimes be very much involved with the concept of a project – so much so that we sometimes forget that at the core, he's just a great jazz musician in an old school mode – one who's interacting here wonderfully with a group that includes Seamus Blake on tenor, Kenny Barron on piano, Ira Coleman on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums! The rhythm section is especially great – and really seems to set the right tone for the set – and the tracks are all quite long, and titles include "Phantoms", "Voyage", "Blues N Dues Et Cetera", and "Just Friends". CD
(Out of print.)

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BaastDimensions ... LP
Initiates International/Ubiquity, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99
A surprising new project from the same Cali underground scene that gave us some of the Heru Avenger records from years back – done in a style that's even more jazz-based and spiritual than before! All tracks are long and spiraling – with heavy bass at the bottom from Heru Avenger, plus trumpet, saxes, keyboards, and lots of percussion – and a bit of voice on two tracks. Titles include the side-long "Dimension Beyond" – plus "Ascend Rising", "Terra Earthen", and "Suspension Aloft". (Deep Funk, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album

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Lakecia BenjaminRise Up ... CD
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is even more smoking here than on her previous album for Motema – much more from the streets, as you might guess from the album! Benjamin handles all the sax solos, and composed the music as well – but the set's a very collaborative effort, and is filled with strands of soul and hip hop as well – a nicely gritty blend of the elements that avoids any of the hoke you'd find on a major label project of this nature, cooked up in the studio in North Jersey! The album cover oddly doesn't list song titles – but we can tell you that there's a total of 13 tracks in all – which makes for a very solid record. CD

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George BensonErotic Moods (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Paul Winley, Early 70s/1978. New Copy ... $4.99 10.98
Wild and mysterious stuff! This album is sort of a repackaged version of the legendary Harlem Underground album – a great lost funk album from the mid-70s that listed George Benson as a player in the group, but one that Benson claims that he never played on! The time of this release coincided with Benson's big hit years in the 70s – so the package is a bit of a cash-in project – but the grooves here are a lot harder-hitting than anything George recorded for Warner or Columbia – really gritty funk that's totally great throughout! Other players include Dave Baby Cortez on organ, Reuben Wilson on keyboards, and Willis Jackson on tenor – and Ann Winley sings on one track, the great "Fed Up", which has a really bad-rapping feel! Other titles include the classic break track "Smokin' Cheeba Cheeba" – plus a few smokin' organ/guitar wailers, like "Loose Joints" and "Overture Erotic", both of which are nice enough to warrant this separate release! Other tracks include "Erotic Moods" and "Sweet Taste Of Love". CD

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Dee Dee Bridgewater with Irwin MayfieldDee Dee's Feathers ... CD
Okeh, 2015. Used ... $5.99
A really beautiful project from the great Dee Dee Bridgewater – a set that has the singer paying tribute to the city and culture of New Orleans, but in a way that's free of the hoke you'd find in other projects of this nature! Dee Dee approaches the music – as with all of her albums – from a rock-solid, jazz vocal approach – focusing first on her tremendous skills as a singer – her fantastic ability to interpret material and really make it her own – then finding space for other flourishes that color the compositions, with great help from Irvin Mayfield, who's at the instrumental helm of the project. And the tunes aren't just some post-Katrina soppy numbers trying to recreate the past – but a wonderful array of different selections that both echo the still-thriving, still-essential jazz culture in the city, and the range of 20th century expressions of its music. Way better than you might guess – and one of Bridgewater's best in years! Titles include "Treme Song/Do Whatcha Wanna", "Dee Dee's Feathers", "Big Chief", "One Fine Thing", "Whoopin Blues", "Congo Square", and "C'Est Ici Que Je T'Aime". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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Duduka Da FonsecaDuduka Da Fonseca Trio Plays Dom Salvador ... CD
Sunnyside, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
One Brazilian jazz great pays tribute to another – drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, who works here in a whole set of classic tunes from the songbook of pianist Dom Salvador! Both Duduka and Dom emigrated from Brazil to the US in their early years – where they found a welcome audience, and a way to really expand their musical palette – and back in the 80s, Da Fonseca even played in Salvador's group for awhile – which makes him a perfect artist for a project like this! And yet, the music is also nicely different than Dom Salvador's older recordings – given that the leader here is a drummer, not a pianist – which definitely gives a different focus to the record, although David Feldman does a pretty great job on the piano throughout. The group also features Guto Wirtti on bass, and Jaques Morelenbaum plays cello on one track – and titles include "Para Elis", "Samba Do Malandrinho", "Transition", "Farjuto", "Antes Da Chuva", "Clauditi", "Gafieira", and "Tematrio". CD

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John DanserDanser Revolution ... CD
Grapevine/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... $15.99
A revolutionary groove from the John Danser Octet – a cool funky jazz combo with a really unique sort of feel! The set's got a tightly-arranged feel, but is still nice and rough around the edges – hardly the slick jazz you might expect from the date, thanks to an acoustic lineup, and a choppy way of hitting the rhythms that makes almost every track a groover – and which gives the album a feel that's almost like some small combo project from a larger funky big band! The horns are great, but always nice and laidback – and include trombone, trumpet, and some sweet flute at points – and the piano often leads the grooves with a really sly sort of feel – almost modal, but kind of in its own space too. Titles include "Revelli Rock", "Monkey", "Jazz Waltz", "5 x 5", "Talkin Pretty/Michelle", "Boo Be Da", "Cool", and "Carmina". CD
Also available Danser Revolution ... LP 22.99

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John DanserDanser Revolution ... LP
Grapevine/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A revolutionary groove from the John Danser Octet – a cool funky jazz combo with a really unique sort of feel! The set's got a tightly-arranged feel, but is still nice and rough around the edges – hardly the slick jazz you might expect from the date, thanks to an acoustic lineup, and a choppy way of hitting the rhythms that makes almost every track a groover – and which gives the album a feel that's almost like some small combo project from a larger funky big band! The horns are great, but always nice and laidback – and include trombone, trumpet, and some sweet flute at points – and the piano often leads the grooves with a really sly sort of feel – almost modal, but kind of in its own space too. Titles include "Revelli Rock", "Monkey", "Jazz Waltz", "5 x 5", "Talkin Pretty/Michelle", "Boo Be Da", "Cool", and "Carmina". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Danser Revolution ... CD 15.99

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Bob Downes Open MusicBob Downes & The Alphorn Brothers (with bonus Jazz Homage CD) ... CD
Bob Downes Music (UK), 1998/2015. New Copy 2 CDs ... $8.99
Reedman Bob Downes has always been a player willing to experiment in a wide range of styles – from his early jazz-rock experiments on the UK scene, to a wealth of spiritual and avant sides he's given us in the decades that followed! But this time around, he may be giving us his weirdest, most unusual project yet – but all with results that are surprisingly great, and hardly gimmicky at all – and that's really something, given that the record features Bob's reeds alongside a trio of musicians playing the long alphorns pictured on the cover! Downes uses those instruments to create these slow-building waves of sound – which he then contrasts with his own performance on alto, tenor, soprano sax, and flute – and the phrasing of the alphorns is surprisingly cool – somewhere between avant/experimental work on euphonium and trombone, but a bit more structured overall. Titles include "The Prowler", "Heading For The Blues", "Stomping", "Dawn Approach", "Tatsunori Hasebe", and "Reflections". 2CD package also features a bonus CD – Jazz Homage, recorded in 1998, a series of duets between Downes and pianist Mick Baumeister – on titles that include "Here We Go Rollins", "Homage To John Coltrane", and "Blues For Bird" – all tributes to the players in the titles! CD

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Ella FitzgeraldSomeone To Watch Over Me ... CD
Verve, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A record that might have made Ella Fitzgerald turn over in her grave if it was handled the wrong way – but fortunately one that comes as a real surprise, with an organic quality that we never would have expected when we first heard about the project! The album features Ella's older vocals from the Verve years, recast over new orchestrations by the London Symphony Orchestra – who work here in a decidedly jazz-based mode, and maybe make the whole thing feel just like some "with strings" session from the classic Verve years, but with some slight modern arrangements. The presentation also features three "duets" of sorts – one with new vocals added by Gregory Porter, two others with trumpet and vocals pulled from her recordings with Louis Armstrong – but overall, the whole thing really seems to work best when it's just Ella in the spotlight. Titles include "Misty", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "People Will Say We're In Love", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", and "Let's Do It". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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Billy FosterBilly Foster & Audio ... CD
Equistar, 1983. New Copy ... $7.99
A wonderfully obscure set of jazzy soul from keyboardist Billy Foster – a musician who's been making waves on the scene in Gary, Indiana for many decades – but has never fully gotten his due! This project captures a younger Billy – working in a soul-based mode that blends vocals with his own work on a variety of keyboards and acoustic piano – maybe an indie take on modes that artists like Rodney Foster or Bobby Lyle were exploring on the bigger labels at the time, but with a lot more charm. Vocals are by Glenda Eskew and Brenda Marshall McClure – and titles include the instrumental "City Lights", which has a nicely pronounced guitar solo by Henry Johnson – plus the tracks "As A Matter Of Fact", "Night Music", "I Need Your Love", and "It All Depends On You". CD

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✨✧ Robert Glasper ExperimentRobert Glasper x KAYTRANADA – The ArtScience Remixes (180 gram pressing) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Capitol, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
A cool record of remixes, and one that almost folds together the Artscience modes of Robert Glasper with his earlier Black Radio project! The set features heavy contributions from Kaytranada – who adds in fresh rhythm programs to most of the cuts, in ways that open up Glasper's sublime work on piano and keyboards – with guest help from Talib Kweli, Alex Isley, and Iman Omari! The set's got 8 tracks in all – more of an EP than a single – and titles include Kaytranada remixes of "Thinkin Bout You", "Written In Stone", "Find You", "Name Drop Interlude", "No One Like You", and "Day To Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Jimmy GreeneBeautiful Life ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2014. Used ... $9.99
A heartbreaking project from saxophonist Jimmy Greene – dedicated to his daughter, who was caught in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Instead of focusing on the tragedy that struck his family, Greene instead chooses to celebrate the wonderful, but too-short life of his daughter Ana – through a beautiful record that may well be his most ambitious to date! The scope of the sound here is wonderful – very soulful, thoughtful tracks performed by a shifting lineup that includes some famous names who were only happy to help out on the project – like Kenny Barron and Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Pat Metheny on guitar, and Kurt Elling on vocals. But the core group alone is wonderful –w ith Renee Rosnes on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums – who set things up in this wonderfully soulful style that seems to evoke some of Greene's most personal moments on record. Titles include "Last Summer", "Ana's Way", "Maybe", "Little Voices", "Where Is Love", and "Seventh Candle". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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Roy Hargrove & The RH FactorHard Groove ... CD
Verve, 2003. Used ... $2.99
A funky collaboration of new and old players – as trumpeter Roy Hargrove explores a range of classic styles with a host of excellent guest stars! The RH Factor project includes work by Bernard Wright, Cornell Dupree, Karl Denson, and other funk luminaries – and it also features great vocal performances from the likes of Common, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo. The groove soars from Miles-inspired electric to the heavy funk of George Clinton – and makes plenty of side-trips in between – exploring a range of soulful jazz, both new and old, and coming off a lot better than we might have thought! Titles include "Pastor T", "I'll Stay", "Common Free Style", "Juicy", "The Stroke", "Poetry", "Liquid Streets", "The Joint", and "Forget Regret". (Neo Soul, Jazz) CD
( Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Keyon HarroldMugician ... CD
Sony, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold starts out this album with an inspirational message from his mother taken from his voicemail – then draws from that message to create one of his most amazing albums to date! Harrold's already been part of a strong underground scene for years – but here, he's clearly ready to burst forth and win over everyone else's ears – mixing his strong solo talents with a more spacious vision of presentation that sometimes uses larger strings, sometimes brings in a bit of vocals, and sometimes returns to the core energy of a combo! Harrold produced the record himself, and was clearly given a lot of space to get things right – something that's not often the case in the jazz industry these days, unless you're Robert Glasper – and he welcomes some great creative talents to the project – including Bilal , Georgia Anne Muldrow, Pharoahe Monch, Josh David Barrett, and even Glasper himself. Titles include "Ethereal Souls", "Her Beauty Through My Eyes", "Stay This Way", "When Will It Stop", "MB Lament", "The Mugician", "Bubba Rides Again", "Circus Show", and "Broken News". CD

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Milt JacksonMilt Jackson In A New Setting ... LP
Limelight, Mid 60s. Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
A great one from vibist Milt Jackson – one of the treasures from that 60s stretch when he split with the Modern Jazz Quartet, and recorded some of his most soulful material ever! Milt's definitely in a new setting here – playing with a good little soul jazz combo that includes Jimmy Heath on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Bob Cranshaw on bass. The overall sound is much tighter than Milt's earlier work – with a focus on groovy short cuts that have a nice vibes/piano/tenor sound. Titles include "Clay's Blues", "Slow Death", "Ineffable", "That's In", and "Project S". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing in the gatefold cover with the very cool die-cut book! Cover has light wear.)

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Osamu KitajimaBenzaiten ... LP
Antilles/Oom Dooby Dochas (Germany), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... About June 20, 2018
A really unique project from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a player you might know from his smoother fusion sets at the end of the 70s – but who works here in a very trippy blend of Japanese instrumentation and electric jazz! Kitajima handles a heck of a lot of strings – both acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and even the biwa – a Japanese style of lute, which appears to be electrified on the record. There's also work on hayashi-bue, narimono, and shakuhachi – other Japanese instruments folded into the album's mix of fuzz and keyboards – which are often used sparely, but in ways that bring a nicely psychedelic vibe to the album at times. Osamu vocalizes a bit – but mostly in ways that just go along with the music – and titles include "Benzaiten", "Tengu", "Whoma", and "Taiyo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lambert, Hendricks & RossHottest New Group In Jazz ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
How can we even begin to describe the genius of Lambert Hendricks and Ross? The group was a jazz vocal supergroup that merged three talents that had already made a big name in the bebop vocalese field – Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and the lovely Annie Ross – and the project was an attempt to completely work the emerging vocalese style onto a full-blown jazz group. This album wasn't their first – but it was the first to really break them with the masses, and it's a vocal jazz classic if there ever was one. Backings are by the Ike Isaacs Trio, plus Harry Edison on trumpet – and titles include "Moanin", "Twisted", "Cloudburst", "Everybody's Boppin", and "Sermonette". (Vocalists, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye mono pressing.)

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John LewisJazz Abstractions ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Way more than just "abstractions" – as the set's a very focused batch of some of the larger ideas that John Lewis had about jazz – explored beautifully here away from the Modern Jazz Quartet! The album has Lewis working with frequent partner – and fellow third stream conceptualist – Gunther Schuller – and also features great guest work from Ornette Coleman on alto, Joe Wilder on trumpet, Jim Hall on guitar, and Scott LaFaro on bass – all very different talents at the forefront of jazz at the time, helping bring a wider range of voices than you might normally get on a John Lewis project. Titles include "Abstraction", "Variants On A Theme of Thelonious Monk", and "Piece For Guitar & Strings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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Rob Mazurek & Black Cube SPReturn The Tides – Ascension Suite & Holy Ghost ... CD
Cuneiform, 2014. Used ... $9.99
Rob Mazurek just keeps stunning us more and more over the years – growing way way past his earlier straight jazz roots, and even his key work in the Chicago underground – to a level where he's easily encompassing many different styles and genres at once – then finding a way to make the sounds all his own! This project has Rob furthering the electronic sounds of recent records, while still holding onto a core element of jazz with his work on cornet – an instrument he uses here with wonderfully rich acoustic tones, and hardly at any sort of easy Miles electric modes, or anything like that. The players here are all part of his scene in Sao Paulo – including Mauricio Takara on drums, Guilherme Granado on keyboards, Thomas Rohrer on electronics and soprano sax, and Rogerio Martins on percussion – but all players also take on other instruments, add in bits of voice, and work with the production and processing to really create some amazing sonic energy throughout. All tracks are long – and titles include "Let The Rain Fall Upwards", "Return The Tides", "Oh Mother", and "Reverse The Lightning". CD

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Robert MazurekAmorphic Winged ... CD
Walking Road, 2002. Used ... $8.99
The leader of the "Chicago Underground" groups (duo/trio/quartet/orchestra. . .) steps out on a solo effort, that's not exactly a solo project, as he brings in help from a number of other stalwarts of the Thrill Jockey scene. Though his rich, expressive cornet playing is featured throughout, these compositions focus on analogue synth lines and laptop generated electronics, with overlapping figures and layers of pure sound. 7 lengthy compositions, including "Amorphic Winged", "The Shaping Light", "Strange Logics" & "Time Coded Single". CD
(Out of print.)

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MegapterasFull Throttle ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99
A fantastically sharp group from the Japanese scene – one who do a perfect job of balancing electric and acoustic impulses, and yet another project from trumpeter Takuya Kuroda – who seems to be one of the hardest working players in recent years! Part of the album has the kind of hard pulse of Kuroda's albums under his own name, but there's also more of a unified group vibe too – as his trumpet is paired strongly with the tenor, soprano, and flute of Akihiro Nishiguchi – and given some great support from Jun Miyakawa, who plays both acoustic and electric piano – the latter with some sublime soul currents! The rest of the quintet features Ryo Shibata on drums and Kunpei Nakabayashi on bass – and the set features a bit of guest strings on one track, and singer Camilia Meza on the tune "Love & Guts". Other titles include "Full Throttle", "Bojo", "Flatland", "Crew Neck Crew", "Signs", "Core", and "Snail's Pace". CD

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Adrian Mitchell/Mike WestbrookTyger – A Celebration Of William Blake ... LP
RCA (UK), 1971. Near Mint- ... $34.99
A unique project based around the writings of William Blake – with music by Mike Westbrook! Mike plays piano, and the group also includes Dave Holdworth on trumpet, Malcolm Griffiths on trombone, and George Khan on tenor and flute. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Record is great, but both insert and cover have some light stains.)

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Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble & EnsembleMoments Of Fatherhood ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2016. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A beautiful large ensemble project from flautist Nicole Mitchell – and a set that shows just how far she's come in her music over the years! Mitchell has always been wonderful, but there's something especially visionary in this project – as there seem to be larger ideas at play informing the different tones and textures of the musicians, yet still the unified spirituality that always marks Nicole's music – that special blend that really sets her apart from so many of her contemporaries, and which makes her one of the few forces to still carry on the rich legacy of Chicago's AACM, and groups like Art Ensemble Of Chicago or 8 Bold Souls! The songs here come together in this really fantastic way – sometimes feeling improvised at their initial moments, but soon taking flight in these amazing colors that come from the mix of harp, vibes, cello, violin, flute, and saxophone sounds – a tonal depth we've never heard in Nicole's music before, and which marks a huge step forward for her as a composer. Yet the music also has all the core organic energy of other Mitchell recordings – thanks to a collaborative lineup that includes David Boykin on tenor, Aruan Ortiz on piano, Benjamin Duboc on bass, Helene Breschand on harp, Sylvain Kassap on clarinets, Renee Baker on violin, Cesar Carcopino on drums and vibes, and Anais Moreau on cello. Titles include "Only One Like Him", "Building Stuff", "Cold Hard Facts", "Explorers", "Listening", "A Piece Of Advice", and "Towards Excellence". CD

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Roscoe Mitchell & Montreal/Toronto Art OrchestraRide The Wind ... CD
Nessa, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
The headier side of the great Roscoe Mitchell – a project that has some of the reedman's compositions transcribed for larger orchestra performance – but at a level that seems to be a natural evolution of the notion of "black classical music" that Mitchell first helped pioneer with the AACM! Make no mistake with that term – this isn't classical music at all – instead, the larger group works here to realize this beautiful balance between improvisation and composition, almost working as a whole to embody the ideas that Mitchell has brought to his music in much smaller settings, carved out of a large group of woodwinds, a touch of brass, and a bit of strings. Gregory Oh conducts the group, and titles include "They Rode For Them", "Splatter", "Nonaah", "Shards & Lemons", and "Ride The Wind". CD

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Bosko PetrovicOriginal Album Collection Vol 1 (Zeleno Raspolozenje/Blue Sunset/Misterij Bluesa/Green Lobster Dream/Stabilisation Blues/BPC Moods) (6CD set ... CD
Jugoton/Croatia (Croatia), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 6CD ... $16.99
A host of recordings with titles you can't pronounce – but served up with a universally appealing jazz sound, thanks to the mighty vibes of Bosko Petrovic! The musician is one of the coolest players who ever worked behind the Iron Curtain – a jazz vibist in Croatia, but one whose music touched other European scenes – and also provided a great welcome for American players who worked in Yugoslavia a the time – including trumpeter Clark Terry, who's the co-star on one of these albums! The package brings together six full albums from Petrovic – most of which feature his larger group material with his BP Convention ensemble – a project that takes off beautifully from some of the cool, creative big band work the MPS label was doing at the start of the 70s. Bosko had a hand in some of those records, but really takes the music to great new directions here – on the full albums Zeleno Raspolozenje, Blue Sunset, Misterij Bluesa, Green Lobster Dream, Stabilisation Blues, and BPC Moods. All records come in tiny LP-styled replicas of their original covers – and the set is a hell of a deal at this price! CD

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Tom PhillipsIrma ... CD
Matchless (UK), 1988. Used ... $11.99
A very cool project – an "opera" of sorts, but maybe more of a vocal chamber piece – featuring John Tilbury on piano and radio, Lol Coxhill on saxophone and voice, Philips on vocal, Ian Mitchel on clarinet and Keith Rowe on guitar, radio, tapes and cello! (Out Sound, Jazz) CD
(Out of print.)

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Pollyseeds (Terrace Martin)Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol 1 ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A fantastic project from keyboardist Terrace Martin – very much in the same spirit as his excellent Velvet Portraits record, but even more collaborative overall – and, given the title, a wonderful expression of the new wave of soul that's been brewing up on the west coast! Martin's keyboards, production, and songwriting anchor most of the record – but there's also a very spirited sense of interplay with all the shifting musicians and other contributors to the record – a lineup that includes Robert Glasper on Fender Rhodes, Trevor Lawrence Jr on rhythms, Kamasi Washington on tenor, Marlon Williams on guitar, and Rose Gold, Chachi, and Preston Harris on vocals – all working together in a style that almost feels like a more cosmic, righteous take on g-funk of years back – filtered through a hip, underground vibe that's pure 21st Century all the way. Titles include "Feelings Of The World", "Chef E Dubble", "Intentions", "Funny How Time Flies", "You & Me", "Up & Away", "Wake Up", and "Your Space". (Neo Soul, Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Sun RaCosmos ... LP
Inner City, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
One of the best-remembered Sun Ra albums from the 70s – a really cool little session that features Ra playing the unusual "rocksichord" all the way through! The instrument's a very weird one – kind of like a messed-up electric piano, with lots of cool broken notes and a weird fuzzed-out tone – one that almost feels like a guitar's being fitted into a keyboard, with almost psychedelic results! Ra's use of the rocksichord gives the album a really eerie, outer spacey sound – one that mixes strongly with more familiar jazz lines from John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Danny Thompson on baritone, and Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet. Titles include "The Mystery Of Two", "Interstellar Low Ways", "Cosmos", "Moonship Journey", "Neo-Project #2", and "Jazz From An Unknown Planet". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ben Riley's Monk Legacy SeptetMemories Of T ... CD
Concord, 2006. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the hippest projects we've heard from drummer Ben Riley in awhile – a big band project devoted to the music of Thelonious Monk, and one that gets most of its angular changes from the saxophone section! There's a great post-Monk quality to this one that makes it way more than just a copycat of the old days – a re-interpolation of the music and inspirations of Monk for a slightly different jazz idiom, presented with 4 saxophones, 1 trumpet, guitar, bass, and drums – and no piano at all! Riley's on drums, and saxophones include Bruce Williams on alto and soprano, Wayne Escoffery and Jimmy Greene on tenor, and Jay Brandford on baritone – working alongside guitar from Freddie Bryant, bass from either Kiyashi Kitagawa or Peter Washington, and trumpet from Don Sickler, who sometimes blasts out in the lead. Titles include "Gallop's Gallop", "Green Chimneys", "Shuffle Boil", "Straight No Chaser", "Rhythm-A-Ning", and "Let's Call This". CD
(Out of print.)

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George RussellJazz Workshop – Reissued By Request ... LP
RCA, 1957. Good+ ... $9.99
Very hip early work from George Russell – a set that's maybe not as high-concept as some of his later records, but which still has a strikingly modern vibe! Russell's trying out some of his new tonal ideas here – and has a group that's very well-chosen for the project – with Art Farmer on trumpet, Hal McKusick on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Barry Galbraith on guitar – all players with just the right sort of color in their tone, able to illustrate George's ideas but still bring a bit of personality to the mix as well. Titles are mostly originals, written with slight touches of whimsy, but less of the indulgence on that front as you'd hear on west coast material – and tracks include "Witch Hunt", "The Sad Sargeant", "Ballad Of Hix Blewitt", "Knights of The Steamtable", "Jack's Blues", and "Night Sound". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing with some wear & aging.)

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Saxes IncSaxes Inc ... LP
Warner, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A concept album, but one with a really great approach – a heady group of top-shelf saxophonists from the end of the 50s – all coming together in surprisingly tight formation, yet also getting a bit of solo space as well! The project is headed by arranger Bob Prince – who's got a great ear for letting the ensemble step out at the start, then lay back just slightly to let some of the genius talents on the set get a few licks in – a mighty lineup that includes Coleman Hawkins, Herb Geller, Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Seldon Powell, Hal McKusick, and Georgie Auld. Things are a lot less gimmicky than you'd expect – and the album's a great meeting of older large group modes and some of the best modern inflections of the time. Titles include "Four Brothers", "The Gypsy", "Night In Tunisia", "Jumpin With Symphony Sid", and "Axmobile". LP, Vinyl record album

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24th Street BandShare Your Dreams ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $19.99
The second album from this crossover fusion project from Hiram Bullock and crew – done in a style that's tighter and more focused than their first! There's a pleasantly poppy style to some of the tunes – in a mode that brings rock-like production alongside jazzier influences, almost in the mode of some of the Todd Rundgren/Utopia work of the period, but with a more soulful sound overall. And if you dig a compressed AOR sort of approach, you'll find plenty to like about this set – especially as the vocal numbers dominate the record. Titles include "New York City Strut", "Tall Handsome Man", "Share Your Dreams", "Back In Your Arms Again", "Ricky & The Radio", "Lovers Again", and "Black Hole Strut". CD
(UHQ-CD – Ultimate Hi Quality CD pressing!)

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Kamaal WilliamsReturn ... CD
Black Focus, 2018. New Copy ... On June 1, 2018
The first solo project from Kamaal Williams – and a wonderfully spiritual set that has the keyboardist really blowing us away with his talents! Williams plays plenty of Fender Rhodes on the set, mostly in a trio setting, but one that's far from standard jazz – as the rhythms often reflect his roots in hip hop, although played live by drummer Joshua McKenzie and bassist Pete Martin – who also have the ability to send Williams soaring to the skies with this magnificent spiritual energy! Consider this set to maybe be a Lonnie Liston Smith album for the hip hop generation – and praise Allah for Kamaal's mighty talents on the keys, and the sharp production skills of Henry Wu. Titles include "Salaam", "The Return", "High Roller", "Situations", "Rhythm Commission", "Catch The Loop", "Medina", and "LDN Shuffle". CD

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VariousL'Aventure Du Jazz Vols 1 & 2 – La Musique Du Film De Louis Panassie 1969 to 1972 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
A pair of soundtracks to a film project by director Louis Panassie – a movie that presents the story of jazz, but through a range of performances that also include gospel and a bit of blues – all with music performed exclusively for the film! Much of the work is in a trad and swing mode, but with more modern currents too – a bit like the approach used by the French Black & Blue label on their own recordings of the 70s! One of the most interesting things about the set is the spareness of some of the performances – as there's a few drum solos, some other bluesy moments, and even just some vocal and piano passages – all of which makes the music way more than just a rehash of the familiar for just another jazz film. Milt Buckner on organ and Jo Jones on drums come together on six tracks; two more feature Memphis Slim on vocals and piano, one with singer Madeleine Gautier; Willie The Lion Smith plays piano and sings on three tracks; Sister Rosetta Tharpe does the same on three more; The Stars Of Faith sing on two numbers; Tharpe returns on four more with guitar and vocal; Zutty Singleton on drums and Cliff Jackson on piano duet on three tracks; the Buddy Tate Celebrity Club Orchestra perform three more numbers; John Lee Hooker sings and plays guitar on two tracks; and there's also drum solo performances from Cozy Cole, Zutty Singleton, and Michael Silva. CD

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VariousSpiritual Jazz 8 – Japan Parts 1 & 2 – Esoteric, Mocal & Progressive Jazz From Japan 1961 to 1983 ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
The biggest volume so far in the Spiritual Jazz series from Jazzman Records – and maybe the best as well! This fantastic collection looks at the huge legacy of spiritual jazz that flowed from the Japanese scene in the postwar years – sounds that had their initial expression around the same time that the modal jazz of Miles and Coltrane was bursting forth in the US, but which also too so many twists and turns of its own – with some very strong influences along the way from Japanese folk and culture! Much of this music was initially restricted only to release on Japanese labels – and even later, as some of the artists attained fame, the global circulation of their music only happened with more commercial recordings. These tracks are the real deal – and together, they represent a huge legacy of jazz that's as appealing and essential as American work from labels like Impulse or Strata East – or European sounds on Saba/MPS. Most tracks are quite long, with flowing grooves – and although the players are reaching out, things are never too free or avant – just filled with a searing sense of soul. Jazzman got strong help on the project from the Deep Jazz Reality series – so the album's got that stamp of approval too – and the whole thing's in one of the most beautiful packages we've ever seen from the label! Titles include "Kumo No Ito" by Mitsuaki Kanno, "East Plants" by Takeo Moriyama, "Positive & Negative" by Minoru Muraoka, "Under Construction" by Koichi Matsukaze, "Ragam Sinthubairavi" by Sadao Watanabe & Charlie Mariano, "Sun In The East" by New Direction For The Arts, "Footprint" by Shungo Sawada, "My Favorite Things" by Tadao Hayashi, "Kikazaru" by Keitaro Miho, "Watarase" by Takeo Moriyama, "Babylonia Wind" by Kiyoshi Sugimoto, "Whispering Weeds" by Yoshio Ikeda, "Kisarazu Zinku" by Toshiko Akioshi, "Sacriment" by Tohru Aizawa, "Spanish Flower" by Tee & Company, and "Scarborough Fair" by Four Units. (Funky Compilations, Jazz) CD

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VariousUntinted – Sources For Madlib's Shades Of Blue (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... About June 1, 2018
One of the hippest Blue Note collections ever – 12 tracks used as the blueprint for Madlib's Shades Of Blue project – a mixture of funky jazz and killer 60s hardbop numbers! Some of the tracks are core Blue Note numbers, but others are much more left-of-center – and together, the package makes for a wonderful batch of jazzy grooves – cuts that slide easily from electric to acoustic, always grooving with a super-dope sort of style! Titles include "The Look Of Slim" by Gene Harris & The Three Sounds, "Illusion" by Andrew Hill, "Distant Land" by Donald Byrd, "Mystic Brew" by Ronnie Foster, "Stormy" by Reuben Wilson, "Please Set Me At Ease" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Peace" by Horace Silver, "Footprints" by Wayne Shorter, "Montara" by Bobby Hutcherson, and "Stepping Into Tomorrow" by Donald Byrd. (Funky Compilations, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyAfrican Waltz (plus bonus track) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty darn hip stuff – and with some great soloing by Cannonball! The record features Adderley's alto fronting a large group conducted by Ernie Wilkins, and featuring a host of hip players like Melba Liston, Oliver Nelson, Jerome Richardson, Ray Barretto, Sam Jones, and Wynton Kelly. The title track is a beautiful reading of Galt MacDermott's "African Waltz" – and other tracks include "Blue Brass Groove", "Something Different", "The Uptown", and "Letter From Home". Wilkins outdoes himself on this one, really providing some strong swinging arrangements that work well with the complicated groove of the project – and in a way, the record feels more like Randy Weston or Melba Liston's at the helm. CD also features the bonus track "This Here". CD
Also available African Waltz ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, & Roy HargroveDirections In Music – Live At Massey Hall ... CD
Verve, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We have to admit, we had a lot of misgivings about this project before we gave it a chance and listened to it all the way through – but after all was said and done, we were quite impressed! While Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and Michael Brecker all have the chops, recognition and reputations to make as many new recordings as they'd like, without resorting to pandering tributes, this project actually works beautifully and makes great sense. The group is rounded out by the elastic rhythms provided by John Patitucci (who seems to have graduated well beyond the sort of 6 string noodling he usually purveys) and Brian Blade. In most cases, we'd rather hear Miles doing Miles and Trane doing Trane, but this group manages to capture both the dark, brooding beauty of Miles' music and the deeper, soulful vein that Coltrane mined. Herbie sounds the best we've heard in ages and the highlight of this live set is a medley of Miles' "So What" and Coltrane's "Impressions", while the rest of the set is made up mostly of originals (2 more Coltrane pieces, "Naima" and "Tansition" are included) composed by members of the group like Hancock's "The Sorcerer" and Hargrove's "The Poet". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Heath BrothersIn Motion ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great work by The Heath Brothers – a lot slicker and smoother than their earlier album for Strata East, but still filled with a soulful jazzy approach that befits their rich talents! By the point of this set, Jimmy Heath, once a rougher talent on the tenor, had emerged as one of the smooth soul maestros on the instrument – ranking next to Grover Washington Jr and Stanley Turrentine for a mellifluous sound and well-timed approach to the solo. Heath's written some great tracks here that are underpinned nicely by brother Percy's strong work on bass – still acoustic amidst some added electric instrumentation on some of the tracks. Titles include "Passion Flower", "Move to The Groove", "Feelin Dealin", "Project S", "The Voice Of The American Saxophone (from Afro American Suite of Evolution)", and "A Time & A Place (There's)". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ 101 North101 North ... LP
Valley Vue, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of THE smooth jazz albums of the 80s – a great little set put together by George Duke, who wrote most of the tracks on the set, produced the album, and even selected the group specially for the project! So in essence, at some level, the album steps off of Duke's own work of the time – but it's also got a cleaner, fresher, almost indie approach to the music – and the record circulated heavily in scenes that were a bit to the left of the mainstream. Guest players include Duke, Leon Ndugu Chancler, and other LA fusion luminaries – and titles include "Africa", "Night Voices", "So Easy", "Lady Of The Night", "Pillow Talk", and "Sashimi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is lightly stained on the bottom half, with some waviness and creases.)

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✨✧ Kamaal WilliamsReturn (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Black Focus, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first solo project from Kamaal Williams – and a wonderfully spiritual set that has the keyboardist really blowing us away with his talents! Williams plays plenty of Fender Rhodes on the set, mostly in a trio setting, but one that's far from standard jazz – as the rhythms often reflect his roots in hip hop, although played live by drummer Joshua McKenzie and bassist Pete Martin – who also have the ability to send Williams soaring to the skies with this magnificent spiritual energy! Consider this set to maybe be a Lonnie Liston Smith album for the hip hop generation – and praise Allah for Kamaal's mighty talents on the keys, and the sharp production skills of Henry Wu. Titles include "Salaam", "The Return", "High Roller", "Situations", "Rhythm Commission", "Catch The Loop", "Medina", and "LDN Shuffle". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann Chicago TentetStone/Water ... CD
Okka Disk, 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
An excellent issue of live material recorded by Brotzmann and some of Chicago's best players! The Chicago Tentet has sprung up as part of Peter Brotzmann's recent fruitful relationship with the Chicago underground jazz scene – and the group's gone on to have a life long past its initial formation as a one-off project. This Okka disc set captures the band live at the 16th Victoriaville Festival in 1999 – and it features performances by Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Fred Lomberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang, and Hamid Drake. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Co-Op (Jeremy Pelt, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Wolf,Co-Op (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Brown Brothers, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic record from an all-star group – modern musicians you probably know more from CD releases under their own name, but working here on a much more underground project that really shows some new sides of their talents! The group features Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Derrick Hodge on bass, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Kendrick Scott on drums, and Warren Wolf on vibes – all fantastic players when they're working as leaders on their own – but really finding something hip together here as a collective – music that's got a very collaborative, soulful vibe – and which opens up with very fresh rhythms and tones. Titles include "Simplicity", "Journey", "Katrina", "Jake's Dilemma", "Okay", and "The Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition – vinyl-only release!)

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✨✧ Descendants Of Mike & PhoebeSpirit Speaks (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most unique albums on the Strata East label – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the creative energies flowing through that legendary jazz outlet! Descendents Of Mike & Phoebe is a righteous little project put together by Spike Lee's father, Bill Lee, and his brothers and sisters (Cliff Lee, Grace Lee Mims, and Consuela Lee Moorhead) – working here in a group named after their slave ancestors, who are paid tribute in a beautifully flowing batch of tunes! Lee's round, warm bass tones are firmly at the head of the group on most numbers – recorded at a similar level to his excellent work with Clifford Jordan on Strata East during the same time – and other instrumentation includes piano from Consuela, flugelhorn from Cliff, and percussion from Sonny Brown and Billy Higgins – all used in a wonderfully evocative style that's even better than some of Lee's later soundtrack work. A few numbers feature vocals from Grace – singing wordlessly and with a really heavenly sort of quality – and together, the whole group have a undeniable sense of power and majesty, yet also one that's touched by a really personal sense of poetry too. Titles include a great version of Lee's "Coltrane", which was more famously recorded with Clifford Jordan – plus "Chick Chick", "Attica", "Too Little, Too Late", "Boll Weevil", "Don't Be A Stranger", and "Well Done, Weldon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Fuse OneFuse One/Silk (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
CTI/Robinsongs (UK), 1980/1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
A pair of records from this great CTI Records group – plus bonus tracks too! Fuse One is tight funky fusion from a masterful collective – a great supergroup from the late electric years of the CTI label! The combo features Joe Farrell on tenor, Ronnie Foster and Don Grusin on keyboards, John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell on guitars, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Lenny White, Tony Williams, and Ndugu Chancler on drums – all top-shelf players, but artists who also really respect the vision of the whole project – and allow the grooves to develop without too much competition or overblown modes! The keyboards and guitar are a great match with Farrell's always-great lines on tenor – and titles include "Grand Prix", "Sunshine Lady", "To Whom All Things Concern", "Double Steal", "Waterside", and "Taxi Blues". Silk is the second album of funky fusion from this all-star CTI group that includes Stanley Turrentine, Stanley Clarke, Ndugu, Tom Brown, Eric Gale, Ronnie Foster, and George Benson! The ensemble come together for a great set of laidback fusion tracks that groove with a nice soulful undercurrent – surprisingly fresh, and not nearly as slick as you'd expect from the date of the session – showing that the original open-ended CTI vibe could still be strongly alive on the right records! Tracks have a great mix of acoustic and electric touches – and although Stanley Clarke was the musical director of the album, the whole thing's clearly a group effort. Titles include "Silk", "Hot Fire", "Sunwalk", and "In Celebration Of The Human Spirit". CD features bonus tracks – "Ode To A Kudu" and "Silk (7" version)". CD

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✨✧ Nathan HainesSound Travels ... LP
Chilli Funk (UK), 2001. Used 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A sublime bit of modern soul jazz – produced by Phil Asher with a quality that blows away most other Nu Jazz efforts on the market! The album's the brainchild of sax player Nathan Haines and Asher, but it's got a soul collective feel that pushes it past any simple remix-type project, one that gives it all the depth and righteousness of a classic session on Strata East or Black Jazz. About half the tracks are 70s-sounding jazz groovers – with a modal feel, a combination of electric and acoustic instrumentation, and occasional vocals with a very soulful edge. The other half of the tracks are in a more modern mode – with a mixture of programmed samples and acoustic instrumentation, still holding onto all of the soul of the other tracks on the set. The end result is a wonderfully unified album with a progressively soulful sound – one of the few recent albums that can make such a claim, in the elite company of groups like Fertile Ground or Spiritual Vibes. Titles include "Wonderful Thing", "Believe", "Impossible Beauty", "The Illest Hobo", "Sound Travels", "Honeycomb", and "Earth Is The Place". (New Grooves, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a very small rip on the back. The rest is great.)

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✨✧ Wynton MarsalisLevee Low Moan – Soul Gestures In Southern Blue Vol 3 ... CD
Columbia, 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
The last chapter in Wynton Marsalis' Soul Gestures trilogy of the early 90s – and like the others, it's a set with its own sort of sound and feeling – another illustration of the many talents of Marsalis at the time! Despite the "levee" reference in the title, the work's hardly the down-home effort you might expect – and instead, the tracks are long, freewheeling numbers played with a bit more soul than some of Wynton's earlier work, yet still a relatively modern sensibility overall. Nobody lets their hair down too much here, but the album's also nicely free of the sort of cliches you might expect from the project – none of the fake Crescent City modes that might hurt the date. Players include Marcus Roberts on piano, Wes Anderson on alto, Todd Williams on tenor and soprano, Reginald Veal on bas, and Herlin Riley on drums. Titles include "Jig's Jig", "Levee Low Moan", "In The House Of Williams", and "Superb Starling". CD
(Out of print original pressing. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ PipelinePipeline ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. Used ... Out Of Stock
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over the space of months, on both sides of the Atlantic – and really took their time to develop the album's two long compositions by Ken Vandermark and Fredrik Ljungkvist – working in amazing shades and tones that really reflect the individual personalities and strengths of the 16-member lineup. Each track spins out towards the half-hour mark – which allows lots of space for sounds from Mats Gustafsson on tenor, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor, clarinet, and baritone (were these guys having a competition?) – plus Guillermo Gregorio on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, Joe Morris and David Stackenas on guitars, Sten Sandell on piano, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler and Johan Berthling on basses, Michale Zerang and Raymond Strid on drums and percussion, and Kjell Nordeson on drums, percussion, and vibes. There's a heck of a lot going on here – and titles include "Codeine Picasso" and "In This Very Room" – each of which have a mix of composition and improvisation that's not unlike some of the projects directed by Lonberg-Holm around the same time. CD

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✨✧ VariousCool Europa – European Progressive Jazz In Germany 1959 to 1963 ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic celebration of the 100th release by the Sonorama label – and one that offers up what the label does best – a collection of never-heard jazz recordings from the European scene! The work here isn't collected from other Sonorama reissues, but instead is comprised from tracks that never added up to a full reissue project – but which easily rival all the better-known sounds you'll hear from the French scene of the new wave years, the hip Scandinavian modern scene, or the German scene of 60s MPS/Saba fame! Most numbers are hardbop or modal jazz, and the leaders alone are some of our favorite talents of this generation – players who never fully got their due in the US, but whose music continues to excite us over the decades. Titles include "Blues For Koebes" by Francy Boland, "Gigi's Pad" by Fast Sadi, "Straight No Chaser" by Rolf Ericson, "Tempus Fugit" by Barney Wilen, "Ginger" by Jack Sels, "Psychophysis" by Roland Kovac, "Ole Coltren" by Joki Freund, "Warm Up" by Helmut Brandt, "You Stepped Out Of A Dream" by Attila Zoller, "Inspiration In 6/8" by Hermann Mutschler, "Futurity" by Michael Naura, and "Bag's Groove" by Rolf Kuhn. (Funky Compilations, Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonSextet (Parker) 1993 (11CD set) ... CD
Braxton House, 1993. New Copy 11CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic reworking of classic modes – not necessarily the bebop fest that you might expect from the title, but a wonderful extrapolation of earlier jazz ideas shaped by the musical vision of Athony Braxton! The tunes here are all originals by Charlie Parker – plus a few more by Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis – all older bop standards that are used as vehicles for freer expression by a group that includes Braxton on reeds, Ari Brown on tenor and soprano saxes, Paul Smoker on trumpet, Misha Mengelberg on piano, Joe Fonda on bass, and either Han Bennink or Pheeroan AkLaff on drums. Some of the numbers are taken in a relatively classic bebop mode, but others move into territory that's much freer and more concerned with sound and texture – as you might hear in some of Braxton's own compositions. The mix of modes is really wonderful – swinging between poles of jazz in a way that reminds us of some of Braxton's best 70s recordings. Titles include "Night In Tunisia", "Dewey Square", "Klactoveesedstene", "An Oscar For Treadwell", "Bebop", "Bongo Bop", "Yardbird Suite", and "Koko". 11CD set brings together all the music from this wonderful project – 9 more discs than were ever released in the past! CD

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✨✧ Ted DanielZulu's Ball – Ted Daniel Plays The Music Of King Oliver ... CD
Altura, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Trumpeter Ted Daniel takes on the music of jazz founder King Oliver – but as you'd expect from all of Daniel's other groundbreaking work, the result here is something quite unique! True, the tunes are older numbers from the Oliver songbook of the 20s – but the approach is maybe a bit more freewheeling and pan-historic – a bit like the mode you'd expect if this project was handled by some of the artists on the Black Saint/Soul Note label in the early 80s. As with their work, the immediate approach is historically respectful, but the individual currents in the music really update the sound – thanks to a lineup that includes Daniel on cornet, Charlie Burnham on violin, Newman Baker on percussion, Joe Daley on tuba, and Marvin Sewell on guitar. Titles include "Tears", "Working Man's Blues", "Riverside Blues", "Mabel's Dream", "Just Gone", and "Zulu's Ball" – most taken in much longer readings than recordings from the 78rpm generation. CD

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✨✧ EnjiMongolian Song ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful vocal jazz project – and one with a sound that's even more compelling than its source – which is saying a lot, given the unique nature of the music! The songs here are all from Mongolian roots, but turned into these soulful jazz numbers by the vocals of Enkhjargal Erkhembayar – who almost does the same thing to her own culture's music as some of the hip European singers of the 60s did when mixing together jazz and folk roots! Yet the approach is a bit different, too – and very fresh – partly because the songs and language are so unfamiliar, but also partly because there's a completely un-selfconscious approach to the whole thing – a swing and warmth that would us make us like the record, even if we didn't know what it was about. Backing is by a small combo that features Billy Hart on drums, Paul Kirby on piano, Johannes Enders on tenor, and Martin Zenker on bass – on titles that include "Song Of Woods", "To My Mother", "Green Hills", "Blissful Heart", and "Beautiful Wide Land". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Louis Hjulmand, Bent Axen, Alex RielJazz Og Poesi ... CD
Louisiana Gyldendal/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unusual project – and one of the most compelling meetings of jazz and spoken word we've ever seen! The set features instrumental tracks penned by Danish vibes player Louis Hjulmand – each based around a different poem which is presented before the music – which is played by Louis on vibes, Bent Axen on piano, Benny Nielsen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums! Poems are written and delivered by Jorgen Leth, Jorgen Sonne, Klaus Rifbjerg, Robert Corydon, and Jorge Gustava Brandt – all in Danish, with a quality that's oddly dark in the recording technique – and seems to set a special stage for the instrumetal moments to follow. The original 10" recording is quite a rare gem – and titles include "Til Komeda", "Turistplakat", "Opbrud", "New Salesburg", "Tre Koncepter", and "Aldring". CD

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✨✧ Hakon Kornstead & KORKHakon Kornstead & KORK – Live ... CD
Grappa (Norway), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most beautiful records we've ever heard from saxophonist Hakon Kornstad – a special project that features his smaller group with backing from the larger KORK ensemble – a Norwegian radio orchestra who bring a really special flavor to the record! But the presence of the orchestra is only part of the picture – as the songs are also all from classical and operatic sources – and feature vocal performances mixed in with the jazz phrasings of the group – singing, we assume, that's from Hakon himself – as he's billed in the credits as a "tenor" in addition to playing tenor sax! Other group members include Lars Henrik Johansen on piano and celeste and Sigbjorn Apeland on harmonium – and with that latter instrument in the mix, you can definitely be sure there's lots of interesting tones and moods at play. Titles include "Nadir", "L'Ultima Canzone", "Di Tu Se Fedele", "Aba", and "En Svane". CD

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✨✧ Charles OwensAs One ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first Charles Owens album to have an electric component in the instrumentation – but at a level that's still got the same great sense of understatement that made us like the tenorist's previous records so much! The set features Charles blowing alongside electric bass, Wurlitzer piano, and drums – in a mode that's got the laidback feel of some of those great 70s jazz sessions when a more traditional tenorist might get a bit electric – but also at a level that has Owens pushing the boundaries a bit on two of his own compositions. The bulk of the set features soulful retakes of older tunes by Prince, Joe Jackson, Marvin Gaye, and Fleetwood Mac – but at a level that's beautifully tasteful, and way more than any sort of smooth jazz project of this nature. Titles include "Steppin Out", "Dreams", "When 2 R In Love", "What's Going On", "Take Me With You", and "Reminiscing". CD

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✨✧ Greg Saunier/Mary Halvorson/Ron MilesNew American Songbook Vol 1 (with bonus download) ... LP
Sound American/Pleasure Of The Text, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not the kind of New American Songbook you'd hear from a mainstream jazz artist – or a rock singer like Rod Stewart – and instead a really beautiful project that seeks to completely reinvent familiar pop themes as freewheeling vehicles for improvisation! The trio here is more than up to the task – as they bristle with fresh imagination at every twist and turn – a magnificent combination of the cornet of Ron Miles, guitar of Mary Halvorson, and drums of Greg Saunier – who also vocalizes just a bit. You might well recognize the titles of a few of the tunes here, but you'll hardly recognize the interpretations – as the whole thing bursts out with a freshness that's undeniable – on tracks that include "I Woke Up In Love This Morning", "Jonathan", "Day Dream", "Everything Means Nothing To Me/Last Call", "Snowy Morning Blues", "Luke & Leia", and "Little Pad/Caught In The Game/Kitty Kat". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Arthur Vint & AssociatesDeath Rides A Horse ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The music of Ennio Morricone – completely recast into a jazz setting by drummer Arthur Vint and his associates! The project's maybe a bit like the famous John Zorn reworking of Ennio Morricone music from decades ago – but the approach here is more unified, and has as much ear for the tunefulness of the original compositions as it does for making something fresh and new! As you'd guess from the cover, the focus here is mostly on the western side of Morricone's scoring – and instrumentation includes tenor, harmonica, violin, guitars, piano, organ, bass clarinet, and flute – which makes for some great tonal combinations. Titles include "Death Rides A Horse", "The Sundown", "For A Few Dollars More", "Man With A Harmonica", "The Ecstasy Of Gold", "Vamos A Matar Companeros", and "Once Upon A Time In The West". CD

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 8 – Japan Part 1 – Esoteric, Modal & Progressive Jazz From Japan 1961 to 1983 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The biggest volume so far in the Spiritual Jazz series from Jazzman Records – and maybe the best as well! This fantastic collection looks at the huge legacy of spiritual jazz that flowed from the Japanese scene in the postwar years – sounds that had their initial expression around the same time that the modal jazz of Miles and Coltrane was bursting forth in the US, but which also too so many twists and turns of its own – with some very strong influences along the way from Japanese folk and culture! Much of this music was initially restricted only to release on Japanese labels – and even later, as some of the artists attained fame, the global circulation of their music only happened with more commercial recordings. These tracks are the real deal – and together, they represent a huge legacy of jazz that's as appealing and essential as American work from labels like Impulse or Strata East – or European sounds on Saba/MPS. Most tracks are quite long, with flowing grooves – and although the players are reaching out, things are never too free or avant – just filled with a searing sense of soul. Jazzman got strong help on the project from the Deep Jazz Reality series – so the album's got that stamp of approval too – and the whole thing's in one of the most beautiful packages we've ever seen from the label! Titles include "Kumo No Ito" by Mitsuaki Kanno, "East Plants" by Takeo Moriyama, "Positive & Negative" by Minoru Muraoka, "Under Construction" by Koichi Matsukaze, "Ragam Sinthubairavi" by Sadao Watanabe & Charlie Mariano, "Sun In The East" by New Direction For The Arts, "Footprint" by Shungo Sawada, and "My Favorite Things" by Tadao Hayashi. (Funky Compilations, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(A fantastic package – 2LPs in a heavy, textured cover – with obi!)
Also available Spiritual Jazz 8 – Japan Parts 1 & 2 – Esoteric, Mocal & Progressive Jazz From Japan 1961 to 1983 ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 8 – Japan Part 2 – Esoteric, Modal & Progressive Jazz From Japan 1961 to 1983 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The biggest volume so far in the Spiritual Jazz series from Jazzman Records – and maybe the best as well! This fantastic collection looks at the huge legacy of spiritual jazz that flowed from the Japanese scene in the postwar years – sounds that had their initial expression around the same time that the modal jazz of Miles and Coltrane was bursting forth in the US, but which also too so many twists and turns of its own – with some very strong influences along the way from Japanese folk and culture! Much of this music was initially restricted only to release on Japanese labels – and even later, as some of the artists attained fame, the global circulation of their music only happened with more commercial recordings. These tracks are the real deal – and together, they represent a huge legacy of jazz that's as appealing and essential as American work from labels like Impulse or Strata East – or European sounds on Saba/MPS. Most tracks are quite long, with flowing grooves – and although the players are reaching out, things are never too free or avant – just filled with a searing sense of soul. Jazzman got strong help on the project from the Deep Jazz Reality series – so the album's got that stamp of approval too – and the whole thing's in one of the most beautiful packages we've ever seen from the label! Titles include "Kikazaru" by Keitaro Miho, "Watarase" by Takeo Moriyama, "Babylonia Wind" by Kiyoshi Sugimoto, "Whispering Weeds" by Yoshio Ikeda, "Kisarazu Zinku" by Toshiko Akioshi, "Sacriment" by Tohru Aizawa, "Spanish Flower" by Tee & Company, and "Scarborough Fair" by Four Units. (Funky Compilations, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(A fantastic package – 2LPs in a heavy, textured cover – with obi!)

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✨✧ Keyon HarroldMugician ... LP
Sony, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold starts out this album with an inspirational message from his mother taken from his voicemail – then draws from that message to create one of his most amazing albums to date! Harrold's already been part of a strong underground scene for years – but here, he's clearly ready to burst forth and win over everyone else's ears – mixing his strong solo talents with a more spacious vision of presentation that sometimes uses larger strings, sometimes brings in a bit of vocals, and sometimes returns to the core energy of a combo! Harrold produced the record himself, and was clearly given a lot of space to get things right – something that's not often the case in the jazz industry these days, unless you're Robert Glasper – and he welcomes some great creative talents to the project – including Bilal , Georgia Anne Muldrow, Pharoahe Monch, Josh David Barrett, and even Glasper himself. Titles include "Ethereal Souls", "Her Beauty Through My Eyes", "Stay This Way", "When Will It Stop", "MB Lament", "The Mugician", "Bubba Rides Again", "Circus Show", and "Broken News". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Mugician ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Coleman Hawkins/Zoot Sims/Phil WoodsSaxes Inc (plus Trombone Scene) ... CD
Warner/Lonehill (Spain), 1956/1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
2 rare large group sets – back to back on one CD! First up is Saxes Inc – a unique sax-heavy session done by Warner Brothers, and a blaring batch of tracks played by an all-star all-sax group that includes Herb Geller, Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Seldon Powell, Hal McKusick, and Georgie Auld! Bob Prince arranged and conducted, and the approach is surprisingly modernist, with the saxes carrying the bulk of the rhythm and melody, as well as the solos – a really great approach that makes for plenty of unique moments – all handled with a sound that's a lot more fluid than you might expect! Titles include "Four Brothers" (of course!), "The Gypsy", "Night In Tunisia", "Jumpin With Symphony Sid", and "Axmobile". The second album here is the even rarer 1956 set Trombone Scene – a session done with a much smaller group arranged by pianist Elliot Lawrence, and featuring the talents of four key trombonists – Eddie Bert, Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, and Jimmy Knepper. The sound isn't nearly as full or wide as other records of the type – and there's almost a style that's similar to the JJ Johnson/Kai Winding four trombone project for Debut – except that this one's a bit more tightly arranged. Tracks are shortish, but feature plenty of personality from all players – and titles include "Plungin In", "Hackin Around", "Slim Jim", "Sorta Rumbish", "Hambone", "Sonny's Side", and "Up & Out". CD

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✨✧ Daniel Humair/Francois Jeanneau/Henri TexierAkagera ... LP
Disques JMS (France), 1980. Used ... Out Of Stock
An unusual soundtrack project from this hip French trio – with Daniel Humair on drums and percussion, Henri Texier on bass and oud, and Francois Jeanneau on tenor, soprano, flute, bass clarinet,a nd some keyboards too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a very small cutout mark.)

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✨✧ VariousDie Deutschen Allstars ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The German jazz scene in 1963 – a year when the nation's musicians were really finding their own sorts of sounds – and breaking free from just American-inspired modes! The set brings together all the best players from that year – and begins with an all-star jam at the start, then moves into smaller group readings that are even more compelling – as they allow for the individual voices and styles of the players to really come to the forefront! The recording quality is great – this must have been a radio project, or conceived as a full album back in the day – and we'd rank the music here right up there with the most exciting sounds from the earliest years of the Saba/MPS label. Titles include the leadoff number "Madame B" – arranged and composed by saxophonist Joki Freund, who plays in the Deutschen All Stars group with Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone, Rolf Kuhn on clarinet, Gerry Weinkopf on flute, Helmut Brandt on baritone, Ingfried Hoffmann on organ, Peter Trunk on bass, Joe Nay on drums, Emil Mangelsdorff on alto, Hans Koller on tenor, and Conny Jackel on trumpet. Other titles include "Ruth" by the Albert Mangelsdorff/Hans Koller Septet with Wolfgang Schlitter on vibes and Michael Naura on piano; "Meeting At The Barberina" by the Horst Jankowski/Rolf Kuhn quintet; "Andreas" by the Helmut Brandt Sextet with Schluter's vibes; "Anything Else" by the Joki Freund Quintet, "When You're Young" by The Feetwarmers; "Joes Blues" by the Klaus Doldinger Quartet with Ingfried Hoffmann on Hammond; "Rainy Clouds" by the Michael Naura Quintet with Schluter on vibes; and "Gerti" by the All Star Sax Group, with Koller, Mangelsdorff, Freund, Doldinger, and Brandt. CD

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Cannonball AdderleyAfrican Waltz ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $9.99
Pretty darn hip stuff – and with some great soloing by Cannonball! The record features Adderley's alto fronting a large group conducted by Ernie Wilkins, and featuring a host of hip players like Melba Liston, Oliver Nelson, Jerome Richardson, Ray Barretto, Sam Jones, and Wynton Kelly. The title track is a beautiful reading of Galt MacDermott's "African Waltz" – and other tracks include "Blue Brass Groove", "Something Different", "The Uptown", and "Letter From Home". Wilkins outdoes himself on this one, really providing some strong swinging arrangements that work well with the complicated groove of the project – and in a way, the record feels more like Randy Weston or Melba Liston's at the helm. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer productions pressing with deep groove and microphone logo. Cover has light wear. Top seam is lined with clear tape.)
 
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Carl Allen & Manhattan ProjectsDark Side Of Dewey ... CD
Evidence/Alfa, 1992. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Manhattan ProjectsEchoes Of Our Heroes ... CD
Evidence, 1993. Used ... $2.99
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Roscoe Mitchell & Matthew ShippAccelerated Projection – Live At Sant'Anna Arresi ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2018. Used ... $11.99
A wonderful pairing of players – and one that seems to have Roscoe Mitchell balancing perfectly between his free improvised mode, and some of the more angular sounds of his compositional work! Make no mistake, the performance here feels largely improvised – recorded live in Italy – but there's also this complexity to the tones and colors that seem to echo some of Mitchell's work for larger ensembles, but which maybe has even more power here as it flows from the keys of Matthew Shipp's piano alongside Roscoe's work on alto, soprano sax, and flute! The horns also seem to bring out something special in Shipp – but with a quality that's different than his performances with more familiar reed partners – and the set features the long "Accelerated Projection" suite, in seven parts. CD
Also available Accelerated Projection – Live At Sant'Anna Arresi ... CD 14.99

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Roscoe Mitchell & Matthew ShippAccelerated Projection – Live At Sant'Anna Arresi ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A wonderful pairing of players – and one that seems to have Roscoe Mitchell balancing perfectly between his free improvised mode, and some of the more angular sounds of his compositional work! Make no mistake, the performance here feels largely improvised – recorded live in Italy – but there's also this complexity to the tones and colors that seem to echo some of Mitchell's work for larger ensembles, but which maybe has even more power here as it flows from the keys of Matthew Shipp's piano alongside Roscoe's work on alto, soprano sax, and flute! The horns also seem to bring out something special in Shipp – but with a quality that's different than his performances with more familiar reed partners – and the set features the long "Accelerated Projection" suite, in seven parts. CD
Also available Accelerated Projection – Live At Sant'Anna Arresi ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Manhattan ProjectsDreamboat ... CD
Timeless (Holland), 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features work from Roy Hargrove, Kenny Garrett, Donald Brown, and Ira Coleman! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ David BoykinLive At The Dorchester Projects (with download) ... LP
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 just how much Boykin's developed as a player over the past decade or so – a tenorist with a done that's right up there with Archie Shepp or David Murray at their creative best – really stretching out on some wonderful solos that never fail to dim in imagination or new ideas. The group's a trio – with Alex Wing on bass and James Woodley on drums – which gives the recording an almost ESP Records sort of vibe – and Boykin's the shining star throughout, really knocking us over with his solos on the well-recorded set! Titles include "Blast Off For Love", "Walk Turn Bat Shimmy", "Try Harder", "Blue Lotus", "Star Book", and "Late Night With The David Boykin Trio Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
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Nels ClineCurrents Constellations ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Bold work from the Nels Cline 4 – a quartet that features two guitarists, both the leader and Julian Lage – working together here with the bass of Scott Colley and drums of Tom Rainey! There's a sharper, starker edge here than some of Cline's more ambitious projects in recent years – and both Colley and Rainey create a sense of urgency that's really echoed by the crashing work on guitar – lots of dark colors from both Cline and Lage, but in kind of an explosively tuneful way! Titles include "Swing Ghost 59", "Amenette", "River Mouth (parts 1 & 2)", "For Each A Flower", "Furtive", and "Imperfect 10". CD

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✨✧ Miles DavisSketches Of Spain ... LP
Columbia, 1960. Very Good ... $14.99
A beautiful collaboration between Miles Davis and the great Gil Evans – and perhaps the most perfectly realized of all their projects! The album's got a wonderfully unified feel – as it begins with long compositions that have a distinct Spanish-tinge (and not a Latin-tinge, which is an important distinction to the way the album progresses.) Evans' arrangements have a majesty that takes the songs to the next level – working them as lush, lively backings for Davis' equally majestic trumpet solos, some of the finest he ever recorded with large group backing. Wonderful all the way through – and with the tracks "Concierto De Aranjuez", "Saeta", "The Pan Piper", and "Solea". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a split top seam, some wear, and some pen.)

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Bill EvansComplete Bill Evans On Verve (18CD set) ... CD
Verve (Italy), 1960s. New Copy 18CD ... $59.99
A real treasure trove of music from the legendary Bill Evans – the complete recordings the pianist made for Verve Records in the 60s, including trio sessions, solo material, and interesting larger projects as well – plus alternate takes, unissued material, and lots more gems! Evans hit Verve at the height of his powers – already coming off important early records for the Riverside label, and working with Verve with superb recording quality, and great care for Evans as an artist – which allowed Bill to further flower in his familiar trio setting, and also try out solo recordings, and work with other co-leaders who include arranger Gary McFarland, tenorist Stan Getz, guitarist Jim Hall, and singer Monica Zetterlund – all of whom work closely with Evans on a session. The box features remastering for all sides, and includes over 250 tracks in a really overstuffed package! CD

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Wilton FelderWe All Have A Star/Inherit The Wind ... CD
ABC/Robinsongs (UK), 1978/1980. Used ... $8.99
A pair of albums from saxophonist Wilton Felder – back to back on a single CD! We All Have A Star offers up solo sounds from Crusaders reedman Wilton Felder – a really great set that's very much in the best vibe of his larger group at the time – yet one that also offers up a stronger focus on Wilton's sublime solo work on tenor! The album's got plenty of Crusaders help on board – given that Stix Hooper and Joe Sample produced the set along with Wilton – and the vibe's a wonderful blend of electric backings, with especially great keyboard lines, and Felder's well-phrased saxophone lines over the top! A few cuts feature vocals – sung by Angela Bryant or Debbie Demoia Ross – and titles include "We All Have A Star", "I Know Who I Am", "The Cycles Of Time", "Why Believe", "Ride On", and "You & Me & Ecstasy". Inherit The Wind is one of the best Crusaders-related solo projects – a soulful bit of fusion from saxophonist Wilton Felder, co-produced with his fellow Crusaders! The album's got the best sunny finish of the group's late 70s albums – traces of Latin, funk, and soul bubbling through a warm jazzy mix – staying soulful all the way through, and coming up with a sound that's smooth, but never sleepy. The blueprint for a million other records – none of which ever sounded this good! Titles include "Insight", "LA Light", "Until The Morning Comes", "Someday We'll All Be Free", and "Inherit The Wind". CD

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Paul GiallorenzoFlow ... CD
Delmark, 2017. Used ... $8.99
Pianist Paul Giallorenzo has a fantastic flow here – a deeply personal sound that certainly warrants the title – and which is set up beautifully in a trio with Josh Abrams on bass and Mikel Patrick Avery on drums! It's great to hear Abrams working as a sideman in a setting that's a bit more standard than some of his own projects – as his basswork is sublime, and really matches the pacing and energy of Giallorenzo's work on the keys – in a mode that's modern, but never too avant – with almost the freshness of some of the most inventive pianists of the 60s! Paul wrote all the tunes on the album, and they're extremely fresh – not overplayed standards, or easygoing melodies – but instead material that finds its own space and pace, but without ever calling undue attention to itself. Titles include "Flipd Scrip", "Over/Under", "Rolling", "Interstice", "Fractures", "A Way We Go", and "Lightness". CD
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Gregory HoweGregory Howe ... CD
Wide Hive, 2017. Used ... $0.99
A very different set from Gregory Howe – an artist who you might know from jazz recordings as part of the Wide Hive Players, and on other projects for that label as well – stepping out here as a surprisingly compelling singer/songwriter in a whole new mode! Gregory supplied the lyrics for all tunes, and sings in this raspy style that's really great – offset by warmer guitar work, and some nice use of additional strings, too – gently, with production that's almost in a cool 70s mode – never overdone, and really fitting the spirit of the tunes. Titles include "The Things We Do", "Life Is Rain", "Work It Out", "Flower In The Weeds", "Chasing Shadows", "Reaching Higher", and "Concertina". (Rock, Jazz) CD
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Gregory HoweGregory Howe ... CD
Wide Hive, 2017. New Copy ... $4.99 14.99
A very different set from Gregory Howe – an artist who you might know from jazz recordings as part of the Wide Hive Players, and on other projects for that label as well – stepping out here as a surprisingly compelling singer/songwriter in a whole new mode! Gregory supplied the lyrics for all tunes, and sings in this raspy style that's really great – offset by warmer guitar work, and some nice use of additional strings, too – gently, with production that's almost in a cool 70s mode – never overdone, and really fitting the spirit of the tunes. Titles include "The Things We Do", "Life Is Rain", "Work It Out", "Flower In The Weeds", "Chasing Shadows", "Reaching Higher", and "Concertina". (Rock, Jazz) CD
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✨✧ Masaru ImadaBlue Marine ... LP
Trio/Full House (Japan), 1982. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Japanese pianist Masaru Imada is in his best fusion mode here – working with great help from American players Tom Browne on trumpet, Grover Washington Jr on soprano and tenor sax, Steve Khan on guitar, Anthony Jackson on bass, and Steve Jordan on drums! Imada plays both acoustic and electric piano, and the set has that perfect mix that happened with the best albums of this type – when a brilliant Japanese jazz musician came into contact with the cream of the crop of the American electric jazz scene – on a record that's got a strong sense of soul throughout! Things are tight, but never too slick or commercial – again that special balance that makes so many Japanese fusion projects so different than the smoother American work of the period. Titles include "Tropical Butterfly", "Jumpin Dolphin", "Seacret Sounds", "Blue Marine", "Angelfish", and "Smile For You". LP, Vinyl record album
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Alphonso JohnsonMoonshadows/Yesterday's Dreams/Spellbound ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
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 Herbie Hancock moments of the early 70s, plus some of the side projects of the Headhunters. Warmly funky, but with a nice edge – with a more jazz funk rooted sound than the later, slightly heavier Spellbound! The great group of players includes Patrice Rushen is on keyboards, Benny Maupin on reeds, Lee Ritenour on guitars, Airto Moriera on percussion, Gary Bartz on sax, plus Narada Michael Walden and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Tracks include "Stump", "Cosmoba Place", "Involuntary Bliss", "On The Case", "Amarteifio", "Pandora's Box" and the breezy "Up From The Cellar", which features vocals by Flora Purim! Yesterday's Dreams is a killer all-star session of funky fusion tracks – with a nice tight sound produced by Skip Drinkwater! Yesterday's Dreams differs a little from Alphonso's other strong mid 70s efforts in that it's not as spacey as a whole – but the rubbery, cleanly funky grooves are just as strong – and the record as a whole makes for more of a showcase for his excellent group of players! Bassist Johnson leads the session, but there's a huge amount of guests, such as Grover Washington, Patrice Rushen, Mike Clark, and Sheila Escovedo. Plus, Jon Lucien, Diane Reeves, Flora Purim, and Phillip Bailey all sing on the record! Titles include "One To One", "As Little As You", "Scapegoat", "Show Us The Way", "Tales Of Barcelona", and the future soul classic "Love's The Way I Feel 'Bout Cha". Spellbound is a soulfully spacey fusion set from Alphonso Johnson – with a really catchy sound! The maestro is working in an eclectic mode that's part Earth, Wind, & Fire, part Return To Forever, and part Alphonze Mouzon/Tommy Bolin jamming. The best moments on the record are the more straight ahead ones – which really flirt with chunky rock sounds on the other side of the rubbery fusion funkiness! Mouzon's working on all kinds of electric sounds on this one – a bunch of custom bass effects, steel drums and more – with Clyde Criner working with a long list of keys and synthesizers, Kevin Shireve on guitar and David Igelfeld on drums and percussion. Titles include "Face Blaster", "Summer Solstice", "Bahama Mama", "Nomads", and Moonlight Conversation" "Feelings Are. . .The Hardest Words To Say" and "Earthtales Suite". CD

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Timo LassyLove Bullet ... LP
WeJazz (Finland), 2015. Sealed Gatefold ... $8.99
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion alongside the drums – and they give Lassy's bold, soulful tenor a backing that feels a lot like some lost soul jazz session on Prestige – not the crossover kind, but the more underground material that we really love from the label in the 60s. Jukka Eskola blows wonderful trumpet on three tunes – and Panu Savaolainen adds in some vibes on two more, for an almost Freddie McCoy-like sound – and titles include "Love Bullet", "Hip Or Not", "Fast Fabio", "We Jazz Theme", "Waltz Unsolved", and "Green Pepper Strut". (New Grooves, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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