One of the greatest trumpeters on the European scene of the past few decades – heard here in a completely sublime setting! Dusko Goykovich has played in many styles and many ways, but hasn't ever done a date with full strings before – a long-overdue placement for his wonderful tone on ... read moreCD
An extremely soulful session from European trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – recorded in the US with a lineup that can't miss! The core rhythm trio features Tommy Flanagan on piano, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – and the great Jimmy Heath joins Dusko on the frontline for ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the LA scene of the late 40s – one of the most important records to showcase the tenor talents of the legendary Wardell Gray – a key player on the harder side of the west coast for its formative bop years – and one whose career was cut short all too soon! The ... read moreCD
A wonderful live set from the legendary Great Jazz Trio of Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and Hank Jones – one of the group's key Japanese albums of the 70s! As the title implies, the set was recorded live at the Village Vanguard – in a setting that has the trio stretching out even more ... read moreCD
One of a number of late 70s milestones from the Great Jazz Trio – that sublime grouping of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums! Like the rest of their gems from the time, the album's got this simple, subtle brilliance – a way of approaching piano trio ... read moreCD
A slightly different lineup than usual for the Great Jazz Trio – but a great one too, and proof that the group had way more to offer than just familiar trio grooving! This time around, Eddie Gomez is on bass – making for a wonderfully full, rich sound in the rhythms – a perfect ... read moreCD
Although Grant Green has been getting a lot of attention lately for his heavy-duty funk work of the late 60s, it's the subtly beautiful work of the early 60's that first caught our attention years ago. From the start of his young career, Green was an amazing player who had developed a unique ... read moreCD
A wicked session by Grant Green – one that's very different than any of his other Blue Note records! Here, Grant's going for a "Latin bit" – adding in a trio of percussionists to spice up the groove with a bit of bossa rhythms, and some harder jamming styles that feel a lot ... read moreCD
Quite an unusual album from Grant Green – a record that's quite different than his earlier records for Blue Note, but still pretty darn great overall! Grant's working here in a large group – Kudu style – with arrangements by David Matthews, but a sound that's still pretty lean ... read moreCD
The younger Grant Green grooves in ways that would have made his pops proud – recording here in a sweet old school style that features Hammond from either Reuben Wilson or Michael Torsone, plus alto sax from the legendary Eddie Pazant! There's a warm, fluid groove to most tracks – one ... read moreCD
2 of the grooviest Verve 60s jazz funk sessions on one CD! Grant Green's His Majesty King Funk is a tight quintet session with Larry Young on organ and Harold Vick on tenor, and it grooves with a tightness that matches Green's best Blue Note sessions. The album is reissued here with the tracks in ... read moreCD
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Green Serene & Per Jorgensen —
Living Live ... CD Aim Sound City (Norway), 2009. Used ...
The first ESP session from pianist Burton Greene – and arguably the best, thanks to some killer work from an assortment of sidemen! Despite the "Quartet" title of the record, the group here actually features more players than four – an array that includes Marion Brown on alto ... read moreCD
A double-length set from Chicago tenorist Chris Greene – but a package that may well not be enough to hold all the new ideas in his music! We've really watched Chris grow strongly over the past few years – and with this wonderfully well-crafted, rich-voiced album, he steps forward to a ... read moreCD
A sweet little album from Johnny – quite different than most of his other sessions at the time, as this one features a big band – a "Big Soul Band", as the title says – filled with some strong Chicago and soul jazz players, and featuring killer arrangements by the great ... read moreCD
One of the last recordings ever made by the legendary Johnny Griffin – a live date in honor of Griffin's 80th birthday, and one that shows the tenorist still very much at the top of his game! The group's an all-star lineup – with Roy Hargrove's trumpet and flugelhorn joining Griffin in ... read moreCD
A rare European gem from Johnny Griffin – recorded in quartet formation with backing from the rhythm trio of the Clarke Boland Big Band! Johnny was working with the trio in the bigger group at the time, but he gets plenty of space to state his case here – stretching out on hard-bitten, ... read moreCD
Johnny Griffin —
Way Out! ... CD Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the sharpest 50s sessions from Johnny Griffin – a hip quartet date for Riverside, done at the time when he was working heavily with Thelonious Monk! The album's definitely got an angular groove that shows Monk's influence, but it's also shows Griffin's Chicago's roots as well – ... read moreCD
Really great solo work from the legendary Henry Grimes – a set that not only features the musician on bass, but violin as well! The former is an instrument that we've loved Grimes on since the 60s – and the latter is a bit of a surprise to us, played here with a strong sense of ... read moreCD
A pair of 60s gems – together on a single CD! First up is the original Jazz Goes Baroque from George Gruntz – one of the best blends of jazz and classical music we can think of! Sure, the tunes are from Corelli, Handel, Pachelbel, and other baroque composers – but they're taken ... read moreCD
Although you may think of Dave Grusin as the man who's only capable of putting out snoozy fusion, this excellent session from 1964 is a very tight boppish one that features great players like Thad Jones, Frank Foster, and Bob Cranshaw. Dave shows a strong early talent for arranging, and he gives ... read moreCD
Key late 50s recordings from Swedish saxophonist Lars Gullin – the first-ever album on the now-legendary Sonet label, coupled with a rare Philips 10" from the same time! The CD is a nice contrast to some of Gullin's more American-influenced sessions of the earlier part of the decade, ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the legendary Lars Gullin – both Swedish and American recordings from the early 50s, a time when Gullin was really making waves on both sides of the Atlantic! Lars had a skill with his instrument that few others could match – an ear for color that's a bit like Gerry ... read moreCD
Very unusual work from the legendary Lars Gullin – captured here in a range of different settings! The first half of work on the CD features titles from a record issued in the US as Lars Gullin With The Moretone Singers – a session that features the master baritonist blowing alongside ... read moreCD
A mix of very rare and more familiar work from the legendary Lars Gullin – really showing a lot of growth here in the mid 50 scene in Sweden! The first four tracks on the album are especially great – some very unusually-titled tunes cut for Metronome Records – with a modern-styled ... read moreCD
Severely funky jazz from trumpeter Russell Gunn – working here in an electrified mode that reminds us a bit of recent work from Nicholas Payton or Roy Hargrove – but which comes off sounding a lot hipper overall! The set's got a bouncing, bass-heavy groove that's clearly rooted in older ... read moreCD
Mats Gustafsson & David Stackenas —
Blues ... CD Atavistic, 2005. Used ...
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Mats Gustafsson – a series of duets with guitarist David Stackenas, all done as tributes to blues greats of years past! As with other "tribute" projects by artists like Gustafsson or Ken Vandermark, the core ... read moreCD
Tord Gustavsen —
Ground ... CD ECM/Universal, 2004. Used ...
Two extended pieces recorded in Amsterdam in 1976 – featuring a group that includes Peter Brotzmann on saxes, Peter Bennink on saxes and bagpipes, Hank Bennink on clarinet and percussion, Louis Moholo on drums, Johnny Dyani on bass, and Kees Hazevoet on piano and clarinet. Hazevoet was a key ... read moreCD
A compelling comeback set for clarinetist Edmond Hall – cut in 1959 when Chris Barber was enjoying a hit with a remake of Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur", which provided for a nice opportunity to get Hall back in the studio for a date under the same name! The record's got a lot more ... read moreCD
A rare early trio set from Jim Hall – especially noteworthy because Jim rarely worked in the format as a leader! The album's got Hall working with Carl Perkins on piano and Red Mitchell on bass – in a mode that slightly recalls some of Barney Kessel's mid 50s recordings over at ... read moreCD
A strong little set of post bop tracks from saxophonist Lenny Hambro – one of two rare albums he cut for the Epic label during the 50s, and a tight session with Wade Legge on piano, Dick Garcia on guitar, and Clyde Lombardi and Mel Zelnick on rhythm. The tracks are short, and Hambro's sax ... read moreCD
A unusual sort of record for Chico Hamilton – one that pays tribute to soul and blues hits from years back – but in a way that recasts most of the numbers in a jazz mode! There's relatively strong guitar on the set – not in the breezy style used by Jim Hall or Gabor Szabo on ... read moreCD
Excellent work by Lionel Hampton – one of his standout French recordings from the 50s, handled with a quality level that was sometimes missing from his American work! Hamp's on both vibes and piano in the set, and also does a bit of singing as well – playing with a swinging lineup that ... read moreCD
Paris was always a great city for Lionel Hampton – but it seemed like in the mid 50s, it was also a place where he cut some of his best work, too! The French New Sound pair of albums are both classics in Hamp's book – records that take off from the looser, longer-form style that he'd ... read moreCD
Lionel Hampton & Sven Asmussen —
As Time Goes By ... CD Sonet/Giants Of Jazz (UK), 1978. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A well-done 70s meeting of these two older players – recorded in the warm and laidback context of the Sonet studios, with a group that seems especially well-matched for the talents of both players! Hampton's nicely restrained on vibes in the set – often playing in a mellow mode that ... read moreCD
One of Slide Hampton's first albums – and a massively hard-wailing set that will make any doubters sit up and take notice! The set really packs a punch – as Slide leads a hip group that features Freddie Hubbard, Richard Williams, Bernard McKinney, and George Coleman through some ... read moreCD
Jake Hanna was one of the strongest drummers to work for Concord Records in the 70s – and as a result, the label often gave him a chance to showcase his talents as a leader – including this well-done live date with trombonist Carl Fontana! Fontana's a later entry to the school of ... read moreCD
A nice set from tenor sax great Billy Harper – a far reaching set of Harper compositions that range from loose, nimble pieces with righteous spoken word from Amiri Baraka to more easygoing, moody work with sax and piano at the forefront – the second volume in the Talking House label's ... read moreCD
A fantastic lost slice of work by one of the greatest modern jazz forces on the British jazz scene of the 60s – Jamaican-born saxophonist Joe Harriott, known for his groundbreaking avant jazz sessions and his experiments with Indian classical music! The sound here is quite different than ... read moreCD
The only 3 albums ever cut as a leader by trombonist Bill Harris – a player who first rose to fame in the Woody Herman group of the early 50s, but who was also a heck of a great leader on his own! Like other Hermanites, Harris here displays an amazing talent for both tightness of group ... read moreCD
Trombonist Bill Harris leads a quintet of "Ex Hermanites" – that is, players who used to work, like Bill, in the group of Woody Herman – and who are stepping out here on their own in a swinging batch of small group numbers! The origin of and setting for the players is no ... read moreCD
It's the late 60s, and Eddie's creating his famous electrified Varitone sound – unique among other soul jazz players in that it actually added a lot to Eddie's work, instead of detracted from it (as with some other boppers who briefly picked up the instrument.) The Varitone's cool flat tone ... read moreCD