One of the most compelling Bill Evans albums of the 70s – a set that has him teaming up with arranger George Russell in a unique 8 part "Living Time" suite – on which Evans plays both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes! The sound is complex, with distinct modern tones – ... read moreCD
2 wonderful late 50s sessions from arranger Gil Evans – both of which we'd rank right up there with his best work with Miles Davis, or the albums under his own name for Impulse in the 60s! The first half of the CD is from the album New Bottle Old Wine – a record of swinging modern ... read moreCD
Fantastic early work from Gil Evans – emerging here in this early session as an already far-thinking modernist. The tracks are shorter and less ambitious than some of Evans' work on Impulse, but the group is excellent – and even in a shorter format, the conception of the work still ... read moreCD
Gil plays Jimi? Sounds like a gimmick, but it comes off pretty darn great – and it helps you forgive him for trying to convince the kids that he's not as old as his grey hair might make you think! As always with Evans, the key to the album is a beautiful balance between the strength of the ... read moreCD
Part 2 of a tasty Japanese-released session from Art Farmer – recorded at Boomers nightclub, with a quintet that includes Clifford Jordan, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, and Billy Higgins. Jordan's sharp-edged tenor solos give Farmer a lot more bite than usual – and the rhythm team keeps ... read moreCD
Tremendous large group material from Art Farmer – 2 rare United Artists albums back to back on one CD! First up is Brass Shout – a record that we passed up for years because we were afraid of the words "brass" and "shout" in the title – but then found out was ... read moreCD
A seminal session as a leader by the young Art Farmer – recorded for United Artists, and a great set of tight lyrical tunes, played by Farmer in his sparkling style – in a group along with Benny Golson on tenor and Bill Evans on piano. Evans is a special treat here, as the 1958 session ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Art Farmer —
Ph D ... CD Contemporary, 1989. Used ...
A sublime little set – one of Art Farmer's seminal quartet recordings from the mid 60s, and a blend of modern lyricism with an ease and economy that's hardly ever been matched again! There's a careful, measured style here that's really tremendous – one that's never too sleepy or lazy ... read moreCD
Joe Farrell & Louis Hayes Quartet —
Vim & Vigor ... CD Timeless/Bellaphon (Germany), 1983. Used ...
An album with a terrible cover – but a wonderful sound! Underneath this ridiculous bikini-clad cover lies some of the best work that Louis Hayes and Joe Farrell cut during the 80s – a freewheeling and open session that's steep on soul, and filled with the best energy both players could ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Kali Fasteau —
Intuit ... CD Flying Note, 2016. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The Fat Babies seem to get better and better with each new record – really refining and perfecting their approach to classic jazz – at a level that's surprisingly authentic in both the performance, and the recording quality! The set's a CD, but feels almost like a batch of old 78s ... read moreCD
Lost Latin sides by Victor Feldman – a killer bit of west coast jazz, cooked up with percussion until it's smokin red hot! The tracks on the set represent a host of sessions cut in the years 1958 and 1959 – featuring Feldman on vibes and piano – working with a great array of ... read moreCD
A double-length set that features from both original albums recorded in the 50s by Maynard Ferguson's Birdland Dream Band – a dream band indeed, as the set features Maynard working with some excellent players who manage to come together tightly as a unit, then break out in really strong and ... read moreCD
Maynard come back! All is forgiven! We take back all the things we've ever said about you after hearing this album! The record's a jazz funk masterpiece, and it's proof that you've always had a good head on your shoulders, and were waiting for a record like this to really come into your own! ... read moreCD
Maynard Ferguson's blowing full steam ahead here – working with an octet that's heavy on horn parts, but in a richly creative way! Ferguson nicely shows off some of his best influences from the 50s large group scene in LA – and gets some key help on the record from Bill Holman, who ... read moreCD
(Name & some writing in pen on rear of digipack case.)
Three albums that form the start of a bold new start for trumpeter Maynard Ferguson – and records that opened up a whole new groove for big band in the 70s! MF Horn is a brilliant album that owes a heck of a lot to Brit easy maestro Keith Mansfield! Mansfield produced the whole thing, and ... read moreCD
Two great albums from a time when Maynard Ferguson was really hitting his stride – back to back on one CD! New Sounds is a really nice set, and very much in the best spirit of the excellent early 60s albums that Maynard cut for Roulette! As with those, there's some great players working in ... read moreCD
A trio of heavy-hitters from hornman Maynard Ferguson – all served up in one sweet set! Primal Scream is one of the funkiest records ever from Ferguson – the climax of a great run of bigger group grooves in the 70s! The record's a tight batch of groovers, with production and keyboards ... read moreCD
Lightly grooving tunes from Brazilian pianist Manfredo Fest – a mixture of bossa and breezy jazz styles, played by a core quartet with guitar, bass, and drums – plus guest work on saxes, vibes, and harmonica. Includes a mellow version of Joao Donato's "Amazonas", plus the ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Early trio work from pianist Clare Fischer – definitely surging ahead at this point in his career! The set's got a bit more of a freewheeling sound than some of Fischer's later, more arranged material – lots of tight piano from Clare in the lead, swung with a good blend of soul jazz ... read moreCD
Ella's performing songs written by or associated with Duke–what could be better? Titles include "Rockin' In Rhythm", "Caravan", "Take The A Train", "Clementine", and "Perdido", all performed with the with the big band. (Vocalists, Jazz)CD
A sweet Tommy Flanagan trio date – recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977, but with a warmth and intimacy that's like catchy Tommy at a small club date! Trio members include Keter Betts on bass and Bobby Durham on drums – but the focus is very strongly on Flanagan's piano ... read moreCD
Tommy Flanagan, John Coltrane, & Others —
Cats ... CD Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ...
The Cats here are all quite hip ones – and the album's one of the best Prestige Records blowing sessions from the late 50s – an all-star sextet effort that features Tommy Flanagan on piano, John Coltrane on tenor, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Doug Watkins on bass ... read moreCD
Quite possibly the most compelling of Jimmy Forrest's early 60s albums for Prestige Records – thanks to some really full backdrops from the mighty Oliver Nelson! Although a few of the tracks on the album have the same small combo soul jazz mode as Forrest's other Prestige sides, a number of ... read moreCD
With Jerry Gonzalez, Robin Eubanks, Kenny Barron, Wayne Dockery, Ronnie Burrage, Billy Hart and Steve Berrios. 9 numbers in all, including "Mind Games", "Laying It Down", "Awakening", "A Swing Touch", "Never Again Is Such A Long Time", "It Ain' ... read moreCD
One of the most amazing albums ever from Frank Foster – a totally righteous set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with the Basie Band! The format here is right up there with the best on Strata East at the time – a large-group session that's filled with some of the hippest ... read moreCD
Lean, righteous blowing from the legendary Frank Foster – one of a handful of extremely hip sessions he cut in the 60s under his own name! The album's the only record Foster ever did for Blue Note – and we dare say it's even better than his previous 60s work on Prestige and Impulse ... read moreCD
(SHMCD. Includes obi.)
Frank Foster & The Loud Minority Band —
Well Water ... CD Piadrum, 1977. Used ...
2 rare 10" jazz albums from the early days of Blue Note – issued here on one great CD that has all the original cover art, great sound, and even a few bonus cuts! Tenorist Frank Foster is at the core of both of these sessions – as he leads the group on his own album, and he's the ... read moreCD
2 rare albums by pianist Herman Foster – best known to most for his excellent work with Lou Donaldson in the early 60s! Here, Herman's working in trio format with Earl May on bass and either Grassella Oliphant or Frankie Dunlap on drums – grooving in a mode that's got touches of other ... read moreCD