The last work ever recorded by pianist Elmo Hope – one of the most brilliant modernist talents of his generation, right up there with Monk and Herbie Nichols for sheer inventiveness. We've always loved the long sinuous lines he spun on piano, though Hope spent most of his career in obscurity ... read moreCD
A pretty great little set that combines both of the rare early Elmo Hope 10" LPs for Blue Note – plus some additional material! Introducing The Elmo Hope Trio is seminal early work from Hope – and one of the 10" LP releases that was part of Blue Note's "New Faces – ... read moreCD
Think what you want about Lena Horne – but this is a plenty darn groovy album! Sure, Lena's style is usually a bit classy and uptown – almost so much so that we don't really dig most of her records. But here, she's working in a very groovy style – paired with the great guitarist ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Killer work from the great Joe Houston – one of our favorite R&B tenor saxophonists of the 50s, and one of the most hard-blowing too! Joe's got roots in Texas, but cut plenty of great work on the LA scene of the decade – really pushing his roots into hard-swinging, fast-romping ... read moreCD
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 ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Dave Hubbard – a player who's probably best known for his soaring work with Lonnie Liston Smith in the 70s – but who steps out here with a very fresh voice of his own! At some level, the album's an update of the soul jazz style that Prestige ... read moreCD
A classic European date from Freddie Hubbard – recorded right around the vintage of his Red Clay years, but with a sound that hearkens back more towards his Blue Note sessions of the mid 60s! There's a nicely angular feel to this set – that bold, modern quality that really set Hubbard ... read moreCD
Although the genius of the CTI label might be often thought of in a studio format – especially since the Creed Taylor Influence on the label is what really turned the sound into something wonderful – this live set from 1971 shows that the label's players, with the right frame of mind, ... read moreCD
One of Bobby Hutcherson's most important albums ever – and an essential piece of "new thing" jazz that ranks up there with such key Blue note sessions of the genre as Tony Williams' album Life Time, Dolphy's Out To Lunch, and Jackie McLean's One Step Beyond! Hutcherson's sound on ... read moreCD
One of Bobby's great back to basics albums for Landmark in the mid 80s – a "return" to straight jazz and bop, oddly territory that Bobby never traveled much in the first place – given his "new thing" status in the 60s! The record features Bobby working with a core ... read moreCD
A real standout for Dollar Brand – and one of those few records that features him letting loose with a slightly larger jazz group – in this case a septet of American players that features some great horn work by Ricky Ford on tenor, Carlos Ward on alto, Charles Davis on baritone, and ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Klaus Ignatzek Group with Joe Henderson —
Day For Night ... CD Nabel (Germany), 1989. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Joe Henderson joins the group of pianist Klaus Ignatzek – with really wonderful results! The set's got an easygoing, open sort of feel – one that's filled with warmth and soul, and which gives Joe plenty of room to solo – all in a style that's wonderfully expressive, and which ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from this ultra-hip Detroit ensemble – a contemporary group, but one whose musical message takes us back to the sounds of older acts like Fertile Ground or Oneness Of Juju! As with both of those groups, the style here mixes jazz with a wider sense of message and purpose ... read moreCD
Max Ionata —
Rewind ... CD Via Veneto (Italy), 2016. Used ...
A wonderful setting for reedman Max Ionata – an album that has him working alongside some Hammond organ from Alberto Gurrisi, who really brings a soulful vibe to the album! Max is always great on other albums – and often plays with this rich tenor sound that takes us back to our ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful records to come out of the early 70s – a tremendous indie effort from a young Weldon Irvine! Irvine put this album together as sort of a musical "time capsule" of his generation – an effort to capture the era's thoughts, feelings, and emotions ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. Please note that the pages of the bookletr are stuck together from water damage.)
A great later record from Milt Jackson – one that finds the vibist in very hip company, with Cedar Walton on piano and Jimmy Heath on soprano and tenor sax! The set features versions of Walton's "Holy Land" and "NPS" – which are two of the best songs on the album. CD
One of the good Milt Jackson LPs for Savoy, recorded back when he had some fire in his playing, and when he had some excellent accompaniment, like Kenny Clarke on drums, Hank Jones on piano, and the great Lucky Thompson on tenor, who lays down some great solos here. Cuts include "Now's the ... read moreCD
A great little set from Milt Jackson – not just for his work on vibes, but also for some great tenor from Lucky Thompson! Thompson's raspy edge brings a nice degree of soulfulness to the set – a sound that adds depth to the sometimes mellower moments set down by Jackson and the rhythm ... read moreCD
One of the later sides in Milt Jackson's great run for Pablo Records – but a date that's just as sweet as any of his 70s sessions for the label! This one's recorded live at Ronnie Scotts in London –a nd features a tight quartet with Milt on vibes, Monty Alexander on piano, Ray Brown on ... read moreCD
Milt Jackson's third album for CTI – part of a wonderful run that really helped him redefine his sound in the 70s! The album's got the electric approach you'd expect from the label – a great change from the sound of Jackson in the Modern Jazz Quartet, and a surprisingly great setting ... read moreCD
One of the best-known 50s jazz sessions from the Savoy label – a laidback classic that's a great illustration of the label's shift in modes after the early bop years! The setting here is relatively informal – with Milt Jackson as the ersatz leader, working almost in blowing session ... read moreCD
A great statement from vibist Milt Jackson – one of his key solo sessions in a great 60s run of recordings away from the Modern Jazz Quartet! Like the classics that followed this one, the vibe is much more soulful than any of Milt's records with the MJQ – kind of an extension of the ... read moreCD
Proof that Milt Jackson was easily the hippest member of the Modern Jazz Quartet – and one of the few who could really open up into different sounds away from that combo! This sweet 70s set for CTI is totally great – a whole new chapter for Jackson's vibes, and a real re-setting of the ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Milt Jackson & Coleman Hawkins —
Bean Bags ... CD Atlantic/Koch, 1958. Used ...
A wonderful little record – a real standout in both the careers of Milt Jackson and Coleman Hawkins! The album captures Hawk during his great later years – that time when his sound was even more soulful and inventive than ever – with lots of odd modern undercurrents that really ... read moreCD
The team of Milt Jackson and Ray Brown was one of the greatest ideas in jazz to come out of the 60s – and by the time of this late 70s concert, the pair were still going strong together! As you'll see in the set, Milt and Ray do a great job on stage together – working through material ... read moreCD
At the end of the 60s, Milt Jackson and Ray Brown cut some very groovy records together – teamed up in a great pairing of styles that pushed both of them way past the more standard sounds of earlier years! This album's one of the best of the bunch – as it features pianist Monty ... read moreCD
A beautiful combination we'd like to hear more of – one that comes from the meeting of Milt Jackson's vibes and the guitar of Wes Montgomery – both recorded here in easygoing brilliance! The session's a nice break from the usual sound of both players at the time – and although ... read moreCD
Jackson, Johnson, Brown, and company – and a few more too – a nicely laidback sextet date from the later years of Pablo Records, done in the great mode that always made the label's work a 70s extension of the Verve Records ethos! Key players here, obviously, are Milt Jackson on vibes, ... read moreCD
The title's a bit hokey – an obvious play on the Star Wars film that was running in theaters at the time of the record – but the sound is classic Willis Jackson at his finest, recorded in a style that's right up there with his best 60s work for Prestige! The group here is a quintet ... read moreCD
Seminal early work from Willis Jackson – two classics back to back on a single CD! Blue Gator is a massive early Prestige set from tenorist Willis – and just the kind of record that set him firmly in the soul jazz camp for the 60s! By the time of the set, Jackson had already won ... read moreCD
A really beautiful set, recorded after Jacquet's Verve years, and one that features his tenor blowing easily and soulfully over some larger arrangements with a mellow late night sound. We don't mean to imply that the album's a sleepy one, though – just that it's got this great relaxed ... read moreCD
A cheesy cover, but a pretty decent little record – not nearly as electric or dated as you might guess from the image on the front or the title! The premise is simple – as Ahmad's updating a number of the bigger tunes from his book of the 50s – not in terms of instrumentation, ... read moreCD
Sweet piano and soaring strings – a wonderful little record that brings the keyboard work of Ahmad Jamal into play with larger arrangements from Richard Evans, both working together here in an update of the sound from earlier albums at Chess! Although a later Jamal recording, the sound here ... read moreCD
Bob James —
BJ4 ... CD CTI/Koch, 1976. Used ...
The 4th in Bob James legendary run of Fender Rhodes classics for CTI – and a record that still has him working with the dark edges that made the first few so great! As usual with these sets, there's a way of putting over the groove that's really unique – not really funky, but spacious ... read moreCD
Bob James —
H ... CD Tappan Zee/Columbia, 1980. Used ...
The cover might be a bit gimmicky – with a giant image of a hot dog – but the album's actually one of the more sensitive outings from keyboardist Bob James at the time – a really refreshing blend of modes and styles, served up on Fender Rhodes, Oberheim, and acoustic piano! There' ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bob James —
Two ... CD CTI/Koch, 1975. Used ...
A monster – and quite possibly one of the greatest Fender Rhodes albums of all time! Bob James is really at the height of his powers here – stepping out with a sound that's a lot smoother than some of his earlier work, yet in a groove that's never too slick or too overproduced – ... read moreCD
Great Impulse work from Keith Jarrett – recorded at a time when he had a lot sharper edge than later years, and was really matching the spirit of some of the post-Coltrane generation players on the label! The date's a live one, and features some relatively extended tracks – tunes that ... read moreCD
A very unusual record – one that has Keith Jarrett playing some solo organ – and a baroque organ at that – but in ways that are quite different than you might expect! The sounds here are amazing – almost noisy at points, as Jarrett really works the instrument in an ... read moreCD
Wonderful trio work from Keith Jarrett – a format that the pianist returned to strongly in the 80s, after really breaking fresh ground as a solo artist in the 70s! The music here is hardly the trio styles of most of Jarrett's contemporaries, as there's lots of lessons learned from the ... read moreCD
A great early trio moment from Keith Jarrett – a set that steps off some of his previous Standards albums for ECM, but which also has more of a personal flavor as well! The group here is that great combo with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both really open, fluid ... read moreCD
The Keith Jarrett trio can take just about any tune and make it their own – as you'll hear in this wonderful set that has the group still going strong, well into the 21st Century! As with some of their previous outings, the tunes here are mostly familiar standards, but played with a fluid, ... read moreCD
(Includes slipcover. Sticker over barcode.)
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden —
Last Dance ... CD ECM (Germany), 2014. Used ...
Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden have been playing together for many decades – growing together in each other's musical lives, and continuing to find rich new ways of expression – even on more subtle sessions like this! The duo take on some of the standards territory that Keith's ... read moreCD