Maynard Ferguson live – and still holding onto all the great sort of grooves he cooked up in the studio during the 70s! The performance is from a 1984 appearance at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall – and Maynard's got the group in super-tight, super-soulful formation – ... read moreCD
A US first issue of the album that was originally recorded for MPS, under the name Trumpet Rhapsody. The hard wailing trumpet of Maynard Ferguson gets a perfect showcase on this obscure MPS session from the late 60s! Maynard's playing in front of a larger European orchestra conducted by Rolf Hans ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Back cover has a bit of highlighter.)
Put aside your reservations about Maynard Ferguson, because this is a very hip little record – one of Maynard's excellent early sessions for Roulette Records, and like the rest, done with a group that's overflowing with top-shelf players! Ferguson's definitely got a great ear for putting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Library copy, with some wear splitting, marker and a checkout card. Multicolor bar pressing, with deep groove.)
Soaring big band work from trumpeter Maynard Ferguson – one of his key albums done with help from Brit Easy genius Keith Mansfield! Mansfield really helped Ferguson reinvent the sound of his big band at the end of the 60s – taking the sometimes modern, sometimes brassy sound of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maynard really grooves it up on this one – playing with a group that's even larger than some of his early 70s funk sessions, in a style that's got traces of disco and R&B-styled fusion! The set was arranged, conducted, and produced by Jay Chataway – who's going for a nice smooth ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued top seam.)
Maynard Ferguson —
Storm ... CD PAJ/Omnivore, 1982. New Copy ...
A sweet jazzy storm from Maynard Ferguson – a record from the early 80s, but one that's still got all the dynamic power and groove of Maynard's Columbia Records classics from the decade before! As with those, the approach here mixes electricity in the rhythms with sublime horn charts over ... read moreCD
Forget what you think about Ferguson – this is a very hip album! Sure, Maynard's a bit hokey on the solos – but he's surrounded himself with a wonderful group that includes Jaki Byard, Don Menza, Willie Maiden, Lanny Morgan, Don Rader, and Rufus Jones. The tracks are a lot edgier than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Multicolor bar pressing. Cover has light surface wear.)
Great early sides for Emarcy – most recorded on the LA scene in the 50s, with players who include Herb Geller on alto, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Bud Shank on flute and alto, Bob Cooper on tenor, and Bob Gordon on baritone sax! LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful lost work from Toby Fichelscher – a German bongo player with a hell of a great ear for an unusual groove – strongly demonstrated here in a set of previously-unreleased recordings! Toby draws plenty from American percussionists of the 50s – and works here in a modern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Drummer Steve Fidyk is a hell of a sharp talent on the kit – and he's working here with a mighty tight group that features Terell Stafford on trumpet and Tim Warfield on tenor! Fidyk's got a way of propelling things forcefully one minute, then stepping back and providing this carefully ... read moreCD
Nothing broken about this sweet bossa-styled set – although Diego Figueiredo's approach is definitely unique! The set's got the leader on acoustic guitar – often in modes that reach back through a variety of traditions, not just bossa – including choro, fado, and son, with even ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
An amazing tribute to the genius of pianist Svein Finnerud – a package that features 6 full albums of music, plus a bonus DVD of live, TV, and radio performances and interviews! The music starts in 1968 – with Svein's groundbreaking self-titled trio record – a masterpiece of ... read moreCD
Maybe the best album ever from the Fire trio – a record that seems to have the group really finding a way to fit all their individual pieces together perfectly, and come up with a massively meaningful sound in the process! The group here really hit a new level – one that's hard to ... read moreCD
Nothing broken here – except maybe your speakers if you mistakenly play this one too loud! The group's a power trio that features the tenor and baritone sax of Ken Vandermark, the drums of Paal Nilssen-Love, and electronics of Lasse Marhaug – all used at a level that's quite searing at ... read moreCD
An early moment of genius from the young Clare Fischer – one of his first sets for a larger ensemble, and the start of years of great work to come! Previous Pacific Jazz sessions featured Fischer in a piano trio – but this album lets Clare loose on a host of his own inventive ... read moreCD
Clare Fischer & Gary Foster —
Starbright ... LP Discovery, 1982. Near Mint- ...
A great session – spare and laidback, which offers a perfect chance to hear Gary Foster's great tone on alto and flute! Fischer plays piano and Fender Rhodes – and there's no other instrumentation at all. Titles include "Bluesome", "Brazilian Waltz", "Starbrigh ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album of mellow electric Latin cuts – played by Clare and his legendary Salsa Picante group. The whole album's got a sweet west coast Latin sound to it – with Clare on electric piano, and instrumentation that includes vibes, flute, soprano sax, and guitar. Tracks include ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Clare Fischer with 2+2 Plus —
Free Fall ... CD Discovery (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
Very groovy work from keyboardist Clare Fischer – a musician we first fell in love with from Cal Tjader albums in the 60s, and continued to love for his MPS Records material in the 70s! Here, Clare's working with the 2+2 vocal ensemble – a gently swinging male/female harmony group that ... read moreCD
A beautiful little record from pianist Jesse Fischer – and one that's got a much warmer sound than you'd expect from the piano key skeleton on the cover! Jesse's very well-schooled in different modes of souful expression – which means that he can create magic on an acoustic piano, but ... read moreCD
Madly tripped out guitar funk – and a real turning point in the career of guitarist Eddie Fisher! Eddie began his career as a straighter guitarist on the St Louis scene – and although his first album for Cadet was a relatively traditional soul-jazz outing, this one's a wild batch of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing album by the great guitarist Eddie Fisher – and completely unlike his later funk records! Eddie plays stripped down jazz with a small combo that includes organ by Robert Selby, bass by Paul Jackson, and some rhythm guitar by Phil Westmoreland – and the twin-guitar approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rare few albums from this overlooked singer and pianist! The group also features some excellent tenor from Sam Taylor – really shining here in a quartet setting – plus bass from Al Hall and drums from Clifford Leeman. (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Drummer logo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)
Ella Fitzgerald at the height of her powers – heard here on a set of Jazz At The Philharmonic recordings that feature the singer really stretching out in a small group setting! The tracks are all live, and not only feature Fitzgerald charming the crowd with her presence, but also ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A three disc set centered around the talents of electric guitar sound expander GF Fitzgerald and avant soprano sax player Lol Coxhill – 2CDs and a DVD – none of which are easy to classify and are each brilliant in their own way! The DVD is The Matchbox Purveyors: The Poppy Seed Affair ... read moreCD
(Digipack has a cutout hole. DVD is NTSC coded, All Region.)
Warm and lyrical solo piano work from Tommy Flanagan – a Japanese only session from the mid 70s, and one of the first of a long run of well-produced dates that Flanagan would do for that market! The format's even more intimate than the relaxed setting of some of Tommy's American dates of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key 70s session from Tommy Flanagan – a record that showed that he was still one of the most fluid and soulful players of his generation! The album has Flanagan working only with the bass of George Mraz – in a drum-less format with even less structure than usual, a perfect setting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty lively set of trio material recorded by Flanagan in New York in 1977, with backing by Elvin Jones and George Mraz. The set features a number of bop-heavy tunes – like "Oleo", "Confirmation", and "Relaxin At Camarillo" – plus the great title cut ... read moreCD
The set's got Tommy Flanagan on the cover, but it was originally one of the great dates that Curtis Fuller cut for the Savoy label in the late 50s – material that's much more hard-edged than his Blue Note sessions, and which points the way towards a rich legacy of jazz work in decades to come! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Japanese album that reissues the full sessions for Flanagan's famous Overseas album, recorded and released in Sweden by Metronome, and issued briefly in the US under the title Overseas. Tommy Flanagan is in perfect form in this stellar session of trio recordings, playing with Elvin Jones on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tommy Flanagan/Ron Carter/Tony Williams —
Master Trio ... CD Fourstar (Korea), 1983. Used ...
The Master Trio of the early 80s – a group that featured Tommy Flanagan on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – and which was recorded in a spirit that was very similar to the Great Jazz Trio and Super Trio – not surprising, as all members here played in one of ... read moreCD
A riveting batch of tense, sly and stripped down string-laden jazz from the Norwegian scene – led by the thundering bass of Ingebrigt Haker Flaten – and one of the better releases in years from the ever-impressive Jazzland label! Flaten is familiar for collaborations with some of the ... read moreCD
Moody piano tracks from Chicago's soul jazz underground of the early 60s! King Fleming was one of the city's great underrated pianists, and this 1960 album for Chess/Argo features him playing a nice set of originals and standards, in the style that he would have used in the city's smaller jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Masterful work from this ultra-hip group – a jazz combo at the core, but one who have a way of working in so many different flavors at once! Leader Greg Foat plays both a grand piano and church organ on the record – in a lineup that also includes tenor, trumpet, electric bass, and ... read moreCD
The coolest record so far from this totally great combo – a live recording done on the home turf of the Greg Foat Group – the Playboy Club in London! The retro venue really fits the slinky, sexy vibe of the group's music – and although we already loved these guys before, this ... read moreCD
Extremely soulful work from young tenor giant Ricky Ford – one of a number of really strong sides he cut for Muse early on in his career, and a set that continues the indie soul jazz vibe of the 70s nicely! The group's a no-nonsense ensemble that features Albert Dailey on piano, Rufus Reid ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Obscure midwest group with Rufus Reid on bass and Art Hoyle on trumpets. There's a vague Sun Ra connection here, which mostly manifests itself in the record's cool spare spacey sound. The standout cut is "Frump Trump", which has a nice hard boogaloo sound, and a great breakbeat on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The special guest here is Bobby Hutcherson, whose vibes really make the album sound great – in a quintet with George Cables on piano, Jeff Carney on bass, and Eddie Marshall on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
Michael Formanek/Ensemble Kolossus —
Distance ... CD ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Bassist Michael Formanek works here with his Ensemble Kolossus – a group that's maybe not as big as their name, but who manage to bring a very full sound to the album overall! The lineup features trumpets from Ralph Alessi and Dave Ballou, cornet from Kirk Knuffke, baritone from Tim Berne, ... read moreCD
Great work from one of the most under-rated tenor players of the 60s! Jimmy Forrest was an excellent player who made only a handful of recordings at the time – but he blows with a deep confidence that should have made him one of the biggest new stars on the scene. This set's one of Jimmy's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anat Fort Trio with Gianluigi Trovesi —
Birdwatching ... CD ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
The piano of Anat Fort gets some great accompaniment here – the alto clarinet of Gianluigi Trovesi, a player with some very sharp edges at times – and an approach to his instrument that seems to lock some of the moodier corners of Fort's music! The tracks seem to build in almost a ... read moreCD
Sonny Fortune —
Awakening ... LP A&M/Horizon, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ...
Great stuff from Sonny Fortune – emerging here as a strong leader with a spiritual soulful style that was steeped in traditions from labels like Strata East and Muse, but which also worked quite well in the slightly-expanded setting of A&M's Horizon projects. The group here is a well-sele ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful reunion of the team of Frank Foster and Frank Wess – caught here in an easy-going and laidback style that's miles away from their work with Count Basie! The youthful rhythm section of Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, and Marvin Smitty Smith really adds a lot to the set – giving ... read moreCD
The title definitely gets things right – as the sound here is plenty darn explosive – a nicely gritty groove that's even more soulful than some of Herman Foster's early 60s work with Lou Donaldson! The group's a trio – with Earl May on bass and Grassella Oliphant on drums – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wicked keyboards from Ronnie Foster – and a set that really steps forward from his previous two Blue Note albums! The record really has Ronnie moving into a more rounded soul space – singing along with his keyboards, in ways that may well be aimed at making Foster the next Stevie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Pete Fountain —
Blues ... LP Decca, Late 50s. Near Mint- ...
A killer album from funky jazz combo The Fourth Way – one of the best groups of the progressive jazz era in America, thanks largely to the work of its excellent members! First to get big credit is Mike Nock – the Aussie pianist who worked with Yusef Lateef in the mid 60s, and really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole and sticker remnants.)
Jean-Marc Foussat/Sylvain Guerineau —
Aliquid ... CD Leo (UK), 2009. Used ...
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)
Fox Capture Plan —
Butterfly ... CD Playwright (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
One of the most beautiful albums so far from Fox Capture Plan – a set that adds in a bit of strings at times – which makes for an even more colorful variation on their freewheeling piano sound! We've loved these guys right from the start for the way they fold piano, bass, and drums ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Henry Franklin —
June Night ... CD Skipper Productions, 2012. New Copy ...
Killer contemporary work from bassist Henry Franklin – an artist who's every bit as hip today as he was back in the 70s! This smoking set is one of Henry's recent gems on his own label – a soulful, soaring session that really shows that his energy hasn't dimmed a bit – and a ... read moreCD
Rodney Franklin never let us down during his entire run for Columbia – and like his others for the label, this set's a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and fusion – smoothed together nicely, but never in a way that's slick or commercial! Franklin's got a keen ear that lets him sit on both ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rodney Franklin's learning to love – and he's learning to groove, too – by adding in just a bit more vocals to his music than before, but still holding onto all the best keyboard strengths of the past! Franklin was really one of the leading lights of the Columbia Records jazz scene of ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from Rodney Franklin – one of our favorite soulful fusion players from the end of the 70s! The album's a keyboard delight through and through – and Rodney plays both acoustic and electric piano, often on the same track – which creates this nicely expanded sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fully-formed genius from the amazing Rodney Franklin – one of the best keyboard stars to emerge from the late 70s scene! Franklin's got a great talent for balancing influences from jazz and soul in ways that are similar to contemporaries George Duke and Bobby Lyle – and like both of ... read moreCD
An unusual Dutch jazz release on ESP – with a lineup that includes Ferdy Rikkers on bass, Pierre Courbois on drums, Erwin Somer on vibes, Boy Raaymakers on trumpet, and Peter Van Der Locht on saxes. LP, Vinyl record album
Not a free jazz set – as you might guess from the title – but an excellent mix of funk and rock elements with the sweet electric style of MPS jazz – a totally hip, slightly psych album that sits well with the label's classics from artists like Dave Pike or Dee Dee, Barry & The ... read moreCD
The best one yet from drummer Daniel Freedman – delivering a jazz set with a love for diverse global grooves – with an appropriate diverse group of players! It's essentially a quintet session instrumentally, but the players bring a lot of regional style to the table that gives it a big ... read moreCD
Great small combo work from Bud Freeman – a well-recorded date that has his tenor alongside guitar from George Barnes, piano from Richard Cary, bass from Jack Lesberg, and drums from Don Lamond. The album's got a nicely gentle swing, and a mix of modes that's never too traddish – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chico Freeman plays tenor sax and flute and is joined by Hilton Ruiz on piano, Junieeh Booth on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and Jumma Santos doing percussion. The first side features two Muhal Richard Abrams' songs called "Two Over One" and "Excerpts". There are two Freeman ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly great little set from Chico Freeman – and a record that seems to hone his best creative energies of the loft jazz years into an even hipper groove! The group here features Freeman on a wide variety of reeds – alongside John Purcell on saxes and oboe, Kenny Kirkland on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chico Freeman —
Tangents ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ...
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz ... read moreCD
A well-titled set from Chico Freeman – as the reedman definitely takes older modern modes into new territory here – moving in almost Monk-ish space, but with some sharper, bolder tones overall! The album's a surprising one for an early 80s major label release – a great reminder ... read moreCD
A well-titled set from Chico Freeman – as the reedman definitely takes older modern modes into new territory here – moving in almost Monk-ish space, but with some sharper, bolder tones overall! The album's a surprising one for an early 80s major label release – a great reminder ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album