A stunner of a trio set – led by pianist Ethan Iverson, working with one of his heroes and a bonafide legend in bass player Ron Carter, and the always compelling Nasheet Waits on the drums! The group dynamic is solid, but there are some really nice moments with just Iverson's piano, too, ... read moreCD
Vijay Iyer on ECM – a great new setting for one of the most-discussed pianists in recent years – and a chance for him to offer up some even more creative sides of his talents! The record still features Vijay playing piano with some of those blocky tones and rhythmic pulses that we love ... read moreCD
A really great live set from Jackie & Roy – done with small combo instrumentation that recalls their early best of the 50s, but with some of the groovier elements of their best later work too! Roy plays piano, and the group also features some really great vibes – an instrument that ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
An excellent 70s set by Jackie & Roy – very different than their work of the 50s and 60s, with an approach that's much more far-reaching and complicated – a style that opens up their vocal talents majestically! Gone are the simpler ditties of earlier years, and in their place are ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Javon Jackson & Billy Pierce Quintet —
Burnin' ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 1991. Used ...
Keefe Jackson & Jason Adasiewicz —
Rows & Rows ... CD Delmark, 2016. New Copy ...
Mindblowing sounds from two of the most creative musicians on the contemporary Chicago scene – coming together in a setting that really brings out the best of both of them! Keefe Jackson's a reedman who can blow with a strong sense of freedom, but never lose his way – and, like session ... read moreCD
An overlooked early session from multi-instrumentalist Michael Gregory Jackson, recording here with a trio of great horn players in a wonderfully sensitive sound! The record's approach is a perfect illustration of the maturity on the New York avant scene in the late 70s – a real change from ... read moreCD
A beautiful setting for the vibes of Milt Jackson – a record that has his sublime chromatic sound stepping out in front of fuller orchestrations from Quincy Jones – never overdone, but with just the right sort of soulful focus to send Milt over the top! The album's an early example of ... 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 hippest Milt Jackson albums of the 60s – a set that definitely lives up to its Museum Of Modern Art setting! The performance is one of the most famous from that museum's well-remembered series of 60s jazz concerts – and it features Milt Jackson's quintet really stretching ... read moreCD
(Out of print. in a limited edition 5" paper sleeve – just like the original gatefold cover, with the cool book too.)
Two CTI label gems from vibist Milt Jackson – back to back on a single CD! Sunflower is 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 ... read moreCD
An incredible collaboration from John Coltrane and Milt Jackson – and one that gives Milt one of his sharpest records ever! The setting is relatively straight – tenor from Coltrane, vibes from Jackson – plus rhythm from Hank Jones on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Connie Kay ... read moreCD
The title's a bit self-pitying, but the music certainly isn't – and even at this late point in his career, the sound of Milt Jackson is coming across loud and clear – possibly more so, because Milt's firmly shaken off the mellower modes of his years with the MJQ! The record has Jackson ... 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
(Out of print,)
Milt Jackson with The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orch —
Explosive! ... CD WEA, 1999. Used ...
A great little side project from three members of the legendary Soil & Pimp Sessions combo – pianist Josei, bassist Akita, and drummer Midorin – hence the JAM name of the group! These guys may have the structure of a jazz piano trio, but their sound is something quite different ... read moreCD
Groundbreaking work from the legendary Ahmad Jamal – not just in his own career, but in live jazz in general! The album's a classic recording of Jamal's trio with Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – captured at the Pershing Lounge on the south side of Chicago, where ... read moreCD
Acoustic sounds from two players who made their mark during the fusion generation – and a wonderful illustration that at their core, both Bob James and David Sanborn are pretty darn great jazz musicians! The album's got a laidback vibe that's wonderful – these flowing lines on acoustic ... read moreCD
Boney James —
Beat ... CD Concord, 2013. Used ...
Instrumental magic from pianist Horst Jankowski – two 60s classics back to back! Baby But Grand features the grand piano in the hands of the maestro – the great Horst Jankowski, an artist who took the instrument from the concert hall to the AM radio in the 60s! The album's got ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreCD
A great little trio session from Keith Jarrett – still in the mode of some of his other ECM work, but almost a bit more back to basics as well! The group here features Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both working beautifully with Keith in a flurry of colors, tones, ... read moreCD
A totally wonderful album from the young Keith Jarrett – and a set that's different than most of the pianist's other well-known modes – not his solo improvisations, not his successful trio material, and not even his more outside quartet modes of the 70s – but instead this ... read moreCD
A genre-defining moment from pianist Keith Jarrett – a record that really set the world on fire, and which continues to charm all these many decades later! Although Jarrett had already made some amazing music in a trio setting during the 60s, and in his more freewheeling groups with Dewey ... read moreCD
Improvised brilliance from the legendary Keith Jarrett – a wonderful 4CD set that features unissued material from an Italian tour in the mid 90s – a time when Jarrett wasn't performing nearly as much in this format as he was in the 70s! The approach is similar to those famous early ... read moreCD
A wonderful illustration of the inherent sense of beauty in Keith Jarrett's early work – an approach to piano that was simple, straightforward, and marked by a ringing sense of tone that's evident in the very first note of the set! Jarrett here isn't trying to break any rules in jazz piano, ... read moreCD
After the success of Jarrett's Standards Trio recording, he revisits the format with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette – the first ever live recordings of this incredible trio in action! Like the studio recordings, this set features roomy, lyrical readings of standards, in a way, ... read moreCD
After a long period exploring other approaches to recording, principally solo work and groups featuring horns, Jarrett returned to the trio format with longtime sympathetic sidemen Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette. Here, they interpret a set of jazz standards, with Jarrett's lyrical and spacious ... 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
A fond farewell to Miles Davis – played here by a hip trio that features Keith Jarrett on piano, Gary Pecock on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! A few of the numbers are ones that Davis recorded famously in years past, and a few others are originals – played by the trio in ways that ... read moreCD
Bobby Jaspar was not only one of the best saxophonists on the European scene of the postwar years, he was also a hell of a leader too – as you'll hear in this wonderfully inventive set! Bobby maybe takes a few cues from both the west coast scene in the US, and some of the rising Swedish ... read moreCD
Seminal work from one of the hippest British groups of the 50s – the legendary Jazz Couriers, fronted by the twin-sax team of Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes! Both players are great here – blowing with a tone, confidence, and sense of creativity that matches most of their American ... read moreCD
The landmark first album to feature the Jazz Crusaders playing live at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach – the start of a great run of albums that would go onto help redefine the sound of soul jazz in the 60s! Although the group was already plenty darn great on their studio sides, working at ... read moreCD
A much-needed addition to the too-small catalog of work by this groundbreaking group from the European scene of the 60s – a quintet of Danish modernists who have a sound that's still wonderfully bright and brilliant after all these years! The album comes from tapes that were recorded in the ... read moreCD
A really unique little record – a set of jazz reinterpretations of the style of biguine – that highly rhythmic mode from the French West Indies, which itself received a strong influx of jazz in the post-war years! Alain Jean-Marie has roots in Guadeloupe, but plays with the open flow ... read moreCD
Paul Jeffrey —
Paul Jeffrey ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A full, funky set from tenorist Paul Jeffrey – a set that has the lesser-known player backed by a large group of west coast all-stars – including Blue Mitchell on trumpet, David T Walker on guitar, and Joe Sample on keyboards! There's a tighter sound here than on some of Jeffrey's ... read moreCD
Paul Jeffrey —
Watershed ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
An unusual sort of setting for tenor saxophonist Paul Jeffrey – an overlooked player from the east coast scene of the early 70s, and one who only cut a handful of records at the time! The date features Jack Wilkins on guitar, playing with these bright chromatic hues next to Jeffrey's sharper ... read moreCD
Hard-jamming Cuban jazz from the group of trombonist Generoso Jimenez – two rare 60s albums back to back on one CD! First up is the 1965 session Trombon Majadero – a set that's got a nicely lean approach to Latin jazz, and one that reminds us a bit of some of the refinements to the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
An incredible record – from the first off-key note to the last! The album's filled with some wonderfully moody LA studio sounds, arranged by Deodato, and a has a great swirling mix of sound that weaves around Jobim's lofty guitar and piano beautifully – complex, but still with the airy ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever recorded by one of our favorite alto players of the 50s! Dick Johnson is a real lost talent – a sharp-edge player who came from the same Boston scene as Charlie Mariano, and who had a similarly soulful approach! His tone is as sharp as that of Lee Konitz, but he ... read moreCD
One of the hippest, hardest albums that trombonist JJ Johnson ever cut for Columbia – a session we'd rank right up there with his amazing JJ Inc record, and like that one a really cooking hardbop record that maybe even rivals the best on Blue Note and Prestige at the time! As with that gem, ... read moreCD
2 classic Columbia albums from the duo of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding – back to back on a single CD! First up is Trombone For Two – a 1955 session that features some really magical interplay from the twin-trombone team of Johnson and Winding! The great thing about the set is the way in ... read moreCD
One of the greatest records ever cut by pianist Pete Jolly! Little Bird is a sweet set of instrumentals featuring a trio of Chuck Berghofer on bass and Larry Bunker on drums, plus Howard Roberts on guitar and Kenny Hume on added percussion. The centerpiece here is Jolly's groovy hit version of ... read moreCD
Prime post-Coltrane material from Elvin Jones – featuring his "power trio" style of operation, with one great sax player out front, and Jones kicking it in the back with the bass player! In this case, the sax player is George Coleman – who's really finding a voice of his own ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from jazz singer Etta Jones – an effort cut around the same time as her better-known records for Prestige, but one that's maybe done with an even hipper sound overall! Etta's nicely laidback, and hits that soulful, singing mood that makes her so great right from the start ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's an early showcase for the piano of Hank Jones – a talented touch that's already able to rise above most of his contemporaries! The date's a trio outing, and Jones is allowed a bit more freedom than the usual jazz musician on Capitol at ... read moreCD
Classic trumpet-heavy jive from Jonah Jones – reissued here with a number of bonus tracks pulled from other albums from the late 50s. The focus is on Jonah's gutbucket swinging style, with his trumpet up front in the mix in post-KC swing-type tunes. Things get a bit campy at times, but this ... read moreCD
A wonderfully experimental album from drummer Philly Joe Jones – and one that has just the right sort of "ethnic" feel to earn its "Around The World" title! Mostly, the ethnicity comes through in exotic reed work by Sahib Shihab, Herbie Mann, and Cannonball Adderley ... read moreCD
A much-needed look at an overlooked side of the genius of Quincy Jones – not his jazz work, not his productions for famous soul artists, but instead his huge legacy of soundtrack material – a part of Q's career that really took off in the 60s! By the time he started working in films, ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Quincy turns his soul jazz arranging style to a band filled with West Coast players, and he gets them to groove a lot more than you'd expect! Players include Herb Geller, Art Pepper, Charlie Mariano, Bill Perkins, and Walter Benton. The tracks are short, with tight solo space, and most of them ... read moreCD
Quincy Jones may be best remembered for his funky soundtrack work of the 70s – but the man can also hit a deeper, more serious vein when he wants – as he does on this ambitious album-length project inspired by the landmark Roots mini-series! The music isn't a straight soundtrack from ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Quincy Jones with Clifford Brown & Art Farmer —
Scuse These Bloos ... CD Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1953. New Copy ...
Quincy Jones was already making quite a name for himself overseas, even very early in his career – as you'll hear on these two different Swedish sessions recorded in 1953! Both of them feature the young arranger at the height of his early powers – really creating magic between all the ... read moreCD
A wonderful live set from trumpeter Sean Jones – one that has him really stretching out on some extended performances, and maybe blowing with more of an edge than ever before! The core group here is excellent – with Orrin Evans on piano, who's always a hit in our book, and who really ... read moreCD
An odd little album from tenorist Clifford Jordan – but a great one too, given the unique format! As the title implies, Cliff pays tribute to Leadbelly – handling a host of Huddie Ledbetter originals, but in a style that's kind of 60s soul jazz, with a bit of blues as well – one ... read moreCD