An obscure trio session cut by pianist Gene Harris – a player who was lucky enough to have the same name as the leader of the Three Sounds, but was a different person entirely – and who only ever seemed to cut this one album! The session's got a surprisingly soulful groove – as ... read moreCD
One of the few rare albums by that "other" Gene Harris – not the famous leader of the Three Sounds, or later Concord Records fame – but a lesser-known 50s cat who was classically trained, but can really serve up a soulful swing on the keys! This Gene really knows his way ... read moreCD
Great work from Herb Harris – a saxophonist who's recorded with Marcus Roberts and Wynton Marsalis, but who emerges here with an even bolder voice as a leader! Harris plays both tenor and soprano sax on the set, in a way that's filled with feeling – often inflected with a slight sense ... read moreCD
Stefon Harris & Blackout —
Urbanus ... CD Concord, 2009. Used ...
Don't let the cover put you off – as the album's got all the deep soul and subtle touches we've come to love in the music of Stefon Harris over the years! There's just a slight urban undercurrent to the record, and if anything, the inventive rhythms and shifting instrumentation reminds us a ... read moreCD
A great recent album on Blue Note, and one that's an incredibly loving hommage to the label's great history. The group features Greg Osby on alto, Mark Shim on tenor, Stefon Harris on vibes, and Jason Moran on piano – and the four of them play together in a tight, soulful style that brings ... read moreCD
Jackson Harrison Trio —
Sintering ... CD Hat Art (Switzerland), 2013. New Copy ...
A hell of a record from pianist Jackson Harrison – an artist we don't know well at all, but who's really blowing our mind with the sounds on this trio date! Harrison's got a way of blocking out sound that flows back to the years of Bill Evans – but he's also got a way of making things ... read moreCD
One of the most inventive Wendell Harrison records in years – a beautifully-crafted session that features his larger clarinet ensemble, recorded with a sound that goes way beyond any of our expectations! Harrison uses the clarinets in a wonderful way – opening up a world of color and ... read moreCD
The first album to document a great new chapter in the career of drummer Billy Hart – his ultra-hip quartet with saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson – both younger players who have brought back a real edge to his music! The group has a very different feel than some of the ... read moreCD
One of the best albums in years from drummer Billy Hart – a set that's awash in dynamic work on the drum kit, and which features a piano-less trio with some especially great tenor and soprano sax! There's a fluid, searching kind of feel going on here – one that spins out wonderfully on ... read moreCD
A beautiful trio date from Billy Hart – one that has the famous drummer joined in a trio by two younger players – bassist Martin Zenker and tenorist Johannes Enders! The mix of drums, bass, and tenor is really compelling right from the get-go – and the bass and drums are ... read moreCD
Billy Hart/Walter Bishop/George Mraz —
Trio ... CD Progressive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A group with an equally balanced name on the front of the album – and an equally balanced sound within! The set's not just another trio outing from pianist Walter Bishop Jr – and instead gives really equal space to the role of drummer Billy Hart and bassist George Mraz – who come ... read moreCD
Steven Hashimoto's Mothra —
Giri ... CD Asian Improv, 2000. Used ...
Some of the greatest recordings ever made by pianist Hampton Hawes – extremely different from most of his earlier sides, done with loads of cool 70s electric touches! The first album on this 2-in-1 set is the excellent live album Playin In The Yard – a killer session at Montreux in ... read moreCD
A nice overview of Coleman Hawkins' career in a great 2LP set, containing material recorded between 1939 and 1947, and later work recorded in 1956. Most of the early work is in a wonderful small group format that lets Hawkins' tenor really come to the forefront. Other players on the sessions ... read moreCD
A great meeting of these two classic talents – recorded live at Chicago's Opera House in the late 50s, with sound that's surprisingly great for the time! Hawkins and Eldridge are very well-matched in the frontline – blowing in a style that's easygoing yet still quite fresh and ... read moreCD
Exellent late work by Hawk – way darker than you'd guess! The set features Coleman Hawkins as the main soloist with the Red Garland trio, and it's got a very open-ended session that has him blowing tones and phrases that you'd never hear on his earlier albums – moody, angular, and ... read moreCD
Long, lean, and later work by Coleman Hawkins – recorded in a beautifully stripped-down and free setting at the Village Gate! The tracks are all pushing the 10 minute mark – and feature Hawk soloing in that open, exploratory way he was using during the time – a mix of older ... read moreCD
Obscure recordings that Hawk did for the Jazztone label in the mid 50s – sides that were not well packaged at the time, and often get confused with other work recorded for different labels. The tracks capture Hawkins at a wonderful period in his career – almost lost between eras, but ... read moreCD
An incredibly soulful album – vastly overlooked, but one of our favorites of the 70s! The set is one of the few ever cut as a leader by drummer Louis Haynes – a wonderful player who's best known for his classic work with Horace silver – but who's working here with a superb group ... read moreCD
Beautifully-recorded live material from tenor giant Tubby Hayes – a series of performances done for the BBC in 1965, and presented here with superb sound that really gets at the amazing power of Tubby's solos! The album's a bit different than some other 60s live work by Hayes – in that ... read moreCD
One of the last performances ever from the legendary Tubby Hayes – a small club concert, done with a hardbop vibe that rivals some of his important albums of the late 50s! Tracks are nice and long, and Tubby's wonderfully imaginative with his solos – mostly tenor, but a bit of flute ... read moreCD
Tubby Hayes is definitely a genius – we've been saying that for years, and it's nice to have a CD set that finally states it as proof! The UK tenorist was easily one of the best players going in the late 50s and early 60s – on either side of the Atlantic – and although Tubbs ... read moreCD
Proof that this Smalls Live series really brings out the best in most players – as pianist Kevin Hays grabs our ears here more than ever! The set's got an open, spontaneous energy – lots of really long tracks from Hays and his trio of Doug Weiss on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Yet ... read moreCD
Pianist David Hazeltine always sounds great in a trio, but we love him even more with a horn player – as on this session with Seamus Blake on tenor! The pairing of players seems to give Blake the sort of sharp, soulful focus we love best for his instrument – a rock-solid, soulfully-groo ... read moreCD
A tribute to Bill Evans, and a set that's got a gentler feel than usual for pianist David Hazeltine! The tracks include many famous tunes penned by Bill, and David plays them with just the right sort of colors and careful touch to live nicely up to the Evans legacy, while still also swinging ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. Promotional stamp on CD & obi barcode.)
Heads Of State (Bartz/Willis/Williams/Foster) —
Search For Peace ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
The Heads Of State are a very heady quartet – an all-star group that features Gary Bartz on alto, Larry Willis on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Al Foster on drums – about as great of a lineup as we might hope for! The setting is one that seems to have Bartz very strongly out in ... read moreCD
A nice little collection of some classic hard bop from Jimmy Heath, with a few of the sides of some the stuff he recorded with larger ensembles thrown in for good measure, pulled together in the 80s, once the OJC family of labels came under the Fantasy umbrella. Heath's Riverside recordings of the ... read moreCD
Very hip work from a young Jimmy Heath – a relative newcomer to the scene at this point, but breaking out with a firm conception and tone, exercised strongly here in a set of large group arrangements worked out in collaboration with Tom McIntosh. McIntosh's work in this format is well known ... read moreCD
A fantastic session by Jimmy Heath – cut right at the time of his best 70s soul jazz work! This obscure set was recorded in New York in 1974, but not issued in this form until the mid 90s – and it features Heath with a stellar group that includes Curtis Fuller, Stanley Cowell, Mtume, ... read moreCD
Enduring sounds from brothers Jimmy and Albert Heath – working together here in a laidback quartet formation that really gets them back to basics! We've always been fans of the Heaths, no matter what their groove – but with open space like this, Jimmy really gets a chance to blow those ... read moreCD
Anke Helfrich Trio with Tim Hagans —
Dedication ... CD Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Anke Helfrich handles a trio of great keyboards here – Fender Rhodes, piano, and harmonium – sometimes strongly tuneful, other times more as engines of sound – which are balanced nicely with the strong work of Tim Hagans on both trumpet and flugelhorn! The record's far more than ... read moreCD
2 different sessions by Julius Hemphill – one from 1975, with Arthur Blythe, Hamiet Bluiett, and Abdul Wadud; the other from 1972, with Bluiett, Wadud, and Baikida Carroll. The 1972 session's a bit more interesting, and was recorded in St. Louis by Oliver Sain (of all people!). It's one ... read moreCD
Nothing odd about this cooker of a record from reedman Nick Hempton – as the whole thing's got a solid, soulful sparkle that comes through right from the start – that excellent back-to-basics approach that really makes us love the Posi-tone label so much! The set's nicely balanced ... read moreCD
Eddie Henderson —
Echoes ... CD Marge (France), 2004. New Copy ...
Eddie Henderson really lets his spirit flow here – working on some great long tracks in a sweet live setting – caught at a small club in Paris with backing from the trio of pianist Laurent DeWilde! Laurent really seems to get Henderson's groove here – and lays back with Eddie to ... read moreCD
The start of a great run of genius from Joe Henderson – plus a seminal 80s return to form – served up here on five different albums recorded for Blue Note! First up is Our Thing – a classic straight session by Joe Henderson – cut during his early years, when he was breaking ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is one mighty hip cat – a player who's got a bold, soulful sound right from the start – working here in a combo that also features drummer Cecil Brooks III, who produced the record with that tight, sharp sound that we love on the records he's handled for labels ... read moreCD
A killer collection of work from one of the funkiest European talents of the 70s – bandleader Peter Herbholzheimer, working here at the head of his Rhythm & Brass group, and his Certain Lions & Tigers ensemble! Although Herbolzheimer's got a clunky name, his sound is incredibly fluid ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection of funky big band work! Peter Herbolzheimer may not be a household name in the US, but in Germany, he was one of the funkiest leaders and arrangers during the 70s. His classic recordings on MPS have been a huge influence on the likes of Gilles Peterson, Monday Michiru, ... read moreCD
Proof that Woody Herman kept on burning hard, long after the 40s – continuing to work in great new modes, with the best players he could find! There's a touch of 60s grooviness to the record – mixed with some older California modes – and the lineup features massive tenor work ... read moreCD
Wome of Woody Herman's cooler, groovier work of the 60s – with work from young talents that include Don Rader on both trumpet and arrangements, plus Dusko Goykovich on additional trumpet, Nat Pierce on piano, and Sal Nistico on tenor! CD
A very unusual side of Woody Herman's career – one that features the mid 50s octet he put together to play live shows in Las Vegas! The lineup in the group is unusual – with two trumpets by Dick Collins and Johnny Coppola, bass trumpet by Cy Touff, tenor by Richie Kamuca, piano by ... read moreCD
An album of grace, poise, and lyrical beauty – surprisingly soulful, and filled with original compositions that make the album really stand out from the pack! Herring's at the height of his powers here – and possibly higher at those heights than we've ever heard him before – ... read moreCD
A strong, soulful set from alto saxophonist Vincent Herring – of the sort he always seemed to get on earlier recordings, but which he hardly ever hits this well these days! The album's got a no-nonsense quality that really brings out the best in Vincent's horn – with a rock-solid ... read moreCD
Vincent Herring & Earth Jazz —
Morning Star ... CD Challenge (Netherlands), 2010. Used ...
A smoother set than usual from altoist Vincent Herring, but still one that's right on the money when it comes to his solos! The backings feature keyboards from Anthony Wonsey, which warms up the sound a bit – but Herring still keeps things cool on his own end of the spectrum, and the ... read moreCD
A beautifully personal take on the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim – served up in a set of solo recordings by pianist Fred Hersch, who really moves the tunes from their bossa roots into a space that's all his own! Hersch often takes a core theme of a tune, and works it over with a very ... read moreCD
(Out of print, penmark through slipcover barcode.)
Fred Hersch Trio —
Whirl ... CD Palmetto, 2010. Used ...
Very poetic work from pianist Fred Hersch – a set that still shows off some of his more modern leanings, but also feels very personal, almost visual at times! Hersch wrote most of the tunes himself – including "Snow Is Falling", "Skipping", "Mandevilla", ... read moreCD
Fred Hersch with Charlie Haden & Joey Baron —
Sarabande ... CD Sunnyside, 1987. Used ...
Brilliantly soulful jazz from the PE Hewitt Jazz Ensemble – a group with a style that mixes the sunny and the spiritual – a box set featuring the originally self-released trilogy of releases Jawbones (1968), Since Washington (1969), and Winter Winds (1970) in one great package from Now ... read moreCD