A fantastic bit of jazz funk fusion – and one of the landmark 70s albums produced by Larry Mizell! This is Gary Bartz's second (and most amazing) collaboration with Larry Mizell – a studio genius who could focus on the best talent of a jazz artist, then expand it using additional ... read moreCD
One of the last Gary Bartz albums for Prestige – and a really unique session with a different feel than some of his earlier work! Gary's still got plenty of angular funk in his sound here – thanks to some edgey keyboards from Hubert Eaves – but he's also tightened things up a bit ... read moreCD
Gary Bartz plays live at Birdland – and the results are quite different than both other famous albums at the club, and most of Gary's other work of the time! There's a tightly swinging feel to most of the set – a style that's more hardbop than we remember from Gary's roots, but which ... read moreCD
The Basie band is plenty big here – but never too much so to lose their confident swing of earlier years! The Count is still firmly at the helm at the time of this recording – leading and playing keys with that spacious, stepping quality that makes a Basie number of the later years ... read moreCD
Count Basie and Barbecue – words together that are bound to make us love this album! The set's got an easygoing swing that takes us right back to Basie's best for Roulette Records – a reference the title seems to imply – and although the band's a later one, they've got that ... read moreCD
A sublime blending of modes – the sound of the excellent Count Basie band during their Roulette Records years, mixed with a bit of strings for a very moody sound! Don't worry about any too-commercial or pop modes going on here – as the arrangements are all super hip, and handled by ... read moreCD
Count Basie plays the piano and Joe Williams sings in his bluesy way and they are backed by a slew of musicians who include Thad Jones on trumpet, Ben Powell on trombone, Frank Foster on tenor saxophone, Sonny Payne on drums and many, many others. Frank Foster did all of the arrangements and the ... read moreCD
A late 60s swinger from The Mills Brothers – with the aging vocal group get some great assistance from the Count Basie Orchestra! By the time of this sessions, The Mills Brothers had been recording for at least 4 decades – and although their early hits had gained the group a great deal ... read moreCD
(Out of print. 20bit K2 HQ CD pressing! Includes obi!)
One of Joe Williams' standout classics from the 50s – just the sort of record that put him on top of his game at the time! The album's one of Joe's classic outings with Count Basie – one recorded for Roulette with a slightly looser, slightly rawer feel than their work together on Verve. ... read moreCD
Sarah Vaughan gets some backing from Count Basie – making for a record that's one of her jazziest and swinging of the time! As with other Basie-related vocal sessions from the early 60s, this one has a soulful edge and a nice little bounce – one that makes for a more solid approach ... read moreCD
A compelling blend of jazz styles and gospel roots – one that has Fontella Bass joining forces with spiritual singers Martha Bass and David Peaston – with a bit of AACM backing thrown in for good measure! The vocals really stretch out strongly on the set – sometimes following ... read moreCD
Burak Bedikyan —
Awakening ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. New Copy ...
A rock-solid set from pianist Burak Bedikyan – a player who seems to grow tremendously in the space between each new album! This set features all original material by Burak – songs that can be dark one minute, quietly sensitive the next – with a beauty that's not just captured by ... read moreCD
An album with a very evocative title – and a very evocative sound to match – just the bass of Jacek Benarek and the flute of Krzystof Zgraja – working together to make some hauntingly beautiful music! The approach might be considered jazz, but the sound is also quite loose and ... read moreCD
Louie Bellson recorded in London – heading up a big band that features Frank Strazzeri on piano, Geurge Duvivier on bass, and a heck of a lot of horn players in the mix! The group's got a bold, upbeat sort of feel – similar to some of the later Buddy Rich groups of the 70s – and ... read moreCD
One of Tony Bennett's most fantastic albums from the 60s, and a record that features some nice jazzy arrangements that push past the usual heavy studio ones. The album includes a great reading of "Samba Do Aviao" with backing by Carlos Lyra, Helcio Milito, and Al Cohn – plus "F ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A really beautiful tribute to the music of Herbie Nichols – played in an extremely loving way by a group led by drummer Jimmy Bennington, and featuring David Haney on piano! Haney's tones here are arguably even more modern than Nichols on his famous recordings of the 50s – but there's ... read moreCD
(Packaged in a thin cardboard sleeve.)
Han Bennink & Dave Douglas —
Serpentine ... CD Songlines (Canada), 1996. Used ...
Very groovy work from guitarist George Benson – and a set that really helped him make the transition from small group soul jazz to some of his more ambitious work to come! The album's still quite soulful and a bit funky at times – but it also features larger arrangements from the great ... read moreCD
George Benson —
Goodies ... CD Verve (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
A sweet set of goodies from the young George Benson – one of the early albums from a time when George was really taking off as a solo artist – and setting the world on fire with his new approach to jazz guitar! Arrangements are from the mighty Horace Ott – who also handled a lot ... read moreCD
George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's ... read moreCD
A late 80s set from George Benson, but one with a relatively classic jazz feel – instrumentation that's mostly small combo, and which has Benson serving up a range of familiar jazz and standards! George plays guitar on some tracks, and also sings a bit on others – and the groups here ... read moreCD
Bob Berg's always been a heck of a great tenor player, but he sounds especially great on this early album as a leader – a tight and soulful session cut with Cedar Walton on keyboards, Al Foster on drums, and Tom Harrell on trumpet! The groove here is freewheeling but straightforward – ... read moreCD
Jerry Bergonzi & Joachim Kuhn —
Signed By ... CD Deux Z (France), 1991. Used ...
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print. Gold CD.)
A mighty impressive set from guitarist Will Bernard – our hands down favorite of his work as a leader to to date – and an all originals session with a remarkable stylistic range! Our ears perked up from the opening seconds, thanks to the elegant take on jazz funk of the opener "Happ ... read moreCD
Keyboardist Warren Bernhardt was always a key part of the fusion scene in the late 70s – but he was also a musician who was maybe a bit apart from it, too – as he would allow himself some more introspective moments than some of his contemporaries – even while turning out some ... read moreCD
One of the greatest jazz soundtracks of all time! Elmer Bernstein wrote the score to Otto Preminger's chilling film version of Nelson Algren's book The Man With The Golden Arm – a sad tale of jazz, gambling, and heroin addiction on the streets of Chicago (not far from Dusty Groove, in fact!) ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Peter Bernstein —
Let Loose ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2016. New Copy ...
Guitarist Peter Bernstein lets loose wonderfully here – opening up those ringing tones we love so much in his playing – chromatic hues that illuminate the record right from the start, given soulful underscoring from the trio of Gerald Clayton on piano, Doug Weiss on bass, and Bill ... read moreCD
A really compelling mixture of free jazz and other avant elements – a record beyond compare from trombonist and trumpeter Jacques Berrocal, put together with all the freedoms of the French scene of the 70s! Each track has a slightly different lineup, and a slightly different flavor – ... read moreCD
Bill Berry & His Ellington All Stars —
For Duke ... CD Real Time/Drive, 1978. Used ...
One of the rare few records recorded by a young Andy Bey and his sisters! The group was an obscure jazz harmony trio formed by Andy in his earlier years – and it features him on piano, joining with the vocals of his two sisters Salome and Geradine Bey – in a soulful, moody style that's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the earliest standout albums on MPS – a killer mid 60s session from pianist/vocalist Elsie Bianchi – working here in a very tight trio mode! Elsie only sings on about half the tracks, but all those are very very nice – done in a style that's got some of the cool touches of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A dream of a record from the LA spiritual underground of the 70s – and one of the only records we've ever seen from reedman Gary Bias! The date's got a soulful depth that makes it one of the most compelling albums on the legendary Nimbus label – a rhythmic pulse that's often modal, and ... read moreCD
This is the kind of killer small group material that is making Chicago's avant scene jump with energy these days! The set features the soon-to-be legendary trombonist Jeb Bishop in a trio with heavy-duty bassist Kent Kessler and up-and-coming drummer Tim Mulvenna. The set's a no-nonsense batch of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Walter Bishop Jr —
Old Folks ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A lost little session from pianist Walter Bishop – one that has the pianist working at an all acoustic level, and in a trio format that's a bit different than his other 70s sessions – but still totally great! The group features wonderful work from Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on ... read moreCD
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – ... read moreCD
Michael Bisio & Eyvind Kang —
Mbek ... CD Meniscus, 2000. Used ...
Cindy Blackman's one of those players who always surprises us with her music – coming across with a lot more to offer than just her unique role as a girl drummer in jazz – sounds so bold, we instantly forget her gender and pretty image on the cover, and always just let ourselves get ... read moreCD
A strange bit of soul from the later years of CTI – and one of the few albums we've ever seen from the enigmatic John Blair! Blair is an artist with a bit of a cosmic vibe – kind of a spacey sense of soul that maybe fits his appearance on the cover – and which is couched here in ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Ran Blake —
Film Noir ... CD Novus/International Phonograph, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ...
One of the most evocative albums we've ever heard from pianist Ran Blake – a set that's got all the sharp edges of some of his most adventurous solo work, but one that also has Ran working in a few different settings, often with a very poetic feel! The set's not a hokey retro-crime record ... read moreCD
Ran Blake in a trio format with David Knife Fabris on guitar, and James Merenda on alto, interpreting Horace Silver numbers. 14 tracks in all, including "Horace-Scope", "The St Vitus Dance", "Speculation", "Song For My Father", "Knowledge Box", ... read moreCD
(In a nice gatefold cardboard sleeve. Out of print.)
A wonderful pairing of talents – the moody, enigmatic piano of Ran Blake – and the sharp-toned alto of Anthony Braxton! The set's a sublime piano/sax duet to match similar experiments by Mal Waldron and Marion Brown, or Archie Shepp and Dollar Brand – and it's an added plus for ... read moreCD
Tenorists Seamus Blake and Chris Cheek return again with their Reeds Ramble group – although the name of that lineup's a bit misleading – given the strong direction and focus we hear in both players! In fact, there's hardly a sense of "ramble" at all – as the solos are ... read moreCD
Seamus Blake/Mark Miralta —
Sun Sol ... CD Fresh Sound (Spain), 1999. Used ...
Killer work from this overlooked Art Blakey stretch of the mid 70s – a time when the drummer was getting back to basics, and re-igniting his music with help from some key younger players! This set sparkles with sharp tenor from the great David Schnitter – already a powerhouse out of ... read moreCD
One of the greatest Art Blakey Blue Note sessions of all time – and perhaps one of the greatest to realize the genius of the Jazz Messengers lineup that included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The trio of young talents are at the height of their ... read moreCD
One of the best non-Blue Note sessions from Art Blakey in the 60s – a really searing set that features the sextet lineup of the Jazz Messengers – a group that's filled with legends who include Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Reggie Workman ... read moreCD
Art Blakey —
Cu-Bop ... CD Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
A rare Jubilee Records album from Art Blakey – one of his non-Blue Note sets from the late 50s, cut during the year of 1957 – a time when the Jazz Messengers were hopping around a lot of different labels! This version of the group is searing and soulful – and features Johnny ... read moreCD
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") ... read moreCD
Hardly a free for all at all – as the album's a masterpiece of focus and direction, and a classic set from the sextet lineup of the Jazz Messengers! The album's a real feather in the mid-60s cap of Art Blakey –and features an expanded sound from the quintet era of his group – ... read moreCD
Hard driving bop from the group that practically created "Hard Bop"! The record sears with intensity on every cut – and the youthful frontline of Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and Bobby Timmons has an incredible mix of mature soulfulness and bright youthful energy. Blue Note sessions ... read moreCD
An obscure Jazz Messengers session – but a great one! The album is ostensibly a set of jazz versions of tunes from the musical Golden Boy, and the group this time is a larger one than usual – a total of 10 players, led by Blakey – and playing beautifully over arrangements from ... read moreCD
An explosive moment of greatness from the legendary Art Blakey – a record that takes off immediately, thanks to help from a young lineup that features Bobby Watson on alto, Valery Ponomarev on trumpet, and Dave Schnitter on tenor – three talents who would go onto become jazz legends in ... read moreCD
A killer pounding session from Blakey! The record was recorded during Blakey's bright flash of genius in 1964, when the Jazz Messengers were briefly revisited by Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter, with the added horn of Curtis Fuller to add new colors to the group. Cedar Walton's on piano, and his ... read moreCD
A killer early album by Art Blakey and his first incarnation of The Messengers – recorded before Horace Silver left the group, and a rare non-Blue Note outing done for Columbia Records! The ensemble here features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor, and Doug Watkins on bass – ... read moreCD
One of Art Blakey's first true moments of genius! This transitional version of the Jazz Messengers included two parts – Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons – of the holy Morgan/Shorter/Timmons trilogy, and it's also got the added bonus of Benny Golson on tenor, who was at the height of his ... read moreCD
Art Blakey —
Mosaic ... CD Blue Note, 1961. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An explosive session from an expanded edition of the Jazz Messengers – recorded at a key point when Art Blakey moved the group up to six members instead of five! Although bigger than the group on most Jazz Messenger Blue Notes, the sextet have an energy that's almost tighter – a sense ... read moreCD
A wonderfully hard-storming set – and a record that not only firmly put the Jazz Messengers on the map, but also set a whole new standard for live jazz recording! The group here is the early version of the Messengers – almost co-led by drummer Art Blakey with pianist Horace Silver ... read moreCD
One of a number of Art Blakey albums titled after "Night In Tunisia" – and most likely the best! The tune is a perfect fit for the Blakey Jazz Messengers format – long, rhythmic, really stretching out, yet allowing plenty of space for the horn players to solo. Players ... read moreCD