A wonderful trio led by bassist Wilber Morris – and one that also features some brilliant work from Charles Tyler on alto and baritone sax, plus drums from Denis Charles! The players work together wonderfully – with a strong pulse from Morris that really keeps the music focused at most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 70 hand-numbered copies, in hand-labeled covers!)
A totally cool little record – and one that more than lives up to the Eastern promise of its cover! The album's a real stunner from Australian reedman Charlie Munro – a beautiful mix of jazz and exotic elements, at a level that puts it up there with a rare few records that work this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most ambitious albums that Sunny Murray ever recorded – a set of large ideas and long explorations – performed here by a group of all-star avant players from the time! Murray's vision is wonderful here – even bolder and more expressive than on his work for ESP – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sunny Murray's Untouchable Factor —
Apple Cores ... LP Philly Jazz, 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the hippest, tightest sessions ever recorded by drummer Sunny Murray – a large group set recorded with his Untouchable Factor group – a great ensemble that includes Frank Foster on soprano sax, Oliver Lake and Arthur Blythe on alto saxes, Hamiet Bluiett on baritone, Don Pullen on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Plenty of percussion here – long improvised passages that feature work from Big Black and Muruga Booker, as well as additional clarinet and ocarina from Perry Robinson! The mix of players is quite surprising – especially if you only know Big Black's crossover global records from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning collaboration between Muruga Booker and Big Black– both percussionists who lead the session, but who also work here with lots of additional instrumentation that includes ocarina, violin, hammered dulcimer, and even some clarinet from avant jazz legend Perry Robinson! The tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from a trumpeter who was taken from us all too soon – the legendary Fats Navarro, an important early voice in the sound of bop! The album's a short one, but every track is a gem – as Navarro blows beautifully in groups led by Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, and Howard McGhee ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet soulful set from drummer Grasella Oliphant – one of two legendary albums cut for Atlantic Records in the 60s – and the one with a very heavy-hitting lineup! The vibe here is somewhere between Blue Note Hammond dates and soul jazz on Prestige Records in the mid 60s – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lesser-known side of early work from the great Dave Liebman – a very hip trio that also features Frank Tusa on bass and Bob Moses on drums and kalimba! The sound is very open, very spacious, and surprisingly spiritual – more so than some of Liebman's other work, especially in later ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A powerful little trio – and one of the boldest setting that reedman Dave Liebman recorded in during the 70s! The Open Sky combo features Dave on a range of reeds – tenor, soprano, and alto flute – plus a bit of acoustic piano and percussion too – often working with these ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Well, it's not the whole Charlie Parker Story – but the album does feature some great material from a very famous session, recorded on 11/26/1945, originally issued on 78s, along with extra tracks, compiled here in one of Savoy's posthumous Bird LPs from the early 60s. The group includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The legendary Evan Parker – sounding wonderful here in an album-length improvisation – cut with Parker on searing tenor throughout, alongside John Edwards on bass and Chris Corsano on drums! There's a really old school feel to the record – none of Parker's too academic modes, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning work from bassist Jaco Pastorius – a player who'd already wowed audiences with his seminal 70s sides with Weather Report, and on his own – but an artist who really finds a way to grow even more on these early 80s sessions for Warner Brothers! Pastorious continues to push the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the earliest work ever from Jaco Pastorius – rare demo recordings, issued in this format for the first time ever – filled to the brim with the kind of groundbreaking basswork that Jaco helped pioneer! Many tracks are relatively spare, and really give you a great chance to hear ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rarest albums ever issued by Sun Ra's Saturn Records label – and one of the few dates to ever feature baritone saxophonist Pat Patrick as a leader – Sun Ra's longtime partner in the Arkestra, and a hell of a player on his own! The record is a heavy baritone date – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Art Pepper —
Smack Up ... LP Contemporary/OJC, 1960. New Copy (reissue)...
A nice straight batch of tracks from Pepper – and a record that we like more than some of the more "classic" ones on Contemporary! The album's got quite a strange title – Smack Up, a very strange choice, given Pepper's well-known experience as a junkie – and features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from this hip 70s Italian ensemble – partly jazz fusion, partly prog – with a freewheeling groove that's all its own! The material here isn't as funky as on later Perigeo albums – and often has this slow-building sound texture that's really nice – as if all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heavy-hitting, full-on prog fusion record from this Italian group – and probably their tightest effort of the early years! The band is in great form throughout, with a talent for time and chord changes that displays many years spent woodshedding solos from their biggest influences. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Never-heard work from the legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded at a time when he was making some very big waves on the European scene! During the 50s, Pettiford not only helped revolutionize the role of the bass in jazz, but also helped bring that instrument to new possibilities in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first 12" LP to compile Bud Powell sides for Blue Note – nearly all of which were some of his best work of the 50s! The incredible pianist is caught here in the company of a few different trios – with drummers like Roy Haynes or Max Roach – and there's also a few nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bernard Purdie —
Shaft ... LP Prestige/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
A full funky session from master drummer Bernard Purdie – a set that expands out his previous Prestige vibe, and almost goes for a soundtrack scope to match the record's Shaft title! The set leads off with a great take on the Isaac Hayes hit – one that follows in the same fully-flowing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive work from one of the funkiest drummers of all time – the legendary Bernard Pretty Purdie, stepping out here in a batch of instrumentals that may well be his greatest album ever! Bernard's drums are right up front in the mix – leading off all tunes with a full, funky, echoey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bracingly fresh combination of vibes, piano, bass, and drums – and a real standout set of modern jazz from the Italian postwar years! At first glance, the lineup of the group is relatively conventional – forged with the same instrumentation as the Modern Jazz Quartet or George ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Live brilliance from the Sun Ra Arkestra – a set recorded in Tivoli in 1971, with a mix of modes that has the Arkestra swinging from spiritual passages to some very outside moments as well – sometimes with a sense of texture that's extremely powerful! The first half of the set features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sun Ra —
Disco 3000 ... LP Saturn/Art Yard/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
If this is disco, point us in the direction of Studio 54! The album's one of Ra's greatest from the 70s – recorded in Italy in 1978, and featuring some incredibly otherworldly keyboards that are some of his most enigmatic on record! The track "Disco 3000" is an incredible workout ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderfully-done collection of work from the legendary Sun Ra – put together by longtime musical partner Marshall Allen, and way way different than the typical mish-mash of tracks you'd find on some of the budget or public domain titles on the market! First off, the track selection ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CDs – with all the content on the 2CD set – an extra 8 tracks, including the never-heard "Trying To Put The Blame On Me"!)
Sun Ra —
On Jupiter ... LP Saturn/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Righteous Ra from the end of the 70s – one of the most soulful albums ever by the Sun Ra Arkestra, and a lost treasure that's got some nice funky moments! The vibe here is very much in the Lanquidity/Disco 3000 mode – an extrapolation of styles best known from the Space Is The Place ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic Sun Ra set from the late 60s – recorded in New York in 1968, and featuring a lineup that includes Kwami Hadi on trumpet, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and drums, and Pat Patrick on baritone and flute – all classic players who are the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing side of Sun Ra's mighty talents – the first in a series of albums that focuses on vocal material from Ra, The Arkestra, and certain key guest performers! The style of music here is every bit as great as you'd hear on classic Saturn releases by Sun Ra – avant jazz, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from Sun Ra – vocal recitations, weird words, and spoken bits – all set to some mighty cosmic music! The work here is all previously unissued, and pulled from rare tapes recorded in 1966, 1968, and 1982 – an amazing discovery in the Ra archive, with a real focus on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful collection of rare tracks from Sun Ra – put together by the mighty Gilles Peterson, who we've trusted for years to give us some of the most soulful, cosmic music on this planet! Gilles has a wonderful ear for a certain strand of sounds from Ra and the Arkestra – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible chapter in the rich career of the legendary Sun Ra – tracks that blend together music and spoken word passages – the latter of which are usually in support of his unique philosophy of the cosmos! The titles here really give an idea of the thoughts within – "The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from Rakka – a group who make familiar instruments sound very unusual – and who weave together this magical blend of spiritual jazz, global elements, and lots of other very offbeat touches! The sound is always soulful, and never gimmicky at all – and these guys ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool group who are part spiritual jazz, part global rhythms – and who play in this way that brings in bits of Ethiopian grooves, bossa nova, and lots of other surprising elements – all in a style that really holds together beautifully across the entire set! The lineup's a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ernest Ranglin —
Jazz Jamaica ... LP Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1964. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best jazz albums we've ever heard from legendary guitarist Ernest Ranglin – recorded quite early in his career for the tiny Federal label, and done with a fire that's missing from some of his other later records! The album's way more than just another instrumental outing with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool Swiss combo, very heavy on vibes – and featuring great work from the leader Remo Rau! Rau works here with piano, bass, and drums – but the groove is a lot harder and more swinging than other combos of that nature – such as the MJQ – thanks in part to Rau's very hard, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sharp sounds from the French scene at the start of the 70s – played by a group that mixes some of the free energy of the BYG/Actuel crowd with the more playful styles of the other side of the post-68 underground! The group's a quartet – with Partrick Vian on guitar, Jean Claude Cenci ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Howard Riley —
10.11.12 ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy ...
Brilliant work from pianist Howard Riley – the British modernist who's been making amazing music for decades, but often through very obscure records like this! Riley's got this sense of balance, tone, and timing that sits justly in a legacy that starts with Herbie Nichols and runs up through ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest modern moments on Blue Note – ever! From the cover, to the compositions, to the playing on the set – the whole album crackles with an unbelievable fire that was hardly ever matched again. A young Sam Rivers leads a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Ron ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the most dense, most complex work we've heard from Matana Roberts to date – a unusual effort that blends together her own instrumental passages with sound samples recorded during a wintertime ramble through the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana! Roberts moves away from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
As classic as it comes for late 50s Blue Note – and a key meeting between Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk! The group on the set features Rollins and Monk with JJ Johnson, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey – all of whom push things more in the direction of Blue Note's sound of the time, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bjarne Rostvold Trio —
Tricotism ... LP RCA/Be! (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Not the usual album you might expect from a group with a trio in the name – as there's no piano in the mix, and instead the album features some sparkling trumpet from the great Allan Botschinsky – heard here at the height of his youthful, modern powers! The combo's led by drummer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with a really timeless feel – a jazz set from the early 80s scene in Oakland, and one that opens up in so many wonderful flavors! A few cuts have a soul style – with female vocals in the lead, amidst warmer, jazzier backings – and other tracks have an instrumental ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sal Salvador was one of the 50s more accomplished modernist talents on jazz guitar – and his work ranks up there with players like Tal Farlow, or Gil Melle's great bandmate Joe Cinderella. This is Salvador's rare first album for Blue Note – only issued in a 10" vinyl format! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the best-remembered album from Pharoah Sanders' legendary run at Impulse Records – a set that crossed over big, and sold to countless folks who might not have bought a jazz album this hip otherwise! The record was Sanders' first in the wake of Coltrane's passing – and it' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendously joyous album from Pharoah Sanders – his last record for Impulse, and a rare thing of beauty! The album only features 2 long tracks, both of them great, and both of them showing Pharoah as more expressive, more imaginative, and more openly soulful than heard on his earlier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
The legendary Pharoah Sanders joins the Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground – and the result is one of the most striking records in years from everyone involved! Pharoah blows with this really open, searching sort of tone – wonderfully concerned with sound texture at points, and not nearly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trippy, trance-like sounds from Second Family Band – a large, loose collective of musicians with a style that starts somewhere in the spiritual jazz generation, but then stretches out in modes that feel somewhat like a weirdly organic version of prog! Instrumentation is both electric and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Colored vinyl pressing – in a cool package that also has these weird die-cut corners – and the colored vinyl record is one-sided, with very nice artwork on the other side! Limited edition pressing.)
An amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from one of the greatest groups of the New York avant scene of the 60s – the legendary New York Contemporary Five, a combo that features Archie Shepp on tenor, John Tchicai on alto, Don Cherry on cornet, Don Moore on bass, and JC Moses on drums! This 1963 recording, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Genius, pure genius! Like all of Wayne Shorter's Blue Note sessions from the mid 60s, this album's a beautiful blend of hard bop ideas with a modern spiritual soulful consciousness – as important in its own way as Coltrane's work of the time – an incredible precursor for sounds from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alan Silva & Celestrial Communication Orchestra —
Luna Surface ... LP BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
Silva leads his Celestrial Communication Orchestra, one of the best of the loose collectives playing around the Paris scene of the 1969/1970 era – and a group that includes Grachan Moncur III, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Malachi Favors, Dave Burrell, and Bernard Vitet. The group was one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer session from Horace's famous quintet that included Blue Mitchell, Junior Cook, Gene Taylor, and Louis Hayes – one of the group's earliest recordings for Blue Note – and also one of their best! The band had a unique mix of rootsy soul jazz playing and more exotic approaches to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic set from Horace Silver – one in which his quintet is expanded by some great guest work from trombonist JJ Johnson! Johnson's at the height of his 60s powers here – blowing with that lean, soulful style that always made any record sparkle – and although he's only on half ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blinding early Horace Silver recordings for Blue Note – work that's really more a Jazz Messengers date than anything else – given that Art Blakey is here on drums, and the rest of the group features Hank Mobley on tenor, Kenny Dorham on trumpet, and Doug Watkins on bass! Tracks are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A perennial favorite in the Jimmy Smith catalog for Blue Note – and a smoking little set that has Jimmy's Hammond grooving nicely alongside tenor from Stanley Turrentine and guitar from Kenny Burrell! Only Donald Bailey's drums remain from Jimmy's regular trio, but that shift is fine, given ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally wonderful quartet from the contemporary Swedish scene – a group that echoes some of the best modern modes we love in work from the Moserobie label – no surprise, as a few of the group members also play on those releases as well! The combo features Kristoffer Kompen on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous bit of South African jazz – recorded in the years after bigger names like Hugh Masekela and The Blue Notes had left for greener pastures, but when there were still plenty of great artists back at home! The Soul Jazzmen have this laidback, souful sound that's very much in keeping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the maddest, most tripped-out work ever from this legendary group – sounds that are even more freewheeling and psychedelic than their famous Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop LP – lots more guitar and rumbling funk, and a tripped-out, stoned-up sort of approach to the music, lyrics, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card with full album – plus 56 download pages of notes, photos, and interviews!)
Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble —
Fractions ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy ...
Free work from a real power trio – one driven by the drums of Steve Noble, who also plays a lot of percussion, and the bass of Dominic Lash – while Stefan Keune lays out some very bold work on tenor and sopranino sax over the top! The trio have a great way of mixing intense passages ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Robert Stillman sits amidst a host of different instruments on the photo with the album – Fender Rhodes, Tenor, soprano sax, and drums – all of which, and more, he plays with a wonderful sense of expression on this overdubbed set – almost with the personal feel of some obscure ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Walter Strerath Trio —
Fly To Brazil ... LP Be! (Germany), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A rare bossa jazz session from 70s Germany – recorded with a very fluid groove! We'll be honest in saying that we only know pianist Walter Strerath from this one album – but he's a heck of a great talent on the keys, with a style that's at once highly rhythmic and warmly lyrical – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Svenska Kaputt (Kullhammar/Fiske/Zetterberg/Holme —
Suomi ... LP Moserobie (Sweden), 2015. New Copy ...
A brilliant musical project from the Moserobie jazz underground of Sweden – one that brings together four completely wonderful players, but in ways that are very different than most of their work in other settings! The sound here is very open and spacious – not in a mellow way, or an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key moment in the career of Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo – a player who'd already been making some great music in the group of Chico Hamilton, but who really cemented his reputation with the sound on this set! Right from the start, Gabor was always a guitarist with something very new, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most free jazz-oriented material we've ever heard from Okay Temiz – a record that features two different trio performances, one live and one in the studio – both with a very freewheeling vibe! The balance between all players is very equal – and Temiz plays drums, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavenly sounds from the great Jimi Tenor – a Finnish talent who once specialized in cold, calculated sounds – but one who's really opened into some spiritual, soulful territory in the past decade or so! This album wonderfully continues Jimi's great shift – and features his own ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing set from Swedish trombonist Eje Thelin – a live date, but a totally excellent session that stands as one of the best demonstration of his talents in the 60s! On the European scene at the time, Thelin was easily one of the most inventive players on the trombone – one of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime early work from the great Eje Thelin – a Swedish trombonist who made some excellent music in the 60s and 70s, but who hardly ever got his due on this side of the Atlantic! That's a crime, too – as Thelin's a musician with an amazing command of tones and styles – at this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eje Thelin —
So Far ... LP Columbia/Be! (Germany), 1963. New Copy (reissue)...
A landmark set from the Swedish scene of the early 60s – one that shows just how far that nation's jazzmen had grown during the postwar years! Trombonist Eje Thelin's always one of those talents worth checking out, but we especially like him in these early years – as he's overflowing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard and heavy funky jazz from west coast tenorist Fats Theus – and one of the rarest albums on CTI! This one differs strongly from the label's smoother electric output – as it's got the rough n ready feel of a classic Prestige jazz funk session. Fats is backed by an all star group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thing (Gustafsson/Flaten/Nilssen-Love) —
Shake ... LP Thing (Sweden), 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
There's nothing shaky here at all – as the Thing trio is as tight as ever, and comes on with a rock-solid, hard-burning approach right from the start! The drums of Paal Nilssen-Love ground the group firmly, and ignite a real fire in the tenor and baritone of Mats Gustafsson, who also plays a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The greatest album ever recorded by Joe Thomas – and a hip batch of funky flute tracks that ranks with the best work of Jeremy Steig or SOUL! Joe's blowing here with arrangements by Chico O'Farrill – strangely off-beat backings that add in more than a touch of Latin to the funk, making ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful little record – and one with a sound that's as evocative and lyrical as its title and cover image! Don Thompson's a player we mostly know for piano work on the Canadian scene – but here, he also handles vibes in a really wonderful way – often moving forward with this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lucky Thompson & Barney Wilen —
Four Brothers ... LP Sonorama (Germany), 1960. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A great recasting of the older four brothers jazz modes – that four horn chorus and solo format first created by Woody Herman with Stan Getz – given a much more modern twist here by a top-shelf lineup of players! The group has the American genius Lucky Thompson on soprano and tenor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most beautiful, lyrical albums we've ever heard from Henry Threadgill – a set that still has all the sharp edges you might know from his other work, but which also comes across with a slightly more sensitive sound as well! The compositions are beautiful – really well-written ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three Out (Mike Nock) —
Move ... LP Columbia/Be! (Germany), 1960. New Copy (reissue)...
Totally great work from a young Mike Nock – a pianist that most folks know for his electric and experimental sounds of the 70s, but who's appearing here on record for the first time ever – at the head of a totally cooking soul jazz combo! Nock's command of the piano is tremendous right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three Out (Mike Nock) —
Sittin In ... LP Columbia/Be! (Germany), 1961. New Copy (reissue)...
A wonderful set from this cool Australian combo – and one that offers up the group in two nicely different modes! Side one has The Three Out sounding wonderful as a trio – with sublime soul-styled piano from a very young Mike Nock, and exceptional work on bass from Freddy Logan – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Klaus Treuheit Trio —
Nardis ... LP Sonorama (Germany), 1986. New Copy (reissue)...
A sweet little trio set – one that's virtually unknown, given the limited pressing run of the original album – but which stands as one of the best recorded in Germany at the time! The group here have a cohesive focus that's mighty nice – an ability to let loose with open, flowing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really haunting work from this highly percussive trio – a group that features Magnus Olsen Majmon on drums, and both Jon Draeby Neilsen and Nikolai Brix Vartenberg on a number of different reed instruments! The approach might be somewhere in the territory of free jazz, but the sound is a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most fantastic hardbop albums of all time! Tommy Turrentine was the less-famous trumpet-playing brother of Stanley Turrentine – but he was a hell of a player in his early days, and he cut some amazing records with his brother during the younger years of his career. This is the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really mindblowing session from McCoy Tyner – perfectly titled "Expansions" to showcase the change in his style at the time! The record is one of Tyner's first larger group efforts – and is a brilliant example of the expansion of his talents in the post-Coltrane years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant work by McCoy Tyner – an album that has him firmly stepping out of the shadow of Coltrane with a sound influenced by the rising Afro-centric style of soul jazz to emerge in the 70s! The group on the set is a quartet with Bobby Hutcherson on vibes – and the mixture of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from a very unique combo – one that features lots of vibes mixed with Fender Rhodes and piano – plus these great offbeat vocals that have a very personal feel! Both the lyrics and phrasing remind us a bit of the sorts of singing you'd find on some of Gary McFarland's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A modern day spiritual jazz treasure – completely wonderful all the way through, and a set you might well file proudly next to your classics from John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders! The record's as epic as it promises in the title – a three volume journey in jazz, headed by tenorist ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
About as classic as you can get for Ben Webster on Verve Records – a nicely mature, nicely laidback session that really captures the energy promised in the title! The sidemen are all in an easygoing, soulful mode – Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mike Westbrook —
Love Songs ... LP Deram/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
Fantastic stuff! This groovy groovy record stands as one of the finest recordings ever made by 60s Brit jazz legend Mike Westbrook – a lively and rhythmic meeting of some of the best young talents on the London scene of the time, topped off with incredible vocals from the lovely Norma ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
One of the greatest French jazz soundtracks ever – a haunting score composed and performed by sax legend Barney Wilen! Barney's work is possibly best known to American audiences for his solos on the Miles Davis soundtrack Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud, recorded a year earlier – and this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums ever from French saxophonist Barney Wilen – a set that's legendary not only for its famous cover image, but for all the wonderful music underneath! The record's maybe the strongest to deliver on the modern promise that Wilen exhibited in his music during the 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bassist Ben Williams definitely comes of age here – serving up a set that's warmly balanced between acoustic and electric modes from the leader, and from the other musicians in the group! The album's got an open, soulful vibe that's not unlike some of the best contemporary projects on Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis – a super-hip keyboard player who's best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album's a gem all the way through – with a free-thinking soulful sound that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy funk from the mighty Reuben Wilson – one of his first few albums for Blue Note, and a solid soulful groover that's right up there with Lou Donaldson's work for the label at the time! Tracks are nice and long, and pretty open – often with that kicking drum sound at the bottom that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monster funk from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – an album of hard-burning, bad-walking tunes that are a fair bit different than most of his other work! Although Wilson recorded some pretty traditional organ jazz for the Blue Note and Groove Merchant labels, this album has him working with his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the greatest Larry Young album of the post-Blue Note years – and a massive bit of funk that totally redefines his sound! Larry's working here with his hip group Fuel – an ensemble that features Laura Logan on lead vocals, giving the tunes a real focus through her lyrics ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible stuff from the jazz underground of Newark! This is one of the rarest albums ever recorded by jazz organist Larry Young – cut for the tiny Perception label during the early 70s, and featuring some of the cream of the New Jersey jazz underground. The album's got playing that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larry Young —
Unity ... LP Blue Note, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A brilliant album that would forever change the way the organ was used in jazz! The set's the greatest contribution ever from organist Larry Young – a lean and modal session recorded with help from a young quartet that includes Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, and Elvin Jones – all leaping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic session of mellow magic from tenorist Lester Young and pianist Teddy Wilson – both giants of jazz from an earlier generation, but maybe sounding even better here in a sublime Verve Records setting from the 50s! Young's tenor fronts the trio of Wilson – with Gene Ramey on bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary moment in European free jazz – performances all recorded on a single Sunday in 1969 – but which stand as some of the most powerful music of the time! The vibe here is often in the best spirit of early FMP, or maybe the most outside work of MPS – and the recording ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible, simply incredible – way more than just a collection of jazz, and instead a huge document of the postwar scene in Germany during the 50s! The package is a stunning recreation of the Mod Records label – an early project of Gigi Campi, who'd gain greater fame in the 60s for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible meeting of talents – both American and European jazz musicians coming together at a festival that must have been one hell of a event – certainly more exciting than just about any jazz festival we've ever attended in our lifetime! Unlike other festival recordings, this isn' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album