A great little album that was recorded in 1969 but not issued until 1980 – and which features material that's very much in the same spirit (the same sessions?) as Fischer's excellent Thesaurus album! The feel here is really magical – with Clare's piano floating gently over the top in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreCD
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
(Blue label pressing. Cover is worn with peeling and clear tape along the seams.)
A really wonderful group – and way more than just another sax section album! Instead, think of this one more as a combo that has some key sax players stepping out for solos – as the record has a vibe that's almost more like a Prestige or Blue Note record of the day, with incredibly ... read moreCD
Paul Flaherty/Chris Corsano/C Spencer Yeh —
Rock In The Snow ... CD Important Records, 2006. Used Gatefold ...
A wonderful little tribute to the late, great John Coltrane – served up as a piano trio session led by Tommy Flanagan, but done with a sense of power and imagination that rivals the strength of Trane's classics! All tracks here are originals by Coltrane, performed by Flanagan with a forceful ... read moreCD
A unique Japanese-only session from pianist Tommy Flanagan – hardly a one-off, though – as the whole thing's put together with a real sense of care by legendary Columbia jazz producer Teo Macero! Although unissued in the US, the set gives Flanagan one of his greatest showcases of the ... read moreCD
Mellow work from Tommy Flanagan – working here in great trio formation with Roy Haynes on drums and Tommy Potter on bass! The overall feel of the set's in keeping with the more laidback style of Prestige's Moodsville label, and Tommy tickles the ivories nicely on some standards that include ... read moreCD
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
This is a fantastic album! French pianist Raymond Fol leads a group that includes American and European players of the Clarke-Boland Big Band mode, like Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Woode, and Fats Sadi, plus American Art Taylor on drums – and he's come up with a swinging take on Vivaldi's Four ... read moreCD
Jean Marc Foltz/Matt Turner/Bill Carrothers —
To The Moon ... CD Ayler, 2010. Used ...
An excellent album that fits in nicely with Jimmy Forrest's early 60s sides for Prestige! The set was recorded in the company of one of Forrest's hometown talents from St Louis – the great Grant Green, who was quite young at the time – as well as with Harold Mabern on piano and Elvin ... read moreCD
Gutsy tenor work from Jimmy Forrest – a player who was poised to rival Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons at the start of the 60s, and who could have easily done so, given the strength of his work for Prestige! The record's one of a few that the St Louis player got to cut for the label – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, a small sticker stain in one corner and some clear tape on parts of some seams.)
With Jerry Gonzalez, Robin Eubanks, Kenny Barron, Wayne Dockery, Ronnie Burrage, Billy Hart and Steve Berrios. 9 numbers in all, including "Mind Games", "Laying It Down", "Awakening", "A Swing Touch", "Never Again Is Such A Long Time", "It Ain' ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet has a promo sticker, CD has a promo stamp, barcode has a cutout mark.)
Sonny Fortune's one of those cats who never lets us down – and even well into the 21st Century, he still sounds as soulful as he did back in the 70s! The album has Fortune opening up wonderfully on alto, soprano, and tenor sax – very much at home in the sort of modal rhythms that ... read moreCD
We love Sonny Fortune – because he always plays so great! Sonny started as more of an acoustic soul jazz player – but by the time of this session, he's working with a lot of electric backing, in a fusiony mode that should dampen his enthusiasm, but which only seems to spur him onto new ... read moreCD
Sonny Fortune/Kirk Lightsey/David Williams/Joe Cha —
Monk's Mood ... CD Konnex (Germany), 1993. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Great work from this legendary tenorist! Although Foster's often lumped into the cliche camp for his long years with Basie, he shines like a rough diamond on sessions like these, proving that he's got a tone and a style that he keeps tightly reserved for small group sessions. On this rare Blue ... 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
Lean, righteous blowing from the legendary Frank Foster – one of a handful of extremely hip sessions he cut in the 60s under his own name! The album's the only record Foster ever did for Blue Note – and we dare say it's even better than his previous 60s work on Prestige and Impulse ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light wear.)
The title's an in joke that you'd get easily if you were a mainstream listener at the time – as the group here features members of Basie's mid 50s group, all playing in small combo formation without the Count! The lineup features two saxes – Foster and Wess – plus two trombones, ... read moreCD
Frank Foster & Frank Wess —
No Count ... LP Savoy, 1956. Very Good+ ...
The title's an in joke that you'd get easily if you were a mainstream listener at the time – as the group here features members of Basie's mid 50s group, all playing in small combo formation without the Count! The lineup features two saxes – Foster and Wess – plus two trombones, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has small split in the top seam and a touch of pencil on the back.)
The one and only Herman Foster, indeed – a pianist who only cut a handful of records, but always managed to leave his mark! You might know Foster from his wonderful work with Lou Donaldson in the early 60s Blue Note years, or his bluesy albums as a leader for Columbia around the same time ... read moreCD
Massive keyboard work from Ronnie Foster – one of his sweet funky 70s sets for Blue Note – and a killer all the way through! Ronnie plays a host of cool keys – Hammond, clavinet, and moog – and he's working here with tight production from George Benson, who really helps ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Library copy, with tape stains along the seams, a cut corner, sticker on the spine and notations in pen.)
Amazing stuff by Ronnie Foster – a sweet little album of slow funky keyboard tones, much more loosely arranged than his later work, with a dope groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop – and although ... read moreCD
Amazing stuff by Ronnie Foster – a sweet little album of slow funky keyboard tones, much more loosely arranged than his later work, with a dope groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop – and although ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky big band stuff, and sort of a lost LP on the great GWP label. The tracks are all long, with that sort of rockin' big band sound that's similar to the funky 70's Stan Kenton recordings, or some of the records by the Daly Wilson Big Band. The album includes 4 tracks – two originals, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
How many different iterations of the "Four Brothers" were there? We don't know, but as near as we can tell, this grouping might most resemble the "original", with four West coast heavies joining forces for a swinging side. Originally making up the sax section of Woody Herman's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice bit of trippy electric jazz cuts by this short-lived group that included Michael White, Mike Nock, and Eddie Marshall. Nock's Fender Rhodes playing is excellent, and he spins out lots of blocky rhythmic chords – especially on the title track, "Sun & Moon Have Come ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Henry Franklin —
Skipper ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
One of the greatest moments ever from west coast bassman Henry Franklin – a set of soaring, spiritual power – and a key demonstration of his rich energy as a leader! Franklin heads a wicked lineup here – playing both Fender and acoustic bass amidst other players who include Bill ... read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)
Brilliant basswork from Henry Franklin – one of the hippest cats handling his instrument on the west coast in the 70s – working here with a wicked ensemble of soulful, righteous players! Franlin's bass sets the tone of the record right from the very first note – but the album's a ... read moreCD
A great batch of sunny soul jazz numbers – recorded by Wayne Henderson at a time when he was scoring big with the Jazz Crusaders! This combo's very much in the vein of Wayne's work with that more famous group – but they've got a bit of a tighter approach, playing more in a "soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Freedom Sounds featuring Wayne Henderson —
Soul Sound System ... LP Atlantic, 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
The second album by The Freedom Sounds – a very cool west coast soul jazz collective, headed by Wayne Henderson, and featuring a great mix of jazz, soul, and Latin rhythms! This set's a little more ambitious than the group's first album – with a number of tracks that groove in a very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Great later work from Bud Freeman – blowing here in a comfortable and relaxed setting that really fits the mood of the Swingville imprint – and getting equally great help from a small combo of players that includes Shorty Baker on trumpet, Claude Hopkins on piano, George Duvivier on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary bit of funk – and a killer record from one of the most unique guitarists ever! George Freeman's got a sound and a style unlike any other player we can think of – an approach to funky guitar that's often got a really hard touch on the strings, and which gets nice and noisy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary bit of funk – and a killer record from one of the most unique guitarists ever! George Freeman's got a sound and a style unlike any other player we can think of – an approach to funky guitar that's often got a really hard touch on the strings, and which gets nice and noisy ... read moreCD
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's one of the funkiest ever from guitarist George Freeman, and one of the few to really hit that messed-up groove he was working in the clubs before his mid 70s retreat to Chicago! The style here is often all over the map – a mix of soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Russ Freeman/Richard Twardzik —
Trio ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1954. Very Good ...
One of the rarest albums on the Pacific Jazz label from the 50s – featuring a side apiece of trio material by pianists Russ Freeman and Richard (aka Dick) Twardzik. Both players were known as accompanists of Chet Baker during his sublime mid 50s run at Pacific Jazz – and although ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy first pressing, with deep groove! Cover has some clear tape on top and bottom seams but is still nice overall. Vinyl is clean.)
Part of a great series from the group of trumpeter Paolo Fresu – one that features the combo playing only work composed by a specific member of the lineup! This time around, the quintet handles the work of saxophonist Tino Tracanna, who plays soprano and tenor, and seems to get a bit more ... read moreCD
A bit less swinging than the usual album from trumpeter Paolo Fresu, but a set that more than makes up for that change with a rich depth in sound! The tracks here are all originals by Fresu – many of them shorter numbers that almost have a soundtrack scope in their feeling – even ... read moreCD
Some of the earliest work we've ever heard from German tenorist Joki Freund – a player who'd trip out a bit more in later years, but who blows here with a sound that's sharp, modern, and very swinging throughout! The group features trombone from Albert Mangelsdorff, who's also on the ... read moreCD
Some of the earliest work we've ever heard from German tenorist Joki Freund – a player who'd trip out a bit more in later years, but who blows here with a sound that's sharp, modern, and very swinging throughout! The group features trombone from Albert Mangelsdorff, who's also on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest, grooviest albums we've ever heard from vibist Dave Friedman – a set that really lives up to the promise we sometimes expect from other records of his, but never find this clearly! Friedman plays both marimba and vibes – the latter with this bold, chromatic quality ... read moreCD
Lotte Anker plays a host of different saxophones here – used in a free flurry of tones and timings next to the wonderfully creative guitar work of Fred Frith – still amazing after all these years! The set's one of those records that reminds us how wonderful improvisation can be when it' ... read moreCD
Funky organ tracks by the keyboardist from the group Traffic! The record's got a very heavy Brit beat group sound – with a mix of the Jimmy McGriff Sue organ style that was so popular in the UK. The record's got a bit of rock-sounding tunes, but also some nice funky moments! Cuts include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear aging and splitting.)
Joki Freund —
Yogi Jazz ... LP CBS/Be! (Germany), 1963. New Copy Tri-fold (reissue)...
Tremendous early work from German saxophonist Joki Freund – a player who would go onto much greater fame in the progressive years at the end of the 60s, but who already sounds plenty darn great on this early combo side from 1963! The style of the work is incredibly hip – with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing, with tri-fold cover just like the original record!)
Tremendous early work from German saxophonist Joki Freund – a player who would go onto much greater fame in the progressive years at the end of the 60s, but who already sounds plenty darn great on this early combo side from 1963! The style of the work is incredibly hip – with a ... read moreCD
(Cool tri-fold version – just like the original album cover!)
Mindblowing sounds from Japanese bassist Isoo Fukui – one of a handful of 70s players on that scene who really helped reinvent the sound of his instrument in jazz! Isoo really drives the group here up from the bottom – by playing both bass and cello with these well-inflected notes that ... read moreCD
A seminal session from Curtis Fuller – one of a handful he cut for Savoy, recorded during that late 50s/early 60s period when he seemed poised to become one of the biggest trombonists in jazz! (Whatever happened? How did he cut so many records as a leader so fast, then slide back into being ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the "bottomest" albums you'll ever hear – as trombonist Curtis Fuller meets baritone saxophonist Tate Houston – for a real session of "bone" and "bari" grooving that's one of the most striking Blue Notes of the time! The album features the pair ... read moreCD
A very unique album by Curtis Fuller – quite different than any of his other records at the time! The session has Curtis blowing on tunes from the score to Cabin In The Sky – arranged by Manny Albam, and performed by a large group that includes Freddy Hubbard, Hank Jones, and Bob ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing in a high gloss cover with a small cutout hole and stereo stickers.)