Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band —
Obatala ... CD Enja, 1989. Used ...
An 80s classic from one of the hippest Latin jazz ensembles of its time – the wonderful Fort Apache band of trumpeter/percussionist Jerry Gonzalez! As with other albums from the group, the key strength here is Jerry's choice of compadres – a great lineup of jazzmen who understand both ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band —
Pensativo ... CD Milestone, 1995. Used ...
The river is deep and the sound is wide – as the set features wonderful work from the Fort Apache Band of trumpeter/percussionist Jerry Gonzalez – recorded at a point when the group was really starting to cook! The music has its roots in Afro-Cuban styles, but stretches out with plenty ... read moreCD
A great split LP – featuring 2 sessions both arranged by Jack Montrose! First up is Meet Mr Gordon –brilliant work by one of our favorite talents of 50s west coast jazz! Bob Gordon was a baritone player, but one who really knew how to swing – and he worked in a style that was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing! Cover has some wear, splitting and clear tape over the seams. Vinyl plays with clicks and crackles.)
One of Dexter's best sessions from the 70s – and one that's got more soul, more power, and more ensemble playing than a lot of his other "soloist with European rhythm section" albums. The group's a great one – with Thad Jones, Hank Jones, and Louis Hayes laying down some very ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Dexter Gordon —
Clubhouse ... LP Blue Note, 1965/1979. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Rare Blue Note work from Dexter Gordon – an album that was recorded during Gordon's legendary run for the label in the 60s, but not issued until a brief vinyl pressing nearly 15 years later! The record's got Gordon vamping in tight hardbop formation – a sound that's strongly 60s Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great overview of Dexter Gordon's excellent recordings for Blue Note in the early 60s! Titles include "Tanya", "Clear The Dex", "You've Changed", "Modal Mood", "Ernie's Tune", "Soy Califas", and "Shiny Stockings". LP, Vinyl record album
A warmly collaborative effort from Dexter Gordon – one of his most satisfying albums from the late 70s Columbia revival, thanks to the presence of a hip array of guest artists! The album was recorded both live and in the studio – but the feeling is relatively spontaneous throughout ... read moreCD
Dex's famous return to New York in the mid 70s – recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1977, and featuring some of his best group-heavy playing of the decade! The quintet is fantastic – and includes Woody Shaw, Ronnie Matthews, Stafford James, and Louis Hayes. Features versions of Shaw's ... read moreCD
One of the first great European statements from tenorist Dexter Gordon – a 1967 live recording that really lets Dexter stretch out, and show an even deeper side of his talents than on his 60s albums for Blue Note! The rhythm section here is rock solid – Kenny Drew on piano, Neils ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late live recordings from the mighty Dexter Gordon – wonderful material recorded at the Keystone Korner in the late 70s, with an inventively-blown power to match Gordon's earlier live sets from the European scene! The format here is similar – with Dexter out front, laying down ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A variety of groups, some with Dex on tenor. Other players include Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on soprano sax, Cedar Walton and Herbie Hancock on piano, and Billy Higgins and Tony Williams on drums. Titles include "Berangere's Nightmare 2", " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite Dexter Gordon sessions for Blue Note – and a unique album that's one of the first to illustrate his growing role in the European jazz scene! The group's a quartet – which let's Dex stand out front with plenty of space for marvelous tenor work – and it features ... read moreCD
A really wonderful album from Dexter Gordon's later years at Columbia – and a rare session that pairs larger arrangements with his soulful voice on the tenor and soprano saxophone! Although other players worked often in this mode, the record may well be the only one of its type for Dexter ... read moreCD
Lots of small combo work with Herbie on piano, Dex on tenor, Pierre Michelot or Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams or Billy Higgins on drums. Titles include "Still Time", "Minuit Aux Champs Elysees", "Chan's Song", "Fair Weather", "The Peacocks" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dexter Gordon & Wardell Gray —
Hunt ... LP Savoy, 1947. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A rarity from the bop era – hard-blowing tracks that run for a duration that's way longer than the standard three minutes of most 78rpm singles. Here, Gordon and Gray blow head to head in some of their famous "battle" sessions – working with players like Sonny Criss, Howard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare slice of work from Dexter Gordon – an early 70s live date in Paris, recorded by Jef Gilson, and featuring the George Arvanitas trio as a rhythm section, plus trumpet by the great Sonny Grey! The mix of players is totally great, and makes for a record that's fresher than some of Dex' ... read moreCD
LA bebop jam session material, featuring two long tracks recorded live in the city of angels, probably illegally by Savoy's Herman Lubinsky, who was a noted crook. Who cares, though, as the sides give us a great picture of the kind of lively cutting jam sessions that were ripping through the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing. Cover has light wear and a name in pen on the back, along the opening.)
An excellent album from trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – and one that has a hell of a lot more to offer than the simple "bebop" promise of the title! Sure, there's something of a bop approach to a few of the tunes – but overall, the album's a myriad of colors, tones, and pulsating ... read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)
Beautiful Brazilian-tinged jazz from the legendary Dusko Goykovich – one of the best new albums we've heard from the European trumpeter in a long time, and one of the few that really lives up to the cross-cultural genius of his key albums from many years back! As you'd guess from the title, ... read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)
Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal Waldron —
Swinging Macedonia ... LP Enja/Be! (Germany), 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A legendary German session from the 60s – and a record that really showcases the unusual criss-crossing of modes that was going on in the European scene at the time! There's a very strong MPS vibe here – as trumpeter Dusko Goykovich leads a swinging sextet that includes Nathan Davis on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Georg Graewe/Ernst Reijseger/Gerry Hemingway —
Sonic Fiction ... CD Hat Art (Switzerland), 1989. Used ...
The title's "sonic fiction", not "science fiction" – but the sound here draws a great deal from that confusion of terms – as the blend of elements in the set often has a stark, almost academic nature – a sound that's as cerebral as it is experimental – ... read moreCD
Not the usual sort of reggae or rocksteady you might expect from the Jamaican scene in the 60s – but instead a brilliant set of jazz work that shows the roots of so many styles to come! The work here isn't straight jazz – as in an American mode – but the group does have a sextet ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreCD
A very cool mixing of acoustic modes – a set that features the famous jazz violin of Stephane Grappelli joining the rootsy group of mandolin man David Grisman! The mix of modes is quite haunting – and Grappelli's old school lines really do a lot in the company of Grisman's new acoustic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stephane Grappelli & Michel Petrucciani —
Flamingo ... CD Dreyfus (France), 1995. Used ...
One of the best-ever documents of the young genius of tenorist Wardell Gray – exactly the kind of music that shows why he was one of the biggest and best of the bop saxophonists – before he was taken away from us all too soon! The material here was originally issued on 78s or 45s, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 50th street NYC Pressing. Cover has heavy wear, aged masking tape on all seams, with a split bottom seam and pen on the back. Vinyl plays with numerous clicks and crackles.)
Great Jazz Trio —
Chapter II ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
The second part of a great Japanese-only session recorded in 1980 – one that features a later edition of the Great Jazz Trio – with Eddie Gomez on bass and Al Foster on drums, next to piano by usual group member Hank Jones! The set's got a hipper feel than usual for the group – ... read moreCD
A great Tokyo meeting from this wonderful trio – and a great little record that even stands out from most of their others from the time! The set's got a surprising amount of original material by the members of the group – as each player contributes at least one title – and these ... read moreCD
The title's a wonderful one – given the warmth and great spirit of this legendary trio – a near-perfect assemblage of the talents of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums! Both Carter and Williams help Hank to hit the hipper side of his talents for the 70s ... read moreCD
A bit of a change for The Great Jazz Trio, but a great one too – given that Buster Williams is on bass here, instead of the usual Ron Carter – working with drummer Tony Williams and pianist Hank Jones to really make things sparkle! Buster's bass is always a treat, and this album's no ... read moreCD
Great Jazz Trio —
Milestones ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
One of a number of late 70s milestones from the Great Jazz Trio – that sublime grouping of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums! Like the rest of their gems from the time, the album's got this simple, subtle brilliance – a way of approaching piano trio ... read moreCD
A bit of a variation on Hank Jones' Great Jazz Trio – at least in comparison to the group's better-known records from the Japanese scene in the late 70s and early 80s – but a variation that brings along some mighty nice changes, too! The rhythm section duo here is especially vibrant ... read moreCD
Although Grant Green has been getting a lot of attention lately for his heavy-duty funk work of the late 60s, it's the subtly beautiful work of the early 60's that first caught our attention years ago. From the start of his young career, Green was an amazing player who had developed a unique ... read moreCD
Soulful, spiritual work from guitarist Grant Green – an exploration of older tunes with a hip Blue Note 60s soul jazz approach! The album features Grant working in a quartet with Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins, and Butch Warren – plus some added tambourine on a number of tracks – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic record from Grant Green's important early years – originally recorded for the Jazztime label in 1961 (and released under Dave Bailey's name), reissued in this form in the 70's by Muse. The record's got an amazingly sharp quintet lineup that features Green, Bailey, Frank Haynes on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A warmly melodic session from Blue Note's greatest guitarist! The sound of the set's as evocative as the title – an idle moment of space between the notes, explored by Green's tight single-note work on guitar – and wonderfully supported by a lineup that includes Joe Henderson, Bobby ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This one was recorded in 1968, issued briefly on a small label, and then finally pressed for the larger masses during the early 70s by the Cobblestone label. Despite this checkered history, though, the album's one of Green's best small group recordings – and features a classic jazz organ ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soaring set from guitarist Grant Green – a really amazing double-length set that caps off his legendary run for Blue Note – done with a vibe that's different than most of his other work for the label! Like some of the other Lighthouse sessions from Blue Note – particularly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original UA pressing.)
Grant Green —
Solid ... LP Blue Note, 1964. Very Good+ ...
An excellent set by Grant Green – recorded in 1964, but not issued until close to 1980, when Blue Note first pulled it out of the vaults, and dropped it on the world! The session's a great one – with an unusual lineup that features Green's guitar in a sextet, with McCoy Tyner on piano, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums ever from guitarist Grant Green – an amazingly stretched-out session that's served up with a good deal of modal jazz in the rhythms – and a date that features killer work from Larry Young on organ and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes! The pair join Green in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Vinyl plays with a click on side 1, track 1 & side 2, tracks 1 & 2.)
A wicked late Blue Note album from Grant Green – quite different than his smaller combo work from the early years, and done with some great larger arrangements that feature some ultra-hip vibes from the legendary Billy Wooten! Wooten's as great here as on his famous work with the Ninteenth ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has ringwear, a split top seam & partially split bottom.)
A large group date recorded for ABC by Urbie Green – one that shows Urbie's fluid talents amidst a bigger ensemble, soaring alongside a few other trombones! The album features work from three different dates – and players include Chauncey Walsh, Jack Satterfield, Lou McGarity, and Rex ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two rare ABC albums from trombonist Urbie Green – back to back on one CD! First up is the quintet session Blues & Other Shades Of Green – one of the most obscure small group dates by Green – a heck of a great player who was too often lost amidst larger ensembles! The album's ... read moreCD
One of the strongest albums ever cut by trombonist Urbie Green – a player who had a heck of a lot of talent, but who unfortunately could sometimes end up in some schmaltzy settings. Fortunately, this isn't one of them – as the group includes players like Jimmy Lyon on piano, Oscar ... read moreCD
One of the few vocal albums on Blue Note's short lived 89000 series – and one of the only few ever cut by the obscure singer Dodo Greene! Green's got this raspy voice that's just great – somewhat fragile, but not in a wispy way – kind of honest and human, and somewhere in the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing – with Van Gelder stamp and ear – in great shape! Bottom cover seam has a tiny split in the middle, but is beautiful overall.)
Quite a groovy little record from writer Eloise Greenfield – done in a unique style that has the poet interacting with a set of children throughout – who sing and recite both lyrics and poetry, with this honest approach that almost recalls some of the hipper jazz/poetry projects on ... read moreCD
A sweet sweet groover from Max Greger Jr – the younger member of the famous jazz family, working here in a style that's a lot lighter than his dad's music! The album features Greger's piano tippling out nicely over some warm studio grooves – a mix of soul and strings that takes plenty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A long-overdue project from trombonist Dick Griffin – a musician who first got his start in Sun Ra's band during the 60s, and who makes his long-overdue nod to his leader here with a really wonderful all-star group! The set's neither a Ra-styled outing, nor a set of Ra covers – and ... read moreCD
A tremendous bit of 70s soul jazz – a rare post-Strata East session by trombonist Dick Griffin, recorded with a super hip group and a very righteous sound! The album grooves with a great mix of modal and electric styles – strong solos out front, and some incredibly wonderful rhythms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful album from trombonist Dick Griffin – recorded recently, but every bit as great as his 70s work on the Strata East label! The set has Griffin working with a quintet of key older players – James Spaulding on alto and flute, George Cables on bass, Cecil McBee on bass, ... read moreCD
One of those ubiquitous Milestone 70s two-fers combining two nice sides from the little giant. The first set is Big Soul Band, a sweet little album from Johnny – quite different than most of his other sessions at the time, as this one features a big band, as the title says – filled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, some seam splitting, and a peeled spot from sticker removal.)
A stellar early Johnny Griffin recording for Blue Note, and one that features him in a larger group with Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, and Wynton Kelly. As the "blowing session" title might imply, this set features long tracks that let the players get in plenty of soloing (and, ... read moreCD