One of the rare early albums on the Detroit based Tribe label, now made legendary by the compilations on Soul Jazz and PVine. Tenor player Wendell Harrison leads a group that includes Marcus Belgrave, Charles Eubanks, and Phil Ranelin, and which features occasional poetry by the "Black ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rare early albums on the Detroit based Tribe label, now made legendary by the compilations on Soul Jazz and P-Vine. Tenor player Wendell Harrison leads a group that includes Marcus Belgrave, Charles Eubanks, and Phil Ranelin, and which features occasional poetry by the "Black ... 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 talents of Wendell Harrison never cease to amaze us – and this big band live recording represents yet another chapter in his long and richly varied career! The set features Harrison leading an 18 piece group, plus a smaller clarinet ensemble – all recorded live at the Detroit ... read moreCD
A superb album from vocalist Johnny Hartman – a later date, but one that we'd rank right up there with his important Impulse Records material of the 60s! In fact, the album's something of a return to greatness for Hartman – the kind of date that should have become a jazz standard, had ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steven Hashimoto's Mothra —
Giri ... CD Asian Improv, 2000. Used ...
Greg Hatza Organization —
Organ ... CD Palmetto, 1995. Used ...
(Punch through barcode.)
Hampton Hawes —
Seance ... CD Contemporary/OJC, 1966. Used ...
A nice title for this mid 60s set from Hampton Hawes – given that by this time in his career, Hawes often hits these spun-out lines that are completely entrancing – almost enough to spirit us away to the underworld! The album's a live one, but done with an intimate feel – and ... read moreCD
The darkly brooding image of Hampton Hawes on the front cover of this one is a real standout in the mostly-sweet cover lineup of the Contemporary label – but it's also a great indication of the sound of the record, which is something different than most of its contemporaries! Hawes is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and a small mark from sticker removal.)
The complete sessions by the best-known early version of The Hampton Hawes Trio – one that featured Red Mitchell on bass and Chuck Thompson on drums, heard here on the group's first three albums for the Contemporary label! The Hawes approach to the keys was a very popular one at the time ... read moreCD
A classic split album of bop piano from both coasts – kind of a double-header in jazz, and one that really packs a punch! Hamp Hawes represents the west coast – and unlike his cool jazz contemporaries, he's grooving hard in a quartet that includes Larry Bunker on vibes, Larry Marable ... read moreCD
Some of the most beautiful work we've heard from Evan Parker in a long time – sublime duets on tenor with pianist Alexander Hawkins – on long, improvised tracks that build up with a really sort of special energy between the players! Parker's got a way of being every bit as sharp and ... 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
The Hawk, in prime late form, lays down some beautiful tenor solos over gentle bossa nova accompaniment – working in a mode that's much more satisfying than just a "classic player meets bossa" session, angularly crafting the solos with that dark edge that he had in all of his later ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label 70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner & light wear.)
The Hawk, in prime late form, lays down some beautiful tenor solos over gentle bossa nova accompaniment – working in a mode that's much more satisfying than just a "classic player meets bossa" session, angularly crafting the solos with that dark edge that he had in all of his later ... read moreCD
Gritty grooves from Coleman Hawkins – a set that has the aging tenorist still working in swing-based formation, but with a much blusier tone than on his Verve albums of the decade! The group's a small one – with Hawkins on tenor and Charlie Shavers on trumpet – plus some ... read moreCD
A key album in the reintroduction of Coleman Hawkins in the late 50s – recorded in a style that still bears a lot of traces of earlier years, but at a time when Hawk was being claimed as a key influence by a variety of younger modernists! The set's got a sense of freedom that's really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White & blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has some tape on the seams, and some light wear.)
Massive later music from Coleman Hawkins – a date that might be easy to overlook, given the unassuming package – but one that really features that newfound mix of modernism and soul that graced the later years of Hawk! The setting is a bit unusual, but that's part of the charm – ... 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
A beautiful record – but that's no surprise, since most of the later work of Coleman Hawkins tends to be great! The setting is quite laidback – and Hawkins' time-weathered tenor is placed in a perfect setting with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Major Holley on bass, and Eddie Locke on drums. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original orange and black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover waviness & staining from seepage along the left half, with a center split top seam.)
Erskine Hawkins/Charlie Barnet/Bud Freeman —
Europa Jazz ... LP Europa Jazz (Italy), 1981. Sealed ...
The rarest of the 2 Billy Hawks albums for Prestige – both of which are pretty darn rare! Although called a "blues" musician by the label, Billy plays organ in a style that's more in keeping with some of the funky jazz artists on Prestige – especially on the instrumental ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Four rare tracks from the great Billy Hawks – one of the most unique artists to record for Prestige Records during their soul jazz years of the 60s! Billy's an organist, but he's also a singer, too – one who works in this great space between jazz, blues, and soul – and which fits ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
An excellent lost album on Vee Jay! The album's one of the few ever cut as a leader by Louis Hayes – a very soulful talent who's probably best known for his work with Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley during the late 50s. Hayes' has a wonderful approach to the record – borrowing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original rainbow label pressing with deep groove.)
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
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
Late live work from the legendary Tubby Hayes – but material that still shows the tenor giant at the height of his powers! All tracks are nice and long, and really let Hayes stretch out – not just on tenor, but also on flute – an instrument that he plays with this surprisingly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very very cool live set from the great tenorist Tubby Hayes – one that has him working in an unusual quartet with Louis Stewart on guitar – a setting that makes a really nice change for Hayes! The track are all very long and open – three of the four are past the ten minute mark ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cracker of an album – as fresh today as it was when it was first released in 1963! Roy Haynes is probably best known to the world for his bop work, but in the early 60s, he was a budding modernist with a real sense for lyrical improvisation. As part of a generation that was working on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Roy Haynes —
Senyah ... LP Mainstream, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A real standout in the career of drummer Roy Haynes – and a sweet set of spiritual jazz from the 70s, unlike most other albums that Haynes ever cut! The lineup here is totally great – with George Adams on tenor, Marvin Peterson on trumpet, and Roland Prince on guitar – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Roy Haynes & Quincy Jones —
Jazz Abroad ... LP EmArcy/Doxy, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)...
Excellent work by both of the players listed as leaders – and the beginning of a huge tradition of American jazzmen in Europe that would culminate in the glory days of the Clarke-Boland Big Band scene! The record features sessions cut by Haynes in Stockholm, with Sahib Shihab on baritone and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Hammond funk and soul jazz from Chris Hazleton and his Boogaloo 7 – recorded live at the Green Lady Lounge in Kansa City! Soul Jazz Fridays is a timeless joy any damn day, the Hazleton riffing mightly on B-3, with a wonderful group – including Matt Hopper on guitar, Danny Rojas and Pat ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album by this legendary 70s funk combo – best known as Herbie Hancock's backing band, but sounding great here on their own. The album's much more of a solid soul effort than the first one – which was great, but felt more like Herbie Had stepped out of the studio for a minute ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A definite thumper from the young Jimmy Heath – proof that he was always one of the hippest cats in his scene, even at the start! The record's ostensibly a blowing session with a handful of like-minded hardboppers from the late 50s – but as usual for Heath, the overall sound is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original small blue label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has wide masking tape on all seams.)
Kuumba-Toudie Heath —
Kawaida ... LP Obe, 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
A super-hip batch of soul jazz tracks by Albert Toodie Heath of the Heath Brothers – working here on a rare session as a leader, with a sound that's right up there with the Heath Brothers' early work for Strata East!! The lineup is incredible – as Heath is joined by players that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hardly the funky set you might guess from the title, but a really compelling set of Finnish jazz from the early 70s – one that's got a contemplative sense of sound, right up there with some of the best ECM material from the time! The project is led by pianist Esa Helasvuo, who also seems to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Heliopolar Egg (Hartmut Geerken/Michael Ranta) —
Live In Kabul ... LP Sagittarius (Italy), 1976. New Copy 2LP ...
An extended improvised performance from the legendary Heliopolar Egg – a free improv duo formed in Cairo in the early 70s, but recorded here in Kabul – where mainman Hartmut Geerken was living at the time! You might know Geerken for some of his work with Sun Ra and the Arkestra – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arista Freedom release of 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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a promo sticker, and some light wear.)
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
A seminal session from the St Louis scene of the early 70s – one that was humming nearly as much as Chicago was with the AACM at the time! As with the larger organization in the Windy City, St Louis had the Black Artists Group – of which Julius Hemphill was a key member, forming fresh ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2LP pressing – remastered from the original tapes and sounding better than ever – and pressed on 200 gram vinyl!)
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 first compilation to really do justice to jazz funk legend Eddie Henderson – and a great one, too! Henderson's spacey trumpet style graced some of the best Blue Note and Capitol jazz sides to come out during the 70s – and his open-ended snakey way of playing was very different than ... read moreCD
Eddie Henderson —
Mahal ... CD Capitol (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A stone classic from trumpeter Eddie Henderson – and a record that illustrates why he was such a key part of helping the spiritual jazz underground of the 70s find a wider audience at the time! The album's balanced between the freer styles of Eddie's roots and the tighter, soulful modes of ... read moreCD
Some of the most ambitious electric work from Joe Henderson to date – a record that really has him stretching out from his previous small combo keyboard sets, into a space that's much fuller and even more righteous! Frequent partner George Cables is very much in force on electric piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has light surface wear and a bit of marker on back. Labels have some marker.)
A stone killer from the early Blue Note years of tenorist Joe Henderson – a key example of why the label had so much faith in him right from the start, and why Henderson's horn was quite different than so many other players of the 60s! There's a sharp edge here, but there's also a soulful ... read moreCD
A classic straight session by Joe Henderson – cut during his early years, when he was breaking out of the box with a heck of a lot of fire! Kenny Dorham's subdued lyricism complements Joe's impassioned playing over the angular, yet still-swinging rythm section of Andrew Hill, Eddie Kahn and ... read moreCD
A classic straight session by Joe Henderson – cut during his early years, when he was breaking out of the box with a heck of a lot of fire! Kenny Dorham's subdued lyricism complements Joe's impassioned playing over the angular, yet still-swinging rythm section of Andrew Hill, Eddie Kahn and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 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
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
Sweet jazzy instrumentals from Jamaica – mellow, moonlight numbers by vibes player Lennie Hibbert and an amazing group of Carribbean players – coming together beautifully on one of his earliest records as a leader! Coming in the early 60s, there's a wonderful Afro-Carribbean jazzy soul ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreCD
Sweet jazzy instrumentals from Jamaica – mellow, moonlight numbers by vibes player Lennie Hibbert and an amazing group of Carribbean players – coming together beautifully on one of his earliest records as a leader! Coming in the early 60s, there's a wonderful Afro-Carribbean jazzy soul ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful testament to the soul and sensitivity of the music of John Hicks – a loving tribute to the late, great pianist – handled here by some of his closest jazz associates! Even without Hicks' compositions, the group would be great enough – but given that John's musical ... read moreCD
Really swinging work from one of our favorite drummers ever – a set that has Billy Higgins working with pianist Cedar Walton and tenorist Bob Berg – in a groove that's right up there with their famous Eastern Rebellion recordings! Walton's piano has a tone that's recorded a bit more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest saxophonists of the west coast R&B scene of the 50s – served up here in a host of classic singles for the Combo label! Back in the day, Chuck had a groove that could equally skirt jazz, R&B, and early rock and roll – a hard-blown tenor quality that was raspy, ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
An excellent batch of soulful and funky instrumental tracks – super-dope 70s work from funky arranger Monk Higgins! The album grooves in the best blacksploitation soundtrack mode – as Monk plays tenor sax and organ in the set, over slinky stepping arrangements that feature Paul ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Two fantastic sides of jazz by this all-female quartet from the 70s – a group who serve up these tunes for a film titled Woman To Woman – but who work here at a level that stands more than well enough on its own! "Common Woman" begins with this wonderful tenor line from Cyndy ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A really great session from pianist Andrew Hill – and one of his few post-Blue Note sessions to feature a horn player! The style of the set draws from a few strands of Hill's career – in that Hill is playing in some freely exploratory piano modes, yet also manages to swing soulfully ... read moreCD