Ahmed Abdul-Malik —
Spellbound ... CD Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1964. New Copy ...
Sublime sounds from the always-amazing Ahmed Abdul-Malik – a jazz bassist at heart, but also a musician with a great ear for Eastern instrumentation as well! Ahmed cut a few key records at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – and this spellbinding set may well be one of his ... read moreCD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Group – Live ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1986. New Copy ...
Vintage work from this overlooked group from the New York scene of the 80s – an all-star lineup that features Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Marion Brown on alto sax, Billy Bang on violin, Sirone and Fred Hopkins on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums! The tracks are long, and there's a loose, ... read moreCD
A series of amazing recordings from one of Japan's most important avant jazz musicians of the 70s – reedman Kaoru Abe, who was able to go head to head with some of the most inventive, creative free jazz artists of the European scene – but all with a style that's uniquely his own! In a ... read moreCD
A masterpiece of chromes and tones from the legendary John Abercrombie – an album that's a beautiful summation of all the special style he's brought to his guitar work over the years! That subtle shading that John had back at the start is still very firmly in place, but he group's also ... read moreCD
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the ... read moreCD
George Adams & Don Pullen —
City Gates ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
George Adams and Don Pullen knock it out of the park on this one – finding great company in each other's presence, and really moving things forward in the process! The set begins with a long track titled "Mingus Metamorphosis", and that really sums up the spirit of the record ... read moreCD
Jason Adasiewicz —
Spacer ... CD Delmark, 2011. New Copy ...
One of the most amazing players to ever pick up the vibes – an artist with the sort of boundless creativity that Walt Dickerson and Bobby Hutcherson brought to the instrument in the 60s! Jason Adasiewicz has an amazing ear for both sound and music – and manages to balance the two ... read moreCD
Killer work from the same sessions that gave the world Cannonball Adderley's classic Black Messiah album – live material from an extended stretch as the Troubadour club in LA – featuring a very righteous, freewheeling version of Cannonball's group! The lineup features some wonderful ... read moreCD
Two different 60s performances by Cannonball Adderley – both recorded in Amsterdam for the Concertgebouw jazz series! The first half of the album has Cannon working with a classic quintet – one of those groups that helped virtually invent the sound of soul jazz at the start of the 60s ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from the massive electric years of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of the group's last records to feature the keyboards of Joe Zawinul – and also one of the heaviest from the time! The set's a double-length gem that presents the group in an open live setting – ... read moreCD
Nat Adderley's not actually busking in the subway – but instead playing a smoking little set at the Subway Nightclub in Cologne – working with an excellent group that includes Vincent Herring on alto sax, and some excellent rhythm work from the trio of Rob Bargad on piano, Walter Booker ... read moreCD
A wonderfully-done session of Latin jazz – played by a combo formed to pay tribute to the music of Cuban composer Emiliano Salvador! The group on the set is totally great – and features piano by Chuco Valdes, trombone by Juan Pablo Torres, tenor and flute from Juan Manuel, and congas ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
A great little fusion set from Airto – recorded in a mode that's a great bridge between his acoustic roots and some of his smoother albums in years to come! The sound has some key electric elements here – bits of bass, guitar, and keyboards – but there's still a strongly acoustic ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Don't let the title fool you, because although the cover of the record says "Many Sides Of Toshiko", the album only features one – her great approach to bop-inflected trio material – recorded here in a classic Verve session with a distinct Bud Powell influence! Not that we're ... read moreCD
Compelling work from this European guitar talent – two albums on a single CD! On Tabernakel, guitarist Jan Akkerman bridges many worlds – deftly stepping between spare acoustic guitar modes and some much more dynamic electric ones – but all with a sense of care and vision that ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by pianist Tony Aless – an unsung hero of the big band years, especially in the Woody Herman group – and a great arranger too! This set's an all-original outing – a suite of tracks dedicated to Long Island, and played by a very hip group ... read moreCD
The music of Eric Alexander never fails to amaze us – and even though we own dozens of his albums from previous years, a record like this can make us sit up and take immediate notice all over again! Alexander's not just a great tenorist, he's also a great tunesmith – able to roll out ... read moreCD
A stone classic from pianist Monty Alexander – a live date recorded for MPS in the mid 70s, and a set with even more fire than his studio sides for the label! The sound here is quite freewheeling at times – not funky, but in a very romping, gutbuckety mode that marks Alexander as a ... read moreCD
(Great LP sleeve edition – new remastering, new notes, and even a picture of the original master tape!)
Monty Alexander —
Rass! ... CD MPS (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever cut by pianist Monty Alexander – a sweet Fender Rhodes session that's unlike most of his other work! There's a soulful, slinky groove to the whole set – a laidback approach to funk that's gotten the album sampled more than a few times over the ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from pianist Geri Allen – a set that features the musician both with her trio, and with a larger nonet that was put together as part of her winning the 1996 Jazzpar prize – as well as a set that features some great late work from trumpeter Johnny Coles! The first half of ... read moreCD
A lovely little Brazilian-styled set from tenorist Harry Allen – and one that features vocals and guitar from the wonderful Joyce! Almost all titles are originals by Antonio Carlos Jobim – as you'd guess from the title – but Allen's deep-voiced approach moves them into very ... read moreCD
Mose Allison is one of the coolest, grooviest singers ever to grace the face of jazz – a voice you'll recognize instantly, even if you don't know his name – and an artist who had a huge influence on the sound of the London scene in the 60s! Mose was mod before mod was a thing – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Classic work from one of the hippest jazz singers of all time – and a hell of a pianist too! Mose Allison began his recording career laying down piano on jazz sessions for Stan Getz and a few others – but here, he emerges as a fully-formed talent of his own – steeped in modes ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Herb Alpert seems to have lost his shirt on the way to the photo shoot for the album – but it looks like he's still got his trumpet to keep him warm! Joking aside, the album's a great one from the later Herb – one of those sets that has him turning his strong talent for a trumpet solo ... read moreCD
Herb Alpert —
Bullish ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1984. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A funky little set from trumpeter Herb Alpert – part of that second chapter move into the soul fusion territory that was taken up by some of the younger generation – and which turned out to be a surprisingly nice fit for Herb! The Tijuana Brass is listed here on the cover, but there's ... read moreCD
Two top trumpet talents – coming together beautifully on this groovy late 70s set! Both Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela had a big rise to fame in the 60s – Herb, for his Tijuana Brass albums on A&M – and Hugh, for the way that he brought South African jazz currents to the ... read moreCD
Masterful live set by Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela – recorded at The Roxy in LA in 1978! Both their studio record from the same year and this massive live recording work incredibly well – as they're both geniuses at blending distinctive global influences – but they really cook in ... read moreCD
One of the best records ever recorded by the Ambiance II Fusion Ensemble – a group led by sax player Daoud Abubakar Balewa – and grooving here in a mix of soul jazz and electric fusion that sounds pretty darn sweet overall! Daoud's got a pinched style to his reed work, creating a tone ... read moreCD
Beautifully subtle guitar work from Marcos Amorim – a musician who plays an electric instrument, but can often make it feel as if waves of sound are just cascading out gently into the air – more tone than attack on the strings, with this style that's deft, but very unassuming – ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
An early 80s look at Latin jazz from David Amram – with a who's who of Latin jazz players and stellar jazz musicians of other realms – including Paquito D'Riveria, Candido, Machito & Machito Jr, Brazilian percussion guru Duduca Fonseca, David Fathead Newman, Jimmy Knepper, Pepper ... read moreCD
Peter & Will Anderson with Ken Peplowski & Paquito —
Clarinet Summit ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Four clarinets working together wonderfully – not in some of the more experimental modes of such groups from the 80s, but in a hard-swinging style that's almost a "four brothers" approach to the instrument – thanks to some great rhythm at the core! The lineup features Peter ... read moreCD
Darol Anger & Barbara Higbie —
Tideline ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1982. New Copy ...
Piano and violin come together beautifully here – the former by Barbara Higbie, the latter by Darrol Anger – who also plays mandolin and cello as well! There's an acoustic balance here that's more jazz than some of the other Windham Hill albums of the time – especially in the ... read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
Stone swingers from the great Harry Arnold – a host of previously-unissued numbers from the late 50s – a time when Arnold easily had one of the best bands going on the continent! Arnold recorded an album around the same stretch with Quincy Jones – and the Q's a great comparison ... read moreCD
Previously unissued material from the great Harry Arnold – excellent mid 60s big band sessions, as creative as they are hard-swinging! Arnold's group here is at the top of its form – working together with a rich array of tones and colors that show the best legacies of 50s modern jazz ... read moreCD
Previously unissued work from Swedish bandleader Harry Arnold – and material that's a lot hipper than any of the sides he released in the US during the 50s and early 60s! There's a distinctly modern feel to these recordings, even though Arnold always manages to keep things swinging – a ... read moreCD
One of the greatest pairings of American and Swedish players of the 50s happened under the guidance of bandleader Harry Arnold – the top Swedish jazz orchestra leader of the time, and an artist who also managed to get a few American releases at the time! The tracks on this set are pulled ... read moreCD
"Fantastic" is right – because Dorothy Ashby is one of the coolest, grooviest people to ever lay her fingers on a harp – and just about one of the few who've ever found a way to use the instrument in a jazz-based setting! This mid 60s date is a pivotal one for Ashby – ... read moreCD
A pair of cool British TV soundtracks – both of which feature an action jazz style to rival the best early work of Henry Mancini for the television screen! First up is lost spy soundtrack work from the British composer Edwin Astley – best known for his work on The Saint and Danger Man, ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
A totally wonderful collection – even better than the first volume, and filled with rare and unusual work from this legendary British keyboardist! The set features loads of gems from Brian's early years – some mod piano rompers and heavy Hammond groovers – showing a very strong ... read moreCD
Some of the hippest early jazz to come from Australia – and an major indication that something great was going on in the scene down under! The album's got a bright modern edge right from the start – none of the hoke you'd guess from the title and cover image – and features ... read moreCD
A pivotal moment in the development of Australian jazz – as a quintet featuring Don Burrows, the country's greatest reed player of the 60s and 70s, got this rare chance to cut a record for a US label during an American tour! Even at a young age, Burrows is fantastic on a range of horns ... read moreCD
One of the rawest records we've ever heard from saxophonist Teodross Avery – a set that's very stripped-down, and only just features his tenor alongside drums from Marvin Bugalu Smith! The open setting has Avery really stretching out, in ways we've never heard before – maybe starting ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from trumpeter Benny Bailey – a musician who doesn't always get the chance to record as a leader, but one who always blows us away when he does! Benny in this setting is way different than in his work with bigger bands like the Clark/Boland Big Band, or the Quincy Jones ... read moreCD
Magnus Bakken with George Garzone —
Cycles ... CD AMP (Norway), 2016. New Copy ...
Brilliant twin saxophones here – the tenor of George Garzone, and tenor and soprano of leader Magnus Bakken – who really grabs our ears with his music on the set! The tunes are all originals penned and arranged by Mangus – and have this beautifully flowing vibe – angular ... read moreCD
SLAG ... CD Aerophonic, 2017. New Copy ...
Not the kind of album you'd expect from a junk-like term of "slag" – as the trio here are fantastically sharp, and play with a sense of urgency that maybe makes the whole thing one of the boldest statements from any of the three musicians in years! Dave Rempis is brilliant on both ... read moreCD
Billy Bang has always been one of the most incredible players on his instrument – a jazz violinist who could take the strings into freely creative territory, yet also somehow manage to swing – a balance that nobody ever seemed to manage as well as Bang! And while Billy's work in groups ... read moreCD
A real killer from Gato Barbieri – part of an excellent run of early 70s sessions for the Flying Dutchman label! The album was recorded live, and it's one of those real cookers that have him sounding a heck of a lot like Pharoah Sanders – blowing with these sharp, soulful tones – ... read moreCD
Gianni Bardaro & Pierluigi Villani —
Next Stop ... CD Verve (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
A great group from the contemporary Italian scene – a combo co-led by Gianni Bardaro on alto and soprano sax, and Pierluigi Villani on drums – but which features really bold colors from all members of the group! All tracks are originals, composed by the leaders – and they've got ... read moreCD
Kenny Barron —
Innocence ... CD Wolf/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
Sweet electric keys from Kenny Barron – one of those few excellent 70s albums that have the pianist hitting some Fender Rhodes! The record has Kenny playing electric on most of the set – in a mode that's as open, and spiritual as his best work for the Muse label – maybe even ... read moreCD
A wicked set from the great Gary Bartz – one done after his mid 70s association with Larry Mizell – but still very much in a similar groove! The album's a great blend of Gary's soulful alto work with sweet electric backings – often put together with that angular stepping mode he ... read moreCD
Late niceness from Count Basie – and a set that definitely lives up to its name – a really high energy set, and one of the few times that Basie ever recorded for the MPS label! The group here works with sharp arrangements from Chico O'Farrill – who's got that punchy groove he was ... read moreCD
A fantastic lost performance – only recently discovered by Peter Brotzmann in his tape archive – and a long-overdue presentation of a series of live duets with trombonist Johannes Bauer! The pair work together in a way that's almost like the best early spare sets on FMP – really ... read moreCD
Some of the purest work to ever capture the genius of Sidney Bechet were his recordings in Paris – where the respectful record labels allowed the reedman just the right sort of space for his amazing tone and heartfelt emotion! These sides are a bit late in Bechet's career, but really ... read moreCD
A cool little album from Joe Beck – very different than most of his other work! Although Beck's best known for his guitar work on funky 70s jazz records, this early album has him working in a mixture of rock, jazz, and folk styles – all cast in the hipster mode of Verve's Forecast ... read moreCD
A pretty wild album – and a really wonderful mixture of funky fusion and Spanish guitar, featuring tunes written by flamenco guitarist Sabicas, backed by arrangements handled by funky guitarist Joe Beck! The sound is pretty darn incredible – way better than you might think, and ... 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
Adam Ben Ezra —
Pin Drop ... CD Little Big Beat/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
Pretty wonderful sounds from Adam Ben Ezra – an artist who works here completely solo, but with a flowing range of sounds that's completely hypnotizing overall! Ezra's a bassist at heart, but also plays piano and clarinet on the record – and also vocalizes a bit, and adds in some foot ... read moreCD
Rare Tony Bennett material from a really unique source – a series of recordings that originally appeared on the Let's Go To Town radio show – a program sponsored by the National Guard, and never issued on any sort of commercial recordings! Bennett is at a wonderful point in his career ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A sweet funky classic from guitar genius George Benson – and a record that features some surprising soul arrangements from Pee Wee Ellis – also known for his classic work with the James Brown Band of the late 60s! Pee Wee's got a tighter groove here than on some of George's earlier CTI ... read moreCD
(Blu-Spec CD pressing!)
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
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 —
Lineage ... CD Red (Italy), 1989. New Copy ...
Low-burning tenor from Jerry Bergonzi – a player we grow to appreciate more and more as the years go by! Jerry starts this set off with a great reading of Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge" – which is a very apt choice, as Bergonzi's tenor has all the deep soul and modern edges we ... read moreCD
The tunes may be standards, by tenorist Jerry Bergonzi makes them into something else entirely with his performance here – taking these really open-ended runs on the familiar numbers, in these beautiful waves of soul and sound with Hammond organist Renato Chicco! The two work together at a ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from the great Josh Berman – one of the most important musicians on the Chicago underground scene of the past decade or so – not just for his work on cornet, but also for his warmly collaborative and supportive spirit! That quality really comes through here – on a ... read moreCD
A pretty fierce, full-on performance from this trio – improvised freely, and with a lot of intensity – in a way that you might expect from drummer Steve Noble and reedman Martin Kuchen, more than you'd guess from bassist Johan Berthling! Yet together, the three are a fantastic trio ... read moreCD
Binker & Moses (Binker Golding/Moses Boyd) —
Dem Ones ... CD Gearbox (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Just tenor and drums, coming together beautifully – the former from Binker Golding, the latter from Moses Boyd – a contemporary London duo who step out here in a soulful, almost spiritual mode! The music is loose, and very exploratory – yet never too free to swing – and ... read moreCD
A slightly different album than usual from saxophonist David Binney – a set that still features plenty of the leader's great work on alto sax, but which also includes a few electric textures, and sampled sonic moments – elements used sparely, on short tracks before the main instrumental ... read moreCD
Nat Birchall —
Creation ... CD Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Reedman Nat Birchall has been delighting our ears for almost a decade now – and during all that time, we've just grown more and more in love with his music – and continue to feel that he's one of the crowning jazz talents of our generation! Birchall belongs in the same spiritual ... read moreCD
Walter Bishop Jr —
Coral Keys ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
The keys are coral, and the sound is sublime – one of the greatest albums ever from pianist Walter Bishop Jr, and proof that he can really stretch out, given the right setting! The piano here is all acoustic, but there's an almost-electric vibe to the date – long, open tracks that sway ... read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)
One of Walter Bishop's greatest records – an amazing session that's as funky as it is spiritual – and quite different than most of Bishop's other work! The vibe here is wonderful – as Bish plays a host of keyboards, not just piano – and works in the company of other players ... read moreCD
A totally great group – all hip leaders who've given us great records on their own in recent years, working together here as a combo with a really fresh sound of its own! The music draws on the strengths of the individual members, but also really pushes forward, too – as their unified ... read moreCD
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
5 classic Blue Note albums from Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers – packaged in a single set, with tiny LP-styled covers! First up is 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 ... read moreCD
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
An Art Blakey double-header – two different groups, both recorded at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 1987! Blakey was still completely on fire well into the 80s – and CD1 documents a great performance with an excellent group of young Jazz Messengers, all players who'd go onto great fame ... read moreCD
Art Blakey —
Chippin In ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990. New Copy ...
Late Art Blakey – but great Blakey too, as Art never faltered a minute in the later years of his life, and continued to work with some of the best younger players he could find! Here, Art's leading a lineup that includes Brian Lynch on trumpet, Frank Lacy and Steve Davis on trombone, Javon ... read moreCD
One of the most stunning later sets from the great Art Blakey – a record that reminds us that although Blakey had a great talent for picking key younger players to work with during the 80s, he could also still be one hell of a drummer as well! The tracks here are incredibly long and open ... 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
Key proof that Art Blakey was still going strong in the late 70s – continuing his 60s legacy of working with the best young players he could find, in a setting that was bristling with sweet soul jazz energy! This version of The Jazz Messengers includes some tremendous players – ... read moreCD
A great Art Blakey lineup here, as usual – filled with fire from younger musicians who are really finding their voice in the Jazz Messengers – a group that includes Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Donald Harrison on alto, Jean Toussaint on tenor, and Mulgrew Miller on piano! Miller's ... read moreCD
Theo Bleckmann —
Elegy ... CD ECM (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
Theo Bleckmann's a singer unlike any other we can think of – a vocalist who moves in these moody, mysterious waves of sound – often quite dark, even on lighter material – and maybe one of the few male singers who's attempted to get anywhere near the modes of some of the more ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Four great albums from reedman Arthur Blythe – all together in one collection! First up is Lenox Avenue Breakdown – a stunning Columbia Records debut from Blythe! At the time of the date, Blythe had already spent years working in the jazz undergrounds on both coasts – developing ... read moreCD
An obscure album by Willie Bobo – and a great one too! The session predates Willie's more famous work on Verve, and it catches the percussionist as he's coming off of some very successful years in the Cal Tjader band – a place where he really picked up a flair for jazzy and lyrical ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Way more than just a James Bond cash-in record – and instead an ultra-hip jazz session from the west coast scene of the 60s! The James Bond at the helm of the record is actually Jimmy Bond – the great bassist who worked on some key sessions of the late 50s and early 60s as a sideman, ... read moreCD
A trio of albums from this great trumpeter – packaged together in a nicely-priced set! Sol is a beautiful session from Italian trumpeter Fabrizo Bosso and saxophonist Javier Girotto – one that's filled with all the Latin Moods promised in the title! The set steps nicely off some of ... read moreCD
A fantastic group from the Dutch scene of the 60s – one that's crucially overlooked, but has the same rich sound as the Clark Boland Big Band of the time – and which also features great guest solo work from American trumpeters Benny Bailey and Ted Curson! The CD brings together live ... read moreCD
George Braith —
Musart ... CD Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ...
One of our favorite-ever albums on Prestige Records from the 60s – and a set that's a fair bit different than most of the other work on the label! The set's an unusual outing for saxophonist George Braith – cut after his famous albums for Blue Note, and in a mode that's quite different ... read moreCD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Jaimie Branch —
Fly Or Die ... CD International Anthem, 2017. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
An incredible debut from trumpeter Jaimie Branch – an artist who seems ready to be one of the boldest new voices in jazz on the Chicago scene! Branch works here at a level that both lives up to an AACM legacy of experimentation, and the rich exploration in new jazz forms that we love from ... read moreCD
Wonderful solo piano from Abdullah Ibrahim – recorded in an open-ended, freewheeling style that's mighty nice – and quite a change from most of his other albums of the time! Even without a bassist or drummer, Ibrahim maintains a strongly rhythmic pulse to his music – an amazing ... read moreCD
Sweet slices of work from a hell of a jazz festival – the 1963 Antibes performances, served up here in some incredibly hip material! The set begins with early work from pianist Dollar Brand – whose trio sounds moody and amazing on "Antibes Jam", then gets joined the great ... read moreCD
A beautiful album from guitarist Craig Brann – and maybe the first to really display all the richness of his talents! Most tunes here are originals by Brann, penned with an ear towards open flow that really lets the guitarist take off – and use styles of phrasing that clearly draw on ... read moreCD
Anthony Braxton & Miya Masaoka —
Duo (DCWM) 2013 ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2013. New Copy 2CD ...
One of the most beautiful duo albums we've heard from Anthony Braxton in a long time – a set of three long improvisations with koto player Miya Masaoka – who plays a 21-string version of the instrument that really sounds beautiful next to Braxton's reeds! Braxton blows sopranino, ... read moreCD
Wonderful live work from the legendary Brecker Brothers – cut at a time when the duo were still totally hard and funky – maybe even more so here than on their studio albums of the time! The live setting really brings out a crackle in the group – lots of funky rhythms at the ... read moreCD
Bassist Peter Brendler is at the helm of the set, but we're especially enamored of the trumpet work here – played by Peter Evans on both standard and piccolo trumpet – the latter of which has this wonderfully personal sound! Almost all tunes are originals from Brendler, who turns out ... read moreCD
Matt Brewer —
Unspoken ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2016. New Copy ...
A beautiful album from bassist Matt Brewer – a set that's got a very rich sense of tonal color and melody, but served up in some slightly unusual ways! Matt's bass is a key part of the record, as is his great songwriting – but the overall sound draws plenty from the balance between the ... read moreCD
One of the first records that really made us sit up and take notice of trumpeter Til Bronner – and one of the first where he really started to find his sense of soul! Til's got a style that mixes older influences with modern production – in a manner that reminds us of the work of some ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A sweetly laidback record from Till Bronner – one of his most stripped-down jazz efforts in years – and maybe a set that recalls his earlier tribute to Chet Baker, but at a level that's much more like Chet's original work! Till plays trumpet, flugelhorn, and sings a bit – the ... read moreCD
Swedish wood, with plenty of brass – thanks to bold, imaginative work as a leader from trumpeter Magnus Broo – easily one of the most important voices on his instrument working today! The group is a beautifully tight quartet – and Broo's trumpet gains plenty from the equally bold ... read moreCD