The title says it all with this one – as Milt Jackson plays a set of ballads, and a set of blues – but both in ways that really make the best of his warmly chromatic approach to the vibes! The players here vary on different tracks, but apart from MJQ regular John Lewis, the album also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a half split top seam.)
Two excellent early 60s sides from Bags, both casting him in a larger setting than the smaller, tighter ensembles he typically worked in. On Big Bags Jackson takes on a set of 10 standards (mostly) with some help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements! Milt's the primary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly big collection of tracks from Milt – documenting his oft-forgotten years at Impulse Records, plus a few more sides from albums he cut with other folks for ABC. The range of the material is far greater than you might think – and takes Milt way past the MJQ stylings of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little set from Milt Jackson – not just for his work on vibes, but also for some great tenor from Lucky Thompson! Thompson's raspy edge brings a nice degree of soulfulness to the set – a sound that adds depth to the sometimes mellower moments set down by Jackson and the rhythm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing, with deep groove and RVG etch. Back cover has some discoloration from age.)
Early Savoy LP that has this bop vibist playing piano and singing, in addition to his usual work on the metal keys. Side B has a number of shorter cuts, one with Milt taking a turn on vocals, singing his own tune "I've Lost Your Love", another on piano, and 4 with a sharp group tha's got ... read moreCD
One of the hippest Milt Jackson albums of the 60s – a set that definitely lives up to its Museum Of Modern Art setting! The performance is one of the most famous from that museum's well-remembered series of 60s jazz concerts – and it features Milt Jackson's quintet really stretching ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing in the extravagant gatefold cover, with edge wear, a split top seam, and some pen on back.)
Milt Jackson —
Olinga ... CD CTI/King (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Milt Jackson's third album for CTI – part of a wonderful run that really helped him redefine his sound in the 70s! The album's got the electric approach you'd expect from the label – a great change from the sound of Jackson in the Modern Jazz Quartet, and a surprisingly great setting ... read moreCD
A slightly different take on the Modern Jazz Quartet sound of the early years – as the album features Milt Jackson's vibes in the company of MJQ bandmates Percy Heath and Connie Kay, but also includes Horace Silver on piano – in the spot normally reserved for John Lewis! The presence ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has an old price sticker.)
Milt Jackson & John Coltrane —
Bags & Trane ... CD Atlantic/Jazz Heritage, 1959. Used ...
An incredible collaboration from John Coltrane and Milt Jackson – and one that gives Milt one of his sharpest records ever! The setting is relatively straight – tenor from Coltrane, vibes from Jackson – plus rhythm from Hank Jones on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Connie Kay ... read moreCD
Milt Jackson & Sonny Stitt —
Loose Walk ... LP Palcoscenico (Italy), 1979. Very Good+ ...
An obscure little live set – recorded at the end of the 70s, at a time that makes it some of Stitt's last work on record. The format is straight and boppish – with some lyrical touches, and a strong open solo mode that goes well with the live setting. Stitt seems to dominate a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society —
Earned Dreams ... CD Knit Classics, 1999. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Shannon Jackson —
Nasty ... LP Moers (Germany), 1981. Very Good+ ...
One of Shannon Jackson's jaunty jazz outings from the early 80's, with a sound that's vaguely similar to some of Ornette's stuff from the same time. The group includes Charles Brackeen, Byard Lancaster, Melvin Gibbs, and Vernon Reid – and has a very Black Rock sound to it. Tracks include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some a small mark from sticker removal.)
Rare work by Willis Jackson – recorded in 1971, but only issued in this 1982 pressing! The group on the set is great – with Boogaloo Joe Jones on guitar, Carl Wilson on organ, and Buddy Caldwell on congas – and although the album was recorded in the height of the jazz funk years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent Willis Jackson session from the early 70's that was produced by Paul Winley, and which has the same groovy funky jazz feel as some of Winley's other work from the time – like Harlem Underground. The record includes Willis' funky version of "Ain't No Sunshine" that was on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual album for Willis Jackson, in that it's got a bit of an African feel to it – thanks mostly to added congas and percussion, and some high life-sounding guitar work by Ted Dunbar. Mickey Tucker plays electric piano and organ, which gives the set a nice mellow tone. Jackson's tone is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic set of soul jazz tracks from Gator Tail and Brother Jack McDuff – recorded in a raw grooving style, very similar to that used on some of their live recordings from the same time. The core of the group features Bill Jennings on guitar and Wendell Marshall on bass, but some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strong sounds from tenorist Illinois Jacquet – a player who first developed his talent in the bigger bands of the 40s, then cut some great small combo material like this in his later years! That raw, bold tone of Jacquet's is very firmly in place – given a great showcase here alongside ... read moreCD
One of Jacquet's most fantastic albums for Norman Granz. Nicely swinging numbers alternate with beautifully laid back ballads, with Jacquet's rich tone cutting across the full orchestral backing throughout. Tight crisp playing on mostly shorter cuts, featuring mostly jumping Jacquet originals. 11 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a split top seam, a sticker on one corner, and some red marker on back.)
Pre-electric Jamal, but with the spiralling spiritual lyricism that he would later bring to his Fender Rhodes recordings. Tracks are very open-ended – a continuing growth of the lyrical exploration he first forged in the late 50s, expanding out to embrace the new freedom of the 70s, but ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Jamal's early Chicago years – and a perfectly titled set that really gets at the differences he made in modern jazz! The tunes are wonderfully fluid, soulful, and swinging – but not in the gutbuckety style of other trios of the time, more in a lightly modern style ... read moreCD
Fantastic 70s work by Ahmad Jamal – the kind of record you look for for years, and are always disappointed when you end up buying a more straight-ahead session! The album features Jamal on both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – working in a trio format, plus percussion, with some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
After Ahmad spent the 60s playing mellow acoustic piano, he turned into a great jazz artist on the Fender Rhodes – and this album is one of the best he ever made in that genre. The record has some great orchestrations by Richard Evans, and Ahmad's tone is very rich and full, with a great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-overdue reissue of some of Ahmad Jamal's first recordings – early sides for the Okeh and Columbia labels, all tunes that would go on to have a huge influence on the use of the piano in jazz! All tracks on the set were recorded in the early 50s with Jamal's great drumless trio that ... read moreCD
A really wonderful post-Chess album from pianist Ahmad Jamal – a set that's maybe got a bit more bite than some of his earlier work, and which features a bold groove that really points the way towards some of Jamal's sounds to come! The format and setting are familiar – Jamal's trio ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
BJ4 ... LP CTI, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ...
The 4th in Bob James legendary run of Fender Rhodes classics for CTI – and a record that still has him working with the dark edges that made the first few so great! As usual with these sets, there's a way of putting over the groove that's really unique – not really funky, but spacious ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
Mr New York ... LP Tappan Zee/Sony (Japan), 1980. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Sweet Bob James for Tappan Zee – a very cool Japanese-only album! With Eric Gale and Steve Khan on guuitar, Patti Austin on vocals, David Sanborn and Michael Brecker on saxes, and Steve Gadd and Idris Muhammad on drums – on cuts that include "Angela (Taxi)", "Rush ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dark genius from keyboardist Bob James – one of his seminal 70s classics for CTI! The album follows strongly in the spirit of the records One and Two – using James' spacious approach to Fender Rhodes alongside some backings that are electric, yet have an earthily funky quality that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nils Janson —
Debut ... CD Found You (Sweden), 2008. Used ...
Keith Jarrett —
Birth ... LP Atlantic, 1972. Very Good ...
A generous 1971 effort from Keith Jarrett – backed up by his incredible, multi-instrumentalist co-horts Dewey Redman (tenor sax, clarinet, bells, percussion and more), Charlie Haden (bass, congas, clappers, steel drum) and Paul Motion (drums and percussion). The pieces cover a pretty far ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has masking tape on all seams, some adhesive residue on front, and some pen on back. Labels have marker.)
A wonderful little trio side from Keith Jarrett – very much in the mode of his other ECM group work. The group here is his well known trio with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – and they mesh nicely with him and the material, providing a sort of trio interpretation of ... read moreCD
A great little trio session from Keith Jarrett – still in the mode of some of his other ECM work, but almost a bit more back to basics as well! The group here features Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both working beautifully with Keith in a flurry of colors, tones, ... read moreCD
Beautifully complex work from Keith Jarrett – and one of the 70s albums that really shows his blossoming past jazz into a whole realm of new styles! The album features some works for instrumental ensembles – including a String Quartet and a Brass Quartet – plus a large orchestral ... read moreCD
A wonderful illustration of the inherent sense of beauty in Keith Jarrett's early work – an approach to piano that was simple, straightforward, and marked by a ringing sense of tone that's evident in the very first note of the set! Jarrett here isn't trying to break any rules in jazz piano, ... read moreCD
A very unusual record – one that has Keith Jarrett playing some solo organ – and a baroque organ at that – but in ways that are quite different than you might expect! The sounds here are amazing – almost noisy at points, as Jarrett really works the instrument in an ... read moreCD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)
Keith Jarrett —
Spirits ... CD ECM (Germany), 1986. Used 2 CDs ...
A second great set of standards from Keith Jarrett – and like the first one, a great reminder to many that the pianist was still very strongly schooled in jazz! Although Keith really opened up ways for pianists to stretch out in the 70s, his move to material like this in the early 80s was a ... read moreCD
One of the crowning moments of Keith Jarrett's longform improvised style of the 70s – a huge batch of concert material recorded in Japan – done in a style that's similar to his famous Koln and Berlin concert records! The album features different performances from Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, ... read moreCD
A fond farewell to Miles Davis – played here by a hip trio that features Keith Jarrett on piano, Gary Pecock on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! A few of the numbers are ones that Davis recorded famously in years past, and a few others are originals – played by the trio in ways that ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette —
Tokyo '96 ... CD ECM, 1996. Used ...
Rare American work from reedman Bobby Jaspar – a player best known for his contributions to French jazz in the postwar years, but working here with a set of American players! The album was recorded in New York for French branch of Columbia Records – done in November of 1956, and ... read moreCD
A Pablo Records release, but one that features material originally done during the classic Verve Records years of Norman Granz – a previously unreleased live performance by the Jazz At The Philharmonic crew! This time around, the combo's a small one – a really all-star lineup with ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jazz Brothers (Gap & Chuck Mangione) —
Hey Baby! ... LP Riverside, 1961. Very Good- ...
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(White label pressing. Cover has splitting on the seams.)
A funky electric jazz jam that's been lost for years – very heavy on the keyboards and filled with choppy sax riffs! The sound here is kind of a combination of the Groove Merchant style of the early 70s and some of the tighter intensity of Stone Alliance – as the group (like Stone ... read moreCD
A really unique little record – a set of jazz reinterpretations of the style of biguine – that highly rhythmic mode from the French West Indies, which itself received a strong influx of jazz in the post-war years! Alain Jean-Marie has roots in Guadeloupe, but plays with the open flow ... read moreCD
The beginning of a whole new chapter of greatness for singer Eddie Jefferson – a record that took his older style of putting words to jazz solos, and updated it nicely for a new generation in the 60s! Eddie's got a rootsy look on the cover, but the sound here is snappingly hip and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo. Back cover has a DJ stamp & a name in pen.)
John Jenkins & Donald Byrd —
Jazz Eyes ... CD Regent/Savoy, Late 50s. Used ...
A great little session – an oft-overlooked gem from Savoy's legendary hardbop years of the 50s! Altoist John Jenkins leads the session – which also features Donald Byrd, Curtis Fuller, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, and Art Taylor – and with a lineup like that, you can hardly miss! ... read moreCD
Lots of angular moments here – a relatively free, improvised session led by Leroy Jenkins on violin, and featuring work by Andrew Cyrille on percussion and Anthony Davis on piano! The record explodes with energy from the start – quite different than some of Jenkins' more sonically-orien ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ochion Jewell Quartet —
VOLK ... CD Ochion Jewell, 2015. Used ...
JJ Band (El Chicles & Chakachas) —
JJ Band ... CD Polydor/Sonorama (Germany), 1970. New Copy ...
Incredible funk, soul, jazz, post psychedelia and funk rock from the JJ Band – recorded in Brussels and featuring core players who were also integral members of Chakachas & El Chicles! The JJ Band find a hard grooving style steeped in horns, with heavy drums, bass and percussion, fuzzy ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
The first album we've ever heard from reedman Per Texas Johansson as a leader – and a wonderful set that draws on all of his great work with other groups over the years! Johansson's a real visionary here – working in a style that resonates both with the careful sounds he can bring from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's no lie – as the record is a very unusual concert performed by 12 different tractors – in a mode that takes us back to some of the great sonic experiments of the early 20th Century – like the industrial symphony performed by a Soviet city, or the legendary Art Of Noises ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal album of solo drum tracks from 1972 – created and performed by Sven-Ake Johansson, a key figure in the European improv scene of the late 60s and early 70s. Johansson plays only a standard drum kit – but his work here is incredible, pushing past earlier work of the same nature ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most soulful sessions ever cut by tenorist Budd Johnson – recorded with a cool combo that features Al Williams on some smoking Hammond – plus bass and drums. Lots of tracks are originals – and titles include the jazz dance groover "Ya Ya" – plus "Ex ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove, with drillhole. Cover has some discoloration from age on back and a drillhole through the center.)
Some of the best work ever from the legendary Buddy Johnson – brought together in the best package we've ever seen to showcase his music! Johnson was a crucial figure in the postwar years – and an artist who helped music make a shift from the bigger bands of the swing years to the ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever recorded by one of our favorite alto players of the 50s! Dick Johnson is a real lost talent – a sharp-edge player who came from the same Boston scene as Charlie Mariano, and who had a similarly soulful approach! His tone is as sharp as that of Lee Konitz, but he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare gem from the Harold Johnson Sextet – a tight little west coast combo in the mid-sixties, made up of a bunch of young soul jazz players from L.A. who played with a surprising amount of fire and inspiration for their young age! Harold plays piano, and leads the group through some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape along the spine & bottom seam & some moderate wear.)
An incredible journey in music – one that documents the importance of pianist James P Johnson in a variety of different settings – from the earliest years of jazz, right on up through the boogie woogie and swing generations as well! The set is exactly the sort that Mosaic Records can ... read moreCD
JJ takes a trip on the Broadway Express – serving up a host of great tunes pulled from shows, arranged with a very groovy flair by Mundell Lowe! Lowe makes the album sparkle with a bit more interest than the average session of this nature – adding in percussion, guitar, and other ... read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)