A later side for Sunny, but still a nice one. He's joined here by David Murray and Malachi Favors, and though the group is listed as a trio, conga player Cheikh Tidiane Fall joins in the fray too. There's 4 lengthy Murray compositions, and though the group is one who may not have recorded or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most ambitious albums that Sunny Murray ever recorded – a set of large ideas and long explorations – performed here by a group of all-star avant players from the time! Murray's vision is wonderful here – even bolder and more expressive than on his work for ESP – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer fusion group from 70s Poland – one who have a sound that's nicely spacious and surprisingly soulful at times – a bit different than some of their more rock-oriented contemporaries! This set's the first we've heard by the group – no surprise, given how obscure Eastern ... read moreCD
A fantastic lost set from the Detroit jazz scene of the 60s – by a group who was years ahead of their time, and who bridged a number of different parts of the city's scene! The group's listed here under the name of drummer Bert Myrick, but was actually co-led by George Bohanon on trombone ... read moreCD
Miki N'Doye —
Tuki ... CD ECM (Germany), 2006. Used ...
Seminal work from bassist Teruo Nakamura – one of the few Japanese fusion players of the 70s to make a bit of a splash over on this side of the Pacific, thanks to wickedly soulful work like this! Teruo's getting some great help here from a handful of American players – including the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic recent album from Polish saxophone legend Zbigniew Namyslowski – the reedman who first worked famously with Krzystof Komeda in the 60s, then went on to a huge legacy of his own great recordings too! Here, Namyslowski is right back on fire – working with a group of younger ... read moreCD
A fantastic recent album from Polish saxophone legend Zbigniew Namyslowski – the reedman who first worked famously with Krzystof Komeda in the 60s, then went on to a huge legacy of his own great recordings too! Here, Namyslowski is right back on fire – working with a group of younger ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Zbigniew Namyslowski —
Winobranie ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973. New Copy ...
Avant modal jazz from Polish saxophonist Zbigniew Namyslowski – a name that's not easy to say, but which has been associated with some great music over the years! This early 70s session has Namyslowski really building on his earlier work with Krzysztof Komeda – taking the angular, ... read moreCD
Incredible genius from the Polish scene of the 60s – one of the first standout albums from saxophonist Zbigniew Namyslowski – a player who may not be as much of a household name as Coltrane, but who plays equally well! Namyslowski is one of the great lost modernists of the postwar ... read moreCD
Incredible genius from the Polish scene of the 60s – one of the first standout albums from saxophonist Zbigniew Namyslowski – a player who may not be as much of a household name as Coltrane, but who plays equally well! Namyslowski is one of the great lost modernists of the postwar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Zbigniew Namyslowski The Q —
Open ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1987. New Copy ...
One of the greatest jazz players to come out of the Polish scene of the 60s and 70s – and a saxophonist who's still burning brightly on this session from 1987! Zbigniew Namyslowski's working here on both alto and soprano sax – often blown with a sharp edge that's modern, but never too ... read moreCD
Zbigniew Namyslowski The Q —
Open ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1987. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the greatest jazz players to come out of the Polish scene of the 60s and 70s – and a saxophonist who's still burning brightly on this session from 1987! Zbigniew Namyslowski's working here on both alto and soprano sax – often blown with a sharp edge that's modern, but never too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lost lyrical sounds from Morris Nanton – a player who only recorded a handful of albums, all of them great! Nanton's an unusual player – in that at one level, he's got this heavy left-hand style that's almost in a soul jazz mode – but also still manages some of the lighter, more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Zaid Nasser —
Stroller ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
You might recognize the last name of alto saxophonist Zaid Nasser, as his father was Jamil Nasser – the wonderful bassist who made some incredible music with Ahmad Jamal in the 60s and 70s! And while Zaid certainly lives up to the family legacy, his sound here is very nicely different – ... read moreCD
Native Colours —
One World ... CD Concord/Bellaphon (Germany), 1994. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Sublime live work from this legendary fusion combo – a group who were to Japanese jazz what the Crusaders were to the US at the end of the 70s! The album features the group recorded live in the US – working in especially soulful territory that features lots of Fender Rhodes and ... read moreCD
The title's a bit obscure, but the album's a great American outing from the combo of Japanese pianist Takehiro Honda – one that has his Fender Rhodes and clavinet grooving nicely on a number of longish tracks! There's a great funky fusion flavor to the entire album – one that's tight, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sharply angular fusion from the early 80s European scene – from that moment when some of the players on the scene had moved strongly past their roots in jazz and were open to a range of different styles! This doesn't necessarily mean rock – although Thin Lizzy's great Phil Lynott makes ... read moreCD
A great collection of work by Fats Navarro – his complete Blue Note recordings, and a masterful collection of trumpet-based bop! There's are a total of 26 songs on this 2 LP set and several groups that Navarro played with are represented – The Tadd Dameron Sextet & Septet, The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from one of our favorite arrangers! Nelson was a super-hip super-soulful genius who crafted some of the best charts in the 60s. He managed to work in a great amount of jazz where other arrangers would leave things cold – and on a record like this he manages to make a large ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing, with obi and insert. Cover has some pen inside the gatefold.)
A great little album – a lot better than you might think from the concept! After the death of JFK, Oliver Nelson penned this extremely strong tribute to the man – featuring snippets of speeches made by Kennedy during his time in office as president, used as bridges between jazz based ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
One of the most open-ended and laidback records ever from Oliver Nelson – a set that gets away from the tighter arrangements of other albums, and really lets you concentrate on his saxophone work! The album's got a really wonderful feel throughout – easygoing and soulful, with work by ... read moreCD
One of the most impressive albums ever from arranger Oliver Nelson – a set that really shows the full depth of his mighty talents! Side one features Nelson working with a larger orchestra – similar to the kind of ensemble he arranged for other artists in the 60s, but handled here with ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
John Kaizan Neptune with Arakawa Band —
Bamboo ... CD LIM (Japan), 1980. Used ...
Bamboo flute and funky grooves – a great little set that mixes the talents of John Kaizan Neptune with the electric jazz of the Arakawa Band – in a way that recalls American work from the Kudu generation! Although other players often play the bamboo flute with a sleepier sound – ... read moreCD
A tight little combo, and one that's got a pedigree that reaches over two continents – given that it features players from both the American and Japanese scene! Drummer Ulysses Owens is great at the core – really giving the tunes a tight crackle, while never overwhelming the sound ... read moreCD
The faces here aren't totally new – as some of them are already great leaders on their own, with strong recordings for the Posi-Tone label – but the group has the talents coming together in a wonderfully sharp setting – almost to their scene what the All For One combo was to a ... read moreCD
Sweet electric grooves from this obscure Italian combo – one who's actually a quintet, not a quartet – and play in all these wonderful funky jazz styles! The approach is a bit CTI/Kudu Records at times – or more instrumental club music in other moments – and the lineup ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set by one of the more obscure groups to record for the CTI/Motown subsidiary Salvation – a great quartet that features Frank Wess on soprano sax and flute, Roland Hanna on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Ben Riley on drums. The group play in a mode that really pushes past that of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & some marker on the back.)
New York Jazz Quartet —
Surge ... CD Enja (Germany), 1977. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
With Hank Crawford on alto, Howard Johnson on baritone, Charlie Miller on trumpet, Larry Willis on piano, and Steve Nelson on vibes! Newman plays flute, sorpano, alto, and tenor. LP, Vinyl record album
A much more straightforward album than some of David Newman's previous records – a stripped-down, small combo acoustic jazz album – one that's quite different from the funkier and more electric work that Newman recorded back in the 70s. The style is one that almost takes Newman back to ... read moreCD
A tasty jazz session from David Fathead Newman – straight ahead, as the title implies, but still with some of the R&B touches that Newman crafted during his years with Ray Charles! The jazz side of the album's held down very nicely by a rhythm section that features Wynton Kelly, Paul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tightly arranged set from trumpeter Joe Newman – thanks to participation from Ernie Wilkins, Quincy Jones, and Al Cohn – but in a way that leaps around nicely with the energy implied by the title! Although the album's only a sextet outing, the charts for the horn parts dip and turn ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – hard to find! Cover has some wear with a split spine.)
A bright-toned fusion set from Cam Newton – one that certainly gives a positive spin on the idea of an alien invasion! Cam plays some interesting guitars here – a "stereo classical guitar" and a 12-string acoustic – and he works with a host of interesting players too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer piano jazz, and some of the greatest modernist work ever recorded by Blue Note! Herbie Nichols deserves every bit of the rare fame he ever got – and it's only the paucity of his recordings that has kept him from achieving the status of Monk or Cecil Taylor as an avant garde forefather. ... read moreCD
(Out of print hand-numbered limited edition. Includes original book, box and all CDs with cases! Box has wear along the spine.)
Clovis Nicolas is a hell of a bassist, and here he works in a setting that really emphasizes his talents – a piano-less quartet with drums from Kenny Washington, tenor from Grant Stewart, and trumpet from either Brandon Lee or Bruce Harris! The pairing of Nicolas and Washington is more than ... read moreCD
One of the first moments of genius as a leader from saxophonist/arranger Lennie Niehaus – a set that has Lennie stepping out of the larger Stan Kenton orchestra, into the limelight with a hip quintet that includes Jack Montrose on tenor, Bob Gordon on baritone, Monty Budwig on bass, and ... read moreCD
Angelika Niescier with Tyshawn Sorey & Christopher —
Berlin Concert ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2018. New Copy ...
A nicely intense trio performance – featuring Angelika Niescier on tenor, working alongside the tight drums of Tyshawn Sorey and the nicely-shaped bass work of Christopher Tordini! The trio explore familiar territory here, but with lots of fresh flavors of their own – and the boldness ... read moreCD
That's Night Blooming Jazzmen, not "Jasmine" – the name of one of the coolest projects to ever come from the hands of Leonard Feather! Sure, Feather presented some stiffer acts in his earlier years, but this group definitely isn't one of them – as they're an all-star, all-soul ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest records ever cut under the direction of Leonard Feather – a sweetly grooving little set that's filled with tight changes and lots of soulful riffing! Feather wrote and arranged the date, but the real strength here is the players – Mainstream Records hipsters who ... read moreCD
A trio of live performances from this excellent trio – material recorded in Oslo, Ljubljana, and the North Sea festival – brought together here in a really wonderful package! The first record features just the trio – Gard Nilssen on some incredibly dynamic drums, working with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Definitely a special space from Carlos Nino – a record that seems to even deepen the sound of some of his recent cosmic explorations – to take Nino into territory that's far beyond jazz or much of his other modes too! The set features a bit of guest work from Iasos – an artist ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Carlos Nino is definitely going home here – hitting some of the most righteous modes we've heard in years – and also returning to his roots in spiritual jazz! The album's still got some of the meditative qualities of some of Nino's other music, but it's also got more bite too – ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great performance by the Nordjazz Quintet – a cool mixed electric/acoustic combo that features sax and flute from Pekka Poyry, guitar from Nils Petter Nyren, keyboards from Ole Kock Nahsen, bass from Kjell Jansson, and drums from Petur Ostlund – a combo who work on long tracks that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic double-length set from a tenorist that everyone should be hearing these days – as Fredrik Nordstrom is easily one of the best talents on his instrument on the European scene – and a player who can really reach across the aisle and bridge both sides of the jazz congress! ... read moreCD
An unusual mix of jazz and acoustic elements – produced by George Winston – and featuring Lorin Noller on guitar and recorder, Doro Reeves on electric and acoustic piano, and Gary MacReady on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
Nostalgia 77 —
Fifteen ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
It's hard to believe it's been fifteen years since Benedic Lamdin has been giving us music via Nostalgia 77 – partly because he's given us so much, and matured so strongly, it almost feels as if more time has passed! If you're not yet hip to the Nostalgia 77 sound, this album's definitely ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download with bonus tracks!)
Novi Singers —
Bossa Nova ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1967. New Copy ...
A landmark record in the European jazz scene of the 60s – an incredibly hip batch of tracks from the Novi Singers, a Polish vocal group whose sound was warm, wonderful, and very very groovy! The set took their cue from American and French vocalese combos of earlier years, but worked in a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Novi Singers —
Bossa Nova ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1967. New Copy (reissue)...
A landmark record in the European jazz scene of the 60s – an incredibly hip batch of tracks from the Novi Singers, a Polish vocal group whose sound was warm, wonderful, and very very groovy! The set took their cue from American and French vocalese combos of earlier years, but worked in a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two of Poland's greatest musical assets – together on one album – as the groovy groovy Novi Singers turn their talents towards the work of Frederic Chopin – singing his compositions in a jazzy harmony style that's quite similar to the 60s classics of The Swingle Singers! The ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Two of Poland's greatest musical assets – together on one album – as the groovy groovy Novi Singers turn their talents towards the work of Frederic Chopin – singing his compositions in a jazzy harmony style that's quite similar to the 60s classics of The Swingle Singers! The ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bill O'Connell's no stranger to the modes of Latin jazz – but he also seems to get better and better as the years go on – sometimes working with the keyboard complexity of Eddie Palmieri, but also knowing the best times to just open up and groove! He definitely does that here – ... read moreCD
You might recognize pianist Bill O'Connell from some of his bigger label recordings in recent years – but this set's a very special one, recorded for the excellent Albore label, and done in Italy – with a vibe that's maybe more lyrically flowing than we're used to hearing from Bill! ... read moreCD
Dick Oatts has a wonderful group here – a well-chosen quintet of musicians who really seem to open up the possibilities in each others' sound, especially when it comes to tone, texture, and color! Oatts is always great – his raspy alto is deft, but always very personal too – and ... read moreCD
Mighty wild sounds from reedman Larry Ochs – who plays some of his boldest sounds in years on both tenor and sopranino saxophones – really driven onwards by the burning energy of the group! The combo features this fierce mix of percussion and electronics, plus trumpet from Natsuki ... read moreCD
A great showcase for the talents of a young Michael Brecker – rich orchestrations by Claus Ogerman, topped by Brecker's sharp-edged, and well-stated lines on tenor! The album predates Brecker's first record as a leader by a number of years, and it shows a serious side to his playing that's ... read moreCD
Great work from Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno – a musician who's working here in the open, flowing modes explored by contemporary Terumasa Hino at the time – in a setting that also includes excellent Fender Rhodes from Miko Masuda! The tracks are all nice and long – and really ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the excellent Deep Jazz Reality series!)
Sweet electric funk – and a really great, long-lost Japanese fusion session from the 70s! The album's headed up by Japanese trumpeter Shunzoh Ohno, but it also features work by American players like Reggie Lucas on guitar, Sam Johnson on keyboards, and Roy Haynes on drums – all of whom ... read moreCD
A sweet soulful set from drummer Grasella Oliphant – one of two legendary albums cut for Atlantic Records in the 60s – and the one with a very heavy-hitting lineup! The vibe here is somewhere between Blue Note Hammond dates and soul jazz on Prestige Records in the mid 60s – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing.)
Jowee Omicil —
Let's Bash ... CD Jazz Village (France), 2017. New Copy ...
Sweet reeds and plenty of Fender Rhodes – a set that has Jowee Omicil blowing soprano sax, alto, flute, and clarinet – over a set of tunes that move along with a gentle sort of groove! The album's got a nice polish, but is also hipper than smooth jazz too – with some rootsier ... read moreCD
A great little fusion combo from the Japanese scene of the 70s – one of those unique groups that manage to hit a sound that's equally appealing from an American soul perspective too! The cream of the crop of the overseas fusion players were often leaning heavily on American R&B at the ... read moreCD
A fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms – but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, and a set ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Orchestra USA/John Lewis/Coleman Hawkins —
Jazz Journey ... LP Columbia, Early 60s. Sealed ...
Features solos by John Lewis on piano and Coleman Hawkins on tenor – plus a bit of narration from Skitch Henderson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 2 eye pressing, with the inner sleeve still sealed.)
Organ Explosion —
Level 2 ... CD Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
The organ exploding here isn't just the familiar Hammond B-3 you'll hear on other records – and instead is a range of variations on the instrument – as the keyboards run from many different variations from Hammond, Wurlitzer, Korg, Roland, Hohner, and even Fender Rhodes – driven ... read moreCD
Pianist Aruan Ortiz really blows us away here – working on three long tracks that show a completely unique approach to the piano, but one that's as melodically pleasing as it is experimental! The trio features the great Chad Taylor on drums, and also on a bit of mbira – and Ortiz ... read moreCD
Unreleased genius from British altoist Mike Osborne – and a set that easily matches his classic albums of the 70s! The double-length set was recorded live in the mid 70s, and is issued here for the first time – a wonderfully tight trio outing that features Osborne's alto alongside the ... read moreCD