A short EP from Galt MacDermot – featuring a rare funky cut from the 70s! "The Sun Always Shines For The Cool" features lyrics by Miguel Pinero – surprisingly poetic, but laid out over a groove that's almost disco in construction – especially on the instrumental take, ... read moreCD
A seminal bit of Latin jazz from the early 50s – Machito's first "Afro Cuban Jazz Suite", written by Chico O'Farrill, and packaged here in the original 10" LP on Mercury, complete with the David Stone Martin cover! The set features a stunning mix of jazz and Latin playing, in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Clef pressing. Cover is nice with no splits. Vinyl is clean overall, with light marks.)
A killer from drummer Pete Magadini – an artist we really don't know from many other records, but who really lets tenorist Don Menza shine on this obscure 70s session! Menza's one of those players who really knows how to make the best of a date like this – taking all the tight sense of ... read moreCD
A storming set from trumpeter Joe Magnarelli – working here in an excellent quintet that also features equally great trombone from Steve Davis – a perfect partner from Joe in the front line! Davis has sharp phrasing that really matches Magnarelli's deft trumpet lines – and the ... read moreCD
Bob Magnusson Quintet with Joe Farrell —
Revelation ... LP Trend, 1979. Very Good+ ...
Features some nice post-CTI work by Joe Farrell on tenor, soprano sax, and flute – plus electric and acoustic piano from Bill Mays. Titles include a nice version of Moacir Santos' "Coisa No 10", plus "Revelation", "Assured Expectation"," Gentle Rain", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of 70s classics from this mighty fusion ensemble – back to back in a single collection! First up is Between Nothingness & Eternity – and although there's a pretty big space between nothingness & eternity – but Mahavishnu Orchestra manage to fill most of it up with ... read moreCD
A great second album from Mahavishnu Orchestra – one that has them still very might in the same tight formation as the first! As before, there's a heck of a lot of power here – monstrous work on drums from Billy Cobham, sharp-edged guitar from John McLaughlin, and a range of great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moderate wear, with a couple of staple holes in one corner.)
A massive set of fusion from Mahavishnu Orchestra – a group that features some incredible guitar work from John McLaughlin, who sounds even more focused and driven here than on his own records! As with Return To Forever or Weather Report, the combo's a supergroup of sorts – with Billy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Malaby/William Parker/Nasheet Waits —
Somos Agua ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ...
Tony Malaby brews up some heady work on tenor and soprano sax – often with tones more than deep enough to match the wonderful bass work of William Parker in the trio! Parker plays his instrument with a bow at some key points – and creates these dark waves that really sharpen the edge ... read moreCD
Warm, round, full-toned guitar from Russell Malone – a contemporary player, but one who's upheld a classic vibe for years! We love Russell best in a setting like this – a small combo date that elevates the player to territory that you might have found with Kenny Burrell or Grant Green ... read moreCD
A great Junior Mance album from the 70s – one of those dates that was originally only intended for the Japanese market, but eventually got wider release because it sounded so great! Junior's a bit different here than on his Atlantic or Polydor work from a few years before – warm and ... read moreCD
One of the richest albums that Junior Mance ever cut for Atlantic Records – a smoking soul jazz set that seems to have a bit of a gospel influence too – at least in the deep, soulful bottom that comes from the feel of the group! Junior's piano is right on the money – as sharp and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Wonderful late work from Junior Mance – a solo piano session, and one that really shows the great range of growth he'd experienced over the decades! Mance was always great, no matter what the setting – from lyrical trio dates of the early years, to soul-drenched sides of the 60s – ... read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Junior Mance —
Junior ... CD Verve (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
A groovy early album from pianist Junior Mance – one of the first we've ever seen with him as a leader, and a rare date recorded at the end of the 50s for Verve! The style here is a fair bit like some of Junior's work of the early 60s – a definite soul jazz leaning, but also some more ... read moreCD
A groovy early album from pianist Junior Mance – one of the first we've ever seen with him as a leader, and a rare date recorded at the end of the 50s for Verve! The style here is a fair bit like some of Junior's work of the early 60s – a definite soul jazz leaning, but also some more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two very groovy albums by Junior Mance – recorded a decade apart, but both plenty darn great! First up is Soul Of Hollywood – One of the best Junior Mance albums from the early part of the decade – mostly because it's got Melba Liston arranging a larger group to back up Junior on ... read moreCD
A wonderful run of music from the mighty Harvey Mandel – a musician whose biggest fame was his bluesy work with Canned Heat, but a guitarist who also had plenty of jazz and funk to offer as well! The set brings together Mandel's killer solo albums – Cristo Redentor, Righteous, Games ... read moreCD
Very free work from the duo of Joe Maneri and Peter Dolger – playing here in open, unstructured format that predates later experiments on labels like ESP and Impulse! Maneri's playing alto sax for the date, and Dolger's on drums – and the performance of "Peace Concert" runs ... read moreCD
Albert Mangelsdorf/Gunter Hampel/Joachim Kuhn/Pier —
Solo Now ... LP MPS, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A very unusual session for MPS – one that features mostly solo work by the four players named as "leader" – Albert Mangelsdorff, Gunter Hampel, Joachim Kuhn, and Pierre Favre – each of whom get a few tracks to themselves, then join up for a few more duo tracks and one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, some edge wear, and a crease near the bottom.)
Great live work by Albert Mangelsdorff – recorded during the height of his creative years at MPS, at a time when he was easily one of the most creative trombonists in the world! Mangelsdorff has risen to new heights by the time of this record – pushing the instrument to a level that ... read moreCD
Brilliant modern jazz from German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – recording here in 1964, but sounding years ahead of his time, with an amazing a blend of jazz and Asian styles! The album's one of Mangelsdorff's best ever – a set of rhythmic tunes that seem clearly informed by the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light name in pen in one corner.)
Albert Mangelsdorff/Masahiko Sato/Peter Warren/All —
Spontaneous ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Definite spontaneous sounds from the great Albert Mangelsdorff – a set that has the trombonist working alongside the up-and-coming Japanese pianist Masahiko Sato, who also plays some ring modulator on the album! Sato's almost the driving force here – although that role might also go to ... read moreCD
Chuck Mangione —
Alive! ... LP Mercury, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
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(Cover has ring & edge wear and a split on the bottom seam.)
Two later albums from Chuck Mangione – but both done in the warm fusion mode that made him a household name back in the 70s! Journey To A Rainbow has a surprisingly nice sound for the time – a bit more relaxed and laidback than you might guess for an early 80s session from a mainstream ... read moreCD
Titles include "Legend Of The One-Eyed Sailor", "Lullaby For Nancy Carol", "El Gato Triste", "Land Of Make Believe", and "As Long As We're Together". Features vocals by Esther Satterfield! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some light wear.)
Herbie Mann hits the discos – but given the flute player's roots in jazz, the set's more of an electric funk outing overall! Herbie's working here with his Family of Mann group – that cool combo that features lots of work on keyboards from Pat Rebillot, who also handled the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early showcase for the cool, compressed flute work of the young Herbie Mann – a style that created a great bridge to jazz for so many later players on the instrument! The Mann heard here isn't the overblown, soul-drenched Herbie of the 60s – but a player who's very careful with his ... read moreCD
Herbie Mann's soulful flute meets the breezy production values of CTI/A&M, for a good set of tracks that have a light easy feel to them, and a nice post-bossa groove! The set includes a good cover of "Upa, Neguinho", plus "Love Is Stronger Far Than We", "The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & aging, with a few stains and minor splitting.)
Herbie Mann's at the Village Gate – really wailing away in a set of extended numbers that not only set a whole new standard for live recording in jazz, but which also pushed forward the role of the flute in the music as well! There's a heck of a lot of soul in the grooves here – served ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sprightly early work from the great Herbie Mann – key proof that Herb was always a hell of a talent on his chosen instrument! Mann blows both conventional flute and alto flute on the record – with a deftness of notes that may be the most fluid recorded at that date in jazz – ... read moreCD
Very groovy stuff – and one of Herbie Mann's best records from the 60s! In a way, this album's very similar to some of the best Verve "groovy experimental" albums from the same period – like some of Cal Tjader's Eastern/Latin work – and it features Herbie playing with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Herbie Mann takes strong inspiration from the great Ray Charles here – working in a cool mode that's partly the soulful sound of Mann's other work for Atlantic Records, and partly the fuller style of Charles' 60s music for ABC! Backings are full, but very groovy – thanks to ... read moreCD
An excellent album of Latin material from Herbie Mann – and proof that he's equally great in just about any setting! The album's a rare Columbia Records outing from Herbie – but it's easily one of his greatest of the 60s, thanks to some really smoking arrangements from Oliver Nelson ... read moreCD
Herbie Mann —
Mellow ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
A warmly laidback album, but one with more than enough sense of variety and depth to ever keep it from being too mellow overall! Herbie Mann's stepping out past the disco years here with a nice sense of variety – a style that avoids some of the fusion cliches of the time, and instead goes ... read moreCD
Herbie Mann returns to the stage at the Newport Jazz Festival – but opens up in ways that are even hipper than some of his other material from that scene! The tracks here are quite long – driven by some great rhythms from Carlos Patao Valdez, and featuring round, rolling basslines from ... read moreCD
One of Herbie Mann's biggest albums – and one of his funkiest too! The cover's a bit of an off-putter – although it probably helped sell the record, back in the day – but the grooves are as rock-solid as anything that Herbie cut at the time – tight, focused, and a perfect ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the original die-cut gatefold cover, which has some light wear.)
A surprisingly strong mix of 70s modes happening here – as the funky flute of Herbie Mann takes on some of the nascent reggae grooves of the time – with results that are a lot nicer than you might expect! There's some core rhythms on the record from Tommy McCook, but Herbie's regular ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Herbie Mann —
Reggae ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A surprisingly strong mix of 70s modes happening here – as the funky flute of Herbie Mann takes on some of the nascent reggae grooves of the time – with results that are a lot nicer than you might expect! There's some core rhythms on the record from Tommy McCook, but Herbie's regular ... read moreCD
Herbie Mann —
Sunbelt ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
Sweet electric work from Herbie Mann – a surprisingly nice little record, despite a cheesy title and cover! The set's got a way deeper groove than the resort image might make you think – and Herbie's working here with a hip lineup that includes Roy Ayers on vibes, Richard Tee on ... read moreCD
Herbie Mann catches yellow fever – and the result is a soaring batch of disco grooves! The album's still got Mann's funky flute out front for the solos, but it also features these sweet clubby rhyhms arranged by Armando Noriega, and featuring lots of nice keyboard touches from the great ... read moreCD
An excellent little album from the team of Herbie Mann & Buddy Collette – one that has both players using a wide range of reed instruments, and not just flute! Herbie and Buddy are wonderfully paired here – in a way that expands past the usual flute jazz mode by adding in bits of ... read moreCD
A really unique collaboration between fluteman Herbie Mann and soul singer Tamiko Jones – a vocalist who's always a really special talent, and who has an equally great ear for jazz as well! That style works perfectly here – as the vibe is somewhere between Herbie's Latin and Brazilian-s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Shelly Manne —
Gambit ... LP Contemporary, 1958. Very Good ...
This album was the 7th in the Contemporary series of "Shelly Manne & His Men", but it's also easily the best, and features some of the most exciting playing of any of Manne's groups. The success of the whole album comes down to Charlie Mariano, who wrote a large number of the tracks, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original heavy yellow label pressing, with deep groove. Vinyl is nice and clean, and cover is especially nice.)
A key early entry in the "jazz meets Broadway" genre – and a record that was so successful, it went onto inspire countless imitations! Shelly Manne's working here in a lightly playful trio setting – alongside Andre Previn on piano and Leroy Vinnegar on bass, in a reading of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original heavy yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear.)
One of Shelly Manne's best early sides – a session that features arrangements and tunes by some of the best of the west coast scene – Jimmy Giuffree, Bob Cooper, Shorty Rogers, Jack Montrose, and Marty Paich – played by a group that includes Paich, Manne, Russ Freeman, Shorty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Luca Mannutza Sound Six —
My Music ... CD Albore Jazz (Japan), 2012. New Copy ...
Maybe the greatest album so far from this ultra-hip group – a sweet Italian combo with a strong ear for the best side of jazz in the 60s! The album's a cracker right from the start – full of life and soul, and delivered with the sort of depth we'd usually just expect from a vintage ... read moreCD
The Italian sound of the 60s lives again – in this fresh set of work from pianist Luca Mannutza, and his ultra-hip Sound Six combo! The sextet has a wonderful way of reaching back into the past, grabbing up the best elements of Italian jazz, and moving it forward strongly into the 21st ... read moreCD
A fantastic session of Latin jazz – recorded by Ray Mantilla with a tight version of his Space Station combo! The album's a very percussive one – with percussion from Mantilla mixed with drums from Steve Berrios, who also plays percussion, and more drums from Joe Chambers, who also ... read moreCD
A great revisiting of Michael Mantler's Jazz Composer's Orchestra – that crucial large ensemble that gave the New York underground a great chance to express larger ideas in the 60s and 70s! This version of the group has a much more international vibe – as the music was recorded in ... read moreCD
Frank Mantooth/Wayne Darling Duo —
Our First ... LP Fontana (Austria), 1978. Near Mint- ...
A beautiful combination of piano and bass – with some great original tunes, including "Backwards Bossa Nova", which is worth the price of the album alone – plus "Ballad Mattioti", "Pepper Pebbles", and "Unfinished Business". LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully mixed-up, messed-up batch of jazzy tracks from the great Steve Marcus – working here at the height of his late 60s powers on Atlantic's ultra-cool Vortex label! As with other Marcus albums of the time, there's kind of a long haired, freewheeling energy to the set – jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album ever by Steve Marcus – a key player trying to mix rock and jazz at the end of the 60s! Marcus plays some really wild sax on the set – a bit of soprano and tenor, mixed with guitar and electric keys in a wonderfully fuzzy sound! The approach has lots of funk in the mix ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)
James Marentic —
Nimbus ... LP Discovery, 1982. Near Mint- ...
A surprisingly modern little record – despite an old-timey title, cover image, and track list! Charlie Mariano and Jerry Dodgion work here to open up some older chestnuts from many years back – recasting familiar tunes as surprisingly great vehicles for jazz improvisation, in a way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer rare jazz material from Japan! Toshiko Akioshi was one of Japan's greatest jazz musicians, and in the late 50s she came to the US, made her name, and married alto great Charlie Mariano. At some point in the early 60s, they moved back to Japan and had a rich influence on the jazz scene in ... read moreCD
Denman Maroney Quintet —
Udentity ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2008. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Amazing music from Denman Maroney – an artist who plays what he calls "hyperpiano", which involves playing the strings with one hand and the keys with another – yet all without any sense of gimmick or trickery at all! Maroney manages to make this unusual approach work ... read moreCD
An open-ended live set from Wynton Marsalis' 80s run for Columbia Records – and a set that's sometimes a bit more unbridled than his studio work at the time! There's still plenty of the Marsalis manner in place here – that great talent for subtle shadings, and quiet exploration of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit more of a high concept album than some of Wynton Marsalis' previous efforts – a set with a few more added horns on side one, and an extended suite on side two! The work definitely shows Wynton's increasing concern with jazz history – his desire to embrace, and sometimes represent ... read moreCD
The classic debut of a young Wynton Marsalis – cut after a stretch when Wynton was working with Art Blakey, and had really sharpened his chops! The record's a wonderful return to straight jazz tradition for Columbia – but it also has some modern moments too – proof that the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a light stain on front, and some small peeled spots.)
Genius, pure genius – and one of the few key sides by Warne Marsh as a leader! The album follows on Marsh's appearance with Lee Konitz on an earlier Atlantic album, but it really breaks free from the Konitz mode – and has an open, laidback sound that is instantly captivating – ... read moreCD
A really beautiful setting for the mandolin of Mike Marshall – a set that features his lead instrument alongside the Turtle String Quartet! The group themselves are very open to new ideas, but also bring a very different vibe to the record than some of Marshall's other albums – not ... read moreCD