Easily one of the best of the Kenton Presents series on Capitol – and one of the few albums to ever focus on the genius talents of saxophonist Boots Mussulli! We'd put Boots in the same camp as Charlie Mariano in the 50s – on one hand a clear modernist, with a crisp and fresh tone, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing – as full 12" LP, with a total of 11 tracks. Includes insert.)
Wolfgang Muthspiel —
Driftwood ... CD ECM (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
Subtle interplay between the guitar of Wolfgang Muthspiel, the bass of Larry Grenadier, and drums of Brian Blade – a trio who have just the right sort of evocative feel to live up to the album's title! Blade is perhaps the biggest surprise here – as his style is very loose, and quite ... read moreCD
A trio date – with Cecil McBee on bass and Jimmy Lovelace on drums and bells. Amina sings, plays piano and organ, and sounds way different than Bessie Smith. Titles include the great "African Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has some marker on back.)
Simon Nabatov, Ernst Reijsefger & M Schubert —
Square Down ... CD Leo (UK), 2011. Used ...
(Small crease in tray card artwork.)
Nacka Forum (Goran Kajfes & Jonas Kullhammar) —
Fee Fi Fo Rum ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2012. New Copy ...
The group's only a quartet, but they've got a combination of sounds and instruments to rival that of a much larger ensemble! The strength of the record really comes from the twin horn talents of Goran Kajfes and Jonas Kullhammar – the former on cornet, bass trumpet, flexatone, electric ... read moreCD
Some of the earliest work from legendary Estonian pianist Tonu Naissoo – an artist who's only gotten his due on the global scene in the past decade or two, but who was a hell of a visionary right from the start! Tonu's got this way of balancing lyrical elements and darker corners – ... read moreCD
Titles include "Gina", "That's The Way Of The World", "Personality", "Day By Day", "So Hard To Let Go", "He's Armed & Dangerous", "Najee's Nasty Groove", and "Tonight I'm Yours". LP, Vinyl record album
Some great funky jazz by one of Poland's greatest musicians! Zbigniew Namyslowski cut his teeth playing modernist alto sax in the group of Krzystof Komeda, but on this mid 70s set, he's grooving hard in a tight set of choppy fusion tracks with that hard European approach on the downbeat! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray grooves it nicely past his Ellington roots here – still using jazz violin, but working in a small combo mode, with some nice groovy tunes, in a style that makes for a pretty unique album! Some tracks have Ray bringing a new sound to 60s cuts like "Sunny", "Oh Happy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and an Audition Copy stamp in the gatefold.)
Features Ted Nash on a variety of saxes, and Dick on trombone – plus a group with Tony Rizzi on guitar, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Harry Babasin on bass, and Roy Harte on drums. Tracks are mostly familiar numbers, but inventively arranged by Frank Comstock and others – and Ted really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape along the top seam & some light wear.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set that brings together Fats Navarro's recordings for Savoy – late 40s sides that were always poorly packaged and annotated on record, which are compiled here wonderfully, with great notes, and a few unissued tracks! Players include Leo Parker, Kenny Dorham, Sonny Stitt, Ernie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, and a sticker stain.)
Fats Navarro —
Fats Blows ... CD International Music Company (Germany), 1950s. Used ...
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
(White label mono promo. NOTE – The cover is stained on a bit over the bottom half, with some wrinkling on front & back.)
Very groovy stuff! Although the bulk of the material on this album is "pops meet jazz", in the hands of Oliver Nelson, it's transformed into something wonderful – with just the right blend of jazz to keep things lively. The arrangements have a nice off-kilter sound that works well ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
One of the last sessions Oliver Nelson ever recorded – a genius batch of work recorded for the Japanese East Wind label, and maybe one of his greatest albums ever! The set's a wonderful link between the sophisticated large group sounds that Nelson did for Impulse Records in the 60s, and some ... read moreCD
A killer set of searing soulful spiritual material from Oliver Nelson – and one of his best albums of the 70s! There's hardly anything "Swiss" in the music – save for the fact that it was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Fest – as the large ensemble recording has Nelson at ... read moreCD
A unique little outing for Oliver Nelson – one that breaks him out of the familiar territory of the studio, and puts him in a much more spontaneous live setting! Nelson's playing soprano sax on the album – using the instrument in an edgey way that has echoes of Coltrane, yet which also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and a few small peeled spots in the gloss.)
Looks like a compilation, but a set that features some great material! Side one features Oliver Nelson directing a special group with JJ Johnson on trombone, Nat Adderley and Clark Terry on trumpets, Phil Woods and Jerome Richardson on reeds, and Hank Jones on piano – on titles that include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oliver Nelson/King Curtis/Jimmy Forrest —
Soul Battle ... LP Prestige, 1960. Very Good ...
This is the kind of battle we like to see! Three heavy tenors – Nelson, King, and Jimmy Forrest – come head to head in a relaxed set of tunes cut in that Prestige blowing session mode, but tweaked with a bit more tightness, in the style of some of the label's emerging soul jazz sides ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with Van Gelder stamp and deep groove.)
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – and a key session in the best "new thing" mode of the 60s! The New York Art Quartet were a short live collaboration between trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Lewis Worrell, and percussionist ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label 60s pressing. Back cover has images of ESP titles through 1028. Cover has a bit of seam splitting and some light wear.)
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
A later issue of material recorded in the late 60s by Phineas for Contempoary – tunes from the sessions for the album Please Send Me Someone To Love, but which didn't make the cut at the time – and are here issued a decade after the original recordings! The group on the set features ... read moreCD
Classic early work by Phineas Newborn – and a record cut right after his emergence from the great Memphis scene of the 1950s! Most of the album features trio material – cut with Kenny Clarke on drums and Oscar Pettiford on bass – but a few tracks also feature some very nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and a bit of marker in one corner.)
A smoking set from Phineas Newborn – recorded in 3 different modes for the record – solo, trio, and quartet! The quartet and trio sides feature some nice guitar from his brother Calvin Newborn – whose bluesier tones really help give the record a deeper feel than usual for Phineas ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has "Advance Copy" printed on the front.)
2 incredible records by David Newman – back to back as a single CD set! Bigger & Better is one of the best David Newman albums for Atlantic from the 60s – and one that breaks past the R&B-influenced formula of earlier albums! This one features some great arrangements by ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
David Newman —
Newmanism ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Sweet electric grooving from David Newman – a great little album cut with Roy Ayers on vibes and Pat Rebillot on electric piano – both of whom bring a very different feel to the set than Newman's work of the 60s! The style is warm and tight, but never too smooth – as there's ... read moreCD
Features James Newton on flute, Anthony Davis on piano, Phil Wilson on drums, and Abdul Wadud on cello! The interplay between Newton on flute and Wadud on cello is especially great, and though the playing throughout is free and energetic, there's a wonderful sense of spaciousness too. 5 tracks: ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime work from this oft-overlooked alto player – a wonderful album that features Lennie playing in quintets with Bill Perkins, Bob Gordon, Stu Williamson, and Hampton Hawes – plus added string quartet backings on most of the tunes – making for a shimmering sound that's really ... read moreCD
An excellent LP of funky big band jazz – way better than you'd guess from the name of the group! The all-star ensemble – which includes Blue Mitchell, Willie Bobo, Stix Hooper, Paul Humphrey, Charles Kynard, Ernie Watts, and Joe Pass – does an excellent job of grooving tightly, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's as vibrant as the image on its cover – a stunning solo performance from percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love – a player we love when improvising with other musicians, but who sounds maybe even more mindblowing here on his one! Paal's a great musical partner with others ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paal Nilssen-Love & Mats Gustafsson —
Sin Gas ... LP Bocian (Poland), 2013. New Copy ...
Two masterful improvisational talents, let looks on some very long tracks – and coming up with real magic in the process! Mats Gustafsson plays tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones for the record – and begins with some really deep textures – a sonic sensibility that shows Mats' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nineteenth Whole —
Smilin' ... CD Eastbound/Westbound (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
One of the sweetest little jazz funk albums of the early 70s – and a masterful blend of vibes, guitar, and organ from this legendary Indianapolis combo! The group are probably best known for their backing work behind Grant Green on some of his funky Blue Note sides – or for vibes ... read moreCD
(Comes in a great little cardboard LP-styled sleeve!)
Teus Nobel —
Legacy ... CD Flyin High (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy ...
The cover's got a very moody look, but the record opens up nicely with a warmer vibe than you might expect – an airy blend of the trumpet of Teus Nobel, who's got a way of phrasing that can sometimes bite hard, sometimes lay back with a much more fluid approach! There's a slight ECM style to ... read moreCD
Beautiful solo piano from Mike Nock – and a record that grabs us a lot more than we would have expected! Nock's a player who's had so many different great moments, in so many different settings, it's almost easy to overlook a more subtle record like this – yet the album's got a sense ... read moreCD
Norvo may have cut some sleepy recordings in his day, but his early sides are usually all pretty great – especially this material, recorded with Tal Farlow on guitar and Charles Mingus on bass! The drum-less combination of vibes, guitar, and bass makes for an almost-exotic approach – ... read moreCD
Red Norvo's dragged his vibes out into a field of wildflowers – and while we hate to think what that's done to the sound of his instrument (not to mention his hayfever), we can definitely say that the album's a groovy treat from the decade when Red was turning out some of his finest music ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with a deep groove. Cover has some wear, a small sticker on front, and some remnants of yellowed tape with a peeled spot on back.)
Very hip work from Red Norvo and his sextet – an evocative album that's divided up into "rose" and "blue" cover images on the front and back – but which unfortunately doesn't provide any data on the players! We can say that in addition to sharp vibes from Red, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet reeds and lots of Fender Rhodes – a lost 70s album from the Detroit underground, and one of the best-ever sets from saxophonist Larry Nozero! Larry's working here in close collaboration with keyboardist Dennis Tini – whose Rhodes and Clavinet work really make the album sparkle, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's noteworthy not just as one of the rare few moments as a leader for drummer Makaya Ntshoko – but also for the great contributions of the members of the group – especially saxophonist Heinz Sauer, who really hits his stride here! Sauer's one of those oft-overlooked ... read moreCD
One of the most striking, most unusual settings for the voice of Leon Thomas we've ever heard – a rare 1970 performance with the Brit group Nucleus – done right at the same time that Thomas was recording his classics with Pharoah Sanders! The initial approach is similar, and the songs ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fresh reworking of Don Cherry's legendary Complete Communion album for Blue Note – played here by a trio of Norwegian players who are clearly inspired by the original! The lineup here is a bit different than the classic version – with Atle Nymo on tenor, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on ... read moreCD
Really really great work from pianist Mats Oberg – a musician we've always loved, but who really blows us away with this solo set of improvisations! Mats has this free-flowing sense of imagination that really loves us breathless – a way of creating on the keys of the piano that almost ... read moreCD
Blue sounds recorded in Manhattan, but played by Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno – who returns to the tight fusion styles of his records from a decade before! The album has Ohno as the lead soloist in a hip group that includes Mike Stern on guitar, and keyboards from Gil Goldstein, Kenny ... read moreCD
A pivotal album in the development of the Japanese piano trio sound of the 70s – one that links together an older mode of expression with some of the newer freedoms on the scene! Yuji Ohno grabs us here from the very first note with a bold voice on the keys – one that's got some echoes ... read moreCD
2 great albums by drummer Grassella Oliphant recorded for Atlantic in the mid 60s – back to back on a single CD! 1965's Grass Roots is a moody set of tracks played by a small group that includes Harold Ousley on tenor and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. Ousley's sound is amazing, and he hits ... read moreCD