A drum-heavy spectacular – featuring four of the top hardbop drummers of the late 50s, all recorded live at Birdland, soloing back and forth in larger groups that really make the whole thing cook! Although the cover and title might make you think the record's a novelty, it's way more than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Three great French jazz soundtracks on one CD! The bulk of the set is taken up with Art Blakey's wornderful score to the film Des Femmes Disparaissent – which features work by Jazz Messengers Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, and Benny Golson, recorded in Paris in 1958, with a hip swinging hardbop ... read moreCD
Sweet 70s fusion from guitarist Toto Blanke – a set done a bit after his better-known record for Vertigo, and with a very similar vibe! The sound is very electric, and very much in the proggier end of jazz fusion – and Blanke gets superb help from keyboardist Jasper Van't Hof and ... read moreCD
Samuel Blaser/Gerry Hemmingway —
Oostum ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2018. New Copy ...
A really great setting for drummer Gerry Hemmingway – an album that has him improvising live with trombonist Samuel Blaser – a fantastic musician who's one of the freshest trombone talents we've heard in years! In previous comments, we've liked Blaser to a modern day heir to the genius ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Incredible work from Paul Bley – and a record that captures him in his excellent electric period, working in a different setting than we've heard him elsewhere! The group on the set is a trio – one that matches Bley's work on electric piano and synthesizer with percussion from Han ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful solo piano work from Paul Bley – spare, stark, and almost lovely – and a real contrast to some of his more aggressive experiments of the late 60s. The Bley here has almost a hint of sadness and longing, especially on the numbers that have him revisiting tunes he'd done on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note All Stars (Akinmusire/Glasper/Hodge/Loue —
Our Point Of View ... CD Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2CD ...
A brilliant update of the older Blue Note All-Stars concept – a set that features a tremendous lineup of the contemporary talents who've helped shape the new sound of the label in recent years – including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, keyboardist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, ... read moreCD
Blue Note All Stars (Akinmusire/Glasper/Hodge/Loue —
Our Point Of View ... LP Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A brilliant update of the older Blue Note All-Stars concept – a set that features a tremendous lineup of the contemporary talents who've helped shape the new sound of the label in recent years – including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, keyboardist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost treasure – never-issued material from the legendary Blue Notes combo – and a set that really helps fill some space in their all-too-small recorded catalog! The set captures the group at the end of the 70s, working in their most openly-creative mode – a style that partly ... read moreCD
A great set from Hamiet Bluiett – almost back to his roots in the St Louis underground scene, as the album's a live recording of long spiritual jazz tracks, arguably a lot more compelling than most of Bluiett's studio work from the time! The album was recorded at Sweet Basil in 1983 – ... read moreCD
A pair of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – back to back in a single set! Da Da is a set that mixes some of the sharper edges of Blythe's earlier records with a few more contemporary touches – but always at a level that still has the reedman standing far from the mainstream! ... read moreCD
A trio of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – brought together in a 2CD set! First up is Elaborations – a beautiful moment in which the loft jazz generation really got a chance to shine in the mainstream – and mostly without any sense of overdone attempts at ... read moreCD
Arthur Blythe —
Grip ... LP India Navigation, 1977. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A counterpart to the album Metamorphasis – also recorded at the same date. The album features Blythe at his best – recorded in a laidback, loft-like setting – working through some longer material than usual, in the company of a great group that includes Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer set of funky Latin Soul tracks, recorded by Willie Bobo in the mid and late 60s, and pulled from his hard to find albums on Verve! The set focuses on some of Willie's grooviest stuff, and is a very tasty blend of soul and instrumental cuts, all with a tight Latin-tinged sound. Titles ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
A tribute to the legendary trombonist Melba Liston – served up here by a female Japanese duo who greatly continue her legacy in jazz! Like Liston, both Yuu Uesugi and Itsumi Komano can act both as soloists and arrangers – working here in a way that weaves their horns together ... read moreCD
Boneshaker (Williams/Nilssen-Love/Kessler) —
Thinking Out Loud ... CD Trost (Austria), 2017. New Copy Gatefold ...
Plenty of bone-shaking going on here – thanks to work by this heavy power trio, recording in Chicago with all the harder-burning energy of the scene! Visitor Paal Nilssen-Love is on drums and percussion – playing with all the incredible twists and turns that always make his ... read moreCD
Plenty of bone-shaking going on here – thanks to work by this heavy power trio, recording in Chicago with all the harder-burning energy of the scene! Visitor Paal Nilssen-Love is on drums and percussion – playing with all the incredible twists and turns that always make his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raymond Boni, Daunik Lazro, Joe McPhee & Claude Tc —
Next To You ... CD Emouvance (France), 2004. Used ...
Federico Bonifazi with Philip Harper —
East 74th Street ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Federico Bonifazi is great pianist, and also a hell of a writer too – one with a very fully-formed voice in jazz – able to fit complex ideas in a very tight space, while still very much letting the soloists do their thing! And yet Federico also seems to bring out a new depth in his ... read moreCD
Juini Booth, Philipp Quehenberger, Didi Kern —
Who Dat?/Yo ... LP Rock Is Hell (Austria), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)...
A nicely messed-up little record – more of an EP, given the length, but featuring plenty of amazing sounds throughout – all coming from the improvisations of Didi Kern on drums, alongside Juini Booth and Philipp Quehenberger on synthesizers! Kern's drums set the pace nicely, but then ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 305 – in screenprinted sleeves with varied colors – on clear vinyl!)
One of the hippest records ever to come out of Chicago – the sole recording by Boscoe, a group who was even more obscure and experimental than contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Artistic Heritage Ensemble! Like those groups, Boscoe has a very unique, very visionary approach – one that' ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Four friends in Bari, making really beautiful music together – a lineup that features sparkling trumpet from the great Fabrizio Bosso, plus guitar from Guido Di Leone, bass from Giuseppi Bassi, and drums from Mimmo Capanale! The set's got all the subtle charm of Bosso's best work in recent ... read moreCD
One of Bostic's best – played with a group that includes Stanley Turrentine and John Coltrane, although you'd never know it, because Earl's alto sax is right up front in the mix. There's no problem with that, though – and as you'll hear from his tone, it's more than likely that Trane ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Vinyl is in Fair condition. Cover has wide brown tape on the seams and spine.)
The title and cover here are super-simple, but the sound is anything but – a continuing evolution of the talents of tenorist Ralph Bowen, who just seems to grab us more and more with each new album! The core of the record is the long "Phylogeny Suite", which has some of the most ... read moreCD
A fantastic set of duets – and the kind of spare, stripped-down improv album that the Sackville label could do so well – very much in the spirit of their classic records with Roscoe Mitchell and George Lewis! The feel here is similar to both the Mitchell and Lewis solo records – ... read moreCD
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Lester Bowie as a leader – and a set that stands in importance right next to the early Delmark AACM sides by Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell! Plus, the album's almost an early Art Ensemble of Chicago effort, given the lineup – which ... read moreCD
With Stanton Davis, Malachi Thompson, Bruce Purse, and Bowie on trumpet – plus Craig Harris and Steve Turre on trombone, Vincent Chancey on French horn, and Phillip Wilson on drums. Titles include "Coming Back Jamaica", "Nonet", "When The Spirit Returns", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a promo sticker and some stains at the bottom.)
Great work from the Bowman Trio – a group named not for any of the musicians who perform , but for the writer J Bowman – whose words inspired each of the songs on the set! The trio features Tomi Nikku on trumpet, Joonas Tuuri on bass, and Sami Nummela on drums – all Finnish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's the middle finger of David Boykin on the front cover – bidding a bold farewell to the year of 2016 – with a record that offers up some of the most soul-nourishing sounds we've ever heard from the reedman! The album's got a sharper, almost funkier sound than some of Boykin's ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums so far from mighty Chicago reedman David Boykin – and easily a set that lives up to the rich legacy of avant jazz in the Windy City! There's a depth to the record that comes through right from the very first note – a sense of history and feeling that shows ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great lost performance from David Boykin's Expanse group – one of the boldest forces in Chicago underground jazz a few years back! The lineup here is great – with Boykin on tenor, Nicole Mitchell on flute, Josh Abrams on bass, James Baker on piano, and Myron Cherry on drums – ... read moreCD
(Comes in an LP style sleeve.)
David Boykin Expanse —
Solar Suite ... CD Sonic Healing Ministries, 2006. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A set recorded many years back by Chicago spiritualist David Boykin – but one that's finally getting its debut on record, as part of the ever-evolving rich tapestry of sounds that Boykin's been giving us since the 90s! The set here captures David at a key moment – when he was maybe ... read moreCD
Great work as a leader from Don Braden – a set that was one of his last before moving onto bigger-label fame, and one that's very firmly rooted in the soul jazz underground! Don's got a really classic sound on his tenor – blowing with focus, poise, and a hell of a lot of soul – ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from cornet player Bobby Bradford – a date recorded in the UK in the early 70s, but with all the free-thinking and imaginative energy as his best sessions in LA! The group pits Bobby's horn against three young modernists – Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Kent ... read moreCD
Of all the R&B bandleaders of the 50s, Tiny Bradshaw was one of the wildest! He had a tight rolling groove that managed to infuse his whole band with a lively sense of rhythm that was often unmatched by some of the other sleepier groups of the time – and he also managed to hire some of ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Haunting solo work from Dollar Brand – recorded live in Copenhagen, with a sound that's full of tone, texture, and subtle beauty! Dollar Brand is one of the few players that can hold us rapt with a session like this – and as with his trio and larger group work, the tunes have an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Live set of solo piano and some short flute interludes by Abdullah Ibrahim. Recorded at the Jazz-Hus Montmarte in Copenhagen in '72, Ibrahim plays through a number of themes in two sidelong medleys, holding down rolling African-tinged rhythms with his left hand while laying joyous township jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that was issued in the US, but which actually features excellent work that Abdullah Ibrahim/Dollar Brand recorded for the Gallo label in South Africa – the kind of edgier work that we often prefer next to some of his solo and trio material! The key force here is the horns – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Dollar Brand's first American recordings ever – and an excellent batch of trio tracks recorded under the supervision of Duke Ellington! Brand's in an early angular style here – with slight touches of late Ellington in his keyboard work, and bits of Monk thrown into the mix. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early recordings by Dollar Brand – recorded in London in 1965, playing solo on a batch of tunes dedicated to two big influences – Duke Ellington and Randy Weston – and also featuring a number of his own compositions. Titles include "Pye R Squared", "Knights ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album of jazz tracks by one of Brazil's greatest reed players of the 70s – the mighty Victor Assis Brasil – a free-thinking spirit who really took Brazilian jazz in bold new directions at the time! The record shows Victor absorbing a lot of post-Coltrane influences, and ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic double-length set – two full albums of music, essential for any fan of Brazilian jazz – or even jazz in general! First up is Esperanto – an incredible album from one of Brazil's greatest reed players of the 70s – the mighty Victor Assis Brasil – a free-thin ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastic album from this legendary Brazilian saxophonist – and one that's way different than the usual instrumental reading of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim! The setting is less of a bossa-inspired one than a post-Coltrane mode – as Victor Assis Brasil blows alto sax, and a bit ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Braxton's best records for Arista, and a great quartet session that features Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, Dave Holland on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums. The playing is extremely tight, and Braxton and Wheeler trade very sharp solos, while Holland pulls these amazing lines out of his bass. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really creative work from Anthony Braxton – a 70s gem that has the reedman working in two different settings – both of them great! The first half of the record reunites Braxton with the electronics of Richard Teitelbaum – working here on some very cool moog, mixed with percussion ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from Anthony Braxton – an album that has him playing straight ahead jazz – but at a time when he was also making some of his most complex recordings of the 70s! The approach here is sublime – as Braxton's reputation has ears already anticipating some far-out ... read moreCD
Two of the most important talents to emerge in avant jazz in the 70s – working here together in a really groundbreaking performance! Both saxophonist Anthony Braxton and guitarist Derek Bailey were already making some huge waves in their respective scenes of Chicago and London – but in ... read moreCD
Soulful fusion from The Brecker Brothers – a set that's one of their standout efforts from the 70s – and a record that went onto influence a whole generation of jazz musicians too! The album features the twin horns of Randy & Michael Brecker, along with alto by David Sanborn, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and some flaking on the bottom seam.)
The start of a legendary run from superjazz brothers Randy and Michael Brecker – trumpeter and tenorist, respectively – already players who'd worked on a hell of a lot of previous sessions, both as a pair and on their own – finally stepping here into some well-deserved fame in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from The Brecker Brothers – working here at a new level for 70s jazz fusion! Sure, it's as slick as it can be – with touches of club and disco grooves to give an even smoother edge to the jazz funk of the Brecker Brothers – but thanks to some solid soloing that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has an index sticker & a spot of marker.)
It's our bet that the Brecker Brothers probably weren't straphanging on their way to work in this point in their careers – given the classy, professional sound of this set – which was more likely to earn them a ride in a limo than a place in the subway! But we certainly don't hold that ... read moreCD
Great work by a leader who hardly ever got to record on his own – the always-swinging Buddy Bregman, known best for his late 50s backings for singers on the west coast, but heard here in 2 great sessions cut under his own name! This set has Bregman working with an all-star lineup of west ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear & some discoloration from age.)
Helene Breschand, Michel Doneda & Gerald Zbinden —
L'Intense ... CD For 4 Ears (Switzerland), 2000. Used ...
A funky little record from a groovy German trio – one who recorded this gem at the start of the 70s, with a vibe that's very similar to some of the best MPS material at the time! The group features Joe Nay on drums, Pawel Jarzebski on bass, and Kristian Schultze on keyboards – the last ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tribute to Billie Holiday, but one that's way different than the usual – as you'd probably guess from the image of Dee Dee Bridgewater on the cover! Yes, the tunes are numbers that Billie sang back in the day, and yes, there's a certain Holiday-like tinge in Bridgewater's vocals – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Jean Paul Brodbeck —
Extra Time ... CD Yellow Bird (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
The first we've heard of Jean-Paul Brodbeck – a really great pianist, and one with a strong sense of color – using an approach that takes us back to that strong moment of French jazz piano creativity about 20 years back! The group here are well-balanced, but the piano's always in the ... read moreCD