An excellent solo set as a leader from drummer Mel Lewis – one that reminds us that he can still cook very strongly away from his big band with trumpeter Thad Jones! The set has Lewis in different groupings with an excellent set of the friends mentioned in the title – a top-shelf ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the ... read moreCD
An excellent set from reedman Dave Liebman – easily one of his most soulful from the 70s, thanks to some key currents in the group! John Scofield is on the session – playing guitar, but sometimes with this phrasing that almost feels more like a keyboard – especially in the way it ... read moreCD
A wonderful bit of soul jazz – much less trippy than some of Charles Lloyd's later work, and handled with a soulful flair that's a mix of Coltrane spiritualism, with an even larger dose of the sort of post-Trane experiments in jazz that would crop up during the early 70s on smaller ... read moreCD
Charles Lloyd makes a step over to Blue Note Records – and the result is one of his richest, most organic albums in years! The whole thing's a live performance from Poland – done as a suite of longer tracks that feature a core acoustic quartet with Lloyd on tenor, plus added cymbalom ... read moreCD
A standout set from guitarist Wilbert Longmire – one of a few classics cut in the 70s for Bob James' Tappan Zee label, done with some great help from James on production and arrangements too! The vibe is very much in the best spirit of the Kudu Records label at the time – plenty of ... read moreCD
A really wonderful pairing of trumpeter Dave Douglas and tenorist Joe Lovano – working together here on some of the most adventurous material that either player has cut in years! The music is balanced evenly between a sense of rhythm and sense of freedom – with a vibe that's similar ... read moreCD
One of the few dates ever as a leader from pinaist Lee Lovett – an artist who mostly worked as an arranger, with credits that include stints with the groups of Erskine Hawkins, Cat Anderson, Tab Smith, and Lucky Millinder! Lee's music here has a much more modern feel than some of those ... read moreCD
A very nice set of Japanese fusion tracks cut by guitarist Reggie Lucas, with nice electric backing by Hubert Eaves on keyboard, Michael Henderson on bass, and other acoustic players like Mtume, John Stubblefield, and Clifford Adams. The set was recorded by East Wind in Japan, and the best cuts on ... read moreCD
Lage Lund —
Idlewild ... CD Criss Cross (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A beautiful showcase for the warm, ringing tones of guitarist Lage Lund – a wonderful player who's only gotten better and better over the years! Lage has this richly chromatic style that's always a treat with a larger group, but it gets an especially strong focus here in an intimate trio ... read moreCD
Bobby Lyle —
Genie ... CD Capitol (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
A funky fusion classic – and quite possibly Bobby Lyle's most perfectly realized album! The set was Bobby's first full US outing, and it's filled with soaring, riffing keyboards that stretch out into territory explored a few years before by Johnny Hammond and Lonnie Liston Smith! The real ... read moreCD
Killer set that combines both of Johnny's rare albums cut for the tiny Tuba label in the mid 60s! The records both have a great funky vibes sound, with lots of tight drumming, and soulful bubbling organ grooves. These are very sought after in their original pressings, and both LPs usually fetch ... read moreCD
Two lost smokers from vibes legend Johnny Lytle – back to back on a single CD! The Soulful Rebel is lost early 70s set from Lytle – totally funky, but in a way that's very different than his famous 60s work! The album's got a sweet electric groove that comes not only from Johnny's ... read moreCD
Bold, soulful work from the great Harold Mabern – and a record that really takes us back to his soaring modal groove of the 60s! Mabern's still got some of the lighter lyricism of more recent years here – but he also seems to pack a bit more punch from a rhythmic tip, too – no ... read moreCD
Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt Elling —
Afro Blue ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
The great Harold Mabern kicks it hard with a key core group – then finds a way to open up with some surprise guest artists as well – including singers Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, and Norah Jones! The core of the album features Mabern's piano rocketing out with rhythm ... read moreCD
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
Tony Malaby's Tubacello —
Scorpion Eater ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ...
The group name is perfect for this one – as the quartet features strong work from a tuba and cello, and no bass at all – which leaves both of those instruments to take over some of that role, especially the tuba! Tony Malaby is searing on tenor and soprano sax, and the set also ... 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
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
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
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 moreCD
(Amazing tri-fold cover – just like the original album!)
Incredible early work from one of Germany's greatest modernists – one of the key records that showed the world that German jazz was way more than just a rehashing of American modes in the postwar years! This rare 1963 recording features the quintet of trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – a ... read moreCD
Albert Mangelsdorff/Masahiko Sato/Peter Warren/All —
Spontaneous ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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
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
Sweet funky 70s work from Herbie Mann – one of his best records of the time, and a set that's got a stretched-out and slightly cosmic feel! The album's clearly the brainchild of writer/arranger/producer Sylvester Levay – who also plays keyboards on the session, and creates a groove ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Herbie Mann —
Reggae ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
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
The title's a great one for this album by alto saxophonist Sarah Manning – as she's got a very strong sense of harmony on the record, and mixes her reed lines wonderfully with the guitar of Jonathan Goldberger and viola of Eyvind Kang! Both musicians have these tones that come into contact ... read moreCD
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 lost bit of 70s fusion from the west coast – a group led by percussionist Manolo Badrena, with lots of nice Brazilian jazz touches! Many of the tracks have lyrics – soulful and sunny, somewhere in between late 70s work by Flora Purim and Seawind – and the overall groove is like ... read moreCD
A beautiful set from a tenorist we hardly know at all – but who's playing here in some great company – including Sam Yahel on Hammond, David Weiss on trumpet, and Adam Rogers on guitar! Most tunes are originals, and they're really well written – able to capture a good deal of ... 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
Groundbreaking work from Italian pianist Guido Manusardi – a rare set recorded in Romania, and one of the treasures of the European modern scene of the 60s! Despite the "free" in the title, the music is actually more in sort of a lyrical modernist vein, than completely outside ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from pianist Guido Manusardi – a player who's best known for his work on the Italian scene, but who's heard here in a rare gem from Romania! The style of the work is quite similar to some of Guido's Italian work, but there's a nicely balanced feeling too – a sense of ... read moreCD
A wonderfully sensitive record from Italian piano legend Guido Manusardi – a record that still has a swing at all the right moments, but which also has these darker currents we especially love! The trio here really seems to follow Guido's lead – and sometimes the pianist is working ... read moreCD
A great set of work from pianist Guido Manusardi – and a set with a real trans-European pedigree! Although Guido hails from Italy, the album was issued by a Romanian label during a time when Gudio was living in that nation – and it features material recorded in Sweden with bassist ... read moreCD
A very rare gem from the late 50s – a smoking set that was cut for a very small label, but which is every bit as great from a musical perspective as it is from a collector's one as well! The whole thing cooks with the insensity of a Prestige date from the early 50s – very sharp hardbop ... read moreCD
One of the bolder, more spiritual performances we've ever heard from Branford Marsalis – an extended reading of John Coltrane's legendary "A Love Supreme" – performed by a quartet that features Marsalis on tenor sax, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Jeff " ... read moreCD
Jack Marshall & Shelly Manne —
Sounds! ... CD Capitol (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
A sweet little set from mid 60s Capitol Records – a wonderful blend of jazz and percussion, handled by two of the most inventive musicians on the LA scene! Jack Marshall's probably best known for his excellent arrangements for the label on sets with singers – but here, he's playing ... read moreCD
Very different work than usual for percussionist Billy Martin – a set of shorter, yet more complicated instrumental pieces – played both by Martin himself, and either by guests who perform alone, or in collaboration with Billy! The music carries many echoes of mid-century avant ... read moreCD
Luigi Martinale Trio —
Le Sue Ali ... CD Albore Jazz (Japan), 2009. New Copy ...
A trio date, but one with a really fresh feel – kind of its own mix of lyrical energy and rhythmic pulse – in ways that remind us of some of our favorite French piano sessions of the past decade or two, but with some distinctly original touches as well! Luigi Martinale's got a ... read moreCD
Later work from Pat Martino, but a set that shows that the guitarist has lost none of his fire over the years! The set's done with a relatively freewheeling sound – not free, but open, as Martino spirals out wonderfully with some very creative solo lines – often quite extended, and ... read moreCD
Pat Martino —
Nexus ... CD High Note, Mid 90s/2015. New Copy ...
Rare archival work from guitarist Pat Martino – never-issued sides that feature the musician in a small club setting from 20 years back – with only additional keyboards for accompaniment! The groove is very lean, and allows us plenty of space to hear Martino's tremendous skills on the ... read moreCD
A stunner of an album from the legendary James Mason – unreleased tracks that were recorded after his legendary Rhythm Of Life album – finally issued to the world after so many years! There's a number of cuts here that would have been right at home on Mason's classic (and only) album ... read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's ... read moreCD
A killer set of electric keyboards – with a groove that stretches from wigged-out Herbie Hancock to the laidback style of Bob James on CTI! Mikio Masuda plays a range of different instruments – from Fender Rhodes to Clavinet, Yamaha organ, ARP, and mini-Korg – and the group ... read moreCD
Mikio Masuda —
Trace ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A majestic set of spiritual jazz numbers – performed by a core trio of Japanese pianist Miko Masuda, bassist Tsutomu Okada, and drummer Motohiko Hino – with guest performances by Terumasa Hino on trumpet, Takao Uematsu on tenor, and Hideo Miyata on flute! The added horns really push ... read moreCD
One of the only albums we've ever seen from Japanese guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo – and an unusual record that features very small, spare groupings – either solo, or with some slight accompaniment from a set of musicians that includes Bob Mover on alto, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and David Lee ... read moreCD
A nice little wake up call from Yoshiyaki Masuo – a set that has his guitar working in close collaboration with extra guitar from Motoaki Masuo – for a two-stringed approach that's a bit different than some of Yoshiyaki's other records! The music is laidback, but never sleepy – ... read moreCD
Yoshiyaki Masuo —
Masuo Live ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
A mixture of tight fusion and sweet mellower moments from Japanese guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo – a smoking live session that features loads of work on Yamaha electric piano and organ as well! The group's got a style that's sometimes in the fast, sharp rock fusion mode that was big in the US ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful albums we've ever heard from Yoshiyaki Masuo – a record that features some great contributions from Victor Bruce Godsey on keyboards – whose tight lines really help shape the grooves, and even pave the way for some of his vocals too! The record has Masuo working ... read moreCD
Ronnie Mathews is a pianist we always love, no matter what the context – but here he's in this extra-great trio with bassist Stafford James, who almost seems to take center stage at times! James' deep, round tone is a perfect match for Mathews' approach to piano – and while Ronnie ... read moreCD
One of the greatest sessions ever recorded by Ronnie Mathews – an excellent soul jazz pianist who's working here in a mode that's similar to that of Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, or other 70s lyrical giants! Mathews' touch on the keys is incredible – at one moment extremely sensitive and ... read moreCD
2 lost sides of soul jazz – both of them rare gems on vinyl, and back-to-back here in one nicely priced CD package! Doin The Thang is an excellent bit of lost soul jazz piano work – featuring the highly underrated Ronnie Mathews, with a quartet that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet ... read moreCD
We've never heard from Japanese saxophonist Koichi Matsukaze before, but he's really won us over with this inventive little session – an understated mix of modern moments and lyrical touches, done with some especially nice vibes from Hiroshi Hatsuyama! The group's just a quartet with bass ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series.)
Sweet smooth fusion from the great David Matthews – that legendary talent that started out working with James Brown, then moved to CTI Records in the 70s, then kept going strong with fusion efforts like this one in the 80s! The style is a bit more polished than some of Matthews' earlier work ... read moreCD
A lesser-known bit of funky fusion from David Matthews – a set that steps off his CTI/Kudu work of the 70s, with an update of that older jazz funk vibe! The group shows Matthews' continuing connection to the best players of this mode at the time – and features keyboards from Richard ... read moreCD
David Matthews & Electric Birds —
Cosmic City ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
David Matthews made plenty of great funky jazz records in the American mainstream of the 70s – and after his big years on Kudu Records, he went slightly underground – and did some great work for Japanese labels like this! The album's got Matthews on electric piano, working with an all-s ... read moreCD
David Matthews & Electric Birds —
Digital Love ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Fast and funky fusion from David Matthews – building off the sound of his later Kudu recordings with a sweet electric groove! The album's got a pretty full approach overall – with Matthews on electric piano, and directing a large group of players that includes Mike Maineri, Michael ... read moreCD
Marcio Mattos —
SOL(os) ... CD Emanem (UK), Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy ...
The title's a bit of a pun – as the album features solo work on bass and cello from Marcio Mattos, but most of the performances also draw inspiration from solar phenomenon, which are named in the individual tracks! Despite that gag, though, the album's a relatively serious, compelling ... read moreCD
A really great solo set from the great Bennie Maupin – part of an excellent run of records as a leader, cut during the stretch when he was riding to great fame with The Headhunters! The vibe here is deeper and more spiritual than his work with that group – still somewhat influenced by ... read moreCD
A pair of funky jazz sets from Bennie Maupin – '77's Slow Traffic To The Right and '78's Moonscapes – together in a single set! Slow Traffic To The Right is Maupin's first LP for Mercury, and a great bit of spiritual funky jazz that recalls a lot of the sound of his work with The ... read moreCD
A killer little set from Les McCann – one of his greatest records of the 60s, thanks to a fair bit of Latin Soul influences! The album's got a groove that's much grittier than Les' other work – a solid, soulful emphasis on bottom rhythms – which are mostly in a boogaloo and shing- ... read moreCD
Wild electric work from Les McCann – an album of free, open sounds that's quite a change from his styles of the 60s – and from most of his other work of the 70s too! Side one features an extended 26 minute track titled "The Lovers" – a slow-building number that has Les ... read moreCD
An incredible record – the kind of album that no fan of funky jazz should be without! This album is far and away one of the greatest ever cut by Brother Jack McDuff – and it's a baroquely complicated batch of funky jazz cuts that's still light years ahead of any other record! The ... read moreCD
Mindblowingly baroque funk from Brother Jack McDuff – an album that takes the initial Blue Note tripped-out groove of Moon Rappin, and pushes it to a whole new level! Jack's working here with arranger Ray Draper to come up with some tunes that are miles away from the earlier McDuff albums on ... read moreCD
A great record – and one that's filled with so many wonderful little moments! The whole thing's a very cool, very off-beat set of jazz tracks recorded by vibist Gary McFarland, with a group that includes Jimmy Raney on guitar, Richie Kamuca on tenor, and Steve Swallow on bass – a ... read moreCD
A dream of a record from Gary McFarland – lightly jazzy instrumentals with a warm bossa nova undercurrent! The style is incredible – a sweet blend of vibes, guitar, and even some light whistling – often also featuring wordless jazz vocals – scatting along with the groove in ... read moreCD
Gary McFarland —
Today ... CD Skye/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
Wild stuff – and very different than Gary McFarland's earlier albums! Today was recorded late in Gary's career, and is has him moving a bit away from jazz – into a more sunshine pop feel – one that still retains plenty of the bossa and breezy elements of his Verve work, but which ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from one of the most important early bop trumpeters – the mighty Howard McGhee, heard here in a set of rare material that includes obscure studio sessions and some surprisingly great live performances too! McGhee was one of the first and the best to turn the trumpet towards ... read moreCD
A soulful treasure from 70s France – funky fusion at its best, played by drummer Noel McGhie and his legendary Space Spies combo! The group features some sweet electric piano on all the grooves – really skipping out with a light touch that steps around McGhie's tight drum work nicely ... read moreCD
Amazing music from Chris McGregor and his legendary Brotherhood Of Breath ensemble – easily one of the most exciting forces in British jazz in the 70s, and one fo the few who was still sounding their best in the latter half of the decade! McGregor's got as much bite and burn here as with his ... read moreCD
A modernist classic from 60s Blue Note! The album's one of Jackie McLean's greatest from the time – and one of his seminal "new thing" sessions cut with young modernists Grachan Moncur and Bobby Hutcherson. 3 of the 4 long tracks on the record were written by Moncur, and have a ... read moreCD
Stunning! This is one of Jackie McLean's best-ever albums, and it's a haunting mix of hard bop and some of the more modernist tendencies that would inform his "new thing" period. Butch Warren plays bass, and he drives the set with an intensity that reminds us of Mingus – and which ... read moreCD
A real classic by Jackie McLean – a record that's pulled from 2 different sessions, but which stands out with a strikingly unified feel! The album was cut during the height of Jackie's bop years for Blue Note – with one 1959 session that featured Donald Byrd and Sonny Clark, and ... read moreCD
A young Jackie McLean at the height of his powers – really stretching out here, but never going too far out – a perfect balance between his modern bop of previous records, and his groundbreaking "new thing" jazz to come! The group is a relatively straight ahead one – ... read moreCD
Jackie McLean —
New Soil ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
If you ever needed a record to re-remind you of the genius of Jackie McLean, this Blue Note classic may well be it! At first glance, the session appears to be the usual sort of date – a quintet outing, with help from Donald Byrd on trumpet, Walter Davis on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and ... read moreCD
One of the rarest and most sublime records from the legendary Lloyd McNeill – a performance commissioned by the Smithsonian in 1969, and featuring just McNeill and flute alongside the bass of Marshall Hawkins! The spare approach is different than some of Lloyd's other releases on his tiny ... read moreCD
Some of the hippest jazz ever played at Vassar College – and previously-unreleased work from avant legend Joe McPhee, recorded right around the same time as his classic Nation Time record! One CD features a smoking performance by McPhee on tenor – working with a group that also ... read moreCD
Melodic Artet (Brackeen/Abdullah/Parker/Blank/Wate —
Melodic Artet ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1974. New Copy ...
A genius group from the glory days of the New York avant scene of the 70s – yet one who haven't been nearly as well-documented as some of their contemporaries! The lineup here is legendary – a quintet with Charles Brackeen on tenor, flute, and soprano sax, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, ... read moreCD
An obscure 80s appearance from bassist Jaco Pastorius – a musician whose style is right at home on this electric set from drummer Brian Melvin! Melvin himself plays acoustic drums and percussion – but there's also a fair bit of keyboard work on the record too – 80-styled elements ... read moreCD
A very cool combo – one that features the trombone of Massimo Morganti, tenor of Barend Middlehof, and piano of Nico Menci – all working together without any other instrumentation at all! The style means that the piano handles as much of the rhythm as it does the melody – making ... read moreCD
A great debut from an ultra-jazzy combo from the Finnish scene – one with the same sort of fire and crackle as the best groups on the Ricky Tick label! The tracks have a blend of 60s hardbop with some later soulful elements – and leader Kari Setala's got a mighty great touch on both ... read moreCD
Ron Miles/Bill Frisell/Brian Blade —
Circuit Rider ... CD Yellow Bird (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
One of the coolest Polish jazz musicians ever – the great vibist Jerzy Milian – honored here in a beautiful tribute to his 80 years on this planet! As the title implies, the music is from a large span of Milian's career – but most cuts are from his crucial stretch from the late ... read moreCD
A great combination of Eastern European jazz talents of the 60s – the vibes of Jerzy Milian and the bigger band of Gustav Brom – both coming together here in a very unique recording! Milian's vibes are not only some of the best of his scene at the time – but some of the best of ... read moreCD
Bassist Marcus Miller updates his groove nicely for this standout Blue Note release – working in styles that evoke a fair bit of global rhythms, while still also retaining his wonderfully warm approach to fusion! Miller plays a variety of basses on the set – and the core group includes ... read moreCD
Mulgrew Miller's one of those pianists who can always make a simple session sparkle with magic – and this early 90s album is no exception! The vibe here is laidback and open – done in that ever-searching style that makes Miller such a rich talent on the keyboard – never content ... read moreCD
Great work from this lesser-known Japanese tenor player – an underrated genius with a style that's at once free-searching and introspective! Even though he plays tenor, Kosuke Mine's tone reminds us a lot of Jackie McLean on some of his best Blue Note sides – kind of leaning into ... read moreCD
Kosuke Mine —
Solid ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Solid is right – as the album's one of the best-ever from Japanese saxophonist Kosuke Mine – a really far-reaching quartet session with a wonderfully vibrant feel! One of the real strengths of the session is its keyboard work by Mikio Masuda – warm and soulful, a perfect platform ... read moreCD
One of the most poetic albums we've ever heard from pianist Giovanni Mirabassi – a set dedicated to Nausicaa and other works by director Hayao Miyazaki – served up with that brilliantly flowing style we love on Mirabassi's other albums! Make no mistake, this isn't a set of jazzy ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest albums ever on Blue Note – a set that mixes the trumpet talents of Blue Mitchell with some killer backings from Monk Higgins – all in a groove that more gritty edges than the best funky soundtracks of the time! Higgins keeps the backings full, but always quite lean ... read moreCD
A key 70s album from Blue Mitchell – and a set that's perfectly balanced between the lyricism of his mid 60s sides for Blue Note, and the electric funk of later years! The tracks are long, and have a really great vibe – plenty of room for Mitchell's sweet trumpet in the lead, with ... read moreCD
One of the most obscure records from trumpeter Blue Mitchell – a great session recorded in the 60s, during Blue's classic stretch with Blue Note – but not issued until 1980, and even then, only briefly! The record's a great example of Mitchell's strong capacity to play well in a larger ... read moreCD
A later set from Blue Mitchell – but a great one too, and done in a fully-arranged soul fusion style that seems to bring out the best in his playing! The album's got a smoother sound than some of Blue's work for Blue Note or Mainstream – but the groove comes out surprisingly well, ... read moreCD
Nicole Mitchell & Joelle Leandre —
Sisters Where ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2014. New Copy ...
A beautiful combination of flute and bass – the former from Nicole Mitchell, the latter from Joelle Leandre – both players who really open up in the space of a spare record like this! Leandre's got a very lyrical, spiritual tone to her instrument – but also lots of sharp edges ... read moreCD