Warmly wonderful work from the great Harold Mabern – a pianist who's given us so much great music over the past fifty years – from his famous early work with Frank Strozier, to his Blue Note material with Horace Silver, and his fantastic run of recent recordings with tenorist Eric ... read moreCD
Composer Galt MacDermot is best known to the world for his famous work on stage and in films – but the pianist was also a jazz musician at his start, and has continued performing for decades – as you'll hear on this relatively recent set! The group here is a well-oiled unit that Galt ... read moreCD
One of the coolest records ever issued on Galt MacDermot's legendary Kilmarnock label – a selection of songs and poems by Harlem school children, set to music by Galt, and sung by vocalist Angela Ortega! Given that Galt's handling the music, you can bet that there's plenty of nicely funky ... read moreCD
Solo genius is right – as saxophonist Seldon Powell was a key member of so many different groups, always doing a great job in the ensemble – but when he got a chance to solo, he'd really take off and give us something special! This set focuses on all the great moments when Powell was ... read moreCD
Ralph MacDonald —
Path ... CD Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
One of percussionist Ralph MacDonald's best albums of the late 70s – and one of the few on his own, given how many other records he played on! The set's a complicated mix of jazz, soul, and a variety of rootsier elements – and MacDonald shows a lot of sides of his personality here ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
One of Brazil's best jazz sessions of the 60s – and one of those records that shows that although Verve and other US labels could record their own version of bossa nova, the style still always sounded best when coming from Brazil! Drummer Edison Machado really nocks it out of the park here ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the mighty Machito – all recorded during those key years when he was having a huge impact on both the jazz and Latin scenes in New York! Much of the work here features that blend of Havana roots and bebop performance that Machito and Mario Bauza pioneered during the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Made To Break (Ken Vandermark) —
Trebuchet ... CD Trost (Austria), 2017. New Copy ...
Heavy sounds from an improvising group with a difference – one that features some familiar players, but in a very unusual setting! Reedman Ken Vandermark and drummer Tim Daisy work here with bold electric bass from Jasper Stadhouders, who has this driving quality on the album's opening ... read moreCD
Joe Magnarelli —
Magic Trick ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ...
Joe Magnarelli can be one of the most explosively colorful trumpeters we know – and that's definitely the case here, as he works some beautiful magic alongside the alto of Andy Fusco and guitar of John Hart! Both players are equally imbued with hues, and weave this fantastic array of tones ... read moreCD
Sprightly piano work from Adam Makowicz – an overlooked date from the early 80s, but one that's every bit as great as some of his albums that got much wider release! The set's got an unusual trio – George Mraz on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – the latter of whom is a bit of ... read moreCD
Solo piano work from Adam Makowicz – easily one of the greatest players on the European scene of the 70s, but a player who didn't always get his due – thanks to cooled east-west relations at the time! The record's got a fluid grace that easily puts Makowicz in the company of ... read moreCD
Jazz guitar isn't normally a mode you'd expect to be linked with dancers – but this great album from Russell Malone has a very rhythmic core that makes things pretty darn groovy overall! Drummer Willie Jones III is part of the group – and we always love his work – and bassist ... read moreCD
Warmly-crafted work from this enigmatic ensemble – sounds that lie somewhere between the sonic textures of mid 70s ECM Records, and some of the more spiritual efforts of the time! The music is jazz, but often has a more abstract melodic progression – with core acoustic elements on ... read moreCD
A set of ballads, but handled by Junior Mance at a level that's way richer than you might expect – set up beautifully in a trio that features bass from John Webber and drums from Farnsworth! The Webber/Farnsworth team is one that you'll know from many other piano records – including ... read moreCD
Pianist Junior Mance has a mighty cool trio here – an unusual group with Martin Rivera on bass and the great Alvin Queen on drums! Queen's a great force here – and his amazingly open sense of rhythm really brings a lot to the record – this fantastic flow that almost reminds us of ... read moreCD
Junior Mance works in a great trio here – one that really helps capture the deeper side of his talents on the piano – thanks to strong contributions from Paul West on bass and Idris Muhammad on drums! There's a fair bit of blues-tinged tunes in the mix, but the set also includes some ... read moreCD
Junior Mance has a "plus one" on the cover of the record – tenorist Eric Alexander, who really makes the album sparkle on a few appearances! The numbers with Alexander really take a different shape than the remaining trio numbers – maybe more tentative at the start, with ... read moreCD
The blues are definitely grooving here – delivered from a strong soul jazz perspective, thanks to the mighty piano of Junior Mance, the sharp drums of Idris Muhammad, and the well-focused bass of Chip Jackson! In fact, the trio's so great at the start, we're almost surprised when tenorist ... read moreCD
Never-heard music from legendary trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – easily one of the hippest talents on his instrument at the time of these recordings – a musician we'd easily rank right up there with American giants like Bob Brookmeyer or JJ Johnson! Albert's got the modern tones and ... read moreCD
Five full albums from a time when jazzman Chuck Mangione was at the height of his powers – all served up here in one package, with tiny LP-styled covers for each CD! Most of these records were instant hits for Mangione, and for good reason too – as Chuck's got a way of balancing the ... read moreCD
A totally great little album from Gap Mangione – the lesser-known brother of Chuck! The difference between Gap and Chuck was that Gap was always hipper, cooler, and a bit funkier – as you'll hear in this excellent debut LP from 1968! Gap's working here in some amazing territory – ... read moreCD
A real treasure from the South African scene of the 60s – and the kind of record that we thought wasn't being made until the following decade! Tenorist Winston Mankunku Ngozi rivals the genius of Coltrane and Wayne Shorter here – both artists to whom he dedicates a key track on the ... read moreCD
A record that definitely delivers the very best of Herbie Mann – especially if, like us, you think that one of his greatest contributions to music was finding a way to make the flute sound surprisingly soulful in the 60s! Herbie wasn't the first to pick up the instrument and use it for ... read moreCD
Shelly Manne —
Mannekind ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
An incredible album – unlike anything else that Shelly Manne recorded! The record features Shelly getting all dope and mellow, sliding around on the kit in a kickback set of complex drum fills and percussion effects – with lots of unusual rhythms you never would have heard on his ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
Warmly flowing sounds from bassist Michael Manring – one of the lesser-known talents of the Windham Hill scene of the 80s, but a great one too! Manring's got a way of letting his instrument flow out in these round, warm lines – a mode that seems to be a bit of an heir to a Gary Peacock ... read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
For decades now, Ray Mantilla's been one of the few cats who can effortlessly fuse together Latin rhythms and jazz – creating the kind of music that's completely satisfying to fans of both styles, but all without ever resorting to any sort of easy cliches or overdone modes! Mantilla's the ... read moreCD
A really sharp-edged set from reedman Steve Marcus – a player who'd already had some pretty tight fusion records under his belt before this overlooked gem! Marcus was a saxophonist who was always experimenting with new ideas at this time – part of a generation raised on rock as much as ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Mike Marshall & Darol Anger —
Chiaroscuro ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1985. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from that moment when the acoustic underground of the 70s was sometimes getting lost amidst the new age deluge of the 80s – even though all of the best musicians still their best talents intact! Mike Marshall is one of those musicians – working here on mandolin and ... read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
A very different take on the oft-recorded jazz standard mode – as this time around, the standards are all Italian – which makes most of them pretty unfamiliar to our ears! But even the few that we know take on a new sort of life in the hands of pianist Luigi Martindale – a player ... read moreCD
One of the best albums ever from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a set that continues his development as a wonderfully expressive player on his instrument, but one that also opens up with a bit more bite at times, too – thanks to the presence of some sharp-edged contemporaries! The ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the excellent Deep Jazz Reality series!)
Hugh Masekela at a really fantastic point in his career – recorded live for a radio broadcast, and working with a freewheeling style that's quite different than both his early and later work! The vibe here is right up there with some of the few longer-form jazz recordings made by Hugh in the ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
2 killer jazz funk albums – both rare, and both on one CD! The records were cut for the short-lived Eastbound side of the soul/funk Westbound label, both under the supervision of Bob Porter, who handled some of the best early 70s jazz funk work for Prestige! Both albums also feature ... read moreCD
Easily the greatest album ever by funky drummer Harvey Mason – and quite possibly the only one to live up to the rhythmic complexity that Mason brought to countless other fusion sessions for other groups in the 70s! The tracks are all spacious and snapping with brilliantly funky touches ... (Soul, Jazz)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
One of the slickest of Dave Matthews' funk records from the 70s – but still pretty darn nice! Matthews was the mainman behind the legendary funk group The Grodeck Whipperjenny, and a key arranger in James Brown's sound of the Polydor years – but by this time, he moved into smoother ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
One of the trippiest Rob Mazurek albums in years, and one of the most mindblowing too – and that's before you even put on 3D classes to look at the album's cover art! The set was recorded at the experimental studios in the Marfa art colony in Texas – and Rob plays solo throughout, in ... read moreCD
Rob Mazurek —
Rome ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ...
An incredible solo record from Rob Mazurek – a wonderful change from some of his larger group and collaborative projects – even though we love those a heck of a lot too! This set's a great reminder of the core improvisational genius that Rob's always had, but which sometimes is ... read moreCD
Nick Mazzarella & Tomeka Reid —
Signaling ... CD Nessa, 2017. New Copy ...
Completely sublime duets between alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and cellist Tomeka Reid – working here together at a level that seems to both bring a whole new sense of energy to duo improvisation, and also put the record at the level of some of the most exciting work of the 70s! The ... read moreCD
A really great live set from the legendary Les McCann – recorded in Paris at the start of the 60s, and with a much grittier feel than some of his studio records of the time! The tracks are often long, and quite freewheeling – and you really get a sense of what a charismatic presence ... read moreCD
The "contra" here is a contrabass clarinet, not a stringed contrabass – yet John McCowen manages to play his instrument in a way that greatly resembles the larger wooden source of acoustic sound! The tones are very deep, and very slow-rising – used by McCowen in this ... read moreCD
Makaya McCraven —
Highly Rare ... CD International Anthem/P-Vine (Japan), 2017. New Copy ...
Raw sounds from the Chicago scene – a mighty nice performance from the group of drummer Makaya McCraven – captured on four track cassette at the tiny Danny's Tavern! The setting and recording style really works with the approach of the group – as Makaya's drums are nice and loud ... read moreCD
Two classic greasy grooves – hot off the grill from chef Jack McDuff! Hot Barbeque is one of our favorite all-time Jack McDuff albums, and one that features his classic quartet in totally amazing form. George Benson's wailing on guitar, and proving that he was a genius, even at this tender ... read moreCD
Bobby McFerrin's a singer who's known to most for one huge hit early on in his career – but he's also way more than that, and a very creative vocal artist who kept on growing long after the hits had passed! This 5CD collection is a great testament to the continuing strengths of McFerrin ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
We've loved drummer Noel McGhie in many modes over the years – including free jazz and funky fusion – and here, he's working in a very cool hybrid of jazz and Caribbean styles – with some island-styled rhythms inflected by solo work on trumpet, guitar, and alto sax! The sound is ... read moreCD
A great date from pianist Dave McKenna – an artist who's frequently caught in a trio set or smaller – which makes this quartet session with Zoot Sims a mighty nice treat! McKenna's got a really timeless approach to piano – one that often spans decades of jazz expression, ... read moreCD
A groundbreaking early album from guitarist John McLaughlin – a set that's a bit different than his more famous work of the mid 70s – with maybe a more avant approach, and a lot more bite as well! The set's really an equal collaboration, rather than just a McLaughlin session – ... read moreCD
A sweet little quartet from Jackie McLean – a later entry into his bop-level sets for Blue Note, recorded right before his "new thing" years! The album never got a proper release back in the 60s, and only first saw the light of day two decades later – but it's a real cooker ... read moreCD
An incredible record from reedman Harold McNair – one of the key Jamaican jazz players who hit the London scene in the same post-colonial wave as Joe Harriott and Shake Keane – and maybe our favorite of the bunch! Harold's a hell of a talent on both tenor and flute – and although ... read moreCD
One of the most unique albums ever cut by pianist Marian McPartland – and definitely a set that offers up the bossa and soul promised in the title! Marian's playing electric and acoustic, over some very groovy rhythms from the trio of Ben Tucker on bass, Dave Bailey on drums, and Ralph ... read moreCD
Marian McPartland in one of her grooviest settings – a very soulful trio with Ben Tucker on bass and Jake Hanna on drums – in an outing that really transforms the sound of the tunes from West Side Story and other Leonard Bernstein compositions! The whole thing actually feels more like ... read moreCD
A previously-unissued performance from Joe McPhee – recorded in the early 80s, and a searing ensemble take on Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman"! The arrangements are beautiful – as the track retains some of the haunting melody of the original composition, yet has a loose, ... read moreCD
Charles McPherson —
Today's Man ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
A great document of the more soulful shift made by Charles McPherson in the 70s – and an album that features his moody alto work set amidst a slightly larger group – filled with great players that include Chris Woods on flute, Richard Williams and Cecil Bridewater on trumpet, Frank Wess ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
Carmen McRae —
Alfie ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
Dionne Warwick may have made the title track a hit, but the tune stands as a great start for this classic 60s album from Carmen McRae – one of those superb gems from a time when the singer was really finding herself – and hitting this mature territory that gave her what she fully ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
The cover's got a 70s look, but the material here is from that great mid-60s moment when the talents of Carmen McRae were really coming alive – and producer Bob Shad was on hand to capture all the magic in all of its glory! The Carmen heard here is completely different than the singer of the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Great work from Carmen McRae – light and groovy one minute, deeply expressive the other – but all with a sense of balance that few other singers can touch at this point in her career! Carmen's already moved past straight jazz, yet she also avoids the traps of bigger label commercial ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
About as strong an example of the genius of Carmen McRae as you could ever hope to find – a live album that displays Carmen's impeccable phrasing in a very stripped-down setting – and one that also swings with a fair degree of sophisticated soul as well! Back in the 50s, Carmen paved ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Wailing live material from the great Carme McRae – material recorded at the same sessions that yielded the Village Gate album from the same time – and equally great! There's a loose, soulful swing here – different from both the poise of Carmen's earliest records, and the fuller ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastically sharp group from the Japanese scene – one who do a perfect job of balancing electric and acoustic impulses, and yet another project from trumpeter Takuya Kuroda – who seems to be one of the hardest working players in recent years! Part of the album has the kind of hard ... read moreCD
Beautifully joyous work from Myra Melford – a set recorded early in the career of the pianist, with her first trio – and abristle with sound that really grabs us right from the start! Melford here seems to be working in a level that's maybe as post-Tyner as some of the post-Coltrane ... read moreCD
Deep sounds from Menagerie – a group led by funky genius Lance Ferguson, who's given us wonderful work in a variety of styles over the years – but who here has turned his talents to the world of spiritual jazz, which he takes on brilliantly with this excellent ensemble! Menagerie have ... read moreCD
Hailu Mergia —
Lala Belu ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2018. New Copy ...
The first record in many years from Ethiopian keyboardist Hailu Mergia – and a set that we actually like even better than his earlier work! This album's more jazz than some of the previous efforts – performed in a trio with bass and drums by players who often make things tightly ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Meridian Trio (Nick Mazzarella/Matt Ulery/Jeremy C —
Triangulum ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ...
Triangulum – a great title for the wonderful energy of this group – which swings perfectly between the three sharp points of Nick Mazzarella on alto, Matt Ulery on bass, and Jeremy Cunningham on drums! These guys are freewheeling, but always soulful – not just because of Nick's ... read moreCD
A really fantastic album from singer Helen Merrill – and quite an obscure one as well! The set was recorded after Helen's initial burst to fame on the Mercury label in the 50s – and has her taking on a more laidback, more open-minded approach here in a very hip setting that includes a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A sweet set of grooves from the 70s – served up here by a Polish combo rooted in jazz, but who also seem to have a pretty great ear for clubby styles of the time! The music is mostly instrumental disco, but delivered from a jazz funk perspective – with some especially nice flute work ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreCD
A totally cool little Japanese soundtrack from the 60s – done for a film that features a bunch of younger teens who head out the beach – and which is scored with music that perfectly fits the mood! There's a really great range of 60s film modes going on here – as some tunes ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Jerzy Milian —
Baazaar ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1969. New Copy ...
An incredible record from Jerzy Milian – easily one of the hippest vibes players in Europe in the 60s, and a key member of the Polish jazz scene that also included Krzystof Komeda and Tomasz Stanko! The album's an extremely evocative session that features Milian's vibes and marimba mostly in ... read moreCD
Brilliant work from Polish jazz legend Jerzy Milian – all rare sides recorded in Brussels during the late 60s – and very different than some of his other material on record at the time! Much of the work here was done with the larger BRT Jazz Orchestra – an excellent large ... read moreCD
Three different slices of music from Polish vibes legend Jerzy Milian – all performances that show the musician at the farthest reaches of his style! The first three tracks are all pretty out-there – recorded in Budapest with a very hip group that features Rudolf Tomsits on trumpet and ... read moreCD
Some of the grooviest work we've ever heard from Jerzy Milian – a legendary Polish jazz artist who normally plays vibes in the lead – but who works here as the head of a larger ensemble that also includes a mix of horns and singers! The approach is very cool – large charts that ... 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
No tango here – just a great batch of hard, funky, trumpet-heavy groovers – all in the best early 70s Blue Mitchell mode! The album's easily one of Blue's best from the time – and although the tracks are a bit short, they're put together in a way that dovetails nicely with his ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
The title's an apt one – as the music here is based on the improvisations from Roscoe Mitchell's earlier Conversations albums – but recast in a whole new way for an improvising orchestra! The group here features Mitchell on sopranino sax – a very strong voice out in the lead ... read moreCD
Tremendous live work from Roscoe Mitchell – a set of solo performances recorded in concert in Brazil – played with an intensity that we haven't heard in years! It's true that sometimes Mitchell can sometimes be very concerned with space and sonic textures – but here, he's got ... read moreCD
A wonderful pairing of players – and one that seems to have Roscoe Mitchell balancing perfectly between his free improvised mode, and some of the more angular sounds of his compositional work! Make no mistake, the performance here feels largely improvised – recorded live in Italy ... read moreCD
Roscoe Mitchell & Montreal/Toronto Art Orchestra —
Ride The Wind ... CD Nessa, 2018. New Copy ...
The headier side of the great Roscoe Mitchell – a project that has some of the reedman's compositions transcribed for larger orchestra performance – but at a level that seems to be a natural evolution of the notion of "black classical music" that Mitchell first helped pioneer ... read moreCD
Roscoe Mitchell with Yuganaut —
Four Ways ... CD Nessa, 2009. New Copy ...
The first new Roscoe Mitchell album on Nessa Records in years – and a set that really lives up to his best experiments on the label back in the 70s! Mitchell's working here on flute, soprano, and alto sax – with the Yuganaut trio that includes Stephen Rush on a range of keyboards, ... read moreCD
Hank Mobley —
Flip ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
Late work by tenor giant Hank Mobley – and a really unique session that stands out from his other Blue Note work of the time! The set was recorded in Paris with an ultra-hip lineup – one that features Dizzy Reece on trumpet and Slide Hampton on trombone – both fresh players ... read moreCD
Don't let the cover fool you – because the album's not the Hank Mobley album with John Jenkins on alto, nor the Blue Note 1550 quintet session – but instead some unreleased material with the great Sonny Clark on piano! The group's a five piece, with Kenny Dorham on trumpet – but ... read moreCD
Torolf Molgaard —
Lone Rider ... CD Artist/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1972. New Copy ...
Some of the coolest use of trombone in jazz we've ever heard – a set that features multiple musicians on the instrument, but in ways that are different than any similar projects from the 50s or 60s! The style here is very loose and open, and the record steps along beautifully with electric ... read moreCD
Amanda Monaco —
Glitter ... CD Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ...
Amanda Monaco is a guitarist who plays with a style that's as colorful as the cover image – but one that's also nicely hard-edged, in a way we maybe weren't expecting, given her sweet smile – and set up perfectly in a soul jazz-styled combo! Amanda's got a clean, tight line – ... read moreCD
A rare and unused soundtrack recording by Thelonious Monk – and a set of music that would be a standout in his catalog, even if it wasn't planned for a film! You probably know the Art Blakey soundtrack for the movie – which was the used and released version – and you might even ... read moreCD
A fantastic lost slice of work from guitarist Wes Montgomery – rare British broadcasting recordings done in the year of 1965 – during a European tour that gave us some other material by Wes over the years! This collection features the guitar genius in two different performances – ... read moreCD
An assortment of material that Wes Montgomery recorded for Verve before his too-early death – which the label then collected together as a surprisingly good posthumous release for Wes! There's a really great feel to the record – a mix of small combo and large group settings that offers ... read moreCD
One of Wes Montgomery's grooviest records of the 60s – a wonderful collaboration with the great Johnny Pate – a jazz artist at heart, but also working here as a soulful arranger who gives Wes' guitar a nicely different flavor than some of his other Verve albums of the time! Pate's ... read moreCD
Beautifully lofty work from the great Wes Montgomery – a set that was recorded quite late in his too-short career, and really points the way towards some of the sophisticated sounds that might have followed, had Wes not left this planet all too soon! Don Sebesky is at the head of the charts ... read moreCD
Wes Montgomery —
Tequila ... CD Verve (Japan), 1966. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A classic from Wes Montgomery – and exactly the kind of record that made him a legend in the 60s! The set's one of Wes' collaborations with arranger Claus Ogerman – a key talent who was really on the rise at the time, and who understood how to perfectly balance Montgomery's unique ... read moreCD
Beautifully-recorded material by the great Wes Montgomery – some fairly open-ended tracks recorded for French radio in the 60s – with guest work from tenorist Johnny Griffin on a number of tunes! The core group here is great enough on its own – as Wes' guitar is backed by superb ... read moreCD
A strange little record, but a great one too – a posthumous album that took older Wes Montgomery sides and souped them up a bit after his death! The core material here is quartet recordings done in 1965 – Montgomery's guitar in a hip group with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on ... read moreCD
A rare meeting of guitarist Wes Montgomery and the trio of pianist Wynton Kelly – heard here on unissued material that stands strongly next to their classic Smoking At The Half Note album on Verve! About half the tracks here just feature Kelly's trio – but that's A-Ok with us, as the ... read moreCD
A double-helping of trio material from the great Tete Montoliu – a pianist with plenty of power to really open up in a setting like this! The album features Tete in clear command of the keyboard – playing with that amazing sense of flow that made him one of the leading European ... read moreCD
Reggie Moore —
Furioso ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
We only know Reggie Moore from a handful of records – but he's a hell of a pianist, and one who definitely earns the furioso name in the title! There's a complicated mix of ideas going on in Reggie's head here – sometimes the soaring modalism of the McCoy Tyner generation, sometimes ... read moreCD
One of the most soul-based albums in years from drummer Stanton Moore – a set based around the classic songs of Allen Toussaint, and which features help from a whole host of Nola guest stars too! Tunes are tight, funky, and are a mix of vocal and instrumental numbers – with help from ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
One of our favorite Lee Morgan albums – and one of his least known! Recorded in the crucial last 5 years of his life, this album is a sparkling mix of hard bop, soul jazz, and slight bits of modernism – that magical mix that Lee was hitting as he reached farther and farther with his ... read moreCD
A really unique album from the great Lee Morgan – a set that features the trumpeter in two different settings, but in a way that really works well together! Most of the album has Lee blowing in a very cool quintet – with Joe Henderson on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on ... read moreCD
Brilliant work throughout – the last studio album ever cut by Lee Morgan, and a mindblowing session that always leaves us wondering how massive he would have become if he hadn't been tragically murdered shortly after it was recorded! The album's a huge change from Morgan's already-great work ... read moreCD
An incredible album from Lee Morgan – one of his last records ever, and a set that shows a whole new promise in his music – one that was sadly unfulfilled as a result of his tragic early death. The songs hare are all quite long – stretched out live numbers, but never in a way ... read moreCD
Beautiful late work from Lee Morgan! The last five years of Lee's life saw him really stretching out to do some fantastic writing, playing, and leading – and this record stands today as one of the best examples of that period – a pure act of genius, with a sound that really takes off ... read moreCD
Lost genius from trumpeter Lee Morgan – a session recorded for Blue Note in 1967, but not issued until the late 70s – and even then, only for a very short time! The session has Morgan moving into that wonderful last stage of his career – working in tight formation towards a sound ... read moreCD
A great Lee Morgan set – and one of his rarest! The album was recorded in 1967, but unissued until 1998, when Blue Note unveiled the material as part of its "standards" series that featured label players performing material not of their own composition. Unlike the other records in ... read moreCD
Lee Morgan —
Taru ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
Unreleased genius from Lee Morgan – a key session from the later years of his too-short life, but one that wasn't issued until nearly a decade after his death! The sound here is completely sublime – a mix of the best later Morgan modes – soulful, lyrical, and modal – played ... read moreCD