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
Very cool stuff – and a very strange record for Gary McFarland! The album features tracks that are a lot more vocal-oriented than his earlier work – but the same great sense of wild arrangements and strange subtle genius is still firmly in place. McFarland, as much as any ... read moreCD
Howard McGhee & Teddy Edwards —
Young At Heart ... CD Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Two giants from the LA bop scene of years past – still sounding wonderful here in the later years of their career! We're not sure we'd rapidly embrace the "young" in the title – but only because there's a maturity of playing here that really makes the record great – a ... read moreCD
An overstuffed collection of work from this legendary guitarist – a set that features the great John McLaughlin in so many of his best modes from the 70s! John's got a very spiritual current in his music, no matter what the setting – and the collection features McLaughlin working with ... 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
A stunning exploration of the "solo ensemble" concept from the legendary Joe McPhee – a mode that might seem like an oxymoron in its name, but which actually features McPhee working with overdub techniques to play alongside himself on a range of different brass and reed instruments! ... 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
A tremendous look at the early years of the legendary Joe McPhee – a set that's based around his classic Nation Time album, and which features other live material from the same time – including a Hat Hut album, and two CDs' worth of previously unissued work! The core album is legendary ... 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
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
We always relish a chance to hear tenorist Don Menza in a stripped-down setting – a place where he can really open up and do his thing, and remind us that although he's equally great in a bigger ensemble, he can really cook in a small combo too! This album's just that sort of setting – ... read moreCD
A mighty tribute to bassist Eberhard Weber – done by a host of his ECM contemporaries from the 70s and 80s, in a mode that's similar to their great recordings too! The performance is a live one, which gives the spacious sounds a bit more edge than the usual ECM studio session – and the ... read moreCD
Barry Miles —
Sky Train ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ...
Barry Miles is riding the Sky Train – and at a pretty fast clip too, given the jamming energy of this record! The album's one of Miles' most full-on fusion sets – but it's also one of his most soulful as well, thanks to strong use of horns on most numbers – with players like ... read moreCD
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
Seminal sounds from one of the hippest vibists of the 60s – the great Jerzy Milian, who was easily Europe's answer to Bobby Hutcherson at the time! The material here comes from a few key performances by the Milian trio at the Jazz Jamboree festival in Poland – sort of the Eastern ... read moreCD
Early work from this tremendous Japanese saxophonist – working here on both alto and soprano sax, in styles that are sharply angular, but also quite warm and soulful! Kosuke Mine's got a quality that's a bit like Joe Henderson at the same time – obviously informed by earlier hardbop, ... read moreCD
Key moments in the career of Charles Mingus – all recorded during the crucial years of 1964 and 1965, and featuring the first-time release of a fair bit of live material too! The set represents the first full presentation of recordings that have appeared piecemeal on a handful of obscure ... read moreCD
A great document of the continuing influence of Charles Mingus in the immediate years after his passing – served up here in a set of Mingus-related groups recording for the Black Saint/Soul Note label! First up is Reincarnation – a very special Mingus Dynasty recording, with a lineup ... read moreCD
Charles Mingus tunes, played by some of the great one's key collaborators from back in the day – a quintet that includes Randy Brecker on trumpet, George Adams on tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums! The format is a bit different than usual for ... 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
A strong early winner from Blue – recorded with an all-star group that includes Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones. Mitchell's not necessarily the leader – Benny Golson and Jimmy Heath handled the arrangements – but the group overall is ... read moreCD
(Please note there is a cutout hole through the case.)
Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystal —
Aquarius ... CD Delmark, 2013. New Copy ...
An amazing new setting for the flute of Nicole Mitchell – the ultra-cool Ice Crystal quartet, which features sublime interplay between Mitchell and vibist Jason Adasiewicz! The blend of vibes and flute is mindblowing – and used here with the sense of space, soul, and sound that you'd ... read moreCD
Red Mitchell & Kenny Barron —
Red Barron Duo ... CD Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
Red Mitchell started out as a standard bassist on the west coast scene of the 50s, but by the time of this 80s date, he'd become something else entirely – a wonderfully open, expressive player who drew strongly from a number of years spent on the European scene – and could stretch out ... read moreCD
Killer work from a very unique little group – the short-lived union of bassist Red Mitchell and saxophonist Harold Land – heard here in one of the hippest dates from the LA scene of the early 60s! Mitchell's a well-known name from more straight ahead sides of the 50s, but working here ... read moreCD
One of the boldest performances we've heard from Roscoe Mitchell in years – a beautiful live set performed in dedication to the late Fred Anderson – at Chicago's Constellation performance space, a music club that's picked up the torch from Anderson's legendary Velvet Lounge! The sound ... read moreCD
Roscoe Mitchell Trio —
Angel City ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2015. New Copy ...
Roscoe Mitchell is in some great territory here – almost returning to the most sensitive sonic moments of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – that very different side of the group that often used silence as much as it did sound! The album features one long performance that runs for almost an ... read moreCD
Who cares? We care! And it's hard not to – given the strength of this sweet little set from Japanese bassist Takashi Mizuhashi – a hell of a player who really knows how to keep things exciting throughout! The group's got some tremendous talent in the front – both Fumio ... read moreCD
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MMM Quartet (Leandre/Frith/Curran/Leimgruber) —
Oakland/Lisboa ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2015. New Copy ...
Powerful sounds here from MMM – the Mills Music Mafia – a quartet of heavyweight improvising musicians with a legacy that goes way past avant jazz! The group features Fred Frith on guitar, Joelle Leandre on bass, Alvin Curran on piano and electronics, and Urs Liemgruber on tenor and ... 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
One of the best-ever Hank Mobley albums on Blue Note – and a killer batch of soulful hardbop that was cut right around the same time as the classic No Room For Squares LP. In fact, the album contains work from 2 different sessions that filtered over to the Squares album – one that ... read moreCD
The title's a bit misleading, because while the 3 groups on the session are all quartets, they're hardly similar in the associative way the record assumes! Side one features 4 tracks by the Modern Jazz Quartet – re-recordings of a few classics, plus one new one for the set – titles ... read moreCD
A rare non-Columbia Records 60s session by the Thelonious Monk Quartet – that magical group that featured the modern piano giant in the lead, with tremendous tenor from Charlie Rouse, as well as bass from John Ore and drums from Frankie Dunlop! Consider the outfit to be the modern jazz ... read moreCD
Guitarist Max Monno pays tribute to the Sergio Mendes sound of the 60s – in case you couldn't guess from the title and cover! Yet the music here isn't just a rehash of Brasil 66 – and instead showcases on all the great styles that Mendes allowed with his experiments at the time – ... read moreCD
A set of folk songs, but handled in a way that isn't folksy at all – thanks to the lyrical genius of Spanish pianist Tete Montoliu! The music here has sources in older tunes from Catalonia – as you'd guess from the title – but Tete's handling of the material is all jazz, all the ... read moreCD
Pianist Tete Montoliu gets some Cedar Walton backing here – in a trio with Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – both musicians who really make the record stand out from the pack! Tete himself is at the peak of his powers – able to play with this commanding sense of ... read moreCD
One of the all-too-few recordings of the great Brew Moore on tenor as a leader – a rare date recorded during the year of Moore's first appearance on the European scene – the start of a great 60s run that really had the saxophonist taking off overseas! Brew was already great on his ... read moreCD
Brilliantly burning live material from the great trumpeter Lee Morgan – a San Francisco performance done slightly before Lee's famous extended 1970 set at the Lighthouse, and with a very similar vibe! The tracks here are nice and long, and filled with that searching energy that Morgan ... read moreCD
Tremendous work by Lee Morgan – easily one of his greatest albums, and a soaring session of modal energy that easily rivals the best work of the Impulse era! The album's got a slightly different feel than usual for Blue Note – a sense of freedom, joy, and soaring energy that's totally ... read moreCD
An excellent early session from a young Lee Morgan – a set that we'd rank right up there with his best Blue Note material of the time! The set's from a time when Lee's trumpet was a key force in the Jazz Messengers – and there's definitely a Messengers vibe going on here, thanks to ... read moreCD
One of the rarest albums on the Groove Merchant label – and one of the best! Ramon Morris has a sweet tone on the tenor that works very well with the electric piano in his tight little combo – grooving with a style that's like the best Black Jazz funk records of the time – mixing ... read moreCD
Tremendous material from the great pianist Sal Mosca – over two hours of continuous performance, recorded in the later years of his career, and issued here for the first time ever! If you loved Mosca during the Tristano-school years of the 50s, you'll be really stunned at his performance ... read moreCD
A tremendous album from flute man Sam Most – a record that really shines strongly amidst the rest of his catalog – and one that has us completely reevaluating our understanding of his sound! By the time of this set, Sam had been blowing for a few decades – most famously on ... read moreCD
Mostly Other People Do The Killing —
Hannover ... CD Jazzwerkstatt (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
We love these guys to death – even if we always get out of breath saying their name in a hurry – and they really shine strongly here, on a long live album that perfectly captures their non-stop sense of imagination and restless creativity! Unlike some of their other recent projects, ... read moreCD
A full-on electric jammer from Alphonse Mouzon – cut in the frenetic style of his Blue Note sides, but given an extra electric MPS twist! The lineup includes a host of strong European fusion players – including Miroslav Vitous on bass, Philip Catherine on guitars, and Joachim Kuhn on ... read moreCD
A sweet little record from west coast reedman Dawan Muhammad – one of the under-acknowledged talents of his generation, and an artist who's really keeping the indie underground strong with records like this! The album features Dawan in some really great company – a shifting lineup that ... read moreCD
All of the best CTI/Kudu Records grooves from funky drummer Idris Muhammad – all gathered together in one sweet collection! Muhammad's a player who's been great right from the start – from his initial funky drumming with Lou Donaldson, right up to recent jazz work that has him still as ... read moreCD
A great late 70s chapter in the career of funky drummer Idris Muhammad – moving into very different territory here than his early soul jazz with Lou Donaldson, and even his earliest solo material too! David Matthews arranged the tracks, and he's given them a slick but soulful sound, with lots ... read moreCD
Two great examples of Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band – back to back on a single CD! First up is Concert Jazz Band 63 – the sound of Gerry Mulligan in the early 60s – and one of the best records by his larger than usual Concert Jazz Band! Given Gerry's piano-less experiments ... read moreCD
Sonically-rich, trippy guitar lines from Tisziji Munoz – spun out on these long, meditative tracks that are sometimes outside, sometimes filled with a very organic pulse – and supported with lots of great piano work from John Medeski! The album's definitely in the more cosmic side of ... read moreCD
Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser —
Projections ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ...
The first-ever duo recording from pianist Simon Nabatov and bassist Mark Dresser – a set that has both players standing in very strong individual space, while still making great sounds together! Nabatov's piano has plenty of bold, angular flourishes – sometimes which seem to come from ... read moreCD
Michael Naura —
Call ... CD MPS/Edel (Germany), 1970. New Copy ...
A stunner of a Fender Rhodes album – one of a few rare sides cut by pianist Michael Naura – and a lost MPS session that's one of the label's best from the 70s! The group's a quartet, with a very open, fluid sound – and it mixes Naura's Rhodes with the vibes of Wolfgang Schluter ... read moreCD
A really great installment in this legendary series of jazz projects from the European scene of the 60s – one that features a core group of Scandinavian players, mixed with added strings at a few moments! The group features postwar modern giants who include Bengt Arne Wallin on trumpet, ... read moreCD
One of the most wide-ranging of the Jazz Workshop series in the early 60s – done with a lineup that includes American, English, Dutch, and German players – all coming together with the same fire and individual expression that you'd get in later years from the Clarke Boland Big Band! ... read moreCD
Pianist Alon Nechustan has a really deft tone on this set – a record that's filled with vibrant rhythms, exotic elements, and some strong tenor lines that are almost as great as the work from the leader! All the tunes are originals, with a really personal, poetic feel – yet they also ... 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
New York Liner (David Matthews) —
New York Liner ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
A great post-CTI project from arranger David Matthews – working here with a group that includes lots of tight fusion guitar lines from Eric Gale, John Tropea, and David Spinozza! All three players get plenty of time in the spotlight – and seem to trade rhythm and solo efforts ... read moreCD
A great take on the classic European mode of presenting an American tenorist with local trio backing – a date that has pianist Rein De Graaff providing rhythm for the duo of David Newman and Marchel Ivery! Newman's tenor opens up with a freer, more spontaneous vibe than on some of his more ... read moreCD
A trio of early 70s LPs from Klaus Weiss & Niagara – in a 3CD set! First up is the 1971 self-titled debut – a pretty astonishing set of heavy, hypnotic drums and percussion. It features just 2 long jams, "Sangandongo" and "Malanga" and it's pretty much an all ... read moreCD
Drummer Paal Nilssen-Love is a musician we're used to hearing in smaller groups, and duo and solo sessions – but this time around, he provides a stunning debut of his Large Unit – an 11 piece ensemble that really brings out a whole new sound in Paal's music! Much of the record is ... read moreCD
2 early 60s sessions by tenorist Sal Nistico – a great player who spent most of his life in bigger bands, but who also knew how to shine on small group settings like these! They sure got the title right on the CD, as Sal's playing tenor in groups that feature many heavyweights, and soul jazz ... read moreCD
Moody brilliance from pianist Mike Nock – a solid quartet date that features plenty of edgey tenor from Michael Brecker, who's in really great form throughout! The rhythm section has a nicely snakey vibe too – with George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums – and both players can ... read moreCD
Beautiful solo work from pianist Mike Nock – a set that's got some of the dark edges and dynamic energy of Nock's previous 70s recordings – but an album that also shows some newly lyrical elements as well! Some passages have Mike hitting the keys with the sort of frenzied creation he ... read moreCD
The first album in many years from pianist Larry Novak – a Chicago pianist who worked with giants like Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan many decades back, and who's remained a committed stylist after all these years! In fact, the set's got a depth of feeling and sensitivity that might be more ... read moreCD
Folk ... CD Caprice (Sweden), 2015. New Copy ...
Maybe the nicest album we've heard so far from Oddjob – and maybe their straightest, too – a rock-solid, all-jazz effort that really makes the best of all the players in the group! As before, the lineup features tremendous trumpet work from Goran Kajfes – who also plays a bit of ... read moreCD
Sweet funky sounds from Japanese keyboardist/arranger Yuji Ohno – one of his lesser-known film scores from the 70s, but also one of his best! The record's got a bit of a cop/crime vibe overall – with lots of warm electric touches, of the sort you might find on an American thriller of ... read moreCD
A huge collection of work from Japanese keyboardist Yuji Ohno – a musician who's known both for his work in jazz, and his funky soundtracks of the 70s! Ohno's probably best remembered for his jazzy grooves on the Lupin The 3rd series of animated features – some of the greatest Japanese ... read moreCD
Yuji Ohno's been making music based around the Japanese animated feature Lupin The 3rd for quite some time – so much so that he's changed the name of his group to the Lupintic Five over the years – as a way of continuing the excellent groove he first brought to the cartoon soundtracks ... read moreCD
The group here is definitely open and loose, but never too free – working with some really sensitive interplay between the tenor of Tony Malaby, bass of Mark Helias, and drums of Tom Rainey – a trio who are free at points, yet also have a nice sense of structure too – really ... read moreCD
Opus 5 —
Tickle ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2015. New Copy ...
These guys just keep getting better and better with each new release – really finding a way to draw on all the individual growth of their all-star members, while also finding this fresh way to keep moving forward! There's a joyous, soaring sort of vibe to the music that we sometimes don't ... read moreCD
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the group's got a nicely explosive sound on Hammond – a groove that's rooted in old school soul jazz, but which takes on all these funky twists and turns as well! Yet Organ Explosion are definitely more jazz than funk – and really ... read moreCD
Anthony Ortega —
On Evidence ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1992. New Copy ...
A wonderful later set from reedman Anthony Ortega – and a record that really returns him to the brilliance of his first modern moments in the 50s! Ortega plays both alto and soprano sax here – in these long, flowing, open lines that are completely seductive – performed with a ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever from the great Mary Osborne – an early female star on the electric jazz guitar, and one who learned her talents direct from Charlie Christian! Mary plays a lean hollow-body here with a nice sort of rasp on the tone – almost a bit bluesy at times, but never ... read moreCD
A tremendous double-length set by this hip group of legendary players – a quartet lineup that features trumpeter Roy Campbell, reedman Daniel Carter, bassist William Parker, and drummer Hamid Drake – all working together in sounds that definitely reach some other dimensions in music! ... read moreCD
The music of Janelle Monae gets some really wonderful treatment here – served up in an instrumental mode by trumpeter Jason Palmer – with a similar spirit to his previous project based around the music of Minnie Riperton! The approach is definitely jazz, but it's wonderful to hear ... read moreCD
Not just the complete Charlie Parker With Strings material – but a massive 2CD set that also features 18 newly-discovered alternate takes, plus live recordings and other titles too! The genius of Bird and strings is hard to describe – an edgey approach that really goes far past most ... read moreCD
A smoking set of all-star performances – recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1954, and with a sense of tremendous talent that may well blow away some of the Jazz At The Philharmonic sets of the time! The material here is heavy on Count Basie performances – excellent material from that period ... read moreCD
Evan Parker, playing solo soprano sax – and recorded in a unique way that cuts his performance directly onto disc, which results in really stunning sound! The textures of Parker's music here are wonderful – bold notes mixed with more obscure sonic statements – all beautifully ... read moreCD
An insanely wonderful piece of work from saxophonist Evan Parker – and maybe the record that will really have you deciding that Parker's a genius! The set is all solo soprano sax, recorded live in St Paul's church in Oxford – which creates this really rich sense of sound – but ... read moreCD
Evan Parker/Alexander Von Schlippenbach/Paul Lytto —
America 2003 ... CD Incus/PSI (UK), 2003. New Copy 2CD ...
A trio of improvising heavyweights – heard here on two full performances taken from an American tour in 2003! The 2CD set brings together one show from New Orleans, and one from Seattle – both featuring Evan Parker on soprano and tenor, Alexander Von Schlippenbach on piano, and Paul ... read moreCD
Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton —
At The Vortex ... CD Emanem (UK), 1996. New Copy ...
A trio of well-matched players – really stretching out on some long improvised passages! The album's a live one – a concert performance at London's Vortex – and features two very long sets that really demonstrate the mature improvising talents of the trio – boldly blown ... read moreCD
Evan Parker/Joe Morris/Nate Wooley —
Ninth Square ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ...
Really amazing sounds from this heady trio of improvisers – the legendary Evan Parker on tenor and soprano sax, plus Joe Morris on guitar and Nate Wooley on trumpet! Parker is in some of his most sonically sensitive modes here – not exactly post-musical, but extremely inventive in the ... read moreCD
An amazing collection of music from legendary bassist William Parker – 6 CDs' worth of performances, all of them unreleased, packaged together in a limited edition box set with a detailed booklet as well! The scope of the sounds is amazing – almost like finding the full career of a ... read moreCD
A beautiful box of work from bassist William Parker – and a set that actually features three very different projects, all brought together in a single set! First up is a CD that features a long piece commissioned by The Kitchen – "For Fannie Lou Hamer" – with music by ... read moreCD
A really unusual project from bassist William Parker – a great tribute to the legendary Godard film Alphaville, done with music that's a surprisingly great fit! There's almost a jazz soundtrack feel to the record at points – a bit straighter than usual for Parker, but still with plenty ... read moreCD
William Parker/Raining On The Moon —
Great Spirit ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2015. New Copy ...
Some of the most soulful music we've ever heard from bassist William Parker – a set that puts his mighty instrument to use at the core of a sextet who move with a sound that's perhaps a bit more straight ahead than some of Parker's usual music – but no less spiritual at all! The group's ... read moreCD
The "Joe" here is Dutch tenorist Joe Van Enkhuizen, who's a great fit with a trio that features Horace Parlan on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Al Harewood on drums! The album's got that subtle approach that marks Parlan's later years – a less all-out style than his start on Blue ... read moreCD
A killer set of tracks by one of the best piano players that Blue Note ever recorded – and a great trio outing that sparkles with soulful intensity! Even in this more traditional format, Horace Parlan's still one of the most inventive players of his generation – working with a sense of ... read moreCD
A nice little record that's very much along the lines of the duet sessions that pianist Horace Parlan cut with Archie Shepp – done with a similar open, soulful style that really brings a lot of personal energy to these tunes penned by Duke Ellington! This might be the first time we've ever ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest records we've ever heard from guitarist Joe Pass – a sweet European session for MPS, and one with a very different feel than some of his US recordings! The setting's a trio, with a feel that's more open than some of Joe's pop-jazz sets from the 60s – and the ... read moreCD
Proof that jazz can work with the same sort of supergroup energy as classic rock – especially when the overall sound is as rock-heavy as this! The album presents live material recorded in celebration of Klaus Doldinger's 20 years in music – and although issued as part of his Passport ... read moreCD
A sweet collection of cuts from the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius – a player who completely revolutionized the electric bass in the 70s! Before Jaco, the instrument was often used in the background – still strong, but without as bold of a soloing presence, and maybe less of a ... read moreCD
One of the rarest albums ever issued by Sun Ra's Saturn Records label – and one of the few dates to ever feature baritone saxophonist Pat Patrick as a leader – Sun Ra's longtime partner in the Arkestra, and a hell of a player on his own! The record is a heavy baritone date – with ... read moreCD
(Limited to 1000 copies. Great gatefold sleeve edition!)
Rare work by Hammond organ giant Big John Patton – recorded in 1968, but never issued until 1995, and even then, only briefly! The record features Patton at his finest – stretching out from his basic soul jazz roots, into a more searching use of the organ that's undoubtedly influenced ... read moreCD
Nothing too blue here, although Mario Pavone's group certainly manages to hit some of the more indigo sides of the spectrum – but they also have this brighter sort of angularity, too – one that really comes from the piano work of Matt Mitchell! Mitchell's lines are angular – ... read moreCD
One of Gary Peacock's rare Japanese-only albums for Columbia – really dynamic trio work that's a lot more powerful than the bassist's later sides for ECM! Gary's working here with Masabumi Kikuchi on piano and Hiroshi Murakami on drums – in a mode that's got the open-ended, long ... read moreCD
Gary Peacock —
Voices ... CD Sony (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
One of the hippest albums ever recorded by bassist Gary Peacock – one of his rare Japanese-only sessions, and a date that beautifully mixes his bass with acoustic and electric piano from Masabumi Kikuchi! The sound is often somewhat dark – building up slowly from the bottom on long, ... read moreCD
Incredible work from pianist Duke Pearson – a darkly-tinged album of grooves that surpasses all his other gems for Blue Note! The record showcases some great work from Bobby Hutcherson – slid into the mix in a really sly way, so that his jazzy vibes color all the tunes with an edgey ... read moreCD
Duke Pearson —
Profile ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
Early early work by Duke Pearson – and one of his few trio sessions ever! The album's a great way to hear Pearson's lyrical soulful style at work, as he's playing in an unfettered setting with Gene Taylor on bass and Lex Humphries on drums – really stretching out on piano, in a way ... read moreCD