Shunzoh Ohno —
Bubbles ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Sweet electric funk – and a really great, long-lost Japanese fusion session from the 70s! The album's headed up by Japanese trumpeter Shunzoh Ohno, but it also features work by American players like Reggie Lucas on guitar, Sam Johnson on keyboards, and Roy Haynes on drums – all of whom ... read moreCD
A pivotal album in the development of the Japanese piano trio sound of the 70s – one that links together an older mode of expression with some of the newer freedoms on the scene! Yuji Ohno grabs us here from the very first note with a bold voice on the keys – one that's got some echoes ... read moreCD
Pianist Johnny O'Neal is a mighty warm talent – and a hell of a singer too, working with this raspy tone that's very much his own – and definitely on the bluesier side of the jazz spectrum! This excellent live set has Johnny working at the height of his charms – shifting ... read moreCD
Mike Osborne —
Dawn ... CD Cuneiform, 1966/1970. New Copy ...
Genius work from British altoist Mike Osborne – a set of lost vault recordings that we might well rank right up there with Mike's classic albums for the Ogun label! The first two thirds of the set has Osborne blowing wonderfully in this open-ended trio with Harry Miller on bass and Louis ... read moreCD
Beautiful alto from Yoshio Otmo – a player who brings an old school style of soul to his horn, but who also works here in the leaner, more modern mode of the Three Blind Mice label! The title track starts the album off with a wonderful sense of bite – a brilliant take on "Moon ... read moreCD
Twin alto sax work from the leaders – blowing here together with a really rich sound that almost feels like some of Phil Woods alto-heavy dates from years back, but with a vibe that's more 70s Japanese as well! The pair are both great soloists on their own – and step out in the lead on ... read moreCD
Japanese drummer George Otsuka is always one hell of a hip cat – one of those players whose name on a record always means that we'll pick it up – and never fail to hear something wonderful! And while Otsuka first got his start working with a piano trio at the end of the 60s, this sweet ... read moreCD
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Marty Paich, Herbie Harper, Larry Bunker, et al —
Jazz City Workshop ... CD Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ...
An excellent swinging Bethlehem session from the mid 50s – one that's recorded in LA, but with a sound that's way hotter than most of the label's other west coast sides! The group's extremely tight – and features Marty Paich on piano as the leader, next to great trombone from Herbie ... read moreCD
Jason Palmer —
Places ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. New Copy ...
Really beautiful work from trumpeter Jason Palmer – a fresh young talent, and a hell of a writer too! The tracks here are each based on special places for Palmer – and are each written with a very different feel – not in a way that's gimmicky at all, but which really show the ... read moreCD
One of the only albums of jazz we've seen from the Korean scene of the 70s – but a really special little record that aims to echo some of the most spiritual modes from the US scene of the time! The record's the brainchild of arranger Lee Pan Guen – who doesn't play on the record, but ... 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
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from the legendary pianist Horace Parlan – a sweet little Latin-inflected set that's unlike any of his other records for Blue Note! All of Parlan's work for the label is great, but this album's something even more special – thanks to the ... read moreCD
Horace Parlan —
Us Three ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ...
A classic Blue Note album – with one of the label's most compelling cover images ever! The "three" in this case refers to pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Al Harewood – all of whom jam nicely on this classic soul trio album from Blue Note! The record ... read moreCD
Joe Pass —
For Django ... CD Pacific Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ...
An album dedicated to the great Django Reinhardt – but one that also comes across with plenty of west coast touches! The format is somewhat Django-esque – with lead guitar work from Joe Pass, plus rhythm guitar support from John Pisano – creating some of the guitar interplay you'd ... read moreCD
Stunning work from bassist Jaco Pastorius – a player who'd already wowed audiences with his seminal 70s sides with Weather Report, and on his own – but an artist who really finds a way to grow even more on these early 80s sessions for Warner Brothers! Pastorious continues to push the ... read moreCD
Some of the earliest work ever from Jaco Pastorius – rare demo recordings, issued in this format for the first time ever – filled to the brim with the kind of groundbreaking basswork that Jaco helped pioneer! Many tracks are relatively spare, and really give you a great chance to hear ... read moreCD
Jaco Pastorius at the height of his powers – working here on a set of smoking live recordings that feature both the Word Of Mouth Sextet, and a larger big band! The core combo features Pastorius on some really incredible bass – that re-worked approach to the electric instrument in jazz ... read moreCD
A really unusual album from the mighty Hammond giant John Patton – as the set features two tenor players in the group, both of them great! The tenor's no stranger to the sublime keyboard work of Patton – but here, the great one gets help from both Fred Jackson and Harold Vick – ... read moreCD
A great lost album by John Patton – recorded in 1970, but not ever issued until 1995! The record was most likely held back because it's one of the funky organist's most far-reaching – a stunning batch of modal tracks that moves way past the usual organ sound, and much more into Larry ... read moreCD
Pivotal work from Duke Pearson – a brilliant set that perfectly sums up all the criss-crossing of styles he was working on in the late 60s – and comes up with a wonderful blend of electric jazz, Brazilian rhythms, and just a touch of 70s soul! Pearson plays some sweet Fender Rhodes on ... 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
Jeremy Pelt —
Musings ... CD High Note, 2015. New Copy ...
Sophisticated sounds from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt – a player who seems to find more and more of his own space with each new recording! This time around, Pelt plays with a mostly-compressed vibe that's both very focused in its phrasing, yet also open to new explorations as well – a sense ... read moreCD
One of Art Pepper's classic recordings, in which he plays with a spare quartet backing by Miles Davis' rhythm section at the time – Paul Chambers, Red Garland, and Philly Joe Jones. An essential East meets West jazz recording, with Art at the top of his game, playing in a unique setting for ... read moreCD
A very cool late live set from Art Pepper – working in a killer quartet setting! Neon Art Vol 1 features two side-long pieces, recorded in January of '81, at Parnell's in Seattle – part of an excellent archive series of Art Pepper's work, done by his widow. Side one features a really ... read moreCD
Rare work from Art Pepper – and some of his best material from later years, too – all packaged in a really unique little set! The brings together unreleased live gems from Pepper – all done with a great later group that features George Cables on piano, David Williams on bass, and ... read moreCD
An amazing little set – one that's got a sound we could hardly expect! The album's a unique Latin jazz session that brings together some of the best talents of the west coast scene of the late 50s – one that features arrangements from Bill Holman, Benny Carter, and Art Pepper – ... read moreCD
Well-crafted duets between Ivo Perelman and drummer Gerry Hemmingway – recorded in such a way that Perelman moves from tenor to piano on different tracks, which creates a great range of sounds and feelings! Perelman's sax work is often quite angular, and his piano lines more fluid – ... read moreCD
A killer hardbop session – and a long lost classic! This stunning set is one of the best, and hardest sessions ever cut for the Bethlehem label – and it's got a raw pounding groove that sounds a lot more like some of the classic soul-tinged hardbop coming out on Prestige during the ... read moreCD
A lost treasure! This set features 9 unreleased tracks recorded by Houston Person during the height of his jazz funk years for Prestige – one track with a group that includes Billy Butler on guitar, Ernie Hayes on organ, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet – the ... read moreCD
Rare pre-Verve material from the great Oscar Peterson – a host of early tracks recorded for RCA in the 50s! If you think that Peterson only emerged fully-formed in the hands of Norman Granz during the 50s, then think again – because this work really shows a young player already hitting ... read moreCD
Basically Duke, but a whole lot more too – a beautiful set from Oscar Pettiford, and ostensibly a session of Ellington material – but one that features some great arrangements that really go past the obvious! Tunes are partially penned by Duke, and material is played by a hip octet ... read moreCD
A sweet set of fusion from Craig Peyton – played by a group who were formerly Band X, and who share a similar soulful approach to their music! Many cuts here are instrumental, but a few feature blue-eyed vocals from Craig – gliding in nicely alongside the combo's tight reeds and guitar ... read moreCD
A great return to basics for Pieces Of A Dream – a set that's tightly jazzy, yet still filled with plenty of soul! The style's a great illustration of the smooth jazz roots the group first offered the world – a style that was really coming into its own at the time of this release, but ... read moreCD
A pair of killers from Dave Pike – early work in a tremendous career in music! First up is Bossa Nova Carnival – a sublime set of bossa nova numbers, all written by the bossa pianist Joao Donato! Joao doesn't actually play on the record, but his compositions here are enough – as ... read moreCD
A killer album of Latin jazz – and one of Dave Pike's best recordings in years! The set grooves a lot harder than Pike's previous album for Ubiquity – and no wonder, since he's got Bobby Matos helping him out to maintain a strong Latin jazz sound. Pike's one of those players who's ... read moreCD
Pipeline ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ...
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over ... read moreCD
A breezy set of instrumental tunes, with a perfect A&M finish – one of the coolest, grooviest albums ever recorded for the legendary label! The set was put together by the team of guitarist John Pisano and French horn player Willie Ruff – and it's got this wonderful sense of ... read moreCD
A really great tribute to Sun Ra – played by Detroit's Planet D Nonet, with a sound that's quite faithful to the original! The tunes here do a great job of mixing the initial Arkestra style – slightly offbeat and angular – with the later, freer modes the group embraced in the 60s ... read moreCD
We first learned to dig the Planet D Nonet from their Sun Ra tribute album of a few years back – and this time around they've got Arkestra legend Michael Ray on trumpet with the group, on a whole lineup of famous tunes from the Sun Ra songbook! The approach here echoes the older modes of Ra's ... read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from reedman Chris Potter – working here with an expanded string lineup, although one that's more of a string quartet added to the core combo – and maybe not the full orchestra you'd guess from the cover! Still, those subtle strings really add a lot to the record ... read moreCD
Marcus Printup —
Lost ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. New Copy ...
Marcus Printup just keeps on getting better and better – a hell of a trumpet player, and a great writer too – as you'll hear in this set of sparkling original compositions, dedicated to his late father! Marcus is hardly lost at all – as the album's got this strong sense of ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from Don Pullen – solo material, and some of his most soulful sides of the 70s – done in this long-flowing style that's completely sublime! Pullen's really at his best in this format – working in a way that's very free, but never overindulgent or ... read moreCD
One of Don Pullen's most spiritual albums of the later years – a live set that has him working with a group that really lives up to the culture-crossing reference of their name – as slight elements of African and Brazilian rhythms dance along with the soulful jazz vibe of the ... read moreCD
One of the best records ever from guitarist Joe Puma – a player who offered his talents as a sideman on many great sessions of the 50s, but who really shines here as a leader on his own! Puma's got a clean, clear, careful touch on the strings – one that reminds us a lot of Tal Farlow ... read moreCD
2 funky classics from the legendary Pretty Purdie! Purdie Good is Bernard Purdie's first album as a leader for Prestige – cut right after he'd hipped up plenty of other sessions for the label with his famous funky drums! The groove here is very much in the best Prestige jazz funk mode of ... read moreCD
A wild one! After the straight hard funk of some of his earlier recordings as a leader, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie breaks out here in a compelling album of soul jazz tracks done in a number of styles. The approach is sort of big studio funk – with some cuts that have a harder sound, ... read moreCD
A bracingly fresh combination of vibes, piano, bass, and drums – and a real standout set of modern jazz from the Italian postwar years! At first glance, the lineup of the group is relatively conventional – forged with the same instrumentation as the Modern Jazz Quartet or George ... read moreCD
Quintonal ... CD Jazzaggression (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy ...
A sweet funky combo from the Montreal scene of the 70s – working here in a killer set of never-issued material! Quintonal have an approach that's tight and right on the money – electric, but never in a too-fusiony style – and instead kind of a step forward for 60s soul jazz or ... read moreCD
Amazing work from Sun Ra – record that really features a great range of sounds and styles, and a heck of a lot of soul as well! Ra plays some especially nice rocksichord on the set – that freaky, fuzzy keyboard that comes off sounding like a guitar, even though it's played with keys ... read moreCD
A great run of 80s work from Sun Ra – and some of his best-known records from the time! First up is Reflections In Blue – a later classic from Sun Ra – a record that bears one of his most beautiful cover shots ever! The record's got a wonderfully tight feel – a sound that's ... read moreCD
Mindblowing music from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – sounds recorded during the same marathon session that gave the world the records Other Planes Of There, When Sun Comes Out, and When Angels Speak Of Love – but titles that are much more obscure overall! The initial release of the ... read moreCD
A really wonderful under-discovered performance by Sun Ra & The Arkestra – a complete live set from 1984, presented here with really stunning fidelity! The package is a great antidote to some of the fuzzier Ra live sets on the market – as it's got the care that the Trost label has ... read moreCD
Sun Ra returns to the motherland – to serve up a host of classic recordings done in Egypt in the early 70s! There's a cool exotic feel to some of the best tracks here – a vibe that's quite similar to the groove Salah Ragab was hitting at the time in Cairo, although probably a bit more ... read moreCD
Righteous Ra from the end of the 70s – one of the most soulful albums ever by the Sun Ra Arkestra, and a lost treasure that's got some nice funky moments! The vibe here is very much in the Lanquidity/Disco 3000 mode – an extrapolation of styles best known from the Space Is The Place ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful Sun Ra albums ever – very much on the Lanquidity tip, and done with a great mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation! The vibe here is really mellow, spiritual, and warm – and the album actually feels a lot more like a session recorded for the Strata East ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from Sun Ra – a host of recordings cut at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Fest in the early 70s – always a very welcoming audience for the Arkestra at the time! We're not sure what was in the water, but it always seems like the group really hit their stride at the ... read moreCD
A buttery smooth set of Japanese fusion from the 70s – featuring all-star American players like Eric Gale, Steve Gadd, Ralph MacDonald, Cornell Dupree, Michael Brecker, and keyboardist Will Boulware. The strength of the set lies on the interplay between Boulware's work on Fender Rhodes and ... read moreCD
A wonderful blend of alto sax, guitar, and bass – served up at a level that reminds us of some of the Lee Konitz/Billy Bauer collaborations of the 50s – but with a sound that's a bit more soulful overall! Paolo Recchia handles the alto, and Enrico Bracco the guitar – and the only ... read moreCD
One of the few American releases cut by the legendary British trumpeter Dizzy Reece – and a great one! The album was strange for Blue Note, in that it was a joint US/UK session – featuring American players Donald Byrd and Art Taylor, along with great Brit players Reece, Tubby Hayes, ... read moreCD
Eric Reed's no stranger to the music of Thelonious Monk, but this time around he's got a great approach – a fresh take on these modern classics, served up in soulful ways that definitely fit the "baddest" spirit of the title! There's even more of a rhythmic focus here than in the ... read moreCD
Groovewise, the record's a great one – one of the strongest in years from pianist Eric Reed – who works here in an open-ended live setting with Seamus Blake on tenor! The album's a great example of the way these Smoke Sessions records can really open up the right sort of artist – ... read moreCD
A vivid large ensemble work from bassist Rufus Reid – penned in dedication to artist/activist Elizabeth Catlett, and featuring a bolder range of sounds than you're likely to hear from some of Reid's more intimate recordings! The core quartet features Rufus on bass, Steve Allee on piano, Vic ... read moreCD
Some of the coolest music we've ever heard from Tomeka Reid – a soundtrack for a film based on the Chicago school of imagist painting in the 60s – nicely scored with music from the windy city itself! Reid composed the different selections on the soundtrack – most of which are ... read moreCD
Dave Rempis, Darren Johnston, Larry Ochs —
Spectral ... CD Aerophonic, 2014. New Copy ...
Wonderfully complicated reed lines from the team of Dave Rempis on alto and Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino sax – augmented here by trumpeter Darren Johnson, whose instrumental tones are a perfect fit for the record! The style of the set's a bit like some of Ochs' early material with Rova ... read moreCD
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, & Arveeayl Ra —
Aphelion ... CD Aerophonic, 2013. New Copy ...
A trio of tracks by a tremendous trio – the wonderfully spiritual combo of Dave Rempis on saxes, Avreeayl Ra on percussion, and Joshua Abrams on bass, small harp, and guimbri! Abrams' presence is really felt here – and his growth towards even more soulful styles in recent years seems ... read moreCD
A really sweet set from the UK – recorded by a contemporary combo, but with a feel that's right up there with our favorite funky fusion from the 70s! The keyboards really dominate here, but they're nicely balanced against some excellent work on tenor sax – which rounds out the sound ... read moreCD
Late work by jazz drum giant Buddy Rich – captured in a surprisingly energetic, firey, and sometimes funky mode at Ronnie Scott's Club in 1980! Buddy really pulled off some bright, buoyant, funk influenced work in the 70s and this set finds him at the tail end of that groove – playing ... read moreCD
A pair of great records from British pianist Howard Riley – an artist who's recorded many dates for small labels over the years, but who virtually got his start on these two rare albums for Columbia! First up is Angle – incredibly fierce work from underrated British piano genius Howard ... read moreCD
That's a heck of a tall horn on the cover – and the album's got some mighty tall tones from tenorist Stephen Riley too – blowing here in a set of standards handled with a wonderfully relaxed approach! Riley's got a bit of a rasp in his tone – maybe Stan Getz by way of Ben Webster ... read moreCD
Lee Ritenour's banded together here with a few different vocalists – most notably Eric Tagg and John Massaro – both of whom serve up lyrics over Lee's work on electric guitar! The approach is one that's obviously trying for a crossover hit – and the record shakes off some of the ... read moreCD
A masterful fusion set from guitarist Lee Ritenour – one that expands his sound a bit more than usual by adding in vocals on a number of tracks – but in a way that really gets at the mainstream soul influences that bubble through his jazz work! The set features key vocal appearances ... read moreCD
Excellent early work by Lee Ritenour – tight and soulful, but not as slick or commercial as later records! The album's an all-star, all-soul fusion effort – with work by Harvey Mason on drums, Dave Grusin and Patrice Rushen on keyboards, and Tom Scott on reeds – and the whole ... read moreCD
Lee Ritenour —
Rit ... CD Elektra (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Few people did soulful fusion better than Lee Ritenour back in the early 80s – and the guitarist always seemed to find a way to really link together all the different sounds of the electric genre – from heavy jamming to soulful grooving to a rock-like appreciation for a good hook! ... read moreCD
Lee Ritenour —
Rit/2 ... CD Discovery/Warner (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
A nice mix of 80s groove and jazzy fusion – served up by one of the few players who could make such a set come off so well! Lee Ritenour's fusion work of the 70s always had a fair dose of R&B in the mix – but by the time of this set, he had moved even more strongly into a modern ... read moreCD
A freewheeling trio set from reedman Sam Rivers – the kind of hard-burning, open-ended record he does so well! Rivers' energy here is amazing – a fire that hasn't dimmed since the start of the 70s, when he first started letting loose like this – and throughout the course of the ... read moreCD
A brilliant statement of modernist jazz from Sam Rivers – one of his groundbreaking early albums for Blue Note, and one of the most challenging sessions issued by the label during the 60s! The record's a real departure from Rivers' already-great Fuscia Swing Song – with tunes that go ... read moreCD
Really great work from Sam Rivers – an album that's a bit more inside than some of his other European recordings of the period, but in a really great way that makes it a decided standout in Sam's career! Rivers is playing a bevy of heavy horns here – flute, tenor, soprano sax, and even ... read moreCD
All that's good, and plenty more – as the set's one of the most unusual records ever from free-thinking Hammond player Freddie Roach! Roach was always one of the more righteous talents of his generation – but here, he takes things even further, but playing in a "with voices" ... read moreCD
The drums are certainly unlimited here – and the album's a really unique one, in that it shows Max Roach in 2 different settings – one with a group, and one that's simply solo! One batch of tracks has Max in the company of a tight group of soul jazz players like Freddie Hubbard, Roland ... read moreCD
Previously-unissued work by one of our favorite groups ever from drummer Max Roach – a mighty lineup that included Turrentine brothers Stanley on tenor and Tommy on trumpet, plus the great Julius Priester on trombone! The horns are amazing – balanced between the modern impulses of ... read moreCD
A genius collaboration between Max Roach and Anthony Braxton – a single performance that spans the entire record, and which showcases some of the best work by both players at the time! Roach is a real revelation here – coming off of an already experimental side of 70s sessions, but ... read moreCD
Powerful, fiercely creative material from alto sax and clarinet player Matana Roberts and her excellent group – the first chapter of what's purportedly to be 12-part project – and given the strength of this first set, we have no doubt that such a long journey will be worth every step! ... read moreCD
Maybe the most dense, most complex work we've heard from Matana Roberts to date – a unusual effort that blends together her own instrumental passages with sound samples recorded during a wintertime ramble through the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana! Roberts moves away from ... read moreCD
Powerful sounds from reed player Matana Roberts – the second chapter in her ambitious Coin Coin project, and one that's even more moving than the first! Mantana's got strong ties to the avant scenes in Chicago and New York – but works here in this very unusual style that also embraces ... read moreCD
Maybe the greatest work we've heard so far from Chicago bassist Jason Roebke – a key player on so many sessions for other jazzmen in recent years, but a hell of a visionary leader on his own! Roebke composed all new material for the record – and the set's performed by an octet that's ... read moreCD
Shorty Rogers courts Count Basie – but he does so in a way that's definitely all his own! The material may have Basie roots, but the overall execution is Shorty at his early 50s best – in a way that makes the album one of his strongest for RCA at the time – and that's saying a ... read moreCD
A sweet little session with great mellow sound – and one of the few records ever cut by vibist Joe Roland! Once upon a time, we might have said Joe Roland a bit too soft for us – but this 1956 Bethlehem session has him playing in the company of a hip group that includes Freddie Redd on ... read moreCD
A really well-crafted set from saxophonist Antoine Roney – quite possibly our favorite member of his jazzy family, thanks to wonderful work like this! Roney's got a great approach to the tenor here – a style that has some of the searching, searing tones of the post-Coltrane generation ... read moreCD
Underground grooving from trumpeter Wallace Roney – one of the excellent albums he recorded for the Muse label in the 90s – a wonderfully well-rounded set that's a tremendous tribute to his tone! The group here is every bit as great as Wallace's work in the frontline – Ravi ... read moreCD
One of Wallace Roney's best sessions from the time – an album with a great sense of balance and fullness, and a tremendous tribute to Roney's strength as a leader on Muse Records! The album features equally great contributions from Antoine Roney on tenor – a player who balances out ... read moreCD
One of the best albums ever cut by trombonist Frank Rosolino – an open-ended quartet session that really lets him do his thing! The tracks are long, with plenty of room for solo space, and Frank's working with a really great quartet that includes the legendary Sonny Clark on piano – a ... read moreCD
A tribute to Ray Charles, but played by a hard-swinging, and mighty soulful ensemble – one that features Eric Alexander on tenor and Mike LeDonne on Hammond B-3! Both players really give the album a nice bite – and hearing Alexander next to LeDonnne's organ, we're reminded of Eric's ... read moreCD
Charlie Rouse & Paul Quinichette —
Chase Is On ... CD Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
A killer – and one of the greatest records ever cut on Bethlehem! Charlie Rouse and Paul Quinichette go head to head in a hard-blown session that's very different than most of the work on Bethlehem – grooving in a free-wheeling "chase" mode, as you might guess from the title ... read moreCD
A rare Japanese-only album from trombonist Roswell Rudd – one of his few full length statements of genius from the mid 70s! The album's got a very collaborative feel overall – one that takes off from some of Rudd's better-known work of the "new thing" era, but opens things up ... read moreCD
A freewheeling live date from Hilton Ruiz – recorded in Paris at the start of the 80s, with an excellent rhythm section that features Art Davis on bass and Walter Perkins on drums! Perkins' drum work is especially nice – as sprightly and dynamic as Ruiz's piano – beautifully tied ... read moreCD
Tremendous trombone from the great Paul Rutherford – an album of long tracks that really let you get to hear how incredible he can be when he's at his best! The material features Rutherford on trombone – stretching out in a trio with Paul Rogers on bass and Nigel Morris on drums – ... read moreCD
Aaron Sachs is best known as a clarinet player, but he also serves up some mighty mean tenor sax on this rare date for Bethlehem – work on the horn that really makes the record a standout! Sachs plays tenor on about half the tracks, and uses the instrument in these cool clipped phrases that ... read moreCD
We've only heard a handful of albums from Japanese tenorist Conosuke (also Konosuke) Saijo – but he always really grabs us with his style, no matter what the setting! This date's a nice old school tenor outing – nothing fancy, but a really rock-solid effort with a sound that would have ... read moreCD
Akira Sakata —
Pochi ... CD Denon (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A gem of a record from the legendary Akira Sakata – one of the most soulful, spiritual saxophonists on the Japanese scene – a player who may well be their equivalent to Albert Ayler or Archie Shepp! This beautiful album from 1980 really shows Sakata coming into his own – blowing ... read moreCD
Sal Salvador pays tributes to the jazz greats of his time – Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, and others – but also serves things up at a level that's very much his own bag too! The album's got a spare, stripped-down groove that really suits Salvador's guitar well – ... read moreCD