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
Really beautiful work from bassist William Parker – a set of tracks that are every bit as righteous as some of his other albums, but in a completely different way! The music here is from a musical production that Parker's been creating over the past two-decades – beautiful vocal tunes ... 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
Party Knullers (Fred Lonberg-Holm & Stale Solberg) —
Gold ... CD Hispid (Norway), 2014. New Copy ...
Fred Lonberg Holm and Stale Liavik Solberg put a new twist on the meaning of "party" here – as they work in an especially dark side of the sonic spectrum than you might expect at a more festive celebration! Fred's using a fair bit of electronics on the record, but the set's also ... 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!)
A rare pre-Blue Note session from Duke Pearson – very mellow, very soulful, and with a quality that's unlike most of his later work! The album's a trio side, recorded for the Jazzline label, and it features Pearson on piano, Thomas Howard on bass, and Lex Humphries on drums – the last ... read moreCD
A much-needed recording of the late 60s big band of pianist Duke Pearson – an amazing ensemble who only recorded just a bit for Blue Note – and who really shine here in this rare concert performance! The set was recorded as part of the legendary late 60s run of concerts for Baltimore's ... read moreCD
We totally loved the first album from the Florian Pellissier Quintet, and this set blows us away even more – as the group's slightly expanded, and stretches out even more strongly in a mix of modal and spiritual grooves! The vibe here is like some of the best Strata East sessions from the ... read moreCD
Don't let the hashtag in the title put you off – because the set's not some snappy throwaway tweet – and instead stands quite strongly along with all the other excellent albums we love from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt! In fact, this set's almost got more of a back to basics feel than some of ... read moreCD
Gilson Peranzzetta & Amoy Ribas —
Repercutindo ... CD Fina Flor (Brazil), 2015. New Copy ...
A hell of a wonderful record from legendary Brazilian pianist Gilson Peranzzetta – an artist we've loved since his crucial 70s MPB arrangements – working here with younger percussionist Amoy Ribas, who turns in some especially great work on vibes! The music just comes from the pair ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A really beautiful set from the trio of Danilo Perez on piano, John Patitucci on bass, and Brian Blade on drums – music that may well be some of the best we've heard from all the players in years! There's this special sort of magic going on here – the warmth of Perez's piano lines, ... read moreCD
Bill Perkins —
Other Bill ... CD Progressive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
The title's an apt one – as this Bill Perkins isn't the famous reedman from the LA scene of the 50s and the Stan Kenton band – but instead a San Francisco tenorist who's equally well-deserving of recognition! This date's one of the only sets we've seen from SF Bill Perkins – ... read moreCD
A really beautiful album from bassist Gene Perla – quite different than his better-known funk sessions of the 70s, but equally wonderful in its own sort of way! The approach of the album is pretty unique – as Perla takes as the core a set of drum recordings he made with Elvin Jones in ... read moreCD
A small group session from guitarist Carlo Pes – originally recorded for the Cometa sound library series, but actually more of a straight jazz record overall! Carlo plays here with a quartet – just piano, bass, and drum behind his instrument in the lead – and the guitar often has ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreCD
Bosko Petrovic may not be a big name in jazz here in the US, but he's easily one of the greatest musicians in Eastern Europe of the past few decades – a Croatian vibist with a really rich, chromatic sound! Bosko got a bit of circulation in the 60s and 70s, on projects for MPS and other ... read moreCD
A really sweet set that has the vibes of Bosko Petrovic coming into play with larger arrangements from the RTV Big Band – all with a soulful, sensuous sound that's a lot like records that have Milt Jackson working with a larger group! Petrovic's got a similar sense of color and tone, but is ... read moreCD
An ultra-hip live set from bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded in Germany during the late 50s stretch when he'd taken up residency overseas, and was making some great connections on the scene! This set definitely reflects Pettiford's reach at the time – as it's got an excellent group ... read moreCD
Never-heard work from the legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded at a time when he was making some very big waves on the European scene! During the 50s, Pettiford not only helped revolutionize the role of the bass in jazz, but also helped bring that instrument to new possibilities in ... read moreCD
Piero Piccioni —
Le Altre ... CD Beat (Italy), 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ...
Cool organ lines, wonderful keyboards, and lots of other great bits – all stepping out in a double-length set that's completely sublime – and maybe some of the best work we've ever heard from the mighty Piero Piccioni! The score is as sexy as you'd guess from the cover – and ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Much more of a soul-based effort than usual from Pieces Of A Dream – a tight set of hook-heavy grooves with a sharp late 80s vibe! There's still some of the jazz of the group's roots in place – often heard on the keyboards – but the focus has shifted most strongly to vocals, and ... read moreCD
A classic little album that's every bit as groovy as its cover – served up by vibist Dave Pike, and one of the first true expressions of his talents! The set's a standout early American date that predates Pike's later experiments for MPS – done in a great blend of soul jazz and some ... read moreCD
Beautiful beautiful early work from Dave Pike – a cascading array of vibes and piano – stretched out over some longer tracks that skip with a lyrical and modal groove throughout! Dave's working here with a group that includes Bill Evans on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Walter ... read moreCD
The second amazing album from Placebo – a wicked mix of funky fusion styles, and a real standout on the European scene of the early 70s! The group's the brainchild of Marc Moulin – who wrote all tracks, and plays a wealth of great keyboards, in ways that almost make him the European ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by the mighty Pony Poindexter – a great reedman who made great waves on both sides of the Atlantic in the 50s and 60s! Pony first rose to fame in the band of Count Basie, but he's also got a pedigree that includes work in both New Orleans and San ... read moreCD
Richard Poole/Marilyn Crispell/Gary Peacock —
In Motion ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ...
A very moody trio recording from this hip combo – a group that features Marilyn Crispell on piano, Gary Peacock on bass, and Richard Poole on drums! Poole's a player we're not that familiar with, but he wins us over right away – and definitely earns the right to be in the heady company ... read moreCD
The last-ever concert from the legendary Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell – recorded live in Berlin with a sound that not only gets at his wonderfully vivid approach to acoustic guitar, but which also showcases his magnetic power in the spotlight as well! Baden provides a bit of introduction ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Power Quintet (Jeremy Pelt/Steve Nelson) —
High Art ... CD Half Note, 2016. New Copy ...
The cover might look a bit old fashioned, but the groove here is very contemporary – served up by an excellent combo of very important players from the east coast scene – trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, vibist Steve Nelson, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Bill ... read moreCD
Pianist Debbie Poryes works here with a Dutch trio formed right after her arrival on that scene – a nicely-balanced group that really respects Debbie's sensitive touch on the keys, and seems to make her subtle sounds come out even more than they might in the setting! Poryes has an approach ... read moreCD
One of the rarest free jazz albums of the European 60s scene – a set that was originally intended for release by Sonet Records, pressed up in test records for the musicians, then denied release because they felt that they'd already moved past the performance! Yet in the space of over 50 ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
Very soulful work from tenorist Joel Press – blowing here as a real old school swinger, with an especially strong emphasis on ballads! Most tunes are standards, and given this gentle groove that really fits Joel's rich sound – a style that's easygoing, and never forced – with ... read moreCD
Primitive Art Orchestra —
Helix ... CD Playwright (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
Great sounds from a group who work here with just piano, bass, and drums – yet manage to create music in a range of styles you might not normally expect! The core approach of the group is definitely jazz, but they also weave their three instruments together in this forward-moving mode that ... read moreCD
A really lovely little record from Primitive Art Orchestra – one of a number of contemporary Japanese jazz groups who are really rewriting the rules! The members here come from a club jazz background in other groups – including work from Takao Ito on drums in Tri4th, a favorite 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 tremendous new project from Quantic – a set that has him moving into spiritual jazz territory, with all the depth and care he brought to previous funk and Latin projects! The music here is a mix of electric and acoustic modes – played by Will Holland on guitar with a group that also ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
A very cool Brazilian combo – one who offer up some wonderfully fresh interpretations of work by the great Moacir Santos! Santos is one of our favorite Brazilian talents from the 60s and 70s – an artist who really broke free of basic bossa conventions, and instead created complicated ... (Brazil, Jazz)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
If this is disco, point us in the direction of Studio 54! The album's one of Ra's greatest from the 70s – recorded in Italy in 1978, and featuring some incredibly otherworldly keyboards that are some of his most enigmatic on record! Original tracks from the album include "Disco ... read moreCD
An amazing live date from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – recorded in Cairo in 1971, with a very transcendent sound overall! Ra and the group are clearly inspired to be working in the shadow of the pyramids – and their music sometimes has Eastern overtones, a bit in the manner of Salah ... read moreCD
A really wonderfully-done collection of work from the legendary Sun Ra – put together by longtime musical partner Marshall Allen, and way way different than the typical mish-mash of tracks you'd find on some of the budget or public domain titles on the market! First off, the track selection ... read moreCD
Never-heard music from the legendary Sun Ra Arkesta – and a set that's every bit as great as Ra's self-released albums on Saturn Records in the 70s! The performance is a well-recorded date from France in the early 70s – and the Arkestra are at their richest, most expressive – ... 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
The rare Space Probe sent out to the cosmos by Sun Ra in the mid 70s – with material recorded from the early 60s onward – the heart of it being Sun Ra's first ever recordings on a moog synthesizer in 1969, and it's one heck of a trip! This excellent edition on Art Yard includes the ... 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 set of varied moods and settings – yet one that really does a wonderful job of fleshing out the Sun Ra aesthetic during these crucial years when Ra dubbed himself the "King Of The Sub Underground"! That humorous title is a reference to the fact that Ra and the Arkestra were still ... read moreCD
Excellent early material from guitarist Ernest Ranglin – a player you may know better from his famous reggae and rocksteady session work of the 60s and 70s – but who sounds equally great hear in a straight jazz format too! The album's got a tight small combo approach – with very ... read moreCD
Enrico Rava & Gianluca Petrella —
Wild Dance ... CD ECM (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Nothing too wild here, as the album's got the full, spacious sort of sound that we've come to expect from Enrico Rava on ECM – that way of capturing his trumpet lines to that they hang easily in space, and really get the chance to open up – especially here in the company of guest ... read moreCD
We loved Paolo Recchia's last album – which was dedicated to Stan Getz – and there's a very Getz-like feel here at times, but also modes that open up into other modern alto styles too – a range that maybe starts in postwar modern modes, then moves well into the future! Paolo's ... read moreCD
Dewey Redman's struggle is our success – as the album's one of the strongest from the ECM catalog at the time, and a simple, clean statement of the Redman talent at its best! The setting is a quartet one – in a group that includes Charles Eubanks on piano, Mark Helias on bass, and Ed ... read moreCD
One of the boldest albums ever recorded by trumpeter Dizzy Reece – a session recorded in Paris in 1970, with some amazing tenor sax from the great John Gilmore! The pairing of Reece and Gilmore is a bit of a surprise – a strikingly avant choice for the former, and a rare date away from ... read moreCD
Mike Reed's been an important figure on the Chicago scene for many years now – but he's a musician who's also got some ties to Amsterdam, which has served as a second city in his life – hence the title of the set! The album pays tribute to some of the avant and improvising greats of ... read moreCD
A very heavy-duty electric jamming session – and possibly one of the best records that keyboardist Dieter Reith ever cut for the LPs label! Reith was one of the label's first stars – and initially recorded some great acoustic piano albums for their Saba offshoot in the 60s – but ... read moreCD
Don Rendell —
Roarin' ... CD Riverside/BGP (UK), 1961. New Copy ...
A beautiful lost bit of British jazz, and probably one of the greatest records ever made by UK tenor giant Don Rendell! The group's a quintet, and believe it or not, a very young Graham Bond is featured on alto. Bond's got a very straight hard bop sound here, with none of the goofiness that ... read moreCD
A surprisingly great one from Buddy – full of live, liveliness, and energy – but also coming across with a depth that goes beyond simple Rich big band sounds. The album was handled by producer Norman Schwartz, and looks like it was originally recorded for his Gryphon label, but ... read moreCD
Crackling live energy from Buddy Rich – recorded at Ronnie Scott's nightclub in London, and with a sound that recalls some of Buddy's best from the 60s! The group is plenty great – and the attraction here goes way beyond just Buddy's famous work as a leader. As with other Rich albums ... read moreCD
A lively little set done strongly in a Basie mode – as you might guess from the title! Buddy's on drums, but the real maestro here is Marty Paich – who handled the arrangements, and most likely brought together the batch of west coast jazzers who inhabit the group – including ... read moreCD
Heavy drums from this mighty pair – presented together on two classic albums! Burnin Beat is a drum-heavy spectacular that returns Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich to their big band roots – thanks to some hard-swinging arrangements from George Williams! The tracks are a bit shorter and done ... read moreCD
Logan Richardson —
Shift ... CD Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ...
The Blue Note debut of alto saxophonist Logan Richardson – an up-and-coming player you might know from a few previous records, or his work with Jason Moran, Gerald Clayton, or the Next Collective! This set may well surpass all those other projects, though – as Richardson's really ... read moreCD
Stephen Riley & Peter Zak —
Haunted Heart ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ...
The tenor of Stephen Riley wins us over right on the very first notes of this set – thanks to a soulful, seductive reading of Billy Strayhorn's "Isfahan"! That track – and the rest of the album – features only the piano of Peter Zak alongside Riley's raspy tenor – ... read moreCD
Sweet electric fusion from Lee Ritenour – a key album from a time when he was still very much at the top of his game! Although tight overall, the album's never too commercial to be cloying – and Lee's approach here is a great example of the way that mainstream 70s fusion managed to ... read moreCD
Plenty of friendship here – some really warm interplay between a well-chosen group of musicians – all of whom come together with the level of quality that always made Lee Ritenour's records stand out from the pack! This isn't easy commercial fusion, but a really soulful, cohesive set ... read moreCD
Sam Rivers —
Lazuli ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from reedman Sam Rivers – and a set that's surprisingly soulful, given that most of his other work from this stretch is much more outside! The album's got a laidback groove on most numbers – with rhythm from Daryll Thompson on guitar, Rael Wesley Grant on bass, and ... read moreCD
A totally wonderful jazz ensemble from Japan – one who definitely work in some of the older modes you'd guess from the "legacy" in their name, especially the hippest funky big band styles of the 70s – yet a group who also have a very fresh, individual vibe of their own! These ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from drummer Max Roach – a set of classic albums for the Black Saint/Soul Note labels – most of which mark an especially creative stretch in his career! The set's got some great avant moments – the brilliant Birth & Rebirth, which pairs the drums of ... read moreCD
Seminal work by drummer Max Roach – recorded in 1960, at the time when he was leading one of his best groups ever! The material was recorded live in Germany with a quintet that includes Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, and Julian Priester on trombone – and the ... read moreCD
George Robert & Kenny Barron —
Good Life ... CD Somethin Cool (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
Not the first pairing of alto saxophonist George Robert and pianist Kenny Barron – but a set that may well be their best together – as it's got this tonal, textural depth that really gets at the maturing talents of both artists involved! And that's not to say that the previous DIW date ... 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
Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan —
Spirit Within ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1982. New Copy ...
Really beautiful work from the team of Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – hardly the sort of stuff we might have heard from the players a decade or two before – and a sophisticated batch of tunes that has them stretching out in rich musical directions! There's little of the boppish roots of ... read moreCD
Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan —
Sprint ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1983. New Copy ...
A tremendous live performance from the group co-led by Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – two players who really bring a lot to each other's music! There's a mode here that really blows us away – a careful, sensitive approach that allows each horn player to hit their most lyrical moments ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from bassist Jason Roebke – a player we grow to respect more and more over the years, and one who continually surprises us with music like this! The set features three long tracks, played by a trio with Matthew Schneider on guitar and Marcus Evans on drums – but always ... read moreCD
Michael Rosen —
Sweet 17 ... CD Via Veneto (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
Guitarist Lage Lund is consistently one of our favorite contemporary musicians on his instrument – and even though he's not the leader on this set from tenorist Michael Rosen, his performance really helps shape the overall sound of the album! Lund's got this way of arching into the groove ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from pianist Renee Rosnes in a long time – a set that features Rosnes working at the head of a very hip quintet with Steve Nelson on vibes and Steve Wilson on alto, flute, and soprano sax! Both of the Steves really open up the sound here – ... read moreCD
A wonderful blend of jazz and poetry – sometimes sung, sometimes spoken – and served up in a set of very hip UK albums from the early 60s! First up is Loguerhythms/Songs From The Establishment – a solo set by singer Annie Ross, done after she left the company of Jon Hendricks and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
British reedman Ronnie Ross really shines brightly on this set – a well-crafted batch of tunes that takes a great lead from his strong work on baritone sax! The sound is somewhat tightly arranged – a bit in a US west coast mode from the time – but the groove's also a bit looser ... read moreCD
A great little album from trumpeter Jim Rotondi – a set that delivers on all the promise we've always heard in his music – and also brings forward a bit more too! The album has Jim blowing in a quintet with some excellent vibes from Joe Locke – a player who really helps give the ... read moreCD
The Rova Sax Quartet channel the sound of John Coltrane's legendary Ascension album – then take it into a whole new territory of expression, thanks to help from an international assortment of improvisers who join in on the performance! The group famously reworked the piece in 1995, and have ... read moreCD
Rudy Royston —
303 ... CD Greenleaf, 2014. New Copy ...
The first album as a leader from drummer Rudy Royston – a player we've enjoyed for years in the company of others, and one who emerges here with a really fresh voice of his own! Rudy's drums are bold, but also have this way of opening up and allowing magical interplay between all the other ... read moreCD
A set that starts out sounding like one of the most old school, straight ahead records we've ever heard from trombonist Roswell Rudd – but which soon opens up to all the creative, compelling modes we've always loved in Rudd's music! The record's the result of recent work with vocalist ... 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
A great set from Argentinean jazz bassist Jorge Lopez Ruiz – funky, cinematic big band swing and choral arrangements! The set is a four piece suite based on the writings of Jose Tcherkaski, featuring arrangements that range from big band with heavy horns and strings and a very late 60s/early ... read moreCD
Sweet funky jazz from pianist Gene Russell – one of the hippest albums he ever recorded! Russell's a pianist with a wonderfully fluid touch – used here to near perfection in a small combo date that really stands out from most of his other albums – just the kind of effort we'd ... read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)
Some of the hippest sounds we've ever heard from pianist Gene Russell – an album that features heavy use of Fender Rhodes – and a soulful, solid, rhythmic core that comes from the basslines of Henry Franklin, guitar of Calvin Keys, and drums of Ndugu Chancler! The set's one of the ... read moreCD
Very hip early work from George Russell – a set that's maybe not as high-concept as some of his later records, but which still has a strikingly modern vibe! Russell's trying out some of his new tonal ideas here – and has a group that's very well-chosen for the project – with Art ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from the Chicago scene – a timeless effort with titles that are Chicago and Illinois prairie-centric in theme – and compositions musically rich enough to touch on some diverse strains of small combo jazz, from bluesy to bossa-steeped! Second Impression makes a heck of ... read moreCD
A stunning large group session led by trumpeter Lasse Samuelson – one that explodes with colors and tone from the very first note – and which is a perfect blend of the tighter styles of the 60s with some of the newer freedoms of the time! The approach is a bit like some of the best MPS ... read moreCD
Two Pharoah Sanders classics – back to back on a single CD! Tauhid is one of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a ... read moreCD
Legendary Swedish tenorist Nisse Sandstrom really shines here – in a new recording that also features younger great Jonas Kullhammar – who blows alongside Sandstrom in this really classic way! The pairing of two great, and individual voices on the tenor is wonderful – and the duo ... read moreCD
Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn Zetterburg/Hampus Lin —
If Nothing Else ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ...
A wonderful continuation of the spirit of the previous collaboration between trumpet and flugelhorn player Susana Santos Silva and bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg – but a record that also adds in a cool extra element with the organ of Hampus Lindwall too! The music has this spacious, open ... read moreCD
The legendary Pharoah Sanders joins the Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground – and the result is one of the most striking records in years from everyone involved! Pharoah blows with this really open, searching sort of tone – wonderfully concerned with sound texture at points, and not nearly ... read moreCD
The funky group of Jiro Inagaki gets a vocal treatment this time around – lead lyrics from Yasushi Sawada, whose a raspy-voiced singer with a surprisingly soulful edge! Much of the music follows in the same territory of Inagaki's instrumental records – with his group turning in a cool ... read moreCD
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series!)
Alessandro Scala Groovology with Flavio Boltro —
Groove Island ... CD Schema (Italy), 2015. New Copy ...
An island of groove from reedman Alessandro Scala – a player who mostly leads a core trio on the set, but also gets help on half the record from trumpeter Flavio Boltro! We're well-known for our love of Boltro – so we'll just take that as a given – and instead focus on the tight ... read moreCD
A crazy album of funky tracks from Lalo Schifrin – very different than most of his other jazz and bossa work! This set's got some very tripped out styles that mix together funky backings, jazzy riffing, and even some nice electronics – a sweet little groove that's even more wild and ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreCD
Irene Schweizer & Han Bennink —
Welcome Back ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2015. New Copy ...
Two amazing musicians who somehow sound even better here as a pair than on their own – and that's saying quite a lot, given the musical legacy of pianist Irene Schweizer and drummer Han Bennink! Schweizer's always been one of our favorite improvisers – as she's got an ability to freely ... read moreCD
Landmark work from the Finnish scene of the 60s – one of those ultra-rare European jazz records that collectors have dug for decades! The set's got a stark, modern sort of feel – but also a nice soulful swing, too – a balance that few of the other Scandinavians hit so well at the ... read moreCD
A great title for this Impulse debut from legendary guitarist John Scofield – as the set's got a way of bringing together all the best elements of his past and present modes of performance! Scofield's really wowed us with his leaner, single-line skills in recent years – especially when ... read moreCD
A pair of great albums from Bobby Scott – both pretty darn sweet! First up is Joyful Noises – a really wonderful album from the great Bobby Scott – an artist you might know best as a singer, or as composer of a few big hits in the 60s – but also a hell of a jazz pianist and ... read moreCD
Maybe the greatest record we've heard so far from drummer Kendrick Scott – and that's saying a lot, given that we really liked his other albums! The set's got Kendrick forging a new way forward on Blue Note – working with an inventive, soulful style that's angular one minute, but ... read moreCD
Tom Scott gets his apple juiced in this sweet live set – a concert performance from the early 80s, and a record that's got a sharper edge than some of Scott's studio work of the time! The group's nice and tight, with funky energy that really brings out the most soulful tones of Tom's sax ... read moreCD