A crowning moment of achievement for trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah – a record that draws on his rich experience working with Sun Ra, but focuses the energy into a warmer, more spiritual jazz setting overall! The album's a lost treasure from the US scene of the late 70s – a perfect melding ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful continuation of the spiritual sounds of bassist Josh Abrams – an artist who only seems to draw us in deeper and deeper as the years go by – and that's saying a lot, given that we've been listening to his music for almost 20 years! Josh has moved way beyond the bass at this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from one of the greatest jazz musicians working today – vibist Jason Adasiewicz, a player with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! It's been years since we've been this excited about anyone on the vibes – and Adasiewicz not only returns the instrument to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Olli Ahvenlahti —
Poet ... LP Love/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Olli Ahvenlahti's a poet on the keys – one of the most soulful players in the 70s Finland scene, heard here on one of his greatest albums ever! The record's got a glowing grace that's really wonderful – part CTI-inspired electric fusion, without as much jamming as other European work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Airto's unique Brazilian fusion style meets the electric funky genius of CTI – and the result is a killer album of long tracks with a far-reaching jazzy groove! The album takes off a bit from Airto's work with Return To Forever – no surprise, since Chick Corea and Flora Purim are on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut by this incredible tenor sax player – a wonderful talent that we only know from a handful of records – all of which we love! This date's got a bold sound that very much lives up to its cover, and Alexander's placement on Prestige's New Jazz label – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rodrigo Amado with Peter Evans —
Live In Lisbon ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ...
A great live album recorded in collaboration with the studio-based Freedom Principle album by this same group – done in Lisbon just two days before the studio session! The sound here is a bit more intense – a heady brew of the tenor of Rodrigo Amado, trumpet of Peter Evans, cello of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from this Swedish collection – a group of players you might know from their excellent work on the Moserobie label, coming together here in one of their most ambitious projects ever! The lineup is relatively large, but the sound is nice and lean – as many musicians often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a key French session that captures the group at the height of their powers! The centerpiece of the album is the extended track "Certain Blacks (Do What They Wanna)" – done in a beautiful mix of politics and free ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago's all-time classics! If you've ever bought an Art Ensemble album and said "Hmm, what's all the fuss about?", get this one. It'll change your mind. The band is in perfect form – and hits an incredible blend of free thinking modernism and soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dorothy Ashby —
Hip Harp ... LP Prestige, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)...
Great stuff by the grooviest artist ever to play a harp! Dorothy Ashby had a unique soul jazz harp sound, and although the instrument she used is probably more thought of in terms of bedtime lullabies, she actually makes it swing nicely, and with a soulful sound that draws back to traditions of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the most brilliant work so far from Atomic – and definite proof that this Swedish ensemble just keeps getting better and better with each new recording! Every player in the quintet is a star in his own right – Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor and baritone sax, Magnus Broo on trumpet, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Axelrod —
Auction ... LP Decca, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
One of David Axelrod's oddest records, but still a darn great one! The whole album is sort of a concept album about slavery (hence the title "The Auction"), and it has some spiritual political vocals on a number of tracks – but underneath is the usual great funky instrumentation of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece! This is one of David Axelrod's most perfectly realized albums – and it's a brilliant batch of baroque arrangements, jazzy solos, and slightly subtle funky bits! The album contains the much-sampled song "Holy Thursday", but the whole thing has a very similar feel to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant set of straight jazz material from Roy Ayers – a set recorded for Atlantic at a time when he was working for the label in Herbie Mann's group – but done in a much more righteous groove that really points the way towards Roy's growth in the 70s! The lineup changes a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A far-reaching early gem from Roy Ayers – a set that's much more jazz-based than his later work, and a record that has him touching base with the Blue Note and Strata East sides of the jazz spectrum! The lineup here is incredibly hip – a mix of players that includes a young Charles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy duty hardbop – and one of three amazing Epic sessions cut by drummer Dave Bailey! The set grooves as massively as his One and Two Feet In The Gutter albums – and is recorded with a similar lineup that includes Horace Parlan on piano, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Charlie Rouse on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very righteous material from Gary Bartz – and one of his classic NTU Troop albums, with Andy Bey on vocals and electric piano, and the great Stafford James playing some mighty heavy bass! The tracks are nice and long, with a very soulful sound that mixes freer spiritual playing with a good ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last Gary Bartz albums for Prestige – and a really unique session with a different feel than some of his earlier work! Gary's still got plenty of angular funk in his sound here – thanks to some edgey keyboards from Hubert Eaves – but he's also tightened things up a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sharp-edged session of tremendous trumpet and tenor interplay – served up by the legendary quintet of Gianni Basso and Oscar Valdambrini! The album's got a sound that's as hip as it looks – a great approach to 50s modern jazz, done in a style that's equally influenced by west coast ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from one of the greatest Italian jazz groups of the 60s – heard here in two of their rarest recordings! The set brings together material from two sessions that were only issued on the Fonit sound library label – but both are every bit as sharp and soulful as the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A well-titled set from Art Blakey – considering the hard-driving sound of the group! The album's one of the best from that unusual year of 1957 – almost a "lost" year for Art, when he was working away from Blue Note with a very different lineup of the Jazz Messengers than on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully hard-storming set – and a record that not only firmly put the Jazz Messengers on the map, but also set a whole new standard for live jazz recording! The group here is the early version of the Messengers – almost co-led by drummer Art Blakey with pianist Horace Silver ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Buhaina ... LP Prestige (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
An amazing album that has Art Blakey completely reinventing himself for the 70s! Blakey shifts from straight hardbop to kind of a modal soul jazz groove, touched with some of the electric playing of the younger jazz generation, but not enough to qualify as fusion or funk. Instead, he's working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The only full album ever issued by tenor player Rocky Boyd – but a set so great, it's definitely made a name for him over the years! Boyd's got a wonderful tone on the set – sharp and soulful, with an approach to the tenor that almost reminds us of early 60s Jackie McLean – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums so far from mighty Chicago reedman David Boykin – and easily a set that lives up to the rich legacy of avant jazz in the Windy City! There's a depth to the record that comes through right from the very first note – a sense of history and feeling that shows ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Even at an early age, Anthony Braxton was already experimenting with new forms of jazz composition – and this 1968 debut as a leader is filled with the imaginative approaches to music that would make him a key shaper of jazz in the next decade! The tracks here are all quite long, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Till Bronner —
Movie Album ... LP Universal (Germany), 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A beautiful setting for trumpeter Till Bronner – a set that has the German musician stepping out on a host of famous film themes, with backing from a larger orchestra that creates a wonderful backdrop for his solos! The style's very different than some of Bronner's more groove-oriented sets, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky trumpet galore – and a lost break classic! At the time of this 1974 LP, Billy Brooks was an obscure LA trumpeter working in the Ray Charles band – and although this record didn't bring him instant fame when it was released, it's grown to become a groove classic over time – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing album – and one of the underground soul jazz classics of the 70s! The album's also one of the few ever cut as a leader by drummer Roy Brooks – one of the hippest players on the Detroit scene back in the day, working here with a great lineup that includes Woody Shaw, George ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever for Blue Note – and the only album recorded by tenor player Tina Brooks that was issued during his lifetime! The album's nearly perfect – and features Brooks' edgey tenor set in an all star group that includes Duke Jordan on piano, Freddie Hubbard on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible pairing of two amazing musicians – legendary reedman Peter Brotzmann, and vibist Jason Adasiewicz – easily one of the most important musicians on the Chicago scene in recent years! The date features a live set up of improvisations done by the duo on a recent Brotzmann ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal set from the European free jazz scene of the 70s – and a record that may well represent the start of a key second chapter of all players involved! While the key tension of many early Peter Brotzmann albums have the saxophonist trying to push his instruments past their normal sonic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first great sessions from FMP Records in the 80s – and an album that really shows the creative growth at the label since its start! The music is played by a very hip trio – with Peter Brotzmann on e flat clarinet, tarogato, tenor, alto, and baritone – plus Harry Miller ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three legendary improvisers, working here at the height of their powers – in a set that really shows that when greats like this come together, the overall sound is way more than the sum of its parts! Keiji Haino sounds especially great here – still raw and bold, both on guitar and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clifford Brown only recorded a handful of sides for Blue Note – but all of the best ones are included in this excellent album – a full length set that culls together Brown's material from the 10" years, issued as a memorial to his early death in 1956! Side one features Brown with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning debut from drummer Otis Brown III – a player you may know from his work with Esperanza Spaulding, Somi, Joe Lovano, and others – stepping forth here with a rich musical vision of his own! The set was co-produced with Derrick Hodge, of Robert Glasper's group – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weird instrumental grooves from composer Sandro Brugnolini – played by a small combo that almost has a sound library feel! We know Brugnolini most from his soundtrack work, and this set's got a similar flair for odd sounds and weird rhythms – played here by a group that features organ, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A monster – and one of the best jazz funk albums ever on Prestige! Rusty Bryant blows his top off on this one – taking his tenor stylings out of the more staid R&B mode of earlier years, working with some younger heavy funk jazz players to craft a brilliant album of long searing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real smoker of a session – Rusty Bryant's first comeback album of the jazz funk years, done in a mode that virtually set the tone for other Prestige sessions of the time! Rusty's working here on alto sax, in a mode that's clearly inspired by the Lou Donaldson sessions of the time on Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most ambitious projects ever from vibist Gary Burton – an extended piece written by Carla Bley – and billed as "A Dark Opera Without Words"! The work has a feel that's much more fluid than opera, though – and is a great instrumental outing that not only ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strong second volume in the Free Jazz Bitmaps series on Sonnenzimmer label – an experimental, though thoroughly hypnotic set that reinterprets the brilliant solo improvisations on volume one into an alltogether new, just as compelling set of music! It features pieces by spearheading player ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most obscure albums from jazz guitarist Billy Butler – the musician who first rose to fame in the gritty R&B work of organist Bill Doggett, then went onto cut some great funky albums for Prestige Records at the end of the 60s! This set is a lot more unusual than any of those ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! PLEASE NOTE – some of these copies have a very light warp to them, but they play fine.)
Early in his career, Donald Byrd spent some time in Paris – where he not only got a chance to work in a whole new setting with some really great players, but he also got to record some fantastic sides that still stand as some of his best hardbop work! This rare album was originally issued on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies – and done with great vinyl, and a heavy European-style cover!)
A beautifully sensitive album from Donald Byrd – quite a change from his better-known jazz funk work of the 70s and early 80s – and part of a back-to-basics move he made in part of that latter decade! The album's very much in the best straight mode of the Landmark Records label scene ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic set of tracks that was recorded at the cusp of the 70s, but which wasn't (for some strange reason) released until many years later! Donald Byrd's playing here with two different larger groups, and the music is a perfect bridge between his spacey late 60s attempts to mimic Miles Davis, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet and funky organ work from the great Henry Cain – a little known player who recorded on some excellent sides for Capitol in the 60s, including some of the albums by Howard Roberts! This set is Cain's one full album for the label – and it's a tight and jumpy set of instrumentals, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest funky jazz combos of the 70s – stepping out here in their amazing debut for Cobblestone records! Catalyst had a groove that was unlike most of their contemporaries – a sound that was often jazzier than some of the tighter funk artists on labels like Kudu or Prestige, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arguably the best of Cherry's albums for Blue Note – and a real masterpiece of soulful avant playing! The group features Cherry on cornet, Gato Barbieri on tenor (and he's incredible, by the way!), Henry Grimes on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums. Grimes and Blackwell are more than just ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Never heard music from Don Cherry's important time in Sweden – two different live recordings that explode with righteous power right from the very first note! Cherry really took off musically during his time in Sweden – exploring rich new ideas that had never come up in his music with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Don Cherry's most hypnotic albums ever – a full album-length performance that features one of his first experiments with mixing jazz and global elements! The set was captured at the 1968 Berlin Jazz Festival – and mixes Cherry's amazing work on cornet, flute, and a myriad of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most freewheeling music we've heard from Don Cherry in the 70s – a live performance at the Museum Of Modern Art in Stockholm – and one that's done with a very free, open vibe! Part of the work has Cherry in the bolder improvisational space of his Paris years – yet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early 70s greatness from Don Cherry – a double album's worth of profoundly spiritual soundscapes paired with lots of weird effects – and a very laidback groove overall! Tracks are written by Cherry, Terry Riley, Pharoah Sanders, and Nana Vasconcelos – and include performances ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very hip group from the 70s Philly scene – a jazz combo who've got a soulful swing and a wonderfully lyrical feel! The record has a bit of vocals, but really just added in as flavoring for the quartet's excellent instrumental interplay – a blend of tenor and flute with piano, bass, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful reissue – and limited to 250 copies! Includes a replica of the original insert, too.)
Mindblowing – and a landmark recording that crosses all boundaries in the Chicago music scene of the late 60s! Philip Cohran was a visionary musician who'd played with Sun Ra during the 60s, but who left Ra to forge his own musical vision by the middle part of the decade. The Artistic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great lost work from Ornette Coleman – material recorded in New York and LA during the years 1959 through 1961 – never issued at the time, but pulled together in this wonderful package at the start of the 70s! Although not recorded as an official album, the record stands easily with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ornette Coleman —
Love Call ... LP Blue Note, 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
One of the two quartet sessions that Ornette cut for Blue Note in the late 60s – and tight mature work like the New York Is Now sides, recorded in the company of Dewey Redman and the Coltrane rhythm section of Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, which offers a contrasting perspective to most of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"New York is now" – a pretty bold statement from saxophonist Ornette Coleman, but one that definitely shows his shift in role – from a major force on the LA underground of the early 60s, to an artist who was helping pave the way for a huge wave of growth on the New York ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Ornette Coleman's best recordings from the 70s – and like his other album for Columbia, quite a change from the freewheeling sounds he was blowing over at Blue Note! The style here is a bit more high concept, but in a good way – with all the edges that Coleman had developed from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare European date from reedman Buddy Collette – and arguably one of his hippest albums ever! The set was recorded in Milan in 1961, and features a great lineup not only of Italian players, but which also includes the legendary Dusko Goykovich on trumpet – bringing in a nicely harder ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Coltrane —
Bahia ... LP Prestige/OJC, 1958. New Copy (reissue)...
An album issued in the years after John Coltrane left the Prestige Records label – but a set that includes some very compelling sounds from the early years, really showing the tenorist in a strongly spiritual transition! Coltrane plays tenor throughout, and the record also features the Red ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – one that shows that Trane's groundbreaking group with Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano could still express themselves with even more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Coltrane —
Believer ... LP Prestige/OJC, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)...
A great title for this one – given how many believers found the path to John Coltrane in the 60s! The session's a bit earlier, though – a later release of material that Trane recorded during his first solo stretch as a leader at Prestige Records – with long, open lines that are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful name for a beautiful record – a classic set of hardbop material from John Coltrane's early years as a leader – and a session that has him working with Donald Byrd on trumpet, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums! The album's got a beautifully ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Coltrane's classic – and only – recording as a leader for Blue Note! The album's no throwaway date, though – as it stands strongly with both Coltrane's other label work of the time, and with the best of the late 50s Blue Note scene – a time when the label was really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Coltrane plays the blues, but in a way like nobody else – stepping off of the deeply soulful sound of his late Prestige years, and moving into even more open and exploratory space for Atlantic! The setting is bare bones and simple – and many of these numbers begin with the sort of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Incredible reissue! This one's got a Japanese-style heavy cover, beautifully-cut vinyl, and a level of packaging 1that's amazing!)
A classic – and virtually the blueprint for all spiritual soul jazz recordings of the 70s! John Coltrane's at a perfect point here – balanced between the modal hardbop of earlier years, and the freer soloing of his last few recordings. He links the traditions together with a majestic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lost genius from the great John Coltrane – a never-issued set, but one that's attained legendary status over the years – thanks to its placement in the Impulse Records vaults! The performance is amazing – filled with soul and spirit, and so much searching that at one famous point ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 2000 copies – with an insert and special collector postcards too!)
John Coltrane —
Stardust ... LP Prestige/OJC, 1958. New Copy (reissue)...
A mellow soulful classic by John Coltrane – and one of his best-remembered early albums for Prestige! The session has all the gentle glow that you might guess from the title – a laidback, open-ended approach that has Coltrane blowing long solos over rhythms from the trio of Red Garland ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really rich combination of sounds – one of those rare moments when the end result of a session comes out sounding way more than the instruments that comprise it! The group's led by Jerome Cooper on drums, balaphone, and other percussion – and features Joseph Jarman on tenor and flute ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great solo performance from Jerome Cooper – not just drums and percussion, but work on flute, balaphone, and other instruments too! Cooper really brings all of his most thoughtful elements into play here – working slowly, and covering space with ideas that really take some time to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary bit of funky fusion from the French scene of the 70s – the standout set from Cortex, a combo who's very heavy on the keyboards! The tunes have a feel that's quite different than American electric work of the time – funky, but also a bit breezy too – with a strong ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larry Coryell's lost none of his genius over the years – and this recent session still has the guitar innovator working with all the best styles we first loved in his initial recordings for Vanguard! Larry's got a tone that can be clear and clean one minute on the electric, then filled with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album with a sexy cover, but a set that's one of the more soulful from the LA scene of the 50s – thanks to a tight, sharp group working under the leadership of bassist Curtis Counce! Counce didn't cut many albums as a leader, but all of them are pretty darn great – and done with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lost spiritual sounds from this ultra-hip quartet – a group that gets some really great energy from Idris Ackamoor on tenor and alto, plus top trumpet from Earl Cross! The format is open and freewheeling, but never too free – a blend of earlier spiritual modes and some of the loft jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 copies.)
Tadd Dameron with John Coltrane —
Mating Call ... LP Prestige/OJC, 1956. New Copy (reissue)...
A sublime early set from John Coltrane – and one of Tadd Dameron's greatest moments on record ever! The session's a laidback quartet one – with John Simmons on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums, completing the group with Dameron on piano and Trane on tenor – all coming together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ted Daniel with Oliver Lake & Daniel Carter —
Innerconnection ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Lost loft jazz work from trumpeter Ted Daniel – an important force on the east coast scene of the time, but one who was never as well-recorded as his contemporaries – which makes a set like this a real treasure! The group here is Ted's Energy Module ensemble – a group who really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strange mix of material – but some great work overall! Most of the record features Miles Davis recording with a quintet that includes Thelonious Monk on piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – on longer versions of "The Man I Love" (in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A full performance by Miles Davis and his septet at the Fillmore West in October, 1970 – just a few months after the release of Bitches Brew – recorded for a radio broadcast at the time! It's great snapshot of Miles at that pivotal point, introducing his trailblazing newer material for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning piece of jazz history from the young Miles Davis – and a record that's got maybe one of his coolest covers ever! The 10" release was Miles third for Blue Note – and fetaures a smoking quartet with Horace Silver on piano and Art Blakey on drums – giving Miles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the classic early Miles Davis & John Coltrane sessions for Prestige – a well-crafted quintet album that shows Miles finding a stronger voice than ever, and Coltrane beginning to emerge as a key force on his own! Backing is subtle and soulful – handled by the trio of Red ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly misleading record – but a great one nonetheless! From the title and cover, you might imagine that Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis were sharing the stage together at the Newport Jazz Festival – but instead, the album actually features separate performances by each artist ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soulful and ambitious session from saxophonist Nathan Davis – a funky little gem that's got a lot more to offer than just a simple tribute to Dr King! Nathan penned the set in a mode that's expanded from most of his other albums – using larger horns and electric instrumentation to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stanton Davis' Ghetto Mysticism —
Isis Voyage ... LP Outrageous/Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ...
A great counterpart to the rare Stanton Davis Ghetto Mysticism album – and a set that was recorded right around the same time, with a number of previously unreleased tracks! The spiritual energy of that group has been well-loved by collectors for years – and enjoyed by others thanks to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the earliest recordings of the avant group Detail – heard here without the bassist Johnny Dyani, who was such a part of their later albums! The absence of bass makes for a beautifully free sound – the drums of John Stevens, piano of Eivin One Pedersen, and reeds of Frode ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime spiritual jazz from the 70s scene in Detroit – and a record that really represents an evolution of the previous sounds that you might have heard on the Motorcity's Tribe Records! The sound here is straightforward and soulful – a bit of electricity at the bottom and some fluidly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eric Dolphy —
Iron Man ... LP Douglas/Celluloid, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
A seminal set from Eric Dolphy – one of his most perfectly realized moments at the head of a larger ensemble – and a record that definitely set the tone for countless spiritual jazz sessions of the 70s! Dolphy recorded this session for Alan Douglas in 1962, and it features a larger ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from one of the hippest jazz contemporaries of the late 60s – trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a player who was really coming into his own by the time of this album! The record has Kenny with a nice sort of edge – not as boldly experimental as his 60s work for Blue Note, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever by pianist Kenny Drew – a record that's as noteworthy for the contributions of the sidemen as it is for the efforts of the leader! Drew's a player who often worked mostly in trio formats – but here, he's hitting hard with a righteous Blue Note power ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charles Earland —
Black Talk! ... LP Prestige/OJC, 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
A pivotal album in the development of the use of the Hammond organ in jazz – and Charles Earland's first exposure to a large audience! During the 60s, Charles was bumping around the Philly scene quite a bit – and recorded some small group indie sides that first gave a glimpse of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bill Evans —
Interplay ... LP Riverside/OJC, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
A real standout in the Bill Evans catalog for Riverside – and that's saying a lot, given how important all of his Riverside albums are! The session's a rare quintet outing for Evans – one that breaks the mode of the usual trio format by adding in Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Jim Hall ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The most amazing records to date from Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – just the kind of cosmic, spiritual session you'd expect from the group's name – perfectly placed in a Chicago lineage that includes Sun Ra's Arkestra and the best years of the AACM! The group's got all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tenor, drums, and electronics – played with a frenzied style, and a mode that often has bold energy flowing equally back and forth between the musicians! Ken Vandermark never fails to amaze us with his tones and shapes on the saxophone – and here, he really knocks it out of the park ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Masterful work from this ultra-hip group – a jazz combo at the core, but one who have a way of working in so many different flavors at once! Leader Greg Foat plays both a grand piano and church organ on the record – in a lineup that also includes tenor, trumpet, electric bass, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The coolest record so far from this totally great combo – a live recording done on the home turf of the Greg Foat Group – the Playboy Club in London! The retro venue really fits the slinky, sexy vibe of the group's music – and although we already loved these guys before, this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing stuff by Ronnie Foster – a sweet little album of slow funky keyboard tones, much more loosely arranged than his later work, with a dope groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop – and although ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great batch of sunny soul jazz numbers – recorded by Wayne Henderson at a time when he was scoring big with the Jazz Crusaders! This combo's very much in the vein of Wayne's work with that more famous group – but they've got a bit of a tighter approach, playing more in a "soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album by The Freedom Sounds – a very cool west coast soul jazz collective, headed by Wayne Henderson, and featuring a great mix of jazz, soul, and Latin rhythms! This set's a little more ambitious than the group's first album – with a number of tracks that groove in a very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary bit of funk – and a killer record from one of the most unique guitarists ever! George Freeman's got a sound and a style unlike any other player we can think of – an approach to funky guitar that's often got a really hard touch on the strings, and which gets nice and noisy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album