Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur —
Joy Of Being ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2016. Used ...
An improvising trio who've got a familiar structure, but a great sound of their own – as the lineup features Rafal Mazur on an acoustic bass guitar, which creates some very unique moments alongside the tenor of Francois Carrier and drums of Michel Lambert! Carrier's got this snakey sense of ... read moreCD
Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur —
Oneness ... CD FMR, 2017. Used ...
Really lovely work from trumpeter Baikida Carroll – and a set with almost a bit more soul than some of his work from the 70s! The group here has a nice little bounce at times – almost a spiritual soul jazz quality, with less of the avant edges that we sometimes hear from Baikida – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape!)
Andy Tolman Cartel —
Cipher ... CD Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic album of funky soundtrack grooves – one that was recently recorded by guitarist Andy Tolman, but which instantly takes us back to the best 70s film scores by artists like Quincy Jones, Johnny Pate, or Lalo Schfrin! Like both of those giants at their best, Andy works here in a ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
2 rare moments in Benny's early career – documented nicely on this CD, with a flurry of tasty bonus tracks! The first 8 titles in the set feature Benny's raspy alto in the combo of pianist Arnold Ross – a pretty cool-sounding group that features guitar, bass, and drums next to the ... read moreCD
(Out of print Spanish pressing, with notes in Spanish.)
With Ben Webster on tenor, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Barney Kessel on guitar. Titles include "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me", "Blue Lou", "A Walkin Thing", and "Old Fashioned Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Benny Carter swings material from the 20s – but the results are a lot better than you might expect! We'll be honest in saying that the cover and theme of this one always made us figure the record was some sort of "old timey" affair – but Benny's surprisingly cool on the ... read moreCD
Benny Carter definitely sounds urbane here – working in a slightly orchestral setting, with some nice dark-edged strings behind his alto sax! The album's got a mellow, late nite feel that's really wonderful – and Carter's horn is right out front in the mix, blown with enough of a raspy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great example of why the Swingville label was such a great idea – a perfect setting for older players to have a chance to relax in the studio and really do their thing – hitting the sort of notes they might reach in a late-nite set at a club, without all the pressures to try for a ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Benny Carter with Ben Webster & Barney Bigard —
Opening Blues ... LP Prestige, 1962. Sealed ...
Features Ben Webster on tenor and Barney Bigard on clarinet – plus Jimmy Rowles on piano, Dave Barbour on guitar, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
A great little CD that brings together some of Betty Carter's rare vocal recordings for the Epic label – including a handful that were unreleased until the issue of this album! There's a total of 11 tracks in the set – with 6 from the Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant album, which ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A helluva set from saxophonist James Carter – smoking numbers recorded live in Detroit at Baker's – featuring some of the hottest soloing we've heard on a recently recorded set! It's an all around great showcase for Carter and guests like David Murray and Johnny Griffin (who both blow ... read moreCD
One of the most off-beat albums we've ever heard from saxophonist James Carter – a really unusual album done in collaboration with organist John Medeski! Although Carter's groove is usually traditional, Medeski's presence gives the album lots of fresh twists and turns – kind of a ... read moreCD
James Carter's first album as a leader – and a set that helped mark a place for him as one of the strongest saxophone voices of the 90s! The album has Carter's work on alto, tenor, and baritone saxes set center stage – alongside backing by a trio that features pianist Craig Taborn, but ... read moreCD
There's nothing prehistoric about this set – as saxophonist James Carter's working here in an angular mode that's strikingly modern, despite the "classics" in the title! The tunes are all familiar ones, but they're recast by Carter with a deep tone on tenor, alto, and soprano sax ... read moreCD
A real lost chapter of 70s genius from reedman John Carter – a set done after his better-known recordings with Bobby Bradford, in a style that's much more spacious overall! The material features a trio – with Carter on both soprano sax and clarinet, both instruments he plays with an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has some light wear.)
John Carter & Bobby Bradford —
Flight For Four ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Spectacular work from one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time – the legendary John Carter/Bobby Bradford Quartet – quite possibly the hippest thing going in the LA scene of the late 60s! The group includes Carter on alto and tenor, Bradford on trumpet – working together ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
A landmark recording – one of a handful of early documents of the avant garde LA scene, featuring a nimble quartet headed up by the inventive frontline of John Carter on reeds and Bobby Bradford on trumpet, over the fluid rhythm team of Tom Williamson on bass and Chicago expatriate Bruz ... read moreCD
A real lost chapter of 70s genius from reedman John Carter – a set done after his better-known recordings with Bobby Bradford, in a style that's much more spacious overall! The material features a trio – with Carter on both soprano sax and clarinet, both instruments he plays with an ... read moreCD
Ron Carter gets sweet and funky on this 70s classic for Kudu Records – a set that's a fair bit different than some of Carter's acoustic trio sides of the decade, or some of his more high-concept work in recent years! The approach here is free and flowing – larger arrangements penned by ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
Sweet electric work from Ron Carter – subtle magic in the best CTI mode! Ron arranged the set himself, but he's working with a core group of CTI players that includes Bob James and Richard Tee on electric piano, Hubert Laws on flute, Ralph MacDonald on percussion, and Billy Cobham on drums ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
One of the massive Ron Carter albums from the mid 70s – and a set of 4 open-ended modal tracks that hit a similar Latin/but not Latin approach as the tracks on Coltrane's great Ole album. The group's a small one – featuring Carter on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, Jay Berliner on guitar, ... read moreCD
A landmark album from the great Ron Carter – one of those key 70s sides where he was able to show the world that he was way more than just a jazz bassist – and instead a sophisticated musical genius with so much to offer! Ron's bass is certainly a key part of the set – he plays ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
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
It's a dream come true! This beautiful 2 CD set brings together all of the rare Muse albums by the great fusion ensemble Catalyst. Although the band aren't necessarily the "funkiest band you never heard", they are an amazingly soulful jazz combo, and their albums are filled with tight ... read moreCD
The rare second set from the Catch Up combo of the 70s – a cool German group with a very MPS-like groove – a nicely messed-up mix of funk and jazz elements, sorted out into a great new groove! The group's headed by bassist Milan Pilar – whose electric instrument really has a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – heavy vinyl and cover, with obi!)
Philip Catherine —
Nairam ... LP Warner, 1976. Near Mint- ...
Early set of different trio recordings, featuring Eugene in the company of players like Henry Kaiser, Owen Maercks, Randy Hutton, and Duck Baker. All tracks recorded during sessions in 1977, and instrumentation includes a lot of strange guitars – like toy ones, plastic ones, and the usual ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)
Magnificent early work from Eugene Chadbourne – a set that was recorded on Christmas Day, 1977 – and only issued a decade later on cassette – but sounds that are every bit as mindblowing as the material on Chadbourne's first few albums! The music here is heavy on compositions ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff – one of a few key players who helped reinvent the role of his instrument in jazz during the postwar years – but one who only made a handful of records before his too-early death! This live performance really corrects the lack of ... read moreCD
One of the most obscure sessions as a leader from the legendary bassman Paul Chambers – the crucial talent who really helped reinvent the role of his instrument in jazz during the 50s – and who left our planet all too soon! The record's got a vibe that's a bit different than Paul's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small center split on the bottom seam and a cutout hole, otherwise looks great.)
One of the few great records that Paul Chambers made as a leader, and a haunting set of somber hardbop recorded with Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, and John Coltrane. The writing is great, and the group has a nice dark edge that gives the session a slightly different sound than other ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Paul Chambers & John Coltrane —
High Step ... LP Blue Note, Mid 50s/1975. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ...
Killer set of hardbop tracks recorded during the mid 50s for the Jazz West, Transition, and Blue Note labels – and seminal early work by Coltrane, playing under the leadership of his frequent bass partner Paul Chambers. One album was issued under the name of the Paul Chambers Quartet, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Cover is entirely stained and wrinkled, with split seams.)
One of the few later recordings we've seen from tenorist Eddie Chamblee – a player who first rose to prominence on the Chicago scene of the 50s, and one who's got a well-bitten style that creates a deeply soulful tone! Eddie's roots are more in swing than bop, but there's also a quality here ... read moreCD
Brian Charette —
Back Up ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Brian Charette's a contemporary organist who's always out to set himself apart from most of the rest – not by forcing any sort of experimental modes on the Hammond, or by trying to race up and down the keys – but just by relaxing into a tune, and really finding a way to deliver a ... read moreCD
Pianist Bill Charlap in a hell of a trio – working here with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington – both players who make the record bristle with fresh energy right from the start! Charlap's command of tone and timing are as wonderful here as on other records – ... read moreCD
An excellent session from vibist Teddy Charles – cut here under the name of the Prestige Jazz Quartet, an ensemble that featured Mal Waldron on piano, Addison Farmer on bass, and Jerry Segal on drums. Like most of Charles' important modernist work from the mid and late 50s, this set's got a ... read moreCD
A sweetly stepping session of bluesy jazz vocals from Jeannie Cheatham – outwardly a trad-oriented record, but done here with some nice light west coast touches that really capture the best of the Concord groove of the early 80s. There's a gentle swing to the tracks that reminds us of some ... (Vocalists, Jazz)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
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and ... read moreCD
Easily one of the most powerful albums ever cut by Don Cherry – a searing set of tracks done for Blue Note in the late 60s – and featuring some tremendous tenor work by Pharoah Sanders! There's a tightness and level of energy here that surpasses even Cherry's other excellent Blue Note ... read moreCD
Don Cherry, John Tchicai, & Irene Schweizer —
Musical Monsters ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 1980. New Copy ...
An unheard Don Cherry performance from the start of the 80s – and easily one of his most powerful recordings from the time! The vibe here is very free, open, and bold – with Don blowing much sharper notes on trumpet than some of his airier recordings of the 70s – urged on by the ... read moreCD
Don Cherry/Nana Vasconcelos/Collin Walcott —
Codona ... LP ECM, 1978. Near Mint- ...
A mellow but striking blend of world and jazz styles – featuring Walcott on a variety of Indian instruments, Cherry on trumpet, flute, Doussn'Gouni, and voice, and Vasconcelos on berimbau, cuica, and percussion. Titles include "Codona", "Mumakata", "New Light", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a promo stamp.)
Don Cherry/Nana Vasconcelos/Collin Walcott —
Codona 3 ... LP ECM, 1980. Near Mint- ...
The third meeting of this world jazz ensemble, with Colin Walcott of Oregon on sitar, tabla and hammered dulcimer, Don Cherry on trumpet, organ and doussn'gouni and Nana Vasconcelos on berimbau and percussion. All three players have always had a very wide reaching approach to playing, even ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a promo stamp, Digital sticker, and a small gouge at the bottom of the spine.)
A killer guitar and Hammond session with a really sublime sort of sound – a groove that's wonderfully free of cliche – and which has an open, spacious quality that few artists can match! Given the instrumentation, the album's steeped in tradition, but never tries to just rehash an ... read moreCD
Pianist Cyrus Chestnut has a great guest here – the wonderful Steve Nelson, whose vibes really make a few of the album's tracks sparkle! These tunes include great remakes of the Bobby Hutcherson tunes "Little B's Poem" and "The Littlest One Of All" – which are both ... read moreCD
Rob Mazurek takes his Underground concept to the London scene this time around – working with a quartet that includes John Edwards on bass and Alexander Hawkins on piano – plus previous Chicago partner Chad Taylor on drums, electronics, and percussion! Tracks are quite long, and often ... read moreCD
Amazing work from guitarist Charlie Christian – an artist who only recorded for a few short years before an untimely early death – but a player whose work went onto have a huge impact on both the guitar and jazz music in general for years to come! Charlie's playing has a sharp edge ... read moreCD
Great stuff from one of our favorite singers of all time! June has a way with a ballad that still leaves us breathless – turning simple somber songs into dark tapestries of despair and loss, infused with a boozy maturity that makes the lyrics resonate with a sense of pain that's always ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A very groovy set from pianist Eugen Cicero – one that has him moving past his jazz versions of classical material, to perform a mix of jazz material in a hip trio with the great JA Rettenbacher on bass! Titles include "Eugen's Blues", "Solar", "Lovely Marabou", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Traditional sounds from Martinique – but played in a very jazzy way by fluteman Max Cilla – whose instrument glides and soars over a range of lively percussion! The group features a bit of piano and bass, but the various drums really lead the sound – as does Cilla's flute, which ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set of improvisations that definitely take the "silence" in the title seriously – because although the group's a quartet, they've got a very spacious way of playing – a mode that's always stepping in and out of silence, and using the space between their sounds every bit as ... read moreCD
Solo piano work from Curtis Clark – a compelling set of dark-tinged originals, performed with a style that's exploratory, yet never too "out", and always lyrically evocative. Titles include "Rainbow Over Harlem", "Cosmic Minstrels", "Deep Sea Diver", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Solo piano work from Curtis Clark – an unsung talent from the west coast, and one who's mostly recorded for the Nimbus label in the same open-ended format as Horace Tapscott! The album offers up a more sensitive side of Clark's work than we remember – long tracks that are beautifully ... read moreCD
This one will confuse the discographers out there – but it's great Blue Note material by this legendary hardbop pianist! The CD reissues a previous Japanese-only set of unreleased material – called Sonny Clark Quintets – but some of the tracks have since come out on other CDs. 2 ... read moreCD
A great collection of material from Sonny Clark – recorded in 1958, but not issued at the time, most likely because Sonny was already releasing so many other albums for Blue Note! The CD features 14 tracks in all – all played in trio format – and all tunes are standards, as you'd ... read moreCD
A trio treasure from the incredible Sonny Clark – a rare non-Blue Note date from the late 50s, and a wonderful illustration of his powers on the piano! The setting is spare, but the sound is never sleepy – as Sonny's working here with Max Roach on drums and George Duvivier on bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent hardbop session from the glory days of the Savoy label – easily one of the label's key 50s classics! Drummer Kenny Clarke's at the front of the group – but all players are great, and the set features work by Cannonball Adderley on alto, Jerome Richardson on tenor, Donald ... read moreCD
French journalist/composer Andre Hodier was one of the leading voices of European jazz in the postwar years – a committed modernist, but with a strong understanding of all the traditions of jazz. This classic set features American drummer Kenny Clarke working with a group of French musicians ... read moreCD
A fantastic session from the early days of the Clarke-Boland Big Band! The record was cut in 1961, under the aegis of Gigi Campi – and it features a core group that would later grow into the much-respected CBBB unit during the MPS years – working here as a smaller combo on a rare date ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi!)
Kenny Clarke/Andrew Cyrille/Milford Graves/Don Moy —
Pieces Of Time ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1984. Near Mint- ...
A quartet of drummers – Kenny Clarke, Don Moye, Andrew Cyrille, and Milford Graves! The group sets out half a dozen rhythmic and textural explorations of the percussive idiom, allowing a lot space for each other to work within: "Laurent", "Nibaldi Isle", "no. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stanley Clarke's a bassist who first got his start in the headier side of the jazz spectrum in the 70s – but by the second half of that decade, he'd transformed into something else completely – a fantastic musician who could effortlessly reach across soul, funk, and fusion – ... read moreCD
Stanley Clarke is completely on fire here – recorded in a live performance at the end of the 70s, but with all the dense complexity of his music from the earlier part of the decade! The group is completely freewheeling from the start – driven on by Clarke's effortlessly mindblowing ... read moreCD
Clarke Boland Big Band —
All Smiles ... CD MPS (Germany), 1968. New Copy ...
A hard slammer from the Clarke-Boland Big Band – recorded when the band was burning up the road in Europe, taking great players and audiences in one fell swoop, coming up with some of the strongest straight jazz of their generation! The album features stunning solos all around by an all-star ... read moreCD
A hard slammer from the Clarke-Boland Big Band – recorded when the band was burning up the road in Europe, taking great players and audiences in one fell swoop, coming up with some of the strongest straight jazz of their generation! The album features stunning solos all around by an all-star ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best-selling albums ever recorded by the Clark-Boland Big Band – a set of hard-searing tracks played by an all star group, capturing the ensemble at its finest! The album's got a few nicely open-ended tracks that really let the soloists take flight – and players include ... read moreCD
Two rare jazz classics from the Atlantic catalog! Handle With Care is one of the first recordings by the legendary Clark-Boland Big Band – and although it was a pre-MPS session released by Atlantic, all the core elements of the band's classic sound and style are present. Gigi Campi produced ... read moreCD
An early leader session for Jimmy Cleveland – one that pulls him out of the Lionel Hampton group, and puts him in the company of a number of different all-stars – top level players that Mercury brought together in three different sessions for the album. Players include Lucky Thompson, ... read moreCD
An early leader session for Jimmy Cleveland – one that pulls him out of the Lionel Hampton group, and puts him in the company of a number of different all-stars – top level players that Mercury brought together in three different sessions for the album. Players include Lucky Thompson, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic stuff, and proof that Rosemary Clooney was always one heck of a great singer – with strengths in jazz that you didn't always hear in her pop work! As you'd guess from the cover, Duke Ellington's leading the group on the album – and most of the tracks here are older Ellington ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Very groovy stuff – at least on the first album! Ring Around Rosie features 12 jazzy duets with The Hi-Lo's, one of the most magnificent male vocal groups of the 50s. If you dig the Hi-Lo's as much as we do, you'll find the album to be a key addition to their catalog – as it features ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastic record from an all-star group – modern musicians you probably know more from CD releases under their own name, but working here on a much more underground project that really shows some new sides of their talents! The group features Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Derrick Hodge on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album