A late life session from Sonny Stitt – and a great one, too – as the set's got the saxophone giant really opening up in the relaxed, easygoing space of the Black & Blue label studio – which allows Sonny to hit the soulful vibe of his classic recordings on Roost and Verve! The ... read moreCD
Magical Stitt work on Roost – an album of marked understatement, from the simple title, standard cover, and lack of session details on the back – all of which might make you think "oh yeah, heard this one before." But one drop of the needle opens the album up immediately ... read moreCD
Sublime work from Stitt! The record has a subtle genius that's impossible to describe with words – as Stitt's tone and economy on the album's solos are the pure stuff that you only find after panning through an endless stream of post-bop LPs by players of his generation. The album's ... read moreCD
One of Sonny Stitt's amazing albums for Roost – a record with a beautifully mature conception of bop soloing, and a totally confident tone throughout! There's an understated brilliance here that's nearly impossible to describe in words – a sense of placement, timing, and phrasing that's ... read moreCD
Sonny Stitt goes Latin – and the results are tremendous! The set's still got all the soulful feel of the best Stitt sessions for Roost, but it brings in some nice Latin rhythms too – inflecting things with that blend of soul jazz and congas you might find over at Prestige or Blue Note, ... read moreCD
After years of staying free of comparisons with Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt steps confidently into a set of compositions by the late, great one – sounding really wonderful in his own interpretations of these classics! The album's got the same simple and focused still as Stitt's best work on ... read moreCD
A strange one for Sonny Stitt – but also a real gem! The album has Sonny, who'd been working for the Roost/Roulette label, coming together with other jazz players in the same boat, plus Latin musicians who were recording for the related Tico label. Moishe Levy never made such a good talent ... read moreCD
Billy Strayhorn —
Live! ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from the Duke Ellington catalog – an unusual live session led by his longtime arranger Billy Strayhorn – with a vibe that's right up there with all the hippest of Duke's own albums from the time! The set's presented in true Roulette Records fashion – without ... read moreCD
The reed talents of Marcus Strickland hit the sound of the new Blue Note – with wonderful results! The album was produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, and has a much more electric vibe than some of Marcus' other records – an angular, snakey sort of groove that really shows Meshell's ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Al Strong is a new talent to our ears, but he grabs us right from the get-go on this excellent self-released set – the kind of top-shelf set that could make Strong a big name in jazz in years to come! The material was all recorded in North Carolina, with a shifting array of players ... read moreCD
A really groovy album from pianist Kunihiko Sugano – a set that has the leader working on Fender Rhodes, but often with a touch that has the sharpness of an acoustic piano – which is then underscored by some strong use of acoustic percussion as well! The album's definitely got the ... read moreCD
Svenska Kaputt (Kullhammar/Fiske/Zetterberg/Holme —
Suomi ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2015. New Copy ...
A brilliant musical project from the Moserobie jazz underground of Sweden – one that brings together four completely wonderful players, but in ways that are very different than most of their work in other settings! The sound here is very open and spacious – not in a mellow way, or an ... read moreCD
Searing sounds from the Japanese scene at the start of the 70s – music that's equal parts noise and equal parts free jazz – served up on some freaky, fuzzy guitar from Masayuki Takayanagi – and a mix of alto sax, harmonica and bass clarinet from Karou Abe! Abe's a lot noisier ... read moreCD
Tenorist Tom Tallitsch has gotten plenty of love from our ears in recent years – and with a record as great as this, he's bound to get plenty more! Tom comes on strong with a really deep tenor sound – a mode that we might put in a range between Hank Mobley and Eric Alexander – ... read moreCD
Don't think "British rock", think "electric jazz" – as the set features some long, jamming instrumental workouts that are more in a heavy fusion mode overall! The group's a quintet – led by drummer Kiyoshi Tanaka, and featuring organ, guitar, bass, and some very ... read moreCD
This installment in the Tapscott Sessions series features nearly all original work by Horace – hauntingly introspective compositions performed on solo piano, with a sense of creative exploration that's incredibly powerful, despite the lack of other instrumentation on the set. Horace is in an ... read moreCD
Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Call ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
Large-group genius from the legendary Horace Tapscott – one of the few recordings of his groundbreaking Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! The music here is totally righteous right from the start – even more searching and soaring than Tapscott's trio or solo work – thanks to help from ... read moreCD
An excellent double-length set from Horace Tapscott's Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – an extremely righteous ensemble that was one of the hippest things going on the LA jazz scene of the 70s! The vibe is free and spiritual, but it also has a wonderful groove pulsating underneath many of the ... read moreCD
Horace Tapscott/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Flight 17 ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
One of the best Horace Tapscott albums on Nimbus – and one that features him playing with the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra, who give the session a much fuller feel than some of Horace's other sparer sets. The group's made up of some strong hip players from the LA underground – and in a ... read moreCD
Buddy Tate on the relatively trad side of the spectrum – but still blowing here with that wonderfully deep tone that we love on his famous tenor! The set features a group named as The Buddy Tate All Starts – a combo that also features Doc Cheatham on trumpet, Vic Dickenson on trombone, ... read moreCD
Benjamim Taubkin/Sergio Reze/Zeca Assumpcao —
Trio + 1 ... CD Adventure Music, 2009. New Copy ...
A jazzy trio, augmented with some sweet trumpet lines – a beautiful little session that's got all the intimate qualities of Benjamim Taubkin's other work, but a bit more punch as well! Taubkin's piano is joined by the bass of Zeca Assumpcao and drums of Sergio Reze in the core trio – ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the hippest piano trio sessions ever on MPS – a bold little set that features the British pianist John Taylor in a trio with Tony Levin on drums and Chris Lawrence on bass! Taylor's got a style that's quite unique – with bits of early Chick Corea-esque lyricism, and touches of ... read moreCD
We love Jack Teagarden on Roulette Records – as the label's slightly broken-down, booze-drenched approach was perfect for the late life skills of the trombonist – and maybe a better setting for his talents than anywhere else! This fantastic set has Jack at all the height of those aging ... read moreCD
Don't think "dixie" – at least not in any sort of hokey southern way – as the great Jack Teagarden has as much early Chicago jazz in his horn as he does New Orleans – and works here in a great, late small combo setting that really lets him do his thing! There's a boozy ... read moreCD
Wonderful late work from Jack Teagarden – pulled from his excellent years at Roulette Records – which are maybe some of our favorite! Jack's hardly a maverick here – not really on the front line of jazz, but definitely finding a way to reinvent his sound for the 60s – with ... read moreCD
A beautiful portrait of the later Jack Teagarden – that musician who'd matured wonderfully with age, and really brought the best of that experience to bear on his records like this! Jack sings on a handful of tracks, but really spends much of the record on trombone – blown with a style ... read moreCD
Jimi Tenor looks shrunken in size on the cover, but that certainly hasn't happened to his music – which just seems bigger and more expansive on this wonderful release! The set's still very much in the spiritual jazz mode that Tenor's been touching for the past decade or so – but it ... read moreCD
A great 70s session from Clark Terry – playing flugelhorn here with backings from Peter Herbholzheimer, and sounding wonderfully sweet throughout! There's a spacious, patient quality to Terry's horn that reminds us a bit of his gentler moments in the 60s with Bob Brookmeyer – and even ... read moreCD
An interesting tribute to the passing of pianist Eddie Costa – mostly because the overall feel is much more in a soulful hardbop mode, quite different than the modern and chamber sides that Costa cut during the 50s! Side one features work by the Clark Terry quartet – with Terry on ... read moreCD
A record that's hardly spaced out at all – and which instead is a really righteous blend of funk, jazz, and a bit of soul – all served up here by an obscure Maryland band at the end of the 70s! There's a wonderful confluence of energy going on here – some spiritual jazz in the ... read moreCD
Hard and heavy funky jazz from west coast tenorist Fats Theus – and one of the rarest albums on CTI! This one differs strongly from the label's smoother electric output – as it's got the rough n ready feel of a classic Prestige jazz funk session – lots more soul jazz grit around ... read moreCD
A killer little record that's way more than just a set of obscure Afro-styled grooves – given that the whole thing was produced by funky soul genius Oliver Sain – and features work from avant jazz musicians who include Oliver Lake on alto and flute, Lester Bowie on trumpet, and Charles ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
A rare early album from the mighty Toots Thielemans – a set recorded in Sweden, in the years before he became a more common fixture on the US scene – thanks to countless jazz albums and other session work! The Toots heard here is sharp, spare, and very fresh – working often in a ... read moreCD
The coolest collection we've ever seen on Toots Thielemans – a truly unique, truly wonderful musician who can not only play jazzy harmonica and guitar, but also whistle beautifully in a way that's been used by countless other artists over the years! Toots has made a number of great records ... read moreCD
A wicked little set from British pianist Eddie Thompson – a player who always wasn't as well noticed on this side of the Atlantic, but who will forever be remembered for this classic date for MPS! The set's got a great criss-crossing of styles – a punctuated way of playing the keys ... read moreCD
A great recasting of the older four brothers jazz modes – that four horn chorus and solo format first created by Woody Herman with Stan Getz – given a much more modern twist here by a top-shelf lineup of players! The group has the American genius Lucky Thompson on soprano and tenor ... read moreCD
Rare live work from the legendary Three Sounds trio – tracks recorded at a small jazz club in Seattle, at a time when the group were turning out their classic albums on Blue Note and Verve! There's a looser, more laidback vibe to some of these cuts than those studio records – and Gene ... read moreCD
Two great radio sessions from early 70s Finland – both of which present the extremely creative jazz sounds going on in that scene at the time! First up are the Jukka Tolonen Ramblin Jazz Band – a group who might sound trad or old-timey from their name, but who have a very freewheeling ... read moreCD
LA after dark, but never too sleepy – thanks to the sweetly swinging sound of this set from pianist Ross Tompkins! The record's a bit less known than Ross' material for Concord, but has a very similar vibe – kind of a classic balance between his piano and the guitar of Herb Ellis ... read moreCD
Two late 70s groovers from Cuban trombonist Juan Pablo Torres – both of them a wild mix of Latin, funk, soul, and jazz – a style that's quite unique, and which has made Torres' albums some of the most sought-after Havana grooves of the time! First up is Con Todos Los Hierros – a ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Wonderfully sweet work from trombonist Juan Pablo Torres – two albums issued under a "romantic" tag for the Cuban audience of the time, but which have a very wide-ranging set of styles! Mangle Instrumental is from the mid 70s, and has a sound that's a bit like an Italian soundtrack ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
The guitar of Ralph Towner has been an important part of the ECM sound since the label's first decade – and here, after so many years later, it still comes across with a brilliance that few players can match! Towner plays both classical and 12 string guitars here – in that spacious, ... read moreCD
We love the Trespass Trio – a group that offers up a very fresh setting for some musicians we first discovered in the Moserobie side of the universe – bassist Per Zanussi, drummer Raymond Strid, and reedman Martin Kuchen – who plays baritone, alto, and sopranino saxes on the album! ... read moreCD
Dwight Trible —
Horace ... CD Fremeaux & Associates/Elephant (France), 2001. New Copy ...
One of the first great collaborations between spiritual jazz vocalist Dwight Trible and producer Carlos Nino – a set that's got all the righteous power of some of our favorite jazz vocal sets from the early 70s! Trible's a singer with a sound that's amazing – partly linked to the modes ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Trio 3 (Oliver Lake/Reggie Workman/Andrew Cyrille) —
Wha's Nine ... CD Marge (France), 2007. New Copy ...
A great trio, and a really great live performance – one that's right up there with work you'd expect from the players involved a few decades before – showing all of them to still be very much at the height of their creative powers! Oliver Lake's alto sax is especially great here – ... read moreCD
Rare material from the great Lennie Tristano – a host of tracks that sit perfectly with his two landmark albums for Atlantic Records – and which maybe even push the envelope a bit more as well! The material is all from the 50s and early 60s – and is pulled together here in an ... read moreCD
Trombone Shorty on Blue Note – his first record for the label, and a set that already has the musician stepping out with a great new sound! The album begins with a slow dirge, but quickly bursts into a vibe that's equal parts jazz and contemporary soul – still with some Nola bounce on ... read moreCD
Lorenzo Tucci —
Sparkle ... CD Via Veneto (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
The very first notes state the power of this record – a brilliant flowering of sound from the hands of drummer Lorenzo Tucci – joined here by equally great pianist Luca Mannutza and bassist Luca Fattorni – a trio who roll together with effortless ease, in a style that's as richly ... read moreCD
Spacey jazz and a lot of processed vocals – wrapped up together in a wonderfully soulful way, thanks to the talents of Adam Turchin! Turchin's kind of the maestro here – working a range of electric elements that include mini moog, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards – while other ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A great little small group session from trombonist Steve Turre – one that has the leader working with a quartet on the core numbers, then getting some great guest help from tenorist Javon Jackson on some other titles too! The quartet numbers alone are wonderful – laidback, soulful, and ... read moreCD
Stanley Turrentine —
Sugar Man ... CD CTI/King (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ...
A classic set from Stanley "Sugar Man" Turrentine – a nickname the reedman had at the time, given the success of his famous CTI Records version of "Sugar"! This set follows in that same great mode – jazzy, but a bit funky too – although couched with this ... read moreCD
One of the most fantastic hardbop albums of all time! Tommy Turrentine was the less-famous trumpet-playing brother of Stanley Turrentine – but he was a hell of a player in his early days, and he cut some amazing records with his brother during the younger years of his career. This is the ... read moreCD
A beautiful trio session from guitarist Phil Upchurch – a real back-to-basics session that's quite different than Phil's smooth jazz of the 70s, and his mixture of soul and funk in the 60s! The style here is more like a classic guitar jazz album from years back – with Phil on guitar, ... read moreCD
One of the sweetest fusion sets ever recorded from guitarist Phil Upchurch – a set that's less trippy than his earlier albums, but one that more than makes up for that with a tightly soulful groove! Production is by John Tropea and George Benson – and you can definitely hear their ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Michal Urbaniak —
Ecstasy ... CD Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
One of the most soul-based albums in Michal Urbaniak's catalog – a session originally done with TK records during the height of their dancefloor years, fitted up with some really great clubby grooves! The sound here is a mix of fusion and soul – done in a way that still gives Urbaniak ... read moreCD
An incredible chapter in the career of legendary Cuban pianist Chuco Valdes – two rare small combo jazz sessions recorded in Havana in the 60s, issued with bonus tracks as well! The group here is a really wonderful one – and features a young Paquito D'Rivera on alto sax and clarinet, ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Pianist Hein Van Der Gaag definitely gets right to the point here – starting off the album with a great version of Horace Silver's "Ecaroh" that's filled with these descending note clusters that really open up the tune – setting up this bold, dark mood which is then balanced ... read moreCD
A tremendous contemporary album from European keyboardist Jasper Van'T Hof – a player you might know from more electric modes during the 70s MPS years, but who steps out here on acoustic piano – in a groove that's completely wonderful! The album's a stripped-down quartet setting – ... read moreCD
Harry Verbeke/Rob Agerbeek Quartet —
Seven Steps ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
Tenorist Harry Verbeke's a hell of a reedman – a Dutch player who's never gotten the notice he should on our side of the Atlantic, but definitely one of the shining stars of the scene in Netherlands over the past 50 years! Harry blows with a sense of soul and bite right from the very first ... read moreCD
A sweet soulful groover from the great Harold Vick – quite a different record than some of his other 70s sessions, but a nice one too! The sound here is very mellow – and very much in the "After The Dance" mode that the album references from the Marvin Gaye tune – ... read moreCD
You may not know the music of bassist Finn Von Eyben – but if you're as blown away by the record as we were, this set may well make you a fan for life! The collection brings together unissued studio and radio performances by this Danish modernist of the 60s – material that's balanced ... read moreCD
Maybe the only album we've ever seen from Henny Vonk – a jazz singer with a Dutch name, but a style here that's right up there with some of the hipper American singers of the period – especially those who know how to move on the hipper currents of the spectrum! At some level, Henny's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al) —
Five Stars ... CD Sony/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy ...
One of the rarest albums ever by this legendary jazz supergroup – a Japanese-only set that we'd rank right up there with some of Herbie Hancock's Japanese albums from the same time! The group features Herbie on piano, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, ... read moreCD
A fantastic run of work from pianist Mal Waldron – an artist who was already years ahead of his time when he broke on the scene in the 50s, but never got a chance to fully explore all of his many musical ideas until he formed a strong partnership with the Black Saint/Soul Note label in the ... read moreCD
A wonderful session from the time when Mal Waldron was moving around the world a lot – having a profound influence on national jazz scenes in Italy, France, Japan, and elsewhere – and turning out great recordings like this! This set's got a groove that's a bit more soulful than some of ... read moreCD
A stormer of a session from the early 90s Swedish scene – and one that features a young Mats Gustafsson, already stretching out brilliantly on a variety of reeds! Pianist Per Henrik Wallin is the leader of the date, but things are pretty equally weighted – with lots of good interplay ... read moreCD
A sweet lost set from the mighty Cedar Walton – material recorded at the end of the 70s, and served up with feel that definitely matches that time! Cedar's playing Fender Rhodes on two of the album's seven tracks – and he uses the electric piano in this wonderfully blocky way – ... read moreCD
The second trip into the studio for Cedar Walton's mighty Eastern Rebellion ensemble – and every bit as great as the first! This time around, the lineup's a bit different – with Bob Berg in on tenor, and Curtis Fuller expanding the group on trombone – but the groove is still the ... read moreCD
A great indie set from Tim Warfield – issued on a smaller label than some of the tenor player's recent efforts, but every bit as great as those records too! Tim's strongly in the lead on his well-blown horn – carving out these lines that are fluid, but filled with feeling – ... read moreCD
A sweet contemporary take on the soulful jazz styles of the 70s and 80s – one that's got a lot more bite and authentic vibe than some of the more polished smooth jazz sets on the market! Gary Washburn isn't going for any sort of commercial crossover here – and instead, just wants to ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Dinah Washington —
In Tribute ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1962/1963. New Copy ...
The tribute here is to Dinah Washington herself – who left the planet all too soon, after passing away at an early age in 1963. The set brings together great late material that Dinah recorded for Roulette Records – tracks unissued at the time of this album, with beautiful arrangements ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A modern day spiritual jazz treasure – completely wonderful all the way through, and a set you might well file proudly next to your classics from John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders! The record's as epic as it promises in the title – a three volume journey in jazz, headed by tenorist ... read moreCD
Kenny Washington —
Moanin ... CD Storyville (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Not the jazz drummer Kenny Washington, but a singer with the same name – really stretching out nicely here in a live set recorded in Copenhagen! Kenny's got a warm glow to his style, which gets a nice edge on the long performances here – recorded with an overseas trio that features ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A sophisticated session from Sadao Watanabe – a live performance, but one that features some very ambitious arrangements from Dave Grusin – work that's almost at the level of some of Dave's more complicated work on 70s soundtracks! Grusin plays Fender Rhodes on the album, really ... read moreCD
A totally wonderful little record from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe – and maybe one of his funkiest albums too! There's a groove here that you don't always here on Watanabe's records – a nice modal bounce on the first cut, some fierce funky fusion at other points, and even a return ... read moreCD
A fantastic set from one of our all-time favorite saxophonists – a musician who gave us a flurry of wonderful albums in the 80s and 90s, but hasn't graced the record racks as much in recent years! Fortunately, Bobby Watson's lost none of his charms at all – and really sounds beautiful ... read moreCD
Ernie Watts —
Sanctuary ... CD Warner/Wounded Bird, 1986. New Copy ...
Quite possibly Ernie Watts' biggest album ever – a set of soulful fusion done for Quincy Jones' Qwest imprint with tight arrangements and production from keyboardist Don Grusin! As with other Watts albums of the time, there's as much soul going on here as there is jazz – vocals from ... read moreCD
Chuck Wayne —
Traveling ... CD Progressive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
One of the best records we've ever heard from guitarist Chuck Wayne – and a set that's got a bit more bite than some of his other albums! Wayne loved to play in this warmly chromatic way – a style that could often be mellow, and in a very spare setting – but here, he's at the ... read moreCD
A record that's way more than you'd guess from the Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans references in the title – as pianist Florian Weber plays both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes, often overdubbed at the same time for a really wonderful sound! Some of the music is maybe a bit like some of ... read moreCD
A great late life performance from Ben Webster – played in that sharp, raspy tone that makes some of his 70s live recordings so great! The setting is pretty easygoing and laid back – and Ben's working with a Dutch group that features Irv Rochlin on piano, Rob Langereis on bass, and ... read moreCD
Tenor, vibes, and organ – a great combination here in the hands of leader Walt Weiskopf, who also wrote most of the tracks on the record! Walt's records have been some of our favorites on the Posi-Tone label in recent years – and here, he works with label heavyweights Behn Gillece on ... read moreCD
David Weiss & Point Of Departure —
Wake Up Call ... CD Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
Trumpeter David Weiss never fails to give us amazing music, no matter what the setting – and here, he's working with his Point Of Departure group – an ultra-hip lineup that features Myron Waldon and JD Allen on tenor sax, each taking on different parts of the record – plus guitar, ... read moreCD
A fantastic album from trumpeter Kenny Wellington – one that shows us that the 70s spirit of artists like Roy Ayers and the Mizell Brothers is alive and well – as long as you know where to look! The record's contemporary, but has a really classic blend of jazz and soul – one that ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Ben Wendel's a tenorist with a mighty rich sound – a way of spacing out his notes, so that every moment matters – coming across with an attack that's maybe more subtle than some, but every bit as powerful! A big part of this album's charm comes from the rhythmic core – the work ... read moreCD
Bugge Wessltoft returns to a style that made us first fall in love with him many years back – a hip blend of jazzy instrumentation and more cosmic 21st Century touches – all wrapped up in that sweet style that first put Norway's Jazzland label on the map! Bugge's at the helm on Fender ... read moreCD
Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz, & Dan Berglund —
Trialogue ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2014. New Copy ...
Really spare, really beautiful sounds from the great Bugge Wesseltoft – working here on acoustic piano, alongside electronics from Henrik Schwarz and bass from Dan Berglund – a trio setting that's every bit as moody as Bugge's solo music on his own! The sound shapes are very murky at ... read moreCD
The brilliant third album from Mike Westbrook – a sharp-edged, two volume set with a scathing anti-war theme! The work is Westbrook's first total-concept album, and it's still one of his best – written with an edge that's free from some of the more whimsical touches that showed up in ... read moreCD
A fantastic Randy Weston album – and one of the albums that really showed the world all the new ideas he was cooking up in jazz! The style is very much as promised by the title – as drawn from African inspiration as his previous Uhuru Afrika record – but much more fused towards ... read moreCD
One of the most obscure Randy Weston albums of the 50s – and one of the most striking, too! The title and cover are a bit unassuming, but Weston's in his prime modern mode throughout – working both through his own compositions, and on some amazing remakes of older standards – all ... read moreCD
Incredible improvisations on a variety of different church organs – all known as "tracker action organs" – with amazing sound throughout! Weston's one of the few folks we've ever heard improvise on a church organ (Fred Van Hove is another) – and the mode on the ... read moreCD
Bassist Rodney Whitaker's always been one to carefully choose the right musicians for his projects – and for this set he really knocks it out of the park with a visionary lineup of soulful talents who really make the music soar! The lineup shifts a bit from track to track – but the ... read moreCD
Rare tracks from reedman Andrew White's own label – almost all recorded during that mid 70s stretch when White was really on fire, and making some important contributions to the DC jazz scene! White's a hell of a player, and if you've never heard him before, this set's a great place to start ... read moreCD
A bit funky, a bit bluesy – and one of the only 70s albums we've ever seen from guitarist John White – a player with a feel that's a bit more laidback and loose than some of his contemporaries on the Mainstream label! The style here is somewhere between work by David T Walker and ... read moreCD
An album that's quite different than Michael White's early solo work, but also quite nice too – although in a completely different way! On this set, White's working with jazz funk legend Wayne Henderson – crafting a smooth approach to the groove that's very much in keeping with the ... read moreCD
Michael White —
X Factor ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ...
An overlooked soulful gem from Michael White – one of his smoother albums, but with a tight sound that really makes the whole thing great! The set was produced by George Duke, and it's got the same feel as some of Duke's best work of the time – soaring, soulful, with a style that ... read moreCD
Important early work from one of the greatest European saxophonists of the 50s – a seminal batch of music recorded for the Vogue label in the 50s! Wilen also recorded famously with American musicians during the 50s – including Miles Davis and Art Blakey – but this set features ... read moreCD
Charles Williams —
Stickball ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Full-on funky backings for saxophonist Charles Williams – a set that almost has him in the same territory as Stanley Turrentine during his late 70s years on Fantasy Records, or Hank Crawford over at Kudu! The style here is a bit more lush than some of the other Mainstream Records dates of ... read moreCD
Joe Williams & Harry Sweets Edison —
Together ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ...
A gem of a record from this pair of Basie-ites – one that allows Joe Williams to hit some different modes than on his fuller records with the Count – set up here in a nicely relaxed groove with trumpeter Harry Sweets Edison! Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, but are more laidback than ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Fantastic work from Mary Lou Williams – the American pianist who first rose to fame in the 40s, but who's working here on the London scene – on two sessions originally issued as 10" LPs back in the 50s, plus bonus tracks too! Both records feature Williams in a quartet, with the ... read moreCD
A key record in the evolution of Tony Williams as a drummer – and kind of a powerful summation of all the changes he'd made in the 70s – before a return to straighter jazz in the next decade! Williams' drumming here is incredibly fierce at points – almost at a Billy Cobham level ... read moreCD