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
A legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer John Cage and jazz visionary Sun Ra – both performing together at a special one-night event that took place at Coney Island in 1987! The set doesn't really feature Ra jamming with Cage (as if ... read moreCD
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more ... read moreCD
Not an actual meeting of Sun Ra and Merzbow – although given the jazzman's rise to fame in his late life, that's not actually impossible – and instead, the record features a very unique concept – the music of Ra's "Strange Strings" and "The Magic City" – ... read moreCD
One of the best Phil Ranelin albums we've heard in years – a really tremendous quintet outing that has this soulful, modal vibe that's completely wonderful throughout! Phil's a hell of a soloist in this setting – blowing with some of the most expressive, focused solos we've heard from ... read moreCD
A hell of a great jazz guitarist – working here in a really wonderful setting – a live date that both lets Jimmy Raney hit some beautifully intimate moments out front, but also lets him swing a bit too – thanks to help from Sam Jones on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! Raney ... read moreCD
Henry Mancini's best remembered as one of the most important instrumental film composers of the 60s and 70s – but the man also gave us a fair bit of vocal gems, too – great cuts that were co-composed with lyricists who include Johnny Mercer, Leslie Bricusse, Jay Livinston, and the team ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Sue Raney's a singer that most folks know from some famous Capitol Records albums at the end of the 50s – yet she's also a hell of a vocalist who really knows how to keep on keeping on – as she does strongly on this album from the start of the 90s! Sue's got a modern look on the cover, ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Two great later albums from guitarist Ernest Ranglin – back to back in a single package! Below The Bassline is an excellent "comeback" LP for Ernest Ranglin, though astute observers realize he never really went away in the first place! Ranglin was always able to move back and ... read moreCD
One of those key 60s records that reminds us why Ernest Ranglin's always been one of the most unique talents on the electric guitar – partly a jazzman, and partly a formative force in the early sound of rocksteady and reggae on the Jamaican scene – as you'll hear on this sweet ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreCD
Sweet guitar instrumentals from the great Ernest Ranglin – heard here at an early point in his career, when he was very much a jazz player overall – but also picking up a few elements from the changing styles of Jamaican music at the time! Bobby plays with lots of warm, open chords ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreCD
Softly with Ranglin, but soulfully too – a special set that really shows the Jamaican guitarist's strong roots in jazz – on a set of laidback instrumentals that also feature some nice Hammond in the background! Ernest is extremely expressive in this setting – playing with that ... 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
It's easy to give the great Freddie Redd due respect – especially when the pianist sounds every bit as wonderful here as he did on his classic Blue Note albums from decades back! Freddie's a hell of a pianist, with a very unique vibe – able to be modern in conception, but lyrical in ... read moreCD
Groovewise, the record's a great one – one of the strongest in years from pianist Eric Reed – who works here in an open-ended live setting with Seamus Blake on tenor! The album's a great example of the way these Smoke Sessions records can really open up the right sort of artist – ... read moreCD
Della Reese definitely takes the "melancholy" in the title seriously here – and turns the set into one of her most blue-tinged records from the early days! The backings are full, but never too lush – handled perfectly by Sid Bass, who shades in the corners with some sad ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A really cool concept record from Della Reese – and an early album that shows just how deeply she approached her role as a jazz singer! The set's the "story of the blues" promised in the title – as Della both sings songs with older roots, and presents overarching narration ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Reflexionen (Leimgruber/Friedman/Burri/Allouche) —
Reflexionen ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
One of the more freewheeling groups we've ever heard recording for the Timeless label – especially during the 80s stretch in which this set was recorded – a free-thinking quartet that features Urs Leimgruber on soprano, tenor, and bass saxophone – plus Don Friedman on piano, Bobby ... read moreCD
A tremendous tribute to the classic Blue Note team of Hank Mobley and Grant Green – served up here with the tenor of Eric Alexander and guitar of Helmut Kagerer! Mobley and Green were a hell of a combo back in the day – a team that graced some of our favorite records ever for Blue Note ... read moreCD
An essential bit of piano jazz from MPS – and one of the rarest sides on their Saba label from the 60s! German keyboardist Dieter Reith plays with a cracklin' trio that includes Peter Witte on bass, and powerhouse Charly Antolini on drums. The tracks are a mix of originals and jazz ... read moreCD
Mighty nice live work from Chick Corea's legendary Return To Forever combo – a special set recorded "live in studio" to promote the group's No Mystery album! The performance has the group as a quartet – Chick Corea on a range of keyboards, Al DiMeola on guitar, Stanley Clarke ... read moreCD
Explosive work from Eric Revis – a record that, at times, seems to have an especially strong focus on the bold piano improvisations of Kris Davis, but which also have Eric's bass playing a very firm role in the lead as well! The group's a trio – with Gerald Cleaver on drums – and ... 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
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
A cool take on the music of Charles Mingus – handled here by his old drummer Dannie Richmond, in a great small combo mode that's quite different than usual! The tunes are all pretty darn dynamic, but have a really different flavor – some very right drums from Richmond, who almost seems ... read moreCD
The title's a great one for this overstuffed set of work by Howard Riley – not because the pianist is always changing the style of his music, but because in a single performance, his space on the keys is constantly shifting – never at rest, and always open into boundless territory of ... 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
A very unusual album from Max Roach – and one that continues his great 50s trend of seeking out some of the freshest players in jazz! The set's a rare trio outing for Max – and it features some incredible piano work by a musician named Hasaan – a player we only know from this set ... 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
A rare set from trumpeter Claudio Roditi – and one that's got a great Brazilian groove too! Claudio plays here with some great help from vocalist Kenia – who sings in this jazzy way that's a bit like Tania Maria or Flora Purim at the time – with strong influences from the ... read moreCD
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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
A great large group recording from bassist Jason Roebke – and maybe one of his best records so far! Roebke's working here with a crack assortment of Chicago musicians – all players who have been rising in the same wave of creativity that's also held Jason up in recent years, and who ... read moreCD
A sound library album from the end of the 70s, but one that's got a fair bit of funky jazz in the mix, too – thanks to a lifetime dedication to the music by Amleto "Puccio" Roelens! Roelens was a musician with a long lineage on the Italian scene in the postwar years – and ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreCD
Mid 50s genius from Sonny Rollins – 5 albums in a single set, all presented in LP-styled sleeves! Worktime is a record that perfectly illustrates why Rollins was one of the greatest players on his horn for many decades running! There's a depth of tone on the record that rivals Coleman ... read moreCD
Sonny Rollins really opening up – playing live here in a broadcast date from Copenhagen – one that's been available on DVD over the years, but which is presented here without the edits that occurred in the filmed footage! The tracks are all real standards from the Rollins songbook ... read moreCD
A pair of amazing records from percussionist Dom Um Romao – back to back in a single set! The self-titled Dom Um Romao is an unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
The best in years from trumpeter Wallace Roney – leading a heck of an amazing group, too – including Gary Bartz and Patrice Rushen! As a leader and soloist, Roney's never been at a loss for creative play, but he's really stepped it up in the way he balances scorching, energetic ... read moreCD
Michel Roques —
Chorus ... CD Saravah/Core Port (France), 1972. New Copy ...
An amazing album from the legendary Saravah label – one of the imprint's lesser-known gems from the 70s, but a set that's got the same compelling mix of modes you'd find in their albums from Barney Wilen, Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Reedman Michel Roques ... 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
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
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
The title here kind of leaves you hanging – but it's also a great invitation to dip into the sound of the album, and witness all the great artists who accompany John Russell on the performance! The tracks were all recorded as part of a birthday celebration for the British guitarist – ... read moreCD
A hell of a record from Polish organist Krzsystof Sadowski – one that mixes his own Hammond with wordless vocals, reeds, and rhythms – all in a style that really fits the spacey image on the cover! Key to the record is singer Liliana Urbanska – a vocalist with that higher range ... read moreCD
Guitarist Sal Salvador made few albums as a leader during his day – but all of them are a treat, especially this one! The set's a mid 50s outing that features Sal's guitar in a quartet with Eddie Costa on piano and vibes – and grooving in a lightly swinging style that has some traces ... read moreCD
Joe Sample —
Hunter ... CD MCA/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
A fusion classic from keyboardist Joe Sample – exactly the kind of record that really helped him carve a name for himself away from The Crusaders! There's a vibe here that's a bit deeper than some of Joe's work with that famous group – keyboard lines that are more introspective at some ... read moreCD
Joe Sample's sitting at a grand piano on the cover, and that image is a nice tip-off to the sound within – an approach that has Joe hitting some more sophisticated acoustic passages at points, while still opening up into the soulful groove we'd expect from his legacy as a core member of The ... read moreCD
A pair of albums from David Sancious – back to back on a single CD! First up is True Stories – a heavy blend of soul, jazz, and rock influences – all jamming together freely in this late 70s set from David Sancious and his Tone group! The style here is probably more appealing to ... read moreCD
Pharoah Sanders —
Africa ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1987. New Copy ...
A brilliant 80s set from Pharoah Sanders – a record that has him a much more understated setting than some of his other albums from the time – but one that's maybe even more soulful and searching overall! The great one plays blistering tenor right from the start – in a quartet ... read moreCD
A great later moment from Pharoah Sanders – a set that's one of his few from the time that really stretches out in the same open, spiritual territory of his classic recordings for Impulse! The group's a trio – with Sanders on tenor and wood flute, Hamid Drake on drums and other ... read moreCD
A dream of a record from this legendary spiritual jazz duo – drummer Norman Connors and reedman Pharoah Sanders – coming together in a freewheeling spiritual jazz style that's a lot more like Connors' earlier albums than the soulful fusion he was mostly recording in the late 70s! The ... read moreCD
We're not sure we've ever heard Giovanni Sanguineti on any albums before – but the bassist really has our attention now, thanks to this sublime performance by his Nextrio group! The bass is really upfront in the mix, and balanced nicely with the piano of Mario Zara and drums of Nicola ... read moreCD
Masahiko Satoh —
MSB ... CD Sony (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
MSB stands for Medical Sugar Bank – maybe an odd name for a group, but one that you'll quickly forget about, once you slide into the sound of this stellar fusion set from keyboardist Masahiko Satoh! Satoh plays a lot of great Fender Rhodes on the album, and a bit of acoustic piano too – ... read moreCD
Masahiko Satoh —
MSB 2 ... CD Sony (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Masahiko Satoh's back with his Medical Sugar Band combo – and as with their first album, this second set is a hell of a cooker! Satoh plays a lot of Fender Rhodes on the album – and a bit of Oberheim too – and the groove is in the best side of soulful fusion from the time – ... read moreCD
A pair of CTI 70s classics from Lalo Schifrin – back to back on a single CD! First up is Black Widow – funky 70s work from Lalo – with a bit of a disco twist, and plenty of the electric jazz funk elements that were showing up in his soundtracks at the time! Lalo's on keyboards, ... 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
John Scofield —
Bar Talk ... CD Arista/Sony (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
Guitarist John Scofield works here in a wonderful setting – a loose trio with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Adam Nussbaum – both of whom provide just the right sort of open, spacious sound to work with Scofield's tone! John's got that very chromatic way of playing at this point in ... read moreCD
An amazing slice of sound from guitarist John Scofield – a record we might not have expected years ago, but one that comes across beautifully overall – thanks to Scofield's ever-increasing diversity as a musician! The title hints at the contents – as the tracks here showcase John' ... read moreCD
A wonderful batch of instrumentals from the legendary Raymond Scott – and a set that features some of Scott's most wonderful compositions ever! These numbers all date from the 30s, and were originally released as 78s on the Master Records label – but this later Columbia package really ... 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
Saxophonist Tom Scott, caught live at one of the highest points in his career – a time when he'd already given the world some great albums, loads of session work, and even some soundtrack moments too! The group's Scott's classic LA Express – with a lineup that includes Robben Ford on ... read moreCD
A pair of gems from Sea Level – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Sea Level album – a classic from one of the coolest groups to emerge from the southern rock scene of the 70s – a combo who can be as tight and jazzy as The Crusaders one minute, then show off ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
An album with one of the most compelling covers ever featured on the CTI label – a fantastic achievement for ultra-hip arranger Don Sebesky! Don first got his start working on complicated charts for 60s singers and musicians – an early legacy of music that really set him apart, and ... read moreCD
A fantastic jazz group from the contemporary South African scene – one who've got a very righteous vibe, and a sound that's maybe even more far-reaching than any jazz we've heard from that scene back in the 60s or 70s! The group's led by Shabaka Hutchings on tenor, but is a very ... read moreCD
Bud Shank —
Michelle ... CD World Pacific/Elemental (UK), 1965. New Copy Gatefold ...
Bud Shank takes on the sounds of The Beatles – and a whole host of other 60s pop stars as well – all with results that are as jazzy as they are groovy! The album's one of a few that Bud cut for Liberty in this format – alto and flute spread out over fuller backings from Bob ... read moreCD
One of the few albums as a leader cut by pianist Ralph Sharon – a player who's best known for his years supporting singer Tony Bennett, but who sounds really wonderful here in an instrumental setting too! Sharon's got a way of coming up both with a punch and a fluid sort of groove – ... read moreCD
Mr & Mrs Jazz – and their cool cousins too – given that the combo also features some sublime tenor sax from JR Monterose, in addition to vocals from Sue and piano from Ralph! The set's a much harder-edged date than you might guess from the cover – and Sharon's approach to ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Elliott Sharp Aggregat —
Dialectrical ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy Gatefold ...
An album with a surprisingly soulful sound – especially if you only know the earlier work of Elliott Sharp – as the group's got a fully-formed sense of flow that really helps balance out some of their angles and edges! The bottom end is what really seems to hold things together here ... read moreCD
Jesse Sharps Quintet/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Sharps & Flats ... CD Nimbus, 1979/1985. New Copy ...
Soaring spiritual soul jazz from the LA scene – a CD that features a beautiful performance by the Jesse Sharps Quintet, plus a longer extended track from Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! We'll be honest in saying that we'd never heard of Sharps before this CD – but he's ... read moreCD
A surprisingly wonderful album from Artie Shaw – one that takes his older groove and nicely strips it down for the 50s, and which features some especially great guitar work from Tal Farlow! Other players in the group include Hank Jones on piano, Joe Roland on vibes, Tommy Potter on bass, and ... read moreCD
Beautiful! Trumpeter Gene Shaw is one of the most overlooked talents in jazz from this era – and this is one of his greatest albums! After running away from Charles Mingus during the Tijuana Moods sessions (Mingus threatened to kill him), Clarence Shaw moved to Chicago, started using his ... read moreCD
A tremendous document of a legendary group – one that was even better in a live setting than they were on record – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the great records they left behind! The quintet here features trumpeter Woody Shaw at his most righteous – working alongside ... read moreCD
Funky and Latiny! Although we don't normally dig records by George Shearing, this cool 1974 session for MPS is a nice groover with a good 70's sound that adds a lot of tight rhythm to Shearing's often-sleepy playing – coming up with a whole new sound that has some really wonderful moments! ... read moreCD
An amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done ... read moreCD
A cool contemporary project from the legendary Archie Shepp – and one that's got a lot more power than you'd expect from the title! Shepp works here with hip hop MC Napoleon Maddox – who brings in rhymes and a bit of beatbox to a performance from an excellent group that features Shepp ... read moreCD
Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan —
Swing Low ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1991. New Copy ...
A sublime set from this legendary pair – saxophonist Archie Shepp and pianist Horace Parlan – a duo who already made some great records before this one, but who really knock it out of the park in a relaxed, open live set that's dripping with soul! Most of the tunes here are older ... read moreCD
Archie Shepp & Joachim Kuhn —
Wo Man ... CD Archie Ball (France), 2010. New Copy ...
Beautiful material from the great Archie Shepp – a sublime set of duets with pianist Joachim Kuhn, done at a level that has Shepp playing in an extremely soulful way – long tenor lines that soar out beautifully over just the piano – with no other rhythm or accompaniment, but a ... read moreCD
Bold, raw live work from Archie Shepp – mostly inside, but played with a heck of a lot of soul and feeling throughout! The set features Archie's quartet with Siegfried Kessler on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Clifford Jarvis on drums – a really no-nonsense group that's perfect for ... read moreCD
Although reed player Sahib Shihab made a few records in the US in the late 50's, it wasn't until he moved to Europe and started hanging out with the likes of the Clarke-Boland Big Band that his talents really started to flower. This cool new CD brings together 15 small-combo recordings made by ... read moreCD
One of the first European recordings from Sahib Shihab – a classic set that's the start of an amazing 60s run on the continent! Shihab here is quite different than his American dates of the 50s – bolder, and blowing with a really open, fluid sort of groove that marks a great ... read moreCD
An amazing meeting of two of the most revolutionary talents on the European jazz scene of the early 70s – American expat Sahib Shihab, blowing some of his most exotic reeds ever – and pianist Jef Gilson, working here on electric keys and ondioline! The album's got a sound that echoes ... read moreCD
A very hip group from the contemporary Japanese scene – a large ensemble who completely remake modern big band modes with a very cerebral vibe – perfectly balancing modern impulses and swing with effortless ease! It's no surprise that the first track on the set is a Duke Ellington ... read moreCD
Matthew Shipp —
To Duke ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2015. New Copy ...
Some of the most beautiful music we've heard in years from pianist Matthew Shipp – a set of tracks dedicated to Duke Ellington, and played in a very creative style! The tracks are mostly by Duke (there's a few Shipp originals in the mix too), but the performance is Matthew at his best – ... read moreCD
Shipwreck 4 (Bennett/Johnston/Mezzacappa/Rosaly) —
Shipwreck 4 ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2016. New Copy ...
A really well-balanced group – one who float beautifully on waves of improvised sound, and hardly seem likely for a shipwreck at all! The quartet features Aaron Bennett on tenor, Darren Johnston on trumpet, Lisa Mezzacappa on bass, and Frank Rosaly on drums – players who seem to brew ... read moreCD
An incredible run of music from the legendary Wayne Shorter – 11 full albums for Blue Note Records, each presented here in a tiny LP-styled sleeve! Shorter on Blue Note is the stuff of legend – already a stellar leader on his first three records for the label – Night Dreamer, ... read moreCD
One of the few dates as a leader from reedman Eddie Shu – an excellent player who made some big waves in large bands of the late 40s – but who sounds even better here in a small combo setting! Eddie plays tenor and alto beautifully – with a tone that's as clean and clear as some ... read moreCD
Ricardo Silveira & John Leftwich —
Cosmos ... CD Adventure Music, 2016. New Copy ...
A set that not only offers up some great work from co-leaders Ricardo Silveira on guitar and John Leftwich on bass – but one that also includes some of the best small group work we've heard from Hubert Laws in years! The legendary flautist really opens up on the record – with these ... read moreCD
A wonderful late 50s live recording from the Horace Silver Quintet – one that features some very long performances of key songs from the group's book, with some very extended solos, and a much different vibe than some of the studio versions! As with the Jazz Messengers during this time, the ... read moreCD
Heavenly work by one of the greatest vocal jazz combos ever! The Singers Unlimited cut many mighty albums for MPS with arrangements by some of the label's best bandleaders – but this one features them all alone, with only their voices to hold them up, which they do wonderfully, thanks to ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A lost bit of jazz funk from the 70s – and a record we'd rank right up there with the best electric classics on the legendary CTI label! This set, though, is a lot more obscure – issued on the short-lived Encounter imprint, who gave us a handful of albums – all of them great! ... read moreCD
An incredible record by Jimmy Smith – unlike anything we've ever heard from him! The session is a rare French soundtrack one – recorded in 1965, in a setting that was quite different than any of Jimmy's American sessions from the same time. According to the notes, Smith was just shown ... read moreCD
An oft-overlooked 70s gem from Jimmy! The album's got a smooth complicated sound – with very long tracks that open up, stretch out, and groove in a much more sophisticated way than some of Jimmy's 60s work for Verve. The approach is almost similar to Jack McDuff's complicated Blue Note ... read moreCD
The gentle genius of guitarist Johnny Smith – perfectly captured in this late nite trio session from the 50s! There's a lot more jazz here than you might guess from the "easy listening" title – and Johnny's working with drummer Charlie Mastropaolo and bassist George Roumanis, ... read moreCD
A Johnny Smith album with a real difference, and that difference is vibes – handled her by a young John Rae, whose tones make a perfect accompaniment to Smith's chromatic style of guitar! The balance of vibes and guitar is beautiful – handled with all that sense of space that both ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from guitarist Johnny Smith – simple set, but one that really shows just how much he'd grown since his famous Roost Records sessions of the 50s! Smith was one of the founding fathers of jazz guitar in the postwar years – but his initial approach was often spare and ... read moreCD
Guitarist Johnny Smith in a sweet, laidback trio setting – just the kind of mode that's perfect for his gentle sense of color and tone – a style he virtually invented for jazz guitar in the 50s! The album's one of his classics for the Roost label, and it's a masterpiece in chromatic ... read moreCD
Sublime guitar work from the great Johnny Smith – a musician who was years ahead of his time, and influenced a generation with his clean, clear tone on the instrument! Smith's in a perfect setting here – a Roost label quartet date that includes Bob Pancost on piano, George Roumanis on ... read moreCD