One of the most beautifully melodic albums ever from British reedman John Surman – a session that's almost cut in the same mode as Lol Coxhill's early 70s sides for Virgin, with Surman soloing strongly in the lead on a variety of saxes, while sparer sounds and notes echo out in the background! ... read moreCD
A real standout in the mid 70s Japanese jazz scene – one of a few excellent albums by Isao Suzuki, a jazz cello player who could work well in a variety of settings! This album's got Isao grooving with some slight electric touches – working with Japanese players that include Kazumi ... read moreCD
Gabor Szabo —
1969 ... CD Skye/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
One of Gabor Szabo's amazing late 60s albums for the Skye label – trippy, jazzy, and with a mod exotica vibe that would never be matched again! Gabor's playing guitar in a two-guitar frontline, which makes for lots of dreamy interplay between the strings – a shifting pattern of sound ... 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
Incredibly strong work from the Tarbaby trio – a group that features Orrin Evans on piano, but which gets really equal strength from the bass of Eric Revis and drums of Nasheet Waits! In fact, those two latter players often take center stage instead of the piano – each with ... 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
Nine different Brazilian pianists, each performing a solo selection of their own – in a concert setting that has each musician really rising to the occasion in the others' company! The difference in modes and manners here is strong, but much of the material follows the warmly melodic style ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the strongest live performances we've heard from Cecil Taylor in the 70s – a set that doesn't just focus on Taylor's freewheeling piano lines, but seems to draw equally from all the members of the group! That quality is extremely important, given that the group is such a great one ... read moreCD
A sweet set of spiritual jazz funk – recorded by this obscure group who were part of the same DC scene as Oneness Of Juju in the mid 70s! The ensemble's led by singer/pianist Clarence Young – and has a very message-oriented approach – sort of a blend of Roy Ayers-styled jazzy ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A never-heard live session from the great Eje Thelin – a mid 70s set that has the trombonist working with a cool quartet that includes some Fender Rhodes from Harald Svensson – who makes a wonderful partner for Thelin's long-blown lines! Eje had already grown tremendously as a musician ... read moreCD
The last album in Leon Thomas' classic run of albums for the Flying Dutchman label – and one of the most unique as well! There's a tighter feel here than some of Thomas' more free-flowing spiritual jazz sessions – but the sound is hardly commercial at all, either – and still has ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Bop, ballads, and lots more too – played by reedman Lucky Thompson at a time when he was really picking up some new ideas on the European scene! As with contemporaries like Sonny Criss or Benny Bailey, Thompson was great before he hit the continent – but then came back from Europe a ... 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
One of the most beautiful, lyrical albums we've ever heard from Henry Threadgill – a set that still has all the sharp edges you might know from his other work, but which also comes across with a slightly more sensitive sound as well! The compositions are beautiful – really well-written ... read moreCD
Three (Joe Sample, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne) —
Three ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Quite possibly one of the most successful Japanese piano trio recordings of the 70s – a super-session performed by a group that includes Joe Sample on acoustic piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums! Given that Sample's best known during the era for his electric keys with the ... read moreCD
Three Out (Mike Nock) —
Move ... CD Columbia/Be! (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ...
Totally great work from a young Mike Nock – a pianist that most folks know for his electric and experimental sounds of the 70s, but who's appearing here on record for the first time ever – at the head of a totally cooking soul jazz combo! Nock's command of the piano is tremendous right ... read moreCD
Three Out (Mike Nock) —
Sittin In ... CD Columbia/Be! (Germany), 1961. New Copy ...
A wonderful set from this cool Australian combo – and one that offers up the group in two nicely different modes! Side one has The Three Out sounding wonderful as a trio – with sublime soul-styled piano from a very young Mike Nock, and exceptional work on bass from Freddy Logan – ... read moreCD
The best album so far from Throttle Elevator music – thanks to some fantastic saxophone from Kamasai Washington! The group was always pretty good before – but this time around, they really rise above their past – and also have Washington handling all the arrangements on the ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Cal Tjader albums ever – and one of the first to have his vibes working alongside Fender Rhodes! The record's a surprising little set from the start of the 70s – one that almost has Cal picking up some of the New York sounds of a few years before, then mixing them ... read moreCD
The intimate nature of the title is very apt on this one – as the album features spare duets between drummer Masahiko Togashi and other Japanese musicians – including the great Sadao Watanabe on flute, and either Masahiko Satoh and Masabumi Kikuchi on piano! The sound is open, and ... read moreCD
A mid 70s live recording by Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi – performed with help from a larger group that includes Sadao Watanabe on reeds, Masahiko Satoh on percussion, Shigeo Suzuki on reeds, and extra added percussion. Tracks are long and exploratory – usually beginning ... read moreCD
Masahiko Togashi & Steve Lacy —
Eternal Duo ... CD Paddle Wheel/DIW (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
One of the most compelling albums Steve Lacy recorded during the 80s – a spare set of duets with Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi, who really helps shape Steve's style on the record! Togashi approaches his instruments with a very introspective, almost tentative style – hardly ... read moreCD
Don't confuse this one with Charles Tolliver's album on Strata East of the same name – because this session's a completely different one for Enja, but equally great! The group here is a quartet – not Tolliver's usual Music Inc lineup, but a combo that features Alvin Queen on drums, Ron ... 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
One of the most compelling groups we've heard from Norway's Jazzland label in recent years – an octet with a singer in the mix, but which uses her voice in a way that's just like another instrument! The core sounds of the group come from their slow-building, somewhat rhythmic way of layering ... read moreCD
Latin jazz and a whole lot more – served up in this excellent soundtrack that takes us back to the glory days of the cubop sound of the late 40s, but also adds in a lot of contemporary styles too! The music is played by a few different groups, all recording for the film, but the whole thing ... read moreCD
The last album that New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint ever recorded – and a set that's maybe more jazz-oriented than most of his other work! The album mostly features Toussaint as an instrumentalist – playing piano, and working through songs by Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Earl ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Two rare performances from the same evening of music in 1974 – one issued briefly on the album Stan Tracey Alone, one appearing here for the first time ever! CD1 features that Tracey album – an extended solo improvisation titled "Eighty One Plus One", which has Stan really ... 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 Da Paz (Lubambo/Matta/Fonseca) —
30 ... CD Zoho, 2016. New Copy ...
A perfectly triangulated lineup of players – guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca – all working together at a level that seems to continually place an equal amount of presence on each instrument! The format here is very different than both the ... read moreCD
Ray Turner's not a name you see that often on record – but the tenorist definitely makes us want to look into his legend a bit more, given the strength of his performance on this set! The record's a no-nonsense album with a classically-swinging rhythm trio headed by pianist Hank Jones, and ... 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
Twenty One 4tet (Vicente/Dikeman/De Joode/Goevaert —
Live At Zaal 100 ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy ...
A very open live performance from this quartet – a group that features Luis Vicente on trumpet, John Dikeman on tenor, Wilbert De Joode on bass, and Onno Goveart on drums – all working together with very evenly-balanced energy, in a spacious range of sounds throughout! Some tracks have ... read moreCD
The grooves here go way past the surface level – mighty deep overall, and served up in that fantastic mix of jazzy fusion and club that we love so much from U-Nam! The guitarist just seems to get better and better with each new recording – mixing a 70s style of George Benson soloing ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Really great stuff from bassist Matt Ulery – a player with an imagination as rich as his sound, and an artist who's really becoming a force on the scene here in Chicago! Matt works here in that mix of arrangements and freedom used by some of his contemporaries on the left side of the scene ... read moreCD
A major label set, but one that stays very true to the new ideals that James Blood Ulmer was trying to bring to jazz guitar at the time – a really revolutionary style that moves beyond simple genre conventions, and embraces a whole world of new ideas that would inspire others in the decade to ... read moreCD
An album recorded in celebration of a church – but don't hold that against it, because the set may well be the best record so far from reedman Hans Ulrik! The set's got this warm, but angular style right from the start – that way of combining modern edges with soulful flow that some of ... read moreCD
The title of this album from Stein & Mari is somewhat bleak, but the overall sound is anything but – a surprisingly warm, almost redemptive blend of their vocals and a very cool range of instrumentation! The pair don't really sing as a "duo" – and instead kind of lay ... 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
Jasper Van't Hof —
Eye Ball ... CD Keytone/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
A really nice mix of modes from keyboardist Jasper Van'T Hof – as some cuts feature the heavy electric modes we know from his MPS recordings of the 70s – but others feature a much more personal approach on acoustic piano! As with other records from the time, Jasper plays a range of ... 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
Jim Viner's Incredible B3 Band —
Comango! ... CD Jim Viner, 2015. New Copy ...
Sweet Hammond grooves from a combo led by drummer Jim Viner – a player you may know from the Diplomats Of Solid Sound, some of whom join Jim on the set! As you'd guess from the group's name, the record's awash in sounds from the legendary B3 – shimmering organ lines that are somewhere ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
The music of Weather Report, served up by that group's legendary bassist Miroslav Vitous – but at a level that's quite different than the original! There's definitely lots of Weather Report-like elements at play here – not just Miroslav's bass and keyboards, but also the kind of wide-ed ... 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 sublime solo performance from Mal Waldron – the kind of unbridled, spiritual work he started giving us once he spent a lot of time overseas – sounds that are light years away from his American records of just a few short years before! Waldron is incredible here – and his ... read moreCD
A new recording for the legendary ESP label – and one that definitely continues in the best tradition of their avant jazz sides from the 60s and 70s! The music here features the lineup of reedman Mat Walerian, pianist Matthew Shipp, and drummer Hamid Drake – coming together in space ... read moreCD
Guitarist David T Walker may be best known for his famous solo albums and landmark session work of the 70s – but the musician was still going strong well into later years, as you'll hear on a record like this! The set's got an almost-classic vibe that's hinted at by the black and white cover ... read moreCD
A long-overdue reissue – both of Cedar Walton's fusion albums for Columbia – back to back on a single CD! Animation is one of Cedar Walton's mid 70s funky jazz efforts – acoustic keys often traded for electric piano, grooving with a funky bigger band, almost in a Ramsey Lewis ... read moreCD
A wonderful album from the great Cedar Walton trio that featured Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – a really beautiful group of musicians who completely transformed the sound of the piano trio in the 70s! The group played together often in the 70s, and they've never sounded ... read moreCD
Two killers from Cedar Walton – back to back on a single CD! First up is Mobius – a real revelation from pianist Cedar Walton – an unusual electric album from the 70s – quite a surprise, given the mostly-acoustic sound of most of Cedar's other records! The album's a killer ... read moreCD
Early brilliance from tenor genius David S Ware – one of the first records issued under his own name as a leader, and maybe still one of the greatest too! The album has Ware working with the Apogee trio of Cooper Moore on piano and Marc Edwards on drums – in these long-blown lines that ... 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
A key fusion set from Sadao Watanabe – a record that has him moving away from some of the bolder tones of the early 70s, into warmly soulful territory that would him him find a much bigger international audience! The album's still got a nice sharp edge, though – as it's recorded in ... 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
Sadao Watanabe hits a sweet fusiony groove – riding the Orange Express to LA, and picking up some great Dave Grusin arrangements on the way! The album's got the sweetly soulful finish of others from the classic years of Japanese fusion – a style that's as much influenced by mainstream ... read moreCD
Sadao Watanabe —
Pamoja ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Later than Sadao Watanabe's classic period, but a great album with some really wonderful moments! The set was recorded live in Tokyo in 1975, and it features Watanabe working with a group that includes Isao Suzuki on bass, Yshiaki Masuo on guitar, and Takehiro Honda on piano. The four tracks are ... read moreCD
A surprising title – given that Sadao Watanabe was really stretching out a lot in the early 70s – but a fitting one too, as the set's a nice back-to-basics date from the amazing Japanese saxophonist! Sadao's working here with the Great Jazz Trio of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on ... read moreCD
Don't let the cheap joke in the title put you off, because the album's a hell of a charmer – the kind of tight-yet-understated set that trombonist Bill Watrous could do so well in the 70s – and which easily made him one of the most impressive musicians on his instrument! Watrous can ... read moreCD
An excellent early album from Ernie Watts – one that has him taking on the music of Stevie Wonder with very groovy results! The sound here is quite different than the smoother fusion of Ernie's later years – and instead, there's a rollicking soul jazz groove to most numbers – one ... 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 hell of an overdue collection – and on that definitely doesn't use the word "legendary" lightly – as the four CDs' worth of music are all an essential addition to the Weather Report catalog! The music here is from a stretch when the group was really on fire – and the ... read moreCD
Art Webb —
Mr Flute ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ...
A tasty batch of uptempo instrumentals by Art Webb – a lesser-known funky flute player, but one who played on a huge amount of Latin sessions during the 70s (check your session notes, and you'll see his name a surprising amount of times!) This fairly obscure session as a leader was produced ... read moreCD
Doug Webb's a tenorist we're really growing to love and love more with each new record – a player who can come on with a bold, soulful punch at some moments – then carve these fluid lines at others, which he does wonderfully here alongside the organ of Brian Charette and guitar of Ed ... read moreCD
We've really been digging Doug Webb's recent albums on the Posi-tone label – and the tenorist is equally nice on this understated quartet album! Webb's got a classic tone on his horn, but one that's still open enough to be personal too – as Doug's not one of these guys who just tries ... 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
Ben Webster plays live in Harlem – not the uptown scene in New York, but the Dutch city that became a surprisingly strong showcase for American players overseas! The date's got that easygoing style of some of Webster's best late live performances – a laidback rhythm trio, and Ben ... read moreCD
Walt Weiskopf is a hell of a tenorist, and one who's getting more and more of our attention with each new release – able to open up and really blow at a fast-riffing level of creativity, yet always with a sense of focus, soul, and strongly rhythmic approach! We might dub Walt as the heir to ... 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 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
Mindblowing work from Randy Weston – one of two albums he cut in Paris at the end of the 60s with his ultra-hip African Rhythms ensemble – a free-thinking collective of piano, percussion, and some very soulful bass! The sound on the album's a lot freer than some of Weston's other work ... 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
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
Sweet fusion sounds from early 80s Poland – some really wonderful music cut under the leadership of guitarist Wieslaw Wilczkiewicz, who works here with to larger ensembles that are awash in reed lines, keyboards, and a bit of strings! The expanded format almost makes the music feel like ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreCD
Seminal sounds from one of the coolest cats on the French jazz scene in the postwar years – the incredible tenorist Barney Wilen – whose mighty talents soon drew approval from American collaborators like Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Bud Powell! Wilen's a hell of a soloist – every ... read moreCD
Really great material from Andy Williams – some of the grooviest sounds we've ever heard from the singer, thanks to backings from Quincy Jones! The set features live sides cut for the Let's Go To Town show issued for radio by the National Guard – and the album's got a similar feel to ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Tony Williams is a million miles from his work with the Miles Davis Quintet on this record – grooving in a heavy rock/fusion mode with his New Lifetime group that includes Allan Holdsworth on guitar, Tony Newton on bass and vocals, and Alan Pasqua on keyboards! The tracks have a post Jeff ... read moreCD
Spike Wilner —
Koan ... CD Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ...
Brilliant work from pianist Spike Wilner – who'd only put out a handful of studio records as a leader to date, but gigs steadily – making the occasional studio sessions something we always look forward to! Koan might be his best to date, done with his trio featuring Tyler Mitchell on ... read moreCD
Not only a great follow-up to the first Echoes Of An Era session, but also a standout 80s performance from Nancy Wilson – quite possibly her best of the decade! The setting is nice and laidback – a live date with a core combo that features Joe Henderson on tenor, Chick Corea on piano, ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Intimate listening from pianist Teddy Wilson, but surprisingly lively listening too – as Teddy's as fleet on the keys as ever, and maybe even more so in this well-recorded session from the 50s! The record's got a great Verve vibe – simple, unadorned presentation of the Teddy Wilson ... read moreCD
Two different sides of Verve Records in the 50s – one modern, one a bit more traditional – and both represented in live material from the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! Side one features a stunning live performance from pianist Teddy Wilson – working in a tight trio with Milt ... read moreCD
One of the most unusual albums on the legendary Strata East label – an unusual mix of jazz and soul vocal material, put together by singer Muriel Winston with arrangements from the great Bill Lee! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to the record – one that's upfront and personal on the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Great work from one of the hippest vibists working today – the mighty Warren Wolf, a player we've really loved for the sorts of sounds he can ring from his instrument – a soulful palette of tones that takes us back to 70s work by artists like Bobby Hutcherson or Roy Ayers! Wolf's maybe ... read moreCD
Lyman Woodard Organization —
Dedicacion ... CD Corridor/Uuquipleu, 1985. New Copy ...
A great little set from keyboardist Lyman Woodard – and one that's definitely got some of the Latin flavor promised by the spelling in the title! Woodard's still playing some mighty nice organ and electric piano lines, but the group here also has some added Latin percussion at the bottom ... read moreCD
A killer little set from funky organist Lyman Woodard – an old bandmate of Dennis Coffey, and one of the standout stalwarts of the 70s Detroit jazz funk scene! The set features Lyman working in a live setting – grooving out over some mighty long tracks that blend jazz and soul together ... read moreCD
Late work from Detroit organ legend Lyman Woodard – and sounds that are still very much at the top of his game! The set's a trio date, with drummer Leonard King – who was on the classic Woodard Organization Records – and Lyman's still got that lean, slinky groove on the Hammond ... read moreCD
Chris Woods is one of our favorite reed players from the 70's, and, like a lot of our other favorites (Nathan Davis, Sahib Shihab), he spent a great deal of time in Europe, and never acheived the recognition he would have if he'd been playing here. (Or perhaps we should say that he never received ... read moreCD
One of those great records from the 70s that makes you say "man, Phil Woods was hip!" The session was cut in London with an electrified big band led by Chris Gunning, and featuring keyboards by the groovy Gordon Beck – kind of a blend of strings, keys, and woodwinds – ... read moreCD
A tremendous expression of tones and colors from trumpeter Nate Wooley and saxophonist Dave Rempis – working here together on some long tracks that spin out with really careful, individual textures – in these extended cycles that have both players winning us all over again with their ... read moreCD
A sparkling set from pianist Richard Wyands – and a great demonstration of that soulful flow he's really unfurled strongly in later years – captured here in an obscure trio outing from the late 70s! Wyands' is part of a small number of players who can be lyrical, yet forceful at the ... read moreCD
Really tremendous work from tenorist Eric Wyatt – a set that has the musician really coming into his own, and maybe emerging as one of the most soulful, spiritual players in recent years! The set bristles with soaring energy – a really kind of old school blend of spiritual jazz and ... read moreCD
An excellent set of recordings from a unique moment for the Xanadu Records label – an imprint that was carrying the torch of the Prestige label style well into the 70s – also run by that label's old head, Don Schlitten! The tracks here were all recorded live in Dakar – by a tight ... read moreCD
Eri Yamamoto —
Life ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2016. New Copy ...
Fantastic sounds from pianist Eri Yamamoto – a musician we've maybe not given her due in previous years – but who really has us listening strongly again with her wonderful work on this record! There's a pointed, poetic quality to the performance – one that's underscored by some ... read moreCD
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto —
Daahoud ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A warm and soulful session from Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – recorded in simple trio format, but handled with a real depth of feeling! Yamamoto's got the stretching, soaring quality that we love in the best of these Japanese piano sessions from the 70s – a bit of post-Coltrane ... read moreCD
A really unique pairing of talents – Japanese singer Miki Yamaoka, and American tenor legend Benny Golson – who also produced and arranged the set! Miki's got a voice that's surprisingly deep and dusky at points, which makes here a great match for Golson's tenor solos on the record ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Really really wonderful work from legendary organist Larry Young – a set of rare recordings that we'd easily rank right next to our favorite Blue Note albums that Young cut as a leader! The sides here were done for French radio in the mid 60s, but they're hardly throwaway quickie tracks or ... read moreCD
One of our top ten jazz albums of all time! Honest! This stunning session from 1960 not only coined the term "young lions" in jazz, but offers up a pack of them that any modern players would be hard-pressed to beat. Trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenorist Wayne Shorter, and pianist Bobby ... read moreCD