A mighty nice set from pianist Cees Slinger – a live performance from a very hip octet – a group who can come on with ensemble fury one minute, then play like a small combo the next! Slinger's choice of musicians is wonderful – and includes Dusko Goykovich on trumpet, Fredinand ... 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
Leo Smith —
Rastafari ... CD Sackville/Boxholder, 1983. New Copy ...
Hardly the reggae album you might guess from the title – and instead a captivating set that follows strongly in the best sonic legacy of Wadada Leo Smith's other records from the time! The album has Smith fronting the quartet of reedman Bill Smith – who plays soprano, sopranino, and ... read moreCD
Lonnie Liston Smith —
Live! ... CD RCA (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
The mighty Lonnie Liston Smith live – sounding every bit as great as he did on his famous studio sessions from the 70s – and maybe even more freewheeling too! The feel of the record is really tremendous – extremely soulful, with Lonnie jamming away on keyboards as the band ... read moreCD
Lonnie Liston Smith —
Loveland ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A beautiful album of smooth mellow jazzy grooves – and one that proves that Lonnie was still always great, even when he was getting the more mainstream production treatment. The record is similar to ones cut by other older jazz funk keyboardists at the time – like Ramsey Lewis or ... read moreCD
Lonnie Liston Smith grooves it hard here with his Cosmic Echoes group – mixing in a stronger dose of soul than ever before, yet still giving tracks a righteous feel overall! The approach here is a bit like that of Roy Ayers work from the 70s – still jazzy at its core and conception, ... read moreCD
Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes —
Cosmic Funk ... CD Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy ...
A real gem from Lonnie Liston Smith's early years in the studio – and a record that's perhaps a bit more "cosmic" than it is "funk" – but that's why we like it so much! The session has Lonnie stretching out a bit more than usual – borrowing some of the ... read moreCD
Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes —
Expansions ... CD Flying Dutchman, 1975. New Copy ...
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for ... read moreCD
The legendary Lonnie Smith returns to Blue Note Records – on a set that's his first record for the label in many decades, and maybe his greatest album in years! There's a great back-to-basics vibe to the set – one that has Lonnie mostly on Hammond B3, working in hip small groups – ... read moreCD
A really hard-edged set from trumpeter Louis Smith – one of his only two albums as a leader from the early years, and a heck of a great little album, thanks to tenor work by Charlie Rouse! Rouse is blowing beautifully here in one of his classic pre-Monk appearances – recorded at a time ... read moreCD
One of the most sharp-edged sessions we've ever heard from jazz violinist Stuff Smith – thanks to a live setting in the famous Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen, and packing by a great combo with Kenny Drew on piano! Drew sets up the groove strongly – with Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith works here with a hell of a lineup – Henry Threadgill on alto and flutes, John Lindberg on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – all soaring free on a double-length set of work dedicated to the great lakes! Despite the "suite" in the title, the work ... read moreCD
An unreleased set of solo performances from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – one that we'd rank right up there with his most adventurous work of the 70s! Smith comes across wonderfully on the record – full of soul and imagination, and easily as impressive on his solo instruments as ... read moreCD
Some of the most beautiful, personal work we've heard from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in many years – a wonderful set of duets with bassist John Lindberg – done at a level that recalls some of Smith's most organic, most spiritual sounds of the 70s! There's a real back to basics vibe ... read moreCD
A whole new dimension for Snarky Puppy – and a great one too – as the group works here with larger backings from the Metropole Orkest, who really create some amazing sounds in the process! The core Snarky Puppy approach is at the heart of the record, and the addition of the larger ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
(Comes with a bonus DVD on the making of the whole project, with performance footage too!)
A totally wonderful quartet from the contemporary Swedish scene – a group that echoes some of the best modern modes we love in work from the Moserobie label – no surprise, as a few of the group members also play on those releases as well! The combo features Kristoffer Kompen on ... read moreCD
Soil & Pimp Sessions have been making music far longer than anyone else might do with such a clunky name – and over the years, they've just gotten better and better, and found rich new ways to express themselves! This album may well be the group's best so far – and represents a ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Storming sounds from this ultra-cool combo – and a record that's maybe even more jazz-based than some of their other recent efforts! The date's a live one, and has the group stepping out with tremendous dexterity right from the start – those cascading lines that make for a rock-solid ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
A great collection of jazz-based soundtrack work from French modernist Martial Solal – served up here in a nicely expanded CD set! First up is Solal's score for A Bout De Souffle – a film best known as Breathless around the world, and an early movie by Jean Luc Godard that perhaps gave ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Beautiful material from this legendary Bay Area soul jazz combo! The Sons & Daughters of Lite have an incredibly spiritual sound – one that sounds sort of like the best groups on the Strata East label, with touches of Roy Ayers or James Mason-esque soulfulness, but with a little less ... read moreCD
Great small group work from singer Jeri Southern – a group so small, the set also features the vocalist on piano! If you only know some of Jeri's more fully-produced albums of the 50s and 60s, you'll really be surprised here – as the singer works in a great small club setting with this ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A great take on the music of Thelonious Monk – recorded with special sensitivity by reedman James Spaulding, who ensures that the sound goes way past the usual Monk-styled outing! Things start out in relatively familiar territory, but as the record progresses it really opens up – as ... read moreCD
A very cool little trio – and one who've got a lot more of a jazz vibe than you'd expect from their cartoony image on the cover! The group's led by keyboardist Chihiro Yamanaka, who plays both piano and a range of different keyboards – moving between acoustic and electric modes to ... read moreCD
Spike Orchestra —
Ghetto ... CD Spike (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
A beautiful album from this hip, young, UK jazz ensemble – a set inspired by the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, and delivered in this sublime range of sounds and styles! The lineup shifts a bit from track to track – from the duo of leaders Sam Eastmond on trumpet and Nikki Franklin on voice ... read moreCD
A sweet keyboard trio, and one who work with surprising instrumentation from gospel music – yet make their tunes come across with a very different vibe overall! The group features lots of Hammond and other keyboards from David Wallumrod, and the record features tunes penned by James ... read moreCD
One of the first albums ever from this legendary British creative force in jazz – heard here at a time when the group was a quintet – with the mighty drummer John Stevens at the lead – alongside mindblowingly fresh performances from Evan Parker on soprano sax, Kenny Wheeler on ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Beautiful package – a tiny LP sleeve replica of the original Island cover and label!)
A heady brew of fuzz from guitarist Stephen O'Malley – best known for his work in Sun O))) – but recording here in a free jazz setting with drummer Steve Noble – whose percussive contributions are wonderfully scattered around the edges of O'Malley's sonic drone! The album only ... read moreCD
An amazing set of funky moog from Robert Mason – a record that takes the instrument far away from silly pop song covers, and into the range of cosmic 70s fusion! The album's got a really powerful sound that even blows away the earlier Stardrive album on Elektra – and mostly features ... read moreCD
Starlite Motel (Alberts/Saft/Flaten/Nilssen) —
Awosting Falls ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy ...
A group who've got a pretty heavy sound for such a poetic name – hardly the lightness you'd expect from the stars – and instead a full-on wave of improvised sound from a mixed electric and acoustic lineup! The group features Kristoffer Berre Alberts on alto and tenor, Jamie Saft on ... read moreCD
A mindblower from flute man Jeremy Steig – his only album ever for Blue Note – and quite possibly his best! There's a stripped-down feel here that beats even the rich soul of Steig's sets for Solid State – a brilliant pairing of Jeremy's choppy lines on flute with the soulful ... read moreCD
Rare work from the east coast scene of the mid 50s – a sweet little quintet session from saxophonist Hal Stein and trumpeter Warren Fitzgerald! Both players were slightly lesser stars in the jazz world of the time, but come across here with a clarity of vision and tightness of execution that ... read moreCD
Robert Stillman sits amidst a host of different instruments on the photo with the album – Fender Rhodes, Tenor, soprano sax, and drums – all of which, and more, he plays with a wonderful sense of expression on this overdubbed set – almost with the personal feel of some obscure ... read moreCD
A really obscure group from the Detroit scene of the late 70s and early 80s – but one who live on strongly in this double-length set – thanks to the recording efforts of drummer Leonard King! The group were kind of a follow-up to King's previous Soul Messengers group – and to his ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A rare bossa jazz session from 70s Germany – recorded with a very fluid groove! We'll be honest in saying that we only know pianist Walter Strerath from this one album – but he's a heck of a great talent on the keys, with a style that's at once highly rhythmic and warmly lyrical – ... 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
One of the best records ever from reedman John Stubblefield – a set that balances his spiritual roots with a more wide-reaching sense of soul! The tunes here are some of the best that Stubblefield ever penned – proud, righteous numbers that have this great sense of energy – ... read moreCD
John Stubblefield —
Prelude ... CD Storyville (Denmark), 1978. New Copy ...
Hardly a prelude – as the album's a fully-formed, fully-stated set right from the start – easily one of the best moments ever for reedman John Stubblefield – and an overlooked spiritual classic from the 70s! There's a vibe here that rivals the Strata East scene at their best ... read moreCD
A real finger-popper from Japanese pianist Kunihiko Sugano – a sweet 60s album that has him playing like the best American players of the soul jazz generation! There's a boldness to the left hand that echoes bits of Ray Bryant or Junior Mance – yet Sugano can also tipple the keys with ... read moreCD
Kazuhiro Sunaga —
Mirror ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
A debut solo set from Kazuhiro Sunaga – an artist you might know better as the bassist in Japan's mighty Quasimode – but one who really stretches into new styles here on his own! The music still has that core sense of groove we love from Quasimode, but the performance is in a range of ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
A great little record led by Danish drummer Klaus Suonsaari – and one that features tremendous frontline work from Bob Berg on tenor, and Tom Harrell on both trumpet and flugelhorn! Both musicians really make their presence felt – pushing out with those perfectly-blown, perfectly-focuse ... read moreCD
A strong set of contemporary soulful jazz grooves – and a partnership between Revive Music and the venerable Blue Note label! Supreme Sonacy kicks off with a intro by Radar Ellis that sets the stage nicely for one of the freshest compilations of relatively unknown, poised to break out ... 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
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
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
A really great groove from guitarist Gabor Szabo – a set that has the musician working with legendary producer Wayne Henderson, in a mode that moves into soul while still keeping all the best jazz elements intact! Szabo plays acoustic guitar alongside electric from Marlon McClain, with both ... read moreCD
Wonderful 70s work from Gabor Szabo – a record that has him picking up a bit more of a soulful undercurrent, while still keeping all his great guitar work nicely upfront! The album has Gabor recording at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios – with help from Philly soul arrangers Richie ... read moreCD
Gabor Szabo & Bobby Womack —
High Contrast ... CD Verve/Higher Plane, 1970. New Copy ...
Excellent early 70s work from jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo – a super-dope album that's one of the best he ever recorded! Part of the success of the record has to do with the presence of Bobby Womack – normally a soul singer, but also a heck of a guitarist, playing here alongside Szabo in ... read moreCD
A record that really lives up to its title – as it has bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma really stepping past usual roles for his instrument – into that range of new sounds and styles that was exploding in the bass world after the initial impact of Jaco Pastorius! The instrument's as much a ... read moreCD
A pretty darn beautiful album of solo guitar tracks – recorded in 1982 by Japanese musician Masayuki Takayanagi, and featuring only electric guitar, played with a spare raspy edge – recorded in a rough style that's quite unusual for a Japanese jazz session of the time! However, it's ... 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
Beautiful solo piano work from Horace Tapscott – a real contrast to his larger group recordings from the LA scene! The session features Horace playing in a contemplative and moody style – working through deeply personal readings of Mal Waldron's "Fire Waltz", Randy Weston's ... read moreCD
Moody genius from the great Horace Tapscott – a solo piano session from 1983, but one that's played with all the pride and power of his larger group recordings! The tunes are a mixture of familiar jazz standards and Tapscott originals – taken in readings that are spare and thoughtful, ... 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
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
The first half of Cecil Taylor's wonderful Garden performance – a key moment from the early 80s that really seems to show Taylor finding even more focus than ever, while also setting his spirit freer than anyone might have imagined! The man and his piano become one during the performance ... 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 pair of very unusual albums – back to back on a single CD! The set's a bit out of order – and actually starts with Panic, the sequel to Creed Taylor's previous album for ABC, and like that one, a very weird mix of jazzy backings, odd sound effects, and cool production techniques! ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreCD
A compelling collection of work from the late trumpeter Clark Terry – material from two different slices of his career, brought together in a really illuminating way! The first half of the album features tracks from Terry's early 60s sessions for the Candid label – not just work from ... 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
Great work from deep-voiced tenorist Jesper Thilo – a player who really cut some of his best work during the 80s, and who's still in mighty fine form on this early 90s session with Hank Jones on piano! The set's an easygoing affair, with a vibe that takes us back to older school tenorists of ... read moreCD
Thing (Gustafsson/Flaten/Nilssen-Love) —
Shake ... CD Thing (Sweden), 2015. New Copy ...
There's nothing shaky here at all – as the Thing trio is as tight as ever, and comes on with a rock-solid, hard-burning approach right from the start! The drums of Paal Nilssen-Love ground the group firmly, and ignite a real fire in the tenor and baritone of Mats Gustafsson, who also plays a ... 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
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
An amazing run of music – and key sounds from a time when the Chicago avant garde was finally getting its due in the mainstream! The set features all Novus and Columbia recordings from both the Air trio of Henry Threagill, Fred Hopkins, and Steve McCall – a seminal group from the AACM ... 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
Rare work by Cal Tjader – recorded in 1960, and unissued for years! The album's in a similar format to some of Cal's other excellent live sets for Fantasy from the time – with tracks that are more stretched out than usual, opening up in a Latiny groove with more room for solos, and ... read moreCD
One of the coolest 50s sessions we've ever heard from reedman Tony Scott – a date recorded in Japan, with a trio led by drummer Masahiko Togashi – with a sound that really points the way towards some of the more unusual, exotic modes that Scott would pursue in the next decade! The ... read moreCD
Masahiko Togashi with Steve Lacy & Kent Carter —
Spiritual Moments ... CD Paddle Wheel (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
A definite spiritual session from percussionist Masahiko Togashi – one that features key contributions from Steve Lacy on soprano sax and Kent Carter on bass – both players who come together in a trio with Togashi, to make the set one of his greatest albums ever! Togashi's nicely ... 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
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
Lennie Tristano recorded live in Chicago at the start of the 50s – on a never-heard, double-length set that also features amazing work from Lee Konitz on alto and Warne Marsh on tenor! The trio of modernists sound wonderful throughout – and the set is a perfect summation of the fresh ... 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
Plenty of spring feelings here – not just the sense of warmth and new growth that pianist Misha Tsiganov brings to his performance, but also the bounce in his step that makes even the mellower tunes groove, and the more upbeat ones really take off! Part of the album's strength is its horns ... read moreCD
The group name here hardly does the record justice – as the combo is a unique blend of bass and percussion – the former played by Harrison Bankhead and Benjamin Duboc, the latter by Hamid Drake and Ramon Lopez! The lineup is trans-Atlantic, but the sound is very personal – ... 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
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
An amazing set of modern jazz – penned by Italian film composer Piero Umiliani, but also played by a very hip group headed by a young Gato Barbieri! Although Gato's probably best known for his late 60s appearances on the American scene, and his 70s dates for Impulse and Flying Dutchman ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Sweet jazzy fusion from guitarist Phil Upchurch – a set that takes us back to his best records of the 70s, particularly his work on the Kudu label! The record's a great showcase not just for Phil's talents as a guitarist, but also as an arranger, too – and the set has Upchurch soloing ... read moreCD
Guitarist Phil Upchurch is in great company here – a cool, back-to-basics sort of group that almost gives Phil a hardbop heritage he didn't have in his youth! The lineup features excellent work on a variety of reeds from Brandon Fields – alto, tenor, soprano sax, and flute – each ... 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
One of the earthiest recordings ever done for the Saravah label – and one of the best sides ever to bear the name of Nana Vasconcelos as a leader! The set features Nana on berimbau, percussion, and a bit of vocals – working alongside Nelson Angelo on guitar, piano, and organ – ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A stunning live recording from Sarah Vaughan – recorded in the late 70s, when she was at a whole new height in her talents – and at a level that's far more dynamic and striking than some of her other records from the time! The double-length set presents the first-ever commercial ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Harry Verbeke/Rob Agerbeek Quartet —
Gibraltar ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
A killer Dutch duo from the end of the 70s – tenorist Harry Verbeke, who's got a bold, clear sound – and pianist Rob Agerbeek, who's been making soulful sides from the 60s onwards! The pair get great accompaniment here from drummer Billy Higgins and bassist Herbie Lewis – the ... read moreCD
Heavy Latin grooves from pianist Elio Villafranca – working here with a great large lineup that's filled to the brim with heavyweight players! The session's the kind that you'll find at the best Club Coca Cola presentations – one of those rare moments where big money allows a special ... 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 wonderful bit of spiritual jazz from this richly collective ensemble! The album's got a groove that's as promising as its title – and features a large assemblage of percussionists, singers, and instrumentalists – all coming together in longer tracks penned by Wainwright, with a feel ... read moreCD
A pair of overlooked Mal Waldron albums from the early 80s – both recorded on the same day, and with a trio that includes George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums! Given the rhythm players, the sound here is a bit warmer than some of Waldron's more avant work from the European scene– ... read moreCD
An early 80s set from pianist Mal Waldron – and one that's maybe a bit more back to basics than some of his other more experimental records of the time – yet a set that's still got plenty of an edge at all the right moments! Waldron works here on a batch of mostly jazz standards, but ... read moreCD
Mal Waldron & Rene Bottlang —
Lausanne Concert ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1987. New Copy ...
A really unique performance from pianist Mal Waldron – a live set done in collaboration with pianist Rene Bottlang – who works with Mal in a striking four hands/two piano mode! The two players step out on very long tracks that are strongly improvised – with Bottlang adding in ... 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
A mindblowing album of electric piano tracks! Don Walker was a funky pianist from Chicago who worked briefly with the Young-Holt Unlimited group – and who cut a rare few albums of his own for the Brunswick label. This second solo album features some excellent Fender Rhodes work by Don ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A seminal work in the development of the career of Cedar Walton – the formation of his excellent Eastern Rebellion ensemble, a group that became a platform for soul jazz expression for the next two decades! The group on this set features George Coleman on tenor, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy ... read moreCD