A solo set by Jacques Thollot – but one with a wide range of sounds and styles, as he's overdubbed on piano, percussion, drums, organ, and countless electronic effects! These effects are what really make the album great – as it feels like outtakes from some obscure early 70s Gil Melle ... 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
Overlooked genius from Henry Threadgill – one of his under-exposed 80s sessions for the About Time label, and work that's every bit as great as his better-known sides for Delmark or Black Saint! The group here has a nice sense of freedom and interplay – almost a quality that hearkens ... 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
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
Masahiko Togashi —
Rings ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Spare solo percussion work from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi – a double-length set of tracks that runs through 12 "rings" – all different shorter passages that are part of a longer composition – played by Togashi on drums, percussion, vibes, marimba, celesta, and ... 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
One of a pair of great late 70s European dates from Japanese percussion master Masahiko Togashi – and a set that features some especially striking trombone from the legendary Albert Mangelsdorff! Given Albert's previous experiments in free, open-ended groups – his talents here are ... read moreCD
Two players with a very spacious sense of sound – coming together here in an all-guitar album that mixes both electric and acoustic tones! The pairing is perfectly captured by the ECM production style – an approach that lets each note ring out with a great sense of presence, and blend ... read moreCD
The reeds of Veronique Magdelenat are at the center of this trio set – not only some relatively free alto sax, but also very unique sounds from a curved soprano sax as well! The rest of the group features Bernard Santacruz on bass and Christian Rollet on drums and percussion – and the ... 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
Majestic music from tenorist Mark Turner – a set that has him soaring gently with trumpeter Avishai Cohen, a partner who really seems to make the record sparkle! The group's a quartet, with no piano – just Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums – and the tenor and trumpet ... read moreCD
A great straight set from this top-shelf trombonist – done at the same relaxed, stretched-out level of some of the other excellent albums on the Smoke Sessions label – no tricks, no gimmicks, just a great demonstration of Steve Turre's strengths as a leader, and his always-sharp ability ... read moreCD
One of the first great moments from Italian composer Piero Umiliani – an artist who later did a huge amount of soundtracks in the 60s, but really got his start in jazz! Umiliani's wonderful here right from the start – laying out a set of all original tracks that mix tight arrangements ... read moreCD
An incredibly groovy session of Beatles tunes – one played by Dutch pianist Louis Van Dyke on a church organ, with no other instrumentation for accompaniment! Louis wisely chooses tracks from the later years of the Fab Four's career – some of the more introspective ones that have ... read moreCD
The earliest album we've ever seen from pianist Louis Van Dyke – a bit more swinging than some of his later work, but a set that's already got his great sense of space very firmly in place! Half the record features really wonderful vibes from Carl Schulze – stepping out on some numbers ... read moreCD
Louis Van Dyke —
Pavane ... CD Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
One of the mellowest pianists in the world – heard here on an album that may well be his best! Louis Van Dyke has a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a way of advancing notes on the piano with a subtle sound that's clearly part of the Bill Evans generation, but which ... read moreCD
Heavy sounds from two mighty talents on the piano – overlooked Taiwanese pianist Shih Yang Lee, and the legendary Fred Van Hove – noted for his famous work on FMP! The package is great – as it features a CD and DVD in a hardcover with a great book in the middle – notes in ... read moreCD
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Ken Vandermark & Mats Gustafsson —
Verses ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013. New Copy ...
Bold, beautiful work from the team of Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson – two of the most inventive reed players of the past few decades – working together here in free, unfettered formation! The set was actually recorded right above Dusty Groove – in a very open, woody loft ... read moreCD
A compelling mix of tenor, guitar, and drums – all very familiar instruments, but used with a rich range of textures by the Velkro trio! The music feels creatively constructed at most points, but often has a surprisingly melodic feel too – thanks especially to the tenor work of Bostjan ... 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
A great showcase for the mighty talents of alto saxophonist Will Vinson – who blows these beautiful long solos here in a sharp live setting! The album's got a great sense of personality – individual musicians who each have a strong voice of their own, coming together under Vinson's ... read moreCD
Tremendous early recordings from pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach – recorded during the 1972 FMP workshop, with a sublime trio that includes Evan Parker on tenor and soprano sax, and Paul Lovens on drums! The material here is sublime – and although so many other musicians have been ... read moreCD
A defnite tempest from the start to the finish – and a brilliant live demonstration of the mighty powers of the VSOP group! The ensemble features soaring acoustic sounds from the quintet lineup of Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano sax, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Herbie Hancock on piano, ... read moreCD
A cooking little record from Japanese guitarist Sunao Wada – one with plenty of offbeat touches! Like many of the albums on the Three Blind Mice label from the time, this one's a bit hard to peg – because the moods and styles shift a bit from track to track, and there's an openly ... 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
Incredible early work from Mal Waldron – a trio session, but one with a lot of dark edges! The group features Addison Farmer on bass and Al Heath on drums – and the tracks are played with lots of shades of blue – and a nicely restrained modern edge that still has plenty of the ... read moreCD
A beautiful album by Mal Waldron – recorded in 1960, after the passing of Billie Holiday, and a very loving tribute by Waldron, who was her accompanist for a number of years. The set moves way past the usual "Holiday songbook" mode, and features instead a dark batch of tracks, two ... read moreCD
David T Walker —
With A Smile ... CD Baked Potato/Warner (Japan), 1987. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
David T Walker brings it in with a smile – working with his Warm Heart group that features keyboards from Jerry Peters and drums from James Gadson! The sound's a bit smoother than Walker's work of the 70s, but still plenty darn nice – thanks to that sly, subtle rasp that David always ... read moreCD
David T Walker —
Y-Ence ... CD Warner (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
Laidback 80s work from guitarist David T Walker – a set that's a bit more moody than some of Walker's smoother albums from the 70s – and which is produced with an unusually sensitive touch! Many numbers begin with long, introspective passages from David on the guitar – slowly ... 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
A great summation of all the growth, talent, and creativity that Cedar Walton had hit by the 80s – a record that draws on both his trio work and his larger projects like the Eastern Rebellion quartet – done with a vibe that's somewhere in the best space of both! The group here is a ... read moreCD
Cedar Walton & David Williams —
Duo ... CD Red (Italy), 1990. New Copy ...
Cedar Walton in one of his most intimate settings ever – an album that has the pianist working with bassist David Williams, in a style that's even more open and flowing than some of his trio material! Williams has this round, warm tone that steps along at a sweet sort of pace – ... read moreCD
Sweet Motown grooving from Grover Washington – a set that has him working with slightly larger backings than his Kudu years, but in a way that still lets his soulful horn stand strongly out front! As always, Washington is a killer talent on the soprano sax – able to inflect the ... read moreCD
Grover Washington Jr —
Soul Box ... CD Kudu/Verve, 1973. New Copy ...
One of the richest albums from the Kudu years of Grover Washington – a double-length set that shows the full range of his soul and imagination! The album was done in collaboration with Bob James – who arranged and conducted all tracks, and also plays keyboards on the date – and ... read moreCD
Sadao Watanabe —
Outra Vez ... CD Victor/Red River, 2013. New Copy ...
One of our favorite sides of music from Sadao Watanabe – his ongoing love of Brazilian jazz and the bossa nova format – served up here in a sweet small group set that's got all the sparkle and charm of his vintage bossa albums of the 60s! Watanabe's alto has this wonderfully feeling ... 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 record as evocative as its title – part of a great flowering of talent from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe at the end of the 60s! Sadao started his career out as a hell of a bopper, then moved into some sweet Brazilian modes in the 60s – but by the time of this record, he was really ... read moreCD
A pivotal record in the career of this brilliant Japanese saxophonist – a set recorded in New York with a trio players from the American scene – done in a style that's even more freewheeling than most of Sadao Watanabe's previous work! Watanabe had always worked with unusual tones and ... read moreCD
A really beautiful chapter in the career of reedman Sadao Watanabe – a batch of mostly original compositions, as you might guess from the title – and a double-length record that really showed an evolution of his talents! The sound is often highly lyrical – with Watanabe blowing ... read moreCD
A rare postwar jazz treasure from Japan – one of those great 50s albums that bring together some of the rising talents on the Tokyo scene – almost as proof that, musically at least, Japan was really getting back on its feet! The range of talents here is great – and there's almost ... read moreCD
A reall cooker from trombonist Bill Watrous – one of his best recordings for the Famous Door label, and a sweet set that stands strongly nice to his 70s classics for Columbia Records! The album's got some great help in the Fender Rhodes of Jim Cox and vibes of Dave Levine – both ... read moreCD
Bobby Watson —
Advance ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
An unusual early set as a leader from Bobby Watson – recorded during his initial batch of work with Curtis Lundy, but in a much freer style! The session's a live one – and has Bobby as the main soloist in a quartet that includes Jim McNeeley on piano, Todd Coolman on bass, and Adam ... read moreCD
A sweet little record that draws plenty from a double-headed power team – Ernie Watts on reeds, and the mighty Wayne Henderson on production! The album may well be one of the best that Watts ever cut – a set that's not nearly as polished or commercial as his later 80s efforts – ... read moreCD
These guys definitely aren't lying with the name of their group – as the music is certainly free, and very expressive – in a blend of guitar from Pascal Brechet, bass from Colin McKellar, and drums and percussion from Thierry Waziniak! All three musicians play other instruments as well ... read moreCD
A really sweet side of Weather Report – a rare live performance from 1978, featuring a tight quartet version of the group! Peter Erskine's drums do a great job of propelling the music from Joe Zawinul's keyboards, Jaco Pastorius' bass, and Wayne Shorter's tenor and soprano sax – and ... read moreCD
Sweet funky flute from Art Webb – an overlooked 70s jazz player who's probably best known for his Latin fusion work, but who really shines here in a more soul-based setting! This set shows Art working strongly in a mode that references that part of his career, yet also has him stepping into ... read moreCD
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
A really well-done quartet set from tenorist Doug Webb – a really strong player on his own, and a great writer too – but one who seems to sound especially nice in the context of this particular album! The group features excellent piano from Peter Zak, who rounds things out with a ... read moreCD
A great late recording from Ben Webster – working here in Paris with some wonderful help from the trio of pianist George Arvanitas! George's rhythm duo is wonderful – the bold bass of Jacky Samson and hip drums of Charles Saudrais – both players who bring a really fresh feel to ... read moreCD
Bold, soulful sounds from tenorist Walt Weiskopf – a player who not only really knows his place as a soloist, but who also comes across as a great leader on a date like this! The whole group's got a focus that comes through right away – Walt's bold horn in the lead, but fused with ... read moreCD
David Weiss is one of the hippest leaders around these days – a great player and a hell of a writer, but most importantly an artist who really knows how to choose the right musicians for his group! Weiss has often evoked the best modern moments of the 60s with previous projects – and ... read moreCD
Bugge Wesseltoft —
OK World ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2014. New Copy ...
One of the most unusual albums we've heard in years from Bugge Wesseltoft – an artist who's been moving increasingly towards solo keyboard modes, but who works here with a whole host of globally-based musicians! The record was done in conjunction with the world music festival in Oslo, and ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Randy Weston – and a unique electric session from the 70s! The feel is very different here than the angular modernism of Randy's roots – a warmer, more flowing sound – as you'd expect from the CTI label, and from Randy's use of electric piano as well as ... read moreCD
A really wonderful collaboration between pianist Randy Weston and tenorist Billy Harper – two players who haven't worked together in years, but who find a really great space together in this album of spare duets! Randy spins out the kind of longform piano lines he's always done so well ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Randy Weston albums from the early years – a set that moves past his simple trio and solo format, to offer some key experimentation with horns – in this case the creative work of Cecil Payne on baritone sax! Payne plays on most of the record – save for two ... read moreCD
An album that sits strongly in the long legacy of great recordings Kenny Wheeler has done for ECM – a set of quintet recordings that feature the leader's sublime flugelhorn lines in the company of a very well-matched group! The tunes are airy and open, but never too loose or meandering ... read moreCD
There's a very cool trio in the wheelhouse for this sweet little set – a combo that features alto and baritone sax from Dave Rempis, bass from Nate McBride, and vibes from the always-incredible Jason Adasiewicz! The players come together with a sound that's completely sublime – almost ... read moreCD
At this point, space seemed to be a logical direction for Lenny White to go – since his high-powered fusion drumming style is enough to power him right out of the galaxy! This album's a hard heavy batch of funky fusion tunes – with lots of hard drums by Lenny, and spacey spacey ... read moreCD
One of the most classic albums ever from tenorist Barney Wilen – recorded at a time when he was making big waves on both sides of the Atlantic! The tracks are longer than on some of Wilen's more tightly-arranged albums – which really gives Barney a chance to show off his tremendous ... read moreCD
A great little set – never issued before, but recorded at the same time as Wilen's classic 1959 album Barney, caught live at the Club St-Germain with a group that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Duke Jordan on piano, Paul Rovere on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. Like the Barney album, ... read moreCD
Important early work from one of the greatest European saxophonists of the 50s – a seminal batch of music recorded for the Vogue label in the 50s! Wilen also recorded famously with American musicians during the 50s – including Miles Davis and Art Blakey – but this set features ... read moreCD
One of the all-time great tenor/organ sessions on Blue Note – totally fierce, with a sound that's a lot rawer than most other work on the label! The incredible Baby Face Willette grooves it hard and heavy on Hammond – working in a quartet that includes Fred Jackson on tenor, Grant ... read moreCD
Surprisingly firey work from pianist Claude Williamson – arguably the better of his albums for Bethlehem, and a real cooker that shows a tremendous command of the keys! Claude's working here with a tight trio that includes Don Prell on bass and Chuck Flores on drums – often leading out ... read moreCD
A really sparkling session from trumpeter Stu Williamson – one of a few great records he cut for the Bethlehem label in the 50s, and a set that's one of the cookingest from the company at the time! Stu's trumpet lines are already mighty nice – tight, and often a bit bolder than others ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from pianist Spike Wilner – an artist we already respect for his tireless work running the Live At Smalls series – and one that we've grown to love even more for the fresh new sound of this wonderful record! Spike's always had a way of linking styles and generations with ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from pianist Jack Wilson – a set that really showcases his magnificent sense of sound and space – while mixing in some larger ideas as well! The record features full arrangements from Billy Byers – who creates this seductive blend of jazz and strings that still ... read moreCD
Heavy funk from the mighty Reuben Wilson – one of his first few albums for Blue Note, and a solid soulful groover that's right up there with Lou Donaldson's work for the label at the time! Tracks are nice and long, and pretty open – often with that kicking drum sound at the bottom that ... read moreCD
One of a few great 70s records from the team of Teddy Wilson and Eiji Kitamura – albums that really seem to reinvigorate the greatness of Wilson on piano with accompaniment from the Japanese musician on reeds! Kitamura plays clarinet throughout, with that wonderfully expressive tone that ... read moreCD
A really great pairing of pianist Teddy Wilson and Japanese reedman Eiji Kitamura – and a set that features Eiji playing alto and tenor instead of his more familiar clarinet! The switch in reeds is a great one – and gives the record a nicely deep, soulful vibe – especially on the ... read moreCD
One of America's piano greats meets one of Japan's most traditional reedmen – in a setting that would prove to be a real highlight for both musicians at the time! Teddy Wilson lost none of his lyrical brilliance over the years, but seems to sound especially wonderful here – as pointed ... read moreCD
Way more than just a live recording – and instead a host of original material from bassist Ben Wolfe –- really sparkling with the strength of a well-crafted studio session! The tunes are fresh, and handled by a dynamic group that really brings out some wonderful energy in the music ... read moreCD
A rare live performance from the legendary Lyman Woodard Organization – captured here at the height of their powers in the 70s! The Organization has a really unique approach to their groove – one that starts in jazz, but moves quickly into funk – with a spirit that you'd find in ... read moreCD
Killer live work from the Lyman Woodard Trio – and a split set that shows much much the group kept grooving on the Detroit scene, even after their initial early 70s fame! The first half of the CD features material from 1974 – recorded at JJ's Lounge in the Shelby Hotel in the Motor ... read moreCD
Excellent work from Chris Woods – a genius reed player on alto sax and flute! Chris had a similar history to Nathan Davis, another richly talented American reed player from the same era – in that he was an American, but moved to Europe and achieved greater fame by becoming a seminal ... read moreCD
An excellent album of funky electric jazz – and possibly the best one that Phil Woods cut with his European group! The quartet's a very hip group that's way hipper than its clunky name – with Gordon Beck on electric piano and organ, Daniel Humair on percussion and drums, and Henri ... read moreCD
Phil Woods with Michel Legrand and his Orchestra —
Images ... CD RCA (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A wonderful record – one in which Phil Woods blows alto solos over the arrangements of Michel Legrand – handled in the masterful style of Legrand's best jazzy soundtrack work, and in a way that lets Woods hit some of his best solos of the 70s! Legrand's always been great at this sort ... read moreCD
Rare material from Indianapolis vibesman Billy Wooten – previously unreleased tracks that start with his years in The Wooden Glass, then stretch out into even more obscure territory! The first 3 tracks on the set are all live jams with plenty of heavy vibes from Billy – tracks that ... read moreCD
Billy Wooten with Richard Groove Holmes —
Place To Start ... CD P-Vine (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
A lost chapter of genius from vibes player Billy Wooten – and a great one too! The set's a rare outing with Hammond giant Groove Holmes – laid out nicely here in a quartet setting that offers up plenty of Billy's great vibes mixed with the organ – in a mode that's very different ... 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
A great Japanese take on the sound of Thelonious Monk at the end of the 50s – one that's led by pianist Masao Yagi, and which features some of the same dynamic horn interplay as Monk's best work on Riverside! Yagi's got a really great group here – with Sadao Watanabe on alto sax and ... read moreCD
Spare sounds, but beautifully woven together – all in service of these lovely long tracks that really highlight the soulful side of reedman Mabumi Yamaguchi! Each number here takes up half the side of a record – there's only four tracks in all – and Yamaguchi plays these slow-buil ... read moreCD
Warm and spiritual sounds from Japanese reedman Mabumi Yamaguchi – working here on both soprano and tenor sax, in a set of tracks that builds slowly with a really heartfelt sense of energy! There's a vibe here that's almost in the Lonnie Liston Smith side of the spectrum – but the more ... read moreCD
A special live set, dedicated to the head of the unique Three Blind Mice label – and done in the best freewheeling style of pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! The record's got even more bite than some of Yamamoto's other albums of the time – a soulful groove that has lots of left hand action ... read moreCD
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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
The title's a reference to a famous Ramsey Lewis live album of the 60s – one that's echoed nicely here by the trio of pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! Like Ramsey's group of the decade before, Tsuyoshi's has a very even balance between piano, bass, and drums – with strong, soulful work by ... read moreCD
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Tsuyoshi Yamamoto —
Life ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Plenty of life here – as pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto gets some wonderful rhythm accompaniment from Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – both of whom make the record flow like the best Cedar Walton trio sides from the time! Yamamoto's definitely got his own touch on the keys, ... read moreCD
One of the most sensitively soulful records of the 70s from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – a set that still has him working in a trio format, but which also has a slightly more mellow feel overall – with some especially great work from the leader on the ballads! Yamamoto's style is ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from pianist Yosuke Yamashita – a set that's still as creatively constructed as some of his other records, but one that's also got a very different vibe as well! The tunes here almost have a painterly approach – possibly in reference to ... read moreCD
The trio of pianist Yosuke Yamashita gets a great "plus one" here – the addition of alto saxophonist Eiichi Yahashi, whose deft tones and sharp edges are a wonderful match for Yamashita's dynamic piano! The tunes are bold, quick, and very forcefully presented – mostly with a ... read moreCD
A really unique little record – and a wonderful cross-section of the Japanese scene at the start of the 70s! The album features work by three trios – hence the title – some avant, some straight, and all if it pretty great! First up are the Yosuke Yamashita trio – who ... read moreCD
A drivin' little record from pianist Kazuo Yashiro – a player who cut some more soul jazz-oriented work in the 60s, but who's working here in a more fluid, open style overall! The approach is a bit like Red Garland on some of his best trio outings for Prestige – lyrical and melodic, ... read moreCD
A classic early set from The Yellowjackets – just the kind of record that made them a mainstream fusion leader in the 80s! The style here takes off from 70s electric jazz with a bit more polish – not really smooth jazz, but a tight fusion of keyboards and guitars that are nicely ... read moreCD
George Young —
Chant ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1985. New Copy ...
A sweet fusion set from reedman George Young – who plays tenor, alto, sopranino, and soprano sax – plus some flute as well! The album's put together by David Matthews, and has a vibe that's similar to his own 80s fusion efforts – with a real nod back to the soulful fusion styles ... read moreCD
One of the best Larry Young albums for Blue Note – and a record that really gets at his unique conception and style in the 60s! The session's a key bridge between Larry's soul jazz roots and his more far-reaching experimental work – filled with deep, heavy grooves – yet mixed ... read moreCD
An incredible album from the man that changed the way the world hears the Hammond! This album was Larry Young's first for Blue Note – and it's a mindblowing batch of tunes that push the organ into realms that had never been heard of in jazz. Young's got a real penchant for a modal groove ... read moreCD
A brilliant album that would forever change the way the organ was used in jazz! The set's the greatest contribution ever from organist Larry Young – a lean and modal session recorded with help from a young quartet that includes Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, and Elvin Jones – all leaping ... read moreCD