Featured soloists include Rich Sczabo on trumpet and flugelhorn, Gery Niewood on tenor, Bill Hannon on piano, Mike Migliore on alto, Ann Roselli on vocal, John Melito on trumpet, Ken Sebesky on guitar, Everett Silver on drums, Dan Landis on tenor, Jimmie Maxwell on trumpet, and Mark Friedman on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lew Tabackin looks a bit stiff on the cover of this one (who wouldn't, in a tan polyester suit?) – but the record's a surprisingly hip date, and a great chance to hear Lew away from his 70s big band with Toshiko Akioshi! As the title and cover imply, the album features Tabackin's "dual ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very different album than usual from the South African jazz scene of the 60s – much more rootsy, and very personal sounds – and hardly the kind of nationwide expression you might guess from the title! Instead, the whole thing is very much it's own kind of record – jazz, in ways ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tani Tabbal Trio —
Now Then ... CD Tao Forms/Aum Fidelity, 2020. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An album that leaps right out of the gate with a very complex vibe – then continues that spirit all the way through – thanks to an effortless interweaving of the drums of Tani Tabbal with the bass of Michael Bisio and alto sax of Adam Siegel! The trio are wrapped tightly around each ... read moreCD
(Penmark through barcode.)
Jamaaladeen Tacuma —
Jukebox ... CD Gramavision/Ryko, 1988. Used ...
With Byard Lancaster on saxes, Alan Sukennik on keyboards, Ronny Drayton on guitar, Dennis Alston on drums, and Tacuma on bass. Titles include "Zam Zam Was Such A Wonderful", "Naima", "Jukebox", "A Time A Place", and "Rhythm Of Your Mind". CD
A very unusual take on the music of Fats Waller – but that's maybe no surprise, given that Eugene Chadbourne's a member of the group! Aki Takase takes the songs of Waller here in a variety of different ways – sometimes using them as jumping off points for very free improvised passages, ... read moreCD
Pianist Aki Takase has a great trio here – the legendary Reggie Workman on bass and Sunny Murray on drums – two players who can really dominate on their own, but who here work very strongly alongside Takase's lead! Aki's piano lines are bold and freewheeling – but also have a ... read moreCD
One of the most striking albums we've ever heard from pianist Aki Takase – a set that not only features work on bass from Nobuyoshi Ino, but also strong contributions from a string quartet! The strings are used in ways that are very different than the usual "jazz with strings" mode ... read moreCD
A set that's maybe not as sweet as you'd guess from the title – as pianist Aki Takase plays solo, often with all these sharp, angular edges – as she makes her way through a host of great original material, plus well-selected tunes from Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Carla Bley, and ... read moreCD
There's some great energy going on in the group of tenorist Ohad Talmor – this way of making these bold chunks of sound together – crackling with the sort of life that you might find in a more outside sort of record, but with this cohesion and pulsing unity that really keeps things ... read moreCD
Features Natsuki Tamura on trumpet, piano, wok, and vocals. CD
Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii, & Ramon Lopez —
Mantle ... CD Not Two (Poland), 2020. New Copy ...
A record that explodes right out of the gate with a sound that's all its own – a fantastic collaboration between drummer Ramon Lopez and the long-running Japanese duo of Natsuki Tamura on trumpet and Satoko Fujii on piano – two players who are able to effortlessly burst out in this ... read moreCD
A late 80s electro gem from Ben Tankard – a real multi-instrumentalist here, making best use of the digital technology of the time to serve up a smooth blend of jazzy fusion, funk, and soul! Ben plays most of the instruments here – midi keyboards, wind controllers, guitar synth, drum ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great group recording from pianist Horace Tapscott – recorded in LA in the early 80s, but done with all the righteousness and spirituality of his earlier albums! Tracks are long and exploratory, but also relatively lyrical too – stretching out with a style that's never too "outsi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best trio sessions we've ever heard from Horace Tapscott – warmer and a bit more soulful than some of his other sides of this nature, and played with a well-rounded style that really hits home! The group features great drum work from Ben Riley, and bass by Fred Hopkins – and ... read moreCD
Really beautiful work from pianist Horace Tapscott – working here in a mode that crosses some of the freer inclinations of his solo sessions for the Nimbus label with some of the deeper spiritual currents of his large group recordings of the time! The group's just a trio – with Sonship ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Large-group genius from the legendary Horace Tapscott – one of the few recordings of his groundbreaking Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! The music here is totally righteous right from the start – even more searching and soaring than Tapscott's trio or solo work – thanks to help from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alexa Tarantino —
Firefly ... CD Posi tone, 2021. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Alexa Tarantino just seems to get better and better with each new record – stretching out here on a range of horns that includes alto and soprano sax, plus flutes and clarinet as well – and set up in a wonderful quintet that features the vibes of Behn Gillece, piano and ... read moreCD
The first we've heard as a leader from saxophonist Alexa Tarantino – a great talent who's really been bubbling under on other ensemble records for the Posi-Tone label, and who's very much at the start of a great career of her own! Alexa plays some mighty nice soprano sax on the album – ... read moreCD
Gregory Tardy's turned into a reedman with a great ability for complex soundshapes – these beautiful phrasings and passages from his tenor sax – yet always delivered in a way that never fails to swing with soul! On this excellent set, Tardy and his musical associates paint these lovely ... read moreCD
(Still sealed. Spine has a cutout notch.)
Gregory Tardy —
Truth ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2005. Used ...
Features Gregory Tardy on saxophone, Marcus Printup on trumpet, Helen Sung on piano, Sean Conly on bass, and Jaimeo Brown on drums. CD
A great small combo set from the mighty Buddy Tate – a bit late in his career, but with an excellent setting that features both Buddy and Paul Quinichette on tenors, plus Cliff Smalls on piano, Major Holley on bass, and Jackie Williams on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
Starkly modernist work from the overlooked Duane Tatro – a wonderful writer with an incredibly fresh voice! Tatro flourished in the LA scene of the 50s, doing work for Stan Kenton and Red Norvo at the time – but oddly, this album is one of the few documents of his work! Tatro's ... read moreCD
A tremendous collection of work by Art Tatum – maybe even THE collection of work by Art Tatum – as the 2CD set brings together all the material that appeared on the legendary 20th Century Fox albums by Art – recorded in a private home in Hollywood late in his career, but at a time ... read moreCD
Includes the songs "Begin In The Beguine", "Caravan", "All The Things You Are", "Get Happy", "The Shout", "Tea For Two", "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", "Elegie", "If I Had You", "I Got Rhythm", ... read moreCD
Fantastic material from pianist Art Tatum – a musician who's usually captured solo or in trio modes, but who's working here on some fantastic 50s sessions produced by Norman Granz – very much in a Verve style, with all-star players on board throughout – artists who include Benny ... read moreCD
"Genius" is right – because Art Tatum's touch on the keys of the piano here is completely sublime – a style unto itself, with almost a near equal balance between melody and rhythm – and a speed that's almost pyrotechnic, but never too over the top! A fantastic early ... read moreCD
A selection of piano solos from Standard Transcriptions, with titles that include "Happy Feet", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Stardust", "In A Sentimental Mood", "Get Happy", "Humoresque", "Lullaby In Rhythm", "Over The Rainbow" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s issue, still sealed with a hole in front.)
A jazz mass, but unlike any other variation on the theme that's ever been recorded – thanks to a very righteous performance from James Tatum – who makes the whole thing feel much more like an organic spiritual jazz set than anything you'd ever find in a church! James himself plays both ... read moreCD
Some of the best work ever from pianist Billy Taylor – and some of the earliest too! Taylor's 50s trio with Earl May and Percy Brice is augmented here by conga work by the great Candido – and this addition brings a lot of fire to the group, giving Taylor's normally safe style a harder ... read moreCD
Freewheeling Cecil Taylor – heard here solo, in his best 70s mode – recorded live in Austria in 1976, playing beautifully on a Bosendorfer Grand piano! Taylor works wonders with the instrument – giving it a pyrotechnic workout during the extended performance on the set – at ... read moreCD
One of Cecil Taylor's most spiritual sessions of the 70s – a live set recorded in Yugoslavia in 1976, and done with this really open sound, but one that comes as much from the horns as it does from Cecil's piano! In fact, we might well say that the horns are the best attraction here – ... read moreCD
A late 90s recording, and one that has Cecil Taylor really going strong – soaring out on a long, improvised piece that runs for 75 minutes in length – with a strong and unusual group that features Tristan Honsinger on cello, Harri Sjostrom on soprano sax, Teppo Hauta-Aho on bass, and ... read moreCD
Cecil Taylor's first LP for the Candid label – and a landmark album that really lets him open up for the first time in years at a recording session! The album was cut at Nola's Penthouse in 1960, and the core group is Cecil's trio with Buell Neidlinger on bass and Dennis Charles on drums ... read moreCD
One of the most complex Cecil Taylor records we've heard in years – and that's saying a lot, given the usual complexity of his music! Taylor plays piano and vocalizes a bit – but he's also tied strongly here to the Italian Instabile Orchestra – a large lineup of varied horn, ... read moreCD
With arrangements by Kenyon Hopkins. (Now Sound, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and aging.)
Mike Taylor —
Mandala ... CD Jazz In Britain (UK), 1965. New Copy ...
Crucial early work from British pianist Mike Taylor – an artist who gave the world two classic albums of avant jazz in the late 60s, worked famously with both Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce – then seemingly disappeared for the rest of his time on the planet! This never-issued set predates ... read moreCD
Sam "The Man" Taylor at his best – blowing hard-edged tenor on a bunch of hip 50s instrumentals! The tunes are all in an R&B mode, but Sam's solos also have a fair bit of jazz expression too – much more so than you might expect for the session, which was supervised by ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has some surface wear, aging, gloss peel at the top right corner.)
Brilliant early work by saxophonist John Tchicai – recorded in Denmark with a larger ensemble, in the years of his European exile after the dissolution of the New York Contemporary Five. Players include Karsten Vogel on alto and percussion, Max Bruel on baritone and piano, and Hugh Steinmetz ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling records we've ever heard from UK reedman Tenderlonious – and that's saying a lot, because most of his other recordings have been pretty damn great as well! This set has Tenderlonious playing flute and soprano sax, stretching out on long improvised ragas with the ... read moreCD
Heavenly sounds from the great Jimi Tenor – a Finnish talent who once specialized in cold, calculated sounds – but one who's really opened into some spiritual, soulful territory in the past decade or so! This album wonderfully continues Jimi's great shift – and features his own ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Tenorio Jr —
Embalo ... CD RGE/Mr Bongo (UK), 1964. New Copy ...
A set that's maybe one of the greatest bossa jazz albums of all time – and a fantastic homegrown Brazilian effort that's quite different from the more commercial American bossa albums of the 60s! Tenorio Jr isn't just a hell of a pianist, he's a great writer and arranger too – one who's ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
The most ambitious work to date from Ken Vandermark's Territory Band – a larger-than-usual ensemble that ranks with some of the great improvising orchestras of the 70s – like the London Jazz Composers Orchestra or the Globe Unity group! For the project, Vandermark pulled together a ... read moreCD
Some of the deepest work we've heard from Ken Vandermark in awhile – and that's saying a lot, given the overall greatness of most of his recordings! The set's the 4th from Vandermark's Territory Band ensemble – a larger group that allows Ken to explore grander concepts of composition ... read moreCD
One of the fullest albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Buddy Terry – a set that has him blowing along with a set of soulful larger backings – sometimes with a bit of gospel overtones as well! The lineup on the album's pretty darn hip – players who include Larry Willis on ... read moreCD
A crowd-pleasing cooker from Clark Terry – a set recorded live before a very appreciative audience, and in a hipper 70s mode than you'd expect! The album's one of those great jazz efforts that was put together by Ed Bland – who seems to bring a nice sense of bounce, soul, and groove to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early date as a leader from trumpeter Clark Terry – one cut during the stretch when he was keeping company with players like Thelonious Monk and Johnny Griffin! The latter player is a key member of Terry's group here – as Johnny's tenor adds a nice sharp edge to Clark's trumpet ... read moreCD
Sweet Latin licks from Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill – cut in a mode that's very similar to O'Farrill's best Verve work of the 60s! The vibe is kind of a mod take on Afro Cuban sounds – not really Latin soul, but with a playful vibe that mixes together jazz and Latin with equal parts ... read moreCD
Late work from trumpeter Clark Terry, but the kind of record that really lives up to his long legacy of specially-shaped sounds from his instrument – matched here by superb work from Al Grey on trombone! Terry always has this great way of evoking a mouthy, gritty vibe from his horn, while ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)
Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana —
Lune ... CD Il Manifesto (Italy), 2004. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Riccardo Tesi on organ, Daniele Mencarelli on double bass, Mauro Fadda on percussion, Ettore Bonafe on percussion and vibraphone, and Maurizio Gerion voice, guitar, baglama and tambourine. CD
Sublime early work from the great Eje Thelin – a Swedish trombonist who made some excellent music in the 60s and 70s, but who hardly ever got his due on this side of the Atlantic! That's a crime, too – as Thelin's a musician with an amazing command of tones and styles – at this ... read moreCD
Rachel Therrien —
Vena ... CD Bonsai, 2020. Used ...
Features Rachel Therrien on trumpet and flugelhorn, Daniel Gassin on piano, Dario Guibert on bass, and Mareike Wiening on drums – plus gues saxophone from Irving Acao. Tracks are all originals and include "Folks Jam", "Pigalle", "Bleu Tortue", "75 Pages Of ... read moreCD
Excellent grooviness – and typical of the mad instrumental LPs that showed up on Impulse when they weren't cutting high-minded jazz! The record has a nice mix of easy funky jazz and pop psychedelia – performed by a range of groovy players conducted by Bob Thiele, and featuring Tom ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a gloss bubble on the spine and some light wear, but looks nice overall.)
One of the first American albums from Belgian guitarist and harmonica player Toots Thielemans – a sharp-edged session that brings a new level of jazz into his work! The title's hokey, but the sound is totally great – with Toots on both harmonica and guitar, usually more of the former ... read moreCD
One of the greatest jazz albums ever recorded by the legendary Toots Thielemans – a small combo session that stands in great contrast to much of the bigger studio work he was doing in the 70s! Despite the title, the record's a studio one and not a concert – but it's got a relaxed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small center split in the top seam, looks nice otherwise!)
Thing With Joe McPhee —
She Knows ... CD Hat Art/Ezz-Thetics (Switzerland), 2001. New Copy ...
An important early record from the Thing trio of reedman Mats Gustafsson – and one that already has the group taking off from their initial mandate of working with Don Cherry material, as Joe McPhee joins the group and really opens up their sound! McPhee echoes a bit of Cherry on pocket ... read moreCD
Leon Thomas takes his vocals to new heights – moving past the straight spiritual jazz modes of his work with Pharoah Sanders, to embrace a whole host of new styles too! There's a slight trace of the blues promised in the title, but always inflected through a more soulful approach overall ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Leon Thomas' first album for Flying Dutchman – and one of his best ever! The vibe is very similar to his work with Pharoah Sanders – with long modal tracks that bring out the best side of Thomas' spiritual vocalizations – especially on the 17 minute track "Pharoah's Tune ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Wonderful work from Leon Thomas – easily one of his greatest albums ever, and a set that was recorded at the same time he was working with Pharoah Sanders! Thomas really rose to fame on Sanders' classic "The Creator Has A Master Plan" – and this set really takes off from that ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the first album we've heard from saxophonist Michael Thomas, but a record that definitely has us looking at his music all over again – thanks to a double-length collection of wonderfully extended tunes – on which Thomas really runs with bold, open energy on the alto sax! The group ... read moreCD
A fantastic meeting between pianist Pat Thomas and alto saxophonist Matana Roberts – recorded live in London, and showing an amazing sense of sympathy between the two improvisers – even though they're normally separated by the space of an ocean! Thomas has these really dark, moody ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unusual settings we've ever heard for the always-sharp saxophone work of John Butcher – a set that features lots of moogy moments from Pat Thomas, who uses both a theremini and electronics – alongside much more organic sounds on percussion from Stale Liavik Solberg! ... read moreCD
No standards here, as the tracks are all originals – written by reedman Ralph Thomas and the rest of his group – to create the sort of unique little record that really keeps us digging for rare jazz over the years! Thomas grew up in Chicago, where he soaked up the soulful sounds of ... read moreCD
A tribute to the great European guitarist Rene Thomas – and one that features Thomas himself fronting a sweet small combo with Fender Rhodes from Rob Franken – with a sound that's unlike any other album that Rene ever recorded! Thomas first rose to fame on the bop scene in Paris in the ... read moreCD
A classic 10" album that documents the great talents of Claude Thornhill – presented here in a batch of tracks arranged by Gerry Mulligan and Ralph Aldridge, often in a mix of bop, swing, and larger orchestrations! Soloist here include Gene Quill, Dick Sherman, and Aldridge himself ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Throttle Elevator Music have done a great job of evolving their sound over the years – working with core contributions from Matt Montgomery on bass and piano, Erik Jekabson on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Gregory Howe on guitar, bass, Hammond, and keyboards – all rounded out nicely by ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Throttle Elevator Music feat Kamasi Washington —
Final Floor ... CD Wide Hive, 2021. New Copy ...
We certainly hope this isn't the final floor for Throttle Elevator Music, as we've always enjoyed the many sounds the group has given us over the years – styles served up here on a record that's almost a testament to the collaborative growth of the ensemble over the past decade or so, as the ... read moreCD
Throttle Elevator Music feat Kamasi Washington —
Retrorespective ... CD Wide Hive, 2016. New Copy ...
Not a retrospective of the music of Throttle Elevator Music – as you might mistake from the title – but instead a fresh new album that features the group working tremendously with the mighty Kamasai Washington! Washington isn't just a guest, but a key member of the group – and he ... read moreCD
Trombonist Justin Thurgur has spend time on the more global side of the scene in London during recent years – and here, he brings that experience to bear on a jazz set with a very unusual vibe! It's not easy to pick the straight influences of the tunes – there's currents of Afro Funk ... read moreCD
Trombonist Justin Thurgur has spend time on the more global side of the scene in London during recent years – and here, he brings that experience to bear on a jazz set with a very unusual vibe! It's not easy to pick the straight influences of the tunes – there's currents of Afro Funk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Tintweiss & The Purple Why —
Markstown ... CD Inky Dot, 1968. Used ...
Recently unearthed live recordings from bassist Steve Tintweiss – an overlooked figure from the late 60's avant scene who played on key records with Patty Waters, Frank Wright, Burton Greene, and Albert Ayler. The music here is in the spirit of these other ESP recordings and features ... read moreCD
Cal cut so many great sides for Verve during the 60s, it's hard to imagine how anyone could come up with a "best of" – but this album fits the bill nicely, and includes a number of solid groover and Latin jazz tracks that fit just right! Includes "Sake & Greens", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 generations of work from vibist Cal Tjader – a session recorded in the 50s, and a session from the 70s – back to back on a single CD! First up is the landmark Cal Tjader Trio album from 1951 – one of Cal's first dates ever, and a sublime little set with piano from Vince ... read moreCD
Well, we don't know about the "roots of acid jazz" part – but this is definitely a great batch of jazzy tracks! This 16 track sampler runs for over 70 minutes long, and it contains some of the best of Cal's work for Verve – a mix of jazzy, Latin, and groovy tunes, all with ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Toh-Kichi (Satoko Fujii & Tatsuya Yoshida) —
Baikamo ... CD Libra (Japan), 2019. Used ...
Features Satoko Fujii on piano and Tatsuya Yoshida on drums. CD
A really fantastic setting for the reed talents of Hidefumi Toki – a Japanese saxophonist whose raspy tone has been a treasure since the 70s, and which sounds especially great here in the setting of two younger guitarists! The format is a bit unusual – as Ryo Oghiara and May Inoue both ... read moreCD