Eric Marienthal on soprano and alto sax, Russell Ferrante on keyboards, Chick Corea on piano, John Patitucci on bass, Terri Lyne Carrington and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and Alex Acuna on percussion. CD
One of the most unique albums of baritone saxophone work we've ever heard – a set tha has Bruno Marini's horn set up alongside the bass of Charlie Cinelli and drums of Alberto Oliveri – a nice, open setting that allows the instrument plenty of room for expression! Marini still swings ... read moreCD
Marsalis plays with The English Chamber Orchestra directed by Andrew Litton on pieces by Debussy, Faure, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Colombier, Villa-Lobos, Satie, Ravel, and Mussorgsky. LP, Vinyl record album
With Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, and Charnett Moffett on bass; Marvin Smith and Jeffrey Watts on drums; John Longo on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Kirkland on piano, and includes narration by Wendell Pierce from The Wire! LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, but with some small frayed spots at the spine.)
Players include Branford Marsalis on soprano and tenor, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Jeff Tain Watts on drums – and titles include "Black Codes", "For Week Folks", "Chambers Of Tain", "Aural Oasis", and "Delfeayo's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little take on the "city symphony" mode that was big in American music a few decades back – served up by the Wynton Marsalis Septet of the early 90s, with decidedly modern touches! The double-length album's a three-tiered affair – with part one standing out as Wynton's ... read moreCD
The last chapter in Wynton Marsalis' Soul Gestures trilogy of the early 90s – and like the others, it's a set with its own sort of sound and feeling – another illustration of the many talents of Marsalis at the time! Despite the "levee" reference in the title, the work's ... read moreCD
An open-ended live set from Wynton Marsalis' 80s run for Columbia Records – and a set that's sometimes a bit more unbridled than his studio work at the time! There's still plenty of the Marsalis manner in place here – that great talent for subtle shadings, and quiet exploration of ... read moreCD
Features Wynton on trumpet and vocals – in a group that includes father Ellis Marsalis on piano, plus Reginald Veal on bass, and Herlin Riley on drums. Tracks include "Sleepin Bee", "Big Butter and Egg Man", "Street of Dreams", and "Skylark". CD
A wonderful later album from 50s cool jazz saxophonist Warne Marsh – one that really has an incredible focus on his tone! With his combination of a warm full tone and cool post-Tristano phrasing, Marsh has one of the most singular voices on the tenor, and one of our favorites! This mid 70s ... read moreCD
A masterpiece by Warne Marsh – and proof that there was always a committed modernist lurking behind some of his more straightforward playing! The session has sort of a post-Tristano underground west coast feel (if we can make up such a heavy handed term!), and it features a piano-less ... read moreCD
A rock-solid swinger from tenorist Warne Marsh – a set that's maybe got a bit more of a groove than some of his other records of late vintage – thanks to work from the rhythm section of Kenny Drew on piano, Bo Stief on bass, and Aage Tanggaard on drums! Steif's especially nice – ... read moreCD
With Joe Satriani, Les Paul, Mike Stern, Pat Martino & Tuck Andress guitars, Kevin Eubanks on accoustic guitar, Paul Nowinski & Scott Colley on bass, Ben Perowsky, Scott Amendola & Michael Hedges on drums & Cassandra Wilson on vocals. CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Pat Martino —
El Hombre ... LP Prestige/OJC, 1967. New Copy (reissue)...
The first album that guitarist Pat Martino ever cut as a leader – and an excellent mix of styles that links his soul jazz roots with his later, trippier recordings! The group here is a sextet, and it features organist Trudy Pitts (who was Martino's boss at the time), plus flute, drums, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Pat Martino on guitar, David Kikoski on piano, John Patitucci on bass, Scott Allan Robinson on drums, and Daniel Sadownick on percussion. Tracks include "Four On Six", "Groove Yard", "Road Song", "If I Should Lose You", and "Full House". CD
(Out of print, BMG Direct pressing. Still sealed!)
The only session as a leader from trumpeter Cal Massey – a big influence on soulful modernism in the 60s, but an artist who showed up more in the liner notes for records than he did in the studio! The record's a really unique one – and a set that crackles with the best sort of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Danny House on alto saxophone and flute, Mike Turre on baritone saxophone, bass clarinet and flute, Alan Morrissey and Clint Sandusky on bass trombone, Dave Woodley, Fred Simmons, Jimmy Knepper, and Rick Culver on trombone, Billy Harper on tenor saxophone, Terry Federoff on tenor saxophone, alto ... read moreCD
Mikio Masuda —
Corazon ... LP Electric Bird/Holy Basil, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Keyboardist Mikio Masuda cut plenty of great fusion records in 70s Japan – but this set was recorded in the US, with some very soulful help from a great American lineup! David Matthews arranged the set, with a bit of a Kudu Records vibe – which means that Mikio's got lead solos on both ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer set of electric keyboards – with a groove that stretches from wigged-out Herbie Hancock to the laidback style of Bob James on CTI! Mikio Masuda plays a range of different instruments – from Fender Rhodes to Clavinet, Yamaha organ, ARP, and mini-Korg – and the group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sabir Mateen/Christopher Dell/Christian Ramond/Klaus Kugel —
Creation ... CD 577, 2021. New Copy ...
Sabir Mateen is working here in a slightly different setting – but he sounds amazing throughout, and continues to spin out these long, spiritual lines on tenor sax that make him a key link between avant jazz generations! The group features three Germans, recording with Mateen in New York ... read moreCD
Features the same group from the motion picture score, with Matty Matlock on clarniet, Dick Cathart on cornet, Eddie Miller on tenor, Elmer Moe Schneider on trombome, Nick Fatool on drums, George Van Eps on guitar, Ray Sherman on piano, and Jud DeNaut on bass, and narrative by Jack Webb. CD
(Out of print.)
Hidehiko Matsumoto —
Sleepy ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Hidehiko Matsumoto may have the nickname of "sleepy", but his playing is anything but – and at the time of this recording, he was easily one of the greatest saxophonist working the Japanese scene! The style of the album has Matsumoto right out front on most numbers – getting ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Hidehiko Matsumoto, Ejii Kitamura, Akio Mitsui, & Others —
Golden Jam Session ... LP Victor (Japan), 1973. Near Mint- ...
The great Sleepy Matsumoto plays tenor, in a host of other Japanese giants from the more swing-based side of the spectrum! Keiko Takahashi sings a bit on the record, too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Quad pressing, with obi! Back of obi has some light wear, front is great.)
Sleepy Matsumoto —
Samba De Sun ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto is a reedman who grabbed us strongly the first time we ever heard him play – on one of the first big band albums by Toshiko Akioshi in the 60s – and he's also one who continued to grow and refine his craft in the 70s, with an amazingly personal ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
A cool little record – one that features a bit of talking from Kikko at the beginning of each track, but with a groove that's mostly 60s instrumentals overall! Kikko talks sweetly and somewhat sexily – introducing each tune in Japanese briefly, before the record then rolls into some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ever-adventurous composer, arranger and coronet player Rob Mazurek teams up with similarly creative wanderer Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang, Josh Abrams Natural Information Society and more)! Alien Flower Sutra finds the duo and their guest players crafting a pretty awesome mix of interstellar psych-jazz- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra —
Dimensional Stardust ... LP International Anthem/Nonesuch, 2020. New Copy Gatefold ...
One of the most ambitious albums ever from Rob Mazurek – and a set that really continues the legacy of community building and world healing that's become such an important part of his music! Rob's a player who was great at the start – a hell of a trumpeter, and a great experimentalist ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most outside sets we've heard from Rob Mazurek in years – a combination of his own cornet and work on ring modulator – creating a blend of jazz and electronics that's really mindblowing! Mazurek's not alone in his creative expressions – as he's joined here by a group ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Nick Mazzarella & Tomeka Reid —
Signaling ... CD Nessa, 2017. New Copy ...
Completely sublime duets between alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and cellist Tomeka Reid – working here together at a level that seems to both bring a whole new sense of energy to duo improvisation, and also put the record at the level of some of the most exciting work of the 70s! The ... read moreCD
Nick Mazzarella Trio —
Ultraviolet ... CD International Anthem, 2015. New Copy ...
The strongest album to date from Chicago saxophonist Nick Mazzarella – a trio set that has the leader's alto blazing out in brilliantly soulful spirit, alongside robust bass from Anton Hatwich and magical drums from Frank Rosaly! The group have a cohesion that we might not have expected from ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem of spiritual jazz from the South African scene – a group led by pianist Tete Mbambisa, but one that also features some of the best work we've ever heard from legendary reedman Basil Coetzee! The album features four long tracks, all nice and long – modal numbers that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please note – these copies have a slightly dinged corner from shipping, otherwise they are great!)
One of the few albums issued as a leader by bassist Cecil McBee – and like all of the rest, a really amazing record that showcases the visionary talent that often made McBee such a key part of other folks' groups! The tracks are long and spiritual, but with slight avant leanings – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Christian McBride, Milt Hinton & Ray Brown on bass, Lewis Nash on drums, Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Joshua Redman on saxophone, Steve Turre on trombone, and Roy Hargrove on trumpet and flugelhorn. CD
Sweet funky soul from Les McCann – one of the best of his 70s albums that bring in a lot of vocals with the keyboards – and served up in some tight tunes that really pack a nice sort of punch! The album doesn't have the long jammers of some of McCann's other records from the time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Les McCann —
Layers ... CD Collectables/Atlantic, 1973. Used ...
This might well be the best album that Les McCann ever cut during the 70s! It's got some killer electric piano riffs, of the sort that are being sampled heavily today by the kids, and which are getting his music to a whole new generation. The tracks have a tight spacey funk sound, and they don't ... read moreCD
Les McCann —
Layers ... LP Atlantic/Get On Down, 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
This might well be the best album that Les McCann ever cut during the 70s! It's got some killer electric piano riffs, of the sort that are being sampled heavily today by the kids, and which are getting his music to a whole new generation. The tracks have a tight spacey funk sound, and they don't ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice early trio side by McCann and co., with Leroy Vinegar on bass and Ron Jefferson on drums. Sweet, sanctified soul jazz with a nice rolling groove throughout. Includes "Vacushna", "Fish This Week, But Next Week Chitlings", and, of course, "The Truth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black and silver label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a small split on the top seam and some light wear.)
An early vocal set from Les McCann – quite unusual, and pretty darn soulful as well! The album's done in a mode that foreshadows Les' move to soul during the 70s, and features him singing to some hip arrangements by Gerald Wilson – in a soulful, jazzy style that was common for LA of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue and silver label pressing, with deep groove – in nice shape!)
The 70s genius of Les McCann – opened up here wonderfully in the space of a double-length live performance! Tracks are all nice and long – and Les steps out strongly on Fender Rhodes and clavinet, ringing out with amazing tones that are really wonderful – kind of the electric ... read moreCD
A great Latin groove from the mighty Les McCann – a smoking set that adds in extra percussion from Willie Correa – who gives the record a sound that's quite a change from the usual McCann groove! The percussion is wonderful throughout – and given that the great Paul Humphrey is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono Pacific Jazz pressing. Cover has a split top seam and light wear.)
Chris McCarthy's the pianist in the group, and also the composer of all the tunes on the set – but the record gets some equally strong drive from the frontline work of Takuya Kuroda on trumpet and Michael Blake on tenor! Chris' tunes seem to fuse together Kuroda and Blake with this really ... read moreCD
Donny McCaslin on tenor sax with Jason Lindner on pianos and synthesizers, Tim Lefebvre on bass, Mark Giuliana on drums, David Binney on vocals and synthesizers, Nina Geiger on vocals, Nate Wood on guitar, and spoken word by Jana Dagdagan. CD
A collection of Concord Records work from Rob McConnell's Boss Brass ensemble – a hip little big band first formed in the 60s, and one that was still grooving nicely well on into later decades! The style here is somewhat similar to Rob's famous albums on MPS – a modern big band ... read moreCD
A really great idea for a record – and one that echoes the same "E & F" mode that Makaya McCraven brought to his previous album! The approach here is as unique as the drummer himself – in that McCraven went back to the sessions for the core album, and pulled out material ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Moody sounds from this reunited trio – Thollem McDonas on piano, William Parker on bass, and Nels Cline on guitar and effects – coming together here in a session that, we think, was recorded at the same time as their previous Gowanus album! As before, the music is maybe heavier in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Slammin! Brother Jack McDuff is one of the greatest organ players of all time – and he's never better than when caught in a live setting, as you'll hear on this great set! Jack really knew how to work the crowd in a live show – serving up a tight mix of uptempo numbers that perfectly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has a small split on the bottom seam and surface wear.)
One of the records that put a young Brother Jack McDuff on the map – and a perfect example of the rougher R&B roots that first emerged in his early work on the Hammond! The session's got a much more down-n-dirty feel than some of McDuff's tighter 60s quartet work – and offers a ... read moreCD
Slammin live work from the legendary Brother Jack McDuff – a player who was almost better on the bandstand than he was in the studio! First up is the album Live – a killer, and one of three live sides McDuff cut for Prestige during the 60s – a monster session of stretched-out ... read moreCD
An incredible record – the kind of album that no fan of funky jazz should be without! This album is far and away one of the greatest ever cut by Brother Jack McDuff – and it's a baroquely complicated batch of funky jazz cuts that's still light years ahead of any other record! The ... read moreCD
One of the more open-ended sessions that Brother Jack cut for Atlantic – with less of the tight larger soul arrangements that the label usually saddled him with. (Not that we mind those, though!) David Newman plays a variety of saxes, and the group also includes a young Melvin Sparks on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green and blue label pressing – nice and clean!)
Peter McEachern —
Code 2 ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ...
A really wonderful album from trombonist Peter McEachern – and a set that maybe has a bit more of an edge than some of the other records on the Steeplechase label! McEachern has this nicely raspy sound to his horn, and it's matched here by some bold tenor work from Noah Preminger – as ... read moreCD
An incredible document of late 60s America – composed and conducted by Gary McFarland, in a style that's much more ambitious than any of his other work! The album's fully titled "America The Beautiful: An Account Of Its Disappearance" – and features "movements" ... read moreCD
Gary McFarland —
Today ... LP Skye, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Wild stuff – and very different than Gary McFarland's earlier albums! Today was recorded late in Gary's career, and is has him moving a bit away from jazz – into a more sunshine pop feel – one that still retains plenty of the bossa and breezy elements of his Verve work, but which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set from the Australian jazz underground of the 60s – two never-heard live recordings by the group of altoist Bernie McGann – a player who was one of the strongest modernists working down under at the time! Bernie's got this open, soaring tone on his horn that's really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – heavy vinyl and cover, and with a bonus insert of notes too!)
The second volume of Howard McGhee material to be released as part of Blue Note's great 10" Connoisseur series – issued here along with an equally rare session by guitarist Tal Farlow, recorded around the same time in the 1950s! McGhee's talents on trumpet have always been touted highly ... read moreCD
One of the few recordings available from the classic period of Chris McGregor's famous Brotherhood Of Breath ensemble – the African-tinged jazz combo that grew out of the wreckage of the ex-patriation of South Africa's Blue Notes ensemble as it mixed with members of the London scene in the ... read moreCD
Classic hard-wailing organ from Jimmy, and one of his best sessions from the mid 60's Sue Records years! Most of the cuts are short, with the deep R&B groove that made his best Sue records really work – and they were recorded with a good raw sound that would be best pounding out of a ... read moreCD
Some great down-home work from Jimmy McGriff – a session that's a bit less funk-based than some of his others for the Groove Merchant label, but still plenty darn great! The set's kind of a nice link between the straighter soul jazz of McGriff's 60s years, and his return to the format at the ... read moreCD
A nice bit of funky organ work from Jimmy McGriff – a set that's got his famous talents on the Hammond out front of a larger ensemble – but in a way that's very different than some of his albums of that type from the 70s! There's lots of electricity in the mix – electric piano ... read moreCD
An early 70s gem from Jimmy McGriff! Jimmy's grooving with a larger group here – but in a funky 70s mode that makes for a great update of the rawer sound he laid out on some of his Sue sides in the 60s. The best tracks are the covers of 70s soul material – like "Shaft", ... read moreCD
An early 70s gem from Jimmy McGriff! Jimmy's grooving with a larger group here – but in a funky 70s mode that makes for a great update of the rawer sound he laid out on some of his Sue sides in the 60s. The best tracks are the covers of 70s soul material – like "Shaft", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy hits a bit of a CTI groove here – working with larger backings from Brad Baker, but still in a style that's got a heck of a lot of soul, despite the smoothness! There's plenty of great space for solo work on the set, and Jimmy Ponder is especially nice in the format – hitting ... read moreCD
Jimmy McGriff in a very cool 70s mode – hitting some of the fuller, more soul-based styles that Johnny Hammond and Jimmy Smith were exploring in the middle of the decade – while still also displaying a hell of a talent on the organ as well! The album has extra keyboards from Pat ... read moreCD
Sweet funky blues from the team of Junior Parker and Jimmy McGriff – sounding better here maybe than on any of their other albums! Junior's got a sweet approach to the lyrics that grooves nicely with Jimmy's Hammond – and the set's got some full and soulful arrangements by Horace Ott ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groove Holmes and Jimmy McGriff go head to head in this double-organ extravaganza! The set was recorded live in Boston in 1973, and it features some of the most furiously funky live organ grooving you'll find this side of Root Down – and a whole lot of super tight jazz jamming! The group's ... read moreCD
Bill McHenry —
Rest Stop ... CD Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 1997. Used ...
Features Bill McHenry on tenor sax, Ben Monder on guitar, Chris Higgins on bass, and Dan Rieser on drums. CD
Great later work from reedman Ken McIntyre – still going strong here after his famous avant records of the 60s! Ken is blowing a wide variety of horns here – alto, flute, bass clarinet, and oboe – and the group features Kenny Drew on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Andrei ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most righteous albums ever issued by the always-righteous Tribe Records label of Detroit – a really collective effort, one that features ensemble vocals and spiritual jazz – all pulled together by pianist Harold McKinney! The album showcases a group named Voices Of The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful later work from guitarist John McLaughlin – a record that moves heavily into a Brazilian-inspired vibe – not necessarily in the actual style of the music, but more in the sunny spirit that embraces the whole session! The album was recorded in Paris with airy backing that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, light wear, and hype sticker.)
John McLaughlin —
Devotion ... CD Celluloid/Movie Play, 1970. Used ...
An intensely jamming album from guitarist John McLaughlin – and a record that set a whole new tone for electric jazz in the 70s! The album was recorded shortly after McLaughlin's work with Miles Davis on Bitches Brew and Tony Williams on the first Emergency album – and in a way, it's a ... read moreCD
A key change for John McLaughlin – post-Mahavishnu, post-Shakti, and very much the electric guitarist promised in the title! The album's one of McLaughlin's more professional fusion outings of the 70s, but still has some of the earthiness of his roots – and despite a rather large ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John McLaughlin on guitar, drum programming, and synthesizer programming, Ada Rovatti on soprano and tenor saxophone, Eric Johnson on guitar, Shankar Mahadevan on vocals, Otmaro Ruiz on synthesizer, Zakir Hussain on tabla, Gary Husband on drums and keyboards, Hadrien Feraud, Matthew Garrison, and ... read moreCD
A far reaching set from fusion rooted, but boundlessly talented jazz guitarist John McLaughlin – featuring an all star roster of guests and admirers and a stylistic sprawling set of numbers! A few numbers with voice accompaniment add a spiritual depth, but for the most part, Promise intends ... read moreCD
(Punch through barcode and promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
A groundbreaking early album from guitarist John McLaughlin – a set that's a bit different than his more famous work of the mid 70s – with maybe a more avant approach, and a lot more bite as well! The set's really an equal collaboration, rather than just a McLaughlin session – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Bill Evans on saxophone, Mitchel Forman on keyboards, Jonas Hellborg on bass, and Danny Gottlieb on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius, Tony Williams —
Trio Of Doom ... CD Columbia, 1979. Used ...
Complete recorded works of the all-star team of Pastorius, McLaughlin, and Williams, including live recordings from the 1979 Havana Jam Festival, plus studio material and unreleased alternate takes! CD
An overlooked gem! During the mid 70s, Jackie McLean cut a few fantastic records that had a very spiritual vibe, and which added in a lot more soul than in previous sessions from the 60s. Part of the strength of these recordings – including this one – is the other musicians in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some wear, aging, seam splitting, a sticker spot and a cutout hole.)