A wicked wicked set of tracks from Japan – one that blends together jazzy riffing and Brazilian rhythms, all played with a surprisingly soulful bent! Suzuki's on bass and piccolo bass, and Yamamoto plays not only electric piano but also a bit of electric harpsichord – which adds a cool ... read moreCD
Rare 50s work by this Swedish pianist – with Rar Grip on bass and Robert Edman on drums – on titles that include "Love Me Or Leave Me", "I'll Remember April", "All Of Me", and "Long Ago & Far Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese 10" reissue pressing, on Norma. Includes insert.)
A tight set of fusion from Sweetbottom – an American combo who definitely seem to draw a lot from the rock-inspired Euro fusion sound of a few years before! There's also a bit of the PM Records vibe – from the Steve Grossman/Gene Perla camp – lots of sharp, fast changes in the ... read moreCD
Guitar-heavy fusion from Sweetbottom – one of those late 70s groups that definitely brought a rock into play with their jazz! In fact, this album's got more vocals than the group's previous efforts – definitely heading for the kind of mature, FM radio mode of the time – cats ... read moreCD
Steve Swell Quinet Soul Travelers —
Astonishments ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2020. New Copy ...
One of the most righteous albums we've ever heard from trombonist Steve Swell – a great follow-up to his Soul Travelers album – and, like that one, done in this majestic mode that hearkens back to the hippest sounds of the loft jazz years! Swell's group is fantastic – with Jemeel ... read moreCD
A tribute to Bela Bartok from the great trombonist Steve Swell – but a record that's very much in the spirit of all of the other fantastic records that Steve's been giving us! There's nothing too compositional here – the record is all original music, not versions of Bartok pieces ... read moreCD
Arrangements by Ralph Burns – and titles include "He Loves & She Loves", "So Far", "When A Woman Loves A Man", "I Am Loved", "Alone Too Long", and "Hands Across The Table". (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic jazz project from early 70s France – but one that also features a strong contribution from Chicago percussionist Steve McCall – best known for his work in the Air trio, and as part of the AACM! The music is a very freewheeling mix of jazz and global elements – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gabor Szabo —
1969 ... CD Skye/DCC, 1969. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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
One of Gabor Szabo's best records – a hip small combo session, featuring backup by Gary McFarland, Sadao Watanabe, Richard Davis, and Willie Rodriguez – an odd kind of lineup, but one that goes well with the offbeat grooves of the set! The overall sound has lots of touches of the ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)
Wonderful work from guitarist Gabor Szabo – a record that really helped to shift his sound and style into the 70s! The groove here is often open and free – taking off from some of the exoticism of Gabor's 60s albums on Impulse and Skye, but with a bit more of the CTI electric groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover as cutout hole, promo sticker and small info sticker. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 1, track 2.)
Gabor Szabo —
Rambler ... CD CTI/King (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Lean 70s genius from the great Gabor Szabo – a set that has him electrifying the sort of vibe he created on Impulse Records in the 60s – but all without ever sounding too slick or commercial! The group here is nice and lean – supervised by Bob James, who plays piano and organ, ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
A key moment in the career of Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo – a player who'd already been making some great music in the group of Chico Hamilton, but who really cemented his reputation with the sound on this set! Right from the start, Gabor was always a guitarist with something very new, ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Digipack has a promo sticker on the front, a small sticker on the back, and a mark through the barcode.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Aki Takase & David Murray —
Blue Monk ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ...
One of the most striking albums we've ever heard from pianist Aki Takase – in large part because of some great work from David Murray on tenor sax – and some especially nice bass clarinet! The album's from a moment when it seemed as if duo modes were some of the best for Murray – ... read moreCD
Guitarist Masayuki "Jojo" Takayanagi takes things back to basics with his Second Concept here – playing in a style that's straighter and more swinging than some of his avant work of the 70s – yet at a level that's equally compelling too! Given that he went outside a heck of a ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
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
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 jazzy combo from the Caribbean – led by a singer who also plays some really wonderful vibes! The rhythms are strong, with a definite dose of calypso in the mix – but the overall sound is much more in the jazz side of the spectrum, thanks to fluidly melodic sounds from Andre Tanker on ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)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
A second unearthed gem from pianist Horace Tapscott at the Lighthouse club in 1979 – very sharp stuff featuring a solid group of Nimbus players! Volume 2 was recorded on October 11, appropriately the night after the set featured on Lighthouse 79 Vol 1, with Tapscott leading the way, and ... read moreCD
A strong trio session from Horace Tapscott – recorded in Santa Barbara in 1981, with a trio that features Sonship on percussion and the great Roberto Miranda on bass! Miranda's tone is round and warm, and brings out some of the most soulful sides of Tapscott's playing – even when he's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Call ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
An amazing record from pianist Horace Tapscott – maybe one of his most ambitious projects ever, and a set that stands head and shoulders next to his classic work for the Nimbus label! As with some of those records, this set features his large Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – performing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Horace Tapscott/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Flight 17 ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
One of the most ambitious albums ever from pianist Horace Tapscott – a double-length set that has him working with a large lineup of underground musicians from the 70s Los Angeles scene – all united in spirit and power as the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra! Tapscott's piano directs the ... read moreCD
Makoto Tarashita & Harold Land —
Topology ... CD Aketa's Disk/BBE (UK), 1984. New Copy ...
A really fantastic album from tenorist Harold Land – a very rare Japanese set that may well blow away even his best albums of the 70s! The record features pianist Makoto Tarashita in the lead – a strongly spiritual player with a nicely modal sensibility – spun out over long ... read moreCD
A nice bit of an American comeback set for Buddy Tate – although he'd never really "gone away", thanks to a good crop of European recordings in the earlier part of the 70s! The set's got Buddy leading a group of "buddies" that includes Roy Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Mary ... read moreCD
Two swinging killers from the great Buddy Tate – a tenor talent with a sound to transcend generations! First up is the obscure Swingville album Tate's Date – a set that has Buddy working with Pat Jenkins on trumpet, Ben Richardson on alto and baritone, and Eli Robinson on trombone ... read moreCD
A wonderful record based around a brilliant concept! Buddy Tate is a hell of a tenor player – with a tone that's up there with Rollins, Coltrane, and other giants – but his frequent recording patterns usually have him in less adventurous swing-based sessions, ones that don't get him to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant album from Kaidi Tatham – deeper by far than anything we've ever heard from him, and way more than you might expect if you only know his singles from the London scene! This set's got a very strong jazz component – monstrous keyboard work from Kaidi that stretches and soars ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring sounds from Kaidi Tatham – music that's upbeat and moving, yet wonderfully precise in its simplicity too! Kaidi works in this cosmic fusion style that owes plenty to the London style a decade or so back – but it also moves forward with a lot more live instrumentation in the mix ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare solo piano recordings by Art Tatum – recorded surprisingly well at a private party in the late 40s, with sound that's as clear and concise as any of his studio sides from the time! The quality of the work is excellent – extremely captivating, despite the stripped-down setting ... 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
(Second pressing, with the very nice magnetic flap!)
A really amazing step forward for Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty – two musicians best known as founders of BADBADNOTGOOD – but emerging here in an even more mature blend of jazz and larger instrumental ideas! The record mixes core solo voices with some larger touches here and there ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very unusual material from this famous pianist – given that the group here features John Hardee on tenor sax and Milt Page on organ! Titles include "The Bug", "Misty Morning Blues", "Solace", "Monk's Mood", and "Night & Day". LP, Vinyl record album
A flurry of fantastic recordings from the legendary Billy Taylor – material the pianist recorded for Prestige Records in the early 50s – at a time when he was really helping to transform the sound of the piano in jazz! These sides have Taylor showing that a small combo piano date can ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label 50th Street NYC pressing, with deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has splitting and a bit of tape on the bottom seam, and a small address sticker in a top corner.)
One of Billy Taylor's greatest albums – far more than his usual easy-handed soul jazz, and much more of a modernist-informed outing, with one of the hippest groups to ever back Taylor on record! The rhythm's by Bob Cranshaw and Walter Perkins of the MJT+3 – and the group's augmented by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover and labels have a cutout hole through the center.)
Rare Roost sides from Billy Taylor – recorded with a unique combo that features Charles Mingus on bass and Marquis Foster on drums! Mingus' bass tones are extremely pronounced in the set – bolder and more aggressive than we're used to hearing with Taylor at the time – and Taylor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Royal Roost pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging.)
It might not be the frolic that the title implies, but that's a plus – because this a straight-up solid early album from Taylor – recorded in tight trio format, with that no-nonsense soulful approach that made him a star player from the start! The group features the great (and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green & red pressing with Broadway address. Back cover has some aging and a trace of a price sticker.)
Features Taylor on piano, Victor Gaskin on bass, and Curtis Boyd on drums. CD
(Out of print.)
Cecil Taylor —
Air ... CD Candid (Germany), 1960. Used ...
Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp – two key modern figures of the 60s, working here together in a seminal session recorded at the start of the decade! The album's approach is definitely dictated by Taylor – as the tunes have a piano-driven quality that's quite different than most music ... read moreCD
Freewheeling Cecil – 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. The album features one long ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some surface wear and aging.)
Tremendous work from Cecil Taylor – a Japanese album that captures the pianist at the peak of his power – when he was breaking through into this amazing new territory in improvised music, with energy and dexterity that's completely unlike anyone else! Taylor in the 60s was great, but ... read moreCD
The Cecil Taylor Unit here is composed of Taylor, Jimmy Lyons on alto, Raphe Malik on trumpet, Ramsey Ameen on violin, Sirone on bass, and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums. The three songs performed are "Idut", "Serdab", and the nearly 30 minute-long "Holiday En Masque" CD
The Cecil Taylor Unit here is composed of Taylor, Jimmy Lyons on alto, Raphe Malik on trumpet, Ramsey Ameen on violin, Sirone on bass, and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums. The three songs performed are "Idut", "Serdab", and the nearly 30 minute-long "Holiday En Masque" LP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing in the pink top cover, with some light surface wear and aging.)
A lesser-known live set by Cecil from the 60s – recorded by Alan Bates in 1966, and featuring a quartet with Jimmy Lyons on alto, Andrew Cyrille on drums, and Alan Silva on bass. The set's pretty free overall, and features 4 long tracks – "Studen Studies (parts 1 & 2)", ... read moreCD
An unusual appearance on a major label for Cecil Taylor – recorded during a brief bit of optimism in A&M's jazz department! Despite the setting, though, the record's a great one – played with all the fire and dynamism of some of Taylor's indie work from the same stretch – and ... read moreCD
(Out of print, booklet has some light wear & light staining inside.)
This is the great Blue Note two-fer from the 70's that combines two rare Cecil Taylor albums from the 50's – one recorded for the Transition label, one for United Artists. First up is Jazz Advance – one of the best pre-1960 sessions by Cecil Taylor, recorded in Boston in 1956, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The larger Cecil Taylor Unit with multiple strings players (Ramsey Ameen on violin and Alan Silva on bass and cello), two drummers: Jerome Cooper and Sunny Murray and longtime reedman Jimmy Lyons. Recorded live in New York in 1980, capturing Taylor's unique conception of group improvisation in full ... read moreCD
Pretty well peak era material from pianist Cecil Taylor – doing his thing with incredible line up of jazz greats on a couple NYC dates from early 1961! A couple of the pieces here are pure magic – we're especially loving the bits where Cecil is kind of hitting the keys heavily, ... read moreCD
Cecil Taylor's definitely Looking Ahead here – pushing jazz piano very strongly into the 60s with his modernist tones – yet still working with a bit more restraint than in the next decade! The style here is quite unusual – and almost more fresh than the Taylor sound of later ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Part 3 of a classic live set that has Cecil playing with Sam Rivers, Jimmy Lyons, and Andrew Cyrille. The group perform "The Second Act Of A" (part 3), and the piece takes up both sides of the record, with a quick fadeout at the end of side 1. Rivers alternates between tenor and soprano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cecil Taylor —
Olu Iwa ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1986. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Features one track with a large Unit – which includes Peter Brotzman and Frank Wright on tenors, plus Thurman Barker on marimba and percussion, William Parker on bass, and Steve McCall on drums – plus one more quartet track with Parker, McCall, and Barker! CD
A classic live set by Cecil Taylor – easily one of his best-remembered albums of the 70s! The group here is a sextet – with Taylor on piano, Jimmy Lyons on alto, Raphe Malik on trumpet, Ramsey Ameen on violin, Sirone on bass, and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums – all working ... read moreCD
A classic live set by Cecil Taylor – easily one of his best-remembered albums of the 70s! The group here is a sextet – with Taylor on piano, Jimmy Lyons on alto, Raphe Malik on trumpet, Ramsey Ameen on violin, Sirone on bass, and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums – all working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Box has some surface wear, split corners, and tears in the edges.)
One of a rare few albums done by pianist Cecil Taylor for the Blue Note label in the 60s – some of the most outside work recorded for the imprint at the time! The word "structures" here is perhaps a bit misplaced – as the work has a strong sense of freedom with the soloists ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s white b label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)
Very cool work from Creed Taylor – material cut when he was still a bandleader, and hadn't yet evolved into the role of super-producer! The session's a long way from the CTI sound of the 70s – and instead has Creed playing some very spooky stuff – compositions by Kenyon Hopkins ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has worn corners and some aging.)
A vintage set from the great Ebo Talyor – an artist who's been recording new music in recent years, but who sounds even better here on one of his classics! Ebo's got a fair bit of jazz mixed in with his sound – a layering of flute, trombone, tenor, guitar, and keyboard parts with a ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mike Taylor Trio —
Trio ... LP Philips/Audio Clarity (UK), 1967. New Copy (reissue)...
A lost set of modernist piano jazz from the British scene of the late 60s – very much in the mode of the best American work of the time by pianists like Steve Kuhn or Don Friedman! Taylor's got an incredible touch on the keys – a post-Bill Evans mode that uses space as much a sound, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soulful tenor from Sam The Man Taylor – his takes on two exotic soundtrack themes! (Funky 45's, Jazz)7-inch, Vinyl record
John Tchicai, Reggie Workman, & Andrew Cyrille —
Witch's Scream ... CD Tum (Finland), 2006. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderful set from a trio of improvisational jazz veterans – with tenor sax, bass clarinet and some vocals by John Tchicai, bass & percussion by Reggie Workman and drums by Andrew Cyrille – a dynamic, exciting set of originals and fresh takes on standards! There's a looseness and ... read moreCD
John Tchicai/Cecil McBee/Garrison Fewell/Charlie K —
Tribal Ghost ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
The set's got a really beautiful sound – one that comes from the ringing guitar tones of Garrison Fewell, and the twin reeds of John Tchicai and Charlie Kohlhase – each of whom plays in a different channel of the recording! This approach gives the record a great sense of space from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Collects work by trombonist Jack Teagarden with Eddie's Hot Shots, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Fats Waller & His Buddies, the Benny Goodman Orchestra, Louis Armstrong All Stars, and the Bud Freeman Orchestra. CD
A bit more electric than you might guess from the "natural" in the title – but a great set of keyboards from the mighty Richard Tee – one of his few albums as a leader back in the day! The set's produced by Bob James, and has a groove that's not unlike some of James' own ... read moreCD
A very different album than the previous Tenderlonious record – but a set that's still overflowing with the soulful sounds that made us love his music in the first place! Last time around, Tenderlonious worked with the 22A Arkestra – a group of labelmates that fleshed out his sound ... read moreCD
A very different album than the previous Tenderlonious record – but a set that's still overflowing with the soulful sounds that made us love his music in the first place! Last time around, Tenderlonious worked with the 22A Arkestra – a group of labelmates that fleshed out his sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soulful reedman Tenderlonious plays flute this time around – but as always, it's the overall sound that makes the record so great – not just the solo bits on flute, but all the keyboards, basslines, and beats – stretched out in this cool 21st Century take on funky fusion! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic album from this hip British reedman – and maybe his strongest jazz album to date! As you might guess from the title, Tenderlonious plays the music of Tubby Hayes here – taking on older songs by the 60s British jazz giant, served up in small combo modes, with flute in ... read moreCD
A really fantastic album from this hip British reedman – and maybe his strongest jazz album to date! As you might guess from the title, Tenderlonious plays the music of Tubby Hayes here – taking on older songs by the 60s British jazz giant, served up in small combo modes, with flute in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tenderlonious featuring the 22 Archestra —
Shakedown ... CD 22A (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
We kinda want to hate the guy for such a hokey name like Tenderlonious – but this album's a surprisingly great little gem, and one that mixes lots of openly-blown work on flute with some sweet keyboards and other jazzy rhythms! The approach is maybe a bit like the Jason Lindh or Chris Hinze ... read moreCD
We've always loved the music of Jimi Tenor – but recently, he seems to get better and better with each new record – hitting a spiritual, soulful depth we never would have expected years ago! This album's one of his best efforts ever – and feels more like some lost 70s ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)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