The sweet debut from guitarist Earl Klugh – a player whose sound went onto dominate late 70s fusion in a big big way! Klugh's clearly stepping here into a space allowed by George Benson at the time – a blend of jazz and R&B that's warmer and mellower than work previously done on ... read moreCD
A real breakout album for Earl Klugh – the kind of record that got him on the a-list of fusion players for the rest of the 70s! The title here is especially well-chosen – as the tunes have a gently colorful feel that's never too slick, despite the tighter setting of the album – ... read moreCD
(Out of print 2009 pressing with 24bit remastering, includes obi.)
Earl Klugh's second album for Blue Note – and like the first, a nicely stripped-down album that we like a lot better than his later work! Klugh's sound and tone are still very pure here – set up in some nice small group arrangements by Dave Grusin, and recorded in a way that brings out ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jimmy Knepper —
Tell Me ... LP Daybreak (Netherlands), 1979. Near Mint- ...
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a lightly bent corner.)
Monky Kobayashi & NY Bebop —
What's This ... LP Paddle Wheel (Japan), 1984. Near Mint- ...
Japanese drummer Monky Koabayashi meets up here with a New York group – one that features Benny Green on piano, Hassan Hammid on trumpet, Clusence C Sharpe on alto, Junior Cook on tenor, and Lonnie Plaxico on bass! Evelyn Blakey sings a bit – and titles include "Strollin", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has light wear.)
Yoichi Kobayashi & New York Be-Bop —
What's This ... CD Paddle Wheel (Japan), 1985. Used ...
(Out of print, includes obi which has a small Japanese promo sticker over the barcode.)
Japanese drummer Yoichi Kobayashi serves up a mighty tribute to the late, great Art Blakey – with a combo that features musicians who were all part of his Jazz Messengers group over the years! The album's got a rock-solid, romping groove that would have made Blakey proud – and as with ... read moreCD
An early effort from saxman Moe Koffman – a much straighter jazz record than some of his later funk, flute, and cosmic groove experiments – and a nice one at that! The album features Koffman mostly on tenor, leading a septet of Canadian players in a set of tightly arranged titles that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split bottom seam, surface wear, and discoloration from age.)
Complex horn magic from the great Franz Koglmann – always a great musician on his own, but even better when he gets a chance to share his concepts with a larger group! In this case, the septet features five horn players and two string musicians – Franz on trumpet and flugelhorn, John ... read moreCD
Incredible work from trumpeter Franz Koglmann – a musician who doesn't always get the same sort of credit as his avant jazz contemporaries – but who certainly warrants strong recognition for the depth of this set! The record is bristling with brilliance – and has this mixture of ... read moreCD
Franz Koglmann with Steve Lacy —
Flaps ... CD Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), 1973. New Copy ...
Steve Lacy had plenty of fantastic moments on the European scene of the 70s – but this unique album may well stand as one of his best! The set's very different than any of Steve's recordings with his own group – partly because the core energy here comes from trumpeter Franz Koglmann ... read moreCD
The continued rebirth of Finnish saxophone genius Eero Koivistoinen – a player who cut some legendary records in the 70s, and still sounds wonderful here in a more contemporary setting! Eero's maybe not as way-out as back in the day, but he's balanced that out with an even more emotive sound ... read moreCD
A very edgey big band session from German tenorist Hans Koller – originally recorded in 1968, but unissued until the end of the 70s – and even then, only briefly! The session's an unusual one for Koller, who normally works in small group format – and it features an extended suite ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch pressing from 1979. Cover has some edge wear and sticker remnants.)
Hans Koller Free Sound —
Nome ... CD Be! (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
Fantastic work from avant saxophonist Hans Koller – rare material that stands with the best Free Sound albums he released for MPS in the 70s! By this point in his career, Koller was really exploding with talent – a sax player who first begun in the postwar years with modes that were ... read moreCD
Possibly the most fantastic recording ever from the greatest talent of Polish jazz! The material was recorded in 1965, in the years before Komeda followed Roman Polanski to the US to score his films like Rosemary's Baby – and it's one of the greatest modernist albums of the 60s jazz scene on ... read moreCD
Early work from the legendary Krzystof Komeda – recorded years before he was setting the Polish scene on fire with his inventive soundtracks and modern jazz – but at a level that's still pretty revolutionary overall! The album brings together material from a few different sessions ... read moreCD
A set of early recordings by Polish jazz legend Komeda – all cut at the Jazz Jamboree festival in 1961, and featuring a variety of different groups. The strongest sides on the set features Komeda with a quartet that features tenor sax by Bernt Rosengren – really cooking with a modern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning early work from Polish pianist Krzysztof Komeda – an artist who would blossom to great fame in the 60s, thanks to his modern jazz material and film scores – but one who's already at the top of his game on this set of 50s recordings for Polish radio! Komeda's on piano ... read moreCD
A big burst of modern jazz energy from the legendary pianist Krzysztof Komeda – heard here with some of his key contemporaries, on a set of live long tracks that pave the way for his famous Astigmatic album of the 60s! The CD features two performances recorded for Polish radio – both ... read moreCD
Very soulful work from modern jazz genius Krzystof Komeda – captured here on two mid 60s recordings for Polish radio, both of which feature trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – who was one of the best musical partners that Komeda ever had! The first half of the material also features tremendous ... read moreCD
Very spiritual work from pianist Krzysztof Komeda – a set that features two long live readings of his "Night Time Day Time Requiem", a piece dedicated to John Coltrane – plus one shorter song with an equally heavenly vibe! The core composition is handled here in recordings ... read moreCD
A really wonderful collection of rare moments from Polish modernist Krzysztof Komeda – showing some other sides of his many talents! The set begins with a vocal number – singer Kalina Jedrusik performing slinky, moody Polish lyrics in front of a combo led by Komeda – on the tune ... read moreCD
A mighty nice pairing from the early golden age of Polish jazz – a set of radio recordings that bring together the vibes of Jerzy Milian with the amazing piano work of Krzystof Komeda – also known for his big soundtracks in the second half of the 60s! Here, Komeda's a jazz musician ... read moreCD
Krzysztof Komeda with Bernt Rosengren —
Knife In Water ... 7-inch Polskie Nagrania/Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy (pic cover)...
A seminal moment in Polish jazz – and in the soundtrack career of Krzystof Komeda, too! The rare EP features reedman Bernt Rosengren working with Komeda's trio – laying down amazing music from the film Knife In Water – but in a live performance from the the 1961 Jazz Jamboree ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... read moreCD
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A subtle 70s gem from the great Lee Konitz – a record that almost returns to the spare, simple, sublime sound of his best 50s recordings – but with a few more modern edges too! Lee's alto is superb throughout – every bit as sharp as when we love it the best – and the tenor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great Konitz work recorded in Italy – definitely in that "cut above" mode you get with the Horo label! The group features Dave Cliff on guitar, Peter Ind on bass, Al Levitt on drums – and the set features a mix of tunes by Konitz, Tristano, Wayne Marsh, and others. Tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has unglued seams.)
A slightly different album than usual for Lee Konitz in the 50s – one that's got a bit harder edge, and which has Lee working in a group with a trumpet! The set's performed by a quintet that includes Konitz usual suspects Sal Mosca on piano and Peter Ind on bass, along with Shadow Wilson on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has a split top seam held with old tape and a split spine.)
One of two albums that Lee Konitz cut with the trio of Marial Solal in 1968 – originally issued only very briefly in Europe on the small Campi label, and some of Konitz' most groundbreaking work of the 60s! Solal had been transforming the sound of jazz piano for most of the 60s by this point ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing on Toho – in a heavy gatefold cover, with insert.)
A classic session of cool jazz from the 50s – a majestic meeting of the alto of Lee Konitz and the tenor sax of Warne Marsh! The album's a perfect example of icy modernism at its best – swinging nicely, never too uptight, but with a well-composed approach that really shows the magic of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great concert recorded in London in 1976, but which has all the classic flavor of the great Konitz/Marsh work of the 50s! In fact, this session may go those sessions even better, as it has the twin tenor giants playing in a piano-less group, with only Peter Ind on bass and Al Levitt on drums. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The kind of session you might be more likely to find on the MPS label than the Hat Hut one – with kind of an arch-modernist sound, instead of a totally free one! Bernd Konrad plays soprano and baritone – with Hans Koller on tenor and sopranino and Christoph Spendel on piano – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Konstrukt are a pretty great group on their own – a quartet of Turkish improvisers who have some really dynamic energy – but this time around, they also add the tremendous talents of Ken Vandermark to their sound, which really knocks that record out of the park! The tracks are full of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 – on heavyweight vinyl and with download!)
Seminal 60s jazz from the Hungarian scene – a series of loose jam session recordings that mostly feature pianist Janos Korossy, more famously known on other European records as Jancsi Korossy! At first listen, Korossy's a player with a sound that borrows heavily from warmer American pianists ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very different album than the previous effort from drummer/percussionist Saratha Korwar – a lot more political, as you might guess from the title – and a set that has the London musician working with performers from the hip hop scenes in Mumbai and New Delhi! Most of the tunes have a ... read moreCD
A very different album than the previous effort from drummer/percussionist Saratha Korwar – a lot more political, as you might guess from the title – and a set that has the London musician working with performers from the hip hop scenes in Mumbai and New Delhi! Most of the tunes have a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Here's a pianist you probably don't know at all – and one you definitely can't pronounce – but we bet you'll really be loving the music of Mieczyslaw Kosz after you've heard this set of solo performances for Polish radio from the late 60s! Kosz has a style that's somewhat conventional, ... read moreCD
Wonderfully fluid work from Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Kosz – an artist who's clearly trained with the proficiency of a classical musician, but who's playing here with an open, swinging, jazz-based mode! There's a feel here that reminds us a bit of some of the French trio work of the time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't blame us for the typo in the title – just thank us for carrying such groovy record! The album's a hi-fi space jazz spectacular – featuring some of Eruope's hippest players of the 60s, all coming together under the leadership of Roland Kovac, who composed and arranged this 17-part ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing – out of print!)
Peter Kowald/Kent Kessler/Fred Lonberg-Holm —
Flats Fixed ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1998. New Copy Gatefold ...
The strings have it – in this sweet little set from bassists Peter Kowald and Kent Kessler, and the great Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello! The combination of instruments is wonderful – very free, but often quite tuneful nonetheless – as each player seems to glide between rhythm and ... read moreCD
Irene Kral with Herb Pomeroy —
Band & I ... LP United Artists, 1959. Near Mint- ...
Sparkling work from singer Irene Kral – and possibly the best album she ever cut! The backings here are by the Herb Pomeroy group – a slightly modern ensemble that still knows how to swing with a good dose of Boston soul – and the overall feel of the album's a lot more forceful ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label pressing with deep groove. Cover is lightly aged.)
The first album in many years from Edmondy Krater – an overlooked musical genius from the scene in Guadeloupe – and one who maybe sounds better here than ever before! Krater's always had an ear for blending jazz with some of the more recent currents of the island – but that ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The debut album from one of the hippest modernists on the Czech scene in the 60s – reedman Karel Krautgartner, who was equally talented on the alto and clarinet! Here, Karel plays with his group – which includes Karel Velebny on vibes, Kamil Hala on piano, and Jiri Jelinek on piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, in flip-back cover! Cover has some very light wear, but is great overall.)
Volker Kriegel —
Spectrum ... LP MPS, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
The funky fusion classic from guitarist Volker Krieger! Easily one of Krieger's best albums, Spectrum was remarkably cut in just two days at MPS Studios in 1971 – with a group that includes Peter Baumeister on drums, Cees See on bongos and percussion, Peter Trunk on bass and cello, and John ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet soulful fusion from guitarist Volker Kriegel – a player who's definitely tighter here than in his more psychedelic days – but who still has a wonderful sense of sound, space, and timing! The record features some great tones from Volker – sliding along with this slight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most airy, organic work we've ever heard from singer Karin Krog – a selection of rare recordings from the early 70s, most of which were done with minimal instrumental backing! Karin's vocals are extremely compelling here – more than enough to hold our attention as she works ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from one of our favorite singers of all time – an artist with roots in jazz, but one who quickly stepped out into something else entirely – as you'll hear on this beautiful selection of tunes! Karin Krog's been a key figure in the Norwegian jazz scene since the start of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark meeting from one of the two greatest talents in jazz on the 70s European scene – vocalist Karin Krog and saxophonist Archie Shepp – both coming together in an extremely evocative session! The work has a very moody feel – as Krog's singing in a spacious tone that allows ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The icy voice of Norwegian singer Karin Krog is a perfect match for Dexter's deep soulful saxophone, and the two of them perform wonderfully together in this rare set of tracks recorded in 1970 with Kenny Drew on piano and Niel Henning Orsted-Peterson on bass. Krog has always been tremendously ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic album that brings together all of the European winners of the recent Downbeat polls – like Karin Krog, John Surman, Albert Mangelsdorff, Francy Boland, Daniel Humair, and Niels Henning Orsted-Pedersen. The sextet is a lively batch of free-swinging European jazz stylists, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kind of a reprise of earlier days – one that reunites Krupa with Anita O'Day and Roy Eldridge, as the group runs through some material from earlier years. Arrangements are by Quincy Jones, Billy Byers, and Nat Pierce – and the set actually swings more cleanly than some of Krupa's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little 50s album that compiles Gene's work from the early 40s – his groundbreaking early swing sides, some featuring singer Anita O'Day, others with the great Roy Eldridge on trumpet! Tunes are tight, lively, and feature some killer drum work (natch!) – and titles include "A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty darn great album – with a wonderful mix of JATP swing and strong-handed drumming by the leaders. The material was mostly recorded at a Jazz At The Philharmonic show at Carnegie Hall in 1952, and although the main focus appears to be Krupa and Rich's drum work, there's actually some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful meeting of two of the biggest 50s talents on the drums – and a session that's great not only for the expected firey percussion, but also for the horn work by other members on the set! Given the "drum battle" style of the record, the tracks are long and very open – ... read moreCD
Nice, tight, simple, and swinging! All players are hitting a good later stride here, set in unrestricted small group company on the occasion of the film release of the Benny Goodman story. Verve was able to get the players to go past the stock stuff they did for the film, and recreate some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Clef pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear and a name in pen.)
Martin Kuchen & Raful Mazar —
Baza ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Martin Kuchen has a very explosive style here – one that often has these sharply punctuated notes leaping out of more subtle sonic passages – all given a strong push by the acoustic bass guitar of Rafal Mazur! Mazur often moves up and down the fretboard with a style that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bold music, indeed – a tremendous blend of avant garde jazz and groovier moments from pianist Joachim Kuhn! The style is a great illustration of the two key poles of the MPS label at the end of the 60s – the company's willingness to take a chance on freer jazz artists, but also its ... read moreCD
One of the best albums we've heard from pianist Joachim Kuhn in years – a really thoughtful solo piano take on the music of Ornette Coleman – and one that definitely lives up to the "melodic" promise of the title! Kuhn's never totally straight ahead – and lord knows, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best albums we've heard from pianist Joachim Kuhn in years – a really thoughtful solo piano take on the music of Ornette Coleman – and one that definitely lives up to the "melodic" promise of the title! Kuhn's never totally straight ahead – and lord knows, ... read moreCD
Two 70s albums from overlooked reedman Peter Kuhn – back to back here in a single sweet set! First up is Livin Right – a set that was originally broadcast live on New York radio in 1978, and which really captures the openly creative spirit of the loft jazz generation – as Peter ... read moreCD
A beautiful solo set from Steve Kuhn – recorded in the mid 70s, with an even more careful, thoughtful tone than some of his other albums of the decade! Steve's piano is captured in a warmly intimate setting – somewhat echoey at points, and spinning out with these captivating lines and ... read moreCD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the ECM 50 series!)
Steve Kuhn at his funky best! Over the years, you may have seen Steve's name turn up on collections of hip funky tunes from the early 70s – but probably have never been able to find the right record that offers that same sound. Well, search no further, because this is the record – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting in the spine.)
Steve Kuhn —
Trance ... CD ECM (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A really fantastic ECM moment from pianist Steve Kuhn – one that brings a new sort of focus to the decade's worth of music he'd been recording for other labels – in the company of a quartet that features Steve Swallow on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Sue Evans on percussion! ... read moreCD
A really fantastic ECM moment from pianist Steve Kuhn – one that brings a new sort of focus to the decade's worth of music he'd been recording for other labels – in the company of a quartet that features Steve Swallow on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Sue Evans on percussion! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)
Jonas Kullhammar/Kresten Osgood/Ole Morten Vagan —
Andratx ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2007. Used ...
Genius work from one of the greatest young tenorists in many years – Sweden's Jonas Kullhammar, heard here with his Andratx trio – a group based on tenor, bass, and drums – all with a fluidly creative sound that takes us back to Sonny Rollins at the Village Vanguard in the late ... read moreCD
Slawomir Kulpowicz —
In/Formation ... LP Poljazz/Pronit (Poland), Early 80s. Very Good+ ...
Trio material – with Witold Szczurek on bass and Czeslaw Bartkowski on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a very short click in one spot, but is great overall.)
Trumpeter Andrzej Kurylewicz is known best for small combo modern jazz recordings – but here, he leads a hip large ensemble in a series of recordings done for Polish Radio in 1964 – a lineup that mixes hard swing with some modern elements – and which includes performances from ... read moreCD
Things really took off at Poland's Jazz Jamboree in 1962 – as the festival began its fantastic 60s run of bringing together some of the hippest modernists on the planet! Forget any hoke you might think from the "jamboree" name – because instead, the event was a legendary ... read moreCD
A pretty intense power trio from the Chicago scene – a group that features guitar from Tashi Dorji, drums and percussion from Tyler Damon, and alto, tenor, and baritone sax from the great Dave Rempis! The album features one completely sprawling improvisation – "Fontanelles" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
KVL (Quin Kirchner/Daniel Van Duerm/Matthew Lux) —
KVL Volume 1 ... LP Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ...
The debut album from a very hip trio – one that features Quin Kirchner on drums and percussion, Daniel Van Duerm on organ and electric piano, and Matt Lux on bass – plus all three members on some sort of electronics! The tunes are instrumental and experimental, but almost always have ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The rarest of all Charles Kynard albums – and a real standout groover from the classic funk days of Prestige! The album's a really creative outing – with arrangements by Richard Fritz that take the usual small combo Prestige sound to new heights – twisting and turning the rhythms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy vinyl and a tip-on cover!)
An ultra-hip album from organist Charles Kynard – one of his earliest outings as a leader for Prestige, and a set that's much more in the Groove Holmes mode than some of his later, funkier sides! The setting here is quite lean – a trio that features the wonderful Cal Green on guitar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label perssing. Cover has a cutout notch and moisture staining in the top left corner.)
The title cut to Kyoto Jazz Massive's Mission album – given a whole new live here by Jax Medicine! The original tune builds in this really lovely modal style – grooves leaping over themselves, with a great piano solo in the middle – and warm horns from the group! The remix moves ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A pair of jazz funk classics from this group who got their start with reedman Tom Scott! First up is the self-titled LA Express – funky fusion with a bit of a studio feel – played by the LA Express, a combo best known for their work with Tom Scott – stepping out here strongly on ... read moreCD
A beautiful group, and one with a very unique sound – a style that draws from the early 50s experiments in Brazilian jazz by Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida – but which also moves the approach into even more sophisticated 70s territory! The quartet features Almeida on acoustic guitar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert. Cover has an Audio Source sticker on back.)
Pretty amazing work from one of the greatest under-rated talents of 50s modern jazz! John LaPorta was a brilliant multi-instrumentalist who's probably best known for his work with Mingus in the mid 50s Jazz Workshop years, and for his earlier sides with Woody Herman – but it's on records ... read moreCD
Despite the stupid name (or perhaps because of it), this is one of the great lost sessions of the 60s! Drummer Pete LaRoca originally cut this set for the tiny Douglas label, and the session's an amazing bit of modernist jazz that features a rare non-Sun Ra appearance by tenorist John Gilmore. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tight rhythm trio gets some really great help on horns – as La Section Rythmique records here with strong guest work on tenor from Harry Allen, and Luigi Grasso on alto sax! The core group have recorded before – but at some level, their strengths seem even more evident in the company ... read moreCD
A strong little set from the upstate scene that circled around PM Records in the mid 70s – one headed up by sax player Pat Labarbera, and which features Gene Perla on bass, Joe Labarbera on drums, and either Richie Beirach or Don Thompson on piano! Pat plays tenor, soprano, and flute – ... read moreCD
Sweet electric jazz from 70s Poland – a really tripped-out set of keyboard tunes, almost an Eastern European take on the Herbie Hancock sound of the time! The group's led by keyboard maestro Janusz Grzywacz – who works here on Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano, and a Roland 2000 – ... read moreCD
Quasimoto ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
70s Polish fusion at its finest, served up by the always-tight Laboratorium – a group who know when to jam at the right points, but who can also lay back into a spacier groove as well! This album does a good job of mixing in plenty of keyboards – Fender Rhodes and Arp, juxtaposed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album