We really love the way that Kirk Knuffke shapes the sounds that come from his horn – blowing cornet with this earthy, mouthy style that's extremely personal – and which takes on an even more unique quality in the setting of this album! The record's got Kirk in an unusual trio – ... read moreCD
A very cool tribute to the legendary Cannonball Adderley – but one that has a spirit that's nicely that of its leader, alto saxophonist Tony Kofi! Tony's got a tone that's different than Cannon – maybe a bit sharper, with this pinched, edgey quality that's really great – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features great work on trumpet and flugelhorn from Franz Koglmann – plus Tony Coe on clarinet and tenor, Paul Bley on piano, Burtkhard Stangl on guitar, Klaus Koch on bass, and Gerry Hemmingway on drums! CD
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
A legendary early MPS session – one that uses overdubbing to create an amazing horn section sound – one that's really only the work of one player, the mighty Hans Koller! The style of the set recalls some of Jimmy Guiffre and Anthony Ortega's experiments of the same type – using ... 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
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
One of those really unique records that trumpeter Toshinori Kondo gave us in the 80s – not really fusion, but not avant either all – yet a very unusual criss-crossing of electric and acoustic impulses, with a vibe that's all its own! Kondo's clearly drawing a bit of inspiration from ... read moreCD
A brilliant later set from Lee Konitz – recorded for Blue Note, after many years of Lee's mighty talents being ignored by US labels! Konitz first rose up as a modernist in the postwar years, recorded important records for Atlantic, Verve, Prestige, and other labels – then mostly gave ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare "with strings" session for altoist Lee Konitz – recorded back in his great years with Verve, set to wonderful arrangements from a young Bill Russo! The style here is a bit darker and more spare than some of the other albums of this type from the time – and Russo brings ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereophonic pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging, a split top seam held with pieces of clear tape, some splitting in the spine, and a 4 inch split in the bottom seam.)
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
Three early 10" albums from alto genius Lee Konitz – packaged together here in one great 2CD set! First up is Lee Konitz At Storyville – tight early work from Lee Konitz – recorded on location at the very hospitable Storyville nightclub in Boston – a sweet setting for ... read moreCD
An interesting concept record, with Konitz approaching a variety of material, much of it written by his collaborators, in wide open duet settings. Players include Jim Hall, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones and Richie Kamuca, and on each piece, both Konitz and his companion have loads of room to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing in a glossy cover, with a bit of marker inside the gatefold.)
A similar title and lineup to Lee's other Nonet album of the same year – but with 11 tracks that include "April/April Too", "Who You", "Fanfare", "Chi Chi", "Giant Steps", "Stryker's Dues", and "Hymn Too". LP, Vinyl record album
Lee Konitz leads a nine piece in this late 70s recording of standards with a few nice modern pieces thrown in. Featuring Jimmy Knepper, Rufus Reid and Billy Hart alongside Konitz,as well as a few less well known, but still very capable sidemen, like Burt Collins and Kenny Berger. 7 tracks in all: ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album in the career of Lee Konitz – and one that shows him really stretching out, past his tightly arranged style of the 50s! Lee's working here in a fairly free trio setting – backed by only Sonny Dallas on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Jones plays loosely and openly on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool vintage Japanese pressing – with different cover image, in flipback cover!)
Lee Konitz —
Oleo ... LP Sonet (UK), 1975. Near Mint- ...
Konitz plays alto and soprano sax – with only Dick Katz on piano and Wilbur Little on bass! Titles include "Weaver Of Dreams", "Invitation", "I Want A Little Girl", "Oleo", and "Lush Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has a partially unglued bottom seam.)
A nice little session from Lee Konitz – simple, without many tricks, and a great 70s extension of the sound of his 50s work! The group's a quartet with Sal Mosca on piano – and on a number of tracks, the pair of them play together alone, Lee blowing introspectively, and Sal working in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic meeting – the icy alto of Lee Konitz, with the mellifluous sound of the Gerry Mulligan quartet that included Chet Baker, Larry Bunker, and Carson Smith. The material was recorded in 1953 at The Haig in LA – and tracks include "Broadway", "These Foolish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, some yellowing from age, and a vintage price sticker on back.)
Pretty modern work from Konitz – recorded in Rome in 1968, with a French rhythm section of Martial Solal on piano, Henry Texier on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. The presence of Solal especially gives the session an edge – as Kontiz drifts into Solal's moody, introspective mode of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese Tam pressing, YX-4060, including the insert. Cover has a very small number written in pen on front.)
Lee Konitz, Don Friedman, & Attila Zoller —
Thingin ... CD Hatology (Switzerland), 1995. Used ...
A sublime meeting of three incredibly well-matched players – all artists who worked together in various formations back in the 60s, but waited another 30 years to record here as a trio! There's an airiness that really uniques all the artists in the trio – a sense of space and grace ... 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 moreCD
A special set of tracks from Sarathy Korwar – a jazz drummer at the core, but a musician with a heck of a lot more to offer too! The vibe here takes off nicely from Sarathy's More Arriving album – with the track "Birthright" served up in a blend of drums, piano, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on transparent green vinyl!)
A brilliant set from Finnish arranger Kerkko Koskinen – one with loads of deep jazzy textures, and a feel that's almost like some lost European soundtrack of the late 50s! The arrangements are tight, but never overwhelming – so that the ensemble's soloists have plenty of room to ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Yasuhiro Kouno —
Peace ... CD Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
An early 80s piano trio classic from Japan – one that features a group led by keyboardist Yasuhiro Kohno, and which also features a "plus one" vocalist on the final track! The style here is very much in the best Japanese mode of the 70s and early 80s – free-flowing lines on ... read moreCD
Pianist Yasuhiro Kouno has a really special guest on this record – vibist Masahiro Kanno, who's presence on the record makes the whole thing ring out with a really fantastic sense of joy and life! The vibes often lead the tunes, ringing out strongly next to the piano – and with a ... read moreCD
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
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 moreCD
Mid 70s magic from vocalist Irene Kral – one of a handful of albums that really had Kral setting herself apart from most other jazz vocal contemporaries! The approach here is very simple – just Irene's voice and piano backing from Alan Broadbent – but a hell of a lot goes on in ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Mid 70s magic from vocalist Irene Kral – one of a handful of albums that really had Kral setting herself apart from most other jazz vocal contemporaries! The approach here is very simple – just Irene's voice and piano backing from Alan Broadbent – but a hell of a lot goes on in ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure 60s albums cut by jazz vocalist Irene Kral – and a great little record that shows her to be more of a singer than we expected! Some of the tunes on the set have the straight vocals with band feel of Irene's other albums, but a few more go for a groovier sort of 60s ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK mono Fontana pressing, in a flip back cover, with some wrinkles on the opening.)
Daniel Kramer & Glinka Quartet —
Imagine ... CD Boheme (Russia), 1999. Used ...
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
(80s US pressing on Storyville in a white border cover. Cover has a cutout hole and discoloration from age.)
Krokofant with Stale Storlokken & Ingebrigt Haker Flaten —
Q (with bonus CD) ... LP Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2019. New Copy ...
A modern bit of progressive avant jazz from Krokofant – a trio who take us back to some of the European power combos of the 70s, particularly those that could blend together electric styles and outside sounds in the Eastern Bloc scene! The core lineup features tremendous drums from Axel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD!)
Kronomorfic (David Borgo & Paul Pellegrin) —
Entangled ... CD OA2, 2014. Used ...
David Borgo on tenor & soprano saxes, Paul Pellegrin on drums, John Fumo on trumpet & flugelhorn, Anthony Smith on vibraphone, marimba & glockenspiel, Peter Sprague on nylon string guitar, Paul Garrison on electric guitar & effects & Andy Zacharias on contrabass. CD
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
(Red label Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape along the spine and some aging on the back.)
A beautiful hard burner from Gene Krupa – a perfect example of the way he could skirt different camps of jazz when working in small group format! Players here are all top shelf – and include Ben Webster, Bill Harris, Teddy Wilson, Ray Brown, and Charlie Shavers – a lineup that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear, yellowing from age, and a vintage price sticker on back.)
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
(Early 80s pressing. Cover has a small cutout notch.)
A pretty darn great album – with a wonderful mix of JATP swing and strong-handed drumming by the leaders. The material was 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
(70s Polydor pressing. Cover has an index label and clear tape on the spine.)
A fantastic record from saxophonist Martin Kuchen – and a set that has us really reevaluating his talents, with a new sense of soul and spirit we've never heard before! The setting is relatively spare – and Kuchen dominates the proceedings on soprano, alto, and tenor saxes – ... 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
Fierce, freewheeling work by this excellent group – a quartet that features mindblowing trombone from Eje Thelin, a player we totally love – plus piano from Joachim Kuhn, who also blows a bit of alto sax – and bass from Adelhard Roidinger and drums from Jacques Thollot. Very free ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a very short click in one spot, but is otherwise great. Cover has a small mark from an old sticker, a small stain on the spine, and some light wear – but this is a nice copy overall.)
With Kuhn on tenor, alto, and bass clarinet – plus William Parker on tuba, Phillip Wilson on percussion, Bill Horvitz on guitar, Wayne Horvitz on electro-acoustic piano, and Mark Miller on vibes. LP, Vinyl record album
It seems like it's been many years since we last heard from reedman Peter Kuhn – but the sharpness of this set hardly marks the passage of time, as Kuhn's every bit as vibrant as he was a force on the avant scene of the late 70s and early 80s! As before, Kuhn handles a lot of b-flat and bass ... read moreCD
Peter Kuhn Quartet —
Kill ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1982. Near Mint- ...
Modernist clarinet at its best – handled deftly by Peter Kuhn, in a range of modes that moves between hard-swinging jazz and much more spacious, sonic textures! Kuhn plays both standard and bass clarinet – using the latter with an especially great sound that reminds us of some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most expressive albums ever from German jazzmen Rolf and Joachim Kuhn – an obscure American date cut for Impulse Records in the late 60s! This session pairs the Kuhn brothers – on clarinet and piano, respectively – with John Coltrane's bassist Jimmy Garrison and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole and a bit of gloss separation at the spine.)
One of the weird and wonderful sessions cut in the brief years of the Dauntless label – a set that's built around country and western tunes, but handled by the twin modern piano talents of Steve Kuhn and Toshiko Akioshi! The approach is very strange, and very magical – as the piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some heavy wear at the top of the spine, with some small stains and call letters in pen on back.)
One of the last great recordings of Steve Kuhn's vocal songs – done live at Fat Tuesday's with Sheila Jordan singing with Kuhn's trio! The sound here takes us back to classic 70s sets by Monica Zetterlund and Karin Krog that feature Kuhn's lyrics – wonderfully-crafted words that were ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really lovely work from Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi – a player who's not afraid to let the warmer, more sentimental elements of his music into the mix – while still also keeping things very spacious and distinct! At some level, the record's a solo piano jazz record – but ... read moreCD
A really fantastic 80th birthday tribute to Blue Note Records – one that has a host of younger Japanese jazz musicians banding together to deliver their own versions of Blue Note classics from back in the day! The lineup is wonderful, and very adept at changing up from track to track – ... read moreCD
A tremendous single improvisation by this very hip trio – Taqshi Dorji on guitar, Tyler Damon on drums, and Dave Rempis on alto, tenor, and baritone sax! The drums have this very resonant quality at times – almost acting with elements that make up for the lack of a bass at times – ... read moreCD
Kwintet Barowy (Jerzy Milian/Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski) —
Do Widzenia ... CD GAD (Poland), 1959. New Copy ...
Early work from the Polish jazz scene of the postwar years – by a cool combo that features two key players who'd really explode in decades to come! The group features excellent work on tenor and flute from Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski, and vibes from Jerzy Milian – both two of our favorite ... read moreCD
Kwintet Barowy (Jerzy Milian/Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski) —
Do Widzenia ... LP GAD (Poland), 1959. New Copy (reissue)...
Early work from the Polish jazz scene of the postwar years – by a cool combo that features two key players who'd really explode in decades to come! The group features excellent work on tenor and flute from Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski, and vibes from Jerzy Milian – both two of our favorite ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums that drummer Pete LaRoca ever made as a leader – and a gem through and through! LaRoca had a touch on the drums that was unlike anyone else – free, but never "out" – and in a flowing, progressive style that pointed the way towards the sound of jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreCD
The title might be a bit of a joke – given that the career of Steve Lacy was never enough to warrant a lot of revenue – but the album's a killer with his group of well-honed players from the European scene – one of those great Lacy combo records that never seems to run out of ... read moreCD
Seminal work from Steve Lacy – a set that was recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until the mid 70s – when it quickly became one of THE key records for understanding Lacy's sound and style! The set's based on the work of Thelonious Monk – and like Lacy's early Prestige ... read moreCD
A stone classic from Steve Lacy – a record that was nearly as important to the soprano sax in jazz as it was to Lacy in his career! In one record, Lacy almost single-handedly takes the soprano sax into the modern age – working before Coltrane and others to push the instrument from its ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Steve Lacy —
Troubles ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1979. Near Mint- ...
Classic work from the Steve Lacy Quintet – the formative group that featured Lacy on soprano sax, alongside Steve Potts on alto, Irene Aebi on violin and cello, Kent Carter on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums! The record's got a very artful feel – and really has Lacy moving past some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent late work from one of the most soulful French tenorists of the postwar years – recording here in a quartet with Marc Hemmeler on piano, Jack Sewing on bass, and Philippe Combell on drums – playing songs composed by Charles Trenet, which seems to bring out a wonderfully ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare American issue of French jazz from the postwar years! The set features one full side of material from the group of pianist Christian Chevallier – a large ensemble, with work from Bobby Jaspar and Jean-Louis Cheautemps on tenor, and vibes from Fats Sadi! Side two features a few tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
With Bireli Lagrene on solo guitar and bass, Gaiti Lagrenen and Tschirglo Loeffler on rhythm guitar, Jan Jankeje on bass, Jorg Reiter on piano, Wolfgang Lakerschmid on vibes, Bernd Marquart on trumpet, and Schmido Kling on violin. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner and bumped corner.)
Great small group work – with Lake on tenor, alto, soprano sax, and flute – with Geri Allen on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Pheeroan Aklaff on drums – plus some guest trumpet from Rasul Siddik. LP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from Lake – playing here in a number of different settings, but always with well-matched collaborators! 3 tracks on the set – "Owshet", "Heavy Spirits", and "While Pushing Down Turn" – featuring Lake with Olu Dara on trumpet, Donald ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sonically sensitive session from Oliver Lake – recorded in the mid 70s, in very relaxed quartet formation! Lake plays a range of reeds here – alto, soprano sax, and flute – and the group features lots of musings on guitar from Michael G Jackson, a player we don't know at all, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Oliver Lake —
Jump Up ... LP Gramavision, 1982. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Featuring Billy Grant on bass, Pheeroan Ak Laff on drums, Frank Abel on keys, Alphonia Tims on guitar, and Jerome Harris playing mulitple instruments. LP, Vinyl record album
Reedman Oliver Lake at his most creative – stepping out here on a sublime set of 70s improvisations – all put together with a really spiritual feel! There's a very open, collaborative feel to the music – and the set was recorded in St Louis, at a time when Lake was a key part of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bent corner and cutout notch.)
Oliver Lake —
Prophet ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1980. Used ...
With Oliver Lake on alto, Baikida Carrol on trumpet, Donald Smith on piano, Jerry Harris on bass, and Pheeroan Aklaff on drums! CD
(Out of print.)
Oliver Lake —
Shine ... LP Novus, 1979. Near Mint- ...
With Oliver Lake on alto, soprano, and flute – plus Michael Gregory Jackson on guitar, Pheeroan Ak Laff on drums, Anthony Davis on piano, and Abdul Wadud on cello. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)
Oliver Lake —
Wheels ... CD Passin' Thru, 2013. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A great large group project from reedman Oliver Lake – and a great reminder of his mighty strengths as a writer and arranger too! Right from the start, Lake's had a great ability to move between smaller, intimate settings and more ensemble-based music – and here, he's at the helm of a ... read moreCD
Oliver Lake & Julius Hemphill —
Buster Bee ... LP Sackville, 1978. Near Mint- ...
A sharp late 70s duo session from Oliver Lake & Julius Hemphill – captured at Toronto's Eastern Sound in March of '78 – great material joint composed by the two and performed with muscular, tension and delicate melody. Hempill and Lake both play alto saxes on the great opening and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great combo, in a really great setting – the trio of organist Delvon Lamarr, captured in a sweet live radio performance! The tunes are long and open – very much in the group's killer blend of soul jazz and deep funk – with plenty of room for Delvon to soar out on the keys of ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD