Lonnie Liston Smith is really tightening up his groove on this one – bringing a bit more funk into the mix, and creating that amazingly sweet glide in his keyboard sound! The record's still steeped in the righteous influences of years past, but it brings the message out to a bigger audience ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible live set by Dr. Lonnie Smith – recorded during his 75th birthday celebration at NYC's Jazz Standard! It's mostly in a trio setting with Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar and Johnathan Blake on drums, working through raucous and intimate moments with equal skill. We saw Lonnie play ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet Series – a beautiful pressing, with heavy vinyl and cover!)
A sweet 70s groover from the great Lonnie Smith – a soulful little session that has the keyboardist really stretching out in some great ways! At the time, Smith fares a lot better than some of his late 60s jazz organ contemporaries – as he's got a great lean style, perfect for the ... read moreCD
A lost jazz-funk gem – originally recorded at Club Mozambique in Detroit in 1970, but not issued by Blue Note until the mid 90s! The set's right up there with Lonnie's classic Move Your Hand live set – as the tracks are long, free, and very funky, performed by a hip group that includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Mike Smith on alto, Jodie Christian on piano, Ron Friedman on trumpet, and Sid Jacobs on guitar. Titles include "Jeanine", "Pisces", "Dat Dere", "A Little Taste", and "Unit 7". LP, Vinyl record album
Soaring piano work from the great Paul Smith – a player who's working here with a much more vibrant sound than on some of his Capitol sides of the 50s! Smith's got a much harder approach to the keys than during his "liquid sounds" years – one that's possibly a bit influenced ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful small combo grooving from pianist Paul Smith – an unsung hero of the west coast scene, with a talent that balanced easily between jazz and cocktail – with the best styles of both firmly intact! This album's one of his best – as mellow and drifting as the title might ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
One of the most sharp-edged sessions we've ever heard from jazz violinist Stuff Smith – thanks to a live setting in the famous Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen, and packing by a great combo with Kenny Drew on piano! Drew sets up the groove strongly – with Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Stuff Smith, Stephane Grappelli, Sven Asmussen, Je —
Violin Summit ... CD MPS (Germany), 1966. Used ...
Hipper than usual for a violin jazz album – a nice open-ended jam session – with work by Stuff Smith, Stephane Grappelli, Sven Asmussen, and Jean-Luc Ponty – over a rhythm section with Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums. CD
Very nice set of moody mellow late-nite tracks from Chicago tenorist Tab Smith. Although Smith played for years in bands such as those of Basie and Lucky Millinder, this is one of the few records he ever cut under his own name. The session's got Smith fronting solos with uncredited backing by a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting.)
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in his best sort of setting – working in an openly creative space for improvisation, one that has Smith not only shaping things majestically with his lines on trumpet – but also making some nice shifts to other instrumentation too! Drummer Sabu Toyozumi is a ... read moreCD
Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens —
In Common 2 ... CD Whirlwind, 2020. New Copy ...
A great second set from this group led by tenorist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens – music that rings out with a really beautiful, resonant sound right from the very first note – a unique blending of the two instruments, in ways that often have lots of edges and angles on ... read moreCD
A great second set from this group led by tenorist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens – music that rings out with a really beautiful, resonant sound right from the very first note – a unique blending of the two instruments, in ways that often have lots of edges and angles on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure side of loft jazz – recorded by percussionist Smith, who also performs a recitation on the track "Cricket Song Poem". Players vary from track to track – and include Howard Johnson on baritone, Garnett Brown on trombone, Johnny Coles on trumpet, Omar Clay on vibes, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent trio work from baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan – and a set that's nicely different than some of the tenor trio dates of a similar nature! Maybe it's the baritone, or maybe it's just Gary's robust phrasing – but the tunes have this bold, chunky sort of energy – very ... read moreCD
Three musicians who have a really great way of improvising together – sounds that almost make you feel like one player tripped, and the other two decided to follow – falling through sonic space with all these happy accidents in music – yet somehow making complete sense as they ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Project K here is a reference to Korea – a culture that saxophonist Jim Snidero has been engaging with for the past few decades, and which takes a very strong form here in his music! The album is one of Snidero's most compelling in years – and features a group that's already great ... read moreCD
A laidback set of spiritual work on flute from Ronald Snijders – a musician who only recorded overseas, but has a great way of resonating with some of the best American soul jazz trends of the 70s! Ronald Snijders is way more than a flautist, too – as he plays all the instruments here, ... read moreCD
Ronald Snijders —
Natural Sources ... LP Ronald Snijders/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
A laidback set of spiritual work on flute from Ronald Snijders – a musician who only recorded overseas, but has a great way of resonating with some of the best American soul jazz trends of the 70s! Ronald Snijders is way more than a flautist, too – as he plays all the instruments here, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare material from trumpeter and vocalist Valaida Snow! Tracks were recorded for Apollo, Bel-Tone, Derby, Chess, and the Danish label Tono and feature Snow accompanied by Bobby Smith & His Orchestra, Buzz Adlam & The Day Dreamers, and Jimmy Mundy. (Vocalists, Jazz)CD
A real lost gem on Bethlehem Records – and one of the few albums to feature this tremendous saxophonist in the lead! Frank Socolow was one of the great unsung reed players of the 50s – and although he lay hidden in some of the larger combos of the early part of the decade, he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear in one corner, but is nice overall.)
Soft Machine —
Six ... LP Columbia, 1973. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A beautifully burning double-length set from Soft Machine – proof that the group were really at the height of their powers during the early 70s – magically blending together jazz, rock, and fusion into one soaringly spacey new sound! The work here is a key fore-runner of countless ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 4 track EP – but one with enough sheer raw power to blow away most full length jazz albums! Soil & Pimp may have a crazy name, but they're a combo who never let us down – and on this tasty little taster, they really hit hard on every single track – weaving all-acoustic ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Soil & Pimp Sessions —
Pimpin ... CD Victor (Japan), 2004. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A terrible name – but a really great little record, one that soars and skips along with a sweet jazzy groove! The album's got an excellent club jazz feel – very much in the spirit of Sleepwalker, as the group plays mostly acoustic jazz, tuned for the ears of a generation raised on the ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
The weirdest looking record so far by this always-great group – and an album that features some of their most incredible music to date! As before, Soil & Pimp play in a blistering array of jazzy rhythms – a sound that takes older modal and funky jazz styles and kicks them high into ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the greatest jazz combos working today – and a fiercely firey ensemble whose tunes take us back to some of the best soaring modal jazz of the early 70s! Soil & Pimp never fail to delight our ears – and they work here in a blistering blend of piano lines, rolling acoustic ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Claudia Solal & Benoit Delbecq —
Hopetown ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2020. New Copy ...
Really evocative songs from French vocalist Claudia Solal – delivered here with some creative sounds on piano from Benoit Delbecq, at a level that illuminates the words and vocal phrasing quite differently than conventional accompaniment! Solal's songs alone are amazing – written and ... read moreCD
A rare set from French keyboardist Martial Solal – and one of his few funky records! The set features Solal on electric and acoustic piano, playing in a trio that includes Bernard Lubat on drums and Henri Texier on bass – and the tunes on the set have a rolling funky feel that's great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic duets between saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Martial Solal – a very intimate, but very powerful – almost as if both musicians are getting to the heart of their strengths, showing them in the best possible light as they come together with a strong sense of imagination and ... read moreCD
Brazilian grooves, but served up by a Chicago combo – one that features the great pianist Breno Sauer working with local musicians while he was living in the Windy City! The style here is a bit like some of the best 70s Bay Area groups who could mix together jazz and Brazilian elements ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A really great take on the sound of the Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond quartet of the 50s and 60s – that magical unit that really transformed the sound of jazz at the time, and continues to hold strong over the decades! The approach here, though, is also a nice change from Paul and Dave – ... read moreCD
Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet —
Voodoo ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1986. New Copy (reissue)...
A seminal album from the 80s New York scene – not only because it brought some long-overdue attention to Sonny Clark (whose records were mostly out of print at the time), but also because it reminded the world that John Zorn could blow hardbop! The album features a set of classic Clark ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful material from this legendary Bay Area soul jazz combo! The Sons & Daughters of Lite have an incredibly spiritual sound – one that sounds sort of like the best groups on the Strata East label, with touches of Roy Ayers or James Mason-esque soulfulness, but with a little less ... read moreCD
A beautiful set of mostly original music from pianist Mark Soskin, and a set that draws equal strengths from the soprano sax and bass clarinet of Billy Drewes – who plays with a great style that mixes lyrical modes with more of an edge – a mode that's a really wonderful complement to ... read moreCD
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and ... read moreCD
An nice array of work from British pianist/bandleader/arranger Harry South – one of the most important large group talents of the late 50s, and an artist who helped shepherd British jazz through a range of stylistic periods – from straight big band of the postwar years, to mod moments ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ahhh . . . What a mix – and the music is as evocative and smokey as the title and the cover! Jeri Southern's never sounded so good – working here with Lennie Hayton on a set of sad songs of lost love – and the album's proof that she could really be a great jazz-styled singer when ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Forum blue label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by Les Spann – an extremely talented jazz player who worked a lot with Dizzy Gillespie in the 50s, and Quincy Jones in the 60s! Les plays both guitar and flute on the set – grooving soulfully in a mode that recalls the stylings of Frank Wess ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label Orpheum pressing. Cover has some discoloration from age.)
A great entry in this late 70s "Best Of The West" series produced for Japan by Lew Tabackin – a series in which Lew uncovered some of the best (then) current work on the west coast, in an unusual and creative mix of classic and under-discovered players! This session is led by alto ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing, with insert!)
Vinnie Sperrazza, Jacob Sacks & Masa Kamaguchi —
Barcelona Holiday ... CD Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2010. Used ...
A trio date featuring painist Jacob Sacks, bassist Masa Kamaguchi, and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. Tracks include "Three In One", "Yardbird Suite", "Night & Day", and "When Will The Blues Leave". CD
A killer live set from this cool 80s combo – a later showcase for the mighty tenor talents of Charlie Rouse, working alongside Kenny Barron on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Ben Riley on drums! The setting's easily one of the best that Rouse had in his later years – a format that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a press flaw that causes a short click on the first track of each side.)
Sphere (Kenny Barron/Gary Bartz/Ben Riley/Buster Williams) —
Sphere ... CD Polygram, 1998. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An excellent group! Features Kenny Barron on piano, Gary Bartz on soprano and alto, Ben Riley on drums, and Buster Williams on bass. CD
A trippy little combo with a distinct post-Coltrane feel – stretching out here wonderfully, on a hip little session on a homegrown label! The group hail from the unlikely spot of Las Vegas – but they've got a deeply spiritual sound that rivals the best work on the coasts in the early ... read moreCD
Commodore, Capitol, and Columbia recordings from pianist and band leader Jess Stacy – includes small and large group work, piano sides accompanied by drummer Specs Powell, and four tracks recorded with Pee Wee Russell! CD
A lost chapter in the career of Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – better known for his recent recordings on ECM, and his classic 60s work with Komeda – but sounding surprisingly great here as well! The album's a relatively straight set of tracks that feature Stanko with a quartet – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully introspective work from Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – one of the leading lights of the 60s modern jazz scene that featured Komeda, and still a heck of a compelling artist in his own right! Stanko's tone has a moody, evocative feel that's perfect for the ECM setting of the ... read moreCD
Space jazz for the 70s – a classic batch of synthesizer fusion from keyboardist Robert Mason, whose groove here is totally great! The album's got rhythms that are rooted in rock, but executed in jazz – making for a chunky, funky sound that really helps this album cross over nicely! ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from The Stark Reality – an obscure group from the early 70s, but one who've really risen to fame over the years – thanks to their groundbreaking ear for new music, and their freewheeling way with a funky groove! This package brings together all the incredible work ... read moreCD
A legendary album from the Texas scene of the 70s – exactly the kind of set that helps the city of Austin live up to its massive reputation for music! The group's got a wonderful blend of jazz, soul, and funk – a unique blend that reminds us of our favorite funky Fantasy Records sides ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first albums ever from ultra-cool flute man Jeremy Steig – a jazz album at its core, but one with some rock and folk elements as well! The instrumentation is heavy on Steig's funky flute – already blown here with that breathy quality that would come out even more strongly on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A unique little record – with some surprisingly nice touches! At some level, the record's got the feel of some of the east coast chamber jazz sets of the time – particularly those on Bethelehm and RCA – but at another level, there's a much more playful feel here, one that breaks ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing, includes obi.)
Stellari String Quartet (Wachsmann/Hug/Mattos/Edwards) —
Vulcan ... CD Emanem (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
A string quartet, but one with a real difference – as all the members here are long-skilled improvisers, which makes the performance very different than usual for such a group! And instead, the record should be thought of more as a set of free jazz by a group with stringed instruments – ... read moreCD
A huge amount of work from a reedman we'd never heard before – Martinique-born Alexandre Stellio – a hell of a clarinet player, and one who effortlessly weaves together island rhythms and early strands of jazz! All of the recordings here were done in Paris during the mid 30s, and ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Andrew Sterman on bass flute & tenor saxophone, Kermit Driscoll on bass, N.M. Sundar chanting, Bob Palmieri on guitar, Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, Mick Rossi on piano, Nivedita Shivraj on veena & Todd Reynolds on violin. CD
Mike Stern —
Neesh ... CD Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
An early date as a leader from guitarist Mike Stern – a set that also features production and second guitar from Hiram Bullock – in a mode that really opens up all the tones and colors in the set! The record's got a bit more of an edge, and less of a commercial finish than some of ... read moreCD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)
Mike Stern - Jeff Lorber Fusion —
Eleven ... CD Concord, 2019. Used ...
Jeff Lorber Fusion meets guitarist Mike Stern. Tracks include "Nu Som", "Jones Street", "Slow Change", "Righteous", "Tell Me", and "Rhumba Pagan". CD
A triple length set of work from the team of Evan Parker and John Stevens – presented here as a 2CD set! The first part of the package features both volumes 1 and 2 of the Longest Night sessions from 1976 – very free duets between these two ex-partners in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble ... read moreCD
Classic sides of Hollywood jazz, written for the early Brando biker flick The Wild One! Leith Stevens wrote, arranged, and conducted the material – and the players on the album include Jimmy Giuffre, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, and other likely suspects. The tracks ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The most spiritual set we've heard so far from reedman Robert Stillman – a set hat's filled with slow-building tunes that provide a fantastic display for his saxophone solos! The record oddly has no credits, so we're not sure who's working with Stillman on the set – but the drummer is ... read moreCD
Tim Stine —
Knots ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019. New Copy ...
Guitarist Tim Stine is in great Chicago company here – a hip quartet that features Nick Mazzarella on alto, Matt Ullery on bass, and Quin Kirchner on drums – all players who contribute a tremendous amount to the set! There's a nice mix of arrangement and freedom going on here – ... read moreCD
Sonny Stitt —
Now ... CD Impulse (Japan), 1963. New Copy ...
A tight swinger from Sonny Stitt – one of the standout 60s dates he recorded for the Impulse label, a place where he seemed to get even more care and focus in the studio! The record's got all the soulful swing of Stitt's classics for Roost, but also hits a slightly more lyrical groove at ... read moreCD
A sweetly funky little set from Sonny Stitt – one of his hippest albums ever, and a rare date cut for Ahmad Jamal's short-lived record label! The sound here is a great combination of the late 60s tone that Sonny forged on other east coast indies – and some of the hipper, more open ... read moreCD
Heavy tenor from both of these giants – working here with a raw group that features Doc Bagby on Hammond and Charlie Rice on drums! Titles include "SOS", "Jaws", "Marchin", and "I Can't Get Started" – all nice and long! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Royal Roost pressing. Cover has aging, split seams held with old tape, and some surface wear.)
Head to head blowing from Sonny Sitt and Paul Gonsalves – just the kind of twin-horn performance that Stitt was famous for in his live battle days, and one that also reminds us that Gonsalves can be a very loose swinger when he wants to be! The tracks are all long, and played with the sort ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 2LP set that features the core album Interaction by Stitt & Sims – plus a lot of additional material from other albums. The core set was recorded in Chicago after the two had played together at the Plugged Nickel in the Windy City! Backing is by the trio of John Young – who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The debut solo album from trumpeter Malcolm Strachan – a musician who's normally part of the larger Haggis Horns ensemble, but who sounds even more tremendous out here in the spotlight on his own – a player with a lot stronger jazz chops than we might have expected, really soaring here ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD