The genius of Moody! It's an album like this that you need to prove to your friends that Moody was way way more than a simple bopper. The set was recorded live in San Francisco in 1961, and it's got a hip mix of soul jazz, filtered through some modernist ideals, all played by a great little group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Cadet pressing in a black and white cover, with a cut corner.)
Way more than just a James Moody album – a true proof of his genius in the 60s! The album was put together under the guidance of Tom McIntosh – a very hip young writer and arranger that Moody had been pushing on other records, and who steps into the limelight here with a wonderful set ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing in a black & white cover, with a cut corner.)
While not as all-out funky as some of the other Perception jazz LPs from the time (including Moody's own The Teachers), this one's got a great slinking groove to it, and features nice playing by Michael Longo, who was also in Dizzy's funky 70s group at the time. Eddie Jefferson sings vocals on a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A magnificent little album – one of James Moody's first collaborations with arranger Tom McIntosh – one of the most sensitive jazz voices of his time. McIntosh works in a world of many tones and colors – and he really pushes Moody past straighter solo approaches, into a mode ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing! Cover has a small cutout mark.)
James Moody's first record after returning to the US from Paris – an unusual set for Mercury, a label that he didn't record for much at the time! The groups vary a bit throughout – and players include Dave Burns on trumpet, Cecil Payne on baritone, John Acea on piano, and Donald Cole ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Trip reissue from the 70s. Cover has a cutout hole.)
A rare setting for Moody – a player who rarely cut sides with larger backing, but who sounds really wonderful here! The album's got Moody blowing mostly alto, and a bit of flute – over large backings by Torrie Zito that feature equal parts strings and woodwinds – conducted in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Cadet pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
A wonderful album from Moody – one of his "comeback" albums for Chess/Argo, recorded after his release from the Overbrook institution, hence the title. By this point, Moody was writing and playing with much more of an edge than during his bebop days – and the record certainly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting in the top seam, pieces of clear tape at the opening, and wide clear tape holding the bottom seam.)
Forget the "brass" in the title, because this is a great set – not hokey at all, not a big band session, but a wonderfully well-developed expression of jazz from the great James Moody – recorded during an extremely fruitful time in his career! About half the tunes on the set ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice tight back-to-basics session by Moody that has him playing with an organ combo. Mickey Tucker's on the keys, Roland Wilson plays bass, and Eddie Gladden handles the drum chores. Moody's on tenor all the way, with no flute at all, and the tracks include "Freedom Jazz Dance", "Ne ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Last Train From Overbrook, a wonderful album from Moody – one of his "comeback" albums for Chess/Argo, recorded after his release from the Overbrook institution, hence the title. By this point, Moody was writing and playing with much more of an edge than during his bebop days ... read moreCD
A mindblowing album from James Moody – of the sort that opens up a whole new facet of his career! The record takes off from Moody's early 60s work for Chess – his post-bop recordings that started displaying a deeper side of his musical consciousness – and which occasionally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not as funky as Moody's work for Perception, but definitely in a similar mode. The record's got James playing alto, tenor, and soprano – in a group that includes Kenny Barron on electric piano, Roland Prince on guitar, and some guest trumpet by Randy Brecker. The tracks shift from warm and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice, very laidback session that has Moody and Cohn trading solos on an easy batch of bop tracks, along with Barry Harris, Roy Brooks, and Sam Jones. The recording quality is at the usual high standard for MPS – although the set was actually produced by Don Schlitten, presumably in New ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A recent live performance from underground alto genius Jemeel Moondoc – but, like all of his albums in recent decades, a set that feels much more like a lost 70s classic overall! Tracks are long, spiritual, and beautifully building – with a perfect quartet that features Matthew Shipp ... read moreCD
Ralph Moore —
Images ... LP Landmark, 1989. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A key recording from one of our favorite tenor talents of the 80s – the amazing Ralph Moore, a player who really carries on a strong legacy from the 60s work of Hank Mobley! Like Mobley, Moore's got a very rich-voiced sound that's steeped in tradition, but which is also never afraid to take ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key recording from one of our favorite tenor talents of the 80s – the amazing Ralph Moore, a player who really carries on a strong legacy from the 60s work of Hank Mobley! Like Mobley, Moore's got a very rich-voiced sound that's steeped in tradition, but which is also never afraid to take ... read moreCD
Noise guitar legend Thurston Moore meets free jazz drummer Frank Rosaly – in a performance that really seems to open up new paths for both musicians! Moore's got a lot of texture in his work here – and a lot of space at times, too – an ear for notes and sounds that almost ... read moreCD
A nice little live trio outing with Jason Moran's angular piano out front of Tarus Mateen on acoustic electric bass and Nasheet Waits on the kit. The set has a much freer, and more laguorous feel than Moran's great (if a little straight) Black Stars album, and fleshes out the more experimental ... read moreCD
Joe Morello is best known the to the world as the drummer for the Dave Brubeck Quartet, but he also cut some very nice LPs on his own, and this is one of them. The record is a nice set of jazzy tracks, with kind of a groovy 60s feel, and loud swinging arrangements that are nicely punctuated by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal session that was virtually one of the only west coast attempts to replicate the famous "cubop" mix of bebop and Latin that had been evolving over the years in the New York scene. Machito percussionists like Jose Mangual and Ubaldo Nieto join a west coast group that includes alto ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Frank Morgan/Bud Shank Quintet —
Quiet Fire ... CD Contemporary, 1987. Used ...
Lee Morgan —
Gigolo ... LP Blue Note, 1965. Near Mint- ...
Tremendous work by Lee Morgan – easily one of his greatest albums, and a soaring session of modal energy that easily rivals the best work of the Impulse era! The album's got a slightly different feel than usual for Blue Note – a sense of freedom, joy, and soaring energy that's totally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant work throughout – the last studio album ever cut by Lee Morgan, and a mindblowing session that always leaves us wondering how massive he would have become if he hadn't been tragically murdered shortly after it was recorded! The album's a huge change from Morgan's already-great work ... read moreCD
A great album by Lee Morgan – and one not to pass up! The Rumproller often gets too easily lumped next to The Sidewinder – because of an obvious title and cover similarity to that hit record – but like that one, the album's far more than jazz cliche – and shows Lee Morgan ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A jazz classic if there ever was one – and the best-selling album ever by Lee Morgan, thanks to the use of the title track in a car commercial! Sure, you've probably heard "The Sidewinder" enough that you think you know the album already – but the rest of the tunes really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A jazz classic if there ever was one – and the best-selling album ever by Lee Morgan, thanks to the use of the title track in a car commercial! Sure, you've probably heard "The Sidewinder" enough that you think you know the album already – but the rest of the tunes really ... read moreCD
A great set from LA pianist Nate Morgan – one of the leading underground talents in the west coast soul jazz scene of the late 70s and early 80s! The album's a trio set, performed in an blocky, exploratory style that recalls McCoy Tyner's best early work – but which also has a free and ... read moreCD
Mark Morganelli & the Jazz Forum All Stars —
Brasil! ... CD Jazz Forum, 2019. Used 2 CDs ...
Takeo Moriyama —
East Plants ... LP VAP/BBE (UK), 1981. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
Really amazing sounds from Japanese drummer Takeo Moriyama – a record that's sometimes spiritual and organic, sometimes very unusually put-together – and which makes as much use of inventive percussion as it does the leaders drums! The group's got this very cool twin-sax approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An expansive late 70s free set – and one of the most spiritual albums ever recorded by cornetist Butch Morris! The album's also one of his first as a leader – and features the mighty Grachan Moncur on trombone – with Charles Eubanks on piano, Wilbur Morris on bass, and both Bobby ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rarest albums on the Groove Merchant label – and one of the best! Ramon Morris has a sweet tone on the tenor that works very well with the electric piano in his tight little combo – grooving with a style that's like the best Black Jazz funk records of the time – mixing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from Kathryn Moses – a sweet mix of warm vocals, funky flute, and even a bit of sax! Kathyrn's as great a singer as she is an instrumentalist – and the album offers equal parts of her talents – stepping out with a style that's often a bit funky at the bottom, ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Ted Moses Quintet —
Sidereal Time ... LP Radio Canada/Return To Analog (Canada), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
A gem of a record from the Canadian scene of the 70s – issued by the house label of Radio Canada, with a very unassuming cover – but a sound that flows out with a heck of a lot more vibrancy than you might expect! Ted Moses plays both acoustic and electric piano, and also blows some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great statement as a leader from drummer Paul Motian – a player that none would have expected to be hitting this territory in the decade before – the start of a great run of records that continued his break from more familiar rhythmic territory! The record's got a very strong ECM ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A full-on electric jammer from Alphonse Mouzon – cut in the frenetic style of his Blue Note sides, but given an extra electric MPS twist! The lineup includes a host of strong European fusion players – including Miroslav Vitous on bass, Philip Catherine on guitars, and Joachim Kuhn on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Drummer Alphonse Mouzon cut some of the hardest, heaviest fusion albums ever to hit the Blue Note label in the 70s – including this legendary powerhouse of a record! The set features Mouzon with one of his longtime partners – guitarist Tommy Bolin – hitting a hard-rocking, heavy ... read moreCD
MSG (Rudresh Mahanthappa/Sardjoe/Guifoyle) —
Tasty ... CD Plus Loin, 2010. Used ...
Idris Muhammad —
Kabsha ... LP Theresa, 1980. Near Mint- ...
Wonderful work from Idris Muhammad – getting back to jazz basics here, after a late 70s run in the R&B market! The record is a beautifully stripped-down session – with Muhammad playing un-funky drums, Ray Drummond on bass, and either Pharoah Sanders or George Coleman on tenor sax. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record from funky drummer Idris Muhammad! Idris is probably known for his funky break work on Blue Note and Prestige records sessions of the late 60s and early 70s – but by the time of this 1974 album, he was really expanding his style, hitting a laidback groove that went way ... read moreCD
A great late 70s chapter in the career of funky drummer Idris Muhammad – moving into very different territory here than his early soul jazz with Lou Donaldson, and even his earliest solo material too! David Matthews arranged the tracks, and he's given them a slick but soulful sound, with lots ... read moreCD
Pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more Afro-styled grooves Mulatu explored more freely on his Ethiopian recordings – served up in a jazzy style that has plenty of vibes ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare early work from Mulatu – material recorded in America, in the years before Mulatu returned to his Ethiopian homeland, and really set the scene on fire! The style here is a mix of Latin jazz with some more exotic elements – played by a combo that features Mulatu on vibes, alongside ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mad grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – featuring work by the enigmatic Mulatu, plus some of the other extra-cool artists on that country's groundbreaking soul and funk scene! Mulatu plays Fender Rhodes and organ on his tracks – grooving with a slow, snakey approach that's ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gerry Mulligan material from three different stretches – all featuring his talents as an arranger! The set includes very early sides with Gene Krupa in the mid 40s, work with Elliot Lawrence in 1949, and then Gerry's own work as a leader in 1957! LP, Vinyl record album
Great large group material from Gerry Mulligan – and a record that definitely defines the sound of his famous Concert Jazz Band of the early 60s! The group features a four part sax section – headed by Mulligan, with other players that include Zoot Sims on tenor, Gene Allen on baritone, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mix of small group work and some of Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band sides for Verve. LP, Vinyl record album
Gerry Mulligan —
Freeway ... LP Blue Note, Early 50s. Near Mint- ...
Some excellent early 50s recordings by baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, and appropriately named after the title track "Freeway" considering the group's influence on the west coast scene at the time. The set was recorded for Pacific Jazz in 1952 and much later issued by Blue Note, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little large group session from Gerry – a bit harder swinging than some of his mid 50s small group work, but still with that mellifluous glide that's the trademark Mulligan sound! Arrangements are by some great talents – including Al Cohn, Johnny Mandel, and Bob Brookmeyer, who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The sound of Gerry Mulligan in the early 60s – and one of the best records by his larger than usual Concert Jazz Band! Given Gerry's piano-less experiments of the 50s, it's surprising to actually have him as the pianist on this session – hitting the keys with a nice light touch, so ... read moreCD
Yipes! What a bitter title – especially when you consider that Gerry actually added a piano to the group for this session, and that he's playing versions of 60s pop hits like "King Of The Road", "Downtown", "Mr Tambourine Man", "Hard Day's Night", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the extravagant gatefold cover, with a split top seam and a name in marker.)
As close as Gerry Mulligan ever came to cutting an album of funky jazz – an electric-tinged set recorded with arrangements by Dave Grusin, who also plays electric piano on the set, which makes for an odd, but surprisingly pleasing contrast with Gerry's baritone. Tracks are long with smooth ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gerry Mulligan's still far from the mainstream of jazz on this sweet little set – a great date that expands nicely from the mellower styles of the Pacific Jazz years – expanding the group a bit, with some really great results! In addition to Mulligan's usual baritone sax, Gerry also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing, 195J-34, including the insert. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Not much of a cover and a title, but a great little live date from Gerry Mulligan – material recorded in France in 1958, and easily on a par with any of his Verve work of the 50s! The tracks have a clean, crisp feel that hardly belies their concert setting – a sharpness that really ... read moreCD
Incredible work from Gerry Mulligan – material that predates his better-known west coast sides of the mid 50s! These 1951 recordings are a seminal document of the team of Gerry Mulligan and Allan Eager – offering some of Mulligan's first big impact on the east coast scene before moving ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
US issue of some of Gerry's classic Vogue recordings, done in Paris in 1954 with a quartet that featured Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Red Mitchell on bass, and Frank Isola on drums. This is Gerry at the height of his powers, and playing classic piano-less material with supberb accompaniment ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Pacific Jazz pressing in a gatefold cover, with light wear.)
A strong 50s session from Gerry – a bit like some of his work for the Pacific Jazz label, but perhaps a bit more biting and modern. The group's a sextet with Jon Eardley on trumpet, Zoot Sims on tenor, Dave Bailey on drums, Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, and Peck Morrison on bass – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing, with deep groove. Cover has wear and a split bottom seam.)
A beautiful pairing of the baritone of Gerry Mulligan and the trumpet of Art Farmer – brought together wonderfully in this piano-less session that has both players effortlessly carving lines in the open space of the studio. Rhythm is by the team of Bill Crow on bass and Dave Bailey on drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mulligan always sounds great next to a tenor – especially in the Verve series that has him teamed up with players like Johnny Hodges, Paul Desmond, or Stan Getz. This release, cut with Ben Webster upfront, is one of the best of that series – and features the pair blowing easily and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and a bumped corner.)
Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker —
Mulligan/Baker ... LP Prestige, 1950s/Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
2LP set released in the 70's featuring work from both of these West Coast giants. The first half focuses on recordings of Gerry Mulligan working with a strong early group – Chet Baker on trumpet, Chico Hamilton on drums, and Carson Smith on bass – on 4 tracks recorded in San Francisco ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great pairing of two of the coolest jazz talents of the 50s – icy-cool altoist Paul Desmond and warm-toned baritonist Gerry Mulligan! The group here continues the pianoless tradition of some of Mulligan's work of the decade – leaving plenty of room for amazing interplay between the ... read moreCD
A really great pairing – and a rare non-Brubeck Paul Desmond session from the 50s! Gerry Mulligan and Desmond weave laidback lines around each other, working here in a pianoless quartet that features Dave Bailey on drums and Joe Benjamin on bass – very much a Mulligan-inspired approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Records Inc pressing with trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, half split spine, and a name in marker on back.)
A 50s Fantasy album that brings together 2 earlier 10" jazz sessions – one by Mulligan and one by Desmond, both unusual outings for the players. One side features Gerry Mulligan working with a strong early group – Chet Baker on trumpet, Chico Hamilton on drums, and Carson Smith on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Muniak on soprano and tenor sax – plus Wojciech Puszek on Fender Rhodes! LP, Vinyl record album
Minoru Muraoka & New Dimension Group —
Bamboo ... LP King/Mr Bongo (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
60s jazz meets Japanese bamboo flute – all in a session with a great mix of groovy and exotic touches! The record's a unique meeting of jazz and folkloric elements – done in a style that's a bit like some of the late 60s sessions of this nature on MPS, but a fair bit groovier overall ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't let the "rock" in the title fool you – as this is a jazz album all the way through, but one that has Japanese tenorist Takeru Muraoka taking on some of the hipper rock songs at the start of the 70s! Muraoka has this raspy, almost fuzzy tone at times – mixed with heavy ... read moreCD
Killer west coast work from arranger Lyle Murphy – almost a more modern take on the Four Brothers sound of the time! The players here are all wonderful, and saxophonists include Bob Gordon on baritone, Buddy Collette on tenor, Russ Cheever on baritone, and Frank Morgan on alto – all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear, some surface wear and aging, and a bit of pen on back.)