Teddy Edwards/Dexter Gordon/Leo Parker/Wardell Gra —
Foremost! ... LP Onyx, Late 40s/Mid 50s/1972. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A collection of recordings from three different sessions and three different years featuring the likes of Teddy Edwards and Dextor Gordon. The first session is from 1947 and features Edwards and Gordon on tenor sax, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Red Callender on bass and Roy Porter on drums. Some of their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
First LP by this groundbreaking ensemble from Chicago, led by AACM reed player Ed Wilkerson, and featuring Aaron Dodd, Mwata Bowden, and Robert Griffin Jr. The group plays with a style that meshes Mingus-like small group writing with playing styles that fall within an AACM tradition. The record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great second meeting of a really fantastic group – the kind of combo that shows just the right sort of magic that can happen when you bring together improvisers who really have a strong sense of sympathy for each other! The music here is already way more than the sum of its parts – ... read moreCD
Either Orchestra —
Radium ... LP Accurate, 1988. Near Mint- ...
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Contemporary big band with members including Tom Halter, John Carlson, Russell Jewell, Curtis Hasselbring, Robb Rawlings, Russ Gershon, Charlie Kohlhase, Kenny Freundlich, John Dirac, Mike Rivard, and Jerome Deupree. LP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic record from Chicago percussion legend Kahil El'Zabar – and one that features plenty of guest work on tenor from David Murray, a musician who always seems to be a perfect match for the musical ideas of Kahil! And the leader also steps out with a great side of his talents on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic record from Chicago percussion legend Kahil El'Zabar – and one that features plenty of guest work on tenor from David Murray, a musician who always seems to be a perfect match for the musical ideas of Kahil! And the leader also steps out with a great side of his talents on ... read moreCD
A long-awaited full length set of remix work from Kahil El Zabar – the summation of a great run of 12" singles over the past few years, finally brought together in one complete album! Way back at the end of the 80s, Kahil first had the idea of mixing together the jazz of his AACM roots ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Kahil El'Zabar with Nona Hendryx —
It's Time ... CD Katalyst, 2011. Used ...
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One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from the legendary Kahil El'Zabar – and that's saying a lot, given all of his experiments to mix jazz and club music over the years! This set's his first outing with his Ethnics group – a wonderful combo that's a lot more jazz-based ... read moreCD
Classic Norman Granz swing session, with Roy Eldridge on flugelhorn, Alvin Stoller on drums, and John Simmons on bass. Tatum's up front, with some good laidback solos. The LP has a number of short cuts "Night and Day", "This Can't Be Love", "I Won't Dance", and " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Clef pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has some surface wear and some faded marker on front.)
Electric keyboards galore – and a sweet 70s album from Japan! The set features a large group of Japanese keyboard players – all playing Korg synthesizers, in styles that range from laidback and mellow to upbeat and funky! The group's got core backing by a tight rhythm combo – ... read moreCD
Damn groovy work from the team of Les & Larry Elgart – one of the best 60s swingers from the pair, served up at a level that's somewhere between mod big band jazz, and a sweet 60s soundtrack! The tunes all have the sort of grooves you'd guess from the "go go" in the title ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the grooviest album ever from the team of Les & Larry Elgart – as you can probably guess from the title! The set's awash in groovy tunes from the late 60s – not just the fab title cut, but a host of other sweet numbers that are given an inventive new take on the Elgart horn ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lesser-known Ellington set from the 60s – tracks from the lesser-remembered musical, with alto from Johnny Hodges, trumpet from Ray Nance, and tenor from Paul Gonsalves! Titles include "Our Children", "Nightlife", "I've Just Seen Her", "Back To ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s French pressing on CBS. Cover has Prix Special and Collector's Series stickers on front.)
Deep and bluesy work from the all-star Ellington group of the late 50s – a beautifully recorded album that moves way past the simple cliche of its title! The set features a host of original tunes from Duke Ellington and other members of the group – and players include Jimmy Hamilton on ... read moreCD
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but ... read moreCD
Featuring Cat Anderson and Clark Terry on trumpet, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, and vocals by Jimmy Grissom. Tracks include "C Jam Blues", "Coffee & Kisses", "Summertime", "Creole Love Call", "Blue Moon", "VIP's Boogie", and "Take ... read moreCD
Hard to believe it took a few decades in the careers of both players for them to record together – but that's exactly what you've got here – a landmark meeting of Count Basie and Duke Ellington from the early 60s, near the tail end of Duke's classic stretch on Columbia! Teo Macero ... read moreCD
True masterpieces from Duke Ellington – some of his greatest compositions, presented here in an early Columbia LP that offers up "uncut concert arrangements" – clearly grooming a new side of Duke for the long-playing audience! The recordings were made in 1950, with players ... read moreCD
Rarely are such "meeting of the minds" sessions worth any fuss at all – but in this case, the masterful talents of the players turn what should be a snoozy "common denominator" session into a modernist classic that still crackles with excitement after all these years! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two late 60s classics from trumpet legend Don Ellis – back to back in a single set! Autumn is an album of explosive power and imagination from Don Ellis – a set that shows him very firmly shaking off the more academic mode of earlier years, and heading into hipper, more youth-oriented ... read moreCD
A great little set – way more than you might think from the cover! Ostensibly, this one's a cash-in album for the mid 70s Star Wars soundtrack craze – but since it's handled by Ellis, it's got a surprisingly funky feel, with many tracks that recall his own great soundtrack work of the ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever from funky trumpeter Don Ellis – partly because he takes off in a whole new direction of tones and sounds! Don blows both a quarter-tone trumpet and four-valve trombone here – both instruments with a very distinctive vibe, which are then set up in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really really wonderful little record – one that's far more than you might guess from it's slightly gimmicky title! The session's clearly done in a mode to resonate with the Charlie Byrd or Stan Getz bossa work of the early 60s, but it's also got a slightly offbeat quality that makes it ... read moreCD
Space ... CD Futuristica (UK), 2009. Used ...
A wickedly jazzy little group from the UK – one that features lots of great keyboards from Jessica Lauren, a London artist we've loved since her first cosmic fusion sides in the 90s! Lauren sings a bit on the record, but mostly concentrates on handling a wide range of keys – Fender ... read moreCD
Beautiful Afro-Cuban jazz – and the US debut recording by this legendary Cuban pianist! Emilio has a wonderful warm style on the keys – filled with fragmented emotions, and a very rhythmic sensibility, similar to recent work by Chucho Valdez. Blue Note have handled this session in a ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ron English —
Fishfeet ... CD P-Vine (Japan), 1975. Used ...
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Rare Detroit work from guitarist Ron English – a key player with ties to both the Lyman Woodard Organization and the Strata Records scene! This collection features Ron hitting both modes nicely – some of the heavy funk that he brewed up with Lyman, on a few tracks that feature Woodard ... read moreCD
Features Heinz Geisser on percussion, Reto Stuab on piano, Robert Morgenthaler on trombone, and Fridolin Blumer on bass. CD
Entourage Music & Theater Ensemble —
Entourage ... CD Folkways, 1973. New Copy ...
Beautiful sounds from the Entourage ensemble – a record that's got a really meditative blend of acoustic elements with a few electric touches – used in ways that start in jazz, then move way beyond! Instrumentation includes guitar, flute, keyboards, violin, and mbira – coming ... (Out Sound, Jazz)read moreCD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)
Warmly experimental music from the 70s Folkways scene – music that's a mixture of jazz, folk, electronics, and improvised styles – played with an open, honest sort of feel! The Entourage Music & Theater Ensemble features four composer/musicians – Joe Clark, Wall Matthews, ... (Out Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer stuff from Booker Ervin – and one of his first sessions as a leader! The album was recorded during a stretch when Ervin was coming into fame as a member of the Mingus group – and he's playing here with a number of Mingus-ites like Richard Williams on trumpet, Horace Parlan on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic set by Booker Ervin, and one of his most overlooked sessions! Ervin's hard biting tenor is met by a warm thoughtful group that includes the great Horace Parlan on piano, plus Frank Strozier on alto, and Walter Perkins on drums. Perkins is wonderful, and he lyrically dances about the ... read moreCD
A compelling split album – both a performance by and a tribute to the legendary tenorist Booker Ervin – issued after his death, but also featuring a rare European performance from the 60s as well! The album features one long track by Booker – "Blues For You" – ... read moreCD
There's nothing humble about the sound of Wayne Escoffery on this great little set – as the tenor giant really comes on strong, blowing with a ferocity that really matches the energy of the rest of the group! There's a stunning rhythm trio at the core – David Kikoski on piano, Ugonna ... read moreCD
Ellery Eskelin/Christian Weber/Michael Grenier —
Pearls ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2019. New Copy ...
Tenorist Ellery Eskelin really sounds great here – carving out these soulful, angular lines in the kind of format that seems to make him shine the most – a trio, with Christian Weber on bass and Michael Grenier on drums! Some of the tunes are of older origin, which brings out some ... read moreCD
Jukka Eskola Soul Trio —
Steamy ... CD Timmion (Finland), 2019. New Copy ...
An excellent group, and one with a really great concept – a fresh take on a format that was big in the 60s soul jazz scene, but spun out in a very unique way – both in terms of instrumentation, and in terms of the groove! Trumpeter Jukka Eskola heads the trio, which also features ... read moreCD
The first record in many years from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – done with a lineup that features a variation from the original group, but a sound that's very much in keeping with their mission! The Ensemble were always dedicated to preserving a spiritual jazz tradition at a time when the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Alan Skidmore, Gerd Dudek, and Leszek Zadlo on tenor and soprano sax, Ali Haurand on bass, and Pierre Courbois on drums. Includes two side long compositions, Skidmore's "Das Ist Alice" and Zadlo's "Miss B". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear, a small mark from sticker removal, and lightly bent corners.)
Solo work by Bill Evans – recorded in 1968, at a time when he was increasingly exploring gentleness in his work! The album's quite haunting – done with no other musicians, no overdubs (as in other solo 60s albums) – just Evans alone at the keys, expressing himself with a somber ... read moreCD
One of Bill Evans' landmark sessions with the young bassist Scott LaFaro – a player who made key contributions on every record he touched, then left this earth far too soon in his career! The live session's a perfect demonstration of the way that the Evans trio format not only re-worked the ... read moreCD
The complete recordings of a marvelous Bill Evans performance from 1967 – one recorded at the Village Vanguard, and which was stripped down to form the album California Here I Come – but which is presented here in much fuller version! Bill's working here with an amazing trio that ... read moreCD
Bill Evans meets Bill Evans – in a uniquely-styled session that features overdubbed solo lines from Bill, creating a multi-piano sound that's really great! The approach sounds gimmicky, but it's not – and Evans carries all the sensitivity you might expect from the title and image on ... read moreCD
(Out of print Verve Elite pressing, in nice cardboard tri-fold.)
Everybody Digs Bill Evans – or at least it certainly seems that way from the cover endorsements by Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, and Ahmad Jamal – but the real proof is in the record, and the set is a great one from Bill's classic years on Riverside! Evans is at the peak of his ... read moreCD
Beautiful live recordings from Bill Evans – recorded with his late 60s trio that included the incredible Eddie Gomez on bass, plus Marty Morell on drums – a lineup that was really taking off with Bill at the time, and learning how to make some wonderful music together! The setting is ... read moreCD
Bill Evans' first album as a leader – and a well-titled set that went onto transform the sound of the piano in jazz! The session isn't as lyrically free as some of Evans' later classics, but already has an undeniably fresh approach to the keys – one that's modern, yet never academic ... read moreCD
Sublime late live work from Bill Evans – a well-recorded performance for French radio, and one that really stands out from some of the scratchier late 70s concerts on the market! Bill's working here with a sound as sensitive and picturesque as the cover image – never pushing things too ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2013 pressing with 24bit mastering – includes obi.)
Bill Evans is working with a really wonderful trio here – one that features Gary Peacock on bass and Paul Motian on drums – both budding young modernists who help Evans reach some new sounds on the set! The record starts out with a groove that's perhaps more inside than you'd expect ... read moreCD
Fantastic early work from Gil Evans – emerging here in this early session as an already far-thinking modernist. The tracks are shorter and less ambitious than some of Evans' work on Impulse, but the group is excellent – and even in a shorter format, the conception of the work still ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic early work from Gil Evans – emerging here in this early session as an already far-thinking modernist. The tracks are shorter and less ambitious than some of Evans' work on Impulse, but the group is excellent – and even in a shorter format, the conception of the work still ... read moreCD
A masterpiece through and through from arranger Gil Evans – a record of swinging modern backdrops, used to showcase both the solo talents of a young Cannonball Adderley, and the dynamic energy of Evans himself! Cannon's sharp-edged early tone is a really great sound for the record – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue Note Tone Poet Series – 2019 remaster on 180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI!)
A pivotal session for Gil Evans – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nicely spacious quartet date from trumpeter Peter Evans – one that lets the leader's horn get plenty of room to roam around in the open space of improvisation – but which also features some great contributions from Nick Jozwiak on bass, Savannah Harris on drums, and Joel Ross on vibes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fabulous Counts —
Jan Jan ... CD Cotillion/DBK Works, 1969. New Copy ...
A stunner of a funk album – a must-have for any fan of all things funky! This is the one-and-only record cut by the Fabulous Counts, a version of the Counts before they recorded for Westbound – and nearly every cut is a funky 45-type gem! The group's got a hard and heavy sound that ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A beautiful album of understated brilliance – one of Art Farmer's early shifts into the sublime, and an easily-blown batch of trumpet tracks that always takes our breath away! There's a sense of relaxed freedom here that's really tremendous – a difference from some of Farmer's more ... read moreCD
An amazing 2-in-1 CD – filled with sublime work from the mighty Art Farmer! First up is Brass Shout – a great little album by this wonderful trumpeter – and one that we passed up for years because we were afraid of the words "brass" and "shout" in the title! ... read moreCD
One of Farmer's best sessions of the 70s – recorded in a mode that's a bit freer than usual, with a group that includes Hampton Hawes, Ray Brown, and either Steve Ellington or Shelly Manne on drums. Art Pepper sits in on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – and it's his tone and edgieness that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous comeback for the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – recording here in the mid 80s with original members Farmer, Golson, and Curtis Fuller – plus tremendous rhythm support from the trio of Mickey Tucker, Ray Drummon, and Marvin Smitty Smith! The session has less of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark work by one of the greatest jazz outfits of the early 60s! Art Farmer and Benny Golson were both known as well-composed players during the 50s – strongly soulful, but often with a fine sense of arrangement that usually tended towards the lyrical side of things. With this group, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s orange label pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
One of Joe Farrell's first LPs as a leader – and a stellar session that's easily one of the early high points for the legendary CTI label! Farrell had been making some great noise in the underground during the late 60s – but here, he bursts forth as one heck of a soulful cat – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)
Killer CTI work from Joe Farrell – with grooves so sharp you could cut your trousers on them! Farrell's angular reed style is in perfect form here – grooving with a small group that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Beck on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and Don Alias on percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful post-CTI work from Joe Farrell – a record that has him stretching out in the kind of long, flowing, and open tunes that have always been the strongest side of his work! The setting is mostly acoustic – save for a bit of electric piano on a few tracks – and players ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive music from funky reedman Joe Farrell – quite possibly our favorite of his legendary 70s run for CTI – and that's saying a lot, given how great those records are! There's a lean, edgey groove to the set that's totally great – a lot more bite than usual for CTI, thanks to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some gloss separation at the spine and a promo sticker on back.)