The grooviest organ working the other side of the Atlantic in the 60s – as mighty a talent on the Hammond as Jimmy Smith or Jack McDuff back in the US at the time, and equally groovy too! Ingfried Hoffmann's work on the keys is probably best known from his searing soul jazz sides with Klaus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Collects the albums I.O.U, Road Games, Metal Fatigue, Atavachron, Sand, Secrets, Wardenclyffe Tower, Hard Hat Area, None Too Soon, Sixteen Men Of Tain, Flat Tire, and Then – all in replica LP style sleeves. CD
14 tracks from her Verve recordings – including "My Man", "God Bless The Child", "Fine & Mellow", "Travelin Light", "Strange Fruit", "Lover Man", "Lady Sings The Blues", and "Billie's Blues". (Vocalists, Jazz)CD
A collection of "live" performances pulled from old radio transcription discs. Tracks include "Lover Man", "Same Old Story", "Willow Weep For Me", and "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" and feature Lester Young, Mal Waldron, Roy Eldridge, and Charles ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of Billie's last recordings, and an incredibly striking batch of songs arranged by Ray Ellis with a sad, fragile edge that's perfect for the style of her later work. Billie's voice is faltering, but in a way that only makes the songs sound more personal and more compelling – and although ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Over an hour of music – and tracks that include "I Wished On The Moon", "Comes Love", "Darn That Dream", "Body & Soul", "Embraceable You", "We'll Be Together Again", and "All Or Nothing At All". (Vocalists, Jazz)CD
A great set of solo bass work from Dave Holland! The set features six of his own tunes, plus one by Miles Davis and one by Anthony Braxton, including "Spheres", "Emerald Tears", "Combination", "Under Redwoods" and "Flurries". LP, Vinyl record album
Landmark improvisations from two of the most important bassists in avant garde jazz – Dave Holland and Barre Phillips – two players each coming from two different scenes and styles, but working together here perfectly in a groundbreaking session of all-bass work! Holland plays a bit of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has some discoloration from age and a cutout notch.)
Tasty small group work from Groove – with Mr Holmes himself on organ, and the great Larry Willis on electric piano – coming up with a twin electric organ/piano sound that's similar to the one that Groove used on his Comin On Home LP for Blue Note. The difference here is that things ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groove and Jug wail away in this classic set of tenor/organ tracks recorded for Pacific Jazz in the early 60s. The backing is spare, with only Gene Edwards on guitar and Leroy Henderson on drums, and tracks include "Morris The Minor", "Good Vibrations", "Hey You, What's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare session as a leader from drummer Red Holt – cut at a time when he was making waves with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, and years before his work in Young Holt Unlimited! The record's got a really playful feel that points the way towards directions Holt would take later – a mix of soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, some wear, and aging.)
The surprising return of drummer Redd Holt – a musician you probably know from his legendary 60s work in the Ramsey Lewis Trio, or as part of the Young Holt Unlimited group with bassist Eldee Young! Ramsey and Eldee aren't on this set, but Redd keeps things in similar trio formation – ... read moreCD
The surprising return of drummer Redd Holt – a musician you probably know from his legendary 60s work in the Ramsey Lewis Trio, or as part of the Young Holt Unlimited group with bassist Eldee Young! Ramsey and Eldee aren't on this set, but Redd keeps things in similar trio formation – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet 70s funk from keyboardist Takehiro Honda – recorded in the US with a host of great American players! The groove here is as laidback and open as on some of Honda's Japanese sessions – but also a bit warmer, too – with a soul-drenched quality that really comes through on the ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. K2 HD Pro Mastering – HQ CD!)
Some of the earliest work we've ever seen from Japanese keyboard legend Takehiro Honda – a great batch of trio tracks, recorded with an open spirit and freely soaring vibe! Honda's playing acoustic piano throughout – working in a trio with Yoshio Suzuki and Fumio Watanabe – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early soul jazz piano work from Takehiro Honda – recorded in a style that's quite different than most of his later albums! The sound here is full and rich – with Honda's work on the keys augmented by fuller backings arranged by Teddy Adams – all recorded in the US (we think), ... read moreCD
One of the looser, more experimental albums we've ever heard from percussionist William Hooker – done at a time when his fame was really reaching past the New York downtown scene! The set was recorded in San Francisco, and features the great Glenn Spearman on a variety of reeds, plus DJ ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album as a leader from the legendary William Hooker – and a fantastic reminder of how wonderful he can be in the spotlight! The set begins with some solo drum work from Hooker, then moves into bolder improvisations with an unnamed saxophonist and pianist (odd that the label didn't ... read moreCD
A great album as a leader from the legendary William Hooker – and a fantastic reminder of how wonderful he can be in the spotlight! The set begins with some solo drum work from Hooker, then moves into bolder improvisations with an unnamed saxophonist and pianist (odd that the label didn't ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dark-edged, long-form improvisations from the duo of William Hooker on bass and Thomas Chapin on tenor – recorded in the early 90s in New York, but done with a freewheeling sound that really carries on a loft jazz legacy! Chapin's definitely got an ear for some of the rawer, more exploratory ... read moreCD
A brilliant showcase for the drums of William Hooker – ringing out loudly and proudly here in the company of younger players who really help support his energy! Hooker's got this sharp punch that comes through right away – that mixture of freewheeling rhythms and more expressive ... read moreCD
Elmo Hope Sextet And Trio —
Homecoming! ... CD Riverside, 1961/1992. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A great little album that Hope made upon his return to the east coast in the early 60s – not too long before he passed away. Half the tunes are cut with a sextet that features Blue Mitchell, Frank Foster, and Jimmy Heath – and the other are cut with a trio that features Hope, Percy ... read moreCD
The "horn" here is the Horn Of Plenty nightclub – located in Crivitz, Wisconsin – and served up here with work by a group whose name means the Horn Of Plenty Staff! There's a bit of horn on the set – some trumpet and organ – but there's also a lot more vocal and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from alto genius Bobby Watson – recording here with the Horizon Quintet, a hip group of spiritual soul jazz players that includes Curtis Lundy, Mulgrew Miller, Hamiet Bluiett, and Marvin Smitty Smith. The session takes up the soul jazz torch of 70s work by artists like Woody Shaw, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Horn follows up his Inside The Taj Majal set – in someways leaving behind the stark, spare initimacy of that set for a more layered and tailored approach – and also leaving behind his more pronounced jazz roots for a more earthy and nature themed mode! Like Inside, it's a solo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easy grooving magic from Paul Horn – a record that has his exotic flute work paired up with arrangements by Oliver Nelson – making for a session that's got a lot more punch than usual for Horn – in a mode that we like quite a lot! The flute's in the lead on all tracks, but the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever from Toninho Horta – a set that's head and shoulders above most of his later work, and a record that we'd easily rank right up there with the best 70s albums from Milton Nascimento or Lo Borges! Like both of those artists, Toninho works here in a spacious, ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, Blu-spec CD pressing – includes obi.)
Noah Howard —
Traffic ... LP Frame (Italy), 1980. Very Good+ ...
Noah Howard's one of those players that never fails to please us on his European outings – partly, we think, because he never uses the European freedom to over-indulge, and instead keeps things focused on his more song-based, spiritually soulful expressions. This album's a great example of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear, lightly bent corners, and very minor peeled spots on front.)
Mostly tracks by the early tenor sax player Paul Howard – but the set also features a version of "Blue Yodel No 9", with vocals by Jimmie Rodgers and trumpet from Louis Armstrong! LP, Vinyl record album
Killer work from Freddie Hubbard – some key transitional sides for Atlantic Records, and easily some of his most soulful work ever! Freddie started out as a bopper on Blue Note, but then made a great shift at Atlantic – exploring space and sound in a really wonderful way, and opening ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard —
Hub-Tones ... LP Blue Note (Czech Republic), 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
An album with a classic modernist cover image – and one that's also got the same sort of sound to match – brilliant early work from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who's really coming into his own as a leader with this date! Freddie's really finding a voice here – a sharper edge than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Freddie Hubbard —
Outpost ... CD Enja (Germany), 1981. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the best recordings from Freddie Hubbard's "back to basics" stretch in the early 80s – a time when Freddie returned to a strongly acoustic jazz mode after a mostly electric 70s! The record still has Freddie stretching out on the longer tracks he got used to during the CTI ... read moreCD
One of Freddie Hubbard's wildest records ever – a really unique experiment with electronics, and a set that sounds way different than his other albums for Atlantic, Blue Note, or CTI! The key factor here is experimentalist Ilhan Mimaroglu – who adds lots of electronics and processed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)
Freddie Hubbard —
Sky Dive ... LP CTI, 1972. Sealed Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A killer set from Freddie Hubbard's legendary years on CTI! Like the classic Red Clay album, there's 4 tunes here, all longer cuts – where everyone gets a chance to stretch out a bit, over smooth (but not too smooth!) electric grooves, supported by great orchestrations from Don Sebesky! Ron ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage gatefold pressing – still sealed!)
Freddie Hubbard —
Splash ... CD Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1981. New Copy ...
Freddie Hubbard makes a sweet splash for the 80s in this great little set – one of his last electric outings before a return to more acoustic modes! The vibe's a bit leaner than some of his late 70s albums, with most of the electricity coming from the bass, and from the keyboards by Chester ... read moreCD
Clubby soul and keyboard funk from the 70s Aussie scene – a record that's halfway between Mark Murphy's Muse records of the decade, and some of the tighter soundtrack funk of the time! The sound is jazzy all the way through – often with vocals by keyboardist Hull or a few other singers ... read moreCD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through back of the digipack case.)
Chicago had the Art Ensemble of Chicago at the end of the 60s – and St Louis had the fantastic Human Arts Ensemble at the start of the 70s – a wonderfully creative jazz group who shared a lot of the same ideas of improvisation and artistic freedom as the AACM up in the Windy City! This ... read moreCD
(A fantastic package – done with the pasted-on image of the original numbered LP pressing – right down to a pasted-on envelope on the back!)
Bobbi Humphrey —
City Beat ... CD Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ...
An under-discovered batch of jazzy soul from Bobbi Humphrey – an artist we love for her 70s work on Blue Note and Epic, still sounding pretty great here in the late 80s! The overall style of the album's a bit different than Bobbi's 70s work – more in a Patrice Rushen blend of 80s ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Malaco – The Truth Of Southern Soul Definitive Collection" series!)
Fabulous stuff – one of the legendary albums that funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey cut with producer Larry Mizell! The record's a prime example of the Mizell genius at work – as Larry's arranged these fantastic backdrops for Bobbi's flute – soaring keyboard lines, layers and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hunter's getting a lot more sophisticated in his style, and is moving past the heavy funky sound of early days – to a mix of soulful styles that opens him up a lot more. This sextet session features drummer Leon Parker, who always works well with Hunter – plus tenorist Peter Apfelbaum, ... read moreCD
The Charlie Hunter quartet offers their take on Bob Marley's groundbreaking album Natty Dread – taking the original Jamaican grooves of the set, and performing them in a laidback jazz funk style! The lineup includes Charlie on 8-string guitar, plus alto sax, tenor sax, and drums – on ... read moreCD
One of the greatest Bobby Hutcherson albums for Blue Note – a classic session recorded in quartet form, with a style that seems to set a whole new standard for the vibes in modern jazz! The group here is sublime – Herbie Hancock on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums ... read moreCD
Vibes and orchestrations – a combination that makes for one of the coolest Bobby Hutcherson albums of the 70s – a really magical set that expands the sound of Bobby's work in ways we wouldn't have expected! The style is similar to that used with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson at the ... read moreCD
(From the recent "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series. Includes obi.)
Think the French new wave had a lock on jazz soundtracks? Think again, because the Japanese scene of the 60s was full of them – including this sublime set from 1963! Most numbers here are jazz tracks played by a great small combo – one that's got tremendous energy all the way through! ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
A group that comes on with the sharply pointed force of their name – a really powerful presentation of sounds from Nate Wooley on trumpet, Chris Corsano on drums, and Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on bass! All three players are fantastic here – leaping right out of the box with an energy that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A late 70s session on FMP, but one that really shows the dynamic, boundless sense of imagination that we love from the ICP organization – led here by madman Misha Mengelberg on piano and at the helm of the operation! The sounds are free, but with a different quality than some of the more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great concept gets even better – as the music of Idea 6 gets remixed by a host of like-minded jazzy talents – including Quasimode, Gerardo Frisina, Sunaga T, and Nicola Conte! The core set already had a great jazzy groove – a return to the best styles of the Italian scene of ... read moreCD
There's nothing idle about these hands – as the group have a tightness that makes you think they've been together for years – which is maybe partly the case, as many of the artists are part of the great and ever-growing legacy of the Posi-Tone label! And while the company has given us ... read moreCD
This album's got a slightly expanded version of Ill Considered in place – but at a level that never strays far from the greatness that's made us love them right from the start! The core quartet, as usual, features the mighty Idris Rahman on tenor sax, Leon Brichard on bass, Emre Ramazanoglu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This mighty quartet always have a fantastically live sound on their studio albums already – but in a concert setting, they seem to bristle even more with spontaneous creative energy – as you'll no doubt discover just a few minutes into the record! As you've no doubt read on these pages ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-overdue return of a combo that had a huge impact on the sound of jazz on the Scandinavian scene over the past decade or two – given that its members have been involved in such important projects as Five Corners Quintet, Tuomo, Oddarang, and the Timo Lassy combo! Yet at the core, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Masaru Imada gets a bit tropical here, but also picks up some great help on horns – thanks to guest work from the Brecker Brothers, whose performance on a few tracks really help give the set a strong soul fusion vibe! The core sounds come from Imada's quintet – which has the leader ... read moreCD
Sweet Fender Rhodes and funky fusion from a very cool German group of the 70s – one we're not sure we've ever heard on record before, but who sound really wonderful here in an unreleased set of tapes from German radio! The group have a great way of moving between mellow funk and more jamming ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Immigrant's Bossa Band —
Message ... CD DIW (Japan), 2007. Used ...
Beautiful tunes from the Immigrant's Bossa Band – a Japanese combo with a distinct ear for a Brazilian groove! The style here is a warm blend of jazz and samba – performed with a relatively lively approach throughout, and less of the too-polished, or too-sleepy styles that sometimes ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from this ultra-hip Detroit ensemble – a contemporary group, but one whose musical message takes us back to the sounds of older acts like Fertile Ground or Oneness Of Juju! As with both of those groups, the style here mixes jazz with a wider sense of message and purpose ... read moreCD
A killer set from the contemporary Detroit jazz underground – and a set that smokes just like some of that city's classics from the Tribe Records years of the 70s! In The Tradition are a group who definitely get their name right – as they play here with just the right sort of spiritual ... read moreCD
(Original CDr release from 2009.)
Indigenous People —
Unite ... CD Jazzateria, 2001. Used ...
Features Marc Cary on Fender Rhodes, piano and moog, Taru Mateen on bass, Camille Gainer on drums, Yarbrough Charles Laws on flute, bass clarinet and percussion, plus guest guitar from Marvin Sewell. CD
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from Italian pianist Enrico Intra – and that's saying a lot, given his legacy of creative sounds from the 70s onward! This set has Intra playing piano, but also has all the spacey elements you'd guess from the cover – a very unusual mix ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Irreversible Entanglements —
Who Sent You ... CD International Anthem/Don Giovanni, 2020. New Copy ...
Damn incredible work from Irreversible Entanglements – a Philly group, but one who definitely belong in the special, small universe of the International Anthem label from Chicago! This set is even more fierce, more focused than their great debut – burning with righteous energy from a ... read moreCD
Landmark early work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – recorded way back when he was first coming to fame with Nina Simone, but done as an obscure indie effort for his tiny Nodlew label! The set's a wicked batch of keyboard-heavy funk – at a level that's similar to some of the best ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Weldon Irvine —
Spirit Man ... LP RCA/Nature Sounds, 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Massively funky work from the mighty Weldon Irvine – sublimely cosmic and filled with soul throughout! The vibe here is a bit more focused than on some of Weldon's earlier albums – a moody blend of electric keys, heavy percussion, and some slight bits of jazzy solo work by trumpeters ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice new reissue from Nature Sounds – with updated artwork, created using rare photos from the original album cover shoot!)
Massively funky work from the mighty Weldon Irvine – sublimely cosmic and filled with soul throughout! The vibe here is a bit more focused than on some of Weldon's earlier albums – a moody blend of electric keys, heavy percussion, and some slight bits of jazzy solo work by trumpeters ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful records to come out of the early 70s – a tremendous indie effort from a young Weldon Irvine! Irvine put this album together as sort of a musical "time capsule" of his generation – an effort to capture the era's thoughts, feelings, and emotions ... read moreCD
A huge musical treasure – a full unreleased album by Weldon Irvine, plus a bonus video as well! The music is from the stage play Young Gifted & Broke – a short-lived production by Weldon, and one that's done with some of the same hip modes he was bringing to his own music of the ... read moreCD
(Out of print – and includes obi. DVD format is NTSC/Region free.)
Breezy and easy vocals from Japan – a collection of recordings made by singer Kayo Ishu from the late 60s and 1970s – not really "scat" in a conventional style, but cool wordless vocals with a sweet jazzy feel! The 19 track set brings together tunes from a variety of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A beautiful little CD – especially if you like dreamy French soundtrack work from the 60s! Kayo Ishu sings a variety of tunes from famous 60s soundtracks, but about a quarter of the set is work by the mighty Francis Lai – done in a moody, mellow style that's right in keeping with his ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)
Fumio Itabashi —
Impact ... CD Paddle Wheel/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
Pianist Fumio Itabashi's definitely making an impact with this record – pushing his music even farther than before with some inventive, creative arrangements that make strong use of trumpet, trombone, and tenor sax! Itabashi's piano is at the core of the record, but he's moving in ways that ... read moreCD
A really unusual performance from Japanese pianist Fumio Itabashi – who returns here to Watarase, a site that inspired his most famous album in the 70s! Itabashi plays here outdoors – a really amazing setting for a grand piano – yet his work on the instrument is ever bit as bold ... (DVDs & Videos, Jazz)read moreDVD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series! DVD is NTSC – All Region.)
A nicely biting session from Japanese pianist Fumio Itabashi – a set that rounds out his trio with guest alto sax and guitar on a few of the cuts, which makes for a fuller, more driven sound overall! There's definitely a soulful groove to the set – kind of an 80s soulbop mode overall ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)
Ethan Iverson, Albert Tootie Heath, & Ben Street —
Live At Smalls ... CD Smalls Live, 2009. Used ...
An amazing little record from a trio that features pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Ben Street, and drummer Albert Tootie Heath – way more than you'd expect from the outside, and proof again that these Live At Smalls albums are some incredible gems! Iverson's a player with a great sense of ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest records ever by the wonderful vocal team of Jackie & Roy – a sweetly swinging 50s session, with great LA jazz backings from the orchestra of Bill Holman! There's a breezy vibe to the whole thing that's years ahead of its time – not pop harmony vocals, but an ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two rare Storyville albums from the tremendous vocal team of Jackie & Roy – back to back in a single set! First up is the self titled Jackie & Roy – one of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Jackie & Roy are definitely getting bit wilder here – hitting an electric early 70s CTI mode, and really growing a lot in the process! The session has the vocal pair working with CD players who include Hubert Laws on flute, Joe Farrell on saxes, Roy Pennington on vibes, and Steve Gadd on ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Jackie & Roy are definitely getting bit wilder here – hitting an electric early 70s CTI mode, and really growing a lot in the process! The session has the vocal pair working with CTI players who include Hubert Laws on flute, Joe Farrell on saxes, Roy Pennington on vibes, and Steve Gadd ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD