Albert Beger Quartet —
Gate ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ...
A beautiful performance by a group led by saxophonist Albert Berger – one who play with spiritual, almost cyclical energy that creates a great setting for the solos of Berger on tenor and shakuhachi! There's an organic flow to most numbers – as the other three musicians hit modes that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most beautiful albums of the 70s from pianist Richie Beirach – and in saying that, we don't mean to insult the rest of his other great American work! This set was done in Japan, and it's maybe one of Beirach's most obscure of the decade – but it's also a really special ... read moreCD
Superb work from pianist Richie Beirach – a set that's dedicated to Bill Evans, and which certainly embraces some of the key numbers in his songbook – but which also has that even more spacious sound that Beirach was bringing to his trio dates in the 70s! Richie's sense of timing and ... read moreCD
Ilia Belorukov & Gabriel Ferrandini —
Disquiet ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019. New Copy ...
Duets here between drums and alto sax – the former by Gabriel Ferrandini, the latter by Ilia Belorukov – both handled in ways that really open up both of the instruments into very fresh territory! Ferrandini is free, but often seems to hit melodic elements as much as rhythmic ones ... read moreCD
Great guitar and bass interplay – between Roni Ben-Hur and Santi Debriano – plus some light and lively rhythms from percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca! The set's a jazz album, but has the up-close and personal instrumental feel of a Brazilian session – not just because of some ... read moreCD
(Front cover has a small scratch, barcode has a cutout mark.)
A voyage from Brian Bennett – indeed a trip into disco and funk inspired rhythms, as the subtitle lets us know, but also plenty synthy rock, jazz and proggy elements – a Voyage worth taking from the sound library genius Bennett! The synths and keyboards by Francis Monkman is the secret ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreCD
Titles include "Strike Up The Band", "Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans", "Poor Little Rich Girl", "Are You Havin Any Fun", "Anyting Goes", and "With Plenty Of Money". (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
If you've ever doubted the real jazz sensibility of Tony Bennett, then this is an album to change your mind – because Tony's working here in a marvelously unadorned setting – with only the piano of Bill Evans to back him up! The record's a rare gem from years after Bennett was cracking ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
George Benson more than earns the title on this one – given that most of the tracks feature backings from the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Frank Foster – a great ensemble who really help keep things soulful throughout! Despite the date of the set, the feel here is a bit ... read moreCD
Sweet 70s funk from George Benson – an album that's a bit smoother than some of his earlier work, but still free from the commercial polish of his later hits! Maestro David Matthews is at the helm for this session – and most numbers have a full backing from players who include some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guitar legend George Benson pays tribute to the music of New Orleans – and also hearkens back to his earliest years in R&B, before he rose to jazz fame in the 60s! George sings as much as he plays guitar here – working in a tight combo that's heavy on soul styles – and most ... read moreCD
Guitar legend George Benson pays tribute to the music of New Orleans – and also hearkens back to his earliest years in R&B, before he rose to jazz fame in the 60s! George sings as much as he plays guitar here – working in a tight combo that's heavy on soul styles – and most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition heavyweight yellow vinyl pressing – with download!)
One of the moodiest sessions on CTI from the early days – and a landmark album that took George Benson from the funky jazz scene into the upper reaches of 70s jazz. The record was put together by Don Sebesky, and it's a lot more high concept than some of George's earlier work – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has gloss separation.)
A genius pairing of two top CTI Records talents in the 70s – the sweet guitar of George Benson and the amazing reed talents of Joe Farrell – both players who recorded in very different modes for the label, and who come out here sounding even more different when working together! There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Karl Berger & Company —
Tune In ... LP Milestone, 1969. Very Good+ ...
An obscure record from German vibist Karl Berger – and a great one! The set's a lot hipper than some of his "try to be hip, kind of try too hard" records for other labels – and was recorded in New York with a group that includes Carlos Ward on alto and flute, Dave Holland on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has a name in pen, and some light wear.)
Very out, very abstract 70s improv recorded live in concert in New York's Peace Church. Side one features a larger group wit Karl Berger, Dave Holland, Bob Moses and Richard Tietelbaum, plus some less well known performers such as vocalist Ing Rid, and Tom Schmidt, Ilene Marder and Betty McDonald. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic 30s work from trumpeter Bunny Berigan – served up here in a great 50s LP package that showcases his talents on the horn! There's a warmth and raspy charm to these sides that instantly shows why Berigan was a standout player at the time – an artist who could hit the hard notes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic interplay between a very free trio – Josh Berman on cornet, Jason Roebke on bass, and Paul Lytton on percussion – really opening up on two side-long improvisations! Berman can work in more arranged settings, but he's very free here – and expressing himself with this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's no snake oil in the bottle, it's fantastic music from this razor-sharp quintet – maybe one of the most fantastic projects that saxophonist Tim Berne has given us in many years, and a group that just seem to get better and better with each new record! There's a combination of reed and ... read moreCD
Keyboardist Warren Bernhardt was always a key part of the fusion scene in the late 70s – but he was also a musician who was maybe a bit apart from it, too – as he would allow himself some more introspective moments than some of his contemporaries – even while turning out some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bill Berry & His Ellington All Stars —
For Duke ... LP Real Time, 1978. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A famous direct to disc session – as famous for its overall sound, as for the music by the players! Features Bill Berry on cornet, Ray Brown on bass, Scott Hamilton on tenor, Marshal Royal on alto, Britt Woodman on trombone, Nat Pierce on piano, and Frankie Capp on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing on Real Time/MK. Cover has light wear.)
The funky Overton Berry piano trio's caught live here in a set recorded at Seattle's Doubletree Inn – a great live set that's got the same energy as his classic TOBE album! The bassist in the group is wonderful – the mighty Chuck Metcalf, whose round tones really keep things moving and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best Eddie Bert albums of the 50s – an excellent set that captures the trombonist in 2 different modes! One half of the set features the cool side of Eddie's work – and has him blowing in quartet with Joe Puma on guitar, Clyde Lombari on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. The ... read moreCD
A sublime effort from the overlooked Eddie Bert – one of the most interesting post-war sound sculptors on trombone! The set was done around the same time Bert was recording a bit with Mingus – and the group's a quartet, with Hank Jones on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Kenny ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Eddie Bert, Donald Byrd, JR Monterose, & Others —
Montage ... LP Savoy, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ...
A collection of laidback blowing material recorded for Savoy during the mid 50s – featuring 2 different groups, plus 2 solo piano tracks by John Mehegan. Group one features Eddie Bert, JR Monterose, Hank Jones, and Kenny Clarke – on the tracks "Steady Eddie", "Slow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Bright red label pressing with RVG etch. Cover has light wear.)
A dream of a record from the LA spiritual underground of the 70s – and one of the only records we've ever seen from reedman Gary Bias! The date's got a soulful depth that makes it one of the most compelling albums on the legendary Nimbus label – a rhythmic pulse that's often modal, and ... read moreCD
Funky big band from Poland – a very groovy set that's right up there with the best large group 70s sessions on MPS! The group here is very heavy on the horns – lots of trumpets and saxes – underscored by some hipper rhythms that include a bit of guitar, electric bass, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's Torys, as in Suntory's – the big Japanese distillery who's hosting this special performance of The Big Four – a crackling lineup that features soulful tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto and drums from George Kawaguchi! The core group have an energy that's like the best American bop ... read moreCD
That's Torys, as in Suntory's – the big Japanese distillery who's hosting this special performance of The Big Four – a crackling lineup that features soulful tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto and drums from George Kawaguchi! The core group have an energy that's like the best American bop ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nat Birchall —
Akhenaten ... CD Gondwana/Nat Birchall (UK), 2008/2009. New Copy ...
Mindblowing work from a tenorist we only just discovered with this amazing debut album – a deeply spiritual player who comes off beautifully on this set of original compositions! Nat Birchall blows with a range of feeling that takes us back to the 70s best of Pharoah Sanders, Billy Harper, ... read moreCD
A very different album than usual from the great tenorist Nat Birchall – a set that's no less soulful than his other records, but in a completely different way! The album's a collaboration with producer Al Breadwinner – and has this approach that feels like a lost Jamaican instrumental ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Released by Birchall himself – and limited to 200 copies!)
A tremendous record from one of our favorite saxophonists of the past decade – the completely sublime, completely wonderful Nat Birchall – a musician who was way ahead of the curve towards spiritual jazz that others have hit in recent years, and one who still does it better than anyone ... (Jazz, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the boldest statements on record from trombonist Jeb Bishop – and a really great reminder of his key contributions to the Chicago avant scene at the start of the century! Jeb's a master of subtle shape and sound on his instrument, but he can also play with a fiercer frenzy – ... read moreCD
Walter Bishop Jr —
Speak Low ... CD Jazztime/Muzak (Japan), 1961. New Copy ...
A rare early date as a leader from pianist Walter Bishop Jr – cut for a tiny east coast label that folded almost as soon as the record was issued – but a date that's gone onto great fame over the years, thanks to circulation in a few different formats! Bishop's got a really maturing ... read moreCD
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bitter Funeral Beer Band with Don Cherry —
Live In Frankfurt 82 ... LP Country & Eastern/Black Sweat (Italy), 1982. New Copy ...
Don Cherry made some of his most globally-conscious music in the northern reaches of the European scene – and this set is no exception, as the legendary trumpeter works on this great live set in Frankfurt, Germany – with instrumentation that includes a very freewheeling blend of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Black Diamond —
Chant ... LP Shifting Paradigm, 2019. New Copy ...
Fantastic work from the duo of Artie Black and Hunter Diamond – two tenor saxophonists who work together here in a mode that's a sublime extension of some of the modern styles first put down in the 50s! Black and Diamond twist their tenors together with the dexterity of a Zoot Sims/Al Cohn ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Black Diamond —
Mandala ... CD Shifting Paradigm, 2017. New Copy ...
A jazz duo with a very striking name – but one that makes complete sense, when you realize the record comes from the growing genius of Artie Black and Hunter Diamond – two up-and-coming tenorists on the Chicago scene who've developed a really wonderful affinity for each other! Here, ... read moreCD
A smokey vocal treasure from Janet Blair – her debut LP, and a record that features an incredibly striking title and cover! Janet's got a cool and smooth mode of singing that's perfect for a torchy set like this – one that's well-equipped to hit all the right moody notes and slide ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
During the late 50s – after an initial burst of recordings with Blue Note, and before a later successful run for the label – Art Blakey recorded on a number of labels with a lesser-known version of The Jazz Messengers. This album's from that stretch – and like others from the ... read moreCD
A landmark recording by a whole new chapter in Art Blakey's career! During the early 60s, Blakey expanded the Jazz Messengers from a quintet to an incredibly tight sextet – adding in the trombone of Curtis Fuller for an extra-punched up frontline that also included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet ... read moreCD
An unusual little record from Art Blakey – a live set recorded at the Lighthouse in 1966, with a band that includes the surprising lineup of Keith Jarrett on piano and Chuck Mangione on trumpet! If you're surprised at the mix of players, and figure that they won't groove with Blakey's ... read moreCD
A well-titled set from Art Blakey – considering the hard-driving sound of the group! The album's one of the best from that unusual year of 1957 – almost a "lost" year for Art, when he was working away from Blue Note with a very different lineup of the Jazz Messengers than on ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2000 pressing from Toshiba-EMI – includes obi!)
Long, lean live energy from Art Blakey and a well-remembered version of The Jazz Messengers – a group that includes both Branford Marsalis on alto and Wynton Marsalis on trumpet – plus great tenor from Bill Pierce as well! The vibe is nicely different than the 60s years of the group ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi, and still in shrink!)
A landmark album that had one of the best versions of the Jazz Messengers taking a big step forward – thanks to some increased songwriting by the group's young tenor genius – Wayne Shorter! Shorter's tunes take up all of the second half of the record, and all of them have gone onto ... read moreCD
An explosive session from an expanded edition of the Jazz Messengers – recorded at a key point when Art Blakey moved the group up to six members instead of five! Although bigger than the group on most Jazz Messenger Blue Notes, the sextet have an energy that's almost tighter – a sense ... read moreCD
A classic early set featuring the Jazz Messengers back when the group still included Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and Kenny Dorham – one of the earliest and purest versions of Blakey's hardbop vision, touched with the slightly exotic lyricism of Silver, which gives the tracks a wonderful edge. ... read moreCD
Classic early set featuring the Jazz Messengers back when the group still included Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and Kenny Dorham. Hard hard hard bop, cracklin' with energy, and a great example of the kind of playing that made the group an instant success. Tracks on this second volume include " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd Street pressing with deep groove, RVG etch, and ear. Cover has light surface wear and aging.)
Classic early set featuring the Jazz Messengers back when the group still included Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and Kenny Dorham. Hard hard hard bop, cracklin' with energy, and a great example of the kind of playing that made the group an instant success. Tracks on this second volume include " ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi – and still sealed!)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Buhaina ... LP Prestige (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
An amazing album that has Art Blakey completely reinventing himself for the 70s! Blakey shifts from straight hardbop to kind of a modal soul jazz groove, touched with some of the electric playing of the younger jazz generation, but not enough to qualify as fusion or funk. Instead, he's working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This session shouldn't work, but it does – and beautifully! By all means, an album that includes Diz, Art Blakey, Monk, and Sonny Stitt playing together should be a first-rate snoozer, with hackneyed performances of common-denominator material that they can all get their hooks around – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)
Great sounds from the Carla Bley band of the 80s – and a record that still has all the modern elements of Bley's initial years in jazz, but also brings in some warmer elements too! If anything, these years unlocked a playfulness that we might not have expected from Carla years before – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly nice album from Paul Bley, despite a rather overly hippy dippy cover and concept. The tracks are straight trio ones, with Bley on piano, and Gary Peacock doing some great bass work. Titles include "El Cordobes", "Mr. Joy", "Kid Dynamite", and "Rambli ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and some ring and edge wear.)
Beautiful work from Blue Mandala Project – an Italian group led by pianist Pietro Vincenti, an artist we really loved for his older Brazilian-styled sounds in the group Quintetto X! The vibe here has some of the sound of the older group, but there's also maybe more funk and soul elements at ... read moreCD
A nice, if a bit obscure, recording featuring Bluiett's compositions for a larger group, with a stellar lineup that includes Chief Bey, Michael Carvin, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Abdul Wadud, Reggie Workman, Olu Dara, Don Pullen and others. There's a strong pulse and some heavy African influence here, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a half split top seam, center split in the spine, some surface wear, and a bit of fading at the top.)
Martin Blume/Tobias Delius/Achim Kaufmann/Dieter Manderscheid —
Frames & Terrains ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2018. New Copy ...
A long improvisation with lots of angles and dark corners – served up in a way that really builds up tension, while also providing lots of compelling stops along the journey! The music is never too full-on, but always has a sense of complexity – strong interplay between the group right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not exactly basic work from Arthur Blythe, as the set features an added string ensemble too – but a record that certainly has the saxophonist really hitting a whole new level of genius! There's a great core group here – with John Hicks on piano, Anthony Cox on bass, and Bobby Battle on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
Arthur Blythe —
Da Da ... LP Columbia, 1986. Near Mint- ...
The alto sax of Arthur Blythe finds a great way to stretch out in this classic album from the mid 80s – a set that mixes some of the sharper edges of Blythe's earlier records with a few more contemporary touches – but always at a level that still has the reedman standing far from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful moment in which the loft jazz generation really got a chance to shine in the mainstream – and mostly without any sense of overdone attempts at commercialization! The album's a great summation of all the ideas that reedman Arthur Blythe was cooking up in the 70s underground – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arthur Blythe may be in the tradition here, but he's never of the tradition – as the set represents the modern musician taking on a host of older jazz currents, while carving things out with his own special sort of soul! Half the tunes are familiar favorites, the other half originals – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wow! We've always gone on record as liking Mr. Boland as part of his big band with Kenny Clarke, but here on this Saba original, they wail together in a tight trio, with Jimmy Woode on bass, and Fats Sadi on bongos. Lots of quick little groovers, with a tight modal jazzy sound – as you'd ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bones (Ziv Taubenfeld/Shay Hazan/Nir Sabag) —
Reptiles ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ...
There's lots of wonderfully low tones on this set – not just the bass clarinet of Ziv Taubenfeld, but also the moody drums of Nir Sabag, and the deep-toned basswork of Sha Hazan – a trio of players we've never heard together before, but who really find their own special place in sound! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album