A searing live performance from this great large group – featuring Gerry Mulligan in the lead on baritone – with Zoot Sims on tenor, Bob Donovan on alto, Gene Quill on alto and clarinet, and trumpets from Nick Travis and Conte Candoli – all in a large group, with no piano at all. CD
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 moreCD
Mark Murphy —
Rah ... LP Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ...
Great early work by Mark Murphy – a set that's different than the cool breeziness of his 70s work, and done with an approach that's a lot hipper than most of his 60s contemporaries! Ernie Wilkins handles the arrangements, and there's a rollicking soul jazz groove here that's a bit unusual ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic set of loft jazz from a young David Murray – recorded during a European concert from 1977, with a sound that's looser and freer than Murray's later work! The group's a well-matched batch of players that includes Don Pullen on piano, Butch Morris on cornet, Fred Hopkins on bass, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really bold step forward for David Murray – a seminal live recording that features one of the hippest big bands you'll ever hope to find! Murray really uses the date as a chance to express the full range of his musical talents – and often shows modes that are more traditional than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Murray —
Ming ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1980. Near Mint- ...
Beautifully arranged work from David Murray – an important early large group recording, one that really helped point the way to some of his later genius! The session features Murray leading an all-star octet that includes Henry Threadgill on alto, Olu Dara on trumpet, Butch Morris on cornet, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest gifts of the Soul Note label was the way that it could take sessions with avant-oriented players, and make them turn out straighter jazz material – but with a really nice edge! This session's a perfect example of that legacy – as it features David Murray at the head ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A new life for the ideas of saxophonist David Murray – worked out here in an octet of top-shelf players! The sound is avant one minute, swinging the next – and carried off with a rich sense of jazz tradition that really marks the growing appreciation of roots in the 80s generation of ... read moreCD
A surprisingly nice album of straight ahead tenor tracks from David Murray – playing here in a quartet with guitarist Stanley Franks, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and the great Don Pullen, who plays organ on the session! The album's not exactly in the classic soul jazz organ/tenor mode – ... read moreCD
David Murray on tenor sax & bass clarinet, Fontella Bass on vocals, Hugh Ragin on trumpet, Jimane Nelson on Hammond B3, piano & synthesizer, Stanley Franks on guitar, Clarence Pookie Jenkins on electric bass, Ranzell Merritt on drums & Leopoldo F Flemming on percussion. CD
A great little session by Murray – recorded at that point in the early 90s when DIW was turning out some especially soulful records! The group on the set features Fred Hopkins on bass, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums – and although you might expect a Coltraney feel from ... read moreCD
An album of spiritual tunes and spiritual themes – played by David Murray in a style that's quite similar to his work on the Deep River set! The format's a bit more traditional here, given the album's use of older themes from gospel music – but the core quartet of Dave Burrell, Fred ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
David Murray & Gwo-Ka Masters Feat Pharoah Sanders —
Gwotet ... CD Justin Time, 2004. Used ...
A rich tapestry of Afro-Caribbean rhythms – and one of the most compelling albums we've heard in years from David Murray! The set features an expanded group of percussionists, vocalists, and other instrumentalists – fronted by lead solo stars David Murray and Pharoah Sanders – ... read moreCD
One of the greatest jazz voices on the bass clarinet – save perhaps for the late Eric Dolphy – working here in a wonderful batch of ballads and gentle groovers! The set's quite different from the usual jazz date to bear "ballads" in the title – as David Murray's not ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Diedre Murray & Fred Hopkins —
Stringology ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1994. Used ...
Features Diedre Murray on cello, Marvin Sewell on guitar and dobro, Fred Hopkins on bass, Newman Baker on drums and spoons, and a guest appearance by Ray Montilla on congas. CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a small cutout hole.)
One of the best-ever BYG/Actuel sessions, and one that has the unlikely pairing of east coast avant players Sonny Murray and Byard Lancaster, with Art Ensemble Of Chicago bassist Malachi Favors! Murray plays drums, and reads a bit of poetry, while the band wails behind him in powerful turgid lines ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more spiritual sessions for BYG, and a large ensemble session that brings together players like Archie Shepp, Malachi Favors, Roscoe Mitchell, Grachan Moncur, and Clifford Thornton. "Suns Of Africa" takes up all of side one, and although it begins slow, and with spare soloing, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sunny Murray/Bob Dickey/Robert Andreano —
Homework ... LP Super Secret Sound/No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy (reissue)...
Drummer Sunny Murray really hit some wonderfully subtle, sensitive moments in the later years of his career – as you'll definitely hear here, working in a trio with Robert Andreano on guitar and Bob Dickie on bass! Both of the string players use their instruments in ways that are often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You're definitely not at the opera with a set like this – a batch of well-crafted improvisations between drummer Sunny Murray and reedman Sabir Mateen – who plays alto, tenor sax, and flute throughout the course of the record! Like most of the best Eremite releases, this one is a live ... read moreCD
Tight hard tenor work by the great Vido Musso – featuring a set of tracks that skirts between bop and R&B tenor tunes, with backing by a little combo that includes Chico Alvaraz and Maynard Ferguson on trumpets. Vido's got a tone that's just great – raw, with the reed almost blown ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has seam splitting and aging.)
A great little album – even if it tries to promise too much! The set bills itself as "the swinginest Hammond organ album since the birth of psychedelia" – and while that sort of a claim is so high that nobody could ever match it, the album is a great batch of offbeat soul ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wolfgang Muthspiel/Scott Colley/Brian Blade —
Angular Blues ... LP ECM (Germany), 2020. New Copy ...
A record that's maybe one of the most tuneful, lyrical we've ever heard from guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel – and that may have a lot to do with the wonderful help in the trio from Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums! The tunes still have some of the abstract qualities of Muthspiel's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amina Claudine Myers —
Amina ... CD Novus/BMG, 1988. Used ...
A pretty interesting change for this lovely lady of the AACM – as Amina Claudine Myers makes a shift towards more R&B-inflected jazz, working in equal parts vocals and piano with more electric instrumentation than you'd hear on some of her earlier albums. Although the move was kind of ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Disc has a security strip on the top side, tray card is missing one spine.)
N'awlins Gumbo Kings —
UFO Saloon ... CD Herring Howard & Sizer, 2006. Used ...
The second album from a really great group – the brainchild of keyboardist Yasushi Karasawa, who has a way of putting together his sounds that's very unique! There's a freshness here that reminds us of the excitement we first felt when falling in love with Japanese groups back in the 90s ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Nacka Forum – a group with a name that might be a bit unusual, but which represents some of the strongest work on the Moserobie label in recent years! The lineup here is a quartet – Goran Kajfes on trumpet and mellophone, Johan Bethling on bass, Kresten Osgood on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paura ... CD Alga Marghen (Italy), 1973. Used ...
A stone smoker from tenorist Seiichi Nakamura – thanks partly to some great trombone from Shigeharu Mukai! Shige's one of our favorite Japanese trombonists from the 70s, and he really gives this session a deep degree of soul – working strongly in the frontline with Seiichi, and getting ... read moreCD
A definite New York groove from bassist Teuro Nakamura – and a set that really takes us back to some of the best American/Japanese fusion sessions of the late 70s! Like some of those classics, this one was recorded in the US, with a Japanese player in the lead – bassist Nakamura – ... read moreCD
A landmark album from the Japanese fusion scene of the 70s – a killer set of tracks recorded by bassist Teruo Nakamura, with help from a host of American soul jazz luminaries! The album's easily one of Nakamura's most sought-after sets – and for good reason too, as the cuts are long ... read moreCD
A completely fresh take on tunes from the show Flower Drum Song – done here all as trio numbers by pianist Morris Nanton, who handles the music with a lot more sensitive spin than the lyrical versions! Nanton's got this full, rich tone at this point in his career – a well-punctuated ... read moreCD
Lost lyrical sounds from Morris Nanton – a player who only recorded a handful of albums, all of them great! Nanton's an unusual player – in that at one level, he's got this heavy left-hand style that's almost in a soul jazz mode – but also still manages some of the lighter, more ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2017 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)
One of the best club jazz combos we've heard from the Japanese scene to date – a group who's solidly jazz based, but who also hit a range of colors and tones that open up with the rhythms of some of their contemporaries! Native have a sound that comes across cool at first – laidback ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Natural History —
Fur ... CD Skycap (Germany), 2005. Used ...
Natural History is Joe Morris on bass, Joe Sexton on tenor, and Corix Galipault on drums. CD
A great collection of work by Fats Navarro – his complete Blue Note recordings, and a masterful collection of trumpet-based bop! There's are a total of 26 songs on this 2 LP set and several groups that Navarro played with are represented – The Tadd Dameron Sextet & Septet, The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of early modern bop material – 36 tracks that bring together the complete Blue Note recordings of Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro – about half of them featuring Navarro in Dameron's group, the other half featuring Fats on his own, working with Bud Powell, Howard McGhee, and ... read moreCD
Not as all-out experimental as some of the other work by Lelo Nazario – but still pretty great! "Lagrima" is a side-long piano solo – and the other side features "Sursolide Suite", Nazario's piano with two basses, played by Zeca Assumpcao and Rodolo Stroeter! (Brazil, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small sticker in the corner, and some light wear.)
A great little album – a lot better than you might think from the concept! After the death of JFK, Oliver Nelson penned this extremely strong tribute to the man – featuring snippets of speeches made by Kennedy during his time in office as president, used as bridges between jazz based ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Oliver Nelson's follow-up to his classic Blues & The Abstract Truth session for Impulse – and like that one, a tremendous little album – filled with deep tones and wonderful colors in sound! The group here's a bit larger than before – an ensemble that includes Phil Woods on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing.)
Oliver Nelson —
Swiss Suite ... CD Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy ...
A killer set of searing soulful spiritual material from Oliver Nelson – and one of his best albums of the 70s! There's hardly anything "Swiss" in the music – save for the fact that it was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Fest – as the large ensemble recording has Nelson at ... read moreCD
A really standout score from Oliver Nelson – a set that's got some of his groovier touches at times, but also features some pretty great straighter scoring as well! The record really shows Nelson stepping out from his older role as a strictly jazz-based arranger – and although there ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole and some light wear.)
A unique little outing for Oliver Nelson – one that breaks him out of the familiar territory of the studio, and puts him in a much more spontaneous live setting! Nelson's playing soprano sax on the album – using the instrument in an edgey way that has echoes of Coltrane, yet which also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
The New Mastersounds must have their own source of renewable energy – as they've been giving us great records for many years now, and still are strongly on top of their game! The core quartet is driven by the funky drums of Simon Allen, the bumping bass of Pete Shand, the sweet keyboards of ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really nice take on the music of New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint – a record that sets things up in new jazz-based arrangements that open up whole new sides of the songs! You'll know most of the numbers here – especially if you've got any of Toussaint's classic albums or ... read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – and a key session in the best "new thing" mode of the 60s! The New York Art Quartet were a short live collaboration between trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Lewis Worrell, and percussionist ... read moreCD
A great set by one of the more obscure groups to record for the CTI/Motown subsidiary Salvation – a great quartet that features Frank Wess on soprano sax and flute, Roland Hanna on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Ben Riley on drums. The group play in a mode that really pushes past that of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe not a "world" of piano, but a real classic from Phineas Newborn – a record that marks a harder, more soulful sound than some of his 50s work – shaking free from some of his flowery touches on the keys, and digging much deeper into the groove of his Memphis roots! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has lightly bumped corners at the top, with two ink stamps and a bit of pen on back. Still looks nice otherwise, with minimal wear.)
One of the best David Newman albums for Atlantic from the 60s – and one that breaks past the R&B-influenced formula of earlier albums! This one features some great arrangements by William Fischer, the cool wild-card arranger who was to late 60s Atlantic what David Axelrod was to Capitol ... read moreCD
An excellent batch of straight ahead funk from David Fathead Newman! The record's a return to basics after a few more overly-produced sessions – and it features a stripped down quintet with Bernard Purdie on durms, Erick Gale on guitars, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Steve Novosel on bass. ... read moreCD
David Newman's first album as a leader – recorded under the Ray Charles banner, and featuring Ray himself on piano! The set's a really surprising one – as it's much more jazz-based than we'd expect, given the Charles connection – and really steps out with some lively solo work ... read moreCD
Early work from David Fathead Newman – so early, the cover has him listed as "Dave" on the front! The album steps nicely off Newman's early work with Ray Charles – and does plenty to establish him as a leader on his own – putting Newman's bold, soulful tenor right ... read moreCD
Sweet electric funk from from David Newman – one of his best post-Atlantic albums, and a tightly-crafted set of studio grooves that has a warm California feel! Neman's horn is nicely electrified on many of the cuts – allowing it to slide in nicely next to the group's sharply arranged ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the nice electric albums that David Newman cut with Roy Ayers, and a record with a smooth 70's funky sound that works better than some of his 60's recordings. Tracks include Roy Ayers' great tunes "Fuzz" and "Fire Weaver", plus "3/4 Of The Time", "Symphonet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green label Broadway pressing. Cover has some surface wear and a cutout notch.)
A pretty sweet set from reedman David Newman – a record that has him working with larger instrumental backdrops, in a mode that's almost like the sound going on with Stanley Turrentine over at CTI! William S. Fischer handled all the arrangements – so although things are tight, there's ... read moreCD
A tremendous trumpeter, set up here in his best format to date – a really heavy duty quartet that features tenor from Brandon Wright, drums from Rudy Royston, and Hammond from Brian Charette – who blows us away even more than usual with his skills on both the keys and the pedals at the ... read moreCD
James Newton —
Axum ... LP ECM, 1982. Near Mint- ...
Solo recording of Newton playing flute, alto flute, and bass flute on nine of his compositions. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a lightly bent corner and a cutout notch.)
James Newton —
In Venice ... LP Celestial Harmonies (Germany), 1988. Near Mint- 2LP ...
Solo recordings by Newton at the San Lazzaro degli Armeni church in Venice, Italy, including the traditional Spiritual Suite, Syrinx by Claude Debussy, and a number of Newton's own compositions. LP, Vinyl record album
Recorded in Amsterdam in 1978 – this record contains four original compositions by pianist Anthony Davis and one by flutist James Newton. Titles include "Pax", "Crystal Texts", "Wayang No. 1", and side two features the song "Someone Inside Her". The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure funky fusion album from bassist Tony Newton – with a wild look that grabs you instantly! Tony plays this weird double-bass, and he's pictured with the instrument on the cover – looking like some super-heavy righteous dude that escaped from The Headhunters. The record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare Swiss performances from Tony Scott and Sal Nistico – both American players who reached some of their greatest heights on the European scene of the 70s! The first half of the CD features Sal Nistico sounding really great on a trio of long, open-ended tracks – blowing tenor ... read moreCD
Noa ... CD Soleil Zeuhl (France), 1980. Used ...
With Philippe Vincendeau on alto & soprano sax, Alain Gaubert on guitar & bass, Claudie Nicolas on vocals, Bernard Nicolas on flute & soprano sax & Christian Robard on drums, xylophone & vibraphone. CD
Moody brilliance from pianist Mike Nock – a solid quartet date that features plenty of edgey tenor from Michael Brecker, who's in really great form throughout! The rhythm section has a nicely snakey vibe too – with George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums – and both players can ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mike Nock has always been a pianist with so many varied shades and styles to his talents – and here, he makes a rare ECM appearance in a set that's nicely different from most of his other albums of the 70s – maybe a bit more sensitive at times, but also maybe more freewheeling too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic funky set from the Sydney scene of the 60s – one of the coolest, cookingest combos to ever record in Australia at the time – and a group with a mix of mod and soul elements that reminds us of the best organ jazz recorded in London too! The group's led by the mighty Col ... read moreCD
A fantastic funky set from the Sydney scene of the 60s – one of the coolest, cookingest combos to ever record in Australia at the time – and a group with a mix of mod and soul elements that reminds us of the best organ jazz recorded in London too! The group's led by the mighty Col ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Noodband is Gerard Ammerlaan on bass, Charles Huffstadt on drums, Douwe Kamminga on tuba, Alan Laurillard on tenor sax, Frans Vermeerssen on alto sax, and Herman Koster on trombone. LP, Vinyl record album