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
Lee Morgan —
Caramba! ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite Lee Morgan albums – and one of his least known! Recorded in the crucial last 5 years of his life, this album is a sparkling mix of hard bop, soul jazz, and slight bits of modernism – that magical mix that Lee was hitting as he reached farther and farther with his ... read moreCD
Lee Morgan —
Taru ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
Unreleased genius from Lee Morgan – a key session from the later years of his too-short life, but one that wasn't issued until nearly a decade after his death! The sound here is completely sublime – a mix of the best later Morgan modes – soulful, lyrical, and modal – played ... read moreCD
Lost genius from trumpeter Lee Morgan – a session recorded for Blue Note in 1967, but not issued until the late 70s – and even then, only for a very short time! The session has Morgan moving into that wonderful last stage of his career – working in tight formation towards a sound ... read moreCD
A great Lee Morgan set – and one of his rarest! The album was recorded in 1967, but unissued until 1998, when Blue Note unveiled the material as part of its "standards" series that featured label players performing material not of their own composition. Unlike the other records in ... read moreCD
Lee Morgan —
Rajah ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ...
One of our favorite albums ever from the legendary trumpeter Lee Morgan – a set that Blue Note recorded in the mid 60s, but didn't show the world until almost two decades later! The album's got Lee as his lyrical best – working almost with a sense of exoticism, especially on the ... read moreCD
Lee Morgan on the hippest side of his 60s talents – working here in a style that's really stretching out, and in the same territory as similar unreleased gems from the time – like Tom Cat or Sonic Boom! The group here is very inventive – Jackie McLean on alto, Larry Willis on ... read moreCD
One of the bluesiest of Mel Brown's funky guitar records for Impulse. The album includes some very stripped-down performances that highlight Mel's deep soulful guitar style, and the nice groovy keyboards of Clifford Coulter. Mel sings a bit, but not much, and the best tracks are the long trippy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear & a small center split in the bottom seam.)
A fantastic set from tenor great Don Byas – recorded in France with a quartet that includes guitar, bass, and drums – and presented with one of the most striking modernist jazz covers of the 50s! LP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of rare jazz sides from Capitol Records in 1949 – most originally issued as singles! Side one features smoking work from Dizzy Gillespie – leading a big group with a young John Coltrane on alto with Jimmy Heath, as well as Paul Gonsalves on tenor and Matthew Gee on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 of John Lewis' non-MJQ albums of third stream jazz for Atlantic. Both records feature Lewis working with Gunter Schuller, and they both share Lewis and Schuller's keen ambition to move jazz into the sophisticated world of the concert hall. Although not always successful in their endeavors ... read moreCD
A skittish set of jazz dance numbers from the enigmatic Errol Parker – recorded for his own Sahara label at the end of the 70s, with a freewheeling groove that's every bit as exploratory as it is infectious! The title cut – "Doodles" – is a really great number, with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 Atlantic sessions from Mose – back to back on one CD! I Don't Worry is one of Mose's first albums for Atlantic – a great set of soulful jazz vocals, done in a rootsy style that has some slight New Orleans touches – and a nice sort of beat undercurrent! The sound of the set ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Mickey Hart/Airto/Flora Purim —
Dafos ... CD Ryko, 1983. Used ...
A rare live set from Charles Earland – recorded pre-Prestige, and probably illegally, by Paul Winley. The sound of the set has plenty of crowd noise up front – not necessarily from bad recording, but from an approach that seems to create this "live lounge" kind of feel, one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful late 70s set from reedman Marion Brown – maybe not as all-out adventurous as some of his earliest material, but still filled with a strong sense of spirit and soul! The group here is a bit unusual – as Brown's alto is set up with the guitar of Brandon K Ross, bass of Jack ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch Timeless pressing. Cover has light wear & sticker spots.)
A collection of earlier sides that Young recorded for Savoy, released after his death, and featuring various small groups that include such players as Freddie Greene, Count Basie, Junior Mance, Roy Haynes, Billy Taylor, and Cozy Cole. Tracks include "Blues N Bells", "Ghost Of A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary MPS session from vibist Dave Pike – a set that mixes his funkier styles with some freer modal jazz leanings – all in a way that really makes the album stand out from the rest! The group is the groundbreaking Dave Pike Set lineup – the combo that featured Dave's vibes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original German pressing!)
Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass —
Scenes ... LP MPS (Germany), 1974. Very Good+ ...
Amazing live work from this legendary MPS group – electric funk mixed with plenty of horns – all in a hard-grooving big band style that nobody else could match at the time! Peter Herbolzheimer may not be a household name on this side of the Atlantic, but back in the day he was one of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label MPS/Metronome pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole in one corner.)
A classic! This is one of the rarest of the rare of all Blue Note albums – and it's the only-ever session cut as a leader by the great tenor player Fred Jackson! The album's a really heavy burner – an all-out organ/tenor assault with the kind of gutbuckety soul groove that only peaked ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great tenor sounds from Wayne Escoffery – set to an excellent groove that mixes Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano! The album's one of the best we've heard from Escoffery in years – a date that really sets his horn free, yet also has a soulful focus, too – one that definitely comes ... read moreCD
This set of Beatles and Bacharach tunes is a perfect setting for the sharp reed sound of the young Sadao Watanabe. He plays soprano and alto on a very cool, very tight set of grooves that runs way past the usual mix of stuff – with groovy covers of "Magical Mystery Tour", "I ... read moreCD
Don't think "British rock", think "electric jazz" – as the set features some long, jamming instrumental workouts that are more in a heavy fusion mode overall! The group's a quintet – led by drummer Kiyoshi Tanaka, and featuring organ, guitar, bass, and some very ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. Blu-spec CD pressing.)
One of the greatest albums ever cut by Swedish vocalist Monica Zetterlund – a landmark album that has her singing with the Bill Evans Trio! The album was recorded in 1964, with a spare sound that's quite different from most of Monica's other work. As usual, her vocals are wonderfully cool ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the greatest sax talents in 60s England – and one of his greatest albums! Tenorist Dick Morrissey had a talent level that put him right up there with giants Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott – and like the former, he really grew as a musician during the 60s, picking up a lot of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Out of print Japanese pressing from 1993 – with obi!)
Rare work from the team of Gigi Gryce and Donald Byrd – material recorded during their Jazz Lab sessions for Columbia Records in the 50s, but unissued at the time! The duo are pure genius together – able to open up with all the modern jazz currents that altoist Gryce was bringing to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An aptly titled early side by Charlie Mariano – one of his first sets as a leader! Mariano's tone is fully developed even at this early stage in his career and he plays with a remarkable sense of his own style uncommon among alto players at the time, who were often following the lead of Bird. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese 12" pressing of the original 10" release!)
Jimmy Smith with Babs Gonzales & Bill Henderson —
Singles ... LP Blue Note (Japan), Late 50s. Near Mint- ...
A very cool Japanese-only package – one that brings together rare 45rpm material by Hammond organ giant Jimmy Smith! The set features some material that's a bit different than the LP world of Jimmy – including four tracks with vocalist Bill Henderson, two more with Babs Gonzales, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, on King!)
Scott Hamilton/Gianni Basso/Eje Thelin —
Jazz Jamboree '79 ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. Near Mint- ...
A collection of tunes recorded at Poland's legendary Jazz Jamboree festival in 1979! The best of these is the jazz groover "Carneval" – an upbeat, uptempo dancer handled by the Eje Thelin group with a tight and percussive edge. The track feels like a tasty MPS number from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Blue Note reissue from Japan, and one that brings together 2 impossibly rare 10" recordings from the early LP days of the label! One side of the album features work by the legendary George Wallington – a killer bop player from the early days, and one who soon faded into ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully melodic session from Bud Shank – one of his great late 50s dates with reedman Bob Cooper – recorded in quintet format with an easygoing groove! Shank plays both alto and flute, and Cooper tenor and oboe – pairings that sound great hear as they shift back and forth ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi! Cover has some light aging.)
Dennis Irwin & James Williams —
Focus ... LP Red (Italy), 1978. Very Good+ ...
An early 70s gem from Jimmy McGriff! Jimmy's grooving with a larger group here – but in a funky 70s mode that makes for a great update of the rawer sound he laid out on some of his Sue sides in the 60s. The best tracks are the covers of 70s soul material – like "Shaft", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later set from the great Johnny Otis – but one that still has his group very much alive and well – and working again with Shuggie Otis on guitar, bass, and organ! Jackie Payne sings vocals on a few tracks too – and Johnny and Shuggie handled all the charts. (Soul, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
A nice little set from Henry Threadgill – one of the albums that gave him greatest exposure to a bigger audience, and a set that pushes the sound of his work nicely! The record's got some of those touches from a time when the AACM was reaching out with its sound from earlier years – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gil Evans plays some sweet electric piano – and leads a group with Terumasa Hino on trumpet, Lew Soloff on trumpet and piccolo trumpet, George Adams on tenor and flute, and Gerry Niewood on soprano sax and flute! LP, Vinyl record album
Collection of legendary recordings made in hotel rooms and at concerts by Billie Eckstine's driver, compiled and annotated nicely here by Gary Giddins. It's a rare portrait of Bird & Dizzy in the early 40's, a period where few recordings of the bop greats' formative performances exist. Like a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rarest albums by avant trombonist Roswell Rudd – and one of the best! This little gem was issued by the America label during the glory days of the Paris free jazz scene, but it actually was recorded in the Netherlands in 1965, with a style that's quite similar to Rudd's work with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although John Klemmer did a good job of putting us to sleep on his later albums, these early records of his have a sound that's pretty frenetic, and a style that presages a lot of the white free fusion players that would show up in the 70s. John plays with great abandon on some of these tracks, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label 70s pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)
A great set from Hamiet Bluiett – almost back to his roots in the St Louis underground scene, as the album's a live recording of long spiritual jazz tracks, arguably a lot more compelling than most of Bluiett's studio work from the time! The album was recorded at Sweet Basil in 1983 – ... read moreCD
Goin Latin, and goin groovy too – thanks to some wonderful arrangements from Chicago soul legend Richard Evans – who really helps Ramsey Lewis open up his sound on the set! The format's less straight Latin than you might expect from the title – and Evans brings in a bouncing, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Musical alchemy from Erkie Krivda – one of the reedman's best sets from the 70s, and a record that's full of open-ended lines! Krivda plays tenor, soprano sax, and flute – often in a freewheeling style that certainly draws influence from the fusion generation, but which has an acoustic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great indie set from Tim Warfield – issued on a smaller label than some of the tenor player's recent efforts, but every bit as great as those records too! Tim's strongly in the lead on his well-blown horn – carving out these lines that are fluid, but filled with feeling – ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Paul Quinichette, Buck Clayton, Nat Pierce, et al —
Basie Reunion ... LP Prestige, 1958. Very Good+ ...
The title tells the tale on this one – as the session's a studio meeting of players all associated with Count Basie over the years – captured here in a style that's much more laidback and relaxed than the usual Basie set! The album's got the feel of some of Prestige's best work in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp.)
Ryan Kisor —
Dream ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2001. Used ...
With Peter Zak on piano, John Webber on bass, and Willie Jones III on drums – plus some guest tenor work from Eric Alexander! CD
A really wonderful album by Herbie Mann – and one of the few to feature him exclusively on bass clarinet! Bass clarinet is one of the hippest of instruments – mastered only by a few strong solo players in jazz, like Eric Dolphy or David Murray – and Herbie shows here that he was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, including the insert. Cover has light wear and an old price sticker on back.)