A little-remembered combination in jazz – but a great one! In the years before he broke into fame as a vocalist, Bob Dorough was mostly a pianist – and here, he's working in a set of tracks with reed player Sam Most, recorded mostly for the Bethlehem label in the mid 50s. The group's ... read moreCD
A tremendous bit of jazz history – 2 classic Archie Shepp albums on 1 CD! Yasmina features Archie Shepp at his spiritual best – recording in Paris in 1969, and absorbing a heck of a lot of pan-African influences! The centerpiece of the album is the amazing "Yasmina" – ... read moreCD
A wonderful reunion of Pharoah Sanders and vocalist Leon Thomas – and a set that captures a lot of the same energy as the pair's previous record – Karma! Thomas' vocals are in wonderful form for the set – stretching out soulfully on the extended classic "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-H ... read moreCD
One of Gismonti's straighter jazz albums, but one that's still filled with a lot of fantastically conceived turns and changes, in the manner of his best compositions. This is a 2LP set, with 1 album of performances by a quartet that includes Mauro Senise on reeds and Zeca Assumpacao on bass. The ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Classic spiritual soul jazz from Pharoah – recorded with an all star lineup that includes Lonnie Liston Smith, Cecil McBee, Roy Haynes, and Michael White. The album's got a strong influence from the members on the set – particularly Lonnie Liston Smith, who seems to bring in a very ... read moreCD
Beautifully subtle guitar work from Marcos Amorim – a musician who plays an electric instrument, but can often make it feel as if waves of sound are just cascading out gently into the air – more tone than attack on the strings, with this style that's deft, but very unassuming – ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A tribute to Herbie Hancock's most freewheeling group – with Billy Hart on drums and Eddie Henderson on trumpet! CD
(Out of print.)
Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble —
Spanish Suite ... LP Zulu/Tizona, 1968. Near Mint- ...
Great lost work from the legendary Phil Cohran and his Artistic Heritage Ensemble – a composition that was recorded during the group's late 60s years on the Chicago scene – but which has never been released until now! The album stands beautifully alongside the group's self-titled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic European date from Freddie Hubbard – recorded right around the vintage of his Red Clay years, but with a sound that hearkens back more towards his Blue Note sessions of the mid 60s! There's a nicely angular feel to this set – that bold, modern quality that really set Hubbard ... read moreCD
A pretty great little album from guitarist Sal Salvador – a player who didn't record much, but who was right up there with 50s talents like Tal Farlow and Kenny Burrell! Salvador's got a sweet and clean single-line style that works magically with the rich arrangements on the set by Larry ... read moreCD
Although Pee Wee Russell had spent most of his career as a trad player, the 1960s showed him becoming something of an ersatz modernist, still playing in the guise of older styles, but adding in approaches that were much more far-reaching than his earlier work, and which showed that, like Coleman ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Sahib Shihab —
Seeds ... CD Vogue/Rearward (Italy), 1968. Used ...
A legendary album from saxophonist Sahib Shihab – a record that's gone onto become the birth of all things modal and club jazz in the current scene! Shihab always sounded great, no matter what the setting, but there was definitely something magical going on with this session – a one-of- ... read moreCD
Brilliant work – and one of the rare few albums to feature the genius alto of Sonny Simmons from the 60s! The session has the fierceness of other ESP sessions from the time, but it's also tempered with a bit of spiritualism, too – somewhat more introspective in the heavy moments than ... read moreCD
An obscure 80s date from Bud Shank – one that features a great quartet with Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – all of whom give the set a very different groove than usual for Bud! Titles include "Visa", "Space Maker", "Never ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forget the "blues" in the title – because the set's as much a soul jazz cooker as any of Groove's classic records for Prestige! The format's a bit different than usual – in that Groove solos on Hammond over large arrangements by Onzy Matthews – in a sweet organ/big band ... read moreCD
A modernist classic from 60s Blue Note! The album's one of Jackie McLean's greatest from the time – and one of his seminal "new thing" sessions cut with young modernists Grachan Moncur and Bobby Hutcherson. 3 of the 4 long tracks on the record were written by Moncur, and have a ... read moreCD
Clifford Brown in Paris – working here with some great help from Gigi Gryce! The first half of the album features material recorded with a largeish group led by Gryce – a really strong modernist ensemble that's a perfect showcase for the sparkling sort of arrangements that Gigi was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real surprise – and a record we come back to again and again! Sickler's trumpet has a nicely different feel than Kenny Dorham's – and the group's got some especially nice tenor from Jimmy Heath – supported by rhythm from Cedar Walton on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Billy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet and Stan Hope on piano – on titles that include "Only Trust Your Heart", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Everything Happens To Me", and "Just For You". LP, Vinyl record album
Jack Sheldon with Ross Tompkins —
On My Own ... CD Concord, 1991. Used ...
A much-needed second slice of work from reedman Giuseppi Logan from the 60s – especially since his talents were hardly ever recorded apart from two albums for ESP! This set may well be the most compelling of the pair – as side one features tracks from a landmark Town Hall concert in ... read moreCD
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop ... read moreCD
Some of the greatest Miles Davis material ever recorded – and not really ever officially issued as an album until this collection! The recordings are from the magical year of 1958, a time when Miles was working in the Kind Of Blue mode – on the album of the same name, one of his all-tim ... read moreCD
Way more than just a simple version of work from Porgy & Bess – and instead, a key collaboration between Miles Davis and Gil Evans – done with a sound that really transforms the tunes! True, the work here is all based on George Gershwin's original compositions – but through ... read moreCD
Groundbreaking sounds from the Norwegian scene of the late 60s – an album that's got George Russell's name on the cover, but which actually features brilliant performances from a quartet who'd go onto become huge names in the ECM scene of the 70s! Yet the sound here is quite different than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A never-issued performance from Randy Weston – captured during a time when he wasn't recording as much as before! The group here features Booker Ervin on tenor, Cecil Payne on baritone, and Ray Copeland on trumpet – with Bill Wood on bass, Lenny McBrowne on drums, and Big Black on ... read moreCD
One of the best pre-1960 sessions by Cecil Taylor, recorded in Boston in 1956, and originally issued on the totally rare Transition label in a very small pressing! Taylor's playing here with the great bassist Buell Neidlinger, one of his prime compaitriots in the early days, and the trio (with ... read moreCD
One of the most starkly beautiful recordings in Paul Horn's career – with spiritually resonant, almost spine tingling solo flute and some chants, all recorded in the Taj Majal one day in April of 1968! It's really all about the atmosphere, as it would have to be given the location – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous album from Roy Haynes – simple, understated, and extremely well done! There's no tribute to Charlie Parker here – just sweetly swinging work by a group that features Kenny Barron, Dave Holland, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, and John Scofield – all of whom come ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Joe McPhee —
Trinity ... CD Unheard Music Series/Atavistic, 1971. Used ...
One of Joe McPhee's strongest early albums – and a real breakthrough from his sound on Nation Time (also issued as part of the Unheard Music Series.) The group here is a trio – with Mike Kull on electric and acoustic piano, and Harold E Smith on percussion – and the lack of a ... read moreCD
One of the few American releases cut by the legendary British trumpeter Dizzy Reece – and a great one! The album was strange for Blue Note, in that it was a joint US/UK session – featuring American players Donald Byrd and Art Taylor, along with great Brit players Reece, Tubby Hayes, ... read moreCD
The greatest of Dizzy Reece's 3 LPs for Blue Note – and it's also the hardest to find! The British trumpeter is playing here with a group that is totally classic hardbop Blue Note – and which includes Hank Mobley on tenor, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on ... read moreCD
A seminal "new thing" session from pianist Andrew Hill, and one of the greatest performances ever from a young Bobby Hutcherson! The record features a stunning quartet that includes Hill on piano, Hutcherson on vibes, and Richard Davis and Elvin Jones on rhythm – coming together ... read moreCD
One of the few records cut as a leader by west coast piano legend Jimmy Rowles – and one of the grooviest too! The album's a septet session, one that has Jimmy working with some great horn talents that include Bill Holman on tenor, Herb Geller on alto, Lee Katzman on trumpet, and Bob ... read moreCD
Cecil Taylor's definitely Looking Ahead here – pushing jazz piano very strongly into the 60s with his modernist tones – yet still working with a bit more restraint than in the next decade! The style here is quite unusual – and almost more fresh than the Taylor sound of later ... read moreCD
A classic "new thing" album recorded with the cream of Blue Note's avant 60s players – like Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson, and Tony Williams – standing out with Hill as some of the most adventurous players for the label at the time! The album's awash with jagged piano likes from ... read moreCD
A beautiful album of material by Tadd Dameron – and one that still stands as one of his greatest moments! The record features 5 long readings of classic Dameron compositions – like "The Scene Is Clean", "Fontainebleau", and "Delerium" – all played by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jimmy's last albums for a major label in the 70s – a real back-to-basics set that was recorded live at the Jimmy Smith Supper Club in LA – the "home of fried cornbread and live jazz", and a venue that we certainly wish we could have visited! Jimmy's working here with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lester Bowie/Phillip Wilson —
Duet ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Improvised duets between Bowie and percussionist Phillip Wilson – recorded by Paul Bley in the loose, free style of the Improvising Artists label. The tracks are all quite long, but also very tight – much more rhythmic and swinging than you'd expect, in a manner that actually makes the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful album by Sonny Fortune – recorded for a major label, sure, but with the soulful depth of some of his earlier work for the indies! Sonny's on alto, flute, and soprano sax – and also plays a bit of percussion and some slight mini moog – not too much, as the ... 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
A late 70s issue of material that was originally recorded by Shaw and the group in their hometown of St Louis – where they held center stage in the city's small but committed avant garde scene, working as St Louis' answer to Chicago's AACM. Players include JD Paran on reeds, Joseph Bowie on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Oliver Nelson with Eric Dolphy —
Straight Ahead ... LP New Jazz/Prestige, Early 60s. Near Mint- ...
A great little small group session by Nelson – one that has him working in a quintet with Eric Dolphy, one that shows that Nelson could be a strongly modernist player when he wanted to be! Dolphy plays alto, bass clarinet, and flute – and Nelson's tone is appropriately biting to match ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early album by this oft-overlooked spiritual avant group that included Lester Bowie, Oliver Lake, JD Parran, and Charles Bobo Shaw. Side one features the extended "Lover's Desire", a nice slightly-funky number that has a groove that's sort of modal. Side two of the album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear.)
Anthony Braxton —
For Trio ... LP Arista Freedom, 1978. Near Mint- ...
This beautiful record features 2 different recordings of an extended piece that Braxton wrote especially for a trio ensemble – and one recording features Braxton with Henry Threadgill and Douglas Ewart, the other features him with Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman. Both recordings feature ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has small tears on the back panel at the opening, held with clear tape.)
Anthony Braxton with Muhal Richard Abrams —
Duets 1976 ... LP Arista, 1976. Near Mint- ...
The rich tones of Muhal's piano provide a perfect foil for Braxton, and one that gets him playing a wide range of styles on sopranino, clarinet, bass clarinet, and alto. The whole album resonates with a soulfulness that's not always apparent in Braxton's other work from the time – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set of alto improvisations that has Braxton moving through classic and original music, in a rich array of styles that clearly show his genius on the instrument. The double LP set is filled with great moments – like his readings of "Giant Steps" and "Along Came ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An expressive mid 70s effort from Art Ensemble co founder Lester Bowie, with a group that combines some folks from the St Louis scene with other AACM members Malachi Favors and Don Moye. The overall sound has more density, as there are more voices at play, with 2 drummers (Bobo Shaw joins Moye) ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Brown's old funky reed player hits wax in this groovy solo set of his own – playing here with a sound that's a bit more produced than usual, and with more of a 70's groove than you're used to hearing him in. His tone is perfect, as always, and the record is arranged and conducted by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the excellent avant sides for Muse from the early 70's, and a record that features Lester Bowie playing in a number of different settings – all with a sound that's different from his Art Ensemble recordings, and from his work for ECM. One track has him playing a duet with pianist John ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Braxton's first recordings of his work for larger ensembles, and a masterpiece that gives a good example of the kind of early ideas that have informed some of his recent work in the same style. The orchestras vary from track to track, but they all include excellent players like Roscoe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve and newspaper clippings.)
One of the most beautiful albums that Charlie Haden ever recorded – and if he only ever appeared on one record in his life, we'd still love him tremendously for this one! The album has a feel that's very much in keeping with both the "liberation" and "orchestra" in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has light wear.)
A late date for Woody Shaw, but a great one too – a bit more straightforward than some of his more righteous albums of the 70s, but still proof that Shaw is easily one of the greatest trumpeters of his generation! The album's got a laidback sort of feel, and features a fair bit of familiar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Terje Rypdal —
Bleak House ... LP Polydor/Round 2 (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
The first album from European guitarist Terje Rypdal – quite different than most of his other work! The set's got Terje playing that wonderful guitar of his – edgey and chromatic, but not nearly as spare and moody as on later ECM sides – and often set against larger ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great session of deeply soulful tenor work, featuring Rouse in a group with Blue Mitchell, Walter Bishop, Earl May, and Art Taylor. At this point in his career, Rouse is in his pre-Monk days – but beginning to experiment heavily with a more modernist approach to hardbop. The results are ... read moreCD
With a mixture of US jazz and Brazilian players – including Dave Grusin, Bob James, Joao Bosco, Carlinhos Brown, and Caetano Veloso! Titles include "Night Rhythms", "Latin Lovers", "Rio Sol", "Humana", "Linda", and "New York/Brazil". LP, Vinyl record album
Tom Scott & The California Dreamers —
Honeysuckle Breeze ... LP Impulse/Get On Down, 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A beautifully groovy album from the early days of one of our favorite reed players! Tom Scott's tenor, alto and soprano saxes, plus some flute, are set amidst a very groovy group that includes percussion, guitar, keyboards, sitar, and even some occasional vocalizing – for a sound that's got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from Chicago reed player David Boykin – a much more straight ahead album than some of his earlier work, but done with an edge that keeps it in the ranks of the AACM tradition that has informed much of Boykin's music from the start. Boykin is on sax and clarinet – and the ... read moreCD
Monty Alexander —
Facets ... LP Concord, 1980. Very Good+ ...
With Ray Brown on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums – on titles that include "Tune UP", "Hard Times", "I'm Walkin", and "Lost April". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and a sticker spot.)
Hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitars. The title may lead you to believe the set is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way before Sinatra first grabbed the "Chairman Of The Board" title for his own musical persona, Basie laid great claim to the tag with this tight little album for Roulette! The album's got the 50s Basie band working at the height of their powers – with original compositions written ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The tenor sax here makes the album a standout – as John Coltrane still works with Miles Davis on 2 tracks for the record, but Blue Note stalwart Hank Mobley joins in on the rest! The approach is similar to that of the classic Coltrane/Davis years – and in a way, the record's kind of a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet keyboard soul from Deodato – a set that steps off nicely from the strengths of his big hits on CTI, hitting a similarly flowing groove that's really great! The instrumentation here is a bit more expanded than before, but never in a way that buries the keyboards – and Deodato's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
One ... LP CTI, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A landmark album – not only for Bob James, but for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the modern hip hop ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the greatest work so far from guitarist Matt Hudson – an album that's more jazz-based than previous efforts, and which has a sense of flow that's really classic! Dave Holloway plays some really wonderful keyboards on the record – round warm sounds from an electro piano, as well ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from guitarist Pat Martino – a player who never seems to have lost his groove, and who might well be sounding even better in the past decade than a few years before! This album's got Pat in core trio formation – working with the organ of Pat Bianchi, whose sound ... read moreCD
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Trumpeter Keyon Harrold starts out this album with an inspirational message from his mother taken from his voicemail – then draws from that message to create one of his most amazing albums to date! Harrold's already been part of a strong underground scene for years – but here, he's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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