An excellent 70s set by Jackie & Roy – very different than their work of the 50s and 60s, with an approach that's much more far-reaching and complicated – a style that opens up their vocal talents majestically! Gone are the simpler ditties of earlier years, and in their place are ... (Vocalists, Jazz)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
(Original multi-color bars pressing with deep groove. Cover has partially split seams.)
If the 60's ever had a "hit" jazz record, it was probably this one! The album's a sparkling live session featuring the trademark soul jazz sounds of the Cannonball Adderley group with Joe Zawinul on acoustic and electric piano, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The tracks have a long ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant large ensemble work from Ornette Coleman – ambitious material recorded with full orchestra, in a haunting sound that's light years from any of his smaller group recordings of the 60s and 70s! There's an incredible feel to the strings used here – played by the London ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Cannonball Adderley with Nancy Wilson & Lou Rawls —
In Person ... LP Capitol, 1968. Very Good- ...
Almost everything soulful at Capitol Records in the mid 60s – packed together in one sweet little place! The set's a winner in a great line of Cannonball Adderley live dates from the time – produced by David Axelrod, and done with that great mix of angular, slightly electric groove the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing.)
Makoto Ozone —
After ... LP Columbia, 1986. Very Good+ ...
Wonderfully expressive work from David Schnitter – a saxophonist who cut some great (and overlooked) sides for Muse during the 70s! The sound here is free and open – soulful, and slightly spiritual, but always with a nice degree of control – and kind of the same sunny finish you'd ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker spot & a cutout notch.)
Steve Kaldestad with the Mike Ledonne Trio —
Straight Up ... CD Cellar Live (Canada), 2014. Used ...
Steve Kaldestad —
Blow Up ... CD Cellar Live (Canada), 2009. Used ...
A seminal bit of early soul jazz guitar work from Tiny Grimes – a player better known for his work in an R&B vein, but an excellent jazz-based talent on this tasty session! Tiny's working here with a group that includes Eddie Lockjaw Davis on tenor and Ray Bryant on piano, in a mode that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early masterpiece from the team of Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin – big band tracks written and arranged by Toshiko, and played to perfection by a group that includes Bobby Shew, Don Rader, Mike Price, Dick Spencer, and the great Gary Foster. Titles include "Opus Number Zero" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best of Roy's funky piano albums from the late 60s – and a good example of how strongly Capitol could craft these sorts of pop jazz soul albums (especially when you compare the record to some of Roy's on Columbia). The best tracks on the record are the straight soul ones – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully full session from McCoy Tyner – one recorded with added horns and voices, and very much in the mode of some of Horce Silver's best 70s experiments for Blue Note! The sound is as bold, dynamic, and soulful as other Tyner albums from the time – and the added elements really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little later album from Miles Davis – one that still has some sharp edges and interesting moments that refine the earlier electric sound of the 70s! Teo Macero's still producing here, and he gives the record a focus that really brings the best sound out of the tunes – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This one's far more of a straight soul album than most of George Benson's earlier vocal sets – but as usual, the work is pretty high caliber throughout – and George is definitely on top of his game here, effortlessly beating others at the style they'd all started to cop from Benson by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has an index sticker.)
A stone classic from reedman Ronnie Laws – and an album that really helped set a whole new standard for funky fusion in the 70s! Laws works here with great Wayne Henderson production – which gives the album an even sharper sound than other Blue Note sets of this vintage – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great lost session from Willis Jackson – right up there with some of his best groovers of the 60s, and recorded with a nice little group of fresh players. The lesser-known organist Jackie Ivory is on the session, and Wild Bill Jennings makes a good reappearance on guitar. Richard Landrum ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear, cutout holes, and a spot of tape.)
A nice 70s trio side with Tyner's lyrical, spiraling piano lines nicely underpinned by Elvin Jones' polyrhythms and Ron Carter's supple bass. Three Tyner originals: "Celestial Chant", "Elvin (Sir) Jones" and "Land Of The Lonely", plus Trane's "Impressions", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful collaboration between Miles Davis and the great Gil Evans – and perhaps the most perfectly realized of all their projects! The album's got a wonderfully unified feel – as it begins with long compositions that have a distinct Spanish-tinge (and not a Latin-tinge, which is an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Billy Cobham's Glass Menagerie —
Smokin' ... LP Elektra, 1983. Very Good+ ...
A sublime set of soul instrumentals – very funky work, and sort of a 70s follow-up to the Soulful Strings albums on Cadet Records from the 60s! Maestro Richard Evans is at the top of his game here – stepping out with that hip Chisoul mode he first forged at Chess, tuned here towards ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work by a player we've always loved – but who rarely gets his due! John LaPorta had one of the sharpest altos of the 50's, but for some reason, his talents were not nearly as recognized as those of similar players like Lee Konitz and Charlie Mariano. His earlier work with Mingus has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ballads, but done the Eddie Higgins way – put together with these wonderfully expressive piano lines that still keep things plenty lively, even at a slower pace! It's amazing to hear the way he works the keyboard in these really subtle ways – creating a gentle groove without ... read moreCD
One of the most obscure sides of Dollar Brand's mid 60s recordings in Europe – and different than the more widely-circulated Black Lion material! The trio features Johnny Gertze on bass and Makaya Ntshoko on drums – and titles include "The Dream", "Honey", "Oblu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The big second album from Sky – a record that's twice as long as the first, and which gives the group even more room for instrumental explorations! As before, the guitar sounds here are both acoustic and electric – played by both John Williams, the virtuoso musician with classical ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreCD
Sweetly funky grooves from the Philly underground! The Philadelphia Experiment is a great trio featuring drummer Ahmir Thompson (from The Roots), jazz bassist Christian McBride, and keyboardist Uri Caine, who plays some great Fender Rhodes and Hammond B-3 on the set! The core grooves are by the ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
Two extended duets, with Gumpert on piano, and Sommer on drums. If you don't know Sommer's work, it's fantastic, and this album's a great place to check him out. His work on the kit is amazing, with a tight, inventive, humorous style that works nicely with Gumpert's piano. LP, Vinyl record album
A classic blend of fusion, rock, and so many other styles – heard here in the groundbreaking debut of Sky! The group features musicians from a surprisingly wide range – the strongest of which is acoustic guitarist John Williams, who'd already had a great run of classical recordings for ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreCD
A unique collection of laidback jazz recordings – recorded in a very spare setting that has trumpeter Ruby Braff playing with pianist Ellis Larkins, and no other accompaniment! The setting's quite unusual for the time, and it makes for a relaxed intimate meeting between two strong talents ... read moreCD
A cool late 90s set from reedman Bobby Watson – easily one of our favorite talents of his generation, working here in a laidback mode that's mighty nice! The set has Bobby blowing on both alto and soprano sax – the latter of which is always a treat – in a core combo that features ... read moreCD
Christian Sands —
Reach ... CD Mack Avenue, 2017. Used ...
Christian Sands is a mighty warm piano player – a musician who's clearly got a great reach and range on the keyboard, but always comes across with a very personal, spontaneous sort of vibe! Sands could clearly overstate his case if he wanted – but he's also one of those pianists who ... read moreCD
Gil plays Jimi? Sounds like a gimmick, but it comes off pretty darn great – and it helps you forgive him for trying to convince the kids that he's not as old as his grey hair might make you think! As always with Evans, the key to the album is a beautiful balance between the strength of the ... read moreCD
A funky concept album from George Duke – and one that's filled with some mighty nice grooves! Guardians Of The Light is a full-on "musical fantasy" – with the story line laid out in the liner notes, yet still a bit difficult to follow – but we can't fault him for that ... read moreCD
Way more than just a Gershwin Songbook sort of record – thanks to some tremendous blowing here by Zoot Sims, who's mellowed nicely with age, and comes up with a wonderful sound for the record! It may just be us, but there seems to be a lot more soul in Zoot's horn than ever before – ... read moreCD
Barry Altschul/Paul Bley/Gary Peacock —
Virtuosi ... CD Improvising Artists Inc (Italy), 1967. Used ...
Classic Miles Davis from that pivotal year of 1954 – featuring work from 2 different sessions, both of them great! The title track on the album is a key reading of "Bag's Groove", presented here in two versions, both recorded by a quintet that includes Milt "Bags" Jackson ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Small drill hole through booklet, case & barcode.)
Chico Freeman plays tenor sax and flute and is joined by Hilton Ruiz on piano, Junieeh Booth on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and Jumma Santos doing percussion. The first side features two Muhal Richard Abrams' songs called "Two Over One" and "Excerpts". There are two Freeman ... read moreCD
A bit of a change for McCoy Tyner – but a set that's every bit as righteous as his other classics from the 70s! The lineup here is slightly different – with John Blake's violin playing a strong role in the sound, and lots of percussion from Guilherme Franco giving the set an almost ... read moreCD
Not the sort of stodgy affair you might think from the "concert" in the title – and instead a relaxed, nicely-grooving little set – recorded by Cal Tjader in the very familiar territory of the Blackhawk night club in San Francisco! The recording quality is less live than ... read moreCD
Great stuff – most likely the most hardbop oriented of all Paul Chambers' sessions for Blue Note, and a great little album that has the famous bassist fronting a group that includes Donald Byrd on trumpet, Clifford Jordan on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums! Chambers' ... read moreCD
A set that shows that none of the group's imagination or talent had dimmed over the years – and the core quartet of John Lewis on piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums are joined by The New York Chamber Symphony, who are a small string-based group who ... read moreCD