Wonderful magic from Shirley Scott – one of the few organists who approach the Hammond with the style of a jazz pianist. The set, like some of Shirley's others from the time, has backing from bass and drums – not guitar and drums – which makes for a lighter, more fluid approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has light wear.)
Thelonious Monk may have written the title tune, but Miles Davis makes it all his own here – blowing with a subtle moody magic that makes the album one of his true treasures from the early Columbia Records years! John Coltrane's along on tenor sax – helping Davis expand the sound the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mighty pairing of organist Don Patterson and saxman Sonny Stitt – one of Patterson's grooviest late 60s outings, thanks to an excellent sound from all players involved! Stitt plays Varitone sax on the date, which gives his horn a cool electric feel that really sounds wonderful next to Don's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has moderate ringwear, with split top & bottom seams.)
Incredibly groovy work from one of the hippest organ talents of the 60s – a true "soul book" of tu nes, most of which are originals penned by Freddie Roach! The sound here is really unique – a bit in the R&B-inspired style of Freddie's work for Blue Note, but also with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, with a mostly split spine & partially split top seam, which has some flaking & some marker on the back.)
Seminal work from one of the hippest jazz singers ever – a session that showed the world that Eddie Jefferson was firmly back in business during the 60s! The set's got a really rollicking feel, and a bit more influence from soul than the bop of Eddie's roots – with elements of gospel ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has moderate wear, with aged tape along the top & bottom seams.)
A sweet album of funky guitar tracks, with Freddy Robinson out front over a bunch of tight LA Monk Higgins arrangements. Kind of a sleeper that hasn't really gotten as many props in the groove scene as it ought to, with a great sunny west coast 60s soul jazz vibe running throughout. Joe Sample ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's last truly fantastic albums – a set that still has all the amazingly messed-up qualities of his best late 60s work – delivered with the honest heart and sense of soul that always make us love his music! The set was recorded for Atlantic in the early 70s, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker, a promo sticker and a frayed spot in the spine.)
Some of the most outside work ever recorded by Chick Corea – a great session from the post-Circle trio that included Barry Altschul on percussion and Dave Holland on bass! The sound here is in a vast space of dark corners, sharp edges, and some slightly warmer moments – similar to some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marion Brown's classic Porto Novo record, one of his best, recorded in 1967 in Holland with Maarten Altena and Han Bennink. Marion plays hard with these two European masters of free playing, and the 5 tracks from the session stand as a great demonstration of his early power. Titles include "S ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A well-done collection of Lester Young's work for Verve – issued shortly after his death, and offering Prez in a variety of different settings! Most of the work is small combo material, recorded between 1950 and 1956 – all in that open, easygoing Verve style that seemed to work almost ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has some wear with marker on the back.)
An overlooked gem from Johnny Hodges – a 60s session that hearkens back to the "with strings" Verve mode of the 50s – but one that also updates the approach strongly, thanks to some well crafted arrangements by Oliver Nelson! Nelson's work in the jazz backings for soloist ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers —
Heat! ... LP Prestige, 1968. Good+ ...
Brilliant work from Pucho and his legendary Soul Brothers group of the 60s – a record that's beyond definition – as it combines Latin, soul, jazz, and even a few funky touches – all into one totally amazing sound! This one really gets all the elements right – and the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear & stains.)
An incredible record that was one of the highest points of Donald Byrd's career! The album's the third one he cut with producer/arranger Larry Mizell – and of all Byrd's work with Mizell, this one's the funkiest, the tightest, the most soulful, and the most perfectly realized vision of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)
A sublime album by one of our favorite talents in 60s jazz – pianist Jack Wilson, making his second Blue Note appearance here amidst a group of other more likely label players that include Lee Morgan on trumpet, Jackie McLean on alto, and Billy Higgins on drums! Despite the presence of those ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has ring & edge wear with a split seam.)
One of the harder to find 50s sessions from LA jazz brothers Pete & Conte Candoli – a twin-trumpet album with rhythm from Jimmy Rowles on piano, Howard Roberts on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and Frank Capp on drums! The tracks are a clean extension of mid 50s LA cool jazz – blown ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, ... read moreCD
(Out of print Gold CD pressing. Comes in a long box.)
An excellent soul jazz cooker from the early 60s – one of the most obscure albums on the Argo label, but not for reason of quality! Bill Leslie plays both tenor sax and saxella on the set – working in a swinging groove that's got a bit of the Lou Donaldson early 60s sound, but which ... read moreCD
2 incredible albums from Billy Bang – issued here as a beautiful 2CD package! Bang is one of the under-acknowledged driving forces of the New York avant scene of the late 70s and early 80s – often easily written off because his chosen instrument is the violin, but an artist with a ... read moreCD
Genius work from violinist Billy Bang – easily one of his best LPs, and the kind of set that will blow away any expectations you had about jazz violin! There's a sense of soul and spirit here that's really amazing – proof that Bang is easily one of the most inventive talents on his ... read moreCD
James Carter's first album as a leader – and a set that helped mark a place for him as one of the strongest saxophone voices of the 90s! The album has Carter's work on alto, tenor, and baritone saxes set center stage – alongside backing by a trio that features pianist Craig Taborn, but ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
John Carter —
Fields ... CD Gramavision, 1988. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of John Carter's great 80s dates for Gramavision – and one that really recaptures some old school energy, thanks to the presence of Bobby Bradford's cornet in the group! Other players include Benny Powell on trombone, Marty Ehrlich on bass clarinet and flute, Fred Hopkins on bass, and ... read moreCD
This stunning live set has been hailed by many as one of the finest moments of Miles' mid 60s career – music played with a frenetic energy that even blows away the famous studio sessions of the time! The group here is a landmark lineup – young modernists Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie ... read moreCD
A great lost album from Stan Getz! The record features Stan in a totally new setting, playing with some relatively unfamiliar French talents – Eddie Louiss on organ, Rene Thomas on guitar, and Bernard Lubat on drums. Louiss is incredible, and has a free spacey sound that recalls Larry Young ... read moreCD
Some of our favorite material ever from the legendary Chet Baker – work that's got a sharper edge than his initial recordings in the 50s – and a bit more of a hardbop feel overall! The tracks feature Chet working with his sublime combo "The Crew" – an ultra-hip quintet ... read moreCD
Ron Miles achieves a beautiful balance in sound here – working with his cornet alongside Bill Frisell on guitar, Jason Moran on piano, Thomas Morgan on bass, and Brian Blade on drums! Some of these players have worked together often over the years, and you can really hear that in the ... read moreCD
Euphoria ... CD Yellow Bird (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
Drummer Oli Steidle leads the trio, but the sound here comes equally from the contributions of Frank Gratkowski on alto and Kalle Kalima on guitar – both musicians whose sonic range really seems pushed to explode at the same frequency as the leader! Kalima's often got a fair bit of fuzz on ... read moreCD
Aki Takase/Jan Roder/Oliver Steidle —
Goldfish ... CD Enja (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist Aki Takase has lost none of her fire here – even on some of the album's more poetic moments – which seem to draw equal sonic inspiration from the bass of Jan Roder and drums of Oliver Steidle! Takase has a great way of blocking out sound – creating fast shapes and slower ... read moreCD
Lucia Cadotsch —
Speak Low ... CD Yellow Bird/Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Such a cool little record – one that's quite different than the usual sort of jazz vocal session, thanks to some very "mouthy" tenor work from Otis Sandsjo, who almost acts as a second sort of singer on the set! Lucia Cadotsch is in the lead, with just the bass of Petter Eldh as ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Prime post-Coltrane material from Elvin Jones – featuring his "power trio" style of operation, with one great sax player out front, and Jones kicking it in the back with the bass player! In this case, the sax player is George Coleman – who's really finding a voice of his own ... read moreCD
A hell of a great live set from pianist Hampton Hawes – thanks especially to the other members of the trio! Hawes is at his free, open, 70s best on the piano – but bassist Cecil McBee really takes the record to the next level – spinning out these amazing lines that are as ... read moreCD
Don't confuse this one with Charles Tolliver's album on Strata East of the same name – because this session's a completely different one for Enja, but equally great! The group here is a quartet – not Tolliver's usual Music Inc lineup, but a combo that features Alvin Queen on drums, Ron ... read moreCD
Bold work from saxophonist James Carter – soulful one minute, modern the next – and definitely the sort of session that shows the full range of his mighty powers! Carter's possibly best known for his work on tenor, but the date also has him playing flute, baritone, soprano, and bass ... read moreCD
Cool Connoisseur Series reissue that brings together both of the 10" LPs that were recorded by Julius Watkins for Blue Note in the early 50's. This material is a key part of the label's history, but it's also the kind of stuff that they've ignored for years. It's a real treat to have it out ... read moreCD
(Out of print Connoisseur Series CD pressing – not a CDr.)
Fantastic sound experiments from David Toop – maybe some of his most improvised music on record, done in collaboration with Paul Burwell – one of Toop's main musical partners since the late 60s! Both musicians handle a wide variety of instruments – flutes, whistles, percussion, ... (Out Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fire (Mats Gustafsson) —
Hands ... CD Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2018. New Copy ...
Fire may well be on fire more than ever before here – which is saying a lot, given the trio's previous run of really amazing records! The set features lots of bold work on electric bass from Johan Berthling – who almost seems out to transform the avant jazz combo into some sort of ... read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout hole, spine has a cutout notch.)
Doug Carn —
Adams Apple ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
The last album in a legendary run of music from keyboardist Doug Carn – his final album for the Black Jazz label, and a set that pushes even farther than his previous efforts! Jean Carn isn't in the group this time around, but the set does feature a totally great twin-vocal approach – ... read moreCD
One of Walter Bishop's greatest records – an amazing session that's as funky as it is spiritual – and quite different than most of Bishop's other work! The vibe here is wonderful – as Bish plays a host of keyboards, not just piano – and works in the company of other players ... read moreCD
Walter Bishop Jr —
Coral Keys ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
The keys are coral, and the sound is sublime – one of the greatest albums ever from pianist Walter Bishop Jr, and proof that he can really stretch out, given the right setting! The piano here is all acoustic, but there's an almost-electric vibe to the date – long, open tracks that sway ... read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)
On The Line has a style that's a bit keyboard-heavy – in a way that seems to borrow from some of the 80s soundtrack work of the time, and which is clearly a nod to the success of the Lyle Mays/Pat Metheny sound that was breaking big on ECM. The move is a nice one for Lee on the best cuts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Always-great work from Benny Golson – one of the few talents from the 50s who can still catch fire on a modern jazz recording! The title might make you think the set's a tribute to Clifford Brown, but it's more of a set of tightly arranged tracks that recall the fresh Modern Touch-era sound ... read moreCD
Sweet keyboard grooves from Herbie Hancock – and a set that has him taking up some of the territory of younger players he'd inspired – like Bobby Lyle, Webster Lewis, or Rodney Franklin! There's a fair bit of soul in the mix here, including some great work on vocoder – blended in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a partially unglued bottom seam.)
Herbie Hancock —
Secrets ... LP Columbia, 1976. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Soulful 70s work from Herbie Hancock – a record that tightens things up from the Headhunters and Sextant sessions, but which still retains a lot of their depth and charm! Players here including some previous partners – like Bennie Maupin on reeds and Paul Jackson on bass – plus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some orange paint on front and light stains on back.)
Seminal sides from Herbie Hancock – amazing material recorded for Warner Brothers in the years between his time at Blue Note and his big fame at Columbia Records – all sides that definitely show Hancock as one mighty righteous cat! Herbie's really stretching past his more conventional ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of a handful of late 50s albums that Chet Baker recorded for Riverside – all of which are some of his last great 50s work in the studio, before a shift in the 60s to a wider-ranging approach to his music! The style here is definitely in the "classic" Baker mode set down for ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes slipcase.)
Wycliffe Gordon & The Garden City Gospel Choir —
In The Cross ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 2003/2004. Used ...
Modern Jazz Quartet —
Sheriff ... LP Atlantic, 1963. Very Good ...
A moody early 60s set by the MJQ for Atlantic. Overall the group rolls and swings in a bit rougher mode than they do on their brighter efforts, but they still hit the sweet spot and swing when the mood fits! The record works best when Milt Jackson's vibes are let loose, as on the playful reading ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Chuck Mangione —
Recuerdo ... LP Jazzland, Early 60s. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Chuck Mangione – but a hip Mangione! This is an early session by Chuck – cut when he was a young hopeful from nowhere on the trumpet, featuring him and tenor player Joe Romano with a soulful rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes. With players like those, it's hard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from Kenny Burrell – a record that brought the guitarist to a whole new audience, with a wonderful sound that's a perfect summation of CTI at its best! The vibe here is perfect – spare, airy guitar lines from Burrell – playing with a freer style than usual, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Mann's at the Village Gate – really wailing away in a set of extended numbers that not only set a whole new standard for live recording in jazz, but which also pushed forward the role of the flute in the music as well! There's a heck of a lot of soul in the grooves here – served ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing, with deep groove on one side.)
One of the true hit jazz albums of the 60s, and a record that's still pretty darn incredible today! Who'd have thought that a jazz recording of the theme to the film "Exodus" could have been such a hit? It was, and the way Eddie handled it forever transformed the face of jazz. Eddie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing with deep groove and Bell Sound/Audio Matrix stamp.)
A totally great Grover Washington record – and with 25 years behind us, we really now realize how fantastic all the early Kudu sessions really were! The record was recorded live at the Bijou, and is spread out over 2 long LPs, with lots of room for tasty open-ended solos by Grover and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stuck gatefold and a drip stain on front.)
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
A masterful tribute from one bad cat to another – and easily one of Miles Davis' greatest electric albums ever! The album's got a powerful, epic sort of feel – a renewed focus after the looser style of Bitches Brew, and the 70s live albums – and one that mixes a deeper funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Elvin Jones' greatest records – a set that's quite different from both his work in the John Coltrane Quartet, and some of the powerhouse jazz sides he'd cut later as a solo act! The vibe here is a bit hard to describe, but it somehow comes together in the "midnight walk" of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice late night session that has Jimmy Forrest's deep deep tenor fronting a quintet that includes guitarist Calvin Newborn and pianist Hugh Lawson. The groove is nice, easy, and very relaxed, with the kind of St. Louis soul jazz playing that made Forrest a legend back in the 60's. You'll ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with Van Gelder stamp, in a Status cover. Cover has some splitting on the bottom seam.)
One of the best 70s albums by this funky organ player – quite different than his work for Blue Note, with a messier funkier edge that's very nice! Reuben Wilson's working with an all-hip lineup, with players who include Melvin Sparks on guitar, Garnett Brown on trombone, Bob Cranshaw on bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer stuff – and an amazing album that not only showcases the varitone sax talents of Eddie Harris, but also features some fantastic arrangements by Chicago soul genius Charles Stepney! Harris plugs in right from the start – blowing an electric sax that comes up with some groovy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo. Cover is stained and wavy, with a promo sticker.)
Sweet, funky, and outtasite – one of Ramsey Lewis' greatest albums of the 60s – cut under the supervision of Chicago soul maestro Charles Stepney! The album's an amazing mix of jazz, funk, and the more baroque and spacey elements – that were running through the Chicago soul and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marke and some pen. Labels have some pen.)
A lost jazz treasure – previously unissued material from the mighty 60s pairing of Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Johnny Griffin – a twin-tenor team that was one of the strongest forces in jazz at the time! The set's a really unusual one in that it has the pair moving away from the hard-wailin ... read moreCD
Way more than just a set of tracks in the standard "songbook" mode – as Roland Hanna's touch on the keys really transforms the album's set of compositions by Alec Wilder! Hanna's playing solo here, and hitting some wonderfully fluid moments – pushing familiar tunes way past ... read moreCD
A mixture of Verve regulars and early third streamers join together in this one-off session designed as a focus on the writing talents of John Lewis. Most of the material takes off from Lewis' work with the MJQ, and the band includes two of his bandmates from that group, Connie Kay & Percy ... read moreCD
2 great trio recordings from Jim Hall – one from 1956 and one from 1960! The first 3 tracks on the set are from an early trio session that Hall recorded with drummer Chico Hamilton and bassist George Duvivier – material that ended up on an early Hamilton album for Pacific Jazz, amongst ... read moreCD
2 early experiments by Cannonball Adderley – both of which feature him as the main soloists in front of larger backings! Jump For Joy is an interesting early side by Cannonball that captures him before he'd really found his voice – and when the folks at Mercury still didn't really know ... read moreCD
A pretty darn incredible record from Sun Ra – with a soulful, spiritual approach that's missing from most of his other albums of the time! The album features Ra playing a good deal of organ (dubbed "intergalactic organ" in this case!) – grooving soulfully on some short tracks ... read moreCD
One of the greatest Yusef Lateef albums on Atlantic Records – and that's saying a lot, given the high level of quality he was hitting at the label! The album's a perfect blend of the newly-funky Lateef style with some hipper, more sophisticated touches – a mode that hints at his bigger- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Positive proof that JJ Johnson's one of the greatest trombone players ever – a sublime quartet session for Impulse Records, and one that features some of his most striking, stripped-down work of the 60s! The focus here is really on Johnson's amazing tone and timing – but the record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder/Stereo stamp.)
Eddie Lockjaw Davis —
Jaws ... LP Prestige, Early 60s. Very Good- ...
Bluesy quartet material by Lockjaw, with his combo that featured Shirley Scott on organ and Arthur Edgehill on drums. The tracks are standards, but Davis plays them with a nice deep soulful sound, reaching deeply into his tenor, wrenching out hard-edged notes that drip with a deep rich emotion. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp.)