A cool cooker from the great Lou Donaldson – and a record that's ever bit as tasty as its cover! Lou's really hitting his soul jazz stride here – stepping off his 50s bop years, and moving into a more gutbuckety groove that's delivered with wonderful accompaniment from a quartet that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono New York pressing, with Van Gelder stamp and ear. Cover has a name in marker on back, otherwise loks great!)
Classic 60s soul jazz from Lou Donaldson – and one of the first albums that has him working with Grant Green on guitar and Baby Face Willette on organ! Both players were discovered by Lou and brought to New York for Blue Note – a move that not only helped give the Donaldson sound a ... read moreCD
From the title, to the cover, to the gritty grooves way down in the wax – this has got to be one of the funkiest Blue Note albums ever – a real landmark from the legendary Lou Donaldson! The set kicks off with a hard and heavy groove from the very first note – thanks to some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has wear & a split top seam. Label is faded/aged. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
Mighty nice later work from alto genius Lou Donaldson – set up here in a quartet that reunites him with the great pianist Herman Foster – who you may well remember from Lou's pre-funk years on Blue Note in the 60s! The pair are very perfectly matched – as Foster's got the right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A late 70s release, but one that seems to feature material from Lou's early 60s years – with a vibe that's very similar to his Argo Recordings. Players include Herman Foster on piano and Ray Barretto on congas! LP, Vinyl record album
A real smoker from Lou Donaldson's years at Cadet – and an organ-driven session with Big John Patton on the Hammond! The record's got a slightly lighter groove than the Patton/Donaldson albums for Blue Note – but that's the great thing about the record, as it's kind of a nice bridge ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a name in marker on back.)
One of Lou's more unique sides of the 60s – as the album features him as the main soloist over arrangements by a group headed up by Oliver Nelson. As has been ably demonstrated on many sides on labels like Verve, Impulse, and Capitol – there's no better talent than Nelson for taking a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing. Cover has light wear and some small stains on back.)
A classic meeting between alto giant Lou Donaldson and Blue Note's crack Three Sounds combo – the great piano trio led by the mighty Gene Harris! The formula was one that Blue Note employed on a number of sessions from the time – and it makes a lot of sense, because the Three Sounds ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Test pressing, in separate plain covers with catalog number stamps. Disc 2 is still sealed.)
Otto Dorner's just the conductor on this set – but it's also clear that he's a very musically-minded fellow, as the action he gets from the group on the session is really wonderful! The players are all sharp-edged instrumentalists who represent the cream of the Finnish jazz scene of the time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Kenny Dorham's best records ever – and one of his rarest too! The set was cut for the short-lived Jaro label, home to a few great jazz sides during its short-lived American tenure – and the set features Kenny grooving at a level that's extremely tight, very much in the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the earliest recorded work from trumpeter Kenny Dorham – presented here in an overstuffed set that brings together most of his appearances on the Savoy label! The core standout tunes here are 10 numbers recorded in 1946 by The Bebop Boys – a combo that featured Dorham, Sonny ... read moreCD
Nice 2 LP collection of some of Kenny Dorham's beautiful lyrical trumpet work for the Riverside label from the late 50's. The set features material from the albums Jazz Contrasts, Two Horns/Two Rhythms, Blue Spring, and This Is The Moment – plus one track from Abbey Lincoln's album That's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from one of the hippest jazz contemporaries of the late 60s – trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a player who was really coming into his own by the time of this album! The record has Kenny with a nice sort of edge – not as boldly experimental as his 60s work for Blue Note, but ... read moreCD
Kenny Dorham —
Osmosis ... CD Black Lion, 1961. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr pressing.)
Kenny Dorham —
Showboat ... CD Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ...
Not the Broadway record that you might guess from the title, but a great showboat for the hipper talents of trumpeter Kenny Dorham! The album is made up of tunes from the famous show, but the presentation here is quite strongly hardbop – blown by Kenny with the same mix of sweet and modern ... read moreCD
Kenny Dorham with Cannonball Adderley —
Blue Spring ... LP Riverside, 1959. Near Mint- ...
A pretty warm and lyrical set by Kenny – accompanied here by a larger group that includes Cecil Payne, David Amram, and Cannonball Adderley on horns, plus a young Cedar Walton on piano. Dorham wrote 4 of the album's tracks, and they provide a perfect showcase for his polished trumpet style. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet sweet sweet! Double Image was a late 70s jazz combo that features the dual powers of David Friedman and David Samuels on vibes – as well as marimba and percussion – making for a really moody two-vibes feel that was years ahead of its time! The tracks spin out with an airy feel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from Dave Douglas and his High Risk quartet – a group who definitely step into dark territory here, in a heady blend of electric elements and Dave's bold frontline work on trumpet! The group electric bass, electric drums, and more electronics – plus some acoustic drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bold work from one of the most restlessly creative talents in jazz – trumpeter Dave Douglas, who always seems to surprise us with the setting of each new record! This set has Dave blowing with his Westerlies group – a sextet with two trumpets, two trombones, and a drummer – which ... read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from legendary UK reedman Bob Downes – tracks released in a relatively unassuming package, but with a vibe that makes the set one of Bob's most soulful, spiritual records ever! The title's a bit of a gimmick, but it works perfectly here – as Downes blows a variety of ... read moreCD
Reedman Bob Downes has always been a player willing to experiment in a wide range of styles – from his early jazz-rock experiments on the UK scene, to a wealth of spiritual and avant sides he's given us in the decades that followed! But this time around, he may be giving us his weirdest, ... read moreCD
Bob Downes Open Music —
Five Trios ... CD Bob Downes Music/Openian (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ...
Amazing work from British reedman Bob Downes – a host of previously-unissued 70s recordings, all of them trio numbers with a wonderfully stripped-down feel! Downes is possibly best known for his larger group experiments of the Open Music years – but here, he comes across as much more ... read moreCD
Two albums in one package – both of them featuring excellent work from groundbreaking British reedman Bob Downes! Mixed Bag is nothing like you might expect from its title – because while the set does feature a variety of different sessions from Downes, it's also got a very unified ... read moreCD
The title might be a bit of a joke, but the music here is something else entirely – tremendously well-formed, well-played work from a group headed by bassist Mark Dresser – who also wrote all the material on the set! There's almost an AACM vibe to the whole thing – a mixture of ... read moreCD
Kenny Drew recorded this session in 1978, with Charles McPherson on alto sax, Sam Noto on trumpet, Frank butler on drums, & Leroy Vinegar on bass. Songs include "Arrival", "Mariette", "For Sure", "Dark Beauty", and "Context". LP, Vinyl record album
A heck of a rare jazz album – and a great one too! This obscure session was cut by pianist Kenny Drew in Hollywood in 1955, with a sharp-edged west coast quartet that includes LA boppers Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Larry Marable on drums, as well as the overlooked Joe Maini on alto – a ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera – an album that's way more than "blowin", and which has a solidly focused feel throughout! It's hard to believe that one of the strongest jazz voices for Columbia Records in the 80s was a Cuban player – but on records like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An ambitious record from Paquito D'Rivera, but a great one too – a set that features the Cuban saxophonist playing in a slightly expanded Latin jazz setting – with small combo grooving that's often augmented by larger string arrangements! The core groove is wonderful – very much ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet, stretched-out session from saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera – one that still has a bit of the Latin roots of the past, but which also hits a more spacious style that almost reminds us of the best CTI sides of the early 70s! The album's recorded live at San Francisco's Keystone Korner ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic tribute to the great Cal Tjader – and a set that features heavy contributions from the equally-wonderful Louie Ramirez – a vibist whose 60s work had as much influence on Latin sounds as the best records by Cal! The set was recorded in the late 80s, but has a vibe that's a ... read moreCD
Gerd Dudek, Buschi Niebergall, & Edward Vesala —
Open ... LP FMP (Germany), 1977. Very Good+ ...
One of the most "out" albums we've heard from Dudek – a really overlooked reed player of the European 70s scene, and a great talent with a heck of a lot of range and a surprising amount of soul that seems to be inspired by the Ayler/ESP scene. The album features Dudek on flute, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The liner notes say that "this music should be listened to with imagination..." because it contains the "sounds and tonal colors of flutes, french horns, clarinets, brilliant forceful brass saxophones, the 'sing' of many strings are sparked by the drive of a happy, free swinging ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(The cover has some wear and a little tear in the upper corner of the cover.)
The aura here is spreading wide – as George Duke really grows his sound strongly from the early years, and takes hold of a whole host of cosmic influences! The record's one of Duke's biggest for MPS – a beautiful balance between jazzy fusion and spacey soul – served up with help ... read moreCD
A great early album from San Francisco guitarist Eddie Duran – a player who's not that well known outside of his native city, but who's been a key contribution to the SF scene for many many years! On this Fantasy debut, Eddie's got a clean, lean, single-line style that's really great – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red vinyl pressing – flat edges and mottled red color – in a heavy cover! Cover and record are great – save for one small sticker in a bottom corner of the cover.)
Johnny Dyani —
Afrika ... CD Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy ...
One of the more African-styled albums recorded by bassist Johnny Dyani – recorded with a septet that includes extra percussion and steel drums, in a groove that recalls Dyani's best work with British jazz players of the early 70s! The added percussion makes for a much greater emphasis on the ... read moreCD
Johnny Dyani —
Mbizo ... CD Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy ...
One of the last great records by legendary South African bassist Johnny Dyani – recorded here in a piano-less quartet with Dudu Pukwana and Ed Epstein on reeds, and Churchill Jolobe on drums. The overall feel of the session is quite "outside" – with some very free solos from ... read moreCD
Johnny Dyani Quartet —
Angolian Cry ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1985. New Copy ...
A strong quartet session from bassist Johnny Dyani – recorded with John Tchicai on sax, Harry Beckett on trumpet, and Billy Hart on drums! The sound on the session is quite "outside" – letting Tchicai and Beckett plenty of room to solo freely – but there's also a ... read moreCD
A monster – and Charles Earland's second album for Prestige, the follow-up to his groundbreaking Black Talk album! This set's as great as that classic set – a tight batch of groovers that features Earland's Hammond work right out front, grooving away in a soaring, exploratory style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album in the development of the use of the Hammond organ in jazz – and Charles Earland's first exposure to a large audience! Durign the 60s, Charles was bumping around the Philly scene quite a bit – and recorded some small group indie sides that first gave a glimpse of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Magnificent! Charles Earland may well be our favorite-ever jazz organist – and after you hear this set, he'll probably be yours too! Charles really didn't emerge as a name until the beginning of the 70s – and although that decade did some nasty stuff to some of the 60s best organ ... read moreCD
Two jazz funk monsters from Charles Earland's later years at Columbia, one with an unstoppably club-oriented groove and the more mellow, spaced out flip, both with great R&B vocals and none of his inimitable jazzy touch on the keys lost, either! 12-inch, Vinyl record
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 wonderfully grooving late 80s set from Earland, with a great cast of supporting players, though their names may not be as well known as some of the heavies on his other records, the group has a wonderful vibe throughout the side. Ignore the couple of tracks that this record (and all of his ... read moreCD
A wonderfully grooving late 80s set from Earland, with a great cast of supporting players, though their names may not be as well known as some of the heavies on his other records, the group has a wonderful vibe throughout the side. Ignore the couple of tracks that this record (and all of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked Hammond slammer from Charles Earland – cut at a time when he was working on more electric keyboards for other labels. The set's a killer all the way through – very much in the best early 70s Prestige Records mode – with long tracks that really jam, and a lineup that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully-named session – as Charles Earland plays here with an intensity that's undeniable! The album marks a key shift for Earland – one away from the more standard soul jazz mode, into a realm of looser, freer rhythms that really take off from the start – knowing no end on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and some seam splitting.)
After his run of funky organ records for Prestige in the early 70s, Charles took a similar route to Herbie and others, and picked up a host of electric keyboards for his spacey fusion records on Mercury. The core of Earland's groove here is the Arp, which he plays masterfully – running from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer work by Charles Earland – a back to basics set of grooving tunes that are cut in the best soul jazz mode of earlier years! Earland heads a great group that includes Jimmy Ponder on guitar, George Coleman on tenor, and Walter Perkins on drums – and the set swings high, wide, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mixture of funky jazz, soul, and disco – recorded with a host of studio players and a smooth jazzy finish. The record's trying to keep the groove going from Eaton's Instant Hip LP – which was quite a minor hit for him – and although we love the bassist as a jazz player, most of ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, some surface wear, and a bent corner.)
Lots of keyboards and sax lines – plus some funky flute and a bit of vocals too! Titles include covers of "Mercy Mercy Mercy", "Watermelon Man", "Suavicito", and "Put It Where You Want It" – plus the original title track! LP, Vinyl record album
Michel Edelin's Flute Fever Orchestra with Nicole —
Kalamania ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2017. New Copy 2CD ...
Two different projects from flute player Michel Edelin – one album of work by his incredible Flute Fever Orchestra, and one album of solo material too! The orchestra has a sound that's much better than its slightly cheesy name – nothing too feverish, and instead this very soulful, very ... read moreCD
Sweetly swinging work from trumpeter Harry Edison – live material recorded in France, with a looser take on the sound of his other recordings from the 70s! The set features Harry's trumpet sparkling out front in ways that are sometimes even stronger than the performances of his sidemen ... read moreCD
Trumpet legend Harry Edison in a very cool setting – working here on an obscure quartet date that also features lots of work on Hammond from the great Bill Doggett! Edison rarely recorded with an organist, which makes the session already such a standout – and Doggett is great in the ... read moreCD
One of our favorite albums by Teddy Edwards – and one with some organ in the group! This obscure quartet side has Gerry Wiggins playing a rare bit of Hammond – grooving the group with a lean and open-ended soul jazz approach that really has Edwards blowing at his best! The style sits ... read moreCD
A previously-unissued session by tenorist Teddy Edwards – done back at a time when he was cutting some great albums for Contemporary Records, yet only first issued during the CD generation! The date's quite unusual – an octet session in which Edwards showcases a host of younger, lesser- ... read moreCD
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp.)
Berndt Egerbladh —
Schizo ... CD Swedisk/Dragon (Sweden), 1964. New Copy ...
Really wonderful early work from pianist Berndt Egerbladh – a player who's gotten a lot more global attention in recent years, but who sounds especially great on this rare date from the 60s! The album's a masterful showcase for Berndt's warm, fluid approach on the keys of the piano – a ... read moreCD
Great work from the Canada Day combo of drummer Harris Eisenstadt – a group that may well be his best in recent years – thanks to a really creative sense of interplay between the musicians! The group features no piano – just the trumpet of Nate Wooley and tenor of Matt Bauder ... read moreCD