One of Shelly Manne's best records of the 60s – largely because the group's so great! Altoist Frank Strozier was playing with Shelly at the time, and his rich talents on the alto make the record almost worth seeking out for him alone – because here, Strozier's opening up his sound a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Great stuff – a groovy batch of short tunes from the TV show of the same name, performed by a larger ensemble that includes Frank Strozier, Bud Shank, Bob Bain, Victor Feldman, and Emil Richards. The tracks have a bit of a jungle/exotic groove to them – in keeping with the African ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and splitting on the bottom seam.)
Shelly Manne —
Hot Coles ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A surprisingly great little album – despite a very stupid cover! The concept of the "Coles" in the title is that all the songs on the record are Cole Porter compositions – but unlike other Porter tribute records, which are fairly traditional, Manne takes the tracks in a hip ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
An incredible record from Shelly Manne – one of his only dates recorded at The Manne Hole, even though it was his own club – and a killer live recording that was issued in a rare 2LP format for the time! The style here is similar to Manne's excellent recordings at the Blackhawk – ... read moreCD
Shelly Manne —
Mannekind ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
An incredible album – unlike anything else that Shelly Manne recorded! The record features Shelly getting all dope and mellow, sliding around on the kit in a kickback set of complex drum fills and percussion effects – with lots of unusual rhythms you never would have heard on his ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
A really great little album on the short-lived, Bob Thiele-run Contact label – an early 60s set that collects rare early work by Shelly Manne from 1944! The set features a series of New York recordings with Shelly – 4 tracks with the Barney Bigard Trio with Eddie Heywood on piano; 4 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Mantilla & The New Space Station —
Man-Ti-Ya ... CD Savant, 1994. Used ...
Wonderful wonderful work from percussionist Ray Mantilla – and a record that we like as much as any of his classic work from years back! The set features Ray leading a group that's equal parts jazz and Latin – with Willie Williams on soprano and tenor saxes, Enrique Fernandez on ... read moreCD
Interesting concept recording featuring a small group of players related to the ECM scene palying Michael Mantler compositions with vocals based on the poems and stories of Edward Gorey. The music has that atmospheric quality of ECM recordings of the time, as you might expect, featuring as it does ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really sharp-edged set from reedman Steve Marcus – a player who'd already had some pretty tight fusion records under his belt before this overlooked gem! Marcus was a saxophonist who was always experimenting with new ideas at this time – part of a generation raised on rock as much as ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Nifty little compilation of tracks from Tania's years in America – featuring work recorded for the Concord and New Note labels, two of Maria's best settings in the US, and label's who let her maintain her firm commitment to Brazilian jazz without adding in too much of a pop feel. The set ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Cesar Camargo Mariano & Romero Lubambo —
Duo ... CD Trama (Brazil), 2002. Used ...
Warm and gentle duets between two masters of Brazilian jazz – legendary pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano, whose 60s and 70s arrangements for singers are some of our favorite from the time, and guitarist Romero Lumbambo, whose recent records are some of the best smoother jazz coming out of Brazil! ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Insanely wonderful early work from Charlie Mariano – some of the freshest, cleanest alto sax work of its time – blown with a tone and sense of soul that goes way beyond some of Mariano's contemporaries at the time! The album was recorded for Bethlehem Records, and is relatively ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mellow work from Charlie Mariano – a very aptly titled album, given the dreamy feel of a number of tracks! The style is similar to some of Charlie's other recent recordings – wonderfully laidback, with none of the tricks or out there styles of his 70s sides, more a back to basics kind ... read moreCD
Incredible early work from Charlie Mariano – a landmark 10" LP that was one of his first explosions onto the scene in 50s jazz! The format is simple – sextet grooving from a standard Bethlehem group that includes Stu Williamson on trumpet, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Claude ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lanquid later work by Charlie Mariano – a laidback set that definitely lives up to the moody promise of its Silver Blue title, and which features Mariano's alto sax slowly making its way across a set of gentle rhythms! At some level, we'd be tempted to call this one a ballad album – ... read moreCD
A sweet little session of Latin jazz – one that begins with an instrumental cover of a great soul tune by Omar – then only gets better as things go on! Percussionist Paolo Marini is at the helm of the ensemble – but he almost always has a tight blend of trumpet and trombone in ... read moreCD
Warm work from a Brazilian jazz quartet who remind us a bit of the post-fusion sound of the ECM generation, but who also have a sound that's very much their own – almost a fresh take on Brazilian jazz styles from years past! The record explodes with color at the very first note – these ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Warm work from a Brazilian jazz quartet who remind us a bit of the post-fusion sound of the ECM generation, but who also have a sound that's very much their own – almost a fresh take on Brazilian jazz styles from years past! The record explodes with color at the very first note – these ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Players include Branford on soprano and tenor, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Jeff Tain Watts on drums – and titles include "Black Codes", "For Week Folks", "Chambers Of Tain", "Aural Oasis", and "Delfeayo's Dilemma". CD
One of the sexiest covers ever to grace a Wynton Marsalis album, but thankfully a record that's still got plenty of real jazz roots – and not the smoother sound you might expect from the image on the front! The group here is Wynton's expanded septet – a combo with Marcus Roberts on ... read moreCD
A nice little take on the "city symphony" mode that was big in American music a few decades back – served up by the Wynton Marsalis Septet of the early 90s, with decidedly modern touches! The double-length album's a three-tiered affair – with part one standing out as Wynton's ... read moreCD
Wynton Marsalis is working in lean quartet formation here – no sax from brother Branford, whose own star was rising – and instead lots more room to really stretch out on his own languid lines on trumpet! The rest of the quartet features Marcus Roberts on piano, Robert Hurst on bass, ... read moreCD
A bit more of a high concept album than some of Wynton Marsalis' previous efforts – a set with a few more added horns on side one, and an extended suite on side two! The work definitely shows Wynton's increasing concern with jazz history – his desire to embrace, and sometimes represent ... read moreCD
A week's worth of work by Wynton Marsalis – tracks recorded over 7 different nights at the Village Vanguard, featuring the star trumpeter working with three different bands! Most of the lineup here is relatively similar – Wes Anderson on alto and soprano, and Wycliffe Gordon on ... read moreCD
Wynton Marsalis' second date for Columbia Records, and an album that already has him stretching out from the first! Unlike before, when Wynton was given a few older players to help establish his sound, the group here is all Marsalis' own – with brother Branford on tenor and soprano sax, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wynton Marsalis takes on two vocal tunes here – one with Willie Nelson, and one with John Mayer! Our favorite is "Night Life" – a classic early composition by Willie Nelson, which gave Ray Price a landmark hit – and which has this jazzy vibe that really works ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Two different classics both written by John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet – but each taken into very soulful territory here by Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste, and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra! Despite what you might think about such a high-profile project, Batiste is great on piano ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the greatest 50s showcases for the tenor talents of Warne Marsh – a deceptively understated album that captures Warne at his most fluid and creative point! The setting is a quartet – with Ronnie Ball on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Stan Levey on drums – and Marsh is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Unusual pressing – done for Criss Cross Records, but with a heavy cover and style that almost feels Japanese. Top seam has one small bit of tape.)
Mike Marshall & Darol Anger —
Chiaroscuro ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1985. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from that moment when the acoustic underground of the 70s was sometimes getting lost amidst the new age deluge of the 80s – even though all of the best musicians still their best talents intact! Mike Marshall is one of those musicians – working here on mandolin and ... read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
A real sleeper – and a hip little set that's well worth the listen! Spider's a pretty soulful tenor player in his own right, but one of the things that makes the record really great is work by a set of guest players that include Joe Locke on vibes, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Pepper Adams on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear and sticker remnants.)
Wonderful TV soundtrack work from Skip Martin – who's really giving Henry Mancini a run for his money in the crime jazz department! Martin's score for the Mike Hammer show here is totally great – penned with a range of styles that run from swinging to sentimental – all handled by ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some marker on front and a center split in the bottom seam.)
Zeke Martin Project —
4 ... CD EZ Groove/Blujazz, 2012. Used ...
A very different take on the oft-recorded jazz standard mode – as this time around, the standards are all Italian – which makes most of them pretty unfamiliar to our ears! But even the few that we know take on a new sort of life in the hands of pianist Luigi Martindale – a player ... 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
Pat Martino in one of his greatest settings – live, in front of the kind of an audience where he could really open up! The set's a great marker of the growth that Pat experienced as the 70s approached – taking all the lessons he'd learned from his years gigging it up in the soul jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spacey electric work from guitarist Pat Martino – a record that seems to be as concerned with sound overall as it is with the jazz stylings of Martino's guitar – and we mean that in a good way! The older modes of Martino's 60s soul jazz work are very far gone by now – but in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album from guitarist Pat Martino – caught here at a key point when he was breaking out of his earlier soul jazz roots, and going for a more complicated style that showed he was picking up a lot of spiritual influences from the Coltrane generation. The record's got a core group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent small label set from drummer Mat Marucci – played with a heck of a lot more soul and feeling than you'd guess for a date recorded at a Supper Club! The group play a stretched-out, almost spiritual groove at points – lots of quick-stepping rhythms that are mighty nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The son of Harpo Marx lays down some groovy west coast jazz – in a combo that also includes Paul Horn on flute and alto, Jack Sheldon on trumpet, and Larry Bunker on vibes – plus great rhythms from James Bond on bass and Lawrence Marable on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has half split seams.)
Masabumi Kikuchi Sextet —
Matrix ... LP Victor (Japan), 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
One of the best albums ever from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a set that continues his development as a wonderfully expressive player on his instrument, but one that also opens up with a bit more bite at times, too – thanks to the presence of some sharp-edged contemporaries! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series! Fantastic Japanese pressing – heavy vinyl and gatefold cover!)
Hugh Masekela at a really fantastic point in his career – recorded live for a radio broadcast, and working with a freewheeling style that's quite different than both his early and later work! The vibe here is right up there with some of the few longer-form jazz recordings made by Hugh in the ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Sweet Hammond work from Jake Mason – a keyboardist who definitely loves the sound of 60s soul jazz, but also has a great ear for the soulful instrumental too! The organ lines on the set move nicely between territory of Jack McDuff and Jimmy McGriff, but also have some of the warmer glow of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great one from guitarist Yoshiyaki Masuo – a record that seems to have all the cool glide promised by the cover and title! Yoshiaki plays guitar, but the album features loads of great contributions from other American fusion musicians too – including Dave Grusin, Richard Tee, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing, with insert. Cover has light age spots.)
One of the most soulful albums we've ever heard from Yoshiyaki Masuo – a record that features some great contributions from Victor Bruce Godsey on keyboards – whose tight lines really help shape the grooves, and even pave the way for some of his vocals too! The record has Masuo working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant work from the legendary Bobby Matos – a set that's way more than just another Latin jazz album – and which has a sense of tone, timing, and fire to rival much higher-concept jazz recordings! Yet throughout it all, Matos keeps a wonderful groove in place – his own key ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
The cover lists the group as Bobby Matos' Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble – and you can definitely hear them live up to their name with a complex, soulful sound on this set! Bobby's a player who only seems to have come into his own in later decades of his music – great during his initial ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Quite a compelling little record – a jazz album at heart, but one that also opens up into lots of different sonic territory – as you might expect from a collection of tunes that includes tracks by Rotary Connection, Roni Size, Flying Lotus, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Bugge Wessletoft! ... read moreCD
One of the only 70s sessions cut as a leader by pianist Art Matthews – and sweet little set that's overflowing with soul! The tracks are long and freely flowing – somewhat righteous, but never too far out – and mostly in a style that's inspired by McCoy Tyner, but which also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet smooth fusion from the great David Matthews – that legendary talent that started out working with James Brown, then moved to CTI Records in the 70s, then kept going strong with fusion efforts like this one in the 80s! The style is a bit more polished than some of Matthews' earlier work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of funky jazz sets from Bennie Maupin – '77's Slow Traffic To The Right and '78's Moonscapes – together in a single set! Slow Traffic To The Right is Maupin's first LP for Mercury, and a great bit of spiritual funky jazz that recalls a lot of the sound of his work with The ... read moreCD
Mayafra Space Jazz —
Birth ... CD Ignition (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy ...
A Dutch group from the early 80s – but one with a really spiritual feel – more than enough so to live up to their name on this overlooked gem of a record! The group work in this spiraling, open-ended mix of electric piano, modal rhythms, and saxes – often handled in this post-Colt ... read moreCD
That's actually Mayafra Live – not Life, despite what the title says – stretching out here in a wicked extended setting that's even better than before! The group have a strong commitment to what they dub as "Afro-Latin-Modern" jazz – which is actually a wicked ... read moreCD
A great Japanese jazz soundtrack from the late 60s – as full of feeling and creative inspiration as some of the best French jazz scores of the New Wave! The tunes here mostly stand out as strong jazz numbers on their own – although there are a few shorter, more introspective or scene-se ... read moreCD
Rob Mazurek —
Rome ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ...
An incredible solo record from Rob Mazurek – a wonderful change from some of his larger group and collaborative projects – even though we love those a heck of a lot too! This set's a great reminder of the core improvisational genius that Rob's always had, but which sometimes is ... read moreCD
The leader of the "Chicago Underground" groups (duo/trio/quartet/orchestra. . .) steps out on a solo effort, that's not exactly a solo project, as he brings in help from a number of other stalwarts of the Thrill Jockey scene. Though his rich, expressive cornet playing is featured ... read moreCD
An obscure bit of funky jazz – cut by drummer Boo Boo McAfee, one of Nashville's most soulful players, and a real wizard on the kit. The record's a good mix of funky tracks with breezy jazzy numbers, and it's got a nice range of material that's all pretty good. The standout cut is the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Christian McBride Big Band —
Bringin' It ... CD Mack Avenue, 2017. New Copy ...
Excellent large group material from Christian McBride – an artist who may well be one of the most hard-working men in jazz these days! McBride's big band is always a treat – as the group soars with a soulful energy that matches Christian's smaller group material, but really expands on ... read moreCD
Mostly vocal – but a set that has Les singing and playing along with some very funky backing! The live setting does nothing to diminish the funky sound that Les had been hitting in the mid 70s – and in fact, it seems to let the players in the group open up even more, jamming it hard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Les McCann —
Layers ... LP Atlantic/Get On Down, 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
This might well be the best album that Les McCann ever cut during the 70s! It's got some killer electric piano riffs, of the sort that are being sampled heavily today by the kids, and which are getting his music to a whole new generation. The tracks have a tight spacey funk sound, and they don't ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album