An unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York musicians – creating an incredible sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – a rich harmony of Brazilian roots and ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of amazing records from percussionist Dom Um Romao – back to back in a single set! The self-titled Dom Um Romao is an unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
An incredible set of Brazilian jazz – one of the few albums that percussionist Dom Um Romao recorded as a leader, and sublime all the way through! The record's got a wonderful blend of funky fusion and Brazilian percussion – and features a group from two continents that includes Sivuca ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully subtle batch of instrumental tracks by this obscure 60s combo! The album includes their big hit "Precious Memories", plus other nice ones like "Cuando", "More", "Calienta El Sol", and "Somewhere My Love" – all done in the group's ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover is lightly stained and flaky on the bottom 4 inches, with split seams.)
A great late 80s session by trumpeter Wallace Roney – bold, and strongly-blown – proof that he was clearly one of the most striking young trumpet talents of his generation! The album is nicely open-ended, and freely crafted with a strong group that includes Kenny Garrett on alto, Gary ... read moreCD
Underground grooving from trumpeter Wallace Roney – one of the excellent albums he recorded for the Muse label in the 90s – a wonderfully well-rounded set that's a tremendous tribute to his tone! The group here is every bit as great as Wallace's work in the frontline – Ravi ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Roots (Nathan Davis, Sam Rivers, et al) —
Stablemates ... CD In & Out (Germany), 1993. Used ...
A pretty great session – if only for the work of the sax players! The "stablemates" on the session are a host of older spiritual and soul jazz players – including Nathan Davis, Sam Rivers, Chico Freeman, and Arthur Blythe – alternating solos and coming together in some ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Adonis Rose —
Unity ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 1999. Used ...
(Booklet has a cut corner and a small promo sticker.)
Large group magic from Swedish saxophonist Bernt Rosengren – a player who's given us excellent work from the 50s onward, and who continued to create with a new sort of freshness for many years! This set's an overlooked gem from the early 80s – and one that shows Bernt's skill with a ... read moreCD
Not the usual album you might expect from a group with a trio in the name – as there's no piano in the mix, and instead the album features some sparkling trumpet from the great Allan Botschinsky – heard here at the height of his youthful, modern powers! The combo's led by drummer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic group of well-matched players – one we've heard together often on albums for other labels, but who really find a new sort of energy here in the Smalls Live series! Trumpeter Jim Rotondi's joined here by equal frontmen Eric Alexander on tenor, David Hazeltine on piano and Fender ... read moreCD
Jim Rotondi —
Move ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2010. Used ...
Jim Rotondi blows with that great round sound we love so much in his horn – a bold, confident tone that only seems to get better with age, especially in the company of a group like this! The album features a core rhythm section that Jim's plenty comfortable with – David Hazeltine on ... read moreCD
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
A killer – and one of the greatest records ever cut on Bethlehem! Charlie Rouse and Paul Quinichette go head to head in a hard-blown session that's very different than most of the work on Bethlehem – grooving in a free-wheeling "chase" mode, as you might guess from the title ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great amalgamation of players – and a quintet with powers far beyond their hokey name! The group's working in a polished approach to post-bop – a bit like styles heard on some of the Timeless and Steeplechase sessions of the late 70s, but with a more directive approach that really ... read moreCD
A really unusual album from soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – sounds originally composed for the film Blue Nude in 1977, but only later issued on vinyl as a sound library session under Umiliani's alias of Rovi! The soundtrack is surprisingly jazzy for the time – especially giving ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of Cuban recordings from pianist Gonzala Rubalcaba – all done for the Areito label in the mid 80s, and with a style that mixes sharp Latin jazz group numbers with more sensitive solo and trio material! The piano is mostly acoustic, but sometimes electric – and two tracks ... read moreCD
Ruby Rushton is the name of the group, not an individual member – and it's also a name that's sure to be at the top of your list once you hear this incredible debut! The album's got this fantastic blend of funky and spiritual grooves – all played with a quality that's soulful, but ... read moreCD
The groove of Adam Rudolph just keeps getting deeper over the years – to a point where here, he almost sounds like he's somewhere between the scenes of 70s electric Miles Davis, and some of the later cross-cultural experiments of Bill Laswell! There's a great layering of electric and ... read moreCD
The groove of Adam Rudolph just keeps getting deeper over the years – to a point where here, he almost sounds like he's somewhere between the scenes of 70s electric Miles Davis, and some of the later cross-cultural experiments of Bill Laswell! There's a great layering of electric and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pete Rugolo first came into prominence with Stan Kenton's group of the late 40s/early 50s – and he had a penchant for creating arrangements that dipped heavily into modernism, but never forgot to swing. He went on to do some fantastic arranging works for the likes of June Christy and The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove.)
Pete Rugolo —
Thriller ... CD Time/Solid (Japan), 1961. New Copy ...
An excellent crime soundtrack! Pete Rugolo's best known as the arranger who made Stan Kenton, The Four Freshmen, and June Christy sound so great in the 50s – but in later work, he did some incredible jazz soundtracks, as you'll hear on this batch of work for the TV show thriller. Tunes are ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Hilton Ruiz —
Excition ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1977. Used ...
An incredible record from the young Hilton Ruiz – the kind of fresh-voiced session that first got the attention of a jaded jazz crowd in the 70s! Ruiz is playing here with equal parts Latin roots, soulful rhythms, and free-thinking solos – pushing the envelope of 70s soul jazz with a ... read moreCD
Sheesh, Howard Rumsey sure knew how to stick his name on a lot of records! (He must have been trying to give Norman Granz and Leonard Feather a run for their money!) Fortunately, most of them were also great – like this one, which features flute duets between Bob Cooper and either Bud Shank ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record from the French scene of the 70s – both sides very different, but equally wonderful! "Israel Suite" is a freewheeling, side-long track with wonderful energy – a sound that hangs somewhere between spiritual jazz and freer moments – especially the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweeeeeet groover by Patrice Rushen – her first album for Elektra, and a stunning blend of funky jazz and soul! The record really has Patrice stepping out from her earlier years at Prestige – working in some surprisingly great vocals next to tight lines on Fender Rhodes, synth, and ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later session from Patrice Rushen, but still plenty darn great – and a wonderful extension of the soulful fusion grooves she first started hitting way back at the end of the 70s! The album's a bit smooth, but never too commercial – and Patrice mixes in a fair bit of acoustic piano ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet has a gold promotional stamp on the front.)
A beautiful album of spacey jazz funk! Eddie Russ was a 70s keyboard genius – right up there with Lonnie Liston Smith and Herbie Hancock in our book, although he never reached the fame of either of those players. This album's one of Eddie's best – and it's got a smoothly produced soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky fusion classic from keyboardist Eddie Russ – and quite possibly his most fully developed album ever! Eddie's working here at a level that's right up there with Weldon Irvine, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Bobby Lyle – a wonderful fusion of jazz and soul that's carried off perfectly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from pianist Gene Russell – heard here on both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano! The tracks were originally done for the Black Jazz label – and feature Henry Franklin on bass, Calvin Keys on guitar, and Ndugu on percussion – and cuts include "Black Orchid", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the hippest sounds we've ever heard from pianist Gene Russell – an album that features heavy use of Fender Rhodes – and a soulful, solid, rhythmic core that comes from the basslines of Henry Franklin, guitar of Calvin Keys, and drums of Ndugu Chancler! The set's one of the ... read moreCD
Very hip early work from George Russell – a set that's maybe not as high-concept as some of his later records, but which still has a strikingly modern vibe! Russell's trying out some of his new tonal ideas here – and has a group that's very well-chosen for the project – with Art ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful album from George Russell – and a refreshing change from his overly-academic modernist work! The session's an unusual one – a musical portrait of New York City, performed with an all-star cast that includes John Coltrane, Art Farmer, Bill Evans, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, ... read moreCD
A wonderful album from George Russell – and a refreshing change from his overly-academic modernist work! The session's an unusual one – a musical portrait of New York City, performed with an all-star cast that includes John Coltrane, Art Farmer, Bill Evans, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mindblowing moment on the Chicago avant scene of the 80s – a key flowering of the talents of Hal Russell – a musician who'd been working the Windy City since the early 60s, yet who really came into his own in these later years! Hal challenges both the AACM and the European ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, peeled spot from sticker removal, center split bottom seam & spine with a peeled spot on the back.)
The title here kind of leaves you hanging – but it's also a great invitation to dip into the sound of the album, and witness all the great artists who accompany John Russell on the performance! The tracks were all recorded as part of a birthday celebration for the British guitarist – ... read moreCD
A great example of the way that older trad players found new life in the 60s modern scene – as the set was part of the same Candid Records series that captured genius from Cecil Taylor and Charles Mingus! CD
A record that will blow your mind – way different than you might expect from the cover! Sure, Pee Wee was a bit of a traditionalist on his instrument – the clarinet – but he's working here in a starkly modern way that almost recalls some of the best 50s work of Jimmy Guiffre, or ... read moreCD
Unreleased material by one of the greatest trombone improvisers in jazz – heard here on four very long tracks pulled from the vaults of Emanem Records! As label founder Martin Davidson says in the notes, the music of Rutherford was one of the reasons he created the company – and ... read moreCD
A great setting for the spacey tones of Terje Rypdal's guitar – a double-length set for ECM that lets Terje stretch out in very spacious splendor! The album features a fair bit of very long tracks, plus a few shorter ones – and Rypdal's working here on string ensemble and soprano sax, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner, some ring & edge wear, and peeling inside the gatefold.)
Very compelling stuff – with Rypdal on guitar, Pete Knutsen on mellotron and electric piano – and John Christensen on percussion! Side two features an "image for electric guitar, strings, oboe, and clarinet" – with help from the Sudfunk Symphony! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Terje Rypdal & David Darling —
Eos ... CD ECM, 1984. Used ...
With Terje Rypdal on guitar and David Darling on cello – on titles that include "Eos", "Bedtime Story", "Laser", "Light Years", and "Melody". CD
(Out of print. Small drill hole through rear case & barcode.)
Hip stuff from this obscure Polish organist – a great player, with a talent that's as rich as Jimmy Smith during his classic Verve years! Krzystof plays here on one side that features just organ and drums – but the sound is super-full, thanks to his complicated work on the keys. The ... read moreCD
Hip stuff from this obscure Polish organist – a great player, with a talent that's as rich as Jimmy Smith during his classic Verve years! Krzystof plays here on one side that features just organ and drums – but the sound is super-full, thanks to his complicated work on the keys. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not that quiet of a house – given that the album features some great workouts between soulful hammond and guitar – with a bit of added trumpet and tenor too! The vibe here is very much a mid 60s Prestige organ jazz set – sometimes lean and fluid, ala Trudy Pitts – sometimes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert too.)
Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh —
Proton Pump ... CD Family Vineyard, 2018. New Copy ...
Mindblowing work from Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata – easily one of the most important players on his scene over the past few decades – both a skilled improviser, and a musician whose sense of tone and timing are completely unique! The album's a full-on live performance, in the ... read moreCD
Incredible! This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hip one from the great AK Salim – one of his rare sides cut for Savoy during the late 50s, a swirling batch of soulful jazz tracks, featuring an octet that includes Kenny Dorham, Johnny Griffin, Pepper Adams, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Max Roach, and Chino Pozo. Salim had a real talent ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Sal Salvador All Star Quartet —
Juicy Lucy ... LP Beehive, 1979. Sealed ...
Just Sold Out!
A great return to form for guitarist Sal Salvador – a player who didn't always get that much time in the spotlight in the 70s, until a big wave of fresh exposure from the Beehive label! Sal got his start in the Stan Kenton group, where he learned a great sense of color and phrasing – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kind of a silly name, but a really great group – and one without any of the hoke you might expect! The sound is definitely what's promised, a meeting of samba rhythms and older American jazz – but there's a breezy sort of warmth to the record that's light years from standard boogie ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A great album of tightly produced R&B-tinged fusion, headed up by keyboardist Joe Sample, riding high here on the fame of The Crusaders. The other members of the group drop in on the album, and the whole thing's very similar to their best work from the late 70s – but with more of a focus ... read moreCD
David Sanborn continues to reinvigorate his recording career with the Okeh label – a great showcase for some of the deeper talents that Sanborn's always had in his music, but which didn't always get the right placement on other labels. The album features some excellent keyboards from Roy ... read moreCD
The title's a famous quote from our president – which really seems to have inspired Antonio Sanchez to reach for a darker sound on this set! You might know Sanchez for his excellent work on the Birdman soundtrack – but while the drumming here is equally great, it's also layered into a ... read moreCD
James Sanders' Proyecto Libre —
Freedom ... CD Amadeo, 2017. Used ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from Pharoah Sanders – an important debut as a leader, cut before he rose to greater fame in the group of John Coltrane! If you think that Pharaoh Sanders' genius as a leader first blossomed during his post-Coltrane years on Impulse, you owe it to yourself to check out this early ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pharoah Sanders is working here with some excellent horn players in the frontline – Woody Shaw on trumpet and Gary Bartz on alto sax – both of whom really bring a lot of power to the record! As with some of Sanders' other Impulse albums of the period, the record only features two long ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a sense of majesty that's years ahead of its time – righteous, positive, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early 80s genius from trumpeter Arturo Sandoval – 2 albums that were never issued in the US at the time! First up is the sublime Turi from 1981 – an album that mixes smooth spacey fusiony production with Sandoval's soulful trumpet style – and the result is a sweet grooving set ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the grooviest takes on the music of Galt MacDermot you'll ever hope to hear – as Australian percussionist John Sangster turns in some wonderful rhythm-heavy versions of the tunes from Hair – and also adds in a few sweet numbers of his own! Sangster also wrote a few new tracks, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet trip into groovy jazz from the great John Sangster – a man who plays some excellent vibes on this rare Australian album – plus a fair bit of other percussion instrumentation as well! The album also features soundtrack genius Sven Libaek – who not only handled arrangements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Claudio Sanna —
Ammentos ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2015. Used ...
Santa Y Su Gente —
Urgente ... LP RCA/Lion, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
That's not Santa, as in Santa Claus – but a nickname for Santiago Salas, who works here in a very cool, jazzy mode! The album's got plenty of Latin roots, mixed with hipper 70s touches that include some key electric elements as well – all served up in a sparkling groove that's mighty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer early album by Mongo Santamaria – almost an equal blend of jazz and Latin rhythms, and a great illustration of the unique contribution that he was making to both types of music back in the 60s! Mongo's group here is filled with some really great horn players – Nat Adderley on ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Riverside/Orpheum pressing – in great shape!)
80s Mongo – but done in a really classic way, thanks to arrangements from Bobby Porcelli and Marty Sheller – who had both worked on some of the best Mongo sessions of years past! Bobby Porcelli's also on alto and flute, and Mitch Frohman plays tenor – working with Mongo in a ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
80s Mongo – but done in a really classic way, thanks to arrangements from Bobby Porcelli and Marty Sheller – who had both worked on some of the best Mongo sessions of years past! Bobby Porcelli's also on alto and flute, and Mitch Frohman plays tenor – working with Mongo in a ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn Zetterburg/Hampus Lin —
If Nothing Else ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ...
A wonderful continuation of the spirit of the previous collaboration between trumpet and flugelhorn player Susana Santos Silva and bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg – but a record that also adds in a cool extra element with the organ of Hampus Lindwall too! The music has this spacious, open ... read moreCD
The legendary Pharoah Sanders joins the Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground – and the result is one of the most striking records in years from everyone involved! Pharoah blows with this really open, searching sort of tone – wonderfully concerned with sound texture at points, and not nearly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album