Sweet funky sounds from Japanese keyboardist/arranger Yuji Ohno – one of his lesser-known film scores from the 70s, but also one of his best! The record's got a bit of a cop/crime vibe overall – with lots of warm electric touches, of the sort you might find on an American thriller of ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. SHMCD pressing.)
Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae —
Kami Fusen ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1996. New Copy ...
Sometimes it feels like there's no sense of time at all when it comes to free jazz – as a recording like this, made over 20 years ago, can feel as fresh as anything happening at the moment – due to the free-thinking nature of the performance! The group's less familiar than some we've ... read moreCD
Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae —
Kami Fusen ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 1996. New Copy ...
Sometimes it feels like there's no sense of time at all when it comes to free jazz – as a recording like this, made over 20 years ago, can feel as fresh as anything happening at the moment – due to the free-thinking nature of the performance! The group's less familiar than some we've ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut by drummer Grassella Oliphant – a soulful smoker that really shows the hip approach to jazz on Atlantic Records in the 60s! The album's got a tight groove that comes from superb efforts from a great quartet – Oliphant's drums in the lead, plus tenor from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original green and blue label pressing – in a high gloss cover!)
Jowee Omicil —
Let's Bash ... CD Jazz Village (France), 2017. New Copy ...
Sweet reeds and plenty of Fender Rhodes – a set that has Jowee Omicil blowing soprano sax, alto, flute, and clarinet – over a set of tunes that move along with a gentle sort of groove! The album's got a nice polish, but is also hipper than smooth jazz too – with some rootsier ... read moreCD
Features Eric Alexander on tenor, Jim Rotondi on trumpet, Steve Davis on trombone, David Hazeltine on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums! CD
One For All (Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, et al) —
No Problem ... CD Venus (Japan), 2003. Used ...
No problem at all, given that this combo's one of the cookingest contemporary lineups we can think of! All players here are great – hence the title of the group – and the mighty Eric Alexander's always a treat on tenor, blowing beautifully alongside Jim Rotondi on trumpet, Steve Davis ... read moreCD
Johnny O'Neal is a hell of a pianist, but here it's especially nice to hear him working with some horns – the trumpet of Roy Hargrove and tenor of Grant Stewart – who each get a chance to appear on a number of the album's tracks! At the heart of the record is the usual Johnny O'Neal ... read moreCD
Organ Explosion —
Level 2 ... CD Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
The organ exploding here isn't just the familiar Hammond B-3 you'll hear on other records – and instead is a range of variations on the instrument – as the keyboards run from many different variations from Hammond, Wurlitzer, Korg, Roland, Hohner, and even Fender Rhodes – driven ... read moreCD
A rare 70s gem from modernist reed giant Anthony Ortega – very different than his other sessions as a leader, but with an equally compelling vibe! The style here has Ortega working with a bit of electricity – provided by vibes and guitar, in a way that creates some slightly funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic album of mellow jazzy cuts, recorded by War's famous harmonica player, along with arrangements by Billy Page that have a killer dope 70s sound! Includes the massive "Haunted House", a nice groover which is a classic with the Chicago steppers. Other tracks include "Steppin&qu ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Nice mellow LA funk, played by Lee Oskar with help from a lot of his bandmates in the group War. The sound is similar to some of War's Chicano funk grooves – but with some very nicely punctuated rhythms that have the drums snapping out more than on War's albums from the time. Oskar's ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Hazy Osterwald Sextet —
2nd Life ... LP Mabel (Switzerland), Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Upbeat, bright-tinged jazz from the Swiss scene of the 60s – music that's nicely peppy, and which shares a bit with the German easy vibe of the time! The set's got groovers in sort of a pop jazz kind of way that sounds like it was lifted from some groovy Euro soundtrack. Hazy plays trumpet, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later set from the great Johnny Otis – but one that still has his group very much alive and well – and working again with Shuggie Otis on guitar, bass, and organ! Jackie Payne sings vocals on a few tracks too – and Johnny and Shuggie handled all the charts. (Soul, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
An unusual overseas issue of one of the coolest earliest albums from the great Johnny Otis – a late 50s set that was issued on Capitol's grittier Dig subsidiary – and which features the full range of the Otis revue, captured surprisingly well! Yes, work for other labels at the time ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early rocking work from the great Johnny Otis – with vocals by Otis, Marie Adams, Mel Williams, Marci Lee, and the whole group! Combo features vibes from Otis, plus Ernie Freeman on piano, Jack Kelson on alto and tenor, Fred Harman on tenor and baritone, Jimmy Nolen on guitar, and Earl ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool 70s set from Japanese drummer George Otsuka – much more fusion-based than his work of the 60s, with some great help from an assortment of American and Japanese players! Many tunes have an angular, searching sort of feel – but there's also a nice dose of funk too, choppier ... read moreCD
Matt Otto with Ensemble Iberica —
Iberica ... CD Origin, 2017. Used ...
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Out Of The Blue —
OTB ... LP Blue Note, 1985. Near Mint- ...
One of the greatest discoveries of mid 80s Blue Note – a key group filled with bold young players who'd really go onto make some big waves in jazz for years to come! The musicians state their presence strongly right from the start – with just the sort of energy you'd expect from a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charles Owens —
As One ... CD Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
The first Charles Owens album to have an electric component in the instrumentation – but at a level that's still got the same great sense of understatement that made us like the tenorist's previous records so much! The set features Charles blowing alongside electric bass, Wurlitzer piano, ... read moreCD
An oft-overlooked and surprisingly soulful session on Atlantic – a sublime pairing of the talents of trumpeter Jimmy Owens and pianist Kenny Barron! The set's got a groove that's pretty unique – not really Blue Note or Prestige – but not like other Atlantic Records jazz as well ... read moreCD
Makoto Ozone —
After ... LP Columbia, 1986. Near Mint- ...
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for ... read moreCD
One of Eddie Palmieri's greatest albums of the 70s – even though it was recorded for a major label! Like a number of his old counterparts in the New York indie world at the time, Eddie made a move to Columbia Records in the late 70s – a shift that should have dampened his soul, but ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a tracklist sticker on the back.)
The genius of Eddie Palmieri never seems to dim at all as the years go on – and, if anything, the genius only seems to flower even more – finding new ways of expression that maybe even blow away some of Eddie's classic work from the 60s and 70s! This set is amazing – a ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
The Papanosh name may be a bit obscure, and the album's cover art doesn't help much in the way of understanding the sound – but we can easily say that these guys are a sharp-edged quintet with a great array of modern influences at their command – yet served up to create something very ... read moreCD
Great stuff from Jackie Paris – one of the hipper male vocalists of the 50s, a singer that we'd rank in an elite small group with Mark Murphy or Matt Dennis for cool small combo singing! The album's one of Jackie's best – based around Gershwin tunes, but done with a hip jazzy feel ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the first albums ever cut by Jackie Paris – an excellent male singer from the 50s, of the same generation as Mark Murphy and Bobby Troup, but who unfortunately never made a name as big as either of those two. This set has Jackie singing with arrangements by Manny Albam – fairly ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Wing pressing with deep groove. Cover has light discoloration from age and a small bit of peeling around the edges of the laminate – but this might be the nicest copy we've ever seen!)
The second go 'round for this Kenny Clarke tribute group, but with Woody Shaw & Nat Adderley up front, along with Joe Henderson & Nathan Davis. The set's also got Idris Muhammad on the traps, and it's easy to forget what a great jazz drummer Idris can be, when you get so used to hear him ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Famous radio recordings of the legendary Charlie Parker – captured at the Royal Roost nightclub in the late 40s – blasting out with incredible power over the airwaves in the New York scene! The presentation of the material here includes bits of announcer patter – mostly from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Collection of legendary recordings made in hotel rooms and at concerts by Billie Eckstine's driver, compiled and annotated nicely here by Gary Giddins. It's a rare portrait of Bird & Dizzy in the early 40's, a period where few recordings of the bop greats' formative performances exist. Like a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare Charlie Parker material – including a 1948 Royal Roost performance with Miles Davis on trumpet and Tadd Dameron on piano – and a 1949 Roost performances with Kenny Dorham on trumpet and Al Haig on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
Not really a big band album by Charlie Parker – but a collection of tunes that both feature him blowing with a larger group, and with some great string ensembles! The genius of Bird and strings is hard to describe – an edgey approach that really goes far past most other "jazz with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: POOR CONDITION. Original Clef pressing. Cover has heavy wear, with a split top seam, moderate flaking and moisture staining along the top half. Vinyl plays with significant clicks & crackles.)
Charlie Parker takes on the music of Cole Porter – with results that make for some of his most classic moments at Verve! Parker's horn is as hard-bitten as always, but it's also working here in a slightly lyrical vibe – one that brings out the warmth that Charlie could have at just the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s pressing. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)
A fantastic 4CD set – featuring all of the historic Charlie Parker recordings for the legendary Dial label! The sessions were recorded in the years 1946 and 1947, and they comprise some of Bird's best work – as they include original recordings of classics like "Ornithology", ... read moreCD
Small group material – with players who include Red Rodney or Miles Davis on trumpet, Walter Bishop or John Lewis on piano, Roy Haynes or Kenny Clarke on drums, and some additional bongos from Jose Mangual! LP, Vinyl record album
Bird does a guest spot with the DC area big band then known as The Orchestra. This 80s issue was the first time this concert performance had been released, and has Parker soloing nicely over a set of standards: "Fine & Dandy", "These Foolish Things", "Light Green" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album to carry the Jazz At The Philharmonic formula into the studio – and a record that virtually coined the term "jam session" for 50s jazz! Norman Granz repeats the style he'd done so well in a live setting – and brings together a host of all-star players in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album of solo piano work by the enigmatic Errol Parker. As the title says, the album's a tribute to Monk – and in a way, it's nice to hear Parker playing in this sort of complicated piano style, which wasn't always heard that often since the days of his early French recordings. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A skittish set of jazz dance numbers from the enigmatic Errol Parker – recorded for his own Sahara label at the end of the 70s, with a freewheeling groove that's every bit as exploratory as it is infectious! The title cut – "Doodles" – is a really great number, with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Evan Parker & Richard Nunns —
Rangirua ... CD Leo (UK), 2001. Used ...
Evan Parker/Mark Nauseef/Toma Gouband —
As The Wind ... CD PSI (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Evan Parker – and one that, in the notes, he also refers to as one of his best! The group features a striking lineup – Parker on soprano sax, Mark Nauseef on percussion, and Toma Gouband on lithophones – which are ... read moreCD
Great early post-millennium outing from Tortoise's Jeff Parker! This set for Thrill Jockey sounds great with the addition of Sam Barsheshet to the group on Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Drummer/percussionist Chad Taylor and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Lopes fill out the group. Parker's style is ... read moreCD
An odd little session for Blue Note – odd in that it features a host of players who weren't normally part of the label's off-used roster of big-name sidemen, and odd in that it features a swinging style that's a bit of a nod to earlier jazz days than the early 60s. Baritonist Leo Parker cut ... read moreCD
An excellent live set led by bassist William Parker – done in the same high quality modes as the other Fabrica dates from Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell! This set's got Parker working with a quartet – one that features some really tremendous alto from Rob Brown, who blows with ... read moreCD
A really unusual project from bassist William Parker – a great tribute to the legendary Godard film Alphaville, done with music that's a surprisingly great fit! There's almost a jazz soundtrack feel to the record at points – a bit straighter than usual for Parker, but still with plenty ... read moreCD
William Parker Quartet —
Petit Oiseau ... LP Shortwave/Aum Fidelity, 2008. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...