Very free duets between these two ex-partners in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – a session with very little structure at all, and sounds that are almost more FMP than other Ogun albums of the time! Evan Parker plays soprano sax throughout – and Stevens alternates between percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Leith Stevens doing what he did best in the 50s – serving up a variety of jazz-based crime and action themes – including a number pulled from his great score to the film Private Hell 36, plus other work from The Thin Man, M-Squad, Peter Gunn, and Perry Mason! About half the set is from ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Rex Stewart heads a great lineup of players from the Fletcher Henderson band – including Joe Thomas and Taft Jordan on trumpets, Benny Morton and Dicky Wells on tormbones, Buddy Tate and Hilton Jefferson on saxes, and Red Richards on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums issued under the name of bassist Slam Stewart – and a great testament to the genius of the player on his instrument in the days after his work with Slim Gaillard! The style here is much straighter jazz than Slam's work with Slim – and the numbers are mostly in a ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Slam Stewart —
Slamboree ... LP Black & Blue (France), 1972. Very Good ...
Slam's on bass and a bit of vocals – with Wild Bill Davis on piano and Al Casey on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
Quite an unusual late date from Sonny Stitt – recorded with west coast friends who include Art Pepper on alto and tenor, Russ Freeman on piano, John Heard on bass, and Carl Burnett on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
Sonny Stitt joins up with a tight group of prime Prestige funky players – like Idris Muhammad, Leon Spencer, Melvin Sparks, and Virgil Jones – for a sound that's much funkier than some of his other records for the label. The set's got a good set of modern funk tracks, with all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost Sonny Stitt session from the 60s – but wonderfully swinging, and with a groove that really works well! The album's a set of Broadway tunes played jazz-wise – but in the hands of Stitt, they come up wonderfully – stretching out with soulful intensity that's mighty nice, ... read moreCD
A return to basics after Sonny Stitt's late 60s Varitone and funk experiments – all-bop and all soul all the way through, and recorded with a tight quartet that features Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums! The style's a bit like Sonny's work of the late 50s, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, small sticker & some aging.)
A great little Sonny Stitt album – very different than any of his other sets from the 60s! The album has a number of interesting aspects – from hard-wailing organ by Wilmer Mosby (who we think is Don Patterson under a fake name), to some screaming guest work by Rufus Harley and Robin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has a bumped corner.)
Like Eddie Harris, Lou Donaldson, and a few other aging soul jazz stars in the late 60s, Sonny Stitt turned to the electric Varitone sax to juice up his career a bit. And while he never used it to as good effect as players like Harris and Donaldson, he still managed to crank out some nice sounds, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal set of Sonny Stitt recordings for Prestige – material that was originally issued on singles and 10" LPs, pulled together to make one classic album! The material here was recorded in 1951 and 1952, and shows Stitt at all of his prime youthful power – blowing beautifully ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mellow late-night set of jazz tracks, cut with Don Patterson and his trio that included Paul Weeden and Billy James. The record has a great soulful sound that's a lot more like some of Patterson's work on Prestige than the usual stuff on Jazzland – and we almost wonder if the session wasn't ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam and spine.)
A rare one for Sonny Stitt – an album for Pacific Jazz recorded on the west coast, but done with some hard-burning organ work by Charles Kynard that easily matches any of Stitt's best soul jazz sides from the east! There's a tightly cooking feel to the entire set that's really great – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has some gloss wrinkles.)
A great set of Varitone sax numbers from Sonny Stitt – recorded for Prestige with a bit more bite than some of his albums of the type for Roulette! The album's got a tight tenor/organ vibe throughout – thanks to work on Hammond from Gene Ludwig, working under the "nom de date" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)
Sonny Stitt —
Pow! ... LP Prestige, 1966. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Pow is right – as Stitt grooves with a tight combo that features Benny Green on trombone, Kirk Lightsey on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums. The album's one of a few sides produced in the mid 60s by Richard Carpenter, a jazz manager/impresario who cut Chet Baker on some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear & a sticker on the back.)
Sonny Stitt —
Satan ... LP Cadet, 1974. Near Mint- ...
An electric set that's similar to Sonny's Jazz Masters albums from the same period – perhaps not as soulful as those, but still pretty nice, with a very different sound than the 60s! The group's mostly electric, and they play in a 70's soul jazz sort of way, with lots of tight, smoothly-produ ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic from Sonny Stitt – cut during the underground days of the early 60s, when both he and Gene Ammons seemed to be recording for just about every jazz label around, and when they both seemed to be doing an awful lot of work in Chicago! This album was done in a flurry that Jug and Stitt ... read moreCD
Quite an obscure later session from Sonny Stitt – one recorded for the tiny Finite label, which we mostly know from more "out" recordings! The set features Sonny blowing straight and inside – but always with that clean, confident tone that followed nicely in the Roost years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sonny Stitt goes Latin – and the results are tremendous! The set's still got all the soulful feel of the best Stitt sessions for Roost, but it brings in some nice Latin rhythms too – inflecting things with that blend of soul jazz and congas you might find over at Prestige or Blue Note, ... read moreCD
After years of staying free of comparisons with Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt steps confidently into a set of compositions by the late, great one – sounding really wonderful in his own interpretations of these classics! The album's got the same simple and focused still as Stitt's best work on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible blend of Fender Rhodes and soulful saxophone – a late record from saxophonist Sonny Stitt, but one that also features the young Eddie Russ on keyboards! The record's got a laidback and funky sound that goes deeper than any of Stitt's earlier sides of the 70s – and it ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
By this point in his career, Sonny hardly needed a tune up in his style – but the album's a great one from his post-Prestige years, and a real back-to-basics effort that recalls the genius of his work on Roost! The format is straight and simple – Stitt's tenor and alto fronting a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A twin-alto session that matches the sax of Sonny Stitt with that of Bunky Green – both set up in a tight little combo that includes some smoking work on Hammond by organist Odell Brown! Brown's fierce approach to the keys creates a really gutbuckety sound on the set – making the album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing in an alternate cover – with some light wear & aging.)
A strange one for Sonny Stitt – but also a real gem! The album has Sonny, who'd been working for the Roost/Roulette label, coming together with other jazz players in the same boat, plus Latin musicians who were recording for the related Tico label. Moishe Levy never made such a good talent ... read moreCD
An overlooked 60s session – with Stitt on alto, Howard McGhee on trumpet, Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. Tracks are longish – and titles include 'Hello", "Matter Horns", and "Night Work". LP, Vinyl record album
A rare set of Billy Strayhorn tracks recorded in Paris by Alan Douglas. The tracks are incredibly haunting, and mostly feature Strayhorn's solo piano with spare backing by Parisian bassist Michel Goudret. There are a a few short moments on the record that add backing voices or strings – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and splitting on the top seam.)
The incredible second album from saxophonist Frank Strozier – recorded for Vee Jay records after his initial debut, but for some reason never issued at the time! Strozier was really hitting on all burners at this point – fusing the Memphis soul of his roots with the soulful hardbop he ... read moreCD
A seminal early recording from one of our favorite reed players ever! In the late 1950s, the young Frank Strozier came up to Chicago from Memphis, along with his longtime friend, pianist Harold Mabern. The two of them both settled nicely in the city's MJT+3 combo, where they proceeded to record ... read moreCD
(Out of print 90s Vee Jay US pressing. Spine has a cutout notch.)
Frank Strozier —
Remember Me ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A gem of a record – the kind of overlooked 70s session we really treasure! Reed player Frank Strozier was one of the all-time under-discovered greats – and this set reunites him with his old Memphis partner/MJT+3 bandmate, Harold Mabern – a perfect pairing for Strozier's warm and ... read moreCD
As a rule, we shouldn't like sessions that have a Marvin Gaye tune as the title – but in this case, we'll make an exception! The album's great one – filled with warmth, fire, and imagination – and key proof that Frank Strozier was still going strong in the 70s – after some ... read moreCD
A really groovy album from pianist Kunihiko Sugano – a set that has the leader working on Fender Rhodes, but often with a touch that has the sharpness of an acoustic piano – which is then underscored by some strong use of acoustic percussion as well! The album's definitely got the ... read moreCD
The return of the great ones – and quite possibly the funkiest album ever from The Sugarman Three – a crowning achievement for this funky combo that we've loved for years! The core trio is still in place – soaring Hammond, tight tenor, and heavy drums – but they've also ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
Beautiful duets between vocalist Milton Suggs and pianist Willie Pickens – two Chicago generations coming together beautifully in a very intimate setting! Unlike some of Sugg's other work, which is all self-penned, this set features some Ellington standards – done in a wonderfully ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Raku Sugifatti —
Futatsu ... CD Improvised Music From Japan (Japan), 2003. Used 2CD Gatefold ...
A much-needed document of a very hip quartet – one that was led by trumpeter Idrees Sulieman, after his initial famous recordings for Prestige – and which also featured pianist Oscar Dennard, an under-recorded genius who left this world at a very early age! The 2CD package presents the ... read moreCD
In the years after Charlie Parker passed away, tributes to his greatness were a very common thing in local jazz scenes across the US. This is a prime example of that tradition, but way more than that, it's also a killer Chicago jazz session from the old days – featuring trumpeter Ira ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the spine & some light wear.)
Amazing music throughout – all recorded under the leadership of bassist Juma Sultan! The package is quite unique – 2LPs worth of music, with a full fresh set of music on an additional CD – all collected in a very heavy box, with an oversized booklet too! The sounds are quite ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Two LPs, a CD, and a 28 page 12x12 book – damn expensive, we know – but ultra-limited, and very nicely put together!)
Sunbirds ... LP BASF/Garden Of Delights (Germany), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A totally hip, totally funky fusion combo from the German scene at the start of the 70s – one who've got all the right elements to match the best work on MPS Records at the time! In truth, the combo shares many players with the best from that scene – a rock-solid rhythm section that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered limited edition of 1000! Includes a great bonus insert, too!)
Definitely something tasty from the Super Jazz Trio – a rare Japanese-only effort that has the combo joined by the mighty Art Farmer! Art plays flugelhorn on the date, and fits in wonderfully alongside the piano of Tommy Flanagan, bass of Reggie Workman, and drums of Joe Chambers – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groundbreaking early album from guitarist John McLaughlin – a set that's a bit different than his more famous work of the mid 70s – with maybe a more avant approach, and a lot more bite as well! The set's really an equal collaboration, rather than just a McLaughlin session – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 70s UK pressing, including the insert. Vinyl is double labelled on one side. Cover has an import sticker.)
A rare 1972 album that brings together (then) previously-unissued material from the cutting edge of the late 60s British jazz scene – 5 longish tracks that feature different and unique groupings of musicians that include John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Mike Osborne, Harry Miller, Kenny Wheeler, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic electric album from one of the most unique bassists of the 70s – and one that also features help from a hip American rhythm trio too! By the time of this set, Isao Suzuki had already made some incredible records for the Three Blind Mice label – sets that showcased both his ... read moreCD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering – HQ CD!)
Svenska Kaputt (Kullhammar/Fiske/Zetterberg/Holme —
Suomi ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2015. New Copy ...
A brilliant musical project from the Moserobie jazz underground of Sweden – one that brings together four completely wonderful players, but in ways that are very different than most of their work in other settings! The sound here is very open and spacious – not in a mellow way, or an ... read moreCD
Super-hip stuff from guitarist Gabor Szabo! If you don't know his style, Gabor had this breezy chordal approach that was perfect for some of the hippy dippy/psyche jazz settings he was working with at Impulse Records. The tracks on the set mix together bossa grooves, eastern rhythms, easy pop, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful 70s work from Gabor Szabo – a record that has him picking up a bit more of a soulful undercurrent, while still keeping all his great guitar work nicely upfront! The album has Gabor recording at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios – with help from Philly soul arrangers Richie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key moment in the career of Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo – a player who'd already been making some great music in the group of Chico Hamilton, but who really cemented his reputation with the sound on this set! Right from the start, Gabor was always a guitarist with something very new, ... read moreCD
Lew Tabackin looks a bit stiff on the cover of this one (who wouldn't, in a tan polyester suit?) – but the record's a surprisingly hip date, and a great chance to hear Lew away from his 70s big band with Toshiko Akioshi! As the title and cover imply, the album features Tabackin's "dual ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Lew Tabackin & Netherlands Metropole Orchestra —
Pyramid ... CD Koch (Austria), 1999. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Lew Tabackin with Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd —
Vintage Tenor ... LP RCA (Japan), 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
The strong tenor work of Lew Tabackin is featured with the Japanese big band of Toshiyuki Miayama and His New Herd – a mostly acoustic outfit that has a complicated sound that's not unlike some of the big band aggregations that Tabackin has led with wife Toshiko Akioshi, but perhaps a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that really lives up to its title – as it has bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma really stepping past usual roles for his instrument – into that range of new sounds and styles that was exploding in the bass world after the initial impact of Jaco Pastorius! The instrument's as much a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tain & The Ebonix (Jeff Tain Watts/Christian McBri —
Folk's Songs ... CD Dark Key, 2006. Used ...
Taivaantemppeli is a name you might not be able to pronounce easily – but that's fine with us, as the music here does all the talking for the group – a sweet array of soaring, stretched out grooves from the vaults of Finnish Broadcasing! The group are one of those excellent razor-sharp ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Japanese fusion with lots of warm Brazilian touches – and a sweet lineup that includes Greg Phillinganes on keyboards, James Gadson and Wilson Das Neves on drums, Abraham Laboriel on bass, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion! Titles include "Star Wars Samba", "Funky Holo Holo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has a small sticker in one corner.)
Tenorist Tom Tallitsch has gotten plenty of love from our ears in recent years – and with a record as great as this, he's bound to get plenty more! Tom comes on strong with a really deep tenor sound – a mode that we might put in a range between Hank Mobley and Eric Alexander – ... read moreCD