Juhani Aaltonen & Otto Donner —
Strings ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
A wonderful "with strings" session from 70s Finland – one that features the tenor and flute of Juhani Aaltonen alongside larger backings from Otto Donner! Altonen's got a really powerful approach to his instruments that works beautifully with the set – a voice that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Juhani Aaltonen/Esa Helasvuo/Teppo Hauta Aho/Edwar —
Jazz Liisa 17 & 18 ... CD Svart (Finland), 1973/1974. New Copy ...
Exactly the kind of work that made Finland such an interesting jazz scene in the 70s – bursting with new inspiration, and with a style that was different than most of the rest of the European scene! The first half of the set features an all star quartet improvising beautifully together ... read moreCD
A crowning moment of achievement for trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah – a record that draws on his rich experience working with Sun Ra, but focuses the energy into a warmer, more spiritual jazz setting overall! The album's a lost treasure from the US scene of the late 70s – a perfect melding ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Jan Hammer on organ and keyboards and Jack DeJohnette on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has flaking on the top seam & some surface wear.)
John Abercrombie/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnette —
Gateway ... LP ECM, 1975. Near Mint- ...
A whole new kind of trio session for the 70s – one that has the airy, open lines of guitarist John Abercrombie stretching out nicely in the company of drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Dave Holland! The music is archetypal ECM work of the time – a complete contrast to a guitar trio ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has peeled gloss around the edges.)
Fantastic solo bass sounds from the mighty Joshua Abrams – a musician who's risen to achieve a very spiritual sense of leadership with other musicians over the years – but who also sounds pretty amazing here on his own! Joshua is often bowing the bass, bringing almost reed-like tones ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Josh Abrams just keeps on getting better and better as the years go on – to the point where he's a leader who's emerging with one of the proudest, most righteous visions in jazz! Abrams has played for years in the company of others – and his contributions have always impressed us ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two great tracks from Paolo Achenza – one of the first artists to open our ears to the sound of the Italian scene back in the 90s! The single features a great remake of the Brazilian funk classic "A Vida Em Seus Metodos Diz Calma" – done here in a sweet groove that mixes lots ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Legendary reedman Idris Ackamoor is strongly back in action – working here with a new version of his classic Pyramids group from the 70s – with a groove that's every bit as righteous as their classic albums from back in the day! In truth, Ackamoor has been going strongly over the ... read moreCD
Legendary reedman Idris Ackamoor is strongly back in action – working here with a new version of his classic Pyramids group from the 70s – with a groove that's every bit as righteous as their classic albums from back in the day! In truth, Ackamoor has been going strongly over the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from saxophonist Pepper Adams – quite possibly one of his most hard-blowing sets on record! The album's a live date, recorded at the legendary Five Spot – and the group here is a swinging one with plenty of soul jazz touches – a combo that includes a young Bobby ... read moreCD
Pepper Adams —
Live ... CD Just Jazz, 1977. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Pepper Adams is one of those players who always cooks – but really seems to hit something even more special in a live setting – even on a lower-budget session like this! The album offers up Pepper playing in California in the mid 70s – nothing fancy, with a lesser-known rhythm ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from Pepper – with piano by Roland Hanna, bass by George Mraz, and drums by Billy Hart! Titles include "Reflectory", "Etude Diabolique", "Claudette's Way", and "That's All". LP, Vinyl record album
Exactly the kind of session that really lets Pepper Adams show his stuff – full of long, live tracks that really have Adams stretching out on baritone – handling the instrument with soul, depth, and dexterity that might well be unmatched during this point in his career! The quartet ... read moreCD
A stone classic from Cannonball Adderley – and a pivotal set that has him continuing the live recording setting of some of his best 60s albums, while also stretching forward to some of the more inventive ideas of the latter part of the decade! David Axelrod produced, and the album's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a mostly split bottom seam.)
Pretty darn hip stuff – and with some great soloing by Cannonball! The record features Adderley's alto fronting a large group conducted by Ernie Wilkins, and featuring a host of hip players like Melba Liston, Oliver Nelson, Jerome Richardson, Ray Barretto, Sam Jones, and Wynton Kelly. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer productions pressing with deep groove and microphone logo. Cover has light wear. Top seam is lined with clear tape.)
A rare live set by Cannonball Adderley – unreleased in America at the time, and performed with the style of Cannon's best work for Riverside! The album's very similar to some of the group's best live sets for Riverside – like the San Francisco or other Tokyo recording – done with ... read moreCD
A totally great set by Cannonball Adderley – one of his funkiest albums ever, recorded live at Operation Breadbasket under the supervision of Jesse Jackson, and a session in which the band is cooking a lot more than on some of their other albums from the time! The set grooves hard with some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's a bit of a mouthful, but a good description of the way Cannonball was presented in the years before his soul jazz groove firmly kicked in! The "hi fi" is a bit overstated – as the album's pretty much of a straight jazz record, featuring Cannon blowing lead solos in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some marker on back.)
2 early experiments by Cannonball Adderley – both of which feature him as the main soloists in front of larger backings! Jump For Joy is an interesting early side by Cannonball that captures him before he'd really found his voice – and when the folks at Mercury still didn't really know ... read moreCD
Beautiful early work from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that's quite different than most of his better known sets from the time! The album's more spare and stripped-down than usual – with Cannon's alto in a quartet alongside Bill Evans on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Plain blue label Bill Grauer pressing. Cover has some waviness.)
Beautiful early work from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that's quite different than most of his better known sets from the time! The album's more spare and stripped-down than usual – with Cannon's alto in a quartet alongside Bill Evans on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay ... read moreCD
If the 60's ever had a "hit" jazz record, it was probably this one! The album's a sparkling live session featuring the trademark soul jazz sounds of the Cannonball Adderley group with Joe Zawinul on acoustic and electric piano, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The tracks have a long ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If the 60's ever had a "hit" jazz record, it was probably this one! The album's a sparkling live session featuring the trademark soul jazz sounds of the Cannonball Adderley group with Joe Zawinul on acoustic and electric piano, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The tracks have a long ... read moreCD
A swingin' Japanese concert by one of Cannonball's best groups from the 60's. Joe Zawinul's on piano, brother Nat's on cornet, Sam Jones is on bass, and Louis Hayes is on drums. But the real treat here is Yusef Lateef, who does some excellent reed work on tenor, flute, and oboe – and who's ... read moreCD
Cannonball Adderley —
Phenix ... LP Fantasy, 1975. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ...
Sweet funky 70s work from Cannonball Adderley – a record that has him revisiting older tunes from his early soul jazz years – but in ways that give them a whole new electric vibe overall! The album's actually Cannonball's last full studio set, but it's also one of his greatest too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from the massive electric years of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of the group's last records to feature the keyboards of Joe Zawinul – and also one of the heaviest from the time! The set's a double-length gem that presents the group in an open live setting – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album – even if it was the only session that Cannonball Adderley ever cut for Blue Note! The album was recorded at a time when Adderley was working with Miles Davis – and as such, the session features a group that includes Miles, blowing in a cool tone that's a perfect ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cannonball Adderley with Nancy Wilson & Lou Rawls —
In Person ... LP Capitol, 1968. Very Good- ...
Almost everything soulful at Capitol Records in the mid 60s – packed together in one sweet little place! The set's a winner in a great line of Cannonball Adderley live dates from the time – produced by David Axelrod, and done with that great mix of angular, slightly electric groove the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful jazz album from Brazilian arranger Antonio Adolfo – and a tribute to saxophone great Wayne Shorter, but done with a very personal feel! Adolfo's an artist with work that stretches back to the 60s – when he often worked with groovy larger arrangements – but in recent ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
(Shrinkwrap is cracked a bit at the opening. Cover has a cutout mark.)
Olli Ahvenlahti —
Bandstand ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Sweet keys from 70s Finland – a great little set that's filled with jazzy work on electric piano and clavinet! Keyboardist Olli Ahvenlahti has a touch that's as warm and soulful as some of his counterparts on the American fusion scene – an approach that's not nearly as jamming or rock-i ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best albums ever by this legendary Chicago trio – a great example of the way that records on the Nessa label can really get to the heart of artists' intentions! The trio of Henry Threadgill on reeds, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Steve McCall on percussion have never sounded better ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album from this Air Force group – with some nice 70s touches! Reedman Roger Hogan handles arrangements and a few compositions – and the set also features Ronnie Wells on vocals on two tracks! Titles include nice arrangements of the Stevie Wonder tunes "Superstition" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those groovy Air Force jazz albums from the 70s – and a bit soulful too, thanks to vocals from Sgt Bobbie McCleary! The set includes a nice version of "Livin For The City"! LP, Vinyl record album
Alue ... CD Sesac (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ...
One of the greatest albums in years from percussion Airto Moreira – a set that really lives up to the complex sort of grooves he first brought to our shores in the 70s! Airto's back home in Brazil for this set, and working with a really great lineup – a group that's heavy on acoustic ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
One of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest, grooviest albums you'll ever hear from the legendary percussionist Airto – a set that mixes his own Brazilian roots with the electric genius of 70s CTI – all with stunning results! Airto's in the lead – and blows some beautiful wood flute lines alongside ... read moreCD
Really lovely work from pianist David Ake, wonderfully paired here with trumpeter Ralph Alessi – whose sparkling tones really seem to illuminate all the musical ideas that Ake brings to the set! The tunes are almost all original, and these great little paintings in sound and tone – ... read moreCD
No rift in decorum here – as the record may well be one of the tightest, most focused efforts we've ever heard from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire – a beautifully-played live set from a really wonderful quartet! Ambrose shapes his notes perfectly throughout – over these building, ... read moreCD
An obscure album from the big band of Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin – all original tracks written by Toshiko, performed by the band with a mix of modern, lyrical, and swinging styles. Features some great work by Bobby Shew and Gary Foster – and titles include "Elusive ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from Toshiko Akioshi – a wonderfully sensitive trio session that's quite different than her more bop-oriented work of the 50s! The mid 60s album features a fair bit of tunes pulled from traditional and Japanese sources – a few of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very high-quality Japanese reissue, with obi – on 180 gram vinyl, and with a very heavy cover!)
One of the first American albums to ever feature the piano of Toshiko Akioshi – and a set that's oddly split with work from jazz accordionist Leon Sash – who also appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival at the same time! Toshiko is on side one – in a trio with Gene Cherico on bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Verve pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove.)
An early masterpiece from the team of Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin – big band tracks written and arranged by Toshiko, and played to perfection by a group that includes Bobby Shew, Don Rader, Mike Price, Dick Spencer, and the great Gary Foster. Titles include "Opus Number Zero" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's compelling – and kind of makes you think that this might be one of the pair's more avant-leaning albums – but the overall groove is heavy big band swing, in the manner that Tabackin and Akiyoshi did best together. The record features 6 longish tracks, all with a strong ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare early solo material from Dutch jazz rock guitar eclecticist/genius Jan Akkerman – a late 60s album released in the Netherlands on Imperial after Akkerman's time in The Hunters and before his work with Brainbox and Focus! It's an early indication of his far reaching tastes and talent ... read moreCD
Jan Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer —
Focus ... LP Metronome (Germany), 1985. Near Mint- ...
Following up the strength of the first Jazz Greats set, Manny returns with a west coast version of the project – one that features players that include Richie Kamuca, Conte Candoli, Jack Sheldon, Bill Holman, Lou Levy, Charlie Mariano, and Shelly Manne – all dependable stalwarts of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove, in the textured cover, with some aging, half split spine, and sticker remnants on back.)
Hard-swinging big band material – with a heavy emphasis on drums! The album is a suite of six tracks – all written by either Manny Albam or Ernie Wilkins, both of whom arrange the groups on the set – really letting them open up nicely on the album's longish tracks. Manny and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has aging, split seams, and splitting on the spine.)
Alessandro Alessandroni, Marco Di Marco, Franco Ta —
La Natura E L'Uomo ... LP Nereide/Intervallo (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
A beautiful little record, and one that's got way more heart and soul to offer than you might expect from the rather understated packaging – which hides an album that's full of sparkling 70s keyboard magic! The music here is by a mix of Italian soundtrack and jazz talents – the latter ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two of the most soulful reedmen working today – blowing together beautifully in a great little set! Despite the combative title, there's a really warm, collaborative feel to the record right from the start – a setting that sparkles with all the deep tones we always love in Alexander's ... read moreCD
Reedman Harold Alexander cut very few albums as a leader – and this is one of the best! You're likely to hear Alexander's work in the background on other sessions, but at the time of this record he was also a visionary leader – perfect for the open, freewheeling vibe allowed by the ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Harold Alexander —
Sunshine Man ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
A wicked bit of funky jazz from reedman Harold Alexander – and a set that's much sharper and harder-edged than some of his later work! There's maybe a bit of freedom in the mix, here too – some post-Coltrane spiritualism that mixes with some of the more funk-based currents – ... read moreCD
Harold Alexander —
Sunshine Man ... LP Flying Dutchman/Tidal Waves, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A wicked bit of funky jazz from reedman Harold Alexander – and a set that's much sharper and harder-edged than some of his later work! There's maybe a bit of freedom in the mix, here too – some post-Coltrane spiritualism that mixes with some of the more funk-based currents – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The best sort of Thelonious Monk set in our opinion – the kind of record that draws heavily from the legacy of the master, but also delivers something completely new and fresh! Let's face it, Monk would wince at the idea of folks just copying his style and ideas – and Joey Alexander ... read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from pianist Monty Alexander – and a record that really has him finding his own groove! Monty had recorded often in the 60s, and usually mixed his Caribbean roots with a bit of American soul jazz – but it really took the MPS label to help him find a spot to set himself ... read moreCD
The All Stars are JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Lee Konitz, Zoot Sims, Phineas Newborn, Red Garland, Oscar Pettiford, and Kenny Clarke. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has names in pen and marker on back, a light stain on the bottom seam, some tape remnants on the top seam, and small mark from sticker removal.)
Geri Allen/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian —
Segments ... CD DIW (Japan), 1989. New Copy ...
Beautiful trio work from Geri Allen – recording here with a great group that features Paul Motian on drums and some especially great work from Charlie Haden on bass! Haden's bass really figures into the sound of most of the songs strongly – almost leading more than Allen's piano, with ... read moreCD
Tenorist Harry Allen serves up a great French lullaby of his own – crafted together from the work of famous Parisian songwriters like Michel Legrand, Charles Trenet, and others – and delivered here in a small combo instrumental mode! The setting is great – as Allen's deep tenor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lovely little Brazilian-styled set from tenorist Harry Allen – and one that features vocals and guitar from the wonderful Joyce! Almost all titles are originals by Antonio Carlos Jobim – as you'd guess from the title – but Allen's deep-voiced approach moves them into very ... read moreCD
A beautiful album of ballads from tenor saxophonist JD Allen – one that could easily fit alongside classic 60s sessions in a similar mode! Allen's always been a dynamic player, but here he's got this nicely understated approach – one that really stuns us with the richness of his tenor ... read moreCD
The cover says "roots of rock n roll" – but the set features some killer tenor work from Savoy Records – late 40s sides by Paul Williams, Hal Singer, and Big Jay McNeely – a 1954 date by Lee Allen – and obscure 1961 recordings by the great Sam Taylor! LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam.)
Tony Allen —
Source ... CD Blue Note, 2017. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the coolest records in years from the legendary Tony Allen – and that's saying a lot, given that his legacy includes famous work as a drummer with Fela Kuti, and a much more recent run of very experimental recordings! This set has Tony soaring out on Blue Note – and working with ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Like many other 70s reissues in the Prestige/Milestone/fantasy family, this set compiles 2 early albums by Mose. Unlike a lot of his later material, this set's mostly instrumental, though he does get in some vocals on about a third of the tracks. The album features some great work by Allison's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mose Allison is one of the coolest, grooviest singers ever to grace the face of jazz – a voice you'll recognize instantly, even if you don't know his name – and an artist who had a huge influence on the sound of the London scene in the 60s! Mose was mod before mod was a thing – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A hipster vocal jazz classic – a full length Prestige album that brings together all of Mose Allison's vocal numbers from his initial run a the label! Mose started out as a pianist, but quickly won even greater attention with his down home, New Orleans-influenced way of singing – a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing. Cover has some wear with taped seams.)
Maybe the first you've heard of saxophonist James Allsopp – but given the quality of the album, we're betting it won't be the last! James is a very old school player, but in the best way possible – able to take a familiar tune and really turn it on its ear as he opens things up with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A smooth little set from reedman Justo Almario – the player who cut some great work with Roy Ayers, and who's also been a key force in Latin jazz on the west coast! The set's got a sound that's a bit more mainstream fusion than some of Justo's other work – but a groove that's still ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful record from guitarist Laurindo Almeida – way way better than the title might make you think, and quite different from his albums for Capitol! The album is subtitled "electronic excursions", and while it's not exactly electronic, it does feature Almeida soloing over some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album