Blue Note All Stars (Akinmusire/Glasper/Hodge/Loue —
Our Point Of View ... CD Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2CD ...
A brilliant update of the older Blue Note All-Stars concept – a set that features a tremendous lineup of the contemporary talents who've helped shape the new sound of the label in recent years – including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, keyboardist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, ... read moreCD
Blue Note All Stars (Akinmusire/Glasper/Hodge/Loue —
Our Point Of View ... LP Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A brilliant update of the older Blue Note All-Stars concept – a set that features a tremendous lineup of the contemporary talents who've helped shape the new sound of the label in recent years – including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, keyboardist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost treasure – never-issued material from the legendary Blue Notes combo – and a set that really helps fill some space in their all-too-small recorded catalog! The set captures the group at the end of the 70s, working in their most openly-creative mode – a style that partly ... read moreCD
A great set from Hamiet Bluiett – almost back to his roots in the St Louis underground scene, as the album's a live recording of long spiritual jazz tracks, arguably a lot more compelling than most of Bluiett's studio work from the time! The album was recorded at Sweet Basil in 1983 – ... read moreCD
A deeply soulful album from reedman Hamiet Bluiett – and a record that's got a bit of a different twist, thanks to vocals from Irene Datcher! The album's got a really warm, organic feel – loads of great percussion from Chief Bey, drums from Billy Hart, and bass from Buster Williams ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trio of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – brought together in a 2CD set! First up is Elaborations – a beautiful moment in which the loft jazz generation really got a chance to shine in the mainstream – and mostly without any sense of overdone attempts at ... read moreCD
Four great albums from reedman Arthur Blythe – all together in one collection! First up is Lenox Avenue Breakdown – a stunning Columbia Records debut from Blythe! At the time of the date, Blythe had already spent years working in the jazz undergrounds on both coasts – developing ... read moreCD
Killer set of funky Latin Soul tracks, recorded by Willie Bobo in the mid and late 60s, and pulled from his hard to find albums on Verve! The set focuses on some of Willie's grooviest stuff, and is a very tasty blend of soul and instrumental cuts, all with a tight Latin-tinged sound. Titles ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
A tribute to the legendary trombonist Melba Liston – served up here by a female Japanese duo who greatly continue her legacy in jazz! Like Liston, both Yuu Uesugi and Itsumi Komano can act both as soloists and arrangers – working here in a way that weaves their horns together ... read moreCD
Way more than just a James Bond cash-in record – and instead an ultra-hip jazz session from the west coast scene of the 60s! The James Bond at the helm of the record is actually Jimmy Bond – the great bassist who worked on some key sessions of the late 50s and early 60s as a sideman, ... read moreCD
Boneshaker (Williams/Nilssen-Love/Kessler) —
Thinking Out Loud ... CD Trost (Austria), 2017. New Copy Gatefold ...
Plenty of bone-shaking going on here – thanks to work by this heavy power trio, recording in Chicago with all the harder-burning energy of the scene! Visitor Paal Nilssen-Love is on drums and percussion – playing with all the incredible twists and turns that always make his ... read moreCD
Plenty of bone-shaking going on here – thanks to work by this heavy power trio, recording in Chicago with all the harder-burning energy of the scene! Visitor Paal Nilssen-Love is on drums and percussion – playing with all the incredible twists and turns that always make his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raymond Boni, Daunik Lazro, Joe McPhee & Claude Tc —
Next To You ... CD Emouvance (France), 2004. Used ...
Federico Bonifazi with Philip Harper —
East 74th Street ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Federico Bonifazi is great pianist, and also a hell of a writer too – one with a very fully-formed voice in jazz – able to fit complex ideas in a very tight space, while still very much letting the soloists do their thing! And yet Federico also seems to bring out a new depth in his ... read moreCD
Boogie Woogie Red —
Red Hot ... LP Blind Pig, 1977. Near Mint- ...
An early album on Blind Pig – with Red on piano and vocals, and additional guitar from John Nicholas! (Blues, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Juini Booth, Philipp Quehenberger, Didi Kern —
Who Dat?/Yo ... LP Rock Is Hell (Austria), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)...
A nicely messed-up little record – more of an EP, given the length, but featuring plenty of amazing sounds throughout – all coming from the improvisations of Didi Kern on drums, alongside Juini Booth and Philipp Quehenberger on synthesizers! Kern's drums set the pace nicely, but then ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 305 – in screenprinted sleeves with varied colors – on clear vinyl!)
Fierce, noisy free jazz from Borbetomagus – with the wildly energetic reeds of Jim Sauter and Don Tietrich and the textural guitar of Donald Miller – intense recordings from 1979 and 1981! The set includes pieces named for the place of recording – the long "Aimi Studio" ... read moreCD
One of the hippest records ever to come out of Chicago – the sole recording by Boscoe, a group who was even more obscure and experimental than contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Artistic Heritage Ensemble! Like those groups, Boscoe has a very unique, very visionary approach – one that' ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from one of our favorite Italian jazz musicians in recent decades – trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso, who we'd easily rank next to some of our top talents in the US! This set captures Bosso in a wonderfully open, unadorned setting – working with a great quartet, on a double-lengt ... read moreCD
Hmmm . . The cover's got crowds of people flocking to (or from?) a giant alto sax – but we're still not convinced that the album contains tracks that Earl finally succumbed to recording after exceissive popular demand. Still, we love that tone – as always – and it's a pleasure to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear with splitting seams & some tape.)
One of Bostic's best – played with a group that includes Stanley Turrentine and John Coltrane, although you'd never know it, because Earl's alto sax is right up front in the mix. There's no problem with that, though – and as you'll hear from his tone, it's more than likely that Trane ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Vinyl is in Fair condition. Cover has wide brown tape on the seams and spine.)
An excellent album by Bostic – one of his only few true jazz sessions! Bostic's tone has always been a favorite for us – and in this rare small combo jazz session you get to hear it alongside the Hammond of Groove Holmes, guitar of Joe Pass, and rhythm backing by James Bond and Shelly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label King pressing. Cover has split top & bottom seams, with a bit of pen on the back.)
A wealth of great tracks that all feature altoist Earl Bostic, organist Richard Groove Holmes and guitarist Joe Pass! The first 7 cuts are from Bostic's excellent LP Jazz As I Feel It – one of his only few true jazz sessions! Bostic's tone has always been a favorite for us – and in ... read moreCD
The title and cover here are super-simple, but the sound is anything but – a continuing evolution of the talents of tenorist Ralph Bowen, who just seems to grab us more and more with each new album! The core of the record is the long "Phylogeny Suite", which has some of the most ... read moreCD
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Lester Bowie as a leader – and a set that stands in importance right next to the early Delmark AACM sides by Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell! Plus, the album's almost an early Art Ensemble of Chicago effort, given the lineup – which ... read moreCD
Lester Bowie's New York Organ Ensemble —
Organizer ... CD DIW (Japan), 1991. Used ...
Lester Bowie cooks it nicely with an organ-based group – and one that features work on the Hammond by Amina Claudine Myers! Despite the hokey cover of the set, there's actually a pretty nice sound to the record – one that extrapolates from an older soul jazz tradition, and gives the ... read moreCD
Great work from the Bowman Trio – a group named not for any of the musicians who perform , but for the writer J Bowman – whose words inspired each of the songs on the set! The trio features Tomi Nikku on trumpet, Joonas Tuuri on bass, and Sami Nummela on drums – all Finnish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guitarist Tim Bowman has a mighty nice touch – a smooth, soulful style that hearkens back to the 70s sound of George Benson – with a well-rounded vibe that's perfect for the R&B inflections in the instrumentation! Bowman's got a very strong sense of color – and rings out ... read moreCD
That's the middle finger of David Boykin on the front cover – bidding a bold farewell to the year of 2016 – with a record that offers up some of the most soul-nourishing sounds we've ever heard from the reedman! The album's got a sharper, almost funkier sound than some of Boykin's ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums so far from mighty Chicago reedman David Boykin – and easily a set that lives up to the rich legacy of avant jazz in the Windy City! There's a depth to the record that comes through right from the very first note – a sense of history and feeling that shows ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most spiritual albums we've ever heard from reedman David Boykin – a beautiful batch of long, flowing tunes that have tremendous modal energy and a very cohesive feel! We've always loved Boykin, right from the start – but here he's showing an even deeper sense of ... read moreCD
A great lost performance from David Boykin's Expanse group – one of the boldest forces in Chicago underground jazz a few years back! The lineup here is great – with Boykin on tenor, Nicole Mitchell on flute, Josh Abrams on bass, James Baker on piano, and Myron Cherry on drums – ... read moreCD
(Comes in an LP style sleeve.)
David Boykin Expanse —
Solar Suite ... CD Sonic Healing Ministries, 2006. New Copy ...
A set recorded many years back by Chicago spiritualist David Boykin – but one that's finally getting its debut on record, as part of the ever-evolving rich tapestry of sounds that Boykin's been giving us since the 90s! The set here captures David at a key moment – when he was maybe ... read moreCD
Great work as a leader from Don Braden – a set that was one of his last before moving onto bigger-label fame, and one that's very firmly rooted in the soul jazz underground! Don's got a really classic sound on his tenor – blowing with focus, poise, and a hell of a lot of soul – ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from cornet player Bobby Bradford – a date recorded in the UK in the early 70s, but with all the free-thinking and imaginative energy as his best sessions in LA! The group pits Bobby's horn against three young modernists – Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Kent ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from Tiny Bradshaw – an ultra-hip leader who merged jazz and R&B in the postwar years – and whose music for King Records is some of our all-time favorite on the label! This album's filled with early classics – including his killer early take on "Train Kept ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove! Vinyl has some light surface marks, but is nice overall. Cover is pretty grat – just a small bit of splitting on the spine.)
Of all the R&B bandleaders of the 50s, Tiny Bradshaw was one of the wildest! He had a tight rolling groove that managed to infuse his whole band with a lively sense of rhythm that was often unmatched by some of the other sleepier groups of the time – and he also managed to hire some of ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible debut from trumpeter Jaimie Branch – an artist who seems ready to be one of the boldest new voices in jazz on the Chicago scene! Branch works here at a level that both lives up to an AACM legacy of experimentation, and the rich exploration in new jazz forms that we love from ... read moreCD
Haunting solo work from Dollar Brand – recorded live in Copenhagen, with a sound that's full of tone, texture, and subtle beauty! Dollar Brand is one of the few players that can hold us rapt with a session like this – and as with his trio and larger group work, the tunes have an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
South African pianist Dollar Brand was still going strong into the 80s – as this excellent quartet session will attest! The record features a group with Carolos Ward on alto sax and flute, playing next to Brand's own piano and occasional soprano sax, backed by the bass of Essiet Okun Essiet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) —
Natural Rhythm ... LP Gallo/Sun (South Africa), 1977. Near Mint- ...
Fantastic South African material from Abdullah Ibrahim – a set that has the pianist playing both acoustic and electric piano – in a quartet with Barney Rachabane on flute and alto, Victor Ntoni on bass, and Timmy Kwebulana on drums! The set also features one track – "Blues ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album of jazz tracks by one of Brazil's greatest reed players of the 70s – the mighty Victor Assis Brasil – a free-thinking spirit who really took Brazilian jazz in bold new directions at the time! The record shows Victor absorbing a lot of post-Coltrane influences, and ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic double-length set – two full albums of music, essential for any fan of Brazilian jazz – or even jazz in general! First up is Esperanto – an incredible album from one of Brazil's greatest reed players of the 70s – the mighty Victor Assis Brasil – a free-thin ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Anthony Braxton plays a host of horns on this powerful mid 80s set – a batch of numbers all based around his unique imagistic compositions! Braxton's reeds include alto, tenor, sopranino, and C melody sax – plus clarinet and flute as well – and other quartet members include David ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Braxton's best records for Arista, and a great quartet session that features Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, Dave Holland on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums. The playing is extremely tight, and Braxton and Wheeler trade very sharp solos, while Holland pulls these amazing lines out of his bass. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Anthony Braxton – an album that has him playing straight ahead jazz – but at a time when he was also making some of his most complex recordings of the 70s! The approach here is sublime – as Braxton's reputation has ears already anticipating some far-out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice 2LP set that brings together 3 different sets of live material recorded by Braxton during the mid 70s! The first set features Braxton in trio with Kenny Wheeler and Dave Holland at Montreux, in 1975; the second set features Braxton and George Lewis, along with the Circle rhythm team of Dave ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some ring & edge wear.)
An extended performance by the Anthony Braxton Quartet – but one that's made up of a number of shorter abstract compositions! The music here is presented in one long take – featuring Braxton on a variety of reeds, plus Ray Anderson on trombone and "little instruments", John ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really creative work from Anthony Braxton – a 70s gem that has the reedman working in two different settings – both of them great! The first half of the record reunites Braxton with the electronics of Richard Teitelbaum – working here on some very cool moog, mixed with percussion ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from Anthony Braxton – an album that has him playing straight ahead jazz – but at a time when he was also making some of his most complex recordings of the 70s! The approach here is sublime – as Braxton's reputation has ears already anticipating some far-out ... read moreCD
Two of the most important talents to emerge in avant jazz in the 70s – working here together in a really groundbreaking performance! Both saxophonist Anthony Braxton and guitarist Derek Bailey were already making some huge waves in their respective scenes of Chicago and London – but in ... read moreCD
A seminal meeting between two of the most important modern jazz talents of the 70s – reedman Anthony Braxton, whose roots in the Chicago AACM scene were already expanding to a huge influence on the European world of free jazz – and guitarist Derek Bailey, the British player who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second volume in this seminal series from the mid 70s – one that did a great job of documenting some of the formative underground playing that was happening in the New York loft scene, almost more creative work than in previous generations, thanks to a lack of commercial venues, and hence ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, with a sticker remnant in one corner.)
Joshua Breakstone —
Echoes ... LP Contemporary, 1987. Very Good ...
It's our bet that the Brecker Brothers probably weren't straphanging on their way to work in this point in their careers – given the classy, professional sound of this set – which was more likely to earn them a ride in a limo than a place in the subway! But we certainly don't hold that ... read moreCD
A funky little record from a groovy German trio – one who recorded this gem at the start of the 70s, with a vibe that's very similar to some of the best MPS material at the time! The group features Joe Nay on drums, Pawel Jarzebski on bass, and Kristian Schultze on keyboards – the last ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jean Paul Brodbeck —
Extra Time ... CD Yellow Bird (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
The first we've heard of Jean-Paul Brodbeck – a really great pianist, and one with a strong sense of color – using an approach that takes us back to that strong moment of French jazz piano creativity about 20 years back! The group here are well-balanced, but the piano's always in the ... read moreCD
A great setting for the valve trombone of Bob Brookmeyer – every bit as perfectly phrased here as on his early 50s work with Stan Getz – and getting even more exposure in the lead, thanks to a relaxed live quartet setting! The tracks are all live, and quite long – and Bob seems ... read moreCD
A repackaging of an album that was originally issued as Double-Barrelled Pianos by United Artists in 1959. The record's a compelling set of twin-piano lines – in which Bill Evans and Bob Brookmeyer play head-to-head, in a spiralling modernist style that brings out the best in each player. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has light wear and a small mark from sticker removal.)
One of those rare Blue Note sessions from tenorist Tina Brooks – originally recorded for the label in 1960, but never issued at the time – yet easily on a par with their more famous work of the period! Brooks' horn has a nice hard edge here – that sharp-edged modernism you'd hear ... read moreCD
Wonderful! This is the fourth session that tenorist Tina Brooks cut for Blue Note – and it's finally getting reissued! The material did appear briefly in the Tina Brooks box set on Mosaic, but it went out of print immediately, and has never before been presented with a proper cover. It's ... read moreCD
Three never-issued albums from Brother Ah – the enigmatic musician who may be known best for his work with Sun Ra, and his rare album on Strata East! Both of those moments date from earlier years, though – and past that time, Brother Ah was still working strongly on some amazing ... read moreCD
Very cool box set of 3 CDs' worth of material recorded by Peter Brotzmann and his amazing group of players on 2 trips to Chicago in the late 90s! The set – which is limited and numbered – features both live and studio performances by the Chicago Octet and Tentet, two provisional ... read moreCD
(Out of print – and hand numbered, limited edition! Slipcase has some light wear.)
Peter Brotzmann —
More Nipples ... CD Unheard Music Series/FMP, Early 70s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Lost work from early in the career of Peter Brotzmann – rare 1969 recordings that were done at the same time as his legendary Nipples album! The work here crackles with the same sort of fire as that famous LP – the kind of hard-blown, late 60s European work that really puts the "fr ... read moreCD
Excellent recording produced in Chicago in 1994 by Brotzmann and Drake, with help from jazz journalist John Corbett. Brotzmann plays a host of reed instruments – including tarogato, e-flat clarinet, alto, and tenor – and Drake plays his trademark frame drum, plus tablas and a regular ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen Love —
Woodcuts ... CD Smalltown Superjazzz, 2010. Used ...
Just Sold Out!