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
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids —
Angel Fell ... CD Strut (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Idris Ackamoor is a living jazz legend – but not the kind that's stale and stuffy, and instead a continuously vibrant player who's given us mindblowing music since his initial recordings with his Pyramids group in the 70s! This version of the Pyramids is different than that one, ... 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 moreCD
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 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
A wonderfully-done session of Latin jazz – played by a combo formed to pay tribute to the music of Cuban composer Emiliano Salvador! The group on the set is totally great – and features piano by Chuco Valdes, trombone by Juan Pablo Torres, tenor and flute from Juan Manuel, and congas ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
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 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
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
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
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
Tony Allen —
Source ... CD Blue Note, 2017. New Copy ...
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
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
An excellent trio outing from bassist Arild Andersen – and a set that's maybe got a sharper edge than some of his other albums for ECM! Part of that edge comes from tenorist Tommy Smith, who himself is in territory here that's bolder and more striking than we remember from his own albums ... read moreCD
A really fantastic set from this Swedish nine piece ensemble – a record that's overflowing with brash performance and unbridled energy – adventurous, but never totally free – and always given the right sort of focus to make things come across with a tremendous amount of power! ... read moreCD
Plenty of folks jumped on the rock and roll bandwagon in the 50s, and most of them slid right off – but somehow trumpeter Ray Anthony managed to do a better job than most – as you'll hear here on this great collection of Capitol recordings from the postwar years! It might be Capitol to ... read moreCD
A sweet mix of jazz, funk, and some tighter instrumental modes – a set that takes all the best energy of the Flying Dutchman label, and packs it into shorter tracks that have a very groovy feel! At some level, the album's a bit like the work that Tom Scott was doing for the label at the time ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
A fantastic record – and a really mindblowing mix of spiritual jazz and electronics! The set is an amazing collaboration between trumpeter Don Cherry and pioneering electronic musician Jon Appleton – one of those rare meetings of the minds that goes far deeper than you'd expect! On ... (Out Sound, Jazz)read moreCD
A sweet set from British jazz rock genius Neil Ardley – one that has him working off the vibe explored on the Greek Variations album, but hitting a sound that's a fair bit funkier overall! As with other efforts, Ardley draws here on some really top-shelf talents for his ideas – ... read moreCD
One of the most creative albums ever from UK composer Neil Ardley – and that's saying a lot, given the complexity of his other work! The set's got a wonderful blend of jazz arrangements and some freer passages – scored by Ardley with some of his most sensitive, most beautiful music ... read moreCD
Fantastic live recordings from the legendary New Jazz Orchestra of Neil Ardley – a key force that united the worlds of British avant jazz and rock at the start of the 70s – but with a style that leaned a lot more towards the world of the former overall! Many of these players are ... read moreCD
A completely charming vocal session from Louis Armstrong – done in the later pop years of his life, but a record that's not nearly as well known as his bigger hits for Kapp! Louis works with arrangements from Dick Jacobs – the Brunswick arranger who first provided the early charts for ... read moreCD
Louis Armstrong only recorded briefly as a solo act for the Verve label (apart from his famous recordings with Ella Fitzgerald) – but he made some excellent albums for the legendary imprint, all of which are included here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! CD 1 features the great I've ... read moreCD
A really amazing set of recordings – vocal sessions done by Fred Astaire in the later season of his career – recorded in the studio with intimate backing by a Verve group that includes Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Charlie Shavers, and Flip Phillips! The material features lovely new ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A pair of cool British TV soundtracks – both of which feature an action jazz style to rival the best early work of Henry Mancini for the television screen! First up is lost spy soundtrack work from the British composer Edwin Astley – best known for his work on The Saint and Danger Man, ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
A very cool quartet from the British jazz/rock years – but one who were a lot more jazz-based than some of their contemporaries! These guys are all instrumental, and although a number of their tunes are familiar rock standards from the late 60s, they don't play them like rock tunes at all ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from this avant jazz supergroup – their first album away from the Jazzland label, and a set that maybe seems to show a whole new direction for the quintet! Some of the music here has a stronger set of arrangement at the core – balanced between the completely incredible ... read moreCD
One of a handful of amazing albums recorded by David Axelrod towards the end of the 60s – really stunning, genre-breaking music that was years ahead of its time – and which has only finally been getting its due in more recent decades! At the time of the record, Axelrod was a house ... read moreCD
(Fantastic reissue – new remastering, and a big booklet of notes on the music!)
An early album as a leader from the great Roy Ayers – a set that captures the vibes man at a time when he'd been working on the west coast soul jazz scene, and was stepping into even greater fame in the group of Herbie Mann! Yet this set is definitely Roy's own – kind of an ... read moreCD
The first-ever proper issue of this amazing live material from 1964 – work that was recorded at the Club Montmartre in Copenhagen, right around the same time that Albert Ayler recorded his album for Debut Records – and a set that has his quartet in even more firey formation overall! ... read moreCD
Wally Badarou —
Echoes ... CD Island/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1984. New Copy ...
A tough record to peg – but a great one too! Wally Badarou plays a range of spacey keyboards that include synclavier, mini moog, and prophet 5 – all over some beats that are a mix of electro and Carribean rhythms – in a style that's part jazzy, part new agey, and part 80s groove! ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Jagged improvisations from a very cool lineup of players– a mixture of young and old avant energy – with the legendary Derek Bailey on guitar, working alongside Tony Bevan on reeds, Paul Hession on drums, and Otomo Yoshihide on guitar and other elements! The players vary throughout the ... read moreCD
A brilliant slice of early work from guitarist Duck Baker – an artist who's blossomed strongly in the jazz world in recent decades, but who here is maybe closer to the roots of earlier music – and works with this fantastic interweaving of blues, folk, swing, and early jazz modes! The ... read moreCD
SLAG ... CD Aerophonic, 2017. New Copy ...
Not the kind of album you'd expect from a junk-like term of "slag" – as the trio here are fantastically sharp, and play with a sense of urgency that maybe makes the whole thing one of the boldest statements from any of the three musicians in years! Dave Rempis is brilliant on both ... read moreCD
Amina Baraka's holding a megaphone on the cover, but she hardly needs it at all – given the righteous power of her voice on this album – still completely amazing after all these years! The album follows in the best tradition of work started by Amiri Baraka back in the 60s – a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Gato Barbieri —
Bolivia ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Soaring, searing sounds from the young Gato Barbieri – one of his classic albums for the Flying Dutchman label, and very much in the vein of his first few for Impulse Records! The Latin element isn't as strongly stated in the music as you might guess from the title, but the inspiration is ... read moreCD
Gato Barbieri —
El Gato ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A great summation of the Gato Barbieri recordings for the Flying Dutchman label – and a set that includes a key new composition too! Some of the record features older Barbieri tracks for Flying Dutchman, but the highlight here is the extended 13-minute suite, "El Gato" – a ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
An excellent set from the great Gato Barbieri – one of the gems from his earlier years on record, and an album that's very much in the best spirit of his sides for Impulse in the early 70s! There' definitely some Latin currents in the rhythm – not as strongly stated as on his Latin ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Gato Barbieri —
Yesterdays ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
A beautiful record from Gato Barbieri – almost a return to more traditional forms, but still graced with the searching, burning quality that made most of his early 70s sides so great! The tracks are all long and exploratory – and have Gato blowing with that tremendous tenor tone – ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Kenny Barron —
Innocence ... CD Wolf/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
Sweet electric keys from Kenny Barron – one of those few excellent 70s albums that have the pianist hitting some Fender Rhodes! The record has Kenny playing electric on most of the set – in a mode that's as open, and spiritual as his best work for the Muse label – maybe even ... read moreCD
A slightly more aggressive trio session than usual for Kenny Barron – still done with that round, warm tone on the keys that we love so much – but hitting the tracks with a stronger punch that's a bit unusual, and which might be the result of using Dave Holland and Daniel Humair as part ... read moreCD
Count Basie's definitely in the bag on this one – not so much as strong of a jazz bag as in classic years, but instead this very cool blend of soul and funk styles with his Kansas City roots! The record should be thought of more as a hip instrumental album – kind of in the jaunty 60s ... read moreCD
A trio record without any drums – which allows for really great interplay between the bass of Fratello Joseph Bassi, the piano of Domenico Sanna, and tenor of Max Ionata! We're used to hearing Ionata in a more snapping sort of session, but he's maybe even more compelling here – carving ... read moreCD
Gianni Basso & Renato Sellani —
A La France 2 ... CD Philology (Italy), 2001. New Copy ...
Italian tenorist Gianni Basso is one of those players who had a classic tone right from the start – but he maybe sounds even more classic than ever here, in a warm duet setting with pianist Renato Sellani! The set's got a very old school vibe – even in the way it was recorded direct to ... read moreCD
Mario Bauza, Paquito D'Rivera & Jorge Dalto —
Afro-Cuban Jazz ... CD Caiman/Yemaya (Spain), 1986. New Copy ...
One of the first records to return Mario Bauza to the glory of his initial years in Latin jazz – a set that's a real back-to-basics outing – with Bauza's alto at the head of a super-sharp group! The production style is a bit more modern than on the cubop sides of the late 40s, but the ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
A treasure trove of unreleased material from one of the coolest pianists on the UK jazz scene in the 60s and 70s – an artist who not only helped the world of British jazz attain the level of sophistication of the US scene, but also opened the door to a lot of modern elements as his music ... read moreCD
Maybe one of the most soulful records ever cut by British pianist Gordon Beck – even if it appears here for the first time ever! The set's a killer – and has Beck working with vocalist Joy Marshall – a hip female singer who's right up there with the best 60s material by Carmen ... read moreCD
Adam Ben Ezra —
Pin Drop ... CD Little Big Beat/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
Pretty wonderful sounds from Adam Ben Ezra – an artist who works here completely solo, but with a flowing range of sounds that's completely hypnotizing overall! Ezra's a bassist at heart, but also plays piano and clarinet on the record – and also vocalizes a bit, and adds in some foot ... read moreCD
Lakecia Benjamin —
Rise Up ... CD Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is even more smoking here than on her previous album for Motema – much more from the streets, as you might guess from the album! Benjamin handles all the sax solos, and composed the music as well – but the set's a very collaborative effort, and is filled ... read moreCD
Unusual work from the great George Benson – a wonderful session that was recorded by CTI during George's classic years for the label – but issued only briefly a number of years later, and slightly lost amongst the rest of his catalog! The material's great, though – and has George ... read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
Really beautiful work from legendary jazz composer/musician Karl Berger – a set that's maybe more "serious" than some of his early material, and definitely fits the "music with" title of the set! Berger's playing piano here with a string sextet – bass, violin, two ... read moreCD
A trio of modern talents, working beautifully together on a set of extended live tracks! The group features guitar from Peter Bernstein, Hammond from Larry Goldings, and drums from Bill Stewart – coming together in ways that remind us of the hipper side of 60s organ combos – those ... read moreCD
A jazz soundtrack double-header – one that features both the small combo and larger band version of the soundtrack to The Sweet Smell Of Success! Part of the CD features the Chico Hamilton Quintet's album of music – a wonderful bit of cinematic jazz from the 50s. The combo was a key ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
One of Walter Bishop's greatest records – an amazing session that's as funky as it is spiritual – and quite different than most of Bishop's other work! The vibe here is wonderful – as Bish plays a host of keyboards, not just piano – and works in the company of other players ... read moreCD
A set that's bursting with every bit as much of the fantastic energy you might expect from the lineup – a bold sextet that features Wayne Escoffery on tenor, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, James Burton III on trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, Vicente Archer on piano, and Johnathan Blake on drums ... read moreCD
A record that's maybe a bit more moody than some of the previous efforts from Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band – as you might guess from the title and cover! The sound here is sometimes more textural overall – almost more ECM than Blue Note, with well-woven instrumentation from ... read moreCD
An unusual little record from Art Blakey – a live set recorded at the Lighthouse in 1966, with a band that includes the surprising lineup of Keith Jarrett on piano and Chuck Mangione on trumpet! If you're surprised at the mix of players, and figure that they won't groove with Blakey's ... read moreCD
Sweet 70s fusion from guitarist Toto Blanke – a set done a bit after his better-known record for Vertigo, and with a very similar vibe! The sound is very electric, and very much in the proggier end of jazz fusion – and Blanke gets superb help from keyboardist Jasper Van't Hof and ... read moreCD
Theo Bleckmann —
Elegy ... CD ECM (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
Theo Bleckmann's a singer unlike any other we can think of – a vocalist who moves in these moody, mysterious waves of sound – often quite dark, even on lighter material – and maybe one of the few male singers who's attempted to get anywhere near the modes of some of the more ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Fantastic early work from pianist Paul Bley – and exactly the kind of album that shows why he was so different than so many of his contemporaries! Not only is Bley's sense of phrasing and timing completely fresh, but the music is as well – as the songs mostly are originals by Paul or ... read moreCD
Beautiful trio work from the mighty Paul Bley – captured here in a live performance from a time when Paul was yet to get as well-recorded as during the 70s – which makes the concert material even more essential to his catalog from the time! There's a brilliant, bursting sense of modern ... read moreCD
A pair of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – back to back in a single set! Da Da is a set that mixes some of the sharper edges of Blythe's earlier records with a few more contemporary touches – but always at a level that still has the reedman standing far from the mainstream! ... read moreCD
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
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
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
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
Four friends in Bari, making really beautiful music together – a lineup that features sparkling trumpet from the great Fabrizio Bosso, plus guitar from Guido Di Leone, bass from Giuseppi Bassi, and drums from Mimmo Capanale! The set's got all the subtle charm of Bosso's best work in recent ... 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
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
A raw, live set from Chicago saxophonist David Boykin – but a great little record that really reminds us of a classic 60s session on ESP! Boykin's reeds are wonderful throughout – filled with the depth of soul we might expect from Kalaparusha or Albert Ayler – and set up here in ... read moreCD
Maybe one of the most political projects we've ever heard from saxophonist David Boykin, and one of the most ambitious too – a jazz opera that deals with the recent struggles of black America in the face of increased police brutality – inspired by the tragic deaths of Eric Garner, ... 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
The Delmark debut of saxophonist Geoff Bradfield – and a set that only furthers the range of color and tonal expression we've loved in his other recent work! As the title implies, the album's based around Geoff's own compositions – songs that are wonderfully fluid, with more than ... 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
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
Craig Brann —
Lineage ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ...
A beautifully sweet setting for guitarist Craig Brann – a player who's always been great before, but who really seems to be opening up some new modes here! The album's got this wonderfully rhythmic core – songs that swing, but in a very contemporary way – and which make use of ... read moreCD
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
Victor Assis Brasil —
Trajeto ... CD Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
A wonderful early album from Victor Assis Brasil – one of Brazil's greatest saxophone players of the 60s and 70s, and an artist with a keen post-Coltrane approach to his work! The album's awash in modally grooving numbers that would have made Coltrane proud – soulfully swinging tunes ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
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
Important work from a crucially fruitful time in the career of saxophonist Anthony Braxton – a time when he was working with his amazing quartet that featured Marilyn Crispell on piano, Mark Dresser on bass, and Gerry Hemmingway on drums! Braxton has a focus here that's amazing – new ... read moreCD
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 moody little record that's cut in the best style of the ECM legacy – and one that definitely recalls the special place that label has for both trumpet and guitar! In this case the guitar is handled by leader Jakob Bro, and the trumpet by Palle Mikkelborg – the latter a longtime ... read moreCD
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
Cecil's smoking on the cover, and he's smoking on the record too – really cooking things up in the best old school soul jazz style of his Muse Records years! The album was recorded live in New Jersey, and it's proof that plenty of great jazz was still coming from west of the Hudson in the ... 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
A rare chapter in the career of Peter Brotzmann – and a very smoking set cut on the Finnish scene of the early 70s! The quartet features Brotzmann on tenor and alto – playing alongside the tenor and flute of Juhani Alaltonen – both of them completely all-out and unbridled, ... read moreCD
A pretty unusual album – and one by an obscure player who's not to be confused with Charles Brown, the blues singer – or Chuck Brown, the leader of the Soul Searchers! This Charlie Brown is a tenor player – listed as obscure even in the notes to the session – which is a ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
The cover's black and white, but the album's filled with wonderful colors in sound – a bold array of work from pianist Donald Brown – working here with a hip lineup that includes Vincent Herring on alto and soprano sax, Tom Harrell on trumpet, and Steve Nelson on vibes! Nelson's sharp, ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from reedman Marion Brown – an unissued live set from the mid 70s, and one that features a whole new side of his talents! The music is definitely the improvisations promised in the title – but never in a free jazz sort of way, as Brown is working with a group, who have a ... read moreCD
Dennis Budimir —
Creeper ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
One of the coolest albums ever from guitarist Dennis Budimir – a player who worked on countless sessions for other artists, but hardly ever got time in the spotlight in a setting like this! The album's nice and dynamic, and has Budimir playing with a great mix of tones – sometimes a ... read moreCD
A beautiful love letter to the Detroit jazz scene from pianist Greg Burk – not the famous motor city jazz world of the postwar years, but a really special time in the 90s when things were a bit more underground – and when Burk spent some formative years in the city! The notes recall ... read moreCD
A really sweet little album from guitarist Kenny Burrell – one in which he takes older tunes ("a generation ago"), and updates them with a sweetly compressed Verve 60s groove ("today"!) The record features 2 small groups – one with Ron Carter on bass, Grady Tate on ... read moreCD
A trio of excellent Gary Burton albums from the 60s – collected together in a single set! Something's Coming is the launch of vibist Gary Burton as a leader – a force in jazz that would continue strongly for decades to come! At the time of the record, Burton had already been making ... read moreCD
A pretty full-on group from the Virginia scene – one that comes on strong with a mix of funky drums, fuzzy guitar, bumping bass, and some great work on trumpet and keyboards! The groove here is almost a psychedelic take on jazz funk from years back – filtered into a very contemporary ... read moreCD
A great chapter in the career of trumpeter Donald Byrd – his post-Blue Note work with the group 125th Street NYC – which is kind of a second chapter to the jazzy fusion style he developed at the start of the 70s! This time around, there's an equal emphasis on soul and jazz – ... read moreCD
A fantastic set of Fender Rhodes from the Italian scene of the 70s – not a record that got the kind of mainstream play as American classics by Bob James and Ramsey Lewis – but a set that definitely shares their spirit! Cabildos Three were a studio group as much as a jazz combo – ... read moreCD
Lucia Cadotsch —
Speak Low ... CD Yellow Bird/Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Such a cool little record – one that's quite different than the usual sort of jazz vocal session, thanks to some very "mouthy" tenor work from Otis Sandsjo, who almost acts as a second sort of singer on the set! Lucia Cadotsch is in the lead, with just the bass of Petter Eldh as ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD