The surprising return of drummer Redd Holt – a musician you probably know from his legendary 60s work in the Ramsey Lewis Trio, or as part of the Young Holt Unlimited group with bassist Eldee Young! Ramsey and Eldee aren't on this set, but Redd keeps things in similar trio formation – ... read moreCD
Early soul jazz piano work from Takehiro Honda – recorded in a style that's quite different than most of his later albums! The sound here is full and rich – with Honda's work on the keys augmented by fuller backings arranged by Teddy Adams – all recorded in the US (we think), ... read moreCD
A great album as a leader from the legendary William Hooker – and a fantastic reminder of how wonderful he can be in the spotlight! The set begins with some solo drum work from Hooker, then moves into bolder improvisations with an unnamed saxophonist and pianist (odd that the label didn't ... read moreCD
Dark-edged, long-form improvisations from the duo of William Hooker on bass and Thomas Chapin on tenor – recorded in the early 90s in New York, but done with a freewheeling sound that really carries on a loft jazz legacy! Chapin's definitely got an ear for some of the rawer, more exploratory ... read moreCD
A brilliant showcase for the drums of William Hooker – ringing out loudly and proudly here in the company of younger players who really help support his energy! Hooker's got this sharp punch that comes through right away – that mixture of freewheeling rhythms and more expressive ... read moreCD
Killer work from Freddie Hubbard – some key transitional sides for Atlantic Records, and easily some of his most soulful work ever! Freddie started out as a bopper on Blue Note, but then made a great shift at Atlantic – exploring space and sound in a really wonderful way, and opening ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard —
Splash ... CD Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1981. New Copy ...
Freddie Hubbard makes a sweet splash for the 80s in this great little set – one of his last electric outings before a return to more acoustic modes! The vibe's a bit leaner than some of his late 70s albums, with most of the electricity coming from the bass, and from the keyboards by Chester ... read moreCD
Chicago had the Art Ensemble of Chicago at the end of the 60s – and St Louis had the fantastic Human Arts Ensemble at the start of the 70s – a wonderfully creative jazz group who shared a lot of the same ideas of improvisation and artistic freedom as the AACM up in the Windy City! This ... read moreCD
(A fantastic package – done with the pasted-on image of the original numbered LP pressing – right down to a pasted-on envelope on the back!)
Bobbi Humphrey —
City Beat ... CD Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ...
An under-discovered batch of jazzy soul from Bobbi Humphrey – an artist we love for her 70s work on Blue Note and Epic, still sounding pretty great here in the late 80s! The overall style of the album's a bit different than Bobbi's 70s work – more in a Patrice Rushen blend of 80s ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Malaco – The Truth Of Southern Soul Definitive Collection" series!)
Think the French new wave had a lock on jazz soundtracks? Think again, because the Japanese scene of the 60s was full of them – including this sublime set from 1963! Most numbers here are jazz tracks played by a great small combo – one that's got tremendous energy all the way through! ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
There's nothing idle about these hands – as the group have a tightness that makes you think they've been together for years – which is maybe partly the case, as many of the artists are part of the great and ever-growing legacy of the Posi-Tone label! And while the company has given us ... read moreCD
Masaru Imada gets a bit tropical here, but also picks up some great help on horns – thanks to guest work from the Brecker Brothers, whose performance on a few tracks really help give the set a strong soul fusion vibe! The core sounds come from Imada's quintet – which has the leader ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)
Irreversible Entanglements —
Who Sent You ... CD International Anthem/Don Giovanni, 2020. New Copy ...
Damn incredible work from Irreversible Entanglements – a Philly group, but one who definitely belong in the special, small universe of the International Anthem label from Chicago! This set is even more fierce, more focused than their great debut – burning with righteous energy from a ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful records to come out of the early 70s – a tremendous indie effort from a young Weldon Irvine! Irvine put this album together as sort of a musical "time capsule" of his generation – an effort to capture the era's thoughts, feelings, and emotions ... read moreCD
Breezy and easy vocals from Japan – a collection of recordings made by singer Kayo Ishu from the late 60s and 1970s – not really "scat" in a conventional style, but cool wordless vocals with a sweet jazzy feel! The 19 track set brings together tunes from a variety of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A beautiful little CD – especially if you like dreamy French soundtrack work from the 60s! Kayo Ishu sings a variety of tunes from famous 60s soundtracks, but about a quarter of the set is work by the mighty Francis Lai – done in a moody, mellow style that's right in keeping with his ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)
Fumio Itabashi —
Impact ... CD Paddle Wheel/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
Pianist Fumio Itabashi's definitely making an impact with this record – pushing his music even farther than before with some inventive, creative arrangements that make strong use of trumpet, trombone, and tenor sax! Itabashi's piano is at the core of the record, but he's moving in ways that ... read moreCD
A nicely biting session from Japanese pianist Fumio Itabashi – a set that rounds out his trio with guest alto sax and guitar on a few of the cuts, which makes for a fuller, more driven sound overall! There's definitely a soulful groove to the set – kind of an 80s soulbop mode overall ... read moreCD
Two rare Storyville albums from the tremendous vocal team of Jackie & Roy – back to back in a single set! First up is the self titled Jackie & Roy – one of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
This may not be Milt Jackson's purest album – but oh how we love it! Milt's working here more in a Verve pop jazz mode than a highbrow third stream one – with bossa backings on about half the album, and good small combo work on the rest. The first half features Jimmy Heath on tenor, ... read moreCD
Two CTI label gems from vibist Milt Jackson – back to back on a single CD! Sunflower is proof that Milt Jackson was easily the hippest member of the Modern Jazz Quartet – and one of the few who could really open up into different sounds away from that combo! This sweet 70s set for CTI ... read moreCD
At the end of the 60s, Milt Jackson and Ray Brown cut some very groovy records together – teamed up in a great pairing of styles that pushed both of them way past the more standard sounds of earlier years! This album's one of the best of the bunch – as it features pianist Monty ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)
Wonderful open-ended Ahmad Jamal music from the end of the 60s – and a set that really shows his growth as a player at the time! The "revisited" in the title refers to Jamal's earlier success on Argo records with a recording of "Poinciana" – one that forever made ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)
A great little trio session from Keith Jarrett – still in the mode of some of his other ECM work, but almost a bit more back to basics as well! The group here features Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both working beautifully with Keith in a flurry of colors, tones, ... read moreCD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the ECM 50 series!)
Beautiful solo sounds from the legendary Keith Jarrett – a set of long, live material that follows the format of his initial rise to fame on ECM Records in the 70s – but with a different style that shows the maturing, more introspective side of his talents! Part of the difference is ... read moreCD
The first we've ever heard from the Jazz Defenders – but a record that makes it feel like the group has been together for years – as the songs explode with all sorts of fresh ideas and individual voices – all while the whole thing stays in strongly soulful, swinging territory! ... read moreCD
Maria Joao & Aki Takase —
Alice ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1990. New Copy ...
The voice of Maria Joao is one of the most unique of her generation – partly trained in the fluid styles of Brazilian jazz singers of the 70s, but also open to some of the more creative expressions of the European scene too – a balance that's executed here perfectly in the company of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Maria Joao is one of the most unique vocal talents in jazz – a singer who's partly inspired by the new freedoms of the more experimental female jazz vocalists of the 70s, but one who also draws a lot from the hippest Brazilian singers too! There's an approach here that mixes together Sheila ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Reedman Bobby Jones is a player who hardly ever got to record as a leader – but one who always managed to really move our soul when he did! This album may well be Bobby's masterpiece – a record that features his tenor, plus a bit of clarinet, in an open trio setting with Freddie Waits ... read moreCD
Prime post-Coltrane material from Elvin Jones – featuring his "power trio" style of operation, with one great sax player out front, and Jones kicking it in the back with the bass player! In this case, the sax player is George Coleman – who's really finding a voice of his own ... read moreCD
Elvin Jones —
Main Force ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1976. New Copy ...
Drummer Elvin Jones is listed as the main force on the cover – but as with all of his 70s albums, the whole outing is very much a strong group affair – thanks to a killer core quartet that features Ryo Kawasaki on guitar, Pat LaBarbera on reeds and Dave Williams on bass – working ... read moreCD
Elvin Jones —
New Agenda ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1975. New Copy ...
The mighty drummer Elvin Jones is working here with a very hip group – in a mode that's maybe a nice extension of his Blue Note material at the start of the 70s, in a style that shows that he definitely still has all of his groove! As with those records, there's a key reedman in place here ... read moreCD
Heavy Sounds, indeed – a beautiful little set of dark-edged soul jazz from the mid 60s – co-led by bassist Richard Davis and drummer Elvin Jones! The sound here is a bit different than any work ever released by either player as a leader – and is almost more in the vein of Blue ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)
An overlooked gem from Elvin Jones' mid 70s years – and a sweet fusion jammer that has the best kick of the classics on the PM label! The group's a trio, with Jones on drums, Gene Perla on bass, and Jan Hammer on drums – and Elvin may be the leader of the set, but the real strength of ... read moreCD
(Part of the Modern Jazz Connection series!)
Elvin Jones, Clark Terry, James Moody & Others —
Summit Meeting ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ...
A great session of all-star work by artists who were recording for Vanguard Records in the 70s – a crack lineup that features Elvin Jones on drums, James Moody on tenor, Clark Terry on trumpet and flugelhorn, Roland Prince on guitar, and Bunky Green on alto sax! The group also gets some non ... read moreCD
An amazingly unique little group – one that kind of stepped in the Impulse Records back door from the Coltrane galaxy, but which features some very unique aspects overall! As the cover states, the ensemble's led by bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones – and also features ... read moreCD
Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones —
Sweetback ... CD P-Vine (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A monster set of work by one of the funkiest guitar players ever! Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones recorded a number of sides for Prestige Records during the early 70s – but this rare gem came out after all those, in 1975, on the tiny Joka label, and never really got into proper circulation at the ... read moreCD
Some of the coolest recordings ever made by the legendary Jo Jones – two albums that were initially presented almost as jazz instruction material, but which more than stand strongly on their own as solo drum session! Jones is already a well-known force in jazz – but hearing him like ... read moreCD
Guitarist Vic Juris has always been a master of tone – a player who takes the chromatic modes of the postwar jazz years on the instrument forward to newer generations – always leaving his own touch on the strings with a deeply personal approach! This set's a nice balance of two ... read moreCD
A record that's far more beautiful than you'd guess from the "carcass" in the title – a strong set of vocal work from singer Kimiko Kasai – easily one of the hippest Japanese singers of the 70s! Although Kasai's sometimes straight on the album, she also stretches out in freer ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
An early gem from the Kashmere Stage Band – and a record that already has the ensemble burning with plenty of fire! These guys were a one-unit powerhouse in American grooves – one of the few US groups who really got the same sort of funky big band energy that all the better European ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Rare Japanese live material from the legendary Kashmere Stage Band – a southern group made up from very young musicians – but one that comes across with a wickedly funky vibe! Despite their roots in Texas, Kashmere got the chance to play a live set in Okinkawa in 1975 – quite an ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
An all-original set from the Kashmere Stage Band – one of the funkiest combos going in early 70s Texas! The album features a range of tunes written by bandleader Conrad Johnson – all hard-hitting numbers that take off from the group's roots as a funkier high school band, and which show ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A bold statement from the Kashmere Stage Band – who've definitely got their own "thing" here right from the start – one of the coolest, grooviest, funkiest sounds you'll ever hear from a band of young kids in school! These guys easily match the hippest players in much more ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A stunning batch of funky big band tracks from the Kashmere Stage Band – sounding a lot fuller than on their first LP – thanks to an expanded lineup that gives them a whole new sound! The group are grooving here in a mode that's a lot like classic 70s blacksploitation soundtrack work ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
When these guys say "stage band", they aren't kidding – as the group's got so many members, there's barely room left on the stage for the instruments! That doesn't stop the record from being plenty darn funky, though – as the sound is right, tight, and outta site – ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Very far-reaching music from Ryan Keberle – sounds that feel as if they're coming from a group that's much larger than a quintet – given all the many musical elements and inflections in the mix! The album's initial inspiration comes from a Langston Hughes poem entitled "Let ... read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Gypsy Man ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ...
Sweet electric funk from Robin Kenyatta – but a set with some slightly complicated moments too! The album's a bit like some of Yusef Lateef's more electric moments on Atlantic, although probably not as cerebral overall – and Robin plays a range of reeds, including alto, flute, and ... read moreCD
A great blend of older jazz styles and the sweet 70s funk of Robin Kenyatta – served up with a hip sort of sparkle overall! There's a few familiar jazz modes in here that definitely live up to the spirit of the title – but most of the record is more open, laidback, and somewhat ... read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Until ... CD Vortex/Wounded Bird, 1968. New Copy ...
One of the earliest albums as a leader from reedman Robin Kenyatta – and a set that's also one of his most compelling too! There's a definitely freer sound here than on some of Robin's smoother sets from the 70s – a vibe that's somewhere near the space of Impulse Records in the post-Col ... read moreCD
A pair of late 60s gems from guitarist Barney Kessel – both of which came from the same string of sessions! First up is Blue Soul – a very groovy set from guitarist Barney Kessel – very different than some of his cleaner, smoother-toned work of the 50s! The album was partly ... read moreCD
(Great paper sleeve package, too!)
George Khan —
Ah ... CD Emanem (UK), 1968/1975/1980/2005. New Copy 2CD ...
A mysterious collection of free improvisations from the UK scene – all featuring saxophonist George Khan, and all presented here with "circa" or "possibly" next to the dates – which further underscores the obscurity of the recordings! Don't let that lack of detail ... read moreCD
Mindblowing music from Amirtha Kidami – an artist who's part of the forefront of contemporary spiritual jazz, but who has a sound that's unlike anyone else we've ever heard before! Kidami sings and plays both harmonium and synthesizer – using both instruments in these strange, offbeat ... read moreCD
The legendary George Lewis plays both trombone and electronics here – both of which are a fantastic addition to the core trio efforts of Harald Kimming on violin, Daniel Studer on bass, and Alfred Zimmerlin on cello! These guys are unlike any string trio you might know from the world of ... read moreCD
A fantastic overview of the many strong jazz contributions that drummer Leonard King has brought to the Detroit scene from the 70s onward – as a musician who both continues the earlier spirit of righteous groups and soulful combos in that city! The package features unissued material from a ... read moreCD
Three rare Storyville albums from singer Teddi King – all packaged up here in a cool Japanese paper sleeve set! First up is Now In Vogue – one of a number of great small group sessions done by singer Teddi King for the Storyville label – nicely relaxed, with backing from a septet ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A double-length set that showcases the ever-growing, ever-evolving talents of drummer Quin Kirchner – working here in a variety of settings with help from some other great talents on the Chicago scene! Most of these tunes have a core sense of structure – and even when Quin is ... read moreCD
Drummer Snorre Kirk has a great musical partner here – tenorist Stephen Riley, who blows with this warm, raspy tone that takes us back to classic Ben Webster in the postwar years! The pace of most tunes is nicely laidback, but never in a way that's too sloppy or loose – as Kirk's combo ... read moreCD
A great record from Osamu Kitajima – one of his most soulful ever! The record features some additional production and arrangements by Richard Evans – who takes Osamu's Japanese fusion style, and gives it a sparkling modern soul groove that's perfect for US audiences. In fact, Osamu's ... read moreCD
Osamu Kitajima —
Osamu ... CD Everland (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy ...
A great mix of modes from Osamu Kitajima – a set that's still got some of the exotic elements of his other material, but which also brings in a stronger fusion component too – mixing Kitajima's work on guitar and koto with plenty of Fender Rhodes and other great electric touches! The ... read moreCD
We really love the way that Kirk Knuffke shapes the sounds that come from his horn – blowing cornet with this earthy, mouthy style that's extremely personal – and which takes on an even more unique quality in the setting of this album! The record's got Kirk in an unusual trio – ... read moreCD
Complex horn magic from the great Franz Koglmann – always a great musician on his own, but even better when he gets a chance to share his concepts with a larger group! In this case, the septet features five horn players and two string musicians – Franz on trumpet and flugelhorn, John ... read moreCD
Incredible work from trumpeter Franz Koglmann – a musician who doesn't always get the same sort of credit as his avant jazz contemporaries – but who certainly warrants strong recognition for the depth of this set! The record is bristling with brilliance – and has this mixture of ... read moreCD
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... read moreCD
One of those really unique records that trumpeter Toshinori Kondo gave us in the 80s – not really fusion, but not avant either all – yet a very unusual criss-crossing of electric and acoustic impulses, with a vibe that's all its own! Kondo's clearly drawing a bit of inspiration from ... read moreCD
A very cool combo who definitely live up to the promise of the title of the album – a group that's funky, but also in a relatively free way too – not avant jazz, but open to plenty of new ideas – which are often spun out over long tracks with a very chunky approach to rhythm! The ... read moreCD
A very different album than the previous effort from drummer/percussionist Saratha Korwar – a lot more political, as you might guess from the title – and a set that has the London musician working with performers from the hip hop scenes in Mumbai and New Delhi! Most of the tunes have a ... read moreCD
Iinkai Seikatsu Koujou —
Live In Masuda ... CD Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
Three long tracks from a great Japanese group – one who recorded famously with William Parker a few years before, but who maybe sound even more amazing here on their own – in a live session that's filled with free-flowing spiritual energy! The lineup features Koichi Matsukaze on alto ... read moreCD
Yasuhiro Kouno —
Peace ... CD Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
An early 80s piano trio classic from Japan – one that features a group led by keyboardist Yasuhiro Kohno, and which also features a "plus one" vocalist on the final track! The style here is very much in the best Japanese mode of the 70s and early 80s – free-flowing lines on ... read moreCD
Pianist Yasuhiro Kouno has a really special guest on this record – vibist Masahiro Kanno, who's presence on the record makes the whole thing ring out with a really fantastic sense of joy and life! The vibes often lead the tunes, ringing out strongly next to the piano – and with a ... read moreCD
Caroline Kraabel with Robert Wyatt —
Last 1/Last 2 ... CD Emanem (UK), 2016/2017. New Copy ...
Two different readings of the same piece – both done in very different ways! In both takes of "Last" here, Caroline Kraabel structures the piece around a pre-recorded vocal part by Robert Wyatt – a tune written by Kraabel, which is is then used as she conducts a large group ... read moreCD
Mid 70s magic from vocalist Irene Kral – one of a handful of albums that really had Kral setting herself apart from most other jazz vocal contemporaries! The approach here is very simple – just Irene's voice and piano backing from Alan Broadbent – but a hell of a lot goes on in ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the best albums we've heard from pianist Joachim Kuhn in years – a really thoughtful solo piano take on the music of Ornette Coleman – and one that definitely lives up to the "melodic" promise of the title! Kuhn's never totally straight ahead – and lord knows, ... read moreCD
Really lovely work from Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi – a player who's not afraid to let the warmer, more sentimental elements of his music into the mix – while still also keeping things very spacious and distinct! At some level, the record's a solo piano jazz record – but ... read moreCD
A really fantastic 80th birthday tribute to Blue Note Records – one that has a host of younger Japanese jazz musicians banding together to deliver their own versions of Blue Note classics from back in the day! The lineup is wonderful, and very adept at changing up from track to track – ... read moreCD
A pair of jazz funk classics from this group who got their start with reedman Tom Scott! First up is the self-titled LA Express – funky fusion with a bit of a studio feel – played by the LA Express, a combo best known for their work with Tom Scott – stepping out here strongly on ... read moreCD
An incredible package – one that brings together two very important albums from reedman Steve Lacy – plus unreleased material from the same time too! First up is the record Disposability – presented here with the first-ever correction to the cymbal sound – a key session in ... read moreCD
Seminal work from Steve Lacy – a set that was recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until the mid 70s – when it quickly became one of THE key records for understanding Lacy's sound and style! The set's based on the work of Thelonious Monk – and like Lacy's early Prestige ... read moreCD
A massive double-length set from saxophonist Steve Lacy – and maybe one of the strongest 70s statements from his legendary European quintet! The album features two different live performances – each of which open up in the brilliant freedoms allowed by the European scene since the end ... read moreCD
Reedman Oliver Lake at his most creative – stepping out here on a sublime set of 70s improvisations – all put together with a really spiritual feel! There's a very open, collaborative feel to the music – and the set was recorded in St Louis, at a time when Lake was a key part of ... read moreCD
Andrew Lamb/Tom Abbs/Michael Wimberley/Guillermo B —
Rhapsody In Black ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2008. New Copy ...
Andrew Lamb is billed as "The Black Lamb" here – a nice nickname, given the earthy quality of the set! The group's got two percussionists at its core – Michael Wimberly and Guillermo E Brown – both players with different energies that help expand the roots of the record ... read moreCD
Prince Lasha Ensemble —
Insight ... CD Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ...
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the ... read moreCD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Seeds ... CD Dome (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
A tight debut from Lasperanza – aka arranger producer Rico Garofalo, who put together the whole set as a tribute to older jazz, funk, and soul that laid the seeds for his own music in recent years! The record has a vibe that's a bit like that strong UK soul tradition started with Incognito, ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Ingrid Laubrock & Kris Davis —
Blood Moon ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ...
A beautiful duo, improvising freely – the piano of Kris Davis and very vivid tenor and soprano sax of Ingrid Laubrock – both interwoven in these incredible ways that make the whole thing seem like an effortless act of spontaneous creation – nothing forced, nothing overdone, just ... read moreCD
An incredibly righteous album from the Detroit scene of the early 70s – nothing like anything you'd expect with "Bagdad" in the name – even more obscure than some of the city's spiritual jazz treasures on the Tribe and Strata labels from the time – and done for a very ... read moreCD
Hubert Laws hits an 80s groove here – but the shift doesn't seem to dampen his soul at all! At some points, the rhythms are a bit more pronounced than before – bouncy and funky at points, with a slight nod to the clubs – yet other points still have that soft, airy finish that ... read moreCD
A totally wonderful little record – not just a funky 70s soundtrack, but an excellent jazz outing as well – thanks to the talents of Hubert Laws on flute and Earl Klugh on guitar! Patrick Williams wrote and arranged the whole set – and he merges his jazzier roots with some of his ... read moreCD
A beautiful document of this legendary French Canadian group – a quartet that's maybe best known for a famous album issued by Radio Canada, but who finally get their due here in a fantastic 4CD collection of material from the early 70s! Almost all the work here is live, recorded during what ... read moreCD
One of those amazing records from the 70s French scene – the kind of set that makes it unlike anywhere else on the planet at the time – served up in an unusual blend of avant jazz, vocals, and lots of other unusual elements! The work is a theater piece, the story of earth and its ... read moreCD
Ultra-hip sounds from the Australian scene of the early 70s – some killer cuts by vibist Alan Lee – a player who was exploring with as many new ideas on his instrument as contemporary American giants like Roy Ayers or Bobby Hutcherson at the time! The work here is a great summation of ... read moreCD
Some of the greatest jazz work ever recorded by Michel Legrand! Although Legrand's always been known for his sweet soundtrack work and his famous easy listening sides – he's also a heck of a jazz pianist, and here in this rare 1959 session, he works in a trio format that puts him right up ... read moreCD
A beautiful pairing of Michel Legrand and Stephane Grappelli – two of France's most sensitive jazz musicians ever, sounding really wonderful here in the company of each other! The set features Grappelli's violin and Legrand's lead piano – amidst some larger orchestrations put together ... read moreCD
Two trombone-heavy compositions – one penned by George Lewis, one by Ozana Omelchuk – both played here by the Studio Dan ensemble in two different formations! "As We May Feel" is a Lewis composition for chamber ensemble – and has this very bold sense of attack and decay ... read moreCD
Some of the boldest work we've ever heard from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an artist you might know from his bigger label recordings for Okeh/Sony, but who sounds completely unbridled here in the company of the great drummer Chad Taylor! Taylor's a player who can step outside strongly, ... read moreCD
A smoking little set from Ramsey Lewis – one that really recalls the best electric years of his 70s recordings – and which also has a much sharper sound than some of the other albums recorded with the Urban Knights! There's plenty of great piano on the record from Ramsey, mixed with ... read moreCD
An unusual setting for this long-running jazz partnership – a double-length record that has the saxes of Dave Liebman and the piano of Richie Beirach improvising on a number of themes borrowed from classical music – compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, and others – all really ... read moreCD
A really unusual solo album from Dave Liebman – one that doesn't just feature saxophones, but also a variety of other instruments as well – including piano, percussion, and even a bit of electronics! Each track has a different approach, and Dave is overdubbed on some – mixing ... read moreCD
David Liebman plays solo, but not in a way that's spare or lonely at all – as the record often features Dave overdubbing himself on a variety of instruments – including soprano sax, flute, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards! Liebman jokingly refers to the record in the notes as "pl ... read moreCD
A record that definitely lives up to its title – as it's a lot freer and more spiritual than later work from drummer Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen group! This set perfectly captures the unique vibe that the ensemble brought to the Houston scene at the start of the 70s – really the ... read moreCD
Some of the most righteous sounds we've ever heard from Houston legends The Lightmen – recorded at a time when the group was at their most spiritual, and very firmly following a cosmic path set down by drummer Bubbha Thomas! The music here owes nothing to the hippest sounds coming from the ... read moreCD