One of the first true moments of genius from saxophonist Nathan Davis – a mid 60s European session cut for the tiny SFP label – and a record that's even rarer than his early classics for MPS! The sound here is similar to the MPS sides – a mixture of soul jazz and modal jazz ... read moreCD
A great selection of material from the sometimes overlooked Dutch pianist Rein DeGraaf – a player who's been making great music since the 60s – and who's heard here on a series of recordings from 1972 up through 2002! We're not sure, but we think all the cuts on this set are exclusive ... read moreCD
A great look at the earliest years of the lovely Blossom Dearie – and a set that also features a surprising amount of work from reedman Bobby Jaspar, who was making big waves on the Paris jazz scene at the same time the young Blossom was living in France! CD1 features the pair together ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Buddy Defranco featuring Gordie Fleming —
Waterbed ... CD Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
A really cool 70s album from reedman Buddy DeFranco – and one that resonates strongly with some of his groovy 60s work with Gumina! As with those records, this one features both clarinet and accordion – the former by Buddy, the latter by Gordie Fleming – used here in a match that' ... read moreCD
Pianist Bob Degen is great here – but the record shines equally from the contributions of the great Terumasa Hino – who plays cornet throughout, and really puts a bold sort of sparkle on the record! In truth, the whole group is great – a quartet that also features Cameron Brown ... read moreCD
Jack DeJohnette is a hell of a drummer, and he's also a hell of a pianist too – a side of Jack's talents that isn't always shown on record, and which has maybe never been as well-recorded as on this fantastic Japanese session from the 70s! DeJohnette has a spiritual, long-building approach ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut by Les DeMerle, one of the hippest drummers of his time – made legendary thanks to legions of samplers and beatheads in the 90s! This is certainly one of Les' best ever efforts – a tight batch of funky big band tracks, with lots of nice grooves, and a ... read moreCD
Beautifully meditative music from Alabaster DePlume – a set that brings together work from a variety of recorded projects from the past decade or so – finally getting full exposure in this Transatlantic collaboration between Chicago's International Anthem label and London's Total ... read moreCD
Nice work from a hip singer, and a pretty good pianist too – an artist wise enough to choose tunes that include a few each from Mark Murphy and Bob Dorough, then match the strength of those with some original work of her own! Dena's from that old school generation when jazz singers were ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Incredible stuff – and a record that grows more and more important to us over the years! Desmond's best known as the icy alto behind Dave Brubeck's big records of the 50s, but by this point in his career, he'd developed a keen interest in Brazilian music – and was working at a level ... read moreCD
Detail (Johnny Dyani/Frode Gjerstad/John Stevens) —
Day Two ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1982. New Copy ...
A fantastic long improvisation by the best version of the Detail trio – the one that features Johnny Dyani on bass, Frode Gjerstad on tenor and soprano sax, and John Stevens on drums! That lineup didn't leave behind many recordings – which makes this one completely essential, as it ... read moreCD
Two full fusion classics from Al Di Meola – back to back on a single CD! Elegant Gypsy really features DiMeola moving into some very dynamic territory – jamming out heavy on a mix of electric and acoustic guitars, with additional help from Paco DeLucia on acoustic at points. The ... read moreCD
A smoking little set from tenorist Sam Dillon – a musician who's really coming into his own as a leader, after a number of years working in the ensembles of others! Sam's got this nice bite on his reed – which makes for a sharp tone on the numbers here that feature just a quartet, and ... read moreCD
Wonderful work by Dolphy – as essential to his catalog as any of his albums on Prestige from the same time! Although Dolphy broke plenty of musical barriers in the studio, to our ears, it was always in a live setting that he sounded best – freely exploring the kind of space his playing ... read moreCD
A fantastic package that finally gives these recordings their proper due – one that takes the cuts that were issued on the albums Iron Man and Conversations (plus a million cheapo packages over the years) – and restores them to their original mono, right from the tapes – then adds ... read moreCD
Great work from one of the hippest jazz contemporaries of the late 60s – trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a player who was really coming into his own by the time of this album! The record has Kenny with a nice sort of edge – not as boldly experimental as his 60s work for Blue Note, but ... read moreCD
Kenny Dorham —
Showboat ... CD Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ...
Not the Broadway record that you might guess from the title, but a great showboat for the hipper talents of trumpeter Kenny Dorham! The album is made up of tunes from the famous show, but the presentation here is quite strongly hardbop – blown by Kenny with the same mix of sweet and modern ... read moreCD
Dave Douglas works here in a group with two trumpets – Dave Adewumi on the other horn in the lead, but playing with a voice that's deeply distinct from the leader! The group's got that sort of fresh approach that seems to make each different record by Douglas a very different project – ... read moreCD
Kenny Drew's looking a bit hipper than usual on the cover – and he's sounding a bit hipper, too – really stretching out in a way that's different from some of his other albums of the 70s! The set's an overlooked gem from Drew – recorded in the easygoing manner of the Xanadu label' ... read moreCD
Johnny Dyani With Witchdoctor's Son & Dudu Pukwana —
Rejoice/Together ... CD Cadillac (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2 CDs ...
A pair of albums from the legendary Johnny Dyani – packaged here in one great little set! Rejoice features searing live work from Johnny Dyani – a set that has the bassist opening up strongly in a trio with Mongezi Feza on trumpet and Okey Temiz on drums and percussion! Feza sounds ... read moreCD
East New York Ensemble De Music —
At The Helm ... CD Folkways, 1974. New Copy ...
An extremely righteous bit of soul jazz – originally issued in a very small pressing by Folkway Records, at a time when the label was doing some great underground recordings! The sound is loose and free – spiritually building in a manner that recalls the work of Ahmed Abdul Malik, Phil ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)
A great second meeting of a really fantastic group – the kind of combo that shows just the right sort of magic that can happen when you bring together improvisers who really have a strong sense of sympathy for each other! The music here is already way more than the sum of its parts – ... read moreCD
A bold vision for a better version of our nation – served up here by percussionist Kahil El Zabar, but in a mode that also has him working as the conductor of a larger ensemble too! The record has all the sense of pride, power, and optimism of some of the best sessions of this type from the ... read moreCD
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A really fantastic record from Chicago percussion legend Kahil El'Zabar – and one that features plenty of guest work on tenor from David Murray, a musician who always seems to be a perfect match for the musical ideas of Kahil! And the leader also steps out with a great side of his talents on ... read moreCD
Two late 60s classics from trumpet legend Don Ellis – back to back in a single set! Autumn is an album of explosive power and imagination from Don Ellis – a set that shows him very firmly shaking off the more academic mode of earlier years, and heading into hipper, more youth-oriented ... read moreCD
A really really wonderful little record – one that's far more than you might guess from it's slightly gimmicky title! The session's clearly done in a mode to resonate with the Charlie Byrd or Stan Getz bossa work of the early 60s, but it's also got a slightly offbeat quality that makes it ... read moreCD
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best ... read moreCD
Entourage Music & Theater Ensemble —
Entourage ... CD Folkways, 1973. New Copy ...
Beautiful sounds from the Entourage ensemble – a record that's got a really meditative blend of acoustic elements with a few electric touches – used in ways that start in jazz, then move way beyond! Instrumentation includes guitar, flute, keyboards, violin, and mbira – coming ... (Out Sound, Jazz)read moreCD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)
A compelling split album – both a performance by and a tribute to the legendary tenorist Booker Ervin – issued after his death, but also featuring a rare European performance from the 60s as well! The album features one long track by Booker – "Blues For You" – ... read moreCD
There's nothing humble about the sound of Wayne Escoffery on this great little set – as the tenor giant really comes on strong, blowing with a ferocity that really matches the energy of the rest of the group! There's a stunning rhythm trio at the core – David Kikoski on piano, Ugonna ... read moreCD
Ellery Eskelin/Christian Weber/Michael Grenier —
Pearls ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2019. New Copy ...
Tenorist Ellery Eskelin really sounds great here – carving out these soulful, angular lines in the kind of format that seems to make him shine the most – a trio, with Christian Weber on bass and Michael Grenier on drums! Some of the tunes are of older origin, which brings out some ... read moreCD
Jukka Eskola Soul Trio —
Steamy ... CD Timmion (Finland), 2019. New Copy ...
An excellent group, and one with a really great concept – a fresh take on a format that was big in the 60s soul jazz scene, but spun out in a very unique way – both in terms of instrumentation, and in terms of the groove! Trumpeter Jukka Eskola heads the trio, which also features ... read moreCD
Europe Jazz All Stars (Surman/Humair/Mangelsdorff/Louiss/Pedersen) —
Room 1220 ... CD Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
An overlooked performance by a quintet of avant jazz masters from the European scene at the start of the 70s – one that was recorded and issued only over in Japan, but which bristles with the energy of some of the best French and German avant albums of the time! The tracks are long, and ... read moreCD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)
Fabulous Counts —
Jan Jan ... CD Cotillion/DBK Works, 1969. New Copy ...
A stunner of a funk album – a must-have for any fan of all things funky! This is the one-and-only record cut by the Fabulous Counts, a version of the Counts before they recorded for Westbound – and nearly every cut is a funky 45-type gem! The group's got a hard and heavy sound that ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A trio of classic LPS by Joe Farrell – in a 2CD set! The self-titled quartet set is one of his first LPs as a leader – and a stellar session that's easily one of the early high points for the legendary CTI label! It features a key quintet of like-mined up-and-comers that includes ... read moreCD
A mix of Latin modes and soulful fusion grooves – both of which make for an excellent album from the post-CTI years of reedman Joe Farrell! Joe plays soprano, tenor, and flute on the record – always with that well-crafted groove he first brought to jazz back in the 60s, working in a ... read moreCD
A set of some the coolest material that the legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson cut throughout the 70s – from fiercely energetic, large combo takes on standards, to looser, more simmering styles of timeless jazz, to spacey jazz funk! Not to be confused with Ferguson's similarly titled early ... read moreCD
A very groovy record by Maynard – with a soulful mid 60s Atlantic Records finish! The album's hipper than most of Ferguson's from the 60s – with a range of arrangers that includes Tom McIntosh, Willie Maiden, Locksley Hampton, and Don Sebesky – all of whom bring Maynard's large ... read moreCD
Drummer Steve Fidyk does a great job here – driving on a group that bristles with energy, and which also showcases a large number of original tunes by Steve himself! We first heard Fidyk as a leader on some of his dates for the Posi-Tone label – and there's definitely a bit of that ... read moreCD
Killer Hammond from Polish player Piotr Figiel – a player with a really wonderful sort of groove! The album's got a vibe that's halfway between the Hammond antics of Alan Hawkshaw and the freer lines of American jazzmen like Jimmy Smith or Charles Earland – augmented by other cool ... read moreCD
A key 70s session from Tommy Flanagan – a record that showed that he was still one of the most fluid and soulful players of his generation! The album has Flanagan working only with the bass of George Mraz – in a drum-less format with even less structure than usual, a perfect setting ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
Tommy Flanagan —
Eclypso ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
A sweetly swinging seventies set from pianist Tommy Flanagan – one of those records that's a perfect balance between the bop-inspired dexterity of his work on the keyboard, and that undeniable warmth he always brought to his best recordings! Tommy's got maybe a bit more bite on the keys, ... read moreCD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)
Roberto Fonseca —
Yesun ... CD Mack Avenue, 2020. New Copy ...
Pianist Roberto Fonseca seems to expand his musical vision with each new release – to a point where here, he's got this grand sense of sound, place, and history – all wrapped together in this mix of instrumental and vocal selections that draw a line between classic Havana and the ... read moreCD
A beautiful set from Sonny Fortune – a bit smoother than some of his earlier work, but still with a deeply soulful finish that keeps the album fresh throughout! Nearly every track was written (or co-written) by Larry Willis, who plays piano and Fender Rhodes on the set, and really feels like ... read moreCD
We love Sonny Fortune – because he always plays so great! Sonny started as more of an acoustic soul jazz player – but by the time of this session, he's working with a lot of electric backing, in a fusiony mode that should dampen his enthusiasm, but which only seems to spur him onto new ... read moreCD
A beautiful project from pianist Billy Foster – part of a long tradition of jazz mass records that have been popping up from the underground from the late 50s onwards – and maybe one of the best we've heard so far! The setting is spare – really just a trio outing by Billy's group ... read moreCD
An overlooked set from the Gary scene – one of a handful of albums by pianist Billy Foster – a musician, radio host, and educator – with a legacy that almost makes him the Ramsey Lewis of his hometown! Billy cut some more keyboard-heavy albums in the 80s, but this record's a ... read moreCD
Overlooked genius from pianist Billy Foster – a player who only issued a handful of records on his own label – which was run out of the city of Gary, Indiana! This date's far more obscure than similar efforts on labels like Muse, Strata East, or Black Jazz – and has a similar ... read moreCD
Four soulful fusion classics from keyboardist Rodney Franklin – all together in a single set! First up is In The Center – wonderful keyboard work from the amazing Rodney Franklin – a player who sounds equally great on acoustic and electric piano! This album does a wonderful job ... read moreCD
Soaring work from a Polish ensemble of the 80s – a group who definitely have some of the free cooperation promised by their name – but also resonate with a range of other elements too! At some level, these guys remind us of the more inventive bigger bands that broke on the European ... read moreCD
A pair of albums from this lesser-known German improv group from the start of the 70s – two rare albums that are as free as their name, and which were both initially pressed in small runs of just a few hundred copies! The quartet have a surprisingly lyrical approach to their music at times ... read moreCD
Chico Freeman —
Tangents ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ...
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz ... read moreCD
Piano, trumpet, and accordion – a really beautiful combination here in the hands of three masters of their instruments – trumpeter Paolo Fresu, accordionist Richard Galliano, and pianist Jan Lundgren! The set isn't the first this trio has recorded – and it definitely shows their ... read moreCD
Excellent work from pianist Don Friedman – a set that's definitely progressive, but which also has a heck of a lot of warmth too – that fantastic balance of new ideas and lyricism that made Friedman one of the freshest pianists to emerge in the 60s, and which continued strongly through ... read moreCD
Friends & Neighbors have really deepened their voice for this wonderful album – definitely showing us what's next, as they move past their initial inspiration from Ornette Coleman, and open up in modes that are completely their own! Some of the best passages here have this rich, melodic, ... read moreCD
Bill Frisell is in a really wonderful trio here – working with Rudy Royston on drums and Thomas Morgan on bass – players who maybe seem to bring out some of Frisell's most inventive sounds in years! Bill plays both acoustic and electric guitar – and the latter instrument often ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from pianist Ryo Fukui – a relatively recent set, but one that sparkles with all the charm and imagination of his famous records from years back! The format is a familiar trio – with Takumi Awaya on bass and Itetsu Takemura on drums – but as always with Fukui, the ... read moreCD
Jan Garbarek & Kjell Johnsen —
Aftenland ... CD ECM (Germany), 1980. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Jan Garbarek has always had a great ear for an unusual setting for his horns – and here, he continues that strong legacy by working with Kjell Johnsen – a keyboardist who plays a pipe organ in a very spacious way! The mix of the large instrument and the ECM production style ... read moreCD
Red Garland —
Misty Red ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
A great later session from pianist Red Garland – recorded in the early 80s with support from Ahmad Jamal's old trio-mates – Jamil Nassar on bass and Frank Gant on drums! The Garland heard here is a gentler one than on his earlier recordings – playing with a nice Jamal-like sense ... read moreCD
An unusual 60s album that tries to link piano legend Erroll Garner to the crowds on the college campuses of the time – but with a vibe that's very different than most of the modern jazz sets that were usually issued in a similar format! This set was recorded mostly at Purdue University, and ... read moreCD
Erroll Garner's first album of the 70s – and a set that's a perfect demonstration of that way he could always groove, but with an edge! The first 30 seconds of the album have this sense of bold freedom that might make you think you've accidentally put on a record by Cecil Taylor – that ... read moreCD
A really unusual album from piano giant Erroll Garner – a jazz album at the core, but one that was also used as the soundtrack for an obscure Paul Newman film of the 60s! We always love Erroll Garner in a fuller setting – something that's not always easy to find on record – and ... read moreCD
A fantastic combination of modern jazz talents – the groundbreaking Gary Burton Quartet, and the young avant ensemble of trombonist Mike Gibbs! The set begins with a fantastic performance by Burton's group – heard here in a lineup that has the guitar of Dave Pritchard sharing equal ... read moreCD
A fantastic live performance from legendary reedman Jimmy Giuffre – captured here at the time when he was really stepping out with his sound, as heard more famously on the albums Fusion and Free Fall! As with those records, the group here is Jimmy's amazing trio with Paul Bley on piano and ... read moreCD
Overlooked 70s work from Jimmy Giuffre – a hip trio session that has all the free elements of his earlier recordings, but possibly an even greater focus on tone! Jimmy plays a range of reeds here – tenor, clarinet, and flute – and he works with bass and drum accompaniment, but ... read moreCD
Easily the most powerful album cover and title to date from the mighty Robert Glasper – an artist who's evolved so much in recent years, he's shifted from the world of conventional jazz to the role of an elder statesman in funk, soul, and hip hop as well! This album's got all of those sides ... read moreCD
The album's got an understated cover, but the set more than lives up to the sort of crackling sounds we've been loving from Gogo Penguin in recent years – that UK trio with a way of really remaking the interplay between piano, bass, and drums! If anything, the bass and drums seem a lot more ... read moreCD
A great solo set from tenorist Binker Golding – an artist we usually hear on the Gearbox label as part of the Binker & Moses combo, but who maybe sounds even bolder and stronger here in the lead on his own! The set's a quartet date, with a relatively straight group – but the sound ... read moreCD
A lost treasure by Benny Golson – and one of his most noteworthy records since the early days! The "John" in the title is Coltrane – and the set's got a sweeping spiritual groove that's quite different from much of Golson's other work, and which shows that he's never stopped ... read moreCD
Bassist Eddie Gomez hardly ever has a down stretch – especially given all the creative combinations he's worked in over the years – and this rare 70s album from Japan is more of a high point than anything "down" at all! The record's a trio date, with killer work on Fender ... read moreCD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)
Gonzalez ... CD Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), 1974. New Copy ...
Sweet funky jazz from the 70s! Gonzalez were an obscure UK combo – probably known a lot better over in England, but pretty darn hard to find over here in America – and they've got a tight style that reminds us of some of the more well-produced jazz funk coming out on labels like Blue ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Dexter Gordon recorded live in Germany – in a mode that's a bit of a change from some of his more familiar Copenhagen sides from the time! The format is similar – long live tracks, with Dex opening up on these fantastically creative solos – with every note seeming to flow with ... read moreCD
A stunning European live set from the legendary Dexter Gordon – one that was recorded early in his overseas tenure, and which is noteworthy for two reasons – first in that it was recorded in Utrecht, not the more familiar setting of Copenhagen – and second, in that it features a ... read moreCD
A really wonderful album of obscure jazz recordings from the Chicago scene of the 70s – way more than just the usual school band record, as the tracks here are mostly originals, and performed by a very inventive group of musicians! Governor's State University was a very hip place at the time ... read moreCD
Drummer Jerry Granelli takes on two of our favorite piano talents of the 60s – working here with a great trio that features Jamie Saft on the acoustic keys and Bradley Christopher Jones on bass – all three working together on nicely different takes on the material! If you know both ... read moreCD
A pair of albums that have European jazz great Stephane Grapelli revising the format of his legendary Hot Club Of France with guitarist Django Reinhardt – but in a very different mode, given that this group features electric guitar from Barney Kessel! Kessel is great, and his warm, round ... read moreCD
A sweet trio set from Benny Green – one that has him on electric piano more than acoustic – and which also has some other great surprises along the way! Benny's command of the electric instrument is great – blocky in attack, but warmly spreading out as the notes emerge – ... read moreCD
One of the earliest albums as a leader from guitar genius Grant Green – and a set that shows off a different side of his talents than some of his other records of the time! The date has Grant working in a trio – with Ben Tucker on bass and Dave Bailey on drums – a super rhythm ... read moreCD
A wicked session by Grant Green – one that's very different than any of his other Blue Note records! Here, Grant's going for a "Latin bit" – adding in a trio of percussionists to spice up the groove with a bit of bossa rhythms, and some harder jamming styles that feel a lot ... read moreCD
Grant Green —
Visions ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
A wicked late Blue Note album from Grant Green – quite different than his smaller combo work from the early years, and done with some great larger arrangements that feature some ultra-hip vibes from the legendary Billy Wooten! Wooten's as great here as on his famous work with the Ninteenth ... read moreCD
(Part of the Blue Note 80 – Soul Jazz Works series!)
We're sure that Jimmy Greene shot that cover photo before the Covid-19 lockdown, but the image has a particularly strong resonance after all of us have faced that situation – which is why the "looking up" title on the album is very well placed! Greene's music has this sense of ... read moreCD
Surprisingly striking work from Burton Greene – an album of solo work, but one that's filled with all the tones and sounds that justify the "orchestra" in the title! Greene plays piano and keyboards, working in an evocative style that overflows with the kind of exploratory energy ... read moreCD
Christmas magic from German reedman Max Greger – served up in a richly sentimental mode that's just right for the Holiday – yet with a few groovy touches too! Most tracks have the sparkling polish you'd guess from Greger's image on the cover – rooted in jazz, but given lots of ... (Holiday Music, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the rarest Johnny Griffin albums ever – a set recorded as a side project when Griff was working with the Clarke Boland Big Band – in a lineup that features some of the best members from that great ensemble! The style's a bit more laidback and soulful than other CBBB projects ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from saxophonist Muriel Grossmann – a player who's turning out to be as important to our generation as John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders were to theirs! Over the course of a handful of albums, mostly issued under the radar, Muriel has been building up this tremendous legacy in ... read moreCD
David Grubbs/Mats Gustafsson/Rob Mazurek —
Underflow ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
A fantastic meeting of the musical minds – coming together here in a set of live improvisations recorded at a record store in Greece! The setting's an unusual one, and the music is too – sounds that really move past the usual for all three players, but especially David Grubbs and Mats ... read moreCD
The first American recording of Swedish reed genius Mats Gustafsson – done at a time when he was first reaching out to the Chicago jazz scene, the start of a legacy that would continue for decades! Mats is already an amazing force on his horns here – which include soprano, baritone, ... read moreCD
Mats Gustafsson tortures the saxophone – but tortures it beautifully, too – in this wonderful set of solo tracks that mix tenor and live electronics, baritone and music box, and some solo baritone moments too! The title's a reference to a hilarious letter sent to Mats by Robert Crumb ... read moreCD
Mats Gustafsson & Jason Adasiewicz —
Timeless ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
Two of our favorite living improvisers – vibist Jason Adasiewicz and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson – each completely tremendous on their own, and even more amazing here together! We're not sure the musicians have ever recorded together before – and the sound of this album is way ... read moreCD
An important early album from reedman Mats Gustafsson – and one that has him working with older free jazz giants Barry Guy on bass and Paul Lovens on a range of percussion instruments, including a musical saw! Mats is clearly the star of the set – already an amazing master of tones, ... read moreCD
A trio take on the music of Carla Bley – and a record that takes us back to a time when Bley's compositions were showing up in the repertoire of the hippest trios of the 60s – long before she ever got the chance to make bigger records on her own! That sense of openness that Bley ... read moreCD
A brilliant mid 70s set headlined by pianist Al Haig & guitarist Jimmy Raney – essentially a reunion of bandmates from the early 50s Stan Getz Quintet – beautifully done and in a timelessly appealing mode! What's great about this is that doesn't feel in the least a hokey revisit ... read moreCD
3 great CTI records from Jim Hall – including work with Art Farmer, Chet Baker & Hubert Laws – in a great 2CD set! Concierto is one Hall's most compelling albums from the 70s – a mix of lightly swinging tunes and more complicated numbers, recorded with some of his best ... read moreCD
Matthew Halsall —
Oneness ... CD Gondwana (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Never-issued work from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – most of it recorded during the year of 2008, a time when Halsall was first really starting to make a name for himself – and also working with the great tenorist Nat Birchall! Birchall is on most of these tracks, and together the pair ... read moreCD
A really incredible album – a set that's filled with far more soul and feeling than you might guess from the youthful image on the cover! Matthew Halsall's a pretty young player, but his sound here is really amazing – not just on his own trumpet solos, but on the overall feel of the ... read moreCD
A masterpiece from Japanese minimalist Motohiko Hamase – a record that maybe has a bit more musical variety than some of his other works of the 80s – with four different longer pieces that each have a different flavor, and a wonderfully poetic vibe overall! Two of the pieces are ... read moreCD
Motohiko Hamase —
Anecdote ... CD Lung/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1987. New Copy ...
A rare live set from Japanese bassist Motohiko Hamase – recorded right during a stretch when he was really mixing up his modes – fusing older fusion elements with some of the more electronic experiments of his studio records of the period – all in a way that must have made for ... read moreCD
Motohiko Hamase —
Technodrome ... CD Wacoal Art Center/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1993. New Copy ...
One of the more electric albums from Motohiko Hamase – a Japanese artist that we first knew for his jazz recordings, but who really has branched out by the time of this release! There's still plenty of bass in the music – but the instrument is used in fuller, more powerful waves of ... read moreCD
A totally excellent bit of funk from Chico Hamilton – working with a great group that more than helps their leader live up to the album's title! The record's a real lost gem – and it's got Chico working in much funkier territory than before, grooving with complicated rhythms, and a ... read moreCD
Doug Hammond —
Ellipse ... CD Idibib/Octave (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Quite possibly the rarest album ever from this great percussionist – and one of the most intimate, too – given that the record only features Doug Hammond on drums, percussion, and piano – alongside flute from Karen Joseph! The percussion alone is great, and handled by Doug with a ... read moreCD