Electric keyboards galore – and a sweet 70s album from Japan! The set features a large group of Japanese keyboard players – all playing Korg synthesizers, in styles that range from laidback and mellow to upbeat and funky! The group's got core backing by a tight rhythm combo – ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)
Earth ... CD Jazzman (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Maybe the best music so far from Emanative – a group who've been kicking around the London scene for the past decade or so, but who really seem to hit a new level with this album on Jazzman! The group's led by percussionist Nick Woodmansey, who often steps back to let all the other spiritual ... 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!)
Extra Ball —
Go Ahead ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy ...
A strange name but an excellent group – one headed up by guitarist Jaroslaw Smietana, playing here with a free-flowing vibe we really like! The album's got kind of a modal approach to fusion overall – one that's never overly jamming, and more concerned with the rhythmic progression of ... read moreCD
Sublime work from trumpeter Art Farmer – and a key document of the way that he continued to develop his sound in the 70s! Farmer's at the height of his powers here – working in a soulful quartet with Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, and Billy Higgins – just setting up these beautiful ... 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
3 killer CTI classics from Joe Farrell in a 2CD set! Penny Arcade has grooves so sharp you could cut your trousers on them! Farrell's angular reed style is in perfect form here – grooving with a small group that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Beck on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and ... read moreCD
Nadi ... CD Squama (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
An unusual mix of jazz and funk – done at a level that's not entirely either style, and which maybe has more of the forward-thinking elements of some of the recent London scene! No surprise, the set was recorded in that city – by Benedic Lamdin, whose name has been on many ... read moreCD
A great introduction to the awesomely funky music of Hilton Felton – an artist who's got a heck of a lot to offer, and who issued some amazing albums on his own great label during the 70s! Felton's a real original – a multi-talented guy, an inspirational businessman, and an all-around ... 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
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson) —
Arrival ... CD Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2019. New Copy ...
A different sound than usual from the Fire Orchestra of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin – a set that still features the large spontaneous composition style of the group, but which also has them working with singer Mariam Wallentin – whose vocals really add a lot to ... read moreCD
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
The funkiest record in years from the great Greg Foat – a set that moves away from some of the more open, meditative sounds of other recent albums – and has Greg returning to the kind of grooves that first made us fall in love with his music! Foat plays Fender Rhodes throughout – ... read moreCD
A very cool collaboration between Greg Foat and James Thorpe – a set that's billed more as a sound library session than some of Foat's other jazz projects – even though the sound is equally appealing if you love those records too! The set is self-described as "futuristic analogue ... read moreCD
The coolest record so far from this totally great combo – a live recording done on the home turf of the Greg Foat Group – the Playboy Club in London! The retro venue really fits the slinky, sexy vibe of the group's music – and although we already loved these guys before, this ... read moreCD
Ricky Ford's always a favorite of ours – and on this cooking little set, he matches horns wonderfully with tenorist Antoine Roney! Put aside any worries you might have about the Sonny Rollins-like title – or of the album being one of those twin-tenor albums that always ends up half the ... read moreCD
Adam Forkelid/Georg Riedel/Jon Falt —
Reminiscence ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2018. New Copy ...
This might be the first we're ever hearing from pianist Adam Forkelid – and given the sound of the album, we hope we'll be hearing a lot more for years to come! Forkelid has this wonderful approach to the piano – very bold, powerful chords – even in the mellower moments – ... 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
One of the most amazing albums ever from Frank Foster – a totally righteous set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with the Basie Band! The format here is right up there with the best on Strata East at the time – a large-group session that's filled with some of the hippest ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
Phil France —
Circle ... CD Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Sweet keyboards from Phil France – a player who's more than content enough to let his instrument take the lead, often in these flowing soundscapes that are even more evocative than on his previous album for Gondwana – but a musician who also manages to echo some deeper currents, but ... 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 hip assortment of hard-wailing tunes all put together by New York DJ Alan Freed – part of his brief recording career for Coral Records, where he worked with some surprisingly hip artists! Most of the material here was originally issued under the names of Alan Freed Rock N Roll Big Band or ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's one of the funkiest ever from guitarist George Freeman, and one of the few to really hit that messed-up groove he was working in the clubs before his mid 70s retreat to Chicago! The style here is often all over the map – a mix of soul ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Amaro Freitas —
Rasif ... CD Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
A whole new flavor of Brazilian jazz – served up by pianist Amaro Freitas, whose work on the Pernambuco scene is a great cross-crossing of modes! Freitas has all the fluid, modern elements of some of the better-known Brazilian pianists from Rio and Sao Paulo – but he also mixes in some ... 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
Beautiful sounds from the great Don Friedman – a set that maybe unlocks more of the ballad side of the musician than you might be used to, even though Friedman still holds on to some nice modern elements in his phrasing on the date! The trio features Frank Luther on bass and Billy Hart on ... 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/Thomas Morgan —
Epistrophy ... CD ECM (Germany), 2019. New Copy ...
The fragile side of Bill Frisell, captured here in a really beautiful way – a set of unadorned live duets with bassist Thomas Morgan – playing together at the Village Vanguard, with a sound that's maybe even slightly warmer than the album might have been than if recorded by ECM in the ... read moreCD
Gerardo Frisina —
Hi Note ... CD Schema (Italy), 2003. New Copy ...
Hi Note, indeed! Gerardo Frisina's latest is awe-inspiring – a completely seamless blend of Italian and Latin jazz, bossa rhythms and percussion, and some of the most tasteful and naturally blended electronic elements you could ever expect to hear on an album so steeped in a genuine affinity ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
There's a heck of a lot of music in this set – more than enough to show that avant guitar genius Fred Frith has been alive and well in recent years – and at very collaborative level too! The package selects recordings from over 80 concerts that Frith performed at The Stone in New York ... read moreCD
One of the most revolutionary albums in years from guitarist Fred Frith – and a set that really returns to the sonic genius of his important records of the 70s! The format is quite unusual – as the music combines live performance with reworked sounds that were recorded for the 1990 ... read moreCD
From Wolves To Whales (Wooley/Rempis/Niggenkemper/Corsano) —
Strandwal ... CD Aerophonic, 2019. New Copy 2CD ...
Bold rumbling fury from this well-matched quartet of improvising talents – a group that features Nate Wooley on trumpet, Dave Rempis on alto, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass, and Chris Corsano on drums – all often moving together in space as one, while still allowing plenty of room for ... read moreCD
Tiago Frugoli Ensemble —
Casa ... CD Fresh Selects, 2019. New Copy ...
A Fender Rhodes masterpiece from Tiago Frugoli – a keyboardist from Brazil, but one who works here with a very soulful jazz approach overall – one that's open, spacious, and full of spirit – in ways that make the Rhodes sound even better than in a more conventional setting! The ... read moreCD
A well-titled album from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – one that's got a warm sense of flow that takes it well past conventional piano trio work! The group here features Fukui on piano, Satoshi Denpo on bass, and Yoshinori Fukui on drums – all working together beautifully as a unit ... read moreCD
Lyrical magic from pianist Ryo Fukui – a lost gem from the Japanese scene of the 70s, and a beautifully flowing album throughout! Fukui's got a wide-open touch to the piano that we totally love – and is easily one of the best of his contemporaries on the Japanese trio scene of the time ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)
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
Erroll Garner at the start of the 60s – but still sounding wonderfully unique, and coming across with a timeless vibe that makes the record every bit as great as his classics from the 50s! The format is simple – just Garner on piano, with Eddie Calhoun on bass and Kelly Martin on drums ... read moreCD
Garner grooves nicely here – finding an almost renewed energy for the 60s, but still hitting all those highly-rhythmic modes we love so much in his early work! The recording quality is great – lots of bold echo from the piano, and even a bit of Erroll's grunting vocalizations somewhere ... read moreCD
A set with an ambitious title, but a nicely earthy feel – a live recording that features Erroll Garner's trio with Eddie Calhoun on bass and Kelly Martin on drums – stretching out strongly in front of a live audience – recorded live at the Seattle World's Fair, but with a vibe ... read moreCD
A nicely offbeat session from Erroll Garner – with some slightly unusual aspects, yet all the great choppy grooves we've always loved in his music! That's My Kick features a cool lineup that's somewhere in territory you might find on Verve or Prestige Records at the time – some nice ... read moreCD
The great Charles Gayle at his best – really opening up with a freewheeling vibe in this long, live improvised performance from London's Cafe OTO! The double-length set presents both performances from the evening – both non-stop improvisations, with John Edwards on bass and Mark ... read moreCD
A fantastic lost slice of work from Stan Getz – one that features an early 60s group that was barely recorded at all, and which really shows Getz stretching out right before his bossa nova years! The quartet features a very young Steve Kuhn on piano, the great Roy Haynes on drums, and John ... 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 really unusual meeting of the minds – as legendary guitarist John Scofield works here with the famous British big band of Mike Gibbs – an ensemble that had been making waves for decades by the time of this recording! Gibbs was always one of the most colorful of the modern British ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from Jef Gilson – one of the coolest, hippest jazz musicians working on the European scene of the 60s and 70s! Gilson has his own label – Palm Records – and was noted for his keen sense of collaboration, and openness to new ideas – not just modern elements ... read moreCD
A beautiful set of ballads from saxophonist Rosario Giuliani – made even better by the vibes of Joe Locke! The tunes are all based around the theme of love – mostly standards, but a few originals too – and even when mellow, they're given a nice sort of swing by the bass of Dario ... 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
One of the most ambitious records ever made by electronic wizard Patrick Gleeson – a huge talent on the moog and Arp, whose work was featured on key 70s jazz albums by Charles Earland, Joe Henderson, Bennie Maupin, and Herbie Hancock – and that's saying a lot, given that Herbie already ... read moreCD
Sweet KPM funk from the 70s – a set that features the legendary "Big City Suite" from David Gold, plus 20 other groovers from rare KPM sound library albums of the time! Gold's suite is really great – a hip mix of keyboards, wah wah guitar, and strings – all wrapped ... (Sound Library, Jazz)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
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
A great little package that finally brings together two different musical worlds of the great Alain Goraguer – the man who's maybe best known for providing the sounds for early recordings by Serge Gainsbourg – and an artist who also recorded some great jazz and soundtrack material on ... read moreCD
Maybe the first album we've ever seen from guitarist Jocelyn Gould – a hell of a player, and one who fits right in with the strong quality of work we've come to expect from the Posi-Tone label! Jocelyn's got this round, firm tone throughout – balanced with the boldness of pianist ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever from trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – a session that follows strongly in his Swinging Macedonia session from a decade before – and which, like that one, mixes up jazz with a range of Eastern European influences! The tracks are all originals by Goykovich, ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever recorded by hardbop trombone legend Bennie Green – an all-star sextet session that cooks like a mofo! The group features the twin tenors of Billy Root and Gene Ammons (billed just as "Jug" on the session, because of contractual reasons) – and ... read moreCD
(Part of the Blue Note 80 – Soul Jazz Works series!)
Chris Greene Quartet —
Playspace ... CD Single Malt, 2019. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Chris Greene has been running one of the sharpest shows around town in the Chicago jazz scene – always tight, always together, and always moving forward with his music – to the point where we're surprised (and pleased) that he hasn't left our city for the coast! Greene ... read moreCD
Beautiful rare work from the late 60s years of Grant Green – a time when the guitarist was giving us some of his funk classics on Blue Note, and when he really seemed to be opening up his groove! That's definitely the case here – as the tracks aren't just funky, but also spin out at ... 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
Larry Grenadier —
Gleaners ... CD ECM (Germany), 2019. New Copy ...
Beautiful solo bass work from Larry Grenadier – a record that fits perfectly in the best ECM tradition, yet also provides a stunning showcase for the artist as well! The recording quality is superb – and Grenadier finds so many ways to create different shades and tones with his ... 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
A never-issued live date by two incredible tenor giants – the legendary team of Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis, working here with the same intensity as their famous albums of the early 60s! As with those dates, the duo really take off when recorded in a spontaneous performance ... read moreCD
A really different take on the music of Don Cherry – but one that we're guessing Don would have really approved of himself! The "acoustronics" in the group's name slightly gives away the vibe – as there's definitely acoustic elements, but also a fair bit of electronics – ... read moreCD
A real step forward for saxophonist Muriel Grossmann – as the set seems to have a new sort of fire that wasn't there on her debut – as Grossmann and quartet open up to embrace the world of modal rhythms! The tunes here all have this fantastic sense of pulse – energy that comes ... read moreCD
We're not sure if God is a drummer, and we're pretty sure that Trilok Gurtu isn't a god – but the drummer more than lives up to his long legacy of music here – blending jazz with bits of funk and a few global currents too all at a level that definitely lives up to his classic work! ... 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
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
The Hackney Colliery Band really open the doors wide here – more than living up to the promise of the collaborations in the title – as the set features guest work from a range of artists that includes Bugge Wesseltoft, Mulatu Astatke, keyboardist James Taylor, Rob Auton, Angelique Kido, ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
Sadik Hakim —
Lazy Bird ... CD Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
There's nothing lazy about the piano of Sadik Hakim here – as the album's a superb live trio date, issued only in Japan – and a record that stands with the handful of gems Hakim gave us at the time! The trio's got a very particular flavor – in part because the deep tones of Errol ... read moreCD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)
Jared Hall —
Hallways ... CD Hollistic Music Works, 2017. New Copy ...
The debut as a leader from trumpeter Jared Hall – and a set that very firmly announces his talents! Hall's had a recent legacy of work that includes both small group performances and large ensemble activity – and he really manages to bring that all into play here, as the set has this ... read moreCD
Part of a fantastic legacy in spiritual jazz – music that was almost overlooked at the time, but went on to become the start of both a big wave of new energy on the UK scene of trumpeter Matthew Halsall, and a whole global generation as well! The album is Halsall's second, and follows ... 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
Two electric guitars, dancing beautifully together in a set of free improvisations – tunes that run from just over two minutes in length, to past the ten minute mark – really letting us hear the imagination that drives the duo! Morris sounds familiar, but he's also maybe got a bit more ... read moreCD
Very poetic sounds from bassist Motohiko Hamase – a contemporary recording, but one that almost takes us back to that late 70s/early 80s moment on the Japanese scene, when musicians were combining electric and organic elements – but in ways that had a surprising mix of modes! Hamase ... read moreCD
Chico Hamilton —
El Exigente ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
Great work from a fantastic period of drummer Chico Hamilton – a time when he'd moved way past the chamber jazz of his 50s years, and even some of his more freewheeling 60s modes on Impulse Records! Here, Chico seems really obsessed with rhythm – to a level where he's not afraid to ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Unfamiliar songs, but blown in a very traditional mode – that deep, rich tenor sound that Scott Hamilton has had since his start – an approach that sounds even fresher here in the context of some nicely unusual tunes! Hamilton's only improved over the years, and his level of expression ... 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
An incredible session from the legendary Tribe Records scene – an equal effort from leader Doug Hammond and keyboardist David Durrah, who contributes some groundbreaking Fender Rhodes and moog work to the set! Hammond handles drums plus a bit of vocals and synthesizer on the session – ... read moreCD
The duo of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat keep on getting more and more interesting as the years go on – to a point where they seem to be carving out a really special place in music that might well be a genre of their own! The music here represents a wonderful evolution of their skills ... read moreCD
The Lionel Hampton orchestra in all of its glory – a group that's not only one of the most top-shelf large ensembles of its time, but also a key incubator for jazz talent in years to come! The presentation here is amazing – at one level the group can romp with all the R&B-styled ... read moreCD
A really wonderful jazz soundtrack by Herbie Hancock – recorded at the end of the 80s, a decade when Herbie was spending a lot of time on keyboards – but with a rock-solid older jazz vibe that really fits the vintage Harlem setting of the film! The music mixes larger arrangements with ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Herbie Hancock —
Sextant ... CD Columbia/Legacy, 1973. New Copy ...
An incredible record – and virtually the blueprint for countless other keyboard records to come! At the height of his 70s powers, Herbie really takes off into space with this set – moving away from more commercial music, and hitting a groove that's totally righteous, totally electric, ... read moreCD
Herbie Hancock —
Thrust ... CD Columbia, 1974. New Copy ...
Killer electric work from Herbie Hancock – right on par with his groundbreaking Headhunters set, but a bit spacier too! The album features a Headhunters-solid lineup – with Bennie Maupin on saxes, Paul Jackson on bass, Mike Clark on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion – all ... read moreCD
Roland Hanna —
Glove ... CD Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Exactly the kind of session that lets pianist Roland Hanna shine the most – a trio set recorded in Japan with an open, flowing sort of vibe – one that comes not just from Hanna's impeccable work on the keys, but also from the trio accompaniment by George Mraz on bass and Motohiko Hino ... read moreCD
Hard driving jazz from the Japanese scene of the 50s! The album's one of the best recorded by Nobu Hara and the legendary Sharpes & Flats group – a really swinging set of big band jazz that drives with the power of some of the 60s recordings by the Clarke-Boland Big Band, and which ... read moreCD
Beautiful tenor from Jan Harbeck – a musician who's included four Ben Webster tunes on the album, and who definitely owes a lot to Ben in his tone! Harbeck's not a slavish Webster imitator – for one thing, his sense of rhythm and phrasing is very contemporary – yet he's got this ... read moreCD
Beaver Harris/Don Pullen 360 Experience —
Well Kept Secret ... CD Shemp/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1984. New Copy Gatefold ...
One of the most striking Don Pullen albums of the 80s – a beautifully open session that has the pianist co-leading a version of the 360 Experience group of drummer Beaver Harris – with an excellent lineup that also features Ricky Ford on tenor sax, Hamiet Bluiett on baritone, and Buster ... read moreCD
Gene Harris & His Three Sounds —
Elegant Soul ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
A key meeting between the Three Sounds trio and the amazing Monk Higgins – done at a time when Higgins was taking his Chicago-crafted grooves to work on the west coast – and doing some really wonderful productions with Dee Ervin! The set features full Higgins backings throughout – ... read moreCD
(Part of the Blue Note 80 – Soul Jazz Works series!)
Straight, strong, and soulful work from pianist Lafayette Harris – working here with a nicely understated trio that features Peter Washington on bass and Lewis Nash on drums – both musicians with more than enough sensitivity to make some subtle contributions, while still letting Harris ... read moreCD
Pretty great stuff – even though Wendall Harrison has strayed far from the Tribe Records sound of his earlier years! The record takes the spiritual post-Coltrane jazz of Harrison's earlier days, and infuses it with a smooth fusion approach that's clearly an attempt to reach a wider audience ... read moreCD
Later work from reedman Wendell Harrison and the Tribe Records scene – a set that's got a slightly tighter feel than some of his earlier work, but still a relatively soulful vibe overall! Harrison leads the group on tenor, flute, and clarinet – but there's definitely a collective vibe ... read moreCD
John Hart —
Act Three ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ...
Guitarist John Hart has a slightly frowny face on the cover, but that hardly comes through in the music – which is full of bright tones and light little colors – all spun from his fingers alongside Hammond B3 from Gary Versace and drums from Andy Watson! The album's got a different ... read moreCD
One of the coolest sessions in years from vibist Karl Berger – a set that has him in a nicely spacious trio mode – with Gilbert Paeffgen on drums, and Werner Hasler on both trumpet and electronics! The mix of trumpet and vibes is especially great – almost reminding us a bit of ... read moreCD
Really unique solo piano work from Alexander Hawkins – an artist we've been enjoying more and more in recent years, and who really makes his voice known on this well-conceived set! Hawkins has this unusual approach to his instrument – relatively free, but often quite tuneful – ... read moreCD
Tight guitar from Chance Hayden – a player who definitely knows how to get a lot of color and tone out of his instrument, even while picking out a sharp note solo! There's a dexterity in Hayden's style that's clearly inspired by the more proficient blues guitarists in recent generations ... read moreCD