The title's an apt one – as the music here is based on the improvisations from Roscoe Mitchell's earlier Conversations albums – but recast in a whole new way for an improvising orchestra! The group here features Mitchell on sopranino sax – a very strong voice out in the lead ... read moreCD
Very spare sounds from Roscoe Mitchell and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, but still very sharp-edged too – and in a way, a mix of deeper thoughts and spontaneous energy that reminds us a lot of some of the more "out there" moments of the Art Ensemble back in the 70s! Roscoe's reeds have ... read moreCD
Beautiful large form work from Roscoe Mitchell – the famous saxophonist working here as a composer/conductor, but on music that's based on earlier improvisations created by his trio! The large ensemble has a really compelling blend of instruments – flutes, oboes, French horn, trumpet, ... read moreCD
The legendary Roscoe Mitchell works here in the more sophisticated compositional style he's been exploring heavily in later decades – joined by the Ostravska Banda ensemble in a large version of "Distant Radio Transmission" – a piece that was first created as an improvisation ... read moreCD
Gabriele Mitelli & Rob Mazurek —
Star Splitter ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019. New Copy ...
Some of the darkest sounds in years from the great Rob Mazurek – a musician who's matched perfectly on every front by Gabriele Mitelli – who does everything that Rob does on the record, and also throws in a bit of soprano sax as well! The music is all improvised, and in that very deep ... read moreCD
One of the rarest albums of Chicago jazz from the 50s – and one of the greatest, too! Although Walter Perkins' MJT+3 went onto cut a number of records on Vee Jay with a different lineup, this early session features an all-Chicago lineup that differs from the later one, which was augmented by ... read moreCD
An excellent Hank Mobley session – with an unusual twist that takes it past his earlier work! The lineup's great all the way through – with Woody Shaw on trumpet, George Benson on guitar, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the addition of Benson's guitar gives the tracks a groovily ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)
The spiritual sound of drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo is alive and well – the one light still burning from the legendary Blue Notes jazz ensemble from South Africa – and one who's taken the righteous power of that group well into the 21st Century! The music here is as uplifting as the ... read moreCD
Louis Moholo Moholo Unit —
4 Blokes ... CD Ogun (UK), 2014. New Copy ...
Not just four blokes, but a killer quartet led by legendary drummer Louis Moholo – one that works at the same searing intensity as his Blue Notes group in the 70s! The combo is especially adept at quick-paced, fast-thinking creativity – and really leap forward with a great sense of ... read moreCD
Really fantastic early work from guitar genius Wes Montgomery – a series of live recordings from his Indianapolis roots – done at a level that's quite different than his bigger records of the 60s! Even at this early age, Wes is already a chromatic master – able to get sounds out ... read moreCD
A fantastic lost slice of work from guitarist Wes Montgomery – a rare British broadcasting recording done in the year of 1965 – during a European tour that gave us some other material by Wes over the years! This collection features the guitar genius with an American group that features ... read moreCD
A very appropriate title for a very cooking little album – one of Lee Morgan's first efforts as a leader, cut back during his first years of late 50s fame! The style here is a bit less Morgan-esque than some of Lee's later 60s classics – but the record is rock-solid throughout, and ... read moreCD
A lost spiritual jazz classic from pianist Nate Morgan – maybe the musician's best-remembered moment, and for good reason too! The set's got this soaring, spiritual vibe that's much more early 70s than you'd guess from the date of recording – a post-Coltrane spirit with lots of modal ... read moreCD
Koji Moriyama —
Smile ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
Great vocals from Japanese singer Koji Moriyama – an artist with a really unique approach to his music – quite unlike any other American jazz vocalists we can think of! Koji's got a style that's slightly raspy at points – not off key, but very personal – and sung in this ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Drummer Takeo Moriyama is best known to our ears as one of the key forces in the trio of pianist Yosuke Yamashita in the 70s – and he definitely continues that strong legacy here, but with a vibrant voice that's all his own! The session is maybe more pitched towards the spiritual side of the ... read moreCD
The mighty DKV trio is expanded here by the presence of Joe Morris on guitar – a fourth fantastic sonic element, alongside the bass of Kent Kessler, drums of Hamid Drake, and tenor of Ken Vandermark! The quartet begins the record with a great deal of energy, then things split off into ... read moreCD
A really unique album from funky drummer Alphonse Mouzon – a set that has him putting away some of the guitars used heavily on other Blue Note records, in exchange for a keyboard-heavy groove that almost sounds a bit like Gene Harris at the time! In addition to drums, Alphonse solos a fair ... read moreCD
Drummer Alphonse Mouzon cut some of the hardest, heaviest fusion albums ever to hit the Blue Note label in the 70s – including this legendary powerhouse of a record! The set features Mouzon with one of his longtime partners – guitarist Tommy Bolin – hitting a hard-rocking, heavy ... read moreCD
George Mraz & Roland Hanna —
Porgy & Bess ... CD Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A rare Japanese-only album – one that presents familiar songs from Porgy & Bess, but delivered in a completely sublime setting – just the bass of George Mraz and the piano of Roland Hanna – opening up with a sense of flow that really transforms each tune into a very special ... read moreCD
An incredible record from funky drummer Idris Muhammad! Idris is probably known for his funky break work on Blue Note and Prestige records sessions of the late 60s and early 70s – but by the time of this 1974 album, he was really expanding his style, hitting a laidback groove that went way ... read moreCD
A great late 70s chapter in the career of funky drummer Idris Muhammad – moving into very different territory here than his early soul jazz with Lou Donaldson, and even his earliest solo material too! David Matthews arranged the tracks, and he's given them a slick but soulful sound, with lots ... read moreCD
A pair of rare albums from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – back to back on a single CD! First up is Afro Latin Soul Vol 1 – pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Don't let the "rock" in the title fool you – as this is a jazz album all the way through, but one that has Japanese tenorist Takeru Muraoka taking on some of the hipper rock songs at the start of the 70s! Muraoka has this raspy, almost fuzzy tone at times – mixed with heavy ... read moreCD
Sunny Murray/Bob Dickey/Robert Andreano —
Homework ... CD Super Secret Sound/No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy ...
Drummer Sunny Murray really hit some wonderfully subtle, sensitive moments in the later years of his career – as you'll definitely hear here, working in a trio with Robert Andreano on guitar and Bob Dickie on bass! Both of the string players use their instruments in ways that are often ... read moreCD
Wolfgang Muthspiel/Scott Colley/Brian Blade —
Angular Blues ... CD ECM (Germany), 2020. New Copy ...
A record that's maybe one of the most tuneful, lyrical we've ever heard from guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel – and that may have a lot to do with the wonderful help in the trio from Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums! The tunes still have some of the abstract qualities of Muthspiel's ... read moreCD
There's a vampire with a flute on the cover – and that image alone is more than enough to make us drop the needle on this rare Japanese gem from the 70s! And fortunately, the sound of the music is equally cool – funky fusion with some nicely spacey currents – almost a Mizell ... read moreCD
Simon Nabatov/Barry Guy/Gerry Hemmingway —
Luminous ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ...
Bold sounds from a wonderfully deft trio – a group who somehow manage to pack in as much creative improvisation into the space of a few minutes that most other groups would get over the side of a full LP! Simon Nabatov is especially strong here – and his fiery work on piano really ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Nacka Forum – a group with a name that might be a bit unusual, but which represents some of the strongest work on the Moserobie label in recent years! The lineup here is a quartet – Goran Kajfes on trumpet and mellophone, Johan Bethling on bass, Kresten Osgood on ... read moreCD
Shintaro Nakamura with Shunzo Ohono —
Evolution ... CD Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ...
Soaring piano lines, burning trumpet solos, and soulful tenor sax – all wrapped together beautifully in this obscure Japanese session from the 80s – a date that has all the free-thinking power and unbounded energy of some of our favorite American soul jazz sessions from a decade before! ... read moreCD
Beautiful grooves from a cool Japanese group – one led by bassist Eiji Nakayama, with some great electric piano and tenor sax in the lineup too! The tracks are long, and relatively open-ended – kind of in the Three Blind Mice label style of the period, but with an even more ... read moreCD
A brilliant bass-led trio session from Japan – a perfect example of that scene's jazz greatness back in the 70s! Japanese piano trios definitely got their nod in the US and Europe, but at the time, the scene also had some equally wonderful combos who were led by bassists, not pianists – ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)
Nature Work (Jason Stein, Greg Ward, & Others) —
Nature Work ... CD Sunnyside, 2019. New Copy ...
A wonderful pairing of horns – the alto of Greg Ward and bass clarinet of Jason Stein – both musicians who seem to urge each other to new heights in the energy of this group! The whole lineup is as great as the horns, and equally balanced too – with Eric Revis on bass and Jim ... read moreCD
One of the few albums cut as a leader by vibes genius Bobby Naughton – a player who's part of a very elite group of improvisers on the instrument – right up there with Walt Dickerson or Jason Adasiewicz for sheer imagination and individual sound! Bobby's talents are perfectly balanced ... read moreCD
An album of solo bass performance from Matt Nelson – a musician who can really bring a variety of different styles to his instrument! One track has Matt blowing the instrument with a very raspy, noisy style – while another has these beautifully round, rich, melodic notes – ... read moreCD
A fantastic transformation of the Oliver Nelson sound of the 60s – a large ensemble record that takes all the soul of his earlier groove, and reworks it with a more electric vibe for the 70s! Nelson's at the height of his powers here – working brilliantly as a leader and arranger, to ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Vibist Steve Nelson is in a slightly different setting here than on some of his other recent records – running through a set of familiar standards in a laidback way, yet still handling them with that remarkably bold strike on the vibes that always makes his music so unique! The group's got a ... read moreCD
(Part of the Venus Masterpiece Collections series!)
A really nice take on the music of New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint – a record that sets things up in new jazz-based arrangements that open up whole new sides of the songs! You'll know most of the numbers here – especially if you've got any of Toussaint's classic albums or ... read moreCD
A pretty sweet set from reedman David Newman – a record that has him working with larger instrumental backdrops, in a mode that's almost like the sound going on with Stanley Turrentine over at CTI! William S. Fischer handled all the arrangements – so although things are tight, there's ... read moreCD
Adam Niewood has always been a wonderfully sensitive saxophonist, but here he's got a group that seems especially well-suited to his sound – a quartet with John Scofield on guitar, John Patitucci on bass, and Jack DeJohnette – all heavyweights who've worked often under their own names, ... read moreCD
A huge document of a really special group – a meeting of two different generations of Norwegian improvisers who made some really incredible sounds together! The Quintet only released one album back in the day, so this 5CD set really expands the group's recorded output – and stands as a ... read moreCD
A lost session of spiritual jazz – recorded in LA in the latter half of the 80s, but with a soaring, righteous vibe that's right up there with the 70s scene! The group here is incredible – an all-star array of the best talents working for Nimbus Records – Nate Morgan on piano, ... read moreCD
Nordjordet (Oyonn Groven Myhren/Bugge Wesseltoft) —
Nordjordet ... CD OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic meeting of ancient and modern on the Norwegian jazz scene – a set that echoes some of the vintage Scandinavian folk/jazz experiments of the 60s, but with a very different vibe! The project is a collaboration between traditional singer Oyonn Groven Myhren, who also plays this ... read moreCD
Very cool live work from this ultra-hip Polish vocal group – at a level that both matches their classic records of the time, and also brings in some other groovy surprises too! The setting is live for all these tracks – and the music often features lots of cool organ from the great ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Seminal sounds from trumpeter Ian Carr and his Nucleus group of the early 70s – maybe one of the few jazz rock groups that was ever able to work with a fair bit of jazz in their sound! Unlike his contemporaries, who often started in rock first, then added some horns – Carr was already ... read moreCD
Latin-tinged goodness from pianist Bill O'Connell – standing proudly here at the head of his always-great group – one of the best today to keep the Latin jazz spirit alive! Of course it's easy to do when you've got a lineup this great – Craig Handy on alto and soprano sax, Ralph ... read moreCD
A sweet Japanese take on American easy grooves – an album originally issued in 1971 under the title Easy Listening Special, and featuring the vocals of Hiroshi Okazaki! Hiroshi sings in English, with a warm, mellow, and round sort of tone – not exactly soulful, but cool and almost ... read moreCD
A great lost slice of easy from Japan – sweet vocal tracks that are sort of a groovy take on the Hawaiian sound of the 60s! The tracks include a lot of Hawaiian standards, sung by the Living Voices in a mode that's occasionally gentle and dreamy, but which at other times has a surprising ... read moreCD
A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
A powerful little trio – and one of the boldest setting that reedman Dave Liebman recorded in during the 70s! The Open Sky combo features Dave on a range of reeds – tenor, soprano, and alto flute – plus a bit of acoustic piano and percussion too – often working with these ... read moreCD
(Part of the Modern Jazz Connection series!)
Yoshio Otomo —
Moon Ray ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
Beautiful alto from Yoshio Otmo – a player who brings an old school style of soul to his horn, but who also works here in the leaner, more modern mode of the Three Blind Mice label! The title track starts the album off with a wonderful sense of bite – a brilliant take on "Moon ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
George Otsuka —
Go On ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Excellent work from Japanese drummer George Otsuka – a set that has him stepping away from his previous piano trio modes, and really making some greater magic with a larger group! The combo here is a quintet – filled with bright young players that include Shunzo Ono on trumpet and ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Out To Dinner (Michael Dease, Behn Gillece, & Others) —
Different Flavors ... CD Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ...
A fantastic all-star group of players who've recorded separately for the Posi-Tone label – coming together here with a very fresh sound! You'll definitely recognize a few names in the quintet – which features Michael Dease on trombone, Behn Gillece on vibes, Tim Green on alto, Boris ... read moreCD
Key proof that great songs never get old – and maybe even more, that the political messages of yesterday still have plenty of power today! Drummer Ulysses Owens mines the righteous territory of the 60s and 70s here – bringing together songs originally performed by Nina Simone, Abbey ... read moreCD
Palm Unit began their recorded career with a great tribute to French jazz legend Jef Gilson – but here, they maybe sound even more amazing – in an album that takes on the tunes of bassist Henri Texier, but with results that are completely the group's own! Bass definitely figures in the ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – sounding here as if he hasn't changed a thing since the 70s! With most artists, that would be a critique – but given that during the 70s, Eddie was constantly ablaze with creative activity, and always pushing his boundaries – we mean that ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Carol Pansei delivers a heck of a lot in the space of a small combo album – work on piano, violin, and flugelhorn – plus these really lovely wordless vocals that dip, turn, and glimmer around the tunes – almost in a legacy of Brazilian jazz that goes back to Flora Purim! The ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A beautiful testament of how much of an impact the Chicago scene of the 90's is having on the worldwide avant jazz world! This set of live duets was recorded during a time when German pianist Georg Grawe had moved to Chicago to take advantage of the city's rich jazz scene – and when Evan ... read moreCD
A really unusual setting for the soprano saxophone talents of Evan Parker – and one that definitely unlocks some of the more textural shapesounds in his music! Parker works here alongside Matthew Wright on turntable and live sampling – and the Trance Map trio of Adam Linson, John Coxon ... read moreCD
A long-overdue follow-up to the seminal set of improvisations issued as Collective Calls in the early 70s – a legendary record that's echoed beautifully in this new set of duets! And maybe, if anything, the passage of years has shown even more incredible growth in the talents of both players ... read moreCD
This longstanding trio of musical partners really sounds wonderful here – attuned to the strengths and subtleties of each member – and able to open up with a beautiful sense of flow on the extended live improvisation on the set! All three musicians have always had as much of an ear for ... read moreCD
Mindblowing music from Jeff Parker – sounds that we always knew were part of his core, but which have maybe taken most of his career to emerge! This album follows beautifully from Jeff's previous album for International Anthem – and like that one, it's an explosion of new and old ideas ... read moreCD
A really wonderful collection of music from the legendary bassist William Parker – and one that finally brings a light to an under-illuminated side of his talents – his work with different singers over his long and creative career, all collected together here in a great 3CD set! Make ... read moreCD
William Parker works here with his excellent In Order To Survive quartet – a fantastic lineup that features Rob Brown on alto sax, Cooper-Moore on piano, and Hamid Drake on drums – a very fluid, very well-matched group who are able to follow Parker in his farthest musical explorations! ... read moreCD
One of the last John Patton albums for Blue Note, and one of the best! A young James "Blood" Ulmer's on guitar, and Marvin Cabell (who we only know from Patton LPs) is on tenor and flute. The sound is deep and soulful, and despite the "accent on the blues" of the title, the ... read moreCD
(Part of the Blue Note 80 – Soul Jazz Works series!)
A wonderfully wicked meeting of the minds – and a legendary bit of soul jazz from organist Big John Patton! The core of the record features the usual Patton groove – with John on Hammond, Grant Green on guitar, and Otis Finch on drums – but added to that mix is Bobby Hutcherson ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – The 80 Works" series! Ultimate HQ CD pressing.)
Junius Paul —
Ism ... CD International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A fantastic record from the contemporary Chicago scene – one that both gives bassist Junius Paul his first showcase as a leader, and underscores the richly collaborative energy in which the musician works! The set was recorded at various points in the Windy City underground – with Paul ... read moreCD
Gary Peacock —
Guamba ... CD ECM (Germany), 1987. New Copy ...
Bassist Gary Peacock really transformed his sound in the 70s – thanks in part to the smaller settings and more open space of the ECM label – to a point where he was able to bring his approach back to a group setting with a really fantastic record like this! At the outside, the record ... read moreCD
Duke Pearson knocks it out of the park with this one – perfectly summing up all the new ideas in jazz arranging and large ensemble work he'd been exploring at Blue Note – and pushing things way way past his previous small group material as well! The album's quite different than most ... read moreCD
The best album yet from one of the hippest groups working on the French scene today – a group that really explodes with modal and spiritual energy that take us back to the 70s – but who also have a lean, focused sense of delivery that's all their own! The group's led by Florian ... read moreCD
The title's no lie, as the set's one of the most intimate albums we've ever heard from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt – a set that features his well-shaped lines in a trio with George Cables on piano and Peter Washington on bass! The drum-less format is really wonderful, and Pelt really takes ... read moreCD
Five tremendous albums from saxophone genius Art Pepper – presented here with a lot of bonus tracks too! First up is So In Love – beautiful late work from Art Pepper – one of his albums recorded for the well-done Artist House label, and a set that's maybe got a different vibe ... read moreCD
Unreleased live work from this fantastic French group of the 70s – a free jazz quartet, but one with a key difference – and that difference is the Fender Rhodes of Siegfried Kessler! Kessler's a monster on both electric and acoustic piano – which he uses on the set as well – ... read moreCD
Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/William Parker/Bobby Kapp —
Ineffable Joy ... CD ESP, 2019. New Copy ...
One of the best showcases we've heard for the tenor sax work of Ivo Perelman in years – an open, blue-tinged performance that seems to open up his horn with a lot more soul than we remember! Of course, some of the credit certainly goes to the other partners on the date – Matthew Shipp ... read moreCD
Rich Perry has a great way of shaping his sounds here – sometimes rhythmically, sometimes more spatially – but all with a very distinct approach to his work on the tenor! The group is open and as fluid as the leader – Gary Versace on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and John Riley on ... read moreCD
Houston Person is definitely a lucky so and so – blessed with a fantastic tone on the tenor sax, which he's kept strong through decades of recording – at a level that makes this record every bit of a gem as some of Houston's classics from years back! The album's done in a very classic ... read moreCD
A classic live set from trumpeter Marvin Hannibal Peterson – done with two side-long tracks that really let the group stretch out in a very spiritual way! The performance was captured at the Antibes festival in 1977 – and Hannibal's leading a relatively stripped-down group – with ... read moreCD
A wealth of rare live material from legendary pianist Oscar Peterson – all recorded in Paris during a time when his star was really rising on the global scene! All material was recorded for French radio, at the Olympia Theater in the city – and the package mostly features the famous ... read moreCD
Never-heard work from the legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded at a time when he was making some very big waves on the European scene! During the 50s, Pettiford not only helped revolutionize the role of the bass in jazz, but also helped bring that instrument to new possibilities in ... read moreCD
A very different setting than some of the more spacious Barre Phillips albums of the 70s – as this set has him working in a mixed electric/acoustic mode – with a core quartet that features John Surman on baritone, soprano, and bass clarinet – plus Stu Martin on drums and Dieter ... read moreCD
Picnic ... CD Data/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1985. New Copy Gatefold ...
Free jazz, and lots lots more – a lost nugget from an especially creative period in the Dutch scene, headed up by cellist Tristan Honsinger! At some level, the music echoes other improvised work by Honsinger – but at others, it also reflects the criss-crossing of genres and scenes that ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
Pipeline ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ...
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over ... read moreCD
Chris Pitsiokos/Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn Zetterberg —
Child Of Illusion ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ...
Freely improvised sounds from a trio that features bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg and trumpeter Susana Santos Silva – both musicians we've loved together in the past – joined here by alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos, who seems to give them a much freer sound overall! The tracks are very ... read moreCD
A totally groovy set from the famous Czech ensemble of Vaclav Zahradnik – easily one of the greatest groups going on his scene at the time, and presented here in a very weird and wonderful special setting! The album's definitely what it says in the title – fairy tales in beat, done as ... read moreCD
Sweet soulful lines from guitarist Jimmy Ponder – working here in a warm set of bigger backings that almost give the record the same feel as classic late 60s outings from Wes Montgomery, or some of the CTI work by George Benson! Backings are put together by Brad Baker – in that same ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
One of the few large group sessions ever recorded by the Posi-Tone label, but a set that definitely keeps the soulful vibe of the well-respected imprint – as you might guess from the "Swinget" in the group's name! The lineup is a nonet, but moves with the energy of the smaller ... read moreCD
Tom Prehn —
Axiom 1 & 2 ... CD Sonet/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1963. New Copy Gatefold ...
One of the rarest free jazz albums of the European 60s scene – a set that was originally intended for release by Sonet Records, pressed up in test records for the musicians, then denied release because they felt that they'd already moved past the performance! Yet in the space of over 50 ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
A rare treasure from spiritual reedman Prince Lasha – a session recorded in 1965 in New York, but one that wasn't issued until many years later by the Enja label in Germany! The album is a real revelation – and clearly marks Lasha as one of the key artists unlocking the more spiritual ... read moreCD
A really unique project from Detroit drummer Leonard King – a group that's based around a style he created with bassist Rodney Whitaker at the end of the 80s – but reformed here with three younger bassists in the combo! The group features three basses and King on drums – and ... read moreCD
A rare solo album from Nadi Qamar – an artist who's probably best known for his brief piano appearance with Charles Mingus, but who's working here on the Mama Likembi – an instrument of his own creation that's kind of like a big kalimba! From the information in the notes, it appears ... (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.)
Quartetto Moderno —
Ecco! ... CD Schema (Italy), 1999. New Copy ...
One of the most beautiful jazz recordings we've heard in a long time! Italy's Quartetto Moderno is a vibes-led combo with a classic modal feel – similar to Bobby Hutcherson's pre-new thing years on Blue Note, or some of the early Roy Ayers & Jack Wilson recordings from LA. The sound is ... read moreCD
Quat Quartet (Van Hove/Lovens/Blume/Vandewyer) —
Live At Hasselt ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ...
Very resonant sounds from this unique quartet – a lineup that features piano and accordion from Fred Van Hove, vibes from Els Vandeweyer, and percussion from both Paul Lovens and Martin Blume! The mix of vibes and piano is already great enough – quite free, and ringing out with ... read moreCD
Alvin Queen & Lonnie Smith —
Lenox & Seventh ... CD Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ...
A great lost chapter in the career of organist Lonnie Smith – a session recorded in the 80s, but done with the simple straightforward soul jazz groove of earlier sides on Muse and Prestige! Lonnie's working here in a loose and free trio format – with Melvin Sparks on guitar and the ... read moreCD
(Part of the Black & Blue Real Jazz Classics series!)
Quest (Dave Liebman, Richard Beirach, et al) —
Quest ... CD Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
The fantastic first set from this amazing group – a quartet that found an especially great place for expression for all four of its members – coming together with a bold sound that really made Quest a well-remembered act from the time! The lineup features Dave Liebman on soprano, alto, ... read moreCD
An obscure session from Sun Ra and the Arkestra, and a great one too – a set that's maybe a bit different than some of their other material from the time! The album's from the early 80s, but maybe feels a bit more like the group in the late 50s – when they were in Chicago, and first ... read moreCD
Mindblowing music from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – sounds recorded during the same marathon session that gave the world the records Other Planes Of There, When Sun Comes Out, and When Angels Speak Of Love – but titles that are much more obscure overall! The initial release of the ... read moreCD
A really wonderful album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – recorded during their early 70s relationship with Impulse Records, but rejected by the label at the time – because the sound was too far ahead of its time! That lack is our gain, though – as the session's gone onto legendary ... read moreCD
One of Sun Ra's greatest albums of the 70s – recording during the same sessions that yielded the famous Space Is The Place record for Blue Thumb, and done with a very similar feel – an expansive configuration of the Arkestra in peak form! The range of expression is really incredible ... read moreCD
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never ... read moreCD
A fantastic album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – one that we'd rank right up there with our favorites on the Saturn Records label! The work here has never been issued, and it's extremely beautiful, too – pulled from a few just-discovered studio sessions done after the group was parting ... read moreCD
A wonderful session recorded in New York in 1963 – and featuring the band at its progressive best! The album has many dark overtones, and features a core group that includes Marshall Allen, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Pat Patrick – playing their usual horns, plus percussion, amidst ... read moreCD