One of the many great projects from drummer Leonard King – a larger ensemble, but one that's still got all the sharp energy of his smaller group work! King's definitely in the lead on drums, and getting help from a few percussionists too – singing at times, urging the group on in ways ... read moreCD
Three rare Storyville albums from singer Teddi King – all packaged up here in a cool Japanese paper sleeve set! First up is Now In Vogue – one of a number of great small group sessions done by singer Teddi King for the Storyville label – nicely relaxed, with backing from a septet ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
The cover bills this one as having "stunningly rich Rhodes and brass driven cuts" – and we couldn't agree more, as the group features loads of sweet keyboards from leader Janusz Koman, set up in funky orchestrations with plenty of horns! The approach is a mixture of fusion and more ... read moreCD
Three early 10" albums from alto genius Lee Konitz – packaged together here in one great 2CD set! First up is Lee Konitz At Storyville – tight early work from Lee Konitz – recorded on location at the very hospitable Storyville nightclub in Boston – a sweet setting for ... read moreCD
A very different album than the previous effort from drummer/percussionist Saratha Korwar – a lot more political, as you might guess from the title – and a set that has the London musician working with performers from the hip hop scenes in Mumbai and New Delhi! Most of the tunes have a ... read moreCD
Yasuhiro Kouno —
Peace ... CD Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
An early 80s piano trio classic from Japan – one that features a group led by keyboardist Yasuhiro Kohno, and which also features a "plus one" vocalist on the final track! The style here is very much in the best Japanese mode of the 70s and early 80s – free-flowing lines on ... read moreCD
Pianist Yasuhiro Kouno has a really special guest on this record – vibist Masahiro Kanno, who's presence on the record makes the whole thing ring out with a really fantastic sense of joy and life! The vibes often lead the tunes, ringing out strongly next to the piano – and with a ... read moreCD
An early moment of brilliance as a leader for bassist Peter Kowald – and maybe a record of his that matches the early FMP albums of Peter Brotzmann for sheer, raw intensity! There's almost a Machine Gun-like power here – as the group comes on with all the amazing energy that the early ... read moreCD
(Remastered from the original tapes, first time on CD, and in a great LP-styled cover!)
A large group with a really strong command of their sound – so much so that at points the full frenzy of all members seems to pack this really enormous punch, before getting balanced from more personal, individual moments in music! The idea of an improvisers orchestra is nothing new, but ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from one of our favorite singers of all time – an artist with roots in jazz, but one who quickly stepped out into something else entirely – as you'll hear on this beautiful selection of tunes! Karin Krog's been a key figure in the Norwegian jazz scene since the start of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastic record from saxophonist Martin Kuchen – and a set that has us really reevaluating his talents, with a new sense of soul and spirit we've never heard before! The setting is relatively spare – and Kuchen dominates the proceedings on soprano, alto, and tenor saxes – ... read moreCD
One of the best albums we've heard from pianist Joachim Kuhn in years – a really thoughtful solo piano take on the music of Ornette Coleman – and one that definitely lives up to the "melodic" promise of the title! Kuhn's never totally straight ahead – and lord knows, ... read moreCD
It seems like it's been many years since we last heard from reedman Peter Kuhn – but the sharpness of this set hardly marks the passage of time, as Kuhn's every bit as vibrant as he was a force on the avant scene of the late 70s and early 80s! As before, Kuhn handles a lot of b-flat and bass ... read moreCD
Really lovely work from Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi – a player who's not afraid to let the warmer, more sentimental elements of his music into the mix – while still also keeping things very spacious and distinct! At some level, the record's a solo piano jazz record – but ... read moreCD
A really fantastic 80th birthday tribute to Blue Note Records – one that has a host of younger Japanese jazz musicians banding together to deliver their own versions of Blue Note classics from back in the day! The lineup is wonderful, and very adept at changing up from track to track – ... read moreCD
A tremendous single improvisation by this very hip trio – Taqshi Dorji on guitar, Tyler Damon on drums, and Dave Rempis on alto, tenor, and baritone sax! The drums have this very resonant quality at times – almost acting with elements that make up for the lack of a bass at times – ... read moreCD
Kwintet Barowy (Jerzy Milian/Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski) —
Do Widzenia ... CD GAD (Poland), 1959. New Copy ...
Early work from the Polish jazz scene of the postwar years – by a cool combo that features two key players who'd really explode in decades to come! The group features excellent work on tenor and flute from Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski, and vibes from Jerzy Milian – both two of our favorite ... read moreCD
A massive double-length set from saxophonist Steve Lacy – and maybe one of the strongest 70s statements from his legendary European quintet! The album features two different live performances – each of which open up in the brilliant freedoms allowed by the European scene since the end ... read moreCD
Steve Lacy & Steve Potts —
Tips ... CD Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1981. New Copy Gatefold ...
Steve Lacy works here with one of his best partners of the 70s – altoist Steve Potts – whose tone and phrasing always turns out to be a perfect match for Lacy's ideas! And the duet also get some great accompaniment from vocalist Irene Aebi – who's almost has more presence here ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
Deeply funky work from one of the hippest Hammond organ combos around – just a trio, but one that's able to pack the punch of so many much larger groups! Delvon Lamarr took all the right lessons from Hammond heroes of the past – not that he's copying anyone's style, because he isn't ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
Andrew Lamb/Tom Abbs/Michael Wimberley/Guillermo B —
Rhapsody In Black ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2008. New Copy ...
Andrew Lamb is billed as "The Black Lamb" here – a nice nickname, given the earthy quality of the set! The group's got two percussionists at its core – Michael Wimberly and Guillermo E Brown – both players with different energies that help expand the roots of the record ... read moreCD
An overlooked chapter in the Harold Land/Bobby Hutcherson partnership that recorded more famously for Blue Note – a date that's issued here under the tenorist's own name, but which also features equal contributions from Hutcherson on vibes! Tracks have that long, modal quality that has the ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)
Prince Lasha Ensemble —
Insight ... CD Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ...
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the ... read moreCD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Seeds ... CD Dome (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
A tight debut from Lasperanza – aka arranger producer Rico Garofalo, who put together the whole set as a tribute to older jazz, funk, and soul that laid the seeds for his own music in recent years! The record has a vibe that's a bit like that strong UK soul tradition started with Incognito, ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
The bass of Steve LaSpina is in great company here – wrapped up all around these warm piano lines from Luis Perdomo, punctuated in the right way by the drums of Eric McPherson, and given all these sharper edges from the tenor and soprano sax of Joe Frahm! All tunes are LaSpina originals, and ... read moreCD
Ingrid Laubrock & Kris Davis —
Blood Moon ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ...
A beautiful duo, improvising freely – the piano of Kris Davis and very vivid tenor and soprano sax of Ingrid Laubrock – both interwoven in these incredible ways that make the whole thing seem like an effortless act of spontaneous creation – nothing forced, nothing overdone, just ... read moreCD
Slow-building magic from tenorist Dustin Laurenzi – a musician who's got a sound that's especially resonant with the guitar in his quartet, handled here by Jeff Swanson – in a group that also includes Mike Harmon on bass and Charles Rumback on drums. The tunes have a slow-stepping ... read moreCD
Andy LaVerne —
Rhapsody ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ...
A nicely different setting for pianist Andy LaVerne – a quartet date, but handled in a "with strings" mode that lives up to the rhapsody in the title! Zach Brock handles violin, and bassist Mike Richmond also brings in a bit of cello – both instruments that really amplify the ... read moreCD
An incredibly righteous album from the Detroit scene of the early 70s – nothing like anything you'd expect with "Bagdad" in the name – even more obscure than some of the city's spiritual jazz treasures on the Tribe and Strata labels from the time – and done for a very ... read moreCD
A really wonderful album from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – a very strong-voiced talent who's got a way of being bright and sharp at the same time, and who can always bring lots of his own compositional strengths to bear as well! The core group is a quartet – with Lawrence blowing ... read moreCD
A pair of Hammond jazz classics from organist Sam Lazar – back to back on a single CD, with rare bonus tracks too! First up is Space Flight – a tight batch of organ groovers with a raw R&B feel, recorded by the obscure St Louis organist Sam Lazar – with a very young Grant ... read moreCD
A beautiful debut from this hip French group – a quartet that features piano and arrangements by Florian Pellissier, who we've loved on his other records – plus Yoann Loustalot on flugelhorn, Theo Girard on bass, and Malick Koly on drums – really stretching out here at a session ... read moreCD
Some of the greatest jazz work ever recorded by Michel Legrand! Although Legrand's always been known for his sweet soundtrack work and his famous easy listening sides – he's also a heck of a jazz pianist, and here in this rare 1959 session, he works in a trio format that puts him right up ... read moreCD
Marc Levin is maybe best known for one famous album of avant jazz recorded for the Savoy label in the 60s – but he's equally stunning here in a mid 70s set that got little circulation at the time, but which is a key part of Levin's under-recorded legacy as a leader! The approach is very open ... read moreCD
Amazing music from trombonist George Lewis – five different albums that each show a different side of his talents! First up is Shadowgraph 5 – a great early Black Saint, and a key example of the way the AACM spirit thrived overseas, thanks to the efforts of labels like this! The work ... read moreCD
Ramsey Lewis —
Them Changes ... CD Cadet/Elemental (France), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ...
One of the hardest-hitting electric sets ever cut by Ramsey Lewis – a live performance from the start of the 70s, done with a really gritty groove! Ramsey's on both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – the former of which is played with even more forces than on his Cadet studio ... read moreCD
An unusual setting for this long-running jazz partnership – a double-length record that has the saxes of Dave Liebman and the piano of Richie Beirach improvising on a number of themes borrowed from classical music – compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, and others – all really ... read moreCD
An unusual Australian session from reedman Dave Liebman – one that features some wonderful contributions from the great Mike Nock on piano! Nock's bold, rich sense of sound is a great pairing with Liebman's work on tenor and soprano sax – and a number of the cuts have a vibe that's ... read moreCD
Cosmic jazzy genius from Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen – the kind of a record that sounds like it should have come out of Detroit or Chicago in the early 70s – and not the Texas scene from which the group hailed! The Lightmen have a vibe that reminds us a lot of The Pharoahs or some ... read moreCD
Kirk Lightsey with Freddie Hubbard —
Temptation ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ...
A very hip group, and a wonderful meeting between trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and pianist Kirk Lightsey! We always like Kirk, but love him even more when he's working with a horn player – as his sound seems to catch fire, and move with even bolder notes than usual – which is definitely ... read moreCD
Abbey Lincoln takes on the legacy of Billie Holiday – in a strong live set recorded with a small group at the end of the 80s! The setting's a bit more relaxed here than on some of Abbey's other albums of the period – a bit looser and sometimes more languid, but only in the best sort of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
Arto Lindsay/Joe McPhee/Ken Vandermark/Phil Sudderberg —
Largest Afternoon ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A set that's brimming over with improvising jazz talent – but one that's an especially great reminder of the guitar genius of the great Arto Lindsay! Lindsay is amazing here – playing with energy to match the brilliance of Ken Vandermark and Joe McPhee – which is really saying a ... read moreCD
A really great change in the music of Swedish guitarist Johan Lindstrom – music that expands the vision of his previous record, and also explores some more song-based territory – while still allowing for lots of musical contributions from other players we love on the Moserobie label! ... read moreCD
An all-female jazz combo – hence the name – but one who've got a sound that's strong enough to quickly make you fit any gimmick behind their creation! The group's got a compelling blend of instrumentation – sounds that move from the depth of a baritone to the lightness of a ... read moreCD
Booker Little —
Out Front ... CD Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy ...
Supremely soulful modern jazz from the great Booker Little – one of his best albums ever as a leader, and a real standout moment amidst so many of the re-titled sessions that came out after his early death! The album's got a tremendous feel from the very first note – a furthering of ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)
An amazing record from Chicago musician/artist Damon Locks – maybe the album he's been waiting his entire life to make – and the first to really bring together the mighty sum of his many talents! The material was recorded live in performance at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory ... read moreCD
Vocalist Dele Sosimi joins this ultra-hip London group – a combo who are equally skilled in African and Cuban elements, hence the title of the record – and one who can also serve things up with lots of jazz-based energy as well! All tracks are nice and long – and in addition to ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
That's Loos/Armstrong, not Louis Armstrong – a late 90s Dutch group who improvise freely on both electric and acoustic elements – with a style that makes the record one of the most offbeat albums ever released on the Okka Disk label! In some ways, the combo almost tie together Dutch ... read moreCD
Lionel Loueke —
HH ... CD Edition (UK), 2020. New Copy ...
Some of the most beautiful music we've ever heard from Lionel Loueke – a set that's mostly just solo guitar, with a bit of vocalization thrown in for good measure – and which has a style that's almost more compelling than some of Lionel's work in a larger format! Loueke doesn't really ... read moreCD
Hard soulful grooves from an obscure little combo – that of west coast pianist Johnny Louis, working here on a set that's clearly designed to challenge the 60s fame of the Ramsey Louis Trio! The record's got a very similar approach – highly rhythmic, very soulful piano lines that are ... read moreCD
A well-done look at a style that would break big on the European scene of the mid 60s – the mixture of jazz performance and classical melodies – presented here in a slightly different way by some of the genre's true pioneers! Jacques Loussier recorded famous albums of Bach tunes done ... read moreCD
Chien Chien Lu —
Path ... CD Chien Chien Lu, 2020. New Copy ...
Imagine a record that starts with a fantastic reading of a Roy Ayers' tune, then just gets better as things go on – and that's very much what you'll get here, in this sweet set from vibist Chien Chien Lu! The record's got Chien Chien ringing out on these bold, well-placed notes – ... read moreCD
Jimmy Lyons —
Push Pull ... CD Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ...
Alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons had a legendary run of performances on record with Cecil Taylor – but he sounds equally amazing here as a leader – given the space to really stretch out in a 3LP set that brings together a landmark live performance from 1978! Lyons works here with some ... read moreCD
Very very very groovy stuff by this masterful jazz vibist, recorded with a sort of late 60s swingin' feel – but still very much in the pocket and warm as a summer breeze! Lytle has a pretty remarkable way of playing the vibes with speed and energy, yet the overall feel still has kind of a ... read moreCD
(Comes in a great, heavy cardboard gatefold-style package!)
Pianist Harold Mabern works here with a trio of players who really helped him find new focus and energy in later years – the great Eric Alexander on tenor, with John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – a rock-solid lineup who really take off here in a live date from New York's ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling Harold Mabern albums for DIW – and the only one to feature a larger group than a trio! Mabern almost returns to his soul jazz 60s roots on Prestige with this sweet little set – adding in the trumpet of Bill Mobley, tenor of Bill Easley, and guitar of Kevin ... read moreCD
A heartbreakingly beautiful album from pianist Harold Mabern – a set that's already beautiful on its own, but which maybe moves us even more when we realize it's one of the last that Harold has ever given us! The set's recorded at the Smoke nightclub on the upper west side – and ... read moreCD
Maybe the strongest record so far from Mammal Hands – a set that really has the group growing in their sense of tone and color, and in the unique timing they bring to their tunes! The group is a trio, but not in a mode that you might be guessing – because next to the piano of Nick ... read moreCD
Softly, but pretty darn swinging too – thanks to an excellent trio on the session, which includes the great Jimmy Woode on bass! Jimmy's got a sound that we've loved for decades – and even at this later point in his career, he's got a way of warming things up and getting them going, ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
Albert Mangelsdorff & Lee Konitz —
Art Of The Duo ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
A fantastic showcase for these two modern jazz giants – sublime trombone sounds from Albert Mangelsdorff, perfectly paired with the alto sax of Lee Konitz – all at a level that makes the album one of the best from both players at the time! The session was actually a late MPS effort, ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
Shelly Manne —
2 3 4 ... CD Impulse (Japan), 1962. New Copy ...
A surprisingly great Shelly Manne album from the early 60s – one that follows a format that has Shelly playing in duo format ("2"), trio ("3"), and quartet ("4") – hence the title! The duo track is incredible – a spare duet with Coleman Hawkins ... read moreCD
Guido Manusardi Trio —
Swingin ... CD Abeat (Italy), 2019. New Copy ...
A fantastically swinging album from Italian piano giant Guido Manusardi – a player who works here with a lot more groove in his left hand than we remember, and very strong support from the other two members of his trio! There's a rock-solid focus to the record right from the start – a ... read moreCD
Gregoire Maret/Romain Collin/Bill Frisell —
Americana ... CD Act (Germany), 2020. New Copy ...
A beautiful love letter to their adapted home of America – from harmonicist Gregorie Maret and pianist Romain Collin – joined here by some perfect work from Bill Frisell on guitar, as the leaders' ideas really resonate with some of Frisell's projects in recent years! Clarence Penn ... read moreCD
Warm and mellow later work from Charlie Mariano – the better side of his time in Europe, as the later years saw Charlie relaxing a bit, and going for a sound that was more traditional than his fusion of the 70s – yet still informed by some of the freedoms learned in his years away from ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)
Charlie Mariano —
Mirror ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy ...
A seminal electric session from Charlie Mariano – one recorded after his shift from bop-based work into trippier, more psychedelic influences – and one of his few American dates from the time! The record has Charlie working on soprano and alto sax, with a group that includes Pat ... read moreCD
Bruno Marini may not be the biggest name in that small group of players of the baritone saxophone – but he's a hell of a musician, and works his horn in a really wonderful way on this debut set! Marini's got an ability to swing with a modern sense of tone and color – a bit like Cecil ... read moreCD
One of the most unique albums of baritone saxophone work we've ever heard – a set tha has Bruno Marini's horn set up alongside the bass of Charlie Cinelli and drums of Alberto Oliveri – a nice, open setting that allows the instrument plenty of room for expression! Marini still swings ... read moreCD
One of the sexiest covers ever to grace a Wynton Marsalis album, but thankfully a record that's still got plenty of real jazz roots – and not the smoother sound you might expect from the image on the front! The group here is Wynton's expanded septet – a combo with Marcus Roberts on ... read moreCD
Milton Marsh —
Monism ... CD Strata East/Manufactured, 1975. New Copy ...
Rare spiritual jazz by reed player Milton Marsh – one of the harder-to-find albums on Strata East – and one of just a couple incredible records to Marsh's name! Obscurity aside, this is prime Strata East – with some sprawling moments in a larger band formation that go just far ... read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's ... read moreCD
We've never heard from Japanese saxophonist Koichi Matsukaze before, but he's really won us over with this inventive little session – an understated mix of modern moments and lyrical touches, done with some especially nice vibes from Hiroshi Hatsuyama! The group's just a quartet with bass ... read moreCD
A pair of funky jazz sets from Bennie Maupin – '77's Slow Traffic To The Right and '78's Moonscapes – together in a single set! Slow Traffic To The Right is Maupin's first LP for Mercury, and a great bit of spiritual funky jazz that recalls a lot of the sound of his work with The ... read moreCD
A really lovely tribute to the music of Krzysztof Komeda – the famous Polish jazz musician who also revolutionized the world of soundtracks, before leaving this planet all too soon! Komeda hasn't been around in decades, but his influence continue to shape new generations – and that's ... read moreCD
Ever-adventurous composer, arranger and coronet player Rob Mazurek teams up with similarly creative wanderer Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang, Josh Abrams Natural Information Society and more)! Alien Flower Sutra finds the duo and their guest players crafting a pretty awesome mix of interstellar psych-jazz- ... read moreCD
One of the most ambitious albums ever from Rob Mazurek – and a set that really continues the legacy of community building and world healing that's become such an important part of his music! Rob's a player who was great at the start – a hell of a trumpeter, and a great experimentalist ... read moreCD
One of the few albums issued as a leader by bassist Cecil McBee – and like all of the rest, a really amazing record that showcases the visionary talent that often made McBee such a key part of other folks' groups! The tracks are long and spiritual, but with slight avant leanings – and ... read moreCD
Bassist Christian McBride works here with a mighty striking group – a quartet that features Josh Evans on trumpet, Marcus Strickland on tenor and bass clarinet, and Nasheet Waits on drums – all players who give this record an edge that we're not used to hearing from Christian! The ... read moreCD
Bassist Christian McBride is at the helm of a big band here – paying tribute to the fantastic work done for Verve Records in the 60s by organist Jimmy Smith, guitarist Wes Montgomery, and arranger Oliver Nelson! The set really captures the dynamic energy of records like Bashin or The Dynamic ... read moreCD
A really fantastic large project by Christian McBride – maybe one of his most ambitious records ever, and one that really lives up to its intention! The movement here is the Civil Rights movement – recalled through the words of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, and Dr Martin Luther ... read moreCD
Maybe the crowning achievement of drummer Makaya McCraven so far – a double-length set that stands as a huge testimony to all the many waves he's been making in jazz for the past few years! The album features four slices of live performance – recorded in New York, Chicago, LA, and ... read moreCD
A really great idea for a record – and one that echoes the same "E & F" mode that Makaya McCraven brought to his previous album! The approach here is as unique as the drummer himself – in that McCraven went back to the sessions for the core album, and pulled out material ... read moreCD
Makaya McCraven pushes his unique jazz genius even further – by serving up a completely groundbreaking remix of live jazz performance on the London scene! McCraven's already stood out from the pack in the way that he breaks down jazz norms by playing with a recorded performance later in the ... read moreCD
Slammin live work from the legendary Brother Jack McDuff – a player who was almost better on the bandstand than he was in the studio! First up is the album Live – a killer, and one of three live sides McDuff cut for Prestige during the 60s – a monster session of stretched-out ... read moreCD
An incredible document of late 60s America – composed and conducted by Gary McFarland, in a style that's much more ambitious than any of his other work! The album's fully titled "America The Beautiful: An Account Of Its Disappearance" – and features "movements" ... read moreCD
An unusual little soundtrack to this obscure pre-Roots film about slavery – handled with some very nice touches from Gary McFarland, Bobby Scott, and Grady Tate! The music is penned by Scott, and is mostly in that hip blend of jazz and soul roots that he was using on some of his own 60s ... read moreCD
(Gatefold cover version – just like the original album!)
Jimmy McGriff —
Main Squeeze ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
One of the grooviest albums ever from Jimmy McGriff – a hard-wailing session that's filled with plenty of cooking lines on the organ, and a few especially funky tracks! The groove here is tight, short, and very sharp – strongly in the mode of other post-Sue sessions by McGriff – ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
A young Jackie McLean at the height of his powers – really stretching out here, but never going too far out – a perfect balance between his modern bop of previous records, and his groundbreaking "new thing" jazz to come! The group is a relatively straight ahead one – ... read moreCD
(Collectors edition in a LP sleeve – limited to 1000!)
Lloyd McNeill —
Elegia ... CD Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. New Copy ...
A superb record from the great Lloyd McNeil – one of the more obscure players of the spiritual jazz generation of the 70s, but an artist who always gave us his best whenever he walked into the studio! Here, the mood is a mix of modal and Latin elements, with a definite current of influence ... read moreCD
Fantastic unreleased work from the great Joe McPhee – material recorded around the same time as his legendary Nation Time set, and done with a similar blend of spiritual jazz and occasional funky undercurrents! This work shows McPhee to already be an amazing talent, even in the years before ... read moreCD
Joe McPhee —
Glasses ... CD Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy ...
Extraordinary work from one of the true giants of the American scene – a mindblowing set of mostly solo sounds from reedman Joe McPhee – also working here on flugelhorn and a bit of percussion as well! The set begins with the incredible "Glasses" – a piece that appears ... read moreCD
Wild early work from avant jazz genius Joe McPhee – and a set that's actually pretty darn funky too! This rare indie release features 3 long tracks – two of which were recorded live, with a tight combo that includes a very funky drummer! The album kicks off with the hard wailing " ... read moreCD
Joe McPhee & Andre Jaume —
Nuclear Family ... CD Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy Gatefold ...
Insanely beautiful work from the great Joe McPhee – an album that was recorded and intended to be issued during his groundbreaking stretch with Hat Art Records – but which never saw the light of day at the time! Why that happened, we're not entirely sure – because the album is ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
A late 90s record, but one that we might easily put next to similar spiritual improv albums from the 70s – a fantastic meeting of both artists at Chicago's Empty Bottle – with Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet and tenor, and Hamid Drake on some amazing drums and percussion! Drake's ... read moreCD
Joe McPhee & Hamid Drake —
Keep Going ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
A long overdue return to duet formation for Joe McPhee and Hamid Drake – the duo who played together so beautifully on the Emancipation Proclamation album! This set is maybe even more personal, and more open – with Drake working some incredible magic on the drum kit, creating sounds ... read moreCD
The album's a definite brass city – given that Joe McPhee plays pocket cornet and valve trombone, and just a bit of soprano sax – next to excellent work on slide trombone by the great Jeb Bishop! The players have an instant sympathy with each other – so much so that space and ... read moreCD
A really compelling collaboration between Joe McPhee and Michael Zerang – both players who've worked together often in the past, but who seem to find a fresh new voice on this album! Things are very loose and free – and the pair perform live, improvising some amazing sounds between ... read moreCD
The first-ever set of duets between Joe McPhee and Fred Lonberg-Holm – two players who've improvised often in other settings on the Chicago scene over the years – but who somehow never had the time to take off like this on their own! Fred's working at his highest level of sonic ... read moreCD
One of the amazing things about an improviser like Joe McPhee is the way that he can change so much and adapt to a different setting – which is definitely the case here, in a lineup that seems to produce sounds we're not sure we've ever heard from Joe before – even though we've been ... read moreCD
A seminal early set on the Okka Disk label – the important Chicago avant imprint who began documenting an important stretch of the career of Joe McPhee – much as the Hat Hut label had begun 20 years before! The set features performances recorded during McPhee's first appearance in ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful, personal albums we've ever heard from pianist Brad Mehldau – a set that gives away its concept right in the title – put together and performed during the month of April 2020 – surely one of the strangest on the planet in recent years! Mehldau mixes his ... read moreCD