Trumpeter Ulf Adaker performs with cords, aka strings, in the session with violin, viola, and cello. Tracks include "Ponta De Areia", "Little Rottie Tootie", "Ancient People", and "Dog River". CD
(Out of print.)
George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet —
Life Line ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1981. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A strong outing from this key post-Mingus collaboration – and a record that really shows both Don Pullen and George Adams really coming into their own! Pullen's piano can have plenty of edges, as can Adams' tenor – but there's also some warmer, lyrical moments that really round things ... read moreCD
Features Frank Foster on tenor and Tommy Flanagan on piano! CD
Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown —
Varmint ... CD Cuneiform, 2009. Used ...
The second album from Chicago vibist Jason Adasiewicz and his Rolldown group – giving us some of the best vibes-led jazz in years! The group features players from the Chicago scene that are truly at the forefront of an exciting wave of modern jazz in the city, and anywhere else on the planet ... read moreCD
One of the greatest Cannonball Adderley albums from the Riverside years – a completely smoking live date recorded in San Francisco, often with long tracks that really let the group open up and do their thing! The lineup here is that classic one that first grabbed attention – the group ... read moreCD
Rare work by Cannonball – recorded live in Europe in the early 60s, and only ever issued there until the release of this CD in the US! The set features live material performed by Cannon's amazing group that included Joe Zawinul on piano, Yusef Lateef on reeds, Nat Adderley on cornet, and the ... read moreCD
A jazzy portrait of Cannonball Adderley in his early soul jazz prime – oddly one that doesn't feature his regular quintet lineup, but which more than makes up for that lack with a batch of players that includes Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Bill Evans on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Philly Joe ... read moreCD
An album that definitely lives up to its title – given the great change and evolution in the style of Cannonball Adderley's music – definitely pointed towards the soul jazz fame to come in the 60s! The group here has Adderley's alto in the company of some all-stars who may not be his ... read moreCD
A recent session, but a nice one from soul jazz legend Nat Adderley! The set features young lion Vincent Herring on alto, and in a way, the whole thing's got that tight revivalist soul jazz style that graced some of the best young lion sessions of the early 90s. The alto/cornet frontline nicely ... read moreCD
A fantastic album from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire – a set that really kicks his career up to the next level, and which is easily the most powerful record he's ever given us! The music finds Ambrose in many moods, all of them righteous – sometimes blowing hard and fierce in a small ... read moreCD
A lost treasure from the great Joe Albany – a well-recorded solo performance from the 70s, and one that really gets at the increasing complexity of Albany's music in his later years! Joe's maybe best-remembered for his contributions to bop, but he's also a player with a sound that really ... read moreCD
A teaming of two modern jazz talents from differing generations – one, pianist Joe Albany, rediscovered and re-recorded here after a number of years of obscurity during the 50s – the other, Warne Marsh, an emerging genius with one of the best tenor tones of his generation. The pair ... read moreCD
Life Soundtrack includes a fully improvised performance with guest saxophone from Hans Teuber, a piece for multiple musicians and voices, and a collection of standards and original compositions titled Music Is Love. CD
This tenor giant gets better and better with each new album! Eric Alexander is one of our favorite new jazz artists of the past decade – still a relatively young player, but with a sound that's incredible, steeped in years of tradition, yet freely creative in his own unique way. His tenor ... read moreCD
(Out of print. CD artwork has a small cutout mark.)
Features Steve Turre on trombone on trombone and conch shell. Tracks include "Could You Be Loved", "Kaya", "Is This Love", "So Ja Sah", "No Woman No Cry" and "I Shot The Sheriff" – plus a bonus remix featuring Sly Dunbar. CD
Monty Alexander on piano & melodica, Ernest Ranglin on lead guitar, Robert Angus on guitar, Dwight Dawes on keyboards, Carlton Messam on bass, Rolando Wilson on drums & Robert Thomas Jr on hand drums. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
Monty Alexander, Ray Brown, & Herb Ellis —
Triple Treat ... CD Concord, 1982. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A sweet piano-bass-guitar trio working in the tradition of Nat King Cole. Tracks include "Body & Soul", "(Meet The) Flinstones","Small Fry", "Triple Treat Blues", and "Sweet Lady". CD
Includes three sets – the first with vocalist Karrin Allyson, the second with the Scott Hamilton Quintet, and the third with the Concord Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Chris Potter, Benny Green, Ray Brown, Louie Bellson, and others. CD
Very nice album by Jug that often gets overlooked because it's comprised of 2 different sessions, and can't get the "historical" writeup of being a single significant moment in the studio. Some tracks – including "Lascivious" and "Soft Winds" – are with a ... read moreCD
Classic mellow Jug – from a time when Prestige discovered that Gene Ammons would sell equally well to the mellow jazz crowd as to the jukebox jumpers! This set brings together tracks from 3 Gene Ammons 60s albums – 2 of which were best sellers, Velvet Soul and Sock, the last of which, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Gene Ammons & Dodo Marmarosa —
Jug & Dodo ... CD Prestige, 1962/Early 70s. Used ...
The first-ever issue of material recorded in Chicago in 1962 – a rare session by pianist Dodo Marmarosa, one that was to be his last on earth! Dodo's working with a trio that includes Sam Jones on bass and Marshall Thompson on drums – in a sad, almost bluesy style that's a wonderful ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Gene Ammons & His All Stars —
Groove Blues ... CD Prestige/OJC, Late 50s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the tasty blowing session albums that Jug cut for Prestige – remarkable in the quality of the players (Coltrane, Mal Waldron, Pepper Adams, and others), and in the relaxed easy groove of the solid soulful tracks. There's 4 long cuts, and they all swing nicely nicely nicely! Titles ... read moreCD
Nothing fancy – but some great straight-ahead blowing from Stitt and Jug! The album's a quintet session, with John Houston piano, Buster Williams bass, and George Brown drums providing all the rhythm. But the real focus is on the twin-sax frontline – with Sitt taking up the alto on a ... read moreCD
Incredible work from Roman Andren – a genre-defying set that's filled with warmth, soul, and imagination – all recorded live in the studio with a really organic feel! The music's a cross between a few different jazz, Afro, and Latin modes – played by a group that features Roman ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print digipack pressing – in great shape with obi!)
Paolo Angeli & Nanni Angeli —
Tibi ... CD ReR, 2010. Used ...
Paolo Angeli on guitar & Nanni Angeli producing. CD
Tatsu Aoki on bass, Mwata Bowden on baritone saxophone, clarinet, didgeridoo & woodwind, Paul Kim on buk, Hide Yoshihashi on percussion, Patti Adachi on taiko & Robbie Hunsinger on oboe, shenai & suona. CD
The birth of genius – a well-chosen array of tracks from the early 78rpm years. Sampler features 8 tracks from the larger box set including "Mahogany Hall Stomp", "That Rhythm Man", "Sugar Foot Stomp" and "Lazy River". CD
Two shows from the Armed Forces Radio Service. The first show features Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra as well as a six minute comedy bit with Armstrong and Jack Benny. The second show features Henry Red Allen, Paul Barbarin, and Barney Bigard. CD
The Art Esemble of Chicago pay tribute to a surprising range of influences – from Duke Ellington to Otis Redding to Fela Kuti and Jimi Hendrix – but all in a set that's still filled with plenty of their trademark creative improvisation, too! In a way, the record's a great illustration ... read moreCD
One of a few wonderful albums recorded by the Art Ensemble of Chicago with singer Fontella Bass – a vocalist who's best known to the world for her 60s soul hits, but who's coming out here as a tremendous force in modern jazz! Fontella's sound here is miles away from that of her work for ... read moreCD
(Out of print, please note that there a slight tear on the case cover & is priced accordingly.)
One of our favorite albums ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a key French session that captures the group at the height of their powers! The centerpiece of the album is the extended track "Certain Blacks (Do What They Wanna)" – done in a beautiful mix of politics and free ... read moreCD
One of the best post-Paris live dates by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – recorded right on their southside home turf in Chicago, as something of a homecoming after their years abroad! The performance is really one continuous piece, divided up into chapters – and it starts off with an ... read moreCD
One of the headiest albums ever recorded by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a brilliant mix of noise and silence that rivals some of the greatest genius of the 20th century avant composition! The album's lead track "Ohnedaruth" builds slowly with a variety of percussion – ... read moreCD
The last recording session by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago with Malachi Favors – done shortly before his death in early 2004, and a record that's certainly touched by his gentle soul! There's a poise here that's really great – a kind of careful and thoughtful presentation of the ... read moreCD
Two obscure Atlantic jazz albums on one CD! The real winner here is The Fantastic Jazz Harp of Dorothy Ashby – as Dorothy gets a cool breezy sound out of the harp that's unlike any other player we've ever heard on the instrument. This session doesn't have the funky soul sound of her later ... read moreCD
A core trio set from pianist Roy Assaf - but one that also features some great horn work on some tracks too – including guest tenor from Eric Alexander, flugelhorn from Roy Eldridge, and trumpet from Greg Gisbert! Assaf gets things going in a bluesy, swinging groove – but then ... read moreCD
Nicely cooking live work from Brian Auger and his Oblivion Express – material that has a very similar feel to the stretched-out grooves of his classic Live Oblivion albums! The work here is all stepped-up, and nicely jamming – very much the best jazz-based side of Auger's groove – ... read moreCD
(There is no indication, but we are assuming the DVD is NTSC format, Region 1.)
Soaring spiritual sounds from bassis Omer Avital – a musician we love more and more with each new record, and one who only seems to be honing his vision even more strongly over recent years! The material is all original by Avital – performed by a core quintet that features sparkling ... read moreCD
An amazing slice of music from the legendary David Axelrod – quite different than his better-known sides for Capitol and Reprise Records – and plenty darn funky overall! Axelrod is at his studio best here – stepping off the funky jazz modes he produced for Cannonball Adderley, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
David Axelrod/Cannonball Adderley —
Messiah ... CD RCA/Real Gone, 1971. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
David Axelrod takes on Handel's Messiah – and the result is an amazingly complex set of music – very similar to his earlier albums on Capitol Records, and his Warner work with the Electric Prunes! If you love the Axe, you'll find plenty to love here – spare, dark orchestrations, ... read moreCD
One of Chet Baker's best albums of the mid 60s – a tribute to Billie Holiday, one that has him both singing and playing, with a hip group that includes Hank Jones, Richard Davis, Seldon Powell, and Connie Kay. The format is quite nice, with arrangements by Jimmy Mundy that have just the ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Disc has green marker around the outer edge.)
A mixture of classic vocal and instrumental performances – mid 50s work from his Paris sessions, and mid 60s material that includes piano from Bob James and Hank Jones, and guitar from Kenny Burrell! CD
Collects 14 tracks recorded with Russ Freeman, Bud Shank, Pete Jolly, Shelly Manne, Red Mitchell, and others including "Someone To Watch Over Me", "This Is Always", "Let's Get Lost", "Moon Love", "Sweet Lorraine", and "I Fall In Love Too ... read moreCD
A great return to form for Chet Baker – his first record in a number of years away from the studio, and proof that his genius could adapt to just about any setting! The album's got a tight focus that's probably one of the keys to its success – a set of arrangements by Don Sebesky that ... read moreCD
(2010 pressing in a gatefold sleeve. Mark through barcode.)
Tracks include "Embraceable You", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", "Moonlight In Vermont", "Darn That Dream", "That Old Feeling", "My Ideal", and "Come Rain Or Come Shine". CD
(Out of print.)
Chet Baker & Art Pepper —
Playboys ... CD Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ...
An excellent session that stands as one of both players' strongest from the time! Baker's really opening up here, moving more into that hardbop mode of the late 50s – and Pepper's already hit his stride here – with the pair of them working in a group that includes Phil Urso on tenor, ... read moreCD
Ginger Baker on drums, Artie Moore on bass, Todd Ayers on guitar, Shamie Royston on organ, Glenn Taylor on pedal steel guitar, Eric Gunnison on piano, Fred Hess on tenor saxophone, James Carter on tenor saxophone & bass clarinet & Ron Miles on trumpet. CD
One of the best solo albums ever recorded by the great Kenny Barron – a set with so much life, so much cover, you really don't need any other instruments at all! Kenny's at a key point in his career here – really stretching out as an individual talent, and getting plenty of room to ... read moreCD
Very fluid later work from Count Basie – a set that has that nice open-ended Pablo Records approach, but which still comes across with that brilliant Basie groove that first emerged most strongly in the 50s! Players are a mix of young and old, and the group includes Grover Mitchell and Booty ... read moreCD
(Out of print XRCD pressing – comes in a cool hardbound book!)
One of Basie's biggest albums – but still a work of pure genius! "April In Paris" is one of the darkest jazz standards ever written, and it never sounded better than in this original version, which features that great ending in which Basie and the band stop, then start, then stop ... read moreCD
(Verve Master Edition. Please note the digipack case is clean overall but has heavy abrasions on both spines.)
One of the most hard-hitting Count Basie albums from the Roulette Records years – and that's saying a lot, given the power of Basie at the time! The set was recorded in Sweden, with a kind of triple-time energy that really has the whole thing burning right from the start – as the group' ... read moreCD
One of THE seminal Basie albums of all time – and a masterful pairing between the Count and arranger Neal Hefti! Hefti has an amazing ear for the Basie groove, and he works here to re-fit the overall sound of the group with a tighter, more fluid approach – one that ensured that they'd ... read moreCD
(NOTE: this copy is missing the rear tray card and is priced accordingly. Booklet has light wear.)