Maynard come back! All is forgiven! We take back all the things we've ever said about you after hearing this album! The record's a jazz funk masterpiece, and it's proof that you've always had a good head on your shoulders, and were waiting for a record like this to really come into your own! ... read moreCD
A tight little set that's never too wild – given the sharpness that trumpeter Maynard Ferguson can bring to the way he arranges a group! The album's one from a lost point between the two bigger recording moments of Ferguson's career, and has a sound that steps off nicely from his Roulette ... read moreCD
Maynard Ferguson on trumpet & flugelhorn, John Toomey on keyboards, Dave Tull on drums, Michael Lufkin on bass, Tom Bevan on guitar, Billy Hulting on percussion, vibraphone & marimba & Matt Wallace on saxes. CD
Maynard Ferguson live – and still holding onto all the great sort of grooves he cooked up in the studio during the 70s! The performance is from a 1984 appearance at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall – and Maynard's got the group in super-tight, super-soulful formation – ... read moreCD
Very hiply swinging work from Maynard Ferguson – not as Latin-based as you might think from the title, but great nonetheless! The record features an excellent group that includes Don Rader on trumpet, Lanny Morgan on alto, Rufus Jones on drums, and Don Menza on tenor – all tightly ... read moreCD
A superstar performance from the Antibes jazz festival at Cote D'Azur – one that features Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington sharing the stage, in a concert that was also recorded for a film! Most numbers here feature the full Ellington orchestra backing Ella up – but a few other ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Twin pianos from Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones – with no other instrumentation – played in some great ways that provide an equal balance of rhythmic pulse and lyrical melody! The set's got a sweet stereo split – so that Tommy's in the right channel, and Hank is in the left – ... 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
Roberto Fonseca —
Yo ... CD Montuno, 2013. Used ...
(Penmark through barcode.)
Mathias Forge/Phil Julian/David Papapostolou —
Meshes ... CD Another Timbre (UK), 2009. Used ...
Mathias Froger plays trombone with Phil Julian on electronics and David Papapostolou on cello. CD
A definite delight from Ronnie Foster – a post-Blue Note set that actually has the keyboardist sounding better than ever! Ronnie's always been one of those guys who seems to work best when moving against a bit of structure – and here, that force is provided by the excellent Jerry ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jason Foureman & Stephen Anderson —
Duo ... CD Summit, 2020. Used ...
Piano and bass duets. Tracks include "Falling Grace", "Reet's Neet", "One Step", "Touch Of Your Lips", and "I'll Close My Eyes". CD
There's lots of great guitar/tenor interplay in this live set from Joel Frahm – a date that's recorded with a wonderfully warm feel that almost makes it top any of Frahm's studio sessions! Tracks are nice and long, and really balance a lot of Frahm's snaking tenor lines with the guitar of ... read moreCD
Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from Rodney Franklin – one of our favorite soulful fusion players of the era – and 2 albums back-to-back! The Rodney Franklin album is a keyboard delight through and through – and Rodney plays both acoustic and electric piano, often on the same track – which ... read moreCD
Fully-formed genius from the amazing Rodney Franklin – one of the best keyboard stars to emerge from the late 70s scene! Franklin's got a great talent for balancing influences from jazz and soul in ways that are similar to contemporaries George Duke and Bobby Lyle – and like both of ... read moreCD
A surprisingly great little set from Chico Freeman – and a record that seems to hone his best creative energies of the loft jazz years into an even hipper groove! The group here features Freeman on a wide variety of reeds – alongside John Purcell on saxes and oboe, Kenny Kirkland on ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card is missing both spines.)
Chico Freeman & Mal Waldron —
Up & Down ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1989. Used ...
Features Chico Freeman on tenor and soprano sax, Mal Wladron on piano, and Ricky Knauer on bass – plus Tiziana Ghiglioni on vocals. CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a small, light stain in one corner – hard to notice unless you lift up the inner tray.)
Chico Freeman Quintet with Arthur Blythe —
Unspoken Word ... CD Ronnie Scotts, 1993. Used ...
Features Chico Freeman on tenor, Arthur Blythe on alto, Julian Joseph on piano, Curtis Lundy on bass, and Idris Muhammad on drums! CD
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout notch.)
George Freeman —
Man & Woman ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. Used ...
One of the more laidback albums from George Freeman's early 70s run – but still a great little set that shows the mellower side of his talents! Despite the sexy style of the cover, the sound here is relatively straight soul jazz – small combo work with Harold Mabern on acoustic piano, ... read moreCD
Von Freeman blows it bold and beautifully here – with just the right sort of sound we first fell in love with when seeing him in small club gigs in Chicago! There's an easygoing soulfulness to Freeman that grabs us right away – but there's also an edge, too – a quality that marks ... read moreCD
Another expansive effort from Bill Frisell, finding him integrating a variety of new sounds from other traditions into his new American pastoral framework. As with other recent releases, his coloristic tone and melodic sensibility are nicely rooted, but cast here in a new group featuring Brazilian ... read moreCD
(Out of print, slipcover is not included.)
Satoko Fujii Ma-do —
Desert Ship ... CD Not Two (Poland), 2010. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
With Norikatsu Koreyasu on bass, Akira Horikoshi on drums, Natsuki Tamura on trumpet & Satoko Fujii on piano. CD
Briggan Krauss & Oscar Noriega on alto sax, Andy Laster on baritone sax, Stomu Takeishi on bass, Ches Smith on drums, Nels Cline on guitar, Ellery Eskelin & Tony Malaby on tenor sax, Curtis Hasselbring & Joe Fiedler on trombone & Dave Ballou, Herb Robertson & Natsuki Tamura on ... read moreCD
A very unique album by Curtis Fuller – quite different than any of his other records at the time! The session has Curtis blowing on tunes from the score to Cabin In The Sky – arranged by Manny Albam, and performed by a large group that includes Freddy Hubbard, Hank Jones, and Bob ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 1998 Japanese pressing with 20bit K2 mastering.)
Great work from a player who never lets us down – trombonist Curtis Fuller, a musician we first loved for his work on Blue Note and Prestige in the 50s – and who still sounds equally great on this recent set! Fuller definitely takes the title of the set seriously – and keeps ... read moreCD
One of Dizzy Gillespie's hippest big band sessions ever – and one of the few dates as a leader from arranger Gil Fuller! Fuller will always be best-remembered as the man who composed some of Dizzy Gillespie's best known tunes from the bop era – like "Manteca", "One Bass ... read moreCD
Two excellent albums from Funk Inc on one CD! Superfunk is one of the band's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode. CD has a promotional stamp & 'bumps' on the label which do not affect play.)
G/9 Group with Wilson Das Neves & Dom Salvador —
Brazil Now! ... CD Sonorama (Germany), 1968. Used ...
A lost bit of dreamy bossa from the 60s – recorded in Brazil at the end of the decade, but unavailable to most of the world for years! The session's got a gently snapping, always jazzy approach that easily matches the best takes on the bossa coming out from Rio and LA at the time – and ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Insanely great work from Slim Gaillard, the self-styled LA hipster who rose to prominence in the wartime blues and jazz scene, and who continued to wow audiences for years with his unique blend of hipster jazz! This CD features some of Slim's best work – recorded for Verve in the 50s, and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Jim Gailloretto, Ken Haebich, Ike Hagedorn & Thymme Jones —
Temeritorium ... CD 4 Boxs, 2003. Used ...
Ottorino Galli Quartett —
Schuker ... CD Ottorino Galli (Germany), 2009. Used ...
With Rainer Bruninghaus on piano & synthesizer, Eberhard Weber on bass, Marilyn Mazur on percussion & drums, Manu Katche on drums, Trilok Gurtu on tabla & Mari Boine. CD
(Out of print.)
Jan Garbarek —
Works ... CD ECM, 1970s/Early 80s. Used ...
Classic early ECM work from saxophonist Jan Garbarek – with contributions from John Taylor on organ, Ralph Towner and Egberto Gismonti on guitars, Terje Rypdal on electric guitar, Bobo Stenson on piano, and Nana Vasconcelos on percussion! CD
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout mark.)
Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble —
Mnemosyne ... CD ECM, 1998. Used 2 CDs ...
Jan Garbarek performs on reeds with a quartet of vocalists. CD
Easily the best album ever cut by the duo of Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford – a swinging live set recorded in Sweden, with a much stronger soul jazz sound than some of their other recordings. Don's playing some great Hammond organ on the album – in the tradition of Jimmy McGriff's work ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Simple and soulful elegance from the great Red Garland – prime mid-50s material for Prestige, recorded here with incredible backing from Paul Chambers and Art Taylor! The tightness of the trio is amazing – but never so much so that it gets in the way of Red's warmly introspective modes ... read moreCD
The title and cover really don't do this album justice – as the whole thing's got all the best depth and fire of Kenny Garrett's recent work, and none of the slightly cheesy 80s vibe the package makes us expect! True, there is a rapper on two tracks – son of producer Donald Brown ... read moreCD
Great work from Giacomo Gates – a real underground hero in the world of vocal jazz – and one of the few singers who can turn out the kinds of records that we used to love from artists like Mark Murphy or Jon Hendricks! Backing is by a tight quintet – with the mighty Jerry Weldon ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A gem of a record – easily one of Herb Geller's best! There's a bite to the record we really love – a quality in Geller's tone that really blows us away – and which has had us going back and re-evaluating his career after hearing this set. Part of the strength is the setting ... read moreCD
Matt Geraghty Project —
Mozaic ... CD Matt Geraghty Project, 2002. Used ...
Features vocalist Luciano Antonio and tabla player Kalyan Pathak. CD
A lost late session by Stan Getz – and one of his greatest recordings of the 80s! The album's got the simple elegance of some of his best Verve work – with a group that features Stan on tenor, Kenny Barron on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. The combination of ... read moreCD
One of the first real moments of genius from the young Stan Getz – his collaboration with guitarist Jimmy Raney, whose sharp tone matched the rasp of Stan's tenor beautifully! The material's got a lot more edge than Stan's work with guitarist Johnny Smith – and this big set features ... read moreCD
Excellent early material from Stan Getz – some of his first recordings ever, done when both his tenor sound and bop were in their infancy! There's a roughness here that's quite different than the Verve style of the 50s – but that's a nice change, too – and it's compelling to hear ... read moreCD
One of the last performances that Stan Getz ever recorded, before departing our planet all too soon – a wonderful live date done at Ventura College in December of 1990, with a sharp quartet that features Frank Strazzeri on piano! Like some of the other material from this newly-revived time ... read moreCD
A pretty darn great set that captures bits from all of Stan Getz's bossa nova recordings for Verve! The set's got a whopping 4 CDs, and it features Getz working with the likes of Joao Gilberto, Luiz Bonfa, Charlie Byrd, Gary McFarland, Laurindo Almeida, Astrud Gilberto, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt, Fats Navarro, and others —
Opus De Bop ... CD Savoy, Mid 50s. Used ...
A classic Savoy side that brings together bop sessions recorded earlier in the label's life – done by different groupings that feature some of the best players of the early bebop years. Sonny Stitt, Kenny Dorham, and Bud Powell are part of a group that play "Ray's Idea", "Fool' ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Inner pages of the booklet has some pencil, tray card is a little wavy from moisture.)
Stan Getz/Jimmy Rowles —
Peacocks ... CD Sony (France), 1975. Used ...
A real standout in the Stan Getz catalog of the 70s – a session of mostly spare duets with pianist Jimmy Rowles, done in a way that really breaks from the format of Stan's other work of the time! Rowles here has a raspy warmth that brings out new voicings in Getz's tenor – an ... read moreCD
A nice little collection of some of Dizzy Gillespie's best bop material for Savoy – tunes that were originally recorded as 78rpm singles – then issued together on this classic album of all-star players! The tunes are short, catchy, and often very grooving – that mix of whimsy and ... read moreCD
An excellent live set – featuring great work by some of Dizzy's best sidemen of the late 50's! The ensemble is razor sharp, in that hip post-bop way that Dizzy was developing in the 50s, before moving into his Latin groove years of the early 60s. Benny Golson, Billy Mitchell, and Wynton ... read moreCD
Dizzy's Big 4 here are a quartet of players that includes Ray Brown on bass, Joe Pass on guitar, and Mickey Roker on drums – all of whom work with Dizzy in a lightly skipping groove that's a nice contrast to some of his other 70s work! The style certainly has some of the spacious qualities ... read moreCD
40's LP collection of some of the earlier sides that Dizzy cut for Savoy, with be bop classics like "Our Delight", "One Bass Hit", "Oop Bop Sh'Bam", "Salt Peanuts", and "Dizzy Atmosphere". The groups include players like Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt ... read moreCD
A bebop classic from Dizzy Gillespie – a full album comprised of some famous 78s recorded for the Savoy label at the start of the 50s – the kind of hard-grooving material that made Diz a fan favorite right from the start! There's some nice use of vocals in the mix – not just from ... read moreCD
(BMG Direct pressing, inner pages of booklet have notes in pencil.)
A brilliant album of Latiny grooves from Diz! The disc takes off from the soulful/modal mood of the early 60s groups with Lalo Schifrin and Kenny Barron – and features a young Mike Longo crafting some fantastic lines on piano, stretched out over tight rhythms on electric bass and drums, with ... read moreCD
(Out of print first CD pressing. Booklet has a spot of sticker residue in the top right corner.)
No keyboards, no percussion, no other instrumentation at all – just acoustic guitar from the great Egberto Gismonti, but used at a tremendously creative level! The songs are loose and free – never outside, but also not bossa or samba either – always those new paths forward that ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD