2 lost sides of soul jazz – both of them rare gems on vinyl, and back-to-back here in one nicely priced CD package! Doin The Thang is an excellent bit of lost soul jazz piano work – featuring the highly underrated Ronnie Mathews, with a quartet that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet ... read moreCD
Brilliant work from the legendary Bobby Matos – a set that's way more than just another Latin jazz album – and which has a sense of tone, timing, and fire to rival much higher-concept jazz recordings! Yet throughout it all, Matos keeps a wonderful groove in place – his own key ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
The cover lists the group as Bobby Matos' Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble – and you can definitely hear them live up to their name with a complex, soulful sound on this set! Bobby's a player who only seems to have come into his own in later decades of his music – great during his initial ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Quite a compelling little record – a jazz album at heart, but one that also opens up into lots of different sonic territory – as you might expect from a collection of tunes that includes tracks by Rotary Connection, Roni Size, Flying Lotus, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Bugge Wessletoft! ... read moreCD
A great Japanese jazz soundtrack from the late 60s – as full of feeling and creative inspiration as some of the best French jazz scores of the New Wave! The tunes here mostly stand out as strong jazz numbers on their own – although there are a few shorter, more introspective or scene-se ... read moreCD
Rob Mazurek —
Rome ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ...
An incredible solo record from Rob Mazurek – a wonderful change from some of his larger group and collaborative projects – even though we love those a heck of a lot too! This set's a great reminder of the core improvisational genius that Rob's always had, but which sometimes is ... read moreCD
Rob Mazurek just keeps stunning us more and more over the years – growing way way past his earlier straight jazz roots, and even his key work in the Chicago underground – to a level where he's easily encompassing many different styles and genres at once – then finding a way to ... read moreCD
A mindblowing mix of acoustic and electric elements – a set that's in part very much like some of the more freewheeling work of cornetist Rob Mazurek, but which also features an organic core in the presence of AACM reedman Mwata Boden! Bowden adds in clarinet, baritone, didgeridoo, and ... read moreCD
The leader of the "Chicago Underground" groups (duo/trio/quartet/orchestra. . .) steps out on a solo effort, that's not exactly a solo project, as he brings in help from a number of other stalwarts of the Thrill Jockey scene. Though his rich, expressive cornet playing is featured ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Christian McBride Big Band —
Bringin' It ... CD Mack Avenue, 2017. New Copy ...
Excellent large group material from Christian McBride – an artist who may well be one of the most hard-working men in jazz these days! McBride's big band is always a treat – as the group soars with a soulful energy that matches Christian's smaller group material, but really expands on ... read moreCD
The "contra" here is a contrabass clarinet, not a stringed contrabass – yet John McCowen manages to play his instrument in a way that greatly resembles the larger wooden source of acoustic sound! The tones are very deep, and very slow-rising – used by McCowen in this ... read moreCD
Two classic greasy grooves – hot off the grill from chef Jack McDuff! Hot Barbeque is one of our favorite all-time Jack McDuff albums, and one that features his classic quartet in totally amazing form. George Benson's wailing on guitar, and proving that he was a genius, even at this tender ... read moreCD
Two generations of Hammond heroes – teaming up here in an old school-styled set! We'll admit that we're a bit more partial to Jack's organ than Joey's, but DeFrancesco's still pretty great – and the pair play together as if on some old twin-Hammond date from the 60s on Prestige ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest albums of the 60s – a sublime blend of jazz, bossa, and easy – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The album's probably the most perfect realization of the unique groove that Gary McFarland was going for back in the day – a mix of vibes, ... read moreCD
Bobby McFerrin's a singer who's known to most for one huge hit early on in his career – but he's also way more than that, and a very creative vocal artist who kept on growing long after the hits had passed! This 5CD collection is a great testament to the continuing strengths of McFerrin ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
We've loved drummer Noel McGhie in many modes over the years – including free jazz and funky fusion – and here, he's working in a very cool hybrid of jazz and Caribbean styles – with some island-styled rhythms inflected by solo work on trumpet, guitar, and alto sax! The sound is ... read moreCD
Classic material by McGregor, recorded in the post-Blue Notes years, but featuring old bandmates Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, and Louis Moholo. The group also includes some great Brit avant players – like Evan Parker, Radu Malfatti, Harry Miller, and Harry Beckett – and the whole ... read moreCD
Amazing music from Chris McGregor and his legendary Brotherhood Of Breath ensemble – easily one of the most exciting forces in British jazz in the 70s, and one fo the few who was still sounding their best in the latter half of the decade! McGregor's got as much bite and burn here as with his ... read moreCD
Jimmy McGriff —
Worm ... CD Solid State/Blue Note, 1968. Used ...
Heavy funk from Jimmy McGriff – a monster set of grooves that ranks with his best of the late 60s! The tracks are short and sock-hard – Jimmy wailing on Hammond, over rhythms that have plenty of sharp edges, and lots of nice drum work – all recorded in a mode that's a heck of a ... read moreCD
A legendary meeting of these two modernists – and a record that's filled with sharp-edged new ideas! Both Ken McIntyre and Eric Dolphy play alto and flute on the album – and Dolphy contributes a bit of bass clarinet as well – and the pair receive a bit of straighter backing than ... read moreCD
A great date from pianist Dave McKenna – an artist who's frequently caught in a trio set or smaller – which makes this quartet session with Zoot Sims a mighty nice treat! McKenna's got a really timeless approach to piano – one that often spans decades of jazz expression, ... read moreCD
A great set from Al McKibbon – Cal Tjader's bassist on a number of classic 60s recordings, and a player who's gone onto become a key force in west coast Latin Jazz! The set's got a no-nonsense jazz-based approach that would have made Cal proud – with McKibbon stepping out in full, ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
A key change for John McLaughlin – post-Mahavishnu, post-Shakti, and very much the electric guitarist promised in the title! The album's one of McLaughlin's more professional fusion outings of the 70s, but still has some of the earthiness of his roots – and despite a rather large ... read moreCD
Most likely our favorite album by John McLaughlin – and one that features him in a wonderfully spare setting – alongside John Surman on saxes, Brian Odges on bass, and Tony Oxley on drums. The playing has a free and loose quality that McLaughlin would later lose on some his more fusion- ... read moreCD
A far reaching set from fusion rooted, but boundlessly talented jazz guitarist John McLaughlin – featuring an all star roster of guests and admirers and a stylistic sprawling set of numbers! A few numbers with voice accompaniment add a spiritual depth, but for the most part, Promise intends ... read moreCD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr. Punch through barcode & promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
A groundbreaking early album from guitarist John McLaughlin – a set that's a bit different than his more famous work of the mid 70s – with maybe a more avant approach, and a lot more bite as well! The set's really an equal collaboration, rather than just a McLaughlin session – ... read moreCD
A real classic by Jackie McLean – a record that's pulled from 2 different sessions, but which stands out with a strikingly unified feel! The album was cut during the height of Jackie's bop years for Blue Note – with one 1959 session that featured Donald Byrd and Sonny Clark, and ... read moreCD
A very nice recent album by Jackie, featuring a stripped-down lineup that includes Cedar Walton on piano and Billy Higgins on drums, joining Jackie in a haunting set of mellow ballads. After years of playing, Jackie's tone is impeccable, and it's great to hear him work through a set of standards ... read moreCD
An amazing album – simply groundbreaking, and a key turn for Jackie McLean! The record features a group of hip young players – including a very young Tony Williams, plus Grachan Moncur III, Bobby Hutcherson, and Eddie Kahn – all playing in a spare contemplative modernist mode ... read moreCD
Jackie McLean cut some of his best bop sessions for Blue Note – and this is one of them! The record is amazingly precise, and features Jackie as the sole horn soloist in a group with Walter Bishop on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – a crack rhythm combo that ... read moreCD
(Out of print Connoisseur Series pressing.)
Jackie McLean & Gary Bartz —
Ode To Super ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. New Copy ...
A great meeting of these two alto giants – and a wonderfully soulful session that matches Gary Bartz's own great work from the same time! The overall feel of the session is quite spiritual – as Bartz and McLean seem to egg each other on, into far-reaching lines and freespirited grooves ... read moreCD
A rough little killer from Jackie McLean – less well-formed than some of his Blue Note sides, but in a way that really gives him a great soulful edge! There's an open-blowing quality to the record, one that's almost a blowing session, but a bit tighter overall – a hint of the energy ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lloyd McNeill —
Asha ... CD Asha/Soul Jazz (UK), 1970. New Copy ...
A seminal bit of spiritual jazz from the American scene – the first self-released album by flute player Lloyd McNeill, a tremendous little set that's filled with modal grooves and soaring sounds! McNeill's flute work alone is enough to make the record great – in a space that's ... read moreCD
One of the most unique albums ever cut by pianist Marian McPartland – and definitely a set that offers up the bossa and soul promised in the title! Marian's playing electric and acoustic, over some very groovy rhythms from the trio of Ben Tucker on bass, Dave Bailey on drums, and Ralph ... read moreCD
Marian McPartland with Eubie Blake —
Piano Jazz ... CD Jazz Alliance, 1979. Used ...
A wonderfully warm, deeply creative session from Charles McPherson – a set that moves way past his boppish roots, into a new zone of lyricism and imagination! Cedar Walton's on piano, and he adds some extremely important touches to the record – those lyrical, almost modal lines that ... read moreCD
(Out of print, radio call letters in pen on booklet cover.)
Charles McPherson —
Today's Man ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
A great document of the more soulful shift made by Charles McPherson in the 70s – and an album that features his moody alto work set amidst a slightly larger group – filled with great players that include Chris Woods on flute, Richard Williams and Cecil Bridewater on trumpet, Frank Wess ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
Carmen McRae —
Alfie ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
Dionne Warwick may have made the title track a hit, but the tune stands as a great start for this classic 60s album from Carmen McRae – one of those superb gems from a time when the singer was really finding herself – and hitting this mature territory that gave her what she fully ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
The cover's got a 70s look, but the material here is from that great mid-60s moment when the talents of Carmen McRae were really coming alive – and producer Bob Shad was on hand to capture all the magic in all of its glory! The Carmen heard here is completely different than the singer of the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Great work from Carmen McRae – light and groovy one minute, deeply expressive the other – but all with a sense of balance that few other singers can touch at this point in her career! Carmen's already moved past straight jazz, yet she also avoids the traps of bigger label commercial ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
Wailing live material from the great Carme McRae – material recorded at the same sessions that yielded the Village Gate album from the same time – and equally great! There's a loose, soulful swing here – different from both the poise of Carmen's earliest records, and the fuller ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastic batch of jazzy grooves – featuring Claudio Medeiros and Victor M of the group Made In Brasil, plus other associates from the Bay Area fusion scene of the 70s! The record's got a strong mix of mellow tunes and funkier ones – with touches of Brazilian jazz and CTI fusion ... read moreCD
Medeski, Martin & Wood —
Dropper ... CD Blue Note, 2000. Used ...
A return to funky grooving for Medeski, Martin, & Wood – and a slamming set that really captures the energy of the group in performance! The trio move effortlessly through tight Hammond grooving and off-beat jazzy piano work, riffing hard in the jam-band mode that's made them a huge ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastically sharp group from the Japanese scene – one who do a perfect job of balancing electric and acoustic impulses, and yet another project from trumpeter Takuya Kuroda – who seems to be one of the hardest working players in recent years! Part of the album has the kind of hard ... read moreCD
Hermon Mehari —
Bleu ... CD Hermon Mehari (France), 2017. Used ...
A double-length set of work from this classic ensemble – served up here in a great Robert Crumb cover image too! The set's one of the richest collections done by Yazoo during their crucial reissue period – and features late 20s material from the group that often (but not always) ... (Blues, Jazz)read moreCD
Memphis Slim may have had a Tennessee city as part of his name, but he also found a very welcome home in Paris – a city that saw Slim deliver some of his finest recordings of later years! And while most of those recordings have been issued often over the years, this set is something ... (Blues, Jazz)read moreCD
Deep sounds from Menagerie – a group led by funky genius Lance Ferguson, who's given us wonderful work in a variety of styles over the years – but who here has turned his talents to the world of spiritual jazz, which he takes on brilliantly with this excellent ensemble! Menagerie have ... read moreCD
Hailu Mergia —
Lala Belu ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2018. New Copy ...
The first record in many years from Ethiopian keyboardist Hailu Mergia – and a set that we actually like even better than his earlier work! This album's more jazz than some of the previous efforts – performed in a trio with bass and drums by players who often make things tightly ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Meridian Trio (Nick Mazzarella/Matt Ulery/Jeremy C —
Triangulum ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ...
Triangulum – a great title for the wonderful energy of this group – which swings perfectly between the three sharp points of Nick Mazzarella on alto, Matt Ulery on bass, and Jeremy Cunningham on drums! These guys are freewheeling, but always soulful – not just because of Nick's ... read moreCD
A really fantastic album from singer Helen Merrill – and quite an obscure one as well! The set was recorded after Helen's initial burst to fame on the Mercury label in the 50s – and has her taking on a more laidback, more open-minded approach here in a very hip setting that includes a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A later tribute to Clifford Brown from Helen Merrill – the vocalist who worked famously with the late trumpeter in the 50s! The feel here is quite different than the Merrill/Brown pairings for Emarcy, but equally dark throughout – handled in a way that often has Merrill's vocals offset ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
The name of the artist on the set might be a bit obscure, but the music is something else entirely – an immediately compelling blend of the vibes of Hitoshi Hamada and the tenor and soprano sax of Tatsuya Sato – two very soulful players coming together here without any other sort of ... read moreCD
At the height of his success, Pat tries to prove to the world that he's still got cred – and hooks up with Ornette, Charlie Haden, and Denardo Coleman for a little bit of harmelodic jamming. Thing is, we actually liked the slick stuff better! Titles include "Mob Job", "Video ... read moreCD
A sweet set of grooves from the 70s – served up here by a Polish combo rooted in jazz, but who also seem to have a pretty great ear for clubby styles of the time! The music is mostly instrumental disco, but delivered from a jazz funk perspective – with some especially nice flute work ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreCD
A totally cool little Japanese soundtrack from the 60s – done for a film that features a bunch of younger teens who head out the beach – and which is scored with music that perfectly fits the mood! There's a really great range of 60s film modes going on here – as some tunes ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Barry Miles is riding the Sky Train – and at a pretty fast clip too, given the jamming energy of this record! The album's one of Miles' most full-on fusion sets – but it's also one of his most soulful as well, thanks to strong use of horns on most numbers – with players like ... read moreCD
Jerzy Milian —
Baazaar ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1969. New Copy ...
An incredible record from Jerzy Milian – easily one of the hippest vibes players in Europe in the 60s, and a key member of the Polish jazz scene that also included Krzystof Komeda and Tomasz Stanko! The album's an extremely evocative session that features Milian's vibes and marimba mostly in ... read moreCD
Brilliant work from Polish jazz legend Jerzy Milian – all rare sides recorded in Brussels during the late 60s – and very different than some of his other material on record at the time! Much of the work here was done with the larger BRT Jazz Orchestra – an excellent large ... read moreCD
Some of the grooviest work we've ever heard from Jerzy Milian – a legendary Polish jazz artist who normally plays vibes in the lead – but who works here as the head of a larger ensemble that also includes a mix of horns and singers! The approach is very cool – large charts that ... read moreCD
Marcus Miller does a nice job of bridging two generations of electric jazz here – still very strongly in his best mode on the bass, with those nimble funky fingers that have pleased us for years – but also opening up the door to some more contemporary influences and guest artists on the ... read moreCD
Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio with Jamie Saft —
Midtown Tilt ... CD Shhpuma (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ...
A really fantastic album from guitarist Nick Millevoi – one that's noteworthy not just for the work of the leader, but also for the album's excellent organ by Jamie Saft – who also recorded the whole session too! This isn't your usual guitar/organ soul jazz set – as both players ... read moreCD
Beautifully burning work from Japanese saxophonist Kohsuke Mine – a player who cut some fantastic albums in the 70s, even though he never fully got his due on this side of the Pacific! The vibe here is very much in a post-Coltrane spiritual mode – with the leader blowing both tenor and ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the excellent Deep Jazz Reality series!)
One of Mingus' classic sessions from the middle period – a legendary blending of jazz with bluesy gospel touches, in a mode that seemed to move away from the politics of some of the late 50s years, and open up his work to a whole new audience! The band is an all-star ensemble all the way ... read moreCD
(Atlantic 50th anniversary pressing in a cardboard digipack.)
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of ... read moreCD
A late 50s classic by the great Charles Mingus – his follow-up to the seminal Mingus Ah-Um, and a set that's got a very similar flavor! As with some of Mingus' best material for Columbia, the album has him working with a slightly larger ensemble, but still holding onto the intensity of his ... read moreCD
Great recordings the important 1964 tour of Europe by bassist Charles Mingus – a key musical moment that not only saw some of the last recordings of Eric Dolphy before his departure from this planet, but which also introduced the overseas scene to some key up-and-coming talents who were in ... read moreCD
The title's exploding with Mingus, and the album is too – a completely classic effort for Impulse Records that's easily one of Charles' best of the 60s! Things are reigned in somewhat from the Mingus years at Atlantic or Candid, but the sound is still great – almost more focused than ... read moreCD
Later material by Mingus – and very much an exploration of rootsier styles, with a slight modernist bent. The group's a good assemblage of players who'd become Mingus' most trusted by this point – a smaller ensemble that includes George Adams, Don Pullen, Ronald Hampton, and the always- ... read moreCD
A fantastic album – one of our favorite-ever records from Charles Mingus! The album was recorded in the same breath as his legendary works Tijuana Moods, The Clown, and Pithecanthropus Erectus – and it features the same sort of fire and emotion that made those classics so great. The ... read moreCD