Classic Shirley Scott – in her best mode of the 60s! Here's the reasons: 1. The group features husband Stanley Turrentine on tenor, adding in some nice extra tones to Shirley's usual trio! 2. The rhythm section is Bob Cranshaw and Otis Finch – surely one of Shirley's best. 3. The ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Shirley Scott —
Workin ... CD Prestige, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ...
Nice one – and a record that's heavier-duty than Shirley's other ones on Prestige. The album (which might have been recorded in earlier days), supports a great group on the b-side, which includes Wally Richardson, Ronell Bright, Peck Morrison, and Roy Haynes. The expanded lineup works ... read moreCD
Reedman Tom Scott always gives us something groovy – especially in his early years, when he could effortlessly blend together jazz and soul, funk and rock, and really come up with something new and unique! Here, Tom's in the best mode of his early work on Impulse Records – serving up ... read moreCD
Maybe not the beat of the street in our neck of the woods, but a set that's definitely got a bit more bite than some of Tom Scott's other late 70s efforts! Scott's work on saxes is mixed with a bit of Lyricon as well – tied up in a group that features fuzzy guitar from Carlos Rios, who ... read moreCD
Very nice stripped-down set by Tony Scott – one of the most overlooked reed players of the 50s, and an artist who ventured into much more hippy-dippy oriented material during the 60s. The set supposedly features "both sides" of Scott's work – but it's really only a simple ... read moreCD
One of our favorite records ever on the legendary Nimbus label – a special home to spiritual jazz on the west coast at the end of the 70s – and crucial for giving us some really unique talents like this! Adele Sebastian may have only ever cut this one album as a leader, but she's a ... read moreCD
Gene Segal —
Spiral ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Guitarist Gene Segal has his instrument wrapped up nicely here in a trio – with work on Hammond Charette and drums from Bruce Cox – in a group that has a nicely different vibe than some of the more retro-styled organ combos! Segal changes up his sound a bit from track to track – ... read moreCD
Jim Self & Tricky Lix Latin Jazz Band —
Yo! ... CD Basset Hound, 2016. Used ...
Bernie Senesky with Gary Bartz —
Homeland ... CD Timeless, 1991. Used ...
We've always loved pianist Bernie Senesky – especially the way he has of mixing rhythmic energy and warmth, a bit like Cedar Walton – but he sounds especially nice here on an album that also features reedman Gary Bartz on about half the tracks! Senesky's in a trio throughout – ... read moreCD
Jazzy duets between guitarist Romero Lubambo and saxophonist Mauro Senise – but served up with a lot of rich currents from Brazilian music too! Senise is a reedman with a great amount of dexterity – able to solo effortlessly, but also able to slide into more familiar songforms too ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A sweet little tribute to Latin jazz giant Eddie Palmieri – one that features Eddie's piano on a few key tracks, but a set that also stands as a great showcase for the writing talents of trumpeter Charlie Sepulveda too! The album follows strongly in that modern jazz style that Palmieri ... read moreCD
Great Bud Shank album, in which he's paired with two different groups on the two different sides of the record. Shorty Rogers holds the lead with him on one side, and Bill Perkins is on the other. Shorty's playing is good, but Perkins is fantastic here. Him and Shank's playing is the stuff that ... read moreCD
A wonderful document of one of the best musical pairings on the west coast scene of the 50s – Bud Shank and Bob Cooper! The set features some of the pair's best recordings for the Pacific Jazz label in the 50s – material that was recorded for the albums Bud Shank & 3 Trombones, Bud ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Numbered, limited edition. Includes original slipcase and booklet.)
The title and cover are an homage to the Pacific Jazz label live dates from LA in the 50s – and the music here does a good job of following suit as well! Altoist Bud Shank and trumpeter Shorty Rogers are reunited beautifully in an open-ended live setting – the kind of date that really ... read moreCD
Elliott Sharp & the Soldier String Quartet —
Twistmap ... CD Ear Rational (Germany), 1991. Used ...
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)
Jesse Sharps Quintet/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Sharps & Flats ... CD Nimbus, 1979/1985. New Copy ...
Soaring spiritual soul jazz from the LA scene – a CD that features a beautiful performance by the Jesse Sharps Quintet, plus a longer extended track from Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! We'll be honest in saying that we'd never heard of Sharps before this CD – but he's ... read moreCD
The 3rd and final chapter in Lonehill's exploration of the Charlie Shavers/Ray Bryant team – a pairing that's never gotten its full due until now, and which is featured in a great set of previously unreissued material! This set's got a bit less Bryant than the others – and only ... read moreCD
A very unusual session by Jack Sheldon – but one that also really captures the Sheldon that was well known to the mainstream in the 60s, but hardly ever caught this way on record! Sheldon first came to fame as a straight jazz trumpeter on the LA scene of the mid 50s – but as the 60s ... read moreCD
An amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done ... read moreCD
Growing brilliance from the young Archie Shepp – a record that's not just about Archie's own amazing work on the tenor, but also his keen modern vision as a leader! The combo here is an ensemble that features some of the hippest modernists of the 60s – Roswell Rudd and Grachan Moncur ... read moreCD
Matthew Shipp's been an amazing pianist for quite sometime – but occasionally, we'll forget how great he can be – and it takes a record like this to jog our memory! The set is all solo, with Shipp exhibiting an amazing command of the keyboard – really reaching out to shape sound ... read moreCD
A very cool package – one that offers up two different slices of work from this very compelling trio! First up is a new remaster of the Magnetism album from 1999 – pianist Matthew Shipp at his most fragile – working with frequent partner William Parker on bass and reedman Rob ... read moreCD
The second in Matthew Shipp's String Trio series of improvational sets for Hatology – and a wonderful album that describes the vibe quite aptly with the well thought title! Expansion, Power, Release finds the avant jazz pianist working with collaborators William Parker on acoustic bass and ... read moreCD
An excellent set of some fairly out material – performed by Shorter with a group that includes Freddie Hubbard, Grachan Moncur, James Spaulding, Herbie Hancock, and a rare appearance by his brother Alan on flugelhorn! At times, the record builds into a sound that's freer and more ... read moreCD
The birth of a genius! From the vantage point of the 21st century,Wayne Shorter hardly needs any introduction – but when he recorded this debut album in the late 50s, Shorter was just the new kid on the block – making a few important waves as the tenor star in Art Blakey's Jazz ... read moreCD
A fusion set, but one that's got all those sharp, dark edges that Wayne Shorter developed over the years – served up here with a depth that's maybe much more in the far-reaching fusion styles of Columbia Records in the 70s than some of the more polished efforts of the time! The core combo ... read moreCD
An album of incredible beauty – and one of the key early sides that Shorter cut for Blue Note! It's nearly impossible to describe the genius of these records without playing them – and upon playing, all words disappear in the brilliance of Shorter's incredible tone, solo imagination, ... read moreCD
Ricardo Silveira & John Leftwich —
Cosmos ... CD Adventure Music, 2016. New Copy ...
A set that not only offers up some great work from co-leaders Ricardo Silveira on guitar and John Leftwich on bass – but one that also includes some of the best small group work we've heard from Hubert Laws in years! The legendary flautist really opens up on the record – with these ... read moreCD
A beautiful take on the compositions of Milton Nasicmento – performed by guitarist Ricardo Silveira and pianist Luiz Avellar. Given the majesty and ambitious production styles often used with Nascimento's own recordings of his tunes, this stripped-down set is a very different take on the ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A real watershed album from Horace Silver – a record that has him stepping strongly into the 70s – but with a rich new groove that's different both from his 60s work, and from the heavy politics of his United States series too! The album has Horace picking up a slightly electric sound, ... read moreCD
A hokey cover, a hokey title, but a surprisingly great little record – Horace Silver's first quintet session in many many years, and a record that comes across with a really lyrical sense of soul! And sure, the album's not one of his classics for Blue Note, but the format is quite the same ... read moreCD
The quintessential sound of late 60s Horace Silver – on one hand still very much in the Blue Note soul jazz groove that earned him plenty of jukebox single play, but on the other hand really stretching out with a style that's a bit more righteous than before! Horace shows that he can still ... read moreCD
Killer early work from Horace Silver – and a rare non-Blue Note session from the 50s! The album's Horace's only date for Columbia, and it's got a feel that's similar to some of the Jazz Messengers' hardbop recordings for the label at the time – cooking with a soulful intensity at the ... read moreCD
A great Horace Silver album – and one of the rarest! The record features some top-line material that virtually defines Silver's post-Jazz Messengers sound – tracks that come out with a hard and heavy groove, yet which also have a lightness in the mix too – a sense of play and ... read moreCD
New work by pianist Norman Simmons – a very soulful player who's bubbled under for decades, and who has a richly expressive style! The core sound here is from Norman's trio with drummer Paul Wells and bassist Lisle Atkinson – and occasional extra instrumentation is provided by tenorist ... read moreCD
An excellent later trio side from Sonny Simmons with Charnett Moffett on Bass and Zarak Simmons on drums. 8 numbers in all, including "Reincarnation", "Trumpet Ship", "Theme For Linda", "Crystal", "The Other East", "Country Parson", " ... read moreCD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
A nicely-priced set that features 2 of Nina's 60s classics on one CD! Pastel Blues is wonderful stuff from Nina – still with one foot in the jazzier style of early days, but with haunting elements of the later progressive style to come! The album features an incredible 10 minute version of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Jared Sims has a great way of making a baritone sax open up and groove – sliding in here alongside Hammond and guitar that give the whole record a late 60s soul jazz vibe – and the sort of setting you're not usually likely to hear with baritone! Sims takes his time, and uses the horn ... read moreCD
A great chapter in 60s bossa jazz – Zoot Sims "answer" to Stan Getz's bossa work on Verve – recorded in a similar jazz-meets-bossa style, with some great guitar work by Jim Hall! Zoot's solos are a bit tighter and not as laidback as Stan's – giving a more jazz-based ... read moreCD
Zoot Sims plays the music of Johnny Mandel – a wonderful combination that makes the record a real standout in Sims' career from the time! The tunes all have a really well-penned quality – that mix of heartfelt and groovy that Johnny Mandel did so brilliantly back in the 60s – ... read moreCD
Rare French material by Zoot Sims – recorded in Paris in 1956, and with a more stretched-out feel than some of his other Parisian sides of the 50s! The group's a hip quintet with Henri Renaud on piano, Jon Eardley on trumpet, and Charles Saudrais on drums – and the set swings with an ... read moreCD
A set that's great in two different ways – first in that it revives the "four brothers" sound of four saxophonists at once, first forged in the Woody Herman band of the late 40s – and secondly, because the album's a further demonstration of the magical pairing of Al Cohn and ... read moreCD
Singers Unlimited & Art Van Damme —
Invitation ... CD MPS/Edel (Germany), 1973. New Copy ...
One of the coolest albums ever cut by the Singers Unlimited – thanks to great instrumentation from the mighty Art Van Damme! Art plays accordion – in a way that works perfectly with the banks of sound and sweetness we love from the group – an instrument whose own breathy tones ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
We've loved the music of trumpeter Alex Sipiagin for quite some time – but there's really something special going on here – a slightly different vibe that makes the record stand out from the rest of the pack! First off, the album features all original compositions – songs that ... read moreCD
A record as enigmatic as its title – slow-building sounds crafted by the trumpet of Yaw Tembe and percussion of Monseiur Trinite – both musicians we don't know at all, but who really find a special space with this album! The sound is very open and spacious – much more in an ECM ... read moreCD
A treasure trove of rare work from the obscure German Ego label – four different albums, all of them great – packaged here in tiny LP-styled covers too! The set's especially noteworthy for the work of British saxophonist Alan Skidmore – working here on some of his best material ... read moreCD