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
The great bassist Ray Brown proves that any instrument can swing – here picking up a cello, and grooving wonderfully in a very warm setting! The album features arrangements by Russ Garcia – slightly modern, and with lots of space, so that Ray can play both bass and cello with room to ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Domestic obi still attached at spine, mark through barcode.)
One of the most obscure albums from experimental jazz musician/arranger George Russell – not a set of Kansas City jazz classics, but a very inventive set that includes compositions by Carla Bley and trombonist Dave Baker! The group's a sextet, with Russell on piano, Don Ellis on trumpet, ... read moreCD
A landmark album of free jazz – Peter Brotzmann's first record, and a hard-driving set of material that blows away most avant jazz work from the US at the time! The album takes the energy of the ESP generation, and turns it up more than a few notches – as Brotzmann blows his head off ... read moreCD
Choi Sun Bae/Junji Hirose/Motoharu Yoshizawa/Kim D —
Arirang Fantasy ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1995. Used ...
A fantastic set of improvised material from the Japanese scene of the mid 90s – a performance that features visiting trumpeter Choi Sun Bae working with Junji Hirose on tenor and soprano, Motoharu Yoshizawa on electric five string bass, and Kim Dae Hwan on percussion! These three players may ... read moreCD
Composer Galt MacDermot is best known to the world for his famous work on stage and in films – but the pianist was also a jazz musician at his start, and has continued performing for decades – as you'll hear on this relatively recent set! The group here is a well-oiled unit that Galt ... read moreCD
John Raymond & Real Feels —
Joy Ride ... CD Sunnyside, 2018. Used ...
Pulsing waves of color from John Raymond – blowing flugelhorn here in a really unique sort of setting – a trio that just features guitar and drums! The music bursts out with deft work from Colin Strananhan on the kit, while guitarist Gilad Hekeselman plays these chromatic lines that ... read moreCD
Hardly the sort of record you'd guess from the cover – because although the set's a Leadbelly Project, it's a lot more contemporary and jazz based than the music of that 20th Century blues legend! And yet the songs are all originals by Huddie Ledbetter, too – pulled from his rich ... read moreCD
Tenorist Wayne Escoffery comes on here in a vortex of sound – thanks partly to the great drummer Ralph Peterson, who wrote a few great tunes for the album, and really drives on the core quartet that also includes David Kikoski on piano and Ugonna Okegwo on bass! There's a nicely dark sound ... read moreCD
An album of nervous rhythms and angular edges – and a set that seems to make the most of the tonal interplay between the alto of Roman Filiu, the tenor of Dayna Stephens, and trumpet of Ralph Alessi – all painted in these nicely dark colors by the piano of David Virelles! The album ... read moreCD
Pianist Denny Zeitlin never fails to make us smile – and on an album like this, recorded many years after he first brought a new brightness to the world of jazz piano, we're still amazed at how he can unlock so many special moments with effortless ease! Zeitlin's always completely himself, ... read moreCD
Beautifully soulful work from pianist Shaun Martin – a player who can mix both lyrical sense of flow and strong attack on the keys – all within the confines of a well-balanced trio that grooves strongly at all three corners of the triangle! Shaun's wonderfully deft on the keys – ... read moreCD
Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner —
Faroe ... CD Sunnyside, 2018. Used ...
A really cool setting for the sharp-edged tenor sax of Mark Turner – a set of surprisingly beautiful duets with guitarist Mikkel Ploug, who seems to bring out more of lyrical side in Turner's music than usual! The tunes have this beautifully flowing vibe – with cascading notes from ... read moreCD
A stone groover from British multi-instrumentalist Johnny Almond – stepping out here on a range of instruments that includes tenor, alto, flute, organ, vibes, and mellotron! Like Almond's other session from the time, the set's got a tightly arranged groove that feels a lot like some of the ... read moreCD
(Japanese release of UK pressing, with obi. Out of print)
Contemporary Hammond giant Jared Gold hardly needs to reemerge – as all of his albums in recent years have been completely top-shelf – and have really marked the musician as one of the best jazz organ talents around! Here, Gold certain reaffirms that reputation – working with ... read moreCD
The most cosmically expansive and exciting work yet from composer/coronet player Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – dedicated to Amiri Baraka, and infused with the righteous, poetic spirit of Baraka's work with Sun Ra! The Exploding Star players include some Chicago underground heroes ... read moreCD
A wonderful record from McCoy Tyner – and a great reminder that some of his best post-Coltrane work was done for the Blue Note label – which was where Tyner seemed to hit the right sort of spiritual vibe to live up to his Impulse Records legacy! This album's got plenty of long, ... read moreCD
(Out of print original CD pressing, spine has a small cutout notch.)
An interesting trio of players – Peter Brotzmann on reeds, William Parker on bass, and Gregg Bendian on drums and percussion – all playing together on a variety of live numbers recorded in the US in 1992. The format's a bit open ended – as the different modes of each player rise ... read moreCD
Exactly the sort of recording to remind us why the Keith Jarrett Trio has been such an important force in jazz during the past few decades – a popular group, yet one that still retains all its heart and edge as well! The lineup is way more than the piano of the leader – as bassist Gary ... read moreCD
Gerry Mulligan brings the piano back in nicely here – but in a way that still hangs onto all the best modern tones of his earlier Pacific Jazz sessions! The date's a live one – done at Storyville in Boston – but the sound is wonderfully intimate, with Gerry on baritone sax and ... read moreCD
Jimmy Smith serves up a bucket of soul here – on an album that's one of his last for Blue Note, and still very much in the strong trio mode that launched his work for the label! The group's that super-sharp early 60s combo of Jimmy's – with Quentin Warren on guitar and Donald Bailey on ... read moreCD
(Spine has a cutout notch.)
Aruan Ortiz Quartet —
Alameda ... CD Fresh Sound (Spain), 2006. Used ...
One of the darkest Steve Kuhn albums we've ever heard – a record of introspective piano lines, set amidst contemplative orchestrations from Carlos Franzetti! The style is incredibly moving – bringing a depth to Kuhn's work that we haven't heard in years – an approach that has him ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase with sticker over barcode.)
A masterful meeting of two 50s modern jazz talents – the trumpet of Miles Davis balanced with the arrangements of Gil Evans – with results that have made the album one of Miles' greatest ever! The sound here is completely sublime – as Davis gets all chromatic and spooky over ... read moreCD
A great high-concept composition from Duke Ellington – one that rivals the earlier brilliance of his Liberian Suite! Like that one, vocals are a key part of this long-form work – a special performance done for the Century Of Negro Progress Exposition in Chicago in 1963 – with an ... read moreCD
Monk doing his thing at the '64 Monterey Jazz Festival – backed by his core group of Charlie Rouse on tenor, Steve Swallow on bass and Ben Riley on drums – plus additional backing by the Monterey Workshop crew on a couple – a recording released now for the first time ever! Monk's ... read moreCD
Art Farmer really opens up nicely here – stretching out with a sweet, soulful style that reminds us a lot of his classic Time & The Place live date from the 60s! The tunes are all nice and long, and Harold Land plays some great tenor next to Art's "flumpet" – with tight ... read moreCD
A nice little live set from the early 70s – originally issued under Gillespie's name for the Perception label, recorded at the Overseas Press Club in New York, and featuring the unlikely meeting of Mary Lou Williams on piano with Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Hackett on trumpets. The trio are ... read moreCD
A seminal session as a leader by the young Art Farmer – recorded for United Artists, and a great set of tight lyrical tunes, played by Farmer in his sparkling style – in a group along with Benny Golson on tenor and Bill Evans on piano. Evans is a special treat here, as the 1958 session ... read moreCD
Fantastic – and one of Mingus' greatest albums ever! This one ranks right up with The Clown and Pithecantropus Erectus for sheer raw power and emotion – and Mingus' writing here is incredibly tight, giving soloists like Charlie Mariano, Jaki Byard, Richard Williams, and Jerome ... read moreCD
A nice modern jazz set led by Chicago drummer Dana Hall – a pretty powerful and energetic set that holds you riveted with getting overbearing – a very impressive balance of heated group playing and solos and a measured passages! The group includes players that have worked together in ... read moreCD
Marvelous work from Luciana Souza – a very spare set that has the vocalist just working with Chico Pinheiro on guitar and Scott Colley on bass – which makes for a moody approach that really opens up her voice! Luciana has always been a standout singer, but this time around, we find ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Doug Hammond —
Real Deal ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2007. Used ...
A wonderful new recording by 70s Detroit jazz legend Doug Hammond – best known for his 70s work on the Tribe Records label, but sounding equally great here on a recent set of duets with pianist Kirk Lightsey! The sound is relatively spare, but extremely spiritual – with Lightsey on ... read moreCD
A beautiful return to form for bassist Malcolm Cecil – a musician who made some great waves on the London jazz scene of the 60s – then disappeared behind years of studio and recording work in later decades! Cecil's back and sounding great here – working with a young trio that ... read moreCD
A set of fantastic rhythms, tones, and textures from altoist Caroline Davis – really well-conceived original tunes performed by a group who clearly know what the leader is trying to do! The excellent Marquis Hill is in the quintet on trumpet, and Julian Shore plays both piano and Fender ... read moreCD
One Brazilian jazz great pays tribute to another – drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, who works here in a whole set of classic tunes from the songbook of pianist Dom Salvador! Both Duduka and Dom emigrated from Brazil to the US in their early years – where they found a welcome audience, and a ... read moreCD
David Murray —
Ming ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1980. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Beautifully arranged work from David Murray – an important early large group recording, one that really helped point the way to some of his later genius! The session features Murray leading an all-star octet that includes Henry Threadgill on alto, Olu Dara on trumpet, Butch Morris on cornet, ... read moreCD
(Out of print, booklet appears to be signed by the artist.)
Machine Mass feat Dave Liebman —
Inti ... CD Moonjune, 2014. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The last in a series of rare 50s live material from Chet Baker – featuring a near-lost performance from the Tiffany Club in LA, recorded in 1954 with a group that includes Russ Freeman on piano, Carson Smith on bass, and Bob Neel on drums. The tracks are presented in crystal-clear long ... read moreCD
One of the most tape-centric entries in this great Lost Reel series – given that the recordings here were pulled from a San Francisco rehearsal by Ra & The Arkestra – and still contain some evidence of the recorder turning on and off! But despite that technical element – ... read moreCD
A full length set that compiles earlier sessions cut under either the name of Thelonious Monk or Sonny Rollins – most of them together in the same group! At the time of recording, Monk was an established figure on the bop scene, but Rollins was still a fresh voiced up-and-comer – yet ... read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from pianist Denny Zeitlin – one of those players who often gets overlooked, but who's made some incredibly expressive music over the years! The album's got a sparkle that really takes us back to Denny's 60s sides for Columbia, but it's also got a slightly more mature ... read moreCD
Beautiful – simply beautiful – one of the greatest Wayne Shorter albums for Blue Note, and one of our favorite jazz albums ever! The record is a masterpiece of lyrical delight – soul jazz mixed with slight touches of experimentalism – but still warm, swinging, and personal ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from saxophonist Salim Washington – a great little album recorded in Boston during the 90s, but filled with the same sense of soulful expression as albums on Strata East from 20 years before! The group's a large one here – with trombone from Frank Lacy, alto from ... read moreCD
Features Geri Allen on piano, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Denardo Coleman on drums – and Ornette plays alto, trumpet, and violin! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Sonny Simmons Quartet —
Transcendence ... CD Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1996. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
(Out of print.)
Roots (Nathan Davis, Sam Rivers, et al) —
Stablemates ... CD In & Out (Germany), 1993. Used ...
A pretty great session – if only for the work of the sax players! The "stablemates" on the session are a host of older spiritual and soul jazz players – including Nathan Davis, Sam Rivers, Chico Freeman, and Arthur Blythe – alternating solos and coming together in some ... read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Oscar Peterson with Singers Unlimited —
In Tune ... CD MPS (Germany), 1971. Used ...
One of the first albums cut by the fab Singers Unlimited – and the set that has them backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! The Singers always mixed well with guest jazz talents – and the style of this albums gives their sweet harmonies a nice jazz-based groove and not too much cheese on ... read moreCD
(2017 remastered edition in a nice gatefold sleeve.)
Venture (Mark Sherman/Mike Clark) —
Life Cycle ... CD Ropeadope, 2018. Used ...
A tight quartet with a great combination of elements – the vibes and piano of Mark Sherman and the tenor of Chase Baird – two instrumental forces that have a great way of dancing around each other! Drummer Mike Clark provides lots of rhythms for the proceedings, augmented by the rich ... read moreCD
A completely different album than some of the earlier work from funky drummer Idris Muhammad – but a set that's completely wonderful in its own sort of way! Muhammad's drums are still right on the money, and able to move with even more quick-stepping power than before – set up in these ... read moreCD
Larry Coryell —
Offering ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A fantastic record from guitarist Larry Coryell – one that maybe has him shedding some of the more rockish tendencies of his roots, while finding the way forward in a searing, searching style of funky jazz! There's almost a Flying Dutchman sort of righteousness to the record – as Larry ... read moreCD
Bassist Matt Penman is a hell of a leader here – a musician who uses his rich style on his instrument to guide his group perfectly through a set of beautiful original compositions that really shine and sparkle throughout! Matt's clearly the leader, but the album draws equally strongly from ... read moreCD
A funky funky big band – and one that blasts away with a power that's just incredible – almost the force of some small combo from the funky 45 universe, stretched out over a wide range of heavy horns! The album's light years past the previous album from Samuel Jon Samuelsson – ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
The classic tunes of Duke Ellington are turned towards the soulful style of the Oscar Peterson Trio – in a setting that makes these familiar numbers come alive again with a whole new quality! The Peterson touch is quite different than the Ellington one – a bit less modern, especially ... read moreCD
A rock-solid swinger from tenorist Warne Marsh – a set that's maybe got a bit more of a groove than some of his other records of late vintage – thanks to work from the rhythm section of Kenny Drew on piano, Bo Stief on bass, and Aage Tanggaard on drums! Steif's especially nice – ... read moreCD
A tremendous tribute to the ever-evolving genius of jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas – and a super-expanded live set that puts Dave in the company of classic players like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, or Dexter Gordon – whose extended live expressions never fail to hold our imagination! The ... read moreCD
Gene Segal —
Spiral ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. Used ...
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
Nice one! BGP put out this great double length CD to compile Gary Bartz's two great Harlem Bush Music albums on one cool disc. We've raved about the individual albums for a long time, and we've sold lots on single vinyl reissue. Now check the CD and get both great albums of spiritual funky jazz ... read moreCD
One of Stan's last truly great albums – a wonderful concert recorded in Copenhagen in 1987, with his late quartet that featured Kenny Barron on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. The soulful searching quality of the players is right in line with Stan's unfettered tone at ... read moreCD
Wonderful live work from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – just the kind of set needed to remind us that the group is still very much on track after all these years! The quartet makes some wonderful sounds under the leadership of percussionist Kahil El'Zabar – stretching out on long ... read moreCD