A gem by Lee Konitz – one of his near-perfect 50s sessions for Atlantic! Lee's tone here is crisp, clear, and hauntingly fresh – modern, yet never academically so – and played with a dexterity that's incredible, but never too in love with itself to go too far. Key players on the ... read moreCD
2 brilliant albums back to back on one CD – the complete recordings of the quintet co-led by trumpeter Kenny Dorham and alto saxophonist Jackie McLean! First up is Matador – an obscure United Artists album from 1962. The set is billed under the name of Kenny Dorham – and is one ... read moreCD
A nice overview of the Concord Records work of guitarist Laurindo Almeida – a player who'd floundered a bit before coming to the label, but then hit a very welcome return to small combo jazz! The material here is quite different from some of the easy listening or bigger ensemble albums that ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jimmie Lunceford —
Margie ... CD Savoy, 1946/1947. Used ...
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
Righteous early jazz work from Norman Connors – a pair of albums back to back on a single CD! Dance Of Magic is a landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his ... read moreCD
A box packed with nothing but cracking hard bop! All of Lee Morgan's seminal 50s sides for Blue Note assembled in one package, including the albums Indeed!, Volume Two, Volume Three, City Lights, the Cooker and Candy. Morgan's quite young on these sessions, but his voice is fully formed and he ... read moreCD
(Out of print, numbered limited edition! PLEASE NOTE THIS SET IS MISSING DISC 1.)
An incredible album from trumpeter Ted Daniel – recorded at the start of the 70s with a lineup and a style that virtually puts Ted in a space all his own, and which may well make the album the greatest one he's ever given us! There's boldness to the set right from the start – as Daniel ... read moreCD
Incredible tenor work from a talent we'd never heard before – and an album of wonderful depth that hides behind a misleading indie-rock styled cover! Kirstian Harborg's plays here with a sharp sound that's extremely gripping – one that dips down into the soulful depths of tone that we ... read moreCD
Stanley Clarke is completely on fire here – recorded in a live performance at the end of the 70s, but with all the dense complexity of his music from the earlier part of the decade! The group is completely freewheeling from the start – driven on by Clarke's effortlessly mindblowing ... read moreCD
Eddie Harris was a hell of a saxophonist, and he was also a hell of an entertainer too – something that didn't always come through on his studio records of the 60s and 70s! This live set features Eddie late in life, but still completely on fire – scatting a very cool intro to the whole ... read moreCD
Great solo material from pianist Randy Weston – two broadcast performances from years when he wasn't captured all that much on record – which makes both sessions a much-needed addition to his catalog! The first half of the set features a 1985 solo performance at the Bamboo Club in ... read moreCD
Tomasz Stanko —
Twet ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the best records we've ever heard from legendary Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko! Stanko first came to fame working with pianist Krzysztof Komeda during the 1960s – but this set captures Stanko stepping forth after Komeda's death, leading his own group in a spiritual session of freer ... read moreCD
An overlooked chapter in the Harold Land/Bobby Hutcherson partnership that recorded more famously for Blue Note – a date that's issued here under the tenorist's own name, but which also features equal contributions from Hutcherson on vibes! Tracks have that long, modal quality that has the ... read moreCD
A great record by Paul Bley – one of his few forays into electronic music, and a set that's got a really striking feel right from the start! Unlike some of the gimmicky moog records of the time – or some of the noisier avant electronic sets – Bley finds a way to use the ... read moreCD
Amina Baraka's holding a megaphone on the cover, but she hardly needs it at all – given the righteous power of her voice on this album – still completely amazing after all these years! The album follows in the best tradition of work started by Amiri Baraka back in the 60s – a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Michael Marcus & Ted Daniel —
Duology ... CD Boxholder, 2007. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Joe Giardullo Open Ensemble —
Red Morocco ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2006. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A well-titled group, as the ensemble's style is very open – almost improvisational, really, given that most players receive very little direction from Joe Giardullo! The performance here was recorded with all musicians sitting in a circle – coming together after a few hours of ... read moreCD
Searing alto work from Mike Osborne – captured here at the height of his powers in two live performances! The first long track on the set – "Ducking & Diving" – is a 42 minute jam by a quartet that features Osborne on alto, Dave Holdsworth on trumpet, Marcio Mattos ... read moreCD
Throttle Elevator Music —
Area J ... CD Wide Hive, 2014. Used ...
Rare work from a really unique group in British jazz – one that takes older players from the hardbop generation, such as Tubby Hayes and Phil Seamen – and has them jam with younger musicians who have a very outside, freewheeling approach! The album features two long tracks – both ... read moreCD
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over ... read moreCD
A beautiful date from bassist Josh Abrams – a player who's lent his soulful talents to so many great Chicago sessions over the past decade or two – really coming into his own as a leader! Josh has this deeply spiritual approach to his instrument – a style that, back when he first ... read moreCD
(Please note that the CD holder inside the case is intact but has a crack.)
Willem Breuker Kollektief —
To Remain ... CD Bvhaast (Netherlands), 1983/1984/1989. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble —
Spanish Suite ... CD Zulu/Katalyst, 1968. Used ...
Great lost work from the legendary Phil Cohran and his Artistic Heritage Ensemble – a composition that was recorded during the group's late 60s years on the Chicago scene – but which has never been released until now! The album stands beautifully alongside the group's self-titled ... read moreCD
Don't be put off by the heavy metal-looking name and cover of this group – because they're a great atmospheric combo with some really soulful touches! The feel of the set is a bit like the excellent and similarly-staffed Kullrusk album on Moserobie – an exploration of older electronic ... read moreCD
A really free-wheeling live album from Kenny Barron – cut originally as a Japanese-only session for the ultra-hip Why Not label, and done with a sound that's a bit different than some of his American work of the time! The group's a trio – with Buster Williams on bass and Ben Riley on ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Theo Croker definitely hits escape velocity here – using electric touches to push his music deep into the cosmos, but all while still holding onto the earthy soul at the core! Theo blows straight trumpet sometimes, and processes his horn at others – but never with any sense ... read moreCD
Stunning 50s modern jazz – long overdue for reissue! The CD features 2 long-lost albums – Modern Music From Philadelphia by The Brothers Sandole, and The Clarinet Artistry of John La Porta. The Sandoles were one of the least-known and least-appreciated groups working on the east coast ... read moreCD
Compelling early work from trumpeter Don Ellis – and a set that's almost equally great for the presence of Jaki Byard on piano! The work's quite different than some of Ellis' other material – a bit more sharp and stark, and played by a group that includes Byard on piano, Al Francis on ... read moreCD
Some of the freest, most far-reaching work that Sam Rivers ever cut for Blue Note – a set recorded in 1967, but not issued until nearly a decade later by the label! The album's a great precursor of some of the work that Sam would do later in the 70s – still somewhat in a "new ... read moreCD
Excellent work from Elton Dean's Ninesense group of the 70s – one of the few British ensembles to continue that careful balance between improvisation and group performance that was such an important part of the UK scene at the end of the 60s – but which had disappeared into more rock-lik ... read moreCD
Heavy sounds from this mighty quartet – a lineup that features Peter Brotzmann on tenor, alto clarinet, and tarogato – plus Toshinori Kondo on trumpet and electronics, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums! The album spins out in relatively free space – with Drake's ... read moreCD
A really unique little record from Herbie Hancock – one that's almost completely improvised over Latin percussion! The setup is quite spare – and quite different than Herbie's other Blue Note work – and the group features improvised backgrounds by bassist Paul Chambers and 2 ... read moreCD
A landmark session that features two of the greatest tenor talents to emerge from the rich Chicago scene of the 50s! Jordan was well-known to jazz fans, or would be within a few years – but Gilmore's rarely heard in this sort of setting, as most of his recording career was spent in the ... read moreCD
One of Ornette Coleman's most groundbreaking albums – a set that takes his best free jazz energy of the 60s, and expands it out into the space of a longer suite – all originally designed as a film soundtrack, then never used in the movie at all! Yet even without the film placement, the ... read moreCD
Wonderful early work from the great pianist Stanley Cowell – a set that pre-dates his famous sides for the Strata East label – but which soars out in a very similar style! The material was recorded in New York in 1969 – with a great lineup that features Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, ... read moreCD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr. Small cutout notch through spine.)
A slightly more aggressive trio session than usual for Kenny Barron – still done with that round, warm tone on the keys that we love so much – but hitting the tracks with a stronger punch that's a bit unusual, and which might be the result of using Dave Holland and Daniel Humair as part ... read moreCD
A beautiful little record from the Art Ensemble of Chicago – and although performed for a bigger label than some of their previous indie outings, the set may be one of the most dynamic the group ever recorded! Atlantic Records is clearly giving the group a lot of space here – as they're ... read moreCD
Ambitious work from Jaco – a set of larger group recordings that have a really expansive feel! There's a jagged electric undercurrent to the set, but the album's also got some redemptive work from the larger group – bright, optimistic, and filled with a globe-spanning array of ... read moreCD
A beautiful little session from John Hicks – recorded in 1988, but with a spiritual edge that reminds us of some of the best indie soul jazz sides of the 70s. Although Hicks often recorded around the time leading a trio, this set features the great altoist Bobby Watson sitting in with a ... read moreCD
Second CD of sessions recorded on this 3rd meeting of this massive international free jazz collective, here joined by Roy Campbell and William Parker. The original tentet consists of Joe McPhee, Jeb Bishop, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Mars Williams, Peter Brotzmann, Fred Londberg-Holm, Kent ... read moreCD
An incredible album from Bill Evans – and maybe THE record you need in your collection if you're trying to understand his contribution to jazz! The album's one of Evan's first sides from the Village Vanguard – and features the legendary trio that included Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul ... read moreCD
The first album by British bandleader Mike Westbrook – and a searing session that crackles with energy that's missing from much of his later work! The album features Westbrook unlocking a whole new chapter in British jazz – bringing together a host of top-shelf London players that ... read moreCD
Sharply angular fusion from the early 80s European scene – from that moment when some of the players on the scene had moved strongly past their roots in jazz and were open to a range of different styles! This doesn't necessarily mean rock – although Thin Lizzy's great Phil Lynott makes ... read moreCD
A fantastic lost slice of work from the legendary Krzysztof Komeda – and a set that's quite different than some of his avant jazz classics of the 60s! This album's still got a lot of jazz in the mix, but there's also a lot of the "sweet" mentioned in the title – mostly in ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Luther Thomas Quintet —
Don't Tell ... CD Creative Consciousness, 1993. Used ...
Sweet 70s fusion from guitarist Toto Blanke – a set done a bit after his better-known record for Vertigo, and with a very similar vibe! The sound is very electric, and very much in the proggier end of jazz fusion – and Blanke gets superb help from keyboardist Jasper Van't Hof and ... read moreCD
A killer fusion group from 70s Poland – one who have a sound that's nicely spacious and surprisingly soulful at times – a bit different than some of their more rock-oriented contemporaries! This set's the first we've heard by the group – no surprise, given how obscure Eastern ... read moreCD
A killer fusion combo from the Polish scene of the 70s – one who seem to take strong inspiration from Weather Report in their sound, and who also feature a very strong bassist in the lead! Wojciech Bruslik is at the helm here on electric bass – often more structured than Jaco Pastorius ... read moreCD
One of the many creative projects undertaken by the brilliant Chicago reed player Ken Vandermark, the Steelwool Trio features Vandermark in the company of bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Curt Newton. The set's a bunch of tracks that Vandermark wrote in tribute to friends and heroes like Sun Ra, ... read moreCD
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from this Polish keyboardist – a set that has him stepping past the simple Hammond modes of his earlier years, and into a realm of much freer-flowing fusion! Sadowski still mostly plays Hammond on the set – but also a bit of Fender Rhodes and ... read moreCD
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet —
Images ... CD Okka Disk, 2004. Used ...
Another heavy duty release from the Brotzmann Tentet, continuing the tradition Brotzmann established years ago with his FMP label, though this group moves with alarming agility considering its size, and the momentum they develop. Once again featuring an astounding line up with Joe McPhee, Jeb ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet —
Signs ... CD Okka Disk, 2004. Used ...
A companion to the Images disc, recorded at the same time, this set likewise features the international 10 piece featuring Joe McPhee, Jeb Bishop, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Mars Williams, Peter Brotzmann, Fred Londberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake running through three ... read moreCD
A wonderful meeting of jazz and poetry – as the Peter Brotzmann Tentet pays tribute to the work of Kenneth Patchen – mixing readings of Patchen's material with backings from the larger group! Section one of the CD features the Brotzmann group improvising under direction from the "l ... read moreCD
The vibes of Steve Nelson and alto sax of Bobby Watson – a really wonderful combination, given that both players have such an edgey, soulful approach! The tracks here are often quite long – material recorded live at an Italian jazz festival in the late 80s – and that gives the ... read moreCD
A great CD set that features incredible material from John Coltrane – a rare session for Roulette as a split LP with Lee Morgan! The CD features the side of Coltrane's work – which features him playing with an unusual quartet that includes McCoy Tyner, plus bassist Steven Davis and ... read moreCD
The Ritual Trio gets some mighty hip company here – the legendary Pharoah Sanders, who really fleshes out the group's sound with his tremendous work on tenor sax! Core members Ari Brown and Malachi Favors work as a well-tooled unit under the leadership of Kahil El Zabar – no surprise, ... read moreCD
A smoking set from Phineas Newborn – recorded in 3 different modes for the record – solo, trio, and quartet! The quartet and trio sides feature some nice guitar from his brother Calvin Newborn – whose bluesier tones really help give the record a deeper feel than usual for Phineas ... read moreCD
A rare "with orchestra" outing from pianist Phineas Newborn – one that has his gentle keys out front of larger backings by Dennis Farnon – all cast in the kind of dreamy mode you might expect from the title! Yet while the whole thing's certainly got a late night feel, Newborn' ... read moreCD
One of the strongest albums ever cut by trombonist Urbie Green – a player who had a heck of a lot of talent, but who unfortunately could sometimes end up in some schmaltzy settings. Fortunately, this isn't one of them – as the group includes players like Jimmy Lyon on piano, Oscar ... read moreCD
A seminal bit of work from Mike Westbrook – recorded back in the early years of his career, when he still had a pretty sharp edge! Like Westbrook's first few albums on Decca, this set features the British avant jazz maestro playing piano with a large ensemble of some of England's finest ... read moreCD
Some of Kenny's best recordings – especially from the early days! The albums contained on this 2CD set feature Kenny in the company of some of the best late 50's players at Blue Note. Junior Cook and Tina Brooks are on tenor, Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons play piano, Louis Smith plays ... read moreCD
Righteous work from a young Kalaparusha – easily one of the most spiritual players of his generation in the Chicago AACM – and a player who seems to single-handedly point the way towards the sound of jazz in the 70s! This crucially overlooked album is a tremendous musical statement ... read moreCD
The title's a bit of a joke, given the image of money on the cover – but the album's a tight little set from this classic Basie tenorist, recorded with a largeish group that would have made his old boss proud! Frank keeps things upbeat and soulful on most tracks – mostly blowing tenor, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
John Patitucci —
Now ... CD Concord, 1998. Used ...
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
An overlooked late 60s treasure on Blue Note – 2 rare albums by Kenny Cox & The Contemporary Jazz Quintet – one of the few new groups to work on the label at the time, and an up-and-coming modern combo from Detroit! The first album's quite unique for a number of reasons – not ... read moreCD
A lovely little set from British tenorist Bobby Wellins – the kind of overlooked gem that we love to discover! Wellins is playing live here with a quartet – in a style that reminds us of some of our favorite Stan Getz albums from the later years – soulfully blown tenor firmly in ... read moreCD