A 70s 2-fer that collects 2 live sides originally issued by Argo, then subsequently by Chess under the Cadet label. Classic Chicago piano jazz – featuring the very popular pianist Ahmad Jamal, recorded at the legendary Pershing Lounge, down at 63rd and Cottage Grove and at the equally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear, a cutout notch and an index sticker down the bottom half of the spine.)
Khan Jamal Trio —
Traveller ... LP Steeplechase (Denmark), 1986. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of a few great albums cut by vibist Khan Jamal with South African bassist Johnny Dyani! The session has Khan's vibes and Johnny's bass supported by drums from Leroy Lowe – in an open trio format that's filled with lots of rich tonal colors – and which has the players shading each ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner, lightly bent corners, and a center split in the top seam.)
Khan Jamal/Johnny Dyani/Pierre Dorge —
Three ... LP Steeplechase (Denmark), 1985. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A very sweet set of open, spacious jazz – played by an international trio in a unique grouping! The Amazing South African bassist Johnny Dyani holds the group together, while Khan Jamal's vibes & Pierre Dorge's guitar dance over the top trading melodies and chordal support. Even without ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really cool little combo, led by the enigmatic Jaman on piano and keyboards – working here in a mix of spiritual jazz and more soulful styles of the 70s! The core group features additional bass, drums, congas, and percussion – and the overall style of the record has a looseness that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
12 ... LP Tappan Zee, 1984. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Titles include "No Pay No Play", "Courtship", "Midnight", "Ruby Ruby Ruby", and "Legacy". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has a promo stamp.)
Bob James —
H ... LP Tappan Zee/Columbia, 1980. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
The cover might be a bit gimmicky – with a giant image of a hot dog – but the album's actually one of the more sensitive outings from keyboardist Bob James at the time – a really refreshing blend of modes and styles, served up on Fender Rhodes, Oberheim, and acoustic piano! There' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare material from pianist Bob James – and tracks that are a lot different than his funky Fender Rhodes albums of the 70s! The set is the first-ever issued of work recorded at Columbia University in 1965 – and the vibe is a bit like James' album for Mercury Records around the same time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition pressing – on 180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI!)
Bob James —
Touchdown ... LP Tappan Zee/Columbia, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ...
Sweet electric keys from the great Bob James – a record that's a bit smoother than some of his first few classics for CTI, but still plenty darn nice! The set's got Bob working with a range of key fusion and studio players who include Steve Gadd, Earl Klugh, Eric Gale, Hubert Laws, Mongo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure albums on Cadence – with James on drums – and a cool lineup that also includes Byard Lancaster on alto on one track – plus a core group with Khan Jamal on vibes, Middie Middleton on tenor, and Clarence Bradley on trumpet! LP, Vinyl record album
A live performance from pianist Keith Jarrett, recorded at Suntory Hall in Tokyo – but one that's a bit different than some of the solo sets that came earlier in his career, as it's got both a different sound and different style overall! The tracks here aren't side-long improvisations, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wild and wonderful work by Keith Jarrett – light years away from his records on ECM! The album features a quartet that includes Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – but it's clearly Keith who's driving the bus here, taking lots of odd twists and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally wonderful album from the young Keith Jarrett – and a set that's different than most of the pianist's other well-known modes – not his solo improvisations, not his successful trio material, and not even his more outside quartet modes of the 70s – but instead this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key early moment for Keith Jarrett – his first-ever solo album, recorded in the early 70s for ECM – and the start of a huge legacy of later work! Before this set, Jarrett had recorded some compelling trio material for Atlantic – and he was also exploring more spiritually ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam and some surface wear.)
A genre-defining moment from pianist Keith Jarrett – a record that really set the world on fire, and which continues to charm all these many decades later! Although Jarrett had already made some amazing music in a trio setting during the 60s, and in his more freewheeling groups with Dewey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strong quartet date, with a bit more edge than some of his solo piano records – thanks to work by Jan Garbarek on soprano and tenor, Palle Danielsson on bass, and John Christensen on drums. Jarrett also plays a bit of percussion and timbales! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small dent at the opening.)
Keith Jarrett —
Shades ... LP ABC/Impulse, 1976. Near Mint- ...
A lost gem from Keith's "with horns" period – a quintet session from the mid 70s, recorded with a group that features Dewey Redman on tenor, plus Charlie Haden on bass, Paul Motian on drums and percussion, and Guilherme Franco on additional percussion. The feel is a bit straighter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime solo piano – from that early 70s moment when Keith Jarrett was not only finding a whole new voice for himself, but also creating a whole new format in music! The tracks here are all long, live, solo improvisations – played by Jarrett at a level that's unbridled, but never ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful illustration of the inherent sense of beauty in Keith Jarrett's early work – an approach to piano that was simple, straightforward, and marked by a ringing sense of tone that's evident in the very first note of the set! Jarrett here isn't trying to break any rules in jazz piano, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Vortex pressing. Cover has some burn marks on back from a shrinkwrap machine.)
A key moment in the career of pianist Keith Jarrett – and one that would continue to provide him a strong space for exploration in his later years at ECM! Jarrett first rose to great fame on the label with his long-spun solo improvisation albums of the 70s – and had also recorded ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second great set of standards from Keith Jarrett – and like the first one, a great reminder to many that the pianist was still very strongly schooled in jazz! Although Keith really opened up ways for pianists to stretch out in the 70s, his move to material like this in the early 80s was a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the crowning moments of Keith Jarrett's longform improvised style of the 70s – a huge batch of concert material recorded in Japan – done in a style that's similar to his famous Koln and Berlin concert records! This promo features excerpts from different performances in Osaka, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Keith Jarrett with Charlie Haden & Jan Garbarek —
Arbour Zena ... LP ECM, 1976. Near Mint- ...
A beautiful large-concept album from Keith Jarrett – one that features his piano, the bass of Charlie Haden, and the tenor and soprano sax of Jan Garbarek as the main solo instruments over larger string orchestrations! There's a sense of excitement to the record right from the start – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has a light thin stain along the spine.)
Keith Jarrett/Dennis Russell Davies —
Ritual ... LP ECM, 1977. Near Mint- ...
The best Keith Jarrett spirit of the 70s – those long, exploratory lines he virtually invented on solo piano – performed here by pianist Dennis Russell Davies! The set's one of the warmest we've ever heard from Davies – as he spins out on two side-long interpretations of this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
Guus Janssen —
On The Line ... LP Claxon (Netherlands), 1980. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A fantastic tribute to the compositional genius of saxophonist Wayne Shorter – and one that also features some great performances from the man himself! We're don't always immediately gravitate to the work of the Jazz At Lincoln Center group, but this is a really special project – one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy vinyl pressing – very nicely done!)
A great little live set – ostensibly a Dizzy Gillespie performance, but with some very strong guest stars! The core of the group is Diz's great one from the early 60s – with Lalo Schifrin on piano and Leo Wright on alto and flute, and they're joined by Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has an ink stamp and a bit of marker on back.)
An early Norm Granz production, before they were issued under the JATP moniker, though basically the same idea. In fact, this set would later get repackaged as a JATP side. As you'd expect, it's an all star cast, with a group that includes Flip Phillips, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Johnny ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Clef pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has clear tape along all of the seams and a spot of faded marker in the top right.)
The landmark first album to feature the Jazz Crusaders playing live at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach – the start of a great run of albums that would go onto help redefine the sound of soul jazz in the 60s! Although the group was already plenty darn great on their studio sides, working at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Pacific Jazz pressing. Cover has light wear.)
The first we've ever heard from the Jazz Defenders – but a record that makes it feel like the group has been together for years – as the songs explode with all sorts of fresh ideas and individual voices – all while the whole thing stays in strongly soulful, swinging territory! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great record, and one that's even better than its gimmick – even though that gimmick is pretty darn great! The group pretends to be a British jazz combo from 1970, and works their way through a host of Black Sabbath tunes from the time – but rather than a straighter reworking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal work from one of the hippest jazz singers ever – a session that showed the world that Eddie Jefferson was firmly back in business during the 60s! The set's got a really rollicking feel, and a bit more influence from soul than the bop of Eddie's roots – with elements of gospel ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest albums ever from Eddie Jefferson – a perfect blend of his earlier vocalese roots with a hipper, more swinging 60s style of soul jazz! The album's got an upbeat, joyous feel throughout – exploding with the sort of dynamic energy we've always loved in Eddie's singing ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue circle logo label stereo pressing. Cover has two small cutout holes, some light stains, and notes in pen on back.)
Paul Jeffrey —
Family ... LP Mainstream, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
One of the bolder records from tenor saxophonist Paul Jeffrey – a player from the east coast scene who recorded most strongly for Mainstream records in the early 70s! The group on this album is relatively large – directed by Ernie Wilkins, but with modes that are a lot looser and more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A young group, but one who've got some mighty nice energy – a mix of live rhythms on bass and drums, with sweet keyboard lines, saxophone leads, and just a touch of electronics – all in a mode that's got a similar blend of classic styles and contemporary elements as we'd find in work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An insanely wonderful step forward for reedman Per Texas Johansson – a musician that we've loved on other records from the Moserobie label, but who's never sounded this fantastic before! Johansson's still got a strong focus on his reedwork and soundshapes – but the style of the group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ronny Johansson —
Occasion ... LP Dragon (Sweden), 1981. Near Mint- ...
All tracks are originals by the leader – and the quartet features Ronny Johansson on piano, Ove Ingemarsson on tenor, Matz Nilsson on electric bass, and Anders Kjellberg on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most soulful sessions ever cut by tenorist Budd Johnson – recorded with a cool combo that features Al Williams on some smoking Hammond – plus bass and drums. Lots of tracks are originals – and titles include the jazz dance groover "Ya Ya" – plus "Ex ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and is stained and wrinkled on the bottom 3 inches.)
Swedish recording that pairs the great tenor player with a tight local group, and has them laying down a number of standard jazz tracks like "Lester Leaps In", "Now's The Time", and "Body & Soul" in nice long relaxed versions. Budd also reprises his older "Ya ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A weird little record – but not without some nice moments! The record was produced and put together by Jan Hammer – and in many ways, is very much like his hard-jamming fusion work fo the time. Earle plays congas, timbales, moog, and other percussion – and also sings on a number ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic soul jazz set from the 60s – one of the few ever cut by pianist Harold Johnson, and a record that brims over with youthful power and new ideas! The Harold Johnson Sextet were an incredible little LA soul jazz combo during the late 60s. Johnson was a very soulful pianist, and he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest, hardest albums that trombonist JJ Johnson ever cut for Columbia – a session we'd rank right up there with his amazing JJ Inc record, and like that one a really cooking hardbop record that maybe even rivals the best on Blue Note and Prestige at the time! As with that gem, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best early albums on the legendary Debut label – a unique 4 trombone session that features the talents of JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green, and Willie Dennis – all set to rhythm by the trio of John Lewis on piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Art Taylor on drums! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Debut pressing – nice and clean! Side A label has fallen off the record (common for Debut), still included. Cover has peeled spots on front from sticker removal and a small stain at the bottom right corner.)
A rare American outing from British bandleader Laurie Johnson – an artist who's probably best known for his famous soundtrack work of the 60s, but who steps out here in a surprisingly nice instrumental mode! The style here is a bit like that of John Dankworth on some of his American records ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more ambitious titles in the legendary Lansdowne series – a batch of work from mostly-soundtrack composer Laurie Johnson – featuring key solo work by Joe Harriott on alto, Tubby Hayes and Tony Coe on tenors, and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet! LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent debut from saxophonist Bobby Jones – an extremely talented player whose work was a big part of the Charles Mingus group in the early 70s – and an artist who works with a surprising sense of soul! The album's got Bobby in a really great lineup – with sensitive backing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Boogaloo Joe Jones —
What It Is ... LP Prestige, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Killer funkiness from Boogaloo Joe Jones! Grover Washington Jr makes an incredible appearance here – sounding much harder and heavier than on some of his Kudu recordings – more of a gritty soul jazz player, working beautifully alongside the sharp guitar of Boogaloo Joe Jones, and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning early set as a leader from Elvin Jones – both a tremendous demonstration of the free energy he let loose after the passing of John Coltrane, and a set that's also still got some key Coltrane-esque elements! As with other Jones albums to follow, Elvin's got some key reedmen on hand ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Liberty pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light ringwear and a cut corner.)
A overlooked gem in Elvin Jones' Blue Note career – and an album that's virtually the blueprint for the Stone Alliance sound forged later in the decade by bassist Gene Perla and reedman Steve Grossman! Both players are working to full effect on this smoking little set – mixing some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hank Jones at the height of his powers – working in an unusual trio with the great Isla Eckinger on bass – a well-rounded, soulfully-toned player who really helps make some magic on the set! Hank's talents are well-known, and very much in their best form here – but the slightly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and light wear.)
Duo recordings on two concert grand pianos by Jones and Flanagan, with titles including "Relaxin' At Camarillo", "In A Sentimental Mood", "Some Day My Prince Will Come", "Afternoon In Paris", "Au Privave", "I'm All Smiles", "Rockin' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones —
Sweetback ... LP Luv N' Haight, 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
A monster set of work by one of the funkiest guitar players ever! Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones recorded a number of sides for Prestige Records during the early 70s – but this rare gem came out after all those, in 1975, on the tiny Joka label, and never really got into proper circulation at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Recorded live at Pepe's Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in November of 1985, with Oliver Jones on piano, Skip Beckwith on bass and Anil Sharma on drums. Titles include "All The Things You Are", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Gershwin Medley", "Round Midnight" and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label and clear tape on the spine.)
A stunner of an album – and one that definitely draws plenty power from the double drummers in the lead! The set's way different than most of Elvin Jones' other work of the time – and is even more hard-hitting than some of the Philly Joe Jones sessions too – and, unusual for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing with AT etch. Cover has a cutout notch, with moisture stains along the bottom 2 inches.)
A killer second album from Philly Joe Jones' Dameronia project – a group dedicated to playing the music of Tadd Dameron, but with a soaring swing that's very much Jones' own groove! The tunes are all classics by Tadd, presented with the kind of forward-thinking charts that Dameron first got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last really all-star sets from Quincy Jones – and a record that reprises the format of some of his big records of the 70s – like Mellow Madness or Body Heat – in a way that has Quincy surrounding himself with top-shelf artists of all sorts, from jazz soloists, to hip ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Robin Jones Seven —
El Maja ... LP Apollo Sound/Jazz Room (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
A classic album of Latin grooves from the UK scene – a musical world that wasn't always a hotbed of styles in the Afro-Cuban mode, but which did have the benefit of the mighty percussionist Robin Jones! Jones was born in India, but moved to London during the same post-colonial jazz migration ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sam Jones —
Chant ... LP Riverside, 1961. Very Good ...
Early genius from Sam Jones – the kind of record that showed the world that he was way more than just a bass player – even though he was pretty darn great at that! At the time of the set, Sam was already raising plenty of ears with his work in the Cannonball Adderley group, an outfit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has a split spine, some splitting on the top seam, and some pen on the back.)
A really goofy little record – one that has the great Spike Jones taking on the hi-fi generation – demonstrating the qualities of your system with a huge amount of sound effects mixed with music! (Now Sound, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
The birth of a legend – documented here in a really wonderful package – a brilliant 2CD set that brings forth the first-ever recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – heard here on the debut nights of their very long run of Monday night performances at the Village ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition heavyweight vinyl pressed at RTI!)
A really unique little small group effort from the team of Thad Jones and Pepper Adams – one that predates Jones' bigger band work with Mel Lewis (also part of the group here), and offers one of the few chances to hear him in a small group in the late 60s! The record's got a care and charm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing in the brown cover, with a small sticker on back. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "H&T Blues".)
Excellent work from Clifford Jordan – far better than the usual Steeplechase session of the time! The vibe here is similar to Jordan's work at the time on the Strata East label – played in a very similar group, with Cedar Walton on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An odd little album from tenorist Clifford Jordan – but a great one too, given the unique format! As the title implies, Cliff pays tribute to Leadbelly – handling a host of Huddie Ledbetter originals, but in a style that's kind of 60s soul jazz, with a bit of blues as well – one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic lost moment in the career of Duke Jordan – a UK album that features some great quartet material with Cecil Payne on baritone sax, alongside David Williams on bass and Al Foster on drums! The remaining third of the album features a different trio – with Lloyd Buchanan on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked bit of piano genius from the 60s – a split LP with great work from both artists! Sadik kicks things off with the "east" side of the record – tunes that have a supposedly exotic feel, but which are mostly soul jazz piano groovers – performed by a quartet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice small combo date – done in the best Uptown Records way – understated, but nicely strong all the way through! Don Joseph blows cornet – in a combo that features Al Cohn on tenor, Bill Triglia on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Joey Baron on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
The kind of small combo record we really like to dig – issued by a small local label, and featuring some players we'd never hear otherwise, doing a pretty good job with a few original tunes by the leader! Doug Kahle plays piano, and the group features some nice tenor from Johnny Raffa – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and a small rip.)
Emiko Kai —
My Way ... LP Toshiba (Japan), 1979. Near Mint- ...
A trio date – with Emiko Kai on piano, and Jimmy Taekuchi on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully minimalist work from Ariel Kalma – work that seems to move effortlessly between acoustic and electronic sources, often in ways that feel like the latter is manipulating the former! One piece here feels as if soprano sax lines were folded back on themselves – maybe in a ... (Out Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way more than just a tribute to Bill Evans in the usual trio mode – as the group here is led by Norwegian pianist Egil Kapstad, but is a quartet with Bjorn Johansen on tenor, Bjorn Alterhaug on bass, and Egil Johansen on drums – with guest vocals from Sheila Jordan, and work by a string ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light edge wear and a center split in the bottom seam.)
Elvin Jones joins the Fumio Karashima Trio for this great late 70s outing – no surprise, really, given that Karashima played with Jones on some of his Japanese recordings! The tracks here are long and spacious – very much structured by Fumio's gentle touch on the keys, and hardly at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has some tape remnants on the inner opening.)
Wojciech Karolak —
Easy! ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
A totally groovy set from mid 70s Poland – and a record that jumps around with the same energy as the best MPS work from the late 60s! The album's a larger group effort from keyboards Wojciech Karolak – one that features work on Hammond and electric piano set against some nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful duets, in the best ECM tradition – Glen Moore on bass and violin, and Larry Karush on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has some light stains, discoloration from age, and some pen on back.)
Kimiko Kasai with Cedar Walton Trio —
Kimiko Is Here ... LP Columbia (Japan), 1974. Very Good+ ...
A great set from Japanese vocalist Kimiko Kasai – recorded live with spare backing by the Cedar Walton trio, in a mode that's quite different than her better-known 70s electric set with Herbie Hancock! If anything, Kimiko's sound here is more dynamic than the Herbie session – as the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small split on the bottom seam, and some light wear, but vinyl is great.)
Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin —
Elegies ... LP ECM, 1986. Near Mint- ...
With Kim Kashkashian on viola and Robert Levin on piano. (Out Sound, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
One of the few rare albums cut by Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki and his groundbreaking Golden Dragon group during the early 80s – a record that mixes some of the groove-oriented currents of his previous work with elements that are maybe more far-reaching and fusion-styled too! There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Recorded with his orchestra at Albert Hall and Fairfield Hall, with songs including "Happy Birthday To You", "Street Of Dreams", "Of Space And Time", "No Harmful Slide Effects", "Ambivalence" and more. LP, Vinyl record album