A really great little live jazz date from the mid 50s – one that features a unique pairing of east and west coast players, working together as part of a Birdland Stars package tour! The group's an exceptionally balanced one – with players who are all strong enough to work together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Steve Cohn on piano, shakuhachi, bell, and wood – with Jay Elfenbein on bass and Chuck Fertail on drums. All titles are original – and side one features the long "Take Two For Now". LP, Vinyl record album
Richie Cole is a player who really opens up in a live setting – drawing on decades of bop inspiration, and also moving into some hipper 70s-styled grooves as well! This set really shows that aspect of Cole's work – as it's got Richie working with an ensemble that matches his sense of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing too mad here, but a wonderful record that really shows the genius of Richie Cole in the 70s! Cole on Muse is a wonderful combination – sharp-edged alto sax, rooted in tradition – but let loose on some freer soul jazz modes as well, really showing the strong jazz underground ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the classic Richie Cole LPs for Muse from the 70's, with a light airy groove, and free breezy solos that are augmented on some tracks with vocals by Eddie Jefferson. Includes the classics "New York Afternoon", a breezy jazz dancer, and "Alto Madness" – plus "It ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cy Coleman takes on the music of Jamaica – a Broadway show that he didn't write, but which he really makes his own here through a mix of lively piano lines and vocals! Cy's better known as an instrumentalist, but his few spots of singing here are quite nice – raspy and understated, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ornette and his 80's Prime Time group, recorded live at the Caravan of Dreams in Houston, in 1985. The band features 2 guitars (Bern Nix and Charles Ellerbee), 2 basses (Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Albert MacDowell), and 2 drummers (Denardo Coleman and Sabir Kamal). Ornette's out front, playing in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that bursts out with a sound that definitely lives up to its striking title – as Ornette Coleman explores the new frontiers of experimental jazz with one of his great groups from the end of the 60s! The album's got the intensity of the best ESP sessions of the period, but also shows ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful record that serves as both a showcase for Ornette's "serious" writing efforts, and his ability to play with a larger ensemble. Side one features Ornette playing trumpet solos with The Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet as they perform his "Forms & Sounds". Side two ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early Prime Time stuff by Ornette, with the harmelodic sound electric sound of the group that included Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Bern Nix, and Charlie Ellerbee. Lots of popping guitar strings, jumping basslines, and rambling solos by Ornette. Tracks include "Jump Street", "Sleep ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Ornette's great albums for the obscure Artists House label, and different from the one that he recorded with James Blood Ulmer, which was more of a straight-on Harmelodic work. This one's got him playing a set of tender sensitive duets with bassist and longtime accompanyist Charlie Haden. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential Ornette Coleman – and some great rare material pulled from his early days at Atlantic Records! The sides were recorded in 1959 and 1960 – but never issued until this format, a rare mid 70s album that was only issued in Japan! Despite that obscurity, though, the material is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ornette Coleman —
Twins ... LP Atlantic, Late 50s/Early 60s. Sealed ...
Just Sold Out!
A key album for any fan of classic Ornette Coleman – a 1971 Atlantic release that pulled together tracks from the late 50's and early 60's that didn't make it onto Ornette's earlier records for the label! Why these tracks weren't released at the time is a mystery to all, because the material ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really incredible performance from Ornette Coleman – recorded in Italy in 1968, and featuring a unique lineup that includes Ed Blackwell on drums, plus the dual basses of Charlie Haden and David Izenzon! The two-bass lineup gives the set an amazingly tight edge – with one player ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from Ornette – recorded in Paris in 1966 for the film Who's Crazy, and issued here in a 1979 pressing by IRI, which we think was the first-ever vinyl issue of the material. Ornette's on alto, violin, and trumpet – and the tracks have a wonderfully playful feel, plus some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Graham Haynes on trumpet, Cassandra Wilson on vocals, Geri Allen on sythesizer, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Kevin Bruce Harris on bass, Marvin Smitty Smith on percussion, and Mark Johnson on drums and percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
Although Colosseum are probably best known as a hard rocking progressive band, they certainly had plenty of jazz touches – and this album spawned the great groover "Elegy", which has become something of a jazzy dancefloor classic over the years! Overall, the record's got some very ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the classics from that 70s stretch when Alice Coltrane was really opening up her sound – not just walking away from more familiar jazz modes, but also embracing a very strong influence from Indian music and eastern thought as well! These elements had always been part of Coltrane's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Truly the best of the best of Coltrane's years at Impulse – as the collection has a strong focus on the longer, more spiritual numbers that he was free to develop while working for the forward-thinking company. The set's stuffed with great numbers – and includes classics like "Afri ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Double LP set that brings together two Coltrane sides for Prestige from the late 50's – Black Pearls and The Believer. Both LPs are nice easy blowing hard bop albums that feature Coltrane in a relaxed setting that lets him open up and get very exploratory in his solos. Donald Byrd's playing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure John Coltrane albums for Atlantic – but a beautiful batch of spiritual numbers that really show him pushing towards the sound of A Love Supreme! The date on the album's 1966, but the material was recorded earlier – in that key turning point year of 1960, when ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that really earns its title – as it's easily some of the most cosmic music John Coltrane ever recorded – and also kind of a way of saying goodbye to the planet, to leave his music in the hands of a next generation of creators! The album features material recorded by a Coltrane ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Most of the set features great 1961 recordings on tour – with a group that has Eric Dolphy on alto, flute, and bass clarinet – joining John Coltrane on tenor and soprano sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – on titles that include "My ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
1965 recordings, live at the Half Note – with Coltrane on tenor and soprano, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – on long takes of "Impressions" and "Chim Chim Cheree" – plus an "Untitled Original". LP, Vinyl record album
A bold early statement from a young John Coltrane – and an album that really has him expanding his talents as a tenor soloist! Coltrane's working here in open-ended quartet format – with backing from the Red Garland trio that includes Paul Chambers and Art Taylor – on a set of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great entry in this sweet 70s series – one that brings together unreleased material from John Coltrane's key years at Impulse Records! The set features the first issue of a number of Village Vanguard tracks recorded in 1961 with Eric Dolphy in the group on alto and bass clarinet – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Coltrane & Eric Dolphy —
Favorites ... LP Jazz Bird, 1961/1962. Very Good+ ...
Titles include "My Favorite Things" recorded in Copenhagen in 1961 with Dolphy on flute, plus "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "Inchworm" recorded in Stockholm in 1962, with the core quartet, and no Dolphy. LP, Vinyl record album
For a group with this sort of name, these guys have a decidedly non-confrontational style – a really warm, wonderful approach to large ensemble grooving – mixed electric and acoustic, like some of the grooviest MPS big band records of the early 70s! Features some tenor solos from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chris Connor —
Classic ... LP Contemporary, 1986. Near Mint- ...
A sweet later set from this great singer – produced by Helen Keane, arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett – and featuring Paquito D'Rivera on alto and Claudio Roditi on trumpet! (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful title for a beautiful record – one that sums up the subtle sense of sadness that makes the work of Chris Connor so great! There's a sense of longing here that steps out from the very first tune – one that's beautifully moody, without being overindulgent or too emotive. ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chris Connor —
Misty ... LP Atlantic (Japan), Late 50s. Very Good ...
An unusual set from the legendary vocalist Chris Connor – a record that's graced with a boozy later image of Chris on the front, but which features a host of rare gems from her late 50s years at Atlantic Records! There's some really wonderful work on the record that easily matches, if not ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early genius from drummer Norman Connors – a sensational bit of righteous soul jazz – right up there with the best work on Strata East and Black Jazz from the time! The sound here is full, soulful, and spiritual – as Connors heads up a large ensemble that includes luminaries like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those records that really takes you by surprise – a set that doesn't look like much on the front, but which opens up immediately the minute you drop it on the turntable – with a sense of soul and swing that really hold on throughout! The group's a great one – a quintet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Frank Cook —
Kids ... LP Encounter Audiophile Records, 1988. Near Mint- ...
With Frank Cook on fretless bass, Ron Kerber on saxophones, Mark Knox on keyboards, Jim Miller on acoustic/eclectronic drums, and gust artist Andy Lalasis on bass. LP, Vinyl record album
Given that Chick Corea first got his start working in the New York Latin scene back in the 60s, the album's a bit of a return to his roots – even if the general theme here is Spanish, and not Afro-Cuban! The Corea Spanish Heart here is cast in some darker, more contemplative tones than more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great straight set from Chick Corea – one that has him playing acoustic piano throughout, and reclaiming some of the bolder jazz territory he first forged in the 60s! The tracks are long and soaring – very soulful in their construction, and played in a dynamic way that's surprisingly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best ECM teams of the 70s – working here together in a wonderful live set! Chick Corea's got this wonderful flow on his piano – almost a quality that's more like the most unbridled Keith Jarrett work for ECM – bursting out with light and color at each new turn, but in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larry Coryell began his career as a fuzzy fusion monster – often leaning into rock with both his sound and his solos – but over the 70s, he also really developed his talents as an acoustic artist – which come into beautiful focus here on a set of mostly solo recordings! Larry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guitarist Larry Coryell really changes it up from before – shedding both some of his electric modes and his vocal inclinations – and also working with a completely different group, who give the record a very unusual sound! Coryell plays a lot of acoustic guitar here, in addition to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ringwear, cut corner, and some marker.)
Larry Coryell —
Spaces ... LP Vanguard, 1970. Very Good+ ...
An expansive early 70s set from Larry Coryell, joined by an all star group of players: John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous and Billy Cobham. The mood varies throughout, from pieces with a wide reaching searching quality like the title track and "Chris", to a free-ish take on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Solo recording by Coryell, with titles including "Discotexas", "Ravel", "Piano Improvisation", "Sweet Shuffle", and "Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine —
Splendid ... LP Elektra, 1978. Very Good+ ...
Acoustic duets between Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine – recorded with a style that's much more intimate and personal than some of the previous recordings by either player! Although Coryell first rose to fame at the end of the 60s with his fuzzy approach to jazz fusion, he's clearly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine —
Twin House ... LP Elektra, 1977. Near Mint- ...
Compelling duets between guitarists Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine – a studio album recorded in London, hot on the heels of their performance together at the Berliner Jazztage! Although known for their electric musings at the time, both players work here mostly in an acoustic mode – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very nice batch of messed-up funk tracks from the trippy dippy pot-infused CA funky jazz scene of the early 70s. Clifford's joined here by Mel Brown, Willie Ruff, Ron Beck, Plas Johnson, and others – in a set of tracks that includes groovers like the great "VJC", plus "Do It ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal session of LA hardbop – featuring a great group that includes Gerald Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, Frank Butler, and pianist Carl Perkins, the unique talent who had a strange way of playing the keys (sideways!), and who died shortly after the recording of this set. As the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the weirdest, most wonderful albums ever cut by saxophonist Lol Coxhill – way more than just improvised jazz, and exactly the best sort of a record to show his connection to the larger British music scene! The feel here is a bit like the albums that Coxhill recorded with Steve Miller ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure little set, but a nice one too! The album was issued on a cheapish label, with the same cover and title as another release – but the set features some really hard-wailing work by a small combo soul jazz outfit – one with a very searing tenorist in the lead, plus organ and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hank Crawford slides into the electric 70s with this sweet little set of funky tracks – working in a tight small combo format with Richard Tee on electric piano and Cornell Dupree on electric guitar – and grooving in a laidback slinky funk mode that's perfect for his soulful tone on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic Chicago avant garde jazz, recorded at Peace Church New York by Ornette Coleman in 1970, and featuring Leroy Jenkins, Anthony Braxton, Leo Smith, Richard Davis, Steve McCall, and Muhal Richard Abrams. The whole LP's one long track called "Muhal", and the sound is a perfect ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear and splitting in the top seam.)
An excellent set that brings together 2 rare albums from the 50s! Sonny Criss At The Crossroads is an obscure 1959 session recorded by Criss in Chicago, and it's one of the only jazz records ever on the Peacock label, which put out mostly gospel and blues. Criss is joined by Joe Scott on piano, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Featuring Charlie Teagarden on trumpet, Billy Butterfield on trumpet, Matty Matlock on clarinet & alto, Eddie Miller on tenor, Gil Rodin on baritone, Nappy Lamare on guitar, Stan Wrightsman on piano, Bobb Haggart on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
A cool little record with vintage sounds to match its cover image from Robert Crumb – performed here by a combo with Crumb on banjo and vocals, in kind of an offbeat take on early styles from jazz and string band music! The rest of the group plays a number of different instruments – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from one of the funkiest periods in the career of the Jazz Crusaders – that point when they first dropped the "jazz" from their name, and started moving into groovier territory! The set's a bit electric, but never as much so as their later, bigger hits – just ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Instrumental dance tunes from Culley and Tate, each with a side's worth including "Nine O'Clock Express", "Lindy Rock", "Go, Floorshow!", "Sent For You Yesterday", "That Girl", "Fatback & Greens", "Tete-A-Tate", "Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard driving work by Ted Curson! Jubilant Power is a pretty apt title for the set – played with a celebratory fire – combining the freer loft-style playing of his late 70s American work, with some of the tighter grooving rhythmic approaches of his early 70s sides in France. Chris ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet Brazilian rhythms – one of the tightest of the Pablo albums by Paulinho Da Costa, but still a nice batch of Brazilian tinged fusion, with a smooth production style that reminds us of some of the Japanese albums of the same sort during the late 70s! The set was recorded in LA, with help ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forgive the joke in the title, as the set's a pretty nice overseas set from Swedish drummer Bert Dahlander – recorded for a label in Taiwan, with help from Met Francisco on flute, Rob Hatterty on guitar, Timmy Huang on piano, Terry Undang on trumpet, and Ben Rigor on alto sax! LP, Vinyl record album
A really fresh groove from Dalindeo – still very much in the tight jazzy territory of their previous records, but with a strong addition of electric guitar added into the mix! The instrument's not used in any sort of cliched rockish way, but instead with this cool 60s electric vibe – ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very sharp LP issue of some of the legendary late 40's bop recordings that were cut in New York under the leadership of Tadd Dameron! The groups are all pretty darn smoking, and the record features some classic work by Fats Navarro, Allan Eager, and Kenny Clarke. Tracks are longer than the usual ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible early work from British leader Johnny Dankworth – jazz work that's as fluid and grooving as his best 60s soundtrack sessions, and cut with an early sense of power that's really great! Dankworth's tight on the head arrangements, really leaping into the rhythms of the tune with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Johnny Dankworth —
Lifeline ... LP Philips (UK), 1973. Near Mint- ...
Pretty great jazzy work from Johnny Dankworth – one of the hipper Brit bandleaders of the 60s, working here in a sweet 70s mode that reminds us of some of the larger MPS projects of the same time. The tracks have a bit of an electric glow in the basswork and production, but the main focus is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kenny Davern & Flip Phillips —
John & Joe ... LP Chiaroscuro, 1977. Very Good+ ...
Davern plays soprano and c melody sax, and Flip plays soprano, tenor, and bass clarinet – in a group with Dave McKenna on piano, too! LP, Vinyl record album
A totally great small combo set from pianist Mark Davidson – working here with his trio, at a level that's live and very lively – clearly inspired by the best energy of the Ramsey Lewis trio of the 60s, and some of the other soulful trios on the Chicago scene! Tunes are all familiar, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Davis —
Undine ... LP Gramavision, 1987. Near Mint- ...
With JD Parran, Marty Ehrlich, David Miller, Shem Guibbory, Abdul Wadud, and Gerry Hemingway, with Dwight Andrews conducting. LP, Vinyl record album
Spare duet work – Anthony Davis on piano and Jay Hoggard on vibes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing on PAUSA.)
Anthony Davis/Jim Newton Quartet —
Hidden Voices ... LP India Navigation, 1979. Very Good+ ...
With Anthony Davis on piano, James Newton on flute, Rick Rozie on bass, George Lewis on trombone, and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear on the bottom seam, but is nice overall.)
Art Davis —
Life ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1986. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the few albums as a leader from bassist Art Davis – and a wonderfully soulful set that really carries on the strong tradition of work he began in the 50s with John Coltrane and Max Roach! The lineup here is superb – a quartet with Pharoah Sanders on tenor, John Hicks on piano, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Herbie Hancock on piano, Ravi Coltrane on tenor and soprano, and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums. Titles include "Evidence", "Everybody's Doing It", "Art's Boogie", and "Driftin". LP, Vinyl record album
A 70s session by Charles Davis – best known for his work on baritone sax, but here playing tenor and soprano as well! The set's got a nice and open-ended soulbop sort of feel – with a group that includes Kenny Barron, Clifford Adams, Walter Booker, and Billy Hart – all coming ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The kind of record that really broke Eddie Lockjaw Davis out of the R&B world and into the soul jazz camp at the end of the 50s – a seminal early mix of tenor and organ, with the young Shirley Scott handling the Hammond! The group's also got George Duvivier on bass and Arthur Edgehill on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't pass this one up – even though this set is a 1970s repackaging of the album originally entitled Trane Whistle. Although lots of other albums by Eddie Lockjaw Davis are laidback quartet and quintet sessions, this one's got a stunning big band backing him up, and the sound is incredible. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few cases in jazz where an oft-played classic still resonates with power! The record itself is a key cap to Miles Davis' already-groundbreaking years of the 60s – a bold step forward, not just for his nascent electric sound, but also for jazz in general – and the benchmark ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An odd little session for Miles Davis – playing here with a great group, but one that's made up of musicians who are all uncommon sidemen for him, even at this early point in his career! Britt Woodman (a nom-du-date?) is on trombone, and Charles Mingus and Elvin Jones are in the rhythm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little later album from Miles Davis – one that still has some sharp edges and interesting moments that refine the earlier electric sound of the 70s! Teo Macero's still producing here, and he gives the record a focus that really brings the best sound out of the tunes – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Miles Davis makes the electric transition – in this groundbreaking set from the late 60s! The classic mid 60s quintet is still in place here – Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – but the sound is looser, freer, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Miles Davis' first-ever performance in Japan – a really unique concert that featured the quintet with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – augmented by a young Sam Rivers on tenor! The presence of Rivers really gives the set an edge – and although Miles is holding Sam ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Miles Smiles, but his grin is a wry one – given the angular energy of the set! The album's a landmark effort from the mid 60s quintet that includes Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – all of whom work without fail to capture Davis' newly emerging approach to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way more than just a simple version of work from Porgy & Bess – and instead, a key collaboration between Miles Davis and Gil Evans – done with a sound that really transforms the tunes! True, the work here is all based on George Gershwin's original compositions – but through ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album