Although he's made many snoozy records in his time, the early Al Grey albums for Argo are pretty hard swingin', and have a lot of nice surprises. This one's got a very young Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, and the great Dave Burns on trumpet. Tracks are short, with a hard swingin' groove that's still ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small cutout hole, sticker, and some pen on back.)
One of Johnny Griffin's best European recordings of the 70s! Like a number of the contemporaneous releases by older American reedmen on the Steeplechase label, this one has the leader as the main soloist in a small group setting that includes Kenny Drew on piano, Mads Vinding on bass, and Ed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If you've ever needed a definition of hardbop, this is it! The set's a crack quartet session for Blue Note, recorded in the mid 50s by a young Johnny Griffin – fresh in from Chicago, and playing with tons of fire and loads of imagination! Wynton Kelly's on piano and Max Roach is on drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Johnny Griffin's hard blowing LPs as a leader for Jazzland – recorded with a crack lineup that includes Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Albert Heath on drums! This is the kind of work that the term "hard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tribute to Billie Holiday – with Johnny Griffin's tenor fronting some larger backing on strings and brass – but hipper than most efforts of this type, thanks to some great arrangements by Melba Liston and Norman Simmons! The record's a good change from some of Johnny's more full-on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, RLP 387, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has ring & edge wear, small split in the bottom seam, and a lightly bent corner.)
Great overseas material – recorded early in Griffin's great run at the Cafe Montmartre – with Kenny Drew on piano, Neils Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Heath on drums. Titles include "Wee", "You Leave Me Breathless", "Leave Me Alone Blues", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great European meeting of these two tenor giants – with Hampton Hawes on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – recorded in Paris on the long tracks "Blues Up & Down", "Body & Soul", and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert! Vinyl has a mark that clicks for a bit on "Body And Soul", otherwise NM-. Cover has bumped corners.)
Johnny Griffin, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley —
Blowin' Sessions ... LP Blue Note, Late 50s/1975. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Excellent 2-fer that brings together 2 of the hardest hardbop albums ever to be recorded for Blue Note! The set includes Johnny Griffin, John Coltrane, and Hank Mobley jamming together on the classic Blowing Session LP (also known as Johnny Griffin, BN 1559); and it's also got John Gilmore and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Jamfs are definitely coming on this one – as Johnny Griffin opens up into some of his most badass soloing of the 70s, caught here in an open-ended European styled mode! The album really features only 2 long tracks – recorded in the Cafe Montmartre style that Dexter Gordon used most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very very cool record – an unusual take on the music to The Connection – that hip early 60s play that featured a more famous version of the soundtrack on Blue Note Records! This version's much more obscure – part of a "localization" that occurred when the play would ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Griot Galaxy —
Kins ... LP Black & White/Third Man, 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
An overlooked gem from the Detroit scene of the early 80s – played by a group who came after the generation of Tribe and Strata Records, but who went on to have some really slow-burning influence in their own sort of way! The music definitely has echoes of the loft and spiritual jazz scenes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Andrea Grossi Blend 3 —
Lubok ... LP We Insist (Italy), 2019. New Copy ...
A trio set, but one with a very unique vibe – as the sounds here resonate strongly from the interplay between the alto sax of Manuel Caliumi, the guitar of Michele Bonifati, and the bass of Andrea Grossi – musicians whose sense of space and timing really shows a strong understanding of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bold little set from Steve Grossman – a record that's nicely poised between his frenetic work of the 70s and mellower moments of later years – done in quartet formation, but with plenty of focus on Steve's wonderful tenor, especially on the longer tracks! There's a very nice "bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully choppy jazz from Steve Grossman and his legendary 70s comrades Gene Perla and Don Alias – one of the heaviest hitting American combos of the time! The trio have a tight fusion sound that's as full-on as it is funky – and Grossman blows some amazing work on tenor and soprano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Grossman & Jean-Francois Jenny Clark —
New Moon ... LP Musica (France), 1978. Very Good+ ...
One of the most beautiful Steve Grossman recordings of the 70s – a warm and soulful set of duets with bassist Jean-Francois Jenny Clark, recorded in Paris with a much lighter touch than his earlier US albums! The set's got Grossman overdubbed on both piano and saxes – working in a mix ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dave Grusin made a few sleepy albums in his day, but this isn't one of them – and instead, it's a sweet funky fusion outing that really sums up some of the best Dave Grusin modes of the 70s! This excellent LP from 1977 really captures the best of the Grusin soundtrack style – heard in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dave Grusin's definitely out of the shadows here – after years of session work, soundtrack music, and other arrangements – finally beginning to shine in the limelight as a jazz musician on his own! The set's got a nice sort of vibe – not the too-smooth later sound of the GRP ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer set from one of the most-overlooked talents of the 50s – the great Gigi Gryce, a fantastic arranger and player whose talents get more forgotten as every year passes by! This set features Gryce working in a well-fitting quintet with the great Richard Williams on trumpet – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great lost date from the wonderful Gigi Gryce – a set that features the altoist in an sextet, but often swinging with a looser vibe than on some of his better-known albums from the 50s! There's a mix of soulful and modern here that's not unlike the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a small cutout hole, and a very light trace of an old sticker in another corner – but this is a great copy overall.)
Amazing stuff – and one of the hippest records ever cut by pianist Friedrich Gulda! Unlike some of his other more modernist efforts, this one's got a really free swing to it – and it features a spare stripped-down approach that has Gulda's work on piano and "electra piano" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early jazz from the Vienna scene – with Friedrich Gulda on piano and baritone sax, Hans Koller and Hans Solomon on tenor, Fatty George on clarinet, Erich Kleinschuster on trombone, and Hans Rettenbacher on bass! LP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the greatest American release by Swedish sax star Lars Gullin – a really tight little set with no gimmicks, no tricks – just tight grooving by a small Swedish group! Gullin is on baritone as usual, grooving the horn like few other players could – and the rest of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi – in black and white cover.)
Great late live work from Lars Gullin – material that features boppish live performances, at the level of his earliest recordings – but definitely done with some of the more modern inflections that he explored in the 60s! In addition to Gullin on baritone, other players include Lalle ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more enigmatic of Lars Gullin's mid 50s American albums – a session that features the master baritonist blowing alongside the Moretone Singers – a vocal ensemble who sings in cascading tones that kind of shade and color the background. The approach is different than other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has discoloration from age, splitting in the bottom seam, and some gloss peel and delamination on front.)
A great Japanese release – with vintage 1953 material from Lars Gullin – on tracks that include "The Front", "The Boy Next Door", "Hershey Bar", "Ablution", and "Lady Fingers". Side two features even rarer material from Jay Cameron ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has one slightly bumped bottom corner, but is nice overall.)
Charlie Haden —
Closeness ... LP Horizon/A&M, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
One of Charlie's best albums of the 70s – a beautifully stripped down set of duets with well-matched players that include Alice Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Paul Motian, and Keith Jarrett! The spare format is an extremely wonderful showcase for Haden's expressive bass work – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A spare set of duets that follows closely in spirit to Charlie Haden's Closeness album for A&M – and like that record, a set of well-chosen reunion duets with key figures from his past! The album features 4 long tracks – each based around a different performer set next to Haden's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)
Charlie Haden & Christian Escoude —
Gitane ... LP All Life (France), 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
An obscure one from bassist Charlie Haden – a set of spare duets with guitarist Christian Escoude! LP, Vinyl record album
A great little set from pianist Al Haig – recorded in the 60s, and showing a tremendous growth since his early years! The feel of the set is very different than the Al we knew back in the early 50s – much more lyrical and open-ended, a mixture of blue notes and bossa influences, gently ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful little album from Jim Hall – a mid 70s gem that has him recasting his style with a wonderful sound! The album features Hall in a variety of groupings – some quite spare, and featuring only accompaniment from piano (Don Thompson or Tommy Flanagan), drums (Terry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A work of understated brilliance from guitarist Jim Hall – and one of our favorite records by him! The setting is simple – Hall plays live with a trio, on a set of familiar standards – but the results are remarkable, as both Hall and the rhythm section manage to bring a hell of a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great small combo jazz from Mexican saxophonist Hector "El Arabe" Hallal – a very soulful reed player, with a sound that would have been huge had he been blowing in the US or Europe at the time! Most tunes are standards, but taken with some really great emotion – and the kind ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Never-issued work from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – most of it recorded during the year of 2008, a time when Halsall was first really starting to make a name for himself – and also working with the great tenorist Nat Birchall! Birchall is on most of these tracks, and together the pair ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from a fantastic period of drummer Chico Hamilton – a time when he'd moved way past the chamber jazz of his 50s years, and even some of his more freewheeling 60s modes on Impulse Records! Here, Chico seems really obsessed with rhythm – to a level where he's not afraid to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album for Chico – one that has him working with his hip group that included Charles Lloyd and Gabor Szabo, both of whom take Chico into a modal mode that would completely transform his sound! Lloyd's the center star on the album's version of his own "Forest Flower" – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some wear, small seam splits, and light stains on back.)
A 60s repackaging of classic early stuff by Chico Hamilton, featuring a set of the kind of west coast chamber jazz arrangements that made him a huge hit with the crowds in LA. The group features Buddy Collette, Jim Hall, and Fred Katz – and titles include "The Sage", "A Nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great straight work from Duke's clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton – a set that features Jimmy in a slightly different setting than usual – without as much Ellington inflection, and a bit more small combo groove! Players here include frequent partner Clark Terry on trumpet, plus Tommy Flanagan ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing with deep groove! Cover has some wear, pen, stains and tape along the top seam.)
Hamlin plays piano and accordion on these eight tracks and is joined by Ken Earnest on bass and tuba, Bob Barnes on flute and tenor clarinet, Art Mooshagian on trumpet and valve trombone and Bob McKee on drums. Tracks include "Golden Wedding", "Funny Valentine", "You ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly great early album from Jan Hammer – the keyboardist who went onto do some pretty drecky albums in later years, but who still has a surprising amount of sensitivity at this point! The session's a bit of a concept outing – recorded by Hammer after work in Mahavishnu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a small cutout hole.)
A jamming little set from Jan Hammer – but one that's still a lot better than most of his other work! The rock influence is strongly felt in most of the tracks on this one, but the overall style is still lean and clean – without as many of the kitschy keyboard lines that later marred ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible session from the legendary Tribe Records scene – an equal effort from leader Doug Hammond and keyboardist David Durrah, who contributes some groundbreaking Fender Rhodes and moog work to the set! Hammond handles drums plus a bit of vocals and synthesizer on the session – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing bit of jazz funk from Johnny Hammond – and one of his greatest LPs! This is the first album that Johnny recorded with Larry Mizell, cut right before the pair of them went onto do the landmark Gears album. While this one never became as famous as Gears, it's got some fantastic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent Kudu work from one of the greatest organists of the 70s – a player who really stretched out and opened up his groove during the decade! Johnny Hammond was also known as Johnny Hammond Smith back in the 60s – but by the time of his legendary run at Kudu/CTI, he'd hit a much ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hampshire & Foat —
Honeybear ... LP Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
The team of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat have already given us some amazing music on record – but this strangely-titled set may well be their crowning achievement so far! The set's got kind of a creepy look and feel – and a layout that replicates some of the more sophisticated UK ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool work from Lionel Hampton – quite a change from his Verve material of the 50s, and an unusual sort of date for the Audio Fidelity label! As the title implies, Hampton not only plays his usual vibes, but a bit of drums and piano as well – and he's working in a cool smaller ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Sweet vibes from the great Lionel Hampton – sounding different here than both his early swing years, and his later small combo modes – and working in a style that has his instrument in the lead over hip Chicago soul backings from the team at Brunswick Records! The album's got a nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a small cut corner.)
Very nice 2LP set that collects some of Herbie's best 60s work for Blue Note – and which moves past the hits to feature some nice gems from hard to find albums. This work is a beautiful mix of tight soul jazz and freer modal playing – and nearly every track's a perfect example of why ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Hancock further expands his cosmic vision in this groundbreaking album of free-flowing fusiony tracks – a record that really steps up his range of keyboards, mixing in both acoustic and electric pianos, mellotron, and even a bit of spacey moog from the legendary Patrick Gleeson! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Hancock —
Dedication ... LP Columbia/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Sublime sounds from the great Herbie Hancock – presented here in one of his amazing Japanese-only albums from the 70s! The record is a showcase for Hancock in two different modes – as Herbie plays solo acoustic piano on side one, and delivers these really haunting renditions of "Ma ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The start of funky funky Herbie Hancock! This album's the first to feature Herbie really breaking away from his straight jazz work – moving into a groove that's nice and funky, using electric piano along with acoustic, to forge the sound that he'd develop famously over the 70s. The album's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The future is now! Or at least it seemed to be back in 1983 when Herbie teamed up with Bill Laswell to record this classic album of computer-driven keyboard grooves! Whatever you might think of the music, the record was a genius move for Herbie – who was kind of flopping around in a number ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal jazz funk session of the 70s – Herbie Hancock's legendary meeting with The Headhunters, and a killer batch of tunes that really gave the combo their name! Herbie's playing a wide range of keys here – including Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and Arp – but almost even better is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album from Herbie – with no dates, no notes, but clearly from the pre-Blue Note years! We're pretty certain that the album, like others on the TCB label, was recorded for Warwick Records in the early 60s, and issued here in a note-less cover in the 70s – and it probably ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant album – and real turning point for Herbie Hancock! After first coming onto the scene as the soul jazz hero between Blue Note funky classics like "Watermelon Man" or "Blind Man, Blind Man" – Herbie emerges here as a concerned modernist with a strand of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky mid 70s Herbie Hancock – one his funkiest albums of the era! Herbie plays a host of cool keyboards – like Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – and he's joined by a group that includes just about all of the Headhunters – including Paul Jackson on bass and Mike Clarke on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent session that was one of Herbie Hancock's first free-flowing fusion records of the 70s! Herbie's playing Fender Rhodes with a sound that's at once cosmically beautiful, soulfully fragile, and spacily grooving – and he gets some excellent accompaniment from an all-hip group of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Hancock —
Piano ... LP CBS/Sony (Japan), 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A rare one from Herbie Hancock – with a very unique sound for the time! The set was recorded in Tokyo, and only issued for the Japanese market – and it features Herbie playing solo acoustic piano, working in a very warm intimate setting that's quite different from his more electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record – and virtually the blueprint for countless other keyboard records to come! At the height of his 70s powers, Herbie really takes off into space with this set – moving away from more commercial music, and hitting a groove that's totally righteous, totally electric, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Hancock —
Takin' Off ... LP Blue Note, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
Herbie Hancock is certainly Takin Off at this point in his career – stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic "Watermelon Man", the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Hancock —
Thrust ... LP Columbia, 1974. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Killer electric work from Herbie Hancock – right on par with his groundbreaking Headhunters set, but a bit spacier too! The album features a Headhunters-solid lineup – with Bennie Maupin on saxes, Paul Jackson on bass, Mike Clark on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion – all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Though there are a number of different LPs using the VSOP title in a few different ways, this was the first, a double album recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival, featuring Herbie leading groups that represented a number of different points in his career. The first lineup later recorded under ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Herbie Hancock's great acoustic moments of the 70s – quite a contrast to his more dynamic electric work of the time, with the subtle, sensitive approach of some of his Japanese trio sessions! Likewise, Chick Corea reminds us that he's great on the acoustic keys too – and works ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Handy's really going for the college crowd here – breaking away from the modernist hardbop of his post-Mingus years, going for a melange of styles put together with a host of hipper San Francisco players that includes Jerry Hahn on guitar and Michael White on violin. There's traces of some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from saxophonist John Handy – an extended performance from the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1965, and a set that shows that he's grown tremendously as an artist since his early recordings for Roulette! The tracks are quite long – with only 2 numbers overall, "Spanish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A jazz version of a Broadway show, but an especially great one too – and a set that's really quite fresh, given the less familiar nature of the Harold Rome compositions! Hanna's presentation of the material really gets past the roots of the tunes – and he uses the songs as great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove and harp logo.)
Roland Hanna's certainly easy to love here – working in a free-flowing trio mode, with a fair bit more soul jazz touches than on some of his later work! Rhythm here is from Ben Tucker on bass and Roy Barnes on drums – both of whom bring in a gentle little groove that augments the more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow harp label pressing with deep groove.)
Roland Hanna —
Glove ... LP Trio (Japan), Late 70s. Near Mint- ...
A Japanese-only session from pianist Roland Hanna – recorded with George Mraz on bass and Motohiko Hino on drums – in a warm and gentle mode with lots of lyrical touches. The title of the set is Glove, but most of the tracks have "love" in their name – "Lover" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi! Cover has some very light wear, but is nice overall.)
Live solo work by Roland Hanna – a set that starts out kind of slow, as Hanna performs 2 Ellington crowd-pleasers – but which then really takes off as he moves into his own beautiful compositions! These really have Hanna unfolding on the keys, and playing with a rich lyrical quality ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first solo set from Roland Hanna – even though he had a long and varied career in dating back to the 50s – and a gem of a timeless solo piano jazz recorded from the early 70s. It's probably the best record to his name, with warmth to spare, a few recorded in a small recital hall at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kip Hanrahan's records are always better than we expect – and although it pains us, we really have to give him credit for mixing together so many diverse influences, especially in the early 80s, when not that many folks were doing things like this. The record features players that include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – with the bonus LP! Includes the inner sleeves.)
Bill Hardman —
Home ... LP Muse, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Features Junior Cook on tenor, Slide Hampton on trombone, and Mucky Tucker on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant work by one of the most unusual jazz talents of the 60s! Rufus Harley's best known for his use of bagpipes in jazz music – a re-cooption of the instrument from Scottish styles, taking it back to its roots in northern Africa. A number of Harley's other albums from the time are a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most spiritual recordings put out by the Strata East label – and the album that put tenor giant Billy Harper on the map! Harper leads a hip group here – one that features George Cables on piano, Reggie Workmanon bass, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, and Julian Preister on trombone ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arguably the greatest session ever cut by trombonist Herbie Harper as a leader – and if not that, then certainly the one that has the most edge! Herbie's working here in a mode that's still as fluid as some of his other sessions from the 50s, but which also has a bit more of a "rasp" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pink label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light aging and clear tape holding the seams.)
Trombonist Herbie Harper was one of the best underground talents on the LA cool jazz scene of the 50s – and although he cut albums like this, full of tight playing and imagination, he never really got the due that he deserved. He's heard here in two groupings – one with Bud Shank on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy turquoise label pressing with deep groove.)
A great singer, and a real standout album that's sadly been lost beneath the shifting sands of time! Toni Harper's working here with arranger Marty Paich – in a mode that's jazzy, but with soulful undercurrents – in that sophisticatedly swinging style that made Paich one of the best ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam, small split in the bottom seam, and some marker on back.)