One of the darkest Sun Ra albums of the early 70s – and a set that's also a bit unusual in his catalog as well! The album was issued during Ra's run with Impulse Records – a period that mostly saw the label reissue previous records from the Saturn catalog – save for a rare few ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure session from Sun Ra and the Arkestra, and a great one too – a set that's maybe a bit different than some of their other material from the time! The album's from the early 80s, but maybe feels a bit more like the group in the late 50s – when they were in Chicago, and first ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Sun Ra's best non-Saturn live sets of the 70s – a nice little record that shows the group mixing it up with equal parts avant garde and straight ahead jazz, all handled in that ever-growing large group style that made them a real force to be reckoned with in a concert setting! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Impulse issue of an excellent Saturn session from 1959. Ra and the Arkestra are playing in a fine mix of straight jazz and spacey styles, with Ra on electric piano throughout the entire set. A few tracks have some great chanted vocals – and we're not sure if they're sung by one of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sun Ra from three different decades – one classic track, and two never-issued numbers! "Nuclear War" may well be the closest that Ra ever came to a "hit" – although the profanity in the tune certainly kept it away from the mainstream – a fantastic slow-building ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic Sun Ra set from the late 60s – recorded in New York in 1968, and featuring a lineup that includes Kwami Hadi on trumpet, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and drums, and Pat Patrick on baritone and flute – all classic players who are the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – two never-issued tracks, and a classic Saturn Records groove! "Rocket Number Nine" may well be one of the group's strongest early anthems – a propulsive number that's bold enough to soar to the skies – driven by old ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer John Cage and jazz visionary Sun Ra – both performing together at a special one-night event that took place at Coney Island in 1987! The set doesn't really feature Ra jamming with Cage (as if ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two long live improvisations by the Radical Empathy Trio – a group that features Nels Cline on guitars, Michael Wimberly on drums, and Thollen McDonas on a variety of keyboards! The sounds here are not unfamiliar if you've heard some of Cline's freer recordings – but even then, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent session of exotica-tinged Latin jazz – put together by pianist Don Ralke, and featuring some great work from flute player Buddy Collette – in a spirit that's very similar to Collette's own classic Jazz Heat Bongo Beat album! The set's also got some great bongo work by Jack ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Featuring Humberto Ramirez, Martin Santiago, Luis Marin, Albert Julian, Jose Luis Encarnacion, Osvaldo Lopez, and Freddie Camacho. A number of special guests too, including Dave Valentin, Justo Almario, Alex Acuna, and more! LP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest albums ever cut by Don Randi – a hip LA keyboardist who's played on countless funky sessions! The album's got Don in a sextet with flute, guitar, bass, and percussion – and although most tracks feature Don on acoustic piano, there's a distincly electric vibe running ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sue Raney with the Bob Florence Group —
Ridin' High ... LP Discovery, 1984. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Even an 80s perm can't hide the brilliance of Sue Raney – a singer who first started crafting great music in the 50s, but who kept on going with great records for decades to come! This overlooked gem got little exposure at the time – and it's a swinger that really stands up to the best ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent early material from guitarist Ernest Ranglin – a player you may know better from his famous reggae and rocksteady session work of the 60s and 70s – but who sounds equally great hear in a straight jazz format too! The album's got a tight small combo approach – with very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early stuff by Lou! No, the record doesn't have funky David Axelrod arrangements – but it does have some great jazzy backing by Benny Carter, which gives Lou's sweet soulful voice a great platform to riff off of. The record's one of Lou's jazziest, and it's mostly tight and swinging ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real winner from Sonny Red's initial burst upon the New York scene – and a great mix of soul jazz and hardbop, all augmented by Red's wonderful tone! The group's a sextet, in the tight Jazzland style – and players include Barry Harris, Blue Mitchell, and Yusef Lateef. Tracks are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sonny Red —
Sonny Red ... LP Mainstream, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A fantastic album as a leader from Sonny Red – a saxophonist who never got much chance to record under his own name, but always gave us something special when he did! Sonny recorded famously with Donald Byrd and Curtis Fuller in the 60s – but here, he's in an even hipper 70s mode of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent bit of early 60s soulbop – and one of two rare albums ever cut by the obscure female alto player Vi Redd, one of the few women sax players of her generation to get recorded! The album's got an easygoing groove that's mighty nice – a touch of R&B at times, but not ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent later work from trumpeter Dizzy Reece – best known for his classic late 50s sides on Blue Note and New Jazz, but heard here as part of a great flurry of 70s revival sessions! The work's got an arch modern tone that's really surprising – almost a bit like Ted Curson at times, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty interesting album – one in which a host of jazz and rock players pay set music to texts written by consciousness-raiser/sci-fi author Ishmael Reed. There's a few goofy moments on the set, but if you've read Reed's work, you'll also know that goofiness and oddity are part of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's noteworthy not just for being one of the few to feature trumpeter Waymon Reed as a leader – but also for offering up some obscure 70s work by tenorist Jimmy Forrest! Also features Tommy Flanagan on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
An underground soul jazz classic – massive grooves from drummer Steve Reid, and exactly the kind of set that's gotten him so much attention in recent years! There's a mixture of freedom and tightness here that's really wonderful – some of the looser elements of the loft jazz generation ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First 1000 copies pressed on limited edition colored vinyl! Includes download.)
Don Rendell —
Space Walk ... LP Columbia/Aartrud (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
A remarkable session that features everything we love about British jazz! The session was one of the last great sides cut as part of Columbia UK's legendary "Landsdowne Series" – and it features sax genius Don Rendell grooving hard on some extended modal numbers that feature vibes, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Resavoir ... LP International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ...
A beautiful International Anthem debut from Resavoir – a group led by Will Miller, a musician who's equally skilled at both keyboards and trumpet – and who often plays in a style that sometimes makes it hard to tell which sound is coming from which instrument! In other words, there's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet Brazilian fusion from keyboardist Marcos Resende – best known to our ears for his groundbreaking work with the group Index! This set's sweeter than that work, but still quite nice – a selection of tunes made famous by Roberto Carlos, done by Resende in instrumental versions that ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jeff Resnick —
SAC ... LP RIT/Outernational (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
A totally wonderful little record, and one with a very unlikely origin story too – given that the music was originally composed to highlight the different creative departments at the Rochester Institute Of Technology in the late 70s! The music is all jazz on side one – done in this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hardest-jamming Return To Forever albums – recorded with the post-Brazilian lineup that includes Chick Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Lenny White on percussion, and Al DiMeola on guitars. Corea's very firmly in the lead – stretching out in heavy keyboard romps ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitars. The title may lead you to believe the set is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Kenny Rice on drums, Richard Martin on guitar, Ray Kennedy on piano, Freddie Washington on tenor and soprano sax, and Tom Kennedy on bass, featuring Nat Adderley on trumpet and vocals. LP, Vinyl record album
One of the few rare vocal sessions recorded by Buddy Rich – and a surprisingly swinging album that makes us wonder why he didn't record more like this! Arrangements are by Buddy Bregman, who was always the great man at Verve for backing less-confident singers – and unlike other Buddy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing "blues" about this set – as Buddy Rich is working with some of the best soul jazz players of the Groove Merchant label – on a set that's one of his few small combo albums from the 70s! The vibe is very relaxed and laidback, and even Buddy's tight drumming can't over-hy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Buddy Rich —
New One! ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Very hard-burning work from Buddy's hip band of the mid 60s – a large ensemble, but one that features searing horn parts that cut through the bigger arrangements with ease! Buddy really had an ear for tuning power with personality at this point in his career – and although the group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Buddy keeps things nice and Sweet on this session – pairing up with trumpeter Edison in a nicely swinging set of tunes that opens up with the best Verve approach of the 50s! The group features Jimmy Rowles on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, and John Simmons on bass – working with Rich ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty hip record – a lot cooler than you'd expect from Buddy Rich! The record features Rich playing with a group of Indian musicians lead by Alla Rakha on tabla, conducted by Ravi Shankar, who also wrote all the material on the album – and Paul Horn also joins the group for a bit of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent groovy jazz from the great Emil Richards! The legendary LA vibist is caught live at Donte's – and is playing with Dave Makay on piano and percussion, as well as a bunch of other LA hipsters. The general groove is more jazz oriented than Emil's other records, but still very nice. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the best work ever from one of the most under-acknowledged jazz composers and arrangers of the 50s! Johnny Richards is probably best known for his recordings with Stan Kenton in the early part of the decade – but when he moved out on his own, he developed a tremendous sound that was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool take on the music of Charles Mingus – handled here by his old drummer Dannie Richmond, in a great small combo mode that's quite different than usual! The tunes are all pretty darn dynamic, but have a really different flavor – some very right drums from Richmond, who almost seems ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Frank Ricotti & Mike De Albuquerque —
First Wind ... LP Alternative Fox (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
A gem of a record from the key years when the British scene was effortlessly mixing up jazz and rock – and coming up with music that was a lot more sophisticated, cool, and groovy than you'd ever guess from the term "jazz rock"! The group's a core effort from vibist Frank Ricotti ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover looks a lot like the front of the legendary Funhouse album by The Stooges – and that comparison is there for a reason – as this crazy instrumental trio serve up some really wild versions of their music! The instrumentation is spare – just heavy drums, trombone, and tuba ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lee Ritenour —
Rit ... LP Elektra, 1981. Very Good+ ...
Few people did soulful fusion better than Lee Ritenour back in the early 80s – and the guitarist always seemed to find a way to really link together all the different sounds of the electric genre – from heavy jamming to soulful grooving to a rock-like appreciation for a good hook! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare Lyle Ritz lead session for Verve – in which the session vet steps out with a set of bop and swing-learned jazz cuts featuring Ritz's ukulele out front! Ritz was more or less known as a bassist at the time, but got an opportunity to step out with the uke here, on a number of standards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant statement of modernist jazz from Sam Rivers – one of his groundbreaking early albums for Blue Note, and one of the most challenging sessions issued by the label during the 60s! The record's a real departure from Rivers' already-great Fuscia Swing Song – with tunes that go ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue Note Tone Poet Series – 2019 remaster on 180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI! In a great heavy gatefold cover – similar to the Music Matters titles from years back.)
Max Roach —
Again ... LP Affinity (UK), 1960/1961. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Some of the hippest Max Roach work of the 60s! The first tracks in the set are from a concert in Paris, with Max's group that included Tommy & Stanley Turrentine, as well as Julian Priester. The tracks are long and open-ended – with an approach that you wouldn't find on the group's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The drums are certainly unlimited here – and the album's a really unique one, in that it shows Max Roach in 2 different settings – one with a group, and one that's simply solo! One batch of tracks has Max in the company of a tight group of soul jazz players like Freddie Hubbard, Roland ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Historic Concerts indeed – as the meeting of Max and Cecil Taylor must have been quite an event! As he did on other late 70s sessions – particularly those with Archie Shepp and Anthony Braxton – Max proves that he's quite willing to experiment, and works beautifully in the spare, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Robert & Tom Harrell —
Sun Dance ... LP Contemporary, 1988. Near Mint- ...
Featuring Dado Moroni on piano, Reggie Johnson on bass, and Bill Goodwin on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
Features Robertson on trumpet and flugelhorn – with Tim Berne on alto, Bill Frisell on guitar, and Joey Baron on drums and percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
Duke Robillard —
Swing ... LP Rounder, 1987. Near Mint- ...
With Robillard on guitar and vocals, Scott Hamilton on tenor, Chris Flory and Jim Kelly on additional guitar, Mike LeDonne on piano and organ, Phil Flanigan on bass, and Chuck Riggs on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic album from overlooked Candian tenorist Billy Robinson – a hell of a player, and one who might have been huge if this album were issued on a regular label in the US – instead of as a project by Radio Canada up north! Robinson has a wonderful vision here – gently ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Rodney on flute and flugelhorn, Ira Sullivan on flute, alto, and tenor, Garry Dial on piano, Pual Berner on bass, and Tom Whaley on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan —
Sprint ... LP Elektra, 1983. Near Mint- ...
A tremendous live performance from the group co-led by Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – two players who really bring a lot to each other's music! There's a mode here that really blows us away – a careful, sensitive approach that allows each horn player to hit their most lyrical moments ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Red Rodney works here with his great musical partner Ira Sullivan – a unique musician who also plays trumpet, but also blows alto and soprano too! Garry dial, Barry Smith, and Steve Bagby round out the personnel. Titles include "Muck & Meyer", "Frito Mistos" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and small index labels on back.)
A really beautiful record by young Chilean pianist Enrique Rodriguez – a set that's got little more going on than piano and keyboards, but which really makes the most of those elements! Rodriguez plays in a style that's not entirely jazz – maybe more moody instrumentals with a slight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing – in a black sleeve with the image on a sticker in the corner.)
A real standout from the great Shorty Rogers – and a smoking set that has him turning his many talents towards the world of bossa nova! By the time of this set, Shorty was as great an arranger as he was a trumpeter – really one of the go-to guys around LA for hipper soundtracks and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't think "waltz music", think "modal jazz" – because the version of jazz waltz that Shorty Rogers serves up here is a great precursor to the great grooves to come on the European scene – especially the work from the artists at MPS Records! Tunes all have this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shorty Rogers —
Short Stops ... LP RCA/Bluebird, Mid 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A collection of dates from 1953 and 1954, featuring Shorty Rogers and His Giants and His Orchestra. LP, Vinyl record album
A pretty darn great record, and a lot more swinging than you'd expect! The basic theme is the Wizard Of Oz – but Shorty makes the tunes groove way way more than they ever did, and thanks to help from hip players like Jimmy Giuffre, Herb Geller, and Bud Shank, the tracks have loads of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic modern jazz set from 60s Australia – recorded by a musician who was years ahead of most other players on his scene! Bryce Rohde is a pianist, but his group here also features fantastic work from Frank Phipps on trumpet – a cool, compressed player whose style is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strange one, and from this perspective, it seems like a crazy decision to pair modernist tenorist Sonny Rollins with a set of large brassy arrangements. Oddly, though, the idea works, and works nicely – as Rollins' edgey solos cut through the heavy arrangements with ease, creating some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kind of a hodge-podge from different sessions – but a nice little record, and one that's come to stand on its own over the years, thanks to the strength of the work! The album's a set of previously unissued tunes from Riverside sessions of the late 50s - material from classic dates that didn' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Linda Ronstadt & The Nelson Riddle Orchestra —
What's New ... LP Asylum, 1983. Near Mint- ...
Michel Roques —
Chorus ... LP Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
An amazing album from the legendary Saravah label – one of the imprint's lesser-known gems from the 70s, but a set that's got the same compelling mix of modes you'd find in their albums from Barney Wilen, Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Reedman Michel Roques ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larry Rose plays some mighty sweet keyboards on this late 70s set – electric piano, organ, and other keys as well – and also sings a fair bit on the record, in this great blend of jazz, soul, and some tighter modes of the time! The approach is maybe a bit in the territory of jazzy soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible debut from vibist Joel Ross – an artist who's already given us great moments on records with Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill, and others – but who's completely his own man here right from the start! Ross instantly emerges as a major creative force – leading the combo, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
British reedman Ronnie Ross really shines brightly on this set – a well-crafted batch of tunes that takes a great lead from his strong work on baritone sax! The sound is somewhat tightly arranged – a bit in a US west coast mode from the time – but the groove's also a bit looser ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare American release from British baritonist Ronnie Ross – working here in the sharp-edged company of drummer Allan Ganley! The group's got a really tight sound throughout – that best sharp-lead mode of the Brit scene of the 50s – but with a looser feel on the solos, which are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ross De Luxe Syncopators include Robert Cookie Mason, Melvin Herbert, Eddie Cooper, Edmond Hall, Robert Cloud, Earl Evans, Alonzo Ross, Casper Towie, Richard Fullbright, Frank Houston, and Margaret Miller. Savoy Bearcats include Gilbert Paris, Demas Dean, James Reevy, Carmello Jejo, Otto Mikell, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forgive the silly pun in the title – and just dive in and dig this excellent 70s album from pianist Jimmie Rowles – a set that's maybe his hippest of the decade, thanks in part to work from Buster Williams on bass and Billy Hart on drums! With Buster and Billy in the mix, the set's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool larger group project from pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba – recorded in Cuba, before his fame in the US – with a group that includes Manuel Valera on soprano and alto sax, Rafael Carrasco on tenor and flute, and Lazaro Cruz on trumpet! LP, Vinyl record album
A sublime trio set from drummer Charles Rumback – a record that has us really appreciating the special touch the leader can bring to a date, as this album may also be one of the best that we've heard from pianist Jim Baker in years! Baker has this great way of sounding soulful and lyrical, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from Howard Rumsey's early Lighthouse group – and a great example of why they were such a great act at the time! The "solo spotlight" in the title is extremely apt here – as each of the album's tracks features a standout performance by group members who emerge ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Bob Cooper directing and on tenor, Bud Shank on alto, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Bob Enevoldsen on trombone, Claude Williamson on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and John Guerin on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
Mario Rusca —
Joyette ... LP Dire (Italy), Mid 70s. Near Mint- ...
Solo piano work from Mario Rusca – a nicely intimate side of this dynamic Italian pianist, who brings in some warm tones that are especially wonderful! Titles include "I Love You", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Up Jumped Spring", and the Rusca originals "Well ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First 1000 copies pressed on limited edition colored vinyl. Includes download.)
A beautiful album of spacey jazz funk! Eddie Russ was a 70s keyboard genius – right up there with Lonnie Liston Smith and Herbie Hancock in our book, although he never reached the fame of either of those players. This album's one of Eddie's best – and it's got a smoothly produced soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Russel & The Living Time Orchestra —
African Game ... LP Blue Note, 1983. Sealed ...
Titles include "Organic Life On Earth Begins", "Surival Game", "Human Sensing Of Unity With Great Nature", "African Empires", and "The Future". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most obscure albums from experimental jazz musician/arranger George Russell – not a set of Kansas City jazz classics, but a very inventive set that includes compositions by Carla Bley and trombonist Dave Baker! The group's a sextet, with Russell on piano, Don Ellis on trumpet, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Russell performs with his New York Big Band and Swedish Radio Jazz Orchestra. Notable personnel include Stanley Cowell, Waren Smith, Babafumi Akunyon, Terumasa Hino, Ricky Ford, Sabu Martinez, Rune Gustafsson, Arne Domnerus, Bernt Rosengren, Sven Larsson, and Bengt Edvarsson. LP, Vinyl record album