A really great pairing – and a rare non-Brubeck Paul Desmond session from the 50s! Gerry Mulligan and Desmond weave laidback lines around each other, working here in a pianoless quartet that features Dave Bailey on drums and Joe Benjamin on bass – very much a Mulligan-inspired approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has yellowed tape on all seams and a name in marker on back.)
Gerry's second 10" album for the Pacific Jazz label – and almost as groundbreaking as the first! Not only is the quartet with Chet Baker featured strongly on side 1 – with classics that include "Cherry", "Carson City Stage", and "Motel" – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unique MPS session that mixes European free playing with more progressive tendencies – and which features a group comprised of Albert Mangelsdorff, Barre Phillips, John Surman, and Stu Martin. The players have a lot of imagination and humor, and the slight progressive tinge keeps the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch pressing. One label has a mis-print.)
Murder Inc (Irving Joseph) —
Murder Inc+ ... LP Time, Early 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A very cool little record – one that imagines itself as a crime jazz soundtrack for a movie that doesn't exist – yet manages to come across with all the best styles of the time, with a quality to rival the best from Henry Mancini, Pete Rugolo, and Elmer Bernstein! Like famous scores by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mark Murphy magic for Muse – a great little record that has the singer working in wonderfully warm company – a great group of players, and an assortment of excellent tunes! The album moves nicely between the more obscure numbers we always love from Murphy and a few familiar standards ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in marker on front & back. Labels have some marker.)
David Murray —
3D Family ... LP Hat Hut, 1978. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A key recording from the early years of David Murray – a sharp-edged trio recording that instantly placed him in a strong lineage of tenor improvisers that includes Sonny Rollins and Albert Ayler! The record's a live date – recorded at the Wilisau Jazz Festival in 1978 with a trio that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groundbreaking solo work from David Murray – a key early album recorded live in Paris in 1978! The set was recorded by French jazz pianist Jef Gilson, and other sections were licensed to the Horo and Palm labels – but at some level, the tracks here represent the strongest from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Murray —
Ming ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1980. Near Mint- ...
Beautifully arranged work from David Murray – an important early large group recording, one that really helped point the way to some of his later genius! The session features Murray leading an all-star octet that includes Henry Threadgill on alto, Olu Dara on trumpet, Butch Morris on cornet, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest gifts of the Soul Note label was the way that it could take sessions with avant-oriented players, and make them turn out straighter jazz material – but with a really nice edge! This session's a perfect example of that legacy – as it features David Murray at the head ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album of spiritual tunes and spiritual themes – played by David Murray in a style that's quite similar to his work on the Deep River set! The format's a bit more traditional here, given the album's use of older themes from gospel music – but the core quartet of Dave Burrell, Fred ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great trio set – with Fred Hopkins on bass and Steve McCall on drums – and Murray only on tenor on four long tracks that include "Coney Island", "Corazon", "The Hill", and "Hope/Scope". LP, Vinyl record album
Volume 1 of this live session that has Stanley Crouch on drums, Don Pullen on piano, Butch Morris on cornet, and Fred Hopkins on bass. The recording has some nice spare moments with solo work by Morris and Murray, plus some more lively ensemble passages, in a relaxed kind of 70s avant way. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Top cover seam has a small split in the middle, but this copy's in great shape overall.)
One of the best-ever BYG/Actuel sessions, and one that has the unlikely pairing of east coast avant players Sonny Murray and Byard Lancaster with Art Ensemble bassist Malachi Favors. Murray plays drums, and reads a bit of poetry, while the band wails behind him in powerful turgid lines of hard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Sunny Murray on drums, Byard Lancaster on sax and flute, Dave Burrell on piano, and Robert Reid on bass. LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape!)
Sunny Murray's Untouchable Factor —
Apple Cores ... LP Philly Jazz, 1978. Very Good ...
One of the hippest, tightest sessions ever recorded by drummer Sunny Murray – a large group set recorded with his Untouchable Factor group – a great ensemble that includes Frank Foster on soprano sax, Oliver Lake and Arthur Blythe on alto saxes, Hamiet Bluiett on baritone, Don Pullen on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner, a name in marker, and clear tape along the spine & seams.)
A stunning collaboration between Muruga Booker and Big Black– both percussionists who lead the session, but who also work here with lots of additional instrumentation that includes ocarina, violin, hammered dulcimer, and even some clarinet from avant jazz legend Perry Robinson! The tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of the best of the Kenton Presents series on Capitol – and one of the few albums to ever focus on the genius talents of saxophonist Boots Mussulli! We'd put Boots in the same camp as Charlie Mariano in the 50s – on one hand a clear modernist, with a crisp and fresh tone, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing on Affinity. Cover has light wear and some sticker remnants.)
A really unusual set from Andy Narell – a percussionist who also has a pretty great hand for the steel drums as well! In later years, Andy cut some smoother records – but this earlier album is quite different than those, and has Narrell working in much more of a fusion vibe – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With a name like "Nark", Vaughn must have gotten teased a lot in school – but he probably more than made up for that by coming back with a strong little indie jazz set like this! Vaughn plays trumpet, and the rest of the lineup includes sax/flute, bass, drums, and piano – the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pre-release copy, in a cover with plain text front, with call letters in marker.)
The title's a bit obscure, but the album's a great outing from the combo of Japanese pianist Takehiro Honda – one that has his Fender Rhodes and clavinet grooving nicely on a number of longish tracks! There's a great funky fusion flavor to the entire album – one that's tight, but never ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic bit of spiritual jazz funk – and one of the rarest 70s albums on Fantasy Records! The group's headed up by Nat Adderley Jr (son of the famous Nat Sr) on keyboards and vocals – and the ensemble is a hip, young collective with an approach that reminds us of work by Oneness Of ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Academically-oriented avant jazz by vibist Bobby Naughton and his "Units", made up of differing combinations of players like Mario Pavone, Perry Robinson, Rady Kaye, and Mark Whitecage. The set includes a fair number of Carla Bley compositions – like "Understanding", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from a trumpeter who was taken from us all too soon – the legendary Fats Navarro, an important early voice in the sound of bop! The album's a short one, but every track is a gem – as Navarro blows beautifully in groups led by Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, and Howard McGhee ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic early bebop from trumpter Fats Navarro – a seminal album that brings together earlier famous 78s recorded for Savoy Records! The set features the late great trumpeter leading 3 different small groups – all top-shelf lineups, with players that include Charlie Rouse or Dexter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing, with deep groove and RVG etch!)
Jimmy Neeley —
Misirlou ... LP Tru Sound/Prestige, Early 60s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the few albums ever recorded by Jimmy Neeley – an unsung piano genius of the 50s and 60s, with a sound and style that placed him right up there with the best work of Ahmad Jamal! Like Jamal, Neeley has a bit of a flair for the exotic – and also like Jamal, his trio performances ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent jazz reworking of the score to the film Phaedra – originally written by Mikis Thedorakis to accompany one of Jules Dassin's stranger films of the 60s. Nelson does excellent work with the score – expanding it with plenty of warm jazz touches, but also working in a serious ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album – a lot better than you might think from the concept! After the death of JFK, Oliver Nelson penned this extremely strong tribute to the man – featuring snippets of speeches made by Kennedy during his time in office as president, used as bridges between jazz based ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oliver Nelson with Eric Dolphy —
Straight Ahead ... LP New Jazz/Prestige, Early 60s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A great little small group session by Nelson – one that has him working in a quintet with Eric Dolphy, one that shows that Nelson could be a strongly modernist player when he wanted to be! Dolphy plays alto, bass clarinet, and flute – and Nelson's tone is appropriately biting to match ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing, with obi.)
John Kaizan Neptune with Arakawa Band —
Bamboo ... LP Toshiba (Japan), 1980. Very Good ...
Bamboo flute and funky grooves – a great little set that mixes the talents of John Kaizan Neptune with the electric jazz of the Arakawa Band – in a way that recalls American work from the Kudu generation! Although other players often play the bamboo flute with a sleepier sound – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has a cut corner.)
Sweet electric grooves from this obscure Italian combo – one who's actually a quintet, not a quartet – and play in all these wonderful funky jazz styles! The approach is a bit CTI/Kudu Records at times – or more instrumental club music in other moments – and the lineup ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Searing work from the budding New York avant scene of the 60s – material that was some of the first to explode out of the city's new world of jazz – even though it only saw initial release overseas! The 1963 recording even predates the wave of groundbreaking ESP albums – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A compelling little record from pianist Phineas Newborn – and we don't just mean that because of it's bizarre image of "instrument love" on the cover! Newborn's got a touch on the piano that's unlike anyone else – kind of a key link between a number of different 50s modes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove multicolored label. Cover has some wear, aging & masking tape along the top & bottom seams.)
One of the greatest albums from the early years of Phineas Newborn – a large group session from the pianist, and one with a very different feel than some of his trio sides! The music is all from the Harold Arlen musical Jamaica – but the groove is pure Newborn all the way, and a lot ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Newman's first album as a leader – recorded under the Ray Charles banner, and featuring Ray himself on piano! The set's a really surprising one – as it's much more jazz-based than we'd expect, given the Charles connection – and really steps out with some lively solo work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with the Long Playing Unbreakable logo & deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
One of David Newman's grooviest albums of the 60s – a stripped-down set that features a quartet with Hammond and guitar – all in a vibe that's a bit more relaxed than some of Newman's other sessions for Atlantic! There's a gritty edge to the record – with organ by the obscure ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a tiny cutout hole.)
There's a trio of drummers working here – Frank Rosaly, Steven Hess, and Michael Hartman – quite a bit of emphasis on the instrument for a group that's a sextet! Yet that approach is also what really defines the music – as the drums seem to take over at most points – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy percussion galore – and one of the seminal early 70s classics from the Niagara combo of German drummer Klaus Weiss! The sound here is far more percussive than even on the group's more famous album for Liberty – and in addition to Weiss' work on the drum kit, the album also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)
Albert Nicholas & The Traditional Jazz Studio —
Albert's Blues ... LP Supraphon (Czech Republic), 1974. Near Mint- ...
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(Cover has some surface wear and clear tape on all seams.)
Janko Nilovic —
Pop Impressions ... LP Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Nothing pop about this groovy little record – save, perhaps, for the fact that it's been sampled by a number of hip hoppers over the years – because the set's one of the greatest ever from the legendary Janko Nilovic – a real masterpiece of complex grooves and offbeat ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title might be a little cutesy, but the album's a rock-solid effort from pianist Naoki Nishi – an artist who's maybe not as well-known on these shores as some of his Japanese contemporaries, but who delivers a wonderful performance throughout! The album's a trio date – all acoustic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic small group work from tenorist Sal Nistico – and one of the few records that really finds a way to capture his genius! Sal got his start in the Woody Herman band of the 60s – and although a standout there, he really shines even more brightly here in a small group setting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very hip work from Red Norvo and his sextet – an evocative album that's divided up into "rose" and "blue" cover images on the front and back – but which unfortunately doesn't provide any data on the players! We can say that in addition to sharp vibes from Red, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great lean grooves from vibist Red Norvo – exactly the kind or record that shows why he was such an amazing talent on his instrument in the 50s! The album has Red working without piano or drums – just the guitar of Jimmy Raney and bass of Red Mitchell – both players who are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing with deep groove! Cover has some surface wear and aging.)
A lean, and nicely spare mid 50s set by vibes player Norvo, with bassist Red Mitchell, and Jimmy Raney on guitar. Red's vibes are way up front on most of the tracks, but leave plenty of space for the other players to shine. 8 tracks in all: "Can't We Be Friends", "Blues For ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has half split seams, with yellowed tape on top.)
The trio features Rune on piano – with Sture Nordin on bass and Egil Johansen on drums – on titles that include "Manteca", "La Ronde", "Autumn In New York", "Love For Sale", and "Gavern". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has surface marks, but plays decently enough. Cover has light wear, and peeling of the laminate in the corners, especially one top corner.)
Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae —
Kami Fusen ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 1996. New Copy ...
Sometimes it feels like there's no sense of time at all when it comes to free jazz – as a recording like this, made over 20 years ago, can feel as fresh as anything happening at the moment – due to the free-thinking nature of the performance! The group's less familiar than some we've ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut by drummer Grassella Oliphant – a soulful smoker that really shows the hip approach to jazz on Atlantic Records in the 60s! The album's got a tight groove that comes from superb efforts from a great quartet – Oliphant's drums in the lead, plus tenor from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original green and blue label pressing – in a high gloss cover!)
A rare 70s gem from modernist reed giant Anthony Ortega – very different than his other sessions as a leader, but with an equally compelling vibe! The style here has Ortega working with a bit of electricity – provided by vibes and guitar, in a way that creates some slightly funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice mellow LA funk, played by Lee Oskar with help from a lot of his bandmates in the group War. The sound is similar to some of War's Chicano funk grooves – but with some very nicely punctuated rhythms that have the drums snapping out more than on War's albums from the time. Oskar's ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Hazy Osterwald Sextet —
2nd Life ... LP Mabel (Switzerland), Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Upbeat, bright-tinged jazz from the Swiss scene of the 60s – music that's nicely peppy, and which shares a bit with the German easy vibe of the time! The set's got groovers in sort of a pop jazz kind of way that sounds like it was lifted from some groovy Euro soundtrack. Hazy plays trumpet, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later set from the great Johnny Otis – but one that still has his group very much alive and well – and working again with Shuggie Otis on guitar, bass, and organ! Jackie Payne sings vocals on a few tracks too – and Johnny and Shuggie handled all the charts. (Soul, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
An unusual overseas issue of one of the coolest earliest albums from the great Johnny Otis – a late 50s set that was issued on Capitol's grittier Dig subsidiary – and which features the full range of the Otis revue, captured surprisingly well! Yes, work for other labels at the time ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early rocking work from the great Johnny Otis – with vocals by Otis, Marie Adams, Mel Williams, Marci Lee, and the whole group! Combo features vibes from Otis, plus Ernie Freeman on piano, Jack Kelson on alto and tenor, Fred Harman on tenor and baritone, Jimmy Nolen on guitar, and Earl ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Out Of The Blue —
OTB ... LP Blue Note, 1985. Near Mint- ...
One of the greatest discoveries of mid 80s Blue Note – a key group filled with bold young players who'd really go onto make some big waves in jazz for years to come! The musicians state their presence strongly right from the start – with just the sort of energy you'd expect from a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Makoto Ozone —
After ... LP Columbia, 1986. Near Mint- ...
One of Eddie Palmieri's greatest albums of the 70s – even though it was recorded for a major label! Like a number of his old counterparts in the New York indie world at the time, Eddie made a move to Columbia Records in the late 70s – a shift that should have dampened his soul, but ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a tracklist sticker on the back.)
One of the first albums ever cut by Jackie Paris – an excellent male singer from the 50s, of the same generation as Mark Murphy and Bobby Troup, but who unfortunately never made a name as big as either of those two. This set has Jackie singing with arrangements by Manny Albam – fairly ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Wing pressing with deep groove. Cover has light discoloration from age and a small bit of peeling around the edges of the laminate – but this might be the nicest copy we've ever seen!)
The second go 'round for this Kenny Clarke tribute group, but with Woody Shaw & Nat Adderley up front, along with Joe Henderson & Nathan Davis. The set's also got Idris Muhammad on the traps, and it's easy to forget what a great jazz drummer Idris can be, when you get so used to hear him ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Famous radio recordings of the legendary Charlie Parker – captured at the Royal Roost nightclub in the late 40s – blasting out with incredible power over the airwaves in the New York scene! The presentation of the material here includes bits of announcer patter – mostly from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Collection of legendary recordings made in hotel rooms and at concerts by Billie Eckstine's driver, compiled and annotated nicely here by Gary Giddins. It's a rare portrait of Bird & Dizzy in the early 40's, a period where few recordings of the bop greats' formative performances exist. Like a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare Charlie Parker material – including a 1948 Royal Roost performance with Miles Davis on trumpet and Tadd Dameron on piano – and a 1949 Roost performances with Kenny Dorham on trumpet and Al Haig on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
Not really a big band album by Charlie Parker – but a collection of tunes that both feature him blowing with a larger group, and with some great string ensembles! The genius of Bird and strings is hard to describe – an edgey approach that really goes far past most other "jazz with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: POOR CONDITION. Original Clef pressing. Cover has heavy wear, with a split top seam, moderate flaking and moisture staining along the top half. Vinyl plays with significant clicks & crackles.)
Charlie Parker takes on the music of Cole Porter – with results that make for some of his most classic moments at Verve! Parker's horn is as hard-bitten as always, but it's also working here in a slightly lyrical vibe – one that brings out the warmth that Charlie could have at just the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s pressing. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)
Small group material – with players who include Red Rodney or Miles Davis on trumpet, Walter Bishop or John Lewis on piano, Roy Haynes or Kenny Clarke on drums, and some additional bongos from Jose Mangual! LP, Vinyl record album
Bird does a guest spot with the DC area big band then known as The Orchestra. This 80s issue was the first time this concert performance had been released, and has Parker soloing nicely over a set of standards: "Fine & Dandy", "These Foolish Things", "Light Green" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album