The first record in many years from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – done with a lineup that features a variation from the original group, but a sound that's very much in keeping with their mission! The Ensemble were always dedicated to preserving a spiritual jazz tradition at a time when the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful live performance from Bill Evans – captured here in a mid 60s stretch when he was really opening up, and hitting a new sort of flow – thanks in part to a budding relationship with the great bassist Eddie Gomez! Gomez is a key part of the album's strength here – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great west coast live date from Bill Evans – one that showed that his magic on the keys was equally at home in LA as it was in New York! The session's especially noteworthy for the presence of drummer Larry Bunker – a great player who worked on countless recordings, both jazz and non- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warmly wonderful live work from Bill Evans' mid 60s run for Verve – a record that was originally recorded in 1964, but sat in the can until the early 70s – then just quietly issued on the market with a bit less fanfare! That somewhat subtle history shouldn't mark the album, though ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some wear, and some light stains on the back.)
Live Village Vanguard sessions from Bill Evans – recorded in the early years of his partnership with bassist Eddie Gomez! The title's a bit misleading, because there's nothing California about the set – recorded at New York's Vanguard, which was very comfortable territory for Evans, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An expanded version of Bill Evans' first album as a leader – and a well-titled set that went onto transform the sound of the piano in jazz! The core session isn't as lyrically free as some of Evans' later classics, but already has an undeniably fresh approach to the keys – one that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later session from Bill Evans – but one that features some great work from Lee Konitz on alto and Warne Marsh on tenor – one of Evans' last sessions with horn players! Eddie Gomez plays bass – and titles include "Eiderdown", "Pensativa", "Everytime We ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Everybody Digs Bill Evans – or at least it certainly seems that way from the cover endorsements by Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, and Ahmad Jamal – but the real proof is in the record, and the set is a great one from Bill's classic years on Riverside! Evans is at the peak of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono standard sized blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, RLP 12-291, with microphone logo and thin deep groove on one side. Cover has some wear on the bottom right corner and light surface wear on back, in great shape otherwise!)
A brilliant return to Montreux from Bill Evans – working here with a trio that includes some killer bass work by Eddie Gomez! The set's an acoustic one – despite its appearance on electric powerhouse CTI – but Evans' work on the piano has an electricity that's all its own, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some scrapes and bubbles in the glossy finish.)
Ostensibly simple stuff from Bill Evans, but pretty darn great – and a nice move into a more sophisticated vein than his earlier recordings! The album has him working with bassist Eddie Gomez, a hugely talented bassist that would be one of Bill's best partners during this period, and a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo MGM pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a cut corner.)
One of Bill Evans' landmark sessions with the young bassist Scott LaFaro – a player who made key contributions on every record he touched, then left this earth far too soon in his career! The live session's a perfect demonstration of the way that the Evans trio format not only re-worked the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram WaxTime pressing.)
Bill Evans & Eddie Gomez —
Intuition ... LP Fantasy, 1975. Near Mint- ...
A great pairing, heard perfectly here – on titles that include "Show Type Tune", "Invitation", "Blue Serge", "Are You All The Things", and "Falling Grace". LP, Vinyl record album
Spare magic from Bill Evans – an album recorded at the Montreux Jazz Fest in 1975, as a set of sensitive duets with Eddie Gomez – on cuts that feature Bill playing both acoustic and electric piano! Acoustic piano dominates – spun out in spare space that's completely wonderful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans —
Affinity ... LP Warner, 1978. Near Mint- ...
A beautiful pairing – the keyboards of Bill Evans and harmonica of Toots Thielemans – presented here in a space that marks the record as one of the best from both players in the 70s! Some tunes are sad and blue, and very spare – others a bit more upbeat and lyrical, almost taking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece through and through from arranger Gil Evans – a record of swinging modern backdrops, used to showcase both the solo talents of a young Cannonball Adderley, and the dynamic energy of Evans himself! Cannon's sharp-edged early tone is a really great sound for the record – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue Note Tone Poet Series – 2019 remaster on 180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI!)
A pivotal session for Gil Evans – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great example of the way that Gil Evans really opened up his groove in the 70s – moving here way way past the cool jazz and third stream of earlier years – into a soulful style that's far groovier than might be expected! Part of the strength of the set is because of the players ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mid 70's 2LP set that combines fantastic early work from Gil Evans and Tadd Dameron. The Gil Evans tracks are shorter and less ambitious than some of Evans' work on Impulse, but the group is excellent – and even in a shorter format, the conception of the work still contains plenty of rich ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare material from Gil Evans' short-lived time on Verve Records – recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until this obscure 70s album! The set features Evans at his sharpest and most modern for the time – right up their with his best Impulse Records dates too – and key ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
John Evans & The Big Band —
Cool Percussion ... LP Directional Sound, Early 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Extra Ball —
Go Ahead ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy ...
A strange name but an excellent group – one headed up by guitarist Jaroslaw Smietana, playing here with a free-flowing vibe we really like! The album's got kind of a modal approach to fusion overall – one that's never overly jamming, and more concerned with the rhythmic progression of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty great stuff – and a record that's often hidden amidst the flurry of so-so Herbie Mann albums from the mid 70s – but is well worth seeking out! The Family Of Mann group is one organized by Herbie Mann, and featuring Steve Gadd on drums, Pat Rebillot on keyboards, Tony Levin on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Art Farmer —
Art ... LP Argo, 1960. Near Mint- ...
A beautiful album of understated brilliance – one of Art Farmer's early shifts into the sublime, and an easily-blown batch of trumpet tracks that always takes our breath away! There's a sense of relaxed freedom here that's really tremendous – a difference from some of Farmer's more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing, with rice paper inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole, vintage price sticker, center split in the top seam, and a small streak of marker on back.)
Seminal early work from Art Farmer – and one of the first full albums to capture his brilliance! The record has Farmer playing in a quintet, with able accompaniment from Gigi Gryce, a young newcomer at this point, with a post-bop complication to his style that was not to dissimilar from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal early work from Art Farmer – and one of the first recordings to capture his brilliance! The record has Farmer playing in a quintet, with able accompaniment from Gigi Gryce, a young newcomer at this point, with a post-bop complication to his style that was not to dissimilar from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label 50th Street flat edge pressing with deep groove, RVG etch, and ear. Vinyl has a mark that clicks at the beginning of "Blue Lights". Cover has masking tape on the top seam & spine, some wear, and a streak of red pen on front.)
Really great work from Art Farmer – one of a handful of records from the mid 60s that have the trumpeter picking up a slightly sharper edge than before – a nice contrast to some of his more spacious albums on labels like Argo or Atlantic! The vibe here is almost a small group take on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing with white text. Cover has a small split on the spine.)
A rare Latin outing from trumpeter Art Farmer – one that has him working with the mighty Cuban arranger Chico O'Farrill! The grooves here are hardly "Aztec", as Chico brings a hip postwar vibe to the session – a blend of American jazz and Latin rhythms that's totally great, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has completely split seams held together with pieces of tape, with some overall wear and aging.)
A great little album by this wonderful trumpeter – and one that we passed up for years because we were afraid of the words "brass" and "shout" in the title! If you're a Farmer fan, though, don't worry about this being some sort of snoozy "bold n brassy" session ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove – a nice copy!)
A beautiful set of tracks that features Art Farmer soloing on flugelhorn over larger arrangements by Oliver Nelson. Farmer's work on the instrument was just taking shape at this point in his career, and the soulful backings of Nelson are a really great match for his lyrical tone, and widening ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Mercury pressing with the deep groove.)
Beautiful work from the legendary Art Farmer – sounds from a time when the trumpeter was really coming into his own, and finding a way to carve out a special space for himself in modern jazz! The sounds here are fresh, but never overstated – blown with that compact mode that makes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal session as a leader by the young Art Farmer – recorded for United Artists, and a great set of tight lyrical tunes, played by Farmer in his sparkling style – in a group along with Benny Golson on tenor and Bill Evans on piano. Evans is a special treat here, as the 1958 session ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(1983 pressing. Cover has some waviness on the opening and a bit of pen on the back.)
An amazingly beautiful set of tracks from Art Farmer – playing here with superb accompaniment from a young Harold Mabern on piano, in a laidback quartet format that really lets Art open up! Art's playing is fresh and creative throughout – never too over the top, and always blown with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label pressing with deep groove. Labels have some marker and small sticker. Cover has some tape remnants on front, some wear and aging, and a small sticker and marker on back.)
A beautiful set from Art – stripped-down and elegant, cut right at that time when his tone on trumpet was evolving into something sublime. The group's a perfect one for Farmer at this point – Hank Jones, Addison Farmer, and Roy Haynes, all lyrically-minded players with just the right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover is lightly aged, with some edge wear and a lightly bent corner.)
Wonderful mellowness recorded by Art during the 70s – a beautiful little session done in Stockholm with some really great touches! At the beginning, things start out in typical Farmer ballad mode, but as the album moves on, Sabu Martinez comes in with some added percussion – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet funky album from Art Farmer– an artist we don't normally associate with 70s funk, but who does a really great job on this CTI session! Art's working here in the frontline with Yusef Lateef on reeds – another unlikely candidate for a record like this – and the pair get ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous document of a really wonderful group – a 60s ensemble that pairs the lyrical trumpet of Art Farmer with the sharp tenor of Jimmy Heath! The pair are completely sublime together – balancing out sound and soul with this amazing quality that's quite different both from Farmer' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty sweet 70s set from Art Farmer – ostensibly a tribute to Duke Ellington, but really more of a gently soulful session in the mode of Art's best work of the decade! The group is the Cedar Walton trio with Walton on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Art Farmer's pivotal mid 50s sides – recorded in the company of altoist Gigi Gryce, a great player and a budding young arranger who helped Farmer really formulate the best side of his sound! The tracks are lyrically modern – but still have a nice dose of soul in them – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Art Farmer really found a great home for his music on the Soul Note label in the 80s – a place where he could continue to grow strongly, in ways that almost let him find a new sort of edge in his horn! This album's a wonderful example of the strengths that Farmer found at the label – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Art Farmer & Benny Golson Jazztet —
Here & Now ... LP Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- ...
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove, including the Mercury inner sleeve.)
One of the best albums ever by this crack soul jazz combo – the mighty Jazztet, an early 60s group led by Art Farmer and Benny Golson! The set was recorded in Chicago, and it features the group hard-grooving through some really well-arranged numbers – lively tunes with a snapping, in-th ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole and vintage price sticker – but is great overall!)
A wonderful later date from the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – key proof that the ensemble continued to grow strongly long after their initial recordings in the 60s! There's a bold sound here – a strong dose of the lyrical energy that Farmer explored heavily in his own work of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We'll be the first to admit that the piano and compositions of John Lewis can sometimes be a bit stiff and academic – but that's definitely not the case on this great little record! The album features interpretations of Lewis' work by the great Farmer/Golson Jazztet – and is a pretty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear and splitting.)
Art Farmer with Clifford Jordan —
Mirage ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1982. Near Mint- ...
Sweet and subtle genius from two of the most understated players in jazz – a really great little record that makes the best of the CTI sound without tricking up the players too much! Art Farmer and Jim Hall play in a quintet with vibes by Mike Mainieri – in a style that eschews the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing canned here – as the sound, style, and groove of the record is as fresh and freaky as the classic image on the cover! The riffing rhythms get going right from the start – some amazing lines from a rhythm combo that includes Joe Beck on guitar, Herb Bushler on bass, Jim Madison ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work by Joe Farrell – recorded after his glory days at CTI, but a totally kick-ass session that's right up there with his classics! The album was recorded live with the Inferno group – a quartet with Victor Feldman on piano, Bob Magnusson on bass, and John Guerin on drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best records ever cut by funky sax man Joe Farrell! The album's got a stripped down, choppy groove – virtually the blueprint for later 70s funk of this type, and played perfectly by Farrell and a very hip quartet lineup! Players include Joe on soprano and tenor sax, Herbie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Claudio Fasoli & Kenny Wheeler & JF Jenny Clark —
Land ... LP Innowo (Italy), 1988. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Claudio Fasoli, tenor and soprano sax. Kenny Wheeler, trumpet, fluegelhorn and cornet. J.F. Jenny Clark, acoustic bass. All compositions by Fasoli. Titles include "Land of Long White Clouds", "Kitsch", "Tang", "UFO", "Fax", and "Dear K" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet keyboard tunes from Felbm – issued here with a rather cold title and cover, but delivered with a warm vibe and lots of jazzy touches! The music isn't entirely jazz, but certainly has all the appeal of old school keyboard jazz – maybe more in the sound library mode, as the tracks ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent bit of 70s funk from Victor Feldman – smooth, electric, and very different from much of his other work. The set was recorded with direct to disc mastering – and has a feel that's a lot like CTI or Kudu work from the mid 70s, no surprise as the set features work by funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great British work from Victor Feldman – very different than his American sides, and a key part of the emergence of hardbop in London! Although Victor Feldman's work in the US was usually pretty staid, his career in his native London found him to be one of the cornerstone's of the city's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
They certainly got the title right on this one – as Feldman moves from his usual staid jazz mode, to come up with a very groovy LP! In the course of the album, Vic gets his hands on conga, sand blocks, vibes, drums, organ, electric piano, tympani, tambourine, jawbone, novachord, and a lot ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that will really open your ears to the talents of Maynard Ferguson – especially if you only think of the trumpeter in terms of a big band setting! Here, Maynard's trumpet is super-sharp – working in a killer group that manages to swing, while also opening to lots of modern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful pre-soundtrack work from Jerry Fielding – the formative years of his trademark sound, played here by a sharp large ensemble! Players include the wonderful Phil Urso, who gets in some great lines on tenor – plus Jerry Carr and Larry Kain on trumpets, Joe Howard on trombone, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really cooking little session from tenorist Mickey Fields – recorded live as one of the legendary Left Bank sessions in Baltimore! Mickey's got some great company on the date – including Groove Holmes on Hammond, plus George Freeman on guitar and Billy Jackson on drums – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has the very light trace of an old sticker, but is great overall.)
A different sound than usual from the Fire Orchestra of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin – a set that still features the large spontaneous composition style of the group, but which also has them working with singer Mariam Wallentin – whose vocals really add a lot to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work by pianist Clare Fischer – a musician who really got a chance to express his most creative sides on the Revelation label! That's definitely the case here – as Clare plays with just the bass of Bobby West for accompaniment – on titles that include an 11 minute take ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light aging on one edge, but is nice overall.)
Very nice electric Latin jazz session from this legendary LA piano player. Clare plays organ and electric piano, and the group also features Poncho Sanchez on congas. The band has a wonderful warm mellow groove, and the record is one of Fischer's best from the time! Includes a great version of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ella's performing songs written by or associated with Duke–what could be better? Here she's backed by two different Ellington groups–-one a big band, the other a small group, whose members included Stuff Smith, Barney Kessel, and Ben Webster. Titles include "Rockin' In ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has split top seams.)
Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass return to the studio just a few years after their initial meeting – once again to work in a stripped-down duet format that's completely sublime! The spare setting is one that Ella never got in the older days – and there's an intimacy here that almost makes ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key 70s session from Tommy Flanagan – a record that showed that he was still one of the most fluid and soulful players of his generation! The album has Flanagan working only with the bass of George Mraz – in a drum-less format with even less structure than usual, a perfect setting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City.)
Tommy Flanagan —
Eclypso ... LP Enja (Germany), 1977. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A pretty lively set of trio material recorded by Flanagan in New York in 1977, with backing by Elvin Jones and George Mraz. The set features a number of bop-heavy tunes – like "Oleo", "Confirmation", and "Relaxin At Camarillo" – plus the great title cut ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Twin pianos from Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones – with no other instrumentation – played in some great ways that provide an equal balance of rhythmic pulse and lyrical melody! The set's got a sweet stereo split – so that Tommy's in the right channel, and Hank is in the left – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Greg Foat —
Mage ... LP Athens Of The North (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Maybe the most amazing work we've heard so far from Greg Foat – and that's really saying a lot, as the British keyboardist has given us some really incredible records over the years! The work's got a more ambitious vibe than some of Greg's straighter jazz sets – with large arrangements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Takeshi Inomata on drums, Kinta Hamada on vibes, Naoki Nishi on piano, and Kenichi Uchiyama on bass. LP, Vinyl record album
Adam Forkelid/Georg Riedel/Jon Falt —
Reminiscence ... LP Moserobie (Sweden), 2018. New Copy ...
This might be the first we're ever hearing from pianist Adam Forkelid – and given the sound of the album, we hope we'll be hearing a lot more for years to come! Forkelid has this wonderful approach to the piano – very bold, powerful chords – even in the mellower moments – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums of Hammond jazz ever recorded – and a darn funky one at that! Bobby Forrester may not look like a hipster on the cover, but this set grooves like some of the best early 70s work by Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, and Groove Holmes – hitting hard with some really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear and staining.)
A lost groover from this obscure soul jazz guitarist – recorded with some pretty interesting backing, and a firey guitar style that makes us wish he'd recorded more! The record sports two main groups backing up Forriest's guitar – one with Ernie Hayes on organ, Bernard Purdie on drums, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Forty Seven Times Its Own Weight —
Cumulo Nimbus ... LP Fable/Jazzman (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Funky and free-thinking fusion from the Texas scene of the mid 70s – a great indie album by a group who travelled in the same territory as the soul combo Starcrost! Although American, the work here has some great qualities that remind us of some of the best European fusion from the same time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover's not much to look at – but it houses a mighty nice set of funky 70s jazz! Drummer Al Foster leads the crew on this obscure session produced by Teo Macero for the mostly-rock Laurie label – and even though the album's kind of hidden under a completely innocuous cover that has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album from funky jazz combo The Fourth Way – one of the best groups of the progressive jazz era in America, thanks largely to the work of its excellent members! First to get big credit is Mike Nock – the Aussie pianist who worked with Yusef Lateef in the mid 60s, and really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nils Frahm —
Spaces ... LP Erased Tapes, 2011. Near Mint- 2LP ...
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(Vinyl Me Please pressing, missing the bonus print.)
Phil France —
Circle ... LP Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Sweet keyboards from Phil France – a player who's more than content enough to let his instrument take the lead, often in these flowing soundscapes that are even more evocative than on his previous album for Gondwana – but a musician who also manages to echo some deeper currents, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very jazzy work from Dutch keyboardist Rob Franken – a set of tracks that definitely lives up to the "fingers" in the title, as all the tunes feature very deft work on guitar from Joop Scholten! Joop's got a style that's very tight, and sometimes a bit 60s soul jazz in approach ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great keyboard work from Rodney Franklin – an artist who was well-trained in the best 70s fusion modes, and really knew how to keep things real on an 80s groover like this! The set's got less acoustic touches than on previous Franklin albums, but the sound is still plenty soulful throughout ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album