One of Holland's excellent small group sides for ECM, showcasing his angular yet swinging take on modern jazz, that sidestepped the 80s by numbers jazz molds of revisionist young lions and too smooth jazz lite. The quintet here features Julian Priester, Steve Coleman, Kenny Wheeler, and Steve ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rick Hollander Quartet —
Private Ear ... LP YVP Music (Germany), 1988. Near Mint- ...
An obscure bit of boozy sad songs – proof that Holliday had a lot more to offer than just an extremely strong showing on Broadway. She's working here with arrangements by Glen Osser that sort of take off from the spirit of "The Party's Over" – sad and dreamy, but also with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groovy session that features this star tenorist of the Jack McDuff group as the leader, but which also has the same group backing him up – including McDuff on organ, George Benson on guitar, and Joe Dukes on drums. The set list has a good batch of originals, with the same sort of groove and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with pen on labels. Cover has split seams, some surface wear, and a small torn off portion on the bottom seam.)
Richard Groove Holmes —
Onsaya Joy ... LP Flying Dutchman, 1975. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Maybe one of the greatest albums ever cut by organist Richard Groove Holmes – and a set that's worth it alone for the massive title track! Groove soars right out of the gate on that one – taking up most of side one with help from a vamping trio of guitar and drums – while he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of Groove's early sides as a leader for the Pacific Jazz label – a bit more in the traditional soul jazz style than later work, cut with players that include Ben Webster, Clifford Scott, Gene Ammons, Les McCann, and Joe Pass. Titles include "Good Vibrations", "Comi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Groove Holmes' best albums of the 70s – thanks to some electric blacksploitation arrangements from the great Oliver Nelson! The format's a bit tighter here than on some of Holmes' Groove Merchant albums from the earlier part of the decade – an approach that's almost like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key album in the career of Richard Groove Holmes – his first session ever for Prestige Records, and the one that yielded the monster crossover hit version of "Misty"! The sound here is much leaner and cleaner than Groove in his Pacific Jazz years – a tight trio approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cooker from this legendary Hammond player – with top shelf hork work from Harold Vick on tenor and Blue Mitchell on trumpet – plus some guitar from Gene Edwards! Features a nice take on "Autumn Leaves", done in a tight uptempo jazzy stepping style – like Groove's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album – one that features Groove playing in front of larger arrangements from Chess Records soul maestro Richard Evans – in a style that has the swinging power of some of Evan's best soul and jazz work at the Chicago label, and which makes for a slightly different ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two of LA's leading soul jazz luminaries – playing head to head in an interesting session that mixes lines on piano and organ! McCann gives the set a good rollicking rhythm, and Holmes' increasing skill on the Hammond makes the set blow out over the top – and the pair get backing by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has aged tape along all seams, with a crease in the gloss across the front.)
Brilliant work from an overlooked Swedish group of the 60s – a quintet led by tenorist Gilbert Holmstroms, a player we'd rank right up there with the best European modernists of his generation! The record's got a perfectly pitched sound that blends new overseas freedom with some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A group with vibes in the lead – which might already have been enough to win us over – save for the fact that everything else about the record is great, too – including its production by Wayne Shorter! Forget all about Shorter, though – because although he champions the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent early album by pianist Elmo Hope – one that has him grooving in a very moderist approach to bop, working perfectly with a tight little quintet. Frank Foster wails on tenor, Freeman Lee soars on trumpet, and Percy Heath and Art Blakey keep the whole thing going on rhythm – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese 12" pressing of the original 10" album – great vinyl and cover!)
An amazing album – and a really unique slice of the underground of jazz in the 60s! The session was put together in 1963 by Walt Dickerson, and was conceived as an attempt to draw attention to the incredible amount of great jazz players who were then currently serving time in prison for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Horn follows up his Inside The Taj Majal set – in someways leaving behind the stark, spare initimacy of that set for a more layered and tailored approach – and also leaving behind his more pronounced jazz roots for a more earthy and nature themed mode! Like Inside, it's a solo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet early CTI work from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard – the kind of groundbreaking electric jazz that really helped him find a new space in the 70s! The album follows strongly from Freddie's classic Red Clay set for CTI – and like that one, it features extended tracks that build ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real gem from Freddie Hubbard's 60s years – an all soul jazz outing, cut with a hip array of players that show that young Fred was definitely on the forefront of jazz at the time! Despite the "blues" in the title, the main groove is spiritual soul jazz – in a style that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has some wear, tape residue along the opening, & marker on the back.)
Freddie Hubbard at the peak of his 70s powers – and one of his finest albums of the decade! The record follows strongly in the tone that Freddie set at CTI on his mighty Red Clay and Sky Dive sets – long, drawn out tracks – done with lots of electricity in the rhythms, and a very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Daniel Humair/Francois Jeanneau/Henri Texier —
Akagera ... LP Disques JMS (France), 1980. Near Mint- ...
An unusual soundtrack project from this hip French trio – with Daniel Humair on drums and percussion, Henri Texier on bass and oud, and Francois Jeanneau on tenor, soprano, flute, bass clarinet,a nd some keyboards too! LP, Vinyl record album
An essential Blue Note album by the great vibist Bobby Hutcherson, and a record that's split into 2 different sides, each of which display different aspects of Hutcherson's talents. The first four tracks are mellow and lyrical, with the kind of lovely melodic writing that is best illustrated by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful album from Bobby Hutcherson – late in his 70s career, but handled with the soulful depth of his brilliant early 70s work on Blue Note! The group's got George Cables on piano and Eddie Marshall on drums, plus a bit of extra percussion work by Bill Summers – and they're ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear & a note card taped to the bottom right corner.)
A wicked post-Blue Note session from Bobby Hutcherson – one that's put together in a different way than his previous work, but still completely sublime throughout! The feel is almost to Hutcherson's earlier work what Woody Shaw's Columbia recordings were to his – tighter, with sharper ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker.)
Jan Huydts Trio —
Conception ... LP 678 Records (Netherlands), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
A record that's every bit as cool as you'd expect from its cover – recorded at the start of the 70s, at a time when Dutch pianist Jan Huydts was really breaking from tradition, and experimenting with bold new ideas in his trio! The group's got the freewheeling vibe of some of the best on MPS ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a very earthy, organic finish to the alto saxophone shown in the hands of Kang Tae Hwan on the cover – and that appearance is a great illustration of the sound on the record, too – one that builds very slowly, with almost a meditative quality – as the tones are created ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work by one of the coolest acts going on the Italian sound library scene of the 70s – a combo who were only a studio ensemble, but who could groove with the best funky jazz acts of the time! This second set from I Gres is a masterpiece of lively rhythms, cool keyboards, and lots of ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums ever from this legendary Italian combo – a set that's still got all the sound library funk of their other records, but with a vibe that's maybe a bit more complex and jazzy too! Things are never too far out, but there's definitely moments where a key instrumental ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Christian Ibanez/Luigi Trussardi/Daniel Humair —
Feelings ... LP Musica (France), 1977. Near Mint- ...
A strong soul jazz session – one in which South African pianist Ibrahim meets up with some New York players like Carlos Ward, Ricky Ford, Charles Davis, Cecil McBee, and Ben Riley. The result is a warm batch of melodic tunes that have the strong spiritual sound of some of the best work on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Japanese pianist Masaru Imada is in his best fusion mode here – working with great help from American players Tom Browne on trumpet, Grover Washington Jr on soprano and tenor sax, Steve Khan on guitar, Anthony Jackson on bass, and Steve Jordan on drums! Imada plays both acoustic and electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Filipino pressing on A&W/Horizon. Cover has some wear.)
A record with a very plain cover, but a wonderfully colorful sound – as the set features a flurry of fantastic tones from a very hip large ensemble! The group's led by Mikko Innanen – who blows both alto and baritone – and features Jukka Eskola on trumpet, alongside a host of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic mix of jazz and spoken word performance – delivered in a very righteous style that takes us back to the best vintage sides by artists like Wanda Robinson or Jayne Cortez! The words here are by Camae Ayewa – whose lyrics are as politically powerful as her presentation style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weldon Irvine —
Spirit Man ... LP RCA/Nature Sounds, 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Massively funky work from the mighty Weldon Irvine – sublimely cosmic and filled with soul throughout! The vibe here is a bit more focused than on some of Weldon's earlier albums – a moody blend of electric keys, heavy percussion, and some slight bits of jazzy solo work by trumpeters ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice new reissue from Nature Sounds – with updated artwork, created using rare photos from the original album cover shoot!)
Dennis Irwin & James Williams —
Focus ... LP Red (Italy), 1978. Very Good+ ...
Timeless avant grooves from Isotope 217! We can remember when these guys were just a loose collective of musicians, playing Miles-influenced spacey jazz jams in unadvertised Monday night gigs at Chicago's legendary Rainbo Room. On record they've metamorphosized into one of the most distinctive ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Obscure organ jazz record by the player who's probably best known to people from the good records he made with Willis Jackson on Prestige. This set's a nice stripped down set of tracks, with Ivory on organ, Paul Renfro on tenor, and Bill Nicks on drums. Good spare organ and tenor lines, with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tan & blue label mono pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)
An excellent 70s set by Jackie & Roy – very different than their work of the 50s and 60s, with an approach that's much more far-reaching and complicated – a style that opens up their vocal talents majestically! Gone are the simpler ditties of earlier years, and in their place are ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Michael Gregory Jackson —
Gifts ... LP Arista/Novus, 1979. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
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(Cover has a cut corner & a promo sticker.)
Milt Jackson —
Statements ... LP Impulse, Early 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A great statement from vibist Milt Jackson – one of his key solo sessions in a great 60s run of recordings away from the Modern Jazz Quartet! Like the classics that followed this one, the vibe is much more soulful than any of Milt's records with the MJQ – kind of an extension of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange & black label pressing with RVG stamp. Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)
Proof that Milt Jackson was easily the hippest member of the Modern Jazz Quartet – and one of the few who could really open up into different sounds away from that combo! This sweet 70s set for CTI is totally great – a whole new chapter for Jackson's vibes, and a real re-setting of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare Japanese-only session by the monster bassist of The Headhunters – a killer set that masterfully toes the line between heavy jazz funk and a looser soul jazz vibe! Paul Jackson leads a group that includes fellow Headhunter Bennie Maupin, and other jazz funk legends like Herbie Hancock, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer work from Gator! The album was recorded during his prime mid-60s period – when it seemed like he just couldn't miss, and when he was working with a great group that included Carl Wilson on organ and Pat Azzara on guitar. The tracks on this one are long, with a great rolling McDuff-ish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very different album for Willis Jackson – but in a great way! The album has Gatortail blowing over larger arrangements by Claus Ogerman and Robert Banks – all of them in that groovy late 60s Verve mode, which provides a nice counterpoint to the raspy tone of Jackson's horn. There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from our favorite period in Willis Jackson's career – really hard-burning material that helped set a new standard for the organ/tenor sound in soul jazz! The combo here is one of Jackson's best – with Carl Wilson on organ and Pat Martino (billed as Azzara) on guitar, really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some light wear in one corner, but this is a great copy overall.)
One of the rarest Willis Jackson albums of the 60s – recorded for the smaller Moodsville subsidiary of Prestige, and done in a dreamy late nite mode that's quite different from some of Jackson's other sets! The group is a quartet with Richard Wyands on piano – offering a starker, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Prestige pressing – cover is nice, and vinyl is nice and clean! Back cover has a few very small notes in pen.)
Lots and lots of action here – a stone cooker from tenorist Willis Jackson, who always seems to burn even stronger than usual in concert performance! The group is raw, rough, and plenty swinging – the great Pat Martino on guitar, Carl Wilson on organ, and Joe Hadrick on drums – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)
A great funky set from Willis Jackson – recorded in conjunction with the same sessions that yielded the classic Harlem Underground album! The record features Willis working with Paul Winley – blowing soulful riffs over backing by a group that includes organ, guitar, and added horns, on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album from Willis Jackson – a real sleeper, and with a very groovy feel! Willis smokes with an organ combo that has Butch Cornell at the keys, and which also features Vince Corrao on guitar and Franklyn Robinson on trumpet. The tracks are a mix of originals and Beatles covers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An easily-grooving set that features Illinois Jacquet blowing over small combo arrangements with Tommy Flanagan on piano and Kenny Burrell on guitar – plus some added Latin percussion from Willie Rodriguez! The presence of the Latin percussion really adds a nice element to the album – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent LP collection of Jacquet's early work for the Aladdin label – hard-grooving numbers cut on the heels of his fame with the Lionel Hampton group, a mixture of swing, bop, and a bit of R&B. Titles include "Sahara Heat", "Illinois Blows The Blues", "Goofi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Illinois Jacquet's all-time classics – and a great little album that features Count Basie grooving away on organ! The session was cut during the early 50s, and it features small groups of hard swinging players that include Cecil Payne, Matthew Gee, Ray Brown, and Hank Jones, who also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with a trumpeter logo and deep groove! Cover has a split top seam & spine.)
Mellow late night tracks by some of Chess' greatest tenor stars! Budd Johnson plays "The Cardinal", "Begin The Beguine", and "Love I've Found You" to arrangements by Melba Liston. James Moody plays "I Remember Clifford", "Dorothee", and "All ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover & label have a drillhole.)
A sprightly set from the Ahmad Jamal Trio – but also a record that's not as brightly colored as you might guess from the title, thanks to a nice undercurrent of darkness in the mix! Jamal's piano work is often nicely punctuated – perhaps living up to the "happy moods" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
After Ahmad spent the 60s playing mellow acoustic piano, he turned into a great jazz artist on the Fender Rhodes – and this album is one of the best he ever made in that genre. The record has some great orchestrations by Richard Evans, and Ahmad's tone is very rich and full, with a great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
Foxie ... LP Tappan Zee, 1983. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A schmaltzy cover, but still some pretty nice work from Bob James – playing here in a smaller combo mode that hangs onto the format of his earlier classics on CTI! The keyboards definitely have some sounds that mark the early 80s date of the record – but they're still warmer and more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
In the tradition of the AACM, this set finds the Art Ensemble co founder performing solo, not just on reeds, but vibes, cymbals & bells as well. As you might expect the improvisations havce a searchng spritual quality, and a beautiful open-ness and sense of space afforded by the solo format. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the excellent non-Art Ensemble sessions cut by the team of Joseph Jarman and Don Moye – work that draws on their experience in the groundbreaking Chicago group, but also takes them into rich new territory on their own! The group's a quartet – with trombone and flute by Craig ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally wonderful album from the young Keith Jarrett – and a set that's different than most of the pianist's other well-known modes – not his solo improvisations, not his successful trio material, and not even his more outside quartet modes of the 70s – but instead this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heady double-length set from Keith Jarrett – some of his more sharper-edged work of the time, even though the session follows the free-flowing solo aproach of his other ECM recordings! The first half of the set features the extended "Invocations" suite – a work that has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A genre-defining moment from pianist Keith Jarrett – a record that really set the world on fire, and which continues to charm all these many decades later! Although Jarrett had already made some amazing music in a trio setting during the 60s, and in his more freewheeling groups with Dewey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light aging and a bumped corner.)
Very nice early work by Keith Jarrett – and very different than his later albums for ECM! This set is pretty loose and spiritual at times – and has Keith playing a variety of instruments, from piano, to guitar, to soprano sax, organ, and percussion – as well as singing, which he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
4 beautiful side-long solo piano pieces from Keith Jarrett – "Staircase", "Hourglass", "Sundial", and "Sand". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp and some wear.)
Keith Jarrett/Dennis Russell Davies —
Ritual ... LP ECM, 1977. Near Mint- ...
The best Keith Jarrett spirit of the 70s – those long, exploratory lines he virtually invented on solo piano – performed here by pianist Dennis Russell Davies! The set's one of the warmest we've ever heard from Davies – as he spins out on two side-long interpretations of this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare American work from reedman Bobby Jaspar – a player best known for his contributions to French jazz in the postwar years, but working here with a set of American players! The album was recorded in New York for French branch of Columbia Records – done in November of 1956, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing fancy – but some great short little soul jazz numbers that show The Jazz Crusaders grooving at their early best! The tenor of Wilton Felder, trombone of Wayne Henderson, and piano of Joe Sample really carry the set – and the album's got some great originals that include "Pu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the Jazz Crusaders' classic funky live sets from the 60's, recorded live at the Lighthouse, where there talents were slowly becoming the stuff of legend. Nice tight soul jazz stuff, with some excellent groovers that include an early version of "Scratch", plus "Blues Up ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A much-needed addition to the too-small catalog of work by this groundbreaking group from the European scene of the 60s – a quintet of Danish modernists who have a sound that's still wonderfully bright and brilliant after all these years! The album comes from tapes that were recorded in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredibly soulful set from the Israeli scene of the early 70s – a record that's quite spiritual overall, with a vibe that's almost Strata East in its approach! The group is less of a workshop than a tight quartet led by saxophonist Albert Piamenta, and featuring piano, bass, and drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The beginning of a whole new chapter of greatness for singer Eddie Jefferson – a record that took his older style of putting words to jazz solos, and updated it nicely for a new generation in the 60s! Eddie's got a rootsy look on the cover, but the sound here is snappingly hip and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Jenkins —
Drum Stuff ... LP Tampa/VSOP, Mid 50s. Near Mint- (reissue)...
A killer set from drummer George Jenkins – with a hard-wailing Central Ave groove, augmented by some killer tenor work by Plas Johnson! This is one of the best albums ever to hear Johnson blowing in a jazz mode – and his tenor skills put him right up there with Willis Jackson or Gene ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lots of angular moments here – a relatively free, improvised session led by Leroy Jenkins on violin, and featuring work by Andrew Cyrille on percussion and Anthony Davis on piano! The record explodes with energy from the start – quite different than some of Jenkins' more sonically-orien ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great mix of compositional structures and free improvisation – and definitely one of those records that has Leroy Jenkins stretching his talents way past jazz! The album features two very long tracks – "Quintet #3" and "Shapes Textures Rhythms Moods Of Sound" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Leroy Jenkins's Sting —
Urban Blues ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1984. Near Mint- ...
Not the kind of blues that's blue – to borrow a phrase – but a cool change in style for violinist Leroy Jenkins, and a session that has him working in a weird new groove! The lineup here includes two violins, two guitars, bass, and drums – all coming together in a rompingly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool take on the older style of German lieder – but one that's taken up here by free jazz giants Sven Ake Johansson and Alexander Von Schlippenbach! You'll normally know Sven for his work on the drum kit – but here, he acts as a singer – but with a very freewheeling, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soulfully spacey fusion set from Alphonso Johnson – with a really catchy sound! The maestro is working in an eclectic mode that's part Earth, Wind, & Fire, part Return To Forever, and part Alphonze Mouzon/Tommy Bolin jamming. The best moments on the record are the more straight ahead ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker.)