A contemporary Finnish group, and a great one too – a combo who play with the sharp, soulful tones of a Blue Note lineup from the 60s – but all without ever sounding like they're trying to copy that mode too much! Instead, these guys just have a proud, confident sense of their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD – which also has material from their 10" album too.)
Arista Freedom release of 2 different sessions by Julius Hemphill – one from 1975, with Arthur Blythe, Hamiet Bluiett, and Abdul Wadud; the other from 1972, with Bluiett, Wadud, and Baikida Carroll. The 1972 session's a bit more interesting, and was recorded in St. Louis by Oliver Sain (of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classy supperclub vocals, with arrangements by Jimmy Jones, and some sweet polished singing from Bill Henderson. Most of the tracks are standards or pop – like "Am I Blue", "The More I See You", and "Twelfth Of Never – but there's a few nice lesser-known ones, ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the bottom seam, a stained corner, and light wear.)
Funky fusion doesn't get any funkier than this – and the album's one of the greatest 70s recordings by jazz funk trumpeter Eddie Henderson! The album's got a harder edge than a lot of Eddie's other records of the decade – razor sharp rhythms crackling away underneath a sublime space-hea ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great live set recorded by Jon Hendricks during a time when he was making his home in the artsy community of Sausalito, on the San Francisco Bay. The set's recorded at the town's tiny Trident club, where Jon played for a while on a very regular basis, and the feeling is very relaxed and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nicely moody set, in the best late 50s Liberty mode – featuring singer Tommy Hendrix with Al Hendrickson on guitar and Morty Corb on bass! (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue label pressing, in nice shape overall! Vinyl has a pressing bump that makes a very low thud, right at the start of side two, but the rest is great. Cover has some light splitting on the top seam.)
This might be the first we've ever heard from pianist Ashley Henry – but given the quality of the set, we imagine that we might be listening to his music for many years to come! Henry's got this wonderful conception of rhythm – as if he's sometimes racing ahead of the bass and drums, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from pianist Ashley Henry – a British pianist who seems to be soaring out of the underground to become one of the leading figures in overseas jazz – a role that he definitely fills with this fantastic major label debut! The set's every bit as great as Henry's previous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fitting title for a wonderful record – the last album issued under the name of altoist Ernie Henry – an amazing 50s player who recorded famously with Thelonius Monk, but only got to make a handful of his own dates before an untimely early death! The posthumous release brings together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from this groundbreaking reedman – an incredibly rhythmic fusion of roots and jazz – very much in the best European tradition of the 70s! Hugo blows tenor, alto, soprano sax, and flute – but also plays some percussion too, on a record that's very heavy on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Woody Herman plays Ralph Burns' 4 part suite "Summer Sequence" with his orchestra and Charlie Byrd soloing on guitar. There's also a few other shorter tracks, like "Bamba Samba" and "Prelude Ala Cha Cha" with a lighter feel, but as the title says, it's pretty moody ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Woody recorded on 2 coasts – in New York and San Francisco – with smaller than usual groups of hip players that include Dusko Goykovich, Don Rader, Sal Nistico, Steve Marcus, and Bill Watrous. Woody himself plays soprano and alto sax in addition to his usual clarinet – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dreamy harmony jazz from the great Hi-Los – one of the hippest groups of the 50s, with a sweet quartet approach similar to The Four Freshmen, and which had a huge effect on pop in the 60s! The tunes on the set feature the group working with Frank Comstock – in an amazing style that ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eddie Higgins Trio —
Soulero ... LP Atlantic, 1965. Near Mint- ...
A great 60s album from pianist Eddie Higgins – one of his few records for Atlantic, and a set that definitely lives up to the seductive power of the title and cover! Eddie's maybe a bit more creative and open here than on some of his other records – more in a Chess Records trio mode ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful solo work from Andrew Hill – 2 side-long works that both spin out with more freedom and exploration than even most of his other 70s recordings! The style here is wonderfully laidback – never obsessed with the freedom too much, and instead concerned with painting beautiful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes book! Cover has a cutout notch.)
Andrew Hill —
Judgment! ... LP Blue Note, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A seminal "new thing" session from pianist Andrew Hill, and one of the greatest performances ever from a young Bobby Hutcherson! The record features a stunning quartet that includes Hill on piano, Hutcherson on vibes, and Richard Davis and Elvin Jones on rhythm – coming together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(90s 180 gram pressing. NOTE – Cover is entirely wavy from moisture with small drillhole through the barcode.)
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary Nimbus label – and the only set we've ever seen from pianist Linda Hill as a leader! The set's got the same open-ended, spiritually-expressive sound as Adele Sebastian's record for the label – and Sebastian's also a key part of the group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Guy Pederson on bas and Gus Wallez on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove and Demonstration sticker. Cover has light wear, some aging, and Demonstration stamps on back.)
Earl Hines & Jaki Byard —
Duet! ... LP MPS, 1975. Near Mint- ...
Jaki Byard proves that he's a pianist steeped in rich tradition – capable of reaching back to shake hands with the style of traditionalist Earl Hines, and clever enough to insert a dash of his own modernism into Hines' own style. Most tracks are done as piano-only duets – but a few on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Earl Hines with Roy Eldridge & Coleman Hawkins —
Grand Reunion ... LP Limelight, 1965. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Earl Hines leads a group that includes special guests like Roy Eldridge and Coleman Hawkins – and the material's a relatively traditional batch of tunes, done in Earl's classic piano style. The group performs an extended "Portrait Of Fats Waller", plus shorter tracks like "C ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove, in the extravagant gatefold cover, in fantastic shape!)
Earl Hines leads a group that includes special guests like Roy Eldridge and Coleman Hawkins – and the material's a relatively traditional batch of tunes, done in Earl's classic piano style. LP, Vinyl record album
One of the more trad records on Fantasy, with one legendary pianist paying tribute to another – on a set of Fats Waller standards performed by Earl Hines, along with a San Francisco trio that includes the great Eddie Duran on guitar. Titles include "Jitterbug Waltz", "Squeeze ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has some aging and a name in marker on back.)
A wicked blend of jazz and soul from Hiroshima – a group who've got the smooth blend of styles we love in some of the import-only fusion dates that were coming from Japan in the late 70s! The group's got a few light touches that emphasize their Pacific roots – including light flute ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real breakout album for Hiroshima – and a set that seems to show up in just about every collection of vintage fusion albums we look at! The set's the group's third, as you might guess from the title – and it's got the Hiroshima quintet sliding together in a perfect groove – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark improvisations from two of the most important bassists in avant garde jazz – Dave Holland and Barre Phillips – two players each coming from two different scenes and styles, but working together here perfectly in a groundbreaking session of all-bass work! Holland plays a bit of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has some discoloration from age and a cutout notch.)
Richard Groove Holmes —
Welcome Home ... LP World Pacific, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Groovy set of soul jazz organ tracks that has Groove playing with a large-ish group that includes George Freeman, Tom Scott, Anthony Ortega, Wilton Felder, and Paul Humphrey. The set's not totally hard and funky, but it's got a nice soulful swinging groove, with a tight LA 60s sound to it. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groove and Jug wail away in this classic set of tenor/organ tracks recorded for Pacific Jazz in the early 60s. The backing is spare, with only Gene Edwards on guitar and Leroy Henderson on drums, and tracks include "Morris The Minor", "Good Vibrations", "Hey You, What's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare session as a leader from drummer Red Holt – cut at a time when he was making waves with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, and years before his work in Young Holt Unlimited! The record's got a really playful feel that points the way towards directions Holt would take later – a mix of soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, some wear, and aging.)
The surprising return of drummer Redd Holt – a musician you probably know from his legendary 60s work in the Ramsey Lewis Trio, or as part of the Young Holt Unlimited group with bassist Eldee Young! Ramsey and Eldee aren't on this set, but Redd keeps things in similar trio formation – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the looser, more experimental albums we've ever heard from percussionist William Hooker – done at a time when his fame was really reaching past the New York downtown scene! The set was recorded in San Francisco, and features the great Glenn Spearman on a variety of reeds, plus DJ ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album as a leader from the legendary William Hooker – and a fantastic reminder of how wonderful he can be in the spotlight! The set begins with some solo drum work from Hooker, then moves into bolder improvisations with an unnamed saxophonist and pianist (odd that the label didn't ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last work ever recorded by pianist Elmo Hope – one of the most brilliant modernist talents of his generation, right up there with Monk and Herbie Nichols for sheer inventiveness! The material here shows Hope still burning brightly in the last years of his life – hitting the keys of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever solo album from Hugh Hopper – best known as the bassist for Soft Machine, but an equally creative artist on his own! The album is a bit more experimental, and sometimes more jazz-based, than Hugh's work in the bigger group – a blend of odd acoustic sounds with slight ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from alto genius Bobby Watson – recording here with the Horizon Quintet, a hip group of spiritual soul jazz players that includes Curtis Lundy, Mulgrew Miller, Hamiet Bluiett, and Marvin Smitty Smith. The session takes up the soul jazz torch of 70s work by artists like Woody Shaw, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's hard to go wrong when you've got a rhythm duo like this – and saxophonist Steve Houben and pianist Michael Herr really rise to the occasion next to the bass of Curtis Lundy and drums of Kenny Washington! The album's a great early date for Lundy, who sounds superb throughout – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mostly tracks by the early tenor sax player Paul Howard – but the set also features a version of "Blue Yodel No 9", with vocals by Jimmie Rodgers and trumpet from Louis Armstrong! LP, Vinyl record album
Baddest Hubbard or goodest Hubbard – whatever you prefer, the set's a great sampling of Freddie's incredible work for the CTI label during the early 70s! The album only features 4 tracks, but for CTI, Freddie was cutting them so long, that's the only way you could go – as his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and splitting.)
Freddie Hubbard —
Hub-Tones ... LP Blue Note (Czech Republic), 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
An album with a classic modernist cover image – and one that's also got the same sort of sound to match – brilliant early work from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who's really coming into his own as a leader with this date! Freddie's really finding a voice here – a sharper edge than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost treasure from the overlooked late 70s jazz years at Columbia! The album's got Freddie Hubbard working with arranger Claus Ogerman on some expansive tracks that go beyond his earlier work in the decade – sometimes blowing mellow notes over larger orchestrations, other times working in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spare versions of Kurt Weill classics – recorded in the postwar years by pianist Dick Hyman! The tunes are relatively sort, by Hyman packs in plenty of punch – letting loose in this solo setting in some really cool ways – with plenty of angular lines and fantastic flourishes that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album from this hip studio combo – and one that's every bit a Hammond jazz album as it is a sound library rarity! The set's got more organ than usual from I Marc 4 – mixed with some tracks that have a great piano vibe too – all at a level that's very soulful, and ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) —
Balance ... LP Gearbox (UK), 2019. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Really fantastic material from legendary pianist Abdullah Ibrahim – a set cut with a larger group of musicians, which we like even more than Ibrahim's work in a solo or trio format! The group here is his Ekaya ensemble – who flesh out Abdullah's larger musical ideas in a really great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very hip group, like most of those on the albums of pianist Klaus Ignatzek – with Bobby Watson on alto, Steve Wagner on trumpet, Dieter Ilg on bass, and Joe Pulice on drums! All tracks are originals, and nice and long – with titles that include "Old Love New Love", "The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This album's got a slightly expanded version of Ill Considered in place – but at a level that never strays far from the greatness that's made us love them right from the start! The core quartet, as usual, features the mighty Idris Rahman on tenor sax, Leon Brichard on bass, Emre Ramazanoglu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This mighty quartet always have a fantastically live sound on their studio albums already – but in a concert setting, they seem to bristle even more with spontaneous creative energy – as you'll no doubt discover just a few minutes into the record! As you've no doubt read on these pages ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-overdue return of a combo that had a huge impact on the sound of jazz on the Scandinavian scene over the past decade or two – given that its members have been involved in such important projects as Five Corners Quintet, Tuomo, Oddarang, and the Timo Lassy combo! Yet at the core, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet Fender Rhodes and funky fusion from a very cool German group of the 70s – one we're not sure we've ever heard on record before, but who sound really wonderful here in an unreleased set of tapes from German radio! The group have a great way of moving between mellow funk and more jamming ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from Italian pianist Enrico Intra – and that's saying a lot, given his legacy of creative sounds from the 70s onward! This set has Intra playing piano, but also has all the spacey elements you'd guess from the cover – a very unusual mix ... 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
Irreversible Entanglements —
Who Sent You ... LP International Anthem/Don Giovanni, 2020. New Copy ...
Damn incredible work from Irreversible Entanglements – a Philly group, but one who definitely belong in the special, small universe of the International Anthem label from Chicago! This set is even more fierce, more focused than their great debut – burning with righteous energy from a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark early work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – recorded way back when he was first coming to fame with Nina Simone, but done as an obscure indie effort for his tiny Nodlew label! The set's a wicked batch of keyboard-heavy funk – at a level that's similar to some of the best ... 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!)
One of the grooviest records ever by the wonderful vocal team of Jackie & Roy – a sweetly swinging 50s session, with great LA jazz backings from the orchestra of Bill Holman! There's a breezy vibe to the whole thing that's years ahead of its time – not pop harmony vocals, but an ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jackie & Roy at the height of their ABC powers – really stepping out strongly here with a bold jazz vocal approach that nobody else can touch! Both Roy Kral and Jackie Cain get a few moments of their own in the spotlight, especially Jackie, who steps out on a number of the tracks – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't hold Chubby's name against him – because this is a really great little set, leaner and meaner than you might expect! The album has Chubby taking over from Woody Herman – with whom he'd worked for many years, and from whom he got most of the players for this session. The album's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light aging in one bottom corner, but is nice overall.)
A surprisingly nice pairing – the vibes of Milt Jackson and some larger horn backings that fall heavy on the trumpet and trombone side of the spectrum! The sound's not nearly as heavy or hokey as you'd expect – thanks to arrangements by Melba Liston – and the horns do a nice job ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly big collection of tracks from Milt – documenting his oft-forgotten years at Impulse Records, plus a few more sides from albums he cut with other folks for ABC. The range of the material is far greater than you might think – and takes Milt way past the MJQ stylings of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best-known 50s jazz sessions from the Savoy label – a laidback classic that's a great illustration of the label's shift in modes after the early bop years! The setting here is relatively informal – with Milt Jackson as the ersatz leader, working almost in blowing session ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing with deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has a split spine and top seam.)
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
(Original pressing, with insert! Cover has a cut corner, but is great overall.)
Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society —
Barbeque Dog ... LP Antilles, 1983. Near Mint- ...
Decoding Society features Roland Shannon Jackson, Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, Zane Massey, Reverend Bruce Johnson, and Henry Scott. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes printed inner sleeve. Coover has light wear.)
Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society —
Eye On You ... LP About Time, 1980. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the loosest, most open albums from Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society – and a set that's a great antidote to some of the later records for bigger labels! Jackson's still got a very inspiring sound at this point – a polyrhythmic groove that's virtually the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear. Vinyl has a light click on "Arising".)
Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society —
Mandance ... LP Antilles, 1982. Very Good+ ...
With Zane Massey on saxes, Vernon Reid on guitars, Melvin Gibbs on bass, and Henry Scott on trumpet. LP, Vinyl record album
Excellent later work by Illinois Jacquet – right on a par with his best recordings for Verve, and a great example of the strength of his tenor playing, which didn't always surface as well in large group recordings. The record features Jacquet in the company of a number of smaller groups ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that's every bit as cool as you might expect – a set that's very much in the same Indo-jazz experiments as saxophonist Joe Harriott, but with a slightly different approach overall! Although sitar is part of the instrumentation, there's also a fair bit of conventional jazz phrasing ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ahmad Jamal from the 80s – and we love it! The record has Ahmad stepping into yet another guise and handling it wonderfully – blending together smooth soul and string arrangements with some sweet jazzy piano lines that soar over the top! The strings and orchestrations are handled by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really cool little combo, led by the enigmatic Jaman on piano and keyboards – working here in a mix of spiritual jazz and more soulful styles of the 70s! The core group features additional bass, drums, congas, and percussion – and the overall style of the record has a looseness that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
12 ... LP Tappan Zee, 1984. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Titles include "No Pay No Play", "Courtship", "Midnight", "Ruby Ruby Ruby", and "Legacy". LP, Vinyl record album
A live set by Bob – packaged in a cover that has a picture of him in a Taxi, certainly designed to cash in on his fame doing the theme for that TV show! The record's actually quite nice, and is a good blend of the mellow Bob from later years and the darker Bob from earlier ones – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet. Cover has some surface wear.)
Bob James —
BJ4 ... LP CTI, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
The 4th in Bob James legendary run of Fender Rhodes classics for CTI – and a record that still has him working with the dark edges that made the first few so great! As usual with these sets, there's a way of putting over the groove that's really unique – not really funky, but spacious ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A smooth set of keyboard instrumentals built around Bob James' famous theme to the TV show Taxi – also known as "Angela", and probably the way that most mainstream folks know Bob's work! And although that track was plenty famous, it's still a really great number that echoes out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
H ... LP Tappan Zee/Columbia, 1980. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
The cover might be a bit gimmicky – with a giant image of a hot dog – but the album's actually one of the more sensitive outings from keyboardist Bob James at the time – a really refreshing blend of modes and styles, served up on Fender Rhodes, Oberheim, and acoustic piano! There' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Bob James —
Heads ... LP Tappan Zee, 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Heads or tails, it's a winner every time – as the record's one of the last clear moments of genius from keyboardist Bob James in the 70s! The sound here is stepping out a bit more from Bob's earlier sides on CTI, but there's still plenty of great keyboard work to make the album worth seeking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Bob James —
Three ... LP CTI, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Dark genius from keyboardist Bob James – one of his seminal 70s classics for CTI! The album follows strongly in the spirit of the records One and Two – using James' spacious approach to Fender Rhodes alongside some backings that are electric, yet have an earthily funky quality that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album