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✨✧ Art BlakeyKyoto ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the best of the non-Blue Note Blakey sides from the early 60s – and an excellent outing from the sextet version of the Jazz Messengers that included Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, and Reggie Workman! The format here is a big tighter than some of Blakey's quintet sessions – with a bit more focus on the arrangements than before – but a change that's more than welcome to our ears, given the strength of the material and Walton's majestic command of the rhythms! Wellington Blakey joins the group on vocals on the track "Wellington's Blues" – but the best aspect of the album is its long Eastern-tinged jam tracks, very much in the mode of some of Horace Silver's work in a similar vein. Titles include Sadao Watanabe's "Nihon Bash", plus "Kyoto", "The High Priest", and "Never Never Land". CD
(Out of print.)

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Paul BleyTouching (with bonus track) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $24.99
Prime modern work from the great Paul Bley – a pianist who was really expanding his sound at this time – to a level that would soon make him a legend around the globe! The European date is a great chance to hear Bley really opening things up – playing freely, with an amazing command of the keyboard – faster flurries of notes at times than you might hear on his 70s material, but with an equally sensitive ear for space and sound – all balanced by perfect work from Kent Carter on bass and Barry Altschul on drums! There's an instantly haunting quality to the music – which is all unique original material from Bley's scene – titles that include his own compositions Bley's "Pablo" and "Mazatlan", plus Annette Peacock's "Both" and "Cartoon", and Carla Bley's "Start". CD also features the bonus track "Closer" – another Carla Bley composition. CD
(Part of the "Freedom Paper Sleeve Collection" series!)

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✨✧ Milt Buckner & Jo JonesBuck & Jo (4CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic pairing of talents – brought together here in a set of recordings that features way more material than we ever knew the duo recorded! The massive 4CD package is focused on spare duets between drummer Jo Jones and organist Milt Buckner – both American jazz musicians from a slightly earlier age, given a chance to really stretch out in a great way during the early 70s – taken into the studio by producer Hugues Panassie, in a mode that's free from any restrictions or commercial trappings at all! Both musicians can really do a lot with a little – especially Buckner, whose Hammond almost always sounds better without a larger group alongside him – because you can really hear his great command of the keys and pedals, and his amazing ear for a very wide range of sounds. The package features 42 tracks in all – some of them nice and long – with titles that include "Blues For Diane", "Am I Blue", "Pick Yourself Up", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Smoke Rings", "Madeline's Garden", "Anna Ryan", "Cute", "Count's Basement", "Perdido", "Three Little Words", "It Happened In Monterey", "That's All", and "Believe It Beloved". CD

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Jaki ByardBlues For Smoke ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A very unusual early album from piano genius Jaki Byard – recorded right around the same time as his initial albums for Prestige, and his big breakthrough with Charles Mingus! The set is all solo, recorded during that legendary short span of recordings by Candid Records in Nola Penthouse – and Byard is completely on fire, maybe showing a pianistic dexterity and command of the history of jazz that wouldn't burst forth on other records until the end of the decade! Jaki wrote all the material himself – and seems to embrace a range of expression that runs from Jelly Roll Morton up through Mal Waldron – then filtered and focused brilliantly through his godlike fingertips. Titles include "Hollis Stomp (Mr Piano Man)", "Flight OF The Fly", "Aluminum Baby", "One Two Five", Dian's Melody", and "Jaki's Blues Next". CD

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Serge ChaloffBoston Blow-Up! ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the few key recordings issued by baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff before his untimely early death – a tremendous little record that really helped redefine the place of his instrument in jazz! The album is one of a number produced by Stan Kenton for Capitol at the time, but it's far from the cooler jazz outings of other "Kenton Presents" sessions – a real Boston Blow up that has Serge standing starkly out front on the baritone, hitting some tremendous notes that show a command and dexterity on his instrument that few other players could match! Also noteworthy is the presence of the great Boots Mussulli on alto sax – a sharp-edge player with a lot of Charlie Mariano touches, and an artist who's rarely heard in a setting so stripped-down as this. Other artists include Herb Pomeroy on trumpet, Ray Santisi on piano, and Jimmy Zitano on drums – and titles include the original numbers "Kip", "Unison", "Bob The Robin", and "Sergical" – plus versions of "What's New", "Yesterday's Gardenias", and Jaki Byard's "Diane's Melody". CD
Also available Boston Blow-Up! (with bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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Serge ChaloffBoston Blow-Up! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1955. Used ... $6.99
One of the few key recordings issued by baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff before his untimely early death – a tremendous little record that really helped redefine the place of his instrument in jazz! The album is one of a number produced by Stan Kenton for Capitol at the time, but it's far from the cooler jazz outings of other "Kenton Presents" sessions – a real Boston Blow up that has Serge standing starkly out front on the baritone, hitting some tremendous notes that show a command and dexterity on his instrument that few other players could match! Also noteworthy is the presence of the great Boots Mussulli on alto sax – a sharp-edge player with a lot of Charlie Mariano touches, and an artist who's rarely heard in a setting so stripped-down as this. Other artists include Herb Pomeroy on trumpet, Ray Santisi on piano, and Jimmy Zitano on drums – and titles include the original numbers "Kip", "Unison", "Bob The Robin", and "Sergical" – plus versions of "What's New", "Yesterday's Gardenias", and Jaki Byard's "Diane's Melody". CD features 3 bonus tracks that include "Boomareemaroja", plus long and short takes on "Herbs". CD
Also available Boston Blow-Up! ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Miles DavisLive Miles – More Music From The Legendary Carnegie Hall Concert ... CD
Columbia, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
Extra material from the 1961 date at Carnegie Hall, an astounding live set that featured Miles in a transitional quintet with Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb, and also with the Gil Evans Orchestra. The performance is rendered with a subtle grace, an excellent portrait of Miles at a pivotal point in his career, moving on from his early command of bop and explorations of the cool, but not yet exploding his sound altogether with the modal approach that he would soon adopt. Side one features "Concierto De Anranjuez", and side two features "Teo", 'Walkin" and "I Thought About You". CD
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✨✧ FME (Ken Vandermark)Cuts ... CD
Okka Disk, 2005. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Powerful work from the Free Music Ensemble of Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Nate McBride – a set recorded in Oslo with the intensity of some of the older power trio sessions from the Scandinavian scene! Vandermark, as always, is a commanding presence on reeds – blowing with all the capable imagination of previous albums, but always deepening in tone with each new release – and Paal Nilssen-Love's drums are fast, frenetic, yet always nicely pulsating – giving a sense of energy to the album that pushes the whole thing along nicely, but never exhausts its imagination. McBride's bass gets some nice moments of quieter sonic presence – and titles include "Necessary/Reset/Slip", "Other Side Up/Boadas", "Heavy Light", and "Broken". CD

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Ruben Lopez FurstJazz Argentino/Jazz En La Universidad ... CD
Melopea/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1966/1967. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Two rare albums from this great pianist – back to back on a single CD! First up is Jazz Argentino – key work from Ruben Lopez Furst, a wonderful pianist from the Argentine scene of the 60s – heard here on one of his greatest albums ever! Despite the local placement in the title, the set's got a really universal appeal – a quality that easily puts Baby Lopez Furst in the company of Bill Evans, Hampton Hawes, or a rare few imaginative pianists from up north! Furst's sense of color and timing are wonderful – ringing out fluidly, yet always with a sense of surprise that keeps us hanging on each new note – nothing that's ever hokey or heard-before – handled here with a vibrancy that's simply stunning. Many numbers are trio tracks, but the set also features guest trumpet and tenor on two tracks – and titles include "Israel", "Un Abajea Duriente", "Los Viejos", "Al Este Del Sol", "Sometime Ago", and "Cartas De Amor". Next is Jazz En La Universidad – one of the real highlights of the Argentine jazz scene of the 60s – a seminal album from pianist Ruben "Baby" Lopez – easily one of that country's greatest jazz musicians in the decade! Ruben's got a sound that opens up with the lyrical sense of space and tone first introduced by Bill Evans, but he's also more note-full at other moments – playing with a command of the piano that would have made him huge, had he recorded on the American or European scenes of the time! There's a warm balance between his instrument, the bass of Jorge Gonzalez, and drums of Nestor Astratta – one that goes past conventional piano trio modes, and which really reminds us of our favorite Saba/MPS sessions of the period. Titles include "Un Poco Alegre", "Hombre Amaestrado", "En Tu Dulce Modo", "Hermosoa Amor", and "Necesitare Alguien Mas". CD

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✨✧ Benny GolsonOne More Mem'ry (Timeless) ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful session from Benny Golson – and proof that, throughout the years, Golson could always continue to turn out wonderful material! Benny's working here with old bandmate Curtis Fuller on trombone – and the pair are supported by a trio who include Bill Mays on piano, Bob Magnusson on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums – all held wonderfully in command by Golson, who's working here with a tightness that recalls Jazztet years, yet which also has him and Fuller opening up in nice long solos. There's a sense of warmth here that crackles wonderfully – that raspy Golson tone that we first grew to love in the late 50s, and which has only deepened with age by this point. The set includes the wonderful original tune "One More Mem'ry", plus great versions of Golson's "Sad To Say", "Touch Me Lightly", "Five Spot After Dark", "Once Again", and "Out Of The Past". CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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✨✧ Milford Graves & Don PullenComplete Yale Concert 1966 (In Concert At Yale University/Nommo) ... CD
SRP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1966. New Copy ... $12.99 15.00
Groundbreaking early work from drummer Milford Graves and pianist Don Pullen – a set of long, free improvisations that were originally issued on Graves' Self-Reliance Productions label – combined here for the first time ever! The music is even more striking than sounds from the time on the ESP label – and also really predates some of the freer work of this type from the European scene – as Graves is a monster on the drum kit and a range of percussion, reaching out with this scope of sound and deft command of his hands that's simply breathtaking – matched by energy from Pullen that really surpasses some of his later work too – almost Cecil Taylor-like vibes at points, mixed with other elements that are in a more familiar mode for the pianist. The set features five long improvisations, each a numbered variant with the title "PG". Great gatefold package – with images of some of the hand-painted covers that Graves used for his releases! CD

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✨✧ Bill HeidDealin Wid It ... CD
Savant, 2022. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A warmly well-rounded set of organ jazz from Bill Heid – maybe not the biggest player on the Hammond B3, but one who's been slowly building up an excellent legacy of records like this! There's an understated grace to the way that Bill handles the instrument – he's not out to blow the top off the Hammond, but has this command of color, tone, and timing that's really wonderful – served up in mostly trio format with Perry Hughes on guitar and Randy Gelispie on drums! Heid has a way of going deep right at the start of a tune, then continuing to keep things crisp and cool – a special sort of tone that's very much his own. He also sings a bit on two tracks, Kevin Bujo Jones joins the group on percussion on three cuts, and titles include the originals "Dealin Wid It", "Four To One", "It's A Living", "Minor Worm", "Naughty Little Puppy", and "Samba Cat". CD

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✨✧ Robert HurstBob – A Palindrome ... CD
Bebop, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the hippest sets we've ever heard from bassist Robert Hurst – and that's saying a lot in comparison with some of his other work! The lineup here is totally great – with Robert Glasper on Fender Rhodes and piano, Branford Marsalis on tenor and soprano sax, Marculs Belgrave on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Benny Maupin on alto flute, bass clarinet, tenor, and soprano too! These players really help give the record a rich sound right from the start – free-flying colors and tones that are only deepened by Hurst's commanding work on acoustic bass – and driven nicely by Jeff Tain Watts on drums. All titles were written and arranged by Hurst – some of his best music to date – and titles include "Tigers On Venus", "Big Queen", "3 For Lawrence", "Little Queen", and "Indiscreet In Da Street". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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✨✧ Willie Jones IIIFallen Heroes ... CD
WJ3, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Drummer Willie Jones III just keeps on winning us over more and more with each new release – serving up his own music on his own label, and really keeping a strong fire burning throughout! The set begins with a strong drum solo, dedicated to Ndugu Chancler – but right after that, Willie holds strong as a very powerful leader – commanding a great array of talent in the group, in the way that Art Blakey might have during the classic Jazz Messengers years! Like Blakey, Jones seems to bring out a special sort of spirit in the musicians – a great lineup that includes George Cables on piano, Steve Davis on trombone, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, and both Sherman Irby and Justin Robinson on alto – playing in shifting lineups, but always keeping things strong as the group moves through tunes by Larry Willis, Jimmy Heath, Jeremy Pelt, and Jones himself. Renee Neufville turns in a great vocal performance on "Trust" – and other tunes include "Something For Ndugu", "Fallen Hero", "CTA", "Annika's Lullaby", and "To Wisdom The Prize". CD
Also available Fallen Heroes ... CD 9.99

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Willie Jones IIIFallen Heroes ... CD
WJ3, 2021. Used ... $9.99
Drummer Willie Jones III just keeps on winning us over more and more with each new release – serving up his own music on his own label, and really keeping a strong fire burning throughout! The set begins with a strong drum solo, dedicated to Ndugu Chancler – but right after that, Willie holds strong as a very powerful leader – commanding a great array of talent in the group, in the way that Art Blakey might have during the classic Jazz Messengers years! Like Blakey, Jones seems to bring out a special sort of spirit in the musicians – a great lineup that includes George Cables on piano, Steve Davis on trombone, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, and both Sherman Irby and Justin Robinson on alto – playing in shifting lineups, but always keeping things strong as the group moves through tunes by Larry Willis, Jimmy Heath, Jeremy Pelt, and Jones himself. Renee Neufville turns in a great vocal performance on "Trust" – and other tunes include "Something For Ndugu", "Fallen Hero", "CTA", "Annika's Lullaby", and "To Wisdom The Prize". CD

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✨✧ Boris KozlovFirst Things First ... CD
Posi tone, 2022. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Boris Kozlov is a bassist whose command of many forms just seems to grow as the years go on – someone maybe a bit like Ron Carter, who can exhibit a great core role in a combo, but also open up with a more expansive sense of sound as well! Here, Boris plays conventional acoustic bass, electric, and even piccolo bass – moving between roles in the rhythm section and setting the scene in the lead – in a combo that's filled with equally great contributions from Behn Gillece on vibes, Art Hirihara on piano and Fender Rhodes, and Donny McCaslin on tenor and flute! The great Rudy Royston is handling drums – and the record's got this sense of variety in tones and textures that's not only different from the usual Posi-tone session, but also really opens up our respect and understanding of Kozlov's talents as well – thanks to a well-chosen batch of original material by most of the members of the group. Titles include "Warm Sand", "Once A Fog In Babylon", "Aftermath", "IS Adventure", "The More Things Change", "Page One", and "Flow". CD

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Krakow Improvisers OrchestraKIO At Cricoteka ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2018. Used ... $9.99
A large group with a really strong command of their sound – so much so that at points the full frenzy of all members seems to pack this really enormous punch, before getting balanced from more personal, individual moments in music! The idea of an improvisers orchestra is nothing new, but these guys definitely have a sound that's all their own – a really fresh variation on the concept, which comes in part from the mix of instrumentation in the lineup. Players include Liliana Zieniawa on vibes, Patryk Zakrocki on viola, Marcin Bozek on French horn, Tomek Choloniewski on percussion, Marta Dramowicz on electronics, Mawina Kolodziejczyk on tenor, Paulina Owczarek on alto, Sebastian Mac on guitar, and both Ernest Ogorek and Adam Stodolski on bass. Owczarek conducts, Adam Nyk provides a bit of voice, and the long performance runs for over 40 minutes, divided into three sections. CD

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✨✧ Jorge Luis PachecoLockdown ... CD
Ropeadope, 2022. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
Keyboardist Jorge Luis Pacheco works here mostly in a trio format, but has a way of coming across with a much broader sound – partly through his surprisingly deft command of the keyboard, which you might not expect from his youthful image on the cover – partly through the combination of the instrument with some additional layers of sound – used gently next to the bass of Helmut Reuter and drums of Thomas Hempel. Singer Anna Rabea Pacheco appears on two of the album's eight tracks, but most are instrumental – and titles include "Chan Chan", "705 Y Medio", "Sonnet 18", "To Oscar", "La Conga", and a remake of the Bee Gees classic "How Deep Is Your Love". CD

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Bud PowellBud Powell 1962 – Stockholm/Oslo ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1962. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Fantastic never-issued material from legendary pianist Bud Powell – work from one of his strongest periods in the later years of his too-short life, and music that will win you over right from the very first note! The set begins with five tracks recorded at the Golden Circle in Stockholm – and there's a clarity of vision that Powell brings to the piano that he didn't always have in the 60s – this masterful command of space and tone that's nicely different than his bop years, and given perfect accompaniment by Torbjorn Hultcranz on bass and Sune Spangberg on drums – on titles that include "If You Were Here", "I Hear Music", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Straight No Chaser", and "Hot House". The second half of the set features material from the same year, recorded in Oslo with Erik Amundsen on bass and Ole Jacob Hansen on drums – two different players than in the first trio, recorded with a different sense of sound too – one that gets at some of the warmer, more lyrical possibilities in Bud's music. Titles include "Dance Of The Infidels", "I Remember Clifford", "Hot House", and "52nd Street Theme". CD

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Judd ProctorGuitars Galore ... CD
Morgan Blue Town (UK), 1968. New Copy ... About May 6, 2022 (delayed)
A rare jazz trio set from the UK scene of the 60s – served up by guitarist Judd Proctor, a player with a touch that's unlike anyone else we can think of! Judd's got a way of not just making the notes cascade from his instrument with ease – but also flying off all these tones and colors around the edges – almost like the command of a blues-influenced guitarist, but the leaner performance of a jazz musician – set up here in a trio with bass from Dick Abell and drums from Barry Morgan. Sound library maestro Duncan Lamont handled the arrangements, which may well be part of the strength of the record – and the whole thing has that cool, chromatic vibe of some of our favorite Howard Roberts albums from the 60s – but with a touch that's Proctor's own. Titles include "Tall Girl", "Kate Walk", "Guitars Galore", "Chelsea Cat", "Red Pepper", "La Gamba", "Sounds Of Mars", and "Fabiola". CD
Also available Guitars Galore (180 gram pressing) ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ John ScofieldJohn Scofield Live (Enja) ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The young John Scofield is a player with an amazing command of chromes – this way of putting forth all these new changes in jazz, and really transforming the role of the guitar in the music with important 70s records like this! Scofield's part of a generation who maybe came to jazz while also very aware of the use of the instrument in rock – but he also never plays with any sound that's rock-based at all, unlike some of his electric contemporaries – and instead moves the instrument past some of the clean tonal modes of the early years of jazz guitar, into a fiercer, fuzzier mode – one that can be both sinister at times, and soulful at others. All tracks here are nice and long, and augmented by excellent work from Richie Beirach on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Joe LaBarbera on drums – on the titles "V", "Gray & Visceral", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", and "Leaving". CD also features the tracks "Jeanie" and "Air Pakistan". CD

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✨✧ Aki TakaseSomething Sweet Something Tender ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2007. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set that's maybe not as sweet as you'd guess from the title – as pianist Aki Takase plays solo, often with all these sharp, angular edges – as she makes her way through a host of great original material, plus well-selected tunes from Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Carla Bley, and Eric Dolphy! At times, there's plenty of Monk in the music – but other moments open up with that subtle darkness that makes Takase such a distinct pianist, especially at this point in her career – doing a heck of a lot with a little, but also bursting out with dynamic moments that also remind us of her command of the keyboard. Titles include "Globe Unity", "The Sphinx", "Walking Batterie Woman", "Intermission Music", "57577", "More Than Truly", "So Long Mr T Shimizu", "Hinter Meinem Rucken", and "Locomotive". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Cecil TaylorCecil Taylor At Angelica 2000 Bologna ... CD
I Dischi Di Angelica (Italy), 2000. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Cecil Taylor in all of his greatness – playing solo live here, and never failing to live up to the legend of his imagination for a minute! The long piece features a some of Taylor's poetry, too – often delivered with a vocal approach that's as explosive and inventive as his work on the piano – and the mix of elements really keeps things interesting, with a sense of drama that occasionally comes from the voice, but which is then blown away from the piano! The command of the keyboard is stunning – that way that Cecil has of grabbing the whole instrument and turning it inside out – and the core performance lasts for over 60 minutes, followed by a long interview on disc 2, and the track "No Matter What" done with Massimo Simonini. CD

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✨✧ Cecil TaylorLive In Ruvo 2000 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2000. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous demonstration of the boundless talents of Cecil Taylor on the piano – a 42 minute live improvisation that blows off the roof at a live performance in Italy! Taylor has a way of handling the piano like nobody else – a command and understanding of the instrument that allows him to work with unbounded frenzy, yet always make things come across with complete sense – moving between explosive moments and more careful sonic explorations – but always with this energy and ability that we're not sure anyone else can touch! And sure, we love loads of other improvising pianists – but a record like this is in a class by itself, as is Cecil Taylor. CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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✨✧ Cecil TaylorWorld Of Cecil Taylor ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Cecil Taylor's first LP for the Candid label – and a landmark album that really lets him open up for the first time in years at a recording session! The album was cut at Nola's Penthouse in 1960, and the core group is Cecil's trio with Buell Neidlinger on bass and Dennis Charles on drums – but Archie Shepp joins the group on tenor on two tracks, "Air" and "Lazy Afternoon". The remaining three have a sound that's not always heard on other Taylor albums from the 60s – a bit bluesy, with playing that might be called a bit "straight", but which also shows Cecil's command of the jazz idiom in a mode that allows keen comparison with other players of his generation. Titles include "EB", "This Nearly Was Mine", and "Port Of Call". CD

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✨✧ Isaiah J ThompsonComposed In Color ... CD
Red (Italy), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We loved pianist Isaiah Thompson on his debut, a tribute to the music of Buddy Montgomery – but here, he sounds even more amazing, and very much his own man – bursting forth with a sense of energy and imagination that will no doubt make him one of the key young voices on piano to watch in years to come! Isaiah's got all the command of a classic master on the keys – but also rings out with all these touches and tones that are very much his own – a really special quality that lets you know that you're hearing the piano in the hands of someone who's really out to make something new of familiar modes – even when the tunes on the album are ones you've heard before too. Yet the approach isn't a gimmicky one – flash for its own sake – as Thompson's clearly drawn in plenty, and finds a way to spin it out with his own sense of style – working with core help from Philip Norris on bass and TJ Reddick on drums – on titles that include "Ojos De Rojo", "Hi Fly", "Senor Blues", "Chelsea Bridge", and "Twelve's It". CD

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✨✧ Alexander Von Schlippenbach QuartetThree Nails Left ... CD
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1975. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing work from this seminal group on the FMP scene – a quartet led by pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, but equally balanced between the saxes of Evan Parker, bass of Peter Kowald, and percussion of Paul Lovens! We're not sure how much to take the "nails" in the title seriously, but it does sound as if Schlippenbach is playing prepared piano at times – or perhaps his command of the keyboard is just so strong, he can make other-worldly elements come from the instrument whenever he wants! Much of the music has a full-on FMP intensity – that non-stop, sonically adventurous quality inherited from Machine Gun – spun out over three great live improvisations, titled "Range", "Black Holes", and "Three Nails Left". CD
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✨✧ Mal WaldronMingus Lives ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not a Charles Mingus tribute album, as you might guess from the title – but instead, a wonderful session of solo piano work from the great Mal Waldron – one that's full of long tracks spun out beautifully in a live setting – all with a strong sense of freedom, but also a very rhythmic, inside quality that's a different than some of Waldron's more avant solo recordings! There's a lyrical vibe to the record that's a great reminder of Waldron's roots – his ability to mix gentle moments with darker themes – and a command of the piano that makes it clear that when Mal's playing, he owes nothing to anyone else. Titles include "Mingus Lives", "Tensile Structures", "Here There & Everywhere", and "Mingus Lives". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Cedar WaltonCedar Walton At Pit Inn ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful album from the great Cedar Walton trio that featured Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – a really beautiful group of musicians who completely transformed the sound of the piano trio in the 70s! The group played together often in the 70s, and they've never sounded better than on an album like this – freely soulful and dancing, with Walton in firm command of his talents – sometimes coming on with the strength of his early 60s material, but always opening up with a more exploratory vibe too. Walton worked often in this mode for the decades that followed this set – but this Japanese album is almost the start of that great legacy, and still one of the best from this group! Titles include "Con Alma", "Suite Sunday", "Suntory Blues", and "Fantasy In D". CD

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✨✧ Tyrone WashingtonNatural Essence ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare and unusual chapter in mid 60s Blue Note – the debut of tenorist Tyrone Washington, an up-and-coming talent from the hip New Jersey scene of the time! Washington's name may not have lasted long in the jazz annals, but at this important point in his career, he's working with a young Woody Shaw – also part of the Jersey scene – and together, the pair really make the album cook – stretching out with a soulful, spiritual sound that really points the way towards the indie scene of the 70s! Shaw's voice is a big part of the record, but Tyrone's still definitely in command – blowing his tenor with these quick flurries of notes that are somewhere in the Coltrane school, yet arguably moving already past him too – kind of a post-Coltrane vibe in the year before the great one passed away. Washington also wrote all of the album's 6 tracks – really fresh numbers that burn with intensity, and make the album as creatively inventive as some of the best Jackie McLean Blue Note sides from the time. In addition to Woody Shaw's trumpet, other players include James Spaulding on alto and flute, Kenny Barron on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – a very hip lineup who really make magic on cuts that include "Yearning For Love", "Ethos", "Soul Dance", "Positive Path", and "Song Of Peace". CD

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Teddy WilsonTeddy Wilson Trio Revisits The Goodman Years ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1980. Used ... $9.99
Pianist Teddy Wilson rose to great fame in the Benny Goodman group of the 30s – but here, he revisits those years in a sweet small combo mode – one that's got a lot more of Teddy's touch in the lead than any slavish adherence to Goodman! In fact, the set might be thought of as very much in the manner of some of Wilson's best late life recordings – particularly the European and Japanese ones, which were often heavy on his swing roots – and, like this one, very well-recorded, with a spacious approach that really gets at all of Teddy's dexterity on the keys, and his quick command of many tones in a very short space. Rhythm is from Jesper Lundgard on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – the latter of whom brings a nicely crisp feel to the set – and titles include "Whispering", "China Boy", "S'Wonderful", "Someday Sweetheart", "Rose Room", "Sheik Of Araby", and "Nobody's Sweetheart". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tsuyoshi YamamotoMidnight Sun ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most sensitively soulful records of the 70s from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – a set that still has him working in a trio format, but which also has a slightly more mellow feel overall – with some especially great work from the leader on the ballads! Yamamoto's style is maturing strongly here – and he's got this commanding spectrum of sound from the piano – gentle right hand passages and deep left hand lines – all nicely balanced with work from Tsutomo Okada on bass and Keiji Kishida on drums. Titles include "Billy Boy", "A Shade Of Love", "Midnight Sun", "Autumn Leaves", "Wave", "Blue Manhattan", and "Kid". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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✨✧ VariousLefto Presents Jazz Cats ... CD
Sdban (Belgium), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The jazz cats here are all pretty contemporary – younger musicians and combos on the current scene in Belgium – which turns out to have a fantastic array of really fresh sounds! Some groups play straight, some maybe use a bit more electronics – others are more acoustic than electric – and together, the tracks present an amazing underground that we'd never have heard otherwise – a really rich tapestry of talents who clearly draw keen inspiration from the 70s, but also really point the way forward – maybe with some of the post-jazz styles of music that we've been exposed to by Gilles Peterson over the years! Hats off to Lefto for doing such a great job of bringing these talents to light – in a set that includes "Steak In The Neck" by Madame Blavatsky, "Bombarda" by Combro Oro", "Introducing (part 3)" by Commander Spoon, "Lindbergh" by Schntzl, "De Vlijtige Kip" by Brzzvll, "Elevator" by LABtrio, "Takeoff" by Collective Conscience, "Hiza Hiza Hey" by Pudding Oo, "Hikari Park" by Mazzle, and "Oude Beren" by De Beren Gieren. (New Grooves, Jazz) CD
 
 
 



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