Mose Allison is one of the coolest, grooviest singers ever to grace the face of jazz – a voice you'll recognize instantly, even if you don't know his name – and an artist who had a huge influence on the sound of the London scene in the 60s! Mose was mod before mod was a thing – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Maybe the first you've heard of saxophonist James Allsopp – but given the quality of the album, we're betting it won't be the last! James is a very old school player, but in the best way possible – able to take a familiar tune and really turn it on its ear as he opens things up with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from Laurindo – a truly wonderful album, played with small combo backing, which gives the set a jazzier feel than usual! Players include Jimmy Rowles on organ, Bob Cooper on tenor, Howard Roberts on guitar, and Shelly Manne, Milt Holland, and Chico Guerro on percussion – ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Misha Alperin —
Night ... CD ECM (Germany), 2002. Used ...
One of the best records ever recorded by the Ambiance II Fusion Ensemble – a group led by sax player Daoud Abubakar Balewa – and grooving here in a mix of soul jazz and electric fusion that sounds pretty darn sweet overall! Daoud's got a pinched style to his reed work, creating a tone ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hell of a trumpeter, with a hell of a group – heard here live at the Blue Note in New York, with a very open, freewheeling vibe! Franco Ambrosetti is a player who can sometimes be very much involved with the concept of a project – so much so that we sometimes forget that at the core, ... read moreCD
Jug's big and bad here in tone – and the style is nicely complicated at times – a bit more open-ended and electric than before, with a sound that's almost like the shift that Stanley Turrentine was making during his years at CTI! There's still a bit of the previous Prestige funk in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the great funky albums that Gene Ammons cut for Prestige at the start of the 70s – quite different than his earlier work for the label, and a very different showcase for his tenor genius! The whole lineup here is amazing – a quintet that features heavy drums from Idris Muhammad, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing – vinyl and cover are great!)
In "back", the title is pointing to the fact that Gene Ammons is back on the scene, after being released from 7 years of a tragic 15 year narcotics sentence in prison. The album marks a proud return for Jug – who'd not recorded since a very successful flurry of sides recorded in ... read moreCD
In "back", the title is pointing to the fact that Gene Ammons is back on the scene, after being released from 7 years of a tragic 15 year narcotics sentence in prison. The album marks a proud return for Jug – who'd not recorded since a very successful flurry of sides recorded in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has moistures staining, peeling & flaking in the bottom left corner, with a partially removed tracklist sticker.)
A soul jazz classic from Gene Ammons – the kind of session that easy made him "boss" on tenor – with a tone and conception that few other players could touch! The set is done in a style that's laidback, but never too loose – bouncing along in that "with conga" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gene Ammons gets the Cannonball Adderley treatment – as he blows funky solos over an album arranged and conducted by David Axelrod! Brasswind has a larger, fuller funky sound than some of his earlier work for Prestige – and it works very well! The overall sound's a bit smoother, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jug's funkier albums from his time back out of the pen, and a tasty electric session with Billy Butler on guitar and Sonny Phillips on organ. Pretty Purdie plays drums, and he kicks it nice and lean on the great groover "Jungle Strut". The album also features a nice version of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a faded name in marker.)
Nice nice album on Prestige, bringing together Jug's earlier sides in 2 different settings. The first batch has Ammons "battling" Sonny Stitt in a set of stuff that features hard twin tenors in the frontline, with the kind of cutting contests the two of them would perform live all over ... read moreCD
Gene Ammons' last session – not as funky as earlier work for Prestige, but pretty nice at that! The group's got Gary Bartz on alto, Kenny Drew on piano, Sam Jones on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and Nat Adderley on cornet – and they groove together well, in the kind of soul jazz/modal ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not to be confused with the Jammin' With Gene LP, this set was later reissued as The Twister. Classic blowing session material from Jug – with 4 long tracks that are all a superb example of how great Prestige could be when they wanted to! The group is filled with great players – ... read moreCD
A double LP set pulled together in the mid 70s of Jug's bluesy bop sides cut in the late 40s for Mercury. Sidemen include Junior Mance, Albert Ammons, Israel Crosby, Gene Wright and lesser known Chicago locals like Wes Landers, Leo Blevins, Jess Miller and Ernest McDonald. As you'd expect the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gene Ammons —
My Way ... LP Prestige, Early 70s. Near Mint- ...
Although late in the Prestige jazz funk years, and not in the small combo mode of some of Ammons' best early 70s sides, this is still an excellent batch of tracks – thanks to hip arrangements from Bill (William S?) Fisher! The format's almost in a Kudu/CTI mode, as larger arrangements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ahhhh . . . The Jam Session years of Gene Ammons! This album was one of a number that Jug cut for Prestige during the mid 50s, all excellent examples of how perfectly the label's "blowing session" style could work when it wanted to. The set takes Ammons' tenor, and groups it with an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice record, and one of the rarer sides by Gene Ammons. We can't remember the exact story behind this, but we know that the material was recorded by Jug during the early 60's, when he was violating his contractual agreements with a number of labels, and recording sessions for just about ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Kind of an obscure session by Ammons – most likely recorded in that jumble of contracts and conflicting label arrangements in the early 60s – a time when Jug actually did some of his best work! There's no players listed on the notes – which is sometimes typical for these early ... read moreCD
A nice collection of Gene Ammons' work that doesn't always get as well remembered as his sides for Prestige or Chess – late 40s bop recordings for Savoy, done in a wonderfully full-voiced tone! The set features Gene's classic "Red Top", plus the great two part "Big Slam", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little session by Jug – cut after the late 50s blowing session years, and with a much tighter sound that's very much in the pocket! The record features two groups – one with Walter Bishop, Art Davis, and Art Taylor; the other with Patti Brown, George Duvivier, and Taylor ... read moreCD
A studio album, but one that really has Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt recreating some of the bold energy of their live shows – coming across with a vibe that's much more Prestige Records than Verve, thanks to the presence of the Don Patterson trio on the set! Backing is by Don on Hammond, Paul ... read moreCD
(Out of print Verve master edition in a tri-fold digipack sleeve.)
1973 recording that would become the last that Jug and Stitt did before Jug's untimely death in the mid 70's. Duke Pearson produced it (even though it wasn't for Blue Note), and the group includes Junior Mance on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and either Mickey Roker or Ajaramu on drums. Tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with wide clear tape along all seams.)
Lovely work from guitarist Marcos Amorim – light, lyrical, and filled with gentle dips and turns – a really great blend of Brazilian and American acoustic sensibilities! The music's not exactly jazz, yet has plenty of jazzy inflections – and the overall sound is warm and laidback ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A great collection of Ivie Anderson's famous vocal recordings with Duke Ellington's band! (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Ray Anderson/Mark Helias/Gerr Hemingway —
You Be ... LP Minor Music (Germany), 1986. Very Good ...
Features Ray Anderson on trombone, Gerry Hemingway on drums and percussion, and Mark Helias on bass! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has library stickers and pieces of clear tape on the opening. Label has a sticker and ink stamps.)
Darol Anger & Barbara Higbie —
Tideline ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1982. New Copy ...
Piano and violin come together beautifully here – the former by Barbara Higbie, the latter by Darrol Anger – who also plays mandolin and cello as well! There's an acoustic balance here that's more jazz than some of the other Windham Hill albums of the time – especially in the ... read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
Ron Anthony —
Oh! Calcutta ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
A sweet mix of jazz, funk, and some tighter instrumental modes – a set that takes all the best energy of the Flying Dutchman label, and packs it into shorter tracks that have a very groovy feel! At some level, the album's a bit like the work that Tom Scott was doing for the label at the time ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
A sweet mix of jazz, funk, and some tighter instrumental modes – a set that takes all the best energy of the Flying Dutchman label, and packs it into shorter tracks that have a very groovy feel! At some level, the album's a bit like the work that Tom Scott was doing for the label at the time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We're not sure how many "roses" Johnny April plucked back in the day – but with patter like that, he sure must have gotten plenty of play in the dating scene! Yet cheesy lines aside, Johnny's a hell of a hipster – an obscure jazz singer, and one who also plays a mean piano ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the sweetest sets we've ever heard from the Chilean scene of the 70s – great work by a group who are heavy on electric piano and vibes, and who also have a hell of an alto saxophonist in the mix too! The music is funky jazz, but with some deeper spiritual currents too – never ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In a die-cut sleeve – with cut corners to emphasize the cube-like graphics!)
Great 50s material from Louis Armstrong – 4 vintage albums recorded for Columbia Records, packaged up in a single box, but with cool individual record-style sleeves! The material is Armstrong at his best comeback stretch – and most of these sets recall the classic sound of his early ... read moreCD
A classic live date from Satchmo – and expanded to include the complete performances on that legendary night at Boston's Symphony Hall – for the first time ever! Recorded in November of 1947 and originally released in '51, it's never before been issued with both the first and second ... read moreCD
2 of Dorothy Ashby's classic Prestige sessions – back to back on one 2LP set! First up is material from Hip Harp – great stuff by the grooviest artist ever to play a harp! Dorothy Ashby had a unique soul jazz harp sound, and although the instrument she used is probably more thought of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition – on audiophile quality clear vinyl!)
Incredible work from the amazing Dorothy Ashby – a brilliant set of funky and spiritual tunes, set to full backings from Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans! This album is easily one of Ashby's greatest, and it's dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam – one of the forces guiding ... read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Diggin Universal Music – supervised by DJ Muro.)
A really amazing set of recordings – vocal sessions done by Fred Astaire in the later season of his career – recorded in the studio with intimate backing by a Verve group that includes Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Charlie Shavers, and Flip Phillips! The material features lovely new ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A very cool quartet from the British jazz/rock years – but one who were a lot more jazz-based than some of their contemporaries! These guys are all instrumental, and although a number of their tunes are familiar rock standards from the late 60s, they don't play them like rock tunes at all ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from this avant jazz supergroup – their first album away from the Jazzland label, and a set that maybe seems to show a whole new direction for the quintet! Some of the music here has a stronger set of arrangement at the core – balanced between the completely incredible ... read moreCD
Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble —
Nostalgico ... CD Tip Toe, 2001. Used ...
Georgie Auld —
Homage ... LP Xanadu, 1959/1982. Very Good ...
This was originally recorded in 1959 and it was meant to be a homage to Benny Goodman and the guitarist who played with Goodman back then, Charlie Christian. Auld was asked to join the Goodman band back in 1940 where he worked closely with Christian. Auld plays tenor sax and is joined by Don ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant set of straight jazz material from Roy Ayers – a set recorded for Atlantic at a time when he was working for the label in Herbie Mann's group – but done in a much more righteous groove that really points the way towards Roy's growth in the 70s! The lineup changes a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful live set from 1972 – and a very unique album from Roy Ayers' Polydor years! The album originally was never issued in the US – clearly done for a hipper European market at the time – and it's got more of a jazz vibe than some of Roy's other work on Polydor, with sounds ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
An early album as a leader from the great Roy Ayers – a set that captures the vibes man at a time when he'd been working on the west coast soul jazz scene, and was stepping into even greater fame in the group of Herbie Mann! Yet this set is definitely Roy's own – kind of an ... read moreCD
A funky classic from the team of Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson – both at the top of their game here, and effortlessly mixing together jazz, funk, and soul! The record really seems to embrace the best of both artists' styles – some of the bassy groovers that Wayne did so well himself, ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has pieces of clear tape on the bottom seam and some red marker on front.)
A seminal live set by a young Albert Ayler – an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that hardly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key early album by Albert Ayler – a mindblowing record even all these many years later, and a key introduction of Ayler's music to the rest of the world! The set begins with a compelling spoken introduction from Albert – really taking the time to introduce himself and his new ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work by Albert Ayler, recorded live in 1964 at the Cellar Cafe in New York, but not issued by ESP until years later, after his untimely early death. The performance is a trio outing – with Ayler's tenor alongside the bass of Gary Peacock and drums of Sunny Murray – all freely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprising new project from the same Cali underground scene that gave us some of the Heru Avenger records from years back – done in a style that's even more jazz-based and spiritual than before! All tracks are long and spiraling – with heavy bass at the bottom from Heru Avenger, plus ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful and rare recording – both for singer Alice Babs, and Duke Ellington himself! The session was cut in Paris in 1963 – and it's a moody, intimate album that features Duke backing up Alice with arrangements that are quieter and more subtle than those used with most other ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Luis Bacalov with Gato Barbieri —
Desbandes ... LP Vista (Italy), 1975. Near Mint- ...
Beautiful – a larger suite of music by soundtrack maestro Luis Bacalov – featuring solo tenor from Gato Barbieri, plus Bacalov on piano and harpsichord, a larger ensemble, voices, and even magnetic tape! (Soundtracks, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Steve Baczkowski, Chris Corsano & Paul Flaherty —
Dim Bulb ... CD Wet Paint, 2005. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Wally Badarou —
Echoes ... CD Island/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1984. New Copy ...
A tough record to peg – but a great one too! Wally Badarou plays a range of spacey keyboards that include synclavier, mini moog, and prophet 5 – all over some beats that are a mix of electro and Carribean rhythms – in a style that's part jazzy, part new agey, and part 80s groove! ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A tough record to peg – but a great one too! Wally Badarou plays a range of spacey keyboards that include synclavier, mini moog, and prophet 5 – all over some beats that are a mix of electro and Carribean rhythms – in a style that's part jazzy, part new agey, and part 80s groove! ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal record in the world of free jazz – a set that not only helped document the incredible talents of guitarist Derek Bailey, but also proclaimed a whole new role for his instrument as well! The music here is completely different than any jazz guitar in previous years – and even ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal work from Derek Bailey – solo guitar sounds that influenced an entire generation! The music here captures Bailey at a key early shift – a really bold move into territory that nobody had ever explored before – on both electric and acoustic guitar, and playing the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary meeting of free jazz talents – and one of those records that completely changed the game during the 70s! Both guitarist Derek Bailey and drummer Han Bennink work here at a level that seems completely divorced from American roots in jazz – about as strongly in the post-68 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Derek Bailey & Tristan Honsinger —
Duo ... LP Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Some of the coolest duet recordings made by Derek Bailey in the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given his famous albums with Anthony Braxton, Hank Bennink, and others! For this seminal mid 70s set, Bailey brings his guitar to play with the mindblowing cello work of Tristan Honsinger – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unusual set – as Chet Baker plays with larger arrangements from Jerry Styner, which include work from members of the wrecking crew! There's a melancholy feel that really lives up to the image and title of the record – and while most tunes feature just Chet's trumpet in the lead, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is slightly faded, and spine is split from some old water damage. Record is great.)
Killer work from the late 50's by Chet! Although Baker's trumpet playing in the early part of the decade became known as one of the trademark "cool" sounds of the west coast, he started to move towards a sound that was a lot more hardbop at the end of the decade – as you'll hear on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Pacific Jazz pressing with deep groove! Cover has split top and bottom seams.)
Killer work from the late 50's by Chet! Although Baker's trumpet playing in the early part of the decade became known as one of the trademark "cool" sounds of the west coast, he started to move towards a sound that was a lot more hardbop at the end of the decade – as you'll hear on ... read moreCD