Maynard kicks off the 80s with another in his run of successful albums for Columbia – blending together funky fusion and disco in a very sweet groove! He's actually got some soulful help on the session – working with Tom Tom 84 on some of the record's best tracks, which come across ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maynard Ferguson live – and still holding onto all the great sort of grooves he cooked up in the studio during the 70s! The performance is from a 1984 appearance at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall – and Maynard's got the group in super-tight, super-soulful formation – ... read moreCD
A set of some the coolest material that the legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson cut throughout the 70s – from fiercely energetic, large combo takes on standards, to looser, more simmering styles of timeless jazz, to spacey jazz funk! Not to be confused with Ferguson's similarly titled early ... read moreCD
Many dimensions of improvisation – served up here in a set of duets between pianist Agusti Fernandez and reedman Liudas Mockunas – who blows tenor, soprano sax, and contrabass clarinet in the set – almost always coming up with these amazing flurries of sounds that are a great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really cooking little session from tenorist Mickey Fields – recorded live as one of the legendary Left Bank sessions in Baltimore! Mickey's got some great company on the date – including Groove Holmes on Hammond, plus George Freeman on guitar and Billy Jackson on drums – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has the very light trace of an old sticker, but is great overall.)
Killer Hammond from Polish player Piotr Figiel – a player with a really wonderful sort of groove! The album's got a vibe that's halfway between the Hammond antics of Alan Hawkshaw and the freer lines of American jazzmen like Jimmy Smith or Charles Earland – augmented by other cool ... read moreCD
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson) —
Actions ... LP Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2020. New Copy ...
An expanded take on the original "Actions" composition – originally recorded by Don Cherry, with composer Krzystof Penderecki – and extended here by original material from reedman Mats Gustafsson! The original recording was a key juncture between two different avant worlds on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A different sound than usual from the Fire Orchestra of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin – a set that still features the large spontaneous composition style of the group, but which also has them working with singer Mariam Wallentin – whose vocals really add a lot to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early trio work from pianist Clare Fischer – definitely surging ahead at this point in his career! The set's got a bit more of a freewheeling sound than some of Fischer's later, more arranged material – lots of tight piano from Clare in the lead, swung with a good blend of soul jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Madly tripped out guitar funk – and a real turning point in the career of guitarist Eddie Fisher! Eddie began his career as a straighter guitarist on the St Louis scene – and although his first album for Cadet was a relatively traditional soul-jazz outing, this one's a wild batch of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo promo pressing. Cover has a split top seam, half split spine, and a small split in the bottom seam.)
A wonderful way to hear the genius of Ella Fitzgerald at its best – as the set features all tracks that just have the first lady of jazz singing alongside a piano – spare, open, and in a way that really lets you get all all the care and nuance that Ella can bring to a tune! Most of the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Quincy Jones handles the arrangements, so the set's got plenty of soul – and the band really swings on titles that include "Tea For Two", "Deed I Do", "My Last Affair", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has some wear and a stain along the bottom.)
Three groovy sides of the ever-impressive sounds of Five Corners Quintet, plus an allstar bevy of guest knob twirlers – on two sides of vinyl! "Three Corners" is a pert-near perfect taste of jazzy samba – remixed by the masterful touch of Nicola Conte! The Conte/Sahib ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Although Tommy Flanagan recorded often in trio format in the later years of his life, he didn't always do so at the start – which is how this 2CD set is able to contain all Flanagan's trio recordings of the pre-1978 years! First up is the best known material of this nature – the album ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Tommy Flanagan —
Eclypso ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
A sweetly swinging seventies set from pianist Tommy Flanagan – one of those records that's a perfect balance between the bop-inspired dexterity of his work on the keyboard, and that undeniable warmth he always brought to his best recordings! Tommy's got maybe a bit more bite on the keys, ... read moreCD
The title's a bit of a rough pun, but don't hold that against it – as the album's got pianist Tommy Flanagan nicely stretching out – expanding past his familiar trio mode on a few great tracks on the set! Make no mistake, the core trio is great – with help from Jasper Lundgaard ... read moreCD
A great title for this one – given the extremely poetic sound of Tommy Flanagan on the piano! For years, Tommy's had a great talent for being as bopper, yet as sensitive as a mellower, more lyrical player too – a brilliant combination that shows up instantly in the first few notes of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Tommy Flanagan/Red Mitchell/Elvin Jones —
Super Session ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1980. New Copy ...
A well-titled super session from pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Elvin Jones – and one with a bit more sense of surprise than similar all-star trio outings from the 80s! There's a looseness here that's a good antidote to some of the more tightly-produced Japanese ... read moreCD
Bob Florence plays both piano and Fender Rhodes – in a sweet big band setting! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some age spots.)
Bob Florence Limited Edition —
Earth ... CD Mama Foundation, 1997. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Tracks include "Black & Tan Fantasy", "New York Injection", "Emily", and "Straight, No Chaser". CD
(Out of print.)
FME (Ken Vandermark) —
Montage ... CD Okka Disk, 2006. New Copy 2CD ...
A double-disc set that documents the live efforts of the Free Music Ensemble – a power trio featuring Ken Vandermark on reeds, Nat McBride on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! The style here is very much in the legacy of Vandermark's trio work of years past, especially in association ... read moreCD
A bold statement from the Free Music Ensemble – not a large group, but instead a searing power trio that features Ken Vandermark on reeds, Nate McBride on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! The group work in a full-on mode that recalls the early power of the FMP scene, or some of the most ... read moreCD
A very cool collaboration between Greg Foat and James Thorpe – a set that's billed more as a sound library session than some of Foat's other jazz projects – even though the sound is equally appealing if you love those records too! The set is self-described as "futuristic analogue ... read moreCD
Roberto Fonseca —
Yesun ... CD Mack Avenue, 2020. New Copy ...
Pianist Roberto Fonseca seems to expand his musical vision with each new release – to a point where here, he's got this grand sense of sound, place, and history – all wrapped together in this mix of instrumental and vocal selections that draw a line between classic Havana and the ... read moreCD
Roberto Fonseca —
Yo ... CD Montuno, 2013. Used ...
One of Ford's extremely strong albums from the early 80s – a soulful expression of hardbop, recorded at a time when albums like this were an extremely rare breed! The set features Ford blowing with a well-matched set of players – including Bobby Watson on alto, Wallace Roney on trumpet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Mathias Forge/Phil Julian/David Papapostolou —
Meshes ... CD Another Timbre (UK), 2009. Used ...
Mathias Froger plays trombone with Phil Julian on electronics and David Papapostolou on cello. CD
(CDr release in a slim paper sleeve.)
Adam Forkelid/Georg Riedel/Jon Falt —
Reminiscence ... LP Moserobie (Sweden), 2018. New Copy ...
This might be the first we're ever hearing from pianist Adam Forkelid – and given the sound of the album, we hope we'll be hearing a lot more for years to come! Forkelid has this wonderful approach to the piano – very bold, powerful chords – even in the mellower moments – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set from Sonny Fortune – a bit smoother than some of his earlier work, but still with a deeply soulful finish that keeps the album fresh throughout! Nearly every track was written (or co-written) by Larry Willis, who plays piano and Fender Rhodes on the set, and really feels like ... read moreCD
A really wonderful album by Sonny Fortune – recorded for a major label, sure, but with the soulful depth of some of his earlier work for the indies! Sonny's on alto, flute, and soprano sax – and also plays a bit of percussion and some slight mini moog – not too much, as the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We love Sonny Fortune – because he always plays so great! Sonny started as more of an acoustic soul jazz player – but by the time of this session, he's working with a lot of electric backing, in a fusiony mode that should dampen his enthusiasm, but which only seems to spur him onto new ... read moreCD
The cover's not much to look at – but it houses a mighty nice set of funky 70s jazz! Drummer Al Foster leads the crew on this obscure session produced by Teo Macero for the mostly-rock Laurie label – and even though the album's kind of hidden under a completely innocuous cover that has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful project from pianist Billy Foster – part of a long tradition of jazz mass records that have been popping up from the underground from the late 50s onwards – and maybe one of the best we've heard so far! The setting is spare – really just a trio outing by Billy's group ... read moreCD
An overlooked set from the Gary scene – one of a handful of albums by pianist Billy Foster – a musician, radio host, and educator – with a legacy that almost makes him the Ramsey Lewis of his hometown! Billy cut some more keyboard-heavy albums in the 80s, but this record's a ... read moreCD
Overlooked genius from pianist Billy Foster – a player who only issued a handful of records on his own label – which was run out of the city of Gary, Indiana! This date's far more obscure than similar efforts on labels like Muse, Strata East, or Black Jazz – and has a similar ... read moreCD
Very different work than usual from Frank Foster – and pretty darn great! The album was put together by arranger Billy Mitchell – with a warm and sunny take on soul jazz that's every bit the best side of the Catalyst Records sound – kind of a sweeter, slightly electric take on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stormin! Tenorist Frank Foster is best known to the world for his years and years of work with Count Basie, but take it from us: his solo albums from the late 60's are waaaay better than his Basie work, and they're also some of our fave jazz sides of all time! This rare album features Foster ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue trident label pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and some aging.)
Amazing stuff by Ronnie Foster – a sweet little album of slow funky keyboard tones, much more loosely arranged than his later work, with a dope groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop – and although ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UA stereo pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear and a half split top seam.)
A brilliant record from tenorist Ken Fowser – a player who seems to grab our attention more and more with each new record – both as a soloist and as a rock-solid leader who always brings something special to a session! Ken dedicates this record to the inspiration of pianist Harold ... read moreCD
Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the ... read moreCD
Drummer Panama Francis definitely gets in the groove here – thanks to help from a cool combo that's overflowing with old school jazz talent – a lineup that includes Francis Williams and Irv Stokes on trumpets, Norris Turney and Howard Johnson on alto saxes, George Kelly on tenor, Red ... read moreCD
An album of drum-heavy tracks recorded by drummer Panama Francis – who at this point could boast a long career working with jazz luminaries like Duke Ellington, Lucky Millinder, and Cab Calloway. The set's got Francis using his drums to cook up a rock-like beat on a set of instrumentals. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Epic Special Reissue Series pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Mario Franco & Samuel Rohrer —
Brightbird ... CD Arjunamusic (Germany), 2017. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An amazing package of rare work on Fender Rhodes – a 3CD set that brings together six full albums that were recorded in the 70s, but never saw the light of day until vinyl issued in recent years! Pianist Rob Franken is totally great – maybe one of the hippest cats on the Dutch scene of ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastic album from the team of Henry Franklin and Azar Lawrence – proof that the two players' recent pairing has helped them both reach the heights of their recordings from the 70s! The album's got a deeply spiritual vibe that goes way past the slightly gimmicky cover image – a ... read moreCD
Four soulful fusion classics from keyboardist Rodney Franklin – all together in a single set! First up is In The Center – wonderful keyboard work from the amazing Rodney Franklin – a player who sounds equally great on acoustic and electric piano! This album does a wonderful job ... read moreCD
Rodney Franklin's learning to love – and he's learning to groove, too – by adding in just a bit more vocals to his music than before, but still holding onto all the best keyboard strengths of the past! Franklin was really one of the leading lights of the Columbia Records jazz scene of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from Rodney Franklin – one of our favorite soulful fusion players of the era – and 2 albums back-to-back! The Rodney Franklin album is a keyboard delight through and through – and Rodney plays both acoustic and electric piano, often on the same track – which ... read moreCD
Reggae reeds from Dean Fraser – with some nice Fender Rhodes and keyboard too – recorded at Dynamic Sounds and Aquarius, with titles htat include "Rent A Car", "Redemption Song", "Stop Look Listen", "For The Love Of You", "I'll Always Love ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue label UK pressing, with inner sleeve.)
The second great album from organist Ceasar Frazier – a tightly grooving set that expands his sound a bit from the first! All the best elements are still in place here – including funky organ from Ceasar, production from jazz funk maestro Bob Porter, and a hip range of players that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring work from a Polish ensemble of the 80s – a group who definitely have some of the free cooperation promised by their name – but also resonate with a range of other elements too! At some level, these guys remind us of the more inventive bigger bands that broke on the European ... read moreCD
A hip assortment of hard-wailing tunes all put together by New York DJ Alan Freed – part of his brief recording career for Coral Records, where he worked with some surprisingly hip artists! Most of the material here was originally issued under the names of Alan Freed Rock N Roll Big Band or ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A great bit of fusion from the start of the 70s – kind of a bridge between the late 60s "groovy" Japanese jazz, and some of the freer-thinking work to come! The group features excellent tenor from Takeru Muraoka, who plays with kind of a sharp edge that almost echoes more of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the "Universounds Presents – Deep Jazz Reality" series!)
Freelektron (Jimi Tenor & Ilmari Heikinheimo) —
Live At Tenho ... LP Jazzaggression (Finland), 2020. New Copy ...
Jimi Tenor is a man of many many talents – as over the years, he's given us music that ranges from electronica, to funk, to spiritual jazz, and even a bit of soul – now stepping forth here in a set that's maybe a bit more improvised than any of his previous work! Freelektron is a duo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Indidually numbered, limited edition of 250 copies – includes download!)
An urgent title, and an urgent-sounding record from Chico Freeman – one that has the reedman blowing some sharply-focused lines with lots of angular tones! Freeman plays tenor, soprano sax, and clarinet – and the group features Jay Hoggard on vibes, Rick Rozie on bass, and Famadou Don ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a trace of a price sticker and a promo stamp.)
Arguably one of Von Freeman's most obscure recordings – and many of them are pretty darn obscure! The set was recorded for the Daybreak label, live in the Netherlands in 1977 – with a strong Chicago rhythm section that features John Young on piano, David Shipp on bass, and Charles ... read moreCD
Piano, trumpet, and accordion – a really beautiful combination here in the hands of three masters of their instruments – trumpeter Paolo Fresu, accordionist Richard Galliano, and pianist Jan Lundgren! The set isn't the first this trio has recorded – and it definitely shows their ... read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums we've ever heard from vibist Dave Friedman – a set that really lives up to the promise we sometimes expect from other records of his, but never find this clearly! Friedman plays both marimba and vibes – the latter with this bold, chromatic quality ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic record from vibist David Friedman – spare, hip, modern, and very moody! Friedman's playing vibes and marimba alongside David Samuels, who plays the same – and this twin-vibes approach sounds fantastic – especially as the record has no drums, just additional bass, plus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Friends & Neighbors have really deepened their voice for this wonderful album – definitely showing us what's next, as they move past their initial inspiration from Ornette Coleman, and open up in modes that are completely their own! Some of the best passages here have this rich, melodic, ... read moreCD
(Cover has a small sticker & a penmark through the barcode.)
Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan —
Epistrophy ... CD ECM (Germany), 2019. New Copy ...
The fragile side of Bill Frisell, captured here in a really beautiful way – a set of unadorned live duets with bassist Thomas Morgan – playing together at the Village Vanguard, with a sound that's maybe even slightly warmer than the album might have been than if recorded by ECM in the ... read moreCD
Featuring bassist David Frisen, Phil Dwyer on tenor and soprano sax, Alan Jones on drums, Airto Moreira - percussion, Flora Purim - vocals on a couple of tracks, Denny Zeitlin - acoustic piano. LP, Vinyl record album
There's a heck of a lot of music in this set – more than enough to show that avant guitar genius Fred Frith has been alive and well in recent years – and at very collaborative level too! The package selects recordings from over 80 concerts that Frith performed at The Stone in New York ... read moreCD
Each side is a separate recording of live improvisations by Frith on guitar and Ostertag on synthesizer, with a host of tapes, radios, and contact mics. Both performances were recorded at different points in 1981. Phil Minton sings on the second side. Many of the tape samples were recorded in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most revolutionary albums in years from guitarist Fred Frith – and a set that really returns to the sonic genius of his important records of the 70s! The format is quite unusual – as the music combines live performance with reworked sounds that were recorded for the 1990 ... read moreCD
A lost Hammond classic – from organist Mick Weaver, who famously worked with the group Traffic! This set's a lot different than the work he did in that band, though – as the album's all instrumental, and has a quick-stepping, all-soul sound that's a lot like the best Jimmy McGriff ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with a Donovan reference in the title, but a much more mod set overall – thanks to searing Hammond work from organist Mick Weaver, who was maybe one of the hippest London cats on his instrument at the time! The tunes draw equally from the Hammond soul jazz of artists like Jimmy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazzy accordion work from Dom Frontiere, done with a nice west coast vibe! Players include Jack Marshall on guitar, Ann Mason Stockton on harp, Abe Most on clarinet, and Lou Singer on vibes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has a bit of splitting on the top seam, and in a top corner –but is nice overall.)
Tiago Frugoli Ensemble —
Casa ... CD Fresh Selects, 2019. New Copy ...
A Fender Rhodes masterpiece from Tiago Frugoli – a keyboardist from Brazil, but one who works here with a very soulful jazz approach overall – one that's open, spacious, and full of spirit – in ways that make the Rhodes sound even better than in a more conventional setting! The ... read moreCD
The lasting testament of trumpeter Tony Fruscella – a great talent whose powers only flourished briefly on vinyl, and never so brightly as on this LP! The set's a well-composed one – gently grooving numbers arranged and written by Phil Sunkel, played by Tony and a group that includes ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2016 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)