FME (Ken Vandermark) —
Cuts ... CD Okka Disk, 2005. New Copy ...
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 ... read moreCD
The funkiest record in years from the great Greg Foat – a set that moves away from some of the more open, meditative sounds of other recent albums – and has Greg returning to the kind of grooves that first made us fall in love with his music! Foat plays Fender Rhodes throughout – ... read moreCD
The funkiest record in years from the great Greg Foat – a set that moves away from some of the more open, meditative sounds of other recent albums – and has Greg returning to the kind of grooves that first made us fall in love with his music! Foat plays Fender Rhodes throughout – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool trio set from the mighty Greg Foat – working here with two other musicians grabbed on the fly for the recording session – but with results that are every bit as deep as any of his previous projects! Foat plays moody Fender Rhodes and Roland Juno – with this nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ricky Ford's always a favorite of ours – and on this cooking little set, he matches horns wonderfully with tenorist Antoine Roney! Put aside any worries you might have about the Sonny Rollins-like title – or of the album being one of those twin-tenor albums that always ends up half the ... read moreCD
Obscure midwest group with Rufus Reid on bass and Art Hoyle on trumpets. There's a vague Sun Ra connection here, which mostly manifests itself in the record's cool spare spacey sound. The standout cut is "Frump Trump", which has a nice hard boogaloo sound, and a great breakbeat on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Adam Forkelid/Georg Riedel/Jon Falt —
Reminiscence ... CD 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 moreCD
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
The special guest here is Bobby Hutcherson, whose vibes really make the album sound great – in a quintet with George Cables on piano, Jeff Carney on bass, and Eddie Marshall on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
Michael Formanek —
Even Better ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2019. New Copy ...
A very well-pointed trio – Michael Formanek on bass, Tim Berne on alto, and Mary Halvorson on guitar – players who find a way to resonate with each other in a very special formation! It's a bit hard to describe the energy of the record in words – but there's a percolating ... read moreCD
Gutsy tenor work from Jimmy Forrest – a player who was poised to rival Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons at the start of the 60s, and who could have easily done so, given the strength of his work for Prestige! The record's one of a few that the St Louis player got to cut for the label – and ... read moreCD
Nice late night session that has Jimmy Forrest's deep deep tenor fronting a quintet that includes guitarist Calvin Newborn and pianist Hugh Lawson. The groove is nice, easy, and very relaxed, with the kind of St. Louis soul jazz playing that made Forrest a legend back in the 60's. You'll ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Vinyl appears slightly foggy on side one, and plays with some light crackles in quiet points. Cover is great – and side two is wonderful.)
Jimmy Forrest with Oliver Nelson —
Soul Street ... LP New Jazz, 1964. Very Good+ ...
Quite possibly the most compelling of Jimmy Forrest's early 60s albums for Prestige Records – thanks to some really full backdrops from the mighty Oliver Nelson! Although a few of the tracks on the album have the same small combo soul jazz mode as Forrest's other Prestige sides, a number of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue trident label Prestige pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cove rhas some ring & edge wear and clear tape on the seams.)
A great one from Sonny Fortune – done with the fusiony sound he was working so well with at the time, and still filled with a tight conception and an incredible group of musicians who bring depth and deliver some really great solos! The title track is an incredible 10 minute cut that breaks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a promo sticker, and ring wear.)
A stunning set funky 70s jazz! Drummer Al Foster leads the crew on this obscure Japanese session produced by Teo Macero – one that bursts out with a strong funky jazz groove that reminds us of some of the best drum-heavy electric 70s sessions in our collection, like work by Ed Thigpen or Les ... 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
Weird bit of avant garde jazz from the mid 70's. Alex Foster plays sax and John Lewis plays drums, and the two of them lay down a number of short snappy cuts that never go too out, and which have a nice pulse to them. Titles include "Funk Pile", "The Creature Feature", and ... 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
Excellent 70s work from Frank Foster – a bit straighter than his progressive sessions, like The Loud Minority, but still a top-level bit of jazz, with an edginess that was missing from his earlier Basie-esque work, or his later sides during the 80s. Frank's group is quite hip – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(A nice copy!)
Greg Foster & Joel Futterman —
Alabama ... CD Drimala, 2000. Used ...
Wicked late 70s work from Ronnie Foster – a rare Columbia outing that's arguably better than his earlier sides for Blue Note! There's more of a soul vibe than before in the music – but in a way that's really foregrounded, and without some of the back/forth wavering that Foster had in ... read moreCD
The group's got an unusual name, but it's a fitting one too – given that they're a trio, but with a Hammond organ that follows its usual role of working on keyboards and bass! The plus one in this case is Mario Bocic on tenor – who joins the unique Croatian/American combo for this ... read moreCD
Very nice bit of trippy electric jazz cuts by this short-lived group that included Michael White, Mike Nock, and Eddie Marshall. Nock's Fender Rhodes playing is excellent, and he spins out lots of blocky rhythmic chords – especially on the title track, "Sun & Moon Have Come ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original Harvest sleeve. Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)
This might be the first time we've ever heard tenorist Ken Fower with a Hammond organ in the mix – and it makes for a great change that really opens up the colors in his horn! Ken's always had a strong sense of tone, and we love his acoustic records – but this time around, Brian ... read moreCD
We last heard tenorist Ken Fowser in the company of vibist Behn Gillece – on a pair of excellent recent albums for the Posi-Tone label – but here he works as the sole leader, and maybe knocks it out of the park even more! All the tunes here are originals by Ken – who continues to ... read moreCD
We'll be honest in saying that we'd never heard the music of trumpeter Diego Frabetti before this album, and only picked it up because it features Fender Rhodes from Danny Grissett – but after the first few notes, we were in love right away – and really love the sound of both Frabetti ... read moreCD
Phil France —
Circle ... CD Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Sweet keyboards from Phil France – a player who's more than content enough to let his instrument take the lead, often in these flowing soundscapes that are even more evocative than on his previous album for Gondwana – but a musician who also manages to echo some deeper currents, but ... 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
(Mono pressing. Label has a promo sticker. Cover has a sticker spot on back.)
Rob Franken Electrification —
Absorbed Love ... LP 678 Records (Netherlands), Mid 70s. New Copy ...
Pianist Rob Franken left this planet all too soon – passing away in his early 40s in 1983 – but during the 70s, he recorded a wealth of fantastic sessions on the Dutch jazz scene – including this rare batch of tracks that are issued here for the first time ever! The tunes are all ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazzy keyboards from the great Rob Franken – maybe one of the hippest cats on the Dutch scene of the 70s when it came to the Fender Rhodes! Rob's a master of the instrument here – playing it jazzily, but also with this open flow that's really wonderful – and which really makes ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rob Franken Electrification —
Together ... LP 678 Records (Netherlands), 1972/1975. New Copy ...
Fantastic Fender Rhodes and other cool keyboards – served up in rare 70s sessions from Dutch jazz legend Rob Franken – tracks that are only making their first appearance here! The record has a mighty lean groove overall – usually just Rob's electric piano and organ in a quartet ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer contemporary work from bassist Henry Franklin – an artist who's every bit as hip today as he was back in the 70s! This smoking set is one of Henry's recent gems on his own label – a soulful, soaring session that really shows that his energy hasn't dimmed a bit – and a ... read moreCD
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 of mixing them both – showing Rodney's more sensitive side on a few acoustic numbers, but then really taking off in a much more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a tracklist sticker, a promo stamp, and light wear.)
A bit late in Rodney's classic years for Columbia, but still pretty darn nice – although certainly much more of a soul album than before! A fair number of the tracks here have standout lyrics – sung by Brenda Russell, Philip Ingram, Frank Musker, and even Franklin himself – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from Rodney Franklin – one of our favorite soulful fusion players from the end of the 70s! The album's a keyboard delight through and through – and Rodney plays both acoustic and electric piano, often on the same track – which creates this nicely expanded sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fully-formed genius from the amazing Rodney Franklin – one of the best keyboard stars to emerge from the late 70s scene! Franklin's got a great talent for balancing influences from jazz and soul in ways that are similar to contemporaries George Duke and Bobby Lyle – and like both of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 killers from organist Caesar Frazier – back to back on one CD! Hail Ceasar is a monster bit of funky jazz – filled with long tracks that all jam mightily, all at a level that matches or tops the best work coming out of Prestige or Blue Note Records at the time! The set is one of the ... read moreCD
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
One of the most enigmatic records we've ever heard on the International Anthem label – and that's really saying a lot, given their unique musical legacy! Freddie Douggie is a collaboration between Ben LaMar Gay and JayVe Montgomery – working here in modes that go way beyond jazz and ... (Cassettes, Jazz)read moreCassette
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 pair of albums from this lesser-known German improv group from the start of the 70s – two rare albums that are as free as their name, and which were both initially pressed in small runs of just a few hundred copies! The quartet have a surprisingly lyrical approach to their music at times ... 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
Chico Freeman plays tenor sax and flute and is joined by Hilton Ruiz on piano, Junieeh Booth on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and Jumma Santos doing percussion. The first side features two Muhal Richard Abrams' songs called "Two Over One" and "Excerpts". There are two Freeman ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Chico's better sides from the time, and a spiritual quintet session that has him playing on a number of different reed instruments in the company of Jay Hoggard, Cecil McBee, Anthony Davis, and Famoudou Don Moye. The tracks are long, and all written by Chico. Titles include "Look ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great, expansive quartet side from Chico Freeman, where he's supported by John Hicks, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette. Freeman's playing and writing has always fused his journeyman years with the AACM with the soulful, full-toned south side approach of his father, Von Freeman, and a very post-Col ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chico Freeman —
Tangents ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
Chico Freeman Quintet with Arthur Blythe —
Unspoken Word ... CD Ronnie Scotts, 1993. Used ...
(Out of print. Still sealed, spine has a cutout notch.)
A legendary bit of funk – and a killer record from one of the most unique guitarists ever! George Freeman's got a sound and a style unlike any other player we can think of – an approach to funky guitar that's often got a really hard touch on the strings, and which gets nice and noisy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue. Shrinkwrap has small holes and sticker remnants.)
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's one of the funkiest ever from guitarist George Freeman, and one of the few to really hit that messed-up groove he was working in the clubs before his mid 70s retreat to Chicago! The style here is often all over the map – a mix of soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amaro Freitas —
Rasif ... CD Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
A whole new flavor of Brazilian jazz – served up by pianist Amaro Freitas, whose work on the Pernambuco scene is a great cross-crossing of modes! Freitas has all the fluid, modern elements of some of the better-known Brazilian pianists from Rio and Sao Paulo – but he also mixes in some ... 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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Spacious vibes and soulful marimba from the great Dave Friedman – a player who's really hitting his stride at this point in his career – and finding a way to set his music apart from all previous vibesmen who've come before! Friedman's got the sense of tone and timing that you might ... 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
Beautiful sounds from the great Don Friedman – a set that maybe unlocks more of the ballad side of the musician than you might be used to, even though Friedman still holds on to some nice modern elements in his phrasing on the date! The trio features Frank Luther on bass and Billy Hart on ... read moreCD
Over the top avant jamming from the east coast scene of the early 70s – with a very electric sound, and work by John Abercrombie, Clint Houston, and Marc Cohen. Quite a display of virtuosity is at hand here, if a bit lacking on the soul side, and without a strong, definable vibe to latch ... 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
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
One of the most obscure albums from Dave Frishberg – a set that only features him on piano – partly solo, and partly in a trio with Monty Budwig on bass and Donald Bailey on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
A charming little set from the great Dave Frishberg – easily one of the hippest singers and songwriters in jazz during the past few decades! The set's got Dave working solo – just singing along with his own piano accompaniment – in a whimsical way that matches the same sort of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gerardo Frisina —
Hi Note ... CD Schema (Italy), 2003. New Copy ...
Hi Note, indeed! Gerardo Frisina's latest is awe-inspiring – a completely seamless blend of Italian and Latin jazz, bossa rhythms and percussion, and some of the most tasteful and naturally blended electronic elements you could ever expect to hear on an album so steeped in a genuine affinity ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
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
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
(Recent reissue on Wah Wah.)
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
Great work from these two modernists of the early bop years – both players who never fully got their due on record! The set features a group led by trumpeter Tony Fruscella, with strong tenor from Brew Moore – plus piano from Bill Triglia, bass from Teddy Kotick, and drums from Art ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Satoko Fujii —
Stone ... CD Libra (Japan), 2019. Used Gatefold ...
Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda —
Four ... CD Long Song (Italy), 2019. Used ...
A great live date from one of our favorite trombonists of the 70s – a really unusual player who made some great personal strides on the instrument with records like these! The session's a live one, with a very open feel – long, flowing tracks that are similar to the sorts you'd hear ... read moreCD
Genius work from Japanese trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura – working here at the helm of a twin-trombone group that also features the talents of Shigeharu Mukai – in a style that's filled with soul and free-thinking imagination! The two players work together beautifully here – ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Excellent work from Full Blast – a trio who really live up to their name, joined here by another trio of guests – with a sound that's even more of a full blast than before! The core group features Peter Brotzmann on saxes, Marino Pliakas on bass, and Michael Wertmuller on drums – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal session from Curtis Fuller – one of a handful he cut for Savoy, recorded during that late 50s/early 60s period when he seemed poised to become one of the biggest trombonists in jazz! (Whatever happened? How did he cut so many records as a leader so fast, then slide back into being ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Still sealed, but shrinkwrap is open in one spot.)