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
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
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.)
A definite delight from Ronnie Foster – a post-Blue Note set that actually has the keyboardist sounding better than ever! Ronnie's always been one of those guys who seems to work best when moving against a bit of structure – and here, that force is provided by the excellent Jerry ... read moreCD
An album of moody, mellow, spooky vocals by this fantastic harmony group, focusing on the group's ballad style, and with the "love" themes in the titles. The album's got an eerie somber sound that's different from some of the group's other recordings, with arrangements by Dick Reynolds, ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s Applause pressing. Cover has light wear and an index label on the spine.)
Jason Foureman & Stephen Anderson —
Duo ... CD Summit, 2020. Used ...
Piano and bass duets. Tracks include "Falling Grace", "Reet's Neet", "One Step", "Touch Of Your Lips", and "I'll Close My Eyes". CD
A brilliant set of free jazz from the German scene of the 70s – very different than other work of the time, in that there's maybe more of a future-thinking balance between sounds and silence, frenzy and fragility – all served up by a quartet that features Herbert Joos on trumpet and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some very light wear – but this is a great copy overall.)
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
There's lots of great guitar/tenor interplay in this live set from Joel Frahm – a date that's recorded with a wonderfully warm feel that almost makes it top any of Frahm's studio sessions! Tracks are nice and long, and really balance a lot of Frahm's snaking tenor lines with the guitar of ... 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
Rob Franken Electrification —
Six Seven Eight ... LP 678 Records (Netherlands), 1975/1981. New Copy ...
Dutch pianist Rob Franken is at the top of his game here – the top of his electric game, that is – as the album's a masterpiece in Fender Rhodes instrumentals, and right up there with the best US Rhodes work of the time! The album's a dream come true if you're a fan of jazzy electric ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rodney Franklin never let us down during his entire run for Columbia – and like his others for the label, this set's a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and fusion – smoothed together nicely, but never in a way that's slick or commercial! Franklin's got a keen ear that lets him sit on both ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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
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 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.)
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 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!)
A surprisingly great little set from Chico Freeman – and a record that seems to hone his best creative energies of the loft jazz years into an even hipper groove! The group here features Freeman on a wide variety of reeds – alongside John Purcell on saxes and oboe, Kenny Kirkland on ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card is missing both spines.)
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 & Mal Waldron —
Up & Down ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1989. Used ...
Features Chico Freeman on tenor and soprano sax, Mal Wladron on piano, and Ricky Knauer on bass – plus Tiziana Ghiglioni on vocals. CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a small, light stain in one corner – hard to notice unless you lift up the inner tray.)
Chico Freeman Quintet with Arthur Blythe —
Unspoken Word ... CD Ronnie Scotts, 1993. Used ...
Features Chico Freeman on tenor, Arthur Blythe on alto, Julian Joseph on piano, Curtis Lundy on bass, and Idris Muhammad on drums! CD
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout notch.)
George Freeman —
Man & Woman ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. Used ...
One of the more laidback albums from George Freeman's early 70s run – but still a great little set that shows the mellower side of his talents! Despite the sexy style of the cover, the sound here is relatively straight soul jazz – small combo work with Harold Mabern on acoustic piano, ... read moreCD
Von Freeman blows it bold and beautifully here – with just the right sort of sound we first fell in love with when seeing him in small club gigs in Chicago! There's an easygoing soulfulness to Freeman that grabs us right away – but there's also an edge, too – a quality that marks ... 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
Excellent work from pianist Don Friedman – a set that's definitely progressive, but which also has a heck of a lot of warmth too – that fantastic balance of new ideas and lyricism that made Friedman one of the freshest pianists to emerge in the 60s, and which continued strongly through ... read moreCD
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
Another expansive effort from Bill Frisell, finding him integrating a variety of new sounds from other traditions into his new American pastoral framework. As with other recent releases, his coloristic tone and melodic sensibility are nicely rooted, but cast here in a new group featuring Brazilian ... read moreCD
An important early meeting of these two groundbreaking guitar improvisers – and a great example of the way that Henry Kaiser was bridging the space between European free jazz and the American underground with his label! LP, 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
(Cover has an Audition stamp on back.)
Satoko Fujii Ma-do —
Desert Ship ... CD Not Two (Poland), 2010. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
With Norikatsu Koreyasu on bass, Akira Horikoshi on drums, Natsuki Tamura on trumpet & Satoko Fujii on piano. CD
Briggan Krauss & Oscar Noriega on alto sax, Andy Laster on baritone sax, Stomu Takeishi on bass, Ches Smith on drums, Nels Cline on guitar, Ellery Eskelin & Tony Malaby on tenor sax, Curtis Hasselbring & Joe Fiedler on trombone & Dave Ballou, Herb Robertson & Natsuki Tamura on ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from pianist Ryo Fukui – a relatively recent set, but one that sparkles with all the charm and imagination of his famous records from years back! The format is a familiar trio – with Takumi Awaya on bass and Itetsu Takemura on drums – but as always with Fukui, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality Project Re:Vinyl series!)
A smoking trio set from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – recorded in New York with help from Lisle Atkinson on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! The date's a bit later than some of the classics from the golden age of Japanese piano trio recordings, but has a very similar vibe – and in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality Project Re:Vinyl series!)
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
Full Faith & Credit Big Band —
FF&C III ... LP TBA, 1988. Near Mint- ...
Led by trombonist and arranger Chris Braymen, and featured soloists include Tod Dickow, Jeff Cressman, Jeff Beal, Tony Corman, Jeff Ballard, Steve Steinberg, and John Worley. LP, Vinyl record album
A very unique album by Curtis Fuller – quite different than any of his other records at the time! The session has Curtis blowing on tunes from the score to Cabin In The Sky – arranged by Manny Albam, and performed by a large group that includes Freddy Hubbard, Hank Jones, and Bob ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 1998 Japanese pressing with 20bit K2 mastering.)
Great work from a player who never lets us down – trombonist Curtis Fuller, a musician we first loved for his work on Blue Note and Prestige in the 50s – and who still sounds equally great on this recent set! Fuller definitely takes the title of the set seriously – and keeps ... read moreCD
One of the best non-Blue Note albums from the early years of trombone giant Curtis Fuller – a definite cooker that more than lives up to its title! At his best, Fully often played his instrument with a style that was more like a trumpet than trombone – isolated notes, sharp sense of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing with RVG Stereo stamp. Cover has a small cutout hole, Stereo stickers, and some gloss peel on back.)
One of Dizzy Gillespie's hippest big band sessions ever – and one of the few dates as a leader from arranger Gil Fuller! Fuller will always be best-remembered as the man who composed some of Dizzy Gillespie's best known tunes from the bop era – like "Manteca", "One Bass ... read moreCD
One of Dizzy Gillespie's hippest big band sessions ever – and one of the few dates as a leader from arranger Gil Fuller! Fuller will always be best-remembered as the man who composed some of Dizzy Gillespie's best known tunes from the bop era – like "Manteca", "One Bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has a name in pen and some minor seam splits.)
College jazz band out of Fullerton, California. 8 titles including the Les Hooper composition "Licks & Tricks", "Four Play", "Shuffle This", "Bop Brothers Beach Party", "Morning Sun" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label and clear tape on the spine.)
Champian Fulton's an artist of many talents – both a great singer and a strong pianist too – at a level that's way more than just a vocalist shading in her lyrics with piano – as part of this set is instrumental, and really showcases Fulton's strong touch on the keys! The set ... read moreCD
Two excellent albums from Funk Inc on one CD! Superfunk is one of the band's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
The first session from Andy Fusco after a stretch that nearly took him out of the game – and a record that shows that he's very much back in top formation! Fusco's got this way of blowing the alto that's nice and raspy, almost with the depth of a tenor – working here alongside some ... read moreCD
G/9 Group with Wilson Das Neves & Dom Salvador —
Brazil Now! ... CD Sonorama (Germany), 1968. Used ...
A lost bit of dreamy bossa from the 60s – recorded in Brazil at the end of the decade, but unavailable to most of the world for years! The session's got a gently snapping, always jazzy approach that easily matches the best takes on the bossa coming out from Rio and LA at the time – and ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A seminal set of crossover fusion from this mid 80s supergroup – a quartet headed up by drummer Steve Gadd, with work from Richard Tee on keyboards, Cornell Dupree on guitar, and Eddie Gomez on bass! All players had worked together often on 70s fusion sets, and come together perfectly here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album with a sound as hip as its title, and one that features Gagnon on alto, tenor, and flute – all played with a nicely sharp tone that's at once both strongly modern, yet also surprisingly soulful – the kind of vibe you might expect from Roland Kirk or Yusef Lateef, but with less ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has light wear, and some splitting on the top seam, which is partially taped.)
Insanely great work from Slim Gaillard, the self-styled LA hipster who rose to prominence in the wartime blues and jazz scene, and who continued to wow audiences for years with his unique blend of hipster jazz! This CD features some of Slim's best work – recorded for Verve in the 50s, and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Jim Gailloretto, Ken Haebich, Ike Hagedorn & Thymme Jones —
Temeritorium ... CD 4 Boxs, 2003. Used ...
A pretty cool little record – one that features small combo jazz takes on classical things, but in a lively upbeat groove! Supposedly the set was put together by Dick Hyman, who works here as pianist Serge Sputnick – and other instrumentation includes tenor, guitar, bass, and drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine.)
Ottorino Galli Quartett —
Schuker ... CD Ottorino Galli (Germany), 2009. Used ...
Quite an obscure little session – especially for the Pacific Jazz label, who mostly worked with some of the bigger names on the west coast scene! Pianist Freddie Gambrell is a player we only know from this one rare album – but it's quite a gem, and is cut in an unusual format that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 90s Japanese pressing, PJ 1256, with obi and insert.)
With Rainer Bruninghaus on piano & synthesizer, Eberhard Weber on bass, Marilyn Mazur on percussion & drums, Manu Katche on drums, Trilok Gurtu on tabla & Mari Boine. CD
(Out of print.)
Jan Garbarek —
Works ... CD ECM, 1970s/Early 80s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Classic early ECM work from saxophonist Jan Garbarek – with contributions from John Taylor on organ, Ralph Towner and Egberto Gismonti on guitars, Terje Rypdal on electric guitar, Bobo Stenson on piano, and Nana Vasconcelos on percussion! CD
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout mark.)
Jan Garbarek & Kjell Johnsen —
Aftenland ... CD ECM (Germany), 1980. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Jan Garbarek has always had a great ear for an unusual setting for his horns – and here, he continues that strong legacy by working with Kjell Johnsen – a keyboardist who plays a pipe organ in a very spacious way! The mix of the large instrument and the ECM production style ... read moreCD
Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble —
Mnemosyne ... CD ECM, 1998. Used 2 CDs ...
Jan Garbarek performs on reeds with a quartet of vocalists. CD
An excellent split LP on Bethlehem – one that features large group numbers recorded under the leadership of both Russ Garcia and Marty Paich – two of the swingingest cats to ever record for the label! Although the groups are largeish, they've got a real focus on solo work – which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing – with deep groove. Vinyl has a short click near the end of side one, and cover has splitting on the top and bottom seams.)
Easily the best album ever cut by the duo of Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford – a swinging live set recorded in Sweden, with a much stronger soul jazz sound than some of their other recordings. Don's playing some great Hammond organ on the album – in the tradition of Jimmy McGriff's work ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Simple and soulful elegance from the great Red Garland – prime mid-50s material for Prestige, recorded here with incredible backing from Paul Chambers and Art Taylor! The tightness of the trio is amazing – but never so much so that it gets in the way of Red's warmly introspective modes ... read moreCD
Red Garland —
Misty Red ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
A great later session from pianist Red Garland – recorded in the early 80s with support from Ahmad Jamal's old trio-mates – Jamil Nassar on bass and Frank Gant on drums! The Garland heard here is a gentler one than on his earlier recordings – playing with a nice Jamal-like sense ... read moreCD
A later non-trio session with horns – featuring nice work from Harold Land and Ira Sullivan on tenor, and cornet from Nat Adderley! Titles include "Stella By Starlight", "It's Impossible", "Theme For A Tarzan Movie", and "Red Alert". LP, Vinyl record album
Way more than just a regular trio outing from Red Garland, Chris Amberger, and Eddie Moore – as the great Leo Wright joins the group on alto for half the tracks – making a rare small group appearance for the time! LP, Vinyl record album
Red Garland/Ron Carter/Philly Joe Jones —
Crossings ... LP Galaxy, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Titles include "Solar", "Oleo", "But Not For Me", "Love For Sale", and "Never Let Me Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and some drip stains on front.)