Sublime early work from the legendary Tal Farlow – the kind of sides that show by he was one of the most important jazz guitarists of the 50s! The bulk of the 2CD set features LA sessions recorded for Norman Granz during Farlow's early years at Verve – dates from 1954 and 1955 that ... read moreCD
Tremendous guitar work from the great Tal Farlow – easily one of our favorite jazz guitarists ever, and a player with a wonderful sense of tone and timing! This early album has Tal declaring himself loudly and firmly – using a style that's got some slightly raspy edges, and which is a ... read moreCD
Tal's in a small combo format here, with three different groups of players, with Frank Wess & Dick Hyman on all tracks, and Wendall Marshall, Bemnny powell, and Charlie Fowlkes on a few. Eight songs, including "Blues In The Night", "For Every Man There's A Woman", "Pet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great Verve trumpet logo pressing with deep groove – nice and clean! Cover has a small bit of light tape, but is very nice overall.)
One of the greatest Art Farmer recordings of the 70s – an especially sharp-edged performance, thanks to the presence of Clifford Jordan in the group! The album was recorded live at Boomer's nightclub in New York – and all tracks have a long-flowing, open ended quality – a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has a bent corner.)
A rare Latin outing from trumpeter Art Farmer – one that has him working with the mighty Cuban arranger Chico O'Farrill! The grooves here are hardly "Aztec", as Chico brings a hip postwar vibe to the session – a blend of American jazz and Latin rhythms that's totally great, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has completely split seams held together with pieces of tape, with some overall wear and aging.)
Art Farmer —
Azure ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1987. Used ...
Beautiful work from the legendary Art Farmer – sounds from a time when the trumpeter was really coming into his own, and finding a way to carve out a special space for himself in modern jazz! The sounds here are fresh, but never overstated – blown with that compact mode that makes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of mellow jazz tracks, played by one of the worlds most underrated and understated trumpet players. He's joined here by Jackie McLean, and the two of them keep it nice and mellow, in a group that features Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, and Billy Higgins. Unlike other CTI sessions, this one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing, with insert. Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall.)
Art Farmer —
Perception ... CD Argo/Universal (Japan), 1961. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
An amazingly beautiful set of tracks from Art Farmer – playing here with superb accompaniment from a young Harold Mabern on piano, in a laidback quartet format that really lets Art open up! Art's playing is fresh and creative throughout – never too over the top, and always blown with ... read moreCD
Art Farmer —
Ph D ... LP Contemporary, 1989. Near Mint- ...
Wonderful mellowness recorded by Art during the 70s – a beautiful little session done in Stockholm with some really great touches! At the beginning, things start out in typical Farmer ballad mode, but as the album moves on, Sabu Martinez comes in with some added percussion – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Never-failing genius from Art Farmer – recording here in his later years, and working in that long and open-ended mode we love so much! There's few trumpeters who could make a record like this work – but Farmer's got a tremendous ability to stretch out on longer tunes with well-crafted ... read moreCD
A pretty sweet 70s set from Art Farmer – ostensibly a tribute to Duke Ellington, but really more of a gently soulful session in the mode of Art's best work of the decade! The group is the Cedar Walton trio with Walton on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all ... read moreCD
A pretty sweet 70s set from Art Farmer – ostensibly a tribute to Duke Ellington, but really more of a gently soulful session in the mode of Art's best work of the decade! The group is the Cedar Walton trio with Walton on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully-titled set for Art Farmer – working here in a warm valley of sound, and blowing in that open, spacious tone that marked so much of his best later work! The group's a quartet – with Fred Hersh on piano, Ray Drummund on bass, and Akira Tana on drums – all sort of ... read moreCD
A wonderful later date from the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – key proof that the ensemble continued to grow strongly long after their initial recordings in the 60s! There's a bold sound here – a strong dose of the lyrical energy that Farmer explored heavily in his own work of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark work by one of the greatest jazz outfits of the early 60s! Art Farmer and Benny Golson were both known as well-composed players during the 50s – strongly soulful, but often with a fine sense of arrangement that usually tended towards the lyrical side of things. With this group, ... read moreCD
One of our favorite records ever from the legendary Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – and a rare later date, recorded after their more famous albums for Chess! The lineup here is a bit unusual – in that a young Grachan Moncur III is in the combo on trombone – really adding some ... read moreCD
An excellent follow-up to the legendary Two Trumpets session on Prestige – and even rarer than that one! The lineup features Farmer, Byrd, and Sulieman on the horns in the title – with hip rhythm from Hod O'Brien on piano, Addison Farmer on bass, and Ed Thigpen on drums. Titles ... read moreCD
Sweet and subtle genius from two of the most understated players in jazz – a really great little record that makes the best of the CTI sound without tricking up the players too much! Art Farmer and Jim Hall play in a quintet with vibes by Mike Mainieri – in a style that eschews the ... read moreCD
Art Farmer/Jim Hall —
Big Blues ... LP CTI, 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Sweet and subtle genius from two of the most understated players in jazz – a really great little record that makes the best of the CTI sound without tricking up the players too much! Art Farmer and Jim Hall play in a quintet with vibes by Mike Mainieri – in a style that eschews the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Plenty of men swinging here – a great west coast lineup working under the leadership of Dennis Farnon, almost with the feel of RCA jazz soundtrack work of the time! The arrangements are pretty lively throughout – quite bold at points, and filled with nice colors – never too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cut corner, a split bottom seam, old tape along the top seam, and light surface wear.)
Excellent work by Joe Farrell – recorded after his glory days at CTI, but a totally kick-ass session that's right up there with his classics! The album was recorded live with the Inferno group – a quartet with Victor Feldman on piano, Bob Magnusson on bass, and John Guerin on drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best records ever cut by funky sax man Joe Farrell! The album's got a stripped down, choppy groove – virtually the blueprint for later 70s funk of this type, and played perfectly by Farrell and a very hip quartet lineup! Players include Joe on soprano and tenor sax, Herbie ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet is clean but wavy from moisture.)
Massive music from funky reedman Joe Farrell – quite possibly our favorite of his legendary 70s run for CTI – and that's saying a lot, given how great those records are! There's a lean, edgey groove to the set that's totally great – a lot more bite than usual for CTI, thanks to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(With CTI inner sleeve.)
Claudio Fasoli & Franco D'Andrea —
Jazz Duo ... LP Dire (Italy), Late 70s. Near Mint- ...
A beautiful example of the Dire Records approach at its best – with Franco D'Andrea on piano, in duet with Claudio Fasoli on soprano, tenor, and a bit of alto! LP, Vinyl record album
Claudio Fasoli & Kenny Wheeler & JF Jenny Clark —
Land ... LP Innowo (Italy), 1988. Near Mint- ...
Claudio Fasoli, tenor and soprano sax. Kenny Wheeler, trumpet, fluegelhorn and cornet. J.F. Jenny Clark, acoustic bass. All compositions by Fasoli. Titles include "Land of Long White Clouds", "Kitsch", "Tang", "UFO", "Fax", and "Dear K" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The group's name is a bit hokey, but they've got an excellent lineup that includes a few musicians who'd go on to greater fame in the British jazz scene of the late 60s – working here in a nicely balanced mode of modern styles first forged in the 50s! There's a mix of west coast cool and ... read moreCD
A pretty weird little record from Swedish jazzman Jonas Kullhammar – as you might guess from the image! The set featuers duets with Daniel Bingert – who we know from recent work on bass, but who, along with Jonas, seems to handle drums, keyboards, guitar, and other instruments too ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Nadi ... CD Squama (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
An unusual mix of jazz and funk – done at a level that's not entirely either style, and which maybe has more of the forward-thinking elements of some of the recent London scene! No surprise, the set was recorded in that city – by Benedic Lamdin, whose name has been on many ... read moreCD
Nadi ... LP Squama (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
An unusual mix of jazz and funk – done at a level that's not entirely either style, and which maybe has more of the forward-thinking elements of some of the recent London scene! No surprise, the set was recorded in that city – by Benedic Lamdin, whose name has been on many ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet keyboard tunes from Felbm – issued here with a rather cold title and cover, but delivered with a warm vibe and lots of jazzy touches! The music isn't entirely jazz, but certainly has all the appeal of old school keyboard jazz – maybe more in the sound library mode, as the tracks ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best Victor Feldman albums recorded in the US – a really solidly swinging set of tunes, cut in New York with a hip trio that includes Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums – plus Hank Jones on piano, on the few tracks of the album that feature Feldman playing the vibes! ... read moreCD
One of the best Victor Feldman albums recorded in the US – a really solidly swinging set of tunes, cut in New York with a hip trio that includes Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums – plus Hank Jones on piano, on the few tracks of the album that feature Feldman playing the vibes! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although Victor Feldman's work in the US was usually pretty staid, his career in his native London found him to be one of the cornerstone's of the city's emerging bop scene – as you'll hear on these 1956 sessions, cut in the company of players who include Dizzy Reece on trumpet, Terry Shannon ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole and some pen notations on the back.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that will really open your ears to the talents of Maynard Ferguson – especially if you only think of the trumpeter in terms of a big band setting! Here, Maynard's trumpet is super-sharp – working in a killer group that manages to swing, while also opening to lots of modern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maynard Ferguson's got a message from Newport – and that message is loud, proud, and pretty darn compelling – one that states a whole new level of genius for Maynard in years to come! Ferguson had previously already been a strong soloist and a good arranger – but here, he really ... read moreCD
A sweet double-length set from Maynard – one that's live and totally cooking, and proof that Ferguson's funky big band style could work equally well in a concert setting! As on other Ferguson classics from the time, the instrumentation includes a good deal of Fender bass and electric piano ... read moreCD
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
Excellent work by pianist Clare Fischer – a musician who really got a chance to express his most creative sides on the Revelation label! That's definitely the case here – as Clare plays with just the bass of Bobby West for accompaniment – on titles that include an 11 minute take ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light aging on one edge, but is nice overall.)
Very nice electric Latin jazz session from this legendary LA piano player. Clare plays organ and electric piano, and the group also features Poncho Sanchez on congas. The band has a wonderful warm mellow groove, and the record is one of Fischer's best from the time! Includes a great version of ... 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
A previously-unreleased live performance by the legendary Ella Fitzgerald – recorded in a small club in Los Angeles during her first few months with the Verve label – but never issued at the time! The quality here is great, and the set captures Ella at a pivotal moment – stepping ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A superstar performance from the Antibes jazz festival at Cote D'Azur – one that features Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington sharing the stage, in a concert that was also recorded for a film! Most numbers here feature the full Ellington orchestra backing Ella up – but a few other ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass return to the studio just a few years after their initial meeting – once again to work in a stripped-down duet format that's completely sublime! The spare setting is one that Ella never got in the older days – and there's an intimacy here that almost makes ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest takes ever on the Porgy & Bess score – done in duet format by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, in a fuller spirit than their other albums for Verve! Like many late 50s albums of Gershwin's score, this one was issued in advance of the film with Sidney Poitier – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Ella Fitzgerald joins the unbeatable late 50s team of Count Basie and Joe Williams – singing a bit of duets with Joe, and also letting him take the lead on his own! Players include Joe Newman and Thad Jones on trumpets, Frank Foster and Frank Wess on tenors, Freddie Greene on guitar, and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print. Mark through barcode, digipack has light wear.)
Lovely lyrical sounds from Tommy Flanagan – a pianist who can be as deft as a bopper, but also bring in some richer currents of soul as well! Case in point is this great album from the late 70s – a time when Flanagan wasn't as much in the recording spotlight as the decade before, but a ... 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
A beautiful session by Tommy Flanagan – recorded in 1959, but not issued at the time until it was pulled out for this great Blue Note "Lost Sessions" series from Japan! The set's incredible, and although it features all compositions from West Side Story, Flanagan's playing with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing on King, with insert!)
Greg Foat —
Mage ... CD Athens Of The North (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Maybe the most amazing work we've heard so far from Greg Foat – and that's really saying a lot, as the British keyboardist has given us some really incredible records over the years! The work's got a more ambitious vibe than some of Greg's straighter jazz sets – with large arrangements ... read moreCD
Ricky Ford proves once again that he's one of the best under-discovered tenor talents of his time – with a range of power that stretches back to the end of the 70s soul jazz years, moving forward with the confidence of the young lions of the early 90s! This set's a tremendous batch of tunes ... read moreCD
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
Great stuff from Sonny Fortune – emerging here as a strong leader with a spiritual soulful style that was steeped in traditions from labels like Strata East and Muse, but which also worked quite well in the slightly-expanded setting of A&M's Horizon projects. The group here is a well-sele ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forty Seven Times Its Own Weight —
Cumulo Nimbus ... CD Fable/Jazzman (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Funky and free-thinking fusion from the Texas scene of the mid 70s – a great indie album by a group who travelled in the same territory as the soul combo Starcrost! Although American, the work here has some great qualities that remind us of some of the best European fusion from the same time ... read moreCD
Forty Seven Times Its Own Weight —
Cumulo Nimbus ... LP Fable/Jazzman (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Funky and free-thinking fusion from the Texas scene of the mid 70s – a great indie album by a group who travelled in the same territory as the soul combo Starcrost! Although American, the work here has some great qualities that remind us of some of the best European fusion from the same time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little session from drummer Al Foster – a musician who's name doesn't always show up on records as a leader, but which always gets our attention when it does! And this time around, Foster definitely lives up to that attention – as he delivers a set that's crackling with tight, ... 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
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 favorite jazz sides of all time! This rare album features ... read moreCD
A really amazing album from keyboardist Ronnie Foster – one of his hippest of the 70s, and even quite different from his other work for Blue Note! The album features Foster on organ, in a really open, fluid live setting – working on these stretched-out tracks with a small combo – ... read moreCD
A really amazing album from keyboardist Ronnie Foster – one of his hippest of the 70s, and even quite different from his other work for Blue Note! The album features Foster on organ, in a really open, fluid live setting – working on these stretched-out tracks with a small combo – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some splitting in the top seam.)
How many different iterations of the "Four Brothers" were there? We don't know, but as near as we can tell, this grouping might most resemble the "original", with four West coast heavies joining forces for a swinging side. Originally making up the sax section of Woody Herman's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Vik pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, a partially split spine, some wear, and aging.)
A masterpiece – and possibly the greatest record ever by the Four Freshmen! The album is arranged by Kentonite Pete Rugolo, who gives it a very dark feel – similar to his amazing work on June Christy's Something Cool album (which is a perfect complement to this one) – and he's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has light wear and aging.)
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