Derrick Hodge has given us some wonderful music over the years – and he just seems to be getting better and better with each new release – a bassist who can make his instrument sing more than most we've heard in recent years – and a player who's also wonderfully in tune with his ... read moreCD
Hodges leads a large group of Ellington players that includes Willie Cook, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Jimmy Hamilton, Harry Carney, Ray Nance, and Jimmy Woode. The overall sound has that Ellington-minus-Ellington, plus-Hoges feel of similar Verve sessions like these – with lots of nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing on Polydor, UMV 2525, includes the insert.)
One of the best records to offer the team of alto giant Johnny Hodges and Hammond player Wild Bill Davis – not just because there's a great soul food cover on the front, but also because the group features Grant Green on guitar! The group plays a number of originals, with a solid soul jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing with deep groove and Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a cutout hole, some edge wear, and discoloration from age on back.)
Includes early work by Hodges with Shorty Baker, Lawrence Brown, John Coltrane, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra; Smith recordings with the orchestras of Jimmie Lunceford, Duke Ellington, and Harry James, and Carter recordings with his orchestra and a smaller group with Chuck Peterson, Vic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is in great shape, but cover has light wear, a split spine, and a sticker spot on front.)
Really unique work from legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth – a return to much more adventurous jazz music after years of famous material in a rock-fusion mode – working here alongside reedman Ray Warleigh – who is also at his most expressive as well! The tapes were recorded ... read moreCD
A great collection from the Verve years – 16 titles that include "East Of The Sun", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "He's Funny That Way", "Some Other Spring", "Everything I Have Is Yours", "Comes Love", and "Stormy Blues" ... (Vocalists, Jazz)CD
A selection of work put together for the well-done documentary on the late, great Billie Holiday – a record that includes classics from Billie's vintage recordings, plus a few new tracks recorded for the film by the Sonhouse All Stars! The Holiday vocal tracks are the main draw – as ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Features Dave Holland on bass, Chris Potter on saxophones, Robin Eubanks on trombone, and Billy Kilson on drums. CD
(Out of print.)
Major Holley —
Major Step ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ...
The legendary bassist Major Holley is on the cover here – but the group's an all-around really great affair – co-led by tenorist Joe Van Enkhuisen, and featuring work from Rein De Graaf on piano and Han Bennink on drums! We're not sure we've heard Joe before, and he's fantastic – ... read moreCD
Tasty small group work from Groove – with Mr Holmes himself on organ, and the great Larry Willis on electric piano – coming up with a twin electric organ/piano sound that's similar to the one that Groove used on his Comin On Home LP for Blue Note. The difference here is that things ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, surface wear, and large splits on all seams.)
Early work by Groove Holmes – the one organist who showed the scene that the west coast could boast a Hammond player as strong as the giants emerging from the east during the early 60s. The set features tracks recorded during the 1960s for the Pacific Jazz label, with Groove in groups that ... read moreCD
Funky funky Groove Holmes – one of his tightest albums ever! The set's a monumental batch of organ jazz groovers – recorded with some larger backings from Manny Albam, and a super-dope, super-funk sort of 70s feel that's really outta site! The tracks are lean and very rhythmically ... read moreCD
Quite a different album than you might expect from the title and cover – which seem to imply a set of late nite ballads! Instead, the album's got fuller arrangements and a more upbeat groove – that larger ensemble mode that some organists were using in the mid 70s – as on the ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)
Tight tight material from Richard Groove Holmes – two mid 60s classics on a single CD! First up is Living Soul – tight trio material from the legendary Richard Groove Holmes, caught live at Count Basie's Nightclub in Harlem, working hard and heavy with a trio that features Gene Edwards ... read moreCD
A really cooking live set from Hammond hero Richard Groove Holmes – a record that follows strongly from his best 70s material on the Muse and Groove Merchant labels, but much more obscure overall! The tunes have that long, freewheeling vibe that always made Groove in a live setting so ... read moreCD
(Part of the Black & Blue Real Jazz Classics series!)
Groove Holmes runs through a set of famous 70s film themes – or tunes associated with films – working here with larger backing arrangements from Mario Sprouse! The style is smooth, but still mighty nice – as the tunes are long, and there's lots of solo space for Groove (who plays ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Versatile: Find Out Fusion" series!)
Chiko Honda —
Chiko ... CD Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
An unusual vocal jazz session from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a record that's a bit different than some of the more staid readings of standards at the time, as singer Chiko Honda has a really nice bite to her style – and works with a small, rough-edged combo too! We might say ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Early soul jazz piano work from Takehiro Honda – recorded in a style that's quite different than most of his later albums! The sound here is full and rich – with Honda's work on the keys augmented by fuller backings arranged by Teddy Adams – all recorded in the US (we think), ... read moreCD
A great album as a leader from the legendary William Hooker – and a fantastic reminder of how wonderful he can be in the spotlight! The set begins with some solo drum work from Hooker, then moves into bolder improvisations with an unnamed saxophonist and pianist (odd that the label didn't ... read moreCD
Fantastic stuff – and a beautiful album of modal grooves that really deserves wider recognition! Horn plays alto and flute in a groovy west coast quintet with Emil Richards on vibes and Paul Moer on piano – and the overall feel is very similar to his stellar Something Blue album on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has surface wear, some waviness from moisture, a promo stamp, and a strip of tape on the top seam. Vinyl has a short click on "Abstraction".)
Paul Horn —
Visions ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ...
Nice fusiony jazz done with soul and airy atmophere by Paul Horn – including some choice covers, and sounds that range from fusiony jazz with a little bit of funk and more lilting numbers lifted by flute and wordless vocals! Horn has a tendency to go head first into a more new agey vibe, but ... read moreCD
Essential work from one of the heaviest tenors on the west coast in the 50s – the mighty Joe Houston, heard here on a set of rare material recorded for the legendary John Dolphin! The set brings together rare 78s, unissued tracks, and even a cool radio ad from the time – all graced by ... read moreCD
A striking debut from Markus Howell – a hell of a talent on both alto sax and flute, and one that we're sure we'll be hearing more from in years to come! Markus has a bold, brash style on alto – one that mixes his edge with the trumpet of Joe Magnarelli and trombone of Michael Dease ... read moreCD
Killer work from Freddie Hubbard – some key transitional sides for Atlantic Records, and easily some of his most soulful work ever! Freddie started out as a bopper on Blue Note, but then made a great shift at Atlantic – exploring space and sound in a really wonderful way, and opening ... read moreCD
A bundle of soul from Freddie Hubbard – one that has him blowing beautifully over full arrangements from Bert DeCoteux – the 70s super-soul maestro who really brings a new sound to Hubbard's music! The style's a bit smoother than other Freddie albums of the time, but still really great ... read moreCD
Sweet early CTI work from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard – the kind of groundbreaking electric jazz that really helped him find a new space in the 70s! The album follows strongly from Freddie's classic Red Clay set for CTI – and like that one, it features extended tracks that build ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl pressing on ORG. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Freddie Hubbard —
Gleam ... CD CBS/BGO (UK), 1975. New Copy 2CD ...
Jazz funk genius from Freddie Hubbard in the mid 70s! Gleam was a Japanese-only double album from the jazz giant in its original release – mighty funky at times, too – right up there with some of the best Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock Japanese sets from the 70s! It's a live set ... read moreCD
A real gem from Freddie Hubbard's 60s years – an all soul jazz outing, cut with a hip array of players that show that young Fred was definitely on the forefront of jazz at the time! Despite the "blues" in the title, the main groove is spiritual soul jazz – in a style that ... read moreCD
(Out of print HDCD pressing. Spine has a cutout notch.)
Classic Freddie Hubbard on Blue Note – from the hip cover to the magical music in the grooves! The session is one of Freddie's all-time best from the early days – and features a very hard wailing lineup that mixes tight hardbop rhythms with some more adventurous soloing that almost has ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard —
Outpost ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
One of the best recordings from Freddie Hubbard's "back to basics" stretch in the early 80s – a time when Freddie returned to a strongly acoustic jazz mode after a mostly electric 70s! The record still has Freddie stretching out on the longer tracks he got used to during the CTI ... read moreCD
A wonderful session of hip soul jazz tracks from Freddie Hubbard – mostly short tight and groovy, but played with a sophisticated style that points the way towards the soul jazz sound of the 70s. Soul Experiment is a fitting title – as Freddie works hard with hip players like Billy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red and green label Broadway pressing – a nice copy.)
Freddie Hubbard —
Straight Life ... CD CTI/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1970. New Copy ...
An amazing second CTI set from Freddie Hubbard – one that takes off nicely from Red Clay territory, and starts to hit an even funkier mode! The tracks here are all relatively long, with a huge amount of solo space for Freddie on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor, George Benson on guitar, and ... read moreCD
Very hip work from the two players – and never released before! The set was recorded as part of a series produced by Baltimore's hip Left Bank Jazz Society, and it features Heath and Hubbard leading a quintet that also include Gus Simms on piano, Wilbur Little on bass, and Bertell Knox on ... read moreCD
Julia Hulsmann on piano, Marc Muellbauer on double bass, Heinrich Kobberling on drums & Uli Kempendorff. CD
Daniel Humair —
Drum Thing ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 2020. New Copy ...
Fantastic work from drummer Daniel Humair – a hugely important creative musician, still very much at the top of his game! Humair was one of the first European percussionists to really set his instrument free from conventions of timekeeping – to open up more possibilities for melody, ... read moreCD
Chicago had the Art Ensemble of Chicago at the end of the 60s – and St Louis had the fantastic Human Arts Ensemble at the start of the 70s – a wonderfully creative jazz group who shared a lot of the same ideas of improvisation and artistic freedom as the AACM up in the Windy City! This ... read moreCD
(A fantastic package – done with the pasted-on image of the original numbered LP pressing – right down to a pasted-on envelope on the back!)
A 1974 live recording at the Montreux Jazz Festival – with backing by a small group that features Buddy Tate on tenor, and either Earl Hines or Jay McShann on piano! (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
The greatest moment ever from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey – a funky, soulful flute player who had more than her share of great moments over the years! This set may well be the summation of all the genius that Humphrey had to offer – a collaboration with genius producer Larry Mizell, ... read moreCD
Bobbi Humphrey —
City Beat ... CD Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ...
An under-discovered batch of jazzy soul from Bobbi Humphrey – an artist we love for her 70s work on Blue Note and Epic, still sounding pretty great here in the late 80s! The overall style of the album's a bit different than Bobbi's 70s work – more in a Patrice Rushen blend of 80s ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Malaco – The Truth Of Southern Soul Definitive Collection" series!)
Some of Bobbi Humphrey's greatest work of the post-Blue Note years – an album that's filled with soulful fusion tunes throughout, all with a great focus on her funky flute! Bobbi also sings a bit on the set, but in a way that's pretty darn great – wonderfully sweet at times, with a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing! Shrink is very slightly open in one corner, but great overall.)
A great setting for the 7 string guitar of Charlie Hunter – served up here in a spare set of duets with drummer Scott Amendola! The sound is nice and wide – way fuller than you might expect from two instruments, thanks to some lush phrasing from Charlie, as he moves nicely along with ... read moreCD
A nice one-off group project paying tribute to tenor sax great Frank Lowe – made up of players who recorded or otherwise worked with Lowe before he passed away in the early 00s – and true to the spirit of Lowe's beloved records for ESP and Black Saint in the 70s! Chad Fowler is on sax ... read moreCD
One of Bobby Hutcherson's most important albums ever – and an essential piece of "new thing" jazz that ranks up there with such key Blue note sessions of the genre as Tony Williams' album Life Time, Dolphy's Out To Lunch, and Jackie McLean's One Step Beyond! Hutcherson's sound on ... read moreCD
Vibes and orchestrations – a combination that makes for one of the coolest Bobby Hutcherson albums of the 70s – a really magical set that expands the sound of Bobby's work in ways we wouldn't have expected! The style is similar to that used with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson at the ... read moreCD
An unusual set that combines tracks from the great Bobby Hutcherson LPs, Cirrus and Linger Lane. "Even Later" and "Wrong Or Right" are off Cirrus, recorded at the tail end of the his association with Harold Land, and features the sort of wonderful spiralling modal work that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but this is a great copy overall.)
Think the French new wave had a lock on jazz soundtracks? Think again, because the Japanese scene of the 60s was full of them – including this sublime set from 1963! Most numbers here are jazz tracks played by a great small combo – one that's got tremendous energy all the way through! ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
With Buster Williams on bass, Brian Adams on drums, John Stubblefield on tenor saxophone & flute, Abdullah Ibrahim on piano, Horace Alexander Young on soprano saxophone, alto saxophone & piccolo flute, Robin Eubanks on trombone & Howard Johnson on tuba, trumpet & baritone saxophone. CD
(Out of print.)
Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) —
Balance ... CD Gearbox (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Really fantastic material from legendary pianist Abdullah Ibrahim – a set cut with a larger group of musicians, which we like even more than Ibrahim's work in a solo or trio format! The group here is his Ekaya ensemble – who flesh out Abdullah's larger musical ideas in a really great ... read moreCD
Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) —
Dream Time ... LP Enja (Germany), 2020. New Copy ...
Beautiful solo piano work from Abdullah Ibrahim – a later set that's got a different vibe than some of his earlier material in the format, in a way that shows the continuing evolution of his sound! There's a gentleness here that we might not have heard back in the 70s – a quality that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) with Sathima Bea Benjamin —
Boswil Concert 1973 ... LP Colomba (Switzerland), 1973. Near Mint- ...
A really obscure live set from the great Dollar Brand – mostly solo, featuring piano and flute – but also including vocals from Sathima Bea Benjamin on one portion of the performance! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but is great overall.)
Hideo Ichikawa Trio —
Tomorrow ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Hideo Ichikawa may have been one of the most inventive pianists to record for the Three Blind Mice label in the 70s – an artist whose talents are expansive both on the acoustic and electric versions of the instrument he uses here – and which also extend to a few contributions on ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
An overlooked 80s cooker from pianist Klaus Ignatzek – a set that's full of imagination, right from the very first note – thanks to a string of all original material that matches the strong performances on the set! Trumpeter Claudio Roditi is a key part of the quartet – and maybe ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)
A treasure trove of rare jazz work from the Dutch scene of the 50s – initially overlooked by many American listeners of the time, but fortunately well-documented by this series from Philips! The music here is a nice mix of different combos – all drawing influence from bop and some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbere limited edition of 500 – on heavyweight white vinyl!)
The long-overdue return of a combo that had a huge impact on the sound of jazz on the Scandinavian scene over the past decade or two – given that its members have been involved in such important projects as Five Corners Quintet, Tuomo, Oddarang, and the Timo Lassy combo! Yet at the core, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Masaru Imada —
One For Duke ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
The album's dedicated to Duke Ellington, and it features Duke Ellington tunes – but overall the set is a very personal moment from pianist Masaru Imada – maybe one of his strongest dates of the 70s! The music opens up with that beautifully creative Japanese piano trio approach of the ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Masaru Imada & George Mraz —
Alone Together ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
A beautiful showcase both for the piano of Masaru Imada and the bass of George Mraz – the latter of whom gets really respectful treatment on this Japanese-only session – in the best tradition of the Three Blind Mice record label! TBM always had a way of showcasing the bass that was ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
A really old school trio setting – one that has a loose, open, freely exploratory vibe that really takes us back to the loft jazz generation – as the musicians work in very creative territory that really shows their individual spirits, yet still also come together strongly as a whole! ... read moreCD
Tremendously heavy grooves from this wonderful Japanese combo – a jazzy outfit that leads with some amazing acoustic basslines, then follows them up with romping piano and some very heavy drums! This special 2-disc set features the Indigo Jam Unit in both audio and visual formats – the ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
(DVD includes the videos for "Adrenaline", "2X2" & making of the album. Please note that the DVD doesn't list a Region so you may need a multiregion player to view it.)
Beautifully spiritual work from this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s – an AACM ensemble, and quite possibly one of the most soulful we've ever heard! There's a really spare, earthy approach to the work here – one that uses percussion, piano, and saxes from Light Henry Huff ... read moreCD
The drum method here is often hard and heavy – a very funky style that makes the album one of the grooviest ever recorded by Japanese drummer Takeshi Inomata! The group here is his Sound Ltd ensemble – a bigger lineup directed by Norio Maeda with plenty of funky styles – almost a ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)
Instant Composers Pool (Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker & Others) —
Incipient ICP – 1966 to 1971 ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ...
Rare music from this legendary Dutch free jazz collective – all pulled from the earliest years of the project, when the ICP group were every bit as important to improvised music as combos in the German and French scenes! The core players here are Misha Mengelberg on piano, Han Bennink on ... read moreCD
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from Italian pianist Enrico Intra – and that's saying a lot, given his legacy of creative sounds from the 70s onward! This set has Intra playing piano, but also has all the spacey elements you'd guess from the cover – a very unusual mix ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful trio material from Italian pianist Enrico Intra – a player with a great sense of rhythm, and a nice sharp edge in his music! Intra's piano is quite modern at times, although never in ways that are too out or academic – always coming back to the inside for some warmer notes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jon Irabagon's Outright —
Unhinged ... CD Irabbagast, 2012. Used ...
A great little album from talented tenorist Jon Irabagon – served up with a cover that's sort of a parody of a hip hop record – but delivered with a bold musical sound that's right up there with Jon's work in Mostly Other People Do The Killing! The tenor's really out front in most ... read moreCD
(Out of print, original digipack pressing.)
Irreversible Entanglements —
Who Sent You ... CD International Anthem/Don Giovanni, 2020. New Copy ...
Damn incredible work from Irreversible Entanglements – a Philly group, but one who definitely belong in the special, small universe of the International Anthem label from Chicago! This set is even more fierce, more focused than their great debut – burning with righteous energy from a ... read moreCD
Irreversible Entanglements —
Who Sent You ... LP International Anthem/Don Giovanni, 2020. New Copy ...
Damn incredible work from Irreversible Entanglements – a Philly group, but one who definitely belong in the special, small universe of the International Anthem label from Chicago! This set is even more fierce, more focused than their great debut – burning with righteous energy from a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most beautiful records to come out of the early 70s – a tremendous indie effort from a young Weldon Irvine! Irvine put this album together as sort of a musical "time capsule" of his generation – an effort to capture the era's thoughts, feelings, and emotions ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)
Mark Isham & Art Lande —
We Begin ... LP ECM (Germany), 1987. Near Mint- ...
Features Mark Isham on trumpet, flugelhorn, synthesizer, percussion and piccolo trumpet – and Art Lande on piano, synthesizer & percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
Heavy funk from a hip Japanese combo – one that features lots of drums and percussion from leader Akira Ishikawa, plus plenty of guitar, keyboards, and hard-riffing horns! Akira's taking most of his cues here from American funk of the early 70s – work by Incredible Bongo Band, BT ... read moreCD
Breezy and easy vocals from Japan – a collection of recordings made by singer Kayo Ishu from the late 60s and 1970s – not really "scat" in a conventional style, but cool wordless vocals with a sweet jazzy feel! The 19 track set brings together tunes from a variety of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Shahzad Ali Ismaily on guitar, banjo, shaker & voice. Niels Van Heertum on euphonium organ & conch shells. CD
Fumio Itabashi —
Impact ... CD Paddle Wheel/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
Pianist Fumio Itabashi's definitely making an impact with this record – pushing his music even farther than before with some inventive, creative arrangements that make strong use of trumpet, trombone, and tenor sax! Itabashi's piano is at the core of the record, but he's moving in ways that ... read moreCD
A really unusual performance from Japanese pianist Fumio Itabashi – who returns here to Watarase, a site that inspired his most famous album in the 70s! Itabashi plays here outdoors – a really amazing setting for a grand piano – yet his work on the instrument is ever bit as bold ... (DVDs & Videos, Jazz)read moreDVD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series! DVD is NTSC – All Region.)
A nicely biting session from Japanese pianist Fumio Itabashi – a set that rounds out his trio with guest alto sax and guitar on a few of the cuts, which makes for a fuller, more driven sound overall! There's definitely a soulful groove to the set – kind of an 80s soulbop mode overall ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)
Italian Jazz Band & Buscaglione Theory —
Pd ... CD Italian Jazz Band, 2010. Used ...
Includes the tracks "Con Le Mutande Di Lana", "Slow", "Io No Lo So Chi Era", "Poker", "L'ho Conosciuta", "Solo", "Il Domatore", "Canzone Lenta", "Smettila", and "Valzer Cosi". CD
Bud Powell in the 21st Century, but with a very different vibe than the bop trio performances that made up most of his important recordings! Instead, the setting here is a large one – pianist Ethan Iverson working with the Umbria Jazz Orchestra to bring some of Powell's compositions into a ... read moreCD
Ethan Iverson/Bill McHenry/Reid Anderson/Jeff Will —
Live At Smalls ... CD Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2000. Used ...
A live quartet date – tracks include "Night And Day", "Chronology", "Look Of Love", "In Love In Vain", "Blues Coda", and "Have You Met Miss Jones?". CD
Includes the tracks "Blues Walk", "Another Minor Thing", "Violets For Your Furs", "Scrapple For The Apple", "Bag's Groove", "Alone Together", "Lester Leaps In", "Makin' Whoopee", "Hip Sippie Blues", and "L ... read moreCD
Two rare Storyville albums from the tremendous vocal team of Jackie & Roy – back to back in a single set! First up is the self titled Jackie & Roy – one of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD