Wonderful open-ended Ahmad Jamal music from the end of the 60s – and a set that really shows his growth as a player at the time! The "revisited" in the title refers to Jamal's earlier success on Argo records with a recording of "Poinciana" – one that forever made ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)
A really cool little combo, led by the enigmatic Jaman on piano and keyboards – working here in a mix of spiritual jazz and more soulful styles of the 70s! The core group features additional bass, drums, congas, and percussion – and the overall style of the record has a looseness that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
12 ... LP Tappan Zee, 1984. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Titles include "No Pay No Play", "Courtship", "Midnight", "Ruby Ruby Ruby", and "Legacy". LP, Vinyl record album
A live set by Bob – packaged in a cover that has a picture of him in a Taxi, certainly designed to cash in on his fame doing the theme for that TV show! The record's actually quite nice, and is a good blend of the mellow Bob from later years and the darker Bob from earlier ones – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet. Cover has some surface wear.)
Bob James —
BJ4 ... LP CTI, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
The 4th in Bob James legendary run of Fender Rhodes classics for CTI – and a record that still has him working with the dark edges that made the first few so great! As usual with these sets, there's a way of putting over the groove that's really unique – not really funky, but spacious ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A smooth set of keyboard instrumentals built around Bob James' famous theme to the TV show Taxi – also known as "Angela", and probably the way that most mainstream folks know Bob's work! And although that track was plenty famous, it's still a really great number that echoes out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
H ... LP Tappan Zee/Columbia, 1980. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
The cover might be a bit gimmicky – with a giant image of a hot dog – but the album's actually one of the more sensitive outings from keyboardist Bob James at the time – a really refreshing blend of modes and styles, served up on Fender Rhodes, Oberheim, and acoustic piano! There' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Bob James —
Heads ... LP Tappan Zee, 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Heads or tails, it's a winner every time – as the record's one of the last clear moments of genius from keyboardist Bob James in the 70s! The sound here is stepping out a bit more from Bob's earlier sides on CTI, but there's still plenty of great keyboard work to make the album worth seeking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Bob James —
Three ... LP CTI, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Dark genius from keyboardist Bob James – one of his seminal 70s classics for CTI! The album follows strongly in the spirit of the records One and Two – using James' spacious approach to Fender Rhodes alongside some backings that are electric, yet have an earthily funky quality that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great collection featuring the best work of this groovy German piano player! Although he made some snoozy records in his day, this comp is definitely not one of them! Loads of great groovy funky piano tracks, with a cool european feel, and nice electric grooves. Some of these tracks came out in ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic side of the many talents of Joseph Jarman – best known as a key member of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and a saxophonist whose talents were crucial to the formation of the AACM – but also a very strong writer, as you'll discover in this book! This version is the full 1977 ... (Books, Jazz)read moreBook
One of the first-ever recordings of the Chicago AACM scene – and an early set that has Joseph Jarman recording as a leader before founding the groundbreaking Art Ensemble Of Chicago. The group features some seminal Chicago players who are only now getting the credit they deserve in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(7 West Grand pressing. Cover has light wear and light marks from sticker removal.)
A rare set of duets between these two Chicago avant jazz giants – recorded in 1971, when the influence of the AACM's time in Paris was being felt strongly in their return to the windy city. Apart from the usual mad array of instruments that you'd expect from these players – like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, an index sticker, radio station letters, and light surface wear. Labels have radio station letters.)
There's a nicely warming vibe on this album from Keith Jarrett – a sound that's sometimes a bit more laidback and personal, but which is still carried off with familiar associates Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums! Most of the tunes are shorter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful little trio side from Keith Jarrett – very much in the mode of his other ECM group work. The group here is his well known trio with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – and they mesh nicely with him and the material, providing a sort of trio interpretation of ... read moreCD
A great little trio session from Keith Jarrett – still in the mode of some of his other ECM work, but almost a bit more back to basics as well! The group here features Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both working beautifully with Keith in a flurry of colors, tones, ... read moreCD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the ECM 50 series!)
Really wonderful early work from Keith Jarrett – a spiritually-driven session that's free from the cliches of his later work! The album's a spectacular group effort – one that has Jarrett playing piano, percussion, and sax – in an ensemble that also includes Dewey Redman, Charlie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wild and wonderful work by Keith Jarrett – light years away from his records on ECM! The album features a quartet that includes Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – but it's clearly Keith who's driving the bus here, taking lots of odd twists and ... read moreCD
Wild and wonderful work by Keith Jarrett – light years away from his records on ECM! The album features a quartet that includes Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – but it's clearly Keith who's driving the bus here, taking lots of odd twists and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally wonderful album from the young Keith Jarrett – and a set that's different than most of the pianist's other well-known modes – not his solo improvisations, not his successful trio material, and not even his more outside quartet modes of the 70s – but instead this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key early moment for Keith Jarrett – his first-ever solo album, recorded in the early 70s for ECM – and the start of a huge legacy of later work! Before this set, Jarrett had recorded some compelling trio material for Atlantic – and he was also exploring more spiritually ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully complex work from Keith Jarrett – and one of the 70s albums that really shows his blossoming past jazz into a whole realm of new styles! The album features some works for instrumental ensembles – including a String Quartet and a Brass Quartet – plus a large orchestral ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Keith Jarrett's really pushing himself here – playing piano with some of the freewheeling qualities that would make him a huge new talent in the 70s, and also picking up some other instruments as well! Although the set's billed to a trio – Jarrett with Charlie Haden on bass and Paul ... read moreCD
Beautiful solo sounds from the legendary Keith Jarrett – a set of long, live material that follows the format of his initial rise to fame on ECM Records in the 70s – but with a different style that shows the maturing, more introspective side of his talents! Part of the difference is ... read moreCD
Featuring Keith Jarrett on piano & percussion, Jan Garbarek on tenor & soprano sax, Palle Danielsson on bass, and Jon Christensen on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Keith Jarrett —
Rio ... CD ECM, 2011. Used 2 CDs ...
Keith Jarrett —
Shades ... LP ABC/Impulse, 1976. Near Mint- ...
A lost gem from Keith's "with horns" period – a quintet session from the mid 70s, recorded with a group that features Dewey Redman on tenor, plus Charlie Haden on bass, Paul Motian on drums and percussion, and Guilherme Franco on additional percussion. The feel is a bit straighter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime solo piano – from that early 70s moment when Keith Jarrett was not only finding a whole new voice for himself, but also creating a whole new format in music! The tracks here are all long, live, solo improvisations – played by Jarrett at a level that's unbridled, but never ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, with booklet. Box has edge wear and split corners.)
A wonderful illustration of the inherent sense of beauty in Keith Jarrett's early work – an approach to piano that was simple, straightforward, and marked by a ringing sense of tone that's evident in the very first note of the set! Jarrett here isn't trying to break any rules in jazz piano, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Vortex pressing. Cover has some burn marks on back from a shrinkwrap machine.)
A second great set of standards from Keith Jarrett – and like the first one, a great reminder to many that the pianist was still very strongly schooled in jazz! Although Keith really opened up ways for pianists to stretch out in the 70s, his move to material like this in the early 80s was a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful trio work from Keith Jarrett – a format that the pianist returned to strongly in the 80s, after really breaking fresh ground as a solo artist in the 70s! The music here is hardly the trio styles of most of Jarrett's contemporaries, as there's lots of lessons learned from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ultra-hip work from pianist Keith Jarrett – a session that's filled with joy and life, and which has a lot more energy than some of his albums for ECM! The work here is kind of a refinement of the freer styles that Jarrett had laid down on previous albums – performed with a strongly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A solo piano performance – includes two long tracks. CD
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden —
Jasmine ... CD ECM, 2010. Used ...
A studio session from Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden. Tracks include "For All We Know", "No Moon At All", " Body & Soul", "Where Can I Go Without You", and "Don't Ever Leave Me". CD
Keith Jarrett with Charlie Haden & Jan Garbarek —
Arbour Zena ... CD ECM, 1976. Used ...
A beautiful large-concept album from Keith Jarrett – one that features his piano, the bass of Charlie Haden, and the tenor and soprano sax of Jan Garbarek as the main solo instruments over larger string orchestrations! There's a sense of excitement to the record right from the start – ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette —
Cure ... CD ECM, 1990. Used ...
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette —
Tokyo '96 ... CD ECM, 1996. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Guus Janssen —
On The Line ... LP Claxon (Netherlands), 1980. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Recorded in the 40s, and issued only much later by Pablo Records – but a set that's very much in the best spirit of the classic Jazz At The Philharmonic performances that were issued famously by Verve! The set features two key groups – one with Charlie Parker and Sonny Criss on alto ... read moreCD
The jazz community here is pretty small – just a sextet, but one that had a huge impact on the Swiss jazz scene at the time! The group have a vibe that's maybe a bit earlier than the date of the material here – maybe more like some of the early 70s expressions from the American, German ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked gem from the early years of Schema Records – a straight jazz set that crackles with classic modal energy! The group's really a great one – and features some tremendous trumpet from Fabrizio Bosso – plus trombone from Gianluca Petrella, piano from Stefano Bollani, ... read moreCD
Seminal work from one of the hippest British groups of the 50s – the legendary Jazz Couriers, fronted by the twin-tenor sax team of Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes! Both players are great here – blowing with a tone, confidence, and sense of creativity that matches most of their American ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK MFP pressing, in flipback cover! A nice copy.)
Incredible work from the Jazz Crusaders – a brilliant album of longer tracks that has them working at their soulful, sophisticated best! The record's great proof that the Crusaders had a depth that many rarely gave them credit here – as they're working here in a complicated set of ... read moreCD
The landmark first album to feature the Jazz Crusaders playing live at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach – the start of a great run of albums that would go onto help redefine the sound of soul jazz in the 60s! Although the group was already plenty darn great on their studio sides, working at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Pacific Jazz pressing. Cover has light wear.)
One of the Jazz Crusaders' classic funky live sets from the 60's, recorded live at the Lighthouse, where there talents were slowly becoming the stuff of legend. Nice tight soul jazz stuff, with some excellent groovers that include an early version of "Scratch", plus "Blues Up ... read moreCD
The first we've ever heard from the Jazz Defenders – but a record that makes it feel like the group has been together for years – as the songs explode with all sorts of fresh ideas and individual voices – all while the whole thing stays in strongly soulful, swinging territory! ... read moreCD
The first we've ever heard from the Jazz Defenders – but a record that makes it feel like the group has been together for years – as the songs explode with all sorts of fresh ideas and individual voices – all while the whole thing stays in strongly soulful, swinging territory! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from a group who are way more than just the sum of their name! The combo is definitely jazz, only a bit rock, and really provide a funky experience on most of their numbers – in the same sort of wicked blend of acoustic and electric jazz elements that you'd find on MPS Records ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful package – one that brings together five excellent albums from pianist Alan Jean-Marie – an important player on the French scene, but one who never full gets his due on this side of the Atlantic! The set begins with Jean-Marie's first album of Biguine Reflections – a ... read moreCD
Seminal work from one of the hippest jazz singers ever – a session that showed the world that Eddie Jefferson was firmly back in business during the 60s! The set's got a really rollicking feel, and a bit more influence from soul than the bop of Eddie's roots – with elements of gospel ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Seminal work from one of the hippest jazz singers ever – a session that showed the world that Eddie Jefferson was firmly back in business during the 60s! The set's got a really rollicking feel, and a bit more influence from soul than the bop of Eddie's roots – with elements of gospel ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has a sticker spot.)
Paul Jeffrey —
Family ... LP Mainstream, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
One of the bolder records from tenor saxophonist Paul Jeffrey – a player from the east coast scene who recorded most strongly for Mainstream records in the early 70s! The group on this album is relatively large – directed by Ernie Wilkins, but with modes that are a lot looser and more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A young group, but one who've got some mighty nice energy – a mix of live rhythms on bass and drums, with sweet keyboard lines, saxophone leads, and just a touch of electronics – all in a mode that's got a similar blend of classic styles and contemporary elements as we'd find in work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maria Joao is one of the most unique vocal talents in jazz – a singer who's partly inspired by the new freedoms of the more experimental female jazz vocalists of the 70s, but one who also draws a lot from the hippest Brazilian singers too! There's an approach here that mixes together Sheila ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)
Leif Johansson's Orchestra —
Jo Jo ... LP Metronome (Denmark), 1979. Very Good+ ...
A fantastic bit of jazz from Denmark – recorded at the end of the 70s, but much more like some of the hippest MPS/Saba experiments of the late 60s! The group's led by drummer Lief Johansson, and has a way of moving through larger arrangements with the mix of modernism and swing we love from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but this is a nice copy overall.)
A beautiful little record – of the sort it feels like the Moserobie label was created to record – jazz that's not totally free or improvised, but which is also doing way more than conventional swing as well – served up by a trio with a perfect sense of creative cohesion! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ronny Johansson —
Occasion ... LP Dragon (Sweden), 1981. Near Mint- ...
All tracks are originals by the leader – and the quartet features Ronny Johansson on piano, Ove Ingemarsson on tenor, Matz Nilsson on electric bass, and Anders Kjellberg on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
A seminal album of solo drum tracks from 1972 – created and performed by Sven-Ake Johansson, a key figure in the European improv scene of the late 60s and early 70s – although an artist who's maybe at his best on a record like this! Johansson plays only a standard drum kit – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Budd Johnson was one of those players from the old days who was continually drawing praise from younger and hipper musicians – crediting Budd with a tone and talent that was forever an inspiration to them. Case in point is this 1960 session, issued as part of the hip Cannonball Adderley ... read moreCD
A weird little record – but not without some nice moments! The record was produced and put together by Jan Hammer – and in many ways, is very much like his hard-jamming fusion work fo the time. Earle plays congas, timbales, moog, and other percussion – and also sings on a number ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic soul jazz set from the 60s – one of the few ever cut by pianist Harold Johnson, and a record that brims over with youthful power and new ideas! The Harold Johnson Sextet were an incredible little LA soul jazz combo during the late 60s. Johnson was a very soulful pianist, and he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
JJ Johnson —
Blue Mode ... CD Past Perfect/Tim (Germany), 1949/1953. Used ...
Two sessions, the first with Sonny Stitt on tenor sax, John Lewis on piano, Nelson Boyd on bass & Max Roach on drums. The second with Clifford Brown on trumpet, Jimmy Heath on tenor & barritone saxophone, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass & Kenny Clarke on drums. CD
A slightly larger group, which gives Johnson a chance to show off his arranging skills – but a set that also leaves plenty of room for solos too! Features JJ Johnson on trombone, Clark Terry on trumpet, Ernie Watts on tenor and alto, and Pete Jolly and Billy Childs on keyboards! CD
Excellent early recordings from the team of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding – the kind of sides that always remind us how great their twin trombone work could be! The album's lacking the cliches of later albums, and presents both players at their best – soulful and stripped down, grooving ... read moreCD
A great pairing of sides by two of the fifties greatest trombone acts! JJ Johnson and Kai Winding are on one side, with a boppish set of tunes, and Bennie Green's on the other, with a tight string ensemble. The music holds little surprises, but there's some nice takes on standards and of course, ... read moreCD
Hard-grooving stuff from JJ – played with a lot more bite than usual, and recorded live with a group that features Nat Adderley on cornet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums! Tracks include "Now's The Time", "Misterioso", "Walkin", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best early albums on the legendary Debut label – a unique 4 trombone session that features the talents of JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green, and Willie Dennis – all set to rhythm by the trio of John Lewis on piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Art Taylor on drums! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Debut pressing – nice and clean! Side A label has fallen off the record (common for Debut), still included. Cover has peeled spots on front from sticker removal and a small stain at the bottom right corner.)
Reedman Bobby Jones is a player who hardly ever got to record as a leader – but one who always managed to really move our soul when he did! This album may well be Bobby's masterpiece – a record that features his tenor, plus a bit of clarinet, in an open trio setting with Freddie Waits ... read moreCD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)
Boogaloo Joe Jones —
What It Is ... LP Prestige, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Killer funkiness from Boogaloo Joe Jones! Grover Washington Jr makes an incredible appearance here – sounding much harder and heavier than on some of his Kudu recordings – more of a gritty soul jazz player, working beautifully alongside the sharp guitar of Boogaloo Joe Jones, and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning early set as a leader from Elvin Jones – both a tremendous demonstration of the free energy he let loose after the passing of John Coltrane, and a set that's also still got some key Coltrane-esque elements! As with other Jones albums to follow, Elvin's got some key reedmen on hand ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Liberty pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light ringwear and a cut corner.)
A fantastic live performance from drummer Elvin Jones – done in 1971 as part of a John Coltrane Memorial Concert – and a record that maybe shows just how much Jones had grown as a leader in the few short years after Coltrane's death! The album features two long, very freewheeling ... read moreCD
Prime post-Coltrane material from Elvin Jones – featuring his "power trio" style of operation, with one great sax player out front, and Jones kicking it in the back with the bass player! In this case, the sax player is George Coleman – who's really finding a voice of his own ... read moreCD
Prime post-Coltrane material from Elvin Jones – featuring his "power trio" style of operation, with one great sax player out front, and Jones kicking it in the back with the bass player! In this case, the sax player is George Coleman – who's really finding a voice of his own ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Elvin Jones —
Main Force ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1976. New Copy ...
Drummer Elvin Jones is listed as the main force on the cover – but as with all of his 70s albums, the whole outing is very much a strong group affair – thanks to a killer core quartet that features Ryo Kawasaki on guitar, Pat LaBarbera on reeds and Dave Williams on bass – working ... read moreCD
A overlooked gem in Elvin Jones' Blue Note career – and an album that's virtually the blueprint for the Stone Alliance sound forged later in the decade by bassist Gene Perla and reedman Steve Grossman! Both players are working to full effect on this smoking little set – mixing some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real standout in the 70s catalog of Elvin Jones – for a number of key reasons! First up, the set's got more of an electric vibe than usual – thanks to Fender Rhodes from Kenny Barron and guitar from Ryo Kawasaki, who really help shape the sound of the set! Second, production is by ... read moreCD
Elvin Jones & McCoy Tyner —
Love & Peace ... CD Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
A wonderful later album from these two Coltrane bandmembers – reunited here in the early 80s, working in a mode that's very much in keeping with their rich spiritual jazz legacy! The group on the album's a quintet – with Pharoah Sanders on tenor, Richard Davis on bass, and Jean-Paul ... read moreCD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)
Elvin Jones, Clark Terry, James Moody & Others —
Summit Meeting ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ...
A great session of all-star work by artists who were recording for Vanguard Records in the 70s – a crack lineup that features Elvin Jones on drums, James Moody on tenor, Clark Terry on trumpet and flugelhorn, Roland Prince on guitar, and Bunky Green on alto sax! The group also gets some non ... read moreCD
Pianist Hank Jones always got some of his best 70s treatment working overseas – and that's definitely the case here, as Hank stretches out beautifully in a live trio date that was originally intended just for the Japanese market! The sound is sublime – really respectful of all that ... read moreCD