A beautiful bit of understated 70s brilliance from Hank Jones – working here in a no-nonsense format that rivals the greatness of his earlier years! At one level, the album's recorded with some of the touches of some of the Japanese trio sides of the 70s – yet the tunes here are ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2015 East Wind Masters pressing – includes obi.)
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
Recorded live at Pepe's Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in November of 1985, with Oliver Jones on piano, Skip Beckwith on bass and Anil Sharma on drums. Titles include "All The Things You Are", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Gershwin Medley", "Round Midnight" and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label and clear tape on the spine.)
Stunning! 2 of Philly Joe's best albums on one CD – and both of them are hard as heck to find in any other format! Philly Joe's beat is a beautiful bit of modernist hardbop. Philly Joe pounds away with his usual clarity and groove, but the real treat is an unexpected appearance by the ... read moreCD
A stunner of an album – and one that definitely draws plenty power from the double drummers in the lead! The set's way different than most of Elvin Jones' other work of the time – and is even more hard-hitting than some of the Philly Joe Jones sessions too – and, unusual for ... read moreCD
(Out of print Atlantic Original Sound pressing. Center hub is missing a few teeth but still holds the disc securely.)
In the early 70s, Quincy Jones surrounded himself with some of the best young soul and jazz talent he could find, plus a few older pros – and the result was a great series of albums that spanned genres and created a whole new approach to modern R&B. This gem of a record was put together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Quincy Jones —
Dude ... CD A&M, 1981. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Quincy just never stopped putting out classic soulful albums! This one, from the early 80s, features a smooth jazzy blend of tracks, with a strong nod to the kinds of souped-up studio sounds that were being used by groups like The Crusaders, but also with a lot of the kind of soulfulness that made ... read moreCD
A real step forward for Quincy Jones – a record that really shows the jazzman moving into sophisticated new territory – a sound that's just right for the CTI generation! The album's got a vibe that's a bit similar to Quincy's Walking In Space album, but it's a lot deeper too – ... read moreCD
A great bit of 70s electric work from Quincy – and probably his funkiest album ever! Quincy's really stepping out here from the straighter and spacier styles of earlier records – going for more of the dirty grooves he was cutting up for soundtrack albums, and hitting notes that were a ... read moreCD
Robin Jones Seven —
El Maja ... LP Apollo Sound/Jazz Room (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
A classic album of Latin grooves from the UK scene – a musical world that wasn't always a hotbed of styles in the Afro-Cuban mode, but which did have the benefit of the mighty percussionist Robin Jones! Jones was born in India, but moved to London during the same post-colonial jazz migration ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's kind of a creepy cover on the front – and it hardly does justice to an album with so much lyrical beauty as this – a great meeting between piano giant Tommy Flanagan and younger guitarist Rodney Jones! The record's got a feel that's a bit like a Flanagan trio session with added ... read moreCD
It's not often that Sam Jones gets the chance to record as a leader with a group larger than a trio – but when he does, the results are always great – and this album's no exception! Jones is working here on a date that's easily one of his best ever – a sextet outing that features ... read moreCD
A really goofy little record – one that has the great Spike Jones taking on the hi-fi generation – demonstrating the qualities of your system with a huge amount of sound effects mixed with music! (Now Sound, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
The birth of a legend – documented here in a really wonderful package – a brilliant 2CD set that brings forth the first-ever recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – heard here on the debut nights of their very long run of Monday night performances at the Village ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition heavyweight vinyl pressed at RTI!)
Thad Jones, Jimmy Jones, Eddie Jones, Quincy Jones —
Jones Boys ... CD Period/OJC, 1957. Used ...
Kind of a gimmicky session, but a great one nonetheless! It was Leonard Feather who first thought of rounding up all the "Jones" in jazz he could find, bringing them together for this unique date for the Period label – but fortunately, the quality of the work and strength of the ... read moreCD
An odd little album from tenorist Clifford Jordan – but a great one too, given the unique format! As the title implies, Cliff pays tribute to Leadbelly – handling a host of Huddie Ledbetter originals, but in a style that's kind of 60s soul jazz, with a bit of blues as well – one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kent Jordan —
Essence ... LP Columbia, 1988. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Features Dave Holland on bass, Tommy Campbell on drums, and Al Foster on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear, with a hype sticker and a bit of pen.)
Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake & William Parker —
Palm Of Soul ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2006. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Kidd Jordan on tenor saxophone, Hamid Drake on drums, tablas, frame drum & voice & William Parker on bass, guimbri, gongs, bowls & talking drum. CD
A mighty heavy group – paying tribute to the late drummer Alvin Fiedler – working with the kind of fierce improvisation that Fiedler would have really loved! Tenorist Kidd Jordan was a frequent musical partner of Alvin on record – and the group here really recreates some of the ... read moreCD
You know, when Ronny Jordan first showed up on the scene as a new traditionalist funky guitarist, we kind of figured that he'd be a flash in the pan, and wouldn't last that long. However, Ronny surprised us by being a great artist, with a real talent for change, and at the time of this release, he' ... read moreCD
One of the only two vocal jazz albums that the Blue Note label recorded back in the day – and a haunting batch of tracks from a young Sheila Jordan! The style here is quite different than that of Jordan's later, more experimental records – and this early session shows her as an ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition! Includes a great 12" square, 12 page booklet of notes and photos!)
Guitarist Vic Juris has always been a master of tone – a player who takes the chromatic modes of the postwar jazz years on the instrument forward to newer generations – always leaving his own touch on the strings with a deeply personal approach! This set's a nice balance of two ... read moreCD
The kind of small combo record we really like to dig – issued by a small local label, and featuring some players we'd never hear otherwise, doing a pretty good job with a few original tunes by the leader! Doug Kahle plays piano, and the group features some nice tenor from Johnny Raffa – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way more than just a tribute to Bill Evans in the usual trio mode – as the group here is led by Norwegian pianist Egil Kapstad, but is a quartet with Bjorn Johansen on tenor, Bjorn Alterhaug on bass, and Egil Johansen on drums – with guest vocals from Sheila Jordan, and work by a string ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light edge wear and a center split in the bottom seam.)
Wojciech Karolak —
Easy! ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. Used ...
A totally groovy set from mid 70s Poland – and a record that jumps around with the same energy as the best MPS work from the late 60s! The album's a larger group effort from keyboards Wojciech Karolak – one that features work on Hammond and electric piano set against some nicely ... read moreCD
A mighty nice live performance from Japanese vocalist Kimiko Kasai – one that features Oliver Nelson leading the band, soloing on alto, and even writing all the arrangements! Nelson brings the same soulful swing to the record as his famous late 60s backings for American jazz singers – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A bold statement from the Kashmere Stage Band – who've definitely got their own "thing" here right from the start – one of the coolest, grooviest, funkiest sounds you'll ever hear from a band of young kids in school! These guys easily match the hippest players in much more ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the few rare albums cut by Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki and his groundbreaking Golden Dragon group during the early 80s – a record that mixes some of the groove-oriented currents of his previous work with elements that are maybe more far-reaching and fusion-styled too! There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very far-reaching music from Ryan Keberle – sounds that feel as if they're coming from a group that's much larger than a quintet – given all the many musical elements and inflections in the mix! The album's initial inspiration comes from a Langston Hughes poem entitled "Let ... read moreCD
One of the greatest 60s recordings from the Wyton Kelly Trio – thanks to some wonderful guest work from guitarist Wes Montgomery! Montgomery's working here in a gusty, rootsy style that recalls his best soul jazz sides from the earlier years – and which have a feel that's quite ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card has a small cutout hole.)
One of the first albums ever recorded by UK jazz singer Stacey Kent – the start of a great run of albums that would bring the vocalist great fame in the decade to come! The style here is nice and laidback – that strong commitment to reviving jazz vocal modes that made Kent such a ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Stan at the helm, you can bet that this set is anything but "blues" in the traditional sense – and is instead more one of Kenton's tone poems of color – tuned to the darker hues of the spectrum, and served up perfectly in a batch of beautifully shimmering arrangements! ... read moreCD
A seminal work in the development of the American jazz avant garde, and one of the most "out" records that Kenton (or Capitol) ever released! The whole album is based around two startling compositions by Robert Graettinger – "This Modern World" and "City Of ... read moreCD
A classic jazz interpretation of the score to West Side Story – served up in ultra-hip fashion by the Stan Kenton Orchestra! Although the tunes are familiar, the readings are extremely creative – and use Leonard Bernstein's original music as the starting point for a rich tapestry of ... read moreCD
Stan the man, grooving in a sweet Latin mode! The paring of Kenton modernism and Latin rhythms might seem an odd combination – but it works beautifully on this session by adding in rich tones and shades of colors to the lively percussion in the set! Kenton's orchestra is augmented by a ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Stan Kenton —
Wagner ... LP Capitol, Mid 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, a center split on the bottom seam, and light surface wear.)
Stan Kenton/June Christy/Four Freshmen —
Road Show ... CD Capitol, 1959. Used ...
A great example of the Kenton powerhouse in action – am extended live recording that really set a new standard for jazz sets of its type! The album features a side apiece dedicated to each of the three acts – one by Kenton's orchestra, one by Christy on vocals, and one by the Four ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout notch.)
Robin Kenyatta —
Gypsy Man ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ...
Sweet electric funk from Robin Kenyatta – but a set with some slightly complicated moments too! The album's a bit like some of Yusef Lateef's more electric moments on Atlantic, although probably not as cerebral overall – and Robin plays a range of reeds, including alto, flute, and ... read moreCD
A great blend of older jazz styles and the sweet 70s funk of Robin Kenyatta – served up with a hip sort of sparkle overall! There's a few familiar jazz modes in here that definitely live up to the spirit of the title – but most of the record is more open, laidback, and somewhat ... read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Terra Nova ... CD Altantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ...
A cool bit of funk from reedman Robin Kenyatta – slightly electric, and often with a bit of an angular groove – almost a South African influence at times, although warmed up with a good dose of American soul as well! Most numbers here have some sort of keyboards – either from Pat ... read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Until ... CD Vortex/Wounded Bird, 1968. New Copy ...
One of the earliest albums as a leader from reedman Robin Kenyatta – and a set that's also one of his most compelling too! There's a definitely freer sound here than on some of Robin's smoother sets from the 70s – a vibe that's somewhere near the space of Impulse Records in the post-Col ... read moreCD
Includes "Poetry For The Beat Generation", "Blues & Haikus", and "Readings By Jack Kerouac On The Beat Generation" and a beautiful 40 page book! A classic meeting of jazz and beat poetry – packaged beautifully too! (Spoken Word, Jazz)CD
(Out of print with a slight cutout mark through the spine.)
A simple but elegant set from the west coast scene of the 50s – one that features the trio of "poll winners" Barney Kessel on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – all coming together in tight formation for the set! There's a well-crafted mood to the record ... read moreCD
A tight little set from Barney Kessel – recorded in 1960 at a back room studio at Contemporary with a small live audience! Kessel and his guitar are joined by Marvin Jenkins on piano and flute, Gary Peacock on bass and Ron Lundberg on drums – and the feel is easily swinging, in that ... read moreCD
The deepest record we've heard so far from London's Sean Khan – and that's saying a lot, as we really loved his previous albums! Sean got his start on the broken beat scene a number of years back, and has slowly been evolving into more of a jazz-based artist – which he hits ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
A blue man, without his group – and a sweet 70s fusion set from guitarist Steve Khan! The set's got that best Columbia Records groove from the time – a sound that could easily cross over to fusion fans on both sides of the tracks – those who dig soulful undercurrents, thanks to ... read moreCD
Mindblowing music from Amirtha Kidami – an artist who's part of the forefront of contemporary spiritual jazz, but who has a sound that's unlike anyone else we've ever heard before! Kidami sings and plays both harmonium and synthesizer – using both instruments in these strange, offbeat ... read moreCD
The legendary George Lewis plays both trombone and electronics here – both of which are a fantastic addition to the core trio efforts of Harald Kimming on violin, Daniel Studer on bass, and Alfred Zimmerlin on cello! These guys are unlike any string trio you might know from the world of ... read moreCD
One of the many great projects from drummer Leonard King – a larger ensemble, but one that's still got all the sharp energy of his smaller group work! King's definitely in the lead on drums, and getting help from a few percussionists too – singing at times, urging the group on in ways ... read moreCD
Three rare Storyville albums from singer Teddi King – all packaged up here in a cool Japanese paper sleeve set! First up is Now In Vogue – one of a number of great small group sessions done by singer Teddi King for the Storyville label – nicely relaxed, with backing from a septet ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Brunswick and Victor recordings featuring James P Johnson, JC Higginbotham, Paul Barbarin, Barney Bigard, and Punch Miller. Tracks include "Everybody Does It In Hawaii", "Freakish Light Blues", "Slow & Steady", "Too Late", "Frankie & ... read moreCD
Beautiful beautiful record, and still one of the greatest jazz vocal albums ever made! The great King Pleasure sings in a raspy vocalese style similar to Jon Hendricks or Eddie Jefferson, but with a sense of warmth and delivery that the two of them never seem to reach. The set list here features ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Great double album live set with Roland leading a tight group through a long and varied set of material, all of which showcases the odd goofy sound of his music, and his offbeat approach to more familiar tracks. He talks a bit, makes the odd joke about being blind, and never ceases to amaze with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strange and tasty little album that Roland Kirk made with organist Jack McDuff in the early 60s – one of his few outings in such a format, and a smoking little session that almost makes us wish he'd cut more of them! The format is relatively simple – with lots of interplay between ... read moreCD
Drummer Snorre Kirk has a great musical partner here – tenorist Stephen Riley, who blows with this warm, raspy tone that takes us back to classic Ben Webster in the postwar years! The pace of most tunes is nicely laidback, but never in a way that's too sloppy or loose – as Kirk's combo ... read moreCD
Drummer Snorre Kirk has a great musical partner here – tenorist Stephen Riley, who blows with this warm, raspy tone that takes us back to classic Ben Webster in the postwar years! The pace of most tunes is nicely laidback, but never in a way that's too sloppy or loose – as Kirk's combo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tracks include "Giant Steps", "Danny Boy", "Take Five", "Killing Me Softly With His Song", "Harlem Nocturne", Chopin's "Etude Opus 10, No 3", and the originals "Song Of The Waves" and title track "Let Old Memories Be". CD
(Out of print, includes obi which has a small Japanese promo sticker over barcode, disc has a promo stamp.)
Dixieland tunes played by leader Kitamura on clarinet, with Kouichi Kawabe on trombone, Akio Mitsui on trumpet, Akira Kumasaka and Yoshitaka Akimitsu on piano, Ichiro Masuda on vibes, Ikuo Ikezawa on bass, and Hiroshi Sunaga on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert.)
Soren Kjaergaard, Ben Street & Andrew Cyrille —
Open Opus ... CD Ilk, 2010. Used ...
Features Soren Kjaergaard on piano, Ben Street on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums and percussion. CD