Incredible work from the amazing Dorothy Ashby – a brilliant set of funky and spiritual tunes, set to full backings from Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans! This album is easily one of Ashby's greatest, and it's dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam – one of the forces guiding ... read moreCD
A choppy bit of Euro funky fusion from the 70s – recorded for MPS by this progressive group that features Jasper Van't Hof on electric piano and organ, Toto Blanke on electric guitar, Siggi Busch on bass, and Pierre Courbois on drums. Karl Wiberny joins the group for some lively sax work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has heavy ring and edge wear, a cutout hole, and a sticker spot.)
A very cool quartet from the British jazz/rock years – but one who were a lot more jazz-based than some of their contemporaries! These guys are all instrumental, and although a number of their tunes are familiar rock standards from the late 60s, they don't play them like rock tunes at all ... read moreCD
A brilliant pairing of free jazz forces – the Chicago-based School Days group of Ken Vandermark, and the groundbreaking Atomic combo from the Nordic jazz underground! The players here are all very like-minded, and fold together beautifully – in an octet lineup that features reeds from ... read moreCD
Attic (Rodrigo Amado/Goncalo Almeida/Onno Govaert) —
Summer Bummer ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ...
Tenorist Rodrigo Amado gets plenty of open space to really show off his creative tones and textures here – improvising freely in a trio that also features Goncalo Almeida on bass and Onno Govaert on drums! We've heard Amado before, but somehow he really grabs us here – partly because ... read moreCD
A very cool hi fi album from the 70s – done with a mixture of big band jazz, a bit funky at times, and fuller strings! There's a great dynamic range to most tunes – and titles include the extended "Audio Symphony No 2", plus "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Tam ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the great heavy book!)
Brian Auger —
Genesis ... LP Polydor, Late 60s/1974. Near Mint- ...
US collection of work by Brian Auger from the late 60s – released on Polygram, most likely to cash in on the fame he was having with the Oblivion Express group. Not that that fame was that great, though – and frankly, we always like this stuff a lot better, as Brian's funky organ is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Definitely an all-star jam – as the group features Dexter Gordon on tenor, JJ Johnson and Kai Winding on trombones, Clark Terry on trumpet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Richard Davis on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
Charles Austin —
Miami ... LP IRI (France), 1979. Very Good+ ...
... LP, Vinyl record album
Charles Austin & Joe Gallivan —
At Last ... LP Man Made, 1975. Near Mint- ...
A very cool mix of reeds from Charles Austin and moog and percussion from Joe Gallivan – easily one of the best recordings the pair ever made together! Titles include "Liquids", "Electronic Africa", "Mindscapes", "Burning", and "ACC". LP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful combination of reeds and synthesizer – one done in a spare, moody style that's extremely evocative! Austin's saxophone work here would be great enough on its own – soulful, fluid, and freely searching, but never too outside. Yet the added synth and percussion from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forget the hokey kangaroo picture on the cover, because the record's a mighty sweet set of 50s modern jazz – played by some key musicians from Australian who were working in the US at the time! The record's got a style that's somewhere between the hippest sessions of LA and Sweden at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a center split in the spine.)
One of the most righteous, message-oriented albums ever from David Axelrod – and the third in his legendary trilogy of instrumental sets for Capitol Records! Earth Rot moves even past the modes of Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience – to offer up a chilling message on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing slice of music from the legendary David Axelrod – quite different than his better-known sides for Capitol and Reprise Records – and plenty darn funky overall! Axelrod is at his studio best here – stepping off the funky jazz modes he produced for Cannonball Adderley, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of a handful of amazing albums recorded by David Axelrod towards the end of the 60s – really stunning, genre-breaking music that was years ahead of its time – and which has only finally been getting its due in more recent decades! At the time of the record, Axelrod was a house ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Fantastic reissue – new remastering, and a big booklet of notes on the music!)
It's great to see that David Axelrod's finally getting his due – and this reissue of material from Fantasy is one of the first reissues of his work in the US! Most cuts here are much more jazz-based than Axelrod's higher-concept material under his own name for Capitol in the late 60s – ... read moreCD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through tray card spine.)
A cool collection of work from one of our favorite artists ever – literally one of the guys whose music was so great, it inspired us to start Dusty Groove! The package brings together a really hip assortment of Roy Ayers' best work for Polydor in the 70s – really incredible tracks that ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Fantastic late work from Albert Ayler! The record is one of the last he ever recorded – and it's a no-nonsense live set, without any of the silly influences of some of his late Impulse sides. Most of the material features Ayler blowing long free solos, with a tightness and directness ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential stuff! This 2 CD set includes the entirety of Albert Ayler's Live In Greenwich Village album – plus a huge amount of previously unreleased live material, played by the Ayler group in New York, during 1966 and 1967. Ayler's brother Don is on trumpet, and other players include Joel ... read moreCD
Brilliant late work from Ayler – 2 albums in a single set! The Love Cry session has none of the jazz-meets-other music feel of some of the other Impulse albums – and is more in the straight expressive style of the ESP recordings. Tracks are more reined in here – with some short ... read moreCD
One of the last records made by avant sax legend Albert Ayler – a really mind-expanding album that's unlike anything else he ever did! By the time of the record, Ayler had made a full round trip between the New York and European jazz scenes – leaving important influences wherever he ... read moreCD
Seminal ESP work from Albert Ayler – a unique session done as a soundtrack to a short (and weird!) film from experimental director Michael Snow! The lineup is a bit different than some of Ayler's other ESP albums – and features Don Cherry on trumpet and cornet, John Tchicai on alto, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal ESP work from Albert Ayler – a unique session done as a soundtrack to a short (and weird!) film from experimental director Michael Snow! The lineup is a bit different than some of Ayler's other ESP albums – and features Don Cherry on trumpet and cornet, John Tchicai on alto, ... read moreCD
A seminal Albert Ayler session from the 60s – recorded at the legendary Judson Hall with an incredible sound! There's a bold, righteous feel to this record that possibly even tops other Ayler classics for ESP – and the spacious setting makes the notes echo, rebound, and come back ... read moreCD
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, ... read moreCD
A seminal early moment from the legendary Albert Ayler – an important session recorded overseas in Copenhagen – where enthusiasm for Ayler's music caught fire more strongly than in the US! The group's got an edge that's maybe even sharper than some of Ayler's ESP material, but no less ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic early material by Albert Ayler, recorded in New York in 1964, but originally issued only in Europe! The session features Ayler with the obscure trumpeter Norman Howard, plus Henry Grimes on bass and Sonny Murray on drums – and has all the crackle and imagination of Ayler's ESP ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)
One ... CD Jazzman (UK), 1987. New Copy ...
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from the Atlanta scene of the 80s – a spiritual jazz set that feels like something that could have been recorded over a decade before – given the warm acoustic instrumentation, and righteous overall vibe! In fact, it may well have been the ... read moreCD
An incredible little record – and the set where it really all comes together for this legendary funky jazz group! Azymuth were already great on their debut, although maybe a little experimental at times – but here, they really find the soulful groove that later got them big fame on the ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unusual albums ever from this great Swedish vocalist – a set that has Alice recorded live in Sweden – not Israel, as the title proclaims – but working through a set of spiritual tunes in Swedish and English, plus one more track in Hebrew – mostly with just ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard-jamming jazz rock from Back Door – 3 prime era Warner albums in a 2CD set! Graced with lots of free solo work on alto and soprano sax by Ron Aspery, and a pretty strong power-trio instrumental format from Tony Hicks on drums and Colin Hodgkinson on bass, the group's early-to-mid 70s ... read moreCD
Choi Sun Bae/Junji Hirose/Motoharu Yoshizawa/Kim Dae Hwan —
Arirang Fantasy ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1995. New Copy ...
A fantastic set of improvised material from the Japanese scene of the mid 90s – a performance that features visiting trumpeter Choi Sun Bae working with Junji Hirose on tenor and soprano, Motoharu Yoshizawa on electric five string bass, and Kim Dae Hwan on percussion! These three players may ... read moreCD
One of our favorite "lost" albums ever – an amazing small combo jazz session that rivals the best that 60s Blue Note or Prestige had to offer! The group's led by tenor player Hank Bagby – an artist we only know from this record, but who has a rich sense of imagination that ... read moreCD
One of the few early albums as a leader cut by trumpeter Benny Bailey – a tremendous talent, finally getting his due! Bailey is one of the great unsung talents of jazz, and he's always made top-shelf work – from his early days with Quincy Jones, to his later years as an American ... read moreCD
(Out of print, please note that there is two pieces of clear tape over a few small tears on the booklet cover.)
Heavy duty hardbop – one of three amazing Epic Records sessions cut by drummer Dave Bailey! Dave didn't ever cut many sessions as a leader – but when he did, they really cooked hard – with a quality level and sharpness of vision that easily rivals the best on Blue Note or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Derek Bailey sounds incredible here on Aida – not the famous opera written by Verdi, but instead a series of long, live improvisations dedicated to the late Aida Akira! Bailey is mindblowing throughout – playing at a level that easily makes you understand why his talents on the guitar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing pairing of talents – one that yields some fantastic moments of improvisation! Cyro Baptista is a percussionist by nature, but here he also plays the Brazilian cuica – a unique instrument that has a single bowed string, in addition to more percussive elements – in a way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful take on Porgy & Bess and other Gershwin standards by Pearl Bailey – there's just something about her naturally rich, bluesy, husky tone on these tunes that's simply wonderful! The backing is often well measured, but, occasionally a bigger sound and chorus vocals kick ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice soundtrack to the now-legendary film by Bruce Weber that tracked Chet Baker during some of the last days of his life. The set's got a nice mix of vocal and instrumental tracks, with Chet in fine enough form at the time of the recording. Titles include "You're My Thrill", "Moon ... read moreCD
A classic album of vocal tracks from Chet Baker – working here with a core group that features piano by Russ Freeman and flute by Bud Shank – plus additional arrangements on some tracks by the likes of Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich, and Frank Campo. The album's classic Chet all the way ... read moreCD
(Out of print early 90's pressing – includes obi.)
Maybe one of the greatest albums of Chet Baker vocal material you could ever hope to buy – a fantastic testament of the young talent at the top of his game – effortlessly moving between well-conceived trumpet solos and those fantastic vocals that were unlike any other singer at the time! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet Series on heavyweight vinyl pressed at RTI!)
A very strange and unusual chapter in Chet's career – an album that was recorded as a part of a marathon session that Chet did under the guidance of his 60s manager – issued across other records that include Groovin, Smokin, and Comin On – all of which were leased to Prestige, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue label pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a cutout hole, some splitting on the spine, and light wear.)
One of the best collections of live Chet Baker material we've seen in a long time – a 2CD package that offers up tracks in relatively straight concert performance – one performance from the Tiffany Club in LA, the other from Storyville in Boston! Both sets date from 1954, and feature ... read moreCD
A great return to form for Chet Baker – his first record in a number of years away from the studio, and proof that his genius could adapt to just about any setting! The album's got a tight focus that's probably one of the keys to its success – a set of arrangements by Don Sebesky that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chet Baker & Art Pepper —
Playboys ... CD Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An excellent session that stands as one of both players' strongest from the time! Baker's really opening up here, moving more into that hardbop mode of the late 50s – and Pepper's already hit his stride here – with the pair of them working in a group that includes Phil Urso on tenor, ... read moreCD
An electric improvised set from Chicago – one that features piano, electric piano, and synthesizer by Jim Baker – plus bass and guitar from Brian Sandstrom, drums and percussion from Steve Hunt, and a variety of saxophones from Mars Williams! The album's somewhat unassuming at points ... read moreCD
A lost album of raw twangy guitar from Mickey Baker – best known as the noisier half of the Mickey & Sylvia team – and even more let loose here on his own! The record is pretty rocking all around – with lots of loud, complex guitar soloing from Mickey – in a manner that ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Candian reissue pressing.)
Shorty Baker & Doc Cheatham —
Shorty & Doc ... CD Prestige/Swingville/OJC, 1961. Used ...
With Baker and Cheatham on trumpets – plus Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and JC Heard on drums. Titles include "Good Queen Bess", "Night Train", "Baker's Dozen", and "Chitlins". CD
One of the most obscure modern jazz albums on Savoy – an obscure album that's also one of the few dates as a leader from pianist Ronnie Ball! Also features Ted Brown on tenor, Willie Dennis on trombone, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – on titles that include "P ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing, with deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has light wear in one upper corner, but is nice overall.)
An excellent MPS big-band session, in a mode that's sort of a mix between the firey hardbop of the Clarke-Boland ensemble, and the more modernist work of George Gruntz. The band is directed by Gruntz – and is co-led by Gruntz, Franco Ambrosetti, Flavio Ambrosetti, and Daniel Humair. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from two players who've just gotten better and better over the decades – both musicians who've made a huge impression from the late 70s onward, but who also continue to grow and refine their ideas as the years go on! This set features beautiful duets recorded at the Rubin ... read moreCD
Gato Barbieri —
Fenix ... CD Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1971. Used ...
One of Gato's best! The record's neither too out, nor too poppy – and it has Barbieri playing with that incredible raspy tone – and working over modal grooves laid down by a hip group that includes Lonnie Liston Smith on acoustic and electric pianos, Ron Carter on bass, Lennie White on ... read moreCD
Gato Barbieri —
Fenix ... LP Flying Dutchman, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
One of Gato's best! The record's neither too out, nor too poppy – and it has Barbieri playing with that incredible raspy tone – and working over modal grooves laid down by a hip group that includes Lonnie Liston Smith on acoustic and electric pianos, Ron Carter on bass, Lennie White on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of Gato Barbieri's best work of the 80s – an excellent live set from 1981 that's kind of a return to the drawn-out intensity of his years at Impulse! The group's got a good mixture of percussion, keyboards, and guitar – and the tracks on the set are mostly Latin-tinged numbers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest moments ever from saxophonist Gato Barbieri – and that's saying a lot, given that by the time of this recording, he'd already had a great 60s run as an avant jazz musician, and started the 70s with a string of albums that criss-crossed jazz and South American musical ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest albums Gato Barbieri ever cut – and a key link between his late 60s avant work with Don Cherry, and his Latin-tinged albums of the 70s! The album features Barbieri working with a New York group of avant players – including Beaver Harris on drums, Roswell Rudd on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two jazz giants of the 70s come together on this rare Italian recording from the late 60s – South African pianist Dollar Brand (Abdulla Ibrahim) and Argentine tenorist Gato Barbieri – both working here in spare duo formation, with edges that are a fair bit sharper than most of their ... read moreCD
An unusual album from guitarist George Barnes – a player whose history predates the bebop years, and who comes across here with a razor-sharp sound in a country-based setting! Make no mistake, the album's definitely a jazz one – but George brings up the twang a bit on some of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later work from swing sax giant Charlie Barnet. While this theme seems rather un-PC these days, the style here is even more sophisticated than before – as the Barnet groove is updated with some nice 50s arrangements from Billy May. Includes Barnet's famous playing of "Cherokee", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove.)
Baroque Jazz Trio —
Baroque Jazz Trio ... LP Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Beautiful stuff – and one of the most stunning jazz albums ever recorded – a blinding mix of harpsichord, cello, and Indian percussion – with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The album was the brainchild of the cross-culturally fertile Saravah records at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto's definitely going down different road here – and sounding amazingly great in the process! The record is unlike anything else that Ray did at the time – a stunning batch of fusion tracks, with more of an electric jazz approach than usual – one that's a soaringly ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original multi color label pressing. Cover has a split top seam, some wear, and aging.)
A beautiful album from Kenny Barron – recorded in a warm and mellow trio format, with bass by Cecil McBee and drums from Al Foster. There's a gentleness to the set that's extremely compelling – a style of spacious introspection that Barron first exhibited during his Muse years – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has one slightly bumped corner, but is nice overall.)
A slightly more aggressive trio session than usual for Kenny Barron – still done with that round, warm tone on the keys that we love so much – but hitting the tracks with a stronger punch that's a bit unusual, and which might be the result of using Dave Holland and Daniel Humair as part ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Kenny Barron & Buster Williams —
Two As One ... LP Red (Italy), 1986. Near Mint- ...
A wonderful little date from pianist Kenny Barron – one that has him working in drumless duo mode, with only the bass of Buster Williams for accompaniment! The tunes are often quite long, and it's beautiful to hear the way Kenny stretches out on the keys – buoyed up warmly by Williams' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trio of live performances from the duo of Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller – all concerts featuring just the two pianists working alongside each other, in a mode that has both players stretching out beautifully! There's no other instrumentation at all – no bass, drums, or horns – ... read moreCD
Not just a great album for the piano of Bruce Barth – but also for the vibes of Steve Nelson, whose tones are a perfect fit for Barth right from the very first note of the set! The pair ring out beautifully, righteously, soulfully throughout – leaping forward in tones that are fresh, ... read moreCD
Masterful later work from saxophonist Gary Bartz – proof that he kept on growing and maturing his style after his initial explosive years in the 70s! This album is a bit more subtle than those righteous classics, but still carries a lot of message in the music – a suite of tracks ... read moreCD
US 2-fer CD that brings together two of Gary Bartz's harder to find LPs on one CD – Juju Street Songs and Follow The Medicine Man. Both LPs feature a lineup that includes Hubert Eaves on electric piano, Stafford James on bass, and Andy Bey on vocals; and the material is pivotal stuff for ... read moreCD
A fantastic bit of jazz funk fusion – and one of the landmark 70s albums produced by Larry Mizell! This is Gary Bartz's second (and most amazing) collaboration with Larry Mizell – a studio genius who could focus on the best talent of a jazz artist, then expand it using additional ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album