A killer set of Danish modern jazz – recorded at the start of the 60s with a really searing lineup! The set's go-led by pianist Bent Axen and tenorist Bent Jaedig – two guys with a very hip approach to their music, an a keen ear for the sharper sides of jazz at the time – a blend ... read moreCD
A funky classic from the team of Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson – both at the top of their game here, and effortlessly mixing together jazz, funk, and soul! The record really seems to embrace the best of both artists' styles – some of the bassy groovers that Wayne did so well himself, ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic late Ayler recording – a record that's probably better known to people as one of the "Nuits De La Fondation Maeght" concerts issued under one title or another. The set's a stellar live performance, and one of his few hard jazz recordings from this time. Ayler's on tenor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original French pressing – a nice copy!)
Albert Ayler —
Bells ... CD ESP/Get Back (Italy), 1965. Used ...
A seminal live set by a young Albert Ayler – an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that harly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a ... read moreCD
The first-ever proper issue of this amazing live material from 1964 – work that was recorded at the Club Montmartre in Copenhagen, right around the same time that Albert Ayler recorded his album for Debut Records – and a set that has his quartet in even more firey formation overall! ... read moreCD
A beautifully packaged reissue of this rare set from 1964 – an early example of the genius of Albert Ayler, recorded in The Netherlands for a small audience in a Dutch radio studio! The setting is a wonderful one – a mix of the live freedoms that would really let Ayler stretch out ... read moreCD
Ayler's last album ever – and an incredibly strange batch of tracks that shows perfectly the kind of stylistic and emotional struggle he was going through in the final years of his life. Like the albums New Grass and Love Cry, this one shows Ayler toying with influences from other genres ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear, small split in the bottom seam, and a promo sticker on back.)
The first volume of Ayler's classic set at Slugs from 1966. Ayler's leading a quintet with brother Donald on trumpet, Michel Sampson on violin, Lewis Worrell on bass, and Ron Jackson on percussion. The music is open-ended & free flowing, but keeps coming back to themes from Ayler's classics ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has some corner wear and a 4 inch center split in the bottom seam.)
One of the last albums that Ayler ever recorded – and one of his most memorable! The record shows Ayler at the crossroads, filled with emotion and meaning, struggling to convey his message to a lager audience. At times, he takes a strange soul/jazz format to do so, and has tracks featuring ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing with Riverside address on the labels and cover. Cover has some ring & edge wear, small name in marker on back, and a very small tear in the back paste-on. Labels have some marker.)
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 really unusual group, with a sound that's certainly the sum of its wonderful parts – but also different in ways you might not expect! The lineup is excellent – the legendary Dave Holland on bass, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Chris Potter on tenor and soprano sax, and Eric Harland on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Marcel Azzola & Danny Doriz —
Jazzola ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1999. New Copy ...
A sweet set of accordion and vibes – served up here by Parisian jazzmen Marcel Azzola and Danny Doriz – working in a tight quintet that also features piano from the legendary George Arvanitas! Unlike some other French projects of this nature, the set is jazz first, accordion second ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling modern groups in jazz does it again – taking the simple piano trio format and giving it a spin that's sure to catch even the most wary of ears! These guys aren't exactly funky, but they play in a freely rhythmic style that brings new life to anything they touch ... read moreCD
Wally Badarou —
Echoes ... LP Island, 1984. Very Good+ ...
A tough record to peg – but a great one too! Wally Badarou plays a range of spacey keyboards that include synclavier, mini moog, and prophet 5 – all over some beats that are a mix of electro and Carribean rhythms – in a style that's part jazzy, part new agey, and part 80s groove! ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
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
Choi Sun Bae/Junji Hirose/Motoharu Yoshizawa/Kim Dae Hwan —
Arirang Fantasy ... LP 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hardbop albums don't get any better than this – and although drummer Dave Bailey only recorded for a brief stretch as a leader, this session's one that shows that he was a heck of a force to contend with! The record's got an intensity that easily rivals the best by Art Blakey over at Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A gem of a number from Dave Bailey's short-lived career as a leader – the title track to his hard to find Epic album, and a jaunty soul jazz number with a sweet and mellow groove! (Funky 45's, Jazz)7-inch, Vinyl record
(Vinyl has a mark that clicks towards the end of Part 1.)
A seminal record in the world of free jazz – a set that not only helped document the incredible talents of guitarist Derek Bailey, but also proclaimed a whole new role for his instrument as well! The music here is completely different than any jazz guitar in previous years – and even ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal work from Derek Bailey – solo guitar sounds that influenced an entire generation! The music here captures Bailey at a key early shift – a really bold move into territory that nobody had ever explored before – on both electric and acoustic guitar, and playing the ... 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 seminal session that forever put the British improvisational scene on the map – a great little record that features guitar by Bailey, soprano sax by Evan Parker, electronics by Hugh Davies, and work by Jamie Muir and Christine Jeffrey. Tracks are longish, and relatively free – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner, promo sticker, large call letters in marker on both sides, an index label, and blue tape on the spine.)
A fantastic record from these two British jazz giants – and one that definitely has Tony Coe moving much more into the territory of Derek Bailey! The record is from a time when Bailey was doing tremendous work on the Incus label – maybe rewriting both the roles of the guitar and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Chet Baker's best albums of the mid 60s – a tribute to Billie Holiday, one that has him both singing and playing, with a hip group that includes Hank Jones, Richard Davis, Seldon Powell, and Connie Kay. The format is quite nice, with arrangements by Jimmy Mundy that have just the ... read moreCD
Lost material by Chet Baker – recorded for his late 70s album You Can't Go Home Again, and released in this special package after his untimely death in 1988. As with the album that did get released, there's a focus here that's a nice change from some of Baker's looser European material of ... read moreCD
Killer work from the late 50's by Chet! Although Baker's trumpet playing in the early part of the decade became known as one of the trademark "cool" sounds of the west coast, he started to move towards a sound that was a lot more hardbop at the end of the decade – as you'll hear on ... read moreCD
Cool moody work from Chet Baker – a very unusual set that has him blowing with a larger group than usual! The set's real star is Jack Montrose – the great west coast arranger who had a perfect talent for taking horns and locking them up tight to create a sound full of gloss and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great no-nonsense session from Chet – blowing here with Russ Freeman on piano, blocking out backgrounds that work perfectly with the fragile tone of Chet's horn. The rest of the group features Carson Smith on bass and Larry Bunker on drums – and titles include "Bea's Flat", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has ring & edge wear and aging.)
One of Chet Baker's rarest albums – and a great one! The session was recorded in Rome in 1962, at a time when Chet's star had fallen quite a bit on the American scene, and it features him working with some of the hippest European players at the time – like Rene Thomas on guitar, Bobby ... read moreCD
One of the better-known sessions from Chet's time in Italy at the end of the 50s – a really beautiful album that has Chet working with a string orchestra in a set of lush arrangements that really bring a lot to his sound! The album really sounds great – not sleepy, but warm and ... read moreCD
An excellent early album from Chet Baker – recorded with his classic quartet lineup that included Russ Freeman on piano – and done in conjunction with a concert recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan – oddly promoted by Ollie McLaughlin, a legendary figure on the Detroit soul scene in ... read moreCD
A sweet little quartet session from the mid 50s – recorded in Paris, with backing by Gerard Gustin on piano, Jimmy Bond on bass, and Bert Dahlander on drums. Chet's playing in a simple open-ended style – working some lyrical magic on a series of standards that include "I'll ... read moreCD
The last in a series of rare 50s live material from Chet Baker – featuring a near-lost performance from the Tiffany Club in LA, recorded in 1954 with a group that includes Russ Freeman on piano, Carson Smith on bass, and Bob Neel on drums. The tracks are presented in crystal-clear long ... read moreCD
That's "Heath", not "health" – as you might think the title's misspelled – as in Jimmy Heath, who arranged most of the numbers on the set! Heath's contribution is a good one too – as it helps Baker create one of his most tightly-wrapped albums of the time, a ... read moreCD
Excellent lost jazz work from Chet Baker! The CD combines 5 tracks from a never-before-heard live set recorded in 1953 at the Curran Theatre in LA, plus 9 more cuts from 1954 session that was issued on the long out-of-print LP Jazz At Ann Arbor. Both sessions feature Chet playing with pianist ... read moreCD
A subtle gem from one of the last years of Chet Baker's too-short life – with Butch Lacy on piano, Jesper Lundgaard on bass, and Jukkis Uotila on drums. Titles include "Two In The Dew", "Long Ago & Far Away", "Here's That Rainy Day", and "You'd Be So ... read moreCD
A surprisingly great electric session by Chet Baker from the 70s – and a record that's got a bit more force and power than most of his other sets at the time! The format here is a bit tighter and more focused than Baker's recordings for CTI from the period – with electric piano from ... read moreCD
(Out of print A&M Jazz Heritage.)
Chet Baker & Art Pepper —
Route ... CD Capitol/Pacific Jazz, 1956/1957. Used ...
A late concert from Chet, reunited here with Lee Konitz for a live set that's a lot more free-thinking than some of their classic recordings in the 50s! The pair are supported by Michael Moore on bass and Beaver Harris on drums – but the overall style of the recording is quite spare, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and some wear on the spine.)
Chet Baker Dick Twardzik Quartet —
Chet & Dick ... CD Jazz Images (Spain), 1955. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The complete 1956 Chet Baker performance at the Conservatorio Cherubini in Italy – augmented by a great set of notes and some excellent bonus work from the same time! The core part of the set features a rare Baker performance from his mid 50s European tour – one that features Chet on ... read moreCD
A great later date from CTI – proof that the label still had its magic going on well into the 80s! The session's a larger group effort headed up by Don Sebesky, and featuring key solos by Chet Baker, Jim Hall, and Hubert Laws – all of whom get plenty of room to do their thing on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, including the insert. Cover has light wear.)
Guitarist Duck Baker takes on the music of Herbie Nichols – the sometime-overlooked modernist of the postwar years, a player that some folks rank right up there with Thelonious Monk – later given his due with a run of revival projects like this! Nichols' music sounds very different ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An airy, icy combination of voice and instrumentation – used in a way that takes us back to some of the coolest Norwegian experiments of this type from years back – like some of the sparer work of Karin Krog, or unusual vocal projects on the Jazzland label! Bendik Baksaas leads the ... read moreCD
Brilliant Brazilian-tinged fusion from the mighty Bob Baldwin – the sweet, soulful keyboardist who sounds great in just about any sort of setting – but who really hits a special sort of groove on this double-length set! Bob almost seems to borrow a page from George Duke's book of ... read moreCD
Chapter 2 of Gato's Latin American trilogy – and like the first, a set of tracks that features Gato's firey sax work engaging a complex series of Latin rhythms. Some of the tracks on the record feature Brazilian influences – from players like Helio Delmiro and Novelli – and one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Gato Barbieri —
El Gato ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A great summation of the Gato Barbieri recordings for the Flying Dutchman label – and a set that includes a key new composition too! Some of the record features older Barbieri tracks for Flying Dutchman, but the highlight here is the extended 13-minute suite, "El Gato" – a ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
One of the first albums ever cut as a leader by reedman Gato Barbieri – and a very sharp-edged session that's quite different than his better-known work in the 70s! Barbieri's tenor here has an incredible tone – as deeply soulful as Pharoah Sanders or late John Coltrane, and blown with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gato Barbieri & Dollar Brand —
Confluence ... LP Arista Freedom, 1968. Very Good+ ...
A real sleeper – and one of the treasures of the Arista Freedom series! The album's a rare meeting between Argentine tenor player Gato Barbieri and South African pianist Dollar Brand – a true global meeting of the jazz minds, and a recording that's stronger than most of the work either ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A smoker of a swing session from tenorist Eddie Barefield – one of the few records he ever cut as a leader! Barefield's tenor has a rich legacy that goes back to famous 30s work with Bennie Moten, Cab Calloway, and Fletcher Henderson – and had a longtime friendship with Ben Webster, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bold work from Charlie Barnet – packaged in a cover with great graphics too! Titles include his classic "Skyliner" – plus "Blue Lou", "Gal From Joe's", "Charleston Alley", "Cherokee', and "Southern Fried". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mercury pressing! Cover has a small bit of tape in one corner, but is nice overall.)
Later work from swing sax giant Charlie Barnet – but every bit as tight as his classics! Don't be put off by the silly cover image of Charlie in an Indian head dress – as the costume's only a reference to Barnet's big hit "Cherokee", and doesn't imply any sort of cheesy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has small pieces of clear tape on the seams, with a small name in pen and peeled spot on back.)
Killer material from the mid 60s – recorded for United Artists after Ray's initial watusi work for Tico – and in a similar style that has mixes together Ray's Charanga Moderna sound with some more boogaloo and Latin Soul numbers! The record's a key bridge between these two chapters of ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, CRC pressing. Traycard artwork has two creases.)
One of the things we really love about a Kenny Barron album with horns – and there's a lot of them – is that when Kenny works with horn players, he always lets their voices ring out as strongly as his in the lead – and maybe even more strongly overall! That's definitely the case ... read moreCD
Kenny Barron —
What If? ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. Used ...
Although Kenny Barron's always a heck of a great musician on his own or in a piano trio, we're especially partial to his work in groups with horn players – and this album is a great example of that preference! Kenny first came to fame working with Dizzy Gillespie in the 60s, and since that ... read moreCD
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
(Cover has a small cutout notch.)
Kenny Barron Quartet —
Invitation ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 1990. Used ...
(Out of print. Please note the tray card has some notes in pen and highlighter)
Czeslaw Bartkowski —
Drums Dream ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976. New Copy ...
A drum-heavy set from Polish percussionist Czeslaw Bartkowski – mostly solo on most tracks, but with occasional accompaniment on trumpet, electric piano, and soprano sax on a few of the fuller numbers – plus some great funky big band arrangements at the end! The sound is often spare ... read moreCD
Really wonderful stuff – and one of Gary Bartz's greatest albums ever! This double-length live set was recorded around the time of his NTU Troup albums for Milestone – but it's a bit more straightforward than those sides, going back towards a searching soul jazz sound, with some slight ... read moreCD
Very righteous material from Gary Bartz – and one of his classic NTU Troop albums, with Andy Bey on vocals and electric piano, and the great Stafford James playing some mighty heavy bass! The tracks are nice and long, with a very soulful sound that mixes freer spiritual playing with a good ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Original pressing. Cover and label have a small name in pen.)
(in the die-cut cover, including the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner. Shrinkwrap has some holes.)
Count Basie —
Basie ... LP Clef, Early 50s. Very Good ...
A beautiful early Verve recording by Basie – one that's packaged here in a great David Stone Martin cover, with a red and blue watercolor of Basie himself. Players include Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Ernie Wilkins, Marshall Royal, Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Bennie Powell, and Freddie Green – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label Clef pressing with a trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has some wear and splitting.)
The Basie band is plenty big here – but never too much so to lose their confident swing of earlier years! The Count is still firmly at the helm at the time of this recording – leading and playing keys with that spacious, stepping quality that makes a Basie number of the later years ... read moreCD
(Out of print Japanese pressing. Booklet has some highlighter and pen on the last page.)
Count Basie's definitely in the bag on this one – not so much as strong of a jazz bag as in classic years, but instead this very cool blend of soul and funk styles with his Kansas City roots! The record should be thought of more as a hip instrumental album – kind of in the jaunty 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout, light wear, and discoloration from age.)