Some of the earliest work we've ever seen from Japanese keyboard legend Takehiro Honda – a great batch of trio tracks, recorded with an open spirit and freely soaring vibe! Honda's playing acoustic piano throughout – working in a trio with Yoshio Suzuki and Fumio Watanabe – and ... read moreCD
Some of the earliest work we've ever seen from Japanese keyboard legend Takehiro Honda – a great batch of trio tracks, recorded with an open spirit and freely soaring vibe! Honda's playing acoustic piano throughout – working in a trio with Yoshio Suzuki and Fumio Watanabe – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 fantastic pairing of two key Japanese talents of the late 60s – pianist Takehiro Honda and reedman Sadao Watanabe – both of whom come together here on a record that's one of their most soulful of the time! Honda's clearly drinking deep from the soul jazz modes of Ramsey Lewis, Les ... 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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever solo album from Hugh Hopper – best known as the bassist for Soft Machine, but an equally creative artist on his own! The album is a bit more experimental, and sometimes more jazz-based, than Hugh's work in the bigger group – a blend of odd acoustic sounds with slight ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The "horn" here is the Horn Of Plenty nightclub – located in Crivitz, Wisconsin – and served up here with work by a group whose name means the Horn Of Plenty Staff! There's a bit of horn on the set – some trumpet and organ – but there's also a lot more vocal and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from alto genius Bobby Watson – recording here with the Horizon Quintet, a hip group of spiritual soul jazz players that includes Curtis Lundy, Mulgrew Miller, Hamiet Bluiett, and Marvin Smitty Smith. The session takes up the soul jazz torch of 70s work by artists like Woody Shaw, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We really loved Jazzmeia Horn on her debut, but this time around she really knocks it out of the park – to a point where we're ready to list her among our top few favorite jazz vocalists – a short list that includes Betty Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Shirley Horn! We're not easy ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A much-needed look at the early jazz years of Paul Horn – featuring tracks recorded for 3 different Columbia albums of the early 60s – all of them great! At the time, Horn had a free-thinking sound that was one of the most lyrical in US jazz – working on alto and flute with a ... read moreCD
Amazing early work from Paul Horn – recorded way before he got all noodly, and started walking around in pyramids and stuff! The album captures Horn at the height of his early brilliance – interested in world rhythms, especially Indian, and showing a real penchant for a modal groove. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing. Cover has a half split top seam, some wear and aging, and a Demonstration stamp and two small sticker spots on back.)
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
With some nice guest tenor work from Buck Hill! Titles include "Get Out Of Town", "Beautiful Friendship", "I Got Lost In His Arms", "Come Fly With Me", and "So I Love You". (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
Think what you want about Lena Horne – but this is a plenty darn groovy album! Sure, Lena's style is usually a bit classy and uptown – almost so much so that we don't really dig most of her records. But here, she's working in a very groovy style – paired with the great guitarist ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Chris Brown on gazamba and wing, Bill Frisell on guitar, Dave Hofstra on electric bass and tuba, Joey Peters on electronic drms, Bobby Previte on drum programming, Elliott Sharp on guitars and bass, Doug Wieselman on clarinet, tenor sax, and rhythm guitar, Jim Mussen on emulator drums, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and promo stamp.)
Wayne Horvitz/Butch Morris/Robert Previte —
Nine Below Zero ... LP Sound Aspects (Germany), 1986. Near Mint- ...
Weird moody soundscapes by these 3 avant players. More spacey than noisy, and with a nice 80s downtown sound. Titles include "3 Places In Suburban California", "Reno", "Remind Me Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
Way more than the cheapo fad record you might guess from the title – thanks to some wonderfully soulful tenor from Joe Houston! The setting's almost more Latin than limbo – a mode that really works perfectly with Houston's horn – driving the big-toned sound strongly right up from ... 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
Hu Vibrational brings a pounding instrumental mix of percussion, electronic beats, and African-inspired jazz! The loose group feature multi-instrumentalist Adam Rudolph (who has played with Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock and Don Cherry to name a few) on all types of acoustic drums, shakers, ... (New Grooves, Jazz)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 beautiful album that we'd rank as one of Freddie Hubbard's greatest recordings ever – a truly sublime set that's quite different than his Blue Note work of the 60s, and which really shows him emerging as a major talent on the trumpet! The set features a core sextet of key players – ... read moreCD
(Out of print, clear promotional sticker on digipack cover.)
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
Great live material – recorded during the late 60s as part of the Left Bank Jazz Society series in Baltimore, but never issued until now! The work captures Freddie Hubbard in that great Atlantic Records mode – crafting a mixture of hip hardbop and nascent 70s soul soloing, working here ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
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
Freddie Hubbard —
Hub-Tones ... LP Blue Note (Czech Republic), 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
An album with a classic modernist cover image – and one that's also got the same sort of sound to match – brilliant early work from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who's really coming into his own as a leader with this date! Freddie's really finding a voice here – a sharper edge than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Stanley Turrentine or Ralph Moore on tenor, George Benson on guitar, and Larry Willis on electric piano. Titles include "Battlescar Galorica", "Saint's Homecoming Song", "Melting Pot", and "Life Flight". CD
Electric funk from Freddie Hubbard – a great 70s session that has him bringing in a bit more soul to the mix than usual! Things are a bit tighter here than on the CTI sides, but still pretty open and fluid – almost in a Donald Byrd mode with Larry Mizell, given the fuller backings on ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Freddie Hubbard —
Outpost ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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 sublime bit of electric funk in concert – proof that the CTI approach was always a great one, even out of the studio! The record features 2 long tracks – album-side versions of "Povo" and "Gilbraltar", both done in the best format of Hubbard's strongest CTI work, ... read moreCD
Tremendous trumpets from Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw – a real standout from the mid 80s revival years of Blue Note – and a perfect setting for both players! The tracks are long, but tight too – with just the right balance of solo voices from Hubbard and Shaw – and ... read moreCD
Two of our favorite trumpet players of all time team up with a group of then-young lions for a late 80s session of killer material – definitely one of the best Blue Note new recordings of the time! Kenny Garrett, Mulgrew Miller, Ray Drummond and Carl Allen join Freddie and Woody for one of ... read moreCD
Edited versions from Hubbard's "Life Flight", Newton's "Romance & Revolution", and Petrucciani's "Power Of Three" albums, featuring George Benson and Stanley Turrentine on the Hubbard tracks. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered Blue Note sleeve. Cover has a bumped corner at the top right.)
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!)
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!)
A rare gem on 60s Prestige Records – and one of the earliest records to feature the incredible talents of reedman Sonny Fortune! Sonny burst into fame in the 70s as a spiritual player with a really freewheeling groove – but this late 60s date has Fortune in the company of Hammond ... read moreCD
One of the most drum-heavy soundtracks you'll ever hope to hear – filled with tight tunes that reflect the nonstop energy of the performance on the screen! The music here was mostly put together by Justin Hurwitz – and includes bigger band tracks in full performances, mixed with ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
With Martin Drover and Jan Allan on trumpets, Odd Ulleberg on french horn, Forde Thingnaes on trombone, Stein Erit Tafjord on tuba, Guttorm Guttormsen on alto and soprano sax, flute, and clarinet, Vidar Johansen on alto, soprano, and baritone sax and flute, Knut Riisnaes on tenor sax and flute, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Bobby Hutcherson —
Good Bait ... LP Landmark, 1984. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
One of Bobby's great back to basics albums for Landmark in the mid 80s – a "return" to straight jazz and bop, oddly territory that Bobby never traveled much in the first place – given his "new thing" status in the 60s! The record features Bobby working with a core ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Big Team includes Ken Hyder and Tony Marsh on drums, Paul Rogers and Roberto Bellatalla on bass, Elton Dean on saxello and wooden flute, Chris Biscoe on sax and alto clarinet, Ted Emmet on trumpet, and Nick Evans on trombone. LP, Vinyl record album
We're not sure if we'd call these guys "bad boys" – but we certainly love them to death, and their music only seems to get better and better with each new release! The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble first hit our ears over a decade back – first from attention they were getting ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The amazing full length debut of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – a cool combo from the Chicago scene who've been making some big waves around the world over the past few years! The brass-heavy group have a family legacy that links them to the Artistic Heritage Ensemble of Phil Cohran – and ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A late 70s session on FMP, but one that really shows the dynamic, boundless sense of imagination that we love from the ICP organization – led here by madman Misha Mengelberg on piano and at the helm of the operation! The sounds are free, but with a different quality than some of the more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great concept gets even better – as the music of Idea 6 gets remixed by a host of like-minded jazzy talents – including Quasimode, Gerardo Frisina, Sunaga T, and Nicola Conte! The core set already had a great jazzy groove – a return to the best styles of the Italian scene of ... read moreCD
A beautiful second album from Idea 6 – the cool Italian combo who first blew our minds with their excellent Metropoli set! The style here is similar to that great album – a recasting of older Italian jazz modes from the 60s – the mix of hardbop and modalism that flourished during ... read moreCD
(Japanese pressing, with obi. DVD is an NTSC format, All Region DVD.)
There's nothing idle about these hands – as the group have a tightness that makes you think they've been together for years – which is maybe partly the case, as many of the artists are part of the great and ever-growing legacy of the Posi-Tone label! And while the company has given us ... read moreCD
Klaus Ignatzek —
Jacaranda ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ...
Pianist Klaus Ignatzek is kind of a secret hero of ours – a great player on his own, but also a really great leader – one who always has a special ear for putting a group together, and bringing out the best in the musicians on his sessions! This record is a great example of that talent ... read moreCD
Really beautiful music, but of a sort that's somewhat hard to describe adequately – as it's in sort of a special space of its own! Guitarist Akira Ijima works here in a double-length setting, on these spacious tunes that build slowly in air – almost a mode that you'd hear on ECM, ... read moreCD
We can't get enough of this group – and their unique piano-less style has a different approach to spiritual jazz modes than you might ear from another combo – especially since the drums and percussion are often used in ways that are complicated, but never to free to lose the groove of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Japanese pianist Masaru Imada is in his best fusion mode here – working with great help from American players Tom Browne on trumpet, Grover Washington Jr on soprano and tenor sax, Steve Khan on guitar, Anthony Jackson on bass, and Steve Jordan on drums! Imada plays both acoustic and electric ... read moreCD
A great little record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a set that not only shows the great blend of acoustic and electric styles that was happening at the time, but which also really illustrates the inventive approach of the Three Blind Mice label at their best! The vibe here is very ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Masaru Imada —
Now ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
Subtle brilliance from Japanese pianist Masaru Imada – a record that bubbles beautifully with some spare and personal touches – sometimes slightly free, sometimes wonderfully melodic – always with a strong sense of vision and energy! The group here features Imada on acoustic ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Sweet Fender Rhodes and funky fusion from a very cool German group of the 70s – one we're not sure we've ever heard on record before, but who sound really wonderful here in an unreleased set of tapes from German radio! The group have a great way of moving between mellow funk and more jamming ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Immigrant's Bossa Band —
Message ... CD DIW (Japan), 2007. Used ...
Beautiful tunes from the Immigrant's Bossa Band – a Japanese combo with a distinct ear for a Brazilian groove! The style here is a warm blend of jazz and samba – performed with a relatively lively approach throughout, and less of the too-polished, or too-sleepy styles that sometimes ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A killer set from the contemporary Detroit jazz underground – and a set that smokes just like some of that city's classics from the Tribe Records years of the 70s! In The Tradition are a group who definitely get their name right – as they play here with just the right sort of spiritual ... read moreCD
(Original CDr release from 2009.)
Kunimitsu Inaba & Sadanori Nakamure —
Conversation ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975. Used ...
A beautiful little record, and one that definitely feels like the "conversation" promised in the title – as the whole thing's a batch of duets between Kunimitsu Inaba on bass and Sadanori Nakamure on guitar – put together in a loose, open way that allows for plenty of free ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Indigo Jam Unit —
2 X 2 ... CD Basis (Japan), 2006. Used ...
A killer combo from Japan – a club jazz unit that mixes warm, round bass with hard-hitting piano – all held together nicely with two drummers on the bottom, and some very crisp production! The sound is totally great – a stripped-down take on the mix of modal and soul jazz styles ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
A killer funky group from early 70s Japan – a slightly large ensemble, but one with some really heavy drums at the bottom – plus some great use of organ and electric guitar! There's a tight brace of horns at the top – flute, tenor, trumpets, and trombone – but the rhythms ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
INTERface with Marion Brown —
Glimpses ... LP ReEntry, 1979. Near Mint- ...
With Marion Brown and Mark Whitecage on alto, John Fischer on piano and vocals, Rick Kilburn on bass, and Bobby Meyer, Thomas Whaley, and Phillip Wilson on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
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
A fantastic mix of jazz and spoken word performance – delivered in a very righteous style that takes us back to the best vintage sides by artists like Wanda Robinson or Jayne Cortez! The words here are by Camae Ayewa – whose lyrics are as politically powerful as her presentation style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Weldon Irvine —
Spirit Man ... LP RCA/Nature Sounds, 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Massively funky work from the mighty Weldon Irvine – sublimely cosmic and filled with soul throughout! The vibe here is a bit more focused than on some of Weldon's earlier albums – a moody blend of electric keys, heavy percussion, and some slight bits of jazzy solo work by trumpeters ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice new reissue from Nature Sounds – with updated artwork, created using rare photos from the original album cover shoot!)
Massively funky work from the mighty Weldon Irvine – sublimely cosmic and filled with soul throughout! The vibe here is a bit more focused than on some of Weldon's earlier albums – a moody blend of electric keys, heavy percussion, and some slight bits of jazzy solo work by trumpeters ... read moreCD
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
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 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
A beautiful little CD – especially if you like dreamy French soundtrack work from the 60s! Kayo Ishu sings a variety of tunes from famous 60s soundtracks, but about a quarter of the set is work by the mighty Francis Lai – done in a moody, mellow style that's right in keeping with his ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)
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