A well-done look at a style that would break big on the European scene of the mid 60s – the mixture of jazz performance and classical melodies – presented here in a slightly different way by some of the genre's true pioneers! Jacques Loussier recorded famous albums of Bach tunes done ... read moreCD
Bobby Lyle joind by Kirk Whalum, Paul Jackson Jr, Gerald Albright, Reggie Hamilton, Kenny Garrett, Ray Fuller, Marcus Miller, Danny Jacob, Stanley Clarke, Everette Harp, Sonny Emory, Lenny Castro, Larry Kimpel, Carl Burnette, Peter White, Michael Patches Stewart & Larry Cohn. CD
Featuring New Orleans jazz pioneers Ray Lopez & Gus Mueller. CD
(Out of print.)
Jimmy Lyons —
Push Pull ... CD Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ...
Alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons had a legendary run of performances on record with Cecil Taylor – but he sounds equally amazing here as a leader – given the space to really stretch out in a 3LP set that brings together a landmark live performance from 1978! Lyons works here with some ... read moreCD
Incredible sounds from the Swedish scene of the early 60s – a 10" album from trombonist Lars Lystedt, whose combo features work from pianist Berndt Egerbladh, who then takes over as a leader on side two! Side one is a stone cooker – tight grooves that are in the best Scandinavian ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fast Hands is a great date from the revival years of Johnny Lytle – his stretch for Muse Records at the end of the 70s, and a bit of a return to his soul jazz roots of the 60s! The tracks here are a bit longer than before, but they've got a similar sort of energy – a nice rhythmic ... read moreCD
A killer set of grooves from vibes legend Johnny Lytle – one of the first and one of the few to ever combine vibes with Hammond organ – in this case, the work of Milt Harris on the keys! The group is a very rhythmic trio, thanks to Harris on the bass pedals, and Penny Hinant on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Riverside pressing, RM 470, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam, mostly split bottom seam, and some light stains on back.)
Pianist Harold Mabern works here with a trio of players who really helped him find new focus and energy in later years – the great Eric Alexander on tenor, with John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – a rock-solid lineup who really take off here in a live date from New York's ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling Harold Mabern albums for DIW – and the only one to feature a larger group than a trio! Mabern almost returns to his soul jazz 60s roots on Prestige with this sweet little set – adding in the trumpet of Bill Mobley, tenor of Bill Easley, and guitar of Kevin ... read moreCD
Tracks include "Look On The Bright Side", "Save The Best For Last", "Full House", "B&B", "Mercury Retro", "Yes Or No", and "Alone Together", "It's A Lonesome Old Town", "Moment's Notice", and "Au ... read moreCD
A heartbreakingly beautiful album from pianist Harold Mabern – a set that's already beautiful on its own, but which maybe moves us even more when we realize it's one of the last that Harold has ever given us! The set's recorded at the Smoke nightclub on the upper west side – and ... read moreCD
Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt Elling —
Afro Blue ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
The great Harold Mabern kicks it hard with a key core group – then finds a way to open up with some surprise guest artists as well – including singers Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, and Norah Jones! The core of the album features Mabern's piano rocketing out with rhythm ... read moreCD
Late work from Machito, but great work too – a live set that shows that he's not only still a hell of a Latin bandleader, but also open to some of the more advance modes the music took on in the 60s and 70s! Tracks are long and very jamming – performed live by a band that includes work ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Features Rodney Whitaker, Carl Allen, Aaron Diehl, Tia Fuller, Warren Wolf, and Kirk Whalum. CD
(Penmark through barcode.)
Haki R Madhubuti/Afrikan Liberation Arts Ensemble —
Rise Vision Comin ... CD Rise/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A legendary album of spoken word and spiritual jazz – put together by The Institute of Positive Education in Chicago, and featuring wisdom and knowledge from the legendary Haki R Madhubuti! The album alternates shorter vocal/musical tracks with longer ones that are pure post-Coltrane jazz ... read moreCD
Tight instrumental work from the UK scene – a record that's part funky, part fuzzy, and very electric overall – almost a hybrid of jazz fusion and some of the electro modes that first found space on horror soundtracks of the 70s and 80s! The group's got lots of guitar pyrotechnics from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shai Maestro definitely earns his last name here – working as the guiding force behind incredible sounds that seem to flow from his fingertips with effortless ease – this nonstop cascade of sounds, ideas, and colors that come across equally well on both the album's dynamic tracks and ... read moreCD
A real rising star on Schema Records – composer Alessandro Magnanini, best known for his hit with Mario Biondi – stepping out here in a beautiful album of his own original music! There's a fresh feel here that really opens up a new chapter at Schema – still a bit of their old ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition double colored vinyl pressing with bonus tracks!)
A massive set of fusion from Mahavishnu Orchestra – a group that features some incredible guitar work from John McLaughlin, who sounds even more focused and driven here than on his own records! As with Return To Forever or Weather Report, the combo's a supergroup of sorts – with Billy ... read moreCD
A very unusual shift for spiritual jazz in the 80s – a set that combines the acoustic energy of the 70s with some newer electric touches – all in a way that takes off with some soulful elements in the mix! Jeff Majors handles a harp – ala Dorothy Ashby – but the music mixes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A vocal jazz session, but one with a very different flavor than usual – given that Emi Makabe plays the Japanese stringed instrument shamisen, and also sings most of the lyrics in Japanese! The rest of the group is unusual, too – as the quartet features Victor Goncalves alternating ... read moreCD
The album's got a very poetic title, and a wonderfully poetic sound as well – music that adds up to way more than the 1000 seconds promised on the front, served up in beautiful duets between Jan Maksimowicz on soprano sax and Dimitrij Golovanov on piano! Some tunes are quite short, others ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Radu Malfatti & Klaus Filip —
Imaoto ... CD Erstwhile, 2009. Used ...
Radu Malfatti on trombone and Klaus Filip on electronics. (Out Sound, Jazz)CD
Maybe the strongest record so far from Mammal Hands – a set that really has the group growing in their sense of tone and color, and in the unique timing they bring to their tunes! The group is a trio, but not in a mode that you might be guessing – because next to the piano of Nick ... read moreCD
Junior's the Big Chief on this one – coming down hard and soulfully on the keys, in a style that's sprightly, yet which also matches the more soul-drenched styles of some of his early 60s contemporaries! The backing is surprisingly sensitive at times – with contemplative bass from ... read moreCD
Two sides of late 60s Atlantic work by pianist Junior Mance – laid back to back on one CD. Harlem Lullaby is pop soul jazz work from Mance – who's playing here in a semi-traditional style that fits the evocative title of the album. Most of the cuts feature Mance in a trio – ... read moreCD
An album that's unlike anything else we've ever heard before – served up by a percussionist who spent the mid 70s touring the Caribbean and South Pacific, and who seems to have absorbed a globe's worth of rhythms in the process! The album's probably closest to a jazz fusion album – as ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare work from this very unusual player – tracks that feature Gus on tuba, with Red Mitchell on bass, Joe Romano on alto, and Pete Jolly on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Shrinkwrap has a small hole.)
Harvey Mandel —
Baby Batter ... LP Janus/Tiger Bay (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
A classic bit of funky guitar by Harvey Mandel – similar to some of Dennis Coffey's early work in that it's got full on guitar power, very much inspired by heavy rock, filtered through an approach that's also got plenty of funk in it! The killer track here is the classic "Baby ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Harvey Mandel —
Snake ... LP Janus/Tiger Bay (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Messed-up funky guitar from Harvey Mandel – a little bit blues, a little bit rock, but also pretty darn funky overall – and a set that's got all the freewheeling fuzz of his best work from the time! In a way, his records like this are even better than his first few, as he's getting a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Albert Mangelsdorff & Lee Konitz —
Art Of The Duo ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
A fantastic showcase for these two modern jazz giants – sublime trombone sounds from Albert Mangelsdorff, perfectly paired with the alto sax of Lee Konitz – all at a level that makes the album one of the best from both players at the time! The session was actually a late MPS effort, ... read moreCD
A sweet little disco set from Herbie Mann – recorded in collaboration with the Fire Island soul vocal trio! The group's got a sound that's kind of compelling – not as sweet or smooth as some of the other disco trios of the time, and with an approach that almost has the voices moving in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Different work than usual for Herbie – a series of sides recorded in Sweden in the late 50s, featuring Herbie on both flute and tenor! The feel here is at once more poised and more open than some of Herbie's US sides from the time – as the groups shift from track to track, and Herbie's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear along the opening, waviness and a cutout hole.)
Great early 70s work from Herbie Mann! By this point in his career, Herbie must have had a fleet of cars, a harem of ladies, and a golden flute. You can hear his success in the live material that makes up the album – recorded before very enthusiastic audiences at the New York and Montreux ... read moreCD
Herbie Mann takes strong inspiration from the great Ray Charles here – working in a cool mode that's partly the soulful sound of Mann's other work for Atlantic Records, and partly the fuller style of Charles' 60s music for ABC! Backings are full, but very groovy – thanks to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Mann kicks Johnny Rivers off the stage of the Whisky A Go Go – and serves up some amazing long tracks that really redefine the sound of jamming on the Sunset Strip! The album's quite unusual for the time – in that it features two long tracks, which each run a side apiece – ... read moreCD
Herbie Mann kicks Johnny Rivers off the stage of the Whisky A Go Go – and serves up some amazing long tracks that really redefine the sound of jamming on the Sunset Strip! The album's quite unusual for the time – in that it features two long tracks, which each run a side apiece – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Herbie Mann's biggest albums – and one of his funkiest too! The cover's a bit of an off-putter – although it probably helped sell the record, back in the day – but the grooves are as rock-solid as anything that Herbie cut at the time – tight, focused, and a perfect ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Mann got a standing ovation for this performance – at least if the title is to be believed – and considering the grooves on the set, it was all for very good reason! The album's one of the few to feature Mann in the company of pianist Chick Corea – who steps out here with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's full of many surprises – one of which is the sweet lead vocals of Cissy Houston! Houston works here in a style that merges nicely with the jazzy currents of Herbie Mann – at a level that's different than other soul/fusion sets of the time – like work on CTI or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)
Although Herbie and Joao are listed together in the artist credits together for the record, they don't really play together on the record – as did Joao and Stan Getz on their album together. Instead, they trade off tracks of bossa nova material, recorded with Jobim in Rio – Joao's by ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, 2011 digipack pressing from Warner Brasil. Back cover has a small, light stain.)
A great little record, and one that might be thought of best as a "Herbie Mann Plus" record – rather than a duet between the artists on the cover! Half the set features the American release of some great Joao Gilberto material from the early years in Brazil, with arrangements from ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the coolest albums ever from Herbie Mann – and a set that's definitely got the vibrant sound you'd expect from its title and cover! The set's a live one, and pretty open at times – and the great Rufus Harley joins Mann's group for one track – in a really mad mix of sounds ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Twin-flute magic from the quintet of Herbie Mann and Sam Most – both of whom play the long, thin instrument here – in intertwining lines of sound that are totally great! There's a style here that's often a bit more frenetic than usual for Herbie – one that's possibly picked up ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2000 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)
Twin-flute magic from the quintet of Herbie Mann and Sam Most – both of whom play the long, thin instrument here – in intertwining lines of sound that are totally great! There's a style here that's often a bit more frenetic than usual for Herbie – one that's possibly picked up ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has heavy wear on the back with stains and pen, with center split seams and some peeling.)
One of Shelly Manne's best records of the 60s – largely because the group's so great! Altoist Frank Strozier was playing with Shelly at the time, and his rich talents on the alto make the record almost worth seeking out for him alone – because here, Strozier's opening up his sound a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and a spot of adhesive residue.)
Shelly Manne scored big with a jazz version of the Peter Gunn soundtrack in the 50s – and he does it again in this 60s version of Henry Mancini's music for the full-length Gunn movie! The style here is a bit more far-reaching and looser than before – showing not just Manne's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s mono pressing! Shrinkwrap has a smal hole. Cover has a cutout hole.)
A very cool album that has Shelly Manne and Jack Marshall going nuts on a bunch of percussion, drums, and other odd instruments! Marshall mostly plays spare acoustic guitar, with some very nutty changes – and Manne proves that he's a very adept percussionist way past his usual west coast ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)
Vocalion and Bluebird sides cut by trumpeter and bandleader Wingy Manone. Tracks include "Dallas Blues", "West Wind", "Basin Street Blues", "Hesitation Blues", "Panama", "Afterglow", "River Man", and "I Just Made Up With ... read moreCD
Bluebird sides cut by trumpeter and bandleader Wingy Manone. Tracks include "It's The Gypsy In Me", "Cottage By The Moon", "Fancy Meeting With You", "Boo Hoo", "Sweet Lorraine", "Formal Night In Harlem", "In The Groove", and ... read moreCD
Canadian jazz group with Matt Zimbel on congas and percussion, Henry Heillig on bass, Charlie Cooley on drums, Art Avalos on timbales, bongos, and percussion, Aaron Davis on keyboards, Rick Tait on keyboards, trumpet, and flugelhorn, Herb Koffman on trumpet and flugelhorn, John Johnson on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a promo stamp, bumped corners, and a small sticker on front.)
Guido Manusardi Trio —
Swingin ... CD Abeat (Italy), 2019. New Copy ...
A fantastically swinging album from Italian piano giant Guido Manusardi – a player who works here with a lot more groove in his left hand than we remember, and very strong support from the other two members of his trio! There's a rock-solid focus to the record right from the start – a ... read moreCD
Sweet 70s grooving from South America – the only album ever recorded by this great little group from Uruguay! The set was done at the end of the 70s, but it's got a style that recalls the best electric work from the US and UK at the start of the decade – sort of a blend of funky easy, ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreCD
Michael Marcus —
Reachin ... CD Justin Time (Canada), 1996. Used ...
Features Michael Marcus on reeds, Bruce Edwards on guitar, Steve Neil on bass, and Cindy Blackman on drums. CD
A really sharp-edged set from reedman Steve Marcus – a player who'd already had some pretty tight fusion records under his belt before this overlooked gem! Marcus was a saxophonist who was always experimenting with new ideas at this time – part of a generation raised on rock as much as ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)
Gregoire Maret/Romain Collin/Bill Frisell —
Americana ... CD Act (Germany), 2020. New Copy ...
A beautiful love letter to their adapted home of America – from harmonicist Gregorie Maret and pianist Romain Collin – joined here by some perfect work from Bill Frisell on guitar, as the leaders' ideas really resonate with some of Frisell's projects in recent years! Clarence Penn ... read moreCD
Cesar Camargo Mariano & Helio Delmiro —
Samambaia ... LP EMI (Brazil), 1981. Near Mint- ...
Spare duets between these two Brazilian jazz giants Cesar Camargo Mariano and Helio Delmiro – but great work throughout, and filled with a lot more soul and energy than you'd expect! Mariano plays mostly electric keyboards – but not in a way that overrides the acoustic guitar of ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic bit of funky fusion from Brazil – one of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from keyboardist Cesar Mariano! Mariano had a long legacy in music that included great arrangements for Elis Regina – but this set is completely different than most of his other work ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warm and mellow later work from Charlie Mariano – the better side of his time in Europe, as the later years saw Charlie relaxing a bit, and going for a sound that was more traditional than his fusion of the 70s – yet still informed by some of the freedoms learned in his years away from ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)
Charlie Mariano —
Mirror ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy ...
A seminal electric session from Charlie Mariano – one recorded after his shift from bop-based work into trippier, more psychedelic influences – and one of his few American dates from the time! The record has Charlie working on soprano and alto sax, with a group that includes Pat ... read moreCD
A great set of fusion tunes – recorded by American saxophonist Charlie Mariano, in the company of a very hip Finnish ensemble! This 1974 gem features some of Charlie's best work of the decade – freewheeling, but never too out, and with none of the rock flourishes that sometimes mar his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bruno Marini may not be the biggest name in that small group of players of the baritone saxophone – but he's a hell of a musician, and works his horn in a really wonderful way on this debut set! Marini's got an ability to swing with a modern sense of tone and color – a bit like Cecil ... read moreCD
One of the most unique albums of baritone saxophone work we've ever heard – a set tha has Bruno Marini's horn set up alongside the bass of Charlie Cinelli and drums of Alberto Oliveri – a nice, open setting that allows the instrument plenty of room for expression! Marini still swings ... read moreCD
Warm work from a Brazilian jazz quartet who remind us a bit of the post-fusion sound of the ECM generation, but who also have a sound that's very much their own – almost a fresh take on Brazilian jazz styles from years past! The record explodes with color at the very first note – these ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Basilio Marquez on trumpet, flugelhorn & trombone, Moises Marquez on saxophone, flute & clarinet, Rafael Gavilan on timbales & trumpet, Alexander M Ochoa on piano, Eduardo Ramirez on drums, Gaspar Sanchez on congas & Cristino Marquez on electric & acoustic bass. CD
Featuring Ellis Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Herbir Hancock, Larry Willis, Ron Carter, Charnett Moffett, Ira Coleman, Ralph Peterson, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Al Foster, and Tain - Jeff Watts. LP, Vinyl record album
One of the sexiest covers ever to grace a Wynton Marsalis album, but thankfully a record that's still got plenty of real jazz roots – and not the smoother sound you might expect from the image on the front! The group here is Wynton's expanded septet – a combo with Marcus Roberts on ... read moreCD
With Branford Marsalis on tenor and soprano sax, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Kent Jordan on flute, and Ron Carter on bass. Titles include "Melancholia", "Lazy Afternoon", "Stardust", and "For All We Know. CD
With Marcus Roberts on piano – and titles that include "Caravan", "A Foggy Day", "Cherokee", "April In Paris", "New Orleans", "Soon All Will Know", and "Autumn Leaves". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light edge wear.)
Milton Marsh —
Monism ... LP Strata East/Manufactured, 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Rare spiritual jazz by reed player Milton Marsh – one of the harder-to-find albums on Strata East – and one of just a couple incredible records to Marsh's name! Obscurity aside, this is prime Strata East – with some sprawling moments in a larger band formation that go just far ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album