Genius, pure genius! If you've ever wondered why folks think Stan is so great, check out this landmark set of postwar modern swing tunes – some of the most groundbreaking work of its generation, and proof that there was still a lot of room to grow within the big band format. June Christy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal work in the development of the American jazz avant garde, and one of the most "out" records that Kenton (or Capitol) ever released! The whole album is based around two startling compositions by Robert Graettinger – "This Modern World" and "City Of ... read moreCD
One of Kenton's greatest records, and the one in which he proves his dedication to Latin styles, by serving up a killer batch of Afro-Cuban tracks with an incredibly authentic feel. The great Johnny Richards handled the arrangements, and the tracks are long and drawn out, with plenty of solo space ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of some of Kenton's early 50s hits, presented here as "encores", with most of the tracks arranged by Pete Rugolo. 11 tracks in all, including "He's Funny That Way", "Painted Rhythm", "Journey To Brazil", "Somnambulism", "Chorale ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has a split top seam, half split spine, and some pen on back.)
Wonderful work from Kenton – warm and seductive, yet also modern and adventurous, tunes that are familiar, yet inexplicably transformed by the Kentonite approach! The record's got a similar feel to some of the best work coming out of the Kenton school at the time – and players on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is in nice shape, with just some light surface wear on back.)
Post-Atlantic work from Robin Kenyatta – but an album that follows in a very similar mode! This date was done for the Wolf subsidiary of TK Records, but it's got a very hip New York groove – one that's almost even more righteous than some of Robin's earlier work, with some excellent ... read moreCD
Includes "Poetry For The Beat Generation", "Blues & Haikus", and "Readings By Jack Kerouac On The Beat Generation" and a beautiful 40 page book! A classic meeting of jazz and beat poetry – packaged beautifully too! (Comedy/Spoken, Jazz)CD
(Out of print, small cutout mark throug box spine.)
A fantastic addition to the Barney Kessel catalog of the 50s – a never-heard live set that has the guitarist in form that's every bit as strong as his famous albums for Contemporary Records! In fact, the strength of the recording may well capture Kessel at a level that beats those sessions ... read moreCD
A fantastic addition to the Barney Kessel catalog of the 50s – a never-heard live set that has the guitarist in form that's every bit as strong as his famous albums for Contemporary Records! In fact, the strength of the recording may well capture Kessel at a level that beats those sessions ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Barney Kessel —
On Fire ... LP Emerald, Late 60s. Near Mint- ...
Rare and groovy work by Barney Kessel – originally recorded for a strange subsidiary of Phil Spector's record label! The album's quite different than some of Kessel's other albums of the earlier years – recorded live with a gritty feel that's really nice – a bit more edge on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Khan —
Ah ... CD Emanem (UK), 1968/1975/1980/2005. New Copy 2CD ...
Just Sold Out!
A mysterious collection of free improvisations from the UK scene – all featuring saxophonist George Khan, and all presented here with "circa" or "possibly" next to the dates – which further underscores the obscurity of the recordings! Don't let that lack of detail ... read moreCD
Steve Khan —
Arrows ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
The last in a classic trilogy of late 70s fusion albums that Steve Khan cut for Columbia records – and a set that really has him bringing his sound together in a wonderful way! Khan was working with Steely Dan on the Gaucho album at the time of the recordings – testified by Donald ... read moreCD
A trio of early 80s albums from fusion giant Steve Khan – all lined up in a single collection! First up is Eyewitness – an early 80s effort from guitarist Steve Khan – a set recorded after some big records for Columbia, and one that follows very strongly in their legacy! Khan's ... read moreCD
David Kikoski —
Kayemode ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist David Kikoski has added his talents to many great groups over the years – but the man himself always seems completely on fire when he's out front on his own – as on this wonderful trio set with Joe Martin on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums! Kikoski still has that way of ... read moreCD
Lots of long tracks played with plenty of fire – just the kind of record to remind us again that David Kikoski's a hell of a pianist, especially in a setting like this! The album follows the format of the other excellent live dates on the Smalls label – lots of room for the artist to ... read moreCD
David Kikoski/Ralph Peterson/Gerald Cannon —
Triangular 2 ... CD Sirocco (UK), 1999. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Himiko Kikuchi —
All Right ... LP Continental (Japan), 1982. Very Good ...
A great cover – and a sweet fusion set that features the leader on piano, keyboards, and vocal – with Ernie Watts on tenor and soprano sax, and Masatsugu Matsumoto on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
A very cool album from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – one that might look at bit slick on the cover, but which actually has maybe more of an edge than some of his previous work! The set up here is a bit unusual – in that Kikuchi plays piano and percussion – with a very hip ... read moreCD
Morgana King in one of her most classic settings – working here with arranger Torrie Zito, whose sophisticated talents are a great match for her unique voice! Zito blends light strings and warm jazz touches in this perfect pillowy style – couching King's voice without ever smothering ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastic step forward for singer Morgana King – just the kind of record that really let the vocalist unlock all the sort of special power that would set her apart from the rest for decades to come! Morgana's got this completely distinct approach to jazz singing – a mode that's short ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of a number of great small group sessions done by singer Teddi King for the Storyville label – nicely relaxed, with backing from a septet that features Billy Taylor on piano, Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Nick Travis on trumpet, and Gene Quill on alto! The Storyville approach really brings ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing with a deep groove! Cover has light wear & a sticker spot.)
A nicely rolling soul party from King Curtis – one based around hits made famous by his friend the late Sam Cooke, all taken in a sweet soul instrumental style that features King's horn upfront, and some lively rhythms that feature some nicely snapping drums and strongly rocking basslines. ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Label has a bit of marker.)
King Curtis —
Old Gold ... LP Tru Sound/Prestige, Early 60s. Very Good- ...
A sweet early cooker from King Curtis – recorded with a raw sound and a sense of fire that most of his other albums from this time didn't have! Part of the difference here is the setting – as the album's cut for Prestige's Tru-Sound subsidiary, which tended to have a rougher, more ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label Tru Sound pressing with deep groove.)
A mighty debut from Quin Kirchner – a drummer who's poised to become a key figure on the Chicago scene! Quin works here with help from some more familiar names – including Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Matt Ulery on bass, Nate Lepine on tenor and flute, and Nick Broste on trombone ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Comes in a great tip-on gatefold sleeve, too – with art by Damon Locks. Limited to 500 copies!)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk —
Blacknuss ... CD Atlantic/Rhino, 1972. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Roland plays moody jazz versions of some of the biggest soul hits of the early 70's – including tracks like "What's Going On", "Mercy Mercy Me", and "Ain't No Sunshine" – plus some other nice originals which sum up his take on "blacknuss". Titles ... read moreCD
Roland Kirk's last album – and a return to traditional forms, as might be hinted at by the title! In a way, some of Kirk's later work is similar to that of Mingus – in that both had been pioneering modernists in their earlier years, then turned heavily towards the traditional forms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great double album live set with Roland leading a tight group through a long and varied set of material, all of which showcases the odd goofy sound of his music, and his offbeat approach to more familiar tracks. He talks a bit, makes the odd joke about being blind, and never ceases to amaze with ... read moreCD
A totally amazing album – and one of the clearest examples of Roland Kirk's genius approach to reeds! The set's essentially solo, and features Kirk playing without any tape tricks or overdubbing – but still at a level that has multiple saxophones layered on top of one another – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 LP set of tracks from Roland's best moments over the Atlantic years. Included within are many hard to find cuts from albums that we almost never see any more. Titles include "Volunteered Slavery", "Black & Crazy Blues", "Rahsaanica", "Ninth Ghost", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Roland makes a nod towards tradition – as he seemed to be doing often in the later years of his life – and he welcomes the great Al Hibbler into the studio for a true "meeting of the times". Hibbler's one of our favorite vocalists from the early 50s, but mixing him with Kirk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key early album from reedman Roland Kirk – at set that really has him strongly finding his voice in jazz, and transforming most of modern music in the process! The set's a perfect illustration of the way that Roland could swing with soul, yet still reach out with bold new ideas too – ... read moreCD
A rare slice of work by Roland Kirk from his early years – a great live set recorded in Europe in the mid 60's – done in a looser mode than his studio sessions from the time! Kirk's playing his usual array of incredible horns – tenor, stritch, flute, nose flute, and manzello ... read moreCD
One of the sharper-edged sessions on the GRP label at the start of the 90s – a self-titled set from keyboardist Kenny Kirkland, who's mostly working here in a stripped-down acoustic mode! The lineup changes a bit from track to track – and in addition to Kenny on keys, the set also ... read moreCD
An ABC classic from reedman John Klemmer – a set that was quite successful at the time of its release, but still held onto the deeper soul of Klemmer's earlier work! John's got a way of blowing his horn that always sounds great, even when the backings are a bit full and polished, as they are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fairly funky set of tracks in which Klemmer plays electric and acoustic tenor, and in which he's accompanied by LA studio jazz talents like Harvey Mason, Wilton Felder, and Victor Feldman. Sounds a bit like some of the Eddie Harris Varitone albums from the time, with a rolling funky groove. Cuts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early 80s set from John Klemmer – an album that's indeed mostly solo saxophone genius – and it's pretty wondeful! The record does have some additional instrumentation and vocalese from Klemmer, and a vocal tune with Clint Holmes, but it's the sparest stuff here that's really the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful classic from John Klemmer – one of those artists we've under-appreciated for years, but grow to love more and more as time goes by! The set's an incredibly soulful set of explorations played by Klemmer (on tenor, soprano, and Echoplex) with a group that includes Mike Nock on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has a gold promo stamp.)
Earl Klugh's definitely got his heart on his strings here – working in this warm, mellow mode that's mighty nice – set to gentle orchestrations by Dave Matthews, which work perfect for Klugh's groove! There's nothing too over the top here, and Earl mixes acoustic and electric in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set from guitarist Earl Klugh – and one that really lives up to its title – a record that matches Earl's wonderful work on guitar with some sublime orchestral charts from Dave Matthews! The approach is definitely different than some of Klugh's previous work, and makes the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Earl Klugh's guitar gets plenty of rich colors to work with here – some deeper backdrops from arrangers Don Sebesky and Dave Matthews – each of whom bring a different mood to the set! Sebesky's got those lush, full charts that we love so much from his classic orchestral charts of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Smooth, soulful work from the great Earl Klugh – a set that's got plenty of electric elements in the rhythms, mixed with lots of acoustic interplay from Earl over the top! Klugh's touch on the strings has only gotten better over the years, and he dances magically amidst some light rhythms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Smooth fusion from one of the greats – and although an 80s set, a record that still holds onto most of the best warmth of Earl Klugh's earlier years! The production is surprisingly laidback at points – never too many 80s gimmicks or easy attempts at a hit – and Earl plays with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kirk Knuffke —
Cherryco ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
A beautifully unique take on the music of Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman – served up here by a trio that features Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums! The tunes are all classic Cherry or Coleman compositions – but the performance here is very ... read moreCD
Kirk Knuffke/Kenny Wollesen/Lisle Ellis —
Chew Your Food ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2010. Near Mint- ...
A great 70s album from saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen – one of the most important Finnish jazzmen for decades! Back in the 70s, Eero was one of the hippest players on the Finnish jazz scene – and this classic set has him working with other fusion luminaries that include Jukka Tolonen on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous recent work from tenorist Eero Koivistoinen – a player who gave us some very wild records in the 70s, but who's equally wonderful here as a more straight-ahead musician! The group's a quartet, and the tunes have this fantastically poetic feel – richly soulful, with drawn-out ... read moreCD
Eero Koivistoinen —
Illusion ... CD Svart (Finland), 2017. New Copy ...
The continued rebirth of Finnish saxophone genius Eero Koivistoinen – a player who cut some legendary records in the 70s, and still sounds wonderful here in a more contemporary setting! Eero's maybe not as way-out as back in the day, but he's balanced that out with an even more emotive sound ... read moreCD
Eero Koivistoinen —
Illusion ... LP Svart (Finland), 2017. New Copy (reissue)...
The continued rebirth of Finnish saxophone genius Eero Koivistoinen – a player who cut some legendary records in the 70s, and still sounds wonderful here in a more contemporary setting! Eero's maybe not as way-out as back in the day, but he's balanced that out with an even more emotive sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No sonic labyrinth here – just a great set of hard-blown grooves from saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen! The session's a well-focused effort that has Eero working in quartet formation with acoustic piano, bass, and drums – blowing beautiful tones and colors with a slightly angular approach ... read moreCD
No sonic labyrinth here – just a great set of hard-blown grooves from saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen! The session's a well-focused effort that has Eero working in quartet formation with acoustic piano, bass, and drums – blowing beautiful tones and colors with a slightly angular approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from Finnish reed legend Eero Koivistoinen – a set of music composed for children – but with a wild sound that must have sent more than a few kids running from the room back in the 70s! Koivistoisen's reeds are only part of the sound here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eero Koivistoinen —
Valtakunta ... LP Otava/Svart (Finland), 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
The first-ever jazz album from Finnish reedman Eero Koivistoinen – but a set that, like so much of his early work, is way more than jazz overall! The set was done out of inspiration from a variety of contemporary poets – and some of the songs feature spoken or sung passages, mixed with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eero Koivistoinen & Philip Catherine —
Jazz Liisa 13 ... LP Svart (Finland), 1974. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen is at his most dynamic here – working alongside guitarist Philip Catherine, in a long-spun style that recalls some of the energy of his classic Wahoo album, but with a more open vibe at other moments! The rest of the group features key heavyweights too – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eero Koivistoinen & Philip Catherine/Nordjazz Quin —
Jazz Liisa 13 & 14 ... CD Svart (Finland), 1974/1975. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Two fantastic 70s jazz performances from Finland – back to back on a single CD! Saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen is at his most dynamic here – working alongside guitarist Philip Catherine, in a long-spun style that recalls some of the energy of his classic Wahoo album, but with a more ... read moreCD
Eero Koivistoinen & UMO Jazz Orchestra —
Arctic Blues ... CD Svart (Finland), 2017. New Copy 2CD ...
Beautiful work from Finnish saxophone genius Eero Koivistoinen – a player who blew our minds with his experimental records at the start of the 70s, and continued to amaze us as the years go on! This set has Eero at the head of the larger UMO jazz orchestra – directing the group, but ... read moreCD
They're not kidding about the big sound here – as tenorist Hans Koller was easily one of the deepest, most soulful talents on his instrument in the European scene of the start of the 60s – as you'll instantly hear on this fantastic live performance! In later years, Koller got a bit ... read moreCD
Dark and spooky jazz from the godlike hands of Kryzstof Komeda! Komeda's best known in the US for his soundtrack work for the film Rosemary's Baby, but this set features music scored for 2 earlier Roman Polanski movies – Cul De Sac and Knife In The Water! The music for Cul De Sac is a ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Vampire hunting never sounded so groovy – thanks to a sublime soundtrack by the legendary Krzysztof Komeda! The feel here is a bit like Komeda's better-known score for Rosemary's Baby – a blend of darker themes and lighter 60s styles – handled in a way that brings together ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Really obscure soundtrack work from the legendary Krzysztof Komeda – the Polish jazz musician who was best known for his film scores with Roman Polanski, but heard here on early music for director Leonard Buczkowski! The set features short instrumental tracks from three different films ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
An amazing little soundtrack – one that's as spooky and eerie as the film for which it was written, and which was also one of the few American recordings issued by Polish jazz great Krzysztof Komeda! The core of the album is an especially haunting theme – one hummed as a lullaby by Mia ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... read moreCD
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 250 copies! Beautiful pressing – with heavy vinyl and cover, and maybe even nicer than the original!)
Wonderful stuff – way more than just an easy instrumental album, and a great batch of exotic tunes with lots of jazzy touches! There's enough of the Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman influence here – but Rex and group take the sound a lot further, by playing like a true small combo, and ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Toshinori Kondo Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band —
Khchyu Fuyuu ... CD Art Union/Solid (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
Trumpeter Toshinori Kondo may have cut some avant-oriented material over the years – but this set is a different sort of record – one that's cut with his Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band, in a playful mix of rhythms, tones, and jazz! The approach is maybe post-fusion, inflected with a bit ... read moreCD
A subtle 70s gem from the great Lee Konitz – a record that almost returns to the spare, simple, sublime sound of his best 50s recordings – but with a few more modern edges too! Lee's alto is superb throughout – every bit as sharp as when we love it the best – and the tenor ... read moreCD
A gem by Lee Konitz – one of his near-perfect 50s sessions for Atlantic! Lee's tone here is crisp, clear, and hauntingly fresh – modern, yet never academically so – and played with a dexterity that's incredible, but never too in love with itself to go too far. Key players on the ... read moreCD
Some of the greatest work ever recorded by Lee Konitz – crisp, cool, and with that perfect icy tone that was his unique trademark during the mid 50s! The style here is a bit less angular and academic than some of Lee's earliest work – and there's a subtle warmth, almost an intimacy to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most beautiful records we've ever heard from saxophonist Hakon Kornstad – a special project that features his smaller group with backing from the larger KORK ensemble – a Norwegian radio orchestra who bring a really special flavor to the record! But the presence of the ... read moreCD
Wonderfully fluid work from Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Kosz – an artist who's clearly trained with the proficiency of a classical musician, but who's playing here with an open, swinging, jazz-based mode! There's a feel here that reminds us a bit of some of the French trio work of the time ... read moreCD
Wonderfully fluid work from Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Kosz – an artist who's clearly trained with the proficiency of a classical musician, but who's playing here with an open, swinging, jazz-based mode! There's a feel here that reminds us a bit of some of the French trio work of the time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lovely lovely work from Irene Kral – a Japanese-only session from the 70s, and one of her best efforts from the time! Irene's vocals have never sounded better – strong and confident, but not in a cloying way that gets in the way of the tunes – working with a piano trio led by ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover image here recalls a classic 60s album by Coleman Hawkins on Impulse Records – and the album's sound recalls the same set too – as reedman Thilo Krietmeier serves up a wonderful combination of tenor jazz and bossa grooves! The setting is spare and stripped-down – just a ... read moreCD
Volker Kriegel —
Spectrum ... CD MPS (Germany), 1971. New Copy ...
The funky fusion classic from guitarist Volker Krieger – finally issued in a great CD edition! Easily one of Krieger's best albums, Spectrum was remarkably cut in just two days at MPS Studios in 1971 – with a group that includes Peter Baumeister on drums, Cees See on bongos and ... read moreCD
The funky fusion classic from guitarist Volker Krieger – finally issued in a great CD edition! Easily one of Krieger's best albums, Spectrum was remarkably cut in just two days at MPS Studios in 1971 – with a group that includes Peter Baumeister on drums, Cees See on bongos and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album