Monky Kobayashi & NY Bebop —
What's This ... LP Paddle Wheel (Japan), 1984. Near Mint- ...
Japanese drummer Monky Koabayashi meets up here with a New York group – one that features Benny Green on piano, Hassan Hammid on trumpet, Clusence C Sharpe on alto, Junior Cook on tenor, and Lonnie Plaxico on bass! Evelyn Blakey sings a bit – and titles include "Strollin", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from trumpeter Franz Koglmann – a musician who doesn't always get the same sort of credit as his avant jazz contemporaries – but who certainly warrants strong recognition for the depth of this set! The record is bristling with brilliance – and has this mixture of ... read moreCD
Franz Koglmann with Bill Dixon —
Opium For Franz ... LP Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Incredible work from trumpeter Franz Koglmann – a musician who doesn't always get the same sort of credit as his avant jazz contemporaries – but who certainly warrants strong recognition for the depth of this set! The record is bristling with brilliance – and has this mixture of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Franz Koglmann with Steve Lacy —
Flaps ... LP Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
Steve Lacy had plenty of fantastic moments on the European scene of the 70s – but this unique album may well stand as one of his best! The set's very different than any of Steve's recordings with his own group – partly because the core energy here comes from trumpeter Franz Koglmann ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A cool combination of two of the grooviest talents on MPS in the 70s – with co-leaders Wolfgang Dauner on keyboards and Hans Koller on sopranino and soprano sax – plus work by Kenny Wheeler and Herbert Joos on trumpets, Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Janusz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from the legendary Krzystof Komeda – recorded years before he was setting the Polish scene on fire with his inventive soundtracks and modern jazz – but at a level that's still pretty revolutionary overall! The album brings together material from a few different sessions ... 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
Krzysztof Komeda with Bernt Rosengren —
Knife In Water ... 7-inch Polskie Nagrania/Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy (pic cover)...
A seminal moment in Polish jazz – and in the soundtrack career of Krzystof Komeda, too! The rare EP features reedman Bernt Rosengren working with Komeda's trio – laying down amazing music from the film Knife In Water – but in a live performance from the the 1961 Jazz Jamboree ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Poland's Jazz Jamboree festival really opened up in 1963 – and featured great performances from jazz musicians all over the European scene – plus key Polish talents, and a few American guests as well! This third volume brings things back home with a host of great Polish groups – ... read moreCD
Nothing too academic here – despite the Harvard setting – just clear, clean early work from Lee Konitz – recorded with that crispy edge that he brought to all of his best early work! The album's a treasure all the way through – really amazing stuff, with a sharpness that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing, on Trio. Cover has some wear and clear tape on the corners.)
A great straight set from the later years of Lee Konitz – one that has the altoist swinging wonderfully in the company of pianist Kenny Barron! There's a soulful undercurrent to the record that really shows Barron's hand in the sound of the session – that mature groove that Kenny ... read moreCD
A slightly different album than usual for Lee Konitz in the 50s – one that's got a bit harder edge, and which has Lee working in a group with a trumpet! The set's performed by a quintet that includes Konitz usual suspects Sal Mosca on piano and Peter Ind on bass, along with Shadow Wilson on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s mono Japanese pressing, 23MJ 3052, including the insert.)
Great 50s material from Lee Konitz – recorded for Atlantic, issued here later in a special Japanese only package – with Peter Ind on bass, Sal Mosca on piano, and Billy Bauer on guitar! Titles include "Don't Explain", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "You're ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing. Cover has some edge wear and a center split in the top seam.)
A beautiful lost session from Lee Konitz – one that has him blowing beautifully over larger backings penned by Jimmy Giuffre – all done with that great blend of modern and swing that Jimmy was bringing to his best work of the 50s! Bill Evans and Jim Hall provide support in the rhythm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty modern work from Konitz – recorded in Rome in 1968, with a French rhythm section of Martial Solal on piano, Henry Texier on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. The presence of Solal especially gives the session an edge – as Kontiz drifts into Solal's moody, introspective mode of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese gatefold pressing – very nice, with insert! Cover has some light wear.)
A classic session of cool jazz from the 50s – a majestic meeting of the alto of Lee Konitz and the tenor sax of Warne Marsh! The album's a perfect example of icy modernism at its best – swinging nicely, never too uptight, but with a well-composed approach that really shows the magic of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 50s black label pressing, with deep groove.)
Lee Konitz Quintet —
Peacemeal ... LP Milestone, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Quite a unique set from Lee Konitz – recorded during a late 60s period where he was wonderfully experimental with his sound! For the album, Konitz is joined by Marshall Brown on valve trombone & baritone horn, Dick Katz on piano & electric piano, Eddie Gomez on bass and Jack De ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has a peeled spot on the top left corner.)
Very spare work from Lee Konitz – and the kind of live recording that almost takes us back to the icy brilliance we first heard in his alto sax in the 50s! The album features Lee's alto with only support from Alan Broadbent on piano – a stripped-down setting that really lets Konitz ... read moreCD
(Out of print original Milestone CD pressing. Punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
Lee Konitz/Jackie McLean/Gary Bartz/Charlie Mariano —
Altissimo ... LP Philips (Japan), 1973. Near Mint- ...
A really fantastic session – one that brings together four of the hippest alto saxophonists of the time – Gary Bartz, Jackie McLean, Lee Konitz, and Charlie Mariano – all in a groove that's pretty darn unique! When all four horns blow together, the sound is amazing – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing – with insert! Back cover has light aging in one corner, but this is a great copy overall.)
A great concert recorded in London in 1976, but which has all the classic flavor of the great Konitz/Marsh work of the 50s! In fact, this session may go those sessions even better, as it has the twin tenor giants playing in a piano-less group, with only Peter Ind on bass and Al Levitt on drums. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure vocal set from the Dutch scene – sung by a wonderfully mature singer, produced by Ruud Jacobs, and featuring titles that include "Joanna", "I Can't Get Started", "The More I See You", "Stella By Starlight", and "Close To You". (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
A really amazing little record – one that's partly in the "jazz meets Indian" mode of Joe Harriott's experiments of the 60s – but a performance that also brings in a lot more from spiritual jazz, even though most of the instrumentation is more traditional! The set is live, ... read moreCD
Here's a pianist you probably don't know at all – and one you definitely can't pronounce – but we bet you'll really be loving the music of Mieczyslaw Kosz after you've heard this set of solo performances for Polish radio from the late 60s! Kosz has a style that's somewhat conventional, ... 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
Don't blame us for the typo in the title – just thank us for carrying such groovy record! The album's a hi-fi space jazz spectacular – featuring some of Eruope's hippest players of the 60s, all coming together under the leadership of Roland Kovac, who composed and arranged this 17-part ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little idea for a project – one that has groovy sounds from the Agogo label reinterpreted by jazz arranger Lutz Krajenski – but always in a way that hangs on to all the soul of the originals! Lutz plays some really wonderful keyboards – deeply soulful throughout, in a ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
The first album in many years from Edmondy Krater – an overlooked musical genius from the scene in Guadeloupe – and one who maybe sounds better here than ever before! Krater's always had an ear for blending jazz with some of the more recent currents of the island – but that ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
The first album in many years from Edmondy Krater – an overlooked musical genius from the scene in Guadeloupe – and one who maybe sounds better here than ever before! Krater's always had an ear for blending jazz with some of the more recent currents of the island – but that ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning set from 60s Prague – a hard-swinging big band session with plenty of modern touches, and a nice little groove at the bottom! The album's got the non-traditional feel of the best work from the time by Gustav Brom – playfully mixing hard rhythms, soaring ensemble passages, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record that features Krupa in two modes – trio and sextet. The trio sides feature Teddy Napoleon on piano and Charlie Ventura on tenor and baritone on tracks that include "Stardust", "Perdido", "Drum Boogie", and "Fine's Idea" – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Records Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging.)
Kind of a reprise of earlier days – one that reunites Krupa with Anita O'Day and Roy Eldridge, as the group runs through some material from earlier years. Arrangements are by Quincy Jones, Billy Byers, and Nat Pierce – and the set actually swings more cleanly than some of Krupa's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Verve pressing with deep groove. Cover has some aging and a peeled spot from sticker removal.)
Despite the fact that he was a showy bombastic drummer in his big band days, during the early 50s, Gene Krupa made some fantastic small group sessions – and this is one of them! The record features two different groups – one with the great Willie Smith on alto, the other with Ben ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Clef pressing with trumpeter logo & deep groove. Vinyl has some light marks but plays well. Cover has discoloration from age, light wear, and pieces of clear tape across the top seam.)
A nice little 50s album that compiles Gene's work from the early 40s – his groundbreaking early swing sides, some featuring singer Anita O'Day, others with the great Roy Eldridge on trumpet! Tunes are tight, lively, and feature some killer drum work (natch!) – and titles include "A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gene Krupa and Gerry Mulligan – hardly a pairing that we would have thought of – but one that works surprisingly well here, and which showcases Mulligan's increasing fascination for larger group settings! The album features Gene on drums with a set of players that include Kai Winding, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty darn great album – with a wonderful mix of JATP swing and strong-handed drumming by the leaders. The material was mostly recorded at a Jazz At The Philharmonic show at Carnegie Hall in 1952, and although the main focus appears to be Krupa and Rich's drum work, there's actually some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool package – featuring lots of non-LP material, and some rare tracks too! The Gene Krupa sessions are all from the mid 40s for Capitol – and the Harry James are from that great mid 50s time when he was really reinventing his sound! CD
(Out of print hand-numbered limited edition pressing. Includes box and book!)
A great document of an early all-star jazz concert – recorded at Town Hall by a young Bob Shad – who's clearly working here in the same live territory as producer Norman Granz! There's a great sense of variety going on here – and the record's maybe worth it alone for an excellent ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
A great document of an early all-star jazz concert – recorded at Town Hall by a young Bob Shad – who's clearly working here in the same live territory as producer Norman Granz! There's a great sense of variety going on here – and the record features two great tracks by a trio ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
Nice, tight, simple, and swinging! All players are hitting a good later stride here, set in unrestricted small group company on the occasion of the film release of the Benny Goodman story. Verve was able to get the players to go past the stock stuff they did for the film, and recreate some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Clef pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear and a name in marker on one corner.)
Martin Kuchen & Raful Mazar —
Baza ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Martin Kuchen has a very explosive style here – one that often has these sharply punctuated notes leaping out of more subtle sonic passages – all given a strong push by the acoustic bass guitar of Rafal Mazur! Mazur often moves up and down the fretboard with a style that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300!)
Joachim Kuhn —
Charisma ... LP Atlantic (Germany), 1977. Very Good+ ...
A great album of funky fusion for MPS! Keyboardist Joachim Kuhn heads up the group, but he's got some great rhythm backing from Alphonse Mouzon on drums and John Lee on bass, which makes the record groove way way more than some of his other titles! The keys are nice and spacey, and Philip ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure solo piano set – recorded for Atlantic! Side one features the long "United Nations" – a tribute to some of Joachim Kuhn's best contemporaries – and side two features ballads that include "Nice Sky", "Portrait", and "Pleasure ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark, and a small mark from an old sticker.)
One of the best albums we've heard from pianist Joachim Kuhn in years – a really thoughtful solo piano take on the music of Ornette Coleman – and one that definitely lives up to the "melodic" promise of the title! Kuhn's never totally straight ahead – and lord knows, ... read moreCD
Two 70s albums from overlooked reedman Peter Kuhn – back to back here in a single sweet set! First up is Livin Right – a set that was originally broadcast live on New York radio in 1978, and which really captures the openly creative spirit of the loft jazz generation – as Peter ... read moreCD
Early American recordings by Rolf Kuhn – the German clarinetist who ranked with Jimmy Giuffre as one of the few 50s players on the instrument willing to take it into whole new territory! The sides on the set were originally recorded in New York in 1960 – issued briefly on the Urania ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small bit of tape on the bottom seam.)
One of the coolest albums ever from clarinetist Rolf Kuhn – with one of his coolest groups as well! The set features work from Chick Corea on electric piano, John Surman on soprano and baritone sax, Alan Skidmore on tenor, Peter Warren on bass, Joachim Kuhn on piano and organ, and Tony Oxley ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing. Cover has some light wear inside gatefold, which also has one partially unglued spot.)
It's always a delight to hear the music of pianist Steve Kuhn, but it's especially wonderful when he's working in the right sort of trio – which is definitely the case on this fantastic set with Steve Swallow on bass and Joey Baron on drums! The tracks are long, open, and very beautiful ... read moreCD
The sound of the Varitone lives again – in this super-groovy set from Swedish saxophonists Jonas Kullhammar and Per Rusktrask Johansson! Both players on the set are clearly inspired by the Varitone years of Eddie Harris – and the album's got a sense of space, sound, and soul that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Andrzej Kurylewicz is known best for small combo modern jazz recordings – but here, he leads a hip large ensemble in a series of recordings done for Polish Radio in 1964 – a lineup that mixes hard swing with some modern elements – and which includes performances from ... read moreCD
A fantastic early solo album from trumpeter Takuya Kuroda – done before his bigger burst of fame in more recent years – and already very sharp and on the money! The record is definitely a jazz set, but has that Robert Glasper generation way of really opening things up to new soulful ... read moreCD
Things really took off at Poland's Jazz Jamboree in 1962 – as the festival began its fantastic 60s run of bringing together some of the hippest modernists on the planet! Forget any hoke you might think from the "jamboree" name – because instead, the event was a legendary ... read moreCD
A pretty intense power trio from the Chicago scene – a group that features guitar from Tashi Dorji, drums and percussion from Tyler Damon, and alto, tenor, and baritone sax from the great Dave Rempis! The album features one completely sprawling improvisation – "Fontanelles" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The rarest of all Charles Kynard albums – and a real standout groover from the classic funk days of Prestige! The album's a really creative outing – with arrangements by Richard Fritz that take the usual small combo Prestige sound to new heights – twisting and turning the rhythms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy vinyl and a tip-on cover!)
Charles Kynard —
Woga ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Sweet organ lines, heavy drums, and a great little groove throughout – a tight batch of groovers from the mighty Charles Kynard! The keyboardist is in fine 70s form here – stepping away from the sparer sound of his albums for Prestige with a fuller style for Mainstream Records – ... read moreCD
The title cut to Kyoto Jazz Massive's Mission album – given a whole new live here by Jax Medicine! The original tune builds in this really lovely modal style – grooves leaping over themselves, with a great piano solo in the middle – and warm horns from the group! The remix moves ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A beautiful group, and one with a very unique sound – a style that draws from the early 50s experiments in Brazilian jazz by Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida – but which also moves the approach into even more sophisticated 70s territory! The quartet features Almeida on acoustic guitar ... read moreCD
Very cool stuff by one of the 50s most underrated modernists! La Porta normally played alto (as on his famous recordings with Mingus) – but on this set, he's featured on clarinet, and displays a modern talent for the instrument that's almost on a par with Jimmy Giuffre. Half the album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep red vinyl pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bit of aging and a light stain in one corner.)
Sweet electric jazz from 70s Poland – a really tripped-out set of keyboard tunes, almost an Eastern European take on the Herbie Hancock sound of the time! The group's led by keyboard maestro Janusz Grzywacz – who works here on Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano, and a Roland 2000 – ... read moreCD
Quasimoto ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy ...
70s Polish fusion at its finest, served up by the always-tight Laboratorium – a group who know when to jam at the right points, but who can also lay back into a spacier groove as well! This album does a good job of mixing in plenty of keyboards – Fender Rhodes and Arp, juxtaposed ... read moreCD
Quasimoto ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
70s Polish fusion at its finest, served up by the always-tight Laboratorium – a group who know when to jam at the right points, but who can also lay back into a spacier groove as well! This album does a good job of mixing in plenty of keyboards – Fender Rhodes and Arp, juxtaposed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums we've ever heard from trombonist Frank Lacy – an artist who hardly ever takes the spotlight as a leader, but who really shines at the helm of this amazing set! The group has a depth of feeling that takes us back to some of Lacy's more spiritual projects of previous ... read moreCD
(CONDITION NOTE: this copy is missing the rear tray card and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)
Steve Lacy —
Capers ... LP Hat Art (Switzerland), 1979. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A great set of trio material, with none of the nonesense of some of the other Lacy recordings from the time – and a very sympathetic lineup that includes Ronnie Boykins and Dennis Charles. The material was recorded live in New York, and titles include "Quirks", "Bud's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No clinkers here, as the record's a beautiful bit of solo saxophone by Steve Lacy – recorded in unfettered glory, but with a sense of precision and timing that few other players could match! Lacy always used these sorts of sessions in different ways than some of his other contemporaries ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the insert. Cover has price sticker remnants.)
Steve Lacy in one of his greatest modes – working here in a style influenced heavily by Thelonious Monk – one that not only made Lacy one of the first interpreters of Monk's music on saxophone, but also gave his modernist impulses a great sense of focus over the years! The album's an ... read moreCD
Seminal work from Steve Lacy – a set that was recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until the mid 70s – when it quickly became one of THE key records for understanding Lacy's sound and style! The set's based on the work of Thelonious Monk – and like Lacy's early Prestige ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive double-length set from saxophonist Steve Lacy – and maybe one of the strongest 70s statements from his legendary European quintet! The album features two different live performances – each of which open up in the brilliant freedoms allowed by the European scene since the end ... read moreCD
Some of the darkest work we've heard from soprano sax legend Steve Lacy – at least in this part of his career – some fierce work in the company of pianist Takahashi Yuji and percussionist Togashi Masahiko – who also get some time of their own on the record! The album features two ... read moreCD
A beautiful mix of jazz improvisation and spoken word passages – done at a level that almost takes us back to the most righteous experiments of the 70s! The album's got a unique lineup – spoken passages from Mankwe MN Ndosi, improvised poetry from Mike Ladd, drums and cymbals from Dana ... read moreCD
Eden Ladin —
Yequm ... CD Eden Ladin, 2018. New Copy ...
Beautiful sounds from pianist Eden Ladin – a record with a cartoony cover, but a much more serious vibe overall – although still with a sound that's equally bursting with color! Ladin wrote all the material here, and balances acoustic piano with a bit of keyboards – alongside ... read moreCD
Julian Lage is often one of the more compelling contemporary jazz guitarists on record – and this time around, he definitely lives up to that legacy – by offering up unusual trio takes on the music of Ornette Coleman, David Lynch, and Keith Jarrett – while also adding in a few of ... read moreCD
Julian Lage is often one of the more compelling contemporary jazz guitarists on record – and this time around, he definitely lives up to that legacy – by offering up unusual trio takes on the music of Ornette Coleman, David Lynch, and Keith Jarrett – while also adding in a few of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest records ever from Frankie Laine – a strongly jazz-based session, and one that really makes incredible use of Laine's powerful voice! The group here is led by trumpeter Buck Clayton – who's also at a bit of a high point in his career, and able to give Laine this warm ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing.)
Rick Laird with Joe Henderson —
Soft Focus ... LP Timeless/Muse, 1979. Near Mint- ...
An album led by guitarist Rick Laird, but a set that's probably equally noteworthy for the presence of tenorist Joe Henderson on a few tracks – who really shines here in an overlooked late 70s session! The core group is great enough – as Laird has these round, classic jazz guitar tones ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great combo, in a really great setting – the trio of organist Delvon Lamarr, captured in a sweet live radio performance! The tunes are long and open – very much in the group's killer blend of soul jazz and deep funk – with plenty of room for Delvon to soar out on the keys of ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album