Gerry Mulligan meets up with a great array of 50s modernists here – in specially setting dedicated to all Mulligan-penned compositions! Although a radical player himself on the baritone sax, Gerry also added something strong to the 50s jazz catalog with his great tunes from the early days ... read moreCD
This is the small combo recording of tracks from the legendary jazz score to I Want To Live! Although not featured that prominently in the film, the band of Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Bud Shank, and others were a pretty tight little group – even though it was strange to see this west coast ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Incredible work from Gerry Mulligan – material that predates his better-known west coast sides of the mid 50s! These 1951 recordings are a seminal document of the team of Gerry Mulligan and Allan Eager – offering some of Mulligan's first big impact on the east coast scene before moving ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2013 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi.)
One of the best early albums by vocalist Mark Murphy – cut to arrangements by Bill Holman on side one, a set of big band numbers, and to smaller piano trio backing on side two, which features mellower stuff. Murphy's really developing his voice at this point, and is starting to get some of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Recent work by Mark Murphy – but as sublime as most of his best stuff from the 70s! The set was recorded in Europe, with the kind of respectful backing you'd expect from a scene that's loved Murphy's work for years – and which have done quite a bit to keep his unique style of jazz ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
David Murray —
Children ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1985. Near Mint- ...
A richly complex set from David Murray – and a record that offers up a much wider range of moods than some of his other sessions from the time! Some numbers have an angular, almost aggressive groove – one that comes from the presence of group members James Blood Ulmer on guitar and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Murray —
David Murray ... CD Musica Jazz/Black Saint (Italy), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. Used ...
(Out of print.)
David Murray —
Live Vol 2 ... LP India Navigation, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
David Murray is on tenor here – in a great group that features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Phillip Wilson on drums! The recording has a good raw quality, and features 2 extended loft-jazz sorts of tracks – "Santa Barbara & Crenshaw Follies" and " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest gifts of the Soul Note label was the way that it could take sessions with avant-oriented players, and make them turn out straighter jazz material – but with a really nice edge! This session's a perfect example of that legacy – as it features David Murray at the head ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Murray —
New Life ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1987. Very Good+ ...
A new life for the ideas of saxophonist David Murray – worked out here in an octet of top-shelf players! The sound is avant one minute, swinging the next – and carried off with a rich sense of jazz tradition that really marks the growing appreciation of roots in the 80s generation of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice album of straight ahead tenor tracks from David Murray – playing here in a quartet with guitarist Stanley Franks, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and the great Don Pullen, who plays organ on the session! The album's not exactly in the classic soul jazz organ/tenor mode – ... read moreCD
A great little session by Murray – recorded at that point in the early 90s when DIW was turning out some especially soulful records! The group on the set features Fred Hopkins on bass, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums – and although you might expect a Coltraney feel from ... read moreCD
A great trio set – with Fred Hopkins on bass and Steve McCall on drums – and Murray only on tenor on four long tracks that include "Coney Island", "Corazon", "The Hill", and "Hope/Scope". LP, Vinyl record album
David Murray & Gwo-Ka Masters Feat Pharoah Sanders —
Gwotet ... CD Justin Time, 2004. Used ...
A rich tapestry of Afro-Caribbean rhythms – and one of the most compelling albums we've heard in years from David Murray! The set features an expanded group of percussionists, vocalists, and other instrumentalists – fronted by lead solo stars David Murray and Pharoah Sanders – ... read moreCD
One of David Murray's straighter sides from the early 80s – and exactly the kind of record to prove to the world that he could be a strong tenor traditionalist while still bringing an inventive sound to play! Murray's tone is deep and soulful, and often quite lyrical – set nicely in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more spiritual sessions for BYG, and a large ensemble session that brings together players like Archie Shepp, Malachi Favors, Roscoe Mitchell, Grachan Moncur, and Clifford Thornton. "Suns Of Africa" takes up all of side one, and although it begins slow, and with spare soloing, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sunny Murray/Bob Dickey/Robert Andreano —
Homework ... CD Super Secret Sound/No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy ...
Drummer Sunny Murray really hit some wonderfully subtle, sensitive moments in the later years of his career – as you'll definitely hear here, working in a trio with Robert Andreano on guitar and Bob Dickie on bass! Both of the string players use their instruments in ways that are often ... read moreCD
Sunny Murray/Bob Dickey/Robert Andreano —
Homework ... LP Super Secret Sound/No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy (reissue)...
Drummer Sunny Murray really hit some wonderfully subtle, sensitive moments in the later years of his career – as you'll definitely hear here, working in a trio with Robert Andreano on guitar and Bob Dickie on bass! Both of the string players use their instruments in ways that are often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from a group that forever changed the face of British jazz – and which really found a way for improvised music to exist in a space that's all its own! The "company" is really a quartet – with Derek Bailey on guitar, Evan Parker on soprano sax, Hugh Davies on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight hard tenor work by the great Vido Musso – featuring a set of tracks that skirts between bop and R&B tenor tunes, with backing by a little combo that includes Chico Alvaraz and Maynard Ferguson on trumpets. Vido's got a tone that's just great – raw, with the reed almost blown ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small peeled spot from sticker removal.)
Wolfgang Muthspiel/Scott Colley/Brian Blade —
Angular Blues ... LP ECM (Germany), 2020. New Copy ...
A record that's maybe one of the most tuneful, lyrical we've ever heard from guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel – and that may have a lot to do with the wonderful help in the trio from Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums! The tunes still have some of the abstract qualities of Muthspiel's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amina Claudine Myers —
Amina ... CD Novus/BMG, 1988. Used ...
A pretty interesting change for this lovely lady of the AACM – as Amina Claudine Myers makes a shift towards more R&B-inflected jazz, working in equal parts vocals and piano with more electric instrumentation than you'd hear on some of her earlier albums. Although the move was kind of ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Disc has a security strip on the top side, tray card is missing one spine.)
A trio date – with Cecil McBee on bass and Jimmy Lovelace on drums and bells. Amina sings, plays piano and organ, and sounds way different than Bessie Smith. Titles include the great "African Blues". CD
(On Demand CDr pressing with blue border around cover image. Please note the tray card is missing both spines.)
There's a vampire with a flute on the cover – and that image alone is more than enough to make us drop the needle on this rare Japanese gem from the 70s! And fortunately, the sound of the music is equally cool – funky fusion with some nicely spacey currents – almost a Mizell ... read moreCD
There's a vampire with a flute on the cover – and that image alone is more than enough to make us drop the needle on this rare Japanese gem from the 70s! And fortunately, the sound of the music is equally cool – funky fusion with some nicely spacey currents – almost a Mizell ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
N'awlins Gumbo Kings —
UFO Saloon ... CD Herring Howard & Sizer, 2006. Used ...
The second album from a really great group – the brainchild of keyboardist Yasushi Karasawa, who has a way of putting together his sounds that's very unique! There's a freshness here that reminds us of the excitement we first felt when falling in love with Japanese groups back in the 90s ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Nacka Forum – a group with a name that might be a bit unusual, but which represents some of the strongest work on the Moserobie label in recent years! The lineup here is a quartet – Goran Kajfes on trumpet and mellophone, Johan Bethling on bass, Kresten Osgood on ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Nacka Forum – a group with a name that might be a bit unusual, but which represents some of the strongest work on the Moserobie label in recent years! The lineup here is a quartet – Goran Kajfes on trumpet and mellophone, Johan Bethling on bass, Kresten Osgood on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone smoker from tenorist Seiichi Nakamura – thanks partly to some great trombone from Shigeharu Mukai! Shige's one of our favorite Japanese trombonists from the 70s, and he really gives this session a deep degree of soul – working strongly in the frontline with Seiichi, and getting ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2013 pressing – includes obi.)
Teruo Nakamura —
Unicorn ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
A landmark album from the Japanese fusion scene of the 70s – a killer set of tracks recorded by bassist Teruo Nakamura, with help from a host of American soul jazz luminaries! The album's easily one of Nakamura's most sought-after sets – and for good reason too, as the cuts are long ... read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Beautiful grooves from a cool Japanese group – one led by bassist Eiji Nakayama, with some great electric piano and tenor sax in the lineup too! The tracks are long, and relatively open-ended – kind of in the Three Blind Mice label style of the period, but with an even more ... read moreCD
A brilliant bass-led trio session from Japan – a perfect example of that scene's jazz greatness back in the 70s! Japanese piano trios definitely got their nod in the US and Europe, but at the time, the scene also had some equally wonderful combos who were led by bassists, not pianists – ... read moreCD
A completely fresh take on tunes from the show Flower Drum Song – done here all as trio numbers by pianist Morris Nanton, who handles the music with a lot more sensitive spin than the lyrical versions! Nanton's got this full, rich tone at this point in his career – a well-punctuated ... read moreCD
Lost lyrical sounds from Morris Nanton – a player who only recorded a handful of albums, all of them great! Nanton's an unusual player – in that at one level, he's got this heavy left-hand style that's almost in a soul jazz mode – but also still manages some of the lighter, more ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2017 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)
Pretty darn great work from jazz vocalist Nanette Natal – a sweet blend of breezy vocals, jazzy rhythms, and the kind of open-ended singing that always made Nanette's albums a treat! There's an approach here that follows strongly in the sweeter Bay Area jazz vocal groove of the 70s – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic early bebop from trumpter Fats Navarro – a seminal album that brings together earlier famous 78s recorded for Savoy Records! The set features the late great trumpeter leading 3 different small groups – all top-shelf lineups, with players that include Charlie Rouse or Dexter ... read moreCD
A great collection of work by Fats Navarro – his complete Blue Note recordings, and a masterful collection of trumpet-based bop! There's are a total of 26 songs on this 2 LP set and several groups that Navarro played with are represented – The Tadd Dameron Sextet & Septet, The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of early modern bop material – 36 tracks that bring together the complete Blue Note recordings of Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro – about half of them featuring Navarro in Dameron's group, the other half featuring Fats on his own, working with Bud Powell, Howard McGhee, and ... read moreCD
One of the first larger concept albums from Oliver Nelson – and a set that really marked a strong step forward as a jazz arranger! The album is one long suite – as you might guess from the title – with righteous themes that deal not just with rising independence in postwar Africa ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black label NJ pressing with deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has some wear and aging.)
One of the all-time classics of early 60s mainstream jazz – and a beautiful record that showcases writing and arranging talents of Oliver Nelson! Nelson had been bumping around a variety of sessions before this one – as a leader, sideman, and arranger – but it was with this album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange & black label pressing with RVG stamp and LW etch. Cover has a 2 inch split in the top seam and some surface wear.)
A great little album – a lot better than you might think from the concept! After the death of JFK, Oliver Nelson penned this extremely strong tribute to the man – featuring snippets of speeches made by Kennedy during his time in office as president, used as bridges between jazz based ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Oliver Nelson's follow-up to his classic Blues & The Abstract Truth session for Impulse – and like that one, a tremendous little album – filled with deep tones and wonderful colors in sound! The group here's a bit larger than before – an ensemble that includes Phil Woods on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy stuff! Although the bulk of the material on this album is "pops meet jazz", in the hands of Oliver Nelson, it's transformed into something wonderful – with just the right blend of jazz to keep things lively. The arrangements have a nice off-kilter sound that works well ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label mono pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)
A fantastic transformation of the Oliver Nelson sound of the 60s – a large ensemble record that takes all the soul of his earlier groove, and reworks it with a more electric vibe for the 70s! Nelson's at the height of his powers here – working brilliantly as a leader and arranger, to ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
A really standout score from Oliver Nelson – a set that's got some of his groovier touches at times, but also features some pretty great straighter scoring as well! The record really shows Nelson stepping out from his older role as a strictly jazz-based arranger – and although there ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole and some light wear.)
One of the grooviest records that Steve Allen ever cut – thanks largely to some hip arrangements from the mighty Oliver Nelson! The set's definitely a collaborative effort – especially as it's got a vibe that has Nelson really overtaking Allen's usual strong lead – still letting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a promo sticker.)
A unique little outing for Oliver Nelson – one that breaks him out of the familiar territory of the studio, and puts him in a much more spontaneous live setting! Nelson's playing soprano sax on the album – using the instrument in an edgey way that has echoes of Coltrane, yet which also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Vibist Steve Nelson is in a slightly different setting here than on some of his other recent records – running through a set of familiar standards in a laidback way, yet still handling them with that remarkably bold strike on the vibes that always makes his music so unique! The group's got a ... read moreCD
(Part of the Venus Masterpiece Collections series!)
A wonderful wonderful set from the British jazz scene of the late 60s – beautifully inventive large ensemble material, done under the direction of Neil Ardley – and featuring some of the best British jazz musicians of the time! The group's a showcase not only for creative young talent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The New Mastersounds must have their own source of renewable energy – as they've been giving us great records for many years now, and still are strongly on top of their game! The core quartet is driven by the funky drums of Simon Allen, the bumping bass of Pete Shand, the sweet keyboards of ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really nice take on the music of New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint – a record that sets things up in new jazz-based arrangements that open up whole new sides of the songs! You'll know most of the numbers here – especially if you've got any of Toussaint's classic albums or ... read moreCD
Sweet electric grooves from this obscure Italian combo – one who's actually a quintet, not a quartet – and play in all these wonderful funky jazz styles! The approach is a bit CTI/Kudu Records at times – or more instrumental club music in other moments – and the lineup ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly wonderful album – even if these guys break our cardinal rule of jazz combos, which is never to put the name of your home city in place of the players in the group! The group's a quartet with Frank Wess on flute and tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Grady ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set by one of the more obscure groups to record for the CTI/Motown subsidiary Salvation – a great quartet that features Frank Wess on soprano sax and flute, Roland Hanna on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Ben Riley on drums. The group play in a mode that really pushes past that of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner. Back cover paste-on is unglued along the seams.)
The first album from Phineas Newborn in a number of years – and a set with a strong enough sound to warrant the "Phineas Is Back" in the title! Newborn's sound here has hardly dimmed at all – and he's still got that great blend of complicated flourishes and bluesier ... read moreCD
Maybe not a "world" of piano, but a real classic from Phineas Newborn – a record that marks a harder, more soulful sound than some of his 50s work – shaking free from some of his flowery touches on the keys, and digging much deeper into the groove of his Memphis roots! The ... read moreCD
Slick 70s jazz funk from Fathead – an uncommon record in his canon, and a nice one! If you're more accustomed to hearing Newman in more of his bluesy southern R&B inflected jazz setting, this one's a groovy left turn – with a more polished touch here a la 70s Fantasy, with Wilbur ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best David Newman albums for Atlantic from the 60s – and one that breaks past the R&B-influenced formula of earlier albums! This one features some great arrangements by William Fischer, the cool wild-card arranger who was to late 60s Atlantic what David Axelrod was to Capitol ... read moreCD
David Newman's first album as a leader – recorded under the Ray Charles banner, and featuring Ray himself on piano! The set's a really surprising one – as it's much more jazz-based than we'd expect, given the Charles connection – and really steps out with some lively solo work ... read moreCD
Early work from David Fathead Newman – so early, the cover has him listed as "Dave" on the front! The album steps nicely off Newman's early work with Ray Charles – and does plenty to establish him as a leader on his own – putting Newman's bold, soulful tenor right ... read moreCD
One of the nice electric albums that David Newman cut with Roy Ayers, and a record with a smooth 70's funky sound that works better than some of his 60's recordings. Tracks include Roy Ayers' great tunes "Fuzz" and "Fire Weaver", plus "3/4 Of The Time", "Symphonet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green label Broadway pressing. Cover has some surface wear and a cutout notch.)
David Newman —
Mr Fathead ... CD Warner/Wounded Bird, 1976. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A pretty sweet set from reedman David Newman – a record that has him working with larger instrumental backdrops, in a mode that's almost like the sound going on with Stanley Turrentine over at CTI! William S. Fischer handled all the arrangements – so although things are tight, there's ... read moreCD
An obscure funky fusion album from bassist Tony Newton – with a wild look that grabs you instantly! Tony plays this weird double-bass, and he's pictured with the instrument on the cover – looking like some super-heavy righteous dude that escaped from The Headhunters. The record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few rare albums cut by this important influence on John Coltrane! Personell includes John Miller on piano, Phil Bowler on bass, Jeff Watts on drums, and Joe Gaines on percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
A huge document of a really special group – a meeting of two different generations of Norwegian improvisers who made some really incredible sounds together! The Quintet only released one album back in the day, so this 5CD set really expands the group's recorded output – and stands as a ... read moreCD