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
Rare Swiss performances from Tony Scott and Sal Nistico – both American players who reached some of their greatest heights on the European scene of the 70s! The first half of the CD features Sal Nistico sounding really great on a trio of long, open-ended tracks – blowing tenor ... read moreCD
Noa ... CD Soleil Zeuhl (France), 1980. Used ...
With Philippe Vincendeau on alto & soprano sax, Alain Gaubert on guitar & bass, Claudie Nicolas on vocals, Bernard Nicolas on flute & soprano sax & Christian Robard on drums, xylophone & vibraphone. CD
Mike Nock has always been a pianist with so many varied shades and styles to his talents – and here, he makes a rare ECM appearance in a set that's nicely different from most of his other albums of the 70s – maybe a bit more sensitive at times, but also maybe more freewheeling too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic funky set from the Sydney scene of the 60s – one of the coolest, cookingest combos to ever record in Australia at the time – and a group with a mix of mod and soul elements that reminds us of the best organ jazz recorded in London too! The group's led by the mighty Col ... read moreCD
A fantastic funky set from the Sydney scene of the 60s – one of the coolest, cookingest combos to ever record in Australia at the time – and a group with a mix of mod and soul elements that reminds us of the best organ jazz recorded in London too! The group's led by the mighty Col ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Noodband is Gerard Ammerlaan on bass, Charles Huffstadt on drums, Douwe Kamminga on tuba, Alan Laurillard on tenor sax, Frans Vermeerssen on alto sax, and Herman Koster on trombone. LP, Vinyl record album
Walter Norris & George Mraz —
Drifting ... LP Enja, 1974. Near Mint- ...
The title's an appropriate one – as the record drifts a bit lazily from track to track. The energy never really picks up, and but it's got a nice laid back, spacious approach, settling comfortably into its destiny as a set of piano/bass duets. Titles include "Space Maker", "No ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Teddy Wilson on piano, Slam Stewart on bass, Specs Powell & Eddie Dell on drums, Remo Palmieri on guitar, Vic Dickenson on trombone with Aaron Sachs and Hank D'Amico on Clarenet. LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has oxidation on Side A, plays with surface noise. Cover has some aging.)
A really great later album from vibist Red Norvo – one that not only features some great small combo work of his own, but which also boasts some strong tenor from a young Scott Hamilton! But Norvo and Hamilton are only part of the group here – which also includes Dave McKenna on piano, ... read moreCD
The first album in many years from pianist Larry Novak – a Chicago pianist who worked with giants like Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan many decades back, and who's remained a committed stylist after all these years! In fact, the set's got a depth of feeling and sensitivity that might be more ... read moreCD
Novi Singers —
Torpedo ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove to it. Their ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Richly creative work from Nu Band – a hip ensemble that features Roy Campbell on trumpets and flute, Mark Whitecage on alto and clarinet, Joe Fonda on bass, and Lou Grassi on drums and percussion! There's a flowing, open feel here that's very much like some of Campbell's best albums recorded ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from trumpeter Ian Carr and his Nucleus group of the early 70s – maybe one of the few jazz rock groups that was ever able to work with a fair bit of jazz in their sound! Unlike his contemporaries, who often started in rock first, then added some horns – Carr was already ... read moreCD
Urbaniak's joined by Roy Haynes, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams and Ted Dunbar in the New York Five, playing a more straight set than some of the fusion sides he's more well known for. The group's infused with a nice soul jazz sensibility to the mostly boppish numbers, including a couple of numbers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare Mexican set from Chico O'Farrill – cut during a time when he was also doing some great records up in the US! Includes jazzy Latin takes on "More", "Girl From Ipanema", "Misty", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "April In Paris". (Latin, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original pressing. Cover has some wear and discoloration from age.)
A striking session for Anita O'Day – and a refreshing change from her work of the 50s! This one has Anita singing with arrangements by Gary McFarland, a mix of easy jazz styles that show a more sophisticated side to her voice – a bit more careful than before, with more hidden in the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the strongest of Anita's mid 50s outings for Verve – a tightly-crafted set that benefits from some good arrangements from Buddy Bregman! The format is perfect for Anita – giving her little space to have to make decisions, and letting her concentrate on the tone and charm that ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Verve Inc pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Anita O'Day pays tribute to Downbeat poll winners by singing vocal versions of their big hits in this lively set of jazz tracks from the 50s! Arrangements are by Marty Paich and Russ Garcia, both swinging as nicely as they ever did – and the setting of the album keeps Anita nicely in line, ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
This is the sort of work we love the most from Anita O'Day – not her big band years, or her tight 50s albums on Verve – but instead the intimate small club recordings that dominated her later career, which showcase a singer with more craft, more maturity than ever before! Anita had ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Anita O'Day —
My Ship ... CD Emily/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Great small combo work from Anita O'Day – done at a time when the singer had maybe faded from the American limelight a bit, but continued to do some really exceptional work for a variety of smaller labels! In fact, we might even say that Anita during this stretch was even hipper than before ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Buddy Bregman's doing the arrangements on this one – and he brings a great jazzy flair to the backings, helping Anita O'Day open up in her most dynamic mode! The whole set swings nicely, but without any sort of hoke – and Bregman manages to highlight specific instruments in the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Verve Records Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam held with clear tape and some light aging.)
Very groovy work from Chico – still very Latin at the core, but with lots of light 60s touches on top, ala the work of Gary McFarland, or some of the other groove-conscious arrangers for Verve and Impulse! Players on the set include Art Farmer, Clark Terry, JJ Johnson, Seldon Powell, and Pat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing. Cover has some discoloration from age near the opening.)
A pretty ambitious album from easy arranger Claus Ogerman – a hell of a talent, and the man who provided backings for some of our favorite albums! The album's kind of a "jazz meets orchestra" affair – done in the mode of some of Ogerman's backdrops for artists with a soloist ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble —
Hard Luck Soul ... CD Aragorn/Jazzman (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A beautiful lost relic, and a monster batch of long jazzy grooves! The album was recorded in the great tradition of "musicans in prison" albums, like those by The Escorts in the early 70s, and it features an incredibly soulful band made up of jazz musicians in lockdown at the Ohio State ... read moreCD
Maresuke Okamoto, Guy-Frank Pellerin & Eugenio Sanna —
OPS . . . ! ... CD Setola Di Maiale (Italy), 2018. Used ...
A sweet Japanese take on American easy grooves – an album originally issued in 1971 under the title Easy Listening Special, and featuring the vocals of Hiroshi Okazaki! Hiroshi sings in English, with a warm, mellow, and round sort of tone – not exactly soulful, but cool and almost ... read moreCD
A great lost slice of easy from Japan – sweet vocal tracks that are sort of a groovy take on the Hawaiian sound of the 60s! The tracks include a lot of Hawaiian standards, sung by the Living Voices in a mode that's occasionally gentle and dreamy, but which at other times has a surprising ... read moreCD
One of the hippest albums ever from singer Ruth Olay – who works here with hip trio backing from Red Mitchell on bass, Goran Strandberg on piano, and Nisse Sandstrom on tenor! (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut by drummer Grassella Oliphant – a soulful smoker that really shows the hip approach to jazz on Atlantic Records in the 60s! The album's got a tight groove that comes from superb efforts from a great quartet – Oliphant's drums in the lead, plus tenor from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono white label promo. Cover has a promo ink stamp on back.)
Trumpeter Sy Oliver was a big talent in the swing generation – where his sharpness and focus almost paved the way for later leaders and arrangers like Quincy Jones or Neal Hefti – and here, he brings that old school mode into sharper focus in a smaller ensemble – working with a ... read moreCD
An incredible collection of work by one of the greatest Afro Funk groups of the 70s! From their inception as the AACM-styled jazz group Juju in the early 70s, to their key days in the DC Black Fire scene of the mid 70s, to their early 80s fame as club groovers, Oneness of Juju were one of the most ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
A great live album from the sextet of pianist Junko Onishi – one of the warmest, most dynamic groups she's had in awhile – and one who come across here with all these moody tones and colors that seem to really help shape the direction of Junko's own performance! The horns are great ... read moreCD
A lesser-known side of early work from the great Dave Liebman – a very hip trio that also features Frank Tusa on bass and Bob Moses on drums and kalimba! The sound is very open, very spacious, and surprisingly spiritual – more so than some of Liebman's other work, especially in later ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear and aging.)
A powerful little trio – and one of the boldest setting that reedman Dave Liebman recorded in during the 70s! The Open Sky combo features Dave on a range of reeds – tenor, soprano, and alto flute – plus a bit of acoustic piano and percussion too – often working with these ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink. Cover has a cut corner.)
Opus 5 (Seamus Blake, Sipiagin, Kikoski, Kozlov) —
Pentasonic ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 2012. Used ...
A real cooker from Opus 5 – even more far-reaching than their previous collaboration together, with a soaring sort of energy that leaps out right from the start! The group's something of an all-star ensemble – with Seamus Blake on tenor and soprano sax, David Kikoski on piano and ... read moreCD
All music composed, arranged & conducted by Carla Bley. Re-orchestrated for Big Band by Jeff Friedman from the original Carla Bley band versions. CD
(Out of print.)
Orchestra USA/John Lewis —
Sonorities ... LP Columbia, Early 60s. Near Mint- ...
A serious piece of jazz orchestral work – directed by John Lewis, conducted by Harold Farberman, and featuring solos by Jerome Richardson, Joe Newman, Dick Katz, and Richard Davis. The work's perhaps Lewis' most seriously avant garde on record – taking off even further from previous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 360 Sound pressing. Cover has light wear and aging.)
A sound that we can only describe as Oregon – not the state, but the group – heard here in their unique 80s blend of acoustic and electric styles! There's a compelling blend of organic elements and more abstracted moments going on here – instrumentation that's folded into itself ... read moreCD
Friends ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ...
Oregon open the door for a few friends to appear on the album – and in doing so, they also open themselves up as well – in a shifting set of tracks that sometimes features different groupings of the core musicians! The guests here are Bennie Wallace on tenor, Larry Karush on piano, and ... read moreCD
Beautiful live work from Oregon – a concert performance that somehow seems to provide an even more beautiful than usual setting for their special combination of talents! The group's flow is fantastic throughout – mixing the percussive elements of Collin Walcott on sitar, tablas, and ... read moreCD
A seminal blend of folk roots and jazz improvisation – with Ralph Towner on guitar, Collin Walcott on sitar, oboe and horn from Paul McCandless, and bass and flute from Glen Moore. Titles include "North Star", "Children Of God", "Naiads", "Shard", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The fantastic first outing of Oregon as a quartet – recorded right after the group's initial work with the Paul Winter Consort – but not released until a decade after the material was first put down to tape! Oregon had already reached greater fame by the time of the record's issue in ... read moreCD
Violin ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ...
The title's a reference to the special presence of Polish violinist Zbigniew Siefert, who joins Oregon for the set – and it's also the name of the side-long track on the first half of the record – a surprisingly beautiful long improvisation by the entire group! Given the way that ... read moreCD
(Swirl label stereo pressing. Cover has ring and edge wear.)
Oregon with Elvin Jones —
Together ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1976. New Copy ...
Drummer Elvin Jones joins the groundbreaking Oregon trio – and rather than making the set a record that's dominated by the star, Elvin nicely finds the right sort of way to really mix his talents with the group! Jones in the 70s could be pretty dynamic as a leader – but here, he's ... read moreCD
The legendary drum work of Andrew Cyrille has a fantastically fresh setting here – matched with the piano of Aruan Ortiz and the percussion of Mauircio Herra – both of whom add some spoken bits to the performance! Cyrille's brilliance hasn't dimmed at all over the years – and he's ... read moreCD
Includes the tracks "Bucket Got A Hole In It", "Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho", "Tiger Rag", "Creole Bo Bo", "Eh La Bas", "The Worlds's Jazz Crazy, Lawdy So Am I", "Bil Bailey Won't You Please Come Home", and "Farewell To ... (78 RPM, Jazz)read more78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Album cover has some light edge wear, but is otherwise in good shape!)
A mad batch of tunes that are a perfect example of the "pilantragem" (piracy) movement in Brazil at the end of the 60s! Similar to some of the pluralistic cultural influences running through Tropicalia, pilantragem borrows music from a world of different sources – working in a ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A sweet bossa combo from 60s Brazil – a jazzy little group that features some very early work on piano and arrangements from Francis Hime – whose sense of tone and color is already shining through, even at a relatively young age! Hime plays piano, and Nelson Motta plays guitar – ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing 70s work from British altoist Mike Osborne – working here with a razor sharp trio that includes Harry Miller on bass and Louis Moholo on drums. Osborne's tone is already tremendous at the start – but the added rhythmic pressure of Miller and Moholo really make the album cook ... read moreCD
Includes 4 remixes of the title track plus the cut "Cad'lack Back". CD
Bernard Purdie/Christian Fabian/Ron Oswanski —
Move On! ... CD Consolidated Artists Productions, 2020. Used ...
A new Hammond trio record featuring drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie! CD
Yasuhiro Otani & Tatsu Aoki —
Dial ... CD Asian Improv, 1997. Used ...
Yasuhiro Otani on cumputers & Tatsu Aoki on bass & electronics. CD
(Out of print.)
Other Dimensions In Music with Fay Victor —
Kaiso Stories ... CD Silkheart (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ...
Vocalist Fay Victor joins the wonderful group Other Dimensions In Music – for a performance that really helps deepen the sound and knock the whole thing out of the park! Make no mistake, we already love the instrumental side of the group – Roy Campbell on trumpets and other instruments ... read moreCD
A cool 70s set from Japanese drummer George Otsuka – much more fusion-based than his work of the 60s, with some great help from an assortment of American and Japanese players! Many tunes have an angular, searching sort of feel – but there's also a nice dose of funk too, choppier ... read moreCD
Out To Dinner (Michael Dease, Behn Gillece, & Others) —
Different Flavors ... CD Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ...
A fantastic all-star group of players who've recorded separately for the Posi-Tone label – coming together here with a very fresh sound! You'll definitely recognize a few names in the quintet – which features Michael Dease on trombone, Behn Gillece on vibes, Tim Green on alto, Boris ... read moreCD
Key proof that great songs never get old – and maybe even more, that the political messages of yesterday still have plenty of power today! Drummer Ulysses Owens mines the righteous territory of the 60s and 70s here – bringing together songs originally performed by Nina Simone, Abbey ... read moreCD
A really fantastic little set – one that seems to echo the South African jazz legacy of the 60s, but which also puts its own spin on things too – taking things outside at some points, while also hanging onto these modal rhythmic moments at others! The group is really wonderful – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album