With Zoot Sims on tenor, Harry Edison on trumpet, Roger Kellaway on piano, John Heard on bass, and Jimmie Smith on drums. Titles include "Nature Boy", "Just Friends", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Blue Skies", "I Understand", "Blue Skies", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alive, and plenty lively – one of our favorite albums ever to feature the team of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims – and one that has them really stretching out a lot more than usual! The album's got a format that's quite different than the tightly-reigned sound of Sims and Cohn on other dates ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with radial dial – mono, with deep groove and "ear"! Cover has a light stain on the bottom few inches – just a trace on the front, more inside the gatefold. Vinyl is nice and clean.)
A great collection of early work by tenor giant Hal Singer – a wonderful player who recorded for Savoy during the late 40s and early 50s, and whose work was a key part of the shift from swing-based tenor work to R&B. The set brings together 16 tracks that were only ever issued on 78s ... read moreCD
For completists only! We always knew the folks at Motor Music were mad, but never this mad. Yet only beautiful madness could have led them to put out this insanely over-stuffed set of the complete works of one of the spookiest vocal groups of all time. Led by Gene Puerling of the Hi-Los, and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print. Box has some very light wear, but this is a great copy overall.)
Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin has grown tremendously in recent years – and a record like this is a fantastic demonstration of his talents as both an instrumentals and as a composer – and also as a leader of a very well-matched group! The combo is a quartet, but soar out with a spirit that ... read moreCD
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Canadian fusion out of Vancouver – with Jim McGillveray on percussion, Grame Coleman on keyboards, Rene Worst on bass, Tom Keenlyside on sax, Kat Hendrikse on drums, and Harris Van Berkel on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
A rare jazz soundtrack from the 60s Polish scene – quite different than other film scores of the period, with a vibe that feels maybe more like some of the French new wave soundtracks, or some of the jazzier material used in early 60s Italian films! The players aren't listed, but the ... read moreCD
Cees Slinger's Buddies In Soul —
Happy Times ... CD Blue Jack Jazz/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2002. New Copy ...
An excellent group that really lives up to their name – a very soulful quintet, with a groove that's right up there with the best hardbop of the late 50s and early 60s! The ensemble's led by Dutch pianist Cees Slinger, but it features some especially strong work from the hornmen – ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Jazz Premium Seats – Rare Jazz – Live & Sessions" series!)
Tony Scherr on guitar, bass and dobro, Kenny Wollesen on drums, percussion and sampler, David Tronzo on slide guitar, baritone guitar and dobro, and Michael Blake on tenor and soprano saxophone, melodica, handclaps, and finger snaps. CD
One of the few sides ever cut as a leader by west coast clarinetist Bill Smith – and a pretty groovy session that has the group performing jazz versions of folk tunes, a gimmick that was used briefly around the same time by players that included Harold Land and Benny Bailey. The quartet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has minimal aging and some wear at the top seam.)
An obscure later album by Jimmy Smith – but one that continues the trend of tighter jazz funk that he began in the 70s! The album's a tight studio session with Jimmy on the "Wersi Saturn W3T" organ, plus guitar by Howard Roberts and Dennis Budimir, piano by Ronnie Foster, trumpet ... read moreCD
One of Jimmy's most classic albums for Blue Note – and a key example of why his solo skills on the organ surpassed most of his contemporaries! The record's got a stripped-down trio group of Jimmy, guitarist Quentin Warren, and drummer Donald Bailey – working through mostly familiar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono New York pressing with RVG stamp and ear. Cover has a sticker on back.)
A sweet little quartet date – in case you couldn't tell from the title. Fourmost features Stanley Turrentine on tenor, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Grady Tate on drums plus vocals on "My Funny Valentine". CD
A smoking live set from the Fourmost combo – a group headed by Jimmy Smith on Hammond, and featuring tenor from Stanley Turrentine, guitar from Kenny Burrell, and drums from Grady Tate! The setting is nice and relaxed, and the recording quality is too – so there's none of those too-smoo ... read moreCD
Classic work from Jimmy Smith – a smokin' quartet session from the early 60's, one that sports a rare appearance by Percy France on tenor on most of the tracks! France has a great raw sound that gives the session a nice little edge – and the rest of the group features Kenny Burrell on ... read moreCD
A great little trio session – one of Jimmy's hippest, featuring Grant Green on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums. The talents of Green are quite welcome here – as his lighter touch on the strings makes Jimmy open up a bit more than with some of his other compatriots in this format ... read moreCD
A great back to basics session from organist Jimmy Smith – recorded live in the early 80s, but with a freewheeling small combo sound that takes us back to his Blue Note years! The group on the album's a quartet – with Jimmy on both piano and organ, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Johnny ... read moreCD
A perennial favorite in the Jimmy Smith catalog for Blue Note – and a smoking little set that has Jimmy's Hammond grooving nicely alongside tenor from Stanley Turrentine and guitar from Kenny Burrell! Only Donald Bailey's drums remain from Jimmy's regular trio, but that shift is fine, given ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono New York pressing with RVG stamp and ear. Cover has worn corners, a tacky sticker spot on front, heavy stains at the top left corner, and a small name in pen on back. Labels have a small name in pen.)
A new star is right – because with the strength of this set, Jimmy Smith set a whole new tone for the way that the organ was used in jazz! The album's got a raw, earthy power that grabs us right away – and even though the tunes themselves are mostly familiar numbers, Jimmy's early ... read moreCD
(Out of print, one of the traycard spines has some wear.)
Once an overlooked late Verve album, now a solid classic – and easily one of the funkiest albums ever from organist Jimmy Smith! The groove here is far different than the more familiar Jimmy Smith Verve sessions of the 60s – and the tracks open up in a really extended mode – ... read moreCD
Fantastic studio material from Jimmy's best period on Blue Note! The CD features 6 unreleased tracks – all recorded in 1958, but never issued until now, for some insanely stupid reason! The tracks feature Jimmy's usual organ/guitar/drums trio approach, augmented with some great baritone ... read moreCD
With Buddy Collette on alto sax, Ernie Fields Jr. on baritone sax, Andy Simpkins on bass, Maurice Spears on bass trombone, Michael Baker on drums, Phil Upchurch on guitar, Mick Martin on harmonica, Jimmy Smith on organ, Herlin Riley on tenor sax, George Bohanon on trombone, Oscar Brashear on ... read moreCD
Excellent meeting between 2 mighty talents who rarely recorded together! Oliver Nelson did the arrangements and leads a big band, but the real focus is on Jimmy and Wes' solos, which are given a lot of room to roam in long tracks like "James & Wes", "Night Train", and " ... read moreCD
Vibes and organ galore – 2 albums on 1 CD from the team of Johnny Hammond Smith and Freddie McCoy! First up is Stimulation – a great lost groover on Prestige, and an album that puts the soulful organ of Johnny Hammond Smith into contact with the groovy vibes of Freddie McCoy – ... read moreCD
A Johnny Hammond 2-fer – a pair of very early albums, back to back on a single CD! First up is Talk That Talk – subtle early magic from Johnny Hammond Smith, and the kind of sweet organ jazz set that really set Smith apart from his contemporaries in the 60s! There's a slightly offbeat ... read moreCD
An incredible live set by Dr. Lonnie Smith – recorded during his 75th birthday celebration at NYC's Jazz Standard! It's mostly in a trio setting with Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar and Johnathan Blake on drums, working through raucous and intimate moments with equal skill. We saw Lonnie play ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet Series – a beautiful pressing, with heavy vinyl and cover!)
Lonnie Smith —
Breathe ... CD Blue Note, 2021. New Copy ...
Great work from Lonnie Smith – one of the few Hammond heroes from the past who's continued to give us fresh-sounding music over the years! Lonnie's been reinvigorated after returning to Blue Note – and this tight little set follows all the growth he's experienced at the label – ... read moreCD
A sweet 70s groover from the great Lonnie Smith – a soulful little session that has the keyboardist really stretching out in some great ways! At the time, Smith fares a lot better than some of his late 60s jazz organ contemporaries – as he's got a great lean style, perfect for the ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)
Lonnie Smith —
Gotcha ... CD LRC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. Used ...
Smooth later work from Lonnie Smith – but still pretty darn great, with a feel that's in the late 70s Kudu/CTI mode! Arrangements are bigger than ever before – with large backings arranged by Lonnie, and some vocals that have a really wonderful, warm, Stevie Wonder-esque quality to ... read moreCD
One of Lonnie Smith's rarest albums – and one of the most obscure records on the landmark Kudu label! The set is one of Smith's most far-reaching from the 70s – a bit in the mode of his earlier records for Blue Note, but with a slightly sweeter quality that shows the shift to Kudu ... read moreCD
(Out of print, Blu-spec CD pressing – includes obi!)
Two early 50's sessions from pianist Paul Smith. First up is a quartet date with Tonny Lig on guitar, Norman Sealig on bass, and Alvin Stohler on drums. The second set features Smith, Sam Chieftz on bass, and irv Cottler on drums. CD
Collects trio and quartet sides with Stuff Smith on violin, Jimmy Jones on piano, Mary Osborne on guitar and vocals, and John Levy on bass – plus a handful of big band tracks with Smith as leader. Tracks include "Joshua", "Cresecendo In Drums", "She's Funny That ... read moreCD
Very nice set of moody mellow late-nite tracks from Chicago tenorist Tab Smith. Although Smith played for years in bands such as those of Basie and Lucky Millinder, this is one of the few records he ever cut under his own name. The session's got Smith fronting solos with uncredited backing by a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprising electric project from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – a set billed to a group named Organic, but which also has sounds that take us back to the best electric/acoustic avant moments of the 80s! The set's heavy on world jazz influences, but also really uses its electric elements ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – an early 80s session, but one that we'd rank with some of his most-together work ever! The album's a mixture of spare modes and some surprising group elements – a set that often has Smith blowing beautifully on trumpet or flugelhorn, ... read moreCD
An unreleased set of solo performances from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – one that we'd rank right up there with his most adventurous work of the 70s! Smith comes across wonderfully on the record – full of soul and imagination, and easily as impressive on his solo instruments as ... read moreCD
Really haunting work from Leo Smith – a key 70s session that features some of his sharpest trumpet work on record, plus some unusual instrumentation that really makes the album stand out! Half the tracks feature some wonderful vibes from Bobby Naughton – spare and dark-sounding, very ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in his best sort of setting – working in an openly creative space for improvisation, one that has Smith not only shaping things majestically with his lines on trumpet – but also making some nice shifts to other instrumentation too! Drummer Sabu Toyozumi is a ... read moreCD
Three giants of the Chicago improvised scene, coming together here in an album that recalls the best early recordings from the AACM! There's this open, collaborative spirit going on here – music that moves between structure and freedom, and which stands as a testament to the instant rapport ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wadada Leo Smith/George Lewis/John Zorn —
Sonic Rivers ... CD Tzadik, 2014. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An excellent session from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, with trombone and electronics by George Lewis, and alto sax by John Zorn! It's got the jagged, freely experimental vibe you'd expect from such a trio, but it moves with a deliberate sonic flow, hence the title, albeit with some sharp edges. ... read moreCD
Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens —
In Common 2 ... CD Whirlwind, 2020. New Copy ...
A great second set from this group led by tenorist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens – music that rings out with a really beautiful, resonant sound right from the very first note – a unique blending of the two instruments, in ways that often have lots of edges and angles on ... read moreCD
A great second set from this group led by tenorist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens – music that rings out with a really beautiful, resonant sound right from the very first note – a unique blending of the two instruments, in ways that often have lots of edges and angles on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great duet – Warren Smith on drums and Japanese reedman Hidefumi Toki on alto and soprano sax – just playing two long spare tracks on this direct-to-disc recording! Plays at 45rpm! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes original insert. Cover has a cutout hole.)
A sharp second set from this up-and-coming Japanese combo – one of the few to really find the right combination between jazz and hip hop, and deliver the music without any sense of cliche at all! These guys take things backwards from a jazz sample generation of hip hop – adding in more ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Fantastic work from Gary Smulyan – a baritone saxophonist who may well be one of the few really standout players on his instrument these days – working in a legacy that puts his mighty talents right up there with Pepper Adams, Serge Chaloff, and a rare few others who could really make ... read moreCD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)
Gary Smulyan —
Homage ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 1991. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A tribute to the great Pepper Adams from fellow baritone sax player Gary Smulyan! The rest of group features Tommy Flanagan on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – who join Smulyan for a set of Adams originals. Tracks include "Muezzin", "Claudette's ... read moreCD
Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero has a hell of a rhythm section on this recent live date – Orrin Evans on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – a trio who really set things on fire, right from the very first note! It's great to hear the three players working ... read moreCD
Jeff Snyder & Federico Ughi —
Duo ... CD Carrier, 2018. Used ...
Features Jeff Snyder on analog synths and Federico Ughi on drums. (Out Sound, Jazz)CD
Maybe the greatest record we've heard so far from this Japanese jazz group – a combo we've been loving for many years, and who really seem to have unlocked some more spiritual currents in their music for this release! In the past, Soil & Pimp were often focused most strongly on the ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Martial Solal —
Himself ... LP PUD (Italy), 1974. Near Mint- ...
An Italian set of solo work by this legendary French modernist – with titles that include "Ah Non", "Claudiana", "Bla Bla Bla", "Corcovado", and "Rue Maurice Ravel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear in one bottom corner, but is great overall.)
Brazilian grooves, but served up by a Chicago combo – one that features the great pianist Breno Sauer working with local musicians while he was living in the Windy City! The style here is a bit like some of the best 70s Bay Area groups who could mix together jazz and Brazilian elements ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A record that definitely lives up to its promised title – as the whole thing brims over with excellent work from players you might know from other albums on the Posi-Tone label! The group name doesn't get at the heart of the sound, though – as there's a sharp, soulful focus to the ... read moreCD
A really great take on the sound of the Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond quartet of the 50s and 60s – that magical unit that really transformed the sound of jazz at the time, and continues to hold strong over the decades! The approach here, though, is also a nice change from Paul and Dave – ... read moreCD
Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet —
Voodoo ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1986. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A seminal album from the 80s New York scene – not only because it brought some long-overdue attention to Sonny Clark (whose records were mostly out of print at the time), but also because it reminded the world that John Zorn could blow hardbop! The album features a set of classic Clark ... read moreCD
Three of the greatest saxophonists of the past few decades, teaming up here as a trio, and working at a level of sonic intensity that few other players could match! The set features Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, and Peter Brotzmann – all blowing tenor, plus a variety of other saxes – ... read moreCD
A mighty mighty album that recalls the glory days of the FMP scene – a triple-talent terror that features the massive reed work of Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, and Peter Brotzmann! Given that Gustafsson and Vandermark are the two key heirs to the sound that Brotzmann first forged back in ... read moreCD
Three horns, and a hell of a lot of power – the trio of Peter Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson, and Ken Vandermark – all recorded live together in a wonderfully echoey space! The players have worked with each other often over the years – Brotzmann's older horn an inspiration for, and ... read moreCD
Beautiful material from this legendary Bay Area soul jazz combo! The Sons & Daughters of Lite have an incredibly spiritual sound – one that sounds sort of like the best groups on the Strata East label, with touches of Roy Ayers or James Mason-esque soulfulness, but with a little less ... read moreCD
Very heady sounds from guitarist Mike Sopko – working here in a trio with drums from Tyshawn Sorey and bass from Bill Laswell – all in a style that's very much like some of Bill's darkest material from decades back! There's a real Axiom sort of energy going on here – as Mike's ... read moreCD
A beautiful set of mostly original music from pianist Mark Soskin, and a set that draws equal strengths from the soprano sax and bass clarinet of Billy Drewes – who plays with a great style that mixes lyrical modes with more of an edge – a mode that's a really wonderful complement to ... read moreCD
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and ... read moreCD
An nice array of work from British pianist/bandleader/arranger Harry South – one of the most important large group talents of the late 50s, and an artist who helped shepherd British jazz through a range of stylistic periods – from straight big band of the postwar years, to mod moments ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jeri Southern can be a hell of a jazz singer when she wants – and that was definitely the case on this gem of a record – a laidback small combo setting with excellent guitar accompaniment from Johnny Smith! Smith's trademark tones really color the record in a great way – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – Multicolor bar pressing with deep groove! Top cover seam has a tiny bit of splitting, but cover is great overall.)
Ken Vandermark and crew take a funkier turn – working off the style of their last album (a tribute to Sun Ra & George Clinton), moving into tunes that are tributes to soul and funk heroes of the past 30 years. Most tunes are originals by Vandermark – played by the trio that ... read moreCD
A very nice little album – and one that moves way past the gimmicky nature that you might guess from the title! The Sun Ra influence is obvious – as it seems natural for the Chicago-based players to show a bit of respect to what's gone before them in the city. The Funkadelic twist ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by Les Spann – an extremely talented jazz player who worked a lot with Dizzy Gillespie in the 50s, and Quincy Jones in the 60s! Les plays both guitar and flute on the set – grooving soulfully in a mode that recalls the stylings of Frank Wess ... read moreCD
A great entry in this late 70s "Best Of The West" series produced for Japan by Lew Tabackin – a series in which Lew uncovered some of the best (then) current work on the west coast, in an unusual and creative mix of classic and under-discovered players! This session is led by alto ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing, includes the insert!)
A trippy little combo with a distinct post-Coltrane feel – stretching out here wonderfully, on a hip little session on a homegrown label! The group hail from the unlikely spot of Las Vegas – but they've got a deeply spiritual sound that rivals the best work on the coasts in the early ... read moreCD
A great debut from singer Wanda Stafford – and the kind of set that makes you think she's been recording albums like this for years! Wanda's got a hell of a voice, right from the start – a nice punch that really fits with the choice of material on the date – and with the lively ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dave Stahl on trumpet, flugelhorn & euphonium, Frank Perowsky on alto & soprano saxophone, flute & piccolo, Tom Boras on baritone saxophone & flute, George Flynn on bass trombone, Joel Rosenblatt on drums, Steve Varner & Vince Fay on electronic bass, Rob Aries on keyboards, Gary ... read moreCD
Incredible work from one of the hippest vibists working on the planet today – the great Mattias Stahl, one of the few players to really bring something new to the instrument over the past few decades! Stahls has this very rich sound, but also a very unique sense of timing too – which ... read moreCD
A fantastic electric session from the 70s Polish scene – a record that not only features freewheeling trumpet from Tomasz Stanko, and sweet Fender Rhodes from Adam Mackowicz, but also includes some very inventive work on drums and percussion from the great Czelaw Bartkowski! All three ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from The Stark Reality – an obscure group from the early 70s, but one who've really risen to fame over the years – thanks to their groundbreaking ear for new music, and their freewheeling way with a funky groove! This package brings together all the incredible work ... read moreCD
A long piece composed by Dave Smith, recorded at the Electro Acoustic Music Studio in Birmingham, and featuring two artists better known for their interpretations of John Cage material on a late 70s album on Eno's Obscure Music label! (Out Sound, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a bit of light wear on the top seam.)
Fantastic early work from flautist Jeremy Steig – a 60s quartet session for Columbia that came several years before the funky style of some of his later work – and a damn great record, with lots of soulful touches! Part of this has to do with the rhythm section of Ben Tucker on bass ... read moreCD
(Great LP-styled gatefold cover – really beautifully done by International Phonograph!)
Jeremy Steig —
Monium ... LP Columbia, 1974. Near Mint- ...
Funky fusion from Jeremy Steig – still sounding pretty darn great here, although a bit freer than on some of his earlier albums. The great Eddie Gomez is still working with Jeremy here – which is one of the reasons the record sounds so great, as Eddie's bass work is deep and soulful, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing on CBS. Includes the insert. Cover has a light stain at the top right corner and minor surface wear.)
Jerry Steinhilber on drums and cymbals, Larry Kohut on bass, Jim Trompeter on piano, and George Garzone on tenor and soprano saxophone. CD
(Out of print.)
Stellari String Quartet (Wachsmann/Hug/Mattos/Edwards) —
Vulcan ... CD Emanem (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
A string quartet, but one with a real difference – as all the members here are long-skilled improvisers, which makes the performance very different than usual for such a group! And instead, the record should be thought of more as a set of free jazz by a group with stringed instruments – ... read moreCD