Strong work by Mammal Hands – a trio with a sound that feels much bigger than that – and they deliver one of the most compelling records yet on the always fresh Gondwana label! There's driven sense of melody that's pretty incredible – with influences that range from Pharaoh ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warmly-crafted work from this enigmatic ensemble – sounds that lie somewhere between the sonic textures of mid 70s ECM Records, and some of the more spiritual efforts of the time! The music is jazz, but often has a more abstract melodic progression – with core acoustic elements on ... read moreCD
Pianist Junior Mance has a mighty cool trio here – an unusual group with Martin Rivera on bass and the great Alvin Queen on drums! Queen's a great force here – and his amazingly open sense of rhythm really brings a lot to the record – this fantastic flow that almost reminds us of ... read moreCD
One of the best Junior Mance albums from the time – mostly because it's got Melba Liston arranging a larger group to back up Junior on the set! As on most albums of this type, Junior's almost better when he doesn't have to lead a trio – because he can concentrate on bouncing around ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Bill Grauer pressing. Cover has moderate wear, with splitting, a sticker & pen.)
An overlooked gem from pianist Junior Mance – and maybe one of the most old school records he cut in the 80s! The set's a no-nonsense, soul-drenched session that maybe feels more like Prestige Records' soul jazz years than you might expect, given the date – with Mance on piano in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The blues are definitely grooving here – delivered from a strong soul jazz perspective, thanks to the mighty piano of Junior Mance, the sharp drums of Idris Muhammad, and the well-focused bass of Chip Jackson! In fact, the trio's so great at the start, we're almost surprised when tenorist ... read moreCD
Johnny Mandel —
Harper ... CD Mainstream/Intrada, 1966. New Copy ...
A hell of a soundtrack from the great Johnny Mandel – maybe his jazziest work of the 60s, and perfectly scored for this groovy cop film that stars Paul Newman as the 45-wielding title character! The vibe here is almost more 60s Quincy Jones than anything else – with sublime ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreCD
Johnny Mandel —
Harper ... LP Mainstream, Mid 60s. Very Good ...
A hell of a soundtrack from the great Johnny Mandel – maybe his jazziest work of the 60s, and perfectly scored for this groovy cop film that stars Paul Newman as the 45-wielding title character! The vibe here is almost more 60s Quincy Jones than anything else – with sublime ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest jazz soundtracks of all time! Johnny Mandel composed the memorable score for this late 50's film starring Susan Hayward, and the music is played by Mandel's orchestra of west coast players like Jack Sheldon, Bill Holman, Joe Maini, Shelly Manne, and others. The whole thing's a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, a stained corner, and splitting on the bottom seam.)
German trombonist Albert Manglesdorff goes toe-to-toe with an amazing line-up of avant garde mainstays in duet settings for this MPS classic – including Don Cherry, Elvin Jones, Karl Berger, Attila Zoller, Lee Konitz, and Wolfgang Dauner! The format is simple; each of the seven tracks was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Definite spontaneous sounds from the great Albert Mangelsdorff – a set that has the trombonist working alongside the up-and-coming Japanese pianist Masahiko Sato, who also plays some ring modulator on the album! Sato's almost the driving force here – although that role might also go to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally great little album from Gap Mangione – the lesser-known brother of Chuck! The difference between Gap and Chuck was that Gap was always hipper, cooler, and a bit funkier – as you'll hear in this excellent debut LP from 1968! Gap's working here in some amazing territory – ... read moreCD
Herbie Mann takes strong inspiration from the great Ray Charles here – working in a cool mode that's partly the soulful sound of Mann's other work for Atlantic Records, and partly the fuller style of Charles' 60s music for ABC! Backings are full, but very groovy – thanks to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Back cover has light staining.)
A record that definitely delivers the very best of Herbie Mann – especially if, like us, you think that one of his greatest contributions to music was finding a way to make the flute sound surprisingly soulful in the 60s! Herbie wasn't the first to pick up the instrument and use it for ... read moreCD
A sweet soulful set from Herbie Mann – one that has the jazz flautist taking on the 60s sound of Memphis! This album was such a big hit for Herbie that it's easy to forget the sheer raw power of the group – a mighty quartet that included Roy Ayers on vibes, and both Sonny Sharrock and ... read moreCD
Herbie makes one more trip back to the Village Gate – site of some of his most successful live recordings of the 60s, and a place where he always feels at home with a Latiny groove! But somehow, this album's even better than before – and has a hard Latin feel throughout, thanks to an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Herbie Mann's biggest albums – and one of his funkiest too! The cover's a bit of an off-putter – although it probably helped sell the record, back in the day – but the grooves are as rock-solid as anything that Herbie cut at the time – tight, focused, and a perfect ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful 70s set from Herbie Mann – and one that features some heavy help from P&P maestro Patrick Adams! The album's more of an Adams-directed affair than the usual Herbie set – as Adams produced and arranged all the tracks, and really takes Mann in the direction of a hip late ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Shelly Manne's best records of the 60s – largely because the group's so great! Altoist Frank Strozier was playing with Shelly at the time, and his rich talents on the alto make the record almost worth seeking out for him alone – because here, Strozier's opening up his sound a ... read moreCD
One of Shelly Manne's best records of the 60s – largely because the group's so great! Altoist Frank Strozier was playing with Shelly at the time, and his rich talents on the alto make the record almost worth seeking out for him alone – because here, Strozier's opening up his sound a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Great stuff – a groovy batch of short tunes from the TV show of the same name, performed by a larger ensemble that includes Frank Strozier, Bud Shank, Bob Bain, Victor Feldman, and Emil Richards. The tracks have a bit of a jungle/exotic groove to them – in keeping with the African ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and splitting on the bottom seam.)
Shelly Manne —
Hot Coles ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A surprisingly great little album – despite a very stupid cover! The concept of the "Coles" in the title is that all the songs on the record are Cole Porter compositions – but unlike other Porter tribute records, which are fairly traditional, Manne takes the tracks in a hip ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Shelly Manne —
Mannekind ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
An incredible album – unlike anything else that Shelly Manne recorded! The record features Shelly getting all dope and mellow, sliding around on the kit in a kickback set of complex drum fills and percussion effects – with lots of unusual rhythms you never would have heard on his ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
A mid 70s west coast bop side, from a few players who had faded a bit from their prime, but are still playing with a lot of energy and freshness. The treat for us is Frank Strozier on alto and flute, joined by Conte Condoli on trumpet up front, while Monty Budwig and Mike Wofford round out the ... read moreCD
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and ... read moreCD
A lost bit of 70s fusion from the west coast – a group led by percussionist Manolo Badrena, with lots of nice Brazilian jazz touches! Many of the tracks have lyrics – soulful and sunny, somewhere in between late 70s work by Flora Purim and Seawind – and the overall groove is like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really sharp-edged set from reedman Steve Marcus – a player who'd already had some pretty tight fusion records under his belt before this overlooked gem! Marcus was a saxophonist who was always experimenting with new ideas at this time – part of a generation raised on rock as much as ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Tania Maria —
Taurus ... LP Concord/Picante, 1982. Near Mint- ...
One of Tania Maria's sweet early LPs for Concord, with a nice modern Brazilian groove that differs from her earlier bossa LPs from the 70's, but which still has a beautiful melodic fusion feel to it. Tania plays piano and keyboards, and she's joined by a smooth Bay Area ensemble that includes ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nifty little compilation of tracks from Tania's years in America – featuring work recorded for the Concord and New Note labels, two of Maria's best settings in the US, and label's who let her maintain her firm commitment to Brazilian jazz without adding in too much of a pop feel. The set ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Cesar Camargo Mariano & Romero Lubambo —
Duo ... CD Trama (Brazil), 2002. Used ...
Warm and gentle duets between two masters of Brazilian jazz – legendary pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano, whose 60s and 70s arrangements for singers are some of our favorite from the time, and guitarist Romero Lumbambo, whose recent records are some of the best smoother jazz coming out of Brazil! ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Mellow work from Charlie Mariano – a very aptly titled album, given the dreamy feel of a number of tracks! The style is similar to some of Charlie's other recent recordings – wonderfully laidback, with none of the tricks or out there styles of his 70s sides, more a back to basics kind ... read moreCD
A sweet little session of Latin jazz – one that begins with an instrumental cover of a great soul tune by Omar – then only gets better as things go on! Percussionist Paolo Marini is at the helm of the ensemble – but he almost always has a tight blend of trumpet and trombone in ... read moreCD
Warm work from a Brazilian jazz quartet who remind us a bit of the post-fusion sound of the ECM generation, but who also have a sound that's very much their own – almost a fresh take on Brazilian jazz styles from years past! The record explodes with color at the very first note – these ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Warm work from a Brazilian jazz quartet who remind us a bit of the post-fusion sound of the ECM generation, but who also have a sound that's very much their own – almost a fresh take on Brazilian jazz styles from years past! The record explodes with color at the very first note – these ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Players include Branford Marsalis on soprano and tenor, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Jeff Tain Watts on drums – and titles include "Black Codes", "For Week Folks", "Chambers Of Tain", "Aural Oasis", and "Delfeayo's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Branford Marsalis on tenor and soprano sax, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Kent Jordan on flute, and Ron Carter on bass. Titles include "Melancholia", "Lazy Afternoon", "Stardust", and "For All We Know. LP, Vinyl record album
A week's worth of work by Wynton Marsalis – tracks recorded over 7 different nights at the Village Vanguard, featuring the star trumpeter working with three different bands! Most of the lineup here is relatively similar – Wes Anderson on alto and soprano, and Wycliffe Gordon on ... read moreCD
Wynton Marsalis' second date for Columbia Records, and an album that already has him stretching out from the first! Unlike before, when Wynton was given a few older players to help establish his sound, the group here is all Marsalis' own – with brother Branford on tenor and soprano sax, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wynton Marsalis takes on two vocal tunes here – one with Willie Nelson, and one with John Mayer! Our favorite is "Night Life" – a classic early composition by Willie Nelson, which gave Ray Price a landmark hit – and which has this jazzy vibe that really works ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Two different classics both written by John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet – but each taken into very soulful territory here by Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste, and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra! Despite what you might think about such a high-profile project, Batiste is great on piano ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A wonderful later album from 50s cool jazz saxophonist Warne Marsh – one that really has an incredible focus on his tone! With his combination of a warm full tone and cool post-Tristano phrasing, Marsh has one of the most singular voices on the tenor, and one of our favorites! This mid 70s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Key work from tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh – recorded at a crucial point in his career, and in a setting that brings out the best in his horn! Warne's studio work of the 50s has been well documented elsewhere – partially because there's so little of it, and all of it so great – ... read moreCD
Mike Marshall & Darol Anger —
Chiaroscuro ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1985. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from that moment when the acoustic underground of the 70s was sometimes getting lost amidst the new age deluge of the 80s – even though all of the best musicians still their best talents intact! Mike Marshall is one of those musicians – working here on mandolin and ... read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
A real sleeper – and a hip little set that's well worth the listen! Spider's a pretty soulful tenor player in his own right, but one of the things that makes the record really great is work by a set of guest players that include Joe Locke on vibes, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Pepper Adams on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear and sticker remnants.)
Wonderful TV soundtrack work from Skip Martin – who's really giving Henry Mancini a run for his money in the crime jazz department! Martin's score for the Mike Hammer show here is totally great – penned with a range of styles that run from swinging to sentimental – all handled by ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some marker on front and a center split in the bottom seam.)
Zeke Martin Project —
4 ... CD EZ Groove/Blujazz, 2012. Used ...
A very different take on the oft-recorded jazz standard mode – as this time around, the standards are all Italian – which makes most of them pretty unfamiliar to our ears! But even the few that we know take on a new sort of life in the hands of pianist Luigi Martindale – a player ... read moreCD
Tony Martinez & The Cuban Power —
Maferefun ... CD Blue Jackel, 1999. Used ...
Pat Martino —
Exit ... LP Muse, 1976. Very Good+ ...
Martino plays in a 2-guitar quartet – with Bobby Rose backing him up on guitar, plus rhythm accompaniment by Richard Davis and Billy Higgins. The sound's definitely in the trippier, post-hippie style of Martino's work, with a sort of looseness and fluidity that you either love or hate, but a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from guitarist Pat Martino – a player who never seems to have lost his groove, and who might well be sounding even better in the past decade than a few years before! This album's got Pat in core trio formation – working with the organ of Pat Bianchi, whose sound ... read moreCD
(Out of print. CD artwork has a small cutout mark.)
Pat Martino —
Maker ... CD Evidence, 1995. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Right from the start, guitarist Pat Martino had a sound that was unlike anyone else – and that quality still holds strong on this overlooked later date – a Japanese session that shows that Martino was still working through a great range of new ideas in his instrument! The setting is ... read moreCD
Pat Martino in one of his greatest settings – live, in front of the kind of an audience where he could really open up! The set's a great marker of the growth that Pat experienced as the 70s approached – taking all the lessons he'd learned from his years gigging it up in the soul jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spacey electric work from guitarist Pat Martino – a record that seems to be as concerned with sound overall as it is with the jazz stylings of Martino's guitar – and we mean that in a good way! The older modes of Martino's 60s soul jazz work are very far gone by now – but in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album from guitarist Pat Martino – caught here at a key point when he was breaking out of his earlier soul jazz roots, and going for a more complicated style that showed he was picking up a lot of spiritual influences from the Coltrane generation. The record's got a core group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Angular and modern work from guitarist Pat Martino – working here in a field of dark tones and colors that recalls some of his best moments of the 70s! The album's got Pat playing with a quintet that includes Joe Lovano, Gonzalo Rubacalba, Christian McBride, and Lewis Nash – and the ... read moreCD