There's nothing too mechanical about the sound of the piano here – although at some level, there's also some very interesting mechanics involved in the project! The music started out when Benjamin Mork bought an old grand piano that had been painted blue – and rather than try to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mighty impressive quartet set led by guitarist Joe Morris – who really does his thing with a proficient intensity – ratcheting up the tension as it goes along. There's a melodicism at the core that somehow keeps it all in a sweet spot, but Morris and his players aren't resting in it, ... read moreCD
A great collaboration between bassist Joe Morris, drummer Luther Gray, and reedman Peter Cancura – all coming together here in searing trio formation that reminds us a lot of the energy of the ESP avant generation! Gray's drums have a nice degree of focus and force – never as loose as ... read moreCD
Wildlife is Joe Morris on bass, Petr Cancura on tenor sax, Jim Hobbs on alto, and Luther Gray on drums. CD
Joe Morris/Ken Vandermark/Hans Poppel —
Like Rays ... CD Knitting Factory, 1996. Used ...
Joe Morris on guitar, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and bass clarinet, and Hans Poppel on piano. CD
(Out of print.)
Joe Morris/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver —
Altitude ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2012. Used ...
A strong trio set from guitarist Joe Morris, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver – their first together – and it's an exciting one! Recorded live at The Stone, in NYC , it includes a pair of great 25+ minute pieces – "Exosphere" and "Thermosphere ... read moreCD
One of the rarest albums on the Groove Merchant label – and one of the best! Ramon Morris has a sweet tone on the tenor that works very well with the electric piano in his tight little combo – grooving with a style that's like the best Black Jazz funk records of the time – mixing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare one from singer Pat Morrissey – a sexy late 50s nightclub singer with a bit of a jazzy bent. The record's not going to knock Sarah Vaughan out of your collection, but Pat's got a warm intimate style of singing that makes the material stand out more than the usual vocal session from ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bit of splitting on the top seam, and some light wear on the opening edge – but vinyl is nice!)
Second set of swinging tracks, very much in the same vein as Buddy Morrow's crime jazz soundtracks cut for RCA at the end of the 50s! More great TV themes from the time, running the gamut from action and thriller series to westerns and dramas, including "Men Into space", "Staccato's ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)
Tracks include "Doctor Jazz", "Sidewalk Blues", "Dead Man Blues", "Black Bottom Stomp", "Billy Goat Stomp", "Mr. Jelly Lord", "Cannon Ball Blues", and "The Chant" – 23 tracks in all, including quite a few ... read moreCD
Page Morton's floating in a sea of red on the cover of this rare album – and the music has her swimming in a similarly watery style too! Arrangements are handled by Leo Addeo – who you might know from late 50s tropical and exotica sides – and although his approach here is more in ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese Verve pressing, with obi! Back cover has some very light aging, but front looks nice.)
An intense album of spiritual jazz tracks – played by Lon Moshe and the Southern Freedom Arkestra – maybe one of the only albums we've ever seen by this lesser-known vibist! The album was recorded in 1976, during the height of the Black Fire DC underground scene – and Moshe's ... read moreCD
An intense album of spiritual jazz tracks – played by Lon Moshe and the Southern Freedom Arkestra – maybe one of the only albums we've ever seen by this lesser-known vibist! The album was recorded in 1976, during the height of the Black Fire DC underground scene – and Moshe's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great 80s take on the music of Thelonius Monk – and one of the real standouts in a generation when plenty of folks were taking chances with Monk's music! Drummer Paul Motian leads a group that also features Joe Lovano on tenor and Bill Frisell on electric guitar – an instrument that's ... read moreCD
Features Chris Potter on alto and tenor sax, Chris Cheek on tenor, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Wolfgang Muthspiel on guitars, Steve Swallow on bass, Paul Motian on drums, and Don Alias on percussion. CD
(Out of print.)
Paul Motian —
Tribute ... CD ECM (Germany), 1975. New Copy ...
A great statement as a leader from drummer Paul Motian – a player that none would have expected to be hitting this territory in the decade before – the start of a great run of records that continued his break from more familiar rhythmic territory! The record's got a very strong ECM ... read moreCD
Paul Motian with Bill Frisell & Joe Lovano —
One Time Out ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1989. Used ...
A really great, really creative trio from drummer Paul Motian – quite different than his work of the 60s or 70s, but equally exciting too! The lineup features guitarist Bill Frisell and tenorist Joe Lovano next to Motian's drums – and each player is allowed such individuality, that on ... read moreCD
A stellar live jazz trio effort led by drummer Paul Motian – and what a trio he leads, with Chris Potter on tenor sax and the always wonderful Jason Moran on piano – one of the better new ECM albums in years! The material was captured in February of '09 at the Village Vanguard, NYC ... read moreCD
(Please note this disc has some marks but plays fine – priced accordingly.)
A crucial bit of keyboard funk from the 70s – a wild album of many moods, recorded in 1974, and featuring the talents of keyboard whiz Marc Moulin! Moulin's since been resurrected and given the credit he deserves – but at the time of release, this rare gem was somewhat lost – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered, limited edition of 1000 – on heavyweight clear vinyl!)
A monstrous bit of jazz funk from drummer Alphonse Mouzon – spacey tracks in a choppy style that reminds us a bit of some of the best European fusion albums from the period, but with a harder groove overall! Mini Moog and ARP trip out the sound throughout, but the underlying rhythms are nice ... read moreCD
Drummer Alphonse Mouzon cut some of the hardest, heaviest fusion albums ever to hit the Blue Note label in the 70s – including this legendary powerhouse of a record! The set features Mouzon with one of his longtime partners – guitarist Tommy Bolin – hitting a hard-rocking, heavy ... read moreCD
Movement In The City —
Black Teardrops ... LP Sun/Sharp Flat (South Africa), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
A really sweet electric set from the South African scene – long tracks that are overflowing with great saxophone and keyboard solos – played here by a really top-shelf group! The sound's a bit like a more relaxed take on territory from CTI – with the keyboards from Pops Ismail at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest early albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Bob Mover – a set that not only features some very sharp solos and songs from the leader, but which also has a whole hell of a lot of other great things going on too! The tracks are long, and maybe more creative than usual for ... read moreCD
A fantastic album from South African pianist Bheki Mseleku – a set of solo work, and done with a vibe that's a bit different than some of his ensemble material of the time! Bheki's always fantastic on the piano, but this record really lets you hear the way he spins things out – on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bheki Mseleku —
Celebration ... LP World Circuit/Matsuli (UK), 1992. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Fantastic music from Bheki Mseleku – a South African artist who was one of the strongest forces keeping the spiritual jazz flame alive in the 90s – and one who sadly passed away before he could see the rest of the world re-embrace music this strong! Bheki plays both piano and tenor sax ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You might not recognize the group's name, but you'll definitely know the three leaders – pianist Brad Mehldau, tenorist Mark Turner, and guitarist Peter Bernstein – coming together here in a session that's a real standout in the catalogs of all three musicians! Brad Mehldau somehow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thomas Frasier Scott on alto and soprano saxophone, flute and clarinet, Billy Swann on bass, Amy Cavanaugh on cello, Paul Sears on drums, Billy Swann and Paul Sears on guitar, Dave Newhouse on piano, organ, baritone and tenor saxophone, bass clarinet and flute, Doug Elliott on trombone, Kristin ... read moreCD
Classic middle period work from drummer Idris Muhammad – a set recorded after his initial run of lean funk recordings for the jazz scene – with a bit more soul in the mix, and definitely a bit of boogie in the groove! Arrangements are by David Matthews – the maestro of the soul-st ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner and a bit of pen on the back.)
Fantastic work from the legendary Idris Muhammad – the funky drummer who first rose to fame making breakbeats with Lou Donaldson in the 60s, then recorded some hip soul-based records in the 70s – here really getting back to basics with a set of soulful, spiritual small combo jazz! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record from funky drummer Idris Muhammad! Idris is probably known for his funky break work on Blue Note and Prestige records sessions of the late 60s and early 70s – but by the time of this 1974 album, he was really expanding his style, hitting a laidback groove that went way ... read moreCD
A completely different album than some of the earlier work from funky drummer Idris Muhammad – but a set that's completely wonderful in its own sort of way! Muhammad's drums are still right on the money, and able to move with even more quick-stepping power than before – set up in these ... read moreCD
Ronald Muldrow —
Diaspora ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1993. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Guitarist Ronald Muldrow has a great sense of swing here – but it's hard not to, with a group that features Mulgrew Miller on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Yoron Israel on drums – all a great balance for the strong lines and rich tones that Muldrow brings to his instrument! ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
Ronald Muldrow —
Yesterdays ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A sweet set of organ jazz on Enja Records – a label that normally never embraces the Hammond this strongly, but does a really great job on this overlooked gem! The group's led by guitarist Ronald Muldrow, and features organ work by Mel Rhyne – that legendary Indianapolis player who was ... read moreCD
A rare larger group session that Gerry recorded in the early 70s for A&M – done in a style that's smoothly soaring, and a wonderful 70s extrapolation of his talents on baritone sax. Players include Bud Shank, Harry Edison, Roger Kellaway, Howard Roberts, and Emil Richards – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and light aging.)
Gerry Mulligan —
Arranger ... LP Columbia, Late 40s/1957. Near Mint- ...
Gerry Mulligan material from three different stretches – all featuring his talents as an arranger! The set includes very early sides with Gene Krupa in the mid 40s, work with Elliot Lawrence in 1949, and then Gerry's own work as a leader in 1957! LP, Vinyl record album
Great large group material from Gerry Mulligan – and a record that definitely defines the sound of his famous Concert Jazz Band of the early 60s! The group features a four part sax section – headed by Mulligan, with other players that include Zoot Sims on tenor, Gene Allen on baritone, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Verve Records Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, with a half split top seam, and some splitting in the bottom seam.)
Great large group material from Gerry Mulligan – and a record that definitely defines the sound of his famous Concert Jazz Band of the early 60s! The group features a four part sax section – headed by Mulligan, with other players that include Zoot Sims on tenor, Gene Allen on baritone, ... read moreCD
A sweet little large group session from Gerry – a bit harder swinging than some of his mid 50s small group work, but still with that mellifluous glide that's the trademark Mulligan sound! Arrangements are by some great talents – including Al Cohn, Johnny Mandel, and Bob Brookmeyer, who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese pressing UMV 2057. Includes insert.)
A sweet little large group session from Gerry – a bit harder swinging than some of his mid 50s small group work, but still with that mellifluous glide that's the trademark Mulligan sound! Arrangements are by some great talnets – including Al Cohn, Johnny Mandel, and Bob Brookmeyer, who ... read moreCD
An unlikely pairing – but that's what makes the record so great! Mulligan and Hodges come together in this rare Verve set from the late 50s – an inspired combination of talents that really work some magic together. Hodges' tone is in the lead in our ears, always wonderful, especially ... read moreCD
With Phil Woods on alto saxophone, Dean Johnson on bass, Ron Vincent on drums, John Clark on french horn, John Lewis on piano, Dave Bargeron on trombone, Wallace Roney on trumpet, and Bill Barber on tuba. CD
Classic 50s Gene Norman recordings by Mulligan with his ten-tette and quartet, with Bud Shank on alto, Don Davidson on baritone, Chet Baker and Conte Candoli on trumpet, John Graas on french horn, Ray Siegel on tuba, Bob Enevoldsen on trombone, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Chico Hamilton and Larry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Late 70s issue, still sealed, but with some splitting and fraying at the spine.)
Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, Chet Baker on trumpet, Carson Smith on bass & Chico Hamilton on drums. Chubby Jackson Big Band with Chubby Jackson on bass, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, Howard McGhee, Al Porcino & Don Ferrara on trumpets, JJ J ohnson & Kai ... read moreCD
A totally cool little record – and one that more than lives up to the Eastern promise of its cover! The album's a real stunner from Australian reedman Charlie Munro – a beautiful mix of jazz and exotic elements, at a level that puts it up there with a rare few records that work this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure west coast set – featuring some very hard-driving big band arrangements, short but with breakout solos that really keep things moving along at a good pace. Murphy wrote and arranged most of the material – cool little offbeat tunes, many with a space theme to match the cover ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono white label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam and split bottom seam.)
A strong set with some unusual material, recorded with the accompaniment of David Braham on keyboards, Ted Curson on trumpet, and Gerry Niewood on tenor and flute. The highlights are the title track, Donald Fagan's "Maxine", and a good medley called "LA Song Cycle", which has ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second helping of songs from the Nat King Cole songbook – served up by Mark Murphy as one of his most sensitive albums of the time! Backings here are relatively spare on all tracks – just guitar on some numbers, bass on others, or keyboards on the rest – a very different style ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare British session from vocalist Mark Murphy – and one of his grooviest albums of the 60s! Mark's working here with great backings from the orchestras of Tubby Hayes, John Dankworth, and Les Reed – all of whom give Murphy some of his hippest grooves to date, very much in the mode ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing with deep groove, in the blue cover. Cover has some light wear.)
A tremendous early recording from David Murray – recorded in London (as you'd guess by the title), but with all the best spirit of his early loft jazz sides! There's a tightness here that's missing from some of Murray's other albums of the period – a sense of soulful, spiritual swing ... read moreCD
A gentler set than some of David Murray's other US dates from the time – but in a really great way that nicely gets at the more sensitive side of his work on tenor and bass clarinet! There's a bit of a hardbop groove to the album, but also a bit more freedom too – a style that never ... read moreCD
Murray's tenor and bass clarinet are nicely set in a warm lyrical quartet with John Hicks, Ray Drummond, and Ed Blackwell. The record features some nice long tracks that have Murray playing mostly inside, but with enough soul and raw talent to keep things moving nicely. Titles include "Walter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has minimal wear.)
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
David Murray & Pierre Dorge's New Jungle Orchestra —
Jazzpar Prize ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ...
A really unique setting for the saxophone talents of David Murray – set up here with the Pierre Dorge New Jungle Orchestra, on a record that really pushes that group even more than usual! Part of the strength of the set is the work of the soloists – not just Murray on tenor and bass ... read moreCD
A really surprising later album from free jazz legend Sunny Murray – a set of shorter tracks, definitely with more structure – but which still very much have that strong voice that Murray developed during the ESP years of the 60s! Things aren't ever too free or far outside, but always ... read moreCD
One of the best of the Wildflower series of freeform loft jazz sessions – and a record that features a side of work apiece by both Sunny Murray and Roscoe Mitchell. Murray leads his Untouchable Factor group, with David Murray, Byard Lancaster, Khan Jamal, and Fred Hopkins – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cut corner, and some pen on back.)
The first volume in this seminal series from the mid 70s – one that did a great job of documenting some of the formative underground playing that was happening in the New York loft scene, almost more creative work than in previous generations, thanks to a lack of commercial venues, and hence, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Large ensemble pieces led by Max Nagl on alto sax and melodica. CD
Mari Nakamoto —
Mari ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
Mari Nakamoto is a jazz singer with a wonderful sense of tone – a musicality in her voice that comes through on the first few notes of the record, then continues throughout as she transforms familiar tunes with that special sort of magic that marks a rare breed of jazz vocalist! Nakamoto ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Mari Nakamoto & Shoji Yokouchi —
Little Girl Blue ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Warmly wonderful work from singer Mari Nakamoto – perfectly recorded in a warm Three Blind Mice manner that really suits her style! As with some of the other records on the label at the time, the vibe here is a bit laidback – but in a great way, which lets Mari slink forward in the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Ray grooves it nicely past his Ellington roots here – still using jazz violin, but working in a small combo mode, with some nice groovy tunes, in a style that makes for a pretty unique album! Some tracks have Ray bringing a new sound to 60s cuts like "Sunny", "Oh Happy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cut corner and some light aging inside the gatefold.)
Hideyuki Naruse, Kazuo Setoyama & Kenne Thomas —
Diary ... CD Kenzongs, 2017. Used ...
Hideyuki Naruse on piano, Kazuo Setoyama on bass, and Kenne Thomas on drums. CD
Fabiano Do Nascimento —
Ykytu ... CD Now Again, 2021. New Copy ...
Maybe the most personal album to date from Fabiano Do Nascimento – a set that continues the Brazilian acoustic guitar legacy of players like Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, and some of the older greats – but which finds a way to express its sound in a very contemporary way! Fabiano ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Fabiano Do Nascimento —
Ykytu ... LP Now Again, 2021. New Copy ...
Maybe the most personal album to date from Fabiano Do Nascimento – a set that continues the Brazilian acoustic guitar legacy of players like Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, and some of the older greats – but which finds a way to express its sound in a very contemporary way! Fabiano ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal early work from this important bebop trumpeter! 22 tracks featuring Kenny Dorham, Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke, Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach, Eddie Davis, Leo Parker, and Tadd Dameron. CD
Tremendous work from a trumpeter who was taken from us all too soon – the legendary Fats Navarro, an important early voice in the sound of bop! The album's a short one, but every track is a gem – as Navarro blows beautifully in groups led by Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, and Howard McGhee ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 – 37 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
Fantastic funky fusion from the 70s Argentine scene – a set that begins with a killer take on the Led Zeppelin tune "Black Dog", and only gets even groovier after that! Jorge Navarro leads the group on piano, Hammond, and Fender Rhodes – and the group is a tight combo with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unique little record from Ze Eduardo Nazario – a set that maybe begins in improvised jazz, but which soon opens up to a world of different sonic possibilities – on some moments that have a very Brazilian vibe overall, even if it is an experimental one! Eduardo plays a range of ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the all-time classics of early 60's 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 ... read moreCD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing. Digipack has a small stain.)
A relaxed small group session from saxophonist Oliver Nelson – a record that's quite different than some of his more tightly arranged dates, and a good reminder of this side of his talents! Oliver plays both alto and tenor sax on the album, and he's joined by a perfect group for the easy ... read moreCD
One of the most open-ended and laidback records ever from Oliver Nelson – a set that gets away from the tighter arrangements of other albums, and really lets you concentrate on his saxophone work! The album's got a really wonderful feel throughout – easygoing and soulful, with work by ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Back cover of booklet has a bit of pen.)
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!)