Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, & Brian Blade —
RoundAgain ... LP Nonesuch, 2020. New Copy ...
One of those rare cases where an all-star group is really worth the weight of its talent – as this quartet really sounds wonderful together, and make you know that you're in for a treat right from the very first note in the set! The best energy of the record might come from the rhythmic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few American releases cut by the legendary British trumpeter Dizzy Reece – and a great one! The album was strange for Blue Note, in that it was a joint US/UK session – featuring American players Donald Byrd and Art Taylor, along with great Brit players Reece, Tubby Hayes, ... read moreCD
Excellent later work from trumpeter Dizzy Reece – best known for his classic late 50s sides on Blue Note and New Jazz, but heard here as part of a great flurry of 70s revival sessions! The work's got an arch modern tone that's really surprising – almost a bit like Ted Curson at times, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's noteworthy not just for being one of the few to feature trumpeter Waymon Reed as a leader – but also for offering up some obscure 70s work by tenorist Jimmy Forrest! Also features Tommy Flanagan on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink with hype sticker. Cover has a cutout notch.)
A tremendous little album from reedman Darryl Reeves – jazz at the core, but served up with plenty of cosmic soulful touches too – thanks to help from a great lineup of guest singers! Darryl's work on alto sax is more than enough to make us fall in love with the album – ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Hans Reichel —
Bonobo ... CD FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1975. New Copy Gatefold ...
A seminal album from Hans Reichel – a musician who might be to free jazz what John Fahey was to acoustic music – a player who can at once be immediately modern and completely timeless in his approach – working here in a way that opens up the instrument beyond any conventional ... read moreCD
A fantastic mid 70s set led by drummer Steve Reid – fronting a group of players who groove tightly, but with a really sinister sound! Reid is an absolute steamroller on this set – laying down a fast-paced, super tight funky backdrop for the rest of the players to groove fluidly over ... read moreCD
Some of the coolest music we've ever heard from Tomeka Reid – a soundtrack for a film based on the Chicago school of imagist painting in the 60s – nicely scored with music from the windy city itself! Reid composed the different selections on the soundtrack – most of which are ... read moreCD
Some of Django Reinhardt's last sides with Stephane Grappelly before the outbreak of World War II forced a five year separation. Includes classic work with his quintet plus rare tracks with clarinetist Andre Ekyan and Philippe Brun & his Jam Band. CD
Classic sides recorded during the first years of the occupation and featuring small group and orchestral work. Tracks include "Nuages", "Les Yeux Noir", "Liebesfreud", "Sweet Sue", "Oiseaux Des Iles", "Begin The Beguine", and "Ninouch ... read moreCD
Great pre-war material from Django Reinhardt – working mostly as a soloist or sideman here which makes this an interesting counterpoint to his well documented work with his own quintet. This set features 41 tracks with Germaine Sablon, Leon Monossson, Le Petit Mirsha, and Michel Warlop & ... read moreCD
Dave Rempis/Elizabeth Harnik/Michael Zerang —
Triple Tube ... CD Not Two (Poland), 2020. New Copy ...
A trio of improvised performances by a very hip trio – Dave Rempis on alto, Elisabeth Harnik on piano, and Michael Zerang on drums – all musicians who are working here together at a club in Austria, where the set was recorded! Rempis is, as always, a master of magical moments on his ... read moreCD
Two very well-matched musicians – taking off here in the kind of improvisations that really keep our faith in free jazz alive over the years! Dave Rempis has been on the Chicago scene for many years – but he just seems to get better and better, and more creative as the years go by ... read moreCD
Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Joshua Abrams —
Ithra ... CD Aerophonic, 2018. New Copy ...
Dave Rempis blows here with wonderful string accompaniment from two stalwarts of his Chicago scene – Joshua Abrams on bass and Tomeka Reid on cello – in a setting that has all three players resonating wonderfully together! Rempis can often create these long waves from his alto and ... read moreCD
A masterpiece of British jazz from the end of the 60s – a set that doesn't need to answer at all to any of the jazz styles coming from America at the time – as it's sound and vision is so bold, so unique, it's a completely massive statement on its own! The set may well represent the ... read moreCD
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bent corner and small split in the top seam.)
Resavoir ... LP International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ...
A beautiful International Anthem debut from Resavoir – a group led by Will Miller, a musician who's equally skilled at both keyboards and trumpet – and who often plays in a style that sometimes makes it hard to tell which sound is coming from which instrument! In other words, there's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet Brazilian fusion from keyboardist Marcos Resende – best known to our ears for his groundbreaking work with the group Index! This set's sweeter than that work, but still quite nice – a selection of tunes made famous by Roberto Carlos, done by Resende in instrumental versions that ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and a small store sticker on one edge.)
Jeff Resnick —
SAC ... LP RIT/Outernational (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
A totally wonderful little record, and one with a very unlikely origin story too – given that the music was originally composed to highlight the different creative departments at the Rochester Institute Of Technology in the late 70s! The music is all jazz on side one – done in this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Somehow it seems to us that the members of Return To Forever always cut better albums under their own names than for RTF, but these sides are still not without their merit. Like everyone else, we're rethinking our distaste for fusion, and this set finds Chick Corea, Lenny White, Stanley Clarke and ... read moreCD
Hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitar. As you'd expect from this crew, this is some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hardest-jamming Return To Forever albums – recorded with the post-Brazilian lineup that includes Chick Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Lenny White on percussion, and Al DiMeola on guitars. Corea's very firmly in the lead – stretching out in heavy keyboard romps ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitars. The title may lead you to believe the set is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ambitious fusion work from Gian Piero Reverberi – an Italian keyboardist with a really sweet sound! The set's kind of in a disco-fusion mode, with some slightly more serious touches – and a few of the tracks on the album have a nice laidback and funky approach, thanks to drums from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Melvin Rhyne —
Legend ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 1991. Used ...
With Peter Bernstein on guitar, Kenny Washington on drums, Brian Lynch on trumpet & Don Braden on tenor sax. CD
With Kenny Rice on drums, Richard Martin on guitar, Ray Kennedy on piano, Freddie Washington on tenor and soprano sax, and Tom Kennedy on bass, featuring Nat Adderley on trumpet and vocals. LP, Vinyl record album
A hard-driving big band set from Buddy Rich – recorded with one of his groovy 60s lineups! The live date features work brom Bobby Shew on trumpet and Ernie Watts on alto – and titles include "Wack Wack", "Norwegian Wood", "The Beat Goes On", and "Mexic ... read moreCD
Slick funky fusion from Buddy – a bit of a change from some of his other work of the 70s, but still pretty nice. The format is still in a big band mode, but the overall production's a bit slicker – so that there's more electric and studio touches next to Buddy's full-on horn section ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A repackaged two-fer including The Rich Rebellion and Voice Is Rich albums. Rich Rebellion is tighter than usual for Buddy Rich at Verve – but still a great little set, thanks to some soulfully swinging arrangements from Ernie Wilkins – who was really at the top of his game at this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last-ever recording of drumming great Buddy Rich – and a set that we'd put right up there next to his best records of the previous two decades! Buddy's in familiar formation here, but the sound is wonderful – recorded live at Ronnie Scott's nightclub in London, with this mixture of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing "blues" about this set – as Buddy Rich is working with some of the best soul jazz players of the Groove Merchant label – on a set that's one of his few small combo albums from the 70s! The vibe is very relaxed and laidback, and even Buddy's tight drumming can't over-hy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner. Vinyl has some oxidation and plays with light noise.)
Buddy Rich —
New One! ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Very hard-burning work from Buddy's hip band of the mid 60s – a large ensemble, but one that features searing horn parts that cut through the bigger arrangements with ease! Buddy really had an ear for tuning power with personality at this point in his career – and although the group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Playtime features Sam Most on clarinet, flute, alto sax, Mike Mainieri on vibes, Don Goldie on trumpet, John Morris on piano, Wilbur Wynne on guitar & Richard Evans on bass. Blues Caravan features Rolf Ericson on trumpet, Sam Most on clarinet, flute, alto sax, Mike Mainieri on vibes, John ... read moreCD
A hard and heavy side from Buddy, and true to his reputation and the title of the LP, he comes out swinging! The set features a top notch mid 60s group, and from the sound of the numbers on this set, ol' Buddy did need to hand out any of his famous lectures on the bus afterwards, with some crisp ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove with Pacific Jazz inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Hard-swinging Buddy Rich from the prime early 70s years – not exactly an all-out funk affair, but still a great groover, with plenty of hip little big band numbers! The groove here is nice and lean – and Buddy and the group are working at Buddy's own club – hitting that trademark ... read moreCD
Buddy keeps things nice and Sweet on this session – pairing up with trumpeter Edison in a nicely swinging set of tunes that opens up with the best Verve approach of the 50s! The group features Jimmy Rowles on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, and John Simmons on bass – working with Rich ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with trumpeter logo & deep groove. NOTE – Cover is stained and flaky on 3 inches along the spine, with a half split bottom seam.)
A soaring blend of Brazilian modes – served up here by Ricardo Richaid, who's almost a one-man army himself, given the amount of instruments he plays on the set! Yet the record is also way more than just a batch of tunes cooked up in a bedroom – as Richaid has collaborators on nearly ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Excellent groovy jazz from the great Emil Richards! The legendary LA vibist is caught live at Donte's – and is playing with Dave Makay on piano and percussion, as well as a bunch of other LA hipsters. The general groove is more jazz oriented than Emil's other records, but still very nice. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
More than a decade's worth of genius from arranger Johnny Richards – the long-overdue release of his seminal albums for Capitol, Roulette, and Legende Records from the 50s and 60s! Richards first came to fame working for Stan Kenton in the early 50s – and although is work is featured ... read moreCD
(Out of print, numbered/limited edition. Slipcover has some light edgewear.)
A cool take on the music of Charles Mingus – handled here by his old drummer Dannie Richmond, in a great small combo mode that's quite different than usual! The tunes are all pretty darn dynamic, but have a really different flavor – some very right drums from Richmond, who almost seems ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)
Frank Ricotti & Mike De Albuquerque —
First Wind ... LP Alternative Fox (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
A gem of a record from the key years when the British scene was effortlessly mixing up jazz and rock – and coming up with music that was a lot more sophisticated, cool, and groovy than you'd ever guess from the term "jazz rock"! The group's a core effort from vibist Frank Ricotti ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover looks a lot like the front of the legendary Funhouse album by The Stooges – and that comparison is there for a reason – as this crazy instrumental trio serve up some really wild versions of their music! The instrumentation is spare – just heavy drums, trombone, and tuba ... read moreCD
Great work from Herlin Riley – a drummer with plenty of New Orleans in his roots, but also a jazzman who never tries to hit you over the head with that legacy either! There's definitely a complexity in the rhythms that reflects Herlin's background – but the modes of expression are more ... read moreCD
Mindblowing work from British pianist Howard Riley – recorded during a winter in the 70s that found him living in the US – where he must have been giving Cecil Taylor a good run for his money! Riley's always amazing – but by this point in his career, he'd found a way to ... read moreCD
A really inventive record from British avant piano legend Howard Riley – and that's saying a lot, as Riley is always pretty darn inventive! The set follows on a mode that Howard first begun during the 70s – and uses overdubbing to record him working on three different pianos as a trio ... read moreCD
Eve Risser, Benjamin Duboc, & Edward Perraud —
En Corps ... CD Dark Tree (France), 2012. New Copy Gatefold ...
Very heady sounds from this hip French trio – one who go further than even the usual avant piano combo, by using a prepared version of the instrument for part of the set! Eve Risser handles the keys – and the piano is both standard, although played with very unusual inflections, and ... read moreCD
A classic bit of Japanese fusion from the 70s – and a set that managed to circulate pretty heavily on these shores at the time, which is quite an accomplishment for an expensive piece of import vinyl! That track record is no surprise, though, given that the group's really a showcase for a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Direct Disk pressing.)
Lee Ritenour —
Rit ... LP Elektra, 1981. Very Good+ ...
Few people did soulful fusion better than Lee Ritenour back in the early 80s – and the guitarist always seemed to find a way to really link together all the different sounds of the electric genre – from heavy jamming to soulful grooving to a rock-like appreciation for a good hook! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare Lyle Ritz lead session for Verve – in which the session vet steps out with a set of bop and swing-learned jazz cuts featuring Ritz's ukulele out front! Ritz was more or less known as a bassist at the time, but got an opportunity to step out with the uke here, on a number of standards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereophonic pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small split in the top seam.)
A corker of a set from tenorist Diego Rivera – a player who's been around for a bit, but who really seems to find his groove in this Posi-Tone setting! The album's got Diego working with some great labelmates – including trombonist Michael Dease on all cuts, a name that's worth us ... read moreCD
One of Freddie's best ever albums – and a cool session that has a much more laid back, less hokey, and groovier feel than his Blue Note stuff. Freddie leads a trio that includes Vincent Corrao on guitar and Eddie Gladden on drums, and the group is augmented by Ralph Dorsey's conga. Freddie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue trident label stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Label has some fading of the silver print. Cover has a cutout hole.)
The drums are certainly unlimited here – and the album's a really unique one, in that it shows Max Roach in 2 different settings – one with a group, and one that's simply solo! One batch of tracks has Max in the company of a tight group of soul jazz players like Freddie Hubbard, Roland ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later percussion ensemble album by Max Roach – one done in the style of some of his earlier 60s percussion experiments, but with a fuller scope, and a more serious feel overall. The ensemble was first formed in 1970, but recorded here with a very ambitious tone as part of Columbia's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A solid set of jazzy funk from Eddie Roberts – guitarist for the New Mastersounds – unloading a nice little solo record with more of a jazz centered approach! The drums are nice and funky, and Eddie proves himself a very capable jazzy guitarist on the set. Eddie's backed up nicely by ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastic album from overlooked Candian tenorist Billy Robinson – a hell of a player, and one who might have been huge if this album were issued on a regular label in the US – instead of as a project by Radio Canada up north! Robinson has a wonderful vision here – gently ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Richard Wyands on piano, Steve LA Spina on bass & Akira Tana on drums. CD
Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan —
Sprint ... LP Elektra, 1983. Near Mint- ...
A tremendous live performance from the group co-led by Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – two players who really bring a lot to each other's music! There's a mode here that really blows us away – a careful, sensitive approach that allows each horn player to hit their most lyrical moments ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp.)
Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedro Martinez —
Duologue ... CD Mack Avenue, 2019. New Copy ...
A record that's recorded by a duo, but one that's got a much fuller sound than you might expect – thanks to the magic of overdub, and to some great production help from Quincy Jones! Alfredo Rodriguez plays piano, Fender Rhodes, and keyboards – Pedro Martinez plays percussion – ... read moreCD
A really beautiful record by young Chilean pianist Enrique Rodriguez – a set that's got little more going on than piano and keyboards, but which really makes the most of those elements! Rodriguez plays in a style that's not entirely jazz – maybe more moody instrumentals with a slight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing – in a black sleeve with the image on a sticker in the corner.)
A real standout from the great Shorty Rogers – and a smoking set that has him turning his many talents towards the world of bossa nova! By the time of this set, Shorty was as great an arranger as he was a trumpeter – really one of the go-to guys around LA for hipper soundtracks and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic West Coast session, long hailed by critics as one of the best to come out of the LA scene. Shorty Rogers leads a crack group of players (Art Pepper, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper) through a bunch of short swinging tracks that really have an edge to them. One of the best things Rogers ever did ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't think "waltz music", think "modal jazz" – because the version of jazz waltz that Shorty Rogers serves up here is a great precursor to the great grooves to come on the European scene – especially the work from the artists at MPS Records! Tunes all have this ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2013 pressing with 24bit mastering – includes obi.)
Shorty Rogers —
Short Stops ... LP RCA/Bluebird, Mid 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A collection of dates from 1953 and 1954, featuring Shorty Rogers and His Giants and His Orchestra. LP, Vinyl record album