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 moreCD
(Out of print, 1998 pressing with 20bit mastering – includes obi.)
Stunning! This is a beautiful album that's one of Max Roach's most powerful recordings, and a record that's been the inspiration for countless other imitations over the years. Roach leads a group with Richard Williams, Clifford Jordan, and Mal Waldron – and they're matched with a vocal ... read moreCD
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
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Max Roach & Clifford Brown —
Daahoud ... LP Mainstream, 1956. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Previously unreleased work from the legendary group of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – recorded back in the 50s, when Mainstream producer Bob Shad was working on the Brown/Roach dates for Mercury – but not issued until this set in the 70s, when Shad had his own label! The music here is ... 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
Very unusual work from guitarist Howard Roberts – an an excellent set that showcases a whole side of his talents that rarely emerged on other records! We love Roberts to death for his short, tight, pop jazz groovers for Capitol during the 60s – but this set features Howard working in a ... 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
A rare set of Spanish jazz from the 60s – quite a treasure, considering how little jazz we've heard from Spain at the time! The group's tremendous – soulful and modern, at a level that matches some of our favorite Italian combos of the same period – with this strong lead work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really beautiful work from the team of Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – hardly the sort of stuff we might have heard from the players a decade or two before – and a sophisticated batch of tunes that has them stretching out in rich musical directions! There's little of the boppish roots of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Red Rodney with Ira Sullivan —
Night & Day ... LP Muse, 1981. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Trumpeter Red Rodney works here with his great musical partner Ira Sullivan – a unique musician who also plays trumpet, but also blows alto and soprano too! Garry dial, Barry Smith, and Steve Bagby round out the personnel. Titles include "Muck & Meyer", "Frito Mistos" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
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 great large group recording from bassist Jason Roebke – and maybe one of his best records so far! Roebke's working here with a crack assortment of Chicago musicians – all players who have been rising in the same wave of creativity that's also held Jason up in recent years, and who ... read moreCD
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
Quite possibly our favorite Shorty Rogers album ever – an incredible soundtrack that's unlike most of his other work of the time! The record features Shorty's score for the film Tarzan The Ape Man (and a cover that has Shorty being carried in the arms of same!) – and as you might guess ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An RCA classic from Shorty – one that features an expanded version of his Giants group, running through some of the best compositions of Richard Rogers! The gimmick of the twin Rogers in the title notwithstanding, the album's a pretty tight little set – as Shorty's leading an all-star ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)
Shorty Rogers —
Swings ... CD Bluebird, 1958/1959. Used ...
With Bud Shank & Paul Horn on alto saxophone, Charles Gentry on barritone saxophone, Joe Mondragon on bass, Jimmy Giuffre on clarinet, Mel Lewis on drums, Barney Kessel &Howard Roberts on guitar. CD
A pretty darn great record, and a lot more swinging than you'd expect! The basic theme is the Wizard Of Oz – but Shorty makes the tunes groove way way more than they ever did, and thanks to help from hip players like Jimmy Giuffre, Herb Geller, and Bud Shank, the tracks have loads of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small peeled spot on front at the top edge.)
2 rare mid 50s collaborations between pianist Andre Previn and trupeter Shorty Rogers – back to back on one CD! The first half of the CD is an instrumental collaboration between the pair – one that's mostly set up in the mode of Rogers style of the time with his Giants group – ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card has a light stain, booklet is great.)
Essential – collects 11 tracks from the albums Sonny Rollins Vols 1 & 2, Newk's Time, and A Night At The Village Vanguard. Features work by Art Blakey, Wynton Kelly, Donald Byrd, Max Roach, and others. CD
One of the most free-wheeling Sonny Rollins albums of the 60s – an album that features some very long, extended tracks that really break out from some of the straighter moments of Sonny's mid-60s recordings! The title track is an incredible 20 minute workout – one that almost feels ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)
One of Sonny Rollins' real standout sessions from the 70s – a different vibe than before, but a sound that's still as striking than any of his earlier records! The record features him in a slightly more modern group – with backing by Walter Davis Jr on piano, Masuo on gutiar, Bob ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
About as classic as you can get for Sonny Rollins during the 50s – from the cover right down to the incredible solos on the set! The album's got Rollins really stretching out – still not finding the freer trio mode of his Vanguard session, but still bringing in plenty of fresh ideas in ... read moreCD
One of Sonny Rollins' best albums ever, and a totally inspired, totally non-stop freewheeling live set, recorded with Don Cherry, Bob Cranshaw, and Billy Higgins! Working on long tracks in an unfettered setting, Rollins' hits one of those rare moments of genius where he can turn his solo over and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has ring & edge wear, splitting on the top seam, and initials in marker on the back.)
A strange one, and from this perspective, it seems like a crazy decision to pair modernist tenorist Sonny Rollins with a set of large brassy arrangements. Oddly, though, the idea works, and works nicely – as Rollins' edgey solos cut through the heavy arrangements with ease, creating some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has has light wear, some aging, and a light stain.)
A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)
A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing in a non-gatefold cover, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover appears to have been signed by the artist on index labels on front.)
Amazing early work from Sonny Rollins – the first of his tremendous Blue Note albums – and a record that really shows him taking off at the time! The record captures Rollins at a key turning point – emerging from his firey bop years, moving into a much more complicated, ... read moreCD
As classic as it comes for late 50s Blue Note – and a key meeting between Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk! The group on the set features Rollins and Monk with JJ Johnson, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey – all of whom push things more in the direction of Blue Note's sound of the time, ... read moreCD
A groundbreaking album from Sonny Rollins, largely for the extended track "Tenor Madness", which runs on for 13 minutes, and features him and Coltrane blowing head to head – redefining the sound of the tenor sax in jazz through the course of that amazing track! Backing is by the ... read moreCD
A great lost chapter in the career of Sonny Rollins – material recorded live at MOMA in 1965, but unissued until this brief package in the late 70s! The work is right up there with Rollins' best for RCA at the time, and almost feels a bit like his live Village Vanguard material from Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later green label pressing. Cover has an MCA stamp.)
If worktime was like this for us, you'd catch us showing up on the job early every day – but sadly, nothing at our office can match the brilliance of early Sonny Rollins here – a sharp-edged genius that perfectly illustrates why he was one of the greatest players on his horn for many ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 1999 pressing with 20bit mastering and purple graphics – still sealed with obi and original Japanese hype sticker!)
A legendary split album from the hardbop underground of the 50s – two different sides by two different artists – both of them great! Side one features stunning work from Sonny Rollins – blowing at a level that matches his early gems for Blue Note, with that razor-sharp tone and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York musicians – creating an incredible sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – a rich harmony of Brazilian roots and ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible set of Brazilian jazz – one of the few albums that percussionist Dom Um Romao recorded as a leader, and sublime all the way through! The record's got a wonderful blend of funky fusion and Brazilian percussion – and features a group from two continents that includes Sivuca ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great late 80s session by trumpeter Wallace Roney – bold, and strongly-blown – proof that he was clearly one of the most striking young trumpet talents of his generation! The album is nicely open-ended, and freely crafted with a strong group that includes Kenny Garrett on alto, Gary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's no lie, as Wallace Roney serves up a set of jazz standards – yet in keeping with his other great work on Muse Records, the album's also got a heck of a lot going on as well! The album's hardly the kind of "trumpeter hits the classics" album you might expect – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Linda Ronstadt & The Nelson Riddle Orchestra —
What's New ... LP Asylum, 1983. Very Good ...
Michel Roques —
Chorus ... LP Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
An amazing album from the legendary Saravah label – one of the imprint's lesser-known gems from the 70s, but a set that's got the same compelling mix of modes you'd find in their albums from Barney Wilen, Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Reedman Michel Roques ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larry Rose plays some mighty sweet keyboards on this late 70s set – electric piano, organ, and other keys as well – and also sings a fair bit on the record, in this great blend of jazz, soul, and some tighter modes of the time! The approach is maybe a bit in the territory of jazzy soul ... read moreCD
Larry Rose plays some mighty sweet keyboards on this late 70s set – electric piano, organ, and other keys as well – and also sings a fair bit on the record, in this great blend of jazz, soul, and some tighter modes of the time! The approach is maybe a bit in the territory of jazzy soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bassist Marlene Rosenberg leads a hell of a trio here – one that features Kenny Barron on piano and Lewis Nash on drums – both tremendous players who sound even better in the round, rich company of Rosenberg's bass! Most titles are trio numbers, but driven as much by the bass as by the ... read moreCD
Dan Rosenboom's a trumpeter with a mighty fierce sound – one that's pushed forward with his own bold lines, and with this kind of rumbling, deep-burning energy from the rest of the group! The approach is a bit hard to describe, but there's often this sense of the bass and guitar creating ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from Swedish tenorist Bernt Rosengren – one of his best albums ever, and done with a nice mix of soul and edge! Players include Lalle Svensson on trumpet, Goran Fagerstedt or Lars Sjosten on piano, Bjorn Alke and Torbjorn Hultcrantz on bass, and Bo Skoglund on drums – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Frank Rosolino & Conte Candoli —
Just Friends ... LP MPS (Germany), 1975. Near Mint- ...
This album's a "partner" to the duo's other MPS album, Conversation, which (like this one) was also recorded during a one-week engagement at the Domicile nightclub in Munich. The group features great rhythm work from bassist Isla Eckinger, pianist Rob Pronk, and drummer Todd Canedy. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)
An incredible debut from vibist Joel Ross – an artist who's already given us great moments on records with Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill, and others – but who's completely his own man here right from the start! Ross instantly emerges as a major creative force – leading the combo, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
British reedman Ronnie Ross really shines brightly on this set – a well-crafted batch of tunes that takes a great lead from his strong work on baritone sax! The sound is somewhat tightly arranged – a bit in a US west coast mode from the time – but the groove's also a bit looser ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has some waviness and staining due to moisture along the bottom.)
Ross De Luxe Syncopators include Robert Cookie Mason, Melvin Herbert, Eddie Cooper, Edmond Hall, Robert Cloud, Earl Evans, Alonzo Ross, Casper Towie, Richard Fullbright, Frank Houston, and Margaret Miller. Savoy Bearcats include Gilbert Paris, Demas Dean, James Reevy, Carmello Jejo, Otto Mikell, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great one blows in a sweet 50s modern harbop mode – in a group that also has Red Rodney on trumpet, Albert Dailey on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
An important early album from the Rova Quartet – one that earns the diplomacy in its title in two different ways – first because it features recordings from a tour that the group made to Soviet bloc nations during the cold war years – and second because it was one of their first ... read moreCD
Jimmie Rowles —
Grandpaws ... CD Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Forgive the silly pun in the title – and just dive in and dig this excellent 70s album from pianist Jimmie Rowles – a set that's maybe his hippest of the decade, thanks in part to work from Buster Williams on bass and Billy Hart on drums! With Buster and Billy in the mix, the set's ... read moreCD
Forgive the silly pun in the title – and just dive in and dig this excellent 70s album from pianist Jimmie Rowles – a set that's maybe his hippest of the decade, thanks in part to work from Buster Williams on bass and Billy Hart on drums! With Buster and Billy in the mix, the set's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from Jimmy Rowles – a pianist that really hit new levels of creative activity in the 70s, and who maybe sounds different here than on most of his other recordings from the time! Jimmy still has some of that world-weary, old man sort of quality – especially when he sings ... read moreCD
Ernie Royal plays with his sextet including Billy Taylor on piano, George Barnes and Sidney Gross on guitar, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Lucky Thompson's quintet includes Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, Billy Taylor on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
One of the best albums in years from jazz singer Vanessa Rubin – a very hip set dedicated to the music of Tadd Dameron, which makes for a collection of tunes that go way past the usual! Plus, in addition to a great set of songs, the album also features direction from Cecil Bridgewater – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
2 of the records that arranger Pete Rugolo cut for Columbia in the years after he parted company with Stan Kenton. As most modern jazz ears will know, Rugolo was one of the main reasons for Kenton's uniquely swinging approach in the early 50s – and he also lent his talents to some fantastic ... read moreCD
Two great albums fron Pete Rugolo. Music For Hi Fi Bugs sounds like a batch of bachelor pad tunes, but the album itself is easily one of Pete Rugolo's best of the 50s – a really tremendous big band outing that's filled with all-star players – all in a groove that breaks Pete very ... read moreCD
Two fantastic albums from one of the greatest arrangers of the 50s! Pete Rugolo first came into prominence with Stan Kenton's group of the late 40s/early 50s – and he had a penchant for creating arrangements that dipped heavily into modernism, but never forgot to swing. He went on to do ... read moreCD
A sublime trio set from drummer Charles Rumback – a record that has us really appreciating the special touch the leader can bring to a date, as this album may also be one of the best that we've heard from pianist Jim Baker in years! Baker has this great way of sounding soulful and lyrical, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from Howard Rumsey's early Lighthouse group – and a great example of why they were such a great act at the time! The "solo spotlight" in the title is extremely apt here – as each of the album's tracks features a standout performance by group members who emerge ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Todd Rundgren/Emil Nikolaisen/Hans Peter Lindstrom —
Runddans ... LP Smalltown Supersound (Norway), 2015. Near Mint- 2LP ...
A recent, more experimental album from Todd Rundgren – still with vocals, but also with lots of samples and electronics too! (Rock, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
Mario Rusca —
Joyette ... LP Dire (Italy), Mid 70s. Near Mint- ...
Solo piano work from Mario Rusca – a nicely intimate side of this dynamic Italian pianist, who brings in some warm tones that are especially wonderful! Titles include "I Love You", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Up Jumped Spring", and the Rusca originals "Well ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, but is nice overall.)
Mario Rusca —
Reaction ... CD Dynia World/Sonorama (Germany), 1974. Used ...
One of the greatest records we've ever heard from pianist Mario Rusca – a really open, fluid sort of set – and one that features electric bass in the trio, which really gives things a different sort of vibe! Mario plays acoustic piano throughout, but the use of electric bass (played by ... read moreCD
Patrice Rushen —
Posh ... CD Elektra/Strut (UK), 1980. New Copy ...
Nothing posh about this one – as the album's an all-out, all-access affair – a great way for anyone to get into the grooves of the mighty Patrice Rushen! Patrice is at the height of her powers here – equally magic on keyboards and vocals, and coming up with groove after groove in ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Nothing posh about this one – as the album's an all-out, all-access affair – a great way for anyone to get into the grooves of the mighty Patrice Rushen! Patrice is at the height of her powers here – equally magic on keyboards and vocals, and coming up with groove after groove in ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set from Patrice Rushen – very different than her later R&B work from the 80s! The record's her first, and at the time, Patrice was much more of a jazz artist – working here with a cool west coast set of players (Joe Henderson on tenor, Hadley Caliman on alto and soprano, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First 1000 copies pressed on limited edition colored vinyl. Includes download.)
Some of the hippest sounds we've ever heard from pianist Gene Russell – an album that features heavy use of Fender Rhodes – and a soulful, solid, rhythmic core that comes from the basslines of Henry Franklin, guitar of Calvin Keys, and drums of Ndugu Chancler! The set's one of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label stereo/quad promo. Cover has a promo sticker, some wear, and some stuck-on paper on back.)
An nice lost session by modernist George Russell – recorded in New York in 1960, with one of his more obscure groups of the time. The set was originally recorded for the Decca label, as one of Russell's few LPs for the imprint – and like the others, it's got a fresh, unacademic tone ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Digipack case has some edgewear, a sticker on the cover & a small punch through the rear.)
A late 60s issue of material from some of Russell's earlier albums on Riverside – great sides from the early 60s featuring Russell at the head of a group of some of the better young modernists of the age, like Ellis, Dolphy, Pete La Roca, and Steve Swallow. The record features Russell-conceiv ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some notes in pen on back.)
Hal Russell NRG Ensemble —
Conserving NRG ... LP Principally Jazz Production, 1984. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Heartfelt yet exciting work from Chicago trumpeter Markus Rutz – heavy on originals, but with some distinctive takes on classics by Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker and another couple of covers – showing love and appreciation for his influences in music and life in general with a wonderful ... read moreCD
Terje Rypdal —
Odyssey ... LP ECM (Germany), 1976. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A great setting for the spacey tones of Terje Rypdal's guitar – a double-length set for ECM that lets Terje stretch out in very spacious splendor! The album features a fair bit of very long tracks, plus a few shorter ones – and Rypdal's working here on string ensemble and soprano sax, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Rypdal on guitar, Allan Dangerfield on keyboards, Bjorn Kjellemyr on bass, and Audun Kleive on drums. Titles include "The Last Hero", "Sprott", "Mystery Man", "There Is A Hot Lady In My Bedroom & I Need A Drink", "Strange Behavior", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout mark.)
Terje Rypdal —
Works ... CD ECM (Germany), 1975. Used ...
(Out of print, please note that there is a small tear from an old sticker on the booklet cover.)
An ECM power trio set from the late 70s – served up with a sound that's very much the sum of its three great parts! Terje Rypdal's guitar work is as enigmatic as ever – sharp-toned, and spinning out in really spacey, spooky ways – and Miroslav Vitous plays bass just like we like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with a really timeless feel – a jazz set from the early 80s scene in Oakland, and one that opens up in so many wonderful flavors! A few cuts have a soul style – with female vocals in the lead, amidst warmer, jazzier backings – and other tracks have an instrumental ... read moreCD
A rare early European jazz moment – and a very cool combo! The group is led by the mighty Fats Sadi on vibes – later of Clarke/Boland fame – and the group features Maurice Vander on piano, Roger Guerin on trumpet, and Bobby Jaspar on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from a real up-and-comer – a bright young jazz artist who seems to get better and better with each new record! Philippe Saisse takes his "acoustic" tag here with a grain of salt – as the French keyboardist also plays Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer organ, and vibes on ... read moreCD
A tremendous live set from pianist Teru Sakamoto – a session that soars with all of the life, soul, and imagination of McCoy Tyner at his 70s best! The record's got a feel that's quite open – long tracks, with plenty of solo space for Sakamoto on the piano – but the sound is ... read moreCD
This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy in the 50s ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue trident label stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Vinyl has a press flaw that plays with some noise for a bit on "Afrika". Cover has a bit of marker at the corner.)