A very cool take on the music of Thelonious Monk – a set that's far more abstract and offbeat than any of Monk's original recordings – but in a way that the composer might have appreciated, had he lived until the 21st Century! Mast clearly really loves these tunes, and knows them ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mikio Masuda plays plenty of keyboards here – Fender Rhodes, moog, clavinet, and melodica – and even a bit of acoustic piano too – all in a wonderfully soulful lineup with work from some key American fusion players! The album's got that tight style of the best Japanese fusion of ... read moreCD
A fantastic collaboration between two key members of the French avant jazz scene – working here in a spirit that really lives up to the genre-busting legacy of the Saravah Records label! Philippe Mate improvises here on saxophone – but in a unique space that's controlled by Daniel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bobby Matos & John Santos —
Mambo Jazz ... CD CuBop/Ubiquity, 2001. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the rawest albums we've heard from Cubop in a long time – and an excellent session that teams up west coast Latin percussionists Bobby Matos and John Santos! The album's got a majesty that's remarkable – blending Afro Cuban rhythms, modern jazz, and a strong sense of swing ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
A really cool 7" single from Japan – with a stunning version of "Lullaby Of The Leaves" played by Sleepy Matsumoto on tenor with a small combo that includes organ! The other side features a straighter take on the theme of the film. (Funky 45's, Jazz)7-inch, Vinyl record
Quite a compelling little record – a jazz album at heart, but one that also opens up into lots of different sonic territory – as you might expect from a collection of tunes that includes tracks by Roni Size, Flying Lotus, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Bugge Wessletoft! The approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Matthews & The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra —
Hey Duke! ... CD Fantasy, 2002. Used ...
A real treasure from reedman Maulawi Nurudin – originally recorded as part of the Strata Records scene in Detroit, but done in Chicago in 1973 – and issued here for the first time ever! The vibe here is almost more Tribe Records than some of the other Strata sides – as Maulawi ... read moreCD
One of the most earthy, organic offerings of the Herbie Hancock scene of the 70s – a session that's led by Headhunter reedman Bennie Maupin, and which also features Herbie on acoustic and electric piano – all in a sound that's quite different from his own work of the time! The tracks ... read moreCD
One of the most earthy, organic offerings of the Herbie Hancock scene of the 70s – a session that's led by Headhunter reedman Bennie Maupin, and which also features Herbie on acoustic and electric piano – all in a sound that's quite different from his own work of the time! The tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's hard to imagine anyone thinking of tenorist Turk Mauro as an underdog – at least not after the smoking sound of this set! The record's one that really broke Mauro out to bigger audiences at the time – a set we've seen nestled in some of the hipper jazz collections we've run across ... read moreCD
A very groovy record that we almost passed up because of the cover! This obscure record features a lost organist named Lloyd G. Mayers, and he's backed by the Oliver Nelson band at the height of its powers. Mayers' tone on the organ is nicely messed-up, and he wails away in kind of a Jimmy Smith ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great late bop side, pre-history for Rob Mazurek of the various Chicago Underground projects! While Mazurek has become known for his marriage of intense lyricism with more progressive elements such as free playing and heavy electronics, this early recording by him with a top quartet of Chicago's ... read moreCD
Bassist Christian McBride works here with a mighty striking group – a quartet that features Josh Evans on trumpet, Marcus Strickland on tenor and bass clarinet, and Nasheet Waits on drums – all players who give this record an edge that we're not used to hearing from Christian! The ... read moreCD
Bassist Christian McBride works here with a mighty striking group – a quartet that features Josh Evans on trumpet, Marcus Strickland on tenor and bass clarinet, and Nasheet Waits on drums – all players who give this record an edge that we're not used to hearing from Christian! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer little set from Les McCann – one of his greatest records of the 60s, thanks to a fair bit of Latin Soul influences! The album's got a groove that's much grittier than Les' other work – a solid, soulful emphasis on bottom rhythms – which are mostly in a boogaloo and shing- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Les McCann —
Layers ... LP Atlantic, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ...
This might well be the best album that Les McCann ever cut during the 70s! It's got some killer electric piano riffs, of the sort that are being sampled heavily today by the kids, and which are getting his music to a whole new af generation. The tracks have a tight spacey funk sound, and they don' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title track was most likely meant to be something of a hit for Les McCann back in his early Pacific Jazz years – and while it maybe didn't hit the heights of the charts at the time, it's still a great little cooker that leads off a tasty little set! The group here is Les' "Ltd" ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
The extremely successful union of two of Atlantic's biggest funky jazz stars, caught live in Switzerland, with the amazing Benny Bailey sitting in on trumpet. The tracks are long and funky, and are virtually a blueprint for pop soul jazz playing of the time – mixing slinky rhythms with some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Donny McCaslin —
Blow ... CD Motema, 2018. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin opens up a whole new side of his music here – by letting in a host of guests vocalists, whose presence links the record to some of the work that Donny did with David Bowie near the end of his life! We're not saying this is a Bowie record, and with the presence of ... read moreCD
Donny McCaslin —
Soar ... CD Sunnyside, 2006. Used ...
Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass —
Tribute ... LP PA USA, 1981. Very Good ...
An early 80's album by Canadian orchestra leader Rob McConnell, whose Boss Brass recordings have been getting some play in recent years with the hip hop sample crowd. Rob's work is best described as hard modern big band stuff, in the same sort of vein as the Clarke Boland Big Band, and with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the crowning achievement of drummer Makaya McCraven so far – a double-length set that stands as a huge testimony to all the many waves he's been making in jazz for the past few years! The album features four slices of live performance – recorded in New York, Chicago, LA, and ... read moreCD
Maybe the crowning achievement of drummer Makaya McCraven so far – a double-length set that stands as a huge testimony to all the many waves he's been making in jazz for the past few years! The album features four slices of live performance – recorded in New York, Chicago, LA, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Makaya McCraven pushes his unique jazz genius even further – by serving up a completely groundbreaking remix of live jazz performance on the London scene! McCraven's already stood out from the pack in the way that he breaks down jazz norms by playing with a recorded performance later in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little album of soul jazz organ tracks by McDuff, and proof that he was always still burning strong! Unlike other Hammond players, who got a bit sloppy in later years, McDuff always kept things interesting, and managed to come up with some creative arrangements and soulful solos that pushed ... read moreCD
One of McDuff's fantastic Cadet LPs, and one that features the funky funky organist in a set of crazy arrangements written by him and Richard Evans. An amazing mix of McDuff's soul jazz organ sound with the genius that was the Chess/Cadet studio system of the late 60's – and one that yields ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has two cutout holes, some wear, and aging.)
A pivotal album for Brother Jack McDuff – and one that has him cleaning the sound of his Hammond a bit – moving into the lean, clear tone that would dominate his work for most of the 60s! There's a great sense of focus here – one that moves past simple R&B-influenced organ ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has a center split top seam with a promo ink stamp on the back.)
Jack McDuff —
Live! ... LP Prestige, 1963. Very Good- ...
A killer, and one of three live sides McDuff cut for Prestige during the 60s – a monster session of stretched-out jazzy grooves, with many fine little dancers, and a raw soulful feel throughout! The group's one of Jack's best – as Red Holloway's tenor blows and hollers over the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Cover has some edge wear.)
Slammin live work from the legendary Brother Jack McDuff – a player who was almost better on the bandstand than he was in the studio! First up is the album Live – a killer, and one of three live sides McDuff cut for Prestige during the 60s – a monster session of stretched-out ... read moreCD
(Former owner's name stamped on traycard artwork.)
In our opinion, Jack McDuff never made a bad album – and this excellent later session is proof of that statement! The album's got a horrible cover – we'll state that from the start – but it's still a great batch of soul jazz organ tracks, played tightly by McDuff, with a group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jack McDuff's first albums as a leader – and a really solid cooker that also features vibes and tenor sax! Given that McDuff hardly ever recorded with vibes again, the session's got a real standout sound that deserves to be heard – as Jack's smoking work on the Hammond comes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black label NJ pressing with deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has wear and a split bottom seam.)
Mindblowingly baroque funk from Brother Jack McDuff – an album that takes the initial Blue Note tripped-out groove of Moon Rappin, and pushes it to a whole new level! Jack's working here with arranger Ray Draper to come up with some tunes that are miles away from the earlier McDuff albums on ... read moreCD
Two generations of Hammond heroes – teaming up here in an old school-styled set! We'll admit that we're a bit more partial to Jack's organ than Joey's, but DeFrancesco's still pretty great – and the pair play together as if on some old twin-Hammond date from the 60s on Prestige ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole, disc has a promotional stamp.)
A wonderful album from the great Gary McFarland – and completely sublime all the way through! The record's part jazz, part easy, and all McFarland, with a cool compressed breezy vibe that's just about impossible to describe accurately. Gary's vibes are wonderfully set in a small combo with ... read moreCD
(In a fantastic gatefold cover – just like the original album!)
A pair of fantastic albums from vibes master and genius arranger Gary McFarland – back to back on a single CD! First up is The In Sound – one of the grooviest albums of the 60s – a sublime blend of jazz, bossa, and easy – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! ... read moreCD
Great stuff from Gary – one of his more obscure albums, and a record dedicated to the signs of the Zodiac! The tracks are a mixture of Gary's usual easy jazz approach – with vibes, whistling, and bossa-style rhythms showing up a lot – plus a few more driving numbers that are more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dream of a record from Gary McFarland – lightly jazzy instrumentals with a warm bossa nova undercurrent! The style is incredible – a sweet blend of vibes, guitar, and even some light whistling – often also featuring wordless jazz vocals – scatting along with the groove in ... read moreCD
A lost treasure from the great Gary McFarland – a never-heard live recording, matched here with a beautiful documentary on his too-short life! The live performance is wonderful – a small combo date in a Seattle nightclub in the mid 60s – with a very groovy group that features ... read moreCD
(Out of print, DVD is All Region, NTSC coded.)
Gary McFarland —
Today ... CD Skye/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
Wild stuff – and very different than Gary McFarland's earlier albums! Today was recorded late in Gary's career, and is has him moving a bit away from jazz – into a more sunshine pop feel – one that still retains plenty of the bossa and breezy elements of his Verve work, but which ... read moreCD
An unusual little soundtrack to this obscure pre-Roots film about slavery – handled with some very nice touches from Gary McFarland, Bobby Scott, and Grady Tate! The music is penned by Scott, and is mostly in that hip blend of jazz and soul roots that he was using on some of his own 60s ... read moreCD
(Gatefold cover version – just like the original album!)
An album that's way better than you might expect – not the easy cash-in on the film Some Like It Hot that's telegraphed by the cover – but instead a tight trad jazz date by trombonist Lou McGarity – done in some of the same mature modes as Jack Teagarden's work from the same time! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has light wear and a bit of aging.)
With Gus Gustavson on keyboards, Mel Martin on flute and soprano sax, and Glen Cronkhite on percussion. Titles include "Rambler", "Alone Again Naturally", "Break One", "Nova", "That's All", and "Waltz For Tricia". LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent – and totally rare – recording of Freddie Redd's score to The Connection – done more famously on Blue Note under Freddie's own name. This isn't the version that was released by Blue Note, nor is it the version on Charlie Parker records – instead, it's an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – pre-Norma, with insert!)
One of the best of the early 60s comeback albums by the legendary bop trumpeter Howard McGhee – and a record that really has the player finding a whole new groove in his music! At this point, Maggie's got a fantastic tone that was missing from his earlier records, filled with pain and raw ... read moreCD
Howard McGhee and his trumpet team up with pianist Phineas Newborn, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and Shelley Manne on drums for this great early 60s session. The record features the McGhee original "Demon Chase" and two Teddy Edwards songs, "Sunset Eyes" and his salute to McGhee ... read moreCD
Easily one of the best albums ever cut by this oft-overlooked bop trumpeter – and a clean, clear, no-nonsense session played with some great modern touches! The session really steps off from McGhee's earlier work nicely – and is noteworthy not only for Howard's great trumpet work, but ... read moreCD
An obscure Howard McGhee session, but a great one! The 1961 session was recorded during Maggie's great comeback years – at a time when he was doing some great work for labels that included Bethlehem, Contemporary, and United Artists. The spirit of this set is similar to those – sort ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sharp-edged early bop material from a very hip sextet – one that features both Howard McGhee on trumpet and Milt Jackson on vibes – plus a very young Jimmy Heath on alto and baritone sax! LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian maroon label pressing with RVG etch in a slim flip-back cover which has some wear.)
We've loved drummer Noel McGhie in many modes over the years – including free jazz and funky fusion – and here, he's working in a very cool hybrid of jazz and Caribbean styles – with some island-styled rhythms inflected by solo work on trumpet, guitar, and alto sax! The sound is ... read moreCD
Jimmy McGriff —
Cherry ... LP Solid State, 1966. Very Good Gatefold ...
A great little album from Jimmy – even if it doesn't look it from the cover! Most of the tunes are standards, too – which doesn't make you think the record will be a slammer – but the quality of the playing is excellent, and Jimmy's got a 2-guitar combo with Eric Gale and Everett ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy McGriff —
Fly Dude ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Some great down-home work from Jimmy McGriff – a session that's a bit less funk-based than some of his others for the Groove Merchant label, but still plenty darn great! The set's kind of a nice link between the straighter soul jazz of McGriff's 60s years, and his return to the format at the ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Jimmy McGriff —
Honey ... LP Solid State, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A nice little sleeper from Jimmy – a record that's hiding behind a title and cover that looks pretty corny, but one that features McGriff wailing away on a nice set of shorter tunes, most of which are 60s soul covers, done in that lean clean style he was using a lot at the time! Forget the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, heavy edge wear, and a half split top seam.)
One of the grooviest albums ever from Jimmy McGriff – a hard-wailing session that's filled with plenty of cooking lines on the organ, and a few especially funky tracks! The groove here is tight, short, and very sharp – strongly in the mode of other post-Sue sessions by McGriff – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy McGriff picks up a few more keyboards than straight Hammond organ – but that's ok with us, given the great results of the set! The album's got McGriff working on electric piano and clavinet alongside the organ – plus supporting arrangements from Brad Baker, in that fuller, Kudu-st ... read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
Jimmy McGriff —
Stump Juice ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Massively funky – and one of Jimmy McGriff's best albums for the Groove Merchant label! The album's follows strongly on the mode of Jimmy's classic Worm album – also produced by Sonny Lester, issued slightly before on the Solid State label. The set's got that stripped-down, hard-n-funk ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Twin organs back to back – and a heck of a hard-wailing set from Groove Holmes and Jimmy McGriff! The album cooks from the very first note – and features long tunes that open up with the same sort of solo-heavy approach that you'd get on Holmes' Prestige albums of the 60s – very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful trio album from bassist Ross McHenry – an artist here who works with just piano and drums, but somehow manages to make so many new and personal sounds flow from their combination! The songs are all originals, and McHenry's got a style that's visionary, yet also straight ahead ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)
Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre —
Ram's Run ... LP Cadence, 1981. Near Mint- ...
Great later work from this richly-expressive reedman – one of our favorite Kalaparusha recordings after his early Delmark years! There's a sound here that's freely expressive, yet never too out – a cohesive approach to the music that has some loft jazz touches, but which also takes us ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II is a powerhouse here on drums – working his way over the kit with a massive sense of force, even when things are mellow – clearly employing a wide variety of elements to keep his sound open and fresh! There's only one number here that features solo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most righteous albums ever issued by the always-righteous Tribe Records label of Detroit – a really collective effort, one that features ensemble vocals and spiritual jazz – all pulled together by pianist Harold McKinney! The album showcases a group named Voices Of The ... read moreCD
Hal McKusick is one of the most frequently overlooked reed players of the 50's – and until this great reissue of his rare Decca recordings came out a few years ago, his work was mostly only known to collectors of rare stuff who had the money to check him out. Now, though, this great 15 track ... read moreCD
Beautiful later work from guitarist John McLaughlin – a record that moves heavily into a Brazilian-inspired vibe – not necessarily in the actual style of the music, but more in the sunny spirit that embraces the whole session! The album was recorded in Paris with airy backing that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key change for John McLaughlin – post-Mahavishnu, post-Shakti, and very much the electric guitarist promised in the title! The album's one of McLaughlin's more professional fusion outings of the 70s, but still has some of the earthiness of his roots – and despite a rather large ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Most likely our favorite album by John McLaughlin – and one that features him in a wonderfully spare setting – alongside John Surman on saxes, Brian Odges on bass, and Tony Oxley on drums. The playing has a free and loose quality that McLaughlin would later lose on some his more fusion- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting on the seams, pen scribbles on the back, and some surface wear.)
John McLaughlin —
In Retrospect ... LP Polydor (Germany), Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
2 LP set that brings together the albums recorded by Tony Williams' Lifetime group (Emergency & Turn It Over), and were released here in the states under that name. The group is an all star cast, featuring McLaughlin on guitar, Cream bassist Jack Bruce, Larry Young on organ, and Tony Williams ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(French pressing. Cover has light sticker remnants.)
A groundbreaking early album from guitarist John McLaughlin – a set that's a bit different than his more famous work of the mid 70s – with maybe a more avant approach, and a lot more bite as well! The set's really an equal collaboration, rather than just a McLaughlin session – ... read moreCD
5 killer albums from the great Jackie McLean – all packaged together in cool LP-styled jackets! First up is Capuchin Swing – a tremendous set from Jackie McLean – perfectly poised between his hardbop and modern years, with a set of compositions that are as great as the ... read moreCD