Oscar Peterson in Russia – a rare Soviet concert performance that has the master stretching out in solo, duo, and trio formation! The set begins with Oscar hitting the keys on his own, then working with bassist Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, then moving into full trio grooves as the drums of ... read moreCD
Cole Porter's tunes are great enough on their own, but Oscar really opens them up on this set – picking up the inherent rhythms in the numbers and really working them over – in a way that makes the outing one of the most lively in Peterson's songbook series for Verve! Oscar's fluid ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label Clef pressing! Cover has some wear.)
A near-lost gem in Oscar Peterson's mid-50s catalog for Verve – and a sparkling set of trio numbers recorded at the Shakespeare Festival in Ontario! Despite the literate setting of the recording, the work's never stuffy or academic – and Peterson swings things mightily with his trio ... read moreCD
About as close as you'll get to soul jazz with Oscar Peterson – and a very groovy set recorded with some good Latiny influences in the playing, and kind of a pop soul style in the arrangements! The core trio of Peterson on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums (a very soulful ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2008 SHM-CD pressing which comes in a cool textured cover – includes obi!)
Clean, clear, and incredibly soulful – a wonderful rare live performance that's way more than just another muddy concert record – and instead a key addition to the Oscar Peterson catalog that stands proudly with his best Verve albums of the time! This 1960 performance features Ray ... read moreCD
A relatively laidback set from Oscar Peterson – just the kind of record we need to remind us of his strengths on the mellower side of the spectrum! The recording's a live one – done in LA in 1986 – and Peterson still brings a gentle vamp to most numbers, but also has an open, ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Still sealed with a small cutout hole through rear of case.)
Strong work from the Peterson Trio's London House gig in Chicago in 1961 – material that offers some slightly longer than usual takes on the group's sound, especially on a few numbers that really let Oscar open up on the keys! The group here is the legendary combo with Ed Thigpen on drums ... read moreCD
An album with a groove as fluid as you might guess from the title – and from the nicely stretched image of Oscar Peterson on the cover! The album's one of the best-remembered from Oscar's years at MPS – a session that's got almost as much soul jazz at the bottom as it does the fluid ... read moreCD
(Out of print 2016 pressing, with K2 HD Pro mastering – includes obi!)
A key example of the popularity of the Oscar Peterson Trio in the mid 60s – an album of tracks that listeners wanted to hear done in the group's familiar style! The tunes are simple ones, mostly standards and 60s covers – but they're done by Oscar, Ray Brown, and Ed Thigpen in a mode ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vintage vocal work from the great Ella Fitzgerald – recorded at a time when she was really hitting her prime in the new Verve Records jazz generation – set up here by an all-star JATP group of players from that legendary label! Oscar Peterson's the main player pictured on the cover, ... read moreCD
Oscar Peterson & Milt Jackson —
Very Tall ... LP Verve, 1961. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Milt Jackson joins the Oscar Peterson Trio – helping the group to hit some great new space with his magical work on vibes! Jackson's got an open, airy feel – an approach that almost lets Peterson punctuate the tunes a bit more with his piano – while the pair get strong rhythmic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing. Cover has some wear and small pen marks in the gatefold.)
Oscar Peterson with Singers Unlimited —
In Tune ... LP MPS, 1971. Sealed ...
One of the first albums cut by the fab Singers Unlimited – and the set that has them backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! The Singers always mixed well with guest jazz talents – and the style of this albums gives their sweet harmonies a nice jazz-based groove and not too much cheese on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram German pressing.)
Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Ray Brown —
Giants ... CD Pablo/OJC, 1974. Used ...
A trio date, and one that features a bit of organ from Oscar Peterson! Ttiles include "Jobim", "Riff Blues", "Blues For Dennis", and "Sunny". CD
Michel Petrucciani —
Pianism ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1985. Used ...
Pure beauty and joy from Michel Petrucciani – a record that captures the pianist in all his 80s genius – working in a trio with Palle Danielsson on bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums, but clearly driving the whole engine with his boundless energy on the keys! The tracks are all quite long ... read moreCD
A sweet mix of electric and acoustic modes – and a set that still has Michel Petrucciani spinning out those long, warm piano lines that brought him to global attention in the 80s! Adam Holzman adds some electric keys alongside Michel's work on Steinway – which rings out with a rich ... read moreCD
A key moment in the career of pianist Michel Petrucciani – and a set that features an amazing collaboration with guitarist Jim Hall, and a fair bit of great tenor and soprano sax from Wayne Shorter too! Hall's guitar is heard on every track on the set – ringing out in those wonderfully ... read moreCD
Although bassist Oscar Pettiford left a huge influence on jazz before his untimely death, there's not actually that many fantastic records in which he's featured as a leader. Fortunately, this is one of the few, and it's a sparkling set of modernist inflected bop tunes played by a group that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing, sealed with review sticker! Cover has a cut corner.)
Never-heard work from the legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded at a time when he was making some very big waves on the European scene! During the 50s, Pettiford not only helped revolutionize the role of the bass in jazz, but also helped bring that instrument to new possibilities in ... read moreCD
A split album that combines work from 2 different early 10" LPs on Bethlehem – both led by some of the best bassists to record for the label at the time! The first 6 tracks are classic work by Oscar Pettiford – some of his best as a leader, and cut with a hip group that includes ... read moreCD
A group with a sound that you'll never be able to pronounce – but with a sound that's instantly accessible, and which goes right to the heart of the matter in a great mix of funky fusion and more rock-styled touches! The lineup is pretty straightforward – keyboards, guitar, bass, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary album from Chicago – recorded by a group with ties to Sun Ra, Phil Cohran, and Earth Wind & Fire! The set's got a sound that more than lives up to all those references – a vibe that's jazzy and soulful, yet often quite righteous too – imbued with the sort of ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very different setting than some of the more spacious Barre Phillips albums of the 70s – as this set has him working in a mixed electric/acoustic mode – with a core quartet that features John Surman on baritone, soprano, and bass clarinet – plus Stu Martin on drums and Dieter ... read moreCD
Picnic ... CD Data/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1985. New Copy Gatefold ...
Free jazz, and lots lots more – a lost nugget from an especially creative period in the Dutch scene, headed up by cellist Tristan Honsinger! At some level, the music echoes other improvised work by Honsinger – but at others, it also reflects the criss-crossing of genres and scenes that ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
Groovily tripped-out work from vibist Dave Pike – and one of the few American albums that matches the experimental sound of his work for MPS! The session's often quite free and open – in a way that not only uses odd instrumental combinations and arrangements, but which also features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real lost chapter in the career of vibist Dave Pike – an obscure one-off Latin session recorded for Decca in the mid 60s! The album was done in the years between Pike's first few early jazz sides and his later tripped-out sessions for MPS and Vortex – and features Dave leading a ... read moreCD
(Out of print digipack pressing with the original domestic obi still attached – in great shape!)
Funky vibes, electric sitar, and a madly tripped-out album – one of the best of the MPS psychedelic jazz sessions from the end of the 60s! Back in the US, Dave Pike was always a pretty straight vibist – but he's working here with his European combo that included the legendary Volker ... read moreCD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering pressing, includes obi.)
Christoph Irniger Pilgrim —
Crosswinds ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2019. Used ...
Pipeline ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ...
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over ... read moreCD
Pipeline 8 —
Prayer ... LP We Insist (Italy), 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
Pipeline 8 pay tribute to the great Steve Lacy – by serving up their own versions of some of Lacy's music from previous years, and also contributing one of their own tribute tracks as well! The group has maybe more of a strong rhythmic pulse than some of Steve's famous records of the 70s and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A breezy set of instrumental tunes, with a perfect A&M finish – one of the coolest, grooviest albums ever recorded for the legendary label! The set was put together by the team of guitarist John Pisano and French horn player Willie Ruff – and it's got this wonderful sense of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label pressing in the textured cover, with a bumped corner.)
Chris Pitsiokos/Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn Zetterberg —
Child Of Illusion ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ...
Freely improvised sounds from a trio that features bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg and trumpeter Susana Santos Silva – both musicians we've loved together in the past – joined here by alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos, who seems to give them a much freer sound overall! The tracks are very ... read moreCD
Bucky Pizzarelli with Joe Venuti —
Nightwings ... LP Flying Dutchman, 1975. Very Good ...
A totally groovy set from the famous Czech ensemble of Vaclav Zahradnik – easily one of the greatest groups going on his scene at the time, and presented here in a very weird and wonderful special setting! The album's definitely what it says in the title – fairy tales in beat, done as ... read moreCD
An excellent album from the great Pony Poindexter – one of his few dates as a leader, and a real lost killer from early 60s Prestige! Pony's working here on alto and soprano sax – the latter of which sounds especially nice – all sharp-edged and angular, and cast out over some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Special pressing, done for the Japanese market only.)
Sweet electric fusion from violinist Noel Pointer – a player so great, you'll forget that he's using an instrument you normally associate with sleepier music! Like others of the 70s generation, Pointer plays the violin in a way that's clearly heavily influenced by keyboards of the time ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A lost chapter in 60s modern European jazz – recordings made by a very hip quartet, working amidst a larger setting created by Polish Radio! The core group features two key names – pianist Wojciech Karolak and saxophonist Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – both of whom recorded some ... read moreCD
A great little record by Jimmy Ponder – recorded late in the 80s, but with some nice touches that give the record more of an early 70s jazz funk groove – almost a style that hits the Prestige sound at times! John Patton's in the group on organ – making one of his best appearances ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan —
Caravan ... CD Gypsy Jazz, 2004. Used ...
Jean Luc Ponty —
Aurora ... LP Atlantic, 1976. Very Good+ ...
One of the hippest of Jean Luc Ponty's mainstream efforts from the 70s – a tightly jamming album that's made even better by plenty of keyboards from Patrice Rushen! Rushen's sound really brings a warmer, more soulful groove to the record – stretching out with flowing solos that remind ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jean Luc Ponty is in very tight formation here – continuing that nice shift to sparer grooves he made at the start of the 80s – when the more cluttered fusion modes of the 70s seemed a bit outdated! Most of the music here comes from keyboards and violin – usually in ways that are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Ponty's best albums – a more straight-ahead late 60s session for MPS, without the fusion noodling of later years! The group's a hip quartet – with Ponty on violin, Wolfgang Dauner on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pederson on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums – and Ponty's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the earliest material ever recorded for Blue Note – from the label's first year of 1939! The group features Frankie Newton on trumpet, JC Higginbotham on trombone, Teddy Bunn in guitar, and either Albert Ammons or Meade Lux Lewis on piano – plus a bit of guest work from Sidney ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a center split in the top seam.)
The deepest sounds so far from Ryan Porter – a double-length album of spiritual majesty, and a set that marks Porter as one of the key up-and-coming players on the West Coast Get Down scene! The record has long tracks that are very far-thinking jazz all the way through – mostly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chris Potter's a player who always brings a slightly different feel to the table with each new record – and this one is no exception! At first glance, the outing's a simple quartet date – but as is typical with Potter, the set's actually quite complicated underneath – laid out in ... read moreCD
A fantastic collaboration between Andrew Potter and David Tillman – a duo who only cut a handful of records back in the day, all of them great! Potter & Tillman have a very collaborative spirit here – which opens the door to a host of hip soulful talents – including the great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sadness on guitar – a perfect title for Baden Powell's work on his chosen instrument, especially the way he could bring a simple but emotive style to his music! Powell's work on guitar here is often quite spare, but beautifully handled – set up with rhythms by a small combo that ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label German MPS pressing. Cover has some wrinkles in the laminate around the edges, but is nice overall.)
Bud's second LP for Blue Note – a firey batch of trio tracks that feature George Duvivier on bass and Art Taylor on drums. The package features 15 tracks – expanded from the original LP with the addition of some previously unissued alternate tracks – and it also features new ... read moreCD
(Please note that there are two slight tears on the booklet cover.)
A comprehensive set of live recordings by Bud Powell – recorded in that magical year of 1953, on location at the Birdland nightclub! The recording quality of the tracks is surprisingly good, and on the sessions, Bud plays with a range of bassists that include Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, ... read moreCD
Classic Bud Powell trio work for Verve – recorded with Max Roach on drums, adding a nice edge to the session! The record features some of Powell's classics – like "Tempus Fugit", "Strictly Confidential", and "Celia" – plus other haunting renditions ... read moreCD
An early packaging of material recorded at the legendary Jazz At Massey Hall concert in 1953 – featuring the non-Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie sides, recorded by a trio that featured Powell on piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Max Roach on drums. The album was one of the first on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing – sealed with review sticker. Cover has a cut corner.)
The album's way more than just a sense of "interpretations" – because with Bud Powell at the helm, everything here is remade anew! The album's possibly the most focused of Powell's mid 50s sides for Verve – George Duviver on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Norgran pressing, with trumpeter logo & deep groove, in a yellow cover. Cover has a split top seam held with clear tape and some surface wear.)
Allan Praskin —
Encounter ... LP Three Blind Mice (Japan), 1971. Very Good+ ...
One of the most unusual albums in the Three Blind Mice jazz catalog of the 70s – a set recorded by overlooked American reedman Allan Praskin, who really opens up in the Japanese setting of the record! Praskin is a player who worked strongly on the European scene for decades – mostly in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the booklet! Cover has a center split in the top seam and mostly split spine.)
Tom Prehn —
Axiom 1 & 2 ... CD Sonet/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1963. New Copy Gatefold ...
One of the rarest free jazz albums of the European 60s scene – a set that was originally intended for release by Sonet Records, pressed up in test records for the musicians, then denied release because they felt that they'd already moved past the performance! Yet in the space of over 50 ... read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
Noah Preminger —
After Life ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2019. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
An album of subtle majesty from tenorist Noah Preminger – done with a sound that builds and flows wonderfully – partly from the guitar work of Max Light, who may well be the lynchpin of the quintet! The switch of guitar for piano gives the whole thing a different vibe – as Light's ... read moreCD
Well, Preston would hardly ever be called the "wildest" organ player – at least not in our town – but the record's one of his best, and it's got a pretty tight instrumental groove that's similar to some of Jimmy McGriff's work for the Sue and Veep labels. Billy's organ fronts ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly nice stuff – especially considering that the album was one in a string of Previn piano sessions for Contemporary – all based around Broadway themes as part of the success of his My Fair Lady date with Shelly Manne! This set still features Manne on drums – and Red ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A goofy title and cover – but a really unique session of two-piano jazz, recorded with Russ Freeman and Andre Previn on the keys, plus only the drums of Shelly Manne to provide additional support! The sound is really great – and Previn's especially wonderful here, really stretching out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lloyd Price steps off to the side a bit, and allows his great backing band to really get some time in the spotlight – on this smoking set that was issued on LLoyd's own LL label! The group have this wicked mix of jazz, R&B, and mod soul – and often use sweet Hammond in the lead, in ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some stains on front and a name in marker on back.)
Ruth Price is definitely live and beautiful – stretching out here on a small combo date recorded in Hollywood – with a groove that's maybe a little hipper than some of her previous records too! (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic early work as a leader from trombonist Julian Priester – a musician who'd later be known for his performances with Sun Ra, and his fusion material in the 70s – but who here works at the head of a tight hardbop combo in the best Riverside mode! The album's got Julian in both a ... read moreCD
2 incredible hardbop sets, back to back on one CD! Julian Priester's Spiritsville album is touched by some of the modernist sensibilities that Priester forged while working in his Chicago underground years that included brief stints with Sun Ra. The set's one of the best hard bop sides to be cut ... read moreCD
A rare treasure from spiritual reedman Prince Lasha – a session recorded in 1965 in New York, but one that wasn't issued until many years later by the Enja label in Germany! The album is a real revelation – and clearly marks Lasha as one of the key artists unlocking the more spiritual ... read moreCD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)
Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons —
Firebirds ... CD Contemporary/OJC, 1967. Used ...
One of Lasha & Simmons firey collaborations from the mid 60's! Both players are at the top of their form, and the backing – by Bobby Hutcherson, Buster Williams, and Charles Moffett – provides a hard rythmic drive that sets their solos on edge and really gives them focus. Lasha ... read moreCD
An overlooked fusion set from guitarist David Pritchard – maybe not the biggest name in jazz in the late 70s, but working here with a really heavy-hitting lineup! Pritchard plays acoustic and electric guitar on the set, and he's joined by players who include Patrice Rushen on acoustic and ... read moreCD
Overlooked 70s fusion from guitarist David Pritchard – a set that's got some wonderfully laidback moments, and some nicely warm tones! The group's got a very gentle way of approaching some of the tunes – almost tentative at times, which lets the sound build nicely out of soulfully ... read moreCD
A really unique project from Detroit drummer Leonard King – a group that's based around a style he created with bassist Rodney Whitaker at the end of the 80s – but reformed here with three younger bassists in the combo! The group features three basses and King on drums – and ... read moreCD
Full-on fusion from a Chicago combo who've clearly learned a lot of lessons from the generation of George Duke, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White! The sound is quite jamming all the way through – with plenty of guitar solos, keyboards, and super-tight drums that take off to the stratosphere ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album