A relaxed small group session from saxophonist Oliver Nelson – a record that's quite different than some of his more tightly arranged dates, and a good reminder of this side of his talents! Oliver plays both alto and tenor sax on the album, and he's joined by a perfect group for the easy ... read moreCD
A relaxed small group session from saxophonist Oliver Nelson – a record that's quite different than some of his more tightly arranged dates, and a good reminder of this side of his talents! Oliver plays both alto and tenor sax on the album, and he's joined by a perfect group for the easy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label stereo pressing with deep groove & Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a split top seam, some wear, and aging.)
Oliver Nelson's follow-up to his classic Blues & The Abstract Truth session for Impulse – and like that one, a tremendous little album – filled with deep tones and wonderful colors in sound! The group here's a bit larger than before – an ensemble that includes Phil Woods on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Green label ABC pressing in a vintage mono cover.)
Very groovy stuff! Although the bulk of the material on this album is "pops meet jazz", in the hands of Oliver Nelson, it's transformed into something wonderful – with just the right blend of jazz to keep things lively. The arrangements have a nice off-kilter sound that works well ... read moreCD
One of the most open-ended and laidback records ever from Oliver Nelson – a set that gets away from the tighter arrangements of other albums, and really lets you concentrate on his saxophone work! The album's got a really wonderful feel throughout – easygoing and soulful, with work by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic transformation of the Oliver Nelson sound of the 60s – a large ensemble record that takes all the soul of his earlier groove, and reworks it with a more electric vibe for the 70s! Nelson's at the height of his powers here – working brilliantly as a leader and arranger, to ... read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
One of the most impressive albums ever from arranger Oliver Nelson – a set that really shows the full depth of his mighty talents! Side one features Nelson working with a larger orchestra – similar to the kind of ensemble he arranged for other artists in the 60s, but handled here with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo Bell Sound pressing. Cover has moderate wear and some splitting.)
A killer set of searing soulful spiritual material from Oliver Nelson – and one of his best albums of the 70s! There's hardly anything "Swiss" in the music – save for the fact that it was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Fest – as the large ensemble recording has Nelson at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a sticker remnant.)
Oliver Nelson with Eric Dolphy —
Straight Ahead ... LP New Jazz/Prestige, Early 60s. Very Good- ...
A great little small group session by Nelson – one that has him working in a quintet with Eric Dolphy, one that shows that Nelson could be a strongly modernist player when he wanted to be! Dolphy plays alto, bass clarinet, and flute – and Nelson's tone is appropriately biting to match ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing with deep groove, RVG stamp, and AB etch. Label has a drill hole. Cover has has a split spine & top seam held with old tape, light wear, and some aging.)
A unique little outing for Oliver Nelson – one that breaks him out of the familiar territory of the studio, and puts him in a much more spontaneous live setting! Nelson's playing soprano sax on the album – using the instrument in an edgey way that has echoes of Coltrane, yet which also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful take on the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim – not just because of the piano of Jovino Santos Neto, but also because of the vibes of Ben Thomas – whose presence in the group adds a nicely different feel to the record! There have been many Jobim tributes over the years, but ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A tight little combo, and one that's got a pedigree that reaches over two continents – given that it features players from both the American and Japanese scene! Drummer Ulysses Owens is great at the core – really giving the tunes a tight crackle, while never overwhelming the sound ... read moreCD
A great group led by Leo Smith on a variety of trumpets – with Anthony Davis on acoustic and electric piano, Oliver Lake on flute and saxes, Wes Brown on bass and flute, and Paul Maddox on drums and percussion! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "Of Blues & Dreams". Cover has edge wear, small seam splits, and bumped corner.)
New Emily Jazz Orchestra/Roberto Ottaviano —
Tenor Line ... LP 103 Centotre (Italy), 1986. Near Mint- ...
A split album – with some great solo, duet, and quartet work from tenor saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano on one side – and work by the New Emily Jazz Orchestra on the other – a group that features Alfonso Ricco on tenor and soprano sax, Mario Gazzi on cornet, Romolo Grande on bass, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a light bump in one corner.)
The New Mastersounds return to the sweet studio in Nashville that gave us the previous album – but this time around, they change things up a bit – by using a variety of different keyboards instead of their usual Hammond! The core rhythms are every bit as sharp as before – and ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
The New Mastersounds must have their own source of renewable energy – as they've been giving us great records for many years now, and still are strongly on top of their game! The core quartet is driven by the funky drums of Simon Allen, the bumping bass of Pete Shand, the sweet keyboards of ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've got to admit, we know nothing about this band, although they appear to be some type of school or university jazz band. A few of the tracks are kind of weak, but there's some others that have a nice spiritual large band sort of feel, with more open-ended arrangements that allow for good solos. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
New York Jazz Quartet —
Surge ... CD Enja (Germany), 1977. Used ...
A later issue of material recorded in the late 60s by Phineas for Contempoary – tunes from the sessions for the album Please Send Me Someone To Love, but which didn't make the cut at the time – and are here issued a decade after the original recordings! The group on the set features ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums from the early years of Phineas Newborn – a large group session from the pianist, and one with a very different feel than some of his trio sides! The music is all from the Harold Arlen musical Jamaica – but the groove is pure Newborn all the way, and a lot ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has ring & edge wear, center split in the bottom seam, some clear tape on the top seam and spine, and notes in pen on back.)
Early work from David Fathead Newman – so early, the cover has him listed as "Dave" on the front! The album steps nicely off Newman's early work with Ray Charles – and does plenty to establish him as a leader on his own – putting Newman's bold, soulful tenor right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has some splitting on the bottom seam.)
During the mid 50s, RCA virtually had a lock on this sort of classic swing-based jazz session – and this nice groover by Joe Newman is a perfect example of the label's legacy in that field. The session features an octet with Joe, Al Cohn, Ernie Wilkins, Nat Pierce, and Freddie Greene – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Canadian pressing with deep groove. Cover has yellowed tape remnants ont he seams and spine, and small address labels on back.)
Clovis Nicolas is a hell of a bassist, and here he works in a setting that really emphasizes his talents – a piano-less quartet with drums from Kenny Washington, tenor from Grant Stewart, and trumpet from either Brandon Lee or Bruce Harris! The pairing of Nicolas and Washington is more than ... read moreCD
Nicolay & The Hot Nights —
Glaciers ... LP Foreign Exchange, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
Keyboardist, composer and aural adventurer Nicolay working with NC experimental jazzy fusion combo The Hot At Nights – mixing dense melodies and breezy atmosphere with a tight live band dynamic! We've admired Nicolay for a long time, and it's been rewarding to see and hear him evolve from a ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty incredible work from Lennie Niehaus – one of his seminal albums for Contemporary – nearly all of which were as poorly titled as this one, but equally worth checking out! This side has Lennie grooving on alto – blowing in a tighter, harder style than most west coasters ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage UK pressing – on Contemporary/Vogue – with same cover image.)
An obscure 50s session by Canadian reed player Phil Nimmons – a great player who even at this early age was cutting some fantastic records! The album's got Phil in the lead on clarinet, cutting lines that have the sharpness of Jimmy Giuffre's early 50s work, combined with the swing of some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove, including the Verve inner sleeve. Cover has some ringwear, clear tape at the ends of the seams, and some aging.)
This is the kind of soulful European session that makes collecting worth while! The great Benny Bailey plays with tenorist Sal Nistico in a wonderful group that also includes Joe Haider on piano, Isla Eckinger on bass, and Billie Brooks on drums. The Haider/Eckinger team is known from other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Moody brilliance from pianist Mike Nock – a solid quartet date that features plenty of edgey tenor from Michael Brecker, who's in really great form throughout! The rhythm section has a nicely snakey vibe too – with George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums – and both players can ... read moreCD
Mike Nock —
Ondas ... CD ECM (Germany), 1982. New Copy ...
Mike Nock has always been a pianist with so many varied shades and styles to his talents – and here, he makes a rare ECM appearance in a set that's nicely different from most of his other albums of the 70s – maybe a bit more sensitive at times, but also maybe more freewheeling too ... read moreCD
Quartet album featuring Australian jazz legends Col Nolan and Errol Buddle, plus the drumming of Warren Daly, from the Daly-Wilson Big Band. The group was one of the most popular of the Aussie jazz funk combos of the 70's, and the record has lots of nice mellow groovy moments. The best cuts are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Dogs ... CD Royal Potato Family, 2016. Used ...
Nordjordet (Oyonn Groven Myhren/Bugge Wesseltoft) —
Nordjordet ... CD OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic meeting of ancient and modern on the Norwegian jazz scene – a set that echoes some of the vintage Scandinavian folk/jazz experiments of the 60s, but with a very different vibe! The project is a collaboration between traditional singer Oyonn Groven Myhren, who also plays this ... read moreCD
Genius work from the always-compelling Walter Norris – a pianist with a sense of complexity that's always mesmerizing, but one who can also find a way to effortlessly swing at the same time – which he does beautifully on this overlooked set from the early 80s! Most tracks are long, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker spot and a small piece of clear tape on the top seam.)
North Texas State University Lab Band —
Lab 75! ... LP NTSU, 1975. Near Mint- ...
One of several recordings of this University Lab band issued in the mid 70s, far from a household name, but filled out with a touch of grooviness and funk that you might expect from a batch of young hip kids cutting big band grooves in 1975. In addition to the full horn section, the rhythm section ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some wear, and a Grammy sticker.)
Tight later work from this famous vibist – with work from the great Jack Montrose on flute and tenor – plus more flute from Robert Drasnin, guitar from Bill Dillard, and drums from Bill Douglass! The tracks are short and farily lively – and titles include "Rhee Oh Rhee" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful green label pressing! Cover is great, save for a small bit of tape on the top seam.)
Very cool live work from this ultra-hip Polish vocal group – at a level that both matches their classic records of the time, and also brings in some other groovy surprises too! The setting is live for all these tracks – and the music often features lots of cool organ from the great ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Two of Poland's greatest musical assets – together on one album – as the groovy groovy Novi Singers turn their talents towards the work of Frederic Chopin – singing his compositions in a jazzy harmony style that's quite similar to the 60s classics of The Swingle Singers! The ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Novi Singers —
Torpedo ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy ...
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Charles K Noyes & Owen Maercks —
Free Mammals ... LP Visible/Feeding Tube, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Pure sonic madness – a set of mostly-duets between Owen Maercks on guitars and Charles K Noyes on percussion and home-made saxophone – very much in the best wave of unbridled expression that flowed from the American scene in the late 70s! The style here is post-avant, post-loft jazz, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great set as a leader from reedman Larry Nozero – a player who's probably best known for his 70s work with Eddie Russ, but who sounds totally great here on his own – with the same flowing grace and sense of soul he brought to his other work! The album's an acoustic one – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A unique little record from the French scene of the late 70s – not really jazz, but definitely freely improvised – and a set that also merges more conventional instruments with a range of other elements – then seems to put the whole thing together with a new sort of sonic energy! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sounds from trumpeter Ian Carr and his Nucleus group of the early 70s – maybe one of the few jazz rock groups that was ever able to work with a fair bit of jazz in their sound! Unlike his contemporaries, who often started in rock first, then added some horns – Carr was already ... read moreCD
Hardly the sort of record you'd guess from the cover – because although the set's a Leadbelly Project, it's a lot more contemporary and jazz based than the music of that 20th Century blues legend! And yet the songs are all originals by Huddie Ledbetter, too – pulled from his rich ... read moreCD
Anita O'Day adds an extra "s" to "S'Wonderful" here – working with a hip group that features Richie Cole on alto, Hank Jones on piano, Randy Brecker and Joe Wilder on trumpets, and Frank Wess and Jerry Dodgion on saxes! (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
Two tenors, Hammond organ, and drums – nothing else at all, which makes for a mighty sharp little record! The group's led by tenorist Dave O'Higgins, but it draws equal power from guest Max Ionata on tenor too – and each player appears in a different channel of the record, so you can ... read moreCD
Oakland Elementary School Arkestra (Marshall Allen, Fred Frith, Terry Riley & Others) —
Saga Of Padani ... CD Modern Harmonic, Mid 90s. New Copy ...
One of the coolest records of school kid music you could ever hope to own – and not just because avant legends Terry Riley, Fred Frith, and Marshall Allen each make an appearance on the project! In fact, even without those big names, the music here would still be tremendous – as it ... read moreCD
Oakland Elementary School Arkestra (Marshall Allen, Fred Frith, Terry Riley & Others) —
Saga Of Padani (colored vinyl) ... LP Modern Harmonic, Mid 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
One of the coolest records of school kid music you could ever hope to own – and not just because avant legends Terry Riley, Fred Frith, and Marshall Allen each make an appearance on the project! In fact, even without those big names, the music here would still be tremendous – as it ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Saxophone and drums – but used in a way that's very different than you might expect! Larry Ochs has always been a wonderfully evocative player – both as a solo player, and as a member of Rova Sax Quartet – and here, he blows both tenor and sopranino alongside the drums and ... read moreCD
A really great later album from Anita – one recorded live in Berlin, with some backing by the George Arvanitas trio – at the time when they had the kick-ass rhythm section of Jacky Samson on bass and Charles Saudrais on drums. Anita's in a much more swinging groove than usual – ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the strongest of Anita's mid 50s outings for Verve – a tightly-crafted set that benefits from some good arrangements from Buddy Bregman! The format is perfect for Anita – giving her little space to have to make decisions, and letting her concentrate on the tone and charm that ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A nice live set, with small combo backing that features Norman Simmons on piano and Greg Smith on baritone sax and flute! Titles include "Emily", "P'Town", "Four Brothers", "Little Orphan Annie", "Hershey Bar", and "Shakin The Blues Away" ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Buddy Bregman's doing the arrangements on this one – and he brings a great jazzy flair to the backings, helping Anita O'Day open up in her most dynamic mode! The whole set swings nicely, but without any sort of hoke – and Bregman manages to highlight specific instruments in the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Unusual Japanese gatefold pressing! Cover includes a lyric insert.)
A great singer and a great trio – a unique Verve outing that has vocalist Anita O'Day joining forces with the Three Sounds combo of pianist Gene Harris! The Three Sounds were always happy to serve as a rhythm combo on dates like this – and they really bring a lot of their own flavor to ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Long tracks, lots of open energy, and plenty of freewheeling solos too – just the sort of Japanese jazz album from the 70s we treasure so much! The group here is led by drummer George Ohtsuka – sometimes spelled Otsuka – and features Fumio Karashima on piano and Fender Rhodes ... read moreCD
DJ Qbico spins tracks from his collection of rare work by OK Jazz – that important West African combo of the 60s and 70s, whose music helped transform a generation! There's elements in the rhythms that feel as if they floated over from Havana – and the instrumentation is heavy on ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet reeds and plenty of Fender Rhodes – a set that has Jowee Omicil blowing soprano sax, alto, flute, and clarinet – over a set of tunes that move along with a gentle sort of groove! The album's got a nice polish, but is also hipper than smooth jazz too – with some rootsier ... read moreCD
Rock-solid work from One For All – easily one of the greatest straight jazz combos going, thanks to some tremendous tenor work from Eric Alexander, sweet piano work from David Hazeltine, and snapping rhythms from drummer Joe Farnsworth! Other group members are great too – and the ... read moreCD
A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms – but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, and a set ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Junko Onishi —
Wow ... CD Somethin Else/Blue Note (Japan), 1993. New Copy ...
The title definitely gets it right – as the set's an exclamatory surprise from pianist Junko Onishi – just the right sort of set to launch a long career in music! Many of the tunes are originals, played with a fierce finish that comes through right away – a heavier left hand than ... read moreCD
(A "Somethin'else Since 1988" series SHM-CD pressing!)
A jazz trio, but one with a real difference – as Onyx Collective almost seem as concerned with the textures of their work as a group than they are with their individual shapes and tones! The lineup is a familiar one – tenor sax, bass, and drums – but the instruments are used here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really cool project from drummer Leonard King – a reformed version of his Oopada combo from Detroit – expanded here with a bit of horns, which gives the group a nicely righteous vibe! The use of organ is still at the core of the group – but the lineup also features trumpet from ... read moreCD