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.)
George Russell performs with his New York Big Band and Swedish Radio Jazz Orchestra. Notable personnel include Stanley Cowell, Waren Smith, Babafumi Akunyon, Terumasa Hino, Ricky Ford, Sabu Martinez, Rune Gustafsson, Arne Domnerus, Bernt Rosengren, Sven Larsson, and Bengt Edvarsson. LP, Vinyl record album
Key work from the guy who put the "modern" in modern jazz – the great George Russell, heard here in the company of some younger players who definitely help him seek out some new territory in music! The record's got a wonderful balance between sharp edges and swing – a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, RLP 412, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has some yellowing from age.)
Hal Russell NRG Ensemble —
Conserving NRG ... LP Principally Jazz Production, 1984. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Pee Wee Russell & Oliver Nelson —
Spirit Of 67 ... LP Impulse, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
One of the great albums that Pee Wee Russell recorded for Impulse during the late 60's, when they brought him back for some great comeback LPs in a number of different settings. This one has him playing as the main soloist with Oliver Nelson's orchestra. As with most of Nelson's work from the 60's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing with Bell Sound stamp, including the Impulse inner sleeve.)
A record that will blow your mind – way different than you might expect from the cover! Sure, Pee Wee was a bit of a traditionalist on his instrument – the clarinet – but he's working here in a starkly modern way that almost recalls some of the best 50s work of Jimmy Guiffre, or ... read moreCD
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
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
Killer jazzy grooves from the bourgeoning French jazz house scene! St Germain take a Blue Note 70s sound as their base – with lots of sweet Hammond riffs, mellow Fender Rhodes licks, funky flute lines, and spacey percussion – then they add in some tight soulful house rhythms, with a ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
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
Includes solo piano renditions of "Summer Of 42", "Summertime", and "On The Sunny Side Of The Street", plus a few ensemble recordings with personnel including Antonio Sant'Anna, Elber Bedaque, Romero Lubambo, Nilton Rodrigues, Raul Mascarenhas, and others. (Brazil, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
One of AK Salim's far-reaching "jazz suites" from the late 50s. This one focuses on the bluer side of jazz, and features some excellent soloists – like Seldon Powell on flute and tenor, Sahib Shihab on baritone sax, Nat Adderley on cornet, and Phil Woods on alto – all playing ... read moreCD
Features Dino Saluzzi on bandoneon and Anja Lechner on violoncello. CD
Dino Saluzzi/Palle Danielsson/Jose Maria Saluzzi —
Responsorium ... CD ECM, 2001. Used ...
Features Dino Saluzzi on bandoneon, Palle Danielsson on bass, and Jose Maria Saluzzi on acoustic guitar. CD
Dino Saluzzi/Rosamunde Quartett —
Kultrum ... CD ECM (Germany), 1998. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Haunting sounds from one of the most overlooked musicians on ECM – bandoneon player Dino Saluzzi, an artist who easily made some of the most compelling work for the label during the 80s! Dino handles all instrumentation here himself – using bandoneon both in traditional ways, and in ... read moreCD
Wicked jazzy bossa from 60s Brazil – a crackling early classic from pianist Dom Salvador! The group here is super-tight – a tremendous triangle of piano, bass, and drums – all grooving at equal pace, with a great deal of energy – and given a heck of a lot of soul from Dom's ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful title for a beautiful session – one that unlocks the tones and hues in Sal Salvador's guitar work! Sal's working here with arranger George Roumanis, who brings some real Kenton-like touches to his backings for Salvador's guitar solos on the sessions – and like Stan, he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Well, this one's not really the kind of album that will make you throw away your Marlboros – but it is a great set of jazz tracks by Sal Salvador, despite a goofy cover and title! The album was issued by Roulette during the time of its "how to strip" and "how to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, so we can't guarantee if the booklet is included.)
Sal Salvador was one of the 50's more accomplished modernist talents on jazz guitar – and his work ranks up there with players like Tal Farlow, or Gil Melle's great bandmate Joe Cinderella. This long-overdue CD brings together some of his best work from the mid 50s – by pairing one ... read moreCD
Sammy sings soul – not Sammy Davis Jr, but this ultra-hip Japanese singer from the early 70s – a female vocalist who works here with great backings from the Freedom Unity ensemble! The tunes are all numbers from American and British sources of the 50s and 60s – tunes you'd know ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A surprising turn towards the past for these two fusion heavyweights – a set that has both Joe Sample and David T Walker reprising a host of older R&B classics! The album was handled by the Crusaders' production team, and it's still got a few elements of that side of the spectrum – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A big overview collection of work from the key years of reedman David Sanborn – a player who certainly knew how to hit the heights with the sales of his records, but also had a surprisingly strong, rich career over the years! If you only think of Sanborn as a smooth jazz pioneer, then you'll ... read moreCD
The fantastic first album from David Sanborn – a lot more than you might expect if you only know him from later years! Sure, the record's tight – and yes, Sanborn was a crossover player from the start – but there's some great moments here, and the whole thing's got a lot more of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
David Sanchez —
Carib ... LP Melaza/Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
David Sanchez kicks off the album's liner notes with a great discussion on the African diaspora and its influence on music – one that's always been strongly felt in David's recordings, but which seems to come through even more strongly here! The record's definitely jazz, but borrows lots of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Poncho Sanchez is a genius – one of the leading lights of the west coast Latin scene at the end of the 70s, and a musician who's never failed to give us his best over the decades – so much so, that he may well be one of the few (along with Eddie Palmieri) who've continued to keep the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty wonderful tribute to the pioneering talents of conga great Chano Pozo and jazz trumpet giant Dizzy Gillespie – led by Poncho Sanchez and Terrence Blanchard! The set gets off to an incredible start on a medley in which the players so deftly blend Latin percussion, vocals and rhythms ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
A righteous cover, a righteous title, and a righteous little session that features one long song that spans the entire length of the album! "Black Unity" may well be Pharoah Sanders' freest expression on record to date – but it's also still got all the hallmarks of his best moments ... read moreCD
A rare non-Impulse Records album from the early days of Pharoah Sanders – but a set that ranks right up there with his classics for that legendary label! The album's one of the classics in Strata East's Dolphy Series – and it's a uniquely collaborative session from 1969, one that has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful reunion of Pharoah Sanders and vocalist Leon Thomas – and a set that captures a lot of the same energy as the pair's previous record – Karma! Thomas' vocals are in wonderful form for the set – stretching out soulfully on the extended classic "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-H ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has initials in marker, a sticker spot, light wear, and a small split on the bottom seam.)
A later album by Pharoah, but one of his best! The record is a very tight set of tracks that includes the amazing jazz dance anthem "You've Got to Have Freedom", a killer groover that will stay in your head for days after you've heard it! The rest of the material's equally great, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful late 80s work from Pharoah – a wonderfully uncomplicated session that still has a great degree of soul! The album was recorded in Paris, with a quintet that includes William Henderson on acoustic piano, Stafford James on bass, Eddie Moore on drums, and Cheikh Tidiane Fale on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later work by Pharoah Sanders – and an overlooked set that's filled with some pretty nice material! The group features electric piano by Donald Smith and acoustic piano by William Henderson – and the groove is a mixture of spiritual soul jazz with a few more standard numbers that differ ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from Pharoah Sanders – an important debut as a leader, cut before he rose to greater fame in the group of John Coltrane! If you think that Pharaoh Sanders' genius as a leader first blossomed during his post-Coltrane years on Impulse, you owe it to yourself to check out this early ... read moreCD
One of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a sense of majesty that's years ahead of its time – righteous, positive, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Pharoah Sanders —
Thembi ... CD Impulse, 1971. New Copy ...
Classic spiritual soul jazz from Pharoah – recorded with an all star lineup that includes Lonnie Liston Smith, Cecil McBee, Roy Haynes, and Michael White. The album's got a strong influence from the members on the set – particularly Lonnie Liston Smith, who seems to bring in a very ... read moreCD
Laidback, soulful work from Pharoah Sanders – a record that showcases a very different side of his talents than you might know from his classic albums on Impulse Records – but a side that's an equally great revelation overall! The album features mostly older jazz standards, blown by ... read moreCD
Laidback, soulful work from Pharoah Sanders – a record that showcases a very different side of his talents than you might know from his classic albums on Impulse Records – but a side that's an equally great revelation overall! The album features mostly older jazz standards, blown by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible soul jazz from the great Pharoah Sanders – two great numbers from his post-Impulse Records years! "You've Got To Have Freedom" is maybe one of the greatest cuts that Sanders ever did during this time – a long-spun, really anthemic number that has this fast modal ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Christian Sands —
Be Water ... CD Mack Avenue, 2020. New Copy ...
Maybe the most ambitious album to date from pianist Christian Sands – a set that's not entirely a suite, or some sort of a concept album – but which definitely has a heft that we didn't always feel in Christian's previous records! There's a richness here that comes not just from the ... read moreCD
Maybe the most ambitious album to date from pianist Christian Sands – a set that's not entirely a suite, or some sort of a concept album – but which definitely has a heft that we didn't always feel in Christian's previous records! There's a richness here that comes not just from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition royal blue translucent vinyl pressing – with download!)
Pretty hip stuff, with a definite Coltrane influence – and Larry Young in the group on organ, along with Billy Cobham on drums and Armando Peraza on congas. Titles include "Naima", "A Love Supreme", "Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord", "Meditation", ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Akio Sasaki on Yamaha organ and piano – with Dairo Miyamoto on tenor, Masahiro Itami on guitar, Hideo Kawahara on acoustic bass, Keizo Endo on electric bass, and Akira Ishikawa on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has some very light wear around the edges, but is nice overall.)
Hiroshi Sato —
Orient ... LP Kitty/We Want Sounds (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Funky fusion from late 70s Japan – a set that's got a bit of vocals in the lead on some tracks, but which really opens up with some sweet keyboard-heavy instrumentation! There's almost a sharper, more soul-based groove here than on other Japanese sessions of the time – and the presence ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy soundtrack material from Masahiko Sato – a Japanese jazz artist that you might know from some equally groovy records in the 60s! This film music follows somewhat in the spirit of Sato's other recordings, save for the fact that the tunes are shorter – more like film cues ... read moreCD
(Includes slipcase & large booklet.)
Masahiko Satoh with Eddie Gomez & Steve Gadd —
As If . . . ... CD Interface (Japan), 1985. Used ...
Masahiko Satoh on piano, Eddie Gomez on bass & Steve Gadd on drums. CD
Bay Area organist Merl Saunders gets some help from rock-famous friends Tom Fogarty and Jerry Garcia in this surprisingly listenable album of groovy little tunes with a San Francisco jazz funk sound. The record has a few bad rocky bluesy moments – but there's a surprising amount of nice ... read moreCD
One of the best-remembered records by this classic ensemble – thanks to a sweet vocal take on "Nina Never Knew", the playful sound of "Doodletown Fifers", and other cuts that include "Eddie & The Witch Doctor", "Azure-Te", "Stop Sit Down Relax ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Silver & red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear & splitting.)
Sweet bossa grooves from the Japanese easy scene – a great reissue that brings together a rare 1968 album by guitarist Shungo Sawada and singer Kayo Ishu, as well as some later work from the 70s! The tunes all have a pretty cool approach – mixing jazzy bossa rhythms with light easy ... read moreCD
Features Yasushi Sawada on piano and vocals – with Jun Sugihara on tenor sax! LP, Vinyl record album
Tadao Sawai, Kazue Sawai, Hozan Yamamoto & Others —
Jazz Rock ... CD RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
A killer set of jazz rock from early 70s Japan – and a set that's way different than Anglo albums of this nature! There's definitely a mix of horns, jazzy soloing, and electrified elements on guitar, bass, and keyboards – but the themes here are often strongly Japanese, and also ... read moreCD
Tadao Sawai, Kazue Sawai, Hozan Yamamoto & Others —
Jazz Rock ... LP RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A killer set of jazz rock from early 70s Japan – and a set that's way different than Anglo albums of this nature! There's definitely a mix of horns, jazzy soloing, and electrified elements on guitar, bass, and keyboards – but the themes here are often strongly Japanese, and also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Belgian jazz tribute to the departed reedman Bobby Jaspar and guitarist Rene Thomas – not done as a simple version of their tunes, but set up with work from a reed-heavy octet – with performances from Jacques Pelzer, Steve Houben, Henry Solbach, Robert Jeanne, and John Ruocco! LP, Vinyl record album
Soaring sounds from SBB – an all-instrumental session for Polish Radio, and one that really shows off the more fusion-heavy side of their music! All tracks are nice and long – and there's more of a power trio formation in the group – really freewheeling guitar lines that are ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Giancarlo Schiaffini —
Dubs ... CD Art Purecords (Germany), 1997. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Mario Schiano —
Sud ... LP Tomorrow (Italy), 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
The always-creative Mario Schiano works here in a few different groupsings – with the leader on alto, plus Maurizio Giammarco on soprano, Massimo Urbani on alto, Tommaso Vittorini on tenor, and Bruno Tommaso on bass! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, especially on the spine.)
The Marquis De Sade never sounded so sweet! For some strange reason, Schifrin decided to pay a musical hommage to De Sade with this one – but fortunately, he's not punishing himself with the subject matter at all, and is sticking to his jazzy bossa guns. The arrangements have a tight Verve ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great return to form for Lalo Schifrin – and a straight album of jazz tunes, recorded after years of late 70s disco work! The album almost returns Schifrin to his 60s years with Dizzy Gillespie (except for the fact that there's no trumpet on the set) – and the tunes have a great mix ... read moreCD
The great Lalo Schifrin plays piano and leads a crack group of studio players through some larger orchestral material with a nice jazzy feel! The overall approach is similar to Lalo's classic 60s soundtrack work – with nice solos arching out over sweeping strings and orchestral passages, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful album from Lalo Schfrin! This one mixes together bossa piano and sweeping string arrangements – in a style that's incredibly dark-edged and driving, with a sound that's at once spooky and lovely – a dancing groove that makes the best tracks really sparkle! The album's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked soul jazz treasure from tenorist David Schnitter – recorded with lots of warm tones, and buoyant kind of a Strata East sensibility! Schnitter stretches out in long, well-crafted solos – sounding a bit like Ricky Ford or Clifford Jordan at the time – situated well in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant set from tenorist David Schnitter – maybe the best we've heard from him in years – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of his work! The album's got that special spark and crackle we love in the Live At Smalls series – a magic way of really letting the leader ... read moreCD
A fantastic slice of dialogue between the important millennial Chicago and Swedish avant garde scenes! The School Days quartet is further augmented by another member this go 'round, Kjell Nordeson on vibes, as they continue to explore themes inspired by and written by modernists of a different ... read moreCD
Matthias Schriefl mit Schreefpunk plus Bigband —
Europa ... CD Resonando (Germany), 2017. Used ...
Warmly chromatic work from guitarist John Scofield – full of tones and textures that shift and shimmer about a soulful center – always as chromatic as you might guess from the album's cover and title! There's certain 80s elements in the instrumentation – especially the use of ... read moreCD
A pretty rare set from guitarist John Scofield – and a pretty great one too! The album was originally issued only in Japan, and it features Scofield playing with a quartet that includes Clint Houston on electric and acoustic bass, Motohiko Hino on drums, and Terumasa Hino on trumpet on a few ... read moreCD
The sound is never too loud here – and John Scofield's right out in the lead on most numbers, carving out those soulfully-inflected, modern-styled licks that really characterized his sound back in the day! Scofield's emerged as more of a traditionalist in recent years, but on 80s dates like ... read moreCD
In one of the more surprising turns of the 90s, guitarist John Scofield has emerged as one of the better funky players of his generation. Scofield never set out to blow anyone's mind as a funkster – but recent underground live sets with groups like Medeski Martin & Wood and Soulive have ... read moreCD
John Scofield/Steve Swallow/Bill Stewart —
Swallow Tales ... LP ECM (Germany), 2020. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
An especially beautiful album from guitarist John Scofield – and one whose key strength lies in its title! The "Swallow Tales" here are all original songs by bassist Steve Swallow – many from years back, when Steve was a key member of the group of Gary Burton – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title here is very apt – as Italian tenorist Enzo Scoppa is reunited with his very old friend, trumpeter Cici Santucci – his frequent partner on classic jazz and sound library dates under the Santucci-Scoppa name – plus a quartet of younger musicians who really help them find ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from pianist Bobby Scott – a perfect showcase not just for his young talents as a composer and arranger, but also for a host of key solo performers as well! This full album brings together two previous 10" LP sessions – both of them brilliant, and graced by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – red label with deep groove. Cover has split seams and surface wear – mostly on the back.)
One of the few albums as a leader by saxophonist Clifford Scott – best known for his tenor work on Bill Doggett's classic small combo records for King, but stepping out here in a completely different mode! The album has Scott working with a cool west coast group – Charles Kynard on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)
Dave Scott —
Ambiguity ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ...
Trumpeter Dave Scott has a sense of urgency here that we may never have heard before – a real edge in his horn, with a quality that comes through right from the very first note – and which continues to grow and shift in a set of all original compositions that definitely has us listening ... read moreCD
Some of the best material ever recorded by singer Jimmy Scott – presented as a lovely 3 disc package with copious notes, and a lot of bonus material too! The bulk of the sides were cut during the earliest years of Jimmy's career – from 1952 to 1960, all with great small group, jazz-base ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A fantastic early album by the amazing Jimmy Scott – billed here as "Little Jimmy Scott" – because of his youth, height, and his style of singing! Jimmy's fragile voice is in perfect form here – a really unique blend between torch jazz modes and some of the bluesier ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet cover has embossed stamp from previous owner, dics label has some marker.)
One of the coolest albums ever recorded by female organist Shirley Scott – a very hip set that's got a very different flavor than her earlier work for Prestige and Impulse Records! As you might guess for a date issued on the Strata East label, the approach here is very soulful, and very far-r ... read moreCD
Shirley Scott —
One For Me ... LP Strata East/ARC (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the coolest albums ever recorded by female organist Shirley Scott – a very hip set that's got a very different flavor than her earlier work for Prestige and Impulse Records! As you might guess for a date issued on the Strata East label, the approach here is very soulful, and very far-r ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album