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 ... CD Foreign Exchange, 2018. New Copy ...
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 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 moreCD
Lennie swings, but he keeps it cool too – as this rare Mercury set steps off of the same octet energy Niehaus brought to his better-known sides for Contemporary in the mid 50s! The players here are a bit lesser known than some of Niehaus' other all-star groups – with Ken Shroyer on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Drummer logo pressing, with deep groove! Cover has just a hint of splitting on the top seam, but is great overall.)
Angelika Niescier with Tyshawn Sorey & Christopher —
Berlin Concert ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A nicely intense trio performance – featuring Angelika Niescier on tenor, working alongside the tight drums of Tyshawn Sorey and the nicely-shaped bass work of Christopher Tordini! The trio explore familiar territory here, but with lots of fresh flavors of their own – and the boldness ... read moreCD
Gerry Niewood —
Facets ... CD Native Language, 2004. Used ...
That's Night Blooming Jazzmen, not "Jasmine" – the name of one of the coolest projects to ever come from the hands of Leonard Feather! Sure, Feather presented some stiffer acts in his earlier years, but this group definitely isn't one of them – as they're an all-star, all-soul ... read moreCD
Stunning and fantastic! This is a rare bit of funky jazz, written by the legendary European composer Janko Nilovic – Montenegran by birth, but best known to the world for his classic 60s and 70s recordings in Paris. Rhythms Contemporains is an astounding batch of baroque funky jazz tracks ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trio of live performances from this excellent trio – material recorded in Oslo, Ljubljana, and the North Sea festival – brought together here in a really wonderful package! The first CD features just the trio – Gard Nilssen on some incredibly dynamic drums, working with Petter ... read moreCD
One of the sweetest little jazz funk albums of the early 70s – and a masterful blend of vibes, guitar, and organ from this legendary Indianapolis combo! The group are probably best known for their backing work behind Grant Green on some of his funky Blue Note sides – or for vibes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Definitely a special space from Carlos Nino – a record that seems to even deepen the sound of some of his recent cosmic explorations – to take Nino into territory that's far beyond jazz or much of his other modes too! The set features a bit of guest work from Iasos – an artist ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
The title might be a little cutesy, but the album's a rock-solid effort from pianist Naoki Nishi – an artist who's maybe not as well-known on these shores as some of his Japanese contemporaries, but who delivers a wonderful performance throughout! The album's a trio date – all acoustic ... read moreCD
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 Quintet —
Ozboppin' ... CD Naxos (Germany), 1998. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
(Out of print.)
Nommonsemble (Dickey/Brown/Maneri/Shipp) —
Life Cycle ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2001. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A great performance by the Nordjazz Quintet – a cool mixed electric/acoustic combo that features sax and flute from Pekka Poyry, guitar from Nils Petter Nyren, keyboards from Ole Kock Nahsen, bass from Kjell Jansson, and drums from Petur Ostlund – a combo who work on long tracks that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic double-length set from a tenorist that everyone should be hearing these days – as Fredrik Nordstrom is easily one of the best talents on his instrument on the European scene – and a player who can really reach across the aisle and bridge both sides of the jazz congress! ... read moreCD
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.)
Nostalgia 77 —
Fifteen ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2018. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
It's hard to believe it's been fifteen years since Benedic Lamdin has been giving us music via Nostalgia 77 – partly because he's given us so much, and matured so strongly, it almost feels as if more time has passed! If you're not yet hip to the Nostalgia 77 sound, this album's definitely ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Novi Singers —
Bossa Nova ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1967. New Copy ...
A landmark record in the European jazz scene of the 60s – an incredibly hip batch of tracks from the Novi Singers, a Polish vocal group whose sound was warm, wonderful, and very very groovy! The set took their cue from American and French vocalese combos of earlier years, but worked in a ... (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 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
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
Oakland Elementary School Arkestra (Marshall Allen —
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
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
Anita sings it swinging and simple – working with a smallish combo to back her up, and vocalizing in a relatively uncluttered style that's in keeping with her best mode at Verve! The tunes are mostly standards, sung in a way that bridges swing and later styles of jazz vocalization – no ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc. pressing with a trumpeter logo and deep groove – record and cover are great!)
A real lost treasure from Anita O'Day – an obscure set cut for Verve in the early 60s, and a record that really shines with some sweet jazzy arrangements by Russ Garcia! Garcia's a genius in a session like this – coming up with backings that have just the right blend of swing and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam and some aging.)
A really unique little record from Chico O'Farrill – a real change from his usual Latin jazz, and a session that's almost more in a 70s electric jazz mode! The group here is a big one, but they have a really fluid feel – a sense of timing and groove that's a bit like some of the Dave ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Off Ramp (Doug Carroll/Jim Hearon/Tom Nunn) —
Off Chance ... CD Ramp Recordings, 1996. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Herb Ohta & Christian Fabian —
Live In Tokyo ... CD Consolidated Artists Productions, 2017. Used ...
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
Oiling Boiling —
Two Faces ... LP Svart (Finland), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
A lost later album from the Oiling Boiling combo of drummer Matti Oiling – an artist who's best known for his funky work earlier in the 70s! The set's a bit more straight jazz, but is still quite soulful overall – and the group stand as a nice contrast to some of the more far-out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300!)
Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae —
Kami Fusen ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 1996. New Copy ...
Sometimes it feels like there's no sense of time at all when it comes to free jazz – as a recording like this, made over 20 years ago, can feel as fresh as anything happening at the moment – due to the free-thinking nature of the performance! The group's less familiar than some we've ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 copies.)
Meg Okura & the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble —
Ima Ima ... CD Meg Okura, 2017. Used ...
Jowee Omicil —
Let's Bash ... CD Jazz Village (France), 2017. New Copy ...
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
A great little fusion combo from the Japanese scene of the 70s – one of those unique groups that manage to hit a sound that's equally appealing from an American soul perspective too! The cream of the crop of the overseas fusion players were often leaning heavily on American R&B at 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 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 moreCD
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
Wicked funky fusion from Opa – with loads of great electric moments! Although originally from Uruguay, Opa are best known for their Brazilian-tinged albums on Fantasy during the mid 70s, but this album presents the group in the years before that time – working in a style that's rougher ... read moreCD
Opus 5 —
Tickle ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2015. Used ...
These guys just keep getting better and better with each new release – really finding a way to draw on all the individual growth of their all-star members, while also finding this fresh way to keep moving forward! There's a joyous, soaring sort of vibe to the music that we sometimes don't ... read moreCD
(Cover has a slight cut corner & a small promotional sticker.)
2 of the rarest Anthony Ortega albums on one CD! The set starts off with A Man & His Horns – a New York session from 1961 that features Ortega playing a variety of horns overdubbed together, in a "one man band" style that was used around the same time by other virtuoso sax ... read moreCD
Pianist Aruan Ortiz really blows us away here – working on three long tracks that show a completely unique approach to the piano, but one that's as melodically pleasing as it is experimental! The trio features the great Chad Taylor on drums, and also on a bit of mbira – and Ortiz ... read moreCD
Unreleased genius from British altoist Mike Osborne – and a set that easily matches his classic albums of the 70s! The double-length set was recorded live in the mid 70s, and is issued here for the first time – a wonderfully tight trio outing that features Osborne's alto alongside the ... read moreCD
One of the most sophisticated albums to come from the funky reed talents of Greg Osby – one of Blue Note's biggest hopes of the past 10 years. Osby's moving way past the simple riffing of early days, and is working here with a sextet that includes the great Andrew Hill on piano, Jim Hall on ... read moreCD
(Out of print, mark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
Classic album of mellow jazzy cuts, recorded by War's famous harmonica player, along with arrangements by Billy Page that have a killer dope 70s sound! Includes the massive "Haunted House", a nice groover which is a classic with the Chicago steppers. Other tracks include "Steppin&qu ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Classic album of mellow jazzy cuts, recorded by War's famous harmonica player, along with arrangements by Billy Page that have a killer dope 70s sound! Includes the massive "Haunted House", a nice groover which is a classic with the Chicago steppers. Other tracks include "Steppin&qu ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mid 70s, and Johnny seems to be leaving the funk world behind for a swinging sound that recalls some of his earlier work from the 50s. The title's appropriate, as the album's got a largely jazz-based bent – with Johnny's vibes out front on a number of tracks, and work by Otis Hayes on piano, ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This might be the first we've heard as a leader from drummer Karl Henrik Ousback – but he's already won us over strongly with his crackling sense of energy on the set! In some way, Ousback's almost working in a Jazz Messengers mode of the modern Swedish scene – as his group features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A playful album of piano tunes from Marty Paich – working here in trio formation with Larry Bunker on both drums and vibes, plus Joe Mondragon on bass. The album's nothing fancy, but does offer a rare early glimpse at Paich in a jazz combo setting before moving onto albums of larger ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic Art Pepper album – from his best period! The album's one of those smaller-label, mid 50s gems that Art cut in LA during some of his "troubled years" – all sessions that are great musically, but which are often overshadowed by some of Pepper's more famous work for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sure, the album's got a hokey title – but it's a wonderful little session that ranks as one of the most striking in the Mode Records catalog! The lineup is a very unusual one – with Stu Williamson and Bob Enevoldsen on valve trombone, paired with Jack Sheldon and Don Fagerquist on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has some light oxidation, which causes some light surface noise in quiet parts. Label has a bit of pen, and cover has tape around the seams.)
A beautiful tribute to pianist Jef Gilson – one of the hippest French jazz talents of the 60s and 70s – put together by a combo who take their name from his legendary Palm Records label! The group here are a quartet, and they work with wonderfully moody use of Hohner electric piano by ... read moreCD
A beautiful tribute to pianist Jef Gilson – one of the hippest French jazz talents of the 60s and 70s – put together by a combo who take their name from his legendary Palm Records label! The group here are a quartet, and they work with wonderfully moody use of Hohner electric piano by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Jason Palmer has given us some great creative projects in recent years – but this time around, he's in a wonderfully back-to-basics mode – working with an excellent combo in a small club in Boston – on long tracks that really stretch out and let us hear his imaginative ... read moreCD
Themes from Bach, but swung quite strongly – and taken in a very different direction than some of the well-known French recordings of the 60s! Sante Palumbo is a pianist, but also works here on Hammond and other keyboards too – in a group that's got a very strong dynamic range, and isn' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful little set from Italian pianist Sante Palumbo – one that reflects his important work in the Rai studios, but which also really shows his work in jazz as well! The album's a relaxed small group outing – delivered with a breezy blend of bossa nova and other lyrical modes ... read moreCD
One of the only albums of jazz we've seen from the Korean scene of the 70s – and a really special little record that aims to echo some of the most spiritual modes from the US scene of the time! The record's the brainchild of arranger Lee Pan Guen – who doesn't play on the record, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cooking is right! You might imagine by the mid 80s, these jazz greats were past their prime, but this set has Woody Shaw, Dizzy Reece & Johnny Griffin blowin' hard in a front line that also features Slide Hampton & Nathan Davis, all important American players who made their mark in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever on the legendary Strata East label – and that's saying a hell of a lot! Drummer Billy Parker is a player that we don't know much, but he'll always be well-remembered for this album's sublime blend of spiritual jazz styles! The lineup is wonderful – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic bop session work, featuring Bird, Miles, JJ Johnson, Max Roach, Duke Jordan, and Tommy Potter. There's no surprises here, but the playing's tight as a tick, and the short tracks are a fierce declaration of the bop idiom. Titles include "Bongo Bop", "Bird Feathers", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Royal Roost pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)