One of a number of strong mid 80s sessions from drummer Bobby Previte – and like the others, as much an exploration of space and sound as it is an expression of jazz-based ideals. The group on the set is well-suited for the project – and includes Marty Erlich on tenor, Wayne Horvitz on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty heady little set, from a pretty heady trio of talents – drummer Bobby Previte, guitarist Nels Cline, and keyboardist Jamie Saft – who works here on Hammond, Fender Rhodes, and mini-moog! The music is very dark and often distorted – as if the other two musicians have ... read moreCD
A pretty heady little set, from a pretty heady trio of talents – drummer Bobby Previte, guitarist Nels Cline, and keyboardist Jamie Saft – who works here on Hammond, Fender Rhodes, and mini-moog! The music is very dark and often distorted – as if the other two musicians have ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Solo piano recordings by Sammy Price, with titles including "It Don't Mean A Thing", "Toronto At Midnight", "Aunt Hagar's Blues", "Sweet Substitute", "Snowy Morning Blues", "Misty", "Stormy Weather", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
A very unique session that features the often-modern tenor sax of Lucky Thompson in the company of bluesman Sammy Price, who plays piano and sings on a number of the tracks on the record. Amazingly, Thompson's raspy tenor tone is a perfect fit with the style of the recording – laying down ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear on the spine, which has a few small rips.)
A very cool album of groovy funky fusion recorded for the rare Encounter label! The sound is spacey and mellow – with a style that's somewhere in between CTI/Kudu jazz, and harder Prestige funkiness. The roster includes Butchman Bateman and the inimitable Bernard Pretty Purdie on drums ... read moreCD
Overlooked genius from the Dutch jazz scene of the postwar years – a set of small combo dates that feature trumpeter Rob Pronk, including two groups led by American players too! Pronk's got a tone that's clear, but never too clean – maybe the focused brightness of the young Howard ... 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
Red Prysock —
Beat ... LP Mercury, 1957. Very Good ...
Heavy tenor instrumentals from the great Red Prysock – with tunes that include "Tea Bird", "Purple Wail", "He's A Real Gone Guy", "Earth Rock", "Pog Wog", "Lion's Den", "Mashin Potatoes", and "2 Point 8". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has a center split bottom seam, half split top seam and a peeled spot on the front.)
A great collection including "Wiggles", "Hard Rock", "Red Speaks", "Finger Tips", "Teenage Rock", "Jackpot", and "Rock The House", with an all star line up of side men – including Tiny Grimes, Joe Jordan, Herbert Gordy, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raw tenor from this great R&B talent – with tracks that include "The Shakers", "Fruit Boots", "Red Rock", "Plaid Laces", "What Next", "The Fox", and "Lulu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Wing pressing with deep groove. Cover has oxidation in the front image, some aging, and some notes in pen and highliter on back.)
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Tough! ... LP Prestige, 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Killer Latin soul from Pucho and crew – and an album that's one of their greatest! The record is also one of the earliest by the group, and it features a different lineup than later ones – with William Bivens on vibes, Claude Bartee on tenor, and Vince McEwan on trumpet. There's a bit ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little meeting of Latin and jazz players – an oft-overlooked album in Puente's catalog of the time! The album features Woody leading a small group of jazz players – including Al Cohn, Paul Quinichette, Billy Byers, and Nick Travis – with extra timbales by Puente and ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
A really fantastic group from the Dutch scene at the start of the 70s – a scene that didn't give the world as much progressive rock as other parts of the continent at the time – but one that also had a pretty darn great approach to jazz! Pugh's Palace work here in a way that really ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A completely unique slide of work from Dudu Pukwana – a side of the reedman you may never have heard before! Dudu's best known for his work in the Blue Notes – that legendary avant assemblage of South African players – and although he's also recorded in other creative settings, ... read moreCD
One of the most African-sounding recordings we've ever heard from Dudu Pukwana – a session that's more of an Afro-pop outing than usual for Dudu, and which features his alto and soprano work breaking out from a larger group that also includes vocals. There's a warmly dancing quality to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear and lightly bent corners.)
Amazing work from South African jazz legend Dudu Pukwana – a rare album from 1969, plus a never-issued set of tracks done for Atlantic Records at the same time! The core album, titled Dudu Pukwana & The Spears, features Dudu on alto, in the company of a lot of familiar players from his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Don Pullen's best-known albums, and for good reason too – a well-recorded document of a Montreux performance that helped put Don's piano talents in the spotlight for the rest of the 70s! The record's got a sense of freedom that's quite unusual for Atlantic Records at the time – ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2013 pressing with 24bit mastering – includes obi.)
With James Genus on bass & Lewis Nash on drums. CD
Don Pullen/Chico Freeman —
Warriors ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1978. Very Good+ ...
Bold sounds from this hip quartet of American players – working here on an early session for the Black Saint label, in a recording that's got a really great sense of focus! The album's dominated by the two-part track "Warriors Dance" – a number that builds beautifully on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Qualiton Jazz Ensemble —
Modern Jazz ... LP Qualiton (Hungary), Mid 60s. Very Good+ ...
A cool set of modern jazz numbers put together by the Qualiton Records label in Hungary – a small but strong outlet of jazz during the years of the Iron Curtain! The combo here is led by pianist Janos Gonda, and features Attilla Savari on saxes, Peter Kaldor on vibes, and Tibor Buvari on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some very light wear, and a small split in the bottom seam – but this is a nice copy overall.)
A landmark blend of soul jazz and bossa nova – cut by the legendary Quartette Tres Bien back in the 60s! The group are kind of a "piano trio plus" – an outfit with piano, bass, and drums in the lead – but also plenty of conga and added percussion – a style used ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and aging and a small cutout hole.)
Quartette Tres Bien —
Bully! ... LP Atlantic, 1966. Very Good- ...
The only Atlantic Records session from the Quartette Tres Bien – and a set that's got a bit more punch than some of their records for Decca! The groove here still features the compelling percussion/piano lineup of the combo – with Percy James on bongo and conga, Albert St James on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo. Cover has a DJ Copy sticker.)
Righteous grooviness by this great combo! The record was probably the group's 10th – recorded during a very successful run for Decca, when they were crafting finely groovy albums of soul jazz, in a mode that was similar to the early work by the Young-Holt Trio, but which also had the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing second full length set from Quasimode – easily one of the most soulful combos working in the current club jazz underground! Quasimode cover some of the same territory as their Japanese contemporaries Sleepwalker – an older style of soul jazz – played live, mostly with ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
The "flipside" of Ike Quebec's legendary run of albums for Blue Note – a huge set of material recorded only as 45 singles during his same stretch at the label! Although Quebec's work as a soulful tenorist has been well documented and reissued over the years on albums like Blue & ... read moreCD
(Out of print limited edition pressing – with box and book.)
A killer set of work from this tremendous tenorist – rare sides, but titles that stand with his best classics from the time! Lost material that Ike Quebec recorded for Blue Note in the early 60s, but which wasn't issued until the 80s. A few of the tracks on the album were issued on the rare ... read moreCD
Heavy soul from Ike Quebec – one of Blue Note's greatest players of the 78 era in the 40s, stepping out here on one of his brilliant comeback sets from the early 60s! The set features Ike blowing in an all soul jazz mode – working with a quartet that includes some great work from ... read moreCD
An excellent organ-heavy session from drummer Alvin Queen – one of the hippest cats working in the soul jazz underground, and a player who never fails to deliver great music over the years! This set's even more of a cooker than some of Queen's other recent albums – and features Mike ... read moreCD
A tribute to the late Oscar Peterson – but one that may well smoke more than any recording by the man himself – thanks to rock-solid work on drums from the great Alvin Queen! Queen's spent most of his life away from these shores, but he continues to blow us away with the inventiveness ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alvin Queen & Lonnie Smith —
Lenox & Seventh ... CD Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ...
A great lost chapter in the career of organist Lonnie Smith – a session recorded in the 80s, but done with the simple straightforward soul jazz groove of earlier sides on Muse and Prestige! Lonnie's working here in a loose and free trio format – with Melvin Sparks on guitar and the ... read moreCD
(Part of the Black & Blue Real Jazz Classics series!)
Quest (Dave Liebman, Richard Beirach, et al) —
Quest ... CD Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
The fantastic first set from this amazing group – a quartet that found an especially great place for expression for all four of its members – coming together with a bold sound that really made Quest a well-remembered act from the time! The lineup features Dave Liebman on soprano, alto, ... read moreCD
Smoking tenor sax from Paul Quinichette – heard here in a small group of Basie bandmates, but in a setting that also has all the players stretch out a lot more than usual! Tracks are a bit long, and in addition to Quinichette on tenor, the set also features Shad Collins on trumpet, Nat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Swingville pressing with RVG stamp. Cover has light wear, some aging around the edges, very small seam splits, and a bit of pen on back.)
Sun Ra —
Antique Blacks ... LP Art Yard/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing work from Sun Ra – record that really features a great range of sounds and styles, and a heck of a lot of soul as well! Ra plays some especially nice rocksichord on the set – that freaky, fuzzy keyboard that comes off sounding like a guitar, even though it's played with keys ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the darkest Sun Ra albums of the early 70s – and a set that's also a bit unusual in his catalog as well! The album was issued during Ra's run with Impulse Records – a period that mostly saw the label reissue previous records from the Saturn catalog – save for a rare few ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure session from Sun Ra and the Arkestra, and a great one too – a set that's maybe a bit different than some of their other material from the time! The album's from the early 80s, but maybe feels a bit more like the group in the late 50s – when they were in Chicago, and first ... read moreCD
An obscure session from Sun Ra and the Arkestra, and a great one too – a set that's maybe a bit different than some of their other material from the time! The album's from the early 80s, but maybe feels a bit more like the group in the late 50s – when they were in Chicago, and first ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – recorded during their early 70s relationship with Impulse Records, but rejected by the label at the time – because the sound was too far ahead of its time! That lack is our gain, though – as the session's gone onto legendary ... read moreCD
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Sun Ra's greatest albums of the 70s – recording during the same sessions that yielded the famous Space Is The Place record for Blue Thumb, and done with a very similar feel – an expansive configuration of the Arkestra in peak form! The range of expression is really incredible ... read moreCD
(Back in print!)
Sun Ra —
Exotica ... CD Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2CD ...
A fantastic take on the music of Sun Ra – a set that looks at the way his sounds dovetailed with the exotica movement in American music of the postwar years! Given that he claimed to be from outer space, Ra was already pretty darn exotic himself – but his music also arose at a time ... read moreCD
A strange little late record from Sun Ra – transpose Hours After to After Hours, and you'll get a good idea of the feel of this one – late night, soulful and bluesy, with a sound that's in keeping with the traditionalism of the late Arkestra! The group's an all-star one – Pat ... read moreCD
Sun Ra's really moving forward with this classic set – refining the sound of his Chicago-based Arkestra, and reaching for new territory that moves him way past familiar jazz modes! The cover bills the group as playing "music from tomorrow's world" – and you can definitely ... read moreCD
One of Sun Ra's best non-Saturn live sets of the 70s – a nice little record that shows the group mixing it up with equal parts avant garde and straight ahead jazz, all handled in that ever-growing large group style that made them a real force to be reckoned with in a concert setting! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light surface wear, and a bumped corner.)
One of Sun Ra's best non-Saturn live sets of the 70s – a nice little record that shows the group mixing it up with equal parts avant garde and straight ahead jazz, all handled in that ever-growing large group style that made them a real force to be reckoned with in a concert setting! The ... read moreCD
Sun Ra —
Media Dream ... LP Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Incredible work from one of Sun Ra's most enigmatic periods! The album was recorded in Italy in 1978, right around the same time as "Disco 2000" (and not too far off from Languidity) – and it features Ra playing around with lots of cool spacey keyboards, in a spare cosmic style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never ... read moreCD
A stone classic – and one of the wilder, more electronic albums from Sun Ra – a set that has him playing on "two moog synthesizers" – which both sound as if they're going at the same time! The rest of the group is quite small – with only John Gilmore, Marshall ... read moreCD
Impulse issue of an excellent Saturn session from 1959. Ra and the Arkestra are playing in a fine mix of straight jazz and spacey styles, with Ra on electric piano throughout the entire set. A few tracks have some great chanted vocals – and we're not sure if they're sung by one of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, but is nice overall.)
Sun Ra from three different decades – one classic track, and two never-issued numbers! "Nuclear War" may well be the closest that Ra ever came to a "hit" – although the profanity in the tune certainly kept it away from the mainstream – a fantastic slow-building ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – one that we'd rank right up there with our favorites on the Saturn Records label! The work here has never been issued, and it's extremely beautiful, too – pulled from a few just-discovered studio sessions done after the group was parting ... read moreCD
A classic Sun Ra set from the late 60s – recorded in New York in 1968, and featuring a lineup that includes Kwami Hadi on trumpet, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and drums, and Pat Patrick on baritone and flute – all classic players who are the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – two never-issued tracks, and a classic Saturn Records groove! "Rocket Number Nine" may well be one of the group's strongest early anthems – a propulsive number that's bold enough to soar to the skies – driven by old ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Ra's last recordings – and a great one – caught live at a festival in Germany, with a group that includes Marshall Allen, Ahmed Abdullah, Jothan Callins, Tyrone Hill, Stanley Morgan, and Michael Ray. The set has that Ellingtonish flourish that crept into much of Ra's work after ... read moreCD
A legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer John Cage and jazz visionary Sun Ra – both performing together at a special one-night event that took place at Coney Island in 1987! The set doesn't really feature Ra jamming with Cage (as if ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two long live improvisations by the Radical Empathy Trio – a group that features Nels Cline on guitars, Michael Wimberly on drums, and Thollen McDonas on a variety of keyboards! The sounds here are not unfamiliar if you've heard some of Cline's freer recordings – but even then, the ... read moreCD
Two long live improvisations by the Radical Empathy Trio – a group that features Nels Cline on guitars, Michael Wimberly on drums, and Thollen McDonas on a variety of keyboards! The sounds here are not unfamiliar if you've heard some of Cline's freer recordings – but even then, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You may not know the name of Boyd Raeburn – but you'll certainly recognize the great players on this album, a hip set that includes Dizzy Gillespie, Hal McKusick, Lucky Thompson, Serge Chaloff, and Oscar Pettiford. Raeburn was a modernist swinger – in a mode that was a bit like some of ... read moreCD
An excellent session of exotica-tinged Latin jazz – put together by pianist Don Ralke, and featuring some great work from flute player Buddy Collette – in a spirit that's very similar to Collette's own classic Jazz Heat Bongo Beat album! The set's also got some great bongo work by Jack ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split spine and bottom seam.)
Featuring Humberto Ramirez, Martin Santiago, Luis Marin, Albert Julian, Jose Luis Encarnacion, Osvaldo Lopez, and Freddie Camacho. A number of special guests too, including Dave Valentin, Justo Almario, Alex Acuna, and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in an RMM sleeve. Label has a small name in marker.)
One of the funkiest albums ever cut by Don Randi – a hip LA keyboardist who's played on countless funky sessions! The album's got Don in a sextet with flute, guitar, bass, and percussion – and although most tracks feature Don on acoustic piano, there's a distincly electric vibe running ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little set – way better than you might think! Trombonist Phil Ranelin was one of the driving forces behind the 70s Tribe Records scene in Detroit – and here, his classic recordings from that time are remixed by a host of underground producers! Now we know what you're thinking: ... read moreCD
Jimmy Raney —
A ... CD Prestige/OJC, 1954. Used ...
A simple title, but a great little record – one that offers up Jimmy Raney's guitar in all its best early tone – a sound on the instrument that few other players could match at the time! Raney's guitar was always a bit earthier than some of his 50s contemporaries like Johnny Smith and ... read moreCD
A hell of a great jazz guitarist – working here in a really wonderful setting – a live date that both lets Jimmy Raney hit some beautifully intimate moments out front, but also lets him swing a bit too – thanks to help from Sam Jones on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! Raney ... read moreCD
Excellent early material from guitarist Ernest Ranglin – a player you may know better from his famous reggae and rocksteady session work of the 60s and 70s – but who sounds equally great hear in a straight jazz format too! The album's got a tight small combo approach – with very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nicely mature album from trumpeter Enrico Rava – one that really explores the space between the notes, and which has Rava in the company of a very well-matched quintet! Enrico always had a sense of "less is more" in his horn, right from the start – but that quality only ... read moreCD
Italian ballads played by trumpeter Enrico Rava and his Electric Five – a group that features both Domenico Caliri and Roberto Cecchetto on guitars, playing both a mix of melody and these wider washes of sound that soften the set nicely for the ballads! Other players include Giovanni Maier ... read moreCD
(Out of print, barcode has a cutout hole.)
Enrico Rava —
Secrets ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1987. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Features Enrico Rava on trumpet and flugelhorn – with Augusto Mancinelli on guitar, John Taylor on piano, Furio Di Castri on bass, and Bruce Ditmas on drums! CD
Great early stuff by Lou! No, the record doesn't have funky David Axelrod arrangements – but it does have some great jazzy backing by Benny Carter, which gives Lou's sweet soulful voice a great platform to riff off of. The record's one of Lou's jazziest, and it's mostly tight and swinging ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Almost a turn back to the music that first inspired the Re:Jazz ensemble – soulful contemporary club, originally remade by the project in a jazz-based mode – now redone again in a host of hip remixes! The tracks mostly take the core electric groove of the combo, and electrify it with ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
The 2nd volume of the Re:Jazz series – even more fully developed and finely executed than the first! The format here is wonderful – jazz versions of famous dancefloor tunes by European artists of the past decade or two – done in warm, acoustic takes that completely transform the ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Fantastic stuff – and a jazz remix project with a real difference! The difference here is that instead of taking older jazz tracks and re-doing them in dance music versions, the set takes original dance tracks and re-does them in jazz versions! The result is wonderful – a warm-voiced ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Pat Rebillot —
Free Fall ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ...
A really great little album from keyboardist Pat Rebillot – a player you might know from other 70s records with Herbie Mann, and a few other jazz artists – stepping out here as one of his few times as a leader! Pat really makes great use of the space to show off his own thing – ... read moreCD
A real winner from Sonny Red's initial burst upon the New York scene – and a great mix of soul jazz and hardbop, all augmented by Red's wonderful tone! The group's a sextet, in the tight Jazzland style – and players include Barry Harris, Blue Mitchell, and Yusef Lateef. Tracks are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label mono Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some edge wear, with a few stains on back, nothing major.)
Sonny Red —
Sonny Red ... LP Mainstream, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A fantastic album as a leader from Sonny Red – a saxophonist who never got much chance to record under his own name, but always gave us something special when he did! Sonny recorded famously with Donald Byrd and Curtis Fuller in the 60s – but here, he's in an even hipper 70s mode of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real corker from Freddie Redd – and never issued at the time! Despite the fact that Freddie was part of one of the greatest sessions ever on Blue Note – the soundtrack to The Connection, done with Jackie McLean – he rarely got the chance to record more for the label, which is ... read moreCD
An excellent bit of early 60s soulbop – and one of two rare albums ever cut by the obscure female alto player Vi Redd, one of the few women sax players of her generation to get recorded! The album's got an easygoing groove that's mighty nice – a touch of R&B at times, but not ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a peeled spot on front from sticker removal, and an Audition Copy stamp inside the gatefold.)
An excellent bit of early 60s soulbop – and one of two rare albums ever cut by the obscure female alto player Vi Redd, one of the few women sax players of her generation to get recorded! The album's got an easygoing groove that's mighty nice – a touch of R&B at times, but not ... read moreCD
A real breakout set from the young Joshua Redman – the kind of record that made some mighty big ripples in the jazz world at the time – and which ended up in more record collections than we can count – and for good reason, too! The group's a rock-solid quartet – with Redman ... read moreCD
(BMG Direct pressing.)
Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, & Brian Blade —
RoundAgain ... CD Nonesuch, 2020. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of those rare cases where an all-star group is really worth the weight of its talent – as this quartet really sounds wonderful together, and make you know that you're in for a treat right from the very first note in the set! The best energy of the record might come from the rhythmic ... read moreCD
One of the few American releases cut by the legendary British trumpeter Dizzy Reece – and a great one! The album was strange for Blue Note, in that it was a joint US/UK session – featuring American players Donald Byrd and Art Taylor, along with great Brit players Reece, Tubby Hayes, ... read moreCD
Excellent later work from trumpeter Dizzy Reece – best known for his classic late 50s sides on Blue Note and New Jazz, but heard here as part of a great flurry of 70s revival sessions! The work's got an arch modern tone that's really surprising – almost a bit like Ted Curson at times, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's noteworthy not just for being one of the few to feature trumpeter Waymon Reed as a leader – but also for offering up some obscure 70s work by tenorist Jimmy Forrest! Also features Tommy Flanagan on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink with hype sticker. Cover has a cutout notch.)
A tremendous little album from reedman Darryl Reeves – jazz at the core, but served up with plenty of cosmic soulful touches too – thanks to help from a great lineup of guest singers! Darryl's work on alto sax is more than enough to make us fall in love with the album – ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD