Great early work from Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse group – working here at a level that's almost more freewheeling than on some of their later Contemporary albums! The format's still very much in place here – a host of key All Stars who include Milt Bernhart on trombone, Russ Freeman on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a peeled spot in the top right.)
Sheesh, Howard Rumsey sure knew how to stick his name on a lot of records! (He must have been trying to give Norman Granz and Leonard Feather a run for their money!) Fortunately, most of them were also great – like this one, which features flute duets between Bob Cooper and either Bud Shank ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from Howard Rumsey's early Lighthouse group – and a great example of why they were such a great act at the time! The "solo spotlight" in the title is extremely apt here – as each of the album's tracks features a standout performance by group members who emerge ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some surface wear and a small peeled spot from sticker removal on front.)
Todd Rundgren/Emil Nikolaisen/Hans Peter Lindstrom —
Runddans ... LP Smalltown Supersound (Norway), 2015. Near Mint- 2LP ...
A recent, more experimental album from Todd Rundgren – still with vocals, but also with lots of samples and electronics too! (Rock, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
Mario Rusca —
Reaction ... CD Dynia World/Sonorama (Germany), 1974. Used ...
One of the greatest records we've ever heard from pianist Mario Rusca – a really open, fluid sort of set – and one that features electric bass in the trio, which really gives things a different sort of vibe! Mario plays acoustic piano throughout, but the use of electric bass (played by ... read moreCD
Stunning work from the great second chapter of Patrice Rushen – the time when the lady moved over to Elektra Records and really opened up her groove! Rushen had already been making great music for most of the 70s – playing fantastic keyboards as a real up-and-coming star on the funky ... read moreCD
Eddie Russ —
Fresh Out! ... CD Jazz Masters/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy ...
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano ... read moreCD
A rare moment in time – documented in this legendary meeting of two American modernists on the European scene of the 60s! The session features a 1965 performance by the George Russell Sextet, but is especially noteworthy for the presence of Don Cherry – making a key guest appearance on ... read moreCD
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pink label pressing with a deep groove! Cover has light wear and a bit of splitting on the top seam, but is nice overall.)
A wonderful album from George Russell – and a refreshing change from his overly-academic modernist work! The session's an unusual one – a musical portrait of New York City, performed with an all-star cast that includes John Coltrane, Art Farmer, Bill Evans, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo maroon label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a promo sticker, a price sticker remnant, and light wear.)
George Russell was always committed to exploring new territory – as he proves well on this hard to find album cut for Riverside during the early 60s! Russell's surrounded himself here with some great younger and lesser-known players – including trumpeter Don Ellis, trombonist Garnett ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label stereo Orpheum pressing in the alternate cover.)
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 moreCD
(Out of print, artwork is wrinkled from some light water damage.)
Very hip early work from George Russell – a set that's maybe not as high-concept as some of his later records, but which still has a strikingly modern vibe! Russell's trying out some of his new tonal ideas here – and has a group that's very well-chosen for the project – with Art ... read moreCD
With Ruby Braff & Red ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
One of the most ambitious recordings ever from Bill Russo – the composer/arranger who first rose to fame with Stan Kenton, and who's working here in an even more modern extension of Kentonite ideals! Side one of the record features Russo's beautiful composition "The World Of Alcina" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with the "long playing unbreakable" logo and deep groove.)
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
Pedro Ruy-Blas issued the fantastic Dolores album in the 70s – a sublime blend of jazzy acoustic guitar, keyboards, and soaring vocals that's become legendary over the years! Here, Pedro revisits that mode, but with a range of later keyboards – using Atari, Roland, Yamaha, and Proteus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare early European jazz moment – and a very cool combo! The group is led by the mighty Fats Sadi on vibes – later of Clarke/Boland fame – and the group features Maurice Vander on piano, Roger Guerin on trumpet, and Bobby Jaspar on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
Forget the name of the group, because these guys are way too warm and smooth to be sadistic at all – and instead come across with all the best soulful qualities of the Japanese fusion scene at the end of the 70s! Most tracks have vocals, but there's also plenty of great work on guitar with a ... read moreCD
Pianist Jamie Saft is building up a great name as a collaborator with older jazz musicians – really finding a way to unlock the best aspects, or "hidden corners", of their talents – and that's definitely the case here, in a very fluid quartet setting with the great Dave ... read moreCD
Pianist Jamie Saft is building up a great name as a collaborator with older jazz musicians – really finding a way to unlock the best aspects, or "hidden corners", of their talents – and that's definitely the case here, in a very fluid quartet setting with the great Dave ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Keyboardist Jamie Saft works here with a mighty great trio – one that features older giants Steve Swallow on electric bass and Bobby Previte on drums – all bringing a great sense of energy to Saft's own work on Hammond organ, Whitehall organ, and Baldwin electric harpsichord! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Incredible! This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guitarist Sal Salvador made few albums as a leader during his day – but all of them are a treat, especially this one! The set's a mid 50s outing that features Sal's guitar in a quartet with Eddie Costa on piano and vibes – and grooving in a lightly swinging style that has some traces ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Guitarist Sal Salvador made few albums as a leader during his day – but all of them are a treat, especially this one! The set's a mid 50s outing that features Sal's guitar in a quartet with Eddie Costa on piano and vibes – and grooving in a lightly swinging style that has some traces ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2008 pressing with 20bit K2 mastering.)
Sal Salvador pays tributes to the jazz greats of his time – Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, and others – but also serves things up at a level that's very much his own bag too! The album's got a spare, stripped-down groove that really suits Salvador's guitar well – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Cover has a half split top seam and is lightly stained on the spine side, mostly on back, with some delamination and peeling along the spine.)
A pretty great little album from guitarist Sal Salvador – a player who didn't record much, but who was right up there with 50s talents like Tal Farlow and Kenny Burrell! Salvador's got a sweet and clean single-line style that works magically with the rich arrangements on the set by Larry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has light wear and some pen.)
An unusual album of jazz tunes recorded by and for the Bosch power tool company – and featuring drummer Slick Salzer, who actually worked for Bosch as well! Titles include "New Power Tool Parade", "I Can't Give You Anything But Bosch", "I Found A New Hammer", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sami Swoi —
Locust ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1980. Near Mint- ...
Sami Swoi is a group, not a guy – a hip Polish ensemble that's led by trumpeter Julian Kurzawa, but which features a strong sound from a trio of reed players too! The album's a live one, and really has the whole group opening up on the first track – a 19 minute "Blues Medley" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure set that features Bill Samuels on both vocals and piano – working in a trio with guitar and bass, no drums – on titles that include "Blues (part 1 & 2)", "For You", "Caravan", "Call Me Darling", and "San Francisco". (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
A damn great early moment from David Sanborn – a record that really shows the reedman at his best – working some tight solos over soulful backings in the same 70s manner as Tom Scott or Wilton Felder! Like both of those players, David's got the chops to step out in front of the ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 brilliant 80s set from Pharoah Sanders – a record that has him a much more understated setting than some of his other albums from the time – but one that's maybe even more soulful and searching overall! The great one plays blistering tenor right from the start – in a quartet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Out of print, slight mark through barcode & radio call letters in marker on digipack cover.)
A beautiful little record by Pharoah Sanders – quite different than most of his other recordings of the 70s, and done in a smoothly jazzy mode that also features plenty of soul! Sanders did the set in collaboration with Norman Connors – and the style is in that same great mix of mellow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pharoah Sanders —
Tauhid ... CD Impulse, 1967. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pharoah Sanders —
Thembi ... CD Impulse, 1971. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dream of a record from this legendary spiritual jazz duo – drummer Norman Connors and reedman Pharoah Sanders – coming together in a freewheeling spiritual jazz style that's a lot more like Connors' earlier albums than the soulful fusion he was mostly recording in the late 70s! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Arturo Sandoval's great Cuban-only sessions – recorded in the years before his bigger American fame, and in a warm blend of Latin rhythms, jazzy flourishes, and club soul influences! The instrumentation here includes some rolling electric basslines at the bottom – topped with ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Mongo's rarest sides for Fantasy! Recorded in Cuba during Mongo's brief return to his homeland in 1960, with a much rootsier feel than any of his other albums from the time. Willie Bobo joined Mongo in Havana for the sessions, and most of the other instrumentation is percussion, with some ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in marker, a sticker spot, and some wear.)
Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn Zetterburg/Hampus Lin —
If Nothing Else ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ...
A wonderful continuation of the spirit of the previous collaboration between trumpet and flugelhorn player Susana Santos Silva and bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg – but a record that also adds in a cool extra element with the organ of Hampus Lindwall too! The music has this spacious, open ... read moreCD
(Two pieces of clear tape covering two small tears on the booklet cover.)
Hiroshi Sato —
Orient ... CD Kitty/We Want Sounds (UK), 1979. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
A great little trio set from Japanese pianist Masahiko Satoh – working here on both acoustic and electric piano, with incredible rhythm support from Eddie Gomez on bass and Steve Gadd on drums! All players are really given a lot of room to do their thing here – Gomez with those round, ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Masahiko Satoh/Sabu Toyozumi —
Aiki ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1997. New Copy ...
The great pianist Masahiko Satoh works here alongside the drums of Sabu Toyozumi – on two long tracks that really show both players at their sonic best! Satoh plays in a way that swings between structure and freedom – and his movements seem to be echoed by Toyozumi on the kit – ... read moreCD
Masahiko Satoh/Sabu Toyozumi —
Aiki ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 1997. New Copy ...
The great pianist Masahiko Satoh works here alongside the drums of Sabu Toyozumi – on two long tracks that really show both players at their sonic best! Satoh plays in a way that swings between structure and freedom – and his movements seem to be echoed by Toyozumi on the kit – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We have to admit we've always been somewhat dismissive of Merl Saunders 70s records, perhaps because of the hippy association we have with these bay area recordings. But ultimately there's at least a little bit of funk peeking through on any of his Fantasy recordings, which gets a nice helping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some tape along the seams, with some moisture stains and peeling along the bottom.)
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
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)
Shungo Sawada Quartet —
Formation ... CD Victor (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
Searingly soulful work from the group of guitarist Shungo Sawada – a player we mostly know from his groovy instrumental sides of the 60s, but who sounds plenty darn hip in this setting! The record has a nice sort of soul jazz groove on most numbers – one that takes Shungo's warmer ... read moreCD
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
A never-heard live set from the rock/fusion trio that shook the world from behind the Iron Curtain in the 70s – a mostly-instrumental performance recorded for Polish Radio in 1977! We say "mostly", because keyboardist Jozef Skrzek uses some occasional mouth organ next to his usual ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most compelling mixes of steel pans and jazz we've ever heard – played by a group led by percussionist Jonathan Scales, and featuring a number of other differently-tuned steel drums in the mix! The instrumentation just features bass and drums alongside all the pans – which ... read moreCD
Like the title says, a mix of show and Hollywood stuff, with emphasis on the latter. All cuts feature the Schifrin's sweeping piano over a tight small combo sound. The killer cut here is "Jive Orbit", a syncopated, uptempo swinger, with pounding bass intro. Other tracks include "Da ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Not a surf record – but a wonderful batch of groovy groovy jazz! Lalo penned this score for a Bruce Brown-like surfing documentary in the mid 60s – but instead of the usual guitar riffing and bongo drumming on such a score, he used a lot of jagged jazzy lines – working in a bit ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. NOTE – Cover is wrinkled on the bottom half, with an unglued bottom seam, and some marker on back.)
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 great lost groover on Verve – recorded during the heyday of the label's bossa years with Stan Getz! The record features Bob Brookmeyer fronting a large group arranged and conducted by Lalo Schifrin – soloing over the top, while Lalo comes up with sparkling bossa-tinged grooves that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from Schnitter – a heck of a tenor player, with depth and imagination in his solos, and a tone that will grab you instantly! The setting is straight – but Schnitter's got help from some good players that include Kenny Barron, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, Claudio Roditi, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The young John Scofield is a player with an amazing command of chromes – this way of putting forth all these new changes in jazz, and really transforming the role of the guitar in the music with important 70s records like this! Scofield's part of a generation who maybe came to jazz while ... read moreCD
Wonderful guitar work from John Scofield – awash in those warm chromatic tones that make his work from this period so great – set up in a sweet trio with Steve Swallow on electric bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums! The sound has a nice sort of focus – still some of the ethereal ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Back cover of booklet has a bit of pen.)
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
Enzo Scoppa & Cicci Santucci —
Mirage ... LP New Tape/Sonor (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
Beautiful sounds from a duo who were one of the strongest instrumental forces on the Italian sound library scene – trumpeter Cicci Santucci and saxophonist Enzo Scoppa – both musicians with a strong legacy in jazz as well! Those jazz chops certainly come to light here – on a ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A really great showcase for the continuing evolution of Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – a musician who's become so much more than just a straight jazz trumpet with a soulful vibe – as you'll hear on this really compelling set! The music is even more expansive than Christian's recent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dred Scott definitely rides alone here – handling all the instrumentation on the record himself, including piano, bass, drums, and percussion – but he does so in a way that really makes you feel as if you're listening to a cohesive group! Through the magic of overdub, Scott spins out ... read moreCD
A mid 60s groover from Brit jazzman Johnny Scott – a date that's done with largeish charts, but a great sense of rhythm throughout! The players include Ian Hamer and Ray Davies on trumpets, Ronnie Ross and Duncan Lamont on saxes, John Marson on harp, Don Lusher on trombone, and Alan ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some splitting on the bottom seam – but vinyl is great.)
The most searching and expansive sounding Kendrick Scott Oracle set for Blue Note yet – working here with producer Derrick Hodge and a fantastic group that includes John Ellis on reeds, Taylor Eigsti on keys, Mike Moreno on guitar and Joe Sanders on bass, and DJ Jahi Sundance turntables on a ... read moreCD
Some of the earliest work as a leader from British saxophone legend Ronnie Scott – the first player on the scene in the postwar years who could rival the talents of American musicians on the horn! Scott sounds wonderful here – in material that's all small group combos, different than ... read moreCD