A full LP issue of material that Fats Navarro recorded for Blue Note during the 78 and 10" LP eras – compiled here with master and alternate takes of tunes that were some of the few that Navarro ever recorded for the label! Some of the work was recorded under groups led by Tadd Dameron ... read moreCD
A 2LP collection of material originally recorded for radio on acetates, then transferred to tape in 1961 and released as 2 albums on the Jazzland label in the early 60s. The sides are noteworthy in that they offer some important early performances by Navarro – working with the Tadd Dameron ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from a trumpeter who was taken from us all too soon – the legendary Fats Navarro, an important early voice in the sound of bop! The album's a short one, but every track is a gem – as Navarro blows beautifully in groups led by Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, and Howard McGhee ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing – still sealed, with Blue Note "authorized dealer" sticker on shrinkwrap.)
The set's a memorial of sorts, and it compiles some important sides from the mid 40s, recorded for Savoy – material that really helped set the stage for bop at the time, even though most folks were still just finding a name for the form. There's some really standout elements here – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album of solo bass performance from Matt Nelson – a musician who can really bring a variety of different styles to his instrument! One track has Matt blowing the instrument with a very raspy, noisy style – while another has these beautifully round, rich, melodic notes – ... read moreCD
One of Oliver Nelson's first politically conscious albums, and a classic set of larger orchestrations with a "Afro/American" orientation. The album works as one long suite, showcasing a number of different styles, and spanning a range of African American traditions. Players include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some marker on back and a small bent corner in the paste-on.)
One of the all-time classics of early 60's mainstream jazz – and a beautiful record that showcases writing and arranging talents of Oliver Nelson! Nelson had been bumping around a variety of sessions before this one – as a leader, sideman, and arranger – but it was with this ... read moreCD
One of the all-time classics of early 60s mainstream jazz – and a beautiful record that showcases writing and arranging talents of Oliver Nelson! Nelson had been bumping around a variety of sessions before this one – as a leader, sideman, and arranger – but it was with this album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oliver Nelson was one of the guiding forces behind the great jazz funk Flying Dutchman label of the early 70's, but his work always seems to get eclipsed by the label's hipper artists, like Gil Scott-Heron and Lonnie Liston Smith. This set, though, brings Nelson's best work for the label into ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, some ringwear, and a small sticker.)
A cool cooker from Oliver Nelson – one of the few 60s albums he cut as a leader with the same sense of soul and swing as his backings for other players! The sound here is right up there with Nelson's work with Jimmy Smith over at Verve – soaring, soulful arrangements that sparkle in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album – a lot better than you might think from the concept! After the death of JFK, Oliver Nelson penned this extremely strong tribute to the man – featuring snippets of speeches made by Kennedy during his time in office as president, used as bridges between jazz based ... read moreCD
A great little album – a lot better than you might think from the concept! After the death of JFK, Oliver Nelson penned this extremely strong tribute to the man – featuring snippets of speeches made by Kennedy during his time in office as president, used as bridges between jazz based ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC Impulse pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
A relaxed small group session from saxophonist Oliver Nelson – a record that's quite different than some of his more tightly arranged dates, and a good reminder of this side of his talents! Oliver plays both alto and tenor sax on the album, and he's joined by a perfect group for the easy ... read moreCD
A relaxed small group session from saxophonist Oliver Nelson – a record that's quite different than some of his more tightly arranged dates, and a good reminder of this side of his talents! Oliver plays both alto and tenor sax on the album, and he's joined by a perfect group for the easy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label stereo pressing with deep groove & Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a split top seam, some wear, and aging.)
Oliver Nelson's follow-up to his classic Blues & The Abstract Truth session for Impulse – and like that one, a tremendous little album – filled with deep tones and wonderful colors in sound! The group here's a bit larger than before – an ensemble that includes Phil Woods on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic transformation of the Oliver Nelson sound of the 60s – a large ensemble record that takes all the soul of his earlier groove, and reworks it with a more electric vibe for the 70s! Nelson's at the height of his powers here – working brilliantly as a leader and arranger, to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)
One of the last sessions Oliver Nelson ever recorded – a genius batch of work recorded for the Japanese East Wind label, and maybe one of his greatest albums ever! The set's a wonderful link between the sophisticated large group sounds that Nelson did for Impulse Records in the 60s, and some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer set of searing soulful spiritual material from Oliver Nelson – and one of his best albums of the 70s! There's hardly anything "Swiss" in the music – save for the fact that it was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Fest – as the large ensemble recording has Nelson at ... read moreCD
A really standout score from Oliver Nelson – a set that's got some of his groovier touches at times, but also features some pretty great straighter scoring as well! The record really shows Nelson stepping out from his older role as a strictly jazz-based arranger – and although there ... (Soundtracks, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label stereo promo. Cover has light wear, a bumped corner, and DJ sticker on back.)
One of the grooviest records that Steve Allen ever cut – thanks largely to some hip arrangements from the mighty Oliver Nelson! The set's definitely a collaborative effort – especially as it's got a vibe that has Nelson really overtaking Allen's usual strong lead – still letting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)
Oliver Nelson with Eric Dolphy —
Straight Ahead ... LP New Jazz/Prestige, Early 60s. Near Mint- ...
A great little small group session by Nelson – one that has him working in a quintet with Eric Dolphy, one that shows that Nelson could be a strongly modernist player when he wanted to be! Dolphy plays alto, bass clarinet, and flute – and Nelson's tone is appropriately biting to match ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Oliver Nelson with Nobuo Hara & Sharps & Flats —
3 2 1 0 ... LP Columbia (Japan), 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A rare Japanese-only set by Oliver Nelson – one that features a full side of original compositions, plus another side of tastily-arranged versions of jazz classics! The work's performed by drummer Nobuo Hara and his hard-swinging group The Sharps & Flats – a surprisingly soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy gatefold pressing! Cover and labels each have Denon stickers.)
New Emily Jazz Orchestra/Roberto Ottaviano —
Tenor Line ... LP 103 Centotre (Italy), 1986. Near Mint- ...
A split album – with some great solo, duet, and quartet work from tenor saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano on one side – and work by the New Emily Jazz Orchestra on the other – a group that features Alfonso Ricco on tenor and soprano sax, Mario Gazzi on cornet, Romolo Grande on bass, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a light bump in one corner.)
A wonderful wonderful set from the British jazz scene of the late 60s – beautifully inventive large ensemble material, done under the direction of Neil Ardley – and featuring some of the best British jazz musicians of the time! The group's a showcase not only for creative young talent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You might not recognize the name of the New Light quartet – but the group's a great showcase for the later talents of saxophonist Dave Liebman – a straight, swinging group that has Dave joined in the frontline by Petter Wettre on tenor – alongside the mighty bass of Gene Perla, ... read moreCD
The New Mastersounds return to the sweet studio in Nashville that gave us the previous album – but this time around, they change things up a bit – by using a variety of different keyboards instead of their usual Hammond! The core rhythms are every bit as sharp as before – and ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
The New Mastersounds return to the sweet studio in Nashville that gave us the previous album – but this time around, they change things up a bit – by using a variety of different keyboards instead of their usual Hammond! The core rhythms are every bit as sharp as before – and ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The New Mastersounds must have their own source of renewable energy – as they've been giving us great records for many years now, and still are strongly on top of their game! The core quartet is driven by the funky drums of Simon Allen, the bumping bass of Pete Shand, the sweet keyboards of ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really nice take on the music of New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint – a record that sets things up in new jazz-based arrangements that open up whole new sides of the songs! You'll know most of the numbers here – especially if you've got any of Toussaint's classic albums or ... read moreCD
We've got to admit, we know nothing about this band, although they appear to be some type of school or university jazz band. A few of the tracks are kind of weak, but there's some others that have a nice spiritual large band sort of feel, with more open-ended arrangements that allow for good solos. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
New York Jazz Quartet —
Oasis ... LP Enja (Germany), 1981. Near Mint- ...
An unusual album from an unusual group – one that has reedman Frank Wess sounding far more introspective and personal than on some of his other material from the 70s and 80s – thanks to work from a group that also includes Roland Hanna on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Ben Riley on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has a promo sticker.)
New York Jazz Quartet —
Surge ... LP Inner City, 1977. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light stain on the bottom 4 inches, and some flaking and splitting in the bottom seam.)
A later issue of material recorded in the late 60s by Phineas for Contempoary – tunes from the sessions for the album Please Send Me Someone To Love, but which didn't make the cut at the time – and are here issued a decade after the original recordings! The group on the set features ... read moreCD
The first album from Phineas Newborn in a number of years – and a set with a strong enough sound to warrant the "Phineas Is Back" in the title! Newborn's sound here has hardly dimmed at all – and he's still got that great blend of complicated flourishes and bluesier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe not a "world" of piano, but a real classic from Phineas Newborn – a record that marks a harder, more soulful sound than some of his 50s work – shaking free from some of his flowery touches on the keys, and digging much deeper into the groove of his Memphis roots! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe not a "world" of piano, but a real classic from Phineas Newborn – a record that marks a harder, more soulful sound than some of his 50s work – shaking free from some of his flowery touches on the keys, and digging much deeper into the groove of his Memphis roots! The ... read moreCD
David Newman's first album as a leader – recorded under the Ray Charles banner, and featuring Ray himself on piano! The set's a really surprising one – as it's much more jazz-based than we'd expect, given the Charles connection – and really steps out with some lively solo work ... read moreCD
A really fantastic little set from Joe Newman – one that was recorded live, with a sound that's a lot more gritty than some of his other 50s work! The date was originally captured by Metronome Records in Sweden, and also issued in the US – and the combo features Frank Wesss on tenor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Metronome pressing – from Sweden! Inside sleeve has a cool collage – with autographs from Wess, Jones, and Payne. Record is great, save for a pressing bump that causes a low-level thud for a few spins near the end of side 2.)
This might be the first date as a leader we've ever seen from trumpeter Farnell Newton – but it's already one that will have us looking out for more! Newton's got a tight, soulful sound on his horn – deft at times, but often more concerned with a longer, wider flow – which is ... read moreCD
Recorded in Amsterdam in 1978 – this record contains four original compositions by pianist Anthony Davis and one by flutist James Newton. Titles include "Pax", "Crystal Texts", "Wayang No. 1", and side two features the song "Someone Inside Her". The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure funky fusion album from bassist Tony Newton – with a wild look that grabs you instantly! Tony plays this weird double-bass, and he's pictured with the instrument on the cover – looking like some super-heavy righteous dude that escaped from The Headhunters. The record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most exciting piano jazz ever recorded – and one of the rare few albums released by the legendary Herbie Nichols! Nichols' firm-handed style is amazing throughout, and the record explodes with energy unheard of on other trio sessions from the time – a fantastic blend of ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – The 80 Works" series! Ultimate HQ CD pressing.)
One of the few albums ever recorded by pianist Herbie Nichols – an incredible player with a sound and sense of modern expression that rivaled the best 50s work of Thelonious Monk and Elmo Hope! This session is Herbie's only one for the Bethlehem label – but it stands nicely next to his ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Nicolay & The Hot Nights —
Glaciers ... LP Foreign Exchange, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
Keyboardist, composer and aural adventurer Nicolay working with NC experimental jazzy fusion combo The Hot At Nights – mixing dense melodies and breezy atmosphere with a tight live band dynamic! We've admired Nicolay for a long time, and it's been rewarding to see and hear him evolve from a ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty incredible work from Lennie Niehaus – one of his seminal albums for Contemporary – nearly all of which were as poorly titled as this one, but equally worth checking out! This side has Lennie grooving on alto – blowing in a tighter, harder style than most west coasters ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage UK pressing – on Contemporary/Vogue – with same cover image.)
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
(Out of print.)
Gerry Niewood —
Facets ... CD Native Language, 2004. Used ...
An obscure 50s session by Canadian reed player Phil Nimmons – a great player who even at this early age was cutting some fantastic records! The album's got Phil in the lead on clarinet, cutting lines that have the sharpness of Jimmy Giuffre's early 50s work, combined with the swing of some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Back cover has a vintage price sticker.)
A killer session – and one not to pass up! The group is basically the same one that's backed up Benny Bailey on some of his stellar 70's European sessions – with Joe Haider on piano, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Joe Nay on drums. The group's backing up tenorist Sal Nistico – usually ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sal Nistico & Benny Bailey —
East Of Isar ... LP Ego (Germany), 1978. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
This is the kind of soulful European session that makes collecting worth while! The great Benny Bailey plays with tenorist Sal Nistico in a wonderful group that also includes Joe Haider on piano, Isla Eckinger on bass, and Billie Brooks on drums. The Haider/Eckinger team is known from other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Moody brilliance from pianist Mike Nock – a solid quartet date that features plenty of edgey tenor from Michael Brecker, who's in really great form throughout! The rhythm section has a nicely snakey vibe too – with George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums – and both players can ... read moreCD
Mike Nock —
Ondas ... CD ECM (Germany), 1982. New Copy ...
Mike Nock has always been a pianist with so many varied shades and styles to his talents – and here, he makes a rare ECM appearance in a set that's nicely different from most of his other albums of the 70s – maybe a bit more sensitive at times, but also maybe more freewheeling too ... read moreCD
Quartet album featuring Australian jazz legends Col Nolan and Errol Buddle, plus the drumming of Warren Daly, from the Daly-Wilson Big Band. The group was one of the most popular of the Aussie jazz funk combos of the 70's, and the record has lots of nice mellow groovy moments. The best cuts are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice one! This is Ken Nordine's follow-up to his highly successful Word Jazz album, and it's another crazy batch of jazz-meets-beat poetry-meets-goofy stuff. Ken Nordine's wit is razor sharp as usual, and the tracks include "The Bullfighter", "Junk Man", "Looking At ... (Comedy/Spoken, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Nordjordet (Oyonn Groven Myhren/Bugge Wesseltoft) —
Nordjordet ... CD OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic meeting of ancient and modern on the Norwegian jazz scene – a set that echoes some of the vintage Scandinavian folk/jazz experiments of the 60s, but with a very different vibe! The project is a collaboration between traditional singer Oyonn Groven Myhren, who also plays this ... read moreCD
Fredrik Nordstrom —
Needs ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ...
A really amazing record from saxophonist Fredrik Nordstrom, and a really collaborative one too – given that the album features two different quartets, one in the left channel, one in the right – working together in this fantastic formation of sound! The lineup is filled with top ... read moreCD
Genius work from the always-compelling Walter Norris – a pianist with a sense of complexity that's always mesmerizing, but one who can also find a way to effortlessly swing at the same time – which he does beautifully on this overlooked set from the early 80s! Most tracks are long, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker spot and a small piece of clear tape on the top seam.)
A very cool reworking of the classic Rock Bottom album by Robert Wyatt – done with larger orchestrations from the North Sea Radio Orchestra, but at a level that's still very faithful to the spirit of the original record! The instrumentation is filled with lots of cool solo touches – ... read moreCD
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 999!)
North Texas State University Lab Band —
Lab 75! ... LP NTSU, 1975. Near Mint- ...
One of several recordings of this University Lab band issued in the mid 70s, far from a household name, but filled out with a touch of grooviness and funk that you might expect from a batch of young hip kids cutting big band grooves in 1975. In addition to the full horn section, the rhythm section ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hi-fidelity issue of a live set recorded on New Years Eve in 1957 – featuring a combo with Jerry Dodgion on saxes, Jimmy Wyble on guitar, Red Wooten on bass, John Markham on drums, and Red Norvo on vibes! All tracks are nice and long – different than most of Red's studio work of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Norvo may have cut some sleepy recordings in his day, but his early sides are usually all pretty great – especially this material, recorded with Tal Farlow on guitar and Charles Mingus on bass! The drum-less combination of vibes, guitar, and bass makes for an almost-exotic approach – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Blue label pressing. Cover has splitting on all seams and some gloss peeling.)
Red Norvo, Bill Harris, Red Rodney, Neal Hefti, et —
Out Of The Herd ... LP EmArcy, Mid 40s. Very Good+ ...
A great collection of work from Woody Herman sidemen working on their own in small groups! Features tracks by groups led by vibist Red Norvo, trumpeter Red Rodney, trombonist Bill Harris, bassist Chubby Jackson, and trumpeter Neal Hefti! LP, Vinyl record album
With Sam Noto on trumpet, Joe Romano on tenor, Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)
Georges Edouard Nouel —
Chodo ... LP Rebirth On Wax (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
A hell of a great little record – an album made by a keyboardist from Martinique, working in a Paris studio in the 70s – with all the wonderful cross-cultural elements you might expect! The music is definitely jazz at the core, and quite spiritual too – but the range of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool live work from this ultra-hip Polish vocal group – at a level that both matches their classic records of the time, and also brings in some other groovy surprises too! The setting is live for all these tracks – and the music often features lots of cool organ from the great ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Novi Singers —
Torpedo ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy ...
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Charles K Noyes & Owen Maercks —
Free Mammals ... LP Visible/Feeding Tube, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Pure sonic madness – a set of mostly-duets between Owen Maercks on guitars and Charles K Noyes on percussion and home-made saxophone – very much in the best wave of unbridled expression that flowed from the American scene in the late 70s! The style here is post-avant, post-loft jazz, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great set as a leader from reedman Larry Nozero – a player who's probably best known for his 70s work with Eddie Russ, but who sounds totally great here on his own – with the same flowing grace and sense of soul he brought to his other work! The album's an acoustic one – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A unique little record from the French scene of the late 70s – not really jazz, but definitely freely improvised – and a set that also merges more conventional instruments with a range of other elements – then seems to put the whole thing together with a new sort of sonic energy! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare live performance from the great Anita O'Day – only recently discovered, and different from the more widely-circulated album of her Tokyo date in 1963! This time around, Anita's got a mature vibe that really moves past the Verve years – and starts to hint at the direction she'd ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Two tenors, Hammond organ, and drums – nothing else at all, which makes for a mighty sharp little record! The group's led by tenorist Dave O'Higgins, but it draws equal power from guest Max Ionata on tenor too – and each player appears in a different channel of the record, so you can ... read moreCD
Oakland Elementary School Arkestra (Marshall Allen, Fred Frith, Terry Riley & Others) —
Saga Of Padani ... CD Modern Harmonic, Mid 90s. New Copy ...
One of the coolest records of school kid music you could ever hope to own – and not just because avant legends Terry Riley, Fred Frith, and Marshall Allen each make an appearance on the project! In fact, even without those big names, the music here would still be tremendous – as it ... read moreCD
Oakland Elementary School Arkestra (Marshall Allen, Fred Frith, Terry Riley & Others) —
Saga Of Padani (colored vinyl) ... LP Modern Harmonic, Mid 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
One of the coolest records of school kid music you could ever hope to own – and not just because avant legends Terry Riley, Fred Frith, and Marshall Allen each make an appearance on the project! In fact, even without those big names, the music here would still be tremendous – as it ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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