David Newman —
Weapon ... LP Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ ...
One of the sweetest, funkiest 70s sets from reedman David Fathead Newman – an album that has the saxophonist blowing over some great arrangements from William Eaton – who brings in a full sound that almost gives the album a soundtrack sort of vibe! Newman's tenor, alto, and flute get ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
During the mid 50s, RCA virtually had a lock on this sort of classic swing-based jazz session – and this nice groover by Joe Newman is a perfect example of the label's legacy in that field. The session features an octet with Joe, Al Cohn, Ernie Wilkins, Nat Pierce, and Freddie Greene – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Canadian pressing with deep groove. Cover has yellowed tape remnants ont he seams and spine, and small address labels on back.)
Joe blows it strong and mellow – in this spare swinging group that includes Frank Wess on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Eddie Jones on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums. Tracks are warm and unpressured, more in a Verve mode than a Prestige one – and titles include "Wednesday's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure 50s 10" session from Joe Newman – but a great one too, and a record that really has him swinging nicely with other members of the Count Basie group! There's a great small combo feel to the set – and alongside Newman's work on trumpet, the date also features Frank Foster ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight swing-based material from trumpeter Joe Newman, featuring Frank Foster as a very welcome bandmate in the frontline! The rest of the group includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, plus Eddie Jones on bass and Bill English on drums. The tracks have a nice open-ended quality, with good room for ... read moreCD
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
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 ... 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
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.)
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
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
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, including the Verve inner sleeve. Cover has some ringwear, clear tape at the ends of the seams, and some aging.)
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
They sure got the title right on this one, as Sal's playing tenor in a quintet that features all heavyweights, and soul jazz heavyweights too, we might add! The combo features Nat Adderley, Barry Harris, Sam Jones, and Walter Perkins – all of whom make Sal cook a lot more than usual, and who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Jazzland pressing with deep groove. Label has some spindle marks. Cover has a vintage price sticker and some light edge wear.)
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
(Cover has some light wear.)
Dogs ... CD Royal Potato Family, 2016. Used ...
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
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
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
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
(Cover has a cut corner, some wear, and a Grammy sticker.)
North Texas State University One O'Clock Lab Band —
Lab 85 ... LP NTSU, 1985. Near Mint- ...
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Red Norvo —
Move! ... LP Savoy, Mid 50s. Very Good ...
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
(Later red label pressing in a black & white cover. Cover has some wear and has a mostly split bottom seam with a center split spine.)
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.)
Nous Percons Les Oreilles —
Un Ideal ... CD Ambiances Magnetiques (Canada), 2016. Used ...
The first album in many years from pianist Larry Novak – a Chicago pianist who worked with giants like Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan many decades back, and who's remained a committed stylist after all these years! In fact, the set's got a depth of feeling and sensitivity that might be more ... 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
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
Hardly the sort of record you'd guess from the cover – because although the set's a Leadbelly Project, it's a lot more contemporary and jazz based than the music of that 20th Century blues legend! And yet the songs are all originals by Huddie Ledbetter, too – pulled from his rich ... read moreCD
Very early recordings of this washboard combo – all done as Paramount Records 78s, recorded in Chicago – with work by Jimmy Blythe on piano, Jimmy O'Bryant on clarinet, and Jasper Taylor on washboard! LP, Vinyl record album
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 —
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
One of the strongest of Anita's mid 50s outings for Verve – a tightly-crafted set that benefits from some good arrangements from Buddy Bregman! The format is perfect for Anita – giving her little space to have to make decisions, and letting her concentrate on the tone and charm that ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A nice live set, with small combo backing that features Norman Simmons on piano and Greg Smith on baritone sax and flute! Titles include "Emily", "P'Town", "Four Brothers", "Little Orphan Annie", "Hershey Bar", and "Shakin The Blues Away" ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Buddy Bregman's doing the arrangements on this one – and he brings a great jazzy flair to the backings, helping Anita O'Day open up in her most dynamic mode! The whole set swings nicely, but without any sort of hoke – and Bregman manages to highlight specific instruments in the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Verve Records Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting in the top seam, looks great otherwise.)
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
DJ Qbico spins tracks from his collection of rare work by OK Jazz – that important West African combo of the 60s and 70s, whose music helped transform a generation! There's elements in the rhythms that feel as if they floated over from Havana – and the instrumentation is heavy on ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest groups of the second generation of ECM – a post-Ornette Coleman quartet that features Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell – all exploring space in a way that's quite different than their work with Ornette! The sound here is much freer, and ... read moreCD
Rock-solid work from One For All – easily one of the greatest straight jazz combos going, thanks to some tremendous tenor work from Eric Alexander, sweet piano work from David Hazeltine, and snapping rhythms from drummer Joe Farnsworth! Other group members are great too – and 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 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great small group work – with Kid Ory on trombone, plus Teddy Buckner on trumpet, Frank Haggerty on guitar, Caughey Roberts on clarinet, and Cedric Haywood on piano! Nice David Stone Martin cover, too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and splitting.)
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
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