Ken Nordine's first album of goofy jazzy stuff, recorded with the groovy Fred Katz group, and featuring such gems as "The Sound Museum", "Flibberty Jib", and "Hunger Is From". Sampled by United Future Organisation and a whole bunch of others. This is probably his best ... (Comedy/Spoken, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some pen on the back.)
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
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 moreCD
Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble —
Sea Urchin ... LP NIU Jazz Ensemble, Late 70s. Very Good ...
Very hip work from Red Norvo and his sextet – an evocative album that's divided up into "rose" and "blue" cover images on the front and back – but which unfortunately doesn't provide any data on the players! We can say that in addition to sharp vibes from Red, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the earliest records by the legendary Novi Singers – and a rare MPS set that exposed the group to a larger European audience! Novi hail from Poland, but have a name that's an condensation of the English phrase "new original vocal instruments" – a great summation of the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A rare bit of fusion from European reedman Ralf Nowy – a player who didn't cross over to the US as much as some of his other overseas contemporaries, but who's equally great! This album's got kind of a flowery cover, but a sound that's surprisingly soulful – a fusion groove that's ... read moreCD
One of the most striking, most unusual settings for the voice of Leon Thomas we've ever heard – a rare 1970 performance with the Brit group Nucleus – done right at the same time that Thomas was recording his classics with Pharoah Sanders! The initial approach is similar, and the songs ... read moreCD
Warmly lyrical solo work from pianist Bill O'Connell – a set that's got a much mellower feel than you might guess from the Thelonious Monk reference in the title! Bill's definitely got some modern chops, and his command of the piano is breathtaking – but he also rounds things out, ... read moreCD
You might recognize pianist Bill O'Connell from some of his bigger label recordings in recent years – but this set's a very special one, recorded for the excellent Albore label, and done in Italy – with a vibe that's maybe more lyrically flowing than we're used to hearing from Bill! ... read moreCD
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
Mighty wild sounds from reedman Larry Ochs – who plays some of his boldest sounds in years on both tenor and sopranino saxophones – really driven onwards by the burning energy of the group! The combo features this fierce mix of percussion and electronics, plus trumpet from Natsuki ... read moreCD
The trio features Rune on piano – with Sture Nordin on bass and Egil Johansen on drums – on titles that include "Manteca", "La Ronde", "Autumn In New York", "Love For Sale", and "Gavern". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has surface marks, but plays decently enough. Cover has light wear, and peeling of the laminate in the corners, especially one top corner.)
Sweet funky sounds from Japanese keyboardist/arranger Yuji Ohno – one of his lesser-known film scores from the 70s, but also one of his best! The record's got a bit of a cop/crime vibe overall – with lots of warm electric touches, of the sort you might find on an American thriller of ... read moreCD
A lost later album from the Oiling Boiling combo of drummer Matti Oiling – an artist who's best known for his funky work earlier in the 70s! The set's a bit more straight jazz, but is still quite soulful overall – and the group stand as a nice contrast to some of the more far-out ... read moreCD
Oiling Boiling —
Two Faces ... LP Svart (Finland), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
A lost later album from the Oiling Boiling combo of drummer Matti Oiling – an artist who's best known for his funky work earlier in the 70s! The set's a bit more straight jazz, but is still quite soulful overall – and the group stand as a nice contrast to some of the more far-out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jowee Omicil —
Let's Bash ... CD Jazz Village (France), 2017. New Copy ...
Sweet reeds and plenty of Fender Rhodes – a set that has Jowee Omicil blowing soprano sax, alto, flute, and clarinet – over a set of tunes that move along with a gentle sort of groove! The album's got a nice polish, but is also hipper than smooth jazz too – with some rootsier ... read moreCD
Features Eric Alexander on tenor, Jim Rotondi on trumpet, Steve Davis on trombone, David Hazeltine on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums! CD
One For All (Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, et al) —
Long Haul ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 2000. Used ...
Features Eric Alexander on tenor, Jim Rotondi on trumpet, Steve Davis on trombone, David Hazeltine on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums! CD
One For All (Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, et al) —
No Problem ... CD Venus (Japan), 2003. Used ...
No problem at all, given that this combo's one of the cookingest contemporary lineups we can think of! All players here are great – hence the title of the group – and the mighty Eric Alexander's always a treat on tenor, blowing beautifully alongside Jim Rotondi on trumpet, Steve Davis ... read moreCD
A great little fusion combo from the Japanese scene of the 70s – one of those unique groups that manage to hit a sound that's equally appealing from an American soul perspective too! The cream of the crop of the overseas fusion players were often leaning heavily on American R&B at the ... read moreCD
Johnny O'Neal is a hell of a pianist, but here it's especially nice to hear him working with some horns – the trumpet of Roy Hargrove and tenor of Grant Stewart – who each get a chance to appear on a number of the album's tracks! At the heart of the record is the usual Johnny O'Neal ... read moreCD
Pianist Johnny O'Neal is a mighty warm talent – and a hell of a singer too, working with this raspy tone that's very much his own – and definitely on the bluesier side of the jazz spectrum! This excellent live set has Johnny working at the height of his charms – shifting ... read moreCD
A fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms – but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, and a set ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Organ Explosion —
Level 2 ... CD Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
The organ exploding here isn't just the familiar Hammond B-3 you'll hear on other records – and instead is a range of variations on the instrument – as the keyboards run from many different variations from Hammond, Wurlitzer, Korg, Roland, Hohner, and even Fender Rhodes – driven ... read moreCD
Proof that one of the greatest saxophonists of the 21st Century is still going strong – and an essential entry in the all-too-small catalog of the amazing Anthony Ortega! The set's a recent one, but it's got the same flowing spirit and creative energy of Ortega's best post-50s work – ... read moreCD
Classic album of mellow jazzy cuts, recorded by War's famous harmonica player, along with arrangements by Billy Page that have a killer dope 70s sound! Includes the massive "Haunted House", a nice groover which is a classic with the Chicago steppers. Other tracks include "Steppin&qu ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Classic album of mellow jazzy cuts, recorded by War's famous harmonica player, along with arrangements by Billy Page that have a killer dope 70s sound! Includes the massive "Haunted House", a nice groover which is a classic with the Chicago steppers. Other tracks include "Steppin&qu ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Test pressing in a plain cover, with info sheet taped to the front.)
Hazy Osterwald Sextet —
2nd Life ... LP Mabel (Switzerland), Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Upbeat, bright-tinged jazz from the Swiss scene of the 60s – music that's nicely peppy, and which shares a bit with the German easy vibe of the time! The set's got groovers in sort of a pop jazz kind of way that sounds like it was lifted from some groovy Euro soundtrack. Hazy plays trumpet, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Other Dimensions In Music —
Now! ... CD Aum Fidelity, 1997. Used ...
Other Dimensions In Music are Roy Campbell Jr on trumpets and flugelhorn, Daniel Carter on saxes, flute and trumpet, William Parker on bass and Rashid Bakr on drums. CD
A later set from the great Johnny Otis – but one that still has his group very much alive and well – and working again with Shuggie Otis on guitar, bass, and organ! Jackie Payne sings vocals on a few tracks too – and Johnny and Shuggie handled all the charts. (Soul, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
Matt Otto with Ensemble Iberica —
Iberica ... CD Origin, 2017. Used ...
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Out Of The Blue —
OTB ... LP Blue Note, 1985. Near Mint- ...
One of the greatest discoveries of mid 80s Blue Note – a key group filled with bold young players who'd really go onto make some big waves in jazz for years to come! The musicians state their presence strongly right from the start – with just the sort of energy you'd expect from a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charles Owens —
As One ... CD Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
The first Charles Owens album to have an electric component in the instrumentation – but at a level that's still got the same great sense of understatement that made us like the tenorist's previous records so much! The set features Charles blowing alongside electric bass, Wurlitzer piano, ... read moreCD
A supremely excellent lost bit of mellow funk, and one of the few rare releases on the Encounter label – which was sort of a doper, more soulful version of CTI! Frank Owens plays organ and keyboards, and the group includes Bernard Purdie lending his trademark soul jazz drums (a very welcome ... read moreCD
An oft-overlooked and surprisingly soulful session on Atlantic – a sublime pairing of the talents of trumpeter Jimmy Owens and pianist Kenny Barron! The set's got a groove that's pretty unique – not really Blue Note or Prestige – but not like other Atlantic Records jazz as well ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue and green label pressing – in great shape!)
Makoto Ozone —
After ... LP Columbia, 1986. Near Mint- ...
We're not entirely sure about the "incident" mentioned in the title – clearly front page news back in the day – but we can say that the album's a sweet little groover with a nice mod bounce – a set that features lots of great organ and piano from the mighty Marty Paich, ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreCD
Sparkling work from arranger Marty Paich – one of our favorite large group talents of the 50s! Marty's working here with a great lineup throughout – west coast players that include Art Pepper, Bill Perkins, Jimmy Giuffre, Jack Sheldon, Conte Candoli, and Victor Feldman – all of ... read moreCD
An excellent swinging Bethlehem session from the mid 50s – one that's recorded in LA, but with a sound that's way hotter than most of the label's other west coast sides! The group's extremely tight – and features Marty Paich on piano as the leader, next to great trombone from Herbie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(FAIR CONDITION. Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has aging, with wide tape over all seams.)
A sweet set of electric grooves – with some nice keyboard work! The tunes were all written by Hap Palmer, who plays guitar on the session – and done for an educational record that seems to be designed to inspire kids to dance. Some of the tracks have a mellower soundtrack feel – ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The genius of Eddie Palmieri never seems to dim at all as the years go on – and, if anything, the genius only seems to flower even more – finding new ways of expression that maybe even blow away some of Eddie's classic work from the 60s and 70s! This set is amazing – a ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
A strange session for Chet – but a pretty nice one too! The album was recorded with mellow fusion backing by Brazilian keyboardist Rique Pantoja, who composed all the tunes on the album – and overall, the approach is quite different than that used on most of Baker's other sessions of ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
The Papanosh name may be a bit obscure, and the album's cover art doesn't help much in the way of understanding the sound – but we can easily say that these guys are a sharp-edged quintet with a great array of modern influences at their command – yet served up to create something very ... read moreCD
Great stuff from Jackie Paris – one of the hipper male vocalists of the 50s, a singer that we'd rank in an elite small group with Mark Murphy or Matt Dennis for cool small combo singing! The album's one of Jackie's best – based around Gershwin tunes, but done with a hip jazzy feel ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
The second go 'round for this Kenny Clarke tribute group, but with Woody Shaw & Nat Adderley up front, along with Joe Henderson & Nathan Davis. The set's also got Idris Muhammad on the traps, and it's easy to forget what a great jazz drummer Idris can be, when you get so used to hear him ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not really a big band album by Charlie Parker – but a collection of tunes that both feature him blowing with a larger group, and with some great string ensembles! The genius of Bird and strings is hard to describe – an edgey approach that really goes far past most other "jazz with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: POOR CONDITION. Original Clef pressing. Cover has heavy wear, with a split top seam, moderate flaking and moisture staining along the top half. Vinyl plays with significant clicks & crackles.)