A really great album from pianist Eric Reed – maybe one of his most powerful, uplifting records in years – a set of mostly original music that has a very rich spiritual core! Jamison Ross sings on the album's leadoff track, which really sets the tone for the rest of the set – and ... read moreCD
The hippest work we've heard in years from drummer Steve Reid – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of his recent projects! This time around, Reid's heading back to the rougher, rootsier territory of his best sides of the 70s – a tightly pulsating approach to soul jazz that ... read moreCD
A collection classic work by Django Reinhardt – recorded in the post war years, by Django and the Hot Club Of France which at that point had replaced Stephane Grappelli with Hubert Rostaing. 14 swinging numbers, including "Minor Swing", "Blues En Mineur", "Dinette&quo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing in a red, pink & blue color scheme.)
60s issue of sides that Django recorded in Brussels in the early 40s – most of them recorded with large group backing. Titles include "Nuages", "Dynamism", "Djangology", "Distraction", "Only Tonight", "Minor Blues", and "Studio ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Drummer Tim Daisy and saxophonist Dave Rempis have been recording together for over a decade – but this time around, they do a great job of balancing out their own duo work with help from a variety of other Chicago improvising musicians! The set features 2CDs – the first of which is ... read moreCD
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, & Arveeayl Ra —
Aphelion ... CD Aerophonic, 2013. New Copy ...
A trio of tracks by a tremendous trio – the wonderfully spiritual combo of Dave Rempis on saxes, Avreeayl Ra on percussion, and Joshua Abrams on bass, small harp, and guimbri! Abrams' presence is really felt here – and his growth towards even more soulful styles in recent years seems ... read moreCD
Dave Rempis/Jasper Stadhouders/Frank Rosaly —
ICOCI ... CD Aerophonic, 2018. New Copy ...
A familiar improvising duo work here with a nicely different element – the guitar and electric bass of Jasper Stadhouders, which seems to unlock some fresh energy between the drums of Frank Rosaly and the alto and tenor of Dave Rempis! At some points, Stadhouders is quite abstract with his ... read moreCD
Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Joshua Abrams —
Ithra ... CD Aerophonic, 2018. New Copy ...
Dave Rempis blows here with wonderful string accompaniment from two stalwarts of his Chicago scene – Joshua Abrams on bass and Tomeka Reid on cello – in a setting that has all three players resonating wonderfully together! Rempis can often create these long waves from his alto and ... read moreCD
The quartet's not all percussion – just drummers Tim Daisy and Frank Rosaly, but both turning out work on the kit that could rival an army of percussionists – working alongside sublime bass plotting from Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, and a range of sharp-edged sounds from leader Dave Rempis ... read moreCD
A beautiful bit of modern jazz from one of the hippest French pianists of the postwar scene – and a set that also features wonderful versions of songs by Gigi Gryce – with a quintet that includes Bobby Jaspar on tenor and Jimmy Gourley on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
Rough and funky piano from Googie Rene – one of the hippest cats on the LA scene of the 50s and 60s! Googie first got his start laying down boogie-styled R&B numbers, but as the 60s moved in, Googie moved onto a whole new batch of grooves – picking up bits of beatnik jazz, ... read moreCD
That's restroy, not destroy – a Chicago group who've got a really great way of building up their sound – using a mix of electronic elements with strong trumpet from James Davis, round bass from Christopher Dammann, and driving drums from Avreeyal Ra – all in a blend that's really ... read moreCD
Return To Forever —
Live ... LP Columbia, 1978. Very Good ...
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(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp, a tracklist sticker, and light wear.)
Lots of musical magic here – a further extension of the Return To Forever vibe that helped Chick Corea find some of his best energy of the 70s! The style is still as tightly focused as before, but also opens up with a bit more soul, too – trading some slight moments of jamming for a ... read moreCD
Hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitars. The title may lead you to believe the set is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The bass of Eric Revis sounds better than we ever remember – and that's saying a lot, because we've really liked his other records too! Yet here, it almost feels like Revis is out to re-state himself as a musician – coming on strong with a tone that could put him up there with the ... read moreCD
A wonderful tribute to this European singer – the lovely Rita Reys, served up here in a package that features five of her best albums, all in little LP-styled sleeves! First up is a record on which Rita Reys meets Oliver Nelson – and a host of other great jazz talents, including Lee ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Poland's Jazz Jamboree festival really opened up in 1963 – and featured great performances from jazz musicians all over the European scene – plus key Polish talents, and a few American guests as well! This first volume features a huge amount of material by Dutch singer Rita Reys – ... read moreCD
In the immediate post-war years, the Dutch jazz scene was one of the first to emerge with a sophisticated understanding of the American jazz form. Rita Reys was one of the country's leading talents in this respect, and she had a wonderfully cool vocal style that was similar to American singers ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono 6 eye demonstration pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging.)
An excellent bit of soul jazz – completely rare in the original pressing, and one of the few early albums ever cut by organist Melvin Rhyne! Rhyne first came to prominence as the organist with Wes Montgomery – and he hailed from Montgomery's hometown of Indianapolis, and had the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono small label Jazzland pressing with deep groove. Cover has some edge wear, clear tape across the top seam, and a 2 inch spilt in the bottom seam held with clear tape.)
A lively little set done strongly in a Basie mode – as you might guess from the title! Buddy's on drums, but the real maestro here is Marty Paich – who handled the arrangements, and most likely brought together the batch of west coast jazzers who inhabit the group – including ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although Buddy's always been a bit laughable, he was always trying to keep his bag moving, and his band of the late 60s included some pretty darn nice players. The group on this session includes Ernie Watts and Bobby Shew, and the band wails hard and fast in a live setting with lots of tight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 70s gem from Buddy Rich – a session that's cut with some really tightly arranged backings, but done in a way that actually has Buddy kicking the kit even more than usual! Some of the best tunes on the set have a really wicked sense of funk – one that uses a bit more space than in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A driver it is – one of Buddy's best jazz records from the 60s, with a straight lineup that includes Seldon Powell on tenor and Mike Mainieri on vibes – both of whom give the set a cool feel that's somewhere in between Buddy's swinging work of the 50s, and his groovier late 60s sides. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Buddy certainly knew how to keep the customer satisfied – as you'll hear on this hip set of big band grooves, recorded by Buddy for Liberty Records in 1970. The set's got Buddy working with a tight group of younger players, in a mode that's not exactly funky, but which owes a lot to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Buddy Rich —
Solos ... CD Lightyear/Lobitos Creek, Mid/Late 70s. Used ...
A hard and heavy side from Buddy, and true to his reputation and the title of the LP, he comes out swinging! The set features a top notch mid 60s group, and from the sound of the numbers on this set, ol' Buddy did need to hand out any of his famous lectures on the bus afterwards, with some crisp ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard-swinging Buddy Rich from the prime early 70s years – not exactly an all-out funk affair, but still a great groover, with plenty of hip little big band numbers! The groove here is nice and lean – and Buddy and the group are working at Buddy's own club – hitting that trademark ... read moreCD
Hard-swinging Buddy Rich from the prime early 70s years – not exactly an all-out funk affair, but still a great groover, with plenty of hip little big band numbers! The groove here is nice and lean – and Buddy and the group are working at Buddy's own club – hitting that trademark ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary meeting of these two jazz talents – and knowing the famous temper of Buddy Rich, this probably really was a battle of the drummers! Kidding aside, though, the set's a very unusual one for Buddy – as the group here features players normally associated with Max Roach – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary meeting of these two jazz talents – and knowing the famous temper of Buddy Rich, this probably really was a battle of the drummers! Kidding aside, though, the set's a very unusual one for Buddy – as the group here features players normally associated with Max Roach – ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever recorded by 50s vocalist Ann Richards – best known for her work with Stan Kenton in the post-June Christy days, stepping out very nicely here in a small group session! Ann's definitely got a touch of the June in her approach – but she's also a bit warmer, and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure genius from arranger Johnny Richards – a seminal and hard to find album recorded for Roulette, in the late 50s! Richards first came to fame working for Stan Kenton in the early 50s – and although is work is featured on some of Kenton's best-remembered albums, Richards also had a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album of jazzy tracks from multi-talented reedman Jerome Richardson! The album's got a sort of jazzy meets Now Sound sound – sort of like the Benny Golson or Cal Tjader albums on Verve from the time, and it's a great one if you dig that sort of thing. The tracks are mostly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wide-roaming grooves from the great Jerome Richardson – a player who's done countless dates in later groups, but hardly ever gets to shine as a leader! On this excellent Prestige session, Jerome's stepping out in some long, open-ended tracks that are a great change from the usual – ... read moreCD
The music of Charles Mingus – played by a great small combo headed up by Dannie Richmond, Mingus' drummer for over 20 years! The group on the set features members from Charles' last band – and is a quintet with Ricky Ford on tenor, Jack Walrath on trumpet, Bob Neloms on piano, and ... read moreCD
Few folks have managed to make the cello swing in jazz over the years – a short list of giants that might include Ray Brown, Ron Carter, and Eldee Young – all company that Mike Richmond very comfortably fits next to with his work here! As all the great bassists who picked up the cello ... read moreCD
Features Doug Riley on electric and acoustic piano, Michael Stuart on tenor and soprano sax, Don Thompson on bass, and Claude Ranger on drums! Side two features the 19 minute "Dreams" – a nice track! LP, Vinyl record album
A mindblowing late 60s album from pianist Howard Riley – only issued in a run of 99 copies, but a legend amongst any fan of his music! Riley was one of the most important British avant players to emerge in the 60s – and works here at this level that's not as entirely free as his later ... read moreCD
No need to hold 'em here – as tenorist Stephen Riley is warmly fluid, right out of the gate – working in a loose trio formation that gives him a huge amount of space to express himself! Riley's got this crispy tone, but one that's also down to earth – able to hit modern moments, ... read moreCD
The tenor of Stephen Riley wins us over right on the very first notes of this set – thanks to a soulful, seductive reading of Billy Strayhorn's "Isfahan"! That track – and the rest of the album – features only the piano of Peter Zak alongside Riley's raspy tenor – ... read moreCD
A fantastic performance from a mystical duo who never cut any work together in the studio – but who are captured here in a rare radio performance in Germany from 1975! The setting is clearly organized by Terry Riley – who begins the album's 32 minute reading of "The Descending ... (Out Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mattias Risberg —
Stamps ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ...
A pretty great little album of solo piano – one that not only has a different vibe, given that Mattias Risberg also uses a moog Taurus – but also because the piano here seems to be both normal and "prepared"! Risberg has a great way of pulling out odd sounds that are still ... read moreCD
Eve Risser, Benjamin Duboc, & Edward Perraud —
En Corps ... CD Dark Tree (France), 2012. Used Gatefold ...
Very heady sounds from this hip French trio – one who go further than even the usual avant piano combo, by using a prepared version of the instrument for part of the set! Eve Risser handles the keys – and the piano is both standard, although played with very unusual inflections, and ... read moreCD
Smooth and funky fusion from Lee Ritenour – top-shelf all the way, and handled with a really soulful groove, thanks to production from the legendary Skip Drinkwater! Lee's all over the top of the guitar in true "Captain Fingers" style, and Skip makes sure he's got plenty going on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterful fusion set from guitarist Lee Ritenour – one that expands his sound a bit more than usual by adding in vocals on a number of tracks – but in a way that really gets at the mainstream soul influences that bubble through his jazz work! The set features key vocal appearances ... read moreCD
A masterful fusion set from guitarist Lee Ritenour – one that expands his sound a bit more than usual by adding in vocals on a number of tracks – but in a way that really gets at the mainstream soul influences that bubble through his jazz work! The set features key vocal appearances ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lee Ritenour —
Rit ... CD Elektra/Discovery (Japan), 1981. Used ...
Few people did soulful fusion better than Lee Ritenour back in the early 80s – and the guitarist always seemed to find a way to really link together all the different sounds of the electric genre – from heavy jamming to soulful grooving to a rock-like appreciation for a good hook! ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
James Rivers —
Ole ... LP JBs Records, Late 70s. Very Good+ ...
One of the greatest modern moments on Blue Note – ever! From the cover, to the compositions, to the playing on the set – the whole album crackles with an unbelievable fire that was hardly ever matched again. A young Sam Rivers leads a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Ron ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Please note: This is a special edition of the album produced by Time Life in Spain. The music is the same, but the cover art is slightly different, with a blue tint over the original image.)
Way more than just another jazz version of songs from a hit musical – as the lineup of "Riverside Jazz Stars" here includes Blue Mitchell and Clark Terry on trumpet, Jimmy Heath on tenor, Bobby Timmons on piano, and Ron Carter on bass! Arrangements are by Jimmy Heath, Ernie Wilkins ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has one slightly bumped corner, but is great overall.)
Smoking work on Hammond from Freddie Roach – a key player in the Blue Note lineup of the 60s, and a strong link between the label's soul jazz and modern sides! The sound here is a really beautiful one – partly in the organ/tenor mode forged by Baby Face Willette and John Patton in ... read moreCD
The drums are certainly unlimited here – and the album's a really unique one, in that it shows Max Roach in 2 different settings – one with a group, and one that's simply solo! One batch of tracks has Max in the company of a tight group of soul jazz players like Freddie Hubbard, Roland ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green label Broadway pressing. Vinyl plays with a short click on the first track.)
The drums are certainly unlimited here – and the album's a really unique one, in that it shows Max Roach in 2 different settings – one with a group, and one that's simply solo! One batch of tracks has Max in the company of a tight group of soul jazz players like Freddie Hubbard, Roland ... read moreCD
A great little album from Max Roach – one that has him finding a whole new voice in jazz! The set was recorded on the heels of Max's time with Clifford Brown – and it's a great little album that has him bouncing back nicely from the loss by moving into a new realm that shows off his ... read moreCD
Incredible material from Max's "plus 4" group that included Ray Draper, George Coleman, Booker Little, and Art Davis! The band at the time was forging a haunting mix of hardbop and lyrical modernism, and was driven by Max's progressive vision and rich talent for selecting just the right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has a light click through "Tune-Up" & "Minor Mode". Cover has a vintage price sticker & some wear.)
A killer batch of hardbop tracks – no-nonsense, straight-ahead, and with all the fire of Roach's work with Clifford Brown! The set was recorded a few years after the untimely death of the Brown/Roach group – and although the album's got "Charlie Parker" in the title, there's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 70s issue of 2 late 50s hard bop sides released by Argo and Cadet. Though the title and packaging might lead you to believe Max and Art are performing side by side, it's really just two albums slapped together, and not necessarily inappropriately, in a gatefold sleeve to sell easily. The first ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's hard to overstate the influence of Max Roach and Clifford Brown on the west coast scene of the 50s – as the two players helped draw out the bop sound of LA that was quickly getting lost in the cool jazz shuffle of the time, and gave it a strength and focus that not only made the group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pale yellow label pressing.)
Max Roach & Clifford Brown —
Daahoud ... LP Mainstream, 1956. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Previously unreleased work from the legendary group of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – recorded back in the 50s, when Mainstream producer Bob Shad was working on the Brown/Roach dates for Mercury – but not issued until this set in the 70s, when Shad had his own label! The music here is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic stuff, and a record that was virtually the blueprint for spiritual soul jazz in the 70s! Although Max Roach first rose to fame during the bop years, by the time of this set he'd really stretched out a lot – moving past initial righteous projects in the Civil Rights era, to even ... read moreCD
Not the Warwick LP of the same name featuring Curtis Fuller & Pepper Adams, but as the back cover says "A special Riverside sampler featuring the work of a dozen top jazz drummers". There's 14 tracks here, all drum solos lifted from various Riverside sessions, by drummers Max Roach, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with mircrophone logo.)
George Robert & Kenny Barron —
Peace ... CD DIW (Japan), 2002. New Copy ...
Spare and beautiful duets between saxophonist George Robert and pianist Kenny Barron – done without any additional instrumentation, and in a way that brings out the most lyrical side of Kenny's playing! Robert plays both alto and soprano saxophone here – often with a focused, well-bitte ... read moreCD
George Robert & Tom Harrell —
Sun Dance ... LP Contemporary, 1988. Near Mint- ...
A wonderful album of Latin grooves from Shorty! The record is one of his best, and features a whopping array of percussionists – including Carlos Vidal, Modesto Duran, and Mike Pacheco all coming into play with Shorty's west coast style of arrangements, tweaked greatly here to pick up an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Living Stereo pressing with deep groove.)
One of Shorty's best albums for RCA, and an album of hard-driving jazz by The Giants that's comparable to some of the great work they did in the soundtrack to Man With The Golden Arm. The group includes Shorty, Bil Holman, Richie Kamuca, Paul Horn, Bud Shank, and the Candoli Brothers – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't think "waltz music", think "modal jazz" – because the version of jazz waltz that Shorty Rogers serves up here is a great precursor to the great grooves to come on the European scene – especially the work from the artists at MPS Records! Tunes all have this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shorty Rogers —
Short Stops ... LP RCA/Bluebird, Mid 50s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...