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.)
The Downtown Scene is a plenty groovy one – thanks to heavy percussion from Ninapinta, and some great jazzy backings from Jimmy Wisner! The album's a blend of Latin Soul, Latin jazz, and other mod 60s styles – all wrapped together with Verve-like perfection, with supporting players who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing including the Decca inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a small sticker on back.)
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Walter Norris & Aladar Pege —
Winter Rose ... LP Enja/Inner City, 1980. Very Good+ ...
Fantastic duets between pianist Walter Norriss and Hungarian bassist Aladar Pege! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small rip in one corner, but is nice overall.)
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
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
Seminal sounds from trumpeter Ian Carr and his Nucleus group of the early 70s – maybe one of the few jazz rock groups that was ever able to work with a fair bit of jazz in their sound! Unlike his contemporaries, who often started in rock first, then added some horns – Carr was already ... 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
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & yellow label Verve Inc pressing, with a deep groove. Cover has a split spine held with clear tape, light wear, and some aging.)
Anita sings it swinging and simple – working with a smallish combo to back her up, and vocalizing in a relatively uncluttered style that's in keeping with her best mode at Verve! The tunes are mostly standards, sung in a way that bridges swing and later styles of jazz vocalization – no ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
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
(Unusual Japanese gatefold pressing! Cover includes a lyric insert.)
A great singer and a great trio – a unique Verve outing that has vocalist Anita O'Day joining forces with the Three Sounds combo of pianist Gene Harris! The Three Sounds were always happy to serve as a rhythm combo on dates like this – and they really bring a lot of their own flavor to ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
OGJB Quartet (Oliver Lake/Graham Haynes/Joe Fonda/Barry Altschul) —
Bamako ... CD Tum (Finland), 2019. New Copy ...
A quartet with a name that you might not have heard before, but which stands for the first initials of the four great members of the group – Oliver Lake on alto and soprano sax, Graham Haynes on cornet, Joe Fonda on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums, percussion, and mbira! There's a long-burn ... read moreCD
A brilliant album from Japanese alto saxophonist Akira Ohmori – one that definitely lives up to the "wood" spirit promised in the title, thanks to an earthy feel from the rhythm section, which also includes some overlooked work by Ray Bryant on piano! Bryant really helps ground the ... read moreCD
(Out of print original Japanese CD pressing.)
OKB Trio (Oscar Perez/Kuriko Tsugawa/Brian Woodruff) —
Ing ... CD Queens Jazz Over Ground, 2018. Used ...
There's no end to our love affair with this great group – one of the most rock-solid lineups of the past decade or so, thanks to tight work from some players who clearly love working with each other! The mighty Eric Alexander is in the frontline on tenor sax – as are Jim Rotondi on ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
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 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 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 really cool project from drummer Leonard King – a reformed version of his Oopada combo from Detroit – expanded here with a bit of horns, which gives the group a nicely righteous vibe! The use of organ is still at the core of the group – but the lineup also features trumpet from ... read moreCD
Wicked funky fusion from Opa – with loads of great electric moments! Although originally from Uruguay, Opa are best known for their Brazilian-tinged albums on Fantasy during the mid 70s, but this album presents the group in the years before that time – working in a style that's rougher ... read moreCD
A powerful little trio – and one of the boldest setting that reedman Dave Liebman recorded in during the 70s! The Open Sky combo features Dave on a range of reeds – tenor, soprano, and alto flute – plus a bit of acoustic piano and percussion too – often working with these ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Orange Lake Drive —
Cat ... LP Urban, 1984. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
One of the classic indie sets from this underground Detroit group – with Steven Schuetz on keyboards, David Reinstein on woodwinds, David Mason on guitars, Kenny Burch on bass, and Johnny Borders on percussion. Nina Kahle adds in vocals to a few tracks – which creates a strong ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Friends ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ...
Oregon open the door for a few friends to appear on the album – and in doing so, they also open themselves up as well – in a shifting set of tracks that sometimes features different groupings of the core musicians! The guests here are Bennie Wallace on tenor, Larry Karush on piano, and ... read moreCD
The fantastic first outing of Oregon as a quartet – recorded right after the group's initial work with the Paul Winter Consort – but not released until a decade after the material was first put down to tape! Oregon had already reached greater fame by the time of the record's issue in ... read moreCD
Violin ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ...
The title's a reference to the special presence of Polish violinist Zbigniew Siefert, who joins Oregon for the set – and it's also the name of the side-long track on the first half of the record – a surprisingly beautiful long improvisation by the entire group! Given the way that ... read moreCD
Oregon with Elvin Jones —
Together ... CD Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1976. New Copy ...
Drummer Elvin Jones joins the groundbreaking Oregon trio – and rather than making the set a record that's dominated by the star, Elvin nicely finds the right sort of way to really mix his talents with the group! Jones in the 70s could be pretty dynamic as a leader – but here, he's ... read moreCD
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
The rarest of Anthony Ortega's albums for the Revelation label – and one of the freest as well! The album has Ortega on alto, working in a loose trio format with Bill Goodwin on drums, and either Chuck Domanico or Bobby West on drums – relatively free, but not fiercely so – in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet bossa combo from 60s Brazil – a jazzy little group that features some very early work on piano and arrangements from Francis Hime – whose sense of tone and color is already shining through, even at a relatively young age! Hime plays piano, and Nelson Motta plays guitar – ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A wonderfully collaborative session from saxophonist Charles Owens – who leaves equal space here in the spotlight for tenorist Joel Frahm – as both of them work together with just piano and bass, on these long tracks that really has us opening up to their talents even more than before! ... read moreCD
Key proof that great songs never get old – and maybe even more, that the political messages of yesterday still have plenty of power today! Drummer Ulysses Owens mines the righteous territory of the 60s and 70s here – bringing together songs originally performed by Nina Simone, Abbey ... read moreCD
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for ... read moreCD
Sure, the album's got a hokey title – but it's a wonderful little session that ranks as one of the most striking in the Mode Records catalog! The lineup is a very unusual one – with Stu Williamson and Bob Enevoldsen on valve trombone, paired with Jack Sheldon and Don Fagerquist on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Mode pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has some marks that click. Cover has some gloss peel at the opening, small split at the bottom of the spine, and light stains on back.)
A fantastic Art Pepper album – from his best period! The album's one of those smaller-label, mid 50s gems that Art cut in LA during some of his "troubled years" – all sessions that are great musically, but which are often overshadowed by some of Pepper's more famous work for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Jason Palmer has given us some great creative projects in recent years – but this time around, he's in a wonderfully back-to-basics mode – working with an excellent combo in a small club in Boston – on long tracks that really stretch out and let us hear his imaginative ... read moreCD
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
One of the only albums of jazz we've seen from the Korean scene of the 70s – and a really special little record that aims to echo some of the most spiritual modes from the US scene of the time! The record's the brainchild of arranger Lee Pan Guen – who doesn't play on the record, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really amazing relic from the Saravah Records label – home to the famous collaboration between Brigitte Fontaine and The Art Ensemble Of Chicago – and also this lesser-known AEOC single with singer Alfred Panou! The style here is much more rootsy thanh the work with Fontaine – ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Papa Bue's Viking Jazzband —
In The Mood ... CD Timeless (Netherlands), 1988. Used ...