A great album from McCoy Tyner – a set that's steeped in the modal soulfulness of his years with John Coltrane, but also handled in a way that really has him breaking away from the pack a bit! Half the album's played with a trio that features Jimmy Garrison on bass – but the strongest ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Punch through barcode.)
McCoy Tyner —
Together ... LP Milestone, 1979. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A nice 70s trio side with Tyner's lyrical, spiraling piano lines nicely underpinned by Elvin Jones' polyrhythms and Ron Carter's supple bass. Three Tyner originals: "Celestial Chant", "Elvin (Sir) Jones" and "Land Of The Lonely", plus Trane's "Impressions", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An uptown sound, recorded downtown at the Blue Note – a bold large ensemble outing from McCoy Tyner, and one that reminds us of that great group he was getting in the 70s! The players here are all super-hip – showing that key Tyner ear for picking sidemen – and the lineup ... read moreCD
The leaders are sporting some serious 80s fashions on the cover – but the record's got a really solid sort of sound – and an approach that strongly shows the growth in both players since their earlier years at Blue Note! Tyner's a musician who really took off in strides during the 70s ... read moreCD
(Out of print SHMCD pressing, includes obi.)
McCoy Tyner (with Phyllis Hyman) —
Looking Out ... LP Columbia, 1982. Very Good+ ...
An 80s album by McCoy Tyner, but easily one of his most soulful sessions ever – thanks to help from Phyllis Hyman and a host of great guest stars! The sound's a bit more tightly arranged than some of Tyner's 70s sessions, but there's still plenty of fire here too – a bit of a Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strong overview of recent sounds from U-Nam – one of the few contemporary guitarists to inherit the best 70s styles of artists like George Benson or David T Walker – and a set that also features a few new titles too! Like both of those jazz giants, U-Nam has a way of playing with a ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A sweet set of Japanese jazz from the 70s – straight ahead, but with some great fusion undercurrents too – thanks to keyboards from Mikio Masuda, which electrify most of the tracks nicely! Takao Uematsu plays tenor throughout, and the group also features some great trumpet from Hitoshi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – part of the Deep Jazz Reality series!)
A major label set, but one that stays very true to the new ideals that James Blood Ulmer was trying to bring to jazz guitar at the time – a really revolutionary style that moves beyond simple genre conventions, and embraces a whole world of new ideas that would inspire others in the decade to ... read moreCD
Tetsuya Umeda —
Ocket ... CD Improvised Music From Japan (Japan), 2006. Used Gatefold ...
Unbroken (Louie Belogenis, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz —
Unbroken ... CD Tick Tock, 2005. Used ...
A pair of live recordings from the vaults of the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation – two excellent jazz performances from the 70s! Unisono is a wonderful group that mixes the piano and Fender Rhodes of funk legend Olli Ahvenlahti with these soulful, angular reed lines from Paroni Paakkunainen ... read moreCD
United States In Europe Air Force Band —
Invincible Eagle ... LP US Air Force, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Hard to believe that the Air Force was once in the record business – but check this one out as proof! The versatile ensemble was made up of airmen stationed in Europe at the time (hence the name!) – and they played a range of material from big band standards to jazzy readings of pop ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Unity through diversity from (U)nity! At the core, players Michael Valeanu, Axel Tosca, Chris Smith, Max Cudworth and Amaury Acosta bring a strong backdrop of Afro-Cuban inspired percussion, exciting early fusion-flavored electric guitar, sax and spacey keys, and with a huge group of contributors ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful albums ever recorded for the Kudu label – and one of the few full LP releases to feature vocal work by Chicago soul singer Tennyson Stephens! Tennyson's working here with Phil Upchurch, the legendary Chicago guitar player whose talents graced countless soul, jazz, and ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Italian alto player Urbani is in some tremendous company here – working with a quartet that features Ron Burton on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums! The group's got a soulful swing that really brings out the best in Urbani's tone – allowing him to be free, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful live set from Michal Urbaniak's legendary Constellation group – one of the most important fusion combos in the Eastern European scene of the 70s, and a groundbreaking ensemble that also featured his wife Urszula Dudziak on vocals! There's an approach here that's a bit freer than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really cool record that's a lot hipper than its title! Forget any prejudices you might have about "Over the Rainbow" and its connotations – because Aura's a pretty great singer with a hip European approach, one that recalls mid 70s records by singers like Karin Krog or Alice Babs ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Deeply soulful Latin piano tracks – featuring Bebo at the helm of a group that includes Cachao on bass, Patato Valdes on conga and percussion, and Paquito D'Rivera guesting on sax on a few cuts. Bebo's piano is in the lead on most of the record – and titles include "Son De La ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print original CD pressing. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Art Van Damme —
Ecstasy ... LP Saba (Germany), 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
One of the coolest albums from this jazzy accordion maestro – an early MPS set that features Heribert Thusek on vibes, Peter Witte on bass, Charly Antolini on drums, and Freddy Rundquist on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent 2LP set – one that brings together 2 of Art Van Damme's albums for MPS during the 60s! Both of the records are great, and feature an updating of Art's sweet accordion jazz style – one that has him working with vibes, guitar, bass, and drums – in an "old is new ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fierce funky instrumentals from Motown keyboardist Earl Van Dyke – a set that's overflowing with great original tracks, plus some sweet funky covers too! The style here is quite different than Earl's previous work – and quite different from most of Motown too – with a hard-edged ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really nice mix of modes from keyboardist Jasper Van'T Hof – as some cuts feature the heavy electric modes we know from his MPS recordings of the 70s – but others feature a much more personal approach on acoustic piano! As with other records from the time, Jasper plays a range of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing from 1980.)
Ken Vandermark & Michael Snow —
Duol ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2015. New Copy Gatefold ...
The album's titled after the 1960 Michael Snow painting that graces the cover – but it features recently-recorded music that remind us that Snow's still a hell of an improviser too! Snow's is maybe best known to most for his important experimental film work of the 60s and 70s – but as ... read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever by Sarah Vaughan – and a really jazz-based session that's totally hip! Sarah's working here live at the legendary London House nightclub in Chicago – singing with a small combo that includes Ronnell Bright on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Roy Haynes ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo black label deep groove pressing. Cover has some wear.)
A pretty obscure Sarah Vaughn album – and a nice one! The album's got Sarah singing with arrangements by Hal Mooney, who'd done work for her before in a more standard way, and who here is opening up a bit, at times almost hitting a groovy late 60s mode. Players in the group include Bob ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label mono pressing with deep groove. Covver has some stickers. Label has some marker.)
A pretty obscure Sarah Vaughn album – and a nice one! The album's got Sarah singing with arrangements by Hal Mooney, who'd done work for her before in a more standard way, and who here is opening up a bit, at times almost hitting a groovy late 60s mode. Players in the group include Bob ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi, which has a cutout mark.)
A 70s set from Sarah Vaughan, but one that's recorded in a classic small combo mode – acoustic overall, and a bit of a change from her other sessions for Mainstream Records! The date's a live one, and the tracks are taken at a looser level than some of Vaughan's studio work – a bit ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
Sarah grooves up her bag a bit here – working through some great 60s pop tunes, set to arrangements by Luchi De Jesus that have a nice little swing! The jazz component of the set is a bit muted, but Sarah's voice still sounds great – and the best tunes on the album have a groovy 60s ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing on Circulo, with translated titles.)
The title's a bit of a joke – because the record features a batch sidemen from the Count Basie band – Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Freddy Green, Billy Mitchell, Frank Foster, and others – all working with Sarah, but the Count's name is missing, due to contractual obligations! Despite ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear.)
The title's no lie – as Sarah Vaughan sings here in some very soulful company – thanks to arrangements from Gerald Wilson, which make this record one of the standout from her years on Roulette Records! The other players aren't listed, but they're clearly the kind of top-shelf bunch ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
The title's no lie – as Sarah Vaughan sings here in some very soulful company – thanks to arrangements from Gerald Wilson, which make this record one of the standout from her years on Roulette Records! The other players aren't listed, but they're clearly the kind of top-shelf bunch ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a small split on the top seam, and light wear.)
A jazz vocal masterpiece from Sarah Vaughn – one of her greatest albums ever, and a record that raised the bar for countless vocal sessions in years to come! Sarah's working here in an intimate group arranged by Ernie Wilkins, and featuring some sublime solo work from Clifford Brown, Paul ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Emarcy pressing with drummer logo & deep groove. Cover has a split bottom seam & some aging.)
A fantastic 70s album from the great Sarah Vaughan – maybe one of her best small combo sessions of the decade – and a set that also makes room for some great instrumental contributions too! As you'd guess from the title, the group features the great Jimmy Rowles on piano – having ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Very nice jazz-oriented material that has Sarah working with Jimmy Jones, one of her best accompanists, or John Malachi, who was in Billy Eckstine's band at the same time Sarah was with the group. All the tracks have nice small combo instrumentation – and Sarah keeps things nice and warm ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Very nice jazz-oriented material that has Sarah working with Jimmy Jones, one of her best accompanists, or John Malachi, who was in Billy Eckstine's band at the same time Sarah was with the group. All the tracks have nice small combo instrumentation – and Sarah keeps things nice and warm ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Sarah Vaughan's first albums of Latin-tinged tracks – showing the roots of her interest in Brazilian music that would develop even more fully into the 70s. The record features a large group arranged and conducted by Frank Foster – with a host of jazz soloists, plus Latin ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover & label have a drillhole.)
A great album that pairs these two great singers together for some of Berlin's popular tunes. They're accompanied by a full orchestra and the singers compliment each other nicely especially where Vaughan can match Eckstine's low tones. The tracks include "Isn't This A Lovely Day", "Al ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
From bop to swing – and everything in between! This album's a classic performance by Charlie Ventura – recorded in Pasadena in 1949, with his septet that included Benny Green on trombone, Boots Mussuli on alto, Conte Candoli on trumpet and vocalese bits by Jackie & Roy! Ventura ... read moreCD
From bop to swing – and everything in between! The album's a classic performance by Charlie Ventura – recorded in Pasadena in 1949, with his septet that included Benny Green on trombone, Boots Mussuli on alto, and vocalese bits by Jackie & Roy! Ventura was a key link in two jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original heavy black label pressing.)
Venture (Mark Sherman/Mike Clark) —
Life Cycle ... CD Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
A tight quartet with a great combination of elements – the vibes and piano of Mark Sherman and the tenor of Chase Baird – two instrumental forces that have a great way of dancing around each other! Drummer Mike Clark provides lots of rhythms for the proceedings, augmented by the rich ... read moreCD
A beautiful live performance – recorded in Italy, but by a group of musicians who record for Japan's Venus Records label – easily one of the classiest jazz imprints of the past decade or two! And as a further twist, a number of the artists here are American – which makes the ... read moreCD
Easily one of the best records cut by Tommy Vig – a hip west coast bandleader who flourished at the end of the 60s and early 70s! The album has Vig working in a style that's almost like that of some of the MPS albums of the time – big band, but with a bit of electricity at the bottom ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some seam splitting.)
One of the greatest moments ever from bassist Miroslav Vitous – a very cool album recorded for the trippy Vortex label! The lineup here has Miroslav working with key help from the American underground – piano from Herbie Hancock, tenor from Joe Henderson, and drums from Jack DeJohnette ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from a tenor sax player who's certainly not a household name – but who was a heck of a player in the postwar scene in Holland! Toon Van Vliet plays tenor sax with a tone that's really great – a bit flat, and a bit raspy, almost like some American soul jazz players of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing!)
VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al) —
Five Stars ... CD Sony/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy ...
A killer album by this legendary jazz supergroup – a Japanese-only set that we'd rank right up there with some of Herbie Hancock's Japanese albums from the same time! The group features Herbie on piano, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams ... read moreCD
Originally a Japanese-only session – and one of the best records ever by the great 70's group that featured Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter. As with most of the group's Japanese recordings, this one is far better than the ones that got released ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape – and with obi!)
VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al) —
Quintet ... LP Columbia, 1977. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A classic album of soulful hardbop from the mid 70s – one that features the classic VSOP group with Herbie Hancock on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – all nicely returned to the acoustic splendor of their early ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Larry Vuckovich with Bobby Hutcherson —
Blue Balkan ... LP Inner City, 1980. Near Mint- ...
With some great vibes and marimba from Bobby Hutcherson! LP, Vinyl record album
Michel Waisvisz —
Crackles ... LP Claxon/FMP (Germany), 1978. Near Mint- ...
Weird album of electronics, released in conjunction with FMP, and played by Michel Waisvisz on a "crackle synthesizer" – whatever that is! The sound is nice and raw, with a good harsh electronic sound that seems to hint at later developments in industrial music. Titles include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rarest Mal Waldron albums of the 60s – and one of the best, as well – an obscure trio date recorded in Italy, filled with original compositions, and a great link between Mal's hardbop work of the 50s and his freer sounds to come! There's a nice sense of darkness throughout ... read moreCD
Sublime grooves from studio guitar genius David T Walker – an album that's a perfect summation of the laidback, yet all-there sound he crafted for so many other artists over the years – finally cast out in the lead, and set up in a sweet set of larger soul instrumental backings! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cutout hole, and a name in marker. Labels have a name in marker.)
An early set as a leader from tenorist Bennie Wallace – and one of his most heartfelt albums ever! Wallace has a tone that hearkens back to the warm raspiness of the Ben Webster/Lester Young generation – yet he also blows with a freer, more open quality that's quite contemporary too ... read moreCD
(Part of the Enja Jazz Master Works series!)
Bennie Wallace with Chick Corea —
Mystic Bridge ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1982. New Copy ...
Tenorist Bennie Wallace has a rock-solid group here – a quartet that features pianist Chick Corea hitting some of his more hard-edged acoustic modes – alongside the excellent bassist Eddie Gomez and Charles Mingus' drummer Dannie Richmond! The lineup is almost unusual, but works ... read moreCD