David Newman's first album as a leader – recorded under the Ray Charles banner, and featuring Ray himself on piano! The set's a really surprising one – as it's much more jazz-based than we'd expect, given the Charles connection – and really steps out with some lively solo work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with the Long Playing Unbreakable logo & deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
One of David Newman's grooviest albums of the 60s – a stripped-down set that features a quartet with Hammond and guitar – all in a vibe that's a bit more relaxed than some of Newman's other sessions for Atlantic! There's a gritty edge to the record – with organ by the obscure ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a tiny cutout hole.)
Brilliant work from Joe Newman – arguably our favorite session of his from the 50s, and a freshly crafted batch of tracks that actually has some nice modern touches! Joe's playing here with 2 different groups – one with John Lewis on piano, Gene Quill on alto, Frank Foster on tenor, ... read moreCD
This might be the first date as a leader we've ever seen from trumpeter Farnell Newton – but it's already one that will have us looking out for more! Newton's got a tight, soulful sound on his horn – deft at times, but often more concerned with a longer, wider flow – which is ... read moreCD
James Newton —
Binu ... LP Circle, 1977. Near Mint- ...
There's a trio of drummers working here – Frank Rosaly, Steven Hess, and Michael Hartman – quite a bit of emphasis on the instrument for a group that's a sextet! Yet that approach is also what really defines the music – as the drums seem to take over at most points – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy percussion galore – and one of the seminal early 70s classics from the Niagara combo of German drummer Klaus Weiss! The sound here is far more percussive than even on the group's more famous album for Liberty – and in addition to Weiss' work on the drum kit, the album also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trio of early 70s LPs from Klaus Weiss & Niagara – in a 3CD set! First up is the 1971 self-titled debut – a pretty astonishing set of heavy, hypnotic drums and percussion. It features just 2 long jams, "Sangandongo" and "Malanga" and it's pretty much an all ... read moreCD
Albert Nicholas & The Traditional Jazz Studio —
Albert's Blues ... LP Supraphon (Czech Republic), 1974. Near Mint- ...
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(Cover has some surface wear and clear tape on all seams.)
Killer piano jazz, and some of the greatest modernist work ever recorded by Blue Note! Herbie Nichols deserves every bit of the rare fame he ever got – and it's only the paucity of his recordings that has kept him from achieving the status of Monk or Cecil Taylor as an avant garde forefather. ... read moreCD
(Out of print, numbered limited edition pressing! Includes original book, box and CD's in their cases! Box has some wear along the spine and the lid has separated from the bottom but otherwise is in good shape.)
A gem of a session from Lennie Niehaus – one of his best 50s albums for Contemporary, and one of his most obscure too! The album features Lennie's alto in the company of a group that includes Bill Perkins on tenor and flute, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet. There's ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest records ever cut under the direction of Leonard Feather – a sweetly grooving little set that's filled with tight changes and lots of soulful riffing! Feather wrote and arranged the date, but the real strength here is the players – Mainstream Records hipsters who ... read moreCD
Janko Nilovic —
Pop Impressions ... LP Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Nothing pop about this groovy little record – save, perhaps, for the fact that it's been sampled by a number of hip hoppers over the years – because the set's one of the greatest ever from the legendary Janko Nilovic – a real masterpiece of complex grooves and offbeat ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost session of spiritual jazz – recorded in LA in the latter half of the 80s, but with a soaring, righteous vibe that's right up there with the 70s scene! The group here is incredible – an all-star array of the best talents working for Nimbus Records – Nate Morgan on piano, ... read moreCD
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
The title might be a little cutesy, but the album's a rock-solid effort from pianist Naoki Nishi – an artist who's maybe not as well-known on these shores as some of his Japanese contemporaries, but who delivers a wonderful performance throughout! The album's a trio date – all acoustic ... read moreCD
The title might be a little cutesy, but the album's a rock-solid effort from pianist Naoki Nishi – an artist who's maybe not as well-known on these shores as some of his Japanese contemporaries, but who delivers a wonderful performance throughout! The album's a trio date – all acoustic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic small group work from tenorist Sal Nistico – and one of the few records that really finds a way to capture his genius! Sal got his start in the Woody Herman band of the 60s – and although a standout there, he really shines even more brightly here in a small group setting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic bit of dubby funk – performed by a trio with some massive Fender Rhodes! The Nonalinians live somewhere in between the 70s work of CTI and Jackie Mitoo – blending funky reggae rhythms with electric jazz riffing, to create a sound that's unlike anything else we've heard ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)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
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 ...
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 moreCD
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
Great lean grooves from vibist Red Norvo – exactly the kind or record that shows why he was such an amazing talent on his instrument in the 50s! The album has Red working without piano or drums – just the guitar of Jimmy Raney and bass of Red Mitchell – both players who are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing with deep groove! Cover has some surface wear and aging.)
A lean, and nicely spare mid 50s set by vibes player Norvo, with bassist Red Mitchell, and Jimmy Raney on guitar. Red's vibes are way up front on most of the tracks, but leave plenty of space for the other players to shine. 8 tracks in all: "Can't We Be Friends", "Blues For ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has half split seams, with yellowed tape on top.)
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
Trumpeter Adam O'Farrill's debut as a leader, and it's a strong one! Adam is the son of Cuban jazz piano great Arturo O'Farrill, but on Stranger Days, he's pretty firmly establishing his own identity in contemporary post-bop – keeping up the family tradition as a top notch player, rather than ... read moreCD
Dick Oatts has a wonderful group here – a well-chosen quintet of musicians who really seem to open up the possibilities in each others' sound, especially when it comes to tone, texture, and color! Oatts is always great – his raspy alto is deft, but always very personal too – and ... read moreCD
Uwe Oberg/Georg Wolf/Jorg Fischer —
Lo ... CD Leo (UK), 1997. Used ...
The great tenorist Ted Brown joins the trio of pianist Hod O'Brien – in a late 80s set that's a wonderful reminder that Brown still had plenty to offer in later years! Ted's tone is almost right up there with his work on the classic Freewheelin album – and the relaxed setting provided ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core —
Neon Truth ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 2002. Used ...
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
(Out of print, includes obi. SHMCD pressing.)
Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae —
Kami Fusen ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1996. New Copy ...
Sometimes it feels like there's no sense of time at all when it comes to free jazz – as a recording like this, made over 20 years ago, can feel as fresh as anything happening at the moment – due to the free-thinking nature of the performance! The group's less familiar than some we've ... read moreCD
Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae —
Kami Fusen ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 1996. New Copy ...
Sometimes it feels like there's no sense of time at all when it comes to free jazz – as a recording like this, made over 20 years ago, can feel as fresh as anything happening at the moment – due to the free-thinking nature of the performance! The group's less familiar than some we've ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut by drummer Grassella Oliphant – a soulful smoker that really shows the hip approach to jazz on Atlantic Records in the 60s! The album's got a tight groove that comes from superb efforts from a great quartet – Oliphant's drums in the lead, plus tenor from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original green and blue label pressing – in a high gloss cover!)
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
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
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
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
A rare 70s gem from modernist reed giant Anthony Ortega – very different than his other sessions as a leader, but with an equally compelling vibe! The style here has Ortega working with a bit of electricity – provided by vibes and guitar, in a way that creates some slightly funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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