It's great to see groovy Jimmy Smith albums coming out on reissue – after years of the US reissue market only focusing on his more straight jazz material! Sessions like this are proof that Jimmy was one of the most fantastic organ players ever – as his work with large arrangements ... read moreCD
Jimmy Smith heard in the kind of setting that spawned him – playing live at Delaware's Club Baby Grand – just the sort of smoky little jazz room that initially fostered his talents! The liveness of the set brings a really nice edge to the album – a sound that's grittier than some ... read moreCD
Jimmy Smith —
Cat ... LP Verve, 1964. Very Good Gatefold ...
A real high point in Jimmy Smith's famous 60s run at Verve Records – a key collaboration with arranger Lalo Schfrin, who brings a great blend of jazz and soundtrack styles to Jimmy's famous groove on the Hammond! Lalo's backings are totally great – with touches of Latin and Brazilian ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure later album by Jimmy Smith – but one that continues the trend of tighter jazz funk that he began in the 70s! The album's a tight studio session with Jimmy on the "Wersi Saturn W3T" organ, plus guitar by Howard Roberts and Dennis Budimir, piano by Ronnie Foster, trumpet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jimmy's most classic albums for Blue Note – and a key example of why his solo skills on the organ surpassed most of his contemporaries! The record's got a stripped-down trio group of Jimmy, guitarist Quentin Warren, and drummer Donald Bailey – working through mostly familiar ... read moreCD
One of Jimmy's most classic albums for Blue Note – and a key example of why his solo skills on the organ surpassed most of his contemporaries! The record's got a stripped-down trio group of Jimmy, guitarist Quentin Warren, and drummer Donald Bailey – working through mostly familiar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd St pressing with deep groove, RVG stamp, and ear, in the cover with yellow text. Cover has aged masking tape on all the seams.)
Smashing early work from Jimmy Smith – a killer set from 1957 that has him going head to head with some of Blue Note's finest players! The album marks one of the first time Jimmy played with such greats – and one of the first time they played with an organist – and the lineup ... read moreCD
A mighty pairing of Jimmy Smith and Oliver Nelson – one that has the heavy Hammond of Smith set up in some sparkling jazz backdrops from Nelson! The sound here has some bluesy undercurrents, as you might guess from the title – but Oliver's charts keep things hip throughout, and ensure ... read moreCD
Classic work from Jimmy Smith – a smokin' quartet session from the early 60's, one that sports a rare appearance by Percy France on tenor on most of the tracks! France has a great raw sound that gives the session a nice little edge – and the rest of the group features Kenny Burrell on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono New York pressing with RVG stamp and "ear". Cover has some wear.)
Jimmy Smith —
Monster ... LP Verve, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Totally cool Jimmy Smith album that has him playing a lot of funky groovy versions of TV and Film themes, like "Goldfinger", "Theme From The Munsters", "Theme From Man With the Golden Arm", and "Theme From Bewitched". Oliver Nelson leads a large band and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strange record, and pretty darn goofy – but proof that the Jimmy Smith/Oliver Nelson team could tackle just about anything and make it come up hard and swinging! The album has Nelson arranging a jazz version of Prokofiev's Peter & The Wolf, with Smith soloing out front on most tracks, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Once an overlooked late Verve album, now a solid classic – and easily one of the funkiest albums ever from organist Jimmy Smith! The groove here is far different than the more familiar Jimmy Smith Verve sessions of the 60s – and the tracks open up in a really extended mode – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing with deep groove. Cover has moderate wear with mostly split seams held with clear tape.)
One of the Jimmy Smith "jam session" Blue Notes, with a large group that includes Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, George Coleman, Tina Brooks, and Art Blakey – nearly all of whom take long solos and dig deep to compete with each other. A hard-wailing, jam session, cutting contest, ... read moreCD
One of the Jimmy Smith "jam session" Blue Notes, with a large group that includes Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, George Coleman, Tina Brooks, and Art Blakey – nearly all of whom take long solos and dig deep to compete with each other. 3 long tracks, "The Sermon", "JOS&quo ... read moreCD
One of our favorite later albums from organist Jimmy Smith – and a set that cooks heavily in a wicked blend of jazz, funk, and soul! The style's a bit like the groove that Johnny Hammond hit during his Gears period – arranged by Eugene McDaniels and Alan Silvestri, with an approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Definitely a Jimmy Smith jam session – as each side of the record features one long track, with Smith on Hammond, plus Clark Terry and Joe Newman on trumpets, Illinois Jacquet and Zoot Sims on tenor, and Kenny Burrell and BB King on guitars! LP, Vinyl record album
One of Johnny Hammond's first albums – and a cooking little live set that really has the organist working with some early raw power! The group's a trio, but they seem to burn differently than some of the other organ combos of the time – maybe with that fluid sensibility that Johnny ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo. Cover has split seams held with clear tape at the ends, some peeled spots from sticker removal on front, and discoloration from age.)
A vibes and organ delight – a rare early set from Johnny Hammond Smith, and a date that features a key appearance from vibist Lem Winchester! Winchester only cut a handful of dates before shuffling off this mortal coil far too soon – and he's a hell of a player, with a richly chromatic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Cover has some aging on the back and a small split on the spine.)
"Cooks" is right – because with Johnny Hammond on organ, and Willis Jackson on tenor, the set's already got some mighty heavy power in the frontline! The sound here is more in that early 60s soul jazz style than the later one – with Johnny's organ open on all stops, flowing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Status pressing. Cover as light wear.)
An overlooked 50s set from guitarist Johnny Smith – one that features a piano added into his trio, hence the "foursome" in the title! The pianist here is Bob Pancoast, who has a fluid, sometimes gentle touch on the keys – one that spins out Smith's guitar a bit more than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear with a taped top seam.)
Sublime guitar work from the great Johnny Smith – a musician who was years ahead of his time, and influenced a generation with his clean, clear tone on the instrument! Smith's in a perfect setting here – a Roost label quartet date that includes Bob Pancost on piano, George Roumanis on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Royal Roost pressing. Cover has a peeled spot in the top left corner.)
A beautiful document of some of the most laidback jazz ever recorded – the sublime 50s recordings of the Johnny Smith quintet, done at a time when the lineup included Stan Getz! The tunes on the set feature Johnny's mellow electric guitar setting the pace, alongside wonderfully-blown early ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great way to dip into the catalog of Lonnie Liston Smith – one of the few 70s jazz talents to equally skirt the world of spiritual jazz and spacey soul, thanks to a righteous talent on both electric and acoustic piano – one that helped Lonnie find his own place in the musical cosmos! ... read moreCD
A real gem from Lonnie Liston Smith's early years in the studio – and a record that's perhaps a bit more "cosmic" than it is "funk" – but that's why we like it so much! The session has Lonnie stretching out a bit more than usual – borrowing some of the ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes —
Expansions ... CD Flying Dutchman/RCA, 1975. Used ...
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes —
Expansions ... LP Flying Dutchman, 1975. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lonnie Liston Smith is really tightening up his groove on this one – bringing a bit more funk into the mix, and creating that amazingly sweet glide in his keyboard sound! The record's still steeped in the righteous influences of years past, but it brings the message out to a bigger audience ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lonnie Smith —
Afro-desia ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Excellent work by Lonnie Smith – a free-flowing album of long jazzy grooves that's kind of an extension of his Blue Note albums, touches with more of the electricity of his 70s playing! There's some killer rhythms on the album – courtesy of drummers Jamey Hudad and Ben Riley, and ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Lonnie Smith —
Drives ... CD Blue Note (UK), 1970. Used ...
A great little set of grooves by organist Lonnie Smith – and one of his best albums ever! The key to Drives is that it finds Lonnie backed by a totally sympathetic group of musicians – including Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Dave Hubbard on tenor, and the great Joe Dukes on drums – ... read moreCD
Lonnie Smith's a long way from his Blue Note years here – but the sound is still plenty darn great, thanks to some fuller arrangements from the great Brad Baker – of B Baker Chocolate Company fame! The whole thing's quite electric – with Lonnie on Fender Rhodes and other ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
One of Lonnie Smith's rarest albums – and one of the most obscure records on the landmark Kudu label! The set is one of Smith's most far-reaching from the 70s – a bit in the mode of his earlier records for Blue Note, but with a slightly sweeter quality that shows the shift to Kudu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily Lonnie Smith's biggest hit for Blue Note – a key record in defining the sound of late 60s soul jazz! Lonnie's working here with an all-star group that includes Melvin Sparks, Lee Morgan, and David Fathead Newman – and the core combo is expanded by some additional Latin ... read moreCD
A killer album of hard instrumental Latin soul tracks – one of the few albums ever done by funky reed player Mauricio Smith! On the set, Smith plays flute, alto, and soprano sax – and the record's filled with short little groovers that have a nice choppy sound, and lots of heavy conga ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)
Wonderful small combo grooving from pianist Paul Smith – an unsung hero of the west coast scene, with a talent that balanced easily between jazz and cocktail – with the best styles of both firmly intact! This album's one of his best – as mellow and drifting as the title might ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Heribert Thusek on tenor and Otto Weiss on piano – plus great drums from Charley Antolini. Titles include "April In Paris", "Cherokee", "Yesterdays", and "One O'Clock Jump". LP, Vinyl record album
Wadada Leo Smith —
Najwa ... CD Tum (Finland), 2017. New Copy ...
Wadada Leo Smith is really on fire here – on a record that feels a lot more like something from the early 80s underground than some of his earlier work – from the lineup of performers, right down to the overall sound of the set! The group's very heavy on guitars – and features ... read moreCD
A righteously powerful piece from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – a tribute to the political power of Rosa Parks, and her lasting legacy in American history – served up as an oratorio of seven songs, performed with a nicely shifting lineup! The album is one of the most ambitious we've ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith never fails to blow us away – and even though he's captured our ear with recent higher-concept projects or other group work, he sounds equally mindblowing here in a completely solo setting! As you'd guess from the title, the set's based around the musical vision of ... read moreCD
Willie "The Lion" Smith & Jo Jones —
Lion & The Tiger ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1972. New Copy 2CD ...
Two older jazz legends recording together – captured late in life, but sounding really wonderful together! The set features no other instrumentation – save for the piano of Willie "The Lion" Smith and the drums of Jo Jones – an amazing combination, and one that shows ... read moreCD
Incredible work from one of our favorite talents ever on the alto sax – a player who was almost to that instrument what Ben Webster was to the tenor! The collection features a number of laidback small group numbers that really show a strong focus on Willie Smith's amazing sound – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A unique "with strings" session from saxophonist Jim Snidero – with Renee Rosnes on piano. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole, disc has a promotional stamp.)
Ronald Snijders —
Safe Return ... LP Ronald Snijders/Everland (Holland), 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
Fantastic funky flute from Ronald Snijders – a European player of the 70s, but one whose work really reminds us a lot of the soulful groove of Bobbi Humphrey at the same time! Like Bobbi, Ronald often has this clear, clean tone on his instrument – as spacious as it is soulful, which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stanislaw Sojka —
Blublula ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy ...
Wicked stuff – and a vocalist we'd love to know more about! Stan's a hip Polish singer with a really wonderful sound – an open-ended 70s approach that draws on influences from Leon Thomas and Mark Murphy, yet which also has a gutsy quality that's all its own – personal and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the most compelling 60s albums by French modernist Martial Solal! The album features one side of organ work – an instrument that Solal rarely recorded on, and which he takes to the same dizzying heights as his piano. The tracks are sort of a nightmarish version of soul jazz – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing, but still darn hard to find!)
Tordenskjolds Soldater —
Peace ... CD Spectator/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1970. New Copy ...
An incredibly soulful set of jazz from the Danish scene at the start of the 70s – and a record that's much more in keeping with the spiritual sounds of the American underground at the time! The set boasts some tremendous tenor work from Jesper Nehammar – a player we don't know at all, ... read moreCD
Great sounds from Andre Solomko – an artist who's been giving us some great 70s-styled music in recent years, and may well have topped himself with this fantastic set! Andre plays alto and soprano sax, in a setting that's got the warm glow of a sweet 70s fusion record – but this time ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that definitely lives up to its promised title – as the whole thing brims over with excellent work from players you might know from other albums on the Posi-Tone label! The group name doesn't get at the heart of the sound, though – as there's a sharp, soulful focus to the ... read moreCD
A really surprising little record – one that features the inventive drums and percussion of the great Gunter Baby Sommer, who we've loved for years – alongside the trumpet and flugelhorn of Till Bronner, who we're normally used to hearing in a completely different context! Make no ... read moreCD
Two funky jazz gems from Japanese reedman Jiro Inagaki and his electric Soul Media group! "Painted Paradise has right drums and a nicely choppy rhythm – arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki, who also plays Fender Rhodes on the tune! "Breeze" is a tune that begins with loads of ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
This funky combo kicks it hard on their second Blue Note album – expanding the group a bit more to include an alto player, which makes for a nice choppy jazz funk sound! The record's got a few appearances by famous guests – including Amel Larrieux, Black Thought, Talib Kweli & Hi ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print. Mark through barcode, disc has a promo stamp.)
New York is what is funky! This is a killer new release by a small organ jazz combo from the Big Apple – and they are definitely worthy members of the city's great end-of-the century funk scene that includes Medeski Martin & Wood, Sugarman Three, and The Other Side! The band have ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
Soulive's funky funky Turn It Out album gets remixed – in a way that pushes that work way past the original! The choice of talents associated with the project is very strong – and the music is stretched to new limits with the addition of hip hop beats, MCs, and some other great ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
Brilliant sounds from reedman Momo Wandel Soumah – a Guinean saxophonist, but one who works here in a richly expansive sound – one that mixes jazz elements with styles from different ethnic groups of Guinean, all for an approach that's pretty darn unique! Soumah's tenor is wonderful ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great proof that Jeri Southern's a hell of a jazz singer in just the right setting – and this album's just the right setting! The set features Jeri live at the Crescendo – working with small group backing at the famous LA nite spot – including piano from Dick Hazard, who also ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Marvelous work from Luciana Souza – a very spare set that has the vocalist just working with Chico Pinheiro on guitar and Scott Colley on bass – which makes for a moody approach that really opens up her voice! Luciana has always been a standout singer, but this time around, we find ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Despite a title that makes the record sound like either a George Clinton or Sun Ra album, the record's a pretty straight batch of jazz tracks, put out by this obscure Chicago area combo that has a nice soulful style. Samuel Thomas plays guitar, and the record's got some very nice bass work by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by Les Spann – an extremely talented jazz player who worked a lot with Dizzy Gillespie in the 50s, and Quincy Jones in the 60s! Les plays both guitar and flute on the set – grooving soulfully in a mode that recalls the stylings of Frank Wess ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing. Cover and label have sticker spots.)
A really beautiful little album – open and free at times, but also relatively rich in sound – almost in the territory of Sonny Rollins at the start of the 60s, but with a slightly more modern approach! This is maybe the first we've ever heard of alto saxophonist Guido Spannocchi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A never-issued album by funky guitar legend Melvin Sparks – recorded right after his final record for the Westbound label, and appearing here for the first time ever! Sparks first rose to fame via funky work with Lonnie Smith and Lou Donaldson in the late 60s, the cut some killer albums of ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest albums ever from early 70s guitar wizard Melvin Sparks – his first for the short-lived Eastbound offshoot of Westbound, and done in a style that's even harder and rawer than his work for Prestige! The sound is lean and often a bit rough around the edges – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1500 – and we're told is nearly sold out at the distributor...get it while it's gettable!)
Wicked work from the legendary Melvin Sparks – 2 of his rare post-Prestige sides for the short-lived Eastbound jazz label! Texas Twister is one of Melvin's funkiest albums ever – done in a style that's even harder and rawer than his work for Prestige! The sound is lean and often a bit ... read moreCD
One of the better early albums by Bradley Parker-Sparrow – Chicago music mainstay not only for his work as a musician, but as a label and studio owner as well. The album captures Sparrow at a nice early stage – a bit less full of himself, rougher and freer, with an edge that's missing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alister Spence & Satoko Fujii —
Intelsat ... CD Alister Spence, 2018. Used ...
Sublime Hammond from the amazing Leon Spencer – heard here at the height of his younger years, when he was cooking up as much magic in the studio as Johnny Hammond or Charles Earland – and really stretching things out, in ways that take the jazz organ format much farther than the giants ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally groovy little record – and one that was most likely never issued to the public at all! The set's a promo 10" LP by singer/pianist Terri Spencer – recorded professionally by Bones Howe in Hollywood – with a very cool group led by saxophonist Bill Hood, with a lineup ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Paste-on sticker has light aging. Back cover has an autograph from Terri! Sleeve has a light split on the top seam.)
A soul fusion set from David Spinozza – a player who managed to cross over nicely, but never without losing the depth in his sound! The set features Spinozza in the lead on guitar, working in a soulful setting that's often laidback – rhythms stepping along gently, allowing for some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky blend of rock, jazz, and soul – played in the free spirit of the early Flying Dutchman label – by a hip group that includes Dennis Budimir, Mike Melvoin, and Tom Scott. The album's got a really nice uptight feel, with a few tracks that have cracking drums and a nice breaking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost chapter in the career of Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – better known for his recent recordings on ECM, and his classic 60s work with Komeda – but sounding surprisingly great here as well! The album's a relatively straight set of tracks that feature Stanko with a quartet – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tomasz Stanko —
Music For K ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Bold genius from Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – a memorial tribute to the recently-departed Krzysztof Komeda – Stanko's musical mentor and frequent partner during the 60s! The work builds strongly on the angular modes explored by Komeda during the Astigmatic years – a stark, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tomasz Stanko —
Twet ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
One of the best records we've ever heard from legendary Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko! Stanko first came to fame working with pianist Krzysztof Komeda during the 1960s – but this set captures Stanko stepping forth after Komeda's death, leading his own group in a spiritual session of freer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jason Stein is one of the few folks who can make a bass clarinet sound like a completely fierce instrument – a horn blown with the kind of frenzy and sonic power that most musicians would bring to a tenor – completely set free here in a fantastic trio with Jason Roebke on bass and Mike ... read moreCD
Jason Stein is one of the few folks who can make a bass clarinet sound like a completely fierce instrument – a horn blown with the kind of frenzy and sonic power that most musicians would bring to a tenor – completely set free here in a fantastic trio with Jason Roebke on bass and Mike ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album