One of a rare few albums done by pianist Cecil Taylor for the Blue Note label in the 60s – some of the most outside work recorded for the imprint at the time! The word "structures" here is perhaps a bit misplaced – as the work has a strong sense of freedom with the soloists ... read moreCD
Original pressing of Cecil's classic Spring Of Two Blue J's, recorded here with a group that includes Jimmy Lyons, Sirone, and Andrew Cyrille. The piece is spread across the whole record, with Cecil playing solo on side one, and the band joining in on side two. The work starts out very spare, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Remarkable work by Cecil Taylor for Unit Core, one of his landmark early 70s sides, recorded here with a group that includes Jimmy Lyons, Sirone, and Andrew Cyrille. The piece is spread across the whole record, with Cecil playing solo on side one, and the band joining in on side two. The work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(This is the version of the album that was issued in a plain white sleeve.)
A vintage set from the great Ebo Talyor – an artist who's been recording new music in recent years, but who sounds even better here on one of his classics! Ebo's got a fair bit of jazz mixed in with his sound – a layering of flute, trombone, tenor, guitar, and keyboard parts with a ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest piano trio sessions ever on MPS – a bold little set that features the British pianist John Taylor in a trio with Tony Levin on drums and Chris Lawrence on bass! Taylor's got a style that's quite unique – with bits of early Chick Corea-esque lyricism, and touches of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tenderlonious featuring the 22 Archestra —
Shakedown ... LP 22A (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
We kinda want to hate the guy for such a hokey name like Tenderlonious – but this album's a surprisingly great little gem, and one that mixes lots of openly-blown work on flute with some sweet keyboards and other jazzy rhythms! The approach is maybe a bit like the Jason Lindh or Chris Hinze ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic shift in style from the great Jimi Tenor – a man who's given us everything from cosmic soul to deep funk to spiritual jazz over the years – and who now seems to be inventing his own new genre of music! There's definitely some Afro Funk elements in the sound, but the group's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tenorio Jr —
Embalo ... CD RGE/Mr Bongo (UK), 1964. New Copy ...
A set that's maybe one of the greatest bossa jazz albums of all time – and a fantastic homegrown Brazilian effort that's quite different from the more commercial American bossa albums of the 60s! Tenorio Jr isn't just a hell of a pianist, he's a great writer and arranger too – one who's ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Classic 50s Latin from the Pete Terrace Quintet – working here with Joe Loco arrangements of "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White", "April In Paris", "Pete Mambos On The Terrace", and "Loco Chris". (Latin, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red vinyl pressing with maroon label and deep groove. Cover has light wear and some aging.)
A stunner – and one of Clark Terry's finest moments ever! The record has a rawness and groove that you'd hardly expect from his later albums – no surprise, though, considering that it was cut during that really hip time at Emarcy, when the label was working in a mode that was darker ... read moreCD
(Out of print 1997 Polygram pressing in a beautiful fold-out package.)
An excellent little album that's also one of Clark Terry's hippest! The set was recorded as part of the monumental Candid catalog in the early 60s – and it's got an edgey quality that we don't normally hear in Terry's work. At some level, he's working in a mode picked up from his time with ... read moreCD
With Clark Terry on trumpet, and a bit of vocals on one cut – plus Eddie Cleanhead Vinson on alto, Art Hillery on piano, John Heard on bass, Roy McCurdy on drums, and Harmonica George Smith on harmonica. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing.)
Clark Terry & Chico O'Farrill —
Spanish Rice ... LP Impulse, 1966. Very Good Gatefold ...
Sweet Latin licks from Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill – cut in a mode that's very similar to O'Farrill's best Verve work of the 60s! The vibe is kind of a mod take on Afro Cuban sounds – not really Latin soul, but with a playful vibe that mixes together jazz and Latin with equal parts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has wear a center split and flaking spine.)
Clark Terry & Max Roach —
Friendship ... CD Eighty Eights/Columbia, 2002. Used ...
One of the most exciting records we've heard from either player in years – a really magic session that captures all the raw energy of their best recordings of the 50s! Roach is a real demon on the drums – both tightly swinging, but also showing aspects of his years in the left end of ... read moreCD
An interesting tribute to the passing of pianist Eddie Costa – mostly because the overall feel is much more in a soulful hardbop mode, quite different than the modern and chamber sides that Costa cut during the 50s! Side one features work by the Clark Terry quartet – with Terry on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing in the textured cover.)
A strange little album that combines tracks from 2 different earlier Riverside LPs – Serenade To A Bus Set by Clark Terry, and another session that features Kenny Dorham and Ernie Henry, possibly issued under Henry's name as Seven Standards & A Blues. The Terry set features Johnny ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Small orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has reinforced tape on the seams and spine, with a section next to the tracklist cut out from the surface on back.)
Tethered Moon (Kikuchi/Peacock/Motian) —
Play Kurt Weill ... CD Winter & Winter (Germany), 1994. Used ...
One of the greatest jazz albums ever recorded by the legendary Toots Thielemans – a small combo session that stands in great contrast to much of the bigger studio work he was doing in the 70s! Despite the title, the record's a studio one and not a concert – but it's got a relaxed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the strongest jazz albums we've ever heard from Toots Thielemans – and one of the straightest, too! The session has a no-gimmicks, straight-ahead approach that features Toots grooving on guitar and harmonica in small combo format – working with the Ray Bryant trio, and coming up ... read moreCD
One of the strongest jazz albums we've ever heard from Toots Thielemans – and one of the straightest, too! The session has a no-gimmicks, straight-ahead approach that features Toots grooving on guitar and harmonica in small combo format – working with the Ray Bryant trio, and coming up ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Toots Thielemans —
Sound ... LP Columbia, 1955. Very Good ...
The cover bills Toots as "The Amazing" – and it's certainly got that right – as few other players could ever match his amazing tone and phrasing on the harmonica! Back at the time of this mid 50s Columbia release, most American use of the instrument was either novelty-based ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some gloss peeling at the opening and a vintage price sticker on back.)
Toots Thielemans —
Toots ... LP Command, Late 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Groovy Toots – just the way we like him, with a bit of jazz, a bit of easy, and some cool 60s approaches to his sound! The album has Toots on both harmonica and guitar – working in a stripped-down small combo setting that has some really surprising elements, like piano and organ by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thing (Gustafsson/Flaten/Nilssen-Love) —
Again ... LP Thing (Sweden), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ...
It's hard to imagine using the word "again" when referring to an album by The Thing – as the group always seem to be ever-changing, ever-evolving – so restlessly creative in spirit, we can hardly imagine them doing the same thing ever again! This brilliant set – despite ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Third Coast Ensemble (Rob Mazurek) —
Wrecks ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2018. New Copy ...
An incredible feather in the already-large hat of Rob Mazurek – work that more than lives up to some of his boldest visions on previous recordings, but does so in a completely new direction! The album features a set of larger-form compositions all put together by Rob – in ways that ... read moreCD
One of the strangest covers we've seen in years – and a perfect fit for this obscure session of unusual grooves! Drummer Bubbha Thomas is working here in a mode that's kind of an electrified 70s take on the Texas showband style of earlier years – a mode that has the core funky combo ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
One of the strangest covers we've seen in years – and a perfect fit for this obscure session of unusual grooves! Drummer Bubbha Thomas is working here in a mode that's kind of an electrified 70s take on the Texas showband style of earlier years – a mode that has the core funky combo ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Thomas is definitely cooking on this one – hitting some great notes on funky flute that really recall the glory of his Ebony Godfather album! The style here is a bit fuller than before – with large arrangements from Horace Ott, plus a few smaller group settings with Jimmy Ponder on ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Joe Thomas —
Masada ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
The cover's a bit righteous, but the grooves are wonderfully smooth – that shift towards warmer, club-based styles that Joe Thomas took in the 70s – an approach that comes off surprisingly well! Brad Baker's handling most of the arrangements here – with a fusion of jazz, funk, ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
A tasty compilation of Leon Thomas' work for the Flying Dutchman label – work that's clearly his best over the years, and which retains the original style of spiritual soul jazz that he pioneered with Pharoah Sanders. The groove here runs from open-ended soul jazz to some tighter numbers ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a few small spots of residue on the front.)
A very nice live set by Leon – recorded with a great electric group that has Neal Creque on piano, Cornell Dupree on guitar, Oliver Nelson on alto, and added percussion by Sonny Morgan. The vibe is nice and free, and the tracks have a very spiritual sound, in the manner of the work that ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful live performance by vocalist Leon Thomas – and a set that seems to link together both his own excellent solo material of the time, and his key Impulse recordings with Pharoah Sanders! The group here is a small one – with the wonderful Oliver Nelson on alto sax, showing off ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No standards here, as the tracks are all originals – written by reedman Ralph Thomas and the rest of his group – to create the sort of unique little record that really keeps us digging for rare jazz over the years! Thomas grew up in Chicago, where he soaked up the soulful sounds of ... read moreCD
Great work from guitarist Rene Thomas – the Belgian-born player who was such a big part of the Paris scene in the 50s! Rene's got a clean, lean line that's totally great – a sound that's sometimes sharp-edged, in the manner of Jimmy Raney on some of his earthiest American recordings, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese 12" pressing of an original Vogue 10" LP. Includes obi!)
Goodbye Yesterday, hello 70s – as Lucky Thompson plays wonderfully here in a mode that's quite different than his early years – working in a cool group that includes Cedar Walton on electric piano and celeste, Larry Ridley on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums! While most cuts are ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Lucky Thompson —
I Offer You ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
An excellent album of mellow soulful tracks by Lucky Thompson – with a sweet 70s groove that's quite different from most of his other recordings! The album's got a cool mellow feel – with Lucky veering much more towards a CTI-ish electric mode than the style he used on most of his ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
An excellent album of mellow soulful tracks by Lucky Thompson – with a sweet 70s groove that's quite different from most of his other recordings! The album's got a cool mellow feel – with Lucky veering much more towards a CTI-ish electric mode than the style he used on most of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent 50s work from Thompson – recorded during a very productive stretch in the mid 50s, with Parisian players like Henri Renaud, Martial Solal, and Guy Lafitte, as well as American trumpter Emmett Berry. The material was originally issued by Columbia Records and Ducret Thompson in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic 10" album that documents the great talents of Claude Thornhill – presented here in a batch of tracks arranged by Gerry Mulligan and Ralph Aldridge, often in a mix of bop, swing, and larger orchestrations! Soloist here include Gene Quill, Dick Sherman, and Aldridge himself ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and tape along splitting seams.)
Compelling compositions from the great Henry Threadgill – recorded here with a really like-minded batch of players who perfectly help him realize his musical vision! There's a nicely snakey feel to some of the tunes here – almost a journey in jazz expression from the left side of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three (Joe Sample, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne) —
Three ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Quite possibly one of the most successful Japanese piano trio recordings of the 70s – a super-session performed by a group that includes Joe Sample on acoustic piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums! Given that Sample's best known during the era for his electric keys with the ... read moreCD
Features work from Alaeddin Adlernest on bassoon, Paul Fickl on piano and electric piano, Fritz Novotny on xylophone and soprano sax, Walter Schiefer on drums and percussion, and Muhammad Malli on alto and soprano sax. LP, Vinyl record album
The second album that The Three Sounds recorded with backings by arranger Julian Lee – kind of a precursor to work they'd later do at Blue Note with Oliver Nelson and Monk Higgins. As those records have shown, the augmentation of the group with added orchestrations is always a good idea ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove in the extravagant gatefold cover.)
The bottom is certainly "up" on this one – as the Three Sounds groove things from the ground up, taking soul jazz piano to the next level with an approach that quickly made them one of the most popular Blue Note acts of the early 60s! Gene Harris leads the group on piano – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant pairing of the Three Sounds trio with the larger arrangements of reedman Oliver Nelson – easily one of the most soulful bandleaders of the 60s, and a talent who really helps open up the trio's groove! The piano of Gene Harris is nice and sharp – played with a soulful sock ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some surface wear.)
Good deal indeed – always soulful sounds from Gene Harris and his early incarnation of The Three Sounds – served up with a tightness that few other trios could match at the time! Harris is very strongly in the lead on the keys – hitting hard enough on the left hand that he hardly ... read moreCD
The Three Sounds pull away from the curb in a sweet sports car – a great cover image that really sets the tone for the entire record! The album's the epitome of early 60s class and cool that the group had to offer – as they effortlessly mix soulful groovers with mellower, more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from the Three Sounds – a tight little combo who weren't out to break any rules in jazz, but who made some excellent albums for Blue Note in the early 60s! The groove here is hard-edge soul jazz piano at its best – similar to early Les McCann work of the same vintage, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert! Back cover has light aging, but this is a nice cop overall.)
Three Sounds —
Moods ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ...
"Moods" is right – as the album's got a wonderfully dark undercurrent, one that makes it one of the most captivating early Three Sounds albums for Blue Note! Pianist Gene Harris leads a trio that includes Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums – and even though the ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – The 80 Works" series! Ultimate HQ CD pressing.)
Three Sounds —
Moods ... LP Blue Note, 1960. Very Good ...
"Moods" is right – as the album's got a wonderfully dark undercurrent, one that makes it one of the most captivating early Three Sounds albums for Blue Note! Pianist Gene Harris leads a trio that includes Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums – and even though the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing with RVG stamp. Cover has some wear with marker on the back and some tape in the top left corner.)
The mighty Monk Higgins works some amazing magic here with the Three Sounds – taking them way past their standard trio modes of the 60s, into some really funky territory overall! The set's a definite symphony of soul – not just because the first side features a super-extended, suite-lik ... read moreCD
An obscure one for the Three Sounds – and not a bad little record at all! The title sets up the formula easily – Broadway tunes, given a touch of jazz – and since the Sounds are in place, the jazzy touches are nice and soulful, and open up tunes from Oliver, Camelot, No Strings, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and splitting.)
A pivotal album from the Three Sounds – one that has the group moving past the straighter trio format of their initial Blue Note sides, really hinting at the funkier sounds to come on their classic albums of the late 60s! Gene Harris is definitely taking a page from the Ramsey Lewis bag at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Bernard Purdie on drums and Houston Person on tenor. CD
(Out of print. Punch through barcode.)
Percy Thrills Thrillington (Paul McCartney) —
Thrillington ... LP Regal Zonophone (UK), 1971. Very Good ...
One of the strangest records in the solo career of Paul McCartney – an all-instrumental reworking of his album Ram – issued here under the name of the mysterious Percy Thrillington! The album circulated very poorly at the time, but is a real tribute to the growing genius of McCartney ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Capitol. Cover has a cutout hole.)
The best album so far from Throttle Elevator music – thanks to some fantastic saxophone from Kamasai Washington! The group was always pretty good before – but this time around, they really rise above their past – and also have Washington handling all the arrangements on the ... read moreCD
An early Tico 10" album – featuring a set of tango tunes that are supposedly the tops on TV – in a cover with an image of a camera from the WNBT branch of NBC! The music's by the uncredited Tico Tango Orchestra, who work in a mix of swirling strings, tinkling piano, and accordion ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a very light stain on one edge, but is nice overall.)
Is Bobby Timmons our all time favorite pianist? Well, if he's not, he's pretty darn near the top of the list! This sweet early side for Riverside finds him in his usual trio format, backed up by an agile rhythm section, Sam Jones and Jimmy Cobb, and serving up the hard swinging, soulful bop we ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing in a flip-back cover, with some tape remnants along the opening, slightly wavy front panel, discoloration from age, and a name in red marker on the bottom flip-back.)
An obscure live set from pianist Bobby Timmons – recorded most likely in the early 60s, at a house party in Connecticut – but not issued until after his early death! The album's got an open quality that's quite different than some of Timmons studio work – almost a bit more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hard-to-find gem from funky pianist Bobby Timmons – a non-trio session recorded in the mid 60s for Prestige, and featuring some especially great work from Wayne Shorter on tenor! Shorter's appearance here is a real anomaly – especially since we can't recall another Prestige ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has wear and a half split top seam.)
Fantastic early work from pianist Bobby Timmons – a set that shows all the brilliant young genius that marked his playing at the time! Although only a trio session, the album grooves with the best sort of vibe that you'd find in Bobby's recordings with Art Blakey or Cannonball Adderley ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff – and very very groovy! Cal cut this record for Verve during the height of his swinging 60s Latin years – and he's working here with arranger Chico O'Farrill, who at the time, was perfectly suited for Cal's short, jaunty approach to a groove! The album's filled with nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cal cut so many great sides for Verve during the 60s, it's hard to imagine how anyone could come up with a "best of" – but this album fits the bill nicely, and includes a number of solid groover and Latin jazz tracks that fit just right! Includes "Sake & Greens", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Well, in our opinion, Cal went Latin right from the start, practically. Still, this "Goes Latin" LP is one of his best of the genre from the old days, and features a host of great players like Lonnie Hewitt, Chombo Silva, Mongo Santamaria, Paul Horn, and Willie Bobo. The album includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing. Cover has waviness from moisture on the bottom right corner.)
A beautifully plugged-in, turned-on session from Cal Tjader – one that features the funky vibist alongside some sweet Fender Rhodes! The session was recorded live, but it's got a flowing, modal quality that rivals Tjader's best work in the studio for Verve and Fantasy at the end of the 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic – and about as great as you'd imagine! The cool Latiny vibes of Cal Tjader meet the great compositions of Burt Bacharach, and the result is a shimmering set of tracks that forever defines the sound of groovy 60s! Cal's the perfect choice for music like this – as his sense of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the sort of stodgy affair you might think from the "concert" in the title – and instead a relaxed, nicely-grooving little set – recorded by Cal Tjader in the very familiar territory of the Blackhawk night club in San Francisco! The recording quality is less live than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful Latin vibes from the great Cal Tjader – 8 long tracks recorded live in 1977, but issued here for the first time ever! The sides on the set rank with Cal's best 70s live work – and feature some sublime electric piano work by Clare Fischer, as well as percussion from a young ... read moreCD
(Booklet has minor water damage in one corner.)
Cal Tjader —
Doxy ... LP Verve, 1960s. Used 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Groovy 2LP set that brings together some of Cal's best Latiny sides for Verve – tracks that shine and sparkle with wit, imagination, and just plain groove! The set's a nice one in that a lot of these cuts are hard to find on the original albums – especially in decent enough shape to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear and a promo sticker.)
A 2-in-1 Latin jazz spectacular from the mighty Cal Tjader! First up is the album Ritmo Caliente – one of Tjader's first Latin-tinged sessions for Fantasy Records – and a really wonderful batch of tracks recorded with a shifting array of very hip players! In addition to Cal's vibes, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and splitting with some marker in the top left.)
One of Cal Tjader's best late 50s dates for Fantasy Records – thanks to some smoking tenor sax from Jose "Chombo" Silva! The album has Cal working in the very comfortable territory of San Francisco's Blackhawk Nightclub – in a combo that also features familiar players Vince ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album