One of the most obscure Randy Weston albums of the 50s – and one of the most striking, too! The title and cover are a bit unassuming, but Weston's in his prime modern mode throughout – working both through his own compositions, and on some amazing remakes of older standards – all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Small black label pressing – nice and heavy! Cover has light wear and an ink stamp.)
Two of Randy's Weston's earliest albums – both recorded in the mid 50s, and briefly (and rarely) issued on the Riverside label. The album's feature Weston playing in a very spare setting – as only 5 of the tracks feature a trio (with Art Blakey on drums and Sam Gill on bass), and ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Randy Weston with Art Blakey —
Zulu ... LP Jazzland, Late 50s. Very Good ...
The title certainly gets it right – as the album features some of the first unique modern work by Randy Weston on wax – important trio material that was as important as key 50s sides by Thelonious Monk or Herbie Nichols! The session has Randy working with Sam Gill on bass and Art ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Jazzland pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some light wear and a small bit of seam splitting.)
Michael Whalen plays a range of keyboards here with the Fire Brigade – a crack fusion ensemble with a hard-jamming style that takes us back to some of the bigger electric jazz albums of the 70s! Whalen's in the lead on Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clavinet, and other keys – and the group's ... read moreCD
No blues at all – despite the title – and a great set of tracks that showcases the southside Chicago tenor roots of Clarence Wheeler! The album's a bit different than the first two Wheeler albums for Atlantic – in that the group's slightly bigger, and more 70s electric overall ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo. Cover has promo stickers.)
The second fantastic album from Chicago saxophonist Clarence Wheeler and his hard-hitting Enforcers combo – a group who were one of the brightest lights in soul jazz at the start of the 70s, really helping to keep the genre fresh and exciting! The groove here is in the tenor/organ mode first ... read moreCD
The album's got trumpeter Kenny Wheeler as the leader, but the sound here is equally resonant with contributions from all members of the group – including the amazing John Taylor on piano, with Mike Brecker on tenor, David Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The record's the kind ... read moreCD
A killer ECM debut from Kenny Wheeler – a real standout in the label's classic 70s run, and a record that's overflowing with soul and feeling! Wheeler had already made a number of key recordings by the time of this ECM set, but the label's approach seems to unlock something new in his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Shrinkwrap has a hole in front. Cover has small remnants of a price sticker where exposed.)
A very fresh take on the songs of Duke Ellington – presented here by bassist Rodney Whitaker, with a tight combo sound that resonates strongly with his other great records! The tunes are definitely Duke's, but the presentation is pure Whitaker – hip, soulful, and reworked with nicely ... read moreCD
A record that's got an odd title, but an apt one too – given the power and endurance that reedman Andrew White could bring to a performance! And the set definitely has Andrew living up to that name – as he blows here with a great trio that includes Donald Waters on piano, Steve Novosel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Andrew White —
Theme Fantasia ... CD Andrew's Music, 1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Andrew White has always been one of the most enigmatic saxophone players in the world – and one of his most compelling enigmas is his love of repetition – his way of handling the same song in so many different ways, and really unlocking the magic of jazz in the process! Here, White ... read moreCD
White Elephant (Mike Mainieri) —
White Elephant ... LP Just Sunshine, 1972. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A cool classic from vibist Mike Mainieri – easily one of his hippest albums ever – and an all-star blend of jazz and funky fusion! There's a brilliance here that's undeniable – a focused, soaring sort of energy that reminds us a lot of the best British funky big band records of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the original embossed cover, which has some very light aging on the edges – but is great overall.)
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Zygmunt Wichary —
Talizman ... CD GAD (Poland), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
Hard-swinging trad jazz from the Polish scene of the postwar years – in a style that was as revolutionary to the Soviet-controlled culture as its later modern jazz and fusion moments! The group here is led by pianist Zygmunt Wichary, and works with a frenzied spirit that's a lot more intense ... read moreCD
Hard-swinging trad jazz from the Polish scene of the postwar years – in a style that was as revolutionary to the Soviet-controlled culture as its later modern jazz and fusion moments! The group here is led by pianist Zygmunt Wichary, and works with a frenzied spirit that's a lot more intense ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kuba Wiecek is definitely multitasking a bit here – adding in some electronics to his own work on alto sax – but never losing the sharp edge that made us like his previous record so much! Kuba's a hell of a talent on his instrument – and blows with a sharply angular mode that we'r ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the first album we've ever seen to feature drummer Marieke Wiening as a leader – but a set that fits in very nicely with the overall aesthetic of the Greenleaf label – in the way that the label's releases are always trying to push the further boundaries of jazz expression, but all ... read moreCD
A great little record – way more than just a simple jazz version of a soundtrack! True, the Wiggins trio is working here with material from Victor Young's score to Around The World In 80 Days – but Gerald really opens all the tracks up on the piano, so much so that we can hardly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage Canadian pressing – on the Regency label, with deep groove! Cover has a small bit of tape on the top seam.)
Obscure 70s work from pianist Gerry Wiggins – a player who first rose to fame on the LA scene of the 50s! Wig is heard here with Major Holley on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – in a nicely relaxed session that really lets him open up to all his old glory on the keys! LP, Vinyl record album
Marvelous late work from tenorist Barney Wilen – the French reedman who first rose to fame in the late 50s, with crucial recordings with Miles Davis and Art Blakey – then really faded from view for most of the next few decades, before making a fantastic late life comeback, with a sound ... read moreCD
Marvelous late work from tenorist Barney Wilen – the French reedman who first rose to fame in the late 50s, with crucial recordings with Miles Davis and Art Blakey – then really faded from view for most of the next few decades, before making a fantastic late life comeback, with a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wilfred is a hell of a percussionist – as you might guess from the title of the group and the album – and works here in a style that's similar to some of the best Brazilian jazz of the 70s – no surprise, as the album's filled with versions of classic songs by Milton Nascimento and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forget the "hard mother blues" of the title – and think "funky big band grooves", because that's what the album's all about! Ernie really steps out on this one – sounding a lot funkier and more soulful than on some of his 60s outings – and working with a mix ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole and some discoloration from age.)
Alan Wilkinson/John Edwards/Steve Noble —
3 Of A Kind ... LP Bo Weavil (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Fiery sounds by a really well-matched trio – one that features tremendous work by Alan Wilkinson on alto, baritone sax, and bass clarinet – moving with non-stop energy alongside John Edwards on bass and Steve Noble on drums! It's clear right from the start that all three players really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic hard-hitting organ jazz session by this great Chicago keyboard player, better known to the world for his two Blue Note LPs, but playing here in a style that's much more creative, and much more open-ended than on those LPs. He's got a tight trio here, with Ben White on guitar and Jerry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label Argo pressing with logo. Cover is nice overall.)
An overlooked set of mellow numbers from bassist Buster Williams – a lost gem that's got a very different feel than some of his earlier work in the 70s, but which is equally soulful! The set's got Buster playing bass over larger arrangements arranged by Kenny Barron and Onaje Allen Gumbs ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a small tear in the back panel.)
Nicely relaxed jam session material by a group of late swing players that includes Williams, Coleman Hawkins, Rex Stewart, Bud Freeman, Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Billy Bauer. The tracks are all trad standards – like "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "When Your Lover Has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't get this John Williams confused with the bigger-name soundtrack composer of later years – because this set is pure piano jazz all the way through, played by an artist who shined briefly with Stan Getz in the mid 50s! Although little-known, Williams is a great link between bop and ... read moreCD
The first solo project from Kamaal Williams – and a wonderfully spiritual set that has the keyboardist really blowing us away with his talents! Williams plays plenty of Fender Rhodes on the set, mostly in a trio setting, but one that's far from standard jazz – as the rhythms often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first higher-concept recordings from pianist Mary Lou Williams – recorded in the mid 40s, but with a musical vision that holds up beautifully all these many years later! Despite the large group expectations you might have from the "suite" in the title, the tracks are all ... read moreCD
Nice stuff from Pat Williams! Although known for mostly groovy 60s stuff (ala his legendary Verve and soundtrack work), this album features Williams hitting more of a 70s jazz funk groove, with a nice electric edge. The tracks are long, and the solos are played by Tom Scott and Marvin Stamm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers —
Spider Sent Me ... LP Saxophonograph (Sweden), Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Heavy baritone sax from Paul Williams – a great player who bridged the worlds of jazz and blues in the early years of R&B! A great set – filled with rare singles, and copious notes too. LP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant session of modernist hardbop – one of the few records ever cut as a leader by trumpeter Richard Williams! Williams was a key part of the Charles Mingus group for a few years – and his soulful approach ranks with Ted Curson as some of the most compelling underground trumpet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Candid pressing with deep groove – very hard to find! Cover has a split spine.)
A key record in the evolution of Tony Williams as a drummer – and kind of a powerful summation of all the changes he'd made in the 70s – before a return to straighter jazz in the next decade! Williams' drumming here is incredibly fierce at points – almost at a Billy Cobham level ... read moreCD
(Out of print – and still sealed!)
Tony Williams —
Spring ... CD Blue Note, 1965. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Startling! This album is one of two that a young Tony Williams cut for Blue Note, back when he was just hitting the age of 20, and when he was already blowing the minds of masters like Jackie McLean (who first hired him) and Miles Davis (who stole him from Jackie for his own group!) with an ... read moreCD
With Mulgrew Miller on piano and Ira Coleman on bass! CD
(Out of print.)
Tony Williams Lifetime —
Ego ... LP Polydor, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
One of the last completely intense albums from Tony Williams' Lifetime group – a slightly changed lineup from the original trio – one that includes guitarist Ted Dunbar, bassist Ron Carter, and percussionists Don Alias and Warren Smith. The group still features some searing organ work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some edge wear and seam splitting.)
A seminal jazz rock statement from drummer Tony Williams – one that has him stepping out quite far from his original "new thing" recordings of the mid 60s! The album's got a genre-forming sound that's incredibly fierce – a power trio churning of Williams drums, John ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although Tony Williams started out as one of the most subtle drummers of the 60s, this album has him coming a long way from his "new thing" Blue Note recordings – and taking off with enough power to reach the moon! The group featured is Williams classic Lifetime lineup – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really sparkling session from trumpeter Stu Williamson – one of a few great records he cut for the Bethlehem label in the 50s, and a set that's one of the cookingest from the company at the time! Stu's trumpet lines are already mighty nice – tight, and often a bit bolder than others ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has surface wear, aging, half split top seam, and a bit of gloss separation at the opening.)
One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis – a super-hip keyboard player who's best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album's a gem all the way through – with a free-thinking soulful sound that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ahhh . . . Gerald Wilson at the height of his powers – recording here in a mode that could never miss! The group's a jazz orchestra, but it's filled with some of the hippest cats on the west coast in the 60s – soulful soloists who include Anthony Ortega on flute and alto, Curtis Amy on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album recorded in 1963 for Atlantic – one of our favorite ever! Jack Wilson's one of our favorite piano players, and we rave about him all the time on these pages – and one of the reasons why we love him so much is that he was often accompanied by Roy Ayers, who started out his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 90s Japanese pressing, AMJY-1406, with obi and insert!)
A rare early gem from Joe Lee Wilson – the singer who's probably best known to the world for his performances on Archie Shepp's late Impulse recordings. The vibe here is similar to his work on Shepp's albums of the time – but it's also mixed with a hip and mellow approach that has Joe ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the best Joe Lee Wilson album you can ever get! Joe Lee Wilson's got a spiritual jazz vocal style that's in the vein of Leon Thomas, but which often falls short of Thomas' greatness on other recordings – yet here, though, he's totally great – hitting a beautifully soulful vein ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really nice album by vocalist Joe Lee Wilson – a soulful, spiritual singer who didn't always make great albums! Wilson's got a mellow style of singing that's very much in the Leon Thomas tradition – and on this record, he's working with a group (and material) that really lets him hit ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Phillip Wilson with Olu Dara —
Esoteric ... CD Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy Gatefold ...
Percussionist Phillip Wilson's got his name on the cover, but the set's a very collaborative outing with trumpeter Olu Dara – recorded in Paris by Jef Gilson with a very free-thinking, open style that bridges both American and European modes of free jazz at the time! Wilson plays both a ... read moreCD
Heavy funk from the mighty Reuben Wilson – one of his first few albums for Blue Note, and a solid soulful groover that's right up there with Lou Donaldson's work for the label at the time! Tracks are nice and long, and pretty open – often with that kicking drum sound at the bottom that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Reuben Wilson —
Cisco Kid ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
One of the best 70s albums by this funky organ player – quite different than his work for Blue Note, with a messier funkier edge that's very nice! Reuben Wilson's working with an all-hip lineup, with players who include Melvin Sparks on guitar, Garnett Brown on trombone, Bob Cranshaw on bass ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Heavy funk from Reuben Wilson – one of the last great organ players to emerge from the 60s Hammond scene, and one of the hardest hitting cats at Blue Note during the funk years of the label! The album's a tight one all the way through – performed with a combo that has Idris Muhammad ... read moreCD
(Out of print, original Rare Groove CD pressing.)
Reuben Wilson —
Sweet Life ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
A great groover by Reuben Wilson – and one of his best albums ever! The funky organist really takes off from the sound of his earlier Blue Note albums here – hitting a vibe that's sharper, darker, and plenty darn righteous – still small combo jazz funk, but with a depth that we ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Monster funk from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – an album of hard-burning, bad-walking tunes that are a fair bit different than most of his other work! Although Wilson recorded some pretty traditional organ jazz for the Blue Note and Groove Merchant labels, this album has him working with his ... read moreCD
Monster funk from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – an album of hard-burning, bad-walking tunes that are a fair bit different than most of his other work! Although Wilson recorded some pretty traditional organ jazz for the Blue Note and Groove Merchant labels, this album has him working with his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Teddy Wilson's touch is lean and clean here – about as fluid as we remember it from the 50s – beautifully recorded with just the right sound for his sensitive moments and freer flights on the keys! Rhythm is from Arvell Shaw on bass and Roy Burns on drums – and although most of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Records Inc pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has clear tape on the seams and spine.)
Two different sides of Verve Records in the 50s – one modern, one a bit more traditional – and both represented in live material from the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! Side one features a stunning live performance from pianist Teddy Wilson – working in a tight trio with Milt ... read moreCD
The great underrated vibist Lem Winchester plays a tribute to the late Clifford Brown, along with the classic Ramsey Lewis trio, which included Eldee Young and Redd Holt. Despite the lack of an actual trumpet on the date (although the cover has a crazy image of the group standing around the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and some staining on the edges – mostly on the back.)
Great work from the early bop years of trombonist Kai Winding – with a small combo that features Gerry Mulligan on baritone, Brew Moore on tenor, George Wallington on piano, Curley Russell on bass, and Max Roach on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has tape on the seams, but is nice overall – and vinyl is great!)
Two classic Columbia albums by trombonist Kai Winding – one recorded with longtime partner, trombonist JJ Johnson, the other recorded with a septet that features 4 trombones in the lead. Both albums have that smooth sound that Winding virtually pioneered on the instrument – a bass-heavy ... read moreCD
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from David Boykin – a set of spare duets with multi-instrumentalist Alex Wing – done at a level that really pushes Boykin's sounds on both tenor and bass clarinet! The tunes here are all freely improvised, and Wing often plays guitar ... read moreCD
One of the most unusual albums on the legendary Strata East label – an unusual mix of jazz and soul vocal material, put together by singer Muriel Winston with arrangements from the great Bill Lee! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to the record – one that's upfront and personal on the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Paul Winter —
Callings ... LP Living Music, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
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(With booklet inside the gatefold. Cover has a bumped corner.)
Although Paul Winter, like Paul Horn, later went on to do some lousy hippy dippy jazz work that verged on nausea, at the early part of his career, also like Horn, he managed to have a very open minded style that let him sample a number of different influences, and weave them into a colorful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 2 eye white label promo. Back cover has light aging.)
The sound of Ipanema in the 60s – served up here in a great partnership between American jazzman Paul Winter, and bossa composer Carlos Lyra! The album's an excellent bossa jazz session all the way through – with alto from Winter that's some of his sharpest on record in the 60s, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing on CBS. Cover has ring & edge wear and some wrinkles in front.)
Paul Winter & Winter Consort —
Road ... LP A&M, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Includes Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Glen Moore, and Colin Walcott – who would go on to form Oregon – Paul Winter and David Darling. LP, Vinyl record album
Jerri Winters gets some hip backings here – thanks to help from the Al Belletto Sextet, who almost share the star spotlight on the record as much as Jerri! The combo are perhaps best known for their 50s work on Capitol, but they sound equally great here – stepping out with a tight ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light aging and a small split in the bottom seam.)
A much groovier set than usual from vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon – thanks to some great backing from the combo of organist Jack McDuff, which also includes guitar from a young Melvin Sparks! The sound here is definitely in keeping with the "blues" in the title – but McDuff's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and a split on the top seam.)
A very cool Polish singer from the 70s – but one who works in styles we'd be much more likely to associate with male vocalists from America in the previous decade! Part of the style might have to do with the backings – which are superbly handled by jazzman Jerzy Milian, who directs the ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Excellent early work from pianist Mike Wofford – a player who'd show up more strongly in the 70s, but who's already in great form here in this early 60s session! The album's quite unique – not the mainstream piano trio material that you'd expect from a major label at the time, and more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing – a great copy! Cover has a small cutout hole in the corner.)
An album that's got a lot deeper vibe than you might guess from its cover – a contemporary set, but one that's recorded in a nicely stripped-down style that feels more like some lost set from the 70s – as most of the album is just improvised flute and sax over raw percussion! Reedman ... read moreCD
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Lyman Woodard Organization —
Dedicacion ... CD Corridor/Uuquipleu, 1985. New Copy ...
A great little set from keyboardist Lyman Woodard – and one that's definitely got some of the Latin flavor promised by the spelling in the title! Woodard's still playing some mighty nice organ and electric piano lines, but the group here also has some added Latin percussion at the bottom ... read moreCD