Mc Coy plays Duke, with surprisingly great results – thanks to an expanded trio format that features lots of additional percussion! McCoy's on piano, working alongside Coltrane bandmates Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – but the real charm of the record comes from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
As pure a distillation of McCoy Tyner's lyrical vision as one could ever hope for – a brilliant early standout session for the pianist as a leader! McCoy is backed up here by the energetic drumming of Elvin Jones – with whom he shares a natural empathy from their many years together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s "white b" pressing. Cover has some wear, aging, and some light staining.)
A dynamic album from Tyner – recorded with a core group that includes Sonny Fortune on reeds, Calvin Hill on bass, and Alphonze Mouzon on drums – plus additional work on some tracks by Charles Tolliver, Michael White, and Mtume! With a lineup like that, it's hard to miss – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear with some marker in the top left corner.)
An incredibly strong set by McCoy Tyner – one of his best late 60s sides for Blue Note! The album features McCoy working with a larger group that includes Lee Morgan, Julian Priester, James Spaulding, and Bennie Maupin – using the spiritual ensemble mode that would become his greatest ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing. Cover has ring and edge wear.)
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 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 nice little tribute to soul, jazz and fusion legend George Benson – and a project that's a labor of love for Benson-devotee, soulful spirit and brilliant guitarist U-Nam – with an allstar lineup that features Ronnie Foster, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Andreas Oberg, Tim Owens, Marcus ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Really great stuff from bassist Matt Ulery – a player with an imagination as rich as his sound, and an artist who's really becoming a force on the scene here in Chicago! Matt works here in that mix of arrangements and freedom used by some of his contemporaries on the left side of the scene ... read moreCD
Blood's groundbreaking LP that gave a name and energy to the 80's Black Rock movement. Recorded post-Ornette, but with a wild sound that certainly shows his influence. Cuts include "Open House", "Black Rock", "Moon Beam", "Overnight", and "We Bop". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
James Blood Ulmer —
Odyssey ... LP Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ...
One of our favorite Ulmer records, probably because there's a nice groove running underneath most of the numbers, in a sort of post-Prime Time 80s out-funk sort of way. It never drops into a flat out back beat, but there's always some sense of time, while Ulmer's guitar and Charles Burnham's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album of the New York downtown scene – and one of the most groundbreaking guitar jazz albums of the 70s! James Blood Ulmer plays here with members of Ornette Coleman's group of the time – including Ornette himself, Denardo Coleman, and Jaamaladeen Tacuma. The style is very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The United Front is George Sams on trumpet, Lewis Jordan on alto and vocal, Mark Izu on bass, and Anthony Brown on drums. This set was recorded live in 1982 during the Total Music Meeting in Berlin, and features the group doing a performance of a Langston Hughes poem, "Ballad Of The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A group that's every bit as trippy as you might guess from their name, and the cover image on the set – working here in a post-jazz mode that's similar to other projects over the years from the Tru Thoughts label, especially the instrumental musings from the Nostalgia 77 side of the universe! ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album from one of the greatest talents on the Chicago soul scene of the late 60s – guitarist Phil Upchurch, a player with an amazing sound! Phil could work in worlds that were equal parts soul and psychedelia – making his guitar a perfect accompaniment for the best ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)
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 moreCD
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by Phil Urso – a bright young tenor star in the 50s, known for his work with Chet Baker and Stan Getz! The album features Urso in 3 different settings – one with Getz alumni that include Bob Brookmeyer and Horace Silver, grooving hard on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A long overdue follow-up to the original Jazz Bata album from Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes – and like that famous set, a really open-ended album that mixes his own piano with spare but effective use of bass and percussion! Valdes is very freewheeling – almost an avant modernist at times ... read moreCD
Dave Valentin at the perfect point in his career – coming off some great initial work on the New York Latin scene, and some key time in the studios – really finding his voice as a leader, with all the best elements of his previous work firmly intact! Dave mixes Latin elements with the ... read moreCD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)
The "perfect match" here is the accordion of Art Van Damme and the guitar of Johnny Smith, who's sitting in with the usual group to add a bit of a groove. In the right setting, Van Damme's accordion is sublime – and working here with guitar, vibes, bass, and drums, his sound is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye pressing. Cover has some wear and splitting with a sticker in the top right.)
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 moreCD
The most summery, breeziest, soul jazz-steeped sounds we've heard from Pat Van Dyke! Pat covers a lot of territory on Hello Summer, a lot of it with a 70s jazzy soul vibe, but stretching much farther – with strains of reggae and breakbeat funk, bossa and more – and it's anything but a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
They weren't kidding with the title of this one! That's ok for us, though, as Eps sounds great in this laidback mode. The only backing on the record is bongos by Alvin Stoller, and vibes by Frank Flynn – both of which only sneak in and out of the guitar lines a bit, augmenting Van Eps' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
A classic album from French pianist Maurice Vander – easily one of the liveliest talents on the keys in postwar Paris, and a player who'd soaked up plenty of influence from Bud Powell's days in France! Maurice is heard here in a tight trio that features Kenny Clarke on drums and Pierre ... read moreCD
One of the most striking albums we've heard in years from Ken Vandermark – an album of solo tracks, recorded in the living room of his home, with a wonderfully introspective and exploratory quality! The album instantly achieves a place in a legacy of solo reed work that includes seminal ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
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
This set's the first we've heard from pianist Dimitrije Vasiljevic, and we're guessing he won't be a nomad for long – given the strength of both his writing and work as a leader on the album! The cover's a bit unassuming, but the album comes on with a bold sort of power right from the start ... read moreCD
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
An unusual album – issued by Mercury in Mexico to coincide with a tour by Sarah Vaughan! Titles include "La Chica Ipanema", "Peter Gunn", "Me Siento Bonita", Michelle", "Llamame", "La Sombra De Tu Sonrisa", and "Concierto De ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sarah Vaughan —
Sassy ... LP EmArcy, 1956. Very Good ...
One of Vaughan's nice jazz sides from the 50s on EmArcy, but cut with slightly larger backing, almost in the vein of some here concurrent pop oriented work at the Mercury parent label during the same time. Arrangements are by Hal Mooney, and Vaughan takes an approach that showcases how she ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mercury pressing with deep groove.)
Sarah Vaughan —
Snowbound ... LP Roulette, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Beautiful later work from Sarah! Although it's easy to think that she "sold out" by making albums like this for Roulette – with a larger backing than before, and more of a pop feel – these albums are also incredible, and feature a sophisticated sense of interpretation we ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & pink label pressing. Cover has ink stamps on back.)
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 moreCD
Nice 50's material from Sarah, with a sound that's perhaps a bit more arranged than her jazz albums for Emarcy, but still quite nice in the vocal department, especially as the set includes a nice batch of sensitive and obscure material. We're not sure who did the arrangements, by they sound as if ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of Sarah's few albums for Columbia – and quite possibly the best, thanks to some great small group backing, heard on 8 of the album's 12 tunes! The group's a really great one – with Miles Davis on trumpet, Benny Green on trombone, Buddy Johnson on tenor, Tony Scott on clarinet, ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic west coast Latin material from the early 60s, and 2 albums that were originally released by Fantasy Records as part of their Latin series that include Cal Tjader. Francisco Aquabella's already known to many of our Latin customers from his funky 70's work – but this set's a sparer ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Charlie Ventura —
Euphoria ... LP Savoy, Late 40s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Tremendous tenor work from the late 40s – a huge collection of early Savoy singles done by Charlie Ventura, including some cuts with Jackie & Roy on vocals! A few other numbers features vocals by Buddy Stewart – but most are instrumentals, with lots of hard-wailing tenor from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(UK pressing on Coral. Cover has tape along the top and bottom seams.)
A perfect example of why the Charlie Ventura group was one of the most popular live acts on the west coast scene of it's day! Producer Gene Norman really manages to capture the charm of the group in all its glory – recorded live in a lineup that features Conte Candoli on trumpet, Bennie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Harry Verbeke & Joop Verbeke —
Broedermelk ... LP Universe/Chicken Village (Netherlands), 1972. New Copy Gatefold ...
A swinging session of Dutch jazz from the start of the 70s – featuring the tremendous talents of the great Harry Verbeke on tenor! Harry's a hell of a player – as important to the straight sound of his scene as Tubby Hayes was to his in the 60s – and here, he stretches out nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 1000!)
Harry Verbeke/Rob Agerbeek Quartet —
Seven Steps ... LP Timeless (Netherlands), 1982. Near Mint- ...
Tenorist Harry Verbeke's a hell of a reedman – a Dutch player who's never gotten the notice he should on our side of the Atlantic, but definitely one of the shining stars of the scene in Netherlands over the past 50 years! Harry blows with a sense of soul and bite right from the very first ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Singer Ebony Rose provides a great lyric to this slow-stepping soul track from Vibration Black Finger – a tune that's got a very moody pace, but a sharp sort of crackle at the bottom – a nice edge that really works well with the vocals! The flipside's an instrumental, and one that ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Although it's easy to get mixed up with all the Leroy Vinnegar albums that have "walk" in the title, this one's a great soul jazz session from the early 60s – one that nicely draws upon an LA scene that includes Roy Ayers, Freddie Hill, Teddy Edwards, Mike Melvoin, and Ron Jefferson ... read moreCD
The title's a bit of a pun on an old Cole Porter tune, but it's also a great statement of the strengths of reedman Will Vinson in a trio setting – as he really stretches out here, with just the guitar of Gilad Hekselman and drums of Antonio Sanchez for accompaniment! The tunes are a mix of ... read moreCD
Very tasty funky fusion session, cut by bassist Miroslav Vitous in San Francisco – along with a group that includes Airto, Herbie Hancock, and Jack DeJohnette. The sound is very much in keeping with Herbie's early 70s funk albums – with lots of nice long electric grooves, and spare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Miroslav Vitous —
Miroslav ... LP Arista Freedom, 1977. Near Mint- ...
Miroslav Vitous strips things down a bit on this late 70s recording of modal fusion, accompanying himself on overdubbed keyboards, with only Don Alias adding to the grooves with some excellent percolating rhythms, replaced by Armen Halburian on one number. The electric keys have the wonderful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and lightly bent corner.)
A great early album by this famous 70s bassist – originally issued as the album Infinite Search on Embryo, but expanded here with the additional track "Cerecka". One of the greatest moments ever from bassist Miroslav Vitous – a very cool album recorded for the trippy Vortex ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Miroslav Vitous & Jan Garbarek —
Atmos ... CD ECM (Germany), 1993. New Copy ...
Strong duets between bassist Miroslav Vitous and saxophonist Jan Garbarek – two musicians who benefitted strongly from the ECM approach in the early years of their career – and who kept on adding great records to the label's catalog as time went on! This set's got both players at their ... read moreCD
Karsten Vogel —
This Is It ... CD Storyville (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ...
Karsten Vogel steps out here as more of a multi-instrumentalist than we might have guessed – still playing tenor, alto, and soprano sax on much of the record – but also adding in some keyboards, violin, and rhythm programs too! In fact, it's those programs that shape the sound more ... read moreCD
A cool Canadian ensemble – led by pianist Vic Vogel, with work by Christian Platov on guitar, and a nicely tight section of trumpets, trombones, and saxes. Titles include versions of "Tempus Fugit" and "Nardis" – plus the originals "Vanessa", "Blues ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unusual setting for legendary saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera – as he works here with the Chicago avant combo Volcano Radar – who provide a mix of acoustic and electric elements while Paquito solos out front on clarinet and alto sax! The reedman is definitely very "libre" ... read moreCD
This might be the sexiest-looking cover we've ever seen on a record from avant piano genius Alexander Von Schlippenbach – who we're used to seeing presented in a more abstract manner – but the sound of the record is no less wonderful than some of his classics over the years, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al) —
Quintet ... CD Columbia, 1977. Used ...
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 moreCD
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
(Includes a portion of the shrink with hype sticker.)
Trumpeter Cuong Vu is in a mighty nice setting here – a quartet that features very strong contributions from guitarist Bill Frisell, who almost feels like the leader of the date at times! Vu's got this rich, round tone that's a nice contrast to the chromatic qualities of Frisell – who ... read moreCD
A really unusual collective from the London scene – a group who play jazz of a global variety, but with a style that's much more far-reaching than standard Latin or Afro-inflected jazz! Instead, these guys seem open to a few continents' wealth of rhythms – but also use them in a way ... read moreCD
Well, despite the name, the set's not really an album of bluesy numbers – although most of the tunes do have "blues" in the title. Rather, it's a great set of trio material – featuring Waldron's 1971 group with Jimmy Woode on bass and Pierre Favre on drums – recorded ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing. Cover has some fraying at the top seam.)
Mal Waldron —
Moods ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A bold musical statement from Mal Waldron – one of his strongest efforts from his European time of the 70s, thanks to some great help from strong hornmen on the set! Half the session features Waldron in introspective solo mode, as recorded often at the time – but the rest of the album ... read moreCD
Mal Waldron —
Moods ... LP Enja (Germany), 1978. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
A bold musical statement from Mal Waldron – one of his strongest efforts from his European time of the 70s, thanks to some great help from strong hornmen on the set! Half the session features Waldron in introspective solo mode, as recorded often at the time – but the rest of the album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)
An excellent 70s European session recorded by Mal Waldron – one that shows off some of his more avant jazz inclinations at the time! The group's a searing one, with an unusual combination of players – Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Manfred Schoof on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Makaya ... read moreCD
Mal Waldron with Eric Dolphy & Booker Ervin —
Quest ... CD New Jazz/OJC, 1961. Used ...
Pivotal work from Waldron – stepping out of the blowing session mode, emerging as one of the 60s most striking moderinists. Like a lot of Waldron's records from the time, this set shows an amazing desire for new forms and modern ideas, and the mix of players – Eric Dolphy, Booker Ervin ... read moreCD
This set's a real treat for fans of both pianist Mal Waldron and singer Karin Krog – as it presents rare material by both, recorded at the Jazz Jamboree festival in Poland in 1966! Waldron begins the set with spare duets with bassist Kurt Lindgren – all original tunes that include ... read moreCD
One of the smoothest albums ever cut by David T Walker – but also one of the best, and certainly an album with a much richer feel and deeper sound than you'd guess from the cheesy "rose petals on a crotch" image on the cover! The style here is a bit more lush and sophisticated than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual one on the Mustevic label – all original music by pianist Les Walker! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker and some wrinkles at the bottom.)
Billy Wallace Trio —
BW ... LP Gig, Late 50s. Near Mint- ...
One of the few albums ever cut by Billy Wallace – a little-known pianist from Milwaukee who was also a key part of the Chicago underground scene of the late 50s! Billy was part of the circle that moved around Max Roach during his important time in Chicago, and this album's one of his few ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eli Wallace is all over the piano on this solo set – stretching out wonderfully in a very long improvisation, at a level that almost feels as if he's sometimes playing the instrument inside out! Wallace knows how to balance his force and his feeling – stepping back at all the right ... read moreCD