Mauricio Smith —
Bitter Acid ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
A fantastic full length set from drummer Nate Smith – an artist who really wins our ears right from the start, then holds us rapt throughout the course of this wonderful debut! Smith's onto something really special here – jazz at the core, but served up in different snapshots of ... read moreCD
An incredible album from the Chicago jazz underground of the 70s – one of a handful of rare albums cut by Paris Smith – a very under-discovered talent of his generation! Paris plays vibes, and has this incredible ear for unusual colors and tones – and for very fresh rhythmic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two amazing tracks from underground Chicago jazz legend Paris Smith – back to back on a limited 45! "Thought Seeds" is this amazing blend of vibes, alto sax, and haunting female vocals – a very righteous tune, and one with a spirit that's unlike anything else we can think of ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Paul Smith Trio —
Saratoga ... CD Imperial/EMI (Japan), 1959. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A rare set from pianist Paul Smith – recorded after his classic 50s work on Capitol, and with a much more open-ended feel! The set features work written for the musical Saratoga – but Smith and his trio perform the tunes with a really fluid (liquid?) sort of approach – one that ... read moreCD
A rare European set from one of the greatest violinists in jazz – recorded at Cafe Montmartre in 1965, with a nicely swinging group that includes Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted-Pederson on bass, and Alex Riel on drums. Tracks have a similar groove to Stuff's 50s work on Verve, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing.)
Stuff Smith, Stephane Grappelli, Sven Asmussen, Je —
Violin Summit ... LP Saba (Germany), 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Hipper than usual for a violin jazz album – a nice open-ended jam session – with work by Stuff Smith, Stephane Grappelli, Sven Asmussen, and Jean-Luc Ponty – over a rhythm section with Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums. 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
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
Uniquely innovative, yet broadly expansive and heritage conscious material from the great trumpeter, flugelhorn player and ever-searching jazz spirit Wadada Leo Smith – working with his Mbira combo – a trio with drummer Pheeroan akLaff and Min Xiao-Fen on pipa and voice. The pipa is a ... read moreCD
Fiercely fantastic duets between Willie The Lion Smith and Don Ewell – both artists who've got a tremendous command of the piano keyboard on their own, and who really explode with energy when working together! The album's filled with effortlessly-cascading notes on the keys – often ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from Gary Smulyan – a baritone saxophonist who may well be one of the few really standout players on his instrument these days – working in a legacy that puts his mighty talents right up there with Pepper Adams, Serge Chaloff, and a rare few others who could really make ... read moreCD
Soil & Pimp Sessions —
Dapper ... CD Victor (Japan), 2018. New Copy ...
This great Japanese combo are maybe even more dapper than usual here – still strongly tied up in their tradition of hard-hitting jazz, but also opening the door for work from some guest soul singers and MCs! Leader Shacho is usually the "agitator" in the group – calling out ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
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
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 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 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
Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet —
Voodoo ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1986. Used ...
A seminal album from the 80s New York scene – not only because it brought some long-overdue attention to Sonny Clark (whose records were mostly out of print at the time), but also because it reminded the world that John Zorn could blow hardbop! The album features a set of classic Clark ... read moreCD
A fantastic set from the London scene – really powerful sounds from a group who are heavy on percussion, but also do plenty with their horns! The group features strong tenor from Shabaka Hutchings, who also wrote all the tracks here – but they've also got a very heavy bottom sound, ... 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
One of the most soulful sessions ever from the Philly jazz scene of the 70s – a super-hip record that features work from Byard Lancaster on alto, Khan Jamal on vibes, and Monette Sudler on guitar! All players are at their best here – especially Sudler, who sounds really amazing riffing ... read moreCD
Although he was a violin player, Eddie South was a seminal part of the Chicago jazz scene in the 50s – an off-beat scene even in the pre-AACM days, and one that had a lot of room for diverse styles and instrumentation. He's captured here in a set of rare Chess/Argo recordings – 6 of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreCD
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
Great work from James Spaulding – one of the few players of his generation who actually got better with age! As he was in his classic 60s Blue Note recording sessions with other leaders, Spaulding is a hell of a group player – extremely sensitive to the other members of his groups ... read moreCD
Spectral (Dave Rempis/Darren Johnston/Larry Ochs) —
Empty Castles ... CD Aerophonic, 2018. New Copy ...
A beautiful triangulation of horns from the Spectral Trio – working here on their second album, with a mighty nice lineup that features Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino, Dave Rempis on alto and baritone, and Darren Johnston on trumpet! The sound here feels more focused on textures than ... read moreCD
The title's an apt one here – as Greg Spero's probably best known for his keyboard work in the group of trumpeter Corey Wilkes – but steps out here in a set of all-acoustic material on piano! Yet despite the change in instrument, Spero keeps his playing in a similar mode – ... read moreCD
Vinnie Sperrazza's the drummer in the group – and he leaves plenty of room in his sound for the great work of Bruce Barth on piano and Chris Speed on tenor sax – both of whom have a lot to do with the shape of the record! At times, Vinnie's drumming is quite subtle – almost as if ... read moreCD
A killer live set from this cool 80s combo – a later showcase for the mighty tenor talents of Charlie Rouse, working alongside Kenny Barron on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Ben Riley on drums! The setting's easily one of the best that Rouse had in his later years – a format that ... read moreCD
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
(Cover has a cutout hole, some edge wear, and promo/hype stickers.)
Spisek ... CD GAD (Poland), Late 70s. New Copy ...
Great funky fusion from the Polish scene of the 70s – served up by a group who only recorded briefly, but who created some great tracks in the process! These guys aren't in the rock fusion mode – although they seem to have roots in that scene – as there's a warmth here that gets ... read moreCD
Pianist Heiner Stadler was a key part of the New Jersey underground of the late 60s and early 70s – and although he wasn't the greatest avant garde pianist in the world, he was fortunate enough to have his own record label, and to be able to work with some of the better talents of the scene ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A jazz message from Poland, and one that's served up loud and proud, too – thanks to tremendous work from trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and a very sharp-edged group! The music here has that open flow that some of the more fusion-based players were exploring in Poland at the time – but the ... read moreCD
Tomasz Stanko —
Music For K ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
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
A great little set from Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – less electronic and processed than some of his recent work, a fairly straightforward affair played by a simple piano, bass, drums, trumpet quartet lineup. As always, Stanko's solo work is moody and atmospheric – but it's touched ... read moreCD
Tomasz Stanko —
Twet ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
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
Stars Of Jazz are Wild Bill Davison, Jim Beebe, Barney Bigard, Art Hodes, Eddie Condon, Rail Wilson and Hillard Brown. LP, Vinyl record album
(In an all black cover with red lettering.)
Jeremy Steig —
Energy ... LP Capitol, Early 70s. Very Good+ ...
Excellent funky jazz from Jeremy Steig – the funkiest flute player we can think of! The record takes up where Jeremy's LPs on Solid State left off – adding Steig's hard-blowing flute to some groundbreaking beat-heavy backings by Gene Perla and Eddie Gomez on bass, Don Alias on drums, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later yellow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Fantastic early work from flautist Jeremy Steig – a 60s quartet session for Columbia that came several years before the funky style of some of his later work – and a damn great record, with lots of soulful touches! Part of this has to do with the rhythm section of Ben Tucker on bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 2 eye white label promo. Cover has a tracklist sticker, a split bottom seam, and light wear.)
Brilliant modernism from Chicago reedman Jason Stein – a set that draws strong energy from the work of Lennie Tristano, but also instantly grabs us with a bold statement of Stein's own genius as well! The group features Stein on bass clarinet, and Keefe Jackson on contrabass clarinet and ... 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
Features Michael Brecker on tenor, Mike Mainieri on vibes, Don Grolnick on piano, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums. A double-length set – with cuts that include "Young & Fine", "Soul Eyes", "Lover Man", "Tee Bag", and "Fawlty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums we've ever seen by reedman Jimmy Stewart – an altoist who's featured here on Philly recordings from the early 80s – with players who include Clarence Bradley on trumpet, Lamar Prince on drums, and Jeffrey Reed on alto, baritone, and bass clarinet. LP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Rex Stewart heads a great lineup of players from the Fletcher Henderson band – including Joe Thomas and Taft Jordan on trumpets, Benny Morton and Dicky Wells on tormbones, Buddy Tate and Hilton Jefferson on saxes, and Red Richards on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red Label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
The title might sound a bit clinical, but the music within is anything but – and instead is that sort of special, magical work that always makes Sonny Stitt a real cut above most of his contemporaries! The notes try to link Stitt to Charlie Parker – but apart from a postwar sense of ... read moreCD
Great early stuff by Stitt – originally issued on 78 rpm sides by Prestige, but collected here in LP format with better notes! The sessions feature one session with Bud Powell on piano and Max Roach on drums, and another set with John Lewis on piano, JJ Johnson on trombone, and Roach again ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those Prestige compilations issued late in the label's history but before they were acquired by Fantasy. This set collects Sonny Stitt's organ combo collaborations with Jack McDuff, with a half a dozen popping soul jazz sides pulled from the Soul Shack and Nuther Fu'ther LPs: 'Soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sonny Stitt —
Champ ... LP Muse, 1974. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An excellent bop side that finds Stitt and his sidemen still at the top of their game, despite the fact that the date was rather late in many of their careers. While others were exploring electric jazz, Stitt, Joe Newman, Duke Jordan, Sam Jones and Roy Brooks, lay out six sides of crisp hard bop: ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Like Eddie Harris, Lou Donaldson, and a few other aging soul jazz stars in the late 60s, Sonny Stitt turned to the electric Varitone sax to juice up his career a bit. And while he never used it to as good effect as players like Harris and Donaldson, he still managed to crank out some nice sounds, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 classic Stitt albums back to back – Turn It On and Black Vibrations, both recorded during his early 70s funk years at Prestige! Turn It On is very firmly the funky Prestige sound of the early 70s – complete with Idris Muhammad on drums, organ by Leon Spencer, guitar by Melvin Sparks, ... read moreCD
Two classic Chicago sessions by Sonny Stitt – both recorded with the little-known organist Eddie Buster! First up is Move On Over – a bit rough around the edges, but a very tasty set from Stitt! The album's sort of free-spun organ session – with Stitt on alto and tenor, Joe ... read moreCD
Probably the most classic of Stitt's sides for Verve – and certainly the one that gets rated time and time again by jazz collectors. We think it's pretty darn great – although we always wonder why folks don't give Stitt's other sides for Verve as much of a chance, because they're all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has moderate wear & clear tape over all the seams.)
Probably the most classic of Stitt's sides for Verve – and certainly the one that gets rated time and time again by jazz collectors. We think it's pretty darn great – although we always wonder why folks don't give Stitt's other sides for Verve as much of a chance, because they're all ... read moreCD
(Out of print Verve Elite pressing – with bonus tracks. Includes original slipcase.)
Beautiful late 50s work from Stitt – filled with subtle complex solos, and a rich confident tone that was missing from earlier records. As with some of his other Verve sessions from the time, the track list is mostly standards – but unlike some Verve sessions, Stitt never gets lost in ... read moreCD
Beautiful late 50s work from Stitt – filled with subtle complex solos, and a rich confident tone that was missing from earlier records! As with some of his other Verve sessions from the time, the track list is mostly standards – but unlike some Verve sessions, Stitt never gets lost in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing on Polydor, UMV 2541, with insert.)
Excellent Stitt soul jazz session that has a cool rolling groove that you don't always find in some of his more bop-oriented sessions. The great Ronnie Matthews plays piano, and the quartet's augmented by two Latin percussionists, who bring a nice "afro" sound the the session. The whole ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with a cutout hole in both top corners.)