The title's certainly right on this one – as Teddy Wilson's approach to the keys is as impeccable as his look on the cover of the record! The tunes are short, but they're filled with plenty of bright notes – a masterful illustration of economy on the keys of the piano – but one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has yellowed tape on the seams and spine.)
Teddy Wilson's definitely fabulous here – playing with a sense of poise and timing that really links together a number of different piano jazz traditions – no surprise, given how many different scenes Teddy influenced! The setting is simple – just a trio format, with either Al ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has splitting in the seams and spine.)
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.)
A really great pairing of pianist Teddy Wilson and Japanese reedman Eiji Kitamura – and a set that features Eiji playing alto and tenor instead of his more familiar clarinet! The switch in reeds is a great one – and gives the record a nicely deep, soulful vibe – especially on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the greatest album ever from vibist Lem Winchester – an early soulful star on his instrument, but one who was taken from us all too soon! Lem's got this groove that really brings the instrument forward a lot – a harder touch that rivals that of Johnny Lytle, but a looser, freer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's no mistake – both in its pluralization and its acclaim for Kai Winding – as the leader here is working with a brace of additional trombones, all in a groove that's one of his most fluid on record to date! The style builds nicely from the sound that Kai and JJ Johnson forged ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange & black label pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has some wear on the top right corner and a bit of gloss separation at the top seam.)
The title's no mistake – both in its pluralization and its acclaim for Kai Winding – as the leader here is working with a brace of additional trombones, all in a groove that's one of his most fluid on record to date! The style builds nicely from the sound that Kai and JJ Johnson forged ... 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
Paul Winter —
Rio ... LP Columbia, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Even though Paul Winter's always been a little bit of a phony, this bossa LP on Columbia is pretty good stuff! The record was recorded with some of Brazil's best bossa players – like Luiz Bonfa, Roberto Menescal, and Luiz Eca (of Tamba Trio fame). John Hammond produced the session, so you ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy Witherspoon with Jack McDuff —
Blues Is Now ... LP Verve, 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
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
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
Mike Wofford Groups —
Sure Thing ... CD Discovery, 1967/1978/1980/1981. Used ...
(Out of print, please note that a few tracks are highlighted on the traycard artwork.)
The cover looks contemporary, but Raven Wolf plays in a style that goes back through generations – mostly blowing wood flute here, often over spare percussion – on tunes that have a slightly mystical, slightly spiritual current overall! The album's hardly got any other ornamentation at ... read moreCD
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
Rare work from one of the true powerhouse performers on the Detroit jazz scene – organist Lyman Woodard, famous for a few funk records in the 70s – but a musician who also gigged non-stop for decades in the Motor City! This double-length set features two performances, almost 20 years ... read moreCD
Mad funky vibes from The Wooden Glass – a group led by vibist Billy Wooten – an obscure player in the history books, but one who has had a huge influence on 21st Century groove! Billy's got a hard style on the vibes that's like Bobby Hutcherson and Roy Ayers at their soulful best ... read moreCD
A fantastic record – easily one of Phil Woods' greatest! The album was cut during a time when Woods was living and working in France – and the great rhythm section backing him up features George Gruntz on piano, Henri Texier on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums, all grooving in an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing. Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)
One of those great records from the 70s that makes you say "man, Phil Woods was hip!" The session was cut in London with an electrified big band led by Chris Gunning, and featuring keyboards by the groovy Gordon Beck – kind of a blend of strings, keys, and woodwinds – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear with a gold promo stamp.)
Great stuff! Phils Woods plays reeds over a cool crazy band of Greek players who are trying to do a "jazz meets Zorba the Greek" thing here. Sounds crazy, but the record's actually great, and has a mix of styles that comes together in an amazing way. We always used to pass this up, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s green label ABC-Impulse pressing. Cover has a cut corner, some ring & edge wear, and lightly bent corners.)
One of the smartest moves Phil Woods ever made was to move to Paris in 1968 and pick up a European rhythm section that featured George Gruntz, Henri Texier, and Daniel Humair. At the time, the idea of a European rhythm section might have been considered suicide by some folks – but for Woods, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear and a promo sticker.)
Really compelling large group work from Phil Woods – one of his first-ever efforts of its type, and a tremendous session that's filled with solos from a wide array of very hip players! The whole album's built around a 5-part "Rights Of Swing" work penned by Woods – a jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The team of Phil Woods & Gene Quill hit Prestige Records – and get a bit more space to blow than on other sessions of the time! The album's definitely got a quality that lives up to the "with prestige" in the title – a classy, careful sort of sound that's very much the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare as hens' teeth – and an incredible meeting of two vastly underrated alto talents! Phil Woods got plenty of opportunities to record as a leader in the 50s, but altoist Gene Quill was often buried in bigger groups – a fact that makes this album one of the few chances to really hear ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible meeting of two vastly underrated alto talents! Phil Woods got plenty of opportunities to record as a leader in the 50s, but altoist Gene Quill was often buried in bigger groups – a fact that makes this album one of the few chances to really hear him shine! Woods and Quill work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Jazz Odyssey pressing from 1980.)
Phil Woods, Vincent Herring & Antonio Hart —
Alto Summit ... CD Milestone, 1996. Used ...
Trumpeter Nate Wooley always gives us plenty of surprises with his records – and this time around, he opens our ears even more – by working in a quartet with two varieties of electric guitar, and using an amplifier alongside his familiar trumpet! The songs are all quite long, and work ... read moreCD
A huge box of work from trumpeter Nate Wooley – a package that features two albums that were previously issued on small overseas labels, and two more that appear here for the first time ever! The music has a very unified vibe throughout – as every one of the recordings features Wooley ... read moreCD
There's nothing transitional about this set, as all players are at the top of their game – working beautifully together on some freely soaring numbers! The album's one of DIW's most spirited trio sessions from the time – and a record that draws equal amounts of energy from the bass of ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card has a bit of highlighter and pen in the tracklist.)
Tremendous interplay on saxes from this ultra-hip combo – a legendary lineup that features David Murray, Oliver Lake, Hamiet Bluiett, and Julius Hemphill – all blowing hard on a variety of saxes! The sound here is possibly a bit more free at times than some of the quartet's other 80s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Hamiet Bluiett, Julius Hemphill, David Murray, and Oliver Lake – each playing a few different saxes. Titles include "R&B", "Hearts", "PO In Cairo", "Steppin", and "Ra Ta Ta". LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful record, and one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by alto player Leo Wright! At the time of the set, Wright was really making some excellent records with Lalo Schifrin and in Dizzy Gillespie's group (where they both were working at the time) – and this set is a perfect ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red and purple label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole and some edge wear.)
A rare soul jazz session from alto saxophonist Leo Wright – a player that we mostly know from his bossa work of the early 60s! The session's extremely noteworthy as being one of the few to feature female organist Gloria Coleman – a player with whom Wright worked on her classic 1963 ... read moreCD
A fantastic project that links together two legends in Polish jazz – saxophonist Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski, whose tenor has been blowing our minds for decades – and the late jazz/soundtrack composer Krzysztof Komeda, whose music is featured in the set! The album's based around a longer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski Quartet —
Flyin Lady ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1978. New Copy ...
A charming little 70s session from Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – one of the greatest tenor stars of the Polish jazz scene of the 60s and 70s! Jan's got a style that's a bit like Stan Getz during the same time – warmly carved notes that are perfectly at home in easygoing tunes that allow ... read moreCD
The core group feautres Jurgen Wuchner on piccolo bass, alongside violin, viola, and bass – with guest help from Paul Grabowsky on piano, Andreas Krieger on drums, and Leszek Zadlo on soprano sax, flute, and tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
Richard Wyands —
Reunited ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 1995. Used ...
Maybe the first we've ever heard of Piotr Wylezol – a Polish pianist, and a great songwriter too – one who creates these beautiful little pictures in sound, which are then opened up by the musicians in his group! The lineup here is great – as colorful as the songs themselves ... read moreCD
A Chicago avant jazz supergroup – featuring Mars Williams on saxes, Kent Kessler on bass, Greg Suran on guitar, Wayne Kramer on guitar, David Suycott on drums and effects, and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello. The approach here certainly shows a lot of Williams' sides – fast and frenetic ... read moreCD
The only album we've ever seen from this avant jazz quartet – a lineup that includes Wolfgang Fuchs on sopranino sax and bass clarinet, Paul Lytton on drums and electronics, Erhard Hirt on electric guitar and dobro, and Hans Schneider on bass. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small seam split on the bottom, and one slightly bumped corner – but is otherwise great.)
A great Japanese take on the sound of Thelonious Monk at the end of the 50s – one that's led by pianist Masao Yagi, and which features some of the same dynamic horn interplay as Monk's best work on Riverside! Yagi's got a really great group here – with Sadao Watanabe on alto sax and ... read moreCD
An album that really lives up to its title – as the whole thing really takes off right from the start, with a freshness that comes both from the writing of Japanese pianist Takayuki Yagi, and his strength as a leader! The group here features American players – Ralph Bowen on tenor, ... read moreCD
Incredible work from the Japanese scene of the end of the 60s – a record that mixes together traditional instrumentation, bossa rhythms, and groovier jazz touches – all in a sublime blend that would have been a feather in the cap of A&M or Verve Records at the time! The work here ... read moreCD
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto —
Daahoud ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A warm and soulful session from Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – recorded in simple trio format, but handled with a real depth of feeling! Yamamoto's got the stretching, soaring quality that we love in the best of these Japanese piano sessions from the 70s – a bit of post-Coltrane ... read moreCD
(Part of the East Wind Masters Collection 1000!)
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto —
Life ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Plenty of life here – as pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto gets some wonderful rhythm accompaniment from Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – both of whom make the record flow like the best Cedar Walton trio sides from the time! Yamamoto's definitely got his own touch on the keys, ... read moreCD
(Part of the East Wind Masters Collection 1000!)
Yukako Yamano —
3rd Stage ... CD Yukako Yamano (Japan), 2017. New Copy Gatefold ...
A beautiful album of solo piano from up-and-coming pianist Yukako Yamano – a set that's got a lot more acoustic depth than you might expect from the keyboard pictured on the cover! Despite the presentation of that instrument, most of the music here is done on a very resonant grand piano ... read moreCD
Fantastic solo work from this revolutionary Japanese pianist – and a set that not only features some of his striking originals, but also versions of "A Night In Tunisia" and "Autumn Leave" – both of which make for a nice contrast! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese promo pressing, 28MJ 3106, including the insert. Cover has light ringwear.)
Incredible avant jazz from the Japanese scene of the late 60s – a free-thinking trio session from pianist Yosuke Yamashita, and one that features some great tenor by Seiichi Nakamura! The lineup of piano, tenor, and drums comes across with a bit of an ESP feel – but there's also more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s pressing, VIJ-6335, with obi and insert.)
Yosuke Yamashita —
Sunayama ... LP Frasco (Japan), 1978. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the boldest sessions we've ever heard from this amazing Japanese pianist – way more so than you might guess from the cover! Features some great alto from Akira Sakata, plus Hitoshi Okano and Kenji Nakazawa on trumpets, and Yasuaki Shimizu on tenor and Shigeharu Mukai on trombone. LP, Vinyl record album
Solo piano from one of Japan's most inventive talents on the keyboard – really stretching out here in a warmly acoustic setting, in a style that's quite freewheeling and open, yet without some of the more avant moments of later years too! There's a sense of balance here that's really ... read moreCD
Bluesy piano, but with plenty of jazz roots too – vintage material recorded in Chicago during the early years of Atlantic Records, at a time when the label was almost more dedicated to preserving old styles than pushing new ones! Yancey's piano is sublime – recorded better here than on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet swinger from this hip Japanese vocalist – one of the groovier talents of that scene in the 70s, and an artist whose name wasn't that well known on our side of the Pacific! The record's got a soulful bounce right from the start – thanks to backings from the trio of pianist ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Reedman Pete Yellin is really on fire here – swirling up in this soaring, spiritual blend of sounds – with great work throughout from Kenny Barron on electric piano, Eddie Henderson on trumpet, and Billy Hart on drums! The album's got the kind of soaring majesty that Henderson brought ... read moreCD
Shelley Yoelin's Jazz Workshop Septet —
Secret Steps ... CD Blujazz, 2012. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A definite flute adventure from Japanese reedman Toshiaki Yokota – one that's got some wonderfully trippy elements, in the best spirit of some of the most groundbreaking MPS sessions at the end of the 60s! Yokota plays a variety of flutes, and he's backed by electric guitar, bass, and plenty ... read moreCD
David Young may not be the biggest name in the jazz history books, but we'll always remember him fondly for this great little album on Mainstream – a set that's maybe one of the more spiritual session on the label in the early 70s! Young plays tenor, and he's got a group that's all-hip, all ... read moreCD
Drummer Jordan Young has a great quartet here – one that features Brian Charette on Hammond, who shapes the sound as much as Jordan's drums! In fact, the organ's so up front in the lead, the record might almost come across as being under Charette's leadership – but, like the time when ... read moreCD
One of the best Larry Young albums for Blue Note – and a record that really gets at his unique conception and style in the 60s! The session's a key bridge between Larry's soul jazz roots and his more far-reaching experimental work – filled with deep, heavy grooves – yet mixed ... read moreCD
An incredible album from the man that changed the way the world hears the Hammond! This album was Larry Young's first for Blue Note – and it's a mindblowing batch of tunes that push the organ into realms that had never been heard of in jazz. Young's got a real penchant for a modal groove ... read moreCD
The most free-thinking Larry Young album of the 60s – and that's saying a lot, considering the rest of his work! The session's quite an unusual one – with two drummers in the group, grounding a sextet that features Larry on organ, James Spaulding on alto and flute, Herbert Morgan on ... read moreCD
(Out of print, SHMCD pressing. Includes obi.)
Larry Young —
Unity ... CD Blue Note, Mid 60s. Used ...
A brilliant album that would forever change the way the organ was used in jazz! The set's the greatest contribution ever from organist Larry Young – a lean and modal session recorded with help from a young quartet that includes Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, and Elvin Jones – all leaping ... read moreCD
Prez plays nice easy-going solos with a combo that includes Jessie Drakes on trumpet, Gildo Mahones on piano, John Ore on bass, and Connie Kaye on drums. The style of the tracks is in a warm mellow tone, which fits perfectly with Young's sweet sweet solo style. Tracks include "Another ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Clef Series pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has some splitting in the top seam held with clear tape, light wear and aging, sticker spots on front, and some notes in pen on back.)
A beautiful session from the mid 50s, and on that's very much in the classic imprint of the Verve label. Norman Granz pulls together some of the bigger post-swing players of the day – like Young, Eldridge, Freddie Green, Jo Jones, Teddy Wilson, and others – and has them run through ... read moreCD
A set with the date of 1956 very firmly planted in the title – but one that's also gone onto become a timeless ensemble session from Verve Records! The feel here is almost in jam session mode, but perhaps a bit tighter – a group of all-star players from the mid-50s, with Lester Young ... read moreCD
A well-done collection of Lester Young's work for Verve – issued shortly after his death, and offering Prez in a variety of different settings! Most of the work is small combo material, recorded between 1950 and 1956 – all in that open, easygoing Verve style that seemed to work almost ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing. Cover has wear, a split bottom seam, tape along the top seam and marker on the back.)
An early trio session by Lester Young – recorded with Buddy Rich on drums! The record also features an obscure pianist named "Aye Guy" – Nat King Cole under another name! Guy and Young trade lines in a very nicely relaxed format, and even though the record's mostly all ... read moreCD