One of Jimmy's last albums for a major label in the 70s – a real back-to-basics set that was recorded live at the Jimmy Smith Supper Club in LA – the "home of fried cornbread and live jazz", and a venue that we certainly wish we could have visited! Jimmy's working here with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early Jimmy Smith work for Blue Note – packaged together here as a "standards" collection and issued on Liberty's Sunset label in the late 60s! The collection offers little in the way of session details – clearly an attempt to pass it off as new material – but it does ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice collection of one of the jazz organ's greatest players, pulled from Smith's classic Blue Note sides. Sidemen include Lou Donaldson, Stanley Turrentine, Lee Morgan, Tina Brooks, Kenny Burrell, Thornell Schwartz, Quentin Warren, Art Blakey, and Donald Bailey. 8 tracks in all, including " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great back to basics session from organist Jimmy Smith – recorded live in the early 80s, but with a freewheeling small combo sound that takes us back to his Blue Note years! The group on the album's a quartet – with Jimmy on both piano and organ, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Johnny ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy Smith —
Monster ... LP Verve, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Totally cool Jimmy Smith album that has him playing a lot of funky groovy versions of TV and Film themes, like "Goldfinger", "Theme From The Munsters", "Theme From Man With the Golden Arm", and "Theme From Bewitched". Oliver Nelson leads a large band and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A new star is right – because with the strength of this set, Jimmy Smith set a whole new tone for the way that the organ was used in jazz! The album's got a raw, earthy power that grabs us right away – and even though the tunes themselves are mostly familiar numbers, Jimmy's early ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lean little set from Jimmy Smith's back to basics years of the early 80s – an album that's recorded in a relatively old school soul jazz mode! Jimmy's mostly playing Hammond here – but also uses a bit of Arp strings at times – and the rest of the group members include George ... read moreCD
The other side of Jimmy Smith is a mellow side – as this album's nearly all ballads and standards, set to moody late night orchestrations by Johnny Pate. Jimmy's playing is very very nice – and in a relaxed introspective mode that he hadn't really been allowed since some of his Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy Smith and Stanley Turrentine go head to head in a great little set for Blue Note – spare quartet grooving, with lots of room for soulful solos! Turrentine's simply great at this point – playing with a raspy edge on the bottom of his tone, sounding dark and mysterious – not ... read moreCD
Features Curtis Peagler, Herman Riley, and Rickey Woodard on tenors, Phil Upchurch and Terry Evans on guitar, and a bit of vocals from Barbara Morrison on one track. Titles include "Simple Soul Song", "Here Comes CT", "Farther On Up The Road", and "Matter Of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy Smith —
Respect ... LP Verve, 1967. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Mad respect for Jimmy Smith – a cool small group record that's different than some of his bigger-concept, larger arrangement records for Verve! The groove here is tight and right on the money – and the tracks are a bit longer than other Verve sessions too – as the master really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some light wear.)
A nice little set from Jimmy – often overlooked amidst the flurry of early 60s Blue Notes, but a really strong session! The group on the set is Jimmy's trio with Quentin Warren on guitar and Don Bailey on drums – but they're augmented here by Lou Donaldson, whose crafty work on alto ... read moreCD
A real treasure, and a record that may well be our favorite Jimmy Smith album for Verve – a masterful meeting of his smoking Hammond work with some swingingly sophisticated arrangements by Oliver Nelson and Claus Ogerman! Both Nelson and Ogerman bring a fuller spectrum of horn work to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second great session from two of Verve's biggest jazz stars of the 60s – organist Jimmy Smith and guitarist Wes Montgomery – an unlikely pair, to be sure, but one who work great together on the set! The real change here is in Wes' playing – as it's shifted from the mellower ... read moreCD
Excellent meeting between 2 mighty talents who rarely recorded together! Oliver Nelson did the arrangements and leads a big band, but the real focus is on Jimmy and Wes' solos, which are given a lot of room to roam in long tracks like "James & Wes", "Night Train", and " ... read moreCD
(Out of print Verve Master edition in a tri-fold digipack.)
Johnny Hammond Smith —
All Soul ... LP New Jazz/Prestige, 1959. Very Good ...
One of the first albums ever from jazz organist Johnny Hammond Smith – a set that's got a wonderfully moody, late nite feel – and a depth that definitely lives up to the title! Smith's playing in a trio that features Thornel Schwartz on guitar and Leo Stevens on drums – in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original purple label New Jazz pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp.)
One of Johnny Hammond's first albums – and a cooking little live set that really has the organist working with some early raw power! The group's a trio, but they seem to burn differently than some of the other organ combos of the time – maybe with that fluid sensibility that Johnny ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo. Cover has split seams held with clear tape at the ends, some peeled spots from sticker removal on front, and discoloration from age.)
A great lost groover on Prestige – and an album that puts the soulful organ of Johnny Hammond Smith into contact with the groovy vibes of Freddie McCoy – one of the label's best under-reissued players! The tracks have a nice raw soul jazz sound – and the combination of vibes and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a center split bottom seam with some staining on the back.)
One of the most widely-circulated albums in the early years of Wadada Leo Smith – an ECM session that not only gave the trumpeter the kind of exposure he wasn't getting with his independent and import albums – but also a record that reminded the world that the label also had a strong ... read moreCD
Lonnie Liston Smith —
Live! ... LP RCA, 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
The mighty Lonnie Liston Smith live – sounding every bit as great as he did on his famous studio sessions from the 70s – and maybe even more freewheeling too! The feel of the record is really tremendous – extremely soulful, with Lonnie jamming away on keyboards as the band ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real gem from Lonnie Liston Smith's early years in the studio – and a record that's perhaps a bit more "cosmic" than it is "funk" – but that's why we like it so much! The session has Lonnie stretching out a bit more than usual – borrowing some of the ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)
Lonnie Smith —
Afro-desia ... LP Groove Merchant, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Excellent work by Lonnie Smith – a free-flowing album of long jazzy grooves that's kind of an extension of his Blue Note albums, touches with more of the electricity of his 70s playing! There's some killer rhythms on the album – courtesy of drummers Jamey Hudad and Ben Riley, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet 70s groover from the great Lonnie Smith – a soulful little session that has the keyboardist really stretching out in some great ways! At the time, Smith fares a lot better than some of his late 60s jazz organ contemporaries – as he's got a great lean style, perfect for the ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Lonnie Smith —
Gotcha ... CD LRC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Smooth later work from Lonnie Smith – but still pretty darn great, with a feel that's in the late 70s Kudu/CTI mode! Arrangements are bigger than ever before – with large backings arranged by Lonnie, and some vocals that have a really wonderful, warm, Stevie Wonder-esque quality to ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
A stone killer from organist Lonnie Smith – one of his completely cooking early albums for Blue Note, and a hard-burner all the way through! Smith's working here with a really great group that includes Idris Muhammad on drums and Melvin Sparks on guitar – both of whom give the album a ... read moreCD
Great later work from Lonnie Smith – a set that's quite different than his initial Hammond material for Blue Note – but equally excellent in its own sort of way! The album has Lonnie playing both Fender Rhodes and organ – the former with this sweet, tight groove that's mighty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strong return to form for trumpeter Louis Smith – emerging here in the late 70s with a wonderfully fluid sound! Smith's trumpet and flugelhorn work are very much in the spirit of the recordings he and his soul jazz contemporaries made for Blue Note back in the late 50s and early 60s – ... read moreCD
Drummer Neal Smith has a hell of a group here – Eric Alexander on tenor, Steve Wilson on alto, Mark Whitfield on guitar, and Mulgrew Miller on piano – a lineup that he more than lives up to with his tight leadership, and great choice of material for the date! The tunes include two ... 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
A great little album of jazz from 1970s LA – featuring an obscure group that includes the genius alto player Gary Foster. Foster's probably the best known talent in the group, and even he's hardly a household name, but his playing on the record is on a par with some of his best work on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with a split top seam. Label has marker.)
A righteously powerful piece from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – a tribute to the political power of Rosa Parks, and her lasting legacy in American history – served up as an oratorio of seven songs, performed with a nicely shifting lineup! The album is one of the most ambitious we've ... 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
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in his best sort of setting – working in an openly creative space for improvisation, one that has Smith not only shaping things majestically with his lines on trumpet – but also making some nice shifts to other instrumentation too! Drummer Sabu Toyozumi is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from one of our favorite talents ever on the alto sax – a player who was almost to that instrument what Ben Webster was to the tenor! The collection features a number of laidback small group numbers that really show a strong focus on Willie Smith's amazing sound – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and a bit of tape on the edges.)
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
Jim Snidero's got a really wonderful group here – a combo that makes for a perfect complement to his phrasing on the record, which seems somehow even more magical than usual! The rhythms are open and spacious – lots of room between the notes, served up by bassist Nat Reeves, drummer ... read moreCD
Ronald Snijders —
Safe Return ... CD Ronald Snijders/Everland (Holland), 1980. New Copy ...
Fantastic funky flute from Ronald Snijders – a European player of the 70s, but one whose work really reminds us a lot of the soulful groove of Bobbi Humphrey at the same time! Like Bobbi, Ronald often has this clear, clean tone on his instrument – as spacious as it is soulful, which ... read moreCD
Ronald Snijders —
Safe Return ... LP Ronald Snijders/Everland (Holland), 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
Fantastic funky flute from Ronald Snijders – a European player of the 70s, but one whose work really reminds us a lot of the soulful groove of Bobbi Humphrey at the same time! Like Bobbi, Ronald often has this clear, clean tone on his instrument – as spacious as it is soulful, which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Oddly titled "The Debut On Disc", this set isn't really Solal's first on vinyl – but it is some classic early modernist material. Side one features a trio with Guy Pederson and Daniel Humair – on some amazing compositions by Solal, like "Ouin-Ouin", "Theme A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Striking early work from the great Martial Solal – maybe not as avant as some of his later material, but still pretty modern and distinct overall! This one captures a strong side of Solal's playing – and features him in a trio with Guy Pederson's bass and the great Daniel Humair on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredibly soulful set of jazz from the Danish scene at the start of the 70s – and a record that's much more in keeping with the spiritual sounds of the American underground at the time! The set boasts some tremendous tenor work from Jesper Nehammar – a player we don't know at all, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark work from the St Louis scene – a pivotal album by Solidarity Unit – an offshoot of that city's groundbreaking Black Artists Group! The style here is very much in the mode of AACM work coming out of Chicago at the time – freely creative, and very exploratory – ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great two-fer that brings together both album by this fantastic prog group! First up is the sweet debut set from Solution – a Dutch group who work here in a seriously jazzy blend of keyboards and reeds – almost with a vibe that's like Brian Auger in his post-Trinity years, but ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that definitely lives up to its promised title – as the whole thing brims over with excellent work from players you might know from other albums on the Posi-Tone label! The group name doesn't get at the heart of the sound, though – as there's a sharp, soulful focus to the ... read moreCD
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
(Out of print.)
Mayumi Sonoda with Kichiro Sugino Trio —
Gogo Sanji No Aki ... LP Johnny's Disk/Studio Mule (Germany), 1982. New Copy (reissue)...
An overlooked gem from this hip Japanese singer – a vocalist who's got a different take on jazzy modes than some of her contemporaries – with a raspy vibe that's maybe closer to the work of European vocalists like Karin Krog or Monica Zetterlund at their best! Mayumi Sonada has none of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful material from this legendary Bay Area soul jazz combo! The Sons & Daughters of Lite have an incredibly spiritual sound – one that sounds sort of like the best groups on the Strata East label, with touches of Roy Ayers or James Mason-esque soulfulness, but with a little less ... 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
Two funky jazz gems from Japanese reedman Jiro Inagaki and his electric Soul Media group! "Painted Paradise has right drums and a nicely choppy rhythm – arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki, who also plays Fender Rhodes on the tune! "Breeze" is a tune that begins with loads of ... (Funky 45's, Jazz)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
This funky combo kicks it hard on their second Blue Note album – expanding the group a bit more to include an alto player, which makes for a nice choppy jazz funk sound! The record's got a few appearances by famous guests – including Amel Larrieux, Black Thought, Talib Kweli & Hi ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
Great stuff from one of those groups who just keep on grooving over the years – always hitting hard with their own unique take on deep funk! We first loved Soulive back when the group were issuing music on self-produced CDs – and they've really come a long way in their sound, and have ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)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
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and ... read moreCD
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty hip work by Harry South – with a hell of a fantastic lineup that includes Dick Morrisey and Ronnie Scott on tenor sax, Tubby Hayes on tenor and flute, Gordon Beck on piano, Ian Carr and Ian Hamer on trumpets, and Phil Seamen on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Hard swinging work from James Spaulding – still sounding great after all these years! Spaulding's in perfect company here – with Ronnie Matthews on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums, plus horn work by Dan Faulk and Don Sickler, next to the range of flute and alto ... 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
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 notch, some wear, and promo/hype stickers.)
A sweet keyboard trio, and one who work with surprising instrumentation from gospel music – yet make their tunes come across with a very different vibe overall! The group features lots of Hammond and other keyboards from David Wallumrod, and the record features tunes penned by James ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jo Stafford guests with Art Van Damme's quintet on this album, keeping things nice and mellow to match the group's icy sound. The set's about as groovy as you can expect from an accordian player, in Van Damme's trademark jazzy style, with haunting breathy instrumentation, and a sound that's ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Incredible work from one of the hippest vibists working on the planet today – the great Mattias Stahl, one of the few players to really bring something new to the instrument over the past few decades! Stahls has this very rich sound, but also a very unique sense of timing too – which ... read moreCD
Incredible work from one of the hippest vibists working on the planet today – the great Mattias Stahl, one of the few players to really bring something new to the instrument over the past few decades! Stahls has this very rich sound, but also a very unique sense of timing too – which ... 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
A lost chapter in the career of Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – better known for his recent recordings on ECM, and his classic 60s work with Komeda – but sounding surprisingly great here as well! The album's a relatively straight set of tracks that feature Stanko with a quartet – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible bit of funky fusion from the Texas scene of the 70s – a record that's unlike anything else we've ever heard from the Lone Star state, and which still sounds plenty fresh all these many years later! Starcrost have a sound that mixes jazzy riffing with great female lead vocals ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Starcrost ... LP Fable/Jazzman (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
An incredible bit of funky fusion from the Texas scene of the 70s – a record that's unlike anything else we've ever heard from the Lone Star state, and which still sounds plenty fresh all these many years later! Starcrost have a sound that mixes jazzy riffing with great female lead vocals ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album