Leon Thomas takes his vocals to new heights – moving past the straight spiritual jazz modes of his work with Pharoah Sanders, to embrace a whole host of new styles too! There's a slight trace of the blues promised in the title, but always inflected through a more soulful approach overall ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A tasty compilation of Leon Thomas' work for the Flying Dutchman label – work that's clearly his best over the years, and which retains the original style of spiritual soul jazz that he pioneered with Pharoah Sanders. The groove here runs from open-ended soul jazz to some tighter numbers ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Leon Thomas – easily one of his greatest albums ever, and a set that was recorded at the same time he was working with Pharoah Sanders! Thomas really rose to fame on Sanders' classic "The Creator Has A Master Plan" – and this set really takes off from that ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unusual settings we've ever heard for the always-sharp saxophone work of John Butcher – a set that features lots of moogy moments from Pat Thomas, who uses both a theremini and electronics – alongside much more organic sounds on percussion from Stale Liavik Solberg! ... read moreCD
No standards here, as the tracks are all originals – written by reedman Ralph Thomas and the rest of his group – to create the sort of unique little record that really keeps us digging for rare jazz over the years! Thomas grew up in Chicago, where he soaked up the soulful sounds of ... read moreCD
No standards here, as the tracks are all originals – written by reedman Ralph Thomas and the rest of his group – to create the sort of unique little record that really keeps us digging for rare jazz over the years! Thomas grew up in Chicago, where he soaked up the soulful sounds of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please Note – these copies have a slightly dinged corner from shipping.)
Don Thompson/Rob Piltch —
Bells ... LP Umbrella (Canada), 1982. Very Good ...
... LP, Vinyl record album
Lucky Thompson & Tete Montoliu Trio —
Soul's Nite Out ... LP Ensayo (Spain), 1970. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Lucky Thompson blows with the Tete Montoliu trio, in this warmly soulful set of tracks recorded in Spain in 1970. The set features a number of short straight ahead numbers that are different from some of Thompson's work in the US during the time – much more in the mode of his earlier work, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The group features Freddie Greene on guitar, Joe Jones on drums, and Walter Page on bass! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam.)
Ken Thomson & Slow/Fast —
Settle ... CD NCM, 2014. Used ...
Clifford Thornton New Art Ensemble —
Freedom & Unity ... CD Third World/Unheard Music Series, 1967. Used ...
Pretty darn obscure stuff from Clifford Thornton – and pretty darn great! The record features Thornton's New Art Ensemble, which includes Sonny King on alto, Karl Berger on vibes, Joe McPhee on trumpet, and Jimmy Garrison on bass. The tracks are similar to some of Thornton's later work, but ... read moreCD
One of the best albums from singer Teri Thornton – a jazz vocalist who was really starting to come into her own at the beginning of the 60s, and shines here in a way that's different from some of her bigger label sets! Backings are by Norman Simmons – a pianist we love on his own, and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Obscure set of sexy vocal numbers, sung by Teri Thornton with some nice backing by Larry Wilcox and his orchestra. Thornton's got a polished style that resembles some of Sarah Vaughan's Mercury recordings of the mid and late 50s, and the backing is lush and dreamy, and works well with her voice. ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some very light aging, but is pretty great overall!)
Compelling compositions from the great Henry Threadgill – recorded here with a really like-minded batch of players who perfectly help him realize his musical vision! There's a nicely snakey feel to some of the tunes here – almost a journey in jazz expression from the left side of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most beautiful, lyrical albums we've ever heard from Henry Threadgill – a set that still has all the sharp edges you might know from his other work, but which also comes across with a slightly more sensitive sound as well! The compositions are beautiful – really well-written ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three (Joe Sample, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne) —
Three ... LP Inner City, 1976. Very Good+ ...
Quite possibly one of the most successful Japanese piano trio recordings of the 70s – a super-session performed by a group that includes Joe Sample on acoustic piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums! Given that Sample's best known during the era for his electric keys with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing on East West, missing obi.)
Tight little organ/sax combo led by Chicago alto player Sonny Cox. The groove is tight and hot, like you might have heard in a lounge in this city in the early 60's (and still can on a good night, if you're lucky). Features a pre-Pharoahs/EWF Louis Satterfield on bass. A lost classic from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label Argo pressing. Cover has light wear. Label has some water stains.)
Go out of the world with The Three Sounds on this sweet little set for Blue Note – as the trio are at their early best, and working with a care of craft that you won't find on other 60s albums for labels like Verve or Mercury! The mighty Gene Harris is in the lead on piano, moving between a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp and ear.)
Tiger Trio (Joelle Leandre/Myra Melford/Nicole Mitchell) —
Map Of Liberation ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2019. New Copy ...
A very hip trio, one that features three of the greatest female improvisers of the past 30 years – Joelle Leandre on bass, Myra Melford on piano, and Nicole Mitchell on flute, alto flute, and piccolo! The work is maybe more often in the territory of Leandre and Melford's earlier material ... read moreCD
A brilliant assemblage of players – working here under the Timeless All Stars tag, because they'd all recorded for the label – but held together much more deeply through a rich tradition of west coast soul jazz! The team of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson are wonderfully united for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lesser-known outing for this all-star group – a combo who first recorded for Timeless Records, hence their name, but who shine almost even more brightly on this tiny date for the Early Bird label! Most of the lineup is as before – a very soulful group with Cedar Walton on piano, ... read moreCD
Masterful work from one of the greatest all-star groups in jazz – a short lived sextet that featured some of the best players working for Timeless Records – and a group that recalls the brilliance of the early recordings of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson! Both Hutcherson and Land are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard-burning work from the Timeless All Stars – a group named after their record label, but who have a heck of a lot more going on at the core! This isn't just jam session material, as is often the case with an "all stars" group – but instead really well-matched, well-conceive ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bobby Timmons at the height of his powers – recorded live at the Village Vanguard, with a trio that includes Ron Carter on bass and Albert Heath on drums! The tracks are a bit longer than on some of Bobby's trio studio sides for Riverside – nicely swinging, with some killer piano work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of soul jazz tracks that pairs together two of Prestige's best players! The firey Bobby Timmons is at the height of his career here – cutting long drawn-out piano grooves that are among some of the best of his young years. Lytle's always a killer – and his funky vibes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label trident pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has small gloss bubbles, in great shape otherwise!)
A groundbreaking set from British pianist Keith Tippett – an album of completely improvised material, all-acoustic – and performed with a group that includes Julie Tippett on voice and guitar, Frank Perry on percussion, and Roy Babbington on bass. The album's got a really organic feel ... read moreCD
The crashing waves of the Pacific coast hardly seem like the serene setting you might want for the vibes of Cal Tjader – but this album works surprisingly well, and offers up Cal's combo in a Monterey live date, before the jazz festival really got going strong! The group's one that matches ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has some wear and splitting seams.)
Cal Tjader —
Huracan ... CD Laser Light, 1978. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A great little 70s electric session by Cal – and one that was only originally issued on a 45rpm direct to disc recording. That original 4-track LP has 2 more tracks added to it, and the whole thing's a very tasty batch of Latiny grooves with a sweet mellow 70s sound. Cal's vibes are backed ... read moreCD
A real standout session from Cal Tjader – a straight jazz side from the late 50s, recorded with a hip group that includes Vince Guaraldi on piano, Gene Wright on bass, and Al Torre on drums. Although Cal's possibly better-remembered for his Latin work of the time, the record is a good ... read moreCD
(Please note the disc has a few marks but plays fine.)
Cal records a set of lush mellow ballads, but the sound is surprisingly enjoyable and soulful, thanks to some great electric piano by Frank Strazzeri and electric guitar work by Eddie Duran – both of whom give the session a very dope 70s vibe. Tracks include "A House Is Not A Home" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 2-in-1 Latin jazz spectacular from the mighty Cal Tjader! First up is the album Ritmo Caliente – one of Tjader's first Latin-tinged sessions for Fantasy Records – and a really wonderful batch of tracks recorded with a shifting array of very hip players! In addition to Cal's vibes, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and splitting with some marker in the top left.)
Cal Tjader —
Primo ... LP Fantasy, 1973. Very Good ...
A really hard-hitting set from Cal Tjader – and one that's done with a good dose of 60s Latin Soul as well! The album was recorded in the early 70s, but it's really got a late 60s New York flavor – thanks to arrangers Charlie Palmieri and Tito Puente – who cook up a groove that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cal Tjader —
Tjader ... LP Fantasy, Late 60s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
An excellent album from legendary vibist Cal Tjader – and one of his truly electric albums! A key factor to the greatness of this one is keyboardist Al Zulaica – who plays some amazing Fender Rhodes on the album, really unlocking a whole new sound of Cal's vibes in the process! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warm mellow moody vibes from Cal Tjader, in a great setting for his vibes – with nice sweet orchestrations by Claus Ogerman, who gives the whole thing a nice deep Euro 60's feel! The group includes Hank Jones, Jerome Richardson & Kenny Burrell. The set's mostly ballads, with a number of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever that has vibist Cal Tjader working with a vocalist – and not a bad idea, either, considering that Cal's cool style always seems to provide a compelling backdrop for a singer! Mary Stallings was a lesser-known west coast vocalist at the time – but she sings ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Still sealed, spine has a cutout notch.)
One of a pair of great late 70s European dates from Japanese percussion master Masahiko Togashi – and a set that features some especially striking trombone from the legendary Albert Mangelsdorff! Given Albert's previous experiments in free, open-ended groups – his talents here are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing with obi and insert. Cover has some edge wear and a piece of clear tape at the end of the top seam.)
A fantastic all-star quartet – performing here in a concert that's full of surprises, and which really opens up the best aspects of all the musicians at this point in their career! There's definitely some of the freer improv you might expect, but the music also has some more rhythmic, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most obscure 50s sides of LA jazz – and one of the hardest to find on the tiny Mode label! Drummer Paul Togawa leads a quartet of mostly obscure players – including Dick Johnston on piano, Gabe Baltazar on alto, and more familiar Ben Tucker on bass. Tucker's got that round ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original grey label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small bit of tape in one corner, but is nice overall.)
The first moment of genius from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – a set that wasn't originally issued on the Strata East label, but which really set the tone for all the genius to follow on Tolliver's label! At the time of the record, Charles was part of a whole new generation of hardboppers who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy jamming fusion from Finnish guitarist Jukka Tolonen – long tracks with mostly that hard full-on sound that European players were pretty big on at the time, touched with a few lighter tracks that have a more spacious approach! The album was Tolonen's first as a leader, and it's a really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original UK pressing on Sonet. Cover has light wear.)
One of the grooviest Mel Torme albums ever – a smoking little live set that has the Velvet Fog hitting a whole new soulful sound for the 60s – with a leaner groove than ever before! Backing is from the trio of pianist Jimmy Wisner – although Mel himself also plays a bit of piano ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing with AT etch. Back cover has some writing in marker and a sticker spot.)
One of the best-ever Mel Torme jazz vocal albums – right up there with his best Bethlehem recordings! The set was recorded with Marty Paich's Dek-tette, who set the tone perfectly for the warmly perfect style of The Velvet Fog – and who, like Mel, manage to be totally polished, yet ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, ring & edge wear, and some doodles on front.)
One of those records that really took the ECM approach of the 70s into new modes for the 80s – a set that might be called post-jazz, or post-fusion – even though it's got some of the best elements of both, transformed by the players in the lineup! David Torn leads the group on electric ... read moreCD
One of the more electronic outings we've heard on the ECM label in recent years – and a set that definitely ties up nicely with the important records that David Torn made at the start of his career! Torn here plays guitar, but also uses a lot of live loops and electronics – which are ... read moreCD
Ralph Towner —
Diary ... CD ECM (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A beautifully personal album from Ralph Towner – a set that's maybe got more going on than just a diary – as the whole thing has a very poetic approach to the sound, one that's really in keeping with the new modes of expression that Towner helped bring to ECM! There's a bit of overdub ... read moreCD
A set that's exactly what it promises in the title – a solo set from guitarist Ralph Towner – but also a record that stands as a perfect demonstration of all the really special elements that Towner brings to his sound! Ralph plays both classical and 12 string guitar on the record ... read moreCD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the ECM 50 series!)
Two rare performances from the same evening of music in 1974 – one issued briefly on the album Stan Tracey Alone, one appearing here for the first time ever! CD1 features that Tracey album – an extended solo improvisation titled "Eighty One Plus One", which has Stan really ... read moreCD
A killer combo from the Japanese jazz scene – one who work with the rhythmic core of the club jazz groups from years back, but who also take off with a lot more fire on their instrumentation! The tunes here often have a romping sort of rhythm – with lots of heavy acoustic bass and ... read moreCD
A record that leaps right out of the gate with a sound that's more of the moment than mythological – amazing improvisations between this very sharp Chicago trio – a group that features Jason Ajemian on bass, Tim Daisy on drums, and Dave Rempis on some mighty nice alto and tenor sax! ... read moreCD
One of the most amazing jazz vocalists of our generation returns here with an incredible group – a majestic combo to match all the spiritual inclinations in his music – with work from Kamasi Washington on tenor, Mark De Clive-Lowe on piano, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola, and both ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hard-hitting electric combo from the currently explosive London scene – a group who initially began as a trio, hence their name (also a reference to Legend Of Zelda!) – but who wisely added in the guitar of Mansur Brown to further sharpen the corners of their sound! The lineup ... read moreCD
Darkly imaginative work from the great Lennie Tristano – and one of the few full albums he ever cut as a leader! The record features the incredible track "Turkish Mambo" – which has Tristano overdubbed 3 times in this dark modal way that's totally amazing, and which will hook ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing with AT etch. Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and some light staining on the back.)
Excellent double LP set that brings together all of the material from Lennie's classic Atlantic LPs – Lennie Tristano and The New Tristano. The recordings are stellar stuff – of the sort that rewrote the book for modern jazz piano. The first LP has Lennie playing with Lee Konitz on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)
Lennie Tristano/Bill Harris/Miles Davis/Buddy De F —
Cool & Quiet ... LP Capitol, Late 40s. Very Good+ ...
A great "birth of the cool" album from Capitol – a record that brings together some key recordings from that pivotal jazz year of 1949! Titles include "Imagination" by a large group with Bill Harris in the lead on trombone; "Wow", "Marionette", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese promo pressing, with insert. Cover has light wear and a promo sticker.)
A funky fusion classic from John Tropea – the great guitarist who cut a wealth of studio work for other players, and a rare few albums under his own name! This set's got a tight, yet soulful finish – very much in the spirit of the best work on CTI or Kudu during the mid 70s – ... read moreCD
(Part of the "TK Records – The Miami Sound, Original Soul, Funk & Disco Collection" series!)
Sweet 70s fusion from John Tropea – a tightly-crafted album, but one that's never too slick, and which still has plenty of soul! Tropea's that rare breed who actually sounds better with a bit more polish – and he seems to draw magically from the high quality of studio support he gets ... read moreCD
(Part of the "TK Records – The Miami Sound, Original Soul, Funk & Disco Collection" series!)
John Tropea —
Tropea ... CD Marlin/Solid (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
The first album from guitarist John Tropea – an ace 70s session musician, who played on countless records for other folks – and a surprisingly great leader and arranger in his own right too! Tropea's working here in a vibe that's clearly influenced by the CTI sound – smooth but ... read moreCD
(Part of the "TK Records – The Miami Sound, Original Soul, Funk & Disco Collection" series!)
Magic Moments indeed – a beautiful pre-soundtrack jazz session from Italian pianist Armando Trovajoli, done with a style that's really incredible! The backings have lush strings, bits of harpsichord, and some slight vocals from Miranda Martino – all blended together beautifully, then ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although Italian pianist Armando Trovajoli is probably best known to Dusty Groove customers for the many many groovy soundtracks he's scored, he began his career as a talented jazz musician, as you'll hear here on this rare session from 1959! The set's a nice cooker at times – but also lays ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lots of great reed work from Gianluigi Trovesi – who blows alto, soprano, flute, sopranino sax, and piccolo clarinet – with Paolo Damiani on cello and bass, and Gianni Cazzola on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a very small rip on the opening edge, but is nice overall.)
The spacey work of Swiss trumpeter Erik Truffaz gets the remix treatment, in a great set of chillout grooves! Truffaz has a great sound – kind of a blend of late 60s Miles Davis, and mid 70s Eddie Henderson – and his first few albums for Blue Note France have been some of our favorite ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, mark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
A brilliant set from Polish pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski – a talent who's virtually unknown in America, but one who cut some of the most forward-thinking work of his generation! The session's a bold, fresh, modern statement that's clearly steeped in work by other 60s American and European ... read moreCD
Sublime early material from Polish pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski – a player who'd turn out to be one of the nation's most striking modernists a few years later – but who's heard here in some very swinging company on a set of recordings from 1962! The album has Trzaskowski in a few ... read moreCD
A sweet swing revival set from 80s Japan – served up here by clarinetist Yasutaka Tsutsui – a player we don't really know at all, but who gets a nicely classic vibe on the set! Instrumentation is relatively laidback – usually a smallish combo mode, with piano and guitar providing ... read moreCD
A rare alternate version of The Madison – recorded at the same time as Ray Bryant's big hit, and in a similar style that features jazzy instrumentation supported by "calls" from Al Brown! The cover's got an "everybody's doing the Madison" sort of look – but the ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam.)
Mark-Anthony Turnage & John Scofield —
Scorched ... CD Deutsche Grammophon, 2002. Used ...
(Out of print, mark through digipack barcode.)
Brad Turner Quartet —
Jump Up ... CD Cellar Live (Canada), 2018. Used ...
Mark Turner —
Yam Yam ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 1994. Used ...
Nice long jam-session styled work – with Norris Turney on alto, Bobby Ashton on tenor, Taft Jordan on trumpet, Benny Morton on trombone, Norman Simmons on piano, and Al Casey on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
60s genius from the mighty Stanley Turrentine – an under-reissued album, coupled here with a huge amount of bonus tracks! The first part of the CD features material that was recorded in 1967, but not issued until the 70s – partly on the self-titled Stanley Turrentine album, and partly ... read moreCD
A trio of classic CTI Records albums from tenorist Stanley Turrentine – with bonus tracks too! First up is Cherry – one of the best CTI albums from the early 70s – and one of Stanley Turrentine's funkiest records as well! The album's got a sharper edge than most other Turrentine ... read moreCD
One of Stanley Turrentine's most obscure sessions for Blue Note – a rare trio side featuring Roy Brooks on drums, and wife Shirley Scott on organ – billed on the original album cover as "Little Miss Cott"! The feel here is a bit more open than usual – no bassist on the ... read moreCD
Obscure material by Stanley Turrentine – recorded in 1967, but not issued until 1979, and then only briefly! The album's got Stan working strongly in the Joyride style of his previous Blue Note hit – with larger arrangements from Duke Pearson, in a groove that sets Turrentine's tenor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stanley's soulful horn is set in a slightly larger group, in the style that would dominate his later years for the Blue Note label. Duke Pearson arranged the set, and players include James Spaulding, Blue Mitchell, Grant Green, Pepper Adams, and McCoy Tyner. Tracks are of medium length, with Stan ... read moreCD
An amazing album from Stanley Turrentine – quite different than most of his other sessions for CTI, but in a really great way! Stan's playing here with arrangements from Deodato – in a swirling, Brazilian jazz influenced mode that's similar to their work together with Astrud Gilberto ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stanley Turrentine —
Spoiler ... LP Blue Note, 1966. Near Mint- ...
Stanley Turrentine's no spoiler here – as his tenor sax soars out over the top of some sweet larger group arrangements from Duke Pearson – all awash in a great sense of soul, joy, and life! The album's got a much brighter feel than you might guess from the cover – a vibe that's a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best Stanley Turrentine albums ever! This hard-wailing set is from the early days of Stan's time at Blue Note – and like his best early sides for that label, this one has him blowing with an edgey tone that rarely ever surfaced in his later, sweeter recordings. Stan's got a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the big stars of Blue Note Records in the 60s, still sounding great here on the revived version of the label in the 80s! Stan's look on the cover may be a bit Cosby Show, but his sound on the tenor is mighty classic throughout – backed by Hammond from Jimmy Smith on most cuts, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
During the early 60s, Blue Note wisely cut a number of sessions that took advantage of their soulful in-house rhythm trio The Three Sounds. The group recorded more than a few successful albums under their own name – but they also did a few great records that feature them backing up a more ... read moreCD
(This version omits an alternate take of "Gee Baby", but contains all other tracks from 2CD Blue Note pressing.)
Rosie Turton's not only a fresh voice on trombone, she also finds a way to make the instrument come together in a way that's quite unique – really sparkling with some warmly spiritual energy here on her entry for the Jazz Refreshed series! Turton's phrasing alone is worth the price of ... read moreCD
One of the only albums we've ever seen from bassist Frank Tusa – a strangely organic studio session that's filled with lots of space and sound textures! Players on the album include Dave Liebman on saxes, Richie Beirach on piano, and Badal Roy on tabla – and the best tracks have a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Richard (Dick) Twardzik —
Last Set ... LP Pacific Jazz, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ...
Great work from Chet Baker's famous, and famously short-lived pianist! Chet Baker joins the group on one track – and the core trio features Carson Smith on bass and Peter Littman on drums. Original tunes include "Albuquerque Social Swim", "Yellow Tango", "Crutch For ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black and silver label pressing. Cover has some splitting in the top seam, a small center split held with tape in the bottom seam, and a bit of pen on front.)