The first solo project from Kamaal Williams – and a wonderfully spiritual set that has the keyboardist really blowing us away with his talents! Williams plays plenty of Fender Rhodes on the set, mostly in a trio setting, but one that's far from standard jazz – as the rhythms often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album – and one of the best records you'll ever find by Mary Lou Williams! The record's a mixture of jazz and spiritual themes, and it features Mary Lou's piano set in some super-hip jazz arrangements 'that include players like Grant Green, Budd Johnson, Larry Gales, Melba Liston, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Unusual material from Mary Lou Williams – recorded in the UK, but issued here on Contemporary! The group features Ken Napper on bass, Allan Ganley on drums, and Tony Scott on bongos – which gives some of the material a nice Latin touch. Titles include "Perdido", "Titoros ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mary Lou Williams is dipping far back into her roots here – working in a very bluesy batch of styles, with only accompaniment from Buster Williams on bass to back her up! The tracks are all relatively shortish, and done in styles that stretch back to older modes of 20s and 30s jazz piano ... read moreCD
Mary Lou Williams —
Zoning ... LP Mary, 1974. Near Mint- ...
An excellent album by Mary Lou Williams – a set recorded during the 70s period when she was mixing in a bit of funk with her jazz! The sound here is wonderful – quite different than other work you might know from Williams, and much more in the sort of groove you'd expect from Junior ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some very light wear on the edges, but this is a great copy overall!)
Hip work from these two modernists! Side one features Mary Lou Williams on piano in a trio with Wendell Marshall on bass and Osie Johnson on drums – on titles that include "Easy Blues", "Taurus", "I Love Him", "Amy", and "Mama Pin A Rose On ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant session of modernist hardbop – one of the few records ever cut as a leader by trumpeter Richard Williams! Williams was a key part of the Charles Mingus group for a few years – and his soulful approach ranks with Ted Curson as some of the most compelling underground trumpet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Candid pressing with deep groove – very hard to find! Cover has a split spine.)
A collection of tight funky fusion tracks from drummer Tony Williams – pulled from an assortment of his Columbia albums that include Joy Of Flying, Million Dollar Legs, and Believe It. Players include the cream of the crop of mainstream fusion of the time – Jan Hammer, Paul Jackson, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key record in the evolution of Tony Williams as a drummer – and kind of a powerful summation of all the changes he'd made in the 70s – before a return to straighter jazz in the next decade! Williams' drumming here is incredibly fierce at points – almost at a Billy Cobham level ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Tony Williams Lifetime —
Ego ... LP Polydor, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
One of the last completely intense albums from Tony Williams' Lifetime group – a slightly changed lineup from the original trio – one that includes guitarist Ted Dunbar, bassist Ron Carter, and percussionists Don Alias and Warren Smith. The group still features some searing organ work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear, some seam splitting, and a small split in the spine.)
A seminal jazz rock statement from drummer Tony Williams – one that has him stepping out quite far from his original "new thing" recordings of the mid 60s! The album's got a genre-forming sound that's incredibly fierce – a power trio churning of Williams drums, John ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larry Willis —
Inner Crisis ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis – a super-hip keyboard player who's best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album's a gem all the way through – with a free-thinking soulful sound that's ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis – a super-hip keyboard player who's best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album's a gem all the way through – with a free-thinking soulful sound that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Gerald Wilson's hippest albums for World Pacific – and all of them are pretty darn hip! This set is one of Gerald's last for the label – cut in a run of very successful, and very strong big band soul jazz albums that brought together the cream of the crop of the LA underground. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest of Gerald Wilson's recordings for Pacific Jazz in the 60s – an excellent live session with a very groovy edge! Wilson's studio work for the label at the time was great enough, but somehow, hearing his group working live, we get a new appreciation of his genius – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the classic big band sessions cut for Pacific Jazz by LA soul jazz arranger Gerald Wilson. Nearly every track's an original, and the album includes Wilson's killer track "Viva Tirado" – a tight jazzy stepper that was covered by loads of other artists, most famously El ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's a weird one, because the album was recorded in the studio and not on stage – but we're hardly going to complain, because the record's so great! Wilson is really cooking for this one – leading an all-great group that includes Curtis Amy, Roy Ayers, Jack Wilson, Joe Pass, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Pacific Jazz pressing.)
Gerald Wilson Orchestra —
In My Time ... CD Mack Avenue, 2005. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
(Punch through barcode.)
Jack Wilson (with Roy Ayers) —
Ramblin' ... LP Vault, 1966. Very Good ...
A beautiful set of modal jazz tracks – recorded by the great LA pianist Jack Wilson with a young Roy Ayers! The set is amazing, and features haunting piano and vibes interplay between Ayers and Wilson – in a style that could best be summed up as LA modern modal, but which is also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a split top seam held with a piece of tape, and a center split in the bottom seam.)
Julien Wilson —
Swailing ... CD Lionsharecords (Australia), 2012. Used ...
The sweet vocals of Nancy join the classic Cannonball quintet for a great set of soul jazz tunes that was one of Capitol's biggest selling jazz sides in the 60s! About half the cuts feature Nancy on vocals – on tunes like "Save Your Love For Me", "Never Will I Marry", ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Heavy funk from the mighty Reuben Wilson – one of his first few albums for Blue Note, and a solid soulful groover that's right up there with Lou Donaldson's work for the label at the time! Tracks are nice and long, and pretty open – often with that kicking drum sound at the bottom that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Reuben Wilson —
Cisco Kid ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
One of the best 70s albums by this funky organ player – quite different than his work for Blue Note, with a messier funkier edge that's very nice! Reuben Wilson's working with an all-hip lineup, with players who include Melvin Sparks on guitar, Garnett Brown on trombone, Bob Cranshaw on bass ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
One of the best 70s albums by this funky organ player – quite different than his work for Blue Note, with a messier funkier edge that's very nice! Reuben Wilson's working with an all-hip lineup, with players who include Melvin Sparks on guitar, Garnett Brown on trombone, Bob Cranshaw on bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Reuben Wilson —
Sweet Life ... CD Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
A great groover by Reuben Wilson – and one of his best albums ever! The funky organist really takes off from the sound of his earlier Blue Note albums here – hitting a vibe that's sharper, darker, and plenty darn righteous – still small combo jazz funk, but with a depth that we ... read moreCD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)
Monster funk from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – an album of hard-burning, bad-walking tunes that are a fair bit different than most of his other work! Although Wilson recorded some pretty traditional organ jazz for the Blue Note and Groove Merchant labels, this album has him working with his ... read moreCD
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.)
Great work from the early bop years of trombonist Kai Winding – with a small combo that features Gerry Mulligan on baritone, Brew Moore on tenor, George Wallington on piano, Curley Russell on bass, and Max Roach on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has tape on the seams, but is nice overall – and vinyl is great!)
The famous 50s team of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding are reunited strongly here – after working alone for several years on their own projects! The groove here is a bit more open and less arranged than some of the pair's earlier projects – mostly just two trombones in the lead, soloing ... read moreCD
A cool quintet session from the great trombonists JJ Johnson and Kai Winding – one that really lets their twin horns soar free together – with only a bit of light backing to spur them on! The group's got a great rhythm section – with Dick Katz on piano, Al Harewood on drums, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has gloss peeling and some residue on the front.)
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
Although Paul Winter, like Paul Horn, later went on to do some lousy hippy dippy jazz work that verged on nausea, at the early part of his career, also like Horn, he managed to have a very open minded style that let him sample a number of different influences, and weave them into a colorful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 2 eye white label promo. Cover has a radio station stamp on back.)
With Jimmy Wisner on piano – and Chuck Keeny on drums and Ace Tesone on bass. All tracks are originals – and titles include "Blues For Harvey", "Sidney's Soliloquy", "Colina Roja", "And Then There Were None", and "Ballad For Harvey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a center split in the bottom seam.)
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
A great set by pianist Mike Wofford – small combo versions of some of the tunes that LA bandleader Gerald Wilson cut for Pacific Jazz back in the 60s! The group on the set is wonderful – warm, tight, and with a complicated soulful groove that you wouldn't expect. Wofford plays ... read moreCD
(Out of print, a few tracks are highlighted on the traycard artwork.)
John Wojciechowski —
Lexicon ... CD John Wojciechowski, 2009. Used ...
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
Bassist Ben Wolfe's first record for Posi-Tone is as strong as any headline sets we've heard from him to date! Wolfe is leading an excellent quartet session here for the most part – with the always great Orrin Evans on piano, Donald Edwards on drums and Stacy Dillard on saxes – plus a ... read moreCD
Subtle genius from a really under-exposed pianist – John Wood, heard here in a set of small combo recordings from the 80s, brought together in a special Japanese package! Wood's got an approach to the keys that's warm, lyrical, and has some of the best traces of Japanese trio players of the ... read moreCD
Lyman Woodard Organization —
Dedicacion ... CD Corridor/Uuquipleu, 1985. New Copy ...
A great little set from keyboardist Lyman Woodard – and one that's definitely got some of the Latin flavor promised by the spelling in the title! Woodard's still playing some mighty nice organ and electric piano lines, but the group here also has some added Latin percussion at the bottom ... read moreCD
A killer little set from funky organist Lyman Woodard – an old bandmate of Dennis Coffey, and one of the standout stalwarts of the 70s Detroit jazz funk scene! The set features Lyman working in a live setting – grooving out over some mighty long tracks that blend jazz and soul together ... read moreCD
A rare live performance from the legendary Lyman Woodard Organization – captured here at the height of their powers in the 70s! The Organization has a really unique approach to their groove – one that starts in jazz, but moves quickly into funk – with a spirit that you'd find in ... read moreCD
Killer live work from the Lyman Woodard Trio – and a split set that shows much much the group kept grooving on the Detroit scene, even after their initial early 70s fame! The first half of the CD features material from 1974 – recorded at JJ's Lounge in the Shelby Hotel in the Motor ... read moreCD
A completely lost album from Detroit legend Lyman Woodard – recorded around the same time as his Saturday Night Special classic, and every bit as great! The material is stunning – and easily rises to the top of the pack of the rare few examples of Woodard's genius that were caught on ... read moreCD
A recent live set from the legendary Lyman Woodard – and a record that's every bit as great as his killers from the 70s! Woodard's lost none of his funky touch on the organ – and really burns amazingly well throughout – as does his group, which is less of an "orchestra" ... read moreCD
Hypnotic organ funk from Lyman Woodard – an old bandmate of Dennis Coffey, and one of the shining lights of the 70s Detroit scene! This is amazing, amazing stuff – Woodard's electric piano, organ and occasional mellotron and Norma Bell's alto saxophone lend a cosmic funk aspect ... 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
Late work from Detroit organ legend Lyman Woodard – and sounds that are still very much at the top of his game! The set's a trio date, with drummer Leonard King – who was on the classic Woodard Organization Records – and Lyman's still got that lean, slinky groove on the Hammond ... 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.)
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
(Orange & black label mono pressing, with Bell Sound stamp/LW etch. Cover has a cutout hole.)
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
(Yellow label promo pressing. Cover has light wear, some aging, 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
One of the most wonderful Phil Woods albums ever! No kidding – this is amazing! Woods played on lots of other records – and often in settings that made you wonder why people thought he was so great – but on this one, he's totally in the spotlight, fronting a mellow easy quartet ... 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
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
World Saxophone Quartet with Fontella Bass —
Breath Of Life ... CD Elektra/Nonesuch, 1992. Used ...
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, including the Atlantic inner sleeve.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and a small mark from sticker removal.)
A record of incredible beauty from the great Leo Wright – and one that we'd never part with at all! Wright's one of those excellent players from the 60s who never really gets his due – largely because he was always hiding behind larger groups, and because he left the US in the decade ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a center split in the bottom seam.)
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
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
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
Yosuke Yamashita —
Banslikana ... LP Enja (Germany), 1976. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
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.)
One of the earliest albums ever from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – and a set that already has him completely on fire, and well into the legacy of music that would continue for years to come! Yamashita is incredible here – almost a Japanese answer to the freedoms of Cecil Taylor, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Appears to be autographed by Yamashita and other players. Vinyl is nice and clean, but cover has light wear, a split spine, and a missing 1" portion near the edge.)
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.)