Super Jazz Trio (Tommy Flanagan) —
Standard ... LP Baystate (Japan), 1980. Near Mint- ...
There's nothing standard here – because with a lineup that includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – the set is definitely a cut above! The title's a reference to the songs – which are all older jazz standards – but the trio ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bop modes, updated strongly for the 70s – and played by a hip group of older players who really know how to cook! Supersax is led by Med Flory on alto, who also did the arrangements – and works here with great reed help from Warne Marsh and Jay Migliori on tenor, Joe Lopes on alto, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has clear tape along all seams.)
An essential lost bit of British jazz – and the first record ever released by avant reed player John Surman! The album's an interesting mix of styles, with a split that runs right down the middle. The first 4 tracks on the record reflect a distinct Carribean style, and are a good indication ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, light aging, and a promo sticker on back.)
A seminal 70s session from British modernist John Surman – a record that exposed him to a much wider audience than the one he'd been getting in the avant jazz underground, and a record that's strongly build upon Surman's amazing ability to improvise in long, spiraling lines! The record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, in the glossy cover, with unglued top seam.)
Bassist Harvie Swartz is the leader here, but the set draws plenty of power from the star talents on board in the combo – David Sanborn on alto, Bob Mintzer on soprano, and Mike Stern on guitar! The set's got a surprisingly acoustic vibe overall – as Swartz plays acoustic bass, and Ben ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Swingle Singers with Modern Jazz Quartet —
Place Vendome ... CD Philips/Universal (France), 1966. Used ...
An excellent set that has the vocal talents of the Swingle Singers backed by the sweet and mellow instrumentation of the Modern Jazz Quartet! Given that John Lewis & Co were essentially local residents in Paris for so many years, it's amazing it took them until 1966 to hook up with Ward ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Synthesis (Arthur Blythe, David Murray, & Others) —
Sentiments ... LP Ra, 1979. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A very hip group – with Arthur Blythe on alto, David Murray on tenor, and Olu Dara on trumpet and piano! Includes a version of Murray's "Flowers For Albert" – plus the group tracks "Back From Where You Came", "Sentiments For The New World Patriots", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Gabor Szabo's amazing late 60s albums for the Skye label – trippy, jazzy, and with a mod exotica vibe that would never be matched again! Gabor's playing guitar in a two-guitar frontline, which makes for lots of dreamy interplay between the strings – a shifting pattern of sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great record that's sort of a follow-up to Gabor's excellent Sorcerer LP – and like that one, features long tracks that have a spiralling modal feel that's much more serious, much more grooving, and a lot less campish than some of his other albums of the time. The album features a two-guita ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Breezy brilliance from the legendary Gabor Szabo – and one of the grooviest albums the Hungarian guitarist recorded during the 60s! The set's almost a tightening up of the style that Szabo first brought to prominence in his work with Chico Hamilton – a sound that's got roots in gypsy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)
Lew Tabackin's always been one of the most underrated reed players of the 70s. Perhaps it's because he was often buried in the larger group that he led with wife Toshiko Akioshi – but whatever the case, he's a great player, and you'll really get a good chance to hear him open up on this trio ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the freer, looser moments you'll ever hear from percussionist Midori Takada – especially if you only know her more conventional recordings from the decade before! Takada was always a percussionist with a bit of whimsy – but here, she's in a starker free improvisational mode ... read moreCD
Aki Takase —
Aki ... CD King (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A sweet early set from Japanese pianist Aki Takase – a player who would go onto have a huge international reputation – but working here in a nicely homegrown groove overall! The album's got a warm feel right from the start – not mellow or commercial, but soulfully lyrical, in a ... read moreCD
Yoku Tamura/Red Mitchell/Donald Bailey —
You & Me ... LP Full House/Trio (Japan), 1979. Near Mint- ...
Features Yoku Tamura on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Donald Bailey on drums! Titles include "Straight Flash", "Green & Peace", "You & Me", and "Blues Bank". LP, Vinyl record album
Soaring piano, romping drums, and a hell of a lot of spiritual energy from the contemporary London scene – a really fantastic outing as a leader from keyboardist Sarah Tandy, a talent we'll certainly be hearing more from in years to come! The music is fresh and visionary – filled with ... read moreCD
A jazzy combo from the Caribbean – led by a singer who also plays some really wonderful vibes! The rhythms are strong, with a definite dose of calypso in the mix – but the overall sound is much more in the jazz side of the spectrum, thanks to fluidly melodic sounds from Andre Tanker on ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album – one of the few rare early sides cut by pianist Horace Tapscott, a seminal figure in the LA underground of the 60s and 70s! The record is as pure Tapscott as you could ever get – experimental, but not too free; spiritual, but never too sappy; progressively ... read moreCD
Large-group genius from the legendary Horace Tapscott – one of the few recordings of his groundbreaking Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! The music here is totally righteous right from the start – even more searching and soaring than Tapscott's trio or solo work – thanks to help from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing record from pianist Horace Tapscott – maybe one of his most ambitious projects ever, and a set that stands head and shoulders next to his classic work for the Nimbus label! As with some of those records, this set features his large Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – performing ... read moreCD
An excellent double-length set from Horace Tapscott's Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – an extremely righteous ensemble that was one of the hippest things going on the LA jazz scene of the 70s! The vibe is free and spiritual, but it also has a wonderful groove pulsating underneath many of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please Note – This latest batch has a slightly dinged upper corner due to shipping.)
One of the most ambitious albums ever from pianist Horace Tapscott – a double-length set that has him working with a large lineup of underground musicians from the 70s Los Angeles scene – all united in spirit and power as the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra! Tapscott's piano directs the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vladimir Tarasov —
Atto IV ... LP Melodia/Sahko (Finland), 1989. New Copy (reissue)...
A beautiful little record that's wonderfully hard to peg – not entirely a jazz record, although there are elements in the set of avant improvisation – but also not really any other style we can think of – and we mean that in the best way possible! Vladimir Tarasov recorded this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tightly swinging set that makes wonderful use of the tenor sax of Buddy Tate – recorded in a swing-based mode that's very much in the same spirit Verve was using with players of his vintage, but in a style that's slightly rougher around the edges! The whole thing's got a nicely echoing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kaidi Tatham hasn't given us many albums under his own name over the years – but each one is a great cause for celebration – as his musical vision is so fresh and bold, we're even more in love with Tatham in a full length setting, compared to his many 12" singles! The scope of ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
Kaidi Tatham hasn't given us many albums under his own name over the years – but each one is a great cause for celebration – as his musical vision is so fresh and bold, we're even more in love with Tatham in a full length setting, compared to his many 12" singles! The scope of ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring sounds from Kaidi Tatham – music that's upbeat and moving, yet wonderfully precise in its simplicity too! Kaidi works in this cosmic fusion style that owes plenty to the London style a decade or so back – but it also moves forward with a lot more live instrumentation in the mix ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic album of material cut by Art and his trio with Slam Stewart and Tiny Grimes. The LP brings together an assortment of 40s sides by the group – with magical titles that include "Topsy", "Soft Winds", and "If I Had You" – all played with the amazing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing – and a David Stone Martin cover.)
Titles include "Stardust", "Where Or When", "Stay As Sweet As You Are", "The Very Thought Of You", "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance", and "Someone To Watch Over Me". Nice David Stone Martin cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
A historic meeting between pianist Art Tatum and tenor sax giant Ben Webster! At some level, it's clear that Tatum's the star of the session – as most tracks start out with that introspective and often complicated approach to the keys that marks his trio and solo work – but Webster ... read moreCD
A wonderful return to form for drummer Art Taylor – and a set that crackles with the same sense of soul and fire as his legendary 50s work for Blue Note and Prestige! Taylor's working here in an open-ended hardbop mode that makes the most of the live setting of the record – and which ... read moreCD
A real stormer! This was one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by the great hardbop drummer Art Taylor – and it's one of the best from the Blue Note catalog at the time! The band is a heavily smoking one – with Dave Burns on trumpet, Stan Turrentine on tenor, and Wynton Kelly on ... read moreCD
Very unusual material from this famous pianist – given that the group here features John Hardee on tenor sax and Milt Page on organ! Titles include "The Bug", "Misty Morning Blues", "Solace", "Monk's Mood", and "Night & Day". LP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great live set by Billy Taylor and his early trio with Earl May on bass and Percy Brice on drums – recorded at Town Hall in 1954! Taylor is actually pretty darn amazing on the set – very much the virtuoso, playing with an incredible range and an almost modern approach to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Status pressing with RVG/AB etch, in a blue tinted cover, with light ring & edge wear.)
A flurry of fantastic recordings from the legendary Billy Taylor – material the pianist recorded for Prestige Records in the early 50s – at a time when he was really helping to transform the sound of the piano in jazz! These sides have Taylor showing that a small combo piano date can ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label 50th Street NYC pressing, with deep groove and RVG etch on one side. Cover has light wear and some discoloration from age.)
It might not be the frolic that the title implies, but that's a plus – because this a straight-up solid early album from Taylor – recorded in tight trio format, with that no-nonsense soulful approach that made him a star player from the start! The group features the great (and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and old price sticker on back.)
It might not be the frolic that the title implies, but that's a plus – because this a straight-up solid early album from Taylor – recorded in tight trio format, with that no-nonsense soulful approach that made him a star player from the start! The group features the great (and ... read moreCD
Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp – two key modern figures of the 60s, working here together in a seminal session recorded at the start of the decade! The album's approach is definitely dictated by Taylor – as the tunes have a piano-driven quality that's quite different than most music ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Barnaby pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)
One of Cecil Taylor's most spiritual sessions of the 70s – a live set recorded in Yugoslavia in 1976, and done with this really open sound, but one that comes as much from the horns as it does from Cecil's piano! In fact, we might well say that the horns are the best attraction here – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Cecil Taylor —
Indent ... LP Arista, 1973/1977. Near Mint- ...
A beautiful solo piano set by Cecil Taylor – recorded live in Ohio in 1973, and originally released on his own small Unit Core label. The work is a perfect example of how Cecil was stretching himself at the time – working in a mode that was part free jazz, part 70s spiritualism, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is lightly stained at the bottom.)
Cecil Taylor —
Praxis ... LP Praxis (Greece), 1968. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
An obscure live session by Cecil – recorded in Italy in 1968, but issued later by the Praxis label, who evidently liked the music so much, they named their company after it! The 2LP set features Taylor on solo piano, playing continuously on a reading of "Praxis" that extends for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
First stereo pressing of a record that was issued earlier as Hard Driving Jazz, and later as Coltrane Time (it was later re-released under Coltrane's name.) The record brings together two of the late 50's most promising modernists – Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane – in a group that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert. Back cover has some light aging, bottom seam has a very small seam split, and front has a small sample sticker – but this is a great copy overall.)
A two LP set from the 70s collecting some excellent "new thing" avant jazz moments from the Impulse vaults – including unreleased tracks from Charles Tolliver and Grachan Moncur! The first side features the Cecil Taylor Unit performing three numbers that were released on Gil Evans' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but this is a nice copy overall!)
Wonderful early work from the great James Taylor Quartet – a killer UK group that emerged out of the London mod and acid jazz scenes of the 80s, then went onto become a monstrously talented funk group in their own right! Taylor's smoking Hammond leads the session, stepping out in some strong ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Montana Taylor/Cripple Clarence Lofton —
Low Down Piano ... LP BYG (France), 1939/1946. Near Mint- ...
One of the most righteous albums ever from saxophonist John Tchicai – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the depth of his other work! This rare late 60s date for MPS is a tremendous extension from Tchicai's earlier work, even his other European sessions – as it features John ... read moreCD
(Amazing LP sleeve edition – with full notes in English and German, new mastering, and even a paper wrap-around jacket over the gatefold sleeve! Includes obi, and still sealed!)
John Tchicai/Cecil McBee/Garrison Fewell/Charlie K —
Tribal Ghost ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ...
The set's got a really beautiful sound – one that comes from the ringing guitar tones of Garrison Fewell, and the twin reeds of John Tchicai and Charlie Kohlhase – each of whom plays in a different channel of the recording! This approach gives the record a great sense of space from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very different album than the previous Tenderlonious record – but a set that's still overflowing with the soulful sounds that made us love his music in the first place! Last time around, Tenderlonious worked with the 22A Arkestra – a group of labelmates that fleshed out his sound ... read moreCD
A very different album than the previous Tenderlonious record – but a set that's still overflowing with the soulful sounds that made us love his music in the first place! Last time around, Tenderlonious worked with the 22A Arkestra – a group of labelmates that fleshed out his sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tenderlonious featuring the 22 Archestra —
Shakedown ... CD 22A (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
We kinda want to hate the guy for such a hokey name like Tenderlonious – but this album's a surprisingly great little gem, and one that mixes lots of openly-blown work on flute with some sweet keyboards and other jazzy rhythms! The approach is maybe a bit like the Jason Lindh or Chris Hinze ... read moreCD
Tenderlonious featuring the 22 Archestra —
Shakedown ... LP 22A (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
We kinda want to hate the guy for such a hokey name like Tenderlonious – but this album's a surprisingly great little gem, and one that mixes lots of openly-blown work on flute with some sweet keyboards and other jazzy rhythms! The approach is maybe a bit like the Jason Lindh or Chris Hinze ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Erena Terakubo plays alto fronting a small group that includes Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Lee Pearson on drums plus a few quintet tracks featuring Dominick Farinacci on trumpet and Flugelhorn. CD
A surprisingly soulful session from saxophonist Buddy Terry – a really righteous little record that reminds us a lot of work from the Strata East or Black Jazz labels! Buddy's working here with a relatively large group, but in a way that's really free and spontaneous – not nearly as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent French reissue on Wewantsounds. Shrinkwrap has a small hole in front.)
A fantastic album from trumpeter Clark Terry – a small group date that features superb tenor from Paul Gonsalves, in a mode that's very similar to the work that both he and Terry recorded for Chess/Argo Records in the late 50s! This set's a French date, and features both horn players in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition! Beautiful heavy vinyl pressing – with flipback cover, just like the original.)
A stunner – and one of Clark Terry's finest moments ever! The record has a rawness and groove that you'd hardly expect from his later albums – no surprise, though, considering that it was cut during that really hip time at Emarcy, when the label was working in a mode that was darker ... read moreCD
Killer live work from Clark Terry – recorded at one of the high points in his career! The relaxed set really has a nice edge – a bit rougher than some of the bigger-label Terry dates from the west at the time – and the group features Ernie Wilkins on tenor, Marty Harris on piano, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clark Terry —
Cruising ... LP Milestone, 1975. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
2 LP set that brings together the best moments from 4 different Clark Terry albums on Riverside – Serenade To A Bus Seat, Duke With A Difference, In Orbit, and Top and Bottom Brass. he's playing in a variety of groups here, but the overall feel is straight hard bop. Players include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice set that brings together Clark Terry and Thelonious Monk! Given Terry's bright approach to jazz, it's a bit hard to imagine him and Monk working well together – but at the time of this session, Clark still had a fair bit of an edge – with roots in a number of modern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hmmm . . . Don't know what the "difference" is here, given that the set was one of a number of Duke-inspired sessions of the late 50s, but given that Terry was a big force in the best ones, and that he's working here with some of Duke's best players, we'll give the set a thumbs up! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great little album – one that really gets at the bright, joyous feel that Clark Terry brings to his music! Despite the "happy" in the title – which might make you think this one would be a bit silly – the album's a pretty great record! Terry plays both trumpet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Less of a standard Duke Ellington tribute than you might expect – as trumpeter Clark Terry works here in some wonderfully loose formation – on tunes that are more of an extrapolation of Ellington ideals than simple copycat versions! The lineup features some especially great piano from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly great little record from Clark Terry – filled with warmth, humor, and some really great grooves! The core of the album is the track "Mumbles", one that's based around Terry kind of slurring a scat vocal to a jazzy 60s groove. The track was a minor hit at the time, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early date as a leader from trumpeter Clark Terry – one cut during the stretch when he was keeping company with players like Thelonious Monk and Johnny Griffin! The latter player is a key member of Terry's group here – as Johnny's tenor adds a nice sharp edge to Clark's trumpet ... read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)
A stunner – and one of Clark Terry's finest moments ever! The record has a rawness and groove that you'd hardly expect from his later albums – no surprise, though, considering that it was cut during that really hip time at Emarcy, when the label was working in a mode that was darker ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 rare sides of work by trumpeter Clark Terry – both with a fair bit more edge than many of his later recordings! The first half of the CD is from the amazing 1955 album Clark Terry for Emarcy – a real stunner, and one of Terry's finest moments ever! The record has a rawness and ... read moreCD
Clark Terry's breezy trumpet is paired with Don Butterfield's tuba for a real "top and bottom" session of brassy jazz. The two of them are backed by a sharp rhythm section that includes Jimmy Jones on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The set's got a lot of nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has a light stain on back, in nice shape otherwise.)
An obscure session that Clark Terry cut for the mostly-pop Cameo label during the early 60s – and some of the better recording that Terry did during the decade. The group is relatively small – filled with soul jazz players like Buddy Lucas, Seldon Powell, Willie Rodriguez, and Dave ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer —
Tonight ... LP Mainstream, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ...
A killer combination of talents – and one that made a few excellent records in the 60s! Bob Brookmeyer's got a cool, compressed tone – that great approach he developed on valve trombone in the 50s – and it brings a new level of sophistication to the trumpet of Clark Terry here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An interesting tribute to the passing of pianist Eddie Costa – mostly because the overall feel is much more in a soulful hardbop mode, quite different than the modern and chamber sides that Costa cut during the 50s! Side one features work by the Clark Terry quartet – with Terry on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing in the textured cover.)