The basshapes of Eberhard Weber are already great enough in a spare, stripped-down ECM setting – but here, they get great exposure amidst some even more compelling tonal landscapes – as Weber works with strong solo piano from Rainer Bruninghaus, and rich sounds on celli, oboe, and ... read moreCD
Great US issue of 2 different albums that Webster recorded in Europe near the end of his life – Blow Ben Blow and For The Guv'nor. The albums were both recorded in 1969, and both with that kind of open-ended European "focus on the master soloist" approach that was gaining favor at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic late Webster material, recorded in a laidback setting for Verve, with associates that include Coleman Hawkins, Budd Johnson, Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Jones, and Les Spann. Side one is a very long version of "In A Mellow Tone", with a blowing session solo approach – and side two ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Verve Records Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some aging and clear tape on the top seam.)
A previously unreleased live date from late in the career of Ben Webster – recorded at The Renaissance in Hollywood in 1960, but unissued until nearly 25 years later! The group features Jim Hall on guitar, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Frank Butler on drums – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late ballad work from the mighty Ben Webster – mostly recorded right at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – in the tenorist's final years, but at a time when he could still make great magic with his tone! The set brings together tracks recorded in a variety of settings – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tenor sax hero Ben Webster recorded live at Copenhagen's Jazzhus Montmarte on January 3, 1965 – leading a quartet with Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, Alexi Riel on drums and the great Kenny Drew on piano. Titles include "Perdido", "That's All", "Gone With The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nobody deserves the title of King Of the Tenors more than Ben Webster – as his warm soulful style influenced countless players in his day, and stil sounds pretty darn great today! This early Verve LP features some excellent small combo work by Ben, playing as the main soloist in smaller ... read moreCD
Ben Webster had really dropped out of the American recording scene by the mid 60s, but still continued to work strongly overseas – and this late live set is one of Ben's best-remembered sessions from the time! The record was done at the Cafe Montmartre, as part of a famous 60s run of albums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool late album from tenor giant Ben Webster – one that features arrangements by the excellent Stan Tracey and production by reedman Pete King – with a British rhythm section that features Stan Tracey on piano, Dave Green on bass, and Tony Crombie on drums! The group also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ben Webster & Coleman Hawkins —
Tenor Giants ... LP Verve, 1957/1959. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A late 70s pressing of some classic Verve sides from the 50s, featuring two masters of the tenor, blowing side by side in a couple of small group settings: one with rhythm backing by Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Alvin Stoller and the other with Jimmy Jones, Les Spann, Ray Brown and Jo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ben Webster, Illinois Jacquet, Ike Quebec —
Angry Tenors ... LP Savoy, Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good+ ...
Hey, these guys are mad! Not really, though, but the "angry" in the title refers to the fact that these are early recordings by the players – mostly done during the 78rpm years at Savoy, when all of them were getting their start in small group sessions. Webster plays with Oscar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)
Ben Webster/Junior Mance/Bob Cranshaw/Mickey Roker —
Live At Pio's ... LP Enja, Early 70s. Very Good+ ...
A Cory Weeds album that's really a cut above – given that this live session has the alto saxophonist joined by two great guests – Harold Mabern on piano and Terrell Stafford on trumpet! Both Mabern and Stafford get plenty of space to solo, and their contributions are wonderful – ... read moreCD
Trad jazz tunes played by a group led by Newport Jazz Fest impresario George Wein, and featuring players that include Ruby Braff, Marshall Brown, Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Rusell, and Bill Takas. Titles include "The Bends Blues", "Ja-Da", "Keepin Out Of Mischief Now", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole and stereo stickers.)
Trad jazz at the Museum Of Modern Art – recorded by a small combo that includes George Wein on piano, Shorty Baker on trumpet, Tyree Glenn on trombone, and Pee Wee Russell on clarinet. All players are hip enough to swing with some of the right edges for the modern audience – still in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams.)
A very obscure player from the Romanian scene of the 70s – an acoustic pianist, but one who plays with the flow of a electric keyboardist – really opening up on the longer tracks on this rare album, with an especially great sense of his overall sound! Most numbers have just a core trio ... read moreCD
One of the great late 50s swing sessions on the short-lived Felsted label – and an album that features trombonist Dicky Wells on some long and open-ended tunes! Dicky's playing here with fellow trombonists Benny Morton, Vic Dickenson, and George Matthews – as well as Buddy Tate on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label stereo pressing with deep groove, in a blue tinted cover.)
Ben Wendel's got a nicely edgey sound to his music here – blowing both tenor and bassoon with these raspy elements that are powerful, even when subtle – set up in a set of 12 tracks that follows the calendar month by month! In truth, we at first didn't even notice this gimmick – ... read moreCD
The Polish jazz scene of the early 60s was a surprising hotbed of international jazz activity – a bit more secret than, but every bit as creative as the scenes in France, Germany, and Italy at the time! In fact, opportunities in Poland were maybe even more special – as visitors to the ... read moreCD
David Wertman Sun Ensemble —
Earthly Delights ... LP Sweet Earth/BBE (UK), 1978. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
A classic of 70s avant spiritual jazz – issued on the tiny Sweet Earth label, which was also home to some very special records from Sun Ra and Marion Brown! Bassist David Wertman is a lot more obscure than those bigger names, but he was part of the New York loft jazz scene in those crucial ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key transitional moment for British composer Mike Westbrook – an indie set from the late 70s, recorded after a rise to fame on bigger labels! The set's jokingly billed to "Mike Westbrook Brass Band" – but the style here isn't nearly what you'd expect – a much freer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal bit of work from Mike Westbrook – recorded back in the early years of his career, when he still had a pretty sharp edge! Like Westbrook's first few albums on Decca, this set features the British avant jazz maestro playing piano with a large ensemble of some of England's finest ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Randy Weston – and a unique electric session from the 70s! The feel is very different here than the angular modernism of Randy's roots – a warmer, more flowing sound – as you'd expect from the CTI label, and from Randy's use of electric piano as well as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most obscure Randy Weston albums of the 50s – and one of the most striking, too! The title and cover are a bit unassuming, but Weston's in his prime modern mode throughout – working both through his own compositions, and on some amazing remakes of older standards – all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second fantastic album from Chicago saxophonist Clarence Wheeler and his hard-hitting Enforcers combo – a group who were one of the brightest lights in soul jazz at the start of the 70s, really helping to keep the genre fresh and exciting! The groove here is in the tenor/organ mode first ... read moreCD
The album's got trumpeter Kenny Wheeler as the leader, but the sound here is equally resonant with contributions from all members of the group – including the amazing John Taylor on piano, with Mike Brecker on tenor, David Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The record's the kind ... read moreCD
The album's got trumpeter Kenny Wheeler as the leader, but the sound here is equally resonant with contributions from all members of the group – including the amazing John Taylor on piano, with Mike Brecker on tenor, David Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The record's the kind ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's got an odd title, but an apt one too – given the power and endurance that reedman Andrew White could bring to a performance! And the set definitely has Andrew living up to that name – as he blows here with a great trio that includes Donald Waters on piano, Steve Novosel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare work from reedman Andrew White – who claims to "bootleg himself" with the release of this album! The CD features material from two different performances recorded in New York during the 80s – both with sidemen who White claims are all now quite famous and "too ... read moreCD
Andrew White has always been one of the most enigmatic saxophone players in the world – and one of his most compelling enigmas is his love of repetition – his way of handling the same song in so many different ways, and really unlocking the magic of jazz in the process! Here, White ... read moreCD
Michael White —
Pneuma ... LP Impulse, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Amazing work from violinist Michael White – one of a few that he cut for the Impulse label in the early 70s, all of which helped to completely redefine the use of his instrument in jazz! Throw away any sleepy connotations you may have about the violin, because in White's hands it's an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Zygmunt Wichary —
Talizman ... CD GAD (Poland), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
Hard-swinging trad jazz from the Polish scene of the postwar years – in a style that was as revolutionary to the Soviet-controlled culture as its later modern jazz and fusion moments! The group here is led by pianist Zygmunt Wichary, and works with a frenzied spirit that's a lot more intense ... read moreCD
Hard-swinging trad jazz from the Polish scene of the postwar years – in a style that was as revolutionary to the Soviet-controlled culture as its later modern jazz and fusion moments! The group here is led by pianist Zygmunt Wichary, and works with a frenzied spirit that's a lot more intense ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic debut album from saxophonist Kuba Wiecek – a musician who may well be ready to carry forward the strong legacy of Polish modern jazz from the 60s and 70s! Wiecek works here in a trio setting, with bass and drums – in the mode begun by Sonny Rollins in the late 50s, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kuba Wiecek is definitely multitasking a bit here – adding in some electronics to his own work on alto sax – but never losing the sharp edge that made us like his previous record so much! Kuba's a hell of a talent on his instrument – and blows with a sharply angular mode that we'r ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the first album we've ever seen to feature drummer Marieke Wiening as a leader – but a set that fits in very nicely with the overall aesthetic of the Greenleaf label – in the way that the label's releases are always trying to push the further boundaries of jazz expression, but all ... read moreCD
A great little record – way more than just a simple jazz version of a soundtrack! True, the Wiggins trio is working here with material from Victor Young's score to Around The World In 80 Days – but Gerald really opens all the tracks up on the piano, so much so that we can hardly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage Canadian pressing – on the Regency label, with deep groove! Cover has a small bit of tape on the top seam.)
One of the best late records we've ever heard from this masterful French tenor player! The setting is Osaka, where Wilen plays magnificently with a stripped down group that features Laurent De Wilde on piano, Gilles Naturel on bass, and Peter Gritz on drums. Gone are the bright tones and bad ... read moreCD
A long-overdue reissue of the three Blue Note albums recorded by tenor sax giant Don Wilkerson! Wilkerson's one of the lesser-known artists to record for the label – a deep-throated Texas tenorman with a style that's a bit more R&B influenced than other Blue Note artists. The label took ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jack Wilkins —
Merge ... LP Chiaroscuro, 1977. Near Mint- ...
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Skip Wilkins Quartet featuring Daniel Wilkins —
Czech Wishes ... CD New Port Line (Czech Republic), 2018. Used ...
Alan Wilkinson/John Edwards/Steve Noble —
3 Of A Kind ... LP Bo Weavil (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Fiery sounds by a really well-matched trio – one that features tremendous work by Alan Wilkinson on alto, baritone sax, and bass clarinet – moving with non-stop energy alongside John Edwards on bass and Steve Noble on drums! It's clear right from the start that all three players really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of only two albums that organist Baby Face Willette cut for Blue Note – and it's a killer! The record is a hard-wailing trio format – with Willette on organ, Grant Green on guitar, Ben Dixon on drums – and it's got a sound that's very similar to Green's excellent Grant's ... read moreCD
(Part of the Blue Note 80 – Soul Jazz Works series!)
Bassist Ben Williams definitely comes of age here – serving up a set that's warmly balanced between acoustic and electric modes from the leader, and from the other musicians in the group! The album's got an open, soulful vibe that's not unlike some of the best contemporary projects on Blue ... read moreCD
Finnish soul, by an American singer – not the same Charles Williams that you might know from 70s jazz funk albums – but an even earlier talent, really shining brightly here in a soulful Scandinavian setting! The album's a really lost rare groove treasure – a record that almost ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jessica Williams & Leroy Vinnegar —
Encounters 2 ... CD Jazz Focus (Canada), 1996. Used ...
One of the nice records made by Joe during his funky comeback of the late 60s/early 70s. He's singing here in a setting that's decidedly hipper than on earlier albums – with the early 70s Nat/Cannonball Adderley collective that includes George Duke on piano, Carol Kaye on bass, and ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Kamaal Williams —
Return ... CD Black Focus, 2018. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
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
One of the most dynamic Christmas albums you'd ever hope to buy – mostly because the approach here is based around the frenetic jazz style of the legendary reedman Albert Ayler! The group here is the Witches & Devils group of saxophonist Mars Williams – a combo who take their name ... (Holiday Music, Jazz)read moreCD
Mars Williams with Witches & Devils —
Ayler Xmas 2 ... CD ESP/Soul What, 2018. New Copy ...
Finally – the world of free jazz gives us a tremendous Christmas album – Mars Williams' second installment in his Ayler Xmas series, and maybe even better than the first! The music here is fantastic – an assortment of older Holiday standards, but performed as if they were handled ... (Holiday Music, Jazz)read moreCD
Solo piano work by Mary Lou – not as funky as some of her other sides from the time, but with a nice degree of soulful exploration that makes the work resonate a bit more strongly than some of her other solo recordings. Titles include "For The Figs", "Gemma", "Marnier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreCD
Paul Williams —
Hucklebuck ... LP Saxophonograph (Sweden), Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- ...
Great work from this important early figure in R&B – great material that moves from jazz to jump blues – with work from Noble Watts and Miller Sam on tenor, next to the alto and baritone of Paul Williams! LP, Vinyl record album
Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers —
Spider Sent Me ... LP Saxophonograph (Sweden), Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Heavy baritone sax from Paul Williams – a great player who bridged the worlds of jazz and blues in the early years of R&B! A great set – filled with rare singles, and copious notes too. LP, 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.)
Spencer Willams famously wrote "Basin Street Blues" and "I Ain't Got Nobody" – and finally gets a bit of time in the spotlight here – on an instrumental set of his own compositions! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some aging and a sticker spot on back.)
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
An intriguing little set from drummer Tony Williams – and a set that shows him still very much in command of his talents well into the 80s! Tony's playing here with all the bold, open energy of his classic recordings – and although he picks up a bit of electric percussion at points, he ... 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 moreCD
Really wonderful work from the legendary Tony Williams – a set that has the drummer hitting a whole new sound at the start of the 90s – a groove that's rich and soulful, yet still every bit as sharp as before! The set's straight ahead, and graced with some very youthful energy by a new- ... read moreCD
With Mulgrew Miller on piano and Ira Coleman on bass! CD
(Out of print.)
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
(Original pressing. Cover has some edge wear and seam splitting.)
A rare chapter of work from pianist Claude Williamson – a player most folks know only from his 50s recordings on the west coast! Here, Claude's in Italy – working with unusual lineups that include Franco Cerri on guitar, Giulio Libano on trumpet, Don Prell on bass, and Jimmy Pratt on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really sparkling session from trumpeter Stu Williamson – one of a few great records he cut for the Bethlehem label in the 50s, and a set that's one of the cookingest from the company at the time! Stu's trumpet lines are already mighty nice – tight, and often a bit bolder than others ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has surface wear, aging, half split top seam, and a bit of gloss separation at the opening.)
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
Late great work from the mighty Gerald Wilson – done with a slightly different groove than his 60s sides! The group features Harold Land Jr on electric piano – plus Bobby Bryant on trumpet, Oscar Brashear on trumpet and flugelhorn, Garnett Brown and Thurman Green on trombones, Harold ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pianist Jack Wilson is one of our favorite underdiscovered talents of the 60's – and we treasure all of the albums we can find by him. His lyrical writing and playing are extremely refreshing, and he manages to spin out long free lines on the piano, while also still keeping a very soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing! Cover has a small cutout hole in the corner.)