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
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
David Weiss & Point Of Departure —
Wake Up Call ... CD Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
Trumpeter David Weiss never fails to give us amazing music, no matter what the setting – and here, he's working with his Point Of Departure group – an ultra-hip lineup that features Myron Waldon and JD Allen on tenor sax, each taking on different parts of the record – plus guitar, ... read moreCD
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
Two great early 60s albums by one of the most unique reed talents ever! Although he also played tenor with the best of his contemporaries, Frank Wess had a firm attachment to the flute, and was one of the first really soulful players on the instrument – setting the stage for later giants of ... read moreCD
A Charlie Parker tribute, but with a real difference – and that difference is flutes! Although the title claims to be in the "spirit of Charlie Parker", the album does offer tunes by Bird – but recast in a looser, more open-ended jam session mode – very much like some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy gold label pressing with some marker. Cover has some splitting and a name in marker on the back.)
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
The brilliant 3rd album from Mike Westbrook – a sharp-edged, two volume set with a scathing anti-war theme! The work is Westbrook's first total-concept album, and it's still one of his best – written with an edge that's free from some of the more whimsical touches that showed up in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US stereo pressing, including London inner sleeves. Cover has a promo sticker and some wear.)
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
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Randy Weston —
Blues ... LP Trip, 1966. Near Mint- ...
Trip issue of material from Randy Weston's under-issued years of the mid 60s – just 3 long tracks that are all totally great! Randy's playing with a group that's similar in spirit to that used on the classic African Cookbook – Ray Copeland on trumpet, Frank Haynes on tenor, Bill Wood ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)
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
2LP set that brings together a host of classic trio sides by Randy Weston, all recorded for Riverside in the 50's, and culled from a number of different LPs and 10" releases. One LP in the set features the added bonus of Cecil Payne on baritone, but most of the material is spare trio stuff, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 tracks from reedman Andrew White's own label – almost all recorded during that mid 70s stretch when White was really on fire, and making some important contributions to the DC jazz scene! White's a hell of a player, and if you've never heard him before, this set's a great place to start ... read moreCD
An amazing album – not just for its tribute to the tune "Giant Steps" – but for the great playing of saxophonist Andrew White! In a move that almost makes him like the Pop-O-Pies of the jazz world, White serves up 7 versions of the same tune – an idea might be a bit odd ... 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
A great little album by Lenny White – nicely restrained in the best moments, with less of the heavy-hitting fusion sound that you'd hear on his other albums – and even done with a strong current of funk, which really sends the whole thing home in a great way! Space jazz maestro Pat ... read moreCD
Space seemed to be a logical direction for Lenny White to go – since his high-powered fusion drumming style is enough to power him right out of the galaxy! This album's a hard heavy batch of funky fusion tunes – with lots of hard drums by Lenny, and spacey spacey keyboards by the great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Drummer Lenny White was one of the strongest talents on the kit to emerge during the 70s fusion years – a player who was every bit as tight and powerful as Billy Cobham, and maybe even more far-reaching in his style – as you might guess from the cosmic image on the cover! The album's ... read moreCD
An album that's quite different than Michael White's early solo work, but also quite nice too – although in a completely different way! On this set, White's working with jazz funk legend Wayne Henderson – crafting a smooth approach to the groove that's very much in keeping with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo sticker, light wear, and a few spots of paint on the back.)
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
Features Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Jack Dejohnette on drums, and Alvin Batiste on clarinet! CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)
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 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.)
Inventive work from Alec Wilder – in a mix of jazz and higher ideas! Titles include "The Amorous Poltergeist", "Jack This Is My Husband", "They Needed No Words", and "Little White Samba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, mostly due to the light nature of the sleeve.)
One of the most classic albums ever from tenorist Barney Wilen – recorded at a time when he was making big waves on both sides of the Atlantic! The tracks are longer than on some of Wilen's more tightly-arranged albums – which really gives Barney a chance to show off his tremendous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing, RCA-6018(M), with obi. Cover has a bumped corner.)
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
Don Wilkerson —
Shoutin! ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1963. New Copy ...
Shoutin is right – as the album's a wailer all the way through, one of the few jazz albums cut by Texas tenor giant Don Wilkerson – best known to crowds at the time for his work with the Ray Charles group, but really stepping out here in a different way for Blue Note! The album has Don ... read moreCD
(Part of the Blue Note 80 – Soul Jazz Works series!)
Ernie Wilkins —
Montreux ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1983. 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 the all-time great tenor/organ sessions on Blue Note – totally fierce, with a sound that's a lot rawer than most other work on the label! The incredible Baby Face Willette grooves it hard and heavy on Hammond – working in a quartet that includes Fred Jackson on tenor, Grant ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet Series – heavy vinyl and cover!)
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
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Bishop Norman Williams & The One Mind Experience —
Bishop's Bag ... LP Theresa, 1978. Near Mint- ...
For a Bishop, this guy's pretty darn funky! Williams grooves it hard and lean here with The One Mind Experience – an electric Bay Area ensemble that includes Babatunde on percussion, Mike Clark on drums, Dave Liebman on saxes, and Michael Howell on guitar. The album's got one strong ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Brandon Williams —
XII ... CD Soulasis, 2014. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A hell of a record from keyboardist and producer Brandon Williams – an artist who may well be the Larry Mizell of the 21st Century! Like Mizell, Brandon's a hell of a musician at the core – really strong and soulful on his work here – but also like Larry, Williams really has a ... (Neo Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
Williams produced, arranged and orchestrated this album and he is joined by an all-star lineup of players. Williams plays bass and piccolo bass, Herbie Hancock is on the piano and keyboards, Wayne Shorter plays tenor and soprano sax, Shunzo Ohno is on trumpet and Al Foster plays drums. Williams ... read moreCD
A wonderfully soulful session from the best years of the DIW label – a set that has pianist James Williams recording with tremendous tenor work from Billy Pierce, George Coleman, and Joe Henderson! The album parcels the players out – so that 2 tracks only feature Pierce, and the others ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Obi has light wear and few pieces of clear tape on the back.)
Pianist Williams is in great company here – a sympathetic group with Bill Easley on alto and flute, Billy Pierce on tenor and soprano sax, Kevin Eubanks on guitar, Tony Reedus on drums, and Rufus Reid on bass – plus a bit of percussion from Jerry Gonzalez! LP, Vinyl record album
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
A vocal jazz classic! Joe Williams had come to great fame as the singer with the Basie band during the 50s, but this beautiful album is unlike his usual work with the group – and shows a sophisticated vocal side of Joe that's really amazing. The album was arranged by Jimmy Mundy, with lush ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky big band album, recorded by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, with the great Joe Williams on vocals! The record is one of the most sought-after by the team – probably because it includes the hard breakbeat version of "Get Out of My Life Woman" that's been sampled often over the ... (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
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
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The pinnacle of Blue Note's "new thing" era! This amazing album was led by drummer Tony Williams (then just a wee lad, playing with Miles Davis, in his legendary 60s quintet) – but it's more of a "roundtable" session that features equal contributions by some of Blue Note's ... read moreCD
(Out of print, pre-RVG version. Small cutout notch through spine.)
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
(Cover has some edge wear, some seam splitting, and a small split in the spine.)
Although Tony Williams started out as one of the most subtle drummers of the 60s, this album has him coming a long way from his "new thing" Blue Note recordings – and taking off with enough power to reach the moon! The group featured is Williams classic Lifetime lineup – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Features Kevin Mahogany on vocals, Olu Dara on cornet, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Don Byron on clarinet and tenor, James Carter on tenor, Jesse Davis on alto, and Russell Malone on guitar. CD
Spike Wilner —
Koan ... CD Posi tone, 2016. Used ...
Brilliant work from pianist Spike Wilner – who'd only put out a handful of studio records as a leader to date, but gigs steadily – making the occasional studio sessions something we always look forward to! Koan might be his best to date, done with his trio featuring Tyler Mitchell on ... read moreCD
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