A seminal early recording from one of our favorite reed players ever! In the late 1950s, the young Frank Strozier came up to Chicago from Memphis, along with his longtime friend, pianist Harold Mabern. The two of them both settled nicely in the city's MJT+3 combo, where they proceeded to record ... read moreCD
(Out of print 90s Vee Jay US pressing. Spine has a cutout notch.)
Frank Strozier —
Remember Me ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A gem of a record – the kind of overlooked 70s session we really treasure! Reed player Frank Strozier was one of the all-time under-discovered greats – and this set reunites him with his old Memphis partner/MJT+3 bandmate, Harold Mabern – a perfect pairing for Strozier's warm and ... read moreCD
As a rule, we shouldn't like sessions that have a Marvin Gaye tune as the title – but in this case, we'll make an exception! The album's great one – filled with warmth, fire, and imagination – and key proof that Frank Strozier was still going strong in the 70s – after some ... read moreCD
A really groovy album from pianist Kunihiko Sugano – a set that has the leader working on Fender Rhodes, but often with a touch that has the sharpness of an acoustic piano – which is then underscored by some strong use of acoustic percussion as well! The album's definitely got the ... read moreCD
The return of the great ones – and quite possibly the funkiest album ever from The Sugarman Three – a crowning achievement for this funky combo that we've loved for years! The core trio is still in place – soaring Hammond, tight tenor, and heavy drums – but they've also ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
Beautiful duets between vocalist Milton Suggs and pianist Willie Pickens – two Chicago generations coming together beautifully in a very intimate setting! Unlike some of Sugg's other work, which is all self-penned, this set features some Ellington standards – done in a wonderfully ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Raku Sugifatti —
Futatsu ... CD Improvised Music From Japan (Japan), 2003. Used 2CD Gatefold ...
A much-needed document of a very hip quartet – one that was led by trumpeter Idrees Sulieman, after his initial famous recordings for Prestige – and which also featured pianist Oscar Dennard, an under-recorded genius who left this world at a very early age! The 2CD package presents the ... read moreCD
In the years after Charlie Parker passed away, tributes to his greatness were a very common thing in local jazz scenes across the US. This is a prime example of that tradition, but way more than that, it's also a killer Chicago jazz session from the old days – featuring trumpeter Ira ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the spine & some light wear.)
Amazing music throughout – all recorded under the leadership of bassist Juma Sultan! The package is quite unique – 2LPs worth of music, with a full fresh set of music on an additional CD – all collected in a very heavy box, with an oversized booklet too! The sounds are quite ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Two LPs, a CD, and a 28 page 12x12 book – damn expensive, we know – but ultra-limited, and very nicely put together!)
Sunbirds ... LP BASF/Garden Of Delights (Germany), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A totally hip, totally funky fusion combo from the German scene at the start of the 70s – one who've got all the right elements to match the best work on MPS Records at the time! In truth, the combo shares many players with the best from that scene – a rock-solid rhythm section that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered limited edition of 1000! Includes a great bonus insert, too!)
Definitely something tasty from the Super Jazz Trio – a rare Japanese-only effort that has the combo joined by the mighty Art Farmer! Art plays flugelhorn on the date, and fits in wonderfully alongside the piano of Tommy Flanagan, bass of Reggie Workman, and drums of Joe Chambers – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groundbreaking early album from guitarist John McLaughlin – a set that's a bit different than his more famous work of the mid 70s – with maybe a more avant approach, and a lot more bite as well! The set's really an equal collaboration, rather than just a McLaughlin session – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 70s UK pressing, including the insert. Vinyl is double labelled on one side. Cover has an import sticker.)
A rare 1972 album that brings together (then) previously-unissued material from the cutting edge of the late 60s British jazz scene – 5 longish tracks that feature different and unique groupings of musicians that include John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Mike Osborne, Harry Miller, Kenny Wheeler, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic electric album from one of the most unique bassists of the 70s – and one that also features help from a hip American rhythm trio too! By the time of this set, Isao Suzuki had already made some incredible records for the Three Blind Mice label – sets that showcased both his ... read moreCD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering – HQ CD!)
Svenska Kaputt (Kullhammar/Fiske/Zetterberg/Holme —
Suomi ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2015. New Copy ...
A brilliant musical project from the Moserobie jazz underground of Sweden – one that brings together four completely wonderful players, but in ways that are very different than most of their work in other settings! The sound here is very open and spacious – not in a mellow way, or an ... read moreCD
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
Super-hip stuff from guitarist Gabor Szabo! If you don't know his style, Gabor had this breezy chordal approach that was perfect for some of the hippy dippy/psyche jazz settings he was working with at Impulse Records. The tracks on the set mix together bossa grooves, eastern rhythms, easy pop, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful 70s work from Gabor Szabo – a record that has him picking up a bit more of a soulful undercurrent, while still keeping all his great guitar work nicely upfront! The album has Gabor recording at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios – with help from Philly soul arrangers Richie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key moment in the career of Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo – a player who'd already been making some great music in the group of Chico Hamilton, but who really cemented his reputation with the sound on this set! Right from the start, Gabor was always a guitarist with something very new, ... read moreCD
Lew Tabackin looks a bit stiff on the cover of this one (who wouldn't, in a tan polyester suit?) – but the record's a surprisingly hip date, and a great chance to hear Lew away from his 70s big band with Toshiko Akioshi! As the title and cover imply, the album features Tabackin's "dual ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Lew Tabackin & Netherlands Metropole Orchestra —
Pyramid ... CD Koch (Austria), 1999. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Lew Tabackin with Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd —
Vintage Tenor ... LP RCA (Japan), 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
The strong tenor work of Lew Tabackin is featured with the Japanese big band of Toshiyuki Miayama and His New Herd – a mostly acoustic outfit that has a complicated sound that's not unlike some of the big band aggregations that Tabackin has led with wife Toshiko Akioshi, but perhaps a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that really lives up to its title – as it has bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma really stepping past usual roles for his instrument – into that range of new sounds and styles that was exploding in the bass world after the initial impact of Jaco Pastorius! The instrument's as much a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tain & The Ebonix (Jeff Tain Watts/Christian McBri —
Folk's Songs ... CD Dark Key, 2006. Used ...
Taivaantemppeli is a name you might not be able to pronounce easily – but that's fine with us, as the music here does all the talking for the group – a sweet array of soaring, stretched out grooves from the vaults of Finnish Broadcasing! The group are one of those excellent razor-sharp ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Japanese fusion with lots of warm Brazilian touches – and a sweet lineup that includes Greg Phillinganes on keyboards, James Gadson and Wilson Das Neves on drums, Abraham Laboriel on bass, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion! Titles include "Star Wars Samba", "Funky Holo Holo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has a small sticker in one corner.)
Tenorist Tom Tallitsch has gotten plenty of love from our ears in recent years – and with a record as great as this, he's bound to get plenty more! Tom comes on strong with a really deep tenor sound – a mode that we might put in a range between Hank Mobley and Eric Alexander – ... read moreCD
Don't think "British rock", think "electric jazz" – as the set features some long, jamming instrumental workouts that are more in a heavy fusion mode overall! The group's a quintet – led by drummer Kiyoshi Tanaka, and featuring organ, guitar, bass, and some very ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. Blu-spec CD pressing.)
Free and firey work from Horace Tapscott – recorded in driving duo format, with Everett Brown on drums. The spare setting is starker than some of Tapscott's trio albums, and both he and Brown open up on exploratory passages with a highly improvised quality – yet which always dip back ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Although still sealed, the cover has a corner that has a small water stain from water getting under the shrinkwrap.)
One of the best trio sessions we've ever heard from Horace Tapscott – warmer and a bit more soulful than some of his other sides of this nature, and played with a well-rounded style that really hits home! The group features great drum work from Ben Riley, and bass by Fred Hopkins – and ... read moreCD
A surprisingly strong trio session from Horace Tapscott – recorded in Santa Barbara in 1981, with a group that features Sonship on percussion and the great Roberto Miranda on bass! Miranda's tone is round and warm, and brings out some of the most soulful sides of Tapscott's playing – ... read moreCD
The first in a series of recordings designed to document the true talents of the legendary Horace Tapscott – recorded as a solo performance in 1982, with a personal, intimate quality that was missing from a number of Tapscott's earlier albums. The set features a number of incredible ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The centerpiece of this set is an extended composition by Horace Tapscott – "Struggle X – An Afro-American Dream" – an incredibly evocative number that runs for nearly 30 minutes, and which features Tapscott coloring in a range of ideas and emotions, using only solo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Darkly off-kilter work from Horace Tapscott – a set of tunes with tones that range from the Monkish to some of the longer, flowing lines of Randy Weston – but which also are clearly the voice of Tapscott, one of the greatest composers of the west coast creative scene of the 60s through ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A magical set of solo piano work by Horace Tapscott – one of the few players who can hold our ear so strongly in such a setting! The album features original tunes by Tapscott, Arthur Blythe, and Louis Spears – spun out in a soulfully elliptical style that manages to be exploratory ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the darker sessions in the Tapscott solo piano series for Nimbus – recorded a year after the previous volume, and with a tone and sense of power that's even stronger than before! There's an edgey quality to the work that's apparent from the very first note – and throughout the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully evocative work from pianist Horace Tapscott – a set that has a slightly more introspective quality than some of the other Tapscott Sessions albums, although an overall feel that's very much in keeping with that great series! Tapscott's work on the keys is contemplative, but never ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The seventh volume in the Tapscott Sessions series – and an extremely focused set that has Horace working through some shorter numbers than usual – in a range of tones, rhythms, and colors that are simply amazing! As always, the recording works perfectly with Tapscott's solo piano work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This installment in the Tapscott Sessions series features nearly all original work by Horace – hauntingly introspective compositions performed on solo piano, with a sense of creative exploration that's incredibly powerful, despite the lack of other instrumentation on the set. Horace is in an ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Call ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
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 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 moreCD
Horace Tapscott/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Flight 17 ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
One of the best Horace Tapscott albums on Nimbus – and one that features him playing with the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra, who give the session a much fuller feel than some of Horace's other sparer sets. The group's made up of some strong hip players from the LA underground – and in a ... read moreCD
Vladimir Tarasov/Liudas Mockunas/Eugenijus Kanevic —
Intuitus ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2016. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Reedman Liudas Mockunas sounds really amazing here – working on soprano sax, tenor, and both bass and regular clarinet – with these tones that are sharp, but also surprisingly soulful – very captivating in ways that really have us sitting up and taking notice! We've heard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection featuring some of the best work by this classic 70s smooth fusion combo! Tarika Blue were labelmates to the James Mason group on Chiaroscuro – and the sound of this album's similar to Mason's best work: jazzy, souful, polished, but never lacking a depth and a commitment ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Eldad Tarmu & Cengiz Yaltkaya —
Visits ... CD Fever Pitch, 2003. Used ...
Great hard-swinging work from tenorist Buddy Tate – one of the rare Felsted jazz sessions, recorded with players who include Buck Clayton on trumpet, Ben Richardson on alto, Skip Hall on piano, and Everett Barksdale on guitar. Titles include "Bottle It", "Walk That Walk", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Legendary recordings from the mighty Art Tatum – captured here in some late night studio sessions from early 50s LA – produced with just the right sort of laidback vibe by a young Norman Granz! Tatum could really shine the most in a setting like this – open, yet still very ... read moreLP, 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
(Yellow & black label NYC 50th street pressing, with deep groove & RVG etch. Front cover is beautiful!)
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
Billy Taylor —
Solo ... CD Taylor Made, 1988. Used ...
One of Billy's rarest sessions from the 60s – a trio set for Riverside, recorded in early 1960, and a great little session considering how obscure it is! The group's a trio, with Henry Grimes on bass and Ray Mosca on drums – supporting Billy's fluidly soulful work on the keys, over a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with deep groove and microphone logo. Cover has a small bend on one corner.)
Cecil Taylor —
Air ... CD Candid (Germany), 1960. Used ...
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 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
A standout album in Cecil Taylor's creative run for the Candid label at the start of the 60s – not only because it features great work from a young Archie Shepp on tenor, but also because trumpeter Clark Terry makes a surprising appearance too! Shepp works with Taylor on the album's famous ... read moreCD
One of Cecil Taylor's most striking albums of the 60s – and one of the few in which he works with a larger than usual group – not a trio or quartet, but an ultra-hip sextet! The lineup is incredible – the cream of the arch-modern players of the avant era, including Bill Dixon on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some aging.)
Cecil Taylor's definitely Looking Ahead here – pushing jazz piano very strongly into the 60s with his modernist tones – yet still working with a bit more restraint than in the next decade! The style here is quite unusual – and almost more fresh than the Taylor sound of later ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has aging and some tape remnants on back.)
A stunner of an album from Cecil Taylor's early days – for many reasons, but also for the wild cover, which has a couple meeting in a dark alley in a cheesy photo shoot! (Just imagine if Hat Hut or Leo tried that today!) This long-out-of-print session features 3 early trio tracks – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, on King. Back cover has some very light aging – front cover looks great.)
Excellent Artista/Freedom reissue that brings together the full set from Cecil's 1962 performance at Cafe Monmartre. He's playing here in a trio that has Jimmy Lyons on alto and Sonny Murray on drums, and the music's a key link between his later seventies stuff, and his earlier work that you can ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of a rare few albums done by pianist Cecil Taylor for the Blue Note label in the 60s – some of the most outside work recorded for the imprint at the time! The word "structures" here is perhaps a bit misplaced – as the work has a strong sense of freedom with the soloists ... read moreCD
One of a rare few albums done by pianist Cecil Taylor for the Blue Note label in the 60s – some of the most outside work recorded for the imprint at the time! The word "structures" here is perhaps a bit misplaced – as the work has a strong sense of freedom with the soloists ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono New York pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Vinyl has a slight press flaw bump on "Steps".)
Cecil Taylor's first LP for the Candid label – and a landmark album that really lets him open up for the first time in years at a recording session! The album was cut at Nola's Penthouse in 1960, and the core group is Cecil's trio with Buell Neidlinger on bass and Dennis Charles on drums ... read moreCD
David Taylor & Steve Swell Quintet —
Not Just. . . ... CD Creative Improvised Music Projects, 2005. Used ...
A very cool later album from heavy tenorist Sam "The Man" Taylor – best known for his moody late nite albums in postwar America – but working here on a Japanese-only set with some nice exotic themes! Titles include "Chakkiri Bushi", "Kiso Bushi", "Sado ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi and nice fold-out Japanese landscape in the middle! Cover has a small split on the top seam, but is otherwise great.)
A set that's different than the studio classic with the same title – and instead an unheard live recording from the great John Tchicai – recorded in Denmark in those very fruitful years when he was first hitting the European scene! The sense of freedom here is amazing – and ... read moreCD