Bill Evans is working with a really wonderful trio here – one that features Gary Peacock on bass and Paul Motian on drums – both budding young modernists who help Evans reach some new sounds on the set! The record starts out with a groove that's perhaps more inside than you'd expect ... read moreCD
Brilliant late work from Bill Evans – his last set of recordings from the Village Vanguard – recorded in the summer of 1980, nearly two decades after his first famous albums at the club! Evans here is a wealth of imagination – really stretching out in relaxed, fluid formation ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2009 Nonesuch pressing – still sealed!!!)
Nice late work by Evans – recorded in 1977, but not issued until after his death in 1980. The session benefits from the bass work of Eddie Gomez – rich, round, and warm – a perfect accompaniment for Evans' sometimes faltering piano work. Includes a wonderful version of Michel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Bill Evans & Eddie Gomez —
Intuition ... LP Fantasy, 1975. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A great pairing, heard perfectly here – on titles that include "Show Type Tune", "Invitation", "Blue Serge", "Are You All The Things", and "Falling Grace". LP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic early work from Gil Evans – emerging here in this early session as an already far-thinking modernist. The tracks are shorter and less ambitious than some of Evans' work on Impulse, but the group is excellent – and even in a shorter format, the conception of the work still ... read moreCD
Gil Evans plays an electric grand piano and is joined by a rather large set of musicians who include Masabumi Kikuchi on a variety of synthesizers, Billy Cobham on drums, Lou Soloff on trumpet, George Lewis on trombone and many others. Tracks include some Evans originals – "Anita's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece through and through from arranger Gil Evans – a record of swinging modern backdrops, used to showcase both the solo talents of a young Cannonball Adderley, and the dynamic energy of Evans himself! Cannon's sharp-edged early tone is a really great sound for the record – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue Note Tone Poet Series – 2019 remaster on 180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI!)
A pivotal session for Gil Evans – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal session for Gil Evans – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2016 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)
The title here is very apt – as Orrin Evans is a pianist who seems to be in a constant state of evolution these days – from his wonderful work on larger projects, to his completely sublime sounds in a trio like this! Evans' notes seem even more fluid and cascading than ever – set ... read moreCD
Extra Ball —
Go Ahead ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy ...
A strange name but an excellent group – one headed up by guitarist Jaroslaw Smietana, playing here with a free-flowing vibe we really like! The album's got kind of a modal approach to fusion overall – one that's never overly jamming, and more concerned with the rhythmic progression of ... read moreCD
Ferran Fages/Ruth Barberan/Alfredo Costa Monteiro —
Semisferi ... CD Esquilo, 2006. Used 2CDs ...
(Out of print.)
Sergio Fanni Quintet —
Hard Suite ... LP Right Tempo (Italy), 1975. Near Mint- ...
An excellent bit of soulful post-Coltrane jazz! The group is a sextet led by Italian trumpeter Sergio Fanni – and it features piano and electric piano by Sante Palumbo, plus tenor, drums, electric bass, and percussion. In a way, the album reminds us a lot of early 70s work by American ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime early work from the legendary Tal Farlow – the kind of sides that show by he was one of the most important jazz guitarists of the 50s! The bulk of the 2CD set features LA sessions recorded for Norman Granz during Farlow's early years at Verve – dates from 1954 and 1955 that ... read moreCD
A beautiful album of understated brilliance – one of Art Farmer's early shifts into the sublime, and an easily-blown batch of trumpet tracks that always takes our breath away! There's a sense of relaxed freedom here that's really tremendous – a difference from some of Farmer's more ... read moreCD
A great little album by this wonderful trumpeter – and one that we passed up for years because we were afraid of the words "brass" and "shout" in the title! If you're a Farmer fan, though, don't worry about this being some sort of snoozy "bold n brassy" session ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black/rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and some aging.)
A beautiful set from Art – stripped-down and elegant, cut right at that time when his tone on trumpet was evolving into something sublime. The group's a perfect one for Farmer at this point – Hank Jones, Addison Farmer, and Roy Haynes, all lyrically-minded players with just the right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing with deep groove! Vinyl has two short clicks, but is nice and clean overall. Cover has light wear, and a light bit of wear on the spine – but is nice and heavy!)
A sweet funky album from Art Farmer– an artist we don't normally associate with 70s funk, but who does a really great job on this CTI session! Art's working here in the frontline with Yusef Lateef on reeds – another unlikely candidate for a record like this – and the pair get ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has small peeled spots from sticker removal.)
Sublime work from trumpeter Art Farmer – and a key document of the way that he continued to develop his sound in the 70s! Farmer's at the height of his powers here – working in a soulful quartet with Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, and Billy Higgins – just setting up these beautiful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
As you might guess from the title, the album's an all-trumpet affair, one that features 5 different players on the instrument – Art Farmer, Emmet Berry, Charlie Shavers, Ernie Royal, and Harold Baker – supported by spare rhythm from the trio of Don Abney on piano, Wendell Marshall on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing. Cover has some wear and splitting.)
A great quintet date – featuring mostly players who were part of the postwar scene on LA's Central Avenue – Art Farmer on trumpet, Frank Morgan on alto, and Lou Levy on piano – plus Eric Von Essen on bass and Albert Tootie Heath on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
An amazing session of spiritual soul jazz – and one of the rarest albums on Strata East! Shamek Farrah's soulful alto is matched with the free spiritual piano of Sonelius Smith, for a totally memorable session that virtually defines the essence of the Strata East sound! The music is free, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mix of Latin modes and soulful fusion grooves – both of which make for an excellent album from the post-CTI years of reedman Joe Farrell! Joe plays soprano, tenor, and flute on the record – always with that well-crafted groove he first brought to jazz back in the 60s, working in a ... read moreCD
One of the best records ever cut by funky sax man Joe Farrell! The album's got a stripped down, choppy groove – virtually the blueprint for later 70s funk of this type, and played perfectly by Farrell and a very hip quartet lineup! Players include Joe on soprano and tenor sax, Herbie ... read moreCD
Killer CTI work from Joe Farrell – with grooves so sharp you could cut your trousers on them! Farrell's angular reed style is in perfect form here – grooving with a small group that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Beck on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and Don Alias on percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful post-CTI material from saxophonist Joe Farrell – a set that has the reedman still going every bit as strong as on those classic records, but an album that's also a lot more obscure! Joe plays tenor throughout – and still has that compellingly sharp tone on his horn – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set of some the coolest material that the legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson cut throughout the 70s – from fiercely energetic, large combo takes on standards, to looser, more simmering styles of timeless jazz, to spacey jazz funk! Not to be confused with Ferguson's similarly titled early ... read moreCD
A very groovy record by Maynard – with a soulful mid 60s Atlantic Records finish! The album's hipper than most of Ferguson's from the 60s – with a range of arrangers that includes Tom McIntosh, Willie Maiden, Locksley Hampton, and Don Sebesky – all of whom bring Maynard's large ... read moreCD
A really cooking little session from tenorist Mickey Fields – recorded live as one of the legendary Left Bank sessions in Baltimore! Mickey's got some great company on the date – including Groove Holmes on Hammond, plus George Freeman on guitar and Billy Jackson on drums – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has the very light trace of an old sticker, but is great overall.)
Killer Hammond from Polish player Piotr Figiel – a player with a really wonderful sort of groove! The album's got a vibe that's halfway between the Hammond antics of Alan Hawkshaw and the freer lines of American jazzmen like Jimmy Smith or Charles Earland – augmented by other cool ... read moreCD
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson) —
Actions ... LP Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2020. New Copy ...
An expanded take on the original "Actions" composition – originally recorded by Don Cherry, with composer Krzystof Penderecki – and extended here by original material from reedman Mats Gustafsson! The original recording was a key juncture between two different avant worlds on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson) —
Arrival ... CD Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2019. New Copy ...
A different sound than usual from the Fire Orchestra of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin – a set that still features the large spontaneous composition style of the group, but which also has them working with singer Mariam Wallentin – whose vocals really add a lot to ... read moreCD
A different sound than usual from the Fire Orchestra of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin – a set that still features the large spontaneous composition style of the group, but which also has them working with singer Mariam Wallentin – whose vocals really add a lot to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clare Fischer —
Manteca! ... LP Pacific Jazz, Early 60s. Near Mint- ...
One of our favorite albums ever from the great Clare Fischer – and one of the first to really show his special talents at their best! The sound here is a wonderful blend of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian modes – and in addition to piano, Clare plays plenty of organ on the date – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Early trio work from pianist Clare Fischer – definitely surging ahead at this point in his career! The set's got a bit more of a freewheeling sound than some of Fischer's later, more arranged material – lots of tight piano from Clare in the lead, swung with a good blend of soul jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice electric Latin jazz session from this legendary LA piano player, recorded with his groovy Salsa Picante group that includes Pancho Sanchez, Gary Foster, and Alex Acuna. Clare plays organ and electric piano, and is backed by an all-instrumental group of percussion and rhythm, plus nice ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Madly tripped out guitar funk – and a real turning point in the career of guitarist Eddie Fisher! Eddie began his career as a straighter guitarist on the St Louis scene – and although his first album for Cadet was a relatively traditional soul-jazz outing, this one's a wild batch of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo promo pressing. Cover has a split top seam, half split spine, and a small split in the bottom seam.)
One of the great Pablo Records efforts to revisit the jazz sound of the 50s – but in fresh new ways allowed by the freer recording modes of the 70s! The album features Ella Fitgerald and Joe Pass, plus nobody else – just voice and guitar coming together in quiet, introspective ways ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
A set that's maybe even nicer than the Ella & Louis work together on Porgy & Bess – given that backing is by the trio of Oscar Peterson, which gives the whole thing a nicely understated charm – at a level that really lets the charms of the duo shine through! (Vocalists, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear and split top seams.)
Three groovy sides of the ever-impressive sounds of Five Corners Quintet, plus an allstar bevy of guest knob twirlers – on two sides of vinyl! "Three Corners" is a pert-near perfect taste of jazzy samba – remixed by the masterful touch of Nicola Conte! The Conte/Sahib ... (New Grooves, Jazz)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Although Tommy Flanagan recorded often in trio format in the later years of his life, he didn't always do so at the start – which is how this 2CD set is able to contain all Flanagan's trio recordings of the pre-1978 years! First up is the best known material of this nature – the album ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Tommy Flanagan —
Eclypso ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
A sweetly swinging seventies set from pianist Tommy Flanagan – one of those records that's a perfect balance between the bop-inspired dexterity of his work on the keyboard, and that undeniable warmth he always brought to his best recordings! Tommy's got maybe a bit more bite on the keys, ... read moreCD
The title's a bit of a rough pun, but don't hold that against it – as the album's got pianist Tommy Flanagan nicely stretching out – expanding past his familiar trio mode on a few great tracks on the set! Make no mistake, the core trio is great – with help from Jasper Lundgaard ... read moreCD
A great title for this one – given the extremely poetic sound of Tommy Flanagan on the piano! For years, Tommy's had a great talent for being as bopper, yet as sensitive as a mellower, more lyrical player too – a brilliant combination that shows up instantly in the first few notes of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Flippomusic Globaljazz —
Ganesh ... CD Southport, 2001. Used ...
Bob Florence plays both piano and Fender Rhodes – in a sweet big band setting! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some age spots.)
FME (Ken Vandermark) —
Montage ... CD Okka Disk, 2006. New Copy 2CD ...
A double-disc set that documents the live efforts of the Free Music Ensemble – a power trio featuring Ken Vandermark on reeds, Nat McBride on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! The style here is very much in the legacy of Vandermark's trio work of years past, especially in association ... read moreCD
A bold statement from the Free Music Ensemble – not a large group, but instead a searing power trio that features Ken Vandermark on reeds, Nate McBride on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! The group work in a full-on mode that recalls the early power of the FMP scene, or some of the most ... read moreCD
A very cool collaboration between Greg Foat and James Thorpe – a set that's billed more as a sound library session than some of Foat's other jazz projects – even though the sound is equally appealing if you love those records too! The set is self-described as "futuristic analogue ... read moreCD
Roberto Fonseca —
Yo ... CD Montuno, 2013. Used ...
One of Ford's extremely strong albums from the early 80s – a soulful expression of hardbop, recorded at a time when albums like this were an extremely rare breed! The set features Ford blowing with a well-matched set of players – including Bobby Watson on alto, Wallace Roney on trumpet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Extremely soulful work from young tenor giant Ricky Ford – one of a number of really strong sides he cut for Muse early on in his career, and a set that continues the indie soul jazz vibe of the 70s nicely! The group's a no-nonsense ensemble that features Albert Dailey on piano, Rufus Reid ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mathias Forge/Phil Julian/David Papapostolou —
Meshes ... CD Another Timbre (UK), 2009. Used ...
Mathias Froger plays trombone with Phil Julian on electronics and David Papapostolou on cello. CD
(CDr release in a slim paper sleeve.)
Adam Forkelid/Georg Riedel/Jon Falt —
Reminiscence ... CD Moserobie (Sweden), 2018. New Copy ...
This might be the first we're ever hearing from pianist Adam Forkelid – and given the sound of the album, we hope we'll be hearing a lot more for years to come! Forkelid has this wonderful approach to the piano – very bold, powerful chords – even in the mellower moments – ... read moreCD
Adam Forkelid/Georg Riedel/Jon Falt —
Reminiscence ... LP Moserobie (Sweden), 2018. New Copy ...
This might be the first we're ever hearing from pianist Adam Forkelid – and given the sound of the album, we hope we'll be hearing a lot more for years to come! Forkelid has this wonderful approach to the piano – very bold, powerful chords – even in the mellower moments – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from Sonny Fortune – emerging here as a strong leader with a spiritual soulful style that was steeped in traditions from labels like Strata East and Muse, but which also worked quite well in the slightly-expanded setting of A&M's Horizon projects. The group here is a well-sele ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set from Sonny Fortune – a bit smoother than some of his earlier work, but still with a deeply soulful finish that keeps the album fresh throughout! Nearly every track was written (or co-written) by Larry Willis, who plays piano and Fender Rhodes on the set, and really feels like ... read moreCD
A great one from Sonny Fortune – done with the fusiony sound he was working so well with at the time, and still filled with a tight conception and an incredible group of musicians who bring depth and deliver some really great solos! The title track is an incredible 10 minute cut that breaks ... read moreCD
A really wonderful album by Sonny Fortune – recorded for a major label, sure, but with the soulful depth of some of his earlier work for the indies! Sonny's on alto, flute, and soprano sax – and also plays a bit of percussion and some slight mini moog – not too much, as the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We love Sonny Fortune – because he always plays so great! Sonny started as more of an acoustic soul jazz player – but by the time of this session, he's working with a lot of electric backing, in a fusiony mode that should dampen his enthusiasm, but which only seems to spur him onto new ... read moreCD
The cover's not much to look at – but it houses a mighty nice set of funky 70s jazz! Drummer Al Foster leads the crew on this obscure session produced by Teo Macero for the mostly-rock Laurie label – and even though the album's kind of hidden under a completely innocuous cover that has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful project from pianist Billy Foster – part of a long tradition of jazz mass records that have been popping up from the underground from the late 50s onwards – and maybe one of the best we've heard so far! The setting is spare – really just a trio outing by Billy's group ... read moreCD
An overlooked set from the Gary scene – one of a handful of albums by pianist Billy Foster – a musician, radio host, and educator – with a legacy that almost makes him the Ramsey Lewis of his hometown! Billy cut some more keyboard-heavy albums in the 80s, but this record's a ... read moreCD
Overlooked genius from pianist Billy Foster – a player who only issued a handful of records on his own label – which was run out of the city of Gary, Indiana! This date's far more obscure than similar efforts on labels like Muse, Strata East, or Black Jazz – and has a similar ... read moreCD
Lean, righteous blowing from the legendary Frank Foster – one of a handful of extremely hip sessions he cut in the 60s under his own name! The album's the only record Foster ever did for Blue Note – and we dare say it's even better than his previous 60s work on Prestige and Impulse ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a light stain along the opening and a spot of adhesive residue.)
Stormin! Tenorist Frank Foster is best known to the world for his years and years of work with Count Basie, but take it from us: his solo albums from the late 60's are waaaay better than his Basie work, and they're also some of our fave jazz sides of all time! This rare album features Foster ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue trident label pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a lightly bent corner with a small stain.)
The group's got an unusual name, but it's a fitting one too – given that they're a trio, but with a Hammond organ that follows its usual role of working on keyboards and bass! The plus one in this case is Mario Bocic on tenor – who joins the unique Croatian/American combo for this ... read moreCD
Phil France —
Circle ... CD Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Sweet keyboards from Phil France – a player who's more than content enough to let his instrument take the lead, often in these flowing soundscapes that are even more evocative than on his previous album for Gondwana – but a musician who also manages to echo some deeper currents, but ... read moreCD
Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the ... read moreCD
Drummer Panama Francis definitely gets in the groove here – thanks to help from a cool combo that's overflowing with old school jazz talent – a lineup that includes Francis Williams and Irv Stokes on trumpets, Norris Turney and Howard Johnson on alto saxes, George Kelly on tenor, Red ... read moreCD
An album of drum-heavy tracks recorded by drummer Panama Francis – who at this point could boast a long career working with jazz luminaries like Duke Ellington, Lucky Millinder, and Cab Calloway. The set's got Francis using his drums to cook up a rock-like beat on a set of instrumentals. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Epic Special Reissue Series pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Mario Franco & Samuel Rohrer —
Brightbird ... CD Arjunamusic (Germany), 2017. Used ...
Four soulful fusion classics from keyboardist Rodney Franklin – all together in a single set! First up is In The Center – wonderful keyboard work from the amazing Rodney Franklin – a player who sounds equally great on acoustic and electric piano! This album does a wonderful job ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from Rodney Franklin – one of our favorite soulful fusion players of the era – and 2 albums back-to-back! The Rodney Franklin album is a keyboard delight through and through – and Rodney plays both acoustic and electric piano, often on the same track – which ... read moreCD
Reggae reeds from Dean Fraser – with some nice Fender Rhodes and keyboard too – recorded at Dynamic Sounds and Aquarius, with titles htat include "Rent A Car", "Redemption Song", "Stop Look Listen", "For The Love Of You", "I'll Always Love ... (Reggae, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue label UK pressing, with inner sleeve.)
Nick Fraser/Kris Davis/Tony Malaby —
Zoning ... CD Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ...
Drummer Nick Fraser has a great sense of cyclical energy here – a way of playing freely, but elliptically – so that there's this sense of passage and phase in some of the music, even while all the members are improvising with great intensity! The core trio features Fraser on drums, ... read moreCD
The second great album from organist Ceasar Frazier – a tightly grooving set that expands his sound a bit from the first! All the best elements are still in place here – including funky organ from Ceasar, production from jazz funk maestro Bob Porter, and a hip range of players that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring work from a Polish ensemble of the 80s – a group who definitely have some of the free cooperation promised by their name – but also resonate with a range of other elements too! At some level, these guys remind us of the more inventive bigger bands that broke on the European ... read moreCD
A hip assortment of hard-wailing tunes all put together by New York DJ Alan Freed – part of his brief recording career for Coral Records, where he worked with some surprisingly hip artists! Most of the material here was originally issued under the names of Alan Freed Rock N Roll Big Band or ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD