Really cool sounds from the European underground of the 80s – mostly music that's quite far from the pop in the title, as much of it is quite understated, and comes from the farther reaches of the post-post-punk scene! These tracks aren't nearly as dark as the cold wave sounds of the same ... (Rock) read moreCD
A European disco world that's ripe for rediscovery – one that's much more obscure than better-known club work from Germany, France, and Italy – but which may well be even groovier than the work from those three scenes! The package is a great complement to some of the funk and jazz sets ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
A really amazing little record – one that's partly in the "jazz meets Indian" mode of Joe Harriott's experiments of the 60s – but a performance that also brings in a lot more from spiritual jazz, even though most of the instrumentation is more traditional! The set is live, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic celebration of the first ten years of the Brainfeeder label – an imprint that's slowly been shaping the sound of soul, hip hop, and other styles over the past decade or so – with a reach that's starting to make waves in jazz and other music too! Brainfeeder has always had a ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Something weird, and something very cool too – a set that brings together a whole host of strange and unusual tunes from the glory days of exploitation cinema! These cuts are all from a time when the b-movie underground was playing it fast and loose – trying to get more folks into the ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
DJ Jazzy Jeff —
M3 ... CD Playlist (Germany), 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A masterful set of soul jazz steeped hip hop from DJ Jazzy Jeff – officially the finale of The Magnificent trilogy of that began in 2002, but a timeless, brilliant standalone effort if you're just now jumping in – anchored by Jeff's piloting and cuts, live instrumentation by Kaidi ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Maybe the crowning achievement of drummer Makaya McCraven so far – a double-length set that stands as a huge testimony to all the many waves he's been making in jazz for the past few years! The album features four slices of live performance – recorded in New York, Chicago, LA, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pure pop magic – and a set that's bound to turn you onto a few dozen tunes you've never heard before! The set's the grooviest the Teensville label has ever given us – a package that goes way way deep into the late 60s world of Sunshine Pop – much deeper than the hits, and even ... (Rock) read moreCD
Koichi Matzukaze Trio & Toshiyuki Daitoku —
Earth Mother ... CD Alm/BBE (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
An important early album from saxophonist Koichi Matsukaze – maybe not one of the biggest names in Japanese jazz during the 70s, but certainly one of that scene's most striking players! The approach here is quite spiritual – long, open tracks that pulsate strongly – thanks to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stunning sounds from the team of Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier – and maybe the most perfect example of why Gainsbourg soundtracks can be so great! Le Pacha is a wonderful blend of trippy touches and more subtle jazzy moments, plus bits of electric sitar and bassy funk – ... (French) read moreCD
Tenorist Jack Sels may not be one of the best-known names on the European jazz scene of the postwar years – but that's likely because he passed away earlier than most, but not before leaving a strong legacy of jazz on the Belgian scene! Sels is a hell of a player – modern in conception ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pool ... CD Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 2018. New Copy ...
It feels like quite some time since we've last heard from Jazzanova – a group who were continually exploding our musical horizons back at the end of the last century, and who really seem to have evolved their sound in more recent years! This double-length set has a tremendous sense of scope ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Relax ... CD Luaka Bop, 2018. New Copy ...
We admire the hell out of Kassin, but it's hard to imagine that we'd relax when faced with a new record of his – as we always pay fervent attention to everything he ever does! And this time around, that attention is rewarded even more than usual – as the musician and studio genius ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great little Bollywood soundtrack by one of key composers of the genre – and one that's still got all the right sort of elements you might expect! There's some really great upbeat tracks – nice groovers that even get a bit funky at times – and which have a few cool instrumental ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
London is exploding again with fantastic music – and this time around, it's the city's jazz underground that comes forward to remind us what a unique musical crossroads the city can be! The work here represents an incredible new scene that's pushing boundaries all over again – not the ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
A modern day spiritual jazz treasure – completely wonderful all the way through, and a set you might well file proudly next to your classics from John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders! The record's as epic as it promises in the title – a three volume journey in jazz, headed by tenorist ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Not sure what they mean by "Ameriachi" in the title – but from the sound of the music, there's definitely a great A&M Records-styled mix of jazz, Latin, and South American modes! The set begins with a set of cookers from drummer Hideo Shiraki – working with an excellent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The punch here is in the groove – a nice little burst down at the bottom of the rhythms, which makes most of these tunes swing nicely! The set's a bit hard to describe right off the bat – but it's kind of a mix of jazz ensemble swinging with some groovier 60s modes – bits of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A Japanese jazz jam session from the late 50s – offered up in this really cool format that has the record starting out with Tokyo street sounds, and an announcer speaking in Japanese! The notes are all in Japanese (dammit!), but from what we can tell, the set features great early reed work ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare postwar jazz treasure from Japan – one of those great 50s albums that bring together some of the rising talents on the Tokyo scene – almost as proof that, musically at least, Japan was really getting back on its feet! The range of talents here is great – and there's almost ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An important 50s overview of the strength of Japanese jazz in the postwar years – a killer collection of some of the hottest acts on the Tokyo scene – all recording here specially for the set! The record features some alto from Sadao Watanabe, tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto, and work ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A jazz message from late 50s Tokyo – loud, proud, and proof that the Japanese scene was really coming into its own! The set's awash in great bop and swing performances from the postwar years – exclusive tracks to this set, played by four different groups that include Akira Miyazawa on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The best in modern jazz in Japan in the mid 50s – a smoking little record that features two different groups! Side one really cooks – thanks to work from Akira Miyazawa on tenor, Sadao Watanabe on alto, and Masao Yagi on piano – all great players who are really at the top of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Poll winners from the Japanese scene of the late 50s – stepping out in a special live performance from the time! The album's almost got a Verve Records sort of feel – especially from the all-star tip – and tunes are more swing than bop, although there's definitely a few modern ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the sharpest altos of the east – heard here in a great early album! Sadao Watanabe sounds wonderful on the set – blowing in a quintet setting, with a groove that's a bit like Lou Donaldson on Blue Note at the same time – slightly modern at moments, but also laidback and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible work from the Japanese scene of the end of the 60s – a record that mixes together traditional instrumentation, bossa rhythms, and groovier jazz touches – all in a sublime blend that would have been a feather in the cap of A&M or Verve Records at the time! The work here ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Is that barock or baroque? Whatever the case, the album's a pretty darn groovy affair – twin flutes from Sadao Watanabe and Akira Miyazawa – two of Japan's best reedmen at the end of the 60s – working here with some sweet arrangements that mix classical roots with mod ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A definite flute adventure from Japanese reedman Toshiaki Yokota – one that's got some wonderfully trippy elements, in the best spirit of some of the most groundbreaking MPS sessions at the end of the 60s! Yokota plays a variety of flutes, and he's backed by electric guitar, bass, and plenty ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Solo piano from one of Japan's most inventive talents on the keyboard – really stretching out here in a warmly acoustic setting, in a style that's quite freewheeling and open, yet without some of the more avant moments of later years too! There's a sense of balance here that's really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet swinger from this hip Japanese vocalist – one of the groovier talents of that scene in the 70s, and an artist whose name wasn't that well known on our side of the Pacific! The record's got a soulful bounce right from the start – thanks to backings from the trio of pianist ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great Japanese take on the sound of Thelonious Monk at the end of the 50s – one that's led by pianist Masao Yagi, and which features some of the same dynamic horn interplay as Monk's best work on Riverside! Yagi's got a really great group here – with Sadao Watanabe on alto sax and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Minoru Muraoka & New Dimension Group —
Bamboo ... CD King (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ...
60s jazz meets Japanese bamboo flute – all in a session with a great mix of groovy and exotic touches! The record's a unique meeting of jazz and folkloric elements – done in a style that's a bit like some of the late 60s sessions of this nature on MPS, but a fair bit groovier overall ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Electric funk, with some mighty nice horns – a mix of saxes from Takeru Muraoka – plus trumpet and flugelhorn from Susumo Kazuhara too! We're not sure, but it almost feels as if Takeru's a bit overdubbed – using alto, tenor, and soprano together at various points to give the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Wes here, of course, is Wes Montgomery – a great inspiration for this excellent quartet session from Japanese guitarist Yoshiaki Miyanoue! Things are relatively bare bones, and basic – more the Wes Montgomery small combo modes of the earliest years – as Miyanoue plays with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite Japanese jazz players of all time – still sounding wonderful on this date from the mid 80s! Akira Miyazawa's easily the most soulful tenorist to come out of the Japanese scene of the 60s – and here, he works with a free, open approach to his horn that almost reminds ... (Jazz) read moreCD
If the cover image of a Akira Miyazawa fishing in a trout stream wasn't already enough to make us love this one, the music on the disc certainly is – as the album's a real shining jewel in the Japanese jazz scene of the 60s, the kind of record that really set a whole new standard for the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Way more than just a standard jazz vocal set – thanks to inventive arrangements from an acoustic combo – one who backs up singer Martha Miyake in ways that really let her take off! There's a subtle grace to the instrumentation – one that really supports the lead role of the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A classic set from one of Japan's greatest jazz vocalists of the 60s and 70s – like most other work of its type, sung completely in English, in a style that's very faithful to American jazz singers from years past! The set's a great no-nonsense outing – and Martha swings nicely with a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A rare Japanese session from vocalist Helen Merrill – one of a few key 60s recordings she cut on the Tokyo scene, after initial fame in the US! The album features a great small group arranged by drummer Takeshi Inomata, played by a combo that includes alto, baritone, and trumpet – all ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Keyboardist Masaru Imada in a really great setting – working alongside a tight trombone lineup with a really bold sound! The style's still very much in the spirit of some of Imada's other 70s records – and he plays both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes – yet the trombone work of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet electric fusion from Japanese drummer Motohiko Hino – a set that's got a deeper vibe than some of his other work of the 70s! The set's a live one, and all tracks are quite long – played with an open, exploratory feel by the group – in ways that are almost an extension of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early jazz vocals from the Japanese scene – recorded in a late 50s stretch when the Tokyo scene was really taking off! The album's a split effort showcasing two different vocalists – Mitsuko Miyake on side one, and Kiyoko Maruyama on side two – both singers with a good command of ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
It could well be argued that in the 70s, the Japanese jazz scene was possibly the greatest place to be a bassist – as players like Yoshi Ikeda really had a chance to stretch out their sound, and try something new with records like this! The album's a really inventive little set – warm, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Inventive percussion and amazing bass work – plus a host of other interesting elements as well – all wrapped up beautifully in this unique collaboration between Isao Suzuki and Masahiko Togashi! Both players were some of the most creative of the mainstream Japanese scene of the 70s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Aki Takase —
Aki ... CD King (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A sweet early set from Japanese pianist Aki Takase – a player who would go onto have a huge international reputation – but working here in a nicely homegrown groove overall! The album's got a warm feel right from the start – not mellow or commercial, but soulfully lyrical, in a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Groovy vocals from 70s Japan – a very hip male quintet, and one with the same harmony sound as The Four Freshmen or The Hi-Los! Given the date of the record, the tunes are a bit more contemporary – but still swung by the group with a very jazzy style, one that often has sweet small ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A sublime set of piano and bass duets – one that comes across with a depth of feeling and richness of expression that takes it way past the usual! The presence of Isao Suzuki is an instant indication that things are going to be pretty darn fresh – as the bassist always has a way of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredibly groovy vocal work from Japan – a double-length album featuring work by a number of different groups! The first half of the set features the wonderful Singers 3 – a trio of female vocalists who sing together with a soaring, breezy groove that's totally great – one that ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Bossa jazz from 60s Japan – a set recorded right around the same time that Verve first started hitting bossa grooves in the US! The sound here is sharper than a Verve bossa album, though – with some of the same hardbop inflections you'd hear on other Hideo Shiraki albums from the time ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The music of Horace Silver is magically presented here by drummer Hideo Shiraki – grooving nicely in the same exotic approach to soul jazz you'd find on Silver's best Blue Note sides of the late 50s! Shiraki's always had a bit of a Jazz Messengers approach in his music – at least at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hardly the staid affair you might guess from the "recital" in the title – and an all-out drum frenzy event from the legendary Hideo Shiraki! This late 50s live session has Shiraki working in a mode that's even more open and bombastic than his studio albums from the time – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A late 50s stormer from Japanese drummer Hideo Shiraki – caught here at a great point in his early career! The album's got a bit more of a swing-based feel than some of Shiraki's later sides – a bit more Verve-like energy than Blue Note style – which is a-ok with us, because the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Long tracks, lots of open energy, and plenty of freewheeling solos too – just the sort of Japanese jazz album from the 70s we treasure so much! The group here is led by drummer George Ohtsuka – sometimes spelled Otsuka – and features Fumio Karashima on piano and Fender Rhodes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lovely work from Kimiko Kasai – easily one of the best female jazz vocalists on the Japanese scene in the 70s! Kimiko's got a wonderfully deep range – an ability to dip into lower notes when needed, but not in any sort of gimmicky way – just this full-voiced quality that makes ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffalo —
Okinawa ... CD King (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy ...
A groovy little record from the Count Buffalos group – an ensemble we know mostly for their heavier funk of the early 70s and late 60s – but who here step out in a clubbier mode with some sweet touches of disco! The group's still a jazz one at its core – but they've also added in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Toshiko Akioshi makes a trip back to the Japanese jazz scene in the early 60s – for this great little session that has her meeting up with "old pals" from previous years – including Sadao Watanabe on alto sax, Akira Miyazawa on tenor, and Hideo Shiraki on drums! The reunion ... (Jazz) read moreCD
That's Torys, as in Suntory's – the big Japanese distillery who's hosting this special performance of The Big Four – a crackling lineup that features soulful tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto and drums from George Kawaguchi! The core group have an energy that's like the best American bop ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stone smoker from tenorist Seiichi Nakamura – thanks partly to some great trombone from Shigeharu Mukai! Shige's one of our favorite Japanese trombonists from the 70s, and he really gives this session a deep degree of soul – working strongly in the frontline with Seiichi, and getting ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Masahiko Togashi with Steve Lacy & Kent Carter —
Spiritual Moments ... CD Paddle Wheel (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
A definite spiritual session from percussionist Masahiko Togashi – one that features key contributions from Steve Lacy on soprano sax and Kent Carter on bass – both players who come together in a trio with Togashi, to make the set one of his greatest albums ever! Togashi's nicely ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of a pair of great late 70s European dates from Japanese percussion master Masahiko Togashi – and a set that features some especially striking trombone from the legendary Albert Mangelsdorff! Given Albert's previous experiments in free, open-ended groups – his talents here are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest records ever from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi – a rare European session that features the talents of Don Cherry on trumpet and Charlie Haden on bass! The session's one of Cherry's most compelling performances from the time – a really loose and free date that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare Japanese session from American reedman Charlie Mariano – and one of the few recorded documents of his time on the Tokyo scene! The album really captures Charlie at a pivotal – and under-recorded – point in his career – definitely stretching out from the tight lines ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Isao Suzuki/Tsuyoshi Yamamoto —
Samba Club ... CD King (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
A wicked wicked set of tracks from Japan – one that blends together jazzy riffing and Brazilian rhythms, all played with a surprisingly soulful bent! Suzuki's on bass and piccolo bass, and Yamamoto plays not only electric piano but also a bit of electric harpsichord – which adds a cool ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really inventive little record from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – and a set that, like most of his best 70s work, really defies any sort of easy categorization! Suzuki's got a wonderfully wide range of ideas running through his music – at one level a really close-up and personal ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from a group who definitely earn their name – as the quartet was one of the biggest and best groups in the Japanese jazz scene at the time! The lineup features brilliant tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto – a player who's young here, starting a decades-long run in jazz, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nothing innocent about this record – because the groove is hard and heavy, wild and trippy – a really heady brew of funky jazz and more psychedelic influences – all recorded with some weird sounds in the background too! The album's a great one from Japanese groove pioneer Takeshi ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dave Rempis/Tomeka Reid/Joshua Abrams —
Ithra ... CD Aerophonic, 2018. New Copy ...
Dave Rempis blows here with wonderful string accompaniment from two stalwarts of his Chicago scene – Joshua Abrams on bass and Tomeka Reid on cello – in a setting that has all three players resonating wonderfully together! Rempis can often create these long waves from his alto and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Drummer Tim Daisy and saxophonist Dave Rempis have been recording together for over a decade – but this time around, they do a great job of balancing out their own duo work with help from a variety of other Chicago improvising musicians! The set features 2CDs – the first of which is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, & Arveeayl Ra —
Aphelion ... CD Aerophonic, 2013. New Copy ...
A trio of tracks by a tremendous trio – the wonderfully spiritual combo of Dave Rempis on saxes, Avreeayl Ra on percussion, and Joshua Abrams on bass, small harp, and guimbri! Abrams' presence is really felt here – and his growth towards even more soulful styles in recent years seems ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Charged, horn-heavy Afro jazz/funk/soul from Melbourne, and we'll proudly hail the name Public Opinion Afro-Orchestra as the source of it – no blame to be given, just credit due! It's a large band for sure – the Public Opinion Afro- crew is correctly billed as an Orchestra – a ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A classic 50s collection of Verve material by Charlie Parker – and one of those records that will definitely help you understand his genius right from the start! The lineup here is slightly large – wonderful arrangements by Joe Lipman that are a bit orchestral, with strings as well ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stan Getz '57 – although the material was recorded in 1953 – a key year for Stan's musical development – at a time when he was just beginning to unfurl some of his best new ideas at Verve Records! The album's a crucial session with Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone – also at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Art Farmer & Benny Golson Jazztet —
Here & Now ... CD Mercury (Japan), 1962. New Copy ...
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Forget the "sophisticated" – and concentrate on the "swing"! This early killer from Cannonball Adderley swings all the way – and it features a young Cannon blowing hard with a tight little combo that's kind of a precursor of his hit recordings on Riverside a few ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great early demonstration of the bold talents as a leader from trumpeter Maynard Ferguson – heard here in a loose, open-ended performance that's more of a jam session than anything else! The style's almost similar to the Clifford Brown jam dates for Emarcy from the same time – two ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great rare material from Clifford Brown's legendary days at Emarcy – tracks recorded as part of the Dinah Jams vocal sessions, but done in a much more extended jam session mode! Washington sings a bit on 2 of the tracks, but the main focus here is on Brownie working with a jamming set of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Not west coast, but "best coast" jazz – a prime example of the way the Clifford Brown/Max Roach team helped to cook up the intensity of the LA scene of the 50s by infusing it with a bit of New York fire! The album takes off in the extended mode of Clifford's All Stars album – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
There's a huge amount of work here from The Swingle Singers – recorded at a time when the French jazz vocal group was really making waves with their inventive improvisations on classical themes! The set features a dozen tracks by the group – superbly recorded by Polish Radio at the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This set's a real treat for fans of both pianist Mal Waldron and singer Karin Krog – as it presents rare material by both, recorded at the Jazz Jamboree festival in Poland in 1966! Waldron begins the set with spare duets with bassist Kurt Lindgren – all original tunes that include ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Live recordings done at Poland's famous Jazz Jamboree festival in 1965 – but which also feature some great music by German artists too! Pianist Joachim Kuhn leads off the set with a trio – and he's already moving into some of the more modern, avant modes that would characterize his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great slice of recordings from this famous Polish jazz festival – featuring some excellent vocal tracks, and a few more modern Polish groups too! The set begins with the great Annie Ross singing solo – at a time after she'd left her group with Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dizzy Gillespie in Europe, 1965 – and a record that stands as a tremendous entry to Dizzy's very cooking small combo work of the time! The group is fantastic – and features a young Kenny Barron on piano, with Chris White on bass and Rudy Collins on drums – and James Moody on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Trumpeter Andrzej Kurylewicz is known best for small combo modern jazz recordings – but here, he leads a hip large ensemble in a series of recordings done for Polish Radio in 1964 – a lineup that mixes hard swing with some modern elements – and which includes performances from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A set of swinging large group sounds mixed with vocal jazz numbers – all recorded at Poland's Jazz Jamboree festival in 1964! The real highlight here for us is the music of the Gustav Brom Orchestra – that cool Czech ensemble that later recorded some gems for MPS/Saba, but who here are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Jazz Jamboree in 1964 was a great meeting of modern jazz talents from across the European scene – not the sort of hokey event that usually comes with a "jamboree" in the title – but instead a top-shelf jazz festival with a killer lineup of under-exposed musical geniuses! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Howlin Wolf in Poland – sounding every bit as great as on more famous European recordings from the time – and fronting a fantastic group that also includes Sunnyland Slim on piano, Hubert Sumlin on guitar, and Willie Dixon on bass! Slim and Willie also sing a bit – and the ... (Blues) read moreCD
Poland's Jazz Jamboree festival really opened up in 1963 – and featured great performances from jazz musicians all over the European scene – plus key Polish talents, and a few American guests as well! This third volume brings things back home with a host of great Polish groups – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Poland's Jazz Jamboree festival really opened up in 1963 – and featured great performances from jazz musicians all over the European scene – plus key Polish talents, and a few American guests as well! This second volume really smokes with some very long tracks that are heavy on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Johnny Griffin has made some fantastic records in Europe over the years – and you can definitely add this 2CD set to the list of them – as it presents some really killer live tracks from 1963! Griffin is tremendous – really opening up his solos on some very long tracks that may ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Here's a pianist you probably don't know at all – and one you definitely can't pronounce – but we bet you'll really be loving the music of Mieczyslaw Kosz after you've heard this set of solo performances for Polish radio from the late 60s! Kosz has a style that's somewhat conventional, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Things really took off at Poland's Jazz Jamboree in 1962 – as the festival began its fantastic 60s run of bringing together some of the hippest modernists on the planet! Forget any hoke you might think from the "jamboree" name – because instead, the event was a legendary ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The young Don Ellis really sounds fantastic here – on a set that has the budding trumpet modernist working with an unbridled group in Warsaw! The music might well be some of Ellis' most striking to date – even more expressive and powerful than his album for Candid – as the trio ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the few albums ever recorded by pianist Herbie Nichols – an incredible player with a sound and sense of modern expression that rivaled the best 50s work of Thelonious Monk and Elmo Hope! This session is Herbie's only one for the Bethlehem label – but it stands nicely next to his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Genius work by one of our favorite tenor players ever – the amazing Tubby Hayes! Hayes was one of the best British jazz talents ever, and his raw tenor sound is right up there with Sonny Rollins and Hank Mobley for sheer power and inventiveness. This laidback session features Hayes at the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dark and moody work from Keith Jarrett – a record that builds strongly off his ensemble feeling of the Impulse years, but which also seems to carry a bit more of the introspective vibe he was building up in some of his more stripped down solo recordings! The group's still a great one here ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Al Cohn & Zoot Sims —
Al & Zoot ... CD Coral/Universal (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
Tremendous horn interplay from the team of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims – and a record that may well be one of the best illustrations of their famous magic together in the 50s! The record's got a way of focusing energy, yet letting each player state themselves clearly and cleanly – almost a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Forget the theme of this one – because the album's a lot hipper than you'd expect! Sure, it's one of those "jazz meets showtunes" albums – in this case, tunes from Guys & Dolls – but the group's a sharply modern one, and features the vibes of Eddie Costa in a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums of all time – an incredible reworking of tunes by The Beatles, done in collaboration with Cadet Records studio maestro Charles Stepney – who brings in some amazing arrangements and production styles to the record! The tunes are familiar, but the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet 70s work from Sonny Stitt – quite different than his bop years, but with a smooth funky finish that puts it in the same territory as CTI or Kudu Records in the 70s! Sonny's getting full backing here – arrangements by Don Sebesky, who crafts some elegant and slinky sounds for the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sonny Stitt & Zoot Sims —
Inter-Action ... CD Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A nice little set by Sonny Stitt and Zoot Sims – recorded in Chicago after the two had played together at the Plugged Nickel in the Windy City! Backing is by the trio of pianist John Young – who gives the album a rolling bottom groove that shows off the Chicago sound of the early 60s ... (Jazz) read moreCD