A lovely little set from British tenorist Bobby Wellins – the kind of overlooked gem that we love to discover! Wellins is playing live here with a quartet – in a style that reminds us of some of our favorite Stan Getz albums from the later years – soulfully blown tenor firmly in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderfully rich extrapolation of the sound of Paco DeLucia – still served up with all the intensity of his solo guitar work of the 70s, but also with some additional instrumentation that helps bring out a stronger jazz vibe too! The approach is different than Paco's early jazz flamenco ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Heads Of State (Bartz/Willis/Williams/Foster) —
Search For Peace ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The Heads Of State are a very heady quartet – an all-star group that features Gary Bartz on alto, Larry Willis on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Al Foster on drums – about as great of a lineup as we might hope for! The setting is one that seems to have Bartz very strongly out in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A masterful balance of tone and timing from trombonist Steve Davis – exactly the kind of record that shows why he's one of our favorite players on his instrument! The album's got a great feel right from the start – that soaring sort of soul that Davis seems to inspire in others with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Red Mitchell started out as a standard bassist on the west coast scene of the 50s, but by the time of this 80s date, he'd become something else entirely – a wonderfully open, expressive player who drew strongly from a number of years spent on the European scene – and could stretch out ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Trombonist Vincent Gardner really knows how to make an album cook in an old school sort of way – and here, he steps out with a tight sextet in a soulful set of bebop classics – handled in long takes that point more towards a late 50s/early 60s hardbop style! The combo is excellent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite records ever from trombonist Steve Davis – a live date recorded at Smalls, and one that lets him stretch out a lot more than most of his studio albums! The setting is wonderful – an open-ended, easygoing quintet with great piano from Larry Willis – and a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best albums in years from altoist Jesse Davis – recorded in a relaxed, open-ended style that really unlocks some new magic in his horn! Davis' studio records are all quite nice, but this live date really takes him to places we've never heard before – a really old school ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tribute to Ray Charles, but played by a hard-swinging, and mighty soulful ensemble – one that features Eric Alexander on tenor and Mike LeDonne on Hammond B-3! Both players really give the album a nice bite – and hearing Alexander next to LeDonnne's organ, we're reminded of Eric's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Steve Davis definitely gets it done with this sweet little set – just the kind of record that enforces all the love we've had for his talents over the years! Davis' sound on trombone is totally tops – tight, yet with a soulful flourish that really takes off on his solos – a sort ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost gem from Buddy – recorded in the years between his more famous work for Verve in the 50s, and his later 60s comeback as the hard-swinging leader of a big band! The album's a really unusual one for Buddy, in that it really plays around a lot with the rhythms in the tunes – not ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard in your life – an assortment of mid 70s tunes from Mahmoud Ahmed, the second grooviest Ethiopian artist, next to Mulatu! Ahmed's sound is a lot more out there than Mulatu's – less funky and jazz-based, and more in the mode of snakey ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Volume 6 of the fantastic Ethiopiques series is an expanded re-issue of the first lp by Mahmoud Ahmed plus his first single from 1971. While not as clearly influenced by American soul and jazz, there are a few funky cuts that are pretty nice! Most of these songs flow with a groove unique to ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Our favorite album ever from Roland Kirk – and a beautiful mix of two different sides of his genius! Side one's got Roland doing these crazy takes on late 60's pop cuts like "My Cherie Amour" and "Say a Little Prayer", plus his own "songs", done with soulful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Includes titles "Windows" by Claud Williamson, "Seascape" by Kenny Barron, "Barcelona" by Al Haig, "Autumn In New York" by Joe Albany, "Sketches Of Drunken Mary" by Horace Tapscott, and others. (Jazz) CD
Buddy keeps things nice and Sweet on this session – pairing up with trumpeter Edison in a nicely swinging set of tunes that opens up with the best Verve approach of the 50s! The group features Jimmy Rowles on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, and John Simmons on bass – working with Rich ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A previously-unissued session by tenorist Teddy Edwards – done back at a time when he was cutting some great albums for Contemporary Records, yet only first issued during the CD generation! The date's quite unusual – an octet session in which Edwards showcases a host of younger, lesser- ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Barney Wilen —
Tilt ... CD Vogue/BMG (France), 1957. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Important early work from one of the greatest European saxophonists of the 50s – a seminal batch of music recorded for the Vogue label in the 50s! Wilen also recorded famously with American musicians during the 50s – including Miles Davis and Art Blakey – but this set features ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Insane! This lost bit of avant funk was recorded live in St Louis in 1973 – part of the Black Artists Group scene that was the city's answer to Chicago's AACM movement of the late 60s. Alto player Luther Thomas heads up the group, which features Charles Shaw on drums, JD Parran on reeds, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Arche Shepp, & Others —
New Wave In Jazz ... CD Impulse/GRP, Mid 60s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Live material from a Village Gate performance that included the leading lights of the East Village free scene in the 60s – John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Grachan Moncur, and Archie Shepp! The set's a great counterpart to some of the full artist releases on Impulse at the time – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Possibly the greatest album so far from Ken Vandermark's Territory Band – a live performance that has the ensemble joined by legendary Chicago tenorist Fred Anderson! The work here is one long composition – "Collide" – written and directed by Vandermark, played by the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent overview of the early Wallace Roney work for Muse Records – brilliant sessions that helped Roney redefine the sound of the trumpet for a whole new generation! Roney's sound was one of the boldest, brightest on the label – and on records like this he really shines – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful step forward for drummer Max Roach – working here in very creative company with saxophonist Anthony Braxton! Although Roach could have easily rested on his laurels as a famous bop drummer – and have spent endless years touring on highly-paid revival/reunion tours – he ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A perfect example of the great skill that Prestige had for taking a good ensemble player, and putting him into a context that really let him open up in a manner that brought his best points to light! In this case, Quinichette's plucked from Basie's group and put with a tight bunch of soulful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Less of a "best of" than some of the other titles in this series – but some fantastic rare work by this excellent tenor sax player! This 20 track set features 12 numbers from a fantastic album that Pixinguinha cut in 1968 with Clementina De Jesus and Joao Da Bahiana, a great little ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Doug Raney Quartet —
Listen ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1981. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Soulful genius from Kenny Barron – an excellent quintet outing from the late 80s, and one that really benefits from the presence of horns added to the trio! Kenny's work on piano is always great – and his sense of scope, soul, and timing are presented perfectly here – but what we ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fun second album from 70s pop rockers 10 CC – who always had a satirical bent – which is pushed into territory that has a bit more bite this time out, without sacrificing the tunefulness one bit! We might have thought catchy and clever was the reason for the CC if we didn't know the ... (Rock) read moreCD
The earliest work we've ever seen from Azie Mortimer – a hip album of vocal jazz tracks that predates some of her later soul material! Azie's got a really great style – lean, expressive, and with these great elements that really take her past more conventional jazz vocals – still ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Seminal work from one of the hippest jazz singers ever – a session that showed the world that Eddie Jefferson was firmly back in business during the 60s! The set's got a really rollicking feel, and a bit more influence from soul than the bop of Eddie's roots – with elements of gospel ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The music of Eric Alexander never fails to amaze us – and even though we own dozens of his albums from previous years, a record like this can make us sit up and take immediate notice all over again! Alexander's not just a great tenorist, he's also a great tunesmith – able to roll out ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Extra-soulful magic from Etta Jones – a great little session for Prestige that has her singing with Kenny Burrell on all tracks, working with a varied lineup of musicians that includes Larry Young on organ on about half the tracks, and piano from Detroit modernist Kenny Cox on the others! ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Brilliant work from the "Vice Pres" – tenorist Paul Quinichette, stepping out here in one the best of of his all-too-few sessions as a leader! Paul's tone is amazing throughout – very much on a par with that of Ben Webster or Coleman Hawkins, and proof that his admission to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
More of a collaborative effort than a solo journey by altoist Charles McPherson – as the saxophone legend works here with Denver pianist Chip Stephens, on a recording that may well be one of Charles' freshest in years! McPherson's always been a player to keep our ears on – great at the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic slice of work from one of the greatest trombonists in 50s jazz – the legendary Jimmy Cleveland, a player who worked on countless large group sessions, but rarely got to work as a leader on his own! The 4 Mercury albums on this set are easily some of the greatest material Cleveland ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Heavy organ, drums, guitars, feverish vocals and an all round lumbering post psych sound from Arthur Brown's Kindom Come – the lumbering Galactic Zoo Dossier from '71! Issued on Polydor at the time, it's an early 70s space rock monster to be reckoned with – ultimately more forceful ... (Rock) read moreCD
Gil plays Jimi? Sounds like a gimmick, but it comes off pretty darn great – and it helps you forgive him for trying to convince the kids that he's not as old as his grey hair might make you think! As always with Evans, the key to the album is a beautiful balance between the strength of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jimmy Raney —
Master ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 1983. Used ...
Classic Delmark material from one of the core members of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Jarman leads a group that includes other AACM players like Fred Anderson, Thurman Barker, and Muhal Richard Abrams. Sherri Scott sings a bit, and the whole record has the spare feeling of some of the Art ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful music from the team of Putte Wickman and Hal Galper – players we're not sure ever recorded before this date, but who seem to be a great fit for each other! Wickman's one that we always love – an artist whose use of the clarinet makes him one of our favorites on the instrument ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great late work from Bill Perkins – a set recorded in memory of Dino's, the Pasadena restaurant where Bill did some regular blowing for a few years! This date's a studio set, but it's got some wonderfully spontaneous energy – a freewheeling quality that almost reminds us more of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A hell of a great jazz guitarist – working here in a really wonderful setting – a live date that both lets Jimmy Raney hit some beautifully intimate moments out front, but also lets him swing a bit too – thanks to help from Sam Jones on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! Raney ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The complete Capitol recordings of pianist Claude Williamson – a great west coast talent who flourished most strongly on his mid 50s sessions! Williamson was a key figure in the Lighthouse jazz scene of the time – a player who worked nearly every day of the week, and developed an ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gil Evans never stopped growing as the years went on – a leader who was always open to new ideas and new modes of expression – which he reached for strongly, even as his older "modern" contemporaries started to sound out of date! This excellent late 70s session is a key ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really unusual album for Jack McDuff – one that was recorded in Memphis, with a lineup and a feel that's quite different from other Blue Note sessions of the time! There's a lot of electricity bubbling in the record – and although McDuff normally never worked with a bassist on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print Blue Note Rare Groove Series pressing.)
A classic French session from one of the greatest American jazz guitarists of the 50s – the legendary Jimmy Raney, a player who mixed his hard-edge tone with a magically fluid groove! Jimmy's playing here on some great single-note lines – alongside a set of Parisian players that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare non-Blue Note late 50s session that features Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan – and a stone cooker that feels like some of the best Jazz Messengers dates of the time! There's a chance that the session was possibly cut "under duress", like a number of other jazz albums on Roulette ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hampton Hawes isn't exactly the first pianist we think of when it comes to bluesy lines in his music – but there's definitely a blue-tinged undercurrent to most of the work in this set – a well-chosen batch of tracks from Hamp's early years as a leader on Contemporary Records! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the great Prestige jam session sides, featuring a host of their great players – Coltrane, Mal Waldron, Paul Quinichette, Art Taylor, and Wess – running through some long tracks in fairly free form. Deep, slow grooving, and with lots of nice solos. 4 tracks, and all of them long. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great recordings from Mingus' important 1964 tour of Europe – recorded in Germany in April of the year, with a group that features Eric Dolphy, Jaki Byard, Clifford Jordan, and Dannie Richmond. The sophistication of the group shows Mingus at a high point – working beautifully with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rare work from obscure Chicago tenor player Vito Price – recorded back in the days when there actually used to be a jazz scene in the city's center – also known as The Loop! Price was a New Yorker by birth, but worked in Chicago clubs, TV, and radio in the 50s – and was most ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette —
Cure ... CD ECM, 1990. Used ...
A soul jazz classic from Charles Tolliver & Music Inc – and one of the hardest to find of his albums on Strata East! The group on the set features Stanley Cowell on piano, Clint Houston on bass, and Clifford Barbaro on drums – and although Tolliver's trumpet solos are always a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very unique set from trumpeter Jack Sheldon – pulled from 2 different live recordings of the mid 60s, done in a mode that mixes together vocal and instrumental jazz performances! Jack's working here in the company of some of his groovier contemporaries on the LA scene of the 60s – ... (Jazz) read moreCD