A strong, soulful set from alto saxophonist Vincent Herring – of the sort he always seemed to get on earlier recordings, but which he hardly ever hits this well these days! The album's got a no-nonsense quality that really brings out the best in Vincent's horn – with a rock-solid ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Will Herrington —
Solace ... CD Will Herrington, 2015. Used ...
A really cool soundtrack from the great Bernard Herrmann – every bit as watery as you might guess from the title! The tracks are short, but have this beautifully vivid feel – strings used in this way that's kind of pre-electric, but which almost has this electronic feel overall – ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Fred Hersch Trio —
Whirl ... CD Palmetto, 2010. Used ...
Very poetic work from pianist Fred Hersch – a set that still shows off some of his more modern leanings, but also feels very personal, almost visual at times! Hersch wrote most of the tunes himself – including "Snow Is Falling", "Skipping", "Mandevilla", ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Florian Herzog & Janning Trumann —
Hermann ... CD Jazzhaus Musik (Germany), 2014. Used ...
Howard Hewett's got a smooth look on the cover, but the album's got a nice degree of crackle all the way through – that snappy, soulful style that Hewett did so well back in the day – working here as almost a one-man powerhouse on production and arrangements too! The tunes are catchy, ... (Soul) read moreCD
An 80s classic from Howard Hewett – just the kind of set that made the singer one of the freshest voices in soul at the time! Hewett's vocals are lean and right on the money – perfectly suited to fit the 80s groove mode of the backings – especially the bubbly, bouncy kind of cuts ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great little album of southern funk from the 70s – cut by the team that provided musical backing on many of the classic Hi Records sessions from the time! The groove is a bit different than usual for Hi – not compressed, burning deep soul – but tight, funky, and flanged-out ... (Soul) read moreCD
A stunning second set from Hiatus Kaiyote – a group we already loved the first time around, but who really blow us away with this amazing little record! The style is this incredible mix of cosmic keyboards and soulful vocals – but not in a way that's like any of the other oft-tread ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A pretty remarkable set of spacey soul songcraft from Hiatus Kaiyote – a Melbourne group that blends moody, laidback live soul instrumentation with bubbling futuristic elements in a surprisingly seamless way – elevated even higher by strong songwriting and the soulful vocals of Nai Palm! ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
The title alone is more than enough to win us over here – as it's a great Duke Pearson composition that turns out to be a wonderful showcase for the most lyrical modes of pianist John Hicks! That tune's the leadoff, and it really sets the tone for the record – a gently soulful set that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jacques Higelin —
Entre 2 Gares ... CD EMI (Canada), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. Used 2CD ...
Really swinging work from one of our favorite drummers ever – a set that has Billy Higgins working with pianist Cedar Walton and tenorist Bob Berg – in a groove that's right up there with their famous Eastern Rebellion recordings! Walton's piano has a tone that's recorded a bit more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Billy Higgins —
Soldier ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
A heck of a great little album from drummer Billy Higgins – one of his few standout efforts as a leader, after years and years of impeccable work as a player on some of our favorite records! The set's got a simple, almost innocuous approach – with Higgins leading a quartet that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
If there's anything nicer than an Eddie Higgins trio date on Venus Records, it may well be a quartet session – especially when tenorist Scott Hamilton's in the mix! Both Hamilton and Higgins are quite comfortable with each other here – and Scott's classic-styled tenor lines really make ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful album of straight ahead jazz – cut by a current combo from Italy, but done with a really classic sound! The style here is a bit like that of the straighter jazz albums on Schema Records – all acoustic, but often highly rhythmic – and focused in styles that explore ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maybe the best album ever from this late 70s Motown group – a set that's got the girls really stepping out with a nice degree of power – in a groove that's different than the usual female disco mode of the time! The record's got a much more fully-formed sort of feel – not just a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really great session from pianist Andrew Hill – and one of his few post-Blue Note sessions to feature a horn player! The style of the set draws from a few strands of Hill's career – in that Hill is playing in some freely exploratory piano modes, yet also manages to swing soulfully ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic "new thing" album recorded with the cream of Blue Note's avant 60s players – like Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson, and Tony Williams – standing out with Hill as some of the most adventurous players for the label at the time! The album's awash with jagged piano likes from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Andrew Hill —
Shades ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1987. Used ...
Andrew Hill works mostly in a trio here – a great group with Rufus Reid on bass and Ben Riley on drums – but also gets some help from Clifford Jordan's tenor on a few tracks, which really makes the album stand out from other Hill dates of the time! The core group is already great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A bold return to Blue Note for pianist Andrew Hill – his first record for the label in over 15 years, and a record that echoes with the modern tones of Hill's legendary Blue Note run in the 60s! The sound here is a bit more starkly modern and obtuse – done with more of a sense of space ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary Nimbus label – and the only set we've ever seen from pianist Linda Hill as a leader! The set's got the same open-ended, spiritually-expressive sound as Adele Sebastian's record for the label – and Sebastian's also a key part of the group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
We're not sure we've ever heard other albums with pianist Theo Hill as a leader – but after this sweet little set, we'll definitely be on the lookout! Hill has a really great vision here – not just another live date for his piano and combo, but a wonderful showcase for his new ideas in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Olivia Hime sings here with some key "amigos" – on a record that continues that wonderfully collaborative spirit we love in Brazilian music! American artists hardly ever give themselves so openly – save, perhaps, for hip hoppers looking to climb up the ladder with an ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A nice heavy platter from former Treasure Isle star Justin Hinds and his backing group the Dominos, with a double helping of rootsy goodness! Both of the albums on this set feature production by Jack Ruby and the backing of the Black Disciples band – with Robbie Shakespeare, Horsemouth ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A classic set from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – and a record that's filled with long, open-ended tracks that rank with his best work of the time! Hino's got all the boldness of his best early years here – none of the smoother sounds that marked some of his albums in the US, and a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible postwar bop recordings by one of the hippest groups in Germany! During the 50s, pianist Jutta Hipp cut a number of straighter sides for Blue Note that were recorded in the US – but this set features earlier German recordings, some later issued by Blue Note – all done with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible postwar bop recordings by one of the hippest groups in Germany! During the 50s, pianist Jutta Hipp cut a number of straighter sides for Blue Note that were recorded in the US – but this CD features earlier German recordings, some later issued by Blue Note – all done with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Forget the stupid name – because this is a great set! The album was recorded in Germany during the mid 90s, but with a very groovy feel that sounds like some of the classic Verve and Blue Note sides from the 60's! There's a cool vibes/piano sound, and some of the cuts have guest vocals by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Japanese singer Mieko Hirota works here with a great American group – Richard Davis on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, Stanley Cowell on piano and Fender Rhodes, and Joe Farrell on tenor and soprano sax – all players who hit this warm, laidback vibe to match Hirota's approach to vocals! ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Great small group work from this trad piano legend – with a lineup that includes Nappy Trottier on trumpet, Greorge Brunis on trombone, Raymonde Burke on clarinet, Truck Parham on bass, and Barrett Deems on drums. (Jazz) CD
Art Hodes remembers Bessie Smith – but in a stripped-down mode that's definitely all his own! The set's one of Art's great solo outings for the Euphonic label – cut in the mid 70s, in a very respectful way that allows plenty of space for his magnificent sense of tone and timing – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the earliest Billie Holiday work for Verve Records – material recorded in a mid 40s Jazz At The Philharmonic session, already showing the great setting the label was able to allow! Billie's voice is wonderful – really coming into its own mature modes – and backing is by a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An amazing little set – and the first to really do such a bang-up job on the Billie Holiday sides recorded for the Decca and Commodore labels in the 1940s! The 3CD set is beautifully put together – with one disc of Commodore material, and two more of Decca sides – and unlike some ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print, includes original slipcase and booklet.)
One of Billie's last recordings, and an incredibly striking batch of songs arranged by Ray Ellis with a sad, fragile ege that's perfect for the style of her later work. Billie's voice is faltering, but in a way that only makes the songs sound more personal and more compelling – and although ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A beautiful collection of all the great and rare material Eddie Holland cut as solo singer in the late 50s and early 60s – including the incredible early Motown material, plus tracks he cut for Mercury, Kudo, Tamla and United Artists! Of course Eddie Holland is best remembered for uber-legend ... (Soul) read moreCD
Some of the best 70s soul ever recorded! This wonderful set collects together the complete early 70s work of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team – the mighty Motown trio who formed their own Invictus records at the start of the decade, and who released a number of great singles under their own ... (Soul) read moreCD
This US collection is similar to the import one that we've been stocking, but it's got a few different features, including a lower price! There's a number of great tracks on here from the Lamont Dozier album Love and Beauty – which was one of his (and the 70's) best soul albums – and a ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Rick Hollander Quartet —
Out Here ... CD Timeless (Holland), 1991. Used ...
The Crickets are chirping plenty here – backing up the young Buddy Holly in a smoking full length set that forever redefined the role of the album in rock and roll! The whole record's great – not just singles with filler, but the kind of tight, sharp, core group energy that made Holly ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very cool modern group from Italy – but one that plays with a groovy 60s cocktail style, in the manner of other Italian artists, like Gak Sato or Montefiori Cocktail! The record's got lots of nice vibes, keyboards, and organ – and the overall groove's a bit remixed, but still kept ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Sublime small group work from tenor saxophonist Bill Holman – and a record that really lets him stretch out with some longer-than-usual solo work! Holman's working here as the co-leader with drummer Mel Lewis – in a group that also features trumpeter Lee Katzman, bassist Wilford ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Although he's best known by our ears for his 70s funk masterpiece Investigation No 1, back in the 60s Carl Holmes was working with a groovy combo called The Commanders – and cut this hard-wailing album of soul tracks for Atlantic! The set's got "twist" in the title, which might ... (Soul) read moreCD
Richard Groove Holmes —
Groove ... CD Pacific Jazz/Capitol, 1961. Used ...
An early cooker from Richard Groove Holmes – and one of the most important Hammond jazz sets to come out of the west coast at the time! At a point when most folks think the east has a lock on the instrument, Groove bursts forth here with a great hard-edged sound – proof that the LA ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Funky funky Groove Holmes – one of his tightest albums ever! The set's a monumental batch of organ jazz groovers – recorded with some larger backings from Manny Albam, and a super-dope, super-funk sort of 70s feel that's really outta site! The tracks are lean and very rhythmically ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A key album in the career of Richard Groove Holmes – his first session ever for Prestige Records, and the one that yielded the monster crossover hit version of "Misty"! The sound here is much leaner and cleaner than Groove in his Pacific Jazz years – a tight trio approach ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brilliant work from one of our favorite Japanese jazz artists of the 70s – and a warmly soulful batch of acoustic tunes from pianist Takehiro Honda! The sound here is much more far-reaching and exploratory than most of Honda's other work – a bit in a McCoy Tyner, post-Coltrane mode ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet Japanese fusion from saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda – grooving with a tight, smooth, and soulful feel that matches the best of the genre from the time – a style that really makes the record a classic from this golden era of Japanese fusion! The album's got large R&B-inspired ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great bit of jazzy fusion from late 70s Japan – a set that features saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda in a sweet set of Brazilian-tinged rhythms! The group features guitar, percussion, and cavaquinho by Oscar Castro-Neves – but the real stars are Honda, and the keyboardists Mikio Masuda ... (Jazz) read moreCD
No tears here – as the record's a joyous, sunny affair – a set that follows strongly in the best late 70s fusion from reedman Toshiyuki Honda! As the title might imply, there's a slight Latin undercurrent here – not much, but used nicely to spice up the fusion vibe of the record ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Toshiyuki Honda & Burning Waves —
Boomerang ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda here in his best fusion years – working with his Burning Waves group – a combo who definitely live up to their name! The style here is tighter, and maybe a bit more forward-driving than other Japanese fusion of the period – a sharp-edged groove that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer late 60s Chicago blues set from Earl Hooker – one of his best! Earl is one of the great blues slide guitarists, and his tone is captured so incredibly well here – songs recorded at Chicago's Sound Studios with impeccable players. Earl sings on "Anna Lee" and "Yo ... (Blues) read moreCD
John Lee Hooker —
Alone ... CD Tomato, 1976. Used 2 CDs ...
A wonderful album that's easily one of John Lee Hooker's finest moments of the 70s – a set recorded live before a small audience at Hunter College in New York, but done with a feel that makes the whole thing even more timeless than most of Hooker's other albums of the decade! The mix has the ... (Blues) read moreCD
Sublime live work from John Lee Hooker – a set that features the legend on solo guitar and vocals, but recorded at a level that's even crisper and more personal than some of his other albums from the time! The performance is clearly pitched more towards the folk blues audience of the time, ... (Blues) read moreCD