Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla —
Kirkastus ... CD Tum (Finland), 2015. Used ...
A beautiful setting for the talents of Finnish reedman Juhani Aaltonen – as the legendary musician works here alongside pianist Iro Haarla, who composed all the selections on the set! The record's got a spacious sound that's a fair bit different than Aaltonen's earlier work – often ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Greg Abate's working here with a hell of a great rhythm section – one who give the set enough soulful sparkle to take it far from the straight bop promised in the title! Abate's certainly got plenty of bop chops on his reeds – which include tenor, alto, soprano sax, and flute – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing soundshapes from guitarist John Abercrombie – a set that strongly follows in the tradition of his ECM work of the 70s, but also pushes at the edges a bit, too! Abercrombie plays electric, in that haunting, ethereal style of his – and also uses a guitar synthesizer too, but in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet —
Earth Beams ... CD Bellaphon (Germany), 1980. Used ...
A firey session from the quartet of George Adams and Don Pullen – a set that has the group stretching out in some of their most spiritual modes, yet still finding plenty of time to swing as well! Adams is tremendous on tenor – a very fresh voice in the post-Coltrane world, with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really great setting for Pepper Adams – a rare European live date that has his baritone sax matched with the mighty talents of the George Arvanitas trio! Arvanitas' piano is always great, but we especially love the rhythm work here by bassist Jacky Samson and drummer Charles Saudrais ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An obscure late 50s gem from Pepper – a stripped-down quartet session that has him blowing in a very open-ended mode – quite a difference from some of his more tightly arranged sets! The feel's a bit like Pepper's work with Donald Byrd, but even more openly swinging – played by a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing work from one of the greatest jazz musicians working today – vibist Jason Adasiewicz, a player with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! It's been years since we've been this excited about anyone on the vibes – and Adasiewicz not only returns the instrument to the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown —
Varmint ... CD Cuneiform, 2009. Used ...
The second album from Chicago vibist Jason Adasiewicz and his Rolldown group – giving us some of the best vibes-led jazz in years! The group features players from the Chicago scene that are truly at the forefront of an exciting wave of modern jazz in the city, and anywhere else on the planet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Cannon's left his usual soul jazz combo for this album – and he's recording on the west coast with an all-star group that includes Wes Montgomery on guitar, Victor Feldman on vibes and piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. The sound's a bit different than usual – with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Once again, Cannon proves that it's not the song, it's the singer! This set of tunes from the hit musical Fiddler On The Roof should be schmaltzy – but thanks to the quality of the group (a great sextet with Nat Adderley, Charles Lloyd, Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes), and thanks to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A key meeting of Cannonball Adderley and David Axelrod – and one of the pair's first larger collaborations together! The album features Cannonball solos over larger backings by Oliver Nelson – with some occasional help from brother Nat Adderley – all produced with that dark ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark album – even if it was the only session that Cannonball Adderley ever cut for Blue Note! The album was recorded at a time when Adderley was working with Miles Davis – and as such, the session features a group that includes Miles, blowing in a cool tone that's a perfect ... (Jazz) read moreCD
If you ever needed a key example of the genius of Cannonball on Capitol Records, this tight little set may well be it! The record's got all the best elements of a Cannon classic firmly in place – production by David Axelrod, electric piano by Joe Zawinul, and some tremendously soulful work ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible album from one of the grooviest Brazilian talents at the end of the 60s – a key force in moving small combo bossa sounds into much more complicated territory! The set's awash in all the best Brazilian elements of the time – filled with jazzy grooves, Fender Rhodes ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Miriam Aida really knocks our socks off with this set – a classic-styled album of jazz vocals that's quite different than some of her previous Brazilian-tinged work! Aida really captures a cool sort of 50s/60s groove here – a hip-walking approach to female jazz vocals that packs a lot ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A tremendous album from Air – recorded in their native Chicago, but one of the landmark 70s sessions on Japan's Why Not label! The trio is in wonderful formation here – very focused, with a sharpness that you don't always get in some of their other recordings – a perfect balance ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A legendary live set from a short-lived, but equally legendary group – a really unique assemblage of talents that features core musicians from Muscle Shoals, mixed with lead vocals from Don Nix, Jeanie Greene, and the aging bluesman Furry Lewis – all brought together as a unit that ... (Rock) read moreCD
Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet —
10 ... CD Zoho, 2015. Used ...
A great little record that celebrates a decade's worth of music from the Afro Peruvian Sextet – but which also brings in a host of other jazz artists for the festivities too! The core sound is from the group led by trumpeter Gabriel Alegria – a well-balanced combo that begins in ... (Latin) read moreCD
Always-great work from Eric Alexander – one of our favorite tenor players of the modern age, and a talent who gets better and better with each album! This one features Eric working with pianist Harold Mabern – in a wonderful union that's been forged over the course of a number of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A cheesy cover, but a rock-solid set of work from the mighty Eric Alexander – who seems to be stretching out even more here than before! Alexander's always been a hell of a straight ahead talent on the tenor, but here he's almost hitting a few more modern modes at times – not "out& ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic work by the great Lorez Alexandria – a 2-in-1 CD that brings together both of her rare albums for the Impulse label! Lorez The Great was recorded after Lorez cut some great sides for the Argo label in the early 60s – and it works off the strength of those sides, taking her ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Always-great work from singer Lorez Alexandria – still sounding wonderful, even at this late date! Her presentation's a bit earthier than before, but no less poised than on earlier sessions – with the same sense of space and timing that's always made her one of our favorite jazz ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The 2nd Liks LP, with appearancs by Q Tip, Diamond, King Tee, Lootpack and Xzibit. Includes "Daaam!", "The Next Level", "WLIX" "Read My Lips", "All The Way Live", "Hit And Run", "Bottoms Up", 'Flashback" and "Let It ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Damn powerful work from tenorist JD Allen – working here in a trio format that really puts the reedman out front, and which gives him plenty of propulsion from the team of Gregg August on bass and Rudy Royston on drums! Royston's an especially present force on the record – snapping ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Excellent work from the amazing Rance Allen – a singer schooled in gospel, but with a sound that's equally fit for the 70s secular soul world as well! This collection brings together some of Allen's best moments from his early 70s recordings for the Stax Records imprint Gospel Truth – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A landmark in southern rock! Titles include "Les Brers In A Minor", "Melissa", "Mountain Jam", "One Way Out", "Trouble No More", "Little Martha", and "Blue Sky". Includes the final Fillmore East Concert from 1971 on the second ... (Rock) CD
Landmark set of recordings cut for the Pacific Jazz label in the early 50s, and supposedly a major influence on the early bossa artists in Brazil! The tracks were cut by a quartet led by LA altoist Bud Shank, and featuring Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida, who was living in LA at the time. ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Johnny Almendra Y Los Jovenes Del Barrio —
Evolucionando ... CD RMM/Bellaphon (Germany), 1996. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A whole new level of genius for Herb Alpert – a record that's light years away from his earlier work with the Tijuana Brass, and which has the trumpeter stepping strongly into the world of smooth jazzy fusion! The title track here went platinum the minute it was released – and became ... (Soul) read moreCD
Older samba tunes, remade and remixed – in a style that recalls the approach of some of the bossa remix work in recent years! The album uses lots of core bits from older recordings – interspersed with some nice electronic touches and effects – and given the organic joy of most ... (Brazil) read moreCD