A great batch of live recordings by Tubby Hayes – caught at Ronnie Scott's during sets in '63, '64 and '65! Ronnie Scott allowed recorder Les Tompkins to tape a number of the jazz greats who came through London and played the historic Ronnie Scott's stage throughout the early 60s, and in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Strong work from Roy Haynes – working here at the beginning of his big 90s comeback, in a tight young group with the great Craig Handy on tenor! As in most of Haynes' recent work, the tenor is allowed to dominate the session – driving hard with Haynes' increasingly aggressive work on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Roy Haynes —
Praise ... CD Dreyfus (Canada), 1998. Used ...
Extremely noisy improvised work from the team of Kees Hazevoet and Han Bennink – recorded live in Amsterdam in 1978, and featuring a flurry of different instruments from track to track! The album's not much on notes, but we're guessing that Bennink handled all the percussion, and Hazevoet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet swinging 60s work from British bandleader Ted Heath – packaged together in one nice double-length set! The Big Ones features Ted really grooving it up at the end of the 60s – picking up some of the modder tunes of that part of the decade, and swinging them with some groovy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the hippest albums from the funky empire that includes Poets Of Rhythm and The Whitefield Brothers – a set of Afro-exotic grooves that really blows our minds – and which opens the group up into whole new territory! There's echoes of Mulatu, Salah Ragab, and other older exotic ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A mindblowing collaboration between The Heliocentrics and underground film legend Melvin Van Peebles – a set that has the group serving up some madly trippy grooves, while Melvin speaks and sings some wisdom of his own! Van Peebles already blew our minds years ago with his insane soundtrack ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Massive work from Michael Henderson – exactly the kind of record we point to when people ask us what all the fuss is about! Michael perfectly blends funky jazz, mellow fusion, and his own warm style of vocals here – in a sophisticated mix that puts him right at the top of the 70s ... (Soul) read moreCD
The very first album from Michael Henderson – but a set that already finds him very much at the top of his game – thanks to previous work with Miles Davis and Norman Connors! Both artists gave Henderson a chance to do different things with his music, and by the time of this record, ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fitting title for a wonderful record – the last album issued under the name of altoist Ernie Henry – an amazing 50s player who recorded famously with Thelonius Monk, but only got to make a handful of his own dates before an untimely early death! The posthumous release brings together ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very groovy set from Woody Herman – one that definitely lives up to the title! The album features a mix of small and large group material – and the combo sides feature Ben Webster on tenor, with Jimmy Rowles on piano and Barney Kessel on guitar! (Jazz) CD
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 ...
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
(Out of print.)
Jacques Higelin —
Entre 2 Gares ... CD EMI (Canada), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. Used 2CD ...
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...
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
Groove and Jug wail away in this classic set of tenor/organ tracks recorded for Pacific Jazz in the early 60s. The backing is spare, with only Gene Edwards on guitar and Leroy Henderson on drums, and tracks include "Morris The Minor", "Good Vibrations", "Hey You, What's ... (Jazz) read moreCD