Straddling the world between nu jazz and post rock, the Jaga Jazzist come up with another couple tracks that defy easy categorization, instrumental musings travelling between the spheres of contemporary electronics and cinematic, jazzy instrumental soundscapes. Fellow travelers Dat Politics and ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
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Jaga Jazzist —
Stix ... CD Ninja Tune (Canada), 2002. Used ...
Genre defying instrumental excursions into NuJazz, post rock and other largely indescribable tone bending. Fans of the Chicago based Tortoise style musings will get open on this new school collective that melds live instrumentation with modern beat science and studio trickery, though such ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Another batch of ambient post rock, organic and electronic grooves from the Norwegian superpower Jaga Jazzist! This one has some heavier prog rock elements than we remember from their previous work – which make for some surprising, exiting passages within the mellower, more hypontic sounds! ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Sunny Jain —
Taboo ... CD Brooklyn Jazz Underground, 2010. Used ...
One of Ahmad Jamal's great mid 80s sets for Atlantic Records – recorded in a spacious acoustic mode that has Jamal crafting beautiful tones on the Steinway, yet never falling into overindulgence! The record's got a surprisingly rhythmic quality – as the drums of Herlin Riley and bass ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bob James —
BJ4 ... CD CTI/Koch, 1976. Used ...
The 4th in Bob James legendary run of Fender Rhodes classics for CTI – and a record that still has him working with the dark edges that made the first few so great! As usual with these sets, there's a way of putting over the groove that's really unique – not really funky, but spacious ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bob James —
One ... CD CTI/Koch, 1974. Used ...
A landmark record – not only for Bob James, but a seminal release for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bob James —
Three ... CD Tappan Zee/Koch, 1976. Used ...
Dark genius from keyboardist Bob James – one of his seminal 70s classics for CTI! The album follows strongly in the spirit of the records One and Two – using James' spacious approach to Fender Rhodes alongside some backings that are electric, yet have an earthily funky quality that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A monster – and quite possibly one of the greatest Fender Rhodes albums of all time! Bob James is really at the height of his powers here – stepping out with a sound that's a lot smoother than some of his earlier work, yet in a groove that's never too slick or too overproduced – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Acoustic sounds from two players who made their mark during the fusion generation – and a wonderful illustration that at their core, both Bob James and David Sanborn are pretty darn great jazz musicians! The album's got a laidback vibe that's wonderful – these flowing lines on acoustic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A completely new chapter in the musical life of Jose James – a set that's every bit as soulful as his previous albums, but in a very different way! The format here is pretty laidback – James on vocals and Jeff Neve on piano – recorded in a relaxed, late nite sort of way – ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Al Jarreau hits the stage in the UK – clearly working before a large crowd that's very appreciative of his superstar talents in the early 80s! The sound here is a bit less intimate than some of Jarreau's earlier studio records – instrumentation that's designed more to fit the larger ... (Soul) read moreCD
Very nice early work by Keith Jarrett – and very different than his later albums for ECM! This set is pretty loose and spiritual at times – and has Keith playing a variety of instruments, from piano, to guitar, to soprano sax, organ, and percussion – as well as singing, which he ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Jarrett's numerous solo piano recordings for ECM, and one that actually predates the watershed Koln Concert set. Ultimately very much in the same vein as that more well known recording, these 3 albums worth of material find Jarrett exploring the piano in a contemplative, lyrical, but still ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wonderful work from pianist Keith Jarrett – pulled from a chapter of his career that's often eclipsed by his better-known sides on other labels! Jarrett's possibly best remembered for his albums on ECM, and a bit more for his early 70s sides on Impulse – but while working at Atlantic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fond farewell to Miles Davis – played here by a hip trio that features Keith Jarrett on piano, Gary Pecock on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! A few of the numbers are ones that Davis recorded famously in years past, and a few others are originals – played by the trio in ways that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, please note that the traycard artwork has been cut slightly & one of the spines is missing.)
Very cool reissue of this rare early album by one of the greatest of the early French beboppers. Bobby Jaspar plays tenor only on this session, and he's backed by a group of groovy Frenchmen that include Maurice Vander, Pierre Michelot, and Roger Guerin – on a set of nice tracks that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Recorded in the 40s, and issued only much later by Pablo Records – but a set that's very much in the best spirit of the classic Jazz At The Philharmonic performances that were issued famously by Verve! The set features two key groups – one with Charlie Parker and Sonny Criss on alto ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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An amazing start for this seminal group – material that appeared on the albums Freedom Sound, Lookin Ahead, Tough Talk, Heat Wave, Stretchin Out, The Thing, Uh Huh, Powerhouse, and Give Peace A Chance – plus some unissued tracks too! (Jazz) CD
Despite the fact that the Jazz Epistles were one of the most important jazz groups of the Southern Hemisphere in the postwar years, most of their recordings have been unavailable for quite some time. Now, though, these legendary 1959 recordings have been lovingly restored by BMG, and you can ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The trumpet of Jeremy Pelt really makes this album sparkle – blown with a mixture of lyrical tones and sharper edges, and getting great support from a lineup that features Anthony Wonsey on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums! The solo horn in the lead also gives the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Jazz Jamaica All Stars —
Massive ... CD Dunes (UK), 2001. Used ...
The 30-piece Jazz Jamaica All Stars big band – featuring a sprawling lineup of younger and older British jazz musicians under led by double bassist Gary Crosby! Here they seek to creative a balance between Caribbean music and classic American jazz and big band – and they pull it off ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A post-Art Blakey version of the Jazz Messengers – but one with a killer lineup that really opens up the older Messengers groove! Lewis Nash is on drums here – playing with some slightly more subtle touches than Blakey – and other group members include the great Benny Golson on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer 2CD set of funky grooves by one of the best backing bands ever! The JBs were James Brown's legendary combo during his monster funk years of the early 70s – and this well-selected compilation brings together 30 rare tracks from their best years! The set's got a great set of notes ... (Soul) read moreCD
A hell of a hip jazz singer, with a wonderfully spiritual approach overall! Obie Jesse really takes us back to some of our favorite singers from years back – Eddie Jefferson, Joe Lee Wilson, and maybe a bit of Grady Tate – as he's got a joyous, soulful feel in his music that's simply ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Jesus Lizard —
Shot ... CD Capitol, 1996. Used ...
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A tremendous collection of work by The Jive Five – a key group in the early years of 60s soul – and a noteworthy bridge between doo wop and later harmony styles of the decade! The Jive Five were way more than just a standard doo wop group aimed at hitting the charts – and they ... (Soul) read moreCD
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Joan Of Arc —
Gap ... CD Jade Tree, 2000. Used ...
A beautiful set of symphonic tracks based around the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim – work that stretches back to the 50s, up through 60s bossa nova, and even includes some of Jobim's more complicated orchestrations from the 70s! The music is done in the arch-baroque style of other titles on ... (Brazil) read moreCD
David Johansen —
In Style ... CD Blue Sky/American Beat, 1979. Used ...
David Johansen's second post-New York Dolls solo record – and the first one where he really sheds the feral rock vibe – but with Mick Ronson on board as co-producer, it's still got plenty of pomp! David would go on to take many creative detours – but in this first real stretch, ... (Rock) read moreCD
Excellent early recordings from the team of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding – the kind of sides that always remind us how great their twin trombone work could be! The album's lacking the cliches of later albums, and presents both players at their best – soulful and stripped down, grooving ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great mid 50s recordings by one of the greatest pairings in popular jazz of the time – the twin-trombone lead work of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding, both players who'd come from differing backgrounds, but who created a wonderful new sound together! The interplay between the trombones on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A cool collection of work done by Syl Johnson in his post-Chicago years, when he was hitting a mellower groove down in Memphis at Hi Records! The sound's not as raw and funky as in earlier days, but it's also got a smooth quality that shows that Syl was really stretching out as an artist – ... (Soul) read moreCD