A rare European gem from Johnny Griffin – recorded in quartet formation with backing from the rhythm trio of the Clarke Boland Big Band! Johnny was working with the trio in the bigger group at the time, but he gets plenty of space to state his case here – stretching out on hard-bitten, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
3CDs, and one DVD – a heck of a lot of music in one groovy little box set! The 3CDs each feature a different overseas performance by American tenor legend Johnny Griffin – working in very familiar territory of Copenhagen, in long, open-ended recordings that really show his inventive ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Please note there is a small tear on the outer case cover.)
The Jamfs are definitely coming on this one – as Johnny Griffin opens up into some of his most badass soloing of the 70s, caught here in an open-ended European styled mode! The album really features only 2 long tracks – recorded in the Cafe Montmartre style that Dexter Gordon used most ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, booklet appears to be signed by the artist.)
Fernando Grillo —
Fluvine ... CD Cramps/Ampersand, 1976. Used ...
Beautiful work from Fernando Grillo – an artist who plays the string bass more like an engine for creating sounds than a traditional jazz or classical instrument! His work here has a relatively improvised feel, but also a very careful one too – a great sensitivity for subtle sounds ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Kind of lovable, easygoing 70s rock from Nils Lofgren's Grin – amiable guitar and piano grooves – with a bit of bite in the guitars, but with an laidback sensibility overall! The tunes have an unpretentious, catchy vibe to them, which in other hands in the 70s would have come off as ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Danny Grissett —
Form ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 2009. Used ...
Features Ambrose Akimusire on trumpet, Seamus Blake on tenor, and Steve Davis on trombone! (Jazz) CD
Pianist Danny Grissett has really grown into a master of tone in recent years – a player who seems to find just the right way to make all his notes resonate strongly with this incredible sense of harmony and presence – so full of color and life, a record like this makes us feel like we'r ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brian Groder —
Torque ... CD Latham, 2006. Used Gatefold ...
The group's first, with production courtesy the great Gary Katz, who's put a fine touch on many Steely Dan LPs. While we were a bit dismissive of this effort at the time, it's kind of become a bit of a watershed in retrospect, the high water mark for the American Acid Jazz scene, if a bit ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
An amazing soundtrack from 60s Europe – one that features incredible work from saxophonist Barney Wilen, right up there with his best Parisian recordings of the time! The score was written by George Gruntz for a little-known Swiss film – but it stars an all-great cast of players that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Groundbreaking work from one of the hippest jazz groups going in the mid 50s – the Donald Byrd/Gigi Gryce Jazz Lab, a wonderful group of players who could play with a tight soul jazz finish, yet also throw in some nice modern jazz touches! Gryce's arrangements and alto work are always a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful record of light, lyrical piano jazz – and one of the best-selling jazz albums ever on Fantasy Records! Vince Guaraldi started the set as a tribute to the film Black Orpheus – and some of the album features his nice renditions of Jobim/Bonfa tunes like "Manha De ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Unreleased work from Friedrich Gulda – the Austrian pianist who's known equally well for his classical and jazz recordings – including a run of fantastic albums for the MPS label! This set follows very strongly in the mode of those great records – as Gulda's leading an ultra-hip ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most beautiful albums Friedrich Gulda ever recorded for MPS – a wonderful session that features key solo work from players who include Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, JJ Johnson on trombone, and Sahib Shihab on flute and baritone sax! The work has a somewhat serious feel, but isn't ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seedy LA postpunk with roots rock swagger – an underground masterpiece! Fire Of Love is legendary in indie and punk circles for being on of the earliest records to go full bore with mix of raw punk drive with blues and country swagger – certainly not the first example of those styles ... (Rock) read moreCD
Mats Gustafsson/Ingebrit Haker Flaten/Paal Nilssen —
Thing ... CD Crazy Wisdom (Sweden), 2001. Used ...
A brilliant trio recording from Sweden's Mats Gustafsson – and one of the best recordings on his newly-launched Crazy Wisdom label! The set's a power-trio with Gustafsson blowing on alto and tenor, with drum and bass accompaniment from Flaten and Nilssen-Love – and it features 4 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
We love our Buddy Guy here in Chicago – and this set cut for Vanguard, one of his first full solo albums with his own band will always be a favorite! Buddy's late 60s sound was as charismatic as he'd always be, but there's an understated approach to his lead that's really wonderful, and hits ... (Blues) read moreCD
A live trio side recorded at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, in July 1989, with Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell. 8 numbers in all: "The Sphinx", "Art Deco", "Happy House", "Lonely Woman", "Mopti", "The Blessing", "When ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Charlie Haden & Carlos Paredes —
Dialogues ... CD Antilles, 1990. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Way more than just a set of musical dialogues – as the record features duets between Haden's bass and the Portuguese guitar of Carlos Paredes – in a sound that's quite different than anything we might have expected! Paredes' instrument has some distinctly folksy overtones here – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A key trio date for pianist Al Haig – material recorded on one day in 1954, but which eventually saw release as two different albums on two different labels! The group here features Haig on the keys, alongside Bill Crow on bass and Lee Abrams on drums – and although half the material ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice modern jazz set led by Chicago drummer Dana Hall – a pretty powerful and energetic set that holds you riveted with getting overbearing – a very impressive balance of heated group playing and solos and a measured passages! The group includes players that have worked together in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Jim Hall's most compelling albums from the 70s – a mix of lightly swinging tunes and more complicated numbers, recorded with some of his best partners from earlier years! Chet Baker is on trumpet, Paul Desmond is on alto sax – and the rest of the group includes Ron Carter bass, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A work of understated brilliance from guitarist Jim Hall – and one of our favorite records by him! The setting is simple – Hall plays live with a trio, on a set of familiar standards – but the results are remarkable, as both Hall and the rhythm section manage to bring a hell of a ... (Jazz) read moreCD