2 CD set that brings together 2 long out of print Muse albums by the late soulful trumpeter Woody Shaw. Both records are great, and are a very nice blend of Shaw's modernist side and soul jazz roots. Players include Ronnie Matthews, Cecil McBee, Frank Foster, Muhal Richard Abrams, Louis Hayes, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Groovy 20 track "best of" CD compiling tracks from his Atlantic recordings of the late 60's and early 70's, with loads of his usual cool hipster jazz vocals and New Orleans piano playing. Cuts include "Seventh Son", "Swingin' Machine", "Your Mind Is On ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A full length set that compiles earlier sessions cut under either the name of Thelonious Monk or Sonny Rollins – most of them together in the same group! At the time of recording, Monk was an established figure on the bop scene, but Rollins was still a fresh voiced up-and-comer – yet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful – simply beautiful – one of the greatest Wayne Shorter albums for Blue Note, and one of our favorite jazz albums ever! The record is a masterpiece of lyrical delight – soul jazz mixed with slight touches of experimentalism – but still warm, swinging, and personal ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare gem of a session – live material recorded by the Voice Of America in 1957, and featuring a unique Thelonious Monk quartet with John Coltrane on tenor! The performance is contemporaneous with Coltrane's appearance on the legendary Monk's Music album for Riverside – and the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Harold Budd —
Luxa ... CD Gyroscope/All Saints, 1996. Used ...
A soaring later date from Art Pepper – recorded with excellent rhythm from the trio of Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – plus a bit of percussion from Kenneth Nash too! (Jazz) CD
No hokey organ grinder here – no monkey on a leash, begging for change on a street corner – just a smoking little trio session that stands as one of the best records that Jimmy Smith ever recorded for Verve! The album's got a groove that's similar to Jimmy's early years at Blue Note ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost gem from the late 60s Mercury/Blue Rock years – and a live recording by Junior Wells that's a lot harder than his studio work for the label! The setting is the Golden Bear nightclub – and the feel of the album is very much in the raw electric Chicago mode of the mid 60s, the ... (Blues) read moreCD
Argh! Take your ears off before listening to this one! Mrs. Miller was a weirdo singer who cut a few records on Capitol during the late 60s – and boy, can she NOT sing! The arrangements are completely groovy, though, and the strange mix of Miller's terrible voice with groovy Now Sound cuts ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great set of early modern bop material – 37 tracks that bring together the complete Blue Note recordings of Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro – about half of them featuring Navarro in Dameron's group, the other half featuring Fats on his own, working with Bud Powell, Howard McGhee, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Thelonious Monk plays the music of Duke Ellington – but as you can imagine, the sound here is quite different than usual! At a time when Ellington was working mostly in large group format for the mainstream, Monk's presentation of his standards in trio format is a wonderful way to unlock ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Less an interpretation of Porgy & Bess than an extrapolation of its themes – one that lets the Peterson trio recraft the music into their own! Given that the Porgy & Bess theme had been explored heavily by many other jazz albums of the late 50s – due to the release of the film ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Norvo may have cut some sleepy recordings in his day, but his early sides are usually all pretty great – especially this material, recorded with Tal Farlow on guitar and Charles Mingus on bass! The drum-less combination of vibes, guitar, and bass makes for an almost-exotic approach – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An assortment of recordings from Bud's legendary years in Paris – tracks recorded between 1957 and 1961, with players that include Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Barney Wilen, Kenny Clarke, and Daniel Humair. Tracks are mostly short – about as short as those on Bud's studio sides from the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Clayton Brothers —
Music ... CD Capri, 1992. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Classic Bud Powell trio work for Verve – recorded with Max Roach on drums, adding a nice edge to the session! The record features some of Powell's classics – like "Tempus Fugit", "Strictly Confidential", and "Celia" – plus other haunting renditions ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A seminal jazz funk session of the 70s – Herbie Hancock's legendary meeting with The Headhunters, and a killer batch of tunes that really gave the combo their name! Herbie's playing a wide range of keys here – including Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and Arp – but almost even better is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice collection of sides cut by Powell for Norman Granz, in the early 50s, originally issued on 10"s. Bud's in fine, fiery form, presented here solo and in a trio setting with Ray Brown and Buddy Rich. The second half is almost all solo piano work. 12 tracks in all, including "Parisie ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early 70s magic from Sonny Stitt – two albums recorded in 1972 for the Cobblestone label! First up is Tune Up – a great one from Stitt's post-Prestige years, and a real back-to-basics effort that recalls the genius of his work on Roost! The format is straight and simple – Stitt's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
At the time of this album, Johnny Hartman definitely was the voice that is – a singer with a new level of maturity for the 60s, and a voice that's far more masculine than the geeky look of the photo on the cover! Hartman's sound here is smooth and warm, but never in a too-commercial way ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Fantastic music by one of the all-time greats – easily one of our favorite soul artists of the 70s, and a hell of a jazz musician too! The tracks here are all from Roy Ayers' landmark run at Polydor Records – a place where he turned his straight jazz sound of the 60s into a mix of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Twin alto frenzy from the team of Richie Cole and Hank Crawford – a set that has lots of the sharp edges that you'd expect from Cole's 70s classics on Muse! Not all of the material is bossa – although there are a few nice samba-styled groovers – as other cuts have the boppish ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fresh new sound for pianist Enrico Pieranunzi – a Latin Jazz Quintet, with some great work from Diego Urcola on trumpet and Yosvany Terry on alto and soprano sax! The tracks here are nice and long – spun out in extended performance at Birdland – and there's a vibe that mixes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Another great combination of post bop jazz traditions and modern day grooves and moves. The core group is Pine with Cyrus Chestnut, Reginald Veal, Jeff Tain Watts and DJ Pogo, and thankfully like Pine's previous foray into this realm, the tracks veer more towards the core ensemble than heavily ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A hip album from Sarah Vaughan – one recorded with great jazz backings from Ernie Wilkins, and featuring a young Cannonball Adderley as the main soloist! The addition of Adderley's alto definitely brings a swinging sound to the set – a sense of soul that's even deeper than usual for ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Kruder & Dorfmeister —
G-Stoned ... CD G Stone/Quango, 1993. Used ...
Massive!! When this EP first came out in the mid 90s, it totally changed the face of modern music – and introduced the concept of abstract downtempo to a very juiced-up modern funk world! Kruder & Dorfmeister took the spare subtle funky sound of labels like CTI and Kudu, and reworked ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
With "Europa & The Pirate Twins", "Flying North", "Weightless", "Windpower", "She Blinded Me With Science", "Commercial Breakup", "Airwaves", "Radio Silence" and "Cloudburst At Shingle Street". (Rock) CD
A new life for the ideas of saxophonist David Murray – worked out here in an octet of top-shelf players! The sound is avant one minute, swinging the next – and carried off with a rich sense of jazz tradition that really marks the growing appreciation of roots in the 80s generation of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great late 80s session by trumpeter Wallace Roney – bold, and strongly-blown – proof that he was clearly one of the most striking young trumpet talents of his generation! The album is nicely open-ended, and freely crafted with a strong group that includes Kenny Garrett on alto, Gary ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Even at this late date in his career, Poncho's still cooking on congas – with a tight band that features David Torres, Tony Banda, Jose Papo Rodriguez, and others, backing him up on this burning session of soulful Latin grooves, plus he's brought in a few ringers like Terrence Blanchard, Joey ... (Latin) read moreCD
Roots (Nathan Davis, Sam Rivers, et al) —
Stablemates ... CD In & Out (Germany), 1993. Used ...
A pretty great session – if only for the work of the sax players! The "stablemates" on the session are a host of older spiritual and soul jazz players – including Nathan Davis, Sam Rivers, Chico Freeman, and Arthur Blythe – alternating solos and coming together in some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Around Midnight's just about the best time to listen to Julie London – especially given her sultry late nite style of singing! This album's one that definitely follows in that mode – setting Julie's vocals to backings by Dick Reynolds – a bit fuller than some of her earliest ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Another amazing set from Bluey and Incognito – one of the few groups who seem to get better and better as the years go by! The title of this album is a line from Roy Ayers' classic "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" – and the group begin the record with an excellent cover version ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Wide-roaming grooves from the great Jerome Richardson – a player who's done countless dates in later groups, but hardly ever gets to shine as a leader! On this excellent Prestige session, Jerome's stepping out in some long, open-ended tracks that are a great change from the usual – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Max Roach & Clifford Brown —
Daahoud ... CD Mainstream, 1956. Used ...
Previously unreleased work from the legendary group of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – recorded back in the 50s, when Mainstream producer Bob Shad was working on the Brown/Roach dates for Mercury – but not issued until this set in the 70s, when Shad had his own label! The music here is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Soulful Max Roach at the end of the 70s – working in the quartet format that he used to forge some of his best work of the decade, with stalwart Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Odeon Pope on saxes (filling in nicely for Billy Harper!), and Calvin Hill on bass – an extremely soulful lineup ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jazz On The Latin Side All-Stars —
Tambolero ... CD Saungu, 2007. Used ...
Wonderful work from one of the hippest Latin jazz ensembles of the 21st Century – a really all-star group that's filled with a great mix of players who really keep the sound strong! The ensemble features legends and lesser-knowns who work together perfectly – a lineup that includes ... (Latin) read moreCD
One of the few 50s albums as a leader from reedman Jerome Richardson – a hell of a player who made so many other folks' records sound great! Richardson plays both tenor and flute on the album – the latter of which is a real surprise, as it's got a moodier quality than on some of his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Riverside Reunion Band —
Hi Fly ... CD Milestone, 1994. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A set recorded in the 90s, but one that brings together a host of players who recorded for Riverside Records in the late 50s and early 60s! The core sound is right in keeping with the label's best mix of hardbop, modern, and soul jazz at the time – and the ensemble is mighty tight, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Mark Murphy —
Rah ... CD Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ...
Great early work by Mark Murphy – a set that's different than the cool breeziness of his 70s work, and done with an approach that's a lot hipper than most of his 60s contemporaries! Ernie Wilkins handles the arrangements, and there's a rollicking soul jazz groove here that's a bit unusual ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A classic bit of spare electronics from the Kraftwerk man machine! The album's perhaps a bit tighter than some of their earlier albums, but it's also got that spare tinny sound that influenced a generation of hip hoppers, electro heads, and Miami bass stars. Titles include "Computer ... (Rock) read moreCD