Not just a wonderful record for the music, but also for the classic cover image too – a photo of Ahmad Jamal's righteous night club The Alhambra – an Eastern-themed spot on Chicago's Michigan Ave, where Jamal made some incredible music for a few short years! Jamal was one of the few ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover is lightly staine don the bottom 3 inches, with a bit of flaking on the seam.)
A wonderful album, the kind that really gets at the dark genius of Jamal! Ahmad's trio with Frank Gant and Jamil Sulieman is joined by the Howard A Roberts Chorale, set to arrangements by Jamal and Joe Kennedy that create these dreamy pillows of sound, pushing the voices forward like piles of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
The part 2 to Jamal's classic Pershing set – But Not For Me – featuring more material from the same date, one of the most successful live piano recordings of the time! Jamal is quite at home in the setting – grooving with his trio of Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
After Ahmad spent the 60s playing mellow acoustic piano, he turned into a great jazz artist on the Fender Rhodes – and this album is one of the best he ever made in that genre. The record has some great orchestrations by Richard Evans, and Ahmad's tone is very rich and full, with a great ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small center split in the spine. Vinyl has some cosmetic sleeve marks.)
A really wonderful post-Chess album from pianist Ahmad Jamal – a set that's maybe got a bit more bite than some of his earlier work, and which features a bold groove that really points the way towards some of Jamal's sounds to come! The format and setting are familiar – Jamal's trio ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
Heads ... LP Tappan Zee, 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Heads or tails, it's a winner every time – as the record's one of the last clear moments of genius from keyboardist Bob James in the 70s! The sound here is stepping out a bit more from Bob's earlier sides on CTI, but there's still plenty of great keyboard work to make the album worth seeking ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Bob James —
Three ... LP CTI, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mellow mainstream fusion classic from the 70s – one that paired the gentle guitar of Earl Klugh with the sweet keyboards of Bob James – in a set that's filled with plenty of warm and laidback touches! The mode here takes off some of the darker edges from James' earlier sound, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the last tracks that Elmore James recorded before leaving this planet – with titles that include "Pickin The Blues", "Shake Your Money Maker", "It Hurts Me Too", "Mean Mistreatin Mama", "Gotta Find My Baby", "Catfish Blues", ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heavy double-length set of work by the great Elmore James – served up here in a nice 70s package! Titles include "Bleeding Heart", "Pickin The Blues", "She's Got To Go", "I Believe", "Talk To Me Baby", "It Hurts Me Too", "Stra ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raw and raunchy R&B by Etta James – cut for Kent in the years before she recorded for Chess, and with a much harder-hitting approach than her later more famous work! The set's a 60s LP that compiles tunes from the late 50s – and tracks include "I'm A Fool", "Tough ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy James & The Vagabonds —
Life ... LP Pye/Casablanca, 1977. Very Good ...
An American release of material that Jimmy James recorded in the UK for Pye Records – most of which was issued previously on the album I'll Go Where The Music Takes Me. As on that one, the set is strong mid 70s work from Jimmy – bouncing back with a tight little groover, the title cut ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly funky at times – and beautifully produced, too! Titles include "Funk #49", "Woman", "The Bomber", "Closet Queen", "Thanks", "Ashes In The Rain & I", and "Tend My Garden". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
Jan & Dean at the height of their powers – hitting hard with a simple, no-nonsense sound that's completely sublime, and wonderfully compact – even though there's millions of LA musical forces going on in the background! The tunes are mostly driving little numbers that really push ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The grand piano in the hands of the maestro – the great Horst Jankowski, an artist who took the instrument from the concert hall to the AM radio in the 60s! The album's got Jankowksi playing in this nicely punctuated style – a deftness of fingerskills that points towards a more serious ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Get set for More Genius from Horst Jankowski – a wonderful blend of electric bass in the rhythms and tinkling piano over the top – a rich new sound that Horst crafted for the 60s easy scene! The use of the bass really helps keep things fresh – quite different than the usual easy ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has a light stain at the bottom.)
In the tradition of the AACM, this set finds the Art Ensemble co founder performing solo, not just on reeds, but vibes, cymbals & bells as well. As you might expect the improvisations havce a searchng spritual quality, and a beautiful open-ness and sense of space afforded by the solo format. ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Joseph Jarman/Don Pullen/Don Moye —
Magic Triangle ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1979. Near Mint- ...
A well-titled set of tunes – as the trio of Joseph Jarman, Don Moye, and Don Pullen really do come together as a magic triangle of sorts! The strengths of the Jarman and Moye team is well-known from their work with the Art Ensemble, and on a few solo recordings – and the addition of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes newspaper clippings. Cover has light wear.)
Quite an important soundtrack – penned for a mid 60s French/American production directed by John Frankenheimer and starring James Garner, Yves Montand, Toshiro Mifume, and Francoise Hardy! The film's an auto racing one – in case you couldn't guess from the title – but the ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A whopper of a star-studed war film – scored nicely by Maurice Jarre! Titles include "The Paris Waltz", "The Heads Of The Resistance", "Vigil In The Gutters", "The American Tanks", and "The Barricades". (Soundtracks) LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound Masterworks pressing. Cover has some aging and ink stamps on back.)
A unique western score by Maurice Jarre, written for this late 60s Pancho Villa thriller that starred Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson, and Yul Brynner – who's clearly wearing hair for the film! Jarre's score interweaves more traditional scoring with bits of western and Mexican themes – ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic fusiony jazzy soulful vocals from Al, with the bright kind of LA groove that brought Al into millions of living rooms during the 70s. Tracks include "I'm Home", "Brite & Sunny Babe", "Fly", "I Do", "Thinkin' About It Too", and his ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo sticker.)
Sublime sounds from Al Jarreau – exactly the kind of record that made him a unique superstar at the time of its release, and which still continues to fly Al's flag strongly all these many years later! Jarreau's got that perfect blend between jazz roots and soulful expression here – set ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a nicely warming vibe on this album from Keith Jarrett – a sound that's sometimes a bit more laidback and personal, but which is still carried off with familiar associates Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums! Most of the tunes are shorter ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Keith Jarrett —
Changes ... LP ECM, 1983. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A great little trio session from Keith Jarrett – still in the mode of some of his other ECM work, but almost a bit more back to basics as well! The group here features Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both working beautifully with Keith in a flurry of colors, tones, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really wonderful early work from Keith Jarrett – a spiritually-driven session that's free from the cliches of his later work! The album's a spectacular group effort – one that has Jarrett playing piano, percussion, and sax – in an ensemble that also includes Dewey Redman, Charlie ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Keith Jarrett —
Fort Yawuh ... LP Impulse, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Great Impulse work from Keith Jarrett – recorded at a time when he had a lot sharper edge than later years, and was really matching the spirit of some of the post-Coltrane generation players on the label! The date's a live one, and features some relatively extended tracks – tunes that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully complex work from Keith Jarrett – and one of the 70s albums that really shows his blossoming past jazz into a whole realm of new styles! The album features some works for instrumental ensembles – including a String Quartet and a Brass Quartet – plus a large orchestral ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dark and moody work from Keith Jarrett – a record that builds strongly off his ensemble feeling of the Impulse years, but which also seems to carry a bit more of the introspective vibe he was building up in some of his more stripped down solo recordings! The group's still a great one here ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
After a long period exploring other approaches to recording, principally solo work and groups featuring horns, Jarrett returned to the trio format with longtime sympathetic sidemen Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette. Here, they interpret a set of jazz standards, with Jarrett's lyrical and spacious ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ultra-hip work from pianist Keith Jarrett – a session that's filled with joy and life, and which has a lot more energy than some of his albums for ECM! The work here is kind of a refinement of the freer styles that Jarrett had laid down on previous albums – performed with a strongly ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s audiophile pressing. Cover has a promo stamp and factory stickers.)
Keith Jarrett/Dennis Russell Davies —
Ritual ... LP ECM, 1977. Near Mint- ...
The best Keith Jarrett spirit of the 70s – those long, exploratory lines he virtually invented on solo piano – performed here by pianist Dennis Russell Davies! The set's one of the warmest we've ever heard from Davies – as he spins out on two side-long interpretations of this ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cuts to check for here is Jay Z's "In My Lifetime remix", twice as long as the original, and the best track he's done in a while and "Celebration" featuring Jay Z, Memphis Bleak, Sauce Money and Wais. Also includes Jay Z "Only A Customer", MOP "My Nigg@ Hill ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really transformative record in modern jazz – the first-ever Jazz At The Philharmonic album, issued by Norman Granz on the tiny Stinson label in the years before starting Clef, Norgran, and Verve! The record kicks off the concept with a real bang – offering up soon-to-be-standard ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl reissue pressing in a cover with full image.)
A great little live set – ostensibly a Dizzy Gillespie performance, but with some very strong guest stars! The core of the group is Diz's great one from the early 60s – with Lalo Schifrin on piano and Leo Wright on alto and flute, and they're joined by Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ostensibly, this is material recorded at the first JATP concert given by Norman Granz in 1944 – with players that include Illinois Jacquet, JJ Johnson, Nat King Cole, Shorty Sherock, Lee Young, Jack McVea, and Les Paul. The odd lineup makes for a nice change from the usual heavy saxes in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Clef label pressing, with deep groove! Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall – no splits.)
A hard-wailing jam session from the original JATP series – a blistering recording of the 1947 Midnight Concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring players that include Howard McGhee, Illinois Jacquet, Bill Harris, Flip Philips, Hank Jones, Ray Brown and Jo Jones. 2 tracks, each a side long: "I ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mercury label pressing, with trumpeter and deep groove. Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
The classic meeting of the brain trust of the avant garde jazz scene, recorded for the young JCOA label, and put forth as one of their early attempts to prove that musicians could be in charge of the means of production. This double LP set features a set of compositions by Michael Mantler (who ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet. Box has light surface wear.)
Roswell Rudd leads the Jazz Composers Orchestra, which includes (on this session) Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Enrico Rava, Sheila Jordan, Beaver Harris, and Sirone. Some of the material's a bit loose for our taste, but there's some nice tracks like the excellent "Circulation", which has ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Corps with Roland Kirk —
Jazz Corps ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1966. Near Mint- ...
An unusual record, but a great one too – a set that mixes the offbeat reed work of Roland Kirk with some inventive ideas from a group of young west coast players! Some of the group members are names you'll recognize on their own from genre-crossing sessions for other labels – like ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing fancy – but some great short little soul jazz numbers that show The Jazz Crusaders grooving at their early best! The tenor of Wilton Felder, trombone of Wayne Henderson, and piano of Joe Sample really carry the set – and the album's got some great originals that include "Pu ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of their many fantastic live sets from The Lighthouse – just about all of which are excellent. This one's one of their best, and features a few beautiful longer tracks that have a spiritual soulful vibe that you don't always get from the group. These tracks include "Native ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wickedly funky work from the Jazz Crusaders – a pivotal set that has them electrifying their groove a bit more from the 60s, yet still not hitting the smother sound of later years! The core soul jazz mode of the group's start is still nicely in place – hard-hitting grooves from Wayne ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Crusaders —
Uh Huh ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Killer Jazz Crusaders material – exactly the kind of record that really had the group coming into their own in the second half of the 60s – finding a rich new groove that few other combos could match! The record captures the group at a perfect time – a point when they were ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard swinging orchestral session that's basically an Oliver Nelson project – and it's one of his best, we might add! The "Jazzhattan Suite" is a suite of tracks written as a tribute to New York. Titles of passages include "The East Side/The West Side", "125th & ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album – quite possibly our favorite record by the JBs, ever! The set starts with a wonderful conversational bit – rapping and musing on the idea of "Damn Right, I Am Somebody" – showing the group in a political and righteous mode for the first time ever. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has some ring & edge wear and a stain on back.)
An incredible album – a landmark piece of funk that nobody should be without, funk fan or not! The album is the second to feature James Brown's famous backing combo of the early 70s – and unlike their first one, which was really more of a collection of singles, this album has the group ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has some surface wear.)
Free-flowing and angular reed work from Francois Jeanneau – a fair bit more soulful than you might guess from the "techniques" in the title! The setting is relaxed and almost informal, but moves along with that subtle sense of groove that often marked the best Owl Records sessions ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great issue of Paramount label 78s from the legendary Blind Lemon Jefferson – with titles that include "Lemon's Worried Blues", "Rabbit Foot Blues", "Bootin Me Bout", "Corinna Blues", "Low Down Mojo Blues", and "Piney Woods Money ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal work from one of the hippest jazz singers ever – a session that showed the world that Eddie Jefferson was firmly back in business during the 60s! The set's got a really rollicking feel, and a bit more influence from soul than the bop of Eddie's roots – with elements of gospel ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The beginning of a whole new chapter of greatness for singer Eddie Jefferson – a record that took his older style of putting words to jazz solos, and updated it nicely for a new generation in the 60s! Eddie's got a rootsy look on the cover, but the sound here is snappingly hip and ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has a name in marker & some light wear.)
One of our favorite albums ever from Eddie Jefferson – one of the last sessions he ever recorded as a leader, and a stone cooker through and through! The arrangements here are by Slide Hampton, who hits a really soulful groove for the set – one that moves away from some of the more ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great overview of the career of Eddie Jefferson – one that begins with his first few vocal singles of the 50s, and follows him through album work for Riverside and Prestige in the 60s! Jefferson's contribution to jazz is tremendous – as he was one of the first to set lyrics to ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous early album from drummer Ron Jefferson – a key players in the LA scene of the early 60s, and an artist who only cut a rare few sides! The album's wonderful for so many reasons – not the least of which is its lineup, which includes a young Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Frank ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early genius from these Bay Area stalwarts – one of the greatest rock records of its time! Surrealistic Pillow is the second Jefferson Airplane album, but they took a number of huge creative leaps in the 8 months or so between their debut record and this one. This one is where they're ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Jenkins —
Drum Stuff ... LP Tampa/VSOP, Mid 50s. Near Mint- (reissue)...
A killer set from drummer George Jenkins – with a hard-wailing Central Ave groove, augmented by some killer tenor work by Plas Johnson! This is one of the best albums ever to hear Johnson blowing in a jazz mode – and his tenor skills put him right up there with Willis Jackson or Gene ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great mix of compositional structures and free improvisation – and definitely one of those records that has Leroy Jenkins stretching his talents way past jazz! The album features two very long tracks – "Quintet #3" and "Shapes Textures Rhythms Moods Of Sound" ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We always love Muhal Richard Abrams in a duet setting – and this album's no exception, as it features the pianist playing in very spare formation with violinist Leroy Jenkins – improvising freely in a concert performance from 1977! Abrams tone is often very dark and earthy, which seems ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Leroy Jenkins's Sting —
Urban Blues ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1984. Near Mint- ...
Not the kind of blues that's blue – to borrow a phrase – but a cool change in style for violinist Leroy Jenkins, and a session that has him working in a weird new groove! The lineup here includes two violins, two guitars, bass, and drums – all coming together in a rompingly ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and an import sticker.)
That amazing Waylon Jennings voice sings songs that include "New York City RFD", "Six Strings Away", "How Much Rain Can One Man Stand", "Today I Started Loving You Again", "If You Were Mine To Lose", and "See You Around. (Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
A great early 70s effort from Waylon and probably his very best album to the point in his career – clearly paving the way for his outlaw years to come! The Taker/Tulsa prominently features songs that were cut in fairly stripped down settings, the kind that Waylon always preferred ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album