A great setting for the saxophone sound of Seamus Blake – a cool little group that features some angular guitar lines from Lage Lund, which make for a surprisingly great match for Blake's tones on tenor and soprano sax! Other players include David Kikoski on piano, Matt Chohesy on bass, and Bill Stewart on drums – and the group's got a slightly unusual groove, one that's hard to describe – kind of a back/fort sort of swing that really makes for a fresh rhythmic approach, one that unlocks some nice energy in Blake's horn. Most tracks are originals, and titles include "A Beleza Que Vem", "Bellweather", "The Song That Lives Inside", "Minor Celebrity", and "Subterfuge". CD
Bold work from pianist Orrin Evans – a player we grow to love more and more with each new record! Evans has always been great, but in recent years he's really perfected a special style of his own – a way of pushing forth and fluttering fleet notes out with effortless ease – definitely part of a whole new school of pianistic expression, with a freshness we might liken to the work of Robert Glasper and a few other contemporaries! Evans is at his darkest here – working in a core trio with bass from Eric Revis and drums from Donald Edwards – but also adding in a bit of extra bit at points too, which seems to pull down from the depths, and push Orrin's keys in a similar direction. The whole thing's plenty darn hypnotic – and titles include "Dorm Life", "African Song", "Black Elk Speaks", "Blues Connotation", "Hats Off To Rebay", and "Ribisconsia". CD
A great date that also features Woody Shaw on trumpet – Kenny Garrett's first set as a leader on alto, with tight rhythm from Mulgrew Miller on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Tony Reedus on drums! Titles include "Reedus Dance", "Oriental Tow Away Zone", "For Openers", and "Silent Prayer". LP, Vinyl record album
Slide Hampton —
Roots ... CD CrissCross (Holland), 1985. Used ...
An overlooked killer from Slide Hampton – an 80s date with long tracks and plenty of soul – and one of Hampton's few small combo sets of the time! The lineup is impeccable – with Clifford Jordan on tenor, Cedar Walton on piano, David Williams on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Titles include "Roots", "Maple Street", "Solar", and "Precipice". CD
Tom Harrell Quintet —
Moon Alley ... LP CrissCross (Holland), 1986. Near Mint- ...
A great trumpeter in an excellent group – with Kenny Garrett on alto and flute, Kenny Barron on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Ralph Peterson on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
Lovely stuff from jazz pianist David Hazeltine – much deserving of his reputation as an stellar accompanist and sensitive interpreter – and also a excellent composer and leader! There's a trio of excellent Hazeltine originals on Inversions, including the excellent title track, the solid tribute "For Cedar" and "A Lil' Bit" – plus one song credited to group tenor sax player Eric Alexander. It's a quintet recording featuring John Webber on bas, Joe Farnsworth on drums and Steve Nelson on vibes. Titles include "Aki's Blues", "For Cedar", "A Lil' Bit", "Inversions", "Loverman", "Davy's System", "Everything I Love", "Tin Tin Deo". CD
A stunner of a trio set – led by pianist Ethan Iverson, working with one of his heroes and a bonafide legend in bass player Ron Carter, and the always compelling Nasheet Waits on the drums! The group dynamic is solid, but there are some really nice moments with just Iverson's piano, too, especially the hauntingly melodic closer – a take on Annette Peacock's "So Hard It Hurts". The set list overall is a nice mix of classic jazz compositions, some worthy new originals, and a wild card or two – with the Iverson-composed title track, Waits's "Kush" and Carter's "Little Waltz" and "Einbahnstrasse" – plus "Along Came Betty", "Strange Serenade", "Confirmation" and more. CD
Clifford Jordan —
Royal Ballads ... LP CrissCross (Netherlands), 1987. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Dave Kikoski —
Maze ... CD CrissCross (Netherlands), 1988. Used ...
David Kikoski —
Kayemode ... CD CrissCross (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist David Kikoski has added his talents to many great groups over the years – but the man himself always seems completely on fire when he's out front on his own – as on this wonderful trio set with Joe Martin on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums! Kikoski still has that way of building waves of sound that can be so important to horn player – but he also has an incredibly deft command of the keyboard at so many different levels during his solos on the set – bold one minute, modern the next, and often with an inherent lyricism that holds the whole thing together beautifully! Dave's sense of tone is crisp and clear – as the notes ring out strongly alongside each other – but he always seems to be working with a larger overall vision, even when wrapped up in the heat of a solo. The set features original tracks "Morning Glory", "Binge Watching", "Switching Roles", and "Blues For Gerry" – plus versions of Chick Corea's "Mirror Mirror" and the Pat Metheny tune "H & H". CD
Ryan Kisor —
Dream ... CD CrissCross (Netherlands), 2001. Used ...
With Peter Zak on piano, John Webber on bass, and Willie Jones III on drums – plus some guest tenor work from Eric Alexander! CD
Although Marsh first came onto the scene as a modernist in the 50s, he's one of the few players of his generation who really held strong to his initial sound, continuing to craft records of understated genius for years to come. And while this album's not his best-ever, it's certainly a nicely little outing – with Marsh laying down angular tenor solos, and backing by Hank Jones, George Mraz, and Mel Lewis. Titles include "Hank's Tune", "Switchboard Joe", "Victory Ball", and "One For The Band". CD
We've loved the music of trumpeter Alex Sipiagin for quite some time – but there's really something special going on here – a slightly different vibe that makes the record stand out from the rest of the pack! First off, the album features all original compositions – songs that seem to work together as a larger suite, yet still stand strongly on their own – allowing the players to soar out with a fantastic sense of individuality, while still holding together as a unit. Secondly, there's a sweet electric current that comes from the use of Prophet 6 by John Escreet – who also plays acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes. The Prophet's never used in a way that's too overdone – just these light waves of spacey sound that are balanced out by the raw power of the horns – Sipiagin's work on trumpet, the tenor of Chris Potter, and alto and soprano of Will Vinson – a fantastic frontline that really blows us away. Most tracks are long, and have lots of room for solo space from everyone – and the group also features Matt Brewer on bass and Eric Harland on drums. Alina Engibaryan sings on two tracks – "Moments From The Past" and "Breeze" – and other titles include "Evija Bridge", "Unexpected Reversal", and "Bergen Road". CD
Slide Hampton —
Roots ... LP CrissCross (Holland), 1985. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked killer from Slide Hampton – an 80s date with long tracks and plenty of soul – and one of Hampton's few small combo sets of the time! The lineup is impeccable – with Clifford Jordan on tenor, Cedar Walton on piano, David Williams on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Titles include "Roots", "Maple Street", "Solar", and "Precipice". LP, Vinyl record album
Reeds & Deeds (Eric Alexander & Grant Stewart) —
Tenor Time ... CD CrissCross, 2011. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two bright tenor talents from the New York scene – coming together beautifully here, with one heck of a great rhythm section! The players are all familiar, but the sound is nice and fresh – thanks to really strong interplay between the tenors of Eric Alexander and Grant Stewart – both driven onward with energy that almost reminds us of a Johnny Griffin/Eddie Davis session from way back! There's plenty of that older soul on some of these tunes – mixed with a few that have a bit more poise, too – a good balance that's handled well in the rhythms by David Hazeltine on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums. Titles include "R&D Bossa", "Crying Blues", "Omicron", "Amsterdam After Dark", and "Rise N Shine". CD
Jim Rotondi —
Move ... CD CrissCross (Netherlands), 2010. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jim Rotondi blows with that great round sound we love so much in his horn – a bold, confident tone that only seems to get better with age, especially in the company of a group like this! The album features a core rhythm section that Jim's plenty comfortable with – David Hazeltine on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – and is rounded out to a sextet with the presence of Ralph Bowen on tenor and Mike DiRubbo on alto, both tight horn players whose formations with Rotondi really help to give the album a strong, solid form! Titles include "Progress", "Julie Ann", "The Coat", "For Cedar", "The Look Of Love", "DH", and "Too Late Now". CD
Walt Weiskopf —
Siren ... CD CrissCross (Holland), 1999. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tim Warfield —
Spherical ... CD CrissCross (Denmark), 2015. Used ...
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A tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk, but one that's got plenty of Tim Warfield's own spirit as well! Orrin Evans handles the piano here, and while he's certainly equipped to bring out the angularity of Monk's music, he's got his own way of approaching the tunes that are nicely fresh – that blocky, chunky style we love in Evans' playing – which seems to grab melody and rhythm together in a single handful, and cast out these bold sounds that really inspire the rest of the group. Warfield's right at home in the setting – stretching out especially well on tenor, but also playing soprano sax as well too – and the rest of the group includes excellent trumpet from Eddie Henderson, plus bass from Ben Wolfe and drums from Clarence Penn. Titles include "Blue Hawk", "Off Minor", "Ugly Beauty", "Oska T", "Coming On The Hudson", "Gallop's Gallop", and "That Old Man". CD
A slightly different album than usual from saxophonist David Binney – a set that still features plenty of the leader's great work on alto sax, but which also includes a few electric textures, and sampled sonic moments – elements used sparely, on short tracks before the main instrumental moments – but in a way that adds a nice degree of color to the record, but without getting in the way of the jazz performance! The piano of Jacob Sacks is also a key part of the album's sense of sound – and the core group also features Eivind Opsvik on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. Jen Shyu joins on vocals for the track "Seen" – and other titles include "Fifty Five", "The Reason To Return", "Dawn", "Arc", "Strange Animal", and "Time Takes Its Time". CD
Matt Brewer —
Unspoken ... CD CrissCross (Netherlands), 2016. New Copy ...
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A beautiful album from bassist Matt Brewer – a set that's got a very rich sense of tonal color and melody, but served up in some slightly unusual ways! Matt's bass is a key part of the record, as is his great songwriting – but the overall sound draws plenty from the balance between the piano of Aaron Parks, tenor of Ben Wendel, and guitar of Charles Altura – all musicians who get plenty of space to shine on their own, but who also have a way of weaving together with an incredible sound! Drummer Tyshawn Sorey provides just the right sort of subtle accompaniment for their blend – and Brewer steps out with a few bolder moments from time to time – on titles that include "Lunar", "Tesuque", "Aspiring To Normalcy", "Juno", "Unspoken", and "Evil Song". CD
Jazz guitarist David Gilmore has added his voice to countless unusual projects over the years – but we always like him best when he works as a leader – because that's the time his musical vision seems boldest of all! This album definitely lives up to that expectation – as Gilmore's got this wonderfully pointed sound – chromatic, but forceful at the same time – and perched perfectly between these tenor sax lines from Mark Shim and piano from Victor Gould – both players who almost seem to have worked out some sort of special formula for all making each other sound great together, but in a way that feels completely spontaneous too! The rest of the group features tightly focused drums from DJ Strickland, and nicely-building bass from Carlo DeRosa – a group with a wonderful sense of cohesion throughout. Bill Ware joins on vibes on one track – and titles include "Farralone", "Nem Un Talvez", "Spontanuity", "Both", "Bluesette", "Beyond All Limits", and "Blues Mind Matter". CD
A beautifully-balanced trio effort from pianist Dave Kikoski – one that's still strongly directed by his work on the keys of the piano, but which also draws equal energy from the bass of Christian McBride and drums of Jeff Tain Watts! With two players like that along for the ride, you can bet that the music here's got a well put-together sound – never too over the top, nor ever too forced – this really rich organic approach to piano trio modes that sparkles with all of Dave's years of experience! The set's overflowing with great original compositions – and titles include "Russian Roulette", "Drama", "Placidity", "Mr JJ", "Glimmer Of Hope", and "Consequences (parts 1 & 2)". CD