A really beautiful record from vibist Joe Locke – and maybe his most dynamic album in years! The set's got Joe working in a particularly angular mode – carving out these wonderful lines of sound with core rhythms from the trio of Robert Rodriguez on piano, Terreon Gully on drums, and Ricky Rodriguez on bass – all younger players who provide a very fresh setting for Locke's vibes! Joe's still got all the warmth of his recent records, but also has a bit more edge, too – which we like a lot – and this quality seems to come out especially strong alongside some of the guests – who include Rosario Giuliani on alto and soprano sax and Donny McCaslin on tenor. Titles include "For Jesse Mountain", "Love Is Letting Go", "Love Is A Pendulum", "Love Is The Tide", and "Variation On Wisdom". CD
Mike Taylor —
Pendulum ... CD Sunbeam (UK), 1966. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredibly fresh set of work from British pianist Mike Taylor – amazingly inventive for the time, and still a treasure all these many years later! The album's the first of two that Taylor cut before an untimely early death, and it's got a sound that's quite unique – an approach to the piano that's almost without referent, yet which is also still swinging enough to firmly be called jazz. Taylor's got a great way with an angular chord – stretching things out in these blocks of sound that are immediately compelling, and often somewhat rhythmic – and which are trailed throughout the record by the soprano sax of Dave Tomlin. Tomlin uses his instrument in a way that's quite different than any other players of the time – always following the piano's lead, and slinking up and down the rhythms with an almost snake-like sort of feel. The quartet's completed by Ron Rubin on bass and Jon Hiseman on drums – and the record's a clear portrait of an early genius who should have had many more years to express his overwhelmingly rich talents! CD
Brilliant minimal work from Steve Reich – pre-fame performances that really get to the core of minimalist composition from the start of the movement – played by a hip small group of musicians that includes Reich, Steve Chambers, Art Murphy, and Philip Glass! "Four Organs" is a wonderful combination of the instruments mentioned in the title – coming together with a cool drone-building quality, and driven by some very slight, soft rhythms on maracas – very cool, and relatively spare – but with a compelling sound that definitely shows that Reich and his contemporaries were onto a whole new groove. "Phase Patterns" has organs again - and is a slow, subtle exploration of Reich's early ideas on patterns of phase shifting – delivered here in a spare, stark, simple way that really hooks you into his musical ideas, in ways that some of the larger concept records sometimes fail to do. "Pendulum Music" continues the experiments in phase shifting – but uses only microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers – which are looping these spare woodwind notes until they become rhythmic phrases! LP, Vinyl record album
The laidback classic! The Digables certainly weren't the first hip hop group to rely upon cooled out jazzy grooves for the backbone of their sound, but they really brought it home with a hugely endearing and long enduring vibe – and this is their masterpiece! All these years later, Blowout Comb is still pure gold. Loads of tripped out arrangements on live instruments – which is a huge step for the group after their largely sampled debut – and layer upon layer of groovy vocals in addition to the easy rhymes of Butterfly, Ladybug and Doodlebug. Also includes an appearance by Jeru! Probably the catchiest jazz-rap fusion record of all time! Tracks include "The May 4th Movement Starring Doodlebug", "Black Ego", "Dog It", "Jettin", "Borough Check", "Highing Fly", "Dial 7", "The Art Of Easing", "K.B.'s Alley", "Graffiti", "Blowing Down", "9th Wonder", and "For Corners". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes 18 X 24 poster – plus insert with notes by Larry Mizelle Jr.)
13 tracks in all on this second LP from the Lords. After their first album, just about anything was sure to be a let down, but this album has held up to the test of time far better than a lot of others from the same period. Includes "Ready Or Not", "Tic Toc", "Keepers Of The Funk", "What I'm After", "Neva Faded", "Yes Y'All" and "What U See". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has a promo stamp & light wear.)
Richard Beirach —
Elm ... LP ECM, 1979. Very Good+ ...
A nicely woody little album from pianist Richie Beirach – full of deep tones on his own acoustic piano, and supported strongly by some rich lines from George Mraz on bass! Beirach's got this tuneful, lyrical vibe on the record – maybe similar to his previous Eon set – but he's also still plenty loose and open to new ideas, which often seem to get directed by drummer Jack DeJohnette, whose work is an undeniably key part of the trio here! Richie's got this way of cascading notes along that works perfectly with some of DeJohnette's more driving lines – and titles include "Sea Preistess", "Pendulum", "Ki", "Snow Leopard", and "Elm". LP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little set from the 70s – heavy on the electric piano, and also topped with some occasional vocals that have a very righteous feel! The group's headed by keyboardist Mait Edey – who plays a fair bit of Wurlitzer electric piano here – in long, stretched-out lines that come off with a groove that's different than Fender Rhodes – a bit rougher, and almost rootsier, despite the electricity – and a perfect match for the vocals of Brenda "Latifah" James, who sings on 3 of the album's cuts. The rest of the lineup includes guitar (often in a wah-wah mode), bass, alto, and tenor – and many of the tracks have a really great slow-building groove with a great sense of space in the rhythms – almost like the funkiest of Vince Guaraldi's electric work. Titles include "Siren Song", "Pendulum", "Gin House Blues", "Fair Breeze On Buzzard's Bay", "Wobbly Bird Blues", and "Granny On The Gramophone". CD
Child's View (Nobukazu Takemura) —
Fun Fair ... CD Bubble Core, 1999. Used ...
Out Of Stock
Another wild one from Nobukazu Takemura, and an album that sounds quite a bit like his Child & Magic set of 1998! The style is minimal, electronic, and with lots of the Oval-ish bubblings and scrapings that have been occupying Takemura's work lately. Nicely issued in the US, and sure to expand Takemura's audience into whole new realms. Titles include "Pendulum", "After Image", "Sabure", "Cradle Of the Light", and "Assi Que Dodo". CD