Proof that Woody Herman kept on burning hard, long after the 40s – continuing to work in great new modes, with the best players he could find! There's a touch of 60s grooviness to the record – mixed with some older California modes – and the lineup features massive tenor work ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wome of Woody Herman's cooler, groovier work of the 60s – with work from young talents that include Don Rader on both trumpet and arrangements, plus Dusko Goykovich on additional trumpet, Nat Pierce on piano, and Sal Nistico on tenor! (Jazz) CD
A very unusual side of Woody Herman's career – one that features the mid 50s octet he put together to play live shows in Las Vegas! The lineup in the group is unusual – with two trumpets by Dick Collins and Johnny Coppola, bass trumpet by Cy Touff, tenor by Richie Kamuca, piano by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album of grace, poise, and lyrical beauty – surprisingly soulful, and filled with original compositions that make the album really stand out from the pack! Herring's at the height of his powers here – and possibly higher at those heights than we've ever heard him before – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A strong, soulful set from alto saxophonist Vincent Herring – of the sort he always seemed to get on earlier recordings, but which he hardly ever hits this well these days! The album's got a no-nonsense quality that really brings out the best in Vincent's horn – with a rock-solid ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Vincent Herring & Earth Jazz —
Morning Star ... CD Challenge (Netherlands), 2010. Used ...
A smoother set than usual from altoist Vincent Herring, but still one that's right on the money when it comes to his solos! The backings feature keyboards from Anthony Wonsey, which warms up the sound a bit – but Herring still keeps things cool on his own end of the spectrum, and the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautifully personal take on the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim – served up in a set of solo recordings by pianist Fred Hersch, who really moves the tunes from their bossa roots into a space that's all his own! Hersch often takes a core theme of a tune, and works it over with a very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, penmark through slipcover barcode.)
Fred Hersch Trio —
Whirl ... CD Palmetto, 2010. Used ...
Very poetic work from pianist Fred Hersch – a set that still shows off some of his more modern leanings, but also feels very personal, almost visual at times! Hersch wrote most of the tunes himself – including "Snow Is Falling", "Skipping", "Mandevilla", ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fred Hersch with Charlie Haden & Joey Baron —
Sarabande ... CD Sunnyside, 1987. Used ...
Brilliantly soulful jazz from the PE Hewitt Jazz Ensemble – a group with a style that mixes the sunny and the spiritual – a box set featuring the originally self-released trilogy of releases Jawbones (1968), Since Washington (1969), and Winter Winds (1970) in one great package from Now ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the swinginest albums by the Hi Lo's, thanks to some great backing from Marty Paich and his Dek-Tette – the same group used to back Mel Torme and other west coast singers on other great vocal sessions of the time! Marty brings a bit more groove to the set than usual – pushing ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
2 classic albums of jazz harmony vocals by The Hi Lo's! Love Nest is a warmly romantic set – one that's got the quartet singing with backings by Frank Comstock, one of their best accompanists, on a set of tracks that includes "Fairyland", "Dancing On The Ceiling", "Bu ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
2 unusual soul rarities on Stax Records – back to back on one CD! Mighty Joe Hicks is a rare album of funky blues from singer Joe Hicks – the only one recorded he recorded for the Stax label Enterprise, and oddly recorded out in Hollywood! Despite its west coast roots, the record's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful testament to the soul and sensitivity of the music of John Hicks – a loving tribute to the late, great pianist – handled here by some of his closest jazz associates! Even without Hicks' compositions, the group would be great enough – but given that John's musical ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful comeback from the great Andrew Hill – a sweet return to the Blue Note label, after dropping off the recording scene a bit at the end of the 70s! Hill first rose to greatness on the label, and returns to the same here too – in a mode that echoes the edges of his "new ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Later solo work from Andrew Hill – an Italian session with four long tracks, and a fair bit of sensitive tones throughout! The record definitely has some of Hill's tentative qualities of the period – playing that almost makes you feel like he's rediscovering the keyboard of the piano ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic "new thing" album recorded with the cream of Blue Note's avant 60s players – like Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson, and Tony Williams – standing out with Hill as some of the most adventurous players for the label at the time! The album's awash with jagged piano likes from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Andrew Hill —
Spiral ... CD Freedom (Germany), 1975. Used ...
Not as revolutionary as Hill's work on Blue Note from the 60s, but one of his few 70s recordings to feature a larger group, not just solo or trio piano. Players include Ted Curson, Cecil McBee, Lee Konitz, and Stafford James – and the tracks are mostly controlled numbers with freedom in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great post-Gong work from Steve Hillage – an album of gently progressive tracks that really makes some wonderful use of his talents on guitar! The record's got a slightly shimmering quality that's a bit in keeping with the spirit of the title – and the sound is something of a ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Steve Hillage —
Green ... CD Virgin (UK), 1978. Used ...
An excellent batch of modern soul tunes – recorded with lots of smooth jazzy touches, not with "vibes", as you might guess by the title, but in the jazz inflected tradition of some of the greats of the late 70s mellow soul generation. Showing his roots clearly, Camelle starts off ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Earl Hines leads a group that includes special guests like Roy Eldridge and Coleman Hawkins – and the material's a relatively traditional batch of tunes, done in Earl's classic piano style. The group performs an extended "Portrait Of Fats Waller", plus shorter tracks like "C ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really great set of later southern soul from Eddie Hinton – recorded at Muscle Shoals with a nice 70s take on the classic 60s style of the genre – with powerful vocals from Hinton! The record's surprisingly rootsy for the time – and Eddie sings in a wonderful mode that has ... (Soul) read moreCD
An amazing debut from bassist Derrick Hodge – an artist we've loved for his work in the Robert Glaper Experiment, and his previous performances with Terence Blanchard, Common, and Maxwell! Hodge has a deep, round sound that really bridges different worlds of jazz and soul – and while ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice little 60s album by Johnny Hodges – one of the few post-Verve sessions that has him still playing in the hard swinging Ellingtonia small combo mode of the 50s! Players are all strong – and include Jimmy Jones, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, Harry Carney, and Paul Gonsalves – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent collection of early work recorded under Johnny Hodges' name in the early years – sessions from 1938 and 1939 that were originally issued on 78s, but presented here in a classic Columbia LP! The tracks are a great assortment of small group numbers that focus on Hodges' tremendous ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing.)
Beautiful work from Brazilian mandolin player Hamilton De Holanda – working here on a 10-stringed version of his instrument, in a sound that's warmly emotive and filled with imagination! The overall groove is quite gentle – but Hamilton's strings leap out with soaring energy on the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Really lovely work from Hamilton De Hollanda – the third entry in his Brasilianos series, and possibly the most compelling so far! Hamilton plays a 10 string mandolin with effortless ease – spinning out rich tones and colors that go far beyond traditional Brazilian use of a bandolim ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Promo sticker on barcode.)
Hamilton De Holanda —
Intimo ... CD Adventure Music, 2007. Used ...
Solo mandolin work by Hamilton De Holanda – played very much in the spare mode you might guess from the title – but often with a bit more dynamic energy than you might expect! Hamilton really has a great range of sound from his instrument – drawing on the Brazilian tradition of ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Nice 60s southern soul from shouter/songwriter Jimmy Hollywood – a collection of his rare singles for the Everest label! Jimmy is best known as an ace songwriter, having penned many hits for a wide range of artists, but this collection shows that he was also performer of the first orders! ... (Soul) read moreCD
Excellent work by a lesser-known 50s tenor great – and a wonderfully overstuffed package that features 23 tracks in all! Joe Holiday barely recorded as a leader in the 50s – but most of his work was done for the Prestige label, often in a Latinized mode that had Joe's tenor out front, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful showcase for the arranging talents of Bill Holman – one that steps off with a more straightforward and swinging style than some of his work of the time for the Stan Kenton group! Holman here is in a great mode that bridges the large group styles of the swing years and the changes ... (Jazz) read moreCD