If the 60's ever had a "hit" jazz record, it was probably this one! The album's a sparkling live session featuring the trademark soul jazz sounds of the Cannonball Adderley group with Joe Zawinul on acoustic and electric piano, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The tracks have a long ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little fusion set from Airto – recorded in a mode that's a great bridge between his acoustic roots and some of his smoother albums in years to come! The sound has some key electric elements here – bits of bass, guitar, and keyboards – but there's still a strongly acoustic ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Beautifully sensitive work from pianist Geri Allen – a session cut with a core trio of Ron Carter on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums, but one that sparkles even more from guest contributions by Wallace Roney and Carmen Lundy! Geri's piano is at the forefront of the set – sliding out ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful work from pianist Geri Allen – a set that features the musician both with her trio, and with a larger nonet that was put together as part of her winning the 1996 Jazzpar prize – as well as a set that features some great late work from trumpeter Johnny Coles! The first half of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
For years, AACM tenorist Fred Anderson labored in obscurity – playing the better part of the 70s and 80s with little or no recognition of his strong inventive talent, and of his never-ending committment to expanding his horizons as a musician. Fortunately, Anderson's been greatly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fred's not on the run, he's right at home – working at his own Velvet Lounge in Chicago, and blowing with the relaxed, open vibe that has made his performances at the club the stuff of legend! There's a great linkage here of styles from a few Chicago generations – the proud-toned ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the last live dates captured at Fred Anderson's original Velvet Lounge location – a hotbed of creative jazz energy in Chicago, summed up here perfectly by the power of performance! Anderson's working in a trio with Harrison Bankhead on bass and Hamid Drake on drums – free, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A funky treasure trove from Apple & The Three Oranges – a group we hardly know at all, but who really blow us away with the cuts on this collection! The groove is plenty hard right from the get-go – the best of the funky 45 underground of the early 70s – which means that ... (Soul) read moreCD
A seminal moment for the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – one of their first albums for a widely-distributed label, and an exceptionally strong live performance that really gets to the core of the group's unique approach! The material was recorded at the Ann Arbor Festival in 1972 – and has ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the few ECM sides recorded by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – easily some of the hippest work the label issued at the time, and a key way for the avant collective to get a bit of large audience exposure! The sound is still very much in the best AEC style here – and if anything, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare treasure from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – recorded as a supposed third album for Atlantic records in 1974, but unissued for years until the group released it on their own! The session is a live one, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival – and features the unique addition of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredibly well-crafted set from bassist Omer Avital – a player who's really got a bold vision for his group here, and manages to lead a host of strong players through a set of very personal material! There's some great righteous energy going on here – making the set easily one of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent funky fusion group from Chicago – and one of the best ensembles to record for the Black Jazz label! The group's made up of hip Chicago underground players – and includes Ken Chaney on electric piano, Ari Brown on saxes, and Frank Gordon on trumpet – a lineup that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mirage ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
No Mirage here – as the album's got a presence that's impossible to deny – a solid, soulful uttering from this key Chicago combo of the 70s! The group's led by reedman Ari Brown – better known for his later avant work – and they've got a wicked blend of keyboards and horns ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Geraldo Azevedo —
Berekeke ... CD Amazone/Hot Productions, 1991. Used ...
Great stuff! Pierre Bachelet did the groovy music for this sexy film based on the Story Of O – and the tracks are a perfect blend of moody instrumental French soundtrack material. The vibe is very spacey, with a dreamy rainy afternoon sound – with nice touches of electronics, and a ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Not just a great album for the piano of Bruce Barth – but also for the vibes of Steve Nelson, whose tones are a perfect fit for Barth right from the very first note of the set! The pair ring out beautifully, righteously, soulfully throughout – leaping forward in tones that are fresh, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bruce Barth is a pianist who always knows how to open up and run – making him an excellent choice for the Smalls Live series – easily some of the best-recorded live jazz CDs in recent years! Barth's touch on the keys is amazing – very fluid, and a mixture of sharp tones and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Really wonderful stuff – and one of Gary Bartz's greatest albums ever! This double-length live set was recorded around the time of his NTU Troup albums for Milestone – but it's a bit more straightforward than those sides, going back towards a searching soul jazz sound, with some slight ... (Jazz) read moreCD
US 2-fer CD that brings together two of Gary Bartz's harder to find LPs on one CD – Juju Street Songs and Follow The Medicine Man. Both LPs feature a lineup that includes Hubert Eaves on electric piano, Stafford James on bass, and Andy Bey on vocals; and the material is pivotal stuff for ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early soul jazz brilliance from a young Gary Bartz – music that pre-dates his Ntu Troup, and his work with Larry Mizell! Libra is fantastic early work from Gary – and probably his rarest record ever! The album was cut at a time when the young Bartz was first coming to prominence in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gary Bartz plays live at Birdland – and the results are quite different than both other famous albums at the club, and most of Gary's other work of the time! There's a tightly swinging feel to most of the set – a style that's more hardbop than we remember from Gary's roots, but which ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beginning Of The End —
Nassau Funk ... CD Alston/Playback, Early 70s. New Copy ...
Fantastic funk from Beginning Of The End – one of the coolest, grooviest, most unique funk groups of the 70s – and one who've got a real criss-crossing of styles in their sound! As you'd guess from the title, these guys hail from Nassau, in the Bahamas – but their sound is hardly ... (Soul) read moreCD
A stunner of a record from the mighty Jorge Ben – and a record that catapulted the Brazilian singer to international fame at the time! Ben had already been making magic for almost a decade down in Brazil – and his compositions and grooves left an undeniable impact on the scene in the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Limited edition of 2000 copies – in a nice LP-styled sleeve!)
Nat Birchall —
Creation ... CD Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Reedman Nat Birchall has been delighting our ears for almost a decade now – and during all that time, we've just grown more and more in love with his music – and continue to feel that he's one of the crowning jazz talents of our generation! Birchall belongs in the same spiritual ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Walter Bishop Jr —
Coral Keys ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
The keys are coral, and the sound is sublime – one of the greatest albums ever from pianist Walter Bishop Jr, and proof that he can really stretch out, given the right setting! The piano here is all acoustic, but there's an almost-electric vibe to the date – long, open tracks that sway ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)
Easily one of our favorite DIW piano trio sessions – an album of fluid magic from the mighty Walter Bishop Jr, supported by great rhythm from the team of Peter and Kenny Washington! Kenny Washington's drums are always a delight – playfully lyrical, in a mode that recalls some of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Walter Bishop's greatest records – an amazing session that's as funky as it is spiritual – and quite different than most of Bishop's other work! The vibe here is wonderful – as Bish plays a host of keyboards, not just piano – and works in the company of other players ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing session recorded by Bill Black – a singer known best for his work with Gene Krupa in the 40s, but whose life took a sad turn in the 50s, and was barely heard from again! This album's a really unique session recorded by Bill in the early 50s – one that features very spare ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Tim Blake – an artist who previously worked with Gong, and sometimes worked with Hawkwind – but who really came into his own on this legendary album of electronics! Tim works here on a self-constructed "crystal machine" – a bank of electronics that ... (Rock) read moreCD
A fantastic live set from Art Blakey – recorded in Paris in 1960, with a version of the Jazz Messengers that includes Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Walter Davis Jr on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass! Best of all, though, is that the group is joined by two Paris jazz giants ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Another really strong effort from Blockhead – one that follows his equally good Music By Cavelight! It's feels like a tribute to NYC, in an atmospheric way, full of crackly melodies, terse moments, and compelling soundtracky hip hop beat craft. Tracks include "Expiration Date", ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
These guys might be undisco kids, but they're still pretty darn funky – in that best sort of jerky, quirky style that was percolating strongly in the Brit scene of the post-punk years! We'd file Boots For Dancing somewhere in a space next to A Certain Ratio or James White & The Blacks, ... (Rock) read moreCD
Forget the MTV in the title, because even though this album was recorded for their highly successful program – it's got a wonderfully intimate feel that takes us back to the best moments of Bosco's earlier work. Joao sings and plays guitar, and titles include "Holofotes", "Memo ... (Brazil) read moreCD
South African pianist Dollar Brand was still going strong into the 80s – as this excellent quartet session will attest! The record features a group with Carolos Ward on alto sax and flute, playing next to Brand's own piano and occasional soprano sax, backed by the bass of Essiet Okun Essiet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Braxton and Ellington appear here as composers of the work, not as performers – but the spirit of both is alive and well in this performance, breaking out in complicated waves of sound that recall the earliest moments of the former, but which are also informed by the concepts of freedoms put ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Willem Breuker Kollektief —
To Remain ... CD Bvhaast (Netherlands), 1983/1984/1989. Used ...
Beautiful takes on Monkish tunes – a record that's a bit warmer than the usual tribute to Thelonious, thanks to the round sound and deep soul of guitarist Bobby Broom! The group here is just a trio, and Bobby really gets plenty done in the small space of the set – romping around the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peter Brotzmann & Heather Leigh —
Sex Tape ... CD Trost (Austria), 2017. New Copy ...
Ouch! That picture on the cover kind of makes us wince – and the music inside is a bit unsettling too – a compelling combination of the legendary reed work of Peter Brotzmann and the creative steel guitar skills of Heather Leigh – which are used to create these incredible sounds ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overlooked gem from Marion Brown – easily one of his best albums from the time, and a set that matches all the soulful, spiritual energy of his classic Impulse and ESP sessions! The album's got a freewheeling, open tone – lots of loose rhythms that have a nice sense of swing, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic work from reedman Marion Brown – an unissued live set from the mid 70s, and one that features a whole new side of his talents! The music is definitely the improvisations promised in the title – but never in a free jazz sort of way, as Brown is working with a group, who have a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, stated boldly here, given Brown's amazing talent on the record! The album's filled with hard, soulful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two wonderful albums from Marion Brown – back to back in a single set! Three For Shepp is an unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible legacy of funk – from a group who were easily one of the tightest, sharpest acts in the mainstream soul scene of the 70s! BT Express are a combo who pre-date disco, and whose grooves went a long way towards forging the blueprint for that mid 70s movement – but their music ... (Soul) read moreCD