Includes the songs "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", "Tipitina", "That Mellow Saxophone", "After The Rain", "Canto Para Elegua", "Sidewinder", "Calcutta Cutie", "Who Do Da Voodoo?", "Blues A la Carte", "Cantalou ... read moreCD
Two important improvising trios come together head to head in the transatlantic brilliance of Okka Disk Records in the 90s – recorded in a very unusual way that lets you clearly hear all the contributions of the members of the group! In the left channel stands AALY – a searing lineup ... read moreCD
Robert Aaron —
Trouble Man ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2010. New Copy ...
Robert Aaron is an unusual figure on the New York scene – a farther part of the no wave scene in its glory days, yet also a musician who was also playing outside on the streets around the town too – maybe something you wouldn't guess from his image on the cover! This set brings back ... read moreCD
A host of great guitarists, all coming together to pay tribute to one of their own – the mighty Pat Martino, an artist on the strings from his early years in the 60s in organ combos, through his very creative 70s material, into a great run of albums in later years too! Pat's memory is in ... read moreCD
John Abercombie/Dan Wall/Adam Nussbaum —
Tactics ... CD ECM, 1997. Used ...
John Abercombie on guitar, Dan Wall on organ, and Adam Nussbaum on drums. CD
A really compelling trio session – the guitar of John Abercrombie mixed with drums from Jack DeJohnette, and work from Jan Hammer on organ, piano, and keyboards – all at a level that's much hipper than his later music! CD
Tenorist Joe Lovano makes a wonderful appearance here – really bringing in a lot of soulful depth to an otherwise mellow set from guitarist Jon Abercrombie – providing a perfect foil to the lead player's sense of tone and timing! Abercrombie's guitar feels like it's swinging a bit more ... read moreCD
John Abercrombie & John Scofield —
Solar ... CD Quicksilver, 1984. Used ...
John Abercrombie and John Scofield on guitar – accompanied by George Mraz on bass and Peter Donald on drums. CD
A nicely varied live set from this trio of key ECM players of the 80s – captured here with the same sense of sound as some of their studio recordings – which must have been something amazing to hear in person! Abercrombie's still very chromatic at this point in his career – ... read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
John Abercrombie/Marc Johnson/Peter Erskine/John Surman —
November ... CD ECM (Germany), 1992. Used ...
John Abercrombie on guitar, Marc Johnson on bass, Peter Erskine on drums, and John Surman on baritone and soprano saxophones and bass clarinet. CD
(Sealed with a small cutout hole through the case.)
John Abercrombie/Peter Erskine/Bob Mintzer/John Pa —
Hudson Project ... CD Stretch/Concord, 1998. Used ...
John Abercrombie on guitar, Peter Erskine on drums, Bob Mintzer on saxophone, and John Patitucci on bass. CD
Muhal Richard Abrams —
Afrisong ... CD Why Not/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by this legendary AACM pianist! The album was a rare Japanese-only session from 1975, but recorded in Chicago – and it features Muhal playing solo – in beautifully warm spiritual tones that are very different from his playing on many other ... read moreCD
Music from one of the greatest periods ever for AACM legend Muhal Richard Abrams – a time when the pianist was opening up in so many different creative directions! Song For All finds Abrams working with a group that includes Eddie Allen on trumpet, Aaron Stewart on saxes, Craig Harris on ... read moreCD
A tremendous step forward for the young Muhal Richard Abrams – a set that still shows his early roots in the AACM, but which also blossoms with some of his more serious compositional efforts to come! There's a sensitivity here that really stands out – even among Abrams' contemporaries ... read moreCD
Open, swinging live work from the George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet – and a set that shows both the group's sense of jazz tradition, and their willingness to play with it on their own terms! The tracks here are all quite long, jamming numbers – built on lively rhythms from the bass of ... read moreCD
(Original Soul Note pressing.)
George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet —
Decisions ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
One of those key records that has George Adams and Don Pullen reinventing expectations of jazz for the 80s – both musicians with plenty of ear for the outside, but also coming back home with a well-rounded, deeply-rooted approach that's crucial in taking the American jazz legacy another step ... read moreCD
George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet —
Earth Beams ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
A firey session from the quartet of George Adams and Don Pullen – a set that has the group stretching out in some of their most spiritual modes, yet still finding plenty of time to swing as well! Adams is tremendous on tenor – a very fresh voice in the post-Coltrane world, with ... read moreCD
George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet —
Life Line ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
A strong outing from this key post-Mingus collaboration – and a record that really shows both Don Pullen and George Adams really coming into their own! Pullen's piano can have plenty of edges, as can Adams' tenor – but there's also some warmer, lyrical moments that really round things ... read moreCD
Pepper Adams is easily one of the hippest players you'll ever hear on the baritone sax – an artist who changed in great ways over the decades, and always seemed to deliver something special when he got a chance to record as a leader! That's definitely the case here – as Adams stretches ... read moreCD
Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown —
Varmint ... CD Cuneiform, 2009. Used ...
The second album from Chicago vibist Jason Adasiewicz and his Rolldown group – giving us some of the best vibes-led jazz in years! The group features players from the Chicago scene that are truly at the forefront of an exciting wave of modern jazz in the city, and anywhere else on the planet ... read moreCD
A key early album from the young Cannonball Adderley – an a set that crossed over big, thanks to a mix of strong jazz solos from the leader and very inventive rhythms in the arrangements! The group here is larger than Adderley's usual quintet/sextet lineup – and includes reed work from ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Sealed with a hole through the shrinkwrap.)
A rare live set by Cannonball Adderley – unreleased in America at the time, and performed with the style of Cannon's best work for Riverside! The album's very similar to some of the group's best live sets for Riverside – like the San Francisco or other Tokyo recording – done with ... read moreCD
A key meeting of Cannonball Adderley and David Axelrod – and one of the pair's first larger collaborations together! The album features Cannonball solos over larger backings by Oliver Nelson – with some occasional help from brother Nat Adderley – all produced with that dark ... read moreCD
2 early experiments by Cannonball Adderley – both of which feature him as the main soloists in front of larger backings! Jump For Joy is an interesting early side by Cannonball that captures him before he'd really found his voice – and when the folks at Mercury still didn't really know ... read moreCD
One of the all-time great ones by Cannonball! This record captures him in the prime of his early soul jazz fame – working with an unbelievably heavy quintet that featured Bobby Timmons on piano (with Barry Harris sitting in on a few tracks), Sam Jones on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and ... read moreCD
If you ever needed a key example of the genius of Cannonball on Capitol Records, this tight little set may well be it! The record's got all the best elements of a Cannon classic firmly in place – production by David Axelrod, electric piano by Joe Zawinul, and some tremendously soulful work ... read moreCD
An all-star set from Cannonball Adderley – a hip standout in his pre-Capitol years for Riverside! The "plus" in the title is pianist Wynton Kelly – who works with the group wonderfully on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – bringing in a slightly different feel on the keys than ... read moreCD
A slightly different album than usual for Nat – one that has him still working in a soul jazz quintet, as always (rhythm by Junior Mance, Bob Cranshaw, and Mickey Roker), but which also features a guitar instead of another horn, played alternately by either Kenny Burrell or Jim Hall. This ... read moreCD
A strong showcase for young Nat Adderley's talents on cornet – and an album that's got a different feel that his work with his more famous brother's combo at the same time! The style here is simple – Nat blowing with 2 different quartets – one with Joe Zawinul on piano, Sam Jones ... read moreCD
Nat's trumpet is backed up by the "big sax section" here – a trio of reed players that includes Yusef Lateef, Jimmy Heath, and Charlie Rouse, plus some additional baritone work by Tate Houston. The groove's pretty swinging – kind of in the mode of early work with Cannonball ... read moreCD
A great follow-up to the first Jobim Jazz set from guitarist Mario Adnet – and in many ways, an even better-conceived version of the project! The difference this time around is that Adnet's been working through the concept in a live setting for a few years – and has come up with ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Maybe one of the warmest recordings we've ever heard from pianist Vijay Iyer – but that's maybe no surprise, as the session is graced with these sublime vocals from singer Arooj Aftab – and delivered in a style that's much more than standard jazz! Iyer plays Fender Rhodes and piano, ... (Global Grooves, Jazz)read moreCD
A really compelling blend of jazz and electronics – served up here in a way that's very different than any other project of its nature! This isn't one of those records where reed improvisations mix with free analog electronics, yet it's also not one where electric rhythms provide the base ... read moreCD
The sound here is wonderful – a combination of elements from players we already love, but in a different way than some of their other records! One of the most distinct elements of the set comes from the work of Per Texas Johansson – who plays a variety of clarinets throughout, and ... read moreCD
Sophie Agnel & Olivier Benoit —
Rip-Stop ... CD In Situ (France), 2003. Used ...
Sophie Agnel on piano and Olivier Benoit on guitar. CD
The AACM torch is still held proud and firm in this great recording by Air from 1980. Mssrs. Threadgill, Hopkins, and McCall play in a manner that blends freeness with soulfulness and a nice dash of creative humor – which results in a trio of tracks that are essential listening for fans of ... read moreCD
One of the best albums ever by this legendary Chicago trio – a great example of the way that records on the Nessa label can really get to the heart of artists' intentions! The trio of Henry Threadgill on reeds, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Steve McCall on percussion have never sounded better ... read moreCD
Tohru Aizawa —
Tachibana ... CD Tachibana/BBE (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
A real mindblower from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a perfect illustration of why that world of records was so incredible during the decade! The music here is spiritual, but also somewhat free – served up by musicians who'd clearly been inspired by John Coltrane and the Impulse ... read moreCD
Noel Akchote —
Sonny 2 ... CD Winter & Winter (Germany), 2003. Used ...
Noel Akchote on guitar. CD
(Out of print, case and some booklet have some light age spots.)
The music here is as evocative as the title – almost a mix of contemporary Blue Note modes with older ECM styles – all served up as a perfect showcase for the ever-growing talents of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire! We've really dug the last two records from Ambrose, and this one seems to ... read moreCD
A lovely title, and a lovely little record too – every bit as poetic as its promise – with haunting trumpet lines by Ambrose Akimusire, nestled nicely in an acoustic quintet that also features Gerald Clayton on piano and Walter Smith III on tenor! There's an understated quality to the ... read moreCD
Early genius from Toshiko Akioshi – a set of live recordings with the early quartet formed with her (then) husband and reedman Charlie Mariano! Mariano's a real treat to our ears in just about any setting – but we're especially fond of his alto work during these under-recorded years ... read moreCD
Toshiko Akiyoshi joins the SWR Big Band for a double album featuring "Kogun", "Lady Liberty", "I Know Who Loves You", and "Feast In Milano" – with all tracks composed and arranged by the pianist herself! CD
A cool collection of very unusual grooves from Argentine composer/guitarist Rodolfo Alchourron – part of a generation of groundbreaking musicians in his homeland that also included Lalo Schifrin and Gato Barbieri – yet unlike those artists, a talent that never achieved greater global ... read moreCD
Tenorist Melissa Aldana is no newcomer to jazz, but this Blue Note debut really seems to open up a special sort of sound in her music – a mode that's both deeper and more sensitive, and filled with a really rich sense of color and tone! A key musical partner on the date is guitarist Lage ... read moreCD
Rare bossa jazz from the start of the 60s – two great albums on a single CD! First up is Jazza Nova by Paulo Alencar – an amazing lost bossa jazz session recorded in Brazil, but issued here in the US by Atlantic! Paulo Alencar's group is supposedly filled with "all stars" ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
This tenor giant gets better and better with each new album! Eric Alexander is one of our favorite new jazz artists of the past decade – still a relatively young player, but with a sound that's incredible, steeped in years of tradition, yet freely creative in his own unique way. His tenor ... read moreCD
Rashied Ali on drums and vocals and Arthur Rhames on tenor saxophone and piano. CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some age spots.)
Kamal Abdul Alim & The Brothers —
Dance ... CD Stash/Soul Brother (UK), 1988. New Copy ...
A really fantastic little record – a set that shows a strong evolution of spiritual jazz styles into the 80s! The set was recorded at a time when the jazz underground was really getting a lot of exposure, and was bursting forward with a new sense of hope – a quality that you can really ... read moreCD
A wonderfully surprising effort from guitarist Mike Allemana – a secret hero of ours in the Chicago jazz scene for many years – as a player who first worked with tenor giant Von Freeman, and later with guitarist George Freeman – and who's gone on to be both a supporter of and ... read moreCD
A modern Blue Note classic from pianist Geri Allen – a set that has the younger artist working alongside Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums – for a sound that's completely fantastic throughout! The album's not Allen's first, but it's one that definitely helped her reach the ... 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 ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from a perfectly-matched trio – an all-star lineup, even though pianist Geri Allen was just at the start of her career – and a group who'd already given the world a few different studio albums on other labels! The set follows up with more material from the group's ... read moreCD
Harry Allen - Joe Cohn Quartet —
This Is . . . ... CD Swing Bros (Japan), 2004. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Features Harry Allen on tenor, Joe Cohn on guitar, Joel Forbes on bass, and Chuck Riggs on drums. CD
A fantastic follow-up to the initial Americana album from tenorist JD Allen – one that's got a similarly lean vibe as the first, and which continues with a new level of righteous energy in Allen's music! The titles of the songs seem to imply deeper currents from the south, but rather than ... read moreCD
Ben Allison on bass, Mamdou Diabete on kora, Michael Blake on reeds, Frank Kimbrough on piano and wurlitzer, and Michael Sarin on drums and percurssion. CD
(Penmark through barcode.)
Ben Allison & Medicine Wheel —
Third Eye ... CD Palmetto, 1999. Used ...
Ben Allison on acoustic Bass and guitar, Tomas Ulrich on cello, Jeff Ballard on drums, Ara Dinkjian on oud and cumbus, Frank Kimbrough on piano, Michael Blake and Ted Nash on saxophone and bass clarinet, and Ron Horton on trumpet and flugelhorn. CD
Mose Allison's last album for Prestige Records – before moving onto even bigger fame at Columbia and Atlantic during the 60s! Unlike Allison's later sets, this one is mostly instrumental – but there are a few sweet vocal tracks that bring out the hip, rootsy lyrical modes that would ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print and sealed with a hole through the shrinkwrap.)
A nice overview of the Concord Records work of guitarist Laurindo Almeida – a player who'd floundered a bit before coming to the label, but then hit a very welcome return to small combo jazz! The material here is quite different from some of the easy listening or bigger ensemble albums that ... read moreCD
It's definitely a bossa nova world when Laurindo Almeida's around – given that the player first got the whole sound going in the 50s, then returned the favor in the 60s with some great albums like this for Capitol Records! The set's a bright blend of LA jazz and bossa rhythms – played ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. Still sealed! Shrink has a hole on the corner.)
A really lovely record from pianist Misha Alperin – a set that might initially seem to be one of the ECM New Series albums, but which has more of the sensitive feel of older work on the label! Misha plays piano with this gently lyrical feel, mixed with these earthy lines on French horn and ... read moreCD
A beautiful little record, and one that seeks to unite two key inspirations for bassist Miquel Alvarez, both flamenco and jazz – but in a way that doesn't involve any flamenco guitar at all! Instead, there's maybe a bit of the snapping rhythms that you'd hear from the Spanish musical mode ... read moreCD
With Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone, Kenny Kirkland and Tommy Flanagan on piano, Dave Holland and Buster Williams on bass and Daniel Humair on drums. CD
(Out of print.)
Franco Ambrosetti —
Heart Bop ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
That's "heart bop", not "hardbop" – a title that really gets at the warm feeling and sense of soul on this overlooked date! The album's an early 80s gem from Enja – cut at a time when the label was really finding its own, and doing an especially great job of giving ... read moreCD
A stone classic from Gene Ammons – and a record that introduced his talents to a whole new audience in the 60s! The album's a more laidback one than some of Jug's more hard-blown honkers – as you might guess from his hit rendition of the ballad in the title – and the ... read moreCD
The album's definitely got a big sound – thanks to superb tenor from the great Gene Ammons, who stretches out on some nice long tracks that also feature solo work from Jerome Richardson on flute, Paul Quinichette on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, and a young John Coltrane on alto – ... read moreCD
A sweet double-length set – one that features two classic Prestige albums from Gene Ammons! Boss Is Back is a great comeback for tenor legend Gene Ammons – not just in a musical sense, but also because Jug had spent most of the past few years in prison – as part of the usual ... read moreCD
A wonderful batch of mellow, laidback balladry by Gene Ammons. Like a lot of the two-fers issued by Milestone and Prestige in the 70s when they came under the Fantasy umbrella, this set collects sides from a couple of different sessions, Nice An' Cool and The Soulful Mood Of Gene Ammons in this ... read moreCD
Our favorite side of Gene Ammons' talents – summed up nicely in a 2LP set! Ammons wasn't the first tenor player to work with a Hammond organ, but once the format gained popularity, Gene made a wise move to take it up – and it became a pairing that forever defined the later years of his ... read moreCD