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Jazz — Recently Added

XA wealth of jazz in many styles -- bop, hardbop, soul jazz, spiritual, rare groove, modal, improvised music, funk, free jazz, fusion, avant garde, and trad!


Contemporary Jazz Quintet

Black Hole (180 gram pressing)
Strata/180 Proof, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A never-issued live set from Detroit's Contemporary Jazz Quintet – a group who were a key part of the Strata Records scene, and who are expanded here to a much larger lineup for this very freewheeling performance from 1973! The group's spiritual modernism is very strongly in place, but there' ... LP, Vinyl record album

Comet Is Coming

Afterlife
Universal (UK), 2019. New Copy
A brilliant blast from The Comet Is Coming – their second album on Impulse in less than a year – and it's as exciting as anything they've done so far! Their core vibe of mixing spiritual jazz with electronic experimentation is here in full force, but they take it new directions. While ... CD

Prince Lasha Ensemble

Insight
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy
CD...$6.99 12.98
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the ... CD

Amadeo Ariano/Luca Bulgarelli/Francesca Tandoi

Triplets (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2018. New Copy
A really crackling little album from this Italian trio – a group led by drummer Amedeo Ariano, which maybe gives them a slightly different approach to the music than the usual piano trio! Pianist Francesca Tandoi is very much on top of things – grabbing notes in bold handfuls, and ... CD

Jiro Inagaki & His Soul Media

Head Rock (Japanese Record Day release)
Columbia (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A definite head rocker here – a brilliant bit of funky jazz from Japan, and a record that beautifully balances acoustic and electric elements! Jiro Inagaki plays some heavy tenor and soprano sax on the record – working with a combo that includes electric guitar, electric bass, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A superb record from the great Lloyd McNeil – one of the more obscure players of the spiritual jazz generation of the 70s, but an artist who always gave us his best whenever he walked into the studio! Here, the mood is a mix of modal and Latin elements, with a definite current of influence ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ultra Vybe/Takt (Japan), 1969. New Copy
The album's got a sexy little cover – but that's no surprise, considering that the record's a late 60s "Playboy Manual" from Japan! The format is quite weird – as each track begins with some Japanese spoken bits from Norio Maeda, possibly on the art of seduction – and ... CD
Blue Note/Slow Down Sounds, 1961. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful little session from one of the greatest guitarists ever! The album's part of Blue Note's tendency to "churchify" Grant Green on some albums – giving his guitar a gospelly groove that has some nicely soulful connotations – but it's also a record that's maybe the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tidal Waves, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A set recorded in Paris during the early 80s – but headed up by an American saxophonist, and done with a vibe that's like the best spiritual jazz modes of the 70s! Byron Pope has a compelling legacy that includes work with Burton Greene and Alan Silva – but he's definitely his own man ... LP, Vinyl record album
FPE, 1994. New Copy
A fantastic live document of the genius of Chicago tenorist Fred Anderson – captured here with an excellent group that soar with the same boundless energy as their leader! Anderson is blowing at his very own Velvet Lounge club on the south side of the city – but he's hardly laidback ... CD
Aartrud (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Some of the earliest work we've ever seen from Steven Halpern, and some of the best – a mid 70s set that predates some of his better-known new age records of later years – and which has a sound that's maybe a bit more compressed and focused overall! Steven's still playing plenty of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Herbie Hancock

Inventions & Dimensions
Blue Note, 1963. New Copy (reissue)
A really unique little record from Herbie Hancock – one that's almost completely improvised over Latin percussion! The setup is quite spare – and quite different than Herbie's other Blue Note work – and the group features improvised backgrounds by bassist Paul Chambers and 2 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1972. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A searing live set from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – one of the few talents who could take his instrument into the kind of long-blown, beautifully open territory explored on a double length album like this! Tolliver maybe inherits a late Lee Morgan quality, but also opens up with the Woody ... LP, Vinyl record album
Spiritmuse, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The first record in many years from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – done with a lineup that features a variation from the original group, but a sound that's very much in keeping with their mission! The Ensemble were always dedicated to preserving a spiritual jazz tradition at a time when the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A strong trio session from Horace Tapscott – recorded in Santa Barbara in 1981, with a trio that features Sonship on percussion and the great Roberto Miranda on bass! Miranda's tone is round and warm, and brings out some of the most soulful sides of Tapscott's playing – even when he's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Doctor Umezu

Diva
NEC/Studio Mule (Germany), 1988. New Copy (reissue)
Kazutoki "Doctor" Umezu was always one of the more unusual Japanese saxophonists back in the day – not just a jazz musician, but a player who's open to a wide variety of styles – which you'll definitely hear here, in a cool collaboration with percussionist Midori Takada and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Griffith

Geneva Connection
Geneva/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A very very cool record – an unusual take on the music to The Connection – that hip early 60s play that featured a more famous version of the soundtrack on Blue Note Records! This version's much more obscure – part of a "localization" that occurred when the play would ... LP, Vinyl record album
Glass Wing/Invisible City Editions (Canada), 1986. New Copy (reissue)
A very unusual shift for spiritual jazz in the 80s – a set that combines the acoustic energy of the 70s with some newer electric touches – all in a way that takes off with some soulful elements in the mix! Jeff Majors handles a harp – ala Dorothy Ashby – but the music mixes ... LP, Vinyl record album

Miles Davis

Rubberband
Rhino, 1986. New Copy 2LP
Great lost work from Miles Davis – early material recorded for Warner Brothers in the mid 80s, and never released at the time – now finally uncovered from the vaults, and presented with a few slight contemporary touches! The core music is prime electric Miles funk all the way through ... LP, Vinyl record album

Yosuke Yamashita

Tenshi No Koukotu
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy
A rare jazz soundtrack from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – best known for his avant recordings of the time, but sounding equally enigmatic here in the film score world! The album's hardly the standard jazz score – as the tunes shift mood strongly from track to track – ... CD

Electro Keyboard Orchestra

Electro Keyboard Orchestra
Columbia/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Electric keyboards galore – and a sweet 70s album from Japan! The set features a large group of Japanese keyboard players – all playing Korg synthesizers, in styles that range from laidback and mellow to upbeat and funky! The group's got core backing by a tight rhythm combo – ... CD
Johnny's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy
A laidback Japanese jazz set from the start of the 80s – filled with warm piano lines, gentle guitar grooves, and some nice moments on tenor! There's a great mellow feel to the record – a quality that's different than other records we've heard of this vintage – still some of the ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy
A soaring live set from Fumio Itabashi – one of our favorite Japanese pianists of the 70s, and a tremendous player with a strong McCoy Tyner-like sound! The session features Fumio stretching out on 3 long tracks in trio mode – only bass and drums to back him up, and plenty of space to ... CD

Alice Coltrane

Eternity
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Seminal 70s work from one of the most righteous jazz musicians ever! On this set, Alice Coltrane moves past the rawer spiritual sound of her Impulse albums – working with a more focused vision and an approach to jazz that takes her way past the identity of just being "Mrs Coltrane" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy
A masterpiece of British jazz from the end of the 60s – a set that doesn't need to answer at all to any of the jazz styles coming from America at the time – as it's sound and vision is so bold, so unique, it's a completely massive statement on its own! The set may well represent the ... CD

Isao Suzuki

Ako's Dream
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976. New Copy
One of the wonderfully creative 70s sets from Japanese stringman Isao Suzuki – an artist who also plays bass, but who works here on jazz cello – for a very unusual approach! The set has Suzuki's work on the light strings matched in a combo with lead guitar from Kazumi Watanabe – ... CD

Eric Alexander

Leap Of Faith
Giant Step Arts, 2019. New Copy
The great Eric Alexander in a trio mode – soaring out with a lot more space and soul than some of his albums with a pianist – and that's saying a lot, given the wonderfully soulful sound of that work too! The style is a mode that Alexander has explored a bit over the years, but which ... CD

Tenderlonious

Hard Rain
22A (UK), 2019. New Copy
A very different album than the previous Tenderlonious record – but a set that's still overflowing with the soulful sounds that made us love his music in the first place! Last time around, Tenderlonious worked with the 22A Arkestra – a group of labelmates that fleshed out his sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pronit/GAD (Poland), 1971. New Copy
Killer Hammond from Polish player Piotr Figiel – a player with a really wonderful sort of groove! The album's got a vibe that's halfway between the Hammond antics of Alan Hawkshaw and the freer lines of American jazzmen like Jimmy Smith or Charles Earland – augmented by other cool ... CD

Lyman Woodard Trio

Jazzy Weeknights Special
Uuquipleu, 1974/1993. New Copy 2CDs
Rare work from one of the true powerhouse performers on the Detroit jazz scene – organist Lyman Woodard, famous for a few funk records in the 70s – but a musician who also gigged non-stop for decades in the Motor City! This double-length set features two performances, almost 20 years ... CD

Archie Shepp & Mal Waldron

Left Alone Revisited
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2002. New Copy
The duo of Archie Shepp and Mal Waldron come together beautifully here – in a mode that echoes some of the duets that pianist Waldron recorded with other reedmen in the 70s and 80s, but which has an especially wonderful contribution from Shepp! Archie blows both tenor and soprano sax – ... CD

Tommy Flanagan

Eclypso
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy
A sweetly swinging seventies set from pianist Tommy Flanagan – one of those records that's a perfect balance between the bop-inspired dexterity of his work on the keyboard, and that undeniable warmth he always brought to his best recordings! Tommy's got maybe a bit more bite on the keys, ... CD
ESP, 1964. New Copy
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Near Mint- Gatefold
A rare one from Grant Green – recorded in 1962, but not issued until this first pressing of the material, in 1985. The set's one of Green's early classics recorded with pianist Sonny Clark – a deeply soulful player who really had the right feel for Green's more lyrical soul jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Dyani & Okay Temiz

Witchdoctor's Son
Yonca/Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the hippest albums we've ever heard from bassist Johnny Dyani – and that's saying a lot, given his tremendous records of the 70s! The album's different than the album that Johnny recorded with fellow Blue Notes members on the Steeplechase label – and instead, the group here is ... LP, Vinyl record album

Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand)

Balance
Gearbox (UK), 2019. New Copy
Really fantastic material from legendary pianist Abdullah Ibrahim – a set cut with a larger group of musicians, which we like even more than Ibrahim's work in a solo or trio format! The group here is his Ekaya ensemble – who flesh out Abdullah's larger musical ideas in a really great ... CD

Theon Cross

Fyah
Gearbox (UK), 2019. New Copy
Theon Cross plays a tuba, but don't hold that against him – as he's already given us some mighty great music in The Sons Of Kemet – and really steps out here as a leader in a core trio that features the great Moses Boyd on drums and Nubya Garcia on tenor! A few tracks features Wayne ... CD

Makaya McCraven

Universal Beings
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Maybe the crowning achievement of drummer Makaya McCraven so far – a double-length set that stands as a huge testimony to all the many waves he's been making in jazz for the past few years! The album features four slices of live performance – recorded in New York, Chicago, LA, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Michael Dease

Never More Here
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy
Michael Dease is as great a writer as he is a trombonist – which is to say a heck of a lot – but this time around, he opens the door to a wider range of jazz history – by offering up his own arrangements of tunes by Jimmy Heath, Jackie McClean, JJ Johnson, Eric Alexander, and ... CD

Dopolarians

Garden Party
Mahakala, 2019. New Copy
A beautiful meeting of generations – from a group that features William Parker on bass, Alvin Fiedler on percussion, and Kidd Jordan on tenor – alongside Chris Parker on piano, Chad Fowler on alto and saxello, and Kelly Hurt on a bit of occasional voice! At times, the style is very ... CD

Idris Muhammad

Power Of Soul
Kudu/CTI, 1974. New Copy
An incredible record from funky drummer Idris Muhammad! Idris is probably known for his funky break work on Blue Note and Prestige records sessions of the late 60s and early 70s – but by the time of this 1974 album, he was really expanding his style, hitting a laidback groove that went way ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
One of the few albums that drummer Pete LaRoca ever made as a leader – and a gem through and through! LaRoca had a touch on the drums that was unlike anyone else – free, but never "out" – and in a flowing, progressive style that pointed the way towards the sound of jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
Freedom/ORG, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
A seminal early moment from the legendary Albert Ayler – an important session recorded overseas in Copenhagen – where enthusiasm for Ayler's music caught fire more strongly than in the US! The group's got an edge that's maybe even sharper than some of Ayler's ESP material, but no less ... LP, Vinyl record album
Oracle/Jazzaggression (Finland), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible album from the Chicago jazz underground of the 70s – one of a handful of rare albums cut by Paris Smith – a very under-discovered talent of his generation! Paris plays vibes, and has this incredible ear for unusual colors and tones – and for very fresh rhythmic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse, 2019. New Copy Gatefold
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
A pair of killers from this jazzy Latin combo of the 70s! First up is the self-title Caldera album – a jazzy Latin fusion classic – and the first album by the border-crossing combo! The group features both North and South American players – coming together in a hard-riffing ... CD
CTI/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$8.99 16.99
A trio of classic CTI Records albums from tenorist Stanley Turrentine – with bonus tracks too! First up is Cherry – one of the best CTI albums from the early 70s – and one of Stanley Turrentine's funkiest records as well! The album's got a sharper edge than most other Turrentine ... CD
BGO (UK), 1968. New Copy 2CD
CD...$8.99 16.99
Two late 60s classics from trumpet legend Don Ellis – back to back in a single set! Autumn is an album of explosive power and imagination from Don Ellis – a set that shows him very firmly shaking off the more academic mode of earlier years, and heading into hipper, more youth-oriented ... CD
Vortex/BGO (UK), 1972. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
One of the greatest moments ever from bassist Miroslav Vitous – a very cool album recorded for the trippy Vortex label! The lineup here has Miroslav working with key help from the American underground – piano from Herbie Hancock, tenor from Joe Henderson, and drums from Jack DeJohnette ... CD

Miles Davis

Kind Of Blue (mono)
Columbia, 1959. New Copy (reissue)
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated February 25, 2020


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