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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!


Benzaiten
Antilles/Oom Dooby Dochas (Germany), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A really unique project from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a player you might know from his smoother fusion sets at the end of the 70s – but who works here in a very trippy blend of Japanese instrumentation and electric jazz! Kitajima handles a heck of a lot of strings – both ... LP, Vinyl record album
Evolution Of An Undefined
P-Vine (Japan), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic album from Benjamin Jephta – and one that's maybe a bit different than some of his other recent work too! There's a more electric vibe to the set – maybe because Benjamin plays organ and keyboards, in addition to bass – and the music has this wonderful flow that's a ... CD
Souffle Continu (France), 1973. New Copy
A beautiful little record from this lesser-known reedman from the French scene of the early 70s – an artist who also plays keyboards on the album, but who mostly seems concerned with expanding the more unusual side of the flute jazz spectrum – as in work by Jeremy Steig or Bob Downes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Osamu
Island/Oom Dooby Dochas (Germany), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A great mix of modes from Osamu Kitajima – a set that's still got some of the exotic elements of his other material, but which also brings in a stronger fusion component too – mixing Kitajima's work on guitar and koto with plenty of Fender Rhodes and other great electric touches! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Montreal 88
Hi Hat, 1988. New Copy
Fantastic live material from alto genius Jackie McLean – recorded at a time when his talents had fallen a bit from the spotlight, but his fire hadn't dimmed at all! The set's a searing one, right from the start – presented in a Canadian radio broadcast, with a bit of French language ... CD
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1981. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Derek Bailey sounds incredible here on Aida – not the famous opera written by Verdi, but instead a series of long, live improvisations dedicated to the late Aida Akira! Bailey is mindblowing throughout – playing at a level that easily makes you understand why his talents on the guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hi Hat, 1978. New Copy
Really great live work from the always-enigmatic Carla Bley – a set of tracks from one of her great ensembles of the 70s, and one that shows that her brilliance as a leader worked equally well in a spontaneous setting as it did in the studio! The tracks are long, magnificent, and full of ... CD
History Of Nothing
Trost (Austria), 2018. New Copy
Breathily-blown brilliance from tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado – working here in a very well-matched frontline that features the mighty Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet and soprano sax – both instruments he uses with a deftness that takes us back to is early albums on Hat Hut! Both ... CD
Elemental, 1981. New Copy
A fantastic gift from the gods – a lost live performance from one of our favorite trumpeters of all-time – and a set that has him really stretching out in all of his genius! Woody Shaw is really at the peak here – working in that soaring, spiritual mode that he virtually helped ... CD
Elemental, 1975. New Copy
Dexter Gordon in Tokyo, but working strongly with a lineup that helped him make some of his best 70s recordings in Europe – that wonderful quartet with Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums! The format is familiar, and Dex is right on ... CD
Valley Of Search
India Navigation/Valley Of Search, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A buzzing, moody and fairly free set by a lesser-known group led by composer & reeds player Alan Braufman! There's lots of nice, raw, post-Coltrane open-ended solos, and some more restrained modal moments that have a nice spiritual vibe – along with some tenser passages. The group ... LP, Vinyl record album
We Now Create
Victor/Monkey Dog (Germany), 1969. New Copy
Some of the wildest sounds we've ever heard from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi – a set that really lives up to its title's promise of immediate creative activity, as the whole thing feels as if it was spontaneously improvised throughout! There's definitely a free jazz approach taking ... CD
Eastern Rebellion 2
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1977. New Copy
The second trip into the studio for Cedar Walton's mighty Eastern Rebellion ensemble – and every bit as great as the first! This time around, the lineup's a bit different – with Bob Berg in on tenor, and Curtis Fuller expanding the group on trombone – but the groove is still the ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy
An excellent album of tight little instrumentals – one that features the combination of Lionel Hampton's vibes with the groovy Chicago soul production of Brunswick Records! The tracks bounce along nicely, as if they were soul instrumental 45s for Brunswick – almost more along the line ... CD
Please Sunrise
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Sweet vibes from the great Lionel Hampton – sounding different here than both his early swing years, and his later small combo modes – and working in a style that has his instrument in the lead over hip Chicago soul backings from the team at Brunswick Records! The album's got a nicely ... CD
Them Changes
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy
One of the funkiest albums ever from jazz vibes legend Lionel Hampton – a set that not only has his lead instrument tuned towards the Chicago grooves of Brunswick Records, but which also features a bit of vocals from Hamp himself – along with singers Lee Moses and Harrison Jones! The ... CD
Vanished Gardens
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
One of the most unusual criss-crossings of styles that we've ever heard from saxophonist Charles Lloyd – and that's saying a lot, given all of his unusual projects over the years! This set follows from Lloyd's previous album with his Marvels group – a richly American blending of jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hi Hat, 1966. New Copy
Beautiful trio work from the mighty Paul Bley – captured here in a live performance from a time when Paul was yet to get as well-recorded as during the 70s – which makes the concert material even more essential to his catalog from the time! There's a brilliant, bursting sense of modern ... CD
Hi Hat, 1979. New Copy
A great live set from one of the most unusual periods in the career of alto saxophonist John Handy – a time when he was working with a group of Indian musicians, in a great fusion of jazz and world styles! The Rainbow Band was really one of Handy's most creative endeavors – and this ... CD
Vanished Gardens
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy
One of the most unusual criss-crossings of styles that we've ever heard from saxophonist Charles Lloyd – and that's saying a lot, given all of his unusual projects over the years! This set follows from Lloyd's previous album with his Marvels group – a richly American blending of jazz ... CD
Collagically Speaking
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A soul jazz supergroup for the 21st Century – one that features individual players who've really blown our minds with their work over the past decade or so – all coming together in a combo that really lives up to its promise! R+R Now has a dream lineup – Robert Glasper on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (with bonus track)
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy
Art Blakey's soundtrack to this fantastic French film is one of his best non-Blue Note albums ever – and it's got the additional bonus of featuring performances by the great French tenor star Barney Wilen! The tunes here are way more than just short scene-setting soundtrack numbers – ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy
Tremendous work from Bill Evans – one of his rare non-trio sides of the 60s – and a stunning batch of tunes with backings from the mighty Claus Ogerman! Most of the tunes here are of classical origin, but they're recast by Evans and Ogerman with almost a soundtrack sensitivity – ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1966. New Copy
Ostensibly simple stuff from Bill Evans, but pretty darn great – and a nice move into a more sophisticated vein than his earlier recordings! The album has him working with bassist Eddie Gomez, a hugely talented bassist that would be one of Bill's best partners during this period, and a ... CD
Hi Hat, 1964. New Copy
Some of Eric Dolphy's last material ever – recorded in Paris with some very surprising guest stars! The work is really tremendous – every bit as great as Dolphy's monumental studio albums for Prestige, and written and performed with a similar blend of the free, the lyrical, the avant, ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), Mid 70s. New Copy
Funky genius from Poland's Jerzy Milian – a vibes player we normally know in much smaller settings, but who sounds great here in an MPS-styled big band album from the 70s! The tracks are relatively short and punchy – all with some great rhythms and a fair bit of drum breaks too – ... CD
Live Tokyo 1978
Hi Hat, 1978. New Copy
Fully-electrified work from legendary drummer Tony Williams – every bit as searing as you might expect, given that the date features Brian Auger on keyboards and Ronnie Montrose on guitar! The rockish leanings of both of those musicians get plenty of space here, as does the basswork of Mario ... CD
Impulse, 1963. New Copy 2CD
A rare gem that's worth all the attention it's bound to get over the years – never-issued material from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – an instrumental session recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio on the day before his famous record with singer Johnny Hartman – completely ... CD
Blue Dream
Rare Noise (UK), 2018. New Copy
Pianist Jamie Saft just seems to get more and more spiritual as the years go on – and this set is a beautiful summation of that trend – as his work here echoes strongly with the same bold brilliance that we love in classic albums by McCoy Tyner and Alice Coltrane! The setting's a bit ... CD
Barclay/We Want Sounds (France), 1985. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Don Cherry was always pushing boundaries in his music – working not just at the forefront of avant jazz, but also combining other elements from global cultures – first at a more acoustic level in his European experiments of the 70s – but also later with a bit of an electric vibe, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Barclay/We Want Sounds (France), 1985. New Copy
Don Cherry was always pushing boundaries in his music – working not just at the forefront of avant jazz, but also combining other elements from global cultures – first at a more acoustic level in his European experiments of the 70s – but also later with a bit of an electric vibe, ... CD
Laokoon
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet set of flute-based jazz from the Polish scene – recorded in the early 80s by Krzysztof Zgraja, but with this freewheeling, open vibe that's maybe more like the early 70s work of Bjorn Jason Lindh or Chris Hinze, mixed with the strong sense of texture of Hubert Laws on CTI! As with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Progressive, 2002. New Copy
A nice slice of work from the great Curtis Fuller – a set recorded in New Orleans at a time when the trombonist was experiencing a bit of a rebirth – and one that also has him working with a great array of younger players too! The set's got an easygoing sort of vibe – the mode ... CD
Elemental, 1975. New Copy Gatefold
Dexter Gordon in Tokyo, but working strongly with a lineup that helped him make some of his best 70s recordings in Europe – that wonderful quartet with Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums! The format is familiar, and Dex is right on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse, 1963. New Copy 2CD
A rare gem that's worth all the attention it's bound to get over the years – never-issued material from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – an instrumental session recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio on the day before his famous record with singer Johnny Hartman – completely ... CD
Impulse, 1963. New Copy
A rare gem that's worth all the attention it's bound to get over the years – never-issued material from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – an instrumental session recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio on the day before his famous record with singer Johnny Hartman – completely ... CD
Mercury/Vocalion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy
A pair of funky jazz sets from Bennie Maupin – '77's Slow Traffic To The Right and '78's Moonscapes – together in a single set! Slow Traffic To The Right is Maupin's first LP for Mercury, and a great bit of spiritual funky jazz that recalls a lot of the sound of his work with The ... CD
Elemental, 1981. New Copy Gatefold
A fantastic gift from the gods – a lost live performance from one of our favorite trumpeters of all-time – and a set that has him really stretching out in all of his genius! Woody Shaw is really at the peak here – working in that soaring, spiritual mode that he virtually helped ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alive In The East
Gearbox (UK), 2018. New Copy
Fantastic work from the team of Binker Golding and Moses Boyd – a pair who just seem to get more and more fantastic with each new album – as they do here, with some heavy-hitting help from Evan Parker on tenor and soprano sax, and Byron Wallen on trumpet! Yet the most compelling ... LP, Vinyl record album
After Caroline
Northern Spy, 2018. New Copy
Jason Stein is one of the few folks who can make a bass clarinet sound like a completely fierce instrument – a horn blown with the kind of frenzy and sonic power that most musicians would bring to a tenor – completely set free here in a fantastic trio with Jason Roebke on bass and Mike ... CD
Trio/Octave (Japan), 1977. New Copy
A sweet trio set from Japanese pianist Takeshi Shibuya – a player who can sometimes have the angular qualities of the Thelonious Monk generation, but who also rivals some of the warmth of players like Kenny Barron or Tommy Flanagan – especially on their own recordings in Japan! There's ... CD
Alive In The East
Gearbox (UK), 2018. New Copy
Fantastic work from the team of Binker Golding and Moses Boyd – a pair who just seem to get more and more fantastic with each new album – as they do here, with some heavy-hitting help from Evan Parker on tenor and soprano sax, and Byron Wallen on trumpet! Yet the most compelling ... CD
Columbia/Mosaic, 1930s/Early 40s. New Copy 7CD
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Seminal work from one of the first great stylists of the jazz piano – maybe the most comprehensive collection we've ever seen to focus on the important early years of the great Teddy Wilson! As you'd guess from his image on the cover, Wilson brought a new sense of class and sophistication to ... CD
Downbeat Jazz Awards 1976
Hi Hat, 1976. New Copy
A fantastic set of sweet electric jazz from the 70s – featuring a group comprised of winners from the Downbeat Magazine poll in 1976! The material was recorded as part of a live radio broadcast, and features an announcer from time to time – calling attention to individual members who ... CD
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Germany), 1968. New Copy
One of the most important documents in the history of avant jazz – and the seminal 1968 recording that forever put Peter Brotzmann on the map! The session is a landmark meeting of 8 important talents on the European free scene of the 60s – Sven Johansson on drums, Peter Kowald on bass, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Progressive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy
A great return to form for tenorist JR Monterose – a player who always sounds amazing on record, even though he only made a handful of albums over a 30 or 40 year period of performance! Most folks know JR's classic 50s album for Blue Note, but later dates like this are well worth seeking out ... CD
Research/P-Vine (Japan), 2018. New Copy
Funky jazz, but with plenty of keyboards that really trip things out – lots of long moogy runs that really make things sound great – especially when they're balanced out by Fender Rhodes! These guys seem to start in the territory of 70s electric jazz – especially the funkier sort ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1962. New Copy
The obscure first Verve album from Don Randi – a great little pianist who was well known for his lively club work on the LA scene in the early 60s! Don's got a touch on the keys that's both lyrical and soulful – somewhere between the pyrotechnics of Ramsey Lewis and the smoother ... CD
Tachibana/Octave (Japan), 1975. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... CD
 
Updated July 21, 2018


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