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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!


Charlie Mariano

American In Italy
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1996. New Copy
Warm and mellow later work from Charlie Mariano – the better side of his time in Europe, as the later years saw Charlie relaxing a bit, and going for a sound that was more traditional than his fusion of the 70s – yet still informed by some of the freedoms learned in his years away from ... CD

Harold Johnson Sextet

House On Elm Street
HME/Survival Research (Italy), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic soul jazz set from the 60s – one of the few ever cut by pianist Harold Johnson, and a record that brims over with youthful power and new ideas! The Harold Johnson Sextet were an incredible little LA soul jazz combo during the late 60s. Johnson was a very soulful pianist, and he ... LP, Vinyl record album
Storyville (Denmark), 2020. New Copy
A really great take on the sound of the Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond quartet of the 50s and 60s – that magical unit that really transformed the sound of jazz at the time, and continues to hold strong over the decades! The approach here, though, is also a nice change from Paul and Dave – ... CD

Gerrit Hatcher & Jakob Warmenbol

Sublime Again
No Index, 2020. New Copy
Wonderfully jagged duets between tenorist Gerrit Hatcher and drummer Jakob Warmenbol – the latter of whom occasionally plays some instruments in ways that really go past the usual! Warmenbol's drums are usually rhythmically structured, but still very offbeat – which lets the tenor of ... CD
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Beautiful work from guitarist Jack Wilkins – maybe one of his cleanest, coolest records of all time – and a set that really demonstrates the rich chromatic power of the young musician! The album's a trio date – with Mike Moore on electric and acoustic bass, and Bill Goodwin on ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Coltrane

Cosmic Music
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A set that really earns its title – as it's easily some of the most cosmic music John Coltrane ever recorded – and also kind of a way of saying goodbye to the planet, to leave his music in the hands of a next generation of creators! The album features material recorded by a Coltrane ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lloyd Miller

Near And Far East
East West/Ascensionale (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most evocative albums ever recorded by the enigmatic Lloyd Miller – a set created at Brigham Young University, in Utah – but filled with a mix of different styles from the other half of the planet! Miller plays a variety of stringed instruments and percussion – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jerome Cooper

Outer & Interactions
About Time, 1988. New Copy
LP...$7.99 11.99
A really rich combination of sounds – one of those rare moments when the end result of a session comes out sounding way more than the instruments that comprise it! The group's led by Jerome Cooper on drums, balaphone, and other percussion – and features Joseph Jarman on tenor and flute ... LP, Vinyl record album
Famous Door/Progressive, 1977. New Copy
A really great later album from vibist Red Norvo – one that not only features some great small combo work of his own, but which also boasts some strong tenor from a young Scott Hamilton! But Norvo and Hamilton are only part of the group here – which also includes Dave McKenna on piano, ... CD
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

Ricard Roda, Ricard Miralles, Enric Ponsa, & Joan Josep Tuduri

Nits De Jazz Al Jamboree (with bonus track)
Edigsa/Wah Wah (Spain), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A rare set of Spanish jazz from the 60s – quite a treasure, considering how little jazz we've heard from Spain at the time! The group's tremendous – soulful and modern, at a level that matches some of our favorite Italian combos of the same period – with this strong lead work ... LP, Vinyl record album
About Time, 1979. New Copy
LP...$7.99 11.99
A great solo performance from Jerome Cooper – not just drums and percussion, but work on flute, balaphone, and other instruments too! Cooper really brings all of his most thoughtful elements into play here – working slowly, and covering space with ideas that really take some time to ... LP, Vinyl record album
P-Vine (Japan), 1994. New Copy
A smoking live set from vibesman Billy Wooten – recorded with a slightly Latin mode, thanks to backing from his hip Music Royale ensemble! Wooten's vibes are as sharp and soulful here as on any of his great 70s recordings – and the added fire of the Latin group really helps Billy find ... CD

Billy Wooten

Evening On The Canal
P-Vine (Japan), 1995. New Copy
A rare live set from vibes legend Billy Wooten – recorded sometime in the mid 90s, but with a funky feel that's like his best music from the 70s! The Vida Bole Ensemble backs Billy up – giving him a tight large group push that makes for plenty of great rhythms – both funky drums ... CD

Chicago Underground Quartet

Good Days
Astral Spirits, 2020. New Copy
A fantastic step in the continuing evolution of the "Chicago Underground" project of trumpeter Rob Mazurek and drummer Chad Taylor – soaring out here in a set that's full of spiritual energy and a level of imagination that even surpasses their classic recordings from years ago! ... CD

Kahil El Zabar & David Murray

Kahil El Zabar's Spirit Groove
Spiritmuse, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A really fantastic record from Chicago percussion legend Kahil El'Zabar – and one that features plenty of guest work on tenor from David Murray, a musician who always seems to be a perfect match for the musical ideas of Kahil! And the leader also steps out with a great side of his talents on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
One of a few large group sessions recorded by Charles Tolliver during his years on Strata East – and an amazingly spiritual effort that really brings together the best strands of sounds running through the underground at the time! The format's a bit similar to Tolliver's previous Music Inc ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes

Visions Of A New World (180 gram pressing)
Flying Dutchman/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Lonnie Liston Smith is really tightening up his groove on this one – bringing a bit more funk into the mix, and creating that amazingly sweet glide in his keyboard sound! The record's still steeped in the righteous influences of years past, but it brings the message out to a bigger audience ... LP, Vinyl record album
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1984. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by saxophone genius Peter Brotzmann – and maybe his first album of ballad material too! As the title implies, the work is Brotzmann's answer to the poetry of Kenneth Patchen – and there's certainly a poetic quality to the way that Peter ... LP, Vinyl record album

Archie Shepp

Tradition
Horo/Alternative Fox (UK), 1977. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
One of Archie Shepp's most soulful records of the 70s – and proof that the Horo label could get amazing work out of any player! The record features Shepp in a spare trio setting – with Cameron Brown on bass and Clifford Jarvis on drums – and each of the four sides features an ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy
A sweet Japanese take on American easy grooves – an album originally issued in 1971 under the title Easy Listening Special, and featuring the vocals of Hiroshi Okazaki! Hiroshi sings in English, with a warm, mellow, and round sort of tone – not exactly soulful, but cool and almost ... CD

Harold Mabern

Mabern Plays Mabern
Smoke Sessions, 2020. New Copy
A heartbreakingly beautiful album from pianist Harold Mabern – a set that's already beautiful on its own, but which maybe moves us even more when we realize it's one of the last that Harold has ever given us! The set's recorded at the Smoke nightclub on the upper west side – and ... CD

Ville Vannemaa Cassiopeia

Ville Vannemaa Cassiopeia (10 inch)
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2020. New Copy (pic cover)
A group with players that you probably can't pronounce, but a sound that will grab you right away – a fantastic combination of vibes, saxes, and trombone – all set to some really great modal rhythms! The combo is led by Ville Vannemaa, who blows tenor and bass clarinet – but the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Muriel Grossmann

Elevation
Jazzman (UK), 2020. New Copy
Fantastic work from saxophonist Muriel Grossmann – a player who's turning out to be as important to our generation as John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders were to theirs! Over the course of a handful of albums, mostly issued under the radar, Muriel has been building up this tremendous legacy in ... CD

Dave Rempis/Frank Rosaly

Codes/Myths
Aerophonic, 2020. New Copy 2CDs
Two very well-matched musicians – taking off here in the kind of improvisations that really keep our faith in free jazz alive over the years! Dave Rempis has been on the Chicago scene for many years – but he just seems to get better and better, and more creative as the years go by ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A great lost slice of easy from Japan – sweet vocal tracks that are sort of a groovy take on the Hawaiian sound of the 60s! The tracks include a lot of Hawaiian standards, sung by the Living Voices in a mode that's occasionally gentle and dreamy, but which at other times has a surprising ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy
Advice on life, love, and all things important – a series of readings by 60s Japanese celebrity Kazuo Yagi that will set your life straight – used as bridges to link together a set of swinging jazz music bits, some of which continue with speaking, others which groove on instrumentally. ... CD

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

George Burton

Reciprocity
George Burton, 2020. New Copy
An album that explodes with life, soul, and energy right from the very first note – a jazz set from keyboardist George Burton, but a record that weaves in lots of different strands along the way – with a sense of imagination that's certain to make Burton's music something to really keep ... CD

Lyman Woodard Organization

Saturday Night Special (with bonus tracks)
Strata/BBE (UK), 1975. New Copy
CD...$7.99 14.98
Hypnotic organ funk from Lyman Woodard – an old bandmate of Dennis Coffey, and one of the shining lights of the 70s Detroit scene! This is amazing, amazing stuff – Woodard's electric piano, organ and occasional mellotron and Norma Bell's alto saxophone lend a cosmic funk aspect ... CD

Herbie Hancock

Dedication
Sony/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy
Sublime sounds from the great Herbie Hancock – presented here in one of his amazing Japanese-only albums from the 70s! The record is a showcase for Hancock in two different modes – as Herbie plays solo acoustic piano on side one, and delivers these really haunting renditions of "Ma ... CD

Sonny Fortune

With Sound Reason
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy
CD...$6.99 11.98
We love Sonny Fortune – because he always plays so great! Sonny started as more of an acoustic soul jazz player – but by the time of this session, he's working with a lot of electric backing, in a fusiony mode that should dampen his enthusiasm, but which only seems to spur him onto new ... CD

Sonny Fortune

Infinity Is
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy
CD...$6.99 11.98
A beautiful set from Sonny Fortune – a bit smoother than some of his earlier work, but still with a deeply soulful finish that keeps the album fresh throughout! Nearly every track was written (or co-written) by Larry Willis, who plays piano and Fender Rhodes on the set, and really feels like ... CD

Afro Soultet

Afrodesia
Banyon/Luv N' Haight, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
CD...$5.99 15.98
The wildly diverse, heavily percussive global jazz, soul, and exotica inspired Afrodesia from the late 60s combo Afro Soultet – a crazy rare one, too! The group purportedly has roots in Texas, but incarnations of it were gigging around LA a bit earlier as Afro Latin Blues Quintet +1 and a ... CD

Masahiko Togashi, Steve Lacy, Don Cherry, & Dave Holland

Live At Yubin Chokin Kaikan Hall, Tokyo – May 14, 1986
Victory (Italy), 1986. New Copy
A fantastic all-star quartet – performing here in a concert that's full of surprises, and which really opens up the best aspects of all the musicians at this point in their career! There's definitely some of the freer improv you might expect, but the music also has some more rhythmic, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Marion Brown

Three For Shepp
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
One of the classics from that 70s stretch when Alice Coltrane was really opening up her sound – not just walking away from more familiar jazz modes, but also embracing a very strong influence from Indian music and eastern thought as well! These elements had always been part of Coltrane's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alice Coltrane

Transcendence
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful record from Alice Coltrane – a swirling mix of spiritual jazz and themes from Indian music! Alice plays organ, Fender Rhodes, and harp – building the sound as the album progresses, from simple airy strings to an earthier groove that features vocal refrains in unison with ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Coltrane

1960 Duesseldorf
Jazz Line (Germany), 1960. New Copy
A really unusual performance from the mighty John Coltrane – recorded in Germany in 1960, with an amazing group that features Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – stepping out from Miles Davis to give Trane a very special groove! These guys give the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe McPhee

Nation Time
CJ Records/Superior Viaduct, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Wild early work from avant jazz genius Joe McPhee – and a set that's actually pretty darn funky too! This rare indie release features 3 long tracks – two of which were recorded live, with a tight combo that includes a very funky drummer! The album kicks off with the hard wailing " ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alice Coltrane

Lord Of Lords
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Beautifully high concept work from Alice Coltrane – the kind of record you'd use to announce the arrival of a new king – or lord, for that matter! The record features Coltrane at the head of a large group of string players – creating a full, rich sound that serves as the backdrop ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alternative Fox (UK), 1971. New Copy
A fantastic live performance from Alice Coltrane – and one that features a very heavy-hitting group, one that features both Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp on tenor, in a spirit that's as strong and righteous as Alice's Ptah The El Daoud album! The set features one long track – a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gerrit Hatcher/Katie Ernst/Ben Lamar Gay/Keefe Jackson/Julian Kirshner

Good Instinct Of The Morning
Kettle Hole, 2020. New Copy
A beautifully burning set from this contemporary Chicago group – one who are clearly playing in an improvised mode, but who really seem to have a strong feel for the overall sound of their music together, rather than individual moments of their own! There are often many passages where the ... CD

Ryan Porter

Force For Good
World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2019. New Copy 2LP
The deepest sounds so far from Ryan Porter – a double-length album of spiritual majesty, and a set that marks Porter as one of the key up-and-coming players on the West Coast Get Down scene! The record has long tracks that are very far-thinking jazz all the way through – mostly ... LP, Vinyl record album
Storyville (Denmark), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest, most compelling albums we've ever heard from reedman Sahib Shihab – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love all his other music! This rare gem's got a very exotic feel –explained by Shihab in the notes as coming from a Tunisian influence on the leadoff track ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alexander Hawkins & Tomeka Reid

Shards & Constellations
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy
The title's a great one – a very apt description of the sorts of sounds created by the improvising duo of Tomeka Reid on cello and Alexander Hawkins on piano – as the performance has this sharp, stark approach at times – jagged sounds from either instrument, almost as bursts of ... CD

Geri Allen Trio & The Jazzpar 1996 Nonet

Some Aspects Of Water
Storyville (Denmark), 1996. New Copy
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 ... CD
Wah Wah (Spain), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A record with a Donovan reference in the title, but a much more mod set overall – thanks to searing Hammond work from organist Mick Weaver, who was maybe one of the hippest London cats on his instrument at the time! The tunes draw equally from the Hammond soul jazz of artists like Jimmy ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mantequilla (Salvador Font)

Mantequilla Y Su Conjunto
Belter/Wah Wah (Spain), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Beautiful work from a Spanish tenor saxophonist who would have been huge – had he been blowing in France, Germany, or other European scenes that got much more global exposure in the 60s! Instead, Salvador "Mantequilla" Fort is something of an overlooked treasure – a reedman ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad/Kent Carter/John Stevens

Blue Cat
No Business (Lithuania), 1991. New Copy
We never cease to be amazed at the sonic sensibilities of the cornet of Bobby Bradford – a musician who always seems to turn out stunning work, no matter what the decade! Here, Bradford is heard in an unissued live performance that features one long improvisation – but a piece that has ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated July 07, 2020


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