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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!


Sam Records (France), Mid 60s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
Amazing music by one of our favorite saxophone players of all time – captured here at the height of his 60s genius on the European scene! The tracks here have never been issued at all – but stand as a perfect complement to the killer MPS/Saba albums by Nathan Davis – and are ... LP, Vinyl record album
SESCSP (Brazil), 2016. New Copy
Beautifully bold solo work from Matthew Shipp – recorded here solo, in Brazil – with a freely-flowing sound that's a great reminder of his organic genius at its best! There are times when Shipp can sometimes be a bit too cold or academic, but that's definitely not the case here – ... CD
Jazz Community Revisitied
Sonorama (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
The jazz community here is pretty small – just a sextet, but one that had a huge impact on the Swiss jazz scene at the time! The group have a vibe that's maybe a bit earlier than the date of the material here – maybe more like some of the early 70s expressions from the American, German ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Community Revisitied
Sonorama (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
The jazz community here is pretty small – just a sextet, but one that had a huge impact on the Swiss jazz scene at the time! The group have a vibe that's maybe a bit earlier than the date of the material here – maybe more like some of the early 70s expressions from the American, German ... CD
Storyville/Solid (Japan), 1966/1978/1983. New Copy
Kenny Drew's the star of the set on piano – playing solo here on a session from 1978, with a young bassist Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen in 1966, and an early 80s set of duets with bassist Bo Steif on the remainder of the tracks! The album does a nice job of blocking things out – so ... CD
Byablue
Impulse (Japan), 1976. New Copy
There's a nicely warming vibe on this album from Keith Jarrett – a sound that's sometimes a bit more laidback and personal, but which is still carried off with familiar associates Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums! Most of the tunes are shorter ... CD
Rich Versus Roach (with bonus tracks)
Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy
A legendary meeting of these two jazz talents – and knowing the famous temper of Buddy Rich, this probably really was a battle of the drummers! Kidding aside, though, the set's a very unusual one for Buddy – as the group here features players normally associated with Max Roach – ... CD
Kundalini (colored vinyl)
Fiesta/Monster Melodies (France), 1976. New Copy Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from Richard Raux – a 70s French musician who works here in equal parts jazz, soul, funk, and prog – often with a vibe that's freewheeling and open, but never fails to groove! Raux plays a lot of tenor and flute, but often seems to be singing with – or inside ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sunstroke
Trost (Austria), 2018. New Copy
Fierce sounds from a freewheeling trio – one that features Anton Ponomarev on alto, Dmitry Lapshin on electric bass, and Yaroslav Kurilo on drums – all working with a frenzy that never seems to let up at all! The use of electric bass is great – and really ties together the drums ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sunstroke
Trost (Austria), 2018. New Copy Gatefold
Fierce sounds from a freewheeling trio – one that features Anton Ponomarev on alto, Dmitry Lapshin on electric bass, and Yaroslav Kurilo on drums – all working with a frenzy that never seems to let up at all! The use of electric bass is great – and really ties together the drums ... CD
Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1993. New Copy
Not one for the library in a "please be quiet" sort of way – and instead, a nicely strong-toned set of solo work from the great Duke Jordan – still very much at the top of his talent here in the early 90s! There's a resonance to the piano that's really wonderful – maybe ... CD
Session In Paris Vol 1 – Song Of Soil (45 rpm 180 gram pressing)
King/Tiger Bay (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest records ever from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi – a rare European session that features the talents of Don Cherry on trumpet and Charlie Haden on bass! The session's one of Cherry's most compelling performances from the time – a really loose and free date that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse (Germany), 1968/1972. New Copy
Two overlooked gems from pianist Ahmad Jamal – back to back on a single CD! Tranquility is a really wonderful post-Chess album from pianist Ahmad Jamal – a set that's maybe got a bit more bite than some of his earlier work, and which features a bold groove that really points the way ... CD
Philips/Universal (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD
Some of the most soulful jazz recorded in Europe during the 1960s – four full albums by legendary German saxophonist Klaus Doldinger, plus a bonus compilation that's filled with rare singles too! Doldinger's probably best remembered for the more dynamic fusion he cut with the Passport group ... CD
Verve (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy 5CD
One of the first true moments of genius from pianist Oscar Peterson – and maybe for the young Verve Records label too – as the fledgling company must have really known they had something special on their hands, and took Oscar into the studio many times in the early 50s to record a fresh ... CD
Riverside/Universal (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy 5CD
A great package – 5 wonderful albums from Bill Evans, all in tiny LP-styled sleeves! Explorations features the Bill Evans trio with Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums – a near-perfect lineup that forever raise the bar for jazz piano expression! The title here is certainly ... CD
Remembrance
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1978. New Copy
Elvin Jones towers above his bandmates on the cover of this 70s classic – and really leads them onward to some great sounds within! The record has a bit more focus and soul than some of Jones' other albums of the period – still quite powerful and dynamic, but with a good adherence to ... CD
Banyana
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Tremendous work from Abdullah Ibrahim – a set that not only has him working with a wonderful trio, but one that also features some soprano sax work as well! The record's got a sense of darkness that you don't always find in other albums by Ibrahim – possibly from the brooding rhythms ... CD
King (Japan), 1962. New Copy
If the cover image of a Akira Miyazawa fishing in a trout stream wasn't already enough to make us love this one, the music on the disc certainly is – as the album's a real shining jewel in the Japanese jazz scene of the 60s, the kind of record that really set a whole new standard for the ... CD
Session In Paris Vol 2 – Colour Of Dream
King (Japan), 1979. New Copy
One of a pair of great late 70s European dates from Japanese percussion master Masahiko Togashi – and a set that features some especially striking trombone from the legendary Albert Mangelsdorff! Given Albert's previous experiments in free, open-ended groups – his talents here are ... CD
Jazz Intersession
King (Japan), 1964. New Copy
A rare Japanese session from American reedman Charlie Mariano – and one of the few recorded documents of his time on the Tokyo scene! The album really captures Charlie at a pivotal – and under-recorded – point in his career – definitely stretching out from the tight lines ... CD
Modern Ameriachi For You
King (Japan), 1965. New Copy
Not sure what they mean by "Ameriachi" in the title – but from the sound of the music, there's definitely a great A&M Records-styled mix of jazz, Latin, and South American modes! The set begins with a set of cookers from drummer Hideo Shiraki – working with an excellent ... CD
Modern Punch For You
King (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy
The punch here is in the groove – a nice little burst down at the bottom of the rhythms, which makes most of these tunes swing nicely! The set's a bit hard to describe right off the bat – but it's kind of a mix of jazz ensemble swinging with some groovier 60s modes – bits of ... CD
King (Japan), 1960. New Copy
A great Japanese take on the sound of Thelonious Monk at the end of the 50s – one that's led by pianist Masao Yagi, and which features some of the same dynamic horn interplay as Monk's best work on Riverside! Yagi's got a really great group here – with Sadao Watanabe on alto sax and ... CD
Samba Club
King (Japan), 1981. New Copy
A wicked wicked set of tracks from Japan – one that blends together jazzy riffing and Brazilian rhythms, all played with a surprisingly soulful bent! Suzuki's on bass and piccolo bass, and Yamamoto plays not only electric piano but also a bit of electric harpsichord – which adds a cool ... CD
King (Japan), 1962. New Copy
Bossa jazz from 60s Japan – a set recorded right around the same time that Verve first started hitting bossa grooves in the US! The sound here is sharper than a Verve bossa album, though – with some of the same hardbop inflections you'd hear on other Hideo Shiraki albums from the time ... CD
King (Japan), 1962. New Copy
The music of Horace Silver is magically presented here by drummer Hideo Shiraki – grooving nicely in the same exotic approach to soul jazz you'd find on Silver's best Blue Note sides of the late 50s! Shiraki's always had a bit of a Jazz Messengers approach in his music – at least at ... CD
King (Japan), 1959. New Copy
Hardly the staid affair you might guess from the "recital" in the title – and an all-out drum frenzy event from the legendary Hideo Shiraki! This late 50s live session has Shiraki working in a mode that's even more open and bombastic than his studio albums from the time – ... CD
Sadao Watanabe (1961)
King (Japan), 1961. New Copy
One of the sharpest altos of the east – heard here in a great early album! Sadao Watanabe sounds wonderful on the set – blowing in a quintet setting, with a groove that's a bit like Lou Donaldson on Blue Note at the same time – slightly modern at moments, but also laidback and ... CD
King (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
Incredible work from the Japanese scene of the end of the 60s – a record that mixes together traditional instrumentation, bossa rhythms, and groovier jazz touches – all in a sublime blend that would have been a feather in the cap of A&M or Verve Records at the time! The work here ... CD
Latin Barock Collection
King (Japan), 1965. New Copy
Is that barock or baroque? Whatever the case, the album's a pretty darn groovy affair – twin flutes from Sadao Watanabe and Akira Miyazawa – two of Japan's best reedmen at the end of the 60s – working here with some sweet arrangements that mix classical roots with mod ... CD
Flute Adventure
King (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A definite flute adventure from Japanese reedman Toshiaki Yokota – one that's got some wonderfully trippy elements, in the best spirit of some of the most groundbreaking MPS sessions at the end of the 60s! Yokota plays a variety of flutes, and he's backed by electric guitar, bass, and plenty ... CD
Bamboo
King (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
60s jazz meets Japanese bamboo flute – all in a session with a great mix of groovy and exotic touches! The record's a unique meeting of jazz and folkloric elements – done in a style that's a bit like some of the late 60s sessions of this nature on MPS, but a fair bit groovier overall ... CD
Super Trombone
King (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy
Keyboardist Masaru Imada in a really great setting – working alongside a tight trombone lineup with a really bold sound! The style's still very much in the spirit of some of Imada's other 70s records – and he plays both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes – yet the trombone work of ... CD
King (Japan), 1957. New Copy
That's Torys, as in Suntory's – the big Japanese distillery who's hosting this special performance of The Big Four – a crackling lineup that features soulful tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto and drums from George Kawaguchi! The core group have an energy that's like the best American bop ... CD
Sketch Of My Life
King (Japan), 1978. New Copy
It could well be argued that in the 70s, the Japanese jazz scene was possibly the greatest place to be a bassist – as players like Yoshi Ikeda really had a chance to stretch out their sound, and try something new with records like this! The album's a really inventive little set – warm, ... CD
Day Of The Sun
King (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Inventive percussion and amazing bass work – plus a host of other interesting elements as well – all wrapped up beautifully in this unique collaboration between Isao Suzuki and Masahiko Togashi! Both players were some of the most creative of the mainstream Japanese scene of the 70s ... CD
Mongolian Chant
King (Japan), 1980. New Copy
A really inventive little record from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – and a set that, like most of his best 70s work, really defies any sort of easy categorization! Suzuki's got a wonderfully wide range of ideas running through his music – at one level a really close-up and personal ... CD
One-Upmanship
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy
An excellent 70s European session recorded by Mal Waldron – one that shows off some of his more avant jazz inclinations at the time! The group's a searing one, with an unusual combination of players – Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Manfred Schoof on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Makaya ... CD
Back Hand
ABC/Impulse (Japan), 1974. New Copy
Prime Keith Jarrett on Impulse Records – and a still-wonderful session that features work by the great group that featured Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums! The sound here is a bit more focused than on some of Jarrett's earlier Impulse sides – but ... CD
Duo
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1987. New Copy
Subtle, spacious sounds from two understated masters of jazz – bassist Red Mitchell and pianist Hank Jones – both working here in a superbly-recorded setting! The tunes are mostly standards, but they've got a warmth and personality that could only come from top talents like this – ... CD
Trombone Jazz Samba/Samba Para Dos
Verve (Germany), 1962. New Copy
Pure genius throughout – two great albums on a single CD! Trombone Jazz Samba is an overlooked gem from Bob Brookmeyer – and a set that fits in strongly with the other Verve Records bossa nova albums of the 60s! Bob's the center star on valve trombone, but the record's awash in work ... CD
King (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Sweet electric fusion from Japanese drummer Motohiko Hino – a set that's got a deeper vibe than some of his other work of the 70s! The set's a live one, and all tracks are quite long – played with an open, exploratory feel by the group – in ways that are almost an extension of ... CD
Spiritual Moments
Paddle Wheel (Japan), 1981. New Copy
A definite spiritual session from percussionist Masahiko Togashi – one that features key contributions from Steve Lacy on soprano sax and Kent Carter on bass – both players who come together in a trio with Togashi, to make the set one of his greatest albums ever! Togashi's nicely ... CD
King (Japan), 1973. New Copy
A stone smoker from tenorist Seiichi Nakamura – thanks partly to some great trombone from Shigeharu Mukai! Shige's one of our favorite Japanese trombonists from the 70s, and he really gives this session a deep degree of soul – working strongly in the frontline with Seiichi, and getting ... CD
King (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Long tracks, lots of open energy, and plenty of freewheeling solos too – just the sort of Japanese jazz album from the 70s we treasure so much! The group here is led by drummer George Ohtsuka – sometimes spelled Otsuka – and features Fumio Karashima on piano and Fender Rhodes ... CD
Song For Wes
King (Japan), 1978. New Copy
The Wes here, of course, is Wes Montgomery – a great inspiration for this excellent quartet session from Japanese guitarist Yoshiaki Miyanoue! Things are relatively bare bones, and basic – more the Wes Montgomery small combo modes of the earliest years – as Miyanoue plays with a ... CD
Aki
King (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A sweet early set from Japanese pianist Aki Takase – a player who would go onto have a huge international reputation – but working here in a nicely homegrown groove overall! The album's got a warm feel right from the start – not mellow or commercial, but soulfully lyrical, in a ... CD
ABC/Verve (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 5CD
A document of an incredible shift in style for the Crusaders – and one that helped them soar even higher in the jazz funk stratosphere! By the time of these albums, the group had changed significantly from their youthful days as the Jazz Crusaders – mostly a trio, with Joe Sample on ... CD
Verve (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 5 CDs
A quintet of classic albums from keyboardist Chick Corea – all served up in a single package! First up is Light As A Feather – a classic bit of jazzy fusion from Chick Corea and the legendary Return To Forever group that included Flora Purim and Airto! The sound of the album ... CD
 
Updated December 11, 2018


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