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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!


Verve, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy 4LP
Charlie Parker blew into the world of jazz from Kansas City, and rose to fame in New York – but right from the start, he also left an impact on the scene in Los Angeles – where he recorded his famous Dial Records material, and also worked in some Jam Session recordings too! But the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Makaya McCraven

Deciphering The Message
Blue Note, 2021. New Copy
A really special album from our hometown hero Makaya McCraven – a set that's the drummer's debut on Blue Note, and which also has him bringing that label some of the magic that he's been cooking up for International Anthem! If you know Makaya's other records, you'll know that he works in a ... CD
International Anthem/Nonesuch, 2021. New Copy
Ben LaMar Gay might well be one of the most creatively intense artists on the International Anthem label – and that's saying a lot, given all of the groundbreaking talents who've come to record for the company in recent years! And while Ben's previous record was completely mindblowing, this ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible record that was one of the highest points of Donald Byrd's career! The album's the third one he cut with producer/arranger Larry Mizell – and of all Byrd's work with Mizell, this one's the funkiest, the tightest, the most soulful, and the most perfectly realized vision of the ... LP, Vinyl record album

George Otsuka

Sea Breeze
Union/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Part of a great move forward for Japanese drummer George Otsuka in the 70s – a player who'd really made some great waves with his trio material at the end of the 60s, but who found a way deepen his groove with a larger group on records like this – really standing out as one of the most ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fitz Gore & The Talismen

Soundinitia
Gorbra/Sonorama (Germany), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
The rare debut of tenorist Fitz Gore – a player born in Jamaica, but one who didn't get his chance to shine in the spotlight until moving overseas – where he started his own small label in Germany! The set's a live one – and has Fitz stretching out with a very deep tenor sound, ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
Philips/SAM (France), 1958. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic early recording from the great French tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen – best known as an artist who recorded famously in the soundtrack world of the French new wave, and with Art Blakey – but who's even more striking here on a rare small combo date from the 50s! The session's ... LP, Vinyl record album
About Time, 1979. New Copy
LP...$9.99 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
Blue Note, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Sublime genius from funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey – a record we'd rank right up there with her classic Blacks & Blues set – and like that one, another fantastic collaboration with producer Larry Mizell! The groove here is tremendous throughout – a heady mix of Bobbi's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jihad/Skokiaan (Germany), 1965. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
An album that was years ahead of its time – and which still stands as one of the boldest statements from the New York jazz underground of the 60s! The revolutionary styles of the scene were documented by bigger labels like Impulse and Blue Note – but this obscure indie set goes even ... CD
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1983. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A great group recording from pianist Horace Tapscott – recorded in LA in the early 80s, but done with all the righteousness and spirituality of his earlier albums! Tracks are long and exploratory, but also relatively lyrical too – stretching out with a style that's never too "outsi ... LP, Vinyl record album
International Anthem, 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Trumpeter Jaimie Branch has been giving us great music for a number of years – but honestly, she really knocks it out of the park on this live set – a record that's even more amazing than her previous two efforts with a similar title! The set's a double-length performance – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
An overlooked gem from west coast vibist Ricky Kelly – a player who only cut a small number of records, but who was kind of an 80s equivalent to some of the hippest Bobby Hutcherson work of the 70s! This album's a bit different than some of the more avant work on the Nimbus Records label ... LP, Vinyl record album
Skye, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold
A wonderful album from Gabor Szabo – one with the same freely grooving, slightly-psychedelic sound that he was using on his best records for the Impulse label! Two guitars head up the quintet – those of Gabor and Jim Stewart – and they trade breezy lines throughout, grooving over ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mike Taylor

Mandala
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1965. New Copy
Crucial early work from British pianist Mike Taylor – an artist who gave the world two classic albums of avant jazz in the late 60s, worked famously with both Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce – then seemingly disappeared for the rest of his time on the planet! This never-issued set predates ... LP, Vinyl record album
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy
A tremendous recording from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – done during the same Paris stretch as their Great Black Music classics on the BYG/Actuel label – and a set that easily matches, if not tops, those classics! You can really hear the group finding their own space here – ... CD
Futura/Souffle Continu (France), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most striking albums ever from French experimentalist Jef Gilson – and one of the most outside as well! The album's from the same vintage as some of Gilson's world jazz experiments on the Palm label, but the overall feel here is much more free – with Jef working on a fuzzy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021. New Copy
Tremendous solo work from the great Joe McPhee – recorded alone at home during 2020, as you might guess from the title – but a set that has Joe being wonderfully expressive, in the very personal way that you'd know if you've ever seen him live in performance! McPhee mostly blows tenor, ... CD

Ken Vandermark

Field Within A Line
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021. New Copy
Beautiful solo recordings from saxophone genius Ken Vandermark – music that we don't normally hear in such a setting from Ken, given what a strong collaborator he is – and a set that's just a further reminder of the endless depths of his talents! The material was recorded at Vandermark' ... CD

John Lewis & Sacha Distel

Afternoon In Paris (180 gram pressing)
Versailles/Sam Records (France), 1956. New Copy (reissue)
We would gladly trade every other John Lewis album for a copy of this album – because the album's a treasure all the way through – and a really unique set, with a really unique feel! The session features Lewis' piano in the company of a hip French group that includes Sasha Distel on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fontana/Sam Records (France), 1957. New Copy (reissue)
One of our favorite-ever Miles Davis albums – and a groundbreaking soundtrack that forever changed the way that jazz music was used in film! According to legend, the sounds here were recorded by Miles on a hot Paris night – late in the studio, after a live performance – in a very ... LP, Vinyl record album
SFP/Mo' Record (France), 1965. New Copy
One of the first true moments of genius from saxophonist Nathan Davis – a mid 60s European session cut for the tiny SFP label – and a record that's even rarer than his early classics for MPS! The sound here is similar to the MPS sides – a mixture of soul jazz and modal jazz ... CD
Soulmusic.com/Elektra (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 5CD
A great run of music from Grover Washington Jr – five full albums, plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Paradise – one of those records you see so much it's easy to forget how great it is! Grover's a real genius with the sax on this record – taking a "less is ... CD
Century/P-Vine (Japan), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Tremendous early work from trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson – an artist you might know from his long-spun spiritual jazz work of the 70s – but who sounds nicely different here on a rare early set from the 60s! The record was done when Marvin was part of the ultra-hip jazz program at ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wide Hive, 2021. New Copy
A really great blend of two different sides of the genius Roscoe Mitchell – his ear for composition, and his strong legacy of solo performance too! The "Pieces" in the title of the set might make you think that Roscoe is delivering one of his ensemble creations from more recent ... LP, Vinyl record album

Harold McNair

Affectionate Fink
Island/Monkey Dog (Germany), 1965. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
An incredible record from reedman Harold McNair – one of the key Jamaican jazz players who hit the London scene in the same post-colonial wave as Joe Harriott and Shake Keane – and maybe our favorite of the bunch! Harold's a hell of a talent on both tenor and flute – and although ... CD

Masahiko Togashi

We Now Create
Victor/Monkey Dog (Germany), 1969. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
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

Viejas Raices (Jorge Lopez Ruiz & Pocho Lapouble)

Viejas Raices De Las Colonias del Rio De La Plata
Trova/Altercat (Germany), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from this legendary Argentine pianist – a set that has Jorge Lopez Ruiz playing lots of Fender Rhodes, and mixing it in with both rootsy Latin percussion and a number of other keyboards too! The set's almost a South American version of some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse (Japan), 1967. New Copy
The last concert ever played by the great John Coltrane – and, as with some of his other recordings from 1967, a record that really shows the Great One stepping out into some territory we would have loved him to explore more, had he not left our world too soon! The group here has tremendous ... CD

John Coltrane

Living Space
Impulse (Japan), 1965. New Copy
Brilliant work from the great John Coltrane – a set of material that was recorded in the 60s, but not issued until the late 70s – and only then, not properly in print until the release of this great package! The material is classic Coltrane Quartet – with McCoy Tyner on piano, ... CD
Go Bop (Germany), 1963. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
Early work by avant saxophone genius Albert Ayler – and very very striking! The setting is very spare, with only bass and drums backing Ayler up – and the way the album is mixed, Ayler's solos dominate the tracks in a way that isn't always the case with some of the more group-driven ... CD
Asha/Soul Jazz (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by DC flutist Lloyd McNeil – and one of the grooviest, too! Lloyd's work is always amazing – stretched-out, spiritual, and filled with life – but this time around, there's a definite groove to the record that's undeniable – an ... LP, Vinyl record album
Svart (Finland), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP
An incredible collection of modern jazz from Finland – a set that brings together four different releases, all originally issued only as on vinyl as 7" single EPs! First up is an early set from saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen – very freewheeling material that's in a 60s modern ... LP, Vinyl record album

Black Unity Trio

Al-Fatihah
Salaam Records/Gotta Groove, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing spiritual jazz treasure – the only album ever issued by this obscure avant trio from the Cleveland scene – a group that includes a young Abdul Wadud on bass and cello! The style is nicely loose and open, but also very different than the sound of the AACM at the time – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Michel Portal

Alors
Futura/Souffle Continu (France), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark French avant session from the start of the 70s – and one of the most bracingly brilliant albums ever recorded by saxophonist Michel Portal! Portal's paired here with British reedman John Surman – and the duo play some amazingly complex lines on the date – very ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sun Ra Arkestra

Swirling
Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy
Sun Ra left the planet a few decades ago, but his Arkestra has been going strong – really carrying the torch that the great one kept burning – and stepping out here in their first studio album in 20 years! The record is really something special – that core Sun Ra spirit, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Quentin Coaxum, 2021. New Copy
A really lovely album from trumpeter Quentin Coaxum – a player we really loved on his debut, but who's grown tremendously as a writer and leader since that time! Coaxum's working here in a mode that's very well-arranged, but still nicely loose and open – this soulful flow that really ... LP, Vinyl record album

Evan Parker

Saxophone Solos
Incus/OTOroku (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Completely unfettered solo saxophone work from Evan Parker – extremely intense, but not in an all-out blowing kind of way! Instead, Parker's got some incredible control on the valves here – playing with a frenetic sort of mode that's really incredible – freely improvising, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dreamland (Austria), 2016. New Copy
A real step forward for saxophonist Muriel Grossmann – as the set seems to have a new sort of fire that wasn't there on her debut – as Grossmann and quartet open up to embrace the world of modal rhythms! The tunes here all have this fantastic sense of pulse – energy that comes ... CD

Steve Reid

Nova
Mustevic Sound/Soul Jazz (UK), 1976. New Copy
An underground soul jazz classic – massive grooves from drummer Steve Reid, and exactly the kind of set that's gotten him so much attention in recent years! There's a mixture of freedom and tightness here that's really wonderful – some of the looser elements of the loft jazz generation ... CD
Blue Note/BGO (UK), 1976/1978. New Copy 2CD
A trio of Earl Klugh albums from the mid-to-late 70s – Earl Klugh, Living Inside Your Love and Magic In Your Eyes – in a 2CD set! Earl Klugh is the guitarists debut – a player whose sound went onto dominate late 70s fusion in a big big way! Klugh's clearly stepping here into a ... CD
Impulse, 1965. New Copy
A fantastic addition to the John Coltrane catalog, and a set that's wonderful for so many different reasons it's hard to fit them all in one short passage! As the title implies, the album features a rare live performance of "Love Supreme" – done in 1965, when the work was new both ... CD

Dexter Gordon

Clubhouse
Blue Note (Japan), 1965. New Copy
Rare Blue Note work from Dexter Gordon – an album that was recorded during Gordon's legendary run for the label in the 60s, but not issued until a brief vinyl pressing nearly 15 years later! The record's got Gordon vamping in tight hardbop formation – a sound that's strongly 60s Blue ... CD
Valley Of Search, 1972. New Copy
A never-issued live performance – a beautiful 18 minute improvisation between Alan Braufman on alto and Cooper Moore on piano – recorded as it slide out over the airwaves of WKCR in New York, in 1972 – and a much-needed addition to the small amount of recordings that Braufman made ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Byard Lancaster

My Pure Joy
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1992. New Copy
A really obscure set from legendary reedman Byard Lancaster – a set that was issued late in the history of the spiritual jazz label Black Fire, but one that's every bit as essential as their music from the 70s! Lancaster works here often with just a bit of percussion in the background – ... CD
Timeless/Tidal Waves, 1990. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The title alone is more than enough to win us over here – as it's a great Duke Pearson composition that turns out to be a wonderful showcase for the most lyrical modes of pianist John Hicks! That tune's the leadoff, and it really sets the tone for the record – a gently soulful set that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia/4 Men With Beards, 1972. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A beautiful live representation of the energy of the Bitches Brew years – one that has Miles Davis and the group really letting loose with free-flowing, modally-inspired lines – cooking up an incredible blend of acoustic and electric sounds at once! There's a bit of funk here, but not ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, 2021. New Copy (pic cover)
Two unissued tracks from this mighty group from the London scene – material recorded during the sessions for their Black To The Future record, appearing here for the first time! The saxophone work of Shabaka Hutchings is at the head of the group – really soaring on the 11 minute cut ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Louis Armstrong/Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong Allstars

Original Grooves – Gift To Pops (2021 Black Friday Release)
Verve, 2021. New Copy (pic cover)
A very cool set in the "original grooves" series – that Verve Records creation that has a single side of a record offer up two tracks in the same space – playing a different one at random, depending on where the needle drops! The record first features the original Louis ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated November 28, 2021


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