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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!


Outlook
Eastbound/Tidal Waves, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe the only album ever issued under the name of trumpeter Gary Chandler – but a smoking little set that rivals some of the best jazz funk records at the start of the 70s – including heavyweight classics on Prestige by Melvin Sparks, Leon Spencer, and Boogaloo Joe Jones! The feel ... LP, Vinyl record album
Masters Of Imrovisation– Live In New Orleans
Valid, 2018. New Copy
The set's billed as the "masters of improvisation" – and it definitely lives up to that title with the performance – which features three long, improvised tracks that really bubble and bristle with dynamic energy! These guys are surprisingly sensitive of each other's space ... CD
Circle
Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy
Sweet keyboards from Phil France – a player who's more than content enough to let his instrument take the lead, often in these flowing soundscapes that are even more evocative than on his previous album for Gondwana – but a musician who also manages to echo some deeper currents, but ... CD
Presence
Smoke Sessions, 2018. New Copy
We love the music of pianist Orrin Evans in many different ways – but we especially love the sounds he makes with his Captain Black Big Band – a really tremendous ensemble that seems to unlock a whole new dynamic energy in his performance! The group here is heavy on horns – two ... CD
Baby's Party
Intakt (Switzerland), 2018. New Copy
A really surprising little record – one that features the inventive drums and percussion of the great Gunter Baby Sommer, who we've loved for years – alongside the trumpet and flugelhorn of Till Bronner, who we're normally used to hearing in a completely different context! Make no ... CD
This Is It
Storyville (Denmark), 2018. New Copy
Karsten Vogel steps out here as more of a multi-instrumentalist than we might have guessed – still playing tenor, alto, and soprano sax on much of the record – but also adding in some keyboards, violin, and rhythm programs too! In fact, it's those programs that shape the sound more ... CD
Lewis Express
ATA (UK), 2018. New Copy
A completely cooking little combo – a contemporary group, but one who've clearly drunk deep from the soul jazz 60s brew of groups like the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Young Holt Unlimited, or even Les McCann LTD! As with all three of those groups (two of which were very tightly related), there's an ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic 70s album from the legendary German label MPS – but one that gives some great early exposure to a pair of talents from the LA scene! Joanne Grauer plays keyboards with a sweet breezy vibe – a bit like some of the hippest Bay Area indie jazz sides of the time, and made even ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lewis Express
ATA (UK), 2018. New Copy
A completely cooking little combo – a contemporary group, but one who've clearly drunk deep from the soul jazz 60s brew of groups like the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Young Holt Unlimited, or even Les McCann LTD! As with all three of those groups (two of which were very tightly related), there's an ... CD
Journey In Satchidananda/Blue Nile
Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy
Two spiritual jazz tracks – both re-presented here beautifully by trumpeter Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra! "Journey In Satchidananda" is done at a pace that's even more relaxed than the Alice Coltrane original – with the larger ensemble providing this gently-flowi ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
New Love
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy
Excellent work from reedman Carlos Garnett – caught here during the great first chapter of his career, when he cut some really unique albums for Muse Records! This set really has Carlos coming into his own – still working at the spiritual jazz level of earlier releases, but also ... CD
Valid, 2014. New Copy
Deeply soulful work from legendary reedman Kidd Jordan – an important figure on the New Orleans scene for many years, but one who's only finally getting his full exposure on recent records of this nature! The set features Jordan in duets with drummer Hamid Drake – as well as a solo ... CD
Let This Melody Ring On
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy
Soaring soul from Carlos Garnett – one of the reedman's key 70s sides for the Muse Records label – work we'd rank right up there with the spiritual best of Gary Bartz or Norman Connors at the time! Like both of those contemporaries, Garnett's really reaching for something new in the ... CD
Egg Farm Hall Festival
Crown (Japan), 2000. New Copy
Some of the darkest work we've heard from soprano sax legend Steve Lacy – at least in this part of his career – some fierce work in the company of pianist Takahashi Yuji and percussionist Togashi Masahiko – who also get some time of their own on the record! The album features two ... CD
Eastern Standard Time
Zebra/BBE (UK), 1981. New Copy
No standards here, as the tracks are all originals – written by reedman Ralph Thomas and the rest of his group – to create the sort of unique little record that really keeps us digging for rare jazz over the years! Thomas grew up in Chicago, where he soaked up the soulful sounds of ... CD
Verve (Czech Republic), 1996. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Missouri has never sounded so beautiful before – and, in some ways, maybe neither have guitarist Pat Metheny and bassist Charlie Haden! The album's a real standout for both musicians during this time in their career – almost a back to basics with the kind of sound that they really put ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, Early 60s. New Copy 5CD
5 famous albums from one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time! First up is Idle Moments – a warmly melodic session from Blue Note's greatest guitarist! The sound of the set's as evocative as the title – an idle moment of space between the notes, explored by Green's tight single- ... CD
Saga Of Padani
Modern Harmonic, Mid 90s. New Copy
One of the coolest records of school kid music you could ever hope to own – and not just because avant legends Terry Riley, Fred Frith, and Marshall Allen each make an appearance on the project! In fact, even without those big names, the music here would still be tremendous – as it ... CD
Blue Note/Universal, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD
5 Blue Note classics from pianist Horace Silver – all packaged together here in cool LP-styled sleeves! First up is Doin The Thing – one of the few live recordings ever done by Horace Silver during his Blue Note years – a real surprise, considering what a crowd pleaser he was at ... CD
End To End
ECM, 2018. New Copy
Barre Phillips in one of our favorite modes – working here on solo bass, at a level that takes us back to that revolutionary genius that first made him so great! At a time when everyone on his scene was working quite free, Barre could still shape sound at a level that was unbridled, but also ... LP, Vinyl record album
KPM Jazz Conventions
KPM/Trunk (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A really unique moment in jazz – both for the legendary Clarke Boland Big Band, and for the KPM Sound Library in the UK! The CBBB recorded for a number of European labels in the late 60s – most famously the Saba/MPS imprint – but these sides are among some of their most obscure, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Thembi
Impulse, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Classic spiritual soul jazz from Pharoah – recorded with an all star lineup that includes Lonnie Liston Smith, Cecil McBee, Roy Haynes, and Michael White. The album's got a strong influence from the members on the set – particularly Lonnie Liston Smith, who seems to bring in a very ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hi Hat, 1967. New Copy
A fantastic album from the great Don Cherry – and maybe one of the earliest examples of the way that he mixed together avant jazz and a globe's worth of influences on the European scene! The album features three long tracks – all seemingly improvised – very heavy on percussion, ... CD
Afro-Harping
Cadet, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
One of the grooviest records ever – a sublime blend of African percussion, soulful orchestrations, and Dorothy Ashby's amazing electric harp! By the time of this landmark album, Dorothy had been knocking around the jazz world for a number of years, but it wasn't until she hooked up with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Arirang Fantasy
No Business (Lithuania), 1995. New Copy
A fantastic set of improvised material from the Japanese scene of the mid 90s – a performance that features visiting trumpeter Choi Sun Bae working with Junji Hirose on tenor and soprano, Motoharu Yoshizawa on electric five string bass, and Kim Dae Hwan on percussion! These three players may ... LP, Vinyl record album
Banka
No Business (Lithuania), 1978. New Copy
Fiercely improvised work from the duo of Kaoru Abe on soprano and sopranino saxophone – and Sabu Toyozumi on drums and percussion! Toyozumi is wonderful on "Song For Sakamoto Kikuyo", in three parts – a piece that builds up with this organic, almost abstract energy from the ... LP, Vinyl record album
In The Cave
NJA (Netherlands), 1963. New Copy
A stunning European live set from the legendary Dexter Gordon – one that was recorded early in his overseas tenure, and which is noteworthy for two reasons – first in that it was recorded in Utrecht, not the more familiar setting of Copenhagen – and second, in that it features a ... CD
Live At Cafe Amores
No Business (Lithuania), 1995. New Copy
This might be the sexiest-looking cover we've ever seen on a record from avant piano genius Alexander Von Schlippenbach – who we're used to seeing presented in a more abstract manner – but the sound of the record is no less wonderful than some of his classics over the years, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Phoenix
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
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Soaring keyboards from this up-and-coming player – an artist who's especially fantastic on Fender Rhodes, which get plenty of space on this excellent album! Javier Phoenix is a jazz musician at the core – yet he's also part of a younger generation we might dub the post-Robert Glasper ... CD
DIW/Tiger Bay (UK), 1986. New Copy (reissue)
A bold little set from Steve Grossman – a record that's nicely poised between his frenetic work of the 70s and mellower moments of later years – done in quartet formation, but with plenty of focus on Steve's wonderful tenor, especially on the longer tracks! There's a very nice "bit ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ask For Chaos
Motema, 2018. New Copy
Guitarist Gilad Hekselman plays here in two different groups – his gHex Trio, with Rick Rosato on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums – and Zuperoctave, with Aaron Parks on keyboards, piano, and Fender Rhodes – and Kush Abadey on drums! We love the music of Parks, so we're ... CD
Winner (with bonus tracks)
Philips/NJA (Netherlands), 1964. New Copy
The first full length album from Dutch reedman Herman Schoonderwalt – a musician pictured with a clarinet on the cover, but who also blows alto and soprano sax on the date as well! Schoonderwalt had appeared on a few of the previous well-circulated Jazz Behind The Dikes series – an ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2018. New Copy
Maybe one of the most political projects we've ever heard from saxophonist David Boykin, and one of the most ambitious too – a jazz opera that deals with the recent struggles of black America in the face of increased police brutality – inspired by the tragic deaths of Eric Garner, ... CD
Hi Hat, 1963. New Copy
As great as the Dave Brubeck studio albums for Columbia Records might be, there's also something even more special about his live performances from the same period – as it always feels like the already-wonderful group finds a way to push themselves even further – really opening up with ... CD
Tribe/Pure Pleasure, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible session from the legendary Tribe Records scene – an equal effort from leader Doug Hammond and keyboardist David Durrah, who contributes some groundbreaking Fender Rhodes and moog work to the set! Hammond handles drums plus a bit of vocals and synthesizer on the session – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Live In Frankfurt 82
Country & Eastern/Black Sweat (Italy), 1982. New Copy
Don Cherry made some of his most globally-conscious music in the northern reaches of the European scene – and this set is no exception, as the legendary trumpeter works on this great live set in Frankfurt, Germany – with instrumentation that includes a very freewheeling blend of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Closer
ESP, 1966. New Copy
Possibly the first true moment of genius from Paul Bley – a key indie standout after a few years working for bigger American labels! By the time of this early ESP album, Paul Bley was no stranger to the American scene – having recorded a few records for different labels in the 50s, and ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2016. New Copy
Saxophonist David Boykin never fails to blow us away – but this time around, his music seems even deeper and more ambitious than ever – as he works with his Expanse group on three long tracks that have a very spiritual mix of ensemble moments and improvised individual actions! The ... CD
Dutch Jazz Archive (Netherlands), 1968. New Copy
A lost smoker from the legendary tenorist Hank Mobley – recorded relatively late in his career, at a time when his music on Blue Note was really taking some great new directions! The approach here is maybe a bit more straightforward than those records, but still completely amazing – as ... 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
No Business (Lithuania), 2018. New Copy
Beautiful music put together with a really strong sense of doubling – tenor sax from Albert Beger and Eyal Netzer, drums from Haim E Peskoff and Ofer Bymel, and both bass from leader Shay Hazan and a unique 5-string cello from Nadav Masel! The players come together in a way that seems to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Conversations – A Tribute To Fred Hopkins
Delmark/Black Sweat (Italy), 1999. New Copy 2LP
A wonderful pairing of talents – the mighty Archie Shepp returned to a strongly spiritual setting on this great late-century album with the Ritual Trio of percussionist Kahil El'Zabar! The group here features Kahil's best lineup – fantastic bass from the late Malachi Favors, and a mix ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mandela/Chess
MCN (Netherlands), 1969/1972. New Copy
Two rare albums from Dutch reedman Theo Loevendie – both amazing little records that sound beautiful here on a single CD! Mandela features complicated lines from a hip Netherlands combo of the late 60s – one headed up by Theo Loevendie on alto sax, but which acts a lot more like a ... CD
Blue Note/Universal, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD
5 classic albums from Hammond organ giant Jimmy Smith – all packaged together in cool LP-styled sleeves! First up is The Champ – aka A New Sound A New Star Vol 2 – a savage bit of raw organ grooves from the late 50s. Jimmy's work on the keys is fierce, and filled with wild ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy
One of the most compelling albums ever recorded by Wayne Shorter – a triple-length set that may well be his most visionary package in years! The vision is partly expressed in a beautiful graphic novel that comprises the outer package – a long, full-color book that was written by ... CD
Tzadik, 2018. New Copy
A brilliant tribute to the legendary Hasaan – an important Philadelphia pianist, but one who's only known to most for a rare trio album with Max Roach in the 60s! Hasaan was a true original – one of those postwar modernists who could swing, but in an angular, constantly-creative way ... CD
Temporary Kings
ECM, 2018. New Copy
We've always loved the wonderfully dark corners in the tenor work of saxophonist Mark Turner – but it sounds especially great here, in the company of pianist Ethan Iverson – as the two players deliver a superb album of duo material for ECM! Iverson never softens the sound of Turner, ... CD
Tachibana
Tachibana/BBE (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Flutes Libres
Souffle Continu (France), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Rare work from this enigmatic reedman – and a set that really lives up to its title by letting Jean Cohen-Solal stretch out in an open, airy setting! The first track on the set – "Concerto Cyclique" – gets nice and funky, almost in a CTI mode, but also with sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated September 24, 2018


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