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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!


Schneeball (Germany), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
One of the more obscure albums from Embryo – a set recorded after their prog jazz classics of the 70s, and which still shows the group nicely pointing their music forward! There's maybe more avant rock elements in the mix than before, but still plenty of jazzy moments, and a nice use of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lansdowne/Resteamed (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
Two fantastic albums from the great British pianist Stan Tracey – both the kind of material that has made him one of our favorite players of that scene in the 60s! First up is With Love From Jazz – a beautifully bold statement from the Stan Tracey Quartet – one of the group's key ... CD
Lansdowne/Resteamed (UK), 1969. New Copy 2CD
Two incredible albums from British pianist Stan Tracey – originally part of the Lansdowne series in the UK! Free An One has a cockney sort of title, but a very modern jazz vibe – one that shows just how much Stan Tracey had grown over the course of the 60s – as the vision here is ... CD

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
Blue Note, 1965. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the more avant-oriented 60s sessions cut by Wayne Shorter for Blue Note – a record that's not entirely part of the "new thing" generation, but which definitely has Shorter pushing the boundaries from his previous records for the label! The lineup here is a key batch of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

Angel Fell
Strut (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Saxophonist Idris Ackamoor is a living jazz legend – but not the kind that's stale and stuffy, and instead a continuously vibrant player who's given us mindblowing music since his initial recordings with his Pyramids group in the 70s! This version of the Pyramids is different than that one, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Herbie Mann

Stone Flute
Embryo/Wounded Bird, 1970. New Copy
Stone flute, or stoned flute, the album's got a really laidback feel – a sound that's very open-ended, and quite different from some of the crossover classics Herbie Mann was cutting a few short years before! The record's got the darkly brooding feel of some of his other work on the Vortex ... 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
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

Ken Rhodes

Profile
Amayana/Sconsolato (Germany), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
That's Ken Rhodes, not Fender Rhodes – but the acoustic pianist is more than funky enough on his own – even without any electricity in the mix! The set's got this wonderful rhythm duo – drummer George Greene and bassist Joachim Knauer – who often come on with this really ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brian Brown Quintet

Carlton Streets
44 Records/Roundtable (Australia), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the best albums ever recorded by Brian Brown – an Australian sax player with roots in the country's late 50s hardbop scene, and who here is continuing to grow tremendously, stretching out in a post-Coltrane mode that's touched with electric keyboards and bass, and a very free-wheeling ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dexter Gordon

GO (180 gram pressing)
Blue Note, 1962. New Copy (reissue)
A seminal set of work from the Blue Note scene of the 60s – a record that's not just noteworthy for its role in helping return tenorist Dexter Gordon to the spotlight, but also for the fantastic work of pianist Sonny Clark in the quartet! Sonny's in wonderful form throughout – and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hasaan Ibn Ali (Hasaan)

Metaphysics – The Lost Atlantic Album
Atlantic/Omnivore, 1965. New Copy
A lost jazz treasure from one of the most enigmatic pianists of the 60s – the legendary Hasaan, who recorded famously with Max Roach on Atlantic Records, but who also left behind this rare session that's never seen the light of day until now! Hasaan hails from Philly, where he was a player ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD
A great package – one that brings together the four first albums from the fantastic Eastern Rebellion group! First up is Eastern Rebellion 1 – seminal work in the development of the career of Cedar Walton – the formation of his excellent Eastern Rebellion ensemble, a group that ... CD

Ensemble Al-Salaam

Sojourner
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best ... LP, Vinyl record album

Spirits Rejoice

African Spaces
Matsuli (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A soulful set of fusion from the South African scene of the 70s – a record that's a lot more electric overall than some of the others we know from the time – served up by a youthful group that's brimming over with power! The core of the set is awash in electric bass, guitar, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
International Anthem, 2021. New Copy Gatefold
Fantastic work from Carlos Nino – and a great return to the kind of highly collaborative projects that made him one of the key spiritual jazz talents to emerge in the 21st Century! The record's a shift from some of the quieter, more contemplative work that Carlos has given us of late – ... 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
Verve, 1964. New Copy
A landmark record – both in 60s jazz and bossa nova – and a set that not only bridged worlds of music, but set the tone for so many other albums to come! By the time of this 1964 set, Stan Getz had already issued a few bossa nova experiments on Verve – but this pairing with ... CD

John Coltrane

Expression
Impulse, 1967. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.98
The first Impulse album issued after the early death of John Coltrane – and one of his last sessions for the label as well! The record's got a somber, introspective quality that almost hints at the darkness to come – a new way of reaching the spiritual planes that Coltrane was striving ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.99
One of the key classics from the hardbop years of Blue Note – the kind of album that really set the label apart from the rest at the time! Soul Station is a deceptively simple album that has tenor giant Hank Mobley playing standards and originals in a quartet with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul ... CD

Tadao Sawai, Kazue Sawai, Hozan Yamamoto & Others

Jazz Rock
RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A killer set of jazz rock from early 70s Japan – and a set that's way different than Anglo albums of this nature! There's definitely a mix of horns, jazzy soloing, and electrified elements on guitar, bass, and keyboards – but the themes here are often strongly Japanese, and also ... LP, Vinyl record album

Amaro Freitas

Sankofa
Far Out (UK), 2021. New Copy
A hell of a record from Brazilian pianist Amaro Freitas – an artist we already loved before, but who's really stepping forth boldly with this release! Freitas has a way with the piano that's unlike anyone else we can think of – that freshness we maybe first felt when hearing a player ... 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
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A fantastic criss-crossing of modes – free jazz, funk, big band, and fusion – all styles that were blooming big on the Japanese scene of the 70s – wrapped up and reworked here into something new entirely! The set's a live one, and features extended performances from a range of ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Great live work by Albert Mangelsdorff – recorded during the height of his creative years at MPS, at a time when he was easily one of the most creative trombonists in the world! Mangelsdorff has risen to new heights by the time of this record – pushing the instrument to a level that ... CD
Resteamed (UK), 2011. New Copy 2CD
Don't let the title put you off, as these aren't tracks recorded at some soundcheck before a gig by British piano legend Stan Tracey – and instead, they're some incredible recordings from late in his career, showing the modernist to be every bit as vibrant as back in the day! CD1 features ... CD

Stan Tracey

Flying Pig
Resteamed (UK), 2013. New Copy
A fantastic late record from pianist Stan Tracey – recorded in the second decade of the 21st Century, but awash in all the sharp modern touches of his best early material from the 60s! Stan's leading the group with this effortless sense of groove amidst his own angular modern lines on piano ... CD

Billy Bang

Lucky Man (3LP set)
BBE (UK), 2021. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
One of the most compelling albums in years from Billy Bang – and that's really saying a lot, given how much compelling music he's recorded! The set is put together in conjunction with a fascinating documentary on Bang's life, music, and time spent fighting in Vietnam – an experience ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), 2005. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Drummer Steve Reid made some fantastic records back in the 70s – indie label spiritual jazz sessions that went on to become the stuff of legend over the decades – so much so, Reid was able to return to the forefront with this amazing new record in the 21st Century! The set is something ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lloyd McNeill

Tori
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful album of spiritual jazz flute tracks – one of the few self-released classics by the legendary Lloyd McNeill, a player who's never really gotten his due! The album's got a warm soulful sparkle that brings together Latin and Brazilian touches with McNeill's own lyrical style – ... 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
United Artists/Loneos Editions (Netherlands), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Early prog jazz genius from the mighty Embryo – and an album that perfectly fuses their love of world rhythms and electric jamming grooves – at a level that made them one of the coolest groups on the European scene at the time! Core work here is by a trio – and the percussion by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A really mindblowing session from McCoy Tyner – perfectly titled "Expansions" to showcase the change in his style at the time! The record is one of Tyner's first larger group efforts – and is a brilliant example of the expansion of his talents in the post-Coltrane years ... LP, Vinyl record album
United Artists/Loneos Editions (Netherlands), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
One of the great space rock records of the 70s – the sublime debut from Embryo – a group who were a lot more unique than most of their contemporaries! Embryo's almost more of a jazz fusion combo than a progressive rock one – and some of their later efforts have them working with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1973. New Copy 2LP
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's ... 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

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble

Now (indie exclusive crimson & black vinyl pressing)
International Anthem, 2021. New Copy
A brilliant and beautiful album from Damon Locks – even more powerful than his Where Future Unfolds album, and that's saying a heck of a lot! The record proclaims part of its mission in its title – and is maybe the first set we've heard to point the way forward creatively after the ... 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
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy
A record that's definitely as brilliant as promised in the title – a set that has the young pianist Stanley Cowell bridging the late 60s Blue Note modal sound and his greatness to come on the Strata East label – all with a style that would set the tone for so many other players and ... CD

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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1960. New Copy (reissue)
A partner album of sorts to Jimmy Smith's classic Midnight Special album – recorded during the same sessions as that one, and also featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor and Kenny Burrell on guitar! The sound here is almost even more open and stretched out – with only 4 long tracks on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bellwood/We Want Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Michael Thomas

Event Horizon
Giant Step Arts, 2020. New Copy 2CD
Not the first album we've heard from saxophonist Michael Thomas, but a record that definitely has us looking at his music all over again – thanks to a double-length collection of wonderfully extended tunes – on which Thomas really runs with bold, open energy on the alto sax! The group ... 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
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2014. New Copy
The legendary Joe McPhee works here with two more obscure improvisers – Jen Clare Paulson on viola and Brian Labycz on electronics – both musicians who open Joe up to that never-ending stream of inspiration that's made his music so wonderful over the years! McPhee plays pocket cornet ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
 
Updated September 17, 2021


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