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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!


Mosaic, Late 40s/1950s/1960s. New Copy 6CD
An incredible collection of music from the great pianist Lennie Tristano – and maybe the first-ever set to truly get at the range of genius he could express on the piano! Given that Tristano only made a small amount of records during his too-short career, yet also left a major impact on the ... CD

Larry Douglas Alltet

Dedications (180 gram pressing)
Swajola/Tidal Waves, 1984. New Copy (reissue)
A rare bit of indie jazz from the Bay Area scene of the 80s – but put together with a groove that's much more 70s overall! The group's headed by trumpeter Larry Douglas, and has a soaring, soulful groove that definitely owes a lot to the spiritual sound on labels like Strata East or Black ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1963. Used
One of the first true moments of genius from tenorist Joe Henderson – his debut as a leader for Blue Note, and a set that already has him knocking it out of the park, and setting a tone for a whole new generation! Right at the start, Joe was as distinct a saxophonist as recent predecessors ... CD
Impulse, 1961. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Sublimely spiritual work from the great John Coltrane – a live album, but one that's easily one of his most important contributions to music in the early 60s – and a set that we'd rank right up there with his best studio sides for Impulse or Atlantic Records at the time! The group here ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kosuke Mine

Mine
Three Blind Mice/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Early work from this tremendous Japanese saxophonist – working here on both alto and soprano sax, in styles that are sharply angular, but also quite warm and soulful! Kosuke Mine's got a quality that's a bit like Joe Henderson at the same time – obviously informed by earlier hardbop, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band

Egypt Strut
Strut (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing grooves like you've never heard before – seminal sides by Salah Ragab and his Cairo Jazz Band – work done by the percussionist who'd also worked with Sun Ra, but who's even more amazing here on his own! As you can probably guess from their name, the ensemble was an Egyptian one ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mario Rusca

Monochrome Blues
Mono Jazz (Italy), 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The first record we've heard in years from Italian pianist Mario Rusca – and a set that really lives up to the strength of all of his classic material from back in the day! The album's a beautifully recorded set – done in mono, which seems to bring an even richer quality to the sound ... 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

Thesda

Spaced Out
Left Ear (UK), 1979. New Copy
CD...$9.99 19.99
A record that's hardly spaced out at all – and which instead is a really righteous blend of funk, jazz, and a bit of soul – all served up here by an obscure Maryland band at the end of the 70s! There's a wonderful confluence of energy going on here – some spiritual jazz in the ... CD

Walter Strerath

Trio Quartet Quintet
Sonorama (Germany), 1967. New Copy
CD...$7.99 18.99
Soulful jazz from the German scene of the 60s – a sweet little album that features pianist Walter Strerath in three different settings! Strerath is already great on the trio tracks – mixing 60s soul jazz modes with some of the groovier, more rhythmically open modes of the European ... CD

Jazz Community

Jazz Community Revisitied
Sonorama (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
CD...$5.99 18.99
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

Hans Koller

Big Sound Koller
Sonorama (Germany), 1961. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
They're not kidding about the big sound here – as tenorist Hans Koller was easily one of the deepest, most soulful talents on his instrument in the European scene of the start of the 60s – as you'll instantly hear on this fantastic live performance! In later years, Koller got a bit ... CD
Soulside/Sonorama (Germany), 1963. New Copy
CD...$5.99 18.99
An obscure trio from the early 60s, but one who play with plenty of soul jazz in their sound – thanks to some mighty heavy work on the key of the piano from leader Red Bahnik! Red's got this sharp attack and inherently rhythmic sound that would have been right at home on early 60s Prestige ... CD

Toby Fichelscher

Busting The Bongos
Sonorama (Germany), 1960. New Copy
CD...$5.99 18.99
Wonderful lost work from Toby Fichelscher – a German bongo player with a hell of a great ear for an unusual groove – strongly demonstrated here in a set of previously-unreleased recordings! Toby draws plenty from American percussionists of the 50s – and works here in a modern ... CD

Mario Rusca

Reaction
Dynia World/Sonorama (Germany), 1974. New Copy
CD...$4.99 18.99
One of the greatest records we've ever heard from pianist Mario Rusca – a really open, fluid sort of set – and one that features electric bass in the trio, which really gives things a different sort of vibe! Mario plays acoustic piano throughout, but the use of electric bass (played by ... CD

Mankunku Quartet

Yakhal Inkomo
Mr Bongo (UK), 1968. New Copy
A real treasure from the South African scene of the 60s – and the kind of record that we thought wasn't being made until the following decade! Tenorist Winston Mankunku Ngozi rivals the genius of Coltrane and Wayne Shorter here – both artists to whom he dedicates a key track on the ... CD

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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

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
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

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

Mladen Bobby Gutesha

Und
Sonorama (Germany), 1972. New Copy
CD...$7.99 18.99
A really unique little album – a righteous blend of funky jazz, vocal chorus, and soulful leads – recorded in the German scene of the early 70s! The group features a number of key players from the MPS side of the funky jazz spectrum – and the record feels like some of the best ... CD

Reuben Wilson

Groovy Situation
Blue Note/Water, 1971. New Copy
CD...$7.99 17.98
Reuben Wilson changes up the groove from his previous Blue Note sets – and the result is one of his greatest albums to date! This smoking little set has an edge that you really wouldn't expect – rhythms that move past the simple Blue Funk mode – into a more complicated style of ... 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

Abdullah Ibrahim

Solotude (180 gram pressing)
Gearbox (UK), 2002. New Copy
Beautiful solo work from pianist Abdullah Ibrahim – a player with a sound so rich and rhythmic, his sessions like this are often every bit as captivating as his trio and group recordings! There's a really special sort of poetry going on here – first in the way that Ibrahim brings out ... 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

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
Gondwana (UK), 2021. New Copy 2LP
A sublime live set from British trumpeter Matthew Halsall – a set that maybe sounds even more organic and spiritual than some of his already-amazing work in the studio! There's a great sense of majesty here – as Halsall leads a wonderfully cohesive lineup that stretches out on long ... 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
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

Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim

Harlem
Olufsen/Acid Jazz (UK), 1988. New Copy (reissue)
A sublime criss-crossing of jazz modes and percussion – served up here by Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim, an artist who doesn't always record much as a leader, but always gives us something fantastic when he does! The album's from the late 80s, but has a sense of spiritual exploration that's more 70s ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kenji Mori

Be Bop 82
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1982. New Copy
Saxophonist Keni Mori really lives up to the spirit of the title here – given that five of the album's six tracks are Charlie Parker compositions – all played by the group with a nicely updated version of bebop roots! The feel of the record is warmer than an older bop session from the ... CD
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
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

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

Ornette Coleman

Art Of The Improvisers
Atlantic/Water, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$7.99 17.98
Great lost work from Ornette Coleman – material recorded in New York and LA during the years 1959 through 1961 – never issued at the time, but pulled together in this wonderful package at the start of the 70s! Although not recorded as an official album, the record stands easily with ... CD

Leo Wright

Soul Talk
Atlantic/Water, 1963. New Copy
A rare soul jazz session from alto saxophonist Leo Wright – a player that we mostly know from his bossa work of the early 60s! The session's extremely noteworthy as being one of the few to feature female organist Gloria Coleman – a player with whom Wright worked on her classic 1963 ... CD

Wadada Leo Smith Great Lakes Quartet

Chicago Symphonies (4CD set)
Tum (Finland), 2021. New Copy 4CD
A fantastic package from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – one that's billed as "symphonies" in the title, but which instead features quartet jazz performances throughout – as you've maybe guessed by the name of the group! There's maybe a more compositional structure here than on ... CD
Resonance, 1964/1965. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Really really wonderful work from legendary organist Larry Young – a set of rare recordings that we'd easily rank right next to our favorite Blue Note albums that Young cut as a leader! The sides here were done for French radio in the mid 60s, but they're hardly throwaway quickie tracks or ... LP, Vinyl record album

Wadada Leo Smith with Milford Graves & Bill Laswell

Sacred Ceremonies (3CD set)
Tum (Finland), 2021. New Copy 3CD
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith teams up here with two different legends in avant jazz – bassist Bill Laswell and percussionist Milford Graves – in a triple-length collection that offers up the music in three different settings! Smith and Graves work together on CD1 – a sublime set of ... CD
Blue Note, 1985. New Copy (reissue)
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Hammond

Gears (with bonus tracks)
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, he'd teamed up ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jack Wilson Quartet with Roy Ayers

Call Me – Jazz From The Penthouse
Century 67, 1966. New Copy 2LP
Fantastic work from one of our favorite jazz duos of all time – pianist Jack Wilson and the young vibes genius Roy Ayers – working here back before his soul/funk fame of the 70s, in a completely different style! Ayers and Wilson only made a handful of records together back in the day ... LP, Vinyl record album

Masaru Imada

Green Caterpillar
Three Blind Mice/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A great little record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a set that not only shows the great blend of acoustic and electric styles that was happening at the time, but which also really illustrates the inventive approach of the Three Blind Mice label at their best! The vibe here is very ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated January 19, 2022


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