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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!


Aya's Samba
Johnny's Disk/Studio Mule (Germany), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
Beautiful grooves from a cool Japanese group – one led by bassist Eiji Nakayama, with some great electric piano and tenor sax in the lineup too! The tracks are long, and relatively open-ended – kind of in the Three Blind Mice label style of the period, but with an even more ... LP, Vinyl record album
First Flight
Studio Mule (Germany), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Exactly the kind of record that's got us digging Japanese trio sessions from the 70s so much – a set that's filled with lots of warm, soulful sounds, creatively compelling changes, and fresh rhythms that really keep the tunes interesting! There's a slight undercurrent of funk on most numbers ... LP, Vinyl record album
1960 Duesseldorf
Jazz Line (Germany), 1960. New Copy
A really unusual performance from the mighty John Coltrane – recorded in Germany in 1960, with an amazing group that features Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – stepping out from Miles Davis to give Trane a very special groove! These guys give the ... CD
Rock Joy In Sax
Victor (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Don't let the "rock" in the title fool you – as this is a jazz album all the way through, but one that has Japanese tenorist Takeru Muraoka taking on some of the hipper rock songs at the start of the 70s! Muraoka has this raspy, almost fuzzy tone at times – mixed with heavy ... CD
Parallel Universe
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy
In recent years, Behn Gillece has risen to become one of the most consistent musicians on the vibes in jazz – both in terms of his own music, and the ever-growing legacy of records he's been giving us! This set finds Behn at the top of his form – effortlessly ringing out these bold, ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A great entry in this cool Japanese series from the 70s – one that focused on straighter swing sounds, in contrast to some of the more modern styles on the Japanese scene – but in a way that's still wonderfully fresh, and beautifully recorded! The album's credited to Takuya Fujioka ... CD
Nation Time
CJ Records/Superior Viaduct, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Wild early work from avant jazz genius Joe McPhee – and a set that's actually pretty darn funky too! This rare indie release features 3 long tracks – two of which were recorded live, with a tight combo that includes a very funky drummer! The album kicks off with the hard wailing " ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fool On The Hill
RCA/Victor (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Groovy instrumental work from late 60s Japan – a set that features guitar from Shungo Sawada, and a feel that's a bit like some of Wes Montgomery's best large group sets for A&M or Verve! The core combo features Sawada on guitar, plus piano and organ from Maeda Norio – brought ... CD
Formation
Victor (Japan), 1970. New Copy
Searingly soulful work from the group of guitarist Shungo Sawada – a player we mostly know from his groovy instrumental sides of the 60s, but who sounds plenty darn hip in this setting! The record has a nice sort of soul jazz groove on most numbers – one that takes Shungo's warmer ... CD
Tender Feelin's
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy
One of the most obscure sessions by Duke Pearson, and one of his first for Blue Note too! The album features Duke hitting a laidback and lyrical groove – working in a trio with Gene Taylor on bass and Lex Humphries on drums – overall pretty much in a soul jazz mode, but with more of ... CD
Movin & Groovin
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy
A killer set of tracks by one of the best piano players that Blue Note ever recorded – and a great trio outing that sparkles with soulful intensity! Even in this more traditional format, Horace Parlan's still one of the most inventive players of his generation – working with a sense of ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy
One of the hardest to find of the early Lee Morgan albums on Blue Note – and a very lyrical batch of hardbop tracks, played with a slightly exotic flair! Morgan's group on the date features melodic modernists Benny Golson on tenor and Gigi Gryce on alto sax – both of whom push Morgan ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy
Quite possibly the greatest album ever cut by pianist Duke Jordan – a seminal force in bop, both for his writing and playing – but an artist who rarely ever got the chance to work as a leader! This session's a prime bit of lost Blue Note – with an unusual and edgey lineup that ... CD
Notes From The Outer Soul
Pietro Vincenti (Italy), 2018. New Copy
Beautiful work from Blue Mandala Project – an Italian group led by pianist Pietro Vincenti, an artist we really loved for his older Brazilian-styled sounds in the group Quintetto X! The vibe here has some of the sound of the older group, but there's also maybe more funk and soul elements at ... CD
M Records/We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1974. New Copy
A masterpiece of funky jazz from the 70s – one that's led by Swiss drummer Stuff Combe, but which also features tremendous work from the great Benny Bailey on trumpet and Francy Boland on electric piano! The groove here is almost CTI, but a bit looser too – more in the MPS funky mode ... LP, Vinyl record album
Oasis
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1981. New Copy
An unusual album from an unusual group – one that has reedman Frank Wess sounding far more introspective and personal than on some of his other material from the 70s and 80s – thanks to work from a group that also includes Roland Hanna on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Ben Riley on ... CD
Blue Note, 1954. New Copy (reissue)
An amazing early bop session from Germany! During the 50s, pianist Jutta Hipp cut a number of straighter sides for Blue Note that were recorded in the US – but this first album has her working with German contemporaries like Joki Freund on tenor sax and Emil Mangelsdorff on alto, carving out ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mental Experience (Spain), 1973. New Copy
A set from the farther reaches of the European experimental scene in the 70s – but one that's also not as way-out as you might expect! The original album was pressed in a tiny run that was only sold through art galleries in Switzerland – and it's got a very homegrown feel that has each ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sommor (France), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
An incredible record from the French scene of the 70s – both sides very different, but equally wonderful! "Israel Suite" is a freewheeling, side-long track with wonderful energy – a sound that hangs somewhere between spiritual jazz and freer moments – especially the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Enigma (10 inch LP)
Blue Note, 1952/1953. New Copy
A real enigma from Miles Davis – rare material from the Blue Note vaults, issued here for the first time ever – and done as a totally sweet 10" album! The cover and package are great – and the music is even better – very much in the most sparkling spirit of Davis' ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ruby Braff Swings
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954. New Copy
They're not kidding about the title – because the album's one of Ruby Braff's most swingin from the time – a sharp-edged quartet session that's filled with well-blown notes! Ruby's in the lead on all numbers on trumpet – getting support from Johnny Guarnieri on piano, Walter Page ... CD
Jazz At Highschool
Storyville/Solid (Japan), 1967. New Copy
Dexter Gordon takes it back to high school, but with a nicely mature sort of vibe – that incredible sense of extended solo creation that really marked some of his classic 60s performances like this from the European scene! The material was recorded at that time when Dex was making huge waves ... CD
Sentiments
Storyville/Solid (Japan), 1965/1971. New Copy
One of the coolest, most compelling albums we've ever heard from reedman Sahib Shihab – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love all his other music! This rare gem's got a very exotic feel –explained by Shihab in the notes as coming from a Tunisian influence on the leadoff track ... CD
Monk (Copenhagen 1963)
Gearbox, 1963. New Copy
Previously-unreleased live material from the glory days of the Thelonious Monk Quartet – captured right in the middle of that group's famous run on Columbia Records, with fidelity as strong as if the label itself were producing the session! We could say volumes about this group – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rise Of Atlantis
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A bold statement by one of the best underground jazz players of the 70s! Carter Jefferson cut his chops with Art Blakey in the years after Blakey had Billy Harper in the group – and seemed to follow Harper into some of the same highly spiritual, soulful territory at the time! Jefferson's a ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 1976. New Copy
Searing work from a 70s lineup of the Jazz Messengers – captured here in a nicely stretched-out live performance at the Moers Jazz Festival! The group features lots of youthful talent from David Schnitter on tenor and Mickey Tucker on piano – a great player who really matches the ... CD
Paradise Space Shuttle
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1979. New Copy
A tremendous moment for the great George Adams as a leader – a record that won the reedman widespread attention after some key work in the bigger groups of Gil Evans and Charles Mingus! Adams is a searing, soulful player right from the start – stepping out strongly on tenor at the ... CD
Life Line
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1981. New Copy
A strong outing from this key post-Mingus collaboration – and a record that really shows both Don Pullen and George Adams really coming into their own! Pullen's piano can have plenty of edges, as can Adams' tenor – but there's also some warmer, lyrical moments that really round things ... CD
Love/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold
A fantastic collaboration between Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino and avant bassist Reggie Workman – one that might seem unusual if you only know Hino's later work, but which was part of a few key collaborations that Hino and Workman did together at the start of the 70s – part of a ... CD
El (UK), Late 30s/1940s/1950s. New Copy 3 CDs
A fantastic testament to the genius of guitarist Django Reinhardt – and one that focuses on a special side of his talents – the many songs that he wrote during his too-short career, which went onto have a huge impact on the changing sound of the French scene in the 40s and 50s! The ... CD
Lebroba
ECM, 2018. New Copy
A fantastic trio of talents – coming together in the best ECM mode that always seems to make a really special sort of magic out of very individual talents! The album's led by drummer Andrew Cyrille, but is equally balanced between the talents of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and Bill Frisell ... LP, Vinyl record album
Live At The Currency Exchange Volume 1
AACM, 2019. New Copy
A fantastic testament to the never-ending legacy of mindblowing music from Chicago's AACM collective – a live set that brings together some of the less-recorded musicians in the organization, all working through a set of beautiful live improvisations! The music is listed as "spontaneous ... CD
Moods
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy
"Moods" is right – as the album's got a wonderfully dark undercurrent, one that makes it one of the most captivating early Three Sounds albums for Blue Note! Pianist Gene Harris leads a trio that includes Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums – and even though the ... CD
Sound By Sound, Late 70s. New Copy
That's a pretty grey living space pictured on the front cover – an image from the Soviet-controlled years in Poland, when this material was recorded – but the group Crash really have a way of coloring things up with some very groovy elements in their music! The sextet is a fusion combo ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Note/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Seminal work from Billy Harper – one of his few albums to get wider exposure in the 70s, and searing set of righteous power all the way through! By this point in his career, Billy's really got a handle on his sound – and reaches forth here on tenor with a sense of majesty we'd rank ... CD
Curtis Fuller Vol 3
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy
A beautiful little session from trombonist Curtis Fuller – and quite possibly the most obscure of all his Blue Note albums, all of which are pretty darn obscure! The Fuller heard here is in a softer, gentler mode than on some of his hardbop stormers for other labels – laying back with ... CD
Ichi-Ban
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A real gem from Woody Shaw's greatest period – a very hip sextet session, recorded with Hayes, Cook, Shaw, and a rhythm section that includes Ronnie Matthews on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Guilhermo Franco on percussion. Tracks are long, and stretch out in that searching, modal style ... CD
Moon Child
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1989. New Copy
Beautiful late 80s work from Pharoah – a wonderfully uncomplicated session that still has a great degree of soul! The album was recorded in Paris, with a quintet that includes William Henderson on acoustic piano, Stafford James on bass, Eddie Moore on drums, and Cheikh Tidiane Fale on ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1985. New Copy
One of our favorite Woody Shaw albums from his later years – and an album that's got the same joyous spirit and free soaring feel of his best 70s work! The core group on the album is the Tone Jansa Quartet – led by European reedman Jansa, and working in a space that's quite similar to ... CD
Earth Beams
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy
A firey session from the quartet of George Adams and Don Pullen – a set that has the group stretching out in some of their most spiritual modes, yet still finding plenty of time to swing as well! Adams is tremendous on tenor – a very fresh voice in the post-Coltrane world, with ... CD
Voyage & Homecoming
Rogue Art (France), 2019. New Copy
A fantastic performance from trombonist George Lewis and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell – two AACM masters working together here in classic formation, but with a few great surprises along the way! One of those surprises is the Voyager – a computer-driven piano that was taught ... CD
City Gates
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy
George Adams and Don Pullen knock it out of the park on this one – finding great company in each other's presence, and really moving things forward in the process! The set begins with a long track titled "Mingus Metamorphosis", and that really sums up the spirit of the record ... CD
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1992. New Copy
Never-failing genius from Art Farmer – recording here in his later years, and working in that long and open-ended mode we love so much! There's few trumpeters who could make a record like this work – but Farmer's got a tremendous ability to stretch out on longer tunes with well-crafted ... CD
Windows
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy
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 ... CD
Booker Little
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy
A killer from trumpeter Booker Little – one of the last few records that Book cut before his early death, and one of his only ones as a leader! The album features an excellent soulbop quintet with Wynton Kelly and Tommy Flanagan on piano, Scott LaFaro on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy
Japanese reedman Mabumi Yamaguchi works here with tight combo recorded in the US – Kenny Kirkland on piano and keyboards, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – players that bring a nice sense of focus to the session, which seems to push his saxophone work even further ... CD
Around Again – The Music Of Carla Bley
Tum (Finland), 2019. New Copy
A trio take on the music of Carla Bley – and a record that takes us back to a time when Bley's compositions were showing up in the repertoire of the hippest trios of the 60s – long before she ever got the chance to make bigger records on her own! That sense of openness that Bley ... CD
Bluebird
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1988. New Copy
Beautiful work from one of our favorite vibes players – a return to basic hardbop from Dave Pike, recorded in conjunction with soulful altoist Charles McPherson! Given the title, and the tunes, the set's ostensibly a tribute to Charlie Parker – but the tunes themselves are played in ... CD
Stomping Off From Greenwood
Greenleaf, 2019. New Copy
A record with a really beautiful sound – thanks to the inventive inclusion of two different guitarists, each of whom work together to create a colorful palette next to the sharper alto sounds of leader Greg Ward! Both Matt Gold and Dave Miller handle the guitars, both with effects – ... CD
Groove Grease
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy
A nice bit of funky organ work from Jimmy McGriff – a set that's got his famous talents on the Hammond out front of a larger ensemble – but in a way that's very different than some of his albums of that type from the 70s! There's lots of electricity in the mix – electric piano ... CD
 
Updated January 19, 2019


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