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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!


Mixing It
Lauren (Italy), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A lost combo from the South African scene of the 70s – and one who play here with a wonderfully spiritual vibe! The tunes are longish, and open – with some rhythmic currents that fall in the Dollar Brand side of the spectrum, but which are also topped with really tremendous work on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chicago Odense Ensemble
El Paraiso (Denmark), 2019. New Copy
A really unusual album of improvised music from the Chicago scene – one that's got a unique approach that makes it even greater than the sum of its parts! The music began when Danish musicians Jonas Munk and Jakob Skott came to Chicago – and had a chance to work with some of the city's ... CD
Signature
ESP, 2019. New Copy
Matthew Shipp seems more tuneful here than ever at times – still very much able to let loose with those fluid, unbridled lines that have always made his work on piano so breathtaking – but also maybe ready to pull back occasionally, and let his instrument resonate in these surprisingly ... CD
Chicago Odense Ensemble (with download)
El Paraiso (Denmark), 2019. New Copy
A really unusual album of improvised music from the Chicago scene – one that's got a unique approach that makes it even greater than the sum of its parts! The music began when Danish musicians Jonas Munk and Jakob Skott came to Chicago – and had a chance to work with some of the city's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Combobulated
Intakt (Switzerland), 2019. New Copy
A well-matched trio who've really developed a sound that's all their own – a uniquely air, open style of improvisation – with Tom Rainey on drums, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor, and Mary Halvorson on guitar! There's often a lot of space between the notes, but in a very thoughtful way – ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. New Copy 2CD
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never ... CD
You Don't Know The Life
Rare Noise (UK), 2019. New Copy
Keyboardist Jamie Saft works here with a mighty great trio – one that features older giants Steve Swallow on electric bass and Bobby Previte on drums – all bringing a great sense of energy to Saft's own work on Hammond organ, Whitehall organ, and Baldwin electric harpsichord! The ... CD
Double, Double You
ECM (Germany), 1983. New Copy
The album's got trumpeter Kenny Wheeler as the leader, but the sound here is equally resonant with contributions from all members of the group – including the amazing John Taylor on piano, with Mike Brecker on tenor, David Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The record's the kind ... CD
Matchbook
ECM, 1974. Very Good+
Two of the greatest things going for ECM in the 70s – brought together on one record! The vibes of Gary Burton are a wonderful match for the careful guitar work of Ralph Towner – particularly his 12-string guitar, which is used in a space that's somewhere between folk and jazz, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
War Orphans
ECM (Germany), 1998. New Copy
A record that's as melancholic as its cover and title – definitely one of the more sensitive efforts we've ever heard from pianist Bobo Stenson – and a set that also really showcases some great contributions from bassist Anders Jormin as well! Jormin composed a few of the most ... CD
Right On Time
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy
This might be the first time we've ever heard tenorist Ken Fower with a Hammond organ in the mix – and it makes for a great change that really opens up the colors in his horn! Ken's always had a strong sense of tone, and we love his acoustic records – but this time around, Brian ... CD
Cloud About Mercury
ECM (Germany), 1986. New Copy
One of those records that really took the ECM approach of the 70s into new modes for the 80s – a set that might be called post-jazz, or post-fusion – even though it's got some of the best elements of both, transformed by the players in the lineup! David Torn leads the group on electric ... CD
Juni
ECM (Germany), 1999. New Copy
Peter Erskine's the leader of this trio date, but it's pianist John Taylor who really seems to set the tone for the record – moving effortlessly between melodic moments and more spare, sensitive passages – always with that dark edge that can make his music so great! Erskine swings when ... CD
Metropolis
ALV, 1979. New Copy
An unreleased 70s session from keyboardist Andy LaVerne – and a set that features a mighty hip assemblage of musicians! Stan Getz is on two of the album's tracks – soaring out in a way that's maybe more in his Captain Marvel mode, than some of his straighter work that was emerging at ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
A trio of great albums from organist Charles Earland – presented here with great bonus tracks too! First up is Comin To You Live – one of Charles Earland's sweet albums from his years at Columbia Records – done in a mode that's much more R&B than his earliest work, but in a ... CD
Hiljaisuus
Aerophonic, 2019. New Copy
A pretty intense power trio from the Chicago scene – a group that features guitar from Tashi Dorji, drums and percussion from Tyler Damon, and alto, tenor, and baritone sax from the great Dave Rempis! The album features one completely sprawling improvisation – "Fontanelles" ... CD
Turtle (UK), 1963. New Copy 2CD
The group's name is a bit hokey, but they've got an excellent lineup that includes a few musicians who'd go on to greater fame in the British jazz scene of the late 60s – working here in a nicely balanced mode of modern styles first forged in the 50s! There's a mix of west coast cool and ... CD
Waaju
Olindo (UK), 2019. New Copy
A really unusual collective from the London scene – a group who play jazz of a global variety, but with a style that's much more far-reaching than standard Latin or Afro-inflected jazz! Instead, these guys seem open to a few continents' wealth of rhythms – but also use them in a way ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 1976. New Copy 2 CDs
Fantastic work by this excellent 70s combo – a quintet whose leaders recorded famously with Horace Silver in the 60s, then took his inspiration to very different spiritual territory on their own! Both drummer Louis Hayes and tenorist Junior Cook are fantastic – but the whole group here ... CD
Black Focus, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
A 12" single from keyboard Kamaal Williams – but a set that's more like a short EP, given all the energy that's taking place in the tracks! "New Heights" has this really deep bass as the core – played by Williams, as are all the instruments on the track – which ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Johnny's Disk/Studio Mule (Germany), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A laidback Japanese jazz set from the start of the 80s – filled with warm piano lines, gentle guitar grooves, and some nice moments on tenor! There's a great mellow feel to the record – a quality that's different than other records we've heard of this vintage – still some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Slippery Rock
Hot Cup, 2012. New Copy
Marvelous work from Mostly Other People Do The Killing – and a record that's quite different from its cheesy looking cover! The quartet never fail to amaze us with their creative energy – and this time around, they're paying homage to that moment in 80s jazz when the underground was ... CD
Blue Voyage
SESCSP (Brazil), 2019. New Copy
A great jazz album from Brazilian trombonist Raul De Souza – a musician who's got a long legacy of records from the bossa years onwards, including some key 70s fusion sides as well! Here, Raul's in a relatively intimate setting – working in a quartet with piano, bass, and drums – ... 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
Ill Considered Christmas
Ill Considered (UK), 2019. New Copy
A Christmas record from this fierce London collective – but one that's hardly a Christmas record at all, given that the tunes are very much in the same space as non-Holiday sounds from Ill Considered! From the notes, the tunes all appear to be seasonal favorites – but they're taken so ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ill Considered (UK), 2019. New Copy
This mighty quartet always have a fantastically live sound on their studio albums already – but in a concert setting, they seem to bristle even more with spontaneous creative energy – as you'll no doubt discover just a few minutes into the record! As you've no doubt read on these pages ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Conference Of The Mat/ts
Rogue Art (France), 2019. New Copy
The title of the album might be a gimmicky joke – but the sound of the record is completely wonderful – richly expressive sounds from Matthew Shipp on piano and Mat Maneri on viola – coming together on a number of different improvised tracks, each with a very different vibe! We've ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never ... LP, Vinyl record album
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the more spiritual sessions for BYG, and a large ensemble session that brings together players like Archie Shepp, Malachi Favors, Roscoe Mitchell, Grachan Moncur, and Clifford Thornton. "Suns Of Africa" takes up all of side one, and although it begins slow, and with spare soloing, ... LP, Vinyl record album
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the most ambitious albums that Sunny Murray ever recorded – a set of large ideas and long explorations – performed here by a group of all-star avant players from the time! Murray's vision is wonderful here – even bolder and more expressive than on his work for ESP – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Call Me – Jazz From The Penthouse
Century 67, 1966. New Copy
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 ... CD
Reel To Real, Mid 60s. New Copy
Great live work from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – recorded during a time when the group's star was really rising on Capitol Records, but at a level that's got the more open-ended, freely-blown style of their classic concert dates for Riverside! The material here was all recorded for ... CD
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
Cyro (with bonus tracks)
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1982. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
An amazing pairing of talents – one that yields some fantastic moments of improvisation! Cyro Baptista is a percussionist by nature, but here he also plays the Brazilian cuica – a unique instrument that has a single bowed string, in addition to more percussive elements – in a way ... LP, Vinyl record album
In Pas(s)ing
ECM (Germany), 1979. New Copy
One of the few albums as a leader from guitarist Mick Goodrick – a musician who's strong sense of color made him a perfect sideman for vibist Gary Burton in the 70s – and who here explores some wonderful territory of his own! The quartet here features superb work from John Surman ... CD
Machine Gun
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Germany), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most important documents in the history of avant jazz – and the seminal 1968 recording that forever put Peter Brotzmann on the map! The session is a landmark meeting of 8 important talents on the European free scene of the 60s – Sven Johansson on drums, Peter Kowald on bass, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Scenery
We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Lyrical magic from pianist Ryo Fukui – a lost gem from the Japanese scene of the 70s, and a beautifully flowing album throughout! Fukui's got a wide-open touch to the piano that we totally love – and is easily one of the best of his contemporaries on the Japanese trio scene of the time ... LP, Vinyl record album
Babi (with bonus CD)
IPS/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1969/1976. New Copy 2CD Gatefold
One of the rarest albums ever from percussionist Milford Graves, and one of the most intense as well – a completely unbridled live performance that features saxes from Hugh Glover and Arthur Doyle! Glover and Doyle are amazing together – and with that trademark raspy tone, Doyle's set ... CD
Tour Vol 2
High Note, Mid 70s. New Copy
A tremendous document of a legendary group – one that was even better in a live setting than they were on record – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the great records they left behind! The quintet here features trumpeter Woody Shaw at his most righteous – working alongside ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2018. New Copy
A recent live performance from underground alto genius Jemeel Moondoc – but, like all of his albums in recent decades, a set that feels much more like a lost 70s classic overall! Tracks are long, spiritual, and beautifully building – with a perfect quartet that features Matthew Shipp ... CD
High Note, 2019. New Copy
The title here is very apt, as the album's maybe one of the most ambitious, artistic efforts to date from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt – a set that certainly showcases his strong solos at times, but which also really seems to focus on the overall sound of the music – delivered in almost ... CD
Soul Upstairs
Dee (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic little instrumental combo – one who come across with a sound that makes the whole album feel like listening to a stack of funky 45s! The group have massively heavy drums and rock-solid bass – but its real charmer is the organ, which wails away with the unbridled frenzy of a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Closer To The Truth
Savant, 2019. New Copy
Wonderful work from Caesar Frazier – the organist who cut some fantastic records for the Westbound/Eastbound label in the 70s – and who's slowly been returning to the fold with recent gems like this! Frazier plays the Hammond B3 throughout – and works in a combo that's tight and ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2019. New Copy 2CDs
Pianist Harold Mabern works here with a trio of players who really helped him find new focus and energy in later years – the great Eric Alexander on tenor, with John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – a rock-solid lineup who really take off here in a live date from New York's ... CD
Seeds Of Time
ECM (Germany), 1985. New Copy
A really great album as a leader from bassist Dave Holland – a musician who was really coming into his own at this point in his career, and using all the talents he'd developed in looser settings to help bring new focus to a group! The lineup here is exceptionally strong, and a really great ... CD
Night
ECM (Germany), 1983. New Copy
The airy tones of guitarist John Abercrombie find a bit of a different setting here – a slight change from some of his earlier ECM albums, but still with a relatively open vibe overall! Jan Hammer's in the group on keyboards, but sounds thankfully very different than his Miami Vice fame ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1959/1960/1962. New Copy
Great early work from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – two never-issued tracks, and a classic Saturn Records groove! "Rocket Number Nine" may well be one of the group's strongest early anthems – a propulsive number that's bold enough to soar to the skies – driven by old ... LP, Vinyl record album
Early Bird Gets
Aerophonic, 2019. New Copy
Saxophonist Dave Rempis is definitely an early bird on the Chicago scene – as his energy and non-stop effort has always gotten him a lot of attention – especially when he continues to channel it into strong collaborations like this! Rempis is great in most settings, but he seems ... CD
Black Christ Of The Andes
Saba/Down At Dawn (Italy), 1963. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark album – and one of the best records you'll ever find by Mary Lou Williams! The record's a mixture of jazz and spiritual themes, and it features Mary Lou's piano set in some super-hip jazz arrangements 'that include players like Grant Green, Budd Johnson, Larry Gales, Melba Liston, ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated February 16, 2019


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