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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!


Universal Beings
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Maybe the crowning achievement of drummer Makaya McCraven so far – a double-length set that stands as a huge testimony to all the many waves he's been making in jazz for the past few years! The album features four slices of live performance – recorded in New York, Chicago, LA, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kujaviak Goes Funky
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Some great funky jazz by one of Poland's greatest musicians! Zbigniew Namyslowski cut his teeth playing modernist alto sax in the group of Krzystof Komeda, but on this mid 70s set, he's grooving hard in a tight set of choppy fusion tracks with that hard European approach on the downbeat! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1940s. New Copy 4CD
A really great overview of the V-Discs label of the 40s – the imprint started by the US Army as a way of circulating the jazz and swing sounds of the time to soldiers overseas! As you'd guess from the dates, the label was started during the American involvement in WWII – but then ... CD
Kujaviak Goes Funky
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy
Some great funky jazz by one of Poland's greatest musicians! Zbigniew Namyslowski cut his teeth playing modernist alto sax in the group of Krzystof Komeda, but on this mid 70s set, he's grooving hard in a tight set of choppy fusion tracks with that hard European approach on the downbeat! The ... CD
Music For My Friends
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1977. New Copy
Funky big band from Poland – a very groovy set that's right up there with the best large group 70s sessions on MPS! The group here is very heavy on the horns – lots of trumpets and saxes – underscored by some hipper rhythms that include a bit of guitar, electric bass, and ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2018. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic project that links together two legends in Polish jazz – saxophonist Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski, whose tenor has been blowing our minds for decades – and the late jazz/soundtrack composer Krzysztof Komeda, whose music is featured in the set! The album's based around a longer ... LP, Vinyl record album
Janusz Zabieglinski & His Swingtet
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
Hard-swinging jazz from the Polish scene of the 60s – not one of the modern jazz combos that we mostly know from the time, but instead more of a trad jazz group – yet one that's definitely got their very own style! The group's led by reedman Janusz Zabieglinski – who plays both ... LP, Vinyl record album
Seine Sviv
OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy
An airy, icy combination of voice and instrumentation – used in a way that takes us back to some of the coolest Norwegian experiments of this type from years back – like some of the sparer work of Karin Krog, or unusual vocal projects on the Jazzland label! Bendik Baksaas leads the ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy Gatefold
A record with a soaring spirit from the contemporary London scene – a fantastic full-length statement from Maisha, a group we'd heard about over the years – but are only now getting a chance to enjoy! The group's led by drummer Jake Long, but features this really tremendous work on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strata/BBE (UK), 1973. New Copy 5CD
A fantastic live performance from Charles Mingus – recorded in Detroit, with a slightly unusual group – and done with the more open, freewheeling quality that grace his live recordings of the early 60s! The set was recorded at the Strata Gallery – and has some of the deeper ... CD
Espace Cardin 1977
Elemental, 1977. New Copy
A fantastic late live date from Dexter Gordon – one that's noteworthy not just for his own strong work on tenor, but also for the presence of bop pianist Al Haig – who comes as quite a surprise on the session! Haig and Gordon have never played before on record – although their ... CD
Live In Bremen 1983
Elemental, 1983. New Copy 2CD
We completely love the music of Woody Shaw – but unfortunately, the legendary trumpeter left this planet way too soon, and only gave us about 20 years of recordings! Fortunately, the vaults have yielded some gems like this over the years – unreleased live material that not only adds to ... CD
Wisdom Of Elders
Brownswood (UK), 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic jazz group from the contemporary South African scene – one who've got a very righteous vibe, and a sound that's maybe even more far-reaching than any jazz we've heard from that scene back in the 60s or 70s! The group's led by Shabaka Hutchings on tenor, but is a very ... LP, Vinyl record album
Love Play Dance
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy
Quite a compelling little record – a jazz album at heart, but one that also opens up into lots of different sonic territory – as you might expect from a collection of tunes that includes tracks by Roni Size, Flying Lotus, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Bugge Wessletoft! The approach ... LP, Vinyl record album
Starting Today
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy Gatefold
Joe Armon Jones sings and plays lots of cool Wurlitzer electric piano on this gem of an album – but the whole thing is maybe even more of a tribute to the warmly collaborative spirit of the contemporary London scene, as it is to the talents of the man himself! There's a nicely fluid sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hollywood Africans
Verve, 2018. New Copy 2LP
Think what you want about Jon Batiste on TV – the man's out to show you here that he's one hell of a pianist – and a jazz musician with a lot more depth than just his mainstream appearances! The set is mostly solo, and surprisingly beautiful – as Batiste is able to both serve up ... LP, Vinyl record album
Flight
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy
Damn great work from pianist James Francies – a musician who's definitely in the best side of the new Blue Note generation – and who we hope has a legacy with the label to match Robert Glasper! Francies has this way of just grabbing notes out of the air – sometimes cascading ... CD
Bleak House
Polydor/Round 2 (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
The first album from European guitarist Terje Rypdal – quite different than most of his other work! The set's got Terje playing that wonderful guitar of his – edgey and chromatic, but not nearly as spare and moody as on later ECM sides – and often set against larger ... LP, Vinyl record album
HMV (Japan), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)
A fantastic take on the Pharoah Sanders classic – done here by a Japanese group who really get things right! The track may well be one of the few groovers that Pharoah ever penned – and in the right hands, it really takes off without losing any of its righteous power! The modal number ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Takt/Columbia (Japan), 1968. New Copy Gatefold
An early hardbop gem from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – quite different than you might think from his more famous work of the 70s – with a rolling, soulful groove that would almost be at home on 60s Blue Note! Given Hino's chosen instrument, we'd probably link this one best to ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1977. New Copy
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 ... CD
Takt/Columbia (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold
An early US session from trumpeter Terumasa Hino – working here in a very long and stretched-out style – very much the most edgy modes of his earliest years! Tracks are all quite long, and really open up with fierce horn work – both from Hino on trumpet and flugelhorn, and from ... CD
Ancestral Homeland
No More Records, 1998. New Copy
Spiritual genius from trumpeter Roy Campbell – a player who was too often trapped in the underground during this point in his career – even though he plays with a majesty that demands to be heard! There's a power here that's undeniable – as Campbell works in beautifully ... CD
Craft, 1966. New Copy
The third soundtrack that Vince Guaraldi did for The Peanuts TV specials – and maybe the best so far! There's a depth to the music that's wonderful – as Vince's combo works alongside some occasional larger orchestrations by John Scott Trotter, which are still arranged by Guaraldi ... CD
Jumping Off The Page
No More Records, 2000. New Copy
The title's a very apt one – because reedman Rob Brown really jumps off the page here – or out of the speaker – coming on strong with some mighty fierce work on alto at the beginning of the record, then also adding in a bit of flute as well. The quartet features superb work from ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
One of George Duke's best albums for the MPS label – and a set that has a sound that's a little bit more soul than before! The album uses a fair bit of vocals alongside Duke's funky keyboards – but in a way that's not nearly as smooth as some of his albums for Epic, and which still ... LP, Vinyl record album
Quasimoto
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
70s Polish fusion at its finest, served up by the always-tight Laboratorium – a group who know when to jam at the right points, but who can also lay back into a spacier groove as well! This album does a good job of mixing in plenty of keyboards – Fender Rhodes and Arp, juxtaposed ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1982. New Copy
A lost chapter in the career of Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – better known for his recent recordings on ECM, and his classic 60s work with Komeda – but sounding surprisingly great here as well! The album's a relatively straight set of tracks that feature Stanko with a quartet – ... CD
Origami Harvest
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy
Maybe the first album by Ambrose Akinmusire to carry a parental advisory warning on the front – and for good reason, too – as there's a powerful message here that really goes beyond the style of his previous albums! The set's clearly a product of the Trump moment – with rhymes by ... CD
Little Big
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
Aaron Parks is a master of tones here – not just the ones from his own piano and keyboards, which can come spiraling out with effortless ease – but also the sound of the quartet's guitar from Greg Tuohey, which often has its own way of shading things in! The album may well be the most ... CD
Christian McBride's New Jawn
Mack Avenue, 2018. New Copy
Bassist Christian McBride works here with a mighty striking group – a quartet that features Josh Evans on trumpet, Marcus Strickland on tenor and bass clarinet, and Nasheet Waits on drums – all players who give this record an edge that we're not used to hearing from Christian! The ... CD
Witness
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from cornet player Kirk Knuffke – and that's saying a lot, as all of his albums are always pretty darn unique! The set has Knuffke working with singer Steven Herring – whose rich baritone vocals are very much out front in the arrangements ... CD
DIW (Japan), 2012. New Copy 2CD Gatefold
The first we've ever heard from Reiko Yamamoto – a heck of a vibist from the Tokyo scene – and one with a really great sound, especially on the album's more dynamic numbers! The group's a quartet – with guitar, bass, and drums – and Reiko can really dominate the sound in a ... CD
New Beginning
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy
A record that bursts with life and energy right from the very first note – thanks to a wealth of original compositions from pianist Burak Bedikyan – an artist who's slowly been building up a great legacy of music on the Steeplechase label over the past few years! Bedikyan works here in ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy
A record with a soaring spirit from the contemporary London scene – a fantastic full-length statement from Maisha, a group we'd heard about over the years – but are only now getting a chance to enjoy! The group's led by drummer Jake Long, but features this really tremendous work on ... CD
Little Big
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Aaron Parks is a master of tones here – not just the ones from his own piano and keyboards, which can come spiraling out with effortless ease – but also the sound of the quartet's guitar from Greg Tuohey, which often has its own way of shading things in! The album may well be the most ... LP, Vinyl record album
Your Own Self
Opus One/Black Sweat (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
An amazing criss-crossing of modes – a record that's not quite avant classical or jazz, but which involves elements of both, as well as artists from both – and which may well stand as the crowning achievement of Garrett List! List plays trombone on the record, but the album's more of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Takt/Columbia (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold
One of our favorite albums ever by this inventive Japanese trumpeter – and a really that really lives up to its title! Terumasa's entering his spacey period here – but not too spacey – and he's playing in a stretched out style that takes his trumpet into warm soulful lines that ... CD
Takt/Columbia (Japan), 1968. New Copy Gatefold
An incredible session of Japanese hard bop from the 60s – recorded by the crack quintet of trumpeter Terumasa Hino and pianist Masabumi Kikuchi! The feel here is very much in that Blue Note modern mode of the late 60s – with drawn-out tracks that hit a slightly modal groove that ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic set that features the best recordings ever done by George Duke for MPS! The set's a 2LP package that compiles the sessions Solus and The Inner Source – both of which feature Duke in his purest form, at the height of his spacey keyboard powers, in settings that are neither too ... LP, Vinyl record album
Takt/Columbia (Japan), 1969. New Copy Gatefold
A pivotal recording from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – done in a crackling electric mode that's a real departure from his earlier work! Terumasa's probably gotten a bit of inspiration here from Bitches Brew (as you might guess from one of the titles, "Like Miles") – but ... CD
Takt/Columbia (Japan), 1968. New Copy Gatefold
An early showcase for the talents of Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – a smoking set that showcases his talents in two different settings! The album begins with a quintet that features Hino with Takeru Muraoka on tenor and Hiromasa Suzuki on piano – working through a great open-ended ... CD
Feelin' Like Blues
World Pacific/Universal (Japan), 1960. New Copy
Early work by Don Randi – recorded years before he'd become too ensconced in the LA studio scene, back when he was just a fresh faced young jazz musician – with a light touch and a real talent for an understated groove! The set's a nice little sleeper with some good mellow moments ... CD
Odin (Norway), 2018. New Copy
Magnificent music from Atomic – a set that begins with a set of variations on the "Pet Sounds" theme from Brian Wilson – then takes off into some great directions inspired by the music of Steve Lacy, Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley, and Edgar Varese! Atomic are always fantastic ... CD
Go Ahead
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy
A strange name but an excellent group – one headed up by guitarist Jaroslaw Smietana, playing here with a free-flowing vibe we really like! The album's got kind of a modal approach to fusion overall – one that's never overly jamming, and more concerned with the rhythmic progression of ... CD
Nordjordet
OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic meeting of ancient and modern on the Norwegian jazz scene – a set that echoes some of the vintage Scandinavian folk/jazz experiments of the 60s, but with a very different vibe! The project is a collaboration between traditional singer Oyonn Groven Myhren, who also plays this ... CD
Plastic Sun
Odin (Norway), 1970. New Copy Gatefold
The album that forever put Norwegian pianist Svein Finnerud on the map – a piano trio album from the start of the 70s, and one that's every bit as open and free-thinking as the best work of the time from Keith Jarrett or Steve Kuhn! As with both of those musicians, Finnerud's got this way of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Centering/Aum Fidelity, 2018. New Copy 2CD
A two album set showing the multifaceted range of bassist William Parker – as a composer & player and as a generous bandleader & collaborator – two different albums with two different rosters in a 2CD set! Flowers In A Stained-Glass Window is great mix of tense and melodic ... CD
People Of The Sun
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy
Saxophonist Marcus Strickland continues the electric explorations of his previous project with Meshell Ndegeocello – but works here on his own, with his very cool Twi-Life group – which certainly opens up a whole new dimension in his music! Marcus blows sopranino, alto, tenor, and bass ... CD
Time/Tompkins Square, 1960. New Copy 2CD
A trio treasure from the incredible Sonny Clark – a rare non-Blue Note date from the late 50s, and a wonderful illustration of his powers on the piano! The setting is spare, but the sound is never sleepy – as Sonny's working here with Max Roach on drums and George Duvivier on bass ... CD
 
Updated November 14, 2018


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