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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!


Jan Akkerman

Aranjuez
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1978. New Copy
CD...$8.99 19.99
One of the most sensitive 70s albums from guitarist Jan Akkerman – a set recorded with larger backings from Claus Ogerman, who really helps Jan find a newly mellow side of his sound! Gone are some of the too-jamming, rock-inspired modes of Akkerman's other records – and in their place ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1964. New Copy
CD...$9.99 10.99
Never-issued music from a really legendary group – titled in a way that's similar to their famous 60s record for Atlantic Records – but a batch of live material recorded in Sweden with an equally sublime sort of feel! Art Farmer works here on flugelhorn alongside guitarist Jim Hall ... CD
Columbia, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
One of our favorite Thelonious Monk albums ever – a bare bones, no nonsense session that's filled with great work from tenorist Charlie Rouse! The record's filled with everything that's great about the Monk/Rouse team in these years – an incredible interplay between sax and piano, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2018. New Copy
Maybe one of the most political projects we've ever heard from saxophonist David Boykin, and one of the most ambitious too – a jazz opera that deals with the recent struggles of black America in the face of increased police brutality – inspired by the tragic deaths of Eric Garner, ... CD

Tim Berne & Greg Belisle-Chi

Mars
Intakt (Switzerland), 2022. New Copy
The saxophone work of Tim Berne never fails to amaze us – and even after decades, he's got a presence and sense of individuality that really makes his music stand out! And that's definitely the case here – as Berne blows alto in a set of spare duets with guitarist Greg Belisle-Chi ... CD
Blue Note, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
One of the all-time keyboard classics of the 70s – a completely different album than any other set from pianist Ronnie Foster – done with this laidback, open-ended groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album
CTI/BGO (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy 2CD
CD...$8.99 20.99
A trio of CTI classics from reedman Hubert Laws! First up is Morning Star – one of the most sublime Hubert Laws albums for CTI – a set that features his incredibly soulful flute work floating over these beautiful large arrangements by Don Sebesky – all ticked by some sweet ... CD
Vertigo/BGO (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD
CD...$8.99 20.99
A trio of albums from John Stevens' Away – all packaged together in a single CD set! First up is the initial outing from the group – a surprising little set from drummer John Stevens – quite different work than his more outside, freewheeling material in the Spontaneous Music ... CD

Milt Jackson

Sunflower/Goodbye
CTI/BGO (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
Two CTI label gems from vibist Milt Jackson – back to back on a single CD! Sunflower is proof that Milt Jackson was easily the hippest member of the Modern Jazz Quartet – and one of the few who could really open up into different sounds away from that combo! This sweet 70s set for CTI ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
An incredible record – the kind of album that no fan of funky jazz should be without! This album is far and away one of the greatest ever cut by Brother Jack McDuff – and it's a baroquely complicated batch of funky jazz cuts that's still light years ahead of any other record! The ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Coltrane

Coltrane (Prestige)
Prestige/OJC, 1957. New Copy (reissue)
Classic early John Coltrane for Prestige – less a bold statement as a leader than a strong batch of blowing session-styled tracks that show how well Coltrane could hold his own with more established players! The groups on the set vary from track to track – and feature players that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Afro Blues Quintet Plus One

New Directions In Sound
Mira/BGP (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 18.99
Smoking grooves from an incredible group – the amazing Afro Blues Quintet, a combo with a sound like no other! These guys were never one for stardom, but during the mid and late 60s, they burned up the west coast scene with an incredible blend of vibes, piano, and reeds – often kicked ... CD

Jack McDuff

Hot Barbeque/Live!
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1965. New Copy
CD...$9.99 18.99
Two classic greasy grooves – hot off the grill from chef Jack McDuff! Hot Barbeque is one of our favorite all-time Jack McDuff albums, and one that features his classic quartet in totally amazing form. George Benson's wailing on guitar, and proving that he was a genius, even at this tender ... CD
Verve, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Bill Evans' first famous appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival – a great 60s trio session, with Eddie Gomez on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The tunes are mostly relatively familiar ones, but the ensemble on the set gives them a freer and more lyrical feel than you might expect ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A legendary meeting of two classic jazz talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance on trumpet ... 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
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
An essential bit of 70s soul jazz – a real standout in both the catalogs of tenorist Clifford Jordan, and the Stata East label! This is one of those few records where every element is perfect, and all players rise together to a new level of expression – and we'd easily rank this one ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the standouts in a great 70s run of albums from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – standard-setting records for the spiritual jazz scene of the time – and maybe one of his most far-reaching records for the Strata East label! Toilliver's in very strong company – as the group on ... 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

Joel Fairstein

Umbra
Mad About Records (Portugal), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
One of those rare 70s jazz albums that shouldn't be as good as it is – recorded by a pianist from Knoxville, issued with a relatively obscure cover, but filled with music that's far richer than you might expect! Joel Fairstein isn't exactly a household name, but he's a hell of a writer, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band

Egypt Strut (with bonus tracks)
Strut (UK), 1974. New Copy
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 ... CD

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

Mladen Bobby Gutesha

Und
Sonorama (Germany), 1972. New Copy
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

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
Blue Note, 1957. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
An all-star quintet session from tenor genius Hank Mobley – originally recorded during his classic run for Blue Note in the late 50s – but then unissued for decades, until a CD-only appearance in Japan many years later! Hank's in tremendous young formation here – blowing with ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lyman Woodard Organization

Saturday Night Special (with bonus track)
Strata/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Hypnotic organ funk from Lyman Woodard – an old bandmate of Dennis Coffey, and one of the shining lights of the 70s Detroit scene! This is amazing, amazing stuff – Woodard's electric piano, organ and occasional mellotron and Norma Bell's alto saxophone lend a cosmic funk aspect ... CD

Tony Lavorgna & The St Thomas Jazz Quartet

Chameleon
Antelope Records/Jazz Room (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
An obscure one – but with some great funky jazz moments! The album features the work of The St. Thomas Jazz Quartet – a group that might conjure up images of the Carribean, but who were really just a great soul jazz combo from Cleveland. David Thomas plays some excellent Hammond B-3 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Steve Davis

Bluesthetic
Smoke Sessions, 2022. New Copy
Trombonist Steve Davis always gives us something great with each new release – and that's definitely the case here, in a set with a rock-solid group, filled with all original material that really soars right from the very first note! In addition to Davis on trombone, the group also features ... CD
Blue Note, 2022. New Copy 2LP
The "poet" in the title is very well-put here – as vibist Joel Ross continues to mature into one of the most distinctive artists in contemporary jazz – not just a unique player on his chosen instrument of the vibes, but also a leader who can take a session like this and really ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tribe/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy
Genius work from the Detroit underground of the 70s – one of the greatest records ever on the now-famous Tribe Records label, and a masterpiece of soul, jazz, and righteous spirit! The session's headed by tenor player Wendell Harrison – and it's got an all-star Motor City lineup that ... CD
Tribe/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy
Genius work from the Detroit underground of the 70s – one of the greatest records ever on the now-famous Tribe Records label, and a masterpiece of soul, jazz, and righteous spirit! The session's headed by tenor player Wendell Harrison – and it's got an all-star Motor City lineup that ... CD
Sunmuse/BBE (UK), 1983. New Copy 3LPs Gatefold (reissue)
Really beautiful sounds from bassist David Wertman – an unsung hero of the late 70s spiritual jazz scene around New England, and one who delivers this gem in close partnership with singer Lynne Meryl! Meryl's got this warm, fluid style that's a lot like the way that some of the better Bay ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse, 1963. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A landmark album of vocal jazz – and one of the few sessions that John Coltrane ever cut with a singer! In a way, the album's more Hartman's than it is Coltrane's – given that Johnny's warm, mellow style of singing isn't as free and open as Trane at his most adventurous – but at ... 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
Wenha/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Great later work from Wendell Harrison – a set that has the Tribe Records giant of the 70s taking the sound of the Detroit underground into a whole new vibe! The record takes the spiritual post-Coltrane jazz of Harrison's earlier days, and infuses it with some warmer, electric modes – a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Muriel Grossmann

Union
RR Gems (Estonia), 2021. New Copy
Completely stunning music from the marvelous Muriel Grossmann – a saxophonist who's become one of our favorite jazz talents over the course of the past decade – thanks to deeply spiritual work like this! The album's got a Hammond organ, something you're not as always likely to see in a ... 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
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
Anagram, Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Chet Baker in the 80s was a really wonderful thing – hardly the sound of an aging musician stumbling towards the end of his life, as so many others tend to paint this time – and instead, a continually-creative individual who was really finding ways to get around his losses and make some ... CD
Luv N' Haight, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Keyboardist Howard Wales is probably best-remembered for a late 60s collaboration with Jerry Garcia – but this mid 70s set has Wales sounding even more expansive than before – with a richly visionary sound that's a real surprise! The album's almost a jazz session – in that it's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Melissa Aldana

12 Stars
Blue Note, 2022. New Copy
Tenorist Melissa Aldana is no newcomer to jazz, but this Blue Note debut really seems to open up a special sort of sound in her music – a mode that's both deeper and more sensitive, and filled with a really rich sense of color and tone! A key musical partner on the date is guitarist Lage ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mallory-Hall Band (Sanifu Al Hall & Charley Mallory)

Last Special
IRC/Outernational (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Really fantastic work from this unusual South African band of the 70s – a group who never got much exposure on our side of the Atlantic, but includes key work from some very hip American players of the time! The group is led by trombonist Al Hall and guitarist Charles Mallory – but ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mallory-Hall Band (Sanifu Al Hall & Charley Mallory)

Song Of Soweto
IRC/Outernational (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A song of Soweto, but served up here by a really unique South African group that also features key work by a number of American players too! The sound is mix of the loping rhythms of SA jazz and some of the bolder elements you'd hear in American funk of the period – but all mixed together ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A sublime bit of Miles Davis electric funk – one of the best-remembered electric sets from the 70s, and for good reason too! The tracks are long, the jams are hard, and the whole thing has a lot more funk than some of the noise you'd get on other Miles albums of the time – thanks to ... LP, Vinyl record album

Spirale

Spirale
Dialogo (Italy), 1974. New Copy
A hell of a record from the Italian scene of the 70s – a heavy set of electric jazz with a soaring, righteous sort of vibe – served up by a quintet who somehow manage to work as if they've got the spirit of a much larger ensemble! We don't know any of the players at all from other ... CD

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

Charlie Rumback

Seven Bridges
Astral Spirits, 2022. New Copy
Charlie Rumback once again proves himself to be one of the most enigmatic talents around – working here with a great group of musicians, in a set of tracks that push far beyond the currents of standard jazz – both avant and mainstream! Rumback's the drummer and composer – but the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Strictly Missionary

Heisse Scheisse
Astral Spirits, 2021. New Copy
Over the past few years, the Astral Spirits label has quietly been staging a sonic revolution – really breaking down expectations in the world of avant jazz, and turning our albums that go way past familiar free jazz and improvisation! That's definitely the case here, with a really unique ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated May 27, 2022


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