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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!


Grover Washington Jr

Mister Magic
Motown (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Pure dark magic from Grover Washington – a record that was a megahit back in the 70s, but which still sounds amazing many decades later! There's a sound here that's completely sublime – and the album is to Grover's career what the first 2 CTI sets by Bob James were to his – a ... CD
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
The only album ever cut as a leader by tenor saxophonist Charles Brackeen during his early years – and a real standout in the catalog of the legendary Strata East label! The set's got an unusual history – in that it's part of the Dolphy Series, recorded before the label started by ... LP, Vinyl record album
A&M/Verve, 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Mindblowing music from the great Don Cherry – quite a statement, given how much fantastic sounds Cherry had already given us by this point in his career! In the years before this set, Don had worked in some very free, avant modes – and also explored a fair bit of global styles too ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ahmed Abdullah

Life's Force
About Time, 1979. New Copy
LP...$7.99 11.99
A crowning moment of achievement for trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah – a record that draws on his rich experience working with Sun Ra, but focuses the energy into a warmer, more spiritual jazz setting overall! The album's a lost treasure from the US scene of the late 70s – a perfect melding ... LP, Vinyl record album

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble

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

Billy Parker's Fourth World

Freedom Of Speech (180 gram pressing)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever on the legendary Strata East label – and that's saying a hell of a lot! Drummer Billy Parker is a player that we don't know much, but he'll always be well-remembered for this album's sublime blend of spiritual jazz styles! The lineup is wonderful – a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Shungo Sawada

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

Tony Branker

For The Children
Out-Sider (Spain), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
You might know Tony Branker from his more recent work – issued under the name of Anthony Branker, and often quite far-reaching in scope – and here, even at a young age, the trumpeter's already got a heck of an amazing vision – working here in a beautiful set of all-original music, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gary McFarland

In Sound/Soft Samba
Verve/Ace (UK), 1965. New Copy
A pair of fantastic albums from vibes master and genius arranger Gary McFarland – back to back on a single CD! First up is The In Sound – one of the grooviest albums of the 60s – a sublime blend of jazz, bossa, and easy – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! ... CD

Monk Higgins

Extra Soul Perception
Solid State/Dusty Groove, 1968. New Copy
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by Monk Higgins – a genius musician/arranger who first got his start on the Chicago scene of the 60s, then moved out to the west coast at the end of the decade – where he also helped inject some funky new sounds into the Blue Note label! ... CD

Blue Mandala Project

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

Reggie Quinerly

Words To Love
Redefinition, 2018. New Copy
A beautiful album from drummer Reggie Quinerly – as much a jazz vocal album as an instrumental one – given that the record features a fair bit of guest work from Melanie Charles and Milton Suggs! Both singers are wonderful – richly soulful, with sophisticated textures and ... CD

Mike Lebrun

Shades
Beakerbox, 2018. New Copy
Sweet reeds from Mike Lebrun – a musician who's way more than just another funky saxophone player! Mike's got a great ear for the overall sound of his music – so that he often layers together his instruments, in ways that make us feel like two horns are following the same path at once ... CD
Gearbox (UK), 2018. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
A really amazing little record – one that's partly in the "jazz meets Indian" mode of Joe Harriott's experiments of the 60s – but a performance that also brings in a lot more from spiritual jazz, even though most of the instrumentation is more traditional! The set is live, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Makaya McCraven

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

Lyman Woodard Organization

Saturday Night Special (with bonus tracks)
Strata/BBE (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy
One of the darkest Sun Ra albums of the early 70s – and a set that's also a bit unusual in his catalog as well! The album was issued during Ra's run with Impulse Records – a period that mostly saw the label reissue previous records from the Saturn catalog – save for a rare few ... CD
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1975. New Copy
The final album issued by Impulse Records in their short-lived, ill-fated partnership with Sun Ra – and maybe the most far-reaching of the bunch! The album features three long tracks – all of them relatively open and unbridled – put together with less of a song structure than ... CD

Sarathy Korwar

My East Is Your West
Gearbox (UK), 2018. New Copy 2CD
A really amazing little record – one that's partly in the "jazz meets Indian" mode of Joe Harriott's experiments of the 60s – but a performance that also brings in a lot more from spiritual jazz, even though most of the instrumentation is more traditional! The set is live, ... CD
Gearbox (UK), 1966. New Copy
A fantastic lost slice of work from reedman Yusef Lateef – a performance recorded at the legendary Ronnie Scott's club in London, with backing from a trio that features the wonderful Stan Tracey! Tracey was a committed modernist who really helped shape the sound of the UK scene at the time ... CD

Art Ensemble Of Chicago

Certain Blacks (Inner City)
America/Inner City, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
One of our favorite albums ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a key French session that captures the group at the height of their powers! The centerpiece of the album is the extended track "Certain Blacks (Do What They Wanna)" – done in a beautiful mix of politics and free ... LP, Vinyl record album

Walter Bishop Jr.

Soul Village
Muse, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kuumba-Toudie Heath

Kawaida
Obe, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A super-hip batch of soul jazz tracks by Albert Toodie Heath of the Heath Brothers – working here on a rare session as a leader, with a sound that's right up there with the Heath Brothers' early work for Strata East!! The lineup is incredible – as Heath is joined by players that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Doug Carn

Infant Eyes
Black Jazz, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
An undisputed 70s soul jazz classic – and arguably the best album that Doug Carn ever cut for the Black Jazz label! The set is a masterpiece of spiritual jazz – with Carn on keyboards setting up the groove, and wife Jean singing some incredible vocals – very different than her ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chiaroscuro, 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Great later work from Lonnie Smith – a set that's quite different than his initial Hammond material for Blue Note – but equally excellent in its own sort of way! The album has Lonnie playing both Fender Rhodes and organ – the former with this sweet, tight groove that's mighty ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lonnie Smith

Afro-desia
Groove Merchant, 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Excellent work by Lonnie Smith – a free-flowing album of long jazzy grooves that's kind of an extension of his Blue Note albums, touched with more of the electricity of his 70s playing! There's some killer rhythms on the album – courtesy of drummers Jamey Hudad and Ben Riley, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Patrice Rushen

Prelusion
Prestige, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A great set from Patrice Rushen – very different than her later R&B work from the 80s! The record's her first, and at the time, Patrice was much more of a jazz artist – working here with a cool west coast set of players (Joe Henderson on tenor, Hadley Caliman on alto and soprano, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Wendell Harrison

Evening With The Devil
Tribe, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most classic albums on the Tribe Records label from Detroit – music that was too heavy for most of the world when it was issued in the 70s – but which has gone onto achieve legendary status over the years! Reedman Wendell Harrison leads the group in a set of soaring, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Grant Green

Iron City!
Cobblestone, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
This one was recorded in 1968, issued briefly on a small label, and then finally pressed for the larger masses during the early 70s by the Cobblestone label. Despite this checkered history, though, the album's one of Green's best small group recordings – and features a classic jazz organ ... LP, Vinyl record album

Charles Mingus

Tijuana Moods
RCA, 1957/1962. New Copy (reissue)
Oh how we love this album – and we think it may well be the best album ever from Charles Mingus! The set was recorded in that magical Mingus year of 1957, but oddly not released until 1962 – missing some of the initial frenzy of his discovery during the Atlantic and Columbia years. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cadet, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Madly tripped out guitar funk – and a real turning point in the career of guitarist Eddie Fisher! Eddie began his career as a straighter guitarist on the St Louis scene – and although his first album for Cadet was a relatively traditional soul-jazz outing, this one's a wild batch of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dave Bailey

2 Feet In The Gutter
Epic, 1961. New Copy (reissue)
Hardbop albums don't get any better than this – and although drummer Dave Bailey only recorded for a brief stretch as a leader, this session's one that shows that he was a heck of a force to contend with! The record's got an intensity that easily rivals the best by Art Blakey over at Blue ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dave Bailey Sextet

Getting' Into Somethin'
Epic, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Heavy duty hardbop – one of three amazing Epic Records sessions cut by drummer Dave Bailey! Dave didn't ever cut many sessions as a leader – but when he did, they really cooked hard – with a quality level and sharpness of vision that easily rivals the best on Blue Note or ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner (Japan), 1988. New Copy 2LP
Late live work from Miles Davis – a collection of material recorded in various concert settings during the last few years of the 80s – pulled together as a double-length tribute the trumpeter after he passed away! The quality of the performances here is great – very similar to ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
Jazz Masters/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano ... LP, Vinyl record album
Resonance, Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A fantastic package that finally gives these recordings their proper due – one that takes the cuts that were issued on the albums Iron Man and Conversations (plus a million cheapo packages over the years) – and restores them to their original mono, right from the tapes – then adds ... 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

Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal Waldron

Swinging Macedonia
Enja/Be! (Germany), 1966. New Copy (reissue)
A legendary German session from the 60s – and a record that really showcases the unusual criss-crossing of modes that was going on in the European scene at the time! There's a very strong MPS vibe here – as trumpeter Dusko Goykovich leads a swinging sextet that includes Nathan Davis on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh

Live At Blue Whale
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy
The legendary Bobby Bradford is alive and well – and sounding especially amazing here in the company of saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh – who brings some global elements to the music that we never would have heard from Bobby back in the 70s! The performance is a live one, and has all four ... LP, Vinyl record album

Wadada Leo Smith & Sabu Toyozumi

Burning Meditation
No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in his best sort of setting – working in an openly creative space for improvisation, one that has Smith not only shaping things majestically with his lines on trumpet – but also making some nice shifts to other instrumentation too! Drummer Sabu Toyozumi is a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kaoru Abe & Sabu Toyozumi

Banka
No Business (Lithuania), 1978. New Copy
Fiercely improvised work from the duo of Kaoru Abe on soprano and sopranino saxophone – and Sabu Toyozumi on drums and percussion! Toyozumi is wonderful on "Song For Sakamoto Kikuyo", in three parts – a piece that builds up with this organic, almost abstract energy from the ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Tchicai/Cecil McBee/Garrison Fewell/Charlie K

Tribal Ghost
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy
The set's got a really beautiful sound – one that comes from the ringing guitar tones of Garrison Fewell, and the twin reeds of John Tchicai and Charlie Kohlhase – each of whom plays in a different channel of the recording! This approach gives the record a great sense of space from the ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Coltrane

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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ibedon/No Business (Lithuania), 1977. New Copy 2 CDs
A real lost chapter of 70s genius from reedman John Carter – a set done after his better-known recordings with Bobby Bradford, in a style that's much more spacious overall! The material features a trio – with Carter on both soprano sax and clarinet, both instruments he plays with an ... 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

Dusko Goykovich

European Jazz Sounds
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Fantastic unreleased work from one of the greatest trumpeters on the European scene from the late 50s onward – and one of the few players who could match the depth and soul of American jazzmen on the instrument! Dusko Goykovich has given us so much great music over the years – in small ... CD

Tomasz Stanko

Jazz Message From Poland
Be! (Germany), 1972. New Copy
A jazz message from Poland, and one that's served up loud and proud, too – thanks to tremendous work from trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and a very sharp-edged group! The music here has that open flow that some of the more fusion-based players were exploring in Poland at the time – but the ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1969. New Copy
A legendary moment in European free jazz – performances all recorded on a single Sunday in 1969 – but which stand as some of the most powerful music of the time! The vibe here is often in the best spirit of early FMP, or maybe the most outside work of MPS – and the recording ... CD
MoWest/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
A great record from The Crusaders – and an album that's really the start of the group's strong run of smooth funky jazz for the 70s – a very vibrant little set, even though the black and white cover makes the whole thing look a bit understated! The album's got the group dropping the ... CD
 
Updated March 26, 2019


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